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Get Dressed To This: Shower Scene

12 Feb

Your skin's screaming for some TLC!

We often play music when we get ready, but shower time usually gets neglected or left to the torture of our own voices across the plastic curtain. Yeah, singing in the shower is fine, but every now and then, you need an actual track. Whereas most are known for putting their vocal cords to the test under the nozzle, I give my feet some work by dancing in the shower instead. So when Homework came out with a 15 minute mix for Data Transmission, I knew I had found my soundtrack.

The mix features some old favorites along with some new stuff and a slightly more soulful sound. Oh and did I mention it’s great to dance to?

But beyond dancing, I wanted to actually provide you with some product suggestions for curing winter dryness without wasting time as all these products can be used in the shower! Anyway, lather up and Get [showered] Dressed To This:

The Music:

Homework – Minimix for Data Transmisson


(click to play; click the small arrow on the right to download)

tracklist (below) after the jump

The Goods:

1. Whipped Pudding by Oyin: smells like chocolate and can be used as body butter or deep conditioner for people with super dry skin/hair

2. Ultra Hydrating Shampoo and Conditioner by Ojon: reduces frizz, gives hair a glossy finish, and leaves a rich, buttery scent

3. Brown Sugar Body Polish by Fresh: this citrus-y delight is super refreshing and helps buff away flaky, dead, dry skin in just one use

4. Face Butter by Carol’s Daughter: while it sounds like a facial skin nightmare, this moisture-rich, non-greasy treatment helps keep your face radiant in the cold

5. Advanced Care Moisturizing Cream by Aveeno: a leader in dry skin care, Aveeno’s moisturizing cream is excellent for dry, cracked skin (try sleeping with it on covered hands and feet at night to wake up with super soft results)

6. Egyptian Fennel with Grapefruit & Sweet Orange Lipcare by Pangea Organics: keeps your lips moisturized and soft without a greasy mess

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Funk on a Friday: It’s All About Love

4 Feb

There is one song that, as the lyrics say, I just can’t get off my mind. It’s Eli Escobar’s “Love Thing Part 2” as remixed by DJ Mehdi. I hear it almost every time I go out, and EZRAKH even played it at WERK! (Retail DJ 1-Year Anniversary Party), but it never gets old. Check out the original:

 

and also check this re-edit/mashup WooHoo did with Soul Clap and Gadi Mizrahi’s remix of Bad Rabbits “Bad Love”

– Retail DJ

Funk on a Friday: The Pop of the Underground

8 Oct

Death on the Balcony

I watch top 40 music videos online every now and then to have some connection with what’s going on above ground. What are the kids listening to at sea level these days, and why? What motivates their tastes, in both fashion and music, and what holds their attention for longer than 30 seconds? My connection to the world of pop is limited considering I don’t have a television, nor a radio, but my exposure to it is constant thanks to the internet. After listening or viewing, however, I am not all too convinced that I should stay connected beyond my small brush with it for the sake of avoiding becoming some sort of musical hermit.

What DOES interest me, however, is the pop of the underground. After months, even years, sometimes, a few songs continue to stick around and are frequently played by DJs in their mixes or live sets in order to reach the crowd that still needs to hear something a tiny bit familiar in order to go in deep. What is it about these songs that keep them around for so long? It’s clearly not laziness on the part of the DJ as he or she will add in songs that are less well-known in addition to the “pop of the underground” stuff. It could be simply to keep us on our toes, following the line of thinking that maybe one familiar song (at least to people who actively listen to the music of the underground) will pull us deeper into this woven web of tracks we’ve never heard.

That’s exactly what the guys from Death on the Balcony from Leeds did for the latest Adventures with Soul Clap podcast. While released on 9/22, I just got around to listening to it (oddly, it’s impossible to listen to over 24 hours of music in one day…odd, right?) and fell in love right away. It’s just the right amount of soul, disco, house, new wave, and funk to soothe the ears and get you ready for a night out or help you get through your day in (work, of course). For those of you who follow this blog (or others where this type of music is a regular feature), some of the tracks may be familiar, and others may be brand new. Enjoy them all, and Happy Friday!

A little from Soul Clap on DOTB:

 In many ways D.O.T.B. are also our brothers from other mothers as they hold down pop nights in Leeds and basically play as wide range of music as they need to survive as DJs in a small town (just like we did for so long). Now, it seems like they’re making like The Clap and outgrowing their small town roots by making some serious waves with their original productions for their Magicbag label, some awesome remixes and even a forthcoming release on Airdrop.

