I have just got back to Don Studios after a fine afternoon hanging out with my lil brother and his lady and their infant child, followed by a fine night with my ole man and his lady. We stayed up till 2:35 watching seventies Top of The Pops repeats and drinking whiskey and cokes, chased down with a cheap Tesco Gaviscon knock off. It was most joyous.
Hey, guess what i got off my my ole man and his lady?! An Iron Man T-Shirt, and ARKHAM CITY. So amazing, This means ALL of my presents this year have been superhero themed.
I am now going to play a bit of Skyrim, then I am going to do a bit of work.
Holy crap, Dexter’s back! What the hell will they do now? Can they top John Lithgow’s bathtub psycho, or Johnny Lee Miller’s Tom Cruise impersonation? Will his sister fall in love with another serial killer? Is the creepy bald guy from the office finally going to be revealed a serial killer? Will Angel wear a toupe? Has that baby started knocking off the other toddlers?
— By Akira The Don on Sunday, September 25th, 2011
Any month that includes a new Akira The Don mixtape is a fine one indeed. ATD 16 is here and as ever it’s free from Akira’s website or for a fiver you can get an individually spray painted CD case complete with your name “Is The Don” on the cover.
Mine featured some wonky spelling and a broken badge, but as if by magic a fresh corrected copy landed on my doormat the next morning.
ATD 16’s easily the best mixtape since ohh… ATD 15, featuring as it does all manner of cover versions, sneak previews of the new album, and general brilliance. On its 20th anniversary NWA’s “Express Yourself” gets reworked East London style with doo-wop, Dot Cotton, and the classic rhyme: “Simmer Simmer, I need a blade for my strimmer“
The Pet Shop Boys “Rent” is also “Don’ed” along with the finest remix of 2008, Akira’s take on Gonzo’s “Working Together“. It’s not all played for laughs, the stark “Eleven In My Mind” is a brooding warning as our civil liberties disappear in the name of fighting “terror”.
Cheers Music Like Dirt!
For you now then, the full singular version of 11 In My Mind Still, complete with intro, outro, and clean fade. Download, acapella and instrumental after the jump.