Buddy Peace – Wolf Diesel Mountain

When it comes to the art of making mixtapes, Buddy Peace is one of the all time greats. He puts so much love and attention into his mixes that I dread to think how long it takes him to make them. Just when I thought I was getting good at making mixtapes, I heard some of his and realised what a n00b I still am. Here’s the list of equipment he used to create Wolf Diesel Mountain, which may give you some idea of the effort put into it: –

Technics 1200 turntable
Shure M-447 cartridge
Vestax PMC-07 Pro mixer
Akai MPC2000XL sampler/sequencer
Iomega Zip Drive
Boss Dr Sample SP-303 sampler
Boss Dr Sample SP-202 sampler
Yamaha SU-10 sampler
Pioneer CDJ1000 Mk2 CD turntable
Pioneer DV-370 DVD player
Hitachi FX140E video recorder
Nikon Coolpix L2 camera
Tascam Portastudio 414 MkII four track
Korg Kaoss Pad
MBox 2
Tascam US-122 soundcard
Tambourine
Shaker Egg
Hand Drum
Hands
AKG c-1000 microphone
Adobe Audition
Steinberg Logic Platinum 5.30

While I’ve filed this under hip-hop, Wolf Diesel Mountain is really a multi-genre mix, although hip-hop features heavily. If you want to hear how a finely crafted mix can sound, do yourself a favour and buy a copy. You can pick it up here in either MP3 or lossless FLAC format for just £3.50: –

Buy Wolf Diesel Mountain

Wolf Diesel Mountain itself is not available to stream for free online, so I’m posting Buddy’s Antler God Minimix, which is a very condensed version of WDM that he put out for promo purposes.

Buddy rarely releases track listings for his mixes, simply because he uses so many tracks and snippets from all kinds of sources that a complete track listing would be huge, and that’s why one isn’t included here. Enjoy.

Sigma – DV Podcast #001: Hip-Hop 1984-1990

I co-run a forum aimed at scratch DJs and turntablists called Digital Vertigo. Back in 2008 we did a short (very short as it goes!) series of monthly podcasts, each of which was a member mix. This is the first of those podcasts, a mix I put together of hip-hop released from 1984-1990. Not my finest work as I put this together very quickly, but if you like the look of the track listing then give it a listen. 🙂


Track listing: –

01 – Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full
02 – Kid ‘N’ Play – Last Night
03 – The Alliance – Do It! Do It!
04 – D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Brand New Funk
05 – EPMD – So Wat Cha Sayin’
06 – Run-D.M.C. – Run’s House
07 – Ice-T – You Played Yourself (Remix)
08 – Intelligent Hoodlum – Game Type
09 – Stetsasonic – Just Say Stet
10 – Stetsasonic – Go Stetsa I
11 – Z-3 MC’s – Triple Threat
12 – The Real Roxanne ft. Hitman Howie Tee – Bang Zoom (Let’s Go Go)
13 – Schoolly D – Saturday Night
14 – Spoonie Gee – The Godfather
15 – T La Rock – Runaway
16 – Tuff Crew – Feel So Good
17 – Young MC – I Come Off (Southern Comfort Mix)
18 – Divine Sounds – Do Or Die Bed Sty
19 – MC Shan – Words Of A Freestyle
20 – Roxanne Shanté – Have A Nice Day
21 – Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half-Steppin’

Sigma – 4D

This is the first solo multitracked mixtape that I made. I put it together back in 2005 for my girlfriend at the time whose name was (and probably still is!) Donna, hence the name of the mix (4D = “For D”). I put a lot of work into this one and I was pleased with how it turned out. Hopefully you’ll like it too!


