Monday, December 31, 2012

Knowone 001-010

Will be going on a music fast for the month of January.  Cold turkey.

I haven't decided on the listening part but I will be fasting the "obtaining" part (and this includes blog posting).

Believe me, it will not be easy but that's the point of fasting.  If it was easy, it wouldn't really be a fast.

So hopefully this drop will keep ears happy for a while.  

A pretty good sampling of the variety available in the "dub techno" sound, relatively anonymous though some of the artists/tracks are known.

Strong recommendation for long drives.

As always, thanks for sticking around.

Happy New Year to all.



P.S. If the links go down, I apologize in advance but I won't be able to fix them until after January.

DJ Shadow's Infamous South Beach Set, December 2012

For those who don't know, DJ Shadow was asked to step down from playing a set at a Miami Beach club.  You can see a snippet here:

Too future, he was told.  Apparently other DJs have been kicked off the decks for not being "commercial" enough.

You can read more about it here.

Yes, folks, DJ culture has achieved critical mass.  It has become - and I use this word with the utmost disgust - popular.  Pop, in my vocabulary, is a very bad word.

Those things that made DJ culture unique, underground, alive have been watered down and extracted and what people want is the sugary pop sound that made turntables end up in McDonald's commercials and turned DJs into celebrities.

Though there is more irony in this statement than he may realize, DeadMau5 kind of sums it up well:

"David Guetta has two iPods and a mixer and he just plays tracks,” Deadmau5 sniffs...

He then takes aim at Skrillex -- who Rolling Stone says is a friend of his -- adding, “Even Skrillex isn't doing anything too technical. He has a laptop and a MIDI recorder, and he's just playing his [bleep].” “There’s… button-pushers getting paid half a million [per show],” he says.

“And not to say I’m not a button-pusher. I’m just pushing a lot more buttons.”
So DJ Shadow upped the infamous set to Soundcloud.

And this is a killer mix.  

Get it


Sunday, December 30, 2012

Ninja Tune: The Art Of Zen Relaxation

Bringing together artists whose music represents and embraces a collision of styles, Ninja Tune is one of the labels that made the 90s such an amazing time in music.  

Trip hop, future jazz, downtempo, whatever you call it, the music fit the times and the artists on their roster are still impacting the musical soundscape.

These are some compilations put together by Australia's Creative Vibes label (still around from what I can tell) and seemed a fitting way to wrap up the year on a slow note.

The Art of Zen Relaxation (2000)



The Art of Zen Relaxation Volume 2 (2000)

The Art of Zen Relaxation Volume 3 (2001)



Saturday, December 29, 2012

The Recovery Mix

Went in for some minor slice and dice surgery and was going to post a pic of the post op results but figured that was a bit unnecessary.

Struggled to come up with album art and, well, a shout out to the happy pills given seemed fitting.  

Have plenty of downtime so spent the morning listening to the shuffle and decided it was a mix worthy of posting.

A true hodgepodge of styles here, from light to dark, some familiar some fresh, and not once did I have the urge to fast forward.  For some reason it seemed to flow and the opening and closing tracks actually seemed to tie it together nicely.

A really good mix if you want to explore the full range of EOMI and possibly pick up something new.

Think you'll like this one...

Soultek - Talking Shopcast 02 (2009)

Right up there with the RA.153 mix from Intrusion (aka Steven Hitchell), this is a podcast under Hitchell's Soultek moniker right around the time their archives would burst. 

Soultek was Hitchell's working monitor but this would take a back seat to the echospace [detroit] label and Hitchell's other projects.

The essence of the RA.153 mix can be found here but this one has some pleasant surprises.

A welcome addition to anyone's collection.


An interview with Steven and the tracklisting can be found here:


P.S.  In case you haven't noticed, I'm a big fan and loyal supporter.

