Each year I enjoy recording a holiday compilation (unmixed) of favorite tracks. This year's project is called "Switch the Style Up" which is a double-entendre. First, this phrase is popular in hip hop parlance. Second, the compilation features a wide range of styles as seen below. If you are interested in receiving a free copy of the compilation, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. For those friends and wedding vendors who have been good boys and girls this year, keep an eye on your mailboxes!
TRACK LIST AND LINER NOTES
It would have been easy to throw together the hottest dance songs on the radio and call it a day. Instead, I selected tracks from many different genres - old and new - most of these songs have, or will stand the test of time due to their quality. The compilation starts on a mellow note, with the energy building up throughout. Enjoy!
Marooned - Pink Floyd (Psychedelic Rock). A mysterious start to any holiday listener.
Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop - Landon Pigg (Acoustic Rock). A mellow, romantic track used for a Brooklyn hipster wedding in the DUMBO neighborhood.
Pumped Kicks - Foster the People (Alternative Rock). Enjoy this catchy track by a break-through artist.
Rolling in the Deep - Adele (Retro Soul). Adele’s voice is huge and soulful.
I Can’t Help It - Michael Jackson (R&B) - Written by Stevie Wonder and Susaye Green of the Supremes, this little known track from the Off the Wall album is wonderful.
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) - Marvin Gaye (Soul). While a protest song, Gaye still makes the song sound beautiful, and I love the sax solo.
Body & Soul - Tony Bennett with Amy Winehouse (Crooners & Chanteuses). Sadly this was the last song that Winehouse recorded before her untimely death. Notice that when Tony & Amy harmonize, Amy takes the lower notes with her sultry voice.
Feeling Good - Michael Buble (Crooners) - Michael Buble was blessed with a perfect voice and is also a great entertainer. Check out the Youtube video where at a concert Buble is heckled by a mother who wants her son to sing onstage. Buble plays along, cues up this song, and the results may surprise you!
Bossa Nova U.S.A. - Dave Brubeck (Jazz). Brubeck, now in his early 90s, is one of my favorite jazz pianists.
Spring - Ursula Rucker (electronica) - Philadelphia-based Rucker, best known for her poetry and political activism, showcases her vocal abilities in this moody electronic soundscape.
Dirty Laundry (Tom Middleton’s Balearic Mix) - Bitter:Sweet (Downtempo/Electronica). The classically-trained DJ/producer Tom Middleton is an all-time favorite, producing lush electronic soundscapes such as this.
Waiting in Vain - Bob Marley (reggae). One of Marley’s lesser known tracks, it is among his best.
Come See About Me - Diana Ross & the Supremes (Motown). Fun Motown track.
You Make My Dreams - Hall & Oates (80s). Hall & Oates are perhaps my favorite 80s act, and this track is a great party starter!
La Vida Es Un Carnaval - Celia Cruz (Salsa). The Queen of Salsa, Celia Cruz, was a major talent. Coincidentally, I performed at a party this past year where the client was the doctor who treated Celia Cruz in her final years here in the U.S.
Audio Drop - Luciana. Thank you to LA-Based “Super Promoter Extraordinaire Jon Moore” for having Luciana record this drop for me!
I’m Still Hot - Luciana (dance) - “I’ll rock your world... like a DJ”.. thanks Luciana for shouting-out the DJ!
Walking on a Dream - Empire of the Sun (dance). This catchy song was featured in the movie “Hall Pass”
We Found Love - Rihanna f/Calvin Harris (dance). Euphoric peak hour jam with Rihanna’s high-def vocals.
Sayonara - Ryuichi Sakamoto (international). Sayonara of course is the Japanese word for “goodbye”... so goodbye until we meet again in 2012!
To check out DJ Gregg Ambient's Top 50 Dance Tracks of 2011, click here.
Gregg Hollmann, aka DJ Gregg Ambient
Ambient DJ Service