The Sixties Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour

For the 95th installment of Ambient DJs’ wedding cocktail hour series, Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, takes listeners on a musical journey back to the 1960s.  With his love of soul music and curiosity about hip hop samples from this decade, Mike has compiled a  feel good, nostalgic hour of music from artists including Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder and more.

For a signature drink, we’ve selected a cocktail recipe from our friends and wedding clients Kris and Wesley from the “How to Feed a Loon” culinary series; specifically the “Brown Derby” – a retro drink that mixes bourbon, grapefruit juice and honey. To view the recipe, click here.   Do check out the video and other recipes from www.howtofeedaloon.com – as this duo is entertaining and awesome!

Immediately after the playlist, listen to the tracks on the accompanying Spotify playlist.

The Sixties Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

  1. You Send Me – Aretha Franklin (1968)
  2. I’m Your Puppet – James & Bobby Purify (1966)
  3. Soulful Strut – Young-Holt Unlimited (1969)
  4. Wonderful World – Sam Cooke (1960)
  5. Bring it On Home to Me – Sam Cooke (1962)
  6. Tell it Like It Is – Aaron Neville (1966)
  7. That’s How Strong My Love Is – Otis Redding (1965)
  8. Then He Kissed Me – The Crystals (1963)
  9. What a Man – Linda Lyndell (1968)
  10. As Long as I’ve Got You – The Charmels (1967)
  11. La-La Means I Love You – The Delfonics (1968)
  12. Hey Love – Stevie Wonder (1966)
  13. Yes, I’m Ready – Barbara Mason (1965)
  14. Cross My Heart – Billy Stewart (1968)
  15. I’m So Proud – The Impressions (1964)
  16. Don’t Have to Shop Around – The Mad Lads (1965)
  17. It’s a Man’s, Man’s, Man’s World – James Brown (1966)
  18. Going in Circles – The Friends of Distinction (1969)
  19. Rescue Me – Fontella Bass (1965)
  20. Our Day Will Come – Fontella Bass (1963)
  21. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher – Jackie Wilson (1967)
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DJ Iron Mike – Musical Curator of the Sixties Soul Wedding Cocktail Hour

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings and servicing the New Jersey, New York City and eastern Pennsylvania.  To book DJ Iron Mike or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com   Ambient DJ is available for destination weddings.

To view our 2018 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 94 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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The Indian Electronic Lounge Wedding Cocktail Hour

For the 93rd installment in the wedding cocktail hour series, we’ve set our sites on the Far East and Mother India.  Our selected tracks capture the exotic and spiritual nature of nature of India, with instruments like the sitar and tabla featured in lush and rhythmic electronic presentations.  Representative artists include Thievery Corporation, Anoushka Shankar and Bahramji & Mashti.

For further exploration into this genre check out Tabla Beat Science, the Bombay Dub Orchestra, Karsh Kale, Niraj Chag, State of Bengal, Cheb i Sabbah and the Dhol Foundation.  Many of these artists have been remixed.  Other favorites of ours include the Buddha Bar series and Thievery Corporation’s “Versions” album comprised entirely of international remixes. Kingfisher_Beer_2

For a signature drink, we’ve selected India’s top beer, Kingfisher.  Introduced to India in 1978, this light and refreshing lager commands a 36% market share.

Immediately after the playlist, listen to the tracks on the accompanying Spotify playlist (not mixed) and on Mixcloud (mixed).

