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Vahé:LeisureCAST – 027. ///MACADOCIOUS///

MACADOCIOUS

Vahé:LeisureCAST – 027. ///MACADOCIOUS///

in an attempt to finally catch my own tail and restart this BLAUG somethin proper, here is a 3+hr mix of the finest unheralded, underrated and largely unheard G-FUNK classics i could find (released approx. 4 months ago). i spent many months sorting through hundreds of joints to arrive at these 47. plz enjoy in good health, and by that i mean smoke a fat one n float off to the sounds of the fonk.

tracklist:

01. domino – macadocious
02. kid fresh – hard wit da smoothness
03. asa – the other day
04. da fam – i like (feat. el debarge & amg)
05. peeps – why (prod. by battlecat)
06. lil’ gene (aka mr. sandman) – 1996
07. big jake – pimp til i die
08. dallah’ man (aka jimmy da gent) – hey you
09. mc quake – drop top caddy
10. boo – 12 in the mornin’
11. presidential playas – gotta be down
12. mr. x – playa’s life
13. double k.o. – trop a l’ouest
14. b.g. knocc out & gangsta dresta – compton hoe
15. dead end – my deeds is done (remix)
16. g pack – pass the dank
17. big fellas – we put it down
18. kock d. zell – reason
19. sk – real good
20. 3-2 – them against me
21. rev up musicc – live 4 die 4
22. fat daddy – not one could do me
23. flow click – rollin’
24. battlecat – swerve on
25. n sane – female gee (feat. le le)
26. 815 click – feel it
27. aelpeacha – mets de la funky
28. ceaser – thank god
29. the dove shack – smoke out (feat. montell jordan)
30. cleaveland city crooks – throw ya’ hands up
31. poppy – my day
32. gangsta boogie – block party
33. romey rome – bounce with me
34. city to city – suspect
35. mob affiliates – paper chase
36. pat chilla – hard on my grind
37. daddy-d – southside
38. pede – let me be
39. g double p – high
40. dee arthur – cognac sippa
41. that nigga winfree – it’s the juice (feat. milki, the mad wun)
42. hakim & j-mack – playalasticshitwedo
43. l. g. wise – responsibility
44. macadocious ent. – smoke with me
45. mad dog clique – heartless
46. 4 trey – ghetto situations
47. mw ghetto soldiers – smoke on.

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MISTA VEE PRESENTS…THE BABYGIRL SUITE: PT. I + II (my 2012 AALIYAH tribute mix featuring the finest babygirl bootleg remixes & covers)

presenting my two-part tribute to one of the most influential female artists of her generation, Aaliyah Dana Haughton. i have spent a decade wondering how i could show my love and appreciation for this lady being a part of my musical upbringing (by way of the massive talents of Da Bassment clique’s Timbaland, Missy Elliott and Static Major). and instead of just putting together a best of compilation as anyone else can, i scoured the Internets instead to find THE finest bootleg remixes and cover versions of babygirl classics. i believe this is the best collection as any you will find online.

4babygirl.

MISTA VEE PRESENTS…THE BABYGIRL SUITE: PT. I

01. INTERLUDE (By XplosiveDJAntman) (Intro)
02. 4 PAGE LETTER (CFCF Remix)
03. pOSH – A MILLION(M)
04. WE NEED A RESOLUTION (MIṨTΔṾΞΞ RESOLVEITMIX)
05. ARE YOU THAT SOMEBODY (SANGO Remix) (feat. TIMBALAND)
06. AALIYAH x DAM-FUNK x SHASH’U – ROCK DA BOAT
07. TRY AGAIN (DANIEL DARDEN Remix)
08. ONE IN A MILLION (EAR JERKER Remix)
09. ARE YOU THAT SOMEBODY (TKo Remix) (feat. TIMBALAND)
10. ROCK THE BOAT (STRAM Remix)
11. COME BACK IN ONE PIECE (NICE GIRL, WRONG PLACE Remix) (feat. DMX)
12. TRY AGAIN (DJ SQ‘s Dancehall Remix)
13. ARE YOU THAT SOMEBODY (GENTLEMEN THIEVES Remix) (feat. TIMBALAND)
14. ROCK THE BOAT (ELAQUENT Remix)
15. IF YOUR GIRL ONLY KNEW (SOULSPY Edit)
16. COME OVER (ROB MANGA‘S Goodsoul Edit)
17. DON’T KNOW WHAT TO TELL YA (ALEX DATSUN‘S Edit)
18. ONE IN A MILLION (DJ BOOGIE Mash-Up)
19. 4 PAGE LETTER (KAYTRADAMUS 1986 Remix)
20. A PRAYER

