The Don’t Believe The DJ mixtape

The wait is over everyone.

It’s been a long eight months since my last mixtape hit the webbernet and you’ve been waiting oh so patiently for me to complete a new one, but you need wait no more…the newest C’est non un Blog mixtape has arrived! As the great and wise Herman Cain might say, “Awwwwww Shucky Ducky now! We gonna have some fun!”

The Don’t Believe The DJ mixtape awaits you right here.

Don't Believe The DJ mixtape cover

Now before we get into the details of the mixtape itself, I thought I might answer a burning question some of you might have, which is “What’s the deal with that picture of the pipe that represents your blog now?”

As some of you might know or have already figured out, the name of my blog derives from one of my favorite paintings, René Magritte’s The Treachery of Images (La trahison des images, 1928–29, sometimes translated as The Treason of Images). The painting is of a pipe with the words “Ceci n’est pas une pipe” written underneath it (translation: This is not a pipe), the idea being that while that image of a pipe looks just like a real pipe it is actually only a visual representation of a pipe that you are looking at. You can’t actually put tobacco in that pipe and smoke it, therefore that’s not really a pipe that you are looking at in the picture.

I decided to play off of that and jokingly call my blog “This is not a blog”, but I went and fucked up the translation. As someone later pointed out to me, “C’est un blog” might have been proper french for “This is a blog”, but french is one of those fucked up languages where the negative of that same sentence would actually be “Ceci n’est pas un blog”, not “C’est non un blog” like how I made it. At that point I debated changing the name of my blog, but ultimately I decided that it would be funnier if not only was this not a blog, but also the name of said blog wasn’t even written in proper french.

That brings us to the picture of the pipe that I added recently to my blog, which is NOT of the painting I mentioned earlier. I’m not sure you can even read what it says in that little thumbnail on the page, but if you can’t what it actually says is “Don’t Believe The Pipe”. This image is a modern interpretation of the classic painting that I found while surfing the internet one day. I thought it would be the perfect picture for my blog, mainly because I hated looking at my own mug every time I copied a post onto my Facebook page, but also because it became a little in-joke for me about the blog that only I would probably ever get. Well, I guess you’re all in on the joke now.

I decided to use that “Don’t believe the pipe” image as the inspiration for this mixtape, the idea being that so many of the songs on here sound like one thing but are actually something much different. The mix stars off with Beat Culture’s “Shoreline”, which uses a sample of the Beach Boys’ “I Get Around”, which gives you a feeling of nostalgia and familiarity while at the same time sounding like something completely new and different. That segways into the Leo Zero remix of Friends’ “Friend Crush”, the original version a song I’ve posted on this blog before. Whereas the original sounds like a love letter to 90’s grrl alt-rock, Leo Zero’s remix is pure 70’s disco.

High Contrast teamed up with Tiësto and Underworld to create “The First Note Is Silent”, a song filled to the brim with energy and chaos, euphoria spiked with massive amounts of adrenaline, a feeling I think the video captures pretty faithfully.  I also get a similar vibe from Basement Jaxx’s “The Ends”, which is actually a song they recorded for the film “Attack The Block”, a pretty badass film in its own right.

Not everything on the mixtape is so full of explosive energy. Here’s a fan-vid for Balam Acab’s “Apart”. Balam Acab remind me a lot of Clams Casino, who provide the beat for Lushlife’s “Motivation”. Also included on the mixtape is Balam Acab’s stunningly gorgeous remix to Charli XCX’s “Nuclear Seasons” that somehow manages to make the already classic original version of the song sound even better.

The mixtape is filled fun songs like Spank Rock’s “Car Song” featuring Santigold. Santigold’s vocals sound amazing in this and I dare you not to have fun singing along to that chorus. Also keep an eye out for one of my favorite tracks on the mixtape, Jamie xx’s remix of Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep” with a surprise guest verse by Childish Gambino.

Well I hope you enjoy my latest mixtape. Listen to it, share some fresh tunes with your friends, and if you haven’t already done so Like C’est Non Un Blog’s Facebook page to get up to the minute notifications of all the latest posts with a few added bonuses to boot.

1. Beat Culture – Shoreline
2. Friends – Friend Crush (Leo Zero remix)
3. Keep Shelly In Athens – Our Own Dream (Blackbird Blackbird Remix)
4. ravex – Golden LUV feat. MAKI GOTO
5. Elk City – I Know It’s Over
6. Processory – Young Italians (CFCF Remix)
7. Charli XCX – Nuclear Seasons (Balam Acab Remix)
8. High Contrast featuring Tiesto & Underworld – The First Note Is Silent (Edit)
9. Work Drugs – Ice Wharf (Southern Shores Remix)
10. Lushlife – Motivation
11. Spank Rock – Car Song (feat. Santigold)
12. The Weeknd – The Party
13. Tours – It Just Sucks
14. Painted Palms – All of Us
15. Future Islands – Before The Bridge
16. Niva – Transforma
17. Teen Daze – June 2010
18. Summer Camp – Nobody Knows You
19. Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Jamie xx Remix) ft. Childish Gambino
20. Com Truise – Polyhurt
21. CSS – Hits Me Like A Rock
22. LDFD – Outtacontrol
23. Grimes – Intor / Flowers
24. Architecture In Helsinki – Escapee (Lo Fi FNK remix)
25. Blackbird Blackbird – Give You Everything
26. Kelly Rowland – Motivation (Kid Sister Remix)
27. Magic Wands – Kaleidoscope Hearts
28. TV Girl – Lizzy Come Back to Life
29. The Drums – Money (Beat Connection Remix)
30. Bent – British Summertime
31. Basement Jaxx – The Ends
32. Balam Acab – Apart
33. The Touch – Sermon (Chad Valley Remix)
34. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie XX – Running
35. Tycho – Hours
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