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One of the unique and exceptional pleasures of using the MixMeister software is the ability it provides the DJ to create tag team mixes with other users ... one other user or a half-dozen, whatever your inclination may be.  As long as everyone has access to the same music (and with the rise of online music sales via download, this is no longer a challenge) the tag team is set to go. 

During the past five years of my connection with the MixMeister community, I've had the chance to work on a dozen or so tag team mixes and each team taught me something new about mix technique and about music ... here are a couple of sets from 2005/6:

2006 Tag Team Sets:

 

You Don't Need A Ticket to Travel the World - Sly Devil & MmeFLY TagTeam

Sly Devil, currently of London, has a taste for the global beats and so do I ... no wonder, then, that our first tag team outing for 2006 brought together music from every corner of the world ... we did the traveling so you don't have to :)  Mad props to my tag team partner, whose adventurous mixing style mirrors his approach to life ... if you hear something wildly interesting in this mix, the chances are good he's responsible for it.

01. Drums Of Africa: Prince Jammy & The Aggrovators 148.6 3:40
02. Kidda: Natacha Atlas 91.0 5:00 Best Of Natacha Atlas
     O/L: Kidda: Natacha Atlas
03. Elephant Style: Dum Dum Project 97.0 4:46 Export Quality
     O/L: Unstoppable: Public Enemy 92.0 3:14 He Got Game
     O/L: Elephant Style: Dum Dum Project
04. International Times (Haunted Dance Hall Mix): TransGlobal Underground 91.9 8:12
     Interplanetary Meltdown
05. M'bifé: Amadou & Mariam 109.1 2:13
06. Fatta Connection: Black Star Liner 108.9 4:36 Dubnology: journeys into outer bass (disc 1 of 2)
     O/L: Fatta Connection: Black Star Liner
     O/L: Like A Prayer (Ac): Madonna 112.1 6:05 Acapella
07. Voices from the Past (Club Mix): Ginkgo Garden 103.9 4:18 Café De Luna
08. I Put a Spell on You: Natacha Atlas 103.0 3:43 Ayeshteni
09. Sadats (Fnaďre vs. Cheb I Sabbah Remix): Cheb i Sabbah 157.5 5:52 La Kahena Remixed - EP
10. Chandini Chowk: MIDIval Punditz 100.0 6:14 Asian Massive
11. Is There Any Knowledge Left?: Jeff Bennett's Lounge Experience 100.0 4:42
12. Dunya: Karuan 100.0 4:51 DJ Eastenders - Orientation 02
13. Flyaways (Lounge Mix): Frank Borell 100.0 4:19 Luxury Sunset Lounge Vol. 2
14. Divine Flame: Zingaia 101.0 4:41 Buddha Lounge
15. Love, Tears, Heartaches + Devotion: Barcelona Tribe of Soulsters 99.5 5:32 Fiesta Fatal!
16. Bird's Eye View (Rhythmic Remix): Uman 100.0 4:42 Traveller '99: A Planet Of Grooves
17. Once Upon a Time In the East: Jah Wobble 98.0 5:35
18. Ohm (Transfix Mix): Adham Shaikh 104.0 6:48 Fusion
19. Tanana Dhin: Archana 98.0 6:58
20. Silence: Delerium 97.9 6:33 Karma
21. Trista Pena: Gipsy Kings 89.4 4:32 Mosaďque 1989
22. Turbulence: Buddha Lounge 99.3 3:58 The Best of Lounge - Buddha Lounge
23. Slave Dream: Ofra Haza 106.7 4:47 Desert Wind 1989


 

 

Likewise new in 2006, a tag team with Gaz Skeltz (UK) that rummages about in the crates, ending up on the anthemic side of Dance, Trance and Ambient for content and for which we also elected to build the mix backward ... just because we can.  You'll want to listen to Flying Back Toward the Dawn and wonder how it ever could have been done any other way:

