About & contact, blog, blog archive, mastodon, now, or e-mail me: cev@sdf.org.

MTT 121 / Shakedown

Posted 2019-06-21. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, electro, movement through thought, music, radio, techno.

MTT121 Spectrogram

Breaks & electro, a bit higher tempo than last week's show. I pulled a couple obscure records (and a flac or two) off the shelf for this one.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. Axiom 23 / Figure Skating 00:00
  2. Kerr Knoll / The Unknown 04:32
  3. Technasia / Crosswalk 08:23
  4. Scape One / The Red Tea Room 12:01
  5. Nullptr / Mothership 15:10
  6. Ectomorph / Mysteries (Of The) 19:03
  7. DJ Graeme / Illectro 23:25
  8. Burrito Boys / Untitled [AT05 A3] 28:00
  9. The Dexorcist / Connect One [-6%] 29:56
  10. Paradox & MdCL / Dystopia 34:18
  11. Teebee & K / Moonraker 39:53
  12. Michna / Redline Flights 42:08
  13. T.E.S.T. & Excel / It Seems To Me 46:01
  14. Trestristestigres / B-Sunrise 50:31
  15. Bushwacka! / Tool B 54:53

I was mistaken in my vocal intro: Axiom 23's Figuring Skating is on a label called Radio Of The Pickled Gizmo. That whole album, Hidden Agenda, is very good. Axiom 23 also has a recent (2018) album on Kahvi Collective called Origins, which is also quite good. Both are currently available for free (or pay-what-you-want) at the links above.

DJ Graeme's Kombo EP is one of the obscure pieces I mentioned. It's a four track 12", with three loopy four-on-the-floor tracks and then Illectro, airy and bassy and amazing. It's the only record by Graeme that I own, unfortunately. I'd love to pick up some of his other electro work, particularly the Illectro EP for the track Point Zero.

The Burrito Boys are another old overlooked electro group. The untitled track included here is from the East Coast Art Solution 12". I've got that and the Force The Beat 2x12". Both are great, tracky, tough '90s electro. I like that The Dexorcist left a comment on the Burrito Boys' discogs page; seems fitting somehow.

There's more going on here, of course. Breaks from two drum & bass duos in Paradox & MdCL and Teebee & K; proper Florida electro from T.E.S.T. & Excel; B-Sunrise from Trestristestigres (which I've used to close a show before). But I've ranted long enough, so let's call it there. Next week's show will be another mellow one I think.

MTT 120 / Modern Telephony

Posted 2019-06-14. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, hiphop, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT120 Spectrogram

Electro. '80s, '90s, and modern throwback pieces. Banging out some dance-y tracks, rocking out for an hour.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. EMS / VRML 00:00
  2. Herbie Hancock / TFS 01:04
  3. Paul Hardcastle / A.M. 05:15
  4. Kraftwerk / The Telephone Call (Remix) 07:32
  5. Kraftwerk / House Phone 09:48
  6. The Jonzun Crew / We Are The Jonzun Crew 12:27
  7. Jedi Knights / Intergalactic Funk Transmission [Edit] 15:27
  8. DMX Krew / DMX Funk (Rock Mix) 18:43
  9. Tape Loader & Phatt Rok Ski / Prime Time (Instrumental) 22:10
  10. World Class Wreckin' Cru / House Calls 25:25
  11. Hashim / Al-Naafiysh (The Soul) [CR-200 B1] 30:07
  12. EPG / Assimilated 34:48
  13. Cha-os vs. Ozone Layer / Planetary Deterioration ('07 Mix) 37:59
  14. Dopplereffekt / Cellular Phone 39:15
  15. Professor X / Rekonstruktx 41:35
  16. Knightz Of Bass / Zoom 44:20
  17. Twilight 22 / Electric Kingdom (Vocal) 46:11
  18. The Egyptian Lover / Keep It Hot 50:11
  19. The Egyptian Lover / Keep It Hot (Re-Mix) 52:59
  20. Mandroid / Abstrakt Orange 57:20

There are a lot of proper classics in this hour. Electric Kingdom, Herbie Hancock's TFS, Kraftwerk's Telephone Call, We Are The Jonzun Crew, His Egyptness, and so on.

