February 2006

Charts : 26/02/06

 Monday, February 27th 2006, 10:09 pm
  1. Mish Mash – Speechless (Soul Avengerz Mix) – Data
  2. Sara Jorge – Beautiful World (M-Factor Full Vocal Mix) – Purple City
  3. Sugababes – Red Dress (Dennis Christopher’s More Energy Dub) – Island
  4. Kelly Llorenna – Nobody Like You (Herd & Fitz Mix) – AATW
  5. DJ Exacta feat Daley Padley – Pride (A Deeper Love) (Exacta’s Vocal Mix) – Compulsive
  6. Deep Dish feat Stevie Nicks – Dreams (Axwell Remix) – Positiva
  7. Tony Cha Cha vs Mark Simmons – Somebody Else (Rockefella Dub) – Spinnin Records
  8. Soul Avengerz – Love You Feel (Original Mix) – Opaque Music
  9. Steve Angello & Dave Armstrong – Groove In U (Steve Angello Mix) – Opaque Music
  10. Jean Claude Ades – Some Day – Swings Records
  11. Deepgroove – Fascinated (Dirty House Mix) – UMM
  12. Studio B – C’Mon Get It On (Club Mix) – Loaded
  13. Marnix & Mustafa – Time To Get Funky (Mischa Daniels Remix) – Azuli
  14. Filterfunk – S.O.S. (Message In A Bottle) (Delano & Crockett Remix) – Gusto
  15. The Modern – Industry (Bimbo Jones Dub) – Mercury
  16. Madonna – Sorry (Man With Guitar Mix) – Maverick
  17. M.V.P. – Bounce, Shake, Move, Stop! (Ian Carey Dub) – Positiva
  18. The Mash Up Mix 2006 – Various Artists – Ministry Of Sound
  19. Shapeshifters – Incredible (Denis The Menace & Jerry Ropero’s Full Vocal Mix) – Positiva
  20. Boogie Pimps – The Music In Me (West End Sun Remix) – Data

Competition : Take a photo, win a prize!

 Wednesday, February 22nd 2006, 7:07 pm

DJ Cruze starts to dance...

Hey you! Yes, you! You have listened to the podcast, you have enjoyed the music that I have been playing for you and what have you given me? Nothing! That’s what! It’s time to get involved so I can see what my listeners look like.

As I mentioned in the latest podcast, I received an email from a nice guy from Australia called Craig who mentioned “…dancing like I’m in a Madonna video when I listen to your podcasts.”. Sorry Craig! I hope I haven’t embarrassed you!

So I’ve set you guys a challenge to send me a picture of yourself dancing while listening to my podcast. The best picture will win some prizes from the DJ Cruze vaults. Probably some CDs or something exciting like that. Not much but better than nothing. I’m sure I can find something good for you though. I’ll send the prizes to anywhere in the world but you’ll have to send me a great picture to win. I need it to be an amazing photo with you doing something great in it so obviously you have to prove to me that you love the podcast! How about dressing up in a Madonna leotard? Or getting all of your friends together and all dancing to it? Or dancing in front of a great landmark in the country that you live? As long as you guys don’t mind I’ll post the best ones online and we can all see what the average DJ Cruze podcast listener looks like.

Closing date: 25th March 2006 – I know that podcasts aren’t like a regular radio show so you might be listening a bit later than other people.

I have a couple of other ideas for competitions so this might become a regular thing if you guys and girls like it. So get posting your pictures to my podcast email address as soon as you can! The picture has to be better than the one of me to win! Thanks to Jocelyn from A&E for taking this sneaky photo when I wasn’t looking! She’s taken some where I’m paying attention and they will be online as part of my press pack soon.

Podcasts : Episode #11 – Time To Get Funky

 Wednesday, February 22nd 2006, 7:00 am

It took a bloody long time to get this episode out didn’t it? Battling the PC of doom and a cold which knocked me out for a week I bring you Episode #11 of the DJ Cruze podcast.

[podcast direct download] | [podcast RSS feed]

Listening advice: Play loud and with friends and shake your collective booty!

