Hot Summer 2016 Playlist by DJ Gregg Ambient

July 2016 here in our company’s headquarters of Central New Jersey has literally been steaming hot with daily temperatures averaging 95 degrees.  In this blog, Ambient DJ founder Gregg Hollmann (aka DJ Gregg Ambient) shares his top songs of Hot Summer 2016.

Gregg’s selections span pop, electronic, hip hop, Latin, deep house, soca and a Guns N’ Roses throwback (they are currently on tour).   We also debut a new feature in this blog – a suggested “DO NOT PLAY” track!  Immediately below the playlist is a link where you can listen to the playlist (unmixed) on Spotify.  Enjoy and please comment with your own favorite songs of Summer 2016!

Hot Summer 2016 Playlist – by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Feel Like I Do – Disclosure f/ Al Green (this track is perfect for a wedding or wedding cocktail hour combining a classic soul track over a house beat)
  2. In Common (Kaskade Remix) – Alicia Keys (note: for a deep house treatment, try the Black Coffee remix. Both remixes are included on the Spotify playlist)
  3. This Girl (Kungs Vs. Cookin’ on 3 Burners) – Kungs
  4. Ginza – J Balvin
  5. Bailar – Deorro f/ Elvis Crespo (this track is an interesting fusion of merengue and EDM and would make a great transition track for mixing)
  6. Crash – Usher
  7. Cold Water – Major Lazer w/Justin Bieber
  8. Into You – Ariana Grande
  9. Toothbrush – DNCE
  10. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake
  11. Gyal You a Party Animal – Charly Black
  12. All the Way Up – Fat Joe w/ Remy Ma and French Montana
  13. Don’t Mind – Kent Jones
  14. Me Too – Meghan Trainor (this track has a popping coffee machine… it was meant to be mixed with “The Perculator”)
  15. My Boo – Ghosttown DJs (the ‘running man challenge’ song!)
  16. Panda – Desiigner
  17. One Dance – Drake w/ Wizkid and Kyla
  18. Cheap Thrills (Le Youth Remix) – Sia
  19. BOSS – Disclosure
  20. Acceptable in the 80’s – Calvin Harris
  21. Take Me There – Cloak Dagger f/ Basement Love (note: this track was produced by one of our DJ music mixologists Cloak Dagger) – you can listen and enjoy a free download of this track on Cloak’s Soundcloud page by clicking here.
  22. Sambal – Aeroplane and Purple Disco Machine
  23. Someone Who Needs Me (Kryder Remix) – Bob Sinclar
  24. Hot Summer Nights – David Tavare
  25. Welcome to the Jungle – Guns N’ Roses (throwback)
  • BONUS TRACK – Perfect Strangers – Jonas Blue f/ JP Cooper

DO NOT PLAY – Track of the Season

  • M.I.L.F.$ – Fergie (this song will not be as long lasting  or satisfying as Kelis’ Milkshake!).  Listen at http://youtu.be/bsUWK-fixiA

Listen on Spotify

Mix of the Season

Enjoy a hot reggae mix by Gregg  featuring dancehall classics, the Penthouse riddim and mellow vibes on the Mixcloud player below:

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The 90s R&B Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, returns to our blog with a new cocktail hour playlist focused on 1990s R&B.  Mike experienced these tracks firsthand as an aspiring DJ during his teenage years.  He was so enthusiastic about this genre, that he selected two hours of music!

For a signature drink, Iron Mike has selected an espresso martini.  To view a recipe for this cocktail featuring espresso and vodka, click here.

Immediately following the playlist, enjoy an accompanying Spotify playlist (unmixed) plus a more party-oriented 90s R&B mix containing many of the tracks listed below.  Also, stay tuned for Mike’s upcoming 2000s R&B playlist.

