I’m headed to a New Years Eve party in Brooklyn tonight and was asked if I had a danceable version of “Auld Lang Syne” to drop at midnigt. I didn’t. Instead I made this medly of some memorable pop hits from the last decade, kicked off by a classic, Glen Miller version of “Auld.” Enjoy, and happy new year!
At the end of the night the lights came on but the crowd was not done, and neither was I, so it’s to be continued this Monday night at the Beat Research party, Enormous Room, Cambridge. Here’s the lowdown:
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!
Earlier this month Barack Obama won the US Presidency. At Grant Park in Chicago hundreds of thousands of people celebrated in unity as he gave his victory speach. It was an incredible experience, but I didn’t realize ’til the next day, when I saw this AP video essy, just how incredible:
That was Tuesday, November 4, ’08. Three days later I had a gig in Chicago, at Bass Goes Boom, the montly party at Lava. I decided to start my set with Obama’s speach. The crowd went wild! Unfortunately I was too busy dancing to pay attention to my mixing. None-the-less I think today — Thanksgiving — is a good time to share the mix.
Last time I was touring around Europe DJ Elected invited me to play at one of his Harlem Jungle parties in Amsterdam. I can’t remember exactly how we made contact, but I hadn’t been aware of his music before that. Since that time I’ve become a big fan. He’s been producing and releasing some serious tunes on his Sirkus Recordings label, in addition to making some great bootleg/remix tracks and dope DJ mixes. Here are some examples:
Over the past year DJ C has produced and released a whole slew of mashups and remixes, many of which have been available as part of our Free Tunes series. For this release we present those mashups all together as a free download album entitled “Mas Hits.”
“Album of the year”
– Boom Blokk:
You can preview and download all the tracks below, or download the full album .zip file and you’ll also get a few secret, extra-special bonus tracks. If you missed the teaser mini-mix (leaked by Time Out Chicago), and music video check them out – >
Wayne pointed out this post on Vibe’s blog about the abundance of M.I.A. “Paper Planes” remixes floating around. I had already collected a bunch over the past year, but recently they’ve been popping up like mushrooms on shit after a rain storm. Many of them seem to be legit/official (or semi-official) versions featuring prominent rappers like 50 Cent, Jim Jones, and Bun B.
To top it all off, the new T.I. track “S.L.U. (Swagga Like Us)” features a “Paper Planes” sample as the main refrain. M.I.A. repeats “No one on the corner has swagger like us” while T.I. and his brothers in top-40 rap Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, and Kanye West, do their thing over the top.
Our boy DJ Flack has been organizing a set of 2/dub/bass-step slammers for to rock the house at The Good Life in Boston on Wed:
In the past year and a half, there’s been a small explosion of club nights in Boston devoted to bass-centric genres first spawned in the clubs of London: bassline, 2-step, and (most famously) dub step”
…This Wednesday, Operation Underground kicks off its ‘Home Grown Sessions,’ a series of parties spotlighting DJs and producers from the thriving local scene. The first of these features DJ FLACK (Tony Flackett), who runs the Beat Research weekly at Enormous Room.