The Track or Album of the Week, Number 13: Adam Beyer/No Defeat, No Retreat.

Der Track/das Album der Woche, Ausgabe 13; One Track or Album per Week, Number 13: Adam Beyer/No Defeat, No Retreat.

There are many people who generally reject everything that comes from Drumcode (https://drumcode.se). The reasons are manifold: not enough underground, 08/15 techno, unimaginative. I would tend to agree with that, but there are really good exceptions to the rule, including this mini-album by Adam Beyer.

2 really great tracks. No Defeat, No Retreat is an intelligently produced, interesting track. But the smash hit is Park People. A remake of an ancient track from Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Niños Del Parque. In retrospect, you could almost say that this track was close to being techno, even though at the time (1981) the genre hadn’t even been properly invented yet. At the time, I celebrated it with enthusiasm. Adam Beyer has respectfully edited it, sped it up quite a bit (from 115 ppm to 130 ppm) and added some interesting musical add ons.

Have fun listening to the track / the album of the week:

No Defeat, No Retreat: https://youtu.be/CF02HZ3iblU
Park People: https://youtu.be/ju7hePNRfng

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tante techno’s tea time – dj set october 2021.

tante techno's tea time - dj set october 2021.

A ray of hope in Corona times. On the first of October, the dance floors reopened. What a glorious step towards normality. Now Tante Techno invites you to the monthly tea time again, with a more quiet set. Appropriate for the beginning of autumn. Have fun listening to it.

Tracks

Homesickness – Carlos Almazan
Move Around (Beico & MT93 Remix) – Krafteck
Eons (Original Mix) – Steam Shape
Chocolate – Sam Paganini
Pyxis – The YellowHeads
Tribe – Alan Fitzpatrick
Astral Projection – Enrico Sangiuliano
Before the Storm – Horisone
Distortion Manufacture – Metodi Hristov
Into the Dark – The Saunderson Brothers
My Beat (Gabriel D’Or & Bordoy Remix) – Frankyeffe
Bicycle Wheel – Gary Beck
Ultimate Seduction – Rudosa
Ascension – Transcode
Resolution (Roberto Corso, Acki Remix) – Skober
Octaves – Jay Lumen & Roberto Capuano
Crisi Vagale – Mario Giordano
Suki – Dense & Pika

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Personal Branding for DJs.

Personal Branding for DJs

Last week on Saturday came a very special gift from the professional association Discjockey e.V. A few copies of the current DJ magazine, packed with interesting articles. Of course, I was especially pleased to see the publication of my article on personal branding for DJs. Based on my study (https://christianzich.com/category/personal-branding/), I worked out many tips and suggestions during the summer on how to market yourself better as a DJ. More will not be revealed, reading it yourself is more fun.

Stay tuned, more stuff is on the way.

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One Track or Album per Week, Number 12: Sampler/Kill all the Hippies.

One Track or Album per Week, Number 12: Kill all the Hippies. Punk-Sampler.

I bought this CD in London in 2002. At that time I attended an English course for professors in Saffron Walden – a small village in the south of London near Cambridge. This course ran for a total of 4 weeks. The weeks themselves went by relatively quickly, but on the third weekend, on Saturday I went stir-crazy and just wanted to go home.

I sat in my room at my host family’s house in the morning and cultivated my frustration.Not feeling like having a frustration weekend, I decided to go to London, visit the British Museum, and then just walk around the city.

The museum visit was a special experience as usual and shortly after I ended up in a cheap CD store. And there I found, among others, this CD for £1. I discovered on it many favorites out of my punk phase. At that price I didn’t have to think long, I just bought it.

Back in Saffron Walden I grabbed the CD player of the host family, put in this CD and felt really young again. The frustration was gone, I looked forward to the last week with excitement and everything was good again. Have fun listening:

New York Dolls/Give Her Great Big Kiss: https://youtu.be/jH-1VGoOZfg
The Damned/Neat Neat Neat: https://youtu.be/lyt5FNDx9IY
The Adverts/Gary Gilmore’s Eyes: https://youtu.be/ZA58GjoTmes

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One Track or Album per Week, Number 11: Alan Fitzpatrick – Prometheus.

One Track or Album per Week, Number 11: Alan Fitzpatrick - Prometheus

Last Friday it was finally time again. The dance floors were opened again. At just before 3 in the night – as the crowning glory of the entire evening, in a way – I couldn’t resist playing my absolute favorite techno track, Prometheus by Alan Fitzpatrick. It crossed my path in 2013 or 2014 (I don’t remember that exactly) as one of the very first tracks from this genre. Before that, techno for me was Wsetbam, Dr. Motte or Marusha. Didn’t like all of them. And then Prometheus came and changed everything. Have fun listening:

Alan Fitzpatrick – Prometheus: https://youtu.be/rG-i9203Hew

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One Track or Album per Week, Number 10: Puccini – Madame Butterfly.

