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Posted by Chris on November 5, 2007 at 5:43 pm  

New Burial LP out today…


The level of hype this has received makes me expect a backlash… we shall see, but when artists are put on pedestals its tempting to only see the pedestal and not the thing on top of it. For the record, there’s nothing wrong with a coffee table. I, for one, don’t always want to put my mug on the floor. The record is good by the way – reminds me of Bukem/early Metalheadz (metalheadz re-presses also out today).

Burial – Etched Headplate 224k 8mb

interview // buy

some bukem mixes here.

While gatekeepers/radio-hosts/certain journalists have a vested interest in maintaining their own positions through building mystique around music production, I applaud anyone who seeks to de-mystify the process. To this end check DJ C on bass and w&w on reggaeton and blending. I also applaud the rise of mashups as a symptom of this. I have no interest in disposability as a negative outcome of this process. The attention span/mystique a piece of music commands is in the eye of the beholder. For a specific example of this see dubstep/crunk mashups (crunkstep?). The tempos match perfectly (70/140 bpm) and the process is so easy (acapella + instrumental + abelton tempo bend + ability to hear where 1st beat of a 16 lies = half an hour’s work) I’m suprised it hasn’t already been done more. There’s a soulja boy version available here as well as /rupture’s blend from earlier this year. Here’s a couple me and a friend made earlier…

Loefah – Ass & Titties (WTC mix) 320k 10.2mb

built from Loefah’s ‘Ruffage’ & DJ Assault ‘Ass ‘n’ Titties’

Benga – Tipsy (WTC mix) 320k 11.6mb

built from Benga’s ‘Killers About’ and J-Kwon’s ‘Tipsy’

Hopefully the fact that these are so easy to make will mean not only that more people make them but also that people will have to push the limits of what one expects from a mashup, in terms of form as well as content. Also, if the apparatus is more visible, people will hopefully enage with the music more critically and less hyperbolically.


  • Comment by dm on November 5, 2007 at 6:47 pm

surely loefah + dj assault = bootystep?

  • Comment by w&w on November 7, 2007 at 5:12 pm

word em up! props to DJ C for that generous tutorial.

re: “crunkstep,” many months ago i DLd a whole mix along these lines, calling itself “thugstep” –

not sure whether part 2 ever hit the nets. fertile territory, no doubt.

  • Comment by dan on November 7, 2007 at 10:38 pm

i am very, very pro demystifying production processes, please for god’s sake keep it up. i know bugger all about production.

as for mashing up crunk with dubstep, i think kode9 (as fucking usual, lol, is the guy ever *not* ahead of the game?) has been doing it for ages, not that it matters. he was throwing in ‘knuck if you buck’ acapellas to his fwd>> show mixes back in early 06 if memory serves.

  • Comment by Chris on November 8, 2007 at 12:45 pm

thanks for the input. the thugstep mix reminded me that Semtex did a crunk/grime mixtape back in 05. It was mostly grime acapellas on crunk instrumentals but there were a few that went the other way including…

Knuck if you warp

Mike Jones on Bogeyman

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