Mix: Massive 2: Metal Plates

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Drum and bass was my first dance-music love (unless you count a flirtation with C&C Music Factory in grade school); I think it was a direct route from seeing Prodigy’s “Firestarter” video on MuchMusic to getting hold of MTV’s first Amp compilation and just playing and replaying Goldie’s “Inner City Life” over and over and over. I was all about the breaks, aside from a lingering fondness for Roni Size (firmly wiped out by paying UK import prices at the Eaton Centre HMV to get hold of the Breakbeat Era album… yurgh). I lapped up anything Goldie-related, discovered Alex Reece, Remarc, Plug, Wax Doctor, goggled a bit at Aphex Twin, Alec Empire and Squarepusher’s cuckoo-bananas contributions to the genre, and even made my poor mother turn the car radio to CIUT to catch a ragga jungle show that aired at 6am while we were on our way to school. (Sorry, mom.)

Tech-step pretty much killed the sound off for me, at which point I was deep into IDM anyway – anyone want to buy some Team Doyobi vinyl, not even slightly used, hit me on my beeper. Don’t all call at once. Anyways, the resurgence of Metalheadz, in the form of a flurry of new releases, is plenty of reason to make a sequel to the original Massive mix I did a while back. But all this grime and footwork business goes rather well with it, I must say…

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Deemo – Massive 2: Metal Plates by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Ishan Sound – Namkha (Kahn Remix) – Namkha (Tectonic)
2. DVA – Solid (feat. Zaki Ibrahim & Metrodome) – Hyperdub 10.2 (Hyperdub)
3. Tessela – Rough 2 –  Rough 2 (R&S)
4. Four Tet – Kool FM (Champion Remix) – Beautiful Rewind Remixes (Domino)
5. Cassius Select – Bruv – Tuff Sherm / Cassius Select (Plastic World)
6. Lunice  – Can’t Wait To – Can’t Wait To (LuckyMe)
7. Danny Brown – Smokin & Drinkin (DJ Sliink Remix) – Smokin & Drinkin EP (Fools Gold)
8. Emika – Double Edge (Pinch Remix) – Missing in Action: A Collection of Selected Tracks, B-Sides and Remixes from 2006-2010 (Tectonic)
9. Plastician – Aqua Riddim – Plasticman Remastered (Terrorythm)
10. Footsie  – War Dub 4 (Send For Everyone) – King Original Vol 3 (Braindead Ent)
11. Flowdan – No Gyal Tune – Serious Business EP (Hyperdub)
12. Cam’ron & A-Trak – Dipshits (feat. Juelz Santana) (clean) – Federal Reserve (Fools Gold)
13. Traxman – Da Geto Dj’z And Teklife Anthem – Traxman presents TEKLIVING the Bandcamp Album (Bandcamp)
14. DJ Rashad, MoonDoctoR & FreshtillDef – Don’t Blow My High – WTF! (Freshmoon)
15. Nucleus & Paradox – The Return Of…   – The Return Of… / Analogue Life (Metalheadz)
16. Mako feat. Detail – Tell Me Something – The Truthseekers (Metalheadz)
17. SB81 – Arq – The Blueprints EP (Metalheadz)
18. Lenzman – My Tearz (feat. Steo) – Looking at the Stars (Metalheadz)

Mix: Left and Right

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So many total face-melters here. Both tracks with Riko make the case that he might be the U.K.’s most ruffneck MC. Repping the local scene with Shi Wisdom, who really ought to have been on the Polaris long list (apparently the album was like two minutes too short). Stray, who I didn’t know previously, was a nice surprise – Exit Records holding it down. And the footwork flip of “Luck of Luchini” was urgent and necessary. RIP DJ Rashad, gone too soon.

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Deemo – Left and Right by Deemo on Mixcloud

