Archive for August, 2010

Tuesday Tunes: SKAI

| August 31st, 2010 | No Comments »

SKAIs musical career started anno 1994. 16 years later SKAI is considered as one of the most influential DJs either in the Rhein-Main-Area as well as in the international scene. Gigs in Ibiza, Zürich, Barcelona and Vancouver and of course his residency at the world famous institution for electronic music CocoonClub in Frankfurt and for the international brand ENVY MY MUSIC outline this image.

SKAI left his home land for an annual stay in Vancouver last year in May in order to gain ground in the Canada-based House-Scene. And his stay turned out to be as successful as his former work in Germany. Within next to no time the German-Chilean advanced into an institution in his temporary home and DJed in famous clubs like Celebrities, ginger62 or Gorg-O-Mish.

Nevertheless, SKAI already planned his career in Germany connecting to his stay in Canada. The intrinsic motivation, which brought him to face the challenge to get to know a new country and culture, lost ground to the extrinsic circumstances and finalised his mission in Canada and return to Frankfurt.

He released the single “Mir Geht’s Gut”, which was a heavy success and worked on releases with his long-time mate and DJ-Partner Amir under the alias Groove Rebels.

Furthermore, he sticks to his principles as a DJ and focuses on groovy, percussive and rhythmic tracks, which goes back to his Chilean roots.

Tracklist:
01. Surrealism – So Much – Liebe Detail
02. Rills – Everybody – All Inn Records
03. M.in – Who Said I’m Crazy (Luna City Express Remix) – Baalsaal Records
04. Daniel Mehlhart – Firstbump (Franco Cinelli Remix) – Movida
05. Fatboy Slim vs Herve – Machines Can Do The Work (Joris Voorn Does The Work Remix) – Skint
06. El Mundo and Satori and Kid Culture – Around You (Audiojack Twisted Remix) – Gruuv
07. Carlo Lio – Coppa – Intec
08. Andre Crom & Luca Doobie – As It Is – Off
09. Oliver Klein & Kolombo – Chica Chic (Loko Remix) – Kling Klong
10. Oxia & Eric Borgo – Plastoc Bed – 8Bit
11. Kevin Griffiths – Oh Yeah (Afrilounge Mix) – Tsuba

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Friday Flashback: Going Above and Beyond in 2005

| August 27th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

Above and Beyond. Their name is iconic in the dance music world.  Ever since the term “New Millenium” became a buzz word, Above and Beyond have been making their mark in the scene.  Their very first remix, a trancey take of Chakra’s ‘Home’ became an A-side feature, and shortly thereafter made their Dj-ing debut in Japan in front of 8,000 of Tokyo’s finest party people.  Not a bad way to start a music career.

In 2004, Pete Tong dubbed the Above & Beyond trio “the UK’s new trance superstars”, just after the release of their massive single No One on Earth.

As a music lover, I’d say that 2005 was the year for these music masterminds.  They put together their album Tri-State which included anthems like Air For Life (with Andy Moor), Can’t Sleep, Good For me, and Alone Tonight. The album was so good, it was stuck in my CD player for all of the car rides in 2005 (and most of 06 as well).

In the summer of 2005, Above and Beyond perfomed at the 10 year anniversary party of BBC Radio 1’s live broadcasts from Space, Ibiza. This set can be found on download sites, torrent directories, and hard drives all across the digital world, but we’ve got it right here for direct download.

Bringing you one of the best live Trance sets of the last 10 years, this is Above and Beyond, live from Space.

(Full, direct download link is below this post)

Tracklist: Above and Beyond Live @ Space Ibiza (14-8-2005)
1. Maor Levi – Lital
2. David West Featuring Andreas Hermansson – Larry Mountains 54
3. 2 Devine – Black Is The Colour (Above & Beyond Remix)
4. Above & Beyond vs. Andy Moor – Air For Life
5. Armin Van Buuren – Birth Of An Angel w/ Angelic – It’s My Turn (Acapella)
6. Eye Wall – Bad Deal (Remy & Roland Klinkenberg Remix)
7. Super8 vs. DJ Tab – Helsinki Scordini
8. Above & Beyond – Alone Tonight
9. Petter – These Days (Sasha”s Involver Mix)
10. Mike Foyle vs. The Signalrunners – Love Theme Dusk (Mike’s Broken Record Mix)

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Vital Radio 110 – Hour 1: Dj Ups & Kukoo Wasp

| August 20th, 2010 | No Comments »

Dj Ups and Kukoo Wasps are brothers from the UK who produced and Dj-ed in London England during the boom of the initial rave scene in 1990.

