Just in Case You Forgot How Much I Love Dancing (The Archives)

Just in Case You Forgot How Much I Love Dancing (The Archives)


I do use the term of ‘dance music’ lightly, with my downbeat personal preference paired with the realization that my mixes are listened to in bedrooms as opposed to clubs. With an penchant for the deeper and more melodic sonic side, this post features some of the quasi-dance mixes I published from 2009-2012.


I love you, but there’s only one of you, and I’m used to maintaining several conversations at once (right now I’m writing this while contributing to a Facebook thread on a conspiracy theory about the Federal Reserve, and boldly Tweeting about how I like the latest Ricardo Villalobos release slightly less than some others do). I used to think you were wild, but then I saw what girls from Arizona State do in front of a webcam after a liter of Jaegermeister, and now you just seem timid. I used to love the music you introduced me to, but then I came across the Tumbler page of an art school student from Portland, which seemed to imply that your taste in music is at least 18 months out of date. Now it feels like our relationship is buffering, and all I know how to do is reboot.

I have a wonderful line to close this letter with, but however much the words might mean to you, I’d rather post it as a status update so all of my friends will see how sensitive I am.

      I Love You But I've Chosen the Internet


Floating Points – Myrtle Avenue
Frank & Tony – Rings
Ron Basejam – Hell No
Audiofly Robbie & Muan – Watching Ourselves
Amirali – Hear Me
Maayan Nidam – Harmonious Funk
William Kouam Djoko – We Are Your Brothers & Sisters
Cobblestone Jazz – Across the Nation
RxGibbs – Proxy
Left – Please Don’t Come Alone
Dave Aju feat. Jaw – Caller #7
Waifs & Strays – 3 AM
Delano Smith – Survival
Red Sparrow aka Lowtec – Weep For Me
Walls – Into Our Midst (Esperanza Mix)
Gui Boratto – This Is Not and End (Ame Mix)
Niko Marks feat. Eddie Fowlkes – My Eyes Are Wide Open
Sashienne – Unknown
Vakula – Intro
Illum Sphere – Never Lie Twice (Om Unit Remix)
Mister Lies – Morgan
Submerse – Give It Up
Moodymann – Heaven
How To Dress Well – Ocean Floor For Everything
United Future Organization – The Moving Shadows

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With my musical tastes in flux, it seems to have taken me the better part of a year to assemble a mix of new dance music, which makes this mix something of a year-end selection of my favorite tracks; aimed just as much as those who dance as it is towards those who only dream about it.

      For Those Who Forgot How Much They Used to Love Dancing


Daft Punk, TRS-80 & Ariel Pink – Sky Sailor (Float Away)
Nicholas Jaar – Don’t Break My Love
M83 – Midnight City (Trentemoller Remix)
Benoit & Sergio – Around The World
Matthew Dear – Headcage
Aquarius Heaven – Can’t By Love
Lonely C & Baby Prince – I Remember Those Days
Murk Intruder – Amame feat. Jei (Long Ass Mix)
Mongolian Jetset – Moon Jocks & Prog Rocks (Montezuma Remix)
Maceo Plex – Ain’t That Love
DJ T feat. James Teej – Sense (Tale of Us Remix)
Hamid & Arnaud LeTexier – The Price of Beans
Coma – Fiction
The Field – Is This Power
Luomo – Medley Through
Andrea Martin feat. Switch – I Still Love You
GusGus – Over (Life and Death)
Virgo Four – It’s a Crime (Caribou Mix)
Terranova feat Khan – Boogie For the Dollar
The Brandt Brauer Frick – Pretend
Walls – Into Our Midst
Co-Op – For Real Good
No Ceremony – Hurtlove
Active Child feat. How To Dress Well
Pallers – Another Heaven
The Weeknd – Gone
Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Goldmarie
Elite Gymnastic – Here In in Heaven (How to Dress Well)
James Blake & Bon Iver – Fall Creek Boys Choir
Altered Zones – Altered Zones (Excerpt)

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This was the year that I finally ended a relationship that has been as integral to my life as it has been destructive, my tumultuous relationship with Time. While there have been more than a few good moments, we were never quite able to connect when it mattered. When I was younger, Time moved too slowly for me, as I got older, it started to move much too quickly.

