In 2009, SHIFT was conceived inside a small, forward-thinking venue just outside of Los Angeles called The Crosby as a sonic collaboration between the World Famous Beat Junkies' DJ Rhettmatic, experimental producer Free the Robots and Los Angeles dance party staple PLANN.B. In an experiment to bring their wide-ranging musical tastes together under one roof, a new sound was born that bridged hip hop, experimental beats, electronic, soul, and house music. What resulted was a 6-year run that saw the residents cutting loose for capacity crowds alongside guests like Prince Paul, Dam Funk, J. Rocc, Maseo, DJ Numark, B-Real, DJ Day, Houseshoes & Soulection just to name a few.
In summer 2015, the party will embark on a 6-year anniversary run with events slated for Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco, with more shows to be added throughout the fall. The three residents decided to drop this freebie mix as a thank you for all the support they've received over the years. This is exactly what a night at Shift might sound like…enjoy this wild mishmash of boogie, disco, glitchy, experimental beats, breaks, future bass and hip hop.
PART 1: DJ RHETTMATIC (0:00 - 21:30)
01. Kano - Can't Hold Back (Your Loving)
02. George Benson - Give Me The Night
03. Positive Force - We Got The Funk
04. DJ A1 - Baby
05. Zikomo - Fly Love
06. Sy Smith - Gettin Down (Remix)
07. Black Ivory - Mainline (Flaunt Edwards Edit)
08. Esta - Only One
09. J. Rocc - Star (Remix)
10. Church Boy Lou - Show Me
11. Ant Acid vs. B.T.W. - Party Time (Re-Edit)
PART 2: FREE THE ROBOTS (21:31 - 44:13)
01. Cohen Beats (ft. Shafiq Husayn) - Rimona
02. Free the Robots - Take Flight
03. Danny Scrilla (ft. Om Unit) - Hunch
04. Co.fee - Mango Pickle Edit
05. Betty Ford Boys - Two
06. Chief & Dehab - It's All About Love (Flipped)
07. Cazal Organizm - Ask My N***a Cazal
08. Zackey Force Funk - Out of my Mind
09. Danny Drive Thru - VirtuaRap
10. Sapan Chakraborty / R.D. Burman - Baby Let's Dance Together
11. Dimlite - Fridge Note
12. Free the Robots - Unreleased Flip (Sorry)
13. Pigmeat Arkham - Here Comes the Judge
14. Roy Ayers - Searching
15. Keren Dun & Cohen - What's on Your Mind
16. Golden Hands - Country Scenes
17. William Onyeabor - Body & Soul
PART 3: PLANN.B (44:14 - End)
01. DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn - Luchini VIP
02. MNDSGN - Maintenance
03. Mikos da Gawd (ft. Mr. Carmack) - Get Lo
04. Penthouse Penthouse - Going Out
05. Wantigga - Like That
06. Kaytranada - Killa Cats
07. Jon Wayne - The Come Up (Part 2)
08. Astronote - Liquid I
09. The Clipse (ft. Camron & Pharrell) - Popular Demand
10. Thugli - What Happened?
11. Jailo - Smoke ('Til I'm Gone)
12. Milo Mills - Sweeter Than Rice Cake
13. Nikes x Lefty x Moondoctor - $mokin Ha$h
14. Patrick Brian - Gold Card
15. Missy Elliot - Work It (R4 Edit)
16. The Freshest - Buggin' (Kutcorners & Marvel Canadian Club Edit)
17. Jay-Z - N*gga What, N*gga Who
18. Raven - Is It Real?
19. Kendrick Lamar - 2U (C. Justice Bootleg)
Reading Material Friday: Dilla's F*ck the Police, It Takes a Nation, Portishead's 'Dummy' at 20, Can Ox, and more...
Hiphopsite.com (now defunct) founder, DJ Pizzo has taken his writing talents to Medium.com and has published some articles I think you all will enjoy. Save them for your Sunday morning coffee or read them to help you get to the weekend. Either way, a little reading never hurt the hip hopper's soul.
It Took a Nation: The Greatest Rap Album Gets Its Due - Chuck D discusses Public Enemy's masterpiece.
The Music of Pulp Fiction: How Tarantino's Curated Classic Changed the Way We Listen to Movies
Portishead's "Dummy" at 20
Hoping For A Better Tomorrow: How Wu-Tang Got It Wrong and Ghost Got It Right
How El-P and Cannibal Ox Crafted a Cult Classic
When J Dilla Said, "Fuck the Police"
I still haven't seen the movie and probably won't until it hits the DVD/Pay-per-view circuit, but I hear mostly good things. My personal ranking of NWA efforts would have to be: Eazy-Duz-it, Niggaz4Life, and then Straight Outta Compton. All are classics, but that is my personal preference. You can check DJ Big Texas' other original mixes of NWA albums HERE.
Very candid interview with Free The Robots that includes several views of his home studio. Clement & Co. also did what I consider to be a highly recommended interview of Kutmah. Unfortunately, the embedded option is disabled so you'll have to go HERE to see the interview.
Another gem from BeatPete.
- Intro / Madlib
- The Last Poets
- Piero Umiliani
- L.A. Carnival
- MF Doom
- DJ Spinna
- Polyrhythm Addicts
- Bored Stiff
- Bored Stiff
- J. Dilla
- House Shoes
- Madvillain / Madlib RMX
- Bugseed & Ill Sugi
- Kid Sundance & Dudley Perkins
- Danny Watts
- Wun Two
VINYL SESSION - PART # 59 on YouTube