Lebanese Love Songs from the 80's [Free Download]

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This is the sound of <3 Break! This is the sound of Lebanese Love Songs from the 80’s!

This mixtape premiered in the brilliant Middle Eastern & North African playlist in The Guardian, go and check out what they had to say.

Here’s what I have to say:

I find 80’s Lebanese music some of the most romantic I have ever heard and it appeals to my heart and mind and never ceases to astound me with its beauty!

80’s Lebanese music is still considered by many in the Arab world as part of The Golden Age of Lebanese Music! Indeed, in the 80’s many Lebanese artists duplicated the essence of their musical heritage from earlier decades but this time they imbued it with western inspiration and included western instruments like the electric guitar and electronic drums. It was an exciting time as the past fused with the present to showcase the future!

To me it still sounds so timeless and futuristic whilst at the same time sounding authentic, classical and (welcomingly) dated too!

This mix that I did contains many styles from classical styles through to western fusion. In a lot of the tracks you’ll hear early incantations of popular American R&B, lush orchestral ballads, torch songs, bellydance songs and tracks with shades of Reggaeton and even TechnoBrega of all things!

When you are growing up and getting into music and live in one part of the world, unfortunately it sometimes means that you do not get to hear the Ronettes, Frank Sinatra’s, George Michael’s and Shakira’s of the other part of the world. Lebanon has its own Ronettes, Sinatra’s, Michael’s and Shakira’s and most of us never knew that.

I mention the Ronettes as there’s some tracks on this mixtape by Lebanese girl groups that echo with hues of them, evoking the same spirit, subject matters and the same teen heartbreak!

Sinatra because there’s an awesome Lebanese cover of one of his most famous tracks and George Michael too because a couple of the tracks kind of remind me of his moods, most notably of the “Careless Whisper” variety.

I mention Shakira because she has a dual Colombian and Lebanese heritage, the latter via her father. You could probably have guessed that already from seeing her dance, we all know about her dancing, but you can hear it in her music too. Her biggest hit and one of the world’s biggest ever singles (and one of my personal faves) “Hips Don’t Lie” is often cited as containing a horn sample from a 1992 Spanish song “Amores Como el Nuestro” by Jerry Rivera.

However, to me, that same horn sample has always sounded strikingly Lebanese! The sample sounds very similar to one contained in a 1980’s Lebanese song, “Ta’a Ninsa Keef Ikberna”. You can hear it around the 41 minute mark in my mix. Btw, I have no idea who the artist is. It is possible that Shakira probably first heard it from amongst her paternal family’s music collection and it struck a familiar chord with her.

So you have more than just a hint of Lebanon via the roots of the artist in one of the world’s biggest hit songs. You also have the “actual sound” of 80’s Lebanon too!

I had over 1000 (one-thousand) tracks to choose from in my collection which I narrowed down to 20 for this mix. They’re some of the ones that appealed most to my sensibilities and personal tastes! I have not included a track list because I never usually do with any of my Arabic mixes because this music is extra special to me and I’m quite possessive over it. If you’re interested in this stuff, start digging, it’s not that hard to find and it’s what DJ’s/music lovers do!

You do not have to understand the Arabic language to fall in love with a lot of these tunes! Indeed, the Arabic Voice and its music is some of the most beautiful & heart-breaking in the whole world, it’s just that many of you don’t know it, just yet!

As usual, recorded live on CDJ’s with manual mixing and with no pre or post production work. Basically, a live DJ mix, like all my mixes are.

SPACEDELICA 4 : ENERGY

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Volume 4 of the SpaceDelica series and the final one for now.

Takes in B-Boy Electro, Hi-NRG, Italo and other underground 80’s dance flava’s.

Again, I went for the less obvious choices and focused on the ones I enjoyed most around that time that were probably lesser known. Plus a few new ones to me that I picked along the way.

Classic Hi-NRG like Bobby O’, Divine, People Like Us, Company B, E.G. Daily and Digital Emotion interspersed with Italo gems by Fancy, Hugh Bullen, The Winners (yes from that Freederm Ad doing the rounds in the UK atm) and Gay Cat Park.  Then you have the Electro stuff from some of the pioneers like Hashim, Cybotron and Section 25 fused with some of the SynthWave/Space Disco from the likes of Transvolta, Pluton & The Humanoids and Laserdance.  Melded together by Electronic giants like Yello and Pet Shop Boys and avante New Wave like Zed and Etnik Senetik.

As usual, recorded live on CDJ’s with manual mixing and with no pre or post production work. Basically, a live DJ mix, like all my mixes are.

Full of ENERGY!!!

