Classic Cuts is one of those music collections that continues to deliver even after all theseyears…over 20 and counting! From the very first release, Classic Cuts 1: Pop Dance, ithas grown to become a must-have collection for DJs including an eclectic range of musicstyles like Indie, Soul, Rock & Party. More recently the collection has…
Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee focuses on maximising on the early evening entertainment
DJs continue to explore new & exciting concepts to offer their clients. From Uplighting to L.O.V.E. Letters or Magic Mirrors to Themed Photo Booths there is always something new to showcase…but there is one thing that is often over-looked and can be offered so easily…MUSIC!
Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee breaks down how to structure a 90s theme night
The 90s is a fascinating decade filled with an eclectic mix of music styles. As the 80s ended and the 90s began it was the emerging Dance & Indie scene that was to lead the way…although there was a healthy dose of Pop and Novelty hits kicking around as well. Just like the 80s it was a decade that delivered so many great tracks, and some not so great, from a large range of genres.
Reggaeton is a style of music featuring Latin & Caribbean vibes with a strong Hip Hop influence. This genre of music has been around since the 90s when it became huge in countries including Puerto Rico, Cuba & Columbia. Its popularity continued to grow across Latin American countries before exploding globally.
Here’s a quick reference of the top Reggaeton tracks for a mobile DJ to play, that will guarantee to fill the dancefloor!
Mastermix DJ Dave Evans takes us back to the Old School – for some of us anyway!
As a DJ you sometimes get asked for “Old School RnB” or “Throwback Anthems”. But what is Old School nowadays? For people of my age (47, don’t remind me) it could be dipping back in to the 80’s for the likes of Jocelyn Brown or Luther Vandross or even some classic 90’s such as Mark Morrison or TLC.
But to your younger crowd, a ‘throwback’ could be something from 10 years ago. Considering that we are one year away from the new Roaring Twenties this blog is going to look back at 10 urban tracks from the 00s that still provoke a big reaction today, even when some are nearly 20 years old.
Instant hook with the strings, uplifting intro and smooth vocals. This record is one that you will hear a least once a night if you are out regardless if it was an Urban night or just a commercial venue. Great R’n’B record which spent nearly half a year in the charts. It seems strange though that he only had one other minor hit in 2004 and hasn’t been in the charts since. But at least he charted, unlike…
- Serani – No Games
Released in 2009, this record has never been in the UK top 75, yet it is one of the most well-known urban records of the decade and one that is certain to fill any floor. A true “sleeper” track with a distinctive intro and smooth dancehall appeal, No Games is a great record.
Alongside Turn Me On, this record is 16 years old in 2019, unlike Kevin Lyttle, Beyoncé announced her departure from Destiny’s Child with a horn filled stomper of an anthem designed to make you strut onto the dancefloor and show the world just how fabulous you are. The only down point to this
track, for me, is the Jay-Z rap section which slows the track down a little but, taking that aside, Crazy In Love is a track which will always get reaction (unlike Single Ladies which is sounding dated now)
The song is too long, it has no real outro point to cut it down if you want to mix out of it early and it isn’t even Usher’s best song (U Remind Me). But, Yeah! Is his biggest hit and one that has stood the test of time with regards to filling a floor. A shorter version or one with a break in the middle would
make it better for DJ’s to work with but, as long as it makes people dance, I’ll keep playing it.
After 2 minor hits in the UK and as the first track released from their 3rd album. Where Is The Love exploded onto the scene and went straight to No.1 across the world with its message of peace and love that still resonates today. An end of night anthem certain to make people throw their hands up at the chorus and one for the ages.
Moving from the harder edge of Gimme The Light to a more commercial style of dancehall Sean-A-Paul found the formula to success and this track, along with Get Busy or Like Glue, will still work 13 years after it was first released and is one of the most requested records I get asked when working.
No list of 00’s Urban anthems would be complete without Mary J Blige and this string inspired anthem still holds up as a pure hip hop/soul fusion that tells you what to do. When she says “get you’re a** on the dancefloor” then you have to obey the queen.
This could have been “In Da Club” and if I was working a commercial venue then I would be more likely to play that than Candy Shop, but if you were doing a night more dedicated to urban music then Candy Shop would be the de-facto choice for a 50 Cent track. Heavy driving bass and powerful suggestive lyrics makes this a track for couples to “enjoy”.
