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An introduction to the Shake A Hoof’ playlist and featuring a selection of my favourite music submitted to Shake a Hoof via Submithub, Groover and here at Musicto…
Summer goodness from the BIG Speaker Music camp!
TEMPLE will take you on a journey through disco to techno with a few stop off’s in between
20 years in the making, a collection of all the sounds absorbed
A sumptuous cocktail of classic soulful tunes with a twist – featuring artists like Dr Packer • John Morales • Larry Levan • Tom Moulton • Walter Gibbons • The Reflex • Francois Kevorkian • Frankie Knuckles
Delving in the deep digital vault of Spotify – featuring artists like Latimore • George Benson • Jestofunk • Amy Douglas • Ziggy Phunk • Sunlight Square • Stretch & Bobbito • Mary J Blige
Top quality classic and underground house – featuring artists like Masters At Work • Romanthony • Arnold Jarvis • 95 North • DJ Disciple • Moodyman • Roy Davis Jr • Mood II Swing
The Building blocks of House – featuring artists like Mike Dunn • Ten City • Moon Rocket • Leftfield • Kathy Brown • Mr Fingers • The Shapeshifters • Opolopo
Soul, Funk & Disco with a dancefloor edge – featuring artists like Crackazat • Phonk D • Hotmood • Bosq • Soul’d Out • Moodena • DJ Fudge • Chewy Rubs
Daytime Disco – no glitterball required – featuring artists like Crazy P • Poolside • Satin Jackets • Lou Hayter • Opolopo • Rasmus Fabre • Hotmood • Yuksek
A mix of Hoof shaking beats – featuring artists like DJ Yoda, Blundetto • Nicole Bus • Mr Cheeks • Terri Walker • Mildlife • Emmanuel Jal • PBR Streetgang • The Reflex
Dancy Soundscapes – featuring artists likeFrancis Inferno Orchestra • HNNY • letherette • Harvey Sutherland • Floating Points • Peggy Gou • Karizma • Mr. Fingers
Don’t be scared take a leap into the deeper side of dance music – featuring artists like Róisin Murphy • Lady Blackbird • Kruder & Dorfmeister • Jura Soundsystem • Romare • Tenderlonious • Black Loops • Mildlife
Music for serious lovers of dance music – featuring artists like Bicep • Alok • Martin Garrix • Silk City • Alan Walker • Tiesto
Part two of the Hoof’s double feature of house music legend Marshall Jefferson…
Parisian Soul debut on one of the Hoof’s favourite house labels ‘Local Talk’…
That’s The Way Love Is, taken from Ten City’s forthcoming album, ‘Judgement’ set for release this summer.
The Terri Green Project (TGP) is back with Sneaking Out…
Flevans finishing up his new three track EP, with ‘Starting Points’…
Taken from Michal’s forthcoming ‘Reconciliation EP’, ‘How Do We Make It?’ a stunning collaboration with one of the UK’s best loved vocalists, Vanessa Freeman…
First release from Mark Lower’s soon to be released album…
On To You by End of Code takes you on a musical journey guided by Nicolas Saad’s mesmerizing piano and Shawn Pereira’s intriguing vocals…
Whether stuck at home in a dead end job, or just stuck at home, “FEEL SOMETHING DIFFERENT “ is the stimulation you need to get up, get out and get something.
Swirling heady disco pumper filled to the brim with string and brass sections guaranteed to bring the party…
Lenny Fontana and Dr Packer spreading some love with a remix package of this 1999 classic…
Some distinctive European disco with Prins Thomas Diskomiks remix of Ny Dag with a sweet acid bassline.
Glenn Davis returns to F*CLR for his 3rd EP on the label and all I can say is that this EP is an absolute killer…
SeeMeNot’s ‘Chez Renee EP’ is the second release from the hotly-tipped Jamaican-Canadian artist and musician, and features a quality remix from Joe Goddard…
‘Always’ is the second track from Lief’s forthcoming album set for release early 2021,…
House, Disco, Soul, and everything else under the sun from Palafico Honey with a remix from The Funk District, who’s track ‘The Spaceship’ started the Shake A Hoof playlist back in 2018…
Frappé records take us on a ‘Roller Coaster’ ride of French electronic music…
Dave Lee’s new single ‘Power Of The Mind’ (feat. Billy Valentine) featuring a vintage soul vocal from Billy Valentine, also happens to be Z Records 300th release, a phenomenal milestone for an independent label…
Legendary house icon, Junior Sanchez debuts on long running and taste-making label, Glasgow Underground…
Following a significant amount of requests for downloads after hearing the infectious grooves of ‘Everytime’ in DJ mixes, the track will be dropping exclusively on Spotify today..
Introduction to the latest Musicto collobratitive playlist ‘Music To Dance To’ and latest track of the week from O’Flynn and the excellent and fittingly named Tru Dancing..
Glitterbox DJ Natasha Kitty Katt ‘Time and Time Again’ delivers a quality remix…
Popular French DJ, Yuksek delivers with the hip “Gorgeous”. This cool funky forward-thinking disco track captivates with the catchy hook and hypnotic vocals of Australian band, Confidence Man..
Despite the bright daylight, the city feels dark. It’s cold, and imposing, and unnatural, and it doesn’t want me here.
‘Floating, weightless, the pressure holding me as though it were a vice. I hung in stasis for what can only have been eternity, somewhere between sleep and death…’
Looking back at the interview with Amy Douglas, I caught up with Amy in 2019 to tell us all about her break out track ‘Never Saw It Coming’ and her future plans and dreams…
Need more house cleaning music? Well I hope you have on comfortable shoes! Toro Y Moi’s Still Sound is exactly what you’re looking for. The groovy bass line and guitar riffs are sure to bring out your inner dance machine
When I first heard Cassy back in my Miami days in the outdoor area of the Electric Pickle, a downtown staple of house and techno in the city I wasn’t expecting much. The name was very familiar to me as I had heard of her before during my early love affair with Germany’s booming electronic music scene. Having actually never heard her DJ before I had very low expectations as I wasn’t the hugest fan of house music at the time.
I was a techno purist in the beginning of my electronic music journey and house music was the last thing on my mind. However I truly became a fan of Cassy that day. She absolutely blew my mind rocking a solid two-hour all vinyl set that ended up not being strictly house music. Cassy had a few techno tricks up her sleeve and after that day Cassy became one of my all time favorite DJs.
Every DJ has an artist who inspires them to do what they do and for me that artist is Ellen Allien. The Berlin based queen of techno has been on the scene since the early 90s and there is not one person in the techno scene that doesn’t know her name. Ellen’s music spoke to me as a young boy growing up in a city where techno wasn’t popular and I just happened to stumble onto her by accident at the time. She became the driving force behind the beginning stages of my passion for underground electronic music.
This week I’ve featured my dear friend Julie Maghilano on the Music To Clean House To playlist. Another Las Vegas kid Julie and I met through a mutual friend from our hometown. The friend in question kept telling me about her friend Julie and showing me her music. I was certainly surprised to hear she was making music that I was into. Eventually we would meet in Las Vegas during a shared gig on New Year’s Eve. From that point on we became close friends and she was my support system when I first moved to the other side of the world from San Francisco to Berlin.
When I first visited Berlin from San Francisco I had a very different idea of the underground sound of electronic music that completely changed after my visit. I was hearing for the first time a sound that I can only explain as a fusion of minimal and deep house that really got me excited for the first time in a while. When I returned home I began spending hours finding more and more of this kind of music. It was during this search and through a DJ mix from a DJ named Anthea that I would discover Oshana.
During my weekly hunt for new music to play in my upcoming sets I stumbled across a new artist that I never had heard of before. Justin Cudmore’s track “Moment” is a track that is meant to be used in those special moments in the club where as a DJ you know you have the audience at your finger tips and it bring you nothing but joy to keep building it up to the delight of the audience.
I first heard this song yesterday as I was running through Hasenheide, a huge park by my house. I had already been running (ok, you got me, jogging) for a solid 15 minutes and therefore reaching my tap out point. And then, like a gift from the gods, this magical song started pumping into my ears like a seductive siren, causing me to tap into a dormant energy source I wasn’t even aware existed
Last night, after a few glasses of wine, my roommate and I were laughing about our individual dancing styles when we are at a club and completely immersed in the music. My roommate tends to hang out in front of the DJ. She’s usually swinging her arms, but in a very controlled way as if she’s marching (that or fending off a bevy of zombies.) Oh and she’s usually smiling really big at other people, wanting to make sure that those around her are having just as much fun as she is.
As a woman who loves techno, I feel it is my personal duty to draw attention to all the incredible techno DJs out there who also happen to be ladies. That’s why occasionally I’ll use this playlist as my platform (hey, everyone needs a soapbox, ok?)
How perfect that this track is named “Dishes & Wishes”. If I had to rank all my household chores from best to worst, washing dishes would always be at the top of my list. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that my legs are free to dance to whatever Deep House track is currently bumping out of my laptop speakers.
On Saturday night I arrived to Griessmühle; formerly a pasta factory, and presently one of my favorite clubs in Berlin. Not only is it just a few U-bahn stops from my house, but it’s a bit off the beaten path (and a bit gritty), which means it doesn’t attract a lot of tourists.
Since today is International Women’s Day I thought it would be most appropriate to feature one of my favorite DJs, Lady Blacktronika. She was one of the first friends I made when I arrived to Berlin and also the first person to ever tell me not to refer to “Techno” as “Electro.” When I asked her why, she said, “just don’t.” Duly noted Lady Black.
Throwing house parties in Berlin, if done right, can actually yield a profit (and no I am not talking about charging your friends upon entry.) In Germany, you can bring your empty glass bottles to your nearest grocery store and get money back. Today, I proudly carried a giant bag of jangly bottles to my corner market and received a whopping 3.18 eur. Woo!
