Monday, February 29, 2016

eloy oy oy

audio - composed in 1980

performed in 1994 (live recording from the "Warsaw Autumn" festival Polish-Radio)

the video certainly looks exactly like it was made around the same time as FSOL Lifeforms / "Dead Cities"

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Saturday, February 20, 2016

London's Dreaming - Woebot's History of Hardcore

the nuttah Woebot with 5 hour epic mix of the greatest music of our time -

here he explains

London is Dreaming track-list in full:

Rhythm Section - Dreamworld
Urban Shakedown - Bass Shake
A Guy Called Gerald - The Musical Magical Midi Machine
Nookie - Give A Little Love
The House Crew - Keep The Fire Burning
4 Hero - Ghost Stories
Ephemerol - 456
MI7 - Rockin’ Down The House
The Brothers Grimm - Exodus
Hyper-On Experience - Assention
Sy-Kick - Follow Me
Sub Love - Maniac Music
Foul Play - Feel The Vibe
Body Snatch - The Strength
Foul Play - Dubbing You
Rufige Kru - Kemistry
Noise Factory - All Crew
Yolk - Music 4 Da People
DJs Unite - Bass Penetrates
Psychotropic - Hypnosis (SL2 Remix)
Andy C - Never Felt This Way
A Guy Called Gerald - The Freak Inside
Q Bass - Funky Hardcore
D’Cruze - What A Rush
Neuromancer of Structural Damage - Pennywise
Wax Doctor - The Stalker
Tango - Timebomb
Bay-B-Kane - Bagpipes in Effect
Timelapse - Sued For a Sample
DJ Rap And Aston - Feel The Magic
Ekude - Common Sensi
DJ Crystl - Suicidal
Hyper-On Experience - Disturbance
Noise Factory - We Have It
Body Snatch - Tuffness
A Guy Called Gerald - Darker Than I Should Be
4 Hero - Journey From The Light
The House Crew - Maniac (The Final Conflict)
Ruffige Cru - Ghosts of My Life
Foul Play - Finest Illusion
Manix and Rufige Cru - You Held My Hand
Noise Factory - Can You Feel The Rush
Doc Scott - Street Knowledge
Trinity - Chapter 19
DJ Hype - Come Again
Dillinja - Untitled
The Whitehouse Crew - Anonymous
Underground Software - Music Maker Possee
Tayla - Remnants
Flatliner - The Big Bang
DJ Kane - Lost
Smokey Joe - Shining Remix
Randall and Andy C - Feel It
International Rude Boyz - Paragone
DJ Solo - Deal Wid It
L Double - What Am I Gonna Do?
AK47 - Body Candone
DJ Flynn and DJ Flora - Jungle Love
Aladdin - We Enter
Noise Factory - Feel The Magic
Fusion - Love for the World Part 2
Roni Size - Fresh
Dillinja - Stompers Delight
Dillinja - Deep Love Remix
Cold Mission - Drug Store Rude Boy
Deep Blue - Helicopter (Rufige Kru Remix)
Low Key Movements - Come Cross!!
Koda - The Deep
DJ Crystl - Crstylize
Gappa G and Hypa Hyper - Roach is Burning
Charlie Recall - Submerged
DJ Nut Nut + Pure Science - The Rumble
DJ SS - Black
DJ Pulse - Stay Calm (Foul Play Remix)
Shimon - Within Reason (Liftin’ Spirits Remix)
Cool Hand Flex - Melody Madness
808 State - Azura (Dillinja Remix)
Maldini - Daze
DJ Die - Play It For Me
Glamour Gold - You Can Run
Firefox - Bass-switch
Capone - Mysteries of The Deep
Firefox - Bonanza Kid 

Thursday, February 18, 2016

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

benge me, shape me (blame it on the buchla)

Forms Five - Shapes In Space-is a  new album by Benge as part of his series of retro-future explorations of particular synthesisers from the early history of electronic music.

from the blurb:

"This album was made using a Buchla 100 modular synthesiser system from the 1960s

"No other sound sources were used, or any external processing. The pieces were built up by layering different tracks upon each other, a technique known as 'sound on sound' recording

