Kastle – Essential Mix Exclusive

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I’m always hungry for new music and it is a real treat when you find a new artist you really enjoy; Kastle is at the top of my list at the moment. Transcending genres with each tune and mix, Kastle elegantly combines elements of 2 Step, Drum & bass, Dubstep, R&B, and anything else he happens to be feeling that day in the studio. I’m definitely a fan and you should be too.

Where are you coming from with your production and selection as a DJ? From what i’ve heard of your music, it’s all been pretty eclectic.

Yeah I mean… I love everything. I grew up listening to hip hop, r&b and like.. electro jazz funk. When I was 5 I was earning money from my folks so I could go pick up Run DMC, Herbie Hancock and Fat Boys records. It’s really refreshing to go back to the kind of sound that first grabbed me as a child. But while growing up through my teens and producing music I’ve done a little bit of everything and I pull influences from all over. I also worked in multiple record stores back in the day so I’ve got this huge catalog in my head of album covers, release dates and different sounds. Like.. the swelling strings on ‘Need U’ I totally got that idea from listening to some old Sinatra and Dean Martin one day. My hope is to continue to defy the usual genre labeling and just have a universal sound.

Tell me about the collaborations you have already sorted or have plans for?

I recently did a tune called “Need U” with Virus Syndicate which has just become available on Scion’s website on the No Static At All compilation. Those boys nailed it… it’s like a g-funk era love song. I did a tune with Armanni Reign and my girl Domonique from Boston for my upcoming EP on Seclusiasis. It’s called ‘Walking Away’ and it is the closest thing to a pop song I’ve ever done. We shot a music video for it too which will be coming shortly. Domonique also did a couple vocal cuts for me on two classic r&b tunes from one of our all-time favs and I am planning a little EP with amazing guest remixers… but well, don’t wanna say anything just yet.

What do you have coming up?

The debut single, ‘Better Off Alone’, will be coming on Seclusiasis in mid-July. The digi release features remixes by Starkey, Udachi, NastyNasty, Willy Joy and Blnd! and the 12″ will feature the Starkey, NastyNasty and Udachi remixes.

Months to come after will be a nice full EP which I am currently finishing now. I’ve got a few remixes as well for Blu Mar Ten, Jeuce and some others that’ll come out I imagine late spring or early summer. I’ve just got so many ideas welled up in my head right now I don’t really see an end to the output so it’ll just keep flowing.

Does your artwork hold any significance to your sound or the vibe you are looking to portray?

Yes… definitely. I’m a fan of a full finished product, and artwork compliments music so well and it’s definitely always a well thought out process when I combine the too. I gotta shout out to my designer, Kyle Brandse of So Gangsta, because he is absolutely brilliant. He totally took possibilities to the next level when we were shooting the music video for ‘Walking Away’. Before I was a musician I actually was huge into art and drawing and I’m trying to blow the dust off the counter, so to speak, and try and incorporate my graphical ideas and drawings more in the future.

I’m definitely pleased to present this mix from Kastle that contains 100% of his own tunes done exclusively for Media Contender.  Some slick summertime vibes in this one and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Enjoy

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Tracklisting

01. Martin Buttrich – You Got That Vibe (Kastle Re-Flex)
02. Kastle – You Got The Love
03. Two Fresh – Whatcha Hangin Round Here For ft. Vince Harder & DOME (Kastle Remix)
04. Kanye West – Coldest Winter (Kastle Remix)
05. Kastle – Better Off Alone
06. Cassie – Me & U (Kastle Remix)
07. Kastle & Virus Syndicate – Need U
08. Heavyfeet – War ft. Jenna G (Kastle Remix)
09. Example – Won’t Go Quietly (Kastle Remix)
10. 92 Eternal – The Feeling (Kastle Remix)
11. Cosmic Revenge – Late Nights (Kastle Remix)
12. Blu Mar Ten – Nobody Here (Kastle Remix)
13. Kastle – Meu Amor
14. Kastle – Walking Away ft. Armanni Reign & Domonique
15. Kastle – Camera Phone
16. Sade – Soldier Of Love (Kastle Remix)

Website: Kastledub, Myspace, Twitter, SoundCloud

 

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  • 4 Aero // Oct 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm

    Hey, I was just noticing some odd differences between the track listing and the actual tracks. Then I listened to the streaming version, and the download version and they are 2 different mixes. The streaming embedded version seems to coincide with the tracklisting, while the other one is something completely different, but is still ‘Kastle’.

    Just a heads up, digging both versions lol.

  • 5 Aero // Oct 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    link seems to be fixed, but now I have a mix that is 1:15:07 long and labeled “MC Podcast 07″. Is there a tracklisting for this mix as well? perhaps its just a tease. Both mixes are ridiculous dope.

  • 6 Aero // Oct 27, 2010 at 8:08 pm

    i’m trippin, sorted it out. holy jesus its been a long day…kastle mixes ftw.

  • 7 Volodia // Nov 25, 2010 at 3:13 am

    Hi. cool music. But I can’t download KASTLE – ESSENTIAL MIX.

  • 8 Jeff Tovar // Nov 25, 2010 at 4:32 am

    Hi Volodia,

    Make sure you Right Click/Save As to download files from Media Contender.

    Enjoy!

  • 9 MVMNT | // Feb 28, 2011 at 10:02 am

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