January 2009

Podcasts : Episode #48 – The Best Of 2008 Mix Part 2 – The Electro House Mix

 Tuesday, January 13th 2009, 11:49 pm

DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #48 - Best Of 2008 Mix - Part 2 - The Electro House Mix

Here’s part 2 of my “Best Of 2008 Mix” and it’s 70 minutes of electro and progressive house goodness! There were plenty of great tougher house tracks in 2008 and hopefully I’ve chosen the best ones for you.

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Best Of 2008 Mix – The Electro House Mix Tracklisting

[00:00:00] Marco Demark feat Casey Barnes – Tiny Dancer (John Dahlbäck Mix) – 3Beat Blue

Tiny Dancer is one of my favourite Elton John tracks and this electro house version was a big hit in 2008 for Marco Demark (and not Marco Denmark as I called him for a long time!) Hot Swedish tech-house producer John Dahlbäck turned this track into a jumpy electro house track with a nice breakdown. Lovely!

[00:05:39] Pryda – Rafunk – Pryda

Ask most people who the hottest electro house producer of 2008 was and I’d guarantee that a high percentage would say Sweden’s Eric Prydz. The Swedish House Mafia producer released so many high quality tracks in 2008, most on his Pryda label, and “Rafunk” is no exception. A chunky and funky bassline and some haunting strings make this a winner.

[00:10:22] Deadmau5 – Hi Friend (Original Mix) – Mau5trap

Ask the people who didn’t say Eric Prydz was the hottest electro house producer of 2008 who it was and they would probably have told you Deadmau5 instead. The hot Canadian producer blew up to be one of the most in-demand DJs and producers in 2008, producing loads of big tracks and remixes. The track “Hi Friend” features MC Flipside on vocals and takes hip-house into the 21st century with its dirty beats and bassline. A massive track!

[00:15:49] ATFC feat Yasmeen – Tell U Y (New Jack Swing Original) – Strictly

Aydin The Funki Chilli has been a huge house music producer since the mid 90s and has always featured heavily in my charts. This year ATFC reinvented himself, moving away from the older disco-house sound and moved into tougher, electro house territory. This track came out towards the end of the year and features a dirty, bouncing bassline and a great vocal.

[00:21:43] Inkfish & David West РHello Piano (S̩bastien L̩ger Remix) РMistakes Music

Another big French house producer blew up in 2008 and Sébastien Léger was his name. He’s been around since the late 90s and like AFTC, made a name for himself with more of a disco-cut up house sound. In the past few years he’s been playing and producing a tougher, tech-house sound and this track on his own Mistakes Music label is a great example of his work. A progressive house track which builds and builds and finally drops down into an epic breakdown.

[00:28:07] Passenger 10 – Mirage (EDX’s 5un5hine Remix) – White

Swiss producer EDX is another of 2008’s success stories and last year was the year he became a household name for his remixes and productions. His name appear on remixes for lots of bigger named artists and his productions had a similar feel to Deadmau5’s production style. Passenger 10’s “Mirage” rocked my floors with its building bassline and awesome strings.

[00:34:35] Buy Now – Body Crash (Laidback Luke’s Remix) – La Mode

Dutch producer Laidback Luke had a fantastic year in 2008 and his remix of “Body Crash” by Buy Now (aka Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso) was huge. Featuring a disco sample of “Let’s All Chant” and a dark and moody bit-crushed bassline it featured in the charts of all of the A-list DJs.

[00:40:18] Arno Cost & Norman Doray РApocalypse (S̩bastien L̩ger Remix) РCR2

This is probably one of my favourite tracks of 2008. Young French house producers Arno Cost and Norman Doray gave us “Apocalypse” and Sébastien Léger turned it into an anthem! Awesome arpeggiated synths take us to a massive breakdown. A fantastic track.

[00:48:11] Erick Morillo & DJ DLG – Where Are You Now (Original Mix) – Subliminal

This was the summer anthem in Ibiza and was hammered by loads of the top DJs. Canada’s DJ DLG teamed up with the infamous Erick Morillo for this electro house monster. Check out Morillo dropping it at WMC to see the crowd’s reaction.

[00:57:18] Dirty South & Axwell – Open Your Heart (Vocal Mix) – Axtone

Two of the biggest producers, Dirty South and Axwell, teamed up to bring us this massive electro house track on Axwell’s Axtone label. Featuring an old school vocal, a massive bassline and big strings it blew up big time and cemented both producers reputations for producing anthems.

[01:04:25] Sebastian Ingrosso & Laidback Luke – Chaa Chaa (EDX’s Marakesh Souk Remix) – Size

EDX gave us another great remix of Sebastian Ingrosso and Laidback Luke’s “Chaa Chaa”. It ends my electro house mix with a quality progressive house track with EDX’s trademark string sound. A great end to a year of quality electronic house music.

So I hope you enjoyed the tougher “Best Of 2008” Electro House Mix as much as the “Best Of 2008” house mix too. Hopefully 2009 will bring us another year of top notch tracks and I look forward to compiling the “Best Of 2009” mix next year.

Awesome picture of a Moog Little Phatty by Synhack, used under Creative Commons licence.

Podcasts : Episode #47 – The Best Of 2008 Mix Part 1 – The House Mix

 Friday, January 2nd 2009, 12:01 am

DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #47 - Best Of 2008 Mix - Part 1 - The House Mix

Happy new year to all of the DJ Cruze podcast listeners!

