About half of this mix is a tour through free dub techno netlabels -
Deepindub (track 7), Dewtone (tracks 9 and 15),
Energostatic (tracks 3 and 4), Recycled Plastics (track 2),
and Thinner (track 8) all feature here. My favorites of those are
the two from Energostatic Records: Stereotype by Iwata and III
by Brk. Dewtone and Recycled Plastics appear to be the only active labels
from that list.
Track 6 Remake (Basic Reshape) by Paperclip People (AKA Carl Craig)
is of course a Basic Channel remix. The copy played here is from
the Basic Reshape 12", Basic Channel catalog number BC-BR. I
believe I bought my copy at Platinum Records a few years after its release.
I've linked to Hardwax in the tracklist above, where that same release is
still available both vinyl and digital.
Two more tracks from Motorlab feature this week: Sinuosity's
Alfanuosity and Bipolardepth's Untitled from ML056 Soundtest.
Soundtest is particularly good and cohesive, with Bipolardepth's track
being in my opinion the best on the release.
Mikron's Ghost Node, from their album Severance on CPU Records,
is my current favorite from this list. Ghost Node has a peculiar moody
disco vibe, something I associate with old Legowelt or Orgue Electronique,
old Bunker, Clone, or Crème. Severance is easily my favorite album of 2019,
so go check it out (please).
All these tracks are good of course (I mean, I like 'em), even if the
selection doesn't quite hang together right. It was a fun and welcome
distraction on a troubling Thursday evening.
I'll be live again on the 26th with something slower; blog post to follow
Tracks 3, 9, and 10 are all from the famous netlabel Thinner.
Pheek & Benfay's Leaving Bern is my favorite of those three.
Pheek's two releases on Thinner, Tabisuru Kokoro (thn043) and
Consortium (thn076), are worth checking out if you're into the
style exemplified by Leaving Bern. Both are available at
files.scene.org. Thinner's catalog is also
available at archive.org, if that's more convenient.
The reason I assembled this mix, the track I really wanted to play, is
the classic Domina by Maurizio. The particular copy featured
here is from the the Tresor 3 compilation. It's probably my favorite
of the M-Series (though M-4 is also very good).
Hardwax has M-3 Domina available as both 12" and a digital download
if you don't already have it.
And that's it. I think I'll do some more dub techno four-on-the-floor
stuff next week, but slower. Check back for that if you're into it.
Wikipedia tells me that Takkyu Ishino produced the soundtrack
album, and it's a terrific sampling of Detroit, European, and Japanese techno.
The selection on the two tribute albums is similar, but updated for 2004.
Stand Alone Complex2nd Gig was airing on TV roughly when the
two tribute albums were released, so they may have been tie-in or
So, these three albums are amazing. From the artists assembled, to the
particular tracks, to the packaging and art direction. Way more hits
than misses. A lot of great tracks didn't make it into this hour:
CJ Bolland's tunes (as BCJ), The Advent's tunes, Adam Beyer...
I tried hard to get Mijk Van Dijk's Fuchi Koma in, but couldn't
find a spot for it. Maybe next time.
I bought these discs on eBay in '05 or '06 and unfortunately mine are
bootlegs. Specifically the Ever Animebootleg of the
Megatech Body CD, and the Miya Records bootlegs of the
first and second Tribute albums. I've wanted to record
a mix of these tracks since then, and am happy to have done it now.
I'll close with some blurry photos of the cover art and back tray art
of my bootleg editions; be sure to click through the tracklist links
above to check out the official art too.
Oh, and feel free to fast forward past my absentminded rambling at the
beginning of the recording. I spent way too long introducing the show
Both pieces by Seal Bient are from the Russian techno label
Motorlab. I've written about Motorlab here before, but it's worth
recommending their releases again if you're into dub techno and/or spare
detroit-ish techno. They have a couple interesting sublabels, too:
Cyclon and Runout, for tracky techno and ambient releases
And that's the end of MTT Year 3. Thank you everyone out there listening;
I hope you've enjoyed, and found some new music. I have something special
planned for next week's show, the first of year four: fast (130-140) techno,
with an unusual theme. Should be a good time.
Logical Aggression @ Ground Kontrol / February 2020
Tracks 12, 13, and 14 are all from releases on CPU Records. I'm
still working through a recent large purchase of music from their shop,
and they continue to be excellent. Tracks 8, 9, and 16 are taken from
Solar One Music's second and third compilation. Solar One
recently celebrated their 50th release, a sweet electro-techno
collaboration between The Exaltics and Paris The Black Fu called
My current favorite here is Recall (Live) by スムー, from the
TUMA 3.0 compilation. I love the interplay between the drums
(kick on 14, snare on 22) and the high ringing synth. The whole comp
is interesting, and it's listed as name-your-price, so check it out.
I've got my regular show with Megaphysics at the arcade next week, so expect
something low-energy (and low-effort) next show. Thanks all for listening,
and be sure to check the tracklist links above if you're interested in the
music played here.
The most recent track here is Close The Brain by Scape One from his
January 2020 release Click Click Drone. I absolutely love this album,
and can't recommend it enough. 8 new spare stripped-down throwback electro
tracks by the prolific Mr. Baggaley. So prolific, in fact, he already has
a new album out called Cosmic Trax, the first song of which sounds
like a Jive Rhythm Trax tribute. Automatic thumbs-up for that, will
have to pick it up.
There's a lot of old favorites in this hour. Ectomorph, I-F's
Theme From PACK, Umwelt's Secret Of A Black World.
New favorites too, particularly N-ter's remix of Maar by Ivna Ji.
And now I'm out of things to say. I think I'll do something slower next
show, more from Adam Jay's new LP, more from Scape One's Click Click Drone.
Thanks all for listening, and If you like these tunes then please support
the artists through the links above. Catch you next time.