My Thang


As I wind down the work for another year let me share a few gems I've found of late. First up a dub edit of Katy B's On A Mission by DJ Captain Planet.

Katy On A Mission (Captain Planet Remix) by DJ Captain Planet
Download: Katy B - On A Mission (Captain Planet Remix) mp3 

Next up a jazzy retouch of Eric B & Rakim's Don't Sweat The Technique by Freqnik & WDRE.

Eric B & Rakim Dont Sweat The Technique WDRE & Freqnik Blue Label Remix by Freqnik & WDRE

Not forgetting one of my favorite remixers of the year Belabouche with a nice retouch of the godfather of soul. Check out his Soundcloud for heaps more goodness.

James Brown - My Thang (Edit) by (((Belabouche)))

Too Hip To Be Square 2nd Anniversary

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After a brief hiatus, this coming Saturday 3rd December I make a return to hosting my Too Hip To Be Square night but this time at The Westbury, West London. It's been two years since I started the night dedicated to playing both my guests and my own favorite records of the past 5 decades.

So, to celebrate I've decided to invite some previous guests back to relive the good times. Please be upstanding, and be prepared to throw a shape or two, to the sounds of Stu Streetlife and Jim Sharp. For full details and to RSVP hit up the Facebook Event.

To get you in the mood, here's a 5 minute mini mix I recently put together exploring the eclectic sounds we play on the night.

Too Hip To Be Square Mini Mix by Oh-Death

And if you're looking for something to play out yourself, check out Stu Streetlife's Soundcloud for some original material and re-edits, like this little number:

Ian Dury - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Streetlife DJs Re-Edit) by StuStreetlife

Also, here's a recent treat from Jim Sharp:

6 Million Drummers Get Wicked by Jim Sharp

Need Moar

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After stumbling across DJ Moar's Soundcloud earlier I think this Parisian deserves some extra credit. His Myspace claims he was a "Breaker in 1982, Tagger in 1989, Mc in 1993, Beatmaker Since 1996, Dj Since 2000, Co-owner & A&R of Trad Vibe Records since 2005..." other than that I'm pretty new to his music. But his edits, sometimes a simple manipulation of the original, others a full blown break apart and rebuild, speak for themselves. Check out his Soundcloud for more.

ODB vs CRUSADERS - Got Your Money (Dj Moar Remix) FREE 320kpbs by Dj Moar
Raashan Ahmad with Aloe Blacc & Gift Of Gab "i'm good" (Dj Moar Remix) FREE 320kpbs by Dj Moar
Marvin G. - Mercy (Dj Moar Remix) (WAVE) by Dj Moar
Tequila B-Boy Edit (Dj Moar) FREE 320kpbs by Dj Moar
I Need Dollar - Moar Edit by Dj Moar
Check out his mixtape showcasing his edits:  
Dj Moar - Enjoy my funky stuffs (abstract) by Dj Moar

Rise And Hypnotize

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It's been a busy month here at OD HQ, but a bit slow on the music side of things. Yet again Jim Sharp is passing through with another smart edit. This time he's tackled The Notorious B.I.G. and added the extended original sample from Herb Alperts track Rise.

Hypnotize (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp

If you'd prefer not to hear Biggie's vocals then how about this funked up retouch of the original from DJ Moar. Check out his Soundcloud for more.
 
Herb Alpert - Rise (Dj Moar Remix) FREE 320kpbs by Dj Moar

Another One Bites The Dust

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Jim Sharp is back with another handful of crafted edits of old and new. A particular favorite of mine is the Otis edit. The best bit, in my opinion, of Kanye & Jay Z's track Otis is of course the sample of Reading himself, Jim has blended the original edit with the rap vocals giving the man credit for such an awesome track to begin with. Check out his Soundcloud for more.

Try A Little Otis (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp
Magic Number (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp
Another One Bites The Dust (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp
Ain't Got The Love (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp

Lowdown

Paid In Full

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ERIC B & RAKIM Paid In Full (Classy Mix) by Freqnik & WDRE

DJ Mehdi R.I.P.

DJ Mehdi: 20 January 1977 - 13 September 2011 R.I.P.

He was one of the best DJ's I have had the pleasure of seeing live. He had such a passion for the music he played, and love for the crowd he played to.

This set he played as part of the Live at Revival Ontario Beats Fool's Gold Tour alongside A-Trak is a fine example of his eclectic taste in music and ability to cut and mix between genres. The part about half way through when he drops Signatune is incredible. An aspiring DJ who many admired and who many aspired to be, he will be greatly missed.

