Mixed Emotions by Brian Norwood
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Sophisticated Morning 69
January 05, 2020 04:15 PM PST
I've been stockpiling so much amazing music here lately that it was really difficult trying to zero in on what sound this podcast was going to have. What I did know what that there were three songs that HAD to be on this mix: "Keep Moving" by Boxer Rebellion, "Daydreams" by ARTY, and "Everytime" by Lustral. The Lustral straddles the line between progressive house and trance so I decided to start the mix with a chill-house vibe and then subtly build until the set crescendos at the end with the Lustral. I hope that you enjoy the journey that I take you on. Enough with the words. On to the MUSIC. From my heart...to your ears. ENJOY!
01. Lonely In The Rain/Stronger/Original
December 01, 2019 04:53 PM PST
Hey there! So if you're an avid follower of my music then you'll know that it's been a minute (actually 3 months, but who's counting...?) since I last uploaded a music set. Sorry about that. Life has been running me at full speed. Hopefully I won't disappoint you with this new set and it will have been worth the wait! There are some absolute masterpieces on this mix. I hope that these pieces of music touch you just as they do me. As always, this podcast was conceived and mix with all the love I've got to give. I hope you hear it interwoven into the music. OK. Enough with the words...let's get on to the music. From my heart...to yours...ENJOY!
01. EC Twins/Wicked Games/Original
August 25, 2019 06:05 PM PDT
I went to Burning Man in 2016 and it was such a monumental event in my life that every year since at this time as my fellow Burners are descending upon Black Rock City my heart starts yearning for that place, that mentality. When I'm feeling emotional I turn to music. And that brings us here: Sophisticated Deep #9. In this day and age of DJs being branded with a "sound" I sometimes hesitate to produce mixes such as this one. But I keep reminding myself that I am an artist first -- and businessman second. I have always allowed my heart to win out in these struggles. For the masses out there who don't know me it must be terribly confusing when they hear such different sounds from me...but I guess that's something I just needn't worry about. Enough about me and my heady ways. Let's talk about the music. WOW. This is music that leaves me at a loss of words. And speaking of words -- there really aren't any on this set simply because they're not needed. I mean, I do open the set with words...but that opening piece is actually a PRAYER, a BLESSING. In these trying times that we live...I feel that we can talk all the prayers we can get. So I open the set with the prayer to our higher power and move on to allow the textures, vibes and chords on the rest of the set do the "talking". This is music that is mighty powerful. It transcends time. I spans cultures. It hypnotizes, entrances and overpowers you. At least that's what it does to me. I hope you love my nod to the Playa and my gift to the Universe. From my heart...to your ears. LOVE.
01. Dar Pan/Blessing
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July 28, 2019 05:24 PM PDT
Certain music sets of mine stand out in my mind as my absolute favorites that stand above and beyond all the others. Don't get me wrong: I love all the sets I release or I wouldn't release them. But SOMETIMES the sets all fall together so perfectly as though the universe sprinkled magic dust all over them. Guess what? THIS is one of those sets. I haven't actually even listened to this set yet -- but I don't need to to know that this one is special. I'm a stickler not only for the music (duh) -- but also for my mixing. I have always found the way a DJ mixes to be just as intriguing as the music that he or she plays. On this set I couldn't be happier with the music and if my ear served me right...I couldn't be more happy with the way in which I mixed these brilliant songs together. So I hope that you'll pay super close attention to these songs. Of course if you're reading this now then you know the track listing is included here too. Pay special attention to James Arthur, Lewis Capaldi, Kisma and Sam Feldt Feating JRM. Those artists deliver my favorite songs of the mix. As always this set of music is brought to you by my heart and soul. If you love it...SHARE it! We're all tasked with giving back to our universe and this is my gift to you and everyone else. See you on the dance floor!
01. James Arthur/Falling Like The Stars/Madism Remix
June 30, 2019 04:06 PM PDT
The first Sophisticated Morning was produced in November 2011 -- and what an amazing journey it's been ever since sharing the best of the most beautiful music with you. I've tried so hard to make this journey a shared experience, not just in music, but a shared life experience for all of us listening to it together. On that note -- I've initiated a project of going all the way back through the Morning series to post my very favorite sets. The first of my "very favorites" that I posted was #1. It had (has) a very special place in my heart. The next of my very favorites is #16. On this set I opened with One Direction who were worldwide boy band superstars of the moment and yet strangely they had a song, Story of My Life, that absolutely blew me away. I mixed into that "Women & I" by Feargal Sharkey which was a classic that BUC used to play on the dance floors of the Circuit in the 90s (and I was on many of those dance floors). By the time it came on it was almost guaranteed to be the wee hours of the morning when no-one but "family" was left on the dance floor. So including it on #10 was very special to me because it was my shout out to BUC nestled amongst all the brand new pieces of music that I was presenting. From there I weave in an out of a beautifully deep morning sound. Hopefully it has stood the test of time and sounds as fresh as it did 5.5 years ago. From my heart...to your ears...ENJOY.
01. One Direction/Story Of My Life/Original
June 23, 2019 05:15 PM PDT
Sometimes my DJ sets sound very much the same at the end of the set as at the beginning, but most of the time that's not the case. I consider my music sets little journeys that have a distinctive arc from beginning to end. And with this new Sophisticated Morning set that's definitely the case. The beginning and end couldn't be more different. But the pieces of music that bookmark the set are moving and powerful in their own unique ways. I open the set with a brilliantly heartfelt ballad and end it with "Prelude" (wink wink), a big and beautiful progressive house masterpiece. The journey between these two songs is warm and familiar and gradually grows in energy. I begin the set with more of a laidback feel and about halfway through ramp in to some really big morning anthems. I hope that you love the trip and that it brings joy and happiness to your days and nights. As always...this music is delivered from my HEART to your SOUL. ENJOY!
