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

Original picture by Marie-II, used under Creative Commons licence.

Podcasts : Episode #52 – In The Moment

 Tuesday, June 16th 2009, 10:09 pm

DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #52 - In The Moment - 16th June 2009

Here you go. Another hour of funky house, twisted disco and electro beats all served up in a handy little package we call the DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #52. I’ve thankfully managed to get it done in a month too which is always good!

As most people have probably realised, I name each of the shows after one of my favourite tunes in the podcast and this month I chose Haji & Emanuel’s “In The Moment” as the name of the show as it’s one of my favourite tracks in the mix. Never has a title been so apt as for this month’s show. I’ve been DJ’ing in Germany for over 16 years now and I’m met many people in my time over there. I had the pleasure to party with many people and sadly I found out last week that someone I knew, an ex-boyfriend of a good friend of mine, has died. His name was Philipp Lehberger but was better know as “Willy”. He died a tragic death after a fall whilst trying to break up a fight. I hadn’t seen him in four or five years but I still remember him with fond memories. He was a funny guy and great to chat to. He also liked to drink Jägermeister with me and I’m a man who always enjoy drinking that with my German friends. In fact I’m probably going to drink a Jägermeister in his honour once this podcast is uploaded! So it’s poignant that the title “In The Moment” sort of sums up how life should be lived and probably how he lived his life. Make sure you live life to the full and “in the moment” as you never know what’s round the corner. This month’s podcast is dedicated to his memory. RIP Willy. Mach’s gut.

As always, there are plenty of massive tunes in the show this month. We’ve got some dirty electro house from the likes of Spencer & Hill, Fedde Le Grand and Jean Elan. We’ve got some twisted cut-up disco madness from Don Diablo. We’ve got deeper house tracks from the likes of Michael Grey and Danism, Haji & Emanuel and The Viron Ltd. Hey, we’ve even got a massive cheeky remix of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony from Wolfgang Gartner. We cater for all tastes on this show!

Finally, I’ve got to apologise for some of the vocals in this show. It sounds a bit like I’m slurring my words. No, I wasn’t drinking – it was just that the battery was going in the microphone I was using and I didn’t realise until I’d finished most of the vocals. It was too much work to re-record them all so I’ve left them as is.

So enjoy this month’s show and don’t forget to comment below and tell me what you think of the tunes.

Get the latest podcast here:

Download DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #52.

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • [00:00:00] Spencer & Hill – Cool (Cool Mix) – Tiger Records
    • [00:05:12] Fedde Le Grande feat Mitch Crowne – Scared Of Me (Extended Mix) – Flamingo Recordings
    • [00:08:12] Michael Gray & Danism feat. Lisa Millet – Say Yes (Original Mix) – Defected
    • [00:14:19] The Viron Ltd. feat. Max C – Wanna Be Happy (Thomas Gold Remix) – Milk & Sugar
    • [00:19:42] Haji & Emanuel feat. Roachford – In The Moment (DBN Remix) – Big Love
    • [00:24:42] Jean Elan – Killer (Jean Elan Mix) – Shake Me Please!
    • [00:30:38] Timofey and Bartosz Brenes feat. Jerique – Don’t You Know (Club Mix) – Vector Records
    • [00:35:25] Don Diablo – Disco Disco Disco (Riva Starr Snatch Remix) – Sellout Sessions
    • [00:40:25] Wolfgang Gartner – Wolfgang’s 5th Symphony (Original Mix) – Kindergarten
    • [00:46:40] Lambda – Hold On Tight (PhonJaxx Remix) – Black Plastic
  • Cruze classic from 2002:
    • [00:52:29] Archigram – Carnavale – Crydamoure

Original picture by Sera Leaving, used under Creative Commons licence.

