I haven’t been lucky enough to experience the nightlife of LA, but if I ever do I am going to be sure to catch a set by Pumpkin! Packaging the Pumpkin style into a neat little genre is impossible- he classifies some of his mixes as bouncy lovehop, lovesauce, and cinematic crunk. His mix from Lightning in a Bottle 2010 is AMAZING and this mix from 2011 is even better! He keeps the vibe uplifting and energized while introducing super chill and sexy female vocals, current hit music and remixed tunes from our parents era. I can’t imagine anyone in the crowd without a smile on their face and a ton of bounce in their step. His bio says it best.. “Pumpkin truly loves every song he shares with the dancefloor.”
Pumpkin’s 2011 LIB mix is now available for streaming at Soundcloud.
Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Jamie xx Shuffle Mix)
Phoenix – 1901 (D.L.I.D Remix)
Two Door Cinema Club – Undercover Martyn (Passion Pit remix – Pumpkin Edit)
Sia – Breathe Me (Mylo Remix)
Passion Pit – The Reeling (sammy bananas’ big choon mix)
Noah and the Whale – Love of an Orchestra (Chew Fu Killer Whale Fix)
The Temper Trap – Sweet Disposition (Alan Wilkis Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeah – Maps (thisguyiknow remix)
Florence + The Machine – You Got The Love (The xx Mix)
Dikky – Man on the Moon Mashup (Kid Cudi vs. Postal Service)
Broadcast 2000 – Get up and Go (James Yuill Remix)
Mumford and Sons – The Cave (Pyrotec Remix)
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Home (RAC Remix)
Bruce Springsteen – I’m On Fire (Cousin Cole’s Bad Desire Mix)
Metric- Twilight Galaxy (The Gripp Remix)
Blind Melon – No Rain (Pumpkin Remix)
Noah And The Whale – 5 Years Time (Pumpkin Remix)
Tina Dico – Count To Ten (Pumpkin Remix)
Grab more DJ sets from Pumpkin including his 2010 LIB mix at Soundcloud.
MiHKAL is Oakland based DJ Michael Anderson. His last mixtape Snuglife was the last mix in my library to get 5 stars and nothing has come close to replacing that mix since he released it in December. That is, until now.
I get new music everyday and a lot of it is very exciting and interesting, but something really has to be outstanding to catch and HOLD my attention. It has been 3 weeks since this mix was released, and not a day goes by that I don’t listen to it. The tracklist is fresh, his mixing is flawless, and the vibe is uplifting and energetic, something we have come to expect from MiHKAL after years of consistently solid DJ mixes.
: TRACKLiST :
Emancipator – First Snow (Ooah Remix) – (1320 Records)
Simplex – Theia – (Soundcloud)
R/D – Your Misty Eyes Are M.I.N.E – (The Designed Disorder)
Deathstar – Seismic – (Soundcloud)
Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Maps (Sugarpill’s TehSlideBass Remix) – (SoundCloud)
ill-Esha – Cherry Blossoms – (True Score Theory)
Hanssen Ft. Chadwick – Rising sun (Splatinum Remix) – (Dubstep Records)
Pillow Fight – Hand on the Steel – (Prime Dub Records)
Minnesota – Push it – (Tycho Records)
Phetsta – Dance All Night – (Technique Recordings)
Stephan Jacobs & Love & Light – The One ft. Delvo – (Muti Music)
DCarls – Runaway – (Simplify Recordings)
Ben Samples – Drop Bombs (ChrisB Remix) – (Daly City Records)
Unlimited Gravity – THose Little THings – (Bandcamp)
Slim THugz – Fistful of Dollaz ft. Yound Joc – (Bandcamp)
Ghetto Sexuual – Planetary Two Step – (Abstract Logic Recordings)
ChrisB & David Block – In The Name of – (Simplify Recordings)
Sugarpill – Delirious – (Simplify Recordings)
Guttstar – Hot Mess – (Soundcloud)
Gladkill – Out of Your Comfort – (Made in Glitch)
The song that always gets me at around 21:00 after Sugarpill’s remix of “Maps” is “Cherry Blossoms” by the incredibly talented vocalist and producer ill-esha. She is a newly transplanted Canadian now living in San Francisco, so make sure to catch one of her live sets when you are in the area. Check out the single on Beatport and her new album Reverie is out now on Muti.
I have a lot more time on the weekends to do blog posts and have been thinking about doing little blurbs and links to some of the music that has me captivated each week- new releases, old stuff revisited, upcoming or unreleased stuff… just a place for random music.
This week Ben Samples put out another huge release, this time on Simplify Recordings.
The Skyscraper EP is the young Colorado producers fourth major solo release in less than a year. Ben has been pumping out massive bass for a couple years now and has pretty much become a household name in the scene. This EP is his most sophisticated production to date and considering he spent the first part of his production career giving away his tunes on Bandcamp, it is well worth the price to purchase. Buy the Skyscraper EP here! Grab more of Samples music on Bandcamp and follow him on Facebook and Soundcloud.
