As a DJ and music curator, much of my professional time is devoted to creating playlists for the various Employees Only bars as well as their sister restaurant in Manhattan, Macao Trading Company. This particular list is a late-night, relatively fast mix dubbed the "International Zoo Mix". It's international and eclectic but accessible, which are qualities I try to achieve in all my mixes.
The first track is a cover of a 1979 song by the British Band, The Monochrome Set reinterpreted in 2008 by BPA (Fatboy Slim with vocals by Iggy Pop). Actually, at least half the songs on this short mix are cover versions. Broasted or Fried is a Latin inflected funk tune that dates back at least to the '70s, covered here by King Hector and The Soul Dynamites in 2007. One of my favorite tracks on this list is by a British band from the Sixties, Mal & The Primitives, doing an Italian version of a Rascals song Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore which they retitled simply Yeeeeh (there's a great YouTube video of the band performing the song for a TV studio full of Italian teens).
Est-ce que tu le sais? is an Italian karaoke version of Ray Charles' What'd I Say? and San Diego Zoo is an original song by the band The 6ths, a spinoff project created by Stephen Merritt, the principle force behind The Magnetic Fields. It's got an upbeat, bubblegum quality that I love.
Silky Sundays, Employees Only's regular Sunday party in New York is now in Singapore. Every Sunday, from 5 pm to 1 am. Bring along your pyjamas.
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