TURN UP YOUR STEREO – AUSTRALIA DAY MIX

LEVINS – TURN UP YOUR STEREO! | AUSTRALIA DAY MIX FOR ACCLAIM

Happy Australia Day! I’ve been feeling fairly un-patriotic ever since my final laser session removed all traces of the Southern Cross tattoos on my neck, lower back and left buttock so I thought I’d put something super Oztrayan together to re-pledge my allegiance. Something that really puts the third ‘Aussie’ in ‘Aussie Aussie Aussie’ and the second ‘Oi’ in ‘Oi Oi Oi’. I needed to take a little trip back though, to a time where almost all the music I listened to was local produce, and boy oh boy did I fuckin’ love that shit. I’m talking about high school, which for me was 1997 – 2002. Instead of studying for 4 Unit English or hitting on girls you could catch me spending all my time listening to triple j on my ghettoblaster, my fingers patiently hovering over the red record button, ready to capture my new favourite songs from The Jebs, The ‘Spoon or The ‘Gurge so I could learn all the words before I saw them play at the all ages festival at St Ives skate park that weekend, where I’d be pretending that the 10 dexies my friend had stolen from his brother with ADD and shoved down my throat had really got me fucked up (they hadn’t).

This mix is a tribute to those days. If you went back in time and stole all my cassettes out of that walkman I won from the MS Read-A-Thon, they would probably sound exactly like this mix, except luckily bloody Tunny isn’t yammering over the top of all the tracks in my mix. I tried to include as many of my favourite songs from that era, all of them Australian. There are some glaring omissions but hey this was super fun to do so I’ll probably put together another volume for the next patriotic public holiday (Easter? Jesus was a digger right?).

Spray some water on your stereo and turn it up loud. Sing along to the songs you know and pray that Quan and Janet get back together one day. Explain to a younger cousin what Recovery was and pretend you never saw Garage Days. Happy Australia day mates. PS thanks heaps to @bobbygelato for drawing that amazing artwork on his computer machine!

- SOME MORE WORDZ -

Last month I was asked by Alex at Acclaim Magazine (who is awesome fyi) to put together an all-Australian mix for Australia Day. My first thought was to put something together of all the recent releases from young electronic Australian producers but that mix would probably just be Jonti’s recent free album with the tracks in a different order, so I needed to come up with a better idea. Obviously that idea was to go BACK IN TIME.

I was a huge fan of the Radio Friendly Unit Shifter mixes that Nick Catchdubs put together with Mr Ducker for Mishka NYC. If you haven’t heard these amazing tributes to alternative music in the 90’s listen to all three of them now! They’re a fantastic, well mixed collection of time capsules to a better time (for ‘alternative music’ anyway, when was the last time you even heard that term?!).

After listening to those mixes some hundred times each, I wanted to do an all 90s Australian mix in a similar style. Catchdubs had represented the American side super well, even delved into some UK shit but understandably there was not one Aussie song on any of the mixes. So I had to do my part for my country. Half my favourite songs from that era are from 2000 – 2002 (the final two years of my high school xxxperience) so I had to extend the timeframe a little. 

I put together a list of 150 songs that I loved back then and set out on a pretty impossible task of actually finding half of them. So many brilliant old Australian record labels have no presence whatsoever on the internets, many of them just exist as text on a Discogs page, with nowhere to buy their back catalogue. It’s easier to find videos of their artists performing on Recovery on YouTube than it is to find the songs they’re performing.

After raiding my old CD collection at my parents’ house (shouts out to them for not throwing it out yet) and bugging some pals at triple j to raid the music library for me, I had a pretty great collection of old Aussie gold / gold Aussie olds. So here are 26 of those songs, all mixed, just in time for Australia Day (happy that, by the way).

LEVINS – TURN UP YOUR STEREO! | AUSTRALIA DAY MIX FOR ACCLAIM

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Tracklist:

1. ESKIMO JOE sweater

2. AMMONIA drugs

3. CUSTARD nice bird

4. REGURGITATOR i sucked a lot of cock to get where i am

5. THE FAUVES dogs are the best people

6. SCREAMFEEDER dart

7. NOT FROM THERE sich offnen

8. ROCKET SCIENCE being followed

9. TISM greg! the stop sign!!

10. HOT ROLLERS wickerman’s shoes

11. SOMETHING FOR KATE working against me

12. TURNSTYLE spray water on the stereo 

13. TUMBLEWEED silver lizard

14. SIDEWINDER god

15. THE VINES get free

16. JEBEDIAH military strongmen

17. POLLEN not rocket science

18. GERLING death to the apple gerls

19. MOLER infatuation 

20. HAPPYLAND don’t you know who i am?

21. SPIDERBAIT buy me a pony

22. FRENZAL RHOMB you are not my friend

23. FRONT END LOADER summer hits

24. MACHINE GUN FELLATIO unsent letter

25. SILVERCHAIR tomorrow

26. YOU AM I purple sneakers

DISCLAIMER: There are some seriously legendary artists missing from the mix, I’ve been losing sleep over that so I guess I have to do another mix super soon. Enjoy!

