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Entries in DJ mixes (3)

Wednesday
Jan272010

Rainy Day MIx

Right-click or CTRL-click here to download (233MB MP3)

This is my latest DJ mix, inspired by the beautiful Los Angeles rainstorms of the last several days. The songs were selected and the mix was compiled specifically for rainy day listening, preferably in a setting where you can also hear the rain in the background. Obviously, I missed getting this out while the L.A. storms were in full effect but I reckon it's probably raining somewhere else in the world right now or will be soon. Fellow Californians, I hope you'll add this to your emergency rain survival kits for later.

Naturally, the music here is mainly somber and introspective, reflecting either lyrically or sonically the themes of rain or water, with a really thick, wet sound that is not very danceable at all (although there are quite a lot of beats -- this is not an ambient mix). You'd think this would make for an easier time on the mixing end, but Rainy Day was probably the most difficult mix I've undertaken. While the technical aspects of a high energy dance mix can be daunting, achieving a decent flow or arc is quite a lot easier than it is with relatively chill music, at least in my opinion. The challenge was compounded by the longer running time -- 100 minutes, as opposed to the far leaner 60. It was a real chore, discovering the optimum track list and mix points, but I think I did a good job. 

My favorite moody mixtapes were always those sent to me by friends and didn't include a track list, so I will continue that tradition here. But you will hear the sounds of Blur, David Bowie, Goldfrapp, Joy Division, Nine Inch Nails, M83, R.E.M., Radiohead, Röyksopp, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and more, plus one or two what-I-hope-will-be-pleasant surprises. I must warn you, Rainy Day is a bit goth

Cover art by me, featuring the lovely Katie Horwitch. I grabbed a few iPhone shots of her while accompanying photographers Lou O'Bedlam and Jon Hill on a shoot in Venice Beach during last week's rain. You can see more of Katie here.

Hope you like it!

Previous Mixes

Download Insomnia Mix 1 hereDownload MTHRFCKRZ Mix here

Friday
Nov132009

Insomnia Mix I

Click here to download (125MB MP3)

Insomnia has been a big deal in my life for nearly fifteen years. I've seen doctors about it and I've taken medication for it, but it never really goes away.

Sometimes insomnia is just annoying. Other times it can be kind of dangerous. But there's a medium level of insomnia that I've found can be pretty cool. It's that state where you're dead tired but still wide awake and your brain has dried up in just such a way that certain things seem quite a lot more significant than perhaps they would otherwise. It's in this mode that I think insomniacs start to feel creative.

I've learned the Internet is home to quite a lot of us. I like the idea of a small community of friends and strangers who all suffer from the same problem, so, being a dedicated music fan, I occasionally share via Twitter and Facebook a download link to what I think is a special nighttime song, just for my fellow insomniacs. I delete the links when I wake up, just to make the whole thing a little more exclusive.

  1. Underworld: To Heal
  2. Goldfrapp: All Night Operator (Part 1)
  3. Freur: Doot-Doot
  4. M83: I Guess I'm Floating
  5. David Bowie: Crystal Japan
  6. IAMX: Missile
  7. Daft Punk: Veridis Quo
  8. Leftfield: Original
  9. Vangelis: Memories of Green
  10. Goldie: Inner City Life
  11. Underworld: Skym
  12. Nine Inch Nails: Leaving Hope
  13. Rob Dougan: Nothing at All
  14. Scissor Sisters: It Can't Come Quickly Enough
  15. Underworld: To Heal (And Restore Broken Bodies)

The songs I choose are ones I think insomniacs will respond to. They're often somber as melancholy is the typical experience for an insomniac, but sometimes they're more upbeat. Really, I try to reach out with my mind and psychically gauge the spirit of the Internet and the people I think might be awake and choose a song accordingly, like I'm DJ'ing somebody's bad mood without knowing who they are or what kind of music they like. 

That last sentence is the sort of thing you could only believe in - even for one second - if you've been awake too long.

I've made several dance mixes and DJ'd a few gigs over the years but never a quiet or ambient mix, so it seemed like a good idea to take the first batch of insomnia songs -- which are largely atmospheric and electronic but not strictly instrumental either -- and create a continuous mix for both insomniacs and regular humans to enjoy, and then do it again when I pile up some more songs on Twitter.

You can download this mix and save it for when you can't sleep, or you can listen to it now if you happen to be reading this in the middle of the night, or whatever. I hope you like it.

Download Insomnia Mix I here.Download my previous mix here.

Sunday
Dec072008

MTHRFCKRZ Mix

You can download my first DJ mix in years at the links below (right-click or CNTRL-click to save):

MTHRFCKRZ Mix (MP3 format, 96 MB)

As for the design, it’s meant to suggest to you — sort of subliminally — a vague tracklist, or at least the style and mood of the music, but the real deal is below. Some of this music is already a few years old, but I had pieces of this thing in my head all this time and I just needed to get it out. The next one will be more 1337. Hope you like it!

NOTE ON TRACKLIST: This is merely the order in which you hear elements of the mix. You do not hear the entirety of every song listed below. You will hear so little of some of them, you may not even notice on first listen. Sometimes three or more songs are combined to form one main movement of the mix.

  1. New Order: Exit
  2. LCD Soundsystem: North American Scum (Kris Menace Remix)
  3. Underworld: Peggy Sussed (Pete Heller Vocal)
  4. MSTRKRFT: Street Justice (2007 Version)
  5. Mylo: Drop The Pressure (Rex the Dog Remix)
  6. Freeform Five: No More Conversations (Mylo Remix)
  7. Peaches: Shake Yer Dix (Tiga’s Where Were You In ‘92 Remix)
  8. Annie: Chewing Gum (Mylo Remix)
  9. The Prodigy: The Way It is (Live Remix)
  10. Shiny Toy Guns: Nothing Compares 2 U
  11. Goldfrapp: Ooh La La (Tiefschwarz Remix)
  12. Simian Mobile Disco: Sleep Deprivation
  13. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Cheated Hearts (Peaches Remix)
  14. Alter Ego: Rocker (Eric Prydz Remix)
  15. Digitalism: Magnets
  16. Daft Punk: Technologic (Vitalic Remix)
  17. Soulwax: Miserable Girl (Nite Version)
  18. Justice: D.A.N.C.E. (Les Rythmes Digitales Remix) 
  19. Daft Punk: The Brainwasher (Erol Alkan’s Horrorhouse Dub)
  20. Daft Punk: Robot Rock (Soulwax Remix)
  21. Daft Punk: Oh Yeah
  22. Soulwax: NY Lipps
  23. Simian Mobile Disco: It’s The Beat
  24. Pet Shop Boys: Integral (Perfect Immaculate Mix)
  25. The Chemical Brothers: Star Guitar
  26. Daft Punk: Too Long (Live)
  27. The Chemical Brothers: Elektrobank
  28. Diddy & Felix da Housecat: 20 Minute Versions
  29. Robyn: Be Mine! (Ocelot Mthrfckrs Remix)
  30. Marilyn Manson Vs. Goldfrapp: This Is The New Shit

 Hope you like it!