26 Feb 2012

Mix: Akuma presents Jungle Heritage

Another new mix for y'all, and this time it's a drum and bass ting. I've focused on tracks that pay homage to classic jungle. Download link and tracklisting after the jump.

Akuma presents Jungle Heritage

Breakage - Old Skool Ting
Switch & Andrea Martin - I Still Love You (Acapella)
Need for Mirrors - Zercon
Total Science & S.P.Y - Magic Hour
Die & Break - Deep Search
Tayza - Firefist
Die - Ghet'to Bizness
Calibre - Garbage Man
Serum & Bladerunner - Take It Back
DMinds - Directions (Original Mix)
Lynx & Hellrazor - Shady Pastimes
Basher & Xtrah - Reflections
Need For Mirrors - Odd Future
Firefox - Who Is It (Bladerunner Remix)
Interface - Get Down (Original Mix)
Aswad - City Lock ft. Sweetie Irie (Breakage Remix)
Basher - Transmission
Artificial Intelligence - Pigeon Hole
Serum - Only A Dream
Serum - Rat Trap VIP
Serum ft Bladerunner - New Era
Die & Break - Slow Down VIP
Die & Break - Grand Funk Hustle
S.P.Y. & Total Science - Testimony
Serum - Ammo Dump
TC - What's Going On
Serial Killaz - Fresh Styles
N3gus - Kites
Joker - Slaughter House (TC Remix)
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31 Jan 2012

Mix: Akuma presents Stayin' Grimey

Well it's been a while but I'm back with a new mix of grimey/dubstep sounds for your listening enjoyment. Download link and tracklisting after the jump...

Akuma presents Stayin' Grimey

Spooky - Spartan (Mosca Dub)
Doorly - She Got Moves ft. Footsie
Dev79 - Get 2 Know ft Slix (J-Sweet Remix)
Spooky - Rusty Bell
Terror Danjah - Full Attention (Mister Maff Remix)
S-X - Woooo Riddim (Royal-T Remix)
Footsie - 1 Spliff
Teddy Music - Doomed ft. Newham Generals
Double S - Pot Full of Gold
Swindle - Ignition ft. Footsie & Nadia Suliman
Redlight - Get Out My Head (Joker Remix)
J-Sweet - Can't Stop My Grime (Starkey Remix)
Benga - United Kingdom
True Tiger - Bloodtrail
Kozzie - Riding Out
Zed Bias - Badness ft. Skream
Starkey - Resident 27
Merky Ace - Greaze
Rival - They Said
Rampz & Killa P - Can't Violate Us (Spooky Remix)
DJ Q - All Junglist
JME - 96 Fuckries

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21 May 2011

Exclusive track: Merky Ace ft Kozzie & Shif Man - Screwdriver VIP (Akuma Remix)

This track has been cropping up in a few of my mixes as of late and I figured it's time to liberate it for the masses. It's a remix I did of Merky Ace, Kozzie & Shif Man's massive Screwdriver track. As always, download link is after the jump. Feel free to provide feedback in the comments.

Merky Ace ft Kozzie & Shif Man - Screwdriver VIP (Akuma Remix)
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14 May 2011

Mix: DJ Akuma presents Mutant Bass

Here's a little mix from me to promote AON's nights at Hive in Brixton. The night is every 1st and 3rd Friday, and I'm joined by my fellow resident DJ Nicky D as well as special guests. We play everything from hip-hop through to drum and bass, with an emphasis on hard hitting beats and low rumbling bass lines - although we like to throw things in for the ladies too! You can join AON's facebook page here to keep updated on the events and special guests.

This mix celebrates UK garage's legacy, spanning dubstep, grime and bassline sounds. As always the tracklisting and download link are provided after the jump.

DJ Akuma presents Mutant Bass

01. Doctor - Lick Shot Bo Bo
02. Mensah & Eddie K - Untitled
03. Breakage ft Jessie Mills - Fighting Fire
04. Merky Ace, Kozzie & Shif Man - Screwdriver VIP (Akuma Remix)
05. Royal T - Hot Ones (Remix)
06. Rusko - Everyday (DJ Q Remix)
07. Toddla T ft Shola Ama & J2K - Take It Back (DJ Q Remix)
08. Sia - Little Man (DJ Q vs Wookie Mix)
09. Yasmin - On My Own (Royal T Remix)
10. Siobhan - Wifey (Big Ang Bassline Mix)
11. Chase & Status ft Delilah - Time (C&S Champagne Bubbler Mix)
12. Noisses - Vampire Riddem
13. True Tiger vs Gucci Mane - Slang Like Gucci (DJ Cable Thugstep Refix)
14. True Tiger ft. P Money, Blacks & Newham Generals - Slang Like This (Remix)
15. Ginuwine vs L-Wiz - Pony (DJ Cable Thugstep Blend)
16. Starkey ft Merky Ace & Kozzie - PC
17. D Double E - Street Fighter Riddim
18. Maxsta - East London is Back
19. Kano - Ps & Qs
20. Babylon Zoo - Spaceman (Stenchy Bootleg)
21. Katy B ft Ms Dynamite - Lights On (Skream Remix)
22. P Money vs Flux Pavilion - Bass Cannon
23. Rival vs Nytz - Riot
24. Jack Beats - All Night (Skream Remix)
25. Little Jinder ft Ras Kass - Youth Blood (12th Planet & Flinch Remix)
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5 May 2011

Exclusive Mix: DJ Kalm presents Brand New Retro

DJ Kalm has been in the game for over 10 years: releasing tracks on labels such as Hospital Records, providing remixes for the likes of Roni Size/Reprazent, and DJing across the world from Paris through to Iceland with the likes of Fabio, Krust, DJ Marky and Marcus Intalex. The man is a legend, and continues to support drum and bass music on his weekly Rude FM show (88.2FM – Saturdays 8pm-10pm).

