Free Download: Exploring The Future Of America Through EDM Culture. 12 DJ Mixes For “RADI-O-BAMA”

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Free Download: Exploring The Future Of America Through EDM Culture—“RADI-O-BAMA”

“RADI-O-BAMA” is a project brought to you by The Looking Class, a social engineering design collective focused on opening hearts and romancing minds. “We’re the class that watches history and reflects it back through our love of music,” so says their website. They’ve got 12 pretty epic mixes posted up on their website, which you can download here. We highly encourage you to hit up the The Looking Class website and read all about the DJ mixes they posted up for free.

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Los Angeles: West of Left

“The meridian lines whiz by straight into the night. After getting directions at the map point, a caravan of adventurers set their sights on a great unknown, driving over one hundred miles into the California desert. Dirt roads and sandy skids won’t stop them. Out onto a dry lake bed the full moon is shining bright down onto glowing white. On it a pair of speakers and two turntables sound a groove into the future, a wild combination of technology and nature. Back in the city, the risk takers fill warehouses with revelry, pull off massive events that attract the riot gear. Hysteria and reckless bets threaten to bring it all down. But in Hollywood, there are endless acts of reinvention. Coachella beckons and Las Vegas after all will take whatever the City of Angels lets fall.”

Detroit: Hit the Open Road

“Like an X-Ray, it shoots right through you down to the bones. Its beats are dots on a spine of time. The gravitas of its makers, who shape it with their bare hands instructing electrons to move just so, have opened the nation to a dimensional groove. The invisible city of the Internet is the psychic twin of the Motor City, a frontier space of decaying heydays and outlaw tendencies. But instead of hiding, the open road wakes a fierce pride and love of the future deep in the heart of uncertainty. That is what it is to feel alive again.”

Chicago: Bring It Home

“‘Can you feel it!?’ ‘Deep voice, deep voice.’ They say House is a feeling. They say hope was nope. They say you’re a nothing. A phony. Maybe House is more than a feeling because I can see the good in you. ‘I’ve been happy lately thinking about the good things to come and I believe it could be something good has begun.’ I’m falling deep in love. Love is the best feeling. ‘I’ve been smiling lately thinking of the world as one.’ Feel what it is to believe in the future. Feel what it is to be free of fear. Feel for each other. ‘This is a faxed invitation to oblivion with bells.’ What lies on the other side of oblivion? It’s time to find out.”

NYC: Escape To New York

‘Life is something special!’ Sometimes we need reminding that we only get one life. That is the power of New York City, a superstructure of individual lives raised to a peak so that it cuts the sky open and we fall upward into the infinite dimensions of the human psyche. When terrorists killed thousands of innocent Americans on September 11, 2001, there may have been nothing more scary to them, more cause for their narrow hatred, than the multicultural and progressive ethos of EDM. As a music, it is already bringing people from around the world together as one family, from the beaches of Goa, India, to the slopes of Mt. Fuji, to England’s Glastonbury, to Burning Man and on and on. It has been so often derided. And yet disco may be one of America’s greatest contributions to the world. And nothing says that better than the disco ball’s return as an image of pride and affection.”

Northwest: Forever Green

“In the forests and calm bays of the Pacific Northwest, many find peace and privacy. Trip hop original Tranquility Bass retreated here. West Coast house maestro DJ Dan grew up here. And 1990s rave zine Lotus Magazine was edited from here for a time. While the shadow of grunge rock is still long in Seattle, not everyone is stuck in the rain. From Vancouver, Canada’s Interchill Records down the coast, the exposure of electronica organica runs deep with the beautiful refrains of Northern California’s Tycho or the sonic fjords receiving the the Scandinavian vibes of Ismistik. And there still comes the local words of Gibson’s Neuromancer, ‘We monitor many frequencies. We listen always. Came a voice, out of the babel of tongues, speaking to us. It played us a mighty dub.’”

