While Coloring Lessons only started back in 2018, the party has grown into one of New York City’s staples within the dance music community. Heavily focused around house, jazz, soul, and everything adjacent; the function spent the past 2 years embracing the musical elements of our black and brown ancestors. Elevated by the radio show & the T-shirt line, Coloring Lessons has come a long way since it’s first party, and now we’re introducing the next addition to the brand, Coloring Lessons Records.

The label, like the party, will be focused on building up artists from our city and beyond, with the sound indicative of the Coloring Lessons ethos- which is sharing music created and inspired by our ancestors of color, and teaching younger generations about the roots of this music.

Thus far, we’ve released 2 compilations featuring new music from various heavy hitters from our dance music community, including Kai Alce, Levon Vincent, Bergsonist, Lee Pearson Jr. Collective, Space Ghost, Toribio, Jenifa Mayanja, Anthony Nicholson, Barbie Bertisch, and much, much more.

We also have an exciting release out now from Malik Hendricks, an NYC based DJ/producer who’s latest tracks are truly deep and reminiscent of the early 2000’s. The EP, entitled Cutting Shapes, is a deliciously deep and jazzy 5-tracker, featuring a stunning remix from Byron The Aquarius. 

Finally, Coloring Lessons founders, musclecars, release their lovely EP, Shelter (building it, still) to continue to put their stamp on this era of dance music. The 4-track project, with a remix from the legendary Ron Trent, is a journey, leading you to the dancefloor and then taking you right back home. Nodding to great classic and soulful dance music, but with their added twists of transcendental jazz and cinematic mood, this 12-inch marks a refinement for Weems and Handfield, who are committed to—and succeeding in—keeping New York's vibrant house music tradition alive.


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