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A couple of weeks ago I received an e-mail from Poppunt entitled ‘Couleur Café is searching for bands and deejays’. Hosted by the label ‘Wanted!’, 5 up to 8 people get a chance to perform at the festival and get some extra attention during its promotional campaign.

Couleur Café is a music festival dedicated to all currents of urban music across the world including R&B, hiphop, world, afro, reggae, ragga, dub, dancehall, latin, salsa, son, raï, rock and dance. It is definitely an urban festival anchored in the heart of Brussels and its social reality. The impressive industrial site of Tour & Taxis, with its unique buildings, is the perfect spot for this festival that reflects the European capital’s population diversity and mixes of cultures. It’s a festival that will have you travel without having to leave the city.

It is also a place where 3 music marquees and one open-air stage cohabitate with an art exhibition, 50 world-kitchen stalls, a flea market, dance classes, freestyle demonstrations and non-governmental organizations. Started in 1990, Couleur Café spreads nowadays over 3 festive Summer nights and gathers each year more than 70 000 visitors around tolerance and understanding in a cheerful and merry atmosphere.

The Summer starts at Couleur Café, the most colourful festival of the country, so mark the dates for its 21st edition of 2010: from Friday 25th June until Sunday 27th June at Tour & Taxis Brussels. The temperature already rises by a few degrees! 

I’ve always liked to add a certain latin touch to my sets, so this contest is a great opportunity for me to share this affinity with the rest of the world. The people who joined me last Summer at the Anco Summer Terrace 2009 will know what I mean and I would like to thank them for joining our private loungy beach parties. Maybe this demo mix brings some nice memories back?

I’ve spent quite some time selecting the right tracks and putting them in an uplifting order. During my preparations I’ve used 2 new software applications:

  • MixShare’s Rapid Evolution, an advanced music library and harmonic mixing tool, able to detect both the BPM and key of a song
  • Native Instruments’ Traktor, the new benchmark in digital DJing, assisting me in my search for the best CUES, HOTCUES and LOOPS

Everything has been recorded live with my Pioneer Pro DJ gear and without any help of the beat synchronization feature of Traktor. I even used plain old CDs instead of a laptop with MP3s. For the mash-up lovers out there I’ve included my personal mash-up of Romy Costa’s ‘Dança Comigo’ with Praful’s ‘Inspiraçao’. While recording a final version of my set, the Audacity software crashed and I had to start all over again.
This is the complete playlist of my I love Latin House set:

  1. Junior Jack – Hola
  2. Sven Van Hees – The one 4 me
  3. Buscemi – The Salon Section
  4. DJ Chus & David Penn feat. Darren J. Bell – Sunshine (Mediterranean Vocal Mix)
  5. Vergoclem Band – Sonar
  6. Jensen & Reynolds feat. Isabel Fructuso – Don’t cry
  7. Tumbatio – Otros Tiempos (The Bossa House Remix)
  8. Buscemi feat. Isabelle Antena – Seaside
  9. Colombian Drum Cartel – The Shipment (Original Mix)
  10. Gypsymen – Babarabatiri
  11. La Comitiva feat. Ramiro Suarez Piedro – Merengue (Bailando Extended Mix)
  12. Romy Costa – Dança Comigo (Extended Mix)
  13. Praful – Inspiraçao (Hard Soul Treatment)
  14. Ritmo-Dynamic – Calinda (Laurent Wolf Re-Edit Remix)
  15. Buscemi – Ramiro’s Theme (Organic Audio Remix)
  16. Frisco feat. Sonya Santana – A Ritmo De Son (Original Mix)
  17. Buscemi feat. Alexia Waku – Jumilla

This demo mix is dedicated to all my present and future fans. If you’ve enjoyed it, feel free to share it with your friends. Let’s cross our fingers, hope for the best and wait for the winners to be announced soon at Peace!

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