Mixtape Monday – Shenanigans XVI

The working title for Shenanigans XVI was “From Little Mix to Led Zeppelin”. Unfortunately I couldn’t find anywhere to get some Led Zep in, but it’s safe to say that this mix really does run the gamut of popular music as well as covering a period of over 50 years. The oldest track is Harry Belafonte’s “Jump in the Line” recorded on 1961 (but written in 1946) and which you’ll know from the movie ‘Beetlejuice’. Other tracks from the sixties include Marva Whitney’s “Unwind Yourself” – if it sounds familiar, it’s because you recognise the introduction as the sample from DJ Mark’s “The 900 Number”.

The point, as with all these mixes, is to show that if you limit yourself to one style of music, or just play the latest white labels from London or New York, you’re really missing out on great music. Plus, if you’re a pro, your crowd is missing out on some great music. There’s no reason that you can’t try blending really diverse tracks together, like here where I’ve mixed Free’s “Alright Now” into Disclosure’s “White Noise”, or “Jump In The Line” with NuYorican Soul’s “Runaway”. It’s a real challenge to mix some of these records, but if you’re a DJ, isn’t it more rewarding if you stretch yourself? And isn’t it more interesting for the crowd if you’re constantly surprising and delighting them?

Just my two penn’orth.

Tracklisting

  1. Haim – Falling (Duke Dumont mix)
  2. Franz Ferdinand – Evil Eye (Alan Braxe mix)
  3. The Gossip – Standing in the Way of Control (Playgroup mix)
  4. Disclosure ft. AlunaGeorge – White Noise
  5. Free – Alright Now
  6. The Rolling Stones vs. Robin Thicke – Blurred Honky Tonk Women
  7. James Brown – Get Up Offa That Thing (Regrooved by Featurecast)
  8. Rihanna – Only Girl in the World (Acapella)
  9. Etta James – Tell Mama
  10. Jean Knight – Do Me (Skeewiff Re-wiff)
  11. Salt n Pepa ft. En Vogue – Whatta Man
  12. Lizzo – Batches and Cookies
  13. MGMT – Time to Pretend
  14. Little Mix ft. Missy Elliot – How ya doin’?
  15. Cults – I Can Hardly Make You Mine
  16. Findlay – Your Sister
  17. David Bowie – Rebel Rebel
  18. Pulp – Do You Remember The First Time?
  19. Beyonce vs. Jimi Hendrix – Work It Out Foxy Lady
  20. Janelle Monae vs. Nancy Sinatra – This Tightrope’s Made For Walkin’
  21. Gladys Knight and The Pips – Just Walk In My Shoes
  22. Marva Whitney – Unwind Yourself
  23. NuYorican Soul – Runaway (Mongoloids In Space mix)
  24. Harry Belafonte – Jump In The Line (We Like Turtles edit)
  25. Ike and Tina Turner – Better Get To Steppin’
  26. Nostalgia 77 ft. Alice Russell – 7 Nation Army
  27. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Give It Away Now
  28. Fun Lovin’ Criminals – The Fun Lovin’ Criminal
  29. Naughty By Nature – Hip Hop Hooray
  30. Parliament – Give Up The Funk
  31. The Meters – Fire On The Bayou (Jayl Funk Edit)
  32. The Beatles – We Can Work It Out
  33. James Brown – Living In America
  34. Florence + The Machine – Rabbit Heart
  35. The Wombats – Let’s Dance To Joy Division
  36. Presidents of the USA – Lump  
  37. The Black Keys – Dead and Gone
  38. Freestylers – Push Up
  39. Stereophonics – Dakota
  40. The Cure – Inbetween Days
  41. Wildchild – Renegade Master (Fatboy Slim Old Skool Extended Mix)
  42. The Prodigy – Warrior’s Dance (Far Too Loud Refix)
  43. Rage Against The Machine – Sleep Now In the Fire (Sketi Refix)

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