As always, here is the tracklisting for the show:

Nuff respect to my good friend Kevin who this week’s “Cruze Classic” is dedicated to. I know I promised everyone a tune on the Vinyl Addiction label in an earlier post but I completely forgot that I promised Kev that I would play this tune for him. And a promise is a promise however you look at it! Enjoy!

As always I love to hear your feed back on the show. Contact me using the form provided and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I’m always looking for new tunes to play on the show so if you’re an up and coming producer who’s looking for some exposure then let me know and if I like the tunes then I’ll play them.

Charts : 19/02/06

 Monday, February 20th 2006, 8:00 pm
  1. Sara Jorge – Beautiful World (M-Factor Full Vocal Mix) – Purple City
  2. Deepgroove – Fascinated (Dirty House Mix) – UMM
  3. Kelly Llorenna – Nobody Like You (Herd & Fitz Mix) – AATW
  4. Mish Mash – Speechless (Soul Avengerz Mix) – Data
  5. Sugababes – Red Dress (Dennis Christopher’s More Energy Dub) – Island
  6. Deep Dish feat Stevie Nicks – Dreams (Axwell Remix) – Positiva
  7. Studio B – C’Mon Get It On (Club Mix) – Loaded
  8. DJ Exacta feat Daley Padley – Pride (A Deeper Love) (Exacta’s Vocal Mix) – Compulsive
  9. Marnix & Mustafa – Time To Get Funky (Mischa Daniels Remix) – Azuli
  10. Tony Cha Cha vs Mark Simmons – Somebody Else (Rockefella Dub) – Spinnin Records
  11. Soul Avengerz – Love You Feel (Original Mix) – Opaque Music
  12. Steve Angello & Dave Armstrong – Groove In U (Steve Angello Mix) – Opaque Music
  13. Jean Claude Ades – Some Day – Swings Records
  14. Filterfunk – S.O.S. (Message In A Bottle) (Delano & Crockett Remix) – Gusto
  15. The Modern – Industry (Bimbo Jones Dub) – Mercury
  16. Madonna – Sorry (Man With Guitar Mix) – Maverick
  17. M.V.P. – Bounce, Shake, Move, Stop! (Ian Carey Dub) – Positiva
  18. The Mash Up Mix 2006 – Various Artists – Ministry Of Sound
  19. Shapeshifters – Incredible (Denis The Menace & Jerry Ropero’s Full Vocal Mix) – Positiva
  20. Boogie Pimps – The Music In Me (West End Sun Remix) – Data

News : Computer hell and great tunes

 Tuesday, February 14th 2006, 7:44 pm

So I’ve managed to save some of the data that was on my main drive but Windows is dying a slow and painful death! Podcast episode #11 is going to be delayed until the weekend when I will hopefully have reformatted, reinstalled and resecured everything. It’s quite amazing how many viruses, trojans, spyware and crap you can acquire from simply reinstalling Windows. Perhaps it’s time to move to a better operating system! I’m sure all of the graphic designers out there will tell me that’s it’s a good move to get a Mac and I’m sure it probably is but I’m stuck in my ways. Plus I have all of my music software for the PC so it would make recording the podcast and making music a lot trickier. And you guys don’t want that do you?

So your fix for funky house music will have to wait until the weekend I’m afraid. Hopefully I’ll be up and running again by Saturday (18th February) and I’ll get the podcast online as soon as possible. I’ve got some great new tunes to put on there: the new Marnix & Mustafa tune on Azuli, the Madonna Man With Guitar mix, that High Life track on OnePhatDeeva (what an awesome tune it is!!) and many, many more great tunes. Oh and the classic for this week is one of my favourites from way back on the excellent Vinyl Addiction label. I remember raving to that back in the day and you’ll just have to guess which 12″ I’ve picked until you see the tracklist and hear the podcast! If you’ve got any suggestions for a great classic that you want then holla at me girlfriend! As a special treat I’ll get some more old tapes ripped for you (….yes, especially for you Stefan F so stop complaining! 😉 ) and I’ll get the next podcast (episode #12) done as soon as possible after that so you don’t have to wait too long.