NO HANDS

Me and my pal Leon Smith started a party at Bada Bing, the strip club in Kings Cross. Leon DJs there 3 nights a week and convinced me to go there once for a few drinks. Upon getting there I realised that all Leon does is play my fav kind of rap for hours and hours surrounded by girls. I asked if I could get myself a small slice of that delicious pie and surprisingly Leon said yes. Thus, ‘No Hands’, our monthly Sunday night joint, was born.

It’s happening again this Sunday night, if you need a taste of what to expect Leon recorded our sets from last month! have a listen here!

See you at The Bing!

NEW MIX: LOVE KINGS VOL 1

Hi! I made a new R&B mix for Oyster Magazine to promote Goodgod’s First Birthday this weekend. It’s a few slow jams mixed with a few fast jams. Enjoy!

Levins – Love Kings 4 Oyster Mag (Download)

CHERISH stop calling me
GRIND MODE i’m so high
T-PAIN feat CIARA blowing up
SWITCH feat ANDREA MARTIN i still love you
MARIAH CAREY feat BIG BOI, GUCCI MANE & OJ DA JUICEMAN h.a.t.e.u (remix)
NINA SKY get your clothes off
NELLY FURTADO do it
GUCCI MANE feat USHER spotlight
GWEN STEFANI feat LUDACRIS luxurious (POLOW DA DON remix)
LLOYD get it shawty (FIRST MAN remix)
KANDI don’t think i’m not
KP & ENVYI shorty swing my way (r&b remix)
THREE 6 MAFIA feat REMY MA pussy got ya hooked
CO-ED feat T.I. roll wit me (remix)
KENDRICK LAMAR blow my high (members only)
AALIYAH four page letter

CLUB AL IS BACK

Hi! I’m bringing Club AL back this Saturday night in the front bar at Goodgod Small Club! From midnight I’ll be playing records, jumping from genre to genre and sharing some terrific vibes with those who choose to be attendance.

Get yourself in the mood with these Club AL mixtapes I made earlier in the year, they are some cool tapes that I’m pretty proud of. 

Club AL Volume 1

Club AL Volume 2

Club AL Volume 3

I’m making a new Volume of the Club AL mix series, I started the year promising to make a new mix every month but then I opened a kitchen like the worlds stupidest asshole so I haven’t made shit since April. This next one better be good right?

PS. Thanks to Joe Laney for making all the dope little Club AL banners.

CLUB AL VOLUME 3

Oh hey, April 6th. Not only are you my birthday but you are also 6 days after March finished. Whoops. I promised one of these once a month and there was no March mix. I apologise. Maybe I’ll try to make two in April? Maybe I won’t? THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE!

Anyway this new Volume definitely encapsulates the spirit of AL over the course of 58 delicious minutes. I would recommend listening to this mix with friends (not family), in complete silence as you sit by the pool and let the music change your lives with each song. I can think of no other circumstance where listening to this mix would work.

If you want to come experience Club AL in the flesh you can, it goes down every Thursday night in the Front Bar at Goodgod Small Club from 9pm. It’s FREE and I DJ from start to finish with a lil guest set from a good friend with good taste each week.

What are you waiting for? Download Club AL Volume 3! Tell your friends to tell their friends about it!

