post

Rewerk Wednesday/Avicii

Although the whole entire world is still in disbelief, there’s simply no denying that it feels like there’s now a giant empty space present in the dance music scene ever since globally renowned Swedish DJ and music producer Avicii suddenly left us last Friday, April 20th, at the oh, so young age of twenty-eight. 

An electronic genius, EDM sensation and now music legend in his own right, the Billboard dance chart superstar first burst onto the scene in 2008 as a friend and “student,’ if you will, of fellow DJ and dance floor destroyer, Laidback Luke. It was from their budding friendship that Avicii would learn to hone his unique craft by serving up a buffet of remixes that would eventually lead to his first breakthrough banger–the 2011 global smash, “Levels.”

Born in Stockholm in 1989, Avicii (real name…Tim Bergling) began brainstorming beats and making music in his late-teens while up in the bedroom at his parent’s house (as all future DJs do), which also became a place where he would upload them on the web for headphones across the world to pay attention to…and that they certainly did.

With his unique blend of tribal vibes and divinely thunderous influences thanks to the likes of Steve Angello and Daft Punk, Avicii’s elegant ear worms not only caught the ears of, like, everyone, but DJs from all over, one in particular being Tiesto who brought Avicii on to slay a weekly residency at red-hot Ibiza hotspot, Privilege. Yes.  

If you’ll also recall (really, how can we f@cking forget?), it was also right around this time that Avicii’s dance floor co-stars Calvin Harris, Swedish House Mafia, Otto Knows, and what seemed liked millions of others, made their dance floor debuts right around this time, which made it all that much more shimmering and special.

So, Avicii‘s now legendary collection of now classic grooves–really, where the f@ck do we begin? “Seek Bromance,” “My Feeling’s For You,” “I Could Be the One” with Nicky Romero, “Siilhouttes.” “Collide” (Leona!), “Fade into Darkness,” “Superlove”(Lenny!) “You Make Me,” of course, “Levels,” and “Hey Brother,” all of which will now be embedded into our dance floor souls forever.

But if there’s one track that truly takes it to the next, um, level, it’s the country-meets-EDM-meets-life Billboard chart owning 2013 banger,”Wake Me Up,” Avicii’s collaboration with Aloe Blac. A bulldozer of a radio groove, the energetic anthem-for-the-ages not only nestled itself inside the top five of the Billboard Hot 100, but became a true shimmering piece of dance music history, and we’ll forever be most grateful for everything “Wake Me Up” has to offer. 

But then of course….there’s the rewerks. Oh, brother, how Avicii’s many, many remixes for what’s certainly dozens of music artists from all walks of life will hold their own through the disco sands of time. Among his list of standout pairings during his decade long career are Wynter Gordon, Little Boots, Rita Ora, Coldplay, Felix Jaehn and Richard Searle, just to name a few. By the way, Avicii’s final studio offering, 2015’s excellent Life, will indeed give you the life you never thought you had. It’s that good. 

Although Avicii decided to give up touring a couple of years back due to impending health concerns, his love for the craft and truly remarkable body of werk outshone anything else that was going on in personal life, which is something we should never forget. Avicii’s unique vision carved itself into time where EDM was actually EDM–perhaps the last great wave of a genre that stays just under the mainstream surface except for a standout few, with him always being a true player on top of his game. 

Rest in Peace, Avicii and may you forever wake us up on the dance floor of this crazy little thing called life. 

Avicii cover photo courtesy of Consequence of Sound 

 

 

 

 

post

Holiday Groove of the Day/Tom Petty/”Christmas All Over Again”

As much as 2017 is a year we all just want to get the f@ck over with, it’s also a time to reflect and remember those oh, so god damn great entertainers we lost over the past twelve months, with the death of Mr. Tom Petty a huge loss that music lovers around the globe are still feeling. 

However, while it’s easy to be sad over the now said legendary rock gap in our lives, we simply can’t be. For one, his incredible catalog with the Heartbreakers and beyond will live in our music dreams forever, and two, he gave us, “”Christmas All Over Again,” a rockin’ holiday groove that indeed still makes us feel that holiday spirit all over again every December. 

Appearing on the charity album, A Very Special Christmas 2 (along with such gems as Darlene Love’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” and Luther Vandross’ “The Christmas Song”), Petty’s dashing ditty was a holiday hit straight out of the music gift box, with a drum based, jinglin’ rhythm that would make even Scrooge get into the holiday spirit. 

Rest in Peace, Mr. Tom Petty….and 2017, too. 

Now, let’s holiday groove like Rudolph, shall we? Yes. 

Cover photo courtesy of Rolling Stone 

 

 

 

 

 

post

15 Classic Aaliyah Grooves

Tomorrow will mark fourteen years since the music world lost a princess when the small plane carrying R&B songstress Aaliyah, along with eight others, crashed in the Bahamas, sadly killing everyone on board. At the time of her tragic and oh, so unfortunate death, Ms. Aaliyah was an absolute force to be reckoned with, serving up hit singles and albums, as well as quickly becoming a bona fide movie starlet, appearing in films, Romeo Must Die and Queen Of The Damned. It also didn’t hurt that our girl had Timbaland and Missy Elliot by her side as the three of them were always cooking up unforgettable collaborations back then. “Up Jumps Da Boogie” all day…

On a personal note, Aaliyah was–and still most certainly is–one of those singers whose music will never stop bumping-and-grinding through the Philly Mixtape headphones. Whether in the club, bumpin’ beats in the trunk or bangin’ headboard in the bedroom, the sultry grooves and slinky melodies of the late, great Aaliyah are always on point.

While there are many people out there who are familiar with the fallen diva’s werk, there may be a few out there who haven’t gotten lost in Aaliyah’s music magic. So, as we get ready to mourn the anniversary of the “Try Again“chanteuses’s death,  Philly Mixtape has these classic ‘Liyah singles ready to go that will have you throwing your hands up in the air….and then some. Because as we all know, there will never be another fiery R&B diva in our music lifetime quite like Ms. Aaliyah.

Miss you, boo.

“Back & Forth” 

“Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number” 

“At Your Best(You Are Love)”

“Up Jumps Da Boogie” 

“One In A Million” 

“4 Page Letter”

“The One I Gave My Heart To”

“Hot Like Fire” 

“If Your Girl Only Knew” 

 

 

“I Don’t Wanna” 

 

“Are You That Somebody” 

“Try Again” 

“We Need A Resolution” 

“Rock The Boat” 

Sigh….

“More Than A Woman” 

“Miss You”