4RLA1

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0:00:00  The Alan Parsons Project – Nucleus (1977)
­­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Geoffrey Sumner – A Journey Into Stereo Sound (1958)
0:01:02  Reso – Taiga (2015)
0:06:37  Goldie feat. Natalie Duncan – Freedom (2012)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Random Movement – Alone This Way (Drum Layer) (2013)
0:10:09  Optiv & CZA – Hindsight (2013)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Alix Perez – Never Left (Drum Layer) (2015)
0:13:08  Bachelors Of Science – Satisfy (170 Mix) (2015)
0:16:28  Phil Tangent – Billie’s Smile (2010)
0:20:34  Phil Tangent – Restitution (2012)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Random Movement – Your Dancing Feat (Drum Layer #1) (2013)
0:24:17  Sterling Sound – Release Me (2016)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Zero T – Macushla (Drum Layer #1) (2015)
0:26:31  Sinistarr – Park Avenue (2009)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Commix – I’ll Take You There (Drum Layer) (2003)
0:27:16  Kendrick Lamar – For Sale? (2015)
0:29:52  S.P.Y. feat. Diane Charlemagne – Dusty Fingers (2014)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Sub Focus – Close (Ivy Lab Remix) (Drum Layer #1) (2014)
0:32:50  A-Sides & Makoto feat. Robert Manos – Jupiter (2015)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Pulsar – Without A Trace (Drum Layer) (2012)
0:35:04  High Contrast feat. Tomahawk – Lovesick (2004)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ mSdoS – Jack (Drum Layer) (2015)
0:38:03  Artificial Intelligence feat. Steo – Let It Be (DJ Marky & S.P.Y Remix) (2013)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Jrumhand – Sailing Through The Atmosphere (Drum Layer) (2011)
0:39:54  Subwave – Without You (2012)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Seba & Paradox – Move On (Drum Layer) (2005)
0:43:15  Lenzman – Broken Dreams (Makoto Remix) (2013)
0:46:58  OutKast – Prototype (Tony Blitz & Chesus Remix) (2009)
0:49:57  Lenzman feat. Cliff – Lose You (2009)
0:53:40  Ghostface Killah feat. Ne-Yo & Kanye West – Back Like That (DJ Marky & Bungle Remix) (2006)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Total Science – Redlines (Drum Layer) (2010)
0:56:39  Contract Killlers – The Life Moments (Soundwall Remix) (2011)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Zero T – Macushla (Drum Layer #2) (2015)
0:57:01  Sade – The Sweetest Taboo (1985)
1:01:07  Drumagick feat. Ernesto – Dry Your Eyes (2010)
1:05:57  Lenny Fontana – Spread Love (Nu:Tone Remix) (2005)
1:08:56  Alicia Keys – Un-Thinkable (I’m Ready) (Lenzman Remix) (2010)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Ivy Lab – Twenty Questions (Drum Layer) (2015)
1:12:39  Azealia Banks – Esta Nocha (2012)
1:13:24  Submorphics – Step In The Spot (Instrumental) (2011)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Sub Focus – Close (Ivy Lab Remix) (Drum Layer #2) (2014)
1:13:46  Montell Jordan – Get It On Tonite (1999)
1:16:00  Darondo – Didn’t I (1972)
1:17:18  Payback – Sensations (2016)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Random Movement – Your Dancing Feat (Drum Layer #2) (2013)
1:18:14  Shirley Bassey – Light My Fire (1970)
1:19:10  Above The Law – Untouchable (1990)
1:19:44  Jackie Wilson – Light My Fire (1969)
1:20:28  Mr. Joseph – Wonderful Feeling (2012)
1:23:05  Kool G Rap & DJ Polo – Letters (1992)
1:23:27  Doctor Stereo – Joe Says (2012)
1:25:19  Michael Jackson – Human Nature (Makoto & The Specialist VIP) (2006)
1:26:48  SWV – Right Here (Human Nature Remix) (1992)
1:26:58  Mountain – Long Red (1969)
1:26:58  Kool & The Gang – N.T. (1971)
1:27:43  Nas – It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Acapella) (1994)
1:28:51  M.I.S.T. – Nu Wave (2003)
1:28:51  Ross D feat. Magin – Hong Kong Boogie (2010)
1:31:27  Marcus Visionary – Computer Love (2014)
1:34:26  Random Movement & Jaybee – Good Enough (2013)
1:36:40  DJ Marky & Invaderz – Break The Spell (2013)
1:36:40  Heatwave – Star Of The Story (1977)
1:38:09  A Tribe Called Quest – Verses From The Abstract (1991)
1:38:54  DJ Marky & Makoto – Long Distance (2007)
1:41:08  Makoto & Deeizm – Release The Bird (2010)
1:43:23  Scientifik – Jungles Of Da East (Acapella) (1994)
1:44:06  Utah Jazz – Harlem (2004)
1:44:29  Benny Golson – I’m Always Dancin’ To The Music (1978)
1:46:20  Alix Perez & Redeyes – Watching You (2012)
1:48:40  Jimi Needles – Stay (2016)
1:51:39  John Coltrane – Naima (C Level Remix) (2012)
1:52:54  Empress – Brooklyn Baby (2008)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Geoffrey Sumner – A Journey Into Stereo Sound (1958)
1:58:10  Dizzi Heights – To The Sound Of The Drum & The Bass (1986)
­⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅⋅w/ Brooklyn Nine-Nine Chicken Fingers Outro (2015)

OK, so my girl has been buggin’ me for months to make her a Drum & Bass mix.  Her only demands were that I needed to put Sade and Azealia Banks in there somewhere, and that I needed to take my time on this mix and do it properly.  Over the course of making it, more requests came in from friends, etc., and I tried my best to accommodate.

When I DJ live, I tend to have the patience and attention span of a 6 year old boy with ADHD.  I never let anything play longer than two or three minutes (i.e., before bringing in the next song).  So needless to say, it was actually killing me to let the songs in “4RLA1” breathe a little and stretch out.

Also, I decided to use the same “foreshadowing” technique that I did in “Techno City“, but took things one step further.  (“Foreshadowing” is a multi-tracked mix technique where you take elements from the next song that you’re about to play…and loop them underneath the song that you are currently playing.  When the next song finally comes in and the old song completely drops out, your ears/brain will already have become familiar with the new song.  This helps blur the line between when one song starts and another begins, and makes transitions more seamless).  In “4RLA1”, not only did I use “foreshadowing”, but I also added a layer of drums underneath 80% of the songs.  Most of them just didn’t have enough oomph because of how they were originally mixed down and compressed.  So, depending on what was lacking in the original song (e.g., snares, hi-hats, bass kicks, etc.), I would take a 10~20 second section of open drums from an entirely different song and loop it underneath.  This resulted in the main songs of “4RLA1” ending up with a fuller sound.

Although “4RLA1” is not my best mix, I would have to argue that it’s by far the most sophisticated mix that I have made to date!

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