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House Music for Grown-Ups, volume 2

A few days ago, I set out to do a new House/Tech mix (and I write House/Tech rather than Techouse on purpose) and, just a few tracks into the planning, it became obvious that this new mix was going to become the second iteration of a new series.

The more I think about the concept, and the more I listened to the original House Music for Grown-Ups mix, the more I realized I was onto something, here.

“Yeah? What?” I can hear you say…

Well, what I’m onto is a new series of mixes devoted to House music, and electronic music in general, that can be used on a dancefloor — if only because of its tempo —, just as well as in a living room, lounge, car, or whatever.

Fear not, the Cosmix series won’t suffer from this coopetition.

In other words, this new series will be devoted to House music devoid of the usual (and ultimately boring) dancefloor gimmickry, House music that you are not ashamed of liking and playing for your mom (if you’re under 40) or for your friends (if you’re over 40).

One might call it headphone House, but I find that limiting.

I must say that from this point of view, I am REALLY proud of this mix, as much for the musical selection as the technical aspect of the mixing.

As a matter of fact, I think it is one of my best outputs, technically, with several mixes lasting well over a minute or three, with one even lasting a full 5 minutes (from 1:01:31 to 1:06:39).

Now, I’m not saying I’m an mix athlete.

No.

I’m just an old-school DJ and as such I was taught that a good mix is a long mix and that the real art of DJing is creating a new atmosphere, almost a new track, from by combining two tracks.

Well, I humbly think I’ve succeeded, here. 🙂

As usual, you can stream it
HM4GU2 or download it by right-clicking the image on the right.


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TRACKLISTING

House Music for Grown-Ups, volume 2

  1. Phobos – Forces of Nature
  2. Speechless – Agoria feat. Carl Craig
  3. Find Your Soul (Minilogue’s Introspection mix) – Larsson
  4. My Girls (Mike Monday’s Unofficial Remix) – Animal Collective (unreleased)
  5. Silk City (Fred Everything Lazy Vox Remix) – Kruse & Nuernberg feat. Nathalie Claude
  6. Subzero (D Pulse Remix) – Amberflame
  7. Every Minute Alone (Tale Of Us & Seth Troxler Dub Edit) – WhoMadeWho
  8. Strange Aeons (Strictly Jazz Unit Muzic Eternity Mix) – Snoretex
  9. 40004 A – Wax
  10. Easy As Can Be (Tom Middleton Liquitech Mix) – Guy J
  11. Somebody’s Property (OOFT Bassline Dub) – Mash
  12. Naked Lunch – Subwave
  13. Everything – Prommer & Barck
  14. OFI (SDC’s Evasive Funk mix) – Model 500
  15. You Know The Score – Hardfloor feat. E.R.P.
  16. Clear & Present – Paperclip People
  17. Reindeer Salsa (The Knights of Jumungus Jingle Jungle Morning Mix) – Skatebård

XMMX or My 10 of 2010

Yes, it’s that time of year again: time for the end-of-year lists.

I find that quite hard to do nowadays because the way we (or at least I) consume music has changed drastically over the last few years.

I barely buy CDs anymore, and not much more albums. Yes, there is a difference between the two, because of the possibility of buying individual tracks opened by the likes of iTunes, Beatport and all the other online music stores.

The impact on listmaking is that it becomes hard to draft one that encompasses albums.

So, the following list of my favourites of the past year merely reflects the productions I have come across that made an æsthetic impact on my passion for music.

Without further adue, here they are, in no particular order and with as much useful info as I can convey to you, dear readers.

 


 

Blue Steel (Still Going Remix) – Bot’Ox

Bot’Ox, is a French duo composed of Tekel’s Julien Briffaz and Benjamin Boguet, who you might know better as Cosmo Vitelli. Quite a pedigree! As for Still Going, a pair of producer from New York City, they’ve been banging out wicked tunes on DFA for a few years now. Combine all that and what you get on a major dancefloor bomb and you can even download it for free here!

