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MTT 205 / All Better

Posted 2021-01-28. Permalink. Tagged acid, audio download, dj mix, downtempo, electro, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music.

MTT205 Spectrogram

This month's slow(ish) set, the usual selection of downtempo, electro, and IDM, all at 100. Features new(ish) tracks from Annechoic, L'Automat, Neuroactive, Sophie, Sepehr, Zobol, and more.

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  1. Scape One / A Discord In Scarlet 00:00
  2. NEUROACTIVE / Minor Side-Effects 01:54
  3. Scorn / Night Tide 04:18
  4. Meat Beat Manifesto / United Nations (E.T.C.) 07:59
  5. Metic / Phase Inv (Phoenecia Meticoncoction) 11:13
  6. Lapsed / Break Ya Neck (Aaron Spectre Remix) 14:10
  7. Annechoic / Ib 18:00
  8. Micronaut / Nevermore 22:00
  9. Andy Garvey / Sub.conscious 24:33
  10. Zobol / Suspended Animation 27:50
  11. Syrinx 2600 / Ta-Va 31:40
  12. L'Automat / Work 1 34:43
  13. Seele Ohne Ziel / SOZ IV (Track 4) 36:24
  14. Aux 88 / Massive Effect 39:15
  15. SOPHIE / BIPP (Autechre Mx) 42:03
  16. Sepehr / Neophyte Delight 44:56
  17. [SiK] / Spiral Frank's Other Eye 48:14
  18. Identity Unknown / Solar 51:26
  19. Metamatics / 8 Bit Caravan 55:10

Let's run through the new tracks in this hour, everything 2020 onward.

Minor Side-Effects by Neuroactive is from their album of the same name on Alfa Matrix, I just picked that up a week ago and love it. It's somewhere between Kraftwerk (see Climate Is Changing) and the kind of synthpop heard at EBM / industrial nights, solid all the way through.

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 electro.

BIPP (Autechre Mx) by Sophie is the most recent track here, released two weeks ago on Numbers. Most of Sophie's music is too cooked, too bright for me; this slowed-down version of BIPP is just right. Like something from an imaginary lost entry in the MASK series. Good enough to bring back during Sepehr's Neophyte Delight, another new track, from his 2020 album Shaytoon on Dark Entries.

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.

Real Men Use Carplan E.P. by Voigt Kampff

Posted 2021-01-27. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, collection, electro, music, photo, review, vinyl.

Photo of PANIC003 sleeve A side Photo of PANIC003 label A side Photo of PANIC003 sleeve B side Photo of PANIC003 label B side

The Real Men Use Carplan E.P. by Voigt Kampff. Programming by A.(DOL.B)Balneaves, vocals by Lyken, scratching by Raiz, beatboxing by Rage, and graff by Elf One. Released on Panic Trax in 1997. Vinyl, 12". Flac, 16bit/44.1khz, ~130M. Tracklist, track durations, credits, and BPM from the label artwork. File size, bit depth, and bitrate are of my stored recordings of the vinyl.

I'm confused as to which side is side A. The runout groove indicates that "This Side", the side with Skinny Cap, is B; discogs says otherwise. For this article I've gone with the track order shown on discogs.

No.Artist / Title BPMDur.
A1.Voigt Kampff / Skinny Cap 14807:45
A2.Voigt Kampff / Question 11903:45
B1.Voigt Kampff / Asphalt 12207:33
B2.Voigt Kampff / Bonus Beats 1 11900:46
B3.Voigt Kampff / Bonus Beats 2 12201:00
B4.Voigt Kampff / Bonus Beats 3 13400:52
B5.Voigt Kampff / Samples 00000:49

Skinny Cap is the fastest track here, fun and kind of wonky. It's anchored by a vocal sample saying the phrase "Real Men Use Carplan", apparently a reference to a brand of car-care products. There's a pretty cool drop to half-time right around 4:20, might be useful someday. Of the main tracks on this record Skinny Cap is the one I've played the least.

