|Clannad - Theme from Harry's game|
|Phil Collins - In the air tonight|| (07:32)|
12-3-2004 (Minimix) In The mix: Armin van Buuren favourit
|Haddaway - What is love|
|Snow - Informer (remix)|| |
1-5-1993 (Minimix) Stenders & Van inkel
10-11-2000 (Minimix) Lindo Radio
30-1-2004 (Minimix) On In the mix
|SWV - Right here|
|Ben Liebrand - Techno trance megamix|| |
|UB 40 - I can't help falling in love|
Famous for their melancholic reggae tracks, this one is almost a ballad.Taking only a few riffs from the original, this "reggae ballad" is transformed into a jungle track. Jungle was an uptempo wild breakbeat style before the drum & bass era. It was characterized by wild cut-up breakbeats with rough sounds, and anything that would stick to it. Enjoy this chaotic remix of a UB40 classic.
|Jellybean - Sidewalktalk||Ben got his first decent sampler and the world was sure as hell going to know it. :)|
Released in 1984, this track produced by John "Jellybean" Benitez, probably was one of the very first tracks featuring the talents of Madonna. The track is written (and probably also performed) by Madonna, and was made at the start of their musical cooperation which later led to the first true hit "Holiday".
Working from the original the vinyl 12" version, this was the first mix to feature the akai S-612 sampler. With less than second sampling time, this sampler nevertheless was great fun to use, and was even enough to sample all sounds (one at a time) to make the "holiday rap" in 1986. Listening to this mix, you follow Ben's first tryout with the Akai sampler, using looped and reverse sounds, as well as adding the occasional sampled syndrums. This was also one of the 1st minimixes to center around one track, rather then having a megamix style of several songs. (There is a small drop out in one of the channels somewhere in the mix, due to an analog tape edit/dropout. This is due to the fact that the mix was first recorded on to 2-track, then switching to a 4-track tape recorder, erasing the center 2 tracks (track 2 and 3) to ad the sample effects, keeping the outer tracks (1 and 4) playing the stereo edit. All channels where then mixed back into stereo adding some reverb on the sampled sections. Consider the drop out as part of the original "package".
Veronica:In The Mix
1-1-1986 (Minimix) Veronica:Curry & Van Inkel
13-10-2000 (Minimix) Veronica:In The Mix
16-1-2004 (Minimix) Veronica:In The Mix
|Mai Tai - History||Mai Tai, produced by van Tijn & Fluitsma,Working from the original multitrack, adding the rhythm made famous by Eric B & Rakim. Additional info will follow(06:40)|
4-10-1991 (CD Mixes) DMC 105/3 (12")
|Lil Louis George Kranz - French kiss / Din daa daa||Lil Louis : French Kiss (1989). Huge club hit currently a hit again in the 2000 remake/remix|
George Kranz : Din Daa Daa (1983) Alternative Club circuit and additional acappellas.
Din Daa Daa meets French Kiss. Both songs sharing the same key I tried the combination during one of the live gigs and it worked. Now with additional acappellas from Madison Avenue and Afrika Bambaataa. The track also received a new bassdrum as the original one kind of plops your woofers all over the place. So, Put your hands up in the air and enjoy !
Mastered on the Alesis Masterlink ML9600
|Abba - Lay all your love on me||Allthough Abba was a group, simply not played in the clubscene,|
there was no getting around it after Disconet (a dj remix service
in the late 70's and early 80's) issued a remix that kept dancefloors moving even in the true underground clubs. Abba was suddenly hot on the serious danceclub floors.
Building on a repetitive edit section, this mix is in the spirit of that
Disconet remix, and the brilliant whitelabel pressing mixed by Peter Slaghuis. The Mix was made from a digital copy from the original master, greatly improving on the dynamics of the mix. Phasing effects were re-created in the digital editor using varispeed and offset times between sync running sections. The mix is complemented with an array of 80's samples and sound effects. As disco is hot again, so is Abba ! (preferably the real thing, and not the covered teens stuff).
