Between managing his label Dirtybird Records, being a pioneer in tech house music, and playing festivals around the world, it would seem that Claude VonStroke has his hands full. But the LA producer still somehow finds time for side projects, and he just released his second mixtape under his real name, Barclay Crenshaw. "Transmission 002" features a mix of "old school classics, forthcoming releases, exclusive edits, and more," according to the man himself.
Barclay has said that he first fell in love with hip-hop before creating the sound Dirtybird is known for, and the classic rap songs in this mix are a testament to that. The mix starts off with the legendary "Eric B. Is President" by Eric B. & Rakim before it takes the listener on a journey crossing multiple genres. The bass heavy hip-hop carries the vibe throughout the 40-minute mix, where he weaves between trap, dubstep, grime, and other aggressive drops.
Hip-hop legends like Big Boi, MF Doom, Royce da 5'9" and JME are placed between these different styles, but the talented Barclay Crenshaw seamlessly makes them all fit together. One of the highlights in the mix is around the 26:30 mark where he flips Bon Iver's slow and meloncholy "715 – CRΣΣKS" into a danceable track filled with snares and auto-tune. We can't wait to hear more from him regardless of the alias he uses, and are looking forward to Claude's next original track next month. Enjoy!