original cover art by BRANDON REDENIUS. re-coloured and re-touched by VAHÉ.

MISTA VEE PRESENTS…THE BABYGIRL SUITE: PT. II

01. KATERINA GEORGIO – ONE IN A MILLION (feat. JEM) (Intro)
02. MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE – MORE THAN A WOMAN (feat. NIA ANDREWS) (Live @ KCRW)
03. KYLA – AT YOUR BEST (YOU ARE LOVE)
04. THE ECHOCENTRICS – WE NEED A RESOLUTION (feat. TITA LIMA)
05. AMORIA & JOK’A’FACE – IF YOUR GIRL ONLY KNEW
06. SARAH HABASS – ARE YOU FEELING ME
07. BELL – ARE YOU THAT SOMEBODY
08. CHYLL WILL – ONE IN A MILLION
09. ANNA MUTIA – MORE THAN A WOMAN
10. YO SMOKE – I CARE 4 U
11. SMOKE E. DIGGLERA – ONE IN A MILLION
12. ANHAYLA – 4 PAGE LETTER
13. JENNA ANDREWS – HOT LIKE FIRE
14. CAYLA – I MISS YOU
15. SOJIE – ARE YOU THAT SOMEBODY
16. EPITHET MUSIC – ONE IN A MILLION (feat. FALLON DOUGLAS)
17. COLLATERAL – TRY AGAIN
18. KINOKONIJI – ROCK THE BOAT
19. THE XX – HOT LIKE FIRE
20. FOREST SWORDS – IF YOUR GIRL
21. JAKE “JUNNY” KIM – ONE MAN WOMAN (feat. CARMINA)

original cover art by MEZMACKO.

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VAHÉ // VEE’Z DEMO TAPE (2012) // VEE’Z 90s MIX (SIDE A + B)

for the better part of 2012 i been tinkering around with my own music sheit, aiming to release a “demo tape” (online as well as on actual cassette tape). the hour is now upon us: this is probly the best collection of songs i’ve ever produced. the ingestion of which is made all the more easier by the entertaining interludes that also litter it (consisting of ppl i know saying random crap). while my vocal abilities could always improve, i stand by all the music on this 90min monster of a demo. a good portion of these will get the proper makeover and released as singles with guest vocalists (followed shortly thereafter by my first ever real foray into music videos. exciting stuff (for me)). as always, for anyone who has ever followed my solo musical endeavours, this shit is FO FREE. i’ve never charged money for my music for anyone and any situation, and i don’t intend to start now. i know that makes me sound like i’m up my own ass, but i merely state that as someone who enjoys a shitload of free music, it ain’t no thang for me to do the same. besides, i’ve never relied on any aspects of my creative self for financial stability. hard enuf trin to find any kinda work these days, let alone ur dream shit. ANYways, as we return from tangentland, please enjoy the following demo with an open mind and sense of humour. i feel closest to this project more than any other right now, like i just released a baby from my teet (i’ll stop talking now).

trackleest:

01. VAHÉ – INTRO
02. EMERΔLD JULIUS – EMERΔLDΔNGELDUST
03. THANK GOD IT’S EASTER (Interlude) (feat. BIG BOOTY SNATCHER)
04. CHACHI MANDELA – BEIRUT @ DUSK
05. THE TIM TAM RISES (Interlude) (feat. BIFF)
06. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – ASTROFREAK
07. GENERIC 80s BAD GUY – BASTIANO’S REVENGE
08. OLAAAAA, MI AMO LO-LI-TAAA (Interlude) (feat. SHI-SHI McGEE)
09. CHOMPY RODRIGUEZ – HUBRIS
10. SAM JACK vs SEAGULLS (Interlude) (feat. ILL GABINETTO)
11. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – CHEDDAR
12. VEE’Z GOT THE KEY (Interlude)
13. THE FRIENDLY BANDIT – CHANGES (feat. BASSCLEF)
14. VEENUS MARCIULIONIS – DARKSYDEUVLUV (feat. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ)
15. WHERE’S A FUCKING PTERODACTYL WHEN YOU NEED ONE? (Interlude)
16. EMERΔLD JULIUS – MONEY + FLOW (Snippet) (feat. GIGI)
17. HUSH/SLUT – REMINISCE
18. DOOJ (Interlude) (feat. MAKMUTMAT)
19. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – JIEMBA
20. ODE TO VAHÉ (Interlude) (feat. AMAN10)
21. CHOMPY RODRIGUEZ – SUFFOCATING IN THE WIND
22. GENERIC 80s BAD GUY – SPYDER & THE VAMP
23. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – BEYOND IMAGINATION
24. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – LUCID (Interlude)
25. VAHÉ – A DREAM UPON WAKING
26. CROCODILE…MENISON (Interlude) (feat. PHONG DONG)
27. EMERΔLD JULIUS – FRΔNKS
28. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – U KNOW
29. NANITES (Interlude) (feat. MEZCAL)
30. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – SCREAM³
31. FFS! (Interlude) (feat. IGNATIUS BUNT)
32. PHYLICIA – MUCH LOVE (feat. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ)
33. I NEED ACTION (Interlude) (feat. MICHAEL TUGLESS)
34. HUSH/SLUT – HOTBOX
35. HUSH/SLUT – FALL (Interlude)
36. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – I THINK THAT I SHOULD BE
37. EMERΔLD JULIUS – COSMOSIS
38. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – OKAY
39. SOMEBODY TO PEEEEE ONNNN (Interlude) (feat. DEMOLI)
40. CHACHI MANDELA – MR. & MRS. CHACHI MANDELA (feat. CHORDS)
41. TO BE LOOVVVED, TO BE LAUWWWED (Interlude)
42. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – SPECIAL FEELING
43. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – ABOUT YOU
44. BOWLIN’, WARNEY (Interlude) (feat. CLUB NOIR)
45. MIṨTΔṾΞΞ – CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN

as a bonus, i’ve also compiled a 2-part 90s mix just as extra goodness to go along with my demo tape release. majority of SIDE A leans heavily in the dnb, jungle, 2step, garage, early house direction.

trackleest:

01. nookie – the blues
02. source direct – snake style
03. 3 rude bwoy – red eye dub
04. sunshine productions – above the clouds
05. crazy bald heads – first born
06. underground solution – tonight
07. sonic solution – music
08. antonio – take you there
09. deep sensation – get together (deep vocal mix)
10. daniel j. lewis – spend the night
11. blapps posse – don’t hold back (blappstrumental)
12. camden connection – deeper (tuff jam mix)
13. ceybil – love so special (original underground club dub)
14. the dat project ii – tech-vibe (zzz mix)
15. n joi – the kraken
16. a baffled republic – sweetness (i wanna ho)
17. fierce men on wax – go girl (heavenly girls mix)
18. tito puente – ran kan kan (masters at work 12″ club mix)
19. jodeci – won’t waste you (nick hussey remix)

SIDE B delves more into the kinda stuff i was weened on as a kid: new jack swing, hip hop & rnb. enjoy!

 trackleest:

01. mc brains – oochie coochie (12″ version)
02. level iii – groove ya (club mix)
03. kool skool – my girl (radio edit)
04. bubba – i like your style
05. shä-key – soulsville
06. masta ace – postin’ high
07. dj quik – can i eat it? (unreleased demo version)
08. digable planets – little renee
09. sha’dasious – u kan’t play me
10. clever jeff – late night tip
11. jade – five-four-three-two (yo! time is up)
12. sweet sable – old times’ sake
13. o.c. – can’t go wrong
14. black moon – killin’ every nigga (unreleased)
15. j. quest – come and give it (you know what i want) (feat. gina)
16. rocky padilla – jackie
17. intro – funny how time flies (slow mix)
18. sa-deuce – don’t waste my time (ballad remix)
19. kut klose – i like
20. vybe – slow and easy
21. vanilla ice – never wanna be without you

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C.O.A.C.M presents…5 Questions with: OPTIONS

1. what’s your name, where are you from & how did you get involved with music?

