There is nothing like French House Remixes to me. … and you ask why? Simple Answer: Whatever we do, the French has to perfect it. Take Jazz, we brought it to them and then they lavished our artists with a creatively decadent lifestyles and mounds of pure unadulterated adoration that helped them take their craft to the next level. So when a French pop band makes a hit, and “the Man from Amsterdam – RogerSeventyTwo” remixes it … you have audio bliss. The French for a long time have taken a bite into our pop music culture and turned it on its head. Reference: Stop Ou Encore / Plastic Bertrand
So let’s talk about Yelle…
I shall quote Wikipedia (because I love them and what they do!)…
Yelle is a French band founded by lead singer and namesake Yelle (Julie Budet) and GrandMarnier (Jean-François Perrier). A third member, Tepr (Tanguy Destable), joined the band before the recording of its debut album. Budet and GrandMarnier began working on music together in 2000. The band came to prominence when it posted an early version of the song “Je veux te voir” on MySpace in September 2005, which later reached the top five in France. The success of the song on MySpace attracted the attention of a record label, which set them to work on its debut album, Pop Up, which was released in 2007. The group’s second album, Safari Disco Club was released in 2011.
I’m not going to pretend I listened to them when they were underground in 2005. I was preparing to do another transatlantic move from England back to the United States, I had DJ Martin Red, Corinne Bailey Rae, Goldfrapp and my own mixes on heavy rotation.
I discovered Yelle while internet surfing when my daughter was asleep in 2010. I am a remix junkie and someone had did a house remix of one of their earlier songs that totally intrigued me. I loved the sound. Then I was introduced to a few more remixes via the blog: http://www.kickkicksnare.com/. So I officially became a fan of Yelle via remixes. To date, I have never listened to their original songs or seen their videos. I think I may challenge myself this weekend to seek out all their original versions and give all their music a listen from a “mommy needs music to cook, clean and do laundry ” perspective.
Now let’s talk about the Man from Amsterdam that did the remix… enter ROGERSEVENTYTWO. Here’s his sound cloud ( http://soundcloud.com/rogerseventytwo ) and I think I’m about to buy a load of stuff on Beatport >> http://www.beatport.com/. This guy is killer with the remix. I have a “beat crush” on him. Very talented at what he does.
It’s all about the remix with me. I like songs that can be twisted and turned into beautiful, beat heavy things - preferably at 118+ bpm so I can dance aimlessly while hand washing dishes when the kiddo goes to sleep on Friday night. Yes… I have my own very odd Friday Night dance party – with myself – I’m from Chicago – hold your tongue – it’s what I do.
So kudos to Rogerseventytwo for knocking this one out the park and making the play list at my odd Friday night dance session.
Well since I’m stalking youtube at the moment and feeling like Friday is just around the bend, I better make this my start to listen to all of Yelle’s original material this weekend… here is the original video and version of Ce Jeu. I find it to be very pop, 80′s slower version of Goldfrapp… but that’s just me. My mind goes 125 bpm as soon as I wake up, so does my kid. Enjoy the original video.
You are looking around saying to yourself, why wasn’t I invited. Why is this party important?
Well, hell…. I (@Efabulous1) am a DJ… okay now I’m back to being an “at home” / “bedroom” DJ. However, I used to be a spinning vinyl, out a clubs party all night DJ. I have a keen neurosis for music and if you ever want to follow me, find me on Twitter at @DJEfabulous or Facebook at facebook.com/djefabulous.
I digress…. the party that changed my life.
10 years ago on September 14, 2002, a wonderful, talented DJ / Producer by the name of Red D aka Bart Van Neste invited me to Beligium to play. I played along him and one of my favorite British DJs – Martin Red. I wasn’t spectacular, mainly because that was the day I met my husband. It was a very magical time for me. I flew across an ocean, met the love of my life, made some friends I’ve now had for 10 years and it started a love story that lasted 9 years and 3 months.
In honor of those 10 years, I’d like to dedicate @TwoDopeMoms DopeMusic Thursday to my favorite DJs – Red D & Martin Red. We have all prepared mixes in celebration of our 10 year anniversary playing together. All you readers, music lovers and house music fans are definitely in for a TREAT.
Christmas come early to your ears boys and girls!
Sure, I could say that I was influenced by *insert credible genre of music here* or that I got my big break at *insert name of credible legendary but now closed club here*, but who really needs to know? Let’s just say that when playing some records, throwing the odd party and running a bit of a label, the following things might have been important in some way: DJ Hooligan, Music Man, Tina Turner, new beat, Boccaccio, rave, trance, Paul Van Dyk, Cherry Moon, Cirao, DJ Phi-Phi, high school party needing a dj, Nonkel Frans, tape trading, Love Parade, Fuse, Detroit, techno, Benoelie & Biens, Chicago, house, Cajual,Silo, Derrick Carter, Kinky People, Clues, Deinze, Decadance, internet, E-bay,Discogs, Rare Records in Eindhoven, Gangstarr, DEMF/Movement, Tyree Cooper, We Play House, Scott Ferguson, Reggie Dokes, Lady Linn, disco, Rendez-Fou, Sunday Matinee, Larry Heard, Charlatan, San Soda, Charles Webster, We Play House Recordings, Eenders Halle, Tomorrowland, FihP, Panorama Bar, copywriting & Music Mania.
