September 2006

Review : Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar 2006

 Monday, September 25th 2006, 2:00 pm

Sometimes I get sent a remix of a track and it makes me think “why oh why is it being remixed again for the millionth time?” and I have to admit that this was my first reaction when I got sent the classic “Cafe Del Mar” by Energy 52. Having a quick flick through discogs it seems that after its release in 1993 on Germany’s Eye Q Records label it has been released almost every year since on various other labels. The most noteable remix, i.e. the remix that most people know, is the Three N One Mix in 1998 on Hooj Choons. So do we need another remix?

Well, Blackburn’s All Around The World label have decided to give us the 2006 remixes and have enlisted a group of A-list remixers to have a go at this classic. On this package you’ll find the obligatory classic remixes from Three N One and Michael Woods plus some new mixes from Raul Rincon, Tall Paul (warning: this site has many pop-up windows! Why Paul? Why?), Soul Seekerz, K-Klass (come on lads, get a website!) and Kenny Hayes. So what do they sound like then?

The remix package kicks off with the best remix in my opinion. Germany’s Raul Rincon gives us a his trademark crisp percussion, filtered funk bassline and funky keys. The breakdown has some nice electric piano keys followed by his Italian piano house style key stabs plus some interesting African style chants. All in all a great remix which I’m playing out. Check it out on episode #21 of the podcast if you want to hear it in the mix.

Next up comes the tougher mix from the UK’s Tall Paul. His mix is very old school with a CLS synth-stabbed bassline and much of the original breakdown kept in tact. Personally I think this sounds a bit dated but some people might still enjoy it. Then comes the hot production team of the moment that is Soul Seekerz. Their mix is a funk fuelled extravaganza with a nice high-pass filtered lead synth. It’s almost a progressive house mix which builds nicely to the breakdown which contains some nice new pads.

Remix number four on the package is from Manchester’s finest and possibly longest serving house producers, K-Klass. They slow things down a bit and gives us an en-vogue electronic bassline with some guitar style synth stabs. Although sounding slightly dated they do try and do something a bit different with the breakdown and give us a different melody with the string pads. This is then followed up by a lovely classical sounding build up. It’s not quite got the impact of the other mixes but the change of style is interesting. The last new remix in the package comes from AATW’s in-house remixer, Kenny Hayes. It’s a well produced trance version of the tune which I’m sure will go down well in the harder clubs around the world even if it isn’t really my thing.

So should you buy it? If you’re a funky house DJ and you want a version to play out in your club, then definitely pick it up for the Raul Rincon and Soul Seekerz mixes. If you’re a trance DJ and you’re looking for a fresh update then I’m not sure this package will add much to your collection.

Charts : 24th September 2006

 Sunday, September 24th 2006, 2:08 pm
  1. Rogue Traders – Watching You – (Chris Lake’s Downtown Vocal Mix) – Ariola
  2. Lucky 7 – Why – (Club Mix) – Simply Recordings
  3. Oakenfold – Sex n Money – (Benny Bennassi Pump-Kin Club Mix) – Perfecto
  4. Paris Avenue – In My Mind – (Simmons & Christopher Remix) – Feverpitch
  5. Ministers De La Funk – Believe 2006 – (Lys Vocal Remix) – Oxyd
  6. Mason – Exceeder – Boss Records
  7. Dab Hands – Do Your Own Thing – (Tyrell’s Mix) – Gusto Records
  8. Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar 2006 – (Raul Rincon Mix) – AATW
  9. Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit – (TV Rock & Dirty South Melbourne Militia Remix) – CR2 Records
  10. Rhythm Republic vs Chicago Masters – Kenny “Jammin” Jason – Can You Dance? – (Soul Avengerz Club Mix) – Simply Recordings
  11. DJ Jose – Stepping To The Beat – (Dave McDonald Remix) – Data Records
  12. Fatboy Slim – Champion Sound – (M-Factor Remix) – Skint
  13. Jamiroquai – Runaway – (Tom Belton Vocal Mix) – Sony BMG
  14. The Energies – Life Begins – (Raul Rincon Dub) – Hypertelic Records
  15. Lorraine – Heaven – (Sebastien Leger) – Waterfall
  16. Tiesto – Dance 4 Life – (Fonzerelli Remix) – Nebula
  17. Cass Fox – Touch Me – (Tom Neville Remix) – Universal
  18. Sun – Gone – (Moto Blanco Remix) – White
  19. Ike & Tina Turner – Raise Your Hands (You Got To) – (Nick Nite Extended Mix) – Gusto Records
  20. Ferry Corsten – Junk – (D Ramirez Mix) – Positiva

