Zizek Summer Tour: Digital-Cumbia Decends on North America

MP3 Download: Villa Diamante; Chancha Via Circuitovs Lil Mama -> [audio:http://archive.mashit.com/audio/Chancha%20Via%20Circuitovs%20Lil%20Mama.mp3] A few months ago I wandered over to Sonotheque to check out Zizek’s first-ever Chicago performance. The rag-tag crew of Argentina-based sonic alchemists threw down beats the likes of which that sound-system had never before been asked to reproduce. The swaggering shuffle of electronic cumbia with huge bass forced…

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Free Club Mashup: Big Whoop!

You’re probably thinking “Great, another free club mashup. Big whoop!” But you ain’t heard Big Whoop! yet. Give this a listen: Big Whoop! (DJ C, Ripley, Kid Kameleon, & Tones); Ooh Wadda Doo Dadda (Big Whoop Mix ft. Timbaland, Magoo. & Sebast) -> [audio:http://archive.mashit.com/audio/Ooh_Wadda_Doo_Dadda.mp3] While I was out in the Bay Area last week Ripley mentioned that if she were…

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Poll: Wot U Call It?

Since writing that last post about lazer-bass it’s become clear that there are a number of names being tossed around for the emerging genre of dancehall, hip-hop, club influenced, gritty-BASS infused dance music. Here’s the question we pose to you. What u call it? [poll=3]

Lazer-Bass

Megasoid; Tank Thong Remix Tape [audio:http://www.archive.mashit.com/audio/TANK%20THONG%20MIXTAPE.mp3] I was reading the New Yorker this week and came across an article by Sasha Frere-Jones in which he coined the term “lazer bass” to describe the music of Montreal-based party crew Megasoid. Ghislain Poirier used to call the genre “big asshole bass” or “big ass bass.” accurate descriptions but less likely to fly…

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Stepping-Steppers-Step

This post is inspired by a step-steeped day I had recently. While I was getting ready to head out for a night of dubSTEP with Caspa at Bass Goes Boom I was listening to the radio and learned that there’s a dance style called Chicago STEPping. From Wikipedia: Chicago stepping is a name given to a dance that has evolved…

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Lets Talk About Pop, Baby

You’re about to be guided though a strand in the time-line of pop music that I’ve been pondering lately. Lets begin here: Robin S.; Show Me Love [youtube Ps2Jc28tQrw] This was a #5 hit, and a #1 dance hit in the U.S. in 1993. Is it just me, or is she a little flat on some of those notes? That’s…

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This Week in Grindin’: Dizzee Rascal, Bun B, and IL plate #115 0430

First up, for all who haven’t seen this: Google Maps Drug Deal! Right here in beautiful Chicago, Illinois. There’s a license plate number and everything. Here’s a screen shot, for when Google eventually gets this removed. There are all sorts of webbernets nerds buzzing about this pic and how it relates to our PRIVACY and PERSONAL FREEDOM and OMGZ GOOGLE…

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RIP Tim Haslett

Back in the mid ’90s I used to go to parties where the Beyond the QE2 crew would be throwing down, and they’d always play an inspiring mix of IDM, techno, jungle, house, rave, etc, in addition to a new sound out of Baltimore that they called Baltimore breaks. I loved this Baltimore sound and couldn’t understand why it was…

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Speaking of Cumbia

The sounds of Central/South American cumbia have become a bit of an interweb phenom over the past year. This is no doubt due in large part to the extensive coverage on /rupture’s Mud Up blog. There’s now a steady stream of underground, electronic-dance-music influenced (less folk/traditional instrumentation) cumbia tracks bubbling up, and the Buenos Aires, Argentina-based crew Zizek Urban Beats…

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Happy 15th Birthday, Jungle

I was just checkin’ out this site called Golden Era Jungle and realized that this year marks the 15th birthday of Jungle. There are a whole bunch of 1993 mixes by DJs like Krome & Time, Remarc, and the one below by Dr. S Gachet. In Gashet’s 1993 mix you can still hear a lot of early hardcore rave music…

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