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What’s Up With Dubstep?

A couple of newsy bits flew by the radar today including:

Don’t Believe The Hate: Skrillex Is Already The Next Big Thing…

&

James Blake is Not Feeling the U.S. Dubstep ‘Frat Boy Market‘”

It’s quite obvious that “Dubstep,” weather it’s the indie-rock version or the metal version, has seeped it’s way into the pop world.

So I was excited to find in my inbox on the very same day, some music that to me represents something closer to a direct descendant of the roots of dubstep:

Max Ulis’ soundtack to Illustrator, Tyler Fewell’s Seven:

Disclaimer: Listen to this on a system with large bass capacity.

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!

Party Like It’s 19-Naughty-9

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!

MP3 Download (68 Tracks in 55 Mins):
DJ C; Party Like It’s 19-Naughty-9 –>

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Tracklist:

  1. Glen Miller; Auld Lang Syne
  2. Britney Spears; Toxic
  3. Chingy, Ludacris, & Snoop; Holiday Inn
  4. Tweet; Oops (Oh My)
  5. Beyonce; Diva
  6. Radiohead; No Suprises
  7. Jay-Z; Dirt Off Shoulders
  8. Baby Cham; Ghetto Story
  9. Outcast; So Fresh So Clean
  10. 50 Cent; PIMP (Bombist, Post&Bim Rmx)
  11. Jay-Z; Run This Town (ft. Rihanna)
  12. Shaggy; Angel
  13. Timbaland & Magoo; Indian Flute
  14. Rihanna; Umbrella ft. Jay-Z
  15. Red Hot Chilli Peppers; Scar Tissue
  16. Blu Cantrell; Hit “Em Up Style (Oops!)
  17. Destiny’s Child; Jumpin’, Jumpin’
  18. Eve; Let Me Blow Your Mind
  19. Fabolous; Can’t Deny It
  20. Fat Joe & Terror Squad; Lean Back
  21. Jay-Z & Beyonce; Me and My Girlfriend
  22. P Diddy; Bad Boys For Life
  23. Snoop Dogg; Drop It Like It’s Hot
  24. Shaggy ft. RikRok; Wansn’t Me (Soundwasta’s Let It Be Me Mix)
  25. 50 Cent; In Da Club
  26. 50 Cent; I Get Money
  27. Brandy; What About Us
  28. J-Kwon; Tipsy
  29. Kanye West; Golddigger
  30. Tiger Ranks; Party With Me
  31. Lil’ Mama; Lip Gloss
  32. Beyonce; Single Ladies
  33. M.I.A; Galang (Diplo Remix ft. Lil Vicious)
  34. Busta Rhymes; Pass the Courvoisier (Ft. Pherell)
  35. Mark Ronson; Just Ft. Alex Greenwald (Radiohead)
  36. Rihanna; Pon Da Replay
  37. 50 Cent; Candy Shop (Instrumental)
  38. Cham & Beyonce; Crazy In Love Remix
  39. M.I.A.; Pull Up The People (Carrasco! Amerie Remix)
  40. Jay-Z; I Just Wanna Love You (Give It To Me)
  41. Remy Ma; Conceited (Instrumental)
  42. Snoop Dogg; Beautiful (Ft. Pharell)
  43. Busta Rhymes; Touch It (DJ Tameil Mix)
  44. Missy Elliott; Work It
  45. 112; Peaches and Cream
  46. Lady Sovereign; Random (A Brucker & Sinden Mix)
  47. Kelis; Trick Me Twice (Heatwave Remix ft. TOK)
  48. Gwen Stefani; Hollaback Girl
  49. Gnarles Barkley; Crazy
  50. Gorillaz; Dare
  51. Justin Timberlake; Sexy Back
  52. Gwen Stefani; Wind It Up
  53. Missy Elliott; Gossip Folks
  54. The White Stripes; Seven Nation Army
  55. Enur Ft. Natasja; Calabria
  56. Gorillaz; Clint Eastwood (2-Step Mix)
  57. Sean Kingston; Beautiful Girls (Suicidal)
  58. Ludacris; Roll Out
  59. Dr. Dre; Forgot About Dre (Ft. Eminem)
  60. Jay-Z; Big Pimpin
  61. Usher; Love In This Club
  62. Chamillionaire; Ridin’
  63. Amy Winehouse; Rehab
  64. Rick Ross; Every Day I’m Hustling
  65. Lil Wayne; A Milli (Hollertronix Remix)
  66. Hurricane Chris; A Bay Bay
  67. Damien Marley; Welcome to Jamrock
  68. Outkast; Hey Ya

Taste, Wot Iz It?