Podcasts : Episode #21 – Seasons Of Love

 Saturday, September 23rd 2006, 9:45 pm
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Date: 23rd September 2006
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After a brief hiatus the DJ Cruze podcast returns with episode #21. I’m back with some dirty electro and funky house tunes to rock your MP3 player so get it downloaded as soon as you can. This week’s show doesn’t have a classic but instead I’m dedicating a tune to my lovely wife Clare! Aaah! 😉

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze chart rundown:
    • Mason – Exceeder – Boss Records
    • Ferry Corsten – Junk – (D Ramirez Mix) – Positiva
    • Ike & Tina Turner – Raise Your Hands (You Got To) – (Nick Nite Extended Mix) – Gusto Records
    • Sun – Gone – (Moto Blanco Remix) – White
    • Dab Hands – Do Your Own Thing – (Tyrell’s Mix) – Gusto Records
    • Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar 2006 – (Raul Rincon Mix) – AATW
    • DJ Jose – Stepping To The Beat – (Dave McDonald Remix) – Data Records
    • Rhythm Republic vs Chicago Masters – Kenny “Jammin” Jason – Can You Dance? – (Soul Avengerz Club Mix) – Simply Recordings
    • Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit – (TV Rock & Dirty South Melbourne Militia Remix) – CR2 Records
  • DJ Cruze dedication:
    • I Love N.Y. – Seasons Of Love (Original Broadway Mix) – Boss Records

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Charts : 17th September 2006

 Sunday, September 17th 2006, 7:42 pm
  1. Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit – (TV Rock & Dirty South Melbourne Militia Remix) – CR2 Records
  2. Rhythm Republic vs Chicago Masters – Kenny “Jammin” Jason – Can You Dance? – (Soul Avengerz Club Mix) – Simply Recordings
  3. DJ Jose – Stepping To The Beat – (Dave McDonald Remix) – Data Records
  4. Energy 52 – Cafe Del Mar 2006 – (Raul Rincon Mix) – AATW
  5. Oakenfold – Sex n Money – (Benny Bennassi Pump-Kin Club Mix) – Perfecto
  6. Dab Hands – Do Your Own Thing – (Tyrell’s Mix) – Gusto Records
  7. Sun – Gone – (Moto Blanco Remix) – White
  8. Ike & Tina Turner – Raise Your Hands (You Got To) – (Nick Nite Extended Mix) – Gusto Records
  9. Ferry Corsten – Junk – (D Ramirez Mix) – Positiva
  10. Mason – Exceeder – Boss Records
  11. House Agents – 1 Week In Ibiza – (Raul Rincon Dub) – AATW
  12. Lucky 7 – Why – (Club Mix) – Simply Recordings
  13. Chris Lake – Changes – (Dirty South Remix) – Apollo Records
  14. Dirty Old Anne – Turn Me On – (Club Mix) – Loaded
  15. Route 33 – Looking Back – (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Remix) – Apollo Records
  16. Don Diablo – Blow – (Sebastian Leger Remix) – Salacious
  17. Paris Avenue – In My Mind – (Simmons & Christopher Remix) – Feverpitch
  18. Peter Walshe – Gonna Miss Me – (Deeper Full Vox Mix) – CDR
  19. Rogue Traders – Watching You – (Chris Lake’s Downtown Vocal Mix) – Ariola
  20. Rhythm Royal – Summer Love – (Funksoulz Remix) – Miss Moneypenny’s

Mixes : Twisted Electro Mix

 Thursday, September 14th 2006, 6:30 pm
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Mixed on: 9th August 2006
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So as promised on podcast #19, here is an electro mix for you. I actually managed to do the mix before I got married but didn’t have time to upload it! I thought I’d do something a bit different for you this time and do a twisted electro-house mix. I’ve picked up a few dirty tracks, remixes and dubs that I thought went well together so here you go. It’s not my normal style of music as I normally play the funkier side of house music. Some of the tunes I am playing now are heading in this direction though so I’m sure you’ll love it.

