Wednesday
Oct012014

Featured Mixes: Cut Chemist Mixes Unreleased Acetates From Bambaataa's Collection

As far as DJ culture is concerned, one of the most historically significant tours of 2014 has to be the DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist Renegades of Rhythm tour. As you probably know, these guys have been on the road for the last month exclusively playing records hand-picked from Afrika Bambaataa’s original collection. The tour has been so successful they actually added 12 additional shows in November, and reviews have been overwhelmingly positive.

But don’t fret if you’re like me and stupidly missed it, or if they’re not coming to a city near you. Cut Chemist just added a mix to his Soundcloud page showcasing the rarest bits of Bam’s library: the acetates. In this half-hour session, Cut Chemist plows through dozens upon dozens of unheard demos, unreleased beats, and early work-in-progress versions of the iconic Soulsonic musical trifecta: “Planet Rock”, “Looking for the Perfect Beat”, and “Renegades of Funk”. 

Beneath the lo-fidelity basement tape sonics and the perpetual crackle of these well-worn dubplates is a history lesson on one of the early chapters in hip hop. It’s almost scary to even think of how many legendary Bronx block parties these things must have been played at.

Wednesday
Oct012014

Cool Free Stuff: Cuttle-Chapter Dub (Deep Dubstep)

The rise and fall of dubstep in mainstream American culture is a strong talking point on blogs and boards these days. A closer look reveals plenty is still happening, especially within the deeply-rooted sounds influenced by dub and dancehall. Cuttle, an up-and-coming producer based out of NYC, exemplifies these fundamental sounds well in recent tracks such as “Chapter Dub”, a free download on Tuba. A lot of space is used in this one to create rhythmic delays with the percussion, as well as spaordic dancehall overtones in the first half, and animated arpeggios in the second half. Grab it below and check his Soundcloud page!

Thursday
Sep252014

Cool Free Stuff: Locke-How My Love Is (Garage)

According to Locke’s very short bio, he (or she) “sometimes DJ’s or makes music”. Locke’s Soundcloud page may be just as abbreviated as the bio, but there’s little to fear as the two tracks and one mix on there are solid as hell. In fact, “How My Love Is” was picked up by T&A and is now a free download. Best way to describe that one is pure garage bliss; it’s laden with R&B strings and rhythmic vocal edits. Hopefully this will be just the beginning of what we’re going to hear from Locke.

Tuesday
Sep232014

On the Boogiedownload: Mix 084 by MO7S (Tech House)

For this week’s installment of the BBD podcast series I’m proud to bring on a highly-esteemed veteran from New England who made his local mark long before most people, myself included, ever stepped foot inside a rave for the first time. Enter Stephen Manders, aka MO7S

Click here to read more and grab the mix!

Tuesday
Sep232014

Make it New United Hearts Fundraiser With Sepalcure & Jubilee, 9.25.14

In the eve of their tenth anniversary next month, the guys from Make it New have organized a little fundraiser that is going down this Thursday at the Middlesex (315 Mass Ave, Cambridge). Your $20 donation at the door gives you a few different things:

1. The ability for the United Hearts Foundation in Ghana to build a school bus for children to get to school, safely and reliably, every day. Every penny of your twenty bucks will go towards this.

2. The privilege of seeing two fixtures in the New York City bass scene: Sepalcure (a Hotflush Recordings alumni) and JUBILEE (who just released a FACT Mag mix, embedded below), in your backyard.

3. The chance to win a vinyl copy of the TOGETHER 2014 Compilation via a raffle ticket you will get at the door. Drawing at the end of the night.

4. The opportunity to see Coralcola be happy (not guaranteed).

 
 

So why not support a good cause and come down to Cambridge this Thursday? And if you can’t attend, you can donate easily and securely online as well.

Facebook event page

See you there!

