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Music Recommendations from DJs for DJs

Apr
25

This is some killa flow…

You know we think Rhymefest is one of the top rappers on the planet. Forget Kanye (always act a fool oww oww) West… Rhymefest is worth listening to.

He’s got a mixtape on his website right now that you need to download. We could talk about how great it is, there’s no need. Basically it’s Rhymefest, with some of the best in the business, doing his thing over Michael Jackson samples. It’s call “Man in the Mirror”… and of course Mark Ronson is on production duties!

Rhymefest is in a league of his own – download the mixtape here. Or go to his website and download it from there.

We can’t wait for his new album.

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Feb
16

Duffy, “the welsh songbird” is going to be big this year. The first track from her new album is called “mercy” and is already number one in the itunes download chart. She’s got some other great tracks and I can’t wait to get a copy of the album. She performed “warwick avenue” on the Jools Holland BBC show and the hype surrounding her has been growing since.

Bringing Mowtown Back…

The mowtown sound is definitely coming back, due mainly to the workings of Mr Mark Ronson. The success of Amy Winehouse showed record labels that a demand for this sort of music is very much alive.

Jan
07

So we’ve had a bit of a break for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and by break I mean we’ve been busier than usual given the time of year and all. But it’s 2008 now and there’s a bunch of new music we’ll be recommending, first off some soul.

100 days, 100 nights is the newest album from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. The Dap-Kings have collaborated all over the place, from Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black album to working with people like Mark Ronson. These guys are rooted in the foundations of soul music and you can tell it from the first listen.

100 days, 100 nights is the third album from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. These guys have the potential to make soul music great again, some say they are a force that can save soul music. The songs have the same class and timeless quality of any of the motown classics. Mark Ronson’s been giving the album a lot of play on his online radio show, particularly “tell me”. The album really isn’t suitable for club play, it’s a bit too laid back for that.

This is one of those albums you buy just for chilling out at home, think “Back to Mine” series and you kinda get the idea. Check out the “Back to Mine” website.

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Track listing:

  1. “100 Days, 100 Nights” – 3:45
  2. “Nobody’s Baby” – 2:27
  3. “Tell Me” – 2:46
  4. “Be Easy” – 3:03
  5. “When The Other Foot Drops, Uncle” – 3:15
  6. “Let Them Knock” – 4:29
  7. “Something’s Changed” – 2:56
  8. “Humble Me” – 4:05
  9. “Keep On Looking” – 2:49
  10. “Answer Me” – 4:08
Dec
14

DJs and music loving people go check out Kissy Sell Out. I love Kissy Sell Out, his remixes are top drawer.

Kissy Sell Out, like Jacques lu Cont, isn’t shy about taking on pop songs or pop acts and giving them the full remix treatment. He’s got a really distinctive sound, somewhere between mylo and calvin harris, but different. Right now he’s got some remixes that are worthy of a listen / spin – check out the discography below.

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Here’s the discography from his myspace:

Kissy Sell Out – Permanent Record 2006 San City High
Kissy Sell Out – Saw You 2006 San City High
Neat People – Baby Im Bored (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2006 White Label
The Loose Cannons – Girls In Hats (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2006 Fat Fox
The Loose Cannons – Raw (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2006 Fat Fox
The Libertines – Ha Ha Wall (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2006 White Label
Does It Offend You, Yeah? – We Are Rockstars (Kissy Sell Out Remix) White Label
Bleach Eating Pimps – The Mistake (Kissy Sell Out’s Acid Flashback) 2006 Fat Fox
Dorp – Extreme (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2006 Athole Still Music
Dorp – Extreme (Kissy Sell Out Dub) 2006 Athole Still Music
Rainer Weichhold – Infinite Template (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2007 Great Stuff
Paradise Boys – Oh So Serious (Kissy Sell Out Remix) San City High Vs Princehouse
Good Books – Leni (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2007 Sony BMG
The Black Ghosts – Face (Kissy Sell Out’s Essex Street Corner Dubplate) 2007 Southern Fried
All Saints – Chick Fit (Kissy Sell Out’s Excellent Adventure/Bogus Journey) 2007 EMI
Gwen Stefani – Wind It Up (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2007 TBC
Arthur Baker Vs Richard Bartz – I Don’t Want You (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2007 TBC
Bolt Action Five – Tree Friend Tree Foe (Kissy Sell Out’s Knightmare Version) 2007 No Pain In Pop
Chungking – Love Is Here To Stay (Kissy Sell Out’s Own Private Idaho) 2007 Gut
DJ Q45 & MC Amy B – Naughty (Kissy Sell Out Remix) 2007 Ministry Of Sound
Mark Ronson – Stop Me (Kissy Sell Out’s True Romance) 2007 Sony BMG
Remi Nicole – Fed Up (Kissy Sell Out’s Rules Of Attraction) 2007 Island
Operator Please – Ping-Pong (Kissy Sell Out’s White Stallion) 2007 Brille
Dragonette – Take It Like A Man (Kissy Sell Out’s Horror Sequel) 2007 Mercury
Groove Armada – Song 4 Mutya (Kissy Sell Out Version) 2007 Columbia
Calvin Harris – Merrymaking At My Place (Kissy Sell Out Gets Busy) 2007 Columbia
Kissy Sell Out – HER 2007 Lavolta
Sugababes – About You Now (Kissy Sell Out Takes Manhattan) 2007 Island
Kissy Sell Out Vs Human League – Things That Dreams Are Made Of 2007 White

