Backtrax: Miranda’s Riverfront Mix Mk 2 – Spring/Summer 2010

This week’s Backtrax post, like last week’s is a mini-tribute to summers gone by. 2010 was an average year, but the summer was pretty freaking great, mainly because I found out about Kitsuné Records, which was my intro to both Two Door Cinema Club and La Roux, but also because I got to do a fair bit of traveling (the stories for those trips will be included in their respective playlists next month)

Name Game: So just as in 2009, I took my scooter (Miranda) out to the Riverfront with the boys, minus my buddy who was having a self titled “Summer of Sandy” where he didn’t really come out with us (though he did do a lot of wrestling). This is the Mark 2 mix in the series

Temporality: Late afternoon/evening. Ideally in the 6pm range to really get the indie juices flowing

Notable Tracks:

La Roux – “As If By Magic” Really and truly, every La Roux track on here could get a special nod, but “As If By Magic” is arguably my favorite song of all time by them (barely beating out “In for the Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix)”. The melody is all fun and (American) indie synthpoppy, but what seals the deal for me (also with “In for the Kill”) is when Elly Jackson shows off her range and just croons. Damn does she have a good range, and it always makes me whistle that out.

Pop Glow – “Disco” If you were to take an Owl City track circa 2009-2010 and throw out everything thing that you hate about Owl City (because let’s face it, you can only hear “Fireflies” so many times before you want to castrate someone with a rusty spoon), you would get Pop Glow’s “Disco”. I liked this track so much that it, along with Degrees of Motion’s “Show Me”, was my phone’s ring tone for the summer. Specifically, it’s the synth track that’s catchy because it sounds like old PC video game music from the Windows 95/98 era.

Tracklist:

  1. Two Door Cinema Club – “Cigarettes in the Theatre”
  2. Two Door Cinema Club – “This Is the Life”
  3. La Roux – “Quicksand”
  4. La Roux – “Colourless Colour”
  5. La Roux – “As If By Magic”
  6. La Roux – “Reflections Are Protection”
  7. Pop Glow – “Disco”
  8. Mousse T. – “Horny ’98 (Extended Mix)”
  9. Lauren Flax feat. Sia – “You’ve Changed (Original Vocal Mix)”
  10. Vincent Valler feat. Savio – “Love’s Theme (Original Vocal Mix)”
  11. Degrees of Motion feat. Billy Porter – “Show Me (RJ’s Deeper Mix)”

Happy Listening!

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Backtrax: Biorhythm Mix (AM/PM Under-Grad Transitional Beta) Summer 2008

Welcome (officially!) to (astronomical) summer! This is the best time of the year to be a slightly OCD EDM (really any kind of) music lover because this is when all the hot shit drops. You don’t believe me? Listen to any playlist I publish through say the end of September and see. In the meantime, here’s the first summer mix from 2008, right when I was graduating. Without further ado: the AM/PM Under-Grad Transitional Beta!

Name Game: Okay, it’s clunky as hell, but this is the first playlist to use an actual life event in the title AND the first one to attempt to transition from one time of the day to another. In this case, the life event would me getting ready to graduate from college, so AM (the first half of the playlist, which at one time was called the Mimosa Mix)/PM (the last half of the playlist, heavily featured in the corresponding Bar Starz Mix…you’ll see that later on [maybe this week] this summer)

Temporality: As the name implies, morning/evening. It’s not an all day mix because the night half is basically for getting you to the bar, not good for post-last call really anything. Specifically, it’s a later afternoon/evening mix

Notable Tracks:

The Wideboys feat. Clare Evers – Bomb the Secret (Moto Blanco Mix)

Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Maffia – Bad Girl (At Night) (Moto Blanco Vocal Remix)

Charlean Dance – Mr DJ (Moto Blanco Club Mix)

Identity feat. Alison Limerick – This Girl (Moto Blanco Club Mix)

Afterlife – Never Before (Bobby Blanco & Miki Moto Mix)

