Monday, January 25, 2010

Week 35: A Farewell to Dubstep

Ok, this one is gonna get me yelled at by some people, but let's be real. Dubstep is Over. It's been over for a while.

I'm not saying it's DEAD or it's gonna STOP EXISTING, and I'm certainly not saying it's BAD...just that its time has come and gone. A year ago, Dubstep was this time-defining hyper-relevant world-dominant sound-of-the-moment, and it's quickly turning into its own cloistered, insular, largely-irrelevant-to-the-outside-world little scene (similar to what happened to Drum & Bass in 1997-8, or what happened to PsyTrance 45 minutes after it was invented). Many of the most interesting, creative, forward-thinking producers from Dubstep have already moved on (to UK Funky / Karnival / Future Garage / Post-Garage / whatever you wanna call it), so I felt it was only fitting to do a retrospective Dubstep mix.

So here's a mix with a bunch of the huge genre-defining anthems, and a lot of my own personal faves as well. For some of these tunes, I can say I was among the very first to play them out on dub plate, and for that I am truly thankful. Not tryna say "omgz I blew dese trax up come and bow at my feet" or nuthin'...it's just a nice feeling to see something grow from the ground up, even if it's something as insignificant in the grand scheme of things as one track from a tiny sub-sub-genre of the already-sufficiently-tiny electronic dance music world. Now before I go getting all teary-eyed about my fave parties and shops and THE SANDS OF TIME SLIPPING IRRETRIEVABLY THROUGH OUR FINGERS, here's the mix.

Chrissy Murderbot's Year of Mixtapes Week 35: Dubstep.
  1. Joker; Snake Eater (Soul Motive)
  2. Loefah & Sgt. Pokes; Mud VIP (DMZ / Planet Mu)
  3. Morcheeba; World Looking In (DZ Remix) (LoDubs)
  4. Bodil / Cycheouts Ghost; Mirrorz (ROMZ)
  5. Brackles; Rawkus (Planet Mu)
  6. LD; Shake It (Hyperdub)
  7. Zomby; Strange Fruit (Ramp Recordings)
  8. Tes La Rock feat. Uncle Sam; Up In The VIP (Dub Police)
  9. Cotti vs. Mr. Party & Jammer; Dem Fi Know (Argon)
  10. MC Jakes & Joker; 3K Lane (Hench)
  11. 6Blocc; Burning Dub (6Dub)
  12. Digital Mystikz feat. Speng; Anti War Dub (DMZ)
  13. Benga & Coki; Night (Tempa)
  14. LV & Dandelion; CCTV (Hyperdub)
  15. Hoodz; Clash (LoDubs)
  16. Benga; Crunked Up (Tempa)
  17. Joker; Digidesign (Hyperdub)
  18. Guido; Orchestral Lab (Punch Drunk)
  19. Monkey Steak; Ratatosk's Tree (unreleased)
  20. Gemmy; Supligen (Planet Mu)
  21. I.T.; Tipsy (white)
  22. Rusko; Cockney Thug (Sub Soldiers)
  23. Ebola; Alpha Paw (LoDubs)
  24. The Bug feat. Killa P & Flowdan; Skeng (Kode9 Remix) (Hyperdub)
  25. Cardopusher; I Need You Tonight (unreleased)
  26. Dess; Sick Room (Dead Homies)
  27. The Art Of Noise; Moments In Love (Caspa Remix) (white)
  28. Skream; Midnight Request Line (Tempa)
  29. Stagga feat. Skamma; Sick As Sin (Ultra VIP) (ElectroStimulation)
  30. Kanji Kinetic; Scatter (Sleazetone)
NEXT WEEK: Italo Disco.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Week 34: Booty Bass

This week, as a palette-cleanser for the non-disco-fans after all the disco of recent weeks, is a mixtape of Booty Bass. The term "booty bass" really comprises a lot of genres (Miami Bass, Freestyle, Hip Hop Electro, and Detroit Electrofunk to name a few), but they're all pretty much tied together by big, 808-driven drum machine breaks topped off with raps about ass-shaking. The key differences between this stuff and, say, ghettotech/ghetto house/juke would be the breakbeats, and the hip-hop song structure.

