DecibelCast Vol. 23 – “L.A.-ted”

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It’s been a minute we realize since we last posted a DecibelCast mix (or anything else for that matter). We’ve all been pretty busy doing adult stuff in our respective lives and, unfortunately, this blog has suffered for it. We have of course continued to discover and enjoy lots of different music, we just haven’t made the time to write about it. But, I digress…

This here is a mix I made specifically for a recent trip to Los Angeles (hence the title)—it starts with a bunch of West Coast G funk-inspired stuff and then works its way into some slick summery electronic pop. All tracks are new (with one obvious exception) and all are ideal for the warm weather. It’s a damn fine collection of songs, and I’ve been rinsing it steadily for the past few weeks. And so I figured “Why not share it with all of you?”

Hope you’re enjoying the summer
Jay Autom@tticus

Download: “L.A.-ted”.zip 

Tracklist:
STS & RJD2  – “Doing it Right”
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking my Phone”
Thundercat – “Them Changes” (feat. Flying Lotus & Kamasi Washington)
NxWorries – “Suede”
Kendrick Lamar – “Momma”
Knxwledge – “Komestostai.Aintreallynootherwaytoputitro”
213 – “So Fly”
The Hood Internet – “Try Out” (Spoon x Dej Loaf Mashup)
The Internet – “Just Sayin/I tried”
A$AP Rocky – “Everyday” feat. Rod Stewart & Miguel
Hudson Mohawke – “Very First Breathe” (feat. Irfane)
Shamir – “Demon”
Jamie xx – “Good Times” feat. Popcaan & Young Thug
Hudson Mohawke – “Ryderz”
Dam-Funk – “Free”
Tuxedo – “Do It”
Hot Chip – “Love is the Future”
LA Priest – “Party Zute / Learning to Love”
Chromatics – “I Can Never Be Myself When You’re Around
Tame Impala – “Let It Happen”
Young Fathers – “Sirens”

Knxledge

There are a lot of guys that try to make this kind of music. Legions of MPC (er-Fruity Loops)-wielding crate diggers trying to find that perfect obscure soul sample to flip into a beat. And everyone inevitably evokes J Dilla or Madlib when describing this sort of endeavor. Press releases want you to know this is like a Jay Dee track, or that is Madlib-inspired. Music writers are probably even worse with the lazy comparisons. And the producers themselves? Well most would probably welcome being called the next Dilla or the next Beat Konductor.

So, at a certain point, one just get kind of desensitized to it all. I used to be really into “beats,” but it all got so eff-ing predictable—just a copy of a copy of a copy of someone raiding J Dilla‘s vinyl collection.

Enter the Knxledge.

Pronounced Knowledge (the ex is actually an oh), this guy has been on the scene for a while now, but this year he’s really blowing up with a slew of high profile production credits (including Kendrick Lamar’s opus To Pimp a Butterfly) and an absurdly dope long-player called Hud Dreams released via Stones Throw Records.

He’s got a ton of stuff out—srsly, a metric shit-ton of stuff—but let’s just talk about that album. It’s laid out like a mixtape with the beats (usually under 2 minutes) running into each other. There aren’t a lot of crazy production tricks or studio gimmicks here, just a really good ear for sampling and a (obviously) deep crate digger with an intuitive flare for rhythm. These tracks sound effortless, sloppy even, but in the right way if you get me? They’re busting at the seems with the DNA of obscure soul, doo wop and jazz, all chopped into swaggering boom-bap that recalls the golden days of yore.

One final point to consider, because I am going to place this in it’s rightful lineage: How many of knock off Dillas can say they signed to Stones Throw, the label that actually put out all that seminal Dilla and Madlib? Exactly.

But, why take my word for it, give it a listen yourself:

Here’s a sick video of him jamming some beats live in the basement:

And here’s the first single from the man’s R&B project titled Nx Worries.

Also, dude is putting up new beats on his Soundcloud like daily, check it out:

DecibelCast Vol. 18 “All Your Bass Are Belong to Us”

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DecibelCast 18 was originally slated to be a compilation of bits from the nascent “alt./future” R&B scene (a particularly fertile area in 2013), but somewhere along the line, that idea was dropped. The revised version still has its share of divas and more than a few love ballads to boot, but there’s also lots of different odds and ends, mashups, remixes, bootlegs and the like. As the name (which is an obvious play on an old internet meme) might suggest the new unifying theme is the bass line. So be certain you listen to this one with a sub.