01. Aqua Marine: Santana 86.5 3:57 The Ultimate Collection (Disc 2) 1979
02. Camioux: Boozoo Bajou 85.7 5:32 Satta
03. Lo fi groovy: All India Radio 139.8 3:12 Permanent evolutions
04. It's Love (Trippin') (Extended Mix): Goldtrix Presents Andrea Brown 129.8 6:36 2002
05. Music is my life (d.carter rmx): Karl the voice 126.0 6:22 party sur laplage vol.1 2001
06. We Are Connected (Active Love Mix): Jondi and Spesh 132.0 8:32 1998
07. 9866: Kalahari Surfers 133.5 4:53 South Africa in Dub - rare and soundful pearls from South Africa in Dub 2005
     O/L:  Sky lab: beat 49  134.6 0:28
08. Mea Culpa: Enigma 110.0 5:01 MCMXC A.D. 1990
09. Moment With You: Bahramji & Maneesh De Moor 106.5 6:23 Call Of The Mystic
10. The Seven Heads of Propoganda (12' Cut): Viragi 115.0 7:49 Chillout Summer '00 2000
     O/L: On the road: Jack Kerouac 140.8 0:28 PenguinSpokenWord 2005
11. The Name of the Wave: William Orbit / Christine Leach  100.1 6:20 Hinterland
12. Drifting Away: Faithless 118.1 4:08 Reverence 1996
13. ˇFiesta Fatal! [Barcelona Tribe Megamix]: Barcelona Tribe of Soulsters 117.0 7:35 Fiesta Fatal!
14. Excited (Judge Jules Remix): M People 124.1 7:24 Northern Soul 1992
15. Do You Still (Wildchild Vocal Mix): East 17 124.9 8:34 East 17 Around The World The Journey So Far 1996


 

 

2006 brought me another opportunity to team with Sly Devil ... this time we turned our attention to recreating that special sound known as the Quiet Storm on radio stations that cater to an audience with a taste for soul and R&B.  Less in the way of mix-tricks on this set, we just focused on the music and the mood ...

01. The Rush: Luther Vandross 93.9 6:42 Power of Love 2002
02. No Conversation: View From The Hill 98.1 5:37 In Time
03. I Wanna Do Something Freaky to You: Gerd 95.5 4:46 High, Wide and Wonderful 2001
04. I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You: Leon Haywood 92.0 5:00 The Universal Masters Collection: Classic Funk 2003
05. Landscape of Love: M People 98.8 5:42 Northern Soul 1992
06. Gotta Lot Of Soul: Sugarman 160.0 4:14 Me & Mrs. Brown 2006
07. Sometimes...: Erykah Badu 90.1 4:10 Baduizm 1997
08. Sugar Free: Mtume 92.2 5:29 It Takes Two 1985
09. Builder (Kaskade Lets Make Out Mix): Rithma 86.0 4:34 Om Lounge 5 2001
10. Doughie Step: The Maxwell Implosion 86.0 5:32 Small Circle of Friends 2002
11. Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair (Jaffa Remix): Jaffa & Nina Simone 86.0 4:56 Verve Remixed, Vol. 2 2003
12. Evolution: Cinematic Orchestra 83.0 6:33 2002
13. Adrift (downtempo mix): John b 83.0 5:50 catalyst- disc 1 liquid 05
14. Dred Loc: Me'Shell NdegeOcello 83.6 4:04 Plantation Lullabies 1993
      O/L: Dred Loc Me'Shell NdegeOcello
15. Quiet Storm (Groove Boutique Chill Jazz Mix Featuring Guest Soloist Roy Ayers): Smokey Robinson 84.0 5:34 Motown Remixed 2005
16. Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder): Maxwell 96.1 5:46 Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite 1996
17. Suspension on Belief: Sven van Hees 99.9 4:22 Calypso 2002
18. Crazy (Acoustic Version/Instrumental Version): Seal 103.0 6:53 Crazy 2003
19. In Love with You: Erykah Badu 131.4 5:21 Mama's Gun 2000


 


Oooh, 2006 has been good to me, as I've discovered another tag team partner as deeply connected to downtempo as I am: Moto, from Berlin.  Perhaps because our shared love of the genre made it almost too easy to create a satisfying tag team mix, we challenged ourselves by using the latest version of the MixMeister Studio program (Fusion) to create this particular set.  Once again, I'm obliged to say, if you hear something exceptional going on, you can most likely credit Moto's skills ....

