Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Things That Make You Go Hmmmm....

With the weekend fast approaching, here's another old school mix of early 90s dance tracks with a touch of some 80s strutt and breakdance stuff to put you in some sort of party mode, Retro Style. Picture this as somewhat of a sequel from my first post of Old School Funk Classics Mix.
Firing up the mix are some of Robert Clivilles and David Cole's (collectively known as C&C Music Factory) classic dance tracks including a remix of Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam's, "Let The Beat Hit 'Em." I've also included a superb remix of Herbie Hancock's classic, Rockit, by master turntablist, Mix Master Mike. Also, be ready for some early dance track favorites from the 80s like The J-Geils Band's "Flamethrower" (popularized by Darwin Tuason from Dance 10, circa 80s) and also Chaka Khan's classic, "I Feel For You," both remixed by yours truly. The video is also one of my favorites of all time, so let's enjoy it first before moving on... BTW, check out Ozone and Turbo's killer moves...

For the latter part, I've thrown in some Salt n Pepa, JJ Fad, Tone Loc, and slick tunes from So So Def Records in the mix. I remember these creepy bass tunes being played from lowered cars with boomboxes. Boy, those were the days...
Now for some earth shattering bass, here's today's tracklisting:
1) Gonna Make You Sweat - C&C Music Factory
2) Here We Go - C&C Music Factory
3) Things That Make You Go Hmmm - C&C Music Factory
4) Do You Wanna Get Funky - C&C Music Factory
5) Let The Beat Hit 'Em - Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam (Brand New Super Pumped Up Mix)
6) Rockit - Herbie Hancock (Mix Master Mike Remix)
7) Al Naafiysh - The Soul (Scratch Remix)
8) Feels Good - Tony Toni Tone (Mixx-It Remix)
9) Flamethrower - J. Geils Band (The Beatmeister Remix)
10) I Feel For You - Chaka Khan (The Beatmeister Remix)
11) Wild Thing - Tone Loc (Ultimix)
12) Planet Rock - Africa Bambaataa and The Soul Sonic Force (Instrumental)
13) The Beat Goes On - Orbit (Extended Mix)
14) Reckless - Ice T feat. Chris (The Glove) Taylor - (from Breakin' Soundtrack; rare one)
15) Supersonic - JJ Fad (Remix)
16) Push It - Salt n Pepa (2 Step Remix)
17) Love U Down - INOJ (Push It Mixx)
18) All I Want - INOJ (Remix)
19) My Boo - Ghosttown DJs (Remix)
20) Time After Time - INOJ (Lil John Remix)
21) Baby Got Back - Sir Mixx-A-Lot (Funky Mix) - I Like Big Butts...
22) She's Got Me Goin' Crazy - 2 In A Room (Remix)
23) Doo Wah Diddy - 2 Live Crew

So, how low can you go? :)

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Taste Of Hed Kandi - Let There Be House

Back to music and stuff. For anyone who's a house music afficionado, the UK record label, Hed Kandi, is a very familiar term. It has become one of the most popular labels particularly associated with house and dance music, much like what Def Jam recordings has done for the hip-hop scene.

Hed Kandi has become widely recognized for its uber-cool compilation albums, which deliver serious dance music. A very familiar description is their trademark rad, retro-sexy album covers with their classy, cartooned chicks and slick, eye candy illustrations. Behind the hip label is its founder, DJ and A&R man, Mark Doyle. Formed in early 1999, Hed Kandi was fittingly named after Doyle's popular 4-hour radio show on London's Jazz FM 102.2 every Saturday night. He states, "it's the perfect cure for self-inflicted insomnia."

I, for one, have been an avid fan and here are some from my collection...

Too bad, I wasn't able to catch the Hed Kandi DJs when they came to Manila twice as sponsored by BigFish.

