Monthly Archives: October 2009

Happy Halloween: Tricks & Treats to come!

I know it’s a day early (but seriously, don’t we all start celebrating way before the 31st?), but HAPPY HALLOWEEN to everyone! I am getting ready to DJ a yacht party tonight and am EXTREMELY excited! Of course it’s always fun to DJ, but seeing 80 guests in full costume is also very enjoyable! Besides wishing everyone a Happy Halloween, I wanted to share with you my new ideas for the blog. I am planning on organizing my posts into these categories:

  • LA Spin: which will include weekly observations of DJs in Los Angeles & venues they are playing in
  • Seasonal Songs: which will feature compilation albums and/or artists appropriate to each season of the year
  • “mélomane” (french term for Music Lover): this entry will feature any and all things music, from my favorite song of the day, to the best way to find new artists and great remixes, to making the perfect party playlist
  • BPM Weekly (beats per minute) My recommendations for the best upbeat, dance/house/electronic music for the gym, pre-party and party playlists, for the car ride or wherever else you need to get pumped up!

Have a safe and fun weekend!!!!!!!!! xoxo

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The Progressive Copy Cat

Today’s post is about a song I found a couple weeks ago that I wanted to share because of it’s eerie  similarity to another progressive hit from this past Summer. If you were in Europe this Summer or are merely an avid progressive listener, you may be familiar with Sidekick’s – Deep Fear. Released at the end of September, most likely due to Deep Fear’s popularity, was a new song that incorporated an altered reconstruction of Deep Fear’s buoyancy and beats (it even includes the same slowed section with violin). The song is called Armonia by Matthew Mind & John Dabel. Will this song challenge the popularity of Deep Fear? I’m not too sure. I guess imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

Sidekick – Deep Fear (Phobia Mix) YouTube

Matthew Mind John Dabel – Armonia on Trackitdown (If you like the Original, try the Alessio Collina or Federico Milani mixes. You can also find them on Trackitdown.

 

Music Monday: Hands on Me

Well – I will have to say that DJ’ing on Saturday night was a huge success! Minus an initial equipment failure at the beginning of the night, the rest of the evening was absolutely perfect! People were up dancing the entire night, which made my job a lot more fun (& less stressful).

I know it’s a little late to be posting a new blog for Music Monday, but here it is! As I prepare to DJ a Halloween Yacht Party on Friday, I am getting together all my old and new songs. Today I discovered a very electro-hip hop song – aka Hiptronik as some are calling it, (and let me preface this by saying that if you aren’t in “electro” mode, you probably won’t enjoy this, so turn the volume DOWN if you choose to listen).

As they say: “This one’s for the dancing crew, back it up!” Crookers – Put Your Hands On Me (Black Noise Remix). Put Your Hands On Me (Black Noise Remix) from Trackitdown

X it Out!

Today I am DJ’ing an event in Long Beach. Minus the excitement, I am also very nervous (a habit of mine that will only disappear when I play that first song).  Today, I am going to discuss a group that speaks to me through their song lyrics. As an Xtreme (had to stay with the X theme) music connoisseur, I take different elements of music into account when downloading, listening, and then deciding if I like what I hear or not. For each band, song, or remix, I assess them on a different level depending on the genre. The genre of this group, as Myspace is calling it, Pop/Soul/New Wave attracts me because of the quality vocals, musicality, and of course…the lyrics.

I’m not going to post one song today because I am tied to multiple songs on this album. Here are some lyrics from my favorite songs on The XX – XX.

1. Crystalised: You’ve applied the pressure/To have me crystalized/And you’ve got the faith/That I could bring paradise…Things have gotten closer to the sun/& I’ve done things in small doses/So don’t think that I’m pushing you away/When you’re the one that I’ve kept closest Crystalised – YouTube

2. Heart Skipped A Beat: No need to come to me/When I can make it all the way to you/You made it clear/You weren’t near/Near enough to me/Heart skipped a beat/And when I caught it you were out of reach/But I’m sure, I’m sure/You’ve heard if before Heart Skipped A Beat – YouTube

3. Shelter: And I’ll cross oceans, like never before/So you can feel the way I feel it too/& I’ll mirror images back at you/So you can see the way I feel it too Shelter – YouTube

4. Infinity: Had I seen it in your eyes/There’d have been no try after try/Your leaving had no goodbye/Had I just seen one in your eyes/I can’t give it up/To someone elses touch/Because I care too much Infinity – YouTube

GaGa for Bad Romance

It’s Fun, It’s Sexy, & it’s dark and twisty…how can you NOT pay attention to a song that starts with Rah-rah-ah-ah-ah!
Roma-Roma-ma-ah! Ga-ga-ooh-la-la!