I'd like to focus on one artist and album in particular though, and that's Paul Hardcastle's Rain Forest compilation on Profile Records. Two full sides of smooth synth instrumentals and '80s electro beats, beautifully produced and recorded. One of my favorite electro albums. Mr. Hardcastle's first album Zero One is avilable at his bandcamp page; that includes many of the tracks from the Rain Forest comp, and in high quality, so go there if you're interested in his work.

This mix contains two tracks from the excellent label Ground Control. Tracks 9 and 12, Prime Time by Tape Loader & Phatt Rok Ski and Assimilated by EPG, to be specific. Everything on the label is good; very nice throwback electrofunk.

There's a fun coincidence to note: I (and others, usually on Wednesdays) have been playing electro music at Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland, Oregon for a long time. And now (as of 2016) there's an electro label called Ground Control. I'm sure theres no connection, but it is amusing. I'll definitely be playing some of Ground Control's music at the arcade this summer.

There's a lot of inelegant mixing in this hour. The only transition that hurts me is the one going into EPG's Assimilated; it deserves better. But, the tracks are good, and it was a damn good time to mix them. Thanks to everybody out there listening, and I'll be back to do it again next week.

Blogariddims, DJ Mix Series and Podcast

Posted 2019-06-12. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, drum & bass, dub, dubstep, idm, music, reggae, uk garage, website.

I was thinking I don't write enough, so here's a little something about what is probably my favorite series of DJ mixes.

Quoting Droid from the Blogariddims Top 50 post, who puts it better than I could:

For those that don't know, Blogariddims is a fortnightly inter-blog podcast which was started in June 2006, with the aim of showcasing the high level and variety of selecting, mixing and writing talent in the small corner of the music blogosphere inhabited by nuumskulls, faded-junglists, genre-nerds and bass addicts of every stripe.

I love Blogariddims. The combination of stellar music selection, top mixing, and track-by-track analysis is fantastic. The enthusiasm, too - you can hear the affection for each track, and read that same affection in the show notes.

Most influential on me are the dubstep and electronica mixes. Several of these DJs were in the right place at the right time to observe the creative explosion of dubstep, and were bold enough to link it with some of its less obvious influences. I'm thinking specifically of number 49, Dubtronics.

Blogariddims season 2 logo

The series concluded in October 2008 with #50, Terminus. Two years and 50 great episodes. The complete index of mixes can be found at the Blogariddims Top 50 post on weareie.com. Here are my picks, a short list of the entries I often return to:

I strongly recommend these mixes. And make sure to read the blog posts that come with them; they're consistently informative and well written. MTT is, in many ways, my attempt to emulate Blogariddims and the Blogamuffins.

MTT 119 / Broke Down

Posted 2019-06-07. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, downtempo, hiphop, idm, movement through thought, music, radio, synthpop.

MTT119 Spectrogram

I've been feeling sick recently, so this show is on the slower side. Ambient, downtempo, hiphop, etc.; 90-100 BPM, nothing fancy.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. The War Against The Sun / Protosphere 00:00
  2. Transcend / 2003 02:22
  3. Tubeway Army / Are 'Friends' Electric? 07:37
  4. Dr. Octagon / 3000 12:32
  5. Jega / Sakura 15:27
  6. Occult Orientated Crime / Doggerland 19:17
  7. DJ Food / Inosan 22:45
  8. Neotropic / Under Violent Objects 27:30
  9. FSOL / Slider 30:54
  10. DJ Shadow / Mutual Slump 36:40
  11. Neotropic / CCTV 40:20
  12. RPM / The Inside 42:50
  13. Massive Attack / Group Four 45:01
  14. Electric Street Orchestra / Reconstruct 51:55
  15. Electric Street Orchestra / Reconstruct (Tiny Hearts Remix) 54:31
  16. Coil / Broccoli 58:26

After playing Rother's Friends Are Not Electric last week, I knew I had to play Numan's Are 'Friends' Electric? this week. That's the foolishness I brought up in my intro; that track drifts in tempo quite a bit, and can be a little tricky to mix. Fading into some Dr. Octagon afterwards was a special treat.

