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MTT 196 / How Much To Take, How Much To Give

Posted 2020-11-26. Permalink. Tagged ambient, audio download, disco, dj mix, downtempo, electro, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music.

MTT196 Spectrogram

Relatively mellow beats for this last Thursday of November. Disco, electro, IDM. Floating in space at a tempo of about 110 BPM.

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  1. Danny Scrilla / Mechanical Fruit 00:00
  2. Zwart Licht Kommando / Waiting For You 01:53
  3. DJ R21 / Wired 05:58
  4. Mas 2008 / Fragile 09:10
  5. Kan3da / Romanticist 12:04
  6. XY0815 / The Square Of Any Planet 16:17
  7. Secret Frequency Crew / Neon Bridge 20:01
  8. Dune / Not Blue 24:23
  9. Metamatics / Dope For The Robot 27:27
  10. Jega / The Girl Who Fell To Earth 31:14
  11. The Sentinel & Miss Memory / R=V/I 34:37
  12. Aardvarck / Nozum (Attica Blues RMX) 37:40
  13. Ben Businovski / Song For A Cybernetic Amazon 42:33
  14. Phase For Stereo / Kensington Runestone (Cache Hauptland Remix) 45:11
  15. Raiders Of The Lost Arp / Bridge 48:23
  16. The Parallax Corporation / (Searching For A) Cybernetic Lover 51:27
  17. Trisomie 21 / Take The Shock Away 55:37
  18. Legowelt / Warm Technology Cottage 60:14

Dope For The Robot is played here from the original Ep.02 on Clear records. I've linked to a re-release compilation album that contains the song in the tracklist above. Metamatics are on my mind because they just put out a new album of old 96-98 material called Vogue Casio 96 over on their bandcamp. I've listened through Vogue Casio once and it seems very good, so I'll probably be playing some cuts from it on this program over the next few months.

The Traffic II compilation on Combination Records is a record I turn to whenever I'm out of ideas. The idea it presented to me this time is Aardvarck's Nozum (as remixed by Attica Blues). It appears that Nozum was first released as an EP on Delsin records in 2001; that's one I'll have to pick up if I ever see it used.

Trisomie 21's Take The Shock Away is from their 1989 LP Plays The Pictures. It's been a favorite of mine for a long time, a song I like to end sets with. The whole LP is full of short odd ambient sketches, with Take The Shock Away being the one outlier. I've played it a lot down at Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland over the years, and I'm happy to see that Trisomie 21 have a digital version for sale on their website.

That's November done. This show was produced, and these show notes were written, in a slightly bigger hurry than normal. I hope nobody minds too much. I'll be back next week with something faster, as is my habit. (And be on the lookout for the annual tracker mod mix coming in three or four weeks).

Dark Matter by Silicon Scally

Posted 2020-11-24. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, collection, electro, music, photo, review, vinyl.

Photo of SAT025 front art
Photo of SAT025 side A Photo of SAT025 side B
Photo of SAT025 side C Photo of SAT025 side D
Photo of SAT025 back art

Dark Matter by Silicon Scally (AKA Carl Finlow). Released in March of 2005 on Satamile Records NYC. Vinyl, 2x12". Flac, 16bit/44.1khz, ~332M. Tracklist and track durations from the back cover artwork. File size, bit depth, and bitrate are of my own stored recordings of the vinyl. BPM is my own count (and is probably inaccurate).

No.Artist / Title BPMDur.
A1.Silicon Scally / Toneworks 12606:24
A2.Silicon Scally / Pace 12007:10
B1.Silicon Scally / Parallel Array 13306:31
B2.Silicon Scally / Indefinite Space 12607:12
C1.Silicon Scally / Clone Alone 12808:10
C2.Silicon Scally / Ghost Wires 14006:12
D1.Silicon Scally / All Torque 13207:00
D2.Silicon Scally / Dark Matter 13407:48

Carl Finlow has a long history in electronic music - over a hundred releases spanning several decades. Of his LPs, EPs, and singles that I've heard this is my favorite (and one of my favorite electro LPs of all time). It's the third album released under his Silicon Scally alias, and the first record of his I purchased new (for $13.99 at Platinum Records in Portland, the price sticker says).

