Posts Tagged ‘minimal’

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

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

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

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 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