Soundfront Underground Radio Program.
Soundfront Underground is a 2 hour electronic radio program which travels in available FM/internet airspace currently reaching 3 million listeners and growing. It is a public service for the global community with interviews of artists/DJ/Producers in each hour and a mix of a variety of dance music.
Sapphirecut is not a PR company and does not charge or discriminate on this show. A wide variety of sounds have been included to date from Ferry Corsten, James Holden, Steve Porter, Omid 16B, Chris Fortier, Frankie Bones, Infusion, Kirsty Hawkshaw, Tom Stefan, Gemini Wolf, Pole Folder, King Britt, John Bourke, The Kandywhales, Justin Paul, Saeed Younan, Murray Richardson, Behrouz, Solvent, Gavin Keitel, Geogg Gains, Pete Moss, Nigel Richards, etc ...it is about bringing the sound Together.
Week of 11/20/2006
1.Sapphirecut;Together(Omid 16B remix) Twisted America records
2.Static Avenger;Round and Around(Starkillers remix)Ultra records
3.Mike Koglin vs. Mark Pledger;Ultraviolet from Mike Koglin's VS Mixed CD www.noysmusic.com
4.Pet Shop Boys;Integral from the PSB Foundation CD Warner Brothers
5.The Killers;We You Were Young(Lindburgh Palace Radioedit) Island records
6.Shelly Harland vs. Ferry Corsten;Skindeep from Ferry Corsten's Right of Way CD Tsunami Music
7.Cedric Gervais ft. Caroline;Spirit in My Life from his Experiment CD Ultra Records
8.Ferry Corsten;Kyoto from Ferry Corsten's Right of Way CD Tsunami Music
9.Infusion;Natural from their Six Feet Above Yesterday CD Sony Music
10.Montilla;From the Stars(Original Mix) Urbana records from DJ Chus's lovely Balaerica CD Stereo recordings
11.Matt DeKay;Timeless from Armin Van Buuren's State of Trance 2006 CD Ultra Music
12.Karen Overton;Your Loving Arms(Club Mix) from Armin Van Buuren's State of Trance 2006 CD Ultra Music
13.Sapphirecut;Sea of Clouds from the Archives of Sound CD OSP
14.Mikas;True Love(Original Mix) Progresive Grooves Records
15.Headland;Nitefall (Vance Musgrooves remix) from Nubreed's part of the Electric CD EQ Recordings
1.Sapphirecut;There's A Reason(Chris Udoh Remix)
2.Nadia Ali and Rosko;Something to Lose(Starkillers Remix) Ultra Records
3.Kaskade;Stars Align(Original Mix) Ultra records
4.Anita Kelsey;Traveling Lights from Markus Shulz's Without You Near CD Armada records
5.Madonna;Jump(Jr Sanchez MisShape remix) Maverick records
6.Jimmy Van M;Interview with parts of Balance 010
7.Brian Eno and Jay Schaum;Rising Dust from Balance 010 disk 1 EQ Recordings
8.DJ T and Booka Shade;Blade Runner from Balance 010 Disc 3 EQ recordings
9.St. Etienne;Cool Kids of Death(Underworld Remix) from Balance 010 Disc 2 EQ recordings
10.Kirsty Hawkshaw with hybrid;All I Want from Kirsty's Meta Message CD Nettwerk records
11.Armin Van Buuren;Control Freak from Armin Van Buuren's Shiver CD Armada records
12.King Britt ft. Sister Gertude Morgan;Let's Make a Record Fivesixrecordings
13.Steve Porter;Time Alone from his Porterhouse CD FDS records
14.Sapphirecut with Dave Shaffer;Friday Night
Show from the Week of 11/20/2006
Jimmy Van M
"What's Jimmy Van M doing now?" reads the thread title on a popular dance music forum
This may be an acceptable question on a 'This Is Your Life' style television show, but incongruous when referring to the person chosen to compile the next in EQ's award winning series, 'Balance'. 'Balance' is considered by many to be the most forward-thinking, cutting edge dance music series of recent times. It is no exaggeration to state that previous offerings to the series from the likes of James Holden and Chris Fortier have changed the course of dance music through their ability to alter people's perceptions of the artist and the boundaries they blur. The critically acclaimed 'Balance 008', by Desyn Masiello, saw it take out such titles as 'compilation of the year' in 2005 from music magazine M8. Receiving the opportunity to compile a 'Balance' compilation is now seen as the music industry equivalent of being given a blank cheque. The offers, possibilities and opportunities, if used wisely, are endless, as the most recent 'Balance' representative, Paolo Mojo can atest to.
Well, perhaps instead of "What's Jimmy Van M doing now?' the real question is "What has Jimmy Van M done before?"
Jimmy Van M is a true progenitor of dance music. Working diligently to secure Sasha and John Digweed their residencies at Twilo as well as organizing and performing in The Delta Heavy tour of The United States, he has always been there, sometimes in the foreground and just as often in the background, working away to advance the music he believes in, first across America and now across the rest of the globe.
