Four Mixtapes, Four Different Styles

Science dropped by Martini & Jopparelli. Apr-25-2008

Once again we’re going to blog about other blogs…hey Martini & Jopparelli, would you please stop leeching the net? ;-) … The fact is that the internet is full of nice mixtapes and this week I’m checking out some serious stuff… I want to tell the people how damn good it is!

Remember back in the days, when it was so diffucult to get a good mixtape cassette with your favourite music? Now it’s so damn easy, and there’s some dope stuff around. Respect to all the bloggers, DJs and artists who put online such good music

As usually, we got different flavours and different ages, but The Sound Of The Funky Drummer is the least common denominator:

  • (Style: Breakbeat, Age: 2008 ) Check out this spectacular BoomBox mix session by Skool Of Thought, partner in crime of the unstoppable Krafty Kuts. They developed a personal sound, which is characterised by that loud “buzzsaw” synth bassline which became contagious among other producers and right now is cutting ears into little pieces in the clubs all over the globe. I like how he drops a couple of Dubstep anthems at the beginning of the set, creating a very interesting interaction between two different styles. Powerful contemporary beats. Plus, he’s from Brighton so big respect! Love Brighton…the mecca of djs… (Download link and playlist here: ) School of Thought Boombox mix Sessions

  • (Style: Hip Hop, Age: 80′s and 90′s) Last week DJ Evil DEE dropped a killer party selection on his podcast. He did a very enjoyable Old School selection of extra-classic joints from Run DMC, Kool G rap, Biz Markie, Slick Rick, EPMD, Chubb Rock, the infamous Rakim remix by Coldcut, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, plus a brand new Busta Rhymes joint (not bad after all, I didn’t expect it! ;-) ). What can I say, Boot Camp Click has always been my fav hip hop act, and Beatminerz are my fav producers, so…let’s get Back to the good old days: Check it out… Evil Dee is On The Mix Come On Kick It!!!!!!

  • (Style: Dub and Dubstep, Age:2007) Heard him for the first time in Skream’s Essential mix, and I recently bought his Babylon EP. Well, Rusko is now one of my fav new producers. On Rinse FM, he did a series of excellent podcasts mixing Dub, Reggae and of course Dubstep. It’s a very interesting trip into the roots of his music. The dubstep scene is still young and hungry, producers are coming out every time with new ideas, re-defining the canons of the style, a very very interesting ground. I heard Rusko’s been called to collaborate with Lee Scratch Perry, the godfather of dub. This tells a lot about his talent…We’ll see. Meanwhile, listen to this killer set: Rusko Live at RinseFM 19/12/2007

  • (Style: house, Age: 1997-2008 ) I’m very much into “the French Touch” since 1999, when the classic Cassius album came out. Why do I like that sound so much? Probably because i really dig the background it comes from. French house samples usually come from 70′s and 80′s Disco and Funk, while the beats are influenced by classic Chicago and Detroit House music. Alan Braxe is a genius, you can find a million tunes around that bite his style, but they always sound commercial. He doesn’t. He sounds classy and “polished” but never commercial. Recently he started djing also, as you can hear in this live set. The mixing style is not perfect yet, but I forgive him because he threw in some freshly produced stuff, plus his classic bangers and some old tracks that influenced him. Enjoy! Monsieur Alan Braxe live from the Viper room 2008

Ok, that’s it, as usual we got different styles, different sounds…let me know what you like most, let me know if you already knew some of this stuff, if you discovered it now, if you like it or you don’t … let me know something!!

Peace