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Logical Aggression @ Ground Kontrol / August 2018

Posted 2018-08-30. Permalink. Tagged dubstep, electro, ground kontrol, juke, logical aggression, miami bass, music.

Ten years of bass? Or maybe nine; we're not really sure. Anyway, here's what I played at Ground Kontrol yesterday:

  1. Techno Bass Crew / Do It To Me ~11:30 PM
  2. Techmaster P.E.B. / Listen To The Music
  3. UR / Base Camp Alpha 808
  4. Dynamix II / Ignition
  5. Dynamix II / Ignition (Remix) V2.0
  6. DJ K-1 / Metaphysica
  7. Supreme.ja & Debonaire / Battle Droid (Bonus Beatz)
  8. Techmaster P.E.B. / Dragon Bass
  9. Circuit Breaker / Keep This Frequency Clear
  10. D.I.E. / Space Travel
  11. Old School Players / 120 BPM
  12. Bass 305 / Rebel Science (Ultra Low Computer Mix)
  13. Excel / Don't Stop Now
  14. Eurobass Express / Activate The Bass! (Miami Radio version)
  15. DJ Baby Anne / Trippin' The Bass
  16. Aux 88 / Interface
  17. Techmaster P.E.B. / 006
  18. Bass 305 / Spin That Wheel! (Miami Bass Scratchin')
  19. Beat Dominator / Retro Style
  20. Industrial Bass Machine / Artificial Intelligence 1991
  21. Bass 305 / Space Travel (Low Frequency Digital Mix)
  22. Techno Bass Crew / Computer Language
  23. Techno Bass Crew / Undertow
  24. Aux 88 / Pocket Radio
  25. Industrial Bass Machine / Sine Waves
  26. Dynamix II / Dream Scape
  27. Beat Dominator / Deep Dream
  28. Techmaster P.E.B. / Bass Out
  29. Eurobass Express / The Art Of Slow Bass (BBC Boom Radio Mix)
  30. Circuit Breaker / 3 Wheel Motion
  31. Aux 88 / I Need To Find Myself
  32. Beat Dominator / Jurassic Bass
  33. Techno Bass Crew / Cosmic Lullaby
  34. Techno Bass Crew / Until We Boom Again (Finale) (Slow Low Bass) ~1:15 AM
  35. Danny Scrilla / Helium
  36. Dynamix II / Stop Beats
  37. Graphs / Broken Legs
  38. Om Unit / Lightbody Transfer
  39. Om Unit / Connector
  40. Om Unit vs. Kromestar / Merkabah
  41. Kromestar / X Files
  42. Om Unit / Slowfast Matrix ~1:45 AM

This is possibly the tenth year in a row that I've played bass music in August at Ground Kontrol. It started as "Detroit versus Miami", when DJ Popcorn (representing Detroit) asked me to play play electro & bass music (to represent Miami). A few years after that DJ Megaphysics stepped in and we've run it as a Miami Bass night since. There's some uncertainty regarding exactly when this all started; regardless, it's been a long time.

This set has a few bits of MTT075 and MTT027 in it, but was otherwise improvised. Was a fine set, lots of Bass 305, lots of Aux 88 (kind of a return to Detroit vs. Miami). The Cosmic Bridge pieces at the end were just to play around, hear those songs on a big system.

Megaphysics played a great set of late '80s / early '90s bass, hip-hop, and electro at the beginning of the night, 9:00 PM to 11:30 PM. Come to think of it, it was a good night all around.

But now I need to sleep.


MTT No. 078 / Sub Hazard

Posted 2018-08-24. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, drum & bass, electro, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT078 Spectrogram (Edited)

This week: an hour of music from Paul Blackford's label Militant Science, with a few old Drum & Bass tunes thrown in for fun. This mix is Not Safe For Work (NSFW) due to a vocal sample in one track.

