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).
About half of this mix is a tour through free dub techno netlabels -
Deepindub (track 7), Dewtone (tracks 9 and 15),
Energostatic (tracks 3 and 4), Recycled Plastics (track 2),
and Thinner (track 8) all feature here. My favorites of those are
the two from Energostatic Records: Stereotype by Iwata and III
by Brk. Dewtone and Recycled Plastics appear to be the only active labels
from that list.
Track 6 Remake (Basic Reshape) by Paperclip People (AKA Carl Craig)
is of course a Basic Channel remix. The copy played here is from
the Basic Reshape 12", Basic Channel catalog number BC-BR. I
believe I bought my copy at Platinum Records a few years after its release.
I've linked to Hardwax in the tracklist above, where that same release is
still available both vinyl and digital.
Two more tracks from Motorlab feature this week: Sinuosity's
Alfanuosity and Bipolardepth's Untitled from ML056 Soundtest.
Soundtest is particularly good and cohesive, with Bipolardepth's track
being in my opinion the best on the release.
Mikron's Ghost Node, from their album Severance on CPU Records,
is my current favorite from this list. Ghost Node has a peculiar moody
disco vibe, something I associate with old Legowelt or Orgue Electronique,
old Bunker, Clone, or Crème. Severance is easily my favorite album of 2019,
so go check it out (please).
All these tracks are good of course (I mean, I like 'em), even if the
selection doesn't quite hang together right. It was a fun and welcome
distraction on a troubling Thursday evening.
I'll be live again on the 26th with something slower; blog post to follow
Tracks 3, 9, and 10 are all from the famous netlabel Thinner.
Pheek & Benfay's Leaving Bern is my favorite of those three.
Pheek's two releases on Thinner, Tabisuru Kokoro (thn043) and
Consortium (thn076), are worth checking out if you're into the
style exemplified by Leaving Bern. Both are available at
files.scene.org. Thinner's catalog is also
available at archive.org, if that's more convenient.
The reason I assembled this mix, the track I really wanted to play, is
the classic Domina by Maurizio. The particular copy featured
here is from the the Tresor 3 compilation. It's probably my favorite
of the M-Series (though M-4 is also very good).
Hardwax has M-3 Domina available as both 12" and a digital download
if you don't already have it.
And that's it. I think I'll do some more dub techno four-on-the-floor
stuff next week, but slower. Check back for that if you're into it.
Both pieces by Seal Bient are from the Russian techno label
Motorlab. I've written about Motorlab here before, but it's worth
recommending their releases again if you're into dub techno and/or spare
detroit-ish techno. They have a couple interesting sublabels, too:
Cyclon and Runout, for tracky techno and ambient releases
And that's the end of MTT Year 3. Thank you everyone out there listening;
I hope you've enjoyed, and found some new music. I have something special
planned for next week's show, the first of year four: fast (130-140) techno,
with an unusual theme. Should be a good time.
100 BPM beats for a tired Thursday night. This mix includes one F-bomb
at the 30 minute mark, during Viktor Vaughn (MF Doom)'s rap. I
guess that makes this one PG-13. Consider your surroundings when listening.
(In other words: may or may not be appropriate for work. Depends on where
Right-click save-as here or on the spectrogram above to download
Two tracks by Mikron feature in this mix: #1 Embers and #12 Aldergrove.
Both are from the excellent album Severance on CPU Records.
Severance is a nicely varied album, slower in tempo than is typical
for electro, more relaxed. It works well as an album, too: I'm happy
listening to it straight through, beginning to end. Thumbs up for Severance,
give it a listen at the link above.
Another standout here is Muto Love by Takeshi Muto from the
Lily Of The Valley comp on Schematic. The rest of that comp is good
too, and is definitely worth picking up. I'm sure I'll be playing parts of
it over the coming months.
Not too much more to say about this one; all these tracks are good. If
something strikes your fancy here consider supporting the artist(s) at
the links above. I'll be back next week with something fast.