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Friday, July 8, 2016

Riley's Rave Vol. 1: The Boys and Girls of Sense8 Are Goin' Wild for the Night!

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I'm the Icelandic DJ who rocks the clubs of London
on the sci-fi television series Sense8. Welcome to
vol. 1 of Riley's Rave, an underground all-nighter
that only you and a few other close friends know
about. Say the password "CODE BLUE" and
the burly bouncer will wave you through the
door. Once inside you can rock till you drop
as I play the hottest electronic dance beats
from artists around the world.

* CAUTION: Use this post only as directed.
These tracks are meant to be played LOUD,
so be sure to crank it up to 10. No wimping out!
Listen to my playlist late at night when you are
ready to party. If you attempt to listen during the
day you will most likely become intoxicated by
the booming bass lines, cancel that important
business meeting, and wind up getting fired.
I accept no responsibility if that happens!

* Beware: This isn't your grandmother's disco.
This is an adult swim. Some of these songs
and videos contain lyrics and images
that are unsuitable for children.

The clock is striking 12. The old folks
are fast asleep. Sneak out of the house,
beat it over to my rave and experience
globalizationthe international
club sound that is uniting
the youth of the world.



- Nicki Minaj

Gay actor, Mexico City

I am Lito. It is my honor to introduce the first
hot platter that Riley Blue will spin to
kick-off rave night. From the soundtrack
of the hit movie Spring Breakers starring
Selena Gomez and James Franco
 (I love James Franco...just saying...)
here is the French DJ crew known as
Birdy Nam Nam with "Goin' In," mixed
by Los Angeles EDM producer Skrillex.
Jump to the 50 second mark. We're
goin' in and goin' wild for the night!

"Goin' In" (Skrillex Goin' Hard Mix)
Birdy Nam Nam (2012)

(Riley's "Cold Intro" to Rave)

Kickboxer, Seoul

I am feeling you, my sister, Riley Blue.
Warrior women of the world unite!
My name is Sun. Up next, British
singer, songwriter and actress
Pixie Lott, who topped the UK
chart with this retro-styled
electropop dance single,
"Boys and Girls."

"Boys and Girls" - Pixie Lott
(Hot Pink Delorean Club Mix)
(2nd single from Sept. 2009
debut album Turn It Up)

Icelandic DJ living in London

My rave is just getting started! From Brit girl
Pixie Lott, I now segue into the 5-member
English-Irish pop group Girls Aloud, formed
 in 2002 live on the British TV talent show
Popstars: The Rivals. Girls Aloud scored
a string of 20 consecutive top ten singles
in the UK including 4 that went to #1.
The DJ team Jewels & Stone assembled
 some of the group's best and produced
this amazing megamix!

"Girls Aloud - Girls On 45 Megamix 2" 
Jewels & Stone (2006)

(Riley's Crossfade/Mix Point)

Matatu driver, Nairobi

I am Capheus aka Van Damme. Allow me to
reintroduce Serebro, the female dance-pop,
electro-pop and nu-Disco girl trio formed
in Moscow in 2007. In 2012, Serebro's
second studio album Mama Lover went
double platinum in Russia and, with most
of the tracks performed in English, broke
the group worldwide. The Serebro girls
just wanna have fun as you will see in
this video for the album's title track, a
single that hit #1 in Russia, topped
 the Belgian dance chart and went
top 40 on the U.S. EDM survey.
Click at the 25 second mark
and let the madness begin!

"Mama Lover" Serebro
(Sept. 2011, highest chart pos.
#1 Russia, #1 Belgian Dance Charts,
#38 U.S. Dance/Electronic Songs,
single from June 2012 album
Mama Lover)

(Riley's Crossfade/Mix Point)

Locksmith & safe-cracker, Berlin

I am Wolfgang. I am a fighter.
I will protect you. I sense that you
would like us to be more than friends.
In that case, I've got just the thing,
a hot international hit record by INNA,
Romanian singer and dancer who has
been filling dance floors around the
world since 2010. INNA is joined by
Puerto Rican artist and producer
Daddy Yankee and Guetamalan
Juan Carlos Batres aka PuPilo DJ
on a single that reached #1 on
the charts of four countries -
"More Than Friends!"

