The only thing the end of a college term means to me now is that the grad students in my office are scarce for a week or two, and we get a break on Noise Radio. But I tried to end the term on a high note, or at least a loud one.
I’ve noticed my tastes, at least for DJing, changing, in that more and more I crave things that are simpler and more straight ahead. I prevailed on my friend Tom Butcher to pull out some of the hard techno tracks he recorded in the 90s, that he’d sent me on a casette tape. I wore that tape out listening to it in my car, and luckily he’d rescued those tracks from DAT at some point. He also provided me with pre-release copies of his new record on Roam Recordings. so I used some of his oldest and newest music.
The irrepressible Shawn Rudiman has been releasing a backlog of his tracks digitally on Detroit Techno Militia. I took several tracks from the 4th volume. I’ve always been a fan of his live shows, and I’m frankly in awe with his ability to go into the studio and crank out so many high quality tracks. I don’t know when he sleeps.
Kataconda (Barry Ryan) is another guy who’s been going nuts putting out killer techno for a long time — he came to Iowa City and played at my ‘Off Seamus’ event concurrent with the 2002 SEAMUS conference for Electro-Acoustic music.
Bleupulp (aka Maxim Tanguay) is another prolific composer and the guy behind Pertin-nce net label, which has a huge catalog of mostly free, high quality music.
Andy Vaz produces his own intricately layered deep house from his base in Cologne, and Yore has graciously put me on their promo list. Two upcoming releases — a remix EP for his ‘Straight Vacationing’ album, and ‘My Love is 4Ever’ by Librah — are also featured here.
Along with those things, I’ve been trying to keep with my promo e-mails, and what Facebook friends are tipping, which accounts for the vocal pop I include in the mix. So maybe not 100% a techno purist, but hey, good music is good music, and I try to shoehorn in whatever’s making me happy at the moment…
|Lush||Sweetness & Light|
|MS MR||Hurricane (CHVRCHES remix)|
|Andy Vaz||Detroit In Me (Patrice Scott Remix)|
|Rrose||Wedge of Chastity|
|Fielded||Arms of Heaven|
|Librah||My Love Is 4Ever|
|Ron Trent||Pressure Zone|
|Garage $ale||Bump and Grind (Waze & Oddysey Remix)|
|Andy Vaz||Stubnitz (Memory Foundation Remix)|
|Shawn Rudiman||XK7 Dustoff|
|Bleupulp||London (Hemptera Mix)|
|The Translator||Prime Time Chords|
|Shawn Rudiman||One More Sometimes|
|Mount Kimbie||Made To Stray|
|Bleupulp||A Few Stories|
|Shawn Rudiman||When To Let Go|
|Bleupulp||The End Is Near|
|Chaircrusher||Le Printemps Du Chien|
|Phaeleh||Taking It Back|
|Flying Lotus||Tiny Tortures|