Two solid sets! Five hours of good music. Thanks to Ground Kontrol
for having us, and to everybody hanging out and listening. Additional
thanks to DJ 808, DJ Megaphysics, A., and Z. for keeping me company at
the end of the night.
I'd like to focus on one artist and album in particular though, and that's
Paul Hardcastle's Rain Forest compilation on Profile Records.
Two full sides of smooth synth instrumentals and '80s electro beats, beautifully
produced and recorded. One of my favorite electro albums.
Mr. Hardcastle's first album Zero One is avilable at his
bandcamp page; that includes many of the tracks from the Rain Forest
comp, and in high quality, so go there if you're interested in his work.
This mix contains two tracks from the excellent label Ground Control.
Tracks 9 and 12, Prime Time by Tape Loader & Phatt Rok Ski and
Assimilated by EPG, to be specific. Everything on the label is good;
very nice throwback electrofunk.
There's a fun coincidence to note: I (and others, usually on Wednesdays)
have been playing electro music at
Ground Kontrol Arcade in Portland, Oregon for a long time. And
now (as of 2016) there's an electro label called Ground Control. I'm
sure theres no connection, but it is amusing. I'll definitely be playing
some of Ground Control's music at the arcade this summer.
There's a lot of inelegant mixing in this hour. The only transition
that hurts me is the one going into EPG's Assimilated; it
deserves better. But, the tracks are good, and it was a damn good
time to mix them. Thanks to everybody out there listening, and I'll
be back to do it again next week.
After playing Rother's Friends Are Not Electric
last week, I knew I had to play Numan's
Are 'Friends' Electric? this week. That's the foolishness
I brought up in my intro; that track drifts in tempo quite a bit,
and can be a little tricky to mix.
Fading into some Dr. Octagon afterwards was a special treat.
Electric Street Orchestra's Reconstruct (both versions) is my
highlight this week. It's from The Natives EP, produced by
Jeedo aka Wajeed, and released on Dirt Tech Reck in 2013.
The record has some famous collaborators - Mad Mike programs
the 303 lines on the A-side, and (according to discogs) Theo Parrish
plays keys on Reconstruct, the B-side. I'm not sure how to characterize
the music; it's some intersection of hip-hop, soul, and detroit techno.
Wonderful stuff. If you're into it, be sure to check the rest of
Dirt Tech Reck's catalog.
There's a lot of favorites in this hour (DJ Shadow, Legowelt,
Neotropic...), but I'll leave it there. I wish I'd transitioned
into Are Friends Electric a little faster and played it a little
louder, but other than that I've got no major complaints. Good
music for a sick day.
Shoutout and thanks to Kez of 360 Vinyl for recommending the
first three Dirt Tech Reck releases.
Megaphysics opened the night, playing Drum & Bass, Hiphop, and
Skweee. Featuring a lot of great music from Coco Bryce's
label Myor, and the French label Tiburoni Records. This
was a very good set, and really hit the spot for me. I'm going to be
picking up a lot of this to play on the radio in the next few months.
Here's his tracklist:
August is bass month, and here's our first installment. Similar to
MTT023 this is mostly miami bass & car audio stuff between 120 and
130 beats per minute, though I do sidestep into more recognizable pop music
with Salt-N-Pepa and Quad City DJ's. Where Miami Bass surfaces
and joins '90s mainstream pop, I suppose. Quad City DJ's are really good
at what they do...
Iceman Ja's Dance Transformers stands out among the traditional
miami bass - the pad, the little (FM?) synth melody, the rap, the scratches,
it's exceptional. Amazingly Iceman Ja just put out a new album called
The Transformer a couple of months ago. It's available at
On-Fire Electronic Records, Iceman's label. It sounds pretty dang
good, too; might have to pick it up to play later this month.
I'm happy with this one, despite a few obvious flubs. I danced around like
a fool, missed a few cues, didn't quite match tempo a few times. It's all
The two opening tracks and the closing track are from Neotropic's
excellent album White Rabbits. I picked up the 2xLP release in a used
bin about five years ago; it took several years for me to appreciate it.
Now I love it - Joe Luke, in particular is awesome. I don't see
Neotropic talked about often enough. I have their first two albums and White
Rabbits, and they're all good. There's even a new album,
The Absolute Elsewhere, released just a few days ago.