For Mixtape, we ask DJs and producers coming to town, in their opinions, what are the best songs ever and forever and ever. Or just a bunch of songs that are somewhat interesting for some reason. Copyright holders: if you would like your song removed, please email us here, and we'll honor your request promptly.
The Mix-maker: Breakbot is a French electro-disco dude signed to Ed Banger, home of Justice, Mr Oizo, Feadz and all of them. He's in town this weekend, DJing at Arkham with Irfane, the vocalist on his track Baby I'm Yours. Quite a big hit that one. Came out last year and charted in France.
He makes and plays really happy, poppy electro with heavy disco and funk influences. His bio puts it quite nicely, saying: Breakbot is basically Justice if they wrote songs about the beach and summertime and pool parties, instead of the whole epic religious vibe.
For SmartShanghai, he's put together this soundtrack to an imaginary day, from waking up and eating breakfast, to cruising down to the lake, to picking up horny hitchhiker and peeling off their clothes. Score. Lots of '70s tunes in here, and a nice overlap with Justice's selection, which we had up here last month.
So, headphones on, you're driving with the top down by a lake of crystal waters...
Neil Young — Old Man
Breakbot says: You wake up and want something that'll give you some juice for your journey today.
The Bee Gees — Love Your Inside Out
Breakbot says: This song is perfectly suited for your breakfast.
Justice — On 'n' On
Breakbot says: You just got in your car, and put on the stereo.
Joe Walsh — Things
Breakbot says: Have a break and just enjoy the beautiful lake view. You can leave the doors open and listen to this one.
Change — A Lover's Holiday
Breakbot says: You are fully awake now and you probably want to groove, time for A Lover's Holiday
Brothers Johnson — You Make Me Wanna Wiggle
Breakbot says: You even start dancing while driving, because you're now listening to the Brothers Johnson. But be careful, driving and dancing can be pretty dangerous.
Prince — Soft and Wet
Breakbot says: The light is fading and you just saw a beautiful hitchhiker on the side of the road. Before you let her in you call up this track and you might just get lucky.
Todd Rundgren — Marlene
Breakbot says: Turns out she's called Marlene, and as a matter of fact you have THE song for her.
Kendrick Lamar feat. Dre — The Recipe
Breakbot says: You drive her to the top of the hill, and you want her to know that you're a gentleman, but also pretty gangsta.
Linda Perhacs — If You Were My Man
Breakbot says: You definitely got lucky this time...
Thanks Mr Breakbot. He's DJing this weekend at Arkham with Irfane and support from STDJs. Starts 10pm. Tickets are 100rmb presale (from 6211 6317) or 150rmb on the door. More details here.