Deep & Funky 2007 pt. 1 | Expanded and Remastered | Top Dance Hits of the Year

Deep Funky

Deep FunkyIn my last post, I asked if anyone had some older mixes that I long ago lost due to a hard drive crash. I want to give a HUGE shoutout to Dean and Marshall for making it happen. The BPM Edition 2009 v5, which was originally 4 sets has been combined into two and is now available for the first time in years. Five sets of the BPM Edition 2009 v1 and the 2 set Funky Edition 2008 v1 and v2 have now been combined into one are also available.

I had a problem with the Year-end Edition 2007: Deep & Funky because in both cases they had split the tracks up and their tracklisting wasn’t matching up with what was originally posted.

Along with 1999, 2007 is one of my all-time favorite years of house music. Folks like Freemasons, Moto Blanco, Soulseekers, 7th Heaven, Bassmonkeys, Wideboys and DJ Meme were all on the cusp of becoming DJ and production superstars.

So, I went back and pulled ALL of the original tracks and re-worked the entire 3 volume set and combined it into two. I dropped a couple of songs for coherence, changed a couple of the original versions and added few more that were never included (but should have been). Basically, this is the same set, only better.

It’s been remastered according to iTunes standards and frankly is mind-numbingly fantastic! So much so, I thought it would be a shame to not promote it front and center on the site. Hell, I even re-created the original artwork to go along with it, with some minor changes.

I’ve got part two going up tomorrow before officially kicking summer 2017 off with the long overdue Pool Party (which is complete and kicks some serious funky ass).

So let’s go back 10 years from when Party Favorz officially launched on the web with the Deep & Funky Year-end edition and party like it’s 2007. ENJOY!

Album : Deep & Funky 2007 pt. 1 | Expanded and Remastered
Genre : Funky House Music
Year : 2017
Total Time : 02:14:16
  1. Todd Terry Allstars feat. Tara McDonald – Get Down (Warren Clarke Club Mix)

  2. Alexander O’Neal – Saturday Love (Soulshaker Club Mix)

  3. Charlean Dance – Mr. DJ (Moto Blanco Remix)

  4. Roisin Murphy – Overpowered (Seamus Haji Remix)

  5. Quentin Harris feat. Margaret Grace – My Joy (Harry Choo Choo Romero Vocal Remix)

  6. Ian Oliver feat. Shantel – Bucovina (Ian Oliver’s Clubovina Mix)

  7. Dawn Tallman – Save a Place on the Dance Floor for Me (Junior Vasquez World Mix Show Edit)

  8. Sunfreakz feat. Andrea Britton – Counting Down The Days (Original Extended Vocal Mix)

  9. Samantha James – Rise (Eric Kupper Remix)

  10. Georgie Porgie – Lift Your Voices (Wideboys Anthemic Club Mix)

  11. Speakerbox – Time (Wideboys Club Mix)

  12. Rihanna – Push Up On Me (Moto Blanco Club Mix)

  13. Bliss Inc. feat. Carlotta Chadwick – Faith (7th Heaven Remix)

  14. Sean Biddle – Get Up ‘n’ Dance (Alex Romano Remix)

  15. Montoja feat. Miss Chianty – Love Comes Over Me (Original)

  16. Ultra DJ’s feat. TQ – Must Be The Music (Montoja Remix)

  17. Barbara Tucker – Love Vibrations (Josh Harris Club Mix)

  18. Alibi vs. Rockefeller – Sexual Healing (Freemasons Club Mix)

  19. Candy Williams feat. Whiteside – Move On Up (Niko De Luka & Brown Sugar Remix)

  20. Starchaser feat. Shena – Let Your Mind Go (Orginal Mix)

  21. The Wideboys feat. Clare Evers – Bomb The Secret (Moto Blanco Club Mix)

  22. Sphinx feat. Sabrina Johnston – What Hope Have I (7th Heaven Mirrorball Mix)

Erasure | The DIVA Tribute pt. 1

Erasure The Diva Tribute pt.1

Erasure The Diva Tribute pt.1

It’s not the way you lead me by the hand into the bedroom
It’s not the way you throw your clothes upon the bathroom floor

Been thinking about ya, I just couldn’t wait to see
Fling my arms around ya as we fall in ecstasy

Ooh, sometimes
The truth is harder than the pain inside, yeah
Ooh, sometimes
It’s the broken heart that decides

In late 1986, I moved back home from Austin because I hadn’t started college right after graduation and needed to get something going. I went back to work for C&C Music/Video, a company I worked for two years for in high school. “Oh L’amour” had already been a massive club hit but I hadn’t given much thought about the group behind it, Erasure. Having more exposure to all sorts of music because of my job, my impression of the group did a 180 once “Circus” dropped.

“Upstairs at Eric’s” by Yaz (Yazoo in Europe) had already seen massive success earlier in the decade. The group consisted of former Depeche Mode member, Vince Clarke, and the vocally gifted Alison Moyet. A fact I became aware of as my interest and love for all-things Erasure blossomed.

Andy Bell and Vince Clarke’s (aka Erasure) music spoke to me like nothing I ever heard before. The lyrics are what I like to call smart-pop sceneries that while universal, actually speak directly to the hearts and minds of young gay folk.  There are so many fantastically well-written songs it’s hard to single out a couple that has left lasting memories for me. So, I picked two that directly correlate to my young gay self at the time of their release.

First off, “Victim of Love” slays me everytime I hear it. While it shouldn’t, it makes me really happy and leaves tingly butterflies in my stomach like I’ve fallen in love for the first time. Granted, the sentiment of the song is the opposite of the feeling I get whenever I listen to it but it also brings back fond memories of Michael. He was 20 years my senior, a friend, a mentor and one of the gentlest persons I’ve ever met. I was totally enamored with the guy but he was never going to allow anything to happen. He found the club scene distasteful and tried to provide me with alternative culture in opera and is totally responsible for turning me onto “Mommie Dearest,” which I had never seen. As any good card-carrying gay, I latched onto “NO MORE WIRE HANGERS” LOL. Sadly, he later moved to California where his partner helped him end his life. I was heartbroken when I heard the news, which was an indication of future devastations that were to come. I can’t explain how I correlate “Victim of Love” with Michael but I always think of him fondly when I hear it.

I don’t want to look
Like some kind of fool
I don’t want to break
My heart over you
I’m building a wall
Everyday it’s getting higher
This time I won’t end up
Another victim of love

“Wild!” was another brilliant album that generated multiple club hits. “Blue Savannah” is a personal favorite to this day. However, it’s “Star” that takes the prize. I was head over heels for Pete; more so than I had ever been for anyone. Things didn’t shake out well for us and it’s the very first and only time I truly felt jealousy, anger and resentment. I was the cruelest bitch anyone could ever be to another. In fact, I’d say I never knew I had it in me. I attempted to apologize multiple times only to be ignored. It wasn’t until my last trip to PBD’s (the local gay club) before moving to Atlanta that we had an honest, peaceful conversation after I saddled up on the bar stool next to him. “Star” was actually his song and reflected on a relationship he had with a different “Keith” (go figure) but I’ve long since adopted that song (and “I Try” by Macy Gray) as it related to us. Smart and ambitious, Pete was an all-around good guy and I wish him nothing but the best in life.

Did you ever have a lover
Leave you for another
To take your love and kisses for granted?
Never to discover
War is not the answer
Leave you only disenchanted

God is love, God is war
TV-preacher tell me more
Father help me am I pure?
As pure as pure as heaven
Sent you money sent you flowers
Could worship you for hours
In whose hands are we anyway?

I found myself in tears half the time I was making part 1 of this Erasure tribute. So many fantastic songs that bring back a flood of memories. This first set basically represents “Pop! The First 20 Hits” either remixed or extended + a couple more that belong to the same time span. With sharp and intricate lyrics written by Vince Clarke that only Andy Bell could pull off, Erasure is a massive chapter within the storybook of my life and certainly many of you. I busted my ass putting this together fearing I could not do it justice but I’ll be damned if this set isn’t fantastic!

It is with great honor and devotion that I duly induct Erasure into the Diva Hall of Fame and pay Tribute to their fabulousness. ENJOY!

-Dedicated to Michael and Pete
Album : Erasure | The DIVA Tribute pt. 1
Genre : Dance 
Year : 2017 
Total Time : 1:51:57.00
  1. Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (Remix)
  2. Star (The Trafalmadore Mix)
  3. Love To Hate You (Hot Tracks Mix)
  4. Stop! (Vince Clarke Sync 82 Remix)
  5. The Circus (Bareback Rider Mix)
  6. Heavenly Action (Razormaid Mix)
  7. Victim Of Love (Extended Mix)
  8. Am I Right (The Grid Remix)
  9. It Doesn’t Have To Be (Boop Oopa Doo Mix)
  10. Chains Of Love (Truly In Love With The Marks Bros. Mix)
  11. A Little Respect (Extended Mix)
  12. Ship Of Fools (RC Mix)
  13. You Surround Me (Remix)
  14. Sometimes (Shiver Mix)
  15. Who Needs Love Like That (Mexican Mix)
  16. Oh L’Amour (PWL Funky Sisters Say ‘Ooh-La-La’ Mix)
  17. Take A Chance On Me (Special K Vision Mix)
  18. Drama! (Krucial Mix)
  19. Breath Of Life (Elixir Mix)
  20. Always (Microbots Trance Dance Mix)
  21. Chorus (Hot Tracks Mix)
  22. Blue Savannah (Razormaid Mix)

Pure Energy | BackSpin 80’s

Pure Energy

Pure EnergySo my last post for Pump Up the Volume was a hot mess of ideas. I’ve gone back and provided more coherence to my ramblings so as to follow-up with this final set.

These days, I’ve got a lot of ideas running through my tiny brain and the more I read in the Washington Post and the New York Times about our government, the more angry I get. I try to stay away from the Huffington Post because it’s becoming more and more like the progressive left version Breibart (an alt-right nationalist rag). Mind you, I’m not talking about go out and blow-up a bunch of people anarchistic anger but definitely there is a frustration as to how I can channel what I’m seeing into what it is I already do and how that ties in with the electronic music that I promote on these very pages. This leads me to my final musings of the electronic dance music of the 80’s.

One of the genres I intertwined with this series was called ‘industrial’, which was an offshoot of punk. It was poetry laced with anger set to a repetitive electronic beat. While the lyrics to songs like ‘Headhunter’ by Front 242 and ‘Join in the Chant’ by Nitzer Ebb may be simplistic, their relevance today cannot be understated. Mixed in with the sugar-coated more commercial elements of the movement, the meaning gets lost. Taken by themselves, the anger and frustration of the times was as illuminating then as they are pertinent today. To be frank, I don’t what these groups politics are and the left definitely do not have the market cornered on rebellion.

Right now you’re probably scratching your head thinking to yourself ‘what the fuck does this have to do with anything; I just like these songs and remember them well???’

For those that have read my posts over the years, understand that I’ve been a predictor of dance music trends since I started Party Favorz in 2007. The easiest way to do that is look at what’s going on in the underground. Beatport has been a good indicator of that since I started this site. What I’m seeing and hearing is a ton of music that’s moving away from the EPIC to a darker and more sinister pinning of electronic dance. It’s not a mistake that Prok & Fitch with Green Velevet’s ‘Sheeple’ was number for all of January and is still in their top ten.

Don’t get me wrong. I will continue to deliver the light and frothy commercial dance music we’ve all come to know and love from my podcasts. That will never change but…

…I do fully expect continued darkness in the music but with sharper and more pointed political messages in the very near future. I’m just waiting for the DJ’s and producers to properly channel their anger into something that grabs a wider audience rather than the current output which sounds like toddlers playing with tinker toys. 

Things are moving rapidly in the US and the UK and soon Germany, France and possibly other countries as well. With massive social change, ultimately comes unrest and dissent, which in turn leads to protest. This time, it will likely be bigger and louder than ever before. I will do what I can in my limited capacity to express that frustration and anger visually and musically. I’m thinking the Deep Edition will be a good place to start. You heard it here first.

