Electro 5.5 mix on Beatport...

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Electro 5.5 mix on Beatport...

Postby fizza » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:15 am

To say it's a bit dead in here would make even Captain Obvious say 'well duh', a sad reflection of the Facebook times we live in, as everyone migrated there for their flame/troll fests instead, interspersed with family drama on top! :)

But anyway, I thought I'd post this for those interested.. it was something from way back when.. It's also posted on my blog: http://electrofunkology.blogspot.com/ where my Electro Funkology shows are still available to listen/download/stream. Please let anyone who would be interested know about that and this mix, curious to see what interest there still is in this stuff.

If anyone wants to hit me up, I don't/won't do Facebook but I'm on Twitter @thedjfizz. Respect to John G and the old crew every time.

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http://mixes.beatport.com/mix/electro-5 ... ept/194711

This is side A of a fan/community or to coin a retro-gaming term, homebrew project that was to sort of create an alternate timeline, or put another way, an in-between release in the legendary Street Sounds Electro series, so Electro 5.5 would obviously sit in the time between Electro 5 and Electro 6.

The concept was to be expanded to encompass Electro 1 through till Electro 15 at least although of course Hip Hop was entering into the sample based Golden Era by this time which in many ways could be said to have led to a natural end to the series.

The mix was done circa 2005 which was not too long before Morgan Khan re-established his Street Sounds label with all that followed there. Initial contact was made regarding securing licensing as it was to be legal but it never really went further than that. The full concept was to release it on vinyl, tape & cd, with the possibility of collector's packs etc.. if it looked like there would be a demand for it. A couple of extra Crucials would have been considered too, more in a Crucial 3 megamix style though with 10-12 tracks per side, with a possible best of the entire series mix. Lots of possibilities.

The tracklisting is:

1) Grandmaster Melle Mel - Beat Street

2) Master OC & Krazy Eddie - Masters of the Scratch

3) Man Parrish & Freeze Force Crew - Boogie Down (Bronx)

4) Boogie Boys - Breakdancer

5) Unknown DJ & DJ 3D - Beatronic

It was all laid down via turntables into Tracktion multitrack style, and still wasn't completely final as I wasn't totally happy with the Breakdancer/Beatronic mix, but overall I was quite pleased, and I hope it provides enjoyment for those that listen, it's been a mix that I've gone back to quite often and I hope it succeeds in capturing a portion of the spirit of the series for you as it does for me, that was the intention so if it does I'm happy. It's not really mastered or anything, just some rough levels and eq going on.

Side 2 was never finished barring working out a track order and recording some test mixes, which I still have so it would be possible to still make it some day..

The mixes and track selection were to be true to the period, and also the cuts too, so no triple orbit spearmint crabcake flare fests :), so any cuts were to be solid 80s style (emphasis on style) at most 'up to' the technical standard of the best of the day, which would be Grandmixer D.St. IMHO. The artwork was more meant to capture the feel of the overall series and try to hook each of the three distinct (before the graffitti) design styles of the series.

Big respect to Mastermind; Herbie, Max & Dave et al who turned this series into something legendary with their creative and aspirational mixes that really created something classic, and that still hold up to this day as masterclasses in the art of mixing. And of course to Morgan Khan who made it happen.

Feedback/comments welcome: @thedjfizz
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Re: Electro 5.5 mix on Beatport...

Postby Deltacity » Fri Oct 10, 2014 10:39 pm

Just saw your post mate. Solid tracklist! If it wasn't 4.38 am, I'd be rocking it right now, but I will look forward to it tomorrow.
Good work fella!!!
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Re: Electro 5.5 mix on Beatport...

Postby fizza » Sat Oct 11, 2014 7:54 pm

Thanks man, I hope you ended up enjoying it :)
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Re: Electro 5.5 mix on Beatport...

Postby David-James » Tue Oct 14, 2014 7:15 am

nice work! love it!!
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Re: Electro 5.5 mix on Beatport...

Postby fizza » Tue Oct 14, 2014 10:30 am

Thanks, I've actually added it to mixcloud.com now, which I think is probably a better place overall:

http://www.mixcloud.com/TheDJFizz/electro-55-side-1/

I tried putting it up on Soundcloud, but it set off the copyright alarm which is due to the fact that soundcloud is more for tracks rather than mixes. Anyway, if y'all like, leave a comment 8)

Oh, and check out the blog: electrofunkology.blogspot.com, lots of live mixes from when I was doing the podcast regularly.
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