"More Than Friends" (PuPiLo Dj Intro Remix)
INNA feat. Daddy Yankee (Jan./Feb. 2013 single
from Mar. 2013 album Party Never Ends)

(Riley's Crossfade/Mix Point)

Hindu pharmacist, Mumbai

I am Kala. My head is spinning. I don't
know what to think or what to believe.
All I know is what I feel... and I feel
good. In recent years the Southeast
European country of Romania has
become a dance-pop mecca. Along
with INNA, the artist introduced by
my sensate soulmate Wolfgang,
Romania is also home to singer
and songwriter Alexandra Stan.
can relate to this next song
performed by Alexandra.
When life gives you lemons...

"Lemonade" (Fabinho DVJ Remix Video
and Cahill Club Mix) - Alexandra Stan
{June 2012 single from the Oct. 2013
reissue album Cliché (Hush Hush)}

AT 1:00 MARK!
(Riley's Crossfade/Mix Point)

Icelandic DJ living in London

Next on my turntable, a Russian singer,
songwriter, actress and model. She was
crowned Mrs. World in 2008 and became
even more famous co-starring with her
husband in the British TV series
Meet the RussiansShe is also a
prolific synthpop, house and
Eurodance recording artist.
From Russia with love,
here is Kamaliya!

"Butterflies" - Kamaliya
(2012 single from April 2013
album ClubOpera)

AT 1:12 MARK!
(Riley's Crossfade/Mix Point)

Police officer, Chicago

My name is Will. As I keep telling Riley,
"Where there's a Will there's a way."
From Stockholm, Sweden, comes
Petra Marklund, the award winning
singer and songwriter internationally
known as September. At the end of
2006 September released "Cry For You"
(You'll Never See Me Again)," a recording
that samples "Smalltown Boy," the mid 80s
hit by British synthpop trio Bronski Beat.
"Cry For You" was a hit throughout Europe,
Australia and New Zealand, and spent
3 weeks at #1 on the U.S. Dance chart.
Click at 1:13 and body rock!

"Cry For You" - September
(Nov. 2006, highest chart pos. #1
U.S. Hot Dance Airplay/#1 Czech Republic
#4 Netherlands/#5 UK and Poland,
from Feb. 2008 album September)

AT 1:13 MARK!
(Riley's Crossfade/Mix Point)

trans woman hacktivist
& blogger, San Francisco

My name is Nomi. Do not call me Michael!
I am proud to put a rainbow ribbon on
tonight's rave by introducing the award
winning singer, songwriter, philanthropist
and LGBT rights activist Lady Gaga.
The three time Grammy Award winner
was named Woman of the Year by
Billboard in 2015. In 2011, Gaga
topped the charts in more than
25 countries with her platinum single
"Born This Way." Inspired by Madonna's
hit "Express Yourself," "Born This Way"
is a self-empowerment anthem for
women, the LGBT community and
racial minorities. This sensate
 thanks you for advocating
NOH8, Mother Monster!  

"Born This Way" - Lady Gaga
(Bollywood Remix/Salim & Sulaiman Remix)
 (Feb. 2011, highest chart pos.
#1 Hot 100 & worldwide)

(Riley's Crossfade/Mix Point)

Two thousand zero zero party over,
Oops out of time

So tonight I'm gonna party
like it's 1999

- Prince

If you have any sense at all...'ll join us for our next rave.



  1. Kathryn AndersonJuly 8, 2016 at 9:21 PM

    That was intense! Now I’m all wound up— and I don’t want to go to bed! lol

    I have never been to a rave— but I am willing to bet that Riley’s Rave is the next best thing. Once again you found a creative and entertaining way to pay tribute to one of our favorite TV shows— Sense 8. You weren’t kidding when you said you are going global— France, England, Ireland, Romania, Russia, Sweden and Guatemala are represented in the first volume alone. Sense 8, with its international cast of characters, fits right in with the theme— sensates from around the world introducing artists and songs from around the world— very clever! I also liked the instructions telling us where to jump in on the videos— saving time and taking us directly to the high points of the songs. These artists are all new to me— except for Lady Gaga— and Serebro from your earlier post. I never would have thought this type of music is popular and being produced in a country like Romania. This was a real education and a fantastic lineup of singers and sounds, Mr. Worldwide lol. I can’t wait for Riley’s Rave #2!

    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      First I need to get this out of my system:

      “This is my happening and it freaks me out!”


      Second, take that lamp shade off your head. You look ridiculous!


      Thanks for staying up late, Kathryn, and joining the party as I launch my new series, Riley’s Rave, hosted by the eight characters from the Netflix series Sense8. I am hoping at least a few other people watch Sense8. As you and I agree it is an excellent show and scheduled to start its second season around Christmas time. I read that the cast has been filming all year in 15 different cities around the world in preparation for season 2.