After a 13 year break, the guys returned with groundbreaking new albums from Obviously High and The Moog, and EPs from Kukoo Wasp, DJ Ups and Thundermental.

A refreshing mixture of nu-skool, progressive breaks, old-skool, deep house, and prog house. In June 2006, WXM Music relocated to Toronto, Canada and evolved into Liquid Stairs.

The boys showed up to the Liquid Stairs and Vital Radio boatcruise afterparty and showed Toronto what funky house really means.

Tracklist:

1. Hott 22 – Dont You Need
2. Tim Fuller – Show Me Right (Spirit Catcher Vox Mix)
3. Bionik Phunk – In My Head (Playmaker & Pilch’s Silky Club Mix)
4. Freemasons – Vacancies
5. Cassius – 99
6. Jamie Lidell – When I Come Back Around (Freeform Reform Mix)
7. Wet Fingers – E Samba 2010 (Club Mix)
8. Funk Fanatics – Love Is The Answer (Freemasons Remix)
9. Yogi & Husky – It Feels Alright (Miguel Migs Petappusher Rework)
10. Nightriders – La Morena
11. Milk & Sugar – Stay Around (Till West & DJ Delicious Remix)
12. Can Kosmas – Che Malakita (Diego Noble Remix)

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Vital Radio 110 – Hour 2: Jacob Henry

| August 20th, 2010 | No Comments »

Jacob Henry, co-owner of Silk Music Publishing and A&R of Silk Royal Records, has been interested in electronic music since first hearing Robert Miles’ now legendary album, “Dreamland.”

The soothing and melodic sounds of Chicane’s “Far from the Maddening Crowds” and BT’s “ESCM” were also influential in defining his electronic musical taste.

Now a rising Philadelphia-based DJ and producer, Jacob’s style can best be described as melodic progressive house.

Tracklist:

1. Kazusa – World Clock (Original Mix)
2. Soundprank & Dezza – Signals (Original Mix)
3. Khomha – Lost in Your Eyes (Original Sunrise Mix)
4. Arthur Deep – Freedom (Beat Factory Remix)
5. Boom Jinx & Andrew Bayer – By All Means (Original Mix)
6. Schodt feat. Aida Fenhel – White Tiger (Matt Lange Remix)
7. Nadia Ali – Fantasy (Morgan Page Remix)
8. Kaskade & EDX ft. Haley – Don’t Stop Dancing
9. BT – Forget Me (Michael Cassette Remix)
10. Helvetic Nerds – Back as One (Orignal Mix)

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Vital Radio 109 – Hour 1: Dj Endgame

| August 10th, 2010 | No Comments »

Last month Vital Radio skyrocketed to over 10,000 downloads per month.

Dj Endgame’s big time house Megamix (33+ Tracks in under an Hour) has reached over 4,000 plays on Mugasha alone

His new latest mashup Dj Endgame vs Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox – Love Me, The Old Spice Man has people laughing and grooving at the same time.

Since the rebirth of his sound at the beginning of 2010 Endgame’s been firing on all cylinders, and isn’t slowing down for this edition of the Vital Radio Resident mix.

Tracklist:
1. Richard Grey Vs Bob Marley – No Deputy (Club Mix)
2. Crazibiza – Spinning Around (Tommyboy Remix)
3. Red Carpet feat Hardwell – Alright 2010 (Original Mix)
4. AN21 vs Max Vangeli – Swedish Beauty Goes On (Gregori Klosman Bootleg)
5. Seamus Haji – Just a Friend (Club Mix)
6. Denis the Menace – Bomboleo (Club Mix)
7. Austin Leeds – La Bonita (Original Mix)
8. The One Hundred – Break Me Down (Dean Rigg Remix)
9. Mark Knight – Devil Walking (Original Club Mix)
10. Dj Endgame vs Daniel Bovie & Roy Rox – Love Me, The Old Spice Man (Download here: http://bit.ly/bYzmYO )

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Vital Radio 109 – Hour 2: Avicii

| August 10th, 2010 | No Comments »

Stockholm based Tim Bergling is the latest Swede to start dominating dancefloors across the world. In fact, we’d go as far as to say that, at the moment, there’s not one remix or new tune that he’s produced that we wouldn’t play in a club, that’s how influential he’s becoming!