Between 2007 and 2010 Danny Harrison, a.k.a. Bobby Blanco, and Arthur Smith, a.k.a. Miki Moto, were my damn near exclusive providers of four o the floor, straight club vocal house, even if it were jacked pop songs remixed. As I stated in a previous Backtrax, I hate most modern pop songs because it’s unlistenable. However Moto Blanco does it, they’ve remixed people I hate and made me like a track or two (see Jennifer Lopez’s “Hold It Don’t Drop It”), or mixed someone I was already with and made it freaking better (see Mary J. Blige’s “Just Fine”). These five tracks I feel are essentially the epitome of Moto Blanco’s success (though “Hold It Don’t Drop It” and Erika Jayne’s “Stars” should also be included on this list. Again, Bar Starz will explain everything in detail)

Tracklist:

  1. Hird – “I Love You My Hope”
  2. Lava – “Feel The Rhythm”
  3. Jazzin’ Park –  “Long Time Ago”
  4. Daishi Dance – “Moon Garden”
  5. Hint – “Mutes And Drops”
  6. Samantha James – “Right Now”
  7. Edison Gem – “Lullaby”
  8. D feat. Jason – “Opportunity”
  9. Sirusho – “Qele Qele”
  10. The Wideboys feat. Clare Evers – “Bomb the Secret (Intention) (Moto Blanco Mix)”
  11. Dave Spoon feat. Lisa Maffia – “Bad Girl (At Night) (Moto Blanco Vocal Remix)”
  12. Charlean Dance – “Mr DJ (Moto Blanco Club Mix)”
  13. DJ Circle – “Sundance (Central Avenue is Stripped Back Dub Mix)”
  14. Candy Dealers – “Come Alive (Jay West Mix)”
  15. Identity feat. Alison Limerick – This Girl (Moto Blanco Club Mix)
  16. Sequential Soul – Breath Deeper
  17. Blaze – Found Love (Fanatix Vocal Mix)
  18. Afterlife – Never Before (Bobby Blanco & Miki Moto Mix)

Happy Listening!

Backtrax: Miranda’s Riverfront Mix Mk1 – Spring/Summer 2009

The weekend is here and it is a GORGEOUS day, which means calling up my friends and hitting up the Riverfront! And it’s such a lovely day, I’m going to post this playlist as a nice review because I’ve totally come up with the sequel to this particular playlist…well, actually the 3rd in the Riverfront series, and I will drop the beta for that next Friday, but first, the list that started them off, Miranda’s Riverfront Mix Mk 1

Name Game: Every Friday in summer, Cuyahoga Falls has a festival on their city plaza (called the Riverfront) called Rockin’ on the River. I’d take Miranda (my scooter) over to my buddy’s house who lived (at the time) with his fam, just down the street from the Riverfront. We’d pregame, then hit the Riverfront and drink beers while I listed to my music over the (semi-crappy) cover bands of 70s classic rock.

Temporality: Early evening/night. Riverfront generally turned into a first stop on our night of drinking since they close it down at 11, but I would get down there at like five or six and hang out.

Notable Tracks:

Erika Jayne – “Give You Everything (Moto Blanco Club Mix)”
Anastacia – “Absolutely Positively – (Moto Blanco Club Mix)”

I generally hate pop songs, or really any song that sounds like some kind of tween pandering type of track, but Miki Moto and Bobby Blanco, however, have made a career of turning crappy pop songs into pretty good vocal house tracks, in addition to putting their glam house spin on other really good tracks. Erika Jayne I was already cool with because Moto Blanco had done a good remix of her previous single “Stars”, but I had NEVER liked Anastacia…until now

