February 2007

Charts : 25th February 2007

 Tuesday, February 27th 2007, 6:00 pm
  1. MSTRKRFT – Street Justice – Modular
  2. De Souza – Guilty (Club Mix) – Hed Kandi
  3. Brad Holland – Crazy (Raul Rincon Remix) – GFab
  4. Boss Records – 2007 Sampler – Boss Records
  5. Brand New Heavies – I Don’t Know Why (I Love You) (Haji & Emmanuel Remix) – TBNH
  6. Robbie Williams – She’s Madonna (Chris Lake Mix) – EMI
  7. Olav Basoski – Da Beat Kicks – Rootz Records
  8. Soulcast – Someone Like Me (Ian Carey Club Mix) – Hit! Records
  9. Hilary Duff – With Love (Bimbo Jones Remix) – Hollywood
  10. Another Chance – Sound of Eden (Grant Nelson Vocal Mix) – Phonetic Recordings
  11. Jay Cox – Safe (Original Mix) – Suesse
  12. Stefy – Chelsea (Sebastien Leger Mix) – Wind Up
  13. The Migrants – I Thought That (Boris Dlugosch Mix) – Lowered Recordings
  14. Gianluca Motta – Ooops Up (Minimal Chic Original Mix) – Absolution Records
  15. Freemasons – Shakedown Album Sampler – Loaded Records
  16. Fedde Le Grand – Take No Shhh – Defected Records
  17. Kevin Sunray – Breathe Easy (Frank Savaro Mix) – Caballero
  18. Hook n Sling & Kid Kenobi – The Bump (Original Mix) – CR2 Records
  19. Xpress 2 – Witchi Tai To (M Factor Vocal Remix) – Skint Records
  20. Ulysses & DJ Carter – This Is How We… Rock! (Vocal Mix) – Oxyd Records

News : Can anyone get the latest podcast?

 Tuesday, February 27th 2007, 12:53 am

I seem to have some major issues with my webhost, Dreamhost, at the moment. They’re having network and power problems and I think that is the reason that my newly posted podcast isn’t showing up in iTunes. I’m going to bed now but hopefully the problems will be resolved in the morning. For now you’ll just have to manually download the MP3 file by clicking on the download link. Fingers crossed that it works because the audio files are hosted in the same place! I hate computers sometimes! 🙁

Podcasts : Episode #29 – Battle Royal

 Monday, February 26th 2007, 11:22 pm
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And finally the podcast appeared! Amazing!

Here is episode #29 of the DJ Cruze podcast and it has been a long time coming, I know, I know! I’ve been whizzing down the mountain in sunny (and snowy) Sainte Foy in the French Alps. I then came home and took my lovely wife Clare off to Prague for a few days of sight seeing, beer drinking (…that was mainly me!) and good, cheap food eating fun! So now that I’m back I’ve had to catch up and find some time to get the DJ Cruze podcast sorted. So here it is.

There are loads of great tunes on this episdode. The new D Ramirez remix of the old Brand New Heavies vocalist N’Dea Davenport kicks off the show and it rocks! A nice chunky bassline leads us into the funky sounds of up and coming producer Jay Cox followed by a cheeky bootleg from a great Italian producer, Alex Gaudino. Then there’s my big tune of the moment from Does It Offend You, Yeah? who are the biggest thing to hit dirty house music since Daft Punk. I’m looking forward to hearing their album when it comes out after hearing Battle Royale! When then head through loads more funky house and dirty electro until we hit one of my favourite old tunes – the Perfecto mix of “Mr Wendall” by Arrested Development. Talk about a massive tune! I hope all of these hot tunes make up for the lack of a podcast over the past month.

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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, I’ll play them.

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • N’Dea Davenport – One Day (D Ramirez Vocal Mix) – Dozer Records
    • Jay Cox – Safe (Original Mix) – Suesse
  • DJ Cruze chart rundown:
    • Professional Losers – Big Fat Nasty Filthy Dirty Bass (Original Mix) – Southern Fried Recordings
    • Alex Gaudino – Destination Calabria (Club Mix) – Data Records
    • Does It Offend You, Yeah? – Battle Royal (DJ Cruze Funkfinders Edit) – CDR
    • De Souza – Guilty (Club Mix) – Hed Kandi
    • Robbie Williams – She’s Madonna (Chris Lake Mix) – EMI
    • Scarlett Fantastic – No Memory (Raul Rincon Vocal Mix) – Boss Records
    • Haji & Emanuel – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Haji & Emanuel Remix) – Apollo Records
    • Hook n Sling & Kid Kenobi – The Bump (Original Mix) – CR2 Records
  • Cruze classic from 1992:
    • Arrested Development – Mr Wendal (Perfecto Mix) – Cooltempo