Tracklist:

1. Osvaldo Montes – El Vuelo
2. Cybotron – El Salvador
3. Pluton and Humanoids – World Invaders
4. The Winners – Freedom
5. Laserdance – Power Run
6. Hugh Bullen – Alisand
7. Fancy – Slice Me Nice
8. Divine – Native Love
9. Divine – Shoot Your Shot
10. People Like Us – Midnight Lover
11. Bobby O’ feat Claudja Barry – Whisper to a Scream
12. Digital Emotion – Go Go Yellow Screen
13. X-Ray Connection – Replay (Space Mix)
14. Hashim -We’re Rocking the Planet
15. Section 25 – Looking From A Hilltop
16. Eve Electro – Take a Bite
17. Steel Mind – Bad Passion (Blende Edit)
18. Cdiii – Get Tough (Instrumental Version)
19. Etnik Senetik – Konuşma
20. Company B – Fascinated
21. Pet Shop Boys – Paninaro
22. E.G. Daily – Love in the Shadows (Dub Mix)
23. Zed – Plastic Love
24. Gay Cat Park – I’m a Vocoder
25. Transvolta – You are Disco
26. Transvolta – Disco Computer
27. Divine – Shake it Up
28. Yello – Vicious Games

You can still grab Volume 3 and read about it HERE

SpaceDelica 3 – Cosmos

1.マブラヴドロイド – スペースウェーブ
2.ロボット – サイバー
3.火星 – ドロイドに送る
4.天王星 – ボットボット
5.悲しいアンドロイド – のHyperwave
6.コスモNauts – 高い空間
7.銀河 – チョコレート
8.ユニバーサル戦士 – インフィニティ
9.セックスロボット – 感覚
10.エイリアン – ここではアウター
11.ヒッパルコス – アストロメトリ
12.クラフトワーク – スペースラブ
13.ジョット – 彗星プローブ
14.アンドロメダ – 呪い
15.オーロラ – ホーム
16.カリスト – ニンフ愛
17.ポーシャ – ようこそ
18.オベロン – ムーンウォーク
19.冥王星 – 波
20.ケンタウルス座A – ムーンウォーク
21.エリダヌス – Acama
22.カラス – アルMouakket
23.ケフェウス座 – ハーフクレセント
24.シグナス – ファンタジー
25.電気エイリアン – Laserbounce
26.スター – ウォーズ
27.トレック – スター
28. Daleks – 誰
29.ペルセウス – 悪魔スター
30.パープルパターソン – ブライトサイド

You can still grab Volume 2 and read about it HERE:

SpaceDelica 2 – Astral Luv

1. Romano Musumarra & Claudio Gizzi – Mecadence
2. Laserdance – Final Zone
3. SpaceArt – Welcome To Love
4. Lindbaek & Lindstrom – Alien In My Pocket
5. Decadance – On and On (Fears Keep On) (Flemming Dalum Remix)
6. Saxophone – Souvenir
7. Domina – You Got My Soul (Instrumentall)
8. Domina – You Got My Soul (Vox)
9. Lian Ross – Say You’ll Never
10. Mono – Life in Mono
11. Goldfrapp – Utopia
12. Black Devil Disco Club – H –Friend
13. Black Devil Disco Club – One to Choose
14. Nancy Nova – The Force
15. Air – Kelly Watch the Stars
16. ULA – Just an Engine
17. Giorgio Moroder – E=MC2 (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
18. Giorgio Moroder – First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love
19. Kraftwerk – Die Stimme der Energie
20. Neil Young – Transformer Man
21. Bang Bang – Shoot the Model (Teen Dub)
22. Soul Mekanik – I’ll Call You (Kaghoul Mix)/ Sound & Vision
23. Kenneth Bager – Fragment No.9
24. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene Pt. 3
25. Sonorous – Sleep Place Airport
26. Kraftwerk – Franz Schubert
27. Vangelis – Longing
28. Lime – Rendevous on the Dark side of the Moon
29. Yello – Moon on Ice
30. Donna Summer – I Feel Love [Patrick Cowley Remix]

And you can still grab Volume 1 too and read about it HERE:

SpaceDelica 1 – Light

1. Outer Space – Rosetta’s Comet
2. The Flirts – P.A.S.S.I.O.N. [Original 12” Version]
3. Mike Mareen – Dancing in the Dark [Galactica Remix]
4. Yello – Lost Again [Extended Version]
5. Creative Connection – Heart & Soul [Original 12” Version]
6. The Flirts – Helpless [Original 12” Version]
7. Bobby O’ – She Has A Way[Original 12” Version]
8. Bobby O’ – I’m so Hot 4 U [Original 12” Version]
9. Mr Flagio – Take A Chance [Extended 12” Version]
10. Charlie – Spacer Woman [Original 12” Version]
11. Giorgio Moroder – The Chase [Original 12” Version]
12. Laserdance – Humanoid Invasion [Original 12” Version]

Grab the whole set:

SpaceDelica 3 – Cosmos [SpaceWave]

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So following on from where I left off in 2014, this is my first mix of 2015 but Volume 3 of the SpaceDelica series.

This one goes into hyperspace after floating in Astral Luv with volume 2 with a bunch of rare, lost, forgotten and awesome cosmic tracks from the 70’s and 80’s including some Space Rock, Space Disco and the origins of the SpaceSynth sound to create a new cycle of SpaceWave.

This one is a real psychedelic Space journey, over 2 hours of Progressive SpaceWave tunage and perhaps the epitome of “SpaceDelica”. I really wish they were still making music like this today!

