Damn, it’s been a minute since my last proper MIXTAPE review. This one’s long overdue.
The best thing that I can say about French duo, BEATAUCUE, is that they were the first group to break the NO FRENCHIES RULE that I had when I first started this blog. Sure, their climb to international fame is a much more impressive feat than winning over me, but that climb has been accomplished by most of the artists featured here, on DKGL. What really stands out about BeatauCue, in my mind, is the fact that, at a time when I was completely disheartened with French EDM, I couldn’t deny the compelling energy and raw sex appeal that these two were bringing to their completely fresh sounding remixes. Now, almost 2 years later, I feel the same overwhelming urge to write about their incredible Mixtape that has found itself repeated many a time on my Ipod, over the past 4 months.
WINTER / SPRING TOUR 2012 MIX
The mechanical, informational title of this mix suggests that it’s nothing special to these two. A meer demonstration of what you get when you attend one of BeatauCue’s tour dates. The masterful composition of this mix suggests otherwise. It plays out like a concept album, or a piece in which the artist has deliberately tried to push themselves into new, unexplored musical territories. They are right on the forefront of the current JACKIN’ HOUSE revival, and the ever evolving MOOMBAHTON movement, and they even go as far as to combine these two very different genres with some smooth and sexy DUBSTEP to end off the set. What a great marketing tool! If this is just another mix, for the BeatauCue boys, than how can you not be compelled, after hearing it, to get out and see what they can do when fueled by a room full of raging fans. I can only imagine that their Winter/Spring tour must have been quite a wild one.
HIGH POINTS: This is, literally, the first time I have ever heard DJs mix from Jackin’ House into Moombahton. That’s not to say it hasn’t been done before, but it’s the first I’ve ever heard of such a combination. And I highly doubt that anyone else has managed to do it so smoothly. This mix doesn’t just blend from song to song. It evolves. It begins with a nod to the OLDSCHOOL, and each track that comes to pass grows ever more GHETTO BASS influenced and sexual in its nature. While so many mixes draw attention the transition from one genre to another, this one moves from HOUSE into Moombah so slow and gradually that I bet you won’t even notice it while it’s happening. It’s a wonderful moment of discovery, for the listener, when they suddenly get to go, “wait a minute. I’m listening to Moombahton now. How did that happen?!” The Moombah-jams, that BeatauCue have picked, share the same sexy ghetto influence as their house selections, making for a perfect and natural compliment, despite the drastically different tempos of each genre. BeatauCue give the Moombah section the respect it’s due, with a nice long ride, before making another invisible blend back up into some gorgeous ELECTRO, which is soon met with the familiar half time percussion of Dubstep. But unlike the heavy grinding basslines that we have come to expect from Dubstep tunes, Beataucue finish this excursion with a sampler of sounds that are just as smooth and sexy as the rest of this mix, while still maintaining a nice deep low end. The perfect satisfying finish.
LOW POINTS: No TRACK LIST? Seriously??? Back in the day, when DJ mixes were circulated on actual cassette tapes, it was rare to know what tunes were found within. Their was, simply, no space to include such info. The House scene grew highly competitive and many DJs were protective of and secretive about their tracks, trying to avoid enabling other DJs to obtain the same tunes for their own use. Well, time has marched on and the world of music has drastically changed. Some older DJs can get away with continuing to go about things in an old fashioned manner (old dog/new tricks), But Beataucue have not been around nearly long enough to be omitting a track list from their mix. In this day and age, it is a major faux paw. Producers now face a difficult challenge in getting exposure for their work. Having a tune end up on the mixtape of a well know EDM act can be the right vehicle for an obscure artist to gain the attention that they deserve. A mixtape is no better than the tracks heard within. For these reasons, it is VITAL that DJs give proper credit, by listing the songs and artists that made their mix what it is. DJs have always served the function of finding and exposing new talent. Well, that purpose is now an essential part of a DJs job. Even if the entirety of the mix is made up of original material by the selector in mention (which is not the case in this instance), the lack of a list is a terrible marketing fail. You should be encouraging listeners to identify individual tracks that they enjoy enough to purchase, or otherwise obtain and further expose through social media sharing. In the particular case of BeatauCue, the listing of upcoming tour dates where the tracklist would normally sit, on their SOUNDCLOUD post, wreaks of the pompous arrogance that the French are notoriously known for, internationally. I hate when people support their own stereotypes. Not a good look, fellas.
Yes, I’ll admit, I’m also a bit butt-hurt by the lacking of a tune run-down, because this mix contains such superb sounds, and I want to know what I’m hearing, so I can find the individual works and learn about the artists that made them. When you make a mix this good, it’s only natural that curiosity be aroused about where the music came from. I’m hoping that someone will manage to source it all and solve the mystery. It won’t be me, though. I’m too busy ripping apart other peoples mixtapes. Ha! Go check out some more stuff from BeatauCue.
Now let me see you vogue, bitch!