Dubstep mix, 28 June 2006

Try­ing to do my part to spread the sound.

Since I don’t have a prop­er dj set­up, I tried mak­ing a mix in Able­ton Live. Obvi­ous­ly I am miss­ing some­thing cru­cial because it seemed much more dif­fi­cult that it should have been. Many times, I wished I could touch the vinyl and nudge things a bit here and there. I nev­er fig­ured out what to do in Live to do what I want­ed.

So, the mix is a bit rough in spots, but it gets the idea across. I hope a few bad tran­si­tions don’t ruin it for any­body.

[update July 1, 2006] Well, since this was a dig­i­tal “mix” I was able to go back and edit some of the rough spots a bit. It feels like cheat­ing, but I think that it’ll be bet­ter for the lis­ten­er. Also, encod­ed as slight­ly bet­ter qual­i­ty mp3.

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Skanking happiness

Poorman StyleI recent­ly dig­i­tized my vinyl copy of Bar­ring­ton Levy’s Poor­man Style album and I have been enjoy­ing it tremen­dous­ly. The com­bi­na­tion of the Roots Radics band, Bar­ring­ton, and Sci­en­tist is so sweet and heavy. The tem­pos are slow, the basslines are irre­sistible, and Bar­ring­ton Levy’s deliv­ery is so direct and earnest that it doesn’t even mat­ter what the lyrics are. And as if that wasn’t enough, one of my favorite dub spe­cial­ists, Sci­en­tist, pep­pers the whole affair with sub­tle dub­wise inter­ven­tions through­out. For those who are famil­iar with Bar­ring­ton Levy, there are plen­ty of whoa-yoii-yeeeaaa’s but not so many woodly-oodly’s in this ses­sion.
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Dubstep addiction

I have been quick­ly devel­op­ing an obses­sion with a strain of UK club music known as dubstep/grime/sublow, etc. Grime’s vocal artists have had some lim­it­ed expo­sure in the US — Dizzee Ras­cal and Lady Sov­er­eign — but my dub­step curios­i­ty has been hard­er to sat­is­fy. It has been a long time since I have kept cur­rent on any kind of “dance” music, but my inter­est has now been cap­tured.
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Quiet mix

quietmix.pngThis set was orig­i­nal­ly intend­ed for the “qui­et” room of an art and music event that hap­pened in Berke­ley. As it turns out, I was too busy with the logis­tics of the event to make my appear­ance in said qui­et room.

A cou­ple of years lat­er, when a friend gen­er­ous­ly lent me their 1200s and a mix­er, I jumped on the oppor­tu­ni­ty to final­ly exe­cute this mix. I added a dis­c­man and anoth­er cd play­er to han­dle any dig­i­tal to dig­i­tal tran­si­tions, and I went for it.

This was a Christ­mas gift to my three band­mates a few years ago. I still lis­ten to it on occa­sion. I hope you enjoy it.

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