My brother sent me this mix yesterday he grabbed from Pipomixes via Mixcrate. Absolutely mind blowing. So I’m all set to blog about it, but it turns out this mix has been around since 2009 and was even covered by our sister site, Steady Bloggin. So how exactly did I miss this the first time around?
Like the scores of musical sounds and ideas it is meticulously crafted from, Ultimate Breaks and Beatles belongs to nobody yet everybody. Composed of crates upon crates of Beatles records, obscure covers of Beatles songs, the entire 25 volume Ultimate Breaks and Beats series and plenty more, it is a celebration of record collecting, DJing, hip hop music, and above all, the unparalleled resonance and influence of both the almighty Beatles and the almighty Ultimate Breaks and Beats series. In the tradition of its two titanic subjects, the mix defies genre; at once spanning, re-contextualizing, and transcending everything from classical to blues to jazz to rock to rap in just over and hour. Unlike your neighborhood hipster laptop DJ’s latest trendy “mash ups”, there were absolutely no software, sequencers, or techno used here–just a ton of vinyl, two turntables, a mixer, and an 8 track…
We here at LO DO Industries certainly hope that you enjoy it. If so, please copy and share with as many people as possible, for free of course. If not, keep it to yourself flavor hater. To Ultimate Breaks and Beatles, I raise a hoppy brew. Scott and Mike did a fine job once again. To paraphrase Pablo Picasso: good DJs copy, great DJs steal….
“No one, however, has done quite what Down and Cutler managed to do here. ‘Ultimate Breaks and Beatles’ celebrates the enduring magic of the original music. But more importantly, it rescues the mash-up from the very real threat facing it â€” the danger of it becoming too trendy, too easy to execute, too much a product of the computer technology and not of the imagination. ‘Breaks and Beatles’ recontextualizes the art and the artifacts themselves, and if the Beatles’ music doesn’t actually need any assistance in retaining its relevance, Down and Cutler have managed to find new possibilities in that music. Kudos are due.”
-The Buffalo News, 2009
As I’m not authorized to post my own links to this mix, the only way to get it is from Mixcrate. Trust me, it’s worth the 30 seconds to register.