Category Archives: techno

Shed uncovers the intricate world of techno

I kind of disagree with the write-up for this podcast which comes courtesy of our friends over at XLR8R. Whilst Shed’s podcast for the mag is undeniably ‘banging’ in the warehouse sense of the term, he spends a fair degree of time playing around with higher frequencies and using the bass more as a point of punctuation.

For some reason, this mix works remarkably well as a backdrop/counterpart to the stark city lights encountered on a late night drive. Enjoy.

More about Shed on XLR8R

Best of 2010

Finally. Time to get this out before another year passes. Some of the tracks appeared way before 2010, but all rocked my boat over that 12 month chunk.

Enjoy.

Space Bass (Jamie xx’s remix of The xx) – The xx

Running Up That Hill (12″ Mix) – Kate Bush

Paris Is For Lovers – Fet et Moi

Ondulation – Shonky

Grande Torino – Agoria

Let’s All Say Hey! (phantim mashup) – Dennis Ferrer vs. Laidback Luke

Poison Lips – Vitalic

Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix) – Florence and The Machine

These Words (Roska’s Speechless mix) – Martyn ft. dBridge

Cockney Flute (Rusko Remix)

Circulate – 2652

Omen – Prodigy

Solar Sailer (Basic Slack Edit) – Daft Punk

The ilicitronix blog has been on fire – you’ll find a few tracks that came my way from that neon corner of the web. The full list of blogs I regularly plunder, erm, I mean visit are available here.

Happy 2011 to all – keep those ears well-nourished 😉

D-10

This forth installment features a catchy tune called “The Bike Song.”  It’s fun!

D-10

  1. AM / FM – !!!
  2. Odessa – Caribou
  3. On The Lam – Kele
  4. The Bike Song (feat. Kyle Falconer, Spank Rock) – Mark Ronson and the Business Intl
  5. Internet Killed the Video Star – The Limousines
  6. One Life Stand – Hot Chip
  7. I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
  8. Solid Gold – The Golden Filter
  9. Call Your Girlfriend – Robyn
  10. Derezzed – Daft Punk

endless pregnant pause

and so it begins. a right of passage. join the club. the 9th full moon has passed. in folklore it unleashes the sunshine. sunshine is coming.

starting off with a sprinkling of brazilian angel dust in the shape of murucututu (thanks, louise!) before vitalic’s poisin lips tears in. sorry about that. felt like getting this show on the road.

there’s a minor detour through rusko’s wonky dubstep, randanman’s old school take, and some old-school proper in the shape of lfo. i drift towards the end and can’t help rounding off with the ‘last song of the night’ selection. in some ways it’s a tip of the hat towards doc, abby; 10 10 10. in another way, i’m coming clean about my musical preferences in my formative years.

right, i now have another show to get on the road.

tracklisting

Murucututu – Magda Pucci
Poison Lips – Vitalic
Music Sounds Better With You (My!Gay!Husband! EDIT) – Stardust
I Got One (You’re It) – Homework
Mr. Chips – Rusko
Don’t Change For Me – Ramadanman
The Healer – Lazaro Casanova
Paris Is For Lovers – Fet et Moi
LFO [Leeds Warehouse Mix] – LFO
Sex Sax (Dillon Francis Choose Your Adventure Remix) – Drop The Lime
I Wanna Be Your Dog – The Stooges
Bing Bong Bing – MF Borat
Can I Get A – Jay-Z
Endless Love – Diana Ross and Lionel Richie

dark silky grooves from rich gilfedder

sultry and petulant: the bay area, brian wilson from the giants, fall season, half the candidates in the US gubernatorial contest, and to round it off, this classy slice of house music from bournemouth’s rich gilfedder.

i normally sit on the fence around the whole ‘producer as dj’ argument, but rich’s blending, which maintains cohesion yet a slow, steady sprinkling of drama, argues strongly in favor of letting sonic twiddlers venture behind the decks. a music closely related to the warehouse birth of house music (including classic quotes), but redefined through a twitchy, tribal lens.

tracklisting and more info on rich gilfedder on electronic groove

State of independence

New Orleans gatorScouring through the blogs once again on this mix. It’s summer so leaning more in the direction of trance and blissed out beats, setting the scene with an airy reworking of a Florence and the Machine track before traversing a path towards Agoria’s strung out Grande Torino. Tom Stephan beefs things up a little (twiddling Laidback Luke’s knobs) before making a b-line for one of my guilty pleasures: Pryda. Not a big fan of his more effusive chart-aimed offerings (often under the Eric Prydz moniker), I’m surprisingly drawn to his more drawn out tribal journeys. Blaze were a New Jersey duo that came to prominence on the deep house scene in the early 1990’s. I never really took the time to explore them, but ‘Lovelee Day’ is throbby uplifting house at its best.