The one artist/label who genuinely revived in me a passion for music that had been lying dormant for years.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Tonikom ‎– The Sniper's Veil (2009)

This one intrigued me by the cover alone.  Tonikom, aka Rachel Maloney, hearkens back to the heyday of deep, dark club electronica before it became cheesy and superficial, a mockery of itself. 

She brings a strong, innovative flavor to the sound and brings quite a palette to her music.  Forgot how much I enjoyed this until I popped it back in the shuffle mix and her tracks always stand out from the usual (mostly dub techno) fare.

Her new album, Lost And Found on Hymen, is pretty mind blowing. You can get it here.


Jah Wobble & Bill Laswell ‎– Radioaxiom Remixed (2002)

Stumbled across this one recently, didn't know it was out there.

For those who have the original Radioaxiom - A Dub Transmissiona spaced out, dubby affair - this is a nice addition.   

There are two remixes here, the 'respiritualized' remix of "Alsema Dub" from Detroit legend Carl Craig and the other a remix of "Virus B" by 4 Hero.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Axiom Funk ‎– Funkcronomicon (1995)

Just because this should always be with us and should be in everyone's library.  Most of my knowledge of 'funk' came from the Dr. Dre/Snoop Dogg heyday in the mid-90s and the backwards working through the origins of that beat.  

One of my regrets was that I did not go see Bootsy Collins in '94 while living in Seattle.  I was just coming out of my grunge phase and was diving into the burgeoning electronic dance music scene so was woefully clueless about who he was...

It wouldn't be until many years later that I stumbled across this one while doing a full immersion into Bill Laswell and all he touched.

While on one level this is a paean to true 'funk' on another level it is something completely original and allows the sound the freedom it requires.  

Here's a review with a little background on the project:

"Bringing together key players from all decades, [Laswell] then twisted the mix with clever combinations of newly recorded material and sessions recorded long ago but never released. The Sly Stone tracks were recorded during Maceo Parker's All the King's Men period, while the Eddie Hazel tracks were among the last he ever recorded, shortly before his death in late 1992.
In all its guises, however, Funkcronomicon is a masterpiece.
From the old-school jams of George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Worrell, and Hazel to Hancock's jazzed-out funk and the righteously fresh sounds of reggae rhythm section Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare...and...the alternative rock stylings of Anton Fier...the resulting brew is almost unbelievable." (Source)

While I confess I am not much more knowledgeable on the essence of funk this album is a regular on my playlist and it's always a good jam.

Highest recommendation.



Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Altered Beats - Assassin Knowledges Of The Remanipulated (1996)

One of my all-time favorite Laswell projects and a favorite album in my collection.  Turntablism and some paranoid samples given a Bill Laswell touch.

For those who remember (and for those who don't) DXT's performance at the Grammy Awards changed everything:

ROCK IT by HERBIE HANCOCK (1983 Grammy) from admin on Vimeo.

The 'scratch' had gone mainstream and would influence an entire generation of turntablists.  The musical world would - thankfully - never be the same.

Another HTCIS exlusive - the UK version with the bonus track of DXT's remix of Bootsy Collins' "If 6 Minutes Was 9 Minutes."



Tuesday, December 25, 2012

DJ Krush ‎– Strictly Turntablized (Japan) (1995)

This one was on the The Hit List.  

Without coughing up the source know that there is a community out there working hard to dig up these hard to find, rare and hoarded treasures.

DJ Krush's first album reissued in 1995 with bonus tracks.

This one just dropped...props to the original uploader.

Another exclusive to HTCIS - FLAC.


Sunday, December 23, 2012

Peter Broderick - These Walls Of Mine I (The Making Of)

While I combine files from various HDs onto the new 3TB HD (8 hours remaining according to the progress bar)...

The Erased Tapes label features a variety of artists from a variety of genres ("cinematic pop music from neo-classical to IDM - picturesque, universally speaking music for people of all ages to dream to" according to the label).

Though I am somewhat familiar with Peter Broderick's work, mostly through his collaborations with Machinefabriek, I stumbled across this video and it really caught my attention.  With Peter reading something he has written, it shows the manufacturing process for the CD of his new album.