I honestly couldn’t tell you how long it’s been since I lost track of Time. There was no dramatic fallout, just a series of incidences that caused us to drift apart: from the five minute wait for the bus that felt like an hour, to the unsubtle death threats Time would whisper into my ear all too often.

Now that we’ve separated, my reflections of this year will not be a montage delineating events over days, months, and years, the way it would have when I had a healthy relationship with Time. Instead, this year will seem more like the prose of an obscure Russian novel that expresses a lifetime of philosophies and ruminations in the time it takes for a drop of water to fall from the faucet down into the drain.

      From the Tap to the Drain


Dop – Lacy Lad
Clock Opera – Once and For All (Clive Tanaka Remix)
Azari & III – Into the Night (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
Matthew Dear – You Put a Smell on Me (Nicolas Jaar Remix)
Public Lover – Naked Figures
Sei A – Flicker
Shells – Clay
Lula Circus – White A
Jeff Phelps – On the Corner
Brandt Brauer Frick – Bop
Montauk – Magic
Methiah – Swim
Milton Bradley – The Unheard Voice From Outer Space
Robag Wruhme – Bierholer
Howse – Vyvanse
Shackleton – International Fires
Invisible Force – The Dream is Over
Ra Cailum – Close My Eyes
Boom Clap Bachelors – Girl
The Controllers – Stay (Extended Remix)
Redondo Beach – He Would Make Her Like Winter
Nightmares on Wax – Back Into Time
Henny Moan – Slayer of Gash
Vacation – Thinking About It All
Otis Redding – Good To Me

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An invitation to a house party presents an exhilarating dilemma. On one hand, you run the risk of entering what has been misdiagnosed as a house party but is actually a “gathering” which, like attempting to occupy a hostile Middle-Eastern country, can be uncommonly grueling and difficult to leave. Alternatively, there are those blessed nights when a perfect storm of people and substances gratefully consumes all in its path.

Beyond being an occasion to see Asian girls vomit offline, the house party is also a time honored way for cash strapped cats to keep the wolf from the door. The rent party’s that emerged in Harlem during the depression became a Petri-dish for the forthcoming “jazz age”, and a hotbed for social change. And well before that, an upstart profit named Jesus Christ would pack many a room with his ability to turn talcum powder into ketamine, which gained him an attentive audience that was willing to excuse his tendency to fly off the handle whenever someone knocked the decks, and for his constantly checking the bedrooms to make sure people weren’t fucking.

Like violence, innovation, and the inclination to laugh at the sight of someone else falling down, our party predilection remains a common link to our ancestors, forged by an inherent desire to witness the exquisite sight of girls dancing in the kitchen.

      Dancing in the Kitchen


AFTA-1 – Love Suite 2 (Sit Still)
Private – My Secret Lover (Diplo Remix)
The Knife – You Make Me Like Charity
The Orb – DDD (Original Mix)
Sa Ra – Hollywood
Playa – Ms. Parker
Wu Tang Clan – It’s Yours (Instrumental)
Audio Two – Top Billin’ (Instrumental)
Manuel Tur feat Alexander East – Will Be Mine
Owusu & Hannibal – What It’s About (DJ Tom Thump Extended)
Woolfy vs. Projections – Absynth
Lovelock – Don’t Turn Away (From My Love)
Touch Sensitive – Body Stop
The Kindness – Swinging Party
Montell Jordan – Let’s Get It On Tonight
Mewzic Monsterz – Champ
The Heavy – How You Like Me Now? (Joker Remix)
Riskotheque – Def Disco
The Cool Kids feat Jahda – The Last Stretch
Eagger & Stunn Gunn – Morder Dem (JSL Remix)
DJ Assault – She Was
X-Osborne – Our Definition of a Breakdown
Hardrive – Deep Inside (Mr V Sole Channel Remix)
20 Fingers featuring Gillete – Short Dick Man
Sagat – Funk Dat
Dapayk Solo – Didn’t I
Siopis – I’m On Miami
Lee Curtiss – South Aphrika
Ame Strong – Tout Est Bleu (Francois Kevorkian Remix)
Ost & Kjex feat. Mung – Dirty Mind
Felix Da Housecat – We All Wanna Be Prince
Prince – Partyup
Daft Punk – Teachers
The Phenomenal Handclap Band – 15 to 20
Architecture In Helsinki – Do The Whirlwind (Yacht Remix)
ESG – Insane (Tambourine Mix)
Matias Aguayo – Rollerskate (Solomon Edit)
Run, Stop, Restore & Click Box – Magic Juice
Altz – Olympia Rocks
Beastie Boys – Something’s Got to Give (Live in Sidney)
Beastie Boys – Something’s Got to Give (Album Version)
Chromeo – Night By Night (Skream Remix)
2000F & J Kamata – You Don’t Know What Love Is
Burial – Fostercare
Mount Kimbie – 50 Mile View