Mixes : DJ Cruze Live Mix – Schmidt’s – March 2009

 Sunday, May 31st 2009, 9:00 pm

DJ Cruze, Alex Harmony, Luke 45 - Live at Schmidt's - 7th March 2009

I finally got round to uploading the live mix that a good friend of mine recorded at the Vibration Revival party I DJed at in Germany. Apologies that it took so long to upload. I didn’t do a full set on my own on that night so instead you’ve got 2 hours and 25 minutes of back-to-back old school house tunes from myself, Alex Harmony and Luke 45. I’d like to point out that I’m not responsible for some of the dodgy mixes (honestly!) and neither was I responsible for putting 2 Bad Mice’s “Bombscare” on twice. Luke 45 obviously wasn’t listening to me when I put it on! And who put on that awful “I’m Raving I’m Raving”? Was it Luke or Alex?! 🙂

Enjoy and a big thanks to Pino for recording it. And Kai and Florian – you can both stop hassling me for it now! 😉

Download DJ Cruze Live at Schmidt's.

Podcasts : Episode #51 – Melo

 Thursday, May 14th 2009, 10:07 pm

DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #51 - Melo - May 2009

Back once again with the renegade master DJ Cruze! Episode #51 of the DJ Cruze Podcast finally drops onto your iPod (or other MP3 player obviously!) How did I manage to let this one slip so late into May? Life gets in the way sometimes! Sorry about that.

Don’t worry though. This show is jam packed with the funkiest and chunkiest house music from my DJ box. Starting the show this week we’ve got the awesome Deadmau5 remix of Calvin Harris’ “I’m Not Alone”. You’ve obviously heard the original, given that it’s one of the biggest cross over pop-dance tracks of the moment, but Deadmau5 gives it his trademark groove and brings us something a little more laid back. I’m loving the vocoded vocals on this one. I went to see Deadmau5 at Manchester Academy last weekend and if you get the chance to see him live then do so. The man’s got far too much energy given that he’s wearing a mouse head!

Big tunes are the order of the day in this show as next up is the big track “Leave The World Behind” from the Swedish House Mafia and their honourary Dutch member Laidback Luke. Chunky house music with a big old piano breakdown. Lovely! Next up is the Eric Prydz track “Lift” which harks back to the old anthems of the 90s. Large! Then a cheeky remake of “Bucci Bag” from Vandalism with Ian Carey on his electro-house remix tip. I’ve always loved the vocal on this track and I think Ian does it justice.

Next up is a DJ Cruze exclusive with my Funkfinders Electroid remix of DJ D & Will Dawson’s new track “Do It Tonight”. I’ve not heard the original track and I was only given one sample to work with so I think I’ve taken a disco cut-up house track and moved it over into electro house territory. Let me know what you think in the comments below. After that we’ve got the big new David Guetta track “When Love Takes Over”. A huge tune which features Kelly Rowland on vocals. Expect this one to hit the charts in the next few weeks. Coming in after that we’ve got a cheeky house track from German Wunderkind Wolfgang Gartner. His track “Push & Rise” takes us towards Daft Punk with it’s pitch-corrected vocals. Does anyone else think the electric pianos have undertones of Supertramp too? Or perhaps I’m just old enough to remember them!

Phonat then rocks the mix with his heavy hitter “Set Me Free” on The Young Punx Mofo Hifi label. It’s part hands in the air anthem, part rave track, part fidget house, part cut-up disco and is all mashed together to gives us a wicked house track which transcends traditional boundaries. Phonat is a genius producer who I’d advise you all to keep a close eye on. He’s going to blow the cobwebs off dance music this year! Next up is one of the biggest tracks at the moment for me. Eric Prydz gives us another anthem with his track “Melo”. He just knows how to produce emotional house tracks. I can imagine dancing to this on the beach by Bora Bora. Awesome!

The DJ Cruze Classic this month is a great old track from 1993 by Deadly Sins called “We Are Going On Down”. It’s got a great remix from Bottom Dollar who were two awesome producers from the North-West of England. Their hands graced many a fantastic remix during the 90s. This track gives us chanting vocals, breakbeats and a big synth-stabbed breakdown. What more could you ask for in a classic house track?!

So enjoy this month’s show and don’t forget to comment below and tell me what you think of the tunes.

Get the latest podcast here:

Download DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #51.