Billy Joel Glass Houses Album CoverI’ve had many conversations with friends about what we call “yeahrhh rock.” You know, the stuff that was sparked by the love-child of Eddie Vedder‘s and James Hetfield‘s vocal stylings?

I was reminded of these conversations after reading a hilarious article in Wired magazine about the music website Pandora. The question is weather Pandora can actually help someone with their bad taste. Here’s an exhertp:

I was 10 when I realized I had lousy taste in music. Billy Joel’s “An Innocent Man” was my gateway drug: I listened to it on infinite loop, in perfect contentment, for days. Later, in high school, I began huffing a deadly theater-nerd mix of piano-driven rock balladry, pseudo-political folk-pop, Danny Elfman soundtracks, and Enigma. College, the place where most people atone for the sonic sins of their youth, was a haze of Ben Folds Five and Dave Matthews Band. And things haven’t really improved since. Bad taste was less of a problem when our playlists were private affairs. Today, however, our personal soundtracks broadcast who we are, and it’s simply not acceptable to swan around with the Indigo Girls’ “Galileo,” Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass,” or (God help me!) Billy Joel’s “Big Man on Mulberry Street” blazing across your iPhone screen. (One is ironic, two is quixotic, but try all three and you can hear the NSA giggling on the other end of the line.)

Read on ->

Speaking of Annie Lennox’s “Walking on Broken Glass,” Have you heard Math Head‘s re-interpretation?

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Download: Math Head “Broken Glass” (Zshare) ->

Reggae Dancehall Sendups

It was bound to happen eventually. Dancehall’s been so good and so hip for so long, but it also tends to take itself so seriously. Well folks, the comedy world it pushing back:

“Ras Trent” from SNL:

“She’s So Hot – Boom” from Flight of the Conchords:

Is dancehall the new yacht rock?

Perhaps a more important question; what is this?

“America We Stand As One” Music Video by Dennis Madalone

New Chrissy Murderbot Mixtape!

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 ->

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R.I.P. K-Swift

K-Swift R.I.P.I’m getting ready to head out to Baltimore tomorrow for a visit with my man Gregzinho (of Beat Diaspora fame) before my gig in Silver Spring, MD on Friday night. I normally couldn’t be around B’more without ruminating on that city’s club music which has been such an influence.

Now I won’t be able to be there without thinking of B’more’s club queen, DJ K-Swift. She died Monday after a swimming pool accident and the Baltimore club scene is reeling. She’s been a mainstay in the the scene since the early days, and for the past 10 years had been spreading the B’more gospel as a high profile radio personality on Baltimore’s Q92 station.

As a female DJ, K-Swift was rare in the male-dominated scene she loved. She took club music’s raw and raunchy attitude by the horns and worked it. In honor of her life, I’ve made this little remix using an acapella from one her Club Queen albums. Club on, queen!

MP3 Download:
DJ C; This My Juce (ft. K-Swift) ->

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K Swift CD Promo Video:
The Jump Off Vol. 10 – Baltimore Club

Immediate Heat Wave

Immediate Sounds LogoThe Heat Wave crew in London just sent over this new mix of “Half an hour of jump-up Caribbean rave music.”

the UK sounds of garage, bassline, funky and jungle filtered through the tasty carnival vibes of bashment and soca.

It’s a companion to their new Immediate Sounds club night which will feature heavy doses of said tunes.