Listen to Blue Steel (Still Going Remix) Blue Steel

 


 

The Professor – Dionigi

I wasn’t even going to include this on my list until just before I started writing this list. I’ve purchased that album and didn’t really give it a thourough listen until today, while I was researching my library for tracks to include on my next Cosmix. While going through all the tracks of the album, I realized that this album by Dionigi is one hell of an album that falls firmly in the Space Disco category while touching to many broader styles, from House to Breaks to Ambient. Yes, Italians can and still do produce good music, if you dig below the surface crap they are also capable of producing… 🙂 Special mention for ugliest album art of the year, or at the very least of this list!

Listen to No radio, No TV No radio, No TV

 


 

Empire Ants – Gorillaz

Yeah, I could’ve included the whole Plastic Beach album, but this track stands out so much from the rest — and moved me so much — that I chose to include only this one on the list. It also has the added benefit of introducing me to Little Dragon, a band I didn’t know before. I’m madly in love with the second movement of the track, when it gets more electro, and it’s a real shame that it’s so short! Now, a concert is the perfect setting to jam a bit with a song and extend it, but when they stopped over Montreal last October, the Gorillaz (with singer Yukimi Nagano) didn’t do anything of the sort… Shame, I tell you… But guess what! When they played on whatever TV show they played on in this video, they did extend it! See, and hear, for yourself!

 


 

Desilusion – Gotan Project

Tango 3.0 is by far my favourite album by the multinational trio. They don’t reinvent themselves, but they certainly take their concept to a new level here, a level that was hinted at on the second album, released in 2006. Why did I choose Desilusion? Well, because I think it’s the most apt ambassador to the rest of the album as a whole.

Listen to Desilusion Desilusion

 


 

She’s a Fast Persuader – Jamiroquai

I’ve been a total Jamiroquai fan from the get-go, no shame in admitting that! I’m always excited when they release a new album, and the latest was no exception to the rule. Jay Kay et al. don’t reinvent the wheel here, let alone themselves, but it’s still a great Jamiroquai album, better than the last one, in any case. I wouldn’t, however, go as far as including the whole album on my list, but this little gem of a track is definitely the stand-out track for me. Pure Jamiroquai at their best!

Listen to She’s a Fast Persuader She’s a Fast Persuader

 


 

Le Troublant Acid – KZA

Yotsukaido Nature is a Japanese producer who’s known as KZA as sometimes Force of Nature. This amazing little ditty is entirely based on a a loop from an obscure French single from the 70’s, Le troublant témoignage de Paul Martin, that he sped up and complemented with a drum track and TB-303 line. Nothing groundbreaking, production-wise, but it is SO efficient! Once you hear this track, it’ll be stuck in your head for days, trust me.

Listen to Le Troublant Acid Le troublant acid

 


 

Le shack à Chuck – Martin Léon

J’écris en anglais sur mon site perso car je m’adresse à un auditoire international, mais je trouvais plutôt étrange d’écrire en anglais au sujet de Martin Léon, un des très rares artistes québécois que je trouve vraiment intéressants. Il a une poésie, une façon de raconter des histoires plutôt que de banalement chanter l’amour, en plus d’un talent de compositeur et de réalisateur hors-pair. Je vous recommande chaudement son plus récent album, Les Atomes, comme tous les autres, d’ailleurs. And for the others, all I can say is if you don’t know Martin Léon, don’t let the language thing bug you and dig into his work: you won’t regret it!