All eight songs are long, evolving, understated electro pieces. Sometimes cryptic and dark (Pace, Ghost Wires, Dark Matter), sometimes more accessible and upbeat (Toneworks, Parallel Array, Indefinite Space, Clone Alone, All Torque). The overall sound of the record seems pleasantly bassy to me, rounded and smooth. There are no bad tracks here, in my opinion. The title track in particular stands out for its deep growling bassline. (Reminds me of a good reese bass).

I really like the track arrangement presented on the vinyl - two per side for a total of eight feels right. Toneworks and Pace are good openers, and the title track is an excellent closer. Listening to the album from start to finish makes sense and that's usually how I consume it, in one sitting.

I think this is a proper classic, a near-perfect album. Dark Matter isn't obscure, most fans of 2000s electro will have heard it. But if you haven't, give it a listen. It's available as a download from Carl Finlow's bandcamp and Satamile Records NYC's bandcamp as well as Clone and Juno. The vinyl is long out of print and is going for what look to me like unreasonable prices on discogs, so if you see one used at the record store snap it up.

MTT 195 / Last Transport

Posted 2020-11-19. Permalink. Tagged ambient, audio download, dj mix, electro, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music, techno.

MTT195 Spectrogram

Electro & techno around 120, featuring long tracks by Mikron and Silicon Scally.

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  1. LAShTAL / The Fall 00:00
  2. Sonar Base / Arrival At Dwell Probe 04:35
  3. Jauzas The Shining / Depth 08:22
  4. VCS2600 / Antigravity Technology 11:18
  5. Silicon Scally / Pace 14:22
  6. Hajimari ft. Jai Tee / Untitled 19:42
  7. Mikron / Sunken Paths 23:09
  8. Vendor Refill / Blitter 29:11
  9. Ben Cohen / Entrance 31:56
  10. Low Orbit Satellite / Loo No Kot 36:22
  11. Den Wave / MJ (Remix) 40:52
  12. Inigo Kennedy / Cautum 44:44
  13. Voidloss / Continuum Mechanics 48:19
  14. Secus / Mystical Journey 52:40
  15. Brother Blue / Astral Momentum 57:01

The two long tracks mentioned are of course Pace by Silicon Scally (from his 2005 album Dark Matter) and Sunken Paths by Mikron from their album Severance out last year on CPU. Strong recommendation for those two; they're both worth longer review posts (which I'll write... eventually).

VCS2600's Antigravity Technology from their VCS2600 EP isn't listed at that link (it should be track 7), but I'm sure that's where I got it. Discogs says that it's a bonus track, and so I think it'll come with that bandcamp download. (Both it and the later The Future Of Communication are very much worth checking out for good cold distant machine music).

Secus's Mystical Journey from their Interlinked EP caps off this mix and concludes the ~20 minute techno segment at the end. Interlinked is pretty new by my standards, having come out January of this year. The whole EP is abstract, dark, hypnotic; the kind of techno I like.

And that's #195 done. I'll have another upload same time next week (Thursday evening Pacific time), something slower, as usual.

MTT 194 / Suspension

Posted 2020-11-12. Permalink. Tagged acid, ambient, audio download, dj mix, electro, mixcloud, movement through thought, music, techno.

MTT194 Spectrogram

A ~128 BPM selection for a stressful November week. Electro new and old with one odd ambient piece and one old techno track thrown in.

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  1. Motorunit / No Entry 00:00
  2. Sickboy / B Lives Matter 03:48
  3. EM + STAV / Orbit Groove 07:45
  4. DJ Life / The Room 11:16
  5. Transparent Sound / Sound Splash 15:49
  6. Silicon Scally / Toneworks 19:42
  7. Unknown Artist / Untitled [XX.3 A1] 24:29
  8. M_Step / Cold Dust 28:14
  9. Dimension 5 / Drift 31:59
  10. EM + STAV / Inner Space 35:20
  11. Permutation / Evolution 39:18
  12. Exhausted Modern / Attain Ataraxia 43:35
  13. Sepehr / Coup D'etat 46:11
  14. Jacen Solo / Zatoichi 49:54
  15. Legowelt / Words Are Spoken But Do Not Enlighten 52:37
  16. Lastrapink / Wavings 57:43

I picked up Sickboy's Lockdown EP this week and knew I had to play something from it. B Lives Matter makes the cut, appearing as track #2 in this mix. (I choose to interpret that track title as "Black Lives Matter" and not some other reading of "B"). I like that EP a lot, and it's new as of last month so check it out if you haven't already. (Just wish I would've played it a little louder).

