Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Collected Mashups Vol. 3a: Of Love, Hate and Change

2008 was a watershed in many respects: The mashups of this collection mirror both the anxious global mood before the U.S. elections and the sense of measured optimism that arose afterward, even in the midst of an economic crisis of vast proportions. The long, dark (inter-)national nightmare of the Cheney-Bush regime's reign of terror was finally over. (Unfortunately, though perhaps predictably, the Obama administration has continued, and even expanded, many of the same policies.)

Several of these mashups are overtly and unabashedly political. They range from Eminem's and The Beatles' unintentional (and Reverend Wright's explicit) advocacy of Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton during the primaries ("(W)right America") to the conspiracy theories of Immortal Technique ("Infra-stition"), Jedi Mind Tricks ("Heavy Metal Amour"), and M.I.A. ("Under Paper Planes"), to the full-on partisan endorsement of Obama against McCain/Palin and the unprecedented dirtiness of their campaign ("Change The Hate"). Even one of the 'dance' tracks is infused with politics ("Vino Hip Vino Hop"). I had made political mashes before, but perhaps never with such passion and intensity.

Yet this album also features several non-political tracks expressing, among other things: love (the Bo Diddley Tribute Mixes), optimism ("Just Might Be Big Love," produced after the elections), awareness of death ("6 Feet Under The Bitter End"), rock 'n' roll ("Freaky Undone Hombre"), and just good, clean fun ("Smells Like Futurama" and "Rihanna's Troubled Bees").

Many of these mashups also gave me the opportunity to utilize and juxtapose more diverse sources than previously, including blues, drum & bass, indie, and nu metal. In this collection, I've included a few first versions and alternate mixes. I believe this collection is representative of my work's diversity and is quite a decent album too (hence the cheeky cover). I hope you agree. Enjoy! Love, not-I

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.zip file, 163 MB, 19 tracks, high-quality mp3s
package includes artwork and notes


1.    Smells Like Futurama (Nirvana vs. Futurama)
2.    Who Do You Love (In The Night) (Bo Diddley vs. Eagles Of Death Metal)
3.    Freaky Undone Hombre (M.I.A. vs. KoRn)
4.    Heavy Metal Amour (Jedi Mind Tricks & Ill Bill vs. Rachid Taha)
5.    (W)right America (Eminem vs. The Beatles vs. Optical)
6.    Vino Hip Vino Hop (Dead Prez vs. Eastenders)
7.    Rihanna's Troubled Bees (Rihanna vs. Chris T-T vs. Shampoo)
8.    6 Feet Under The Bitter End (Placebo vs. Thomas Newman/Photek)
9.    You Can't Judge A Boom Sumting (Bo Diddley vs. DJ Vadim)
10.  Under Paper Planes (M.I.A. vs. Cléan)
11.  Infra-stition (Immortal Technique & Busta Rhymes vs. Stevie Wonder vs.
12.  Change The Hate (Jill Scott vs. Rage Against The Machine vs. Talib Kweli)
13.  Just Might Be Big Love! (Lupe Fiasco & Gemini vs. Fleetwood Mac)
14.  No One's Lockdown (Original Mix)
15.  (W)right America (Original Version)
16.  6 Feet Under The Bitter End (Original Version)
17.  Infra-stition (Demo Version)
18.  Just Might Be Big Love (Demo Version)
19.  Change The Hate (Single Edit)

Full list of sources in mp3 tags.

Mashed, mixed and produced by DJ not-I @ Mexikotrax, 2008
For promotional use only.

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.zip file, 163 MB, 19 tracks, high-quality mp3s, artwork and notes


Monday, October 21, 2013

Collected Mashups Vol. 2c: El Álbum Latino

This collection consists of single versions of all the mashups featured on not-i-podcast-02: la edición latina as well as a few Latin-themed bonus tracks. It is the last installment in Collected Mashups Vol. 2 (those made in 2007).

In accordance with the title and theme, much of the lyrical content is in Spanish, yet these juxtapositions are quite eclectic and roughly half of them mix English-language lyrics with Latin-flavored instrumentals - many of them include both languages. Hence, you don't have to speak Spanish to enjoy this album. In fact, I don't know much Spanish myself, but the highly melodic character of the Latina/Latino vocals featured here (including the reggaeton "rapping") suggested several fascinating combinations, which along with many of the tracks on Vol. 2a, marked my final departure from strictly hip-hop blends into truly melodic mashup territory.

In this collection you will hear top reggaeton artists like Tego Calderón or Voltio sing-song-rapping over jazz and dub reggae as well as Latin singers such as Don Omar, Notch, or Orquídea Negra of L.D.A. soaring over Jean-Michel Jarre and The Police. You will also hear underground rappers J3hst (UK) or The Perceptionists (US) spitting poison over slick-and-smooth-as-silk reggaeton instrumentals as well as Tweet waxing R&B-style over Santana and soul queen Jill Scott testifying over the Latin-heavy drums of Swizz Beatz. There is also a bit of The Simpsons en Español.