Electric Street Orchestra's Reconstruct (both versions) is my highlight this week. It's from The Natives EP, produced by Jeedo aka Wajeed, and released on Dirt Tech Reck in 2013. The record has some famous collaborators - Mad Mike programs the 303 lines on the A-side, and (according to discogs) Theo Parrish plays keys on Reconstruct, the B-side. I'm not sure how to characterize the music; it's some intersection of hip-hop, soul, and detroit techno. Wonderful stuff. If you're into it, be sure to check the rest of Dirt Tech Reck's catalog.

There's a lot of favorites in this hour (DJ Shadow, Legowelt, Neotropic...), but I'll leave it there. I wish I'd transitioned into Are Friends Electric a little faster and played it a little louder, but other than that I've got no major complaints. Good music for a sick day.

Shoutout and thanks to Kez of 360 Vinyl for recommending the first three Dirt Tech Reck releases.

MTT 118 / Another Age

Posted 2019-05-31. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT118 Spectrogram

Winding down with a few long tracks after playing the arcade last night.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. Jean-Paul Bondy / Delia's Temptation 00:00
  2. Luke Vibert / M.A.R.S. 04:47
  3. Datassette / J-Kick 07:52
  4. Orbital / Adnan's 11:17
  5. Andrea Parker / Empty Words 18:59
  6. DMX Krew / Lip Chime 23:41
  7. DPO / Organic Synthetic 25:14
  8. Autechre / Chatter 28:54
  9. Supreme.ja / Dreamless 34:51
  10. Dr. Futurist / Talking Cubes 38:59
  11. Kodek / Jupiter 8000 40:50
  12. Newcleus / Destination Earth (Definitive Version) 42:53
  13. Little Computer People / Friends Are Not Electric 49:50
  14. The War Against The Sun / Standard Approach Vector 56:27

Orbital's album In Sides is a long-time favorite of mine. I've loved it since I picked up the CD, shortly after its first release, back when I was in high school. There isn't a bad track on it, as far as I'm concerned. A desert island disc, for sure.

The War Against The Sun deserves a highlight here. It's a great ambient album made by Dead TV Society and Zwart Licht Kommando. You can download it from the Noxgenus website at the link above, so check it out if you liked Standard Approach Vector, because the whole album is that good.

I'll leave it there this week. The weather is warming up here, so it's time to break out the sunny electro. Check back next week for that, or something like it.

Logical Aggression @ Ground Kontrol / May 2019

Posted 2019-05-30. Permalink. Tagged breaks, drum & bass, electro, ground kontrol, hiphop, idm, logical aggression, music, skweee.

DJ Megaphysics and I played music at Ground Kontrol arcade again last night, for our monthly show Logical Aggression.

Megaphysics opened the night, playing Drum & Bass, Hiphop, and Skweee. Featuring a lot of great music from Coco Bryce's label Myor, and the French label Tiburoni Records. This was a very good set, and really hit the spot for me. I'm going to be picking up a lot of this to play on the radio in the next few months. Here's his tracklist:

  1. 9 Lazy 9 / B Hip & Shake ~9:00 PM
  2. Coco Bryce / Selesha
  3. Nas / Memory Lane (Sittin' In Da Park)
  4. Coco Bryce / Allez Allez
  5. Fade Runner / Skoui
  6. Coldcut / Eine Kleine Hedmusik
  7. Fengir / Strategic Syrup
  8. EPMD / Let The Funk Flow
  9. Coco Bryce / Blow The Horns
  10. The Aesthetics / Don't You Know
  11. Coco Bryce / Bright Lit
  12. Fade Runner / Redline
  13. A Tribe Called Quest / I Left My Walled In El Segundo (Vampire Mix)
  14. Silicon / Bass Experience
  15. Dr. Octagon / Earth People
  16. Ixvo-Exvo / Orange You
  17. Digi G'Allessio / Joe Skweeello
  18. Daniel Savio / Make It Personal
  19. Coco Bryce / Hanako
  20. Ghostface Killah / After The Smoke Is Clear
  21. 9 Lazy 9 / Black Jesus
  22. DJ BeBeDeRa / Tarraxo Bandido Organização Criminal
  23. De La Soul / I Am I Be
  24. Coco Bryce / We Can Have It Yet
  25. Coco Bryce / Violin
  26. Coco Bryce / Honey Bee
  27. Kanttoripoika / Hätää Kärsimäs
  28. Coco Bryce / Way Stavvy
  29. Bob Turner / Social Science (Fengir Remix)
  30. Pyloris / Comme Dub
  31. Kool Keith / I Don't Believe You
  32. Coco Bryce / Esoteric
  33. Roy Davis Jr. ft. Peven Everett / Gabriel (M-Beat Mix)
  34. Coco Bryce / Twice
  35. Coco Bryce / Irian Jaya
  36. Fitzroy North / Halter
  37. Randy Barracuda / White Chocolate
  38. Daniela Salvia / Bermuda Skirtz (Rigas den Andre Rework)
  39. 9 Lazy 9 / Train (Marden Hill Mix)
  40. Slick Rick / Mona Lisa
  41. mlr / Chump Move Bro
  42. Daniel Savio / Sleeping Wit' Fish
  43. EPMD / I'm Housin'
  44. Coco Bryce / Always By My Side
  45. Biz Markie / Spring Again
  46. Man Parrish ft. Freeze Force / Boogie Down Bronx
  47. Ixvo-Exvo / We Run Together

Then I took over, playing electro and IDM, a selection of what I've been listening to and playing on the radio. My set ran from 11:30 PM until close. Here's my list:

  1. Króm / Clarity ~11:30 PM
  2. XY0815 / Cygonic System
  3. Autopilot / Lovely Loop
  4. Dagobert / Mind Control
  5. Nullptr / Amsler Grid
  6. Darin Marshall / Sibilance
  7. Chris Randall / drt_895r (Corbin Davis Remix)
  8. Dagobert / Bionic Two
  9. XY0815 / 16mBit (Robyrt Hecht Remix)
  10. Scape One / One Step From Earth
  11. Metamatics / Ying Yang Mang
  12. Silicon Scally / The Love Inside
  13. Andrea Parker & David Morley / Polarize
  14. Newcleus / Jam On It (Soul Oddity Remix)
  15. 214 / Auto Parts
  16. Dr. Futurist / Vector Field
  17. Nullptr / Polytopes
  18. Reedale Rise / The Healer
  19. üNN / Reality (Sniper Mode Remix)
  20. Silicon Scally / Entron
  21. Darren Price / Over And Out
  22. Tipper / Oblong
  23. FUSE / Dimension Intrusion
  24. Billy Wood / Robot Cop
  25. Reedale Rise / Foliage
  26. ADJ & Pathic / Scenario
  27. Versalife / Ionization
  28. UR / The Illuminator
  29. Jean-Paul Bondy / Delia's Temptation
  30. Soul Oddity / Cruxx
  31. Luke Vibert / M.A.R.S.
  32. Datassette / J-Kick
  33. Andrea Parker / Empty Words
  34. Anthony Rother / Zukunft
  35. Orbital / Adnan's
  36. Newcleus / Destination Earth (Definitive Version) ~1:45 AM

Was a good time! A lot of good tunes in four hours and change. Thanks as always to Ground Kontrol for having us, and the audience for hanging out.

MTT 117 / Two Then Four

Posted 2019-05-24. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio, techno.

