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Mix Info:Dj Set Jamie-For Amy pt4 4:19mins @130BPM Jazz Funk

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Artist:Jay_Sissimo



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US2K Review: This mix begins instantly with a funky full drum kit swinging four on the four rhythm, bass instrument of some type and "twiddly" up and down scales on an electronic piano (something like a rhodes) followed by lower octave piano chords. At this point the mix has reached its first main groove and hook (main groove 1/hook 1) and is really foot tapping, funky and addictive to listen to. Thirty five seconds into the mix some brass licks and stabs enter the mix, first on the right-hand side of the stereo-field and then on the left, whilst some happy sounding strings, and ethnic drums (played live maybe) are sneaked into the arrangement. Interesting variations on these musical ideas, with an occasional drum fill continue up to the one minute, five seconds position.

After this point a bridge section is encountered. This consists of a bass drum and electronic piano section. After a few thumps the drum playing is switched to a snare with some delay applied to it, before all drums leave the mix to allow the piano to solo another "twiddly" scale (littered with decorations and accidentals) for a short moment creating a super jazz feel. The last note of the down scale is used in the role of a a crash/cymbal to re-introduce main groove 1 at the one twenty two seconds position. The groove is not identical though partly because the piano melody is different from earlier, more rhythmic and lead-like in nature.

After a drum roll and a cymbal crash the brass returns to answer the piano sections for a short moment. There is first a higher pitched trombone (sounding like a squeaky door) like slide sound on the left stereo side before a punchy/funky saxophone melody on the right sound really gives the listener a treat. Progressing further, after a crash the chord part of the piano and bass instrument leaves the arrangement and the lead parts of the piano and some further funky saxophone melodies take it in turns to solo.

At the two minute seven seconds mix position, one last repeat of this idea, the left hand side trombone and a cymbal announce the removal of all rhythmic elements except the ethnic drums. At this point the piano is first used to play some decorative scales, before its role is changed to rhythm chords. At the same time the brass on the right side has its note sequence changed to something which resembles a trill often heard in classical music and of course coming from song birds. Around the two minute thirty two seconds position the instruments are played with more energy and intensity, giving the listener expectation of something very exciting. The listener is not disappointed either, all instruments leave the mix except the piano before an atmosphere spoken vocal and the brass is used as a drum roll to announce a "totally danceable" latin groove.

The latin theme consists of seriously catchy melody line on the piano which is now leading, and the previously heard brass instruments are used to simply accent this instrument. The bass drum does not join the arrangement immediately to allow the listener more time to appreciate the new musical theme.

A slow whoosh sound, drum roll and the left hand side trombone with its pitch altered is used to re-introduce the bass drum. The bass drum does not return on its own though, there is a subtle vox added at the time, which seems to drive the mix and add further excitement.

The latin theme continues for a further thirty seconds with added brass sections and crashes to accent or add freshness to the mix. Then there is a finale "goodbye" scale played on the piano before the mix is faded out via a different drum pattern. The last “outro” groove is less funky and more electro sounding with metallic and synthetic percussion sounds. The mix finally reaches silence after four minutes nineteen seconds of play.

My final evaluation of this mix comprises the following: catchiness 9/10 , wide audience appeal (9/10), demonstration of general musical skill (10/10), use of drum rolls, crashes and sound effects to announce changes or add interest (9/10), Sound engineering, mastering and fx including equalisation, delay, reverb panning etc. (9/10), Overall final score (9/10). I think had there been more use of the latin theme this mix would score 10/10, but this mix is still an excellent jazz funk record taht is well worth a listen.


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Mix Info:Electro for Christmas ( Dj Mood Set Part 4 ) 2:26mins @124BPM Old Skool/ Techno / Electro House Hybrid

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Artist:Dj_Mood



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US2K Review: This minimal techno/electro mix begins with percussive sounds in the form of chimes, a deep ticking, and electronic beeps. Using this theme an atmospheric collage of sound is build up. A sound which could be a release of steam or a reverse cymbal is used to introduce some more usual instrument sounds around the 29 seconds position. At this point the ticking sound gives way to a clap/snare and a cymbal; however this is not the end of the custom percussion.

Around the 32 seconds mark a pitched metal strike sound is used in preference to a crash to announce the start of the main groove and musical idea. First there are some short beeps and some squelchy acid noises used introduce the drum pattern, and bass line. Buy wait on analysis the bass drum may be a low tom, plastic tub, or something else being hit, I will never know. Anyway the "bass drum" aided by some conventional clap/snares and hi hats (I am confident they are standard) drives another soundscape of bleeps, car horns, metal chings and other sound effects positioned within the drum pattern and around the stereo-field so they syncopate in an addictive manner. The result is a hook with no melody but never the less catchy and fascinating. This theme is kept interesting with the help of some intelligent percussion fills right up to the first major bridge at the one minute five seconds position, which is announced by yet another unexpected sound a whistley sound.

At the start of the bridge the bass drums, snares and some of the percussion depart, and the bass line is turned down.

