July 2008

News : Ibiza madness

 Thursday, July 31st 2008, 7:00 pm

The Boys In Ibiza

I got back from Ibiza on Monday afternoon but it has taken me this long to get my mind and body back in shape so that I could post about it on my website! A great time was had by all as you can see from the picture above. That’s me and the guys on Monday morning after a night out at Space. Big love to the stag Will, whose picture we all have on our t-shirts. I think he had a good stag weekend and I know I did.

So what did we do out there? Well predictably we managed to do an awful lot of drinking as you’d expect. We hit the beach bar Bora Bora on both afternoons, once for only about 20 minutes! It’s a long story – don’t ask! It’s an amazing bar which looks right out onto the beach at Playa D’En Bossa and at about 5pm it starts banging out some amazing tunes. It’s a weird feeling being in your shorts and on a dancefloor looking out onto bright blue skies! If you’re in Ibiza you have to check it out though as the tunes and atmosphere were amazing.

On Saturday night we headed out to Ibiza Town to check out some of the bars and then those that survived moved on to Pacha for Def Mix night with David Morales. Sadly I wasn’t in a fit state to make it out there after a 4am wake-up call on Saturday morning and an afternoon of drinking. Good reports were given by those that were there but most people couldn’t really remember much!

Space Ibiza

On Sunday we chilled by the beach and pool and then headed back to Bora Bora for a pre-club warm up before heading to “We Love” at Space. Space now doesn’t open until 4.30pm due to the new licencing laws out in Ibiza but it was still weird to arrive at a club at 6.15pm! Big thanks to Mark Firth who sorted us all out with guestlists to save us the whopping 55 Euro entrance price. I was quite amazed at how busy it gets even at that time and by 11pm the place was absolutely rammed! So after a wander around we headed into the terrace bar for a few beers to warm up for the evening. In the back room we listened to Smokin’ Jo for a lot of the evening. Although she’s technically a very good DJ, the music didn’t really do it for me. It was a more on the tech-house, minimal house vibe which sometimes feels a bit cold and soulless. We then headed out into the main room for some dirty breakbeats from the Plump DJs and Boyz Noize who were both rocking. I also managed to catch a bit of Tom Novy’s set (I think) in the other room and he was also rocking the crowd.

Good times were had by all and thankfully we all managed to get back from Ibiza safely. I’d definitely head out there again and hopefully next time I’ll be behind the decks!

News : Kris Menace and Fred Falke Essential Mix Goes To 11

 Thursday, July 31st 2008, 5:00 pm

Radio 1 iPlayer goes to 11

Check out the latest Radio 1 Essential Mix if you want a slice of funky 80s disco house. The first hour is from Kris Menace and the second from Fred Falke, two of the hottest French producers at the moment. It’s absolutely rocking and features some of my favourite tracks of the past few months and some cheeky DJ edits too.

The other thing that really made me laugh is the volume control on the BBC iPlayer. The developers of the iPlayer are obviously big fans of Spinal Tap. Their volume control doesn’t go up to 10 like convention dictates but, in an homage to the amplifiers from the film Spinal Tap, it goes “one louder” to 11 as you can see from the picture at the top of this post. See the clip below of the scene from Spinal Tap if you’ve never seen it before.

Mixes / Podcasts : July 2008 Mix – Ibiza Sunset

 Wednesday, July 23rd 2008, 10:55 pm

DJ Cruze July 2008 Mix - Ibiza Sunset

It’s been an awfully long time since I put a new mix onto my site so I managed to grab a couple of hours the other night and thought I’d do a new mix ready for my trip to Ibiza on Saturday. I’m off on a stag/bachelor weekend with some of the guys from Manchester and because the stag, Will, is a big fan of progressive house I thought I’d do a deep, dark and progressive mix for us to play while we’re out there. Obviously I thought you guys might like it too so here it is! I must warn you that it’s not my normal style and it gets a bit dark and twisted! It runs a fine line between electro, progressive and tech house but it’ll definitely get you in the mood for going out!

The mix kicks of with the king of electro house music, Mr. Eric Prydz and his homage to a Stockholm club called “F12” (…well, having just read an interview with him where he says it’s a favourite club of his, I’m assuming that’s why.) We’ve then got an exclusive tune from a soon-to-be-famous-I-hope Dutch producer Duart Jansen called “2 Cowboys” which is absolutely rocking. Then we head through a wicked Deamau5 remix of Mike Di Scala and on to a tough, jacking remix of Dave Spoon’s “88” by Mark Knight and Funkagenda.

