Cor’s Corner of the Kitchen
Cor is a fun and somewhat ridiculous person. The only thing he dislikes more than writing about himself is doing so in the third person. Think I’ll switch to first. Yeah. That feels better. Listen, I know a self-praising biography is expected in this this section, but that’s really not me, so I’ll shut up and give you what you’re probably here for. Below is pretty much every set I’ve ever recorded in reverse chronological order. I hope you enjoy them. If you do and you’d like to hear more music like it, say, at a party you’ll be throwing soon, please don’t hesitate to email me. I need to get out of the house more.
Yesterday, I heard from a former Beatery colleague that the Electro Swing genre had made the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s year-end list of music trends that “must die” in 2013. That’s right, someone out there is over it, which can only mean one thing… the sound is starting to get HOT! We’ve seen it gaining momentum here in the US: a few months ago Beatport highlighted Electro Swing as “an emerging subgenre“, it was all over the playa at this year’s Burning Man, and we’re hearing Parov Stelar tracks in all manner of commercials, from Vegas hotels to hard liquor.
We here at The Beatery won’t claim full credit for this rise in popularity. One could point to the fact that we started highlighting the genre over two years ago, but hey, don’t mention it. All in a day’s work for this modest blogger.
And now this modest blogger presents his latest collection of this tired, has-been, shark-jumping, please-god-make-it-stop Electro Swing. Turn it up, play it out, but please be mindful of all the people in your vicinity who frankly heard enough of this shit in 2012 to last a lifetime. Carry some backup dubstep with you, for their sake.
And because we owe you guys some content, here’s a bonus track. I couldn’t wait for this to be released digitally, so it didn’t make the mix, but I love this New Orleans/Dixieland stuff…
Monetrik - Swing Flirt !
Track list after the break.
1. Ella & Duke - Caravan (Lazlo Remix)
2. Nekta - Listen
3. Swing Republic - Crazy in Love (C@ in the H@ Remix)
4. Monkey Bars - Crustaceous
5. JFB - Wobble and Squeak
6. Bobby C Sound TV - Handyman
7. JFTH - Round and Round
8. Andy Latoggo - Wunderbar (Wie Du Heute Tanzt)
9. The Drapers - Diga Diga Doo
10. Tomato Jack - Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen (BMBDS Bella Club Mix)
11. Sound Assembly - Electric Love
12. Alice Francis - Shoot Him Down (Jamie Berry Remix)
13. Jamie Berry - Marvelous
14. Parov Stelar - The Golden Boy
15. Mike Regler - Midnight Rendezvous (feat Isabella Kaiser - Club Mix)
Ah, pre-Burning Man season. The time of year when we DJ’s roll out our new sets, demos for potential playa gigs. It’s a time when, more than ever, we’d like to showcase our tight mixing skills and impeccable track-selection. And it’s a time when, sadly, due to the immense amount of camp-related preparation, those of us headed up to Black Rock Desert have little free time to arrange and edit that perfect DJ mix.
It’s in recognition of this conflict that I present the following live set from our monthly at Raven Bar; complete with beat slips, abrupt mixes, awkward flow, and a track or two you heard on my last podcast. So admittedly, it’s not up to my usual standards. But you know how long it took me to make? One hour and nine minutes. That’s about right for this time of year. Enjoy, and I’ll see you on the playa!
Now where’d I put my duct tape?
*And hey, if you stumbled on this set before heading up to Burning Man yourself and you like what you hear, I’ll be playing at the Mallard Ball at the Duck Pond on Wednesday night. Or, if you’d like an electro-swing DJ to play at your camp, you can find me at the Pancake Playhouse, in the 9:00 keyhole. Or just come by for breakfast!
Hey there, Beatery faithful! It’s sure been awhile, hasn’t it? You’re looking good; glad to see you’ve been taking care of yourselves. Well, enough chit-chat, I know why you’re here. We’re long overdue for a new podcast.
It’s taken me eight damn months from the time I promised I’d have a podcast of electro swing “soon” to finally deliver this one. No excuses for the delay, I’ll just say that since the genre is still relatively young, and the pool of tracks relatively small, it was pretty hard to for me find a nice eclectic mix of tracks that work together. But lo and behold, I have finally prevailed.*
*And somehow I managed to do so with nary a track from electro swing’s #1 man, Parov Stelar.
