Autumn Arena 2011 (as it should have sounded)

God I’ve been busy lately.

Over the Easter period I was heavily involved in the organisation of two festivals.  Was pretty happy with how both of those panned out, but not so much with my DJing.  In both cases I completely mashed a set that was well within my capabilities due to my amateur equipment.  Frustrating!  I’ve decided to step out of DJing until such a time as I have a workable setup.

I’ve also decided to re-record both of these sets & post them here, to soothe my battered ego. 😉

Here’s the first set- played at Autumn Arena 2011

Autumn Arena 2011 (as it should have sounded)

The extended version (192 kbps – 143Mb).

The short (hi-res) version (320 kbps -167Mb).

Tracklist

I hope to get the second (mangled at Samhain) up pretty soon, but am stoopidly busy with my work at the moment. 😦

Photek’s new sound

In 1997 Photek burst onto the drum n bass scene with his intelligent, futuristic jazz-influenced album Modus Operandi.  While he’s released several albums since then, none have had the impact of his first couple.  He’s got a new release planned for 2011, which judging by a teaser released through xlr8r.com could be set to have a similar impact on the dubstep genre.

Check it out

Melting the Twisted Ice

Melting the twisted ice

Fragments of a mix by DJ Soma

I have been planning to get this out for a while. I played a set in the ambient zone at Dunedin’s mid-winter Solstice party. Planned to record it that night & upload it shortly afterwards, but there was some pre-set chaos & in the fray I forgot to turn record on. I’ve had a couple of goes at re-recording the mix since then, but have had little time to get it sorted out. Anyway I’m about to abandon my efforts, but just before I do, here are the fragments that I’ve pulled together so far. Enjoy…

Prelude (part 1) – download (17.4 Mb)

Track

Title

Artist

Album

1

Dismalia

The Ricketty Galumphy Bad-time Band

Unreleased

2

Demented blues

The Ricketty Galumphy Bad-time Band

Unreleased

3

Introduction II

Mentz

Piani

4

Trip to Nomoreland

Kovacs

Eastern block


Viscera (part 2) – download – 69.9 Mb

1

Nickel Bags

Digable Planets

Reachin‘ (A new refutation of time and space) [a smidgeon]

2

Jazz Baby

Lo-Fi Scientists

Lo-Fi Scientists

3

Time Machine

Soulkrates

Because best things are free (Edition Hiphop)

4

Intro (with Pepe, Hasi Intl.™
& Rosalba)

Tracky Birthday

Animal Audition

5

16th June 1996

XZICD

O)))))O(((((O

6

Gauche

Maps and Diagrams

The giant woods

7

Wa Wa Wa

MiaMia

Eclectic youth vol. 17

8

Mare Eternum

Universe Alley 59

N/A

9

Tiny Little Pieces

Hypnagog

Dreaming in pieces

10

Un Santa Claus a las 6

Crisopa

Medicamentosa

I normally try to link to all of the albums used in my mixes, but at this stage don’t have the time sorry. If you really like any of the tracks, you can probably still find most of them with a few searches. Good luck on the hunt. Reply to this post if you really can’t find anything & I’ll see if I can track it down.

Planet Boelex – Second Thoughts

Wow – loving this new release from the Monotonik netlabel.

Beautiful drifting warm layered ambience.

Check it out.

Elemental

This year’s Autumn Arena was a very special wee party.  This mix went down on Saturday night as people stomped around a huge fire, rain fell, and embers flew through the air.  Nice.

Here’s an mp3 recording of the mix (145Mb @ 320 kb).

Track

Title

Artist

Album

1

Empty
city

Greenbeam & Leon

Empty city ep
(Unfound 33)

2

Cornflakes
in my ears

Evolent

Rise & fall ep

3

Morker (Jeff Bennet
remix)

Ture Sventon

Tropisk
ep

4

Fun
time Frankie

Le
Jockey

Android
lubricated tech funk

5

Potentiopeter

Erdbeerschnitzel

Tracknames I can’t pronounce

6

Miesekatze (Tone Def remix)

Daniel
Schneider

Android
lubricated tech funk

7

Leanne

Tone
Def

Android
lubricated tech funk

8

Gigi

Minimono

Classic
accidents vol. 1

9

Tribute
to spontan

Tillman

Classic
accidents vol. 1

10

A
day in the life

Tom
Ellis

Classic
accidents vol. 1

11

Freak’n’deep

Minimorph

Real place ep
(Unfound 33)

12

Boken wetware

Keinzweiter

Globus Cassus

13

Police
faked me

Ed.arcade

Heike
2000

14

Acid
Monstruation

Dropout

Hallucinogenia

15

Bday county (Cesare
vs Disorder remix)

Rudolf

Below the crime scene

16

Smack

Walker
Barnard

The discoball
miner (Unfound 47)

Keinzweiter (day 3)

Where to start?

