My dude Skratch Bastid and I just released the latest instalment of our annual “Songs We Listened To A Lot” mix. A 2 1/2 hour mix 38-song mix of songs that we gave many spins in 2015 – new releases, new discoveries, and classics that came back. Special thanks to THUMP who have premiered it – check the link in below for the mix along with some words about the mix and select songs. Artwork by Alex Rhek, duh. GO LISTEN! LINK:
Big shout out to my homie Frank D2K on the 5 year anniversary of his monthly Mighty party, which I’ve played at a bunch of times. The list of DJs who have performed here over the past 5 years is a who’s who of top choice artists and I’m honored to be among them. For the 5 year anniversary Frank had me team up with my other great homie and awesome DJ, the one and only DJ Excel. Excel and I did a 4 hour back to back tag team jam so here it is. Check it out!
Yoyoyoyoyoyoyo… When it all comes down to it, at the end of the day I’m hip-hop guy. I was raised in the era when all that 90s Golden of Rap stuff was popping and I was right there to witness it firsthand. And it’s enriched my life for the better because if it. And honestly that experience wouldn’t be that were it not for Stretch And Bobbito.
I first “kinda” met Stretch back in 1995 but I don’t think he remembers it. At the time I was living in Williamsburg and working at Eightball Records and Stretch and Bob had their now legendary 89Tec9 show – WHICH I SWORE BY – and I don’t know if he remembered it but he would occasionally roll into Eightball and I was shook about meeting him haha. But I finally got a chance to give him a pound one Friday night while he was DJing in the back room at The Roxy, where he shook my hand and kept it moving, dropping “Rappaz R.N. Dainja” onto the set. We kinda had some friends in common but still, I was kinda new to the downtown DJ circuit and I was trying to be like Stretch so much. I never got a chance to meet Bob until several years later after I moved to Philly and was doing my party with Rich Medina, whom Bob was close with. Bobbito would come down to Philly a lot to spin with us at The Remedy and it was awesome, and he was definitely a crowd favorite – and in his own way helped shape the identity of what we were doing in Philly at that party. A few years later back in NYC me and Stretch kinda started running around in the same nightclub scene so that was really chill too.
But seriously I have so much love and respect for both these dudes, as friends and as individuals that it seems like it could be really to overlook what they’ve contributed to this world. I know that personally I would not be the person that I am if it weren’t for their show and kinda think like none of us would, whether they know it or not. Which is why seeing their movie “Stretch And Bobbito: Radio That Changed Lives” was so dope to me. I had the opportunity to screen it last week and it was incredible. I can watch it again and again, but the best part about it was that it encapsulated 25 years of what I was all about and put it there in front of me to revisit it. It made me so genuinely happy to watch it, I can’t express it in words. And to see all those amazing interviews, footage, freestyles. The movie is out now so go check it – download it, share it, tell your friends, all that shit. Anyway, incredible movie. Thanks Stretch and Bob. You guys changed my life!
Thanks for tuning into Baker’s Dozen – episode 18!
For those who may not know, for years I’ve been putting out a kind of “Best Of” monthly mix which was called Cosmo Baker’s Top Ten. And over the years, having put them out off and on sporadically, I’ve amassed 17 different mixes.
Now “Best of” is really a misnomer because there’s really no “best” songs in my opinion – like this isn’t some sort of award show or race – it’s more of just the tunes that I was personally feeling at that particular time. And over the years the “Top Ten” mixes really evolved into a particular sound that was definitely more dance-oriented, but never losing the funk quality that I feel drawn towards.
Also with the Top Ten mixes, it really gave me a few different opportunities to stretch out musically. Sure, lots of people knew of me as a DJ who would play some great rap tunes (and sure there have definitely been rap tunes rinsed on these mixes) but the pleasure I get out of playing dance music is unique. And it’s not only about my growth as an artist which is what these mixes are about. It’s also sharing and spreading the love of my friends and other people that I work with and admire in music. These mixes give me the chance to spread love to people that I respect and admire. Another thing about these mixes is that it gives me the opportunity to play things that may be exclusive, things that may have fallen under the radar, and things that maybe I might not bang in a typical Cosmo Baker set. But then of course as art imitates life, sometimes my sets started sounding like my Top Ten Mixes.
The last thing about these mixes is the way I’ve traditionally approached them. Unlike a lot of the other mixes that I – or most DJs do – they’re not about fancy tricks or wicked blends or any of the bells and whistles. I’ve always approached these mixes more from a curatorial perspective, and to allow that to reflect in the actual mix itself. Going out and finding new tunes, new tunes that I like and can stand behind, and figuring out a way these all work together in one cohesive mix. The mix is always done bare bones, using nothing but two turntables and a mixer, but the music as a whole speaks a lot more in what it contains than how it’s presented. Truth be told in my mind’s eye it’s a version of me being my own John Peel or Pete Tong.
So here’s Baker’s Dozen – the (new) new series of music presented by yours truly. Hope you enjoy it!
René & Angela “I’ll Be Good (King Of Nothing Edit)”
Gallant “Open Up (Neonhund Remix)”
Luca Lush “Velvet Girls”
Mura Masa “Firefly feat. Nao”
Dr Packer “Shared Nights”
Jeremy Glenn “LIV”
Jean Tonique “What You Wanna Do feat. Dirty Radio”
Junktion “I’m Wishing (Original Mix)”
Lion Babe “Jump Hi feat. Childish Gambino (Todd Edwards Remix)”
Aroop Roy “Quen Vai Querer”
Enzo Siffredi “Sometimes (Original Mix)”
Earth People “Dance (Steve1der 2K15 Edit)”
Chet Faker “1998 feat. Banks”