Monday, May 21, 2007

I LOVE MUSIC: The Remix!

As promised today we're talking all about building your playlist. I must confess I LOVE iTunes and think it is WONDERFUL for a music lover like me because I have all access to all types of music. Today we're talking about how to find music for your party mix.

Those of you who love music via a music sharing or download site, I say go forth and search for all the music your heart desires! You're a music downloading pro so all I can do is give you some of my favorites to downloads (at iTunes). Look at the end of this posting for the list. Now one thing I will share is if you want to take it up a notch, check the mixes made by other people/members on the site plus the pre-mixed selections created by the site. I know with iTunes, that the iMixes and iTunes mixes are actually pretty good.

For those of you who are not into all that music downloading or sharing, don't worry, there are plenty of great CDs that you can build a mix off of and have your party grooving from start to finish. My favorites are: Eryka Badu Worlwide Underground; Bar Grooves (Anything); Habitat Collection. Plus Check the playlist below.

Whether you're downloading music or purchasing the CDs and being the DJ, finding music for your party is effortless and easy. I bet at the end of the night friends will ask for a copy of your mix. It's a long list so brace yourselves.

Hip Grooves and Beats:
Jazznova; Heavy; Sweetback; D Nell-1st Magic; Lisa Shaw-Cherry; Habitat Collection-twilight, poolside, beach; Om: Ibiza ; Large Groove 2006 ; Zero 7; Hotel Costes; Rhythm Lounge vol 4; Large Grooves 4; Om : Lounge vol 10; Om : Lounge from the vaults vol 1; Buddah Bar; Verve Remixed; Bar Grooves: Mimosa,Frosted,Fresco, Metropolitan, Magenta, Citrus, Azure; Thievery Corporation - The Richest Man in Babylon;

Great Rap and R&B:
DJ Jazzy Jeff; John Legend- Once Again; Maxwell-Urban Hang, Suite, Embrya, Get to know ya; Robin Thicke; Pete Rock the Surviving elements from Soul survivor sessions II; Brand New Heavies; Tribe Called Quest; Rashaan Patterson; De La Soul; Eryka Badu; Common; Talib Kweli; Mos Def ; Floetry ; Dwele ; India Aire; Musiq Soulchild; Eric Roberson; Stereo MC?s – Supernatural; The Roots – Phrenology; Nerd feat Pharrell; Zhane; D'Angelo; India.Aire.

Mellow and Jazzy Mix:
Pete Belasco; Sergio Mendes; Bebel Gilberto; Roy Ayers-Virgin Ubiquity Remixed; Verve Unmixed; Incognito (Bees and Things) ; Scotch and Soda by blue note (import); Jazzflora vol 2; The jazz influence; Re: Jazz remix; Electro Bossa.

Old School Flavor:
If you're looking for great soulful old school music here are a few of my favorites: Atlantic Star "When Love Calls"; Midnight Star "Curious" and "No Parking on the Dance Floor"; Earth Wind and Fire—Anything fast will work!; Dazz "Let it Whip"; Cheryl Lynn "To Be Real"; Maze "Before I let Go"; "Ain't no Half Steppin" Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew; Gap Band "Outstanding"; Chaka Khan "Ain't Nobody"; Donna Summer "Love To Love You Baby"; Stevie Wonder "All I do" plus others; Barry White "Can't Get Enough of Your Love" "Ecstacy"; Shalamar "Make this a night to remember";

I hope these suggestions get you started building your summer party playlist.

Happy Mixing!

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