|Stock Aitken & Waterman - Roadblock (dirty roadblock detour)||A production by the hit-team Stock Aitken & Waterman. Recorded as a studio project, with only studio session musicians (who also worked on the other SAW producions) This "let's-do-something-different" production also became a hit despite the fact that it wasn't the regular SAW formula.|
The minimix combines Roadblock with a string of other hits, and voice clips from a seventies movie about traffic jams. The SAW projects included in this mix: Princess, Banarama, and several Mel & Kim tracks(06:48)
Dirty Roadblock Detour
7-8-1987 (Minimix) Version I? Dirty Roadblock Detour
2-10-1987 (Minimix) Version II Roadblock Detour
15-9-2000 (Minimix) Dirty Roadblock Detour
|Mel & Kim - Showing out||Featured in this minimix are Mel & Kim's "Showing out" and a vocal line from the disco classic Frantique: "Strutt your funky stuff" |
This minimix combines Mel & Kim's "Showing out" and Frantique's"Strutt your funky stuff" into a perfect vocal blend Sample effects with the vocals as well as new drums, percussion and bassline where added to the mix. Back to the 80's !!
|Tramps - Disco Inferno||Featured in the blockbuster movie Saturday Night Fever, The Tramps had a huge hit with Disco Inferno.|
Starting of with the Intro of Shout, the rhythm builds up using filtered loops of disco inferno. A vocoder is added in the chorus as well as Syndrums (real ones this time) and classic disco rhythms. This remix should have no problem fitting in with all the filtered disco stuff going on momentarily.
Why this remix ?
To have a great opening track in a new club in Nijmegen,Holland. The Club is called Disco Inferno and brings classic Disco Music in the year 2000. Complete with Saturday Fever Dance- floor, mirror balls and orange décor, it's the ideal setting for going totally retro. Check out Disco Inferno
Check out a Trampps website
This track can be found @ a CD from DMC,Commercial collection #222)
|Michael Jackson om MARRS - Pump up the volume/Bad||Today's minimix is a combination of M/A/R/R/S's Pump up the volume, and Michael Jackson's Bad. |
Bad, and Pump up the volume both share the same tempo and key, and that combination was a minimix waiting to happen. Several voice-overs taken from audio test-CD's complements the mix, together with some all-time favorite rap-scratch samples (feel-it)(07:25)
On radio 538
25-9-1987 (Minimix) On Radio Veronica
25-8-2000 (Minimix) On radio 538
23-1-2004 (Minimix) Veronica:In The Mix
|Prince vs. Mighty Dub Katz - Magic 1999||################|
23-9-2006 (Minimix) As part of ITM
|Rocker's Revenge - Walking on sunshine||Ben Liebrand acid mix(06:11)|
|Ben Liebrand - Grandmix / Summermix SecondHour Preview|| |
|Felix - Don't you want me vs Sergio Mendes||The mix consists of 2 tracks, Sergio Mendes with Fanfarra a rather poppy latin track with an out of this world intro, and Felix with Don't you want me, a huge club hit considred progressive at the time it was released.|
The minimix makes a club/latin combination of these 2 tracks The superb Latin intro continues as a loop once the rhythm is started, and supports "Felix" giving it the latin style. Additional deep bass sequences were added along with some stab-fortifying drum hits. (This latin/club minimix was made approx 5 months before "Give it up" by "the Goodmen").
|Sergio Mendes Felix - Sergio Mendes vs Felix|| |
|Sting - Mad about you|| (06:29)|
|Madonna - Open your heart||A hectic big sounding remix with many edit effects|
5-12-1986 (Minimix) ?
|Janet Jackson - Miss you much|| (06:37)|
|Tina Turner - Two people|| (07:34)|
|Whitney Houston vs Public Enemy - I'm your baby tonight||Public Enemy with a pounding rhythm meets Whitney Houston's I'm your baby tonight. This combination is a daring mix of Hardcore hiphop and a great R&B song. The rough rhythms complement Whitney's performance in such a way that the groove just makes you want to dance !|
23-1-2004 (Minimix) Veronica:In The Mix
|Ben Liebrand - Het weerbericht|| |
|Dominator vs Africa Bambatta : Bambonitator||These are a couple of totally different tracks.|
Human Resource : Dominator was a progressive techno track at the time, Afrika Bambaataa fitted in the hiphouse trend, and the organ bits from Gypsy Woman are again something completely different.Wat brings them together are the fact that they are in the same musical key.Was not Was's Walk the dinosaur completed the mix.
