DJ JULIAN BEVAN - RECORD HEAT WAVE
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01. DJ Julian bake sale brownie intro - The first few tracks on this mix are very weed-focused, so I dug up some appropriate movie samples to set the tone. Background track is Kool & The Gang's "Winter Sadness"
02. Logic - We Get High - White boy from Maryland that looks like and thus calls himself "young Sinatra". This is from his "Undeniable" mixtape that dropped in April. Sample is a Michael Franks song
03. Kendrick Lamar feat Dr Dre - The Recipe - First single from KL's Aftermath album that is supposed to drop in the fall. Both he and Dre deliver some solid rhymes on this shit. The beat is by Scoop Deville, an LA producer usually found on the underground side of the tracks.
04. Ab-Soul - Empathy - This is some weed music for realz. Ab-Soul is one fourth of the rap group Black Hippy. This is from his forthcoming solo album. If you dig this, also peep "Terrorist Threats" with Danny Brown
05. The Cool Kids feat Bun B - Gas Station - A Chicago/Detroit based indie Hip Hop group. This is from their 2011 album "When Fish Ride Bicycles". And I love anything that Bun B raps on.
06. Roots Manuva - Next Type of Motion - Taking it back to 1995 for RM's debut on some smooth shit. Seemed appropriate for the weeded-out theme. He's perhaps best known to many for his stuff on Ninja Tune.
07. DaVinci feat Rae Rosero - Smoke The Night Away - Coming out of the Bay area, DaVinci first debuted in 2010. This weed anthem is from his 2011 EP "Feast or Famine".
08. Open Mike Eagle - Nightmares - Indie rapper from Chicago with a weird off-kilter flow and some slightly surreal lyrics. He used to be in the group Thirsty Fish back in 2007. He now lives in LA and is working on his second album.
09. Swizz Beats feat ASAP Rocky - Street Knock - I tend to stay away from this kinda mainstream rap sound, but this one kinda caught me. Must be the bass. ASAP Rocky is kinda silly but I can't help but like him. This came out in May.
10. Ill & Al Scratch - Where My Homiez - Back to 1994, where this song ran NYC for the entire summer. Still sounds great to me, almost 20 years later (gasp!).
11. The Visioneers - The World Is Yours - This is Marc Mac from 4Hero on some live band shit. This came out in 2002 and was recently re-released on BBE.
12. Galactic feat Mystikal & Mannie Fresh - Move Fast - I saw Mystikal at SOB's a few months back, just before he went back to jail. He killed it that night. This is a collaboration with New Orleans funk kings Galactic.
13. Nas - The Don - I'll be damned if Nas doesn't come back hard every few years. This shit is banging'. He's still got it. Funfact: MC Serch once asked me to design a cartoon character for his new discovery named Nasir. I was down but he never followed through, then he got signed and Serch was out of the picture. : frown:
14. Redman & Method Man - How High - Many forget that this version was actually the remix. Still SO good. I dropped the acapella in and out for shits n giggles.
15. Pete Rock - Pete's Jazz - Put this under the last verse of "How High". This came out on PR's blazing 2001 LP "Petestrumentals". Next to Primo, he's still the most consistent producer in the game to me. Meaning: I like just about every beat he's ever made.
16. ADd+ - Insomniac Dreaming - This is a duo from Dallas that started putting out mixtapes in 2009. Detroit's Black Milk made the beat. I can dig it.
17. Danny Brown - Get Up - Speaking of Detroit, for my money, Danny Brown is kind of running shit these days. He really has one of those love it or hate it type flows and voices. I like his energy and his don't give a fuck persona.
18. El P - Drones Over Brooklyn - I've never been an El P fan. Not at all. But this beat is fucking nasty, so fuck it. Dope, epic breakdown towards the end too.
19. J Dilla feat Hodge Podge & Lacks - It's Like That - an old cut from 2001 from Dilla's landmark "Welcome 2 Detroit" LP. Simple. Sparse. Funky. All hallmarks of JD.
20. KRS One - Rap VS Hip Hop (DJ 138 Wall Of Records Mix) - I like that Dilla beat so much that I ran the KRS acapella over it. Then I decided to dig up every classic Hip Hop song KRS references in his last verse and string them together. This sounds a bit crazy, but if you know the KRS cut I think you'll appreciate.
21. Soul II Soul - Keep On Movin' - I hadn't put this on a mixtape in over 20 years. I have very vivid memories of driving around in my Korean girl's shitbox car in 1989 listening to this album.
22. Beastie Boys feat Q-Tip - Get It Together (remix) - A relatively slept on BB remix that Buckwild produced. I have it on the B-side to the Sabotage 10" from 1994. I think it also came out as a proper 12" on its own.
23. Blu - Razor Blades - this is an album cut from his 2011 "If You See The E Drop Em". The whole album is solid IMO. Blu is from LA and has been gaining a solid rep since his debut in 2007.
24. Gramatik VS Gangstarr VS DJ Topcat - Dungeon Discipline - I've been putting Gramatik tunes on my mixes for the last couple of years. He's some weird beat-maker kid from Slovenia. Internet mashup celeb DJ Top Cat took a Gang Starr acapella and ran it over one of his more recent joints. Solid mashup fo sho.
25. Slow Motion Replay - Think Better - Speaking of mashups, this Japanese mash of Donald Byrd's "Think Twice" and The Mohawk's "Champ" works surprisingly well. Seemed like some good outro music.
DJ JULIAN BEVAN - PEACE & DUB
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01. DJ Julian Dread Assault intro - film fans might recognize the John Carpenter soundtrack I lifted for this
02. Die and Break feat MC Fats - Peace & Dub - some hot, new-ish dub from the UK. Even has a music video!
03. Cornell Campbell - Boxing - the foundation rub a dub choon for what became known as the Boxing Riddim. Released in 1981. Joe Gibbs produced.
