Archive for August, 2011
Holy chit! I was just talking about it being the beginning of the end of summer and how I needed to max out my enjoyment of the warm weather while I still can. Then, I open up my Twitter, and lo and behold, the perfect soundtrack for doing just that appears before my very eyes – good looks, DJ Chilly. Now that the hard part’s figured out, I welcome you to join me as I grab summer by the cojones and dance my way through the rest of it with some bloodclat estilo y sabrosura to the aptly-titled Ciao Verano mix.
Massive ups to DJ Panamami (awesome name) for the mix and the impeccable timing. Head over to Parlour Magazine for a mini-interview with the mixmaster herself, and peep the tracklist over at Jay Z’s Life + Times.
It has officially been many many minutes since DJ Shadow last reared his head. He’s got an album coming out, and the lead single is a collaboration with Nigeria/London emcee Afrikan Boy. It’s an interesting mix of sounds – a whole bunch of steps closer to grime than Shadow’s oeuvre – and accompanying visual aesthetics. Definitely makes me curious about how the rest of the album will be sounding.
Okay, so we’re reeeally looking forward to this one. On September 13th, Zuzuka Poderosa, Brasileira via New York, carioca diva, and all-around bass enthusiast, is touching down in Seattle at the Nectar Lounge.
Last Night’s Mixtape is proud to be part of the team helping put on the show (along with the homies Out For Stardom, Conrazon and Chilly), and our regular Soundsystem team Tang & Toast will be holding down the dancefloor, along with Darwin and DJ Chaach.
We’ve written about Zuzuka before – her take on the carioca bass sound is unique and (dare we say?) unstoppable. It really is a a simple equation: a badass performer with heavy heavy baile beats. If Charlie Sheen were still a meme, we would term that to be #winning.
It’s a rare opportunity to have one of the world’s finest purveyors of bass dropping in on your doorstep, and word on the street is her live shows kill/crush/destroy in all the right ways – her swing through Cali was a) sold out, and b) reportedly “mayhem.”
You want to be at Nectar on September 13th. It’s Brazil on your goddamn porch. You know you want it. Get your tickets now while you still can, and we’ll see you there.
the xx’s most famous member just dropped an essential mix for the bbc this weekend. it’s a little house-heavy, but it’s that good, soulful house. stream it below, find a tracklist here, and download it over here.
You can never really have too much Michael Jackson in your life. DJ Chorizo Funk agrees.
Because today (yeah, today) is the King of Pop’s birthday, he’s putting his money where his mouth is and giving you a brand new mix.
Recorded live at Austin’s Body Rock night, an ongoing b-boy throwdown that has legitimately earned the title of “institution”, the mix is just a hair over two hours of juh-juh-juh-jams.
Get it, girl.
I got an email last week announcing that Seattle producer Def Dee just signed a record deal with Mello Music Group. Thats the same label that Oddisee, Boog Brown, the Left, Has-Lo, and a few other “newer” artists that have been grinding away in the underground for years are currently signed with and gaining more exposure because of it. Shout outs to Mello Music Group by the way.
Def Dee is a slightly different story because he’s younger than everyone else on the label. Considerably. He’s recently reached drinking age but his beats feel noticeably more polished than one would expect from a 21-year-old, mostly self-taught producer. You’ll hear a bit of the DMV sound in his beats due to spending time under Damu’s wing and you’ll hear some Detroit as well.
Cheap Heat is a collection of cuts that, no doubt, he was working on before the deal and MMG decided to give it away for free. Def Dee’s full-length debut for the label is due out next year. Until then, let this tide you over.
Allow me to be of assistance: turn your ears in the direction of the second (2nd) installment of the Popular Bass series, curated/art-directed/otherwise driven by Emeka Alams, the man behind Gold Coast Trading Company, and all around solid dude.
Each volume in the series is selected and mixed by a different individual. This most recent take is adjudicated by Johan Hugo, one of the movers and shakers behind Radioclit and The Very Best. Clocking in at just under 15 minutes, it’s a short and sweet shout out to South Africa, jumping in tempo from groove to club with a quickness.
Listen to it. Relax. Hell, don’t put your shoes on all day. You deserve this.
Str8 West Coastin’ is a free backyard BBQ party put on by three Brooklyn DJs with roots deep in the West Coast. Tonight was supposed to be the second edition of their tribute to West Coast hip hop culture. But as I type these words, New York is getting dumped on by Hurricane Irene. Thus, shutting down MTA and causing most of New York’s nightlife to shut down with it. Which is a bummer, really, because if it wasn’t for the hurricane the good people of Brooklyn could be dancing their asses off to some of the best hip hop the West Coast has blessed the world with to date.
Well, fret no more, friends. Because thanks to these three generous DJs, who made this 68-minute, 50-track mixtape masterpiece, we can all light the grill, twist up the chronic, throw our Ws up and party in style now. That’s right! Through the magic of modern technology, you are free to throw your very own Str8 West Coastin’ party in the comfort of your own backyard this weekend, the next, or any damn day of the week.
Tracklist after the jump.
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Lots o’ thoughts to the many LxNxM folks on the East Coast who are twiddling your thumbs as Irene washes over you. The only good kind of hurricane is the one that involves rum, vodka and pineapple, and looks a whole lot like that bad boy to your left (totally rad umbrella completely optional).
The good news: rumor has it that you kids like to party. Wait, let me rephrase that: do you kids like to party? Of course you do, you’re kids. You’re probably throwing a party right now, and if your power’s still on, you could use some musics.
To facilitate, here’s a new mix from NYC’s own (see that synchronicity?) DJ Who Am I, an idiosyncratically named (yup, went there), but top-notch selector. The mix, title Who The Fuck Am I? (see? Idiosyncratic!) draws from the current club canon of remixes that take house on a tour through cumbia, dancehall, and whatever else just felt right at the time.
Full tracklist after the jump.