Our Gothic Aaliyah refix dropped yesterday, so we thought this would be a good time to run through our top 5 Aaliyah tunes. Aaliyah truly was one in million, she had the voice, the moves and the talent that a lot of artists have not managed to come close to. Her style was effortless, whether she was kickin it in some baggy jeans and simple vest or being sultry and sexy in fitted leather trousers and bikini top, she was the girl that the girls wanted to be and that guys wanted to be with. We have a lot of love for Aaliyah, here are our top 5 selections from the star who was taken too soon.
Back & Forth featuring R Kelly
Back & Forth is probably the first Aaliyah tune that we fell in love with, its a definite party tune that always gets us in the mood for the weekend. It was written by R Kelly (who Aaliyah was rumoured to be married to at the time) and the pied piper even raps a few bars between shooting hoops in the video.
Do you remember when you had to wait for MTV’s The Lick or Yo MTV Raps to see the best new videos? We do! Kazabon even had a VHS of the her favourite videos, from a time when Hype Williams was behind nearly every great video and when artists tried to out-do themselves and their peers with the hottest new video. We have decided to dig into the HDD video vault to bring you some of our favourites.
My experience of music videos growing up is slightly different to Kazabon, I didn’t have Sky (cable tv for our non uk friends) and the only videos I (Hootie Who) saw were either on Top of The Pops or CD-UK. Both of those shows were live music shows so video were often fleeting. I started to watch videos on my laptop pre youtube which meant watching them on my school’s intranet. the video that i feel in love with was DMX’s Party Up. It’s funny to say think that the song is a) his biggest pop hit and b) it’s a video about a Bank robbery caused because his ATM card didn’t work. I like to think that this was an actual show real that DMX used to get acting jobs in those Jet-Li films including the classic Cradle to the Grave.
Inspired by the DJ Ayres Heavy Warmup mix series, here is our tribute to the excellent mixes (http://djayres.com/)
As our night focuses on music of Caribbean influence we have named it Fluffy Warm Up ; Fluffy is Jamaican slang for a larger lady.
We feel this mix reflects our warm up sets at HDD and follows the heavy warmup guidelines “No drops, talking or crazy Ableton trickery”
Ps: Download link is here