It is no easy task to DJ for other people. Imagine going to work at your job and every five minutes some complete stranger walks up to you to tell you how they think you should do your job. Because, at their core, most DJ’s aren’t interested in being your personal jukebox. They don’t want to play the new Britney Spears for you, they want to play things you’ve never heard before and make you freak out on them.
This is not an easy task because most people don’t want to hear music they don’t already recognize, let alone try and dance to it. They want to hear the same top 40 crap the radio shits out every day. I don’t think I’ll ever understand this, but thats just me.
But one group that manages to play a lot of obscure old tracks and actually make them feel accessible is Psychmagik. I worship at the alter of these guys and every remix, re-edit or mix they put out is pure gold…as the remix they did of Fleetwood Mac above can testify to. Also check out their “Blackout ’77 Mix” below. This is some top notch ear food here.
There is also this little gem of a two hour mix called “Sunrise” that they dropped the other week. Pure magic! Download it over at Test Pressing HERE. Below you’ll also find their amazing remix of Tony Joe White, who you may recall also rocks.
Or this little psychedelic beat heavy number:
If these tracks don’t hook you then I can’t be of any more assistance today. Good day.
I am constantly amazed at what can be found on the internet for free. Free maps, free information, free pictures…free porn. But my all time favorite is the amount of free music you can find with a simple click of the mouse, and one of my favorite places to do this is over at Resident Advisor.
Founded in 2001 as a site to cover the Australian dance music scene, it quickly outgrew it’s regional focus within a year and began a more global focus on electronic music from all over. The site is full of all kinds of articles, reviews, information, DJ charts, upcoming event listings, tickets and most notably podcasts.
(Note: try googling podcasts sometime. You’ll find all kinds of stuff)
It’s the podcasts that really set RA apart from other music sites because they get some of the best and brightest musicians, DJs and producers to make mixes for them every week. and if you sign up with them, you get em all for free. I know what you’re thinking. Another site that wants my info…blah blah blah. They’ll send me emails, and spam and everything will suck.
True…maybe. But that’s why you open a separate email account just for these purposes, because the music is worth it.
Previous podcast mixes of note came from such luminaries as Greg Wilson, DJ Harvey, Trus’me, The Orb, Todd Terje and Richie Hawtin. But aside from the guys you know and love, you’ll discover a slew of names and styles you may never have heard of. There’s also a Soundcloud page where it appears they are posting mixes of their monthly picks.
Here is one of my favorite mixes from 2008 from Aeroplane, which still gets played in my car from time to time. Download em, check em out…and then head over to RA for more.