I work in manufacturing for my full-time gig so that, combined with the love of the 'stuff' of music (especially vinyl), brought the point home that there is a lot - and I mean a lot - that goes into making the 'stuff' of music.

This really gives an appreciation for what is involved.

Thought it interesting, thought you might as well:

Peter Broderick - These Walls Of Mine I (The Making Of) from Erased Tapes on Vimeo.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Syene | Entropy Showcase (2012)

I can't even begin to tell you how amazing the Entropy Records label is.

Easily one of the premiere labels for a new generation of dub techno artists (and willing to embrace other styles as well) there is a level of care and detail that hearkens back to the days when the physical product meant something.  

The owner is available and engaged and innovative.

Most of my purchases from the label end up being digital due to shipping costs from France which is a nice option to have.  I've warmed to digital file purchases and their site makes it easy.

It's a label that's gotten recognition from no less than Rod Modell and Stephen Hitchell as attested to by the fact that under their cv313 moniker they contributed a mix for the G.R.I.T. Expanse remix project and the appearance of a few tracks from the label on Modell's stellar Inverted Audio Mix.

Get the official Entropy mix: 

It's a great introduction to the who's who on the label.

Don't forget to browse around, check out samples and prepare to be impressed.

And, as always, support the independent labels and artists.  It's the only way to keep the corporate music scene at bay.


Johann Johannsson - IBM 1401, A User's Manual (2006)

There's a great story behind this one.

More importantly, the music is beautiful and deeply moving.

I don't always "get" dance and what it means but this interpretation by Erna Ómarsdottir really opens up the power of this music:

Begging for vinyl.

Try (pw: feelings)


Ólfar Arnalds - Found Songs (2009)

In April 2009, Iceland’s neo-classical export Ólafur Arnalds created the 7-song series recording a song a day for 7 days and instantly making each track available via Twitter. 

With artwork contributions from fans via Flickr, this modern release awakens memories of a tradition that seemed lost in the digital age we live in. (Source)

Created 7 songs.  In 7 days.  From scratch.


Fans of Ludovico Einaudi and Jóhann Jóhannsson will feel right at home.

For a 128 kbps free download of each song (or to purchase higher bit rate files) go:


Yagya - Rhythm Of Snow (2002)

Dub techno in a very, very chilled way.



Sigur Rós - Svefn-g-englar (2001)

Post-rock is a fair tag but there is something almost ethereal about their music.  It could be that their lyrics are sung in their native tongue (though some of the songs contain the wordless singing of Jónsi. 

A sound like no other.  

This EP contains the track from the film Vanilla Sky that moved them more into the public spotlight.



Nick Warren - Reykjavik (2002)

Ok, so he's not from Iceland (he's from Bristol actually, home of Massive Attack, Tricky and Portishead) but this is easily one of the best mixes from the GU series.

This isn't the actual release but an unreleased disc from GU 024 circulating around.  A couple of the tracks made their way to the final mix but this will give you a good taste of the end result.


I've left off Iceland's favorite daughter, Björk, on the assumption that everyone knows who she is and is familiar with at least some of her work.  Her roots go way back to the beginnings of what was to be called 'alternative' music, when the tag actually meant something, in the group Sugarcubes.  They emerged with a sound like no other and Björk has carried that torch forward.

As a tribute, here's one of my favorites from her:


For a good article on how not to think of musicians in Iceland go here.

Get to know your Alt Code keys!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

AY Sampler (2011)

Great new(er) Japanese label featuring artists that take the downtempo road with their dub techno (bvdub's Then and Arc of Doves being prime examples).

This is a free sampler given away with purchase of any album from their site.

Features artists you might not otherwise hear of and this turns out to be a pleasant surprise.



Sunday, December 16, 2012

Music For Modern Living #07 (2003)

This one caught my ear with Deela's "African Chant" and the inclusion of "Wichita Lineman" by Glen Campbell.

