Tonight: DJ RNDM and Robotkid at the Middlesex

Learn from our mistakes: as this guy and this guy might lead you to believe, DJ RNDM is not pronounced "DJ R.N.D.M.," it's  actually "DJ Random," though we've also been introduced to him as just plain "Todd." Fortunately, we never fucked up any of his names to his face. Now you won't either.

Whatever you want to call the young crate-digger, his DJ ID is certainly appropriate for his mixtape style, which hasn't been honed in software clicks or Vegas Audio licenses, but direct from the decks. Yep, his recorded mixes are all live vinyl blends, though he does admit to a little post-production multi-tracking "to keep the energy up in a way that is technically impossible with just two turntables." That technique ends up with a classic late-'80s anthem like Soggy-Bizkit-grandfather "Walk This Way" sutured next to INXS's suicide-pop hit "Tonite" for a number the kid's logically christened, "Walk This Way Tonite." Or the first 1:45 of the sexy-people-dance "Push It" overlayed with a minute of "When Doves Cry" that's something strange called, "When Doves Push It." Unlike most dance-party sprangers (except maybe these guys), kid's also got a crazily nasty hankering for mixing classic-rock prom songs with Top 40 jukebox mainstays: "Another One Bites the Dust" spliced with "Hot in Herre"? Nas's "It Aint Hard To Tell" a cappella over Led Zeppelin's "All of My Love"? Doesn't always make sense, but somehow RNDM makes it work.

RNDM's almost done with his new CD, so as a little appetizer, he's offering his entire debut release ...this is rndm as a downloadable .zip file from his Web site. It includes all the aforementioned mixes (don't call them "mash-ups" or you will be killed!), along with Missy Elliot cussing out Payless-Shoe-shopping ho's over Young MC's "Bust a Move," plus tons more.

He's also got this A/V partnership with that ever-endearing VJ, Robotkid. Tonight, they're doubling up for some tag-team audio-visual coordinated action in which they use, quoth the young Robot, "are using special vinyl records wired to our laptops to mix music videos" at the Middlesex Lounge. Little known fact about the Middlesex: don't stand on the square seats or they will (try to) bounce your ass out of there. (Robot is a witness.) Again, please learn from our mistakes.

DOWNLOAD: DJ RNDM's ...this is rndm (link to .zip file page on

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