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Tuesday Tunes: Laidback Luke

| October 19th, 2010 | No Comments »

Laidback Luke is a Dutch DJ and producer. He was voted #46 on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ list in 2008, and jumped to #27 in 2009.

Laidback Luke grew up in The Netherlands and made his name as a graffiti artist before turning to making music. He has worked with artists such as David Guetta, Steve Angello, Sebastian Ingrosso and Junior Sanchez and played throughout Europe and North America as well as shows in Japan and Ibiza. He has released two studio albums: Psyched Up (1998) and Electronic Satisfaction (2002) as well as a successful mix album, Windmill Skill (2003). In 2003, van Scheppingen did a remix of the Daft Punk song “Crescendolls” for the duo’s remix album Daft Club. Luke has also released his own mix album, titled Ibiza Closing Party, as a free covermount CD in the October 2008 issue of Mixmag.

Luke is legendary, and has one of the most impressive discographies in house music. This week’s Tuesday tunes is the one and only Laidback Luke!

Tracklist:
01. Alan Made – Show You How
02. ID [well-known]
03. Audiobot – Noize, Bass & Disco (Original Mix)
04. Zombies For Money – Kolkata (Sticky Version)
05. ID
06. ID
07. John Dahlback – Pyramid (Dirty South Remix)
08. Alex van Alff vs Errol Reid – I Never Knew Love (Olav Basoski Remix)
09. ID
10. Dan Castro – Eastern Ensemble (Original or Remix) ???
11. ID
12. Olav Basoski & DJ Erick E – Don’t Turn Your Back (Sander van Doorn Remix)
13. Pryda – Niton (Original Mix)
14. ID
15. ID [!!!]
16. Swedish House Mafia – One (Original Mix) w/ Digital Lab – Venga (Sandro Silva Remix) w/ Carte Blanche – Gare Du Nord
17. ID
18. ID
19. ID
20. ID
21. D.E.R. & Julius Beat – Our Feeling (KhoMha Remix)

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Tim Berg – Seek Bromance (Director’s Cut)

| October 15th, 2010 | 1 Comment »
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Loving that there is a video for this. If you don’t think this track is awesome you’re f*cked :P

Tuesday Tunes – DJ Gigo

| October 5th, 2010 | No Comments »

DJ GiGo started his DJ career as a Croatian Radio DJ with a show on Friday nights from midnight to 6 a.m. He’s played in around 30 clubs around Croatia, and is better known as being one half of the DJ/Producer duo Trixx who specialize in remixes and mashups.

Their first remix was made for Croatian DJ Superstar Fresh Jay´s ‘U Want Me’ Remix Competition, and it won second place. Their remix for Hot Jay vs Cash track ˝Only Love˝ is supported by some of the hottest names from the club scene at the moment, such as Jerry Ropero, Tristan Garner & Michi Lange, and it was played on world famous DJ Radio – FG DJ Radio in Paris. The track also found its place on the hottest Croatian club compilation – Papaya Day & Night 2009.

More recently, Trixx have remixed for the legendary Jerry Ropero and played at Exit House Fest along with headliners such as Syke n’ Sugarstarr and D.O.N.S. These days, the duo spends much of their time in the studio.

DJ Gigo gets deep, down and groovy in this week’s Tuesday Tunes.

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Friday Flashback: Captain Hollywood – More And More

| September 17th, 2010 | No Comments »
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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: 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.

OMG Endgame

| July 25th, 2010 | 2 Comments »

Strictly speaking, this image isn’t entirely related to house music… but at the same time, it is. Hat tip to @RobLoach for being the first to produce a piece of Vital Radio user generated content. Hah! :)

The 2nd Annual Pier Pressure Boat Cruise – July 17, 2010

| July 21st, 2010 | 1 Comment »

Well it’s Wednesday, and I feel like I’ve finally recovered from this past weekend’s Vital Events / Liquid Stairs boat cruise. We had a great boat run by a really professional crew, and the best crowd we could have asked for. I’ve tried by best to gather pics from everyone that was taking them but I know I’ve missed TONS – so if you’ve got more let me know and I’ll post them up here with the rest.

I honestly can’t identify my standout party moments because the whole thing was so freaking awesome…  that and I had at least 5 beers in the first two hours I was on board. But what I will say is an immense thank you to everyone who partied on the boat with us, and to Andrew Wright (aka DJ Ups) for organizing the cruise. I’m already looking forward to next year.

Drop us a line and let us know your stories from the cruise!

