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MTT 186 / Breathe Life

Posted 2020-09-20. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT186 Spectrogram

An electro, IDM, and ambient grab-bag, all at around 120. New(ish) tracks from Pearson Sound and Scape One plus some old favorites.

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  1. Mrs Jynx / Dinner Dance 00:00
  2. Space Dimension Controller / VCOcation 04:24
  3. Shadowbunny / Feathers 06:20
  4. Dark Vektor / Cyan 09:51
  5. Scape One / Hyperbolix 14:07
  6. Lego Feet / Untitled [Part 2 Track 5] 17:20
  7. Amorphous Androgynous / Fat Cat 21:47
  8. Kaiowa / Aliensex 25:22
  9. Midnight Star / Midas Touch (Hell Interface Remix) 28:29
  10. Ivna Ji / Laax 32:59
  11. Voigt Kampff / Question 36:22
  12. DMX Krew / The Storm King 39:35
  13. Pearson Sound / Everything Is Inside Out 43:04
  14. Dagobert / Bionic Two 47:20
  15. Azure Taint / Bergluft 50:08
  16. SMX / Sleep 53:19
  17. Jega / Inertia 57:17

Scape One's Hyperbolix is (relatively) new, released in February on the album Cosmic Trax through Mr. Baggaley's bandcamp. I played the first track off it a couple months ago, one of the Jive Rhythm Trax tributes. Hyperbolix is more moody than those tributes, more in line with what the album sounds like as a whole.

The other new song this week is Pearson Sound's Everything Is Inside Out from his Alien Mode EP. I played the A side of this two weeks ago and am really glad to get to this track (B2) now. It's a genre-bending piece, as much techno or breaks or IDM as it is anything else. The kicks are arranged in the same pattern as the second half of the Numbers rhythm, there's no snare or strong accent on 2, I dunno, it's weird. And weird in this case is good.

There's lots more to recommend here: Shadowbunny is awesome, Ivna Ji's Laax EP is one of my favorite EPs of the last couple of years, even an old semi-forgotten tracker mod in Aliensex by Kaiowa. But I feel like moving on. I'll be back next week with something slower, as usual.


MTT 185 / Like Shadows

Posted 2020-09-12. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT185 Spectrogram

Electro, IDM, and one odd breaks track, all at around 128. A little cryptic, distant, faded.

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  1. Obergman / Synchronicity 00:00
  2. Holger Flinsch / Abak 01:35
  3. Metamatics / Liquid Gel 04:00
  4. Creta Kano / Skyway Motel 07:48
  5. Legowelt / Shadows In The Street Life 11:37
  6. Transparent Sound / What Goes On? 16:18
  7. VC-118A / Protocol 20:48
  8. Low Orbit Satellite / Hostile Manoeuvres 23:07
  9. Lok44 / Flaix 28:07
  10. Anthony Rother / Medium 31:22
  11. Electroberlin / The End 37:07
  12. Silicon Scally / Coast To Coast 39:22
  13. Jon Convex / Radar 44:37
  14. Rude 66 / Overkill (Vocoder Mix) 48:46
  15. Identity Unknown / Wasp 47 52:25
  16. Plastikman / Mind In Rewind 55:27

The marquee track of this selection is without a doubt Legowelt's Shadows In The Street Life from his album Pancakes With Mist. I've been waiting to play it for a month or more now. An electro anthem, the kind I find only every few years. Mixes well with Skyway Motel, too, which is pretty cool.

Another thing to mention is that Rude 66's classic Overkill is playing at -6% in this mix. On second listen it sounds a bit off, a bit wrong, though to some extent that was my intention. Maybe it would have been better a little slower. Check the link above to hear Overkill at its original speed if you're unfamiliar with it.

I'm happy with this. We've been having a, ah, weather event where I am in Oregon and the music choices this hour reflect that. The performance could be better, there are some annoying unfinished edges in the mix, but I'm always going to say that. Oh, and my little vocal intro wasn't archived correctly, but that's OK.