Once again, some of these sounds were first introduced to me by that trusted cousin at whose home I use to spend many a summer holiday. One summer I remember him leaving me alone in his room stacked with 1000’s of vinyl and my mind literally exploding to the amazing sounds I was discovering through his amazing collection. From his collection I continued to explore on my own and found many of the tracks by searching for similar stuff in record shops.

This is music that has stayed with me to this very day and my cousin’s collection has provided me with an exceptional education and depth of taste. I could not have known a lot of this stuff without him.

Sorry no tracklist, keeping a lot of these close to my chest but it’s available in Japanese! Some of you should be familiar with some of the stuff.  Of course, those in the know will know, for those that don’t, start digging the good old-fashioned way!

As usual, recorded live on CDJ’s with manual mixing and with no pre or post production work. Basically, a live DJ mix, like all my mixes are.

SpaceDelica 3 – Cosmos

1.マブラヴドロイド – スペースウェーブ
2.ロボット – サイバー
3.火星 – ドロイドに送る
4.天王星 – ボットボット
5.悲しいアンドロイド – のHyperwave
6.コスモNauts – 高い空間
7.銀河 – チョコレート
8.ユニバーサル戦士 – インフィニティ
9.セックスロボット – 感覚
10.エイリアン – ここではアウター
11.ヒッパルコス – アストロメトリ
12.クラフトワーク – スペースラブ
13.ジョット – 彗星プローブ
14.アンドロメダ – 呪い
15.オーロラ – ホーム
16.カリスト – ニンフ愛
17.ポーシャ – ようこそ
18.オベロン – ムーンウォーク
19.冥王星 – 波
20.ケンタウルス座A – ムーンウォーク
21.エリダヌス – Acama
22.カラス – アルMouakket
23.ケフェウス座 – ハーフクレセント
24.シグナス – ファンタジー
25.電気エイリアン – Laserbounce
26.スター – ウォーズ
27.トレック – スター
28. Daleks – 誰
29.ペルセウス – 悪魔スター
30.パープルパターソン – ブライトサイド

You can still grab Volume 2 and read about it HERE:

SpaceDelica 2 – Astral Luv

1. Romano Musumarra & Claudio Gizzi – Mecadence
2. Laserdance – Final Zone
3. SpaceArt – Welcome To Love
4. Lindbaek & Lindstrom – Alien In My Pocket
5. Decadance – On and On (Fears Keep On) (Flemming Dalum Remix)
6. Saxophone – Souvenir
7. Domina – You Got My Soul (Instrumentall)
8. Domina – You Got My Soul (Vox)
9. Lian Ross – Say You’ll Never
10. Mono – Life in Mono
11. Goldfrapp – Utopia
12. Black Devil Disco Club – H –Friend
13. Black Devil Disco Club – One to Choose
14. Nancy Nova – The Force
15. Air – Kelly Watch the Stars
16. ULA – Just an Engine
17. Giorgio Moroder – E=MC2 (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
18. Giorgio Moroder – First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love
19. Kraftwerk – Die Stimme der Energie
20. Neil Young – Transformer Man
21. Bang Bang – Shoot the Model (Teen Dub)
22. Soul Mekanik – I’ll Call You (Kaghoul Mix)/ Sound & Vision
23. Kenneth Bager – Fragment No.9
24. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene Pt. 3
25. Sonorous – Sleep Place Airport
26. Kraftwerk – Franz Schubert
27. Vangelis – Longing
28. Lime – Rendevous on the Dark side of the Moon
29. Yello – Moon on Ice
30. Donna Summer – I Feel Love [Patrick Cowley Remix]

And you can still grab Volume 1 too and read about it HERE:

SpaceDelica 1 – Light

1. Outer Space – Rosetta’s Comet
2. The Flirts – P.A.S.S.I.O.N. [Original 12” Version]
3. Mike Mareen – Dancing in the Dark [Galactica Remix]
4. Yello – Lost Again [Extended Version]
5. Creative Connection – Heart & Soul [Original 12” Version]
6. The Flirts – Helpless [Original 12” Version]
7. Bobby O’ – She Has A Way[Original 12” Version]
8. Bobby O’ – I’m so Hot 4 U [Original 12” Version]
9. Mr Flagio – Take A Chance [Extended 12” Version]
10. Charlie – Spacer Woman [Original 12” Version]
11. Giorgio Moroder – The Chase [Original 12” Version]
12. Laserdance – Humanoid Invasion [Original 12” Version]

SpaceDelica 4 – Energy will be dropping next few days together with a tracklist:

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SpaceDelica 2 – Astral Luv

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When I initially thought of getting out the old 80’s underground club tracks that initially inspired my first forays into dance music, I didn’t realize the sheer amount of stuff that I would have to dig back up.

First, I needed a concept and so I thought up the concept of SpaceDelica to pay tribute to these sounds.

After mixing 4 volumes amounting to almost 9 hours of music (volumes 3 & 4 coming soon), it still feels like I’ve only just started to scratch the surface. There’s so much that has been left out, so many different directions I could have taken with each volume, so many directions to take up with further volumes still. But for now these 4 volumes will have to do.

