SOULTRONICA VOL.4 | Distant Lights Hush Hush Records

dj eko, silent disco, djeko, ekogirl, soultronica, future bass, moombahton, nyc dj, la dj, sf dj, tropical, dj culture, martha stewart, new york dj, okayfuture, hush hush records, hush hush seattle, distant lights
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Soultronica Vol.4 | Distant Lights for Hush Hush Records

Billy Cobham – Heather
Nicolas Jaar – Colomb
Jessie Ware – Devotion (Gold re-work)
XXYYXX – Overdone (ft. Anneka)
James Blake – Retrograde (Ion the Prize remix)
Giraffage – Girl
Cashmere Cat – Pays
Koreless – 4D
Szjerdene – Arrows (Jacques Greene + Koreless)
Afta-1 – Prelude to MeMeaningWe
Nosaj Thing – Night Crawler
How To Dress Well – World I Need You, Won’t Be Without You
Gold Panda – Marriage (Forest Swords 1am Hotel Room Redraw)
Jhene Aiko – Marvin’s Room (screwed by Lewis)
Cyril Hahn – Touch My Body
DFRNT – The Warmest
edit – Ltlp
Solange – Look Good With Trouble
Matty G – Strawberry Letter
Para One – Lean On Me (Salva mix)
Inc. – Heart Crimes

I have brethren in Seattle in the form of Alex Ruder from KEXP.  He started a label called Hush Hush. Alex curates a mix series called Distant Lights, embodying a sound aesthetic I love, described as:

“A spotlight on the emotional and introspective sound known as “Night Bus,” a multi-genre aesthetic that elaborates on the world of headphones, late-night travels, intimate encounters, and contemplative rides on public transportation.

The Soultronica sound I’ve been putting together for years is a sister to that. When Alex asked me to do a volume for the mix series.  I thought, how deep can I take this steeze? 

Reflecting on the spirit of the mix series and living in NY, my goal was a very tall order: to create a bulletproof halo for riding the New York MTA Subway. Over a month of riding the train I tested out songs. I picked tracks that have the ability to envelop and cloak the listener via headphones, in particular. This is a meditative buffer from the chaos.

SOULTRONICA VOL.3

soultronica, djeko, dj eko, soultronica vol.3, urb magazine, okayplayer
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14

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Soultronica Vol.3

Sinden feat Jesse Boykins III : HIgh Demand (Brenmar rmx)
James Drake : Find Your Limit
Alby Daniels : This Dawn
Little Dragon : Twice (SoulChorea rmx)
Raquel Rodriguez : Wildfire cover
Just a Band : Sunrise
Mars Today : Swim Good
Shlohmo : wen uuu
B.Lewis : Day 3
Mario : Let Me Love You (Lapalux rmx)
Jai Paul : Jasmine
Francis and the Lights : A Modern Promise
Jessie Ware : Night Light (Perseus rmx)
Cream Dream & Noms : Creamy Noms
Elly K : Hold Me Close
Shortcircles : Fallin’
Jeremih : F*ck You All The Time
Lianne La Havas : Forget (Two Inch Punch rmx)
Kimbra : Sattle Down (Bondax rmx)
Purity Ring : Lofticries
Vybz Kartel : Breathless
Cashmere Cat : Mirror Maru
Fantastic Mr. Fox : Evelyn
Swindle : Need to Know f. Toddla T & Sam Frank
Swiff D : Downtown Pomona
Terror Danjah : You Make Me Feel (feat Meleka)
Milosh : Something Good
Ellie Goulding : High For This
Jhene Aiko : Stranger
The Weeknd : The Birds Part 1

“Hot off the heels of a recent feature on Okayplayer, URB Alum, Erica Olsen, otherwise known as DJ Eko has shared her most recent outing– Soultronica Vol 3.  Just what was needed to close out the office night, this mix sent us out floating and into the ether.  Despite the ‘airy-ness’ of the mix, there is a lot going on here, as she has put together a multi-layered effort with her track selection that feels like the ebb and flow of inhaling the world and exhaling art.  While some would dismiss this mix effort as one of the many Valentine’s season mixes that have dropped as of late, there is a penetrating vision displayed here that pushes it over the top of that pile and making it more than just ‘make-out music’.”    -URB Magazine

TROPIC OF CAPRICORN vol.1

dj eko, djeko, reggae, ekogirl, soultronica
JULY
22

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TROPIC OF CAPRICORN vol 1

Marvin Gaye : Third World Girl (Original Reggae Version)
Usher : Climax (Jr Blender Remix)
Gotye : Somebody That I Used To Know (Jr Blender Promiseland Remix)
Katy B : Katy On A Mission (Captain Planet Remix)
Kevin Lyttle : Bumpa Roll
Major Lazer : Pon De Floor (Blenda Sound Remix)
Collie Buddz : Good Enuff (Cash Flow Dub)
Ini Kamoze : Hotstepper (Original Flavor Version)
Rahim Selectah : No, No, No (me amas en la rueda del cumbion)
Good Bad & Ugly : Billie Jean
Althea & Donna : Uptown Top Ranking
Tanya Stephens : It’s a Pity (Vinyl Shotz Remix)
Desi Young : Don’t Know Why (I Love You)
Estelle : Come Over
Wiz Khalifa : Black and Yellow (unknown)
Major Lazer : Get Free (what so not/dj:eko edit)
Grace Jones : My Jamaican Guy
Mos Def : Ms Fat Booty (Danny Massure Remix)
Serani : No Games

Weird Reggae tunes. Been wanting to make a little mix of the stuff for a minute.  The word “weird” is commonly understood as a bad ting. So, I hopped on good ol’ thesaurus.com. One synonym is “magic”. So, this is a mix of MAGIC REGGAE TUNES. Ha ha ha. Which means, songs on here are kinda reggae or are remixed in a reggae style or embody some roots vibe. I aimed for unusual and surprise! If you are still getting to know me, I’ll give you a hint.. I love playing left field. That, playing  things listeners haven’t heard before.

ps. don’t get mad ‘that song’ is on there. it’s probably the best remix you’ve heard of it ever. so, shush.

SOULTRONICA VOL.1 | est. 2010

soultronica, djeko, dj eko, future r&B, future soul, future bass, parlour magazine
FEB
14

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Soultronica Vol.1

Hudson Mohawk+Robin Hannibal+Myele Manzanza : Ain’t Nobody Like You
Joker : On My Mind
Frank Ocean : We All Try
The Weeknd : What You Need (Prison Garde Rmx)
OOoOO : No Summer4U
Kelly Rowland : Motivation (Jacques Greene Rmx)
James Drake : Wilhelm’s Fucking Best
TV on The Radio : Love Dog
Subeena+Jamie Woon : Solidify
Ifan Dafydd : No Good
SBTRKT : Never Never
Little Dragon : Ritual Union (Tensnake Rmx)
Salva : Keys Open Doors (MachineDrum Rmx)
Cecil : Bossom
Jay Haze+Laila Tov : Tonight
Tiombe Lockhart : Drifter
Goapele+Los Rakas : Play
Vida Jafari : The People
Mar : Inglewood
Miguel : Sure Thing (Brook D’Leau Rmx)
Lunice : Out of Touch
New Edition : A Little Bit of Love (Brenmar Rmx)
Sade : By Your Side (Cottonbelly Rmx)
J*Davey : Get Together

 

2010 I decided to create a mix series highlighting the intersection of soul, electronic and  future bass. I had been brainstorming and collecting tracks in this vein and was waiting for the birth of more (and boy, did they get born). 

The boys and girls over at Okayplayer like it as much as I do and just released it for Mixtape Mondays today, right in time for Valentine’s Day!

EAST VILLAGE RADIO | WorldWide Smash

"dj eko" "ekogirl" "djeko" "NYC" "new york" "soultronica"
DEC
20

Stepped in for DJ Still Life on EVR, December 16th. Worldwide Smash is “global bass music, raw beats, dubstep, glitch and other emerging forms of electronic music.” I got the air-room, all to myself and laid the sexy down. Boy, did I have a good time.

::link coming soon::

hudson mohawke+robin hannibal : ain’t nobody like you
joker : the vision
little dragon : recommendation (toddla t remix)
shystie + lioness : warning
hudson mohawke : snapdragon
mike slott : snow birds
joker : milky way
lostlojic : we can not hide
matty g : caetano
goapele : play (feat los rakas)
the weeknd : wicked games (sy.ic remix)
dragao : la luz del sol
eliot lipp + jasia 10 : the surface
sinjin hawk : the countdown (beyonce refix)
new tone : teach me how to juke
cee-lo : f*ck you (subswara remix)
mia : paper planes DFA remix
sonora : la verdolina
el sonidero quilomobo : cumbia rockers 13
new edition : a little bit of love (brenmar remix)
chong x : fin
munchi : me and my bitch
torito bandido : saya de san benito
dj zhao : conga kwela
nadastrom + heartbreak : church
rktkt : homenaje a justino
seekae : gnor
richy pitch : dey suffer
issa bagayogo : gnangran
dj cecil : heather
thornato : unreleased track
pacific steppaz : pacific steppaz
big boi : shutterbug (jack beats remix)
maya vane : panama (lol boys remix)

GOING HOME

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This is a mix is for my very beloved-bay-area-burningman camp, Laughing Monkey. I motivated to trek out to the playa all the way from New York this year. All of venturing to the Playa have hours and hours to fly, drive, swim and cartwheel out to Nevada. I made this for our journey. There are epic moments and quiet moments transmitted via soultronica + future bass music. I really hope you dig it. Put it on when you hit Gerlach! Much love,
♥e

Going Home

Rustie: Neko
SBTRKT : Wildfire
Shaunise : Purple Haze (desto rmx)
Aloe Blacc : I Need A Dollar (killabits rmx)
Major Lazer + La Roux : Bulletproof (nacey rmx)
Untold + James Blake : Stop What Your Doing
Hudson Mohawke : Free
.:Foreward:.
Discovery : I Want You Bac
H-Town : They Like It Slow (starslinger refix)
Nina Sky : Love Song
The Weeknd : Wicked Games (sy.ic rmx)
Little Dragon : Twice (soulchorea remix)
Unknown Shapes : If I should Die
Mount Kimbie : Carbonated
Kingdom : Remember
Tropicaaliyah : Estas That Somebody (by still life)
Baby Cham : Ghetto Story (worldhood rmx)
Douster + Major Mackerel : Galang So
TV on the Radio : Will Do (xxxChange rmx)
Gappy Ranks : English Money
Sonido Del Principe : Wu Cumbia
Cassie : Long Way to go (hovatron rmx)
Thornato : Capoeira
Adele : Rolling in the Deep (platen-karton mix)
Uproot Andy : Daft Cumbia
Mos Def : Fat Booty (melo y pickster rmx)
Al Green : Let’s Stay Together (heartbreak)
Wham : She Wants (thomas blondet rmx)
Pepe Bradock : Deep Burnt (“” remix)
Lol Boys : LDR
Organic Grooves : Sutukung
Julio Bashmore : Ribble to Amazon
Outkast : Spottieottiedopalicious (nacey rmx)
Pacific Steppaz :  Pacific Steppaz
.:Final Chapter:.
Europe : The Final Countdown (bangerz rmx)

THE PEOPLE (Oakland) | live

"dj eko" "ekogirl" "djeko" "NYC" "new york" "soultronica" "oakland" "the people"
OCT
25

I had the best time playing The People party in Oakland. I love the crew to no end. I’d have a hard time finding a party I like better. I can’t say enough good things about the crowd, good energy and amazing dancers. Playing there is the beez kneesl. I promised some folks that I would post up a recording of my live mix. So, here it is. Soulful House I really like.

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Ezel’s broken Remix : Rock with You
Nickodemus : The Love Feeling (Christian Prommer Remix)
Chocolate Puma Makossa Beats : Soul Makossa
Raheem DeVaughn : You (DFA remix)
Freddie Cruger : The Hustle (Diesler remix)
Lydia Rhodes : Dreams
DJ Fudge : Ivette
Qness feat Malehloka : Uzongilinda (Original Mix)
Masters At Work : Love & Happiness (Michel Cleis ‘Floreo’ Yemaya Remix)
Saeed Younan : Yeah Ha
Novalima : Yo Voy (Daniel Haaksman Remix)
Divino Canto : La Pena
Dennis Ferrer : hey hey (Touzani Reda remix)
Kiko Navarro : Xel-Ha (Karizma Tribez Of Kohesive Dub)
AtJazz : Sweat No Sleep (w/MdCL)

A DEDICATION TO SOMBEROSIE

JULY
10

Once upon a time, I was given a track called “Somberosie”. The song had the most enchanting combination of melodies, electronic elements and dub vibe. But registers in at a higher tempo. It hit my sensibilities in a unique way. It was in my head all the time. I played it for dj friends asking if they had anything like it? There answer was always no.  My hunt for similar tracks turned into my putting together this mix.

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elevator operator intro
Pretty Lights : Finally Moving Remix
Boxcutter : Spacebass
Modeselektor : Hasir
Claude VonStroke : Bay Area
Tremor : Caracol (King Coya remix)
Banana Clipz : Talking Drum
Dub Traffik Control : Somberosie
Harmonic 313 : The Returners
Mimosa : Drippin
Quest : Smooth Skin
AFTA – 1 : Fortune Remix (Little Dragon)
Teebs : Wind Loop
Salva : Beached
Nosaj Thing : Us (Dntel remix)
Ammon Contact : Omniverses 1
Bop : Nothing Makes Any Sense (Blu Mar Ten Remix)

LOVESTEP, THE DARK SPARKLE

OCT
25

THE FIRST SET I EVER PLAYED AT COACHELLA, went something like this Lovestep mix. It was that window of time, a year before Dubstep hit the masses [the next Coachella] and slid down the slippery slope to Brostep. This is a postcard from the edge, my foray into Dubstep with a soulish side. Dubstep isn’t for everybody.. and I don’t pretend that this mix represents the entire genre. It is, like all of my mixes.. a carefully selected percentage of the genre that speaks to me to me specifically. I mended a broken heart putting this one together.

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intro: Pledge of Resonance
Wascal : All I Need v1
Little Dragon : Recommendation (Toddla T remix)
VonStroke : Who’s Afraid of Detroit (AFL remix)
Joker : SnakeEater
KidLogic : ’93 Till Infinity
DZ : What You Won’t Do For Love
Modeselektor : Let Your Love Grow
Fat Freddy’s Drop : The Raft (Sfr’s Re-edit)
Synkro : Turnin
Jill Scott : Getting’ In The Way (Biscope Boot)
War 009 : Greasy Mitts
Ginuwine : Pony (Boson Dubstep Remix)
Santogold : Starstruck
Joker : Digidesign
Chromeo : Night By Night (Skream Remix)
Snoop Dogg : Sexual Seduction (Chimpo Remix)
Edit : Ltlp
La Roux : In For the Kill (Last Japan Skream ReEdit)
Simian Mobile Disco : Cruel Intentions (Joker Remix)
Citrus : Calabria (Sickcycle Remix)
Four Tet : Love Cry (Joy Orbison Remix)
Mala : Alicia
Jack Sparrow : For Me
Little Dragon : Twice (16bit Remix)
Dubsteppaz : Halcyon & On & On
Ellie Goulding : Starry Eyed (Jakwob Remix)
Rusko : Love is Real
Florence And The Machine : You Got The Love
War 009 : Dark Heart
Aaliyah : Rock the Boat (HD4000 Lady Dub)
Bob Marley : Is This Love? (Logik Dubstep Remix)
Dubsteppaz : Give Me A Try
Matty G : Matty’s Theme
Z-Trip : Revolution
Eskmo : Agnus Dei
Kosheen : Guilty (Plastician Remix)
Example : Watch The Sun Come Up (Joker&Ginz Remix)
The Temper Trap : Fader (Jakwob Remix)