A couple of days my roommate mentioned that she was going to deep clean the apartment. I said, “Well, wait. Friday we are having a house party and it’s just going to get filthy again.”
The lyrics to It’s Ok were written by Patricia Edwards way before I ever made the song. I liked it when I first heard the lyrics and then decided to write music to it. Since Patricia is based in New York and I am based In Johannesburg, I wanted the song to have both an American as well as a South African feel to it. I also wanted the song to fit in any club around the world. Hope you enjoy!
It’s the freakin’ weekend and I couldn’t be more excited. Before I crack open a bottle of beer and toast to the ending of a particularly stressful week, I still have a few tasks I need to finish up..like backing up all my data to my external hard drive (a habit I need to just go ahead and adopt weekly).
In any decent DJ playlist there is always at least one track that stands out. For me Kölsch’s, Grey epitomises such a record. It’s upfront, it doesn’t stand about, it hits the spot and clears off in under 5 mins leaving us wanting more. It’s my favourite tune of the now and now is all we have.
“I call it house work, ’cause it’s like work. But Ima throw shade if I don’t get paid for this house work.” Man, I can relate. I don’t just dance; I dance like it’s my motha fuckin’ job.
Ever since I stumbled upon this song, I can’t stop listening it. It’s so great, I don’t even want to dilute it with my fanciful analogies. Just do yourself a favor and listen to it….really, really loud.
If I could have one wish, it would be that this song would start playing as soon as I enter a lucid dream (that beautiful space between waking life and deep slumber when my body is completely relaxed and weightless but I still complete control over my thoughts and movements.)
The world is a scary place. Sometimes it’s necessary to disengage, unplug, and just let your thoughts wander. When I leave the dance floor, I feel the same way that I imagine it feels to leave a really great therapy session.
If my roommate or I have a bad day, we have a series of songs that we put on full blast to cheer one another up; Drunk in Love by Beyonce, Love Invaders by Fatima Yamaha, and this one. We always put these songs on to celebrate the good days too 🙂
When I am a grandma one day I won’t tell my kids that I walked miles in the snow to get to school (I grew up in the desert so that would be a flat out lie). I will, however, tell them about the time I walked to Berghain alone to see one of my favorite DJs (Fort Romeau) at 3 in the morning, . I’ll then tell them that he didn’t go on until 9a which meant I had to entertain my drunk sleepy self for another 6 hours.
I now know why Berliners spend every single second of the warm weather outdoors. When you only have one month of real summer, you tend not to take it for granted. While I’m seriously looking forward to the sun setting at 9pm, rooftop bars, dining al fresco, boozy picnics with friends, and open air festivals, I’m also trying to appreciate the gray winter days.
There is a cliché about living in Berlin; that everyone’s a damn DJ. To some extent it’s true. Though I’m not, I have plenty of friends who claim to be (some are better than others, but you didn’t hear that from me.) After living here two years, I can totally understand why an aspiring DJ would choose to move to Berlin. Though DJs are a dime a dozen, if you’re any good, you will be more revered than The Hoff himself.
There was once a time in my life where I was driving one hour to sit in a cubicle and proofread dog food labels for eight hours straight. When I wasn’t having long existential conversations with myself on the way home, I was listening to songs like this. After a few months of contemplation, the levy broke, I knew just what I had to do. I quit my job, bought a one way ticket to Berlin, and never looked back.
Like many of the songs on this playlist, this one reminds me of my first few months in Berlin. It’s less dancier than the others, which makes it perfect for getting lost in thought while simultaneously ridding your boudoir of old U-Bahn tickets, bottle caps, and Sterni bottles.
Can we just agree that the feeling of “home” is an amazing one? Home is comfort, home is familiarity, home is safe. This song makes me feel grateful for my physical home and all the lovely people that I know who fill it.
Who is that special someone Duke? What are you giving? Do you have a single brother? *Asking for a friend. Regardless of who the song is about, we can all agree that they must be pretty damn special to inspire such a banging track.
When I first moved to Berlin, I didn’t know anyone, nor did I speak one bit of Deutsch. Those first few weeks were spent wandering around the city solo, getting lost (a lot), and listening to songs such as this one. Flash forward two years later — though I’m extremely proud of the awesome life I created, I never want to forget how magical the world felt those first few anonymous weeks.
I first heard about Monkey Safari when buying tickets to a techno festival called TH!NK? last summer. The one day festival took place in Leipzig, Germany right on a large lake. Footloose and fancy free festival goers (including this one) waved their arms and swayed their bodies in the water as DJs performed on the stage above. This song never fails to remind me of that magical day (and also put a huge fucking grin on my face.
Throw your hair up real big, beauty queen style, open those damn windows, and then turn this song up as loud as you can. What’s wrong with channeling your inner diva prior to getting down and dirty?
Wankelmut means fickleness in German which is quite fitting considering I have musical ADD. Yes, that’s me, the “voracious song skipper.” This song however, keeps my head bobbing until the very end. If your house is a jun-gle, jun-gle, this song should help fix that.