The 90s R&B Cocktail Hour Playlist – by DJ Iron Mike

1. Right Here (Human Nature Mix) – SWV
2. Candy Rain – Soul 4 Real
3. Baby – Brandy
4. Love No Limit (remix) – Mary J. Blige
5. Tell Me – Groove Theory
6. Lady – D’Angelo
7. Kissin’ You – Total
8. It Never Rains in Southern California – Tony Toni Tone’
9. Don’t Wanna Be a Player – Joe
10. Come & Talk to Me (rmx) – Jodeci
11. DreamLover – Mariah Carey
12. Think of You – Usher
13. Hooked on You – Silk
14. The Things You Do – Gina Thompson f/ Missy Elliot
15. You’re Makin’ Me High – Toni Braxton
16. I’m So Into You – Tamia
17. Can We Talk – Tevin Campbell
18. I Like The Way (The Kissing Game) – Hi-Five
19. Request Line – Zhane
20. All 4 Love – Color Me Badd
21. I Love Your Smile – Shanice
22. Matrimony: Maybe You – Maxwell
23. Slow Dance – Public Announcement/ R. Kelly
24. Someone to Love – Jon B. w/ Babyface
25. One in a Million – Aaliyah
26. Sweet Lady – Tyrese
27. I Belong to You – Rome
28. A Girl Like You – Kevon Edmonds
29. Happily Ever After – Case

The Music

For More Info

To learn more about the DJ services of DJ Iron Mike for your wedding, corporate event or teen dance party, visit us online at www.ambientdj.com.  Ambient DJ Service, “Keeping New Jersey in the Mix!”

The 60s Gold Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

While the 1960s pre-date the age of all of our music mixologists, we appreciate the high quality and happy nature of this musical decade.  The idea for this playlist was spawned while performing at a house party over this past weekend and learning that the wife of Micky Dolenz (of the Monkees) was in attendance.  Of course, Micky is a legend in the family, and the guests hit the dance floor hard when I played several Monkees tracks.  It was a wonderful moment!

The following playlist contains some of our favorite tracks and artists from the 1960s, and is sure to set a happy tone for your wedding cocktail hour!  Can you guess which song from the 21 selections below was not recorded in the 60s, but has a distinctly 60s sound?

Our selected signature drink is “The Zombie” in a nod to one of the musical artists on the playlist.  To learn more about this potent libation, click here.

Immediately below the playlist, you can listen to all tracks on our Spotify channel by clicking on the player.

The 60s Gold Cocktail Hour Playlist – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Time of the Season – The Zombies
  2. California Dreamin’ – The Mamas and the Papas
  3. Happy Together – The Turtles
  4. Wouldn’t It Be Nice – The Beach Boys
  5. Do You Believe in Magic – The Lovin’ Spoonful
  6. Up, Up and Away – The 5th Dimension
  7. Joy to the World – Three Dog Night
  8. I Got You Babe – Sonny & Cher
  9. Oh, Pretty Woman – Roy Orbison
  10. She Makes Me Laugh – The Monkees
  11. Chapel of Love – The Dixie Cups
  12. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
  13. More Today Than Yesterday – The Spiral Starecase
  14. Mrs. Robinson – Simon & Garfunkel
  15. Hooked on a Feeling – B.J. Thomas
  16. The House of the Rising Sun – The Animals
  17. Magic Carpet Ride – Steppenwolf
  18. Spooky – Classics IV
  19. All You Need Is L0ve – The Beatles
  20. For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
  21. Somebody to Love -Jefferson Airplane

For More Info

For more information about the NJ wedding and event services of Ambient DJ Service, visit us online at www.ambientdj.com.

 

 

A Mid-Summer’s Night Playlist – by DJ Iron Mike

We’re nearly a month into Summer 2016.  Our resident music selecta Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike checks in with thirty of his top dancefloor selections.  Mike submits this playlist just a day after grinding out a 7 hour set at the bacon lover’s paradise known as “Baconfest”!

Be sure to check out the Spotify playlist containing these tracks immediately below the playlist.  For the Spotify playlist, in some cases, the original tracks were used in lieu of Mike’s preferred remix due to lack of availability.