If you haven’t picked up any albums in a while then I’d highly recommend picking up the new Crazy P album “A Night On Earth”. It’s rocking on my iPod at the moment. You’ve got filthy space funk from “Lady ‘T'”, the oddly named but euphoric piano-driven “Bumcop” (…what is a bumcop? what a great use of the English language!), a smattering of 80s nu-soul on “Turnaway”, right up to the disco-pop stylings of “Sun-Science” (of which the chorus sounds like “World In Motion” by New Order but without John Barnes rap!). I’m loving this album even if it does take a few listens to get into. If you like your 80s disco and soul brought into the noughties then grab a copy now.

So if you don’t get a reply to your email then it’s because I haven’t installed Thunderbird yet so I’ll get back to you as soon as I can. I’m also going to get the website upgraded to the latest version of WordPress too to avoid the barrage of comment spam that I seem to be getting at the moment. Hopefully that will be less painful than the PC problems I’m having. God, I’m full of verbal diarrhoea tonight aren’t I? That comes from being in the house all day feeling sorry for myself. I’m full of a cold so has anyone got any Lemsip?

Charts : 12/02/06

 Monday, February 13th 2006, 9:54 am
  1. Filterfunk – S.O.S. (Message In A Bottle) (Delano & Crockett Remix) – Gusto
  2. Studio B – C’Mon Get It On (Club Mix) – Loaded
  3. Kelly Llorenna – Nobody Like You (Herd & Fitz Mix) – AATW
  4. The Modern – Industry (Bimbo Jones Dub) – Mercury
  5. Madonna – Sorry (Man With Guitar Mix) – Maverick
  6. Marnix & Mustafa – Time To Get Funky (Mischa Daniels Remix) – Azuli
  7. M.V.P. – Bounce, Shake, Move, Stop! (Ian Carey Dub) – Positiva
  8. Mish Mash – Speechless (Soul Avengerz) – Data
  9. Sara Jorge – Beautiful World (M-Factor Full Vocal Mix) – Purple City
  10. The Mash Up Mix 2006 – Various Artists – Ministry Of Sound
  11. Shapeshifters – Incredible (Denis The Menace & Jerry Ropero’s Full Vocal Mix) – Positiva
  12. Boogie Pimps – The Music In Me (West End Sun Remix) – Data
  13. MYNC Project & Danny Rampling – Strobelight (Dub) – Positiva
  14. Solu Music feat. Kimberlee – Fade (Grant Nelson Big Room Vocal Mix) – Hed Kandi
  15. Hi_Tack – Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U) (Tom Wax & Boris Alexander Bootleg Mix) – Gusto
  16. Deepgroove – Fascinated (Dirty House Mix) – UMM
  17. Joey Negro – Make A Move On Me – Z Records
  18. Ying Yang Twins – Shake (Xpress 2 Mix) – TVT Records
  19. One Hit Wonders – Grace Of God (Raul Rincon Mix) – Gusto
  20. The Energies – Beyond The End (Dubaholics 12″ Mix) – Hypertelic

News : Computers = pain!

 Friday, February 10th 2006, 6:00 pm

I have to apologise again but my podcast might be late next week. I turned on my PC to find that it wouldn’t boot up to Windows so it’s a potential reinstall situation! Aaargh! Not good. Hopefully I can fix it but if not then it’s going to take me a while to reinstall all of my music apps and web apps in order to get up and running.

Just for the record, as many people have asked, I record the show using my Technics 1210s, Ableton Live, Cubase SX, a Terratec DMX6Fire soundcard and an AKG C1000S microphone with pop shield. I’ll be doing a little tutorial telling you how to get the best sound quality out of that gear if anyone is interested. I’m sure there must be some music geeks out there who want to know what I do!

News : More quality music podcasts

 Tuesday, February 7th 2006, 8:54 pm

Looks like the world and his brother are now creating podcasts! I’ve found quite a few more on the net and thought I’d better share the wealth with you guys and girls.

I mentioned these guys before as being quality house music but they also do dirty and funky breaks too:

Evil Rabbit | Evil Rabit Podcast RSS feed – I’m loving Andy Wallington’s latest funky breaks mix and Rob Tarren’s latest soulful house mix. Nice one boys!

