I needed to do something different, so: an hour of ambient music.
Sad, sleepy, and distant. I don't know much about ambient, and it's
maybe a little awkward or careless to mix it like this, but I hope
it's enjoyable nonetheless.
Due to technical difficulties this installment of Movement Through Thought
did not broadcast or archive correctly at aNONradio. As such,
the mix had to be re-recorded: right-click save-as here or
on the spectrogram above to download, or check it out at mixcloud.
There are a few releases I'd like to highlight this week, starting
with the classic Stalker by Robert Rich and
Brian Lustmord. I suspect this is a very well known album and
I'm just out of the loop, but it's worth repeating that it's terrific.
The tracklist link above takes you to the album's entry at the
Hearts Of Space website which will in turn take you to amazon if you
want to purchase it.
The second is J. Wiltshire's album Resa on
Musar Recordings, who were kind enough to send me a promo
copy of the album. (Thank you). The sixth track In The Position plays
here as track 10. It's a hazy album, sometimes warm and playful,
sometimes more distant. I like it. And it gave this
installment of MTT its name, though I misremembered the exact words.
My last highlight is Xela's album Exorcism, nearly a third
of which plays at the end of this mix. I think I heard about Exorcism
through Warren Ellis's old blog back in 2012, I downloaded
it and loved it immediately. The sendspace link in the original blogpost
for the album is down, and so is the soundcloud upload.
Fortunately a user named Strelok has uploaded the whole thing
to youtube: track 1 Charm, track 2 Recitation,
track 3 Potion. This is one I often return to, so give it a listen
if you haven't heard it before.
This is my last broadcast on aNONradio, the last new episode
of Movement Through Thought to be transmitted there. I won't go into
detail why - I don't care for drama, and it's really not worth the
time. I'd rather not distract from the music. The music is more
I'd like to get back on the radio somewhere, but that will take time
I think. For now I will keep up the practice by uploading shows to
mixcloud, starting next week. Something for the beginning of October.
Scape One's Hyperbolix is (relatively) new, released in
February on the album Cosmic Trax through Mr. Baggaley's bandcamp.
I played the first track off it a couple months ago, one of the Jive
Rhythm Trax tributes. Hyperbolix is more moody than those tributes,
more in line with what the album sounds like as a whole.
The other new song this week is Pearson Sound's
Everything Is Inside Out from his Alien Mode EP.
I played the A side of this two weeks ago and am really glad
to get to this track (B2) now. It's a genre-bending piece,
as much techno or breaks or IDM as it is anything else. The kicks
are arranged in the same pattern as the second half of the Numbers rhythm,
there's no snare or strong accent on 2, I dunno, it's weird. And weird
in this case is good.
There's lots more to recommend here: Shadowbunny is awesome,
Ivna Ji's Laax EP is one of my favorite EPs of the last
couple of years, even an old semi-forgotten tracker mod in Aliensex
by Kaiowa. But I feel like moving on. I'll be back next week with
something slower, as usual.
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
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.
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.
I featured Legowelt near the beginning of the show again this week,
with a track from his new album Pancakes With Mist. The release
of Pancakes somehow slipped by me, or I'd have played
Shadows In The Street Life weeks ago. It's very good (I like
it anyway) and currently listed as name-your-price, so go check it out.
The Duran Duran remix at the end of this hour is of course from
MASK 500. The copy I have, the copy that's played here, is the
2009 bootleg. I've both played and written about it before,
and I'm sure I will again. Might be worth writing up a post dedicated
I didn't leave myself enough time to read the tracklist out loud at
the end of this show, unfortunately. Sorry to the folks who got left
out. I don't have too much more to say about this one; it was fine.
The last 20 minutes are particularly good, I think.
Thanks to everybody out there listening. I'll be back next week
to continue my tradition of playing bass music in August, so
prepare yourself for at least two weeks of Miami Bass.
I picked up Low Orbit Satellite's two track Shuttle Dubs release
last week and it's been on rotation here since. High Performance Jets,
included in this mix, is the longer of the two tracks, and is a cool mixture
of space-y dub techno and chunky beats. I really like the combination of
elements and variety of tempos that Low Orbit Satellite works with.
Another album I'd like to promote this week is Legowelt's recent
Tips For Life. It's represented in this mix through track #11
Your Life Goals Are Slowly Slipping Away, which will probably
sound familiar to everybody who caught Legowelt's set for the 2020
IFM Festival over the weekend. Tips For Life is significant to
me because it includes Arcade Breeze (Living In The Rain), from
Legowelt's first Memphis Rap Mix. I've wanted a copy of that track
for a long time, and as a DJ who primarily plays at an arcade in Oregon,
the name couldn't be more fitting. Tips is listed as name-your-price,
so be sure to check it out.
Other than that, this is a tying-up-loose-ends episode. I've wanted
to play both Skank by Higher Intelligence Agency and High Roller
by The Crystal Method for years, and this felt like the right moment.
I'll be back next week Friday 06:00 UTC on aNONradio to continue
my monthly routine with another fast show. (Probably ~135 BPM again).
Track #16 Latin Lover by Dave Angel is from the first 2004
Ghost In The Shell tribute album. I said my piece about those two
tribute albums in the show notes to MTT158, so go check
that out. Latin Lover is the one slow track on that first tribute
album, and is excellent, worth dropping out of Lutron for.
Project Unison by Metamatics and Clatterbox features twice in
this hour, as track #4 How I Missed You and #11
Project Unison was released twice, first on Neo Ouija and
then on Hydrogen Dukebox. The two releases have the same content
although the tracklists appear different. I own the Neo Ouija
neo02lp version of the album, so I've used those titles
above. The hyperlinks lead to Hydrogen Dukebox's bandcamp however, so
I've included the Dukebox titles in brackets. Anyway, that's a very
pretty IDM album, probably my favorite work by both Clatterbox
This is the second week in a row Carl Finlow's vocals have appeared.
Last week it was Out Of Time from Electrilogy+, this week it's
Jean-Paul Bondy's great Cold Reformer. Bondy is better known
to me as Volum and one half of Volsoc. Cold Reformer
is on a fun, varied album called The Path Of Most Resistors from 2006.
I've been quietly playing tracks off it over the last few years; it's worth
a listen and is available at junodownload.
And that's all the commentary I have in me today. I'll be back with
some electro next time, I think.