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2015 Was Electric

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It’s time for me to pull together another satisfying wrap up of sounds and atmospheres, rhythms, tones and trends from the last year of my music shopping and listening. I wouldn’t call it a best of list, moreso an evocation. When I first became enraptured with music, it was through 50’s and 60’s jazz, the avant 20th century composers, the dj ready dubbed out psychedelia, soundtrack styles, hip hop neck breakers, and futuro drum & bass breakbeat swirls which put the hope of sonic states to the reality of modern states. It was the energy and ambiguity that gave glimpse to the magical and mystical realms.

Touching upon club styles, but relying more on the slowly emerging. Trance through repetition, texture and space. I suppose some might call this experimental or head music. Maybe my neurons are firing a little more often these days. One of the things about music I love is a sound’s ability to transport us to fictional spaces, imaginative landscapes. Sonically to travel time and space in an instant and for sustained periods. The music herein evokes this sensation and touches down for a couple vocal points of reference that man or machine, we are living in the same dream. Different states of play, sleep, pain and desire. Points of view, assumed or real.

2015 Was Electric

Tanzawa II – Sharp Veins
Atomic #80 – Errorsmith & Mark Fell
Samsung India Software Operations II – D’eon
Adult – Egyptrixx
Sect – The Fear Ratio
Like an Amplified Heart – Lily
Gomenasai – Kelela
Twin Warriors (Murlo Remix) – JT The Goon
Ruff – Dressin Red
Be A Man featuring fLako – Seven Davis Jr
Neusa (Afro Trance) Club Edit – Normal Nada
Calypso Fugitive (Original Mix) – Mr One Hundred
Mirage – Kode9
Mint – Lifted
Dreams – Robot Koch feat. Stephen Henderson
Hold Tight (Peaking Lights Dub Mix) – Sinkane
Every Second feat. Perrion – Onra
Deep Court – Nadia Khan
Balance Spring – LV
Gugur – Senyawa
Big Slug (Instrumental) – Pinch & Mumdance
Approach & Identify (Demdike Stare Cross Border Incursion Remix) – Source Direct
Pedal – Fis
Track 3 – Mark Fell & Gábor Lázár
Da Best Thing I Can Affar – Traxman
Untitled – Pearson Sound
444Sure – Rustie

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I’m in love with little boxes that can make and play sounds. I was never much of a doodler in my younger days except for a few squiggly lines, lots of concentric circles and jabbing acute angles. These days my doodles are sonics. Sound clears the mind, compresses and stretches time, and is seemingly infinitely permissible. Just let my nephew and niece tool around for a half hour on these little boxes! I love all the buttons, sliders, knobs and keys, too!

With that in mind, I have a few DJ vignettes to share. Just 30 minutes each. Electronic in nature, mostly without vocals, but varied in content and energy. This first one moves between dub techno, minimal uk grime rhythms, cosmic synthesizer textures, acid bleeps and industrial noisiness without settling in one space for too long.

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Rocket No. 8 – A Rocket In Dub
Ed 11 – Filter Dread
Ndizi – Pedestrian
Free Access Zone 8 – Shinichi Atobe
Strays – Objekt
HTH020 (The Haxan Cloak’s Cloud of Witness) – Akkord
Axis Shift – ASC
Frontin’ – Demdike Stare
Track Dump – Filter Dread

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It’s been over a year since I’ve done anything on here. I think possibly because I have less to write about the music than I have music I’d like to share. That said here are a couple mixes. The first is a compilation of two compilations. Titillating and stimulating electronic, groove, soundtrack and jazz oddities that put a smile on my swagger and chicken in my schwarma. Part one from a Trunk records compilation entitled “Funny Old Shit – Volume 1” which was a mere 2 pounds online. Part two of the mix are songs from “Dummy 21st Century Pop Music” on the Dummy label and surveys, as the title implies, contemporary slightly odd, sounds in music.

Funny & Dummy

 

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This second mix is a awash of drums, synthesizers, world and urban electronic sounds. Bang bang energy and seductive gyrations.