The end result for the bridge section is sound effects, and an alternative synth line right of the stereo-field to replace the horns heard earlier. The bass line is faded back in towards the end of the bridge and a sound effect (maybe a reverse snare) is used to announce the return of the main drum groove to work the listener towards the conclusion. This time there are some subtle vox or animal sounds added to the soundscape to create another addictive, atmospheric and fascinating theme. Listener interest is maintained right up to the one minute fifty three seconds position with the use of percussive fills and other subtle variations.

After one fifty three seconds, the conclusion begins with a bell sound playing a looped melody line, then some heavily fx treated speech and a laugh is used to announce the departure of the main groove. The bell synth line resumes whilst first the bass drum leaves the mix, and then the rest of the percussion is flanged, changing its pitch before it is also faded out to silence along with the synth bell line, but not before the two themes have formed a new catchy hook as a resulting of answering each other.

My final evaluation is formed from the following factors, Musical structure 8 /10, General musical skill 10/10, wide audience appeal 7/10, catchiness 9/10, Use of fills and variation 10/10, Use of mastering such as equalisation, reverb, delay, compression, and stereo-positioning 8/10 , originality bonus 10/10. My final score is now 8 out of 10 after listening to this mix after all this time, I am not sure how this would go down in a club but it is well worth a listen to all types of techno and old skool electro fans , and djs could mix it in somewhere too if they use their imagination.


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Mix Info:Parallel World 4:19mins @146BPM Techno

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Artist:John_Samely



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Bass Mom & Dj CrusadeReview: Um WOW!!!!! is all I can say about this mix!!! My vibe meter has left the planet with this mix!! The use of the vocals are a wonderful addition to this mix and I score this mix a solid 10 for creativity and originality and production just as the outro is also fantastic!! A great mix overall!
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US2K Review: No review yet but I have given John the respect he deserves and had another listen to this mix. Very intelligent indeed, I cannot be sure but it was not just the lap top speakers for the tinnyness, and would explain Max' s comments of dis-jointed. John has possibly got some of my poorer material from the past and remixed it, hence the title 'Parellel World'. If that is the case where he got it I am very puzzled about, I wonder if another John L is winding me up lol It has been a long windup and also how come the realistic international email address? The mix is very good but the provisional score stays for now.


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Mix Info:Dj Set Jamie-For Amy pt3 (I`ve Got The Creeps) IDEAL FOR HALLOWEEN 4:30mins @130BPM Funky Electro Vocal House

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Artist:Jay_Sissimo



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US2K Review: This is excellent funky electro house. I love the stalker in the house concept. I think that this a must for Halloween dj sets! In 2013 I will be making a video for Halloween of that year. This is a quality record and Jay knows it is so no review is requested.


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Mix Info:Dj Mood Set 2011_09_03 part3 (Baby Keep It Up) 4:34mins @126BPM Funky Old Skool Electro Vocal House

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Artist:Dj_Mood



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US2K Review: This mix begins with a full funky slightly syncopated four on the floor (hi-hats, bongos, snares bass drum etc.) main groove from the start. Some `Yeah` vocals initially add some interest to the mix. After a subtle drum fill at fifteen seconds into the mix is where the mix takes off though, the sub bass line which enters seems endlessly addictive. This not it all though the vocals are changed to keep things interesting and slowly become sexually suggestive but it not purely clichéd gimmick they are catchy and poetically rhyme at times. They are also have been treated with the correct compression and reverb to give them the ideal presence in the mix. Eventually a key vocal `Baby Keep it Up` becomes a chorus hook.

The mix flows beautifully to the one minute twenty nine position, where a drum fill is simulated with a fast filter sweep/cut of the entire mix. The filter is returned rapidly back to a setting that allows the entire mix to return. There is an alternative vocal but it was almost unnecessary because the filter cut successfully “freshens” the mix anyway, although a very subtle drum arrangement change with the addition of a syncopated tom pattern may be a factor too.

The mix although of a fairly repetitive nature remains interesting up to the one minute fifty eight mix position where a bridge section is formed with the departure of almost all the drum pattern and bass line from the mix. The tom drum is retained but there is enough space in the mix for the vocals to dominate in a way that really connects with the listener (almost like the vocalist is talking to them).

After an abstract sound effect left of the stereo field, the hi hat and percussive elements of the drum pattern return, and breath sounds are used to accent. The bridge lasts up to the two minute fifteen seconds position before what sounds like either a very high pitched reverse cymbal or record scratch re-introduces the main groove.

The mix continues with earlier ideas thes using the filter sweep as a drum fill right up to the three minute, thirty three seconds position at which point the imminent conclusion is announced with revelation that the mix theme is a working girl in a brothel. The vocalist who now in the story is obviously in the role of the client makes comments "that she should not be ashamed of what she does" and "whether there are bar facilities", there is a suggestion the vocalist who has been revealed by this time as her client may have known her before she worked in the brothel, maybe an x-girl-friend. What is a really nice touch is the fact the bass line drops but re-gains strength after the vocalist says "Turn that bass up a little". It may have been done before but it works superbly here. For some eerie reason it makes the listener imagine they are in the same room as the vocalist and fictional working girl. I have to point out how clever this mix is because you never hear the female once, it is brilliantly left to the listeners imagination, perhaps she does not even exist. In a way a woman` s voice would have ruined the concept.

