Back To The But Better

As I haven’t done dj charts in awhile this is almost a very late best of 2011 house and disco list. Listen and download my new disco house mini mix, which includes song of the songs below. Track list on soundcloud.

  1. Prince Club – Love Jackson
    This is basically a four to the floor remix of Janet Jackson’s Someone To Call My Lover with sloooooowed down vocals. Also, check out the Club’s Sax Bomb.
  2. Solomun – Love Recycled 1 – 2DIY4
    Samples Michael McDonald’s “I Keep Forgetting” which was turned into the hip-hop hit “Regulate” by Warren G in the 90ties.
  3. SSION – Weird Yearz (das hussy remix)
    My dj bff hussy came up with the bubbling trance house version of the SSION hit.
  4. Storm Queen – It Goes On / Look Right Through (Jamie Jones Remix) – Environ
    Morgan Geist’s Storm Queen project has been on every bodies playlist last year. At the end of February MK will provide additional remixes in his classic 90ties chopped up vocal style.
  5. Daphni – Ahora – Amazing Sounds
    Art Department feat Soul Clap – We Call Love (Daphni Remix) – Crosstown Rebels
    Daphni is the house side of Caribou’s Dan Snaith. Ahora and the We Call Love remix are both very funky and trippy house workouts. Perfect for the dance floor. Crazy synths included.
  6. Lady Gaga – Marry The Night (Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs Remix) – Interscope
    Gets rid of almost all of Gaga’s vocals and turn Marry into a monster.
  7. Britney Spears – Toxic (Hrdvision Remix)
    Britney will never be more trance than this. Make sure to watch the video which is perfectly matched to the slowed down version.
  8. Shaun J Wright – Forevermore (Hazed Mix by Ha-Ze Factory) – Mr. INTL
    The bass line is so addictive for the dance floor. Paired with Hercules & Love Affair vocalist Shaun’s voice this is such a classic house treat.
  9. Max Essa – How Do You Feel (Kim Ann Foxman Remix) – NeedWant
    Mario Basanov – Lonely Days – NeedWant
    Coyote – Always (Neville Watson Remix) – NeedWant
    Just three of my favourite songs from the London based NeedWant label specializing in house / disco / tropical.
  10. Light Fires – 10 ft. Tall / If You’re Bored
    Regina The GentleLady is the front drag queen of the Light Fires. We had her perform at Hontuts many times and every time she brought the house down. Watch If You’re Bored on the tiny Hotnuts stage.
  11. Sylvester – Band of Gold (Gay Marvine Re-Edit) -Secret Mixes Fixes
  12. Omar S presents – Who Wrote The Rules of Love (Shadow Ray Remix) – FXHE
  13. Lisa Stansfield – People Hold On (KOKO Re-Edit) – Gamm
  14. Die Vögel – Fratzengulasch – Pampa Records
    Always fun to drop a German language song into a dj set.
  15. DJ Jus Ed – I’m Com’In (Levon Vincent Remix) – Underground Quality
  16. Tracey Thorn – You Are a Lover (Clock Opera Remix) – Strange Feeling
    Love the Klaviergeklimpere of the remix.
  17. Billy Ray Martin – Sweet Suburban Disco (Vince Clark Remix) – Disco Activisto
  18. Jessica 6 – White Horse (Populette Remix) – Peacefrog
  19. Paul McCartney – Coming Up (Justus Köhncke’s Extended Tribute)
    This will probably be the only PMC song that I’m into. Also love the video with lots of Paul’s.
  20. Hercules & Love Affair – Shelter -Moshi Moshi
    It’s a pity that this stunning house cover of The XX was not included on the H&LA album. Kim Ann Foxman’s voice sounds so fresh and clear. Was first released as the B-Side to the Painted Eyes single and later avaiable as  a bonus track to the American re-release of the album.
  21. Omar S – Solely Supported – FXHE Records
  22. Miguel Migs feat. Meshell Ndegeocello – Close Your Eyes (Deetron Remix) – OM Records
    Meshell’s smooth vocals over an acid house track. YES!
  23. Shirley Murdock – As We Lay (Pirahnahead’s Inside Out Mix)
    Enya – Orinoco Flow [Sail Away] (Pirahnahead Remix)
    If you’re looking for classic soulful house, these Pirahnahead remixes are the way to go.
  24. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – Garden (Jesse Rose Remix) – Made To Play
  25. Eli Escobar feat. Nomi Ruiz – Desire – Plant Music
    Whether Nomi sings with Jessica 6 or on this one, I can’t resist her voice.
  26. Kyle Hall – Ghosten – Third Ear
    Melancholic house at it’s best.
  27. Manuel Tur feat. Holly Backler – Most of this Moment – Freerange Records
    We’re having Big Fun! Inner City says HI.
  28. Hrdvision – I Can’t Exist – Areal Records
  29. Toddla T feat. Roisin Murphy – Cherry Picking
    Still waiting on a new album from Ms. Murphy. This dubby song helped a bit. Was first released on red vinyl with a cut out cherry cover.
  30. Justus Köhncke – Fussmachine – Nang Records
  31. Pteradactil Disco – Big Ass Biscuit – Hot Creations
    Has a total Detroit Grand Pubahs vibe coming from the nasty lyrics and the four to the floor beat. It’s part of a minimix I did last April.

