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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: Ersatz Club

Posted: September 28th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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This mix pulls you in with some club appeal and beats, before revealing its true nature; it’s not really club music, because I don’t know if this type of music really appeals to your paying, club-going type. And that’s a shame. I’d probably go out a lot more often if there were clubs playing something more like this.

Download: Ersatz Club Mix (mocked up by mahmoud)

(mp3, VBR ~240kbps, 103MB, 58:30 running time)

Here it is, my first laptop-created mix. I started getting into Ableton a while back, but that dwindled, like most things, because of school. Anyway, this thing took forever to put together, but I’m pretty happy with the result. I’ll be revisiting the tables if I can’t get a better hold on the workflow. But damn if some of the mixes didn’t come out polished as hell.

Still, listening to the mix I sort of get the feeling that I’m showcasing music and not building a mood. I’ve got to put some more work into that. Practicepracticepractice.

Notes inlined in the tracklisting. This mix goes out to Alan for his birthday. I’m not sure why I picked this picture for the cover art. I’ve got to start putting more thought into that, too.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Loose Shus – Taurus (Keenhouse Remix)
    32 measure mix, smooth as eff.
  2. Guy Gerber and Shlomi Aber - After Love
  3. Towa Tei – Risk Some Soul (feat. Luomo)
  4. In Flagranti – Business Acumen (Arveene & Misk’s Business Acid Remix)
  5. Flight of the Conchords – I Like to Rock the Party
    An excellent transition considering it was like a 30 second clip I ripped.
  6. Gramophonedzie – Why Don’t You?
  7. Afronaught – Transcend Me
  8. Chicago – I’m a Man
    I felt compelled to put this in. The transition in felt nice, but it was hard as hell to get out of.
  9. The Gorillaz – Dare (Chab Radio Edit)
  10. Madita – Better Brother (Dbn Remix)
  11. Muscles – Sweaty (Shazam Remix)
    Sadly this remix is the only good Muscles song, if you ask me, due to the female vocals. Muscles is all-male vocals and the unremixed song just kind of makes me feel uncomfortable.
  12. Mylo – Drop the Pressure
    Damn I love this song
  13. UNKLE - Reign (feat. Ian Brown)
    I got some requests for more recognizable music (I know right?! ;P). DARE, this one, and LCD Soundsystem all better count toward that.
  14. LCD Soundsystem – Tribulations
  15. Kings Go Forth – One Day
    This song is way faster than it sounds. I kind of mangled Tribulations to get up to 141 bpm.

Mix: Future Divan Groove

Posted: September 14th, 2009 | Author: mahmoud | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , | 4 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 – Ice 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!

Iroirona Mikusu Fikusu

Posted: August 4th, 2009 | Author: matt | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 5 Comments »

Chilling in Matt's room

Final mix from the land of the rising sun, Mix Fix #3:

Download: MIX008 (Mix no.8)

(mp3, 55.8MB, 1:00:55 running time)

Be sure to check out my other mixes: mix no.5 and mix no.7. First proper lounge session, very relaxed, minimal and downtempo tunes for when you just want to sit and have a drink with  friends.  I wanted to show the side of DJing that’s more than just top 40 hip-hop-pop tracks, and that not every DJ needs to have a raving dance floor; I much prefer a room filled with chatter.  I was mostly inspired to do this from my visits to Tokyo’s Pecha Kucha night.

For those of you not in the know, Pecha Kucha is an event where designers, artists, and anybody who has someting interesting to talk about is given 20 slides for 20 seconds each and a room full of eager listeners with a drink in their hand.  Pecha Kucha is held in over 219 cities, so check their website to find the city nearest you, I promise you will be inspired.

Until then, kick back and enjoy this soothing mix.  (*note: so far these mixes have focused on song selection, cohesion, and progression, mixes after these will focus on more technical aspects of mixing, the song selection will still be thought out as always though, no worries). Image courtesy Mahmoud, who will be making his first post any time now, he assures you.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Asem Shama – Kinderspiel
  2. Djulz – Fleurette (Tobias Remix)
  3. Maetrik – They Love Terror
  4. Johannes Moses – Handsome
  5. St. Germain – Pont des Arts
  6. DJ Cam – I Don’t Know Why
  7. Lemon Jelly – ‘75 aka Stay With You
  8. Beat Pharmacy feat. Ursula Rucker- Pieces
  9. Beat Pharmacy feat. Paul St. Hilaire – Hot Spot Splash
  10. Bebel Gilberto – Bring Back The Love (Remix)
  11. Telepopmusik – Breathe
  12. Dzihn & Kamien – Smile (Eddy & Dus Remix)
  13. Chateau Flight – Superflight (Maurice Fulton Remix)
  14. Luscious Jackson – Nervous Breakthrough (Thievery Corporation Remix)
  15. Dzihan & Kamien – Before (Herbert’s After Dub)
  16. A Forest Mighty Black – Serpentines
  17. DJ Cam – Stress (Deckwrecka Remix)
  18. Lemon Jelly – Space Walk
  19. Bebel Gilberto – Cada Beijo (Thievery Corporation Remix)
  20. Dzihan & Kamien – Homebase (UFO Remix)
  21. A Forest Mighty Black – Everything (Freakniks Remix)
  22. Del The Funky Homosapien – Naked Fonk

Mikusu Fikusu Mou Ii Kai

Posted: July 18th, 2009 | Author: matt | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Shit's goin nuts

One more time from Nihon, the second installment of the Mix Fix.

