November 2006

News : Hot producer alert – Switch

 Thursday, November 30th 2006, 6:00 pm

Switch aka Dave Taylor

If you’ve never heard of Switch then you’ve been missing one of 2006′s most prolific dirty house and electro producers. Better known as Dave Taylor, Switch has been producing filthy house music for the past three or four years but 2006 has definitely been the year of the Switch remix. If dirty house music isn’t your thing then close your ears because he’s made some of the filthiest house sounds around!

Dave is a hip hop freak from Ladbroke Grove in London with an ear for tracky beats and and filthy synth basslines. He’s the man behind numerous shady records and some genius official ones. Switch has been championed by the heavy hitters in the dance music world such as Masters at Work, Gilles Peterson, Phil Asher, Rainer Truby, Tom Middleton and Ashley Beedle. His cheeky cut-up approach to production is building him quite a reputation as a consistently fresh, risk-taking quirkster who delivers quality cuts with an pinch of funk and soul combined with some deep and booming bass sounds, all of which continuously impress the underground elite.

Although I don’t always play the tougher sounds in my sets, I often drop the Switch classic “A Bit Patchy” and it will instantly blow up the dancefloor. The appeal of the Switch sound is that he makes accessible, twisted tracks that are influenced from the house sounds of Basement Jaxx, through the glitchy hip-hop of Prefuse 73 via US hip-hop from the Neptunes and US house from Kenny Dope. You’ll find influences in his tunes from all dance music genres and he’s never one to pigeon hole himself.

In between all of his remixing Dave also manages to run his own Dubsided label which acts as an outlet for his distinctive dirty, glitchy house music and other twisted house producers.

Some classic Switch tunes and remixes that you should get hold of are:

  • Switch – A Bit Patchy – A cheeky dirty house bootleg of The Incredible Bongo Band’s “Apache”. A massive b-boy classic cut up for the modern day dancefloors.
  • The Futureheads – Worry About It Later (Switch Remix) – One of my favourite indie bands gets cut up to f*ck and combined with the Switch dirty bass sounds and dirty electro drums. A filthy remix and a dirty dancefloor favourite.
  • Fatboy Slim – Champion Sound (Switch Remix) – Norman’s reggae-fueled hip-hop joint gets twisted into an old school monster!
  • Spank Rock – Bump (Switch Remix) – Heavy reverb, squeaking synths, bangin beats and funky horn stabs. What more can you ask for?

News : DJ Yoda Essential Mix

 Wednesday, November 29th 2006, 2:15 pm

DJ Yoda

Do you like hip-hop? Of course you do!
Do you like scratching? Hell yeah!
Do you like the Steve Miller Band mixed in with the theme from Rocky and Louis Armstrong cut-up with hip-hop beats and some samples from the Muppets? Erm….yes!

If you like your block-rocking hip-hop then check out this weeks Essential Mix from DJ Yoda. Unfortunately it’s only online until Saturday 2nd December 2006 so get listening now. I’ve just been listening to it and it’s a fantastic mish-mash of styles. DJ Yoda is one of the best hip-hop DJs out there so go and check it out.

News : Nelly Furtado Remix Fame

 Tuesday, November 28th 2006, 7:23 pm

Nelly Furtado remix collection
Even though I didn’t manage to make any money off my Nelly Furtado remix it looks like a couple of internet entrepreneurs have made some money from selling my remix.
Have a look at these ebay auctions: auction #1 and auction #2.

I might have to email the people involved and get a copy of the CD for myself as it looks quite professionally packaged! If only you were actually allowed to sell bootlegs and remixes of artists then I’d be a rich man! Well, maybe not that rich but it would have been a nice little Christmas present! Isn’t the internet a great place for media if people treat my remix as an exlusive? In my opinon, the more people that hear my sounds, the better.

Charts : 26th November 2006

 Monday, November 27th 2006, 11:45 pm
  1. Freemasons – Raining Down Love (2006 Dub Vox) – Loaded Records
  2. Klaas vs I AM FINN – iloveyou – Ugly Truth
  3. Eric Prydz vs Pink Floyd – Proper Education – Data Records
  4. Stu Allen – Music’s Got Me (Fonzerelli Remix) – UMM
  5. Shanie – Don’t Give Me Your Life (M-Factor Dub) – AATW
  6. Ben Macklin – Feel Together (Eddie Thoneick Remix) – Free2Air Recordings
  7. Space Cowboy – My Egyptian Lover (Space Cowboy Extended Club Mix) – Tiger Trax
  8. JoJo – Too Little Too Late (Raul Rincon Vocal Version) – Mercury Records
  9. Erick E – The Beat Is Rockin’ (Simmons & Christopher Remix) – Gusto Records
  10. Mika – Grace Kelly (Bimbo Jones Remix) – Casablanca
  11. DJ Disciple – Work It Out (Ruff and Tort Mix) – Xtravaganza
  12. Kingpinz – Need You Tonight (Original Mix) – Cayenne Records
  13. Sharam – Party All The Time (Cedric Gervais and Second Sun Remix) – Data Records
  14. Diddy – The Reason (Megawoof Vocal Mix) – CDR
  15. Bump – I’m Rushing (Dave Spoon Vocal Mix) – Art & Craft
  16. Big Bass vs Michelle Narine – What You Do (Playing With Stones) (Hoxton Whores Remix) – Apollo Records
  17. Blondie – Heart Of Glass (Edison Vocal Mix) – Positiva
  18. Vanessa Hudgens – Come Back To Me (Chris Cox Club Mix) – Hollywood Records
  19. Mint Royale – Whambar (12″ Version) – Direction Records
  20. Frisco vs Ice MC – Think About The Way (DJ Bomba & El Senor Remix) – AATW

