Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Seven From Stevie - # 2

This is the second in a series of articles featuring 7 top dance tracks spun by StevieMix. You can hear some of my mixes on Soundcloud at http://soundcloud.com/steviemix and see more at my web site: http://www.steviemix.com .

To give you a flavor of these bangin' tracks, see the Seven From Stevie list below. Check your favorite music site for buying and downloading these tracks. You can listen every Friday from 9-10 PM, US Central Time, at KRUU Live!


# 1 N E Way
Artist Ali B & Nick Thayer
Genre Funk
  N E Way by Ali B & Nick Thayer is a track that consistently shakes the dance floor. This awesome funk beat with various builds in the song make it irresistible. They should use this song to test people’s health instead of taking their pulse. If they start to move, you know their heart is beating.
Listen N E Way - Ali B & Nick Thayer

 

# 2 Tear You Down
Artist Brookes Brothers
Genre Drum & Bass
 
Tear You Down by the Brookes Brothers is a hugely popular Drum & Bass (DnB or D & B) track which samples Gladys Knight and the Pips “If I Were Your Woman.” It’s a great example of DnB producers mixing lower key vocals with the intensity of DnB beats. Drum & Bass is a genre which uses variations of a 6 second sample from the 1960’s Winstons “Amen Break.” This is a breakbeat which is when a song takes a breather and drops down to some exciting percussion. There is a whole separate genre of dance breakbeats which I plan to cover in a later post. The drum solo performed by G.C. Coleman is one of the most widely sampled songs used in electronic music. It is also used in hip-hop and other genres. DJ Afrika Bambaataa describes the breakbeat as, "that certain part of the record that everybody waits for--they just let their inner self go and get wild." DnB uses very high speed beats, typically around 160-180 beats per minute (BPM). This is about one and half times faster than house music and twice as fast as hip-hop beats. I sometimes like to mix DnB with hip-hop where every second beat in the DnB track is matched with every beat in the hip-hop track. There are clubs devoted to DnB and there are a great number of DnB remixes of popular songs. In Google, type the name of your favorite song and then "DnB remix" after the name to see if there is a remix you might like.
Listen Tear You Down by Brookes Brothers

 

# 3 Groove Is In the Girls
Artist Dunproofin’ remix of Deee-Lite and The Prodigy
Genre Mashup
  “Groove Is In the Girls” by Dunproofin’ mashes up Deee-Lite’s "Groove Is in the Heart" with The Prodigy’s "Girls (Rex & The Dog Mix)." The song uses "Girls" to supply the primary beat and overlays "Groove Is in the Heart" to give a new take on Deee-Lite’s classic ‘90s hit. If you listen to these two original songs individually, the mashup makes even more sense. While mashups are really popular on the dance floor and represent an art in itself, they are not always popular with original artists and labels because of licensing issues. In some cases, they will support the mashup because it gives them additional exposure and can lead to more sales of their original songs. This is not always the case but the licensing costs for mashing up multiple songs will often outweigh the money that can be made from selling the mashup. It would be great if there were licensing models that made the mashup financially viable for everyone involved.
Listen Groove Is In The Girls [Dunproofin']

 

# 4 Rock 'n' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)
Artist Skrillex
Genre Dubstep
  “Rock 'n' Roll (Will Take You to the Mountain)” by Skrillex is a dubstep track. Dubstep is a genre of music that has gained popularity in the last few years and has very intense drum, bass, synth and effects components. Skrillex is one of the few dubstep artists to achieve mainstream success. The sound at 2:22 in my opinion is what makes a dubstep song dubstep even though dubstep contains many other electronic elements. Wobble bass is fundamentally a bass line modified with an oscillating effect and is used often in dubstep and ghetto funk (see next track below). In addition to completely original dubstep tracks, there are many dubstep remixes of well know music. Skrillex has a number of songs in iTunes’ top 100 dance tracks. I wonder if this is because they include other elements that are less intense than the dubstep elements and give the listener some contrast and occasional relief from the intensity. Most dubstep tracks I listen too are more consistently intense with more frequent dubstep elements and may have a narrower audience because of it.
Listen ROCK N' ROLL (WILL TAKE YOU TO THE MOUNTAIN) by Skrillex

