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Roots Wreck Remix

Originally released at the turn of the century, Roots Wreck Remix was my sophomore full-length album recorded under the name Electro Organic Sound System (EOSS). It was the follow-up to my 1996 album, Herbanism which was re-released here in digital format here a couple weeks ago.

Like Herbanism, Roots Wreck Remix has been out of print for years, but today it’s available for the first time in digital download format from Amazon MP3, iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster and other fine online outlets.

On this album, recorded during the late ’90s, I was messing around with ambient-dub, jungle, hip-hop, dancehall and other styles. At the time I called it “wreck-step” which seemed to be an apt description of some of the frenetic beats woven through parts of the album. It mashed genres and styles together, tweaked and recomposed into something eclectic and strange.

Here’s what some of the critics had to say at the time:

Roots Wreck Remix” is “fibrous Jungle and post-Orb dub overlaid with grainy electronics.” – The WIRE Magazine

EOSS is “ground-breaking musical experimentation.” – The Boston Globe

This delightfully hard grinding album, textured with ambient and atmospheric sounds, escapes all genres by pulling pieces from every corner of the underground music scene.” – Deeper Magazine

Up next in this digital download series is a re-release of DJ C’s Sonic Weapons album, followed by a brand new DJ C album called Umami. Stay tuned…

Herbanism & The New Mashit Release Schedule

15 years ago my first CD was released under the name Electro Organic Sound System. The album, called Herbanism, was 6 extended tracks of ambient-dub and breakbeat experiments. It went out of print pretty quickly and has not been in circulation since, but from time to time folks still mention to me how much they like the record. I figure the 15th anniversary is as good a time as any to re-release Herbanism. So starting today it’s available once again from Amazon MP3, iTunes, eMusic, Last.FM, Rhapsody, Napster and other fine online outlets.

This is the first in a series of back-catalog re-leases which hadn’t seen their way into digital distribution before. Next up will be the Electro Organic Sound System album, Roots Wreck Remix, and then the DJ C album, Sonic Weapons. The series will culminate in a brand new DJ C album called Umami.

Stay tuned for all the upcoming releases. In the meantime, enjoy Herbanism.


More on Herbanism

Recorded in 1994 – 1995 & released in 1996, Herbanism has been remastered and re-released for it’s 15th anniversary. Here’s what folks had to say about it when if first surfaced:

It’s great to hear excellent domestic electronic music that covers a lot of ground without sounding forced. Paying respect to electronic-music masters past and present, DJ C (a.k.a. Jake Trussell) Layers his melodic excursions into drum and bass, dub and trance over moody, grayish electronic atmospheres, which imbue his creation with a distinctive voice. This CD falls more on the chillout side of the electronic fence, which may disappoint those looking for more standard dancefloor fare. But with so much attention being given to European and British electronica, DJ C reminds us not to forget those Americans currently mastering the art of noise.”

– Alternative Press magazine

Employing tenets from the spectrum of dance music, herbanism is a cool thing. Exploring ambient, drum and bass, funky breakbeat, electronic, and dub, DJ C, a.k.a., Jake Trussell gives props to the Orb, King Tubby, & Boogie Down all in one breath. It’s nice to see so many influences at work with in a collection that evolves into some pretty funky stuff. Respect.”

– URB magazine

If you like a range of chill-out music from the Orb to Bill Laswell to Aphex Twin you’ll like this a lot.”

– Drop magazine

Download Herbanism

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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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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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.

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Discontent on Pecheko, Cardopusher

Australian blog, Discontent wrote up this nice little review of our recent release, ThisTroy by Cardopusher & Pacheko:

DJ C’s Mashit label has been going hard and not even considering going home throughout 2008 with releases from the label boss himself, alongside DJ Flack, Zulu, Bong Ra and Murderbot. Coming on like a bottom end Santa Claus, DJ C dropped some yultide cheer at the tail end of the year with a split release that went some way towards representing the new sound of Caracas – four tracks from the prolific producer Cardopusher (who recently dropped his Hyperdub debut), and three from new kid on the Venezuelan block, Pacheko. It’s not a particular surprise to find this pairing back to back – both seem entwined in each other’s back catalogue, with various remixes and mixtapes ricocheting between them. Pacheko also counts Starkey amongst his cohorts – with another recent split single (on Lo Dubs) and a remix from the Philadelphia producer.

The original version of the track below,”Green Bull”, features on the Mashit single, “This Troy”, however this sprightly bleep’n’bass version is released as a non-EP teaser. It’s a fair reflection of Pacheko’s output thus far – a producer with a cheeky spring in his dubstep, unafraid to rub electro melodies and pop-skank rhythms with his heavy bass treatments. Buy the release at mashit.com.