Options from Chicago. i was born with a love of drums, but it kinda stayed dormant until my college years when i was introduced to Hip Hop production. then it came back with a vengeance. my first piece of ‘gear’ was MTV Music Generator for the PlayStation. i actually still have that. it’d be fun to pull out and mess around with now…

2. how did your particular track in the mix come about/is there a story behind its creation?

this track is my remix of a song by the band Inspired Flight. it was for a contest. i didn’t win, but it ended up being a great exercise for me because it forced me to work differently than i do normally. rather than finding a nice vinyl bit and working from there, i’ve got a song in a particular key and with a particular vibe in a style other than Hip Hop to build around. it stretched me and gave me a hint of what i could do if i stepped outside of my comfort zone.

3. who or what inspires you to create? and how do you STAY inspired?

other artists inspire me to create. not just other musicians, but anyone creative, no matter what their medium is. seeing other people painting/writing/taking photos–whatever–and getting their ideas out makes me want to go home and get busy on my stuff. because of that, it’s not really hard to stay inspired.

4. your opinion on copyright and the sharing of music? (specifically tunes made by unsigned, under-the-radar and
bedroom artists that are then shared by fans?).

i embrace what the internet has allowed artists to do. the tools we have to work with now for promotion and other things (which i honestly haven’t been using as much as i should!) are really amazing. a lot of unsigned artists just want to be heard, so it makes sense for them to make their music as easy to get as possible. if it’s then shared by fans, it only increases the artist’s profile, so it’s great up to a certain point. but the downside to sharing in general and the easy accessibility of everything is that things get devalued if they are so easy to get and replace. it can become disposable and no one wants their work to be viewed that way.

5. the best place to listen/download/buy your tunes? and any final words you’d like to say to the Internets?

for now, the best places are my Soundcloud page and my Bandcamp page where i recently put up an EP of tracks i made while living overseas the past couple of years. actually, almost everything i have online now is fairly old. the stuff i’m doing now is still Hip Hop at its core, but i’m incorporating aspects of other genres i listen to and just generally working to take tracks further than i used to.
as for final words, just a sincere ‘thank you’ to anyone/everyone who’s listening to/commenting on/downloading my stuff. there’s so much music floating out there now, so i appreciate anyone listening to ME. check out my sites and stay tuned because the new stuff is coming and i’m excited for people to hear it. also, peace to Vahé for this platform.

Options‘ most awesome remix to the Inspired Flight original is, imo, far superior and i’m proud to spotlight it for y’all here and in the CONFESSIONS OF A CURLY MIND Vol. 1 mix. download as .zip, .rar or via Soundcloud below:

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HUSH/SLUT – SLUTlets Vol. 1 (2012)

i’m currently in the midst of working on new music for a full 10 track LP of HUSH/SLUT material (featuring rappers, poets & singers amongst other musos (if i can get em)), and i wanted to turf some of these leftover beats i had that i wasn’t gonna do anything with. decided to release em in short but sweet bursts known as SLUTlets. 7 beats in 8mins. i know i’m bias as hayl but it’s got some pretty decent replay value. Vol. 2 is gonna be much more cohesive with around 10 beats (which is kinda what i wanna average em at).

tracklist:

01. hazel
02. pre-cum
03. fall
04. getting over
05. soulare
06. intracosmos
07. dread

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CONFESSIONS OF A CURLY MIND Vol. 1

a couple of months ago i put the call out (mostly via Okayplayer) for indie/bedroom artists to submit their links and/or music to a new compilation i was putting together, named after my blog as it’s intended to be exclusive to here. the idea is to expose y’all to more than the norm but shining a light in as many musical corners as possible. as a result i’ve been able to compile 24 slick tunes ranging from soulful hip hop, to beats, to spaced out dub, funk, acoustic, NEO neo soul & a track or two that i can’t really classify in the traditional sense. all up, it’s nearly 80mins of great tunes and you don’t need money to listen or enjoy the shit. all i (and i guess by extension, we) ask is you take the chance to listen and possibly discover some new favourite artists in the process 🙂

if you’d prefer a single file download check it out via Soundcloud, or grab the separated/tracked links below the tracklist.