The Indian Electronic Lounge Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Gregg Ambient

  1. Leftorium (Ambient Mix) – Anil Chawla and Dale Anderson
  2. Satya Shivam Sundaram – Thievery Corporation f/ Gunjan
  3. Aaja Piya – Devika & Holmes Ives
  4. Sea Dreamer – Anoushka Shankar w/ Sting
  5. Lovers – Bahramji & Mashti
  6. My Life – Bahramji & Mashti
  7. Tangerine Thumri (Orange Turban Mix) – Prem Joshua
  8. Punjabi Prelude (Tap Your Feet Mix) – Al-Pha-X
  9. Pickels – Excursion
  10. Shiva Stone – Asha Puthlia and Bill Laswell
  11. Ladies’ Fingers – Deep Six
  12. Jaia Ganesha – The Dum Dum Project
  13. Katarajama – Red Buddha

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

Listen on Mixcloud (Mixed)

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About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings and servicing the New Jersey, New York City and eastern Pennsylvania.  To book DJ Gregg Ambient or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com   Ambient DJ is available for destination weddings.

To view our 2018 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 90 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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DJ Gregg Ambient’s Top 40 Song Countdown of 2017

Happy New Year party people!

Methodology – I am a mobile DJ based in Central New Jersey and spin in a variety of settings from weddings to bars/clubs.  I am particularly fond of electronic and international music.  The selected songs below incorporate all styles of music and tempos with the songs in the #25 – #40 slots representing some songs that were personally enjoyable to me, but that may not have charted well or been heavily requested.  The Top 25 songs of 2017 are highly correlated to requests and dance floor impact captured at my 200+ performances during the year.

Musical Trends –  It’s a an exciting era to to be a DJ with so much music available across a variety of mediums.  The increasing popularity of streaming services like Spotify has enabled me to easily explore and organize all of the music from across the globe that I could ever want.  One of my other favorite places to research music is in the car listening to commercial-free Sirius radio.  Currently my favorite channels are Venus (Rhythmic Pop) and Chill (Channel 53).  Is there a catchy song in your daily travels that you want to identify?  Of course, use the free app Shazam.

As previously identified by my colleague Mike Bacon (aka, DJ Iron Mike), euphoric EDM music faded from the musical scene in 2017 and was replaced by a demand for mid-tempo tropical house compositions or collaborations between electronic producers like Calvin Harris with rappers like Migos.  “Trap Rap” (aka “drug music”) remained immensely popular with artists like Future, Migos and Lil Uzi Vert, and exotic dancer turned rapper Cardi B blew up big time with her hit song “Bodak Yellow.”  Ed Sheeran had a great year with Shape of You, Galway Girl and several ballads.  The members of “One Direction” also achieved great acclaim as solo artists in 2017 with hits like “Slow Hands” (Niall Horan) “Sign of the Times” (Harry Styles) and “Strip That Down” (Liam Payne).  Latin music was big in the pop arena, with mega hits by J. Balvin (“Mi Gente”) and Luis Fonsi (“Despacito”).

As we look into 2018, DJs crave a musical breakthrough with a new sound – and hopefully one that is more upbeat and dance floor friendly than trap rap at its dreary 60 to 70 beats per minute tempo.

Check out the list below, and you can listen to the songs on the Spotify playlist embedded later in this blog.

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DJ Gregg’s Top 40 Countdown of 2017

40. Lights – Bobby Green f/ Whitney Philips (tropical house)

39. YES – Sam Feldt w/ Akon  (tropical house) * Love the warm happy feeling of this track and the synthesized Caribbean steel drums.

38. Strip That Down – Liam Payne w/ Quavo (R&B) * One Direction alumnus.

37. Call the Police – LCD Soundsystem (dance punk)

36. Perfect – Ed Sheeran (pop ballad) * The wedding ballad of Fall 2017 may become the wedding ballad of 2018!  A welcome development as wedding guests are tiring of Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”

35. Versace on the Floor – Bruno Mars (pop ballad) * Best suited for adult audiences.

34. Attention – Charlie Puth (pop) * I suggest using a remix to juice up the tempo and reduce some of the uncomfortable slowdowns in the original.

33. Sign of the Times – Harry Styles (pop) * One Direction alumnus

32. Body Like a Back Road – Sam Hunt (Country) – the top pop country hit of 2017!

31. Tennessee Whiskey – Chris Stapleton (Country) – while this bluesy cover version was released in 2015, the song’s full power has grown on me like a fine Tennessee whiskey.

