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Justin Martin — Ghettos and Gardens

So, I’ve recently picked up this album, and I have to say, it is superb.

For electronic music, it is so diverse for album. Fantastic blend of chill out tunes and some bangers.
I’ve been sitting on this for a month or so now, and I’ve gotten some sweet feedback to this.
I was originally going to go write a detailed post on the entire thing, but my mood was just killed.

So, last weekend I made a playlist for a barbecue that I was having, and I threw in a few tracks from this album: Don’t Go, Butterflies, Night Calling, The Gurner… and it set the mood rather well. The feedback I got from those tracks was, “I feel like I’m at a classy lounge… this is great!” and when we were gathered around the table playing some board games, during the quiet times, it didn’t get awkward, but just enough to keep the mood up… to the point during the second half of Don’t Go, my friend started to do a little jam in her seat. It set a great chill vibe for the whole time. Definitely recommend doing that (assuming your friends like that stuff)

And I’ve also dropped a few tracks in my sets, and it’s gotten the crowd to lose it like Apple lost their lawsuit to HTC. A few tracks I recommend would be Molokini, it takes the crowd on a nice sensual trip before introducing them to the sexy shebang of a drum track.
Ruff Stuff is just so fun to drop and Lezgo is fantastic to sample and loop for a buildup (if ONLY I could get my hands on the Pioneer RMX-1000)

Ghettos and Gardens (the track itself) was initially a turn-off I didn’t like how the track contrasted for me, but hell it grew on me. Such a great intro and build…
The remix of Goldie blew my mind… nice and mellow, then bah-nah-nah-nuwwwwww…. ATTACK. It gets people going, “What the hell? I thought this guy did house music!” It’s also fantastic to drive to, but watch your speed. Speeding tickets suck. A lot.

So pick this up as soon as you can. It’s definitely worth it. Good GOD, I love dirtybird.

Erogenous Zone

Buongiorno ragazze!

It’s been less than a week since I released my Friend Zone mixtape… here’s another one… You know, come to think of it, this is really fucking easy in comparison to what actually pays me… I mean, you hit play, you have an idea of what direction you want to go in the mix… and you just go.

I’ve been sitting on quite a few of these tracks for some time now, so on the way home from work I figured… why not. Fire up the knobs and get crackin’. And here we are, a couple hours of its inception… waiting for my shit to upload.

Comments on this mix… bleh. I gave a dry run before I hit record this time… so I guess it doesn’t really count as a rough mix anymore, does it? I mean, I sat there and stared at the track name while it was playing and thought of what would go with it… and if it didn’t I’d stop it, go back, and think of something else… but I haven’t… oh fuck it. Thoughts at this time of night usually just go off on tangents.

Back to this mix: I decided to give it an abrupt switch towards the end; I’ve been listening to a gargantuan amount of Doomtree lately, and when I found P.O.S. did a track for BNR, I went bonkers and immediately clicked buy. Eh.

So after all this superfluous babble, you can listen on Mixcloud in exchange for (pick one):

And for those willing to sacrifice your precious bandwidth, here’s the download link from Mediafire (the government knows where you live. OHSHI-):


Enjoy and share 🙂

Oh Jesus, WordPress automatically does that emoticon. Everything sucks.

Friend Zone

Good morning all,

I told you a little while back of my little side series of mixes… and here’s another one.
This one is quite the party track.. I’ve also included a bit of bro-house in this, seeing as how there has yet to be a party where I’m spinning at and there isn’t a bro just having a wicked time.

Well, there really isn’t much to preface this mix with… I drop Felix Cartal twice… I picked up his Different Faces album last week, and well, I was quite impressed with it. Him and TAI are basically the only reason I still bother with Dim Mak… I’ve moved on… I miss the old Pase Rock days…

Yeah… you can listen on Mixcloud:

Or take it to go (5 cents per plastic bag, please):


White Zone


So, in light of my new DJ controller, I’ve decided to do some rough mixes on top of the infrequent studio mixes.
I guess, it’s just more fun to hit play and see what comes to mind, then mix it.

So… yeah. It’s a “sub-category” if you will of mixes. You’ll hear that the transitions are a little more rushed and/or forced. That’s due to the fact that either:

  1. I’ve never heard the track before
  2. I haven’t studied it enough to remember the timings, or
  3. I’m just too drunk.

So with that in mind, these rough mixes will be pushed out more frequently than you’d be used to. You’ll also see tracks repeated from previous mixtapes, as it is impromptu. And emphasis on “rough mixing,” in which you’ll notice where I screwed up counting the beats in one transition, and the other couple times where the beatmapper just plain effed it up and put a 128 bpm track as an 85. Oh, what a novice I am…

And with that we head on to the Mixcloud link:

And for those who want take out:


And the tracklist:

  1. Frenchie – Fait Accompli (John Daly Remix)
  2. Laura Jones – Loves In Me (Eats Everything Loving You ReWork)
  3. Circuit Freq, Audrey Napoleon – This Is Fucking Techno (Dataworx Remix)
  4. Chromeo – Hot Mess (Djedjotronic Remix 2)
  5. Sei A – Jus Appreciate
  6. Make the Girl Dance – Kill Me (The Toxic Avenger Remix)
  7. Eclier – Hole (Marseille Remix)
  8. Felix Cartal – The Joker
  9. Fake Blood – Mars
  10. Ado – The Ultra
  11. Mr. Oizo – Oral Sax
  12. Gesaffelstein – Opr


P.S. Why label the series Zoning By-laws?

