Celebrating the 50th episode of the Saturday Night Sessions podcast, Los Angeles veteran and longtime friend Lenny Vega delivers a great mix that showcases his programming and mixing skills. Focusing on taking a groove and building upon it track by track, the mix deftly plays with familiar sounds and samples intermixed with modern production techniques. http://www.saturdaynightsessions.com
1 Smiling Faces Soul Clap Mix No regular playWolf+ Lamb Music
2 Dance Beats MixEarth People Cabaret
3 Mist (Chris Lattner Remix)Lewis Boardman NRK
4 Jack Your Body (Original Mix) J.M. Silk Phuture Trax
5 Rare Grooved (Original Mix) Jamie Anderson
6 Love Recycled 1 Solomun 2DIY4
7 99 (Tim Green Remix) Cassius,
8 Patty Sue(SuperFlu Suncream’s Remix) Super Flu, Andhim
9 Calypso (Original Mix) Round Table Knights ,Bauchamp
10 Running to Sthlm (Original Mix) Martin Dawson
11 Let’s Dance (Original Mix ) Lewis Lastella
12 Gonna Be Alright (Original Mix ) Andre Crom, Martin Dawson
13 Tom’s Diner (original mix) Bingo Players
14New York Sun (Original Mix ) Steffen Deux
15 Gomorrah Feat. J & S Productions (Original Mix) Joeski
16 Jacko Bein Ruff (Hi Jack Remix) Trevor Loveys Jack Union
17 Dirty Thirty (Original Mix ) And.ID Mobilee Records
18 Cry Just A Little (Original Mix) Bing Players Hysteria
19 Gypsy Carnival (Original Mix) Oliver$ Made to Play
20 Doin Ya Thang (Original Mix) Oliver$ Play it down
If you were to get out a map and track the history of house music – with endless lines sprouting from New York, Chicago and Detroit to points all over the world – you’d have to make a big, red circle around Miami, Florida, and start drawing. Miami was never ground zero to a full-fledged subcultural movement. But it is where Oscar Gaetan, better known as Oscar G, has lived every day of his life. And that fact alone makes it a hub on the global underground.
An award-winning songwriter, producer, and DJ, Oscar is one of dance music’s brightest and most enduring stars. As part of seminal production teams Liberty City, Murk, and Funky Green Dogs, he boasts hits – Billboard chart-toppers as well as underground smashes – in every decade, every trend, and every market. “Some Lovin’,” “Fired Up,” and “Dark Beat” are more than just tracks: They are moments, shared by clubbers worldwide. They’re the kind of moments Oscar still creates at Space Miami, his hometown superclub, where he’s been a resident DJ for a staggering eight years – coming full circle after a globetrotting career.
Oscar and longtime friend and production partner Ralph Falcon grew up in a Miami enlivened by the fresh spirit of hip-hop. “Break dancing, graffiti and the music that went along with it: That’s really what got me into DJ-ing in the first place,” he says. By the age of 12, he was already spinning at school dances.
Oscar and Ralph started working together at the end of high school, blending the sounds of their youth with the beginnings of house, like Ten City and Blaze; and the darker Euro bands of the time, like Depeche Mode and New Order. “We were always big on doing our own sound, with our own feeling and vibe in every aspect of it; from the way we mixed things to the sounds we chose,” says Oscar. “I remember being obsessed with that for years, and then people started to listen.”
The early years bore some of the work for which they’re still best known, like often imitated, never duplicated vocals “Some Lovin’,” “If You Really Love Someone,” and “Reach For Me” (Tribal). Upon their release in 1993, the pair became instant superstars. “Europe kind of grabbed us,” says Oscar, so they spent a good amount of time touring overseas, eventually visiting every major and minor outpost of the global dance scene, including Zouk Singapore, Ministry Of Sound London, and Stereo Montreal.
“Fired Up!” (Twisted), their biggest hit ever, followed in 1996. It topped the Billboard Dance chart, and even cracked the Top 100, peaking at No. 80. They would go on to remix countless major pop artists, from Madonna to Cher to Donna Summer; and appear on mainstream outlets like MTV and Top Of The Pops. The boys also cut two complete Funky Green Dogs albums for major label MCA, “Star” (1999) and “Super California” (2001). But their own measures of success were still decidedly underground: “Once Junior Vasquez played our records at Sound Factory [in New York], we felt like we could retire, and at that point we were like 20,” says Oscar.