Once again I turned to the simplicity of Mixmeister Fusion, occasionally turning to mixing by chords but really having fun with the one-touch looping and channel knobs. One laptop and a pair of headphones was all this took. Hope you like the results…

Tracklisting

Cosmic Love (Short Club Remix)- Florence and The Machine
Superhero (Luke Solomon Dub Mix) – The Glass
Raw – DJ Donna Summer
Jungle MCs (Original Web Version) – MarkLam feat MCFreeFlow
Grande Torino – Agoria
Mingpark – Art Konik
My GOD (Tom Stephan Remix) – Laidback Luke
Let’s All Say Hey! (phantim mashup) – Dennis Ferrer vs. Laidback Luke & Diplo
The Kids (feat. Janelle Monae) – B.o.B/Janelle Monae
Dancemachine – Recast DJs
A War Zone (Club mix) – Maestro
Wakanapi (Original Mix) – Pryda
Jeffer (Modeselektor Remix) – Boys Noize
Lovelee Dae – Blaze
BRKLN CLLN – Joy Orbison
I Get Lifted – George McCrae

(BTW, this photo is from our first night in New Orleans wandering down verdant other-worldy Magazine Street. I tell you, you never quite know what to expect in this city. Oh, and the blog post title is a tentative nod towards July 4th… a holiday with mixed emotions for an English man in the US).

Jubilee throws down some serious jump-up jive

I’ve been sitting on this mix for a little while now. I just keep getting pulled back into it. I’d go as far as to say it’s redefining the music I follow and play.

Jubilee is a young turk from Brooklyn who is building up a reputation for serving up some of the rawest beats out there. Picking on producers as diverse as Bok Bok, Wiley, Roska, DJ Eastwood and Schlachthofbronx, the mix starts at pace and just keeps on sizzling.

I love the raw clanging of the French Fries’ Predator (Tomb Crew Remix) as it bleeds into the atonal warblings of WILDLIFE!’s Jumbie. I did start investigating French Fries and came across this stunner on Youtube from the Frenchman:

For more on Jubilee and the full tracklisting, check out XLR8R.

Sety in the mix at Kontrol SF tonight

SetyNot sure if I’m going to make it down tonite. My excuse is too many tasters among the fine wines of Calistoga.

And just in case you don’t make it, you can listen to Sety AKA Circus Company doing his thing on Resident Advisor. Expect a mix delving into the jazzier end of the techno spectrum. Clocking in at over 2 hours, this mix is a true smooooth journey through steamy dubby otherworldy beeps/clicks.

Sit back, light one up and relax. Or shadow dance like it’s 1994.

Rock and roll meets techno and dubstep on Jason Forrest mix

Donna SummerWe start in rock fringes with raw fuzzed out guitar chords leading to Nick Cave’s bastard punk croonings. Before we know it, we’re up to our ears in fringe dance, or as the man Forrest puts it:

“it’s like dubstep finally embraced it’s suburban IDM roots and the result is a freedom of sound that only happens really infrequently”

That man Forrest is an interesting being. According his Wikipedia entry (oh god, is any of it true?), he’s one and the same as Donna Summer and runs the Nightshifters label with DJ Jubilee.

Maybe I’m slow, but this mix was a real grower on me. Much of its charms were lost on my first breeze-through. I’m feeling it stronger now. It’s worth it just for the quite beautiful shake-down into Piotr Kurek’s ‘School Boy’ about 27 mins in.

Just in case you’re interested in any of these sharp tracks, there’s a detailed tracklisting here.

Strange love in Moscow

Well, it all started with this remix of the MJ track ‘Stranger in Moscow’ which was unfamiliar to me as by the time History came out, I’d largely lost interest. Well, that track didn’t even make it onto this mix in the end. I ended venturing a little further leftfield into more tribal territory. Don’t despair, black heart day is only around the corner and I couldn’t resist the Sandcastles remix of that old Robin S Euro-thumper ‘Show me love’. Forgive me, all you purists out there.

For the trainspotter:

Mind Reader (L-Vis 1990 Remix) – Kingdom + Shyvonne
Burning Up – Skream
Trollsta (Egyptrixx Remix) – Dubbel Dutch
Timewarp Dub – Stagga
This Sound Is (Homework Sound Bootcut) – Kid Kaio & Lucky Charmes
Kill 100 (Carl Craig Remix) – X-Press 2
Lucy & Ercolino – So the Nothing Grows Stronger
T’a surdou Dakunt (Lorcan Mak remix) – Dakunt
Radio Slave – Orchestrating Maneuvers in the Dark (M.in & Patrick Lindsey Remix) – Radioslave Patrick Lindsey M.in
Flonko – Version 1 – Steve Angello, AN21
Summertime [Extended Vocal] – Jamie Jones
Grand Central, Part I (Deep Into The Bowel Of House) (MCDE Bassline Dub) – DJ Sprinkles
Love Dub – Cooly G
Sandcastles vs Show Me Love – BORN TO FUNK Edit
1992 – Original Mix – Mendo
Flutesnoot (Brodinski’s B-Live Mix) – Edu K
Erupting Light – Hildur Gudnadottir