Note: I’ve been a bit slack with posting BBD podcast mixes people have been sending me, and for that I apologize. Let me start by giving DJ Zoses’ mix a proper write-up. He recorded this one for the blog several months ago; I quietly uploaded it to my mixcloud page but completely spaced on giving it a proper write-up. Following this I have 3 other mixes on the docket I need to release, and I’m going to try to get at least one of them uploaded today before I leave for Movement fest this weekend.
What’s great about DJ’ing nowadays is being versatile is more fashionable than ever before. Coming up in the vinyl age when you were panned as a “jack-of-all-trades” if you played anything outside the microcosm of a single sub-genre, the way many curate music in 2015 is like a breath of fresh air. Take Boston’s own DJ Zoses for example. A recent upstart willing to simply play “good music” instead of genres, Zoses has no problems navigating through myriads of tempos, straight and broken beats, vocals and instrumentals, and anthems and obscure slow-burners alike.
Zoses not only presents us with a versatile set in his BBD podcast mix, but also one where he hesitates very little and opts not to tip toe around the switch-ups. The first ten minutes open on the deep dubstep tip, before rounding the corner to glitch-hop territory for the next half hour. As the mix winds around a number of risky-yet-effective tempo switch-ups before returning to heavier dubstep territory, it’s clear Zoses tries to throw listeners for a loop and keep them guessing what’s going to happen next. The final twenty minutes close with drum and bass.
Another interesting thing to note here is where he sources the material he uses in his mixes. Instead of traditional record shops or Beatport, Zoses showcases primarily up-and-coming artists here, sourcing their work (in the form of free downloads) on Soundcloud. Not only are many of the artists (specifically in the glitch-hop section) stateside, but Zoses also incorporates a number of familiar faces to the Boston area such as Darko, Cirrus, and local alumni Doctor Jeep and Wheez-ie. DJ’ing is all about not playing what’s hot right now, but what you think might be hot six months from now. And in this case, Zoses aces his detective work with flying colors.
Hope you enjoy! Follow him on Soundcloud for more recent mixes he’s done, including a live set he played at Wonderbar several months ago.
Darko - Beak Salad
The Digital Connection - Sahara
Konvex, Deafblind, Baitface - Badmind Breed (Original Mix)
Vandera - Carbon 11 (Original)
Nomine - Enma (Original Mix)
Ruckspin, Planas, Levallian - Steppin (Original Mix)
Globular - Through The Eyes Of Time
Hedflux & Grouch - Reverse Entropy (Hedflux Remix)
Supersillyus - Bananotechnology (Yheti Remix)
Akasha Experience - Soul Circus (Original Mix)
Akasha Experience - Soul Circus (Landswitcher Remix)
Perkulat0r - Crushmode ft. WET PAiNT
Spoken Bird - Madrugada
Bluetech - Oleander
Rob-o-Tek - The Good Part (CloZee Remix)
Rob-o-Tek - The Good Part (Otist Reading Remix)
Digital Rust - Bobble (Original Mix)
Motorcycle - As the Rush Comes (The Widdler Remix )
Elephant In The Room - Breathe
opiuo - Snorkle (Posij Remix)
Wheez-ie - The Box Of Sorrows
Doctor Jeep - Skeptical x Tinashe - Ancient On
Modemellow - Z107 (Original Mix)
Cirrus - Wind Like This (Original Mix)
Arkaik - Wax VIP
DJ Hazard - Time Tripping (Original Mix)
NC-17, Soulculture - War Master (Original Mix)
Prolix, MC Coppa - Kick Off feat. MC Coppa (Original Mix)
Mr. Bill & Stickybuds - Hard, But Fair