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Armand Van Helden

Until he began branching out in 1996 with a barrage of album productions and remix classics (several of which were heard by more people than the originals), Armand Van Helden was one of the best-kept secrets in house music, recording for such labels as Strictly Rhythm, Henry St., and Logic. Afterwards, he became one of the top names in dance music altogether. As one in the steady progression of top in-house producers for Strictly Rhythm during the early '90s, Van Helden joined such names as Todd Terry, Erick Morillo, Roger Sanchez, Masters at Work, and George Morel to record scores of club hits. By the late '90s, a clutch of crucial remixes and several albums made Van Helden's name as one of the most popular producers around. His fame continued well into the 21st century, thanks to successful collaborations with Dizzee Rascal, Steve Aoki, and especially A-Trak, with whom he formed the chart-topping duo Duck Sauce in 2009.

Van Helden spent time in Holland, Turkey, and Italy while growing up the son of an Air Force man, and listened to music from an early age. He bought a drum machine at the age of 13 and began DJ'ing two years later, mostly hip-hop and freestyle. Based in Boston while attending college, Van Helden proceeded to moonlight as a DJ; though he settled into a legal-review job after graduation, he quit in 1991 to begin working on production for the remix service X-Mix Productions (founded by his future manager, Neil Petricone). Van Helden also owned a residency at Boston's Loft, and soon made it into one of the most popular nightclubs in the city. After playing one of his production demos for the dance A&R guru Gladys Pizarro in 1992, Van Helden released his proper debut single, Deep Creed's "Stay on My Mind," for Nervous Records.

Later that year, Van Helden released "Move It to the Left" by Sultans of Swing, his first single for the premiere American dance label Strictly Rhythm. Though a moderate club hit, the single was eclipsed by another Strictly Rhythm offering, 1994's "Witch Doktor." It became a dancefloor hit around the world and introduced him to a larger club audience. Although he had remixed Deee-Lite, Jimmy Somerville, New Order, Deep Forest, and Faithless, a reworked version of Tori Amos' "Professional Widow" hit the clubs with the same impact as his "Witchdoktor" single. During 1996-1997, Van Helden became the name for forward-thinking pop and dance artists to recruit for remix duty from the Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, and Puff Daddy to Sneaker Pimps, C.J. Bolland, and Daft Punk. His own-name singles productions continued unabated, with hits like "Cha Cha" and "The Funk Phenomena," plus the release of his first album, Old School Junkies. Following a 1997 Greatest Hits retrospective, Van Helden returned to his old-school rap roots with the party breakbeat album, Sampleslayer...Enter the Meatmarket. The 2 Future 4 U album followed in 1998, spawning a U.K. number one single in "U Don't Know Me" (featuring Duane Harden) as well as the Top 20 follow-up "Flowerz."

In mid-2000, Van Helden returned with Killing Puritans, which contained the hit "Koochy," built around a sample of Gary Numan's iconic "Cars." Gandhi Khan followed in 2001, and New York: A Mix Odyssey appeared in 2004, containing hit collaborations with Spalding Rockwell ("Hear My Name") and Tara McDonald ("My My My"). Both of these songs also appeared on Van Helden's 2005 studio album Nympho, and "My My My" became a chart hit once again when it was re-released and remixed in 2006. Van Helden's Ghettoblaster album, influenced by freestyle and other '80s dance sounds, appeared in 2007. Retrospective You Don't Know Me: The Best of Armand Van Helden and New York: A Mix Odyssey, Pt. 2 both appeared in 2008.

In 2009, Van Helden collaborated with British rapper Dizzee Rascal for a fidget-house song called "Bonkers." The song hit number one in the U.K., and was a decent-sized hit elsewhere. Later in the year, he teamed up with Canadian DJ A-Trak under the name Duck Sauce, producing a track called "aNYway." It hit the charts in a few countries, but it was a moderate success compared to next year's "Barbra Streisand." Built around an infectious Boney M sample, the song hit number one in several countries, partially thanks to the viral popularity of its music video, which featured cameos by Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, André 3000, and numerous other famous musicians. A few other Duck Sauce singles followed during the next few years, leading up to full-length Quack, which finally arrived in 2014.

Van Helden continued to be an in-demand remixer, with stars such as Sam Smith, Madonna, and Disclosure among his clients. In 2015, he released a three-CD mix on Ministry of Sound titled Masterpiece, including one disc of early house tracks, one disc dedicated to yacht rock, and another consisting of '80s freestyle. Van Helden's recording career was given another retrospective in 2016, with Defected Presents House Masters. ~ John Bush & Paul Simpson
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Touch Your Toes (Cd Single)

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Track List: Ghetto Blaster

1. Go Crazy!

2. Touch Your Toes

3. I Want Your Soul

4. Nyc Beat

5. Playing House

6. This Ain't Hollywood

7. Still In Love

8. Playmate

9. Je T'aime

10. To Be A Freak

11. All Nite

12. A Track Called Jack

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Track List: Sugar (Single)

