The first two tracks in this mix are from grad_u's Greyscale label,
part of the Scale Limited group. I picked up a couple of Greyscale
releases a few days ago as my dub techno purchase this year. Ke Thu's
quick ambient techno track is from their distant, thoughtful
Formed Together EP. The second track is from Ohrwert's
Fidelis, Blavus EP, a more accessible and traditional dub techno cut,
here inelegantly combined with Axs's Milieu Interieur from
their Rosewood Secrets album. I like the deeper and dub-ier selections
on Grey- and Redscale and will be paying closer attention to them.
Track 12 Broken Axis (A. Trebor Remix) by Sone and track 16
Shaping Shadows by JX-216 are both from the excellent Seattle
techno label From 0-1. Shaping shadows is from a particularly
good release, the Life Under Lockdown EP, four tracks of (I
believe I'm using this term correctly) wicked techno. Check out
that EP for the serious business.
Putting Legowelt's Side by Side We Ride... into Shaping Shadows
doesn't work at all, but I wanted to hear it. (And maybe I wanted to say
the title out loud too).
This was super fun to mix even if the end result doesn't hold together very
well. Levels are a bit different this time too; this was recorded with
a new audio interface. Anyway, I'll be back next week with more dub
techno and other four-on-the-floor stuff, uploaded at my usual time,
I love the slow tracks on Tips For Life - Acing The Test, Arcade Breeze,
Buying ZIPdisks In Memphis, Life Goals Fading Away, Sinister Never Deceives.
Arcade Breeze was on Legowelt's first Memphis Rap mix (if I remember
correctly), and I'm very happy he put it out on Tips For Life. I wish I
could've played it at the arcade.
The last track of this mix is Strange Monday by Gyoza District, from
their 2019 album Voyage Agency on Adhesive Sounds. I've
listened to Voyage Agency a lot over the last year, and it always cheers me
up, always makes me feel better. Chill, slow, thoughtful beats. I think
it's a really well-made well-paced album. Check it out if the bit I
didn't talk over caught your ear.
There's some odd timing to the fades and the phrasing in this mix (it's
not my best performance), I hope nobody minds too much. It's been a tough
week. This is the final episode of MTT year 4; next week will mark the
beginning of year 5. I think I'll play something four-on-the-floor for a
change of pace. Techno and/or dub techno for the springtime. Will return
with that on March 4th.
Three tracks from Brokntoys feature in this mix: #6 Work 2
by L'Automat, #10 Passive Concealment by ΠΕΡΑ ΣΤΑ ΟΡΗ, and #14
Manipulated Matter by Versalife. Both Work 2 and Passive Concealment
are new - 2020 and 2021, respectively. I particularly like the
Cold Readings EP that Passive Concealment is from, a lot of variety
in those 5 tracks.
Repeats and favorites. I've played Ivna Ji's Laax EP a lot over the
last few years, for myself, at the arcade, and here for this mix series.
I love those four tracks to bits and have been meaning to write an article
on it. One more: the Close Your Eyes (And Feel) EP by Supreems,
another I'm always looking for reasons to play. Four tracks again, bright
and moody, breaks and electro by way of some unknown-to-me house music scene.
I gather it's a pretty well-known EP by now, but I still can't get enough of
And that's my time this week. I'll be back on the 25th with another
end-of-month "slow" set, the last installment of MTT Year 4. March will
mark the beginning of year 5.
Four tracks from Touchin' Bass appear in this mix: #6
FormfollowsFunction by Logreybeam, #8 Numem by RD, #11
Dryer by Doctor Evil, and #15 Jaguar Spirit by IX.
Formfollowsfunction and Dryer are both from Doctor Evil's Ritual EP,
a great bass-heavy record I've had forever and never known when to play.
Doctor Evil is an alias for Ben Milstein, a terrific local pacific
northwest producer and DJ. If you have a chance to see him perform live
don't miss it.
Track #3 Slatter Jatter by TwoFourteen, #13 Scran by Senor Frio,
and #15 Kronik Subsonica by ADJ are all from the label
Pyramid Transmissions. Slatter Jatter and Kronik Subsonica are both
from the Alternative Networks EPs, number 2 and 1 respectively. Scran
is from the label sampler available free at their bandcamp. It's worth
mentioning that IX and ADJ are both aliases of Andy Jaggers, one
of the founders of Pyramid (according to discogs, anyway).
Trichome's Randy Bulbz is the most recent track here, from their
album Cognitive Dissonance released last year on Schematic.
That whole album is as good as Randy Bulbz, which is to say excellent.
I didn't want to interrupt it so I let it run long in this mix.
Definitely check out the rest of the album if you like Bulbz.
This mix is pretty good, there's some mismatched phrasing, some level
problems, a moment or two where the beats don't quite agree, but that's
OK. The Touchin' Bass tracks and the Pal Secam Kids track are from old
vinyl and might sound a bit worn out; I might need to clean those or
get new needles.
I'll be back next week with another mix, uploaded Thursday evening
as usual. I'll play something slower, but I'm not sure what. Shoutout
to Bot23 and Senor Frio, hope you gents are doing well.
The two NULLPTR tracks are both from their excellent album
Future World out last year on CPU. I love the three Nullptr
releases I have (two on CPU, one on Detroit Underground) and of those
I think Future World is my favorite. Discogs tells me that Nullptr used
to release as Bovaflux, so I'll have to pick up some of those
releases too. I imagine everybody knows by now but just in case:
Future World is terrific and you should check it out.
Track 15 Bodied (Roller Mix) by Ikonika from their Bodies EP
is a recent purchase, one I'm glad I found. The EP is somewhere in the
lineage of UK bass music (something I don't know much about) and it's
more-or-less compatible with electro in rhythm and tempo. Bodied is the
toughest track on the release and I've got it pitched up about +6% in
this mix so give the original a listen at the link above.
I'm writing this in a hurry once again so I'll close here. There's
more weirdness in this hour (track 13 is one side of an old Drum &
Bass two-track 12" played at 33 RPM, track 16 is one of the few
pieces of early dubstep / UK garage I own), but that's all I have time to
say. I'll be back next week at my usual time (Thursday evening) with
another mix. Something slower.
Annechoic's Ib is from their EP rw nw prt m hrw out last
year on Brokntoys. I appreciate the variety of tracks on this
release - a couple tough fast tracks, another tough one at 120,
the slower Ib included here, and a nice ambient opener in Ka.
Really good EP.
Sub.conscious by Andy Garvey is from their Complex Clarity
EP for Lobster UNDR, another release I've played a lot over the
last year. I've got Sub.conscious running at -6% so it may sound a bit off.
Another great record with a wide variety of tracks and styles on it.
Zobol's Suspended Animation is one I just picked up, out a
few months ago on EON Records. Slow melancholic electro, good
stuff. It plays a little quiet in this mix, unfortunately; go check out
the original for the full effect.
The second track from Brokntoys in this mix is L'Automat's
Work 1, from their Works 7". I love this series of 7"es that
Brokntoys has been putting out, and Works is no exception. Cryptic moody
Which leaves the last track, 8 Bit Caravan by Metamatics
from their album Vogue Casio 96, out a couple months ago through
Metamatics' bandcamp page. A terrific album full of funky IDM beats, I
like it more every time I listen to it.
Alright, I wrote this in a hurry so forgive me for rambling. Thanks for
listening, check out the albums at the links above, and I'll be back
with another upload next Thursday evening February 4th.