August 2007

News : Tunes of the week

 Wednesday, August 29th 2007, 7:16 pm

Sia – The Girl You Lost To Cocaine (StoneBridge Club Mix) – Monkey Puzzle Records
Sia Furler

Sia Furler is a legendary vocalist in the dance music world. Perhaps best known for her work with downtempto masters Zero 7, she’s also had a successful solo career since the early 2000s. This forthcoming track has been remixed by house music legend StoneBridge and he’s brought us a monster. A funky pumping bassline, some massive synth strings and Sia’s beautiful voice make this a peak time stormer!

The H-Men – Show You Love (Bini & Martini Remix) – Brass
The H-Men

The H-Men are the house music veterans Paul Harris (of Dirty Vegas fame) and Aydin Hasirci (aka ATFC) and they’ve come together to give us a summer anthem. The remix I’m playing is by hot Italian producers Bini & Martini and they’ve turned the original tune into a huge electro house track. The bassline reminds me of Darren Emerson’s remix of “David” by Gus Gus and it funks along nicely with plenty of squelchy, detuned synths. Another great tune coming out of the new Muck N Brass labels.

Bionik Phunk – In My Head (ATFC Mix) – Born To Dance
Born To Dance
Another great new tune comes from the Brighton based record label Born To Dance. Bionik Phunk’s “In My Head” originally came out a few years ago on Germany’s Prog City label and it comes back fresh with a remix from one of my favourite producers ATFC. Sampling Tim Deluxe’s “Just Won’t Do”, ATFC brings us a breakbeat house intro with some subtle Rhodes piano and plenty of funky percussion before dropping some four to the floor funky house drums. A great little vocal tops off this tune nicely.

Inaya Day – U Spin Me (Mr Timothy Club Mix) – AATW
Inaya Day
The hardest working house vocalist on the scene, Inaya Day, is back with another quality house tune. Australia’s Mr Timothy has turned this into a filthy house tune that Herve or the old speed garage guys would be proud of. A deep and twisted bassline and some 80s style synth pads keep the tune chugging along nicely. Although it initially sounds like a cover of Dead Or Alive’s “You Spin Me Right Round”, it’s only the chorus that has been used as the inspiration for the track. I’m quite pleased about that as it wasn’t a tune I particulary wanted a house music cover version of! Great vocals as always from Ms. Day and all-in-all it’s a top tune.

Charts : 26th August 2007

 Monday, August 27th 2007, 7:01 pm
  1. T-Empo – Saturday Night Sunday Morning (Digital Dog Remix) – Gusto
  2. Mauro Picotto – Evribadi (Fonzerelli Remix) – SW Records
  3. Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso vs Salem Al Fakir – It’s True (Original Mix) – Axtone
  4. Holmes Ives – 8 Letters (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Yoshitoshi Recordings
  5. K-Klass – Let Me Show You Love (ATFC Remix) – AATW
  6. Sia – The Girl You Lost To Cocaine (StoneBridge Club Mix) – Monkey Puzzle Records
  7. The Shapeshifters – New Day (Extended Mix) – Positiva
  8. BassMonkeys – The Answer (Smax & Gold Remix) – Fierce Angel
  9. Dobi Kwe – Feel That Jam! (WaWa Remix) – CDR
  10. The H-Men – Show Your Love (Bini & Martini Club Mix) – Brass
  11. Bionik Phunk – In My Head (ATFC Mix) – Born To Dance
  12. Robytek – Sun (Gold Ryan Remix) – Rebirth
  13. Uniting Nations – Do It Yourself (Hoff Remix) – Gusto
  14. Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand – Let Me Think About It (Club Mix) – Data
  15. Vee Scott – Gimme Your Love (Bob Roberts Mix) – UMM Records
  16. Just Jack – No Time (Wideboys Dub) – Mercury
  17. Carl Kennedy vs M.Y.N.C. Project – Ride The Storm (RLS Club Mix) – Gusto
  18. Felix Da Housecat – Like Something 4 Porno (Teenage Bad Girl Remix) – Wall Of Sound
  19. Roisin Murphy – Let Me Know (Joey Negro Destination Boogie Mix) – EMI
  20. Jack Rokka vs Betty Boo – Take Off (Digital Dog Club Mix) – Gusto

Mixes / Podcasts : August 2007 Mix

 Thursday, August 23rd 2007, 9:56 pm

August 2007 electro mix
It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted a new mix and any new podcasts. As you all know, my new baby is keeping me rather busy but I have managed to make an hour to mix up a filthy, electro monster of a mix! I’ve got no time to do shout-outs for the podcast so I thought I’d add it to the podcast RSS feed instead. There are loads of great tracks in the mix here. I’m loving the Dave Spoon remix of Andrea Doria’s “Freak Me” and the Jack Rokka vs Betty Boo track “Take Off”. Both great electro tracks to get you rocking.

