NEW MIX! CASH MONEY BOUNCE

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I finally finished a mix that I’ve been working on little by little over the last year, exclusively after 2am. Blame the stupid working hours on the fun of becoming a dad – each night I was volunteering to stay up all night to look after my son’s night feeds and would spend my new nocturnal spare time answering questions like “I wonder how many gigabytes the entire No Limit discography will take up on my laptop” (the answer is 12.17). I became addicted to staying up late and delving deep into the back catalogues of my favourite artists, producers and record labels; my downloading marathons interrupted by the cries of a hungry baby, who would be fed with one as I spent way too much money on the eBay app with the other, bidding on old tapes and CDs with a recklessness not usually associated with new parents.

A mission I accepted early into my night rap crusade was to fill the gaps in my Cash Money discography. Cash Money has always been the label I’m quick to blurt out whenever someone asks what my favourite rap label is – but it’s always immediately followed by “until 2005!”. That’s the year Mannie Fresh left the label, the best rap producer of all time and the heart and soul of Cash Money during their best years. It was crazy to me how different the early Cash Money releases were to what they put out these days and I wanted to hear the progression of Mannie Fresh as a producer, of Cash Money as a label and of Cash Money’s influenceon the sound of New Orleans hip hop. I’d become fascinated with the history of New Orleans rap scene in the 90s (spending as much money on old No Limit albums and the odd overpriced bounce 12″ as I was on Cash Money releases) so I bought a few books documenting the bounce movement, most of which were useless and referenced the articles I was finding online anyway (Matt Miller’s Bounce is a great read though). For the purpose of this mix, the best article I found was this fantastic history of Cash Money’s independent years on the Amoeba Records blog, which the perfect introduction to the labels beginnings and the characters involved in their long story. (Sidenote: last year I found Lil Wayne’s 500 Degreez on vinyl at Amoeba Records in LA for $1 but I’d parked illegally in the Jack In A Box across the road. My car was towed and I had to pay $250 to get it released. Bargain!)

A weeks worth of Paypal transactions and illegal downloads of hard to find tape rips was all it took to complete my collection and soon my iTunes library contained every single record released on Cash Money from 1992 until 2004 (even the Teena Marie album). As my son slept, I immersed myself in the back catalogue, burning dozens of comps of my favourite tracks for the car and whittling it down to the essentials. I was immediately drawn to the bounce stuff as that’s where Mannie Fresh’s roots with Cash Money are. The beats on the first few releases are rawww (especially when heard as a low quality mp3 ripped from a cassette), with fairly primitive drum machine loops and recognisable samples. With each release Mannie builds on the bounce framework more and more, adding live instrumentation and relying less on loops, eventually removing the tell-tale bounce samples and producing his more hip hoppy (but still clearly bounce influenced) signature sound.

Originally this mix was gonna just collect the bounce tracks produced while Cash Money was an independent label (until 1998) but it made sense to include the last two proper bounce tracks Fresh produced, the mega hits ‘Back That Azz Up’ (from Juvenile’s 400 Degreez) and ‘I Need a Hot Girl’ (off the Hot Boys’ Guerilla Warfare) to show how he brought the sound of New Orleans bounce into the mainstream rap charts. Plus, they’re fucking awesome songs.

At some point I’ll make a mix of all of the more straight rap stuff Cash Money put out, from the Pimp C produced Kilo G tracks, to seriously half the songs on B.G.’s two part album It’s All On U. Even if I stuck to the independent years there’s enough gold to warrant another two mixes, showcasing one of the best labels and eras in the history of raps. Until then, here’s Cash Money Bounce.

Tracklist:

LIL’ SLIM bounce slide ride
B-32 shake that ass like a salt shaker
MC HEAVY gangster walk
PIMP DADDY got 2 be real (remix)
PxMxWx mo bounce
U.N.L.V. get into it with a nigger
U.N.L.V. eddie bow
PxMxWx still smokin’
PxMxWx splift out
PIMP DADDY keep on kick it
B.G.’z true story
B-32 feat MS. TEE i need a bag of dope
U.N.L.V. 6th & baronne
PIMP DADDY god bless the dead (rip)
LIL’ SLIM feat PxMxWx blunt after blunt
LIL’ SLIM feat B-32 ho’s i used 2 sweat II
PxMxWx feat LIL’ SLIM big man got hoes
U.N.L.V. pussy c’mon to me!
MS. TEE let’s get high
U.N.L.V. jazzy bitch
MAGNOLIA SHORTY monkey on tha dick
JUVENILE feat BIG TYMERS & MAGNOLIA SHORTY 3rd ward soulja
MS. TEE i like it (MANNIE FRESH style)
JUVENILE feat LIL’ WAYNE & MANNIE FRESH back that azz up
HOT BOYS feat BIG TYMERS i need a hot girl

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I’ll be playing a shitload of bounce hits this Saturday night in Sydney at Goodgod Small Club for Halfway Crooks. It’s Mardi Gras night and every year we do a New Orleans Mardi Gras Party which is always my favourite party of the year. Huge lineup, free beads and a solid three hours of triggaman samples. Come dance. RSVP here.