Forget everything I just wrote. Just know that Party Favorz will keep on keeping on but there may be changes in the way I present things up ahead. Enjoy…

Album : Pure Energy | BackSpin 80’s
Artists : Various
Genre : Electronic; Industrial
Length : 1:23:23
  1. Erasure – A Little Respect (Extended Mix)

  2. When In Rome – The Promise (Long version)

  3. Book Of Love – Tubular BellsPretty Boys And Pretty Girls (Regan’s House Medley)

  4. Blue Mercedes – I Want To Be Your Property (Razormaid)

  5. Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind (Razormaid Mix)

  6. Dead Or Alive – Something In My House (Razormaid Mix)

  7. Patrick Cowley – Megatron Man (Razormaid Mix)

  8. C.C.C.P. – American-Soviets (Cameron Paul Mix)

  9. Information Society – What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy) (Hot Tracks Mix)

  10. Uptown – (I Know) I’m Losing You (Extended Mix)

  11. Animotion – Obsession (Razormaid Mix)

  12. New Order – True Faith (Shep Pettibone Remix)

  13. Real Life – Send Me An Angel ’89 (Dance Mix)

Pump Up the Volume | BackSpin 80’s

Pump Up the Volume

Pump Up the VolumeContinuing where we left off yesterday, the 80’s was a dearth of diversity in musical styles. The primary focus over these three volumes includes industrial music and it’s more commercial off-spring.

If anyone watches AMC’s ‘Catch and Halt’ Fire’ you get a really good feel for the time, the music and the burgeoning scene in computers in the early 80’s. My best friend Dan had purchased a used Mackintosh from the local pawn shop along with a dot matrix printer. You know the kind, the paper had holes down the side so it could move along as it was being printed. The only thing he could really do on his computer was type his school papers and print them. Of course, he could also play ping pong or space invaders, which was pretty cool. Dan took his passion for computers and landed a gig with the burgeoning Dell computers there in Austin. Everybody knows who Dell is, so I’d say Dan is sitting pretty at the movement.

Our other friend SJ or Sequoya disappeared off the face of the earth when his father called him back home for good. He had a drinking problem that he just couldn’t keep under control, which was a shame because he was a super nice guy. I think he’s married and a lawyer now or something. Then there’s Dale. An unfortunate accident stemming from a nasty divorce that had left him permanently scarred and financially ruined took him years to get out from under it. Last I heard, he found his calling and was living in a commune smoking a bunch of pot.

Me, I was just s shithead going to clubs on 6th street in Austin and sneaking out at night to hook up with some strangers in an alley.

It wasn’t until ten years later that I purchased my first computer at the end of the semester in 1998 and spent the winter break taking it apart and putting it back together again to better understand how it worked.That was the point I officially became a geek.

The music at the time stands for itself and I’ll go into more of its darker underpinnings in the next post. Until then…ENJOY!

Album : Pump Up the Volume | BackSpin 80’s
Artists : Various
Genre : Electronic; Industrial
Length : 1:27:42
  1. Yello – Oh Yeah (Dance Mix)

  2. Boys Don’t Cry – I Wanna Be A Cowboy (Extended Mix)

  3. New Order – Blue Monday ’88 (12” Mix) (Hot Tracks Mix)

  4. Depeche Mode – Strangelove ’88 (Highjack Mix)

  5. Information Society – Running (12” Vocal Remix Version)

  6. M.A.R.R.S. – Pump Up The Volume (Ultimix)

  7. KTP – Certain Things Are Likely (Original Extended Mix)

  8. Nitzer Ebb – Join In The Chant (Long Version)

  9. Paul Hardcastle – 19 (Disconet Remix)

  10. Depeche Mode – People Are People (Razormaid)

  11. Kon Kan – I Beg Your Pardon (Hot Tracks Remix)

  12. Talk Talk – It’s My Life (Hot Tracks Remix)

  13. Echo & The Bunnymen – Lips Like Sugar (Extended Remix)

  14. Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (Ultimix remix)

  15. Frankie Goes To Hollywood – Relax (Ultimix Version)

  16. Dead Or Alive – You Spin Me ’round (Like A Record) (Razormaid Remix)

Hit That Perfect Beat! | BackSpin 80’s

Hit That Perfect Beat

Hit That Perfect BeatAfter last year’s 70’s indulgence with the Trash Disco series, Party Favorz is moving a decade forward. In typical fashion, I try to do something that’s not so obvious, which better reflects who I was and what I was into by the end of the decade that was the 80’s.

I was a disco kid heading into high school and dabbled in Punk and New Wave but then quickly adjusted my tastes to fit in with the other kids. AC/DC (who I still love), Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Scorpions and on down the line fueled me. By the end of the decade, I was the preppy kid hanging with the cool kids dressed in black with earrings and eyeliner (much to the dismay of my parents) listening to the coolest music by New Order, Erasure, Depeche Mode, etc. and smoking a lot of pot while occasionally dropping acid. It’s not a path I would recommend to anyone today but if I’m being real…

It was the decade of Vans (which I had), OP (Ocean Pacific for the uninitiated), Levis 501 button fly jeans, Izod and really shitty (hideous) clothing from Oak Tree and the Limited; Just look at any Rick Astley video or even Depeche Mode and you’ll understand. For the most part, I was a geek with good taste in music (or at least I like to think so).

Truth is, I’m a musi-aholic. I enjoy almost all forms of music from the crude and crass (Dead Kennedys, Plasmatics) to the most commercial (Tiffany, Debbie Gibson). I can’t really explain my tastes but they run the whole spectrum.

These next three sets reflect a certain period of my life that I fondly remember. Many of today’s artists are diving back into the pool for inspiration, so don’t be surprised if something sounds all too familiar.

Frankly, after working my magic, these songs have never sounded better. ENJOY!

Album : Hit That Perfect Beat! | BackSpin 80’s
Artists : Various
Genre : Electronic
Length : 1:27:42
  1. George Kranz – Trommeltanz (Din Daa Daa) (Daa Daa Mix)

  2. Yaz – Situation (Ultimix)

  3. Dominatrix – Dominatrix Sleeps Tonight (Hot Tracks Remix)

  4. Ministry – Every Day Is Halloween (Original Version)

  5. S-Express – Theme From ”S-Express” (Disconet Remix)

  6. New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Razormaid Mix)

  7. Book Of Love – Boy (Extended Mix)

  8. Front 242 – Headhunter (Razormaid Remix)

  9. Information Society – Walking Away (Space Age Mix)

  10. Yaz – Don’t Go (Razormaid ClassX Mix)

  11. Erasure – Oh L’Amour (PWL Funky Sisters Say ”Ooh-La-La” Mix)

  12. Big Pig – Breakaway (Prime Cuts Remix)

  13. The Communards – Don’t Leave Me This Way (Hot Tracks Remix)

  14. Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy (Razormaid Mix)

  15. Bronski Beat – Hit That Perfect Beat (Razormaid Mix)

George Michael Tribute pt. 2 | Freedom ’16

George Michael Tribute

George Michael TributeI had originally planned to update George’s original induction into the Diva Hall of Fame from 2010 this next year. Under the circumstances, I changed those plans and undertook the project the day after Christmas. I couldn’t allow the original mix be the final word.

I spent an entire day remastering each song one by one, regardless of whether I would use it or not. I spent the next day throwing everything together in one tight set. I listened to the whole thing last night and woke up this morning and realized I needed to edit myself. I removed several songs and am thrilled to announce that it is absolutely ‘Flawless’.

The original was a bit over-compressed which stemmed from the lead version of ‘As’ his duet with Mary J. Blige. Typical of most things Jonathan Peters does, his work was always explosive and mastered in a way that would blow a hole in the ceiling. I had re-worked all the songs to fit in with that one. At the time, earbuds were pretty much shit so the extra bass was necessary; Nowadays, not so much.

I hope everyone appreciates what I managed to pull together in honor of the man and his legacy. Peace.

Album : George Michael Tribute pt. 2  
Genre : House
Year : 2016 
Total Time : 1:57:53.00
  1. Star People ’97 (Forthright Club Mix)
  2. Killer – Papa Was A Rolling Stone (Dance Mix)
  3. I Want Your Sex 2010 (Freemasons Club Mix)
  4. Father Figure (Final DJ’s Remix)
  5. Amazing (DJ Garry M Reworks Nikko’s Mix)
  6. This Is Not Real Love (Moto Blanco Mix) [with Mutya]
  7. Freeek! (The Scumfrogs Mix)
  8. Flawless (Shapeshifters Remix)
  9. Outside (Hex Hector 12” Vox Up Mix)
  10. Fast Love (2002 Illicit Remix)
  11. I’m Your Man (Division 4 Club Mix)
  12. Everything She Wants (Todd Terry Mix)
  13. An Easier Affair (Too Much Fun Remix 2006)
  14. Careless Whisper 2016 (DJ Pantelis Soulful Mix)
  15. As (CJ Mackintosh Cosmack Club Mix) [with Mary J. Blige]
  16. Fast Love (Tony Moran Dance Sleaze Remix)
  17. Too Funky (Extended Mix)
  18. Freedom ’90 (Alternate Reality Mix)

George Michael | Tribute 1963 – 2016

The Diva Series George Michael

The Diva Series George MichaelIt is with a heavy heart and deep sorrow that I am re-posting George Michael’s original induction into the Diva Hall of Fame and am now filing it under Tribute. He is truly one of the greatest artists of my lifetime and his album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 is one of my top 10 all-time favorites.

George, you will be sorely missed.

From teen idol pin-up boy to critically acclaimed worldwide superstar to the embattled artist who was entangled in litigation against his music label, George Michael has pretty much been there and done that. Closeted through much of his career, George ultimately outed himself when he was arrested for solicitation with another man in a public park. Instead of denying the circumstances that lead to his arrest, George embraced his new platform as an out gay man. Not exactly the best person to be paraded as a role model, George maintains the distinct honor of being one of the earliest openly gay men with significant notoriety due to his stardom.

No matter what you have read or think you know about the man, I would suggest to go back and just listen to his music. It doesn’t matter if it’s “Everything She Wants” or “A Different Corner” from his early days as part of the duo Wham! or ANY song off of his debut album “Faith,” the man has freaking talent. His writing skills, his vocals and of course his presence are what made him a tour de force.

“Listen Without Prejudice,” his follow-up to “Faith” is quite possibly the most underrated works of art from the 90s; I shit you not. Go back and REALLY listen to the album; it’s fucking brilliant.

No I’ve never come close in all of these years
You are the only one to stop my tears
I’m so scared of this love
And if all that there is,
is this fear of being used
I should go back to being lonely and confused
If I could, I would, I swear

Through all the ups and downs of his career, George Michael remains one of the most significant artists in pop music history. No doubt his very public issues with drugs has not helped his image (and has even gotten him banned from touring in the US), but he wouldn’t be the perfect DIVA if all his dramedy was hidden away in the confines of the closet.

Georgie, baby, sweetie pie, you’ve just been inducted. XO

Album : George Michael | The Diva Series
Genre : House
Year : 2010
Total Time : 1:25:21.00
  1. As (Jonathan Peters Club Mix)
  2. Star People ’97 (Forthright Club Mix)
  3. Flawless (The Sharp Boys Hot Fridge Vocal Mix)
  4. I Want Your Sex 2010 (Freemasons Club Mix)
  5. Killer/Papa Was A Rolling Stone (12” House Mix)
  6. Amazing (Full Intention Club Mix)
  7. This Is Not Real Love (Moto Blanco Mix)
  8. Freeek! (The Scumfrog Mix)
  9. Shoot The Dog (Moogeymen Mix)
  10. Outside (Hex Hector 12” Vox Up Mix)
  11. Fast Love 2002 (Illicit Remix)
  12. Everything She Wants (Todd Terry Mix)
  13. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Club Mix)

Year in Dance pt. 4 | The Biggest Dance Hits of 2016!

