Sunday, March 21, 2010

square pegs in a world full of lame ass clones

Big ups to daddy Mantis for sneaking off a banging mixtape last week!

A note about facebook: facebook seems to be getting cooler. hear me out on this one. its slowly losing the lame kids and the obnoxious oversharers and its becoming a great marketplace for ideas. i dont know about you but i love loggin on to see that my homeboys and homegirls around the planet is getting they things done. shows, exhibits, openings, publishings, getting they fame on. i love it. it inspires me, and lately i need inspiration...

i have been struggling with the blog, you know, like, existential crisis stlye - specifically, the words you are reading right now and those like them. who reads this anyways? arent most folks (if there are indeed more than 20 of you out there) getting they mixes sent right to they ipoddies? i have fun writing shit out for you, and doing my stream of consciousness thing, and of course the occasional shout out to a random artist is always fun (holleratchaboing dj shadow, i am tryna follow in YOUr fucking footsteps dude, call me up, stop fronting!), but sometimes i feel like dubbayuteeef, you know?

and as an artist i have been feeling very stunted lately, like i am looking for a new thing, trying to find a new sound, and although i love this mix (seriously i wouldnt have put it up if i dint) i feel like i am not there yet. i dont know what or where this "there" is, but i will know when i get there. for now enjoy the smoove stylings of my warped mind as i take you on an ambien-pill ride through an auditory landsape full of noises, cliks, bass, and treble... if yurr out there let us know what you think of the mixes, your feedback means everything to us, we aint to big too care yo...enjoy!

Saturday, March 13, 2010


Quick, before the kids start crying! I made a new mix!

Life has been non-stop neon-green poopy diapers and spitup-covered shoulders for the last few weeks, and my prior life as a rave kid getting by on little to no sleep has definitely come in handy, but the one thing I really miss is music. Loud, wake-the-neighbors, head-nodding hands-in-the-air music. I have to be on point 24 hours a day, so even rocking headphones isn't really in the cards right now, as I still need to hear them breathing and catch them fussing before they wake their mother up. These kids got us on Shawshank lockdown right now, and after two weeks, even a sip of pruno or extra socks from commissary is a treat.

So when the in-laws came by a few days ago, my little baby jail wardens allowed me some time in the yard, and I arranged for a conjugal visit with my mixer and some new breaks tracks. No practicing, no thoughtful track selection, hell, I didn't even get to listen to a few of these tracks first, just turned the mixer and the Kaoss pad on, hit "record," and jacked up the volume. 60 minutes of bass at high volumes (preferably in a res-i-dent-ial area). All in all it came out pretty well, I'd love a do-over on a couple mixes, but for a blind run it was aiight.

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mantisounds - jailbreak

1. Wiley ft. Emeli Sande - Never Be Your Woman (Solo "Loves Garage" Remix)

2. Chase & Status - Eastern Jam (Kyle Watson Re-rub)

3. Josh Money & MC Flipside - Wave Over Me

4. Felguk vs Tim Healey - Rio (Slyde Remix)

5. Tim Healey & Tai - Pocket Rocket

6. Deekline - I Don't Smoke (Deekline & Tim Healey Mix - Krafty Kuts Edit)

7. Sidney Samson - Riverside (Peo De Pitte Dub)

8. Beat Assassins - Put Em Up

9. Diverted - Big Baby Fear (Nick Thayer Remix)

10. Slyde - Jetset

11. Bassnectar - Art of Revolution (Prepmode Remix)

12. Hostage - Skin Out

13. Nick Thayer - Pressure Point (Thayer's Drop the Bass Mix)

14. Lee Mortimer & Foamo - Superman (Streetlife DJs Remix)

15. Hostage - Lost in Bass

16. Deekline & Wizard - Back Up (For the Music)(Krafty Kuts Summer Mix 12" Edit)

17. Groove Diggerz - Just Be Good to Me

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Twin Wind Down Time

Time to slow things down a bit. Mantisounds has been going hard on the dance floor/head bopping tip and it makes sense – he’s hyped! he just introduced two new souls into the world and so he wanted to make some noise… I would like to switch things up a bit and introduce a bit of introspection, retrospection, and inspection to the mix. The next couple of mixes I post will come from a chiller gentler space. Space which is designed to get you slowed down a bit. Get you to think. Get you to recognize where you are at and where you are heading. I ask in all seriousness - What are you going to do for Mantis’ babies? What is the world are you creating? What world are you leaving them? This mix was created and crafted early one Sunday in January, clear headed and yet full of questions. First thing out of bed. Washed my face, brushed my teeth, and stepped into the zone. Nothing hard, nothing banging. I have been in a contemplative mood as of late. i have been trying to figure out where I fit in and just what the hell is it that I am doing? Sometime we have to take time out to be cheesy and be cliché. We have this tendency to think that cliché means passé. Passé the peas like they used to say…

Sunday in January by mosart212