NEW MIX // HEATWOLVES // BL▲CKCLOUDBL▲CKR▲IN // 黑云黑雨

We’re giving away FOUR free mixtapes on one limited-edition MP3 CD at our Love Bang Two-Year Anniversary party this Saturday.

We’ve got DJ Caution serving up some old school jams a la “Jam On It,” DJ Maze with rare, rare reggae vinyl, DJ Scene with fresh new rap, and myself with this.

This is for sure the darkest mix we’ve put out so far. I love all these tracks..

thunderstorm rap // dark-cloud-over-the-ghetto sludge. scary beats x tales from the crypt styles.

trains, the occult, samples from 70s and 80s PSAs.. i want to stay.// just. like. this.. forever. ▲▲

this is a one-take live mix I recorded with one pioneer CDJ-400, one CDJ-800, and a pioneer DJM-400 mixer, output from the mixer into a Zoom X2 recorder. i added the PSA samples later in Audacity.

TR▲KLIST

1. Zomby – Witch Hunt
2. Three 6 Mafia – Rainbow Colors
3. Salem – Sick
4. SPACEGHOSTPURRP RVIDER KLVN – MINK RUG
5. Actress – Maze
6. A$AP Rocky x SPACEGHOSTPURRP – Purple Haze II
7. Kuedo – Memory Rain
8. Project Pat – Slangin Rocks
9. Evian Christ – Fuck It None Of Ya’ll Don’t Rap
10. Sepalcure – Love (XI Remix)
11. Juicy J – A Zip And A Double Cup
12. Dark Tantrums – Unborn
13. Three 6 Mafia – Powder (Higher Version)
14. LIL UGLY MANE – MASK ON MY FUCKING FACE
15. GUCCI MANE – My Shadow (Salem Remix)
16. Objekt – Tinderbox
17. oOoOOo – Burnout Eyes
18. Clams Casino – All I Need
19. The Weeknd – Coming Down

Super Ayi Cleaning Team Feburary Mixtape

We’re doing a new mixtape every month, and this one dropped just in time for Valentine’s Day. It’s called HE▲RTBE▲TS [阿姨爱巢]

The first half is mostly new songs, heavy on the bass, and the second half is straight-up babymaking jams. Lots of throwbacks.

This mix took forever to make because we couldn’t decide which direction to take, but we’re super happy with the outcome – so are our Ayi friends!

Free download on Soundcloud.  Put it on and make some sweet love.

在你手里是上海超人阿姨打扫卫生帮的情人节MIXTAPE. 很多感情,很多爱. 非常稀有的. 心跳, 心跳, 心跳…

TRACKLIST:

1. LEISURE TIME VHS LOVE SESH
2. Mount Kimbie- Carbonated
3. Fantastic Mr. Fox- BrickA-brac
4. Horsepower Productions – What We Do
5. Gongon and Bad Autopsy – Mags Remix
6. Sinjin Hawke – Love Is On Your Side
7. Slugabed – Rockin U-
8. The Cure – Lovesong (Extended Remix)
9. Guido – Mad Sax
10. Kavsrave – Your Love
11. The Weeknd – What You Need-
12. Holy Other – Your Touch
13. THIS IS NOT LOVE RADIO
14. Deniece Williams – Free
15. Barry White – Playing Your Game, Baby
16. Teddy Pendergrass – Close the Door
17. Bobby Caldwell – What You Won’t Do for Love
18. The Isley Brothers – Between the Sheets
19. Love Unlimited – Walkin’ in the Rain With the One I Love
20. Lionel Richie – Hello
21. Ready for the World – Love You Down
22. Janet Jackson – Any Time, Any Place-
23. Maxwell – Fortunate
24. BROTHA DON’T TAKE MY LOVE AWAY

new mixtape from the SUPER AYI CLEANING TEAM – LOVE U LONG TIME

cover art for "LOVE U LONG TIME" mixtape by Shanghai's SUPER AYI CLEANING TEAM

Here’s the reason for the lack of posts recently – I’ve been working on this mix right here with the homie DJ Caution and our Chinese auntie friends. We’re super proud of this one, and confident to say that no one has done anything quite like this before. It all started when we realized that the 1983  mid-tempo hip-hop track “World’s Famous” by Malcom McLaren, the same dude who did “Buffalo Gals,” sounds fucking ill slowed down to 88 beats per minute (bpm) from its original 107 bpm.