“OH!” and with that vocal we are off on a 3:47 masterpiece of r’n’b dance music. A catchy chorus designed to evoke loud voices, and also the occasional shirt off combined with a funky back beat makes Hot In Herre a record that will ignite a dancefloor when dropped. Even though Dilemma was a bigger hit, this record still has the bigger crowd appeal
By the time Without Me was released, Eminem was already established as one of the most successful rappers in the world. Without Me managed to combine the lyrical fun of Real Slim Shady with a more commercial beat giving him his 3rd UK No.1, and a song that still works in both a commercial venue and a more specialised night with its bouncy chorus and strong lyrics.
In compiling this there are so many artists such as Rihanna, Notorious B.I.G, Missy Elliot, Akon and others that could quite easily have made the list. But this blog should give you a guide to tracks that for me, still fill a floor in 2019.
Where possible I’ve linked to the DJ Beats version of each track mentioned. With added 8 bar intro and outro beats, it makes live mixing seamless!
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Mastermix Label Manager Richard Lee presents the ultimate guide to programming the music selection for an 80s theme night!
If I had to pick one theme night that I really enjoy programming music for above all others it would have to be the 80s! It’s my most loved decade and includes many of my favourite songs of all time. It’s was such a wonderful era for music with so many tracks standing the test of time to this day. Whilst other theme nights fall in & out of favour, 80s music continues to grow in popularity and with it the 80s theme night.
Mastermix DJ Jules Little reviews the latest addition to the Mastermix catalogue
In the 80s there was Mastermind, general knowledge questions preceded by contestants being quizzed about their specialist subject. So forget Mastermind, it’s Mastermix, and this is ‘The 100 Collection – 80s‘, my specialist subject.
Mastermix DJ Dave Evans takes us on a trip down memory lane into the world of 90s Dance…
Ah. The 90’s, The end of the Soviet Bloc, Dolly the sheep, New Labour rising to power, heartbreak at Euro 96 (Football’s still coming home, it’s just taking the long way round), Trainspotting and much much more.
But what about the music? Acid house was still around at the start but the emergence of Jungle, Speed Garage and Drum n Bass spread the world of dance music into faster BPMs. Britpop exploded onto the scene with the likes of Oasis and Blur but the biggest hit of the 90’s was the emergence of “Girl Power” with the Spice Girls spending 800 weeks (or so it seemed) at number 1 with their debut single “Wannabe”. Across the pond groups like N’Sync, New Kids On The Block and the Backstreet Boys dominated the mid 90’s before Britney and Christina shook off the shackles of the Mickey Mouse club and burst onto the scene at the end of the decade.
But what records do you still play from the 90’s that are certain dance anthems which people still love to jump onto the floor to. In no order, any of these would get a good reaction if you were asked to play some 90s Dance!
Come on admit it, just reading the title already has you doing the intro in your head. Infectious beat. Some partisans would say DJs Take Control is the better track but you can play this anywhere and someone will try to shuffle to it. This should have been Number 1 instead of Deeply Dippy.
Get this one out of the way early. When Robin Stone first released this track (Montego Mix, big hints of Jocelyn Brown to it) in 1990 there was no indication that it would become one of the most successful and remixed dance records of all time. Whether you go for the classic Stonebridge mix or one of the 100’s of remixes of it, you can find a version for virtually any genre. One that will never die.
- N-Trance – Set You Free
Hands in the air! While it may not have had the commercial success of Baby D – Let Me Be Your Fantasy, this rave anthem has certainly outlived its rival on the dancefloor. With its uplifting vocal intro and big beats, this track is a sure-fire winner for the dancefloor.
Yes, not Dreamer. For me this is the better record, its more tighter and compact to use plus it has a better outro point if you don’t wish to use the entire track. Dreamer is an anthem but lingers a bit too long for me. A good alternative to have from the same group.
Released in 1990, this is my joint single of the decade along with Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy. Its everything a dance record should be, great vibe, funky beats, sing-a-long vocals, Bootsy Collins and it makes you smile. What more could you want from a dance song.
For me, this and the next track sum up the mid 90’s dance scene. The Balearic scene was really blowing up commercially and this track captures more of the fluid side of the dance floor. Instead of being an “hands up” (see the next track) belter, The Nightcrawlers gently ease you onto the floor without you knowing it and will not let you go till its finished………….
