DJ Shadow ... the classic samplist and producer / dj is back on the scene with the Liquid Amber EP ... a salvo to his newest LIQUID AMBER label. At the top, is Ghost Town - a haunted hyperactive electronic cut ... so raw it can only be Shadow. Next is Mob, a bouncy rhythm that is sample filled in that Shadow style. Finally, a remix of Six Days - Machinedrum style - large on the high hats.

IV0 I30At5

PERFECT TRANCE :: Nu Nrg - Connective

Nu-Nrg - Connective, Barrel~dEM
Nu-Nrg - Connective

Nu Nrg was the early 2000's perfect Trance duo, composed of Andrea Ribeca and Giuseppe Ottaviani - and discovered by Paul Van Dyke ... these guys made history with their label releases on Vandit Records. The music is timeless.

No Boats


STILL THE BEST :: Postal Service - Natural Anthem

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Postal Service - Natural Anthem

I recently picked up the 10 year addition on Postal Service's Give Up, and having not bought a new CD in 4 years prior, I was quite happy. But, as a comemmorative addition, it was sorely lacking. The first CD was the same as the original, but the second had remixes from John Tejada, Matthew Dear and The Shins ... and it was absolute shite! The only tune that was the best and will ever stand the test of time is of course the most aggro and simple track in the Postal Service repertoire - Natural Anthem, the last song on disc 1. I had such great hopes for everything.

Natural Boats


BEATNUTS SCHOOL :: The Beatnuts - Street Level [Full Album]

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The Beatnuts - Street Level

Back in the day when I was a young adult a into good-ass hip-hop, I got turned onto The Beatnuts ... not only were they jazzy / funky / cool but they seemed to be somewhat emulating A Tribe Called Quest's - Midnight Marauders at least with the 3rd track - Props Over Here that hit #39 on the U.S. Hot Rap Singles. I always considered them to be Tribe, mixed with Beasties, with a dash of Puerto Rican. I still get chills listening today. Sure it's misogynistic ... but it's a capture of pure 90's hip-hop and the beats still hit no harder.

A1 Intro 1:46
A2 Ya Don't Stop
Producer – Lucien 3:06
A3 Props Over Here
Keyboards – Lenny Underwood 4:00
A4 Hellraiser 3:10
A5 Are You Ready 3:14
A6 Superbad 3:56
A7 Straight Jacket 3:56
A8 Let Off A Couple 1:43
A9 Rik's Joint 4:01
B1 Fried Chicken 3:57
B2 Yeah You Get Props 3:29
B3 Get Funky 3:37
B4 Hit Me With That 3:36
B5 2-3 Break 3:17
B6 Lick The Pussy 4:18
B7 Sandwiches 1:43
B8 Psycho Dwarf 5:32

No Beatsnuts not


TWERK IT GIRL :: Armin van Buuren - Ping Pong (Dani Deahl Remix)

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Armin van Buuren - Ping Pong (Dani Deahl Remix)

Probably my all time favorite female DJ / Artist - Dani Deahl has blown the lid off Armin van Buuren's Ping Pong track. With much praise, not only all over the blogosphere, but also reaching #32 (at the moment) on Hypem's Popular track list and #17 on Beatport's top 100 Hip-Hop (cause they haven't separated out Trap music yet), it seems Dani has hit gold with this one. Of course, she has to have her haters too. At least, one trance purist on twitter said in no uncertain terms - how dare she defile the trance God Armin by creating a trap remix ... to which she replied - it's all about sharing the music to those who might not listen to trance.

Regardless of your BPM persuasion, check out Dani's latest remix ... I think you'll enjoy it.

BONUS: Justice - We Are Your Friends (Dani Deahl Purrrnt Up Remix)

Noble "Twerk" Johnson

Modern Day Guru :: Matthew Silver

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Matthew Silver

I can't stop watching it. There has been a video making the rounds on facebook of a crazy long-haired, long-bearded guy ... who must clearly be a crazy guy on drugs answering questions about life, advice to younger generations and passion. Why wouldn't he be on drugs? He's clearly making sense and making farting noises with his mouth ... but I doubt it's the drugs talking. NYC Street Performer Matthew Silver is hardly crazy, in fact, rather than spending much of his time in a job he hates, he get's paid to do what he loves - which is to perform. He also records weddings on the side for extra money ... but that's hardly work either, right? Just knowing that Matt loves me, makes life better.

For more info on Matt, just search youtube for Matthew Silver and you can hear his story, see more performances and get to know him a little better.


CRANKKED :: Nadus - Nxwxrk (RL Grime Edit)

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Nadus - Nxwxrk (RL Grime Edit)

I apologize. I've been busy with life and neglecting this site for too long. It won't ever seem to die. I keep noticing new people liking our facebook page, so that has to mean something, right? I do wish I had a dedicated staff to manage this site and maybe someday I will, until then it's just me and a few music-lovers who remember that they have this site that they can contribute to.

Today, I want to share another remix from one of my favorite artists - R.L. Grime. You see, I have a weakness for Jamaican samples ("put your back in it...") and just great build-up tunes in general. So enjoy R.L.'s rework of Nadus - Nxwxrk.

Nx Bxats!