Up next is another cheeky tune which is unfortunately doing the rounds on the internet but is too good not to play. I’m hoping Eric Prydz releases “Fabric Test” (which I assume was a test tune when he was playing at Fabric!) so that I can buy it but it doesn’t seem to be turning up on any of the legal download sites. It’s a wicked dark, electro track will sound huge in a club. I’ve then got a fantastic new electro house version of one of my favourite trance tracks, Three Drives – “Greece 2000”. Following that is an exclusive remix by the Funkfinders, otherwise known as DJ Cruze (yes, me!), on Alex Harmony’s “Nayati”. It’s a tougher remix than I’d normally do but I wanted to do something a bit different. It’s got chunky beats, a full on bassline and some massively crushed strings. Hope you like it! I’ll speak to Alex and hopefully I can put it on my website for you to download as it hasn’t been included in the final release. Let me know in the comments if you’d like to download it.

Moving on from my remix we’ve got a killer Deadmau5 sounding track from Dobenbeck and then onto Axwell’s Remode version of Adele’s “Hometown Glory”. I know I just played it on the last podcast but I love the pianos in it so I couldn’t help but put this version in the mix. Seemlessly mixing into that we’ve got “555” from the other members of the Swedish House Mafia, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso. This track almost has a techno feel to it but I think it’s just the right side of funky electro house for my taste. Finally we’ve got a massive breakdown with EDX’s “Premiumline” and onto the a jacking new tune by David Amo and Julio Navas called “La Sagrada Familia”. It’s a really simple track but it has that Fedde Le Grande “Put Your Hands Up” vibe about it. A future electro house classic perhaps?

If you enjoy the mix then get in touch and tell me what you think. Also, why not consider donating some money so that I can cover the costs of producing the podcasts and mixes. With the amount of downloads I have, it’s not cheap! And finally, don’t forget to comment on the show below and tell me what you think.

Get the mix here:

Download DJ Cruze July 2008 Ibiza Sunset Mix

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • [00:00:00] Eric Prydz – F12 (Original Mix) – Pryda
    • [00:06:15] Duart Jansen – 2 Cowboys – CDR
    • [00:11:30] Mike Di Scala – Space & Time (Deadmau5 Vocal Mix) – 3Beat Blue
    • [00:15:30] Dave Spoon – 88 (Mark Knight & Funkagenda Remix) – Toolroom Records
    • [00:21:04] Pryda – Fabric Test – CDR
    • [00:27:56] Three Drives – Greece 2000 (Chris Reece Remix) – S2 Records
    • [00:33:28] Alex Harmony – Nayati (Funkfinders Virus Remix) – CDR
    • [00:40:13] Dobenbeck feat. Joanna – Please Don’t Go (Chris Reece Too Late Remix) – Sirup Music
    • [00:46:02] Adele – Hometown Glory (Axwell Remode) – XL
    • [00:50:54] Steve Angello & Sebastian Ingrosso – 555 (Original Mix) – Refune
    • [00:56:24] EDX – Premiumline (Original Mix) – PinkStar
    • [01:02:39] David Amo & Julio Navas – La Sagrada Familia (Original Mix) – Lowered Recordings

Ibiza sunset image based on a picture of an Ibiza sunset at Cafe Del Mar by Ben30.

Charts : 20th July 2008

 Monday, July 21st 2008, 9:37 pm
  1. Spoon, Harris & Obernik – Baditude (Esquire Remix) – Toolroom
  2. Kylie – The One (The Freemasons Mix) – Parlophone
  3. Alphabeat – Boyfriend (Dave Spoon Remix) – Charisma
  4. My Digital Enemy – Wasted (LYS Remix) – Retro
  5. Sharleen Spiteri – All The Times I Cried (Easy Remix) – Mercury
  6. The Kic Pimpz – No Stopping Us (DJ DLG Huge Ibiza Keys Dub) – Eye Industries
  7. Eric Prydz – Pjanoo (Fred Falke Remix) – Data
  8. Max Linen – Neon Lights (Original Full Vocal Mix) – Phonetic
  9. David Amo & Julio Navas – La Sagrada Familia (Original Mix) – Lowered Recordings
  10. Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire (Calvin Harris Remix) – Modular
  11. Bingo Players vs Chocolate Puma – Touch Me (Original Mix) – Strictly
  12. Sunloverz – Summer Of Love (Ortega & Gold Mix) – Lickin’ Records
  13. My Digital Enemy – Last Stand (Original Mix) – Used And Abused
  14. Bodybangers – A Far Lamore Comincia Tu (Bigroom Mix) – Gimme 5 Recordings
  15. Delerium feat Sarah McLachlan – Silence (Niels Van Gogh vs Thomas Gold Dub Mix) – Nettwerk
  16. Dave Roy Bland – Vista Latina (Original Mix) – Sound Of Dyxo
  17. Sasha Angel feat Lara Zola – Keep Shining (Shining Star) (Lee Dagger Club Mix) – Gusto
  18. Chick 2000 – Love Tonight (Jamie Lewis Darkroom Tromp Dub) – Knee Deep USA
  19. DJ NG feat Katy B & MC Versatile – Tell Me (Vandalism Remix) – Data Records
  20. The Energies – Born Again Runner (Tom Neville’s In The Ground Dub) – Hypertelic