Anyhow, consider this an electro swing introduction course. A sample platter. We’ve got some trip-hop, some breaks, a few wobbly baselines for the kids, and of course, good ol’ house… all of it swing-style. Dig in! I hope you enjoy yourselves, and I’ll try not to let as much time pass before the next one. No promises though.
THE SWING MACHINE (right-click to download)
Track list after the break.
1. Chinese Man - Architaut
2. Kid Kasino - Sugar Plum Funk
3. Caro Emerald - Back It Up (Kraak & Smaak Remix)
4. JFB - Social Knowhow
5. Featurecast (feat C. Reid) - Going Going Gone
6. J-Roc - Nickelodeon
7. AlgoRythmiK - Andrew’s Break
8. Caravan Palace - Maniac
9. Paul Carpenter - Minnie the Moocher
10. Stereo Express - Shadoorack
11. Sound Assembly - You (Follow them! http://soundassembly.co.uk/)
12. Abel Spandabel vs Ray Noble - Booty Blues (Wolfie’s Mix)
13. Caravan Palace - Clash
14. Enzo Sifferdi & JFTH - Jungle Dancing
15. Benny Berigan - Snake Charmer
16. Nicolas Repac - The End of a Love Affair (Billie in the Sky)
Ah, February. The month when we finally stop writing last year on our checks and really start getting into the swing of things. For us here on the Beatery, it’s back to a regular schedule, back to the popular Five on Friday podcasts and of course, back to the absurd food metaphors. So, if you’ll indulge me…
On today’s prix fixe menu we have a delectable blend of new sounds sprinkled in with a couple of older yet under-appreciated gems. We start off with a classic remix from Beatery favorite Fukkk Offf, presenting a softer, smoother texture than expected. We follow this with a duo of progressive breaks entrees; note the contrasting funky and trancy flavor profiles. For dessert we’re featuring a pairing of nuskool breaks and electro house numbers, both bold and assertive to send you home satisfied. Bon appetite!
Expand for full menu.
Tracklist (Click to buy from Beatport)
1. Eriq Johnson - Silver Grace (Fukkk Offf Remix)
2. Electric Soulside - Lick my Dancefloor (The Scientifics Remix)
3. Colombo & Kultur - Robotiko
4. Curtis B & DJ Fixx - Proper
5. Feed Me - Grand Theft Ecstasy
We throw around the term “epic” quite a lot when promoting events, but it’s not often we can look back at a party to find the adjective holds true. This New Year’s Eve was such an event. We’d have to look all the way back to our days in “The Dungeon” in the early 2000s to find a party we threw with such a great crowd and positive energy… but this time we were fortunate enough to have the smoking/porta-potty area located outdoors.* The set up and breakdown were both relatively painless, and we didn’t have to break up a fight or pick up a plunger all night. All in all, the party went off without a hitch.
See, setting up live sound can be a tricky business. With a large array of various musical devices from seven DJs all connected to the same mixer in a mass of wires tangled enough to rival a plate of linguine, there’s a lot of room for things to go wrong. So naturally, they did. Somewhere around midnight, the computer we set up to record our sets got disconnected from the mixer and from that point on, the music was lost.
But fear not, Beatery fans. Thanks to the wonders of home recording (and for my part, Serato’s history folder) we’ve been painstakingly reassembling the sets to recreate our New Year’s mixes as accurately as possible.** The first of these is below, with more to come next week, and you can find the pre-midnight sets, you know, the ones that survived, on our Black Tie Ball wrap-up page. We hope these sets and the photos on the page help you to remember the night as fondly as we will. Thanks a grip for spending the night with us, everyone. Keep bumpin’ in 2011.
*If you were there, you know the stench I’m referring to.
**You’ll forgive us if we don’t recreate the drunken beat-matches and bumped turntables.
Two weeks ago, Matt kicked off our “Five on Friday” feature, and the response was so positive that I couldn’t wait to post one of my own. While the format is certainly a good way to propagate the, ahem, new hotness, it’s also a great opportunity get some older tracks out of our systems that we haven’t been able to work into other mixes. That’s what I’ve gone for here… a short sampling of few backlog tracks you haven’t heard from me before.* Hope you enjoy the bite-sized beats.
1. Hardy Hard & Lady Waks - Listen
2. Lars Moston - What Now (Fukkk Offf Remix)
3. Kraak & Smaak - Dynamite
4. Atomic Hooligan - Smoke & Mirrors
5. Lindstrom & Solale - Baby I Can’t Stop (Aeroplane Remix)
* With the exception of the Kraak and Smaak joint, which is so new it isn’t even released yet.
This mix has been a long time coming. Since we first started the Beatery I’ve wanted to record a set of my favorite old-school funky breaks tracks, as the podcast is the perfect vehicle to revisit past songs and styles. But it turns out digging up and recording vinyl long forgotten is time consuming, and creating a set with songs you don’t spin anymore just doesn’t come naturally. So it’s taken until now, a full year and a half later, until I’ve finally gotten around to dusting off and digitizing these old records and mixing it into a fun and nostalgic set for any old school breakbeat fan. If you’re one of the ex-ravers out there who’s been listening to breaks for more than a decade, I hope this brings you back.
One last note: because I didn’t have quite enough 90s breaks tracks for a complete set, I included a few contemporary songs that share that same old school sound. Have a listen and see if you can tell which tracks are from which era. The years are in the track list after the break.
Last note: If this didn’t complete satiate your appetite for classic breaks, check out DJ Ghost’s Acid Breaks mixtape from 1996. Great stuff.
1. Sharam Jey - Don’t Say Nothing (2004)
2. 2 Inda Bush - The Lick (1998)
3. Krafty Kuts - The Funk Is (2001)
4. DJ Stew - Funky Fresh (1996)
5. Bowser - Let Your Body Funk (1998)
6. Electroliners - Sanctuary (1996)
7. Freestylers - Don’t Stop (1996)
8. Sol Brothers - That Elvis Track (1997)
9. Freska Allstars - Get Fresh (1999)
10. Cut & Paste - Forget It (1996)
11. Brancaccio & Aisher - Freak Around (2007)
12. DJ Icey - Amtrak (2010)
13. DJ Volume - Ride the Funk (1999)
14. Hal 9000 - Blow ‘em Out (1997)
This set has nothing to do with muppets, I just thought the name Electric Mayhem, shamelessly ripped-off from the band pictured above, was an appropriate title. Seriously, with the number of sets I’ve recorded in my time I should know that I’m headed for trouble when I try to include ALL my recent favorites regardless of how well the songs work together. In this case, I couldn’t decide between my latest banging electrohouse or funky breaks tracks, so naturally I included both. What resulted is the set below: a chaotic hodgepodge that ricochets back and forth between the two styles like a bowling ball on one of those kiddie bumper lanes… which isn’t to say it’s bad. Like bumper bowling, or the muppets for that matter, it’s a wild and unpredictable good time that the kids are sure to enjoy. Turn it up loud, and keep funkin’ that chicken.
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1. Plump DJs - Dr. Dub
2. Tomcraft, Tim Healey - Real Smooth feat. DJ Assault (Krafty Kuts Remix)
3. Electric Soulside - Moulin Rouge (Afterschool Special Remix)
4. Plaza De Funk - Do It
5. Fake Blood - The Dozens
6. Rafthouse - Copies
7. Young MC - Know How (Stanton Warriors Remix)
8. Jinx - Higher
9. Refunk - Shut the Funk Up
10. Plump DJs - Be Good
11. Felguk - Feel Da Funk
12. Lazy Rich - Funkjet
13. Meat Kate, Alex Metric - Neon Lights
14. Feed Me - The Spell
Happy Podcast Friday everyone! It’s a been a while since we’ve posted a brand-new set, opting instead for some classic retro mixes for the last few podcasts. Well, I’m pleased to announce that we’re back to our usual menu of freshly-blended beats for the foreseeable future (which is about two weeks here at the Beatery.)
Today’s podcast was recorded live last Thursday when I guest DJ’d at a friend’s biweekly event, Living Room Sessions. I’ve been meaning to record a slower, funkier mix like this since we started the blog, and the chill crowd at Mars Bar the other night gave me the opportunity. The mixing is a bit dodgy (sorry, they had beer), but it contains a nice blend of fun tracks I rarely get to spin and some old favorites I’m sure many of you will recognize. My thanks to Mark for having me over to his ‘living room’ to play, and all the wonderful Pancake and Duck Pond crew who came out that night. I had a great time.
One last note. Attentive listeners may notice we’ve changed the token British chick in our intro to a familiar voice. Welcome to the Beatery, M. Nice to finally have you here.
BUUUUUUUUUURNIIIIIIIIIIING MAAAAAAAN! WOOOOOOOOOOOO!
Are you excited? I fucking am. I’m posting this podcast a day early so you can download it in time for your pilgrimage to the playa, should you need more driving music. I originally set out to make this mix five hours long, to last the entire trip from San Francisco to Black Rock City, but when I finished selecting tracks and mixing them together, well, it turned out to be just forty five minutes. Strange.
I gotta say, this summer feels like it’s been the longest in recent memory, and unfortch, it’s also been a bit of a dry spell for new music. Since I didn’t exactly have a grip of new tracks to share with you, I’ve just mixed together some of the songs I’ve been spinning live this summer that always seem to get a good crowd reaction. What this means for Beatery regulars is that a large percentage of this mix is gonna sound a bit familiar. Just consider it a ‘Greatest Hits’ set (or summer reruns, if you’re one of those ‘glass is half-empty’ people.)
Okay, now that I’ve talked myself down, it’s time to talk myself back up by telling you all to come out to hear me spin on the playa! I’ve got two gigs thus far, both at the beginning of the week, so if you’re gonna be out there early, come to the following locations to dance your dusty ass off!
Sunday 8/30 - 10:00pm-11:00pm @ the Duck Pond (9:00 & DNA)
Tuesday 9/01 - Midnight-1:30am @ Conexus (3:00 & Hominid)
And of course, in case anyone reading this doesn’t already know, the Pancake Playhouse (our camp) will be in the 9:00 keyhole once again this year. Anyone looking for a hot breakfast, some soothing soft rock, or (ahem) an awesome electro/breaks DJ to rock your playa party in a chef outfit… come on by!
Okay, enough promotion, here’s the playa-cast. See you out there!
Reminder: You can get this set and new ones automatically downloaded to your itunes every two weeks by subscribing to our PODCAST.
(expand for tracklist)
1. Acid Jacks - Disco Shoes (Electrixx Remix)
2. Stupid Fresh - Get The Fuck Up (Bass Kleph Remix)
3. Washing MaJazzz - Wow (Cor’s FIFY Re-Touch of Yud Kei’s Remix)
4. Fukkk Offf - More Than Friends
5. New Order - Blue Monday (Vandalism’s Remix of Kurd Maverick’s Remix)
6. Rhythm Code, Dan Welton - Music People (James Harcourt Remix)*
7. Afterschool Special - Full House
8. Digitalism - Jupiter Room (Martian Assault Edit)
9. Fukkk Offf - Rave is King (Zodiac Cartel Remix)
10. autoKratz - Always More (Yuksek Remix)**
* I promise this is absolutely the last time I’ll put this on a mix.
** Yes, I know the break is ridiculously cheesy. It just makes the hard part sound better when it comes back in.
I know there’s a lot of confusion in the music world about tech house. The definition is actually pretty straight forward, let me break it down for you: it’s a style of techno that draws on house’s soulful and funky elements. Oh wait, no I’m sorry, I have that backwards. It’s a style of house that features the percussive and deep elements of techno. Right? Okay, I’m pretty sure it’s kind of deep and hypnotic most of the time. Unless it’s the hard and shuffly kind. Is shuffly even a word?
See, here’s the problem: Take all the different styles of both techno and house (deep, minimal, hard, soulful, etc), and know that any piece of music combining elements from two or more of these subgenres could rightly be called tech house. It’s a broad genre, and after years of categorizing electronic music, I still don’t have a solid definition, I just know it when I hear it.
That said, most of the set below I wouldn’t actually call tech house. I initially set out to record a tech house mix, but I discovered that I really only have about ten tracks that I could say with confidence are undeniably, certifiably, officially 100% tech house… and none of those tracks mixed all that well. So instead, what you’ve got here is a mix of techy electro house that gets a bit progressive towards the end and has a breakbeat track in the middle for some reason. The only songs on here that I can say for sure are tech house are the third and fourth tracks, because they both use samples like house, but also have elements of, um – ah, fuck it, I give up. Just enjoy the music.
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1. Andy Caldwell – Warrior (Claude VonStroke Sharp Toof Mix)
2. Chris Lake & Sébastien Léger - Word
3. Thomas Schumacher - Picanha
4. Rene Van Munster - Noodles (Zodiac Cartel Mix)
5. Claude VonStroke - Deep Throat (Sebastien Leger Remix)
6. Sam Hell - Gun Club (Hedflux Remix)
7. James Harcourt - Audio Daemon
8. Chris Lake - Deadline (Rene Amesz remix)
9. Kelis - Trick Me (Tiefschwarz Remix)
1. Breaking News - Rush Hour (Quadrat Beat Remix)
2. Plastic Shell - Dead End
3. Gigi Barocco - The Rhythm
4. Stereofunk - Captain Funk (Fukkk Offf Remix)
5. Drumattic Twins - Don’t Be So Drumattic
6. Plump DJs - System Addict
7. Sporty-O - Guestlist (Keith MacKenzie and DJ Fixx vs. Angel Alanis Original Mix)
8. Robosapiens - Chasing the Buzz
9. The Autobots - Seconds Out
Reminder: You can get this set and new ones automatically downloaded to your itunes every two weeks by subscribing to our PODCAST.
Okay, so below (after the proverbial jump) is a short rant about putting together a mix. If you’re not interested in the creation of DJ sets and just came to hear some breaks, no problem, that’s why I put the player up top this time. For everyone else, allow me to geek-out for a second…
Putting together a mix, even a short one, can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes, even though you’ve got all these great new songs and you can’t wait to bring them all together into a set, they just don’t want to work together. They’re in different keys, genres, energy levels… for one reason or another they just won’t mix. When this happens DJing isn’t fun, it’s like pulling teeth. You keep trying out different tracks with the hope that one of them will bring it all together, maybe experimenting with tracks you don’t even like all that much but you’d settle for them if they helped you get through to the others. This sucks. When it happens, often it’s best just to scrap the whole thing and wait for some new songs to come along before you try again.
And then occasionally you’re lucky enough to have the opposite experience. All the new tracks that you just can’t wait spin together just happen to compliment each other and the mixes present themselves with hardly any effort at all. It’s like dropping puzzle pieces on a table and watching them land right-side up and in the correct orientation. All you have to do is snap them together and you’re done.
This mix was one of the latter cases. Most of these tracks I acquired in the last couple weeks, and I was surprised to find how well they all fit. Almost the entire set came together in less than an hour. What’s even more fortunate about this is that since I haven’t spun nu skool breaks in several years (hence the name of the mix) I didn’t have that many tracks to work with. If I got stuck, I’d be STUCK. Luckily I only needed one bridge track* and I found that one pretty fast.
I’d be curious to hear if other DJs have similar experiences when trying to record demo sets; either the set from hell that just won’t come together, or that effortless flow with a set that mixes itself. If you’re a DJ reading this, let me know. Maybe I’m over-thinking it and I just spend too much effort on this shit. In fact I’m quite sure that’s the case.
* A bridge track is what Jay and myself (and other DJs, I’d suspect) call one of those last few songs you need when creating a set. This track needs to serve as a “bridge” between one finished block of your mix and another. You can be 95% done with the set, but find yourself stuck trying to find that last song that will bring you from the start to the finish. If you’re astute you can sometimes tell which track in DJ’s set is a bridge track because it may be short and drum-focused (making it easy to mix), or the mixes on either end of that song may not be as smooth as the rest, just there to get the job done. I’ll leave you to guess which track is the bridge in this mix.
It didn’t start out this way, but somehow as I was pulling this set together this set morphed into the hardest thing I’ve ever recorded. This probably means it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but likewise I’m sure some of you will like it more than my usual lighter/funkier fare. This doesn’t need to be said, but like most electronic music, this sounds better LOUD. So turn it up… I dropped some extra F-bombs in there so you’ll be sure to offend some people.
1. Yuksek - Deladeu 2
2. Mr. Oizo - Steroids (Mr. Oizo Remix)
3. Splitloop - Electricity
4. Sneaky Soundsystem - UFO (Van She Tech Remix)
5. Moston & Malente - F*cked Up
6. Aston Shuffle - For Everyone
7. Phonat - Incredible Sound
8. Wolfgang Gartner - Flashback
9. HardWaks & Mr. X - Records Back (Electrixx Remix)
10. Benji - My Love Sees You
11. Yuksek - Tonight
Here’s the most recent in a series of sets my friend and I spun on KZSU, Stanford’s University’s radio station. Not the greatest mixing in my DJing history, but I love the tracks. James Harcourt’s remix of “Music People’ is amazing. Tracklist after the jump.