The ever multi-talented Lady Gaga once again has demonstrated her flamboyant and eccentric artistic and vocal talents in her new song Bad Romance. This electro-pop masterpiece is not only catchy, but also speaks to those of us who have maybe been a little bit naughty 🙂 What do YOU think?

“I want your loving
And I want your revenge
You and me could write a bad romance
I want your loving
All your love is revenge”

“I want your horror
I want your design
‘Cause you’re a criminal
As long as your mine
I want your love”

Lady Gaga – Bad Romance YouTube

Music Monday & Anjelique

It’s that time again… yes MONDAY. Today has been a pretty exciting day for me because I just found out that I am DJ’ing another event this Saturday for a Republic Day Ball in Long Beach! (People are always surprised when a girl dj (in a formal dress) gets up to play some dance music. That’s just how I like it 🙂

The song I will give you for today is called.. wait for it… Monday by Carlo Dall’Anese & Fabio Castro Monday on YouTube. This song comes off one of my favorite CDs, “Sounds of Anjelique Vol. 3.” Anjelique is very popular club in Istanbul Turkey that overlooks the beautiful bosphorus. Anjelique is known for its untouchable house music and lively, hip crowd. When you leave, it’s hard to forget the captivating view, heart-pumping music, and the decorative angel wings that hang from the club’s entrance. Click Anjelique Link to see the Club!

If you like this song, download more from Sounds of Anjelique Vol. 1, 2, & 3.

Sunday Funday with Calvin Harris

Here we are again…another end to a week, but so close to the beginning of another. Let’s make Sunday a Funday and not be sad that Monday is tomorrow!

Off the album Ready for the Weekend, You Used to Hold Me by Calvin Harris is a fun dance song with minimal electronic effects and simple lyrics. You can’t help but feel uplifted when you hear this song.

“I’ve known this can make you understand. Take my spirit from my open hand.”

Listen on YouTube: CH – You Used to Hold me

Fuego Friday

Today is Fuego Friday for 2 reasons: 1 – LA is currently experiencing SUMMER weather in October…yes it is 95 degrees outside and extremely HOT! 2 – It’s FRIDAY, so I think it’s time to get excited for the weekend!

Since the weather has me feeling as though it is summer, this new Marcus Schossow song named Tequila Link to MS – Tequila seems perfect for the temperature outside. With a Spanish flair mixed in with piano and a moderate beat, this song will surely remind you (if you’re not currently in LA) of those summer days that aren’t too far behind us. After all, regardless of where you live, it IS the weekend and why not drink some Tequila to celebrate 🙂

If you’re a fan on the Spanish flair mixed with the house beat – try downloading Marcus Schossow & Thomas Sagstad – Crepuscolo MS and TS – Crepuscolo YouTube (one of My personal favorites).

MusicHeartsFashion

Have you ever wondered what happens when culture-infused Los Angeles is experienced and written about through the eyes of music and fashion?

Music <3’s Fashion is a revolutionary new site that brings you to the cutting edge of sound and style in the city of Los Angeles. Resident experts DJ D’lish and Lady DenDen provide an insider’s view of both worlds, from what they’re playing in the hottest clubs/lounges/restaurants/stores to what people are wearing  from the best boutiques and how to achieve the look of your favorite celebrity. Plus, we explore the city to uncover hidden treasures that only a true connoisseur can find. From house to hip-hop, haute couture to frugal fashion, we’ll be your guides in a city that sets the trends for the rest of the world.
COMING SOON!

DJ D’Lish spinning Pre-Halloween Yacht Party

Hi everyone!

So, I got some exciting news today that I will be DJ’ing a Pre-Halloween Yacht Party in Marina Del Rey. The yacht leaves the marina at 9:00pm and returns at 1am. Cover is $50 with food included and open bar all evening. Of course, music is by me! I’ll be spinning all your favorites – even some scary Halloween tunes! There will also be a costume contest with prizes! If you are interested in attending this event, please contact me directly: Devransm@gmail.com for more info!

