This Will Destroy You's Donovan Jones Shares His New Chopped and Screwed Mix.
By Pete on Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 5:07 PM
Last week, This Will Destroy You bassist and ridiculously obsessive hip-hop fan (you'd be hard-pressed to find a touring rap show he doesn't attend in Dallas) passed along to us at CTHQ a pet project he'd spent the past month or so somewhat secretly crafting. He called the almost 50-minute-long mix of chopped and altered tunes currently dominating the radio landscape Cotton Magic, and to be sure, it's an alluring, if somewhat head-scratching, offering.
Jones is quick to explain the curiosity factor at least: "I imagine [people are] gonna wonder why a white boy would do [this]," he said while passing along the link to a stream of his creation. "[But] I grew up watching BET because my parents blocked MTV." And so his lifelong hip-hop obsession was born -- even while, as a musician, his band efforts compelled him to follow a different creative path.
Still, to hear Jones tell it, maybe there isn't such a huge different between his adoration for hip-hop and his efforts in making This Will Destroy You sound to deep and vast.
"As far as I'm concerned, [This Will Destroy You] makes slow jams," he says. "I love slow jams. I love big bass and seeing people pass out from it. On our last record, Tunnel Blanket, one of our goals was to make it as bass-heavy as possible using many different methods. Screw music and rap music was and is still a large factor in how we approach dynamics. We like that the music literally hits you. The bangers on this mixtape will hit you [like that]."
And he simply chose the tracks he manipulates on the mix because, in listening to Dallas hip-hop radio, certain songs hit him in that same very way.
"Dude, the production for rap and R&B tracks has gotten so much more interesting lately," he says of his mainstream radio single fandom at the moment. "They chop the tracks up so much now-- especially when they gotta turn an explicit track into a radio edit. Not only on the production aspect, either. The live DJs at 97.9 and 104.5 make some of the most dissonant-sounding mash-ups I have ever heard. Seriously, if someone were to just switch to the station during a segue, it would disorient them right off the highway. That shit is tight."
And, he hopes, so too is this new mix.
"It's a mixtape for poking hoes," Jones says of the mix, and not even joking in the slightest. "I just love Dallas radio and a lot of these tracks are currently hot. I dunno. That's all I got."
In our opinion, that's plenty.
This mix goes hard.
BLACK TAFFY - THEM THATS GOT
MISSY ELLIOTT - BEEP ME 911
J. COLE - NOBODY'S PERFECT
BRANDY FT. CHRIS BROWN - PUT IT DOWN
FRANK OCEAN FT. ANDRE 3000 - PINK MATTER
CHRIS BROWN - SWEET LOVE
JUICY J - BANDS A MAKE HER DANCE
BEYONCE - DANCE FOR YOU
MISSY ELLIOTT - HOT BOYZ
AALIYAH - ARE YOU THAT SOMEBODY