I love music that plays somewhere in that glitterball-lit realm between disco, house, dub, funk, rock 'n roll, and pop. This site will host mixes I've made and songs I like that dance across the genres. Let me know what you think. And if you've got a party or night you'd like moving to this sound, drop me a line on rorychallands (at) gmail (dot) com.

Better Safe Than Sorry

And here's a new mix for y'all too. It's the most recent one I've done and I made it for my very good friend James' birthday. One of his many virtues is that he's very safety conscious. So I called it the Better Safe Than Sorry mix.

It starts pretty mellow with a bit of Fleetwood Mac (you can't beat The Mac!) and St Etienne, but this is certainly a harder edged mix than many I've done. It moves through some bumping, disco-y rap and pretty camp early house, before then getting a bit more deep and dirty.

I made this mix before Michael Jackson died, but now the inclusion of the Holy Ghost! edit of the amazing Get On The Floor seems very apt. It's Jackson at his most positive and effervescent, and Holy Ghost! wisely leave it mostly alone. It's just drawn out a bit, with a longer breakdown in the middle and a few well chosen effects to bring it up to date.

And if you recognise the last track, try not to think too much about its most famous usage. It's the song Buffalo Bill is listening to in Silence Of The Lambs when he's doing his make-up and trying on the human skin mask. But don't let that put you off. It's a beautiful song about countering cynicism and doomy nihilism. I love it.

Fleetwood Mac: Over My Head, St Etienne: Only Love Can Break Your Heart (Andrew Weatherall Mix), The Bangles: Dub Like An Egyptian (Todd Terje Edit), Monie Love: It's A Shame (Red Zone Mix), Q-Tip: Breathe & Stop (The Revenge Mix), Fox The Fox: Precious Little Diamond, Raze: Break 4 Love, Lil' Louis & The World: I Called You, Kink & Neville: Full Flight, Azari & III: Hungry For The Power, Inner City: Big Fun (Magic Juan Mix), Laura Winslow: Neighbourhood Romeo, Laid Back: White Horse, Den Haan: Release The Beast, Visti & Meyland: All Nite (Trentemoller Remix), Caroline Crawford: Coming On Strong, Michael Jackson: Get On The Floor (Holy Ghost! Edit), Q Lazzarus: Goodbye Horses



Yviie said...

love that precious little diamond track rory. lovely poppy mix. james is a lucky man

Stanley Gibbs said...

Not a patch on DJ Silk!