Tonight (Jan 26), Chrissy Murderbot & Mica are back in the studio for another Joystyxx Radio show!
Hi everybody! It’s been a really long while….I’ve been out in Europe on tour, and then back in the states working on a new album, moving into a new apartment, and doing a LOT of job-hunting and penny-pinching.
Actually, it seems like everybody has been doing that, to not much avail, so I’ve whipped up this handy dandy little recession mixtape to lift your spirits and/or maybe make you want to hang yourself. It’s mostly old disco & soul cuts, because that’s what I gravitate to when I am broke for some reason… Anyway, this one goes out to all my fellow unemployed homies–hope you enjoy it!
Download: Chrissy Murderbot’s Recession Mixtape ->
Tracklist after the break: Continue reading
Hi folks, got a new mix of all my fave up-to-the-minute juke – bassline – ghetto – step – sleaze – rave – core nonsense. Lots of exclusive / upfront stuff from myself, my label-mates, and some other assorted pals. (PS to said label-mates & pals–thanks!)
Oh, and this is really, profoundly not-safe-for-work in a couple of parts, so be forewarned.
Download: Chrissy Murderbot August 2008 Mixtape ->
Tracklist after the break: Continue reading
Hi everybody! I’ve been away for a LONG, LONG time…sorry about that.
Anyway, I just picked up this new Cocoa Tea 7″ called “Barack Obama”, and it’s pretty adorable. To be honest, I am kind of really tired of the Obama sales bonanza that I see going on in my demographic–I mean, I love the guy and fully intend to vote for him, but when I walk into Urban Outfitters (my first mistake) and see no fewer than FOUR different Barack Obama t-shirt designs for sale, I shudder a little bit.
NEVERTHELESS, I thought this nifty Obama-themed steppers joint from dancehall legend Cocoa Tea was cute as hell. Enjoy.
Cocoa Tea; Barack Obama (VP Records)
First up, for all who haven’t seen this: Google Maps Drug Deal! Right here in beautiful Chicago, Illinois. There’s a license plate number and everything. Here’s a screen shot, for when Google eventually gets this removed.
There are all sorts of webbernets nerds buzzing about this pic and how it relates to our PRIVACY and PERSONAL FREEDOM and OMGZ GOOGLE IS TAKING OVER OUR LIVES and BIG BROTHER and all that, but really I think all that can be avoided by operating on a simple principle that has served me well throughout the years: “don’t sell drugs in the street when a car covered in cameras rolls by”.
In related news, Dizzee Rascal has a new video, with Bun B from UGK. It’s called “Where Da G’s”, and it’s filmed in Houston, and it’s all about what an accomplished crack dealer Dizzee Rascal & Bun B are, and how you (and all those other “fake” rappers) claim to be accomplished crack dealers when you really aren’t. It’s full of shots of a specifically American vision of ghetto life: windowless bungalows with spacious, grassless lawns; giant American hoopties; craps games; etc. Take a look:
I find this pretty revolting for a few reasons:
1) Could Dizzee possibly be trying any harder to blow up in America? This really looks painfully forced..it reminds me of when The Prodigy came out with Firestarter.
2) Maybe this makes me a bigot (or maybe I’m just rooting for the home team), but I just absolutely refuse to believe that any Englishman is as hard as your worst (or even average) American thug. I’m not saying that the British are weaklings or anything, and I certainly don’t think American gangsters are the toughest on earth, but the very fact that Dizzee talks about KNIFING somebody in his track is telling–KNIFING somebody? really? Stabbing is a crime for hoboes, prison inmates, and Europeans–here in the western hemisphere we SHOOT people, thank you kindly.
3) COKE RAPS ARE SO PLAYED OUT. Can we pleeeease PLEEEEEEEEASE move on to an era where hip hop is either a) dead or b) interesting again or at the very least c) not ethically reprehensible? Don’t get me wrong, I have always been one of those bleeding heart free speech ultra-liberals who thinks crack should be legal and people should be able to say just about anything in any format they want (including on radio, FCC guys) and I’ve always laughed at the crusty right-wing culture terrorists who think that rap and video games are the downfall of society, but at a certain point I have to admit that songs like this fall into the same category as torture in films and television–certainly these artforms are reflections of endemic problems with our society, but at the same time they are helping to glorify and lionize a lot of harmful, dangerous, and unethical behaviors, and I can’t help but believe that an absence of such treatments of this subject matter in hip hop would be a positive thing.
Ok, enough of me and my soapbox.
