New mixes!

Two new mixes, tied in with Nowhere 2015:

Wonderever 2014 mix: A mix with some of the tunes popular at Wonderever barrio at Nowhere 2014. First mix with new controller (Reloop Terminal Mix 4, YAY!!!) and new version of Mixx, please excuse the many mistakes! ūüėČ

Wonderever 2014 by Psi36 on Mixcloud

Nowhere 2015 Jungle set: Second part of the set I played on the Eroticar at Nowhere 2015, old school jungle!

Nowhere 2015 jungle set (live) by Psi36 on Mixcloud

Lullaby

My favorite song by The Cure is without any doubt Lullaby, the dreamy strings, the excellent beat, to be played in any set just like that, no remix or edit necessary:

But since that would be a very short post, I’ll get into a few of the many, many versions I’ve heard and liked.

The distinctive beat and hook make it a favorite for mash-ups/bootlegs.
Flows perfectly into The Gorillaz’ Tomorrow Comes Today, the mood and tone of Damon Albarn’s voice fit the song almost as well as Robert Smith’s:

But it works just as well on hip-hop, here NAS’ Revolutionary Warfare:

This minimalistic, broken beat version is more for a chill-out session, but love how it breaks away from the versions everyone knows and still keeps the heart of the song:

This is probably the most main room remix I’ve found, that still works and doesn’t completely rape the original:

This one is quite deep, nice that it’s the original tempo and how the vocals and beat are so much in the foreground. Not such a big fan of the a bit too obvious filter effects, but good remix:

More up tempo version, that doesn’t stray too far from the original, a good thing with such a good original:

There are probably about a million versions, remixes and mash-ups out there, but most of them are crap. Even Faithless made a version, but I don’t deem it good enough to include here. If you know a version that should be included, let me know via the comments!

Future Sound of Mzansi

Kwaito, Gqom, Barcadi house, Kurudo,¬†…¬†the electronic music coming from the African continent is exciting to say the least. Whereas the USA and Europe seem to have have been in the spotlight as when it comes to Electronic Dance Music and the Caribbean and South America are also well known by music lovers, the mother continent is still mainly below the radar. Via Portugal the sound of Kuduro got some recognition, Buraka Som Sistema getting airtime and attention. But South Africa has moved on (or evolved) the Kwaito sound of the 90’s, sometimes credited with a role in taking down Apartheid, with gqom and Barcadi house. DJ Mujava’s Township Funk was they only exponent of that which reached my European ears until I started to delve into it recently. Spoek Mathambo’s documentary Future Sound of Mzansi is something to look forward to, giving an overview of what is happening in the south (Mzansi means south in Xhosa, one of SA’s 11 official languages and is one of the terms South Africans refer to themselves by).

 

FDGD

Back It Up by Fracture x Sam Binga x Rider Shafique

This tune has got me going loco the last weeks:

Check out Fracture’s excelent mix for XLR8R, featuring this tune and more goodness: http://www.xlr8r.com/podcast/2014/07/fracture

The whole EP is also on SoundsCloud:

Good to hear that there is still hope for Drum&Bass. I’d just about given up on the genre even though it was my first love, musicaly speaking.

The sound of Cape Town?

I’ve been in Cape Town for almost 2 months now, but haven’t really gotten far discovering what the local music scene has to offer. I had heard about The Future Primitives before coming here, as they played in Brussels, but I unfortunately missed their show there. I saw them at some tequila street party, where they had the dubious honour of being the opening act and they absolutely rocked it. Looking forward to seeing them tomorrow in¬†The Pit on 133 Bree Street and many other occasion.

Having my SoundCloud open at a recent house-warming braai, one of the guests tuned in to¬†Mr Sakitumi, which in turn led me to discover some other nice Capetonian electronic dance music like¬†Narch, DANk,¬†sibot¬†and maramza. I’m definitely liking what I’m hearing, but I guess I should go out and see them rock the crowd live. Where are the happening venues in Cape Town at the moment?¬†If you’ve got any tips on local Cape Town music, electronic or other please use the comments option bellow or hit me on Twitter or any other way you can.

Robosonic – The Edge and more

Loving this track from Berlin DJ/producers duo Robosonic: The Edge, blowing up dancefloors all over.

You probably know the hook from Dr. Dre’s classic The Next Episode

Which brings me to another all time Dre classic: Still D.R.E. Also one I’ll never get tired of. Still not ‚ô•’ing police!