In March 2000, Space opened in downtown Miami with Oscar as the Saturday night resident, just as the world was paying its annual visit for Winter Music Conference. The club – with its cavernous main room, pummeling German sound system and nitrogen blasts – was the talk of dance world, and the legend of Oscar’s residency began to grow.
The year 2003 was a big one. Oscar released the “Live @ Space” (Star 69) compilation, and won the Club World Award for “Best Resident DJ” (which he won again in 2007). Murk set a new Billboard Dance chart record, with five No. 1’s in a single year: Four singles from their self-titled artist album on Tommy Boy Records, and “Dark Beat” (Twisted), tribal house’s first real vocal anthem, which found its way from dance floors onto mainstream radio. “We came up with ‘Dark Beat’ in about 15 minutes. Whenever things come that quickly, you know there’s something to them,” says Oscar. “But we didn’t think radio or anthem; we were thinking more like, ‘Oh man, Danny Tenaglia’s gonna be all over this!’”
In 2006, Oscar became one of Pacha New York’s only non-NY-based monthly residents, strengthening his bond with his home-away-from-home, and its rich dance history. He released a second installment in the Space series in 2007, starting new relationships with Nervous Records in the U.S. and CR2 in the U.K. CR2 also snapped up the Murk catalog, and commissioned new remixes of the classic tracks, including Paul Woolford’s takes on “If You Really Love Someone” and “Reach For Me.” And in 2008, after nearly two decades making music, Oscar released out his first solo album, “Innov8” (Nervous).
Even though his passion for music creation is undeniable, it’s in his DJ booth where Oscar feels most at home. “On the music side, I’ve felt pretty energized lately, because the changes in the industry really enable you to be a lot more experimental and take more chances,” he says. “But DJ-ing to me always comes first: I really believe in it as an art form. Having a residency like Space, with a regular crowd, it’s the ultimate.”
Originally from Los Angeles, DJ Kam started his music career as a local house party DJ in the early 90′s at a young age and progressed to the Hollywood club scene in 1994. He has performed at the most renowned nightclubs & festivals in the world, for promotion companies and labels including: Go Ventures, Funky Tekno Tribe, Radio Music Awards, Saturday Night Sessions, Ministry of Sound and Hed Kandi just to name a few. You can find live dj sets and remixes regularly featured on Cable TV, XM/SIRIUS Satellite, Internet & FM Radio Broadcasts in addition to multiple original label releases since 97 on Vinyl, CD and Digital Downloads. Kam feels mixing & producing allows him the opportunity to take the listener on an audio journey. He is currently in the studio producing a unique blend of house beats for upcoming releases on Saturday Night Sessions.
DJ Kam’s new mix for the SNS Podcast brings Summer 2011 to a close with a great mix of funky and prog house. More info on Kam @ www.djkam.com
1. Monica X – People (Andrei Knight Remix)
2. Nora En Pure – Spicy (Original Club Mix)
3. ATFC – Dazzle (Original Mix)
4. Gonzalez & Gonzalo – Cuban Queen (Original Mix)
5. My Digital Enemy and Prok & Fitch – Air Raid (Original Club Mix)
6. Kid Massive & MC Flipside – Lose Control (Muzzaik Mix)
7. DJ Danila – Let The Music Feat. Gosha (Belocca Remix)
8. Rank 1 – L.E.D. Let There Be Light (Wippenberg Remix)
9. Dinka – Hive (Original Mix)
10. Jean Claude Ades & Sam Obernik – Work of Art (Tomcraft Remix)
11. Alex Kenji & Federico Scavo – Get Funky (Original Mix)
12. Jay Vegas – So High (Original Mix)
13. Soundshaperz – Cocaine (Original Mix)
14. DJ Smilk & David Gruss – El Coloso De Rodas
Saturday Night Sessions founder DJ Reza‘s new mix “Love Grows Stronger” captures the vibe of Summer 2011 with some of the season’s biggest tracks with music from Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoenick, Mark Knight, Olav Basoski, Sharam, and an unreleased remix of Gabriel Angel’s “Far Too Long” by Paul Oakenfold. A limited number of promotional CDs were given away at The Love Festival SoCal and is now available for everyone.