Artwork by Daniel McKinley.

NEW MIX! LOVE KINGS: THE RETURN

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Remember last year when I made that mix called THE LAST LOVE KINGS MIX? I lied! That party we put on called THE LAST LOVE KINGS was a lie too! Let’s hear it for lying!

My R&B party with the extremely sensual Radge is coming back after the most part of a year off. We thought Radge was moving away forever but he only moved away for a while. Now he’s back so Love Kings is back too!

I made a mix to celebrate our grand return. Radge is dropping a mix later in the week too. This is a sensual selection of some R&B tracks that I loved over the last 6 months. If you liked Crisp Forever or either of the previous Love Kings mixes this’ll be right up your alley.

Come grind with Radge and I this Saturday night at Love Kings, from 11pm at Goodgod Small Club. Event info is here!

LOVE KINGS: THE RETURN (Hosted by DJ Kharide)

OMARION ice box instro

OMARION you like it

KEVIN GATES stop lyin

BANDO JONEZ sex you

TINK feat JEREMIH don’t tell nobody

TEEFLII feat SNOOP DOGG & WARREN G that’s how we livin’

JHENE AIKO the worst

KELELA & TINK want it

BOBBY BRACKINS zilla

ADRIAN MARCEL feat SAGE THE GEMINI 2am (YOUNG CALIFORNIA remix)

TEEFLII 24 hours

TINASHE 2 on

RICO LOVE they don’t know

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MIXED WITH ASSISTANCE FROM ARCHIE LEVINS

MIXES BY MATES

Happy new year! I haven’t made a mix in just under a month but I did make a BABY. You can’t listen to Archie (yet) but you can listen to these wavy rap mixes that some of my best pals put out over the last few weeks!


Radge – The After Hours


Captain Franco – Half Lyfe


Aslan – January Canvas Mixtape


Illuminati Trillionaires – Christmas Mixtape

EVERY MIX I MADE IN 2013

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People have been saying some wildly negative things about 2013 on social media in the last month. There’s even a NYE party in Georgia called #Fuck2013, which boasts free drinks all night and “everything u need”, according to @Osama_BinFuckin on Twitter.

But you won’t catch me pounding free alcopops at #Fuck2013 this year. Flights to Riverdale were just too expensive and more importantly, I loved 2013. Bianca and I got married this year, went on two huge holidays and have spent the last few months awaiting the birth of our first son (our number one name for him so far is Osama BinFuckin).

“Good for you, dickhead! My 2013 sucked! I got divorced, smoked two packets of holidays and my son hates me!” I hear you man, and I’m sorry to hear that. Maybe one of these eight mixes I made this year will cheer you up.


 

THE SOUNDTRACK 2 DA WEDDING

We went all out for our wedding in April, spending the three months beforehand making decorations, desserts and dresses that added a personal touch to our big day. We wanted our friends to take home something once the wedding was over, so I made an activity book and a mix which we gave to all our guests.

The mix is a collection of dorky love songs that we have both been obsessed with over the five years we’ve been together. Songs we yell at each other in the car or have forced our friends to listen to at 5 in the morning.


CRISP FOREVER

I made this mix for Vanishing Elephant and it’s probably the best mix from start to finish that I’ve ever made. Highly emotional r&b and rap. Some good grinding anthems. The intro is me being a dickhead with the intro from Rick Ross’s Rich Forever mixtape.

DO THE DIP VOLUME 2

Our restaurant The Dip turned two this year! This mix is a follow up to Do The Dip Volume 1, made in 2012 when The Dip turned one. This is the opposite of the low tempo vibes on Crisp Forever. Do The Dip Volume 2 is nothing but upbeat club rap, the kinda tunes we blast in the kitchen when we’re busy. There’s a tonne of DJ Mustard on here.

THE LAST LOVE KINGS

Love Kings, the semi-regular R&B night that I ran with Radge over the last three years, had its last hurrah in August this year, just before Radge moved overseas. This mix is a few new R&B songs I was feeling with a lot of R&B hits from the last couple of years that were felt very deeply at Love Kings. This is my most listened to mix ever! I should end my parties more often.

This is a bigger and better sequel to my 2011 Love Kings Mix.

KOOL DAD FM by Levins on Mixcloud

KOOL DAD FM

And now, my least listened to mix ever, mostly due to the fact that Soundcloud won’t let it stay on their site because of the Kenny Rogers song at the beginning. Kool Dad FM was made for Fathers Day and is a tribute to Dad Rock! A grip of rock classics perfect for blaring out of your car with the windows down. I’m really proud of this mix and it was crazy hard timestretching half these songs so they mixed with each other. I lose sleep over how few people have listened to this. You can download it here, please burn it for your Dad.

WAMP WAMP RETURNS
Wamp Wamp was a party that I ran with my pal Kato in 2007, at the height of everyone’s obsession with subgenres like Baltimore Club, Crunk and Baile Funk. We brought the party back in November with our Melbourne buddy Tranter coming up for a set too. The three of us teamed up for this throwback mix, each putting together a 20 minute mix full of the best of 2007’s genres with silly names.

HALFWAY CROOKS x HOOPS BEST OF 2013

Another team up! This time for the Halfway Crooks & Hoops Xmas party at Goodgod (which was last weekend and was incredible!). The Wamp Wamp mix was 3 DJs putting together 20 minute mixes, this mix is 6 DJs putting together 10 minutes mixes! Anna Lunoe, Nina Las Vegas, Bad Ezzy, Captain Franco, Elston and me, throwing down a quick mix featuring some of our favourite songs of 2013. Hosted by Google Text 2 Speech, the hottest MC of the year.

GOODGOD NYE PROM HITS

My 8th and final mix of 2013 is a mix I made to promote the crazy concept of the Goodgod NYE Prom, a party that’s an 80’s Homecoming Prom in the front and a Jiggy 2001 Year 10 Formal out the back. The mix is half 80’s soul and half early 2000’s R&B. It’s some smooth listening and acts as a taste of the smoothness you can expect at Goodgod on New Years Eve! Buy yourself a ticket to the prom here.

There you go! Eight mixes in one year! A personal best, even if you take out the collaborative mixes (which you shouldn’t, because they’re great!). Please share these with everyone you know who likes kool music and I’ll try to make even more mixes in 2014.

Let me know which mix is your favourite and which mix you’d like a sequel to in the comments! I promise that 4 MILLION IQ, the long awaited sequel to 1 MILLION IQ and 2 MILLION IQ, will drop early next year. Thanks for listening!

NEW MIX! GOODGOD NYE PROM HITS!

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Yup – yet another mix! But this one is to give you a better idea of what to expect at the Goodgod NYE Prom. That’s right, we’re doing a Prom at Goodgod this New Years Eve. Better than that – we’re doing TWO PROMS!

It’s a 1988 Homecoming Prom in the front bar and a Jiggy Year 10 Formal out the back, so I tried to make a mix that represents both rooms, like something a fickle partier would hear as they walked in between each room. This is a mix of 1980’s soul and some R&B heaters from the late 90s / early 2000’s. Nothing too banging, just some smooth grooves to get u in the mood.

Come and find love at the Goodgod NYE Prom, it’s a cracker of a lineup with me, Shantan, Radge, Ariane, Joyride and Mike Who! Buy your tickets here!

TRACKLIST:

GEORGE BENSON breezing
G-UNIT wanna get to know you
ZAPP & ROGER i want to be your man
CHRISTION feat JAY Z bring back your love
504 BOYZ feat MERCEDES i can tell
AL B SURE nite and day
DJ DMD feat LIL’ KEKE and FAT PAT 25 lighters
HOT BOYS feat BIG TYMERS neighborhood superstar
BITS & PIECES don’t stop the music
AALIYAH if your girl only knew (TIMBALAND extended mix)
NEW EDITION mr telephone man
LIL’ FLIP sunshine
PHARRELL WILLIAMS frontin’
MTUME juicy fruit
FABOLOUS & JAGGED EDGE trade it all

NEW MIX! HALFWAY CROOKS x HOOPS BEST OF 2013

Just in time for our X-MAS BLOW OUT party at Goodgod this Saturday night is the HALFWAY CROOKS x HOOPS BEST OF 2013 MIX. Nina Las Vegas, Captain Franco, Anna Lunoe, Bad Ezzy, Elston and I selected ten minutes worth of our favourite tracks of 2013 and put them all together. Our good (and very famous) friend Google Text 2 Speech hosted the mix for us and the tracklist is GINORMOUS! Read it all after the jump!

Come see us all DJ back to back, front to front and side to side this Saturday night as we take over all of Goodgod Small Club from 10pm till the bloody sun comes up!

TRACKLIST

ANNA LUNOE MINI MIX
BEYONCE we like to party (SAMPOLOGY remix)
SWIZZYMACK drip
DJ FRESH VS DIPLO earthquake
ASTRONOMAR careless earthquake
RIHANNA birthday cake (KIDD SPIN edit)
KENDRICK LAMAR backseat freestyle
BUSTA RHYMES twerk it
TRIPPY TURTLE only wanna give it to you
DJEMBA DJEMBA stahp
DRAKE worst behaviour

LEVINS MINI MIX
LIL’ WAYNE rich as fuck
PARA ONE every little thing remix instrumental
KEY! guess who
2 CHAINZ where you been
KINGDOM feat KELELA bank head
MIGOS hannah montana
RICH HOMIE QUAN type of way
CIARA feat FUTURE body party remix

BAD EZZY MINI MIX
JUSTIN BIEBER hold tight
CANBLASTER i see you
KOWTON and whut (KAHN GYAL-DEM edit)
TODDLA T SOUND worst enemy
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE feat PUSHA T, J COLE & A$AP ROCKY tok remix

CAPTAIN FRANCO MINI MIX
YO GOTTI act right
TY DOLLA $IGN paranoid
KID INK feat CHRIS BROWN show me
AUGUST ALSINA feat IAMSU! numb
SNOW THE PRODUCT feat TY DOLLA $IGN don’t judge me
T-PAIN up & down

NINA LAS VEGAS MINI MIX
KELELA go all night
CASHMERE CAT do you…
GANGSTA BOO & SINJIN HAWKE yea hoe
DANNY BROWN smokin’ and drinkin’
M.I.A. y.a.l.a. (MIKEQ bootleg)
MAJOR LAZER bubble butt (DJ SLIINK x BIG O jersey club remix)
TA-KU closet drake fans
WAVE RACER my boo
JUSTIN BIEBER roller coaster

ELSTON MINI MIX
DOM KENNEDY & NIPSEY HU$$LE checc me out
DRAKE come thru
DEVIN THE DUDE probably should have
2 CHAINZ feds watchin
SLEEPY BROWN some of that

NEW MIX: WAMP WAMP RETURNS!

WAMP WAMP RETURNS: THE EPIC THROWBACK MIX BY LEVINS, KATO AND TRANTER!

Wamp Wamp returns to Goodgod Small Club on November 16th!

FOLLOW KATO AT: @barnee-kato
FOLLOW TRANTER AT: @tranter

COME TO OUR PARTY! www.facebook.com/events/254506658034353/

~~~~TRACKLIST AFTER THE JUMP~~~~

~~LEVINS MINI MIX~~
*WAVEY DAVEY B INTRO*
THE GAME how we do
PITBULL bojangles
CIARA goodies
THE PACK at the club
E-40 feat KEAK DA SNEAK tell me when to go
GHOSTFACE KILLAH charlie brown (DJ ORGASMIC remix)
JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE my love (ROCTAKON remix)
CRYSTAL CASTLES crimewave
LADYTRON seventeen
HOT CHIP ready for the floor
MU paris hilton
SPANK ROCK bump (SWITCH remix)
CAPLETON fireman’s anthem
JUICEBOXXX AND DRE SKULL sweat
ISAAC DJ jiu jitsu
BONDE DO ROLE soltao frango
ZOMBIE NATION kernkraft 400 (funk version)
BENGA night
MIKE JONES feat SLIM THUG & PAUL WALL still tippin
~~~KATO MINIMIX~~~
SPANK ROCK backyard betty
E-40 white gurl (U-TERN remix)
DEMA vs AALIYAH 1000000
MODESELEKTOR feat SASHA PERERRA silikon
DIEZE TIGRONA injecao tnt
DJ TECHNICS my life extra
ROD LEE latin groove
KANO i’m ready
THE COUNT & SINDEN beeper
EL GUINCHO kalise (MUMDANCE remix)
CIARA ride (SO SHIFTY remix)
~~TRANTER MINIMIX~~
YING YANG TWINS feat PITBULL shake
CUT COPY saturdays
BUMBLEBEEZ rio
ARCHITECTURE IN HELSINKI heart it races (A-TRAK remix)
INTERPOL evil
BLAQSTARR supastar
KINGS OF LEON taper jean girl
COUSIN COLE chicken monkey rhino goose
THE COUNT & SINDEN beeper
THUNDERHEIST suenos dulces
YO MAJESTY club action (CHRIS BAGRAIDERS remix)
TIM AND ERIC sit on you
HIGH POWERED BOYS hoes get down
BONDE DO ROLE office boy (SHIR KAHN remix)
THE RAPTURE out of the races and onto the tracks
KEAK DA SNEAK super hyphie (remix)
M.I.A. galang
THE PACK vans
THE AVALANCHES electricity
*WAVEY DAVEY B OUTRO*
THE CLIPSE wamp wamp (SAMMY BANANAS remix)

NEW MIX! KOOL DAD FM

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Father’s Day is this Sunday in Australia and I’m throwing a DAD ROCK party in the front bar of Goodgod. My friend Tyson and I will be playing nothing but Dad Rock anthems until the sun comes up and our casual shirts are covered in light beer stains.