Track listing: –

01 – Lil’ Mo ft. Lil’ Kim – Ten Commandments
02 – Snoop Dogg – Drop It Like It’s Hot
03 – 50 Cent ft. Snoop Dogg & Don Magic Juan – P.I.M.P. (G-Unit Remix)
04 – The Notorious B.I.G. ft. R. Kelly – Fuck You Tonight
05 – Unsung Heroes ft. Tony Vegas, Primecuts, Shivver, J1200 & Reality – Daily Intake
06 – Sigma – 4D Scratch Break
07 – Unsung Heroes ft. Siah & Karime Kendrah – The Next Degree (Instrumental)
08 – DJ Nu-Mark ft. Chali 2na – Chali 2na Comin’ Thru
09 – DJ Nu-Mark ft. J-Live – Brand Nu Live (Instrumental)
10 – Jurassic 5 – Linguistics
11 – Jurassic 5 – Long Road To Glory
12 – Souls Of Mischief – ’93 ‘Til Infinity (Remix)
13 – Red Astaire – Follow Me
14 – The Meters – Oh, Calcutta!
15 – Amerie – 1 Thing
16 – Cypress Hill – Hand On The Pump
17 – Sigma – Lumidee Cut Up
18 – De La Soul – Shopping Bags (She Got From You)
19 – N.O.R.E. – Nothin’
20 – Brand Nubian – Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down
21 – Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics – K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid)
22 – Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
23 – Sigma – Rock The Discotek (Edit)

A brace of breaks mixes from Loop Skywalker

Those of you who follow the UK DJ battle scene will have heard of Loop Skywalker. While it’s often said that Jimmy Savile was the first DJ to perform on 2 turntables, I wouldn’t be surprised if it turned out to be Loop.

Here’s a couple of short, but great hip-hop/breaks mixes that he cooked up a couple of weeks ago. If you want track listings, ask Loop, but be warned; he’s 9 feet tall and doesn’t do requests.

So, SigmaMixes?

Hello! I don’t particularly like writing about myself, but I guess an introduction of some kind is required, so here goes: –

I’m Sigma, a DJ from Stafford, England. I’ve been DJing on and off (mostly off) since I first started dabbling with scratching in the 1980s. My main musical loves are old school hip-hop and electro, R&B/soul (particularly Angela Winbush and Stevie Wonder) and instrumental progressive rock. And NO, I’m nothing to do with Sigma, the drum & bass crew from London! 😛

I’ve been a huge fan of mixtapes since the days of the Street Sounds Electro series. I realise that the music is the most important thing when it comes to making a mix, but I also love mixes where the DJ goes that extra mile technically. I started dabbling with multitracking to make mixtapes several years ago after being inspired by mixes such as DJ Qbert’s Demolition Pumpkin Squeeze Muzik and DJ Babu’s Comprehension.

I bought some web space and a domain name with the original intention of having a place to host my mixes so that I could post direct links to them on forums, but after messing around with WordPress and seeing how easy it was to use, I thought I would also use this site to post up not only my own mixes, but also some of the best mixes I come across on the web.

If you’re reading this right now (Feb 19th, 2012) content is sparse, but I’ll be adding some great mixes to this site over the next few weeks! Each mix is tagged solely with the name of the DJ that created it, so clicking a DJ’s name will bring up all mixes from that DJ. I’ve split the mixes into genres which you can select in the menu bar, so hopefully navigating the site is easy, but if you have any suggestions to improve it then get in touch. 🙂

Pz!

Sigma. 🙂

Sigma – T.R.O.Y.

T.R.O.Y. is a mixtape I made with another DJ, Shortphuze78, a few years ago. He did one side of the tape and I did the other, so this is just my side. It’s a mix of old school and late 80s hip-hop tracks.



Track listing: –

01 – T La Rock Intro
02 – Stetsasonic – Go Stetsa I
03 – Marley Marl ft. MC Shan – Marley Marl Scratch
04 – Mantronix – Fresh Is The Word
05 – Doug E. Fresh & The Get Fresh Crew – The Show
06 – Run D.M.C. – Run’s House (Cut Up)
07 – Run D.M.C. – Beats To The Rhyme
08 – Big Daddy Kane – Ain’t No Half-Steppin’
09 – L.L. Cool J – Get Down
10 – Jungle Brothers – Straight Out The Jungle
11 – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
12 – Schoolly D – Saturday Night
13 – Eric B. & Rakim – Paid In Full (The Coldcut Remix)
14 – Roxanne Shanté – Have A Nice Day
15 – EPMD – The Big Payback
16 – 7A3 – That’s How We’re Livin’
17 – Mixmaster Spade & The Compton Posse – Genius Is Back

M-Style & Sigma – A Long Time In The Making

I made this back in 2004 with a friend of mine, M-Style. It’s multitracked, so aside from the 14 main tracks there are plenty of samples and acapellas thrown into the mix. Scratching over D&B has never been something I’ve found particularly easy, but I was pleased with the way this turned out overall.



