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Eggfooyoung / Breakdance And Motivate EP

Posted 2020-08-24. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, ambient, collection, electro, music, photo, vinyl.

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The Breakdance And Motivate EP by Eggfooyoung. Released by Touchin' Bass in March of 2004. Vinyl, 12". Flac, 16bit/44.1khz, ~141M. Tracklist from the side B label, durations and file size from my stored recordings of the vinyl.

No.Artist / Title BPMDur.
A1.Eggfooyoung / B-Boys Take Control 13004:49
A2.Eggfooyoung / Electric Motivators 12805:00
A3.Eggfooyoung / Bad Dream 00002:12
B1.Eggfooyoung / Pop And Lock 13305:15
B2.Eggfooyoung / Bass Bin 11505:03
B3.Eggfooyoung / Lake Oceola 00001:29
B4.Eggfooyoung / First Time To The Beach 00001:57

This is one of my favorite records. I have a hard time thinking of an electro EP of the 2000s that I like more. I got into the style around the turn of the millennium by digging through used bins; this was one of the first new records I picked up that I really connected with.

I don't have too much to say about the three ambient pieces here. The crunchy, menacing, noisy Lake Oceola is my favorite. They're a nice addition to the EP.

The beat-driven tracks are where the action is. All four are carried by a combination of bass, snappy drums, and sound FX (zaps, wind chimes, scratching, distant vocals, other playful bits). There's a noticeable lack of obvious melody or chord progression in the first three. The fourth, Bass Bin, has a nice synth pad that smooths it out. I end up mostly paying attention to the drum program, to the changes in beat and texture. It's a similar listening experience to a particularly spare electro instrumental mix, the kind you'd find on the B-side of a 12" single. Music for boomboxes, for dancing with brooms.

Eggfooyoung is Adrian Michna, founder of the Secret Frequency Crew and later a solo artist on Ghostly International. (Magic Monday, his first LP on Ghostly, is also very good). His current project is a collaboration with Eliot Lipp called Minutes Unlimited (which I heard about just now while looking up links, seems cool to me).

The Breakdance And Motivate EP is available as a digital download over at Touchin' Bass's bandcamp page, so go check it out. Like the State Logik & Jacob record I wrote about last month this EP was in my bag for most summer shows at Ground Kontrol, making it another arcade classic.


State Logik & Jacob / All You Need, Scenes

Posted 2020-07-22. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, breaks, collection, electro, idm, music, photo, vinyl.

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All You Need, Scenes by State Logik & Jacob. On Narcotix Inc, released in 2000. Vinyl, 12". Flac 16bit/44.1khz, ~137M. Tracklist from the side B label (with corrections from the discogs release page), durations from my stored recordings:

No.Artist / Title BPMDur.
A1.State Logik / Electro Boogie 11906:25
A2.State Logik / All You Need 13006:34
B1.Jacob / Scene 1 12302:34
B2.Jacob ft. G. Pole / Scene 2 11602:35
B3.Jacob / Scene 3 09502:35
B4.Jacob / Scene 4 12002:34

A note on the discogs page for this 12" states that the A-side track titles are the reverse of what the center label says. That makes some sense, A1 sounds more like an "electro boogie" than A2 does. The tracklist above reflects that note.

The State Logik tracks are the reason I picked up this record. Both are warm, smooth, minimalist electro jams. Sampled drums, a snare that snaps, a bass synth, pads, short vocoded lyrics, sound FX. These aren't the flashiest songs, I can see how a listener could find them underwhelming, but they're easy to mix and I love 'em to bits. I've played both of these tracks on the radio before, so you can hear a few minutes of All You Need in MTT177 and a few minutes of Electro Boogie in MTT015.

The B-side is more complicated. It's dirtier, harder, more distorted. Scene 1 is a Tusken Raiders Sexy Sandpeople style jam, tough drum machine beats. Scene 2 seems to be in 3/4 (6/8?) and has a jazzy sound to it with its drum samples and nice swirling pad. Scene 3 is a chunky swamp beat, one for the bog creatures. I can't work out the meter of Scene 4, one part is maybe running in 4/4 and the rest is doing something else. In any case it's another strong breakbeat sketch, like the rest of these Scenes. Scene 3 can be heard back in MTT074; I have yet to play the others for any recorded mixes.