      I’m delighted to know that you enjoyed the concept of the post and the international artists and their music. Currently I have six volumes of Riley’s Rave in the can, a total of 50 raveworthy dance numbers for your late night entertainment. Yessum, Romania surprised me, too. The Balkan country has thriving music scenes in the categories of pop, hip hop, heavy metal and rock and roll. Along with INNA and Alexandra Stan, I will be introducing other great Romanian artists in the coming months.

      I’m glad you appreciated the “mixpoint” tips. If you or any of the other readers want to experience what it’s like to be a rave DJ, here’s how. As you are playing one of the videos, click to start the next one playing from the recommended mix/crossfade point. Then scroll back up and fade out the first video. You can do that all the way through the 9 song set to create a fairly realistic simulation of the rave experience. You could even skip around and make your own shuffled playlist. With some practice you might even sync up the BPMs like the pros do!

      Thank you again for partying with me into the wee hours, Kathryn. Please join me for Riley’s Rave #2 coming up later in the year!

  2. Kinda reminded my of my "old days" at Cyberclub- right down to the skunky Rolling Rock I was forced to drink because of my financial embarrassment. Of course, the onus of ending up alone ain't there anymore. Really liked Serebra and Girls Aloud, but I lost a beer during that second Romainian girl's set because I had to visit the facilities. Fun time! But... you might wanna let that Marks dude know, "I don't like surprises." And that Korean chick kinda scares me, the way she scowls at me and then looks at her foot whenever I glance her way. Gosh, she's got no worries from me, I'm just checking out the DJ and trying to keep Pharmacy girl upright.

    Cool time- ya think you can cut me a break on the cover next time, though?

    1. Hi, Chris!

      Thanks for staying up late to come to my poddy, good buddy! I very much appreciate it!

      Hey, I used to drink Rolling Rock all the time (along with Schlitz Malt Liquor, Hoppin' Gator, Listerine... you name it!)

      I'm stoked to learn that you enjoyed some of these trax and had a cool time. In my opinion all of these tunes kill. For this 6-part series, which runs through the year 2018, I cherry picked 50 of the greatest international dance recordings I could find, most of them clubworthy remixes. If you want to play rave DJ, read my reply to Mrs. Shady (above) and try crossfading your way through the whole set. It's great fun!

      I'm glad you enjoyed the return of those lovable Russian "Chocolate Cookie" girls, Serebro, along with that sensational Girls Aloud megamix medley. You had me snicker-snorting over your comment about Nomi Marks. Be nice now! Sun, the Korean kick-boxer woman, does her martial arts thing in nearly every episode. She's a force to be reckoned with! If you get Netflix and haven't seen Sense8 yet, I hope you will give it a try. The cast has been filming all this year around the world and season 2 begins around Christmas time. It's a great series!

      Thanks again for being here, good buddy Chris. I really appreciate your support. Have a Scrappy weekend!

  3. I gotta admit my guilty pleasure. I like all of these though from the sedentary comfort of my desk chair. You won't find me in any dance clubs, but I'm dancin' in my mind.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for checking out my mystery midnight post, Riley's Rave, my first experiment in late night blogging for "immature" adults only.

      It pleases me to know that you enjoyed these rousing international club sounds. I think it does us all good to indulge in guilty pleasures occasionally. This series invites you to get in touch with your inner teenager and go wild for the night. I hit the clubs hard back in the 80s and was involved in high risk behavior. Riley's Rave allows me and you to experience the thrill of a club setting without leaving the safety and security of our desk chairs.

      Thanks again for supporting my new series, good buddy Lee, and have a great weekend!

  4. Goodness!!!! I'm still reeling. I watched the entire SENSE8 series and am not sure I understood any of it but it certainly was eye-candy. I should watch it again. Thanks.

    1. Hi, Kathleen!

      It's great to see you again, my new friend. Thank you for making time for a weekend visit!

      I'm thrilled to know that you are familiar with Sense8. Truth be told, I didn't understand a lot of what was happening in season one, but I found it fascinating nevertheless and am eagerly awaiting the start of season two this coming winter. I tend to gravitate to movies and TV series that contain quirky characters and mysterious, unexplained events and phenomena, including Twin Peaks and other works of David Lynch.

      I hope you enjoyed these modern dance beats from artists around the world introduced by the characters from Sense8.

      Thank you again for attending the party, dear Kathleen, and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    2. I didn't realize there was going to be a second season of SENSE8! Maybe I need to rewatch the whole series.

