64:5 promo waffle right here, right now

The fifth instalment of the mix series known at the 64 bar challenge comes out in March, and it’s set to be the biggest of the lot with over 30 tracks likely to be spread over a double album.

It’s testament to the popularity of the idea that has grown from a 15 track, 38 minute mix to this beast, with twice as many producers now on board.

With the submission deadline on Jan 31st looming, the exact amount of tracks is still TBC.

“Most people leave it until the last minute, so I’ll get a flood of tracks in the final days, says Kovas, the man who has been guilty of pulling this project together.

“After putting together the last mix, I thought I might knock it on the head.

“Why? Well it was just becoming all a bit too much like work. I was having to do the production, arrange the art, sort out the promotion etc etc, and it wasn’t really why I set it up.

“But people wanted to do it, and it was one of those things where if I wasn’t doing it, I guess I’d be wondering what to do with myself.

Last time around, the mix came in at 128bpm, and had over 500 plays in the first week, something Kovas described as a “triumph”. . It was featured on a bunch of blogs and for the first time, the project was exposed the wider world with a few radio stations taking note.

“Yes, that was satisfying in fairness,” said Kovas. “DJ Twit and myself spent a couple of weeks batting bits back and fourth until we were both happy with the flow of the mix, you’d think it would be easy.. what with all the tracks coming in at the same tempo. But oh no, its actually really tricky to get one coherent flow out of some many bump n grinds, so that’s what made it so pleasing when we pulled it off.

This time around and the tempo has dipped down to 98bpm, perfect for beat juggling monster DJ Killer Tomato, who will collaborate with Kovas on the mix.

“Yep, KT’s a good mate of mine down here in Cardiff so it was an easy sell.”

And with Killer Tomato now able to cite being a multiple UK DMC finalist and Red Bull finalist on his CV, he’s not necessarily the easiest man to get on to a project

Tom said: “Sure I was real keen to get on board with this as the concept is great and I was really impressed with the standard of the tunes on the previous mixes, plus it sounds like a giggle.”

So, after that love in from the DJ’s this latest one had better be good.

Here’s a preview track from 64 bar newbie Andy Digitonal so you can sample the niceness:

Eighteen by 64barmusic


too cheap to pay for Remi’s book?

Well, he’s very kindly put a lo res version on line here, in the hope that it’ll inspire some of you to purchase and place on coffee tables.

Ideally in doctors lounges, or airport VIP areas, or indeed any public place where cats with cash to buy art frequent.

Remi is known to us here at 64 bar towers as the architect of some of the tougher tracks in the 64 bar catalogue, his track V.52, which was widely regarded as one of the best tunes on 64:3 made it onto pnutz’s Ninjamixdump ultimomix

He’s also our in house artist, and has made the pretty picture you see to your left, and the official artwork for 64:4 and 64:5.

But back to the book, and it’s simply described as: “Artwork from the past 25 years from post graffiti artist – Remi/Rough”.

It’s as stunning as it is huge, and its 108 pages.

nu-retro rave mix

AGT Rave Cru – BLOC 2011 Promo Mix by Hyponik

Miggins, who has bailed on 64:5 due to the tempo being a bit too slow for him, has dropped this promo mix for his upcoming appearance at Bloc 2011.
There’s 49 tracks on this badboy, so too many to post on the blog

More 13t rejects

13t, this dude must be the busiest or boredest (is that a word) guy on the planet.. here’s a BUNCH of rejected tunes for the next 64 bar mix