November 2008

Podcasts : Episode #45 – Ghosts N Stuff

 Sunday, November 23rd 2008, 12:07 am

DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #45 - Ghosts N Stuff - November 2008

Wow! I’ve actually managed to post episode #45 of the DJ Cruze Podcast early. It’s unheard of! Yes, I managed to get some free time this week to do the mix and record the vocals for the show so I’m putting the DJ Cruze podcast online at the start of the day rather than the end. In the words of Hannibal from the A-Team: “I love it when a plan comes together!”

So what’s on this week’s podcast then? Well, I’ve got some phat and funky tunes for you that’s for sure. Kicking off the show there’s a great remix of indie band The Hours by Calvin Harris. He turns “See The Light” from an indie guitar tune into a great house track. I love the bad scratching of their piano riff. It works really well. Then we move onto Chris Lake’s latest track “Only One”. Scottish house producer Chris Lake never fails to deliver the goods and this is a pumping electro house track with a great haunting vocal.

German producers Spencer and Hill feature heavily this month with two tracks off their “Most Wanted EP” on Tiger Records. Solid electro house tracks as always from these guys. Man of the moment Deadmau5 brings the title of this month’s prodcast with his epic electro houser “Ghost N Stuff”. Look out for the cheeky bootleg re-edit by Funkfinders (aka DJ Cruze aka me) with the extended breakdown and hat-tip to the new President elect of the United States. Finally you guys get someone who (hopefully) knows what he’s doing!

The podcast then heads into old-school rave territory with tracks from The Young Punx and Rob Freejak. I’m loving the old breakbeat driven rave-influenced tunes that these guys have come up with. Some of the so-called fidgety rave house tracks that are out there leave me a bit cold but these two come up trumps. We’ve also got a killer house track from Bimbo Jones with hot UK producer eSquire on the remix. Quality percussion and a great vocal on the track “And I Try”. ESquire is one of the hottest UK house producers around so make sure you check him out.

The Cruze Classic this week is an awesome house remix of Jamiroquai’s “Space Cowboy” by David Morales. A wicked track that stayed in my box for many years and I’m sure you’ll love hearing it again. And that’s about it so I hope you enjoy the tunes on the podcast.

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 DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #44.

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • [00:00:00] The Hours – See The Light (Calvin Harris Remix) – Is Good Music
    • [00:05:21] Chris Lake – Only One (Original Mix) – Rising Music
    • [00:11:05] Spencer & Hill – Dumb Party (Original Mix) – Tiger Records
    • [00:15:34] Future Funk – Wildberry Tracks 2008 (Jerome Isma Ae Original Vocal Mix) – Ambassade
    • [00:22:32] Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff (Funkfinders Obama Re-edit) – Mau5trap
    • [00:28:53] The Young Punx feat Laura Kidd – MASHitUP (Goshi Goshi Remix) – Mofo Hifi
    • [00:33:26] Rob Freejak – Is Everything Cool? – Hollister Records
    • [00:38:13] Bimbo Jones – And I Try (eSquire Remix) – White
    • [00:44:57] Spencer & Hill – Most Wanted (Original Mix) – Tiger Records
  • Cruze classic from 1994:
    • [00:49:37] Jamiroquai – Space Cowboy (David Morales Classic Club Mix) – Sony

The image is from Super Ghouls And Ghosts. Old school games rock!

News : US Election Day

 Tuesday, November 4th 2008, 9:00 am

Obama Hope

I’m sure all of my American listeners and readers know full well it’s election day in the US and in our current climate of a global credit crunch I’m sure it’s going to be an interesting day for the whole world. Being from the UK I obviously can’t vote but I’m sure you can tell from the picture above who I would vote for if I could.

Anyway, what’s this got to do with music? Well, one of my favourite hip-hop scratch DJs, Z-Trip, did a fundraising party for Obama and has released his mix to the public in order to raise awareness that people should vote. So you can download the mix here. You can also check out some of the videos from the party here at Urb Magazine.

