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Eggfooyoung / Breakdance And Motivate EP

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

Photo of TB008 sleeve front Photo of TB008 side A Photo of TB008 sleeve back Photo of TB008 side B

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.

Photo of NARC21 sleeve front Photo of NARC21 side A Photo of NARC21 sleeve back Photo of NARC21 side B

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.


Various / The Advent Presents Kombination Phunk

Posted 2020-04-22. Permalink. Tagged 1990s, collection, electro, music, photo, techno, vinyl.

Photo of KP's cover Photo of KP's back

I started this website back in 2016 with the intention of blogging about my music collection. It seems like a good time to try that again. No downloads or audio samples will be provided with these posts (for what I hope are obvious reasons). I just want to talk about music. Without further ado...

The Advent Presents Kombination Phunk. Metalbox records (Kombination Research affiliate), 1997. Vinyl, 4x12". Flac 16bit/44.1khz, ~373M. Tracklist and durations as per the jacket and center labels:

No.Artist / Title BPMDur.
A1.Dopplereffekt / Porno Actress 12804:22
B1.R.A.C. / Quexos 13804:58
B2.DJ K1 / Metaphysica 13504:41
C1.The Advent / Elektra Fix 14205:03
D1.Dopplereffekt / Plastiphilia 12804:18
E1.The Advent / C-On 13805:10
F1.Damon Wild vs Function / Waveterm 13804:42
F2.Outline / Untitled [BP05 B3] 14004:57
G1.Planetary Assault Systems / Battle 13504:28
G2.JB3. / Believer 13605:28
H1.Surgeon / Scorn 13804:28
H2.Morgan / Flower Child 13505:20

I picked this up from a mailorder shop in the mid 2000s as part of a large order (one of those records you throw in to try and get your money's worth out of shipping fees, you know). This is the only record I remember from that order. It's terrific. I like all these tracks.

The first five are all electro tunes. The two Dopplereffekt tracks have been edited: Porno Actress is double the length of the version on Gesamtkunstwerk, and Plastiphilia is a combination of Plastiphilia 1 & 2. These two edits in particular are perfect for DJs, four minutes and change is exactly the right length. RAC's Quexos is the original version (I think). Metaphysica by K1 has also been edited, I hear some reverse snares and things going on. The Advent's Elektra Fix is unique to this compilation, I believe.

The remaining pieces are heady techno. C-On like Elektra Fix is original to this compilation. Waveterm by Damon Wild & Function and Flower Child by Morgan are both big tunes, New York techno by way of Synewave. Outline's track is listed as Untitled on the label and sleeve, but a helpful discogs comment identifies it as Blueprint 5 B3. Luke Slater's Battle is the most abrasive track on the comp, and the one I like the least, though it does command respect. That leaves Joey Beltram's bouncy lopsided Believer and Surgeon's menacing Scorn.

20 years later and the whole compilation still sounds great. Sides A, C, D, and E all play at 45 RPM and are cut loud. I've read that The Advent remastered everything for this release, but there's nothing on the packaging to indicate that. I don't think this is available new anywhere, so if you want it you'll have to find a used copy. Check your local used bins or the discogs marketplace. It's very much worth seeking out.

All photos in this post were taken by me (that's why they're blurry) of my copy (which is beat-up and stickered). The center label photos on discogs are tiny, so I'll close with some medium-size unreadable ones:

Photo of side A Photo of side B Photo of side C Photo of side D
Photo of side E Photo of side F Photo of side G Photo of side H

Necrotech, Nanoshock

Posted 2017-12-15. Permalink. Tagged 2010s, books, collection, cyberpunk, paperback, photo, scifi.

Necrotech, Nanoshock books

Necrotech by K.C. Alexander. Angry Robot Books, 2016.
Nanoshock by K.C. Alexander. Angry Robot Books, 2017.

Filthy, angry, and a lot of fun. "Profane & Proud" is written on the back of Nanoshock, and they mean it. Reads like a great Cyberpunk 2020 campaign. That's maybe unfair - there's a lot more going on in these books than in your average game of CP2020 - but it's the comparison that immediately comes to mind.

I'm a fan.

Posting because I've just started Nanoshock.


Reedale Rise / Archivist

Posted 2017-08-14. Permalink. Tagged 2010s, collection, digital release, dub, electro, house, idm, music, techno.

Archivist cover Reedale Rise
Archivist

Released 2014. Flac, 16bit, 290MB.

  1. Eisrous
  2. Io
  3. Duv
  4. Illiyon
  5. Haali
  6. X-K
  7. Kae
  8. Rodeon
  9. 4th State
  10. Alavee (Mr. Fingers Cover)
  11. Kowdow
  12. Glyph

Source: reedalerise.bandcamp.com.
Free release from Reedale Rise. Mellow. Just about every track stands out on this. I'm especially fond of Duv for the 70 BPM dub sound.


Tron (1982)

Posted 2017-08-06. Permalink. Tagged 1980s, collection, scifi, screenshot, vhs, video.

The TV announcer voice says: And now: Tron. Starring Jeff Bridges and Bruce Boxleitner.

Tron Title Title card indicating the film has been edited.
Fox49 KPDX notice at bottom of screen

Taped off TV - Fox 49 KPDX - some time in 1995. (There's an advertisement for the Jerky Boys movie during one of the commercial breaks, which conveniently dates the broadcast). The screenshots you see here are of an x264 (CRF 23) digital recording of an EP Mode VHS tape. I wonder how many generations down the line this is.

This is how I've always watched Tron. Low-res, 4:3 pan & scan, edited, with commercials.

Clu in tank Light glider Tron presents an identity disc