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Mix: Tachycardia

Posted: March 17th, 2010 | Author: mahmoud | Filed under: Uncategorized | 3 Comments »

Just a little bit of cover art I cooked up for you folks. It's all photos I took, so that's kinda cool.

An upbeat mix this time. I happened upon a couple of really catchy indie rock dance remixes and did my best to combine them with the techno classics that I had been rewinding through. There are a couple really strong mixes in there. I was pretty pleased with what was basically my first original remix, Lykke Li’s Little Bit combined with New Order’s Jetstream Lover.

Download: Tachycardia (hypertensive mix by mahmoud)

(mp3, VBR ~218kbps, 105MB, 1:07:24 running time, avg. 125 bpm)

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Tracklisting:

  1. Seksu Roba – Hesitation
    A throwback for me, Seksu Roba is a high school relic, and an awesome one at that. Theremin dance music, ftw.
  2. Claude VonStroke - Who’s Afraid of Detroit
  3. Femme en Fourrure – Plump Biscuit
  4. Canyons – Apples & Pears
  5. Lykke Li – Little Bit
    Check out how this mixes with the next track.
  6. New Order feat. Ana Matronic - Jetstream Lover (Tom Neville remix)
    The non-remixed version of this is a surprisingly timeless classic. Maybe I’m in the wrong circles, but I’d say it’s underrated.
  7. Flairs - Trucker’s Delight
  8. Pantha du Prince - Satellite Snyper
  9. Joakim - I Wish You Were Gone (+ JK Dub)
  10. Boyz Noise - Feel Good (TV = off) (Shinichi Osawa edit)
  11. Basement Jaxx – Rendez-Vu
  12. Uriel - World of Love (Salman and Nir Azilov Remix)
  13. Digitalism - Pogo
  14. Rubies – Stand in a Line (Shinichi Osawa remix)
    In general Shinichi Osawa deserves more airtime. The Rubies original track is pretty good, too, despite not being dance music.
  15. Kisses – The Heart of the Nightlife
  16. Cut Copy - Far Away
  17. As One - Rumours
  18. TV on the Radio - Red Dress
  19. Hudson Mohawke - Overnight
  20. Oki Dub Ainu Band – East of Kunashiri
    Seriously had about 4-5 DnB tracks after this, but I figured you had partied enough, and the CD would be running out of time by now.

Mix: Pleisure

Posted: March 5th, 2010 | Author: mahmoud | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

A Pleisure Suit. Yeah, I'm gonna pronounce it that way for a couple days. Rolls off the tongue.

Evening, all. I’ve got a new mix, brought to you by a deep, deep desire to relax and enjoy a weekend. Of course, I’ve probably got an hour or two of work I have to shoehorn in between now and then. Luckily this mix works for that, too.

Pretty much a solid downtempo mix, not too many surprises. I’ve got the new Gorillaz in there, and only one cover. Beyond that, you’re listening to what’s been keeping my focus company. And for album art, semi-formal attire. A leisurely suit, if you would.

Download: Pleisure (portmanteau’d by mahmoud)

(mp3, VBR ~193kbps, 90MB, 1:05:18 running time, avg. 93 bpm)

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Tracklisting:

  1. Del Close & John Brent – (sample)
  2. Velours Perfect - Indian Cowboys
  3. Animals on Wheels – Loath
  4. Little Dragon – A New
  5. Maserati – Cities (Assembly Mix)
  6. Saru - Subterra
  7. Felix Laband - Step Two
  8. Calm – Light Years
  9. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
    Total coincidence: Last mix had a Gorillaz track at #9, as well.
  10. Ticon - On the Rocks
  11. Caribou - Pelican Narrows
  12. Kruder & Dorfmeister - High Noon
    I can’t help but feel that no downtempo mix is complete without some K&D.
  13. Cut Chemist - The Garden
  14. The Lushlife Project – Soul Reservation
  15. DJ Krush (feat. Toshinori Kondo) – Mu-Chu
  16. Alpha - My Things
  17. Minimatic - Take On Me (feat. Juliette P.)
    Pretty cute way to outtro, I felt.

Mix: Future Divan Groove

Posted: September 14th, 2009 | Author: mahmoud | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 3 Comments »
My couch, for lounging purposes.

My couch, for lounging purposes.

A short mix for you today, heavy on the acid/future jazz. And songs in French.

Download: Future Divan Groove (foretold by mahmoud)

(mp3, VBR ~221kbps, 71MB, 44:56 running time)

For this mix, I set out to create something a bit more uptempo, but still chilled. I only ended up using 2 of the tracks I had planned to use. I also threw in a little surprise at the end, found in a rummage sale back in Nebraska.

As a whole, the mix is probably a bit too upbeat and bouncy for my sitting and working purposes, but it would be perfect in a chatty room. Especially if you want to sound classy (wink).

Umm, technical notes. Track 1 (Bibio) was not mixing with Track 4 (Manu Chao), mostly due to the upbeat, jazzy brass clashing of 4 a bit with the deeper bassline of 1. I tried to compensate by bridging with Track 2 (Flying Lotus) and Track 3 (Herbalizer). So the transition went (bass)->(simpler bass)->(bass+brass)->(brass+vocals). It turned out ok, I guess. The mix kind of started heavier and slowed down. I’m not sure why I put The Smiths in. I suppose I just wanted to hear some Morrissey. Track 9 (Plastyc Buddha) has some technical issue, maybe. See the tracklisting notes.