01. kai mwaafrika – love buzz (feat. laurel hall) (3:27)
02. self – fear (3:46)
03. davu – strange days (3:09)
04. m.c. logic – maniac (m.c. logic mix) (2:24)
05. pete marriott – the kidnapping (unmixed snippet) (feat. romance) (3:07)
06. king fuvi – faster (3:40)
07. canayda – tryna get paid (rough mix) (prod. by j clyde) (3:07)
08. tha-d.com – return to d-funk (exclusive) (2:26)
09. proc – look (2:14)
10. pete simpson & monkz – introrude (2:32)
11. nij beats – star trek (sketch for arthur) (1:42)
12. 3.14 (pi) – el in tune with nature (2:32)
13. the essential drop – allesklar…kool (2:13)
14. cb010 – raise the bar (1:32)
15. just plain ant – another one (feat. joey ripps) (co-prod. by ohbliv) (4:11)
16. lyle horowitz – blue lights (midpoint remix) (feat. loud pack lucy) (2:49)
17. soulbrotha (aka sb) – exceptional (feat. shakara weston) (prod. by aeon) (3:35)
18. p. nom – no stress (4:04)
19. inspired flight – it always takes (option’s local zen remix) (3:55)
20. mar – our attempt (3:56)
21. justin deremo – bless no stress (3:04)
22. mon-tag – the other day (2:18)
23. room e – funeral theme (7:11)
24. jodeci – beautiful company (3:52)

runtime = 76:59.

:::DOWNLOAD:::
zip | rar

over the course of the next month i will also be spotlighting each individual artist that appears on the mix with a 5 question mini-interview, so you can briefly get to know your friendly neighbourhood music-lovers.

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Vahé – Bits N’ Pieces (2011)

Vahé
Bits N’ Pieces

genre: EveryFuckingThing

a 79min roller-coaster ride of the various musical nuggets i’ve concocted over the years. features released, unreleased and some REALLY unreleased material. stuff ranging back from 2002/03 when i first started all the way up to November 2011. for reasons that no longer matter, i got sick of holding on to large quantities of unfinished music. ideas come and go, but a finished product seems to be hard to come by. so instead of agonising over a small handful of songs, i thought i’d go in the opposite direction and just dump 75 of em on y’all instead. luckily each track has been trimmed to an average length b/w 30secs-1min. u could call em ‘bite-size morsels from a curly mind’, but that’s more like somethin i would say. yous are free to call it whatever you like (“crap” being one of the words u could use).

fair warning: includes snippets of me singing, rapping and/or fucking around. approach with open mind, sense of humour & spliff in hand.

tracklist:

