Artist: ALIZZZ (Barcelona, Spain)
Title: In Chains (2013)
This is as close to drum n bass as I was willing to get. Don’t get me wrong, I grew up scouring the internet for mp3s of Goldie and Doc Scott, but once I take things in that direction, it’s easy for me to get stuck. While this track features a broken beat, it has a certain quality to it that makes me think of house or techno. And that horn reminds me of acid jazz. Too bad it has nothing to do with Alice In Chains. Big thanks to Coast2c for introducing me to this one.
Portland’s DJ Panaflex has been spinning the weirdest of mixes in his bedroom since late last year. We’re proud to bring you his freshmen effort, Summer is a State of Mind. At just over 50 minutes, this mix features 17 examples of why getting a midi controller and a copy of Traktor Pro was something he couldn’t put off a second longer.
Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing with you his notes on the tracks that make up Summer is a State of Mind.
There are a couple of exciting developments here in Portland I wanted to take a minute to share. The first is Coast2C‘s new radio program. When I first saw her play at S1 with Daniela Karina a couple of months ago, I was refreshed to hear a house mix that didn’t include the seemingly obligatory detours into trap and ratchet I’m so used to putting up with, even from performers I respect at places I like to go.
I was then thrilled to discover she’s a staple at the First Saturdays at High Dive that the organizer behind the now-defunct Discos Discos nights has been putting on at High Dive.
First Saturdays at High Dive are not to be missed if you like Cumbia, Reggaeton, House, and more…
Now you can actually catch her on KBOO FM Tuesday nights starting at midnight. Here’s a recent recording from that. Not many DJ’s here in Portland are playing sets this interesting:
The other thing I’m losing my shit about is that NAAFI is bringing members of their Mexico City collective to Portland on September 18 as part of the unstoppable Club Chemtrail series at Holocene!!!
Followers of my SoundCloud may remember when I began repping tracks by Zutzut during my time in the Dominican Republic. Turns out he’s part of NAAFI, and even though he’s not coming, I couldn’t be more stoked.