Well,  you see, once you get into the mood and everything just flows nicely together, and your impromptu set turns out to be one wicked time, you kinda want to share it with people. It’s your element, you’re on fire. You’re in the danger zone. It’s your zone. No one knows what’s in store when you peak. And as Kanye inadequately put it, “Don’ let me git in mah zone…”
And….fuck that guy.

Circa Survive — On Letting Go


I picked up Circa Survive a few years back, it was their album Juturna, and well, it didn’t really catch me. It wasn’t bad, but nothing breath-taking. I picked up On Letting Go shortly after, and I liked it a lot, but I couldn’t get past Anthony Green’s voice.

And I left it.

A few months back on a whim, I listened to it again, this time my outlook on music and judgement of it has changed immensely; a lot of what I obsessed over 3 years ago is mediocre, if not just bad altogether.

So with this in mind, I loaded On Letting Go on to my phone to listen to while I was working night shifts. As I’m working, I’m listening and it literally hit me. That rush like the first time when your crowd is going wild, like that first time you heard Venetian Snares… maybe that first time you orgasmed.

SO much emotion in this, and it’s a fantastic balance of post-rock and traditional song structured indie rock. Bloody brilliant work. And the lyrics: well written, beautiful and SO MUCH RELATE. SO MUCH RELATE. Yes, Green’s voice is hard to get used to for some, but there are many moments where his voice is choked with emotion-filled volume. That emotion goes so well the rest of the music; one of the rare times I’ll pay attention to the vocals more than the instruments.

Initially I thought the album got weaker as it went on, but on the contrary, it’s a journey of skepticism and pity spotted with remorse and despair.

Tracks that highlight the album would be:

  • Living Together
  • The Difference Between Medicine and Poison is in the Dose
  • Semi Constructive Criticism
  • Kicking Your Crosses Down
  • Carry Us Away
  • Your Friends Are Gone

Fantastic album all the way through. I’ve listened to it numerous times since, sometimes on repeat. Singing it all the way through, at work, driving…wherever it’s playing.

So it led me to think, “What if I’ve misjudged Circa Survive entirely and that the rest of their material is just as good if not better?”


I re-listened to Juturna, was somewhat disappointed in it — it’s not as together. Blue Sky Noise was also a disappointment, more indie rock and less of that post-y feel, and well, his voice also changed. It’s no longer that high-pitched emotional strain… but more of a high pitch rasp. It’s bouncier and (dare I say it) happier. Appendage followed the same route. Nothing stuck out at me to give a little flag in my memory about it.

But yes, On Letting Go is definitely their strongest release and I highly recommend picking it up and losing yourself to it, until that burn in your heart escapes as a melody or a scream.

Acme Whorl

It’s time, right about that time…

I’ve finished another mixtape, and this one’s a doozy.

These are mostly new tracks, and well, what can I say? The latter half of 2011 turned out really well for dance music. How it turned out was nothing like my original intended track list.
I’m already a solid 20 minutes in to my next mix, and it’s a little… well… unconventional. Think less DJ set and more mixtape.

But back to Acme Whorl. I’ve been meaning to drop Toxie’s remix of Spaceship for AGES, only able to  do it in those rough impromptu live sets… but I’ve finally done it.
I won’t apologize for dropping Audrey Napoleon. Yes, it’s a little douche-y; yes it was used as a promo track for Heineken, but dude, it’s a bumpin’ track, and… well… I would. In a scene where it’s mostly dudes behind the deck, it’s great to see a woman work those knobs (no innuendo intended).

I’m still waiting for Volatile’s Retaliation EP to come out, that’s definitely going into my next mix. I took a look at my most recent purchases and downloads, and well, it’s almost all from Turbo, Mako, Boys Noize, and Lektroluv… they’re cranking out some sweet tunes and artists that I’ve previously overlooked are making some great material. I’m sticking with this for a while now…

So yeah, many more to come.

Listen on Mixcloud:
Download from Mediafire:


Core Values


Morning all,


I’ve finished another mix, and well… I don’t have too much to say about this one.

I like it.

It starts off extremely house-y. And then it eventually gets to the hard-hitters.

I’ve become more on the tech house side as of late…and less of that that electro house sound.

It’s just that it’s become OH SO popular and the majority of artists have churned out tracks that try to be catchy or those “club hits.” And I’m not about that at all.

Another thing happening to electro house is the same thing that happened to dubstep. It’s the brostep equivalent to it, and quite frankly, it’s just plain annoying. And this is coming from a guy who goes nuts over the brutal tracks. I think of it as bro-house. As heavy as possible, sacrificing eloquence or coherence, with the breakdown and build consisting of this smarmy, commercial-sounding melody.

And then I found out complextro was actually a thing. I almost got infuriated. BLARGH. I mustn’t get into it. Just know that it’s messy music and you won’t hear it from me; the closest thing to complextro I’d drop would be The S.


I’ve uploaded the mix to Mixcloud, it seemed easier for those who want to just hit play and listen, rather than download THEN listen. A Mediafire link is also available for those who want to take it on the go.

I’ve got another mix that’s 95% finished, and this one is a banger. Oh, I’m happy with it.

So, here’s to Core Values:

Listen on Mixcloud:

Download from Mediafire: