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).

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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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