Backtrax: Jump Prep Mix – Spring/Summer 2011

After a mini hiatus due to the introduction of Muzak Musings, introducing the Biorhythm mix for this time two years ago: Biorhythm Mix (Jump Prep Mix)!

Name Game: I was rewatching Babylon 5 for the first time since I was a kid, and at the same time getting ready to move out of my parents’ house after a crash landing back home after college. In this case, the “jump” is the move, rather than opening a jump point into hyperspace.

Temporality: Morning/afternoon. This was another in a series of transit mixes. Hell, they’re mostly all transit mixes, but specifically this was when I was working the early shift driving up to Mayfield Heights. The last third or so of the list is an evening commute, but all of them, save for “Beautiful World” would be good for a morning or late afternoon drive.

Notable Tracks:

Soulstice – “Alright (3PM Mix)”

Andy Caldwell is a pimp. Let’s put that out there right now. I’ve been with Soulstice now since 2005 or 2006, and their sophomore offering is good, though it’s not as electronic as I had hoped. This track more or less spot on titled, though I think it’s more of a 10AM rather than a 3, but then again, I’ve never listened to it at 3PM. Gina René scores again with her vocals, which put just the right splash of soul into the track

Skream – “Where You Should Be”

Dubstep is all the rage right now, but the vast majority of it is just terrible, near atonal noise only fit for insane benders of hard drugs. Skream’s offering here however, is Skrillex on mellow drugs, with good manners, and a college degree. It’s high class dubstep. Late night cruising, or just cruising in general, at its grimy best. It keeps me awake…

Little Yellow Dance Machine – “Empty Spaces”

Medina – “You and I (Deadmau5 Remix)”

I like my trance either loud and melodic like someone slipped me a hit of E, or slowed down, vocal and contemplative. These two tracks are examples of the latter. The vocals are rich, sung by singers who know what they are doing. The tracks themselves are hypnotic without running into the trap of being repetitive (at least at first. The first twenty or so playthroughs are butter)

Shontelle – “Say Hello to Goodbye (Lenny B. Club Mix)”

Generally speaking, I don’t do breakup/cheating/revenge pop songs, mainly because they’re almost always slow and boring, ending with a resolution to do something everyone knows will so totally happen. Shontelle definitely does the same thing, but Lenny B put such a great track behind this song, that the words totally don’t matter.

Tracklist:

  1. Hindi Zahra – “Imik Si Mik”
  2. Sjonni’s Friends – “Coming Home”
  3. Patrice – “Nobody Else’s”
  4. Vampire Weekend – “White Sky (Cecile Remix)”
  5. Office Gossip – “Street Talk”
  6. Bonobo – “Kiara”
  7. Soulstice – “Alright (3PM Mix)”
  8. Soulstice – “Soul On Fire (Tribute to the Angel Mix)”
  9. The Mothership Orchestra – “London Breeze (Navigatorz Mix)
  10. Digitalism – “2 Hearts”
  11. Skream – “Where You Should Be”
  12. Ben Westbeech – “Falling (Original Extended Mix)”
  13. Richard Earnshaw feat. Oby – “Never Gonna Let You Down”
  14. Hanna Hais – “Parfum Chic (Matty’s II Deep Dub Mix)”
  15. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – “Off and On”
  16. Sylvia Tosun – “World Keeps Turning (Sted-E & Hybrid Heights Dub Mix)”
  17. Shontelle – “Say Hello to Goodbye (Lenny B. Club Mix)”
  18. Arias and Arno Cost feat Michael Feiner – “The Days to Come”
  19. UVUK – “Forever”
  20. Ad Brown feat Mango and Kerry Leva – “Tonight”
  21. Moonpax – “Ice Coffee”
  22. Mike Saint-Jules pres. Saint X feat Sandel – “Summerlives”
  23. Tiesto & Mark Knight feat. Dino – “Beautiful World (Original Club Mix)
  24. Sophie Ellis-Bextor – “Starlight”
  25. Little Yellow Dance Machine – “Empty Spaces”
  26. Medina – “You and I (Deadmau5 Remix)”
  27. Mark Romboy & Stephan Bodzin – “Atlas (Gui Boratto Remix)”
  28. Depeche Mode – “Personal Jesus (Alex Metric Remix)”
  29. Lena – “Taken By a Stranger”

Happy Listening!

