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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!

Cosmix XII: Event Horizon

OK, so two Cosmixes in less than a week after I even wrote that the series and the genre were dying…?

Well, here’s the story of how those two mixes came to be.

I had been tinkering with a few mix ideas for a few weeks — Loungin, House Music 4 Grown-Ups, Cosmix — but getting nowehere.

Out of frustration, I threw all the tracks in each playlist into a single one and decided to start from there, not knowing what would come out of it.

What came out of it was Cosm11x, but a member of the Cosmix family almost out of necessity as it was on the cusp of being a HM4GU issue were it not, like I wrote, for “too many Disco/Boogie/just-not-House-Music joints in the mix”. I’m still happy with the result, but…

Once that one was done, I proceeded to reclassify every track I hadn’t used back in separate folders — Loungin, House Music 4 Grown-Ups, Cosmix — and, lo and behold, what ended back in the Cosmix folder was super inspiring, so I started planning Cosmix 12, and it merely took a couple of days from planning to recording.

This one is definitely in the Top 3 of my favourite iterations of this soon to be decade-old series of mixes.

No. Seriously. Check it out!

TRACKLISTING
1. An Outro (To Andromeda) _ 2 Billion Beats
2. Mordor Disko _ Jonathan Kusuma
3. Blind (Sascha Braemer Remix) _ Dayne S
4. Feel Acid _ Blakkat
5. Disturbancy (Petar Dundov Remix) _ Christopher Kah
6. May 28th _ Simone Gatto
7. Vocoders Revenge _ Tom Demac
8. All Over Exposure _ 2 Billion Beats
9. Nattergal _ Diskobeistet
10. Foehn _ Lindstrøm
11. Floating on a Salt Lake _ Roland Tings
12. Quintessential Trips To Bergen _ Mungolian Jetset
13. Trust Me (Original Mix) _ Robyn, Mr. Tophat
14. F _ Prins Thomas
15. A New Kind of Superhero (Leon Sweet Klaw Mix) _ Flash Atkins feat. Aggie Frost
16. Is There No End (New Jackson Remix) _ Shit Robot
17. Dystopian (Fabrizio Mammarella Remix) _ Henry Saiz
18. Planet E (Danny Daze Remix) _ Tiga
19. The Supplier (Toby Tobias Fuzzydub Mix) _ Chocky
20. Valley Of Paradise (Greg Wilson Remix) _ Psychemagik
21. The Waves (Psychemagik Remix) _ Villagers
22. Taste The Groove (Hot Toddy remix) _ Joey Negro & The Sunburst Band
23. Caoutchouc _ Rubber Band
24. Starstruck (Dub Mix) _ Discotron
25. Melbs _ Neil Diablo
26. A Place Called Space _ The Juan Maclean

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Cosm11x: No Place Like Home

Reproduction, © Bloomsbury Auctions
Reproduction, © Bloomsbury Auctions

Eleventh iteration of this soon to end Cosmix series, as the genre is dying, in my humble opinion. I struggled in deciding whether this would be part of the House Music 4 Grown-Ups series, but there are too many Disco/Boogie/just-not-House-Music joints in the mix to warrant this one belongin in that series, ergo…

TRACKLIST

Kojak _ Laurence Guy
Be A Man You Ant _ Andre Bratten
Rituals _ Field Theory
Happiness (DNA 5) _ Crooked Man
Dreams (Psychemagik Remix) _ Fleetwood Mac
Frozen Rooms _ Somerville & Wilson
Baby Brother (DJ Fudge Remix) _ Sadam Ant
Feel That Heat _ Luxxury
In Sintesi (Psychemagik Remix) _ Roisin Murphy
Survive (I Will) _ Roberto Rodriguez
Trance Sexual _ Fantastic Man
Brown Sauce _ Marcus Marr
Let’s Go (Never Been To Tokyo) _ Doc L Junior
Lett Sommarmat _ Ralph Myerz & The Kosmik Diamondz
Bar Trenutek _ Ichisan
Volium _ Future Sound of Antwerp
Live At The Cosmic Carnival _ Detroit Swindle
Disco Circus (Dan Tyler remix) _ Todd Terje & The Olsens
Funky People _ Kiu D & MKV
Badger From The North (BG Baarregaard Mix) _ Flash Atkins
Advance _ Justus Kohncke
Priestess _ Harvey Sutherland & Bermuda
Get To Know Me (Hot Toddy Vocal Remix) _ Situation
Analogue Express _ Bonar Bradberry
Winter Tones _ Fred Everything
H _ Prins Thomas
Reflections (Petar Dundov Remix) _ Alan Fitzpatrick
For Falling Asleep (Carl Craig Mix) _ Etienne Jaumet

D/L link

A Quiet Orbit; Happy Holidays, Y’all!