A Mid-Summer’s Night Playlist – by DJ Iron Mike

1. One Dance – Drake f/ Wizkid & Kyla
2. This Girl – Kungs vs. Cooks on 3 Burners
3. Can’t Stop the Feeling! -Justin Timberlake
4. Controlla – Drake
5. Don’t Let Me Down (Dom Da Bomb & Electric Bodega Remix) – Chainsmokers f/ Daya
6. Panda – Desiigner
7. Too Good – Drake f/ Rihanna
8. My Boo – Ghosttown DJs
9. Cheap Thrills – Sia f/ Sean Paul
10. Don’t Mind – Kent Jones
11. All The Way Up (rmx) – Fat Joe & Remy Ma f/ Jay-Z & French Montana
12. Work – Rihanna f/ Drake
13. Luv – Tory Lanez
14. Needed Me – Rihanna
15. Never Forget You – Zara Larsson/ MNEK
16. Hasta El Amanecer (rmx) – Nicky Jam f/ Daddy Yankee
17. Exchange – Bryson Tiller
18. This is What You Came For (Danny Dove rmx) – Calvin Harris f/ Rihanna
19. All in My Head (Flex) – Fifth Harmony f/ Fetty Wap
20. Light it Up – Major Lazer f/ Nyla
21. Bruk Off Ya Back – Konshens
22. For Free – DJ Khaled f/ Drake
23. Oui (rmx) – Jeremih f/ Jadakiss & Nino Ma
24. Be Alright – Ariana Grande
25. Sorry – Beyonce
26. I Got The Keys – DJ Khaled f/ Jay-Z & Future
27. Me Too – Meghan Trainor
28. Gold (J Farell rmx)- Kiiara
29. Happy Birthday – Kygo f/ John Legend
30. Work From Home – Fifth Harmony f/ Ty Dolla $ign
For more information about Ambient DJ Service or to book Iron Mike for your next soiree, visit www.ambientdj.com.  Ambient DJ Service, “Keeping New Jersey in the Mix!”

 

 

 

 

The Vineyard Vibes Wedding Cocktail Hour

Pack a picnic lunch and your favorite bottle of wine and enjoy this new cocktail hour playlist compiled by Ambient DJs!

True to form, our DJ Gregg Ambient has selected favorites from the jazz, electronic, bossa nova and R&B spheres.  Representative artists include Miles Davis, Jose James, Roy Ayers, George Benson, Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Smokey Robinson and Stevie Wonder.  The playlist also includes a new Disclosure remix of Al Green’s “Feel Like I Do.”

For a signature drink, Gregg has selected a bottle of Chardonnay.  If you can find it, try a bottle of the 2012 St. Eden Vineyards Chardonnay produced in the Santa Cruz Mountains of California – the vintage was rated 95 out of 100 by Wine Spectator Magazine.

To enjoy the playlist (unmixed) on Spotify, click here.  Cheers!

The Vineyard Vibes Wedding Cocktail Hour

  1. Stella By Starlight – Miles Davis
  2. Everybody Loves the Sunshine – Jose James & Takuya Kuroda
  3. Liquid Love – Roy Ayers
  4. Cantaloupe Island – Herbie Hancock
  5. Song for My Father – George Benson
  6. St. Thomas – Sonny Rollins
  7. Bossa (Canto G Bossa) – Stanley Turrentine & Herbie Hancock
  8. Chitlins Con Carne – Kenny Burrell
  9. Bossa Nova U.S.A. – Dave Brubeck
  10. Postales – Federico Aubele
  11. Santa Maria (Del Buen Ayre) – Gotan Project
  12. Cascades of Colour – Ananda Project
  13. Cruisin’ – Smokey Robinson
  14. As – Stevie Wonder
  15. Feel Like I Do – Disclosure w/ Al Green
  16. River Song (Grant Nelson Remix) – Bebel Gilberto

For more information about Ambient DJ Service, visit us online at www.ambientdj.com

Interview with DJ Cloak Dagger (Luke Rizzo)

In 2015,  Ambient DJ Service was thrilled to welcome Luke Rizzo aka “DJ Cloak Dagger” to our roster of DJ music mixologists.  When not appearing at trendy hotel bars in Manhattan, Luke is available for private events through Ambient DJs including weddings, corporate events and in-store appearances.  Luke is not your average DJ – he is a seamless music mixer, he produces his own music, and even runs an ascending record label named “Noc Boots.”  His music possesses a distinct vibe that touches musical souls.  To experience the signature deep, soulful and sexy DJ Cloak Dagger sound, check out the mix found immediately after our interview questions.

