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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.

MTT No. 072 / By The Wayside

Posted 2018-07-13. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, disco, electro, house, movement through thought, music, radio.

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Disco. House? Another CBS-inspired show.
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  1. So Takahashi / Pattern #15 [-8%] 00:00
  2. Raiders Of The Lost Arp / Arrival 01:03
  3. Patrick Cowley / Sea Hunt 05:04
  4. Polarius / On The Seaside 08:58
  5. Orgue Electronique / Bitter Cherry Leaves 12:37
  6. Lowfish / No Longer Accepting Complaints 14:57
  7. Giorgio / E=MC² 19:24
  8. Skatebård / Vuelo 22:12
  9. Late Invitation / The Invite 28:03
  10. Omar S & Kai Alce / Not Phazed 30:29
  11. Legowelt / Are You Truly Debonaire? 33:34
  12. Lolita Sträp / I Would Love To Eat You Right Now 37:06
  13. Alexander Robotnick / Problèmes D'Amour (Original 12") 40:13
  14. Giorgio / I Wanna Rock You 44:02
  15. Polygamy Boys ft. Lindsay-J / Mystic Eyes 48:23
  16. SYD / Altered States 54:09
  17. Legowelt / Gina Flies To Space 55:15

Bunker, Crème Organization (a lot of Crème, 4 tracks), Viewlexx, and a small helping of proper old italo-disco thanks to Patrick Cowley, Giorgio Moroder, and Alexander Robotnick. I put this together as an excuse to play Mystic Eyes, which I recently (re)discovered.

Three tracks by Legowelt make it in: On The Seaside, Are You Truly Debonaire, and Gina Flies To Space. It makes me really happy that On The Seaside mixes into Sea Hunt so nicely.

The bit in the middle - Vuelo, The Invite, Not Phazed - is a weird little house aside. I'm not sure it works, but that's OK; it changes up the sound nicely. The Omar-S track in particular is really good.

There's a sloppy transition or two, and a few of the tracks could be swapped out for something more suitable, but then that's always true of my sets. I had a great time mixing these tunes again; can't ask for more than that.

MTT No. 071 / Something Stronger

Posted 2018-07-06. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, movement through thought, music, radio.

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A stack of '90s breakbeats. From all over the map, all mashed together.
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  1. Eon / Something Stronger (Infinity Mix) 00:00
  2. Dave Trance / Promise Me (Dave's 3AM Fever Mix) 01:01
  3. The Future Sound Of London / Expander 03:46
  4. ILS / Revolver 08:02
  5. DJ Icey / Don't Stop 12:04
  6. The Octagon Man / Chocolate Machine 15:20
  7. Dave Trance / Promise Me (DJ Who's "Don't Promise Me Shit Mix") 18:18
  8. DJs Friction & Spice / Future Funk 21:57
  9. Mental Cube / Chile Of The Bass Generation 24:44
  10. Leftfield . Bambaataa / Afrika Shox (Jedi's Elastic Bass Remix) 27:23
  11. Meat Beat Manifesto / Spanish Vocoder 30:02
  12. M5 ft. Brad Raker / Gotta Feeling (Break Mix) 32:04
  13. Necros / Isotoxin 35:35
  14. Überzone / Believe 39:25
  15. Überzone / In Beats 41:05
  16. The Ultraviolet Catastrophe / Trip Harder 42:22
  17. The Crystal Method / Now Is The Time (The Olympic Mix) 46:40
  18. The Future Sound Of London / Papua New Guinea (Monsoon Mix) 52:43
  19. Kung Fu Jesus / Amen.. & Then Some 56:37
  20. B Phenix / Tomorrow Lost Yesterday 58:30

What I said about MTT021 holds true for this show as well - this is the kind of mix I used to make in high school, only better. I'm still playing and listening to most of the same tracks from that time period, as demonstrated here. (Crystal Method, FSOL, Überzone, etc.)

There's a lot of FSOL in this. Expander and Papua New Guinea, obviously, but also Chile Of The Bass Generation from the deceptive Earthbeat compilation. And Necros' Isotoxin, which I consider an honorary FSOL track, based on the sound of it. About once a year I try to mix Isotoxin into Expander and each time I re-discover it doesn't work.

Following up on MTT021 again, I did pick up a copy of The Trip (in this case the Remixes 12") for this mix. I don't think I presented it well here - I should have started it from a point further in the track. It's a massive tune regardless.

I'm happy with this. It's been a good week, going through these tracks again.

MTT No. 070 / Unwinding Square

Posted 2018-06-29. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, downtempo, drum & bass, movement through thought, music, radio, vaporwave.

MTT070 Spectrogram

Ambient, downtempo, ~85 BPM grab bag.
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  1. 2814 / 恢复 00:00
  2. Occult Orientated Crime / Rodrigo Syntese System 05:04
  3. Crystal Maze / Castro Valley 10:01
  4. Global Communication / 9:25 13:30
  5. The Future Sound Of London / Yage 19:28
  6. Solo / Waiting To Fly 24:00
  7. Rashida Prime / {unknown} 30:53
  8. Anthony Rother / Magic Diner Part II 32:35
  9. Nic TVG & Eschaton / Girl With Guns On Her Neck 35:57
  10. dBridge ft. Instra:mental / Blush Response 38:24
  11. Eschaton / Aphelian 43:15
  12. Dagobert / La Boom 45:40
  13. Vector Lovers / Shinjuku Girl 50:21
  14. Jean-Paul Bondy ft. Rochelle Vincente / Monochrome 53:09

This show is made up of a bunch of odd pieces. Waiting To Fly on the netlabel Hellven, vaporwave ambient tunes by 2814 and Rashida Prime, the two Eschaton tracks on Subtle Audio vol. III, and so on. I feel like there are a lot of stories here.

I don't have much more to say than that... this is a stack of tunes I like at a common tempo, thrown together at the last second while dead tired. I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. A good way to wind down the month.

MTT No. 069 / I Still Boogie Down

Posted 2018-06-22. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, funk, hiphop, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT069 Spectrogram

Two-thirds '80s electro, funk, and hip-hop. One-third new(ish) music inspired by it.
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  1. Kraftwerk / Trans-Europe Express (Long Version) [Loop] 00:00
  2. Afrika Bambaataa & The Soulsonic Force / Looking For The Perfect Beat (12" Vocal Version) 00:56
  3. Akamagoo / Electro Beats 05:46
  4. C.O.D. / In The Bottle 07:16
  5. Paul Hardcastle / Sound Chaser 12:35
  6. G.L.O.B.E. & Whiz Kid / Play That Beat Mr. D.J. 17:15
  7. Newcleus / Jam On Revenge (Special Re-Mix) 20:40
  8. Project Future / Arcade Lover 23:59
  9. Synthman / Me & My Moog 27:25
  10. DMX Krew / String Theory 30:41
  11. Circuits / Forces 34:28
  12. Prime Dominance / Theme Of Swift Rock (Original Video Mix) 37:23
  13. Menusha & The Girls / You Boys (Can Boogie) 41:52
  14. Davy DMX / The DMX Will Rock 46:19
  15. Whodini / Magic's Wand 49:08
  16. Man Parrish ft. Freeze Force / Boogie Down (Bronx) 54:27
  17. Man Parrish / Boogie Down Bronx (Gescom Remix) 59:03

I'm a fan of 1980s electro (and funk, and hip-hop) but I'm by no means an expert. The selection here represents a few of the New York electro tracks I've been able to find in used bins over the last ~15 years. If you like the style, please seek out articles or other DJs who specialize in it, because there's a lot more. (And so much of it is really, really good.)

There is some new music here, of course. Prime Dominance and Menusha & The Girls on Dominance Electricity, DMX Krew on Strange life, the Akamagoo track on Elektrodos. But the newest-to-me is Reeno's two releases here, Me & My Moog and Forces. Reeno has a bandcamp page full of excellent funky, synth-y electronic music. Those two tracks, and his work in general, are my recommendation this week.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, specifically Mr. Magic's Wildstyle Pirate Radio, was floating around in the back of my mind while mixing this. It wasn't the first place I'd heard this style of music, but it definitely was the first time I'd heard some of these tracks. Mr. Magic was of course a real, and notable, person in his own right; check out the discogs link above and his wikipedia article for more information.

And that's it. Will be back next week with a more low-key set.

MTT No. 068 / Time To Shift

Posted 2018-06-15. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, electro, movement through thought, music, radio.

