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Thursday, June 16
Beauty Bar
1444 W. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Sets by:

DJ C [Mashit]
Lokua [Moment Sound]
Vapor Eyes [Boom Juice]
Shazam Bangles [Cutz on Cuts]

Preceded by:

The Chicago Ableton Live user group is starting up again for 2011 with a Free Ableton Workshop and The June Chicago Usergroup Meeting Thursday, June 16th from 8:00PM-10:00PM. Certified Ableton Instructors Thomas Faulds and Orville Kline will host and give presentations on cutting edge studio production and live performance techniques with Live, Max for Live, and Ipad Live control.

New DJ C Album – Umami – Out Now

Listen on SoundCloud:

Available from these and other fine music download outlets: iTunes | Juno Download | Amazon MP3 | eMusic | DJ Download | Satellite Records | 7Digital | Napster | Rhapsody

Please join us for a free Umami album release party at Smart Bar in Chicago, June 9.

They call it Boston Bounce but we call it banging. A bouillabaisse of b-more, dubstep & uk bass, a gleeful disregard for genre and rules. Uniquely American & awesome

The sense of fun and humor that pervades the tracks is a welcome break from all the moody and dark sounds more typical in the bass scene”

Satellite Records

DJ C has to be one of the best but most under-exposed artists out there. From Boston and now Chicago he is one of those rare artists whose every production is top notch, can’t find a bad track under his name. I have been dropping heavy tracks off his Sonic Weapons album in my sets for years, these things are party monsters that still manage to be smart and intricate. His remix of Gregory Isaacs “Gone a Jail” on the Shockout label and his “Let it Billie” 7″ are two of the favorite records I own. The man himself has a new album out called Umami, check it, dig it, buy it and support great music!”

The Double Bounce blog

A real journeyman of house, garage, funky and beyond, DJ C shows how he’s able to conquer a variety of sounds on this new full-length album… With future-funky rhythms underscoring big tunes like “Nu Strut”, “Blaze” and the lethally minimal brilliance of “Whistler”, there’s also slower beats to enjoy, such as “Dear John Bounce” which flits between jump-up jungle and slow, punchy dancehall. With London don The Heatwave joining C on “Change” and Sub Swara hooked up on “Belgrade”, this is a belting album, replete with some of the baddest beats out there at the moment.

Juno Records

Party scientist & beat producer, DJ C is known far & wide for his Boston-bounce sound, but he’s now called Chicago his home for the past 4 years and the influence of that historical home of house music, those fertile fields of footwork & juke, that booming base of booming bass, has seeped stealthily into his subconscious. Add this new layer to DJ C’s eclectic signature sound and this album equals an irresistibly fresh sonic flavor. From dubstep & club bangers to ravey dancehall anthems; from balkan to bhangara to baile, DJ C mashes it all into the deliciously varied and delectably danceable Umami.

New DJ C Album, Umami: Free Downloads

DJ C’s new album Umami comes out May 31. Between now and the end of the month we’re going to give out each of the 17 tracks on the album for free, but each download will only be available for one day. Follow Mashit on Twitter to find out how to get each day’s download. In the meantime, give Umami a listen here:

DJ C – Umami

Party scientist & beat producer DJ C is known far & wide for his Boston-bounce sound, but he’s now called Chicago his home for the past 4 years and the influence of that historical home of house music, those fertile fields of footwork & juke, that booming base of booming bass, has seeped stealthily into his subconscious. Add this new layer to DJ C’s eclectic signature sound and this album equals an irresistibly fresh sonic flavor. From dubstep & club bangers to ravey dancehall anthems; from balkan to bhangara to baile, DJ C mashes it all into the deliciously varied and delectably danceable Umami.

Face Melt ft. Aubern & DJ C: Fri. 5/27, Darkroom, Chicago

HIP-HOP / DUBSTEP / GLITCH / ELECTRONIC / BASS!

FACE MELT, Friday, May 27 at Darkoom Featuring:

& residents Intel, Phaded, & Maker. Hosted by: ADaD. Live Visuals by Killchnll.

FACE MELT is a new monthly event series which showcases envelope-pushing artists on a local, national, and international level. The 2011 programming schedule includes Live Bands, Live PA sets, DJs/Turntablists, & Touring Acts spanning genres like Dubstep, Glitch, Electronic, and Hip-Hop. The resident roster boasts some of Chicago’s finest talents — Maker (Stonesthrow, Now-Again), Phaded (Dubfix), & DJ Intel (The Comeups, Platter Pirates). Hosted by ADaD (All Natural, Eulorhythmics).

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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)