2011-10-22 KRUI DJ Set

Sean DeasonNCWThe Black Dog

This mix is focused pretty tightly on a couple of upcoming releases – Elements Volume 3 by Sean Deason, and Panther Veil By NCW — and the very recent release by The Black Dog, LIBER DOGMA. It’s also one of the few mixes I’ve done that focuses on Techno almost exclusively. Though there’s plenty of the 4 on the floor beat that is techno’s hallmark, there’s other rhythmic grooves represented. I think that Techno is a feeling as much as it is a collection of common attributes, and these tracks represent a pretty wide range musically while staying true to that feeling.

The show itself was interesting because of a guest spot from DJ T, who played a short set of the sort of stuff I don’t really like — commercial ‘electro house’ — but it represents a generational difference. I thought T was a very nice guy, actually, so I don’t want the following to seem like I’m dissing him.

For anyone who’s been around dance music for a while — and I’ve been interested in it going back to the middle 1970s! — there’s always going to be stylistic breaks. I have a hard time getting into what’s currently popular with the 20-somethings, who don’t really know music that wasn’t made in the past 5 years. The current ‘it’ sound seems to be missing soul, and focuses on the least subtle and most ear-bleeding synth sounds. It seems to me that it’s immediate percursors are the music that I hated 10 years ago — poppy progressive house and commercial euro-trance. But I think it’s interesting that there’s a parallel underground scene, that the tracks in this set represent, that is every bit as current, and to me ismuch more musical, soulful, and durable.

But kids — what are you going to do with them. They like what they like. I’d like to think they can be taught about the history and ongoing relevancy of dance music going back 40 years or more, and I don’t think that calling what they like crap is a good way to start. I don’t want to be like middle aged people back in the 70s when I was a kid, holding tight to their Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey records.

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Sean DeasonDubnium
Sean DeasonIndium
NCWPanther
Sean DeasonPalladium
The Black DogDark Wave Creeping
Jeff PietroStill 1
Sean DeasonIron
The Black DogStreets In The Sky
Jeff PietroStill 2
UnltdPrécis
The Black DogHype Knot 7
The Black DogSteam Caliphate
The Black DogEden 353
GerdPalm Leaves (Serge & Tyrell Dub)
XXXYKerpow
Israel Vines/UNLTDReclaim
The Black Dog????????? (Car Crash Magic)
Israel Vines/UNLTDDivide
XXXYDown Wit U

KRUI DJ Set 2011-10-08

Sublime Porte, Istanbul
I put out a call for unreleased/promo/advance music to include in this radio show back in September. The response wasn’t overwhelming but I got a few nice tracks from friends and acquaintances, and a rare opportunity to pick and choose among the unreleased music of my friends from Pittsburgh – Shawn Rudiman and Pittsburgh Track Authority. They both are represented liberally in this mix. Also featured prominently is the output of the Sublime Porte label from Istanbul Turkey. Sublime Porte has a load of music that I didn’t do, and it’s free to download so fire up your Googler and check them out.

My obligitory left-field choices are ‘Virus’ from Björk, which is lovely, and Enya’s ‘Boadicea.’ The latter has been going through my head for weeks, after I was reminded of it by an oddball mixtape on Soundcloud. My own track “Anguish Riddim” isn’t particularly anguished musically but a several unpleasant changes were happening at the time I was working on it. We’re all OK, but you know, life has plenty of ugly surprises…

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Michael KuszynsikiMidnight Morning
RandomanWinter In Space(Sublime Port Redshift Remake)
EnyaBoadicea
Shawn RudimanIn Light – In Darkness
TM EyePollution
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityMoving 2 Hard
ZzzzraPetite Lassitude N°3
BjörkVirus
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityApril Boogie
HabtUnstationary
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityNite Owl Video
ZzzzraEnnui Profon (Optic Remix)
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityMonongahela Rainforest
Voigt & VoigtSynthesize
Shawn RudimanGhola Idaho
Mr. BizzSpace 1999
ScubaEverywhere
ChaircrusherAnguish Riddim
Oblivion GardenWindmill Projections
Sublime PorteRed Apple (Subsky Remix)
Pittsburgh Track AuthorityOmar’s Here
ScubaNever
Shawn RudimanWhere does time go?
Weston PrinceAluna
Axial CrewSplatterfunk (w1b0 r3m1x)
RegisBlinding Horses
Claude Young & Takasi NakajimaRapture
PoleWipfel

2011-06-25 KRUI DJ Set: The Accidental Curator

I spend a lot of time at thrift stores, garage sales, and second hand stores looking for records. When I’ve collected enough interesting records together to fill a radio show, I lug the vinyl to the IMU for a radio show.

