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5 mixes worth checking out on Soundcloud and YouTube

February 12, 2016 Leave a comment

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I listen to quite a bit of mixes in addition to making my own for multiple Soundcloud channels. Like everyone, I find good ones, but also, not so memorable ones but I’ve made a little top 5 of mixes I often go back to listen to.

The first mix, is well, a Detroit techno mix, that was recorded by a random guy on vinyl in the mid 90’s. This dudde is probably the most proper DJ I’ve heard in a long time! The days when you needed physical records to mix and beat matching wasn’t a 100 % accurate science. The mix has some technical mistakes but it makes it even more interesting in my opinion. Shame about the no tracklisting but this mix is an absolute gem and a kick ass techno mix. Lots of techno classics in there like : Hi-Tech Jazz by Galaxy 2 Galaxy, then Green velvet Destination Unknown, then it’s Slam – Positive education, a couple of other tracks I was able to ID : X-102 – Intro (X-102), Jeff Mills Step to enchantment, The bells, Cycle30 (A3-loop) again by Mills, Surgeon – Magneze, Dave Clarke – Wisdom To The Wise (Red 2) (Robert Hood Remix), The Advent, Regis, Dave Angel, all in all a throwback party in memory lane, circa 1995 ! One word : WOW ! The Martian – Firekeeper and Nocturbulous Behaviour by Suburban Knight are two Detroit classics that he threw in there. What’s even more impressive is the mix he did between the actual mix and clips from different SF movies.

The clips used are from these movies :

Saturn 3
Space Truckers
Galaxy of Terror
Planet of the Vampires
Lifeforce
Battle Beyond the Stars
Forbidden Planet

The second and third mixes are from Cio d’or, a German DJ who’s incredibly talented, and should be more known in my opinion. Real name Cio Dorbandt, she’s uncompromising in the music that she mixes. It’s top notch minimal mostly, but in the Boiler room (a DJ gimmick – DJs that pay to play there – that repulses me by the way, sometimes interesting though…) mix she’s adding quite a lot of melodies on top of 4/4 minimal techno. Absolute mesmerizing mix. The second mix was done in collaboration with Donato Dozzy, the famous and VERY gifted Italian producer also known for his alias Voices from the lake, hailed as the best album on RA in 2012. This mix has a stunning progression but sadly comes without a tracklist. The only tracks I was able to recognize were Dreamfish – Underwater and Monolake – Mass transit railways from the Hong kong album in 1996 on Chain reaction. The third mix on this list is a mix done for the DJ series of DJ Pete aka Substance who works at Hardwax in Berlin. If you read this and don’t know what Hardwax is then a) You’re not knowledgeable in techno or b) you’re new to genre so educate yourself and visit their site! This mix was done by Milton Bradley though, it’s a great journey into electro, old and new. The first four tracks almost gets you in Space, while the rest of the mix is solid.

Last mix is from EDM star Diplo but here in a completely different mode, totally rare groove : soul & funk. Diplo got stoned and mixed really old records for half an hour.  Great mellow psychedelic mix. Jimi Hendrix, Donavan, and Jefferson airplane most notably.

1.Detroit techno Space mix

 

 

2. Cio d’or : Boiler Room TV April, 15th 2015

Tracklisting :