Whereas in comparison, The Original comes screeching out of the speakers within the first 5 seconds, hits the strings and picks you up by the hands throwing you onto the floor. A true house record with an almost gospel chorus to it. This records still sounds fresh even 24 years after it was first released (I now feel old).
Taking away the “are they a pop or dance band” debate (they had Hacienda’s Mick Pickering, they are a dance group), M People made some brilliant records. Elegant Slumming contained some cultured tracks and none more than Moving On Up. Heather Small’s vocal is instantly recognisable and the horns are crisp. This may be one more for the over 30s than the teen market nowadays but it is a certain 90s dance floorfiller for those who know it.
I have one DJ bucket list item; To play Insomnia at St Pauls Cathedral in the dark with a laser show. But for a dance anthem, this record is a bit of an oddity, the first minute you can’t really use as it has no beat. The main verse is quite slow but…….
Nothing else needs saying.
Is this a 90s dance record or cheese? Depends how you look at it. Up and Down was a dance record and in Europe the Vengaboys are treated as a dance group so it goes in the list. Don’t believe me that it’s a dance tune? Put it on, watch your audience and tell me after that it isn’t.
It’s hard to pick out 10 from a decade where there was so many great dance records but hopefully this list is a sure fire quick win crib list.
Now where are my glow sticks, I’ve got a Vengabus to catch to get to an S Club Party…
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Where possible in this article, I’ve linked to the DJ Beats version of the track, so you can get creative with your mixing!
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90 Dance 12″ Versions
Indulge yourself in some classic extended 90s tracks with Classic Cuts 111!
The 12″ versions of 19 of the biggest hits of the decade, including Fat Boy Slim, Happy Mondays, Shamen, Soup Dragons and Electronic!
We’ve been reaching out to our fellow DJs on social media to dig deep and share their most embarrassing or amusing tales from the DJ booth! Here are just 6 of the stories we’ve selected that are worthy of a retelling!
- Starting with DJ Karl Hession:
“1999 I played in a local pub in Leeds, never forget I played Jonesstown -Sweet Thang. The landlady and all the locals bowed down in front of the booth and called me a DJ God. The locals at the time were all 40+!!”
- Thanks to DJ Daniel J Stone for this lesson in checking your facts:
“I took a booking last thing from a DJ who fell ill, it was such short notice that I was getting directions when I was on my way in the van. I got there to see a lady in a tiara wandering around in track suit, hair done and make up on. The organiser introduces me – this is ……. the bride who was married in Cyprus few weeks ago. Now it’s clicking into place, I ask her if they had a nice time, getting along well, asked for anything special that they want and finally ask if the groom around. The response floored me. She told me that yes SHE’S over there in the other tiara and tracksuit. 🙈 They saw the funny side & I even referred to them as bride and groom all night as they requested!”
- DJ Jason Phillips had somebody push a cake into his face whilst DJing. Obviously a Tiswas reunion gig!
- An absolute gem from DJ Debbie Claridge:
“I’ve had someone from the dance floor hand me (still warm) a gel pad. Women put these in their bras to give the appearance they have something to fill the bra. They asked me to put an announcement out for whoever has lost it to go pick it up from the DJ. I didn’t. I can’t imagine any woman owning up to that!”
- A case of Karma without the Chameleon for DJ Ian Thompsett:
“I had a particularly awkward & rude client, whatever I did wasn’t good enough. They were on their way toward me to have another moan about something when they tripped right in front of the DJ console in full view of everyone to rapturous applause! Knowing that everyone was laughing at them, they scuttled off to the back of the room & didn’t bother me again for the whole night!”
- The size 12 feet award goes to DJ Shane Daley:
“A few years back I had a playlist, just a few songs on there. One of the songs was Madonna – Like A Prayer. During the night the bride came up and said could you play the Madonna track and say it’s for Fran. I said no problem, I got on the mic and shouted Fran down to the dance floor, making a big thing about Fran getting onto the dancefloor. At this point the bride told me it was in memory for her friend Fran who had recently passed away. I literally I could have dropped dead myself!”
Just a few classic clangers to keep you amused over a cuppa! Do you have a cringeworthy tale from the DJ booth that could rival this corker by Mastermix Producer Jules? Share your embarrassing anecdotes with us on our Facebook Page! Thanks to Jules for taking the time to gather and collate these gems!
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