Someone who spends time on EBay and Discogs searching for records, who spends hours combing through YouTube going from one obscure house track to another in order to assemble their ultimate vinyl wishlist, end up with a certain sort of record collection. They’ve spent time boning up on music, read books on the subject, made and lost friends on the internet over records. They’re the true students of the art.

I’m more of a magpie — selecting records based on the relatively short list of producers and artists I’m already familiar with, and winging it based on extra-musical cues — the record label it’s on, the cover art, the song titles. I’m also happiest picking up records for a dollar or two. This mix is an assemblage of that sort of records.

And there’s some true gems that are in amongst all the copies of the “Victory At Sea” soundtrack album. How else would I have ever found out about Joy Ryder, or Claudia T? By the way I played Claudia T’s “Fatal Destination” at 33 when it should have been 45, and I think I like it better at the wrong speed.

And the incomparable Cissy Houston? Now, if people know who she is at all it is as the mother of R&B trainwreck Whitney Houston. But Cissy’s career went from gospel to backup singer to flirting with being a disco Diva. Her singing on “Think It Over” combines impeccable phrasing with deep soul.

Sometimes you can judge a book by it’s cover, after all — I do it all the time, and I’m pleasantly surprised more than I’m disappointed.

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VangelisSpiral
Roy Ayers UbiquityPeople And The World
DeodatoWhistle Bump
Taana GardnerNo Frills
Taana GardnerWork That Body
First ChoiceDoctor Love
Cissy HoustonThink It Over
One WayShine On Me
Bingo Boys Featuring PrincessaHow To Dance
Evelyn Champagne KingAction
Magazine 60Don Quixote
MadonnaShining Star
Joy RiderTired Of Phony
Information SocietyThink (Bluebox 2600 Mix)
Leage Unlimited OrchestraDon’t You Want Me
TelexLakelele
Chaba ZahouaniaDini Maak
Arthur RussellAll Boy All Girl
AntenaIngenious
Gil Scott Herron & Jamie XXNY Is Killing Me
The Final SolutionBrotherman
Claudia TFatal Destination
Kazumi WatanabeYatokesa (Mobo #3)

KRUI DJ Set 6-18-2011

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So this is a little different in that I wanted to focus on particular releases and artists. The stars of this show:


Kate Simko whose new album “Lights Out” raises her profile considerably in the dance music world.

Stewart Walker whose new digital label Son Of Cataclysm takes his techno experimentalism to new depths. The Sweetnighter track is an unreleased demo from his new guitar-based project collaboration with Reynold, aka Sam Rouanet, the label boss of Trenton Records

John Tejada whose new album comes out this week. John is a producer who has released a ton of music, always of the highest quality. I wonder when he sleeps.

Reggie Dokes is one of the 4th or 5th wave of Detroit dance music producers. Detroit is really a crucial center of house music’s renewal, with a long list of amazing musicians making crucial tracks. He’s not as well known as Omar S, or Moodyman, or Theo Parish, but he’s every bit their peer, and I expect him to become even more prominent.

Not a person, but a singular constellation of genre-bending music Hessle Audio just released 116 & Rising, a label retrospective that features 12 new exclusive tracks. It’s the only current label in the UK dance music world about which I’m an absolute completist.

Kate SimkoBeneath
Reggie DokesGod Of House
Stewart WalkerSlipped Off Fogwet Girders
Kate SimkoMind On You
Stewart WalkerLord Housefly
Kate SimkoMira Vos
Peter KirnAnaxagoras
Stewart WalkerBlässe
ChaircrusherTransit Of Jupiter
Kate SimkoBikini Atoll
Reggie DokesHaiti
Dennis De SantisFive Minutes Today Forever(Stewart Walker RMX)
John TejadaUnstable Condition
SweetnighterSign Language Poetry
SighaHF029 A1
SzareAction Five
SCBFuture Unknown
PeverelistSun Dance
Addison Groove5 Minutes Of Funk
Bass ClefRollercoasters of the Heart
PangaeaRunout
ChaircrusherSojourner
RamadanmanRevenue(Untold RMX)
Addison GrooveIt’s Got Me
XiThe Ghost
Bass CleffSo Cruel
BlawanPotchla Ve
James BlakeGive A Man A Rod (2nd Version)
D1Subzero
Throwing SnowUn Vingt

KRUI DJ Set 2011-04-28

Once more into the breach: stitching together something from various styles of music…

Radiohead — for those who bought King Of Limbs they sent out e-mails about a free download of 2 songs “Supercollider” & “The Butcher.” If you pay attention to the whinging class King Of Limbs sucked, but to them I suggest they go listen to Weezer or something. For those of us who love electronic music, Radiohead has been trying nothing less than to make art songs with one of the best live bands in the world, using all the tools of electronic music producers. It’s some 4th or 5th category, and if your’e not enjoying it, you’re not really listening.

