|My Bloody Valentine||Who Sees You|
|Alex Under||Bola 7|
|Alex Under||Bola 3|
|Ed McFarlane||She Sleeps|
|Sean Deason||Ode To Detroit|
|Tevo Howard||Pump & Bounce|
|Tevo Howard||You Have A Way With Words|
|Micro World||Your Techno Toy|
|Ron Trent||Kids At Play|
|Ron Trent||Exotic Drums|
|Terrace||Out of Time|
|Ros Sola||Sign Language Poetry|
|Don Froth||REflex (Shake Shakir Remix)|
|Orphan101||Baila Second Mix|
|Sean Deason||The Nature Of Time|
|Chaircrusher||Isthmus Strait Isthmus|
|Max 404||How to Bluff Your Way Into Techno|
|Sean Deason||NCW||The 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.
|The Black Dog||Dark Wave Creeping|
|Jeff Pietro||Still 1|
|The Black Dog||Streets In The Sky|
|Jeff Pietro||Still 2|
|The Black Dog||Hype Knot 7|
|The Black Dog||Steam Caliphate|
|The Black Dog||Eden 353|
|Gerd||Palm Leaves (Serge & Tyrell Dub)|
|The Black Dog||????????? (Car Crash Magic)|
|XXXY||Down Wit U|
The “Sergeant Ridiculous EP” is two new Chaircrusher tracks, with remixes by Sean Deason, Mike Perkowitz, Dave Powers, Chris O’Grady, and Andrew Duke. Go here for audio previews and downloads.