1) Cio D´Or _ hecto (sounds) _ Semantica 73Y
2) Plaster _ Libra _ Stroboscopic Artefacts 015
3) Irradiation _ Magnetic Monopole _ Temp Records
4) Martyn Hare _ Unforgiving (Bombardier Rmx) _ K1971
5) Cassegrain _ Distil _ Prologue
6) Moritz von Oswald _ Jam _ Honest Jon´s Records
7) N.d. _ Serial Surroundings (Poly) _ Black String Records
8) Mike Parker _ Ringing Bass _ Prologue
9) Mike Parker _ Polar Vortex _ Mote-Evolver
10) Sleeparchive _ Meson _ zzz
11) Sleeparchive _ Hospital 4 _ zzz
12) Mike Parker _ Currents _ Tsunami Records
13) Mike Parker _ Lustration Eleven (Edit Select Rmx)
_ Prologue
14) Mike Parker _ XavRmx _ unreleased
15) Cio D´Or _ XXXIII _ Semantica 73
16) Planetary Assault System _ The Eyes Themselves
_ Mote-Evolver
17) Heiko Laux _ Souldancer (Ray Kajioka Rmx)
_ Kanzleramt
18) Obtane _ Signs of Kinetic Posession (Mike Parker Rmx _
Unreleased
19) Paul Brtschitsch _ Sightdraft _ Fusion Records
20) Function _ Immolare _ Sandwell District
21) Shifted _ Arrangement in Monochrome _ Avianmusic
22) Cio D´Or _ tomorrow was yesterday _ Semantica 73
23) Cio D´Or _ XLIV for Mike _ Semantica 73

3. Cio DOr and Donato Dozzy–J

4.Milton Bradley : wax_treatment_podcast_035 

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5. Diplo : got stoned and mixed really old records for half an hour

0:00 The Freak Scene-Grok!

1:36 The Dutch Rhythm & Steel Show Band-Down By The River (Neil Young Cover)

3:55 Donovan-Get Thy Bearings

5:45 The Common People-Soon There’ll Be Thunder

7:55 Jimi Hendrix-Hey Baby

12:45 Dorothy Ashby-For Some We Loved

16:30 Rotary Collection-I Am The Black Gold of the Sun (Hey Love)

20:31 ???-???

23:00 US69-2069 (A Spaced Oddity)

28:00 Jefferson Airplane-Today

31:00 United States of America-Cloud Song

34:00 New Live Trio-Empty Streets

 

 

Massive attack tribute

blueBlue Lines is generally considered the first trip hop album, although the term was not widely used before circa 1994. The album was a success in the United Kingdom, reaching #13 in the albums chart but sales were limited elsewhere. A fusion of electronic music, hip hop, dub, soul and reggae. The album established Massive Attack as one of the most innovative British bands of the 1990’s and the founder of trip hop’s Bristol Sound.

Music critic Simon Reynolds stated that the album also marked a change in electronic/dance music, “a shift toward a more interior, meditational sound. The songs on Blue Lines run at ‘spliff’ tempos — from a mellow 90 beats per minute …down to a positively torpid 67 bpm. The group also drew inspiration from concept albums in various genres by artists such as Billy Cobham (Stratus was sampled on Safe from harm), Herbie Hancock and Isaac Hayes.

The collective from Bristol have featured breakbeats, sampling, and rapping on a number of tracks, but the design of their albums have differed from traditional hip hop. Massive Attack approached the American-born hip hop movement from an underground British perspective and also incorporated live instruments into the mixes. They have also featured the vocals of Shara Nelson, Tracey Thorn, Elisabeth Fraser (From Cocteau twins) and Sinead O’connor as well as Horace Andy, along with the rapping of Tricky Kid.

Groundbreaking in every way could define the Massive attack sound and so is their use of samples. For instance, in 1998, Mezzanine marked a major departure from the jazzy and laidback sound of the first two albums (Blue Lines and Protection), invoking the dark undercurrents which had always been present in the collective’s music. The album’s textured and deep tone relies heavily on abstract and ambient sounds, as demonstrated in the song “Angel” among others.

Similar to their previous albums, the majority of the songs consists of one or more samples, ranging from Isaac Hayes to Led Zeppelin. Massive Attack sampled the song “Tribute” from Manfred Mann’s Earth Band’s eponymous 1972 album, used in “Black Milk”.

