Cold Crushin’ Mixes is back baby, and we got the homie DJ Technician doin’ it tough outta The Hague. Straight classic old school shit in the mix, so crank this baby up loud and let the 808 bass boom.
DJ Technician – Cruisecontrolmixx Tracklisting
C.O.D. – In The Bottle
High Fidelity Three – B Boys Breakdance
I.M.S. – Nonline
The Beat Club – Security
C-Bank – One More Shot
The B Boys – Rock The House
The Beat Boys – Be Bop Rock
Aleem – Release Yourself
Imperial Brothers – We Come To Dub
Nairobi – Soul Makossa (Instrumental)
Model 500 – Testing One Two
Shit has been quiet but we are working with our designers on a whole new format for this site so we can bring more exxxclusive beats and mixes from all ya’ll favourites — this is just a little taste!
Today marks the sixth anniversary of the release of J. Dilla’s final record, the 31 track masterpiece Donuts. A significant date not only because it was released on Dilla’s birthday, but also three days before he passed away at the much-too-young age of 32, victim to rare blood disease TTP.
Donuts was an incredible feat; 29 of the 31 tracks were produced in a hospital bed; made on a Boss SP-303 sampler which along with a small record player to sample from was a gift from his friends at Stones Throw, brought in so he could make beats during his stay (and undoubtedly keep his sanity in the place, as anyone who has had a long stay in hospital will attest to!).
The album has a haphazard feeling; most of the tracks come in at under a minute thirty and even the longest joint finishes shy of the three minute mark. At first listen the album feels sketchy, loose edged and even thrown together, but with each listen the simplicity and genius of the production shines through more and more. It’s not hard to see why Guilty Simpson described Dilla as “the best, the best motherfucker I’ve ever been around. He’s very technical, still in love with the studio, still in love with the process of creating.”
In an interview with Fader magazine, Dilla’s mother Maureen Yancey (better known to the hip hop world as Ma Dukes) spoke passionately about the track Lightworks, saying “Lightworks, oh yes, that was something! That’s one of the special ones. It was so different. It blended classical music (way out there classical), commercial and underground at the same time”, in the same interview also giving an insight into Dilla’s work ethic: “He was working in the hospital. He tried to go over each beat and make sure that it was something different and make sure that there was nothing that he wanted to change.”
That blend of way out there, classical, commercial and underground is definitely one of the things that makes Donuts such a special record. Dilla makes use of obvious and well known samples without a care, while still giving them his own twist. E.S.G’s UFO has been used over and over since it’s release, but we’re just going to put it out there that Geek Down is easily one of the tracks to do it best.
In spite of this, many people find the record hard to take in on the first few listens. With such a raw, disjointed feeling and an apparent lack of structure, it’s an album that can easily go over people’s heads. It’s once you get a feel for the tracks, the patterns in chaos that the real beauty of Donuts shines through, a rare hip hop album that you can listen to over and over, still finding new little intricacies on each listen. Dilla himself described Donuts as “just a compilation of the stuff I thought was a little too much for the MCs. That’s basically what it is, ya know? Me flipping records that people really don’t know how to rap on but they want to rap on“.
As well as a mix of classic and obscure breaks from various Motown artists, James Brown, Kool & The Gang Jay Dee also samples a range of artists from The Beastie Boys to Frank Zappa to the (once) obscure arrangements of Raymond Scott, not to mention of course his trademark heavy use of the siren from the intro of heavy Mantronix joint King Of The Beats.
As for the title Donuts? The New York Times explained all in an an article on Dilla’s death:
The record company issued a brief note about the title: Easy explanation. Dilla likes donuts. Yesterday his mother managed a chuckle when she confirmed that fact. “I just bought two dozen a week ago”.
A stack of beats from Donuts also went on to see a second life, used on albums and mixtapes by friends, collaborators and fans of Dilla including (MF) Doom, Ghostface Killah, The Roots, Talib Kwali and Busta Rhymes. In fact, following J Dilla’s death, a lot of cats he worked with recorded tributes in support of the man and his legacy. This, with the addition of media exposure went on to Dilla’s music enjoying significantly more listeners than he had during his life. But more so than this, Dilla is remembered as the man who influenced, inspired and some say even gave birth to a whole new generation of beatmakers.
J. Dilla – Geek Down video clip
A fan made film clip for Geek Down, directed and animated by Steve Smith.
A long-lost piece of French electro heat from ’84, Distorsion was originally only ever released on an extremely rare cassette. Now thanks to Veronica Vasicka’s label Minimal Wave it has seen the light on hot red vinyl, on his LP Hot Bip. Hot Bip is an alias Philippe Laurent used for music throughout the 80s and 90s, and the album features all original tracks recorded between 1979 through 1988. It will also be featured on the upcoming collaboration between Minimal Wave and Stones Throw, The Minimal Wave Tapes 2 which will be released late February this year.
Distorsion is the opening track of the album and a good taste of things to come, with music featuring influences of new wave, industrial, electro and classical but without just slotting neatly in any of those categories. The album has a very humanistic feeling throughout, even as it ranges from the warm analogue basslines and playful synthesizer melodies of Système Clair and Et Hop to the industrial grind of Industrieuse 3 & 2. The drum programming is simple but on point — well sequenced and danceable, with that characteristic warmth of having been recorded on analogue tapes.
Outside of music, Philippe Laurent is also a designer and cross-disciplinary artist who’s works have been exhibited in France and Germany during the 90s.
