The image above comes from sud73‘s beautiful photographs of wrestlers.
Andrew says that the music I like is Miserable Git Music, and it is true that I have a penchant for the melancholy, but this propensity is totally at odds with my love for dance. And I don’t mean ‘dance’ as in Chris de Burgh’s bizarre pronunciation in The Lady in Red, but fierce, joyful, euphoric, four-to-the-floor, thumping dance. And that’s my Xmas gift to you!
Until I met Andrew, I preferred radio edits to extended club mixes, but that was because I listened to the radio rather than danced in clubs. Logical, non?
Then he introduced me to the club scene in London and it was a revelation. Meeting at some friend’s place for the pre-event to get ready, talking nonsense and sipping white wine, hailing taxis, chatting in the queue with random hopefuls, ogling buff boys with their tops off, eventually taking one’s top off (now that has been quite an achievement!) and being ogled, dancing en masse, necking bottles of water, watching mating rituals on the dancefloor and beyond, slipping away from the herd when no one is looking to sneak home and make out, negotiating with cab drivers at 7am while out of it, arranging the chill out next day at someone’s place but most of all, dancing like a gleeful nutter to the relentless, funky, manipulative dance music telling me to ‘get high’ and ‘never stop’ and ‘feel free’ and ‘find yourself a friend’. And it is so, so manipulative…
Some say that a bod cannot fully ‘get’ dance music unless one has popped a pill at some stage. While I couldn’t possibly comment on the veracity of that statement, I dare say there’s a grain of truth.
For those of you inclined towards the dance, I’ve put together this mix of 2006 tracks. Andrew has been
amazed bored by my ability to absorb some of the tracks over various club nights in London, New York, Rio, Brighton, Edinburgh and indeed Dublin. I hear snippets of a lyric, a recognisable sample or a distinctive synth riff and soon I’m all over DJDownload to get the stats. How I thrilled bored him with tales of the significance of Richard X, and let’s not go into the back story of ‘Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away)’.
A track such as Boogie 2Nite hits the upper regions of the Top 40 and I can tell him how it was he, after dancing to it months before, who bought the Housexy album 18 months ago which had the remix of the Tweet album track and how this in turn led to a remake with a fab Seamus Haji mix being used for the radio edit. Oh, he (correctly) doen’t give a crap; he just wants to boogie.
And I salute him – and thank him for introducing me to his world. x
- Funk (Robbie Rivera Mix) * Matteo Esse
- Boogie 2Nite (Seamus Haji Big Love Remix) * Booty Luv
- Speechless (Seamus Haji Big Love Remix) * Mish Mash feat. Lois
- Crazy (Vission Remix) * Gnarls Barkley
- Changes * Chris Lake
- The Wings (Gabriel & Dresden Remix) * Gustavo Santaolalla
- Chasing Cars (Topher Jones & Blake Jarrell bootleg) * Snow Patrol
- No More Conversations (Richard X Remix) * Freeform Five
- Exceeder (Original) * Mason
- Cruel (Fonzerelli Full Vocal Club Mix) * Aaron McClelland
- Love Don’t Let Me Go (Walking Away) * David Guetta vs The Egg
- Find Yourself A Friend (Seamus Haji Big Love Vocal) * Paul Harris
- Fugitive (Richard X Extended Mix) * Pet Shop Boys
Like this? Why wouldn’t you.