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DJ C, “Sonic Weapons” Re-Release

DJ C - Sonic Weapons album coverDJ C’s debut album, Sonic Weapons, was originally released in 2007 as a CD on the Japanese label, WIMM Recordings, and soon after as an MP3 download album exclusively in the Mashit Shop.

Now, for the first time, it’s available all over the internets in download shops like iTunes, Amazon MP3, eMusic, Rhapsody and Napster.

This is the 3rd release in our series of DJ C & EOSS back catalog leading up to the release of DJ C’s new album, Umami in May.

Listen: DJ C Sonic Weapons

Hype

A digital-dancehall groove graced by the otherworldly sound of theremin; crunk, dub, [jungle], reggae, & the distroted bass & beats of grime & breakcore crammed into a three-minute track — Sonic Weapons is not your everyday album” 4 Stars – Time Out New York

Riddim Scholar, ragga scientist and remixer of artists from M.I.A. to Gregory Isaacs, DJ C dropped this, his debut full-length album, in the summer of 2007. Straddling dancehall, grime, crunk & dubstep, Sonic Weapons was designed to kill sound-systems and destroy dance-floors.

The album features guest appearances by Chicago bad-man ragga vocalist MC Zulu, renowned Viennise thereminist Pamelia Kurstin, wicked wicked Boston riddim scholar Wayne&Wax, Jamaican vocalists Wasp & Dami D, & U.K. toaster, Quality Diamond. The tracks draw from diverse musical roots deep in the global underground & radically join those genres together into a sturdy trunk The branches reach around the globe like tentacles slapping bootys and moving feet everywhere.

DJ C knows the bass! Sonic Weapons is a perfect collection of digital ragga, post-jungle tracks and big riddims with a really distinctive and personal approach. It’s heavy, bouncy and perfect party music. I play his tracks often in my DJ sets”
– Ghislain Poirier

Bringing out the big guns… Sonic Weapons is a rush.” 4.5 Stars
– Remix Magazine

This is about as proper as it gets. Throughout, C showcases his seemingly effortless abilty… Hard to imagine a summer throwdown without this little beaut. Verdict: C gets an A.”
– Boston’s Weekly Dig

[July 2007] saw the long-awaited release of DJ C’s first full-length album, the formidably enjoyable ‘Sonic Weapons’.
– XLR8R

Like New England weather, the debut from Boston’s own DJ C changes gears without rhyme or reason. Having remixed songs by M.I.A., the mash-up artist works his magic on a set that ping-pongs from hip-hop to dub to bhangra to rock.”
– Boston Globe

DJ C, one of [Boston’s] most accomplished and influential electronic musicians is leaving the Bean and moving to [Chicago]. But not without a bang… Sonic Weapons is the first full-length he’s released as DJ C…. [He] has produced an abundance of some of the best beats and mixes to come out of Boston in the past decade.”
– Sonic Heart

This is a continious mix album. You can buy the tracks individually, but played together as a gapless album they form a seamless DJ-style mix.

A Sonic Weapons 12-inch EP was also released on the Death$ucker label. It featured a couple of tracks from the album, as well as the infamous bluegrass-core tune, Who Wah Seek Yo, and a remix of said track by Leipzig, Germany’s LXC.

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…

Streaming Music Takeover: What About DJs?

If you follow the signs about the future of music distribution they all seem to be pointing toward streaming and away from downloading actual files. In general this makes a lot of sense. Having an entire music library accessible from anywhere, on any device, at any time is a great idea, especially once social features and sharing become more ubiquitous. It’s why services like Spotify and GrooveShark — and Netflix on the video side — are so popular, and it’s why mega-companies like Apple, Google and Amazon (for movies so far) are working on similar services.

This leaves me wondering about how DJs will adapt. In recent years, DJs media of choice have moved from vinyl and CD to laptop, using tools like Serato Scratch Live and Traktor Scratch which still give the feel of vinyl or CD but allow DJs to carry much more music with them in a compact form. I assume the next generation of DJs, who didn’t grow up using vinyl and CDs, will use a new wave of tools which will be even more portable; iPad apps for example. I’m also pretty sure there’ll be a retro resurgence of DJs who use actual vinyl again at some point, but I digress.

What I’m curious about here is what digital DJs will do when streaming takes over. Will DJs have to use specialized portals that allow actual file downloads? I imagine sites like Juno Download, Beatport, Bleep, Boomkat and TurntableLab won’t stop doing where they’re doing, but they carry very DJ specific music. You can’t go onto those sites and get, say, top 40 tunes for example. Will iTunes and Amazon MP3 continue selling downloads as an option once streaming takes over?

Tools for DJs to use audio streams will inevitably emerge, but as we know, internet connections are fickle which could lead to a very frustrated DJ and audience. That said, I’ve already been to a number of house parties where folks wind up playing YouTube videos or tracks from GrooveShark and it seems to work out OK. The only thing missing is the ability to beat-match, equalize, and mix those streaming tracks into a seamlessly engaging set.

Another very real possibility is that machines will eventually make DJs obsolete. What if IBM’s Watson was stuffed with every conceivable music recording and used The Echo Nest‘s spectral waveform analysis to determine similar tracks? Combine that with Pandora’s music genome info, Amazon and Netflix recommendation algorithms, sensors that could read and predict audience reaction, the ability to seamlessly mix tracks, and you just might have a recipe for a workable DJ replacement.

Mostly though, I’m just curious about what new tools DJs will use in the meantime.

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

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

New Release: DJ C “Jump Up & Bounce” / “Mad Again” 10-inch & Digital

New 10-inch vinyl/digital record from DJ C on the London-based West Norwood Cassette Library label.

FACT Magazine has given the record, and the label, a glowing review:

When your first release is something so self-defining and, well, excellent, it’s easy to get painted into a corner … where to go next, without making carbon copies or simply letting everyone down? [label producer, Bob] Bhamra finds a way out by releasing something else entirely; not only is WNCL 002 not composed of his own productions, but they’re full vocal tracks leaning towards ragga and dancehall which still somehow manage to incorporate the burgeoning WNCL aesthetic of rough, chunky sounds dryly rubbing and grinding into each other. Friction never sounded so appealing.

So 002 is a resounding success, helping to further define what might be called the WNCL sound, even through its differences … chunky percussion, sneaky basslines, and a restless energy that keeps the music from settling down into any complacent groove.

DJ C has also recorded a mix for London’s Resonance FM, Exotic Pylon show — timed to correspond with the release of the record.

The 10-inch is available from many fine retailers, including the following:

And you can grab the digital download version all over the internets from wonderful e-tailers like these:

Give a listen:

From the label:

2 fantastic Karnival smashers straight outta Chicago from the creator of the Boston Bounce, DJ C.”

Boomkat’s review:

Thick bashment-style thrusts from junglist DJ C on the second release from West Norwood Cassette Library records. ‘Jump Up And Bounce’ is a clarion call to the sweaty floors and dirty great speaker stacks everywhere, delivering a payload of gruff rolling bass topped with female ragga chat. Over on ‘Mad Again (Du Ting Mix)’ things get a bit more calamitous with a breakbeat midsection anchored with shuddering bass.”

Support:

A great, timeless classic
UNTOLD, HEMLOCK

Loving the crunchy beats
2562 / A MADE UP SOUND

This is going to be such a big release
PARIAH, R&S

This record is a banger
HANUMAN, STEAK HOUSE RECORDS

A giant eruption of jump-up ecstasy
JONNY MUGWUMP, RESONANCE FM

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!

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!

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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