A-Trak & DJ Mehdi - Live at Revival Ontario Beats Fool's Gold Tour 2007.mp3 (Via Megaupload)

Summer House '11


I threw together some house & nu disco records the other week and made this little mixtape, but in my haste I forgot to post it here. Anyway, the tracks should still hold some essence of summer for you to squeeze onto before we knuckle down to a hard cold winter. Tracklisting & download from my Soundcloud.

Summer House Mix 2011 by Oh-Death

Too hip To Be Square Vs. Deathwish Disco Pt.11

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In just over 1 weeks time on Friday 19th I'll be back at 93 Feet East hosting Too Hip To Be Square in the bar with Deathwish Disco in the main room. This will be our last event at 93 Feet East before we take a break from our monthly residency than has spanned over a year there. It's not the end of Too Hip To Be Square, we'll be back soon.

So, not letting this last event dampen our spirits we intend to go out with a bang. Along with free giveaways on the night we have DJ Pepper joining us for an eclectic party set. Both Alruii and myself will be spinning early with Fade In Fade Out doing a live AV/DJ set, then the residents will be going back to back for an allstars set to finish the night.

Next door Deathwish Disco are certainly not going out with a whimper either as they bring back the mighty Elite Force and fellow U&A Recordings signing The Loops Of Fury who along with residents Heavy Knights plan to bring the base face upon Brick Lane one last time.

For full details check out the Facebook Event page.

Check out Pepper's recent live mix:

Summer Warm Up '11 by Pepper...

Elite Force live at Rough Tempo Radio:

Elite Force - Live at Rough Tempo Radio - 29/06-11 by Elite Force

Here's The Loops Of Fury's recent mix for Climbatize Sessions on Ideal Club World Radio:

Climbatize Sessions (June 2011) by TheLoopsOfFury

Stand Back

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Jackmaster Hawk doesn't appear to be giving much information away on his various profiles other than being from the Netherlands however, that cannot be said for his generous posting of downloadable edits of funk, disco, pop & rock on his Soundcloud page. Without removing the tracks structure and transforming it into a new genre or tempo he crafts mixable intro's & outro's and extended breaks throughout favorites and lesser known tracks. Here's a little selection but, be sure to check out his Soundcloud for a load more.

Stand Back - Stevie Nicks (Hawk re-edit) by Jackmaster Hawk

Spank - JBH (Jackmaster Hawk bootleg dub) by Jackmaster Hawk

Tramp - Thomas & Redding (Hawk Edits reboot) 100 DL by Jackmaster Hawk

Hard to Handle - Otis Redding (Hawk Edits re-edit) by Jackmaster Hawk

Watcha See Is Watcha Get - The Dramatics (Jackmaster Hawk re-edit) by Jackmaster Hawk

Singing Funky Music Turns Me On - Jackie Moore (Hawk's little re-edit) by Jackmaster Hawk

Got The Funk - Positive Force (Hawk re-edit II) by Jackmaster Hawk

The Funk Sessions

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Ramp FM "The Funk Sessions" Guestmix by marchype

Wake Up

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Ian Dury - Wake up & make love with me (Red Axes Re-Fix) by Klasse Recordings

Twister



Greg Wilson, one of my favorite DJ's and remixer's is currently releasing previously unreleased & limited release edits via his Soundcloud page:

"Having finally got around to upgrading my SoundCloud account, I'm going to start uploading a whole heap of edits and remixes, in addition to the DJ mixes I regularly add, at the rate of at least a wav a week. This will be ongoing (a lot of stuff to get up there) and include downloads available to all, but also downloads that are only privately accessible."

What's interesting is the description accompanying each edit like, when he sampled Oliver Cheatham’s 1983 release ‘Get Down Saturday Night' for his ‘Twister’/'Time And Place (Disco Break)' only to leave it on the backburner too long, before Vito Lucente who scored a #1 hit with the Room 5 single ‘Make Luv’ sampling the very same record in 2002. I think you'd agree that Wilsons edit beats Lucente's naff house remix any day.