This is a case where the sum is more then the parts. Bambaataa's catchy raps combine excelently with Dominators techno synths, and Crystal Water's Organ from Gypsy Woman brings some relaxing moments to this mix.
Get up and Dance, and enjoy !
|Tony Scott - Move to the bigband (Jazztrip)||This is a track written by Ben Liebrand (music) and Tony Scott (Lyrics). It was produced by Ben Liebrand for the album Styles.|
Move to the Bigband is a fusion between Bigband and rap, featuring real horns arranged by Gerbrand Westveen, combined with a splendid rap by Tony Scott, topped of with a great hiphop groove and jazzy piano.
This minimix takes the original track on a jazz trip. Two of Tony's original producers joined Ben to create a live feel mix with Haro Slok providing additional keyboards, and Fabian Lenssen digging amongst his treasured rhythm loops. What can I say.....
Move to the Bigband !!
3-3-2007 (Mix on Video) Watch the video!
|The Klubbbheads - Megamix (Sixpack 2000 mix)||Ingredients: |
Klubbheads : Discohopping - 1997 (contains Born to be alive)
Klubbheads : Clubhopping - ????
Klubbheads : Release the pressure - 1999
klubbheads : Kickin' hard - 1998
Klubbheads : Pumped up funk - 1997
klubbheads : Turn up the bass - 2000
All tracks produced by klubbheads (ittybitty, boozywoozy, Greatski & Langras)
This is the SIXPACK 2000 mix. Six klubbheads tracks in a convenient package. Great to take to the beach or a nice drive in the country.
0% alcohol, but still very intoxicating !
|Janet Jackson - Let's wait a while||Let's wait a while is a beautiful balad from Janet's first true solo album " Control". The album was called this, as it was Janet's first album where she was no longer under the influence of her brothers and parents influence. The album was produced by Jam & Lewis in 1986. It featured the Hit singles: Control, Nasty, What have you done for me lately, When I think of you and Pleasure Principle. |
The Minimix first of all stretches the original 4:37 to greater length. Drums are added in "Control" style. Small sequencer riffs come in from the second verse along with sampled horn stabs. The mix is then complemented with a wonderful performance on saxophone by Gerbrand Westveen. His sax is blended in with the rest of the mix using the same reverb Jam & Lewis used. Unfortunately Janet's vocals already were rather soft in the original version, and could have been somewhat louder. Well.... Can't win 'em all !
|Kraftwerk - Megamix||Contained in this mix are:|
It's more fun to compute, Wir sind die roboter, (stop) Radio aktivität, Computer Liebe, Pocket Calculator (Taschen rechner).
This Megamix combines several Kraftwerk tracks with breakbeat loops and reversed parts from the original mixes. Expo 2000 is not contained in this mix, as it may still appear as a seperate minimix.
|Kool & The Gang - Ladies Night (2step mix)||The original version was a big hit in 1979. It was produced by Eumir Deodato, who also released some great stuff under his own name. In 1991 Ben made a New jack swing mix, closely based on Guy's Her. Check it out !|
A new style is emerging, and becoming mainstream
It's called 2step, and Re-Rewind by The Artful Dodger is a kind of standard to what's 2step is all about. Ladies Night now receives a workover spicing it up with some of the typical 2step ingredients like rhythm patterns and the particular choice of sounds.Vocals and Horns are taken from the original Multitrack, and are timestretched from approx 112 BPM to 130 BPM. The Chorus line comes pumpin' in with a huge Baseline.
|Crystal Waters - Gypsy Woman||The original version was a huge hit, starting in the clubs, and later crossing over to radio. It has one of the most pounding basedrumms ever combined with a daring organ intro, and a very very very catching sing-along hook. La da dee, la da da. |
To complement this perfect summernight in spring I bring you this remix, with extra total-summer-feel-crickets and beautiful extra guitar parts giving the track a more Mediterranean feel(06:59)
|Bobby Brown - Megamix||Bobby Brown was big in the 80's . Many of his tracks are produced by L.A. & Babyface.|
This minimix is actually made by Rita Liebrand. It was a megamix requested by the record company based on Rita's excellent DJ work and her love for R&B. Rita entered Ben's Studio with a stack of tracks, samples, rhythms and a clear plan how to put them all together. Ben this time took the 'backseat', assisting Rita in technical matters. Rita has won the award for best mixing DJ in Germany in 1994
|Jan Hammer - Crockett's theme (II)||The original version was one of the theme's from the popular tv-series 'Miami Vice'. It was a theme dedicated to the character Sonny Crockett played by Don Johnson, and appeared in several episodes of the series. The Music is composed and performed by Jan Hammer, who was also responsible for the Miami Vice Theme and all other music specially composed for the series. It took Jan up to one week to prepare the music for an episode, which means that if you have a new episode each week, Miami Vice kept him occupied for years. Crockett's Theme is still one of his favorite tracks.|
The minimix is based on a new edit of the original. To this edit, new drums and baselines are added. The famous Miami Vice timbales (percussion) appear and the famous Aahhhh sample does it's bit. In Addition to this, voice clips where taken from some of the episodes, and placed over the complete mix.
