Friday Mix-Up, Last Dance (for Now) Edition

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by Ricardo Gutierrez

Party People! I'm starting my day a bit late today. Last night was the party to celebrate the expansion of the studio. It was a packed house, some pics of the event: here.

I'm sad to say this will be the last regular weekly mix I can do for a while. The truth is that it takes a lot of work, between song selection, doing the mix and little studio touch-ups that I like to do to make the whole thing level consistent (though no edits); especially when dealing with songs from different eras. 

This has been a fun experience and I've appreciated all your comments and critiques, even if I haven't been able to respond to every single one. Also, big-ups to my man Ta-Nehisi for the lookout. Your drive is contagious and inspiring. I'm proud to be in your orbit.

Today's mix is totally dedicated to the type of music that Sam and I love to hear right before going out. That '80s-ish R&B really gets us in the mood to go out and party. And because this is the last one for a while I made it extra long. My one regret is that I didn't play "Cool It Now" long enough to hear the second rap verse, because I know everyone loves saying "Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, and Mike". My apologies.

Before I take off I'll show some quick pics of my new workspace, like the proud papa I am. I love the space and all my comrades in the studio complex. I look forward to many fun projects being done there.




Tracklisitng:

Who Do You Love - Bernard Wright
Fool's Paradise - Meli'sa Morgan
Hangin' On A String - Loose Ends
Wishing Well - Terence Trent D'Arby
Encore - Cheryl Lynn
Ain't Nobody - Rufus & Chaka Khan
Candy - Cameo
Never Too Much - Luther Vandross
Nights Over Egypt - The Jones Girls
Hot Music - Soho
Love Come Down - Evelyn "Champagne" King
Rock With You - Michael Jackson
Do It To The Music - Raw Silk
Square Biz - Teena Marie
Rhythm Of The Night - DeBarge
Cool It Now - New Edition
Jam On It - Newcleus
Midas Touch - Midnight Star






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