Tommy Cappel aka Sidecar Tommy, the beat master drummer from Beats Antique just dropped a song on Soundcloud available for free download. Tommy’s solo work is every bit as inspired as his work with Beats Antique and we should keep an eye out for more solo music from Tommy in the future. Download Bangin Beauty here! Follow Sidecar Tommy on Facebook and Twitter. BANGIN BEAUTY – SIDECAR TOMMY by sidecartommy
The Glitch Mob released Drink The Sea- The Remixes Volume 2 this week. This second round includes remixes from Virtual Boy, Beats Antique, Machinedrum, and DJ Vadim among others. All proceeds from sale of the album go to help rebuild Haiti. Buy both remix albums for one donation here! Follow The Glitch Mob on Facebook and Twitter.
Oakland is home to David Sugalski, the producer of many names. You may know him as Ample Mammal or The Polish Ambassador. This week, The Polish Ambassador released Homeboys In Outer Space- Episode 1. This five song EP includes remixes of songs by Outkast, Young MC, and The Roots. Name your price here! Follow The Polish Ambassador on Facebook and Soundcloud.
Dave Seied has been DJing in Denver for several years now and came out strong last year on Addictech’s charts with his debut release Speaker Organisms. He just dropped a mix of original and unreleased songs on Memkast this week. Grab the mix here! Follow Seied on Facebook and Soundcloud.
DJ UMB (Una Musica Brutal) has been DJing in the UK for the last 6 years and has over 14 commercial releases available and 40 mixtapes of various genres. You all might know him as the co-editor of the blog, Generation Bass.
This is the sixth mix in the Popstep Dub Symphony series for 2010 and the focus is peace and love- HippyStep baby!! This mix is full of those deep dubstep beats that rock you to your core mixed with soothing vocals and nostalgic songs from the Summer of Love to the grunge rock scene of Seattle. This music has gotten into my soul and is still giving me goosebumps with every play.
DJ UMB has woven a masterpiece with this HippyStep mix that I won’t soon forget.
Download Popstep Dub Symphony Vol VI (HippyStep) here!
POPSTEP DUB SYMPHONY VOLUME VI [HippySTeP] (DEC 2010) by djumb
When I first heard “Speaker Bump vol.1” by Indaskyes, I was blown away and scoured the internet to find out who this DJ was and why I hadn’t heard of him. His name made me wonder if he was some big name going by this name as an alias (“in disguise”). It turns out this mix was Jared Lindo’s second gig EVER recorded in a small club in San Jose, CA! This mix is amazing and still gets me moving even after a solid 9 months of bumping. Download “Speaker Bump vol.1” here. Follow Indaskyes on Facebook.
David Starfire has been a favorite of mine since I saw him at Love Parade in San Francisco a couple of years ago. He is an amazingly talented producer and DJ whose beats are heavy on the bass mixed with a huge variety of ethnic sounds, from Middle Eastern to gypsy funk to hip hop. This mix takes you along on a psychedelic journey of massive proportion. Download the “Psychonaut Spinner Mix” here (right click… save as). Thanks to Reality Sandwich for hosting this mix. Follow David Starfire on Facebook. You can also watch David’s site for free songs and mixes at http://davidstarfire.com
Cory O is one to watch in 2011. His Bandcamp and Soundcloud are full of remixes and original music up for grabs. He has been playing at all of the major clubs in Portland for the last couple years and is amped up to take on the world. His mixtape “Fuckin N Tha Streets” is just the right combination of glitched up hip hop beats with heavy bass. It’s not the same old run of the mill stuff many people are putting out these days. He has a unique new sound that works perfectly with the glitch hop music we all love. Grab the mix here.
Kitty-D has been playing music in California for years. He is not on any label and doesn’t have a huge catalog of releases, but that makes what you can get your hands on even more valuable. He has collaborated with Mimosa around the country at festivals as Halo and with Ooah as Of Porcelain. This mix from a full moon party in Humboldt 2008 is a must have! Get it here (right click-save as).
Konekta is someone I started to see around Glitch Hop Forum and I was surprised when I found all kinds of great songs on his Soundcloud. When he released his “Audio Splash Promo Mix” I made sure to check it out and was glad that I did. This mix is bangin’! This dude has serious DJ skills and his remixes are spot on. When I shot him an email to find out more about him, I was happy to find out that he had just moved to Santa Rosa, California- just a few miles from me! He is moving in the scene, working hard on his music- I have no doubt 2011 h0lds huge promise for him. Grab the “Audio Splash Promo Mix” here and make sure to follow him on Soundcloud and Facebook.
