Moose’s Guide to the Ultimate Summer Tracks

10 06 2010

If you’ve been in earshot at some of my recent music gigs or trapped in my car with me, you’ll know that my summer soundtrack is going to be anything remixed by the genius Fred Falke, especially his remix of last year’s Heavy Cross by The Gossip. As I was listening to it for about the 100th time, and having just convinced my man that he likes it, I got to thinking of Summer’s past and what makes something a big gay summer jam.

Handclaps (Walking on Sunshine, Summer Love by JT) just make you wanna put your hands in the air like you just may not really care, or maybe you do. Either way it sparks a carefree attitude in all of us.

Walking on Sunshine – Extended Mix

Summer Love

A little seductive Spanish or French (La Isla Bonita, Your Disco Needs You) immediately takes you to a swanky beach party in your head where Diego or Jean Luc whisper dirty european thoughts in your ear while slathering you with oil and serving you Cinzanno. But use protection. I know where Diego’s been.

La Isla Bonita – Live 2008

Your Disco Needs You (Casino Mix)

Samples of house piano or lilting strings (Summer Night City, Stomp, all Crystal Waters) have been a summer jam trick since the disco era. That 70’s fire island disco engrained in our gay noggins may be why it still works.

ABBA’s Summer Night City

Brothers Johnson’s Stomp

And finally: Jangly guitar riffs (Summerfling/kd lang/Ananda mix, Beautiful by Jask). Maybe its my love of Django Reinhart or George Benson but that jazzy, lazy guitar sound makes me go limp in my hammock and firm in my junk. Besides a muscle bear and 3 martini’s, it’s the thing most likely to get me dancing with my shirt off!

Summerfling (Ananda Mix)

Beautiful by Jask

Have a happy, clappin’ Summer!

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Top Ten Remixes Ever: Marc’s #5 – Fantasy (Def Club Mix)

25 08 2009

mariah carey fantasyNow, you know I love all things EPIC and grandiose so its only a half surprise I’m sure that this made my top 5. The surprise half is that its Mariah Carey, who, with a handful of exceptions, is worthless to me. This was probably the first Mariah track that didn’t make me want throw something, so that was a start. After this, but before the breakdown, in the era of emancipation from Tommy Matolla, she did some decent stuff (Butterfly, Rainbow, and even a couple on Glitter). I felt the same way about Madonna till Like a Prayer hit. Too bad post breakdown is not so great. She’s way to entrenched in Jermaine Dupre who’s given her way to young and  way too urban of a sound (also see Janet Jackson in the past 10 years). But I digress, for once.

This mix is so epic its like 5 songs in one: the tribal, disco, the breakdown, the Tom Tom Club song in the middle, then the Jr Vasquez freak out! Clocking in at 11:16 its simply a journey that wears you out. Unless you’re on something, everyone had to take a bar break after this one.

https://danceaboutarc.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/fantasy-def-club-mix.mp3″

And by the way, in the same vein I have to recommend kd lang’s 13 minute long The Valley of the Dolls mixed by Jr. Vasquez. Just as epic but not quite as melodic.