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • [00:00:00] Calvin Harris – I’m Not Alone (Deadmau5 Remix) – Fly Eye Records
    • [00:06:30] Steve Angello, Axwell, Sebastian Ingrosso and Laidback Luke – Leave The World Behind (Original Mix) – Axtone Records
    • [00:11:45] Pryda – Lift (Original Mix) – Pryda Recordings
    • [00:18:37] Vandalism – Bucci Bag (Ian Carey Remix) – Vicious Grooves
    • [00:23:52] DJ D & Will Dawson – Do It Tonight (Funkfinders Electroid Remix) – Metrogroove Records
    • [00:29:38] David Guetta feat Kelly Rowland – When Love Takes Over (Electro Extended Mix) – F*** Me I’m Famous
    • [00:37:03] Wolfgang Gartner – Push & Rise (Original Mix) – Kindergarten
    • [00:42:17] Phonat – Set Me Free (Original Mix) – Mofo Hifi
    • [00:48:10] Pryda – Melo (Original Mix) – Pryda Recordings
  • Cruze classic from 1993:
    • [00:55:18] Deadly Sins – We Are Going On Down (Bottom Dollar Club Mix) – Ffrreedom

Original picture by Sheila Blige, used under Creative Commons licence.

Podcasts : Episode #50 – Something About You

 Wednesday, April 1st 2009, 11:17 pm

DJ Cruze Podcast #50 - Something About You - March 2009

So how did March slip away without a DJ Cruze podcast?! Thankfully I’ve managed to get it done in time for the start of April though. So here we are with episode #50 of the DJ Cruze podcast and there are plenty of big tunes for you on this show.

Kicking off the show we’ve got the new track from Groove Armada who are back with a joint venture with Barcadi and their B-Live label. It’s a slice of indie-rock house music with a great remix from Rio De Janeiro’s The Twelves. Then my main man Fred Falke gives us the goods with his soulful remake of City Life’s “San Francisco”. A fantastic house track with a laid back electric piano vibe.

The Soul Avengerz bring us some more funky house with a pumping bassline which is then followed by a new UK singer called Emma Deigman. London’s Alex Blanco is on the mix and he gives us some funky keys and a chunky bassline. One of my favourite tracks of the moment comes from the US producers Live Element (aka Hott 22). They’ve cut-up a sample from Excile’s “I Want To Kiss You All Over” for their new track “Something About You” and they give us a monster disco house track. I love it!

Canada’s DJ DLG is always on top form with a big remix of Disco Wheel’s “Good Times”. It’s a similar feel to his summer 2008 smash “Where Are You Now?” but that’s not a bad thing. After that we’ve got a hot track from the big Dutch producer Dennis Christopher but with a cut-up electro house remix from the UK production team Dirty Secretz. I think they’re going to be big in 2009. Another Dutchman, Laidback Luke, then gives us a wicked rework of the 1978 track from The Korgis with it’s massive piano breakdown.

Finally we finish off the show with a massive progressive house track from Sweden’s Eric Prydz on his Pryda Recordings label. “Miami To Atlanta” has been heavily bootlegged on the net since a ripped version from one of his DJ sets appear in the middle of last year. Thankfully he’s finally released it and given it a bit of a rework since then and it’s set to be one of the biggest tunes of the year. The Cruze Classic for this week is an awesome old breakbeat track called “Lock Up” by Zero B. Originally released in 1991 it was a hot tune for me back in the 90s with it’s dubby bassline, sloppy breakbeats and hands-in-the-air breakdown.

So enjoy this month’s show and don’t forget to comment below and tell me what you think of the tunes.

Get the latest podcast here:

Download DJ Cruze Podcast Episode #50.

