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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 Kuszynsiki Midnight Morning
Randoman Winter In Space(Sublime Port Redshift Remake)
Enya Boadicea
Shawn Rudiman In Light – In Darkness
TM Eye Pollution
Pittsburgh Track Authority Moving 2 Hard
Zzzzra Petite Lassitude N°3
Björk Virus
Pittsburgh Track Authority April Boogie
Habt Unstationary
Pittsburgh Track Authority Nite Owl Video
Zzzzra Ennui Profon (Optic Remix)
Pittsburgh Track Authority Monongahela Rainforest
Voigt & Voigt Synthesize
Shawn Rudiman Ghola Idaho
Mr. Bizz Space 1999
Scuba Everywhere
Chaircrusher Anguish Riddim
Oblivion Garden Windmill Projections
Sublime Porte Red Apple (Subsky Remix)
Pittsburgh Track Authority Omar’s Here
Scuba Never
Shawn Rudiman Where does time go?
Weston Prince Aluna
Axial Crew Splatterfunk (w1b0 r3m1x)
Regis Blinding Horses
Claude Young & Takasi Nakajima Rapture
Pole Wipfel

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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Vangelis Spiral
Roy Ayers Ubiquity People And The World
Deodato Whistle Bump
Taana Gardner No Frills
Taana Gardner Work That Body
First Choice Doctor Love
Cissy Houston Think It Over
One Way Shine On Me
Bingo Boys Featuring Princessa How To Dance
Evelyn Champagne King Action
Magazine 60 Don Quixote
Madonna Shining Star
Joy Rider Tired Of Phony
Information Society Think (Bluebox 2600 Mix)
Leage Unlimited Orchestra Don’t You Want Me
Telex Lakelele
Chaba Zahouania Dini Maak
Arthur Russell All Boy All Girl
Antena Ingenious
Gil Scott Herron & Jamie XX NY Is Killing Me
The Final Solution Brotherman
Claudia T Fatal Destination
Kazumi Watanabe Yatokesa (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 Simko Beneath
Reggie Dokes God Of House
Stewart Walker Slipped Off Fogwet Girders
Kate Simko Mind On You
Stewart Walker Lord Housefly
Kate Simko Mira Vos
Peter Kirn Anaxagoras
Stewart Walker Blässe
Chaircrusher Transit Of Jupiter
Kate Simko Bikini Atoll
Reggie Dokes Haiti
Dennis De Santis Five Minutes Today Forever(Stewart Walker RMX)
John Tejada Unstable Condition
Sweetnighter Sign Language Poetry
Sigha HF029 A1
Szare Action Five
SCB Future Unknown
Peverelist Sun Dance
Addison Groove 5 Minutes Of Funk
Bass Clef Rollercoasters of the Heart
Pangaea Runout
Chaircrusher Sojourner
Ramadanman Revenue(Untold RMX)
Addison Groove It’s Got Me
Xi The Ghost
Bass Cleff So Cruel
Blawan Potchla Ve
James Blake Give A Man A Rod (2nd Version)
D1 Subzero
Throwing Snow Un 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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Antena Camino Del Sol
Radiohead SuperCollider
Burial NYC
Gatto Fritto The Invisible College
Burial Stolen Dog
BoxCutter Zabriskie Disco
Radiohead The Butcher
David Powers + Max Jacobson Sheila Don’t Love Me
Rick The Godson Wilhite Blame It On The Boogie
David Powers + Max Jacobsen Feel It
Area Bed Vertigo
Lightness Burning Mercury(Metal)
Burial Street Halo
Julio Bashmore Father Father
Jace Syntax Jackin Around
Soultek AnalogueHeart
Owiny Signome Band Wires(Theo Parrish Remix)
Kode9 & The Space Ape Love Is The Drug
Graceful Exit Revolve Disco
Atropolis Mbira Funk
Addison Groove Make Em Bounce
Chaircrusher Baile Pedro Baile
Atroplis Feat. Anbule Som Sista
Addison Groove This Is It
Terror Danjah Zumpi Hunter RIP
Alfie Treatment
Spatial 70810
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Am I
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Black Smoke
Kode 9 & The Space Ape Promise

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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PTA African Shufle
Mount Kimbie Before I Move Off
Radiohead Separator
Rick Wilhite City Bar Dancing (Basement Mix)
Gene Hunt & Ron Hardy Indiana
Virgo Four Sexual Behavior
Virgo Four Let The Music Play
Cosmin TRG Separat
Cosmin TRG Izolat
Pangaea Inna Daze
Shackleton Deadman
Shackleton Deadman (The Bug Crackle Mix)
Pangaea Won’t Hurt
Instra:Mental & DBridge Detuned Heart
LHF Candy Rain
Sully Trackside
Chaircrusher Hallucinogens In The Nescafe
Sepalcure Your Love
The Others Vertigo 909
Kito LFO
RadioHead Morning Mr. Magpie
Orphan 101 Disemble
Roof Light All Day Breakfast
Kryptic Minds Rubberman
TMSV Signal
Freeze LX/One SP/MC Youngsta Unidentified
Pinch The Boxer
Ramadanman Pitter
Truth + Dutty Ranks Worlds Apart
Throwing Snow Cronos
Synkro Just 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.

