Saturday, May 19, 2012

Low End Calisthenics

I'm not one for purity.  I think "selling out" is a term naive kids with twitter accounts and curfews throw around (talk to me when you can pay your rent turning knobs and mixing beats.  I know I can't).  I think lectures from music snobs and online flamewars about what constitutes "real" [fill in the musical genre here] and "commercial" [fill in the musical genre here] are short-sighted and boring.  And I don't understand some peoples' insistence on stylistic purity when it comes to mixtapes.  Maybe it's my history of wandering from room to room at mid-90s raves checking all the different sounds and styles bubbling up from the main room, side rooms, lounges, and alt stages, or maybe it's just my technologically-enabled attention deficit disorder when it comes to consuming media, but I think sacrificing variety for pedigree or purity/conformity is dull.  Who wants to keep cranking out mix after mix of the same narrow subgenres of the same micro/hybrid styles?  It's one of the things I love about La MoDa Mixtapes:  the variety from one mix to the next, both between Mosart212 and I, and even set to set from each of us.  Variety is the spice of life, right?

The mix below starts with some funky, shuffling grooves but transitions into some serious peak-time bangers.  I programmed a vocal-heavy selection on this one, trying (and, I hope, succeeding) to keep the energy level high and sprinkling a bit of pop sensibility throughout this mix (again, variety being the spice of life, I don't consider "pop" to be a dirty word, if done right and in moderation).

If you like what you hear, please click the link on the right and sign up for the La MoDa Mixtapes podcast feedburner.  And please stay tuned, lots more bass music heading your way!...

1.  Mr. Sam Frank - Simple Life (Roska Remix Ltd.)
2.  Graphics - MacGrackleton
3.  Tentsnake - Coma Cat (Stanton Warriors Re Bump)
4.  Slyde - Escapism
5.  Stanton Warriors - Who Are the Warriors (Digital Sounds Remix)
6.  Kanye vs Incredible Bongo Band - Apache Power (Slyde ReRub)
7.  DJ Louder - Missin Missy
8.  Rihanna - Where Have You Been (Rebel Sketchy Rihedit)
9.  Hostage - I Get High (Mooqee B-Breaks ReRub)
10. Stanton Warriors - Tr0n Punk (Stanton Warriors 2011 Tour ReBounce)
11. Slyde - Lucky Disco Pants (Slyde Breaks Mix)
12. The Freakazoids - Freak and Hustle (2012 Remix)
13. Gorgon City - The Truth ft. Janai
14. Peo De Pitte - Grey Tape
15. Mord Fustang, Thomas Bangalter & Elite Force - Lick the Scratch (RVMPD)
16. Roman d'Amour - Make Love Tonight (Peo De Pitte Remix)
17. Roni Size Reprazent - Brown Paper Bag (Lee Mortimer Bootleg)
18. Santigold - Disparate Youth (Gorgon City Remix)

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012


Really stoked about this mix, I've been really rinsing these "nu jungle" sounds recently.  Sub Slayers records has absolutely been KILLING it lately, and there's plenty of the latest offerings from Jay Cunning's outfit on this mix.  There's also a lot of Deekline and Ed Solo in this mix, spanning from the very recent to the pseudo-classics (the "Outta Space" booty is timeless!).  The last song here, the "Always VIP" remix, is sublime.  It rips the vocals from one of my favorite ILS tracks of all time and injects it with some serious jungle sensibilities.

