Michael Jackson banged out some pretty good songs, eh? Not just disco tunes, but some mighty soulful tunes when he was but a lad. That voice! Half the fun of watching him sing when he was a kid was listening to him belt out some mournful song lamenting lost love, when he could have been no more than 12 years old. It just seemed wrong for a kid that age to know so much about the blues.
Here we go with another tribute. This mixtape has been put together by DJ Spinna and J.Period and covers pretty much all of his career.
Sometimes disco can be cheesy. In fact, most of the time it can be cheesy. I guess that's why we love it. Here's a cheesy mixtape from the lads of Flight Facilities. You know them. You'd know their rollerskating jam called "Foreign Language"
This mix-up hits all the right notes. Some tasty remixes of some old classics. Some clever mixing, a Gwen McCrae song that Cassius just loved back in 1999, and a blend that would send any Saturday night special into orbit.
Oh, and if you want to download a few of these remixes, check here
1. Pink Floyd – The Wall (DreamTime Edit/DJ Agent 86 Edit) 2. The Bee Gees – Stayin Alive (Tokoloshe Edit/Original) 3. Franki Valli – Grease (Flight Facilities Edit) 4. Gwen Mccrae – All This Love That I’m Giving 5. The Brothers Johnson – You Make Me Wanna Wiggle (Flight Facilities Edit) 6. Chic – Good Times 7. Chilly – For Your Love 8. The Emotions – Best Of My Love 9. Edwin Birdsong – Cola Bottle Baby (Flight Facilities Edit) 10. Breakwater – Release The Beast (Flight Facilities Edit) 11. The Brothers Johnson – Stomp 12. ABBA – Gimme Gimme Gimme (Flight Facilities Edit) 13. Cerrone – Supernature/Sebastien Tellier – Kilometer 14. The Doobie Brothers – What A Fool Believes 15. Flight Facilities – Dreams In The Edit/Fleetwood Mac – Dreams 16. Heat Wave – Boogie Nights 17. Electric Light Orchestra – Last Train To London 18. Don Ray – Got To Have/James Curd – Got To Have 19. Boney M. – Gotta Go Home 20. Carrie Lucas – Dance With You 21. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough/Crave You
I thought it might be good to post this little mixtape again. It's been played over 2300 times now, which is kinda good. It's a recording of the first hour of a set I played over summer, so now that winter is here, it might be nice to warm up a little.
Oh, and even though it's had all those listens, only one person commented on it -- me! Add a comment on the player if you liked it, eh?
Tracklisting:- Style Council - Long Hot Summer (DJ Tigerstripes Longer Hotter Redux Edit) Rose Royce - Love Dont Live Here Anymore (LNTG Rework) Police - Voices Inside My Head (Leo Zero re-work) Steely Dan - Do It Again-steely (dan sparky's balearic re-edit) Doobie Brothers - What a fool believes (Disco Syndicate's no fool boot) Robert Dupree - Steal Away Lindsey Buckingham - Trouble (12''Rubens mix) Quincy Jones - Razzamatazz Solomun - Love Recycled 1 (Original Mix)
Stephane Darras is my main man in France. It's always good to hear from him. I think we've become penpals. Anyways, the Paris summer must be nice. Here's some soul and disco for you all the way from the Champs Elysees.
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1 Merry Clayton - Southern Man (ADN Extended Edit) 2 Freedom Express - Get Down 3 Brooklyn Express - Back In Time 4 P'taah - Hold You Close 5 Lace - You Can't Play Around (12'' Vocal Version - Larry Levan Mix) 6 Vaughan Mason & Crew - Bounce, Rock, Skate (Roll, Bounce) 7 Ted Taylor - Ghetto Disco 8 Loletta Holloway - Dreamin' (John Morales M+M Mixes) 9 A Taste Of Honey - I'm Talkin' 'Bout You 10 D-Train - You're The One For Me (Shield Your Eyes SFO to ORD Edit) 11 Change - A Lover's Holiday (12" Version - Larry Levan Mix) 12 Gary Chris - Rio De Janeiro (John Morales M+M Mixes) 13 the O'Jays - This Time Baby 14 Teddy Pendergrass - Only You 15 First Choice - Doctor Love (Tom Moulton 12'' Inch Mix) 16 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes - The Love I Lost (Dimitri from Paris SuperDiscoBlend) 17 the Joubert Singers - Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix)
Nothing defines the late 90s to early 00s like a chill-out album. We must have all have had millennium anxiety fever. We were Y2Krazy. Planes were going to fall on our heads, our bank balance would be wiped, and so the only thing for it was to chill-out.
And so the "Back To Mine" series became a staple at any dinner party, wine and cheese night, or pre-drinks at ours before we head out.
There were 28 albums all up. For mine, Groove Armada was the standout. Here they all are!
World's End Press have started their "Second Day Uptown" National Tour and they kicked things off in their hometown of Melbourne on Friday 29 June. I went along to catch the show.
The Corner Hotel is an interesting beast on a Friday night. We get there a bit early, so make our way to the front bar. The footy is on the tv, later that night the bar will be filled with the footy crowd. Right now, the usual creatures are slouching at the bar and slinking around the pool table. Looking around, we decide we're glad we drove. Fighting for a taxi at 1am with this lot could get interesting.
Predictably, The Cure are on the front bar's sound system, but pretty soon, the bass driven beats from the main room tell us it's time to check out the opening act.
