January 2007

Charts : Best of 2006

 Thursday, January 4th 2007, 4:58 pm

So it’s that time of year again where I give you my best of 2006 chart. It was compiled by looking at all of my charts that I post on the website during the year and I used this data to come up with a chart based on what was hot and what wasn’t. Sometimes I chart tracks when I get hold of them and have a listen. That means that some tunes have been left out of the “best of 2006” chart simply because they just don’t cut it on the dancefloor once I play them in a club!

So it represents 50 of the top tracks that rocked the dancefloors when I DJ’ed in 2006. Some of them are more obvious than others and they’re not necessarily in order – i.e. they are 50 of the best tracks of the year for me and #1 isn’t any better than #50. And yes, obviously I’ve charted my own mixes! 🙂 I’ve probably forgotten a few tracks but I’m sure you guys can remind me of some hot tunes that you liked in 2006. So have a look and see what you think and feel free to argue with me in the comments below!

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News : Digg the DJ Cruze podcast

 Tuesday, January 2nd 2007, 4:41 pm

Digg.com - A social news website
Do any of you guys use the social news website Digg? If not then why not?! In case you don’t know what it is and how it works, here is what Digg say about the site:

Digg is a user driven social content website. Ok, so what the heck does that mean? Well, everything on Digg is submitted by our community (that would be you). After you submit content, other people read your submission and Digg what they like best. If your story rocks and receives enough Diggs, it is promoted to the front page for the millions of visitors to see.

It’s a great website that I use daily for finding news stories and interesting offbeat stories too.

So why am I mentioning it here? Well, in their most recent update they added the ability to rate podcasts and videos so I thought I’d share my podcast with the Digg community. I thought that they could do with an injection of funky house and electro beats so I’ve added the podcast here. So if you’re a Digg user then do me a big favour and digg the podcast and any specific episodes that you think rock! I want the whole world to hear my funky house music.

Charts : 1st January 2007

 Monday, January 1st 2007, 8:57 pm
  1. Wi-Fi – Be Without You (Raul Rincon Mix) – AATW
  2. Tyken – Every Word (Club Mix) – Hed Kandi
  3. Basoski & Romano – No One – Rootz Records
  4. Cafe Groove – Why U Wanna Do Me Wrong? (Soul Avengerz Vocal Mix) – Hit! Records
  5. Stonebridge – SOS (Stonebridge RMX) – CDR
  6. Dannii Minogue – He’s The Greatest Dancer (Chris Lake Remix) – AATW
  7. A Lee – Electric Passion (Original Mix) – Oxyd
  8. Kid Massive – The Spirit (Olav Basoski Remix) – Rootz Records
  9. Hand Raiser – Volume 1 Sampler – Endulge
  10. Camille Jones – The Creeps (Fedde Le Grand Club Mix) – Data Records
  11. Kasabian – Me Plus One (Jacques Lu Cont Remix) – Columbia
  12. Simmons & Christopher – Weekend (Dennis Christopher Remix) – AATW
  13. Noami Marsh – Do You Feel Like (Playshakers Remix) – Audiofreaks
  14. Starzoom – Billie Jean (Dave Moureaux Remix) – Gusto Records
  15. Just Jack – Starz In Their Eyes (Trophy Twins Mix) – Mercury Records
  16. JoJo – Too Little Too Late (Raul Rincon Vocal Version) – Mercury Records
  17. Erick E – The Beat Is Rockin’ (Simmons & Christopher Remix) – Gusto Records
  18. Mika – Grace Kelly (Bimbo Jones Remix) – Casablanca
  19. Ben Macklin – Feel Together (Eddie Thoneick Remix) – Free2Air Recordings
  20. Vanessa Hudgens – Come Back To Me (Chris Cox Club Mix) – Hollywood Records

Mixes : Christmas 2006: Phat and funky mix

 Monday, January 1st 2007, 1:00 am
Mix details
Mixed: December 2006
Length: 00:42:31
File size: 39.0 MB
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To finish off this series of Christmas mini-mixes I decided to mix a few of my favourite funky tunes from the past few months. Kicking off the mix we have a funky little number from the Jaxx called “Hush Boy”. The Soul Seekerz have transformed it from a downbeat tune into a funky house number which rocked many of my funky floors last year. We then move onto a mysterious reggae house tune called “Why?” by Lucky 7. I still haven’t found out who did this tune but I’m guessing it’s one of the big house producers of the moment and they couldn’t clear the samples! It’s a funky little number in the same vein as Olav Basoski‘s “Waterman” and it rocks!

We’ve then got the classic cut-up disco tune “Everytime” by Sexy Toy on the Italian label Oryx Music. It takes me back to the original cut-up disco house revolution that happened during the mid 90s. There’s not enough cut-up disco any more but that’s probably because most of the obvious samples have been used already! Moving on we’ve got the excellent Dirty Old Ann with “Turn Me On”. It’s another remake of the Kathy Brown classic but yet again used to good effect in this funky version.

I’ve then dropped a very cheeky tune by Manchester’s Mint Royale. They’ve sampled “Wham Rap” by Wham and made it into a cheeky piano driven breakbeat tune. This one works well with the party crowds and I love playing it out when I can. We then head off to Seamus Haji‘s cheeky bootleg remix of Tweet‘s “Boogie Tonight” (but now with a re-recorded vocal and known as Bootie Luv). This was a massive track for me a few years ago when I played the DB Boulevard Club Mix. This hard to get hold of remix from Seamus Haji was originally on promos back in 2003 but it was finally re-released as a “new” remix on Hed Kandi a few months ago. It’s a massive track and ends a great year of production and remixing for Mr. Haji.

The final tune on the mix comes from Hed Kandi again and they’ve just released this chunky tune from Tyken called “Every Word”. This remix isn’t as dirty as the original but it has a great synth breakdown and it rocks any dancefloor. Look out for more great tunes from the Hed Kandi guys in the new year.

So that’s it. The last of the Christmas mini-mixes. I hope you’ve enjoyed them all and I look forward to doing plenty more in 2007.

Tracklisting:

  1. Basement Jaxx – Hush Boy (Soul Seekerz Mix) – XL Recordings
  2. Lucky 7 – Why – Simply Recordings
  3. Sexy Toy – Everytime (Original Mix) – Oryx Music
  4. Dirty Old Ann – Turn Me On (Full Vocal Club Mix) – Loaded Records
  5. Mint Royale – Whambar (12″ Version) – Direction Records
  6. Booty Luv – Boogie 2Night (Seamus Haji Big Love Remix) – Hed Kandi
  7. Tyken – Every Word (Triple Dee Rebuild) – Hed Kandi