SYNKRO Open Arms
DarkStar SP
Anika Yang Yang
Chaircrusher Pete 1
DarkStar Separator
Just A Band Extra
Dirtbombs Shari Vari (Omar S Remxi)
Chaircrusher Pete 2
West Norwood Cassette Library Blonde On Blonde (Pearson Sound Remix)
King slaFF One
Radiohead Lotus Flower
T Williams Heartbeat
When Saints Go Machine Fail Forever
Rooflight Birds Outside The Window
Chaircrusher Hallucinogens In The Nescafe
Darkstar Aidys Girl Is A Computer
Sepalcure Fleur
RoofLight All Day Breakfast
TMSV Signal
Freeze & LX One Foreseen
Orphan 101 Propa
Anika Sadness Hides The Sun
Radiohead Morning Mr. Magpie
Urban Tribe Orbitals
Morgan Zaret Hookid
Anika Masters Of War
Instra:Mental + DBridge From The Start
Instra:Mental + DBridge Detuned Heart
Derek Piotr Cleopatra (Chaircrusher Remix)
LHF Candy 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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ARTIST TITLE – DISCOGS.COM LINK
Clandestine Featuring Ned Sublette Radio Rhythm (S-I-G-N-A-L S-M-A-R-T) (Extra Cheese Mix)
Judy Cheeks Mellow Love
Isley Brothers I Wanna Be With You (Parts 1 & 2)
Skyy Let Love Shine (Instrumental)
Dinosaur L Go Bang (Walter Gibbons Mix)
McFadden & Whitehead Ain’t No Stopping Us Now
Mavis Staples Jaguar
Sax Give Yourself To Me (deep house mix)
Royal House Yeah Buddy
Dan Curtin Journey’s In Motion
Mark Rogers Us
2 In A Room Take Me Away
Debby Harry Feel The Spin
Ten City That’s The Way Love Is
Perkowitz Nectar
Roy Davis Jr. About Love (Jon Marsh “All About” Vocal Mix)
Moodyman People
Africanism Call It Jungle Jazz
John Beltran Your Colors (Yoruba Soul Mix)
Roy Ayers/Kerri Chandler Good Vibrations (Kerri’s Mad Mix)
Michael Jackson Do You Remember The Time (Silky Soul Mix)
Janet Jackson Control
Omar S Columns
Kraftwerk Aéro 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 Tribe Hostile Takeover
Falty DL Odyssey
Falty DL Filty Divinity
Kowton Basic Music Knowledge
Hall & Oates Can’t Go For That (Perkowitz Minimal RMX)
Ultrasound Heavy Roll (Future Funky Re-Rub)
Midland Play The Game (Dexter RMX)
Greymatter Raw Root (Klik Remix)
Cooly G Darn DB
Cooly G Full Ah Sensi DB
Cooly G Up In My Head
Ill Blu Bellion
Kid Kut Lit
Kode 9 feat. The Space Ape You Don’t Wash (Martyn Scrub Vocal)
Ikonika DckBtch
Ikonika Ingredients
Donga Blake Detroitus
Chaircrusher 9 16 Beat
Al Tourettes/Applblim Mr Swishy
Donga Blake Small Hours (Geiom Mix)
Greymatter feat. Deize Tigrona Eu Fumo (Altered Natives RMX)
W1bo Dispension Omega
Falty Dl Because You
Erra Getting Happs
Al Tourettes/Applblim Lipsmacker
DJ Rum Emerald The Antidote (chaircrusher edit)
Aslope Close
L-Ow Diver
Malilone Lions And Pearls
Midland Play The Game
Mount Kimbie Before I Move Off
Oriol Memories
Pinch The Boxer
Quest Deep Inside
Sclist Dubx
Sines Distal Stuff Dreams Are Made OF
Svpreme Killer
Synkro Everybody Knows
Synkro Just Say
Throwing Snow Un Vingt
Truth & Dutty Ranks Bombay Sapphire
XXXY Just For Me
The Others Vertigo 909
Urban Tribe EEG
Sines Distal Tortellis 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 Bangles Walk Like An Egyption
Survivor Eye Of The Tiger
Kajagoogoo Too Shy Shy
Sugarhill Gang Rapper’s Delight
Madonna Vogue
Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal
Whitney Houston Dance With Somebody
Cyndi Lauper Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
Captain & Tenille Love Will Keep Us Together
Bananarama Venus
Eurhythmics Sweet Dreams
The Buggles Video Killed The Radio Star
The Weather Girls It’s Raining Men
Michael Jackson Beat It
Huey Lewis & The News Hip To Be Square
Blondie Call Me
Michael Sembello She’s A Maniac
Eurhythmics Sweet Dreams
Wham Wake Me Up Before You Go
The Vapors Turning 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 7/18 Chaircrusher
Shake Sigha
BCN Dub Deepchord Presents Echospace
Memories (Jake Slazenger RMX) Oriol
Serged (Falty DL RMX) Mount Kimbie
Self Control Luke Hess
ZX81 (Ramadanman Refix) dBridge
The Greater Good (mix2) Octave One
Days pass, night creeps in Justin Berkovi
A Made Up Sound Alarm
Dreamer(mankind is only living a dream) 2Junxion
Wot U Got Martin Kemp
The Family Watches Rob Hood
Carry The Weight (Bok Box Rmx) Machine Drum
I Might Be(Joy Orbison Rmx) Scion AV
Theme From Roxy T-Polar
Protected (Chaircrusher RMX) Derek Piotr
Claptrap Joe
Dirty Dirty El-B
Giga Ital Tek
Good Times Synkro
What Makes You So Special Rooflight
Zarbak (Brackles RMX) Pacheko Pocz
Hybrid Kryptic Mindz
Digest Joe
Dance 2 Komonazmuk
Maroon Chant Gemmy
When I Rust I Rest Al Tourettes
Shades of Blue Guido
CYMK James Blake
Acid Rain Kloke
Front Porch/Prairie Du Chien/Holiday Road 7/18 Chaircrusher

