Oslo based DJ Rune Opdahl has been so kind and made us two very hot exclusive mix tapes. And we totally dig them both, great selection of tunes. Rune plays regulary around Oslo and he also runs the very cool monthly club night Klub Kontakt at Internasjonalen/Oslo, where he teams up with guest DJs and plays uplifting, poppy house music. (Although the venue was bombed in the tragic terror attack on Friday, the party goes on, so if you’re in Oslo, be sure to check out the event this Saturday!). Rune is also arranging a new concept called Sommer Klubb at Blå Thursday 4th of August along with Alex & Celijus, M.N.D and me (Vari). I will be playing a chilled set outside to warm you slowly up for Rune and the boys in the club. Also a few words from Rune on his mixes : The Retro Mix is a collection of bouncy hiphouse tracks with a hint of the memorable 90′s. The Future Mix blends the newest techouse with ultra-modern UKfunky. Enjoy!
Rune Opdahl – Future Mix (Exclusive for thenumber20.com)
Rune Opdahl - Retro Mix (Exclusive for thenumber20.com)
Gotye aka Wally de Backer (Australia), released this wonderful track ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ as the second single on his upcoming album Making Mirrors, which will be released on August 19. We are very excited! ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ has been on repeat here on the 20! Trust us this track is truly addictive! Kimbra (New Zealand/Australia) is featured and last but not least RUFUS (Australia) has done a wonderful job with this re-edit! We are soooooo proud of the talent relentlessly emerging from Australia! GO Aussies GO!
Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (RUFUS Re-Edit)
I’m dancing around the flat and it’s a Monday! Weird. I never have this much energy on a Monday (post weekend etc.) but Oxford (Toulouse, France) has put me in a semi hypo, fancy free, fun kind of mood so of course I needed to share this with all of you! :-) Anyway… Shari & Vari are absolutely loving Oxford! Click here if you missed an earlier Oxford post that Vari put together… There’s some seriously good nuggets in there too!
!! DUSTY FUNKY MIXTAPE !!
FYI: Oxford – Moon EP will be available super soon on French Frequency Records with remixes by Kartell, N’Joy and Conan. We can’t wait!
Today’s mini interview is one very close to our heart. If you haven’t already heard about our very good friends, Hamburg’s LOVEGANG then today is the day to get the fuck up-to-date! ;-) Julia, Katja, Frank & Nadja are the four beautiful Germans that make this gang of loves heart beat! This gang is special (in every way), and it’s because of this, that putting this introduction together has been a bit tricky as we don’t want them to be seen as anything less than AMAZING!!! The LOVEGANG have been there for The Number 20 since our humble beginnings, professionally and personally and we are so proud to be apart of their family aaaand we’re even more EXCITED!!!! to introduce them to you! :-)
How did you start getting into producing your own music?
We did not start yet to produce music, but we will! It’s just a matter of time, after producing photos, music documentaries and Fashion…
How would you describe your sound?
It’s got the heart of 70s/80s Disco and Pop Music and the Soul of mid 90s R&B. Mixed with some Wave, Rave and Synth flavored champagne bubbles! Tasty! Try it! ;-)
What are you currently working on?
We just have been Djing at Tel Aviv’s Pride Parade! Amazing vibe over there… Amazing people too! Mid July we’ll have a Berlin excursion with our little stepbaby ‘Kann denn Liebe Synthie sein?’ as an exhibition of Katja’s Synthesizer stills at Achteinhalb Concept Store and followed by a party in beginning September with wonderful guests. Mid August we’ll be Djing and hosting at the Dockville Festival next to Hamburg.
What new projects are in store for 2011?
Launching our shop on LOVEGANG.NET.
We love our logo, it’s all about Lovegang, it can’t be better! So we’re working on a fashion collection with the logo too!
Name three of your favorite records old or new?
What’s the story behind your name?
LOVEGANG. LOVE is a Gang. We are gangstars of LOVE. LOVE is unique, LOVE is the drug, LOVE is all we need. And most important we LOVE music…!
What’s at the top of your shit list?
Rainy Summer in Hamburg, J-Lo covering Lambada and people buying this shit ;-) plus bad sound systems.
What turns you on?
When the bass kicks in! Intense vocals. Pianos. A good hook line and LOVE.
What is your favorite word?
What sound or noise do you love?
Screams of JOY!
What five words best describe you?
Classy. Hilarious. Sophisticated. Devine. Georgeous. Hysterical.
What are your musical influences?
Musikladen – German TV Music program with girls dancing half naked ;-)
Any musical family links?
My mother is Madonna and I’m Lourdes = LOVEGANG ;-)
Any dream remixing collaborations you’d like to take on?
Lovegangstars – ‘Now Scream’ (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
What’s the funniest thing you’ve seen or experienced while on tour?
Getting booked for a hairdressing convention (over thousands) as LOVEGANG… They thought we were a band, not a DJ Collective and they were a little bit surprised! We kind of did a band performance in the end, dancing and partying on the huge stage…! :-)
What is your favorite destination?
LOVELAND, Tel Aviv, Manchester, Paradise Island
What’s on repeat this week?
Eli Escobar feat. Nomi Ruiz – Desire
What are you most excited about right now?
Having a brand and launching the collection!
Find LOVEGANG here:
12.08.11 – Dockville Festival
02.09.11 – “Kann denn Liebe Synthie sein?” @ Golem, guest Dj’s – The Mirrors
03.09.11 – Photo Book Days Hamburg
08.09.11 – ”Kann denn Liebe Synthie sein?” Exhibition finissage / Achteinhalb Store + party @ Super Sonic Club in Berlin – Guest Dj Sarah Blackwood (Client)
01.10.11 – LOVEGANG @ Golem
Loveland & Rachel McFarlane – Let the Music (Lift You Up)
Aki Bergen – Feel So Good (Original Mix)
It’s been labelled the perfect soundtrack for your summer and we’d have to agree! Our very good friend Monsieur Kelton Prima’s track ‘You Said’ in particular, has been on repeat around here! A big thank you to all the artists that contributed, and of course to beko for this lovely summery compilation. Click here and start downloading! :-)
Kelton Prima - You Said (feat. Laetitia Taschatt)
Marius Våreid finally goes 20. We didn’t even have to ask! :) Marius has made us a nothing less than KILLER mix. This dude has beautiful taste in music which clearly shows. Great Dj and a great producer. Marius is also half of the very talented Norwegian production duo Ytre Rymden Dansskola. He’s also recently finished his first solo album titled Telemark. We highly recommend checking out this album, we’ve already been playing Skumle Planer allot. Trust us this is good shit! It’s out on Prins Thomas label Full Pupp. Check out more from Marius : Juno & Soundcloud
Marius Våreid - THE NUMBER 20 MIX
1. Bogdan Irkük a.k.a BULGARI. – Early Light On The E80
2. In Flagranti – Peculiar Protagonist ( Stopmakingme Remix )
3. PTTRNS – Diamond Life ( Downtown Party Network Remix )
4. Dutch Rhythm Combo – Alerta ( Ajello Dub )
5. DJ T. Feat. James Teej ( Jamie Jones & Lee Foss Remix )
6. Prins Thomas – Ny Maskin ( Trommebonus )
7. Woolfy vs Prjections – Neeve ( Permanent Vacation Tropical Mix )
8. Billy Bogus – Disco Lambro 76
9. Bogdan Irkük a.k.a BULGARI – The Thracian Plain
We love our french synth-pop. Perfect for those hot summer dayze.
Oxford Sounds has given us just what we needed.
Empire of the Sun -Walking on a Dream (Oxford remix)
La Roux – Bulletproof (Oxford remix
Modjo – Lady (Oxford remix)
We have been big fans of Downtown Party Network since their debut release Days Like These back in 2008, which won us over instantly. Since then they have just continued to do so, not just with their own production and remix work but also their Dj mixes. We are really happy to have them on board The Number 20 and straight into our hall of fame. DPN are a duo from Lithuania consisting of Bradka and Saulty. Two very talented guys, we have now officially crowned them the kings of Balearic Disco ;)… They really have their own sound and they just cant seem to do anything wrong. The boys have also been so cool to make us an exclusive mix and trust us, this is beyond good! They just know how to put a mix together, such a sweet luscious sound floating through out the whole mix. We love it. Also keep your eyes open for their debut full length album, it will hopefully be coming out next Spring and we’re really looking forward to this.
Downtown Party Network – The Number 20 Mix
How did Downtown Party Network come about?
Saulty: Me and Mario Basanov with Vidis were celebrating there release “Test” 3 years ago and Mario said I have to meet his studio colleague Bradka. So we met :)
Bradka: Mario & Vidis are responsible for that. Seems like we were already friends of friends for a long time :)
What is it like working with each other? What do you both bring to the table creatively?
Saulty: It’s a mutual experience. I bring fruits, Bradka cuts it.
Bradka: Working together is really good, otherwise we wouldn’t. Saulty knows music structurally and stylistically, me – technically.
What are your earliest musical memories as a child? (Any musical family links?)
Saulty: I always remember this track of legendary Lithuanian artist Vytautas Kernagis (r.i.p.). I used to listen a lot to this one when I was a child, I don’t why, probably it’s because of it’s super mega funky lyrics which is impossible to translate in English as it’s a mixture of Lithuanian and Russian slang.
Bradka: I remember a big music center with loads of vinyls. Lithuanian and foreign records, which I used to listen to with my older brother.
What’s the wildest moment you’ve experienced in your musical career so far?
Saulty: Meeting so many funky people around the world.
Bradka: Everytime I come to studio with a new synthesizer i experience a wildest moment :)
Out of your body of work what is your favorite track and why?
Saulty : My favorite is Days Like These for sure, it was our first track from which we started all this adventure. Regarding remix – so it’s our remix of Deadstock 33′s – Golden Twilight.
Bradka: Days Like These, because that was the reason to start everything.
What are you most excited about next?
Saulty: Summer vacation! Last year was super busy, so I’m thinking about those 2 weeks when I will do nothing :)
Bradka: Really excited and looking forward to our album.
Any dream (remixing) collaborations you’d like to take on?
Saulty: We’re doing so many remixes at the moment, that the only dream
now is to have our album asap ;)
Bradka: Would really like Dimitri From Paris to remix our tracks.
How do you see today’s music scene in Lithuania?
Saulty: There are a lot of talented producers like Mario Basanov, Few Nolder, Leon Somov, S13, Brokenchord etc.. and it’s growing everyday. Party wise, sometimes it’s too boring..
Bradka: Regarding electronic music our scene is growing very fast. And I believe that in the near future Lithuanians will have their own sound as french do.
What’s been on repeat lately?
Name 3 of your favorite records old or new?
Saulty: These come first to my head: Metro Area – Metro Area (Album), Groove Armada – Black Light (Album), E-Dancer – Heavenly (Album)
Bradka: You should look out for new DPN tracks :) it will be more than 3!
I couldn’t resist I had to blog it. Franki Chan it’s all your fault! Get his ‘This Summer Nites’ mixtape here.
Happy Saturday everyone :-)
Aretha Franklin – Jump To It (Prince Klassen Young Professional Re-Edit)
Oh and the b-side’s pretty fucking cool too! GO Aussies GOOOO! ;-)
Weekend Express – After Party
Weekend Express are on fire! Buy the records, support the artists and eat the sandwiches!