Mixtape Monday, vol 34

DJ Spinbad’s 2000s Megamix

Spinbad was a huge influence on my DJ growth – his 80s megamixes (especially vol 2) were absolute staples in my listening at the start of my DJ journey. If memory serves, I picked up the cassettes from legendary NYC record store Turntable Lab, the website of which I spent a frankly irresponsible amount of money at during my early years of building up a vinyl collection.

These mixes, and the subsequent 90s one, brilliantly weaved pop classics, acapellas, film soundbites and more into rip-roaring celebrations of the decades they reflected. The 2000s instalment has been so long coming that you started to wonder if it would happen. And then it landed.

It’s every bit as tightly mixed and ludicrously entertaining as the previous editions of this series, he really is a master of his craft. Enjoy!

The Era of Following One’s Nose

One of my favourite elements of the internet age is the way that, if you are curious, you can accidentally unearth all sorts of funny little factoids. Wiki wormholes, Youtube sessions, the endless pit of knowledge that is Google… In the next few paragraphs I’ll run through what got me thinking about this.

The other night, while DJing in Shoreditch, someone asked for Stevie Nicks – Edge of Seventeen, shortly after I had played the Gigamesh edit of Fleetwood Mac – Dreams.

It turned out that it was missing from my collection, and while remedying that the next afternoon, I googled Nicks, when she joined Fleetwood Mac, and so on. It was during this that I noticed an interesting period in the mid ’70s before she joined, labelled “Fake Fleetwood Mac“, where a band with none of the original members toured the USA, the whole expedition eventually collapsing. There was some disagreement over what exactly happened here. They claimed Mick Fleetwood had agreed to join them, but reneged. He claimed he knew nothing of them. But the tour crashed in a hail of legal writs and recriminations.

None of Fake Fleetwood Mac ever made it into the real band. But Elmer Gantry and Kirby Gregory went on to form Stretch, who’s track Why Did You Do It is an old favourite of mine (and has one of the best “one, two” counts you will ever hear at around 55 seconds in). The whole song is aimed at Mick Fleetwood, and why he hung them out to dry like that.

I was much amused by this discovery, but though that was where the story would end. Not so! In the wiki entry for Stretch it mentions that Italian DJ Gigi D’Agostino sampled the vocals for his hit Bla Bla Bla, chopping the words up in such a way as to render them nonsensical. Curiosity got the better of me, and off to Youtube I went. The track isn’t much cop to my tastes, with a rather corny plodding offbeat bass style similar to the cheesy 90s track Blue Da Ba Dee.

But the vocal sample at the front of the track – that was very familiar. It was what Lupe Fiasco had used in his brilliant 2017 track Jump, flipping the sample into a hip-hop jam of epic proportions, one of my favourites of the year, an absolute beast of a track.

And so there you have it – nothing of particular importance, but a curious little thread running from pre-Nicks Fleetwood Mac to post-Kanye Lupe Fiasco. It made me smile anyway 🙂

Mixtape Monday, Vol 32

Andrew Weatherall Essential Mix, 13th November 1993

Andrew Weatherall is a living legend – a genuinely brilliant DJ, and someone who has been at the forefront of high quality underground dance music for as long as I’ve been aware that it exists. He’s probably best known for his role in shaping Primal Scream’s seminal Screamadelica, but also founded the Boy’s Own record label, was a resident at the trailblazing club night Shoom, formed the groups Sabres of Paradise and Two Lone Swordsmen, amongst many other achievements. He’s a thoroughly bloody lovely bloke, a true artist, and someone who deserves every bit of the success he’s had throughout his lengthy career.

Somehow I’d never heard this Essential Mix until today, and surprisingly enough it’s great. Get stuck in and enjoy!

Mixtape Monday, Vol 31

Ă‚me X Dixon Essential Mix – 2016

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File in the same category as Midland – predictably exceptional, yet somehow flew past my radar without me registering anything. I don’t really have much to say about these guys that hasn’t been said by far more eloquent writers than me. They are brilliant. I went to their fantastic Sunday takeover of Fabric in November 2015, Dixon’s 2013 Essential Mix is one of my all time favourites, their Innervisions label releases gem after gleaming gem.

Get stuck in, you won’t regret it.

Mixtape Monday, Vol 30

Midland Essential Mix – 20/02/2016

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I’m a little late to the party on this one, and only really because it won Essential Mix of the year, it had somehow completely passed me by! But I got there in the end, and that’s what matters.

