Straight up, I wouldn’t be in this scene as deep as I am, or maybe even at all anymore, if it weren’t for Ricky Ryan. I could go on forever about how cool I think this guy is, but really his music tells the story way better than I ever could.
But of course I still have a story to tell.
Last October we brought Ricky to EXPOSED to help us celebrate bringthebeats’ fifth anniversary. It was a night we all will never forget. Not because we finally had the opportunity to hear our favorite international DJ live, in a proper club, for the first time. It was for the absolutely magical vibe that saturated The Mod Club the entire night.
The feeling you have when hearing a DJ with extraordinary skill and instinct move a room, is the feeling that has most of us thirty-something clubbers still living the night life after many, many enduring years. But when it’s your friend up there orchestrating the sensation… well that takes it to an entirely different level. It’s like the first time all over again.
Moving a step beyond is when the DJ shares the same frequency and I truly believe Ricky was there that night. At least the seven mixes below tell me so.
Ricky put together the first three promos when we were planning for EXPOSED visit number two, having an extremely difficult time not talking about how freaking incredible visit number one was.
Unfortunately, part of the conversations always included how it really wasn’t like it was in the “good old days,” even though from time to time an event could still live up to expectations (like Ricky’s EXPOSED appearance certainly did). But the parties “back in the day” were always about more than just extacy, they were ecstasy. And the music was always the driving force, but nowadays, it’s often the reason for a party’s decay.
In our glory days, it really was “all about the music,” cliche or not. The layers within the tracks and the layers of tracks; the depth and emotion… for us there was no other time like the new millennium, when in our opinion, the scene truly came into its own.
This time in both of our lives (way before Ricky and I had even met), is where the concept for these seven mixes was born out of. Ricky has always been a master of the mash-up, using classic tracks from this era as way more than just a cheap pop to get the floor nostalgic. With virtual perfection he takes the sounds of our memories and creates fresh vibes with new school grooves.
The January mixes are this with a housey tint and the June sets are the same but on a more progressive tip (broken down into genre for no other reason than the available music of the day led him this way). The concept of accentuating the sets with a classic influence is done in such a subtle fashion you really have no idea that the music is from varied times.
And this is where my inept skill to trainspot comes in handy because I have absolutely no desire to even try to pick out these “memory” tracks. Its best you just listen to how perfectly blended they are in the mix. I guarantee most of you will have absolutely no clue to what is old and what is new.
We all find inspiration in our own way and music like this motivates me like you wouldn’t believe. And hopefully Ricky will continue to be inspired as well; motivated by the fact that he makes many people like me incredibly satisfied and always entertained by the coolest music anyone finds, edits and mixes anywhere in the world today.
Part 1 – January 2008
Part 2 – January 2008
Part 3 – January 2008
Part 4 – June 2008
Part 5 – June 2008
Thanks to the unfriendly people at Arista, this set has been pulled from our SoundCloud archive because of the use of ‘Sasha, Cloud Cuckoo.’ Get a hold of us through our contact form and we’ll figure a way to send the set to you.