August 2009

Mixes / Podcasts : August 2009 Mix – Ibiza Sunset 2009

 Tuesday, August 25th 2009, 9:03 pm

DJ Cruze August 2009 Mix - Ibiza Sunset

It’s been a while since I’ve done a new mix so I thought I’d make a sequel to last year’s progressive and electro house mix Ibiza Sunset. Many of you commented and emailed to say that you enjoyed the mix a lot and everyone seemed to like the tougher tunes in the mix. I didn’t manage to make it over to Ibiza this year but the mix is another hour of dark and pumping house tunes to get you in the mood for going out if you’re heading out there.

This years Ibiza Sunset mix kicks off with a great track from Ronnie Foster called “Devil’s Water”. It has great cut-up vocals, crunchy percussion and a great breakdown which sets the scene nicely for the whole mix. Up next there’s a big tune “Bon Bon” from John Dahlback and ATFC which is being hammered around the world at the moment. After that we have one of my favourite producers at the moment, Phonat, and his minimal house tune “Ho Visto Un Quadro Verde” (which means “I’ve seen a green picture” in Italian apparently). Phonat knows how to build a funky track even with minimal elements. Lazy Jay then supplies us with a big distorted breakdown on his track “Float My Boat” which has been a bit track for me for a while now.

We then head into tech-house territory for some heavy hitting tracks from some of house music’s biggest producers. First up is “Isabel” from Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello with its deep and dirty bassline and sweeping effects. After that we’ve got an electro-house piano anthem from France’s Arno Cost with his new track “Cyan”. Arno never fails to impress me with his orchestration and build-ups which always make for a pumping house track. Next up is an old but great remix from Swiss producer EDX on Funkagenda’s “Breakwater”. Although it came out a lot earlier this year I had to put this track in a mix as I absolutely love it. EDX knows how to build a track with great chord progressions and this remix is no exception. After that we have “Laktos” from another Swedish House Mafia member, Sebastian Ingrosso on his Refune label. It’s deep and dirty but then a huge, emotional breakdown appears out of the mist only to drop back to dark, techy percussion. A monster of a track in the middle of the night!

Keeping with the Swedish House Mafia theme we have one of the biggest tracks of the year, in my opinion, “Melo” by Pryda (aka Eric Prydz). It’s a hands-in-the-air progressive house track which makes me feel happy inside when I hear it. After this we have a lovely summer house track from the Swiss producer and label mate of EDX, DJ Tatana with her track “Autumn Sun”. This track will make you think of the sun setting at Cafe Mambo if nothing else does. Next in the mix is a big track which is being hammered by Roger Sanchez called “Deaf Wax” by Mesa. It’s a pumping electro house track with a big, distorted, bit-crushed breakdown. Finally, we’ve got a bootleg track from Joe T Vanelli who has turned the Coldplay track “Life In Technicolour” into a minimal house track with a huge breakdown. Actually, I think the Coldplay track is known as “The Escapist” as it was featured in a UK film of the same name which I watched the other night, but I presume he’s named it like this as it’s a hidden track on the “Life In Technicolour” track on their latest album. Either way, he’s done great things to it!

So I hope you enjoyed the mix and if you did then get in touch and tell me. Also, why not consider donating some money so that I can cover the costs of producing the podcasts and mixes. And finally, don’t forget to comment on the mix using the comment form below and tell me what you think.

Get the mix here:

Download DJ Cruze August 2009 Ibiza Sunset Mix

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • [00:00:00] Rennie Foster – Devil’s Water (The Youngsters Remix) – Rebirth
    • [00:06:03] John Dahlback & ATFC – Bon Bon (Original Mix) – Defected
    • [00:12:29] Phonat – Ho Visto Un Quadro Verde (Original Mix) – Mofo Hifi
    • [00:17:53] Lazy Jay – Float My Boat (Original Mix) – Big & Dirty
    • [00:23:12] Steve Angello – Isabel (Original Mix) – Size
    • [00:27:56] Arno Cost – Cyan (Original Mix) – CR2 Records
    • [00:34:21] Funkagenda – Breakwater (EDX’s Ibiza Sunrise Remix) – Toolroom
    • [00:39:01] Sebastian Ingrosso – Laktos (Original Mix) – Refune
    • [00:45:19] Pryda – Melo (Original Mix) – Pryda
    • [00:52:15] DJ Tatana – Autumn Sun (Original Mix) – Sirup
    • [00:57:55] Mesa – Deaf Wax (Dave Winnel Remix) – Vacation Records
    • [01:02:20] Joe T Vanelli vs Coldplay – Life In Technicolour (Vox Mix Funkfinders Edit) – CDR

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Podcasts : Episode #53 – Ready For The Weekend

 Sunday, August 2nd 2009, 9:41 pm

DJ Cruze Podcast - Episode #53 - July 2009

It’s been a busy month for me at DJ Cruze towers and episode #53 of the DJ Cruze month just misses July 2009 by a couple of days. Apologies for this episode being a bit late. I’ve had to contend with a house move, and hence very little free time while we unpack, and a lack of internet connection! But we’re finally in our new house and things are starting to settle down so it’s time for another selection of hot house tunes, promotional tracks from some hot house producers and plenty of chunky electro house beats. I’ve made this podcast a bit longer to try and make up for the delay.

