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Archive for July, 2011

Exploring The Deep With Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction, a sub-label of Berlin’s Basic Channel, explores the deeper, more experimental side of techno, especially dub techno. I first came upon one of their tunes on a Cio D’Or mix, and had to look them up. I found a post by Graphite North, and as part of their Unseen Selectors series, they compiled a mix of Chain Reaction tunes. Extremely well done. More info, listen & download HERE.

Avoiding The Edge of Disaster: The Decline of DJing In The Digital Age

I’ve been wanting to write this article for a few months now, but every time I sat down to write it, I was never fully satisfied with my approach. Every next time I sat down at my computer to try and write the new version, I was glad I hadn’t written anything because so much had changed. Well now it’s about time. Last year, I wrote an article titled A Wake Up Call For All You Vinyl Snobs. I was basically stating the obvious: embrace technology. But looking back on it I was being overly optimistic and naive, and pretty much trying to rationalize my own laziness.

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Old Favorite: Shedding The Past

I just got this album on vinyl and have fallen in love with it all over again. I’ve been a big Shed fan for a while. His distinct techno is uncompromising yet smooth and emotional, reminiscent of old-school rave  without being overly nostalgic. “Shedding The Past” received largely great reviews and was up for a potential album of the year. Techno in the album format is always quite a unique experience, for better or for worse, but this album is proof that the techno album format is here to stay. “Estrange” is a timeless track.

Intro
Another Wedged Chicken
Flat Axe
The Lower Upside Down
Slow Motion Replay
Waved Mind / Archived Document
That Beats Everything!
ITHAW
Estrange
Ostrich-Mountain-Square

Axel Boman Remixes Agaric

Ovum Recordings has just released Axel Boman’s remix of Agaric’s “No Way I Know I Feel.” This remix strips down the original, combining  a soothingly hypnotic bass line with warm subtle synths. To spice things up a bit, chopped-up disco-house interjects throughout the tune, surprising but never out of place.

A Lady’s Touch: Live With Dinky

Dinky will always hold a special place in my heart (music only section): she was the first DJ I ever saw at Panorama Bar. Maybe it was my excitement towards the venue , but her set that night sound was incredible. I just came across her set at at Fabric, London, where she played two months ago. I’ve been playing this mix non-stop, a perfect summer blend of upbeat house.

Dinky Live @ Fabric, London – 28-05-2011 by R_co

Current Favorite: “Gamma Player” by Jeff Mills

You hear a good tune, but you experience a great one. When I’m experiencing a great tune, there’s no way to describe it other than my mind goes numb, I can’t think or focus on anything else as the back of my spine tingles. There are only a select few songs that do it for me. I first heard this one a few days ago. While I immediately liked it, it was a day or two before it really started to grow on me.

This track comes off of Mills’ “Gamma Player Compilation Vol. 1 – The Universe By Night”, a 16 track collection from the man himself. Words from album artwork:

OUT OF THE DARKNESS
COMES A NEW FORCE,

A FORCE OFTEN KNOWN, BUT RARELY SEEN
TO THOSE WHO FEEL THE URGE TO VENTURE
BEYOND THE LANDSCAPES OF IMAGINATION.

AS THE ADVENTURER, YOU MERELY
STEP TO GREATER HEIGHTS TO
MANICURE YOUR SWEETER SENSE
FOR ENCHANTMENT BY ANY MEANS
NECESSARY.

YOU PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF
POSSIBILITIES AS THE ENERGY OF
A SINGLE DREAM AMOUNTS TO A
LIFETIME OF EXOTIC TRAVELS.

THE TIME HAS COME.
A NEW PHASE HAS BEGUN.

THE GAMMA PLAYER
ARRIVES.

Or as Mills’ puts it, “it’s about all the risks that people take in their lives, every day, to make a better place.”

Listen to the original HERE, or the live version with the Montpelier Philharmonic Orchestra HERE. This track alone is a testament to his genius.

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