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Ol’ Dirty Cohen and The Wu Tang Wang Chung Clan

Recently, a colleague accidentally referred to Wang Chung as the Wu Tang Clan, and to Leonard Cohen as Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Most took this as a good joke. I took it as a DJ challenge. Here’s an hour-long mix in which Cohen duets with ODB and Wang Chung jams with the Wu Tang Clan.
You do two-tone your way, I’ll do mine.

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Track list:


Stay At Home Dance Party Megamix

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One year ago today, I DJ’d ACCUTE’s annual Congress dance party, then held at UBC. In lieu of The 2020 ACCUTE Dance Party That Wasn’t, here’s two and a half hours’ worth of random, mashed-up jams and grooves (75 min at about 112 bpm, then 75 min at 127 bpm).

In recognition of the Congress theme that we still need — viz., Confronting Colonialism & Anti-Black Racism — this mix kicks off with Rascalz, Kardinal Offishal et al’s “Northern Touch” remix by A Tribe Called Red; the mix also includes vintage Eric B and Rakim, and Run The Jewels’ “Early,” a sharp critique of police brutality and racism. Black lives matter.

Stay at home and play it loud. Dance in your PJs; lace up your roller skates; vogue on the veranda. You do you. Next year in Edmonton.

Track list:

  1. 00:00  Rascalz, Checkmate, Kardinal Offishal, Choclair and Thrust, “Northern Touch” (A Tribe Called Red remix)
  2. 03:23 Eric B. and Rakim, “Paid in Full”
  3. 06:13 Sofi Tukker, Nervo, The Knocks and Alisa Ueno, “Best Friend”
  4. 08:51 The Chemical Brothers, “Loops of Fury”
  5. 14:06 Groove Armada, “If Everybody Looked the Same”
  6. 17:42 Britney Spears, “I’m a Slave 4 U”
  7. 20:42 Daddy Yankee feat. Snow, “Con Calma”
  8. 23:20 Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  9. 26:35 Adham Shaikh, “Water Prayer Rasta mix” (Matt the Alien remix)
  10. 27:42 Blondie, “The Tide Is High” (samples the Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Amputation”)
  11. 31:19 Shakira and Nicky Jam, “Perro Fiel”
  12. 33:57 Doja Cat, “Say So”
  13. 37:25 The Jesus and Mary Chain, “Get On Home” (sampling Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Black Heart,” ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down,” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  14. 41:03 Carly Rae Jepsen, “Black Heart’ (sampling ELO’s “Don’t Bring Me Down” and the Sisters of Mercy’s “Lucretia My Reflection”)
  15. 43:36 Erasure, “Victim Of Love” (sampling Justin Timberlake’s “Sexyback”)
  16. 47:01 A Tribe Called Red, “Suplex”
  17. 49:20 Deee-Lite, “What Is Love?”
  18. 52:55 Gwen Stefani, “Hollaback Girl” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  19. Lorde, “Teams” (sampling Adham Shaikh’s “Water Prayer Rasta mix,” Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix], and Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria”)
  20. 59:19 Madonna, “Vogue” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  21. 1:03:38 La Roux, “Bulletproof” (sampling Cabaret Voltaire’s “Sensoria” and Public Enemy’s “Welcome To The Terrordome”)
  22. 1:06:01 Cornershop, “Brimful of Asha” (sampling Panjabi MC’s “Beware of the Boys” and My Bloody Valentine’s “Soon” [Andrew Weatherall mix])
  23. 1:11:24 Panjabi MC, “Beware of the Boys” excerpt
  24. 1:11:41 Morcheeba, “Shoulder Holster”
  25. 1:14:31 My Bloody Valentine, “Soon” (Andrew Weatherall mix)
  26. 1:15:45 The Chemical Brothers, “Free Yourself”
  27. 1:19:31 Ariana Grande, “7 Rings” (Le Brion house remix)
  28. 1:23:17 M.I.A., “Bad Girls”
  29. 1:27:33 The Chemical Brothers, “No Geography”
  30. 1:30:27 T-Rex, “Bang a Gong”
  31. 1:34:27 Bruce Springsteen, “Badlands”
  32. 1:38:00 Sinead O’Connor, “Mandinka”
  33. 1:41:38 99 Souls, Destiny’s Child and Brandy, “The Girl Is Mine”
  34. 1:44:47 Flo Rida and Nelly Furtado, “Low”
  35. 1:47:59 Azealia Banks and Lazy Jay, “212” (sampling Run The Jewels’ “Early” and Taylor Swift’s “Starlight”)
  36. Run The Jewels, “Early” (sampling Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”)
  37. Taylor Swift, “Starlight” excerpt (sampling Lana Del Rey’s “Summertime Sadness” [Cedric Gervais remix])
  38. 1:55:41 The Almighty Beatfreakz, “Resident Soundboyz”
  39. 2:00:32 RIP, “Jump” (club mix)
  40. 2:04:14 Rogue Element, “Rogue One” (sampling the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man”)
  41. 2:11:01 Go Home Productions, “Velvet Sugar” (mashup of the Velvet Underground’s “I’m Waiting for the Man” and “The Gift” with the Archies’ “Sugar”)
  42. 2:13:52 Scandal, “The Warrior” (sampling God Within’s “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst),” Prince’s “Raspberry Beret” and David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel”)
  43. 2:17:27 God Within, “Raincry (Spiritual Thirst)”
  44. 2:21:30 Inaya Day, “Hold Your Head Up High” (Soul Avengerz vocal mix)
  45. Boogie Pimps and Jefferson Airplane, “Somebody to Love” (Salt Shaker remix; sampling Hunter S. Thompson reading from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

