Summer is winding down for us here in the Northern Hemisphere, but we still have a bit more juice left in our long-ish days and nice-ish weather. To help you get the most out what’s left of your summer here are two fantastic, recently released funky mixes that will hopefully inspire you to have one last BBQ, go to one last beach or catch on last ball game.
Enjoy it while you can!
Fort Knox Five - “Endless Summer”
This is an awesome mid-temp funky set that *gasp* actually lets all the great songs play instead of mixing out after 30 seconds! This has become my favorite Fort Knox mix of all time and has to be a top five of 2011. Endless Summer Mix by fortknoxfive
DJ Dan - “Stereo Damage Ep. 14″
The incomparable Funky/Electro House master is back with fantastic of blend of new grooves and fun, bouncy tracks. Now why ohhhhh why did he not play a set like this at Burning Man this year?? For those who didn’t witness it his Friday night Opulent Temple set was uninspired techy nonsense. DJ Dan Presents Stereo Damage - Episode 14 (Live @ King King) by djdanmusic
Back in the day I used to got raves all the time and dance my ass of to these glorious sets of cybertrance music. After every one I hoped and prayed that it was being recorded so I could take that feeling with, just have the ability to re-capture that vibe whenever I wanted. But of course they never were recorded. Or if they were the DJ never bothered to mater it, make it into a tape and release to the general public. And eventually I got used to the idea that these awesome seta of music were just one time, transitory events to be enjoyed in the moment, but not able to be captured, stored, and re-created on demand.
Well, I am sooo happy to share with you one shining exception. As I mentioned in my last podcast this year DJ Dan played the best set I’ve ever heard on the playa, burn night, 12 am at Root Society’s ginormous wall of light and sound (aka Tower of Babel). Instead of being lost the the fading recesses of our collective memories we can now re-live every pounding beat of this fantastic set as DJ Dan just released it as a podcast! Hark! the Herald Angels sings! Hallelujah!!
While it does sound a bit strange coming out of computer speakers instead of three story tower of sound, I can still fell the energy of Burning Man seeping through… and the dust. Enjoy!
Well folks, after a year year of living down here I’m on my way out of Bolivia. After some travels to Argentina and Brazil I’ll be back in the Bay around mid August. I just can not believe a year has gone by already, they just seem to fly by these days. And maybe not coincidentally this year has been chalk full of fantastic new experiences: new language, new food, new friends, new culture, a new love, new job, and maybe most relevant here, new music.
In “Bolivi’n It Up”* I tried to combine the music I’ve been playing down here, more easily accessible edm and pop-remixes, with the general vibe of living in La Paz: fast paced, energetic, a bit dirty and a lot of fun! We start of in a Bolivian bus station and just let the vibe flow from there. I thinks it’s a healthy fusion of styles, not veering too far into pop nor too deep into hard electro, and many of the tracks are pulled straight from my sets over the past year.
* Mad props out to my homie Bun Chan in Japan for inspiring that title. When are we gonna get you on the podcast Bun Chan??
If you enjoy the set half as much as I’ve enjoyed living in Bolivia I’ll have done something rite. Thanks for listening, and all my peoples in the Bay, I’ll see you soon!
Bueno amigos y amigas, me estoy yendo de Bolivia este fin de mes, después de haber estado por un año. No puedo creer que el tiempo hay pasado tan rápido! Tal vez una de las razones es es que ese año ha estado lleno de nuevas experiencias fantásticas: nuevo idioma, nueva comida, nuevos amigos, nuevo amor, nueva cultura, nuevo trabajo y nueva música también.
En “Bolivi’n It Up” he tratado de combinar música que he estado tocando aqui, sobretodo pox-remixes, con el ambiente general de vivir en La Paz: Ritmo rápido, energético, un poco sucio y muy divertido! Empezamos con en una estación de micros de bolivianos y dejamos que fluja el ambiente de ahí. Yo creoque es una fución saludable de estilos, no muy pop, no muy hard electro y muchas de las canciones son de mis sets de el último año.
Muchas gracias a todos mis amigos que colaboraron para que este año en Bolivia sea maravilloso; voy a extrañar Bolivia y a todos ustedes! Disfruten de esta mezcla!
Got another big SYTYCB bump post in the works (hint: it’s a trance guy) but I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving! I really am thankful for the opportunity to be down here in Bolivia doing such great work, but holidays like these do get me just a little bit home sick. I hope you are making the best of it, wherever you are! And now that we’re taking the time to appropriate friends, family and loved ones why don’t we appreciate some beats as well?
I’ve got smorgasbord of vocal dace tracks here for ya, some new, some old, all hot, steamy and delicious. So pull up chair to the table, pass the roles, mashed potatoes, gravy, and stuffing and lets do this thing! It beats watching football.
I’m thankful for DJ Dan and his abilty to bring the funk, even to Lady Gaga:
Some guys I’ve never heard of (Joe & Will Ask??) drop this really fun electro house joint. I play this track every time I DJ at Mongos during the warm up hours, and it never fails to get heads a bobbin.
Another warm up fav at Mongos. I really like this track but there’s something that bugs me: that’s not Bono. Am I right?? You really hear it when he starts to wail it out… “And you giiiiive yourself away!” It’s like a splinter in my brain ’cause I love the original so much. I get it that you couldn’t get the rights from U2’s lable, but damn, you couldn’t get someone to do a better job than that? Does this bug anyone else or is just me?
And finally a blast from the past from another SYTYCB runner up. Apparently the The Killers are playing in Brazil soon, that would be a killer show. Here we have Jacques Lu Cont (AKA Thin White Duke, AKA Stuart Price) giving “Mr. Brightside” his standard glossy/trancy rework. Loooove it!
Whoa nelly, it’s been a minute since we last posted a classic mixtape. Time to get back to it. This one is from 15 goddamn years ago, before Jay or I ever touched a Techniques turntable, back when Bill Clinton was just starting his presidency, and when DJ Dan played progressive house and breakbeat. Even the definitions of those genres have changed since then; these aren’t the deep progressive rhythms and hard nu skool basslines we’re all accustomed to today. So drop the expectations, turn up the headphones, and get ready for a new sound… and by new, I mean really really old.
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