Producers Special

From J Dilla and Premier to Malcom McLaren and Giorgio Moroder, we’ve got a stack load of Cloudcasts that pay homage to many of music’s pioneering producers with mixes from reputable musicians and some from our own expert curators.  We’re bringing you some fine audio content to showcase some of the industry’s most recognised and original producers from the realms of hip hop, jazz, rock, electronic, funk and beyond.

GIORGIO MORODER

DAZED DIGITAL MIX: THE GIORGIO MORODER MASTERCLASS MIXED BY WRIGGLEY SCOTT

Giorgio Moroder’s productions have been sampled, referenced and remixed by the best beatmakers of the last 20 years (think Mobb Deep, J Dilla and DOOM to cite a few). Wriggly Scott takes us on a journey through the supreme musical compositions of one of the true greats of disco and electronic music.

PETE ROCK AND DJ PREMIER

Pete Rock VS Dj Premier

The two best Hip Hop producers ever? Pete Rock and DJ Premier represent the mainstays of 1990s East Coast Hip Hop and have both been massively influential to the genre. From Pete Rock’s work with CL Smooth and Biggie, to Premo’s formidable productions for the likes of Gangstarr and Jay-Z, their sounds have been stamped on some of the best hip hop tracks made. Vinyl Addict pits their wits here with a high-grade mix that showcases the wizardry of two incredible producers.

NILE RODGERS

Nile Rodgers – Mixed By DJ Superix

From his disco beginnings as co-founder of Chic, to his work with the likes of Aretha Frankiln, David Bowie and Madonna, and right through to his recent collaboration with Daft Punk, Nile Rogers has crossed many different musical paths in his career. Southern Hospitality serve up an hour and a half of disco-fused pop from one of the best producers ever.

PRINCE

Osunlade – Tribute to Prince

DJ Osunlade brings his fanatic Prince knowledge to the table and does a fine job of educating us through the sounds one of the most iconic musicians of our time. Funk-guitar riffs, soulful falsetto singing and micro-detailed song production, Prince’s music has transcended genre and generations.

DONALD BYRD

JBoogie – Vintage Diversity: A Tribute to Donald Byrd

From groundbreaking jazz rhythms and funky disco boogie edits, Donald Byrd pioneered soul and jazz genres and inspired a generation of hip hop producers sampling his sounds from the likes of J Dilla, Gangstarr and The Pharycyde. Enjoy this 80 minute mix from Brooklyn Radio’s J Boogie.

ROBERT GLASPER

100% Robert Glasper

A shining light of contemporary jazz, soul and R&B, Robert Glasper is a jazz pianist virtuoso with a natural affinity towards Hip Hop. Adam Kvasnica flicks through the soulful, melodic and expansive jazz stylings of the American.

BURIAL

All Burial Mix

With his dark underground soundscapes formed upon a unique blend of jungle, 2-step and UK garage, Burial has forged a distinguishable sound so recognisable to many. This mix takes us through the catalogue of one of the most definitive and talked about electronic producer’s of recent times.

J DILLA

A Tribute To J Dilla

Producer for the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes and Common, J Dilla has become one of the most lauded hip-hop producers of all time. Dilla’s dynamic and intricate productions have become a driving influence in modern hip hop. The Soul DoJo tributes a musical magician who left behind a timeless body of work which will be played and rediscovered for years to come.

THE NEPTUNES AND TIMBALAND

The Neptunes Vs Timbaland Mix

The Neptunes and Timbaland massively contributed the sounds of many notable hip hop and R&B artists in the late 90’s and 2000, dishing up genre-defying productions for a whole host of major artists. DJ Brain Child plays out their complementary cross-genre styles with a load of notable tracks from the likes of Aaliyah, Missy Elliot and NERD.

RICK RUBIN

Rick Rubin Mixtape

Rick Rubin has been a key figure behind the commercial rise of hip hop. Recognised for his signature rap/metal style Rubin’s productions span an impressive range of artists, from Kanye West and Jay-Z right through to Johnny Cash and Metallica.

KANYE WEST

KANYE WEST MEGA MIXXXX

Even before his debut album Kanye West was making waves with productions for artists like Jay Z and Talib Kweli. Flawless soul samples and intricate production methods have seen Kanye become a major player in the game, and asides an impressive production range on his own material he’s also guest produced records for a variety of artists like Drake, DMX, Lupe Fiasco and Common. Audio 1 dishes up a selection of classic tracks from the most talked about rapper of our era.

FOUR TET

Perfect Four Tet

Kieran Hebdan aka Four Tet is one of those producers with a diverse and cinematic sound to his productions. His music fuses elements of hip hop, electronica, techno and jazz in the most deft of ways, exemplified excellently within this mix by DJ Rich Ears.

NIGEL GODRICH

The Big Medley: Radiohead

Nigel Godrich has been hailed as the ‘sixth member’ of Radiohead having produced everyone of their albums since OK Computer, not to mention producing Thom Yorke’s The Eraser and Yorke’s latest project Atoms For Piece. This mix gives a comprehensive run through of his production work of one of the UKs most coveted bands.