The 1980’s was an awe-inspiring time for music, a time when Post-Punk, The Romantic New Wave, Hi-NRG, Italo, Electro, Hip Hop and House were beginning to emerge, all at the same time!!!

Most of the sounds spread across all 4 volumes of my mixtapes come from a short era between the 70’s and 80’s though, the time between 1977 and 1984.

Indeed Italo & Hi-NRG had an even smaller timeline from around 1980 – 1988, it served as a bridge between the end of Disco and the beginning of House. It was Post Disco and Proto House. But when House came along, it blew everything else out of the water.

An amazing time indeed and many of the sounds still so sound as futuristic today as they did back then, hence their timelessness.

I still have my older cousin to thank for getting me into many of the sounds on the mixtapes as the sounds he introduced me to serve as key influences for many of the things that I later discovered for myself.

SpaceDelica volume 1 focused on the sounds of Hi-NRG, Electronica, Italo and Post-Disco bringing to the table some of the greatest producers of that era, Kraftwerk, Moroder, Bobby O’ and Yello and some cult gems too. A mix containing some of the most essential music that I initially heard on an anonymous, long lost, un-traceable mystery mixtape that blew my mind.

SpaceDelica 2 takes in more of a romantic view of things, hence Astral Luv. It contains some saccharine coated dance sounds, often verging on the almost cheesy side but with an indelible quality to make them appear and sound ultra-cool.

There’s great Italo covers of stuff like Souvenir, originally by OMD and the perennial Bowie classic Sound & Vision. Some Baroque Pop and also some weird gothic dance sounds fused with Italo & H-NRG and some deep electronic Indie disco by legends like the Black Devil Disco Club.

It ends with a 30 minute adagio melange made up of some gorgeous instrumental pieces of electronic music appended by a rare 16 minute version of a perennial disco classic that epically influenced much of today’s club sounds, a Patrick Cowley remix of Moroder and Summer’s “I Feel Love”. There are a few tracks from other decades too on this mix and even some Neil Young in 80’s vocoder mode thrown in too!

So this is volume 2, I hope you enjoy it. As usual, recorded live on CDJ’s with manual mixing and with no pre or post production work. Basically, a live DJ mix, like all my mixes are.

Tracklist:

1. Romano Musumarra & Claudio Gizzi – Mecadence
2. Laserdance – Final Zone
3. SpaceArt – Welcome To Love
4. Lindbaek & Lindstrom – Alien In My Pocket
5. Decadance – On and On (Fears Keep On) (Flemming Dalum Remix)
6. Saxophone – Souvenir
7. Domina – You Got My Soul (Instrumentall)
8. Domina – You Got My Soul (Vox)
9. Lian Ross – Say You’ll Never
10. Mono – Life in Mono
11. Goldfrapp – Utopia
12. Black Devil Disco Club – H –Friend
13. Black Devil Disco Club – One to Choose
14. Nancy Nova – The Force
15. Air – Kelly Watch the Stars
16. ULA – Just an Engine
17. Giorgio Moroder – E=MC2 (Alexander Robotnick Remix)
18. Giorgio Moroder – First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love
19. Kraftwerk – Die Stimme der Energie
20. Neil Young – Transformer Man
21. Bang Bang – Shoot the Model (Teen Dub)
22. Soul Mekanik – I’ll Call You (Kaghoul Mix)/ Sound & Vision
23. Kenneth Bager – Fragment No.9
24. Jean-Michel Jarre – Oxygene Pt. 3
25. Sonorous – Sleep Place Airport
26. Kraftwerk – Franz Schubert
27. Vangelis – Longing
28. Lime – Rendevous on the Dark side of the Moon
29. Yello – Moon on Ice
30. Donna Summer – I Feel Love [Patrick Cowley Remix]

You can still grab volume 1 below and read about it HERE:

SpaceDelica – Light

1. Outer Space – Rosetta’s Comet
2. The Flirts – P.A.S.S.I.O.N. [Original 12” Version]
3. Mike Mareen – Dancing in the Dark [Galactica Remix]
4. Yello – Lost Again [Extended Version]
5. Creative Connection – Heart & Soul [Original 12” Version]
6. The Flirts – Helpless [Original 12” Version]
7. Bobby O’ – She Has A Way[Original 12” Version]
8. Bobby O’ – I’m so Hot 4 U [Original 12” Version]
9. Mr Flagio – Take A Chance [Extended 12” Version]
10. Charlie – Spacer Woman [Original 12” Version]
11. Giorgio Moroder – The Chase [Original 12” Version]
12. Laserdance – Humanoid Invasion [Original 12” Version]
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I’ve been meaning to do this for a while. This mix is based on one of the first ever mixes I heard that literally blew my mind and got me into dance sounds.

My much older cousin (the same one who got me into LIME) was into Hi-NRG dance culture and he gave me a hot mixtape many years ago on cassette. It was the first mixtape I had ever heard and is perhaps still the best one I ever heard till this very day. Sadly, I don’t have it anymore as I wore it out within months of having it.