Burial — talk about 4th or 5th Category, Burial is his own genre. Massively influential over the past couple years, his morose, introverted, wistfully vague assemblage of house music and audio detritus never fail to kill me. I play all 3 tracks of his new record.

Kode 9 & Space Ape — dropping a new album of (again with the categories) uncategorizable illness. I have a hard time with hip hop any more — it’s either coke-dealing fake-hard, po-faced backpack, or artistically bankrupt commersh. These guys are what I wish hip hop was again — moody storytelling with evil, deep beats.

Atropolis — Atropolis is a guy from Queens, which is perhaps the most racially and culturally diverse urban community on the planet, and he seems to jam it all in the blender and come up with badass pan-human party music. The tracks I chose mash up Soca with Kwaito, with some distorted MBira a la Konono #9. Sweetness.

Addison Groove — the next ‘next big thing’ — especially if you’re Planet Mu’s label-head/IDM legend Mike Paradinas is the Footwork/Juke sound coming out of Chicago. I’ve not yet jumped on the bandwagon with Juke music, but guys like Addison Groove take some of that Chicago flavor to mess up their UK-based post-whatever grooves. Addison Groove put out a couple of tracks I feature here that have some of that frenetic Chicago ghetto energy.

Area/Lightness — my friend Max from Chicago who is one of the people re-mutating Dub Techno, without sounding like the 923rd remake of Phylps Track II.

David Powers + Max Jacobson — David sent me a 4 track demo that is going to come out on a Mexican techno label sometime soon. He’s definitely into his own brand of deepness, or deep weirdness. Going from sampling Sheila E and Hall & Oates, to dropping in little atonal jazz keyboard squiggles over jacking beats … he’s probably the most traditionally musical house producer I know, in addition to being scary smart and emotionally unstable. He’s everything you could ask for in a 21st Century dance music producer.

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AntenaCamino Del Sol
RadioheadSuperCollider
BurialNYC
Gatto FrittoThe Invisible College
BurialStolen Dog
BoxCutterZabriskie Disco
RadioheadThe Butcher
David Powers + Max JacobsonSheila Don’t Love Me
Rick The Godson WilhiteBlame It On The Boogie
David Powers + Max JacobsenFeel It
AreaBed Vertigo
LightnessBurning Mercury(Metal)
BurialStreet Halo
Julio BashmoreFather Father
Jace SyntaxJackin Around
SoultekAnalogueHeart
Owiny Signome BandWires(Theo Parrish Remix)
Kode9 & The Space ApeLove Is The Drug
Graceful ExitRevolve Disco
AtropolisMbira Funk
Addison GrooveMake Em Bounce
ChaircrusherBaile Pedro Baile
Atroplis Feat. AnbuleSom Sista
Addison GrooveThis Is It
Terror DanjahZumpi Hunter RIP
AlfieTreatment
Spatial70810
Kode 9 & The Space ApeAm I
Kode 9 & The Space ApeBlack Smoke
Kode 9 & The Space ApePromise

2011-04-02 KRUI DJ Set

Special Afternoon edition during the Mision Creek Festival. This was in the basement of Public Space one, standing at a cramped counter with crap monitors. I didn’t have a lot of new tracks to drop, so I let each one ride longer than I usually do in the mix, and I think they’re worth it — particularly the Rick Wilhite and Virgo Four joints. The other things I played might overlap a bit with previous mixes, but I hope this his its own flavor…

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PTAAfrican Shufle
Mount KimbieBefore I Move Off
RadioheadSeparator
Rick WilhiteCity Bar Dancing (Basement Mix)
Gene Hunt & Ron HardyIndiana
Virgo FourSexual Behavior
Virgo FourLet The Music Play
Cosmin TRGSeparat
Cosmin TRGIzolat
PangaeaInna Daze
ShackletonDeadman
ShackletonDeadman (The Bug Crackle Mix)
PangaeaWon’t Hurt
Instra:Mental & DBridgeDetuned Heart
LHFCandy Rain
SullyTrackside
ChaircrusherHallucinogens In The Nescafe
SepalcureYour Love
The OthersVertigo 909
KitoLFO
RadioHeadMorning Mr. Magpie
Orphan 101Disemble
Roof LightAll Day Breakfast
Kryptic MindsRubberman
TMSVSignal
Freeze LX/One SP/MC YoungstaUnidentified
PinchThe Boxer
RamadanmanPitter
Truth + Dutty RanksWorlds Apart
Throwing SnowCronos
SynkroJust Say