MALCOLM MCLAREN

Malcolm McLaren Tribute Mix

When it comes to music, Premier and Malcom McLaren are two artists you probably wouldn’t ever think to mention in the same breath. The former a Hip Hop legend, the latter a pioneering Punk aficionado. Collating some of McLaren’s career highlights with tracks from himself, the Sex Pistols and Bow Wow, Premo brings his Hip Hop flavour to show-off McLaren’s inspiring punk influence.

HIT-BOY

Digster presents: Produced by Hit-Boy

On a more contemporary tip comes Hit-Boy who’s been a real figurehead in Urban music over the past year or so, most notably for his work on Jay-Z and Kanye West’s smash hit “N****s In Paris,” which dominated charts and sets all over the globe. This 30 minute mix gives a nice insight into the work of a producer very much on the radar of many artists.

Mixcloud + Just Go Music Integration/ Partnership

Andi Durrant on Mixcloud

We’re delighted to announce a great tech partnership with new London-based service Just Go Music. This new integration between the two services gives all you great Cloudcasters some powerful new upload features, including upload scheduling. Andi Durrant has been using the service to upload to his Mixcloud profile, including his latest Capital FM radio shows.

Andi Durrant : Capital FM : Sat 22nd June by Andi Durrant on Mixcloud

On the back of our partnership we caught up with the guys to talk a little about their service and its integration with Mixcloud.

How does your site work?

Our social platform is built for both artists and fans. We have a number of tools to help DJs and curators connect with fans instantly, while fans can use the service to receive updates from their favourite DJs and curators.

How does the integration work?

We have a tool called ‘Power Uploader’ which is a quick solution for DJs and curators to get their DJ sets and radio shows on Mixcloud easily.

How will it benefit our Cloudcaster community?

By scheduling their uploads to Mixcloud your Cloudcasters can create a consistent flow of new radio shows and new mixes at any given time. Cloudcasters can also schedule and post text and links to Facebook and Twitter at once.

How Capital FM’s Andi Durrant used JustGo Music to build his Mixcloud audience

Capital FM’s Andi Durrant has been using the site’s Power Uploader to schedule the uploading of all his weekly shows to Mixcloud, along with scheduling tweets and Facebooks posts to coincide with the shows going out.

“It has ensured a steady stream of new content and has been a great way for me to get my stuff up on Mixcloud. Using Just Go Music I’ve put my last six weekly radio shows onto Mixcloud, something which has definitely help me build my following on Mixcloud’s site.”

With the aid of JustGoMusic’s convenient service our community of Cloudcasters and DJs have an alternative way to build upon their Mixcloud following, which can only be a good thing! So we’re really excited to have JGM on board. Nice one guys, here’s to the future of Cloudcasting.

A Tribute to Daft Punk

In the spirit of Daft Punk’s hyped new album release we’ve put together some Cloudcasts to showcase the influence of their music and to highlight some of the origins of their musical inspirations. As true purveyors of electronic, soulful, disco-fueled and all round dance-inspired beats, here’s a timely reminder to honor Daft Punk’s illustrious career with a selection of mixes that span the wonderful soundscapes of the funky, melancholic French duo. 

Daft punk list on Mixcloud

1. Daft Punk : The Samples – Chris Reed 

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Chris Read serves up an excellent mixtape that lays down some of the duo’s most deftly crafted sample edits.

2. Daft Punk Essential Mix Classic 1997 – Barvz

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One of THE Essential Mixes let alone of 97, vintage Daft Punk showing off their impeccable DJing skills. Slaloming through an eclectic set of 90’s house & Chicago house, this set flows furiously with party vibes.

3. Andi Durrant meets Daft Punk : Human After All – Andi Durrant

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Andi Durrant hosts a rare interview with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo in the build up to Random Access Memories. Nice chat with the tracks to match.

4. Dazed Digital Mix : The Giorgio Moroder Masterclass – Wriggly Scott

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To celebrate their Daft Punk vs Giorgio Moroder feature, Dazed got Wriggly Scott to delve deep into the masterful and pioneering discography of the Italian. An educational and insightful journey.

5. Tron Legacy Soundtrack Mix – Enceladus

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Out of interest to hear a continuation of the Tron Legacy soundtrack, Enceladus created this 30 minute mix that collates the cinematic soundscapes of Daft Punk’s Tron offering.

6. Tribute to Daft Punk – Arturs Mednis

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Daft Punk are renowned kingpins for their sampling and looping methods and this mix illuminates the ingenuity of their music with an extensive run-through of some of the key tracks they sampled.

7. The Gold and the Silver Dream (1971-1982) A Tribute to Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’ – Musicophilia

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The sonic sounds from 1972-1982 that inspired the creation of Random Access Memories mixed by Soundslike for the Musicophilia blog.

8. All Daft  – CEDE

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Nearly 2 hours of Daft Punk mixed together for your listening pleasure!

