NYC-based Turntable Lab stalwart and party DJ Roctakon has a dry, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor that's easily seen through his blogging endeavors (from his days on Turntable Lab and his current updates on Boy's Life, his "anonymous" love/sex-advice column), but it's a notion that's translated into his music as well. Roctakon's open about his love of pop, something that's likely necessary for the bottle-service, celeb-sprinkled venues he plays, and is known for a handful of genre-trending remixes of the sing-a-long variety (for a quick primer, check out "Bad RoctaMance," a mash-up of of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and Loleatta Holloway's "Love Sensation").
That said, it seems only natural that Opening Ceremony would recruit the DJ to do a mix in celebration of Parker Posey's birthday. The thing is, it's not at all what you'd expect. Instead of current pop, obvious throwbacks, and, well, "party music" of the predictable variety, Roctakon's selection is a reflection of his own teenage nostalgia for 1995, the year Posey's indie flick Party Girl came out. Here you'll find an arsenal of classic house remixes like the Underground Goodies remix of Cajmere's "Brighter Days" played in a set with house edits of Madonna and Mariah Carey. His own edit of Voices' soulful "Voices In My Mind" makes it into the mix as well. In the end, it's feel-good nostalgia of the best kind. [Stream and download here.]
Cliviles & Cole, "(Pride) A Deeper Love"
Masters at Work ft. India, "I Can't Get No Sleep"
Madonna, "Secret" (Junior's Luscious Club Mix)
Mariah Carey, "Dream Lover" (David Morales' Club Mix)
Jodeci, "Freakin MK" (Special House Mix)
Kim English, "Nite Life" (Retail Club Version)
33 1/3 Queen, "Searchin'"
Robbie Tronco, "Bring It to the Runway"
Rageous, "Tyler Moore She's Mary"
Tronco Traxx, "Walk For Me"
Dajae, "You Got Me Up" (Cajmere's Underground Goodies Mix)
Cajmere ft. Dajae, "Brighter Days" (Underground Goodies Mix)
Barbara Tucker, "Beautiful People" (Underground Network Mix)
The Voices, "Voices" (Roctakon Edit)
Loni Clark, "Rushing" (Mood II Swing Dub)
Lil Louis, "Club Lonely"
Black Magic (Lil Louis), "Freedom"
Ten City, "That's the Way Love Is" (Underground Network Extended Mix)