Monthly Archives: November 2009
Mélomane Monday: What She Wants, What She Likes
There’s something to be said for a woman that knows what she wants and knows what she likes. Some may call it aggressive, domineering, or even sassy. I just call it being smart. 🙂 The song list today includes a variety of genres featuring female vocalists. I’m going to refrain from posting lyrics today (seeing as though they may be a little provocative). Let these vocalists seduce you into their song. To help you get in the mood: Luciana sings in “I Like That” : My Body rocks the rhythm, you beat my drum hard. I like that!
Anya Marina – Whatever You Like Link on HypeM
Dirty Stop Out – Tie Me Up Link on YouTube
Larry Tee, Afrojack, Roxy Cottontail, David Guetta – Nasty Toyfriend (Flavo Bootleg) Link on SoundCloud
Madonna – Revolver (David Guetta Remix) Link on Zippyshare
Richard Vission ft. Static Revenger – I like that Link on YouTube
Vandalism – She Got it (Jack Hammer Remix) Link on YouTube
Songs of the Season: Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is around the corner and to be honest I have a love/hate relationship with this particular holiday. Why? Well first of all, I for some reason decide that it’s ok to pile my plate with food sky high, go back for seconds, and eat dessert. After being in a tryptophan coma, I always seem to regret how much I ate! But then it’s not over – here come the leftovers. On the other hand, (this is the love part) it is always great to spend time with your family on this holiday. The list of songs I have for today do not adhere to one genre. They are songs that remind me of Love, Togetherness, Happiness, and most of all Thankfulness.
“Best of all is it to preserve everything in a pure, still heart, and let there be for every pulse a thanksgiving, and for every breath a song.”
– Konrad von Gesner
Cinematic Orchestra – To Build a Home Link on HypeM
James Morrison – Wonderful World Link on HypeM
Graham Colton – Best Days Link on HypeM
Adele – Make you feel my love Link on HypeM
8MM – Forever and Ever Amen Link on YouTube
Andrea Bocelli – The Prayer Link on Amazon
Eddie Thoenick – Together as One Link on TrackitDown
Mélomane Monday with Tiësto
Ok – it’s Monday. Who REALLY likes Mondays? Not many of us I presume. This Monday is going to be different. Why? Because this post is going to be all about Tiesto! (Sorry in advance to those of you who are not fans). In anticipation for Tiesto’s slew of performances this coming week at LA’s Shrine Auditorium, I wanted to get everyone pumped up for the show – yes that includes MYSELF! I could literally sit here and name all of Tiesto’s top songs, my favorites, or best collaborations, but there’s not time for that. Since he just released new album Kaleidoscope in October 2009, I will be listing my favorite tracks off this new cd. Just as David Guetta’s new album featured numerous collaborations, Kaleidoscope spans a wide range of guest vocalists. This post won’t have any song descriptions, but a small blurb of lyrics (since I am a sucker for those). Ok, less talking and more music. Here we go.
Knock You Out feat. Emily Haines
Somebody to rough you up/Somebody to make it tough/Somebody to bait you/Somebody to love
Here on Earth feat. Carey Brothers
And the closer that you get, with the force of all the weight/And it’s also clear, do you want to feel her
Escape Me feat. CC Sheffield
Pierce my lips/Don’t shred me down to strips/You’re way too good at it/You’re way too good at it/Escape me
I will be Here feat. Sneaky Sound System
When the big road falls apart/And you think that the feeling will linger/You need somewhere to start
I will be here
I am Strong feat. Priscilla Ahn
Look at me, here I am (I am strong)/Reaching for your arms again/Saw the hurt and all the pain (I am strong now)/And get back on my feet again/(I am strong now)
Who wants to Be Alone feat. Nelly Furtado
But with that moon in the sky/Who wants to be alone/And when the stars shine so bright/Who wants to be alone/Don’t take me home/Til the sun comes up till the sun comes up
Feel it in my Bones feat. Tegan and Sara
I feel you in my bones/You’re knocking at my windows/You’re slow to letting me go/And I know this feeling also/This feeling in my bones
All song previews are listed here: Tiesto Kaleidoscope Track Listing and Preview Link
Songs to Soothe the Soul
Recently, I have begun to expand my musical library to include an even wider range of genres than what I already have. Perhaps being in a somber mood helped me compile the list of artists and songs I have for you today. Besides being inspired by these singers/songwriters, I felt that it was appropriate to begin today’s post with some powerful quotes that complement today’s theme: Jazz.