A Quiet Orbit by Monsieur Seb on Mixcloud

I knew I wanted to take some time during the Holidays to work on a new mix, and I thought it would be a new iteration of the Loungin’ series, and just went with the flow. It clearly is not a Loungin’, nor any other series of mixes I’ve got going, but I am immensely proud of this little number; it flows and ebbs across all kinds of genres and has an emotional thread that takes you to many light and dark places, but always in a very pleasant way. It’s also, in a way, a compilation of some of the songs that I loved the most this year as most of these tracks have been in heavy rotation since I got them… Hope you enjoy!

TRACKLIST

Song title [Mix] _ Artist (Year) (click here to download)

Holy Jungle _ Ghost Note (2012)
Sunny Bigler [Leftside Wobble Space Dub] _ Leon Sweet (2015)
I Need You More Than He _ Phil Gerus (2015)
Alright _ Kendrick Lamar (2015)
Dots & Lines _ Lupe Fiasco (2015)
Mung’s Picazzo _ Mungolian Jetset Vs Athana (2012)
After The Dance [Instrumental] _ Marvin Gaye (1976)
Body Of Work [feat. Troi & Terrance Martin] _ Lupe Fiasco (2015)
Orbiting Jupiters _ Orson Wells (2015)
Högre _ Evigt Mörker (2013)
I Remember [Nils Frahm Dub Interrupt Remix] _ Jon Hopkins (2015)
Do It (Right) [Lidell Townsell Remix] _ Shit Robot (2014)
Til U Burnin Up Pt. I _ Osunlade (2014)
Til U Burnin Up Pt. II _ Osunlade (2014)
Robin Redo (Miguel Graça Rib) _ Sean Kosa & Edan Blomme (2015)
Quiet Orbit Around Gladia _ Zadig (2015)
Last Ride of the Boogie Child _ Tim Blake (1977)
Gran Paradiso _ Prins Thomas (2013)
Black Rigsby _ Henry Wu (2015)
Moon Circuitry _ Ge-ology (2015)
Magnetic Feel [Full Joint] _ Roc Hunter (1999)
Second Summer [Dub] _ Yacht (2012)
New Paradise _ Harvey Sutherland (2015)
Test 7 _ Donato Dozzy + Tin Man (2014)
Xtension _ R.H.X (2015)

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix Volume 9: Lysergic Emanations from Outer Space

Let’s be clear right from the get-go:

This is the best Cosmix iteration since the serie’s inception.

Period.

I could very well stop here and let the music do the talking, but I still feel like making introductions for this monster…

Yes, monster.

Nothing short of that.

Why?

Well, for one, because its 43 tracks make for a three hours and fifty-three minutes listening experience.

And also because, even though many hours of preparation were involved, it was recorded in one straight take with no edits or touch-ups, and nothing but a bowl of cafe latte in this DJ…

Needless to say I am extremely proud of the final result of this session, for the following reasons (among others):

  • The track selection is (humbly) flawless. It ranges from your basic Boogie to Jazz-Funk influenced Electronica to downright Deep House and Electro and even a few that are impossible to categorize, all the while keeping to the spirit of the Cosmix series.
  • The mixing is (again, humbly) spot on. As usual, there are many long, drawn-out mixes, the longest one clocking in at 5 minutes (by that I mean that two tracks play at the same time and at the same volume for 5 minutes).
  • I felt like it was ages since I had recorded the last Cosmix, even though it’s not even been 6 months.
  • I was afraid the series was dying from lack of interesting material, but these 43 tracks have given me hope for the future.

Still, that being said, I haven’t given away one iota if this mix’ intensity and the music still has the whole stage to speak for itself and make you its slave!

Oh! And if you’re wondering about the lysergic thing, well… Let’s just say there’s plenty of acid sprinkled throughout…

P.S.: Yes. the title of the last track IS a message…

Enjoy!

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TRACKLISTING

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix volume 9: Lysergic Emanations from Outer Space