30. Game of Thrones Theme (Armin Van Buuren Remix) – Ramin Djawadi (soundtracks/trance)  * “Winter is Coming” but this song can ignite dance floors.

29. New Rules – Dua Lipa (pop)  * part rap, part pop – Dua Lipa’s unique vocal delivery works.

28. Disco T*ts – Tove Lo (pop/electronic) * Definitely opt for the radio edited version of this Swedish star’s song when families are in the building.  For a good laugh, check out the music video.

27. Rockstar – Post Malone w/ 21 Savage (hip hop / R&B).  * 21 Savage’s deadpan rap delivery will grow on you with time.

26. I Feel It Coming – The Weeknd w/ Daft Punk (R&B) * One of the only songs to repeat from the 2016 playlist.  The Weeknd with Daft Punk is a divine collaboration.

25. It’s Everyday Bro – Jake Paul w/ Team 10 (YouTube Rap).  * This is an example of the type of track being requested by teen dance audiences.  Songs that may not be commercially available (although this one is).  This track logged 167 million YouTube views.

24. Passionfruit – Drake (R&B)  * DJs, be sure to edit out the false start to this song.

23. Dile Que Tu Me Quieres – Ozuna (Latin/Reggaeton)

22. Vente Pa’ Ca’ = Ricky Martin w/ Maluma (Latin)

21. Slow Hands – Niall Horan (pop) * One Direction alumnus.

20. Malibu (Lost Frequencies Remix) – Miley Cyrus (pop/electronic)

19. Sorry Not Sorry – Demi Lovato (pop)

18. Chantaje – Shakira w/ Maluma (Latin/Reggaeton)

17. Rollin – Calvin Harris w/ Future and Khalid (electronic / R&B)

16. Slide – Calvin Harris w/ Frank Ocean and Migos (electronic / R&B)

15. Unforgettable – French Montana w/ Swae Lee (Hip Hop / R&B)

14. Wild Thoughts – DJ Khaled w/ Rihanna and Bryson Tiller (R&B) * DJs, of course you’d want to mix this with “Maria Maria” by Santana.

13. Humble – Kendrick Lamar (hip hop)

12. Mask Off – Future (hip hop)  * The hypnotic flute and Future’s chants of popular street drug names will draw you in.

11. Redbone – Childish Gambino (R&B)  * Such a soulful track!  DJ Iron Mike suggests the “Nick Bike Edit” – check it out here

10. Feel It Still – Portugal. The Man (alternative rock)  * Portugal.  The Man, a band from Alaska, has been together since the early 2000s and finally scored big with this hit!

9. Havana – Camila Cabello w/ Young Thug (pop)

8. Can’t Stop the Feeling – Justin Timberlake (pop)  * Despite being released in 2016, the song’s presence and dance floor power remained strong in 2017.

7. Bad and Boujee – Migos f/ Lil Uzi Vert (hip hop).  * This song was massive in the first 4-5 months of 2017 but faded fast thereafter.  Lil’ Pump’s “Gucci Gang” (not included in this year’s countdown) could be 2018’s Bad and Boujee equivalent.

6. That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars (pop)  * This feel good sing-a-long by Mars is a great late night selection.

5. Mi Gente –  J. Balvin w/ Willy William (Latin/Reggaeton) * whether you opt for the original version or remix with Beyonce, this song’s intoxicating groove works on dance floors.

4. Bodak Yellow – Cardi B. (hip hop) * Cardi’s unique rap cadence and swagger made her an international superstar in 2017.

3. Shape of You – Ed Sheeran (pop) * A great party starter… for added percussion, we recommend DJ Cloak Dagger‘s Shape of You Moombahton Edit.

