Cosmo Baker's Top Ten (March 2011)

Shout out to Cosmo Baker for putting out at least a mix a month for all of us mix skanks. Cosmo's description of the mix below.

Back up in this motherfucker with another one, it's the brand new Top Ten Mix for March. Again, here's a selection of records that really moved me this month, from all across the board. Now let me shout out my dude Mikey Palms who for the longest time was trying to get me to do a mix series called "Baker's Dozen." There were so many great songs that I came across this month that I decided to extend the bonus round out with 3, so we have a true Baker's Dozen with 13 songs in total. So let me rap a little about these tunes. I once told a friend that I was resolved to "say less with more" but to hell with it, I'm a verbose motherfucker so let's go...
The first song is a remix of Kanye West "Monster" featuring Nicki Minaj who, honestly is the only person I want to hear on that track. The song was adventurously re imagined by a new group Teachers that you will be hearing a lot more about very soon. Next up is the new Holy Ghost! record that sounds like they've been listening to a lot of Jan Hammer. I'm not mad at that. Third is Pools, which is the brainchild of my dear friends Thee Mike B & DJ Morse Code. Last year I spent a lot of time in LA, and a good amount of that time was spent at pools. This pretty much sounds exactly what it was like. Fourth is the new Steve Arrington produced by Dam Funk. Nuff said. After that is the brand new Beth Ditto off her self titled solo EP. This is new territory for her, and it fits like a glove in my opinion. I had to give a nod to the Moombahton movement and include my homie DJ Apt One with "Bells And Whistles" which is based around a very healthy Sergio Mendes sample.
If you know me, you know I LOVE brass band music. The seventh song on the mix is from the UK's Hackney Collier Band. They do it really right with their version of the Toto classic. Following that is a remix ofHeadman by Finland's own Hannulelauri. Such a groovy tune, I first heard it on a mix by The Magician AKA Stephen Fasano, formerly of Aeroplane. The ninth song is a little older but I just got hip to it. Simian Mobile Disco as envisioned by one of my favorites, Maurice Fulton. Rounding out the ten is one of my favorite songs right now, Adele "Rolling In The Deep" - with a dancefloor workout by Brooklyn's own Cousin Cole.
The Baker's Dozen bonus starts with a unique take on the Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant"by Drop Out Orchestra, propelling this punk anthem into a groovy downtown disco dancer. The last two records come straight out of Los Angeles. We'll start with the groovy dance number by my friends Posso, who absolutely kill it live as well (as I witnessed in New York several weeks ago.) Finally, finally, finally... OFWGKTA. You all heard thename, you all know the steez. But out of the camp comes Frank Ocean, with one of the best releases I've heard in a long time. This is 21st Century soul music at it's finest. So I hope you all enjoy this mix. Download it, share it, rock out to it. Thanks a million, as always.
1: Kanye West "Monster feat. Nicki Minaj" (Teachers Exclusive Nicki Minaj Monster Remix)
2: Holy Ghost! "Do It Again"
3: Pools "The End Of Summer"
4: Steve Arrington "I Be Trippin' feat. Dam Funk"
5: Beth Ditto "Do You Need Someone" (Original Mix)
6: DJ Apt One "Bells And Whistles"
7: The Hackney Colliery Band "Africa"
8: Headman "Voices" (Hannulelauri Dub)
9: Simian Mobile Disco "Cruel Intentions" (Maurice Fulton Remix)
10: Adele "Rolling In The Deep" (Cousin Cole Remix)
11: Sex Pistols "Pretty Vacant" (Drop Out Orchestra Rework)
12: Posso "Your Life - Don't Konk Out" (Edit)
13: Frank Ocean "Swim Good"

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