This is my personal refix of Oxia‘s techno classic: ‘Domino’, taken from the ‘Speicher 34′ EP released in April 2006 at Kompakt Extra (Cologne). Oscillating melodic tones, a skippy high-end and a driving insistence give this atmospheric and melodic techno track an anthemic lift which works well on the dancefloor.

In 2013, Kompakt Records wanted to do something special for their 20th anniversary. They asked multi-instrumentalist and orchestral composer Gregor Schwellenbach to deconstruct 20 of the label’s signature tracks into pure classical arrangements for a hand-picked ensemble of chamber musicians. His goal was to give each cut “a new voice” while retaining “the core of the experience: the melody, the hook, the feeling” despite the vastly different presentation. On May 27th 2013, the resulting album ‘Gregor Schwellenbach Spielt 20 Jahre Kompakt’ was released. It features 20 chamber music versions arranged by Schwellenbach and played with assists from flutist Dorothee Oberlinger, guitarist Christian Buck and harpist Jane Berthe, who are all veteran classical musicians.

Schwellenbach also reworked Olivier Raymond’s ‘Domino’ which is one of Kompakt’s greatest hits. It was Wolfgang Voigt who suggested that “the bursting energy of the treble semiquavers (16th notes) might work well on strings” and he was damn right. The subtle classical addition of Schwellenbach’s chamber music ensemble takes this track to the next level. I just can’t stop listening to it. What about you?

Featured Artists:

  • Olivier Raymond (Oxia)
  • Gregor Schwellenbach (Ohrfilm)

Featured Tracks:

  • Oxia’s ‘Domino’ (Original Mix) taken from ‘Speicher 34′ EP (2006)
  • Oxia’s ‘Domino’ (Gregor Schwellenbach feat. Infansonido Version) taken from ‘Gregor Schwellenbach Spielt 20 Jahre Kompakt’ album (2013)

Featured Label:

  • Kompakt Records

Listen to Oxia – Domino (Dave Canto’s ‘Infansonido’ Refix). Please comment, share & support!

Oxia - Domino

When going to a stylish restaurant or a trendy bar, one of the most important elements that helps defining the overall atmosphere is the music that is playing in the background. The art is to play music that 90% of the guests won’t notice in particular, but that sets the right mood and catches the attention of the other 10% of musical connoisseurs amongst the dining or drinking guests.

This Summer I had the opportunity to play at 2 exclusive locations in Antwerpen where quality definitely comes first:

These live performances inspired me to compose a fine collection of tracks, carefully selected and mixed to let everyone in the place enjoy his or her moment. Whether you’re dining with your family or drinking with some friends, a pleasant atmosphere is always essential.

Special thanks go to On The Rocks and Stuart Catering for making this happen and for creating these original popup concepts in the city.

Now sit back, relax and listen to my I love Bar Grooves 3 liveset recorded at Skybar Antwerp and inspired by Summer Josephine’s. Share if you like and see you next Summer!

Skybar Antwerp

This is my personal refix of Stimming‘s masterpiece: ‘November Morning’, taken from the ‘Window Shopping’ EP released in March 2012 at Diynamic Music (Hamburg). Blue and melancholic house chords with a typical Stimming climax: not obvious, but effective. A weird sounding pseudo-violin, organic percussions, field recordings and his whistle create a grey and moody vibe absorbing the listener.

According to Beatport, this is one of Stimming’s most emotional tracks. To intensify his blue feeling even more, I’ve injected samples from his ‘Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester’ Version, taken from the ‘November Morning’ EP released in November 2012 at 2DIY4, a sublabel of Diynamic Music. More than 60 musicians from the Brandenburg State Orchestra were involved and made this work an unique classical experience. No artificial sounds or sampler elements have been added, all you hear are pure analog sounds played by real people!

The subtle classical addition of the Brandenburg State Orchestra takes this track to the next level. I just can’t stop listening to it. What about you?

Featured Artists:

Featured Tracks:

  • Stimming’s ‘November Morning’ (Original Version) taken from ‘Window Shopping’ EP (2012)
  • Stimming’s ‘November Morning’ (Brandenburgisches Staatsorchester Version) taken from ‘November Morning’ EP (2012)

Featured Label:

  • Diynamic Music

Listen to Stimming – November Morning (Dave Canto’s ‘Blue Morning’ Refix). Please comment, share & support!

Stimming - November Morning

This is my personal refix of Avicii‘s smash hit: ‘Levels’. Although it isn’t the kind of music I like to spin nowadays, I do want to share this mashup with the rest of the world. How did I proceed? During my performances as a deejay, I noticed that the following 2 tracks fit really nicely together:

  1. Avicii & Clockwork vs Green Velvet & Nicky Romero – Flash Levels (A.M.R Bootleg)
  2. Flo Rida – Good Feeling (Original Mix)

The first track is an unofficial bootleg by A.M.R who mashed up the Clockwork Remix of Avicii’s ‘Levels’ with Nicky Romero‘s interpretation of Green Velvet‘s classic: ‘Flash’. The second track is taken from the ‘Wild Ones’ album that was released by Flo Rida in 2012. He sampled Etta James‘ epic vocal, just like Avicii did in 2011. I already had live mixed both tracks at several gigs, which brought me to the idea of recording it in Ableton Live as well. During the process, I played around with panning, which means moving the audio signal from one output to the other. If you listen carefully, you’ll hear Etta James singing alternately through the left and right speaker and vice versa. Near the end you get surprised by a fat dubstep break. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as the audience does time after time!

Featured Artists:

Featured Tracks:

  • Avicii – Levels (Clockwork Remix)
  • Green Velvet – Flash (Nicky Romero Remix)
  • Avicii & Clockwork vs Green Velvet & Nicky Romero – Flash Levels (A.M.R Bootleg)
  • Flo Rida – Good Feeling (Original Mix)

Featured Labels:

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Avicii - Levels

This is my personal refix of Booka Shade‘s beautiful gem: ‘Night Falls’, taken from the ‘Movements’ album released in 2006 at Get Physical Music (Berlin). According to Resident Advisor, ‘Night Falls’ deserves more than one listen: it will intrigue you more if you know its destination. This is exactly what I had in mind when creating this refix: intensify that mysterious sense even more. Hence I’ve used samples from Larry Gold‘s ‘Night Falls Over Philly’ String Version, taken from ‘Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs)’ album released in 2008. The subtle classical addition of Larry Gold’s uplifting string quartet takes this track to the next level. I just can’t stop listening to it. What about you?

Below you can read what Get Physical Music blogged when they released the ‘Night Falls’ EP on March 8, 2006:

While Booka Shade’s biggest release of 2005, ‘Mandarine Girl’, basked in the euphoric afterglow of early 90’s techno-trance, their latest 12″ is a somewhat darker, more nocturnal affair. Not less than it’s forerunner, ‘Night Falls’, has the potential to become a summer-hymn, awakening reminiscences of the old days, creating a more epic and filigree atmosphere. The taster single for Booka Shade’s soon to be released second album ‘Movements’ works with a spine-tingling trance riff over scuffled, hazy beats and a strong story-telling bassline.

Featured Artists:

Featured Tracks:

  • Booka Shade’s ‘Night Falls’ (Original Version) taken from ‘Movements’ (2006)
  • Booka Shade’s ‘Night Falls’ (Larry Gold’s ‘Night Falls Over Philly’ String Version) taken from ‘Cinematic Shades (The Slow Songs)’ (2008)

Featured Label:

  • Get Physical Music

Listen to Booka Shade – Night Falls (Dave Canto’s ‘Night Falls of Strings’ Refix). Please comment, share & support!

Booka Shade - Night Falls