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SXSW Mix-Tape – Benzi x Black Cards x Moodswing x Karmaloop

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The 2012 SXSW has come to an end. I’ve heard nothing but great things at this year’s festival/conference. So to celebrate it.. and hopefully one day I’ll get to attend this. I’m posting a special mixtape that is SXSW themed – produced by DJ Benzi himself.  This is probably my third time posting his mixes as they’re always great to listen when you need one long track to pre-drink to. Checkout the tracklist.. how can you NOT give this a listen?!

BENZI & BLACK CARDS | Moodswing x Karmaloop SXSW Mixtape by BENZI

Tracklist:

01 | Laidback Luke, Arno Cost & Norman Doray “Trilogy (GTA Remix)”
02 | David Guetta & Sia “Wild Ones (Basto Remix)”
03 | Afrojack & Shermanology “Can’t Stop Me (Benzi Edit)”
04 | LMFAO “Sorry For Party Rocking (Diggz Trolled Out Edit)”
05 | Gotye “Somebody That I Used To Know (Hyper Crush Remix)”
06 | Steve Aoki, Chiddy, & Lil Jon “Emergency (Clockwork Remix)”
07 | The Cataracs “Synthesizer”
08 | Iggy Azalea “PU$$Y (Jason Smith Remix)” [DOWNLOAD]
09 | Martin Solveig “Night Out (A-Trak Remix)”
10 | Bailey Smalls “Baby, I Love You” (Get Right Records)
11 | Ingrosso & Alesso “Hands Free Calling (Benzi & Spryte Remix)”
12 | Clinton Sparks & Pitbull “Watch You”
13 | Skeet Skeet “Stand Again”
14 | Dev & Timbaland “Don’t Hurt”
15 | Das Racist “Booty In The Air”
16 | Hyper Crush “Chead”
17 | Willy Joy “I’m Losing You” (Get Right Records)
18 | Dillon Francis & Kill The Noise “Dil The Noise”
19 | Mike Posner “Looks Like Sex (Aylen & Drunkmaster Flex Remix)”
20 | Diplo “Set It Off”
21 | Codes “World Rulin”
22 | Wolfgang Gartner & Bob Marley “The Way The Sun Is Shining”
23 | Example “Changed The Way You Kissed Me (Black Cards Remix)”
24 | Iggy Azalea “My World (Bailey Smalls Remix)”
25 | Siver Medallion & DStar “Stars” (Get Right Records)
26 | The Partysquad & Alvaro “Wataah (Black Cards Remix)”
27 | Sofi & Skrillex “Bring Out The Devil (Enferno Remix)”
28 | Schoolboy Q & A$AP Rocky “Hands On The Wheel”
29 | Donnis “Hello Kitty”
30 | Mike Posner “Chameleon (Prod. Diplo)”
31 | W.E.E.D. (Shwayze & Sky Blu) “Summertime”
32 | Nina Sky “Day Dreaming”
33 | Adele “Set Fire To The Rain (AYB & That Momemt Remix)”
34 | Zak Waters “Fadeaway”
35 | Solidisco “Hooked (Boson Remix)” (Get Right Records)

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Favourite Albums of 2011

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I must start off by saying I was rather disappointed with my personal selection of my favourite albums of 2011. In my opinion I felt that this year for music went through a huge wave of different trends and hits. And those trends were both good and bad. Obviously, it is pretty much impossible for me to listen to every genre that there is out there, so I try my best to listen to everything I can.. when I can.

Some of the great things that happened this year was the success of many producers and DJ’s that had finally gotten the recognition they deserved. And the way that live music can be experienced at any where and at anytime. With the help of websites such as Turntable.FM and Boiler Room, more and more fans have the opportunity to hear and see what their favourite DJ’s/producers are playing at live shows. Another great event that happened throughout this year is the press and documentation of music trends and collaboration. Earlier this year we saw the release of The Electro Wars - a documentary focused on how the online music world has evolved as a genre and as well as the business side of it. And just a couple of weeks ago we saw the interview clips for the upcoming film Re:Generation The Music Project featuring various collaborations between artists of different genres.