If done right, and in small doses, the intentional superficiality of the lounge sound can be just what the doctor ordered.

This one works really well, different than a lot of slapped together compilations.  Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.

This is number seven in the series from Lounge Records in Germany.

Kick back and relax.



Thursday, December 13, 2012

File Sharing circa 1984

The debate is not new.

Certified Dope - Crooklyn Dub

"A long time ago, in a ghetto far, far away, some serious subversive activity was going on in the subterranean realms of sound. A motley crew of iconoclasts captured the moment, and managed to ride a minor wave of notoriety that the music press dubbed Illbient [one of the contributors to this compilation, DJ Olive, had actually coined the term long before Illbient posta-child DJ Spooky ran away with all the glory].

Most of the people associated with Illbient hailed from the borough of Crooklyn, mostly clustered around the post-industrial wasteland that was once Williamsburg. Some of us knew each other from hanging out at this Manhattan club called The Cooler or from bumping into each other at Bass Mind Studios, the epicenter of much seismic activity in the neighborhood. Everyone was doing their own thing, but all of us were, in some capacity, influenced by dub. Of course, that dank, dungeon weed the Jamaicans on the Southside sold might have had something to do with it, too." (from the liner notes)

In other words: BASS. Crazy, slow, low, dubby bass.

Press Release

Bill Laswell's Greenpoint Studios.  Under the radar except for those who know.

These compilations are essential to anyone's collection.

Crooklyn Dub Consortium

Certified Dope Vol. 1 (1995)



Certified Dope Vol. 2 (1996)



Crooklyn Dub Outernational.

Crooklyn Dub Consortium escapes from New York.

Certified Dope Vol. 3 (1999)

The boys are back. This time the sound has left New York and has infected the world.

Crazy, crazy, deep, dubby BASS.



Certified Dope Vol. 4 (2004)

And just when you thought the bass couldn't get any deeper...



Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Conet Project - 5 CD Edition Pledge Drive

One of my favorite discoveries was The Conet Project, a mysterious project filled with recordings of shortwave radio transmissions.

It radiates espionage and is quite otherworldly and intoxicating when inserted into the shuffle.  When these tracks pop up it instantly transports the listener into the place of imagination.  

Many artists have claimed inspiration from this project, perhaps most notably Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot taking the album name and borrowing samples directly from the project (and subsequently being sued by Irdial for unauthorized use).

The original was a massive 4 CD set.  This re-issue has an additional bonus CD of odds and ends.  I'm looking forward to diving in to this one.

It is currently being re-issued through the idea of crowd funding with the first 231 to donate a pledge of £50 (app. $80 USD) to have their names inscribed as 'patrons' on the 80 page insert.

I don't know if there will only be 231 CDs manufactured or if only 231 names will be given 'patron' status but it's a really cool idea.  They need about 60 more donors and there's only 20 days left to do it.

The minimum pledge is £8 which will give the donor digital files of the original 150 recordings from the 4 CD set.

I opted to donate to this as one of the 231 patrons rather than pick up Brock van Wey's White Clouds Drift On And On on vinyl via Echospace.  

If you are interested in pledging, go HERE.

Please spread the word whether or not you donate.  

Monday, December 10, 2012

The Analog Roland Orchestra ‎– Dimension (2011)

Exactly as the name sounds, this is a one-man band who collects and uses synthesizers to make music that is "somewhere between dub techno, Detroit techno, dub, downtempo...easy listening and...atmospheres which are sometimes used in documentaries and short films..." (Source)

"Combine Dimension Part One with Part Two and create your very own Dimension. Mix the 7&6 with the 8&6 and you get a 707 808 drumset with a deep Jupiter 6 Chord...or you can use the 303 Subbass with the 9&6 909 Clap...whatever you want. All in 119bpm. Slow down." (Source)

It's amazing how such simple instruments became the backbone of techno music and how it has the power to move the masses.  

Whereas much techno, especially of the dub techno variety, washes into a sea of sameness (which is not a bad thing at all) this is electronic music that stands out and catches my ear every time it pops into the shuffle.

He released one of the gems of 2012, the full length album Home.

These are good teasers of what's in store.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Blogger reminisce...

This goes back a bit to when I noticed Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers was gone.

Don't know if the sites were googlified or the blog owner simply moved on with life but it got me thinking about other blogs that have disappeared.

Below are some of the blogs that have been significant in helping me discover new music.  I can't even begin to tell you the countless hours I spent surfing the web searching, discovering, seeking and absorbing new music that helped me break free of the musical confines of my youth.

You know times have changed when a "history" article is written about music blogging.  This indicates not only a level of recognition but a level of maturity.  It will be interesting to see where it all evolves to from here.

I'll add to the list as I remember, discover or am otherwise reminded.

Please feel free to add to the list if you remember any that are embedded with us in the music they shared:

everythingonmyipod (of course)
Hypnotic Breaks (my first full immersion into dub techno)
Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers
Difficult Listening (aka (source of the 4AD Rare Tracks compilation)

P.S. Should things change here just remember that I hadtocallitsomethingelse.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Sacred Treasures II: Choral Masterworks from the Sistine Chapel (1999)

I'm listening to music at the bookstore (yes, they still exist, even if it's only the box store variety) and the track "It's Too Late" from bvdub's Return To Tonglu comes in.

I'm always excited to see a track of his pop up as I've not been able to listen to everything he has put due to the sheer volume of his releases.  All part of the journey...

Within seconds I recognize Allegri's "Miserere" and am thrilled as this holds a special place in my heart due to it's arrival during a period of serious soul searching.  Moments like these weave together all of those disparate elements of musical variety and highlights how it is all connected.

So, to highlight that moment, here is Volume II of the Sacred Treasures series from the Hearts of Space label which contains a reworking of Allegri's Miserere

Some folks complain about the addition of horns and the "new age" feel to it but it was my first experience with the piece and is quite special.

If you're really into it there are many versions of it out there.  The Tallis Scholars' version seems to get high marks.

Very serene and soothing.



Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Bvdub/Shifty Science ‎– Same Boat, Different Sea/Love's Not Fading (2010)

Great story behind this one... 

"So here’s the long and short of it: nearly 20 years ago, two best friends from Chicago, Chris Ike and John Kardaras, fell deep into the city’s house scene through club nights and dubs of WNUR shows. They got busy with some analog gear, christened themselves Shifty Science, released a couple of tracks to some acclaim, and then quickly fell into obscurity, even going so far as to quit releasing their music.

Fast-forward to 2009, when a couple of next-generation Chicago house heads (one of whom, full disclosure, is the editor-in-chief of this site) decide to throw a joint birthday party and invite one of Shifty Science’s biggest fans from back in the day, former DJ and current heart-on-sleeve ambient wunderkind bvdub, to headline. 

Everyone hit it off famously; and when one of the birthday boys, James Cardis, started Love’s Label the next year, he hit up Shifty Science and bvdub for contributions. And now, as 2010 winds down, 300 copies of what resulted are fluttering around the world." (Source)

Side B is the "Earth House Hold" remix.  Earth House Hold is one of bvdub's many monikers, this one harboring his house roots.

He just released the limited Where Love Lived in 2012 under this name (on top of at least half a dozen other releases/mixes under all his aliases).  

There's a great small label story behind this release as well.  I snapped up the 2xLP vinyl as soon as pre-orders were taken.

If you don't know who bvdub (aka Brock van Wey) is, start here.

Rhythm & Sound (2001)

Another project from the Basic Channel boys, Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald.   

The essence of dub techno, a deep dive into the sound.  

Deep and dubby with the static wash - the sound digital sought to eliminate - that makes dub techno such a full immersion experience.

This is a compilation of edits and versions of the Rhythm & Sound 12" releases from RS-02 through RS-06.