Year in Dance 2016 pt. 4

Year in Dance 2016 pt. 4We have come to the end of the Year in Dance, featuring the biggest dance hits of 2016. I hope everyone has enjoyed this time-capsule for the year that was.

While this may be the end of this series, we still have one more to go. That’s our annual Blow Your Own Horn mix which is our year-end dance party blow-out. If you need something with a little more oomph for your end of year celebrations, that will be the mix that’s gonna deliver. Expect it to drop sometime next week.

For now, I want to thank everyone who have supported my efforts in keeping the music alive throughout the year. I know I’ve experimented with various methods to keep this thing going and certainly tested your patience along the way. Thank you for sticking with me throughout it all.

I want to give another shout-out to Charles for his $40 donation and Ignacio for another $10. Thank you all very much!

I also want to wish everybody a very happy holiday, Merry Christmas, belated Hanukkah or however you choose to enjoy the season!

I’ll be back next week with the final set of the year. Until then…ENJOY!

Album : Year in Dance 2016 pt. 4
Genre : EDM, House, Dance
Year : 2016
Total Time : 01:16:03
  1. Adele – Send My Love (Country Club Martini Crew Extended)

  2. Ariana Grande feat. Nicki Minaj – Side to Side (U-GO-BOY Remix)

  3. Sia feat. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills (BAUT Vocal Club Mix)

  4. Katy Perry – Rise (U-GO-BOY Remix)

  5. Flume feat. Kai – Never Be Like You (Stacy Mier’s Sneaker Snob Ultimix)

  6. Zayn – Pillowtalk (Handbag House Club Mix)

  7. Ariana Grande – Into You (MaximaL Remix)

  8. Galantis – No Money (Extended Mix)

  9. WTS feat. Gia – One Night (StoneBridge Club Remix)

  10. Freischwimmer – California Dreamin (Calvo Remix)

  11. Gnash feat. Olivia O’Brien – I Hate U, I Love U (Robin Schulz Remix)

  12. Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MØ – Cold Water (Joe Maz Remix)

  13. Rihanna feat. Drake – Work (Bad Royale Remix)

  14. Bastille – Good Grief (Don Diablo Remix)

  15. Shawn Hook – Sound Of Your Heart (Jump Smokers Extended Mix)

  16. X Ambassadors – Unsteady (Mike Rizzo Funk Generation Club Mix)

  17. 99 Souls feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy – The Girl Is Mine (DiscoTech Club Mix)

  18. JX Riders feat. Skylar Stecker – Sweet Dreams (StoneBridge Club Remix)

  19. The Chainsmokers feat. Rozes – Roses (Joe Maz Remix)

Year in Dance pt. 3 | The Biggest Dance Hits of 2016!

Year in Dance 2016 pt. 3

Year in Dance 2016 pt. 3Even with its seismic shifts, 2016 was a really good year for dance music. Rihanna had a particularly great year with one release after another from her stellar (if not underappreciated) ‘Anti’ album. ‘Work’ and ‘Needed Me’ were standout tracks but her collaboration (again) with Calvin Harris really took the prize. ‘This Is What You Came For’ co-written with Calvin’s ex Taylor Swift is one of the top songs of the year. Much like their work on the 2011 ‘We Found Love’, TIWYCF is one of those songs that hit’s you between the eyes and translates so well to the dance floor.

Justin Bieber was another artist that blew it out in 2016. Already riding high from the 2015 release of ‘Purpose’, his single ‘Sorry’ released late that year was like the song that just kept on giving. Shortly thereafter “Love Yourself’, which was more of a dis to a spurned ex, invoked a re-working of the lyrics by fans (NSFW) at his concerts. But, it was his collaboration with Major Lazer ‘Cold Water’ and DJ Snake of ‘Let Me Love You’ that secured him as one of the top artists of the year. No matter what you may think about the Biebster, the guy is talented and has hooked up with some of the most stellar producers in the industry during this new wave of musical styles.

Arguably the BIGGEST artist of 2016 goes to The Chainsmokers. After their breakthrough ‘#Selfie’ in 2014 with the strong follow-up ‘Kanye’, they released their debut album ‘Boquet’ in late 2015. Spurred by the massive success of ‘Roses’ each subsequent released topped the next. ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ was even bigger but it was ‘Closer’ that sealed the duo as EDM kings with a pop-sensibility the major labels had been creaming their pants for. Sorry Zedd, but these boys beat you to it.

With only one more set to go, we are down to the wire with the biggest dance hits of 2016. I want to thank Gary B. for another $25 donation into our coffers. I also want to thank one of our followers for pointing out the issue with the donation plugin in Firefox. It does work, but the fields are blank until you begin typing in them at which point it reveals what it is you’re supposed to be typing. I’ve created a support ticket with the developers but don’t expect to hear back until after the holiday. In the interim, it may be best to use Chrome, Explorer or Safari but Firefox will work just fine if you don’t mind stumbling through it.

I’ll be back tomorrow with the fourth and final installment of the Year in Dance 2016. Until then…ENJOY!

Album : Year in Dance 2016 pt. 3
Genre : EDM, House, Dance
Year : 2016
Total Time : 01:19:19
  1. Pink – Just Like Fire (Wideboys Extended Mix)

  2. Meghan Trainor – No (DJ Nev Extended Remix)

  3. Twenty One Pilots – Stressed Out (Dave Winnel Remix)

  4. Dua Lipa – Blow Your Mind (Night Moves Remix)

  5. Coldplay – Adventure Of A Lifetime (K.R.A.S.H Remix)

  6. Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (Extended)

  7. Selena Gomez – Same Old Love (Cosmic Dawn Club Mix)

  8. Dave Aude feat. Andy Bell – True Original (Original Mix)

  9. Alex Newell with Jess Glynne & DJ Cassidy feat. Niles Rodgers – Kill The Lights (Audien Extended Mix)

  10. Calvin Harris feat. Rihanna – This Is What You Came For (DJ FmSteff 2016 Extended Mix)

  11. Christina Aguilera – Telepathy (Eric Kupper Remix)

  12. Justin Bieber – Love Yourself (Division 4 Remix)

  13. Jonas Blue feat. Dakota – Fast Car (Club Mix)

  14. Fifth Harmony feat. Ty Dolla $ign – Work From Home (CraigWelsh Remix)

  15. Lucas Nord feat. Tove Lo – Run On Love (Original Extended Remix)

  16. Ariana Grande – Dangerous Woman (Carlos Gallardo Extended)

  17. DNCE – Cake By The Ocean (Jump Smokers Remix)

  18. Elle King – Ex’s And Oh’s (DJ Riddler Club Mix)

Year in Dance pt. 2 | The Biggest Dance Hits of 2016!

Year in Dance 2016 pt. 2

Year in Dance 2016 pt. 22016 ushered in a sea-change of musical styles in dance music. While the big anthem is still a guaranteed hit; elements of our past have largely taken over the dance floor. 70’s disco is stronger than ever as Nile Rodgers has exerted his influence into several number one hits. A lot of folks aren’t aware that in addition to fronting the wildly successful 70’s disco band Chic, he had a massive influence in the 80’s producing mega-smashes by Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie and Duran Duran to name a few. His expertise was in high demand and considered hot property during the decade. Much like Giorgio Moroder (Donna Summer), he’s proven that what’s old is new once again.

Perhaps the one song from 2015 that completely changed the game was ‘Lean On Me’ by Major Lazer & DJ Snake. The massive summer hit with it’s laid back Reggaeton style and percussion have paved the way for so many of the hits that have run up the 2016 charts in pop as well as dance. For now, the traditional 128 bpm dance track has taken a backseat to an average of 120 bpm that leans more to radio than it does for the dance floor. When creating a non-stop mix; we adjust or get left behind.

The four sets that compile the 2016 Year in Dance reflect that change. It’s all about the slower, slinky beats that borrow heavily from the 70’s and 80’s with commercialized Deep House still remaining strong. As I’ve said time and again, everything is cyclical. At some point, 90’s era house music will make a resurgence but for now, it’s all about the downbeat.

I’ll be back tomorrow with pt. 3 of the Year in Dance. Until then…ENJOY!

Album : Year in Dance 2016 pt. 2
Genre : EDM, House, Dance
Year : 2016
Total Time : 01:52:16
  1. Tinashe – Superlove (Cutmore Extended)

  2. Empire Of The Sun – Walking On A Dream (Kaskade Remix)

  3. Nathan Sykes feat. Ariana Grande – Over And Over Again (Cahill Club Mix)

  4. Justin Timberlake – Can’t Stop The Feeling (Daniel Siman Tov Remix)

  5. Justin Bieber – Sorry (CLX Extended Mix)

  6. Kungs vs. Cookin’ On 3 Burners – This Girl (Paul Goodyear Ultimix)

  7. Bruno Mars – 24K Magic (Discotron Remix)

  8. Beyonce – Formation (Jamie de Von Remix)

  9. G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha – Me, Myself & I (Viceroy Remix)

  10. Calvin Harris – My Way (Kue Remix)

  11. Alessia Cara – Here (Cosmic Dawn Xmix Remix)

  12. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (Kream Extended)

  13. Martin Garrix & Bebe Rexha – In The Name Of Love (Sneaker Snob Club Mix)

  14. Alesso feat. Nico & Vinz – I Wanna Know (Alesso & Deniz Koyu Remix)

  15. Tori Kelly – Hollow (WestFunk Club Edit)

  16. Lukas Graham – 7 Years (Paul Goodyear Ultimix)

  17. Troye Sivan – Youth (Wideboys Future Remix)

  18. Britney Spears feat. G-Eazy – Make Me (Ray Rhodes Remix)

  19. Sheila Gordhan – Smile (AM2PM Remix)

  20. Joe Bermudez feat. Louise Carver – Sunrise (Mark Lower Extended Remix)

  21. Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike feat. Ne-Yo – Higher Place (Afrojack Remix)

  22. The Weeknd feat. Daft Punk – Starboy (Joe Maz Club Mix)

  23. Zara Larsson & MNEK – Never Forget You (Mark Ralph Club Mix)

  24. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth – See You Again (Bassthunder Remix)

  25. Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper – All My Friends (99 Souls Club Mix)

Year in Dance pt. 1 | The Biggest Dance Hits of 2016!

Year in Dance 2016 pt. 1

Year in Dance 2016 pt. 1OMFG! Party Favorz has made it through another year of delivering the biggest dance tunes straight to your ears. Even I can’t believe how far this little site has come going into our 10th year. To put things into perspective, we switched from self-managed hosting (which had gotten out of control and financially unmanageable) to managed hosting on December 7th. From that time to now, we have racked up a staggering 8,575 downloads and the month isn’t even over yet. My guess is we’ll be testing the limits of my new hosts ‘unlimited’ data and bandwidth offer in due time.

In the interim, Party Favorz is proud to present our annual Year in Dance (formerly called Time Capsule) which culminates the biggest and best dance tunes of the year that was. Of course, determining the biggest dance tunes of the year is all subjective and based on how your own personal tastes run. We present a wide variety of genres here on the site, so the main focus is on the commercial aspect of dance music when considering which tunes to include.

Since all music is ‘electronic dance music’, you may have noticed we’re in the process of dropping the EDM label and switching it over to a more generic ‘dance’ genre. Beatport can play around with this shit all day long to capitalize on (what they think is) the latest trend but at the end of the day; it’s all the same. Party Favorz offers more overly broad genres so that users have a pretty good idea what they like and can focus just on those categories that only interest them.

This has never been easier for iTunes users. We’ve setup feeds for each category on the site so that you can subscribe to only what you like. For those that love everything, it’s a good way to automatically keep everything organized on your phone or tablet so you don’t have to scroll through the whole feed to find what you’re in the mood for. Each individual feed is linked in the slider at the top of the page and on each category page, making subscribing effortless. For those that don’t use iTunes, just copy the address for each category and submit it to your favorite RSS reader and it will discover the feed automatically.

