Sunday, 4 July 2010

Young Montana? Ballast Presents Guest Mix

Fantastic. I absolutely love it when you get something you just don't expect, and all the better when that certain something is ridiculously good. This afternoon I got sent a brand new mix by Young Montana? in advance of Friday's Ballast Presents event, which after listening to this mix, you will not want to miss. I've only had chance to give the 45:18 minute mix a couple of listens in the last couple of hours, but I've already grown to love the work. As soon as I heard the opening 'You Still Believe In Dee', taken from Bullion's brilliant mixtape 'Pet Sounds: In The Key Of Dee' (a mash up of the Beach Boys and J Dilla as you can probably tell from the title), I knew I was in for a real treat with Young Montana's latest offering.

Montana? provides a glitch drenched mix which is so well put together, each track smoothly fading into another, and before you know it time is up, and you've been on one hell of a musical journey. It could have been easier for Montana? to just stick with glitch-hop artists, but he reaches beyond the boundaries and picks two great tracks, Mount Kimbie's 'Maybes' and Fantastic Mr. Fox's 'BrickAbrac' respectively, which lend the sounds of the post-dubstep movement to the mix, giving it that added sense of variety. Montana? himself provides a few unknown tracks within the mix which fill me with anticipation for future releases, sounding great next to the established works of Hudson Mohawke (Polkadot Blues') and Flying Lotus ('Do The Astral Plane'). Of course I'm not familiar with all the tracks in the mix, so take a look at the tracklist below for Montana's? brilliant selections.

Young Montana? Ballast Mix Tracklist:

BULLION - You Still Beleive in Dee
Young Montana? - Midnight Snacks
NABO - Parkinlot Pimpin
SHLOHMO - Tomato Smash
BUSTA RHYMES - Touch It (acapella)
FANTASTIC MR FOX - Brick-a-brac
EGYPTRIXX - Hexagon Ya
KUEDO - Starfox
LANDLORD (Groundislava)- Animal
J DILLA - On Stilts
HUDSON MOHAWKE - Polkadot Blues
FLYING LOTUS - Do The Astral Plane
16BIT - Chainsaw Calligraphy
DEM HUNGER - Electric Shithole
DARKSTAR - Videotape
DORIAN CONCEPT - The Fucking Formula
AMANDA BLANK - Might Like You Better (acapella)
DADDY KEV - First Things Last
Young Montana? - Estrangered

You can download the mix now by clicking here. To hear the sounds of Young Montana? in the mix live then make sure you're at Plan B (Brixton) on Friday for the first ever Ballast Presents night. The line-up for the event is looking great, with Montana? playing alongside some of the best names in UK Bass music in the form of Kavsrave, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Mosca and Darkstar. The guys promoting and organising the event have done a great job in getting such a talented line-up, and hopefully this will be the first of many great nights thrown by Ballast. Get your tickets now at, and join the events group on facebook for further information on upcoming events (

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