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I <3 Mondays: Back Home

27 Aug

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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

Takin’ It Back

22 Jul

As you all may have noticed, I have a thing for 90s house. It takes me back to my early introductions to electronic music, reminds of the “old” New York (a la Party Girl and Deee-lite) I always wanted to live in, but never had a chance to see, and marks a historical moment in American fashion that is hard to rival. It was the golden era of electronic music (of many genres) and has been shown continuous praise all the way into the present – a good choice, in my opinion, on the part of contemporary DJs who dabble in it. There are some artists who reproduce the sound with new effects, modern mastering, and crisper beats, making the experience all the more sensational. There are others still who keep their sound raw, sampling the old gospel-y cries of your and muted basslines. No matter the option, the results are always flawless, nostalgic little pieces of a past I never saw, but live every day in my soul.

Thus, for this week’s “I Love Mondays” mix, I’ve include two recently released mixes that give the 90s the credit they’re due. While Kim Ann Foxman’s mix relies on the original tracks of yore, the Exploited compilation-style mix (from many of the label’s artists, serving as a promo for an upcoming party at Social Club in Paris) pays homage with new pieces that take us back via style and samples.

Kim Ann Foxman – DJ Mix for East & West 7.13.12

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Shir Khan’s Exploited Mix For Brain Magazine (France)

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– Retail DJ

I Love Mondays: Shir Fun

19 Mar

Shir Khan

In my neck of the woods, spring break is over and it’s time to go back to the grind, meaning that this Monday is going to call for some serious sounds to get me going and to keep me alert throughout the day. I’ve been trying to cut back on coffee and replace my caffeine intake with fruit, so you can imagine I am going to need quite the boost. Luckily, music has yet to fail me, and Berlin’s Shir Khan, the mastermind behind one of my favorite labels Exploited, is this Monday’s hero.

His newest mix comes in at a whopping 3 hours and 22 minutes, and opens solidly with Joyce Muniz’s brand new track “Messin’ With My Mind” (available exclusively at Beatport). It keeps going down the right track with music from all over the globe and an amazing array of samples. This mix is a ready-made dance fest and will be sure to get your blood pumping, turning your least favorite day of the week into your most loved.

Play it at work if you dare… just watch out for side-eye from your boss if you get caught dancing at your desk 🙂

Shir Khan – March 12 Mix

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– Retail DJ

Retail DJ May 2011 Podcast

9 May

Alright folks. The May podcast is ready for your listening pleasure! There is no real theme this time around except that the podcast is sprinkled with older electronic music tracks I remember listening to in high school and my early years in college. I played around with this podcast quite a bit. It originally had a far more mellow vibe, but I upped the pace a bit and decided to put in more dance-friendly tracks, most of which have an upbeat lounge feel though some are borderline oldschool rave friendly. As per usual, I am all stopped up and sick right now, so my voice sounds craptastic (sorry!).

I find that this mix would inspire me the most while getting ready to go out, but much like any other form of art, music is best left for interpretation. Listen to it whenever you feel best and don’t forget to dance a little as you go along.

Retail DJ May 2011 Podcast


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tracklist

Motorbass – Neptune

Homework – I’m Into This

Playgroup – Pressure

Phonat – Intimate Confessions

Motorbass – Ezio

Mysterious People – Fly Away (Jason Jinx’s Joystick Remix)

DJ Falcon – Honeymoon

Yellow Sox – Flim Flam (Smith & Selway Remix)

Switch – Just Bounce To This (Original Mix)

Eddie Amador – Rise (Deep Dish vs. Eddie Amador Mix)

Maya Jane Coles – What They Say

Munk – La Musica (Shir Khan Remix)

Chris Lattner – Sick

Ben Mono & Lars Moston – Can’t Stop (Original Mix)

Alcatraz – Giv Me Luv (Original Mix)

– Retail DJ

Retail DJ April 2011 Podcast!

8 Apr

 

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Over the past few months, as many of you may know, I’ve been doing quite a bit in terms of my personal life. Beyond the family and romance bit, there have been some changes in terms of work (I went in full-time on Retail DJ) and my academic career (I applied to grad school). The results were all positive, with the exception of the tough part that came at the end: deciding to whom I would say “yes.” After lots of careful thought, university visits, budgeting, planning, and nights spent with my eyes glued to mindmaps and pro/con lists on neon paper squares, I made the decision to stay in NYC for grad school.