Download: MIX007 (Mix no.7)

(mp3, 73MB, 1:17:30 running length)

This mix was made using all my favorite party music from Spring 2009.  You will have to forgive the rough start, but I promise that if you get past the first three songs it is smooth sailing.  I really enjoy the ending.  The nostalgia of all those nights in the North Bottoms.  I will forever remember New Hampshire St. while listening to this mix, so if you participated in the activities, enjoy the memory through these bumpin air waves.

The title of this post is inspired by this. Pictured above is what you might come to expect from parties set to these tunes. If you enjoyed make sure to check out (Mix no.5).

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Tracklisting

  1. Kid Cudi – Cleveland Is The Reason
  2. John Legend feat. Andre 3000 – Green Light (Full)
  3. The Clipse feat. Kanye – Kinda Like A Big Deal
  4. Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lil Wayne – Swagga Like Us
  5. Kid Cudi, Kanye West, Common feat. Lady Gaga – Poke Her Face
  6. Bee Gees – More Than A Woman (DJ Protege Blue Room Remix)
  7. Mo’ Horizons – Gonna Be
  8. James Brown – Payback (The Final Mixdown)
  9. Lush Logic – Mexico City (Murder Monkeys Mix)
  10. Ratatat – Wildcat
  11. Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger (Neptunes Remix)
  12. MGMT – Kids
  13. Kanye West – Champion (Cousin Cole Acid Dub)
  14. The Ting Tings – That’s Not My Name (Tom Neville’s Nameless Vocal Mix)
  15. Oh Snap – High Top Fade
  16. Dj Class feat. Kanye West – I’m The Shit (Remix Dirty)
  17. Starski & The Cool Kids – Stunnas On (Pfunkt’s Wear My Stunnas At Night Remix)
  18. Rye Rye feat. M.I.A. – Bang (DJ Booman Remix)
  19. Black Eyed Peas – Boom Boom Pow (Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix)
  20. The Ting Tings – Great DJ (Calvin Harris Remix)
  21. Santogold feat. Spank Rock – Shove It (Disco Remix)
  22. Kid Cudi – Day ‘N’ Nite (Crookers Remix)
  23. N.E.R.D. – Everyone Nose (Douster Remix)
  24. LCD Soundsystem – Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
  25. LCD Soundsystem – North American Scum
  26. The Beatles – All The Lonely People (DJ Protege Re-Fix)

Mikusu Fikusu

Posted: July 11th, 2009 | Author: matt | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

KoibitoFrom Nippon, the first in my hopefully recurring series, Mix Fix:

Download: MIX005 (Mix no.5)

(mp3, 64MB, 1:06:08 running length)

Downtempo with an eclectic mix of lounge, indie, electronica, and hip-hop. One of my first recorded mixes, all the way back from March, and still one of my favorites, I think this mix’s variety, along with the thought and heart I put into it are what keep it continually appearing on my playlists. I hope you and you properly enjoy this mix.

Pictured left is Yokohama, Japan, Oosanbashi (Yokohama International Terminal), during Tanabata matsuri.

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Tracklisting:

  1. Kings of Convenience – I’d Rather Dance With You
  2. Santogold – Lights Out
  3. Desmond and the Tutus – Kiss You On The Cheek (King Of Town Remix)
  4. Mo ‘Horizons – Dance Naked Under Palmtrees
  5. Daft Punk – Digital Love (Boris Dlugosh Remix)
  6. Chromeo – Fancy Footwork
  7. Santogold, Casablancas, N.E.R.D. – My Drive Thru
  8. Chromeo – Bonafied Lovin’ (Tough Guys)
  9. Santogold – Your Voice
  10. Mos Def – Umi Says
  11. Kanye West – Love Lockdown (B.Cause Disco Edit)
  12. CCS – Lets Make Love And Listen To Death From Above (Spank Rock Remix)
  13. LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great
  14. Al-Pha-X – An Indian Summer
  15. N.E.R.D. – Tape You
  16. Daft Punk – Something About Us (Love Theme From Interstella 5555)
  17. Kid Cudi – Man On The Moon (The Anthem)
  18. Kid Loco – She’s My Lover
  19. Kid Cudi – Pillow Talk
  20. Hacienda – Late Lounge Lover
  21. Lupe Fiasco – Paris, Tokyo
  22. Kanye West – Good Night (Bonus Track)
  23. Kid Cudi – The Prayer