The big guns are getting into it too:

Pete Tong | Pete Tong Podcast RSS Feed – Here you’ll find a cut down version of Pete’s Radio 1 show. Lots of little snippets of house and electro tunes with a few eclectic suprises thrown in for good measure!

Erol Alkan | Erol Alkan Podcast RSS Feed – London’s king of the bootleg throws down some hot mixes filled with dirty cut-ups and bootlegs. Anyone who can mix a bootleg version of Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You” into New Order’s “Blue Monday” is a genius in my books! Get subscribed to this as soon as you can!

Defected Records | Defected Records Podcast RSS Feed – Defected Records drop some smooth and silky soulful house on us in this 30 minute podcast. Nice US house vibes from one of the world’s best house labels.

If I find any more then I’ll let you know and I expect you to do the same! It’s nice and easy to contact me so tell me if you find any good music podcasts. I’ll listen to anything as long as it’s funky!

Charts : 05/02/06

 Sunday, February 5th 2006, 6:43 pm
  1. Studio B – C’Mon Get It On (Club Mix) – Loaded
  2. Shapeshifters – Incredible (Denis The Menace & Jerry Ropero’s Full Vocal Mix) – Positiva
  3. Madonna – Sorry (Man With Guitar Mix) – Maverick
  4. Boogie Pimps – The Music In Me (West End Sun Remix) – Data
  5. Kelly Llorenna – Nobody Like You (Herd & Fitz Mix) – AATW
  6. Marnix & Mustafa – Time To Get Funky (Mischa Daniels Remix) – Azuli
  7. Hi_Tack – Say Say Say (Waiting 4 U) (Tom Wax & Boris Alexander Bootleg Mix) – Gusto
  8. Deepgroove – Fascinated (Dirty House Mix) – UMM
  9. Joey Negro – Make A Move On Me – Z Records
  10. Sara Jorge – Beautiful World (M-Factor Full Vocal Mix) – Purple City
  11. Ying Yang Twins – Shake (Xpress 2 Mix) – TVT Records
  12. One Hit Wonders – Grace Of God (Raul Rincon Mix) – Gusto
  13. Solu Music feat. Kimberlee – Fade (Grant Nelson Big Room Vocal Mix) – Hed Kandi
  14. The Energies – Beyond The End (Dubaholics 12″ Mix) – Hypertelic
  15. The Modern – Industry (Bimbo Jones Dub) – Mercury
  16. Axer – 123 – Pryda Records
  17. Filterfunk – S.O.S. (Message In A Bottle) (Delano & Crockett Remix) – Gusto
  18. Olav Basoski – Elektric – Rootz Records
  19. Superbass – Go To Pieces (Jon Gurd Remix) – CR2 Records
  20. Rasmus Faber – Get Over Here (Sunloverz Mix) – Azuli

News : Other house podcasts

 Friday, February 3rd 2006, 2:30 pm

A lot of people have asked me how they find the podcasts for Alex Harmony and One Phat DJ as they couldn’t find them. So here are the links to their RSS feeds:

Alex Harmony podcast RSS feed – Note: Alex tells me that his next podcasts will be in English so make sure you subscribe.
One Phat DJ Podcast RSS feed

I also found another quality house mix from Rob Tarren and Andy Wallington at Evil Rabbit too:

Evil Rabbit Podcast RSS feed

If you’re using iTunes then it’s super simple to do. Run iTunes and click on “Advanced” from the menu bar. Then click “Subscribe to podcast” and cut and paste the RSS feed that you want the podcasts for. Then hit “OK” and it will take you to the podcast page.

E.g.
Paste:

http://www.alex-harmony.de/wordpress/?feed=rss2&
category_name=podcasts

into the box and you’ll subscribe to the Alex Harmony podcast.

The latest show will then automagically be downloaded via iTunes (obviously you have to be connected to the net first).

I use iTunes to get my podcasts but others are available. You’ll find a good list of podcatchers (applications which can automatically download podcast episodes) here. Juice gets loads of good press so it might be worth having a look if you don’t want to download iTunes.