New mix: Exclude

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I am either about to emerge from a long period of distraction, or go into one, but I’m glad the mix train is at least running on time. This is kind of a decks-clearing (ha) mix that began with me going through all the singles I really liked this year (more on that soon) and picking out the best four on the floor ones I hadn’t used in anything yet. Relatively melodic and warm by my standards, so perhaps you will break this out in holiday party season? Enjoy, and don’t go away, there will be at least one more post before the end of the year.

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Deemo – Exclude by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Blond:ish – Inner Jungle – Welcome To The Present (Kompakt)
2. Art Department – The Agent (Nitin remix) – The Final Remixes (No 19 Music)
3. Slow Hands – I’ll find me (Soul Clap dub) – I’ll Find Me Remixes (Wolf + Lamb)
4. Pearson Sound – Thaw Cycle – Thaw Cycle (Pearson Sound)
5. Youandewan – Fool Be Cool – Spiral Arms EP (Aus Music)
6. Nightmares On Wax – Aftermath (Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer dub) – Aftermath (Warp) 7. The Black Dog – Hollow Stories Hollow Head (GoldFFinch remix) – Very Extended Play EP (Dust Science)
8. Hugo Massien – Better Let Her – Kontrol EP (XL)
9. Dance System – DOS 4 – System Preferences EP (Ultramajic)
10. Special Request – Reset It – Modern Warfare EP 1 (XL)
11. Hodge – Renegades – Amor Fati/Renegades (Livity Sound)
12. Jamie XX – Loud Places (Tessela remix) – Loud Places Remixes (Young Turks)
13. Paula Temple – Oscillate – Tw33tz/Oscillate (50 Weapons)

Mixed Dec. 4, 2015 by Dave Morris a.k.a. deemo for a-void.ca.

New Mix: In Country

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Post-Polaris, I’ve been pretty occupied with some family stuff, so the writing is naturally sparse. As is the listening, I must confess – aside from a few standouts, my year-end list will be tilted towards the beginning of the year I think. But! Mixing is always a bit of relief from what ails, hence this one. Turn it up and enjoy.

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Deemo – In Country by Deemo on Mixcloud

 

1. Kowton – On Repeat – On Repeat / Holding Patterns (Livity Sounds)
2. Martyn – Ahmadiya – Falling For You (Ostgut Ton)
3. Alex Coulton – Concealed Weapon – Hand to Hand Combat / Concealed Weapon (Tempa)
4. Ipman – Technicolour – Depatterning (Tectonic)
5. Nomine – Zen Force – Inside Nomine (Tempa)
6. AFX – umil 25-01 – umil 25-01 (Warp)
7. Chip feat. D Double E & Jammer – School of Grime – School of Grime (Cash Motto)
8. J*me – Test Me – Integrity> (Boy Better Know)
9. Novelist x Mumdance – Shook – 1 Sec (XL)
10. Zomby – Bloom – Let’s Jam!! 2 (XL)
11. Faze Miyake – Yung Sneyga – Faze Miyake (Rinse)
12. Rabit – Black Gates – Communion (Tri Angle)
13. Royal T – Shotta (Kahn & Neek Remix) – Shotta (Remixes) (Butterz)
14. Wiley – Send Me The Riddim – Send Me The Riddim (self-released)
15. Jammz – Final Warning – Final Warning (Local Action)
16. Kelela – Gomenasai – Hallucinogen (Warp/Cherry Coffee)
17. Kode9 – Void – Nothing (Hyperdub)

Mixed Oct. 24, 2015 for a-void.ca by Dave Morris (deemo)

New mix: Inside Out

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Polaris is done! No word of a lie, being on the grand jury this year was one of the best things that has ever happened to me in my music critic career. I’m still floating. I am also way behind in any semblance of being up on new music, so consider this mix remedial singles listening. Grime seems to surge in fits and starts, but no other electronic genre sets the neurons firing like it does, even if Wiley is revisiting past glories. Plenty of heat to go around. Ipman! That is all.