01. Haevn/City Lights/Nightshift Version
June 16, 2019 11:10 AM PDT
This set is from my gig at Lookout in San Francisco. For this set weaved in and out of classic disco, soulful disco and electro disco -- with the defining sound being DISCO! These are songs that we've grown up with and had many magical moments on dance floors with. I, personally, have some really special memories from New York dance floors in the long hours of the mornings to some of these songs. I hope you enjoy reliving those memories as much as I have. Enjoy this latest disco set...and see you on the dance floor! From my heart...to yours.
01. Ian Ossia/Someone To Count On/Original
May 12, 2019 06:24 PM PDT
If you've been around nightlife long enough then you know that morning music comes in many different styles and sounds. Different generations and cultures have very different ideas of what is great for the morning hours. I happen to like a lot of different styles of music and you will hear that in my newest Sophisticated Morning mix. This set is deeper than most of my other morning sets, but it is also perfectly positioned for the late night/early morning hours. These songs are not so much about the words (although a good few of them have astounding lyrics) as they are about the textures and sounds. This is music that, if you'll allow it, will entrance and seduce you. As always, this mix is brought to you by heart and soul. From my heart...to yours. ENJOY!
01. Modd/Velotrip/Original Mix
April 14, 2019 04:31 PM PDT
One of the reasons that I love the springtime so much is because there is so much beautiful new music that comes out in anticipation of the summer music season. That being said I am so excited to bring you the 64th edition of Sophisticated Morning. I start the mix off with an acoustic mix of "Youngr" by Bruno Martini. If you pay super close attention to my mixes you'll see a lot of his productions on my sets. He's a phenom from Brazil and just about everything he touches is gold. You'll see what I mean once you hear "Youngr". After that I wind and weave my way through emotional beauty until I end the set with an absolute masterpiece: the Klangkarussell remix of "Melody" by James Blunt. I played the original of "Melody" endlessly when it came out. However this new remix of it takes it to an astonishing new level. It is an absolute masterpiece, in a league of its own. It's 15 minutes of deep and hypnotic bliss. With that being said...let's get on to the music. I've mixed this podcast as a gift to you and the universe in general. If you love it...please SHARE it. From my heart...to your ears...ENJOY.
01. Bruno Martini/Youngr/Acoustic
March 24, 2019 03:42 PM PDT
There's a very particular sound that's associated with the New York house music scene and I am so fortunate to have been blessed with many experiences on those very dance floors. Soul & disco are firmly rooted in that sound and if you love that sound then I'm really excited for you to hear this set. You will recognize almost everything on here...but all these versions you will hear are refreshed updated edit of the originals. As always I have mixed this set of music with an abundance of love and spirit. I hope you'll love what I've done. And if you do...please share it with your likeminded friends and mates. I believe that we're all charged with giving beautiful gifts to the world while we're here and this is my gift to you. So please...pass it on! From my heart...to your ears...ENJOY!
01. Jocelyn Brown/You Are Everything/David Morales Remix
DJ Brian Norwood was born during the first seedlings of dance music as we know it today were sprouting. In 1971, the Tea Dance at Fire Island's Blue Whale was settling in as ritual and David Mancuso's infamous "The Loft" parties in NYC were just getting started. Being born in the music-rich environment of Nashville would be a harbinger of things to come. And being born in that era would greatly impact his career. In the early 90's, Philadelphia, the city of brotherly love, would open its arms to Brian. This move to a more urban environment and being within the twinkle of NYC skyscrapers, is an important transition not only in geography, but of musical awakening. After attending a seminal Saint-At-Large Party with all its intendant revelry, he felt an overwhelming drive to cultivate music and learn to mix. Vinyl was still the preferred medium for DJ's, which gives Brian the unique perspective of being among the younger DJ's still spinning today who teethed on vinyl. In 1994 Brian began to play live shows. His ability to feel the energy of a room and to zero in on what crowds want to hear quickly gained him major name recognition that spread from Philadelphia to the entire nation. Over the last 25 years the notable gigs he has played are too many to count, but include events in every major American city and as far away as Maui, Hawaii and Amsterdam, Netherlands. In 2011 he began podcasting for the ability to reach even more listeners. His Mixed Emotions by Brian Norwood podcasts have been streamed hundreds of thousands of times and continue to be a major asset to his musical career. The sets that have been the most recognized of his work are Sophisticated Morning and Sophisticated Chill. These sets are just as their name implies: percolating, hazy, gently rising to an alert state. However, to those unfamiliar with his breadth of music, it would be unfair to characterize him as a “chill” only DJ. It is unlikely that you would have heard music and music mixed like this anywhere else. Brian has a style of playing unique, obscure and ethereal songs that is unmistakably his. This is a true artist that isn't stuck in a genre, who can play for long sets and play to the most demanding crowds. It’s difficult to express with words something as nuanced as music by a sublime DJ. But to paraphrase an old saying, you know it when you hear it. He knows how important a crowd is to a DJ and how important a DJ is to a crowd and he chooses cautiously and carefully the live gigs that he plays. His podcasts can be found on Apple Podcasts, PodOmatic and HearThis. Whether you hear him at a live performance or on his podcast you’re in for a rare and unique musical trip.
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