I'll be back next week with something slower.


MTT 184 / Not Lost

Posted 2020-09-06. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio, uk garage.

MTT184 Spectrogram

Breaks, electro, IDM, and a little future garage, all at a bit less than half the tempo of last week's show. This hour features new(ish) music by Andy Garvey, Client_03, and Pearson Sound.

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  1. Reedale Rise / 4th State 00:00
  2. Sepehr / Thinking Of You 03:53
  3. Silicon Scally / Triggered 08:14
  4. Aloka / Convex 13:14
  5. Client_03 / Personality Converter 16:33
  6. Andy Garvey / Mind Games 20:06
  7. Chris Randall / Stylus 22:35
  8. Azaleh / Revenant 25:39
  9. Sorrow / Up & Down 28:22
  10. Hajimari / Overnight 31:04
  11. Rings Around Saturn / Perfect Crime 33:53
  12. RAC / Instinct 37:39
  13. Ed Chamberlain / Somefind 41:39
  14. Pearson Sound / Alien Mode 45:25
  15. Low Orbit Satellite / Objects In Space 50:28
  16. Bola / Vespers 58:02

The first release I'd like to highlight in this is Pearson Sound's Alien Mode EP, released a couple of months ago on the great Hessle Audio. I like the title track Alien Mode a lot, a breaks workout with some fun vocal distortion (timestretching?). It shows up here near the end of the hour. There's a very good tune on the B-side of the EP too which I'll probably play in a few weeks.

Immediately after Alien Mode is Low Orbit Satellite's Objects In Space from their album Objects In Space. I spent an afternoon about six months ago going through the releases on Low Orbit Satellite's bandcamp, and I think Objects In Space is my favorite. It's four strong trancey electro tracks and one ambient dub techno track, very much my thing.

Tracks 7 through 10 form a little future garage segment. I don't know much about the style and only have a few tracks (most of it sounds like Burial's Untrue to me) but I enjoy it and it's fun to play every now and then. Mixing future garage is a challenge, one I haven't practiced much, so that segment is maybe a little rocky.

That's all the commentary for #184 I have in me. I'll be back next week with something slower, returning to my usual trend of reducing tempo through the month.


MTT 182 / Foot Program

Posted 2020-08-24. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, movement through thought, music, radio, techno.

MTT182 Spectrogram

Bass month continues. Electro and Detroit technobass at 140. Features new tracks by Client_03, Cyan85, Grammar Of Movement, Sepehr, and Turk Turkelton. (Well, new tracks by my standards).

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  1. Insync vs. Mysteron² / Human Loop 00:00
  2. Cyan85 / Drama Bass 04:03
  3. Autobot-1000 vs. DJ Di'jital / Bass Programmer 06:21
  4. D.I.E. / Detroit Technobass 11:37
  5. EDMX / Do You Wanna? (Instrumental) 14:24
  6. Grammar Of Movement / Plastic Games 16:56
  7. Audiotech / Techno City '95 20:09
  8. Drop Man / Basstronic 23:23
  9. UR / Subsonic Shadow 25:41
  10. The Dexorcist / Connect One 29:36
  11. Keith Tucker / Oscillator (Bonus Beats) 34:11
  12. Digitek / Nymphomaniac 37:23
  13. Aux 88 / Alien Life Form 41:30
  14. Turk Turkelton / Bass Freak 44:15
  15. Client_03 / Thought Disposal 47:27
  16. Exzakt / Transfusion (Dexorcist Remix) 51:07
  17. Sepehr / Cybernetic 55:55

The first release I'd like to highlight is Autobot-1000 & DJ Di'jital's Bass Programmer EP, first released on Twilight 76 in 2002, and available now from Di'jital's bandcamp page. I picked this up recently and it's terrific. Bass Programmer is a legit technobass anthem; the original mix, played here, is smooth, where Di'jital's mix is rougher and tougher. The other two tracks both sound Kraftwerk-y to me, and are very strong. (Atomic belongs on Radioactivity, Input/Output belongs on Computer World). This is a really great EP, so go check it out.