Another recent purchase and source of inspiration this week is EM + STAV's Afterglow EP. Released in June on InterGraded, it's terrific, all four tracks are good. I let it sit in my bandcamp wishlist way too long. Two tracks from it feature here, #3 Orbit Groove and #10 Inner Space; the remaining two on the EP skew further towards weird techno.

The brief techno diversion at 24:30 is the A-side of XX.3, from the Molecular Recordings XX series. Originally released in 1999, now surprisingly available at the Molecular Recordings bandcamp as-of this year. I picked up XX.3 from 360 Vinyl's techno section around 15 years ago; I never thought I'd see or hear the rest of them. (I suspect the artist behind XX.3 is Inigo Kennedy but of course I don't know for sure).

Sepehr's Coup D'etat is also pretty new, from his album Shaytoon for Dark Entries. That's an LP with a lot of variety (particularly in tempo) but an overall cohesive sound. Love the acid lines on a lot of the tracks. (It also has my favorite album cover art of the year so far).

But yeah, good tunes all. This feels to me like a very November set. I'll be back next week at the same time (Thursday evening pacific timezone) with another upload, something slower, as usual.

MTT 193 / Shell Game

Posted 2020-11-05. Permalink. Tagged audio download, dj mix, electro, mixcloud, movement through thought, music.

MTT193 Spectrogram

Electro up around 140 this week. You might have heard that we're having a little civic event here in the United States of America, so I reached for something comfortable and easy to play... then got carried away.

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  1. Paul Birken / Untitled [HPS12-05 A1] 00:00
  2. Andrea Parker & David Morley / Game Over 02:30
  3. T.E.S.T. / Wrestling Microbes 04:53
  4. Plant43 / Chain Of Memories 08:26
  5. Anz / Gary Mission 11:59
  6. Metroneem / Gone To Ground 14:48
  7. Sonar Base / Space Travel 19:15
  8. Sansibar / My Boom 22:44
  9. Aux 88 / Synthesizers 26:04
  10. DJ Di'jital / Input Main 29:02
  11. FTG / Input Dada 30:39
  12. Luke Eargoggle & Kan3da / Night Smoker 33:44
  13. Nanobot / Polymorphic Flight 37:16
  14. Spectrums Data Forces / Telemaco (Systemic Remix) 41:23
  15. Ra-X / Humanoid Revolution 43:54
  16. Ascension Électronique / rEVOLution 47:20
  17. Perception / Mirage (Beat Vocal Mix) 50:59
  18. Ascension Électronique / rEVOLution 51:54
  19. DJ R21 / Pulse 53:16
  20. Composite Profuse / Definitive Neglect 54:53

A few recent purchases made it into this mix, notably track 5 Gary Mission by Anz and track 8 My Boom by Sansibar. Anz's track is from her genre-bending EP for Hessle Audio, out this September, highly recommend that. Sansibar's My Boom is from a split 7" on Warning Berlin, also released this year, also very good.

The copy of Ascension Électronique's rEVOLution played here is from the Electro Compendium and not their album Harmonic Defiance which I've linked to above. (I still need to pick up that album). I don't think there are any differences between the two versions. Neither version includes the deviation into Mirage, of course, that was a bit of fun I threw in.

I try to be careful with the vocals, tracknames, the content in general of the music I select for this show. Wrestling Microbes, rEVOLution, Mirage... it isn't subtle, but it's what I'm feeling at the moment. (This one's better message-wise than the time I sort-of accidentally played a track that samples Louis Farrakhan, at least).

I don't know what I'll do next week; will probably reach for something familiar again, something easy. Check back on the 12th and I'll have a new mix up regardless.