So what have I got in store for you this month? Well, kicking off the show we’ve got a new promo mix of Calvin Harris’ new track “Ready For The Weekend”. Dave Spoon takes it out on a dirty breakbeat journey and I’ve been loving this track. Next up for we’ve got a hot promo from Funkstar Deluxe which came from my good friends over at Supratron in Germany. A wicked progressive / electro house track which is working for me.

We’ve also got some killer latin house collaborations from legendary house DJ Graeme Park and Nick Hussey and hot house producers Chris Lake and Lys. I’m loving their percussion driven piano and horn tracks “Samba Party” and “La Tromba”. Wolfgang Gartner is a producer who is featuring in almost every podcast and this month he’s given us a hot rework of MSTRKRFT’s “Heartbreaker”. Following that we’ve got a fantastic remix of the new Basement Jaxx track “Raindrops” by Funkagenda and Paul Thomas. Check out the wicked breakdown and vocoded vocals!

Australia’s TV Rock give us a hot house tune “In The Air” which Axwell has remixed into a tune which should have been called “Hands In The Air”!! An awesome remix as always by the hard-working Swede. I then threw a couple of old school sounding house tunes in the mix as I’m really enjoying the old piano tracks. First up is the new track from Benny Royal who takes us on an old school piano journey with “Pada Papaya”. Then we’ve got a hot new track from Barcelona’s The Requesters and their track “Chrisis”. A new school version of an old school rave track with cut-up pianos and old school samples. I love the bassline on it too! Awesome!

To end this month’s show I’ve gone a bit more pumping with a deep and dirty electro house track from Robbie Rivera. I love the horns and spoken word vocal on his track “Move Move”. After that is a cheeky reworking of Baby D’s “Let Me Be Your Fantasy”. He’s turned the old breakbeat track into a pumping electro house monster. Up next is the new release on Seamus Haji’s Big Love label called “I’ve Been Looking”. As always Seamus Haji turns out a fantastic track with a killer progressive house remix from French producer Romain Curtis.

There was only one artist that I could choose for this month’s Cruze classic after the sad passing of Michael Jackson back in June 2009. I’ve always been a fan of his music and the house remix of “Smooth Criminal” by Brothers In Rhythm was always a huge track for me back in the day. Plenty of funky drums, police sirens and the massive bassline and vocals help this to be a great remix. Enjoy!

I hope you like the tracks on this month’s show and don’t forget to comment below and tell me what you think of them.

Get the latest podcast here:

Download DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #53.

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • [00:00:00] Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend (Spoon Broken Remix) – Fly Eye
    • [00:04:44] Funkstar Deluxe & Alexandra Prince – Higher State (Continental Club Mix) – Supratron
    • [00:09:31] Graeme Park & Nick Hussey – Samba Party (Jay Kay Mix) – Muzik-K Records
    • [00:15:43] Lake & Lys – La Tromba (Original Mix) – Rising Music
    • [00:21:10] MSTRKRFT feat John Legend – Heartbreaker (Wolfgang Gartner Remix) – Dim Mak
    • [00:26:23] Basement Jaxx – Raindrops (Funkagenda & Paul Thomas Redux) – XL Recordings
    • [00:32:20] TV Rock feat Rudy – In The Air (Axwell Remix) – Axtone
    • [00:37:33] Benny Royal – Pada Papaya (Royal’s House Mix) – Spinnin Records
    • [00:42:40] The Requesters – Chrisis (Original Mix) – Moda Music
    • [00:45:58] Robbie Rivera feat Rooster & Peralta – Move Move (DJ Observer & Daniel Heathcliff Mix) – Juicy Music
    • [00:49:42] Carl Kennedy feat Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Original Mix) – Wasted Youth
    • [00:57:01] Seamus Haji & Romain Curtis – I’ve Been Looking (Romain Curtis Club Mix) – Big Love
  • Cruze classic from 1994:
    • [01:02:28] Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal (Brothers In Rhythm House Mix) – Remiks

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