Club AL Volume 3 (click to download)

Tracklist:

WAVEY DAVEY B INTRO

AMEL LARRIEUX get up

COLLARBONES beaman park

DEMARCO true friend

BLAQSTARR bang hard

GETO BOYS straight gangsterism

SHUGGIE OTIS strawberry letter 23

SHAGGY bad mon don’t cry

METRONOMY a thing for me (BREAKBOT remix)

504 BOYZ i can tell you wanna fuck

DJ NATE maybe sum day

SAN SODA kylie bling

NATE DOGG feat DAZ DILLINGER these days

OTOUTO w. hillier

PETER, BJORN AND JOHN last night

YOUNG L conscious minds

BONE THUGS N HARMONY wind blow

THE LIJADU SISTERS lifes gone down low

THE RAINCOATS lola

FRANK OCEAN american wedding

MOTT THE HOOPLE all the young dudes

NEW MIX! CLUB AL VOLUME 2

So far so good! I promised one of these a month, so here’s CLUB AL VOLUME 2, my new mix for February. Did you hear Volume 1? It was all over the place – and this one might be more so, just like the music policy at Club AL, every Thursday night at Goodgod Small Club.

So download this new mix why don’t ya? It’s the perfect soundtrack for pie baking, bath taking, piñata making or orgasm faking. Any of those four things. Nothing else. Enjoy!

Levins – Club AL Volume 2 (Click to download!)

WAVEY DAVEY B INTRO

JULIO BASHMORE the horn that time forgot

FABOLOUS you be killin em

THA RAYNE didn’t you know

GOLD PANDA you

ERYKAH BADU the healer

N-TYCE hush hush tip

GRAV feat AL TARIQ & LIL’ RAY city to city

BEN E KING street tough

GUIDO way you make me feel

WARD 21 feat T.O.K. funeral spot

SABO & CASSIDY la curura

MOSCA tilt shift

MANTRONIX who is it? (dance mix)

SIRIUSMO idiot

BLAQSTARR turning out

ADELE rolling in the deep (JAMIE XX shuffle)

WIN WIN interleave with you 

SPLIT ENZ one step ahead

LITTLE DRAGON fortune

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NEW MIX! CLUB AL VOLUME 1!

Club AL is my new night, every Thursday from 10pm in the Front Bar at Goodgod. Each week I’ll be DJing whatever I feel like, jumping from genre to genre and setting the mood RIGHT.

I’m gonna make a new mix every month that stinks of that delicious Club AL vibe. Here’s the first volume:

Levins – Club AL Volume 1

Tracklist:

BRENDA FASSIE qula

MAVADO nuh fraid a dem

BUGLE there for you

SHAZAM hello cat

LOLE Y SU CONJUNTO falsa moneda

PETER POZOREK belly off

RDX skip

THE VERY BEST warm heart of africa (ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI remix)

DEVIN THE DUDE feat KB & MAN CHILD party

SUGAR BEAR don’t scandalize mine

MELLOW MAN ACE mentirosa

SKARR AKBAR bang

LEILA feat KHEMAL & THAON RICHARDSON little acorns

E.S.P. it’s you

CAJMERE believe in me (CHIT CHAT remix)

THE XX vcr (FOUR TET remix)

ALESSI BROTHERS seabird

WEEN it’s gonna be (alright)

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Enjoy the mix and Sydney folks should come by Club AL this Thursday night – it’s the FBi SMAC Awards after party and the dudes from HEALTH are gonna pop in to spin a few tunes with me!

MIXES I FORGOT TO TELL YOU ABOUT

I made a few mixes in the last few months. Here’s two of them:

First up is a mix that I made for my good friends at Duke Bistro. They’re an amazing restaurant that opened in October above the Flinders Bar (which is also a cool place for legends), if you live in Sydney and haven’t eaten there you need to punch yourself in the face.

One of the best things about Duke is they stay open till 2am on Fridays & Saturdays and all they play after midnight is mad rap. So I made them a mix called RAP FOR DINNER.

RAP FOR DINNER (click to download) 

Tracklist

BEANIE SIGEL feat GRAND PUBA & SADAT X bread & butter

LIL’ WAYNE la la la

8BALL & MJG feat YOUNG DRO bring it back

T.I. rubber band man

GUCCI MAN & PLIES wasted (remix)

DR DRE feat HITTMAN, KURUPT, NATE DOGG, SIX-TWO xxplosive

RICK ROSS feat NE-YO super high

BIG BOI feat GUCCI MANE shine blockas

CHRISTION feat JAY-Z bring back your love

JUVENILE feat SOULJA SLIM slow motion

2PAC how long will they mourn me?

THE PHARCYDE passin’ me by

GZA liquid swords

PUFF DADDY feat THE LOX, LIL’ KIM & NOTORIOUS B.I.G. it’s all about the benjamins

THE CLIPSE gangsta lean

The good folks at TwoThousand were nice enough to put this mix up on their site.

