Category Archives: DJ Mixes

HTTP // GOLD (Adult Contemporary Serotonin For The 21st Century)

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When FM radio emerged in the late ‘60s as a format for “album-oriented” rock music, it was a new, open-ended land of opportunity. The music enthusiasts who were excited enough to want to broadcast their favorite new tunes using the not-yet-popular platform were about to blow open an entire generations’s doors of perception. Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, and so many others were creating ever-more challenging and experimental music that was presented to, and consumed by the Baby Boomer generation as pop culture. Those same tunes are still played over and over again on FM today as a broken-record-homage to that historic moment.

As the FM format grew and became more commercial during the ‘70s, the experimentation began to wane, and pop music became more homogenized. It wasn’t until the early ‘80s when a new format called music video was ushered in by MTV, that the flood gates of popular music were again opened. The Talking Heads, Run D.M.C. The Beastie Boys, The Cure, Guns & Roses, NIN, Nirvana; MTV was breaking new music in the ‘80s, and influencing FM’s “alternative” format. Then, just like had happened to FM, in the early ‘90s MTV became more commercial and more homogenized, and popular music again began to stagnate.

It was with the emergence of the most disruptive technology to date, the internet, that pop music was once again blown wide open. The musical gate-keepers of the past are were toppled. Now there are thousands, if not millions of taste-makers curating micro-scenes of pop across the world. Artists now become famous on platforms like YouTube, and Facebook.

HTTP // GOLD is a DJ mix of internet-age music that, in my head, is as popular as Pink Floyd or Madonna, only now popularity is less clear since the gate-keepers have so radically shifted and diversified. The other unifying factor is beauty. These are serotonin-inducing, chill-out tracks that could have easily made their home on an AM Gold compilation in a parallel space/time.

DJ Mix “Beats Researched”

Digging back 20 years into the explosive jungle sound which pushed toward dubstep 10 years later, and eventually led to the global bass movement as we know it today, this mix weaves together some those stylistic threads routed in Jamaican, UK, and US dance music culture.

DJ C “Beats Researched” Tracklist:

  • Ori Shochat x Dango – “Rain”
  • Dennis Brown – “Rebel With a Cause (Bizzy B Remix)”
  • Zeds Dead – “Rude Boy”
  • DJ Krome & Mr. Time – “Ganja Man”
  • Estelle ft. Janelle Monae – “Do My Thing (JayCeeOh Remix 2.0)”
  • Conquering Lion – “Code Red”
  • Amazon II – “Booyaaa! (Open Your Mind)”
  • DJ Rap – “Intelligent Woman”
  • Sibot – “Magne Jam”
  • DJ Krome & Mr. Time – “Studio One Lick”
  • Ms. Dynamite – “Dy-Na-Mi-Tee (Instrumental)”
  • Remarc – “R.I.P.”
  • Si Begg – “Bangin”
  • DJ C – “Circe”
  • Prizna f. Demolition Man – “Fire (Urban Shakedown Remix)”
  • Swizzymack – “Dri p”
  • Dillinja – “Muthafucka (Fire Fox Relick)
  • Wildlife! – “Galang So Feat. Major MacKerel”
  • Supra 1 – “Ghoster”
  • Boy 8-Bit – “House On The Hill”
  • M.I.A. – “U.R.A.Q.T. (DJ C Mix)”
  • Switch – “What Did She Say (JP Remix)”
  • DJ Flack – “Enemy Beats”
  • DJ C – “Billy Jungle”
  • Beyoncé vs. DJ C – “Work It Out (Crazy)”
  • De La Soul – “Held Down (feat. Cee-Lo)”

DJ Mix: The Funk So Rubber

When I first heard the TB303 “acid” bass line sound I was blown away by its alien feel. The wobbly portamento tones sliding into each other struck me as an audible illustration of the mailable, bouncy nature of rubber.

I also remember when I first heard Fatboy Slim’s Rockafeller Skank I thought the vocalist was saying “Right about now the funk’s so rubber” and while that was a great way to describe the bouncy guitars in the track, it was an even better way to describe the elastic acid-breaks tracks I had been getting into at the time. So I was disappointed when I figured out the vocalist was not sharing my enthusiasm for rubbery sounds but instead was conjuring “the funk soul brother.”