The main theme returns with the hook vocal `Baby keep It Up` for a short whilst before the indicated conclusion begins. the bass drum, snare and all bass instruments leave the mix, leaving only hi-hats and percussion to support the key vocals from earlier parts of the mix including the hook `Baby Keep it Up!`.A subtle alternative alert-like bass is faded in to announce the mix is about to finish. There is one final `Baby keep It Up` before the entire mix fades out to silence at the four minute thirty four position.

My final evaluation takes the following scores into consideration, catchiness/addictiveness 10/10 (very clever concept), use of variation 8/10, use of effects or drum fills to announce changes 9/10, general demonstration of musical skill 10/10, user of mastering effects such as equalisation, reverb and delay 10/10, wide audience appeal 9/10, Musical structure 10/10 (suitable for genre).

My final overall score is 10 out of 10. This is far from being minimal "as it said on the tin", it is very funky old skool electro house, not much different to what Steve Jackson played on Kiss FM during his `The House that Jack Built` slot. This mix is a must have listen to funky electro house fans.


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Mix Info:Scherzo 9:25mins @61BPM Classical

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Artist:B.Stockwell



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I've attached super-low resolution files of the complete work-in-progress. It actually sounds better in crappy quality. The detail is gone and it turns into at ambient sonic mush. This would sound great if I burned it onto 78 rpm discs! I'll do more work on this thing after I finish my current Big Deal project; a fundraiser on Freddie Mercury's birthday. For the next month, I'm all about Freddie. You probably saw the promo I created for the event.

US2K Review: This is such a large composition and although I appreciate all types of music, this is not foot tapping material so I am doing this review with the aid of a beer (just one to help me relax and listen to such a niche style of music).

The piece begins with brass horns or cello (not always easy to tell) and timpanis/orchestral drums at first, shortly accompanied by violins.

The common theme is variations of a punchy repeated note sequence. This I would say does feel a little bit empty and I would have included a tremolo string to add some body, it’ s still not bad though. Towards the one minute mark when a piano enters the arrangement to harmonise and drive a more interesting theme develops. I sense regret and melancholy in the emotional mood.

Leading up to the two minute mark there is choir sound to add further emotion but shortly afterwards a harp accompanied (pizzicato plucks) by cello (slow long notes) play a slightly happier musical theme, but this is short lived and by the three minute thirteen position a violin introduces a very unhappy melody line.

Progressing to the four minute thirteen mark a few cello plucks or brass stabs and orchestral drums and a more optimistic theme returns. A happy musical melody on brass/chello creates a sense of overcoming the negative emotion from earlier. There is periodically some interesting percussion which sounds more like a typewriter than a cymbal of any type.

The piece Progresses further to rapid 8th or 16th note scales on piano and brass creating a sense of skipping or playing at some times, marching at others, and a generally more jovial theme. A thud of a double bass or a tuned orchestral drum changes this mood around the seven minute ten seconds position.

There seems to be a return of sadness or regret via the musical notes heard from the choir and the bells that later join the accompaniment not for celebration perhaps more for a state of alert. Around this point a church organ is heard for the first time in the arrangement playing an additional accompaniment.

The notes are harmonic but parts of a rather miserable chord progression. As the listener journeys on, the bells cease for a short whilst around the eight minute twenty six minutes returning again at the eight minute thirty seven position. The bells this time round seem to follow the chords of the organ which has been temporarily substituted for a horn or brass instrument of some type.

The bells leave the arrangement at the eight minute fifty six position and the organ returns harmonise the brass which now plays a more optimistic rising scale again. This is interesting because there is a sense of defeat or relief created around the nine minute five seconds position a slow melody on the brass/cello introduces a conclusion on ringing bells, choir and a final series of organ stabs and a last strike of the bell to end the composition at the nine minute seventeen seconds position, but with neutral emotion.

My usual criteria are difficult to apply to such a piece but my final analysis is: Use of variation 10/10, General musical skill 10/10, Interesting themes (instead of catchiness which does not apply in descriptive music) 8/10, Musical arrangement 8/10 (let down by what I term empty parts at the start), Wide audience appeal 5/10, use of instruments to announce changes 8/10, structure 10/10 (three sophisticated themes that flow into each other cleanly).

Letting my imagination wander the music describes the following, a lost battle where the survivors regroup and march on their enemy. Although the battle ends with a defeat of some sort the piece is let down by it is unclear who the victor is because the composition ends in neutral emotion, perhaps that was the point , “not a defeat a draw”, "no one wins" or was it an error of the composers?

My final score is 8 out of 10, and I leave it to other visitors to decide and comment on the goal of this very interesting descriptive classical composition, I am sure others imaginations will create a different scene or theme.