March 2006

News : Competition results

 Wednesday, March 29th 2006, 8:24 am

All of the entries are in for the DJ Cruze podcast photo competition and the competition is now closed. I’ll announce the winner on the next podcast which should be online on by Wednesday April 5th 2006. I’ll mail the winner and get their address of them so I can send them a load of goodies (probably just CDs but I’ll see if I can find anything else exciting!). I’ll post the photos online after I have announced the results on the podcast. Thanks to everyone who entered.

Charts : 26/03/06

 Monday, March 27th 2006, 9:28 pm
  1. Rob Boskamp – In The Evening – Spinnin’ Records
  2. Beatfreakz – Somebody’s Watching Me (Ian Carey Club Mix) – Data
  3. Ben Macklin – Feel Together – Serial Recordings
  4. Coldcut – True Skool (Switch Mix) – Ninja Tunes
  5. Lorraine – I Feel It (Cicada Vocal Mix) – Waterfall
  6. Mark Morrison – Innocent Man (Moto Blanco Vocal Mix) – Moda
  7. Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No, I Got Life (Beginerz Louder Vocal) – Sony BMG
  8. Justice vs Simian – We Are Your Friends (Lee Cabrera Lower East Side Mix) – Ten
  9. The Tim Rex Experiment – Relentless (Just A Game) (J Harris Bouncin’ Club Mix) – Rexhouse
  10. Pawn Shop – Shot Away (Raul Rincon Dub) – Adhesive
  11. Gav McCall – I’m Alright (Club Mix) – Born 2 Dance
  12. ATFC – Return Of The Vigilante – CR2
  13. Dennis Christopher – Soulshakin – Confidence Recordings
  14. Tiga – Far From Home (Digitalism Remix) – PIAS
  15. Scape – Be My Friend (Ian Carey Remix) – Data
  16. David Morales – How Would U Feel (Philippe B Remix) – Data
  17. DJ Exacta feat Daley Padley – Pride (A Deeper Love) (Exacta’s Vocal Mix) – Compulsive
  18. Twisted Disco Sampler – Twisted Disco Sampler – Hed Kandi
  19. Bodyrox – Yeah Yeah (Turbo Club Vocal Mix) – Eye Industries
  20. DJ Steve Forest vs The King – U Can’t Stop (DJ Pedro Twister Mix) – HIT! Records

Podcasts : Episode #13 – Return Of The Vigilante

 Wednesday, March 22nd 2006, 11:55 pm

The house music vigilante returns with a full bag of funky tunes for your delight and delictation.

[podcast direct download] | [podcast RSS feed]

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • Big tunes:
    • Bodyrox – Yeah Yeah (Turbo Club Vocal Mix) – Eye Industries
  • DJ Cruze chart rundown:
    • Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No, I Got Life (Beginerz Louder Vocal) – Sony BMG
    • Mark Morrison – Innocent Man (Moto Blanco Vocal Mix) – Moda
    • Dennis Christopher – Soulshakin – Confidence Recordings
    • ATFC – Return Of The Vigilante – CR2
    • Gav McCall – I’m Alright (Club Mix) – Born 2 Dance
    • Lorraine – I Feel It (Cicada Instrumental Mix) – Waterfall
  • Cruze classic from 1995:
    • My Friend Sam feat. Viola Wills – It’s My Pleasure – Exit Records

Don’t forget to rate this podcast so I know what you like and don’t like. Run your mouse over the stars underneath the title of this podcast and it allows you to rate it. If you like it then give me a big phat 10. If it’s terrible then give it a 1. Go on… you know you want to vote!

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.

News : Miami WMC hot tracks

 Wednesday, March 22nd 2006, 1:00 pm

Sadly I’m not at the Miami Winter Music Conference (WMC) this year but for those that don’t know it’s one of the biggest events on the dance music calendar. It’s a five day conference comprising of club nights, seminars, panels, workshops and exhibits on all aspects of dance music. DJs spin tunes by the pool and pass on promo CDs and 12″ records (or maybe just email each other MP3s this year!). It’s where all of the buzz for the hottest summer tunes is created and the biggest tunes get signed for massive advances.