Some background info on Kissy Sell OutHe began DJing at the age of 13 in 1998, having turned from a Nirvana fan to a confused dance music fan overnight when he came across an acid house mix CD. “I started making my own music as a natural progression from DJing. I’ve always been fascinated by the concept of remixing. I’ve been playing the electric guitar since I was 11 and used to focus on improvisation techniques rather than reading sheets of music or learning chords.” READ MORE

As a special treat here’s his podomatic website – he puts up lots of tracks here for free download!

Dec
10

The-Dream, Terius Youngdell Nash, brains behind Rihanna’s worldwide hit “Umbrella” has finally released his debut studio album “Love Hate” and it’s pretty ok. There’s one song that stands out on the album for club play… it’s called “Ditch that” and it’s a hot track. Yes, it is annoying. And yes, it is going to become a pain in the neck, especially given the “ella ella” lyrics, obviously a link to umbrella. But it’s likely to be a hit for those very same reasons.

Someone’s uploaded the track onto youtube here, so you can give it a listen and see what you think. I’ve tried it on a club system and it sounds nice – loads of bass, feels a bit like Justin’s “Sexy back” but it’s a good bit slower – about 106bpm.

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You can buy “Ditch That” on Amazon’s mp3 store here – all the mp3s are DRM free.

Dec
05

Stuart Price (aka Jacques lu Cont, aka The Thin White Duke, aka Les Rythmes Digitales, aka Paper Faces, aka Man With Guitar) is one of my favourite producers. Everything he does turns to gold. He’s not afraid to take on full-blown nasty pop songs and remix them into something better. He’s taken on remixes of pop artists like Britney Spears, Madonna and Gwen Stefani. We’ll be putting up more posts about this wizard of remixing from time to time.

TWD

Price has provided a quality remix of the Killer’s anthem “Mr Brightside”. His remix is doing the rounds on the internet but if you want to get a high quality copy of it we recommend you go ahead and buy it. It’s available on the Killer’s new album Sawdust. You can preview his remix on youtube here.

It’s not a tune for every dance floor, it feels a bit on the slow side mainly because the cord progression doesn’t happen as quickly as in the original. Personally I like what he’s done with the song and I reckon that crowds who know their music will definitely go for this.

Dec
04

Get used to the name now, Wale is a rapper with serious potential to be the next big thing internationally.

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Wale, just so you know it’s pronounced “wah-lay” is a serious new talent in the music industry. This guy has emerged from the DC hip hop scene and is winning fans all over the place, some have even gone so far as to say he’ll be the man to save hip hop. I don’t know about saving hip hop – what I do know is this stuff will get most any decent crowd going…and even if it doesn’t, anyone into music will enjoy his stuff.

He’s got the backing of Mark Ronson, which alone adds hugely to his potential for success. Ronson has been championing Wale on his East Village Radio Show and asked Wale to play with him on his UK tour this year.