MiHKAL is an Oakland based shamanic crunkster whose ceremonial approach to music has been getting attention from bassheads around the world. Though he has not released an official album, he has been DJing and remixing since 2008 and has played at huge parties alongside his homies Mimosa, Heyoka, Sleepyhead, Knowa Knowone, Kitty D, NastyNasty, GladKill, ChrisB, An-ten-nae, Bassnectar, R/D, EPROM, Joker, Marty Party & PANTyRAiD. MiHKAL is on the same level as every one of these artists. His DJ skills truly move me.
Snuglife is full of soothing female vocals, emotional instrumentals, heavy bass, and crunk vocal samples. He knows how to weave these different styles together in a way that I rarely hear to create an amazing dance floor experience that moves your body and your spirit. It is no surprise to me that Beat Church keeps him as a resident shamanic DJ. I expect him to release some music this year, but until then, he has several mixes available on his Soundcloud. You can DOWNLOAD Snuglife HERE (right click, save as)
Be sure to attend Beat Church to praise the bass music gods and dance yourself to a higher place under MiHKAL’s beats.
Stephan Jacobs has quickly risen to the top of the Southern California glitch-hop bass music scene with his massive remixes that pack any dancefloor in seconds, combined with his huge arsenal of original material that grows with each day. He is a dedicated producer who spends more time working on music than most people are awake in a day and his Soundcloud is full of songs with thousands of plays and comments. His recent remix of “Under The Sheets” screamed to the top of the charts at Hypem.
Stephan Jacobs released music in 2009 as one half of Kether, with their chart topping albums Marine Layer and Layer 2, both on Muti Music, San Francisco’s most successful underground music label. He recently released a song on Gruntworthy Vol. 1 with other big up and coming artists +verb, Sugarpill, Dr. Knobz, Minnesota, and Carly-D. On December 6, Muti is dropping another release on Addictech called Level Attack, a collaboration of Stephan Jacobs & Sugarpill Featuring Naada on vocals. The release is a single with remixes by +Verb, Ben Samples, Willy Whompa, Great Scott and ChrisB. This is guaranteed to be one not to miss!
As a preview for what is to come on Level Attack, Stephan created a mix of originals for 2011 that you can grab here- http://beglitched.com/mixes/StephanJacobs_OriginalMix2011.mp3 (right click, save as…)
1. Bluetech – Leaving Babylon (Stephan Jacobs Remix)
Notorious Thugs Accapella
2. Ben Samples & Stephan Jacobs – Nano Puppy
3. Ellie Goulding – Under The Sheets (Stephan Jacobs Remix)
4. Stephan Jacobs & +Verb – Blind Dreams
5. Stephan Jacobs & Sugarpill – Level Attack feat Naada (Original Mix)
7. Stephan Jacobs & ChrisB. – Flux Capacitor (Luniz Edit)
8. Stephan Jacobs – Hyperion
9. Stephan Jacobs – Top Shelf
Keep your eye on this guy because 2012 is going to be a year of touring and releasing a huge backlog of tunes. Expect to see him at a lot of the major summer festivals and parties. You can also catch his monthy radio show on Glitch.fm the last Tuesday of the month at 6pm PST.
Follow Stephan Jacobs on Facebook, Twitter, and Soundcloud. Check out his website for more remixes and dj sets.
Blunt Instrument is quickly becoming one of my favorite glitch-hop DJ/Producer groups. Based in Brisbane, Australia, Luke Latimer and Rocco Mico can make real magic happen with their broken beats and glitched up vocals. They take their time with their creations to give everything a nice complete and polished sound, but somehow are able to get new songs finished posted on Soundcloud regularly, including their latest remix of Radiohead’s Street Spirit (Fade Out) and Dillinja’s classic Twist ’em Out.
Today, Blunt Instrument have made me happy again with the release of their new promo mix, GlitchHop vs The Machine MiniMix. It includes some of their new tunes all dubbed with some sci-fi samples they dug up from a story called The Machine. This mix has been on my must have list since they told me about it and it does not disappoint. I am impressed with the huge strides they take at making their sound even better with every new release.
Grab the GlitchHop vs The Machine MiniMix here!
Eprom is a San Francisco based DJ and producer responsible for some of the craziest sounding lazer filled glitch-hop in existence. He is a pioneer in this style of music we all love so much but can’t agree on what to call it- crunkstep, lazerblap, whompsauce…. basically it’s bass heavy electronic music that rattles your bones till it gets inside your brain and makes you completely insane on a music high. EPROM has played alongside artists like Flying Lotus, The Glitch Mob, Skream, Lazer Sword, Kode9, Mochipet, Rustie, and many others.
His 2009 mixtape was Simple named 2009 Mixtape and in 2007 he released the mixtape Enter the Psyphy and his debut EP 64 Bytes the Dust. After a summer of festivals, gigs and a European tour, Eprom still had the time to give us a mix for 2010! Robot Sex Tape is a collection of news songs and beats from Eprom and can be downloaded here!