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  1. Ali3ns3xtoy / ES 0722A 00:00
  2. Paul Blackford / Beta Decay 02:35
  3. Paul Blackford / Germ Warfare 05:23
  4. Headnoaks / Power 2 Da Beatz 08:35
  5. Synth Alien / Spectral Attack 11:24
  6. Vadz / Bees On Speed 15:08
  7. Oort Cloud / Dark Party 18:10
  8. Sound Synthesis / Human 21:00
  9. Paul Blackford / Renegade Bassline 24:24
  10. Synth Alien / Radioactive Decay 26:50
  11. Fullspectrum / My Amusement (Paul Blackford Remix) 31:17
  12. Synapse / Jedi Nights 35:06
  13. Ed Rush & Optical / Wormhole 38:54
  14. Scrase / Ford 42:18
  15. Fullspectrum / Replicant 45:30
  16. Beagle / Crazy Person 48:18
  17. E-Z Rollers / Spin Out 52:54
  18. Paul Blackford / Absent Friends 56:06

Militant science is (was?) a label started by Paul Blackford in 2009 with the intention to, as their page at discogs.com says, "bridge the gap between Electro & Drum n Bass". In my opinion it succeeds at this, with amazing results. In 2011 they released their back catalog for free; it's currently all (or nearly all) available at archive.org. The label appears to be defunct now. Their domain name lapsed (here's an archived copy of their webpage), and their bandcamp page no longer sells music. Which is a shame, because I'd absolutely pay for lossless copies of these tracks.

I'm not the first or only DJ to have played a Militant Science set. Probably the most important MS set, and I think the first I heard, was Data Terrorists Vol. 1 mixed by DVNT, released on the label itself as MSIA039. There's a Data Terrorists Vol. 2, mixed by Datacrashrobot and released as MSIA041, that I somehow haven't heard. (I'll correct that oversight very soon).

There is a lot - a lot - of good music on Militant Science that didn't make it into this mix. For anyone interested, here are a couple of suggestions: MSIA020 by Radioactiveman & Luke Dumbstruck. MSIA027 by J Shaw, utterly fantastic fast detroit electro. Audiotechnik by Datentraeger (AKA Marcus Mumm AKA Das Muster). All of Screwtec's releases, but particularly MSIA037. And add to that list all of Blackford's releases, because every single one is good.

I'm pretty satisfied with this set overall. Selection is good, mixing is fine, audio level could be more even. I've wanted to record a mix of these tracks for a long time, and I'm happy to have done it for aNONradio.


MTT No. 077 / Attack Position

Posted 2018-08-17. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, electro, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT077 Spectrogram

2000s UK breaks and electro bass. Fast, tough music.
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  1. Industrial Bass Machine / Prepare For Invasion 00:01
  2. Dexorcist ft. Krude / Edge City Express 01:15
  3. Kronos Device / Below The Surface 06:45
  4. Industrial Bass Machine / Invisible Force 10:05
  5. Blackmass Plastics / Impure 13:41
  6. Bomb Dogs / Through The Wires 17:31
  7. Kansas City Prophets / Ignition 20:54
  8. Noyeahno / Makin' Me Weird 23:16
  9. DJ Controlled Weirdness / Bass Sox Express 26:13
  10. Aaron Spectre / Music Is The Weapon 28:28
  11. Bomb Dogs / A Touch Of The Old 31:49
  12. DJ Controlled Weirdness V Dexorcist / The Monsters 36:37
  13. Radioactive Man vs The Dexorcist / Sector 6 40:02
  14. Kronos Device / Terminate The Bass 43:59
  15. Radioactive Man / Manwich 49:41
  16. Omni Trio / Mainline 51:52
  17. Tim Wright / Shadow Of The Beast III Opening (Paul Blackford Electro Remix) 56:27

I associate this selection, this sound in general, with Battle Trax and Control Tower. Also Audio Illusion and SMB Records, but none of that made it in (because I don't own any, and couldn't pick any up in time). Also represented are Digital Distortions, Dirty Needles, and Rag & Bone which are (as far as I can tell) labels friendly with the Control Tower / SMB set.