"I deliberately wanted to avoid using regular harmonic, melodic and rhythmic elements on this record, preferring to let the Buchla speak its own very particular language

another Buchla bonanza, from the original era

Morton Subotnik explains his own Buchla system

Monday, February 15, 2016

the nuum - the MC's version

listen to  Durty shift his angle of vocal attack  - speed and timbre too - as the beats change across time - a capsule of continuum history

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

recreativity - the darkcore chapter

two re-takes on the classic Boogie Times Tribe "The Dark Stranger"

from the '93 Remix Project - fan remakes and reproductions of hardcore tunes

following the same approach more or less as Kniteforce man Luna C's reconstructions of ardkore classics - i.e. finding new and cleaner sources for the constitutent samples....   but less tied to exact reproduction

this one is excellent i think...

ah here is Luna C getting the same treatment he dealt out

Takes some steelclad bollocks to risk taking on this sacred text!

done a really good job though

another case of "classic, meet temerity"

rather faithfully treated, that one - bit kidglove. seems to be going for exact reproduction with superclean sample-sources?

ooh gosh, i almost don't want to hear what's been done to this personal ab fav

it's more boppy and bouncy but the atmosphere isn't there - and the diva ain't right. bold effort though. beats get interesting in the middle part.

another Big Tune, taken on

ooh and another personal fave - as featured on the Energy Flash CD

this next a liberal interpretation, not wholly lovable

and the mighty Helicopter Tune, retrofitted

Simon Harris I think having the biggest success rate here overall...

Criminy cripes, there's a project for '92 too

have to explore that one on a less busy day...

ooh some ruff 'n' weird bonus beats

Monday, February 8, 2016

"If I could just No U Turn back time" - 20 years since techstep

Pearsall with a mix of nothing but techstep and nothing but No U Turn -  #6 of his 780 project

Actually not nothing but No U Turn in the sense that there's other labels on it, but nearly every track involves someone from the No U Turn stable either as lead credit or collaborator or on the remix tip. Or let's say heavily indebted to No U Turn.

Pearsall's spiel about the mix here - along with an old review of mine of the Techsteppin' comp

01. Dom & Optical – Quadrant Six (Fierce Remix) (Audio Couture)
02. Ed Rush & Nico – Technology (No U-Turn)
03. Ed Rush & Nico – Technology (Boymerang Remix) (No U-Turn)
04. Jon The Dentist – France (DJ Trace vs Ed Rush Remix) (Tec)
05. Ed Rush – Skylab (Metalheadz)
06. Optical – The Shining (Metro)
07. Ed Rush & Optical – Slip Thru (Virus)
08. Dom & Roland – The Planets (Moving Shadow)
09. Ed Rush – Subway (Prototype)
10. Ed Rush – Check Me Out (Emotif)
11. Ed Rush – What’s Up (No U-Turn)
12. Ed Rush, Nico & Fierce – Mad Different Methods (Nu Black)
13. Rollers Instinct – Haze (Emotif)
14. Bad Company & Trace – Nitrous (Bad Company)
15. Dom & Roland – The Storm (Moving Shadow)
16. Ed Rush, Optical & Fierce – Alien Girl (Prototype)
17. Usual Suspects – Killa Bees (Fierce & Optical Remix) (Renegade Hardware)
18. Ed Rush & Optical – Fixation (Virus)
19. Ed Rush – Sabotage (Metalheadz)
20. Ed Rush, Trace, Fierce, Nico & Optical – Edtrafienical (Sublogic)
21. Boymerang – Still (Dom & Optical VIP Mix) (White)
22. Nico – Lo (No U-Turn)
23. Ed Rush – Defect (No U-Turn)
24. Ed Rush & Nico – Proton (No U-Turn)
25. Trace & Nico – Area 51 (Volume)
26. Genotype – Extra-Terrestrial (Dom & Roland Remix) (Renegade Hardware)
27. Dom & Roland – Thunder (Moving Shadow)
28. DJ Trace – Sonar (Ed Rush & Optical VIP) (DSCI4)
29. Bad Company & Trace – Flashback (Tumpa) (Bad Company)
30. Fortran – The End Part II (31 Records)

Great selection if I was to point out one heinous ommission it would be - 

Fellow traveler wise I mourn the absence of "Shadow Boxing" and "Metropolis"

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

"big up all ghetto youth"

Drumtrip's Law with a Hidden Agenda mix  - all Hidden Agenda and nothing but

Hidden Agenda: an act I associate with d&b's mature peak of artistry, soundtrackizm + criss beats.