Wale recently released his third mixtape, 100 Miles & Running, mixed by Nick Catachdubs, which is available to download free at the official Allidorecords website the zshare link is here. I guess they’re trying to get some hype around Wale by putting the mixtape up for free download, and I think it’s a good idea. There are some really cool bits on this mixtape. W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E., the Amy Winehouse – Rehab remix and DC Gorillaz (which samples “Dirty Harry” by the Gorilla) are three great tracks nicely worked. Download it for free yourself and let us know what you think of Wale.

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TRACKLIST:
01 Let’s Ride f Daniel Merriweather (prod. by Mark Ronson)
02 DC Gorillaz (prod. by Best Kept Secret)
03 Breakdown (prod. by HitterQuitter Boyz)
04 Ice Cream Girl (prod. by Best Kept Secret)
05 Tasty Skit
06 Payback
07 Jay Joint (prod. by Judah)
08 Please Listen (prod. by Judah)
09 The People
10 Daytona Squared (prod. by Judah)
11 Bonified f Tabi Bonney (prod. by DJ Book and DJ Jealousy)
12 W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.
13 Good Girls (prod. by Teamwork Music)
14 Work
15 Warming Up Cane
16 Smile Remix (prod. by Mark Ronson)
17 Camp Lo
18 Nobody (prod. by Osinachi)
19 Rehab
20 Rediscover Me (prod by Aqua)

Dec
04

More French music, this time from Electronic band Justice. Justice released their album “Cross” this summer.

The “D.A.N.C.E.” ep preceded the release of “Cross” and because of this nearly everyone has been focusing on the title track to that ep. Everyone has remixed or jumped on the “D.A.N.C.E.” tune by now. WALE has a pretty decent track sampling the Justice hit – it’s called “W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.” …original name, I know.

Justice

But what everyone seems to have missed is that the album is full of tunes equally good, if not better, than “D.A.N.C.E.”. There’s a killer remix of the track “Phantom Pt. II” from Soulwax doing the rounds. The album is full of gritty little tunes like “Genesis” and “Waters of Nazareth” and Justice cannot deny their Ed Banger Records heritage. This stuff isn’t for every dance floor, but will rock the right crowd.

Justice have also some quality remixes that I like to spin at the moment. For one, there’s a very tasty remix of “Justin Timberlake – Lovestoned” and if you can get a copy of that it works a treat on most crowds.

Check out Justice’s myspace here.


Dec
03

French duo Daft Punk, one of the all-time greats of electronic music, have released a stunning live album this year. This album is a must get for any dj or music lover. The album Alive 2007 was derived from Daft Punk’s live performance at their Bercy show. Technical explanation of the album recording, equipment used, etc here.

Most everyone loves daft punk. I find clubbers always request the daft punk classic tracks like “around the world.” With Kayne West using the “hard, better, faster, stronger” sample this year, the audience and demand for daft punk is wide open and bigger than ever. The thing I find about playing daft punk songs is that most of the best ones are quite old, so some people get a little bored. This album has solved this problem in style.

Some of my favourite mash-ups on the album are “Around The World / Harder Better Faster Stronger”, “Television Rules The Nation / Crescendolls” and “Touch It / Technologic”.

Basically this is daft punk at their very best. They’ve mashed up their big hits, added bits, taken some bits away, and come up with twelve stompers that will rock any decent club. There are crowd sounds on the recording, but that won’t stop you from playing this out. This is how live music should be done. Music lover or dj you will enjoy this album.

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Alive 2007 tracklisting:

  1. “Robot Rock” / “Oh Yeah” – 6:28
  2. “Touch It” / “Technologic” – 5:30
  3. “Television Rules the Nation” / “Crescendolls” – 4:51
  4. “Too Long” / “Steam Machine” – 7:02
  5. “Around the World” / “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” – 5:43
  6. “Burnin'” / “Too Long” – 7:12
  7. “Face to Face” / “Short Circuit” – 4:55
  8. “One More Time” / “Aerodynamic” – 6:11
  9. “Aerodynamic Beats” / “Forget About the World” – 3:32
  10. “The Prime Time of Your Life” / “The Brainwasher” / “Rollin’ & Scratchin'” / “Alive” – 10:22
  11. “Da Funk” / “Daftendirekt” – 6:37
  12. “Superheroes” / “Human After All” / “Rock’n Roll” – 5:41

Here’s a link to buy it on Amazon.