Charts : 18th February 2007

 Monday, February 19th 2007, 9:04 pm
  1. Hook n Sling & Kid Kenobi – The Bump (Original Mix) – CR2 Records
  2. Seamus Haji – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Haji & Emanuel Remix) – Apollo
  3. Audiofraud – Ride Like The Wind (Moto Blanco Remix) – AATW
  4. Boss Records – 2007 Sampler – Boss Records
  5. Robbie Williams – She’s Madonna (Chris Lake Mix) – EMI
  6. Houzecrushers – Touch Me (Smax & Gold Dub) – Nebula
  7. De Souza – Guilty (Club Mix) – Hed Kandi
  8. Does It Offend You Yeah? – Battle Royale – CDR
  9. Alex Gaudino – Destination Calabria (Club Mix) – Data Records
  10. Professional Losers – Big Fat Nasty Filthy Dirty Bass (Original Mix) – Southern Fried Records
  11. Jay Cox – Safe (Original Mix) – Suesse
  12. Freemasons – Shakedown Album Sampler – Loaded Records
  13. Another Chance – Sound of Eden (Grant Nelson Vocal Mix) – Phonetic Recordings
  14. Hilary Duff – With Love (Bimbo Jones Remix) – Hollywood
  15. Client – Drive (Thomas Gold Mix) – Loser Friendly
  16. Nic Chagall – What You Need (NC’s Preelectric Mix) – High Contrast Recordings
  17. Faithless – Music Matters (Axwell Remix) – Columbia
  18. Gianluca Motta – Ooops Up (Minimal Chic Original Mix) – Absolution Records
  19. Leama – Embrace Me (Soulseekerz Dub) – Swedish Diva Records
  20. N’Dea Davenport – One Day My Love (D Ramirez 12″ Mix) – Dozer Records

Charts : 11th February 2007

 Monday, February 12th 2007, 8:30 pm
  1. Houzecrushers – Touch Me (Smax & Gold Dub) – Nebula
  2. Alex Gaudino – Destination Calabria (Club Mix) – Data Records
  3. Seamus Haji – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Haji & Emanuel Remix) – Apollo
  4. Faithless – Music Matters (Axwell Remix) – Columbia
  5. K-Klass – Rhythm Is A Mystery (Raul Rincon Remix) – AATW
  6. Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80s (Tom Neville Remix) – Fly Eye
  7. Robbie Williams – She’s Madonna (Chris Lake Mix) – EMI
  8. Does It Offend You Yeah? – Battle Royale – CDR
  9. Boss Records – 2007 Sampler – Boss Records
  10. N’Dea Davenport – One Day My Love (D Ramirez 12″ Mix) – Dozer Records
  11. Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around Comes Around (Sebastien Leger Remix) – Jive
  12. Brand New Heavies – I Don’t Know Why (I Love You) (Haji & Emmanuel Remix) – TBNH
  13. De Souza – Guilty (Club Mix) – Hed Kandi
  14. Masters At Work – Work (Extended Mix) – AATW
  15. Stefy – Chelsea (Sebastien Leger Mix) – Wind Up
  16. Rogue Traders – Way To Go (Dada Remix) – Ariola
  17. Hook n Sling & Kid Kenobi – The Bump (Original Mix) – CR2 Records
  18. Mason – Bigboy Excercises – Art & Craft Records
  19. Audiofraud – Ride Like The Wind (Moto Blanco Remix) – AATW
  20. Various Artists – HIT! Winter/Spring Sampler – Hit! Records

News : More great music podcasts

 Tuesday, February 6th 2007, 3:00 pm

Every few months I need to spice up the music on my iPod so I like to go searching for more music shows that will brighten up my day. Here are a few of the new ones that I’ve found over the past couple of months that you’ll probably like too.

Solid Steel podcast Solid Steel Podcast

Ninja Tunes is an eclectic label out of the UK. It was formed in 1990 by Coldcut and over the years they’ve released loads of great trip-hop (when the genre existed!), hip-hop, drum and bass, funk and soul. You name it and they’ve probably released it! The Solid Steel podcast is a weekly, hour long show of the funkiest tunes you’re like to come across.