2. Despacito (remix) – Luis Fonsi w/ Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber (Latin/Reggaeton).  This massive global hit has scored 4.6 BILLION YouTube views just on the original version of the song alone.

1. 24K Magic – Bruno Mars (pop).  It’s my first ever repeat #1 song!  Released on November 18, 2016, I saw the power of this track early on.  As predicted, 24k became a massive dance floor success with the right energy to get guests moving and grooving.. “players, put yo pinky rings up to the moon!”

Worst Song of 2017“Everyday We Lit” – YFN Lucci f/ PnB Rock.  A childish, ridiculous song!  Runner-up would be “Get It Together” by Drake that bastardizes the original song “Superman” by Black Coffee.

Listen on Spotify

Take a listen to the Top 40 on the Spotify playlist below.

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About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company based in Central New Jersey and servicing the New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania and New York City markets.  For more information about DJ Gregg Ambient or any of our other talented music mixologists, vist us online at www.ambientdj.com 

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The Yacht Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour (Volume One)

For the 90th installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour playlist series, Mike Bacon, aka DJ Iron Mike, shares thirty of his favorite “yacht rock” cuts.  What is yacht rock?  According to Wikipedia,

“In the musical sense, yacht rock refers to the highly polished brand of soft rock that emanated from Southern California between 1976 and 1984. The term is meant to suggest the kind of smooth, mellow music that early yuppies likely enjoyed while sipping champagne and snorting cocaine on their yachts. Significant “yacht rockers” include Michael McDonald, Kenny Loggins, Christopher Cross, and Toto.”

In other words, yacht rock doesn’t necessarily involve nautical themes – although it can – it’s more a musical aesthetic.  Disclaimer:  for the playlist that follows, even though it is for a wedding, we’ve allowed a few songs with bittersweet themes.  Our thinking is that having an authentically feeling yacht rock playlist is more important than maintaining an air of perfect romance.Sex_on_Beach_Project_Cocktail

For a signature drink, Mike has selected “Sex on the Beach” – a nod to the decadence of the yacht rock era.  Learn how to mix one by clicking here.

Immediately after the playlist, listen to Mike’s selected songs on a special Spotify playlist.

The Yacht Rock Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

  1. Ride Like the Wind – Christopher Cross
  2. What a Fool Believes – The Doobie Brothers
  3. He’s So Shy – The Pointer Sisters
  4. How Much I Feel – Ambrosia
  5. One on One – Hall & Oates
  6. Southern Cross – Crosby, Stills & Nash
  7. Back in the High Life Again – Steve Winwood
  8. Cool Change – Little River Band
  9. Vahevala –  Loggins & Messina
  10. This is It – Kenny Loggins
  11. I.G.Y. – Donald Fagen
  12. Key Largo – Bertie Higgins
  13. Waiting for Your Love – Toto
  14. Chuck E’s in Love – Rickie Lee Jones
  15. JoJo – Boz Scaggs
  16. Love X Love – George Benson
  17. You are the Woman – Firefall
  18. Baby Come Back – Player
  19. Everywhere – Fleetwood Mac
  20. Tin Man – America
  21. Moonlight Feels Right – Starbuck
  22. Into the Night – Benny Mardones
  23. My Flame – Bobby Caldwell
  24. We’re In this Love Together – Al Jarreau
  25. The Girl is Mine – Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
  26. You Can’t Change That – Ray Parker Jr.
  27. I Just Wanna Stop – Gino Vanelli
  28. Lotta Love – Nicolette Larson
  29. If I Saw You Again – Pages
  30. All Right – Christopher Cross

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Iron Mike or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com   Ambient DJ is available for destination weddings.

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 89 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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New Summer Mix 2017 by Ambient DJs

To celebrate the ongoing summer season, Ambient DJ Service has release a summer mixtape.  Titled “Hot Summer 2017” and compiled and mixed by DJ Gregg Ambient, the one hour mix is open format, fusing a range of musical genres.

