Family ties


Not my grandma, but a cute picture, no?

The other day I drove my grandma from my parents’ house to her assisted living center. I figured a little music would make the 45 minute drive go by a little quicker and she told me she didn’t mind. Nearly blind, Grandma still stared eagerly out the window while Âme’s self-titled debut filled the car with their brand of deep house vibrations. She turned to me several times during the ride to tell me she really liked the tune at the moment and chat a bit. She told me she and my grandpa and everyone they knew used to go dancing all the time. She was glad to see our generation still valued the merriment and release of simply shaking our bodies in time. I asked if I could make her a mix. Since then I’ve been going through my collection and asking others to add in finding tunes my little old grandma would enjoy. Here are a couple which make the cut.

I:Cube, “Picnic Attack” [Versatile] (buy)
Start your walkers! I:Cube serves up a sizzling slice of house that’s all raw energy. Its descending synth riff cuts through the knotty funk bass line like a lightning bolt. Not for use before bedtime.

Innerzone Orchestra, “At Les” [Talkin’ Loud] (buy) (buy)
Perhaps the “classiest” selection of the bunch, the piano work in “At Les” is simply stunning. The tune thrums in anticipation conjured up by those blurry chords. I’d like my grandma to namedrop Carl Craig every now and again.

Moodymann, “Mislead” [Planet E]
When you’ve been alive long enough to have seen a massive Depression, world wars of all sorts and the birth of pop music — all that fun stuff, you probably want to cut to the chase: So where did this stuff come from? Moodymann imbues midnight blue vibes with this scene-setting track, awash in dreamy drones, and answers politely.

6 comments so far

  1. tom/pipecock on

    i used to drive my grandma around a good bit a couple years ago (before i started school full time and my mom retired, she now handles that gig), and we used to bump all sorts of dance music and she was definitely into it! i recall her really digging aril brikha’s “deeparture in time” as well as some of the theo parrish and moodymann stuff i had on cassette in that car.

    before my grandfather died, we used to listen to all kinds of music together. i actually recorded dj shadow’s “endtroducing” for him and he dug that. he was also particularly fond of alex reece’s “pulp fiction” on metalheadz!

  2. MookyKnox on

    Naughty – World Of A Woman
    Booka Shade – In White Rooms
    Jichael Mackson – The Grass Is Always Greener
    Klaxons – Golden Skans (Erol Alkan Re-Edit)

    …these are some songs, my granny would like.

  3. terry miller on

    what a great story! Once I was playing a mix while driving my grandmother, who was on the verge of full blown alsheimers, home from my mom’s house. At about 20 minutes into the mix she turned to me and said, “This is one long song!?!?”

    I laughed and explained to her what it was. She thought it was so interesting.

    I miss her.

  4. Beat on

    This is great!

    I love making mixes like this, they are far more of a challenge than making mixes for people well versed with house and techno.

    Making commercial mixes for people into cheesy dance music is both easy and boring, but making a genuinely good set for someone who has NEVER experienced this kind of music is great fun!

    Try these:

    Sydenham & Ferrer – Sandcastles
    Trentemoller – Miss You
    Akzidenz Grotesk – Vestfirdir
    Akzidenz Grotesk – Dry Clean Only
    Tim Paris – Edges Of Corrosion

    Good luck.

  5. Krul on

    Very nice story. It is surprising to see how good music transcends generations. My grandma doesn’t listen to anything else than french chansons these days, but when she heard the trentemöller remix of “djinns” on the radio she asked me wether I knew what it was called.
    And likewise, I got Jacques Brel on vinyl, thanks to my grandma… I think I’ll pay her a visit tomorrow.

  6. todd(2?) on

    okay nevermind that other shit(klaxons??jichael mackson??), really whatever the last track is on the henrik schwarz live(k7)cd should put any granny back into her blossom.

    cheers, todd


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