I feel that the downside to this year’s music was how certain genres exploded onto the mainstream group and the creativity of some genres such as Dubstep is no longer what it was. I’ve read several of articles on the history behind it, and I’ve seen this genre from when it just hit the North American music scene. Now, producers such as Skrillex are selling out shows as much as any other popular musicians on the top 40′s chart. Music is music, but I feel that some people are just throwing stuff on top of other music samples and labeling it ‘X genre’… when in reality it’s pure junk.

Overall, I’m not TOO upset about these albums, but I wish I had more time this year to listen to what other musicians had to offer through an album… and not just singles and remixes.

10. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto

I’m sure many Coldplay fans would agree that this album felt a bit forced, as in it wasn’t what the band wanted as a group naturally. It felt that Mylo Xyloto was pushed by the band’s record label to just produce another album.

9. Lady Gaga – Born This Way

Despite her massive success in the past three years, I must say I was SUPER disappointed in this album. Yes there were several great tracks, but the whole album just made no sense as a concept. It sounded like one big messy mixtape inspired from different musical eras.

8. Adele – 21

Adele has put so much passion onto every single, it’s definitely a beautiful album to listen to when things isn’t just going right. I’m sure the millions of fans who bought her album would agree.

7. The Strokes – Angles

Some great tracks on Angles but there were many other singles that made me wonder how they managed to put this album together. This album’s sound is definitely a bit different compared to their older albums.

6. Frank Ocean – Nostalgia/Ultra

This whole album is just purely beautiful. From singing about Coachella to sampling Coldplay and MGMT. This 24 year old has already earned writing credits from John Legend, Beyonce and even Justin Beiber. You’ve probably seen Frank Ocean in Odd Future, but this mixtape is completely different from what he might sound like when he’s with Tyler, The Creator. Definitely a must listen if you haven’t had the chance to check it out. Ocean is listed as one of the top musicians to look out for in 2012.

5. Theophilus London – Timez Are Weird These Days

LISTEN TO: All Around The World, Stop It, Wine and Chocolate

 

I was absolutely a huge fan of Theophilus London in 2010 and finally he released a full-length album this year. I couldn’t get enough of it. He got even more recognition because of HTMIIA (RIP) as his single “I Stand Alone” was featured in one of their promotional trailers. Theophilus London will stop by Toronto on February 17th at Wrongbar.

4. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne

LISTEN TO: No Church In The Wild (feat. Frank Ocean), Lift Off (feat. Beyonce), Why I Love You (feat. Mr. Hudson)

I must admit, when I first heard this album I was kind of disappointed…but it was definitely one of those albums that grew on me throughout the months of listening to it at parties, events and just when I needed some sort of ‘hype’. Musically, they had great collaborations and major sampling from various electronic/dubstep artists such as Cassius (‘Why I Love You’) and Flux Pavillion (‘Who Gon Stop Me’). I guess when two major hip-hop artist collaborate.. it won’t be a let down.

3. Kaskade – Fire & Ice

LISTEN TO: Turn It Down, Ice (feat. Dan Black), Room for Happiness (feat. Skylar Grey)

I have always been a huge fan of Kaskade, he is one of the producers who have been working endlessly on this genre from the beginning. And because of the recent trends in Electro he’s finally getting huge recognition by everyone. I definitely loved the collaborations in Fire & Ice, mainly because most of the guest vocalists are still up and coming musicians who need this great exposure. Check this album and his previous ones to see where I’m coming from.

2. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming

LISTEN TO: Intro (feat. Zola Jesus), New Map, Claudia Lewis

Absolutely speechless. M83 had surprised me. I heard Midnight City and my first impression was “just another one hit wonder”. It wasn’t until I checked out the entire album and was 100% blown away by it. From the short instrumental tracks to the big band sounding singles with synths and sax, it’s one of those inspirational albums that makes you appreciate music in a whole different level. Anthony Gonzalez mentioned many times in his interviews that Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness by The Smashing Pumpkins played a huge role in the sound of Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming. It’s great to hear inspirations from 90s’ bands mixed into the current trends of music. I have so much more respect for a band like M83 because this two disc, 22 track, hour long album had the ability to make anyone feel a mix of various emotions by simply just listening.

