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Post #25: VF Mix 156: Chet Baker by Moscoman

Hi everyone,

and happy new year ! 2018 was quite amazing for music, I can’t wait for 2019.

First up is a mix by Moscoman, who I already highlighted on two occasions: in April 2017 for his absolutely flawless mix for ResidentAdvisor (see here) and a bit earlier when iscussing the growth of the electronic arabic sound (here), now widely accepted.

Originally form Tel-Aviv, the city that seems to provide my next favorite artist every 3 months (Moscoman, Naduve, Red Axes), he is the founder of Disco Halal Records.

For The Vinyl Factory he put together a mix of only Chet Baker recordings, since the idea of this mix series is to focus on a single artist and to feature, of course, only vinyl tracks. As a result, this 2-hour session is just the best soundtrack you could ever think of when at home, drinking a hot coffee or chocolate, chilling in your sofa while the snow is falling. Think preparing your Christmas diner table while dancing to some of the smoothest, most exquisite trumpet solos of the 20th century.

Totally delightful, full of vinyl warmth and scratches, people’s applauses, amorous pianos, mellow deep and delicious voices… say no more. Another 10 for Moscoman, from where you would have never expected him.

Till next time, take care,

Alex

 

Tracklist can be found to this link: here.

Post #24: Palms Trax – Boiler Room x Dekmantel 2018

 

Dekmantel is a festival institution in Netherlands, held every summer in August, that gathers many DJs and producers of electronic music. A list of artists from the 2018 edition can be found here.
Palms Trax is a Dekmantel favourite and has been on the bill for several years now. This mix, recorded and broadcasted by Boiler Room this year, is truly fantastic. Exploring all ranges of disco, italo and house it keeps up the good vibe and the dancing.

Definitely one of my favourite mixes of the year (maybe my favourite actually) ! Start digging now !

Post #23: Denis Sulta – The Cover Mix for Mixmag Magazine : Here we fucking go

Hi people,

Today simply one of the best mixes of this year, delivered by no other than one of my favorite DJs of the year.
Having got more and more well deserved recognition during the past years, Denis Sulta is now exploding on the international stage. Originally from Glasgow, now based in Berlin, he is the kind of party starter that prevents you from going back home at night.

All info and tracklist can be found on mixmag website.

Also check the quality productions of the man: remixes and proper tracks (sometimes under his alias Atlus – a very good EP on MSN). He is touring extensively now so be sure to check him out when he comes to your city. Could well be the party of the year.

Keep on raving;

xx

Post #21: Gerd Janson Boiler Room x Sugar Mountain 2018 DJ Set

 

Gerd Janson has been one of the key players of electronic music in Germany for years now. Head of the Running Back label, home to many super good artists (Hunne, Todd Terje, Suzanne Kraft, Lauer, Octo Octa to name a few) and their stellar releases, he is now touring the world regularly from his home the Robert Johnson club in Offenbach (close to Frankfurt). Not to forget, Gerd Janson is also a journalist and writes for some of the best quality german music magazines like Groove Magazine. Oh, and he is also a key member of the Red Bull Music Academy team, having conducted lectures with Theo Parrish or Henrik Schwarz for more than 10 years now. And I like the RBMA a lot (find out more here and here).

This DJ set has been recorded during the one-day australian festival Sugar Mountain, which takes place every year in Melbourne. In this set, Gerd Janson shows off his incredible skill at mastering the crowd and literally taking it where he wants to. The selection of tunes is flawless, includes hits and classics all along, mixed with a constant search of keeping the energy at the highest level. A truly euphoric set that will take you to the moon and back within an hour. Very impressive and totally enjoyable at the same time. Very well done Sir.

Post #18: Vinyl Factory Mix #68: Israeli Groove by Fortuna Records – From Tel-Aviv with love

Eyh, Shalom to you !

Following my latest post, here is a mix from Fortuna Records out of Tel-Aviv, Israel. This one has been comissioned by the great vinylfactory website, so let’s not spoil them. Head over here for more info and tracklist about the mix.

What I like in this mix is the fact that although I don’t understand a word of hebrew, I enjoy the music. Actually it is not only about the language, it is also about the era, the culture, the traditions, the history in which this music was produced, and that I don’t know at all. I mean, besides a a few Jewish friends, a holiday trip to Israel a couple years ago and some history classes from college, well, I am rather a complete stranger to all of this. But I absolutely loved the mix.

To put it simply, what you are about to listen is an hour of israeli tunes mainly produced in the 60’s and 70’s. And you are going to love it. Highlights for me include the Aris San track (a Fortuna release), ‘Shine Again’ from Kutiman (the man behind the Thru-You videos) and the closing track from Arik Einstein, a stunning production.

Make sure you check out Fortuna Records and their releases because they are all ace !

Until next time,

Cheers,

Alex

 

PS: Image comes from VinylFactory as well and represents the Grazia release from Fortuna, a reedition of an extraordinay  1978 recording.

Post #17: Beats in Space Radio Show #836 with Mehmet Aslan -Hypnotizing as always

Hello people.

Please meet Mehmet Aslan, as turkish DJ based in Basel, Switzerland, who realizes the perfect fusion of folk and traditional songs with electronic ryhtm. I’m a lot into this ‘East meets West in a club’ thing at the moment; different sonorities finally get to mix with each other and produce new atmospheres never heard before.

Here is a list of labels/DJs/producers you want to check out:

Baris K and his band Insanlar from Istanbul, the duo Red Axes from Tel-Aviv, Khidja from Bucarest, Moscoman from Disco Halal, all the crew from Cairo with Bosaina and Hussein Sherbini representing “KIK” – Kairo Is Koming (read this great RA article here), the guys from Fortuna Records also from Israel and Jannis of Habibi Funk, those last two specializing in reissues from respectively the middle East (notably Israel and Turkey) and Northern Africa (Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia). And of course, hailing from Paris, the duo that started it all for me, Acid Arab who is getting bigger and bigger around Europe.

All these people contribute to the development of ‘arabic’ music in Europe and are also attracting european producers in their home countries. Numerous festivals have been created notably in Morocco (Nuits Sonores Tanger, Oasis) and Tunisia (Les Dunes Electroniques) while underground institutions like Boiler Room and the Red Bull Music Academy have put on shows in Turkey and Israel, showcasing the local talents.

I hope you will like this mix and dig deep into these sounds !

Until next time,

Alex

Playlist is here: http://www.beatsinspace.net/playlists/836

Post # 15: “Caribou: BBC Essential Mix” – The musical page-turner

From London, Canada to London, U-K, Dan Snaith has been through horizons and styles as diverse as progressive rock, free-jazz and electronic music. Formerly known as Manitoba, and also releasing as Daphni, his bubbling creativity is only matched by his great open-mindedness. Last year he set another milestone in a carrer without fail by recording his first “BBC Essential Mix” which was voted the Best Essential Mix of 2014. Follow us as we take on a two-hour trip through the limitless world of Caribou.

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