Welcome to “Set List”, a new series we’re starting at Upside where we ask artists to come in and do a guest post centered around a theme of their choosing. Any artists who are interested in contributing to this series are more than welcome to email us!
First of all, let us introduce ourselves: We’re Monitor 66, a trio consisting of two guys named Hannes and one named Calle. We’re from Sweden and we play and produce what you might call Nu-Disco, but as you will see in this guest-post we are influenced by a lot of genres other than Nu-Disco – so don’t be surprised if it gets a little eclectic.
Demon – You Are My High (Bootleg Version)
My first venture in to the wonderful world of electronic music was with the so called French Touch. A wave of French house music that took the club scene by storm in the late 90′s/early 00s and was characterized by funky baselines and catchy sampels filtered and looped into infinity. This is track right here is one of my personal highlights(no pun intended) of the genre.
Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer
When I had listened to the sample heavy French House for a couple of years I started to get interested in what those samples actually came from – That’s how my love for Disco music was born. This 1979 disco classic, probably most know for being sampled in Will Smith’s Getting’ Jiggy With It, is written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers and features one of the best basslines of all time.
Ice Cube – It Was A Good Day (Remix Version)
You really can’t go wrong with some feelgood 90′s West Coast Hip Hop in my oppinion. Most of you have probably heard the original version of this, but I perticulary like this remixed version, featuring a sample from Let’s Do It Again by The Staple Singers. It always puts a smile on my face.
Schiller feat. Jette von Roth – Der Tag…Du Bist Erwacht
This was actually one of the first tracks that made me interested in the world of electronic dance music. Even though I don’t understand a single thing of the lovely words coming out of Jette von Roth, it’s definitely a track for me to remember and cherish. This german track contains attractive vocals in their native tongue and delivers beautiful chords and marimba-esque sounds that brightens my day anytime.
Röyksopp – A Higher Place
In my opinion this is one of the best tracks from Röyksopp and their Melody A.M. album. It’s a flawless composition which really wakes up the glorious melodic persona of me and it always reminds me about the importance of lovely chord progressions.
Death Cab For Cutie – What Sarah Said
So, it may not be too obvious, but I’m kinda new to the electronic music scene. As a matter of fact I’m an indie offspring. Like most of the kids who had their first real crush the same time as they furiously wanted to be like your friendly sitcom nerd, I started to listen to Indie. And like most of them, it all started with Death Cab. It wasn’t that much Ben Gibbards words that made me a raging fan, but the music. Guitar- and pianobased pop without the silly “head-from-side-to-side-beatle
Boys Noize – Ne.Oh!Pen. (Danger Remix)
My first encounter with electronic music for real was when my friends went to a music festival. When they came home they showed me some crapy cellphone video of a guy in a cap, dropping sick beats to a wild crowd. This was totally new to me and when they stopped the video and played an even more crappy quality bootleg of this song they heard, I was stunned. This was some four years ago. So you could say I’m sort of a late bloomer.
Futurecop! – N.A.S.A (Cryptonites Remix)
Soon enough the synths made their way into my music library. Dance friendly music is all very well but after a while I got tired of dancing in my chair by the computer. Enter, Futurecop!. The more chordbased and classically composed music spoke to me in a way that the dance floor-bangers didn’t and this is what widened my interest in electronic music. Now I had something to dance to, and also I had something to listen to while I bought a new chair.
Set List Logo by: Mousse Studio
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