It's easy to forget how HUGE this stuff was in the states in the '90s, but looking back on it a lot of these tracks were Top 40 mega-hits here. I've been told by a few people that this stuff never really made it across the pond, which is a shame. I guess this was our cultural equivalent of UK Garage, perhaps?

Anyway, for this tape I've left out the Detroit Electro / Electrofunk stuff, which I'll cover some other week. I've decided to focus on classics from the 90s (some well-known, others more underground), with a few 80s proto-anthems and a couple of more recent tunes as well. Enjoy!

[big PS: the views expressed in these songs do not necessarily represent my views w/r/t "the ladies". except for the ones where they do.]

Chrissy Murderbot's Year of Mixtapes Week 34: Booty Bass.
  1. MC Zeus; It Ain't A Crime
  2. Jock-D; Partytime '91
  3. Cybotron; Clear (Jose "Animal" Diaz Remix)
  4. The 69 Boyz; Tootsie Roll
  5. Danny D & DJ Wiz; Get On Up And Dance (Remix)
  6. Ghost Town DJs; My Boo
  7. Model 500; Night Drive (Time, Space, Transmat)
  8. Sir Mix-A-Lot; Baby Got Back
  9. Tag Team; Whoomp! (There It Is)
  10. E.V.I.A.N. & The Atlantis Posse; Techno City
  11. DJ Laz & Danny D; Miami El Negro (Club Mix)
  12. Sabo; La Negra Chula
  13. Sammie; I Like It (Remix)
  14. Freak Nasty; Da Dip
  15. 2 Live Crew; Get It Girl
  16. DJ Funk; Get The Hoe
  17. DJ Smurf; Shakin'
  18. Splack Pack; Shake That Ass Bitch!
  19. Playa Poncho; Whatz Up Whatz Up (A-Town Mix)
  20. 2 Live Crew; Come On Babe (Doo Doo Brown Mix)
  21. Quad City DJs; C'mon Ride The Train
  22. Luke; Scarred
  23. Splack Pack; Scrub Da Ground
  24. Half Pint; One Leg Up
  25. DJ Kizzy Rock & DJ Smurf; Let Me See U Ride
  26. DJ Smurf; 4 Pt. Stance
  27. Creep Dogg; Bounce Tha Bootie
  28. Disco & The City Boyz; Wiggle Wiggle
  29. Johnny Moog; Dope Love (Chrissy Murderbot Remix)
  30. DJ Smurf; Pop That Thang Girl (Remix)
  31. Godz Of The Quad; 2 The Flo
  32. Luke f. No Good But So Good; Raise The Roof
  33. Bone Thugs N Harmony; Crossroads (DJ Magic Mike Remix)
  34. DJ Marquis; Rock This
  35. Godz Of The Quad; Can U Feel It
NEXT WEEK: A Farewell to Dubstep.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Week 33: Post-Disco, Pre-House

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a tape of NY Garage (prompted by Birgitte from Norway). I went on about how that music bridged the gap between disco and house, and really paved the way for all this new-fangled 21st century electronic dance music to exist.
Meanwhile, however, there was a lot of other, more mainstream R&B that was doing essentially the same thing—just in the pop sphere. Here is a tape of precisely that—more 1980s R&B cuts that rose up from the ashes of disco to pave the way for house (and everything that followed).

