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Oldies But Goodies: IAM

22 Feb

In my later years of high school and my earlier years of college, beyond loving electronic music, I was also very big on French rap – so much so, in fact, that I would spend some nights up late for hours burning CDs (as itunes did not yet exist and there was nowhere I could find the tracks themselves beyond the internet). Beyond the well-known MC Solaar, who virtually became a household name in the States, I really liked the work group IAM had done. In order to show my love, even if retrospectively, for this week’s Oldies But Goodies, I am focusing on the rap group IAM, whose diverse musical choices made me like them so much in the first place. Their music goes from typical rap beats, to amazing old school samples, house, and even classical.

Anyway, enough from me. Have a little bit of IAM for yourself (allow a few minutes for the videos to load):

Nés Sous La Même Etoile

L’empire du côté obscur

Independenza

Bad Boys de Marseille

Le Dans le Mia

– Retail DJ

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Oldies But Goodies: Short-Term Memory

11 Feb

Yuksek (l) and Brodinski (r)

In the mid-2000s, I was heavily into harder French electronica/pop remixes by the folks in the Ed Banger crew (and their associates). They were the precursors to what I now refer to as Bro-tronica, but back then, the sound was a bit more minimal and melodic – you could do more than thrash to it. I could actually DANCE to this stuff (and had several fortunate opportunities to see these guys live back in their earlier years). The purveyors of the goods included the likes of Yuksek, Brodinski and SebastiAn, all of whom I profile here today with their great remixes.

First up, SebastiAn’s remix of Revl9n’s “Walking Machine

Next, Brodinski’s remix of The Klaxon’s “It’s Not Over Yet

And last, but certainly not least, Yuksek’s remix of Das Pop’s “Fool for Love

Reproduzir direto do artista Das Pop (4:31)

(click to play)

– Retail DJ

Musical Memory

3 Jan

After leaving a club tightly packed with sweaty people and before walking a street with only one, whose main mission was to harass me until I said “hi,” I was on the train. With my black hood covering my eyes, my gold hoop earrings and my mouth the only visible reminders that my face was there below the fabric, I had a moment. I was alone, just my music and me, and had time to think about what laid the foundation for my love of music.

A few nights ago, a good friend asked when was it that I had discovered my love of music and dancing, and I responded “infancy.” My first experience with music took place when I was only a few months old, crawling instead of walking my way to the stereo and turning the volume up full blast. Suspended by my own surprise, I screamed and cried, but couldn’t move. Something about the music held me there, alarmed yet frozen, until my mother came to my rescue. The rest was history really, with music being a constant figure in my childhood and for the rest of my life.

Tonight, on the train, as I searched for music by Homework the group, I came across Homework the album, Daft Punk’s first full LP and my first house music purchase. There were cds that came before, of course, such as Moby’s “I Like to Score,” The Prodigy’s “Music for a Jilted Generation,” and Fatboy Slim’s “Better Living Through Chemistry” that influenced my taste, but I can easily say that Daft Punk’s “Homework” changed my life.

I urge you, in this new year, to think back on your musical memories. What made your musical taste what it is today? What was a pivotal moment or period for you as you began to develop your own musical aesthetic?

– Retail DJ

Oldies But Goodies: Roots Manuva

13 Oct

Roots Manuva

I love Roots Manuva. I’ve been listening to him since I was a teenager, and have always appreciated his enlightened, alternative, and unique take on music, particularly that which weaves his Jamaican heritage through his South London upbringing in a smooth mix of dancehall and electronica.

Lately, I’ve been craving some Roots Manuva, having recently misplaced one of his CDs (2005’s Awfully Deep, which in my opinion is some of his most solid work to date), and it came to me by surprise in Poirier’s recent mix for the XLR8R podcast (listen here) in a sample from his famous 2001 track “Witness (1 Hope),” which was a pivotal track for putting Rodney Smith on the map. It also helps the video is truly one of the feel-good types 🙂 Enjoy:

– Retail DJ

Vacation!

1 Jul

It’s 4th of July weekend, which means I am going to be on vacation (aka doing 109684082 things for the website). The posts will be few in number, but high in quality 🙂

Enjoy this old school video and have a happy weekend and Independence Day (if you live in the States)!

– Retail DJ

Oldies But Goodies: Feeling Good

15 Jun

There are some songs from the 80s that make me feel good no matter what is going on. My entire apartment could go up in flames, and I could turn on one of these songs and feel better, at least for 3 – 4  minutes

One of them came from an awesome co-worker when I was having a down day, and the others are youtube finds that sparked my mood right away. Maybe they make your Tuesday a little brighter.

1. The Jets – Crush on You

2. Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait (Thanks, Fly!)

3. Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me

4. Five Star – Let Me Be the One

– Retail DJ

Oldies But Goodies: I Love My Job

12 May

I remember when I heard the original version of TTC’s “Travailler.” At that time, I was heavily into a lot of the buzzy, down-tempo style electronic music coming out of France and it hit the spot perfectly. French DJ Orgasmic remixed it, of course, but it kept a lot of its charm. This song isn’t TOO old, but in the world of electronica, where a new track is probably released, posted, blogged about, and downloaded every second then rendered obsolete, so last year, and overplayed in a matter of minutes, this track might as well be ancient.

Nevertheless, I still love it, and thought I’d post it on this very special day (ahem, hump day, that is…every 9-5ers precursor to the weekly Christmas Eve that is Thursday). Enjoy:

(btw, in case you missed it, travailler = to work in French, and travaille = job)

original mix by Tacteel (this one, sadly, is hard to find these days)

remix by DJ Orgasmic

– Retail DJ

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