Those acid sounds which developed in the ’80s Chicago house movement, and continued to evolve throughout the ’90s worldwide, are still a major influence on bouncy tunes today. I’m always a sucker for a good tweaked out acid line and this mix encapsulates some of my favorite rubbery tracks throughout the ages:

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DJ C – The Funk So Rubber ->

Tracklist

  1. The Big Heist ft. TOK & Beenie Man – “Bring It On”
  2. Hardfloor – “Knuckle Skills – Home Run”
  3. Mr. Scruff – “Sea Mammal”
  4. Luke Vibert – “Lover’s Acid”
  5. Mr. Scruff – “Ug”
  6. Luke Vibert – “Funky Acit Stuff”
  7. Hardfloor – “Dubdope”
  8. Hardfloor – “Drive Thruw”
  9. South Rakkas Crew – “Hotter Than Them (Extended Mix ft. Kid Foreigner & Bigga Boss)
  10. Like Vibert – “Acid2000”
  11. LyricL – “Loose Broken”
  12. Fast Eddie – “Ain’t it Funky”
  13. Josh Wink – “Higher State of Counciousness (Tweekin Acid Funk Mix)”
  14. Blawan – “Kaz”
  15. Fatboy Slim – “Everybody Needs a 303”
  16. Crookers – “Embrace The Martian (ft. Kid Cudi – Seiji Acid Remix)”
  17. Ultramarine – “Butch”
  18. DJ C – “Nanocheck”
  19. DJ Scotch Egg – “Aaron Spectre’s Scotch Acid Remix”

DJ C; “Resonant Frequency Modulation” Mix

This past summer I recorded a DJ mix for London’s Resonance FM radio station to celebrate the release of my Jump Up & Bounce / Mad Again record. The mix aired  on the Exotic Pylon show the week of the release. The show is available over at their site but I thought I’d release the mix here in it’s raw form:

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DJ C; Resonant Frequency Modulation

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Tracklist

  1. DJ C; Hardcore Tonight Riddim
  2. MaddJazz; Selekta Riddim (Ultravid ‘Yah’ Remix)
  3. Baobinga ft MC Spyda; Criss Like HD (Poirier RMX)
  4. South Rakkas Crew; Mad Again (Boy 8-Bit Remix)
  5. Marcus Price & Carli; Mat, Bira, Kvinnor, Weed (Kingdom Remix)
  6. Willy Joy & Rob Threezy; Sundown
  7. South Rakkas Crew & Deerhoof; Choo Choo Beep (+81)
  8. DJ Flack; Enemy Beats
  9. Poirier (feat. Face-T); Enemies (DJ Flack Mix)
  10. Ghislain Poirier (feat. Face-T); Blazin’ (DJ C Mix) 
  11. Sully; Broadway G 
  12. Si Begg; High Volume (Si Begg VIP remix)
  13. DJ C; Jump up and Bounce (Remix Instrumental)
  14. DJ C; Jump up and Bounce (Remix ft. Ms. Thing)
  15. South Rakkas Crew feat MC Gi & Mr Dockery; Hands Up (South Rakkas self-remix)
  16. Supra 1; Ghoster
  17. Jamtech Foundation; Park The 9 (ft. Voltage)
  18. Sully; Cadillac
  19. Sub Swara; Belgrade Riddim (DJ C Remix)
  20. DJ C; Clown Dub
  21. DJ C; Du Ting
  22. DJ C; Mad Again (Du Ting Mix)
  23. Mochipet & The Hustle Heads; Get Your Whistle Wet (DJ C Remix)
  24. DJ C; Whistle Dub
  25. Felix The Housecat; Kick Drum (Jeekoos Remix)
  26. RSD; Kingfisher
  27. DJ C & Zulu; Exhibition Virtues (Elected Remix Instrumental)
  28. DJ C & Zulu; Exhibition Virtues (elected remix)

Quantum Shifts

Sharon and Jake Present 33 Golden HitsIf you’re wondering why blog posts here at Mashit have been less-than-frequent recently, here’s a little background:

Over the last couple years my life has undergone some quantum shifts. For example, I’ve transitioned from full-time DJ, music-blogger/producer, to full-time Creative Director at an economic development organization. I also became a husband and a home-owner. These new roles are super-exciting, fun, and challenging, but alas, they’ve left me with less time to focus on all-things-music.

That said, I’d like to share 2 DJ mixes I’ve made in light of these events.

The more recent of the two I presented to my wife, Sharon at the first anniversary of our wedding. It’s a compilation of songs featuring female vocalists.