So get the mix downloaded and play it loud!

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Tracklisting

  1. NJoi – Love Can’t Turn Around (Electro Mix) – New Black Records
  2. Ida Corr – Let Me Think About It (Fedde Le Grand Mix) – Data
  3. Andrea Doria vs LXR – Freak Me (Dave Spoon Remix) – GI Recordings
  4. Out Of Office – Hands Up (Original Mix) – Frenetic
  5. Vision Factory – Loving Music (Ali Payami Dub) – Just For Fun Records
  6. Dave Spoon – Bad Girl (Dave Spoon Club Mix) – Apollo
  7. Freaks – The Creeps (Vandalism Vocal Mix) – Ministry
  8. Armand Van Helden – I Want Your Soul (TV Rock Remix) – Southern Fried Records
  9. Jack Rokka vs Betty Boo – Take Off (Digital Dog Club Mix) – Gusto
  10. Big World – Morning Light (Roman Salzger Remix) – Opaque
  11. The Wideboys – Bomb The Secret (Atari Era Remix) – AATW
  12. James Kaskande – You You You (ATFC Big Room Dub Remix) – AATW
  13. CRW – I Feel Love (Reefa & Shoota Remix) – Nukleuz Records

News : Tunes of the week

 Tuesday, August 21st 2007, 8:00 pm

Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso vs Salem Al Fakir - It's True (Original Mix) - Axtone Records
Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso vs Salem Al Fakir- It’s True (Original Mix) – Axtone
Two of the Swedish house mafia members, Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso, are back together producing an unforgettable summer anthem, “It’s True”. Coming out on Axwell’s Axtone label, it features vocalist Salem Al Fakir and it’s going to be the tune that you can’t get out of your head this summer with it’s catchy “it’s true, life will smile for you” chorus. It’s got that French production vibe about it with the electric guitar bassline, over compressed pads and keys and repetitive vocals and it reminds me of “Morjac’s Theme” by Morjac which came out a couple of years ago. I’m sure it’s going to be another summer hit for the Swedes which you’ll be hearing all over the white island this year.

BassMonkeys
BassMonkeys – The Answer (Smax & Gold Remix) – Fierce Angel
The BassMonkeys have been going from strength to strength in 2007 and are two hot producers of funky, vocal house music. Originally coming out last year on the Fierce Angel compilation “Es Vive Ibiza”, “The Answer” is a slice of summery, funky piano led house music that’ll put a great big smile on your face. This set of remixes feature hot mixes from the Bassmonkeys themselves, US keyboard legend Eric Kupper, ex Rhythm Master Steve Mac and producers of the moment Eric Smax and Thomas Gold. If it’s piano house you want then head for Eric Kupper’s fantastic mix but my money is on the tougher Smax & Gold mix. It’s a slice of tough and funky house which always rocks my dancefloors. A tough, stabbed synth bassline complements the compressed synth pads and vocals and with a big old breakdown, this tune will definitely go off at 2am!

K-Klass - Let Me Show You Love
K-Klass – Let Me Show You Love (ATFC Remix) – AATW
Sometimes I wondered how many times the classic house tracks from the early 90s can be remixed but then sometimes I receive a nice remix package which makes me think again. Originally released in 1993, this piano classic from K-Klass has been updated by some of the hot producers of the moment such as Moto Blanco, Mickey Slim, Stonebridge and ATFC. If you’re after an updated version of the original then head straight for K-Klass’ 2007 mixes and they’ll do the business for you. If, like me, you want something which sounds a bit more current then head for ATFC’s remix. He strikes the right balance between cheesy piano house and the distorted electro house of now. It’s a funky electronic builder which hits home after a few minutes when the pianos and synth horns (you remember the ones I mean don’t you?) drop into the mix. He also uses the full vocal but with some great bit-crushed, cut-up vocal samples in the background. This is a grade A remix if ever there was one. Also featured in the remix package is the mix from Mickey Slim which will satisfy all of the dirty house DJs out there. Mickey utilises the pianos every now and again but drops his trademark dirty electro sound. Plenty of sub-bass synths and twisted vocals make it a killer dub mix for the darker dancefloors.

The Shapeshifters
The Shapeshifters – New Day (Extended Mix) – Positiva
The Shapeshifters are back with yet another killer vocal tune called “New Day”. Taking its lead from the current style of house music, the extended mix kicks off with a more electronic bassline than normal but it’s still got to the funk. Add to that the stunning vocals of drum and bass star Jenna G, some lovely strings and brass and you get another fantastic summer anthem. Taking a slightly less commercial angle on the tune is the Dutch producer Erick E, who you might remember from the awesome “Beat Is Rockin'” tune earlier in the year. He gives us a crunchy mix with some rocky guitars, bit-crushed synths pads and stabs and his funky house drums. Both mixes are awesome so go out and get them from your favourite online record store!

