Did I ever tell you I live at one of the most beautiful spots of Amsterdam? At least, I think its one of the best spots, though others may think differently.
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One of the reasons why I love this place, is its location at one of the most interesting canals in our city. As you may know, Amsterdam is sometimes referred to as the Venice of the North. The city counts around 160 canals with a total length of 75 kilometers. Out of all these canals - De Kostverlorenvaart: the canal that passes my place less then 10 meters away from my frontside windows - this is one of the very few ones that is there for larger boats (incl cargo ships) to sail and used very frequently by recreational boat owners to pass between our main river and a recreational lake at the other side of the city.
one without the real deal soundsystem
Especially when it's a nice day in spring or summer - with the sun out and about - many many many boats pass my home. Quite a few of them equipped with some - more or less temporary - sound systems with the superpowers you can find in concert and dance clubs. Such system is there to use: Volume at maximum, I'll be able to hear whatever comes out of the speakers even when I close my ears completely. Fortunately I love music and I like to hear what the 'common' sailor and their friends like to listen to. Mostly its Electronic Dance Music: EDM, House, Trance, Hardstyle... Except House, all these styles I don't necessarily like. But still cool in a way; Never a dull moment :)
Two days ago a boat passed with a few people onboard, blasting sounds from the sound system they had to their disposal, a massive one! I write sounds, but I meant to say: Some really really really cool track I was hearing! Wanted to make a photo but was interested more in learning what artist did produce this track.
Shazam to the rescue...
Turned out I was listening to Vacaciones En Chile, produced by Ilario Alicante. Its what I call 'modern' minimal techno style and has this Berlin sound to it. Normally not so into this 'modern' minimal, but from time to time I hear something that makes me crazy from pleasure. This track is getting close to the later state of mind. WOW! :)
click me to play at youtube
Turns out this track was remixed by a few guys from my home city, a few years later. Was expecting something cool as well...
click me to play at spotify
Listened these remixes a few times in a row and thought: "What the hell did these guys think? Why did they take out all the special elements of the original? The somewhat staccato kick throughout the track is one of the things that makes the original 'special', but none of the remixes have this effect. The main melody has this somewhat obscure ring to it; Gone in the remixes!"
I know, I know, music taste is sooo subjective!
That's why I like to ask you your opinion!
Which versions you like the most? The original? One of the remixes? Which one?
I don't like to convince you, but to be honest: The first time I skipped through the remixes I thought: Its so clear who is - by far - the best! I hoped this Italian born, Berlin resident, created more cool tracks, EPs and albums. Skipped though at least 20+ of them and couldn't find anything that touched me. Strange isn't it? One track (one of his firsts) triggers me big time, while the rest seems to be meant for others, but me.
Am not more then a fan of music; Don't know anything wrt producing and creating music of any kind; Probably not even able to play the most simple instrument you can imagine; So don't mind my opinions :)
But still, I like to hear you opinion about all these tracks and which one is most to your liking!
I do hope for the Amsterdam guys it's either the first or third remix since that's their work. Next time when I meet them on some dance floor, I'll pass on your "I Love Your Track", in case you like this connection to be made... Just tell me in the comment section and I'll be your postboy! hahahaha No really, I will pass on whatever you like to tell the producers 2000 and One, Lauhaus and/or Kabale Und Liebe. They will be happy to hear from you. Even when you like me to tell them they made some shitty tracks, I'll pass it on as well. I'll risk a few blue eyes, but hey, fun must go on :)
In the mean time I do hope you enjoy listening the original! hahahaha
One of the rules in persuading others is to repeat the message one wants to bring across, at least three times. I think I just did that. I also followed the rule to mix it in the rest of the story at some time intervals between each other.
Did I - by now - convince you? Did I change your mind from before reading the entire post but after listening the four tracks? When so, let me know. I'll use your feedback to further tune my tactics to convince others from something I like them to be convinced about.
Guess best to finish this post since otherwise it needs to carry the tag 'garbage' or 'junk' :)
NJOY the ORIGINAL
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