There's a chunk of Narcotix Inc available at beatport and at junodownload, but I couldn't find this release. Which is a shame, as the price for a used copy over at discogs looks a bit unreasonable right now. So my recommendation is, if you're ever out digging and spot this for a few bucks, pick it up.

This record was in my bag for just about every Logical Aggression summer show at Ground Kontrol since 2010, making it an arcade classic.

Shoutout to the fine folks at 360 Vinyl who filed in this in their electro section. I'd have never seen it otherwise.


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.


Hellven, Demoscene Group and Netlabel

Posted 2018-01-02. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, 2000s, demoscene, digital release, music.

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Something I wrote last week didn't sit right with me:

RS3 later went on to start (or maybe join?) the group Hellven

I knew that couldn't be correct. A small amount of research led me to this interview with Xavier Dang, the founder of Hellven. That gave me enough information to start digging in the Internet Archive. The Hellven v5 homepage helpfully links to a forum post that explains the timeline and history of Hellven. Quote from that forum post:

hellven was founded in 1998 by Xavier Dang a.k.a. "mv" (previously melvyl). When it started, hellven was a music group of aspiring/hobbyist musician pals from various places around the globe aiming to release their tracked music of any style for free on the net.

Hellven went through a series of versions, each with a corresponding time period. 1.x spanned 1998-1999, 2.x 1999-2000, then 3.x and 4.0 lasted from 2000 to 2003. The final revision appears to have been 5.0; I don't know if any music was released during this time.

The files.scene.org archive appears to have the Hellven v3 and v4 releases, specifically the Urbanism musicdisk and the 001-099 single releases. The archived Hellven v4 webpage is useful for figuring out the details of the various releases.

So now I know: RS3 did not "start" Hellven. He joined during the Hellven 2 period.

This journey inspired me to download the Hellven mod releases available on scene.org and render the ones I liked out to flac. There's a lot of good stuff! Melvyl's tracks, particularly hv001 Disfigured and hv032 Someone EP are great. hv041 Odyssey by Funkymuskrat is a nice surprise; that's an artist I'll have to look out for. And of course RS3's tracks, my favorites of which are hv024 Phases of Identity EP and hv039 Among the Fallen.

There's more Hellven for me to discover: I haven't found any v1 or v2 releases, and I've spent no time listening to the (128kbps, 160kbps...) mp3 releases on scene.org. But this seems like a good start.


Space Dimension Controller / Unidentified Flying Oscillator

Posted 2016-05-30. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, collection, digital release, electro, music.

Unidentified Flying Oscillator Cover Space Dimension Controller
Unidentified Flying Oscillator

Released 2009. MP3 320kbps, 116MB.

  1. Unidentified Flying Oscillator
  2. Space Dimension Controller
  3. Spanner Cord (Q150 Edit)
  4. SH-8040
  5. I Made A Funny
  6. Title Sequence
  7. VCOcation
  8. Spanner Cord (Monolith Remix)
  9. Branston Pickle Fit
  10. Don't Push Him
  11. Galactic Effector
  12. 110 Probe-lems
  13. Galactic Effector (Filaria Remix)
  14. VCOcation (Boxcutter Remix)

Source: archive.org


DJ Stingray / Aqua Team 2

Posted 2016-01-10. Permalink. Tagged 2000s, collection, digital release, electro, music.

Aqua Team 2 Cover DJ Stingray
Aqua Team 2

Released 2008, digital 2014.
Flac, 316MB.

  1. LR 001
  2. Potential
  3. Silicon Romance
  4. Wire Act
  5. NWO
  6. Serotonin
  7. Counter Surveillance
  8. Binarycoven
  9. Mindless
  10. Straight Up Cyborg
  11. Star Chart
  12. It's All Connected

Source: WéMè Records bandcamp.