1. Foster the People – Torches

LISTEN TO: Houdini, Waste

Foster the People has become one of those bands that blew up in the span of less than a year. I remember listening to their single ‘Pumped Up Kicks’ in an Entourage episode back in 2010. And it wasn’t until the summer of 2011 that they hit the radio waves with that same song. Now they’re selling out shows across the globe and despite their popularity, they did earn it no matter what. They are the perfect example of how successful bands can become with the help of music blogs/aggregators and music supervisors. Most of their success came through sending their EP to music licensing companies to air on television shows. And because of more hype from blogs, it instantly led them to a record deal. FTP has only been together for two years, so I hope their next album won’t be a let down.

Honorable Mentions:

Metronomy – The English Riviera

Feist – Metals

Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix

- Constance

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Mash-Up Mondays: Divide & Kreate, DJs From Mars, Mash-Up Germany

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I haven’t done a Mash-Up Monday post in a while, and my apologies for that. This blog basically started because of my love for mash-ups and I know a lot of people are getting into this genre because of great mixes from DJ Earworm, Girl Talk, Super Mash Bros, Madeon. And this year Mash-Up Germany finally got the acknowledgement he deserved with his Top of the Pops 2011 mash-up. I’ve been a huge fan of all these producers from the beginning, and it’s great to see when other people discover them.

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Divide & Kreate – Save The Streets (U2 vs. Swedish House Mafia)

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DJs From Mars – Where Dem Levels At (Avicii vs. David Guetta vs. DJs From Mars)

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Mashup-Germany – Who Knew Someone Like You… (Adele vs. Pink vs. 4 Non Blondes vs. Ben E. King vs. Snow Patrol vs. Lady Gaga vs. Whitney Houston)

- Constance

Mash-Up Mondays

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Another week begins with a fresh batch of mash-ups.

The White Panda – Hell Neva Eva

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The White Panda – Teach Me How To Funk

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D.veloped – Throw Some D’s On That Blink

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Beautiful Girls vs. Nothin’ On You vs. Kids – Beautiful Kids (Friendly Giant Mashup)

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Divide and Kreate – Crazy in the Deep

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Remix Fridays

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Lots of good remixes this week, I compiled a bunch of singles that were just released recently.

Thrice – Broken Lungs (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)
By Adventure Club Dubstep

Lady Gaga – Born This Way (The SoniXx Dubstep Remix)
By The SoniXx

Chris Brown ft. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes – Look At Me Now (Dillon Francis Remix)
By DILLONFRANCIS

Chris Brown ft. Benny Benassi – Beautiful People (Disco Fries Remix)
By DiscoFriesMusic

Hyper Crush – Kick Us Out (DJ Frank E Remix)

Adele – Rolling in the Deep (feat. John Legend) [Jason Smith Blend]

Mash-Up Mondays

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I hate Mondays, but you gotta admit you will never get sick of Mash-Ups. Here some tracks that I’ve been sent and cannot get enough of.

Norwegian Recycling – Lights
Kanye West feat. Rihanna – All Of The Lights
Baby Bash feat. T-Pain – Cyclone
Blink 182 – All The Small Things
Britney Spears – Hold It Against Me
Foo Fighters – Learn To Fly
Chris Brown – Yeah 3x
Lady Gaga – Paparazzi
Modjo – Lady
Muse – Starlight
Pendulum – The Island
Rihanna feat. Slash – Rockstar
The Killers – Mr. Brightside

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Marc Johnce – The Power Of Rolling Along (Till The World Ends)
The Pet Shop Boys – Did You See Me Coming
Britney Spears – Till The World Ends
Adele – Rolling In The Deep
Huey Lewis & The News – The Power Of Love
The All-American Rejects – Move Along
The Bloodhound Gang – Bad Touch
Rihanna ft. David Guetta – Who’s That Chick

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Marc Johnce – I Want All Girls (Who Run The World)
Christina Aguilera – You Lost Me (Hex Hector Mac Quayle Remix)
Kat Graham – I Want It All
Beyoncé – Girls (Who Run The World)
Madonna – Get Together
Katy Perry – Pearl
Dev ft. The Cataracs – Bass Down Low

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M.I.A. vs. Far East Movement vs. Martin Solveig – Hello Paper G6

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Titus Jones – Hold Your Sexy Arms Against Me (Britney Spears vs. Cutting Crew vs. Pink vs. David Guetta feat. Akon vs. Taylor Swift)

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