Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Last Post

I'm discontinuing the blog, so come find me on Mixcloud: all my old mixtapes are available there (as well as new ones!)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Latin Freestyle

I cannot believe how long it took me to get around to this one. I guess the timing is a little weird now (in light of a recent bit of Twitter drama wherein some clueless kids apparently hated on Diplo because "only Latinos and gay people are allowed to play Freestyle"). Kids these days...

Anyway, Freestyle was a genre of dance music that evolved out of the Latino communities in New York and Miami in the 1980s. But first, some backstory:
Part of the reason why disco did so well in New York was that it appealed to African-Americans, Italian-Americans, and Latinos. This meant that during the heyday of disco, a radio station could lock down all three of these huge demographics—something that you'd be hard-pressed to do today. After the "death" of disco, stations had to pick which of these audiences they wanted to retain. A lot of New York stations kept the Italians by switching to rock, and the rest hung on to the African-Americans by gradually shifting to hip-hop / R&B / "urban" music. This left New York's sizable Latino community without many options for radio stations, or for pop music that spoke to them.
Freestyle really emerged as a response to this conundrum--championed by Latino DJs like Jellybean Benitez and Tony Torres, Freestyle first popped up around 1983 as a mixture of pop melodies and hip-hop-electro production (think Afrika Bambaataa meets Celine Dion). 

The music found a second home in Miami, and these two cities produced the overwhelming majority of Freestyle records from the birth of the genre until it fizzled out in the mid-1990s. The New York stuff tends to be a little darker—male and female singers singing about heartbreak with a lot of minor chords in the background—whereas the Miami stuff is a little more on the cheerful side, and features mostly female vocalists singing about falling in love and what not.
Freestyle eventually went way beyond its Latino audience, and became one of the dominant sounds of Top 40 radio in the 1980s. I've focused more on the huge radio mega-hits in this mix (because they're more fun), but I've tried to balance it out with a chunk of underground club tunes as well. Hope you enjoy it!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Ghetto House Classics (Abstractor Podcast exclusive)

Ghetto House (or Booty House) is basically just a fast, dirty style of house music that came out of Chicago in the 1990s, and paved the way for juke and footwork. I grew up in Kansas City, and we heard this stuff at all the raves back in the day–it was a major staple of growing up as a party kid in the Midwest. Here's a mix I did for a really awesome blog called Abstractor of all my fave Ghetto House tunes.
Original article: http://abstractor.net/abstractor-podcast-3-chrissy-murderbot

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Chrissy Murderbot Booty Mini-Mega-Mix for Strangers in Stereo

Ok so I just made a short-but-jampacked mix for Sheena Beaston & the Strangers in Stereo blog.

The mix is inspired by the Ghetto House mixtapes that were coming out of the West Side of Chicago in the mid-to-late ’90s: super rapid-fire hotmixes from people like Waxmaster, Jammin Gerald, DJ D-Man, DJ Funk, etc. I’ve tried to update that style for today with a lot of new unreleased juke and booty trax as well as a bunch of old standards. I’ve shoehorned 50+ tracks in a little over 30-minutes. Hope y’all enjoy it!