KRUI DJ Set 2010-03-05

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A little different than the last few sets I’ve done, as I brought the computer; I just didn’t have enough fresh vinyl for a show. It’s a combination of things that have been on mind, some for months, some as recent as this week. The Darkstar album North has been haunting me since it came out last year. Incredibly moody, emotional music.

Of course, for some of us, Radiohead’s new album King Of Limbs has been a recent obsession. It’s without hit singles, per se, but it does have something of what the Darkstar album has — inventive sound design & production as a way to make emotional connections. The When Saints Go Machine song “Fail Forever” is a recommendation from my son Lucas, who is music director at the Earlham College Radio Station. I never was into Radiohead before Lucas fell hard for them when he was 11; I got him to listen to Arthur Russell, so he knew I’d like anything that had some of that AR magic to it. I’m not sure When Saints Go Machine are Arthur Russell heads, but “Fail Forever” is haunted by him.

And then there’s Anika, who I was turned onto by Peter Kirn’s interview with her. The eponymous Anika is produced by Portishead’s Geoff Barrow, and has the sort of dark, noisy, rough production values that make the Jamaican work by Lee Perry and Clement Dodd so compelling. Two of the songs I played appealed to the hippy pacifist in me, Dylan’s “Masters of War” and Greta Ann’s “Sadness Hides The Sun.” Odd, but not that odd, that 60s era protest folks songs are so relevant still. Same assholes killing brown people then as now.

And there are 3 of my tracks, for better or worse. The Pete tracks are meant to get some additional instrumentation added when I can get Pete Balestrieri captured to put down some saxaphone, but I kind of like Music Minus One sounding stuff. Then there’s my shoutout to Muammar Gadaffi, “Hallucinogens in the Nescafe” which I wrote about earlier. He really is an epically evil motherfucker, and sometimes I think he says the hilarious things he does to soften the blow of his unrelenting, remorseless cruelty. He’s not Charlie Sheen, and of course, Charlie Sheen is another real-time tragedy whose humorous aspects can’t be denied.

But I couldn’t resist last night during my show when I tweeted “Thom Yorke doesn’t have tiger blood, innit? Tabby blood maybe.”

On a technical note, this mix is a cleaned up in a few places from the on-air performance — I was warping tracks in a mad rush yesterday and a couple of things were fucked up, resulting in dead air, tracks falling out of time, and one track getting played twice as fast as it ought to have been. There was one hilarious moment when somehow the tempo was following mouse movements when I wasn’t initially aware, so one track swung up and down between 120 and 200 bpm for a few seconds. But I photoshopped that out.

SYNKROOpen Arms
DarkStarSP
AnikaYang Yang
ChaircrusherPete 1
DarkStarSeparator
Just A BandExtra
DirtbombsShari Vari (Omar S Remxi)
ChaircrusherPete 2
West Norwood Cassette LibraryBlonde On Blonde (Pearson Sound Remix)
King slaFFOne
RadioheadLotus Flower
T WilliamsHeartbeat
When Saints Go MachineFail Forever
RooflightBirds Outside The Window
ChaircrusherHallucinogens In The Nescafe
DarkstarAidys Girl Is A Computer
SepalcureFleur
RoofLightAll Day Breakfast
TMSVSignal
Freeze & LX OneForeseen
Orphan 101Propa
AnikaSadness Hides The Sun
RadioheadMorning Mr. Magpie
Urban TribeOrbitals
Morgan ZaretHookid
AnikaMasters Of War
Instra:Mental + DBridgeFrom The Start
Instra:Mental + DBridgeDetuned Heart
Derek PiotrCleopatra (Chaircrusher Remix)
LHFCandy Rain

2011-02-12 KRUI DJ Set

This set was driven by a trip to Dave’s Records in Chicago, where I crouched on the floor going through the used $1 Dance Records. I also did what I usually do, which is look through a section of floor to ceiling shelves of records in my office I haven’t visited lately.