At just 20 years old, it’s incredible that Tim aka Avicii can be this good so early, but when all the big dawgs are singing your praises and we’re getting a big rush on his productions, then it’s our job to make sure as many people know about him as possible.

Everyone, say hello to Avicii, probably the next superstar DJ…

Tracklist:
1. Tim Berg vs Robyn, Axwell, Adrian Lux and Henrik B – Hang With a Teenager While Doing Crime
2. Laidback Luke vs Dennis Ferrer – Super Hey Hey (Avicii Bootleg)
3. Coming back up vs Sweet Dreams (Avicii Bootleg)
4. Justice – We Are Your Friends (Avicii Bootleg)
5. The Prodigy – Smack My Bitch Up (Bootleg)
6. Avicii – Tweet It
7. Tim Berg – Alcoholic
8. Chemical Brothers vs Tocadisco – Hey Morumbi (Avicii Bootleg)
9. SHM – One
10. Imogen Heap – Hide and Seek (Otto Knows Remix)
11. Axwell – Nothing But Love For You

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Friday Flashback: DJ Pierre – Come Fly With Me

| August 6th, 2010 | No Comments »
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This week’s Friday flashback brings us all the way back to 1990 and is one of the first hits from one of house music’s legendary players – DJ Pierre.

DJ Pierre is the stage name of Nathaniel Pierre Jones, a Chicago born DJ and performer of house music. He helped to develop the house music subgenre of Acid House as member of Phuture, whose 1987 E.P. Acid Tracks, which has been called the first Acid House recording of all time.

Dj Pierre is a crucial DJ and party responsible for the development of Chicago acid-house.

Jones has recorded under the names DJ Pierre, Phuture, Phuture Phantasy Club, Pierre’s Pfantasy Club, and Photon Inc. He formed the group Phuture with his friends Spanky (Earl Smith Jr. –founder/technical producer) and Herb J (Herbert R Jackson Jr. – keyboards). During the mid-1980s, the trio began using the “squelch” sound that became common in Acid House recordings after their initial experiments with a Roland TB-303 bass line synthesizer produced these “squelch” sounds. Living in the Chicago area, they were exposed to many house artists, such as Hot Mix 5 artists (Farley “Jackmaster” Funk, Ralphi “The Razz” Rosario, Kenny “Jammin” Jason, Mickey “Mixin” Oliver and Scott “Smokin” Seals) who were producing many tapes and vinyl recordings. Frankie Knuckles was DJing and the Warehouse club (where House Music may have derived its name).

Pierre and Spanky had been to Chicago DJ Ron Hardy’s club called “Muzic Box.” The first Acid House track they recorded was ‘Acid Tracks’ (renamed by Ron Hardy from its original title ‘In Your Mind’), which had a slow burning, bassy, heavy, deep sound, and which was over eleven minutes long. Their first track was put on tape and first played in the Music Box club in the mid-1980s. Ron Hardy played it several times on its first night. It was rerecorded at Trax Records (produced by Marshall Jefferson) and released in 1986.

DJ Pierre went on to record many of the early Acid House tracks on Trax Records under the names Phuture, Phuture Pfantasy Club, Pierre’s Pfantasy Club (with Felix Da Housecat), Phortune with songs such as Your Only Friend (Cocaine), The Creator, String Free, Got The Bug, Box Energy, Dream Girl, Mystery Girl, Fantasy Girl, We Are Phuture, Slam and Spank Spank. One of the tracks has a voiceover proclaiming “We are The Creator of Acid Music and we’re back.” DJ Pierre’s track ‘Your Only Friend’ has an anti-drug message.

In 1990, DJ Pierre moved away from Chicago, where the House Music scene was slowing down and joined Strictly Rhythm records, where he was also briefly the A&R manager. One of the problems that DJ Pierre and other Chicago House music artists faced was that they did not usually own their own copyrights; the music they produced was sometimes exported and licensed overseas, and they were not able to share in these revenues. Other hits he released since leaving Chicago include Generate Power by Photon Inc, Follow Me by Aly Us, and The Horn Song (featuring Barbara Tucker).

Is this the future of DJing?

| August 5th, 2010 | 4 Comments »

EMULATOR is a DJ software designed to work with tablet PCs created by Pablo Martin. It’s a multitouch MIDI controller (for Windows 7), software where you have all what you need on same screen and combine the power of multitouch, the useful standard mouse and the native interface of software to be controlled all in one nice and useful GUI, first version 1.0 include layout 100% compatible with Traktor Pro internal mode, future upgrades include Traktor Internal mode and new layouts for Deckadance, Virtual Dj, Ableton and more.