    3. Hi, Kathleen!

      Mrs. Shady and I did that. Nearly a year after we watched season one, we recently watched all of the episodes again so that we'd be up to speed when season two begins at Christmas time. Since so much happens to various characters in each episode, the series still seemed fresh the second time around.

      Thanks for coming by, my new friend!

  5. Leapin' Lizards, my friend! Did anybody call the cops? You rocked the block last night with some intriguing characters. Riley has just the kind of edgy sass necessary for a late night MC and she works her crowd well ;-)
    September is a lovely name,though the video detracted from her voice. When Kamaliya busted out with that opera sound I thought of a former boss who listened to nothing but opera - gads - I was relieved it was just an intro (grin). What is a Matatu?
    Great party, dear Shady! Sleep tight.

    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you for coming over on a weekend to experience in the cold light of day the magic that happens late late at night while the world sleeps.

      Yessum, things did get out of hand last night:

      They found Northcross barricaded in the ladies' lounge at Radio City Music Hall.

      Williams was on stage, dancing with the Rockettes.

      And Magnussen just washed up on the beach at Waikiki.

      (In case you don't recognize it, the above is an excerpt from the script of one of my favorite comedy movies, Lover Come Back, starring Rock Hudson and Doris Day. The words were uttered by Tony Randall. :)

      A Matatu is a privately owned minibus, larger than a taxi and smaller than a full size bus, used as a "share taxi" for public transportation in Kenya and other East African nations. In Sense8 the character Capheus owns and operates a matatu that he named Van Damme in honor of his favorite action movie hero.

      I highly recommend the series Sense8. Season 1 is now streaming on Netlix and season 2 is currently in production.

      I'm glad you enjoyed my first ever midnight party, dear friend Diedre. Thank you again for making time for me and enjoy your weekend!

  6. I admit I've never watched the show.
    Are we to vote? Because I'd vote for Kala.

    1. Hi, Alex!

      That's one vote for Hindu pharmacist Kala! :) No, good buddy, this isn't a competition, merely an exhibition. Please... no wagering.

      The sci-fi series Sense8 seems like your kind of show. I urge you to give it a try.

    2. One vote? I held her up half the night! And she ain't that light when you have a few RRs in you!

    3. "Children behave, that's what they say when we're together"

      You guys need to watch Sense8 but, let me warn you, there is nudity and adult situations in case that's a deal-breaker.

    4. Long as I don't see "Nomi", lol.

    5. Sorry, pal. Nomi has nude sex scenes in early episodes of season one! You'll just have to go to the potty or run to the frige for another PBR at those times. :)

  7. I'm late to the party and boy, am I sorry that I am! This is some great dance music. I must say I liked it all. I especially liked Birdy Nam Nam -- great song to kick off the party! It message to young folks.
    I really dug it all Shady. I used to dance the nights away in the bars when I was younger and if I was young today, I'm sure I'd be dancing to this music every night of the week! Fun stuff.

    Don't hate me but I've never seen Sense 8. No clue what it's about.

    Sorry I was late to the party but glad I could get a taste of it today...
    Really good stuff!!

    Hopefully you're not hung over and can enjoy the rest of your weekend. Oh how I yearn for the days of late night parties... :)

    Michele at Angels Bark

    1. Some of my message got cut out for some reason. I was saying that I also liked Butterflies and have always loved Lady Gaga's Born This Way. She has such a great message to young folks...
      Don't know how my message got messed up but it did...

    2. Hi, Michele!

      Thank you very much for dropping in, dear friend! Hey, don't worry. This party runs six full days so you're right on time. I saved you a prime spot on the dance floor! :)

      Clearly you and I are veterans of the late night club scene. I appreciate you getting what I tried to do here, and that is to simulate a rave, an underground party for the "in-crowd" where the DJ pulls out all the stops and plays a seamless selection of killer tracks to keep the crowd whipped into a frenzy for hours on end. I'm so glad you enjoyed the music. I suspect that some people headed for the exit the moment they started listening to Birdy Nam Nam. :)

      It amazes me how much great dance-pop is coming out of countries like Romania, Russia and Sweden At future raves I will introduce you to a sensational artist from Milan, Italy, another pop music mecca on my worldwide tour.

      This series invites you to forget your worries and responsibilities and be young again, even if it's just for one night, even if its just for a few minutes. I think it's therapeutic.