DJ Cor - Stanford Sessions III (Right click to download)
1. Alex Gopher - Aurora (Riot In Belgium & Knightlife Remix)
2. Chris Lake & Sebastien Leger - Word
3. Dan Welton & Rhythm Code - Music People (James Harcourt Remix)
4. Zodiac Cartel - Klappin’
5. Shena - Electrosexual (Aston Shuffle Remix)
6. Aston Shuffle - For Everyone
7. Spencer & Hill - Housebeat
8. Evil Nine feat. EL-P - All the Cash (Alex Metric Remix)
9. K.I.M. - Wet n Wild (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)
10. Deadmau5 - Ghosts n Stuff
11. Splittr - All Alone (Alex Metric Vocal)
12. Electrixx - Error
Okay, so here’s what happened. I spun a set I was quite pleased with at my friends’ club night (Freeform Vs Dubalicious - if you’re in San Francisco you need to check it out.) The mixes were solid, the styles were varied, and everyone seemed to like it. Luckily, I had recorded the set on a borrow mp3 recorder with the hopes of using it as a new promo. When I got home I discovered that my inexperience with the recorder caused me to set the input level so low that it was unusable. Rather than give it up, I used the opportunity to teach myself Ableton (a music sequencing program, ie. not live) and what you have below is the result. I still really like the set, but Ableton sets always lack the roughness, the imperfections of a live set. While I certainly enjoy the control, there’s a certain human element that’s lost. And now that I’ve totally talked it down, here it is. Enjoy!
1. D’ Secret Service - Tight Jeans (Fukkk Offf Remix)
2. Sydney Blu - Give it Up For Me
3. Alex Gopher - Bingo!
4. Land Shark - Notorious
5. Boys Noize - Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
6. Kid Dub - Tetris (Tocadisco Remix)
7. Digitalism - Idealistic (A-Trak Remix)
8. ErickE - Keep On Making Noise (Breaks Remix)
9. Splitloop - Pleasure Machine
10. NAPT - Gotta Have More Cowbell
11. Myagi - Giorgio Marauder
12. Daft Punk - One More Time (Breaks Remix)
I still quite enjoy this mix, which is odd for me, since I put mixes together so slowly I’m usually sick of all the tracks by the time I’m finished. This one has some of my favorite electrohouse and breaks tracks on there, many of which still haven’t left my live crate in over a year now. Rumpfunk is my favorite. It’s just so FUNKY. Stream or download below, tracklist available after the jump.
1. Stanton Warriors - Adventures in Success
2. The Beat Monkeys - Lords of Eldorand
3. Hipp-E - Major Waves (John Acquaviva & Olivier Giacomotto Remix)
4. Yoshimoto - Du What U Du
5. Freeform Five - No More Conversations (Mylo Remix)
6. Plump DJs - The Rub Off
7. Shena - Electrosexual (Aston Shuffle Remix)
8. Coburn - We Interrupt This Programme (Original/Stanton Warriors Remix)
9. Culture Shock - Asteroids
10. Ed Solo, Skool of Thought - Believe In The Funk
11. Detroit Grand Pu Bahs - Sandwiches (Krafty Kuts Remix)
12. Claude VonStroke - Who’s Afraid Of Detroit (Stanton Warriors Remix)
13. Mike Monday - Rumpfunk
14. Burufunk, Carbon Community - Community Funk (Deadmau5 Remix)
15. Mylo - Paris Four Hundred (Etienne De Crécy Remix)
16. Soulwax - NY Excuse
17. Digitalism - Zdarlight (Moonlight Mix)
It’s Friday, which means you can count on the Beatery for another set of booty-shakin’ beats to kick start your weekend. For this week’s retro set I have an old live set of mine from almost three years ago. This is the second in the Standford Sessions series*, recorded on the Big Love show on KZSU 90.1, Stanford radio. Despite the roughness of the set (it’s the radio, I was a bit nervous) this is a great one, working it’s way from kitschy electro house to progressive breaks at the very end. I still really dig the mix of Put your Hands Up for Detroit and White Horse at the beginning… wish I hadn’t smeared my way into that one. You two diehard DJ Cor fans out there may note a lot of similarities between this and No Excuses, which I recorded a few months later. Sue me, tracks cost eleven bucks back then and I was working at startup. **
Hey, speaking of Stanford Sessions, you know who also has a sweet backlog of radio mixes? Our own Beatery resident, Mr. Matt Haegen. I bet if you ask real nice he’ll put them up. For now, enjoy this one from way back in 2007, when vinyl was still around, when Trentemoller was the new Timo Maas, and when Mylo ruled electrohouse for a few minutes before disappearing into complete obscurity.***
* I’m working my way backwards here. For the third installation, click HERE.