My second highlight this week is Habibi Bass by Cyan85 & Turk Turkelton on Lunar Orbiter Program, released at the end of 2019. Tracks 2 Drama Bass and 14 Bass Freak in this mix are both off Habibi Bass. It's another strong four-tracker, highly recommended. (I particularly like N.I.T.N.T. by Turk Turkelton).

All of these tracks are good, of course, but I've delayed writing this long enough and feel the need to stop here. I'll be back next week at the same time and place with ~70 BPM bass music, mostly dubstep. It feels right to halve the tempo to close out the month.


Eggfooyoung / Breakdance And Motivate EP

Posted 2020-08-24. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, ambient, collection, electro, music, photo, vinyl.

Photo of TB008 sleeve front Photo of TB008 side A Photo of TB008 sleeve back Photo of TB008 side B

The Breakdance And Motivate EP by Eggfooyoung. Released by Touchin' Bass in March of 2004. Vinyl, 12". Flac, 16bit/44.1khz, ~141M. Tracklist from the side B label, durations and file size from my stored recordings of the vinyl.

No.Artist / Title BPMDur.
A1.Eggfooyoung / B-Boys Take Control 13004:49
A2.Eggfooyoung / Electric Motivators 12805:00
A3.Eggfooyoung / Bad Dream 00002:12
B1.Eggfooyoung / Pop And Lock 13305:15
B2.Eggfooyoung / Bass Bin 11505:03
B3.Eggfooyoung / Lake Oceola 00001:29
B4.Eggfooyoung / First Time To The Beach 00001:57

This is one of my favorite records. I have a hard time thinking of an electro EP of the 2000s that I like more. I got into the style around the turn of the millennium by digging through used bins; this was one of the first new records I picked up that I really connected with.

I don't have too much to say about the three ambient pieces here. The crunchy, menacing, noisy Lake Oceola is my favorite. They're a nice addition to the EP.

The beat-driven tracks are where the action is. All four are carried by a combination of bass, snappy drums, and sound FX (zaps, wind chimes, scratching, distant vocals, other playful bits). There's a noticeable lack of obvious melody or chord progression in the first three. The fourth, Bass Bin, has a nice synth pad that smooths it out. I end up mostly paying attention to the drum program, to the changes in beat and texture. It's a similar listening experience to a particularly spare electro instrumental mix, the kind you'd find on the B-side of a 12" single. Music for boomboxes, for dancing with brooms.

Eggfooyoung is Adrian Michna, founder of the Secret Frequency Crew and later a solo artist on Ghostly International. (Magic Monday, his first LP on Ghostly, is also very good). His current project is a collaboration with Eliot Lipp called Minutes Unlimited (which I heard about just now while looking up links, seems cool to me).

The Breakdance And Motivate EP is available as a digital download over at Touchin' Bass's bandcamp page, so go check it out. Like the State Logik & Jacob record I wrote about last month this EP was in my bag for most summer shows at Ground Kontrol, making it another arcade classic.


MTT 181 / Block To Block

Posted 2020-08-16. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, miami bass, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT181 Spectrogram

Tough loud electro and electro bass up around 135 BPM. Most of it from Florida. I might be working out some aggression here. Features tracks by Dynamix II, Code Rising, Ohverclock, Phonotronix, a few DJ Wreck (AKA Salim Rafiq AKA Gucci Bass) remixes, and more.

