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MTT 121 / Shakedown

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

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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.

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  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.

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

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  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.

MTT 119 / Broke Down

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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.

MTT 117 / Two Then Four

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

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

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  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.

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

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  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.

MTT 115 / Take Control

Posted 2019-05-10. Permalink. Tagged acid, anonradio, electro, movement through thought, music, radio, techno.

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Electro, techno, and a little acid at the end. Playing aggressive again.

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  1. Transparent Sound / Lego Hair [Intro Loop] 00:07
  2. Sonar Base / Welcome To Sonar Base #4 01:12
  3. Hadamard / Messengers Of Poseidon 06:49
  4. E.M.S. / Spyware 10:52
  5. Novamen / Ned's Rap 14:50
  6. Jacen Solo / UR Mind 17:16
  7. Go Nuclear / Techno World (Extended Mix) 20:40
  8. UR / Fiber Optic Commando (M.O.D. Mix) 26:14
  9. Dez Williams / URwhatUR 28:25
  10. Vintage Future / Antimatter Premium Unleaded 31:49
  11. UR / Electronic Warfare (Aux 88 Take Control Mix) 34:08
  12. The Sentinel & G.I.V. / Critical Phaze 37:31
  13. London Modular Alliance / The Mind Is A Terrible Thing 40:09
  14. Andrew Red Hand / VIP Club On Acid 44:18
  15. Dez Williams / Interference Pattern 46:58
  16. Who Is Who / Insert Coin 49:48
  17. Ant Orange / Don't Call Me Roland 54:08
  18. Blotnik Brothers / Elapse Current Loop 57:46

There's a lot of good stuff here, but I'm going to mention just two tracks.

First, Aux 88's mix of Electronic Warfare by UR. That's both one of my favorite Aux 88 tracks and one of my favorite Underground Resistance tracks. The 12" also includes the original Electronic Warfare and the excellent Drexciya mix, which might be the only remix Drexciya released. It's a fantastic record, essential even.

Second, Ant Orange's Don't Call Me Roland from his Acid Trax 2006-2009 release on Dead Channel. 303 (or some 303-like synth), a good breakbeat, a pile of delay & reverb, and a chipmunked sample of Don't Call Me Baby by Madison Avenue. It's goofy and I love it.

This one was a lot of fun to mix, and I'm happy with how it turned out. No idea what I'll do next week. More electro, since I'm feeling it at the moment.

MTT 114 / Penalty Dream

Posted 2019-05-03. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, movement through thought, music, radio.

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Fast electro for an aggro mood. I've been watching too many Quake videos.

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  1. Scape One / Halcyon Drift 00:10
  2. DJ R21 / Flight 03:51
  3. DMX Krew / Emerging Technology (RMX) 08:57
  4. Imatran Voima vs. Bass Junkie / Quad City (Imatran Voima Mixxx) 12:59
  5. Grow / Last City On Earth 17:16
  6. Boris Divider / Master Model 20:53
  7. E.M.S. / By Your Command 24:52
  8. Morphogenetic / Alright 29:18
  9. The Exaltics / Things Fall Apart 33:29
  10. Heuristic Audio / Realistic Tradition 36:44
  11. Boris Divider / Ready For The Fight 40:47
  12. Sniper Mode / Life Under The Strobe Light 43:49
  13. Sbassship / Pre-Existent Future 46:35
  14. TRV / Unlimited Power 49:53
  15. Lowfish / Burn The Lights Out 55:25
  16. DJ Overdose / Drift Away 58:33

Three tracks from the great Satamile Records, two from the third Dalekovod comp on Crobot Muzik, two from Boris Divider, and a diverse selection of 2000s electro to round out the list. Nothing fancy here, just grabbing tunes and rocking out.

My highlight this week is tracks 13 and 14, both by the excellent Sbassship. Pre-Existent Future is from his release on MAS 2008's label Electronic Corporation. Unlimited Power, released under the TRV alias, is from the Technical Remove Viewing EP on Dominance Electricity. The TRV record in particular is just blistering. Very good, very tough stuff.

This show is fine, for an improvised set. There's a sudden jump in volume at 46:35 when Pre-Existent Future comes in, but that's the only serious mistake. I'm warming up for summer, so expect some more fast music next week.