Wednesday, July 30, 2008

For The Love Of The Beat - Omni Trio vs. The Beatmeister

Here's some ambient beats from one of my fave drum n' bass artists, Omni Trio. It's been quite a while since my last upload of D&B tunes so I feel now is the right time once more.

Rob Haigh, also known as Omni Trio, is a British electronic, ambient and experimental musician.

In the early 80s he released a series of experimental ambient albums under the names Robert Haigh and Sema - the most notable being ‘Three Seasons Only’ and ‘Notes From Underground’. He also contributed to several Nurse with Wound projects and formed an industrial avant funk band called The Truth Club together with Trefor Goronwy, who would go on to join This Heat, Camberwell Now and become involved with music in the former Soviet Union..

In the 90s Rob developed a unique style of what has become known as ‘ambient Drum and Bass’ and released six acclaimed albums under the name Omni Trio. The Omni Trio sound is notable for its intricate orchestrated production and atmospheric sound palette. Omni Trio was one of the original drum and bass producers, who first released for Moving Shadow as early as 1993. He produced several massive anthems in the period now known as "old skool", including the piano-led "Renegade Snares", "Thru the Vibe", "Feel Good" and the classic "Mainline". Both these featured on his first LP, The Deepest Cut (1995), which is recognised as one of the first jungle albums.

He followed up quickly with Haunted Science in 1996, which included well known tracks like "Trippin' on Broken Beats" and "Nu Birth of Cool". Mainstream trends in dancefloor-oriented drum and bass rapidly diverged from his musical style, and subsequent albums Skeleton Keys (1997), the Detroit techno-influenced Byte Size Life (1999), and Even Angels Cast Shadows (2001) produced no big hits on the scale of his early singles, but they further cemented his reputation as one of the finest album-oriented musicians in drum and bass. Indeed, he was the first artist in the genre to produce six full-length artist albums. The track First Contact made it on the GTA III dance radio station.

Since 2004 after the release of the sixth and final Omni Trio album ‘Rogue Satellite’, Rob has been working on a solo album of "post Minimalist sonic landscapes" called ‘From the Air’ and is collaborating with experimentalist Hafler Trio.

1) Living For The Future (FBD Project Mix)

2) Feel Good (Remix)
3) Torn
4) Nu Birth Of Cool (Original 12" Mix)
5) Serpent Navigators
6) Renegade Snares (Fould Play VIP Mix)
7) Walking Wounded feat. EBTG
8) Thru The Vibe
9) Who Are You (Original Mix 12")
10) Rollin' Heights
11) Shadowplay
12) Together
13) The Elemental
14) Soul Of Darkness
15) Before Today feat. EBTG

Link... For The Love Of The Beat - Omnio Trio vs. The Beatmeister

Beats, beats and more beats...

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Whateva Man - Chillin' To Some Eclectic Grooves

Been too busy this week, but luckily snagged some time to post just before the week ends. Can't think of a blog title suited for today's mix set, so just borrowed Redman's track.

Am posting a mix I've done a couple of months back, which I can say, has 'em all. Reggae, rap, old school and new school hiphop, acid jazz, 70s funk and disco, discopunk, alternative, rap metal and any other genre you might want to include in a mixset.

A superb eclectic set by DJ Enferno (a Pinoy-American DJ extraordinaire and DMC Champ based in the US) from YouTube also inspired me to do this mix. You may want to check him out by clicking the link above.

Today's tunes range from Michael Jackson to UB40 to Luniz to Kool & The Gang to Limp Bizkit to LL Cool J to Bush to Digable Planets to Outkast to Beck to Chaka Khan and more.