Ohio: The Wide Open

“Ohio and Pennsylvania hold the key to the 2012 Election. The childhood home of EDM vocal legends Robert Owens and Lady Miss Kier, Ohio is the homestretch. From stargazing techno masters to Cudi the Kid, it contains both a culturally diverse and culturally monotone landscape. That social fabric is in many ways conservative. But just as Katherine Switzer in 1967 had to fight off men who tried to stop her from finishing the Boston Marathon because she was a woman, Ohio can also be the final breakthrough for the Obama coalition. The forces clawing at that triumph are that desperate. It’s now up to moderate women and resurrected auto workers to keep it open.”

The Capital: Swamp Fever

“‘Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ is still a dream. Gross inequality remains a stubborn fact of life, made worse by the Great Recession. The promise of the United States and the Constitution that consecrates it is that all people are created equal with equal rights. Techno may invite humanity to behave like machines. But it may also be the purest expression of the human spirit, a wild thing that goes in waves, that pulses to the rising sun and the falling night, that sleeps and dreams. Few things get at this better than the dub tides of Deep Dish or the storming drums of Leftfield. Someday, EDM will play in the White House. All night long.”

San Francisco: Rainbow Power

At the dawn of the Internet as Silicon Valley pushed into all our lives, the grand central of all this change was grooving to a new beat pulsing from the hard drives and turntables of 1990s info-warriors. Hyperreal and cyberpunk, the Golden Gate city was dreaming hard about the future. ‘The Social Network’ captured this acceleration when contrasting the speed of the nightclub with a slow-mo row on the Thames. But long before Facebook or Google, or even Yahoo, artists and engineers were mixing it up in San Francisco, coding the future by day and dancing by night, throwing outdoor parties and running robot demolition derbies. It’s not all about gizmos. Burning Man started here. Gay rights found its voice here. Acid house reigned here.”

Rockies: High Plains Drift

“In the West and Midwest, people first found their way to Rocky Mountain discos in the forests and plains. In winter, they didn’t hibernate but generated heat by dancing on the inside. Just up north in Toronto, Canada, a wunderkind going by the name Deadmau5 showed isolation in the midsection of the continent is a good thing if you want to follow your own path. Hailing from Fort Collins, Colorado, music genius Pretty Lights polished out a funkier sound and only asked for donations, like a true samaritan greeting weary travelers pulling into the depot. And over the Rockies and Grand Junction looms the City of Din.”

Shining Seas: Born in the USA

Way far out and at land’s edge, the imagination is free to dream big. America’s ambitions do not end at the coast but leap from sea to shining sea. On wooden then iron boats, immigrants came to America’s shores seeking a better life. Others came against their will, bound and sold into slavery, carried along the slave routes from West Africa to Jamaica and onward. From the Gulf of Mexico up East along the Atlantic, life at sea still exists with long nautical pride. Out West, the people look for new beginnings and second chances, a Manifest Destiny drawing them to the sun’s set. And then Hawaii, the 50th state, a curious star in the country’s spangled banner, not just a paradise but a military stronghold and the world’s navel.”

Southern Comfort

“The muddy Mississippi flows down past Memphis, winding into the Delta where poor tenant farmers tilled America’s artistic soil. A troubled yet down-home history embodied by a white man ‘who danced like a black man’ at the dawn of the television age. ‘Rock around the clock!’ with white tank tops and cold beers in hand, the poor but divided descendants of slaves and Confederate rebels echo 21st Century fervor amidst cruel unease. These melodies, these strains, rose up from New Orleans on the tongues of Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bichet. They hung and scratched the humid air in bayous and night forests at the fingertips of the Blues. The digital flood has soaked the earth. Larry Heard calls it home. DJ Pierre channeled it in his acid twangs. From little fluffy clouds in Arizona to Austin’s South By Southwest to Chris Brann’s Atlanta electro-soul, it’s all tomorrow’s parties as Huck and Jim float down the river.”

Florida: Vamos Miami!

“What do you get when you cross Tori Amos with Miami Bass and an explosion of acid beats? The warm chill breeze of Jamaica mixes with the hot hot rhythms of Cuba. Robbie Williams blasts on car radios and revelers dance around a beach bonfire to entrancing spiritual drums. The city pulses with the energy of youth and sex, the sassy attitude of jilted lovers and heartbroken survivors while the swamps murmur with mischief and danger. But nothing is more prostituted than the political lies of the national campaign season, eyeing the Sunshine State as a delicious prize.”