"Is It Love?" is the track that I thought was amazing - so so cinematic - the intro "big up - big up - big up - big up all ghetto youth"... , that sidling sneaky B-line, the Think-age, the whispery voices then ooh the whiiiiisk dissolve to a different groove altogether .... the Moog curlicues.... the Rhodes keys... the horns in the hall of mirrors...

I had "Is It Love?" on tape for quite a while before it came out on vinyl - off of a Grooverider show on Kiss FM?

See also God Is No Longer A DJ's piece on Whatever Happened to Hidden Agenda


and something from the Now

‘The Sound of Durban Vol.1’ represents the first full length compilation collecting the sound of the suburbs and townships of Durban, South Africa known as “gqom”. The album unites many of the local young producers of this fresh genre over 15 tracks on double LP and digital (with four bonus tracks) released via the Gqom Oh! label on 29th January 2016. 

The result of Rome-based DJ and musician Nan Kolè teaming up with South Africa-based Lerato Phiri, the Gqom Oh! label was set up to highlight the music and artists of Durban, the often overlooked cradle of the new South African sound. Speaking to The FADER in October this year, Kolè says of Phiri “Thanks to her work the artists I was interested in had greater trust in a stranger who contacted them from Italy to promote a kind of music that even South African promoters don't want to promote or to enter the club.” 

Derived from an onomatopoeic Zulu word signifying a drum, “gqom” - in the local slang - “iz da sound u get wen u drop a rock on tiles”. This extraordinary, apocalyptic bass music encompasses many influences. Each polyrhythmic track draws on the darker side of electronic music, hip hop, soundsystem culture, kwaito, UK funky and deep tribal African vibrations. As Kolè puts it: “You can feel the troubled history of South Africa. It’s riot music." Tied to a specific dance called bhenga, gqom happens in a DIY-oriented universe, grafting organic and homemade samples on sourced software to create this wholly unique sound. The label’s greater aim is to invest in much needed technology to help build a local creative infrastructure. 

‘The Sound of Durban Vol.1’ features a host of local talent including Julz Da DeeJay, Cruel Boyz, Citizen Boy and Formation Boyz. This compilation was preceded by a 12” EP release in summer 2015 described by Hyponik as “thunderous prime time music” and Complex said “it surely won't be long until clubs across the UK are shaken by this new South African sound”. Resident Advisor’s review mentioned “these three tracks muster up a hulking sound out of very few elements, and they do it without coming off macho or alienating—an achievement on its own”. 

South Africa is a unique case in the African continent, a place of the soul that has no equal: so strongly western and so deeply African at the same time. With its mix of ethnic tradition and urban tension it has been a cradle of cultural phenomena. In its own way it is a country of great wealth, particularly rich of contradictions, yet 20 years after the end of apartheid little appears to have changed for the millions of black people that live in its notorious townships. It is from this background that innovations are continually being injected into the living body of the local music culture. The heartbeat of Durban is gqom.

d&b 2016

triffic mix of gnarly and bashy contemporary D&B - slammingly monolithic and fluid-foldy-bendy all at once

Sully - ROTTEN [Sam Binga Rmx] (Rua Sound dub)
Gremlinz & Overlook - DREAM LOGIC (UVB-76 dub) 
Antidote - LONGERS [Pessimist Rmx] (Rupture LDN) 
Jonny L - TREADING (XL) 
Spirit - REQUEST LINE (Rupture LDN dub)
Nucleus & Paradox - CREATOR (Esoteric)
Module 8 - LEGACY (Exit) 
Sully - ROTTEN (Rua Sound dub)
Rumbleton - DFOA (dub) 
Digital - ZION (Function dub) 
Acid Lab - DEDICATION (dub) 
Digital - TEACHER(Foundation X dub) 
Champa B - PAST AND PRESENT (Criterion dub)
Double O - DEAD HEROES (dub)

(via Woebot)