Jonathan Toubin, who VICE Magazine calls “the only DJ we actually like” and Rolling Stone says is “the most liked man in the soul music scene,” was just awarded 2015’s “Best DJ” in the 60th anniversary Village Voice “Best of NYC” issue. In over 2000 gigs in the last nine years, New York Night Train’s conductor and soul proprietor has gone where no rock and/or soul vinyl DJ has before – tirelessly hitting hundreds of nightclubs on five continents and dozens of major music festivals – everywhere from All Tomorrows Parties (five times) to Bonnaroo to practically every major European music festival. He’s done his thing at concerts by everyone from Jack White to Kendrick Lamar to LCD Soundsystem. His Soul Clap and Dance-Off isn’t only the world’s most popular and prolific soul party, but is also the only dance party to get an entire official night dedicated to it at Austin’s South By Southwest (where it has been the official closing party five times) and the only DJ party to get its own night at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night’s Swing. Not only is Toubin the first 45 DJ with Burger Records cassettes, but he’s also the first living DJ with compilations on the legendary Norton Records – with four “Souvenirs of the Soul Clap” LPs released internationally last year. Toubin has achieved all this and more without playing any fashionable contemporary genre and without belonging to any musical/cultural clique. Creatively cutting together raw, wild, and uncommon original 45rpm sides by unsung artists for the today’s dance floor, Jonathan Toubin and his New York Night Train party machine’s slow steady nightly work has built a unique space in contemporary culture and influenced scores of DJs and parties everywhere. 2016 finds Jonathan Toubin touring the world and completing his next four compilation LPs.
“Jonathan is pretty much the only DJ we actually like.”
—VICE Magazine, 2014
“We might live in an EDM world, but Jonathan Toubin has no truck with today’s musical whims. S