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DT749 – Yolanda Be Cool

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Let’s not beat around the bush here, Yolanda Be Cool is a household name. You may not know what they look like (hot dudes alert) , and you may not even know their names (Andy and Matt) but you will most certainly know their music. In fact, probably your grandma and nephew do too.

They didn’t mean to write a worldwide number one/iconic anthem way back in 2010 when they produced “We No Speak Americano” with their brother DCUP… they just wanted to make a fun party track that their DJ peers would play. But the song ultimately fast-tracked a road to the top for Yolanda Be Cool, a road the pair was uncomfortable with at times (after all, they are house music DJs and producers who love DC10 more than any “bottle” club, a Villalobos way more than a commercial superstar). But here they are, now veterans of the game but also endlessly improving their game, which their more recent release schedule would lay testimony to – with a roll call of the world’s hottest labels like Solardo’s Sola, Lee Foss’ Repopulate Mars, Mele’s Club Bad, and their very own Club Sweat, all the while maintaining their knack for making “accidental” hits for their more mainstream label Sweat It Out. Not to mention their curatorial hand in signing artists to their labels, such as Purple Disco Machine, RÜFÜS DÜ SOL, Dom Dolla, and Torren Foot.

They are as proud of their platinum records and ARIA awards as they are of their Beatport number ones. They work their asses off in the studio, but perhaps their greater skills lie behind the decks from where they have been lucky enough to see the world many times. Be it a party in Morocco put on by the king for 90,000 of his subjects, or an underground afters club in Amsterdam, the guys feel equally at home on the main stage at festivals as they do in the small sweaty basements of clubs. They pride themselves on their ability to walk the line between cool and crossover, underground and overground, not too serious but never silly. Fun with thought is how they like to think of their sound, leaning on their vast sample knowledge and knack for twisting the unusual out of the unexpected into something that makes sense as much for the heads as the masses.

Today, they return to the podcast this week. Listen to it below, on Mixcloud or iTunes here.

Sum up this podcast in 10 words…
VIBEY JACKIN SOUTH AMERICAN AFRO 80’S BOOTY HOUSE MUSIC

What’s your personal favourite track on it?
OUR NEW ONE EMERGENCY WITH TOMMY TRASH OBVIOUSLY

What’s the special ingredient in this mix?
NEARLY ALL THE SONGS ARE BY US OR OUR BUDDIES OR UPCOMING CLUB SWEAT RELEASES

Tell us about your next EP?
OUR NEXT EP IS A 2 TRACKER WITH DILLON NATHANIEL ON REPOPULATE MARS WHICH IF YOU LISTEN CAREFULLY, YOU MAY HEAR IN THIS MIX 

What have you got coming up?
LOTS OF SHOWS STARTING TO HAPPEN WHICH IS REALLY EXCITING. DAY TRIP IN LA ON 4TH OF JULY DEF ONE WE’RE EXCITED ABOUT.

And finally, do you have a special message for our readers?
Love everyone because everyone is doing the best they can.

Tracklist:

  1. Feeling A Vibe – Lubelski & Randy Ry
  2. Medicine – Jansons, Dope Earth Alien
  3. Emergency – Tommy Trash, Yolanda Be Cool
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  5. Pump Up The Jam (Nightfunk Remix) – Technotronic
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  7. Meloso – Jholeyson
  8. OG Chunker – Sally C
  9. Reap (Instrumental) – Marco Lys & Lee Cabrera
  10. The Beat – Frederick & Kusse
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  13. So Good (Yolanda Be Cool Remix) – Fred Falke, Zen Freeman, Ten Ven
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  15. Better Than This – John Summit and Parachute Youth
  16. El Ritmo – Disaia
  17. Dance and Chant (Mendo’s VIP Edit) – Yolanda Be Cool
  18. Let The Music Take Control – Waifs & Strays
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  20. Portal – Jansons, James Solace
  21. Africanation – Kenny Brian
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Grahame Farmer

Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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