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
Bad Boys de Marseille
Le Dans le Mia
– Retail DJ
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)
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– Retail DJ
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
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:
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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
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
One of the things that I have realized about a lot of people these days is that they are generally musically lazy. Most people listen to what they hear when they go out or on the radio, but don’t really do their homework. The same can be said of fashion, actually, with most folks wearing whatever the magazines say is cool without looking for new designers and putting together unique outfits. The problem could be a result of media overload, the aftermath of our being so frequently exposed to new things (be they music or fashion or anything, to be honest) by way of the infinite sources of communication and news proliferation. People sometimes become so overwhelmed that they just throw in the towel. There is no possible way they can keep up, so they just surrender altogether.
Yet on the flip side, there are still people out there who dig around on a frequent basis to expand their knowledge, music being one of those pursuits. Being one of those people means I am often exhausted, every club outing becomes an aural game of Jeopardy (oh, this is that sample from X or this is a remix of Y), I run through portable hard drives like rolls of toilet paper, and my iPod, though it’s huge, is always too full. Ultimately, I find myself in a place of constant downloading, listening, reviewing, and recommending of music, but it’s a happy place, and one that gives me the opportunity to recognize when others out there are doing the same.
One such example is Quinten 909, a Dutch DJ who has put together a great mix for the blog Too Many Sebastians that combines his tracks with a ton of old school French house and nuevo disco tracks. This mix is fun and light, but also perfect for someone who is as music-obsessed as I, being that it travels so deeply into an old sound that may not be familiar to all. So be a little lazy for once, and just listen with an empty head. Let your ears do all the work for you.
Quinten 909 – Mix for Too Many Sebastians
TooManySebastians Mix /0510 by Quinten909
tracklist after the jump