Get ready to jack. Chicago house saviour Cajmere and his flamboyant alter ego Green Velvet battle it out on the latest Sessions mix for Ministry of Sound.
Get ready to jack. Chicago's Cajmere and his flamboyant alter ego Green Velvet battle it out on the latest Sessions mix for Ministry of Sound released in November.
Curtis Jones aka Cajmere and Green Velvet is one of the true greats of Chicago house. In the nineties, his label Cajual was pivotal in the Chicago house renaissance exemplified by the Cajmere single 'Brighter Days' with vocalist Dajae. Jones later formed the sub-label Relief to showcase his flambuoyant alter ego Green Velvet, said to be inspired by Prince and Kraftwerk. As Green Velvet he produced house and techno with quirky spoken word vocals such as 'Preacher Man', 'Flash' and 'Answering Machine'. His second Green Velvet album is best known for the single 'La la land' - a tribute to the wonders of ecstasy - while the current third album has produced the catchy single 'Shake and Pop'.
On Disc 1 of the Sessions compilation, Cajmere steps up to the decks to provide a mix that combines classic jackin' beats and soulful vocals with remixes from Ferrer & Sydenham, James Holden and Switch. On the second disc, Jones spikes up his neon green mohawk and delivers a darker, tougher mix as Green Velvet with cuts from Soulwax and Fedde Le Grand. It also includes the classic Armand Van Helden mix of Sneaker Pimps' 'Spin Spin Sugar'. Cajmere and Green Velvet productions feature heavily on both CDs.
Cajmere vs Green Velvet Sessions Tracklist
CD 1 - Cajmere
1. Cajmere Feat. Dajae - Say U Will
2. Old Man Groan - Jovonn (Keyz Remix)
3. André Kraml Feat. Schad Privat - Safari (James Holden Remix)
4. Cajmere Feat. Dajae - Brighter Days (Underground Goodie Mix)
5. Copyright Feat. Song Williamson - He Is (Ferrer & Sydenham Inc Vox Mix)
6. Trouble Men - Crowd Control
7. Cajmere Feat. Dajae - I Need U (Mark Grant Remix)
8. Africanism Feat. Jeff Kellner - Ju Ju Beat
9. Chab Feat. JD Davis - Closer To Me
10. DJ Gregory - S2
11. Green Velvet Feat. Walter Phillips - Shake & Pop
12. Playgroup Feat. KC Flightt - Front 2 Back- Remixes (Switch Remix)
13. Cajmere Feat. Walter Phillips - Midnight
14. Mark Grant Feat. Russoul - There For Me (Soul Bounce Vocal)
15. Green Velvet Feat. Jamie Principle - Choice
CD 2 - Green Velvet
1. DJ Pierre & Green Velvet - AcidTraxx 2
2. Green Velvet - Flash
3. Soulwax - Accidents & Compliments
4. Sneaker Pimps - Spin Spin Sugar (Armand Van Helden Mix)
5. Green Velvet - War On The Saints
6. Jerome Baker - I Need
7. Hugo Moya - Move
8. Cajmere - House Work (Green Velvet Mix)
9. James Hammer - Three Is One
10. Fedde Le Grand - Put Your Hands Up For Detroit
11. Paul Woolford Presents Bobby Peru - Erotic Discourse
12. Alex Marqx & Olivier Giacomotto - First Second
13. Green Velvet - La La Land
14. Green Velvet - Electricity
15. X2 - Zeta 1
Cajmere vs Green Velvet Sessions is released on Ministry of Sound on November 6, 2006. The album launch party at Ministry of Sound, London takes place on October 28, 2006.