01. vaaaheeeyyyy (intro) (0:02)
02. shook up (1:04)
03. kiss me, baby (pt. i) (1:34)
04. boiry avenues ^ (1:12)
05. YOU + (1:07)
06. honey, baby (1:42)
07. melancholy metronome # (0:58)
08. whutchu talkin’ bout (0:30)
09. blink, and she’s gone (1:13)
10. musical jihad (1:52)
11. i came from a star (but fell so far) (1:39)
12. eroticdirtyheadcorvette (0:43)
13. beached wail (1:28)
14. space, flight 289 (1:19)
15. crescent (0:40)
16. run # (0:44)
17. one perfect day (0:34)
18. dooinit (chyaknow) (1:08)
19. hevelius (0:48)
20. whatchadoin (feat. soulbrotha) # (1:29)
21. your booty taste like nachos (0:42)
22. …make jack a dull boy (1:07)
23. risk, rage & rebellion # (0:37)
24. go on (get into it) (3:30)
25. watch ya step (0:35)
26. raggedy bitch (feat. big booty snatcher) (2:09)
27. glory (0:59)
28. magma ocean (0:50)
29. i got ~ (1:38)
30. a chachi chronic break ^ (0:35)
31. green island (0:48)
32. superstring love thing (0:59)
33. change (feat. athena) (1:06)
34. flowing water (0:24)
35. if u were mine (0:29)
36. kiss me baby (pt. ii) (1:44)
37. luxury.life.style (0:33)
38. bobyahead (1:16)
39. the sound of dreams coming true # (1:26)
40. acid trip (1:37)
41. jello shots (1:16)
42. dodgin’ chyckenz ~ (0:50)
43. give love a chance (feat. a brother named george & donwill) (1:06)
44. where you can’t follow # (1:28)
45. at ease (0:32)
46. like magic (0:46)
47. speak on it (0:45)
48. rip/torn (0:54)
49. toe-food (0:54)
50. transient lunar phenomena (0:36)
51. room 508/rapper t’s msn rap freestyle (1:02)
52. petals (1:08)
53. another fire (0:42)
54. the day you fell into me (0:45)
55. searchin’ (0:55)
56. champagne… # (1:47)
57. red/violet (0:27)
58. dreamlude (1:03)
59. tidal force (0:31)
60. smoke, heartache & the stars (1:03)
61. helios (0:44)
62. we are who we think we are (0:53)
63. otha fish ~ (0:51)
64. moonsglow (0:28)
65. the afterschool special (1:25)
66. wrong impression (0:33)
67. just be (pt. ii) (1:07)
68. measure of a man (feat. bintu) (1:18)
69. my weakness (1:09)
70. death & circumstance (0:40)
71. smokesogood (1:00)
72. super(ficial)woman (0:32)
73. see you in my dreams (1:02)
74. love (1:07)
75. every morning * (3:42)

download or stream via Bandcamp link below.

runtime: 79:51.

key:

+ as “The Friendly Bandit”.
# as “Chachi Mandela”.
~ as “Apophys”.
* as “Mista Vee”.
^ as part of “Club Noir”.

everything else as “Vahé”.

all instruments, production,
vocals, writing, mixing
& arrangements by Vahé
except:

track 06 (guitar by BASSCLEF), track 12 (guitar, bass & co-arranged by BASSCLEF), track 20 (written & performed by Soulbrotha), track 26 (performed by Big Booty Snatcher), track 29 (b/ground vocals, beatbox & various sound efx by Big Booty Snatcher & Rapper T), track 33 (written & performed by Athena), track 43 (written & performed by A Brother Named George & Donwill), track 45 (keys by BASSCLEF), track 51 (freestyle raps by Rapper T, laughs by Paul M.), track 53 (produced by Mark De Clive-Lowe), track 57 (keys & synths by BASSCLEF), track 68 (written, performed & co-produced by Bintu), track 75 (guitar by Chords).

(c) 2003-2011.

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Vahé:LeisureCAST – 021. I’m A Mess

Vahé:LeisureCAST – 021. I’m A Mess

after what seems like an eternity (roughly 10 months, in fact), the LeisureCAST mix series finally returns with one intense, glorious, rocked-out 78mins. i mean think about it: 10 months. i change my musical obsession DAILY. the amount of music i’ve managed to be exposed to and absorb over that time has been immense, not to mention really fucking exciting lol. as is always the way, my foray into thrash/noise/stoner/psychedelic rock (modern variants) is what finally sparked me to get back in the game. this is definitely not something a long-time listener might dig or even expect, but it is what it is. and “it” just happens to be fucking kick-ass 🙂 you may have noticed the cover is the first real stylistic shift from the previous standard template i’ve been using. i figure it’s time to get more creative all-around. you can download the mix either in its separate track/chopped format (via mediafire), or stream/download the one-track file directly from the Soundcloud link below. hope y’all dig it 🙂

tracklist:

01. the roots – !!!!!!!
02. thee monkey butlers – ook ook!
03. fatso jetson – rail job
04. radio moscow – little eyes
05. flanders – evolution by selection
06. guadalupe plata – pollo podrío
07. wooden shjips – lazy bones
08. melt-banana – surfin’ usa
09. el camino – chungo’s ganja (demo version)
10. litmus – in the burning light
11. kinski – punching goodbye out front
12. lüger – dracula’s chauffeur wants more
13. calibro 35 – summertime killer
14. bob log iii – you wanna what
15. eidetic seeing – it’s brick out
16. causa sui – gelassenheit
17. astra – the rising of the black sun
18. interkosmos – rockit

runtime = 78:21.