It’s that time of the year when I give you the “Best Of…” mix for the year that has just gone and apologies that it’s a day late. The main reason for this has been trying to choose all of the fantastic tunes to put into the mix. It took me about 4 hours of listening to the great house tracks from 2008 to whittle it down to around 60 tracks which I wanted to use. There’s obviously no way I can get these into a 1 hour house mix so I have decided to do two “Best Of 2008” house music mixes. This one is the first and it features the best house tracks from 2008 into one CD-length mix with no talking. Hopefully I’ve chosen some of the tracks you love too!

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Download DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #47.

Best Of 2008 Mix – The House Mix Tracklisting

[00:00:00] The Ting Tings – Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix) – Columbia

It’s been a massive year for the indie band The Ting Tings and also for Calvin Harris as an artist and remixer. I loved this cheeky house mix with its infectious “the drums” repeated vocal. It sounds like a house track which has come from the 60s or 70s with its almost psychedelic bassline. A fantastic track.

[00:06:18] Harris & Spoon feat Sam Obernik – Baditude (Club Mix) – Toolroom Records

Dave Spoon is one of my favourite producers from the past few years and he’s teamed up with Dirty Vegas’ Paul Harris and awesome vocalist Sam Obernik for this killer house track. It’s got a dirty bassline, some Spanish guitars and a quirky vocal. I love the percussion on it too – fantastic drum programming from those guys. It definitely rocked Miami and Ibiza this year.

[00:12:07] Tim Deluxe – You Got Tha Touch (Original) – Skint

A somewhat underrated track from one of the UKs biggest house music producers. Tim Deluxe can turn his hands to anything, be it speed garage, US garage, tech house or progressive house. You name it and he can produce a phat track around it! This track is just totally different than anything that came out in 2008. Great ethnic percussion, a chunky bassline and a really interesting vocal. Great stuff!

[00:18:22] The Whitest Boy Alive – Golden Cage (Fred Falke Mix) – Modular

Ah Fred Falke. How much do I love you? Well, not in that way but as a producer of the best house tracks in the past couple of years. Fred stands out from the pack with his fantastic musical abilities and unique production style. Taking a leaf out of the French producers handbook but moving it on to new heights. He takes The Whitest Boy Alive into a fantastic Moog lead funky house track. Probably my most played track of the year (…I’ll have to look at my Last.fm account to check!) The breakdown almost makes me cry too! Shhhh! Don’t tell anyone!

[00:24:52] Machines Don’t Care – Afrojacker – White

Another great house track which pays homage to the old rave and speed garage tracks of yester-year. Machines Don’t Care is a collective of some of the hottest new producers around like Herve, Trevor Lovey, Sinden, Fake Blood, Toddla T (and lots of others I think). This is a great percussion led track with a killer horn breakdown. I’m a sucker for those horns!

[00:29:56] Till West & Eddie Thoneick – Hi N Bye (Smax & Gold Remix) – Phunkwerk

Eddie Thoneick, Eric Smax and Thomas Gold. Three of the best producers of the moment. Team them up with Till West and you’ve got a killer house track. The breakdown on this one is amazing. Great strings and a cheeky disco sample in the background combines really well with the vocals.

[00:37:11] Rihanna – Take A Bow (Seamus Haji Remix) – Mercury

Probably the best remix that Seamus Haji has done so far. He’s turned a rather dull R&B track (in my opinion) into a brilliant electro house track. I hadn’t heard the original and I was so surprised at how he’s changed the track – and for the better in my opinion. Three gold stars for this remix!

[00:44:56] Adele – Hometown Glory (Axwell Club Mix) – XL

I love Adele. She’s got a brilliant voice and when I first heard Hometown Glory back in 2007 and knew she was going to be big. XL finally released this track as a single and asked the hot Swedish producer Axwell to do the remix duties. The results are just stunning. The club mix uses the vocal to great effect and leaves the haunting piano riff intact. If you’re looking for a tougher mix then check out his remode version too as featured in my Ibiza Sunset Mix.

[00:49:20] Axwell & Bob Sinclar feat Ron Carroll – What A Wonderful World (Club Mix) – Defected Records

A somewhat contentious track in my charts this year with some people loving and some people hating it. I’ve been playing a tougher remix but I love the original too. Anything that Axwell touches turns to gold and this track is no exception. Great crunchy percussion and a killer breakdown combined with a soulful vocal make it a huge track.

[00:55:22] Max Linen – Neon Lights (Original Full Vocal Mix) – Phonetic

Another underground hit for me but I love this track. A very punk-sounding vocal and lots of 8-bit synths make it a great house track.

[01:02:07] The Montanas & DJ Roland Clark – Music Talking (Fred Falke Remix) – Strictly

Fred Falke is back for his second massive remix of the year. This is disco-house at its best. It’s a simple formula – repeat the disco riff and “music talking” refrain over and over again but there’s few people that can do this to great effect like Fred Falke. Combine that with some phat rhodes keyboard playing and some bitcrushed strings and you’ve got one of the biggest house tracks of the year.

[01:08:00] Eric Prydz – Pjanoo – Pryda

What can I say about this track. It originally came out at the start of the year and it went on to be one of the biggest crossover tracks of the year but still kept its underground roots. This track “Pjanoo” has made Eric Prydz one of the hottest producers in the house world right now. Anything he touches absolutely rocks and I can’t wait for his Pryda album in 2009. Massive pianos. Massive strings. A killer synth bassline. A HUGE tune which has been caned by all of the biggest DJs around!

Right, I hope you’ve enjoyed part 1 of the “Best Of 2008 Mix” and I’ll be compiling and mixing part 2 “The Electro House Mix” in the next week. It should be online next Sunday (11th January 2009) with any luck!