mr. zilla goes to town

Monday, August 16, 2004

musical dialogues

Graham, Jared and Euan have started an interesting weekly exchange about the 32 tracks that have changed their lives. I'm quite enjoying reading them. The vivid situational relevance, personal and social contextualising, and enthusiasm for a tune is something I can strongly relate to.

I won't be joining this discussion (for now!) but I thought you might be interested to read another musical dialogue. Below is Saturday night's set list from Dragonfly. For about five and a half hours, DJ partner Sean and I tag-teamed behind the decks, alternating playing two tracks at a time. We've found this strongly fosters creativity and variety as you mix first into the other guy's choice of track and then into one of your own. In effect it feels like having a marvellous musical conversation that a hundred and fifty people are listening in on.

So here's the setlist from 11pm (when it occured to us to start noting the tracks) through to closing out at 3am. Mine are in the plain text, Sean's in italics.

Jazzanova – Bohemian Sunset
David Byrne - Dance On Vaseline (Thievery Corporation Remix)
Thunderball – Hijack
LTJ Bukem – Horizons
Jazztronik – Colours Of Days
Etro Anime – Summer Rain
Llorca With Nicole Graham - Indigo Blues
Kyoto Jazz Massive – Kudu
Jazzanova & Vikter Duplaix – That Night (Vikter Duplaix Remix)
Dzihan & Kamien – Where Are We
Nina Simone Sinnerman (Felix Da Housecat's Heavenly House Mix)
Soul Central – Catalyst
Jazztronik – Houou (“Phoenix”)
Röyksopp – Eple
Jetseb & AOS One - Blue Morning
Spam Allstars – La Sowera
Jazzanova – St Germain Soul Salsa
Yoli Boenaventura – Vegabonde
Afrotek - 7
Masters At Work & Monday Michiru – Sunshine After Rain
Afro Mystik – Natural (Halo & Andre Harris Remix)
Junior Jack & Kid Crème - TBA
Hard Soul – Back Together
Groove Armada – I See You Baby (Steve D’Caro Bhangra Remix)
Vikter Duplaix – Looking For Love
Peal Orchestra - No Win Situation (Kluster Uplifting Mix)
Etro Anime – Portrait
Jestofunk – Fly Love Song
Romuald, Meeks & Bondurant - What Time Is It
Louie Vega & Sinister Present Julie Mcknight - Diamond Life
Josh & Luke Pres. The New CPU Experience - Take Control
Jazztronik – Nanairo (“Seven Colours”)
Koop – Absolute Space
Urban Trad - Berim Dance
Suba - Samba Do Gringo Paulista
Rinocerose – Sublimior
textureDJs – Quand Les Colombes Pleurent
Thievery Corporation – Savoir Faire
Massive Attack – Unfinished Symphony
The Postal Service - The District Sleeps Alone Tonight (DJ Downfall Persistent Beat Mix)
Rinocerose – Le Mobilier
Air – Sexy Boy
Zongamin – Hotel 17
Cosmic Tea Dancers – Percapella
Marzebian – Let It Ride
Aromabar - Cupid And Orlando (Jazztronik Remix)
Bent - Always (Ashley Beedle's Mahavishnu Vocal Mix)
Led Zepplin - Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Phil K Vs. Nu Breed Pass)
Doves – There Goes The Fear


As you can see a couple of the artists in there got a fair workout! You could almost call it "the set with tracks by artists with 'jazz' in the name". Curious though, as the set certainly didn't lack for diverse moods and grooves. From ambient and triphop early on (not listed above) up through a smooth jazzy limo ride to some house in a fine neighbourhood, then up and away: flying south on a latin kick, jagging east on the return leg through sub-saharan Africa, across to Bombay for a downtempo refuelling stop, before kicking into high gear to swing through Tokyo and Paris on the way back to the bar. That's the brilliance of playing with CDs and with Traktor (mp3s), but phew! Where can I cash in the frequent flyer miles?

3 Comments:

  • Matey that is one fantastic setlist right there. Congrats again :)

    Sam.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:03 am  

  • Is it just me, or is Phil K (+ PQM)'s remix of "Babe I'm gonna leave you" one of the most amazing tracks to be released in the last few years...

    I say - Bring on more cleverly remixed seventies rock!

    I can't wait until they start remixing Black Sabbath.

    By Blogger Graham, at 12:41 pm  

  • I was at Dragonfly on Saturday night ...well the "Dragonfly" at Kings Cross in Sydney.

    Your set absolutely SHAT all over their shitehouse DJ though.

    By Blogger Darp, at 9:27 am  

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