Death on the Balcony – Adventures with Soul Clap Episode no. 77

(click to play; right click + save target as to download)

– Retail DJ

Retail DJ February Podcast

5 Jul

Linked to the Retail DJ February Tracklist: a Tale of Two Hearts, this podcast weaves a story of both heartbreak and love. As per usual, it’s a mix of genres (soul, funk carioca, disco, garage, techno, house, hip hop, alt rock . . . ), and at an hour and a half long, gives you enough tunes to get dressed to, party to, or listen to during your commute. Enjoy:

Retail DJ February Podcast

Retail DJ February Podcast by RetailDJ

(click to play; click the small arrow on the right to download)

Tracklist:

J*Davey – Dirty Love
Bill Withers – Who Is He (Henrik Schwarz Edit)
Rubix – Baiser Sur La Disco
NSR – Better With You
Soul Clap – Kissing Game
Ralphi Rosario & Xavia Gold – You Used To Hold Me (Kenny “Jammin”Jason Mix, Mercury Edit)
Munk – Boy & Girl
Jesse Rose – Morning Would
Le Le – Breakfast
La Roux – Colourless Colour
Gaiola Das Popozudas – Solteira
Erik Hassle – Hurtful (Penguin Prison Remix)
O’Spada – Ten Strikes (Krazy Fiesta Version)
Simon & Bolivar – And I Know
Bob Sinclar – Do It
Coco Suma – Innerlude
Wiley feat. Emeli Sandé – NBYW (Solo (UK) “Loves Garage” Remix)
J Dilla – Circus (Cover by Brabe)
Metronomy – Heartbreaker
Florence And The Machine – You Got The Love (The XX Remix)

– Retail DJ

“We Live in Brooklyn, Baby” Made My Night

21 May

The Marcy Hotel (by day)

Last night, I had the fortunate opportunity (read: free time and money, both of which are few and far between these days) to check out my first Wolf + Lamb party “We Live in Brooklyn, Baby” at the Marcy Hotel. Though Wolf + Lamb have been around for many years, I didn’t realize that they had an official party until recently. Let’s just say I am thrilled I could go.

 Though the dance space is ironically smaller than the bar space (something I lamented considering it’s a dance party!), the overall vibe was really positive. As per always, there were pretentious scenesters and sets of people who thought “bump and grind” had something to do with coke intake instead of dancing, but for the most part, I have to give the party itself and even the crowd a stellar review.

The DJs who showed off their talents last night did an incredible job making sure that there was never a dull moment. With sounds from Soul Clap, Runaway (the collaborative project between DJs Marcos Cabral and Jacques Renault), Justin Miller, and Greg Paulus, the dancefloor was the source of non-stop energy and a communion of dance and house sounds. This is a party I’d certainly drop in on again, and I am keeping my fingers crossed that they keep it going through the summer so I don’t go through withdrawal.

For more info on Wolf + Lamb, check out their facebook  or resident advisor page.

Tonight: Wolf + Lamb Party @ the Marcy Hotel

20 May

It gets no better than this, folks

Soooo my apologies for not having listed this in the events post, but here’s the rub: Wolf + Lamb, the amazing promotion group, label, partythrowing, podcasting DJ duo is putting on a par-tay tonight at the Marcy Hotel featuring acts like Justin Miller, Soul Clap, Greg Paulus, and Runaway, AKA errrrbody I love. If you are in BK tonight and want to do some serious getting down, look no further than this party:

We live in Brooklyn, baby.

hosted by Wolf + Lamb

performing: Wolf + Lamb, Soul Clap, Greg Paulus, and Runaway

9-Midnight $15/$10 wkeycard
Midnight-4am $25/$15

The Marcy Hotel – 108 Marcy Avenue, Brooklyn

– Retail DJ

Mix On Tap: Funkalicious

7 May

Wow. That was my first thought in the first five minutes of the latest Adventures of Soul Clap, in which they feature new DJ on the scene, 23 year Parisian FunKaLicious James. With an amazing set of funk, house, jazz, soul, and more, FunKaLicious James will help you get your weekend started right. Enjoy this deliciously diverse podcast with an equally yummy drink care of Byblos Restaurant and Bar (which happens to have some pretty soulful music on their site!) in Philadelphia, PA. 

the music:

Adventures of Soul Clap Episode 71: FunKaLicious Gunna Funk You Up

(follow the link to play / download)

check out more mixes by FunKaLicious James on his blog here

the drink:

Absolut Relief

ingredients: 2 parts Absolut Mandarin, 1 part fresh-squeezed blood orange juice, 1 part cranberry juice, 1 part raspberry liqueur

add ice. shake. pour. instant relief

– Retail DJ

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