You can download a version of Pacheko’s track Green Bull over at the Dicontent post ->

4 New Releases

When it rains it pours! Just as 2008 draws to a close a small slew of my remixes and tracks have suddenly emerged as official releases.

First off is a remix of Mochipet’s “Get Your Whistle Wet” which has just been released on:

Mochipet: “Microphonepet Remixed”
Daly City Records, U.S (12-inch Vinyl / Digital)

Mochipet commissioned remixes from Berlin’s Crunkmasters Chris de Luca vs. Phon.o, Chicago’s DJ C, Canada vs. Switzerland’s Starting Teeth, San Francisco Glitch Mobster Boreta, Robot Koch of Jahcoozi, and Baltimore’s own Spank Rock DJ Darko.
– PR Copy

Buy from:
AmazonMP3 | Juno Download | iTunes | Boomkat

Next up is my track “Juce” featuring Brazilian MC Jorge Stylo. This track has been slated for release on Berlin’s Man Recordings for like ever, but wound up on this DJ mix compilation by Australlia’s Bang Gang DJs on Modular:

The Bang Gang DJs – “D Is For Disco, E Is For Dancing”
Modular, Australia (Double CD)

[This] is the most thrillingly forward thinking and downright jacking mix the Bang Gang Deejays are yet to piece together. 68 tracks including [the track ‘Juce’ by DJ C ft. Jeorge Stylo]
– Product description @ Amazon ->

More info at Discogs.com ->

Then there’s this remix I did for New York City’s Sub Swara crew:

Sub Swara “Coup d’Yah Remixes Vol 1”
Low Motion, U.S (CD/Digital)

Ghsislain Poirier moves between dancehall and drum & bass with his ‘Insh’allah’ overhaul, maintaini

ng a fearsome low end presence at all times, DJ C sews things up with a highly entertaining take on ‘Belgrade Riddim’, full of finely chopped breaks and Balkan brass melodies.
Boomkat

Buy from:

Boomkat | Juno Download | Beatport | iTunes | AmazonMP3 | eMusic

Last but not least is this compilation of Boston-centric electronic choonz on which my Boston-bounce track “Acid Bounce” appears. Also features tracks by Dev Null, Vinyl Blight and many more:

“Year Of The Rat” – Compilation
Vermin Street, U.S (CD/Digital Album)

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AmazonMP3 | eMusic | Amie Street

And while we’re thinking about releases, don’t forget tomorrow’s release of Cardopusher & Pacheko’s “ThisTroy” 7-track EP right here on Mashit.

DJ C in Portland, OR

Ragganaught FlyerRAGGANAUGHT!!!

Hitting you with the junglized dubstep, the
fire me up phatty, and rage it raggacore.

@ THE OHM
31 NW 1st ave,
Portland, OR
21+ // cheap drinks
music starts @ 10:30pm
tuesday 10-21-08
only $5

  • DJ C: Chicago-shockout/mashit records- raggacore/dubstep
  • Ryan Organ: pdx-aleutian/offshore recordings- dubstep/jungle
  • Senseone: pdx-frontline kingpins- jungle/raggacore
  • Penpointred: pdx-reactionary- breakcore/raggacore
  • Sarva: pdx-upful riddims-jungle

From the Portland Mercury

DJ C

(Ohm, 31 NW 1st) DJ C got a couple of big breaks a few years ago. First, legendary BBC radio host John Peel named C’s Mashit Records label of the month, citing the ability of the first few releases to burn up just about any dance floor while mixing any and all genres. Shortly after that Diplo asked C to remix a track he was working on for M.I.A., which proceeded to completely explode, giving a boost to everyone involved. Aside from running and producing music for his own label, C has released tracks on Shockout, Ninja Tune, and Community Library. He appears in Portland for a special “Ragganaught” edition of Reactionary Tuesdays, a new breakcore and dubstep weekly at Ohm. Although DJ C makes it a point to represent a very wide variety of styles, expect a focus on jungle and ragga sounds this time around. – AVA

Creative Commons

Creative Commons Remix IconThis video’s a little cheezy but it’s also a nice primer about how Creative Commons works. CC is a Copyright alternative that allows for remixing and sharing of media, which we here at Mashit think is of utmost importance.

