1. Alex Belth & Ill Chemist — Another Fine Mess Mix (AUDIO).

    So a few weeks ago, Ev Boogie of Up North Trips fame introduced us to multi-talented Alex Belth , Deadspin and Sports Illustrated writer and former assistant film editor for the Coen Bros. (yes, those Coen Bros. ), who together with his friend Alan Friedman aka Ill Chemist (a record engineer who programmed the drums on the old C&C Music Factory records) made an excellent mix called Another Fine Mess , which Alex describes as “Steinksi-style over ’90s beats.” (As it turns out, both of these guys are friends with Steinski .) Anyways, the mix took five months to create, and the results are pretty damn ill, especially if you like mixes peppered with keen movie samples.


    Alex says: I love looking at a mix like it’s a book or a movie or an album,” Alex told us. “Even if it doesn’t have a literal narrative, you are telling a story. I picked the rhymes to show a good representation of what can be done in the form, you know? Vocally, rhythmically, geographically.

    I listened to a lot of rap records starting in the late ‘80s throughout the ‘90s. I bought vinyl, collected mixtapes, and stayed up late to record mix shows on WNYU (89.1) and WKCR (89.9). I’d put aside enough material to make a half-dozen mixes, and so when my old chum Alan (a/k/a illchemist) approached me last December about doing another full-length mix project (our last one, Borough to Borough, was made in 2000), I had plenty of material to choose from.

    My idea for this one was to re-create the feeling you get listening to late night radio show featuring beats, rhymes, and scratching, movie dialogue and comedy sound bites. At the start I had only a rough idea of how I wanted it to go: light and bouncy to start, boom bap head-bangers in the middle, segueing into an extended cool-out section to wind out.

    The way Alan and I work is that I bring all the records and a whole bunch of scenes from movies and comedy albums. We start building one track at a time and then begin to stitch a few songs together and get an idea of blocks and what the overall form will be…

    Read the rest over at Alex Belth’s Bronx Banter Blog .

    Another Fine Mess Tracklist:

    Side One

    Maracas Beach (1978)–Grover Washington Jr.

    The Emcee (1998)–MC Lyte with Milk D

    Illusions (1993?)–Cypress Hill (Q-Tip Mix)

    Devotion ’92–Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf

    Behind Bars (1992)–Slick Rick (Prince Paul Remix)

    Skinz-Yabba Dabba Do (1992)–Pete Rock, C.L. Smooth, Chubb Rock

    Moon River (1985)–Fletch, Nelson Riddle

    Meat Grinder (2001)–MF Doom and Madlib

    Time’s Up (1994)–OC (Jared Boxx Mix)

    Friend or Foe ’98–Jay Z (produced by DJ Premier)

    B Ball Interlude (1998)–The Beastie Boys

    New York Love (1996)–Sun Dullah, Doo Wop (Stretch blend)

    ’95 Wake Up Freestyle–Tha Alkaholiks with Xzibit

    Rework the Angles (1999)–Dilated Peoples, AG, Defari

    Fargo Silence (1996)–Steve Buscemi

    Lemonade (1992)–Gangstarr and Madlib (Al and Ill Blend)

    Side Two

    Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka (1996)–Heltah Skeltah

    Day One (1997)–D.I.T.C.

    Maracas Beach Reprise (’78)–Grover Washington Jr.

    Can I Kick the Wild Side? (1989)–Lou Reed and A Tribe Called Quest (inspired by J Rocc)

    Soul Flower (We Got) (1993)–The Pharcyde and Quest (Gummy Soul Mix)

    On Wid Da Show Skit (1996)–Kardinal Offishall

    When it Pours it Rains (1999)–Diamond D

    I am Me (1994)–Common

    Eye Patch Skit (1993)–De La Soul

    Open Your Mouth (1997)–Prince Paul

    Haagen-Daz (1998)–The Blvd Connection featuring Tame One

    Animal Crackers–Chico and Groucho Marx

    Sunrays (2001)–Yesterdays’ New Quintet/Madlib

    [Via Bronx Banter ]

    BONUS 1: Alex Belth & Ill Chemist — Quick in a Slow Way Mix (AUDIO).

    Alex says: So here’s an edit from Another Fine Mess for listeners who don’t vibe with rhyming and rapping but who dig comedy and old movies and hypnotic beats.

    [Via Bronx Banter ]

    BONUS 2: Alex Belth & Ill Chemist — Richie Acts a Fool (AUDIO).

    [Via The Stacks ]

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