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MTT 122 / Now Drift

Posted 2019-06-28. Permalink. Tagged ambient, anonradio, dj mix, downtempo, electro, idm, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT122 Spectrogram

A bit of slow-ish music to relax with after playing the arcade. Downtempo, electro, IDM, a bit of ambient.

This show (like most of MTT Year 3) is no longer available for download here. Get in touch with me at the email address listed at the top of this page if you want a copy of it.

This post was updated on 2020/10/05.

  1. The Black Dog / Empty Seat Calculations 00:00
  2. STΛQQ ƟVERFLƟ / Sacred (Grove) 02:33
  3. Scape One / I Program 05:10
  4. Pawel / Baked Beans Please 2 09:39
  5. The Pad Foundation / Elastoplast 14:08
  6. B12 / Basic Emotion 19:02
  7. Scape One / Pure Logic 23:29
  8. D'Arcangelo / Stepping Out 27:11
  9. Jacobean / Ringa Ringa Roses 30:31
  10. Monomorph / Edalb 33:38
  11. Acid Elf / Easy Night Acid 35:20
  12. Axiom 23 / Hidden Lagoon 38:32
  13. DJ R21 / Illumination 42:19
  14. Autechre / Flutter [33RPM] 47:28
  15. E.M.S. / I Take My Time 52:04
  16. DMX Krew / Jet Lag 57:20

I mentioned Axiom 23's Origins last week; it's much better than I first thought. Hidden Lagoon features in this mix, and Higher Communication was waiting in the wings if I needed to fill out time. It's an album I'll be returning to over the summer, for sure.

The copy of Mask 500 played here is the 2009 bootleg. I picked mine up used at 360 Vinyl. I've never compared it to a 1999 original, but I suspect the bootleg sounds a little faded and noisy in comparison. It's good enough for me, though; having those tracks at all is a big deal.

I don't have too much to say beyond that this week. Flutter by Autechre played at 33 sounds great, and I suspect a lot of people listen to it that way by default. I'm glad to have worked in some B12 again, I don't listen to them often enough.

And I need to stop opening shows by saying "I'm tired", heh. That's slowly crossing the line from amusing to annoying, even if it is true.


Logical Aggression @ Ground Kontrol / June 2019

Posted 2019-06-27. Permalink. Tagged ambient, breaks, downtempo, drum & bass, electro, ground kontrol, idm, logical aggression, music.

Another last Wednesday, another show at Ground Kontrol Arcade. DJ Megaphysics opened the night with a good set of oldschool electro and 2000s Dutch electronic (Viewlexx, Creme, etc.). Then I took over from 11:30 PM until close. Here's what I played:

  1. Paul Hardcastle / A.M. ~11:30 PM
  2. Kraftwerk / The Telephone Call (Remix)
  3. Knightz Of Bass / Zoom
  4. Reptant / Microstructure
  5. Silicon Scally / Micron
  6. Claudio Solis / Mindless
  7. Nullptr / Skyline
  8. E Davd / Wavestation (Nu Cycle Mix)
  9. Drexciya / You Don't Know
  10. Kerr Knoll / 808 Tape
  11. Egyptian Lover / The 808
  12. T.E.S.T. / Dark Matter
  13. Dr. Futurist / Polynomial Function
  14. Axiom 23 / Vapour Drive
  15. Overmono / Yell0w_Tail
  16. Scape One / Europa's Secret
  17. Kerr Knoll / Own Your Own Reality
  18. Cybotron / R9
  19. Mandroid / Abstrakt Orange
  20. Coldcut / Timber
  21. Point Guard / The Xhase
  22. Loyal Hardware / Dust
  23. Danny Scrilla / Eclipse
  24. Om Unit / Adventures In Eden
  25. Oliver Yorke / Ryoan-Ji
  26. Margari's Kid / Titan
  27. Om Unit / Fumes
  28. Margari's Kid / Darkness Is Older Than Light
  29. Crypticz / The Crawler
  30. Marvel Cinema / Virtual Sequence
  31. Anonymi / Venturi (Jason oS Remix)
  32. dBridge & Instra:mental / Blush Response
  33. Vangelis / Blush Response
  34. Razorsnatch / Qatari Vice
  35. Decal / DummyNo4
  36. The Sentinel / Dark Matter
  37. Axiom 23 / Still Studies
  38. XY0815 / Fuck Mars, We're On Earth Now
  39. XY0815 / TRQ21 Pasadena
  40. Lapsed / Break Ya Neck (Aaron Spectre Remix)
  41. Autechre / Nil
  42. Galaxy Toobin' / Toobin' Problems ~1:45 AM

A bunch of different styles here; just scribbling all over the page for two hours and change. I played three tracks from Pure Space PS001.1, a great new comp from Australia. Also featured a bunch of music from Om Unit's Cosmic Bridge label, including two tracks from their new release We Are Ghosts Now by Margari's Kid.

Two excellent sets, four and a half hours of good music. Thanks as always to Ground Kontrol for having us, and to everyone hanging out.


MTT 121 / Shakedown

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

MTT121 Spectrogram

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.

This show (like most of MTT Year 3) is no longer available for download here. Get in touch with me at the email address listed at the top of this page if you want a copy of it.

This post was updated on 2020/10/05.

  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, dj mix, electro, hiphop, movement through thought, music, radio.

MTT120 Spectrogram

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

This show (like most of MTT Year 3) is no longer available for download here. Get in touch with me at the email address listed at the top of this page if you want a copy of it.

This post was updated on 2020/10/05.

  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.


Blogariddims, DJ Mix Series and Podcast

Posted 2019-06-12. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, dj mix, drum & bass, dub, dubstep, idm, music, reggae, uk garage, website.

I was thinking I don't write enough, so here's a little something about what is probably my favorite series of DJ mixes.

Quoting Droid from the Blogariddims Top 50 post, who puts it better than I could:

For those that don't know, Blogariddims is a fortnightly inter-blog podcast which was started in June 2006, with the aim of showcasing the high level and variety of selecting, mixing and writing talent in the small corner of the music blogosphere inhabited by nuumskulls, faded-junglists, genre-nerds and bass addicts of every stripe.

I love Blogariddims. The combination of stellar music selection, top mixing, and track-by-track analysis is fantastic. The enthusiasm, too - you can hear the affection for each track, and read that same affection in the show notes.

Most influential on me are the dubstep and electronica mixes. Several of these DJs were in the right place at the right time to observe the creative explosion of dubstep, and were bold enough to link it with some of its less obvious influences. I'm thinking specifically of number 49, Dubtronics.

Blogariddims season 2 logo

The series concluded in October 2008 with #50, Terminus. Two years and 50 great episodes. The complete index of mixes can be found at the Blogariddims Top 50 post on weareie.com. Here are my picks, a short list of the entries I often return to:

I strongly recommend these mixes. And make sure to read the blog posts that come with them; they're consistently informative and well written. MTT is, in many ways, my attempt to emulate Blogariddims and the Blogamuffins.


MTT 119 / Broke Down

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

MTT119 Spectrogram

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

This show (like most of MTT Year 3) is no longer available for download here. Get in touch with me at the email address listed at the top of this page if you want a copy of it.

This post was updated on 2020/10/05.

  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.