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Friday, July 16, 2010

Summer's most eclectic DJ mixtapes

Ahh summer, the time for outdoor music festivals, California Gurls, and new music. The past few weeks have seen a slew of Hype Machine-clogging DJ mixtapes from all corners of the blogosphere. Some of them are pretty good; some of them are pretty bad, and some of them are just plain weird. Now, we're going to celebrate that last group by taking a look at some of the most genre-defying DJ mixtapes of the summer.

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The Hood Internet
- Trillwave
- Chicago-based mash-up duo the Hood Internet are the heirs apparent to Girl Talk’s mash-up throne. Their latest release, Trillwave, follows the tried-and-true mash-up technique of putting 'mainstream hip-hop song A against indie favorite B,' so they’re not getting points for originality. Despite that, the mixes are well executed and the fairly short tracks move along well. The group’s focus on chillwave samples gives it a otherworldly vibe that's makes it seem like an MTV countdown from Mars.

Check out three more mixtapes after the jump.

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Mumdance- Different Circles: The Mixtape
For the partier with a more discerning ear, British DJ Mumdance’s Different Circles: The Mixtape looks in the forgotten corners and possible futures of dance music. Combining everything from obscure 80s electro to his own world music-influenced beats; this one is definitely on the eccentric side. Every track on here might not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s unpredictable enough to always stay interesting. Clocking in at just over a half-hour, the mix’s biggest flaw is it’s short running time.

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Levins- Levins x Favela Rock Mix
In his description of the mix, the Australian DJ describes his favela rock mix as “really weird…in a good way.” That is about as apt a description as any. Some excellent hip-hop, dubstep and dancehall tracks sit alongside remixes of Destiny’s Child songs that are hardly recognizable ghosts of their former selves. While it might be too weird for some, the adventurous listener will find some tracks worth finding in their own right.


ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ
- Zombie Rave 3
Witch house is the most interesting new subgenre of 2010. Musically, it combines dance-pop with imagery from Grindhouse horror movies (ala horrorcore) and techniques from ‘chopped and screwed’ rap remixes. By limiting the number of available downloads of tracks to a few hundred, giving themselves unsearchable names like ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ, and using such gruesome imagery, witch house artists have created a fascinating little niche genre that avoids new listeners like the plague. Zombie Rave 3 is from one of the bigger acts in the scene, sampling everything from Resident Evil video games to ABBA and the Snap. It sounds like David Lynch’s take on dance music, and is a good a place as any to start looking at this musical sideshow.

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