1) Amber - 311
2) Red, Red Wine - UB40
3) Been There, Done That - Dr. Dre
4) I Got 5 On It - Luniz
5) Street Of Dreams/All Eyez On Me - Nas feat. 2Pac
6) Player's Ball - Outkast
7) Novocaine - Beck

8) The Chemicals Between Us - Bush
9) Cool Like Dat' - Digable Planets
10) Regulate - Warren G feat. Nate Dogg
11) N2Gether Now - Limp Bizkit
12) Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand
13) Imitation Leather Jacket - H2SO4
14) Ghetto Superstar - Pras feat. ODB, Maya

15) Slam - Onyx
16) Hush - LL Cool J
17) Ain't Nobody - Chaka Khan
18) Livin' It Up - Ja' Rule
19) Jungle Boogie - Kool & The Gang
20) Rock With You - Michael Jackson

Link... The Beatmeister Is Chillin' To Some Eclectic Grooves - The Beatmeister

I'm definitely a walking contradiction when it comes to music matters. Anything goes...

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

M.O.P #20 - Dance To The Beat Of Retro - Mix by DJ MoProd

Here's somethin' new from DJ MoProd. Another collection of cool retro tracks from the 80s & early 90s mixed by da man for your listening pleasure.

Tunes range from mid-80s electronic music of Bomb The Bass and that funky track from Wally Jump Jr. (which I personally like and samples Janet J's track "When I Think Of You") to classic 80s pop from Swing Out Sister, The Pet Shop Boys, El De Barge and Scritti Politti. A little bit of the 70s also pops in with that classic Evelyn "Champagne" King track. Closing the set is another 80s electropop song from Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam.

MoProd relates that he loved the beat of these tunes so much that he decided to do a mix compilation and share it with all of us.

1. Bomb The Bass - Beat Dis
2. Waiting Game - Swing Out Sister
3. Tighten Up - Wally Jump Jr.
4. Breakout - Swing Out Sister
5. Rhythm of the Night - El De Barge
6. Domino Dancing - Pet Shop Boys
7. Absolute - Scritti Pollitti
8. Love Come Down - Evelyn King
9. I Wonder If I Take You Home - Lisa Lisa & The Cult Jam

Express your love for the music and give the DJs some shout-outs if you may... Thanks once more DJ MoProd and keep 'em retro sets pumpin'!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Take A Bow, Dear Mama (The Beatmeister's Mash-Up Mix) - Rihanna vs. Tupac

I know it's a bit late for giving a special tribute to a very important person in all our lives, our mom, that is, as it was last May that the whole world celebrated Mothers' Day, but once again, better late than not at all. This special mash-up mix is a little somethin' for my mom, my mom-in-law and to all the mothers all over the world. Thanks for everything.

It's a simple mash-up of Rihanna's "Take A Bow," going up against the late great Tupac Shakur's "Dear Mama," which he incidentally also wrote for his mother. I felt that the somewhat melancholic, but nice melody of Rihanna's tune goes well with Tupac's poetic tribute.

Take A Bow, Dear Mama (The Beatmeister's Mash-Up Mix) - Rihanna vs. Tupac

I guess it's always never too late to let her know how important she is and thank her for everything that she has done for us. PEACE OUT!!

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Eggboy Strikes Back - Mixtape For Beatmeister Part Deux - DJ Mix by Eggboy

Here's another one from Diego "Eggboy" Mapa mixed especially for Totally Mixed Up. If you enjoyed his first installment of eclectic sounds, you'll definitely love the sequel composed of mostly dance rock/disco punk/indie tunes from the likes of Air, DFA, Seelenluft, Bloc Party, VHS or Beta, The Faint and tons of cool stuff.

You can also check him out live at his rare DJ gig titled, "Houndstooth," all Thursdays of July @ Formula Bar in Tomas Morato, QC, Philippines. Complete details over at his multiply site.

1) Air - Surfing on a rocket
2) TV on the radio - Dreams
3) Santogold - Lightsout
4) Bloc Party - Two more years
5) Radio 4 - Dance to the underground (DFA Remix)

6) Seelenluft - Manila (Zongamin Remix)
7) The Faint - Your Retro Career Melted (Ursula 1000 Remix)
8) VHS or Beta - Bring on the comets

Hope you guys enjoy his hippie set once more! Excellent track selection indeed... Thanks man!