Anyway, for today's music mix, will be uploading some of the best house and dance tracks from these great compilations. Feel free to move and groove to them. :)
1) Intro...
2) Ever After - Bonnie Bailey (Eric's Beach Mix)
3) Sweet Love - Kaskade (Extended Mix)
4) Pink Is The Colour - The K&M Project (Kupper's Heavenly Disco Mix)
5) It's You, It's Me - Kaskade (Extended Mix)
6) Here I Am - David Morales feat. Tamra Keenan (Full Intention Vocal Mix)
7) Lola's Theme - Shapeshifters (Westar Mix)
8) Happy - Squareheads (Spintech Remix)
9) You Make Me Happy - DJ Beat (Club Mix)
10) Gonna Get Your Love - S-Sense (Club Mix)
11) Street Life - Jamie Lewis feat. Chance (Classic Vocal Mix)
12) Time Won't Wait - Jamiroquai (Groove Assassin Mix) - One of My Favs. :)
13) Groovejet - Spiller feat. Sophie Ellis Bextor (Club Mix)
14) Some Lovin - Alex Fain feat. Nic Kat (Original Mix)
15) Love's Divine - Seal (Passenger Sanctuary Club Mix)
16) Dove (I'll Be Loving You) - Moony (Club Mix)

For some funky and groovy time, try it!! :)

NBC Heroes: Volume 2: Generations Preview

Here's something not related to music, but am also really very passionate about. My lovely wife and I had a blast last night watching the final three episodes of Season 1, and man, it was awesome! Can't wait for the Volume 2 premier and also the spinoff, which are a series of standalone episodes called, Heroes:Origins. From what I've read, the story might deal with the first generation of heroes (Peter and Nathan's Mom, Suresh's father, Hiro's father, and others). This would keep everyone occupied while waiting for season 2. ;)

Just one drawback from the final episode, the fight between Sylar and Peter was quite lame, and hope they could use more of their powers come next season when they face off again.

Now, this is what I would like to call a new generation of Justice League, except more realistic as they are ordinary people having extraordinary abilities.

Enjoy the vid!! :)

BTW, thanks Froi for the copy.

Sunday, June 24, 2007

James Brown- Sex Machine / Soul Power

Bring The Noise - Some Crunchy Breakbeats

So another week has started and it's really hard to get over those Monday blues. What's worse is hearing Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats' 80s song, "I Don't Like Mondays," on the radio earlier; a real bummer! :(

Anyways, to try and take away those Monday blues, I'll breakaway from retro for the meantime and fast forward to modern electronic music once more. This time, I'm introducing you to one of my favorite sub-genres of the electronic music scene called "Breaks" or "Breakbeats", which is considered as the punk rock of dance music, as marked by its dirty, aggressive and crunchy percussion and sinister guitars with an underground vibe.

In case you're a fan of CSI:Miami, you would notice that most of the background tracks being played there are somewhat of this type, as most of the clubs there play these kinds of tunes with a tinge of electro, spearheaded by Breakbeat Master and Miami resident jock, DJ Icey.

Also, if you want a good soundtrack for your workout, you might want to try this kind of music. Trust me, I've tried it, and the beats really pumped me up.

Before we go to my mix, would first like to share a classic vid from the godfather of funk and soul, James Brown, showing us how it's done. Perhaps, this is where it all started, the breakbeat influence, as this track is still being sampled by today's breaks and hip-hop DJs.

Moving on, here's today's tracklisting of some pumped up beats, some are classic rock tunes but reinvented to fit this genre:
1) Not A Test - DJ Icey
2) Beat's A Rockin - DJ Icey
3) Renegades of Funk - Rage Against The Machine (Crystal Method Remix)
4) Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix (Sublime Breaks Mix)
5) Roadhouse Blues - The Doors (Crystal Method Remix)
6) Song 2 - Blur (Carl Cox Remix)
7) Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz (Breakbeat Mix)
8) 1979 - Smashing Pumpkins (1799 Remix)
9) Rock The Casbah - The Clash vs Lost Vegas (White Label Mix)
10) Seven Nation Army - White Stripes (Adam Freeland Remix)
11) Bowie Knife - Mr. Potatohead
12) Cassius Groove - Cassius (White Label Mix)
13) Rock Your Body, Rock - Ferry Corsten (Rennie Pilgrem Mix)
14) Let The Music Play - Shannon (Busta Beats Mix)
15) Renegade Master - Wildchild (Breakz Mix)
16) To The Beat Of The Drum - La Luna (White Label Mix)
17) Plastic Dreams - Jaydee (Tayo Acid Rockers Remix)
18) Push Up - Freestylers (2005 Plump DJs Remix)
19) High And Low - The Crystal Method
20) Girls - Prodigy (2006 Rogue Elements Remix)
21) Rock The Discotech - DJ Icey and General MIDI (White Label Remix)
22) Goth Chick Hand Job - Sole Claw (School Of Thought Remix)
23) Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order (2005 Crystal Method Remix)
24) Pump Up The Volume - M.A.R.R.S. (Plump DJs Breakbeat Mix)

