Best Classic Mix on a Mainstream Radio Station
School House Knock Fridays
The very thought of turning your radio dial to KMEL on a Friday night and hearing a Madlib cut fading into an exclusive "Flashin' Lights" remix might produce cognitive dissonance. Pinch yourself. It's actually happening. The Oakland Faders' own DJ Mere — who says he's a cousin of the The Wake Up Show's Sway Calloway, and apparently shares Sway's knack for knowing what's hot on the streets and in audio nerd circles — recently garnered his own Friday night slot on the Bay Area's dominant hip-hop station. Though relatively new to the game, he launched what has to be the station's best mix show, if only because Mere plays all the B-sides, flashbacks, and rarities that you'd normally hear on pirate or college radio. Since KALX's beloved Cultural Affairs broadcast got bumped from its long-held Sunday morning slot, the School House Knock has become an improbable but workable replacement, particularly for heads who favor mixes with a real groove and choice song selection. For anyone with an aversion to Clear Channel, DJ Mere also runs an Imeem station with some killin' Snoop mash-ups (check out the funk vamp he sets against "Drop It Like Its Hot"). Obviously this DJ's sensibility is real underground, but his beats always slap hard enough to suit a mainstream palette.