first off, i must apologise for the huge delay between instalments. life always seems to get in the way you know. but finally, here it is, my 90-minute round up of the year that was 2007. yes, 90 minutes. whenever i try to make a mix, i always try to keep it under 80 minutes, as if i were going to put it on a cd. in this case i had to keep it at this length. it just felt right.
i’m going to kick this off with a disclaimer – over the last few years i’ve made a point of never copying a dj’s mixes, ie if someone mixes two tracks together that sound great, i’ll go out of my way to find other ways of mixing them. i don’t wanna jock nobody’s style. but i’ve done it in this mix. not as a ripoff, but as an homage. it was in 2006 that i first saw the great man that is erol alkan play, and his opening tracks that night were his own remix of i don’t feel like dancing by scissor sisters and trentemøller‘s remix of go by moby. after that, like many of his sets, i was completely stumped – it always seems that he kicks off with something HUGE, then follows it up with an hour of obscurity, and lays the bangers on thick for his grand finale. later on that night i heard him play some of the tracks that have come to define that year, half of which are included in this very mix. bump, sitwoc, magick. that was 2006. this was year zero for the current crop of electro kids who never before had any interest in “dance music” – rock and rave had already come together through the likes of soulwax and lcd soundsystem, now labels like modular and ed banger were, i wouldn’t say consummating that marriage – they were f*cking like rabbits. it was wild.
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Tagged A Decade of Dance Music, Coldcut, Diplo, DJ Mehdi, Ed Banger, Erol Alkan, Jacques Lu Cont, Jameila, Justice, LCD Soundsystem, Lily Allen, Moby, Modular, Mr. Oizo, Pitchfork, Scissor Sisters, Sharon Phillips, Simian Mobile Disco, Soulwax, Spank Rock, Switch, The Futureheads, Tom Middleton, Trentemøller
tonight i was lucky enough to catch a preview of pedro almodóvar’s latest film, los abrazos rotos (broken embraces), in dublin’s wonderful light house cinema. to my shame i’ve only been there twice now, but as soon as i really get back into to my film-going ways i think i’ll be there much more often. as usual with almodóvar, you get a heavy dose of melodrama, some excellent performances, delightful camera work and gorgeous shots of spanish locales, both urban and rural. it’s a small part of the film, but one of the main characters is a dj, and that gives almodovar the chance to have him play some great tunes. our first introduction to his workplace sees him drop what i think is a hooj choons record while can‘s vitamin c is playing. my only beef is that we don’t get to hear him play the next track so i won’t be able to confirm my suspicions until i get my hands on a dvd and get my freeze-frame on. next time he’s in the booth we hear uffie‘s robot oeuf, a forgotten gem from last year’s disappointing ed rec vol iii. i don’t remember giving this track much attention, but it sounded pretty good on screen. on a mellower note, he even finds a place for cat power‘s sorrowful werewolf, from 2003’s you are free. surprising as it may be to hear songs in english on this soundtrack, i think they make sense in context. i guess it helps that they’re damn good songs. it’s been widely reported of late that star penélope cruz has caused a stirring in the loins of the famously gay almodovar, so i guess now we can see that his taste in music is as delectable as his taste in women…