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  1. Eggfooyoung / Lake Oceola 00:00
  2. AS1 / These Dirty Streets 01:20
  3. DJ Overdose / The Beat 03:56
  4. Exzakt / More Bounce To The Ounce 07:44
  5. Netzwerk Florida / Earth.Wind.Fire (Instrumental) 10:37
  6. Hydraulix / Hydrospace 13:34
  7. Code Rising / Retro Miami 17:32
  8. Drop Man / And The Beat Goes 21:07
  9. Otto Von Schirach / Bass Low (Gucci Bass Rmx) 23:59
  10. E.V.A.C. / Terra (Salim Rafiq's Anti Terra-rist Remix) 26:51
  11. Brice Kelly / The Unseen 29:57
  12. Ohverclock / Rezonation (Beat Mix) 33:32
  13. Tricky D / Take It To The Max (Hydraulix Remix) 36:38
  14. Code Rising vs Phonotronix / Fathom 40:13
  15. T.E.S.T. / Heat Levels Critical 42:29
  16. Ghostlight / Signal Stream (Inhuman Designed Remix) 45:14
  17. Phonotronix / In-sub-or-di-nate 48:54
  18. Dynamix II / Pledge Your Allegiance To Electro Funk 53:00

Tracks 3, 5, and 18 (The Beat, Earth.Wind.Fire, and Pledge Your Allegiance) are all from Exzakt's record label Monotone. Exzakt himself appears twice in this mix, with More Bounce To The Ounce and the previously mentioned Earth.Wind.Fire. I'm a big fan of Monotone, and am happy to see they've been active again in the last few years. (Brice Kelly has a new album on Monotone that seems pretty rad).

Discogs tells me that Salim Rafiq is half of Gucci Bass, the remixers of track 9 Bass Low by Otto Von Schirach. That forms a fun connection with the next song Terra (Salim Rafiq Mix) by E.V.A.C. - same remixer, 16 years apart. Both are good remixes, and seem to fit well together.

Ryan Phillips AKA Kounterakt appears three times in this mix, twice as a member of Code Rising and once as a member of Ohverclock. I had Mind, Body, and Soul from Electro Endeavours Vol. 2 queued up too, but didn't get to it. Top tunes all.

Phonotronix also appears three times: track 14 Fathom with Code Rising, track 17 In-sub-or-di-nate, and track 16 Signal Stream as Ghostlight (with Cloak), although that last one is remixed by Inhuman Designed.

I feel like there's a whole modern electrobass scene here, one that isn't talked about much on the outlets and discussion forums I follow. I've got a bunch of this style from the 2000s period - Debonaire Records, Exceleration, Frajile, Monotone. Then 2008-2015 gave us Bass Frequency Productions, Black Magic US, and CHP Recordings (that I'm aware of). I'm not sure what's going on right now; I know Monotone and Frajile Recordings are active, but that's it. I'm excited to see where the Florida electrobass sound goes this decade. I'm hoping for a return to a more minimal, spare, synth-y sound, more like the early 2000s.

And now I've talked too much. I love playing this stuff but it only ever feels appropriate in the summer months, August in particular. I had a track cued up to play after Pledge Your Allegiance but the timing didn't quite work with the vocal outro, unfortunately. I'll be back next week, same time and place, with something faster.


MTT 180 / Make Steps

Posted 2020-08-09. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, miami bass, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT180 Spectrogram

Summer electro at ~126. West coast, east coast, Detroit, Germany, and a whole pile of Miami bass.

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  1. Industrial Bass Machine / Prepare For Invasion 00:00
  2. Eurobass Express / Bass In Your Face (Quad Attack Dub) 01:03
  3. Aux 88 / Sonic Boom 04:32
  4. Breezy Beat MC / Shake The Joint 07:35
  5. Bass 305 / Ultimate Bass Challenge (Mega Low Speaker Annihilation) 10:59
  6. Beat Dominator / Feel The Music 13:00
  7. Bass Master A.C.E / Totally Bass 16:44
  8. Dynamix 2 ft. Kidd Money / Feel The Bass 19:28
  9. MC ADE / Bass Mechanic 22:26
  10. Iceman Ja / Dance Transformers 25:41
  11. Dynamix II / Bass Generator 30:36
  12. Afro-Rican / Give It All You Got (Instrumental) 35:29
  13. The Get Funky Crew / Shake Them Titties (Titty Beats) 37:21
  14. Old School Players / 120 BPM 38:22
  15. Supreme.ja & Debonaire / Battle Droid (Bonus Beatz) 40:31
  16. Michna / Quadruple Gold Dipped 44:29
  17. Keisha Boom / Just Dance (Cameron Paul Remix) 47:08
  18. The Unknown DJ / Break Down (Dance Your Pants Off) (Wicked Mix) 50:39
  19. Maggotron / The Bass That Ate Miami (Soundchasers & Hydraulix Remix) 53:09
  20. Danny D & DJ Wiz / Get On Up And Dance (Wicked Mix) 56:52

