It’s finally finally finally Friday! This Friday marked my last day at work before my two week vacation. I’m headed to London, Amsterdam and then to my hometown Berlin. And again it’s Berlin that inspired this weeks post. A good digital friend of mine and Berlin native, David Schirmeister, just rocked the Zurück Zu Den Wurzeln Festival and has a live recording of his set! So I’m most definitely going to play it here this week.
David and I ran into each other when he submitted a couple of demos to my label. I was able to see him grow over the last few years and his production skills shot through the roof. He’s now beyond capable keeping up with the big guns in the scene. Keep on rockin it, dude!
I’ve mentioned the new streaming platform Choon before. It has potential to be a game changer, but even if not, it’s interesting to see how this whole thing develops. They’re basing the payment system on their own currency or voucher called “Notes” which then can be exchanged for Etherium. When and how well all this is going to work is a question I’m not currently worrying about. I’m more interested in the mechanics of the website and I try to be a good beta user by commenting on issues I encounter. Check out Choon.cofor more info on all that.
I’m currently uploading my entire back catalog of tracks and I decided to dress up each one in new cover art exclusively for Choon. Here are the first 4 tracks:
Check out My Choon Profile and listen to some of the Radman Classics. I’m going to continue uploading until I feel like I’m fully represented on that streaming portal.
I’m hoping to see some way to bring a choon community together at some point. A Facebook group could be a solution but I think it would be way cooler to be able to collaborate on the Choon website itself. Maybe someone from Choon is listening 😉
This is truly something else. It’s friggin intense.. kind of a Aphex Twin meets Vitalic, but in a completely different sense than I initially would have liked to experience that sort of pairing.
The first set of hi hats start 16 minutes into the mix.
3 Minutes later something resembling a kick! Yes!… hmm wait. Just another tease. And the seemingly random, but yet repetitious, rhythmic mix continues.
I’d freak out if I got lost and found myself in that room on accident. It’s interesting to see the people so thirsty for a beat.. and it’s not coming. Patience is being tested..
Though I must say I find the sounds eerie and hunting.. and pretty, unlike the aphex twin show I saw once which seemed to be based more on aggressive experimental sounds. Still I don’t know how long I’d be able to handle it if I was actually there on a night out partying… at the very least I’d leave with some heart burn. I don’t think we’ll have to bother with a tracklist this time 😀
It feels like my train is finally pulling into the station…after going non-stop for two weeks. This is a potentially huge Friday for me personally and Chris Lake is bringing the energy I need to start the next 7 days.
I love tech and deep house but during most of my DJ sets back in the day I played straight up, bangin’ and electro house and I miss this drive sometimes here in Germany. This mix is just full of dope ass tracks with off beat rhythms and bass hits… I need this right now.
So let’s recharge with Chris Lake after this long ass week.
14. Chris Lake Ft. Alexis Roberts – Turn Off The Lights (Cages Remix) [46:50 – 50:24]
15. ? [50:24 – 53:38]
16. Chris Lorenzo & Taiki Nulight Feat. Dread MC – Mind Control (Never Say Never) [53:38 – 56:56]
17. Steve Lawler & Arthur Baker – Into The Dance (Amine Edge & Dance Remix) [56:56 – 1:00:52]
18. Chris Lake & Marco Lys – La Tromba (Marco Lys Rework: Original Version) [1:00:52 – 1:06:16]
It’s been a few weeks since we finished the mixes for this year. Coachella itself seemed to have been a success and the mixes we made were well received. After 14 years I’m glad to see that each year these mixes increase in quality. What started out as me recording John’s records back in 2004 has now become a full production mashup mix.. and it’s dope as hell!
In those final weeks of rushing to meet our deadline (usually a CD-release party John is playing) I used every single free minute to polish the mashups, mixes, transitions and remixes of the project. In the last two years it even exhausted me to a point of getting sick for a week once my stress chemistry in my body shuts down. It’s no big deal.. it kinda proves to me how much energy I put into the whole thing and in the overall picture it’s satisfying to be part of this and add so much to the creation of these mixes.
John and I have become a really good team considering we’ve been working at a distance of about 10,000 miles for the last six years (The reason for this is an entire story in itself, which I’m not quite ready to share so publicly, yet). We still make it work and the results speak for themselves.
Check the intro of the first of two mixes this year:
Next year will be our 15th anniversary and I’m sure we’ll be doing the regular mixes plus a special anniversary mix… I just hope we start way earlier next time.. I’m trying to get through one of these without a complete crash afterwards 😀
Welcome back to another Finally Friday. First of all HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my little sister. You’re awesome and I can’t wait for you to visit me next month 🙂
Alright so KiNK goes completely live in this set. It may not sound as polished as someone DJing produced and mastered tracks but this opens up a totally new experience for the listener. You have to imagine someone creating arrangements made of samples on the fly right there in front of a live audience, no second chances. Mistakes can happen but that’s also what happens when you sit in the studio. It’s authentic and adds the possibility of freestyling sounds, notes and samples.
At one point he even let’s one of the fans trigger some sounds… and why not? It’s part of the experience and makes it an overall refreshing video to watch. Keep that in mind when you think you’re hearing a rough patch in the mix.
Why is Friday the best day of the week? Picture this: Being a free person and living your life is awesome, but it doesn’t compare to the first day of freedom after being locked up over the weekend for doing some dumb shit… That’s why Friday is the best: Freedom for a few days and time to let go of the past week… and if you can’t follow me, maybe you need to go do some dumb shit 🙂
And no one can get your weekend groove started like the legend himself, Carl Cox. I have to admit, being so fond of Daft Punk, he had me at that first track. It really didn’t matter at that point what the rest of the mix was about, I decided right there and then that I’m gonna post it.. I put my faith into the Cox 😉 as should you.
Drop Out City Rockers – International Track
Tigerskin – Love & Peace [DFTD (DEFECTED)]
The Reese Project – Direct Me [KMS]
Laurent Chanal – Sand (O.D.Math Remix)
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons – Vermillion (&ME Remix)
Ben Klock vs. Precious System – In A While vs. The Voice From Planet Love
Sonny Fodera & 4th Measure Men – Don’t Touch Me When I’m Dancing
Bart Marley – Ushuaia
Daft Punk – Voyager [VIRGIN]
D.C. LaRue – Cathedrals [PYRAMID]
The Sunburst Band – Journey To The Sun (Dennis Ferrer Remix)
DJ Q – Superclique
Eats Everything – Entrance Song [PETS]
Frankey & Sandrino – Acamar [INNERVISIONS]
Gat Decor – Passion [LOGIC]
Oliver Huntemann – High5 [IDEAL]
Frank Wiedemann – Kleiner Vogel [INNERVISIONS]
Sandy Rivera – So Good
andhim – Boy Boy Boy [BLACK BUTTER]
Mat.Joe – Make A Living [MOTHER]