I think I’m going to start keeping my mixes shorter than 74 minutes. You know, in case someone needs a demo CD. Stay tuned, I have plans acookin’.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Bibio – Fire Ant
  2. Flying Lotus – Beginners Falafel
  3. The Herbalizer – Worldwide Connected
  4. Manu Chao – Le Rendez-vous
  5. General Elektriks – Tu M’intrigues
  6. dZihan and Kamien – Stiff Jazz
  7. A Forest Mighty Black – Everything
  8. Bonobo – If You Stayed Over (reprise)
  9. Plastyc Buddha – Clear Day
    I have no idea what is going on at 4:40 in this song. 3 versions I’ve downloaded, all have 4 measures of random house. I completely spaced this and had to go back and chop it out.
  10. Astrud Gilberto – Who Needs Forever
  11. Quantic – The 5th Exotic
  12. Funky Porcini – Venus

Mix: Loose Leaf (long cut)

Posted: August 27th, 2009 | Author: mahmoud | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 7 Comments »
Loose Leaf Tea (Oolong)

I will steep you and drink you.

I got up extra early (think: 4am), drank a pot of tea (think: kettle of earl gray), and managed to stay up this morning (I’ve been up for 11.5 hours and it’s 2:30) to finally deliver on my promises of mixes. Without further ado:

Download: Loose Leaf (long cut by mahmoud)

(mp3, VBR ~220kbps, 128MB, 1:24:31 running time)

For this mix I basically grabbed a handful of music with which I’d been meaning to mix and threw it on my decks. It starts out with some downtempo, but quickly gets into some funky and house-y stuff, even mixing in some indy with one of my faves, Pipas. Pipas, quick note, since you’ll probably read this blog post (nope): your songs are all great, but they don’t have enough repetition and as a result are short and hard to mix.

It wasn’t all haphazard, though. A while ago I read about harmonic mixing, using the key of the song to make a smoother transition without using special effects or techniques. If you listen to the mix, you’ll actually hear that I didn’t a significant amount of filter or fx, letting the music speak for itself. Also, I’ve been playing with making the big tempo changes during the transitions instead of on beats during the track. This shows in a couple cases, but it doesn’t sound out of place.

Also, I was distressed that I used 2 Towa Tei songs, neither of which was the one that I had intended to use. You guys will just have to wait for that track. What do you guys think about me using the same artist multiple times in a single mix? It’s tough to listen to whole albums and then only be able to use one song, not just from the album, but from the whole discography. Oh the challenges of being a DJ. I actually had an idea of taking really good albums then rearranging and mixing the songs the way I’d like to hear them. Hit me with some feedback on that, too (in addition to the question about using the artist multiple times). Oh, and I recorded using an optical cable followed by normalization, so let me know if you notice any improvement there.

Well, this was fun. I hope to do it again real soon. Image credit linked. (I’ll get my photos up soon.)

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Tracklisting:

  1. Tosca – Suzuki
  2. The Blackbyrds – Future Children, Future Hopes
    (I should have trimmed the brassish stuff at the start, I mainly included this for its awesome old school synth/keyboarding goodness)
  3. Kid Loco – Relaxin’ With Cherry
  4. Sounds From the Ground – Marshemello
  5. Passion Pit – Sleepyhead
  6. Goldfrapp – Koko
  7. Kings of Convenience – Little Kids (Ladytron mix)
  8. Towa Tei – Obrigado
  9. Stretch – Why Did You Do It?
  10. The Bird and the Bee – What’s in the Middle?
  11. Pipas – Barbapapa
  12. New  Young Pony Club РIce Cream
  13. Gui Boratto – No Turning Back
  14. DHS – House of God 2000 (DHS remix)
    (Being DJ buds, Matt and I will occasionally “steal” from one another)
  15. Mateo & Matos – Journey Beyond
  16. Carl Craig – Frustration
  17. Juno Reactor – Nitrogen (Part 1)
  18. Grace Jones – Williams’ Blood (Aeroplane Remix)
  19. Towa Tei – Congratulations!

Inception

Posted: July 10th, 2009 | Author: mahmoud | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , | No Comments »

ThreeBoroboro begins here. It’s the idea that three friends can have a bit of fun with art together. Boroboro enables us to post and talk about our endeavors. Hit the about page for details, but basically:

Matt does architecture, DJs, and does some graphic design.

Ariel draws and does some video and photography.

Mahmoud (that’s me) DJs, photographs some, and handles some of the more technical aspects of things.

Now that’s pretty general. We do all sorts of projects, individually and together. And not just us; turns out, there’s a lot of art going on underneath our noses, so watch for the guest posts. Boroboro’s basically all your local art, conveniently around the Internet corner.

We’ll start by posting some of our older stuff. Eventually, we’re aiming for one or two posts per week, but you know, we’re pretty casual. This is a hobby for all of us, so we gotta make it last. If you think you might like to share, drop me a line.

In the meantime, sit back and subscribe.