There's a lot of Dexorcist and a bit of Bass Junkie in this. I won't go through listing each track (I'm already being tedious); you can figure it out from their discogs pages.

Track 13, listed here as Sector 6 by Radioactive Man & Dexorcist, might not be named correctly. I bought it on beatport, and that's how the track is labeled there. However, if you look up Sector 6 on youtube, you'll find a different track, actually the opposite side of that record. Beatport is often wrong in this way, which is one of the reasons I never link to it. I've credited the track as Sector 6 here because it forms a nice link with last week's mix.

This mix ended up straying from strict UK electro bass. I got into some breaks, even threw in an old Omni Trio hardcore track for fun. It doesn't flow right and some of the mixing is loose, but I'm satisfied. Good enough.


MTT No. 076 / Bass Mentality

Posted 2018-08-10. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, miami bass, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT076 Spectrogram

Aggressive 2000s Florida electro with a few '90s bass CD tracks thrown in.

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  1. Circuit Breaker / Circuit Breaker 01:15
  2. Dynamik Bass System / Electronic Freakazoidz 04:12
  3. Tricky D / Take It To The Max (Hydraulix Remix) 07:19
  4. Code Rising vs Phonotronix / Fathom 11:13
  5. T.E.S.T. / Heat Levels Critical 13:42
  6. Supreme.ja / Terminal City 18:14
  7. Autonomous Bass Heads / Paradise Garage 22:11
  8. Hydraulix / Sector 7 26:20
  9. T.E.S.T. / Coming Thru 31:15
  10. Phonotronix / The Camouflage 35:18
  11. Factor E / 20k Freaks (Jackal & Hyde Remix) 39:07
  12. Otto Von Schirach / Bass Low (Gucci Bass RMX) 41:56
  13. Dynamik Bass System / Face Down (B)ass Up (Booty Hop) 45:29
  14. Dynamix II / Pledge Your Allegiance To Electro Funk 46:39
  15. Exzakt / Dark Mind 51:01
  16. Silicon / Silc Worm 55:57

A close look will reveal that this isn't exclusively artists from Florida. Both Dynamik Bass System and Supreme.ja are German. My excuse is: the tracks by them featured in this mix were all released on Florida labels (Monotone and BFP). Not to take away from either artist, those tracks are excellent.

Otto Von Schirach's Bass Low was linked on reddit's /r/electro and was in the mix the next day. Definitely my favorite of Otto's tracks (that I've heard), with Calle Ocho as a close second. I'm still not sure where or when to play it, but smashing it into 20k Freaks worked well enough. It's worth noting that 20k Freaks is the A side of Florida Electro Artists Vol. 2; the B side of that record is Resident Alien's Movement Through Thought.

I feel that this mix is OK, but very close to being great. Swap out a track or two, add a track or two, mix a few slightly faster and it'd be much improved. Most of these are tracks I don't regularly play; I'm glad I gave them a shot here.


MTT No. 075 / Wiggle, Shake, Bounce

Posted 2018-08-03. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, hiphop, miami bass, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT075 Spectrogram

Miami Bass. Florida Electro. Old car audio bass CDs. This one is probably Not Safe For Work - it doesn't get raunchy, but almost. I'm sure some profanity snuck through.

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  1. Dynamix II / Woofer Test II (The Longest Hum On The Planet) 00:00
  2. Jock-D & Jealous J / Party Time 01:28
  3. Dynamix II ft. J-Nas-T / Feel The Groove 05:24
  4. Techno Bass Crew / Do It To Me 08:14
  5. Techmaster P.E.B. / Listen To The Music 10:27
  6. Beat Dominator / Retro Style 12:58
  7. Bass Master A.C.E / Totally Bass 16:27
  8. MC A.D.E. And Posse / DJ Eddie B 19:12
  9. Iceman Ja / Dance Transformers 22:07
  10. The 2 Live Crew / Get It Girl 27:02
  11. Fresh Celeste ft. M-4 Sers / Get It Boy (Radio Version) 28:54
  12. Fresh Celeste ft. M-4 Sers / Get It Boy (Bonus Beats) 30:24
  13. Kooly C & KJ / Let's Get This Party Started 32:21
  14. Afro-Rican / Give It All You Got (Instrumental) 36:36
  15. Salt-N-Pepa / Push It (Remix 12" Version) 38:22
  16. Old School Players / Push It 40:52
  17. Quad City DJ's / Work Baby Work (The Prep) 42:18
  18. Quad City DJ's / C'mon N' Ride It (The Train) (Dance Remix) 47:30
  19. Techmaster P.E.B. / Don't Stop The Bass 48:38
  20. Excel / Don't Stop Now 52:30
  21. Techmaster P.E.B. / Bass Out 57:32

