Friday, March 28, 2008

Short Review: The Party's Break Out Mix

(By a new contributor called That One Guy...)

With two monthlies, a weekly, and several semi-regulars under their collective belt, you probably know what you're getting in to with a mix from Dallas / Austin DJ juggernaut, The Party, particularly if you ever venture out of the house to anywhere that fitted New Eras and skinny jeans get together to “dance.”

DJs Nature, Select, Sober, and Prince Klassen have linked up Voltron-style just in time for warm weather for the seventh volume of their ongoing mixtape series, “Break Out.” This time more reminiscent of their warm-up sets and DJ Nature’s dancehall weekly, Taxi Fare rather than the all out club bangers of their last mix, “Hands Up,” “Break Out” is a bit of an introduction to the more mellow side of The Party for those who can’t seem to make it to the club before midnight. There’s a little Denton electro sleaze courtesy of Faux Fox and Ghosthustler, a dash of Switch-twisted, Diplo-approved Baltimore club from Blaqstarr, some new style backpack rap from A-Trak and Nick Catchdub’s Fool’s Gold label in the form of Kid Cudi’s excellent “Day ‘N’ Nite,” a triple shot of “this year’s M.I.A.,” Santogold, a touch of world groove from recent Fader “Africa Issue” cover stars Esau Mwamwaya and BLK JKS, and a healthy dose of dancehall to remind you that there’s more to dance music than leather jacket-wearing mustachioed Frenchmen twiddling knobs in front of banks of strobe lights. Easily skirting Hype Machine-mixtape blog boredom with more surprises in the track listing than hipster standbys, the mix has a really fresh, forward-looking feel to it, and after the quick swerve in to the ditch that is that horrible Missy Elliott lead off track, it rarely puts a foot wrong. The Party ushering you in to the sunny seasons. Please keep your shirt on.

The mix can be downloaded for free right here


Anonymous juwanna man said...

hey listen up stoned ranger. i don't play this game. i'm not reading that. honey won'tcha take me home tonite? feelz so right

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Faux Fox rules! I'm glad they're getting more mention on here and elsewhere, as I feel their first 2 albums are 2 of the best to ever come out of Denton. These guys set a pretty big standard as far as i'm concerned.

It was pretty great to see all the hip kids in Williamsburg walking around in Faux Fox shirts.

2:46 PM  
Anonymous vin diesel said...

The following link is a review from a guy who may or may not be a fan of According to Jim and I'm also pretty sure he must work with my dad. Or maybe it's a bad review on purpose to skewer the bad on purpose comedy in some sort of post-mod... No, there's no way.

2:55 PM  
Anonymous DJ the mix said...

my favorite part is when they say, "It's the fuckin paaaaartyyyyyyy....."
Sometimes I completely forget who I'm listenting too and that little reminder reminds me that I'm listenting to, ".....the fuckin paaaaartyyyy".......

3:29 PM  
Anonymous my dougie said...

doggy do or doggy dont

doggy will or doggy wont

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, what's with the refresh thing?

3:38 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

wow, these are RAD comments ya'll!

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


this shit looks nightmarish

4:59 PM  
Anonymous different strokes said...

Do I LOVE the party? no. Do I respect their hustle? yes. Do they have game? Of course! Is the party doing anything new or original with their mixes? Sadly, no. Is the Party signature sound effect annoying? HEll FUCKING YEAH! everything in moderation boys, even when promoting yourself. Take a cue from ol' Neil Young and just "Sample and Hold". That damn "woo-woo, (sirens), it's the fuckin party ya'll)" effect is just enough fromage to have with some ritz crackers and Boones Peach flavored wine. Which does seem to cater to the demographic that flock to these shows. Hell, I was into Boone's too before I got my i.d.