Question is slower, more mellow. It's "electro" as much as it is "braindance" or even "IDM". Some spacey sounds, a wandering bassline, a 303. It grooves along until a nice knocking beat comes in at the end. A great piece to bring the energy down, one I've enjoyed playing often for that reason.

Asphalt is why I'm here. This song feels like it tells a story. It works its way through a variety of traditional electro sounds, drum patterns, even a little beatboxing and scratching. I love the bassline, I love the arpeggios, I love the noisy lead, I love this track. I first heard it some 20 years ago on Andrea Parker's DJ Kicks (a notable release in its own right). I think Asphalt is a genuine '90s classic, one I'm happy put beside the '80s classics (Clear, Computer Age, Planet Rock, etc.). I suggest you do the robot while listening to it.

The Bonus Beats are bits and pieces from the three main tracks, with #1 being parts of Question, #2 parts of Asphalt, and #3 parts of Skinny Cap (probably parts of the original version of Skinny Cap). Track B5 Samples is a few vocoded phrases followed by a muted siren or animal sound and then a synth tone. A nice addition to the record that I definitely have not cut up and loaded into a mod tracker before.

The record as first released by Panic Trax is only available on the used market now. Mighty Robot Recordings re-released Skinny Cap and Asphalt on vinyl in 2006 (plus a Freak Electrique remix of Skinny Cap); that re-release is available digitally through Boomkat, along with the rest of the Mighty Robot catalog. And the main three tracks have been uploaded to Youtube by a variety of users, of course: Skinny Cap, Question, Asphalt.

I love this record. It's a fun and I think essential piece of '90s electro. I'm very glad to have found my copy in the used breaks section at Platinum some 10 years or so ago; I've played it a lot since.

MTT 204 / Preformat

Posted 2021-01-21. Permalink. Tagged ambient, audio download, dj mix, electro, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music.

MTT204 Spectrogram

Some familiar electro & IDM at around 120. Mostly older tracks, kind of a loose set.

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  1. I-F / Weightless Approach 00:00
  2. Nullptr / Amsler Grid 01:57
  3. Space Dimension Controller / Spanner Cord (Monolith Remix) 05:07
  4. Mikron / Ask Me 08:17
  5. Low Orbit Satellite / Into_XY 13:31
  6. Aphex Twin / Delphium 16:50
  7. Rokton Ensemble / Runout 05.03 21:29
  8. Minor Science / Volumes 23:39
  9. Autopilot / Lovely Loop 29:06
  10. Reedale Rise / Kae 31:42
  11. Audiowerk / Eniac's Revenge 36:15
  12. Anthony Rother / Basic Level 40:11
  13. Silicon Scally / Recognition Storm 42:54
  14. Microslav / Köln 47:11
  15. Chris Randall / drt_895r (Corbin Davis Remix) 50:56
  16. Delayscape / Tired Beginnings 54:50
  17. Dorothy's Magic Bag / The Water Lilly People 58:08

Detroit Underground releases appear twice in this mix. First, track 2 Amsler Grid by Nullptr from their 2016 album Optical. Second, track 15 drt_895r (Corbin Davis Remix) by Chris Randall from his album Oscillator Breach, also from 2016. Both very good albums that I've played here and at the arcade a lot since their release.

Elektrolux also appears twice in this mix, first with track 9 Lovely Loop by Autopilot from their 2001 album World Receiver, then with track 11 Eniac's Revenge by Audiowerk from the 1999 Elektro.Codes Two compilation. I often return to Elektrolux and Mikrolux at the beginning of the year, I'm not sure why.

The Runout 05.03 to Volumes transition is a little weird, I don't think those two match rhythmically. But it seemed to work OK. Volumes / Another Moon by Minor Science is exceptional, one of my favorites from what I've heard of the AD 93 catalog. I'm surprised I hadn't played it for MTT yet.