We recently caught up with DJ Cloak Dagger to learn more about his background and musical approach.

When did you first become interested in music and the DJ craft?  Were you always musically inclined? 

Music has been an integral part of my being since birth. I grew up in a house surrounded by music and creativity. Being the youngest of four I was fortunate enough to be exposed to a vast array of genres from a young age. In the late 80’s and early 90’s my sister would pump a lot of New Wave, Brit Pop, Industrial, Disco and House music. My brothers were more into Metal, Hardcore, Hip Hop, Jazz, Fusion, Folk and Rock. My mother was a Belly Dance teacher. She utilized our living room as her dance studio and would let me drop the needle on these amazing sitar and tabla laced vinyls out of India for her students. Of course being the “baby” of the family nobody wanted to play with me. When my siblings would all go out with their friends, I would sneak into their rooms and sift through all of their cassettes making mix tapes of my own before they returned home. The art of digging, compiling music and recognizing what I thought sounded great together was no doubt my very first steps into what I do today.

Tell us the story of how you named yourself DJ Cloak Dagger. Do you DJ / produce under any other names?

Cloak Dagger was something I came up with back in 2009 as an artist moniker. Cloak AND Dagger means espionage. I thought removing the AND and just keeping it Cloak Dagger sounded interesting and enigmatic. I released an EP back in 2006 as Pony Boy Curtis and played a few DJ sets under that name opening for a lot of post New Wave and Indie bands at the time like Jupiter One, The Finals and Hello Eden. I also produce a cultural networking, art and live music exhibition entitled MAE that I founded back in 2008.

Tell us more about your artistic approach as both a DJ and Producer. Who are your musical influences?

I try not to limit myself. Neither as a DJ or a producer. I think my music and my catalog reflects that. I constantly keep an open mind. As a DJ I genuinely love playing to different crowds mixing an array of genres, being challenged and learning something new each time. Creating a positive energy for the room that we can share, celebrate and rejoice in is the ultimate goal. I approach the studio in the same way, only it’s more personal. As artists, we create in order to tap into a part of our souls that needs to be unleashed.

My influences run pretty deep, but it starts with Lonnie Liston Smith, George Benson, Fela Kuti, Pat Metheny, Hector Lavoe, Steve Tibbetts, Gregory Isaacs, Evelyn Champagne King…. spanning to A Tribe Called Quest, Ben Harper, Mos Def, Common, Mr. Fingers, Mark Farina, DJ Premier, J Dilla, Kenny Dope, DJ Muggs, Maxwell, Sade, El General, Bjork, Thievery Corporation and a lot of contemporaries like Kartell, FKJ, Vanilla, Andras Fox, HNNY, Robosonic, Sandy Rivera, Pomo, Oliver Nelson, Late Nite Tuff Guy…..I could go on and on….

Tell us the story of the Noc Boots record label.

Sure, I created the Noc Boots series in 2014 as platform for DJs, producers and fans within the underground rework, edit and bootleg recording world. The sound is deep, soulful and always sexy. Noc is short for Nocturnes (taken from a short lived Itunes podcast I had running) and Boots is abbreviated from bootleg recordings. It’s also a play on words from the 90’s phrase “Knocking Boots” which appropriately fits the Noc Boots sound. We just celebrated our 5th release. The series features releases from Ash Reynolds (UK), Rocco Raimundo (AUS), P SOL (NYC), Brother in Arms (SF), Basement Love (CAN), DJ Steef (FRA) to name a few – and you can find our releases at our official store at NocBoots.Bandcamp.com as well as Juno Download.