The mix starts with stone cold classics by Kool & the Gang and Roy Ayers, before dropping a sultry bootleg rework of Sade’s “Love You More” from the Noc Boots record label run by DJ Cloak Dagger.  Then, onto the moody Lost Frequencies remix of Miley Cyrus’ “Malibu” and a recent electronic offering from Kaskade.  Calvin Harris’ tropical house/hip hop fusion offerings have been a huge innovation of 2017 – and we highlight two of his tracks “Rollin” and “Holiday.”

From here, Santana’s “Maria, Maria” gets mixed into DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts,” and from here the dance beats kicks in nicely, starting with DJ Cloak Dagger and his moombahton edit of Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” followed by journeys into Latin music, reggae and pop. The set concludes with Luis Fonsi’s smash hit “Despacito.”

The mix can be enjoyed for free on Mixcloud via the player below.  Enjoy the rest of your summer party people!  To learn more about Ambient DJ Service, visit us online at www.ambientdj.com.

The Retro Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

For the 89th installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour playlist series, DJ Nick Kaminski submits a retro playlist that lingers primarily in the 70s and 80s.  In addition to being a talented wedding DJ, Nick is an exceptional musician as both a vocalist and pianist.  It’s no surprise that his picks include many great vocal performances by the likes of Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Barry White and the Carpenters.

To best enjoy the music, Nick recommends the Pear Barbotage (Champagne, Pear Brandy and St. Germain).   St. Germain is a liqueur created in the French artisinal manner that utilizes freshly picked elderflower blossoms.Pear_Barbotage

Immediately after the playlist, listen to Nick’s selected songs on a special Spotify playlist.

The Retro Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Nick Kaminski

  1. True – Spandau Ballet
  2. Lady in Red – Chris de Burgh
  3. I Just Called to Say I Love You – Stevie Wonder
  4. Everybody Wants to Rule the World – Tears for Fears
  5. Hold Me Now – Thompson Twins
  6. Sacrifice – Elton John
  7. Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
  8. Suddenly – Olivia Newton-John
  9. You are the Sunshine of My Life – Stevie Wonder
  10. Too Much Heaven – Bee Gees
  11. Just the Way You Are – Barry White
  12. (They Long to Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
  13. More than Words – Extreme
  14. Leave a Tender Moment Alone – Billy Joel

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Nick or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 88 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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The DJ’s Choice Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

For the 88th installment of the Ambient DJ wedding cocktail hour playlist series, we turn to one of our company’s star performers Mike Bacon, aka “DJ Iron Mike.”  Mike was recently married and for cocktail hour provided his DJ a melange of classic soul, 70s soft rock, 80s, 90s, R&B and contemporary selections.   Mike’s actual set list is shown below, and he clearly dug deeper musically than the average groom.Hazelnut_Brown_Nectar_Rogue

For an accompanying signature drink, Mike has selected his favorite craft beer, Hazelnut Brown Nectar by Oregon-based Rogue brewery.

Immediately after the playlist, listen to Mike’s selected songs on a special Spotify playlist.

The DJ’s Choice Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Iron Mike

  1. Here I Am (Come and Take Me) – Al Green
  2. Just One Look – Doris Troy
  3. (You) Got What I Need – Freddie Scott
  4. Gimme Little Sign – Brenton Wood
  5. You Can Never Tell – Chuck Berry
  6. Head Over Heels – Tears for Fears
  7. When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – Billy Ocean
  8. Every Heartbeat – Amy Grant
  9. Lovefool – The Cardigans
  10. I Love You Always Forever – Donna Lewis
  11. The Longest Time – Billy Joel
  12. Every Little Thing I Do – Soul 4 Real
  13. Dreamlover – Mariah Carey
  14. Higher Love – Steve Winwood
  15. Borderline – Madonna
  16. The Game of Love – Santana f/ Michelle Branch
  17. I’d Really Love to See You Tonight – England Dan and John Ford Coley
  18. Send My Love / Send One Your Love – Born Jamericans
  19. Shy Guy – Diana King
  20. Hymn for the Weekend (Seeb Remix) – Coldplay
  21. All Day All Night – Moon Taxi
  22. Thunder Clatter – Wild Cub
  23. Walking on a Dream – Empire of the Sun
  24. Electric Feel – MGMT
  25. Show Me Love – Robyn
  26. Bring it All to Me – Blaque, ‘N Sync