One Track or Album per Week, Number 10: Puccini - Madame Butterfly.

I was already a fan of classical music – at least a secret one – when I was young. However, every month I had to decide whether to invest my pocket money in current music or in classical music. Well, you may guess three times what the outcome was. When I started to study, I could give in to my enthusiasm more often. After watching the lovely romantic movie “Zimmer mit Aussicht” (Room with a View, 1985!), it was clear to me what investment I would make shortly after: Madame Butterfly by Puccini. Here we are. An ancient CD. What I love about Italian operas? The lively, sparkling sound; like a Prosecco. Quite the opposite to the operas of Wagner. Those have never been my cup of tea. Have fun listening:

Puccini – Madame Butterfly; Un bel di vedremo: https://youtu.be/1woH96ROG-c

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house altar – dj set august 2021.

house altar@sorgenfrei dj set august 2021

Friday was again a sorgenfrei evening on the agenda. Again a lonely highlight in these dull Corona times. It was such a great evening and here are the first 1.5 hours. Enjoy listening.

Setlist

Drop The Pressure (Extended Version) – Mylo, Claptone
The Game (Extended Mix) – Brokenears
I Will Pray – Alaia & Gallo & DJ Rae
It Is What It Is (feat. Elise LeGrow) [Club Mix] – Vintage Culture
Been a Long Time (Mark Knight Remix) – The Fog & Chus & Ceballos
Love Is the Cure (feat. Tobirus Mozelle) [Michael Gray Remix] – Homero Espinosa
Love Like This (feat. Hassib) – Ordonez
Drivin’ Da Phunk – Phuture Of Da Phunk
You & Me (Extended Mix) – KC Lights
Never Let It Go (Extended Mix) – Johan S & Reza
House Feelings – Anfunk
Get Busy (Rubber People Remix) – ATFC
The Oooh Song – Kevin McKay
Happie – Crazibiza
Pump It Up (Jax Jones Midnight Snacks Extended Remix) – Endor
Let It Go (Club Mix) – Deep City Groove
No Rules (Max Chapman Remix) – De La Swing
Can You Party? – Royal House

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One Track or Album per Week, Number 9: David Keno – Canares.

One Track or Album per Week, Number 9: David Keno - Canares

Sunday evening, not much time and furthermore there is no story about the track. It’s just good stuff. Calm, ideal for the end of the week. The photo is misleading, but the track is the highlight of this sampler. Have fun listening:

David Keno – Canares: https://youtu.be/yT_4pM3YtFI

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tante techno’s tea time – dj set august 2021.

tante techno's tea time - dj set august 2021.

There was cake and techno for tea. Nobody danced, because there was no one – thanks to Corona!. Stay at home, become lonely, and don’t catch a depression. Music is the best medicine against a depression. Have fun listening.

Tracks

Sirius – Metodi Hristov
Aviator – O.C & Verde
Need to Know – Melody’s Enemy
Bigger Than Prince (Siege Remix) – Green Velvet
Dark Rooms – Jay Lumen
We Want It – Reform (IT)
Rollin’ – The Reactivitz
Mad Max – Maae
Danzer – Darius Syrossian
Under the Lights – Raffaele Rizzi
Strange (Original Mix) – Konrad (Italy)
Wren – Gary Beck
Ego – Alan Fitzpatrick
Another Club – Radio Slave
Ego Death – Nuwa
Tribunal – Joyhauser
Black Hole – Frank Arvonio
Sugar Coated Beak – Jon Gurd

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One Track or Album per Week, Number 9: Deine Lakaien – Acoustic.

One Track or Album per Week: Deine Lakaien - Acoustic

Today we dive a little deeper into my music history. Not as deep as with “The Cure”, but a few years later. We are in the 90s, in the middle of the Darkwave, Electro Wave, New Wave and Post-Punk era. I have no idea how I stumbled across the formation Deine Lakaien, but from the beginning I liked the combination of the dark, yearning sound, the focus on electronic instruments and the singer’s sonorous voice.

This week’s album of the week is a live album, recorded in 1995. What I like most about this album is that, for once, there are only vocals and piano. Not electronic, only analog. For me personally very exciting interpretations of the classics released up to that time. While researching on the Internet I found out that I am the proud owner of a limited edition. Quite a long time ago. Have fun listening:

Love Me to the End: https://youtu.be/uUn19ajnJc8
Wasted Years: https://youtu.be/Pt9yiqzi8_Y

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