04. Dawn Penn - i'll Get You - I think Bunny Lee produced this in 1960-something. Nice rock steady riff on the gospel standard "this little light of mine".
05. U-Roy - I Shall Not Remove - Another Bunny Lee dub from 1975. The singer you hear on the dub is Cornell Campbell, who released his own single of the same name.
06. Jah Stitch - Make a Joyful Noise - Wicked Rasta tune from 1977 on Coxsone Dodd's "Drum Song" riddim. When I first got in to reggae as a kid, this type of prosthelytizing over a beat was what I thought reggae was made for
07. Roy Shirley - Leave Babylon Land - Roy Shirley is considered one of the godfathers of rock steady and was an original member of The Uniques. This is Bunny Lee's take on the same drum song riddim.
08. Willie Lindo and the Charmers Band - Drum Song - instrumental guitar groove of the same track. This is from the 1976 "Samba Pa Ti" LP, which featured a reggae cover of the Santana song from Abraxas.
09. Roots Manuva - Witness (Walworth Rd Rockers Dub) - some Hip Hop/dub niceness from the 2002 LP "Dub Come Save Me" on his label Big Dada Recordings
10. Gregory Isaacs - Babylon Too Rough - a dope rasta re-working of Dennis Brown's "Easy Take It Easy" on the Unchained riddim. Produced by Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson. released in 1975 on the Belmont label.
11. General Echo - Rapping Dub Style - definitely one of the first examples of American Hip Hop reflecting back on Jamaican music. Came out in 1980 on the Techniques label. You can also find it on the great Soul Jazz compilation "Big Apple Rappin'"
12. Lone Ranger - M16 - Title track from his 1982 album on Channel One, released at the peak of his success. Though it became known as the M16 riddim, it's actually a re-working of the Scandal riddim from 1970, which is a re-worked version of The Uniques "Secretly" (1968)
13. Scientist - Dub 16 - Scientist's perfect take on the riddim from his "Scientific Dub" LP on Clocktower, which has been repressed a few times since it was first released in 1981. Pretty sure the Roots Raddics band played on both of these.
14. Trinity - Uptown Girl - More 80s realness. From Trinity's LP of the same name, released in 1983 on the Magnum label. Awesome album cover
15. Mungo's Hi Fi feat Sugar Minott - Scrub a Dub Style - Mungo's has been putting out great stuff on the Scotch Bonnet label for the last few years. This gem puts some heavy sub bass over a re-working of the late great Sugar Minott's "Rub A Dub Style". He voiced the dubplate special for these cats.
16. Impressarios - Siesta (Zeb's long time remix) - These guys are from DC. Their latin and reggae influenced stuff has gotten heavily remixed in recent years, to great results.
17. I-Roy - Satamassagana - More Bunny Lee 70s grooviness. This tune also goes by the name "Satta Jah Liveth". Came out in 1979 on Joe Gibbs' label. Backing band includes Dean Fraser and Santa Davis. After hearing this word for 30 years, I finally looked up its meaning, which loosely translated, means "give thanks to god" in Amharic.
18. Brigadier Jerry - Fredlocks a Dreadlocks - An early Briggy tune on the Harmony riddim.
19. Yellowman - Mr Chin - classic tune from 1982 on Junjo Lawes' version of the Vanity riddim, which originated with Alton Ellis' "I'm Just A Guy" on Studio One from 1968
20. Bonobo feat Andreya Triana - Eyesdown (machinedrum remix) - This originally came out in 2010. The remix dropped in 2012 on Ninja Tune.
21. Orbatak - Dubplate - Orbatak are two DJs producers from the drum n bass scene in Vancouver. This came out in 2011 on the Bass Punch label. Most of their stuff is too hard for my tastes but this rides a dubby line that I can get with.
22. Rusko - Jah Love - this kid has really blown the fuck up. This is one of his more rootsy dubstep tunes from 2009. You don't hear this sound from him too much anymore. Oh well.
23. Barrington Levy - A Ya We Deh - I saw Barrington live at the High Line Ballroom last Fall and he opened with this. The whole night was great. It's amazing how many hits this guy has recorded. Every song was a crowd sing a long.
24. Clint Eastwood - Jump and Pawn - Taking it back to 1977 with a track from Ossie Hibbert, who died just 2 weeks ago in NYC at the age of 64. This cut is on the smile riddim.
25. U-Roy - Music Addict - Some somewhat rare digital stuff from the king of all toasters. Not a big tune, but I like the stripped down version of the Operation Radication riddim in play here.
26. Horace Ferguson - Sensi Addict - This guy never out out much music> a couple of tunes here and there in the 80s. This is Prince Jazzbo's production.
27. Freddie McGregor - Loving Pauper - sometimes you just want to hear a classic
28. Conroy Smith - Dangerous - I used to play the shit out of this back in the day. That first dangerooooooooooooouuuuuuuuuuuusssssssssssss used to set a dance on fire for realz.
29. Om Unit vs Kromestar - Solar Cycle - more new dub niceness. This came out on the UK Cosmic Bridge label in 2011.
30. Kuhn - Slime Beach - I wish more dubstep was this fucking cool. Came out at the end of 2011 on the Civil Music label, who seems to have a wide range of harder sounds from house to dustup to drum n bass.
31. Zeds Ded - Rude Boy - This shit is a bit aggro but the drums holy shit the drums. Head banging shit for realz.
32. Scratch Perry vs Mali - Like The Way Should (Digital Mystikz remix) - Had to end it all on some more reggaefied smoothness. Float… float on….