A Little Something - The Mo'FLY Tagteam

01. Gyere: Amorf Ördögök 116.0 1:40 Phazz-A-Delic Uppercuts, Vol. 2 : FemaleFuture
02. Pancake Lizard: Aphex Twin 117.0 4:31 51/13 Aphex Singles Collection 1996
03. One Word: Tim 'Love' Lee 113.3 5:11 Confessions of a Selector 1997
04. Sportif: Heights Of Abraham 116.0 7:18 Space Night Disc 1 2001
05. Infectious: SinQ 120.0 7:12 xncosq+ynsinq EP
06. Bittersweet: The Aloof 119.9 6:42 Sinking 1996
07. Parence Mentira (Mo'Horizons Restyle): Katia B 117.5 5:30 Brazilectro: Latin Flavoured Club Tunes, Session 7 Disc 2 2005
08. So Close & Yet So Far: Snooze 126.9 3:50 The Man In The Shadow 2001
09. Moving Cities (The Cinematic Orchestra Remix Extended Version): Faze Action 126.5 7:50 Remixes 98-2000 2000
10. Natural: Protassov 105.1 6:39 Fantastic Freeriding 2002
11. After the Fire: Kabuki feat Cleveland Watkiss 125.0 4:33 Best Seven Selections 2003
12. Autumn Leaves (Irresistable Force Mix Trip 2): Coldcut  94.0 7:05 Two A.D.
13. Coma: Alex Garland 120.9 1:11 PenguinSpokenWord 2005
14. Harlem Overdrive: Visit Venus 92.0 6:20 Music for Space Tourism Vol 1
15. Lite Bake: Greyboy 93.0 6:11 Freestylin' 1994
16. Aprilwetter: Meitz 100.0 8:35 Vertikal 2003
17. Crocodileleather T.I.E.: Da'Damn'Phreak'Noize'Phunk 96.5 3:46 Take Off Da Hot Sweater-Promo 2002
18. Up [raw mix]: Digital Cutup Lounge 115.9 3:59
19. Fat Ass Joint: Cujo 98.0 5:42 Adventures In Foam
20. Moody: d*note 111.3 4:57 d*note
21. Super Spankin' No 2: Tim 'Love' Lee 111.1 3:51 Confessions of a Selector 1997
22. Tell Me Why: Freakniks 110.9 1:52 DJ Kicks: Stereo MC's 2000
23. Instru pour le mental: La funk mob 112.9 4:55 les cool sessions
24. Freakmeister: King Kooba 113.3 3:57 The Imperial Solution 1998
25. Rule of the Bone: Ballistic Brothers 113.0 5:28 Freestyle Files Boxset, Vol. 2 (2 of 4)
26. The Nutcraker: Projections 112.0 4:46 Between Here And Now
27. Hronn's Intro: Depth Charge 148.4 1:16 Lust 1999
28. La Solution? Les Rythmes Digitales 111.3 4:46 Liberation
29. Solid Ether (Underlying Love Mix by Joakim Lone): Nils Petter Molvaer 112.0 6:13 Recoloured - The Remix Album 2001
30. Gel Lab: Plaid 147.6 4:14 Rest Proof Clockwork 1999
31. Slave Dream: Ofra Haza 106.8 4:47 Desert Wind 1989
32. Who Needs Forever? (Thievery Corporation Remix): Astrud Gilberto 112.0 4:13 Verve Remixed 2002
33. Duo De Amor: Ricochet 150.0 5:46 Astor Piazzolla Remixed 2003
34. Despertar: Frederico Aubele 126.0 2:45 Gran Hotel Buenos Aires
35. La seduzione: Kid Loco 128.0 5:15 A Grand Love Story
36. Auf Wiedersehen, Captain Future: Christian Bruhn 127.9 0:52 Captain Future


 

2005 Tag Team sets

 

Bee & Flower - The A.o.E. & MmeFLY TagTeam

For this one, I teamed up with a DJ from the Brighton area in Britain, David Stillman, who performs under the nom de musique "The A.o.E." which stands for The Accumulation of Everything ... in Stilly I found a kindred spirit and we proceeded to craft one of the most emotionally charged mixes I've ever heard ... the moderate use of overlay techniques adds a bit of spice to the blend but the awesome selecting carries the weight on this set:

01. She's My Lover (bang bang remix): Kid Loco 100.0 6:12 Prelude To A Grand Love Story 
02. Gifted: DJ Mehdi And Etienne De Crecy 100.0 3:55 Super Discount 2 2004
03. Au reve: Cassius 100.8 7:38 au reve
     O/L: Miss You (Dr. Dre Remix 2002): The Rolling Stones 105.0 3:39 Austin Powers In Goldmember
04. After The Rain: Gavin Froome 96.0 5:20 Underground Heroes 2004
      O/L: The Prophet_ bee and flower: Kalil Gibran 97.5 0:30 PenguinSpokenWordDownloads
05. Bless my soul: nightmares on wax 100.0 5:56 smokers delight 1995
06. Ghetto love: DJ Cam 99.9 4:52 Loa project (Volume II)
07. Opium Shuffle: Death In Vegas 97.0 5:02 Dead Elvis
08. Easy (Marschmellows Remix): Freedom Satellite 97.0 6:23 Soul Samba Remix Collection 2001
09. They dont shout: U.N.K.L.E. 98.0 5:26 
10. Harmonicas Are Shite: Fila Brazillia 89.0 6:32 Dub Infusions: 1989-1999
     O/L: Solo: Pen Hadow 93.2 1:03 PenguinSpokenWord 2005
11. Gettin' Into It (Brother ? Mix): King Britt Presents Sylk 130 93.0 5:20 When The Funk Hits The Fan (The Remixes)
12. The Man Who Wouldn't Let Wax Wane: Renegade Soundwave 91.9 3:50 The Next Chapter Of Dub
13. Good Boy (ManMachineMan Remix): De-Phazz 90.9 7:24 Plastic Love Memory CD 2002


 

 

Sea Changes: B-Crazy & MmeFLY -- Transatlantic TagTeam Two

I've work with B-Crazy from Belgium before; this is our second tag team mix and due to real life intruding on our fun, it took us nearly six months to complete ... but we never lost the thread as we wandered through a maze of musical styles ...

01. Sea: Smith & Mighty 129.0 4:29 Life Is...
02. She Will Stay (Feat. Wayne Mar): Dublex Inc 128.0 5:27 Eight Ears 2004 
03. Accoustic Clubbing: Gotan project 124.1 5:32 gotan project
04. Palma: Alexkid 124.0 7:20 Mint 2003
     O/L: charles schillings: no communication - playgroup [ dj kicks ]
05. Half step (dr. rockit mix): DJ Food 123.9 5:11 
06. On the way to lucia's: Afternoons in Stereo 130.0 5:32 Aural Pleasure 2005
07. Rise: Craig Armstrong 102.0 4:22 Ground Zero
08. Njia walk: Fatback band 116.0 4:05 Eskimo
09. Smile (Aromabar Remix): dZihan And Kamien 100.0 5:33 Smile Remixes
10. Low Summer Frequencies: Guardner 100.0 4:56 Somedays In My Life 2002
11. Flute Fruit: Shpongle 112.8 2:08 Falts Of The Inexpressible 2001
12. Dorset Perception (Total Eclipse Remix): Shpongle 120.1 7:26 Shpongle Remixed 2003
13. Vai Minha Tristeza: Tom & Joyce 119.8 5:28 Tom & Joyce 2002
14. A Volta: Arsenal 120.0 6:41 Oyebo Soul 2003
15. Entre o ceus e a terra: S-tone Inc 120.0 3:35 sobrenatural 2002
16. Superfunk2000: Soulstice 116.3 5:49 Up / Mid Tempo Sampler #4
17. A Badu Thang (Side A): Erykah Badu 124.0 5:54 A Badu Thang Vinyl 2002
18. Synkro: Luomo 120.7 8:18 Swayzak_GrooveTechnology v1.3 2002
19. My Mama Said ... St Germain 122.0 5:20 Jazz in the House 2 1999
      O/L: My Mama Said ... St Germain
20. Prelusion: St Germain 133.9 7:08 2000
21. Chronic Dose: Thunderball 134.0 5:01 Ambassadors of Style
22. Rhino Part I: Stereo MCs 126.2 4:11 DJ Kicks - Stereo MCs
23 Willie Bobo: Spanish Grease (Edit) 127.6 7:26 Verve Remixed 2002