All content on the Mashit site is licensed under a  Creative Commons Attribution, Noncommercial, Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Video: “A Shared Culture”

Some of you might find CCMixter.org of interest. It’s a website where you can upload and download samples, accapellas, remixes, and collaborate on projects. Like Archive.org’s audio site, it’s a great place to get open-source samples for productions you’re working on.

These projects are a big step in the right direction, but they don’t solve the problem that most of pop culture has not yet opened up to open-source and commons ideas. Digital media and the internet have unleashed a “torrent” of remix and collage culture, and creativity is running wild in the best way, but a large portion of the output is technically illegal. In the immortal words of Peter Tosh, “You’ve got to legalize it.”

At least the issue is on the mind of one VIP. Barack Obama recently wrote a letter to DNC Chairman Howard Dean requesting that all presidential debates be made public domain under a CC license. There is hope!

DJ C “Mas Hits”

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DJ C Mas Hits Album Cover

Update: The “Mas Hits” album is out now. 16 tracks of massive mashups and ridiculous remixes ->

It’s been just about a year since we re-launched Mashit.com as a blog, online shop, podcast, and all around place for fiends. Over that year Mashit boss DJ C has produced and released a whole slew of bastard-pop-style mashups and remixes, many of which have been available as part of our Free Tunes series.

Now we’ve decided to release those mashups all together as a free download album, along with a few secret bonus tracks. The album, entitled “Mas Hits”, is out now. This is the teaser, in the form of a mini-mix (leaked here by Time Out Chicago), and music video.

DJ C “Mas Hits” Mini-Mix (’80s Cartoon Music Video Version)

Meanwhile, If this post over at Mad Decent is any indication, DJ mini-mixes are hot right now. Check the Bang Gang DJ’s mini-teaser for their upcoming mix album on Modular which features the DJ C and MC Jorge Stylo track “Juce”; forthcoming on Man Recordings.

The Bang Gang Deejays “D is for Disco, E is for Dancing!” Minimegamatronicmix
Download here ->

DJ C “Mas Hits” Mini-Mix Tracklist: Continue reading

Time Out Chicago on Mashit and DJ C

DJ C in Time Out Chicago Photo by Christopher KontoesTime Out Chicago / Issue 183 : Aug 28-Sep 3, 2008
Fall Preview 2008 | Clubs
Vital man C

With an online label, global mashing mentality and futuristic dancehall album, DJ C’s got the sonic nutrition you need.

At the crossroads of the genre-blending, digital-remix and bouncing-bass-obsessed international DJ scene, DJ C and Mashit.com have a rep for pushing underground dance culture forward, both online and off. Radio One legend John Peel picked Mashit as his label of the month in October 2004 when the then-Boston-based producer was releasing tracks by DJ C and others with a jungle bent. More recently, DJ C, who relocated to the Chicago area from Boston a year ago, has turned the vinyl label into a download site, podcast and blog that serves as an outlet for his (and his friends’) mixes, mash-ups, original tracks–even full albums–that don’t tuck neatly into any genre. He’s a DJ expanding his curatorial role online and a Chicago producer of growing influence.

This fall, he’s issuing a free album of all his mash-ups–playful recombinations of everything from Usher and Kelly Clarkson to Southern club tracks–with the working title Mas Hits, plus an album featuring Venezuelan producers Cardopusher and Pacheko for Mashit. He’s also throwing the Bouncement party, which showcases global ghetto-tech, dubstep, bassline, grime, blog tracks and genre blends at Sonotheque on September 21 as part of the Chicago World Music Festival.

Continue reading at the Time Out Chicago site ->

Mashit MP3 Shop

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Update: As of April 2012 the Mashit Download Shop is no longer online. We got hacked and the crappy software we were using to run the shop was irreversibly damaged.

Some of our recent releases are available through iTunes, Amazon MP3 etc. See below:

DJ C; Umami
(16 track album: Amazon MP3iTunes)

Deliciously varied and delectably danceable
Listen/Download at Amazon MP3 ->

DJ C - Sonic Weapons album coverDJ C; Sonic Weapons
(16 track album: Amazon MP3iTunes)

To kill sound-systems and destroy dance-floors
Listen/Download at Amazon MP3 ->

Electro Organic Sound System; Roots Wreck Remix
(10-track Album: Amazon MP3iTunes)

Wreck-step, ambient-dub, jungle, & dancehall
Listen/Download at Amazon MP3 ->

Electro Organic Sound System; Herbanism
(6-track Album: Amazon MP3iTunes)

Mid ’90s ambient-dub and breakbeat experiments
Listen/Download at Amazon MP3 ->

Our out-of-print back catalog is listed on our Shop page ->

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