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ARTISTTITLE – DISCOGS.COM LINK
Clandestine Featuring Ned SubletteRadio Rhythm (S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T) (Extra Cheese Mix)
Judy CheeksMellow Love
Isley BrothersI Wanna Be With You (Parts 1 & 2)
SkyyLet Love Shine (Instrumental)
Dinosaur LGo Bang (Walter Gibbons Mix)
McFadden & WhiteheadAin’t No Stopping Us Now
Mavis StaplesJaguar
SaxGive Yourself To Me (deep house mix)
Royal HouseYeah Buddy
Dan CurtinJourney’s In Motion
Mark RogersUs
2 In A RoomTake Me Away
Debby HarryFeel The Spin
Ten CityThat’s The Way Love Is
PerkowitzNectar
Roy Davis Jr.About Love (Jon Marsh “All About” Vocal Mix)
MoodymanPeople
AfricanismCall It Jungle Jazz
John BeltranYour Colors (Yoruba Soul Mix)
Roy Ayers/Kerri ChandlerGood Vibrations (Kerri’s Mad Mix)
Michael JacksonDo You Remember The Time (Silky Soul Mix)
Janet JacksonControl
Omar SColumns
KraftwerkAéro Dynamik

VINYL. IT’S A SICKNESS, REALLY

2010-12-04 KRUI DJ Set

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I usually have a track listing, but I left it at the studio last night, so you’re going to have to be surprised. Various 80s dance pop obscurities and hits, some house and a lot of Detroit techno, ending up with the Afx remix of 808 State’s “Flow Coma”

Attack of the KRUI DJ Sets

The past 2 Saturday nights I spent in the KRUI studios playing vinyl. I make no great claims for my mixing skills, but I guarantee this is 100% real for better or worse.

Rather than, as I have in the past, manually type in an HTML table, I made my track lists in Google Docs. That, unfortunately, is no way to get clean HTML tables, not only are they formatted for machine eyes only, they have tables nested in tables with annoying breaks. So I embedded the google docs with <iframe>, which has its own formatting annoyances. But it does get the information in this post with a minimum of retyping.

Oh wait, I spent 45 minutes googling around trying to come up with a nicer way to do that, & installed a WordPress plugin that was even fuglier. Oh well…

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KRUI Noise Radio — DJ Mix

There’s some overlap in tracks played with my September DJ Mix, but this mix is longer, and starts out with a sampling of the many amazing tracks by the recently-departed and deeply missed Aaron Carl Ragland.

The funny thing about Aaron Carl is that I knew him as a person first and as a fan of his music second. When he came out with his WARMTH compilation last year I did a mix using its tracks, and I began chatting with AC on line, and spoke with him a few times on the phone. It was only after that that I started exploring his catalog and began to realize what a rare, original talent he was. It’s sad when anyone dies, but in AC’s case, he was really coming into his own as a producer and label head, and he was full of great plans both for his own music and of ways to give back to his beloved city of Detroit. When he got sick he had to cancel a European tour that I’m sure would have been a triumph. I really loved the guy, and he will be truly missed.

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Aaron Carl Crucified(XDB Edit)
Aaron Carl Faces
ICan Si Se Puede (Aaaron Carl Remix)
Aaron Carl Simply (Extended Original Mix)
Aaron Carl I Refuse
Scan7 feat. Aaron Carl 4 Kinds Of People
Aaron Carl Tears
Aaron Carl Tears(Part 2)
Aaron Carl & Benjamin Hayes The Struggle
Aaron Carl Dance Naked
Aaron Carl Down
Urban Tribe Hostile Takeover
PTA African Sh*T (Unrelease Ruff Mix)
Mount Kimbie Before I Move Off
Falty DL Filthy Divinity
Kowton Hunger
The Godson Analog Love
Hall & Oates Can’t Go For That(Perkowitz Minimal Refix)
Kyle Hall + The Godson Microburst
Ron Hardy & Gene Hunt Indiana
Ultrasound Heavy Roll (Future Funky re-rub)
Midlan Head Down
Urban Tribe ECM
Cooly G Darn DB
Ill Blu Dragon Pop
KidKut I Love04
Kode Nine feat. SpaceApe U Don’t Wash(Martyn Vocal Scrub)
Derek Piotr Cleopatra (Chaircrusher Remix)
Ikonika Dckhdbtch
Svpreme Fervor
Sines Tortelli’s Slave
Scuba 3 Sided Shape
Kito LFO
XXXY Flew

Chaircrusher September Mix

This is what Google Image Search comes up with if you search for “UK Bass”
Sequenced live in Ableton Live — 45 tracks in 99 minutes. Starts at 100 BPM and ends at 142. I find it hard to stick with one particular beat so there are some hectic transitions.