  1. Gladys Knight (Alex Barck Remix) – Prommer & Barck (2011)
  2. You Know I Know It – Tensnake (2011)
  3. Fine Taste Cliche – Danel (2010)
  4. Get Together (Ooft Deep Dub) – Bubba & T-Bone (2011)
  5. Express – Black Van (2011)
  6. Love – Alphabet City (2011)
  7. Pinisi – Midnight Savari (2011)
  8. White Dwarf – Marco Passarani (2011)
  9. Repitition (Art Of Tones Remix) – Evan Evans (2011)
  10. Do You Believe? (James Curd Instrumental Mix) – Poolside (2011)
  11. Love The Freak (Loose Fit Remix) – Duffstep (2011)
  12. Shower Show – Chicken Lips present The Rhythm Odyssey (2011)
  13. Berlin Sunrise – Daniel Wang (2004)
  14. Hot On The Heels – Soft Metals (2011)
  15. Acid Reflux (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Ulysses (2011)
  16. 90 Seconds – Kael Misko (2011)
  17. Soho Phaze (Faze Action Edit) – Elixia (2011)
  18. Kilimanjaro (The Revenge Reekin’struction) – Letta Mbulu (2011)
  19. This Groove Is On The Loose (My Cousin Roy’s Way Past Due Mix) – Greyship Daviz (2010)
  20. No One Belongs Here More Than You (Ewan’s Balearos Maximos Remix) – Martin Dawson & Glimpse (2011)
  21. Discuss – Stopmakingme (2010)
  22. Teamgeist Feat. Patrick Pulsinger – Wolfram (2011)
  23. Going To Chicago – Weekend Express (2011)
  24. Bozak – Rune Lindbaek & Frisvold (2010)
  25. Chick Chick – Toby Tobias (2009)
  26. Galactic Juju – Kid Who (2011)
  27. Yeah (Jay Shepheard Remix) – Ooft (2011)
  28. Vacuum Phenomenon (Ytre Rymden Dansskola Remix) – Kelton Prima (2011)
  29. Stockholm Syndrome – Beatfanatic (2010)
  30. In Your Eyes (Black Strobe Instrumental Remix) – James Curd & Ziggy Franklin (2011)
  31. My House (Stopmakingme Remix) – Hercules & Love Affair (2011)
  32. Into Your Face – Downtown Party Network (2008)
  33. Good Day Today (Diskjokke Remix) – David Lynch (2011)
  34. Galli (Give It Up) – Bottin & Rodion (2010)
  35. Love Papers – Toby Tobias (2011)
  36. New Years Eve – Chaim (2010)
  37. I Want It (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix) – Locussolus (2011)
  38. I’m Gonna Make You Dance – Wagon Cookin’ (2010)
  39. Dayshift (Oliver’s Nightshift Remix) – Juan Atkins (2011)
  40. Killing Jokes – The Glimmers (2010)
  41. KKK – G.A.N.G. (1983)
  42. The Car – Gianni Rossi (2011)
  43. Start It Again – Datassette (2001)

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix, volume IV: Welcome to Planet Khizmyazz

cosmix4

Yes, boys and girls, bipeds, quadrupeds and dodecapeds!

The new installment of the Cosmix series has landed!

It has been gestating since… well, since I released the previous installment of the Cosmix series!

Get your space helmets on, cadets, because I pulled all the stops on this one: it doesn’t attempt to please anyone or anything but the most weirdly disco neuron hiding in your brain — hence the title, and if you don’t get it right away, just repeat the name of the planet out loud a few times :p

At just under two hours, it’s the shortest mix in the Cosmix series, so far.

Lots of psychedelic fun is included, I strongly suggest… Heck no! I strongly RECOMMEND, that you don’t listen to this while straight.

I sincerely hope you enjoy, and if you don’t, try again: it’ll grow on you!

As usual, you can stream it
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TRACKLISTING

  1. Buzz In (Optimo Remix) – Boris
  2. Double Fisted (Prins Thomas Disko Miks) – Scotty Coats & Wes the Mes
  3. Neeve – Projections & Woolfy
  4. Is Sorrow (Black Machine’s Lucifer Rising Dub) – Black Devil Disco Club
  5. Sparkling Stars – Petar Dundov
  6. Vuelo – Skatebard
  7. The Simple Life – The Juan MacLean
  8. Goin’ Underground (Extended version) – Partners in Crime
  9. Don’t Sleep – Zepp001
  10. They Prefer The Disco – The Bionics
  11. Dancing In Outer Space (The Revenge Rework 2) – Atmosfear
  12. The Deep End (Holy Ghost! Day School Dub Mix) – Curses!
  13. Spaghetti Circus – Still Going
  14. Love Don’t Dance Here Anymore – Tiga
  15. Space People – S. Mallia
  16. Red Heart (Vlad Nayward Edit) – Tele Music
  17. exp3 (aka Two Sequencers Are Better Than One) – John Daly
  18. Mancry (Justus Kohncke’s Epic Diskokraut Club Mix) – Freeland

Monsieur Seb’s Daily Music Suggestion: clap ya hands!

I give in!

I’m jumping on the bandwagon and I sing their praise: The Phenomenal Handclap Band.

After seeing their name pop left and right over all my usual Web sources and friends’ FB statuses and tweets, I decided to check out their eponymous album. So I forked over 10$ to iTunes (didn’t feel like waiting for a CD, but stupid me, I didn’t think of checking on eMusic, first, if they had it, and they did) and gave it a good listen.

WHOA! Cool!

What’s more, I discovered in the meantime that the band is fronted by Quinn Luke, better known (to me at least) as Bing Ji Ling, a name I discovered through the Ubiquity’s Rewind series of covers complilations, where he had notably done a very cool cover of AC/DC’s (You Shook Me) All Night Long.