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1.  Zed Bias ft. Juiceman & Simba - Ring the Alarm (Jigga Up) VIP
2.  Yoof - Prophecy
3.  GOLD - 45 War
4.  Yoof - Gangster4life
5.  DJ Deekline pres. Cut & Run - Outta Space (Booty Space Extended Mix)
6.  Tayo - Wildlife Dub
7.  Journeyman & Barrcode - Positive Vibes (Kieran M Remix)
8.  Phuture Assassin - Ganja Madness (Backdraft Remix)
9.  Cut La Roc - Freeze (Ben & Lex Remix)
10. Sanxion - Vampyros Lesbos
11. Dan Sena - Song of Siren (RackNRuin Remix)
12. Karton - Chase it High (Left/Right Remix)
13. Sanxion - Tear it Up
14. DJ Quest & Sonz of Mecha - I Got Style
15. Slyde - Hold Tight
16. Eddie Voyager - Sunshine
17. Defkline & Red Polo - Take it Back (Phatman & Robin Mix)
18. Daft Punk - Aerodynamic (Specimen A & James D'ley Refix)
19. Ed Solo & Skool of Thought - Always There 
20. Ed Solo & Deekline - Always RIP (Eddie K & Minus Remix)(Deekline & Ed Solo VIP Mix)

Monday, February 20, 2012

mosart's got an album

mosart212 (me) has released an album. its pretty incredible. the feedback on the album has been surreal - in the last week i have spoken/chatted/emailed with some of my musical heros and people who have inspired me - mosart212 chatting with Mike Gao....?! yupp.

The album has been in the works for a couple of years. i had a lot of people basically saying the same thing to me - "dont be a fucking dumbass... get your stuff together and put out an album. its gonna be good." and so i did and it is !

a lot of other people were kinda freaking out about me giving it away for free, but i felt that was the way it had to be for my (re)introduction to the world. i dont feel right charging people for the album, i didnt feel like "grinding" and selling the shit out the trunk uh my car. no disrespect to those who go after it in that way, but thats an avenue i jut didnt wanna tread down, at least not this early in the game. blah, blah, artistic integrity, blah, blah, blah, from my heart, blah, blah, blah enjoy it.

for now you can download the album for free, or give a donation, here
as of this writing there have been close to 800 plays on the tracks in just one week. feel free to pass the album on, blog it, repost it, share it, steal it, give it away. let it be free.




Saturday, February 11, 2012


We here at La MoDa will be picking up our posting schedule in 2012, providing more of the same great dj mixes you've come to expect from Mantisounds and Mosart212.  First up from Mantisounds for 2012 is a 20 track mix of deep dubby bubbly dubstep and future garage from me.  Starts low and stays low, I hope you enjoy!

1.  Modeselektor ft. Paul St. Hillaire - Let Your Love Grow
2.  Radikal Guru - Wisdom Dub
3.  J:Kenzo and Rod Azlan - Ruffhouse
4.  Truth - Perfect Combination
5.  An-ten-nae - What the Fuk
6.  Phaeleh - Soulfunk
7.  Freestylers - Say Yes (Jinx In Dub Remix)
8.  Phaeleh - Broken
9.  Silkie - New York City
10. J:Kenzo - Therapy
11. Woz - Junky
12. Schlatchthofbronx - We Nah Fraid
13. Skream & Silkie - Untitled
14. Skream - XMAS Day Swagger
15. Dutty Dubz - Structured Madness
16. A-Track & DJ Zinc - Stingray (Benga Remix)
17. RQM - Atomic Fusion (Son of Kick Remix)
18. Daft Punk - One More Time (George Lenton Remix)
19. Blue Foundation - Eyes on Fire (Zeds Dead Remix)
20. Sebastien Tellier - Divine (Midnight Juggernauts Remix)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

mosart212 ... on the air....

hey kids I'M BACK! mosart212 here, and boy have i missed yallz. been mad busy getting myself ready for the release of my solo debut - PASSIVE/AGGRESIVE, amongst other things. There are so many little loose ends and tid bits and stuffs to take care of when you are self releasing your sweat and blood. Stay tuned for more news on that front...

this mix is a return to form - a mosart212 instant classic - beats from the dustbin, oldies but goodies, rare grooves, and of course a healthy dose of bloops and bleeps, and of course some well placed mega nerdy samples, this time courtesy of the "flatlands: a romance in many directions" audio book... enjoy

2012 the year of LaMoDa/Mantisounds/mosart2(o)12....