After two sparkly disco mixes I’ve decided to go a little deeper for this FNS. For the disco-lovers, don’t worry, there will no doubt be room for glitters and gold in future mixes. However, this time, for the mad ones, the crazies, you know, them freaky motherf$%&@s, I’ve selected a wide array of cuckoo crazy tech house, drums, chants and trippy vibes. Over two hours of hypnotizing, stretched-out tracks, at a blissful 122-124 bpm.
After a slow build-up with some ethereal electronica by Ott, Isolee, Rodriguez Jr. and KiNK the mix hits a fierce body of percussion-heavy tracks by Ray Okpara, Spencer Parker, Santos and Auntie Flo, mixed with some melodic tech house. And finally, some ”after hours” madness with far-out tracks by Raresh, Ellen Allien, DJ Koze, Wolfgang Voigt and Pachanga Boys. I’m running out of witty adjectives here, so just go listen ok?
Space disco, italo disco, nu-disco, disco disco, electro and house, that’s what you’ll find in this new spaced-out edition of the FNS. As a matter of fact I think this is the first FNS that has absolutely no techno in it, if you don’t count the Underworld snippet. What you will get is space disco classics, Rebolledo, Todd Terje, Tornado Wallace, Studio 54 classics, Andres, great nu-disco remixes, Pachanga Boys, Psychemagik, Moroder, Space Dimension Controller and Daft Punk, and more. 24 tracks in just over 90 minutes.
Also, as you might have noticed, no more numbering in the new year. Because numbers are boring. Instead, the mixes will now have their very own extra special fantastic unique names. So strap yourself into your starship for some “Cosmic Candy”:
There we are, the last Friday Night Special of the year. We’re a little early this week, in order for you to enjoy the mix with your family under the Christmas tree. An extra special, long and deep edition with 21 tracks and 100+ minutes. Somehow, it wasn’t that hard to fill those minutes with great tracks. As a matter of fact, I even had to exclude a lot of fresh ones. There really was an abundance of good tracks this year. Even though about 95-99% of the thousands of tracks that come out every year are crap (rough estimate), that still leaves hundreds of good-to-amazing ones that are released every year. I’ve tried to gather as many as I could find for the 15 FNS mixes this year.
Two fantastic slower tracks by Kollektiv Turmstrasse and Shoe Box kick off this week’s mix, before a Ray Okpara banger lifts the pace. Robert Johnson’s San Laurentino follows with “Somewhere Under The Stars” (number 1 of 2012 on many lists), followed by some more spacey, tropical, chimey techhouse goodness from Re.You, Matthew Dekay, Tube & Berger, Monkey Safari, Bakermat, Marlose and Miguel Lobo. When Guy J’s Mercury arrives things start to go deeper. Two amazing ethereal techno tracks from Chymera and Nadia Struiwigh are the apex of the mix. To close off some great techno tracks by Guy J, Boris Werner and Sigha.
One year and 15 mixes later, we’re still up and running. Let’s see what the next year has in store!
Sets by Berlin dj Alle Farben always feel like a breath of fresh air. The great thing about Alle Farben is that, unlike so many (deep/tech) house dj’s nowadays, particularly in the Netherlands, he is Not. Boring. But continually adds real groove, originality and excitement to his sets.
Listen to this delightful 3-hour set, which manages to be light-hearted, exotic, groovy, and interesting at the same time.
Is (minimal) techno gearing up for a neo-psychedelic, retro-1960s kind of phase? I certainly hope so!
This track by Italian producer DJ Tennis, with vocals by PillowTalk (of ‘Soft‘ fame), sounds like a combination of minimal and house beats with Beatles-esque psychedelic vocals. Not strange, since PillowTalk are from San Francisco. But this is a combination that I would very much like to see pursued further!
One wonders how the duo Andhim, here together with Super Flu, always manages to make their tracks sound so simple, yet tenaciously effective. There’s always this little hook that makes an otherwise not overly interesting track irresistible.
Also check out Hasoweh (although that one borders on the boring, I must say, but it’s got some goodies).
Has it been two weeks already? Time for some fresh beats and grooves. So what can you expect in this 7th FNS? We start off with a big one, Solomun’s remix of Noir & Haze’s “Around”. Then some funky minimal by Genius Of Time and Sebo K. Disco-flavored techno by Carl Craig, Miss Kittin and Jan Driver will fit in nicely after that. Not to mention Todd Terje’s delicious Chic-edit. Some freaky tracks by Kroman Celik and Egbert to counterweight all those happy tunes. And finally we go a little deeper with Shinedoe, Agoria, James Ruskin and the hyped but not overhyped Nina Kraviz.
Snoop Dogg has always been pretty much the only cool rapper around. The only one who takes the ridiculous misogynistic gangsta culture with an ironic twist, and actually makes decent music. I still think “Drop It Like It’s Hot” was one of the best tracks of the ’00s, in any genre. Not to mention his forays into country music.
And here he is: now dropping a house mix. Snoop Dogg goes electronic, and it sounds pretty good! Of course, house music has much in common with hip hop, so in a way it doesn’t surprise. And he manages to put his own style in the mix, which is very smooth, relaxed and funky, with lots of deep house and nu disco.
Listen to this, it’ll make you happy. Artists featured are Todd Terje, Tensnake, Martin Buttrich and Toby Tobias. Big kudos to Snoop!
This sixth installment of the FNS starts with two killer tracks. The first is an epic Andhim remix of Theopilius London’s “Wine and Chocolates” and the second one a banger from Scuba’s latest. After this adrenalin rush we reach a plateau of deep minimal tracks by the likes of 2000 and One, Move D, Efdemin, Philip Bader, Minilogue and Mathew Johnson. After that it gets it little bit grittier with Sian, Perc and a Richie Hawtin classic. A recent edit of Tony Lionni’s “Precious” makes for a smooth comedown.
Enough has been said about Lana del Rey and ‘Video Games’. Yet, when a grand master like Joris Voorn puts his hands on it to make a remix of this worn-out track, that deserves mentioning. This remix preserves all the good parts of the original, while refreshing it with a mellow beat and some decent twitches and soundscapes.
A new year, new opportunities. In 2012 we will be expanding the music offering at LSD with our very own Friday Night Special mix!
Once every few fridays we will drop a fresh homemade mix right here. The musical flavors included will be familiar if you are a regular. Expect everything from the latest minimal tracks, to 80′s acid, to classic disco, to Berghain, to idm, to ambient, to Chicago, to whatever else we like. If we love it, we mix it. And we start off with an extra long (80 minutes!) mix. Enjoy:
Very lucid explanation of how you can distinguish between the different genres in electronic music. Personally, I’m more of the “steady beat” (techno, house) rather than the “broken beat” school (dub, drum ‘n bass), on which this presentation focuses, but anyway, interesting nonetheless. Wonder if there’s anything that accurately puts into the words the differences between current genres in techno and house music.
Take your time for this uplifting and sunny 5-hour techno set by Berlin dj Alle Farben, interspersed with lots of 1950s swing, housy and other kinds of colorful moments, yet not lacking a decent beat. Featuring a lot of 2011′s techno and house hits. Wouldn’t mind hearing this on a summer festival.
Ironically, it’s mixed for the venerable German blog Kraftfuttermischwerk’s traditional countdown-to-Christmas Advent Calendar, featuring a fresh mix every day of December. Enjoy!