Charles Spencer has over a decade’s worth of quality house productions to his name, and a DJ resume that would make most green with envy. One of the founding fathers of the West Coast house scene, since 1997 Spencer has run the acclaimed and widely respected Loveslap Recordings, home to not only his own create output, but a plethora of soul, house and electronica artists including Chris Lum, Julius Papp, Goapele, Jay-J, Alexander East and David Harness.
As an artist Charles Spencer’s name has graced a plethora of solo recordings, but it’s with some likeminded friends and collaborators that he’s enjoyed his greatest success. With New York producer and DJ Marc-Alan Gray, the two have recorded since the dawn of the millennium as Spencer Gray. Their sublime debut release ‘Pillow Talk’ described by DJ magazine as: “the sort of record that if made by Masters At Work it would be heralded as the epitome of cool as it easily stands head-and-shoulders above the current competition.” The musical chameleon is also known as one half of the Galaxy Group, who’s debut album, ‘This Is Who We Are’, has just been released to widespread adulation. Least we forget Movido Dubs that finds Spencer in a warm, dubby and deep house state-of-mind collaborating with Mauricio Aviles on the broken-beat project that’s won supporters near and far numbering Mark Farina, Tiefschwarz, Jimpster, and Ron Trent amongst them.
As self-confessed music freak, Charles started early, studying and playing piano since the age of seven absorbing a myriad of styles and influences as wide and diverse as New Order, Oscar Peterson, Chick Corea, and Rachmaninov. Now all grown up and based in Chicago, the original home of house music, Loveslap continues to take up a large proportion of his day as he oversees the label’s whole operation with a very hands-on approach that he’s had since day one.
While by night Spencer embraces his other great passion behind the decks regularly traversing the country playing some of America’s coolest clubs, pool parties and subterranean hangouts. His monthly Loveslap residency at Pink in San Francisco further underscores the man’s statue within the Bay Area. A cornerstone of the West Coast club scene since the early-‘90s, Charles Spencer has focused on creating and promoting quality house music with a mixture of feel-good dance-influences and jazzy flavours that underpin the foundation of his DJ sets. Less-is-more with subtle loops, warm strings, sparse vocal snippets and beats that are as contemporary as they are timeless. The combination is a refreshing fusion of feel-good melodies and edgy deep-house grooves that always result in an enjoyable and highly memorable night. As Frankie Knuckles will attest: “big ups to Charles Spencer. He does amazing work,” say the Godfather of House.