Thanks For Your Support In 2010

Much thanks to everybody who has shown support for my musical projects, this website, and most of all those of you who I’m fortunate enough to know on a more personal level as well. I’ve definitely tried to put a lot of hard-work into all these things that are important to me over the past year and the kind words and encouragement have made it all worthwhile.

I will do my best to keep building on the momentum everybody has given me as we move into 2011, look forward to some more regular / new exclusive podcasts appearing on this site beginning early next week, with some mixes from artists I appreciate as well as hopefully me getting off my rear and getting some more of my own mixes up here for you as well.

2011, more food, music, and good times await — looking forward to seeing you there!

Be sure to keep up with me not only here but also on Twitter, Facebook, and Flickr

PS: That shot is not from last night; it was a totally different event and I’m pretty sure that guy has no clue we took that round of photos.

NPR on Dubstep's 'Identity Crisis'

Suffice it to say, when I launched the Brostep Forum a little over a year ago I did not expect it to be popular, well-received, and especially didn’t expect it to reach ‘meme status.’ Regardless, I’m glad it did – and, honestly, I’m glad the name aggravates people; that was kind of the idea from the get go. Its a perfectly eponymous name for an overly self-referencing style of music.

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Free Downloads for XMAS

A ton of awesome music being given out in celebration of the Christmas holiday. I’ve done my best to link as much of it as I can recall below and will do what I can to update this as more become available. Thanks to all the esteemed producers who made these available.

Enjoy, and have a happy holiday!

Addison Groove – Footcrab VIP
Skream – The Freeizm Album
Silkie – The Night Before
Terror Danjah – Hard Drive : The Compilation
Grime Collection courtesy of GrimeSpree
Joe Nice – Christmas Collection
Zed Bias – Lost DATs Archive
Truth – Perfect Combination
Arktrix – Enigma
Jack Sparrow – Christmas Dubs
Low Limit – Christmass & Tittes (DJ Assault v. Tchaikovsky)
Inferno – Winter Promo 2010 (Mix)
Falty DL – And I Really Know…
LHF – Keepers of the Light Vol. 3 (Mix)
Peverelist – Mix for the Wintervall Traveller (Mix)
Sines – Stuff Dreams Are Made Of (Von D Remix)
Rival – Funky House (Royal-T Remix)
Ganji Killah – Man A Madman
Hackman & Jamie Grind – Saw The Light (Mistamen Remix)

RA.238 : BenUFO

In the words of David Rodigan, “No Intro.”

Christmas comes a few days early with the latest Resident Advisor podcast from one of the top selectors of the year in Hessle Audio’s BenUFO. As standard, click over to Resident Advisor for the short interview always worth the read.

Click here to download (Direct Link)

Full tracklist beneath the fold, big look to ATL’s Kai Alce making an appearance on this with his FXHE released “Dirty South Dirt.”

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XI – Nitelite (Free Download)

Ahead of his 31-Jan release on UK based Orca Recordings, XI is giving away a new track titled ‘Nitelite.’ You may remember XI following our recent coverage of his excellent contribution to the HotFlush Podcast series.

Along with the release was sent along the following promo video titled ‘Sleepwalking – viewable beneath the fold.

Download the free release XI – Nitelite [via Mediafire]

Preview XI’s forthcoming release on Orca Recordings : ‘Gamma Rain/Medicate

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Beatport Co-Founder Accused of Anti-Competitive Practices

According to an article on Resident Advisor this morning, Beatport’s Brad Roulier stands accused by another Denver nightclub owner of leveraging Beatport’s position to provide exclusive bookings in the Denver, CO area.

According to the article the two previously worked together in the promotional realm through 2007, before separating and starting rival clubs.

Surely there is more to this story than both sides have probably presented so far but it does provide some interesting room for discussion surrounding the rise of digital downloads, Beatport’s position in the electronic music scene, and questions surrounding a side of anti-trust policies that are 21st Century in origin.