Monday, July 7, 2008

My Adidas (The Beatmeister vs. DJ Jazzy Jeff Mash-Up ReMix) - Run D.M.C.

Here's my remix of a classic rap tune from those hip hop Hall-Of-Famers from the 80s, Run D.M.C. founded by Joseph "Run" Simmons, Darryl "D.M.C." McDaniels, and Jason "Jam-Master Jay" Mizell. This track from their 1986 album, "Raising Hell" is somewhat of a tribute to Nike's #1 competitor, The Adidas, which the trio ironically loves to wear also. Check out that cool 80s fashion.

Have mixed, mashed and blended Run D.M.C.'s acapella over those smooth, jazzy beats from DJ Jazzy Jeff for a cool and more melodic version... Check it out!

I myself would wear my Adidas over those darn Nike's anyday! :D Three stripes is in the house.

Friday, July 4, 2008

OPM Set - An Urban Patriot's MegaMix - The Beatmeister vs. Francis M

'Zup guys! It's been a while since my last post and what better way for a comeback than with another megamix of another one of our great OPM advocates. I know, this should have been posted back for my June 12, Philippines' Independence Day post, but better late than never, right?? It's the 4th of July anyway, so Happy Independence Day to all my American and Fil-American friends and readers in the US.

Now on with the music. Known by a dozen monickers, Master Rapper, FM, The Man From Manila, The Mouth, Francis M, King Of Pinoy Rap, etc., Francis Magalona was credited as being the first Filipino rapper to cross over to mainstream and one of the most idolized, celebrated and influential Pinoy rappers. He was also the original urban patriot, expressed through his music, a long time before APL.d'AP of the The Black Eyed Peas declared that he was Pinoy.
A sibling amongst nine brothers and sisters, Francis Magalona is the son of late Philippine movie screen legends Pancho Magalona and Tita Duran. Starting out as a breakdancer in the early 1980s, he followed in his parents footsteps and ventured out into acting, appearing in several Filipino movies; he branched out to emceeing and released the groundbreaking album Yo! in 1990 garnering the nationistic hit Mga Kababayan (My Countrymen), making Yo! the first commercially released Pinoy rap album in the Philippines.[1] While rapping politically conscious and thought-provoking rhymes in both English and Tagalog, the album was a total success and helped instantly catapult Filipino hip hop from underground to mainstream status and also marked the birth of Makabayang or Nationalistic rap in Filipino hip hop.

FrancisM's contributions to the genre have been featured in several international hip hop publications including the All Music Guide to Hip-Hop: The Definitive Guide to Rap and Hip-Hop (2003) published by Backbeat Books; as well as the May 2004 issue of the U.S. based publication The Source. FrancisM was also given the Pioneer Hall of Fame Award by Empire Entertainment at the 1st Annual Philippine Hip-Hop Music Awards in 2005.[3] (taken from Wikipedia).

Join me as we journey into the Oddventures of Mr. Cool (Francis M) and listen to my patriotic mix of his greatest tunes to date.

1) Intro - "Excerpts from The Philippines' National Anthem "Lupang Hinirang" and a speech from US ex-President Bill Clinton

2) 3 Stars & A Sun
3) Ito Ang Gusto Ko (This Is What I Want)
4) Ayoko Sa Dilim! (Don't Wanna Be In The Dark)
5) Meron Akong Ano (I Have Something)
6) Mga Kababayan (My Fellow Countrymen)
7) Tayo'y Mga Pinoy (We Are Filipinos)
8) Gotta Let'cha Know
9) My Only One
10) Loving You (with wife Pia)
11) Girl Be Mine
12) Whole Lotta Lovin' (samples The Eraserheads' "Alapaap")
13) The Man From Manila

14) Kaleidoscope World - my fave Francis M tune

BTW, please check out my remix of another one of his hits if you enjoyed this post...