Posts Tagged ‘lounge’

The days are getting shorter, the nights are feeling colder and nature is telling us: Winter is coming. This doesn’t mean Winter season cannot be interesting too, don’t you think? In Winter time you can also go to apéros, afterworks, openings and visit other indoor/outdoor popup-initiatives. Nevertheless these various Winter events keep reminding me of last Summer and make me longing and dreaming for more.

Winter Warmers 2016

Therefore I’m proud to present my Winter Warmers, a fine collection of mixtapes recorded live at different locations during Summer time in Belgium. These carefully selected tracks will help you living through Winter season easily. I really hope you enjoy this music as much as I do.

Now sit back, relax and turn up the volume!

A special “thank you” goes to the various promotors out there supporting my passion for music and especially to:

These creative concepts and surprising locations inspired me to compose those exclusive mixtapes for you.

Quality first!

I love Summer Josephine's Part 1 I love Skybar Antwerp I love Salito Beach I love Summer Josephine's Part 2

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In september 2013 I obtained the 3rd place in a contest of The House Academy, founded by Nathaniel and Maxim Lany (both producers and deejays). They constantly focus on “Quality First” music and they are really passionate about organizing exclusive parties in the region of Kortrijk/Gent and recently also in Antwerpen. My mission was to create a high-quality mixtape composed out of carefully selected tracks that would perfectly suit in the setting of Jardin, a classy restaurant located in Knokke.

Here you can read what The House Academy blogged when they launched the “Quality First” contest on August 17, 2013:

There are 2 things we at The House Academy are extremely keen on. The first thing is, of course, quality. Whatever we do, wherever we go, we stand for quality. The second thing we really value is giving chances and opportunities to young and undiscovered talent. So we thought it would be great if we could combine both things in one action.

We’re very happy to present to you, in cooperation with one of Knokke’s finest restaurants, Jardin: The “Quality First” mixtape competition.

When going to a nice restaurant, one of the elements that is so important for the atmosphere, is the music playing in the background. The art is to find music that 90% of the guests will not notice in particular, but that will set the right atmosphere and that will catch the attention of the 10% of the musical connoisseurs amongst the dining guests.

Choosing the right music for a restaurant is a hard job. It’s a big challenge. But we’re not afraid of challenges and we are convinced many amongst you aren’t either.

Sounds like fun? Get going! Deadline is September 14, 2013. Good luck!

Maxim Lany (Lany Recordings)

Here is the positive feedback I received from The House Academy:

We finally made a decision. There were a lot of great entrances and yours was amongst the best ones. You win the ‘bronze medal’ with your set. We were really surprised by the high-quality track selection. Thanks!

KJ Vercruysse (House Grand Cru)

Special thanks go to Maxim Lany who I personally met during one of the Play & Produce editions at the Vooruit in Gent. He told me to keep on focussing on “Quality First” music to make a difference and to set an example. Thank you, Mr. Lany, to believe in my work and my passion for music.

Now sit back, relax and listen to my I love Bar Grooves 2 liveset recorded exclusively for The House Academy. Share if you like and spread the word!

Jardin

Recently I’ve uploaded a lounge mix of more downtempo Sweet Coffee tracks. This music perfectly fits into chill-out environments like lounge bars, wellness places and even into your own living room. Let you seduce by the vocals of Bibi, the synths of Raffa and the beats of Den Hétrix. Their music is very addictive, but why should you care about that?! I can assure you that after listening, you will be longing for even more future soul sounds.
 
The following tracks were carefully selected and mixed:
 
Sweet Coffee "Memory Lane"
 
   1. No ordinary love
   2. Don’t need you
   3. La lumière
   4. In love
 
Sweet Coffee "Perfect Storm"
 
   1. My mind
   2. Candyman
   3. Don’t let me wait too long
   4. Lost in tears
   5. Sweet little nothing
   6. Perfect storm  
 
Sweet Coffee "Naked City"
 
   1. Dear God
   2. Zanna
   3. Head over heels
   4. Air
   5. Ghost in your head
   6. Downtown
 
This is the complete playlist of my I love Sweet Coffee 2 set:
 
   1. Dear God
   2. My mind
   3. Zanna
   4. No ordinary love
   5. Head over heels
   6. Candyman
   7. Air
   8. Don’t let me wait too long
   9. Don’t need you
  10. Ghost in your head
  11. La lumière
  12. Lost in tears
  13. Downtown
  14. Sweet little nothing
  15. In love
  16. Perfect storm
 
Now turn on the music and let’s chill!

