Mix & Studio Session: Tripletrain

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Our 4-yr mix series continues with New York’s finest in Teklife.

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“This is probably our best, or our most personal mix yet… just because it’s our shit — that we touched.” DJ Mel Gibson and DBK come to the table with a fresh bag of exclusive/unreleased tracks and cook up one of the most inviting platters of footwork we’ve heard since Double Cup. DJ Rashad introduced us when he put them up during SXSW presenting them as peers, and you can feel the kinship in the music – they both have a tight grip on that comfortable zone between turnt-up and chilled-out, where you can dance or smoke. And when they recall his jazzier, more soulful side, like when the horn section peaks out on mix opener “All I Can Do”, I swear I can hear the ghost of Rashad.
“We sought out to kind of do [footwork] but not really copy it, to use that sound to guide you.” (Their penchant for soul and jazz samples probably owes just as much to Dilla, whom they close the mix with an edit of.) “All I Can Do” is distinctly their own, but then when Rashad/Spinn/Taso’s “Cream” VIP slips in sounding like a continuation of that same thought, it all kind of makes sense. Fittingly, then, their next appearance will also be alongside all of them on Hyperdub’s upcoming Teklife compilation, Next Life. They’ve also got two EPs in the oven, and you can get your first dibs on all that right here.

We visited the duo at their Sunset Park studio….

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Mix: xorzyzt

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Our 4-yr anniversary mix series continues with xorzyzt’s URLxUSA tour mix.

WEIRD MAGIC Mix Series: xorzyzt_mixURLxUSA_2K14 by Weirdmagic on Mixcloud

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Brandon Rosenbluth aka xorzyzt, a well-known and pervasive force in Berlin’s dark underworld, is a busy man —- producing events, djing and touring alongside BlackBlackGold and Tom Ass as UnReaL; playing in bands reliq and Shaddah Tuum; booking European tours for littlebig Agency; engaging in video and performance art of the ‘metaphysical, shamanistic thread’; all while launching two new labels: Portals Editions (with Niko Shaddah Lfo, Ketev, and Marijn Degenaar), and UnReaL Audio, which just saw its first release with Born in Flamez. During our stay in Berlin last year, we caught him djing Stattbad & playing with his band at Berghain within our first few nights, and he remained a constant presence from there, throwing parties featuring House of Ladosha, ITAL, Stellar Om Source, and Light Asylum, to name a few.

Hot on the heels of a US tour (including a stop at our beloved Bossa Nova), this is the set he put together and fine tuned on the road: “In my signature style, I’ve consistently layered a number of tracks on top of one another including layers of drones and ambience in order to create an impenetrable wall of body-obliterating techno bliss.” From the first whispers of “what am i doing here?” we knew we were in for a ride, and as expected, this mix perfectly demonstrates his ability to drag you through the darkest corners of hell and still leave you gasping for more.

Brandon’s new project Shaddah Tuum’s EP dropped last week on his label Portals Editions, you can have a listen here.

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WM Mix & Interview: Jan Woo

To celebrate our 4-year anniversary, we are re-launching our mix series and highlighting some of our favorite artists/selectors.

WEIRD MAGIC Mix Series: Jan Woo by Weirdmagic on Mixcloud

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Jan Woo is Brooklyn’s best kept secret. Meticulous curator of all musical genres trance-inducing, his impeccable filter has landed him gigs alongside Juan Atkins and a festival-closing set at Sustain-Release. A Jan Woo track is one that stays close to your heart, and this mix is one you can put on and dance to start to finish, knowing you’re in good hands.

Up until now, unless you’ve caught one of his dj sets in the flesh, it is unlikely that you’ve gotten to experience the Woo, but this mix is a perfect distillation/introduction: one amazing tune after another — most that you probably would never find — and then a surprise blend like “Makin’ A Living” into Mr. Fingers “Can You Feel It”, that makes you want to cry. Thankfully, Jan has more in store for the world: He is prepping his first 12″ for Greek label Echovolt which includes “Whyfor” (below), a dancefloor stunner, and he’s got a new label Tripper Disc in the works, with an upcoming reissue/compilation of the appropriately-named obscure New Age band, Woo. Some things can only be kept tight for so long…

We spoke to Jan at home at Body Actualized Center in BK…

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100 summer clicks 2014


month en magic 2014.8

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Lowbrow despicable.