4:00 AM – Taylor McFerrin
Remember (Hieroglyphic Being Version) – Roedelius
West Coast Jungle Juke – Matthewdavid
The Tortoise (Nsaha Edem Ikit) – Ibibio Sound Machine
Jangle – KRNE
Jeidem Fall – Wolf Müller Mix – Tolouse Low Trax
Carimbo (AlanRosales Remix) – Schlachthofbronx
All Under One Roof Raving – Jamie xx
Balearic Incarnation (Todd Terje’s Extra D) – D
I’m Not Dancing (Damian Taylor rejiggle) – Tirzah
Franco – S-Type
Minger – Darq E Freaker
HOW Riddim – Mr One Hundred
Axis Jab Jab (Feat. Bunji Garlin) – Mr One Hundred
Higher Than High (Mr One Hundred Bootleg) – Machel Montano
Hope ft. Rio Hemopo & Sabire Jade – DJ Vadim
Reminiscing – Tanya Stephens
Adelina – Andrea Canta & The Green Man

Techno Depths

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My buddy harbour put together this mix of deep dub techno and electro resolutions. I love this sound. Puts the night sky and distant stars within reach. Echoing sonic pulses dissolving into a night fog. Neither forlorn nor yearning, yet slightly meditative. The world at peace in constant evolution and change.

the estatic sounds of future blossoms mix – harbour

Eternal Finale – Radio India
Espenhain – Marko Furstenberg
8 Finds a Way – Rhythm & Sound
Fine Metallic Dollar – Andy Stott
Rauta (Girl Remix) – Trentemoller vs. DJ Lab
Ok – Ben Klock
Basic – Robert Babicz
Justify (Will Saul and Mike Monday remix) – Ramadaman & Appleblim
Dem Never Know (Sleeparchive Remix) – Rhythm & Sound
Corebox – Marcel Dettmann
Hustler (Shackleton Remix) – Simian Mobile Disco
Above 90 – Peter Van Hoesen
Glitch Dub – Emvee
Whats With My Friends? – Richard Villlalobos
Puttin It Out (A Made Up Sound Remix) – Jason Fine
Black Sun – Kode 9
Another Wedged Chicken (Martyn mix) – Shed
6 – Various Artists (aka Torsten Pröfrock)
Audio1995#8 – T++
Icebarg – EOC
Co Opt (Version) – Antiguo Automata Mexicano
Flashpoint – Jus Wan
Icon – F

Rawman’s Shortwave Radio on KALX

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I had the opportunity to do a radio program this week thanks to the grace of DJ Rawman. He’s been running a program for 10 years now on Cal Berkeley’s KALX 90.7 FM. That’s a long time to be pushing new sounds on college/community radio. He’s definitely a veteran in service, a finely tuned DJ, vinyl digger, and sonic maestro. He can be found at Mua, Jupiter Bar and other spots in the Bay.

The Shortwave Radio program focuses on Electronic styles of music. He also helps to produce a Difficult Listening program for the station, but we’ll save that one for a future date. Here’s the program from last Sunday/Monday and some further links.

DJ Rawman’s Home | KALX Berkeley

Shortwave Radio August 17, 2009 (to download: right click “Save Target As” or “Save Link As”)

What Does Your Soul Look Like Part II – DJ Shadow
Chef d’Oeuvre – Jon Appleton
Time Dilated by Matter – Timeblind
90121 – Spatial
Ray of Hope – Quantec
The Rope Tightens (Badawi Remix) – Shackleton
Attack of the Giant Killer Robot Spiders! – Pinch
Diesel – Kulture
As We Enta – Darqwan
Confused? – Darqwan
Bombscare Remix – 2 Bad Mice

Space Ex – Blue Daisy
All Is Full Of Love (Secondotted) – Bjork mit Funkstorung
Simperton – The Black Dog
Avant Derniers Pensees – Erik Satie
Aeromonarchs Attacks – Kontext
Untitled – Breakage
Anaconda – Untold
Waterfalls (Peverelist Remix) – 2nd II None