Monday, December 27, 2010

Listen & download! This is TRUE hip-hop! What a way to end this year to bring in 2011. Here is the new episode #30...also known as "MIXEDnuts"! On this edition we have mister Jnx The Kemist on the set. This release is really made to be a mixtape as well. Lotta the material has been featured on this podcast but we went back to polish up some tunes a bit and made an entire new project! Soon it will also be available as a mixtape. For now lets enjoy this coming new year and let Jnx The Kemist relax ya eardrums from all that non-sense on the commercial airwaves!
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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Power Off For The Technics 1200: An End to a Hip-Hop Legend.

TOKYO (TR) – Fans of vinyl were dealt another blow when consumer electronics company Panasonic announced earlier this month that it would be discontinuing the analog products within its Technics brand, most notably the legendary line of analog turntables.

On October 20, the company said that it was winding down production of the Technics SL-1200MK6 analog turntable, the SH-EX1200 analog audio mixer and the RP-DH1200 and RP-DJ1200 stereo headphones due to challenges in the marketplace.

“Panasonic decided to end production mainly due to a decline in demand for these analog products and also the growing difficulty of procuring key analog components necessary to sustain production,” the company said in statement issued to The Tokyo Reporter.

Last year, Japan’s last remaining vinyl pressing plant, owned by the production company Toyo Kasei, produced around 400,000 discs from its multifloor factory in Yokohama’s Tsurumi Ward, a far cry from the industry’s peak of 70 million four decades ago.

Panasonic said that sales of analog decks today represent roughly 5 percent of the figure from ten years ago. At present the company has no plans for putting analog turntables back on the market.

The SL-1200 series turntable, which enjoys a massive following in the DJ community, had been in continuous production since 1972. Since then 3.5 million units have been produced, making the brand’s purple and gray logo (“Technics” written twice) an icon in clubs.

The turntables are acclaimed for their quick start-up and reliability, achieved through its durable Direct Drive turning mechanism (via magnets, as opposed to being belt-driven) and its heavy 12.5-kilogram base (composed of what is known as the Technics Non Resonance Compound), which isolated the platter so as to reduce feedback and the chance that the cartridge would jump.

Japan’s DJ community was abuzz, notably on the social-networking site Twitter, following the announcement. Tatsuo Sunaga (dubbed “The Record Chief”) said in an email that the announcement was unfortunate.

“I’ve been using these products for around 20 years and rarely suffered a breakdown,” explained Sunaga, who is a club DJ, spinning jazz up and down Japan, and the author of “I’ll Take That Record!” — a chronicle of a three-year vinyl-buying spree. “This type of excellence is something not seen globally, and I think the fact that one doesn’t need to purchase subsequent models as being the reason for forcing the move.”

But even if turntable manufacturers targeting top DJs continue to shrink their output, Sunaga sees those who prefer analog today as being too obsessed with the format to allow it to become extinct. “I don’t think analog users will lose interest,” he said.

Regarding the Technics brand itself, nothing has been decided other than the discontinuation of the mentioned products, the statement said.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

New Episode! THEMIXLAB #29 - Now Playing!

Well, the summer may be over but the HEAT is still firin' up at THEMIXLAB! We hope y'all enjoyed the last episode featuring a special mix of Common. If you haven't heard about it yet or still need to download, you can still check back at the post and listen!

Now, its November and it has been a little minute since we last posted somethin'. So here is a new episode (#29). A short mix down by DJ JFresh-One. This mix features bits of new joints, classics & remixes. ALL straight up TRUE hip-hop! This is for those in need for good tunes so ya ears won't stay hungry! Or it may be for those that support our movement. OR....maybe its for those who do not know what real hip-hop is!!

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

THEMIXLAB Podcast #28 - Now It All Makes Sense (Common Mixtape)

It’s finally here! Yes, everyone, DJ JFresh-One drops another mixtape of TRUE Hip-Hop! Not only it’s a mixtape but also as a new episode to The Mix Lab Podcast. In this special edition, all the material is based on the legendary & real Hip-Hop MC, Common Sense! It’s a little more than just a collection or some greatest hits compilation. This is a DJ art form a.k.a. mixtape with a grip of classic tracks, previous releases, rarities, and remixes.

This would also be released as a tracked mixtape for sale & download. *For real this time, so hang tight! For the meantime, here’s a lower bit-rate mp3 podcast that’s for FREE! And for more episodes & mixes…subscribe or download for free at or on iTunes.

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Monday, August 23, 2010

Fat Beats To Close Its Remaining Retail Locations in Los Angeles & New York

Yup, thats the 411 going around lately about FatBeats folding up its LA & NY stores. Here's more on the story from the LA Times:

For hip-hop heads of legal drinking age, the name Fat Beats inevitably conjures memories of teenage years spent trawling through racks of vinyl, in-store appearances with the latest underground stars (during a period when "underground" didn't require scare quotes) and encyclopedic employees often pulled from the top ranks of the Los Angeles DJ scene.

And now, the iconic hip-hop retailer will close its last two remaining brick-and-mortar locations in New York and Los Angeles -- another apparent casualty to ever-dwindling record sales and interest in vinyl among hip-hop consumers. The closures reflect the final act of contraction for a chain that had previous shuttered its locations in Amsterdam, Atlanta, Tokyo.

“The closing of Fat Beats is just like one of my friends passing away,” DJ Premier said in a prepared statement. “They promoted vinyl at its highest degree for the culture of good music, and that makes it more difficult to say goodbye.”

Underpinning the statement is the reality that while vinyl has seen an upsurge of interest among indie rock fans, hip-hop fans have moved away from the format in recent years. This reality has been compounded by the rise of illegal downloading, free mix tapes and the general difficulty of finding popular rap records on vinyl.

The New York location will close its doors on Sept. 4, with L.A.'s Melrose Boulevard outpost shutting down on Sept. 18. A spate of goodbye celebrations and sales are planned in the interim. Fat Beats' online store, distribution business and Brooklyn-based record label will remain extant.

“This is the start of a new era in Fat Beats,” Fat Beats owner and president Joe Abajian said in a prepared statement. “We’re adapting to meet the needs of our demographic by revamping and improving our existing systems. While our website, which stocks everything available in our retail stores, continues to do very well, we’re still exploring our options for alternate retail locations in the future. We’re proud of our legacy and will continue to reinvent ourselves."

With the closure of one of Los Angeles' last remaining hubs of independent hip-hop, expect a flurry of tributes to pour in over the next 30 days. In the meantime, this reminiscence from local rapper TiRon nicely captures the store' s place in LA hip-hop culture and illustrates why it will be sorely missed.
-- Jeff Weiss

Monday, July 19, 2010

NEW Episode! THEMIXLAB Podcast #27 now playing!

The Mix Lab sets off another new episode this summer…number 27. Plug in your iPods, mp3 players, blank CDs, and fancy iPads to your computer and download another dose of Quality Hip-Hop! Enjoy some more tunes from the underground & above surface! Mixing it up on the decks is DJ JFresh-One. We still want all you listeners to watch out for more special episodes & mixtapes coming soon.

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#27’s Playlist:
DJ Dvious Mind’s Beat
A Tribe Called Quest – The Love
Slum Village – Tainted
Common f./ Queen Latifah – The Next Time
GangStarr – Full Clip
Grand Puba – I Like It
Soul Position – Hand Me Downs
Freeway f./ Jake One – She Makes Me Feel Alright
Mos Def – Sunshine
The Roots f./ John Legend – The Fire
Joe Budden – Walk With Me

Monday, June 14, 2010

Some Funny Vids!

This post isn't really a hip-hop mix post or anything like....I just found some funny vids online and wanna share them! You may have seen them, but if y'all haven't yet you are in for a treat! Here is the original one and the following is a remix of it. ENJOY!

Friday, June 11, 2010

NEW! - THEMIXLAB Podcast #26

Keeping the podcast rollin’ as usual with QUALITY hip-hop! Welcome back to The Mix Lab as we hit into the summer. Here you can enjoy the latest episode…#26. Subscribe, download, and turn up your volume to this mix….all for FREE! We have a mixture of old & new within this 33 minute mix (brought to you by DJ JFresh-One). Also stay tune for a special tribute mix on the next episode by Jnx The Kemist.

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Monday, May 3, 2010

NEW!!! The Mix Lab Podcast #25 – The Holy Element

Thanks for tuning in to an underground podcast that Puts Quality First! Here at The Mix Lab we specialize in delivering true hip-hop from the underground and above the surface and from old school to the new. In this edition to the podcast, DJ JFresh-One mixed up a special mixtape containing of course true hip-hop but with a twist...Gospel! Don't feel intimidated in any sort from hearing this mix because its Christian based. This mix has dope beats, rhymes, and powerful messages. So sit back, enjoy this podcast, and download a copy for FREE!

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Saturday, April 10, 2010

NEW EPISODE! #24 - The Reprint (Progressive Jay-Z) by DJ JFresh-One

Welcome back to The Mix Lab! DJ JFresh-One (myself) is droppin’ another new mixtape titled “The Reprint (Progressive Jay-Z)” and it will be available soon for sale as a digital download or CD. For now its available as a podcast. Although it will be as a one track mix, you will definitely enjoy this. So prepare your ears for some quality and get set to download.

Here we got a mix of all Jay-Z. The concept JFresh is aiming at is to bring out the true hip-hop in Jigga Man. Throwin’ in classics, rarities, mash-ups, and a bunch of remixes from famous DJs & producers. Since the “Blueprint” series can’t seem to get any better, its time to take things back to the lab and make a REPRINT!

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Friday, March 12, 2010

NEW EPISODE! The Mix Lab Podcast #23

Here we go again! Throwing on some more TRUE Hip-Hop! Welcome back to The Mix Lab with Jnx The Kemist & DJ JFresh-One. Its getting’ near spring time and we got another new episode to the mix. Time to download some of these episodes and throw it on in your ride so you can show off some real beats! You will enjoy another dose of quality hip-hop on this episode as The Mix Lab Crew are on the 1’s and 2’s. Episode 23 contains new & classic material.

Anyways….just as a reminder we have been making some changes within the podcast so we appreciate your support and sticking around. Lately we had to switch over our host elsewhere. Normally you would find us on G-Cast but now we are on Podomatic. However, you may still access the older episodes thru G-Cast, but for current and future releases you will need to hit us up at Podomatic. So you may need to re-subscribe and please spread the word. Hopefully the changes will take effect on iTunes.

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Saturday, February 13, 2010

LabJamz Podcast - NEW EPISODE! Jnx The Kemist's "Midnite Hump" (Valentines Special)

Happy Valentines from The Mix Lab! We like to present a special edition to the LabJamz Podcast. On this new episode we have a mixtape from the past mixed by Jnx The Kemist and its titled "Midnite Hump". So if you lookin' for that love mix for that special occasion or you need throw it on your stereo in case of an is that tape! Once again, you'll enjoy some Old School Hits all for FREE! Peace and God Bless!

Friday, February 5, 2010

NEW! The Mix Lab Podcast #22 – Invadin’ The Airwaves (The MadTape). Plus, we have a new podcast host!

Thanks everyone for tuning in for some more quality hip-hop! Also, thanks for those staying around with the podcast as some recent changes were made. The Mix Lab is will no longer be hosted on Gcast…BUT will continue over on PodOmatic!!! Although, Gcast will still hold our older episodes in case ya’ll got the urge to get more downloads.

NOW, here is a new episode for The Mix Lab Podcast! #22 is also an exclusive mixtape created by myself, DJ JFresh-One, and will be also FOR SALE on CD or digital download soon. If you order for a CD, the sound quality would be better, encoded with text for info, and tracked for easy browsing. Just like the previous mixtape, Beats, Rhymes & Donuts (J Dilla), this mix is set with tracks produced by or featuring Madlib.

Enjoy this FREE podcast as well as the past and future mixes on The Mix Lab! This TRUE hip-hop and guided by progressive DJs. We Put Quality First!
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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

NEW EPISODE! The Mix Lab Podcast #21 - Happy 2010!

Welcome back and Happy 2010!!!

It's a new year and we gonna start off with a new episode! Here is #21 and within this mix we Jnx The Kemist and myself (DJ JFresh-One) spinnin' new & classic hip-hop. Of course we put quality first and serve progressive joints from the underground and above surface.

Keep a look out for the next episode and new podcast host later in the month or at beginning of February. The Mix Lab would be releasing an exclusive mixtape of Madlib! Plus we will be updating on how to stay connected to podcast.

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Peace and God Bless!

Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy 2010! New 12-CD Mixtape Series from Madlib

Welcome back to The Mix Lab, Happy New Year! Here some news to start off 2010...I know its been around the web for about a month or so. DJ/Producer/MC Madlib and Stones Throw Records will be releasing a once-a-month mixtape that totals to 12 CDs starting this month (January). This special mixtape series is titled "Madlib's Medicine Show".
Stones Throw Records are selling a limited amount of the first issue online as a pre-release advanced CD. Plus, you may also buy LP or CD over at UndergroundHipHop.
Speaking of Madlib, here at The Mix Lab we will be droppin' a special podcast & mixtape this month featuring exclusively Madlib influenced tracks (produced, emceeing, features). If y'all enjoyed the J Dilla - Beats, Rhymes & Donuts, this will also be a dope addition to the iPod or stereo!
Also expect another new episode and a couple other special mixtapes thats ready to launch!