The Lost Charts

Here are my dj charts that I should have posted half a year (or something) ago. Since my last countdown was posted in April, this is almost like a best of 2009. So late. So sorry. But so good.
More recent charts are just around the corner. I promise.

  1. Jerome Sydenham – Ecoute (Ecoute!) – UK Promotions
    Has some “Sylvester – Dance (Disco Heat)” (Martha Wash and Izora Armstead on vocals) in the mix and turns it into a modern disco house track. Love it.
  2. The Gossip – Love Long Distance (Riva Starr Remix Vocal) – Sony
    The remix on soundcloud is not the complete version, but you get the idea of the cut up vocals. Stomper.
  3. Derrick Carter – A Hope (Over U) (D’s Meeting House Dub) – Classic
    Super house classic from the Mo Pschidt Ep, has the chipmunk Friends (The 1:00 Club) on the flipside. I got into it again last year and have been spinning it quite a bit. Both sides.
  4. Omar-S – Lift Him Up feat. Don Q and Still Serious Nic – FXHE
    Lift Him Up is a raw gospel deep house monster featuring Omar-S’s brother on vocals. Still Serious Nic is seriously rough.
  5. Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (Hercules & Love Affair Mix) – Interscope
    You can’t escape Gaga after this nu disco Hercules remix. Best mix of her songs so far. There is also a dub version if you can’t stand the vocals.
  6. Pezzner – Shasta (Master King Reprise Mix) – Physical Graffiti
    Hysterical peak time track. Deep shet.
  7. Aaron-Carl – I Refuse (Quentin Harris Remix) – Wall Shaker Music
    Love the Prince samples in this one. And combined with AC’s vocals, ahhhh, unbeatable.
  8. DJ T. – Shine On (Motor City Drum Ensemble Warehouse Dub Mix) – Get Physical
    Just one of many great Motor City Drum Ensemble mixes that came out last year. Check out Danielo on soundcloud for the latest on Motor City songs.
  9. The Phenomenal Handclap Band – You’ll Disappear (Horse Meat Disco Remix) – Gomma
    Nu disco, space disco. Not sure what to call it.
  10. Dennis Ferrer – Sinfonia Della Notte – Strictly Rhythm
  11. Romanthony – Miami (Mix 1)
    New, raw production with a vocal loop “Have you ever been to Miami?”
  12. Justus Köhncke – Lieder der Nacht feat. Marianne Rosenberg – E’de Cologne
    So gay. So good. So German.
  13. Marc Evans – Tonight’s The Night (Miguel Migs Salted Dub) – Defected
  14. Michael Gray, Danism & Lisa Millett – Say Yes – Defected
  15. Jovonn feat. Koffee the Story – Kitty Kat (Original Main Mix) – NextMoov
    I always fall for some good pussy talk.
  16. Róisín Murphy – Orally Fixated
    This one was all over the interwebs when Roisin finally released it. Still pumping.
  17. Todd Terry – Play On (Eddie Thoneick Remix) feat. Tara Macdonald – Strictly Rhythm

That’s not all. Here’s some Michael Jackson. I love to play these mixes:

  • Michael Jackson – Remember The Time (Silky Soul 12” Mix) – Sony
    One of my (if not the) favourite MJ remixes. Steve Silk Hurley turned Remember The Time into a house classic. Sorry, couldn’t find a good link for the 12″ version.
  • Michael Jackson – Rock With You (Frankie Knuckles Favourite Club Mix) – Sony
    This one is so smooth. A good start into the night. I believe it was first released as the B-Side to “You Are Not Alone” in 1995.
  • Argy & The Martinez Brothers – Debbie Downer – Objektivity
    This came out before Michael’s death. It has a sample (“don’t you dare”) that definitely sounds like MJ, but I can’t make out the song it’s from. Any ideas?

The Disco Files

The Disco Files 1973-78 is a new book by Vince Aletti and djhistory.com, to be released April 20 (pre-order here). It sounds very much like a new nerd bible, containing Vince’s weekly reports from New York”™s club scene, his magazine articles, 800 club and DJ charts and tons of record reviews.

Aletti was the first person to write about disco in an article published in Rolling Stone in 1973. He became a senior editor at The Village Voice, and is currently the photography critic for The New Yorker.

The 30 page pdf preview of the book includes an excerpt of his ’73 disco article and some great pictures. Some of the pictures might look familiar, as they have been published in the other disco bible Love Saves The Day by Tim Lawrence.

The D Files

From an interview with Vince Aletti:

Did people at [Paradise] Garage regard the Studio 54 as the anti-Christ?
To an extent. I certainly did. It was not what we thought this was all about. David’s [Mancuso] idealism was very widespread in terms of the way people felt. I think disco was, to some extent, a movement and a lot of people felt very strongly. And a lot of people got very caught up in what they felt it should and shouldn’t be.

What was the reaction when Studio 54 took off?
It’s hard for me to say, besides what I already said. There’s a scene at the end of the Last Days Of Disco one of the characters has this very idealistic speech where he says disco was a whole movement. It was funny, but it was really true and people felt that. They felt disappointed that the idealistic quality of it was being trampled over, in favour of money and celebrity. As much as disco was glitzy and certainly loved celebrity culture when people came to clubs, there was never a sense of it being driven by that. It was much more driven by an underground idea of unity.

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