Then we went through about 200 more tracks trying to find ones that sounded just right when pitched way down. Lots of songs sounded like complete garbage, but some sounded amazing at slow speeds – sometimes even better than the original track. Italo disco, boogie, and mid-tempo hip hop worked best. These songs have heavy analogue synthesizer-bass that sounds warm and deep when pitched down to the extreme, unlike songs made with software plugins/emulators that sound awful under these conditions. If you slow down most modern “electro,” (the kind that people have in mind when they ask the DJ to play something “dirty”) you can hear the audio bits breaking apart like a spilled box of digital Cherrios. But not with the tracks on this mix.

“Built for rainy days and purple sunsets – the January 2012 Chinese New Year mix by Shanghai’s SUPER AYI CLEANING TEAM members DJ Caution and Heatwolves. A carefully selected bag of italo disco, house, and hip hop, slowed down 30% and cut with some dusty old VHS tapes from around the world. Slow, bass-heavy, smokey, and sexy.”

Tracklist after the jump – hope you enjoy! We’re doing mixes every month this year, this is only the beginning. Continue reading

Treats and New Mixtapes

smoke and treats, in Toronto

Been eatin so many treats back in Kalamazoo..

For some, the word “treats” conjures up images of cookies, cakes, pies, and the like. I choose a much narrower definition for treats.

Treats = gummy (-bears, -worms, -dinos…), powder-based (sweet tarts, spree, smarties), chewy (e.g. Mike & Ike, Airheads), or hard (lemonheads, jawbreakers) candy made almost entirely of sugar and artificial flavoring. They could be sour, in the case of Sour Patch Kids. Could be licorice too (red Twizzlers..) I don’t include anything chocolate in my treats category, though some may.

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post-trap rainy day jams.

thanks to everyone who came to Shelter last night come correct. four-turntable action by Shige and Caution, raps by MC One Consciousness, and “Milkshake” pitched down 12% and some rare slow jams by myself at the end, followed by a classic ji gong bao (chicken hot pot) sesh.

note to restaurants who plan on giving away free alcohol and advertising this in SmartShanghai – get more than one bartender. wtf. some people prlly came from Hangzhou for that free Sangria last night in Xintiandi.

hadn’t been to Xintiandi in at least a year. totally forgot about that side of Shanghai. meh. did meet a grave/tomb dealer though. best “so what are you doing in Shanghai?” convo I’ve had in years. dude took my “i sell dreams” response way too seriously though.

man wtf is going on in America right now…jesus.

it’s raining but fuck it, i’m going to the studio to finish this track. until then, peep these:

Aaliyah – Are You That Somebody

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Gemmy – Too Far

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No DL on the Gemmy track. Just came out. Also really feeling this mixtape – it’s a slow builder, and dark as fuck. If you like Salem, Three 6 Mafia, or anything on Tri Angle Records, you’ll love this.

GRIM – FADED RE-EDIT MIXTAPE CH. 1 by voodoo village

Some young kids from Memphis put this together, here’s the tracklist:

1. Diamond Bass – Nomada/All That
2. Three Six Mafia – South Memphis Bitch
3. Clicks & Whistles – Hello
4. Lil Daggers – Pair of Lives
5. Lil Wayne – I Feel Like Dying
6. Project Pat – I Keep That
7. Courtesy – Life, Man
8. Wiz Khalifa – On My Level
9. Com Truise – Colorvision
10. Koreless – Made In
11. Cities Aviv – Sixsixsixes
12. Gorillaz – Empire Ants

They call this “post-trap.” Awesome.

weekend and next week is no work.

about to embark on a five-day adventure. the whole country goes on vacation next week, millions of people moving on trains and buses. local friend told me that all stores have to stop selling knives this week, government order… and PAIRS show friday. rooftop party on Saturday, this special evening at Dada on Sunday, a music festival in (???) on Monday I’m playing at with the homie Cavia// OTAKREW fam, then another music festival at the same place as MIDI last fall…emmm…not playing at that one though.

if you haven’t peeped it yet, the mixtape is ill -  whole tracklist right here.