808 State 'Pacific State' (greg wilson electric chair edit) by gregwilson

Teenage DJ aka Greg Wilson 'Time And Place (Disco Break)' by gregwilson

The Bassheads 'Is There Anybody Out There?' (greg wilson edit) by gregwilson

The League Unlimited Orchestra 'Don't You Want Me' (greg wilson edit) by gregwilson

Too hip To Be Square Vs. Deathwish Disco Pt.10

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Headlining my monthly shindig at 93 Feet East this month is Demetrios Boogie (Mookie) along with fellow DJ/Blogger Push Music (pushmusic.co.uk) & the usual suspect residents. As usual we kick things off at 7 and go through until 1am and it's free entry all night.

Next door, Deathwish Disco have Calvertron, Wizard and Heavy Knights. Check out the Facebook event for full details.

Crosstown Traffic



Jim Sharp's back again with some extended and tweeked edits to add to your summer mixtapes. Get in quick for the limited mp3 downloads. Also be sure to check out his Soundcloud for more treats.

Crosstown Edit (The Jimi Sharp Mix) by Jim Sharp

I Forgot To Be Your Lover (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp

Fast Car (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp

Music (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp

Gottwood

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Follow bloggers You Can Call Me Pelski are teaming up with Berlin based agency Jackmode to host a stage at this years Gottwood Festival on June 30th - July 3rd. They will play host to the likes of; Round Table Knights, Matanza, Monkey Safari, Eldoko, John Marshall, Darkly, Pelski, Sharkbait, Timmy P, Seka and Croz on their stage alone. For more info on their stage at Gottwood plus tonnes of free mp3s from their headliners head here.

The festival also packs a hefty lineup featuring the likes of; Mr Scruff, Jamie XX, Lee Foss, Max Cooper, Phil Kieran, The Correspondents, Dj Format, Midland, Zeds Dead, Mr Thing, My Panda Shall Fly, Monkey Safari, Jack Sparrow, Chris Coco, Perc, Dark Sky, Lorcan Mak, Koreless, Dutty Moonshine, Dan Beaumont, Royalty and Autophase to name a few. Check out the website for full details.

Tickets can be bought here and when buying the tickets use the below Pelski code for free drinks, a programme and other goodies at the festival:

GOTTPELSKIJACKMODE

In the meantime, check out the fine mix by Pelski:

Gottwood's Got Soul Mixtape by pelski

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Longrain

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Great mix from the Softwar boys they recently put together for a Sydney restaurant. Quite an uplifting mix considering, but when there's char grilled octopus & crisp pork belly with watermelon, roast chilli & black vinegar on the menu I'm sure there's every reason to feel good.

Long-Groin by softwar

Too hip To Be Square Vs. Deathwish Disco Pt.9

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On Friday 17th June Too Hip To Be Square returns to it's monthly staple at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane. This month we have the quite frankly amazing Ali B. As well as a weekly show on Kiss FM, you can catch Ali B hosting Saturday nights at West London’s ‘Paradise’ where his legendary 5 hour sets seamlessly take in everything from blues and funk to rock, soul, dub, disco and beyond, captured on his ever popular series of ‘Oh Shit!’ mix tapes and weekly ‘Airpod’ podcast. Check out Ali's recent mixtape below.

Also we have the J&D Sessions returning to play their usual fix of disco re-edits and rare grooves along with the usual suspect residents Alruii, Fade In Fade Out & myself Oh-Death.

Next door Deathwish Disco will be kicking things off at 9 featuring RackNRuin, Pixel Fist, Scoundrel and residents Heavy Knights. For full details and RSVP check out the Facebook group.

Bastard Measure


Next month the Bastard Measure design collective (myself included) will be exhibiting some artwork from our recent Issue 3 newspaper at the Made Up popup shop.
As well as being able to buy a copy of said paper there will also be a whole host of hand made art & craft for sale so come down for a browse, beer & boogie on Thursday June 16th.

Exhibition runs on from June 17th until June 19th so you've gotta be quick!

Half Moon Bay


Zimmer is back with another amazing mixtape to cruise you gently into the weekend.

Zimmer - Half Moon Bay | May Mixtape by Zimmer

Heard it somewhere before - Part 4


Paul Mcartney - Let Em In
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Is it me or does the "D the I the D the D the Y" chorus in P. Diddy's track D.I.D.D.Y sound like the percussion & flute section (from about 1:26) in Paul Mcartney's Let Em In?


P. Diddy ft. Pharrell - D.I.D.D.Y
Released: 10/07/01

Too hip To Be Square Vs. Deathwish Disco Pt.8

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On Friday 20th May we return to our monthly regular at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane hosting the bar with Deathwish Disco next door in the main room.