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Centuries ago, a British curator travelled deep into Southeast Asia on a quest to find the artisan responsible for an exquisitely crafted statue of an Elephant, carved from a single piece of wood with what the man assessed as a preternatural level of skill. After months of trekking the unforgiving continent, he eventually met a slight and humble Indonesian woodworker living in poverty, though not in discontent.

Sharing a pot of tea inside a ramshackle workshop, the curator was awestruck to learn that such primitive tools were responsible for bearing such majestic artifacts. Eagerly, he pressed the craftsman to explain the nuances of his technique. Taking a wear-worn chisel in his hand, the craftsman replied, “I start with a block of wood and then I chip away the bits that don’t look like an elephant”.

      Elephant Carving


Le Loup – Outside of This Car, The End of the World
Whitey – Can’t Go Out Can’t Stay In
Benoit & Sergio – What I’ve Lost
Felix Da Housecat – He Was King
No Regular Play – Owe Me
The Armaberokay – The Hype (Marc Schneider and Ralf Schmidt Remix)
Wolf – Papa Was a Rolling Stone
Unknown Artist – Maximal Michael
Ytre Rymden Dansskola – Bange Aneiser
Laurent Garnier – It’s Just Muzik
Birds and Souls – Birds and Souls
Giorgos Gatzigristos – Sporting Dark Stuff
Mr. C – Full Moon
Minilogue – Giant Hairy Super Monster
International Pony –The Royal Pennekaums
Nicolas Jaar – Time For Us
Trusme – War
Ark – Back to Sleep Back
Paul Simon – Can’t Run But (Jerome Covington Remix)
Inch Time – Crystal Visions
The One – Double Life
International Pony – Goodbye

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In the year 2000, flying cars will be everywhere, and doors will open with a swish; a sound we will never grow tired of. The government will tattoo UPC codes into the back of our necks in a move that recalls the most harrowing aspects of Orwell’s dystopian vision of the future; surprisingly, we’ll eventually realize that it is actually an efficient system and that we all overreacted. In the year 2000, scientists will discover a cure for AIDS, however, the following year a new disease will emerge that will make HIV feel like a case of “the Mondays”. A new generation of Jews and Palestinians will have totally gotten over the whole Israel issue, electing to settle Gaza with a region-wide game of Laser Tag. In this new century, every household will have its own computer with which people will make music and exchange pornography, though not remotely in that order.

      The Year 2000 (As We Imagined It)


Lil Louis – I Called U (A Series of Events)
File 13 – Taste So Good
Benoit & Sergio – Full Grown Man
Marek Memmann – NTMYT
Session Victim – Memory Lane
Captain Comatose – Up In Flames (Glove Mix)
Underworld – Show Some Emotion
Lil Louis – I Called U (But U Went To the Party)
Move D & Namlook – Civilization There!
Ytre Rymden Dansskola – Kahluha Madness
Optic Nerve – Orgins Interlude
Optic Nerve – Orgins
Konrad Black & Selfparttwo – Still Waiting… Haven’t Even Started Yet
Gaiser – Oolooloo
In Flagranti – Brash and Vulgar
Circlesquare – Dancers (Taras3000 Remix)
Eberhard Schoener – Why Don’t You Answer
Billy Dallessandro – Fondue
Ricardo Villalobos and Los Updates – Driving Nowhere (Audio George Mix)
Oni Ayhun – OAR001-A
Jaydee – Plastic Dreams
Moodyman – On My Way Home
Stewart Walker – LA Walker
Omar S – 100% House
System 01 – Family Drugs
David Hasert – You Can’t Put Your Arms Around a Melody
System 01 – Disembodied Voices
Philip Seymour Hoffman – Firing Missiles at Christmas and Easter Island
Instra:mental – Watching You
Colorpulse feat Carl Sagan & Stephen Hawking – Glorious Dawn
Steve Mason – All Come Down
King Midas Sound – Sometimes

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