This month's dance chart:


Latest ANTS Podcast w/ guest Cherushii:


Latest Gentle Daps:


By the way, in case you were wondering, AiMT is officially closed for submissions. (Because what he said.)
Wednesday
Aug062008

M.I.A. [ft. Jim Jones] – "Paper Planes (Remix)"



It took a while for this to register with me, but all the recent "Paper Planes" brouhaha can be attributed the new Seth Rogen flick, The Pineapple Express. Oddly enough, the song isn't even on the film's soundtrack, but it does appear on the trailer. As a result, the general American public thinks "Paper Planes" is kinda neat, so much so that it peaked yesterday at #2 on the U.S. iTunes store's "Top Songs" chart. (Today it's back down to #3.)

In any case, the song's unfashionably late indoctrination into mainstream American pop culture has made it suddenly cool with several household-name rap dudes, including Freeway and now Jim Jones:


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Perhaps this sudden spike in sales will prompt Maya to rethink her alleged retirement from music?

Related:
• M.I.A. [ft. Freeway] – "Paper Planes (Remix)"

Monday
Aug042008

A+B: The Ants in My Trance Mash-Ups Compendium, Vol. 1



This has been a long time coming. A+B is a Luminfire mash-up anthology of sorts. The plan is to release a new "volume" each week. Each volume will consist of six or more tracks, and you'll be able to download the volumes as individual tracks or as zip files. When it's all said and done, there should be seven volumes in all (or eight, depending on how much I scrape from the bottom of the barrel).

To make a long story short, I have been harboring my mash-ups for over three years, and I figured it was high time I got them out into the world before they erode on my hard disks. Some of these mash-ups have been made available before on the web. Some have gotten radio play. Some I've played in DJ sets. But for the most part, this particular stash has never seen the light of day.

The concept behind the title involves my own process when it comes to making these mash-ups. I habitually make them in the most simplistic way possible: putting an acapella source (A) atop an often stylistically opposite instrumental source (B). This usually involves a nominal amount of audio editing to make the sources more compatible or, as I like to say, to make the Legos click.

These mash-ups are usually intended to be nothing more than DJ tools. They're neither meant for deep headphone listening nor to be appreciated for any sort of production wizardry. The challenge in making them doesn't stem from rigorous production—it comes from the patience involved in successfully pairing two sources in terms of key-matching, tempo-matching and general compatibility. Sometimes I succeed in the process of pairing A and B—other times I fail miserably. You'll get to hear examples of both.

This is definitely a quantity-over-quality endeavor. There are several mash-ups in this master stash of which I'm genuinely proud, and there are some that I have no love for at all. I'll let you be the judge. My hope is that you'll find a handful you like.

Please report broken or misplaced links here.

Missy Elliott – "Lose Control (Gerd Blend by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Missy Elliott – "Lose Control"
• Instrumental Source: Shirley Lites – "Heat You Up (Melt You Down) (Gerd 4Lux Edit)"

Ce Ce Peniston – "Finally (M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade Mash Edit by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only]extended version available upon request
• Vocal Source: Ce Ce Peniston – "Finally"
• Instrumental Source: M.A.N.D.Y. vs. Booka Shade – "Body Language"

Nelly Furtado [ft. Timbaland] – "Promiscuous (Heil Inst. Mash by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only]
• Source 1: Nelly Furtado [ft. Timbaland] – "Promiscuous"
• Source 2: Johannes Heil – "Freaks R Us"

Mike Jones [ft. Hurricane Chris] – "Drop and Gimme 50 (David E. Sugar A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Mike Jones [ft. Hurricane Chris] – "Drop and Gimme 50"
• Instrumental Source: David E. Sugar – "The Big H"

Spank Rock – "Rick Rubin (Lester Mendez A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Spank Rock – "Rick Rubin"
• Instrumental Source: Jessica Simpson – "A Public Affair" [prod. by Lester Mendez]

Kevin Federline – "Poporubin (Spank Rock A+B by Luminfire)" [Direct — Left Click Only] NSFW
• Vocal Source: Kevin Federline - "Popozão"
• Instrumental Source: Spank Rock - "Rick Rubin"

Download all six tracks in a zip.

Monday
Aug042008

Jay Smooth Speaks on Ludacris/Obama

I usually don't care much about what this Jay Smooth character has to say, but his thoughts on Ludacris' highly tasteful/helpful Obama rap resonate with mine own.



Related:
• Rappers Continue to Provide O'Reilly Factor Talking Points
• Obama Namechecks Lil' Wayne, Gives the Right 10,000 Orgasms

Saturday
Aug022008

New AiMT Muxtape Account

Friday
Aug012008

Yelle – "Ce Jeu" Video

Thursday
Jul312008

ONE YEAR Y'ALL!1



Ants in My Trance made our first post one year ago today. Since our launch, we've withstood long periods of inactivity, gotten numerous storage accounts shut down, made a few enemies, and spent exorbitant amounts of money just to stay afloat. And we've lived to tell the tale!

Not only have we managed to stay in existence, we've managed to generate nearly a quarter of a million hits. That's 234,081 to be exact (last time we checked anyway). Not bad for a n00b site, eh?

Anyway, that's all I really had to say. We're not popping corks or anything, and I don't want to start sounding like I'm accepting an award. Just wanted to let you know that we've survived a year of this bullshit.

Thursday
Jul312008

Rappers Continue to Provide O'Reilly Factor Talking Points

As far as Obama's campaign goes, rappers are like the toddler who slapped the keyboard off the desk while you were writing your thesis and exclaimed, "Yay! I helped!" Exhibit A:



LUDA! You COMPLETE MAGGOT!!! You should voluntarily have your mouth wired shut until after November.

But in all fairness, this isn't exactly what I was talking about because Ludacris is not part of the crack rap movement. However, I believe Mr. "Move, Bitch / Get Out the Way" is doomed to do more harm than good to this particular campaign. Thoughts?

Wednesday
Jul302008

Yelle – "À Cause des Garçons (iTunes Live)"



As catchy as I find her 2007 Lio-reminiscing debut full length, I never figured Yelle would catch on stateside. It's true enough that Euro bubblegum pop has steadily been on the rise in the U.S. for the past few years. But French-speaking pop? In the states?

Most people around these parts can't even watch a subtitled foreign film without their rotund heads exploding. And non-English-speaking music is thought of to be strictly for the terrorists.

Needless to say, I was very surprised when I learned that Yelle has gotten U.S. distribution. And today, I was utterly amazed to learn that not only is she distributed domestically, she's got a featured iTunes new release. It's a live EP—an "iTunes Live" EP at that. And it's quite good. The EP's five songs don't sound too much different from their album counterparts. They're spiced up with what sounds like some synth meddling and a live drum kit.

This is a longer version of "À Cause des Garçons," which was one of our favorite singles of last year:


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Buy Yelle's iTunes Live: London Festival EP from iTunes.

Tuesday
Jul292008

R. Kelly – "Skin"



U CAINT TOUCH KELLZ LIKE HE FIRE HE AINT STOPPIN EVEN THO HE OLD THAN A MUG HE CUMING OFF WITH NEW BULLWINKEL JU LIKE TEPAIN AND HE AINT SLOWIN DOWN IF U HATIN PLZ STOP


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LOOK OUT TRICK 12PLAY 4TH QTR OUT SOON

Monday
Jul282008

Fat Pimp [ft. Jodean] – "Lollypop"



Dallas rapper Fat Pimp has dropped the 324th southern rap track of 2008 based around the word "lollipop." But unlike his competition, Fat Pimp did the absolutely unimaginable presumable: He sampled "Lollipop" by The Chordettes. And made it vulgar!

(Don't make that face. It had to happen.)

Folks, you better savor this one. It's only once every hour or two that we get to hear a track of this caliber.


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Dallas Observer confirms Fat Pimp has recently inked a deal with Warner Bros.