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Urban TribeHostile Takeover
Falty DLOdyssey
Falty DLFilty Divinity
KowtonBasic Music Knowledge
Hall & OatesCan’t Go For That (Perkowitz Minimal RMX)
UltrasoundHeavy Roll (Future Funky Re-Rub)
MidlandPlay The Game (Dexter RMX)
GreymatterRaw Root (Klik Remix)
Cooly GDarn DB
Cooly GFull Ah Sensi DB
Cooly GUp In My Head
Ill BluBellion
Kid KutLit
Kode 9 feat. The Space ApeYou Don’t Wash (Martyn Scrub Vocal)
IkonikaDckBtch
IkonikaIngredients
Donga BlakeDetroitus
Chaircrusher9 16 Beat
Al Tourettes/ApplblimMr Swishy
Donga BlakeSmall Hours (Geiom Mix)
Greymatter feat. Deize TigronaEu Fumo (Altered Natives RMX)
W1boDispension Omega
Falty DlBecause You
ErraGetting Happs
Al Tourettes/ApplblimLipsmacker
DJ RumEmerald The Antidote (chaircrusher edit)
AslopeClose
L-OwDiver
MaliloneLions And Pearls
MidlandPlay The Game
Mount KimbieBefore I Move Off
OriolMemories
PinchThe Boxer
QuestDeep Inside
SclistDubx
Sines DistalStuff Dreams Are Made OF
SvpremeKiller
SynkroEverybody Knows
SynkroJust Say
Throwing SnowUn Vingt
Truth & Dutty RanksBombay Sapphire
XXXYJust For Me
The OthersVertigo 909
Urban TribeEEG
Sines DistalTortellis Slave

Sarah C’s Extra-Pop-Special Mix

One of my wife’s employees at her store, Sarah C gave her a CD of her favorite dance tunes. Now, I’m a dance music snob, who would never normally play most of these tracks in any context, and many of you other dance music afficiandos probably wouldn’t either. I’d go so far as to say I actively hate the Captain & Tenille song, the Wham song, and I’m not so high on the Whitney Houston. But this isn’t for me, it’s for the people who don’t know “Shades of Jae” from “Firestarter.” It’s Pop. And most of these tracks are stupidly great dance pop — who can resist “Smooth Criminal” or “Walk Like An Egyptian?”

I ripped the CD and resequenced them so that I could do a smooth nonstop mix. I’m used to entire genres inhabiting the same 5 BPM range so I had to play some Ableton Live tricks to get things to add up.
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The BanglesWalk Like An Egyption
SurvivorEye Of The Tiger
KajagoogooToo Shy Shy
Sugarhill GangRapper’s Delight
MadonnaVogue
Michael JacksonSmooth Criminal
Whitney HoustonDance With Somebody
Cyndi LauperGirls Just Wanna Have Fun
Captain & TenilleLove Will Keep Us Together
BananaramaVenus
EurhythmicsSweet Dreams
The BugglesVideo Killed The Radio Star
The Weather GirlsIt’s Raining Men
Michael JacksonBeat It
Huey Lewis & The NewsHip To Be Square
BlondieCall Me
Michael SembelloShe’s A Maniac
EurhythmicsSweet Dreams
WhamWake Me Up Before You Go
The VaporsTurning Japanese

Cooly G Dub Organizer 7: Review + Minimix

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I’ve been accused of having a crush on Cooly G. Why wouldn’t I? She’s talented, beautiful, and even cursory internet stalking on-line research indicates she’s got a bubbly, charismatic personality.

But my real crush is on Cooly G’s talents as a producer. Along with Roska, she’s one of the most visible faces of UK Funky. And she’s gained her prominence having only a single label release — Narst/Love Dub and a track on the Hyperdub 5 compilations. It’s easy to say why those tracks were great — the combination of her vocals, floating in and around the bass heavy beats — but hard to say how she does what she does. Using the tools all modern dance producers have, she seems to come to completely different conclusions.

UK Funky is marked by beat patterns that vary between traditional House and Soca rhythms. Cooly’s beats seem to fit into that same headspace, but they rarely drop into that same repetetive groove. Most producers get a groove going and then throw in change-ups every 4, 8, or 16 bars. Cooly’s beats seem to be all change-up, without losing their own particular quirky groove.

