Here’s a music-related but not necessarily music blog post by me, but I wanted to get the opinion of you, the readers here on WDPK, being such big fans of funky, French filtered, mostly sampled disco house music.
Here’s the lowdown. About six months ago the blog Harder Blogger Faster House/Dubstep artist Skream a few months ago was exposed by another artist and this blog of using a Sample Pack called Disco Gold to create a remix he did for Duke Dumont’s track, Need U (100%)
For clarification, using a sample pack is kind of like buying an Ikea furniture set. All the parts are there in forms of stem, you just assemble it. So this is basically what Skream did. Now sampling is pretty big in music, artists like Daft Punk have sampled large chunks of tracks and basically put a whole track behind it. Skream sampled something that was created to be sampled. But would you say this is ethical musically, or is it just like Ikea furniture, something that’s practical so more people can do it more easily? Some in the comments of the HBF blog post note that many artists like Daft Punk made their whole genre around sampling. But was their sampling more original in that they looked for original tracks and loops, rather than something prepackaged and created specifically for well…creating music.
Now granted, I really like this remix by Skream, but this kind of leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Then again, how much different is this from sampling an old 70s disco record from Mom’s basement, or taking an idea from another song you’ve heard (Let’s say for example, Hall & Oates Maneater being ripped off by Stevie Wonder’s Part-Time Lover) and just replaying it? I’m not really sure what to think, considering there’s so much copying and sampling in music already. Some don’t care because the music is created to simply be enjoyed. Other’s think the musician artistic merits and talents are part of what makes music enjoyable, that it came from an original idea at least from the artist.
Lots of gray areas here, and I want to know what you guys think! Post in the comments below.
Hey Gang, here’s a little treat for you today! A stand-alone track from Sedat the Turkish Avenger! I’m not exactly sure how this one was spread around, but I think it may have been a promo for a blog. In this tune, Sedat uses his summery synths to portray a smooth feeling with a light house beat on this one. According to the Work It Baby website Sedat is going to release an EP on their label, but unfortunately I haven’t heard anything more about it in a long time, and an e-mail to the label just told me to wait. So as we wait for an EP that probably never will come out (House music fans, we are eternal pessimists when it comes to new material being released!) here’s a little bonus track to hold you over. Keep on Housin’!
Reuploaded this banger by request! Eric Prydz can toss off!
UPDATE: Thanks to an interview with DJ Falcon conducted by my personal friend Viewfromnowhere, it has been CONFIRMED that this is indeed an original track created by DJ Falcon and Thomas Bangalter. They felt that it sounded too similar to Together and So Much Love To Give though, so they decided against releasing the track. If you want to hear that part of the interview, check this video out:
This was a bootleg release back in 2004 that first released the popular song Call on Me, and credited it to DJ Falcon and Thomas Bangalter (Better known as Together). Call on Me samples Steve Winwood’s 1987 song “Valerie”. It’s a great house tune and is one of the few that is still played today. This original version is different from the Eric Prydz track and was also released earlier, and I’m in the camp that believes that Together did indeed create this track. That story of Eric Prydz giving them an early press of the track is crap, as this track is pretty well-done, and is better than the Eric Prydz version. The other song on here is a track called New New York by Nicolas Vallee, it’s alright, nothing too special. Kind of gets in your head after a while though. So here you go, “Together 003″! enjoy!
1. Call on Me – Thomas Bangalter and DJ Falcon
2. New New York – Nicolas Vallee
Alright, I LOVE Oliver, one of my favorite producers in the game right now. I feel like everything U-Tern and Oligee put their hands on is just 80s synthy nu-disco gold. The sound they’re bringing house into right now is really fresh and wild, and I just can’t get enough of it. Between producing parts of Chromeo’s new album (including the Top 40 hit Jealous, seriously loving that tune if you guys haven’t heard it), collaborating with A-Trak, remixing Breakbot, Foster The People, and others, and putting out their own amazing EPs like Mechanical (MYB, what a tune!) they’ve really climbed the charts.
I first heard them when they were getting their start with free soundcloud downloads like All Night (Heard it in an Alan Braxe mix actually) and I Need You, but now they’re no longer on their Soundcloud page for free download so I figured I’d post them, give Oliver some love and you guys some great tunes. I really enjoy All Night the most but all of these tracks have a great feel for what Oliver’s sound is like, though hopefully they keep making tunes like this and don’t go super into the electro Top 40 house sound. But this is just straight-up funky Italo Disco House right here. Here are 4 tunes by Oliver plus 1 sampler in 79.1 FM (I really hope they release some of those demos someday!), enjoy guys!
Tracklist: Oliver – All Night Oliver – Walk With Me Oliver – Footsteps Oliver – I Need You Oliver – 79.1 FM
Pseudo-update, but just wanted to make a post and share my Mixcloud account. I’ve gotten myself a DJ Controller (The Novation Twitch to be specific) and have started making mixes after listening to house music for so long. Now seeing if I can try to make it somewhere as a DJ. I’ve uploaded a few mixes so far, including two house mixes! Check ‘em out and let me know what you think guys. My username on Mixcloud is BalooDP. I like it a little more because I can expose people to a bit more music than I normally would, and it’s legal, haha. But I’ll still post music on here, don’t you worry!
Do any of you guys DJ? I’d love to hear about it or listen to your mixes as well! What kind of equipment do you use? Or any special experiences of playing out French, funky, and classic house to the masses and watching the dancefloor shake? I want to hear them!
For those of you still out there, I’m back! Decided to post up this great tune from 2000, an Australian house hit that samples Ma Quale Idea by Pino D’Angio, which samples McFadden and Whitehead. Number 1 single in the UK, a great time for house music. Enjoy guys.
1. Don’t Call Me Baby (12″ Mix)
2. Don’t Call Me Baby (Dub)
Hey everyone, for those of you who might read this, or might not, or whatever, there were some fun times and fun music to be had on this blog a few years ago. Unfortunately due to copyright violations all the links were killed about two years back, and I decided the blog went with it.
But a return isn’t out of the picture, and sometime in the future I might upload some of these classic cuts once again for you lovely folks out there, so keep an eye out, there may be a return of WDPK sometime in the near future…