So I thought I’d give you a list of the hottest tunes out there that I think will be doing the business for the big DJs at this years WMC. Some of them are big hitters for me and hopefully you’ll be able to pick them up from your favourite record shop, online shop or legal download site soon. On with the list then…

  • Ben Macklin – Feel Together (Original Dub) – Serial Recordings – Ben is one half of the Sucker DJs who had a massive hit a couple of years back with “It’s Gotta Be” on Azuli. This new tune is a massive disco sampling monster with a dirty bassline. It’s being hammered by Pete Tong, Annie Mac and all of the top DJs. I’ve been trying to get hold of this for the past month and can’t find a copy anywhere!
  • ATFC – Return Of The Vigilante – CR2Onephatdeeva head honcho Aydin The Funki Chilli aka ATFC returns with another dancefloor smash from his “The Vermicious Knids EP”. Sampling a great disco tune it feels like a return to the 90s disco-sampling house music. A classic style with classy production. It’s definitely funking my dancefloors.
  • Dennis Christopher – Soulshakin – Confidence Recordings – A top Dutch producer (I think) who signed to Spinnin’ Records early last year and has released his first track on Spinnin’s new imprint Confidence. His remixes are always fantastic and he is fast gaining a similar reputation to Ian Carey for reliable, funky house mixes. This track shows that he’s no one-hit wonder and shows off his quality production skills.
  • Kid Creme feat Bashiyra – The Game – Illegal Beats – Kid Creme hasn’t released anything for a while but he’s back on form with this monster. A different production style from his old stuff but it still has a kicking bassline and interesting synths in the background.
  • Crazy P – Sun Science – Shiva – I mentioned the Crazy P album in an earlier post so I hope you have all picked it up and have heard this tune already. This is one of the standout tracks of the album and should be massive for Crazy P. It’s a cross between Jamiroquai funk and Grant Nelson style US garage. A real summer tune which should rock the swimming pools of Miami this weekend and the terraces of Ibiza in the summer.
  • Coldcut – True Skool (Switch Remix) – Ninja Tune – I’ll play this bad boy for you on a future podcast as I’ve just picked it up. Dark and dirty mix from Switch on this killer track featuring, in my opinion, the best UK rapper Roots Manuva. If you like your house music darker then you’ll love this one. You might remember Switch from his awesome “A Bit Patchy” track. He’s a quality breaks producer and this remix shows he’s not slowing down.
  • Soul Avengerz – Sing – Soda / Positiva – You might remember me playing this a while ago on episode #3 of my podcast. A classic vocal tune which has been signed to Positiva and will feature new mixes from Bobby Blanco.
  • Flanders – By My Side – Gusto – Is this the Spiller “Groovejet” of this years conference? More than likely. I imagine a bidding war is happening behind the scenes for this hot disco tune.
  • Olav Basoski & Alex Romano – Roll Da Dice – Rootz Records – I’ve not heard this yet but I read that it will be released soon. It has to be a massive track if those two hot Dutch producers are involved! They are releasing another tune called “No One” at some point in the future too and that is going to be huge. It’s a massive 70s Philly soul sampling classic and I am desperate to pick that up too!

If you have heard a hot track which I haven’t posted about then add a comment below. I’m always looking for good new tunes to play.

News : DJ Cruze on Radio 1 Newsbeat

 Tuesday, March 21st 2006, 2:06 pm

How strange! I have just been talked about on BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat news programme. They were talking about the new podcasts that Radio 1 are releasing and talked about how bands and artists are using podcasts to promote themselves. They then went on to talk about how easy it is to create and download a podcast and how they had checked out some podcasts. And then:

“You don’t need a flash studio to make a podcast. Just a computer, a mic and the internet…” followed by me introducing episode #4 of the DJ Cruze podcast. How mad is that then? They could have at least taken a sample from episode #12 instead of episode #4 as my production doesn’t sound as good as it does now.

I will post a link to the sample when I get home tonight.
Update: Download the sample here. My 2 seconds of fame on national radio appears at 1 minute and 8 seconds! Enjoy! 😉

I don’t know if I’ll get any new listeners via Radio 1 as they didn’t transmit the URL for my website. If you have come to the site via Radio 1 then a big “hello” to you all. The new podcast, episode #13, should be online by Wednesday or Thursday night so keep your pod catchers open! If I can get my latest production finished tonight then it will include a hot DJ Cruze exclusive tune for you. Fingers crossed!

Cheers to my mate Simon for letting me know about this.