"He's gotta taste for the money"(07:00)
|Level 42 - It's over||The original Version was a beatiful balad|
This Minimix is an Art of Noise style remix, made from the original multitrack, the mix flows back and forth between instrumental and vocal parts, with a nice round low basedrum and 808 percussion combined with Rolands CR78 rhythm box.
(2004 comment:) An extensive remix by Ben Liebrand performed in a somewhat Art of Noise-style featuring Laurie Andersons's famous ah ah's
10-4-1992 (Minimix) Stenders & Van Inkel
14-4-2000 (Minimix) Lindo Radio
12-3-2004 (Minimix) In The Mix
|Whitney Houston - I'm every woman||The original Version was a song by Chaka Kahn, now performed by Whitney Houston, with Chaka on backing vocals.|
This Minimix is a trance version following the lines of Format's Solid Session. It is a deep trance sound, with percussive elements and lots of spacey vocal sounds used as musical chords.
|Whitney Houston - I will allways love you||The original Version was the titel song for the hit motion picture 'The Bodyguard' ruled the number 1 chart position all over the world for weeks in a row.|
This Minimix is one of the most crazy minimixes ever. It takes the original ballad, shreds it to pieces, drops a bucket of synths and a drum and bassstyle breakbeat on it, and spits it out as a complete uptempo rebuild.
|Sinead O'Conner vs Guru Josh - Nothing compares 2 YoUr infinity||The original Version was a song by Prince, made into an even bigger hit by Sinead O'Conner. Her famous video, where she cries just that little bit at the right moment, contributing substantually to the succes. Other ingredient is the sax riff from Guru Josh which fit in perfectly on half tempo. Both tracks where at the top of the charts in the spring of 1990.|
The Minimix is a more rhythmic and percussive version of the original including bassline and the saxriff from Guru Josh's Infinity. The track starts off with the sax riff, and builds to a triplet feel 6 beat pattern. Guru Josh re-appears half-way the track.
30-1-2004 (Minimix) On In the Mix
|DJ Jurgen - Higer and Higher||The original Version was produced by Erik de Koning, DJ Jurgen & Mark van Dale, and features the vocals of Karen Shenaz. It was produced with italo and trance influences. Rene v.d. Weyde pointed me to the possibility of making a minimix version. Quickly the choice was made, and the record company was contacted to obtain the acappella and synth parts. Special thanks to Erik de Koning and Jan Voermans for the immediate response and actions taken.|
The Minimix takes a somewhat harder approach in a more sequencer based version with several analog synths providing the sounds (SH101's and Minimoog). Several stops and breaks stretch the song untill finally the main melody appears and ads up to the Ben Liebrand approach to Higher and Higher. Ben started on the mix thursday evening, and completed it by 17:00 hours on the friday following. Then Ben typed this short additional info, burned the CD and was of to Radio 538.
|Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F||Axel F stands for Axel Foley. The song was written as a theme for the movie Beverly Hills Cop, and appears whenever the lead character Axel Foley, played by Eddie Murphy comes in to action.|
Harold Faltermeyer also worked closely with Giorgio Moroder and has also written filmscores for Running Man and Starlight express. Axel F was number 1 hit in 1985 following the success of the movie.
