Two tracks from MANASYt's album Inferior Subjects appear
here, #2 Secret Time and #10 Positive Deception. I'm familiar
with MANASYt through his releases for Bunker and Touchin' Bass; his work
is usually some combination of cryptic, dark, loud, and rowdy. I chose
a couple of the lighter tracks from Inferior Subjects for this mix; check
out the rest at the link above.
It felt right to let Lost Trax's Saturnian System run long, about
six minutes. I love it, and I don't play it often. I picked up a digital
copy of the two-track SCSI-AV version back in I think 2008. It looks
like Delsin re-released it in 2017 as a four-track EP (the two
additional tracks coming from the follow-up Lost Trax 2). I've
linked to the re-release above.
That's number 203 done. Pretty good, although there's a point or two
where I should've been more patient. (Clashing basslines, etc). I'll
be back next week with another mix, something slower, Thursday evening
Track 6 Cable (Lumberjack) by Noldus Rabiatus is an old tracker
mod, filename nr-cable.it, that I got from a friend's collection.
The song message lists a release date of 1999-10-02, but I was unable
to find anywhere that it's been published online. A number of
Noldus's other mods can be found in the MODLAND archive,
This is a good one, a good set. I like this selection a lot. Forgive the loose
timing on the transition from Night & Day to The Penultimate Truth,
that recording of Night & Day from the Scape One & Transparent Sound & Karoshi
compilation slips a bit. Anyway, I'll have another mix up next week Thursday,
the usual time. Something slower. 'till then.
This mix is primarily inspired by the 2004 CBS Top 100
countdown. Track 4 Remember by Gino Soccio (presented here edited
and slowed-down), track 9 Loneliness by The Conservatives, track
12 Bodydub (Freak Electrique Mix) by Unit 4, track 13
P.H.A.S.E.R. by Freak Electrique, and track 14 Webbmen by
Twilight Ritual were all featured in that countdown. The CBS countdowns
always happened right around December 25th, but for some reason I
strongly associate them with New Years. The 2004 countdown in particular
is important to me, as it was the first time I had heard a lot of
Italo Disco. The CBS (and I-F's Mixed Up In The Hague)
seem to have had a wide-ranging impact, exposing a lot of folks like me
There are a few outliers in this selection though, some not-quite-disco
music. Synths Versus Me's very nice cover of the famous Goodbye Horses
by Q. Lazzarus is one, I believe I first heard that at one of the
Serious Moonlight parties. The Devil's Dancers by Oppenheimer Analysis
is another, old Minimal Wave reissued by Minimal Wave Records.
Both big tracks, hits that I've been meaning to play for a while now.
But the biggest track by far is Freak Electrique's P.H.A.S.E.R.
(PHoton Amplified by Stimulated Emission of Radiation), released 2003
on Viewlexx. I've been waiting a decade or more to play it,
waiting for an appropriate New Years Eve set. It was worth the wait.
I skipped the first third of the song here, the wonderful ambient portion,
and so I strongly recommend listening to the full (16 minute) track
on Youtube, kindly made available there by Viewlexx. It never fails to
make me move.
And that's MTT 201; that's the end of 2020. Thanks for listening; please
pardon some mushy mixing in this hour. I will say, in closing, there's
one song notably missing from this selection: Mr. Flagio's
Take A Chance. I'd have played it but unfortunately I don't have
a copy. Give it a listen on youtube, call it a bonus track.
I have no idea what to play next week; that's a 2021 problem, and I'm
still in 2020 while writing this. I'll be back with another upload on
Alright, I have too much to say about this list so let's go through
it track-by-track, stream of consciousness, faux Blogariddims
We start with two tracks from Five Musicians members. First is a small
piece of the intro from Basehead's 19 minute long Shades Of Night II.
Second is Necros's classic Shadow Caster, his remix of Orbital's
The Girl With The Sun In Her Head, both the original and remix from 1996.
In Sides is my favorite Orbital album and this Shadow Caster remix is
one of my favorite Impulse Tracker mods. It captures the tone of the
original really well; it's impressive work.