I know, I know, I can’t stop writing about these guys, but they’re MY BABY! (read: my conflict of interest.)
They’ve got a brand spankin’ new video that just debuted on p-fork, and I think it’s pretty great. Here’s the Pitchfork link, but I’ll go ahead and embed the video here too:
Hi all–here’s ANOTHER mixtape (and this time it’s an actual tape, as in two sides, totalling 90 minutes) that I made for a Dutch mixtape blog called ‘t Nieuwe Werck…it’s a bunch of Hardcore Rave choons from ’90 – ’92. It’s primarily Belgian tunes, but on second listen there’s a fair amount of US & UK material, and even some Italian stuff on there too. Tracklist is formatted as follows:
Artist; Title (Record Label / Country / Year).
Now here’s the mix:
Tracklist After the Break… Continue reading
I know word has spread fast on this one, but for those of you who’ve not heard yet, Jungle / Drum & Bass legend (and BBC host / Prototype records owner-founder) Grooverider was sentenced to a four-year prison term yesterday in the United Arab Emirates. Apparently he had a gig in Dubai, and he got caught bringing a spliff through airport security (he also had some porno DVDs with him, which are illegal in Dubai as wellâ€”this aspect of the story has gone curiously underreported). Despite being a fancy international tourist hot-spot, Dubai’s got a super-strict fundamentalist Islam-inspired penal code, and Mr. Rider ended up getting a 4 year sentence for 2.16g of weed. YIKES! He’s still got 2 weeks to appeal, but it’s looking unlikely that he’ll be spared. Consider the following examples of UAE legal proceedings:
Another British tourist (this one a Rastafarian) was arrested in Dubai this year after police used some crazy sci-fi super-sensitive screening device and found 0.003g of marijuana in the tread of his shoe. According to the BBC, 0.003g is “an amount that is invisible to the naked eye and weighs less than a grain of sugar.”
The fine folks at 88 Music Blog (a party-throwing collective out of DC) have just posted a mix of mine–figured I’d link to it here!
The blog post: 88 Murderbot Exclusive Mix
Download: Murderbot Winter 2008 Mix
- Sally Shapiro; Hold Me So Tight
- Trick Daddy vs. 2 Unlimited; Shut Up (Chrissy Murderbot Refix)
- Dizzee Rascal; Flex (Dave Spoon Reflex)
- Ssion; Clown (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
- James Talk; Love Acid (Paul Woolford Remix)
- The Human League; The Things That Dreams Are Made Of (Kissy Sell Out Remix)
- Rick Astley; Never Gonna Give You Up (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
- Digital Mystikz feat. Speng; Anti War Dub
- The Futureheads; Hounds of Love (Phones Remix)
- Starkey feat. Xploder; Corner Store
- Starkey vs. Ginuwine; Pony Store (Chrissy Murderbot Blend)
- DJ Deeon; Work This M.F.
- jiri.ceiver; Osiac (Vogelâ€™s Funky Sola Mix)
- Paleface vs. Sticky; Warlord (A-Side Mix)
- Dexplicit; Might Be (Remix)
- The B-52s; Love Shack (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
- Chrissy Murderbot; WORK YR BODEE
- Sidney Looper; Crank Dis SB
I’m really really really feeling this label lately. They’re a dubstep label run out of the Anthem Records shop in Portland, and their stuff is just SICK (not to mention their sleeve design–BEAUTIFUL!)
Seriously–they’re effing GORGEOUS sleeves–hand-printed label logo on a jacket cut from the kind of brown kraft paper that we all know and love from the bags they give you at the record shop (or the comic book shop, liquor store, porn palace…but I know them from the record store).
Anyway, LoDubs has released tunes from perennial Mashit favorite Starkey, South3rn, 6Blocc (aka L.A. jungle producer R.A.W.), and Bombaman (including a super-hot Bombaman remix of Solvent), and have an INTENSE list of slated releases for the near future: Mashit fave Pacheko, DZ (including a DZ Morcheeba remix), South3rn’s absolutely MASSIVE and super-sought-after “Fully Loaded” b/w “Muslim Dub”, a Nadja remix by Vex’d, and a 2CD mix by 6Blocc. Check out their site (just a myspace page at the moment, http://www.myspace.com/lodubsrecords), and have a free mixset of LoDubs tunes (old stuff and super-duper-tippy-top-secret unreleased dub plate business) courtesy of Jon @ Anthem:
Download: LoDubs Mixtape (mixed by Monkeytek)