Tuesday, January 11, 2011

2010 Double Scrubble: Have Yourself a Merry Scrubble Day Mixtape

Bringing up the rear is in fact a perfectly likely thing for DJ Scrubbin Bubbles to be doing, except that it is usually accompanied by a subsequent putting down of the rear, or just as likely, some kind of side to side movement.

In any case, these were some of the tracks that moved my body the most in 2010, all of them discovered (or bought on vinyl) for the first time this year, though some be as old as the hills, young whipper bug.

The common thread here is "beat oriented," but I tried to cover some tempo, genre, and nation-state ground. Looking at the mix in retro-vision, three clear influences emerge: Fool's Gold, Mad Decent (run by fellow Mississippi native son Diplo), and the long-awaiting opening of All Day Records in beautiful downtown Carrboro, which caused me to spend a whole lot of money in a fairly ecstatic kind of way. And let me tell you, this does not necessarily result in good record purchases, but which nevertheless was a hell of a lot of fun. The two strange vocoder work-outs at the end were finds from All Day. Sorry, I can't resist mixing them together all the time. Thanks Ethan and Charlie!

One final 2010 side-scrubble: was very happy to see the debut of the new record label Paradise of Bachelors, co-run by my former WXYC boss and local soul authority Jason Perlmutter. Said I Had a Vision was a fantastic first effort from them.
Have Yourself a Merry Scrubble Day Mixtape by scrubbin bubbles
M.I.A. - Paper Planes (Todd Terje remix)
Matthew Dear - I Can't Feel
Big Boi – Shutterbug
Sabo & Cassady - Esa Loca Cumbia
Delorean - Real Love (Tiedye Remix)
Hall and Oates - I Can't Go For That
Pogo - Upular (Rynecologist Helium Rework)
Beat Connection - In the Water
Depressed Buttons – Ow!
The Party Squad - Murderer
Douster & Savage Skulls - Bad Girl feat. Robyn
A-Trak - Trizzy Turnt Up (Scrubbin Bubbles edit)
Stush & Hard House Banton - We Nuh Run (Jubilee Remix)
Esplendor Geométrico - Moscú Está Helado
The Suzan - Animal
Mathématiques Modernes - Disco Rough (I. Smagghe Edit)
Bernard Krause - Twist of Fate
Yush 2K - Outlaw Robot

Top albums include:
Matthew Dear - Black City 
Said I Had a Vision: Songs & Labels of David Lee, 1960-1988 (Paradise of Bachelors)
Future Islands - In Evening Air
Delorean - Subiza
Beach House - Teen Dream
The Books - The Way Out
Horaflora / Secret Boyfriend split LP (Hot Releases)
Pykrete - Liber Novus (FrequNC)
The Budos Band - III


  1. Nice beats...I mean't to comment on this to you in person. Did you mix all of this yourself? With what software? Oh, love the picture as well. That's you I assume? So boss!!

  2. I got the free trial of Ableton Live Intro. Which was overkill for my meager talents. It was pretty good at figuring out BPMs, which was helpful. It's easiest just to take two songs with the same BPM and line them up visually by the peaks (beats) in the waveforms.

    After Surplus Sid handed me the suit he said, "You are now prepared for all things chemical, biological, or nuclear."