Earlier in the year my friend Nick, who runs Gay Bash, one of the most fun parties to play in Sydney, started a new party called Shameless. The party is dedicated to all things Shameless, especially all the daggy songs you secretly love but would be too embarassed to play elsewhere.

So here’s my daggy as fuck Shameless mix:

SHAMELESS MIX 1 (click to download)

Tracklist

Billy Idol – Eyes Without a Face

Eurythmics – Right By Your Side

Toto – Africa

Blondie – The Tide is High

Culture Club – Do You Really Want to Hurt Me?

Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer

Nik Kershaw – Wouldn’t It Be Good?

Billy Joel – Don’t Ask Me Why

Chicago – If You Leave Me Now

Wendy Matthews – The Day You Went Away

Air Supply – All Out of Love

Chris Isaak – Wicked Game

Gerry Rafferty – Baker Street

In The Mix hosted this mix on their site. Thanks!

I made a whole bunch of mixes this year, maybe you should download those too?

YO LEVINS X FAVELA ROCK

END OF THE NIGHT – THE RAP ONE

YO LEVINS APRIL CLUB MIX

NEW MIX: YO LEVINS x FAVELA ROCK

I made this for a party I played in Melbourne last weekend called Favela Rock. My friends Evet and Will of Opulent have been running this party for about as long as I’ve been DJing. Me and Spruce Lee made a mix for one of their first parties (If anyone wants to hear that I’ll upload it!) so it was cool to make another mix for them last week.

This is a pretty all over the place mix, Evet’s girlfriend Lucy said it was “really weird…in a good way…I think” which is about as good of an endorsement that I could ever hope for. Please enjoy.

Levins – Yo Levins x Favela Rock BFF 2010 Mix

ERYKAH BADU / BD1982 soldier (subtract)

JOE claptrap

MAVADO gyal a mad over

RUDE KID alien skank

MARK PRITCHARD & OM’MAS KEITH wind it up

CIARA ride

BEYONCE diva (J-WOW remix)

RICKY BLAZE feat TONY MATTERHORN & ELEPHANT MAN cut dem off (remix)

THE BOOGALOO CREW calling all dancers

DESTINY’S CHILD bills bills bills (HARMONIX remix)

BENGA rock music

GUIDO mad sax

DEVIN THE DUDE i-hi

AFRICA HITECH blen (rmx)

RUSKO kumon kumon

DONAEO riot music

RAMADANMAN glut

JAMES BLAKE cmyk

THA DOGG POUND feat KRAYZIE BONE money foldn 

THE-DREAM turnt out

KILLER MIKE swimming

NEW MIX: END OF THE NIGHT – THE RAP ONE

So I made a new mix of rap songs just in time for Halfway Crooks this weekend.

It’s the first in a series I’m gonna do featuring songs that I like to play at the end of the night. I mean I like to play most of these songs at the beginning and middle of the night too but these songs in particular are ones that I’ve ended a few parties with over the years – or continued the party with at a kick on!

Some of these songs are old, some are new, some of them are a little obscure and others were big hits. They’re all Southern rap songs either based around a soul sample or with a sing song hook. All the songs are pretty anthemic, even to a dude like me on the other side of the world from where these songs were made.

End Of The Night – The Rap One

Tracklist

GANGSTA BOO, PB, PLAYA FLY & BUN B sippin & spinnin (DIRTY DOCJAM remix)

OUTKAST feat SLEEPY BROWN elevators (me and you)

BIG MIKE world of mine

SOULJA SLIM love me or love me not

UGK use me up

THREE 6 MAFIA feat REMY MA pussy got ya hooked

MAC feat SILKK THE SHOCKER & FIEND be all you can be

OUTKAST spottieottiedopaliscious

DIAMOND & PRINCESS georgia girls

LUDACRIS feat FIELD MOB & JAMIE FOXX georgia

GETO BOYS six feet deep

UGK one day

HOOD HEADLINAZ soul glo

TYTE WURK mary jane

DEVIN THE DUDE doobie ashtray

DEVIN THE DUDE stray

Z-RO i hate u

X.O. feat CEECEE grind baby

DAVID BANNER cadillac on 22’s 

YOUNGBLOODZ feat BIG BOI 85

UGK feat OUTKAST international player’s anthem

LIL’ WAYNE shooter 

LIL’ WAYNE feat BOBBY VALENTINO mrs officer

DEVIN THE DUDE feat SNOOP DOGG & ANDRE 3000 what a job

OUTKAST feat CEE-LO and BIG GIPP git up, git out

UGK in the mornin’