New mix: Brothers

Been a long time, I shouldn’t have left you etc. Here’s a mix of instrumental and vocal grime and other things – don’t sleep on Krucial, there’s a reason he’s on here twice.

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1. Kellen303 – WHB – WHB EP (Keysound)
2. Hanz – King Speed – Plasty I (Tri Angle)
3. J:Kenzo – Shark Eye – Shark Eye / Asutoraru (Artikal)
4. Deuce – Diamondback – War Serpent (Slimzos)
5. Spooky – Snow Forest – Snow Forest (Oil Gang)
6. Wiley – Let The Ink Flow – Let The Ink Flow (Chasing The Art)
7. Novelist – Nov Wait Stop Wait (Explicit) – Nov Wait Stop Wait (Mmmyeh)
8. Krucial, Filthy Gears & Kraze – Million Views – Million Views (Krucial)
9. Rocks FOE – Legion – Legion / Lacuna (AWAL)
10. Boofy – Ledge – Dead Stylus / Ledge (Innamind)
11. Filthy Gears – Treason 005 – Treason (Slimzos)
12. Jook, Jammz – No Remorse – No Remorse (Sector 7 Sounds)
13. Krucial – Different – Different (Krucial)
14. Champion – One Time – Snapshot (self-released)
15. Sully – Little Things – DRB01 (Dr Banana)
16. Pangaea – Bone Sucka – Bone Sucka (Hessle Audio)

Mixed May 2, 2018 by deemo for a-void.ca

New mix: Smoke

We’re still in 2017-land with this one, but don’t let that put you off. I have to admit I missed a whack of good stuff last year in grime, which Butterz’s annual Grime 20XX comps always put me up on, but generally I tried to avoid those cuts since they mix them better than I could. Instead I pilfered some favourites from the ever-growing pile (Tuckz, 67) and some I overlooked that popped up in others’ lists (notably the always essential Bleep one, from which I snagged the revelatory DJ Lycox and a quirky one from E.M.M.A.). Plus the Stormzy and Dizzee LPs yielded a few bangers. Enjoy the fruits of my (belated) labour…

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Mixed 20 Jan 2018 by deemo for a-void.ca

1. Stormzy – Bad Boys (feat. Ghetts and J Hus) – Gang Signs & Prayer [#Merky]
2. DJ Lycox – Galinha – Sonhos & Pesadelos [Principe Discos]
3. STILL – Don’t Stop – I [PAN]
4. Avelino – Energy f Skepta and Stormzy – single [OddChild]
5. 67 – This Side – Glorious Twelfth [6ix 7even]
6. Pinch – Street Light – Brain Scan [Aquatic Lab]
7. Slackk & Logos – Moroccan Squares – BOXED004 [Boxed]
8. Slimzee – Judgement Day Garna Remix – Judgement Day EP [Slimzos]
9. Lethal Bizzle – Round Here ft Giggs and Flowdan – single [Dench]
10. Killa’s Army x Chimpo – Which One – single [Box N Lock]
11. E.M.M.A. – Mindmaze – Mindmaze/Pumpkin Emoji [Coyote]
12. Errorsmith – I’m Interesting, Cheerful & Sociable – Superlative Fatigue [PAN]
13. Sully – Bullseye f Jamakabi – Escape [Keysound]
14. Gantz – Shivy (feat. Dedw8) – Dying on Acid EP [Deep Medi Muzik]
15. D Double E – How I Like It – single [Bluku Music]
16. AS.IF KID – Bombay Mix – Slimzos Allstars Volume 1 [Slimzos]
17. Tuckz – Headtop – Beginner’s Luck [Trapdoor]
18. Dizzee Rascal – Focus – Raskit [Dirtee Stank/Island]
19. Bugzy Malone – Aggy Wid It – King of the North [Ill Gotten]
20. Sir Spyro – Topper Top f Killa P, Lady Chann, Teddy Bruckshot (Kahn & Neek Remix) – single [Deep Medi Musik]
21. Yizzy x Tuckz – Big Man – single [Young Yizzy]

New mix: Weaving

Astute readers will notice that I haven’t posted a mix since March. I’ve been… busy? I moved continents (which required giving up freelancing music writing – so, blogging’s appeal is somewhat renewed), broke my spleen and tried to make some music of my own. Time to get back to other peoples’. Expect more regular updates again, starting with this simple little thing I threw together and continuing with my best albums of the year roundup as soon as I can relisten to about 60 albums…

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Mixed 22 Nov 2017 by deemo for a-void.ca