  1. Alexander Rybak – “Fairytale”
  2. Brinck – “Believe Again”
  3. Obo – “Bossaque”
  4. Toco – “Instalacao Do Samba”
  5. Bossa Nostra – “Roxanne (Nao Ligar)”
  6. Climatic – “Hazy Days”
  7. Gelka – “Rasta Baby”
  8. Samantha James – “Amber Sky”
  9. Home & Garden feat. Lisa Shaw – “Someday”
  10. Ivan Enot – “Grooves of the Heart”
  11. Introspective Directive – “Nightfall (Audioglider Mix)”
  12. Balearic Paradise – “Night in Ibiza (Lounge Cafe Mix)”
  13. Dishop – “Broken Memories (Chill Out Mix)”
  14. Syke & Sugarstarr – “Toda a Minha Vida (SNS Banoffee Mix)”
  15. Toni Granello feat. Brian Lucas – “San Francisco (Dub Mix)”
  16. Shaun Baker feat. Maloy – “Hey Hi Hello (Michael Mind Edit)”
  17. Jamie Foxx – “Blame It”
  18. Deborah Cox – “Beautiful U R (Jody den Broeder Club Mix)”
  19. Erika Jayne – “Give You Everything (Moto Blanco Club Mix)”
  20. Anastacia – “Absolutely Positively – (Moto Blanco Club Mix)”
  21. Lazee feat. Neverstore – “Hold On (Stonebridge Edit)
  22. Alina – “When You Leave (Numa Numa) (Basshunter Extended Mix)”
  23. Annagrace – “Let the Feelings Go”
  24. Booty Luv – “Say It (Warren Clarke Vocal Mix)”
  25. Chrisette Michele – “Epiphany (I’m Leaving) (Dave Aude Club Mix)”
  26. Christopher Lawrence & Dave Aude feat. Jen Lasher – “Lie to Ourselves (Original Mix)”
  27. Lakisha Jones – “Let’s Go Celebrate (Jody den Broeder Club Mix)”
  28. Chris Lake – “Alone (Original Mix)”
  29. Horny United – “Time (Bongo Loverz Radio Mix)”
  30. Tobias Baumgart – “Realize”
  31. Gabriel Rene feat. J. Soul – “Spirit (Guy Robin Classic Vocal Mix)”
  32. Moses McClean – “Love Thing (Harley & Muscle Deep Mix)”
  33. Marc Evans – “Beneath the Crescent Moon”
  34. Robert Burian – “Beira Mar (Original Mix)”*
  35. Luckystars – “Swimming Under the Ice (Jay Tripwire & Gavin Froome Mix)”
  36. Phonique and Kiloo – “The Passion (Original Mix)”
  37. Jonny White – “Full Night (Red Circle Remix)”
  38. Rico Puestel – “Beyond Them [Original Mix]”
  39. Merge Of Equals – “A Lua”
  40. Dubdiver – “Floating on Love”

Happy Listening!

Earwormed – Can’t Touch Me

The Earworm: Peter Griffin – “Can’t Touch Me”

How I Got Earwormed: So I was reading one of the books in W.E.B Griffin’s Presidential Agent series, and there’s frequent mentions of diplomatic immunity. One of the things I wish I could do before I die is to be able to get into some (very minor) legal trouble and say, “Hey, I got two words for you: diplomatic immunity motherfucker!” And then I remembered that they did that in Family Guy in a song, but the only part that I could remember, and got earwormed was “Do the Peter Griffin bump!”

Earwormed: Slazy

So I had the idea a while ago to open up a new section for songs that I get stuck in my head for no particular reason. The proper name for that is an “earworm”. Their word, not mine. I’d have used something that didn’t remind me so much of Khan earworming Terrell and Chekov in the ORIGINAL Star Trek 2 (TWOK), but I digress. So what song do I have stuck in my head?

The Earworm: Slazy – “Hollywood (Club Mix)”

How I Got Earwormed: I was previewing tracks from this month’s Promo Only batch to be added to the Beta, and this track was in the batch. At first I thought it was some bro house garbage (see David Guetta, Bob Sinclar, Pitbull etc), but then the 80s track cut in and I was like, “hold tight, I know this track. What the hell is this?” And then a second later, I was like “Oh shit, that’s Magnum P.I.!  Oh no they didn’t just drop that in the track!” But you know what? It works! How well, I’m not sure, all I know is that the Magnum theme is the part that got earwormed.

