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Moritz von Oswald tribute

February 5, 2017 Leave a comment

Moritz von OswaldUm das Jahr 1993 fanden musikalisch vollkommen neueartig strukturierte – und durch faszinierend andersartige Echoeffekte und unerwartete Spiellänge geprägte – Schallplatten ihren Weg von Berlin in die Welt. Und damit auf die Plattenteller der vom damaligen Zeitgeist beeinflussten Hörer. Plötzlich galten die ohne Markenzeichen schlicht und zeitlos gestalteten Sleeves – welche in Detroit gepresste, aber in Berlin entstandene Musik enthielten – zum Synonym für Künstler, die statt der eigenen Person lieber die Musik in den Fokus rücken wollten. Mit dem Label Basic Channel, das von Moritz von Oswald und Mark Ernestus betrieben wurde, fanden diese ein weites und genreübergreifendes Experimentierfeld. Dieses ermöglichte Moritz von Oswald, den Begriff Techno unter Einbeziehung von Dub, Ambient, Downtempo, Minimaltechno und Avantgarde zu einem Amalgam zu formen, das bis heute als der Urstoff von Minimal verortet werden kann.

Moritz von Oswald beschritt seither ästhetisch wie technisch einzigartige Wege, die durch zeitliche Ausdehnung, Akzentuierung, modulierte Wiederholung und strenge Selektion von musikalischen Versatzstücken bis heute Klangwelten zu schaffen, welche nicht nur auf Tanzflächen funktionieren, sondern den Kanon der minimalistischen Electronica für immer bereichern werden.

Die Souverenität seines Wirkens am Mischpult lässt ihn, wie seinen Jamaikanischen Wiedergänger Lee Scratch Perry, zum elementaren Impulsgeber der musikalische Postmoderne werden. Mutige und unerwartete Kollaborationen mit verschiedensten Musikern wie Juan Atkins, Carl Craig oder dem Jazztrompeter Nills Petter Molvaer weisen regelmäßig auf seine besondere Ambition und Stellung hin – als kreatives Füllhorn höchster geschmacklicher Integrität, dessen Erbe an Bass-Exkursionen deren Feinschliff in seiner Bedeutung und Wirkung noch nicht abzusehen ist: In eigenen Produktionen wie in den feinsinnigen Remixen anderer Künstler.

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English version : In the late 1993, mysterious records of mind bending electronic echoes, in length and structures, started to emerge from Berlin. Plain sleeved records with enigmatic graphics pressed in Detroit, but made in Germany by two guys from Berlin who weren’t so keen about showcasing their physique, but rather focused on the music. Basic channel and Moritz von Oswald took techno music to a degree in a variety of shapes that encompassed dub, ambient, downtempo, techno and basically crafted minimal techno de facto. Mr. von Oswald aimed towards face eating repetition and stretching the groove into a place that opened a rich and vast new territory in music for the dance floor and sound textures that were and still are unique.

It’s like Lee Perry would stretch his legs in warm bath with nothing but sequencers and TB 303 for company. Using the mixing board as a tool like his Jamaican nemesis, von Oswald swiftly emerged as the quintessential post-modern artist : collaboration were spawned with Juan Atkins, Carl Craig, Nills Petter Molvaer and so on. The holy grail of techno music. Pure class, heavenly remixes and blissful dubby basslines.

Tracklisting :

P.-S. : Thanks to B.R. for the translation and above all, for being a friend, vielen danke mein lieber 😉

Dedicated to Mr Oswald and Mark Ernestus as well.

1) Real Scenes – Berlin
2) Basic Channel – E2e4 Basic Reshape
3) Moritz Von Oswald – Ole (Remix)
4) Nils Petter Molvaer, Moritz von Oswald – Development (Ricardo Mix Dig)
5) TEXTURAL BEING – Homage à Maurizio
6) Round Four: Find A Way – Found A Way
7) Pantha Du Prince – Of Welt Am Draht (Moritz Von Oswald The One version)
8) Juan Atkins & Moritz Von Oswald – Electric Garden (Jazz In The Garden Mix)
9) Basic Channel – Q1.1/III
10) Maurizio – M6B [Edit]
11) Maurizio — Untitled (M-6)
12) 2raumwohnung – Ich Bin Der Regen Moritz Von Oswald Remix
13) Basic channel – Q.1.2 / Maurizio – m7
14) Moritz Von Oswald – Cocoon Dark Dub (Cocoon)
15) Moritz von Oswald – Watamu Beach Rework
16) Infiniti – Think Quick (Moritz Von Oswald ’94 Remodel)
17) Basic Channel – Octagon
18) Basic Channel – Phylyps Base
19) Basic Channel ‎- Phylyps Trak
20) Basic Channel ‎- Radiance II