1. Sugar (Original Club Mix)

2. Sugar (Paper Faces Remix)

3. Sugar (Paper Faces Dub)

4. Sugar (Cagedbaby's Sugar Baby Remix)

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Track List: When The Lights Go Down (Single)

1. When The Lights Go Down (Radio Edit)

2. When The Lights Go Down (Original Club Mix)

4. When The Lights Go Down (Backstage Sluts Drama Remix)

5. When The Lights Go Down (Paul Masterson's Subway Remix)

7. When The Lights Go Down (Sneak's Night Out Remix)

8. When The Lights Go Down (Boy 8-Bit Grindhouse Remix)

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Track List: Into Your Eyes (Single)

1. Into Your Eyes (Radio Edit)

2. Into Your Eyes (Original Club Mix)

3. Into Your Eyes (The Droyds Delinquint Remix)

4. Into Your Eyes (Sant & Matteo Esse Remix)

5. Into Your Eyes (Sebastian Leger Remix)

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Track List: Hear My Name

4. Hear My Name (Solid Groove Hear My Rub)

5. Hear My Name (Solid Groove Hear My Dub)

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Track List: Old School Junkies

1. All Right

2. Brooklyn Beats

3. Hey Baby

4. Mecca Toast

5. Play The World

6. The Funk Phenomena

8. Work Me Goddammit

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Track List: Armand Van Helden: Select Singles

1. Touch Your Toes (Stretch Armstrong Remix)

2. When The Lights Go Down (Trophy Twins Digital Dub Remix)

3. I Want Your Soul (TV Rock Mix)

4. I Want Your Soul (Dusty Kid Suga Vocal)

5. NYC Beat (MSTRKRFT Remix)

6. NYC Beat (Emperor Machine Dub)

7. Sugar (Cagedbaby's Sugar Baby Remix)

8. Into Your Eyes (Sebastian Leger Remix)

9. Playmate (Jesse Rose Remix)

10. A Track Called Jack (Jahawi's Jackin' Off Remix)

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Track List: Ghettoblaster Remixes

1. Playmate (Jesse Rose Remix)

2. Playmate (Jesse Rose Dub)

3. This Ain't Hollywood (Radio Slave Remix)

4. A Track Called Jack (Jahawi's Jackin' Off Remix)

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Track List: I Want Your Soul (Single)

1. I Want Your Soul (Radio Edit)

2. I Want Your Soul (Album Version)

3. I Want Your Soul (TV Rock Mix)

4. I Want Your Soul (Crookers Remix)

5. I Want Your Soul (Crookers Crunk Remix)

6. I Want Your Soul (Dusty Kid Suga Vocal)

7. I Want Your Soul (Dusty Kid Suga Dub)

8. I Want Your Soul (HippE's Tek No Priznor's Mix)

9. I Want Your Soul (HippE's Tek No Dub)

10. I Want Your Soul (HippE's Bonus Mix)

11. I Want Your Soul (Lost Daze Club Mix)

12. I Want Your Soul (Jah Dub)

13. I Want Your Soul (Fake Blood Remix)

14. I Want Your Soul (Tommie Sunshine's "East Meets MidWest" Remix)

15. I Want Your Soul (Wizard's Breaks Mix)

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Track List: Je T'aime (Single)

1. Je T'aime (Radio Edit)

2. Je T'aime (Album Version)

3. Je T'aime (Switch Remix)

4. Je T'aime (SMD Remix)

5. Je T'aime (Digital Dog Club Mix)

6. Je T'aime (Digital Dog Dub Mix)

7. Je T'aime (Cagedbaby K Mix)

8. Je T'aime (Nathan Detroit Remix)

9. Je T'aime (This Time Of Night Remix)

10. Je T'aime (Riva Starr "ACID '80" Remix)

11. Je T'aime (Instrumental)

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Track List: My Life (Single)

1. My Life (Haji & Emanuel Radio Edit)

2. My Life (Haji & Emanuel Remix)

3. My Life (Haji & Emanuel Instrumental)

4. My Life (TMS Radio Edit)

5. My Life (TMS Club Mix)

6. My Life (TMS Club Instrumental)

7. My Life (Grant Nelson Vocal Mix)

8. My Life (Grant Nelson Neo Funk Mix)

9. My Life (Grant Nelson Dub)

10. My Life (Fonzerelli Remix)

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Track List: My My My (Single)

2. My My My (Original Mix)

3. My My My (Deekline & Wizard Vocal Mix)

5. My My My (Ashley Beedle's New York Farm Remix)

6. My My My (Cagedbaby's Pace Remix)

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Track List: The Best Of Armand Van Helden

1. My My My

2. I Want Your Soul

3. Touch Your Toes

4. NYC Beat

5. Hear My Name

6. Let Me Lead You

7. Sugar

8. Into Your Eyes

9. Je T'aime

10. Ski Hard

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Track List: U Dont Know Me (Single)