August is bass month, and here's our first installment. Similar to MTT023 this is mostly miami bass & car audio stuff between 120 and 130 beats per minute, though I do sidestep into more recognizable pop music with Salt-N-Pepa and Quad City DJ's. Where Miami Bass surfaces and joins '90s mainstream pop, I suppose. Quad City DJ's are really good at what they do...

Iceman Ja's Dance Transformers stands out among the traditional miami bass - the pad, the little (FM?) synth melody, the rap, the scratches, it's exceptional. Amazingly Iceman Ja just put out a new album called The Transformer a couple of months ago. It's available at On-Fire Electronic Records, Iceman's label. It sounds pretty dang good, too; might have to pick it up to play later this month.

I'm happy with this one, despite a few obvious flubs. I danced around like a fool, missed a few cues, didn't quite match tempo a few times. It's all good.


MTT No. 074 / Mudfoot

Posted 2018-07-27. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, downtempo, hiphop, movement through thought, music, radio, vaporwave.

MTT074 Spectrogram

Downtempo, instrumental hiphop, ambient, etc. Swampy beats.
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  1. Neotropic / Girls At The Seaside 00:03
  2. Neotropic / New Cross 00:32
  3. The Future Sound Of London / Her Face Forms In Summertime 05:45
  4. Rising Sun Systems / I Was Born In A Valley Of Freaks 09:00
  5. Necros / Dirty Walk 13:03
  6. Voigt Kampff / Move That Fishy Body 16:17
  7. Coco Bryce / Hotaru 18:25
  8. Luke Vibert / Music Called Jazz 20:42
  9. Red Snapper / Bussing 24:03
  10. Hong Kong Express / Deja Vu 28:57
  11. Hong Kong Express / Watching 30:58
  12. DJ Krush / 85 Loop 32:51
  13. Coco Bryce / Kyoko 34:55
  14. We™ / Rain In Spain 36:29
  15. U.N.I. / Swamp Thing 38:34
  16. Jacob / Scene 3 42:32
  17. Cylob / Jeepin' 44:03
  18. Secret Frequency Crew / Black Moss Caves Part 1 45:57
  19. Neotropic / Joe Luke 51:21

The two opening tracks and the closing track are from Neotropic's excellent album White Rabbits. I picked up the 2xLP release in a used bin about five years ago; it took several years for me to appreciate it. Now I love it - Joe Luke, in particular is awesome. I don't see Neotropic talked about often enough. I have their first two albums and White Rabbits, and they're all good. There's even a new album, The Absolute Elsewhere, released just a few days ago.

About halfway into selecting music for this set I noticed a swamp & monsters theme. The songs Swamp Thing, Fishy Body, Valley Of Freaks, Moss Caves, etc. As I said on COM, I like to think the character Swamp Thing would appreciate this music.

I have only one major complaint with this mix: the transition from 85 Loop to Kyoko should have been done differently. But I can live with that. Not bad for a few hours of prep and very little sleep.


Logical Aggression @ Ground Kontrol / July 2018

Posted 2018-07-26. Permalink. Tagged disco, electro, ground kontrol, logical aggression, music, techno.

