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The New Years Special on Beatport

At the end of every year most labels and publications look back and reflect on what has come before, re-packaging old tracks together or making top ten lists. I’m always trying to find some big new records at the end of the year so I can go play something fresh, so I’d like to present the DIRTYBRD New Years Special.

Here are seven new bangers for your holiday DJ sets. The tracks are all new & most of them are by new talents on the label. Fresh faces include veteran German producer David Keno, an all new act called Jaded, Sirus Hood from Paris, My Cat Snoop, Mikey V, Wood Holly & Sage Armstrong. Of course we have a few guys who have been on the label before, Ardalan, Genghis Clan, and Nick Olivetti.

All the tracks work great in the club which was the main criteria for the compilation, no headphone b-sides here (although we still love those too!). Happy holidays to everyone.

Peace & Love,

Delivered by Label Worx on behalf of DIRTYBIRD


Starred // Call from Paris


Starred - Call from Paris


Lightly placed on the edge of that chair your mother gave us
On our wedding day
I numbly listen
in solemn dismay
For your tyres on the drive
You paved last year.

It’s 11pm.
Let me guess:
A call from New York? Paris?
Or that girl from the Christmas party with the black dress?
Her hand gliding up your arm
your leg
On the terrace of that bar
You promised to take me.
A compromise of our life reflects in the eyes of the tight skinned girl
You finish work on time for
As once more
I sit waiting up
For you not to come home.

In darkness my red wine
Spills from the glass onto the chair
As I stare at the wall we painted as one
That Sunday in July
Before the lies started to fall and
The evening apology calls stopped.

It’s 2am
The door crawls open
I’m still in the chair
Eyes fixed on the wall
You’ll tell me it’s work
I won’t look hurt
At the lipstick on your shirt sleeve and
Together we’ll leave
Take the stairs
To the bed we still share.

You’ll get the chair.


Trouble is my name.

Love Beyond the Sea: Part 10

The Fic: Librarian Belle French is a lactose intolerant American, soon-to-be-Canadian, who loathes the French and is terrified to fly. When her fiancé calls from Paris to confess that he’s in love with another woman, Belle decides to fly to France to confront him. On the plane, she meets Luc d’Or, a charming crook who turns her trip—and her life—upside down.
Chapter 10 Summary: Narrowly missing Victor and his new girlfriend, Belle chases him to the south of France. David questions Belle about Luc. Ariel arrives in Paris.
Rating: PG
Artwork: @rumpledspinster
Past Chapters: One | Two | Three | Four | Five | Six | Seven | Eight | Nine
A/N: 2015 TEA Nominee for Best Movie AU

On AO3

Chapter 10: The Road to Cannes

 “We’ll always have Paris.” – Howard Koch

“Pardon my intrusion, Mademoiselle.” Startled by a tap on her shoulder, Belle stopped scanning the room for Luc and whirled around, coming face-to-face with a tall, blonde man with discerning blue eyes.

“I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to frighten you,” he said. “I’m Inspector Nolan.” He flashed a badge and waved his mobile phone in front of her face, the screen bearing a smiling image of Luc wearing a three-piece suit. “Do you know this man?”

Pretending to study the photo, Belle frowned, looking down at the picture and back at the detective. “No,” she lied, “I’ve never seen him before in my life. Who is he?” Belle glared daggers at the open-mouthed concierge, daring him to contradict her.

“I’ll just see about your taxi, Madam,” Jefferson gulped, scurrying away.

“His name is Luc d’Or. You are certain you haven’t seen him?” the detective pressed.

Did she detect a hopeful note in the inspector’s voice? She couldn’t pinpoint the reason for her suspicion, but it seemed as though he wanted to be wrong. “Absolutely,” she verified.

“It’s just that you appear to be looking for someone,” he observed, peering over her shoulder.

Belle’s breath caught in her throat, and she fixed her gaze on the front of his shirt as the detective glanced around the hotel lobby, his well-trained eyes seeking out all the dark corners and camouflaged spaces. The blonde pixie-like creature accompanying him scrutinized Belle, patting the handcuffs attached to her belt in a silent warning.

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Telephone Conversation in English

Useful telephone vocabulary and phrases in English.

Making contact :

  • Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon …
  • This is John Brown speaking
  • Could I speak to ……… please?
  • I’d like to speak to ….. …..
  • I’m trying to contact ……….

Giving more information:

  • I’m calling from Tokyo / Paris / New York / Sydney …
  • I’m calling on behalf of Mr. X …

Taking a call :

  • X speaking.
  • Can I help you?

Asking for a name / information :

  • Who’s calling please?
  • Who’s speaking?
  • Where are you calling from?
  • Are you sure you have the right number / name?

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Asking the caller to wait :

  • Hold the line please.
  • Could you hold on please?
  • Just a moment please.

Connecting :

  • Thank you for holding.
  • The line’s free now … I’ll put you through.
  • I’ll connect you now  / I’m connecting you now.

Giving negative information :

  • I’m afraid the line’s engaged. Could you call back later?
  • I’m afraid he’s in a meeting at the moment.
  • I’m sorry. He’s out of the office today. /
    He isn’t in at the moment.
  • I’m afraid we don’t have a Mr./Mrs./Ms/Miss. … here
  • I’m sorry.  There’s nobody here by that name.
  • Sorry.  I think you’ve dialled the wrong number./
    I’m afraid you’ve got the wrong number.

Telephone problems :

  • The line is very bad …  Could you speak up please?
  • Could you repeat that please?
  • I’m afraid I can’t hear you.
  • Sorry. I didn’t catch that.  Could you say it again please?

Leaving /
Taking a message :

  • Can I leave / take a message?
  • Would you like to leave a message?
  • Could you give him/her a message?
  • Could you ask him/her to call me back?
  • Could you tell him/her that I called?
  • Could you give me your name please?
  • Could you spell that please?
  • What’s your number please?
DIRTYBIRD Playlist: DB-131 // VA - The New Years Special

‘Dirtybird’ has been dropping basslines and creating smiles on the dance-floor since January 2005. “The tracks are all new & most of them are by new talents on the label. Fresh faces include veteran German producer David Keno, an all new act called Jaded, Sirus Hood from Paris, My Cat Snoop, Mikey V, Wood Holly & Sage Armstrong. Of course we have a few guys who have been on the label before, Ardalan, Genghis Clan, and Nick Olivetti.” Listen up!


Still stuck on this one a bit…