Here is the tracklisting for the show:

  • DJ Cruze big tunes:
    • [00:00:00] Groove Armada – Drop The Tough (The Twelves B-Live Club Remix) – B-Live
    • [00:04:10] City Life – San Francisco (Fred Falke Remix) – Onelove
    • [00:11:03] Soul Avengerz – Someday (Soul Avengerz Club Soda Mix) – Soda Records
    • [00:18:04] Emma Deigman – Tell Your Mama (Alex Blanco Mix) – Storm Records
    • [00:24:20] Live Element – Something About You (Live Element Remix) – Gossip Records
    • [00:30:05] Disco Wheels – Good Times (DJ DLG Mix) – 3Beat Blue
    • [00:36:50] Dennis Christopher – Set It Off (Dirty Secretz Mix) – Spinnin Records
    • [00:43:09] Korgis – I Need Your Loving (Laidback Luke Bootleg) – White
    • [00:49:54] Pryda – Miami To Atlanta (Original Mix) – Pryda Recordings
  • Cruze classic from 1991:
    • [00:55:37] Zero B – Lock Up – Great Asset

Original picture by Thomas Hawk, used under Creative Commons licence.

News : Openair – Seven Nation Army (The Young Punx Remix) Free MP3

 Monday, March 9th 2009, 8:00 am

A Tribute To The White Stripes

The awesome music producer Hal Ritson from The Young Punx has just put up his remix of an unreleased cover version of The White Stripes’s “Seven Nation Army” by Openair. As you can read on his site it had some legal issues and hence got caught up in the artist development cycle which can happy at record labels and was never released. It has a funky disco vibe about it and the chanting chorus is very Basement Jaxx-esqe. Get it downloaded here and give him some thanks in the comments.

Openair – Seven Nation Army (The Young Punx Remix)

News : TR2N (Tron 2) Soundtrack To Be Scored By Daft Punk

 Saturday, March 7th 2009, 7:00 am

Back in 1982 I was a ten year old boy who was in love with computer games. One of the biggest movies of the year, well the biggest movie for a computer game obsessed boy anyway, was Tron and I can still remember my excitement when my mum and dad took me and my brother to see it. I also remember that they took a family friend, Abigail who was 11, with us and she hated it but that’s not important!

I knew they were making a sequel to with a working title of TR2N but I didn’t know anything else about. So imagine my excitement today, as a 36 year old man who loves computer games and dance music, when I found out that Daft Punk are going to score the soundtrack! How amazing are both the film and the soundtrack going to be!? Let’s hope it keeps in the same vein as Homework and Discovery and not so much like the disappointing, in my opinion, Human After All.

Found via the Earworm blog (who should have cited their sources!) I found confirmation of it on Reuters and MTV.

News : ThruYou – Kutiman Mixes YouTube Video Clips

 Friday, March 6th 2009, 5:40 pm

Kutiman - Thru You
This is possibly the best example of the “mash-up” that I’ve ever seen. Ever. EVER!

An Israeli musician Kutiman has taken lots of different YouTube videos and cut them up and mixed them together to make new tracks out of them. Although I’ve called it a mash-up it’s not a mish-mash of acapellas over original tracks in the conventional sense of a mash-up. He’s actual created 7 new tracks which you can hear over at his Thru You website. It’s just so well done you won’t actually believe that these aren’t real tracks that he’s gone into a studio and created. In case you don’t believe him he also puts links to every YouTube video that he used to make the track in the credits. What an awesome producer!

Thanks to Music Thing for the tip.

News : DJ Turntable With 5 Tone Arms

 Wednesday, March 4th 2009, 12:59 pm

Following on from yesterday’s hacked dj mixer, we’ve got a custom built turntable with 5 tone arms. It has been designed by Yuri Suzuki. Although this is more of a design project than it is a real-world turntable, I think it’s a really interesting concept to build a turntable which focuses on composing music rather than just playing it. It would be a nightmare in a club though! And in his words “this is an analogue answer for the digitalized DJ”.

Thanks to Nick for the tip.

News : Fretless Fader – Hacked DJ Mixed

 Monday, March 2nd 2009, 12:00 pm

This is a really interesting video of a hacked DJ mixer which allows pitch control via the crossfader. He’s turned the mixer into a MIDI controller so that the pitch changes as the fader slides up and down the mixer but it still allows you to cut and scratch by moving the crossfader left and right as normal. It’ll make for some really interesting scratch routines as you can see in the video. It’s really interesting to see how DJ technology has really moved forward since I first started DJing back in the mid 80s!