Our brother at Steady Bloggin’, Alex, put together some real sexy shit for the lovers out there. In his own words:
My concept for this compilation was very loose – modern music bearing influences of classic soul, funk or jazz; combined with tangible or intangible touches space-age futurism. The only significant restrictive caveats were ‘no rap’ and ‘nothing made more than 10 years ago’. Which gave me a wide range to play with, and so I ended up with a rather varied assortment spread from psychedelic soul to minimalist dub experiments to jazz space operas to bouncy midtempo synth-funk. I did my best to mold it all into some sort of cohesion, and it worked. Kinda.
Word to Chad Sexington. Get this fly shit and lamp heavy to it…snifter-in-hand, velvet jacket and shades already-donned.
TCK Krew on that snake eyes shit…numero 11. Some more 90′s rugged rarities, plus a special jazz set, woven together by DJ Nasty Vaz. Listen for a nice little convo about the SP 1200 during BZAR‘s patented “quick book review” bit. The SP was to hip hop production what the Panzer Panther tank was to German military operation; heavy, metal, and a new standard in technology. Even with such a small amount of memory (just about 10 seconds of sampling time…shorties), producers were able to churn out many of the Golden Era’s classic albums and fortify a sound which, today, many still refer to.
Now that winter is starting to show it’s face, again, you can feel even more right about heading over to Passion Of The Weiss to download the newest installment of their seasonal mixtape series: Winter (Mix) 2012. PTP’s own Note D and I were invited along for the expedition: to contribute and write about 1-2 joints that, to us, screamed “winter.” These choice gems would then be placed in some order within the mix. I was honored to be chosen as the DJ to make sense of this cold heap of music and throw it all together.
Now, get your layer game proper, hike up those wooly socks, lace up those boots, and tell your mom to have a piping hot mug of cocoa/tea/cider ready for you in 30 and some odd minutes…cause that’s how long your cold-weather commute will be, as well as the runtime of this genre-bending mix: the perfect soundtrack for when you’re trudging through the subzero, whitened labyrinth that is the outdoors in winter. All Gore-Tex everything.
Passion Of The Weiss Winter Mix 2012, Mixed by Geng-Grizzly
1. The Beatles – Rain
2. Iron Sheiks (Tragedy Khadafi & IMAM Thug) – Alluminati
3. Koushik – Be With
4. Roc Marciano – Snow
5. Mala EMZ – Eyez V.I.P.
6. Slowdive – Souvlaki Space Station
7. Virgil Griffin & The Rhythm Kings – Forgotten Lover
8. Nick Drake – Place To Be
9. Gil Scott Heron & Brian Jackson – Winter In America
10. Ka – Vessel
11. The Three Degrees – Collage
Please note: this was done mostly live; on two turntables and Serato’s internal efx (echo, phasing, etc.); in one take. This is not some iTunes playlist or a mix from only an Ableton/Garageband-equipped laptop. The “winter samples” and minor level tweaking were done post-mix. No cheating during transitions – it was fun as shit to take on this challenge.
Big up Aaron, Jeff, Alex, Note, Dan Love, Son Raw, Sach, Trackstar, and the rest of the PotW fam.
PTP extended blog-o-sphere familia, The Diggers Union, just released a conceptual Ghostface-meets-DJ Premier mix project called Duel of the Iron Fists. Laced by resident cut creator, DJ Unexpected, this plays like a Golden Era blend tape on steroids. Wu and Primo fans rejoice…but IMO, the real butter comes in at the end when Unexpected pulls out 10 minutes of some Mean Joe Preem original samples. No matter how musically technical/technically inclined you may be…hearing how those dusty gems were fragmented and rearranged into the boom bap anthems most of us would recognize them as will definitely remind you of the man’s high science and why he should always be respected as nothing less than a legendary producer/DJ.
DOOM recently spun at Boiler Room, a UK-based live DJ broadcast platform – always from a secret location. Not only was this to help promote his upcoming project with Jneiro Jarel…but it also gave Dumile some room to just do crazy shit…with music…live…again.
Red Stripe Make Session #001 Lex Records & Juke Magazine w/ MF DOOM
Read more about the concept behind Boiler Room here…there needs to be more interesting stuff like this going on.
Those true school PhD holders, Nasty VAZ and The God BZAR, hit us with another episode of TCK‘isms. Numero 10. Come on bee! Vaz rocks those lesser-heard 90′s era remixes and B-sides (extra big up to the New Jersey Drive, Vol. 2 soundtrack)…then proceeds to give a call-n-response treatment to his previous sista soul set (that means men singing their hearts out to their counterparts). Special guest Big DOVES TCK stops by (“AVA-NU DEEEEEEE!!!”) and the gang talk stupid ut amounts of NYC graff history and pay homage.
Funny shit about that “Mad Scientist” sample…listen carefully to the moment Vaz shouts out PTP. If you’ve been paying attention, you already know. If not, you will know very soon.
Quelle Chris is apparently up to his old-new tricks again…in that the man never ceases to kick out the windows of whatever creative log cabin he’s decided to hibernate in, for that weekend. Bones For Girls. Full proof on January 31st.
TCK‘s radio duo, The God Bzar and DJ Nasty Vaz, have returned after a bit of a hiatus from the podcast-o-sphere. They once again prove their “gatekeeper” status in regard to dropping only top tier 90′s hip hop rarities (think 12″ b-side or promo-only joints). Vaz then takes things in an unchartered direction with a mean (modern) sista soul set for the second half of the show; pleasant new horizons.
Phill Most Chill, a PTP favorite from the city of beards, is at it again with a bugged holiday mix of rarity greatness. Kick back with the coquito (151 and freshly shaved coconuts only) and enjoy this funky Xmas experience. The gifts are here early.
My love for quality ign’ance started with Hypnotized Minds Records (the home to the Triple Six Mafia and their numerous mini-group formations)…well, it probably started a bit earlier than that (say Eazy-E or the Geto Boys). So yeah, dark, drugged, rowdy hard shit (chant-hooks galore). This hour-and-change mix by DJ Burn One showcases a good bit of those aforementioned sensibilities through a good variety of classics from the extensive Hypnotized Camp catalog.
CV just made my weekend…even though I’m secretly tight because I wanted to do this on Fresh Out The Box one evening.
Furthermore, the above-posted mix is actually the first of a 3-part mix by Burn, DJ Dibiase, and Trackstar The DJ; Presidential 3. Head over to our extended fams, Steady Bloggin’, for the three-fer special.