“Jazz is a feeling, more than anything else. It isn’t music, it’s language…” -Enos Payne
“Jazz music is the power of now. There is no script. It’s conversation. The emotion is given to you by musicians as they make split-second decisions to fulfill what they feel the moment requires.” -Wynton Marsalis
Some of the artists I chose today are classic jazz singers that you will all recognize and some are more contemporary. Regardless, these singers bring a passion, a story, and genuine emotion to each one of their songs.
Ayoe Angelica – Never Drown & Dr. Jekyll. Ayoe Angelica, a Danish/Ethiopian 2o year old, released her album in Spring of 2008. A more contemporary jazz artist, Ayoe has combined jazz, minimal electronic beats, and bass into her Jazz-Pop songs to give it a more lounge-like sound.
Never Drown is a somber, yet sultry song about struggling to stay above water (metaphorically) in the face of hardship and heartbreak, while refusing to be consumed. YouTube Link
“When life won’t dance with me, I still breathe, I could never give in, never give in like this. My barefeet in water ill become, The water surrounding me ill become, Youre the surface when I come up for air I become, I could never drown, never drown like this.”
Dr. Jekyll is another song off Ayoe’s album, which is a little more playful than Never Drown. As Ayoe sings about the dual personality of this so-called “Dr. Jekyll,” you feel her pain as she tries to understand this love entanglement.
“Your character is fading out the image I have made of you, All colours in your signature that used to be now they’re all blue, An eye for an eye turn the other cheek Dr. Jekyll what you want with me,Could you really love someone like me”
Melody Gardot – Worrisome Heart She’s a jazz singer, writer, and musician. From her 2008 album Worrisome Heart, this bluesy song accompanied by piano and bass will draw you deep into the jazz world. Her Eva Cassidy-like sound is comforting & therapeutic. Link on Last.fm
“I need a hand with my worrisome heart, I need a hand with my worrisome heart, I would be lucky to find me a man, Who could love me the way that I am, With this here worrisome heart, I need a break from my troubling ways”
Nina Simone – I Put a Spell On You Known as the “High Priestess of Soul,” Nina Simone was an inspiration to the jazz world. If you like this one try: Feeling Good, Little Girl Blue (Postal Service Remix), and Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat’s Heavenly House Mix) Link on Last.fm
Billie Holiday – Summertime (Organica Remix) She wasn’t the first artist to record Summertime; however, her version was one that would create an unmatched standard of excellence in this genre, making this song memorable to all. Link on HypeM
What goes up, Must come down: New Mix from DJ D’Lish
Sunday Funday is here with my new mix! It’s hot, it’s crazy, it’s electrifying, it picks up & slows down. There’s a little bit of everything in here. Why? Because I wanted to! DJ D’Lish: What Goes Up, Must come Down Download Link
Here is the track listing for the new mix:
- Lady Gaga – Bad Romance (Chew Fu H1N1 Club Mix)
- David Guetta – One Love ft. Estelle (DJ Chuckie Remix)
- De Bos – On the Run (Ralvero Get Down Remix)
- Spencer & Hill – Cool (Inphinity Remix)
- Crookers – Put Your Hands on Me (Black Noise Remix)
- Federico Franchi ft. Becci – Image (Boom Boom Remix)
- Analog People in A Digital World – Circus (Club Mix)
- Riva Starr ft. Noze – I was Drunk
- Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (DF’S Attention Vocal Mix)
- Lal Meri – Bad Things (Morgan Page Remix)
- Eddie Thoneick , Francesco Diaz & Young Rebels – Perfect Moment (Francesco Diaz & Young Rebels remix)
- David Guetta ft. Rosie Rogers – Without You
BPM Weekly – Freaky Friday the 13th
Ok it’s not really FREAKY friday, unless you’re superstitious and/or watching Friday the 13th or Freaky Friday. Anyway, as I said before, BPM Weekly is going to feature my favorite house/progressive/electronic tracks of the week. These four songs are all different, but will definitely spice up your weekend and mp3 player! I’m going to try and make this short because it is the weekend (TGIF!) and I know you are all ready to stop spending time sitting on your computer -So here we go!