So enjoy the tunes and make sure you get out there and vote!

Studio : Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Funkfinders Discoid Remix)

 Tuesday, November 4th 2008, 12:33 am

Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (Funkfinders Discoid Remix)

Every now and again I come across a song which really moves me. So I was trawling through the music news on the internet last month and I came across an awesome new tune by Empire Of The Sun called “Walking On A Dream”. It’s a collaboration between Nick Littlemore (no relation to me!) from the awesome Australian band Pnau and Luke Steele from another great Australian band The Sleepy Jackson. It had a cool 80s vibe about it and I just couldn’t get the chorus out of my head. As I had been listening to a lot of French filtered house tracks and remixes I started thinking what a great house track it would make if it was looped up and played around with. So I started doing it.

Here you’ll find the Funkfinders Discoid remix of Walking On A Dream. I’ve tried to take it in a Fred Falke direction with funky bass, 80s FM synthesis and some layered electric piano along with some chunky but funky drums. The Empire Of The Sun vocals filter in and out nicely and hopefully you’ll find it rocks your dancefloors. Let me know how it went down if you play it in your DJ sets.

UPDATE: There seems to be some audio glitches with this version. So I’ve removed the download link for now. Will fix it later today (6th November 2008).

UPDATE 2 (21:28, 6th November 2008): I’ve uploaded a new version and checked it out and it seems fine. Please let me know in the comments if you have any more problems. I’ve also done an edit of it so it’s a little bit shorted but it works better.

Download Empire Of The Sun - Walking On A Dream (Funkfinders Discoid Remix)
(Right click on the link and choose “save link as” or “save as”.)

Listen to the original song and see the video on YouTube:

P.S. Sorry it’s a bit late. I meant to post it last weekend! Oh and it probably needs a bit of an edit as it’s a bit too long but I’ll leave that for you guys to do as I’ve heard it too many times now! 🙂

Charts : October 2008

 Monday, November 3rd 2008, 10:28 pm
  1. Deadmau5 – Ghosts N Stuff – Mau5trap
  2. Young Punx – Mashitup (Goshi Goshi Remix) – Mofo Hifi
  3. Wawa – Time – Wawa Traxx
  4. Spencer & Hill – Dumb Party – Tiger Records
  5. Pryda – Rafunk (Paolo Mojo’s Back To 1983 Remix) – Pryda
  6. Redroche – Give U More (Original Mix) – Eyezcream Recordings
  7. Eskimo Disco – Japanese Girl (Fred Falke Club Edit) – 54 Records
  8. Shakedown – At Night (Seamus Haji Mix) – Panorama
  9. Inkfish & David West – Hello Piano (Sebastien Leger Remix) – Mistakes Music
  10. Spencer & Hill – Right On Time (Original Mix) – Tiger Records
  11. Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Funkfinders Discoid Remix) – CDR
  12. Haji And Emanuel feat Bryan Chambers And Beverley Knight – The Pressure (Original Mix) – Big Love
  13. Soul Avengerz feat Zena Chavez – Move (Ian Carey and Brad Holland Mix) – GFAB
  14. Comfort Class – Shibaba (Kut & Swel Remix) – Muschi Tunes
  15. The Shapeshifters – Lola’s Theme (2008 Re-edit) – Nocturnal Groove
  16. Cubetronix – That Sound (Henry John Morgan Re-edit) – Hollister Records
  17. Christian Falk feat Robyn – Dream On (Moto Blanco Vocal Mix) – Data
  18. Pimp + Jam feat Norma Lewis – Feel U Feelin Me (Hustler DJs Club Mix) – Nightingale Global Records
  19. Jason Phats feat Ben Ofoedu – Can’t Stop (Daft & Pete Pearson Mix) – Data
  20. Tony Di Bart – The Real Thing (Wideboys Remix) – AATW