I made this mix for my Dad but chances are your Dad will love it too. My Dad was the first person to get me into music. He gave me my appreciation for vinyl (which lead to me stealing all his records) and he taught me how to tape all my favourite songs off the radio when I was a kid.

I’ve always wanted to make Dad a mix, I feel like the best way to appreciate what a DJ does is to hear a tonne of your favourite songs mixed together, and since my Dad isn’t a big rap fan he probably doesn’t have the highest appreciation for my DJing. Yet. Hopefully this will change everything.

There’s definitely a few songs on hear that he probably thinks are daggy. Those songs are for other Dads I’ve met in my life. Some of them are for me (I’ll be a Dad in just a few months from now!). He’s probably mad there isn’t enough 70’s funk rock and I’ll have to edit this mix in a few mix, taking out the Dire Straits song and putting in Healing Force instead. 

Play this mix to your Dad this Sunday. If he’s free, bring him to Goodgod on Saturday night and I’ll buy him a shandy.

KOOL DAD FM by Levins hosted by WAVEY DAVEY B

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Tracklist

KENNY ROGERS & THE FIRST EDITION just dropped in (to see what condition my condition was in)

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA showdown

DAVID BOWIE golden years

WARREN ZEVON werewolves of london

PAUL SIMON fifty ways to leave your lover

JO JO ZEP & THE FALCONS shape i’m in

10CC dreadlock holiday

BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS spinning wheel

RARE EARTH i just want to celebrate

PAUL MCCARTNEY let ‘em in

THE ZOMBIES she’s not there

THE ROLLING STONES under my thumb

DADDY COOL come back again 

SPLIT ENZ i got you

MENTAL AS ANYTHING live it up

STEELY DAN peg

JOE JACKSON is she really going out with him?

TALKING HEADS this must be the place

EAGLES those shoes

FLEETWOOD MAC the chain

DAVID ESSEX rock on 

STEVE MILLER BAND the joker

INXS don’t change

DIRE STRAITS walk of life

NEW MIX! THE LAST LOVE KINGS :(

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Love Kings is the R&B party that I run at Goodgod with my good friend Radge, who you might know from everywhere. Radge is leaving town for a while so we’re tying a bow around Love Kings and going out with one final party this Saturday night.

I made a mix filled with some Love Kings classics and some new R&B that I’ll be playing this Saturday night. Our regular guest Joyride sang a little intro, while bawling his eyes out because his favourite party is ending.

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LEVINS – THE LAST LOVE KINGS MIX

TRACKLIST

JOYRIDE intro

KANDI don’t think i’m not (hip hop remix)

DRAKE feat MAJID JOHNSON hold on, we’re going home

CASSIE can’t do it without you

TEEFLII feat OMARION put it on u

R KELLY & JEREMIH misunderstood

BEI MAEJOR moments

TREY SONGZ find a place

MIGUEL how many drinks

YUMMY BINGHAM feat JADAKISS come get it

USHER you make me wanna (TIMBALAND remix)

THE-DREAM love king

MARIAH CAREY feat GUCCI MANE obsessed

FUTURE feat R KELLY parachute

JEREMIH 773 love

CIARA feat FUTURE body party (remix)

GUCCI MANE hell yes

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You can find my other R&B mixes here:

Crisp Forever

Love Kings Mix For Oyster 

NEW MIX: CRISP FOREVER

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A made a crisp new mix for a label I like called Vanishing Elephant.

This is a sexy combination of kool r&b and high iq raps. People are saying that this is the best mix I’ve ever made. Sexy people.

Here’s the tracklist:

CRISP INTRO
TINK physical
YP feat LYRIC bad bitches
CASSIE feat FABOLOUS i love it
JUICY J ain’t no coming down
BEYONCE feat ANDRE 3000 back to black
OMARION feat PROBLEM & TANK admire
CIARA body party
BRANDY slower
SHLOMO bo peep (do u right)
RICH KIDZ kool on the low
GUCCI MANE feat LLOYD fly shit
DOM KENNEDY feat TYGA & JUICY J my kind of party
TRAVIS PORTER stripper love