Dance Department podcast Dance Department

Dance Department is an awesome Dutch podcast which features mixes and tunes from some of the finest dance DJs. It’s a mix of trance, techno and house and it’s definitely worth a listen.

Beatport burners podcast Beatport.com Burners

Beatport is a great legal dance music download site and they have a bi-monthly show which features some of the newest tunes on there site. It’s a great podcast which showcases some new tunes which you might want to pick up at their store.

Blentwell podcast Blentcast

DJ Sascha Lupeski podcast DJ Sascha Lupeski

Sascha is a funky house DJ from Germany and his mixes give you an hour of the funkiest house music. He has a very similar music taste to me so if you enjoy my shows then make sure you give his podcast a try.

Stones Throw podcast Stones Throw Podcast

I love hip-hop but not the new sounds of 50 Cent and the like. I’m an old school hip-hopper! So if you’re after phat and funky breaks, funk, soul and hip-hop then check out the Stone Throw podcast. Peanut Butter Wolf and friends throw down the funkiest beats and rhymes on this show and it features some of their major artists like Madlib, J Dilla and Aloe Blacc. I’m loving this show!

Elektrotherapy podcast Elektrotherapy

If you like your music tougher then check out the Elektrotherapy podcast. It’s a bi-weekly house and electro podcast show that is run by John Kennedy and DJ Kristoff. It’s generally tough and techy but that might be what you need after my funkier podcasts. It often features great guests like D Ramirez, DJ Shield and Francois Dubois. Get it downloaded now!

Charts : 4th February 2007

 Sunday, February 4th 2007, 1:30 pm
  1. K-Klass – Rhythm Is A Mystery (Raul Rincon Remix) – AATW
  2. Alex Gaudino – Destination Calabria (Club Mix) – Data Records
  3. Haji & Emanuel – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Haji & Emanuel Remix) – Apollo
  4. Calvin Harris – Acceptable In The 80s (Tom Neville Remix) – Fly Eye
  5. Houzecrushers – Touch Me (Smax & Gold Dub) – Nebula
  6. N’Dea Davenport – One Day My Love (D Ramirez 12″ Mix) – Dozer Records
  7. Stefy – Chelsea (Sebastien Leger Mix) – Wind Up
  8. Rogue Traders – Way To Go (Dada Remix) – Ariola
  9. Hook n Sling & Kid Kenobi – The Bump (Original Mix) – CR2 Records
  10. Faithless – Music Matters (Axwell Remix) – Columbia
  11. Mason – Bigboy Excercises – Art & Craft Records
  12. Audiofraud – Ride Like The Wind (Moto Blanco Remix) – AATW
  13. Justin Timberlake – What Goes Around Comes Around (Sebastien Leger Remix) – Jive
  14. Camille Jones – The Creeps (Fedde Le Grand Club Mix) – Data Records
  15. Christian Hornbostel – Joy (Bobby Blanco & Miki Moto Remix) – Housepacific Recordings
  16. DT8 Project – Hold Me Till The End (Fonzerelli Full Vocal) – Direction Records
  17. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Catch You (Moto Blanco Dub) – Fascination
  18. Tim Andresen – Everybody (Original Mix) – Azuli
  19. Dance Nation – Move Your Love (Soul Avengerz Mix) – Data Records
  20. Big Brovaz – Big Bro Thang (Soul Seekerz Dub Mix) – Genetic Records

News : Sainte Foy here I come

 Saturday, February 3rd 2007, 8:42 pm

Sainte Foy Just so you all know that I won’t be posting anything on my site for a week and I won’t be answering emails. I’m heading off for a week of snowboarding in the French Alps. I’m going to Sainte Foy with some friends of mine for week of snowboard fun, plenty of beer and loads of apres ski. Fingers crossed that we get some more snow!

So I’ll have more podcasts, charts and mixes for you when I get back in just over a week. Enjoy the mixes while I’m gone and I’ll speak to you all soon.

News : Vinyl is dying

 Friday, February 2nd 2007, 6:30 pm

Vinyl pressing plant

After posting about my studio a guy called JAW had some things to say about my comments that vinyl are dying:

I can’t say I agree with the vinyl transitions after seeing some of the most incredible DJ performances. The movement from record to record and the finesse of the timing was part of the appreciation and “oos” and “aahhs” of the observers. Of course you’ll get me to admit that I was one of those DJs that said I would never buy a tape 20 years ago and now I’m CDS, vinyl and occassional tape (really only for recording).