These have recently been re-issued as digital files; a few of the tracks are longer than the originals on vinyl.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

14 Tracks: Echospace Exclusives

The Echospace label has emerged of one of the highlights of the dub techno sound.  For those who discover their sounds, the need for more becomes insatiable.  So over the years live recordings, remixes, reworks and a host of other "exclusive" tracks have made their way out of their archives.

This was a collection issued on boomkat a while back.  Mostly live recordings, this is a great introduction to the deeper essence of what makes their sound special.

Some of the tracks have made their way to other releases but you can also get a taste of some of the other  monikers associated with the Echospace label.

Always recommended.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Radio Cascára

This one goes back a bit.  Just got an email from the author that a new episode is up.  Check out the track list:


I post these here not to be lazy but as a guide to where you can learn to fish, if you know what I'm getting at. 

Trust me when I tell you that the links posted are not filler, they come highly and experientially recommended.  Don't sleep, even if it requires a little effort to dig in.

There is so much music out there and lately I've found that the best way to discover new music is through the recommendations of others and many times it is podcasts that unearth hidden gems.

This one (from Finland) has some interesting tracks interlaced wit bits of "chatter" that have a consistent mood that ties the diversity of songs together nicely.  One of the better ones out there.

The mixes are downloadable. 

Comes highly recommended.


Friday, November 30, 2012

Bunk iTunes

iTunes 11 came out.  Really altered the view albums by cover art feature and it's really annoying.

As a child of vinyl culture, the album cover is the way I identify my music and, well, this doesn't quite seem to fit.  Maybe it's in there but it's the whole total revamp thing that is annoying.  They impose, we are forced to follow.

Also tired of the imposition of their media player inundating me at every turn with trying to sell me something and the sheer dependency on their whims.  

Can't even go back and re-upload older versions, gives me error messages all over the place.

They've become a big, lumbering behemoth.  The party is over.

Always remember: larger entities have crumbled.

Makes sense.  An entity as large as Apple makes a change and it affects everybody.  There is no personal, there is only control.

The true innovator provides a platform that allows the freedom to make it more personal with no need to own.  

So, done with iTunes.  

Based on suggestions below, I'm working on Foobar2000.   

Aside from having to reorganize my music files and troubles with the artwork, this looks to be the way to go. May take a while but it's the future.

Thanks for the recommendations.

You'll smile as soon as you get it:

Lights Out Asia ‎– Eyes Like Brontide (2008)

Truth be told I stumbled across this one because of the track "Radars Over The Ghosts Of Chernobyl" (and the album cover seems to match).

As someone whose formative years included adventuring around and in abandoned buildings in my hometown, Chernobyl/Pripyat has always had an air of mystery to it and, with the advent of the Web, I was able to view photos of the abandoned site.  Captivating is an understatement.  It's now become a Mecca of sorts to urban explorers everywhere.


Before really investing time into listening to these guys I had always tended to lump them in with "post-rock" groups such as Godspeed You Black Emperor!,  A Silver Mt. Zion or Mogwai.  Though there are moments that share kinship with these groups - heavy guitars, spoken word samples - their use of electronics sets them apart and make this music much more atmospheric.

It never fails to evoke a mood when it pops up in my shuffle.  It instantly brings to mind late night drives with nothing but darkness and the wide open road.

High recommendation.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Peter Kruder Pink Floyd Live Mix

Speaking of Pink Floyd in an interpretive sense (especially for those who experienced the 90s firsthand), the name Peter Kruder should ring a bell.

According to Peter:

"A live DJ mix of all the tripped out Pink Floyd bits that I love.  I did this for the FM4 Liquid Radio Show sometime in the 90ties and just recently found the DAT of this. Download and Enjoy..." 
He's a hardcore fan unearthing breaks that the average fan (including me) may not recognize.

Never thought of Floyd as a jam band but I'm rethinking a few things...

Drugs not required.

Mad props.



