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The French Way

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The beautiful song ‘Balloon over Paris’ by Elske DeWall that I played in my latest podcast inspired me to make a mix about France. That’s no coincidence, because there runs some French blood in my veins as well. And I was in love with a French girl for quite some time… ;-)

One of the best tracks is ‘Made in Paris’ by Trini Lopez (known for ‘If I had a hammer’). It’s a Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition that is a little bit forgotten (everybody knows their work for Dionne Warwick, of course). It has very cheerful lyrics and the melody stays in your mind immediately. The intro sounds a bit like ‘Needles and pins’ from The Searchers. The song is probably an attempt of Bacharach and David to follow the British beat bands of the mid-sixties. Read more about the track and the movie it comes from.

A movie star we all know is Sylvia Kristel (‘Emanuelle’). She reads the poem ‘La Beauté’ from Beaudelaire. Another movie star in this mix is the very sensual Brigitte Bardot. The (French) conne…

Still A Mellow Fellow

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Here are a handful of intimate songs for intimate moments. When the mix is closing down, you can take a few dance steps with your (imaginary) lover too... In interviews Tom Moulton always sounds a little bit grumpy, but his Philly remixes are superb. So look out for his latest album called ‘Philly Re-grooved ’on Harmless Records! I tried to copy the Tom Moulton trick and DJ Dazler will play my Guilty [of stealing from Dimitri and Tom] remix of First Choice on his Dazling Soul Show on the 25th of September. Check it out, if you can!

More Danny Krivit edits on his new album ‘Edits by Mr. K Vol 2: Music of the earth’ on Strut. DJ Dazler was a little disappointed after hearing the album and I agree with him to a certain extent. I like the jazz-funk approach of Mr. K., but the edits sound best in a mix when you go from one track to another. When I listen to them as an album, I start to lose interest after two or three tracks. The edits turn out to be quite alike.

If you like this mix, chec…

Soul Clouds And Showers

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The end of summer is near and to be honest there are a few dark clouds in my personal life as well these days. When I look outside rain is heavily falling on the streets. People are rushing home with their umbrellas as weapons against nature. Rain and the threat of rain are the main themes of these soul songs. The picture is done by Cuba Gallery. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Angie Stone – No More Rain (In This Cloud) (1999)
Marvin Gaye – Cloud Nine (1970)
Eddie Kendricks – Date With The Rain (1972)
Billy Griffin – Hold Me Tighter In The Rain (1982)
Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons – Touch The Rainchild (1972)
Booty People – After The Rain (1977)
The Walker Brothers – Walking In The Rain (1967)
Incognito – It May Rain Sometime (2008)
Inez Foxx – You’re Saving Me For A Rainy Day (1973)
Silvetti – Sun After The Rain (1978)
Dee Dee Bridgewater – Sweet Rain (1978)
R. Kelly – Raindrops (2003)
George Benson – Rainy Night In Georgia (2009)
Young-Holt Unlimited – Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head (1970)
The Ronette…

Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky

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It’s time to get funky with the first part of Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky! Two of the tracks are quite familiar because of the commercials that use the originals. Hugh Jackman dances on John Ozila’s ‘Funky boogie’ in a commercial for Lipton Ice Tea. And Charlize Theron takes off her clothes for Dior with Marvin Gaye’s ‘A funky space reincarnation’ in the background. I'm still working on my Marvin Gaye remix-project. Hopefully Berry Gordy will give me a ring someday... ;-) Doesn’t look the cover art of O'Donel Levy’s title track very similar to the latest album of Scissor Sisters, ‘Night work’?

Tracklist:

Johnny Hammond – Contact Funk (1978)
Bobbi Humphrey – Don’t Knock My Funk (1971)
Marvin Gaye – A Funky Space Reincarnation [Eddy’s Extended 2010 Edit] (1978)
Parliament – P-Funk (Wants To Get Funked Up) (1975)
LaToya Jackson – If You Feel The Funk (1980)
John Ozila – Funky Boogie [Pat Les Stache Re-edit] (1979/2010)
O'Donel Levy – Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (1973)
Constell…