Midland has been on my radar for a long time, with a good few purchases of his stuff back around 2011 or thereabouts, but in the last year or two he really seems to have gone up a gear or two in both his production and DJing. Given that he was already miles ahead of most of the competition, that has propelled him to the very front of the pack.

This is a simply superb two hours of thoughtful, moving, brilliant dance music, largely (but not exclusively) drawing on house, techno and disco, the kind of mix the renews your faith in a world that is continually being debased by those who wish reduce it to the lowest common denominator and neatly package it to be sold to the masses. I can’t recommend it highly enough. He’s also well worth a follow over on Twitter.

Mixtape Monday, Vol 29

JFB – Red Bull Thre3style World Final Qualifying Heat

This last week or so, Chile played host to the annual Red Bull Thre3style World Final. This has grown immensely from the first World Final in Paris, which I was lucky enough to take part in back in 2010 – it now comprises qualifying heats before the Grand Final.

The UK hasn’t featured in the World Final line-up for a few years, but this year the incredible JFB won a wild card place, and headed out to fly the flag!

Sadly it wasn’t to be in the Grand Final – I’ve yet to see the winning set from DJ Puffy, but it must have been impressive. But I have seen JFB’s extraordinary qualifying heat set that got him his place in the Grand Final, and seriously, it is 15 minutes of stunning skill, inch-perfect preparation, inventive transitions and fun tunes. Enjoy!

Mixtape Monday, Vol 27

Black Sheep  “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” 25th Anniversary Mix by Chris Read

My first car was not a particularly fancy car. I actually can’t even remember what it was, other than small and black. A Ford Fiesta? Maybe a Fiat Punto? I’m not sure, I’ve never really been a petrol-head, and it was just a means to an end.

Anyway, it had a cassette player, and I was in the middle of my eBay years (lots of vinyl bought and sold through eBay in those days, God bless the extra income from flogging unwanted promos on there!). I found an auction selling dozens of classic hip hop albums on cassette, and picked the lot up for about ÂŁ15. One of the albums that became a firm favourite was Black Sheep‘s, A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing. Black Sheep were a member of the Native Tongues crew, alongside the likes of De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers and A Tribe Called Quest. In one of those weird twists of modern music, pretty much anyone who has been in a club in the last 20 years has heard a little Black Sheep, in the “Engine Engine Number 9, on the New York Transit Line…” bit of Fatman Scoop and Crooklyn Clan’s mega hit “Be Faithful“, which sampled The Choice Is Yours – top trivia, I wore a pastiche of that record sleeve’s artworkvin my finest hour, winning the UK Red Bull Thre3style final at Koko in London.

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Ty announcing me as the UK Champ, woooooo! T-Shirt said “Don’t Sheep”, and there’d been a bit of killing by the looks of it.

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And it turns out that it was just recently the 25th anniversary of the release! So here’s a great mix which takes in album tracks, alternate versions, remixes and the original sample material. Enjoy!

 

Mixtape Monday, Vol 25

Santero – Dirty Bones Mix

I was lucky enough to hit the new Shoreditch outlet of Dirty Bones a couple of times during their soft launch, and on the 2nd visit got chatting with a few of the staff. One thing led to another, and here is a mix I’ve put together for them celebrating our mutual love of classic hip hop, and the funk and disco sounds that inspired it.

I really enjoyed making this mix, so hopefully I will do a 2nd volume of my Boom Bap Y’all mix soon!

Enjoy!

Mixtape Monday, Vol 23

Solid Steel Radio Show – 29/07/2016 – DK

This is an absolutely masterful mix of all manner of electronic music, on one of the great music podcasts, by one of the great underground DJs, DK. I don’t have a lot to add really, other than that I have had this on repeat for days, absolutely superb mix

Mixtape Monday, Vol 22

Beats In Space 847 – Marcus Marr

It’s still Monday somewhere! I’ve been a bit sloppy with my Monday posts, but this week I’m just outside the right timezone for this to be legit – my excuse, it was my birthday today!

Anyway, to the music. Marcus Marr is someone I’ve long been a fan of, thanks to his superb disco-tinged productions, especially this cracker.

The mix here is superb. I have this habit of screencapping mixes while I’m listening to them so that a couple of times a week I can go and buy the tracks that stood out for me in the music I’ve been listening to. Most mixes you might get 1 or 2, but this mix clocked in at a hefty 7 screencaps! So get your ear’oles round this bad boy, it really is excellent.