News : Anthony H Wilson – R.I.P.

 Monday, August 20th 2007, 9:00 pm

Anthony H Wilson
It was really sad news for anyone who lives in Manchester that Anthony H Wilson died on Friday 10th August 2007. This is obviously a bit of a late post but as it is his funeral today, I thought I would respectfully mention him on the website as he changed the face of music and clubbing in Manchester.

For those that don’t know him, he was a legend in the north of England. He was a radio and tv presenter, record label owner, nightclub owner, impresario and journalist for the BBC and Granada television channels. Affectionately called “Mr Manchester” for all of the work he did in the promotion of Manchester, he will be remembered most in the clubbing world for being the man who brought us Factory Records and the Hacienda night club. He brought us bands such as Joy Division, James, The Happy Mondays and New Order and without Tony’s input, I don’t think we’d have seen such a thriving music scene here in Manchester.

One of the main reasons I decided to come to study in Manchester way back in 1990 was because of the music of Manchester. The Madchester scene was rising up and although I wasn’t a big indie music fan, I was looking forward to the club scene here. My mates and I used to go down to the Hacienda a lot to see the likes of Dave Haslam, Graeme Park and Mike Pickering playing the funkiest acid house, electro and hip-hop beats that were around. I’d already been DJ’ing for about 2 or 3 years by that point but hearing those guys really influenced the sound that I was playing. Plus we managed to get some of the great house DJs of the time doing guest spots so it was the place to hear the likes of Sasha, John Digweed, Daniel Davoli and many of the other great house DJs from the early 90s. It was great time and I don’t think I’d be so into my dance music if it wasn’t for the Hacienda.

So rest in peace Tony and thanks for creating such a vibrant music and club scene here in Madchester.

If you don’t know much about him and you’d like to read some more information then you’ll find obituaries here at the BBC and The Guardian.

News : Missing mixes

 Monday, August 20th 2007, 7:45 pm

Looks like quite a few of the old podcasts and mixes can’t be downloaded and I hadn’t realised. Big thanks to Thilo for pointing it out. The files are on an old server and the guys who gave me the webspace must have taken it down. I’ll reupload the mixes to my server as soon as I can and all should be good.

Charts : 19th August 2007

 Monday, August 20th 2007, 7:26 pm
  1. Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand – Let Me Think About It (Club Mix) – Data
  2. Vee Scott – Gimme Your Love (Bob Roberts Mix) – UMM Records
  3. Just Jack – No Time (Wideboys Dub) – Mercury
  4. Axwell & Sebastian Ingrosso vs Salem Al Fakir – It’s True (Original Mix) – Axtone
  5. T-Empo – Saturday Night Sunday Morning (Digital Dog Remix) – Gusto
  6. Mauro Picotto – Evribadi (Fonzerelli Remix) – SW Records
  7. Jack Rokka vs Betty Boo – Take Off (Digital Dog Club Mix) – Gusto
  8. Avalon Superstar – So Alive (Chris Kaeser Club Mix) – Groove Factory Records
  9. BassMonkeys – The Answer (Smax & Gold Remix) – Fierce Angel
  10. K-Klass – Let Me Show You Love (ATFC Remix) – AATW
  11. The Shapeshifters – New Day (Extended Mix) – Positiva
  12. Dumb Dan – Dirty Beats (Asle Remix) – Dumb Recordings
  13. Andrea Doria vs LXR – Freak Me (Dave Spoon Remix) – GI Recordings
  14. Soul Corporation – Let’s Go Together (Simmons & Christopher 2007 Club Mix) – Muck N Brass
  15. Holmes Ives – 8 Letters (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Yoshitoshi Recordings
  16. Clear Cut – The Sound Of Music (Dub Mix) – Move Your Body Productions
  17. Ultra Nate – Automatic (Extended Mix) – AATW
  18. Hi_Tack – Let’s Dance (Dennis Christopher Dub) – Gusto
  19. The Marches – Turn It Around (Club Mix) – Loaded
  20. Weekend Masters – I Found A Love (Dave Armstron & DLG Remix) – Hit! Records

News : One Man Bands

 Wednesday, August 15th 2007, 7:00 pm

Dosh
The other day I was listening to my ipod on shuffle when I came across one of my favourite random tracks. It’s by an artist called Dosh and I’d called it “Random live loops”. I originally found it from a post on the blog Music Thing which I enjoy reading on a regular basis. It was a promotional video for Dosh from the record label Anticon and I loved it so much that I ripped the audio from the video so that I could listen to it on my ipod. I’ve since found out that it is actually called “Call The Kettle Back” and the video for it is below.