Keinzweiter (Tobias Lorsbach) has been releasing albums since 2001.  He’s very well known for his intelligent, funky, glitchy micro-house and minimal techno, also releasing tunes as Elco Park (with Maximilian Wendling), Superlauncher, Antiga Prime, The Desktop Discoballs, The Postman (not to be confused with another artist with a similar name),  & T Byron.

He’s also the man behind Spontan records, one of my favorite netlabels.

Recommended albums (get some glitch in ya!)

Professor Kliq (day 2 of free-music week)

It’s now day 2 of free music week, and my artist of the day is Professor Kliq.

Professor Kliq came to my attention through the Catching the Waves music blog, one of my favorite sources of quality creative commons music, and I was immediately hooked.  Professor Kliq has got the formula for Chemical Brothers-style big-beat nailed.  Huge rolling electro-bass tracks to get the party-core jacking.

The other thing which Kliq does well is groovy downbeat.

Check out Professorkliq.com for all of his releases.  Of particular note are

Dublicator

It’s the first day of free music week!  Each day, music bloggers  around the world will identify an artist who they particularly rate, and the friendly folks at musikpiraten e.v. will aggragate the information together.  It’s an attempt to make the best of creative commons music accessible, which is a pretty worthy aim I think, so I’m going to attempt to participate.

My artist for the day is Dublicator.

Dublicator is the name that Tamás Olejnik uses for his dub & dub-techno releases.  He first came to my attention with the excellent Deep Roots EP, released through the Deep in Dub netlabel.

Deep Roots EP release page

My personal favourite on this is definitely Echoes of Babylon – have a listen.

I next came across Chord Centre, another DID release, which has got to be my all-time favorite dub-techno album.   Just great smooth, deep quality dub techno.  I don’t have a particular favourite, it’s all pretty good.

Chord Centre release page

In undertaking this proto-review, I’ve realised that this is really just scratching the surface of this fantastic artist.  He has a number of releases running right back to 2006, and has continued onwards to 2010 (details here).   I’ll certainly have to continue my investigations into his past a bit once my work calms down a little. 🙂

On another note, I see with great sadness that with his latest release Tamas has gone to the darkside, and is now releasing his music out of the creative commons realm.  I for one am hoping he returns to his deep roots.

Netlabel gems – house

It’s been tough choosing between some funkin lovely tracks, but here they are – my top ten house tracks as at 1 March, 2010.

Trackname Artist Album
1 A day in the life Tom Ellis Classic accidents vol. 1
2 Let it off! Superloader Fusion EP
3 Donauwellen & Co french
house
Geoffrey Johnson Pulsar single
4 Freak n’ deep Minimorph Real place EP
5 Tribute to spontan Tilman Classic accidents vol. 1
6 Little britain (preview) Geoffrey Johnson Pulsar single
7 Faith AXMusique AXMusique
8 2 bailes con martini sisters Alex Medina Punos punof
9 Potentiopeter Erdbeerschnitzel Tracknames I can’t pronounce EP
10 Police faked me Ed.arcade Heike_2000

Netlabel gems – Ambience

It’s been some time since my last post, sorry about that.  It was a touch choice, but after some deliberation …. my top ten netlabel ambient tracks as of 21 February, 2010.

Track
name

Artist

Album

1.

Un Santa Claus a las
6

Crisopa

Medicamentosa

2.

Night jingle

Lazzich
feat. Leavemotte

Fragments

3.

Lodge

Nest

Nest

4.

Winds within dunes

E.ritual

N/A

5.

Charlotte

Nest

Nest

6.

Artemis Dream 1

Coax

Artifacts & Discovery

7.

The Crest

XZICD

O)))))O(((((O

8.

Rain
Machine

Reii

Drafts

9.

Marinated
Rizlas

Aluf

Classic
accidents vol. 1

10.

Unfreezed

Modul

Directions

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