Norfair's Alive Evil is a loose file I picked up from scene.org, and
shifts the mix again, this time closer to the traditional mod music sound.
It's funky, has a fun lead and a good break, works for me. Track 7 is about
60 seconds of Mute by RS3 of Hellven, shoehorned in here to take
advantage of Alive Evil's drop to halftime. Xhale's Red Smoke is
another loose file, a quiet recovery from Mute, used to build back up to
track 9 Things You Like To Hear, the other half of Mikroloop's
Carmen Elektra EP.
13 is Midnight Snowfall, an ambient piece by Darkhalo,
chosen for its high-pitched reverse synth noises similar to Necros's
Shadow Caster from the beginning of the mix. Track 14 is our second
from Dune, SAPA.S3M, titled I'm A Ram. I've been waiting
years to play this. I love the synth arpeggio running through it, and one
of the melodies lines up with the snares in the next track, so this felt
like the perfect time.
Now we get to the drum & bass. Track 15 So Cold by Krii is the
first of three tracks from the classic modgroup and netlabel
Language Lab, an atmospheric drum & bass piece, it wouldn't be out
of place on say Good Looking. Recognize by an0va is
the most modern, most recently-released track here, a hybrid footwork
and drum & bass tune released in 2016. I'm playing an export-to-wav of
the .MOD file made with OpenMPT, which is why the panning is kind
of wack. #17 Flowerfield by Jean Nine is our second and last tune
from Milk, some "hardstepping mellow jungle" to quote the file's
Yolk's Temple Of Sun took 7th place in the multichannel music
competition at Assembly 1995; one of the drum loop samples has a nice
phase-fight with Flowerfield as it mixes in. The last two tracks are both
Language Lab releases. RJV's Danny Saved My Life is
another track in the Good Looking style, the Danny in question
being of course LTJ Bukem. Tyree's Impala cuts the tempo
in half, into triphop range, and brings the energy down to close out
And that's MTT 200. Sorry for rambling - this is way too long - but I
couldn't pick just three or four releases to comment on. Shoutout to the
Netlabel Archive for their good work making a lot of the track
research much easier to do. Shoutout to adamd, dokuja, the other longtime
listeners from aNONradio. Shoutout to the Tronix Crushing Crew. And final
shoutout to Rb387, sorry I didn't work one of your pieces in here this time.
I'll be back next week with something for New Year's Eve; some old
Viewlexx and some disco, maybe.
Hey all, just a quick note to say that I've re-uploaded the 2017 and
2018 demoscene / tracker music mixes I performed for MTT on
aNONradio. As of this post five such mixes are now available for
download on this website:
The two long tracks here are DJ R21's Beauty from his album Wired
for Swishcotheque and Odyssey by Carl Finlow from his
Electrilogy series for Device (played here from the Electrilogy+
CD). The R21 track is cool, a nice ambient-electro piece, though it's
little hard to get now (the zip file isn't available at the link above).
Odyssey, and Electrilogy+ in general, is an old favorite of mine,
and very much worth checking out if you've never heard it.
Lowfish's Fatblex is from Eliminator on Suction Records,
Lowfish and Solvent's label. I'm a little surprised this is the first time
I've played Fatblex here, it's another old favorite of mine, a song that
always played well at the arcade. The following track is of course
Electro Boogie by State Logik from State Logik & Jacob's 12" for
Narcotix Inc., which I wrote up for this blog a few months ago.
The closing track Eclipse is from Matt Whitehead & Myoptik's album
for Frequency Domain, a great ambient tape from 2017 that I slept
on for way too long. I particularly like Pris's Dream, track 5 from
that album. Sorry for talking over Eclipse; the beat lined up with Invasion
(more or less) and it was a good tune to fade out on.
Not the most winter-y selection, but serviceable. It was good to play
Fatblex and Invasion again. I'll be back next week, the evening
of the 24th, with this year's tracker music mix. Gonna go work on it right
now, in fact...