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Playlist: Mash-ups

Mash-ups are made by combining two separate songs, thereby creating a completely new track. They typically combine the vocals of one song with the instrumental version of another, but other approaches exist and more than two songs can be involved. Views on the history of mash-up vary. Personally, I consider the megamixes of the 70s and 80s (Stars on 45, Mirage, Patrick Cowley, etc) as a precursor, with the practice being implicitly present in mixing culture for decades and brought to the surface by 2manyDJs around the turn of the century. The phenomenon has resulted in very popular tracks, some hugely popular as bootleg records, some re-released (or re-recorded) officially, a dedicated MTV show and mainstream artists even collaborating and doing live bootlegs. This playlist contains my favorite ones, including one by yours truly. Pretty sure that you’ll be surprised to find out that some are in fact mash-ups, as they are more popular than the originals. Full track listing if you continue reading.

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Playlist: Silky smooth R&B – Volume 2

My favorite era for R&B and Hip-hop spans from the late nineties till halfway the next decade. R&B came out of the age of Slow Jam and evolved into a relaxed and layered sound that propelled it into the mainstream, gradually shedding its African-American bias. The spotlight was on producers like Timbaland, The Neptunes and Missy Elliott and directors like Hype Williams. Music videos were colorful, showcased plenty of swag and required either a convertible car or a helicopter. Seriously, do pay attention how many of the videos in the following playlist feature a Bell Huey chopper 🙂 Anyway, I know you enjoyed volume 1 so here is the next one in my series of R&B playlists. Enjoy. Full track listing if you continue reading. A more contemporary selection is available as well. For different genres have a peek here.

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Playlist: Eighties Live

Musically speaking, the Eighties don’t have the best reputation. There was Hair Metal, George Michael in different blazers, the electronic drum and MTV pushing music videos.  One often forgets that it was also the decade of the New Romantics, New Wave and early electronica. Here is a selection of timeless 80s classics, all performed live. You’ve guessed it, I do like analog synths. Full track listing if you continue reading.

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Live set: Nakadia @ Green Love (Novi Sad, 03/12/2016)

Nakadia kicked bottom in 2016: she signed with Cocoon and was named one of the six people that changed dance music in 2016. Impressive, kudos! She caught my attention years because of a shared (adopted) hometown in Isaan and kept lingering on with her great sets, that I’ve been featuring for a long time. A 2011 documentary about her impressive track record is available here. Full set recorded at Green Love in Serbia if you continue reading.

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Playlist: Deep Despair

The current grim and dark Belgian weather is reflected in my latest compilation: Deep Despair. Deep house to Electro Pop with a melancholic undercurrent. Swapping a tropical climate for winter and leaving my princess behind in the process might have been a contributing factor, but let’s not dwell on that. For your consideration and perfect for gym and workout purposes. Full track listing if you continue reading.

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Playlist: Zillion Classics

In 1997, a new venue was added to Antwerp’s nightlife scene. Zillion took the use of technology to new levels, added an element of showmanship to night time entertainment and became an overnight success. Legal troubles surfaced from the very beginning and would ultimately lead to its demise in 2002. With plenty of media attention, several plot lines, plenty of drama, suggested criminal activity, potential stock market manipulation and sexual intrigue, the story warrants its own article (*coming*) and has the potential for a blockbuster movie. However, Zillion also leaves a lasting legacy and a devoted following. This playlist contains tracks straight from its dance floor. For most people they are trance classics, but for regular visitors they will always be Zillion Classics. Complete track listing if you continue reading.

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