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Track List: Witch Doktor (Cd Single)

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Bmore rock this
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walksinwater 7
What a cool dance tune . If I could only go back in the day; fan dancing, tambourine slapping along, and of were the color of the rainbow.
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This is Real House.....I love this track, song whatever you want to call it. Just get up and do the damn thing..You don't me, you Betta watch out!!!!!
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Live... love... dance. ...ohhh gooodddd... yeah he in the house tooo....,,
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I'm sitting at my cigar spot feeling this track relaxing in my lazy boy chair
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OMG.... BANANAS....
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You have a chioce
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This is one of the reasons I like techno, freestyle, electronica & dance music!!! Which is why I like to dance!!!
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Ain't the lyrics the truth and a great track to boot makes your arse move and groove.....❤
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You know this is good stuff!!!
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The best times of this era
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A close friend of mine is the dudes son, and I gotta say Armand is a great person and has made remarkable (positively remarkable) moves in the industry. Check ya s**t before you check the next man.
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and is one of the best
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he does what all djs are suppose to do.
..make people move you stupid f**ks
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Seems some people are passing judgement a little fast.This guy makes some damm good tracks of his own.A remix is a remix regardless of how much remixing is actually done.His own tracks will get a party rockin for sure.Should dig a little deeper.
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shiftgrindan d f l y
"Dancing to this at the Fineline when I was a youngster was hot."
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This guy sucks how can any of you call this music good - it is like trying to f*** your grandmother while your mom watches
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darlage
Hey Armand, do you wear Drakkar?
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darlage
armand is the lame
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Yeah, I was wondering the very same thing.
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ed.kutsko
Why does he come up on Soft Cell's Tainted Love?
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let me take work someone has already done, make it sound exactly the same
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how dumb can someone be... dj's sample and remix music to make it their own ...DUH ... hes been around and will remain a great dj
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If you want to know the kind of things that Armand is capable of doing....the next time you all decide to log in to your pandora boxes...star t a station entitle "Armand VanHeldon". Then you will know what kind of work he does and the other artists that are similair in sound. He really is gifted. He is doing what any other DJ would do....remixi n g . Maybe attending on of his concerts would help you to understand the things that he does for a DJ concert. He really is a super sweet guy. Doesn't ask f
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Leave a comment about DJ Armand Van Heldon?!!?
I went to school with Armand....he is a genuinely great guy. He is not getting credit for the song....he is getting credit for the remix that he put together. If you people knew Armand, you would know how sweet of a man he is. PHUCK you all.
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walilkoa
the same thing happens all the time with rap stars nowadays. they take both the lyrics AND the instrumental s from other songs, and add a little spoken word. sounds like a good strategy to me.
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the_axis85
Ripoff artist is too kind of a term for someone who obviously has no idea how to create art. Hint: creating art isn't as simple as stealing it from someone else.
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Armand Van Helder should not get credit for an Obvious Soft Cell song, regardless of the last 30 seconds of remixing! this is musical rape!
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Armand Van Helden is a tool. He put a random air-conditio n i n g noise over the first part of Black Betty, and then let the whole original song play through. Then, he looped the chorus and slapped a bass line on top that was completely off key. How can you seriously do that? Why did no one stop him? If I met this guy on the street, I would hit him. I would hit him in the face. He took an epic classic rock song, defaced it, and put his name on it. My fist, his face. The front part of his head.
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shrimpbarney
great
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An artist taking credit for someone else's work. The due credit should go to the original recording- Soft Cell. a few lazer sounds and a drum machine and now we should call this guy original? please!
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You've got to be kidding. He mixed the last forty-five seconds of the song. Otherwise, it's a straight (no irony intended) version of Tainted Love.
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Oh, I get it. This guy is a dj and has mixed albums. This is just one song off one of his compilations .
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This is Soft Cell. I have it on CD and vinyl. I don't know why it is under Armand Van Helden.
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elmerketron
Thought this was Soft Cell!
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earloaks
How can this be one of my favorite songs and I never knew who the artist was? I feel so "tainted"... .
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gregcoll3000
Top notch!!
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Shimply shmashing...
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Witch Doktor, My my my, Spin spin sugar, Phunk Phenomenon. Need I say more? This guy is the best ever hands down. I remember all these songs playing in the clubs when I was clubbing with my girlfrind (now my wife) We have two kids now and cant go clubbing, but the one thing that remains the same is we have our memories and our club songs on discs and my two sons love it too ! Even though we don't go out much anymore, Van Helden keeps us all groovin !
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lilari91
y did i think that lynard skynard sang this??? wat the hell was i on?
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my favorite song by this artist is flowerz.
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mharrell287
cone heads.
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Hear my name .....JAMI
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takes me back to a period of time w/real beat and freestyle dancing
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Reminds me of the cuts Ron Hardy would play at the MUSIC BOX in CHICAGO!!!
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superb style

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