** Soundflavor, R.I.P.
*** Seriously, where IS that dude? Anyone seen him?
1. Sharam Jey - Feel Nobody
2. Fedde Le Grande - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit
3. Wonderland Avenue - White Horse
4. Moby - Lift Me Up (Mylo Remix)
5. Till West feat. DJ Delicious - Same Man
6. Digitalism - Zdarlight (Moonlight Mix)
7. D Ramirez - Discotek
8. Freaks In Flames (white label)
9. The Young Punx - Rockall (Phonat Mix)
10. House of Pain - Jump Around (white label remix)
11. Soul of Man - Acid Punch
12. Mousse T. - Fire (Shakedown Remix)
13. Detroit Grand Pu Bahs - Sandwiches (Krafty Kuts remix)
14. Claude VonStroke - Who’s Afraid of Detroit (Stanton Warriors ‘OMG I’ve heard this a billion times’ Remix)
15. Apollo Kids - Counting Off (Meat Katie & Elite Force Remix)
16. Royksopp - What Else Is There? (Stanton Warriors Remix)
17. Stanton Warriors - Blue
18. Djuma Soundsystem - Les Djinns (Trentemoller Remix)
It was a funkier time, back in ’05. The Plump DJs, Stanton Warriors and Krafty Kuts (all represented in this mix) had yet to transition from their funky breaks roots into the nu-skool and booty breaks repertoire for which they are known today. And while I do dig the harder, dirtier styles those artists are rockin these days, and while there’s no doubt the funk is still alive and well in their more recent works, there’s something about this older stuff… it’s a purer form of funk. Closer to Parliament, George Clinton and the Gap Band than the funky breaks you hear today.
Jay and I each recorded a forty minute mini-set as a handout for what was probably the biggest party/fundraiser we’ve ever thrown: Fatbeats Diner. Check out that line-up in the picture above. That was an San Francisco DJ dream team for Jay and me. I suppose this party was also the origin of the extended food/music metaphor you see resurrected in this blog. I’m sure Jay will have more to say about the party itself when he posts his half of the set, but for now, enjoy this starter: a well-balanced serving of funky house and breaks… the kind they used to make.
1. Avalanche – Acid Attack *
2. Bob Sinclar – Ultimate Funk
3. A Skillz and Krafty Kuts – Ill Type Sound
4. Slyde - Slippedy Slide
5. Ghettofunk (aka The Freestylers) – Push Up
6. Plump DJs – The Funk Hits The Fan
7. Beginnerz – Reckless Girl (Stanton Warriors Remix)
8. Club Riders – Set Free
9. INXS – New Breaks Nation (Bootleg)
* UPDATE: I’ve digitized and uploaded this track for anyone who wants it. Grab it HERE.
It’s Friday, which means it’s time for another “retro” set. Today’s is another one of my own: Rhythmic Trip from 2003… which I believe marks my first and only use of the cliché ‘music-as-journey’ metaphor. This was also my first venture into “nu skool breaks” territory, though to be honest it really doesn’t venture too far. I’ve never been able to take those aggressive wobbling basslines for 70 minutes straight. Anyhow, it has all the basic trademarks of any of my old sets…
- A few mixes I’m still proud of. (The first two.)
- Some tracks I still love. (The last one in particular.)
- A token pop reference (The Madonna remix.)
- At least one track I wish I hadn’t put in there. (The Madonna remix.)
All in all, a very solid set, and one I’m happy to finally have up here. Enjoy, and have a great weekend.
Tracklist pending (I have to look all these old records up.)
In honor of our favorite holiday, Jay and I are taking a break from the newly-recorded podcasts to bring you a couple of Halloween-themed flashbacks. This is a bit of a departure from our standard operating procedure… up until now the podcasts have been the realm of new mixes, hot off the decks (or more accurately, the laptop hard drives.) Let us know what you think. If you desire only new music in these bi-weekly podcasts, leave us a comments saying so and we’re likely to meet those demands… we aim to please. However, if you’re content with the occasional pod-blast from the past, we just may do a few more of these in the future.