I know Halloween is a couple weeks away, but I’m getting in the mood. So enjoy this Halloween favorite in the meantime! Amazing Remix: Michael Jackson – Thriller (Discotech Remix) MJ – Thriller (Discotech Remix) on Hype Machine

I Rock I Sweat I Dance

It’s Tuesday and it is POURING rain in LA. After some consideration, I decided not to go the gloomy route and post a depressing slow song for today. Instead, I am going to try and uplift my mood with an upbeat song I just recently discovered! By Italians Morris Corti & Eugenio Lamedica I Rock, I Sweat, I Dance Original Mix YouTube has a groovy flair to it that will definitely get you moving. Paired with piano and electro beats, this song speaks to those of us that truly get into the music when we are dancing!

If you like the song, lucky for you, there are lots of remixes! Try the Marcel Remix Marcel Remix YouTube, the Original Corti and LaMedica Remix Corti & LaMedica Remix YouTube, or the Tote DJ Remix (a little more electro).

Don’t stop Dancing 🙂 Even if it’s raining!

In for the kill or in for the killing?

As I was going through my long list of daily blogs, I came across a song by one of my new favorite artists: La Roux. I’m sure many of you have heard of La Roux (hopefully) and agree that this electro pop duo’s songs and lyrics can truly speak to you. La Roux’s “In For the Kill” (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Remix) has a steady pulse-like rhythm (the remix name suggests a club vibe- which it’s not) that allows you to concentrate on singer Elly Jackson’s smooth vocals.

This post may be a little longer than the others because I wanted to discuss the lyrics of this song. Here are some of the lyrics:

We can fight our desires
But when we start making fires
We get ever so hot
Whether we like it or not
They say we can love who we trust
But what is love without lust?
Two hearts with accurate devotions
And what are feelings without emotions?

I’m going in for the kill
I’m doing it for a thrill
Oh I’m hoping you’ll understand
And not let go of my hand

I hang my hopes out on the line
Will they be ready for you in time
If you leave them out too long
They’ll be withered by this song
Full stops and exclamation marks
My words stumble before I start
How far can you send emotions?
Can this bridge cross the ocean?

This song had me thinking about relationships (yet again) and about a person exposing his or her emotions to someone else. As love is a risky endeavor and can often be one sided, the vulnerability and lack of reciprocation we feel when expressing ourselves could potentially injure our hearts. We always have the option though: reveal our genuine emotions without fear of rejection or keep these feelings to ourselves. Regardless of what we choose to do, we will either be going in for the kill to try and get what we want or in for the killing, as what or shall I say who we want, may not want us in return.

Here’s the YouTube Link to the song: La Roux – In For the Kill (Skream’s Let’s Get Ravey Mix)

What you think is cool.

So, I’ve been away for a couple days and now I’m back with your new party song for the weekend!

Here it is: Spencer & Hill – Cool (Original Mix). Spencer & Hill Cool Original Mix YouTubeThis upbeat, electro song with female vocals paired with the recurring lyrics “What you think that we we think is cool” is bound to get you dancing and ready to party.

If its NOT electro enough for you – try the Inphinity Remix. Spencer & Hill Cool Inphinity Remix

Enjoy the weekend!

FALL’ing into Autumn

Hi all-

I think it’s time that we have come to the sad realization that Summer is officially over. Luckily, those of us living in LA have been able to enjoy 80 degree weather for the past couple of weeks, but now – fall is in the air! As the weather cools and we pull out our sweaters & boots, drink our hot cocoa, and prepare for Halloween, I thought the song I chose for today was perfectly appropriate for this new fall mood.

John Dahlback released “Autumn” (Original Mix) John Dahlback Autumn on YouTube a little while back, but it is still one of my favorites. It’s one of those songs that can uplift you, even if the weather may bring you down. (I’m a little attached to summer). If you like what you hear, try John Dahlback – Scared of Autumn (Mebbo’s Mash), which is a bootleg version!

Being the California girl I am & thinking 60 degrees is chilly, I will end by saying – STAY WARM!

Music Mondays

Ok – so this one is MOSTLY for the ladies: Any lady trying to get a man’s attention that is.

This song is off Basment Jaxx‘s new cd Scars (2009) and the song is called What’s A Girl Gotta Do. This is a jazzy upbeat song with soulful, blues vocals from Paloma FaithBasement Jaxx-What’s A Girl Gotta Do (Youtube) If you like her voice (and are feeling a little brave), check out her slow cover of David Guetta’s new song “Sexy Bitch.” Paloma Faith – Sexy Bitch Cover (Youtube)!

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