MTT117 Spectrogram

Electro, IDM, and techno (?), more mellow than the last few weeks.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. XY0815 / 16mBit 00:00
  2. Nullptr / Amsler Grid 02:37
  3. Darin Marshall / Sibilance 05:43
  4. Ainu / EV-909 10:17
  5. Chris Randall / drt_895r (Corbin Davis Remix) 12:46
  6. Dagobert / Bionic Two 17:03
  7. XY0815 / 16mBit (Robyrt Hecht Remix) 20:29
  8. Novamen / We Love 23:24
  9. Scape One / One Step From Earth 28:13
  10. Space Dimension Controller / Space Dimension Controller 31:09
  11. DMX Krew / Bel 189 Trax 34:37
  12. Photodementia / WR7 37:45
  13. Microslav / Köln 39:21
  14. Metamatics / Ying Yang Mang 43:05
  15. Pawel / Muscles 45:45
  16. üNN / Life (üNN Remix) 48:13
  17. Silicon Scally / The Love Inside 53:23

No plan here, just wandering through some ~120 BPM electro and IDM I like. The tracks by Novamen, Nullptr, and XY0815 stand out to me on a second listen. Nullptr's album Optical in particular is excellent. Silicon Scally's fantastic The Love Inside, from his 2002 album Mr. Machine, is also worth a mention (and a strong recommendation). I'm sorry I talked over the end of it; should've paced the last ~10 minutes a little better.

More detail about the FreeBSD 12 ntpd issue I mentioned in the intro can be found in this thread on the FreeBSD forums. The fix was to add an 'ntpd' user, rebuild the password database, and change permissions on the files in /var/db/ntp. I also had to remove a stale ntpd.pid file in that same db directory. No big deal.

MTT 116 / Program Shift

Posted 2019-05-17. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT116 Spectrogram

More electro and breaks this week, and one piece of genuine psytrance. This one gets lost in the weeds.

Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download the mix from aNONradio's archives.

  1. Paradroid / Cohesive Liquid Polymers 00:09
  2. Ion Driver / bbRobot (214 Remix) 01:40
  3. Jean-Paul Bondy ft. Mac & Megumi / Xeno Persuasion 06:09
  4. RD / The Birth Of Houdinni's Voice 10:54
  5. Bass Kittens / MFS_Root (214 Remix) 16:49
  6. ADJ / Qigong 20:32
  7. Newcleus / Jam On It (Salim Rafiq vs. Soul Oddity Mix) 25:38
  8. Soul Oddity / DJ Tokyo 30:05
  9. Bass Kittens / Rare Bread 34:39
  10. Suff-X / Cyberfreq 38:12
  11. Volsoc / Needleintuit 40:42
  12. Digitalis / Soma Junkie 44:42
  13. Soul Oddity / Fugue 49:39
  14. Darren Price / Over And Out 53:28
  15. Tipper / Oblong 58:43

So this mix was assembled to play some Soul Oddity, as I mentioned in my rambling intro. Three of their tracks feature here (numbers 7, 8, and 13). Their album for Astralwerks, Tone Capsule, is a stone-cold classic and should be heard by everyone. Soul Oddity's two members would go on to found the Schematic Music Company and reappear as Phoenecia. Their 2001 album Brownout is another favorite of mine.

Track 7 requires some explanation. Some time in the late '90s Soul Oddity remixed Jam On It by Newcleus. That remix was released on a CD single called Jam On It (The Millenium Mixes) as the Jam On Soul Mix. In 2009 Salim Rafiq uploaded Jam On It (Salim Rafiq vs. Soul Oddity Mix) to his soundcloud page. I'd been looking for a copy of the Jam On Soul Mix for years, and that upload was my first crack at it (or something like it). I suspect that the 2009 soundcloud version and the 2000 Jam On Soul Mix are the same, but I have no way to confirm that. It could be another example of a Mix Of A Mix Mix.

Soma Junkie by Digitalis also deserves a mention. It's part of a short-lived late '90s psybreaks trend championed by 21-3 Records and Matsuri Productions. The Elastic compilation on 21-3 serves as a decent introduction to the sound, I think. (It's also the one comp I own, and can therefore recommend). Digitalis himself, Seb Taylor, has a bandcamp page full of music worth checking out.

This ended up being a pretty disorganized selection. The tracks are good; I hope that makes up for it. More breaks and electro next week, continuing the downward tempo trend.

Shoutout to Suff-X.