I want to give a HUGE shout-out to those of you who have continued to support our efforts to make Party Favorz the best damn podcast on the planet. The most recent donations by Gary B. $50; Eric W. $100; Alberto M. $50; Anthony B. $25 and Luis B. $50 have been instrumental in helping the site transition to a new service while keeping our doors open.

I’ll be back tomorrow with pt. 2 of the Year in Dance. Until then…ENJOY!

Album : Year in Dance 2016 pt. 1
Genre : EDM, House, Dance
Year : 2016
Total Time : 01:37:51
  1. The Chainsmokers feat. Daya – Don’t Let Me Down (Illenium Remix)

  2. Shawn Mendes – Stitches (3LAU Remix)

  3. Charlie Puth feat. Selena Gomez – We Dont Talk Anymore (Kay Stafford At The Ibiza Beach Club Mix Part II)

  4. Alicia Keys – In Common (Kaskade Remix)

  5. DJ Snake feat. Justin Bieber – Let Me Love You (Mark Roberts Ultimix)

  6. Nick Jonas feat. Tove Lo – Close (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Remix Extended)

  7. Sia feat. Sean Paul – Cheap Thrills (Funk3d Pop Remix)

  8. G-Eazy & Bebe Rexha – Me, Myself and I (Marc Stout & Scott Svejda Remix)

  9. StoneBridge feat. Elsa Li Jones – If You Like It (StoneBridge Club Remix)

  10. Enrique Iglesias feat. Tinashe & Javada – Duele El Corazon (Dave Aude Club Mix)

  11. Adele – When We Were Young (Disco Tech Vocal)

  12. Xenia Ghali – Under These Lights (Game Chasers Remix)

  13. Drake feat. Wizkid & Kyla – One Dance (Erick Decks Club Rework)

  14. Rihanna – Needed Me (Cosmic Dawn Remix)

  15. Alan Walker – Faded (Amice Remix)

  16. Twenty One Pilots – Ride (Faethoms Remix)

  17. Kygo feat. Maty Noyes – Stay (Original Mix)

  18. The Chainsmokers feat. Halsey – Closer (Dave Aude Remix)

  19. Rihanna – Kiss It Better (Country Club Martini Crew Remix)

  20. Dillon Francis & Kygo feat. James Hersey – Coming Over (Tiesto Extended Vocal)

  21. Zayn – Like I Would (Dave Aude No Drop Vocal Mix)

  22. Mike Posner – I Took A Pill In Ibiza (Seeb Extended)

  23. Betty Who – I Love You Always Forever (Viceroy Remix)

Trash Disco | Good Times

Trash Disco

Trash DiscoWelcome to the final installment of the Trash Disco series. ‘Good Times’ had been put on hold due to the remaining songs not being cohesive enough to stitch together.

With some recent releases I picked up at JunoDownload, I was able to put the last nail in the genre-defying category that is DISCO. By no means is this even close to complete but the eight sets that make up this series are a damn good start to sink your teeth into and make for one helluva throwback party.

I pulled in the remaining Chic classics, ensuring that Nile Rodgers and company were well represented throughout. This last set also leans heavily on its sister decade the 80’s. The catchy and sophisticated ‘Saturday Love’ by Cherrelle, Dr. Packer’s updated Gwen Guthrie classic ‘Ain’t Nothing Going On but the Rent’ and the down and dirty funk of Lakeside’s epic ‘Fantastic Voyage’ stitch the seams of this bulging set of disco gems from the 70’s.

In an effort to control bots and certain elements of society from draining my server and bandwidth, I’ve implemented a registration and login requirement for Party Favorz. I’m good at digging into the numbers and have zoned in on certain individuals and countries that are like vampires. If this doesn’t slow them down, I’ll roll out full blocks by next month.

I’ve also updated the site icon and logo that leaves behind the grunge rendering that was so three years ago, in favor of a cleaner and modernized look. I know it’s hard to get too excited about, but I spent several days designing and putting this together. Let me know what you think.

Finally, I’ve set up ALL of the categories (DANCE, Circuit, Funky House, etc.) as their own separate entity in iTunes. For instance, if you only come here for Classic House and Divas you can subscribe to just those and they’ll download into their own individual folder. If you love everything but want to keep it all separate so you can easily visit it based on your mood; subscribing to each category individually will create an individual folder for each.

Then again, some folks like the element of surprise, in which case subscribing to the main feed is fine. You can find and subscribe to all the categories in iTunes at Podcasts By Party Favorz. How cool is that? [brushes off dust from shoulder, hmmph.]

As we edge into the Thanksgiving holiday, I want everyone to be thankful for at least one thing and putting Party Favorz at the top of that list would be an excellent suggestion [grin].

I’ll be back soon with a Black Friday 2 for 1 special. Until then …ENJOY!

Album : Trash Disco | Good Times
Artists : Various
Genre : Disco
Length : 1:31:26
  1. Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It Up (Dr. Packer Edit)
  2. Chic – Good Times (KON Remix)
  3. Cherrelle feat. Alexander O’Neal – Saturday Love (80s Child Re-Work) (Chris Price Edit)
  4. KC & The Sunshine Band – (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty (V’s edit)
  5. The Trammps – Disco Inferno (DJ ”S” Bootleg Remix)
  6. Bee Gees – Stayin’ Alive (Sugar Hill & Nytron Remix)
  7. Chic – Dance Dance Dance (Dave Gerrard Re-Twerk)
  8. Herb Alpert – Rise (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  9. Gwen Guthrie – Ain’t Nothing Going On But The Rent (Dr. Packer Remix)
  10. Donna Summer – Love To Love You Baby (José Ferrando Remix)
  11. Bee Gees – Night Fever (Digital Visions Remix)
  12. Teena Marie – Square Biz (Dr. Packer Remix)
  13. Lakeside – Fantastic Voyage (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  14. Heatwave – Boogie Nights (Disco Purrfection Version)
  15. Chic – I Want Your Love (Dimitri From Paris Remix)

Crystal Waters | The Diva Series

The Diva Series Crystal Waters 1

The Diva Series Crystal Waters 1It was the summer of 1991 when my ex, Eddie and I traveled to New York. This was my first trip to the Big Apple, though he had been many times. It was the era of Mayor Dinkins and Times Square was a shell of it’s current glory or, pretty much a shit hole laced with drugs, prostitutes and porn theaters.

One of the most memorable moments when we landed was “Gypsy Woman’ blaring out the speakers in our cab heading to Manhattan. I had never heard it as it didn’t sound like typical Top 40 fare. Its catchy house beat, and organ grinder riff with the artist singing “la da dee, la dee da” made it one of those songs that just stuck in my head as Eddie and I romped around the city waiting for our friend Margie to get off work. The artist was new-comer Crystal Waters.

The following evening, Eddie and I were on our own and in a sign of poor judgement (or naiveté about New York at night during this time period), we hopped on a train at midnight and headed toward the Village to go to a club called Monster that had been recommended to us earlier in the day. Eddie had to pee, so we got off in Times Square only to find the restrooms closed at that time of night. So he had to do a quicky behind some pillars. The subway station was dark, dank and very eery. A stranger was walking towards us while I hurried him along to finish his business. Next train shows up and we were out of there!

Once we got to the Monster we walked in at street-level and were introduced to a massive piano bar with folks singing along to old Olivia Newton-John songs. We went through the doors in the back and down a narrow stairwell that opens up into a basement club full of gay men dancing to the latest house music. Once ‘Gypsy Woman’ starting playing from the speakers, I grabbed Eddie’s hand and we ran onto the dance floor and didn’t leave most of the night (except to grab the occasional drink).

Margie later chastised us for wondering off and even worse stopping in Times Square after midnight without accompaniment. Okay, yelled.

Gypsy Woman is packed with so many memories from our trip it that is one of the most memorable highlights of my life.

Gypsy Woman was originally written for Ultra Nate (another Diva Hall of Fame inductee held in very high esteem around here). Crystal’s original demo never made it into her hands and in true DIVA form, she kept it for herself. To be fair, her demo was so good that it won her a recording contract with Mercury Records. The song itself reached #8 on the Top 40 and #1 on the club charts.

Crystal went on to land another Top 40 hit with ‘100% Pure Love’ which peaked at #11 and stayed on the Hot 100 charts for a record-breaking 45 weeks. It also landed at the top of the Billboard Dance/Club charts along with ‘Makin’ Happy’ ‘Come on Down’ ‘My Time’ ‘Oh Mama Hey’ and most very recently ‘Believe.’

Crystal Waters is HOUSE MUSIC and more than deserving to be included in the DHF with contemporaries like Barbara Tucker, Ultra Nate and Martha Wash.

It is for these reasons and others too numerous to mention, that Crystal Waters officially be inducted into the Diva Hall of Fame.

With much love and respect, Party Favorz honors Crystal with our highest level of excellence. Thank you for the memories.

Album : Crystal Waters | The Diva Series
Genre : House Music
Year : 2016
Total Time : 1:34:46
  1. Crystal Waters – Surprise (12” UK Edit)

  2. Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless) (Basement Boy’s Strip To The Bone Mix)

  3. David Morales & The Bad Yard Club Crystal Waters & Delta – In De Ghetto (The Bad Yard Club Mix)

  4. Crystal Waters & Inaya Day Allstars – Long Day (JC vs. StoneBridge Mix)

  5. Crystal Waters vs. Fred Pellichero – Say Yeah (Extended Mix)

  6. Alex Gaudino feat. Crystal Waters – Destination Calabria (Club Mix)

  7. Tristan Garner vs. Crystal Waters – Gypsy Woman (Wideboys remix)

  8. Dutch feat. Crystal Waters – My Time (Extended Vocal)

  9. Crystal Waters vs. Speakerbox – Dancefloor (Extended)

  10. Yolanda Be Cool feat. Crystal Waters – Le Bump (Original)

  11. Crystal Waters – 100% Pure Love (Original 12” Mix)

  12. Chris Cox & DJ Frankie feat. Crystal Waters – Oh Mama Hey (StoneBridge vs. J-C Club Mix)

  13. Crystal Waters feat. Sted-E & Hybrid Heights – Believe (StoneBridge Pool Party Dub)

  14. Crystal Waters – Come On Down (Live Element Extended Club Mix)

  15. Crystal Waters – Say…If You Feel Alright (95North Club Mix)

  16. Crystal Waters – The Boy From Ipanema (Frankie Knuckles Remix)

  17. Crystal Waters – Makin’ Happy (Hurley’s Happy House Mix)

  18. StoneBridge & Crystal Waters – Be Kind (S69 Classic Mix)

  19. Crystal Waters vs. Bellani Spada – When People Come Together (Extended Version)

Patti LaBelle | The Diva Series

The Diva Series Patti LaBelle

The Diva Series Patti LaBelleMiss Patti LaBelle was the moving force behind the 70’s Soul group LaBelle and their signature song Lady Marmalade made them international superstars. Patti’s powerful vocals made her a standout in the group (though they subsequently reformed in the 90’s) as she eventually went solo with a sustained and successful career that has lasted decades.

From Gospel and Ballads (The Best Is Yet to Come, On My Own) and Disco (Music Is My Way of Life) to 80’s pop (New Attitude, Stir It Up) and 90’s R&B/House (Turn It Out, Shoe on the Other Foot, When You Talk about Love) the women is a force to be reckoned with.

I’m sorry that I cannot spend more time providing accolades to Miss Patti, but I just literally escaped a two day nightmare from Emory (world renowned hospital) with my IV still embedded yesterday and just saw my PCP who has now gotten me a bed at a neighboring hospital which he is affiliated. Long story, but I’m not in the best of shape these days.

I just wanted to make sure I got this out since it’s been complete for a couple of weeks now and let’s face it, WHO DOESN’T LOVE PATTI? I’ll slap you down if you say you don’t because you haven’t listened to this magnificent representation (albeit limited) of her contributions to house music.

Without further ado, Party Favorz is thrilled to induct Miss Patti LaBelle into the Diva Hall of Fame.