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News : Tunes of the week

 Tuesday, August 14th 2007, 8:00 pm

I thought I’d start a (hopefully) weekly post in which I give you a run down of some of the big tracks I’ve been sent over the past week. My charts prove to be helpful to people so I thought that a brief description of the tracks might help you to decide whether you want to pick them up or not. Most of the big tracks make it onto the podcast at some point so that you can have a listen to them but we all know how slack I’ve been with the show over the past months. You’ll never get to hear them if we wait for the podcast or mixes to drop.

Jack Rokka vs Betty Boo - Take OffJack Rokka vs Betty Boo – Take Off (Digital Dog Club Mix) – Gusto
Yes, Betty Boo is re-doing the do! After a couple of big hits in the 80s, Alison Clarkson aka Betty Boo, disappeared into the background of the music industry and penned some songs for big pop acts here in the UK. Well she’s decided to start singing again and this track with Jack Rokka is awesome. Digital Dog have remixed this track into an electro monster with their trademark distorted basslines, detuned synths and plenty of reverb and chorus. Betty’s dirty vocals add to the fun with her asking us to give her all we’ve got. In the words of the song, I’d certainly “lick, flick, stick!” Also included in this remix package is a funkier mix from Smax & Gold who you can always count on for a killer remix.

Soul Corporation - Let's Get TogetherSoul Corporation – Let’s Get Together (Simmons & Christopher 2007 Club Mix) – Muck N Brass
Think way back to the year 2000 and you might remember the old Jazzy M track “Jazzin’ The Way” on Perfecto Records. It was a classic funky house tune that was always a favourite in my record box. Well Soul Corporation (aka Dennis Christopher) have brought the tune into the now and given us a summer anthem for 2007. It’s got a great vocal and an 80s style bassline and it really gets a party going. Expect to hear this all summer in Ibiza and it’ll probably cross over into the charts too.

Clear Cut – The Sound Of Music (Dub Mix) – Move Your Body Productions
Here’s an artist I hadn’t heard of before and they’ve delivered a cheeky little electro house tune for us. Featuring the vocals of Erire who last appeared on Stonebridge’s “S.O.S.”, it’s a cover of a 1983 track of the same name by an American group called Dayton. The full vocal mix doesn’t do it for me but check out the dub for some seriously filthy dance music. A quality dirty bassline, plenty of stuttered vocals and loads of of chorus make it a winner for me.

Just Jack - OvertonesJust Jack – No Time (Wideboys Dub) – Mercury Records
Just Jack is back with another track off his Overtones album and the UK’s Wideboys have remixed this in a UK garage style. I love Just Jack when I’m chilling out at home but I’m never sure whether his vocals work in a club so it’s nice that the Wideboys have given us a dub mix. It’s a great little track which has a French house vibe about it with the repetitive “We’ve got no time” refrain and the massive amounts of compression on it (…so be careful you don’t listen to it for too long with headphones or it’ll kill your ears as it has done to mine this afternoon!) The “chorus” has a Todd Edwards UK garage vibe about it too which I really like. He was one of my favourite UK producers of the past 10 years so it’s nice that they’ve taken his influence. You’ll also find a more downbeat mix from Elektrons which is great too but not really a club track.

Ida Corr vs Fedde Le Grand - Let Me Think About ItIda Corr vs Fedde Le Grand – Let Me Think About It (Club Mix) – Data Records
The final track is a massively infectious track by man of the moment Fedde Le Grand. His club mix is a tune you won’t be able to get out of your head. Big love to the One Phat DJ for originally hooking me up with this track. It came out a couple of months ago on the Flamingo label out of Holland but now it’s getting a UK release on Ministry of Sound’s Data Records. The club mix has a great vocal with a monotonous bassline but the most amazingly catchy synth stab you’ve ever heard. It’ll annoy you for weeks I promise! Other remixes in the package come from one of the hottest new electro producers, Micky Slim, who gives us a dirty dub which will work well on the tougher dancefloors. There are also other mixes from Eddie Thoneick, Jason Herd and Gregor Salto & DJ Madskillz. They’re all great mixes but I think the original Fedde Le Grand club mix is the one I’ll be playing as they don’t really add much to his quality production. If you only pick up one tune in the next couple of weeks then make sure it’s this.

News : The obligatory apology

 Tuesday, August 14th 2007, 12:05 pm

Another week (or should that be month?) Another apology for not posting much on the site!

It’s been a tough 10 weeks of being a new parent but we’re finally getting to a place with more sleep. My wife, Clare, and I have loved every minute of it but I don’t think either of us knew what to expect once our baby was born! Daniel is now starting to sleep a lot better so it should give me more time to update the website and get some more mixes out there.

The plan for the next week is to post a new electro mix which I managed to mix at the weekend. Then I’ll hopefully be getting the podcast sorted at the weekend and that will be online by Sunday or Monday of next week. Also, check back in at the website, or subscribe to the RSS feed, and you’ll see more stuff being posted on the site too. So I’ve not gone away I promise! 😉