1. Dennis Ferrer – Hey Hey (DF’S Attention Vocal Mix) Sexy house Listen on MySpace
2. Riva Starr feat. Noze – I was Drunk Euro house Listen on MySpace
3. Tiesto/Three 6 Mafia/Flo-Rida/Sean Kingston – Feel it Electro House Listen on HypeM
4. David Guetta ft. Rosie Rogers – Without You Electro House Listen on YouTube
As I prepare to DJ the opening of LA Blush Boutique‘s second location next week, I began thinking about how essential song selection is for different types of events. With a Blush’tini in hand and an appetite for the trendiest new & affordable clothes, customers definitely do not want to feel as though they are shopping in an ordinary store – especially at a store’s launch party. Here’s where I come in. First thing I consider when putting together my playlist is Who are these people? and How do I want to make them feel? Secondly, I do not want to force them out of the store with very loud hardcore electro beats, because honestly – this isn’t a club (even though MY ideal store would have house music playing 24/7).
With that said, I want to create a classy experience for these shoppers. One that will excite them, stimulate their senses, and maybe even put a little swing in their step (or maybe that will be from the Blush’tinis?). Today’s song selection will include some of the artists and my favorite songs I will be incorporating into my playlist at the November 18th Launch Party of Blush Boutique in Calabasas.
- Bitter:Sweet ~ Heaven (Buscemi’s Afroclub Remix) Listen on Last.FM, Dirty Laundry (Skeewiff Remix) Listen on Last.FM
- Nouvelle Vague ~ Ever Fallen in Love Listen on YouTube
- Thievery Corporation ~ Un Simple Histoire Listen on Last.FM
- Nina Simone ~ Feelin’ Good (Joe Claussell Remix) Listen on Last.FM
- Kaskade ~ I Remember Listen on Last.FM
- Lady Gaga ~ Fashion Listen on YouTube and Chillin feat. Wale Listen on YouTube
- Lykke Li ~ Little Bit (CSS Remix) Listen on YouTube
- Gotan Project ~ Diferente Listen on YouTube
For more information about Blush Boutique please visit: Blush Encino on Facebook and http://www.myblushboutique.blogspot.com/
Mélomane Monday with Morgan Page
Happy Monday! I hope everyone is ready to start the week off with some good songs. As I was compiling a playlist of songs for a friend this weekend, I realized the abundance of Morgan Page songs and remixes that I have. Hence, I decided to make this post about my favorites from Morgan Page.
1. The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Morgan Page Remix) LINK on SoundCloud Morgan Page has taken the original of this song and maintained its “sweetness” and beauty. Listening to the soothing vocals from lead singer Dougy Mandagi, they are truly inspiring: “sweet disposition/never too soon/oh reckless abandon/like no one’s
watching you. The song’s remix builds and slows at just the right moments.
2. Morgan Page – Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix) LINK on YouTube Nominated for a Grammy Award in 2009 for “Best Remix Recording,” this song has and still remains at the top of the charts. Lissie’s powerful voice paired with the song’s playful “giddy up” beat will definitely have you humming and even singing along. Lyrics: If you are so frequently in love/If you prefer it all to me then my love/You go down the longest road to nowhere/You pull it apart and you’re just left there
3. Morgan Page – Fight For You (Sultan & Ned Shephard Mix) LINK on YouTube Another successful hit featuring Lissie, this song can speak to any one of us that have had to stand up for ourselves or stand up to a loved one. The chorus and the breaks promise heartfelt emotions that are believable even with it’s lyrics I’d fight for you/I never knew that I could feel this way/I’m right for you/This kinda love don’t happen everyday
4. Lal Meri – Bad Things (Morgan Page Radio Mix) LINK on YouTube With a lounge vibe and sultry vocals, the hypnotic beats of this song will have you feeling dangerously seductive. Lyrics: Look at all those bad things you made me do/I’ll Never Say I’m Sorry, I’ll Never Say it To You/Look at all those bad things you made me do/I could say I’m sorry but it wouldn’t be true
BPM Weekly – One Love
If you are as big of a David Guetta fan as myself, then you are still loving and listening to his new CD “One Love.” As more and more remixes of the single One Love feat. Estelle were leaked, the more I thought it appropriate to make this my favorite song for the end of the week and into the weekend! DAVID GUETTA – ONE LOVE ORIGINAL
Here are the remixes!
1. One Love : Breakage Remix BREKAGE REMIX YOUTUBE
This drum and bass slower version is a nice change from the upbeat original!