Album : Patti LaBelle | The Diva Series
Genre : Circuit, Disco, House, Very Gay
Year : 2016
Total Time : 1:10:15
  1. Shoe Was On The Other Foot (Tony Moran’s Miss Patti’s Anthem)

  2. The Right Kinda Lover (Darrin Friedman & Hex Hector Tribal Club Remix)

  3. Superlover (Mark Picchiotti Club Mix)

  4. When You Talk About Love (Hex Hector Main Club Mix)

  5. Music Is My Way Of Life (Joey Negro Funk In The Music Mix)

  6. New Day (Josh Harris Studio 54 Mixshow)

  7. Something More (Quentin Harris Remix)

  8. Turn It Out (Frankie Knuckles ”The Bomb” Mix)

  9. New Attitude (Disco Diamonds Remix)

  10. Lady Marmalade (Extended Remix Long Version)

Trash Disco | Shake Your Groove Thing

Trash Disco vol. 8

Trash Disco vol. 8Shake Your Groove Thing will be the last for awhile in the Trash Disco Series. There are other things I’d like to put out in the BackSpin category so I’ll be setting these on the back-burner for the moment.

But hey, you’ve got a total of seven, yes seven in this group should you want to throw a disco party.

The beats or (BPM) in this final set start around 128 and slowly build up to 134, so it is a bit faster than the last two. If you’re wondering why Amii Stewart’s classic Knock on Wood doesn’t make an appearance despite being on the cover art, is because I just could make it work. I’ll set it aside for a future set to see what I can do.

In the meantime, get ready for some more rump-shaking fun and shake your groove thing!

I’ll be back next week with Madonna’s birthday celebration mix. Until then …ENJOY!

Album : Trash Disco | Shake Your Groove Thing
Artists : Various
Genre : Disco
Length : 1:37:43
  1. Dan Hartman – Relight My Fire (WhiteNoize Insecure Dub)
  2. A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  3. Alicia Bridges – I Love The Nightlife (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  4. Inner Life – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough (WhiteNoize Remix)
  5. Donna Summer – On The Radio (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  6. Carol Douglas – Doctors Orders (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  7. Anita Ward – Ring My Bell (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  8. Love and Kisses – Thank God Its Friday (Digital Visions 2016 Re-Edit)
  9. David Naughton – Makin It (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  10. Dan Hartman – Instant Replay (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  11. Linda Clifford – If My Friends Could See Me Now (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  12. Edwin Starr – Contact (Sir Mix-a-Lot Remix).wav
  13. Voyage – Souvenirs (Marco Magrini Re-edit)
  14. Peaches & Herb – Shake Your Groove Thing (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  15. Evelyn Champagne King – Shame (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  16. Musique – In The Bush (Telexketch Edit)
  17. Gonzalez – Haven’t Stopped Dancin’ (Digital Visions Re-Edit)

Trash Disco | Groove Line

Trash Disco vol. 6

Trash Disco vol. 6Picking up where we left off yesterday, Trash Disco [Groove Line] continues the same theme with a few brand new Dr. Packer remixes thrown in.

At this point, I’ve pretty much convinced myself that Odyssey’s Native New Yorker is quite possibly my all-time favorite disco anthem. At the time, I hadn’t saved enough money from mowing lawns to buy my own record player yet and had to rely on my sister’s which for some inextricable reason was located on a top shelf in her bedroom closet, though connected.

When she wasn’t there, I’d have to grab the ladder from the garage and set it up so I could listen to this 45, which I would play over and over, while imagining myself on roller-skates dancing with my favorite unknown boyfriend under the disco lights. I was a weird kid for certain but often fantasized about unrealistic things of where I saw my future life. To this day, the song still conjures up those same feelings.

Each tune in this set is massive and reached the upper-echelons of the Billboard disco chart. So sit back and relax or put on your spandex and platforms and get ready to boogie!

Music plays, everyone’s dancin’ closer and closer

Makin’ friends and findin’ lovers
There you are lost in the shadows, searchin’ for someone [Searchin’ for someone]
To set you free from New York City

And, whoa, where did all those yesterdays go
When you still believed love could really be like a Broadway show
You are the star, win the applause

Oh, oh, oh [Oh, oh, oh]
You’re a native New Yorker
No one opens the door
For a native New Yorker

I’ll be back tomorrow with the final set. Until then …ENJOY!

Album : Trash Disco | Groove Line
Artists : Various
Genre : Disco
Length : 1:23:08
  1. KC & the Sunshine Band – I’m Your Boogie Man (The Crystal Ship Edit)
  2. Diana Ross – Upside Down (Almighty Anthem Mix)
  3. Patrick Juvet – I Love America (Marcelo Dub Rework)
  4. Chic – Le Freak (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  5. Odyssey – Native New Yorker (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  6. The Rolling Stones – Miss You (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  7. Heatwave – Groove Line (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  8. Dr. Buzzards Original Savannah Band – Cherchez La Femme (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  9. Carol Douglas – Midnight Love Affair (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  10. Lou Rawls – Youll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Leroy Davis Remix)
  11. First Choice – Let No Man Put Usunder (Dr. Packer Edit)
  12. Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots (Dr. Packer Edit)
  13. Teena Marie – I Need Your Lovin’ (Dr. Packer Edit)
  14. Cher – Take Me Home (Ray K Edit)

Trash Disco | Everybody Dance

Trash Disco vol. 7

Trash Disco vol. 7It’s Trash Disco week here at Party Favorz! I hooked up with one of the best disco-edit queens on the internet DJ FreddyG a.k.a. Digital Visions whose 70’s and 80’s recreations are simply outstanding!!

You’re gonna see a lot of his work in the next three sets, which mixes in various bootlegs from Soundcloud and some new stuff from Dr. Packer that I picked up at Juno Downloads.

Right now, it’s all about rump-shaking bootylicious classics that have been perfectly updated for your disco indulgence.


Album : Trash Disco | Everybody Dance
Artists : Various
Genre : Disco
Length : 1:11:42
  1. Chic – Everybody Dance (Joey Negro Edit)
  2. B.B.& Q.Band – On The Beat (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  3. Geraldine Hunt – Can’t Fake The Feeling (DJ ”S” Remix)
  4. Stargard – Which Way Is Up (DJ Vas Rework)
  5. Rose Royce – Car Wash (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  6. Lipps Inc – Funkytown (Digital Visions 2015 Re-Edit)
  7. Barry White – Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love, Babe (V Edit)
  8. George McCrae – Rock Your Baby Remix 2014 (Unknown)
  9. MFSB – T.S.O.P. (The Sound Of Philadelphia) (Rafael Cancian Rework)
  10. France Joli – Gonna Get Over You (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  11. Chas Jankel – Glad To Know You (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  12. Van McCoy & The Soul City Symphony – The Hustle (Mister Dee Rework)
  13. Andrea True Connection – More, More, More (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  14. The Hues Corporation – Rock The Boat (Digital Visions 2015 Re-Edit)

Trash Disco | Get Down

Trash Disco v4

Trash Disco v4True to my anal-self, I got up early this morning to post the latest Trash Disco to make sure everyone’s Memorial Day weekend is complete. Then, I started digging around for a replacement mix of Dazz as the version I had was appreciable but the guy who did it was pretty much out of his element.

Then, I stumbled upon Digital Visions who is one of a multitude of devotees to all things re-edits, especially in the Disco realm. How I missed him previously is beyond me because while several of his like-minded rivals range from really bad to fairly decent; he just blows them out of the water LOL. I’ll be reaching out to him shortly to work out some sort of deal for use of his work but we’ll keep that under wraps. DO check out his SoundCloud page if you’re a fan.

Here’s a list of the songs that may not immediately stand out to you until you listen to them:

  • I hope everyone has a fantastic Memorial Day weekend and if you live somewhere else, find a party; I’m pretty sure there’s one going on near you.

Until the next time …ENJOY!

At this point, I can safely say that Party Favorz has all of the bases covered for your holiday weekend needs. Whether it’s funky house, EDM, circuit or disco; I’ve been rolling them out on a conveyor belt in a chocolate factory.

Album : Trash Disco | Get Down
Artists : Various
Genre : Disco
Length : 1:38:27
  1. Karen Young – Hot Shot (Joey Negro Sure Shot mix)
  2. Chanson – Don’t Hold Back (DJ Dan & DJ Mes Edit)
  3. Delegation – Stand Up (Discotron Remix)
  4. Gene Chandler – Get Down (Dr. Packer Edit)
  5. Grace Jones – Pull Up To The Bumper (DJ Mark Brickman Bootleg Mix)
  6. Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop (JCG’s Essential Floor Filler)
  7. Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life (Dave Gerrard Edit)
  8. Parliament – Flash Light (Dr. Packer Edit)
  9. Dazz – Brick (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  10. Change – A Lovers’ Holiday (Jim Burgess Mix)
  11. Rose Royce – Car Wash (Digital Visions Re-Edit)
  12. Jackie Moore – This Time Baby (Masestro Mix)
  13. Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) (Kon Edit)
  14. KC & The Sunshine Band – (Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty (V Edit)
  15. Gino Soccio – Try It Out (Diamond D Remix)
  16. Sister Sledge – He’s The Greatest Dancer (Dr. Packer Edit)
  17. Barry White – It’s Ecstasy When You Lay Down Next To Me (Dr. Packer Edit)
  18. Bill Withers – Lovely Day (Copycat Edit)

Trash Disco | Boogie Wonderland

Trash Disco v3

Trash Disco v3The hardest part involved in making these sets is tracking down the songs; especially songs whose title is flip-opposite of what you would expect. As a result, once you narrow down the genres where you know they’re likely to show up at, you listen …and listen …and listen until you strike gold and then pick up where you left off.

In fact, that process takes hours to pour through all the potential songs that ultimately make up the Trash Disco series. Fortunately, I am a die-hard disco fanatic who is very studied in the genre and can sniff out the beat in a new recording 30 years after it was originally released, in most cases. Some sampled tunes these days are lifted from really rare releases making it damn near impossible to identify unless I stumble across the original and have an “a-ha” moment (which has happened).

With the exception of the originally titled re-works in the tracklist, here’s what else is buried between the grooves should your inquiring mind want to know:

  • D-I-S-C-O, Funk, and Soul …it’s all represented and I got one more of these heading your way tomorrow just in time to start your Memorial Day weekend.

Until then …ENJOY!

Album : Trash Disco | Boogie Wonderland
Artists : Various
Genre : Disco
Length : 1:42:16

1. Diana Ross – Love Hangover (Almighty 12” Mix)

2. Anita Ward – Ring My Bell (Funkstar De Luxe Remix)

3. Gwen McCrae – Keep The Fire Burning (Joey Negro Feed The Flame Mix)

4. L.T.D. – (Every Time I Turn Around) Back in Love Again (JedX & Tim Brown Edit)

5. Rick James – Give It To Me Baby (DJ Agent 86 Edit)

6. Prince – Erotic City (Scotty Boy Remix)

7. Evelyn ”Champagne” King – Love Comes Down (Big Bubba Remix)

8. Change – Change Of Heart (Dr. Packer Epic Voyage)

9. Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Dr. Packer Edit)

10. Liquid Gold – Dance Yourself Dizzy (7th Heaven Mirrorball Mix)

11. Candi Staton – Young Hearts Run Free (John Morales Mix)

12. Boz Scaggs – Lowdown (Kenny Summit Remix)

13. Silver Convention – Fly, Robin, Fly (Michael The Lion Edit)

14. The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter #23 (Dr. Packer Edit)

15. Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (Dr. Packer Remix)

16. Rufus & Chaka Khan – Any Love (Sanny X Club Mix 2014)

17. Earth, Wind, & Fire – Boogie Wonderland (7th Heaven’s Mirrorball Mix)

Trash Disco pt. 2 | Disco Hits Remixed & Re-imagined

Trash Disco pt. 2

Trash Disco pt. 2After dicking-around with my logo all morning, I’m finally getting around to posting the second installment of Trash Disco

Personally, I’m shocked at the overwhelmingly positive response the first set received. I really wasn’t expecting that kind of reaction. I am pleased to tell you, this set was actually supposed to be part 1 but I swapped it at the last moment because I thought this was the stronger of the two sets and was going to use it to kick-off the subscription service. In fact, this set is so groove-a-licious, it can lift the laziest of you off the sofa to shake your ass.