Listen:
Gabriel Heatwave and Ben Dubstar; Immediate Sounds Vol 1

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Download @ The Heat Wave site ->

Tracklist:

  • Beenie Man & So Solid Crew – Yagga Yo
  • Ms Dynamite & Menta – Ramp
  • El-B – Shorty (Steppas Remix)
  • Glamour Murphy – What The Woman Want (Acapella)
  • QQ – Screechie
  • Stacy – Let Meh Know
  • Kyla & Paleface – Do You Mind (Crazy Cousins Remix)
  • Geeneus & Zinc – I Try (Instrumental)
  • Vybz Kartel – Stop Gwaan Stush (Acapella)
  • Top Cat & Double 99 – Ripgroove
  • Durrty Goodz – Pum Pum Stealer
  • Tubby – Turbo Shandy
  • Destra & Dizzee Rascal – Flex (Tim Turbo Refix)
  • Plastic Gangsters – Rock To The Rhythm
  • Shabba Ranks – Love Punaany Bad (Baby G Remix)
  • Elephant Man – Nobody Nobody
  • Notch – Nuttin’ Nuh Go So (RCola Remix)
  • Soundclash feat Red Fox & Screechie Dan – Pum Pum Shorts

DJ C “B-Low” Mix

Download: DJ C; B-Low DJ Mix ->

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More vibes comin’ atcha! This one’s a dubstep-centric mix I cooked up featuring BIG tunes by a bunch of friends, in addition to a few folks who’s paths I hope to cross one of these days.

Check the links below for more info about the artists involved, including our pals from way down south (Caracas Venezuela), Cardopusher and Pacheko who’ve put together a slammin’ little album that we’ve released here at Mashit. Check it out in the Shop ->

Tracklist:

  1. Stenchman; “On The Road Again”
  2. Schlachthofbronx; “Bronx Dub:
  3. Max Ulis; “kILL aNOTHA sOUND”
  4. abZ; “Cylinder”
  5. Elemental; “Space Expander”
  6. Juju; “Punks”
  7. Fat Freddy’s Drop; “Cay’s Crays (Digital Mystikz Version)”
  8. Si Begg; “Pete Fucking Tong”
  9. MRK1; “Never Warned”
  10. Sosolimited; “Um Nah”
  11. Exillon; “Moon Shiner Remix”
  12. Burial; “Archangel (Boy 8-Bit‘s Simple Re-Mix)”
  13. N-Type / The Others; “Way of the Dub (Caspa Rmx)”
  14. abZ; “Bumpy (Wascal Mix)”
  15. RSD; “Kingfisher”
  16. DJ C ft. Chrissy; “Strut Dub”
  17. Schlachthofbronx; “Fatthing (Dubstep Rmx)”
  18. The Colonel; “Big Trouble (Original Mix)”
  19. Starkey; “Stripped Gutted (DJ C Mix)”
  20. Timeblind; “Skater 6”
  21. Squincy Jones “Shawty Swing (Nintendub Edit)”
  22. DJ C (Ft. Ghislain Poirier, Face T, & T.I.); “Blazin’ Hurts”
  23. Ghislain Poirier (feat. Face-T); “Blazin’ (DJ C Remix)”
  24. Stenchman; “The Number One”
  25. Sully; “Living”
  26. DJ C; “Since You’ve Been In This Club (Dub Mix)”
  27. Starkey; “Dementia”
  28. Schlachthofbronx; “System Red Remix (ft. Mr. Vegas and Babylon System)”
  29. Villa Diamante; “Daleduro vs Lady Tigra”
  30. Timeblind; “CopyCopy”
  31. DJ Donna Summer: “Rock Rock Rock (Aaron Spectre Remix)”
  32. Pacheko; “Bi Polar Bear”
  33. Cotti; “Mi Nua Friend Oddessy (Remix)”
  34. Cardopusher; “PAO! Total Xplosion of the Heart (Cardopusher rmx)”
  35. Buju Banton; “Murderer”
  36. Pacheko; “Green Bull”
  37. Point B; “Gymede (Original Mix)
  38. Ebola; “Teledildonics”
  39. Cardopusher; “Homeless”
  40. DJ C; “Dehydrogenated”
  41. Math Head; “Last”