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Mixin’ It Up: mike ill

Nov 2 2007

This weeks Mixin’ It Up is from LA’s mike ill (http://keepinitright.com/). It’s got a nice soulful feel to it. Over to mike ill:

“Hi. My name is Mike, and I’m an alcoholic. I did this mix in one take and I was drunk. That’s my imaginary excuse for my jacked up equipment and some loose blends. Whatever. I’ll just leave it at that. However this selection is superbly excellent. Doing this set I picked the first three songs and then recorded it live. ‘Feeling’ was more important to me than technical skill in this case. Although both would be ideal. This mix has an old school sort of sound throughout most of it, yet you’ll notice from the track list that there are newer artists on it as well. I tried to bring together old heads and young kids on this, and I think it worked out well. I feel it is important in my life to bring people together. Kinda like a Star Trek convention. However I won’t bore you with that cheesy talk. That’s why I made sure this mix is fun. It’s like a happy machine one might say. In any case maybe I bit off a little more than I can chew with this attempt, but I guess I’ll leave that for you to decide. Now off we go. listen!

“Sunshower” by Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band

A lot of people will recognize this song from the M.I.A. track, “Sunshowers.” It’s a great track from a disco sorta band which has been also sampled by other popular Hip Hop artists.

“Second Time Around” by Shalamar

“Second Time Around” popped up on my iTunes random mode and was the partial inspiration to this mix.

“Tenderoni (hidden album cut)” by Chromeo

This is where I sprinkle in some newness but keep an old sound. The first time I heard Chromeo I really loved the sound.

“Promise (Siik Remix)” by Ciara

Siik comes with some smoothass refixes so I had to include this. I played this song in my car constantly around this time last year.

“Fannypack Nu Nu Yeah Yeah Remix” by Krazy Fiesta/Jo-han & Erik HP

This song is SO fun.

“Saturday Love” by Cherelle & Alexander O’Neal

The first time I heard this song I was probably in the 8th grade and I heard it on a mixtape by DJ Icy Ice, who is one of the greatest pioneers in LA hip hop DJ history. No joke. Hearing that mix was the first time I ever felt that I wanted to DJ.

“Get Up (b.cause kashif home stretch edit)” by Ciara

I know I played a Ciara song already, but this just fit. I’m sure peeps who read Discobelle know how nice B.Cause comes with it on this edit.

“100%” by Chromeo

Once again, I really like Chromeo. I especially like the part of this song that goes, “Girl if it’s alright.” It reminds me of that Montell Jordan song, “Get It On Tonight.”

“Carribean Queen (No More Love On The Run)” by Billy Ocean

I’ve been holding onto the instrumental to this forever and have been waiting for just this opportunity to play it. Plus, there’s a saxophone on it. kind of like the previous Chromeo song so it fit. It also has this crazy sound like a tiger growling or something.

“I Love Only You” by The Popular Peoples Front

I don’t think there really is a need to explain how awesome this song is.

“Do It Any Way You Wanna” by People’s Choice

I played Popular Peoples Front prior so I figured why not play People’s Choice next. Plus this beat is so driving and the dude is telling me to do it any way I wanna.

“How Long” by Ace

This is a little bit of a change in the sound from this mix, and the beginning of a new section. The song is within the time period though. My uncles would love this one.

“Shake It To The Ground (Pistol Pete Remix)” by DJ Blaqstarr

My most favorite song to mix. I might even go so far as to say, my most favorite song to mix ever. So choice.

“Shopping On The Dancefloor (Krames Remix)” by Purple Crush

A 90s sound which I’m really feeling right now. Purple Crush has been kiltin’ the blogosphere.

“The Love That I Crave (Luvtek Edit)” The Blow vs Strategy Strata

Luvtek makes some dope edits with a sensibility that I’m really feeling. I also really like The Blow. My homie ‘Marks’ introduced me to The Blow.

“Beeper” by Sinden & Count of Monte Cristal

I’m sure Discobelle readers know this one.

“Yeah Yeah (Flosstradamus Remix)” by Matt & Kim

The last song had a bass kick that reminded me of this song. Plus I have some friends who like this song so I wanted to play it for them. Hey guys.

“Shawty Is A Ten (Mano Remix)” The Dream x Mano

I found this song on Discobelle! This track is SO dope. The choppiness isn’t overwhleming. Sometimes I feel like too many effects ruin a song, but this is done really well. The changes are dope too. Mano’s got skill.

“My Beau” by Daedelus

A whimsical take on a old favorite.

The end. Thanks for reading and thanks Discobelle!”

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