O’S DUB VOL 4 (1996)

Still digging’ in the tapes…

Side-A: 4×4 Trackin

the professor and primo intro
Group Home: Back to the Wall
crooklyn coolin’
Pharcyde: Y?
back on sugar hill
Erick Sermon w/ Roslyn Noble and Keith Murray: Tell ‘Em
Show and A.G.: Time For… (original mix)
E.C.: Mating Ritual (WICKED)
Q Ball and Curt Cazal: My Kinda Moves (VZQ)
3 Steps From Nowhere: Pass It On (Listen to the Natives remix)
Real Live: Real Live Sh*t
Sunz of Man: No Love Without Hate
Omniscence: Amazin’ (Keepin’ the […]

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O’S DUB VOL. 2 + THE KILLER B’S (1994)

The #digginginthetapes adventures continue. Since I already have Vol. 1 and Vol. 3 up, why not Vol. 2 too? Of the three, I spent the least effort on pitching this one around so even people who’ve heard my 1 or 2 probably haven’t heard this before.

On the other side of the tape, I created an early attempt at a “semi-obscure hip-hop b-sides and remixes” mix that, a few years later, would take fuller form as Incognitos Vol 1. (four songs are included on both).

O’S DUBS VOL. 3 (1995)

I recently picked up one of these USB cassette players because I wanted a cheap solution to digitizing my old tapes (let’s just say this thing is cheap in all senses of the term). One of the first things I digitized with it was my third mixtape, made back in *gulp* 1995.1 This was perhaps my most “experimental” mixtape insofar as many of the songs were dubbed onto here from tape advances and demos and I also included some parts from the infamous KMEL Hiero vs. Hobo battle plus opened with a freestyle the Roots delivered on my […]

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1994 REWIND

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I decided, over the weekend, to open a time capsule to my 20s: my boxes of cassette tapes, most of which I recorded/collected over the course of the 1990s. I hadn’t bothered to touch any of these in at least six, possibly ten years, since I boxed them up to move down from the Bay Area in 2006.

It was a little overwhelming but I’m glad I held onto all this even if the idea of trying to […]

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PRESENTING “COOL”: A HIP HOP MIX FOR SUMMER

Cool (2015) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

I finished most of this last summer; it was meant to be a summery vibe mix but by the time I actually had the finishing touches applied…it was close to winter and I figured, heck, I’ll just wait until things thaw out again. I hadn’t made a purely hip-hop-centric mix in years and I don’t know why I don’t do this more. I had so much fun picking through songs […]

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LET IT WHIRL

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Let It Whirl is the first real cross-genre “party mix” I’ve worked on in (yikes) over 10 years. I had gobs of fun putting this together, especially since I consciously drew on certain songs/segues that I’ve chanced upon over the years, spinning out for dance floors. In case you care, I discuss the process in footnote #1

Let It Whirl (2014) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

A high-quality mix can be purchased from East Bay Digital for $9.99

As I mentioned recently, I’ve made a few of my former mixtape free to listen to and eventually, this mix will join those ranks but for now, your purchase helps support this site. Thanks!


Liner Notes:

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  1. For my mixes, I always start with a massive master list of potential songs and then gradually whittle it down to about 130% of what I’ll end up using. Then it comes down to play with segues and finding songs that either sonically or thematically seem to go together. This is probably my single most favorite part of the experience (besides listening to the final product)…experimenting with segues and hoping for unexpected outcomes. For the tracking and effects, I use the open-source multitrack program Reaper, which I couldn’t recommend more highly (though it does have a bit of a learning curve). I asked my friend DJ Phatrick to handle the final mixdown since he has far more engineering experience than I do – and after all these years, I feel like I never get the levels right on my own.

MUSIC DELUGE

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This past summer, I gave myself a goal to finally get back to making some new mixes. In particular, I wanted to create a new hip-hop mix and a multi-genre party mix. I loved making these “back in the day” which loosely translates into “before I was a dad and had a full-time job.” In a few days, I’m going to make good on half that promise by releasing Let It Whirl, the party mix (and the hip-hop mix will follow in a few weeks after).

To make room for these […]

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A SIP OF LEMONADE

“Lemonade” (preview for a mix-in-progress) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

It’s a little shocking to me but I haven’t released a full-fledged hip-hop mixtape since Auditory Assault and that came out in 2001. (I guess parenthood and a full-time job slows down the productivity on other fronts).

This summer, I made it a point to start working on mixes again. The first mix (and I’ll tease it later) is a party mix in the vein of […]

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SOUL SIDES VOL. 4

Soul Sides Vol. 4 (The Proper Version) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

When I sat down to brainstorm Soul Sides Vol. 3, I actually came up with tentative tracklistings for three future volumes. I didn’t want to drop all three at once since I knew, with the benefit of time and perspective, I would likely make tweaks here and there. So I sat on Vol. 4 and it’s only been over the last month or so that […]

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WE THINK VALENTINE’S DAY IS A CROCK YET…

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Valentine’s Day mix by Dust & Grooves by Dust & Grooves on Mixcloud

I contributed two songs to this. And regardless my feelings about the holiday, I do love me some good slow jams. Hope you will too.