Note on user-friendliness

Since some people have complained about finding it difficult to find the link to the mix (which is always in the title below the cover image), or that because they are on a Mac they can’t use right-click save as, I have now gone and added a direct link to the sound file on each entry.

Other People’s Mixes I Like, Part 3: Gemmy’s Fact Mix

Another mix I’ve been enjoying recently is the mix that Gemmy (of Bristol’s Purple Trilogy with Joker and Guido) did for Fact Magazine back in January. It’s a rather nice collection of colorful dubstep tracks, mostly from Bristol, with a large wodge of stuff that is still unreleased five months later. Nothing too mental, or even, I dare say, wobbly, just good tunes.

Worth having a look if you get the chance!

Other People’s Mixes I Like, Part 2: DJ Zinc’s April Crackhouse Mix

Long-time junglist hero DJ Zinc has recently begun working with house, and the results are pretty good! I’ve always been a big fan of the breakbeat garage tunes he did back in the early part of this decade as Jammin on his Bingo Beats label, so it’s neat to hear him working at a more restrained tempo again. I suppose what he is doing now is kind of a part of this UK funky sound that has gotten a bit of hype in recent times. Overall, I like it quite a bit (except for the tunes that feature rnb-style vocals, which I find a bit of a turn-off), and I enjoyed the Supa D mix that Rinse put out last year, but I’m not all that convinced by claims that this is some wildly exciting new frontier of musicology (man). Maybe I’m not listening all that closely, which I’ll freely admit, but it mostly sounds like nothing more than a new(ish) wrinkle on house. Not that there’s anything necessarily wrong with that! House music is a nice thing, and I certainly like to listen to it, so I enjoy these tunes.

If you want to check out Zinc’s new sound, you should have a look here, where you can download the mix and read an interview with him about his new Bingo Bass imprint. Alternatively, you can download the mix directly from this link. There’s some really nice tunes on this mix, with lots of different flavours seeming to be thrown into the pot, with obvious influences from jungle, electro, hip-hop, rnb, and more sidling up to the house stuff to make a nice pot of bass-heavy, percussive stew. Worth checking out if you get a chance!