The Minimix features the original version of Axel F, the rap version, as well as outtakes from the Eddie Murphy One Man Show. It jumps back and forth between these versions and includes some scratches with Eddy Murphy's vocals, as well as street sound effects adding to the melody. This Minimix also dates from 1985
|Drum Theatre - Eldorado||Electric Drum theatre was one of the bands in a wave of rock/dance acts like Duran Duran, Mister Mister and Talk Talk (I sense a pattern here....)|
This is one of the early remixes, using the first Akai 612 Sampler to add drum and vocal effects. The phasing choir sounds are actually made by sampling my own voice , and adding effects to this "Aaah" sample Additional drum, sequencer and soundeffects are added with the akai sampler.
This first sampler could record one sample, and had a recording time of less than 1 second. The sequences where played into the step-time sequencer of a Korg poly 800 and synced to the music using a teac 4-track recorder.
3-3-200 (CD Mixes) The Minimix CDS
26-3-2004 (Minimix) Adding a substantial amount of precussion and fills to this track, draws it from it's pop background straight to the dancefloor
|Ben Liebrand - Chase||Chase by Giorgio Moroder is absolutely one of my favorites. It is perhaps THE track which inspired me to start making music. The original track features elements like reverse triangle patterns, filtered hihats and beautiful sequencer lines. The original track dates from 1978 and was used as the theme for Midnight Express.|
Recently remixes have appeared which do the original no justice. I have tried to capture the original spirit whilst incorporating trance elements of the year 2000. It is a tottaly new recording, no parts from the original are used, as I believe the original is perfect the way it is....
|Queen/Genesis - Mama will rock you||Queen - We will rock you|
Genesis - Mamma
With a little bit of Bohemian Rapsody at the start.
The minimix combines these two tracks as they have the same BPM and partially also the same tonal key. The combination of these 2 rock classics amount s to more then the mere sum of the parts.
The second part of the "we will rock you" chorus is "instrumental" as the keys of the 2 tracks otherwise would clash.
The minimix was originally made in the Akai DD1000. The 2 tracks were loaded from CD and Queen was slightly time-stretched to match the tempo of Genesis' Mamma
25-6-2004 (Minimix) A mash-up made long before anyone had heard of the term "mash-up"
|Ben Liebrand - Music & Passion (Clubmix)||This track is inspired by Barry Manilow's Copa Cabana. In order to create this track, only a few vocal lines were used.As the original version did not feature an acappella, these vocal lines needed to be re-recorded. The organ-line was inspired by Morel's grooves|
The minimix is disco/club style featuring short guitar riffs and filtered vocal lines. Only a couple of vocal lines where recorded, as most of the track should have a club-style instrumental feel. The vocals where then sampled into the akai s3000, and filtered using the s3000's internal filters. The bassline comes from the Minimoog, a classic amongst synthesizers and still one of the best synths to generate low warm bass sounds.
Vocals by The Gibson Brothers,
Previously broadcasted as 'the Mystery Minimix in 1999. (but in a different version)
Not Released on 14-2-2000 but on 21-2-2000 on CDS
3-12-2004 (Minimix) A combination in mash-up style of Morel's Groove and the vocal hook of Copacabana.
|Armin van Buren - Communication||Communication is an energetic track by the dutch producer Armin van Buuren. The track is called "Communication" and the original production is a powerful trance mix with great melody lines. Several minutes in to the track while you are already enjoying the groove and piano melodies, it turns out the track hasn't really started yet, as the best is still to come. A brilliant arpeggiating sequence emerges building up to the perfect climax, keeping you there for some time and coming back for a second treat towards the end. The track was originally recorded by Armin on April 4th 1999|
The minimix is in electro style with the sounds of the famous roland 808 drummachine It builds up into a classic electro groove with bassdrumms in different tunings, and a 'Shannon' style bassline coming from the minimoog. All drums are programmed in the Akai MPC-60 providing a rock-steady rhythm for the track, including a 32 bar break.
Parts from the original version are sampled into the S-3000, and a Yamaha FSR1 is providing subtle rhytmic additions. The mix was recorded into the Akai DD1500 where the vocoder voices are added to the mix. The vocoder speaks of different forms of communication in 4 different languages. English, German, French and Spanish.
Communication Music Sound Sight Communication Touch Scent Sensation
Kommunikation Musik Klang Bild Kommunikation Gefühl Geruch sensation
Communication Musique Bruit Vue Communication Contact Parfum Sensation
Communicacion Musica Sonido Vista Communicacion Tacto Olor Sensacion
Especially the german vocoder voices give the mix a true 'Kraftwerk' feel.
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