Well, well, well. If it isn’t Mr. Lazy himself, DJ eXb. Since I haven’t posted in months, I figured I’d at least let you all know about a new gig that my DJ partner Tony (now known as Camber Sands) and I have acquired. We now play upstairs every Friday night at The Cavern on Lower Greenville in Dallas. We play from 9:30/10:00pm until 2:00am, and we’re still playing the same good ol’ electronic dance music with genres ranging from house (all kinds) to breaks to drum ‘n’ bass (towards the “liquid” side). Just so you know, since Minc got shut down several months ago (I shed a tear every time I say or write that down), everyone’s favorite bartender, Swanson, made the trip over to The Cavern with us. So come out on a Friday night and enjoy some stout music and even more stout beverages! Here’s the neat flyer that Tony came up with. Hope to see y’all there!
My sister tells me that I always have too much to say whenever I post a new mix. Apparently I’m just all too eager to tell the world my thoughts on dance music and how they relate to said mix. However, to that I say, imagine how long you’d be sitting and reading if I wrote all those thoughts down at once on one page!
Anyhow, since this mix is made with my sister in mind, I’ll just cut to the chase and get to the music. It’s another progressive mix, a little more vocal than the last one (Vol. 6). It features some new stuff, some of my favorites from earlier this year, and some older faves as well. I’ll save my diatribe on the end of my first residency for another time. Better, sis? :)
1. Way Out West – Spaceman (Original Mix) [INTRO]
2. Morgan Page ft. Lissie – The Longest Road (Deadmau5 Remix)
3. Kaskade – Angel On My Shoulder (EDX’s Belo Horizonte At Night Remix)
4. Ercola ft. Daniella – Every Word (Wendel Kos Club Mix)
5. Passenger 10 – Passenger 10 (Chris Reese Remix)
6. DJ Tatana – Spring Breeze (Martin Roth SummerStyle Remix)
7. Kaskade & Deadmau5 – Move For Me (Extended Mix)
8. Kaskade – 4AM (Adam K & Soha Mix)
9. Dave Darell – Children (Original Mix)
10. Morgan Page ft. Tyler James – Call My Name (TV Rock Remix)
11. Hybrid – Finished Symphony (Deadmau5 Remix)
12. John Dahlback, Young Rebels, and Diaz – Morphine (Diaz & Young Rebels Mix)
13. Lustral – Everytime (Funkagenda Remix)
14. Mossy – It Works (Original Mix)
15. Way Out West – Spaceman (Original Mix) [REPRISE]
This is an all Beatport mix.
Well, here we are again…only six months since I last put out a mix! How time seems to fly sometimes. Okay, so it’s not like six months just flew by without me noticing, but I’ll just say that there have been six months of “decent” excuses for not putting out a mix. However, they’re just that: excuses. So I finally said no more of that and got down to putting together another mix. I’ll describe the mix in a few, but first, a word about “flow”.
Back in the day, I used to be the guy who would put mix tapes together for my friends and family members. Something these people used to credit me with, and something I was always proud of, was that my mix tapes had a great “flow” to them. Now, “flow” can mean different things to different people, but what it meant to my friends and family was that when you got a mix from me, it had a beginning, a middle, and an end. It was, if I may wax poetic, a “musical journey”. This convention sticks with me today whenever I DJ or put together a mix. There’s usually a warm-up period, the “floor filler” or bigger tracks, and then a cool-down segment. I think the “cool-down” segment is a bit unconventional in the DJ realm since typically you just keep people going until they can’t go anymore or until the lights come on, whichever comes first. But that tends to be my style, and it may be relevant to this new mix more than any other that I’ve put out so far (though I think you can go back to some of my other mixes and notice this convention in action more than you might have before). I figured I’d go ahead and explain this “flow” concept so that you can understand why I put together the tracks in this new mix the way I did. Anyhow, on to the mix…
This is a liquid drum & bass mix. You could also say “liquid funk”. And while that wasn’t the term used when I was introduced to the genre, if you follow the etymology of the term (here), you can see that they are one and the same. At any rate, my first real introduction to this style was a track by High Contrast called “Racing Green”. So, appropriately, I’ve decided to start off my mix with this track. And while I could have probably done a whole mix with High Contrast tracks and remixes (since I like the guy’s work so much), I decided to be judicious and only included one track from his latest album. So if you like High Contrast, you’ll probably enjoy this mix. Also of note, this mix will probably expose me as fairly amateur at mixing DnB tracks. To be quite honest, I can’t say I’ve listened to a ton of DnB mixes in my time, so I’m not even sure if I’ve got the right technique for it. Maybe if you know more about DnB mixing strategies, you can contact me and give me some pointers. On the whole, though, I feel pretty good about what I did. Here goes…
3rd Room Collections, Vol. 7
Length = 74:43
(All tracks are Original Mixes)
1. High Contrast – Racing Green
2. Danny Byrd ft. Brookes Brothers – Gold Rush
3. Sigma – All Blue
4. Brookes Brothers – F Zero
5. Brookes Brothers and Futurebound – Dawn Treader
6. Metrik – Your World
7. Morebeat ft. Gabanna – Goodnight
8. Matrix and Futurebound – Womb
9. Mistabishi – No Matter What
10. Quivver – Chasin’ A Feeling (WHITE)
11. High Contrast – Eternal Optimist
12. Bachelors of Science – Song For Lovers
13. Bachelors of Science – The Ice Dance
14. Paul Sg and Madmen&Poets ft. Keri Greenaway – Rainy Day
15. Infuzoria – Affection
This is an all Beatport mix (except as indicated).
