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  1. kman58

    Week 5: Bracket A - Final Matchup (Voting Closed)

    Unfortunately for me, this was one of the weaker rounds for both of these DJs, and both mixes left me wanting a lot more in many areas. DJ1: This did not feel like as much like a jhummar. There was barely any dhol in there to indicate as such, and I was really looking for some sort of pulse on...
  2. kman58

    Week 4: Bracket A - Matchup 2 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1, great concept and great execution. Not many complaints here. DJ2, same thing to be honest, overall solid work. This one for me comes down to pure subjective taste as these mixes are both good on a technical and musical level. I gotta go with DJ1, it just hit harder with me, but solid work...
  3. kman58

    Week 4: Bracket B - Matchup 3 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1, this had me hype. The transitions were phenomenal and I loved the fast pace of the dhol to keep making the track gun harder and harder. Song choice was lit too, I’m definitely going to be bumping this in the car. Great sampling and well mixed overall. DJ2, there were a lot of technical...
  4. kman58

    Week 4: Bracket B - Matchup 2 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1, tbh most of this mix didn’t make sense to me. I was intrigued in the beginning with the message you were sending but then all semblance of the Pirates instrumental got lost, and the mixing was messy in general. DJ2, that was a really creative use of the buildup into the Manak. This made me...
  5. kman58

    Week 4: Bracket A - Matchup 1 (Voting Closed)

    Dj1, solid use of sampling on the imperial March, I really liked the way you used the main melody in the beats right before the drop and how you let the melody play out throughout the drop in the background. Dj2, would’ve been a much more interesting decision had the songs been pitch matched...
  6. kman58

    Week 3: Bracket B - Matchup 5 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1, started out heavy and just kept gunning from there. Hot mix, a little messy in your mid-range frequencies with a lot of percussive layers going on. Bass was hitting hard though. DJ2, the mix was way too centered and mono with no spatial/stereo depth. If you listen on headphones, there's...
  7. kman58

    Week 3: Bracket B - Matchup 4 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1, the kick and snare pattern were hot, and I loved how heavy that kick was punching. The dhol coming in 12 seconds in was fire too, and I really liked your panning of the hi-hats. However, you lost me on the change to Jazzy B. If it were in key with Sohniya De Laare that would've helped tie...
  8. kman58

    Week 3: Bracket B - Matchup 3 (Voting Closed)

    DJ2, this had so much potential. Super clean mixing, some of the cleanest I've heard this whole ladder thus far probably. My issues with this were lack of dhol and lack of musical variation. You used the same choral melodic theme throughout the entire track, and I felt like it could've...
  9. kman58

    Week 3: Bracket B - Matchup 1 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1 had cleaner mixing of percussion and bassline, and felt more to me like a sapp segment. However, the pitch-shifting was definitely weird and didn't indicate any musicality to me. Also, the kick patterns towards the end (especially on the slow drop) were really monotonous and did not lend...
  10. kman58

    Week 3: Bracket A - Matchup 4 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1, buildup was super hot, but the drop into the first verse had no depth to it. Same with the main drop, super hot buildup but no musical substance in the drop. Maybe another musical layer on those drops, coupled with a subtle hi-hat pattern, could've helped a lot. Mix overall was very clean...
  11. kman58

    Week 3: Bracket A - Matchup 3 (Voting Closed)

    My vote is DJ1, this was hot, no complaints. DJ2, I liked the ideas and buildup, if you mixed this stuff in key (particularly between Tommy Di Jean and Ikko Tera) it would've been a much harder vote.
  12. kman58

    Week 3: Bracket A - Matchup 2 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1 had the beats and tempo to make it feel more like a sapp segment, but I could barely hear the vocals even on my studio headphones. I liked the musicality and clarity in DJ2's, and while I wouldn't necessarily choreograph/dance a sapp segment with a mix that had your tempo variations, I...
  13. kman58

    Week 3: Bracket A - Matchup 1 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1 had the more sapp segment-y feel with the progressive drum patterns and emphasis on dhol. However, the entire mix was out of key in one way or another, and distinctly lacked musicality. DJ2's mix on the other hand, much more musically creative but did not feel like a sapp segment to me. I...
  14. kman58

    Week 2: Bracket B - Matchup 13 (Voting Closed)

    DJ1 for me, loved the cleanliness and creativity
  15. kman58

    Week 2: Bracket B - Matchup 12 (Voting Closed)

    DJ 2 for me, I respect the attempt at layering and keeping it all in key. Also, as clean as DJ1 was, I wasn't a huge fan of some of the effects in there like the stutter.
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