Wednesday, August 30, 2006

August Music Chart

Time for my monthly music chart listing. Enjoy.

1. Martijn Ten Velden - Wish U Would

This has been my song of choice for the month, I keep playing it all the time, its just so addictive.

2. The Age of Steam - Disco Mafia

Yet to be released and set to be massive, this has to be one of my favorite electro tracks in a really long time. And they're my friends, so props! Check the link.

3. This Is Rhythm - Please Don't Call Me

Another unreleased track, this one being championed by SSRadio's House Your Body Show and is a fantastic soulful house track. The opening hypnotic vocal will grab a hold of you and not let you go. Check their myspace page.

4. Tom De Neef - Adobe

I've only recently discovered Tom De Neef thanks to his fantastic mix of Lost by Roger Sanchez. Adobe is a great electronic house number, best mix comes from Bush II Bush.

5. Scissor Sisters - I Don't Feel Like Dancing

The Sisters pick up right where they left off with the first single from the new album. Best mixes come from Paper Faces and Erol Alkan.

6. Se:Sa - That High (Syke N'Sugerstarr Dub)

A nice follow-up to last year's Sun Rising Up.

7. Rocco Mondo and Uno - Je T'Aime (Jerome Isma Remix)

Deep house with a sexy french spoken vocal laid on top. In a word its Magnifique.

8. Outwork - Electro (Cube Guys Remix)

I can see myself getting sick of this very quickly, but for now its fun to dance to and it sure packs them in on the dancefloors.

9. Soul Avengerz Feat Javine - Don't Let The Morning Come

Straight up vocal funky house track, with remixes from Raul Rincon and Kurd Maverick.

10. Tom Novy - Uexpected (Paul Harris Mix)

Not sure if this will get a release in the UK but its Tom Novy's best track to date. Paul Harris almost charted this month with his own track Find Yourself A Friend.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Summer of 2004 - Lola's Theme Revisited

So I am having a fairly dull day at work, account for this and balance that while listening to my trusty itunes player on shuffle. What should pop on there but Lola's Theme by The Shapeshifters (or Shape UK if you will) and I get transported back to the summer of 2004. My very own summer of love if you will, and this song was EVERYWHERE. You would hear it first at A:M on Friday night through XXL/Crash-Afterhours/Beyond/RVT and end the Sunday night on it at La3.

It was discussed at length, arguments would erupt over which was the better version, the full vocal or the original dub. Anyone who liked the full vocal was a pretender (even though I sort of did), someone who only got the song AFTER the video was released, not a true blue clubber.

I remember the weekend when Lola's Theme hit number one in the UK charts, we just finished a fairly regular sunday afternoon at the RVT when someone suggested driving up to LA3 to finish off the night. Everyone agreed it was a bad idea, but we all managed to end up there anyway. My friend Nick who championed the song from its early days was getting texts about it hitting number one. We played it in the car twice, and this after we heard it at least twice earlier that day. Then the dj played it at la3, at least twice also. Yet no one got sick of it yet. I am not sure I every really got sick of it.

My point, its amazing how one song, one note of a song even, can bring such memories flooding back. It took me back to what was arguably the best summer of my life, one that I will probably re-visit on here from time to time.

Monday, August 14, 2006

The Joy of Makeup

I have been crap at blogging lately, and as a friend pointed out to me recently, putting up photos and music lists has been rather lazy on my part. So a real post, hmmm, what to talk about. Yes the joys of putting on eye makeup which ended up happening as part of a Pirates-themed party at my friends Mike and Steve who always know how to put on a great party. They live in west london and after the party Nick and I ended up in a cab travelling across town to Hoxton for Anti-social which was an amazingly fun night. The rest of the night is a bit of haze, I do remember one bartender telling me that the rule to make-up is that less is more (I think he was being sarcastic) and I do remember being in Crash and Area as well but the exact details of the night are a bit lost on me. I did manage to sleep all of Sunday so feeling popping fresh this morning.