Alongside Cooly G’s DJ’ing and her Hyperdub releases, she’s also been releasing a series of digital-only “Dub Organizer” EPs. They’re only available only for Paypal purchase and announced at her Myspace and Facebook pages. The Dub Organizer tracks are cut from the same cloth as her Hyperdub release, but are arranged more simply — a spare synth line, maybe a sample and beats. They’re straight-up DJ tools, similar in intent to most of Roska’s releases, but a lot less repetitive.

The latest Dub Organizer, #7 in the series is 4 tracks. “ic db” is a driving rhythm that is a sophisticated, layered cousin of funky’s trademark Soca beat. This is quite literally a ‘riddim’ with the only tonal material being a drum sample being bent up and down. And yet it sounds anything but minimal, with different drums coming in and dropping out; the space in a track normally taken up by pitched melodies or chords is full of relentless percussion variations. “well mi seh db” is similarly spare, with only a very occasional trombone stab joining the percussion. “darn db” is based around a repeated synthesized female chorus loop and novel ‘kick on one & four” rhythm.

The star of the EP for me is “full ah sensi db” which is a brilliant re-imagining of dub reggae built around heavily echoed dub samples. In a sense it’s a dub of Dub — it reconnects the half-stepper beat of Dubstep with the original dub reggae sounds, leaving (if it’s possible) more space for sounds to echo in than in King Tubby’s productions. One of Cooly G’s favorite words is “dramatic” and on “full ah sensi db” the drama arises from a low-fi woodblock ‘clok’ sound reverberating darkly. Compared to the maximalist “echo soup” of the (also brilliant) Echospace album Liumin it amounts to approaching the dub template from the opposite hemisphere.

My minimix hits all tracks in this order: darnn db, ic db, well mi seh db, full ah sensi db. I wanted to give you an idea of how they sounded, but encourage you to follow up and support Cooly G by buying the release. Hence it’s watermarked with a robot voice saying “Cooly G Dub Organizer 7.” If you like what you hear, represent!

Summer 2010 DJ Mix

It’s been mad stupid hot in Iowa City this summer. I like it that way! There’s nothing wrong with sweating. Which is something you learn if you like to go dancing in a club. Somehow the hotter and sweatier it is, the better.

To satisfy this need for humidty I’ve assembled a mix out of things I’ve bought in the past few months. This comprises what I’m listening to when I’m walking the dogs late at night.

Thanks for promos to: Lenny Burden (Octave One) & Stefan Robbers (2Junxion). Drop me a line if you want to send me promos — chaircrusher at gmail dot com.

ALL OTHER TRACKS LEGALLY PURCHASED. Except for the Chaircrusher ones, which I produced.

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Track List

Front Porch/Prairie Du Chien/Holiday Road 7/18Chaircrusher
ShakeSigha
BCN DubDeepchord Presents Echospace
Memories (Jake Slazenger RMX)Oriol
Serged (Falty DL RMX)Mount Kimbie
Self ControlLuke Hess
ZX81 (Ramadanman Refix)dBridge
The Greater Good (mix2)Octave One
Days pass, night creeps inJustin Berkovi
A Made Up SoundAlarm
Dreamer(mankind is only living a dream)2Junxion
Wot U GotMartin Kemp
The Family WatchesRob Hood
Carry The Weight (Bok Box Rmx)Machine Drum
I Might Be(Joy Orbison Rmx)Scion AV
Theme From RoxyT-Polar
Protected (Chaircrusher RMX)Derek Piotr
ClaptrapJoe
Dirty DirtyEl-B
GigaItal Tek
Good TimesSynkro
What Makes You So SpecialRooflight
Zarbak (Brackles RMX)Pacheko Pocz
HybridKryptic Mindz
DigestJoe
Dance 2Komonazmuk
Maroon ChantGemmy
When I Rust I RestAl Tourettes
Shades of BlueGuido
CYMKJames Blake
Acid RainKloke
Front Porch/Prairie Du Chien/Holiday Road 7/18Chaircrusher

Bomb Squad Live @ Yacht Club 2010-04-01 – High Speed Hosting

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The Bomb Squad made history in Iowa City, using the bully pulpit of their fame to bust the dubstep cherry of a couple hundred sweaty nutters in the Yacht Club’s brick-lined basement. They tweeted a link to a Mediafire download link, but I hate Mediafire, so I’m hosting it on cornwarning.com.