2. One Love: DJ Chuckie and Fatman Scoop Remix FATMAN SCOOP & CHUCKIE REMIX YOUTUBE
If you are familiar with the repetitive electro beats of DJ Chuckie, then this remix won’t surprise you. Similar to his other remixes of Sexy Girl, Let the Miami Bass Kick, & David Guetta’s Sexy Bitch, this remix is definitely a club banger.
3. One Love: Chocolate Puma Remix CHOCOLATE PUMA REMIX ON ITHINK-IKNOW BLOGSPOT
With a little less vocals and a little more beat, this remix has a bit more of a progressive feel than the others.
4. One Love: Shy FX remix SHY FX REMIX YOUTUBE
One Love goes semi-trance with hardcore drum and bass with this remix.
Today, I didn’t want to just give you one song, but a couple. I chose to do this based on the theme of the day “Girl Power.” Songs for today come from four very talented female artists with similar, yet very different styles.
1. Imogen Heap: Aha! This quirky, yet creepy instrumentally appealing rollercoaster of a song paired with Imogen’s engaging vocals will have you praising this artist’s creativity and originality. You will be pleasantly surprised! Aha! on YouTube
Utmost in everything
it’s so charming, very charming
Well reckon play the fool
no one’s ill at ease
And put the deepest swiss bank trust in you
No one saw it coming. Aha!”
2. Damhnait Doyle: I want you to want me It’s a cover from Cheap Trick’s original and a song you are most definitely familiar with. This remake by Damhnait Doyle is a somewhat sorrowful and heartfelt call for love, sprinkled with a familar ballerina music-box-like feel in the background. I want you to want me on Last.fm
“I want you to want me.
I need you to need me.
I’d love you to love me.
I’m beggin’ you to beg me”
3. Ann Peebles: I can’t stand the rain Ann Peebles’ soulful voice accompanied with the jazzy blues feel of this song absorbs you into her story of feeling empty as the rain reminds her of a lost loved one. Can’t Stand Rain on HypeM
“I can’t stand the rain
Against my window
Bringing back sweet memories
Hey, window pane
Do you remember
How sweet it used to be
When we was together
Everything was so grand
Now that we’ve parted
There’s just one sound
That I just can’t stand”
4. The Noisettes: Never Forget You Adele meets Amy Winehouse as lead singer Shingai Shoniwa and her indie rock band come together for a head bobbing & foot tapping performance. This upbeat song is also somewhat reminiscent of others from the time period of “Grease.” Never Forget You on Daily Motion
“I know this world feels
Like an empty stage
I wouldn’t change a thing
So glad you’re back again
I’ll never forget you
They said we’d never make it
My sweet joy
Always remember me”
Hello Hello! I hope you all survived and/or recovered from Halloween weekend: aka, didn’t eat too much candy, get scared to death (well ur alive if ur reading this), or partied till the sun came up (actually this could be a good thing!). My weekend was FULL of musical treats, beginning on Thursday evening all the way until Saturday night. I DJ’d a SPOOKtacular (sorry I had to do it one more time) Yacht Party on Friday night. From Lady Gaga to David Guetta, Jay-Z to Rihanna, & LMFAO to La Roux, my set was filled with dance remixes, house, hiptronik, and r&b songs. (I even received requests for Real Housewives of Atlanta singer’s “Tardy for the Party,” which I politely declined to play because who on earth even has that song?) I would have to say this event was extremely successful! Saturday night I DJ’d a Private Fundraiser Event in Beverly Hills. Even though this party included a more diverse age group, these guests definitely wanted to party. They paraded themselves in a costume contest to Thriller & salsa’d all night long to Suavamente!
With that said, I am exhausted but the music must continue!… and so must our energy levels. Hence, I have chosen a very electro song for you today. (and just FYI – I will be posting other genres for those that are not electro/house music fans…I have not forgotten about you!) As I so uncomfortably sauntered around in my Burlesque Vampire costume this weekend (fangs are not so fun to glue to your own teeth), I felt like I was part of CarnEvil or some dark, eerie Circus. This mood fell perfectly insync with Federico Franchi’s new electro tune: Image feat. Becci. Image on YouTube.
With the stimulating lyrics and sensual vocals by Becci, this one will definitely get you rocking! As she says, “You wanna touch it grab it, cmon baby have it, you like it, i love it.” “I like to rock a beat!”