 

 

Cappuccino on the Rocks: NeoFlava vs. MmeFLY - TagTeam 

Now this set is indeed a testament to the connecting power of the internet as well as the power of music to bridge all the gaps of age, gender, distance and time:  NeoFlava, a Sri Lankan attending university in Singapore teamed up with me in a one-on-one tag team ... another one where there is a fairly wide array of musical styles represented, and one where there was extensive use of overlays hyping up the selecting ... I believe the closing 10 minutes of this set are just extraordinary ... Neo took a spoken word overlay I contributed and tweaked it to raise the level of drama significantly ... this one gives me shivers :)

01. This is not an Instrumental: Silent Poets feat. Jessica Care Moore 94.0 5:04 For Nothing Remixes
02. Anxiety: Black Eyed Peas 94.1 3:38 Elephunk 2003
     O/L: Sound FX - DJ Tools - Scratches - Breaks Pack Turntable Samples 117.3 0:41
03. Snoop Dogg Punjabi Remix: Punjabi-Snoop Dogg 94.9 3:11 
     O/L: Snoop Dogg Punjabi Remix 
04. Revolutionary Woman Of The Windmill: Up, Bustle & Out 106.3 5:05 Outcaste Presents > The First Five Years 2000
          vs.
     O/L: Ode To Dolores Del Rio: B-Tribe 87.9 5:17 5 2003
05. Jump: Criss cross 101.7 3:17
     O/L: Cecilia: Suggs 102.5 2:58 
06. Theme For The Outcaste: Pressure Drop 112.9 5:45 Untouchable Outcaste Beats Vol 1 1997
     O/L: Jump: Criss cross 101.7 3:17
     O/L: Fiji chant of the islands 114.1 3:24 drums - african tribal music - polynesian
07. Battle Flag (feat. Pigeonhed): Lo Fidelity Allstars 100.5 5:39 How To Operate With A Blown Mind 1999
08. The Sharma Method: Dum Dum Project 98.2 4:03 Export Quality
09. The Banger: Multicyde 96.0 3:14 
     O/L: The Banger Multicyde
     O/L: Battle Flag (feat. Pigeonhed): Lo Fidelity Allstars
10. I Second That Emotion (Smokin' Mix): The Miracles 100.0 4:57 Remixed Hits
11. Everything Is Everything: Lauryn Hil; 94.7 4:53 The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 1998
12. On Fire: Lloyd Banks 94.6 3:07 Hunger For More 
13. Sohniye: Juggy D 101.0 3:52 Beats Rhymes And Life 2004
14. On Fire: Lloyd Banks 94.6 3:07 Hunger For More
     O/L: Sound FX - DJ Tools - Scratches - Breaks Pack Turntable Samples 
15. Graffiti Dream: Tar Hu-Nem 100.1 4:20 Freestyle From Barcelona
     O/L: Finally (Acappella): CeCe Peniston
16. If You Love Me: Brownstone 95.2 3:43 
17. Time Flies: Groove Theory 92.0 4:15 Groove Theory 
18. Once In A Lifetime: Talking Heads 117.0 4:19 Sand In The Vaseline - Popular Favorites: 1976-1983
     O/L: If You Love Me: Brownstone
19. Some Kind Of Love: Funky Green Dogs 118.0 5:38 Getfiredup 
     O/L: Once In A Lifetime: Talking Heads 
20. Girls Can Be Cruel: Infusion - Pete Tong 127.2 3:16 Mixmag - Big Tunes 2004 2004
     O/L: Breakbeat Paradise Sample - Recordplayer Sounds 01
     O/L: Some Kind Of Love: Funky Green Dogs
21. Magic Love (West London Deep RMX): Bent 126.0 6:51 Stay The Same 2003
     O/L: Some Kind Of Love: Funky Green Dogs
22. In My Arms: Mylo 120.0 3:46 Destroy Rock And Roll 2004
23. Imagine (Radio Edit): Fortunato & Montresor 121.0 3:48 Imagine 
     O/L: Coma: Alex Garland 120.9 1:11 PenguinSpokenWord 2005
24. Heer: Nitin Sawhney 164.0 4:54 Human 2003
     O/L: Coma: Alex Garland


 

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