Queens, NY-based DJ and local scene favorite DJ Cochon de Lait has put together a special In Memoriam: 2016 mix, showcasing the long list of incredible musicians that we lost this past year. The set consists of well-known classics, as well as some lesser known tracks by artists that left this earthly plane such as David Bowie, Prince, Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest, George Michael, Natalie Cole, Leonard Cohen, Maurice White of Earth, Wind & Fire, Tower of Power founder and trumpeter Mic Gillette, both Keith Emerson and Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer, and so many more.
The almost 2-hour mix, featuring 50 artists, is sleek, sexy, and most importantly, funky, with some incredibly funny interludes featuring clips from various movies and TV shows that will be instantly recognizable. While there have been countless articles written about the artists we lost in 2016, this mix is truly the best way to honor them and to simply get down in remembrance of the sheer amount of genius that was lost this year. Cochon de Lait had this to say about the mix:
“We lost a lot of great artists and notable figures in 2016, and this is my tribute to some of them. Unfortunately, I couldn’t include every great musician who passed away last year, but I did recognize 50 individuals in this mix. Some of them you know well, and I hope you’ll take this opportunity to learn about the legacies of the others. For the most part, I didn’t choose the most obvious song, but I made sure to pick selections that showcase the true soul of the individual. May they all rest in peace.
Please note that while there is no foul language, the content of some of these songs would not be appropriate for you to blast in your office, church, or cub scout meeting. You have been warned.”
Without further adieu, here is the full In Memoriam: 2016 mix by DJ Cochon de Lait:
For more info on when Cochon de Lait is spinning near you, check out his Facebook page here. He spins every Third Thursday at Brooklyn’s Threes Brewing from 9pm – 1am.
[cover photo via Christhebarker]