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I <3 Mondays: Laboring

4 Sep

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to go back to sleep!

It’s the day after Labor Day, which usually means at least one of three things: 1) you will believe it’s Monday and your brain will betray you by convincing of this fact and allowing you to write “September 3rd” on all dated documents when it is in fact September 4th, 2) you will not want to be at work, 3) you will want to jump in a time machine and go back to Sunday night, right before Labor Day, because you know it means you’ll have the day off tomorrow.

Unfortunately, the latter of the three is not possible and the former two are incredibly likely. The good thing is that music can always help ease you back into a “Monday” after a 3-day weekend. Welcome to Tuesday. Try to enjoy it by adding this house mix by Belo Horizonte-based DJ Gustavo Peluzo. His mixes always help me when I need them to, hopefully it will do the same for you and your post-holiday (lack of) spirit:

Gustavo Peluzo – This Is a Track Vol. 08

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– Retail DJ


I <3 Mondays: Back Home

27 Aug


Aaaaand I’m back! I arrived a week ago and have spent the past few days getting good spicy food into my system (gotta say, the Southeastern part of Brazil is lacking a little bit in the spice department), cleaning, and attempting to reorganize my life. Some moments of this process have been awkward, like when I attempted to order ice cream in Portuguese while on 6th avenue and 14th street. I suppose the heat had fried a few of my brain cells. Luckily the strange stares from my anglophone fellow customers whacked everything back into order. 

But of all the things I missed about NYC or craved in the middle of the night or dreamed about, music was on the top of my list. Music in Sao Paulo clubs is fantastic, so it wasn’t for a lack of live options. But with my computers failing me at every turn, slow internet connection, and limited time to download as I pleased, my music got cut short. I was separated from my greatest love, sometimes even by day (as some libraries where I was conducting research didn’t allow mp3 players or headphones). Now that I’m back, I’ve been reunited. 

So with this grand rekindling of the musical fires that launch every moment of inspiration in my life, I’ve decided to share the love that emerges from the embers. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you Shir Khan’s latest mix to make your Monday a little more pleasant. 

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This three-hour August mix comes courtesy of one of my favorite DJs/producers and surely will not disappoint. It’s a mix of tens of genres and a whole lot of style. So stream away, and may you have a very happy Monday.


– Retail DJ

I Love Mondays: Mute

9 Jul

Lazaro Casanova

I am on my way to Rio’s Biblioteca Nacional soon for a long day of conducting thesis research, stuff you all don’t care about 🙂 While I am true nerd and love history and the like, the fact that I have to work there sans music is truly torturous. Music helps me concentrate. Music helps my brain stay awake. Music inspires me. Without music, I am metaphorically braindead. The elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top, if you get me.

So what I’ve been doing lately is listening to a great mix before I go to bed and as I walk to the library in hopes of getting it stuck in my head for the duration of the day. Luckily, it usually works. At the end of last week, I had chosen some old mixes by Miami-based DJ Lazaro Casanova, and today he’s up to bat again. Though this mix isn’t exactly “new,” at least not in terms of the electronic music world, it is definitely worth a listen. It opens with a sick remix of Azari & III’s “Reckless With You Love,” a song I never tire of. It continues with a mix of classic hard house tracks remixed to a disco-infused smoothness. It’s a mix that’s perfect for a Monday because it gives you just a touch of energy, but not too much. It’s Monday, afterall. And sometimes, you’ve gotta take the mellow route.

Lazaro Casanova – Live @ 20 Years of Murk – Electric Pickle – 2.19.2012

– Retail DJ

I <3 Mondays: Escape from New York

20 Feb

my brazilian alter-ego has way more fun...

Things in New York right now are…odd, to say the least. The weather is a bit bonkers, fluctuating from 20 to 50 degrees in a matter of days. My school work has buried under paperwork so much that I’m starting to get lightheated from inhaling so many layers of printer ink fumes. Fashion is just a hot mess, despite our hosting Fashion Week in the past days. All in all, things seem a bit off, and included in this prognosis are my feelings about the bar/club scene s of late. Something seems missing.

Part of it’s the music. Part of it’s the crowd. The venues are getting smaller and smaller. People text more than they dance.

Something’s a bit wrong. In these moments, I wish I could just escape from New York and go back to Brazil. I might have had a chance had I booked a quick flight for this President’s Day long weekend, but with Carnaval raging down in the B, flights prices are atrocious and I am not teleporting Carmen San Diego.

That said, what better way to escape than through music? Considering my pals on the other side of the equator are getting their serious freak on at loads of parties from the street to the club, I figured I’d live vicariously through their musical trips.

These old and new mixes come to us by way of the fabulous Brazilian music site deepbeep, which recognizes truly gifted DJs and producers from around the world, with a focus on the home grown of course!

The first mix, which takes us from funk carioca to soul to blues to house to samba and back again is by Lucas Santtana. For those of you who read Portuguese (or know how to use google translate), check out his bio here.

Follow the link to stream:Lucas Santtana

The second is by NYC favorite Kassiano, purveyor of all things (Brazilian) funk. For those of you want to grind and shake out your Monday, this is a winner. It’s a medley of a lot of the funk hits that came out in 2011, so it’s great for those of you with short attention spans:

Follow the link to stream: MDWWR Podcast #72: Kassiano

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Last but not least is a man who managed to actually escape NYC, Brian Thomas, aka Butter. He’s been based out of the B since January, and has laid down some serious sonic reflections since he landed. His latest mix displays the musical dynamism we love him for:

Follow the link to stream: Butter

– 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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