Most of the selections this hour come from four labels:
Deep Medi Musik (tracks 6, 13, and 17), Punch Drunk
(tracks 2 and 4), Sentry (tracks 10 and 11), and Tectonic
(tracks 3, 14, and 15). Classic dubstep labels, with Sentry being the
newcomers here. All four have their releases available on bandcamp,
and are absolutely worth checking out.
There are two new releases I'd like to highlight today, the first being
Danny Daze's Protocol 305 on Schematic, which just came
out earlier this month.
I'm playing Twisted at -6% in this mix, which drops it roughly a
semitone, puts it right around 70 BPM, and makes it sound dope as hell.
A little Miami flavor in an otherwise mostly UK set.
Last shout out is to Seattle's DJ Struggle whose 2007 Struggle Dubs 5
mix is where I get the transition from Roll With The Punches to
Channel One, and a large part of where my taste in dubstep
comes from in general. (That and Monkeytek & Ryan Organ's old
club night Various).
And that's another August bass month done. I'll be back next week with
something fast again, new and old electro at ~135, the usual.
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
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
Every one of these tracks is good. From the dubby techno of
Insync vs. Mysteron and Bandulu, to the dubstep
(?) of Jus Wan and Hajimari, to the electro and IDM
at the end of this mix. I'm super happy with this selection,
and how weird (and goofy, and fun) it is.
I want to highlight Vaccine's Ochre, Cascade Failure here.
That's a seriously wonderful single that I found through the great
Autonomic Movement. It's still fresh today, nine years later.
I've been meaning to pick up more of Vaccine's work; now feels like
a good time.
Plus I managed to play Lions, and it didn't sound terrible.
Happy about that.
DJ Megaphysics and I played our regular show at
Ground Kontrol last night. No theme this time, just selecting
music we've been listening to over the month.
Megaphysics opened the night with some house-y and wave-y music,
on the slower end of things. His set here features a couple of
nice Twin Peaks references; see if you can spot them. Here's his
Finding Kromestar's Rainy Dayz on bandcamp inspired this
mix. It looks like a good chunk of Deep Medi Musik is there
as well, which is awesome. The sixteenth track here, Hurrikane,
is also Kromestar (under his Droid alias).
The two new drum & bass tunes at the end are also worth noting.
Coco Bryce's 多幸感 (Euphoria?) is beautifully programmed.
Reminds me of Photek's Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu. And Sully's
Flock EP is breathtaking, the best new drum & bass I've heard in
years. (Well, new-to-me, anyway. The release itself is three years old.)
This show was thrown together in a few hours while exhausted. Given that, it
turned out better than I expected. The tracks are good; I hope I didn't spoil
them with my inelegant mashing.