      Sense8 is a unique sci-fi series soon heading into its second season on Netflix. Eight random people from different parts of the world are mysteriously drawn together, connected by a strange force. They literally feel each other from thousands of miles away, interact and take part in each other's lives. The element of danger is always present and some of the characters are romantically involved. Mrs. Shady and I love Sense8 and I hope you will give it a try.

      If you yearn for the days of late night parties, hang on for two months. You are cordially invited to attend Riley's Rave #2 scheduled for September 9!

      Thank you again for being such a great friend and leaving an excellent comment, dear Michele. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    3. Ha! You were writing your second comment while I was replying to the first. I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed the Russian singer Kamaliya and her distinctive video for "Butterflies."

      I am also delighted to learn that you appreciated the message delivered by Lady Gaga. Now more than ever we need to stop the hate before it destroys us all.

      Thanks again, dear friend Michele. I appreciate all the time you devoted to SDMM today. Have a super weekend!

  8. Oh hey, I found Serebro on Spotify! I put that song on the "M10 radio" (the larger playlist of everything that ever got considered for the m10) in lieu of deciding whether it gets on the shuffle list... maybe someday... but man, too much new stuff going to make it easy!

    1. They need to be entered in your Beauty Contest, too. Scrappy urged me to tell you that.

    2. If they make the M10, for sure... but it'll be hard to beat Yasmine Youseff...

  9. Ok I have tried and tried to read the post but kept getting interrupted and have given up and will just say I was here and I tried to read and now I am leaving

    1. Hi, Jo-Anne!

      How are you, my dear Australian friend? I'm sorry you experienced postus interruptus. :) Nevertheless I hope you had some fun in the time you spent under the strobe lights at Riley's Rave. Next rave is two months from now and I hope to see your face in the place! :)

      Enjoy your Sunday and the week ahead, dear friend Jo-Anne!


    I will admit, I have a special place in my heart for EDM and these songs you posted are amazing. I'll have to see if these artists are on iTunes because I always look for new music, especially new music that gets my day pumping.

    Thanks for sharing, dear friend Shady. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thank you very much for coming over to rave with me a while, dear friend! (I hope you didn't cheat and listen to these trax in the daytime. :)

      I'm glad you remembered the secret password. A few people insisted it is "SWORDFISH" and the burly bouncer turned them away.

      I'm delighted to know you grooved to this tuneage. I have tapped into a deep vein of musical talent from around the world and I am excited to share the artists and recordings with you in future installments of Riley's Rave and other series.

      Thanks again for attending and have a great week, dear friend JM!

  11. There's so much in this post it boggles the mind! I think I'll just say hi to you my friend and I hope you've had a great weekend and I'm looking forward to your other posts soon!

    1. Hi, YaYa!

      Thank you for coming to Riley's Rave and allowing these club sounds to wash over you and boggle your mind! :) I realize that 9 videos is a lot for a single post, but it is intended for late night listening by insomniacs who don't want to give in to the sandman and have time to kill. As you noticed I included those cue marks to allow readers with a limited amount of time to get to the good part of each song w/o having to sit through the build-up. It also simulates the way an actual club DJ crossfades from one song to the next for a seamless dance set.

      Mrs. Shady and I had a great weekend and I hope you and your family did, too.

      Thanks again for dropping by, dear friend YaYa, and have a wonderful week ahead!

  12. The only time I've ever listened to this type of music was at a club, but now I'm thinking I should create a station on Pandora for those bad days at work where I could use a little jolt of energy.

    Hope you had a good weekend, Shady!

    1. Hi, Ashton!

      Thanks for raving with Riley, dear friend! After my years as a Dell rat, I was a club rat off and on for 20 more years. This series was inspired by my memories of those experiences as much as by the hot Netflix series Sense8. You're right. This stuff gives you a jolt and gets your blood pumping. I hope you enjoyed learning about the show and listening to the tunes.

      Yessum, I had a fabulous weekend, and I hope you and your husband and little girl did, too. Have a wonderful week, dear friend Ashton!

  13. I listened to them and some, to me, sounds similar to's the typical sound and look that your music artists are doing. They were ok but nothing earth shattering for me. It could be I am too tired:)

    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thank you very much for coming to Riley's Rave, dear friend! Yessum, you've been ill and are probably too tired to derive much satisfaction from these dance tracks.

      Globilization is the theme in this series. Electronic dance music is being produced all over the world. Each city or country adds its own stylistic elements, but many of the recordings sound similar because of the mix - a relentless beat and deep house basslines that pack club dance floors worldwide.

      Your comment is appreciated, dear friend BB. Enjoy the week ahead!