The mix starts off with some fine 80s synth pop from Shena and drops into the dirty groover that is Mark Knight’s “Insatiable”. It then builds up through the massive “Easy” from Germany’s Trick & Kubik, the acid anthem that is Fedde Le Grand’s “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” (…go on, put your hands up!) and onto the dirty bassline monster that is “Release” by clubland’s golden boy of the moment Chris Lake. Think 2am in the dirtiest club you can think of! It then heads off into dirty disco with Spiller’s “Jumbo”, tracky beats from Switch with his remix of Kelis’ “Bossy” and then through 80s vibes from Jaymo and Hauswerks, Lo-Rider and Michael Gray. We get all international at the end of the mix with the fantastic “Moonlight Party” from Italy’s Fonzerelli and then the French sounds of the Lifelike mix of Geyster’s “Under The Fuse Of Love”.

Tracklisting:

  1. Shena – Electrosexual (Main Vocal Mix) – Azuli
  2. Mark Knight feat. Katherine Ellis – Insatiable (Kami’s Dirty Crunch Remix) – Toolroom Records
  3. Trick & Kubik – Easy (Original Mix) – Data Records
  4. Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit – C2 Records
  5. Chris Lake – Release – Rising Records
  6. Spiller – Jumbo – Nano
  7. Kelis – Bossy (Switch Remix) – Virgin
  8. Jaymo & Hauswerks – Don’t Stop (Gutterpunk Mix) – Salacious
  9. Lo-Rider – Skinny (M-Factor Club Mix) – Absolution Records
  10. Michael Gray – Borderline (Michael’s Neon Wave Vocal Mix) – Eye Industries
  11. Fonzerelli – Moonlight Party – UMM
  12. Geyster – Under The Fuse Of Love (Lifelike Remix) – Shell Records UK

I hope you enjoy this one and make sure you let me know what you think in the comments section below. Do you guys and girls want more dirty electro house as well as the funky stuff?

Review : Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit

 Thursday, September 14th 2006, 2:00 pm

Fedde Le Grand

Now this is possibly the hottest track of Ibiza 2006 and possibly one of the biggest electro-house tunes of the year. It’s called “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit” and it’s by Fedde Le Grand, and not Fedde Le Grande as some people seem to be writing. He’s a hot new producer and DJ out of Holland. That said, he’s been a hot club DJ in Holland since 1998 but he’s only just becoming a rising star here in the UK and this blazing track is helping to raise his profile.

Pete Tong has been championing Fedde’s track since May 2006 when he crowned it “Essential New Tune”. Originally coming out on the Dutch Flamingo Recordings in April of this year it soon got signed by CR2 Records and has since been pushed into the hands of the hottest DJs like Sander Kleinenberg, Tom Novy, Mark Knight and Roger Sanchez. The original mix of the tune has a minimal bassline but it’s so annoyingly catchy you won’t stop humming it all day. Add on top of that the building “put your hands up for Detroit… a lovely city” vocals and you’ve got a winning tune. Other mixes that I received were from Till West and DJ Delicious who add their tribal electro drums and 80s vibes to the track and also my personal favourite from Australia’s TV Rock & Dirty South Melbourne Militia. They add a tough and dirty bassline, some breakbeat drums and some extra vocals and it rocks hard! Pick a copy of this remix if you can find it.

Also, look out for his next tune Just Trippin’ which features great vocals from MC Gee and is coming out on Toolroom Records. Fedde Le Grand is a hot producer who’s only getting hotter.

News : Australia’s In The Mix podcast

 Wednesday, September 13th 2006, 3:30 pm

In The Mix

A while ago I came across the Australian dance music site In The Mix. Some of my antipodean listeners from Australia and New Zealand will no doubt be more familiar site than me but it seems to be Australia’s leading dance music community with a massive readership. I keep up with dance music news and reviews on the site and it seems that I’ve managed to miss the fact that they’re now doing podcasts. I haven’t actually subscribed to the feed yet but it looks like some of their recent podcasts feature some hot tracks from the heavy hitters from the dance music world like Roger Sanchez, Jamie Liddell, Thomas Schuhmacher and DJ Hyper.