  1. Loops Haunt  – IIVA – Exits (Black Acre)
  2. Bok Bok – Howard  – Your Charizmatic Self EP (Night Slugs)
  3. Kowton – Jam01 (Beneath Remix) – Livity (Ghost-202 Remix) / Jam01 (Beneath Remix) (Livity Sound)
  4. Jacques Greene – No Excuse (Yung Gud Remix) – Phantom Vibrate Remixes (LuckyMe)
  5. Martyn – Forgiveness Step 3 – Forgiveness EP (Ninja Tune)
  6. Wen – Play Your Corner (feat. Riko) – Signals (Keysound)
  7. Durban – Chimes  – Chimes (Lit City Trax)
  8. Footsie – Tekky – King Original Vol 3 (Braindead Ent)
  9. Shi Wisdom – Fly Too – Stranger Things Have Happened (bandcamp)
  10. Heterotic – Boxes – Weird Drift (Planet Mu)
  11. VesperTown – Tuff Luv – Kaleidoscope (Donky Pitch)
  12. Jailo x Ganz – Casino Royale – Turquoise (Terrorhythm)
  13. Visionist – First Love – I’m Fine (Part II) (Lit City Trax)
  14. Stray – Fragile – Chatterbox EP (Exit)
  15. Nomine – Zen Circle – Enma (Tempa)
  16. Terror Danjah feat. Riko – Dark Crawler – Hyperdub 10.1 (Hyperdub)
  17. Ital Tek – Control – Control (Planet Mu)
  18. Traxman – Your Just Movin – Da Mind Of Traxman Vol 2 (Planet Mu)
  19. DJ Rashad x DJ Spinn x Taso – Luchini VIP – Teklife Till Tha Next Life Vol. 1 (Teklife)
  20. Dibia$e – Hold It Down – Schematiks (10thirty Records)
  21. DAMH – Black Night (DJ Koze Remix) – Black Night (Kompakt)
  22. J Dilla – Here We Go Again – Lost Tapes Reels + More (Mahogani)

Mixed June 7 2014 for a-void.ca by Deemo a.k.a. Dave Morris

Mix: Massive

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Producers have been dropping seriously fast tracks lately and try as I might, I couldn’t fit them in a mix. So I made a whole new mix that starts brisk and ends somewhere past breakneck speed. It’s a face-ripper, folks. Highlights include a cut from the banging new Machinedrum album and a killer 12-inch on Metalheadz by, of all people, Om Unit. This one goes to 11.

1. Pinch & Shackleton – Torn & Submerged
2. Boody & LE1F – Soda (MikeQ & Divoli S’vere Daughter’s Ha Remix)
3. Visionist – Escape
4. Nomine – Anxiety Tribe
5. Wiley – Flying (Bass mix)
6. Addison Groove – Footcrab
7. RP Boo – Steamidity
8. Traxman – War On Mars ft. DJ Fred
9. DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn – Brighter Days
10. John Wizards – Limpop
11. Ruffhouse – Greyscale
12. Machinedrum – Gunshotta
13. System – Sound Man
14. Mark Pritchard – Soundboy Fuck Off
15. Om Unit – The Hand
16. Addison Groove & Sam Binga – Ol Man Ek

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Mix: Horizon; also, gig June 11

It’s been a long time… OK I’m not going there. Too many lazy bloggers/rappers, Aaliyah spinning in her grave, etc. I am back and I have a gig (scroll down) and I made you a mix!

Horizon by deejaydeemo

 

1. Don Leisure, �Trio of Desserts�
2. Jon Phonics, �Liberties�
3. The Pharcyde, �Bullshit�
4. U.S.D.A., �CTE or Nothin��
5. Mike Gao, �Worthy Unworthy�
6. Jaylib, �Louder (Blast Your Radio theme)�
7. Exile, �Love For Sell / Bots Have Feelings�
8. TOKiMONSTA, �Darkest (Dim) f Gavin Turek�
9. Abnormal, �A Donut For the Beat Conductor�
10. Slugabed, �My Sense of Smell Comes and Goes�
11. oOoOO, �Mumbai�
12. Com Truise, �Beta Eyes�
13. Boxcutter, �Cold War (vs Ken and Ryu)�
14. Pixelord, �Vulvatron�
15. DJ Rashad, �Loud Pakk�
16. Shigeto / Heathered Pearls, �Porcelain�

What about that gig, then? Some of you may know about the DJ series me and some friends have been doing for more than five years; it’s called Track Meet, we play Whorish Pop and Hip-Hop, this time I’ll be playing the kind of ish you hear on this blog, and the next one is on June 25 at Crawford. Peep the poster:

Galapagos and Tuesday dls: Young Jeezy, Shlomo, mo

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Why is it, a-void readers, that our fellow 9-5ers take very little convincing to go for mid-week drinks despite the near-guaranteed hangover and wallet-damage; but when I try to get them to check out new music�such as Galapagos at The Drake a couple weeks ago�they come up with the flimsiest of excuses? Not that the organizers didn�t fully pack the place. I just didn�t hardly know anyone there. It boggles the mind.