So today we have a set that I’d guess most of our regular listeners are familiar with. I’ve never had such a great reception for one of my mixes as this one right here. Some day, far in the future when I’ve spun my last set, I’ll look back on my archive of mixes and most likely conclude that War of the Worlds was my high-water mark. It’s a pretty well-executed concept mix, and I’ve been trying ever since to come up with another one like it but I have yet to find source material with the same potential. If anyone has any brilliant ideas, I’m all ears.
This mix was born when I was trying to find a way to fill the brutally long gap in the instrumental mix of Timo Maas’, Help Me. Around the same time, I was attempting to learn to scratch with an old record of the original ‘War of the Worlds’ radio drama (mission failed, by the way.) The Timo Maas song uses the theme from ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ so it already had that old sci-fi vibe, and hence the record samples were a perfect fit. I was so excited by the sound of it I spent several weeks fleshing it out to a whole mix, selecting and editing the voice samples and pulling together music that best fit the mood (and some that didn’t, let’s be honest.) The result is what you have here, and despite the outdated music and loose mixing, it’s still the set I’m most proud of, and still the one I’m trying to beat.
* Jay just pointed out to me that some people may want the set split up into separate tracks. If you are one of those people, you can click HERE to download a zipped file of the split tracks.
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2. Da Hool - Meet Her at the Love Parade
3. Information Society - What’s On Your Mind? (Breaks Remix)
4. Electronauts - Bumper (Plump DJs Remix)
5. Blame - Music Takes You
6. Plump DJs - Big Groovy Funker
7. Groovezone - Eisbaer (Soul Hooligan Remix)
8. Led Zepplin - Immigrant Song (white label house remix)
9. Because (white label)
10. Timo Maas - Help Me (Instrumental)
11. ILS - Requiem
12. DJ Icey - King of Pain
13. (For the life of me I can’t remember the artist or name of this track.)
14. Elite Force - Curveball
Time to take a trip down memory lane. Breakthru marks my first foray into the new and exciting world of breakbeat, not to mention my first use of the requisite “breaks” pun.* There are some absolute classics in this one… some early Plump DJs, Timo Maas, Bassbin Twins, Plump DJs, Krafty Kuts, Fatboy Slim, the Plumps, Electroliners, and a think there are a few Plump DJs tracks in there as well. On second thought, I don’t know whether the fact that I’m still spinning several of these tracks today means they are absolute classics, or indicates that I really haven’t grown much as a DJ in the last 8 years. Maybe it’s both.
*See also “Slam the Breaks On”, “Breakdown”, “Give a Po’ Man a Break” and so many more.
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1. Spoon Wizard - Shoemonkey
2. DJ Icey - ???
3. PMT - Gyromancer
4. Kerbcrawler - Hold On
5. Timo Maas - Dooms Night (”Sounds like Timo Maas” Mix)
6. Plump DJs - Plump Ya Butt
7. Chris Lum - Big Tool
8. Plump DJs - Electric Disco
9. Krafty Kuts - Lock Da Hype
10. Prince - Kiss (Soul of Man Remix)
11. Plump DJs - Fever
12. Bassbin Twins - Out of Hand (Fatboy Slim Mix)
13. BT - Smartbomb (Plump DJs Mix)
14. Future Sound of London - Papua New Guinea (Oil Funk Dub mix flipped on 45)
15. Electroliners - Loose Caboose (Bassbin Twins Remix)
16. JDS - Nine Ways (What a surprise, Plump DJs remix)
Today we have one of the few remaining DJ mixes from the DJ Cor vault. It was over a decade ago, but I do believe this was the mix I recorded after Bump, which makes it the first demo I ever laid down on CD. Apparently I had yet to get used to this strange new medium, as I still recorded two separate short sets like we did in the cassette days. Old habits die hard, I guess. Anyhow, the first “side” is good old fashion funky house, and the second is slightly more chill funky house. What range! There’s some classic tracks on here: Burnin’ by Daft Punk, Sing It Back by Moloko, Go Insane by… damn, I can’t remember. Don’t count on a tracklist for this one. Ten years was a long time ago, but the music still holds up. Let’s take a trip back…