Philippe Laurent – Distorsion Film Clip
Start your weekend off with some raw electro heat from the 313RGB Soundsystem in Hobart.
313RGB Soundsystem #011312 Electro Mix Tracklisting
Das Muster – Massendynamik
Illektrolab – Robots Destroy
Neonicle – Horror Shit
VCS2600 – Autopilot (Remix)
Faceless Mind – Interstellar (Tokyo Knife Attack Remix)
Crotaphytus – Cycle Of Life (Part 2)
Fleck ESC – Tremors
Synth Alien – B-2
Dynamik Bass System – Robotmachine (Di’jital remix)
Robert Cosmic – I’m On The Street
Dj Xed – Crobot Muzik (N-ter’s Giorgio Made Me Do It remix)
Blastromen – Body Snatchers
The Exaltics – Warships Over Jena City
Phonotronix – Functional Systems (Grow remix)
Kemko – La Fee Verte
Motor – Man Made Machine
Sydney cats, here is your chance to catch one of our favorite writers of the minute, Parisian vandal Horfe in action along with Londoner Roid MSK. They are in town for the Self Est. exhibition, which also features Dmote amongst others, in an exhibition of ‘Contemporary art outside the institution’ curated by Joseph Allen. As well as artworks, the exhibition will feature installations by Horfe, Roid and Dmote.
Love him or hate him, there is no denying Horfe is killing it with his raw, 70s underground comic book style and psychedelic nightmare imagery. Tonight he will be painting at Kind Of Gallery alongside Roid, another man doing big things.
Step down for a beer and watch 2 masters of their craft at work.
Opening tonight, November 17 2011
Kind Of Gallery
72 Oxford St, Darlinghurst
Open November 17 – November 20
Horfe x Tomek x Le Syndicat Electronique
Street level Parisian bombing starring Horfe & Tomek, with a soundtrack by none other than Le Syndicat Electronique. The Men Who Killed The Beat!
The Crown Street Cut Collective tearing up Technics this Saturday for their open deck scratch session at The Recordstore, Sydney. Step in for a scratch or just hang out with a beer and enjoy the show.
Shout outs to Well Dressed Vandals, Zerohour, Thudrumble and The Recordstore.
Crown Cut Collective Session 6
255b Crown Street
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
(02) 9380 8223
The track? NYC legend T-La Rock on the MIC feat Dj Louie Lou on the cuts. Old school baby!
Our homeboy Frenzie on some stricly 80s shit for the latest Groove Therapy podcast! If ya’ll don’t know, Groove Therapy is Frenzie’s weekly radio slot on 2SER. Ya’ll Sydney cats can tune in from 12-1 every Friday on FM107.3, and everyone else can stream it right here: 2SER Stream.
Frenzie is bringing out some real old school heat on this one — classic hip hop joints, breaks and b-boy jams right here baby including one of my personal old favorites, Here Comes That Beat by Pumpkin & The Profile Allstars. Get on it!
Frenzie – Groove Therapy podcast tracklisting
1. John & Ernest – Soul president Number One
2. The Latin Rascals – Big Apple Productions II
3. Coldcut – Say Kids What Time IS It
4. Malcolm Mclaren – Buffalo Girls
5. Malcolm Mclaren – World’s Famous
6. Pumpkin & The Profile Allstars – Here Comes That Beat
7. Chris The Glove Taylor & Dave Storrs – Itchiban Scratch
8. DJ Code Money – Code’s Megamix
9. Sparky Dee Vs The Playgirls – The Battle
10. Phase II – The Roxy
11. MC 900 Foot Jesus – Shut Up
12. Original Concept – Can You Feel It
13. Eric B Rakim – Eric B Never Scared
14. Mikey D & The LA Posse – Go For It
15. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
16. Wildstyle – Cuckoo Clocking
17. Shannon – Let The Music Play
18. Haywoode – Getting Closer [Instrumental]
19. Chaka Khan – I Feel For You
20. Midnight Star – The Midas Touch
21. Baobab – Let’s Break
22. Freeze – A E I O U
23. Colnel Abrams – Trapped
25. Newcleus – Jam On It
26. Jellybean – The Mexican
27. Cameo – Word Up
28. Juicy – Beat Street Strut
29. T Ski Valley – Valley Style
30. Cultural Vibe – Ma Foom Bey [Rhythm Version]
31. Clausell – Don’t Let It Be Crack
32. Loleatta Holloway – Crash Goes Love
33. Klinte Jones – In The Heat
34. Maurice Starr – Electric Funky Drummer
Ohhhh shit — Cold Crushin’ Mixes is back with more fire for ’011. This time we got the original funky man Lord Finesse; of legendary New York hip hop crew D.I.T.C, live on two technics and the M.I.C. And baby — they don’t call the man Lord Finesse for nothin’. Fin shows us what D.I.T.C is all about, ramming in 100 tracks in his two hour set covering hip hop and beats to soul, funk, boogie, disco and new jack swing as only a true crate digger can, as well as rocking the MIC Lord Finesse style, spitting a freestyle and some classic Finesse bars.
Effortlessly smooth mixes and cuts, beat juggling that had hands in the air and minds blowing and most importantly, a dope track selection that had the whole house at Tone rocking out all night long. There was a bit of controversy around Sydney at the time of this show over Finesse doing a DJ set instead of a straight live show. A whole lot of cats were complaining — but damn son, as far as we’re concerned, anybody who walked away unhappy after this just doesn’t know what’s up with real hip hop anyway. Finesse is the motherfucking man baby!