    2. I will relisten when I get a chance because you put so much work into this and I appreciate your comments. It puts things in a better light for me. Things have changed so much. In 1982, I went to a disco in Austria( Graz) and there were some dance tunes they had no idea how to dance Celebration. At one point, the mean snowmen went into circles and when the music stopped, they found their partner and then they started to dance the waltz! In A disco!!

    3. Hi, dear BB!

      I would love to go to discos and clubs in different countries around the world! Dancing the waltz in a disco? That I would need to see to believe. :)

      In 1982 I was right smack dab in the middle of my second bachelorhood and hitting the clubs nightly. One live act that I remember seeing at a club was the soundalike group The Stars on 45. If you play the Girls Aloud megamix from the beginning you will hear the familiar Stars on 45 intro used on all their famous medleys. In January 1981, I used the song "Celebration" by Kool and the Gang as a music bed for a TV sports segment I put together saluting the Philadelphia Eagles on winning the NFC Championship Game against the Dallas Cowboys.

      Thanks for returning to chat, dear friend Birgit. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  14. I'm not familiar with Sense8, so thanks for the introduction. The characters all sound interesting. As for the music, it certainly has a lot of energy! ☺ BTW, the Pupilo DJ video wasn't available, so I found an alternate HERE. Even though this type of music doesn't appeal to me, I can appreciate the effort you put into your post. Nicely done, Shady!

    1. Hi, Debbie!

      Thanks so much for swinging by! I hope you had a great weekend getaway.

      I am pleased to be able to introduce you to Sense8, a series that Mrs. Shady and I love. The characters are all fascinating, their lives entwined, and the actors who portray them do an excellent job. I read that the actor who played Capheus in season one left the series in a dispute over the direction of his character. Another actor will take over the role in season two.

      As it turns out the Pupilo DJ vid you found and watched is exactly the same audio and video edit as the one I embedded in the post, so you didn't miss a thing. Thanks for taking time to hunt for it.

      I'm sorry I struck out with you on the music side of the post. With your background I thought you would appreciate the European influences in the recordings and videos of these international artists. I am keenly interested in this type of music right now and, for the next few years, a high percentage of my posts will reflect that interest. Please bear with me.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Debbie!

  15. I do love international music, but synth-pop, electronica, dance, trance, whatever you call it just isn't my cup of tea. I didn't much care for disco or bubble-gum either. All a matter of taste. ☺

    1. That could have been my exact quote a few years ago, Debbie. Then, surprisingly, a switch flipped in my brain and opened my mind to all the stuff I am posting this year. I go through phases and they all pass. I haven't stopped loving rock and metal and I will still be posting it on SDMM. In fact I have a dose of it for you coming up in my next post this Thursday. However, I am always yearning to discover something new and for that reason I have broadened my tastes to include the exciting category of international EDM. My ears have a mind of their own and could change their tune again at any time. I hope you will stick with me. :)

    2. I hope you're not accusing me of having a closed mind, Shady! ☺ If that were the case, I wouldn't have bothered to watch every video and gone to the trouble of finding an alternate for the one that wasn't available. To paraphrase an old expression: "The ears want what the ears want". You might find THIS ARTICLE interesting. I'll be checking out your posts, regardless what music you decide to showcase, because you always make them fun.

    3. Oh no, not in the least, Debbie. As I stated, I suprised myself by embracing a style of music that I used to hate - and poke fun at - even as recently as last year. I never would have dreamed I'd end up liking modern pop as much as I do. As I explained, I go through phases and this is the one I am going through at the moment.

      Am I disappointed that I didn't please you with this post? Yes, I admit that I am. I was confident that we had a match with this one, but I would never call you closed minded. I remain grateful for your friendship and support even when you do not like what I present to you. :)

    4. Hi, again, Debbie!

      I didn't have time to read that article until just now. It was interesting and I thank you for linking to it. Now you have me curious. What is your takeaway as it pertains to our discussion? Since my tastes are eclectic and include rock, metal, uptempo modern pop and many other categories, it seems as if 4 of the 5 personality traits apply to me: openness to experience, agreeableness, extraversion and neuroticism. Did you apply the criteria to your own personality and music preferences? What did you find?