The podcasts seem to be more of an eclectic mix from all genres of dance music. So their podcast marries house music next to techno tracks next to full-on breakbeat tunes. Some might find this a bit annoying but that’s the way I like it. Variety is, after all, the spice of life and all that! They also feature up and coming artists so hopefully you might be seeing me there at some point soon. Well, if I manage to get my ass back into the studio that is! The podcast feed is:

http://www.inthemix.com.au/podcast/feed.xml

so stick it in iTunes or whichever podcast feeder you use and enjoy some fresh tunes on a forthnightly basis. Lovely!

EDIT: It looks like people from outside of Australia can’t download the MP3s properly as they just point you to a non-complete HTML page. Sorry for the misinformation. We’ll have to find another great show to download instead!

DJ Dates : Loft Club, Saturday 30th September 2006

 Tuesday, September 12th 2006, 4:00 am

It’s that time again for me to return to one of my favourite clubs in Germany, The Loft Club in Ludwigshafen. I’m back on the decks with my main man DJ Vuish and we’ll be helping Alex Harmony to celebrate his birthday. Alex and my other main homeboy Luke45 will be mixing their dirty tech house too. So get your ass down to the club and you’ll hear some funky house music, some dirty electro and some cheeky Cruze classics in the mix. Get there early as the club is normally a lock out! You remember what happened when we rocked it last time?! (Yes, I’m trying to forget about when I DJ’ed in Lederhosen! Haha!)

Charts : 10th September 2006

 Monday, September 11th 2006, 10:01 pm
  1. Sun – Gone – (Moto Blanco Remix) – White
  2. Dab Hands – Do Your Own Thing – (Tyrell’s Mix) – Gusto Records
  3. House Agents – 1 Week In Ibiza – (Raul Rincon Dub) – AATW
  4. DJ Jose – Stepping To The Beat – (Dave McDonald Remix) – Data Records
  5. Fedde Le Grand – Put Your Hands Up For Detroit – (TV Rock & Dirty South Melbourne Militia Remix) – CR2 Records
  6. Lucky 7 – Why – (Club Mix) – Simply Recordings
  7. Chris Lake – Changes – (Dirty South Remix) – Apollo Records
  8. Rhythm Republic vs Chicago Masters – Kenny “Jammin” Jason – Can You Dance? – (Soul Avengerz Club Mix) – Simply Recordings
  9. Dirty Old Anne – Turn Me On – (Club Mix) – Loaded
  10. Route 33 – Looking Back – (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Remix) – Apollo Records
  11. Ike & Tina Turner – Raise Your Hands (You Got To) – (Nick Nite Extended Mix) – Gusto Records
  12. Don Diablo – Blow – (Sebastian Leger Remix) – Salacious
  13. Paris Avenue – In My Mind – (Simmons & Christopher Remix) – Feverpitch
  14. Peter Walshe – Gonna Miss Me – (Deeper Full Vox Mix) – CDR
  15. Rogue Traders – Watching You – (Chris Lake’s Downtown Vocal Mix) – Ariola
  16. Oakenfold – Sex n Money – (Benny Bennassi Pump-Kin Club Mix) – Perfecto
  17. Rhythm Royal – Summer Love – (Funksoulz Remix) – Miss Moneypenny’s
  18. Morpheus – So Special – (James Dean Re-rub Mix) – Wooden Records
  19. Krafty Kuts – Tell Me How You Feel – (Young Punx 12″ Mix) – Against The Grain
  20. Fireflies – I Can’t Get Enough – (Richard F Spread Muzik ‘Hornz’ Mix) – Data Records

News : DJ Asle podcast

 Monday, September 11th 2006, 6:00 pm

DJ Asle Bjorn
I’ve written about the amazing Danish producer Asle Bjorn before when he released his 2006 classic tune Golden Sun. For me it’s one of the classic songs of 2006 and is in most of my DJ sets when I’m playing out. At the time I wrote about him I didn’t really know who he was even though I’d heard a couple of his tunes before. Since then I’ve got to know him well via email and he’s a great guy as well as a fantastic producer.

Although he’s been DJ’ing for years he has only just started releasing his mixes as podcasts so you have to check them out. You can download them in iTunes or you can cut an paste the following direct RSS link into your podcatcher of choice:

http://asle.libsyn.com/rss

You can be guaranteed of some funky house music and dirty electro beats from Asle on a regular basis and you’ll also get some exclusives straight from his studio. Make sure you add this hot mix feed to your podcast collection as soon as you can!