I’d love to see a track listing of this mix, but as far as I know that’s not how the Bomb Squad rolls. Also, if you were at the show, you’ll notice Keith’s hyping on the mic wasn’t part of the set recording…

DJ Mix: Autechre Retrospective

In the process of writing my review of Oversteps today, I listen to bits and pieces of the entire Autechre discography. Maybe it was because I was trying to listen critically to Oversteps, but something about Autechre clicked in my head in a way it maybe hadn’t before. There are times when they’re experimenting and doing crazy messy stuff with the beats, but a lot of the time they’re trying to synthesize their own kind of funkiness. Moody, autistic broken robot funk maybe, but funk nonetheless.

So I pulled together all my Autechre CDs and downloads and tried to select something from every release that spoke to me as a compelling piece, and then started trying to arrange them together in a way that made rhythmic sense and had some flow. You’ll be the judge of whether I managed to pull it off, but it was really fun trying. I had to go from 75BPM to 167BPM in a little over the hour — by the time I got to ‘Sublimit’ I went crazy with the effects, so it’s kind of an ad hoc remix/hit job.

I think I hit every release aside from their remixes and odd stuff like the Hafler Trio collaboration.

If you don’t like Autechre at all I don’t think I’m necessarily going to change your mind about them. But if you have any interest, give a listen.

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Second PengAnvil Vapre
Know1Oversteps
TeweChiastic Slide
TrealeOversteps
ChatterArtificial Intelligence 2
V-ProcDraft 7:30
RaleQuaristice
d-sho qubOversteps
MontrealAmber
SurripereDraft 7.30
BikeIncunabula
EutowTri Repetae++
BcdtmxBassCad EP
CfernConfield
TilapiaCichlisuite
DialGantz Graf
SublimitUntilted

Picture is by Alice Rosenbaum and I straight up jacked it without permission.

Durban To Detroit To Chicago To London DJ Mix

In keeping with my new-found enthusiasm for South African Dance Music, this mix is heavy on stuff from Durban, with some detours to at least 2 other continents and an island nation….
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This is mostly live from my 1 hr radio substitute slot from last tuesday. Since it was recorded as a Live session I couldn’t resist changing a couple of things — in particular the last track is at 65 bpm and the previous one was at 140, so I jacked the 140 track up to 170 to match it, which wasn’t pretty. So I got rid of that weirdness and just mixed across an ambient intro, so that both tracks are at their natural tempo.

Anthony “Shake” ShakirArize
Cndo feat. Big Nuz DJ Tira DJ Cleo & Professor6 Pack
Black Coffee feat ZakesJuju
Chip ETime To Jack
Darque Presents NompumeleleoSpirit Of Ubuntu
DJ CheezeAfro Fever
DJ SdokoPelele
DJ Twitty vs DJ ThaniDurban Rush 2
RoskaFeeline VIP (Pioneer Bass Drop Remix)
Cooly GDubplated
ATKI2 & DUB BOYTigerflower (Grievous Angle Remix)
FishermanAcid
Liaisons DangereusesPeut-être… pas
RoskaClimate Change
HyetalIce Cream
PangaeaDead Living
Daega Sound SystemsKane’s Son
James BlakeAir & Lack Thereof
ANSAlways Sharp
Loops HauntImpact Omnihammer

Jan 2010 DJ Mix

Been a while since I did a mix. The proximate cause for doing this one is my fascination with Cooly G’s tracks. I wanted to juxtapose her stuff with tracks that, to me, sound like percursors to her sound, in particular Dinosaur L’s “Go Bang” (for the trombones and ESG’s “Moody” (for the stripped down funk). The opening track I had to play after hearing it in Four Tet’s Plastic People mix. And someone mentioned Azymuth on Twitter…

So the overall emphasis is on UK Bass styles with some other stuff thrown in. I had to do crazy things with tempo to get the last track to fit, but that’s kinda fun too.

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1.Jackie Mclean, Michael CarvinDe I comahlee ah
2.ESGMoody
3.Cooly GLet U Deep
4.Benga & CokiNight (Geeneus Remix)
5.Cooly GDis Tribal Boy
6.Golden ParachutesChaorta
7.Cooly GWeekend Fly
8.Martin KempAztec
9.GreenaTenzado
10.Joy OrbisonBRKLN CLLN
11.Dinosaur LGo Bang (Francois Kevorkian Mix)
12.AzymuthCarambola
13.SighaHold Your Heart Up To The Light
14.QuarkPatagonia
15.Riton & Primary 1Radiates (Joker RMX)
16.HeadhunterMad P’s
17.MonolakeInfinite Snow
18.SclistCrude
19.Spatial90729
20.HyetalNeon Speech
21.Lil WayneI Feel Like Dying (Flying Lotus Remix)