      You are my rock and metal buddy, Debbie, one of the very few I have found in blogging, and I am grateful to have you. I established SDMM as a way of keeping track of what I liked and what was important to me at different stages of my life. I blog to please myself as every blogger should. Beyond that, if others enjoy what I am doing, it makes me happy, but I do not try to anticipate what other people want to see and hear and tailor my posts to suit them. However, I have a few very dear friends who really matter to me and you are one of them. I look forward to pleasing someone like you and it is discouraging when I fail. The other day you seemed excited that I was going international. You got your hopes up for international rock and I got my hopes up that you would enjoy international pop. We were both disappointed. I am always grateful for the time you spend with me here and it makes me happy when I know that you left here entertained and informed. The last thing I want is for you to struggle through my posts, get tired of all the dance-pop and girly voice female singers :) and lose interest in SDMM entirely. That would be a bitter defeat for me. Therefore, all I can do is thank you for sticking with me and patiently waiting until the pendulum swings back the other direction and I add a higher percentage of rock and metal to the mix and put pop on the back burner. It could happen at any time because, as you reminded me, "the ears want what the ears want." :)

      Thank you, Debbie the Doglady!

    5. Of course, you should always please yourself first, when it comes to blogging. I'm sorry you were disappointed by my response, Shady, but this electronic stuff all sounds the same and the pounding beat gets annoying after a few minutes. I prefer more complicated, dramatic type music. That article, while mostly "Psychobabble", was interesting, nonetheless. We are all complex individuals. I would consider you an "agreeable, energetic extrovert". ☺ I'm somewhat intense and definitely rebellious, but think we both embrace "openness to experience". P.S. You didn't "fail". Your post was still enjoyable, even if the music wasn't my taste.

    6. Thanks for replying, Debbie. To clarify, I was not disappointed in your response. That would imply I can't handle it when other people's tastes do not match mine. I can indeed handle it and have even learned to anticipate it. For example, I was able to accurately predict which readers would give this post a lukewarm or negative review. In your case I am disappointed in myself, not you, because I didn't know your tastes as well as I thought I did and therefore incorrectly anticipated how you would respond.

      When you listened to these recordings your ears heard sameness. My ears are tuned in and receptive to this style, and therefore I am able to hear the differences between the recordings. To my ears they are intricate and complex. When I encounter music I don't like, don't think I like or don't WANT to like, my ears do the same thing. I plead guilty to resisting quite a few styles because the stuff all sounds the same to me or for less obvious reasons, even reasons buried in my subconscious.

      We can't help what we like or don't like. I just want you to keep liking this great friendship of ours and liking your visits to SDMM. That's the long and short of it. :)

      Thanks again for chatting with me tonight, dear friend Debbie!

    7. Hi again, Debbie! Now that I have slept on it, I have come up with another observation that I think helps explain why this post didn't resonate with you as much as it did with me and some of the other people.

      The Shady Dell was a juke joint. Teenagers went there to listen and dance to records. There were no live bands at the Dell during the years I attended. There was another venue across town that offered live shows, but I didn't go there very often because I strongly preferred studio sounds to live performances.

      During my career as a producer I worked in a studio setting and derived satisfaction from mixing audio tracks into a finished product.

      During my second bachelorhood from the late 70s to the late 80s, I spent many nights in discos and post-disco clubs dancing to pre-recorded sounds.

      To sum it up, I am anchored to happy memories of listening and dancing to records in a club setting. That experience was not as much a part of your past as it was mine. You do not have the same memories to draw upon. If I am not mistaken, your preference has always been to attend live rock shows. I never got excited about going to live concerts of any kind and I fully realize that I am in the minority on that score.

      Thanks again for contributing to the discussion, dear friend Debbie, and enjoy the rest of your week! :)

    8. We partied hardy during the Disco era, but I can't say the music itself was thrilling (to me - I'm a "hippie/rockchick" from way back). The dancing and drinking were fun, though. ☺ You're right; one of my favourite activities is going to rock concerts. Exciting and rejuvenating! I'm still on a concert high (my drug of choice) from last Friday night. There's nothing like watching talented musicians in action. Formulaic, pre-fab music just doesn't do it for me.

    9. I read you loud and clear, Debbie! :)

      I saw your reply on Michele's blog and I'm so glad you had a great time at the H-wood Vamps show.

      Once again I am sorry our ears didn't match on the music in this post. I'm sure we will be singing happy harmony again in the very near future. :)

      Enjoy the rest of your week. If you have a chance, take a look at my post on Thursday. Thanks, dear friend!