Backtrax: Quantum Slipstream Mix – Summer 2007

This is one of my favorite playlists of all time. It also happens to be the second in the Hazy Mix series (after the Dub Beta) with some of the best in house and chill that I’ve seen to this day. The heady days when I had just stumbled into the whole downtempo/chillhouse scene and found out about Mark Rae and Grand Central Records. Screw the preamble, I’ll let the playlist do all the talking.

Name Game: Back in my college days, shortly after I got back from San Fran (and all the craziness that came with it) I basically spent my free time doing two things: getting blitzed, and listening to music late at night. I particularly liked listening to this mix with the cominatcha visualization on WMP because it reminded me of the quantum slipstream visual effect from Star Trek: Voyager.

Temporality: Night, unless you are drunk or stoned/tripping, in which case, it’s your world. All of these tracks are chilled out jewels.

Notable Tracks:

Soulstice – “Fall Into You”

I could have picked all of the Soulstice tracks on here, but “Fall Into You” is by far my favorite of everything they’ve ever done. Andy Caldwell (who I had the privilege of meeting once in Columbus at Spice) named his side project quite correctly. Lots of soul, thanks in no small part to Caldwell’s basslines, or the smooth, soulful vocals of Gina René. This particular track is catchy, and for a chill song, it has a deceptively fast tempo.

Madison Park – “Wish You Were Here (BossaWish Mix)”

James and DeAnna Cool aka Madison Park had already sold me on their stylings back in high school with “My Personal Moon” and “Opus One”, but this track SCREAMS ‘get a drink with an umbrella in it, park yourself in the sun, get drunk.” The bossa definitely feels that, but DeAnna cool’s vocals get the job done.

Tracklist:

  1. Soulstice – “Fall Into You”
  2. Julien Jabre – “Swimming Places (Original Mix)”
  3. Solu Music feat. Kimblee – “Fade (Solid State Acoustic Mix)”
  4. Solu Music feat. Kimblee – “Fade [Grant Nelson Big Room Vocal Mix]”
  5. Colette – “Feelin’ Hypnotized (Kaskade Mix)”
  6. Joillet – “Rise (Louis Benedetti Club Mix)”
  7. Soulstice – “Colour”
  8. Mike Delgado – “Byrdman’s Revenge”
  9. Mike Delgado – “Murder Track”
  10. Madison Park – “Wish You Were Here (BossaWish Mix)”
  11. Madison Park – “Right Around Here”
  12. Ananda Project – “Fantasy Suite”
  13. Jon Kennedy – “Something That’s Real”
  14. Soulstice – “The Reason”
  15. Soulstice – “Surrender”
  16. Mutiny UK – “Doin Me Right”
  17. Shpongle – Crystal Skulls (Western Rebel Alliance Mix)
  18. Shpongle – Dorset Perception (Total Eclipse Remix)
  19. Mark Rae – “Without You Now”
  20. Malcom – “Ballad 9 to 5”
  21. Dalminjo feat. Piya – “Uchu Ryokou”
  22. Cloud feat Yonna – “Winternights”
  23. Duccu – “Midnight Run”
  24. Alan Smithee – “Strawberry Sunday”*
  25. Solar House – “Freedom”
  26. Soulstance – “Truth, Simplicity and Love”
  27. Bebel Gilberto – “August Day Song”
  28. Soulmakers – “Falling (Earnshaw’s Vocal Re-Touch)”
  29. Milk & Sugar – “Stay Around (Club Mix)”
  30. Bonaparti. Lv – “Questa Notte”
  31. Todomondo – “Liubi, Liubi, I Love You”

*If you can find this track for stream, let me know!

 

Happy Listening!

 

Backtrax: Summer Cocktail Mix – Summer 2007

It’s FINALLY summer in the city, and so what better way to celebrate it getting warm (and staying warm) than to kick back at home (after work) and bliss yourself out with sun drenched musical goodness and good booze? To help you in that endeavor, here’s my aptly named Summer Cocktail Mix from the heady days of my college days, the summer of my senior year in 2007

Name Game: Exactly what it says on the tin, from drinking all kinds of cocktails during the summer of 2007.