Dr. Dre and Robosonic actually took the sample from The Edge by David McCallum out of 1967.

I discovered Robosonic way back in 2006 trough this track, another dancefloor bomb, although I never heard it played out by any other DJ: Technologic Creeps. A mash-up/edit of Daft Punk’s Technologic and Magic Carpet Ride by the Mighty Dub Katz (aka Norman Cook aka Fatboy Slim together with his former flatmate Gareth Hansome aka G Money). Love that oldskool Sega sample from Sonic The Hedgehog in the intro so much, reminds me of playing it on my Neo Geo Pocket handheld console.

Going back even further, to 1997 with Ghetto Girl also by Da Mighty Dub Katz or depending on which release you have Pizzaman (another of Norman Cook’s many disguises, together with John C. Reid and Jon Martin). My vinyl version is a Southern Fried Records promo. Which reminds me I have to get round to digitizing al that wax stocked in my bedroom at my parent’s house. One day!

Go still deeper in this version excursion with these whosampled links:

Out In The Street They Call It Murder

A version excursion, starting with the original from 1984 by Ini Kamoze: World A Music

The best known version, by Damian Marley: Welcome To Jamrock

Released on Warp, which should give you an idea, it’s not reggae: Africa Hitech – Out In The Streets

Very popular in de dancehall: Lil’ Kim –¬†Lighters Up

Interesting version mashing up father and son:¬†Stand Up Jamrock combining Bob Marley’s Get Up, Stand Up with¬†Damian Marley’s Welcome To Jamrock

Beljam dub foundation

Sound system culture is very much alive in Belgium or Beljam as it’s called in reggae/dub¬†circles. On Saturday at Mekitburn festival no less then four full sound systems were present, and three of them Belgian:¬†Satta Sound, Gamma Sound and Skyfire.

There’s a whole lotta¬†sound systems in Belgium. Not all of them have build their own full sounds, but a lot have and there are some really impressive sounds there:¬†http://www.reggae.be/en/community/soundsystems

Review in Dutch of reggae and dub at Mekitburn: http://www.reggae.be/nl/magazine/event_reports/Heartical_fire__Mekitburn_Festival

Guilty pleasures

I’ve recently put Madonna’s¬†The Immaculate Collection on my car stereo and damn, I almost had forgotten how good it is. My absolute¬†favourite¬†is¬†Like a Prayer. When I still DJ’ed¬†regularly¬† back in the previous century, I would mix this in my house sets and always got a superb response.¬†Shep Pettibone’s production is just spot on!

Another one I used to love to mix in was¬†Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. I guess it’s not really a guilty pleasure, I’ve heard a big name techno DJ mix this in his sets, forgot who it was and DJ Funk made an¬†excellent¬†track out of this. And¬†Quincy Jones was an¬†excellent¬†producer.

A truly guilty pleasure, Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler. The producer Jim Steinman has a lot to answer for, like stuff he did for Meat Loaf,  Celine Dion and Boyzone. But for this one I would congratulate him.

I’ve already praised Drop The Lime’s remix of this one in another post, but I must admit I like the original even better:¬†(I Just) Died in Your Arms by Cutting Crew.

I mainly love Heaven Is a Place on Earth by¬†Belinda Carlisle¬†because I cannot hear it¬†any more¬†without thinking of Droon’s Cripplefight that also samples South Park, but it has to be on this list of guilty pleasures.

Cindy Lauper has to be on this list too.

And Flashdance!

I could go on forever, damn I love the eighties!

Fools Gold Remixes

Fools Gold by The Stone Roses from 1989 is an absolute indie dance classic by al rights, but for me there are two remixes that are even better.

The one by Tall Paul I got to know because dj St-Dic (RIP) used to play it in his deep house sets at the upstairs room at Fuse. It’s a remix from 1995 and has a bit more of a beat, a house remix basically.
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold ’95 (The Tall Paul Remix)

There is also a remix from Rabbit In The Moon that is mind blowing. ¬†Apparently it’s only on the 1999 re-release of Fools Gold, but it sounds like 1989 to me, Acid House all the way*.
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold (Rabbit in the Moon’s Message to the Majors)

* Acid House here refers to the British party scene of the late 1980’s that later became known as Rave. The music wasn’t strictly US Acid House, but all kinds of music also from Europe, that didn’t have the typical TB-303 acid sound.