After a week of absence due to massive learning for my final exams, I’m proud to announce the first episode of what’s going to be a monthly highlight here on discodemons.net: Each first Friday of the month, I’ll hand off the power over my blog to a long-time friend and fellow DJ (with whom I happen to have the honour of sharing stage tonight). I’m not beating around the bush today, so let’s see (and more importantly: hear), what he’s got to say about himself.
Aka Tell´s Hangover Sessions is a series of monthly dj mixes. For one hour Aka spins the tracks that he loved most, that influenced him or about that he really had to say some words during the last few weeks. Every mix is accompanied by an article on discodemons.net in which he is disclosing thoughts, stories and anecdotes about that mix.
Aka Tell is a member of the electro house act A.G.Trio. Together with Andy Korg he heads the austrian electro house label Etage Noir Special. He has been active as a DJ for more than 10 years. Aka Tell lives in Vienna, Austria.
â€žThis tune … this tune is so large … it´s gonna have it´s own venue – it´s gonna have toÂ have it´s own festival!– Pete Tong on BBC 1
Not quite a kind of understatement, when Pete Tong introduced this track as â€žEssential New Tuneâ€œ: Alex Metric & Steve Angello – â€žOpen Your Eyesâ€œ. Well, I have to admit, once again I was baffled about a collaboration of artists, who I did not expect to do so.
I have been following Alex Metric for quite a while now; spinning his tunes and remixes in my dj sets. His releases on Adam Freeland´s label Marine Parade were the perfect missing link between floor compatibility and the (for me) sometimes too experimental and breaky approach of Freeland: all of them something for the feet but not too cloddy and always with this indie chic. Later on his releases turned more indie pop – which i credited to the work with his live band, that I actually never saw. Somehow I lost track – or I thought so. There were no releases and remixes by Alex starting early 2010 and again I credited this to the work with his band and as a DJ (also on Radio 1) and expected an album soon to come. Now it turns out, there will be an album – and â€žOpen Your Eyesâ€œ is the first single. Rumours about this track have been around for quite some time in the blogs.
Now the other side: Steve Angello from the Swedish House Mafia. Well, I do not have that much of a history in common with Steve – Swedish House Mafia is or always was far away from what i considered suitable for my mixes (and my taste). At least they have this cool thing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gqVpRgnBIc8) in their video for â€žOne (Your Name)â€œ, and they definitely have catchy hooklines. Hmm, and Steve Angello has a beard like me. Recently I watched the Swedish House Mafia documentary â€žTake Oneâ€œ and I was surprised (and a little impressed) that they release a video where they quite come across as assholes. But, and that´s the thing, I still think that â€žKNASâ€œ (by Steve Angello) is a great track. Yes, I know, it mainly consists of one sample loop from a Vengeance sample CD, but it is still a great tune in a DJ set – like all the bootlegs and unauthorized remixes out there, that are so great to spin. And I honestly think that all the haters out there are just jealous – just do it yourself, take a sample loop and make a great track out of it, nobody can stop you! (That the same thing can go terribly wrong was proven with Steve Angello´s “Rave´n´Roll”, btw.)
So, these two together. Interesting. I had a simliar experience last year, when Diplo and Tiesto teamed up. At first, I even did not listen to â€žC´Monâ€œ – later a friend talked me into it somehow and I could not get this catchy tune out of my head for days. (And yeah, the version with Busta Rhymes is extra awful – let´s hope this won´t happen to “Open Your Eyes” when it will be released with vocals later this year.)
This time – with me being an Alex Metric fan – it´s easier, I listened to this track as soon as I could get it, and I definitely love it. Not sure yet if we need a festival named after it, but if someone does, I definitely would not blame him.
And speaking of Superstars: Steve Aoki did this track with Sidney Samson for the ‘We Love Techno Compilation’ last year – â€žWake Up Callâ€œ (the track was also a single) – and now there is an outstanding remix by two of my favorite french electro heroes: Mustard Pimp. Mustard Pimp are not only great producers but also release mixtapes on a nearly regular basis – with the longest of them being 24 hrs long. Besides all that they are extra nice guys – they featured an A.G.Trio track (â€žBass Effectâ€œ in the Zodiac Cartel remix) in one of their mixes this summer and always give great feedback on our releases – also for the upcoming Bunny Lake remix, that I included in this months mix.
About the Bunny Lake remix: We did the first version of this remix about 2 years ago. This was before Bunny Lake got signed to a major and even before the original track was finished (but we expected back then, that only some changes in the mix were to be made). Then, for a very long time, nothing happened. At least not anything that we knew about. Then we were told that the Bunny Lake album was finished and that it will be released on Universal music. The first single was not â€žArmy of Loversâ€œ but â€ž1994â€œ with some remixes – but none by us. Quite some time had passed since we did our remix, but we still liked our remix. A fact you can not take for granted as a musician since you permanently develop your tastes and skills. After some time you might be at least not so much into something, you did back then – although we have never experienced that with Trio tracks or remixes by now.
When Christian from Bunny Lake came up to us asking us to redo the remix, we first did not understand, why we should do this. So we listened to the now finished version of â€žArmy of Loversâ€œ and then definitely understood his wish: the track had completely changed – and our remix did no longer have a comprehensible connection to the original. So we did this remix, and by the begin of 2011 it was finally released.
Some more highlights in this mix: I stumbled over this great house track by Coin Operated Boy – which is available for free download at Gash Digital´s Soundcloud, Disco Trash Music released the first EP on their own imprint â€žGlobelleâ€œ (in the meantime they also released a remix EP) and Chris Lake rerubbed his hit â€žReleaseâ€œ – also available as free download on Soundcloud.
contact Aka Tell at firstname.lastname@example.org
cover-pic by mnd_ – backlab.at