Here’s the lowdown on where you can see me and my DJ partner, Tony, every Wednesday night. I’m very excited to have a residency at my favorite bar/club in Dallas, and I hope that you have a chance to come on out and enjoy the big beat, electro, and breaks that we’ll be playing. Make sure you say hello if you come by!
Work sucks. Well, not so much that the work itself sucks, just that my work tends to take up a lot of my time. So unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to listen to new music or put down a new mix as of late. However, I do have a live gig to announce, which I’m very excited about.
My DJ partner, Tony, and I (collectively, we are known as “The Fourth Floor”…inside reference, we can explain later) will be playing at Minc Lounge (Website, MySpace, Map) on the night of Sunday, March 23rd, from 9pm-2am. Yes, that is the night of Easter Sunday, but we’re hoping for a couple of things:
1) People will be sick of family and what not, and would like to get down to something “less religious” that night.
2) People will have Monday off.
But even if you don’t fall under either of those categories (or don’t think you will), we’d still love to have you out for at least a little while. Minc Lounge is one of my absolute favorite bar/club venues in all of Dallas. The vibe is great, the room is great, the patio is great, the bartenders are great (hello, Swanson!)…everything about the place is wonderful. Just make sure you park in the dirt lot behind the place so you don’t have to pay…save the money for the drinks. :)
If you’re not familiar with Minc, take a look at this GOOGLE MAP. The bar is on the corner of the building just southeast of the “A” marker on the map. You can see a parking lot with a few cars in it, and that lot is directly adjacent to the bar. However, DON’T park in this lot. It is a pay lot. You can see the dirt lot that I was referring to, which you can enter from 1st Ave.
Bring yourself and bring your friends. We’d like to have a great showing this first night so that we can turn it into a regular monthly night. Sunday nights can be a bit of a struggle for Minc when they don’t have things scheduled, so let’s help bring a great venue some good business together. We look forward to seeing you there!
As promised, here is the latest version of the 3rd Room Collections series. It’s a Progressive mix, a little more on the “melodic” side than the “deeper” side. I’ve been wanting to put together a mix like this for awhile, and I’m happy with the results. Let me know what you think… Enjoy!
1. Matt Darey ft. Tiff Lacey – Sum of All Fears (Matt Darey Mix)
2. Talisman & Hudson – Leaving Planet Earth (Dousk Remix)
3. Vibrasphere – 102 Miles From Here (Jerome Isma-Ae Remix)
4. Pryda – Europa (Original Mix)
5. Deadmau5 – Not Exactly (Original Mix)
6. Ercola & Heikki L – Deep At Night (Adam K & Soha Remix)
7. Fragma – Toca’s Miracle (Inpetto Remix)
8. Reeves ft. Alanah – Lonely (Original Mix)
9. Trafik – Your Light (Luke Chable vs Trafik Re-edit)
10. Adam Freeland – Silverlake Pills (Gui Boratto Remix)
11. Gui Boratto – Beautiful Life (Original Mix)
12. Micah – Greenstone (Sad Mix)
This is an all Beatport mix.
(For those of you who saw the old title of this post…don’t ask me why, but I have been confusing MLK Day with President’s Day for the past few weeks. I’m clueless as to the reason. Anyway…)
There’s always an excuse for not posting, right?
Anyway, I wanted to wish all my blog readers a happy 2008. I’m very much looking forward to 2008 myself, and have set some goals concerning my DJ career that hopefully will get me out and performing far more than ever before. Stay tuned.
Back to my excuses…I’ve had a lot of projects going on since Christmas, and most of them are finally wrapping up. On that note, I’ve finally laid down another mix, and it will be posted by tomorrow. You guys are way too patient with me. :)