 

 

The Medium Is The Monster Mix

At Mixcloud, I’ve shared a mix that’s a sonic supplement to my book The Medium Is the Monster (Athabasca University Press, 2018).

The songs and tracks mixed here all adapt Frankenstein and are discussed as such in the book. The mix follows approximately the same sequence as the book, progressing from chapter to chapter, featuring the specific songs mentioned in each. The early chapters discuss hip hop, reggae, funk, and Afro-Futurist music (e.g. Maestro Fresh Wes, Dr Octagon, Janelle Monáe); the seventh chapter focuses on EDM (e.g. Deadmau5 and The Paladin Project). The mix also includes some alternative rock, folk, and country songs (e.g. Iggy & The Stooges, Neil Young, Corb Lund). Overall, most of the content is Canadian, given the focus of the book.

Here’s a complete track list, too (since Mixcloud only reveals the track list during playback).

Introduction

  • Jon Stewart & Samantha Bee, The Daily Show, 10 Feb. 2009 (sample) 00:00

Chapter 1

  • Eric B & Rakim, “Paid in full” (seven minutes of music – the Coldcut remix) 00:36

Chapter 2

  • Dr Octagon (aka Kool Keith), “Real raw” 04:08
  • Janelle Monáe, “Good morning midnight” (interlude) 06:04
  • Janelle Monáe, “Dance or die” 07:24
  • Wolfgang Rübsam & Capella Istropolitana, Toccato and Fugue in D Minor by Johann Sebastian Bach 10:37
  • Bobby “Boris” Pickett & the Cryptkickers, “The Monster Mash” (sample) 13:18
  • Dr Octagon (aka Kool Keith), “Wild and crazy” 13:33
  • Madness, “One step beyond” (sample) 17:35
  • Byron Lee & the Dragonaires, “Frankenstein ska” 17:54
  • Parliament, “Prelude to The Clones of Dr Funkenstein” 20:27
  • Parliament, “Dr Funkenstein” 22:05
  • Armand van Helden, “Witch Doktor” 27:44
  • Michael Jackson feat. Vincent Price, “Thriller” 32:01
  • Rockwell feat. Michael Jackson, “Somebody’s watching me” 37:03
  • Maestro Fresh Wes, “Let your backbone slide” 40:38
  • Handsome Boy Modeling School feat. Grand Puba & Sadat X, “Once Again (Here To Kick One For You)” 45:01
  • Ice Cube, “Dr Frankenstein” 48:47

Chapter 4

  • Iggy & The Stooges, “Search and destroy” 52:55

Chapter 5

  • Skinny Puppy, “Draining faces” 56:20
  • Front 242, “Masterhit” 1:01:06
  • Messiah, “Beyond good and evil” 1:07:53
  • Messiah, “You’re going insane” 1:12:40
  • DJ Luna-C, “Mind of a lunatic” 1:15:34
  • Ed Brown, “Industrial” (P.B.K. remix) 1:21:14
  • Neuromancer, “Pennywise” 1:26:15
  • Wippenberg, “Neurodancer” 1:29:49

Chapter 7

  • Foremost Poets, “Moon-raker” (Paladin mix) (sample) 1:33:49
  • Brainbug, “Nightmare” (Sinister strings mix) 1:34:11
  • The Paladin Project, “The panic room / Claustrophobia” 1:40:42
  • The Paladin Project, “The Palloween anthem” 1:45:50
  • The Paladin Project, “Darkness took me” 1:50:17
  • The Paladin Project, “Afraid of the dark” 1:53:30
  • Deadmau5, “Cthulhu sleeps” 1:56:01
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” 2:01:11
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Sage remix) 2:03:36
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Zoltan Kontes & Jerome Robins stripped mix) 2:05:30
  • Deadmau5, “Dr Funkenstein” (Danny Jay remix) 2:07:53
  • Deadmau5, “Complications” 2:12:19
  • Deadmau5, “Ghosts ‘n’ stuff” 2:14:35
  • Deadmau5, “Moar ghosts ‘n’ stuff” 2:19:22
  • Deadmau5 feat. Chris James, “The Veldt” 2:23:39

Chapter 8

  • Neil Young, “Vampire blues” 2:33:48
  • Corb Lund, “Roughest neck around” 2:37:48
  • Corb Lund, “Gettin’ down on the mountain” 2:40:50