:::DOWNLOAD:::

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Vahé – The Melancholy Metro (2004)

following on with the Gil Scott-Heron vibe, i previously used “Song For Bobby Smith (Alternate Take)” in a 2004 compilation called “The Melancholy Metro”, a very downer and demure mix i made whilst in the throes of massive heartache. i present the mix for y’all today in memory of the man and his passing. and also in memory of Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, a film which served as the impetus and continuing inspiration for making this mix in the first place (a couple of Jon Brion‘s songs from the soundtrack/score appear in the mix). stream/download it as one single file via the newly minted Confessions Of A Curly Mind SoundCloud page.

tracklist:

01. jon brion – down the drain
02. gary jules – mad world
03. sandboy – pomegranate (feat. nanar vorperian)
04. antonio carlos jobim – once i loved (feat. shirly horn)
05. beady belle – april fool
06. miles davis – take it or leave it
07. beck – everybody’s gotta learn sometime
08. red hot chili peppers – porcelain
09. tricky – hell is around the corner
10. portishead – only you
11. cinematic orchestra – burnout
12. gil scott-heron & brian jackson – song for bobby smith (alternate take)
13. jeff buckley – the other woman
14. massive attack – sly
15. sleepy’s theme – 4:30am

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Danger + Vahé – Spring Fever/Autumn Leaves (a mix for both hemispheres)

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Danger of Dipped In Dollars & myself, with the aid of a mutual friend, hooked up for a collabo mix in honour of our respective seasons (hers: Spring in the U.S, mine: Autumn in Australia), and the result is a beautimus mix that goes from upbeat-chill, bouncy n optimistic & segues into contemplative indoor languish-mode. stream/download the whole thing below @ SoundCloud, or choose from .rar or .zip downloads above.

tracklist:

Spring Fever

01. ellie goulding – under the sheets (chiddy bang remix)
02. purity ring – ungirthed
03. vacationer – trip
04. bibio – anything new
05. clive tanaka y su orquesta – neu chicago
06. salva – beached
07. MOTHS – summer
08. taragana pyjarama – ocean
09. busta rhymes – put your hands where my eyes can see (datahowler mashup)
10. shlohmo – places
11. the weeknd – what you need

Autumn Leaves

12. kyoto jazz massive – the dawn (introduction) (feat. vanessa freeman)
13. dj mitsu – night in vienna
14. native – tradition
15. booster – mutation, pt. 1
16. quantic & his combo barbaro – cancao do deserto
17. bebo best & super lounge orchestra – entao en vou
18. embee – drop me by the stairs
19. kaskade – borrowed theme
20. acoustic ladyland – nagel

the beautiful front cover was done by Danger, co-mixed by both of us, final mixdown by Danger. GET AT IT. this whole experience was rather fun, and i got turned onto a buncha new artists as a result. would collab again.

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Vahé – Every Man Is An Island (Ruff Mix)

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i used to make beats, sometimes even these musical entities called “songs”. recently i had a mini resurgence and created this ruff draft beat using Leisure Suit Larry 3 music as the sample source. i kinda dig it. the vibe is all thoughtful n shit, n slightly melancholy. the pic i used is from a trip i took to a place called Green Island off the coast of Cairns. added to the sun/water theme is a lil quote i snagged from Dark City (it’s the two voices u hear near the end).

it’s from a beattape-type project i’m currently working on, tentatively titled Ken Sent Me, named so cos i’ll be using LSL game music as the main sample sources (minus drums and other random shit). the undercurrent seems to be a yearning for the idyllic island life (or at least that’s the story i’m sticking to).

