Spencer Kincy

    House Music DJ/Producer. Chicago.

    Bio: Born June 6, 1969, Spencer Kincy was giant in Chicago’s House Music revival – part of the second wave of younger DJs and producers that took the music of the early 1980s, rubbed it up and dropped it in places like 500 West Cermak, Medusa’s and the Vault. A lot of well-known DJs and producers from the Chicago House Music scene – Mark Farina, Sneak, Derrick Carter, and dozens of others – were a part of that movement, too. Spencer Kincy’s records and DJ mixes would earn a cult following throughout the 1990s, with releases on Relief (with Derrick Carter, Spencer was one of the three architects of the label when Cajmere began the iconic Chicago label) and later Cyclo, Peace Frog and Chicago’s legendary Guidance Recordings, a label he was closely identified with when it began. Most of his releases were issued under the alias “Gemini,” his sign of the Zodiac.

    And as gritty, as grimy, as jarring and noisy as his productions could be, he could also make them sing. Gentle, almost delicate Deep House tracks that evoked the influence of Larry Heard could be backed with a jarring track of completely abstract sounds – a thunder that would shake the 16 inch reinforced concrete walls of a warehouse. He could work with live musicians or filter a disco loop, pound it into the ground and make it more inspirational than any gospel choir, as he did on “Stand Up” (Relief). The output was eclectic, and sometimes it missed its mark, but he always pushed the envelope forward.

    Spencer developed increasing issues with his health shortly after he turned 30, as is described in a series of articles here, and is no longer active in the music scene. He still lives in Chicago. -TM

    aka: Gemini, Gemini Eyes, Gemini Sounds, Pop Rocks, Spencer Kincey, Spencer Kinsey, Spenser Kincy

    Spencer Kincy Features

    5 Magazine Issue 135

    KON! Inside Issue 135 of 5 Magazine

    ... plus Stephanie Cooke, Gareth Whitehead, the Story of Video Clash and more in Issue 135 of 5 Magazine, out now for members only.

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: South of Da Border (Complete)

    This is a DJ mix from Chicago House legend Spencer Kincy aka Gemini. This was ripped from cassette tape from the 1990s and retains...

    Gemini Inc: The Second Act of Spencer Kincy

    The hottest producer in the underground hasn't made a record in more than ten years. There's an old line that comes up in Hollywood...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Live in Bonn 1995

    This is a soulful and jazzy mix (beginning with the epic Chuck Roberts vocal "In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a...

    What Happened to Gemini? A Spencer Kincy Update

    (This article about Spencer Kincy was originally published at the now-defunct housemusicdaily site. Since a few other things I've written reference this, I thought...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Experiments (Complete Mix)

    This is a mix from Spencer Kincy aka Gemini from the late 1990s called "Experiments." It is split into Side A and Side B...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Live at Staple, San Francisco May 2000

    This is another live recording and DJ mix in the files sent to us related to Chicago House Music producer and DJ Spencer Kincy,...

    Spencer Kincy Mix: Live at Deep In The Flowers

    This is one of two mixes sent to us in the mysterious missives leading to this month's story on Spencer Kincy called Sign of...
    Spencer Kincy

    Sign of the Gemini: The Strange and Beautiful Music of Spencer Kincy

    FOR FOUR YEARS I've been chasing a ghost, and his name is Spencer Kincy. I've been told by some people to leave the ghost alone,...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: South of Da Border (Complete)

    This is a DJ mix from Chicago House legend Spencer Kincy aka Gemini. This was ripped from cassette tape from the 1990s and retains...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Live in Bonn 1995

    This is a soulful and jazzy mix (beginning with the epic Chuck Roberts vocal "In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Experiments (Complete Mix)

    This is a mix from Spencer Kincy aka Gemini from the late 1990s called "Experiments." It is split into Side A and Side B...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Live at Staple, San Francisco May 2000

    This is another live recording and DJ mix in the files sent to us related to Chicago House Music producer and DJ Spencer Kincy,...

    Spencer Kincy Mix: Live at Deep In The Flowers

    This is one of two mixes sent to us in the mysterious missives leading to this month's story on Spencer Kincy called Sign of...

    All Spencer Kincy Content

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    Spencer Kincy and JT Donaldson: Duality

    Rediscovering JT Donaldson and Spencer Kincy's strange and beautiful Duality, recently reissued by Cyclo.
    5 Magazine Issue 135

    KON! Inside Issue 135 of 5 Magazine

    ... plus Stephanie Cooke, Gareth Whitehead, the Story of Video Clash and more in Issue 135 of 5 Magazine, out now for members only.

    Mark Farina: How I Play

    5 Magazine welcomes Mark Farina back to Chicago this December 27 at SmartBar (Facebook page/tix here). To warm up the room, Mark agreed to sit...
    JT Donaldson

    JT Donaldson’s 7 Inch Adventures

    The restless adventurer has found a new calling. One-time Chicago resident JT Donaldson played twice in as many months in the city this summer,...
    Love Trainvideo

    Love Train and the Lost History of a Chicago House Classic

    Four thousand, five hundred and twenty eight miles from Chicago - in Milan, Italy, the town he grew up in and which he still...
    Records

    Two New Spencer Kincy Mixes

    Nick Calingaert has posted up a couple of new mixes -- more than three and a half hours -- of previously unknown (to the...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: South of Da Border (Complete)

    This is a DJ mix from Chicago House legend Spencer Kincy aka Gemini. This was ripped from cassette tape from the 1990s and retains...

    Gemini Inc: The Second Act of Spencer Kincy

    The hottest producer in the underground hasn't made a record in more than ten years. There's an old line that comes up in Hollywood...

    Spencer Kincy aka Gemini: Imagine-A-Nation (Relief)

    Spencer Kincy was at the top of his game in 1997 when he reached a peak of astonishing creativity, the likes of which had...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Live in Bonn 1995

    This is a soulful and jazzy mix (beginning with the epic Chuck Roberts vocal "In the beginning there was Jack and Jack had a...
    Spencer Kincy Tangled Thoughts EP

    Phil Weeks and Joss Moog: Not Over EP

    It's a very fine line between "tribute" and "rip-off". The second song on this four track EP, "Stuff Like That", is a case in...

    What Happened to Gemini? A Spencer Kincy Update

    (This article about Spencer Kincy was originally published at the now-defunct housemusicdaily site. Since a few other things I've written reference this, I thought...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Experiments (Complete Mix)

    This is a mix from Spencer Kincy aka Gemini from the late 1990s called "Experiments." It is split into Side A and Side B...

    Spencer Kincy Mixes: Live at Staple, San Francisco May 2000

    This is another live recording and DJ mix in the files sent to us related to Chicago House Music producer and DJ Spencer Kincy,...

    Spencer Kincy Mix: Live at Deep In The Flowers

    This is one of two mixes sent to us in the mysterious missives leading to this month's story on Spencer Kincy called Sign of...
    Spencer Kincy

    Sign of the Gemini: The Strange and Beautiful Music of Spencer Kincy

    FOR FOUR YEARS I've been chasing a ghost, and his name is Spencer Kincy. I've been told by some people to leave the ghost alone,...