The first release I'd like to highlight in this is Pearson Sound's
Alien Mode EP, released a couple of months ago on the great
Hessle Audio. I like the title track Alien Mode a lot, a
breaks workout with some fun vocal distortion (timestretching?). It shows
up here near the end of the hour. There's a very good tune on the B-side
of the EP too which I'll probably play in a few weeks.
Immediately after Alien Mode is Low Orbit Satellite's
Objects In Space from their album Objects In Space.
I spent an afternoon about six months
ago going through the releases on Low Orbit Satellite's bandcamp, and I
think Objects In Space is my favorite. It's four strong trancey electro
tracks and one ambient dub techno track, very much my thing.
Tracks 7 through 10 form a little future garage segment. I don't know
much about the style and only have a few tracks (most of it sounds like
Burial's Untrue to me) but I enjoy it and it's fun to play every now
and then. Mixing future garage is a challenge, one I haven't practiced
much, so that segment is maybe a little rocky.
That's all the commentary for #184 I have in me. I'll be back next week
with something slower, returning to my usual trend of reducing tempo
through the month.
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.
First off, apologies to Ion Driver for getting your name wrong
when reading the tracklist out loud. I slipped up and said Ion Robot
instead. Sorry about that. bbRobot is from 33, one of two
releases Ion Driver has on Digital Distortions. Both those are
worth checking out, and both are currently listed name-your-price.
The second thing I'd like to call attention to is the Many Worlds
EP by Permutation. It's a sweet combination of electro, IDM,
and techno; very smooth.
Memories Of The Future is my favorite from the release,
though Evolution is the one that made it into this mix.
Shoutout and thanks to Dmitry of Permutation for getting in touch.
And last I'll highlight Keep Hanging by D.I.E.
(AKA Detroit In Effect) from The Men You'll Never See Pt2
on Clone (and reissued on Clone West Coast Series in 2018).
The reissue replaces Space Travel with Programming, a fair trade.
I've had Keep Hanging on my mind lately; this felt like a good
time to play it.
If you feel yourself slipping, tie a knot, and don't let go.
I'll return next week with something slower (repeating my usual
pattern of reducing tempo week to week throughout the month).
It's been a while since I've played a chunk of '80s electro,
so maybe I'll do that.
The new tracks here are Client_03's Suspect Dispenser, False
Persona's Danger Close (on the excellent Phalanx Pt. 3 comp on
Typeless), Grammar Of Movement's IOI, and Asymmetry
by Zobol. All are available at the links above, so if you like what
you hear then check out the full release(s).
I've done the Nocturne to Mala Cara mix on this show before,
back in MTT004. I really like that transition. It's a holdover
from playing vinyl at the arcade, one I like to revisit every now and
then. The first couple of Dirty Needles EPs are being slept on,
I think. It seems to be a lot of the same crew that were on Rag & Bone.
Something to think about.
I've got one final note this week: I noticed while collecting links for
the tracklist that The Advent has made Light Years Away
available on his bandcamp. That's an exceptional album, one that's been
unavailable digitally until now (as far as I know). The Advent working
in Drexciya mode, though still essentially Advent. Gamma Rays
is the track off it in this mix (which I sadly talked over).
And that's all I've got. Don't know what I'll do next time; I'll
probably continue my pattern of starting fast and getting slower
throughout the month.
Electro floating around 120 BPM. More Brokntoys, more TRUST,
and an old tune by Überzone to close the show.
Due to a scheduling conflict this show did not air live on aNONradio.
It was recorded a few hours later than usual and is available for listening
at mixcloud and for download at rb387.net and mega.nzhere. The spectrogram above links to the file hosted on
djcev.com; right-click save-as to download.
Three tracks I've been meaning to play here for years made it into this
selection. First and most obvious is R9 by Cybotron (Got the eyes and
ears, totalitarian truth). Second is [B]eat This by E-Control, from
Global Survey Phase 2 on Dominance Electricity. I think I've played
at least half that comp on this program at this point. Third and last
is the Organik mix of Botz by Überzone, one of the two big mixes
of Botz on that 12". It's a little odd that
both R9 and Botz ended up in the same set, but I guess that's my style.
There's another significant new release in this mix, however, and that's
Sasha's Head Melter. It's apparently an old track of his, recovered
and released as the first part of a bandcamp-only series he's calling
DETAT. It's a super sweet track, exactly the kind of moody breaks that
I like. I don't know Sasha's work well - I can only compare Head Melter
to Rabbitweed from the Xpander EP - but this tune makes me want
to dig through his back catalog.
I'll be back next week with my usual end-of-month slow set. I'm thinking
90 BPM, I have a few new pieces at that tempo to play with. 'till then.