It was my introduction into dance sounds and I was just intrigued by the energy and new sounds flowing from it. From that cassette I got into stuff like Lime, Yello and Bobby O’s awesome productions.

At the time, I didn’t know any of the artists on the cassette except Kraftwerk’s “Trans Euro Express”. The cassette didn’t have a tracklist and neither did I know which DJ had curated the mix. I think my cousin just nabbed it from a DJ spinning at one of the club nights he went to. I spent months searching out the tracks at record stores and finally found a lot of the artists and brought many of the tracks on vinyl. I’ve included many of those tracks here on this mixtape.

The tracks that hit me most from that mixtape were the ones by Yello, I just died when I heard that church organ and the melancholy of the track in “Lost Again”.

Also that little known Creative Connection track (which is a superior version of a famous 80’s cheesy Eurodance track) just killed me too and still does.

Forget everything else Mike Mareen has ever done, it’s all crap, pretty cheesy and a bit embarrassing BUT “Dancing in the Dark” (Galactica Remix) is still probably one of the best dance records in the world for me. It’s pure genius. Never heard anything like it at the time and never heard anything quite like it since! It has to rank as one of the world’s most underrated dance tracks in the whole history of dance music. No-one mentions it and it’s a huge injustice because there’s nothing quite like it. It occupies a whole world unto itself and it is EPIC, every single second of it!

Bobby O’ was a genius too. He stole a lot of things from many different artists, New Order, Moroder, Human League, Fancy, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and so on but he always made it sound like his own. He is also the producer behind The Flirts amongst many others. That Passion track was years ahead of its time and She Has A Way is a classic, perhaps his finest tune.

Tracks like Spacer Woman still rock hard and Mr Flagio taught Daft Punk all that they know at least 20 years before they hit the scene. Then there’s forgotten classics like Laserdance’s “Humanoid Invasion”, which was the start of the “SpaceSynth” sub-genre around that time.

Some of the tracks that appeared on the original mix are missing from my mix as I wanted to keep the mix tight and straight to the point. Those were awesome tracks like “Vicious Games” by Yello, “Trans Euro Express” by Kraftwerk and some other Hi-Nrg stuff by the likes of Divine, Hazel Dean and others.

This mix recreates that same vibe for me, listening to it, making it, I have that same euphoric feeling that I had at that time. The feeling has not diminished one bit which is a testament to the timelessness of these tracks and the powerful effect of this kind of music.

Most of the tracks are retained in their whole 12″ inch splendour, this is not the kind of music that you chop and cut short, you need to hear almost every single minute of it played out in full so far as possible.

SpaceDelica – Light

1. Outer Space – Rosetta’s Comet
2. The Flirts – P.A.S.S.I.O.N. [Original 12” Version]
3. Mike Mareen – Dancing in the Dark [Galactica Remix]
4. Yello – Lost Again [Extended Version]
5. Creative Connection – Heart & Soul [Original 12” Version]
6. The Flirts – Helpless [Original 12” Version]
7. Bobby O’ – She Has A Way[Original 12” Version]
8. Bobby O’ – I’m so Hot 4 U [Original 12” Version]
9. Mr Flagio – Take A Chance [Extended 12” Version]
10. Charlie – Spacer Woman [Original 12” Version]
11. Giorgio Moroder – The Chase [Original 12” Version]
12. Laserdance – Humanoid Invasion [Original 12” Version]

LIME : LOVE MIX [Hi-NRG]

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There’s something strange about Canadian music that has a strong connection with me as some of my favourite bands and artists come from there, Rush, Neil Young, Cowboy Junkies and Lime. They have something pretty unique in the Canadian water that produces this one of a kind type of sound.

Lime are the first band who were chiefly responsible for getting me into Dance sounds via my Cousin who was like a much older brother to me and a gay older brother to boot. Through him, I first heard “Your Love” and my mind was blown and my life changed forever. Lime introduced me to Electronic Dance sounds and the Hi-NRG scene which, in the UK, was a predominantly gay scene.

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During the 70’s and 80’s gay people really reaped the benefits of the long overdue de-criminalization of homosexuality and they enjoyed the first strands of liberation in the UK. Their clubs and dance scenes developed with greater and more open prominence than ever before.

Ironically, as a straight male, that also benefited me in a great way. I actually achieved liberation through gay music and culture and I have that scene to thank for that. Much of my early (under-age) clubbing life was spent in gay clubs with my older cousin and his numerous boyfriends where the music was far superior, the crowd much friendlier and less drunk and the women much, much prettier. Subsequently I introduced a lot of my other straight friends into the gay clubbing scene. My best mate at the time (a foreign student from Finland) and I would spend our weekends at the gay clubs dancing until we dropped. It was a liberating time for me, away from the constraints & predicability of other clubs and also some of the best years of my life.

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After I had discovered Lime, it led me on to other discoveries like Yello, Bobby O’, The Flirts, Pet Shop Boys, Mike Mareen, Fancy and the whole Italo Disco & House scene too.