1. Zomby – GASP! – GASP! EP (Big Dada)
2. Loleatta Holloway – Stand Up (Pangaea Mix) – Two Mixes (Hadal – Devotion17)
3. Blackdown – Ridge (XLR8R)
4. Martyn – Matt Hensley – GL Outakes (3024)
5. Chip, – Scene f Jammer, D Double E, JME, Miraa Mae and Wiley
6. Klein – Arrange – Joy Orbison Selectors 004 (Dekmantel)
7. Mala – Alicia – white label
8. Equiknoxx – Congo Get Slap (Mark Ernestus Remix) – Mark Ernestus Remixes (DDS)
9. Simo Cell – Storm Steven – Pogdance EP (Brothers From Different Mothers)
10. Phon.o – CLU5T3R – Schutt Und Asche (Cold)
11. Tessela – Hackney Parrot [10 Ton Mix] – Hackney Parrot (10 Ton mix)/Headland (Poly Kicks)
12. Boylan & Oil Gang – MurderOn – BOXED004 (Boxed)
13. Pinch & Mumdance – Control – Control/Strobelight (Tectonic)
14 . Om Unit – Despite It All – Self (Cosmic Bridge)
15. Untold – Watton Res – Tear Up The Club/Watton Res – Hemlock)

New mix: Calling Card

Oh, but this was a fun one. It must be spring if there are this many bubbly tracks fighting for space in one mix — minds turning to knuckles-in-the-air outdoor raving and such. I’m a little late with the goods this time but I promise there will be another mix soon. Tracks are coming fast and furious, from the Stormzy album to various newcomers I’m enjoying like Tuckz. For now, enjoy, and play with the windows down.

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1. Alex Coulton – Radiance – WSDM004 (Wisdom Teeth)
2. Abra Cadabra – Money Haffi Mek Feat. Stefflon Don – NEW GEN (XL)
3. Facta – Scotch Mist – Alsatian / Scotch Mist (Bloc)
4. Gold Panda – Your Good Times Are Just Beginning – Your Good Times Are Just Beginning (City Slang)
5. Yamaneko – Gala Helipop – Project Nautilus [Keygen Loops] (Local Action)
6. Maribor – Bodybag – Keysound radio dubs 001 (Keysound)
7. FJAAK – Spnd Ballett- Fjaak (Monkeytown)
8. Via Maris – Tempora – Swarm / Tempora (Dnuos Ytivil)
9. Blackdown – Keysound Sessions Anthem (8bar Mix) – Rollage Vol.2: Keysound Sessions Anthem (Keysound)
10. Unknown Archetype – Tripp – Tripp (R&S)
11. Lil Silva – Cyrup – V1 / Cyrup (LS Whites)
12. Rabit – Intrepid – Excommunicate (Self-released)
13. Clams Casino – Back to You feat. Kelly Zutrau – 32 Levels (Columbia)
14. Mophono – Lump Sum Slum Lord – Lump Sum Slum Lord (CB Records)
15. Zgjim – Riddim – RIDDIM ALL STARS (Liquorish Records)
16. Macabre Unit – Neurotik – Neurotik EP (Nomine Sound)
17. Wiley – Name Brand (Feat. JME, Frisco & J2K) – Godfather (CTA Records)
18. Lethal Bizzle – Round Here f. Giggs, Flowdan – Round Here (Dench)
19. Jammz – Warrior – Warrior EP (I Am Grime)

Recorded Feb 20, 2017 by Deemo for a-void.ca

New mix: Endgame

 

I wish that the URL on FACT Magazine’s obituary for Mark Fisher were literally true – “mark-fisher-k-punk-capitalist-realism-has-died” – rather than what has actually happened. Capitalist Realism is alive, and Mark Fisher a.k.a. k-punk is dead. I didn’t know him, but his writing shaped me as much as any music, and I believe it will go on because there’s so much I haven’t delved into yet. My unread copy of Ghosts Of My Life, purchased with glee the moment I saw it at the ICA bookshop — until that moment, I didn’t know it existed — hides in my boxes of books, waiting for my new home, wherever that will be. Not much of an excuse. And I’ve ordered his new collection, The Weird and the Eerie, and you should too. Even when k-punk was in full swing, I didn’t always read it with the eyes I have now, being more focused on finding the latest and greatest dubplates than in understanding the world; I’ve gone back to it so many times since then, and every time I’m filled with a combination of self-loathing (how did I not appreciate this?) and awe.

One thing I did devour in its moment was Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative?, a book as Herculean in its upending of the post-Fukuyama consensus as it is short. Not only did it change my view of the world, it also cracked open the door leading to another, better way of organizing human endeavour than the one we currently cling to. Fisher didn’t have the answers necessarily, but diagnosing the problem was more than enough of a contribution. He knew that there was something ruthlessly anti-human about the ruling ideology, and located it in the prevailing attitudes toward mental health. Another gift he bestowed was indirectly pushing me towards thinkers like Lacan, and while my understanding is still fragmented and incomplete, it was Fisher who, more than anyone else I’ve read, put his finger on the way mental health and the state are related, and shouted with arresting urgency about the problem we didn’t know we had.

I’ve always had the spirit of those early ’00s times in mind when compiling the mixes I post on this blog; in some ways I’ve been making them for Fisher, Simon Reynolds, Martin Clark, Dave Stelfox et al, an imagined audience of real heads who led me to this music in the first place. So I’m dedicating this mix to Mark Fisher, and hoping that he know how much of an impact he really had on his students – in learning settings both formal and not.