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new party by seva granik and ladyfag doesn’t quite live up its name(, in the best possible way). [ facebook ]

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photos: DJ Rashad

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farewell to our friend and hero. will miss you too much, and be playing your tracks forever.

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NRMAL 2014


LOV.UUU

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A #VDAY TREAT FOR THE LOVERS AND FREAKS.
(from me and the purple princess, Egyptian lovher.)
featuring a bunch of xXxclusive edits.
very ruff, quick n darrrty bizness.
enjoy and be alove today and all ways.
xo

tracklist:
india arie – ready for love
zhane – vibe
missy – sock it 2 me (rezzie nasty RMX)
grace jones – my jamaican guy
ll cool j – doin it
slum village – fall in love
slum village – climax
nas – still dreaming
beyonce – drunk in love (rezzie/egyptianlovher ruff azz bootleg)
504 boyz – i can tell
aaliyah – more than a woman (edit)
jody breeze – the way u move
sade – cherish the day
fugees – ready or not (rezzie RMX old demo)
tru – freak hoes
destiny’s child – with me
beyonce – partition
lady – pussy be yanking
trick daddy – nann nigga
blondes – elise>
burial – truant>
nar – udk>
busta & janet – whats it gonna be
janet – free xone
cocorosie – turn me on (live)
ginuwine – in those jeans (acapella)
huerco s. – battery tunnel


farewell 285 kent.

and we raged til the very end.

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2013

kanye and beyonce both showed us that they’ve got no fucks left to give, making some brilliant and forward-thinking records in the process. our chicago footwork heroes dj rashad, traxman, and rp boo all came correct with rapid-fire quality and continued their awesomely unexpected global takeover. our housier homies including terekke, huerco, patricia, and anthony naples released amazing eps and tracks on labels like opal tapes and l.i.e.s., pushing the sound into new territories and dominating my ears and dj sets. arca and galcher lustwerk both made mixtapes so good they pretty much qualify as albums, with galcher totally seducing me (and everyone) by year end. wm favorites four tet, oneohtrix, omar-s, burial, and the knife delivered some truly great full-lengths, but as far as tracks go, seems like this year i just wanted to dance my pain away.

(in no particular order)

albums etc:

kanye west – yeezus
beyonce – beyonce
dj rashad – double cup / rollin
traxman – teklife vol 3
the knife – shaking the habitual
arca – &&&&&
four tet – beautiful rewind
burial – rival dealer
galcher lustwerk – 100% galcher
huerco s. – future times 12
blood orange – cupid deluxe
oneohtrix point never – r plus seven
omar-s – thank you for letting me be myself

tracks:

terekke – amaze
dj rashad – rollin
burial – rival dealer
mole – lockdown party (dj sprinkles crossfaderama)
huerco s. – aphelias theme
kingdom – bank head
levon vincent – ???
blood orange – it is what it is
joy o – big room tech house dj tool tip!
the knife – full of fire
the knife – a cherry on top
galcher lustwerk – put on
anthony naples – el portal
tuff sherm – burglar loops
forest swords – thor’s stone
kanye – bound 2
blood orange – chamakay
traxman – buddha muzik
dolo percussion – dolo 4
maxmillion dunbar – lovin the drift
beyonce – drunk in love
four tet – parallel jalebi/buchla
djs pareja – verish
mgun – bean chirp
lxury – jaws
kyle hall – crushed
omar souleuyman – crackboy rmx
slava – werk
koreless – sun
traxman – your computer is infected


spells

pounding bliss, thx tonje


had to open my last set with this. instant zone.


first release on new label PEACH, by rem koolhaus of TURRBOTAX®. strong start, with some cracking rmxs by Kyle Hall + co.


get psyched. Huerco S. x FUTURE TIMES so dope
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terekke – live @ fitness gallery / weird magic

mp3: terekke – live @ fitness gallery / weird magic

terekke the god dropping gold last week at my berlin send-off party at fitness gallery. w sum ccomputer gglitches. first track is forthcoming l.i.e.s. and my current obsession. enjoy.