Maandelijks archief: augustus 2011

Last night i went to a nice concert of The Rapture, one of the early bands who brought back the Punk Funk revival (thanx to the track House of the jealous lovers wich was included in the very popular 2 many DJ’s mix).

A while ago i made this Punk Funk mix, wich ends with the House of the jealous lovers track by the Rapture.

LUISTER op mixcloud

1. Metro Area – Caught up
2. Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Hard boiled babe (Mutant disco remix)
3. The XX – VCR (Matthew Dear remix)
4. Prins Thomas – Mammut
5. Caribou – Odessa (Junior Boys remix)
6. Mitsu – Hush
7. Parallel Dance Ensemble – Turtle Pizza Cadillac (Yam Who? remix)
8. Prinzhorn Dance School – You are the space invader (Optimo Espacio Remix)
9. Lindstrom &. Christabelle – Baby can’t stop (Aeroplane remix)
10. Extra & J. Griffin – Haven’t been funked enough
11. Was (not was) – Wheel me out
12. Hercules & Love Affair – I can’t wait
13. Yacht – Summer song
14. the B-52’s – Mesopotamia
15. The Juan Mc Clean – No time
16. LCD Soundsystem – Home
17. Liquid Liquid – Optimo
18. !!! – Hello, is this thing on?
19. David Byrne – Big business (dance mix)
20. The Slitts – I heard it through the grapevine
21. James White & The Blacks – Almost black (Richard Sen’s Padded Cell mix)
22. Padded Cell – city of lies
23. The Rapture – House of the jealous lovers

This is the worst summer ever! A lot of rain came down yesterday during the Vollt! loves Summer-festival. Altough i had a good time and heard some great dj-sets it could have been so much nicer with more sun.
Man of the day was Henrik Schwarz, he gave so much energy and he has such an unique sound. Also Minilogue was great. Dj Koze seemed to have trouble mixing, but his music choice is exellent. Mathias Kaden ended the night in the tent with an energetic deep house set (very good dj that i didn’t know yet).

Minilogue in action

dj Koze from Hamburg

Henrik Schwarz from Berlin

Vollt! loves summer is a yearly dancefestival on a fanstastic location: the NDSM-werf on the North side of Amsterdam. It’s founder is Bart Skills, a local minimal-techno dj. This festival is different from other festival because the music and the dj’s are more important than the whole circus around it. The festival-area doesn’t need much decoration anyway. The thing is, good weather is important because there is only one tent, the rest is a big open space. Since it’s been raining a lot this summer, the big question is: does Summer love Vollt!? The forecast isn’t good at all :-(. Lucky for me, the dj sets i wanne see are in the tent: Minilogue, dj Koze and Henrik Schwarz.

Here are some pics of the 2009 edition:

One of the most amazing songwriters passed away this week. Nickolas Ashford (May 4, 1941 – August 22, 2011) and Valerie Simpson, were a husband and wife songwriting/production team and recording artists. In 1966 year Ashford & Simpson joined Motown, where their best-known songs included Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, You’re All I Need To Get By and Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing. For Diana Ross they wrote hits like: Surrender and The Boss. For Chaka Kahn they wrote the anthem I’m every woman and Clouds. As performers, Ashford and Simpson’s best-known songs are “Found a cure” and “Solid”. The duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. Recently they were given writing credit on Amy Winehouse’s 2007 CD Back to Black for the single “Tears Dry On Their Own” wich is based on a sample of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s version of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”.

In recent times, Ashford & Simpson recorded and toured sporadically, but thanks to Kees Heus (KC The Funkaholic) they performed in Amsterdam (Paradiso) a few years ago, and i was lucky to be there!

They also responsible for one of my all-time-favourite songs: California Soul. There are many versions of this song, but i think Marlene Shaw is the best.

After the horrible riots they sure can use some positive vibes in North London. For 30 years dj Norman Jaye and his brother Joey play their “Good Times”-soundsysyem at the famous Nottinghill Carnival (Due to circumstances they can not participate this year though).

HERE you can watch a small documentry about the soundsystem.

The Good Times 30th Anniversary Compilation is out now on Strut Records.

Norman Jay’s website
more info about Notting Hill Carnival

Here’s one of my favourite Good Times-classics:

I’m a huge Erykah Badu fan so i didn’t have to think twice to buy a ticket for her concert in Amsterdam last month. I saw her about a year ago in a much bigger room but now she played two nights in the more intimate Paradiso. Since this tour is not supporting a new album the setlist was more varied than the last time. She played quite a few tracks from her first Buduizm album (she will play the complete album live on a Hip Hop festival in the US, she told us) and also from Mama’s gun, Worldwide Underground and New Amerykah pt 1 and 2. She keeps it in the family: in her band her coussin is playing percussion and her sister is one of the backing vocalists. The whole evening was wonderful, Erykah was funny, relaxed and she had such a good time that she almost had to be pushed of the stage. Looking forward to see her play live again next year! By then her new album (produced by Flying Lotus) will be out.

Annie, don’t wear no panties!

almost at the end of the concert: Bag lady, Window seat, Honey

MANY MORE beautiful pics of the concert.