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Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Broken-Dream Akira The DOn

So I was checking out man like A$AP Rocky’s new album, which is said to be heavily influenced by his wanderings in London listening to old psychedelic records and doing acid or something, and what do I come upon but a track called Everyday, co-produced by my old pal Mark Ronson, that samples one of my favourite songs of all time, Python Lee Jackson’s Rod Stewart helmed In A Broken Dream.

I actually flipped that record myself a few years back, and its languished in my vaults ever since, so I figured now’s as good a time as any to let you hear it. You can get a free download of the thing on my Bandcamp page if you want it for your midnight desert road trips.

PEACE!

— Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

AKIRALIVE 004 – Akira The Don’s weekly DJ mix podcast recorded live in Los Angeles

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Week four! Back! On time! An hour of awesome music for you mixed live by ME, right here in the Studio Of Dreams II on Hollywood Boulavard. Stick around to the end and get an exclusive listen to a brand new song myself and Fat Tony recorded here the other day. IT IS VERY WAVY!

The curse of publishing at 4am hit iTunes subscribers who were super early on the pickup accidentally got the un-mastered version without talking, so refresh your feeds to get the updated version!

Check below for the track-listing, check back next week for 005, and chuck me an email or a tweet to get a shoutout on the next one or make a request or whatever. If you’re enjoying the thing share it with your Nan and chuck us a review or a star rating on iTunes or Stitcher, that helps us get featured and stuff.

SPLASH!

Catch me DJing at Blind Dragon in West Hollywood every Saturday nite and now every Thursday we’re throwing the BRITROPICANA pool party at The Hollywood Roosevelt!

The first one was SUPER JOYFUL. My favourite bit was either Leona Lewis skanking like a warrior to my UK Garage mini set then coming over to tell me how much she was enjoying herself OR playing Super Fury Animals Fire In My Heart and Boo Radleys’ Lazarus as the sun set. CAN’T WAIT TO DO IT AGAIN NEXT THURSDAY! COME IF YOU’RE IN TOWN!

AKIRA THE DON HAPPY BIRTHDAY MORRISSEY

Right, I gotta go mix a SONG, might play it on next week’s show, it’s full blown Homerian. LOVE YOU GUYS! SPLASH!

AKIRALIVE 004 – Akira The Don’s weekly DJ mix podcast recorded live in Los Angeles by Akira The Don on Mixcloud


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TRACKLISTING

D.R.A.M. – Cha Cha
Talk Talk – It’s My Life
Mr. Probz – Waves (feat. Chris Brown & T.I.) [Robin Schulz Remix]
Sicko Mobb – Sicko Mobb – Penny HardAway (DatPiff Exclusive)
Stitches – Kilos In My Bag
DIE ANTWOORD – Ugly Boy
ILOVEMAKONNEN – Super Clean
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz – Get Low Feat. Ying Yang Twins
BIGBANG – LOSER
Diplo Ft. CL, Riff Raff & OG Maco – Dr. Pepper
So Solid Crew – 21 Seconds
Kendrick Lamar – Alright (Sonic D footwork remix)
Birdman – Get Your Shine on (feat Lil’ Wayne)
A$AP Rocky – What’s Beef
BIGBANG – BAE BAE
Lil Wayne Ft. Curren$y & Remy Ma – Where Da Cash At [Prod. by The Runners]
a-Ha – The Sun Always Shines On T.V. (Extended Version)
BeatKing – Stopped (feat. 5th Ward JP & Yella Beezy)
Akira The Don ft Why Lout? – BOOM!
Royce Lagarde – Ordinary Life (feat. Love At First Sound)
A.E Ft. YG & MIla J – KillaFornia
Jamie XX Ft. Young Thug & Popcaan – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Final Version)
Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved (12′ Mix)
Rich Homie Quan – Flex (Ooh, Ooh, Ooh)
Sia – Elastic Heart (Clams Casino Remix)
Yelawolf – American You
Lil Wayne – Cannon
Toto – Africa
Gunplay (Don Logan) Ft. YG – Wuzhanindoe
Cam’ron – Down and Out (f. Kanye West & Syleena Johnson) (produced by Kanye West)
Prince – Baltimore
Wham! – Club Tropicana
Lil B – Wonton Soup
The Caesars – Jerk It Out (Original Version)
Sleepy Boyz – R. Kelly – I’m A Flirt (Sleepy Boyz Remix)
Ruff Sqwad – I’m from a Place (Instrumental)
Sicko Mobb feat. Sinjin Hawke & Drippin – How We Rock
Big Narstie – Hello Hi ft JME
Lil Wayne – Fuck Tha World
Fat Tony x Akira The Don – Feeling Like The Man


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— Saturday, May 23rd, 2015

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

akira-live-v5AKIRALIVE 003 – Don Birthday Splashdown

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An hour of amazing new music mixed live by your friendly neighbourhood DJ Akira The Don! This week is my BIRTHDAY so YOU get two brand new unreleased remixes and a cover version of a Joy Division classic, alongside some amazing cutting edge sonics, blends, and live remixes!

Eagled eared viewers may have caught this when it went up on iTunes and Soundcloud on Saturday May 16th.. otherwise, you’re seeing it now, three days later, the exact length of my birthday hangover. I’d like to thank everybody involved.

SPLASH!

PS – if you’re in town, you can catch me playing a gang of my favourite britpop and rock n roll records (and no doubt some rap music later on) at myself and fashion icon Tolula’s new night at The Roosevelt Pool, BRITROPICANA! This Thursday, May 21st!

Again,

SPLASH!

AKIRALIVE 003 – Don Birthday Splashdown by Akira The Don on Mixcloud

TRACKLISTING:

Chromatics – KILL FOR LOVE (MIDNITEMEN REMIX)
Rihanna – BBHMM (Brenmar & Gutta Remix)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll (A-Trak Club Mix)
Nero – The Thrill (Porter Robinson Remix)
A$AP Rocky – Lord Pretty Flacko Jodye 2 (PFJII) (Prod. Nez & Rio)
GD X TAEYANG – GOOD BOY
Apache Indian – Boom Shack-A-Lak
Fetty Wap Ft Drake – My Way (Remix)
Shy Glizzy – Funeral (feat. Jeezy)
Sia – Fire Meet Gasoline
Mims – This Is Why I’m Hot
Kaytranada – Drive Me Crazy (feat. Vic Mensa)
Rae Sremmurd – THIS COULD BE US BUT YOU’RE PLAYING (MIDNITEMEN REMIX)
ILOVEMAKONNEN – Whip It (Remix) (Feat. Migos & Rich The Kid)
Kendrick Lamar – Cartoons & Cereal (feat. Gunplay)
araabMUZIK – Streetz Tonight
Sicko Mobb – Rolling Stone
O.T. Genasis – Ricky
DJ Zinc – Super Sharp Shooter
Lil Boosie – No Juice
Alphaville – Forever Young
Henry Jackman – Wreck-It Ralph
Ringtone Mania – Super Mario Bros. Theme
Kendrick Lamar – King Kunta
Snoop Dogg – So Many Pros
Michael Jackson – You Are Not Alone (Dj Sketch 2014 Uk Garage Remix)
Marcus Collins – Seven Nation Army (Sunship Dub)
Gyptian – Stunta
Will Smith – Candy (feat. Larry Blackmon & Cameo)
Cameo – Candy
Max B – Never Wanna Go Back
Jay Electronica – Road To Perdition
Blackalicious – Deception
Omi – Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn Remix)
Jeezy – No Tears (feat. Future)
MIDNITEMEN – LOVE WILL TEAR US APART

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EDIT: AKIRALIVE is now on Stitchr!

— Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Friday, May 8th, 2015

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Oh shit! The long rumoured LIVE AKIRA THE DON WEEKLY DJ MIX PODCAST is HERE! WOW! LET’S HAVE A PARTY IMMEDIATELY! FOR THE SOUNDTRACK IS ALREADY MADE! SPLASH!

In short its an hour long mix, executed live, of music I like, to drop on a weekly basis. Part one has a bunch of rap and trap and dancey stuff on it, a bunch of dope live blends and remixes, and some CLASSIX and did I mention the whole thing was executed live? Exactly.

You can stream it in that Soundcloud player up there, or the Mixcloud one below, or you can subscribe to the FEED and have it beamed into your podcasting app of choice. I just submitted it to iTunes and everything.

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TRACKLISTING IS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST!

Oh, yeah, I’m great, thanks for asking! Working my ass off here in Suntown, where stuff is as weird and ace as ever (I woke up the sound of Sophia Vergara outside my apartment getting her own star this morning)… making things occur and building our future. I merked another bucket list entry, PLAYING A PARTY AT THE ROOSEVELT POOL on Friday. My audience included Debbie Harry, Boy George, Georgio Moroder and Harry Dean Stanton amongst others. Very very ridiculous. I played The Only Ones and Jim Carrol Band and iLoveMakonnen, and did some inspired live remixes that I could never do again, for twas a thing of that very special MOMENT. And, as I said, something I’d been wanting to do for a long time. When I first came to stay at Wade’s I used to stand out on his balcony, overlooking The Roosevelt Pool next door, listening to the music wafting up and watching the revelry, thinking, that will be me one day. Well, it was me on Friday. And its gonna be me next Friday too. And then every Thursday thereafter as I am starting my own party there, because that’s how you make thing OCCUR! Shout out Joey Diaz, my daily inspiration.

My Saturday Blind Dragon residency was another magnificent celebration of the glory of living. 4 hours in that beautiful golden DJ booth jumping up and down going nuts, smashing out One Hundred And Thirty Six (136) ULTRAJAMS. Harry Styles was in the building again, jumping on tables being wavy. Vin Diesel was out the previous night, singing karaoke with Wade like a G. Apparently he was just as nice as everybody says.

OK, here’s that tracklisting for AKIRALIVE 001. There are a few missing things, like a loop from a Color Me Badd song that runs through the first 10 minutes, but that sort of thing I’ll leave for you to work out cos it is FUN and REWARDING.

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Hudson Mohawke – Ryderz
Baauer – One Touch (feat. AlunaGeorge and Rae Sremmurd)
AphexSwift – Starlightlicker
Mike Will Made-It – Choppin’ Blades (feat. Jody HiGHROLLER & Slim Jxmmi)
Sisqo Feat. M.C. Alastair – Thong Song (Artful Dodger Remix)
Ginuwine – Pony
The Pixes – Where Is My Mind (Bassnectar Remix)
Carnage – Like Tuh (feat. I LOVE MAKONNEN)
Deee-Lite – Groove Is in the Heart
Nicki Minaj Ft. Drake, Lil Wayne & Chris Brown – Only
Platinum 45 – Oi! (feat. More Fire Crew)
Schwarz – Bitches Love Me
C&C Music Factory – Gonna Make You Sweat [Everybody Dance Now] (16)
Gonzales and Taylor Savvy – This One Jam (Featuring Taylor Savvy)
Victoria – Give Me The Night
All Saints – Never Ever
iLoveMakonnen – Swerve
ILOVEMAKONNEN – No Ma’am (Feat. Rome Fortune & Rich The Kid)
K-Warren – Paradise feat 2 Ton
Duck Sauce – NRG (Hudson Mohawke Remix)
Campa – Campa – Crush On You (Origonal Demo)
Stormzy – Know Me From
Mike Will Made – It – Drinks On Us (feat. The Weeknd, Swae Lee & Future) [Remix]
MIDNITEMEN – DAREDEVIL THEME
DIE ANTWOORD – Ugly Boy
J.Rabbit – J.Rabbit – Tequila Remix v5
Porter Robinson – Sad Machine
Skepta – Skepta – Shutdown
Björk – Hyperballad
Sizzla – Just One Of Those Days
The Game Ft. DeJ Loaf – Ambitionz Of A Rida
ILOVEMAKONNEN – Maneuvering
Sweater Beats – Cloud City
A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran
A. G. Cook – Beautiful (Rustie Edit)
Jason Derulo – Watcha Say (Waterboi Remix?)
Boy Meets To Girl – Waiting For A Star To Fall

— Friday, May 8th, 2015

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

DAREDEVIL THEME REMIX

I told you the other day that alongside holding down LA like a solider and exploring 5D spacetime with Grant Morrison and Gerard Way, this weekend I’d watched the first five episodes of marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil, which in your humble narrator’s opinion make up a masterpiece that at long last executes perfectly a serious-as-fuck comic book to screen translation, in the manner that people erroneously claim Nolan’s first Batman movie did. It is HARD, it is BEAUTIFUL, it is UNCOMPROMISING, it makes me CRY a whole bunch. Anyway, first time I heard the theme I was like, OH SHIT WE NEED TO REMIX THAT, and so we did, and it is is fucking banging. Shout out my dear old friend and world famous audio scientist Erol Alkan, who’s been staying with us this week ahead of his show at Coachella this weekend, and helped out with the mix and master, dropping GEMS on me like a butterfingered watchmaker.

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Excelsior!

— Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Akira The Don

This weekend half of LA decamped to a particularly dusty bit of the desert, including Wade who went all in and crashed a golf cart into a tree like a goddamn pro-fesh-ur-NAHL. Hollywood Don stayed in Hollywood, learned exciting new live sound manipulation techniques, held down Blind Dragon like warrior, executed two action packed DJ sets, explored 5D space with Grant Morrison and Gerard Way (the former left us slack jawed with his live renditions of a catalogue of full blown self-penned peakwave pop songs, the latter was left slack jawed by my live rendition of a little ditty called Thanks For All The AIDS), and watched five episodes of Marvel’s Daredevil, which in your humble narrator’s opinion make up a masterpiece that executes perfectly what people erroneously claim Nolan’s first Batman movie did.

SPLASH.

As the new week dawned we were joined in the Studio Of Dreams by two old friends – Blue Logan, who is setting up a temporary tattoo studio on the premises which I plan to take full advantage of, and Erol Alkan, my dear old pal from dawn of the millennium London, a crazed and dark pre-social media era when we ran that town like booze-and-otherwise-soaked twin velociraptors, stalking merrily from party to party, draining free bars and stealing Norman Cook’s drugs. How we are upstanding members of our respective communities with children and wives, running record labels and enterprises and straddling the oceans like mighty neolithic monuments to Good taste and Dedication and Hard Work. Erol has been enjoying playing with my Traktor setup very much, immediately and gleefully falling back into his old bootlegging ways, looping Hot Chip and Soul II Soul breaks  and dropping Basement Jaxx and Donna Summer acapellas atop like cluster nukes. I am very proud of my DJ library, the rock hard foundations of which I spent all those months In Wales last summer laying, and I now tend to for days a week like a beautiful garden atop a misty mountain.

Meanwhile we haven’t Game Of Thrones yet. Priorities are getting completely squiffy out here in crazytown. But never mind that. Look at that amazing photo up there, taken by the world’s premiere Dystopian Lens Shaman Allan Amato in his Downtown LA lair recently. What a magnificent thing it is. “That’s how he SEES us,” enthused Grant Morrison, “like Superheroes! Like immortal beings!” Which is true. For we are. Grant said I was in The Daily Star the other week, “DJ AKIRA THE DON PLAYS FOR HARRY STYLES, IS AMAZING,” type thing. Grant said he cut it out and kept it. The bucket list is taking a hammering, but there is still so much for us to achieve. ”Only You Can Save Mankind,” I told Grant. Which is true. If not us, then who?

 

 

 

— Tuesday, April 14th, 2015