This month we have the wonderful talent of DJ Matman (UK DMC champ '05/ Droppin' Science), DJ Ch!co (FBBB/ Cirque Du Soir/ Jet Black), plus the usual residents Aluri, Fade In Fade Out & myself Oh-Death.

As always we kick off from 7pm and go on through until 1am. Free entry all night.
Check out the Facebook Event for more details & RSVP.

Here's a little taste of what we may expect from DJ Matman in his recent Midas Touch Mix. Check out his Mixcloud for more.


Also, as always, Deathwish Disco will be firing things off from 9 in the main room. This month they have Engine Earz Experiment - Live, Drumsound & Bassline Smith (Technique Recordings) plus residents Heavy Knights (B2b Old Skool Breaks Set).

The Light

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Jim Sharp is back again with yet another tight mixtape and this little beauty of an edit. This is for everyone who's tried and failed to beatmatch Common's The Light with the originally sampled Open Your Eyes by Bobby Caldwell. It's all about a key change. Thanks Jim!

The Light (Jim Sharp Edit) by Jim Sharp

I'ma Put You On Mixtape by Jim Sharp

THTBS @ Albert & Pearl

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This Friday 13th, Alruii and myself will be taking the Too Hip To Be Square party to The Albert & Pearl, Islington for a Friday night frolic from 9 until late.

Since we're always doing the early warmup sets at our regular at 93 Feet East we're gonna be flexing our DJ muscle that little bit more and showing you what we can really do when we have the decks to ourselves. Pop by the DJ booth to say hi and pick up a free mix cd or two. Free entry all night!

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Too hip To Be Square Vs. Deathwish Disco Pt.7

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In just over a week I return to my monthly residency hosting Too Hip To Be Square at 93 Feet East. This month we have the quite brilliant Mooqee (Bombstrikes/ Finger Lickin') along with residents Alruii, Fade In Fade Out, Pink Eye & myself. We kick off from 7pm and go through until 1am and of course as always it's free entry all night. For more details and to RSVP check out the Facebook event.

Check out the man Mooqee's recent mix for a taste of what to expect on the night.

Sounds Of The Mooqeeness Vol 1 by Mooqee

Also, if that wasn't enough next door Deathwish Disco will have the mighty Aquasky, Dodge & Fuski and residents Heavy Knights spinning the finest break step & bassline.

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Cruisin'

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"Zimmer’s music is a feel good, body-warming and enthusiastic wave that goes straight to the heart and stays until the end of the night."

I couldn't really put it better myself. Check out these two tracks out below from the young Parisian. Also, if the sun is shining where you are, or even if it's not, his recent mix is sure to brighten up your day. I was expecting quite a slo-mo dose of disco but this is a very eclectic mix varying in tempo from start to finish. Très bon!

Zimmer - Cruisin' by Zimmer

Gene Chandler - Does She Have A Friend (Zimmer Edit) by Zimmer

Zimmer - Still Cruisin' | March Mixtape by Zimmer

No Way Back


Taking you back to the house scene of the 80's with this re-rub. It features a touch more hefty beat than the Greg Wilson edit a while back to keep those disco's a chuggin'.

Adonis - No Way Back (Alphabet City Re-Rub) by BlackLodge

Eminence Front

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I recently fell upon Peter Zohdy's (aka: Sorte Slyngel) Soundcloud after a friend recommended his rework of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' and discovered a world of chuggy disco and house edits galore.

What's surprising, and makes him stand out from the world of re-edits flooding Soundlcoud, is the selection of tracks he's chosen to rework. From Maze to Michael McDonald to The Who and The Turtles, Zohdy isn't limiting himself strictly to original disco and house tracks. Check out his tracks below and via his Soundcloud.

The Who - Eminence Front (Peter Zohdy's Bravado Rework) by Peter Zohdy

Maze - Twilight (Peter Zohdys Gentle Edit) by Peter Zohdy

Marvin Gaye - Whats Going On (Peter Zohdy Rework) by Peter Zohdy

The Turtles - You Showed Me (Peter Zohdy Botox Edit) by Peter Zohdy

Peter Zohdy - The Pyramid Dancer by Peter Zohdy

Too Hip to Be Square Vs. Deathwish Disco pt.6

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In a little over two weeks on Friday 18th March, I'll be returning to host my monthly shindig at 93 Feet East. This month, along with the usual suspects, we have 2 Bit Thugs joining us bringing with them their eclectic taste in music and DJ finesse. Check out their Half Hour Hype Mix and Data Transmission podcast for a sample of what to expect.