Love Bang 10 Mixtape tracklist

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Chapter 1 – Let’s bang real quick b4 we go out

1. Family Mart Gets Girlz Open (Field Recording)
1. Hudson Mohawke x Gucci Mane – Bat Pillz (Ayi Cleaning Team Cereal Blend)
2. DJ Nate – Back Up Kid
3. DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad – 4 The Ghetto
4. Random Rick Ross Instrumental – Kreayshawn Can Get Tha D
5. DJ Deeon – Pussy, Weed, Alcohol
6. Clicks and Whistles – Grey Goose, Cranberry Juice (Distal Remix)
7. DJ Spinn x Gucci Mane – LOL @ Yr Chain (Ayi Cleaning Team Stupid Chain Version)
8. Chrissy Murderbot – Break You Off
9. DJ Nate – Free
10. Interview with unprepared local journalists part 1 – Get Dat $20 (Field Recording)

Chapter 2 – Fuck love, let me bang in this club

1. Dj Caution – Love Bang Moombah Intro
2. The Finger Prince – Beau (Neki Stranac Moombahton Edit)
3. Sabo – Toca Pra Moombahton
4. Dj Ammo – Westside (Dillon Francis Moombahton Edit)
5. Equinox – Nanoscona Moombahton
6. Dj Caution feat Busta Rhymes – Hit Cha Wit Da Juan Too (Tear the Roof Off Moombahton Remix)
7. Dillon Francis & Diplo feat Maluca – Que Que
8. Datsik – Firepower (Munchi Moombahcore Remix)
9. J-Trick – Ese Papi (Original Mix)
10. Nerd Rage & Sluggo – El Cuco
11. Doctor P – Sweet Shop (MM2 Heartbreak’s Moombahcore Remix)
12. EatEmUp & Sluggo – OMFG
13. Heartbreak -  Emalkay (When I Look at You) (Heartbreak’s I Love Moombahcore Remix)
14. Interview with unprepared local journalists part 2 – Zhou Mama???? (Field Recording)

Chapter 3 – …Still wanna bang, let’s go back to the crib

1. Crime Mob x Lunice – Nuck Dem Bricks, Ho (Heatwolves & Caution Starfox Blend)
2. Redhino – Bare Blips
3. J.O.H. – J.O.H. Is a 10 (Remix of The Dream)
4. Ciara x Kingdom x Girl Unit – Ride It Every Time
5. Moments In Heartbreak (LOL Boys Edit; sorry we stole this from a mixtape please release this track it’s ill)
6. Hebe – Love (Caution & Heatwolves’ Grasshopper Swamp Remix)
7. Jerimiah – Birthday Sex (Hovatron Remix)
8. Ghost Town DJ’s – My Boo (Balam Acab Remix)
9. Interview with unprepared local journalists part 3 – The black man and our mixtape hustle (Field Recording)

Love Bang #10 Mixtape Dj Caution vs. Heatwolves by HeatWolves

Peep that then come out to the shows this weekend.. i got all kinds of crazy shit to dance to.

and another track I keep coming back to over the past few months. really feeling most of what Dark Sky produces -you will feel this kind of bass plus neon clouds just around sunset if you’re anywhere near the bund on saturday night.

and i’m playing psychedelic rock, soul, r&b, hip hop, and dubstep (late late) at this dada affair. lots of vinyl. much better choice than blacking out at 88 or one of the few other alternatives on a sunday night when half the town is gone and you don’t need to work in the morning.

Dark Sky – Leave

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BLACK RABBIT (we is in Beijing)

BURRRRRRR.

hope i don’t miss my flight…

this Optimo mix is helping me pack. of of my favorite mixes of recent years…i’m gonna leave this up for one day. they are playing in Shanghai on Sunday at Black Rabbit. literally some of the best DJs ever.

fucking ever, mang.

Optimo – Fabric Mix

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New Ceezy Mixtape! Playing this Saturday at Dada…

Doing a party at Dada this Saturday with fellow Otakrew member Ceezy. He’s one of the busiest producers in Shanghai, with an output eclipsed by only The Acid Pony club, but they don’t sleep.

Like in his previous mixtape, the 22 year-old Shanghainese-native takes you on a journey, this time through soul, funk, and hip hop. Just in time for summer’s sunset. It’s short, but the track selection is fire, with a great Ceezy tune at the end.

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Ceezy – Hungry Ghost Mixtape Series #1 (download)

Tracklist:

01. One Night Affair – Jerry Butler
02. Winners Together Or Losers Apart – George & Gwen Mccrae
03. Wax and Vane – Dorothy Ashby
04. Substream – Kyoto Jazz Massive
05. Date With The Rain – Frankie Gee
06. I’m a Good Woman – Barbara Lynn
07. 100 Days, 100 Nights – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
08. Mad About The Boy – Dinah Washington
09. This Thing – D’Nell
10. Just Do It (feat. Awon & Tif The Gift) – SoulChef
11. Desperado – Beat Demons
12. Do Not Break Your Promise – Ceezy

For dozens of original tracks, check out his site.

We’re also playing together in Beijing on Sept 17th, along with DJ Cavia and LOTS of other big artists at the Black Rabbit Music Festival. Stay tuned for more info on that.