Being an old school vinyl show in the modern radio world is tricky as there is so much to do and so much that can go wrong. Modern radio is quite slick as everything is done by computer and most presenters have the show’s music, stings and links set out for them automatically. Where DsJ do choose their own music most just have to pull up a digital file; no need to clean them and no worries that they’ll jump. So most presenters can relax and concentrate on presenting as all the music and stings etc are taken care off., which is not the case when you’re playing old school dance music classics on vinyl records. Mixing manually with vinyl takes time, so it means there’s less time for links and interaction with listeners text and social media, but on the plus side it means there’s more music.RTE Pulse is different, most shows a...Read More
Here’s an old school minimix by The Unusual Suspect done last week for Radiomade.ie’s successful World Record attempt. The guys spent three days doing the world’s longest ever talk show. They were allowed ten minutes off each hour, which they filled with guest minimixes. Mine was played between 2am and 3am on the last night time, so I’m taking full credit for helping the guys push on through and batter the existing world record into oblivion.
A remix of an early 70′s film classic, to a rehash of 80′s electro, to a 90′s house bootleg and then mad techno, all in ten minutes.
The Theme From Get Carter – Breakneck 12″ x-rate Dirtbox mix
Arthur Baker vs New Order remixes ’02 – Confusion (Koma Bones vocal version)
Soundsation – Peace & Joy
LMG – Pornography
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This was a pre-recorded old school mix done on my turntables at home, hence the robot announcer. Back to me next week I’m afraid.
Todd Terry ‘It’s Over Love’
MK ‘Always’ (Club MIx)
Medway ‘Vibrations (Dub Mix)’
Joe T. Vannelli ‘Don’t Let Go’
Tanita Takaram ‘Twist In My Sobriety (Phil Kelsey Instrumental)
Moonchild ‘V.O.A.T (Variations On A Theme)’
Reflekt feat. Delline Bass ‘Need To Feel Loved’
The Crystal Method ‘Keep Hope Alive (BT’s Creatine Method Mix)’Read More
After DJ Spiral made things bounce on the show last week I decided to go full on trance for this week’s show. For people not in the know trance can have quite a bad image. Some people judge it on the cheesier end of some of the stuff coming out of Europe, but like any musical genre there are different sub-genres, some less commercial sounding like the other. This misconception has come about due to the size of trance these days. It’s massive and is loved across the world. It wasn’t always like this as it grew from very small beginnings, itself a sub-genre of house.
Most people believe the origins of trance music are from Germany and this is where the first true trance acts came from, but the earliest reference to ‘trance’ in modern dance music is actually the British act The KLF on thei...Read More
This week was a very special show with DJ Spiral in the studio doing a live vinyl mix, which was a masterclass in how to mix vinyl, the likes of which has not been seen or heard in RTE for many a year. Some of you may remember Spiral did Ireland proud on Big Brother back in the mid-noughties. Whilst he flirted with rapping for a while his real passion is DJing and tonight he proved it on RTE’s wheels of steels, giving them a work out like they’ve not a had in a long time. He nailed it.
For the last half hour of the show he did a continous mix that lifted things up a notch or two, pushing the bpms and taking us on at journey with the likes of Artemesia’s “Bits N Pieces”, Moonman’s epic “Don’t Be Afraid”, by some little known DJ called Ferry Corsten, and Da Hool’s 1997 classic “Meet He...Read More
Being this into old school dance music takes devotion, especially when pretending to hold down a full-time job. I hadn’t heard Nomad’s (I Wanna Give You) Devotion for ages until this week and had forgotten how great it is. Lots of tracks around 1990 had UK rappers alongside female vocalists; some of them were terrible but some of them worked really well. Jazz & The Brother Grimm’s ‘Casanova’ is a great example as is Nomad’s most famous record. The track was given a new lease of life in 2006 by the Groove Diggerz, so the young audience should all recognise it.
As it’s quite balmy at the moment the show took on a Balearic holiday vibe. To me nothing somes up classic Ibiza than Orchestra JB’s “Free Spirit” from 1990...Read More
This week’s show was a musical shot across the bows and the ammunition used was packed with high explosive old school classics. There is a forthcoming old school club night in Dublin that is only playing post-1994 old school tracks. Being an old school raver this wound me up, as the best years for rave were the early nineties. So, in response, I decided to a do show that only contained pre-1994 records.
I took the piano classics out of the vaults which included the uplifting feel good mood of Last Rhythm “Last Rhythm”, the techno drenched feast of Digital Orgasm “Moog Eruption”, the Italian dolce vita flavour of Smallage “Together” as well as many more and mother of all Italo house classics Asha’s massive ‘JJ Tribute’ the eulogy to Janis Joplin.
I never normally pack a show with huge ...Read More
This week was slightly different from our usual old school dance music fare. We mixed it up with a more modern twist but with records from the last few years that are still true to the old school or which sampled classics.
One of the modern dance music producers that we are really liking is Ejeca. They play The Button Factory this Saturday so we took the opportunity to play two of their great records, which feature old school style breakbeats and piano riffs that wouldn’t have sounded out of place in an early 90′s rave. But we started with Drums of Death with a track that sounds like it could be 808 State “Pacific” and the Meck track that samples Felix and Musique Vs U2 with a brilliant reworking of the pianos on New Year’s Day.
1. Drums of Death “Waves City”
It’s not often we play Fatboy Slim Remix on this show, but that’s not to say we don’t love him, he can just can be a bit overplayed at times, so we try and go more underground. But, we thought it’s time things changed due to his brilliant remix of Raven Maize, that he did in the early noughties. It is a Joey Negro reworking of Corporation Of One’s classic of the same name; not that they’ll have received any financial benefit from this as the track is basically Simple Minds’s ‘Theme From Great Cities’ with Queen’s vocals from the beginning of Bohemian Rhapsody laid over the top. It sounds like Mr Cook added a bit of a sample from Jamie Principle’s ‘Your Love’ too that he tweaked.
There’s been some great remixes of Everything But The Girl’s 1994 classic ‘Missing’, but pe...Read More
Not known for having the best summers on the planet when we do have them in Ireland we like to make the most of it and pretend it’s similar here to Ibiza for a few months on year. It’s blatantly not but that doesn’t stop us pretending it is and there’s no harm making the most of what we get. So this week it was all flip flops and naked DJing in the RTE studios, so we we went all Balearic old school, playing some classic records which bring back memories of lazy days and long nights spent on that magical white isle.
1. Dimitri From Paris ‘Souvenir De Paris’ (this used in the brilliant film Sexy Beast).
2. Jam & Spoon ‘Stella’ (ambient German electronica combined with Spanish guitar).
3. Bomb The Bass ‘The Air You Breathe’ (Smog mix)