Red Bull Thre3style US Winner: Trentino

Trentino on Mixcloud

 Red Bull Thre3style is one of the biggest DJ competitions out there so it’s great to be working alongside them in bringing you up-to-scratch with the freshest talent circulating the globe. With just 15 minutes to play whatever they like, DJs are asked to mix at least three genres of music to show off a combination of technical prowess and musical know-how. It doesn’t matter if you’re mixing Skrillex with Kate Bush, so long as the DJ can make them work, bring the party vibes and thrill a dance-floor then that’s what really counts.

Now in its fourth year, Red Bull have upped the ante with challenges taking place in more than 20 different countries around the globe. From a series of qualifiers and a national final, champions from each country go on to compete for the ultimate global prize at a grand final. You can check out the variety of mixes exclusively on Mixcloud here:
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This years final takes place in Toronto, Canada, and as DJs continue to be selected from around the world we thought it would be a good idea to hook up with 2013 US winner Trentino to talk a little about his Red Bull Thre3style journey…

Congratulations on being crowned the Red Bull Thre3style 2013 US Champ! For those who don’t know, this comp is as much about getting the crowd going as it is about a DJ’s technical ability, so what can you tell us about your winning mix and how did it go down with the crowd?

It’s taken several years for everyone to figure out what makes a great Thre3style set. The most important thing is the transitions; you have to do tone play and word play. You also need to have some disses to your competition. Also, you don’t have to be the best turntablist or controllerist there is, but you do need a decent amount of technical skill, although that alone will not win the competition.

Your winning mix showcased a real ability to mix and cross-genres at ease. How would you describe your style of DJing?

What I did for Thre3style has little to do with my normal sets. Every routine and transition in my winning set was built from the ground up specifically for Thre3style. My normal sets are primarily electronic music, although my style is far more active than your average electronic DJ, including my live sets where I play a full drum kit alongside the turntables.

What can you tell us about the journey of winning the comp, has winning this competition opened up more opportunities for you as a DJ?

Absolutely, it certainly exposed me to a lot of new people, and pushed a lot of people that already knew about me to actually reach out and work with me. The main goal now is to keep people excited about my live performances while introducing them to my original music as well. Hence the forthcoming music video for “Take Me Higher” with Alina Renae, which is also a recap of the Thre3style US Finals.

Have you got any ideas about what kind of set you’ll be playing at the Red Bull World Championships? How do you go about preparing for this kind of stage?

I haven’t done any preparation for the world finals yet, I’ve been using the last couple months to capitalize on my success so far and catch up on everything I neglected while preparing for the first three rounds, mainly production.

What do you have lined-up for the rest of 2013?

Lots of original music, much of it collaborations with other great producers, lots of songs with singer/songwriter Alina Renae, who is amazing and well on her way to success as well. More routine videos for all the turntablism and controllerism fans. Also plenty of traveling, I’m booking gigs all over the world, so watch out for when I’m near you.

Thanks Trentino and good luck in the final! Here’s a reminder of his winning mix which was recorded live at the 2013 Red Bull ThreeStyle U.S. National Final.

Mixcloud Mix #1 ft. brand new single: Trentino & Alina Renae “Take Me Higher” by Trentino on Mixcloud

Movida Corona 2012 winner: one year later

dj020 (1)We caught up with last year’s Movida Corona competition winner Andy Condie of Northern Ireland to talk a little about his experience of winning, his musical journey since then and a few tips for this year’s DJs…

Group stages

“From over 600 DJs submitting a 30 min mix, my mix secured me a place in North England’s top 10 and the heat was held at Joshua Brooks, Manchester. 10 DJs played that night in an intense 15-minute mix off; I played my set 2nd and got an amazing reaction from the crowd. The winner was announced 3rd and 2nd and then my name was called out.”

 

After winning the heat in Manchester Andy flew to Ministry of Sound in London to take on 5 of the top DJs from each region in the UK for a place in the Grand Final in Stockholm, Sweden. He impressed judges with his technical ability and energy behind decks to win the final: “I’m very open minded about dance playing anything from House, Tech House, Progressive, Techno and Trance. I guess my versatility as a DJ came through, but ultimately, it’s the connection you make with crowed is what makes a great DJ and once you master that it’s a whole new level.”

Since winning

“ I’ve just been made one of the new residents at the Mighty Lush, Portrush, which is one the biggest clubs in the UK. I played alongside Above & Beyond on the 6th of April at Lush and will be warming up for Dash Berlin on the 25th May. I’ve played throughout different clubs in Northern Ireland and Ibiza is looking good for this year too, with dates at Bora Bora. I also have other gigs with Ministry of Sound for later in the year…Before the competition I was asking promoters to play in clubs now they are asking me!”

Tips

“Movida Corona provided me with an opportunity to show off my talent as a DJ and I have thrived on it. I have met DJs from all over the UK and Europe and would class them now as friends; we all still keep in touch. I would recommend every DJ enter the Movida Corona, what’s the worst that could happen? If anything, you will gain experience and that all helps to becoming a better DJ.”

 Well done to Andy! Here with his winning mix from last year.

Movida Corona International DJ Contest by Andy Condie on Mixcloud

Reckon you’ve got what it takes to become the next Movida Corona DJ champion? Don’t forget to enter this year’s competition here: http://bit.ly/YEg3U8