Since I don’t have everything in place yet, this one is on the house (pun intended), so get your roller-skates on because it’s time to get down and B-O-O-G-I-E.

I finally have a weekend without any obligations and I plan on using this time to get everything up and running. The goal is to make the service fully automated without subscribers waiting up to 24 hours for me to email them back with a code. Everything needs to be self-sufficient so that my time is only spent between work (the kind that pays the bills) and doing what I do best, which is serving up sizzling hot platters of house music.

I may take some time off, so it might be at least two weeks before posting resumes. I know everyone is eager for me to get back to my normal pace of releases, so please give me some time to get everything tidy around here and then I’m on it.

While I’m at it, I want to give a HUGE shout-out to Keith M. and Glenn A. (aka DiscoBall) for their generous donations. Sorry, Glenn had previously forgotten to mention you but you know I heart you.

Until the next time …ENJOY!

Album : Trash Disco pt. 2
Artists : Various
Genre : Disco
Length : 1:20:32
  1. Gino Soccio – Dancer (Alien Disco Sugar)
  2. Magazine 60 – Don Quichotte (Michael The Lion Edit)
  3. Blondie – Rapture (Dr. Packer Remix)
  4. A Taste Of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie (Boogie In The House Edit)
  5. Chic – I’ll Be There (Fabiolous Barker Remix)
  6. Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (Shep Pettibone 12” Mix)
  7. The Emotions – The Best Of My Love (V Loves To Do It Edit)
  8. The Whispers – And The Beat Goes On (Dr. Packer Remix)
  9. Ashford & Simpson – Found A Cure (Deelicious Remix)
  10. Patrice Rushen – Forget Me Nots (CHKBRND Remix)
  11. Sister Sledge – Lost In Musique (LOG Mashup)
  12. The Brothers Johnson – Stomp (V’s All Night Edit)
  13. Cheryl Lynn – Got To Be Real (Alien Disco Sugar)
  14. Jimmy “Bo” Horne – Spank (Do It) (Alien Disco Sugar)

Trash Disco pt. 1 | Disco Hits Remixed & Re-imagined

Trash Disco

Trash DiscoHappy Saturday everybody! Well, well, well…I bet nobody saw this one coming. I’ve had a massive disco hard-on for some time now that’s left me with shiny disco blue balls and I just needed to get some relief.

Over the years, I’ve snuck in these little disco re-make gems into my house sets and decided it was time to start compiling them and put them all together. Because many are re-named other than what they actually are (likely due to copyright agreements), it’s hard tracking these all down in my massive collection of dance music. I went back and picked up a few more and laid down the first of two sets in this new series. If you’re looking to own any of these, most can be found by the track name listed here at

I wasn’t sure what category to file this under so I went with BackSpin. I can see this expanding into 80s music as well, so the list of possibilities with this new series is endless. I hope ya’ll enjoy this as much as I did putting it together because if you don’t, I still have another one on tap for next week.  We’ll get back to normal operations soon enough but trust me when I say, you ain’t missing much at the moment.

I want to thank Benjamin W. for his thoughtful donation he just sent my way. That’s going to go a long way towards covering my costs for this month.

Speaking of which, I’ve got the new system down to two options that I will be playing around with tomorrow before I finalize the new payment plan for the site. Those of you who have been faithful in a variety of ways the past year and a half can expect to be getting an email invitation from in the coming week; so be on the lookout for that.

In the interim, put your roller skates and bell bottoms on and get ready to B-O-O-G-I-E! If this is all new to you, give it a spin and you may just recognize a song that was the basis for something current you’ve been digging and then think to yourself …WOA! they just up and stole that shit from the past.

Have a fantastic weekend and as always …ENJOY!

Album : Trash Disco pt. 1
Artists : Various
Genre : Disco
Length : 1:25:20
  1. Thelma Houston – Don’t Leave Me This Way (Almighty Mix)
  2. The Boystown Gang – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (Alien Disco Sugar)
  3. The O’Jays – I Love Music (Joey Negro Sweet Music mix)
  4. First Choice – Dr. Love (Dr. Packer Remix)
  5. Chaka Khan – I’m Every Woman (DJ John Culture Rework)
  6. Tina Charles feat. Funky Spacer – Dance Little Lady Dance (Sanny X Disco 54 Remix)
  7. David Bowie – Fame (V’s Bumpy Way To The Top edit)
  8. The Jones Girls – You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else (Buzz Compass Edit)
  9. People’s Choice – Do It Anyway You Wanna (Alien Disco Sugar)
  10. George Benson – Give Me The Night (V’s Giving It Edit)
  11. Kool & The Gang – Ladies Night (V-Sound Remix)
  12. GQ – Disco Nights [Rock-Freak] (FederFunk Remix)
  13. Diana Ross – The Boss (SH Club Mix)
  14. McFadden & Whitehead – Aint No Stoppin’ Us Now (Twism & B3RAO Remix)
  15. Earth, Wind & Fire – September (Throttle Original Mix)

Year in Dance 2015 pt. 5 | The Year’s Biggest Dance Hits!

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 5

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 5We’ve finally made it to the 5th and final volume of the 2015 Year in Dance.  It’s been crazy around here lately, so I haven’t had much time to write-up my thoughts about the year that was but suffice to say it gets a mixed review in my book.

If 2014 was the transitional year as new forms of house began to bubble up from the underground and took hold of popular music, then 2015 was the year artists and producers rested on their laurels and frankly settled for sameness as opposed to innovating their sound.

That’s not to say there weren’t any epic gems from the year and certainly the most original of them was released late last year (Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars “Uptown Funk”), which sounded like the Prince protegé’s The Time riffing off of James Brown, which had the kind of staying power no one would have EVER predicted.  It does go to show that, artists don’t have to rely on the house flavor of the moment to be relevant but should be willing to gamble on something they believe in.  When it works, the massive payoff cannot be underestimated.

This final set leans heavily on the best of the house-side of dance from the year, with bits and pieces of everything else.  If you feel some of your favorites might be missing from these five sets, never fear as they may very well make an appearance on the upcoming New Year’s Dance Party mix Blow Your Own Horn.  I started this one-off year-end party mix a couple of years ago and the response has been overwhelmingly positive.  In fact, last year’s release is currently sitting at the top of the Party Favorz charts as I write this.

Song selection has already been pulled together for the mix and I’ll be starting on it shortly with a possible release date sometime mid-week; certainly, before your New Year’s festivities begin.

Until then …ENJOY!

Album : Year in Dance 2015 pt. 5
Genre : Deep House, House, EDM
Year : 2015
Total Time : 01:25:57
  1. Chic feat. Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There (Peter Brown Club Mix)

  2. Emin feat. Nile Rogers – Boomerang (Morlando Remix)

  3. Ed Sheeran – Thinking Out Loud (Seamus Haji Remix)

  4. Dave Aude feat. Jessica Sutta – I’m Gonna Get You (Rich B & Phil Marriott Club Remix)

  5. Disclosure feat. Gregory Porter – Holding On (Armand Van Helden Remix)

  6. Mary J. Blige – Right Now (Manufactured Superstars Remix)

  7. Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (Extended)

  8. Katy Tiz – Whistle (Dave Aude Extended Mix)

  9. Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated (Original Mix)

  10. The Score – Oh My Love (Kat Krazy Remix)

  11. DASCO feat. Justina Maria – What I Need (Right Here-Right Now) (Club Mix)

  12. Diplo & Sleepy Tom – Be Right There (Extended Mix)

  13. Dave Aude feat. Jessica Sutta – I’m Gonna Get You (Original Extended)

  14. Gorgan City feat. Jennifer Hudson – Go All Night (Freemasons Club Mix)

  15. Five Knives – Sugar (StoneBridge Block Party Mix

  16. Audien feat. Lady Antebellum – Something Better (Shemce Extended Remix)

  17. Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand (Division 4 & Matt Consola Club Mix)

Year in Dance 2015 pt. 4 | The Year’s Biggest Dance Hits!

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 4
Year In Dance 2015 pt. 4Album : Year in Dance 2015 pt. 4
Genre : EDM, Electro House, Deep House
Year : 2015
Total Time : 01:35:44
  1. Taio Cruz – Do What You Like (Zoo Station Remix)

  2. The Weeknd – Earned It (DJ Drew Remix)

  3. Madonna – Living For Love (Offer Nissim Living For Drama Remix)

  4. Kelly Clarkson – Invincible (7th Heaven Remix)

  5. Nathan Sykes – Kiss Me Quick (Dave Aude Club Remix)

  6. Walk The Moon – Shut Up & Dance (Jason Nevins Radio Alt Mixshow B)

  7. Bob Sinclar feat. Dawn Tallman – Feel The Vibe (Pink Panda Remix)

  8. Sander Van Doorn & MOTi – Lost (Extended Mix)

  9. Icona Pop – Emergency (Jump Smokers Extended) (Dirty)

  10. Dave Aude feat. Olivia Newton John & Chloe Lattanzi – You Have To Believe (Guiseppe D Club Mix)

  11. NERVO feat. Kylie Minogue, Jake Shears & Nile Rodgers – The Other Boys (Extended Mix)

  12. Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk (Delirious & Alex K Club Mix)

  13. A-Trak feat. Andrew Wyatt – Push (Cazzette Club Mix)

  14. Avicii – For A Better Day (KSHMR Remix)

  15. Martin Garrix feat. Usher – Don’t Look Down (Mobin Master Remix)

  16. Beyonce – 7-11 (Dirty Pop Club Remix)

  17. Ricky Martin feat. Pitbull – Mr. Put It Down (JRMX Club Mix)

  18. Zedd feat. Selena Gomez – I Want You To Know (Extended Mix)

  19. Taylor Swift – Bad Blood (Ryan Skyy Remix)

  20. David Guetta & Afrojack feat. Nicki Minaj – Hey Mama (Modern Machines Club Mix)

  21. Maroon 5 vs. Alesso – This Summer (Extended Remix)

  22. Alesso – Cool (A-Trak Remix)

Year in Dance 2015 pt. 3 | The Year’s Biggest Dance Hits!

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 3

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 3Really short on time this morning, so here goes …

Album : Year in Dance 2015 pt. 3
Genre : EDM, Electro House, Deep House
Year : 2015
Total Time : 01:44:32
  1. Sia – Elastic Heart (Cosmic Dawn & BTS Remix)

  2. Cazzette feat. Terri B! – Blind Heart (Didrick Club Remix)

  3. Olivia Somerlyn – OXO (Wideboys Remix)

  4. Avicii – Waiting for Love (Sam Feldt Remix)

  5. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive (Michael Calfan Remix)

  6. D.O.N.S. & Terri B! – Big Fun (Original Mix)

  7. Robyn & La Bagatelle feat. Magique – Love Is Free (Original Mix)

  8. Sia – Alive (Cahill Club Mix)

  9. L’Tric – This Feeling (Kryder Remix)

  10. Andy Grammer – Honey I’m Good (Jump Smokers Extended Remix)

  11. Ariana Grande feat. The Weeknd – Love Me Harder (Country Club Martini Crew Remix)

  12. Iggy Azalea feat. MØ – Beg For It (Zoo Station Club Mix)

  13. Zedd feat. Jon Bellion – Beautiful Now (Dirty South Club Remix)

  14. Nytrix – Take Me Higher (Dave Aude Club Mix)

  15. Ryan Cabrera – House On Fire (Joey Suki Vocal)

  16. Axwell ^ Ingrosso – Sun Is Shining (Extended Version)

  17. David Guetta feat. Emeli Sande – What I Did For Love (Extended Mix)

  18. Tiesto & KSHMR feat. Vassy – Secrets (Don Diablo Remix)

  19. Sigala – Easy Love (Club Mix)

  20. OMI – Cheerleader (Praia Del Sol Renco Remix)

  21. Jack U feat. Justin Bieber – Where Are U Now (Kaskade Remix)

  22. Don Diablo & Khrebto – Got The Love (Extended Mix)

  23. Axwell ^ Ingrosso – Something New (Club Extended Mix)

Year in Dance 2015 pt. 2 | The Year’s Biggest Dance Hits!