My favourite moment, out of a wealth of great moments, was when Shlohmo (pictured above looking like a wizard) asked the assembled onlookers if we liked Waka Flocka Flame? Muted cheers. Each of the performers I saw found their sets� sweet spot (TOKiMONSTA melted my brain. Next time bring merch!), but the crowd were fickle enough that I may have been the only one loving Shlomo�s crunktastic “Pretty Boy Swag” remix. Dammit people, you�re the adventurous ones�all we are saying is give Gucci Mane (and Zaytoven and Drumma Boy) a chance.

Young Jeezy�s new single “Ballin�” works well as remedial listening�it�s technically brand new, but the hailstorm of hi-hats and the church bells tolling murrrderrrr will get you up to speed on Jeezy�s M.O. faster than he can say Yeaaa-aaaah. Which really isn�t very fast. Warning, though: if you don�t know Lil Wayne, don�t start here. You�d come away thinking he was a poor man�s Rick Ross. [LINK]

I am all up in Shigeto�s fanclub as you may have noticed from my recent mix (AHEM), so I was already paying-what-I-wanted for his collab with ambient dude Heathered Pearls before the beat even kicked in. Both men�s sonic signatures are all up in “Porcelain,” though the two styles gel better than expected; the clattering beat is as confounding as the ambient drone is soothing, though the sudden shifts in mood keep it perpetually on the edge of toppling over. This is active listening music, so don�t sleep. [LINK] (via 92bpm).

Six things that crossed my mind within moments of seeing that these juke/footwork legends took a gig in New York:
1. Fuck! I should have gone to New York;
2. Or I could try to see them in Chicago;
3. I wonder how much it costs to book DJ Rashad?;
4. Juke tracks, even ones with as much rubbery intangible funk as Rashad�s “Loud Pakk,” are only ever as good as their sample; 5. Which explains why the other three tracks you can download at this link are average, while “Loud Pakk” is just the kind of thing that will give you a seizure, and once you�re done convulsing you�ll just put it on again.
6. And that�s before the 2-minute mark, when a tech-y synth comes in and just Wrecks. Mother. Fucking. Shop. [LINK]

I was lucky enough to be introduced to XI at the Galapagos gig, and lo and behold he got profiled on Spinner without my involvement. I would be annoyed if Tabassum Siddiqui didn�t do such a fine job. Cop his tune “Medicate,” which balances three competing styles at once: the bass pressure of dubstep, the effervescent hi-hats of garage and the almost G-funk-like melody floating through on the Moog-esque synth lead. *TILT*.� [LINK]

Cop this nine-minute extended mix of “Deny This” from Mark E and tell me whether it�s brilliant, a good way for DJs to take a bathroom break, or both. [LINK]

Tuesday downloads: fancy footwork

Watch this. Feel that lump in your throat? When all the handwringing about exploitation begins � and there will be plenty of both the former and the latter (somewhere at this very moment a deeply unfair reality show contract is almost certainly being drawn up) � let�s not forget why we chase highs like the feeling of watching something that fresh and amazing for the first time. It�s like finding a trove of unseen Picassos in a flea market, if comparing wastelands like YouTube and the blogosphere to a flea market isn�t too much of an insult to flea markets.

I�m crazy late to the game, of course � people have been doing footwork in Chicago since the late �80s. It took Planet Mu�s Mike Paradinas (a.k.a. u-Ziq) championing the music for me to notice, which isn�t a small thing either. I didn�t think much of DJ Nate�s �Hatas Our Motivation,� Planet Mu�s first footwork release, or the stuff on Ghettophiles that I heard. Where�s the beat? Why are the loops so short? Who wants to turn up the bass with all that distorted middle-range? Whatever magical combination of gabba-like sample stabs, drum machine tom-toms and soul that I wasn�t even hearing as music, Paradinas did. I wonder if he can explain why I�m the only one who thinks the new Kanye can eat a bag of fuck?

�Here it comes / the sound of confusion�
� �Walking With Jesus,� Spiritualized

My switch got flipped by DJ Rashad�s forthcoming Just A Taste [STREAM], but it�s not out yet, so while you listen to his and DJ Spinn�s disorienting �Go Crazy� on loop so many times it turns your cerebral cortex into lumpy yoghurt, download DJ Earl�s �Hit Da Bootz� for a basic but compelling example of how to turn an 8Ball & MJG sample into a straight banger. Rashad�s single from earlier this year, �Itz Not Rite� is worth a purchase if only to find out what these shits sound like properly mastered. Which is to say, face-melting, like the best early drum �n� bass. Or Monk. Don�t you dare laugh.

[DJ Earl LINK via FACTmag; DJ Rashad available via Boomkat/iTunes/etc]