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Muzak Musings 5-28-13

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After a long Memorial Day weekend, Muzak Musings is back. I’m just going to go ahead and say to expect these to be about this long going forward since my workload is picking up as I cross from training to the real deal. Enjoys the yummy taste of 80s new wave

Scandal – “Goodbye to You”

Tommy Tutone – “867-5309/Jenny”

Phil Collins – “Can’t Hurry Love”

Michael Jackson – “Beat It”

Stray Cats – “Stray Cat Strut”

Electric Light Orchestra -“Don’t Bring me Down”

Phil Collins – “Hold On to My Heart”

The B52’s – “Love Shack”

Adam Ant – “Goody Two Shoes”

Cyndi Lauper  – “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”

Huey Lewis and the News – “Power of Love”

Four Tops – “Something About You”

OMD – “If You Leave”

Kenny Loggins – “Heat Is On”

Steve Winwood – “Valerie”

The Go-Gos – “Our Lips Are Sealed”

New Order – “Bizarre Love Triangle”

Lionel Ritchie – “All Night Long”

Diana Ross – “Upside Down”

Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It”

Marshall Crenshaw – “Someday, Someway”

New Order – “True Faith”

Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”

The Romantics – “What I like About You”

The Bangles – “Manic Monday”

a-ha – “Take On Me”

Crowded House – “Don’t Dream It’s Over”

 

Alas it is over…until tomorrow anyway…

Rant: Sampling and Swedish House

I just want to rant about two things: Blatant song stealing and over sampling and the gray area between leading to (in my opinion) the cheapening of house music. Sampling has been a tried and true method of creating music. Straight up covering songs has been too. With proper recognition it’s fine, but there’s a cardinal rule that always has to be followed: If you cover or sample a song, you must at least do justice to the original. A few (very brief) examples of people who have done it right in the modern pop world:

The Fugees (covering Roberta Flack)

Puff Daddy (sampling The Police)

Will Smith (sampling Kool & The Gang, while acknowledging the same IN SONG) And yes, I realize that this man arguably hasn’t come up with an original song since (to my knowledge) “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. All of his hits have sampled 70s and 80s soul hits

Modern house (I think we’re calling it Swedish House now, after the debacle of French house mercifully has passed us) has basically sold out to the radio, something I wish had happened fifteen years ago when the shit was good, and now everyone and their mothers apparently can’t put anything “original” on the decks anymore. If blatant song stealing and not doing justice to it were a crime, Pitbull should be sentenced to death and fucking executed right fucking now. I don’t give a damn if I get hit for not liking the in thing right now, the fact remains that Pitbull has shamelessley stolen tracks from other artists and abused them. Prime example: rapping on top of Nicola Fasano’s “75 Brazil Street” to make “Calle Ocho”. As in took the entirety of the track, touched NOTHING, and just rapped over the top of it. A YEAR AFTER IT DROPPED. Keep in mind the fact that Fasano and Rich sampled Bucketheads’ “The Bomb! (These Sounds Keep Falling Into My Mind)” After making a crapload of money on that joint, he has progressed to taking the most notable hooks from older songs and just bro-ing them out (his new joint with Christina Aguilera where they just run roughshod over a-ha. A-HA!)

I could have maybe let it go at that, as a moderately talented (I give the benefit of the doubt) rapper at best, hype boy at worst, but unfortunately, he’s not the only offender in the game. I have a musical fatwa out T.I. This comes from the genre of music who dissed and hated on techno music from the start (reference Eminem vs. Moby), never mind the fact that they were essentially both created by the same mainstream band (Blondie. You don’t believe me, look it the hell up. First band to hardcore use synths, first band to rap (“Rapture”), thanks Debbie Harry!) First, T.I. takes the organ riff from Crystal Waters’ “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” and drops a slow as hell version into “Why You Wanna”, which is a mediocre track. Now if he had left it there, I could have forgiven him. But then he had to commit the ultimate. SOB put a beat on the goddamn Numa Numa son! I’m sorry, what? Yeah he did. You don’t believe me? It’s called “Live Your Life” Yeah, that track with Rhianna (which makes her guilty as an accessory after the fact). For doing that, you can stand down, turn in your fakeass hard card, and give the guard your testicale on the way out. You don’t get to cop one of the most ridiculous, memified songs on the web and claim you’re hard. To say nothing of the fact that the Numa Numasong (Dragostea Din Tei, if we’re gonna be technical) SHOULD NEVER EVER BE MADE GANGSTA, HARD OR HOOD!

Okay, breathe…

Breathe…

Woosah!

The second component to his rant is something that’s just more a question of “Really?” Other than the fact that she’s dead (and may she rest in peace), is there a reason everyone and their mothers is scrambling to cover/sample Whitney Houston? Specifically, in the span of 24 hours, I’ve heard two likely to be summer anthems of 2013 that sample “I Wanna Dance with Somebody”. Now, that’s probably my favorite track from Whitney, it’s also the earliest I remember (and it took effort because I was five when it dropped), and it’s certainly the most 80s as hell track from her too, but damn, really? Cube Guys straight covered it with Barbara Tucker on vocals, which is a good call, and they more or less did justice to it, even though I hate the sound of this radio friendly house stuff (thank you David Guetta and thanks again Pitbull, you bastard). Lumidee feat. Fatman Scoop just took the main hook and dropped it in in two places, but otherwise rapped on their own beat. Not sure if they did it justice, but they just took a quick hit, rather than heavily lean on it

Am I over exaggerating? Probably. It’s very like a case of I’m-getting-old-itis. But even still, if you don’t have any respect for yourself in the music biz, at least respect the work you’re gonna shameless use to make (likely) more money than the originals, and for God’s sake, give them a credit on the track.