Surfing on AFX Waves – a mix of Aphex twin’s output on Soundcloud

January 5, 2017 Leave a comment

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By now, you have probably heard of the enigmatic SoundCloud contributor User18081971 one way or the other. There is no doubt anymore that this is the alias of Aphex Twin, who started the SoundCloud account to upload new (or old?) music of his.

Most of the uploads are, in proper Aphex Twin fashion, hyper conceptual they run the gamut from beatless ambient work, spacey acid trips, to pristine IDM, Detroit-tinged tracks and dark techno. A lot to digest with over 300 tracks. But after browsing through the entire upload catalogue, I have found some incredible gems from the UK master and decided to make a mix out of it. Oh yeah, and the mix is free to download.Dig in and do some window licking !

Thank you user18081971 (Aphex Twin)

Tracklisting here :

  1. Intro + 9 Un chopped F beginning(SAW1)
  2. 07B
  3. 5 just fall asleep
  4. Redcalxslow
  5. 11 early morning clissold
  6. SSNB
  7. 34 ibiza spliff
  8. Ssba
  9. Sams Car
  10. Chink 101
  11. 2 Tone Aphex Twin
  12. Original Chaos
  13. Dance And Play
  14. Afx origTheme
  15. Lannerlog
  16. Mental Telepathy
  17. Bradley Echoes
  18. Glockenspiel TEAC
  19. 5 P.E.
  20. Prncdmc
  21. Kids Beach
  22. African Rhyt
  23. quad rave TEAC
  24. Archponf
  25. P-String
  26. Bicycle Wheel
  27. Sekonda
  28. Mello Punchy
  29. Ach
  30. Japan

Here is a companion to this : a mix of covers I did under Rekall. The mix consists of Aphex Twin covers & remixes made by various artists and independant producers on the great compilation Virtual Urban Aphex – Aphex twin covers & remixes. 

 

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An edit mix of Funky edits…and some tunes..so fresh!!!!

Unlike remixes, an edit or a re-edit consists is an altered version of a recorded song created by repeating, reordering, or removing sections of the original recording – for example, making a chorus repeat several times in a row, or extending the length of a break section. Like remixes, re-edits are especially common in dance music.

In recent years, people like Dimitri from Paris, Greg Wilson and Todd Terje have made numerous gems while reworking some classic tracks of disco, pop, soul or funk. I ve gathered 10 of my favorite edits below :

1) Dimitri from Paris : Chic : Le Freak

This is hands down, the best edit I ve ever heard. Completely dazzle me everytime I listen to it : keeps the mesmerizing bassline, adds an extra break to mix it up longer and loop it as well, a total revamp of the classic which renders the original completely obselete! Total dancefloor killer :D: Sacré Dimitri!

2) The Reflex : Blondie : Rapture

So many edits of this song exists. Why would this one be ever different ? First of all, pretty much everything this guy releases is completely revamped versions of originals. You Can tell he spends a lot of time in the studio. Greg Wilson had this to say about The Reflex :

The Reflex has recently come to prominence in underground dance circles via his ‘Reflex Revisions’, which are basically remixes as they used to be back in the day (expect, of course, that they’re unofficial), when the remixer worked purely from the original parts, reinterpreting what was recorded on the multitrack, rather than replacing stuff wholesale, or even changing everything so that the original only remains in name, as became the case later down the line when record companies saw the possibility of selling, let’s say, a Techno track to a Hip Hop audience.

Full text here.

This Rapture edit adds a thick layer of bassline. On the repeat button for me it has been for a long time since I discovered it on the Gilles Peterson show!