R.I.P. k-punk.

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1. Helm – Olympic Mess (N1L Remix) – Olympic Mess (N1L & Beatrice Dillon Remixes) (PAN)
2. Walton – Gunman / Caught in a Trip (Tectonic)
3. Asusu – Sendak – Hallucinator _ Sendak (Livity Sound)
4. Insha – Quiet Storm – Dysplazia (Type)
5. Pangaea – Bulb in Zinc – In Drum Play (Hessle Audio)
6. Alex Coulton – Ascent – Gamma Ray Burst (Tempa)
7. Simo Cell – Away from Keyboard – Gliding EP (Livity Sound)
8. DVA [HI:EMOTIONS] – Notu_Uronlineu – Notu_Uronlineu (Hyperdub)
9. Gundam – Too Late – Intimate / Too Late (Goon Club Allstars)
10. J:Kenzo – Zbantu Shake – Battlefield / Zbantu Shake (Artikal Music)
11. Youngsta & Cimm – Redshift – Split Minds / Redshift (Tempa)
12. Distance – Badman – Dynamis (Tectonic)
13. Ipman – Constrict – Constrict / Running Man (Tectonic)
14. Youngstar – Bongo (Hi5Ghost Remix) – Bongo Remixes (White Peach)
15. Boylan – Shimmy – Norman Bates (Oil Gang)
16. Spooky – Fiesta – Fiesta / Cherry (Oil Gang)
17. Logos – Glass (Boylan Devil Mix) – Present Different Circles (Different Circles)

Mixed Dec 29, 2016 by Dave Morris a.k.a. deemo for a-void.ca.

New mix: Who needs a drink?

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The house-y, four-on-the-floor tracks for my November mix were chosen a while before I actually mixed and posted it, and, uh, things are a bit darker now. The title says it all, really. Show up and pour up.

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1. Wareika Hill Sounds – Mass Migration (Dub) – Mass Migration (Honest Jon’s)
2. Four Tet + Designer – Mothers – Mothers / Dark (Text)
3. Keita Sano – Unknown Forest – High EP (Unfulfillment)
4. Will Lister – After The Light – Phantom EP (Phonica)
5. Nautiluss – Odyssey – Reflections EP (Spectral Sound)
6. Prins Thomas – C (Ricardo Villalobos King Crab Remix) – Principe Del Norte Remixed (Smalltown Supersound)
7. The Orb – Alpine (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) – Alpine Diskomiks – Sin In Space, Pt. 2 (Kompakt)
8. Marquis Hawkes – Discopuss – Doornroosje (Aus Music)
9. Privileged Pup – Houze – white label
10. DJ Slym Fas – Luv Music – Selectors 001 (Dekmantel)
11. Mickey Pearce – Old Habits – Michael (Swamp 81)
12. Herbert – Deeper – Deeper (Petite)
13. The Field – The Follower – The Follower (Kompakt)
14. Trevino – Elements – Front (Birdie)
15. Joakim – Daemon – Daemon (Life and Death)
16. Answer Code Request – Neume – Neume (Ostgut Ton)
17. Pangaea – More Is More to Burn – In Drum Play (Hessle Audio)

Mixed Nov 12/2016 by Deemo for a-void.ca

New mix: Perspective

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In my new digs I was avoiding making mixes, because I don’t have proper speakers yet. Necessity being the mother of invention, I mixed this on the speakers in the TV, and damned if it didn’t come out not half bad. It helps that these tunes needed to be mixed, like money burning a hole in your pocket. Lot of great producers like Pearson Sound and Distal putting stuff out on their own labels, which is interesting, though everyone from Keysound to Tempa are still bringing that fire. And don’t sleep on Nomine – I didn’t always love his stuff but this one is a corker. Enjoy!

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1. Spokes – Flight – Flight EP (Coyote)
2. Lurka – Density – Beater (Timedance)
3. Pussy Mothers – Echo Party – The Number 1 (Optimo Music)
4. Zomby – I – Ultra (Hyperdub)
5. Randomer & Hodge – Second Freeze – Second Freeze / Simple As (Livity Sound)
6. Pearson Sound – Tsunan Sun – XLB (Pearson Sound)
7. Appleblim – Twist It Down – Minus Degree (Tempa)
8. Okzharp and Samrai featuring Shokryme – Body Deh – Gated EP (Keysound)
9. Alex Smoke – Dust (Tessela Remix) – Love Over Will (Remixes) (R&S)
10. Distal – Tokyo Nail Salon – Bushido Rave (Hot Mom USA)
11. Sam Gellaitry – The Gateway – Escapism II (XL)
12. SWINDLE – Lemon Trees (feat D Double E) – Funk And Grime EP (Butterz)
13. J. Tijn – Shmudge – Shmudge (In An Instant)
14. Nomine – Run Darker – Fist Bump (Nomine Sound)
15. LKD Beats – This tune is the winner (Keysound email list)
16. The Wildlife – NA 002 – Patterns (Mixpak)

Mixed October 9, 2016 by deemo for a-void.ca