Underground Resistance ‎– Interstellar Fugitives (1998)

Militant techno.  With a purpose.


All you need to know to start on your journey.

"So I say, 'come on down', order from, support the retailers. We're still making cutting edge shit, man, it's wild shit, man, it's raw, I love that ghetto perspective on space and time and the future, because it's warped like a motherfucker, and as long as they're making it, I'll put it out." (Source

To dig deeper and get back to the roots.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Lo - Ten Years One Night EP (2010)

Listening to the shuffle this morning and a track drops with this great bassline.  I reach for the mp3 to see who it is and it's Lo's "Ten Years One Night" track.

His Soft Exposure (and digital Remixes file) from the Entropy Records label is one of my favorite dub techno albums of recent memory.

This is a free download from the Sound Source Netlabel and includes two Lo tracks plus remixes from a slew of other artists such Axs, Zzzzra, and Basicnoise.  

Deep, dubby, just the way it should be.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Pulshar ‎– Nospheratu (2008)

The original track by Pulshar is one of my all-time favorite tracks.  It's a deep, dark dubbed out vibe with some muted soundbytes of quotes from the script and it lives up to the black and white cover (from the original Nosferatu film from the 1920s).  

If the film were made today, this would be the soundtrack.

The Echospace reduction on side two is the perfect introduction to the hazy analogue static bath washing over deep bass rhythms that is one of the defining features of the Echospace sound.

A copy of this vinyl right from the label sits in my collection.



P.S. Also included are the cv313 and Sven Weisemann remixes of the track from Pulshar's Brotherhood album.

DeepChord Presents Echospace ‎– Vibrational Studies (In Echospace) (2010)

For those in the know "dub techno" had been around since the mid to late 90s pioneered most notably by  the duo Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, aka Basic Channel (the name of the artists as well as the label).

Though its root go much deeper, Basic Channel, along with Deepchord (aka Rod Modell), are the foundation stones of the dub techno sound.

In 2007, Deepchord Presents Echospace (Modell's pairing with Steven Hitchell) dropped The Coldest Season and dub techno seemed to suddenly explode out of the underground earning many a Top 10 list for 2007.  It remains essential, no matter what one's music preference.

For the  next few years the depths of the Deepchord/Echospace catalogue, as well as their deft touch as remixers, emerged out of the underground and into the consciousness of those drawn to the sound.

In 2010, in anticipation of the follow-up Liumin, this 12" EP was released.  As hard as it was to imagine, they took what had become an almost formulaic sound and changed it.  The sub aquatic background noises, the depths of the bass and the warmth of the analogue were all preserved but it was different, new.

Once again, quietly, they had innovated and showed why they continued to lead rather than follow.

P.S. The track 'Symbolism in Transition' receives a reworking as 'Orbital' on their 2012 release Silent World (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).

Friday, November 23, 2012

Cat People Soundtrack (1982)

Cat People was one of those movies that haunted my memories long after seeing it.

1982. Teenage hormones in full effect. Nastassja Kinski. Sex. Violence. Symbolism that escaped my pubescent mind but was visually arresting.

David Bowie's "Cat People (Putting Out Fire)" is an incredible track, much better than the version that appeared on his Let's Dance album.

It was used in an episode of Miami Vice and it most recently appeared in Quentin Tarentino's Inglourious Basterds) which stars Nastassja Kinski. Yes, the circle remains unbroken...

Though far too short, the soundtrack to the film by Giorgio Moroder is amazing. It still sounds good.

Long before the advent of CDs and mp3s I mixed this with Risky Business from vinyl to cassette to create a Risky Cat Business People score that I used to play while driving late at night. Still have both on vinyl, Cat People still sealed.



Streets Of Fire Soundtrack (1984)

Just going back through some of the archives and doing a bit of updating.

In the context of one rather bizarre week at work, my boss stated that Diane Lane was the only thing right in the world and I mentioned that I had a huge crush on her when I was in high school.