Chrissy Murderbot's Year of Mixtapes Week 33: Post-Disco, Pre-House.
  1. Jocelyn Brown; I Wish You Would (Vinyl Dreams Records, 1984)
  2. Gwen Guthrie; Ain't Nothin' Goin' On But The Rent (Chrissy Murderbot Re-Edit) (Polydor, 1986)
  3. Patrice Rushen; Forget Me Nots (Elektra, 1982)
  4. George Benson; Give Me The Night (Warner Bros. Records, 1980)
  5. Sylvester; Tell Me (Remix) (Megatone Records, 1983)
  6. Luther Vandross; Never Too Much (Epic, 1981)
  7. Cashmere; Do It Anyway You Wanna (Philly World Records, 1983)
  8. Evelyn King; Love Come Down (RCA, 1982)
  9. Kool & The Gang; Get Down On It (De-Lite Records, 1981)
  10. Teena Marie; Behind The Groove (Motown, 1980)
  11. Raw Silk; Do It To The Music (West End Records, 1982)
  12. Splash; When We Touch (The Hive, 1982)
  13. Unique; What I Got Is What You Need (Chrissy Murderbot Re-Edit) (Prelude Records, 1983)
  14. Young & Company; I Like (What You're Doing To Me) (Brunswick, 1980)
  15. The S.O.S. Band; Take Your Time (Do It Right) (Tabu Records, 1980)
  16. Aretha Franklin; Get It Right (Arista, 1983)
  17. Tramaine; Fall Down (Spirit Of Love) (A&M Records, 1985)
  18. Zena Dejonay; I've Got To Find A Way (TVI Records, 1983)
  19. D Train; You're The One For Me (Prelude Records, 1981)
  20. GQ; Someday (In Your Life) (Arista, 1980)
  21. The Emotions; Turn It Out (American Recording Company, 1981)
NEXT WEEK: Booty Bass.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Week 32: Weed Songs

So I was at the all-you-can-eat sushi bar with my homie Mega Mic, and he says to me something along the lines of the following:
"you know what's funny? you got all these weed tunes, but you don't even smoke weed!"
I think he was referring specifically to "Roll Another One" (off my last album), and "Ganja Fi Legal" (the Jack Murda track, which I released on Dead Homies). But regardless of whether he's talking tunes I've made/released or just tunes I own/play out, he's right: I don't smoke weed, but for some reason I have the weed tunes on lock.
So here's a mix of weed anthems. I've probably dropped a dozen or so weed-related tunes throughout previous mixes, so those ones aren't on this one, but it's still pretty packed. You're probably either going to find this the most awesome thing in history, or the most tedious, juvenile yawnfest ever. Or both!

Chrissy Murderbot's Year of Mixtapes Week 32: Weed Songs.
  1. Snoop Doggy Dogg; Gin & Juice
  2. Cypress Hill; Hits From The Bong
  3. Mr. Vegas; Crack Town
  4. Wayne Marshall & Assassin; Weed Smoke
  5. EQ; Give I Di Herbs
  6. Ziggi; Ganja Smoke In The Air
  7. Cocoa Tea; Weh Di Drugs
  8. Cutty Ranks; Healing Of The Nation
  9. Yellowman; Stay With Me
  10. Marlon Asher; Ganja Farmer
  11. Buju Banton; Sensi
  12. Bone Thugs N Harmony; Weed Man
  13. Freddie Gibbs; Boxframe Cadillac
  14. Wayne Marshall; Purple Skunk
  15. Vybz Kartel; Visa (QV Weaver Riddim Remix)
  16. Chrissy Murderbot f. Hawatha Hurd; Roll Another One (Tremor Dub Refix)
  17. Wayne Marshall; The Whole World
  18. Wayne Marshall; Gan-Ja
  19. DJ Krome & Mr. Time; Ganja Man
  20. Bagga Worries & Jooxie Nice; Legalise (Remarc VIP Mix)
  21. L Double; Sess (Little Rollers Vol. 1)
  22. Jacky Murda f. Ward 21 & Jason Sweetness; Ganja Fi Legal
  23. Carlton Livingston; 100 Weight of Collie Weed
  24. Mungo's Hi-Fi f. Top Cat; Herbalist
  25. Mac Dre; I Need An Eighth
  26. Cutty Ranks; Ganja Pipe
  27. Prince Fatty; Gin & Juice
NEXT WEEK: Post-Disco, Pre-House.