News : It’s all gone quiet

 Monday, November 27th 2006, 9:32 pm

I thought I’d better apologise for not updating my website very often over the past couple of weeks. I know that some people find my weekly chart useful but it doesn’t exactly make for an exciting website now does it?

After my computer crashed I have spent a bit of time trying to get it up and running again but I haven’t managed to finish it off. I’ve still got to find some of the nice delay and reverb VSTs on my back up hard drive and then it’ll be good to go. The podcast is about 3 weeks late now and I’m hoping to get episode #24 online at the weekend.

Work has been crazy for me too so I’ve not really had time to do anything musical for the past month. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things in the next couple of weeks running up to Christmas as my harsh deadlines are due to end this week. Talking of Christmas, it’s almost time for the annual DJ Cruze Christmas Podcast so I’d better get another Christmas bootleg going.

Has anyone got any good ideas for what they’d like to be remixed? How about The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl with their Christmas classic “Fairytale of New York”? Or maybe even Wham’s “Last Christmas”? Haha! Post some ideas for me in the comments below and I’ll get the tune remixed in a DJ Cruze Funkfinders style!

Charts : 19th November 2006

 Monday, November 20th 2006, 7:03 pm
  1. DJ Disciple – Work It Out (Ruff and Tort Mix) – Xtravaganza
  2. Sharam – Party All The Time (Cedric Gervais and Second Sun Remix) – Data Records
  3. Eric Prydz vs Pink Floyd – Proper Education – Data Records
  4. Stu Allen – Music’s Got Me (Fonzerelli Remix) – UMM
  5. Klaas vs I AM FINN – iloveyou – Ugly Truth
  6. Big Bass vs Michelle Narine – What You Do (Playing With Stones) (Hoxton Whores Remix) – Apollo Records
  7. Blondie – Heart Of Glass (Edison Vocal Mix) – Positiva
  8. Vanessa Hudgens – Come Back To Me (Chris Cox Club Mix) – Hollywood Records
  9. Bump – I’m Rushing (Dave Spoon Vocal Mix) – Art & Craft
  10. Mint Royale – Whambar (12″ Version) – Direction Records
  11. Ben Macklin – Feel Together (Eddie Thoneick Remix) – Free2Air Recordings
  12. Frisco vs Ice MC – Think About The Way (DJ Bomba & El Senor Remix) – AATW
  13. Boss Records – Winter Sampler – Boss Records
  14. Mr Gone – Do 4 Love (Magik Johnson Mix) – Rebirth Records
  15. Space Cowboy – My Egyptian Lover (Space Cowboy Extended Club Mix) – Tiger Trax
  16. Rihanna – We Ride (Mantronix Club Mix) – Def Jam Recordings
  17. Queen vs The Miami Project – Another One Bites The Dust (Soul Avengerz Remix) – Positiva
  18. Freemasons – Raining Down Love (2006 Dub Vox) – Loaded Records
  19. Eddie Thoneick – Deeper Love (Ruff Mix) – CR2 Records
  20. Robbie Williams – Lovelight (Kurd Maverick Vocal Mix) – EMI

Mixes : Hey Mr DJ Mix (Side B) – June 1994

 Wednesday, November 15th 2006, 3:30 pm
Mix details
Mixed: June 1994
Length: 00:47:14
File size: 43.2 MB
Download this file.

As promised last week here is the b side of an old mix I did way back in 1994. You’ll find plenty of old tunes here and lots of cutting and scratch. I’ve tried to master the MP3 as best I could but it’s still a bit crackly with some heavy (i.e. distored!) bass in parts.

There are plenty of classic house tunes on here and it’ll make you smile if you’re old enough to remember them. If you’re not, then make sure you still download it as the tunes are fantastic! Here’s a vague tracklisting for you too. I’ll fill in the tune names as I remember them and feel free to post some comments below if you remember the name of the tunes before I do. Enjoy!