Oh, and something else… How does everyone feel about a rooftop pool party sometime in the near future? Yes/Yes? Let us know ;)

Tuesday Tunes: Tom Middleton

| July 20th, 2010 | 1 Comment »

To the untrained eye Tom Middleton is just another DJ. Beard, box of records, bounces behind the decks. You seen one, you’ve seen them all, right? Wrong. You see Tom isn’t just a DJ. He’s a scientist; a meticulous technician with a thirst for all musical forms from breakbeat to baroque.

Researching each and every project with eagle eyed glee, Tom approaches every venture, from productions to DJ mixes, with the attention to detail that’s usually reserved for the likes of architects, surgeons, engineers and (ahem) two bit biography writers. His mix CDs such as ‘The Sound Of The Cosmos’,  ‘3D’ and ‘The Trip 2’ show true precision and forethought with Tom spending hours of preparation studying the key of each track and how they relate to each other. His ‘Crazy Covers’ compilations reveal an encyclopaedic knowledge of contemporary popular music from the 1950s to this very day. Not to mention a sense of humour.

Many believe he was born with these razor sharp skills. Classically trained in piano and cello Tom understood music’s essential rudiments and theory long before he could grow those iconic whiskers on his chin. It’s this adept understanding of the true technicalities of music – how it works, how arrangements compliment each other and how you can convey the strongest message – that’s helped him carve a unique career that’s spanned from his deep space delights with Mark Pritchard as Global Communication and Jedi Knights to last year’s breathtaking debut album ‘Life Tracks’, a homage to the ambient and soundtrack music. To this day he refuses to sample other people’s music, preferring instead to create his own sounds using virtual orchestra and band software he’s programmed himself.

Achievements are in abundance where Tom is concerned… The blissed out AMBA project pitched him alongside an orchestra and choir to maximum mesmerising effect. His 50 improvised performances with The Bays pushed dance music to its most unpredictable, wildest, limits. He helped Aphex Twin secure his first record deal and founded labels such as Evolution, Universal Language, Heard and E3. He’s flirted with chart success with the 2002 club smash ‘Take Me With You’, hosted his own show on Kiss FM, been resident at Ibiza’s most super of superclubs Manumission and tutored the winning DJ Ryan Shaw in ITV’s cult DJ challenge The Joy Of Decks.

As a DJ he’s performed in almost every corner of the globe to crowds as large as 150,000. With his trademark widescreen musical repertoire, he’s spent years championing styles long before they were the norm, helping Ulrich Schnauss develop his career and hosting Hot Chip and Mylo’s festival debut appearances. From ambient to drum & bass, techno to rock n’ roll, his attention to detail allows him to find connections between the most disparate forms of music, uniting every genre with technical skill, utilising all manner of forward thinking technologies. Such versatility has also scored him a wide range of remixes, too, with artists as far flung as Prince and All Saints.

More recently Tom’s seen major airplay action with ‘Remember The Love’ – his homage to the roots of house music written over the course of 24 hours at dance music’s inaugural International Music Summit – Forge on Digweed’s seminal Bedrock imprint, Orange Light’s ‘A Few Good Days’ and The Golden Girls’ stone-cold classic ‘Kinetic’ on the recently rekindled R&S.

He’s toured with the Smirnoff Experience performing in Moscow, Paris and Shanghai alongside high profile acts such as Kelis, Faithless, Duran Duran and Mark Ronson and recently remixed classics ‘Oh Marie’ and ‘Quando Quando Quando’ for a worldwide TV campaign for Fiat.

No, Tom is no ordinary DJ. He’s a true scientist, a self-proclaimed research freak who spends his life consuming information in the pursuit of authenticity, clarity and truth. Not just on music, but all his passions. From his love for innovative, simplistic design – he’s currently designing bespoke luxury villas in Italy and a domestic product to help mothers with newborn children – to his flare for fine food and wine. He even considered becoming a chef at point. Fortunately he didn’t, or dance music would be lacking one of its most unique, ardent, inventive ambassadors.

Tracklisting:
01. Tom Middleton – 10:10 [Toolroom Records]
02. Joe Goddard – Apple Bobbing (Four Tet Remix) [Greco Roman]
03. Tracey Thorn – Why Does The Wind (Andre Lodemann Remix) [Buzzin Fly]
04. Tensnake – Coma Cat [Defected]
05. Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Last Day
06. Sebastian Tolk – The Sun [Einmusika Recordings]
07. Chase Buch – Monkey Drum [Fish Rec]
08. Tiefschwarz – The Whistler [Souvenir Music]
09. Christian Arenas – Feel The Night Feat. Tania Mashay (Les Bijoux (aka David Jones) & Aki Bergen Mix
10. Cassius – 99 Tim Green Remix [Cassius Records]

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