Here's the link...

Hope you have a blast with these tunes, breakbeat style, and rock on!!!

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

The iPOD Generation - An Eclectic Mix

With the birth of this amazing music player called the iPOD, more and more of us learn to appreciate almost any type of music, whether they be classical, rock, new wave, electronic, ska, reggae, or anything with rhythm and beats. We generate playlists ranging from AC/DC to The Black Eyed Peas to Massive Attack to The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, etc., making most of us a walking contradiction.

From my opinion, the so-called "iPOD Generation" is a more diverse bunch of music aficionados compared to before when kids would just be listening to one genre. This is okay because it bridges the gap between generations of music lovers. I, for one, now love listening to stuff from The Beach Boys, The Who, The Doors, etc., which only baby boomers would appreciate before. I also listen to new bands like The Killers, Snow Patrol, Ok Go, etc., which most kids listen to nowadays.

For today's upload, I would be sharing an Eclectic Mix of different genres, which I did a couple of weeks back, reflecting today's iPOD Generation.

Tracklisting as follows:

1) Midnight In a Perfect World - DJ Shadow
2) Keep Hope Alive - The Crystal Method (Trip Hop Mix)
3) Walking Dead - DJ Z-Trip feat. Chester Bennington (Linkin Park)
4) Teardrop / Rock The Funky Beats (The Beatmeister's Mashup) - Massive Attack feat. Natural Born Killers
5) Street Knowledge - Evol Intent
6) Digital - Goldie (VIP Remix)
7) Sex Machine - James Brown (Coldcut Mix)
8) Hardknox - Fire Like This
9) Apache - Sugar Hill Gang (Jump On It!)
10) Funky Breakbeat - DJ Q-Bert
11) Organ Donor - DJ Shadow (Golden Remix)
12) Miami Vice Theme - Jan Hammer (Extended Version)
13) Smoked - The Crystal Method
14) Points Of Authority - Linkin Park (The Crystal Method Mix)
15) PMHD - The Crystal Method
16) 19-2000 - Gorillaz (Soulchild Remix)
17 ) Name Of The Game - The Crystal Method
18) I Try /Holy Calamity (The Beatmeister's Mashup) - Macy Gray feat. Handsome Boy Modelling School (My Wifey's Favorite Tune; This one's for her :) )
19) Easy Breezy - Utada Hikaru (94 BPM Mix)
20) Dust In The Wind - Kansas
21) Tempted - Squeeze (Hot Tracks Mix)
22) Back in Black - AC/DC

Here's the link...

Have fun listening and even one word comments would be greatly appreciated! I love reading them and it gives me feedback whether I'm doing ok or not. BTW, have already changed my settings so that anybody can now place their comments even if they are not registered with Blogger.

See yah! :)

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Songs From The Big Chair - My New Wave Mix

The other day, while at a music store, I stumbled across this reissued album from what gen-X'ers like me, believe, were one of the most influential groups of the new wave era, Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, collectively known as Tears For Fears. Alongside Depeche Mode, The Smiths, The Cure, The The, The Church, Modern English, Lotus Eaters, and other great bands, Tears For Fears' sound really defined the meaning of "New Wave" from that era. I remember imitating Roland Orzabal's moves in Mad World and The Way You Are, which was also a blast. :)

Personally, I think, the "Songs From The Big Chair" album is far more better than "The Hurting" album with the addition of two more members, Ian Stanley (keyboards) and Manny Elias (drums), giving them a more edgier sound. The reissued album is a double-disc and contains B-sides, rare 12" mixes, and live cuts from their previous concerts.