Logical Aggression, the night DJ Megaphysics and I host at Ground Kontrol, was yesterday. I played after Megaphysics; here's what my set contained:

  1. Zwart Licht Kommando / Four Lane ~11:30 PM
  2. Dangerous Frontiers / South Central
  3. Legowelt / The Soul Of A City
  4. Zwart Licht Kommando / London
  5. Solitary Dancer / Birth Of Saturn
  6. Derrick May / Kaotic Harmony
  7. Shanti Celeste / SSS (OG Cut)
  8. Peverelist / Better Ways Of Living
  9. Miotek & WRTH / Our Funk (Radioactiveman Remix)
  10. Indio / Armenian Eyes
  11. Micronaut / Quadstepper
  12. Annie Hall / Sky Watcher
  13. Ion Driver / Magma
  14. Dexter / Ech Vet!
  15. Transllusion / Consequences
  16. Aril Brikha / Sweet Lullaby
  17. Pathic / Inklik
  18. State Logik / Electro Boogie
  19. MAS 2008 / X-Perience The Reality
  20. Fatima Yamaha / Between Worlds
  21. GD Luxxe / Keep Me (DMX Krew Remix)
  22. Lowfish / Glass & Spiders (Solvent Remix)
  23. Caro / Caro's Crystal Castle
  24. Raiders Of The Lost Arp / On And On
  25. Polarius / Nemo Airfield
  26. Skatebard / Vuelo
  27. Freak Electrique / Parsec
  28. Alexander Robotnick / Computer Sourire
  29. Giorgio / I Wanna Rock You
  30. Polygamy Boys ft. Lindsay-J / Mystic Eyes
  31. SYD / Altered States
  32. Il.Ek.Tro / World Of Wire
  33. Galaxy Toobin' / The Day Of The Duel Is Approaching
  34. Rising Sun Systems / Freebasin' For David Bohm ~1:50 AM

A repeat of MTT073 and chunks of MTT072. Lazy, but I was tired, so I reached for something fresh in my mind. Glass & Spiders goes really well with Caro's Crystal Castle; that's an idea worth exploring for a future set.


MTT No. 073 / Open The Next

Posted 2018-07-20. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, house, movement through thought, music, radio, techno.

MTT073 Spectrogram

Electro. House? Some music I've been holding on to for quite a while.
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  1. Shine Grooves / Runout 04.07 00:00
  2. Shanti Celeste / SSS (OG Cut) 01:20
  3. Peverelist / Better Ways Of Living 06:45
  4. Miotek & WRTH / Our Funk (Radioactiveman Remix) 09:50
  5. Indio / Armenian Eyes 14:13
  6. Micronaut / Quadstepper 17:29
  7. Annie Hall / Sky Watcher 19:28
  8. Ion Driver / Magma 24:30
  9. Dexter / Ech Vet! 28:37
  10. Transllusion / Consequences 33:36
  11. Aril Brikha / Sweet Lullaby 37:10
  12. Pathic / Inklik 39:09
  13. MAS 2008 / X-Perience The Reality 44:57
  14. Fatima Yamaha / Between Worlds 47:09
  15. Rude 66 / My 909 53:13
  16. S.Slot / Afterlife 57:44

I said at the beginning of this show that I was going to play electro. That turned out to be both true and not - there's a quite a bit of weirdness in this selection. The Peverelist track: is it dubstep (or maybe garage)?. Is Armenian Eyes by Indio future jazz? I know Shanti Celeste and Fatima Yamaha (AKA Bas Bron) for their house music - so what are those tracks? These genre labels start to break down. And that's interesting to me.

Having said that, my standout track this week is a more traditional electro piece: Inklik by Pathic. Available on the Pyramid Transmissions Free Sampler as well as Interstellar Communications Vol. 1, which I still need to pick up. I've mentioned Pyramid Transmissions before, and my recommendation still holds. I can't wait to play more of their tracks.

It's a goal of mine to try and play different genres, different sounding music, within each of these sets. I believe I succeeded this week, and I'm happy with the result.

Now I've got to go clean that scratchy potentiometer.