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 2

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 2Bigger keeps getting even BIGGER as we go through the top 2015 dance hits.  I don’t have much more to say than ENJOY!

Album : Year in Dance 2015 pt. 2
Genre : EDM, Electro House, Deep House
Year : 2015
Total Time : 01:46:16
  1. Justin Bieber – What Do You Mean (MARC Remix)

  2. Demi Lovato – Cool For The Summer (Cahill Club Mix)

  3. Mikey B – Stay A While (Tiesto Remix)

  4. Klangkarussell feat. Jaymes Young – Sun Don’t Shine (Zilverstep Remix)

  5. The Weeknd – The Hills (DJ Kue Club Mix)

  6. Alex Adair – Make Me Feel Better (Don Diablo & CID Remix)

  7. ZZ Ward – Love 3x (Phil B & Andy Allder Mind The Gap Remix)

  8. Giorgio Moroder feat. Sia – Deja Vu (Liam Keegan Extended Club Mix)

  9. Shaun Frank & KSHMR feat. Delaney Jane – Heaven (Original Mix)

  10. Sam Feldt – Show Me Love (EDX Remix)

  11. Nick Jonas – Chains (DJ Mike D & ChAdachi Extended Mix)

  12. Calvin Harris feat. HAIM – Pray To God (Calvin Harris vs. Mike Pickering Hacienda Remix)

  13. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (Tchami Remix)

  14. Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ – Lean On (eSQUIRE Houselife Remix)

  15. Hailee Steinfeld – Love Myself (Frank Pole Remix)

  16. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face (Ryan Skyy Remix)

  17. Calvin Harris feat. Ellie Goulding – Outside (eSQUIRE Big Bass Remix)

  18. Betty Who – All Of You (The Jane Doze Remix)

  19. Wiz Khalifa feat. Charlie Puth – See You Again (Bassthunder Remix)

  20. Malea – One Hot Mess (Dave Aude Big Room Club Remix)

  21. Nick Jonas – Jealous (CLX Extended)

  22. Giorgio Moroder feat. Kylie Minogue – Right Here Right Now (7th Heaven Club Mix)

  23. Jason Derulo – Want To Want Me (7th Heaven Video Edit)

Year in Dance 2015 pt. 1 | The Year’s Biggest Dance Hits!

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 1

Year In Dance 2015 pt. 1It’s the most wonderful time of year!  That is when Party Favorz rolls out our favorite dance tunes of the year that was.  Featuring the biggest and best in EDM and Deep House or as it’s now referred to as Future House from 2015, the Year in Dance has it all!

In order to provide equal weight to each of the hand-selected songs for this 5-set series, I drew from a variety of charts including Billboard’s Year-End Dance Club Songs chart as well as the Best of Beatport Charts in a variety of genres.  Now, we all know that relying solely on charts would provide an abundance of false positives.  It’s not uncommon to look at the rankings and scratch your head in wonderment as to why certain songs rank the way they do much-less even ranked at all.

Because Party Favorz represents a broad representation of what’s hot at any given moment throughout the year and pulls from every aspect of the EDM spectrum, heavy consideration is given to the underground hits and the bootlegs of pop songs that never had an official remix release.  After compiling all of that, I throw in some of my personal favorites, just because…well, I can.   In the end, it’s all subjective and a matter of personal taste, but I’m confident I struck the right balance in my picks.

That being said, download or stream these puppies and fondly remember the year that was. ENJOY!

Album : Year in Dance 2015 pt. 1
Genre : EDM, Electro House, Deep House
Year : 2015
Total Time : 01:41:40
  1. Tony Moran feat. Martha Wash – Free People (Giuseppe D. Club Remix)

  2. Disclosure feat. Sam Smith – Omen (Cutmore Club Remix)

  3. Adele – Hello (Pink Panda Extended Mix)

  4. Taylor Swift – Wildest Dreams (Cosmic Dawn Extended Mix)

  5. Tove Lo – Talking Body (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron Club Mix)

  6. Rudimental feat. Ed Sheeran – Lay It All On Me (Cash Cash Remix)

  7. Audien feat. Parson James – Insomnia (Ashley Wallbridge Club Remix)

  8. Madonna feat. Nicki Minaj – Bitch Im Madonna (Sander Kleinenberg Club Mix)

  9. David Guetta & Showtek feat. Magic & Sonny Wilson – Sun Goes Down (Extended)

  10. Galantis – Runaway (U and I) (Kaskade Remix)

  11. A-Trak feat. Jamie Lidel – We All Fall Down (Volt & Slate Remix)

  12. Dash Berlin vs. Clement BCX – I Take Care (Club Mix)

  13. Maroon 5 – Sugar (Steve Smart Extended Mix)

  14. Britney Spears & Iggy Azalea – Pretty Girls (Division 4 & Matt Consola Club Mix)

  15. Demi Lovato – Confident (The Alias Club Mix)

  16. Rihanna – Bitch Better Have My Money (JNR vs. Sub Phonix Bootleg Mix)

  17. Dzeko & Torres feat. Delaney Jane – L’Amour Toujours (Tiesto Edit)

  18. One Direction – Drag Me Down (Dave Aude Extended Mix)

  19. Robin Schulz feat. Francesco Yates – Sugar (Stadiumx Remix)

  20. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo – Time Of Our Lives (DiscoTech Club Mix)

  21. Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song (JRMX Club Mix)

  22. Ellie Goulding – Love Me Like You Do (Cosmic Dawn Club Remix)

  23. Justin Bieber – Sorry (CLX Extended Mix)

Chaka Khan | The Diva Series

The Diva Series Chaka Khan

The Diva Series Chaka KhanWhen I was working on the third volume of the Year-End Edition 1997 , my memory was jogged about one of the divas on my list that I had not gotten around to inducting.  Yes, there is a short list of ladies (Patti Labelle, Aretha Franklin, etc.) that totally must be included in the Diva Hall of Fame but due to the complexities in putting their tributes together, I haven’t taken a stab at it yet.  Chaka Khan was one such person.

As I listened to the awesomeness of Chaka’s #1 club-dance hit Never Miss The Water with Me’Shell Ndegéocello, I knew it was time to get to work.

Miss Khan’s career spans over four decades, starting as lead vocalist for the R&B Funk outfit Rufus.  They generated several top 40 and #1 R&B hits like the Stevie Wonder penned Tell Me Something Good, Sweet Love (later covered by Mary J. Blige and a personal favorite), At Midnight (My Love Will Lift You Up) and Do You Love What You Feel.

By 1978, Chaka (in true diva fashion) had rocky relationships with many members of Rufus and signed a solo deal with Warner Brothers.  Her debut album included the top twenty song I’m Every Woman (later covered by Whitney Houston).  From there, she released multiple albums with mild success but in 1983 joined forces with Rufus one more time for the album Stompin’ at the Savoy –  Live, that included the studio track Ain’t Nobody.  That song was Rufus’ final top twenty hit and has been a staple in Chaka’s repertoire ever since.

The following year, she released the album I Feel For You.  The title track penned by Prince, enjoyed massive global success fueling the album’s platinum status.

In 1986, she joined forces with Steve Winwood for his massive comeback on the single Higher Love.

Chaka Khan continues to release new material and performs regularly.  Her voice, beauty and skills have earned her massive success as well as well-deserved critical acclaim.  It’s for these reasons and more that Party Favorz is honored to induct the fabulous Chaka Khan into the Diva Hall of Fame. XO

Album : The Diva Series starring Chaka Khan
Genre : House
Year : 2015
Total Time : 01:05:48
  1. Ain’t Nobody (DANK Remix) [with Rufus]

  2. Never Miss The Water (Franktified Club Mix) [feat. Me’Shell Ndegéocello]

  3. I Feel For You (80’s Child Legend Edit)

  4. I Know You, I Live You (Funk N’ Hustle Bootleg Remix)

  5. It’s Not Over (Joe Smooth Club Mix) [feat. LeCrae]

  6. Any Love (Sanny X Club Mix 2014) [with Rufus]

  7. Angel (Mr. Mig Extended Remix)

  8. Disrespectful (Riffs & Rays Club Mix) [with Mary J. Blige]

  9. Ain’t Nobody (Down N’ Dirty 2011 House Edit) [with Rufus]

  10. I’m Every Woman (DJ Meme’s Knuckles Tribute Mix)

  11. Love You All My Lifetime (Garage Mix with Strings)

Addicted to Bass | BackSpin

BackSpin Addicted To Bass

BackSpin Addicted To BassParty Favorz is back with the second half of the early millennial BackSpin throwback posted yesterday.   Addicted to Bass follows in the same steps as the earlier set with really deep, dark and delicious beats, all of which were monster hits at the time of their release.  The sounds here are as fresh now as they were when they were released.

Got a lot of Pride stuff going on around the globe next week, with the highly anticipated ruling on Marriage Equality from the Supreme Court as well.  This will likely be cause for massive celebration as the United States catches up with the rest of civilized society.

I’ve got a lot in my basket the next couple of weeks, so I will likely start posting some more current sets around the first week of July.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend.  I’ll see ya when I see ya.  Until then …ENJOY!

Album : BackSpin | Addicted to Bass
Artists : Various
Genre : House Classics
Length : 1:26:21
  1. Puretone – Addicted To Bass (Differentgear Mix)

  2. Celeda – The Underground (Peter Rauhofer Original Mix)

  3. Kosheen – All In My Head (Planet Funk Mix)

  4. Sounds From The Ground Feat. Colein – Lean On Me (Mauve’s Dark Vocal Mix)

  5. Fragma – Toca’s Miracle (Extended Mix)

  6. Moony – Dove (I’ll Be Loving You) (Stephane K. & John Creamer Mix)

  7. Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra – Touch Me (Double 99 Club Mix)

  8. Cassius – The Sound Of Violence (Narcotic Thrust Two Minute Warning Club Mix)

  9. Daniel Bedingfield – Gotta Get Thru This (Passengerz Violation Vox Club Mix)

  10. Brancaccio & Aisher – It’s Gonna Be… (A Lovely Day) (Bini & Martini Club Mix)

  11. X-Press 2 feat. David Byrne – Lazy (Norman Cook Remix)

  12. Iio – Rapture (Tastes So Sweet) (Original Mix).wav

  13. Coldplay – Clocks (Heaven & Earth Division Remix)

  14. Res – They Say Vision (Robbie Rivera’s Vocal Mix Part 2)

Feels So Good | BackSpin

BackSpin Feels So Good

BackSpin Feels So GoodHappy Friday everyone!  As you can see, Party Favorz has been able to keep the doors open because of the AWESOMENESS of you folks.  I want to give a BIG-ASS thanks to those of you whose donations made all of this possible.  Seriously, your generosity really means a lot to me and I can’t begin to express how much you are appreciated.

Getting back to business, I’ve got a couple of new BackSpins on tap for you folks.  I had two songs left over from last year’s comps that didn’t make the cut but I wanted to do something with them.  Sonique’s “It Feels So Good” and ATB’s “9PM (Till I Come)” are the basis for these two sets.  These are packed with massive hits from say 1999 to 2003 that lean a little on the dark side with some shining moments here and there.

Originally, this was supposed to be one set but it grew so big, I went ahead and split it up.  Fans of classic dance will really like this and frankly, all the songs included here sound as fresh now as when they were released.  So you didn’t have to live it in order to dig it.

That’s about it for now.  I’ll be back tomorrow with part 2.  Until then …ENJOY!

The version of “Breathe” on here is not the official extended mix rather, a re-work by Sarlotte.  It stays true to the original with an alternate intro and outro, which I really like.

