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halved, drawn and buried

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

New Burial LP out today…

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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.

indentured labour (and carnival)

Posted by Chris on August 23, 2007 at 7:10 pm  

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Notting Hill Carnival this weekend. In preparation…

a hasty chutney mix including adesh samaroo’s ode to cat meat.

wordthecat – chutney mix (aug07) 192k 29mb

tracklist:

rikki jai – river lime remix
lil man – deeray deeray
chris garcia – chutney bacchanal
adesh samaroo – rum like dat
kerry ramgobin – square key
adesh samaroo – dog bone
rikki jai – boleh murugwah
adesh samaroo – take dat

Chutney music comes out of Trinidad, Guyana and Surinam where indentured servants (followed by waves of immigration) were transported from India in the 19th century. In ‘Boleh Murugwah’ Guyana’s rikki jai borrows the melody from this old bollywood tune in which the singer’s shoes are japani, his pants are english-stani, his red hat is russi but his heart is hindustani.

“Meera Joota Hai Japani” from ‘Shri 420′ (1955)

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& another blend for carnival… Skream’s ‘Pass the Red Stripe’ vs Mr Vegas his voice re-patriated in the back of Burro Banton’s throat.

Skream vs Mr Vegas – Red Stripe Genie Wine 320k 11.7mb

that’s why you’re my…

Posted by Chris on June 6, 2007 at 12:41 pm  

flukes built the wifey riddim then dj xtreme took it and blended it with the song ‘Suraj Hua Maddham’ from the film ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’. Shahrukh charms Kajol Mukherjee in coats of many colours against a Giza backdrop.

PS/ that was a hoax

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