Temporality: Afternoon/evening. It’s very clear that this music is for sipping on booze. While you can technically stretch this to late morning if you have mimosas, you need the heat and sun of a nice afternoon/early evening to just get messed up on in the middle of the day and relax

Notable Tracks:

Stonebridge feat. Therese – “Put ‘Em High (Seamus Haji Vocal Mix)”

This track, if memory serves, was my first real summer anthem…EVER. Emma Hewitt is one hell of a singer, and I prefer sopranos in general, but as good as her vocals are, that wasn’t the selling point for me. It was the track itself. keyboards on the verse, bass line and those whispy souning echo synths in the chorus, it just sounds like an afternoon/evening pre-game song. In fact this song, along with the others listed in this section, were on my playlist for exactly that type of music, aptly named the Bar Starz mix.

Stisch – “Turn Around (Barfly Extended Mix)”

This track is “Put ‘Em High”‘s natural successor in any of my playlists because it matches energy and what I like about each song of the two so well, but switched. Bassline through out, 80s style vocoding as a ‘backup singer’, synths and vocals throughout. I don’t know who the vocalist on this track is, but I want to buy her a drink.

Stéphane Pompougnac feat. Clementine – “Morenito (Bossa Mix)”

This is the song that put the cocktail in Summer Cocktail mix. If this sun drenched, bossa house track doesn’t make you have an urge for either a mimosa at 9:30, 10 in the morning, or to lay out somewhere getting boozy, then you’re either out of your mind, or have no clue what the real finer things in life are. Sure, I have no clue what in the hell Clementine’s singing about, but with ther voice, who cares?

The Chemical Brothers – “Saturate”

The Chemical Brothers are one of (if not the top of) my favorite artists of all time. Of all of their tracks, this is probably my favorite. The drums are what sold me to this track. They make you want thrash out and get stupid, or in the case of a drinking evening, to drink more, right then and there. And every run through the chorus, they add an iteration of that drum loop, each time preceded by a drum roll that’s a cue for cranking it up.

Tracklist:

  1. Grandadbob – “Hide Me (Al Usher’s Dance Mix”)
  2. Milk & Sugar – “Stay Around (Club Mix)”
  3. The Lovemakers – “This Feeling”
  4. Blue Six – “Pure (Mig’s Petalpusher Vocal Mix)”
  5. Chris Lake feat. Emma Hewitt – “Carry Me Away (Radio Edit)”
  6. Stonebridge feat. Therese – “Put ‘Em High (Seamus Haji Vocal Mix)”
  7. Stisch – “Turn Around (Barfly Extended Mix)”
  8. Stéphane Pompougnac feat. Clementine – “Morenito (Bossa Mix)”
  9. Twyker/Klimek/Heil feat. Franka Potente – “Running Three”
  10. The Chemical Brothers – “Saturate”
  11. SoulStice – “Ebony Sea”
  12. Hird – “Getting Closer”
  13. Freedom Dub – “Emotional Rescue (2 Many Beats Remix)”
  14. Skye – “What’s Wrong With Me (Nouvelle Vague Remix)”
  15. Bebel Gilberto – “Summer Samba (Samba de Verao)”
  16. Lovespirals – “Love Survives”
  17. Lemongrass – “Falling Star”
  18. Alan Smithee – “Strawberry Sunday”*
  19. Kenneth Bager feat. Julee Cruise – “Fragment Two (The First Picture)”
  20. Do As Infinity – “Fukai Mori”
  21. Kate Rogers – “Miss You”
  22. Grandadbob – “Mmmnn”
  23. Grandadbob – “Come with Me”
  24. Etoile feat. Tiger Lily – “Sometimes (Playmakers Remix)”
  25. Kim English – “Everyday (Maurice Joshua Vocal Mix)”

*I totally couldn’t find a stream for this. It’s off of Nordic Lounge: Winter Edition Vol. 1

Happy Listening!