I still have a vast collection of Hi-NRG music on vinyl stored away. I use to buy it from the only gay record store I knew about in my city. Each time I’d go in and the guy there called Funky Dunc, who use to spin in the gay clubs, would play me a bunch of new stuff from all around the world that just use to blow my mind. We‘d spend all or money in that store picking up the latest Hi-NRG, Italo Disco & House records. That scene is still one of the best scenes in the world to me. I love the people, the culture and I still love the music.

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The first thing that got me about Lime was the feel good & uplifting factor of their music, it was so catchy and emotional and you could dance to it and get lost in it all, pure escapism. I’d never heard stuff like that ever before in my life, it was and still is truly unique! It was Denyse LePage’s falsetto trills that gave me the butterflies in my stomach, One commentator said that she sounded like a “…yippy chihuaha doggie with a lit firecracker up her ass”. You either loved it or hated it but I LOVED it! I fell in love with her; I think I’m still in love with her. Then you had Denis LePage’s deep raspy, gravely tones that Divine ripped off. All underpinned with the most gorgeous melodies, the melancholia and the up to date advancements in music technology, synthesizers, drum machines and the BPM. Records were always categorized by BPM’s back then!

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There’s an Urban Disco myth that Denis and Denyse were in fact the one and same person and that he sang both the deep vocal and the falsetto, it’s not true but added to their mystery back then. They never toured either but used to hire younger and apparently more attractive couples to do the tours in their place, to appear as them with backing tapes whilst they did the vocals themselves. I caught them live once at some gay club in the UK and I was so disappointed that it wasn’t the LePage’s themselves as the vocals were nowhere near like they were on the studio recordings.

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I’m still amazed that Lime are not looked upon in the same way as some of the other Electronic pioneers like Kraftwerk, Moroder, Yello and Depeche Mode. Ok, maybe they were not as experimental or ground-breaking as those artists but their music still stands up, even today, it’s basically timeless and genius! However, there were 2 sides to Lime, a great genius side and a not so good cheesy side but the genius side triumphs over all for me.

If you’ve never checked them out, it’s never too late. One of the greatest dance acts EVER in the world for me and their music still moves me just like it did all the way back when……In fact, upon revisiting their music recently, I am even more mind-blown by their genius, over 30 years has not diminished it one bit. I discover something new each time I listen and that only happens if the artist is truly GREAT. Their sound is timeless!

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So here is a mix of some of my favourite Lime tracks, music that still sends shivers down my spine! Some absolute classics on here like “Your Love”, Unexpected Lovers”, “Guilty”, “Babe We’re gonna love tonight” and “Angel Eyes”. Some of my personal faves too like the incredibly underrated “Give Me Your Body”, “I don’t want to lose you”, the Arabic inflected “Agent 406”, “Gold Digaaaaah” and a track called “Reconciliate” that they released as LePage as it was considered too dark to put out as a Lime record. The BPM’s are all over the place, often changing multiple times on the same track, making old skool manual beat-matching quite difficult and that’s another surprising thing about the genius that is Lime!

Download the Mix!

1. Your Love
2. Unexpected Lovers
3. Agent 406
4. Babe, We’re Gonna Love Tonight
5. Come and Get Your Love
6. Guilty
7. Angel Eyes
8. I Don’t Want To Lose You
9. Take It Up
10. Give Me Your Body
11. Cutie Pie
12. Gold Digger
13. Reconciliate

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TOM WAITS : "WILD" & "TAME" YEARS MIXES [BASSFISHTROMBONES]

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One of the greatest, most enjoyable and liberating things about Generation Bass is that we have never limited ourselves to just introducing many of you to Bass music from around the world, which we’re very good at. We blog almost anything that takes our fancy and occasionally I have taken time to blog about some of my musical inspirations.

This is not the first time that Tom Waits has made an appearance on our blog. Indeed I remember blogging about him right at the start a few months after the blog started – THE GENIUS THAT IS TOM WAITS! REMIX (gosh my writing sucked, still does lol).  We have continued to blog about him from time to time throughout the years because he is such a unique and visionary musician, just how we like them over here.

I won’t go into great detail about the man as I am more interested in the music than the man behind the myth.   If you’re interested in finding out more about his background and so forth, I’d suggest you do some research or read a book about him.

Tom’s musical history could be split into many different parts as he has experimented with a whole host of genres from Jazz, Blues, Vaudeville, Tin Pan Alley through to Industrial and Experimental stuff.  For me, however, I like to divide his work into 2 periods.

First, there’s the singer-songwriter period during the 70’s when he crafted some great tracks on traditional instruments using traditional techniques honing in on Country, Americana, Blues and Jazz.

Then there’s the period that began in the early 80’s when he reinvented himself and the way in which he created music and he used un-orthodox instruments but yet again crafting awesome tracks and here he sounded like a man possessed.

I much prefer work from his latter period as I found it more challenging and innovative albeit, the album that opened me up to his work was the Soundtrack to the Coppola movie “One from the Heart” which drew more on his jazzy side but also threw in shades of what was coming on tracks like “Can’t Unring a Bell”.