2 Bit Thugs - Half Hour Hype Mix 001 by 2 Bit Thugs

2 Bit Thugs - Data Transmission Podcast (DTP125) by 2 Bit Thugs

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Next door the Deathwish Disco boys will have Vent, Delta Heavy and James D'lay holding things down in the main room from 9pm. For more details check out the Facebook Event

Cash Is Too Tight To Mention


Tonight is my 12th night hosting Too Hip To Be Square so to celebrate I made a quick bootleg for your entertainment. If you haven't already, make sure you RSVP at the Facebook Event.

Cash Is Too Tight To Mention (Oh-Death Bootleg) by Oh-Death

Too Hip To Be Square vs Deathwish Disco Pt.5

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Last month Arveene (Arveene & Misk) played a stormer of a set with his eclectic electronic style. This month I return to host the second room at 93 Feet East with yet another riotous lineup of DJ's to spin the musical hidden treasures and guilty pleasures spanning the past five decades you thought you had forgotten. Expect hip-hop, house, disco, electronica and rock as this months guest and resident DJ's take you back to the day's when MTV actually played music videos.

Along with the usual suspects this month will be; Jim Sharp, back to make up for his last minute cancellation last month. Joining him will be previous guests the J&D Sessions back to spin their favorite disco and house edits of the moment. Finally, I'm pleased to announce the late addition of DJ, producer & A&R for Switch’s Dubsided label; Neoteric. Aside from rocking clubs from his hometown of Vancouver to Berlin, Neo will be dropping by to spin an party set exclusively for Too Hip To Be Square. The night next Friday 18th February kicks off from 7 and goes on until 1am and it's free entry all night!

Next door, Deathwish Disco will be back with yet another hefty lineup featuring a single launch from Pyramid, also playing will be SKisM, a live P.A from Julie Thompson and Rattus Rattus.

For more details, check out the Facebook Event here.

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Papa Was A Rolling Stone

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Deep and grooving house remake of this Temptations classic by RIVIERA aka Violca Yryku (Fritz Helder & The Phantoms, MANSION). Free download courtesy of Kinetika Records.

The Temptations-Papa was a rolling stone (RIVIERA 'Papa was a house gangsta' remix) by Kinetika Records

G-Lite


I've been meaning to make an edit of Dee Lite's 'Groove Is In the Heart' vs. the originally sampled Vernon Burch's 'Get Up' for a while now but, I've been beaten to the post with this tidy house re-edit of just Vernon's track, far surpassing what I had in mind.

G-Lite - Vin Sol & Charles McCloud by Vin Sol

Too Hip To Be Square vs Deathwish Disco Pt.4

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This coming Friday I return to host Too Hip To Be Square at 93 Feet East, Brick Lane featuring the DJ talent's of Arveene, Jim Sharp, Alruii, Fade In Fade Out and of course myself. We're all in the Pink Bar from 7-1am and it's free entry all night.

To get you pumped then check out the fresh promo mix from resident Alruii:

Too Hip to be Square Promo - Jan 2011 by alruii

Also, if that wasn't enough then next door fellow promoters Deathwish Disco will be kicking off all things nasty and bass heavy with Elite Force, Cutline and residents Heavy Knights from 9 in the main room.

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Parté


Remember a few years back when Ed Banger records was really kicking off and all the blog's were on fire with the latest "blog house" tunes? Yeah funny that. Well while we wait for Justice to come out of retirement for a greatest hits tour we'll have to look for the next likely lad/lad's(/laddette's?) to re-surface amoungst the techno and dubstep currently flooding the airwaves.

One such likely contender is a guy called Choreo who's influence and sound is not too dissimilar to Justice, or Daft punk for that matter. Touching on early Daft Punk-esque melodies accompanied with heavy grinding electro similar to that from Augé and De Rosnay.

Check out his original productions and remixes over at his Souncloud page.

Choreo - Parté by Choreo

Choreo - Lust by Choreo

Choreo PromoMix Winter 2010 by Choreo

It's Tha Joint!

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Next week I team up with Stew Streetlife (Streetlife DJ's) for our new night It's Tha Joint! at The City Arts & Music Project, London featuring the best blockparty jams ever! Stew and myself will be playing the finest party grooves from Hip-Hop to Disco, Soul to Electro-Funk and even Reggae to Dancehall.

Checkout the Facebook Event for more details.