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Paul Weller – Wild Wood (The Sheared Wood Remix by Portishead)

22 Mar

Here’s a great song by Paul Weller, remixed by Portishead. The added drums to the already great track makes this remix, for me that is, even better than the original. A somewhat sultry voice, drums and a bass to love are the ingredients for this fine fine relaxing recipe.

Everything But The Girl – Wrong (Deep Dish Remix)

15 Oct

Now Wrong is a genuine classic. Sometimes a track that has a long running time feels a bit boring, but I am so glad that this track runs over ten minutes. From the great vocals by Tracey Thorn (and Ben Watt) to the seemingly simple touches by Deep Dish, it is over ten minutes of greatness. The remix just has that extra touch which creates a great vibe, but credits definitely go to both Everything But The Girl and Deep Dish.

Fresh Vibes

23 Mar

Inspired by the amazing weather, I made a Spotify playlist full of feel good, summerish hiphop songs. 55 songs make three hours of listening, that’ll do right? With artists ranging Biggie to Coolio and from A Tribe to Black Star, they all share the same uplifting vibe. Expect horns, funky organs, double basses and positive rhymes.

Got Spotify? Check it

Goodmen – Give It Up

15 Mar

Remember this one? A true classic. Drums all over the place: Give It Up.

Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day

8 Mar

Talking about good days, I have to share this song by Ice Cube with you. A true classic, which makes me look forward to the summer. Also, this song remembers me the times years ago, when I first got into songs like these. Maybe I played too much GTA San Andreas at the time?

New Vinyls

19 Feb

Last week I bought a couple of new vinyls for to get back into that old school listening to music. Me and a friend went to Rotterdam, which is a great place to look for records and going through all the boxes full of vinyl. Especially the Nieuwe Binnenweg is the place to be, with stores as the Plaatboef and Demonfuzz Records. Plaatboef has a lot of records, cd and vinyl, ranging from new releases to a lot of second hand vinyl. Demonfuzz is the store for the real vinyl fans. It is a bit more expensive, but the quality of all the records is very good. Plus it has a lot of music that I like, a lot of jazz, soul, hip-hop and world music.

So these are the records that I bought:

Steely Dan – Greatest Hits. This is a band that I did not really know that well, but I heard some quite interesting stuff of them. Reason enough to check more of them. It is hard to say which genre this is, but I can best explain it as complex pop music with a lot of jazz influences. Listen: Reelin’ In The Years

A Tribe Called Quest – Low End Theory. One of the most inspiring and groundbreaking hip-hop records. Released in 1991, this was one of the records that showed hip-hop was not only about gangsters and ghettos. The Tribe rapped about everyday stuff, like love, their interest in rap music and the racism they had to go through in normal life. All this was done in a quite optimistic way with smooth, jazzy beats. Records like these show the wide variety of subgenres in hip-hop and are perfect for sunny summer days. Listen: Buggin’ Out 

Charlie Parker – Immortal Sessions: Volume 6 Bongo Bop. Of course, Charlie Parker is one of the most influential saxophone players ever. I didn’t have any records with his music, so here I go. Probably more to follow. Listen: Cool Blues

Eric Gale – Ginseng Woman. Eric Gale is a guitar player, who did most of his work as a session musician. I got to know him by a friend of mine who let me hear a band called Stuff (check this out). I didn’t know he released solo records, but Wikipedia tells me he has twelve solo records and many, many more albums as session guitarist. I really like this album, it has a very relaxing vibe to it. And it sounds like Gale is really doing his own thing, instead of playing on others’ records. Listen: East End, West End

Nigeria 70 Sweet Times. This record is a collection of ‘Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju from 1970’s Lagos’. I really like this Afro-Funk and Highlife stuff, because it shows a weird development in history. We all know that Afro-American soul and jazz music was highly influenced by original African music. What happened in the 1960’s and 70’s is that this music came back to Africa and had a big influence over there. The result are funky soulful grooves with typical African sounding vocals. Listen: Unity In Africa by Eji Oyewole.

Sergio Mendes & Brazil ’66. Of course we all know Sergio Mendes from the massive hit Mas Que Nada. But this guy has been active for a much longer time, since the 50’s! He was one of the first persons who played bossa nova, together with other legends as Antiono Carlos Jobim. This record is perfect for beautiful summer days. Listen: Upa, Neguinho

Da Hool – Meet Her At The Loveparade

8 Feb

Here’s another classic for you! Copies of Meet Her At The Loveparade have been sold for over six million times since it release, it has been included in many musical charts and it has been played by DJ’s globally. A true classic. Enjoy!

Elektrochemie LK – Schall

8 Feb

Elektrochemie LK is an alias of DJ Thomas Schumacher and Schall is a track that I will forever remember by its crazy drop. The bass on this drop is just sick. You can find what I am talking about at  01:35: “Und nun gehts es los!” (or something like that…).


Underworld – Dirty Epic

2 Feb

If we want to be a respectable music blog, we have to blog about Underworld. As one of the most well known and great electronic musicians they have released many great tracks since they began. This track, Dirty Epic, has been a favorite of mine from their album Dubnobasswithmyheadman. Many years ago I went into a record store and saw a table with CD’s on it and a sign saying ‘sale’. When I went there I saw two CD’s by Underworld who I already knew because of their legendary track Born Slippy (who doesn’t?). Since I didn’t knew any other tracks by them and since I liked the title of the album Dubnobasswithmyhead man, I bought those CD’s. And how glad am I that I bought those CD’s back then. Dubnobasswithmyheadman features a lot of great tracks, but this dark, deep track had something that always grabs me. With the typical Karl Hyde lyrics that hypnotize, make you fantasize and make you think what the hell he is talking about, the track has a pulsating bass that support those typical lyrics. Not the banging techno like some other tracks by Underworld, but still very upbeat and maybe a bit more accessible than other tracks. A great track!

Damon Wild & Tim Taylor – Bang The Acid

1 Feb

In Leiden there is a club concept called DITCH where DJ’s only play tracks on vinyl. The upcoming edition features Damon Wild and I must honestly confess that I did not knew the man before I read that he would spin this weekend. The reason could be that Damon Wild has been a DJ for quite some time. He has produced loads of acid and techno tracks and therefore has been very famous in the acid techno scene. One of his acid classics is the track Bang The Acid which he made with Tim Taylor. Furthermore, Damon Wild has become famous because of his techno label Synewave. After some YouTube research I stumbled upon Bang The Acid and I must say that it is a banging track. With its hi-hats, drums, bass, vocals and whatever, it creates a really crazy acid techno track.

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