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Not Your Grandpa’s Funk

Artist: DJ Mujava (Pretoria, South Africa)
Title: Township Funk (2008)

What can I say about DJ Mujava? For me he’s synonymous with Kwaito, a style of music related to house music that emerged in the urban centers of South Africa in late 90’s. Mujava is one of the reasons, along with the likes of DJ Spoko and Spoek Mathambo that South Africa is one of the most interesting places right now to look for new dance music. Released nearly 7 years ago, Township Funk is the oldest track on Summer is a State of Mind. Its title makes reference to the impoverished shantytowns that comprise much of the urban fabric of cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Pretoria.

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.

Future Riddim Ting

Artist: Murlo (London, England)
Title: Coral (2014)

I love the snare in this. I don’t know if Murlo set out to make a kwaito track when he made Coral, but that’s what he did if you ask me. Dummy Mag used the word, “glossy” to describe Murlo’s sound, and I think that’s pretty appropriate. Like his fellow Mixpak labelmates, it was in the context of dancehall remixes that I first got to know him. He got a healthy amount of play on the Mixpak label manager’s radio show, Style and Swagger, and even though I listened to that show for a more “pure” exposure to just plain dancehall, I never seemed to mind when they would slip one of his bangers into the mix. He has a show of his own on NTS, which is not to be missed. Cop that!

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.

Close Encounters of the Danish Kind

Artist: Kid Antoine (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Title: Expected Encounter (2014)

Kid Antoine belongs in a short list, for me, with Dubbel Dutch, Murlo, and maybe a few others. They all use a similar kind of musical color and they all have this sense for rhythm that moves forward in jumps and starts. The drum samples have a kind of character to them that’s found in a lot of dancehall, raggaeton, and bubbling, but they steer clear entirely, favoring instead a sound that is more sterile and mysterious. It reminds me a lot of the kinds of things you hear coming from Mexico City lately. Expected Encounter is easily my #1 track of 2014.

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.

Grunge Not Grunge

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.

Pass The Dutch

Artist: Yellow Claw (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Title: Never Dies (ft Lil Eddie) (2014)

It was only a matter of time before the Dutch jumped on the trap bandwagon. Incidentally, bubbling mixes with trap pretty smoothly and some people I’ve talked to aren’t even aware that the patently Dutch bubbling sound exists in a form that isn’t blended with the 64th-note drum fills made popular by the culture of strip clubs and drug dealers in Atlanta. When I was making this track list, Yellow Claw had just come out with the Amsterdam Trap mixtape and while Never Dies doesn’t quite go full-on trap, it does bring in influence from trance and hardstyle, which I wanted to give a taste of. After the intro, it goes into this sweet little arpeggio that my friend said sounds like a dream sequence in Zelda. I thought that was awesome.

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.

Bro Vibe

Artist: Rustie (Glasgow, Scotland)
Title: Attak (feat. Danny Brown) (2014)

Rustie started showing up a few years ago in mixes with artists like Clams Casino and Hudson Mohawke. His productions are so warm and polished. I like to think they’re what 80’s movie soundtracks would have been if the technology had been there at the time. When I saw that he had done a track with Danny Brown, I was confused. Danny Brown is kind of the opposite of Rustie. His appeal is in his slackness and lack of polish. I’m still not sure why, but this track just really works. There wasn’t a whole lot of good old-fashioned testosterone in my dj mix up to this point, so I figured I could get away with it.

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.

Cloud Club

Artist: Dubbel Dutch (New York City, USA)
Title: Dip So (2013)

If there is a single emotion I associate with Brooklyn producer Dubbel Dutch, it’s yearning. He has this amazing knack for creating a sort of melancholy vastness that makes you nostalgic for experiences you haven’t had yet. It was no surprise to see him turn up in the producer credits for Popcaan’s Where We Come From, given that album’s dream sequence vibe. For Dip So, he went elsewhere in the Caribbean to get the source of the sped up patois vocal from Barbadian singer, Shontelle. I can’t get over that synth groove. I like to pretend I first heard it on a packed dance floor feeling blissed out with all of my friends.

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.

A Kiss on the Shoulder

Artist: Valesca Popozuda (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Title: Beijinho No Ombro (2013)

I think the fact that the video for this song has over 50 million views on YouTube is a testament to baile funk’s transformation into a mainstream phenomenon. It wasn’t always that way, though. According to the unofficial narrative, baile funk (aka funk carioca) came about within the context of massive parties thrown by drug dealers in the ghettos of Rio de Janeiro to win favor within the community and show to law enforcement their clout. In the 80’s Deejays spun Miami Bass jams at those parties and one such record, 808 Voltmix, formed the foundation over which artists recorded their own groove, often using little more than their own voices. As time went on, all recognition of the original 808-driven Miami club sound faded into the background leaving behind a wholly original backdrop upon which to record tracks like Beijinho No Ombro.

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.

Showin Off

Artist: MC Nego Bam (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Title: Ela Tira Onda (DJ F2) (2014)

In Portuguese, the phrase ela tira onda means something like, “she flosses” or “she shows off”. I don’t know much Portuguese, so it’s lucky for me that “Armani” and “Louis Vuitton” require no translation. I have to admit, it took me a while to fully embrace the sound of funk carioca from Brazil, but now that it’s infected me, I find I’m often grasping to find all the hits that were my introduction to the style. When you do find a good, seminal mix of the stuff from the 90’s, good luck ever getting a tracklisting. I’m grateful to DJ Edgar for breaking the norm and actually publishing the names of the artists and titles of tracks like this one. It’s a perfect example of the genre’s brazen forthrightness, with the singer holding for a whole note the swear word that in English rhymes with “truck”.

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.

Damelo Damelo

Artist: Zutzut (Mexico City, Mexico)
Title: Jala (2015)

I first heard Zutzut in a bootleg he did of a Yaga & Mackie track. It was 2013 and I was on one of my first SoundCloud deep dives. While the album art has made it hard for me to share that one, I knew right then and there that my first mix would have to have a Zutzut track. Fast forward to 2015 and the release of this scorching stripped-down DJ tool. With its Industrial/Grime sensibility and the kind of starkness I associate with Fade to Mind or Night Slugs, it’s been showing up in the darnedest of places in the half-year it’s been out. I had so much fun speeding up the bubbling track before this one to baile funk tempo. And I just can’t get over how that dembow vocal sample gives way to tamborzão. Viva Quisqueya! Viva México! Viva Brasil!

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.