Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2016

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Well, 2016 was kind of a shit year. Maybe not completely for you (or me) personally, but by most accounts I think it’s fair to say that things could’ve been better (to say the least). In many ways the same thing could be said for the music released in 2016. Don’t get me wrong, there were still plenty of quality records released; but in comparison to past years, I found the music of 2016 to be more devoid of year defining standout records and a bit underwhelming in terms of genre range and uniqueness of music releases. Or maybe i’m just getting jaded and my musical taste buds are stagnating to the point I don’t “get” what “the kids” are into these days. Maybe. But, maybe not?

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Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2015

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Damn, 2015 is already over and (sadly) I’m just now discovering that this is my first blog post since last years Top 100 albums listravaganza. I’m really pumping out these posts at a record pace! Hurry and get me a pacemaker! Or make me some tomato paste (picante salsa will also do)! Or go to Indiana and watch an nba game! Or just press Ctrl+V for christ’s sake! Not that Jesus would know how to use a computer anyways. But I digress…there was a lot of great music in the last year and it would be silly and naive for me to assume this hodgepodge list of mine is comprehensive. But, I can confidently say that I did listen to a lot of records in 2015 and probably more than your average joe schmo (screw that guy anyways, everyone’s always talking about him like he’s so average…). Take the order for what you want but give some of these artists, bands, djs, and producers tunes a test drive. You might be surprised the places they’ll take you.

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Flashflooder’s Top 100 Music Releases of 2014

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Ok, I’m going to keep this short and sweet. I’ve finally made my objectionably arbitrary picks for best music releases of the year 2014 (remember? that year a little over a month ago). However, since I’m late and all I’m going to cut the blasé pun banter and just give you my list, as well as a bunch of others to read for relativity. Plus, this year I made a Spotify playlist!

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Aritzia DJ Mix: Winter Is The New Summer

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So the story goes (assuming there is a story that goes and is to be told…) that I made a DJ mix. I know cool story (bro); well, it gets better. So, actually it all started with my gig opening/closing for STRFKR where I smartly remembered to record my before and after DJ mixes. I then put them online on the cloud of sound. Time passed.

People seemed to like the STRFKR mixes, especially the “Before” one. Somehow Ultragrrl found it and reposted it. She also happens to be the music director for women’s clothing store/blog Aritzia. I messaged her to say thanks. She asked if I was interested in commissioning a similar sounding mix for Aritzia. I said yes.

A month later I finally sat down, picked out some sweet tunes, and this mix came out. I was pretty happy with it. That’s pretty much the story. Now go and get your ears and have yourself a party.

Track listing:

Flight Facilities – Clair de Lune (feat. Christine Hoberg)
Les Sins – Why
AlunaGeorge – Supernatural
Pomo – So Fine
Odesza – Say My Name (feat. Zyra)
ZHU – Paradise Awaits (FKJ Remix)
HNNY – No
Hnny & Koko – Boy
Kungs ft. Molly – West Coast
Flume x WKND – HYPER PARADISE
Henry Krinkle – Stay (Justin Martin Remix)
Melvv – Glide
Justice – New Lands (Falcon Remix)
The Tallest Man On Earth x WKND – The Dreamer
Panda Bear – Selfish Gene
Caribou – Can’t Do Without You
Giraffage – Tell Me
Bonobo – Flashlight (Radio Edit)
Flight Facilities – Two Bodies (feat. Emma Louise)
Tinashe – Vulnerable (Pomo Remix)
James Brown – I Feel Good (El. Train Remix)
Toro Y Moi – Campo
DARKSIDE – Gone Too Soon
FM Laeti – Wanna Dance (Fred Falke Remix) (Radio Edit)
TV On The Radio – Right Now
Chet Faker x WKND – LOVER
James Blake – 200 Press
Jessy Lanza – Fuck Diamond
Kill Frenzy – So Fine (Original Mix)

Flashflooder DJ Mix: Move It Or Lose It Live

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I DJ’ed this past Friday night at Monarch in San Francisco to open the “Move It Or Lose It” party. To put it simply, I played lots and lots of (electronic, eclectic, deep, tech, house, or whatever) jams I’ve been digging recently. They also all happen to be on the lower end of the four on the floor bpm scale like 115-122 As of right now It’s probably my favorite mix of mine just cuz I like da songz so much. You should listen to hear what this self fabricated non buzz is all about. Isn’t that what it’s all about? Or what was the deal with the hokey pokey anyways?

Read on for the tracklisting and stuff. Or maybe not stuff. To be determined upon further typing.

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Flashflooder DJ Sets: Before/After STRFKR Show

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of DJ’ing at a private show that STRFKR played live at in a tiny venue that hosted maybe 200 people. More specifically, this went down at a new venue called Leo’s along the Berkeley/Oakland border and was thrown by two great dudes, one who happens to be a friend of mine and the other happened to be the owner of the venue. Anyways, the night was spectacular, the energy and vibes of the people were great, and of course STRFKR played a great show and were overall good dudes.

My contribution of the night was playing the intro DJ set before STRFKR took the stage and also playing a closing dance set after they finished their set. All in all I DJ’ed for about 3.5 hrs that night with the “before” set being a mix of indie and chill house tunes with some dance appeal starting slow and then picking up the pace up to an eventual dance floor friendy tempo which was continued and extended into heavier tracks (including some crowd requested trap hehe) for the “after” set. The response was unanimously great to my DJ sets for the night, especially the “before” set and it was such a wonderful feeling that I can’t be thankful enough for. If anyone is reading this that was actually there who gave me a high-five, a smile, a hug, or a thank you….THANK YOU! It’s that kind of energy and response that really makes me enjoy DJ’ing and sharing music with other people.

But if you weren’t there and want to hear what you missed out on, you’re in luck! I happened to record both sets and have posted them below for your listening pleasure. Full tracklisting for each is posted below as well as on the soundcloud descriptions. Enjoy!

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Flashflooder’s “4th of Rahuly” 7+hr Marathon Mix

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Last Friday I threw a send off party for one of my very good friends Rahul (who’s leaving to travel the world) at my house which also served as a dual purpose independence day party (as it started on the 4th of July and went well into the 5th). At the party I was prepared to play a little DJ mix for everyone to groove to some quality tunes and have some dancing fun times. Little did I know that this DJ mix would actually stretch into all hours of the night, clocking in at just under 8 hours. That’s right, it’s not a typo. This was and in all likelihood will be, the longest DJ set I’ve ever played in my life.

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