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Where can fans catch your live sets?

You can catch me every Friday from 6-9 at my residency in the Living Room of the W Hotel in Times Square.

I heard that you recently DJ’d a Silent Disco Party. Tell us about that experience.

Incredible, 500 people singing, dancing and bouncing to 3 different DJs. We were on the rooftop of Stage 48 in Hell’s Kitchen and the floor was shaking beneath my feet. The energy was outrageous. With headphones on the crowd, they are  totally tapped into the DJ – more so than maybe a traditional setting. No cell phones, little conversation, just music and dancing. It was great.

Is there any particular party that stands out in your career?

My favorite party to play in NYC is the TOCA parties at Cielo. It’s a tribal themed house party that’s truly indicative of old school NYC nightlife. Each party has a different motif, patrons come in costume, the energy is contagious and of course Cielo’s sound system and sunken dance floor makes it my favorite club to play in the big city!

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Are you working on any new and interesting projects?

Yes, I have two overseas releases for my track “Ale’ Sofi” which got an amazing remix from my friend Captain Planet. It was recently selected by Buddha Bar founder Claude Challe to be released on his latest Select 9: Music For Our Friends series coming out in July out of France and it also just saw a release last week on Timewarp Music’s latest compilation Bamboola Boogie out of Greece.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love being with my wife and daughter. Spending sunny days in Central Park and always keeping my ear out for new exciting music and artists.

Is there any track that never leaves your record crate?

Man, Tough question, there are so many! Late Nite Tuff Guy’s edit of “The Man Who Loves You” is a strong candidate. It works over every crowd and is a great dance floor ice breaker. I’ve probably played it 1,000 times over the years.

Where can fans connect with you online? 

Sure, I regularly post my appearance dates and music projects on Social Media.  You can connect with me at:

@cloakdaggernyc on Facebook, Soundcloud and Instagram

Thanks for having me!

Thank you Cloak! For all of you interested in booking DJ Cloak Dagger for your private event, connect with us at www.ambientdj.com (note: Luke is highly versatile and DJs all musical genres, tailoring the music to fit your unique celebration).

Before concluding this article, we’d like to share our own personal favorite DJ Cloak Dagger mix.  Skip the therapist’s couch and let go with this delightful one hour set!

 

The Fourth of July Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

Americans love celebrating the birth of our country.  With patriotism running high and the long holiday weekend, it’s no wonder that 4th of July weekend weddings are so much fun!  The following cocktail hour playlist prepared by our DJ Gregg Ambient includes patriotic anthems, songs about freedom and revolution, and feel good classic rock Americana.

For a signature drink, Gregg has selected a cold bottle of Budweiser beer whose bottle is adorned in red, white and blue.

You can list to the playlist on Spotify unmixed at https://open.spotify.com/user/gregg_ambientdjs/playlist/681gGl05dUk88adMg5P4b1

In the mood to dance around the BBQ pit today?  Then enjoy our new continuous 4th of July party mix shown immediately below the cocktail hour playlist.

Enjoy the music, and God Bless America!

The Fourth of July Wedding Cocktail Hour

  1. The Star Spangled Banner (live from Woodstock) – Jimi Hendrix
  2. The Stars and Stripes Forever – US Marine Band
  3. America the Beautiful – Ray Charles
  4. Pink Houses – John Cougar Mellencamp
  5. Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World – Pearl Jam and Neil Young
  6. R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. – John Cougar Mellencamp
  7. Born Free – Kid Rock
  8. Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue – Toby Keith
  9. Firecracker – Josh Turner
  10. Chicken Fried – Zac Brown Band
  11. Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
  12. Sweet Home Alabama – Lynrd Skynyrd
  13. God Bless America – LeAnn Rimes
  14. God Bless the USA – Lee Greenwood
  15. The Unknown Soldier – The Doors
  16. Freedom ’90 – George Michael
  17. I’m on Fire – Bruce Springsteen
  18. American Girl – Tom Petty
  19. Firework – Katy Perry
  20. American Pie – Don McLean