Listen to Le shack à Chuck Le shack à Chuck

 


 

OFI – Model 500

Godfather of Techno Juan Atkins doesn’t release stuff that often, so in and of itself, a new release by him, espcially under his Model 500 moniker, is quite a happening. In this case, however, we’re not only dealing with a happening, but also one monster of a track. Agreed, the break is so-so, but’s it’s the only blemish on this track’s face. I’ll let it speak for itself…

Listen to OFI OFI

 


 

Long Distance – Onra

Definitely one of my favourite releases of 2010, Onra is a one-man-show from the mastermind of French producer Arnaud Bernard. Onra produces leftfield hip hop, or whatever you want to call it, but he does it with a flair that is unique and irresistible. I chose the title track from his 2010 album simply because my favourite track on it, My Comet, is actually from 2008… 🙂

Listen to Long Distance Long Distance

 


 

Transatlantic Landing Bay – Space Dimension Controller

I don’t know much about the band, other than the info I found on Zero Inch: “Belfast’s Jack Hamill started releasing ambient downbeat as RL/VL before assuming the name of Space Dimension Controller. Combining elements of electro-funk and deep techno in his tracks, Space Dimension Controller has been one of the shooting stars of 2010, performing at Barcelona’s prestigious Sónar festival and recently signing to seminal imprint R&S Records”. But don’t believe the hype and just trust me when I say that here’s a name you should memorize, because I’m predicting his ascencion is only begining. As a matter of fact, his remix of the aforementionned OFI by Model 500 is coming out in January. Now that’s somehting I can’t wait to hear!

Listen to Transatlantic Landing Bay Transatlantic Landing Bay

 


 

Honourable mentions

Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go!!! (Lulu Rouge Feat. Abdullah S Remix) – Trentemøller || I’m not Dubstep’s best customer, but I like this one a lot, even though I’ll admit it’s got nothing very special about it. Silver

I Know You’re Mine – Roberto Rodriguez || Can’t get enough of Rodriguez’ productions! Mine

State Trooper (Trentemøller Unofficial Mix) – Bruce Springsteen || The only reason this didn’t make my list is that it did not come out in 2010, even though I only heard of it eraly in the year. Top work! Trooper

The Logical Song – Rodion || An electropop cover of the Supertramp classic? Gotta love it! Logical

Diving for Pearls


I love it when a new mix just pops out on its own, like this one…

I sat down to fool around with a few house and techouse tracks a few days ago, and everything just fell into place.

The title refers to the overall very deep vibe of this mix and to the fact that the tracks on this mix are all little pearls in their genre.

The older listeners will undoubtedly appreciate certain very old school-sounding tracks sprinkled here and there throughout the mix.

People who know me know I don’t bullshit, so I want to say this: the first two mixes are not quite up to par, but I must say that I had to work with a track that’s either voluntarily wild pitched or simple not tight.

Otherwise, I think this monster-mix (2h40m43s) is quite spot-on!

Enjoy!

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



 

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TRACKLISTING

Diving for Pearls

  1. Sun (Bowski Remix) – Caribou
  2. Big Fun (Agoria Remix) – Inner City
  3. Lost In The Ether (Filtered Boogie Remix) – DJ Shine
  4. Soldiers (The Revenge Dub) – Mademoiselle Caro & Franck Garcia
  5. Square Knocking – Art Of Tones
  6. Slideaway – Robert Babicz
  7. The Logical Song – Rodion
  8. Elle – Pablo Cahn
  9. Sunstream – The Backwoods
  10. Can U Feel It – Marc King
  11. D2000 (The Godson Remix) – Urban Tribe
  12. Forever And A Day – Franc Spangler
  13. Blueprint – Kink & Neville Watson
  14. One Lonely Knight (Extended Live Mix) – Arto Mwambe
  15. Ocean (Jacksonville Remix) – 2020 Soundsystem
  16. Disco 2080 – The Planty Herbs
  17. Love Or Leave Me (Johnny D’s Power To The People Remix) – Johnny D
  18. The Rain (Version 3) – Freaks
  19. Happy People (Pol On edit) – Brass Construction
  20. Junggesellenmaschine – Ame
  21. A Break in The Clouds – James Holden
  22. Cash The Chord (Audiojack Remix) – H.O.S.H.
  23. Around – Julio Bashmore
  24. Button – Brandt Brauer Frick
  25. The Soul Is Back (Underground Resistance Timeline Remix) – Soul Designer
  26. OFI – Model 500