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

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DJ Iron Mike

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Iron Mike or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 86 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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The Indie Folk Wedding Cocktail Hour Playlist

For our 87th installment in the Wedding Cocktail Hour series, our Martin Valcin (aka DJ Marti Gras) has compiled a playlist of primarily indie folk selections, with a touch of wedding friendly pop music for good measure.  Representative artists include Ingrid Michaelson, Mazzy Star, Regina Spektor, Vampire Weekend and the Decemberists.  Pink_Lemonade_Hippie

For an accompanying signature drink, Martin has selected a “Hippie Juice Cocktail” served up in a Mason jar.  View the drink recipe by clicking here.

The Indie Folk Wedding Cocktail Hour – Compiled by DJ Marti Gras

  1. Fade Into You – Mazzy Star
  2. Central Reservation – Beth Orton
  3. Love Song – 311
  4. She Treats Me Well – Ben Howard
  5. Shiny – The Decemberists
  6. Us – Regina Spektor
  7. The Way I Am – Ingrid Michaelson
  8. New Soul – Yael Naim
  9. Stuck on You – Meiko
  10. I Choose You – Sara Bareilles
  11. I Do – Colbie Caillat
  12. Kiss Me – Sixpence None the Richer
  13. I’ll Be Your Man – The Black Keys
  14. Home – Phillip Phillips
  15. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  16. White Sky – Vampire Weekend
  17. Just Like Heaven – The Cure
  18. Closer – Tegan and Sara

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

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DJ Marti Gras

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company  specializing in weddings.   To book DJ Marti Gras or one of our other DJ mixologists for your wedding or other celebration, connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 86 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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A Fine Day to Say “I Do” Wedding Cocktail Hour

Ambient DJ is thrilled to showcase a new playlist and mix by the super-talented DJ Linda Leigh who joined our wedding team in 2016.  A native of Philadelphia, Linda Leigh is a DJ/Musical Curator who has performed in a variety of settings – including raves, lounges, retail stores, forests, radio (FCC license), clubs, rooftops, coffee houses and art exhibits.

The Fine Day to Say “I Do” Cocktail Hour features electronic sounds, including remixes of R&B and 60s classics.  Standout selections include Bill Withers’ “Lovely Day” Sunshine Remix and Peter Zohdy’s deft rework of the Turtles’ “You Showed Me.”
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For an accompanying signature drink, Linda has selected an Aperol Spritz.  As per Linda, “this cocktail is perfect for your guests to imbibe at the start of a celebration!  Aperol is an Italian aperitif with a relatively low alcohol content and a refreshing flavor profile.  The recipe features 3 parts prosecco, 2 parts Aperol, 1 part soda water and an orange slice.

Immediately below the playlist, listen to Linda’s continous mix on Mixcloud.  Below that, enjoy the music unmixed on Spotify.  Catch Linda’s live DJ sets each Sunday Night at the trendy Trenton Social where she trades sets with another Ambient DJ Music Mixologist, DJ Dre Ovalle.  In this editor’s humble opinion, Sunday Night Social is the top musical offering in Central New Jersey for those with a taste for  underground electronic music.

