With a lot of positive feedback, the Deep Despair playlist was begging for a follow up. With a similar recipe of deep house and pop/urban lyrics, this one comes drenched in a slightly more upbeat and sunny sauce. Yes, it needs to be mixed, and it will. Enjoy! Full track listing if you continue reading.
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.
For the enthusiasts, a down-and-dirty Felix Da Housecat set, like I’ve only heard him play on Belgian soil. Whenever the man headlines a local nightly venue he seems to reach into his dark disco and new wave inspired soul and truly goes for it. In the early 2000’s I have personally seen him play even better sets, with a truly superb one in Ostend that would have fit perfectly in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. Anyone who has a recording of that one, please give us a shout. Felix, we need you back, mate.
Up until recently Kaytranada only popped up in my vocabulary as the name of one of my favorite tunes in my record bin: the Kaytranada remix of If by Janet Jackson. I only realized Kaytranada is actually a highly talented Haitian-Canadian musician upon the release of his album 99.9% earlier this year, featuring Craig David and AlunaGeorge. As a deejay, his sets are a reminder that mixing does not have to be about 4/4 beats and the latest Beatport tracks, but about passion and fun. Lovely, mate … can’t wait to hear more. The Boiler Room set below is extra amusing because of the colorful characters in the background 🙂
Kölsch is an artist whose mixes I have been enjoying for a while but, but have grossly underestimated. I considered him to be a rising name in the scene, but turns out he is quite the veteran who has been in the limelight quite a few times. Part of the reason for this misconception is that he has gone through a few names and styles, over the years. His biggest fait de guerre until present has been the major club anthem Calabria, under the Rune RK moniker. Below is a live performance from last month’s Sónar Festival in Barcelona. If the out-in-the-open audio recording bothers you: here a set from Elrow (Ibiza) and another from Awakenings. Happy sunday!
Way back when yours truly was still reporter-to-the-electronic-stars, my favorite deejay to interview was Monsieur Solveig. Hands down the nicest artist in the industry, without any kind of drama or entourage. I used to call him the sleeper star … a totally inconspicuous fella who could make a large crowd go bonkers with the slide of mixer. Anyway, I always preferred his down-and-dirty sets in smaller rooms, which are harder to find these days. Mixmag captured such a rare live beast, and instantly took me way back. Hope you’ll enjoy, I know I did. Quite different from his (frankly proposterous) antics on a large stage, isn’t it?
Our trippy friend’s got a new mix, straight from the steel wheels: all vinyl, all melodic Techno. Evocative yet edgy, crafty yet a lot of fun. Don’t you agree he is entitled to a larger audience? Rhetorical question: of course he does. If you like what you hear, please pay your respect in his Facebook group.
This week’s Sunday Techno mix is Nakadia‘s July set, as broadcasted by Ibiza Global Radio. From a country girl in my Thai hometown of Nakhon Ratchasima to a rising star jetsetting around the world, she has my deepest respect. I am going to keep her to her promise of an interview, the first time we are in the Land of Smiles at the same time. Enjoy!