Track listing: –

01 – Pops Mohamed & The London Sound Collective – Fading Light
02 – Special Forces – The End
03 – D Kay & Rawfull – Be There 4 U (Remix)
04 – Special Forces – Satisfy
05 – The Militia – Paranoia
06 – John B – Pressure (2004 Remix)
07 – Goldie – Angel (Loxy & Ink Remix)
08 – Calyx & Kontrol – Erased From Existence
09 – Teebee – Tech G
10 – Loxy & Ink – Headz Roll
11 – Dylan & Damage – Bass Kick
12 – Counterstrike – Africanism
13 – Calyx – Fear This
14 – Calyx – Inner Distance

Sigma – 80s Funk Mix

This mix was made for a battle on DJ Forums, which I subsequently won (just!). Not every track in this mix is what I would call funk, but broadly speaking it fits into that category.

I planned this mix out in advance, editing a couple of tracks and setting some cue/loop points in Serato, but it was recorded live and in one take (following a couple of rehearsals and failed attempts, lol). Enjoy!


Track listing: –

01 – Foxy Brown ft. Jay-Z – I’ll Be
02 – Eazy-E – Eazy-Duz-It
03 – René & Angela – I’ll Be Good
04 – B. B. & Q. Band – Dreamer
05 – Aleem – Confusion
06 – Timex Social Club – Rumors
07 – Donna Allen – Serious
08 – Kleeer – Intimate Connection
09 – Indeep – Last Night A DJ Saved My Life
10 – Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam – I Wonder If I Take You Home
11 – Cameo – Word Up!
12 – Cameo – Single Life
13 – Zapp – It Doesn’t Really Matter
14 – Awekid & DJ Muzzell – Donkey Work III

Sigma – 79: A mix of hip-hop tracks from 1979

1979 was (arguably) the year that the first hip-hop record was released. I made 79 with the intention of featuring every hip-hop record released in 1979, even if there is some debate over the year of release of one or two of these songs, and I think I got very close to achieving that.

It’s a multitracked mix made using a combination of vinyl and Serato. I’ve made it downloadable, so if you want an MP3 you can grab one from SoundCloud. Enjoy!


Track listing: –

01 – Imhotep Gary Byrd – 79 Intro
02 – Family – Family Rap
03 – Spoonie Gee – Spoonin Rap
04 – Scoopy – Scoopy Rap
05 – The Sequence – Funk You Up
06 – Troy Rainey – Tricky Tee Rap
07 – Dr. Love & Sister Love – Doctor Love & Sister Love Rap
08 – Paulett & Tanya Winley – Rhymin’ & Rappin’
09 – Willie Wood & Willie Wood Crew – Willie Rap
10 – David Lampell – I Ran Iran
11 – Steve Gordon & The Kosher Five – Take My Rap… Please
12 – The Younger Generation – We Rap More Mellow
13 – Sugarhill Gang – Rapper’s Delight
14 – Xanadu & Sweet Lady – Rappers Delight
15 – Sicle Cell & Rhapazooty – Rhapazooty In Blue
16 – Kurtis Blow – Christmas Rappin’
17 – Funky Four Plus One More – Rappin & Rocking The House
18 – P.J. LaBoy – Baya Latinos
19 – Funky Constellation – Street Talk (Madam Rapper)
20 – T.J. Swan – And You Know That
21 – Lady B – To The Beat Y’all
22 – Dr. Superman & Lady Sweet – Can You Do It (Superman)
23 – Lady D – Lady D
24 – M.C. Tee – Nu-Sounds
25 – Ron Hunt – Spiderap
26 – Ronnie G. & The S.M. Crew – A Corona Jam
27 – Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – Superappin’
28 – First Class – Rappin It Up
29 – Jocko – Rhythm Talk
30 – Mr. Q. – D.J. Style
31 – Wackie’s Disco Rock Band – Wack Rap
32 – Joe Bataan – Rap-O Clap-O
33 – Fatback – King Tim III (Personality Jock)
34 – Neil “B” – Body Rock
35 – Bramsam – Move Your Body
36 – Eddie Cheba – Lookin’ Good (Shake Your Body)
37 – Uno – Boogie Beat
38 – Jazzy 4 MC’s – MC Rock
39 – Little Starsky – Gangster Rock
40 – Grandmaster Flash – 79 Outro
41 – Sigma – Dedication