However, during that process, particularly in the last month, I had been playing around on the mixer and using my mood to dictate what went into this podcast. I really wanted the songs to speak to each other – literally and figuratively – as they came together in the mix. Take, for example, the transition from a Sissy Knobby track to Mike Q’s “Ha Dub” rework. Considering Sissy Knobby’s transgressive performance of gender as a part of the now well-documented “sissy bounce” movement in New Orleans and DJ Mike Q’s presence within the NYC and NJ gay ballroom scene, there is no doubt that the two pieces fit, both thematically and musically. Then there’s “What I Need” by Curses! speaking directly to Hot Chip’s chanting on Jesse Rose’s “Forget My Name.” I let the songs talk to each other in a sense. It’s something that I truly enjoy when putting together these podcasts. Though a stressful and time-consuming process, I find that I learn a lot about the way music works and the power of even the simplest beats and lyrics.

Just a production note: this podcast was put together using my Vestax mixer with Serato and Itch, with final editing (i.e. voiceovers) done in Garage Band on my MacBook Pro.

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tracklist

sebastiAn – embody
kraak & smaak – thinking back
ttc – telephone
djuma soundsystem – junkies vs. rain (djuma bootleg)
kraak & smaak – plastic people
tony senghore – if you came here (shir khan remix)
jesse rose (feat hot chip) – forget my name
curses! – what i need
ka§par – so right
sissy knobby – lay me down (renaissance man remix)
dj mike q – the ha dub rewerk’d
savage skulls (feat tony senghore and sprinkle juice) – watching you (dub version)
mstrkrft – paris
savage skulls – caravan (jacques greene remix)
voices of life (feat sharon pass) – word is love (mercury edit)
database – your heart
todd edwards – come around
makam – you might lose it (kerri chandler kaoz 623 remix)
homework – hudson square

 

– Retail DJ

I Love Mondays: Extended

21 Mar

Normally, the mix I put up for I ❤ Mondays is around an hour or less, just enough to give you that extra boost of energy when you need it the most. This time around, however, I wanted to take it into overdrive. Afterall, it’s Monday, and sometimes one boost is not enough.

I have a tendency to wake up late on Mondays, even if I have nothing to do. It’s as if my body says, “No, Retail DJ, recover from the weekend first, THEN worry about getting out of bed.” A chronic oversleeper on the first day of the week, I can’t help but listen to what my biological clock says. My body needs a break, so I succumb to all the peer pressuring of sore limbs, heavy eyelids, and the hangover-like brain pulsing of a serious caffeine addiction. But when I do finally rise, late or not, I need music to reboot. Occasionally, on some days (very much like today), I wake up much earlier than intended. For the first time in forever, I went to bed before 4 am (12 am, actually!), which meant that my body was shocked and awed to the point of waking me up at 5:30 and not letting me return to my slumber.

I just interpreted it as a sign to extend today’s I ❤ Mondays mix. Yes, today’s feature is for those of you who have to wake up at the crack of dawn to commute from  another state to get into NYC or who have to take a ferry to your destination or who have to cross interstates and paths with roadkill to approach your office. This is for those of you who wake up early on Monday just to get a head start and outsmart your Monday morning misery. This is for those of you who’d rather pretend Monday morning was Saturday night, and you dance as you put on your clothes.

Shir Khan – Data Transmission Podcast 150

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tracklist (below) after the jump

The music this time around comes from Shir Khan, care of my favorite Brits over at Data Transmission, whose podcast, as I have mentioned many a time before, might be the best thing since sliced bread. Shir Khan, whose is the mastermind behind Exploited Records, is an excellent DJ, and this seriously funky mix is not to be missed. The podcast very much mirrors what goes on over at Exploited: classic samples are employed, breakbeats somehow find their match in deep house, and Latin percussion loops have a happy marriage with disco vibes. The 2+ hours of music is incredibly well-mixed, has an amazing tracklist, and serves as a seamless presentation of music at its finest.

Let this mix guide you as you start your work day (or for my friends across the pond, practically end it). You won’t be disappointed.

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