Australia's triple j has to be one of the better remaining radio stations around, and their "mixup exclusives" mixtape series has been one to follow since its debut. Over the years, the mix show has featured almost anyone you can name and they're all special in their own way. But when Flight Facilities were approached to do a month-long takeover resulting in one mix per week (total of 4 mixes), they knew they couldn't just simply throw together some trendy jams and call it a day...they wanted to do something much more memorable than that. The duo quickly told the station that they wanted to push their radio takeover back until October, giving them practically an extra 6 months to create their mixes. Now you must be thinking that's a crazy amount of time to make four hour-long mixes, but let me tell you, this is how REAL mixes are done.
So here's the idea...
4 mixes, 4 decades of music, in the order in which it came out. Each set represents the music of 10 years and moves chronologically through time. The first mix is 1972 – 1982. The second, 1982 – 1992. Third, 1992 – 2002. And lastly, 2002 – 2012. Countless hours of wikipedia research, record digging, itunes organizing, youtube-ing, and most importantly; learning went into these mixes. Clearly, it all paid off and these absolutely seamless mixes provide the ultimate listening experience.
All of the mixes will be posted over time, but the first one went up to their soundcloud the other day:
01. Stevie Wonder - Superstition
02. Al Green - Let's Stay Together (Edwin Bautista Edit)
03. Lou Reed - Take A Walk On The Wild Side (Rocco Raimundo Edit)
04. Paul Simon - Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard (AutoRock Edit)
05. Kool & The Gang - Jungle Boogie
06. Mindless Boogie - Tina (Villa Edit)
07. George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
08. The O'Jays -For The Love Of Money
09. David Bowie - Golden Years (Tim Fuchs Edit)
10. Paul McCartney & Wings - Listen To What The Man Said
11. Walter Murphy - A Fifth Of Beethoven (Flight Facilities Edit)
12. Ohio Player - Love Rollercoaster
13. Hot Chocolate - Cadillac (The Revenge Rework)
14. Joe Tex - Ain't Gonna Bump No More
15. Marvin Gaye - Got To Give It Up
16. Talking Heads - Psycho Killer (Drop Out Orchestra Rework)
17. Donna Summer - I Feel Love
18. Meco - Star Wars
19. East Coast - The Rock
20. Sylvester - Mighty Real
21. Eddie Johns - More Spell On You
22. George Duke - I Love You More
23. ABBA - Voulez-Vous
24. Chicago - Street Player // Dynasty - Freak
25. Mindless Boogie - Emotional R (In Flagranti Edit)
26. Soulwax - NY Lipps
27. Depeche Mode - Just Can't Get Enough
28. Mindless Boogie - Area 45 (Skinny Joey Edit)
29. Chaka Khan - Fate (Todd Terje Edit)
30. Kim Carnes - Bette Davis Eyes (Alexander Edit)
31. Sugar Hill Gang - Apache
32. Donna Sumemer - If It Hurts Just A Little
33. Hall & Oates - I Can't Go For That
34. Queen & David Bowie - Under Pressure
Using the Soundcloud time markers, we want to see you name:
- The samples of major events in history
- The original songs used to make the edits
- The modern day songs that used the samples
- The unlisted cuts of other songs Flight Facilities snuck in
There are plenty of easter eggs to be found in these mixes. Some more obvious than others. Get hunting...
HINT: Download the mix and put it on your iPod (or watch your iTunes artwork box) for the full experience.
If you'd like to learn more about the long and involved process of creating these sets, you can read about all of the steps on their blog. Be sure to give the boys your support on Facebook and Twitter as well. They somehow managed to do all this in the midst of working on new remixes and original material, so we'll all be looking forward to that too.