Charts : 19/03/06

 Monday, March 20th 2006, 10:22 pm
  1. Lorraine – I Feel It (Cicada Vocal Mix) – Waterfall
  2. Pawn Shop – Shot Away (Raul Rincon Dub) – Adhesive
  3. Scape – Be My Friend (Ian Carey Remix) – Data
  4. David Morales – How Would U Feel (Philippe B Remix) – Data
  5. DJ Exacta feat Daley Padley – Pride (A Deeper Love) (Exacta’s Vocal Mix) – Compulsive
  6. Gav McCall – I’m Alright (Club Mix) – Born 2 Dance
  7. ATFC – Return Of The Vigilante – CR2
  8. Dennis Christopher – Soulshakin – Confidence Recordings
  9. Mark Morrison – Innocent Man (Moto Blanco Vocal Mix) – Moda
  10. Nina Simone – Ain’t Got No, I Got Life (Beginerz Louder Vocal) – Sony BMG
  11. Twisted Disco Sampler – Twisted Disco Sampler – Hed Kandi
  12. Bodyrox – Yeah Yeah (Turbo Club Vocal Mix) – Eye Industries
  13. Coldcut – True Skool (Switch Mix) – Ninja Tunes
  14. Beatfreakz – Somebody’s Watching Me (Ian Carey Club Mix) – Data
  15. DJ Steve Forest vs The King – U Can’t Stop (DJ Pedro Twister Mix) – HIT! Records
  16. Major Boys – Memories Of You (La Comitva Remix) – No2 Records
  17. Deep Dish feat Stevie Nicks – Dreams (Axwell Remix) – Positiva
  18. Macca – Ride Me Baby – Blowmedia
  19. Tony Cha Cha vs Mark Simmons – Somebody Else (Rockefella Dub) – Spinnin Records
  20. Steve Angello & Dave Armstrong – Groove In U (Steve Angello Mix) – Opaque Music

Charts : 12/03/06

 Sunday, March 12th 2006, 6:20 pm
  1. Deep Dish feat Stevie Nicks – Dreams (Axwell Remix) – Positiva
  2. DJ Exacta feat Daley Padley – Pride (A Deeper Love) (Exacta’s Vocal Mix) – Compulsive
  3. ATFC – Return Of The Vigilante – CR2
  4. Macca – Ride Me Baby – Blowmedia
  5. Pawn Shop – Shot Away (Raul Rincon Dub) – Adhesive
  6. Scape – Be My Friend (Ian Carey Remix) – Data
  7. Tony Cha Cha vs Mark Simmons – Somebody Else (Rockefella Dub) – Spinnin Records
  8. Steve Angello & Dave Armstrong – Groove In U (Steve Angello Mix) – Opaque Music
  9. Sugababes – Red Dress (Dennis Christopher’s More Energy Dub) – Island
  10. Soul Avengerz – Love You Feel (Original Mix) – Opaque Music
  11. David Morales – How Would U Feel (Philippe B Remix) – Data
  12. Mish Mash – Speechless (Soul Avengerz Mix) – Data
  13. Sara Jorge – Beautiful World (M-Factor Full Vocal Mix) – Purple City
  14. Kelly Llorenna – Nobody Like You (Herd & Fitz Mix) – AATW
  15. Jean Claude Ades – Some Day – Swings Records
  16. Deepgroove – Fascinated (Dirty House Mix) – UMM
  17. Studio B – C’Mon Get It On (Club Mix) – Loaded
  18. Marnix & Mustafa – Time To Get Funky (Mischa Daniels Remix) – Azuli
  19. Filterfunk – S.O.S. (Message In A Bottle) (Delano & Crockett Remix) – Gusto
  20. The Modern – Industry (Bimbo Jones Dub) – Mercury

DJ Dates : Teledisko @ Soho Club, 7th April 2006

 Wednesday, March 8th 2006, 10:53 pm

Teledisko flyer

Teledisko
Friday 7th April 2006
Soho Club
Mannheim
Germany

Manchester is coming home!

Teledisko flyer

I’m back with my main men Alex Harmony and Luke45 for another rocking Teledisko party. It’s my birthday on 23rd April so this is my official German birthday party. Get ready to rock hard and all night long. I’m looking forward to this one guys!

Podcasts : Episode #12 – How Would U Feel

 Wednesday, March 8th 2006, 7:00 am

Sorry that I didn’t manage to get this episode done last week. I meant to sort it out but it just didn’t happen. Hopefully that means you’re ready for another installment of the DJ Cruze podcast now though. Episode #12 brings you the old, the new and the down right funky!

[podcast direct download] | [podcast RSS feed]

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

Don’t forget to rate this podcast so I know what you like and don’t like. Run your mouse over the stars underneath the title of this podcast and it allows you to rate it. If you like it then give me a big phat 10. If it’s terrible then give it a 1. Go on… you know you want to vote!

I mentioned a couple of new podcasts that I have downloaded so here are the links to them. Just cut and paste the link and put it into iTunes or the podcatching software that you use.

  • Timmy Boy – You’ll have to click on the link on Tim’s site to download it. A nice mix using Garage Band.
  • DJ Flin podcast – Some nice mixing and tunes from Sascha here. But stop copying the text on my website please! 😉

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.

News : Fixed ratings

 Monday, March 6th 2006, 10:37 pm

Hopefully the ratings system for the mixes and podcasts should now be fixed. You can vote once every 20 years so I hope you’ll still be listening for that long if you want to vote again! Let’s hope we can keep the podcasts going for that long.