It's been a stressful month. I didn't notice until this last week just how anxious I'd become. This selection isn't an expression of that stress though, it's more like a desire for something safe, familiar, something I know I like without thinking too hard.

Anyway, I'll be back next week with another mix, a slower set to close out the month. The usual time, Thursday evening Pacific.

MTT 203 / Negative Space

Posted 2021-01-14. Permalink. Tagged ambient, audio download, dj mix, electro, mixcloud, movement through thought, music, techno.

MTT203 Spectrogram

Electro and techno up around 130, mostly in what I think of as the Donald / Stinson style. (But I'm probably wrong about that). Kicks on 16.

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  1. =UHU= / Potentiality 00:00
  2. MANASYt / Secret Time 02:13
  3. Elecktroids / Future Tone 05:11
  4. Morphology / Journey's End 07:46
  5. Dexter / Ech Vet! 11:35
  6. Dcast Dynamics / Miss You 16:01
  7. Sol37 / 2.1.4 20:13
  8. Le Car / Cinematic-Automatic (Heinrich Muller Remix) 21:57
  9. D.I.E. / Space Travel 25:24
  10. MANASYt / Positive Deception 28:07
  11. Automat / Nematod 31:34
  12. Obergman / Quantum Eraser 35:16
  13. Rutherford / Ringer 38:05
  14. Lost Trax / The Saturnian System 41:47
  15. E.R.P. / Gleaning Creation 47:56
  16. Plant43 / Wounding Words 51:45
  17. Drexciya / Birth Of New Life 56:11

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.

Four different labels feature twice in this mix. First is Clone with track #5 Ech Vet! by Dexter and #9 Space Travel by Detroit In Effect. Next is Southern Outpost with #6 Miss You by Dcast Dynamics (played at -6%) and #7 2.1.4 by Sol37. #11 Nematod by Automat and #14 The Saturnian System by Lost Trax are from the now dormant SCSI-AV. Lastly Brokntoys also features twice with #12 Quantum Eraser by Obergman and #13 Ringer by Rutherford.

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 as usual.

MTT 202 / A Delicate Time

Posted 2021-01-07. Permalink. Tagged audio download, dj mix, electro, idm, mixcloud, movement through thought, music.

MTT202 Spectrogram

Pensive electro up around 140. Features a few new tracks from Lloyd Stellar, Metamatics, and Nullptr, and (as always) some old favorites.

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  1. Azmotronik / Last One In For Breakfast 00:00
  2. Mr Velcro Fastener / I Hear You 03:15
  3. Lowfish / Bitter 06:18
  4. Lloyd Stellar / We Don't Exist 10:03
  5. NULLPTR / Bit Device 13:31
  6. Noldus Rabiatus / Cable (Lumberjack) 16:53
  7. Metamatics / Beautiful Mutations 20:00
  8. Freeform / Flyplate 26:07
  9. Generali Minerali / Cyber Rhythms And Love 30:17
  10. Drox / Flipo (8 Bit Mix) 34:27
  11. The Black Dog / Dada Mindstab 37:22
  12. Ubahnrider / Emulator 40:31
  13. T.E.S.T. / Night Jam 43:47
  14. Transparent Sound / Night & Day 48:00
  15. Scape One / The Penultimate Truth 52:40
  16. EM + STAV / Atmospheric Love 55:56

The new tracks in this hour are We Don't Exist by Lloyd Stellar, Bit Device by NULLPTR, Beautiful Mutations by Metamatics, Emulator by Ubahnrider (from the Phalanx 3 comp on Typeless), and Atmospheric Love by EM & STAV, all released in 2020. Beautiful Mutations (from Metamatic's Vogue Casio 96) and Bit Device (from NULLPTR's Future World) are particularly great; I strongly recommend both those albums.

Track 6 Cable (Lumberjack) by Noldus Rabiatus is an old tracker mod, filename, 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, though.

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.