It was Jimmy's formative years at his house in Orlando, Florida where things really fell together for him as a DJ. To list all of the artists who played at his house in those early years would be to index the most famous and notorious DJ's globally, as well as hordes of friends that just came by for the weekend with a bag of new records. For years and years the only residency that interested Jimmy, or most any other dj on any given Sunday, was his home address. These after-parties still get mentioned and name-checked by most anybody that happened to come through town on a whirlwind tour of his cul-de-sac. It was here that Jimmy really developed his very patterned style of playing, layering endlessly characteristic and suggestive tracks for anybody that happened to stop by and be persuaded not to leave. These unending Sundays resulted in one of the most artful and layered mixing styles to be found anywhere. From those humble beginnings he took that playing style and his taste for ever-changing and advanced styles of dance music from that notorious little neighborhood to the far reaches of the globe.
"Jimmy is one of those DJs that when I hear him play, I always want to know the majority of his tracks. He has an incredible ear to search out undiscovered music and programme it in a way to mess with your mind. In my opinion Jimmy is up there with the best" - John Digweed
Fellow 'Balance' series compiler, Chris Fortier, continues; Sasha and John would be there and Jimmy would play these records that were so whacked out and so different in the way they were put together. I really think they were influenced by those parties, thinking back now. I really think that was where it started. Their sets started getting longer and longer and they would be playing for 4 or 5 hours, and those kind of warm-up records, or records that would only be played at after parties or very early in the night when no one was there, were getting played later and later in the night, and that basically pushed the whole sound forward."
Sasha adds, "Jimmy helped trigger so much for me. From his vision to advance forward thinking music to his tireless efforts to make things happen, on every level. As a DJ his programming and taste in music has always been an inspiration."
But it is his constant drive forward that really draws and keeps attention on this globally in-demand DJ. While he has eschewed residencies in favor of global travel (currently living in Barcelona) he has not only kept up with the most recent trends in dance music, in many ways he has once again helped shape those changes with his persistent vision of forward thinking dance music.
So we've established that Jimmy Van M played a huge part in dance music folklore. However, EQ label boss, Tom Pandzic, lacks the nostalgia of Quentin Tarrantino and there aren't going to be any Pulp Fiction/John Travolta raising from the dead on this series. Jimmy Van M is still very much a force to be reckoned with and indisputably relevant in today's dance music scene.
Sean Cusick about Jimmy Van M
There are many qualities that make a mix cd listenable, or any music for that matter. Many of these qualities are intangibles, features that can hardly be named, much less discussed. It is the culmination of many characteristics both subtle and otherwise. Without always knowing precisely why we go back and listen over and over again to certain albums, to certain mixes, we will happily return to them when the mood takes us. They create a sense of nostalgia for themselves. There is a comfort to them, the comfort of familiarity. But it is their strangeness, their utter newness that first attracts us to them, and subsequently holds our attention. It is the pleasant surprise of music, the promise, an oddly durable and renewable source of pleasure.
It is partially nostalgia for a place that cannot be returned to, yet it is that lost place itself. Saudade. Though that word doesn’t quite fit the feeling perfectly. The smell of leather evokes many strange and pleasant memories that I don’t actually have, it always has for me. It is the pleasure of having nostalgia for non-existent memories, for imagined places and events. Coffee has a similar effect on others, entrancing them in a way that is unlike any other thing. Clouds, etc. Having musical favorites is the auditory equivalent of these sensations, it calls forth memories half real and visions hazily invented by the imagination, when the mind takes uncertain and lazy flight, when the faculties are left to drift, to wander. It is the evocative leisure.
I’ve spent hours with my eyes closed inventing such places, and so has most everybody else that I love, in one way or another. Whether in nightclubs through dark hours or at home half-sleeping away on a Sunday afternoon, with the broken light of the day drifting through blinds, falling to the floor in waves of imagined silver dust…
This mix cd took 15 years to make, possibly more. Jimmy has been through several transitions as a dj since when I first met him several years ago. But in many ways this is a true first for him as a dj. There is a boldness and certainty to this collection that is very different than that of a straightforward dance mix such as he has done in the past. This is the cd he has always talked about making, one that encompasses much more than just what happens at a nightclub from opening through to the moments that it all winds down. It is about all of those experiences between, when you have time to be alone or personal with certain music, music that is unforgettable and powerful and truly moving in the sense that your mind is also dancing through time rather than merely your body dancing through space. For me it is impossible to feel lonely listening to this music. There are too many ghosts singing and swimming along. It is like a shared dream, one that each of us adds to in one way or another. Though it is the dream that forever cannot be touched. Music is personality exposed, it is a way of hearing the aches and joys of the soul… the memories, the hopes.
This music represents both freedom and fixation. It is music that skirts the balance between certainty and wonder. It partially answers its own questions, though only obliquely. It exists somewhere between the club, the after-party and lying in bed, either with someone or by yourself. Between what goes on through one single night and then the following years between the moon and…
“The morning sun was a drug that brings me near” –New Order
etc, etc., etc…
Sean Cusick, NYC 2006