Best of the Rest #17 -The One That Got Away

Cyril Hahn Feat. Javeon – Breaking

I went to see Mr. Hahn once. He came to Toronto (which at the time is where I was living) and I was worried. I was worried because, at that time, Cyril Hahn had only released two or three tracks. The rest of his stuff was mixes and DJ sets. I’d been to a DJ set before (Justice, in Oslo… it was fantastic). The thing about DJ sets though is that you have to know what you are getting into. If you go to a DJ set expecting to see your favourite song, your gonna have a bad time. Artists don’t play their originals at DJ sets (at least the ones I’ve been too). They experiment, play remixes… basically pretend that you are going clubbing but instead of some rando up there mixing tunes it’s one of your favourite artists. Cool, right?

When I went to see Cyril Hahn I was in LOVE with Breaking. I played that song all day, every day. I sent it to my friends multiple times if they insisted they didn’t like it. But when he came to Toronto it was very shortly after he had released Breaking… and I bought tickets JUST to see that song. I did like a few of his remixes, but man I wanted to see this shit live. However, in the back of my head I was a little worried it’d be a DJ Set (despite it not being totally clear to me when I bought the tickets). It wasn’t until 1 or 2 am that Cyril took the stage and my fears were realized. His set came and went with no Breaking.

All of this has nothing really to do with how amazing that song is (or how awesome his DJ set was). However, most of the songs on my BOTR list have some sort of story with them, and this one is no different. The one that got away.

Best of the Rest #16 -So I Guesssssss This Is Christmas

Pelifics – Something Special

Christmas is the one time of the year where I always feel that the classics are the best. A lot of artists will put out their own versions of traditional tunes (or perhaps whip something brand new for the season), but perhaps nostalgia just wins over for me. I never like any of it. I almost avoid blogs and new music entirely for the period between the 20th and 26th.

A few years ago though, Pelifics released a charming little dance track titled Xmas Song (Something Special). Unfortunately, I can’t seem to locate it anywhere online anymore. However, Pelifics still have their original track, Something Special, available online…which is essentially the same version without some of the added seasonal flair. In my mind it still has a little holiday-ness to it, but can also be played for those family dance parties that spontaneously break out when grandma has had a little too much rum and egg nog.

Happy holidays to everyone, and stay safe!!