Album : BackSpin | Feels So Good
Artists : Various
Genre : House Classics
Length : 1:22:33
  1. Telepopmusik – Breathe (Extended Mix)

  2. Goldtrix feat. Andrea Brown – It’s Love (Trippin’) (The Original EPTN Mix)

  3. Sonique – It Feels So Good (Original Breakbeat Mix)

  4. Seal – Get It Together (Bill Hamel Vocal Mix)

  5. Chicane feat. Maire Brennan – Saltwater (Tomski vs. Disco Citizens Remix)

  6. Beginerz – Reckless Girl (Original Mix)

  7. Dido – White Flag (Scumfrog Extended Mix)

  8. Frou Frou – Breathe In (Watkins Vocal Mix)

  9. Sono – Keep Control (Terry Lee Brown Jr’s Vocal Mix)

  10. Simply Red – Sunrise (ATFC Morning Glory Remix)

  11. ATB – 9PM (Till I Come) (Club Mix)

  12. Layo & Bushwacka! – Love Story (Tim Deluxe Remix)

  13. Dirty Vegas – Days Go By (Full Vocal Mix)

  14. Narcotic Thrust feat. Yvonne John Lewis – Safe From Harm (K-Klass Off Limits Mixshow Edit)

Crying on the Dancefloor | The Ultimate Break-up Dance Mix

Crying on the Dance Floor

Crying on the Dance Floor

Yes, after 14 years together, Rick and I are calling it quits. I’m not going to rag on him because it takes two people to muck-up a relationship and I certainly did my part. That doesn’t make it any less difficult or painful.

That being said, Party Favorz is showcasing some of the best dance floor break-up songs spanning multiple decades. Yes I know, leave it to me to create a mixset showcasing every emotion involved in the separation from someone you love. From the anger, bitterness, sadness, regret, revenge, and empowerment… it’s all here.

Given all that’s going on and my moving out of the ATL next week, I’ve had a lot on my plate; so please forgive me if this isn’t one of my best-mixed sets but I think A LOT of folks will have a good appreciation with what’s included here. I’ll file this one under the Back Spin category.

I appreciate everyone’s patience while I figure out my life, get settled into my new home and decide what I want to do when I grow up. Hopefully, Party Favorz will be back up and running in some capacity within a few months. Peace.

Album : Crying on the Dancefloor 
Genre : EDM, Funky, House
Year : 2015 
Total Time : 1:43:13

Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive (Groovefunkel New Disco Remix)

Mariah Carey – We Belong Together (Atlantic Soul Vocal Remix)

Toni Braxton – Un-Break My Heart (Franktidrama Mix)

Amy Winehouse – Tears Dry On Their Own (Alix Alvarez Sole Channel Mix)

George Michael – Careless Whisper (Rad Stereo Remix)

Celine Dion – All By Myself (Tracy Young Remix)

Lady Antebellum – Need You Now (Dark Intensity Remix)

Whitney Houston – I Will Always Love You (Hex Hector Mixshow)

OneRepublic – Apologize (Lenny B. Club Mix)

Jewel – Foolish Games (Cutmore 2013 Remix)

Beyonce – Irreplaceable (Ralphi & Craig Mixshow Edit)

Alice Deejay – Better Off Alone (Vocal Club Mix)

Pink – Please Don’t Leave Me (Digital Dog Club Mix)

Kelly Clarkson – Since U Been Gone (Jason Nevins Rock Da Club Mix)

Gotye feat. Kimbra – Somebody That I Used To Know (Meridian Remix)

Adele – Rolling In The Deep (Downtown London Extended Mix)

Rihanna – Love The Way You Lie (Italian Dandies Bootleg Remix)

Sinead O’Connor – Nothing Compares 2 U (DJ Chusso Elegant Remix)

The Police – Every Step You Take (Deep Chills Remix)

Tony Rich Project – Nobody Knows (DJ-WY-C)

Jody Watley | The Diva Series | 90s Club Hits

The Diva Series starring Jody Watley

The Diva Series starring Jody WatleyFrom Fly Girl to backup dancer for Janet …oh wait!  I’m getting my DIVAS mixed-up.  Let’s try this again …

From Soul Train dancer to member of the 70s and 80s disco/R&B group Shalamar, to fashion icon and actress to dance floor D-I-V-A, Jody Watley truly is the shit!

After leaving Shalamar in the early 80s, Jody took off for the UK and worked on a variety of projects.  2-1/2 years later, she returned to the states, signed a record deal with MCA and just exploded all over the charts with mega-hits Looking For a New Love, Don’t You Want Me and Some Kind of Lover.  She continued her successful streak into the early 90s with hits like Real Love, Friends and Everything.

Over the next few albums, Jody began experimenting with her sound to include Jazz, Soul and House.  It’s during the period throughout the 90s that she transformed herself into a soulful chanteuse.  Despite critical acclaim, many of these releases failed to break into the upper-reaches of the Billboard charts.  For Jody, it’s not always about “the charts” but being true to herself and her art.  While that may not always pay the bills, it certainly kept our attention throughout the years.

So how do you go about honoring someone who basically has three stages of her musical career?  First, pick yourself up a copy of You Wanna Dance With Me? and you’ve got your 80’s dance diva output covered.  Then, you pick up a copy of this set which focuses on her more commercial output (club hits) from the 90s to present day.  There are a lot of rarities in this set and frankly, I worked the shit out of it as if Jody were standing over me with a big stick.

Next week, I’m going to treat everybody to the third side of Jody many of you probably never knew about; that’s her soulful side.  I can assure you that it is pure bliss and well worth the listen.

For now, please give a standing ovation for MISS JODY WATLEY!  Gurrrrl, you are now officially entered into the very prestigious DIVA HALL OF FAME!

Album : The Diva Series starring Jody Watley
Genre : Diva, House, Dance
Year : 2015
Total Time : 01:13:04
  1. Looking For A New Love (BPM vs. Alison Limerick Remix)

  2. Borderline (Funky Junction Marco Zappala Club Mix)

  3. Reach (Soulcast Remix) [with Max Sanna]

  4. Off The Hook (Soul Solution Mix)

  5. If I’m Not In Love [Dano & BK Mix]

  6. When A Man Loves A Man (BBG Hard Mix)

  7. Don’t You Want Me (Untitled Remix)

  8. Tonight’s The Night (MDCL Remix) [with Mark De Clive-Lowe]

  9. I Want Your Love (Thomas Gold Remix)

  10. A Beautiful Life (Love To Infinity Classic Club Mix)

  11. Whenever (Junior’s Earth Anthem)

  12. Nightlife (Moto Blanco Club Mix)

Donna Summer [The Casablanca Years] | The Diva Series

Donna Summer Casablanca Years 1

Donna Summer Casablanca YearsI remember the first time I heard the word “fag.” It came out of my mom’s mouth while I was watching an Elton John concert on TV. You know the one, where he’s wearing a Donald Duck costume and banging the piano pretty hard. Despite having all of his 8-tracks, somewhere along the way she decided she didn’t care for him any longer.

The word was a bit jarring to me, but I didn’t really understand what she meant other than I knew it was likely something you didn’t want to be called. Sadly, it wouldn’t be the last time she used the word at least up until my brother’s death from AIDS in 1986. Now, she’ll just say “that looks gay.” LOL

It would be several years later before I heard the word again, when I was working for a local Record and Stereo equipment store called Soundcenter. Half the building was all high-end stereo equipment, while the other side was albums, 12 inches, singles, t-shirts, buttons, Walkman’s etc.; the side I worked on. I was in charge of re-orders and displays.

One morning in June of 1980, there was a news broadcast on something like Good Morning America talking about Stonewall. It showed pictures of gays being arrested during a riot at this bar in New York. This guy Ray called me over and pointed at the TV and said that’s going to happen to you, you FAG. They’re gonna arrest you and throw you in jail with all the other fags.

Damn! There was that word again and this time it’s being directed at me. One of my co-workers Johnny J who was a local DJ told me to ignore Ray; he’s just an asshole to everyone. Even though I didn’t fully understand what it meant, I was shaken by his use of the word and how he was using it to describe me.

When you’re jerking off to the cover sleeve of an Andy Gibb 45 you kinda know you’re different. Gradually, I came to the understanding that a Fag meant I liked guys and was something I should keep hidden from everyone else.

Somewhere along the way I got the preconceived notion that being gay meant you wore leather, and was into whips and chains. I had convinced myself that I’m not a fag because that was nothing like me. After all, I was attracted to the construction guy from the Village People, not the biker guy with the big mustache who I figured was gay (but not the rest of the Village People …go figure).

Prior to getting the job at Soundcenter, I would mow lawns for the money I needed to buy my records. I was a musically obsessed child and my Zenith stereo I saved and purchased was my parent’s weapon of choice if my grades were not up to par. They’d take it away until my grades picked up. I was a latchkey kid, so I’d just sneak into their closet and pull it down and spin my records while they were still at work LOL.

While I usually only purchased 45s because you got more for less, I remember buying Donna Summer’s “Bad Girls” album and what it set me back. This was the second album I had ever bought (the first being Barry Manilow Live). I love the split open sleeve, with additional artwork, the smell of vinyl when you pull the record out for the first time. I would play that album obsessively and knew the words to all the songs. Ultimately, I decided I wanted to listen to it on the go, so I ended up saving for the 8-track version as well for my portable player I had received for Christmas. My brother criticized me for asking for a portable 8-track boombox because he said cassettes were the future; what did he know? [grin]

I had already owned the 45s of Donna’s “I Feel Love,” “I Love You,” “Last Dance,” and “MacArthur Park” but the Bad Girls album was like the icing on a cake. I scored my biggest win when Soundcenter got multiple copies of the promotional poster for “On the Radio: Greatest Hits,” and I happen to be in charge of displays. You know one of those made it to my bedroom wall.

By the end of my freshman year, the writing was on the wall and in order for me to have friends over to my house; I knew Donna had to come down and Debbie Harry went up in its place (another gay icon). I was already in a transition phase and discovered the Pretenders (their debut album to this day is one of my all-time favorites) the Cars, AC/DC, Pat Benatar, Blondie all courtesy of my older sister. Disco was out, new wave and big hair rock were in; so I was in to whatever my friends were into, unless I wanted to be called a fag. I had a pretty good grasp on the meaning of the word by then.

Often I had fantasized of being several years older, living in New York and dancing my ass off at Studio 54 listening to Donna, and all of my other favorite disco artists; but I wouldn’t change my musical education, which spans a variety of genres for anything. Nevertheless, disco and Donna was my first true love. To this day, if I need a pick me up, I can slap on some Donna and it will always put a smile on my face.

This final set is devoted with love and respect to the Queen of Disco and my first true love, Miss Donna Summer.

As for Ray, he committed suicide about a year after his comments. That’s also the time I figured out that people who are vehemently anti-gay are typically closeted themselves. I can’t say that I felt any sorrow for his loss, but at least I can understand his pain.

Album : Donna Summer | The Casablanca Years
Genre : Divas, Disco
Year : 2014
Total Time : 01:48:38
  1. Love To Love You Baby (Extended Version)

  2. Could It Be Magic (Extended Mix)

  3. Try Me, I Know We Can Make It (Extended Mix)

  4. Spring Affair (Extended Version)

  5. Heaven Know (Party Favorz Special Extended Mix)

  6. With Your Love (12” Single)

  7. Rumour Has It (Extended Version)

  8. I Love You (Extended Mix)

  9. I Feel Love (12” Extended)

  10. MacArthur Park Suite (Party Favorz Special Edit)

  11. Hot Stuff (12” Extended)

  12. Bad Girls (Extended Version)

  13. Dim All The Lights (12″ Extended)

  14. Sunset People (Jandry’s Neon Sign Remix 2010)

  15. Our Love (Extended Version)

  16. Walk Away (12” Remix)

  17. No More Tears (Enough Is Enough) (Hot Tracks Remix)

  18. On The Radio (Long Version)

  19. Last Dance (Promotional 12” Single)