Credit Crunch Minimix

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To try and lift everyone’s spirits I’ve put together a little (30min) mix of uplifting feel-good tracks to see if I can raise the mood of the internet. It’s a mix of styles from soul / mashups / hiphop / drum and bass / other so there’s something to suit some people in there.

Tracklist and download link at iainmixedit.tumblr.com or via the iTunes podcast.

I Have A Podcast – Plus A New Mix

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My (ir)regular mixes are now available as a podcast through iTunes. Hooray.

And as an incentive to go and visit there’s a brand new mix up there today.

Tracklist:

  1. Hide and Seek – Imogen Heap
  2. Roter Platz (Original Mix) – Burger, Voigt
  3. (This Is) The Dream of Evan and Chan (Superpitcher Kompakt Remix) – Dntel
  4. Cruise Control – Martin Buttrich
  5. Headphone Silence (Henrik Schwarz Remix / DF Noizy Edit) – Ane Brun
  6. Rock Saga – The Rice Twins
  7. Come Into My Life – Jurgen Paape Feat Alison Degbe
  8. The Feeling – Toby Tobias
  9. New Day – Kate Havnevik
  10. On My Own – Ulrich Schnauss
  11. The Sky Was Pink (Holden Mix) – Nathan Fake
  12. Man With The Red Face – Mark Knight, Funkagenda
  13. Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan Pearson Remix) – Cortney Tidwell
  14. Killing for Love (Beatfanatic Remix) РJos̩ Gonzalez

Enjoy.

I Had To Have This Album

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Because the idea of Galaxy Toobin’ is well good the Galaxy Toobin’ Gang’s album jumped out of the Boomkat newsletter at me.

Then I read the description:

“The cold and beautiful synths of Galaxy Toobin’ Gang are transmitted through the same feeric wave-spaces as those of Laurie Spiegel, Terry Riley or Tangerine Dream and convey perfectly the sensation of simultaneous wonder and alienation that the members of the Peabody expedition must have felt when flying between the abnormally regular shapes of a monstrous mountain range hidden deep into the heart of a eternal screaming whiteness. Galaxy Toobin’ Gang’s debut album is a truly timeless sounding piece of work created by Elliot Lip and Speculator.”

Then I bought it.

Then I listened to it.

And it was awesome.

If you’d like to buy it too – or sample some of the tracks – Head to Boomkat.

Nice Music Player / Widget / Affiliate Scheme

I like this a lot.

If you’re browsing music on DJdownload.com you can choose to share the stuff you’re listening to (or buying, or thinking of buying). Which then creates a really nice player / widget that you can embed.

A few things that I really like:

  1. The whole setup process is incredibly simple, quick and easy.
  2. The ‘needle drop’ function that lets you check out different bits of the track is very quick and also lets you visually see where the drops and things are so you can quickly get a sense of the dynamics of the track (a few other sites have got similar things to this – but I really like this implementation).
  3. if you were so inclined you can use this as a way of making money through affiliate deals. Note: I haven’t set this up (yet) so you can buy any of these tracks without lining my pockets ;-)

A New Summer Mix – This One’s A Bit of A Banger

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I’m going to stop putting my music mixes directly on Crackunit. For a few reasons. Paranoia being one. DJ mixes have always been a grey area in terms of licensing, etc. So I’m just going to tidy them over to somewhere else, just to be on the safe side. I’d hate my blog to get compromised in some way because of sharing my musical stuff. I have good reason to be paranoid about this stuff – maybe I’ll share the story another time.

I’ll still ‘point to’ mixes from here. But they’re now on a totally separate site.

If you want to listen to or download my latest mix (or just look at the tracklist) you can head over to: http://iainmixedit.tumblr.com/

It’s perhaps a bit more ‘upfront’ than some of the stuff I normally play. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing…

YouTube and Music

An odd thing happened to me on Saturday night. I was playing some music through the stereo via my laptop. Sophie started humming a tune that she wanted to hear and I thought I could recognise what it was. So I tried to find the track.

But instead of heading for the laptop I picked up my iPhone, and instead of going into iTunes I clicked on YouTube and searched for the video there. Within 5 seconds the track was playing.

I didn’t even think about what I was doing. It was a total autopilot first-reaction move.

But once I’d done it I thought about what had just happened.

I knew I had the track in my iTunes on my computer.

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I also knew I had the track on vinyl in the loft (in a box).

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And I knew I could probably find a version of it on Last.fm or some other music site.

Jam & Spoon 2013 Stella 2013 Listen free at Last.fm

But I instinctively knew that I’d find a full version of the track quickly and have it playing in seconds via YouTube, and by using my iPhone not my laptop I wouldn’t disturb what was playing. So that’s what I did.

Of course it’s not going to keep an audiophile happy. But I thought it was interesting that in the same way that IMDB is my goto for film YouTube has oddly become my goto for music (in that situation at least).

I just did it again with this amazing track (The Wanderer by Romanthony). I went straight to YouTube and nailed it. Then when I checked afterwards I couldn’t find a full version of it on Last.fm. And that’s what reminded me to write about it:

Anyone else finding themselves doing that, or is it just me?

Fleshmap – Body Parts in Music

This site’s got some brilliant visualisations of how often various body parts are mentioned in different genres of music.

Fleshmap: Listen: Music

Once you’re there you can drill down into the various genres and see what’s occurring.

Fleshmap: Listen: Hip Hop
Fleshmap: Listen: Electronica

Which is nice. But the best bit is that there’s a great feature where you can create a Rebus by copying and pasting bits of text into the box and the application pulls out the mentions of body parts and turns them into graphics.

I thought I’d give it a go, so I turned to one of my favourite artists – Craig David. And used his lyrics to create a couple of rebuses for myself. You can see the diversity of emotions that Craig deals with in his songs below.

From the romantic ‘face based’ soulful R&B of Rendezvous:

Fleshmap: Listen: Interactive Body Rebus

To the much more posterior focused “Booty Man”:

Fleshmap: Listen: Interactive Body Rebus

Simple but effective.

Musical Madness – Kidda – Under The Sun Remix

Sorry, I know it’s been a few musicy posts in a row. But I had to share this. It’s perhaps the most bonkers track I’ve heard recently. It’s hard to describe its genre, it’s basically like speeded up funk / soul, meets happy hardcore, meets electro-house, whatever it’s just totally out there. I’m sure if I had a heart condition it’d do me no good at all. Don’t miss the slurring pianos at the end, it’s all very messy.

If you’ve not had enough, they’ve got the MP3 at Trackitdown.net

You might also recognise the track because an edit of the original was used in this Bacardi ad.

I’ve got a couple of older Kidda records on Catskills and I’m a big fan.

Bomb the Bass Butterfingers Video

I love this completely and utterly.

The track is amazing and the video is wonderfully simple…

It’s Butterfingers by Bomb the Bass (featuring Fujiya & Miyagi). There’s a high quality quicktime version here with much better audio.

10 Things I Love About Blip.fm

I said I was going to write a megapost on Blip.fm. Here it is.

Here’s what Blip say you get out of it on their homepage:

Blip.fm | What are you listening to?

And so far it’s really working for me.

If you like the sound of it join up here:
http://blip.fm/invite/iaintait

It’s not perfect. The more I’ve played with it the more I’ve noticed little things that could be improved (I’ve listed them at the bottom). But you can tell the guys are working on constantly improving the app. And they’re taking user feedback splendidly well. Which is my first big tick.

10 Things I Love About Blip.fm can be read below (I’ve had to put it on another page or people’s mouse-wheels would wear out on the homepage).

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