Tuesday
Sep232014

Ticket Giveaway! iExperia Boston at Royale, 9.25.14

One of the things many partygoers look forward to here in Boston around this time of the year is iExperia. Dubbed as “America’s Largest White Party”, this hotly-anticipated show is a tri-fecta of talented local DJ’s, cirque-style dancers and performers, and many of the same theatrical lighting effects commonly used at nationally-renown festivals. It’s essentially legal steroids for the eyes and the ears, and even the pictures on their site don’t do the real thing justice.

iExperia “America’s Largest White Party” - Fall 2014 Promo [Full HD] from iExperia on Vimeo.

 

 

Since the party was first established several years ago, iExperia has become a national franchise, extending their reach to Dallas, Austin, and Philly. Two of the performers, Glowkids, have been involved with playing and promoting from the beginning. One of BBD’s podcast mixes was actually the set they played at iExperia back in 2012! Joining them this year will be Commerce, another podcast series alumni, as well as local favorite Bamboora and special guests NU.F.O. and Andrew Garcia.

Beantown Boogiedown Podcast 030: Glowkids & Fuse (Big Room Anthems) by Beantownboogiedown on Mixcloud

 

Beantown Boogiedown Podcast 037: DJ Commerce (Tech House) by Beantownboogiedown on Mixcloud

 

 

It all goes down this Thursday at Royale in Boston. Try wearing white or black if possible…but no Uggs please. More details on dress code here.

If you missed the ticket giveaways they had going on, don’t fret, we’re doing one more right here, right now. All you need to do is “like” iExperia and Beantown Boogiedown on Facebook, and leave your name and email in the comments section below. Winner gets a pair, and drawing is at noon tomorrow, 9/24. Good luck!

Purchase tickets here | Facebook event page

Monday
Sep222014

Let's Boogie! Upcoming Boston Events For September 2014

Upcoming Events  

Past Events

Drop It Open Decks (CPU & SOUL) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.2.14
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Project Mixx @ The Playground :: 6B Lounge :: 9.3.14
Wobble Wednesdays (Moon Hooch) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.3.14
DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 9.3.14
Legacy (Frank White, Breeazy & Mei Ohara) @ Zuzu :: Cambridge MA :: 9.3.14
Re:Set (Caseroc, Alan Manzi & Randy Deshaies) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.3.14
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Make it New (Residents) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.4.14
High Life (Ballast, 2K2 & Timmy Trax) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.4.14
Elements (High Contrast) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.4.14

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FRESHH Fridays @ O Sushi :: Cambridge MA :: 9.5.14
Casual Friday (Frank White) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.5.14
Vocal Tracking Workshop (feat. Andre Obin) @ MMMMAVEN HQ :: Cambridge MA :: 9.5.14 (7-8pm)
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Heroes (Chris Ewen) @ TT the Bears :: Cambridge MA :: 9.6.14
Triple Platinum (Evaredy, Frank White & Durkin) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.6.14
Rise Afterhours (Mike Swells, D-Lux, Edward’s Here & Galen) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 9.6.14
Dancing on the Charles Finale (Soul Clap, Tanner Ross, Bruno, Navbox & Randy Deshaies) @ Marsh Post :: Cambridge MA :: 9.6.14
Blend (Mr. V, Lenore, Bamboo, Leo Alarcon, Kranz, Nick Minieri, Cross Chatter, Wil Trahan & Sketch Rokk) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.6.14
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H.O.M.E. (Deejay Daz-One) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.7.14
Reggae Boat Cruise (Soul Rebel Project & Jaminic) @ Salem MA :: 9.7.14
Jump Shot (Lady Spindrift & Sterling Golden) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.7.14
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Rudimental @ Naga :: Cambridge MA :: 9.9.14
Drop it Open Decks (Erik B Brown) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.9.14
Drunken Doja Monkey, NuMind & DJ Homewrecker @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.9.14

Gallery (Brenden Wesley, Will Martin & Matty Gavris) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.9.14
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Andre Obin, Miss Geo & Kodacrome @ Great Scott :: Allston MA :: 9.10.14
Re:Set (Will Saul & Patrick Barry) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.10.14
Wobble Wednesdays (Kraddy, VibeSquad, Uncle Bob & JSB) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.10.14
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Scanners (Profligate, Outmode, Via App & DJ Won’t) @ Club Bohemia :: Cambridge MA :: 9.11.14
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Dada Life @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 9.12.14
PVRPLE (Voltran, DJ Knife & Amadeezy) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.12.14
Radioskotvoid Presents a Night of Skwee @ Gulu-Gulu Cafe :: Salem MA :: 9.12.14