All the rest you can ask me whilst having a beer together, or you could just come and listen when I play.
Kinky Top Mix – Red D
Martin has been into music from an early age, being the youngest of four brothers. Amongst the stronger influences; jazz, soul, funk, disco, hip hop, electro, new wave, punk, reggae.
He found House music when it first landed in the UK in the mid eighties. Rather than take through his music background, perhaps start from when he started working.
He started working as a DJ professionally in 1989; he was doing bars such as Notes Bar and 49ers in Birmingham. He also did a Saturday night dance show on a Pirate station. Fresh FM was ran by two parts of The Constructive Trio. These DJ’s formed a big part of the initial House scene that took off in the midlands, during the mid 80′s.
He started doing his first weekly club residency at The Hummingbird on A Friday night, he would play to a crowd of 2000 – 3000, along with other residents they also had great guests. This led to many all nighters and one off venues also. He continued doing Fridays and Saturday all dayers at Notes Bar.
Martin started organizing his own night in 1990; this was the first weekly nights at Shelleys in Longton, Stoke On Trent, UK. 28th June 1990, opening guest was Evil Eddie Richards (Jolly Roger). Other guests over time included Derrick May, Colin Dale, Dave Angel.
As the profile on a flyer from a Kinky People party in Belgium stated “judicial troubles.. nothing was going to stop this man easily his love of music was far too strong”
Worked in many clubs and cities over the past years. He has always remained into music over commercialism. Yet, still possessing a good eye for a venues atmosphere requirements.
Bipedal primate with a neurosis for good music…
A native of the Chicago “South Side” with skills groomed by the New York dance culture, DJ Efabulous dishes out serious cerebral blends. Her selection of Chicago Classics, New York Loft Classics, Afro beats and Electro music, shows that good music is universal. She brings a harmonious / utopian mix that is pleasing to one’s ear. Her residency list includes: Vinyl Lab Productions / Bar XVI; Classic Tuesdays / Parlay Lounge; Spotlight Sessions / Recess Bar; Foreplay Fridays / NOCA; Open Du Jour / Glass. Her guest appearances includes: Mixed Tape Sessions / Halcyon / New York; Kinky People / www.KinkyPeople.org/ Belgium; Procreation Music / Liquid Lounge / Birmingham, England and Rocksteady & Floatation Music / Village / West Midlands, England, Selfridges / England. From Chicago, to New York to England to Houston… DJ Efabulous has traveled the world with her unique interpretation of dance music.
There you have it.. great dj(s), bound by one awesome party, lovers of good music for life and friends. Life is good and it’s proof positive you never know who you will meet in life, where they are from and where just a chance meeting could take you.
If you don’t know the song “Strings of Life” you were born after 2000 and your parents could possibly be Quakers (not that there is anything wrong with that…)
Strings of life is quite possibly one of the most beautiful pieces of dance music ever create in our lifetime. There is NOTHING that touches the sides of this piece of music. So to kick off our DopeMusic Thursdays… (by yours truly @Efabulous1 aka @DJEfabulous aka https://www.facebook.com/DJEfabulous) we are going to introduce you to STRINGS OF LIFE.
There were five official versions of the song. The first two were released in 1987: the famous 7:23 mix called “Strings Of Life (Piano Mix)” or just “Strings Of Life”, and a 6:56 remix called “Strings (Flam-Boy-Ant Mix)” or just “Strings”. In 1989, two new remixes were licensed exclusively to UK & European labels: a Juan Atkins remix called “Strings Of Life ’89 (Juan’s Magic Mix)”, and an uncredited remix called “Strings of Life (Exclusive Remix)” (issued on a split release with Model 500). In 1991, an 8:23 kick drum-free version titled “Strings Of Life (Unreleased Mix)”, “Strings Of Life (Remix)”, or “Strings Of The Strings Of Life” first appeared, and featured additional production by Carl Craig & Derrick May. This mix was “unreleased” in the sense that it was new at the time and was never officially released on a single; only on compilations.
Numerous compilations feature early fades and other space-saving edits of the original 1987 Piano Mix, the 1989 Exclusive Remix, and the 1991 Unreleased Mix.
Now, I must interject… EVERYONE FROM CHICAGO CONSIDERS STRING OF LIFE HOUSE MUSIC… HANDS DOWN. It is officially labelled techno all over the world, but for us it will always be “house”.