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Vahé Presents…The Leisure Suite mixes #001-010 (2006-2008)

updated the BLAUG with the addition of yet another audio archive, that of my 10-part mix series Vahé Presents…The Leisure Suite. beginning in 2006 and ending in 2008, this was my first serious attempt at sustaining an entire series of quality tunes, and i guess was generally the golden opportunity i gave myself to hone whatever burgeoning mixing and selection skills i had. going back through them again the last few days, the mixes still hold up pretty well. and i know there used to be a little following back in the day for em, so here they are. all 10 mixes archived and ready for listenin 🙂 click here to start perusing and/or downloading.

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Mista Vee presents…The Top 5 Tracks From My YouTube Stash #001

if u were unaware (and u probly were/are cos i am not exactly someone significant), but i have my own YouTube channel: Mista Vee’s Haus Of Love & Fun (the name might change). i upload some of my fav little-heard gems on a daily basis and i’ve favourited a whole shitload more quality stuff. so i thought every now n then i would highlight my uploads here for ur enjoyment, 5 at a time (cos i get wordy as fuck).

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Abstract Truth – Like Water (Drip-Hop Mix)

Abstract Truth, a modern soul/jazz/house/broken beat project featuring Monique Bingham & helmed by bandleader/founder & producer Dana Vlcek (along with Ravi Best, Vincent Chauncey, Jephté Guillaume, Guy Daniels, & Pete Mark). they released some really hot singles in 1996/97 like Get Another Plan & (We Had) A Thing and then vanished without a trace. the Drip-Hop Mix of Like Water is from the Get Another Plan EP (1996) and is a lot more water-like in its changing structure than the original vocal version. that and i used to listen to this profusely when catching the train to University back in the day. expect more blogging to occur on this short-lived yet awesome group of musos.

Lee Fields – You Don’t Know What You Mean (To A Lover Like Me)

from the vintage-but-not-vintage Daptone Records “vault” (this entire description can’t help but be tongue-in-cheek). Lee Fields performs a scorchin hot funk classic, taken from the Daptone 7 Inch Singles Collection Vol. 2 (2008).

Arkarna – House On Fire (Acoustic Version)

i still think it’s rather unbelievable a group like Arkarna is barely known to the average music listener anymore. although some critics derided them for essentially biting the styles of others (when the very same artists they were accused of biting were co-signing the band and even lending their expertise in the studio), Arkarna is an awesome hybrid band that plays a style of music that can only be described as a genre mishmash, a GUMBO, if u will of aural flavas. on their debut album Fresh Meat (1997), for instance, you’ll hear electro-pop, acoustic power ballads, grunge rock, acid techno, and HINTS of Prince (further expanded upon with Skin from their 2nd album The Family Album (1999), which seems to have mysteriously vanished from YouTube, but is one of the funkiest jams they’ve ever made). they’re still active and are working on releasing their newest album, due out any day now. keep in touch via The Official Arkarna Music YouTube Channel. House On Fire is one of their most well-known songs, this acoustic version appears as a hidden/bonus track at the very end of Fresh Meat (1997).

Lulu Jackson – Careless Love

a true buried melancholy gem that appears on Last Kind Words (1926-1953) (2008), an album full of old OLD super rare gospel & blues 78s compiled and released by Mississippi Records. the low-fi quality of the recording only adds to its appeal for me as a nice acoustic ditty bout the follies of love and lust. plus i could imagine this song being used in Punch-Drunk Love (2002) which may explain my extra amounts of love for it.

Gaelle – Ghost In The Machine

i seem to have developed an M.O. over the years for worshiping a certain kind of female musician, one that conjures up images of Sade and Aaliyah, not so much the appearance but the ethereal semi-mystic quality that they exude. Gaelle Adisson is one such semi-mystic quality exuder. this is one of many unreleased tracks that Gaelle briefly made available a few years ago. i’m told it’s from the 1998 sessions with Chris Brann (who also produced this track). shame it never got a release but i guess now it kinda did? *shrugs*

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