News : Amazing scratching kids

 Monday, July 21st 2008, 11:59 am

All I could say was “WOW!” when I saw this video of DJ Sara (8 years old) and DJ Ryusei (5 years old). I’ve been scratching for about 20 years now and they’re so much better than me already! These two are going to go on to win the DMC world championship (a big scratching competition) before they’re in their teens.

Podcasts : Episode #41 – Neon Lights

 Sunday, July 20th 2008, 11:10 pm

DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #41 - Neon Lights

It’s supposed to be the summer here in the northern hemisphere but you wouldn’t think it was with the amount of rain we’ve had in the UK in the past few weeks. So I’d better brighten up your day and mine with episode #41 of the DJ Cruze podcast. As always I’ve got some killer tunes for you and your MP3 player so make sure you crank them up loud.

In this episode I’ve got some hot house and electro house tracks for you and some awesome remixes from the usual suspects like Thomas Gold, Ian Carey and Axwell. One of the big tunes this week, and the title of this episode, is the new tune by Max Linen called “Neon Lights”. It’s got a fantastic indie vocal and massive breakdown. Definitely, a hot tune for the summer.

Another big track is the new Axwell club mix of Adele’s “Hometown Glory”. I loved this track when I first heard it on Hype Machine last year and was suprised that this wasn’t the first track she released when she got signed to a major label. Axwell’s club mix stays pretty true to the original and just adds some house beats and strings. It’s a bit commercial but I absolutely love the track. If you’re looking for a darker version then look out for his Remode remix instead.

I’ve also got a great bootleg mashup which I have mentioned in the blog before. It’s a cheeky bootleg mix of Spit’s “Falling” (Daddy’s Groove Magic Island mix) with the acapella from “Finally” by Kings of Tomorrow. It works really well, so much so that Hed Kandi have decided to put it on CD1 of their Hed Kandi – The Mix: Summer 2008 compilation. Kudos to Utopia and Jay Funk for coming up with it though! Check out Utopia’s podcast too if you want even more quality house tunes.

And finally I’ve got an awesome classic for you. Satoshi Tomiie brings us a big room “Anthem” with his Black Shells guise. It was a massive tune for me back in 1994 and it still sounds huge today.

If you enjoy the show then get in touch and tell me what you think or want a shout out. Also, why not consider donating some money so that I can cover the costs of producing the show. With the amount of downloads I have, it’s not cheap! And finally, don’t forget to comment on the show below and tell me what you think.

Get the podcast here:

Download podcast episode #41.

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • [00:00:00] Bingo Players vs Chocolate Puma – Touch Me (Original Mix) – Strictly
    • [00:06:27] Sunloverz – Summer Of Love (Ortega and Gold Mix) – Lickin’ Records
    • [00:11:54] Max Linen – Neon Lights (Original Full Vocal Mix) – Phonetic
    • [00:18:20] Out Of Office – Insatiable (Dub Mix) – Frenetic Music
    • [00:23:11] Adele – Hometown Glory (Axwell Club Mix) – XL
    • [00:27:34] Kings Of Spit – Finally Falling (Utopia & Jay Funk Bootleg) – White
    • [00:35:08] James Doman – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Carl Ryden Remix) – Positiva
    • [00:40:13] Martin Solveig – I Want You (Laidback Luke Remix) – Mixture
    • [00:45:25] Ryan Murgatroyd feat. Tasha Baxter – Moving On (Ian Carey Remix) – Sheer Music
  • Cruze classic from 1994:
    • [00:51:52] Black Shells – The Anthem (Mix 1) – Azuli

Image based on a picture by Darhawk

Next podcast: 24th August 2008. I’ll be waiting for you so don’t be late!