For my third installment, I will be uploading my new wave mix containing some of my favorite tracks back then including 1 track from this great album. Some of them were not that popular during that time, but I still consider them classic and memorable tunes.

Here's the tracklisting:

1) Everything Counts (Derzebereth Mix) - Depeche Mode.
2) She Drives Me Crazy (Ultimix) - Fine Young Cannibals
3) Ballet Dancer (Extended Version) - The Twins
4) Safety Dance (Disconet Mix) - Men Without Hats (The midget is cool.)
5) Cruel Summer (Rainy Day Reverb Mix) - Bananarama
6) Let Me Go (Razormaid Mix) - Heaven 17
7) Too Shy (Discotech Mix) - Kajagoogoo
8) Don't You (Forget About Me) (Disconet Mix) - Simple Minds (The Breakfast Club Rocks!!!)
9) Running Away (Extended Version) - The Colourfield (One of the most underrated bands of the 80s).
10) Mother's Talk (Beat Of The Drum Mix) - Tears for Fears
11) Beatbox (Extended Version) - The Art Of Noise
12) Promises Promises (Jellybean 12" Mix) - Naked Eyes (Love this tune!)
13) Thieves Like Us (New Order Mix) - New Order (A Classic Track from New Order)
14) Dance Hall Days (Extended Version) - Wang Chung

Have fun listening and don't forget to post some comments!! Thanks. :)

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Roni Size/Reprazent - Brown Paper Bag

Junglistic Histrionics

For most people, if they hear this type of music called "Jungle ", perhaps the first thing that would come to their minds would be some sort of tribal music or anything of that kind. However, for those who are into electronic music, Jungle is a monicker for Drum N' Bass music.

As quoted from an issue of URB magazine, jungle or drum n' bass could be described as the combination of sped-up hip-hop breaks, techno, house, reggae, and jazz. What I like about it is that it's the type that would never bore you as it could go from lightning speed beats/breaks to super slow trippy beats in a matter of seconds with the incorporation of some elements of jazz, hip-hop, ska and reggae. A nice example of this would be the music of Roni Size (who I think is one of the best Drum N Bass DJ/artists out there). His track called, "Brown Paper Bag", which I heard back in late 90s, made me to listen to this kind of music and the accompanying video, made it more interesting...

Also with the growing popularity of jungle/drum n' bass in the US and Europe, other sub-genres emerged like Jump-Up, Tech Step, Atmospheric Drum n' Bass, etc.

Too bad, the music that we listen to nowadays is very much limited because of too commercialized radio stations and music video channels. Very few people (especially here in the Philippines), I feel, are into this genre. Thanks to the internet, that those who want something different could listen to some jungle/drum n' bass tracks and not be stuck listening to mainstream music.

Also, because of this exposure, more and more Filipino artists/bands are embracing drum n' bass. Bands like Up Dharma Down, Drip, and other underground indie electronic artists are jumping into the bandwagon, which I think, is a good thing because there would be variety in what we listen to.

For my next upload, I won't be enumerating all the tracks, as there would be surprise tracks in the middle of the mix, and I don't want to be the one responsible for spoiling it. Just a rundown of the artists included would be Roni Size/Reprazent, Photek, Adam F, Aphrodite, Moloko, DJ Sage, Towa Tei, John Tejada, Prodigy, Dieselboy and more of my drum N' bass heroes.

Hope you enjoy this mix again like the first one, as much as I enjoyed doing it. Thanks for the comments and keep them coming!!

Here's the link...

Thursday, June 14, 2007


Hello mates!! This is my first post and would like to make a short intro regarding myself and what this blog would be about. For the upcoming posts, I will be sharing mixes that I have created using my trusty DJ MIDI mixer and software for all of you to enjoy. Feel free to download them anytime. Am into all types of genres as long as they are nice to listen to and the beats are cool.

Would also appreciate any comments regarding my mixes (good or bad).