  16. ... and I love James Franco, too!
    Wow! that's a whole lotta dance beats there, Shady! Some were new and some I knew! Love Gaga but on this post I REALLY liked , "Boys and Girls" --I also like the remix "Girls Aloud"(I think we're alone now)!!!
    So Shady, I never heard of Sense 8 so, I googled it, watched the Trailer--looks like an action packed, thriller series with great music! What more can ya ask for???? a,aaa Netflix???? I HAVE IT!!! Sense 8 will be on my watch list!!! Great Post, I have to go buy some glow sticks now!!!!

    1. Hi, Toni!

      Welcome welcome welcome to my first ever 6-day (and night) rave party. I'm happy to see you, dear friend!

      You are the first reader to mention Pixie Lott's "Boys and Girls." I'm glad you like it and glad you enjoyed that awesome Girls Aloud megamix. Yessum, they did a nice job covering the Tommy James oldie "I Think We're Alone Now." I have discovered bunches of great magamixes on YouTube. Pick a favorite artist and chances are there's at least one megamix vid.

      Yessum, Sense8 is a Netflix original series involving characters all over the world that are mentally and emotionally linked. They "feel" each other's pleasure and pain and fight to save each other from perilous situations. There are gay and lesbian characters and a transgender character. I urge you to binge watch season one in time for the start of season two this December.

      Thank you very much for joining the fun and experiencing the next best thing to a real rave night. I hope your week is off to a good start and I invite you back here this Thursday for my next post. Take care, dear friend Toni!

  17. These are dope videos and songs honestly.
    Nice one, Shady.

    1. Hi, Luxie!

      Thanks for doing some clubbing with me, my friend around the world!

      You got me smiling with this comment, Lux. I spent weeks revising the playlists for these 6 volumes of Riley's Rave. I made many substitutions and I will probably make more before the final lineups are locked in. My aim is to come up with 6 raves that are all killer - no filler. I'm thrilled to know you liked the danceworthy tracks I picked for volume 1.

      Thanks again for your visit and comment, dear friend Lux!

  18. O M G!! What a fun post!! I totally missed your night rave and bummed i didnt set my alarm.
    Great songs!! I've never heard of the Sense 8 show but looks interesting. I have always been fan of Lady Gaga so it was cool she was included in the mix. Butterflies was cool too. Like Michele commented above i also used to be quite the dancer at clubs and loved good dance music with good beats.
    Great times!!

    1. Hi, Holli!

      Thanks for uttering the secret password CODE BLUE to the bouncer and entering Riley's Rave! I'm thrilled to see you and very happy to know that you had a good time.

      I completely understand why you weren't here in real time Friday night, given the shocking events in Dallas that had your community reeling. I'm glad you could escape that painful situation and ease your mind for a while dancing to these international tunes.

      Seems like you and Michele and I had similar experiences back in the day. We enjoyed dancing to the beat in clubs. That background enables us to get stoked for a simulated rave party like this one and enjoy danceworthy recordings like these nine.

      Sense8 is a unique TV series and I highly recommend it. There is some nudity and sex plus gays, lesbians and a transgender character, but if those elements aren't a deal-breaker, then I think you'd appreciate the series, Netflix has one season in the can and a second season coming this Christmas.

      Thank you ever so much for showing up and showing out, dear friend Holli. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  19. Wow! That was quite a collection of music! Remind me to stay off the road if those "Mama Lover" singers are anywhere around. I think their driving skills need some work.

    Have a wonderful week!

    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thanks for popping in as Riley's Rave #1 winds down in its final day. (Sorry about the lack of refreshments and the sticky floor. :)

      Yessum, it appears those lovable Serebro girls need to watch one of those educational films they made us watch in high school that warned of the consequences of distracted driving.

      I hope you enjoyed the 9 dance tracks I selected for Rave #1. Stay tuned for the next Riley Blue allnighter coming in September.

      Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Sherry!

  20. Awesome post, Mr Shady ... djs make magic ... me like bassnectar and dj tiesto ... and cannot wait 4 Shambhala 2016 in Salmo, BC, Canada ... take a look ... U coming? ... smiles ... ... Love, cat.

    1. Hi, cat!

      Thank you for coming to Riley's Rave, dear friend! I never know for sure which style of music is going to resonate with you. I didn't think you liked "house beats and hip hop swagger." :) I'm pleased to know that you are in tune with the work of international DJs and producers. This series and a couple of others I am launching will pay tribute to them.

      I watched your Shambhala 2015 video. I saw many happy people in it and the event looks like a magical experience for one and all. I see the festival starts just 16 days from now. I wish I could break away and attend but I won't be able to. If you go I know you will have an awesome time. Stay safe!

      Thanks so much for coming, dear friend cat!


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