"Streets of Fire!" he declared.  Obviously I was far from alone in feeling this way.

Directed by Walter Hill, director of The Warriors, with key songs contributed by the pen of Jim Steinman (think Meatloaf's Bat Out of Hell) as well as songs from the pens of Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty and an underlying score by Ry Cooder, this is one of the best sleeper soundtracks ever. 

Still have a well worn copy on vinyl...

Rewatched the movie not too long ago and it took me right back to those feelings, that sense of urgency that only comes with youth (which is not the same as teenage angst...).

I hope the movies of today capture the urgency of youth and though this film does show its age this film gets it a surrealistic amalgamated 50s meets the 80s alternate reality kind of way. 


Thursday, November 22, 2012

Vatican Shadow - Kneel Before Religious Icons (2010)

Vatican Shadow (aka Dominick Fernow) has emerged with an incredible slew of releases in the past two years that will engage the senses - aggression is the word that comes to mind - with an assault of electronic music's darker industrial side.

Comparisons to Muslimgauze are inevitable but Fernow has his own axe to grind - in this case Iraq war propaganda, fanaticism and desert combat are the themes of this album.   And grind he does.

If you dig the Demdike Stare aesthetic, you will not be disappointed. 

This saw a reissue in 2012 so it's too soon to post the album but you can stream all the tracks from the album here:

For a snippet of him live to really get a sense of what he's all about:

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Acid Jazz

I picked up The Best of Acid Jazz Volume 2 on the now defunct but stellar Instinct label many moons ago (and I couldn't tell you where or why) but it has been a staple of my playlist ever since.

Couldn't tell you what "acid jazz" is and don't care too much.  Over the years it's blurred, as genres tend to do, into a fuzzy Ninja Tunes/Mo' Wax kind of jazzy thing (which makes sense considering you can find DJ Krush among others on some of these comps) which means I really like these.

Some of the tracks may sound familiar (especially from the After Hours comp) as they show up on a multitude of other compilations but both provide a sweet groove.

There are dozens and dozens of these compilations out there so if you dig these you're sure to find the others just as enjoyable.

The Best of Acid Jazz Volume 2 (1997)

This Is Acid Jazz: After Hours (1994)

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Giriu Dvasios

While perusing the Cold Tear website, I noticed something interesting.  Giriu Dvasios, a dub techno artist out of Lithuania, has a subscription available to his site.  

For those who don't know the name (yet), he has released a few albums on various net labels and his works have appeared on many compilations from the same.

Here's a video to get you in the mood:

Most recently one of his tracks appeared on the IA Mix 75 from Rod Modell (aka Deepchord) on Inverted Audio.  I'm not sure there is any better recognition you could receive in the heavily populated universe of dub techno.

A couple of his tracks have been remixed by Quantec which attests to the quality of his music.  Here's one of the remixes:

You can find a few more videos here (recommend the 'live dubbing' video).

So for $1 a month (yes, $1) or $12 a year you have access to his music and will be on the inside scoop with new releases.  This also offers you the opportunity to get his music free on CD (see his comments below).

Rather cool concept.  I've seen a few artists dabble in this concept so if you dig his music please show him some genuine support.  

I subscribed so will be curious to see how this evolves.

Giriu Dvasios (to subscribe)

Sonitus Eco - Eku Neolitiku (2011)

Ok, so some music awards show is on tonite and it literally makes my blood curl (music awards shows always have but for some reason they seem to be getting more and more vapid...).  There's just something nauseating about them.

Obviously I don't rule the television in my household (thus violating a near universal stereotype).

The cure?  Bose QC15s and immersion into 80 GBs of bliss on the shuffle.

The first track was by Sonitus Eco who has been making a name for himself on various netlabels over the past few years but has recently released a full length LP on the Silent Season label, by far one of the best labels operating right now.

The track taking me away was from this EP released in 2011 on the Sound Source Netlabel.

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Imagine if it was called everythingonmyharddrive.