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demolition, travel and dubstep

>> Saturday, June 14, 2008


been slacking on the blog because i'm not slacking on other things... like massive demolition and cleanout of our storefront building, organizing my art/music space and getting ready to travel to new york and oregon...


i also went to see some sweet dubstep (with joe nice of dubwar, j burns, cutups and keeb$). they played some really massive tracks... j burns played the roommate remix of djunya's "contact"... one of the only places i can find this INCREDIBLE BANGER is on this mix... it's the second track. (UPDATE: i'm pretty lukewarm on this mix overall, and the djunya track is on this, but the INCREDIBLE BANGER was this babylon system tune...) i also really liked the babylon system & noah d track "control", but can't find it anywhere... help please? (FURTHER UPDATE: it's not "control", but "examination of time"... and it does exist.) joe nice played a nice mala (of digital mystikz) tune called "livin' different" which for the moment you can hear on his myspace. i also made a quick and dirty (and kind of sloppy) 18-track 23-minute mix to try to hustle up some dubstep djing gigs... it's fun, but it was friday the 13th, and things got weird... enough excuses... the tracklist is below and in the comments file.

james gyre
mixing dirty

23:21

friday 13th
june 2008

wagawaga - nuff wobbles
overcast radio - honky paradise
cauto - bona vida
loefah - disko rekah
the others - africa vip
diplo - pop (m.i.a. vs dead prez)
maurice gleaton - lean wit it, rock wit it (instrumental)
benga - pleasure
flying lotus - melt!
benga - pleasure
krazy baldhead - revolution (para one remix)
dj vadim - ballistic affairs feat. skinny man & sena
skepta - blood, sweat & tears
2562 - morvern
fatboyslim - star 69 (dj godfather remix w/ acapella)
hossam ramzy - khusara, khusara
timbaland - big pimpin (instrumental)
lily allen - ldn (radioclit remix)
aphex twin - spoken word

UPDATE: (added the hossam ramzy and jay-z instrumental... i forgot... oops, not included in the mp3 id3 tags)

11 comments:

cz June 14, 2008 at 4:07 PM  

I'm downloading both mixes mentioned above. Thanks!

james gyre... June 14, 2008 at 6:09 PM  

yeah... no guaruntee you'll like either, but cool...

my ix is like a jef fmills style one track a minute kind of deal... cutting quick... it wobbles in and out of sync, but the idea was mix quick!

Hyssop June 17, 2008 at 6:50 AM  

Man, all I want to spin these days is dubstep, so I'm looking forward to giving this a listen for new tracks to go in search of...

james gyre... June 17, 2008 at 9:37 AM  

cool. there's definitely a few gems in there. i can't get enough of the "examination of time" track by noah d and babylon system.

if you're looking for more dubstep here, you might have already done this, but go back in time on the mp3 tag and track down my dubstep primer, and a few tracks around like the shackleton opus "death is not final" and ellen allien & apparat's dubstep inspired "metric"

cz June 30, 2008 at 1:23 AM  

was just listening to this mix. the way you speed through tracks is awesome! quite entertaining selection too. i think you play mp3s, right? what kind of gear/software do you use?

james gyre... June 30, 2008 at 9:44 AM  

glad you liked it, frank.

the speed is some sort of cross between my early hip hop influences and late 90s jeff mills techno mixing.

the tracks could be more locked up in this mix, but the speed is a fairly common fixture of my mixing. i do really like long blends and mixing back and forth with certain tracks, but i really like good cuts or quick transitions.

it helps with my a.d.j.d. :)

on the gear question, i use final scratch 2 on a macbook running traktor dj studio software (the only version that works on intel-macs... grrr) i use vestax pdx-2000 turntables (i need the extra pitch control and love the extra torque) with shure needles and an allen & heath xone92 mixer. i love the built in isolators and robust effects routing on that mixer. i didn't use any of it for this mix, but i also use a peavey c-loops, a korg kaoss pad 2 and a lexicon mpx-500 effects processor with an inline presonus compressor/gate. the heavy effects stuff is more for my techno-style work, and my ambient/experimental feedback work.

cz July 1, 2008 at 8:19 PM  

so, after listening a couple more times i've come the conclusion that you have to be doing some advance planning to turn out a mix like this. either you've got some sort of auto-beatmatch thing set ahead of time (or at least have beat-timed all your tracks), or you've set up cue points, or a combination. you don't play any intros, the tracks all go directly into the primary vocal parts, or the main body of the insturumentals. so, what is it? like you said, some of the mixes themselves are a little bumpy, but the whole thing isn't messy enough for it to be 100% on the fly, considering how short you ride the tracks.

james gyre... July 1, 2008 at 10:04 PM  

frank... i think the missing ingredients to my mix i forgot to mention are MAD FUCKING SKILLS.

let me disabuse you of your assumptions one by one.

cz - "so, after listening a couple more times i've come the conclusion that you have to be doing some advance planning to turn out a mix like this."

not really... i beat-matched the first two tracks before recording, but who doesn't? i didn't even have a full track list. i picked out the order of first four, picked the last track and the rest (besides the hossam ramzy/timbaland cut, which was pre-mashed) was pure improv.

"either you've got some sort of auto-beatmatch thing set ahead of time"

nope.

(or at least have beat-timed all your tracks)

nope.

or you've set up cue points, or a combination.

nope.

you don't play any intros, the tracks all go directly into the primary vocal parts, or the main body of the insturumentals.

i am usually beat matching during the first few secs of a track, but without letting it go out of sync. despite this, i DO play a couple intros, notably the cauto track, the others tune and the diplo mash.

"so, what is it? like you said, some of the mixes themselves are a little bumpy, but the whole thing isn't messy enough for it to be 100% on the fly, considering how short you ride the tracks."

PURE BADASSNESS... (100% on the fly!)

and you can fly me anytime to new york and i'll prove it live by rocking your favorite local club.

cz July 1, 2008 at 11:27 PM  

word up. well, then, you're almost as good as me! "yeah, but can you scratch?" ;)

you can bet your ass that if i'm ever in a position to book out of town djs for a club night, you'll definitely be on the short list. if for no other reason than i'd love an opportunity to tag team with you sometime.

james gyre... July 2, 2008 at 12:44 AM  

i'd be honored to tag with you... i'm telling you... you we're seriously an early influence as to how dope music could be, and why djing is awesome.

i'd have to take my time a little bit to blend as smooth as that last mix... but i can do it when the vibe is right.

and seriously, i'm glad you dig the mix, i take it as a challenge to turn on my fellow techno/house enthusiasts to the wacky world of international bass delights.

keep skeptical frank, i'd be worried otherwise.

james gyre... July 2, 2008 at 12:47 AM  

oh, and i used to scratch a lot (hosted a cypher for two years once a week), but i've really fallen off. i was recently watching videos of d.j. craze wistfully, though. someday i might practice it again.

i'm an awesome drummer, though!

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