That being said, I HAVE heard amazing records and sets from each one of these guys. I also believe in the "strength in numbers" philosophy, however this particular mix suffered seemingly from too many cooks in the kitchen. I admire the intent to include local groups like Faux Fox and Ghosthustler, however their juxtaposition created for me a very awkward and uncomfortable listening experience. It almost validated the growing disdain I've had for Faux Fox, when placed squarely next to the glimmer and sheen of the much newer sounding and more dance-mix worthy Ghosthustler track. They only transition between the two being that damn Party Sample again. ugh. I wish the Party would aid in giving Faux Fox a much needed remix for the dance floor. I love these boys(FF), great performers, nice sound... but compared to the sound and hype of Ghosthustler, it just came across as a lame afterthought to include another local act.

As for whether or not The Party is looking to change up their "bread and butter" sets, I say it couldn't hurt. Seems to me these guys have their crowd in the palm of their "hands up", so now it's time to quit catering and really take the kids to school. But if this mix is any indication what class is going to be like, I'm skipping.

5:42 PM  
Anonymous damn gina said...

"But if this mix is any indication what class is going to be like, I'm skipping."

I smell a Pulitzer!

6:07 PM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

yes, extremely well written, even if I don't necessarily agree with everything you say. Email and say hello.

6:15 PM  
Anonymous for different folks said...

Allow me to reiterate, The Party's hustle is the hottest thing to happen to Big D in a long,long time. Am I educated enough w/ the music in their library's to make an intellectual critique on both the content and style of their mix? No, I gladly admit. For a DJ crew, they are definitely reaching for different sound than I am pining for. Inherently any review I could offer would be biased from the onset. I felt you guys gave an excellent review on this mix, way more informative about the actual content than I could deliver.

What I'd like for people to take from my opinion is that I feel strongly about The Party as a crew and as people. Their dedication to the game as well as to community is truly inspiring. With regards to the mix, inspiring?... not so much

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Hamburger is great. Anyone who thinks differnetly just doesn't get it.

8:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Differently. Jeez.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Neil Hamburger is great. Anyone who thinks differnetly just doesn't get it.

8:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But if they think differntly, they get it. But they still suck dicks for a living, of course.

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ghosthustler rips off Faux Fox, different folks. Down to the tight white jeans. Were you born yesterday?

8:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...much newer soundiSHUT THE FUCK UP.

8:27 PM  
Anonymous willis said...

newer in the sense I haven't heard GhostHustler for the past 5 years like I have Faux Fox. I would argue that neither band is ripping off each other, rather the long history of electro-disco-punk bands that have preceded them both. Try listening to The PrimaDonnas circa 98 Texas, they did this whole thing a decade ago, and better. Besides, MOST music is cyclical and derivative anyways.

I would love to argue about the discrepancies between both bands with regards to their song writing and sound engineering and how vastly different the two are. If only I wasn't so afraid of the vulgar and sharp wit I would invite by doing so.

If you're comparing bands by what they wear, then you,sir, are way off the mark and should probably try writing critiques for the Observer.

8:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

come on people, The Party is not beyond reproach. Everyone in art/music/fashion/etc could use a little constructive critic from time to time. For those of you who don't know what that is -

"Constructive criticism is a compassionate attitude towards the person qualified for criticism. Having higher experience, gifts, respect, knowledge in specific field and being able to verbally convince at the same time, this person is intending to uplift the other person materially, morally, emotionally or spiritually. For high probability in succeeding his compassionate criticism the critic has to be in some kind of healthy personal relationship with the other one, which is normally a parent to child, friend to friend, teacher to student, spouse to spouse or any kind of recognized authority in specific field. Hence the word constructive is used so that something is created or visible outcome generated rather than the opposite."

I'm not quite sure if this definition will resonate with the anonymous braggarts who so eloquently compose their thoughts with a vocabulary which consists of four letters

9:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dancing about architecture guides

1:50 AM  
Anonymous select said...

thank you.

3:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"in front of banks of strobe lights"

thats some tempting diction.

different strokes has to be the most eloquent weshotjr commenter yet.

10:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

whatever he's so defensive

9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

did anyone see Faux Fox on the cover of Quick today... man, how did they get away with that?

2:27 PM  
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