Indeed it was his 80’s output that really made me a lifetime fan of his work when he released a trilogy of albums on Island Records, “Swordfishtrombones” “Rain Dogs” and “Frank’s Wild Years”.

It was the album “Swordfishtrombones” that blew my mind as I had never heard music like that before and he introduced into his work unconventional instruments like the bassoon, waterphone, bagpipes, Marimba, Pump Organs and weird Percussion.  This album was very challenging and at first I liked a handful of tracks but as time went on my appreciation for it grew and grew to the point where it’s become one of my all time favourite albums.

Tom’s music is an acquired taste but once you get a taste for it, you find it hard to give it up and it stays with you forever.

“Rain Dogs” continued the off the wall experimentations but he had matured his art to a level where it was at its most mainstream.  This was perhaps, his most cohesive album and the one that was most accessible.  He had perfected the art on this album.

“Frank’s Wild Years” combined the underground and mainstream of the 2 preceding albums and threw in more weirdness and vaudeville.

He has proceeded with this sound on later albums like Bone Machine, Real Gone,  Mule Variations, Orphans and Bad As Me.

Out of the above bunch “Mule Variations” is a good place as any to start as it’s his most accessible work after “Rain Dogs”. For me, however, every one of his albums holds something special.

It’s been on my mind to do a mix tribute to him for some time but I never got around to it until now.  Saying that I did “Unofficial” compilations of his work some years ago that use to get a lot of rave reviews in the local Jazz Clubs and restaurants in my home city and that helped to introduce his work to many, many new people. So I have been well acquainted with his work for many years.

So these 2 mixes are a collection of some of my favourite Tom Waits tracks from his “Tame” & “Wild” Years.

There’s rip-roaring madness on the “Wild Years Mix” and some absolute gorgeous “Bawlers” on the “Tame Years Mix”.

Very few Artists can create a “Luv Song” with as much conviction, brutal honesty, sincerity and with an element of cool, than Tom Waits!

These 2 mixes consisting of almost 100 tracks are still not enough to provide a brief summary to this man’s incredible work, so many great things were left out and hard choices had to be made in the context of a mix to consider atmosphere & flow. At least it might provide those unfamiliar with a great introduction to his majestic & totally unique work. Both mixes are capped off with hilarious tales spoken by the man himself, he’s such a great liar!

Tom Waits is simply a GENIUS & one of my all time favourite artists, he helped me through a lot of first world problems as I was growing up!

This is my humble tribute to his Legend.

Thank you Tom, I never did like that dog!

Tom’s Wild Years Mix (DJ UMB August 2014) by Dj Umb on Mixcloud

RAINDOGS
JOCKEY FULL OF BOURBON
TEMPTATION
TELEPHONE CALL FROM ISTANBUL
SINGAPORE
I’LL BE GONE
16 SHELLS FROM A THIRTY-OUGHT-SIX
HANG ON ST. CHRISTOPHER
LIE TO ME
GET LOST
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN
WAY DOWN IN THE HOLE
GIN SOAKED BOY
HEARTATTACK & VINE
LOWDOWN
I DON’T WANNA GROW UP
HELL BROKE LUCE
FISH IN THE JAILHOUSE
BAD AS ME
BIG IN JAPAN
THE PONTIAC
LOWSIDE OF THE ROAD
EARTH DIED SCREAMING
BLOW WIND BLOW
DIAMONDS & GOLD
HOW’S IT GONNA END
CHOCOLATE JESUS
GUN STREET GIRL
GREEN GRASS
MORE THAN RAIN
LITTLE DROP OF POISON
MAKE IT RAIN
DOWNTOWN TRAIN
HOLD ON
COLD, COLD GROUND
HANG YOUR HEAD
BACK IN THE CROWD
JERSEY GIRL
CHILDREN’S SONG

Tom’s Tame Years Mix (DJ UMB August 2014) by Dj Umb on Mixcloud

OPENING MONTAGE
TOM’S PIANO INTRO
ONCE UPON A TOWN
I BEG YOUR PARDON
BLUE VALENTINES
SMALL CHANGE
THE GHOSTS OF SATURDAY NIGHT (After Hours At Napoleone’s Pizzza House)
PICKING UP AFTER YOU
TAKE IT WITH ME
JOHNSBURG ILLINOIS
I’M STILL HERE
IF I HAVE TO GO
BROKEN BICYCLES
SOLDIERS THINGS
RAINBIRDS
PICTURE IN A FRAME
TELL IT TO ME
LONG WAY HOME
PAY ME
TIME
5 SECOND PAUSE FOR THOUGHT WHILST I FIX THE CD PLAYER (TIME RESUMES)
SAN DIEGO SERENADE
SOMEWHERE
YESTERDAY IS HERE
WATCH HER DISAPPEAR
SHORE LEAVE
CLAP HANDS
SWORDFISHTROMBONES
9TH & HENNEPIN
INSTRUMENTAL MONTAGE
TANGO TILL’ THEY’RE SORE
MIDOWN
FRANK’S WILD YEARS
STRAIGHT TO THE TOP
LITTLE BOY BLUE
DIAMONDS ON MY WINDSHIELD
STEP RIGHT UP
BARBERS SHOP
TROUBLE BRAIDS
PASTIES & A G-STRING
CAN’T UNRING A BELL
BRIDE OF RAIN DOG
JUST ANOTHER SUCKER ON THE VINE
THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER
INNOCENT WHEN YOU DREAM (78)
THAT’S THE WAY
BEND DOWN THE BRANCHES
YOUNG AT HEART
I’LL SHOOT THE MOON
PULLING YOUR LEG (UNTITLED)