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Muzak Musings 5-24-13

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It looks like there was another channel change. I also have found the source of our music, and it is in fact actually Muzak, or whatever it is they’re calling themselves now. I also found out that a standard mp3 player can be hooked up to pipe in music of our choosing into the building, so I’m totally hoping we can spring for that option, but I’m not hopeful it’ll fly. Another work shortened list, also I didn’t know half of these songs and I could Shazam them at will either.

Pseudo Echo – “Funkytown”

Modern English – “Melt With You”

Bananarama – “I Heard a Rumour”

Billy Joel – “Tell Her About It”

Evelyn Champagne King – “Love Come Down”

Phil Collins – “Higher Love”

The Jam – “Town Called Malice”

“What I Like About You”

Lionel Ritchie – “All Night Long”

Scandal – “Goodbye to You”

Fine Young Cannibals – “She Drives Me Crazy”

Blondie – “Atomic”

Soft Cell – “Tainted Love”

Warrant – “Urgent”

Orchestral Maneuvers In the Dark – “If You Leave”

UFO – “Doctor Doctor”

Squeeze – “Tempted”

Madonna – “Get Into the Groove”

The Dazz Band – “You Dropped a Bomb On Me”

Thomas Dolby – “She Blinded Me with Science”

Sheila E – ” The Glamorous Life”

The Tom Tom Club – “Genius of Love”

Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine – “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”

Madness – “Our House”

Alpha – “Forever Young”

Nena – “99 Luftballons”

Queen – “I Want to Break Free”

The Bangles- “Manic Monday”

The Fixx – “One Thing Leads to Another”

Muzak Musings 5-23-13

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Today’s Muzak Musings is shorter than normal, namely because I spent most of the last two days rooting and flashing (and nearly bricking) Jelly Bean onto my phone, and I got the reins of another project at work, and also I can barely hear the music today. It’s even more 80s-riffic than normal.

Dazz Band – “Let It Whip”

Van Halen – “Jump”

Stray Cats – “Stray Cat Strut”

Devo – “Whip It”

Tom Tom Club – “Genius of Love”

John Mellencamp – “Jack and Diane”

Berlin – “The Metro”

Junior – “Mama Used to Say”

The B-52’s – “Love Shack”

a-ha – “Take On Me”

Tommy Tu-Tone – “867-5309/Jenny”

Steve Winwood – “Valerie”

The Bangles – “Manic Monday”

Gary Numan – “Cars”

Phil Collins – “Can’t Hurry Love”

Blondie – “Rapture”

Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine – “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You”

A Flock of Seagulls – “I Ran”

Orchestral Manoeuvres In the Dark – “If You Leave”

Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen”

Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

The Go-Gos – “Our Lips Are Sealed”

Kenny Loggins – “The Heat Is On”

Prince – “1999”

“Squeeze – “Tempted”

Billy Idol – “Mony Mony”

Cutting Crew – “I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight”

Blondie – “Atomic”

Muzak Musings 5-22-13

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Today’s Muzak Musings almost didn’t happen for two reasons: first, I had a project to do, and more importantly second, I totally almost bricked my phone after I rooted it. Both were completed in due time, and happily so because it looks like we got a channel change today! (you’ll notice the change about midway the list)

Brandy – “Down With You”

Natasha Bedingfield – “Unwritten”

Stevie Wonder – “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing”

Better than Ezra – “Good”

Courtney Jayne – “Can’t Behave”

Michael Jackson – “Wanna Be Starting Something”

Fleetwood Mac – “Dreams”

Steve Miller Band – “Jungle Love”

The B-52’s – “Roam”

Alicia Bridges – “I Love the Nightlife (Disco Round)”

Black Crowes – “Hard to Handle”

Lifehouse – “Hanging By a Moment”

The Gap Band – “You Dropped a Bomb on Me”

Jennifer Lopez – “Play”

Robert Palmer – “Simply Irresistable’

Bachman Turner Overdrive – “Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet”

Evan and Jaron – “From My Head to My Heart”

Gin Blossoms – “Follow You”

The Eagles – “One of These Nights”

Lisa Loeb – “I Do”

Nelly Furtado – “Like a Bird”

Men at Work – “Land Down Under”

Natasha Bedingfield – “Pocket Full of Sunshine”