Romy has started awkwardly. I'm not sure what she's trying to do, but it's not quite clicking with the room. There's a few people in here, but only one girl - possibly Romy's bestie - is jiggling around excitedly. The rest of us are not. The Coopers Greens are lining up and slowly I'm starting to feel it. The beats take a turn for the better. Chicago House starts to sneak in. Her voice is starting to suggest some talent. But then, tragedy! It all turned off. Even her vocals. I guess her computer crashed. Quick, Ctrl - Alt - Del! But no. She apologises meekly and the red curtain closes almost embarrassingly.
Time to check out the DJ. This is the stuff I often find the most interesting at a gig. So let's listen to what DJ Roman Wafers from Bamboo Musik has to offer. Sadly, not much. I don't know about you, but surely it's a rule somewhere that if you are DJing before a headline band, you don't play their new single. Even a remix of it. But not this guy. He trainwrecks from this into a pretty standard 90s set, and some "Erotic City", which, quite frankly, was probably pulled out of the record box of every DJ in Melbourne that night. So, nothing new from this guy. He'll be back after the next band, with mixing so appalling that people are actually covering their ears. This guy's a mess, so we'll forget about him and move onto the surprise package of the night.
Ben Browning is here. And he's got a few ideas that we all like. Now, this is a surprise. Gus Franklin from Architecture in Helsinki is there on the drums, right down the front. Shags Chamberlain from Lost Animal is up the back on keyboards. Ben Browning is out the front on guitar and vocals, and some guy from a Calvin Klein photo shoot from 1992 is on bass. So, in the week when The Smallgoods announced their break-up, here's three of them on the stage together. Are we going to hear one last Smallgood song from these guys? Is this a 'farewell show' in hiding?
The set starts promisingly. The songs are great, and reveal Ben to be sadly underused in his bit-role for The Smallgoods. Here, he's given the chance to show us what he likes, and it's good. The disco crowd, which is filling up the room very nicely, is lapping it up. Steady beats, strong lyrics, keyboards that remind us all of why we love dance music. The photographers down the front have realised this, and have finally turned their attention away from the charismatic Gus and onto the main attraction -- Ben. He throws in an Eddie Grant cover for good measure. The only misstep is when Ben attempts a song that sounds dated and old and stale and I realise it's one that he probably wrote while in The Smallgoods and it just doesn't seem right. Lachie and Ben Mason could have sung it, maybe 7 years ago. Tonight, there's no need for it. Stick to what you, and we, love, Ben. We're so impressed, we buy his EP at the end of the night.
DJ Roman Wafers is back, so I head out to the front bar and it's filled with the footy crowd. Eugh! Back to the main room in time to see the band. The World's End Press are in the house and the crowd are pumped and ready for some disco love. We won't be disappointed. Last time I saw these guys, they took control of Golden Plains, saving a night that was ruined by Hawkwind, owning the biggest stage of their career and smashing the hill senseless until 3am. Their warehouse shows are legendary, but tonight, we're treated to a more intimate show. And the boys know this. Things are turned down, the energy is there but not over the top. This is what I imagine the Prince after-parties at Bennett's Lane would be like if I was cool enough to go. The small room feel of this show is very infectious and mid way through the intro of their first song, we are ready to party.
The band reference the late 80s and early 90s as they build and craft this first song into a peak. It's Warehouse Music and we're sorted! The songs are new but they're not lost on this crowd. We've been waiting for this album to drop for a while now, so the chance to hear these tunes live is greedily received. There's a flat moment with the fourth song, but every set needs a breakdown, and this is it. They give us the big tune; the single "Second Day Uptown". It's a blinding moment; hands in the air and lasers shooting stars in our eyes. Sashi has become Sasha, the bongos going ballistic, bandy legs flying akimbo. It's 11:30pm but it could be "3am - do you know where your children are?" or "3am Eternal". These tunes are building, the crowd is jumping. Suddenly, everyone looks beautiful, my palms are sweaty and I'm feeling huggy. No "West End Girls" tonight. Probably a good decision. The song could very quickly become their albatross. But a strong Progressive House finish and a clever encore. We leave during this last song. Always leave on a good song was the rule back in the day. That way, you'll be humming it all the way home.
The show rolls out across the major cities this week. Catch them in Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney. All details are here.
Hey there disco kids. Here's my latest mixtape, all mixtaped up. I like this one, you'll like this one, my mate Mick will hate this one, Julia Gillard will put a carbon tax on this one, so everyone's happy.
As always, it starts out slow and easy. Some old-school hip-hop, some mashup, and I found my old Stereo MCs CD the other day, so they got another look in as well. Lots of good disco in the second half of the mix and a great remix of Worlds End Press thrown in for good times, Suntory times.
You know the deal. Turn it up loud, share it on your facebook, pinterest, tumblr, instagram, and have it!
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"Son Of A Preacher Man (Holtoug Bootleg)" - Dusty Springfield "Hey DJ (Extended Version)" - The World's Famous Supreme Team "Connected" - Stereo MC's "Fox Problems (Jimi Hendrix vs. Jimi Bo Horne vs. Eric B & Rakim)" - Pilchard "Grand Master Duff" - Duff Disco "Breakfast (The Supermen Lovers Remix)" - Count Jackula "Missing you (Dunkan Disco edit)" - John Waite "Here's To You (Hez Bomb On Top Of The World Edit)" - This is Disco "Don't Turn It Off" - 40 Thieves feat. Qzen "Second Day Uptown (Psychemagik RemIx)" - World's End Press "Holiday [LNTG Muscle Mix]" - Change "Ecstasy (jf edit)" - Barry White