 

# 5 Nutbush City Limits
Artist Ike & Tina Turner remixed by The Ghetto Funk Allstars
Genre Ghetto Funk
  “Nutbush City Limits” is a Ghetto Funk track (read last issue’s discussion of Ghetto Funk here) by the Ghetto Funk Allstars that remixes and slows down the Ike & Tina Turner original while adding lots of effects and wobble. I am so used to remixers speeding up classic tracks that its cool to hear when they're slowed down for a change.
Listen Nutbush City Limits

 

# 6 Slap That Bass (Miguel Migs Petalpusher Remix)
Artist Ella Fitzgerald and Miguel Migs
Genre Deep House
  “Slap That Bass (Miguel Migs Petalpusher Remix)” remixes the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald in a Deep House version of the 1959 song. Deep House uses a very regular 4/4 house beat superimposed over more complex jazz/funk sounds. These tracks often use vocal elements like Ella’s to give them a special feel. Miguel Migs is one of the top deep house artists. This remix from the Verve Remixed 2 album preserves Ella’s vocals and makes it sound both similar to and very different from the original. Typically, Deep House is a little more mellow than dance tracks played in most clubs. I like to use it in the warm up or cool down part of the night. It also works well when you want to just have an easy, more mellow dance night. It tends to be more polished and suits a slightly older audience than what’s found in most clubs.
Listen

 

# 7 Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Remix)
Artist Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Genre Alternative
  Halloween is coming up and while I play many of the usual Halloween classics and remixes/mashups of classics like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” this track is a newer addition to your Halloween repertoire. It is “Heads Will Roll” by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and is mixed by A-Track, a well known remixer.
Listen Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Heads Will Roll (A-Track Remix)

 

Video Bonus Track

This issue’s Video bonus track is DJ Earworm’s mashup of the Top 25 Billboard hits from 2009. DJ Earworm has done this mashup the last few years at the end of the year. While the 2010 version and other DJ Earworm annual hit mashup productions are very good, I think this is the best one he’s done. As you can imagine, it’s not so easy to mashup both the audio and video especially with so many songs. What’s unique about these mashups is that the lyrics are mashed up in a way that makes it sound like its own song.  This clearly adds to the difficulty of creating them so they work musically. Much props to DJ Earworm!


This Issue’s DJ Tip

I add samples to mixes for a lot of reasons like spicing up the tracks but most commonly I use them to help with mixing tracks. When you want to mix two tracks that would have clashing vocals, synth or other elements, you often can’t beat match them directly.  This can happen even when fading out the mid and/or bass in one song unless you fade them out to the point where there is little overlap and continuity between the tracks you're mixing. To solve this problem and vastly increase the range of songs I can mix in a beat matched way, I mix out of one song into a sample and then mix from the sample into the second song. I typically use kick drum, percussion (more snare-oriented for hip hop) and bass samples. I will often combine samples to give the sample combination a more full feel rather than just mixing into a bare kick drum sample. I have a snare sample that I will sometimes use in mixes and songs that allows me to add kind of a clap sound. Samples can be purchased but they also can be easily made by extracting a short sample from a song and repeating it.

I use Traktor Pro 2 as my DJ software which has a few important features including 8 sample decks (4 for each main deck) that can be used together with the main track. Each sample can be played as a loop (repeating) or as one shot (just played once). The sample is beat matched with the main deck so I can synch as many as 4 samples with the main song. The technique adds the samples at the mix out point on Deck A and then fades Deck A out while keeping the samples at a good volume. Once the potentially conflicting track in Deck A is low or quiet, I can then start to mix in the Deck B track. What this gives you is a continuous beat and no clash between songs. If you don't have sample decks in your software or you are going off vinyl or CDs without sampling, then you need to add another track in your mixer that can play samples.  This can be done as simply as hooking up an iPod to the mixer's third track or using another turntable, CD or other device.