Download: All Your Bass Are Belong to Us.zip

Notorious B.I.G. x Flume – “Ezra’s Limit” (Jaymee Franchina & Jeremy Smith’s “BIG Flume” mashup)

Dam-Funk & Snoop Dogg – “Faden Away”

Kelela – “Guns & Synths”

Jessy Lanza – “5785021”

Sango feat. Atu – “Hold You”

Kelela & MΔRRI$ – “Go All Night”

SZA – “Pray”

Clams Casino x Kendrick Lamar – “Unknown bootleg”

Kilo Kash – “Ghost” (feat. Childish Gambino)

Girl Unit – “Double Team” (Hood Internet Mashup feat. Chance the Rapper)

Riff Raff – “How to Be the Man”

Cassie – “All My Love” (Kingdom Edit)

Kingdom – “Bank Head” (Extended Mix)

Tycho x Three 6 Mafia – “Who Run It” (Hudson Mohawke Edit)

Machinedrum – “Heavy Weight”

MC Tree – “Probably Nu It”

Ghost Town DJs – “My Boo” (Balam Acab Remix)

Tinashe – “Secret Weapon”

James Blake – “Life Round Here” (Chance the Rapper Version)

Jai Paul – “Untitled” (Leak)

JODY – “Echoes”

FKA Twigs – “Ultraviolet”

Iman Omari – “Energy”

Janet Jackson – “Love Scene” (Headlock’s Love Obscene Mix)

DecibelCast Vol. 6 “Summer Soulstice Mixtape”

“Here it is a groove slightly transformed, just a bit of a break from the norm…” pretty much sums up this mix and it also sparks the memory of probably the most classic hip hop summer song of all time. That’s sort of what we were going for with this edition of DecibelCast, a familiar summer vibe but with a slightly tweaked, newer update, filled with tracks that bring forth that feeling of hot relaxing days and fun party nights.  There are a few old school classics and some remixes but also plenty of fresh brand new shit to keep it interesting as well.

This time around we also decided the best way to make a “mixtape” is to actually mix the damn thing, so we enlisted a compadre to do this proper.  FlyPaper Music has been DJing for quite some time and always holds it down (check out his soundcloud here). Although the mix was mostly curated by me (Evander Hologram), we both worked on this together for way too many long summer nights trying to make this thing perfect to bump for years to come (which also kinda explains why its coming mid-summer).  Either way we hope it moves your soul, makes you “just sit back and unwind” and most of all, enjoy, cause this is summertime.

Download the complete mix as one track below (tracked version coming soon..) And if you wish for a full track by track version unmixed send us a request and we can probably make it happen too.

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Or  download the ZIP

Tracklist:

Doveshack – “Summertime In The LBC”

Warren G – “This DJ”

Glasses Malone – “That Good”

Beastie Boys – “Don’t Play No Game That I Cant Win (feat. Santigold)”

DJ Shadow feat. Little Dragon – “Scale It Back (Benji Boko Remix)”

Danny Brown – “Grown Up”

A$AP Rocky – “Houston Old Head”

Kool and the Gang – “Summer Madness”

DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie – “Summertime 2012 Intro feat. Will Smith”

The Cool Kids – “Summerjam feat. Maxine Ashley”

Northern Lights – “Blowin Smoke”

Quincy Jones – “Summertime in the City”

Pharcyde – “Passin Me By (Aim and Shoot Remix by Dropsteady Freddy)

Funkommunity – “Dandelion”

Twin Sister – “Meet The Frownies”

Kendrick Lamar feat. Dr. Dre – “The Recipe”

Ellie Goulding – “High For This (The Weeknd Cover)”

Brothers from Another – “Molly Moons”

Joey Bada$$ – “Where It’s At (Prod. By J. Dilla)”

Insightful – “Sleepy Eyed”

A.Dd+ – “Insomniac Dreaming”

Vanilla – “The Sun Room”

Jai Paul – “Jasmine”

Big K.R.I.T. – “Wake Up”

Schoolboy Q – “How We Feeling”

Staple Sisters – “Lets Do It Again”

Ice Cube – “Today Was A Good Day (Remix)”

 

*Any/All feedback welcome