it’s funny how when people end up in a club that really isn’t for them, they try to make out like they’re not the one with the problem. last night at transmission i had a pair of girls come up to me and repeatedly ask for: pop music; songs with words; songs people know; songs people can dance to. at this stage of the night i had already played tracks by boys noize, daft punk and the chemical brothers, so it wasn’t like i was digging my tunes from the depths of obscurity. while the club wasn’t as full as i’ve seen it at present, the dancefloor was by no means empty, and the majority of those on the floor seemed to be enjoying themselves, what with the odd “ooee ooee ooh” chant and some very happy dancing faces.
i understand that when one pays into a venue one can expect that the dj is there to entertain you. i’m relatively new to this game, so i’m not above at least listening to requests. i’ve talked the ear off plenty of djs in my time. at the same time, if you arrive at a night that isn’t playing the sort of music you like, you can’t expect the music policy to shift entirely because you don’t like what you hear. i’m a huge fan of jay-z, have been for over a decade, but i’m not about to play run this town because one girl in the crowd thinks boy 8-bit is “shit”.
i know i’m not the first dj to express this sentiment, and i certainly won’t be the last. i might seem like i’m running off some righteous indignation, and to an extent i am. that said, i couldn’t help but laugh at the situation. especially when the stuck on repeat vocals kicked in and one of the complainers recognised it and, thus, waved her hands in the air and started dancing. maybe playing all 9 minutes of alexander robotnick‘s epic remix was asking a bit much…
anyway, this is pretty much what i played.
Boys Noize – Oh! (A-Trak Remix)
SmartTech – Took The Trompeta
Green Velvet – Flash
The Chemical Brothers – Star Guitar (Pete Heller’s Expanded Mix)
Daft Punk – Around The World
Joe and Will Ask? – Fabric of Win (ft. SaintSaviour)
Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge
Kid Cudi – Make Her Say (Nadastrom 88 Dub)
Midfield General – Disco Sirens (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
MGMT – Time To Pretend (Diplo Remix)
La Roux – I’m Not Your Toy (Jack Beats Remix)
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
Machines Don’t Care – Afro Jacker
Telephoned – Pop Champagne
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
Sharon Phillips – Want 2 / Need 2 (Trentemøller Remix)
fake blood, fake blood. i guess he needs to introduction, and he’s been blogged to death, but hey i’m going to talk about him anyway. you know he does that thing in his remixes where he cuts up the original track to make it sound like the artist is saying fake blood? at the field day afterparty i heard him play a track which had a fake blood drop that sounded like it was created just out of noise. no vocals. no idea what it was though. for now, these are my favourites. you could say the calvin harris drop is a bit lazy, making use as it does of harris saying “blood” – but he’d be a fool to do it any other way!
apparently most people who happen upon this blog are looking for little boots, blair waldorf or amerie. i figure i may as well give the people what they want, and do a little write up on these three very lovely ladies.
i included this remix in my chart this week – a-trak blogged it as part of his pre-infinity +1 tumblr, and to be honest i wasn’t really feeling it at the time. it wasn’t until i heard the girl play it herself last weekend in a dark and smokey club that it really made sense to me. with its blue monday-esque kick and soft, spacey synths, it’s a worthy reworking of victoria hesketh’s best song. far better than the truncated and heavily reverbed version that found its way onto her album…
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
apparently (so i’m told) a sex tape “starring” one leighton meester (aka gossip girl’s blair waldorf) surfaced recently, but hey, this is a classy blog, so that’s not my concern. after a week in which i watched all of the first season, i kind of lost interest in gossip girl mid-way through season two. the unscrupulously manipulative blair is probably the most compelling thing about the show, so have a wee look at this.
and as for amerie… what’s she up to these days? her website is trapped in 2007, but in fact she’s about to release her fourth album next month, called in love & war. ahead of that she’s dropped a mixtape called what chu know about amerie, and a single called why r u. while previously some of her hits have seen her singing over funk and soul heavy beats, this time around she’s appropriating an old masters at work‘s sample and sounding all the better for it. i found that her best tracks are the party stormers like 1 thing, touch, because i love it etc. when she slows it down and thanks the lord, great as her vocals are, it gets just a bit dull. thankfully this track stays on the right side of righteous.