News : Justice “Stress” video

 Thursday, July 17th 2008, 12:00 pm

Check out the awesome new video for Justice’s “Stress”. It’s very, very dark and contains scenes of violence so don’t watch it if you’re easily offended. I think it suits the foreboding nature of the track and it reminds me of a great French film called “La Haine”. If you’ve never watched the film and you enjoy dark movies about guns and gangs then make sure you pick up a copy and check it out. It’s a pity that the “Stress” video doesn’t have a happy ending though as I thought it might!

Justice “Stress” video:

A classic scene from “La Haine”:

Charts : 13th July 2008

 Monday, July 14th 2008, 10:13 pm
  1. Kylie – The One (The Freemasons Mix) – Parlophone
  2. James Doman – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Carl Ryden Remix) – Positiva
  3. Das Pop – Underground (Van She Club Mix) – Ugly Truth
  4. Out Of Office – Insatiable (Dub Mix) – Frenetic Music
  5. Max Linen – Neon Lights (Original Full Vocal Mix) – Phonetic
  6. Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire (Calvin Harris Remix) – Modular
  7. Alphabeat – Boyfriend (Dave Spoon Remix) – Charisma
  8. Martin Solveig – I Want You (Laidback Luke Remix) – Mixture
  9. Antigone – More Man Than Man (Bassmonkeys Remix) – Yoctopus
  10. Ryan Ferrada – Dirty In The Club (Future Freakz Dub) – Big Bucks Music
  11. Levi 5Star feat Michelle Martinez – Third Time (Shave Main Mix) – Denim
  12. Eric Prydz – Pjanoo (Fred Falke Remix) – Data
  13. Ryan Murgatroyd feat. Tasha Baxter – Moving On (Ian Carey Remix) – Sheer Music
  14. Dirty South & Axwell – Open Your Heart (Vocal Mix) – Axtone
  15. Dave Spoon – 88 (Mark Knight & Funkagenda Remix) – Toolroom Records
  16. David Amo & Julio Navas – La Sagrada Familia (Original Mix) – Lowered Recordings
  17. Flash Republic – Star (Thomas Gold Dub) – Jozi Music
  18. Loveless feat Amanda Wilson – Found A Miracle (Simmons & Christopher Vocal Mix) – Groove Factory
  19. X-Press 2 feat David Byrne – Lazy (Moto Blanco Remix) – Skint
  20. Lamezia Project feat Edun – Diamonds (L.B. One Remix) – Loverush Digital

Charts : 6th July 2008

 Monday, July 7th 2008, 9:39 pm
  1. Out Of Office – Insatiable (Dub Mix) – Frenetic Music
  2. Skepta – Rolex Sweep (Whelan & Di Scala Remix) – Data Records
  3. Adele – Hometown Glory (Axwell Club Mix) – XL
  4. James Doman – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Carl Ryden Remix) – Positiva
  5. Young MC – Bust A Move (Don Rimini Ravekid Remix) – Delicious Vinyl
  6. Kylie – The One (The Freemasons Mix) – Parlophone
  7. My Digital Enemy – Wasted (LYS Remix) – Retro
  8. Axwell & Bob Sinclar feat Ron Carroll – What A Wonderful World – Yellow Productions
  9. Gabriella Cilmi – Save The Lies (Be Good To Me) (Out Of Office Remix) – Island
  10. The Kic Pimpz – No Stopping Us (DJ DLG Huge Ibiza Keys Dub) – Eye Industries
  11. Alphabeat – Boyfriend (Dave Spoon Remix) – Charisma
  12. Kush – Wanna Be Your Girl (Bart B More Remix) – Gusto
  13. Cut Copy – Hearts On Fire (Calvin Harris Remix) – Modular
  14. Mike Di Scala & Colin Airey – Space & Time (Deadmau5 Vocal Mix) – 3Beat Blue
  15. Sam Sparro – 21st Century Life (Kraak & Smaak Remix) – Modus Vivendi Records
  16. Seamus Haji vs Lords Of Flatbush – 24H (Norman Doray Remix) – Big Love
  17. Arno Cost & Norman Doray present The Freshmakers – Miracle (Original Mix) – Serial Records
  18. Shena – One Man Woman (7th Heaven Club Mix) – No Prisoners Records
  19. Machines Don’t Care – Afrojacker – Machines Don’t Care
  20. The Ting Tings – Shut Up And Let Me Go (Tom Neville’s Keep It Quiet Dub) – Columbia