Dance music is dead. Long live dance music. Here is the mix that most likely will make your summer – 18 tracks carefully selected and mixed by Aka Tell.
[find the whole article and the tracklist after the jump]
There have been heavy, and partly very emotional, discussions regarding the “We all hit play” topic as follow up to an article by Deadmau5. (I think everyone should have noticed it, if not, please read here http://deadmau5.tumblr.com/post/25690507284/we-all-hit-play, here http://www.discodemons.net/2012/06/23/deadmau5-we-all-hit-play-why-djs-arent-the-new-rockstars/ and here http://www.djtechtools.com/2012/07/02/is-deadmau5-right-the-we-all-hit-play-debate/) And at the same time some people get deeply worried that this whole U.S.-EDM thing could seriously damage the dance music scene.
But could it really be that something, that has been built up for 30 years by millions of enthusiastic people, could be damaged or destroyed within a rather short period of time by some (ok, millions of) people with a super-commercial approach? I had to put the rule to the test. So I turned on my CDJ´s, opened the door and window to my balcony and played a 2-hours DJ-set for my neighbours. You know what? Nothing happened. Steve Aoki did not balcony-dive to death with a cake in his hand, Paris Hilton did not show up asking for a microphone and overdrive my mixer at the same time, Madonna did not bring over MDMA or do any reference to it and not even Avicii knocked on my door asking if he could play “Levels”. So far, nothing has changed. Okay, maybe it is a sign that none of my neighbours complained, but by now I am willing to ignore this fact. And if you are one of the people I share my backyard with: bring over some beer and join me the next time, it´s #9 😉
So actually, from my point of view, nothing has changed, even for real in the clubs. Don´t panic!
#18 is a real summer-mix! Starting up with some groovy house tunes but also including some tracks, that will definitely rock this summers clubs and stages. Last month two Modek bangers were released (one single, one remix) which will for sure be this summers highlights in so many sets. And with “Hold Up” by Maxime Dangles one of my personal favorites for this year was born. The opening track by Donovans, “House Of God”, can be found on the free compilation “Clubhouse Vol. 1” by Fool´s Gold Records. They are planning to do monthly free compilations, so you definitely have to check this out! Another track from a compilation is J Tijn´s “the Anti Mixdown”. I have taken it from the Turbo Recordings compilation “New Jack Techno”, with which they announce a “bold new direction” for the label.
I am looking forward to your feedback on this months mix!
Aka Tell´s Hangover Sessions is a monthly DJ-podcast. 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 episode is accompanied by an article on discodemons.net in which he is disclosing thoughts, stories and anecdotes about that mix, the last month and DJing in general.
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.
TRACKLIST HANGOVER SESSIONS #18
Donovans – House Of God
The Bianca Story – Dancing People Are Never Wrong (Jan Blomqvist Remix)
Brodinski – Nobody Rules the Streets feat. Louisahhh!!!
Keith & Supabeatz – The Most Beautiful feat. An-Na
High Powered Boys – The Bim Bam Song
Maxime Dangles – Hold Up
Harvard Bass & Bart B More – Pari
Lazy Ants & Keith & Supabeatz – Stalker
Jean e La Plastique – Flick (Doc Trashz Remix)
Hoshina Anniversary – Chicago (Sharooz Remix)
Modek – Shutters
DoctR – A A A A
Gary Beck – Ars Poetica
Mightyfools – Vega (Modek´s Hyper Mix)
Disco Of Doom – Glimmer
J Tijn – The Anti Mixdown
Autoerotique – EKG
KiNK – Hand Made feat. Rach Row