The Fine Day to Say “I Do” Wedding Cocktail Hour  – Compiled and Mixed by DJ Linda Leigh

  1. Feel Like I Do – Disclosure f/ Al Green
  2. Lovely Day (Sunshine Mix) – Bill Withers
  3. You Showed Me (Peter Zohdy Botox Edit) – The Turtles
  4. Whatever it Takes (Joey Negro Destination Boogie Dub) – The Turtles
  5. Love – Manuel Palmitesta
  6. Weltareh (Freeform Five & Kevin Mckay Reform) – Freeform Five f/ Juldeh Camara
  7. Wonderful Life (MSK Remix) – Black
  8. So Good to Me – Chris Malinchak
  9. Rhythm and Love – Jonny Bee
  10. Sonnentanz (Kellerkind Remix) – Klangkarussell
  11. Fine Day featuring Anita Briem – Henri

Listen on Mixcloud

To experience the wonderful musicality and transitions of Linda’s mix – visit:

Listen on Spotify (Unmixed)

Note: One of Linda’s selections was not available on Spotify, and for several others the  selected remix was not available.  In this case, we substituted the remix with the original track.

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Catch Linda’s live sets every Sunday Night from 6 PM to Close at Trenton Social

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is an award-winning mobile DJ entertainment company specializing in weddings and based in Central NJ.   Connect with us online at www.ambientdj.com

To view our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class that contains links to our other 83 themed cocktail hour playlists, click here

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Wedding Log – Jen & Moses, Woman’s Club of Ridgewood

Ambient DJ Service recently had the pleasure of providing wedding DJ entertainment for Jen and Moses at the Woman’s Club of Ridgewood in northern New Jersey.  For this Winter wedding, the weather was cool and crisp but with no snow in sight.

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How They Found Us – the groom took the lead on booking a DJ and actually learned about Ambient DJ Service on Yelp where he read some of our reviews.  Yelp is becoming an increasingly relevant review site for weddings in New Jersey.  Moses holds a doctorate and works as a psychologist, while Jen works in the healthcare field.

Their Package – This friendly, music-loving couple opted for our Radiance Package plus some enhanced uplighting to highlight the architectural features of the beautiful ballroom at the Ridgewood Woman’s Club.  The couple exercised an option to rent the entire facility, thus allowing guests access to the board room and upstairs gallery.  Gregg Hollmann, aka DJ Gregg Ambient, served as DJ and Emcee, and carefully prepared an international playlist that included salsa, merengue, bachata, dancehall reggae, Filipino line dances, R&B and modern dance fare.  Regarding the uplighting, we used wireless intelligent uplighting that has two primary advantages: 1) no unsightly wires or trip hazards, and 2) the lights can change color at the press of a button, presenting a variety of colors for the wedding photos.  Jen and Moses requested a neutral white color for their first dance and the early part of the reception.

The Party – Special Dances and Key Songs

Seeking a streamlined wedding reception with more of a party feel than formal affair, Jen and Moses nixed some of the normal formal dances for a wedding.  Their first dance was “Vivir Mi Vida” by Marc Anthony.  Later, they cut the cake to Marvin Gaye’s “How Sweet it Is (To Be Loved by You) and closed out the evening with “For Your Precious Love” by Jerry Butler.

Tracks that were enjoyed on the dance floor included:

  • September – Earth, Wind & Fire
  • The Cupid Shuffle – Cupid
  • Scenario –  A Tribe Called Quest

 

Unique Features – one unique feature of this celebration was the international menu with numerous Filipino entrees, including lechon (roast baby pig).

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Lechon

We really enjoyed working with this fun and generous couple.  Thank you Jen and Moses!

About Ambient DJ Service

Ambient DJ Service is a New Jersey-based wedding DJ entertainment specialist and Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame winner.  Past satisfied couples have complimented our detailed planning, attentive customer service, multicultural approach, affordable packages and exciting options.  To learn more about Ambient DJ Service, visit www.ambientdj.com.

Need ideas on wedding music?  Check out our 2017 Wedding Music Master Class at https://ambientdj.wordpress.com/2017/01/25/the-wedding-music-master-class-2017-edition/

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