Sunday, March 22, 2009

Nu Skool Slits

(pic:  Keith Eric)

Greetings everyone, it feels like forever since I last updated this blog.  Mo's been busy, pimping the site out with bells and whistles to make your La MoDa experience a pleasant and cutting edge affair, and I should take this opportunity to thank him for his efforts.

March sucks ass for me.  When Mo and I are not fighting musical crimes from deep within our secret mountain laboratory, I am a mild mannered immigration paralegal by day.  March is like tax season for immigration.  On March 31, about 130,000 applications will be sent to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service for approximately 70,000 available H-1B visas.  I won't get into how completely broken and backwards our immigration system is in this country, and I only even bring it up to excuse my blog absence in the month of March.  However, being tied to my desk for a month straight cranking out forms and support letters for people I've never met before does afford me one luxury I don't normally enjoy at work:  an opportunity to listen to music during the day in my office.  

I recently copped the new N.A.S.A. album, which is chock full of guest spots by such hipster luminaries as Santogold, Amanda Blank, M.I.A., Lykke Li, and David Byrne, as well as eminent MCs like Kanye, KRS ONE, RZA, Method Man, Chali 2na, and Del.  I highly recommend it, and will be incorporating into the La MoDa repertoire in the coming weeks. 

I've also been revisiting a lot of my mix sets from days gone by, and I thought I'd share one particular mix that has been making my ears hum over the last week or so.  It's called "Nu Skool Slits" (the name of a particular "brand" of E that was all over raveland during my P.L.U.R. heyday, if you must know).  This mix was slapped together mid-2002, but even then was programmed as a shout out to the late 90s.  There are a bunch of classic Freskanova tracks included, some classic Cassius and Basement Jaxx and Groove Armada, and Daft Punk from when they were popular the FIRST time (yes, I'm old).  The second half of this mix moves further into big room rave territory, culminating in a brutal funky breaks/warehouse stormer called "Back to 99" by the Freestylers (also off of Freskanova), followed by what can only be described as a wide-eyed backrub of a finale with Uberzone's "Dreamtime" and his remix of Sarah McLaughlin's "Sweet Surrender" (which, rumor has it, she commissioned after being less than impressed with the Rabbit in the Moon remix of "Possession").  Seriously, try to finish this mix without busting out the glow sticks....

1.  Uberzone - Beat Bionic
2.  Basement Jaxx - Crazy Girl
3.  Deejay Punkrok - My Beatbox (Les Rhythmes Digitales as de Pique Mix)
4.  Les Rhythmes Digitales - Jacques your Body
5.  Daft Punk - Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger
6.  Agent Sumo - 24 Hours
7.  Moby - Bodyrock (Boris Duglosch Discotech Remix)
8.  Cassius - U Can't Stop It
9.  Tiefschwarz - On Up
10. Groove Armada - Superstylin'
11. Basement Jaxx - Get Me Off
12. Felix da Housecat - Sequel2Sub
13. Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar
14. Timo Maas - Shifter
15. Plump DJs - Electro Disco
16. Freska Allstars - Get Fresh
17. Metro LA - Boogie Star
18. Bowser - Codename Hardhat
19. Freestylers - Back 2 99
20. Uberzone - Dreamtime
21. Sarah McLaughlin - Sweet Surrender (Uberzone Remix)

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