Inspired by Akuma's recent Sunshine Mix (click here), he has provided this excellent new mix which includes some highly exclusive unreleased music by Roni Size and J-Raq. This is the first of a few mixes in a series, including a forthcoming Akuma & Kalm back-to-back mix featuring unreleased dubplate specials and classic cuts from the vaults.

Big shout out to all those representing the music and keeping the vibe alive. The tracklisting and download links are provided after the jump. Hope you enjoy the mix!

DJ Kalm - Brand New Retro Mix (click here to download)

01. Pressure Drop - Got To Be For Real (Grooverider Remix)
02. J-Raq - Take Me Away (dubplate)
03. Basement Jaxx - Fly Life (Roni Size Remix)
04. Skylab - The Trip (Roni Size Remix)
05. Olive - Miracle (Roni Size Remix)
06. J-Raq - The Buzz (dubplate)
07. DJ Shadow - What Does Your Soul Look Like? (DJ Die Remix)
08. Jay Dee - Plastic Dreams (Peshay Remix)
09. Jaz Klash – BQE (DJ Die Remix)
10. Roni Size - Treatment (dubplate)
11. Jaz Klash - Thru the Haze (Suv Remix)
12. Roni Size/Reprazent Dirty Beats (DJ Kalm Remix)
13. DJ Die - Achilles Heel
14. Roni Size – Untitled (dubplate)
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18 Apr 2011

Mix: DJ Akuma presents Sunshine Mix

Did a mix this weekend, inspired by all the sunshine we've been having lately. This one's taking you back to the glory days of the late 90s' and early 00's - classics I remember hearing on Kool FM on Bryan Gee's Sunday night shows (plus a Bassface Sascha tune from 2006 which sounds VERY 1999), with a couple of super-exclusives thrown in for the heads. Dubplate pressure! As always, big shout out to the legendary DJ Kalm - always giving mad love and support. Download link and tracklist for the mix are after the jump.

Click here (mediafire): DJ Akuma presents Sunshine Mix

or if you prefer... Soundcloud

Sunshine Mix by akuma

01. Peshay – Switch
02. Peshay – In The Ghetto (Instrumental)
03. DJ Die – Cure 4 Dis
04. Kamanchi ft Lady Miss Kier – Back To The Boogie
05. Mask – Splurt
06. Redman – I Gotta Secret
07. Roni Size – Visiting Angels
08. Roni Size/Reprazent – Watching Windows (Remix)
09. Roni Size/Reprazent – Watching Windows (DJ Die’s Gnarly Instrumental)
10. Krust - Tribute
11. Scorpio – Ali Baba
12. Supply & Demand – Show Me
13. Capone – Friday
14. Mechanizm – Bust Da Speaker
15. Bassface Sacha – Dedication
16. Clipz – Soundboy
17. Ram Trilogy – Huggy Bear
18. DJ Die – Reminisce
19. DJ Die – Reincarnated (The Remix)
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16 Mar 2011

RIP Nathaniel Dwayne Hale aka Nate Dogg

It’s hard to under-appreciate the contribution that Nate Dogg made to the more melodic end of hip-hop’s history. His early work on Dr Dre’s The Chronic came at a time when few hip-hop artists were using melody and sung hooks to counterbalance the more hard-hitting rap elements of the music. In 2011 it’s unremarkable to find a rap hit with an r&b artist crooning throughout the chorus, in the early 90’s it was most definitely the exception. It didn’t take long for Nate to gather a dedicated following – his unique baritone vocals providing a suave contribution to the music of his collaborators Tha Dogg Pound, Dre, Snoop and Warren G. He undoubtedly brought new fans to the genre, while honouring American black music’s soulful history: a natural successor to the likes of Willie Hutch and Teddy Pendergrass.

Suprisingly, his solo career never reached the giddy heights of his collaborations with the likes of Warren G, Pharaohe Monch and Eminem – perhaps because his music so often fell within the grey area between hip-hop and r&b, but never truly firmly in one camp. Too gangster for Usher fans but, (unaided by raps from collaborators) too smooth for the hardcore rap contingent. This was a shame – much of his solo work still merits repeated listening.

To call him influential might be a misnomer – his style was never successfully adopted by any other singer, save perhaps for Jaheim’s gangster r&b. But much loved and entirely unique he most certainly was – as evidenced by the outpourings of grief from fans on Twitter reacting to news of his passing. A world without Nate Dogg is a difficult proposition, with no artist capable of filling his considerable shoes. I implore younger rap fans with only knowledge of Akon as the go-to-guy for hooks to check out his music. And for those of you already well acquainted with his work, check it out too and remind yourselves just why his position as the hook king is, and will continue to be, fully assured.

We’ll miss you Nate.
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