Now, I’ve read here and there that TIHCB were come kind of 70s revival band, but if you ask me, they are just doing an americanized (I mean that in a nice way) version of Cosmic Disco!

In other words: if you like the Handclap band and don’t know Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas, you need to get into them, and if you know L&PT but haven’t heard of the Handclap band yet, don’t waste any more time!

Monsieur Seb’s Daily Music Suggestion

BBE Musics Night Dubbin 3CD compilation
BBE Music's Night Dubbin 3CD compilation

A large part of the genotype of Cosmic Disco (of which I am, humbly, the champion around these parts) is based on the Dub Mix, a concept that emerged in the late 70s and early 80s and which was borrowed from the Jamaican Dub, itself a product of the many technological breakthroughs in studio recording.

What, then, is a dub mix? It’s basically a dancefloor friendly remix of a track stripped down to it’s core elements, and back then, it’s the DJs themselves that created their dub version in the studio during the day in order to spin them at night. The luminaries of the genre are all well represented in the track selection (as well as interviwed in the generous booklet), with, first and foremost, François K(evorkian, a hero of mine), the legendary Larry Levan, Paul Simpson, John Morales and Nick Martinelli (as M&M), Shep Pettibone and Tee Scott.

BBE Music just released an amazing 3CD compilation of such seminal Dub Mixes from that era. CD1 is a mix CD by the Idjut Boys while CD2+3 contain 21 unmixed tracks in their full length glory. That’s 6 more in total than the mix contains! Now that’s value for your money — and if you buy it direct from BBE Music, the package only costs 9£ + 3.46£ S&H (to Canada), which, with a rough currency exchange rate, comes to about 25$!

I can’t stress enough the high quality of this compilation and it’s historic value, for most of these records are no doubt hard to find, to say the least.

The subtitle of the compilation is “a dubbed out collection of classic 80s dance music”, but I propose this one instead: “a priceless compilation of trippy disco and early electro mixes by the masters of the genre”.

Below, I propose to you one of the tracks that really flipped me out upon my first listening session of the Idjut mix. I’d never heard of this track or even the RAH Band (RAH standing for Richard Anthony Hewson) and it totally blew my mind!

The RAH Band – Clouds Over the Moon (Super Nova Mix)

The RAH Band – Clouds Over the Moon (Super Nova Mix)

 

Further readings

 

Further listenings

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix: 3, 2, 1, liftoff!

It’s around 2005 that I discovered this new sound whose name (or names, as the case may be) I was still unaware of and which blew me away.

Slowly, I started researching, digging virtual crates and it took me a good year before I felt confident enough to try my hand at mixing the tenors of the genre.

As it happened, it was the first mix I recorded with my newly acquired Torq Xponent and the mix that made me decide I was doing away with the restriction imposed by the 75 minutes time limitation of the CD, which itself replaced the good old cassette tape, cutting out yet another 15 minutes from what used to be a good DJ mix.

From that point on, I have not recorded a mix shorter than 1h45 minutes, and all three Cosmix iterations are close to 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Bon voyage!

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TRACKLISTING

 

Monsieur Seb’s Cosmix — Recorded Live January 2nd 2008

  1. Kids with Sex Bits (Monsieur Seb’s mashup of Kids with Guns (Quiet Village Remix) [Gorillaz] and Dave’s Sex Bits (Quiet Village Remix) [Toby Tobias]
  2. Music (In My Mind) – Lindtrøm feat. Christabelle
  3. Mount Pleasant Lane (Spuns Manthrax) – Mudd
  4. Illusion (Lindstrøm Dub) – Imagination
  5. Let’s Practice – Lindstrøm feat. Solale
  6. Rex Drums – Christian Prommer’s DrumLesson
  7. Sentimental Breakdown – Doc L Junior
  8. Secret Pillow (Prins Thomas Remix) – Bermuda Triangle
  9. Clairevoyage (16th Rebels Of Mung Medley) – Dominique Leone
  10. Get Innocuous! (Soulwax Remix) – LCD Soundsystem
  11. Original Highway Delight (Mungolian Jet Set’s Miami Camp Mix) – LSB
  12. Jurassico (Prins Thomas Miks Del 1 & 2) – Nemesi
  13. Dragon (Shit Robot Remix) – Dondolo
  14. Stratus Energy (Special Disco mix) – Faze Action
  15. Another Station (Todd Terje Remix) – Lindstrøm
  16. All Flowers Must Fade – Daniel Wang
  17. Erodyne – Metro Area
  18. Erotic Discourse (2020 Livestyle Reversion) – Paul Woolford aka Bobby Peru
  19. Speak & Spell (Putsch 79 Remix) – Will Saul
  20. Nummer Fire En – Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas