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Podcast 128: Mike 2600's Minneapolis Mix

Minneapolis might not be known for its electronic music scene, but for the Minneapolis edition of our City Guide podcast series, the City of Lakes' Mike 2600 shows us that there is a secret aural history hiding in all those frozen bodies of water. From the sexy synth-pop of Prince and the off-kilter folktronica of Dosh to the proto-college rock of The Replacements and the '80s funk of The Jets, Minneapolis actually has a more interesting music history than more traditionally 'seductive' music towns. The current hip-hop scene keeps things interesting, too, as evidenced by all the Rhymesayers tracks featured in the mix. Mike 2600—who also runs the design outfit Burlesque of North America—has been DJing in the area since 2003, where he constantly works the decks with a mix of hip-hop, disco, electro, and funk. Producing psychedelic hip-hop as well, he'll be making several appearances at this week's SXSW. You can check out his schedule here, or better yet, follow him on his Twitter.

01 Frisco Disco intro
02 Twin City Rapper "Twin City Rapp" (Twin Town)
03 FiC "I Rep Minnesota"
04 I Self Devine "Ice Cold" (Rhymesayers)
05 Freeway & Jake One "Throw Your Hands Up" (Rhymesayers)
06 Brother Ali "The Magnificent" (Rhymesayers)
07 Willie & The Bumblebees "Dipstick" (Sweet Jane Limited)
08 Herb Pilhofer "Tuna Helper" (Sound 80)
09 Big Quarters "Wipe the Dust feat. Crescent Moon"
10 Big Quarters & Mux Mool "Dragon Princess"
11 Dosh "You Can't Make Me Cry" (Anticon)
12 Alexander O'Neal "What's Missing" (Tabu)
13 Gigamesh "Red Light feat. Amanda Love"
14 BK-One & Benzilla "Tema do Canibal feat. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble" (Rhymesayers)
15 P.O.S. "Savion Glover" (Rhymesayers)
16 Mike 2600 "Now Here's a Funky Beat" (Crossfaded Bacon)
17 Fog "Ditherer" (Lex)
18 P.O.S. "Bleeding Hearts Club (acapella) feat. Slug" (Rhymesayers)
19 Fog "Ditherer" (Lex)
20 Morris Day & The Time "I Don't Wanna Leave You" (Warner Bros)
21 S.O.S. Band "Take Your Time (Do It Right)" (Tabu)
22 The Jets "Crush On You" (MCA)
23 Prince "Take Me With U" (WEA)
24 Alpha Consumer "Lifesize Voodoo Doll" (Staticstation)
25 Mike 2600 "Fuck You Pay Me"
26 Belles of Skin City "A Case of Rather Unfortunate Stage Presence" (Totally Gross National Product)
27 Jimmy 2 Times "Errbody Drunk" (BRLSQOTHEQUE)
28 The Litter "Action Woman" (Scotty)
29 The Replacements "Left of the Dial" (Sire)
30 Atmosphere "Scapegoat" (Rhymesayers)
31 Twin City Rapper "Twin City Rap (reprise)" (Twin Town)
32 New Kids on the Glock "When Doves Cry"

16 comments Mike 2600's Minneapolis Mix

C-Rocka (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 03/18/2010 - 21:13

NEW KIDS ON THE GLOCK! Best way to end this mix. Great work Mike!

manny-loc (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 08:48

Solid, varied and proper. this mix is my new pillow.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 03/19/2010 - 17:29


Spastikwax (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 03/20/2010 - 18:39

I love this mix, great stuff. I think I just got to third base with it. I gotta disagree with "Minneapolis not being known for it's electronic music scene", tho.

Levi Leviticus (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 17:17

Well done way to rep. MN
- repn it hard! -

Amanda Love (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 03/23/2010 - 17:35

damn mike.. this is perfect hah THXX! <3

Abjekt (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 04:31

Ridiculous mix, lots of fun listening to this.

MPLS Stand Up!

Mike (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 03/24/2010 - 09:10

Thanks for all the great feedback! This was a daunting task given all of the great music that's come out of our city. Volumes 2, 3, and beyond are definitely going to happen.

Spastikwax - there is a lot of good electronic music / DJing happening here in Minneapolis (Señor Stereo, DVS1, Daniel Paul, etc) but compared to cities like Detroit, Chicago, NY, Berlin, and Paris, which are known for creating entire electronic music genres, it's tough to say that our city is known for electronic music. I'm happy just to say Prince is from here!

- M 2600

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 03/25/2010 - 14:34

How about Think Tank and/or Insoc?

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 03/29/2010 - 08:25

yall dumb as hell minneapolis been reppin electro hard. dubstep up le ying lately and more on the way. the come up!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 03/30/2010 - 14:23

"Minneapolis might not be known for its electronic music scene."

way to diss mpls right from the start.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 03/30/2010 - 14:37

Paul Birken, Tonewrecker, DVS1, HUSH, Centrific, INTELLEPHUNK, DJ Apollo, Woody McBride, Communique Records, Dustin Zahn, Enemy Records.

we're not detroit, we're not chicago, we're mpls.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 04/03/2010 - 15:48

Wait Dustin Zahn is from MN? That's fucking awesome. I had to move to LA before I even know of him!

By the way, the MPLS music scene is so tight-knit and close. Everyone in the city supports what each other is doing and it's really nice. Not a lot of cities have that sense of family

DVS1 (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 04/07/2010 - 19:53

Nice mix mike!!! and thanks for the love! We got your back!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 04/08/2010 - 14:39

mmmmmmm while i think this is a sweet mix and i disagree with the "mpls isn't known for its electronic music" biz, we need to get past the Prince thing people... i love the dude but come on! Mpls is more than Prince!!
that's all- back to the music!

michel le gras (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 06/10/2010 - 15:08

ca claque grave gros :)

very interesting. great thanks.

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