Variety is key here, yet regardless of genre, language or style, all of these mashups have a decidedly Latin flavor and, perhaps because of it, all of them are quite danceable. ¡Pásalo bien! Love, DJ not-I.

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.zip file, 92 MB
14 tracks, high-quality mp3s
package includes artwork and liner notes


1.   Mexican Radio (Remix of Wall Of Voodoo feat. Latin Hip-Hop Allstars and
2.   Golden Ride (Beginner's Mind) (Jill Scott vs. Swizz Beatz vs. Thich Nhat
3.   Puerto Rico 67/07 (Frankie Cutlass, Lumidee, Voltio, Joell Ortiz vs. The
      Young-Holt Trio)
4.   Eyez Like The Wind (DJ Vadim & Deuce Eclipse vs. Skream)
5.   Chevere Takeoff (Voltio & Notch vs. RJD2/Jean-Michel Jarre)
6.   El Flow Inside My Head (Peligro & L.D.A. vs. The Police)
7.   Chevere Phlegm (Jeh5t vs. Voltio/Tainy/Mas Flow)
8.   Chico Keep That Fire Burning (Petey Pablo vs. Pitbull vs. The Last Eighth
      vs. The Killergroove Formula)
9.   Call Me La Puesta (Que No, Dicky Ranking & Don Abusivo vs. Tweet vs.
10.  Check It Easy (Fugees vs. Beyonce vs. White Lion vs. Voltio & Slim Thug)
11.  Dame Una Carrere (The Perceptionists vs. Latin Hip-Hop y Mas)
12.  El Robot Telefonico (Robot Boy vs. Wisin Y Yandel & Hector Bambino)
13.  Chillin' Love Dub (Tego Calderón & Don Omar vs. Sly & Robbie)
14.  Manchester Couch Potato (Visionaries vs. DJ Vadim)

Full list of sources in mp3 tags.
Mashed, mixed and produced by DJ not-I @ Mexikotrax, 2007
For promotional use only.

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.zip file, 92 MB, 14 tracks, high-quality mp3s, artwork and liner notes


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Archive Series Vol. IV: not-i-podcast-02 - La Edición Latina/Latin Edition

My second podcast ever, produced in 2007, "la edición latina" pays respects to my (grand-)mother's and my roots with an eclectic blend of Latin American and Latin-influenced music including hip-hop, reggaeton, Chicano rock, and muchos mash-ups* made especially for the show.

Bursting with spicy flavors from Mesoamerica and the Spanish-speaking Caribbean (especially from California, Mexico and Puerto Rico), and seasoned with ingredients from as far afield as New York and London, this sonic fiesta has satisfied diverse musical taste buds over the years and become one of my most popular podcast episodes.

This special edition has been re-rendered into highest-quality VBR mp3s from the original wave file and been cut into individual tracks so you can skip to and replay your favorite tracks. Choose a streaming and/or download option below.

¡Buen provecho! Love, DJ not-I


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(27 tracks, 80 minutes, mp3s @ highest-quality VBR, artwork, liner notes)

*The mashups of mine featured here (and many more) will soon be released as Collected Mashups Vol. 2c: El Álbum Latino.


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Monday, October 14, 2013

Collected Mashups Vol. 2b: The Sohei Album Sampler

The Sōhei Album Sampler - "Hip-Hop Mash Attack." Full of vigor, hip-hop sensibilities, and "fighting spirit" and produced almost entirely from vinyl sources, this was my first attempt at a proper album, which turned out as an EP-length "album sampler." Started in late 2006 and released in January 2007, these songs actually preceded those of Collected Mashups Vol. 2a. I am still quite proud of them. The sampler includes the internet hits: "Fergie Must Go," "Pass The Chunfly," and "Stranglehold Friday".

Originally, I had planned to release an entire CD-length work called The Sōhei Album. Many of the songs I had intended to include were gradually released as singles, though several unreleased tracks in various states of completion still remain on my old hard drive . The Collected Mashups series will eventually feature them as well, perhaps as the last volume.

I offer this long-unavailable EP as Vol. 2b in the series. I hope you enjoy it!

Love, not-I.

8 high-quality mp3s, artwork, notes
30:34, 52 MB, .zip file

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1.  I Gotcha Sûrement (Lupe Fiasco vs. Ez3kiel)
2.  Abacab Warzone (Pete Rock feat. Dead Prez vs. Genesis)
3.  Dhol's What I'm After (Lords of the Underground vs. Asian Dub
4.  Stranglehold Friday (Cool Calm Pete vs. Chops feat. Raekwon vs. Ted
     Nugent vs. Sage Francis)
5.  Pass The Chunfly (People Under The Stairs vs. Voltio/Nesty)
6.  Fergie Must Go (El-P vs. Fergie/Polow the Don vs. The A'z)
7.  Tika Tok Krunk (Ak'sent vs. Skibadee/Crissy Criss)
8.  Cry Hope (Nas vs. Obie Trice/Sicknotes vs. KRS-One)

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