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Mixin’ It Up: Mike B

May 30 2008

Friday and we are Mixin’ It Up again! Over to Mike B:

“(thee) Mike B has been collecting records since the late 80’s and djing clubs since the late 90’s. Originally from Los Angeles, his DJ career began in NYC with residencies at the now legendary Limelight and Twilo nightclubs. He was out there playing everything from the grimiest hip-hop spots to the sweatiest after hours, until relocating to his hometown of LA in summer of ’03. He’s since been playing nights all over the country with Canada and Europe dates being scheduled for the very near future.

He’s currently one third of the Banana Split Sundae resident lineup along with DJ AM and Steve Aoki. Banana Split is a weekly Sunday night party thrown by BPM, Dim Mak and The Cobrasnake at LAX Nightclub in Hollywood and has been one of the city’s best parties for nearing 2 years. He is working on several remix and production projects:

There’s Graveleaf, a new musical venture with Omar Doom aka Sir Graves, making funky yet avant-garde electro bangers.

Then there’s The Knish Hit Squad, with DJ Trident. They serve up BMore tinted party jams, usually with humorous undertones. Look for a new track from them on a forthcoming 12″ release with DJ Neoteric, Stretch Armstrong, Nate Day and more.

TRACKLIST:

Human League – Being Boiled (1978)
I figured I’d start things off with something classic. This shit is both funky and haunting.

Luke Vibert _ Funky Acid Stuff (2005)
Sean Donson put me up on Luke Vibert’s Lovers Acid LP a few years back. The whole thing is pretty cool. Not since Fatboy Slim’s “Everybody Loves A Carnival” has there been such an excellent melding of 303’s and funk breaks.

Outkast ft Raekwon – Royal Flush (2008)
This a new track from them and I love it. The combination of Outkast and Raekwon is a proven winner (i.e.: Skew It On The Bar-B).

Curtis Vodka – Homeless Funk (2001?)
Apparently Curtis made this when he was 14… which was like 2 years ago I think. Dirty ass cut and paste funk madness.

Quiet Village – Can’t Be Beat (2008)
This track is so good. Oddly enough, the first time I heard it was a few weeks ago on the radio.

Graveleaf – The Crusade (2008)
We’re particularly proud of this track. It’s gets great reactions from many a dancefloor and we have some exciting folks working on some remixes right now.

The Prodigy – Poison (1995)
Can’t argue with a classic

South Rakkas Crew – Hotter Than Them (2008)
Dancehall with a Josh Wink sample? They kinda had me at hello on this one. I guess I’m easy.

Power Jam ft Chill Rob G – The Power (1990)
Chill Rob G is one of the most underrated rappers of all time. I also think this is one of 45 King’s best productions, and he many, many classics. God save you if you play that bullshit remake by Snap!

Chubb Rock – Caught Up (Funkymix) (1993)
This is a great extended mis of one of my favorite Chubb Rock cuts. I found this on a bootleg in a dollar bin.

Special Ed – Come On Let’s Move It (1990)
He gets extra cheese, like pizza.

DJ Clue ft Missy Elliot & Nicole Wray – I Like Control (1999)
DJ Clue’s “The Professional” album was huge in NY in 1999. This track was a mainstay in my set. Missy is actually one of my favorite MC’s. No joke, there are very few rappers who are as creative and interesting as her while making huge club hits. And listen the first few bars of Nicole Wray’s verse, you’ll notice where Gorilla Zoe got his inspiration for “Hood N!gg@” So random.

Belle Epoque – Miss Broadway (1977)
Amazing song… someone should sample it.

Grace Jones – Warm Leatherette (1980)
Grace Jones is clearly one of the coolest people alive. She hung out with Andy Warhol all the time and made amazing music with David Bowie and Sly & Robbie. She wins.

The Rolling Stones – Dance (pt 1) (1980)
One of my favorite songs by one the best bands of all time.

War – Me and Baby Brother (Neighbour Remix) (2008)
Neighbour has been making lots of really fun cool music. Here he gives the War classic a simple but effective remix job. Thanks to Neoteric for passing this to me and Neighbour for letting me use it in the mix.

Titanic – Macumba (Todd Terje Rekutt) (?)
I play this out a lot… But I don’t think I need to explain why Todd Terje edits are good. They just are.

Dick Hyman – Blackbird (U-Tern Disco Edit) (2008)
It’s clearly all about disco edits of Dick Hyman covers of Beatles songs. U-Tern is consistently breathing new life into songs with his remix work… It’s not easy to make good remixes of Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder songs but he does it well.

In Flagranti – In The Silver White Box (2006)
I got a chance to hang out with Sasha from In Flagranti when he was in LA last summer. Cool dude and a great producer. This is one of my favorites from a couple years back.

45 King vs Wale – Roof (DJ Ayres Remix) (2008)
That’s a pretty cool combination of names. 45 King is a legend. Wale is one of the only new rappers worth listening to and I dare you to find someone who doesn’t like DJ Ayres.

Chromeo – You’re So Gangsta (Playgroup Remix) (2002)
This was from the first ever Chromeo 12″, though in 06 it was on a limited edition cassette only promo … I think it’s incredible, but I’m rarely disappointed in Playgroup remixes.

Robbie Williams – Rudebox (Chicken Lips Dub) (2007)
Whether he’s Bizzare Inc, Sir Drew, Chicken Lips or Emperor Machine, Andrew Meecham’s music is always correct. I let this one play out in all it’s 8 minutes of dubby glory. Thanks to Eli Escobar for supplying the dub version, before that I was rocking the one with Robbie Williams rapping on it. Woops.

Rodion – Electric Soca (Cosmo Vitelli Remix) (2007)
This is a great remix by a great remixer, but definitely also check the original, it’s equally banging.

Siriusmo – Last Dear (2008)
This dude is where it’s at. All of his music is really cool and interesting, yet very funky and danceable. This track is from the Diskoding Mini Album on Boys Noize Records.

Ratatat – Falcon Jab (2008)
Since the first time I heard them they have been one of my favorite bands. This is one of the many highlights off their newest LP, LP3.

Thanks For Listening.

Download: (thee) Mike B * Mixin’ It Up for Discobelle (zShare)

Bonus Track:

Graveleaf – The Crusade (zShare)

27 thoughts on “Mixin’ It Up: Mike B

  1. Oliver

    Just looking at the tracklisting you know this is going to be madness. Every set of heard of Mike B’s is nothing short of amazing, not only cause of the blends but cause of his knowledge and ear for good music! Hopefully Sydney promoters reading this will get him out here soon.

  2. (thee) MIKE B

    Kris… that Belle Epoque was also sampled by the two tracks I played before it in the mix. i was being sarcastic. Sorry.

  3. Curtis Vodka

    who can go wrong with that quiet village track? so gnarly!

  4. LAndon

    Im going to be bold and say that Mike B is the best DJ in the game right now… The few times Ive seen him live (under 21 in LA sucks…dc, too easy) hes killed it and all his mixes fuck my head up…Btw whats the name of the song (not on this mix) with the chorus “Rock and Roll Gangster”

  5. dj layz

    Best mixin it up i’ve heard in a long time , U-Tern’s “black bird” edit is super fun.

    Mike B come to Toronto!

  6. Special Ed

    I sampled Miss Broadway in 1990 on “Let’s Move It!”. Rekonize!

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  8. Daymage

    “Apparently Curtis made this when he was 14… which was like 2 years ago I think.”

    Hilarity.

    Ridiculous mix. Don’t know how it works, but it does.

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