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 Peng Anvil Vapre
Know1 Oversteps
Tewe Chiastic Slide
Treale Oversteps
Chatter Artificial Intelligence 2
V-Proc Draft 7:30
Rale Quaristice
d-sho qub Oversteps
Montreal Amber
Surripere Draft 7.30
Bike Incunabula
Eutow Tri Repetae++
Bcdtmx BassCad EP
Cfern Confield
Tilapia Cichlisuite
Dial Gantz Graf
Sublimit Untilted

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” Shakir Arize
Cndo feat. Big Nuz DJ Tira DJ Cleo & Professor 6 Pack
Black Coffee feat Zakes Juju
Chip E Time To Jack
Darque Presents Nompumeleleo Spirit Of Ubuntu
DJ Cheeze Afro Fever
DJ Sdoko Pelele
DJ Twitty vs DJ Thani Durban Rush 2
Roska Feeline VIP (Pioneer Bass Drop Remix)
Cooly G Dubplated
ATKI2 & DUB BOY Tigerflower (Grievous Angle Remix)
Fisherman Acid
Liaisons Dangereuses Peut-être… pas
Roska Climate Change
Hyetal Ice Cream
Pangaea Dead Living
Daega Sound Systems Kane’s Son
James Blake Air & Lack Thereof
ANS Always Sharp
Loops Haunt Impact 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 Carvin De I comahlee ah
2. ESG Moody
3. Cooly G Let U Deep
4. Benga & Coki Night (Geeneus Remix)
5. Cooly G Dis Tribal Boy
6. Golden Parachutes Chaorta
7. Cooly G Weekend Fly
8. Martin Kemp Aztec
9. Greena Tenzado
10. Joy Orbison BRKLN CLLN
11. Dinosaur L Go Bang (Francois Kevorkian Mix)
12. Azymuth Carambola
13. Sigha Hold Your Heart Up To The Light
14. Quark Patagonia
15. Riton & Primary 1 Radiates (Joker RMX)
16. Headhunter Mad P’s
17. Monolake Infinite Snow
18. Sclist Crude
19. Spatial 90729
20. Hyetal Neon Speech
21. Lil Wayne I Feel Like Dying (Flying Lotus Remix)

My “Wallshaker” DJ Mix

Aaron-Carl of Detroit isn’t just a good house producer and vocalist, he’s also a guy who gets shit done. And one of his latest projects is a compilation of new tracks from Detroit artists, the Preservation: Past, Present, Future. He got some of my favorite Detroit producers (and some of my favorite people!) to contribute tracks, and none of them threw in anything sub-par. It’s a testament to the depth of talent Detroit posseses.

At any rate, I bought the download version, and threw together this mix the day he announced it. Aaron featured it on his Internet radio show last week, and now you can listen/download it here. I strongly encourage you to buy a copy!

Track list:

W.A.R.M.T.H INTRO (Feat. DJ Mourad and Jevon Justin) Aaron-Carl
Your Club Went Hollywood Santiago Salazar
Waiting On a Third Chance Gary Martin
Hiding In Your Love(The Marvelous Light Vocal Mix) Terrence Parker Feat. Coco Street
Seasons Alton Miller
Dropping things(Interlude) Detroit People Mover
4 Types of People Scan 7 Feat. Aaron-Carl
Face Orlando Voorn
A Moment In Time Myles Serge
Karen’s Groove Trench
Cultural Variance DJ Bone
De Las Cenizas Los Hermanos
Tenacity Scan 7
Intergalactic Funk DJ Nasty

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wallshaker