Read the complete article from Resident Advisor here

2562 In The Mix for URB

With both [2562 and A Made Up Sound] I will try to stray from the path and see how far the audience is willing to come with me. I’m not there to spoil everyone’s evening, so I’m happy to play an all-house or all-bass set if it suits the occasion best. As long as it’s music I’m truly feeling. I will never compromise that. No DJ should.

I have been fortunate enough to catch Dave Huisman perform a DJ set as ‘2562’ and I can promise you that like any of his releases, his work comes a long way from spoiling anybody’s evening. Even the bro-est of brosteppers stop in appreciation for the unique sounds coming from the Netherlands based producer.

Recently he has contributed a short interview and mix for URB Magazine. A stiff selection laden with originals from Huisman in addition to unreleased material from Boddika, Hessle Audio, and Falty DL. Full tracklist available beneath the fold.

Download URB x Fabric Presents: 2562 [via Mediafire]

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Personality Profiling & Customer Service

eLoyalty, a company that builds tools and services for call centers, has created a system that compiles personality profiles of each individual caller and matches them with a customer service representative who works best with that personality type. The system is based on a methodology NASA used [the Process Communication Model] to weed out astronaut candidates and that Bill Clinton used to tailor his speeches. It’s already having a marked impact on reducing call frustration and improving customer satisfaction rates.

[via FastCompany]
Oh how I wish this had been implemented during my tenure as a Genius working for Apple for all those years; I am certain that a majority of my failed customer interactions were based solely on an inability to relate to people who are fundamentally different than myself. That’s not to say that I did not try to approach each customer uniquely and attempt to level with them individually but, as anybody knows, sometimes two people just don’t get along.

A very interesting article on leveraging psychological techniques, and a personality test designed to weed out potential astronauts is being used to create more effective customer support environments. This all seems practical but I wonder how quickly you can be profiled as a new customer before the interaction begins. Granted, being face-to-face like Apple’s Genius Bar is quite a help over doing telephone support and being able to read your customer’s non-verbal cues. Profiling / Privacy crew, where do you stand on profiling to ostensibly provide you a better customer experience?

How a Personality Test Designed to Pick Astronauts is Taking the Pain Out of Customer Support [via FastCompany]
The History of the Process Communication Model in Astronaut Selection [via SSCA]

Pinch / Scientist Feature on Gilles Peterson

In support of the highly anticipated Tectonic compilation featuring remixes from dub reggae pioneer Scientist, the two appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Gilles Peterson show a few weeks ago. In support not only the album’s release and the live shows celebrating the release, the two sat in for a short set.

This might be your best chance to experience these tunes before the albums impending release next week on 6-Dec, some deep reggae cuts from the legendary Scientist are mixed in as well. Definitely worth picking this one up for a the listen.

Download Gilles Peterson w/ guests Alice Russell, Scientist, and Pinch [via HotFile]

Full tracklist beneath the fold.

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Roska : The Essential Mix

By now Roska(RoskaRoskaRoskaRoska) needs no introduction, and the Atlanta followers of this blog know first-hand the excellent DJ abilities possessed by UK Funky’s defacto godfather.

As with any artist to grace the Essential Mix airwaves, Pete Tong and company always seem to catch them at the top of their game, at a moment where their style is definitive of their genre. This mix is no different; I first heard glimpses of it driving home from King Plow after our show Friday night. Even after leaving a 900-person show at a club packed to the brim, hearing electronic music all night this sounded absolutely refreshing and I remember making a point to go back and listen to it as quickly as possible. Hopefully you have had a chance to hear this at least once yourself, if not, now is your chance.

Download Roska : The Essential Mix [via HotFile]

Full tracklist beneath the fold*
*-Spectr is back!

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XLR8R Offers Free Shackleton Download

Stop the presses; XLR8R has just posted up a freely downlodable 320k MP3 of Shackleton’s ‘International Fires’ ahead of it’s impending release on the forthcoming Fabric 55 mix next week

I have made no qualms that I am a huge fan of Shackleton and encourage all to explore this man’s music at each opportunity. Thanks to Shackleton, and XLR8R for making this one available, especially in 320; there is no way to appreciate Shackleton’s techniques at lower bitrates.

Download (Direct Link)