Phil Collins – “Just One Night”

KC and the Sunshine Band – “Keep It Coming Love”

Patrice Rushen – “Forget Me Nots”

Mike & the Mechanics – “All I Need Is a Miracle”

Evelyn Champagne King – “Shame”

Katrina and the Waves – “Walking On Sunshine”

Nena – “99 Luftballons”

Huey Lewis & The News – “Power of Love”

The Bangles – “Manic Monday”

Adam Ant – “Goody Two Shoes”

Queen – “I Want to Break Free”

Squeeze – “Tempted”

Cyndi Lauper – “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

Berlin – No More Words

Chaka Khan – “I Fell for You”

Marshall Crenshaw – “Someday Someway”

John Mellencamp – “Jack & Diane”

Madness – “Our House”

Diana Ross – “I’m Coming Out”

Backtrax: Census Mix – Spring 2010

In today’s Backtrax, we go back to the beginning of one of the best spring/summer mixed I’ve ever made. From Spring 2010, it’s the Census Mix!

Name Game: I was working the 2010 Census as a Crew Leader when the mix was laid down.

Temporality: This is the first instance we’ve come to of an All Day list. That is to say that all times of the day have been compressed into this list. In other words, there’s no real wrong time to play this mix. I preferred playing this in the late morning when I’d meet up with the enumeration crew, such that I’d be cruising to La Roux in the afternoon, but your mileage will vary, no puns intended

Notable Tracks:

Two Door Cinema Club – “This Is the Life”

La Roux – “As If By Magic”

Fred Falke, Aeroplane and The Twelves had kind of backdoored me into indie music with their 80s style synth remixes of a few indie artists (which will make future appearance as we approach fall and winter). In doing so, I found out about Kitsuné Records, home of both Two Door Cinema Club and La Roux. TDCC played the indie card much more straight than I was comfortable with, but it was the quirky beats and sharp Britpop vocals that sold them. “This is the Life” is my favorite track from them. La Roux, on the other hand, I found out about via the Gears of War 2 ads with Skream’s killer “Let’s Get Ravey” remix of “In for the Kill”. Once I found out they were Kitsuné with TDCC, I had to try them out by default. 160 scrobbles and God knows how many plays that went unscrobbled later, still no regrets.

Lauren Flax feat. Sia – “You’ve Changed”

This was my default evening/night cruising jam. Sia’s vocals are powerful as hell (for a modern pop singer), but what really does it for me is the synth beat. It literally vibrates with energy, and when it drops out and goes to that trumpet sounding deal, it’s realll smooth.

Tracklist:

  1. Julien Dyne feat. Parks- “Fallin’ Down”
  2. Quantic – “Time Is the Enemy”
  3. DJ Day – “Four Hills”
  4. Chill Vortex – “Barita”
  5. Minus Blue – “Sweet Harmony”
  6. Stargazer – “Saa Moja”
  7. Dr. Rubberfunk – “Sunset Breakup”
  8. Gelka – “When Ya Gotta Go, Ya Gotta Go”
  9. The xx – “Intro”
  10. The xx – “Crystallised”
  11. Two Door Cinema Club – “Cigarettes in the Theatre”
  12. Two Door Cinema Club – “This Is the Life”
  13. Neon Indian – “6699 (I Don’t Know If You Know)”
  14. La Roux – “Quicksand”
  15. La Roux -“Colourless Colour”
  16. La Roux -“As If By Magic”
  17. La Roux – “Reflections are Protections”
  18. Terry Poison – “Fix the Night”
  19. Florence and the Machine – “Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) (Switch Mix)”
  20. ATB – “You’re Not Alone (Evo Remix)”
  21. Yenson – “My Feeling (Deniz Koyu Remix)”
  22. Lauren Flax feat. Sia – “You’ve Changed”
  23. Laidback Luke and Gregor Salto feat. Mavis Acquaviva – Step by Step (Big Room Mix)
  24. Chris Montana – “The One 4 Me (Radio Mix)”
  25. Lanfranchi feat. Neja and Farina – “Sorry”
  26. Degrees of Motion – “Show Me (B’s Subtle Re-Edit)”
  27. Desaprecidos – “Follow You (Simone Farina &
  28. Copacabana Clug – “It’s Us (Dancefloor Mix)”
  29. Toquefans – “Fodeh”
  30. Soulbasics feat. Kyla Sexton – “Out of Time (Vincent Kwok Ti
  31. Jose Nunez feat. Octahvia – “In My Life (Jose’s Vocal Mix)”
  32. Nausicaa – “Alphen”
  33. Cafe 24H – “Saint Maurice”
  34. Reboot – “Enjoy Music (Crazy P Remix)”
  35. Bass Hitt – “The Beat that Makes You Move”

Happy Listening!