This came together after spending time with XY0815's This Tool Has No Options and Micronaut's electronics series (Resistor, Capacitor, Transformer). XY0815's album is currently free at Yuyay Records, and Micronaut's three electronics EPs are inexpensive (a couple of bucks each). All of them are really good and definitely worth picking up.
This mix doesn't quite work - Arcadian is played too loud, M.E. doesn't sit right, etc. But that's OK. The tracks are good. Should've closed with Headspin, though.
For the first time in years, I took notes while playing tracks at Ground Kontrol this month. (I always take notes ahead of time for reference, but I never mark the track order while DJing).
Megaphysics played an excellent disco / misc electronic set from about 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM, and then I played this:
Finished at 2 AM. A relatively lazy set, full of recycled mixes from my recent radio shows. I love ending sets with Headspin...
I'll try to do this when I play out. Hopefully somebody finds it useful.
Somewhere between half and a third of this mix is proper old IDM. Old Warp, Skam, Hydrogen Dukebox, etc. Both Lego Feet and Jega's 1995 are relatively recent releases (or re-release in the case of the former). They're absolutely fantastic and worth picking up.
Sonmi 451 by International Debris was a last-minute addition (hence the flubbed mix). I think the track title is a reference to Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell... I should read that. In any case, it's a really cool ambient piece from the album Myosphere, and works well as a final track.
And that's week 65 done. Check back next time for what'll probably be the chillout set of the month.
Three tracks (3, 12 and 13) are from the label Swishcotheque (discogs). Their catalog is worth digging through for good IDM / braindance; I recommend the releases by Delayscape, Indulin, Pad Foundation, and R21.
RAC's Structures EP deserves a special mention. It's a very good (and overlooked) mid-'90s Warp release; just about every track on it is gold. Continua in particular is great and always gets my feet moving.
Lanark Artefax's Touch Absence (Intimidating Stillness Mix) is the direct inspiration for this mix. The reason I lined up and played these tracks. It's stonkingly good. Hopefully the original mix on Whities 11 will be made available digitally, someday. Shoutout to Megaphysics for introducing me to it.
And yes, that's a fourteen minute song at the end of this mix. There's no way to top or interrupt Puzl by Gescom. (Though I do certainly try to mash Hip Hop, Be Bop (Don't Stop) into the breakdown, with questionable results.) So it's a cheat, but hopefully a forgivable one.
The labels Dominance Electricity and Fundamental Bass Intelligence each appear three times in this mix. Dominance as tracks 1, 2, and 15. FBI as tracks 4, 8, and 14. Less than I expected to play, but it worked out well enough. Both are fantastic electro labels, and go together well. (I think, anyway).
The breaks selections in the middle are mostly used bin finds. The most interesting is probably Electrollenium by Clone Theory. Discogs tells me that Clone Theory is Alan Hill and David Froud - I'm a fan of Froud's project Heuristic Audio, which I've mentioned before.
Vortex by Dusko Janevski is the newest track in this mix. (Released about a month ago on the excellent label Aztlán). It reminds me of an old track by Andy Düx & Bombing F called Cyber Vision. Storming tunes both, and very like techno in their construction. Big thumbs up for the Dusko Janevski EP. (And someday I'll pull out Cyber Vision; for now it remains a secret weapon).
Alright, I'm done rambling. Uneven volume levels, and some dim-sounding vinyl, but I rocked out just the same.
Four tracks from the excellent Brokntoys label are featured this week. Specifically, the tunes by Pip Williams, Versalife, London Modular Alliance, and Ivna Ji. I've played a lot of Brokntoys over the last year and can't recommend their releases enough.
A couple of Carl Finlow (aka Silicon Scally) tracks made it in, too. Hardwired, which I have on a compilation on Longhaul, but was originally released on Device. And Clone Alone, from the album Dark Matter, one of my favorite electro long-players.
I don't remember how I found the version of Ask Yourself by Plastikman that's played here. Some kind of social media, I think. It appears to have been done by 214 as a promotion for his Plastic Spokes EP, according to XLR8R magazine. In any case, it's cool and gets us some more pitchshifted vocals.
I'm rambling at this point. This week's show was conceived at the last possible moment, mixed sloppily, and has some volume level problems. The tracks are good. Tea was consumed. I danced around like an idiot. Fun times for all.
Subterranean Crystal City is a cool piece on the local Seattle label Innerflight Music. I think I ended up with a copy of it as a promo; I'm not sure. At some point I'll have to dig through that label's catalog.
Not sure what I'll play next week. I might have to start repeating tracks soon.