I was going to answer this in the comments section but I thought that it warranted a blog post reply instead as I had a lot to say.

My opinion is this. Vinyl is definitely dying.

Firstly I have my own anecdotal evidence from the promotional tracks that I receive. Over the past ten years I have received many vinyl promos from record and promotions companies. Then from 2005 to 2007 this has gone from around 15-20 records per week and no CDs to 10-15 CDs and plenty of MP3 links but almost no vinyl. So it appears that the record companies are no longer sending over vinyl copies to the promotions companies or DJs.

Secondly, it doesn’t make financial sense for record companies to send vinyl promos any more. Just think of the costs involved. It would have cost them a minimum of £500 for a run of 500 12″ records. From my own knowledge of artist promotion this is probably a fair estimate of the number of copies of a track that get sent out to DJs. Let’s then compare that to the price of a run of 1000 CDs which will cost you a fraction of that price, probably around £200 if you don’t want any inlays. Alternatively, the company could burn their own CDs and I have seen that happen (but perhaps not for a run of 1000 copies). So the company will halve their costs to see whether a track or set of remixes work and this money can then help to promote the artists instead. The other alternative is to supply MP3 links with password protected server access. This is happening a lot more and the cost of this sort of promotion must be pretty negligble as file hosting is so cheap now.

So do the public care if vinyl dies? Well, there have been reports from September 2006 that vinyl was making a comeback. While the shops may be seeing some increase in sales of 7″ singles (note: this is a video link) I personally think this is a niche market which is fueled by the indie labels and kids who like to be different from their CD buying and MP3 downloading friends. For DJs I think that the death of vinyl is a sad time but we’re moving onto new technologies like the CDJ1000 (yes, I know CD turntables aren’t particulary new!), Final Scratch or Ableton Live.

I’ve been DJ’ing since 1988 and I got into DJ’ing because I loved scratching so I agree that seeing the performance of a DJ manipulating vinyl is amazing. I would watch hours and hours of the DMC World Championship scratching videos to see people like Aladdin, Cash Money, The X-Men, DJ Craze and the Invisible Scratch Pickles doing amazing body tricks while cutting and scratching. I’m sure that this will continue for many years to come but I believe that it has little bearing on a DJs performance in a club. I think that the advent of a usable CD turntable (i.e. the Pioneer CDJ 1000) has pushed DJ’ing in a different direction. Now DJs are thinking more about programming (i.e. tune selection) and how they can manipulate the tunes using the available technology for a better experience for clubbers. I agree that seeing a DJ running Ableton Live in a club isn’t going to be as memorable experience as the old days but if their tune selection is amazing then who cares? Some DJs, for example Pete Tong, aren’t particularly strong technical DJs but their track selection is generally amazing.

So is vinyl dying? Yes.
Does it matter? It’s sad but life moves on and we’ll get over it eventually!

News : More website problems

 Thursday, February 1st 2007, 9:51 am

Oh what a week it has been. Yet again I have had problems with my website. This time I was using way over my bandwidth limit due to my podcast RSS feed being hammered by iTunes and the other podcast aggregators. So I finally bit the bullet and transfered my website to a new webhost.

The lovely Dreamhost currently serve all of my MP3s for the mixes and podcasts and I’ve now moved the site there too. Hopefully you guys shouldn’t see any difference but if you notice any problems then get in touch.

Things to note are that I have lost about 5 comments so if you feel like reposting them (…Dom, Andy P and Florian) then do so! It happened because I backed up and moved the databases and that took a couple of hours. You guys then posted after I did that so they got lost in the ether. It’s not a biggy but in case you think you’re going mad then that’s why! Also, I’ve cut down the podcast RSS feed so that it only contains 5 items rather than all of the podcasts. This will save me about 15 GB of bandwidth a month so it is worth doing from my point of view. You’ll see a difference in the podcast feed in your aggregator but all of the podcasts are still available on my website.

Now that I’ve moved the site over I should be able to start rolling out some changes that I have wanted to do for ages. I think the design is getting a bit stale and I’d like to implement a few features which will help you find the content more easily. The changes will gradually take place over the next couple of months so keep your eyes open.

Update #1: Whoops! I spoke too soon. Looks like I’ve messed up the podcast RSS feed even though it worked earlier. I’m trying to fix it now!

Update #2: Should be sorted now. Damn you mod_rewrite and gzip! Yes, I’m a geek.