April 18-24, 2002
Roundup of local DJ mix tapes
tape 1/5:Josh Holiday, Local Guy
style (music and/or mixing): Commences with raw, gritty R&B-ish slow breaks with Jamaican-influenced vocals, abruptly dropping into pummeling drum 'n' bass with thunderous, speaker-freakin' basslines and splattering drums and rolling old- and new-school ragga jungle with a touch of funky jump-up flava. Raging with energy and mixed flawlessly.
where you can hear him and who he hangs with: A Local 13 beat junky, formerly one-half of the Jungle Rollaz and an avid street promoter for Evolution, dis honky is one of a small few in this jungle-town that dishes out the ragga flava at clubs like Motion, Flow, and large-venue one-off rave events in NYC and Philly.
essential/representative tracks: Throw your hands and lighters high in the air for tracks like ³Walk With Your Friends² by Warlockz featuring Simpleton (on Crunk Vinyl), Top Cat's ³Earlier Body² (9 Lives Records) and Sketch Code's ³Reality² (White).
tape 2/5:DJ Andee, A Clockwork Break
style (music and/or mixing): A funky-fresh, uplifting, bouncy journey through nu-skool, old-skool, moderately trance-y, somewhat Florida-style, house-tempo breaks and electro -- loaded with euphoric breakdowns, sub-woofin' synth-basslines and ultra-danceable drum-lines suitable for any liquid-dancer, breakdancer, or glow-stick fiend. Mixed to overwhelming perfection to get you feeling wondrously E-tarded.
where you can hear him and who he hangs with: Once a part of the Kontrol Phreaks collective (now extinct because of someone's ³slutty behavior,² he says), this Philly veteran recently launched Drop Needle Productions and is seen dropping his lip-smacking array of funky breaks at ravey events at Flow, Transit, La Tazza, New City Tavern, the Freightyard in Allentown and other local dive bars.
essential/representative tracks: Git funky and bust a move to Infinity's "Children of the '80s" (on 941 Electro), Hybrid's "Sniper" (Distinctive Breaks/Y3K), and DJ Kultor's "Monstah Freakz" (Weekend Breaks).
tape 3/5:DJ Miq Ford, Forbidden Fruit
style (music and/or mixing) Ahhhh grab a honey and kick back with a cocktail or a joint and soak in the lounge-y, classy, soulful, jazzy deep house -- laced with heart-warming vocals track after track. Your head will swim gracefully through the sensual and sexy lushness of slow, groovy 4/4 soul-bliss, mixed smoothly, perfect for loafing or relaxed dancing.
where you can hear him and who he hangs with: This soul-driven dream weaver enriches the atmosphere with his laid-back lovin' every Sunday at Glam, and he'll be making his Filo's debut for Soulglow on May 1.
essential/representative tracks: Groove 'n' sway to sugary-sweet, soul-slurping vocals on tracks like Ananda Project's ³Falling For You² (on Nite Grooves), Louie Vega's ³Odyssey² (Masters At Work) and Demarkus Lewis's ³Needless² (Moods & Grooves).
tape 4/5:Jae, #5
style (music and/or mixing) Normally dropping harder stuff than this, Jae takes it deep and heady with dubby, minimal, driving tech-house that captivates your psyche -- mutating into funky, tribally West Coast-ness and sprinkled with disco elements and a vocal line or two. German techno-heads eat this stuff up. The mixing is raw and tight.
where you can hear him and who he hangs with: By night, as bartender at Fluid. Jae recently terminated a residency at Valanni's, and occasionally spins randomly around town at La Tazza and other low-key joints.
essential/representative tracks: His remarkable diversity yields non-cheesy dancefloor friendliness with records old and new like Chiapet's ³Westworld² (on Yoshitoshi), Maurizio's ³M5² (Basic Channel), and Maurice and Noble's ³Faith Delivers² (Distinctive Breaks).
tape 5/5:Imri, Dirty Breaks
style (music and/or mixing) Recorded live at Transit during the ³Dirty Beats² party on March 2, Imri funk-da-fries your jittering body with a pristinely mixed array of party-flavored house-tempo breaks and electrofunk that makes ravers and clubbers go ballistic -- unleashing sub-heavy, speaker-shakin' basslines, ultra-funky beats, and super-positive vibes.
where you can hear him and who he hangs with: The organizer of Reflective Multimedia drops funky shit Thursdays at Proto Lounge, plays frequently at Motion and has been since it was Space (where he also was the flier designer until recently) and Transit.
essential/representative tracks: Your head will spin and your body will quiver to cuts like the Lee Coombs & Drumattic Twins dub version of Psychotropic's "Hypnosis" (on Fat!), Future Funk Squad's remix of Jaded Alliance's "Wake Me" (Default), and finishing up with Hyper & Rhymes' remix of Puretone's "Addicted to Bass" (Bedrock).