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1. Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick Feat. Shawnee Taylor – Stronger (Club Mix)
2. Florence & The Machine - You’ve Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix)
3. Sultan & Ned Shepard & Fedde Le Grand & Mitch Crown – Running
4. Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus (Eric Prydz Remix)
5. Gabriel Angel – Far Too Long (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
6. Sharam – God Always (Dub)
7. Bob Marley – Be Loved (Mazik Bootleg)
8. Olav Basoski & Gregor Salto – Cant Top The Dutch (Original Mix)
9. Oliver S – Doin Ya Thang (Original Mix)
10. Nick Maurer & Dan Caster – Man In The House (Original Mix)
11. Stefano Noferini – Fucking House Musik (Original Club Mix)
12. Sandy Rivera & Virus J – Put Your Hands Up (Joey Suki Remix)
13. DJ Chus, Richie Santana – Best Kept Secret (Nuyoriberican Mix)
14. Aaron Smith Vs. Tom Novy – Dancin’ Now Or Never (Malibu Breeze Mashup)
15. Ivan Pica – Disco (Lauer & Canard Remix)
Widely respected as one of the originators of dance music on the radio in America, Swedish Egil is one of LA’s best DJs with a knowledge of music that is unparalleled in the industry. His Summer 2011 mix is up front, energetic and features some of the hottest progressive & electro house tracks this year. Look for a track list soon.
Swedish Egil will perform on Saturday August 20th at The Love Festival Southern California along with LA Riots, Matt Darey, Junior Sanchez, DJ Reza + much more.
www.swedishegil.com / www.saturdaynightsessions.com / www.thelovefestival.com
With a thriving record label, non-stop releases and a number one hit, things have been considerably heating up for DJ Alexander Technique. His dedication to production, especially this year, has proven to be fruitful in many ways and has reminded us that he is one of the most innovative producers around today. “Where You Are” is the most recent addition to his already impressive discography. This collaboration with heavyweights Harry Romero and Junior Sanchez and vocal extraordinaire Shawnee Taylor, was picked up by Steve Angello and released on his label Size. Pete Tong, David Guetta, Andy Norman, Dirty South and Laidback Luke have supported the Beatport exclusive track, which in a matter of one week reached number one on Beatport’s Main and House Charts.
Through the release world-wide heavy-hitters, his label, Djs Are Not Rockstars, has distinguished itself in the electronic music scene for its exploration of new musical concepts and cultural diversity. In many ways, DANR records reflects Technique’s non-uniform approach towards music, encompassing some of the world’s most renowned producers along side new blooded electronic artists under one umbrella, all producing various genres of dance music. This up-and-coming label is off to an outstanding start with releases featuring the talents of Sia, Princess Superstar, Felix Da Housecat, Larry Tee and Lauren Flax.
Alexander’s Summer 2011 Mix was recorded live in his NYC studio and is an exclusive mix for the Saturday Night Sessions podcast. He gracefully puts together some of the most memorable songs of the summer, with music from Bingo Players, Starkillers & Alex Kenji feat. Nadia Ali, Junior Sanchez, Erick Morillo, Swanky Tunes + much more. Check out www.djalexandertechnique.com for more info and don’t miss his SoCal festival debut at The Love Festival on Sat. August 20th.
1. Alexander Technique & Junior Sanchez – One Day They Love You :: InHouse Records
2. Rogerseventytwo – You Take Me Higher :: Fools Gold
3. Bingo Players – Cry (Just A Little) :: Hysteria
4. Beckwith ft. Ineabell – Higher (Alexander Technique Remix) :: Next Plateau Records
5. Florence & The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (Mark Knight Remix)
6. Erick Morillo & Eddie Thoneick ft. Shawnee Taylor – Stronger :: Subliminal Records
7. Alexander Technique ft. Ineabell – All For You :: Launch Records
8. Alex Kenji, Starkillers & Nadia Ali – Pressure (Alesso Remix)
9. Junior Sanchez ft. Karmen – I Believe In :: Size Records
10. Swanky Tunes – Oh Yeah
11. Lauren Flax ft. Kelli Scarr – Can’t Sleep (EWR Vs. Blaqwell Remix) :: DANR Records
12. Bass Jackers – Mush Mush