Articles tagged with late night jam

Odyssey – “Who”

June 19

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Odyssey – “Who”

When I’d just landed in NYC and was trying to establish some DJ cred, I took gigs whenever I could get them, usually playing bars on a Tuesday night to a decidedly non-dancing crowd. It felt like less of a party, but also meant I could play pretty much whatever the hell I wanted, dig deep for four hours or so, burying my ears in idiosyncratic tangents and whims. By the end of the night, whoever wasn’t asleep at the bar was probably cuddled in a corner, soaking up alcohol and lust with a newfound friend, and I remember ending a lot of sets with this track, which seemed to match the exhausted-drunken-hook-up vibe that lingered in the air. Greek synth god Vangelis arranged and produced this tune, though it bears very little resemblance to the anthemic cinema-cheese for which he’d later be known. Instead, it’s a somnolent slab of pre-disco, and a beautiful tune to float around in your head on your way home from an empty bar, slipping down a staircase and onto an empty train, heading off to bed, happy and drained.

– Spoolwork

March 20

Last Song Of The Night is a special category for the working DJ. By 4 AM, everyone’s well buzzed and bleary-eyed, seeing things in a bit of a haze, ears burnt from dancing by the speakers too long, throats all frazzled from yelling at the bar. No need to wallop the masses with another banger. The vibe should be a little sweet, even familiar, so Couple Making Out By The Photo Booth don’t get their mojo wrecked and Last Stragglers From Amy’s Birthday can stumble out singing, arms a-twirl, happy and exhausted. But you also need a track with enough oomph to get Sleeping Dude On The Sofa up and out the door, wiping the drool from his cheek as he makes his way to the corner diner to soak up whiskey with some chili fries. This pick should do just fine, a rework of Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Bring on the Dancing Horses” by Aussie lad Luke Foskey, aka Young Edits. It’s a bit nostalgic (wasn’t the original on the Pretty In Pink soundtrack?), with enough thump to get us headed to our next destination- all night diner, bed (our own or someone else’s), or maybe just a walk through the empty, sleeping streets, humming a familiar tune til the sun comes up.

– Spoolwork