Acoustica Electronics (Terrence Parker & The Wig) @ Oberon :: Cambridge MA :: 9.12.14
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Lucky Date @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 9.13.14
Sweet Shop (Eddie Fowlkes) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.13.14
Daniel Dubb, Lux Groove & Ser Clave @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 9.13.14
Dusk Til Done (La Freur, SITH & Ryan Royce) @ TBD :: Boston MA :: 9.13.14
Fresh Headz BBQ on the River (Sergio Santos, Sal Lograsso, Smeed & Sus Til Don, Waldo, Jacob Kranz,
Bogey Bambatta & TC Eureka) @ Marsh Post :: 9.13.14
 
MMMMAVEN Presents Today (Omar S, Jacques Greene, Francois K, John Barera, Leah V & Bianca Oblivion) @ Lawn on D/420 D Street :: South Boston MA :: 9.13.14 (3-9pm)
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Savoy @ House of Blues :: Boston MA :: 9.14.14
H.O.M.E. (DJ Safire) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.14.14
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Wobble Wednesday Great North Pre-Party (Ill-Esha, D.V.S., Psymbionic & CloZee) @ Wonderbar :: Boston MA :: 9.17.14
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Make it New (Martyn) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.18.14
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Lee Burridge & Scot Cox @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 9.19.14
Beandream & Happps Presents Binary (Darko, Stylyze, Spacecase & Ghast) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.19.14
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Simian Mobile Disco @ the Sinclair :: Cambridge MA :: 9.20.14
Social Studies (Moodymann) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.20.14
HarborArts Fest 2014 (Soul Clap & friends) @ 256 Marginal St :: Boston MA :: 9.20.14
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H.O.M.E. (Househead Pete) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.21.14
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Bonobo @ Paradise :: Brighton MA :: 9.23.14
Bonoby Afterparty (NuMind, Wigzen & CSE Productions) @ Innder Sanctum :: Boston MA :: 9.23.14

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Project Mixx (J.Zamora & KosKos) @ 6B Lounge :: Boston MA :: 9.24.14
Fluxion & Ricardo Donoso @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.24.14
Re:Set (D-LUX Birthday Bash) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.24.14
Table Manners (Lay Z Boy, Menace, ESQ, JSB, Treeman, Bobby Bangers & more) @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.24.14
Crush Boston (Dub Fx, Brownnoize, Twist of Fate, Daze Inn, Honeycomb & Butcher Brotherz) @ Middle East Downstairs :: Cambridge MA :: 9.24.14
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iExperia Boston @ Royale :: Boston MA :: 9.25.14
Elements (Ant TC1) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.25.14
Lespecial, Strange Changes & Eelko @ Great Scott :: Allston MA :: 9.25.14
 
Blasterjaxx, Exodus & Black Boots @ Whisky Saigon :: Boston MA :: 9.25.14
Socialize (Skytree, Esseks, Lightt Blue Lab & Brightside) @ 49 Social :: Boston MA :: 9.25.14
Make it New United Hearts Fundraiser (Sepalcure) @ Middlesex Lounge :: Cambridge MA :: 9.25.14
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Fehrplay & Wil Trahan @ Bijou :: Boston MA :: 9.26.14
Casual Friday With Leah V @ Wonderbar :: Allston MA :: 9.26.14
Felix Kubin & Bromp Treb @ Goethe-Institut :: Boston MA :: 9.26.14
Sweet Shop (Jonas Rathsman) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.26.14
 