The mix was inspired by the Little Dragon song “Feather.” Their singer, Yukimi Nagano’s voice is so amazing that it inspired in my mind a chain reaction of other songs with incredible female singers:

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DJ C; Sirens for my Muse ->

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The other mix, which I made exactly a year earlier, is a compilation containing some of Sharon’s and my favorite tunes. It was given out on CD as a gift to guests at our wedding:

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DJ C; Sharon & Jake Present 33 Golden Hits ->

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Neither of these mixes focus on the usual Mashit fare of bass-heavy, electronic-dance-music. But stay tuned to this podcast. I’ve got one of those classic Mashit mixes already done and will post it here soon.

Track-lists after the break: Continue reading

Kid Kameleon “Extremely Small and Precise Sounds Part 2” DJ Mix

Kid Kameleon “Extremely Small and Precise Sounds Part 2″ DJ MixBack in ’07 Mashit partnered with Kid Kameleon and the London-based music and culture portal, Spannered to bring you 2 mixes of low-end revelry. Now we’ve decided to ally once again.

Kid K is back with the bass, but this time the treble is tweaked in a most explicit manor. The sounds are “extremely small and precise.” That’s how the Kid describes this breed of esoteric, minimal-dubstep-esque material. Give it a listen and define the genre for yourself:

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Kid Kameleon; Extremely Small and Precise Sounds Part 2

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Tracklist:

  1. Arovane; No.8 Amx
  2. Sideshow; If Alone Feat Paul S.Hilaire
  3. El Rakkas; Seas of Disease (LV Remix)
  4. Taal Mala; Plus
  5. Shackleton; (No More) Negative Thoughts
  6. Simple; rO
  7. 2562; Kontrol
  8. LV and Josh Idehen; Face of God
  9. El Rakkas; I and I  
  10. Peverelist Ft. Pinch; Revival
  11. Appleblim; Vansan (Gatekeeper Remix)
  12. Gatekeeper; Blip
  13. Appleblim & Geiom; Shreds
  14. Ramadanman And Appleblim; Justify
  15. Kanye West; Love Lockdown (Flying Lotus Remix)
  16. Burial; Shuttle
  17. Mount Kimbie; Taps

Now go check out Kid Kameleon; Extremely Small and Precise Sounds Part 1 over at Spannered.

And for old time’s sake listen back to the last Kid Kameleon-Mashit-Spannered colab, the Aim High and Aim Low mixs.

Must Be The Beer

I had an interesting experience DJing in Portland, OR last night. It was similar to something I once witnessed at a gig in Ghent, Belgium. The more wild, crazy, hard & heavy I was willing to go with the music, the more the crowd responded and danced.

The opposite is generally the norm in Chicago, Boston, and really most places I’ve played. The more familiar the crowd is with the music, the more they dance. If I go a bit too left-field the dance-floor clears in a hurry. When that’s the case I find myself dropping a track like “Waterfalls” by TLC to get the crowd back on the floor. Last night, after I’d play some classic dancehall or an Eric B & Rakim track, I’d begin to lose ’em and had to play super-esoteric dubstep or breakcore to fill the dance again.

Today I had brunch with my friend Paul AKA Strategy who runs the Community Library record label, and he observed that Portland seems to have a crew of working-class party kids who who are gravitating toward extreme music. The breakcore/dubstep events like the one I played at last night are drawing upwards of 700 enthusiastic, sonic-freaks. This crew is unlike the folks Paul referred to as “hipsters” who represented a gentrification of underground culture and who, at this point, gravitate toward more mainstream sounds.

I’ve witnessed what Paul’s taking about in Chicago too. The hipster club-nights tend to specialize in forms of music that have bubbled to the top; weather it’s electro-house, ’90s revivalist stuff, or ironic mashups. DJs at those nights might be able to drop in a dubstep track for underground cred, but if they were to play more than a couple they’d be in danger of losing the crowd.

Obviously there’s a time and place for mainstream dance-party action, but I wonder why there’s not more place for underground experimentation. I don’t mean nights of specific music like “Stictly acid-crunk all the time!” In my view that’s were genres steer off the cliff. When drum & bass, dubstep, etc solidified into something definable their specialty club-nights became a bore.

With that in mind. Check out Strategy’s “A Rainy Night in Portland” mix for XLR8R ->

I never realized Nu Shooz was from Portland!