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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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.”


A great, timeless classic

Loving the crunchy beats

This is going to be such a big release

This record is a banger

A giant eruption of jump-up ecstasy

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:

Kid Kameleon; Extremely Small and Precise Sounds Part 2

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  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!

Super Street Raver III in Portland

I’m DJing at this party in Portland, OR tonight called Super Street Raver III. If you’re around the area, and feel like a solid dose of bass is in order, then swing on through.


A night filled with

$12 presales (no fee) // ONLY AVAIL UNTIL THURS!!! @ brownpapertickets.com
$15 door
$10 w’WA ID

@2410 N.Mississippi. Portland, OR
18+ entry
21+ bar area

the new challengers.

09:00-10:00 Graintable
10:00-11:00 Splatinum
11:00-11:45 Pipedreamcore
11:45-12:30 Squideye
12:30-01:30 DJ C
01:30-02:15 Rico Prediate
02:15-03:15 Ryze+Fall
03:15-04:15 kilowatts
04:15-05:00 aligning minds

09:00-10:00 Deelo G
10:00-11:00 Fukumup/GnarGnarkillkill tag set
11:00-11:45 Bllix
11:45-12:45 Rokhausen
12:45-01:45 Foxdye
01:45-02:45 Endykryn
02:45-03:30 the Great Mundane
03:30-04:15 Prophetnoise
04:15-05:00 Shrubbery

It’s 2010; Time for Bass!

I’m playing at Smartbar here in Chicago tomorrow. It’s gotta be just about the best sound-system in the city to hear massive dubstep bass on, so you just might need to swing by and shake a leg if you’re anywhere in the greater Mid-West area.

Thursday 14 January 2010
Abstract Science and Dubfix present

TES LA ROK  [Dub Police, Argon, Noppa, Helsinki, Finland] – http://www.myspace.com/teslarok

DJ C  [Ninjatune, Soul Jazz, Mashit] – http://dj-c.comhttp://www.mashit.com/

PAH JE  [Dedication, Unitovone, St. Louis] – http://www.myspace.com/pahje

Smartbar – 3730 N. Clark, Chicago
10p-4am | $8/$5 before 11pm w/txt | 21+
smartbarchicago.com | bigbassthursdays.com | abstractscience.net | dubfix.com

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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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  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

Bouncement @ Lava, Friday, October 16

BOUNCEMENT: Bass For Your Waist

An evening of extreme-genre-blends with 5 DJs playing condensed sets of dubstep, lazer-bassline, dancehall, acid-crunk, mashup and tons more for the dance-floor.


Cringer : The Grind King (Dubfront Records, PTS Radio)
Chris Widman (Abstract Science Radio, Dubfix)
Whoa-B (Brüt Force, DubstepFM, Joystyxx Radio)
Jeekoos (Dubfront Records, DubstepFM, PTS Radio)
DJ C (Mashit, Shockout, Ninjatune)

Friday, October 16 | 10pm – 2am @ Lava
1270 N Milwaukee Ave Chicago, IL | 21+, $3

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