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I had planned to think sunny thoughts, but this happened instead. Electro, ~135 BPM, mostly 2000s.
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  1. Insektoid / Uncalculated Motion In Space [Edit] 00:00
  2. Rutherford / Spoken Word 03:53
  3. Diamondback Kid / Coma 07:23
  4. Psi Spy v Formless / Locked 10:57
  5. Hydraulix / Robocop 15:09
  6. Symbiotek / Assembler 18:58
  7. Tactical Systems / Actuation 22:45
  8. Andrea Parker & David Morley / Game Over 26:19
  9. E.M.S. / Close Encounters 29:38
  10. The Sentinel / Solar Cycle 33:47
  11. Eon / Tantalus V5 37:06
  12. Sonar Base / Sonar Base #10 41:33
  13. T.E.S.T. / Straight Forward 46:45
  14. Ossacip / Ohm Sweet Ohm 50:31
  15. Mandroid / Driving In My Turbo Mini 54:17
  16. Forceback / Back On Track 59:02

Solar Cycle by The Sentinel and Sonar Base #10 by Sonar Base are the standout tracks for me. Sonar Bases 4-10 is exceptional. The Sentinel's Critical Phaze EP is new to me, so I haven't had as much time to digest it, but it (and Solar Cycle in particular) is also very good.

This mix happened because I recently purchased the first five releases on Pyramid Transmissions. I've only scratched the surface here with the two Pyramid tracks in this mix (Psi Spy v Formless and the Ossacip track). There's some beautiful, spare, clean electro on these releases. Reminiscent of the first years of Touchin' Bass. Can't recommend the label enough. I'll definitely be playing more of their releases over summer.

Next week will probably be more low-key. Maybe some disco. We'll see.

MTT No. 067 / Drive (To Nowhere)

Posted 2018-06-08. Permalink. Tagged anonradio, breaks, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT067 Spectrogram

A mix of breaks, IDM, and electro this week. It sounds like... nonsense. Heh.
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  1. Luke Vibert / Reality Check 00:00
  2. Sint / Off To Work 03:49
  3. Fellmann & Louise / Chicken Sandwich 06:07
  4. Wenzel / Latenight Drive 09:03
  5. Paul Hardcastle / King Tut 13:31
  6. Facade / The Groove (Drive To Hollywood Version) 17:35
  7. Hashim / Chateau Vie (Castle Life) 22:04
  8. Intelligent Concept / Keep Da' Groove 25:09
  9. Nagz / Daughter of Time 29:32
  10. Tusken Raiders / Sexy Sandpeople 31:35
  11. Dagobert / Ready To Rock (Electronic Religion) 34:32
  12. Imatran Voima / Commando (Sbassship Remix) 36:52
  13. Brothomstates / Rktic 40:48
  14. Two Lines / Lexo 1000 45:21
  15. Outputmessage / Bernard's Song 51:12
  16. Hajimari ft. Jai Tee / Untitled 56:16

I'm feeling particularly braindead today, so I'll keep my comments short.

Nagz' Daugher of Time is supremely awesome and way, way too short. I've played Nagz once before on MTT. There's a directory full of his Fasttracker 2 mods on my hard drive that I need to go through. Might be a good idea to do a few extended edits, too.

Brothomstates' Rktic is the only record I have on the Warp sublabel Arcola. I'm a huge fan of Brothomstates, as I've mentioned before. It's a killer 12". The b-side - Matala Bobo - is just as good as Rktic.

The Lexo 1000 to Bernard's Song transition is one I particularly like, and have done a few times at Ground Kontrol. Both tracks are from very good (and very different) compilations.

I don't know what the selection will look like next week. I'll spend my time thinking sunny thoughts, and we'll see what happens.

MTT No. 066 / Less Filling

Posted 2018-06-01. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT066 Spectrogram

Some recent IDM-y acquisitions, some old tunes. The customary chill end-of-the-month show.
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  1. Being / Sular Two 00:00
  2. Link / Arcadian (Global Communication Remix) 05:35
  3. Higher Intelligence Agency / ting 12:45
  4. Metamatics / Heddon Zara Spook 18:15
  5. XY0815 / Fuck Mars, We're On Earth Now 23:56
  6. XY0815 / TRQ21 Pasadena 25:40
  7. Micronaut / CMU 27:47
  8. Micronaut / Nevermore 31:52
  9. Higher Intelligence Agency / Hubble 35:00
  10. Micronaut / Ac33d 41:04
  11. Underworld / M.E. 45:23
  12. Brian Eno / The Roil, The Choke 52:13
  13. Dead TV Society & Zwart Licht Kommando / Gamma Waves 56:47

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.