Archive | January, 2012

Winter Has Arrived…

21 Jan

La Fleur

Winter has finally arrived…or so Mother Nature informed us today with quite a nice snowfall here in NYC. Many of us stayed inside for the day and had quiet Saturdays, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t an equal number of us shuffling in our fuzzy boots from the cabin fever.

As with most early snow days, it’s hard to find the motivation to move, much less actually go out. But that doesn’t mean the party’s over.

Sanna Engdahl, aka La Fleur, the Berlin-based Swedish DJ/producer has brought something to the table that will help keep us more than entertained. Her newest piece “Winter Cabin Mix,” profiles a new updates to her sleek sound. She opens the mix with funkier, R&B-laden sampling tracks and then works her way into the deeper house we all love in her sets. This mix fully embodies winter’s chill with its tone and pace, but it’s sure to warm a place in all of us, starting with the feet.

La Fleur has lots of new developments, so be sure to check out what she’s been up to as of late by following her on soundcloud, facebook, or twitter (Swedish). Also, be on the lookout for her new EP Petals on Fire (Lo:Rise) in February Also, for those of you in Germany, check her out at Panorama Bar in Berlin on the 27th!

La Fleur – Winter Cabin Mix

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– Retail DJ

 

I Love Mondays: French Fries

16 Jan

french fries : model realness

In the U.S., today is a holiday in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, I recognize that some you may have been forced to brave your 9-5 today and are in desperate need of some motivational music. Equally in need of some musical motivation are those of you are just now waking up after a long night of 3-day weekend partying, equipped with sore feet, a wicked hangover, and maybe the numbers of people you can’t seem to remember.

In other words, we all need a little aural assistance. Yet fret not, mes amis. Retail DJ is here to save the day . . . or at least make it sound a little better.

For today’s I Love Mondays mix, I’ve chosen a new mix from Paris-based DJ French Fries, whose recent feature for the XLR8R podcast is to die for. Though it alternates from slow to fast, interchanging deep beats for lighter house-y ones, one thing is certainly consistent throughout this mix: its awesomeness. He even includes some ballroom “Ha Dance” reworks by Kingdom and MikeQ and some house-y funk care of none other than DJ Sneak!  The mix, like most of French Fries sets, is dark and deep with just the right amount of fun hidden between the bass.  Have a listen:

French Fries – XLR8R podcast no. 255

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