The big screen thinggy on the video is called Token, developed by Yöyen Munchausen. It’s a large multitouch screen interface aimed at performance. The beauty of it is that you can see both sides, thus the viewer can see exactly what the DJ is doing.

Vital Radio 108 – Hour 1: Mahan M2J Javadi

| August 4th, 2010 | No Comments »

M2J (Mahan Javadi) always brings something new to the table. Holding no musical boundaries, M2J spins a wide range of Electronic Music ranging from Downtempo to House to Breaks and more. In addition, Mahan has gained quite a reputation for integrating rare and unreleased mash-ups and remixes of popular hip-hop and rock tracks into his sets.

The intent is to always keep crowds guessing and excited. Flowing from style to style, his DJ sets revolves around music, rather than specific genres. Listeners experience and discover something new each time as it is mixed in with music they are already familiar with. These connections provide a set off point for exploring and noticing new types of music.

Tracklist:
1. Phoenix – 1901 (Mahan Javadi vs Signal Six Remix)
2. Mr Blink – Gecko (Original Mix)
3. Jewelz – Get Down (Original Mix)
4. Evil Nine – Ultimo (Dem Slackers Remix)
5. Dirty Disco Youth – Brains…Off (Fukkk Offf Remix)
6. Electric Soulside – Feel Funky (Cold Blank’s Goo Goo G’joob Remix)
7. Drop The Lime – Sex Sax (Original Mix)
8. Steve Aoki ft. Zuper Blahq – I’m In The House (Original Mix)
9. Black Eyed Peas – Imma Be (Wolfgang Gartner Remix)
10. AC Slater – Take You ft. Ninjasonik (Drop The Lime Remix)
11. Justice – We Are Friends (Chris Moody Mix)
12. Rockstarz – Bass In Your Face (Original Mix)
13. Wolfgang Gartner – Undertaker (Original Mix))
14. Gtronic – Ironman (Original Mix)

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Vital Radio 108 – Hour 2: Cyberpunkers

| August 4th, 2010 | 3 Comments »

The “Cyberpunkers” project took off in 2006, and was a result of the passion for Cyberpunk culture. The format aims at giving a fresh start to the cyberpunk subculture through four different, yet connected, forms of art: Electronic Music, Fashion, Design and Photography. In a nutshell, they’re all about a transposition of the Cyberpunk world into a modern clubbing setting.

Through several performances at big name clubs, The Cyberpunkers started to get noticed.  The buzz grew, partly for their original look (the mask thing), and partly for the originality of their shows – which are Live PA’s with the boys using two consoles at once along with other various audio machines.

The Cyberpunkers have been featured in some of the largest electronic European festivals. Despite their heavy touring schedule, they still manage to pump out tune after tune.

Tracklist:
1. Mashed Paper Klub – Deus Ex Machina (Wazabi remix)
2. Le Castle Vania -  Nobody Gets Out Alive! (Noisia Remix)
3. Drumsound Bassline Smith – R U Ready (Dubstep Remix)
4. Cyberpunkers – OMG (Original Version)
5. Disco Trash Music – Bumper Cars (Just A Band Remix)
6. Dj Antention – Go (Bigger & Bolder Remix)
7. The Blisters Boyz – Solferino (Cyberpunkers Remix)
8. Pablo Decoder & Tim Healey – Echoes In My Head (Pablo’s Rough Mix Edit)
9. Nasser – Lamborghini Lungs (Original Mix)
10. Haezer – Who The Fuck Is Haezer (Cyberpunkers Remix)
11. Mightyfools – Baguette (Original Mix)
12. Scanners – We Never Close Our Eyes (Lazrtag Remix)
13. Moshpit – Teenage Anthem (Dilemn Remix)
14. Cyberpunkers – I Needed To Go (Original Version)
15. Designer Drugs – Fly By Night (Cyberpunkers Remix)
16. aUtOdiDakT feat. Super Super – Here we go (Noize Generation Remix)
17. Gooseflesh – Dodgems (Cyberpunkers Remix)
18. Gtronic – Sucker Punch (Original Mix)
19. Make The Girl Dance – Wall Of Death (Cyberpunkers Remix)
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