Most of these are tracks played before on this radio show, and tracks I've been playing for years in general. Longtime favorites of mine. These selections aren't all strictly from Florida, so this is more of a mood, a bass attitude.

I do want to draw attention to one record, though, and that's Miami Bass Classics 5 on Wicked Mix, where the special mixes of tracks 18 and 20 come from. It's a remix service record that I picked up at Platinum Records some time in the early 2000s. As it says on the label: "DJ USE ONLY, NOT FOR PUBLIC DISPLAY OR COMMERCIAL USE". The mixes all work to make the tracks sound much more west-coast to me, breaks and electro by way of California. (Even the Unknown DJ track sounds somehow more west-coast). I like it; I like these versions more now than when I first bought the record.

I'll be back next week with more bass and some of my favorite 2000s Florida electro records. Faster and tougher than the music in this hour. Will try to be less lethargic on the mic, and will also try to leave myself enough time to read the tracklist in full. The usual time and place, live on aNONradio Thursday night PDT (Friday morning UTC).


MTT 179 / Dance Around The Center

Posted 2020-07-31. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, downtempo, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio, synthpop.

MTT179 Spectrogram

100 BPM grab bag. Beats and pieces. A new track from Legowelt and mishmash of stuff I've been listening to this month.

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  1. The War Against The Sun / Anti Photon Battery 00:00
  2. Legowelt / Under A Golden Dome 04:49
  3. Aphex Twin / Ageispolis 08:27
  4. The Darkvoid Project / 1986 11:18
  5. Ian o'Brien / Homeless 15:26
  6. Bryan Zentz / Krooks & Snakes 19:56
  7. Gottfried Y. Leibniz / Twofoldness 22:30
  8. Prodamkey / Purple Beat 25:21
  9. User48736353001 / 20 Pink Floyd 28:41
  10. Electric Sheep / You Never Know (Live) 31:22
  11. The Aesthetics / Slam 34:23
  12. Secret Frequency Crew / Gold 36:12
  13. Chris Randall / Mitte (Baseck Remix) 39:45
  14. Being / Gonk 42:27
  15. DJ Food / Dark Lady (Skint Mix) 46:00
  16. Mike Ash / Our Universe 49:11
  17. Neuroactive / Vapour (Inflammable Mix) 52:56
  18. Duran Duran / Save A Prayer (Anodyne Remix) 55:58
  19. Portland / The Return Of Richard Belmont 58:40

I featured Legowelt near the beginning of the show again this week, with a track from his new album Pancakes With Mist. The release of Pancakes somehow slipped by me, or I'd have played Shadows In The Street Life weeks ago. It's very good (I like it anyway) and currently listed as name-your-price, so go check it out.

The Duran Duran remix at the end of this hour is of course from MASK 500. The copy I have, the copy that's played here, is the 2009 bootleg. I've both played and written about it before, and I'm sure I will again. Might be worth writing up a post dedicated to it.

I didn't leave myself enough time to read the tracklist out loud at the end of this show, unfortunately. Sorry to the folks who got left out. I don't have too much more to say about this one; it was fine. The last 20 minutes are particularly good, I think.

Thanks to everybody out there listening. I'll be back next week to continue my tradition of playing bass music in August, so prepare yourself for at least two weeks of Miami Bass.