Thursday, March 13, 2008

Philadelphyinz x Quannum Records SXSW Mix

Philadelphyinz - Quannum Records SXSW Promo Mix
Download link: Yousendit

Ap/Sci - Windows Rattle Off (Remix)
Curumin - Caixa Preta
Pigeon John - Money Back Guarantee (Yinzapella)
Joyo Velarde - Take You Home
Blacklicious - You Didn't Know That Though (Philadelphyinz club edit)
Honeycut - Shadows (Trackademics Remix)
General Elektriks - Opaque Gender
Lifesavas - Shine Language (Sipped Out Yinzer Drum Edit)
Tommy Guerrero - No Guns More Glory

Recently, Skinny and I worked out an arrangement to do a promotional mixtape for Quannum Projects' SXSW showcase this year. Most readers probably know of Quannum Records as the longtime home to indie West Coast hip-hop acts like Blackalicious, DJ Shadow, Latyrx and others. I can't speak for the Left-Coasters, but Quannum has sort of flown under the radar for a lot of people the last several years out here. Honestly, as a result we didn't really know what to expect.

When we got their upcoming release catalogue, we went through it piece by piece. A lot of the artists were the same ones we remembered from our more indie-rap-attentive days earlier in the decade, but while we were sleeping, they'd diversified their roster substantially. Quannum has added Brazilian acts such as Curumin. They've got some more electronic remixes from Trackademics and some Philly soul-style stuff on tap from Joyo Velarde.

The mix is pretty heavily doctored- we added drums to just about everything, changed speeds, chopped shit all over the place. Even stuff not listed as being edited is, in fact, edited most of the time. We listened until we recognized samples and went and pulled the source records and played with those.

Truthfully, it was like Iron Chef- there is a finite amount of source material, but we were determined to make something recognizeably our style, and it worked. The only time we broke the rules was when we busted out the Blackalicious of my shelf and made a club edit of You Didn't Know That Though (No old Quannum they said). Nia is just too good an album to be neglected if you're gonna make a tape for Quannum.

Ultimately, the Quannum SXSW showcase got cancelled this year, although they sent some acts down there.

However, in support of the mix, we are playing a Quannum NYC Showcase this weekend with Curumin (Brasil), Chico Mann (Antibalas, NY) and Los Pirata (Brasil, first US show).

@ Union Pool in Brooklyn, 484 Union Ave @ Meeker

Saturday, March 15th.

we're spinning between sets and from 12-4

$10 before midnight, free afterwards.

The mix can also be found on the blog at

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