3) LNTG ( Late night tuff guy) : Diana Ross : Boy u turn me

LNTG is a name to be reckon with on the disco / funk edit scene. Everything he touches seems to turn to gold. I don’t think I can go back to the original after listening to this gem of absolute funkiness! Would you ?

4) DJ Butcher : Marrs – Pump Up The Volume (DJ Butcher Dub)

As the leader of the band recently passed away, I couldn’t pass this one. The original is one HUGE classic dance track that was featured on American psycho ( I’m into murder & execution – I m into merger & acquisition) DJ Butcher here keeps the original while making it more DJ Friendly. Read more about it here.

5) Danny Howells : Donna Summer : I Feel love re-dub

Not really a remix (Patrick Crowley would be hard to beat) but more of an edit, this track needs no presentation and should be in any DJ’s record box. From 2002-2003, an absolute bomb!

6) Nasty Frenchie : Blondie : Heart of glass

I’ve listen to DOZENS of re-edits of this  song and I keep getting back to this one. Adding multi track of her own vocal makes this classic even more funky. Adding a touch of modernity, making it more DJ friendly with a nice chunky break at the end. Get back in 1979!

7) Billy Cobham : Stratus reflex

Another gem by this guy, goes straight to the rhythm section and it’s not bad thing since I always felt the intro was the weak point of the track. Was sampled by Massive attack on their album Blue Lines and the track Safe from harm in 1991.

8) Todd Terje : Roxy music : Love is the drug disco dub

Grace Jones had also made a great version of the track but the Roxy music dub edit features echo, extended bassline and chunky beat. A bloody well executed mix/edit!

9) Groove Is In The Heart • The Reflex Bootsy + Q-Tip Re√ision

Absolutely sick edit of this classic. The extended version gives much more range than the original which was too short to mix. A funky intro and better use of Bootsy Collins’s vocals. Another fine example why The Reflex is in a league of its own!

10) Moondog – Bird’s Lament (Alkalino Reform)

Alkalino is another name/producer to be reckon with. His version of Mellow mellow by Lowrell, sampled on Lately by Massive attack, is also quite gorgeous. However, here he has outdone himself. The Moondog bassline is famous to have been sampled by Mr Scruff on his classic Get a move on. But here we get almost an housy track that keeps the feeling of the original track intact!

Here is a mix I ve done with my favorite edits : perfect for summer nights! From jazz to soul, funk, disco and new wave.

70 minutes of edits – Funky Jeff

 

1) Intro : Foxy Brown + Dolemite + Black Belt Jones Mashup Blaxploitation
2) Labi Siffre – I Got The (Karim One-O-Nine Edit)
3) Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys – Who Knows (Suonho raw-dub)
4) Kool_The_Gang_-_Summer_Madness_DJ_Butcher_Hip_Cut
5) Camille Yarbrough – Praise You – (Jim Sharp Edit)
6) The O’Jays – For The Love Of Money (Apple Scruffs Edit)
7) Linda Lyndell – What a Man (fdel Mix)
8) The Chi-Lites – Are You My Woman (Bobby Cooper DJ Friendly Re-Edit)
9) Marlena Shaw – California Soul (Bobby Cooper DJ Friendly ReEdit)
10) Blondie – Rapture [The Reflex Re√ision]
11) The Clash – The Magnificent Dance (Pied Piper Dub)
12) Average White band – Pick up the pieces (Pied Piper Remix)
13) Groove Is In The Heart • The Reflex Bootsy + Q-Tip Re√ision
14) Marrs_-_Pump_Up_The_Volume_DJ_Butcher_Dub
15) Talking Heads – Burning Down The House • The Reflex Re√ision
16) Indeep : Last night a DJ Saved my live (Dr Packer’s acid rub)
17) Roxy music – Love is the drug (Todd Terje disco dub)

Tracks used on the mix :

karimchehab.bandcamp.com/track/i-got-…-o-nine-edit
@ivan_garcia
@georgekelly-gr
@jimsharp
twitter.com/scruffapple
@fdel
@djbobbycooper
@thereflex
@piedpiper
@dr-packer

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