Some of their most noted songs have been without choruses and have featured dramatically atmospheric dynamics, conveyed through either distorted guitar crescendos, lavish orchestral arrangements or prominent, looped/shifting basslines, underpinned by high and exacting production values, involving sometimes copious digital editing and mixing. The pace of their music has often been slower than prevalent British dance music at the time. These and other psychedelic, soundtrack-like and DJist sonic techniques, formed a much-emulated style j and to quote Robert Del Naja : ‘You know, as far we were concerned, Massive Attack music is unique…”

Best of 2013, top 5 albums

December 8, 2013 Leave a comment

James_holdenMy favorite albums from 2013 :

1) Jon Hopkins : Immunity / Domino

Wrecked havoc in Montreal at Mutek. A complete sonic experiment as good for the head as it is for the feet. A future classic and overwhelming experience! I was seduced by Collider straight from the first listen,  rough yet genuinely accurate production blended with repeating vocal snippet result in pure 9 minutes technoish power in the massive track Collider. This is music that we, techno heads crave nowadays.. A tour de force, full of emotions and frequencies that is relentless. You should allow your mind to absorb and to feel the cycling beauty passing through. Last summer when I was working with grass-cutter for hours, I used to use it as a natural sound energizer, listening to it with earplug headphones. A couple of standouts tracks like open eye signal and the best vinyl pressing of 2013.  Abandon Window is a beautiful ambient piano piece reminiscent of previous albums, and of course the stunning album opener from my podcast below.

2) Holden : The Inheritors / Border community

Wellcome return to form after a dissapointing DJ Kicks for Mr James Holden. It’s not music for the simple minded, it takes a few listens, but once you’re sucked into the experience, what a trip it is! A definetly much better endeavor than the first Album “The idiots are winning” , this one brings more soundscapes but with amazing depth and layers and good coherence. The musical production evokes nocturn atmospheres in rural places with massive forests and stone buildings where the only lights come from fireplaces and torches. This is like an epic soundtrack, with dark, emotional and relaxing tunes.

3) Boards of Canada : Tomorrow’s Harvest / Warp

I ll admit it, I had given up on both BOC and Warp records. But only fools do not change their minds! Tomorrow’s Harvest is a grower. An album that takes a few listens…More than 10 actually for me. But now the aural beauty of Sundown is just stuck in my head…What’s the point of recreating an album of more of the same ? MHTRTC is a thing of the past and this album keeps some of the old synth pads from it but yet with a darker sound and grim approach. I applaud them for always trying something new and not a rehash. With that said it is always a joy to listen to anything made by them. I have collected and listened to all of BOC since 1998. As for this album I actually really like it. I am a fan of ambient and darker sounds. I feel like this is another excellent chapter in their music with this release. With songs like “Reach for the dead” and “Sundown” and ”Split your infinities”.

4) Horror inc. : Briefly eternal / Perlon

Now that’s a surprise. Both in terms of form, musical content and moniker used (Instead of Akufen)…This album has amazing production values and reminds me of Marc Moulin’s Tohubohu from 1975. A fusion of jazz, house and downtempo beats but with a lot of delicate attention to details and especially sounds before sounds. Similar to Matthew Herbert’s Bodily function perhaps ? But not tedious jazz-house mind you. Rather, the atmosphere is very aberrant, warm sounds of guitar are correlated with post-romantic, almost nocturnal pieces, which gives outstanding results. Every track is full of emotions wherein I can really find myself drifting into them.

5 ) Atom tm : HD / Raster-Norton

Uwe Schmidt aka Atom heart aka Senor coconut is also know as Atom tm, whom I saw at the Sonar festival in Barcelona last june. I find myself totally hooked on the sultry Riding the void. It is electro à la Kraftwerk but with production values of 2013, with a thumping bassline and an incredible vocoder. This absolutely funky, funny music and really playful. As with most Raster-Noton releases, the production is extremely crisp, tight and surgically precise. This is the elegant German minimalistic and yet addictive electronic music. Kraftwerk would be proud and dare I say ”Ich Bin Meine Maschine” !

Remix of the year : Leftfield – Song of life by Betoko

djstingrayFavorite EP : Stingray313 : NKKK4_2 

Favorite soundtrack : Cliff Martinez : Only god forgives / Milan records

Remix / edit of a classic : New order : Blue Monday (John Digweed & Nick Muir’s Fact 73-13 mix)

 

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