Amerie – What Chu Know About Amerie (via Mark Edward Nero)
ok a couple of these aren’t strictly out yet, and some are maybe a bit old to be chart-worthy, but i heard some of these used to great effect at the weekend.
1 Erol Alkan & Boys Noize – Waves
2 LCD Soundsystem – 45:33 (Padded Cell Remix)
3 Primary 1 & Riton – Who’s There (In Flagranti Remix)
4 Zomby – Rumours and Revelations
5 Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’ Remix)
6 Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Remix)
7 Major Lazer – Hold The Line (ft Mr. Lex & Santigold)
8 Simian Mobile Disco – Audacity of Huge (A Chicken Lips Instrumental Malfunction!)
9 The Juan MacLean – Happy House Dear (Matthew Dear vs Audion Remix)
10 Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
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Tagged Aeroplane, Alexander Robotnick, Audion, Boys Noize, Chicken Lips, Erol Alkan, Fever Ray, In Flagranti, LCD Soundsystem, Little Boots, Major Lazer, Matthew Dear, Mr. Lex, Padded Cell, Primary 1, Rex The Dog, Riton, Santigold, Sebastien Tellier, Simian Mobile Disco, The Juan MacLean, Top 10, Zomby
so ahead of field day i was going to do a rundown of the acts i’m excited about seeing, but instead i threw a mix together with some of these acts. it’s far from exhaustive – i can’t say i’m familiar with every act on the lineup – but it features a breadth of styles and is hopefully somewhat representative of what’s on offer. there are a couple of drastic shifts in mood, which all (hopefully) make sense from a tonal point of view, but also capture the feeling of leaving one act and seeing another completely different performance on a different stage. or not 😉 either way, i hope you enjoy.
haido – Field Day 2009
Juana Molina – Micael
Santigold – L.E.S. Artistes (XXXChange Remix)
Little Boots – Stuck On Repeat (Album Version)
Sébastien Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane ‘Italo 84’ Remix)
Seth Troxler – Hurt (feat. Matthew Dear)
Audion – Just A Man
The Juan MacLean – Happy House (Matthew Dear vs Audion Remix)
Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down
Calvin Harris – Ready For The Weekend (Fake Blood Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Zero (Erol Alkan Rework)
Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Allez Allez Remix)
The Horrors – Scarlet Fields
Delphic – Counterpoint (Delphic’s En Route Mix)
Dance Area – AA247 (Skull Juice Remix 2)
Skream – One For The Heads Who Remember
The Big Pink – Velvet
Final Fantasy – This Is The Dream Of Win & Regine
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Tagged Aeroplane, Allez Allez, Audion, Delphic, Erol Alkan, Fake Blood, Field Day, Final Fantasy, haido, Juana Molina, Little Boots, Mystery Jets, Santigold, Skream, Skull Juice, The Big Pink, The Horrors
cleaning out my camera before juan tonight, just found these pics…
my lovely girlfriend wearing a little boots tee, march 09
the pub across the road from my halls, april 09
listened to trizzy‘s infinity +1 today. well it’s better than his fabriclive anyway. some of it is ok, some of it isn’t great, but there’s a section in the middle that’s really special. the following section encapsulates everything i love about mixing tracks together…
7. Kid Sister “Life On TV”
8. Sébastien Tellier “Kilometer” (A-Trak Remix)
9. The Golden Filter “Solid Gold”
10. Bag Raiders “Nil By Mouth” (Knightlife Remix)
11. Holy Ghost! “Hold On”
12. DJ Mehdi “Pocket Piano” (Joakim Remix)
maybe it’s just me, but i love it when two tracks sit so well together, in key, and one just seems to grow organically from the other. whenever i put mixes together this is exactly what i try to do – i’m even working on a mix right now where if this doesn’t happen, i’m scrapping the tracks. seriously. so since the above six tracks sound so perfect together, i’m a little disappointed the rest of the mix isn’t up to that standard. particularly disappointing is the mix from siriusmo‘s housemeister remix into stuck on repeat. but i guess you can’t have it all, and if this is at all representative of a club situation there are bound to be some fluffed moments.