………..AND ALL THAT JAZZ……………

Recently been trawling through my CD’s stored with mixes/live gigs etc etc and amongst the Arabia, Eastern, Dub, Lounge and other collections, I came across a bunch of live recordings at a great Jazz club that use to be in my home city where I use to play regularly when I first started out as a DJ, Ty’s Jazz Club. In fact his club was one of the best in the UK during that time and he got into Jazz through my cousin and I. He loved it so much that he opened up a really great place filled with awesome memories.

So when I started dj’ing and he found out, he wanted me in and I use to open for live jazz bands and play in between and after parties too!

I was into Jazz way before I actually got into most other stuff and so it was perfect start for me.

The recordings were a bit of a revelation to me cause I was heavily into Jazz and it’s been a joy listening back to some solid material with great, great production and complex improvised arrangements. Kinda made me remember how great music is by virtuoso musicians is and I feel that I’ve been missing out on that element for a while in recent years.

The mixing/transitions aren’t great, so don’t expect any clever tricks and do expect a lot of mistakes..ahhaha….it was live on the night and I was just starting out… so what do want…perfection..lol..it was mostly experimental/improv just like a lot of Jazz..

Part 1:

The stuff on the mix is NOT the Be Bop stuff from the 50’s & 60’s that most influenced me but stuff that came later that got “dancified” by the likes of Carl Craig, UFO and Madlib.

First part contains a lot of Madlib, hence why I stuck him on the cover but there’s loads of goodness on this mix.

It’s not fad/fashion music, like a lot of dance music is, this is timeless stuff.

Part 2:

This one takes in more of a warm up, down-tempo lounge/cocktail feel to start off with before tailing off into some Vocal Swing & BeBop.

Nothin’ too rare or unknown here, most tracks ought to be familiar territory.

Tom Waits, Chet Baker, Harry Connick Jr, Sinatra, Nina Simone and Yusuf Lateef amongst others.

Some cool stuff on this!

Again, totally, timeless stuff that outlives fashion statements/fad music, some of which I’ve been pushing for the past few years, think it’s time to get back to this kinda stuff in my life!

Part 3:

I always did something slightly different each time I played there and this night I was feeling in a darker ECM Jazz mood.

It’s pretty deeep and dark!

Sorry no tracklist and a few of the tracks/sections do cross-over with my TrueForce mixtape, soz about that!

Expect ECM kind of stuff, Jan Garbarek, Bugge Wesseltoft and other stuff like Cinematic Orchestra, Nina Simone amongst other material.

Part 4:

Ok I think this is the last one I can find, for now!!

I always tried to avoid playing obvious stuff cause it’s too easy to please in that way, this is not rare stuff but it’s not obvious either.

Good mood/vibe on this one, was on form this night.

Takes in Experimental, Jazz-Fusion, Be Bop and some Psychedelic Jazz too!

GENERATION CHILL : EASTERN RETROSPECTIVE

We’ve trawled through some of my back ctalogue of mixes including Arabia 1 & 2 & Jazz  in the past few weeks and so now it’s time for the Eastern chilled stuff!

VOLUME 1

This one goes back to 2002 of mainly chilled grooves from Asia/India!

Heavily influenced by the main lounge dudes at the time, Buddha Bar dj’s Claude Challe & Ravin and also the UK’s very own Pathaan, aka Bowie’s fave dj.

I used a lot of this mix as a soundtrack to my sister’s very coool wedding video and so, so, so  many people asked for it, it was unbelievable!

VOLUME 2

So sorry, Volume 2 could not be resurrected 🙁 as the CD was unreadable!

VOLUME 3

This one also goes back to 2002 but is more up-tempo and some of you might already have this one cause I did post it about a year ago.

Heavily influenced by the Asian Underground & Talvin Singh’s Anokha!

 

GENERATION CHILL : Post Apocalyptic Chill

This is one of my first ever mixtapes that I found again after such a long time. I did this 10 years ago in 2002 prior to ever dj’aying out live. I started dj’aying at gigs in 2005 and before that there was a period of about 3 years where I’d just do strange mixtapes like this one. Originally it was called “A Sea of Ambience” but I thought I’d update the title & cover.

What surprised me most about this mixtape is that it still sounds fresh and relevant, it sounds kind of timeless and appears not to have dated at all to my ears. I’m really glad I found it again.

It contains a bunch of tracks erring on the ambient, deep and melancholic side full of film scores like bladerunner and melodic and haunting electronic pieces and also music introduced to me by my friend & favourite DJ, Claude Challe.

Sorry I don’t have a tracklist 🙁

I hope you enjoy it!