Tracklisting:

  1. ??? – ???
  2. Hed Boys – Girls & Boys – Seka Records – (x 2 copies – cut it up DJ!)
  3. Lisa B – You and Me (Cleveland City Shining Mix) – White label
  4. ??? – ???
  5. God Within – The Phoenix – White label (An absolutely classic tune by Scott Hardkiss.)
  6. ??? – ???
  7. The Cotton Club – Just Play The Music – Fantastic Records (From the Rock EP.)
  8. ??? – ???
  9. Screen II – Let The Record Spin – Cleveland City Records
  10. ??? – ???

Charts : 12th November 2006

 Tuesday, November 14th 2006, 8:22 pm
  1. Boss Records – Winter Sampler – Boss Records
  2. Rihanna – We Ride (Mantronix Club Mix) – Def Jam Recordings
  3. Big Bass vs Michelle Narine – What You Do (Playing With Stones) (Hoxton Whores Remix) – Apollo Records
  4. Queen vs The Miami Project – Another One Bites The Dust (Soul Avengerz Remix) – Positiva
  5. DJ Disciple – Work It Out (Ruff and Tort Mix) – Xtravaganza
  6. Freemasons – Raining Down Love (2006 Dub Vox) – Loaded Records
  7. Sharam – Party All The Time (Cedric Gervais and Second Sun Remix) – Data Records
  8. Eric Prydz vs Pink Floyd – Proper Education – Data Records
  9. Mr Gone – Do 4 Love (Magik Johnson Mix) – Rebirth Records
  10. Klaas vs I AM FINN – iloveyou – Ugly Truth
  11. Eddie Thoneick – Deeper Love (Ruff Mix) – CR2 Records
  12. Robbie Williams – Lovelight (Kurd Maverick Vocal Mix) – EMI
  13. As If – Lead You To Heaven (I-Mode Remix) – Rebirth Records
  14. Client – Zerox Machine (N-Joi Remix) – Friendly
  15. Armand Van Helden – Touch Your Toes (Original Mix) – Southern Fried Records
  16. Audio Bullys – Drop It! (Original Mix) – Southern Fried Records
  17. Madonna – Jump (Axwell Remix) – Maverick
  18. 365 – One Touch (Bimbo Jones Remix) – Innocent
  19. Blondie – Heart Of Glass (Edison Vocal Mix) – Positiva
  20. Stu Allen – Music’s Got Me (Fonzerelli Remix) – UMM

News : Podcast delay until the weekend

 Tuesday, November 7th 2006, 6:00 pm

BSOD - Strongbad to the rescue!
Sorry guys and girls but this week’s podcast has been delayed due to the untimely death of my PC. My hard drive finally gave up and has died a horrible death. Thankfully I was wise enough to keep all of my important data on a second hard drive so I don’t think I’ve lost much of my work or tunes. I now have to go through the laborious task of reinstalling all of my music software so I can record the podcast again. This may take a few nights but hopefully I’ll be sorted for the weekend. I’ve got the B-side of the “Hey Mr. DJ” mix to upload so I’ll try and get that uploaded for you instead.

Charts : 5th November 2006

 Monday, November 6th 2006, 9:53 pm
  1. Eddie Thoneick – Deeper Love (Ruff Mix) – CR2 Records
  2. Robbie Williams – Lovelight (Kurd Maverick Vocal Mix) – EMI
  3. Boss Records – Winter Sampler – Boss Records
  4. Rihanna – We Ride (Mantronix Club Mix) – Def Jam Recordings
  5. Madonna – Jump (Axwell Remix) – Maverick
  6. 365 – One Touch (Bimbo Jones Remix) – Innocent
  7. Big Bass vs Michelle Narine – What You Do (Playing With Stones) (Hoxton Whores Remix) – Apollo Records
  8. Freemasons – Raining Down Love (2006 Dub Vox) – Loaded Records
  9. Blondie – Heart Of Glass (Edison Vocal Mix) – Positiva
  10. Stu Allen – Music’s Got Me (Fonzerelli Remix) – UMM
  11. Sharam – Party All The Time (Cedric Gervais and Second Sun Remix) – Data Records
  12. DJ Disciple – Work It Out (Ruff and Tort Mix) – Xtravaganza
  13. Booty Luv – Boogie 2Nite (Seamus Haji Big Love Remix) – Hed Kandi
  14. Sugababes – Easy (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Remix) – Island
  15. Whelan & Di Scala – Teardrops (Hott 22 Remix) – AATW
  16. The Freelance Hellraiser – Weightlessness (Klaas Mix) – Ugly Truth
  17. Soul Seekerz – Party For The Weekend (Eric Smax & Thomas Gold Remix) – Positiva
  18. Justin Timberlake – My Love (Poker Face Remix) – Jive
  19. Janet Jackson – So Excited (Bimbo Jones Club Remix) – Virgin
  20. The Group Dynamic – Consequences (Original Vocal Mix) – Suesse Records