Infected Mushroom & Voltran @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 9.26.14
Freshhh Fridays (J.Zamora, KosKos & Sudo) @ O Sushi :: Cambridge MA :: 9.26.14
Rise Afterhours (Bamboora, Kerry Leva, Charles Mazzola, Don Fochi, BRRIO, R0b0kid & Rufus Gibson) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 9.26.14
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Voltran & Barrington Beats @ Prime :: Boston MA :: 9.27.14
Laidback Luke @ Whiskey Saigon @ Boston MA :: 9.27.14
DJ Lotusound @ Middle East Corner :: Cambridge MA :: 9.27.14
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell (Bianca Oblivion) @ Great Scott :: Allston MA :: 9.27.14
Fresh Produce (DJ Trayze & Joshua Carl) @ Goodlife :: Boston MA :: 9.27.14
Rise Afterhours (Drumcell, Cabarete Groove & more) @ Rise :: Boston MA :: 9.27.14
Some Like it Hott (Caseroc, Will Martin, Ali Berger & Alan Manzi) @ Lilypad :: Somerville MA :: 9.27.14
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Table Manners VI @ 101 Paris St :: Everett MA :: 9.28.14
H.O.M.E. (Keith Kene) @ Machine :: Boston MA :: 9.28.14
House of Pela (Mike Steva, Max Pela, Jorge Serra & Jay Medina) @ Naga :: Cambridge MA :: 9.28.14 
Jumpshot (Nick Minieri, Kristiano Rouskov & Sterling Golden) @ Phoenix Landing :: Cambridge MA :: 9.28.14
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GingerLo Bday (DJ Stylyze, Counter Culture, Dyligence) @ An Tain :: Boston MA :: 9.30.14 

Monday
Sep222014

Backyard: TWISM & B3RAO Put the Spin on Two Disco Classics

If you like both disco and house, chances are high you’re also going to like the recent output of dj/producers TWISM & B3RAO. This duo have been cranking out a slew of floor fillers over the summer, which are now getting released properly starting with their “Do It” EP.

Up for release in mid-October on their own Disco Legends imprint (as well as exclusively on Traxsource right now), both tracks on the “Do It” EP hat-tip two disco-funk cuts from the mid-70s: BT Express’s “Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied) for the tile track, and Bar-Kay’s “Spellbound” for “You Are My Love”. 

While the original cuts by BT Express and the Bar-Keys clocked in on the slow side of the spectrum, TWISM & B3RAO bring them right up to dancefloor speed for this EP. While both of these tracks approach re-edit territory, where they lean quite heavily on the original riffs and vocals, each are modernized quite faithfully and respectably. Both “Do It” and “You Are My Love” swing quite heavily, with unrelenting four-on-the-floor kicks and energetic build-ups never imagined in the 70s working right alongside the crunchy guitar fills and endless supplies of strings. 

TWISM & B3RAO both spent a decent amount of time testing these and other originals on the road this summer, specifically in Ibiza, where they played a string of clubs including Bora Bora, KM5, Oceanbeat and TULP. If you like what you hear, be sure to follow them on Soundcloud!

Monday
Sep222014

Cool Free Stuff: Pennygiles-Fluid Motion (Drum & Bass)

Welch drum and bass producer Pennygiles just released a free download titled “Fluid Motion”. While the project files for this melodic and emotional piece were lost so it will never release on a proper label, it’s better to see it come out for free rather than not at all. Fitting in quite nice with his signature style, “Fluid Motion” is a squeaky-clean roller awash in tear-jerking pads and rumbling-yet-disciplined bass. The classic liquidfunk formula! 

Thursday
Sep182014

Cool Free Stuff: Umek-Kuzla Prevarantska (RanchaTek Remix) (Tech House)

Tech house producer RanchaTek lays down an official remix to one of Umek’s best-known tunes of 2013: “Kuzla Prevarantska”. A track touting a lead vocal sample as whimsical as the title, Kuzla Prevarantska’s swinging groove, weighty bass, and endless supply of percussive fills kept dancers on their toes last winter. RanchaTek’s interpretation takes a bit of emphasis off the relentless bottom end while keeping the swing, making it an appropriate spin at 12am rather than 3am. The cheeky vocal has more room to breathe, which takes a life of its own in this remix’s extended breakdown. Get it below.