I love Sweet Coffee

Posted: November 9, 2008 in Mixtape, Music
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As promised in a previous blog, I’ve created a brand new demo mix of my favourite Sweet Coffee tracks. This time it took me a couple of weekends to finish it. You’re asking yourself why? Let me explain. I’m a big Sweet Coffee fan and probably I’m not the only one out there who loves future soul music. To please you all, I had to mix each track smoothly and sometimes start all over again until I got it completely right. You can see it like some kind of tribute to my favourite producer-duo Raffa and Den Hétrix. Hope they like it too?!

How did I accomplish this musical mission?

  1. Make a selection of the finest tracks from all 3 albums
  2. Determine average number of beats per minute (126BPM)
  3. Put all tracks in an uplifting order
  4. Practise each transition until it sounds right
  5. Record your live mix from intro till outro

The following tracks were carefully selected and mixed:

Sweet Coffee "Memory Lane"

  1. Start believin’
  2. Feelin’ good
  3. Holdin’ on (Den Hétrix & Raffa Edit Mix)
  4. Weekend Lover
  5. Memory Lane (Summer Reprise)

Sweet Coffee "Perfect Storm"

  1. Is this love
  2. Keep on running
  3. Special kind of feeling
  4. Ain’t the blues (Saxolude)
  5. Love having you around
  6. New Day
  7. Second time around

Sweet Coffee "Naked City"

  1. Intro – Go Deep
  2. Naked City
  3. Things you do
  4. What’s up with that
  5. Never better
  6. Outro – Emotion District

This is the complete playlist of my I love Sweet Coffee set:

  1. Intro – Go Deep
  2. Keep on running
  3. Naked City
  4. Is this love
  5. Never better
  6. Love having you around
  7. Things you do
  8. New Day
  9. Start believin’
  10. Second time around
  11. Feelin’ good
  12. What’s up with that
  13. Holdin’ on (Den Hétrix & Raffa Edit Mix)
  14. Special kind of feeling
  15. Weekend Lover
  16. Ain’t the blues (Saxolude)
  17. Memory Lane (Summer Reprise)
  18. Outro – Emotion District

I’m looking forward to your feedback and maybe I’ll produce more Sweet Coffee (re)mixes in the future. Enjoy!

Sweet Coffee - Memory Lane Sweet Coffee - Perfect Storm Sweet Coffee - Naked City

I love Bar Grooves

Posted: August 24, 2008 in Mixtape, Music
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The Summer of 2008 is going to be a rainy and cloudy one, so I was thinking … why not bringing the sun into my own demo mixes?! I searched for ‘sunny’ records in my collection and discovered 2 nice albums: "Calypso" by Sven Van Hees and "Camino Real" by Buscemi. Both producers are well known in the Belgian lounge & chill scene. I love their jazzy and funky latin grooves. This kind of music is popular in many lounge bars and perfect in combination with a fresh juicy cocktail on the rocks. Hmmm … If you listen carefully to my set, you’ll hear somewhere in the middle a short interlude by Raffa Brescia, one of my favourite producers, deejays and song-writers. Together with Patrick ‘Den Hétrix’ Bruyndonx, he founded Sweet Coffee. A band that brings you future soul music with heavenly vocals of lead-singer Bibi Diabokua. I’ve planned to make another demo mix full of Sweet Coffee tracks, because this music can really rock the sunny place!

The following tracks were carefully selected and mixed:

Sven Van Hees "Calypso"

  1. Humming Birds
  2. Suspension on disbelief
  3. Black Beans & Castro Queens
  4. Sun of a beach
  5. Calypso
  6. Born to be mild
  7. Movin’ on
  8. Konnichi Wa-Wah
  9. Flying high on borrowed wings
  10. What do you see?

Buscemi "Camino Real"

  1. A Te O Fin (feat. Carla Alexandar)
  2. Midnight Sessions
  3. Voodoo Voyage
  4. Gadget Girls
  5. Viaje Feliz
  6. Seaside (feat. Isabelle Antena)
  7. Camino Real
  8. Ghost Track Man (feat. Ted Milton)
  9. Obrigado! (feat. Isabelle Antena)

Now sit back, relax and listen to my first I love Bar Grooves set.

Sven Van Hees - Calypso Buscemi - Camino Real