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Loungin’ with Monsieur Seb Volume Thirteen

So… It had been a quite a while since I recorded a mix, in part by lack of time and inspiration – although I did start working on an Acid House mix last summer, which is still in the plans – and in part because I upgraded my computer and, unbeknownst to me, rendered my old Traktor Kontrol S4 obsolete because it was no longer compatible with the Mac OS version of the new computer. Enter, a few months later (now), the brand new Traktor Kontrol S2 MK3, and a new iteration of the Loungin’ series which I’d been working on in parallel with the other one.

It is, as far as I can tell, the longest one so far at just shy of 2 hours and 30 minutes and, I must say, definitely my favourite. It’s got funk, boogie, hip-hop, jazz, dub, pop, but, mostly, two exclusive tracks from the upcoming Bran Van 3000 album (no release date yet) graciously offered by BV3K collaborator/studio engineer/producer and my friend Jean-Michel Lapointe. Thanks man!

Also of note in this mix is the fact that I’ve featured at least 11 tracks by local artists, which is relatively rare, including one in French, also relatively rare, by Les Louanges, and the aforementioned Bran Van 3000, Megative (who are kinda local, see below) Men I Trust, The Kount, and High Klassified. They are, to me, exquisite examples of the fact that Québec isn’t just about “la chanson” in it’s most boring expression. Apart from our thriving hip-hop scene, we also produce excellent world-class pop that manages to be accessible without being cheesy – or “quétaine” as we say.

There are a couple of cover versions that I’m really fond of: a new version of Georges Kranz‘s Din Daa Daa (Trommeltanz) (track 3 on the mix, called Drum Jawn, by Underdog Edits), and a version of The The‘s Giant by DJ Food with Matt “The The” Johnson himself on vocals (the closing track of this mix).

You’ll also hear two tracks by one of my favouritest new band, Megative, a new project featuring Me Mom & Morgentaler’s Gus Van Go and The Stills’ Tim Fletcher. They do ska that will be right up the alley of anyone who was ever been a fan of The Specials and the whole 2nd Generation of ska circa Two Tone Records. I’ve included Beneath the Sun and More Time, but I warmly encourage you to check out the whole album, because it’s really worth it.

And what about that first track, the return in full form of none other than Chaka Khan after an absence of more than 10 years!

I’d be remiss if I also didn’t mention the presence of an old gem that my friend Jimmy Beaulieu reminded me of this week in one of his own mixes for Radio Annexia, and I’m talking about Thomas Dolby‘s Budapest by Blimp. I did ask Jimmy if it was OK to use it on this mix just a few days after his own came out, and he graciously (as is his custom) said that it was fine because such a great song deserves to be widely known. It is indeed one of Dolby’s masterpieces and probably not one of his best known songs. I hadn’t heard it probably since it came out in 1988, and one of the main reasons for that is that I wasn’t equipped to fully appreciate such finely crafted pop music back then, just being out of my teens and too involved in the underground scene to admit some pop might even be (gasp!) good

I also want to point out the presence of a magnificent new release by Donny McCaslin who, for those who don’t know, was the bandleader responsible for the music behind David Bowie‘s final album, Blackstar. Nothing to add there; just listen.

You can download the mix here.

Enjoy!

House Music for Grown-Ups


Good things can be said about working from home: when contracts are less forthcoming, I get more time to mix!

Hence, this fifth mix in little over a month.

Those who are in contact with me on Facebook know that I announced a new Lounge mix a couple of days ago but, lo and behold, here is a new House mix.

I’ve explained before how a new mix comes to be with regards to the way I work and, to make a long story short, this here House mix competed for my attention with that Lounge thing and won.

Not only did it win, but it litterally took over me: whereas I usually spend a few hours preparing a new mix, carefully researching the tracklist and mixes, this one came out almost automatically in just about twice it’s recorded length…

OK, that reads strangely…

What I mean is: this mix is one hours and forty-three minutes long and it took me only three hours and a half to do it, planning and recording included.

In any case, as the titles suggests, it is a mix of good, dare I say “mature”, House music.

No frills and dancefloor gimmicks, just good songcraft.

Kick back and enjoy.

By the way, there a few tracks in there that are freely and legally downloadable, so do click the links in the tracklist below to get yer goodies!

As usual, you can stream it
HM4GU or download it by right-clicking the image on the right.


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TRACKLISTING

House Music for Grown-Ups

  1. Nattestid – Diskjokke
  2. Fail Forever (DOP Remix) – When Saint Go Machine
  3. Best Friend (Charles Webster Vocal Remix) – Voom Voom
  4. Leggs Feat. Stephanie (Live At Footowork) – Pezzner
  5. Over The Ice – The Field
  6. Sous Le Sable – Appleblim & Ramadanman
  7. In My System (The Revenge Remix) – The Gathering
  8. Paris (Arto Mwambe Remix) – Friendly Fires
  9. Head On A Stick – Palm Skin Productions
  10. Uncomfortable – Levani Uchaneishvili
  11. Miezekatze – Ogris Debris
  12. Ghost In The Machine – DiskJokke & Strangefruit Presents The Sjukt
  13. Bug In The Machine – DiskJokke & Strangefruit Presents The Sjukt
  14. Journey To The Core Of The Unknown Sphere (Kyle Hall I’m Only Breathing Remix) – Space Dimension Controller
  15. Transatlantic Landing Bay – Space Dimension Controller
  16. Sobeck – Fred Everything

Merry Techmas and a Happy New House!

A new mix for your yuletide parties!

I felt like recording a new mix and since I have to wait a little bit to record Cosmix 8, I plunged head first into my TecHouse folder and whipped up this little mix for y’all.

It’s a relativly short offering compared to my usual lengthy marathons, but it should be plenty of fun to dance to or chillax in a comfy couch!

Most of the tracks on here are from 2010, but I just had to throw in an old favourite of mine, Bessie, by Shaboom, which came out in 1997 on Paper Recordings. People who’ve known me for a while know that I really played this track out when it was released.

There are no Christmas songs per se on this mix, but Mike Monday’s Do Be Do, towards the end of the mix, does have a very Christmasey feeling to it and even reminds me of Paul McCartney’s Wonderful Christmas Time with its use of delayed Juno hits…

I hope you enjoy it and I wish y’all the best for the new year!

As usual, you can stream it
techmas or download it by right-clicking the image on the right.



 

As always, your donations are welcome to help me pay for the file hosting! 😉





 

TRACKLISTING

Merry Techmas and a Happy New House!

  1. Void 23 – Ramadanman & Appleblim
  2. Deep Blue – Alex V
  3. She Is Music (Hypnogroove Mix) – Psycatron
  4. Nu Acid (Robert Babicz Smiling Remix) – Pete Heller
  5. Triva Mango – Johnny D
  6. Late Variations – Oxia & Eric Borgo
  7. The Brush (Tom Middleton Liquatech Mix) – Florian Kruse & Nils Nürnberg
  8. Back To Rio Guadalguivir – Echonomist
  9. One Million Oaks – Itamar Sagi
  10. Space (Elon Remix) – Billy Johnston & Gennaro Mastrantonio
  11. Cash The Chord (Audiojack Remix) – H.O.S.H.
  12. Lone Time – Tim Green
  13. Regina (Roberto Rodriguez Remix) – David Keno
  14. Disco 2080 – The Planty Herbs
  15. Bessie (Kurbdog Remix) – Shaboom
  16. Do Be Do (Mike’s Club Remix) – Mike Monday
  17. Mechanique – KZA
  18. Love Get Out Of My Way (Tim Goldsworthy Dub) – Monarchy