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Deemo – Inside Out by Deemo on Mixcloud

 

1. Wen – Swingin (Facta Remix) – Swingin / Swingin (Facta Remix) (Badimup)
2. Alex Coulton – Wiretap – Recall / Wiretap (Tempa)
3. Walton – Bulldoze – 14 tracks: A UK Sound (Boomkat)
4. LHF – 2000 Dust (feat. Low Density Matter & The Ragga Twins) – EP4: From The Edge (Keysound)
5. Cooly G – Horrors in the Dance – Armz House (Hyperdub)
6. Ipman – Ghostrunner – Regicide / Ghostrunner (Tectonic)
7. Logos – No Skyline – Glass (Different Circles)
8. Pinch, Mumdance – Big Slug (feat. Riko Dan) – Big Slug – (Tectonic)
9. Pinch, Mumdance – Double Barrelled Mitzi (Turbo Mitzi VIP) – Double Barrelled Mitzi / Legion (Tectonic)
10. Pixelord – Novosib – Places (Hyperboloid)
11. SLACKK – Bells – Backwards Light EP (R&S)
12. P.O.L. Style – Saw (Mike Q Remix) – Saw EP (Unknown To The Unknown)
13. Hudson Mohawke – System – Lantern (Warp)
14. Wiley & Zomby – Step 2001 – Step 2001 (Big Dada)
15. Sound Control – Electrocution Dub (VIP Remix) – Electrocution Dub (VIP Remix) / Rockin’ Da Nation (Sound Control Remix) (Lion Charge)

Mixed Oct. 4/2015 by Dave Morris a.k.a. deemo for a-void.ca

New old mix: Rapture

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Last week the Isley Brothers released a 23-cd boxed set of their RCA Victor and T-Neck (their own label) output, which includes some of the smoovest music ever made. I am fairly obsessed with ’80s Minneapolis-sounding electro R&B/funk (Prince/Cameo/etc) and have been plotting this mix for some time. I have listened to it so much I think I may already have burned out on it and have no feelings left. I am a robot. Pray for deemo. Enjoy!

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1. Mandre – Fantasy
2. Dan Lissvik – Airwalk
3. KZA – Computerstimme
4. Todd Terje – Alfonso Muskedunder (Bullion Remix)
5. Joe – Thinkin About
6. The Police – Voices Inside My Head (DJ Harvey edit)
7. Golden Teacher – Back And Forth (Dennis Bovell dub)
8. Boof – Just On The Swings
9. Youandewan – Youandewan ’93
10. Aphex Twin – XMAS_EVET1 N
11. Blondie – Rapture (Wuss + Lame edit)
12. Prince – Head
13. Pye Corner Audio and Belbury Poly – Pathways
14. Robert Palmer – I Didn’t Mean To Turn You On
15. Cameo – Be Yourself
16. The Isley Brothers – Livin In The Life
17. The Cars – Let’s Go

Mixed on July 25, 2015 by Dave Morris a.k.a. deemo for a-void.ca

Deemo – Rapture by Deemo on Mixcloud

Odds and sods: Pixelord, Bitchin’ Bajas

Bitchin Bajas

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Transporteur
Hands In The Dark

As I gazed at extortionate collector prices for a copy of Bitchin Bajas’ out-of-print Krausened EP today, it occurred to me how much had changed since then. (And that maybe I should be grateful there are copies to be had.) Transporteur hints at their last, self-titled album, with the group’s latest release appearing to be pillaging the off-the-cutting-room-floor bassoons or bass clarinets. Only where that last seemed deliberate, and deliberated over, nothing on Transporteur feels especially thought through. Arpeggiators arpeggiate, drones drone, but nothing sticks. I still love them, but as far as collectibility goes, maybe don’t stockpile this one quite as assiduously…

Terranova

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Restless
Kompakt

Apparently, not every single thing Kompakt puts out is great. My worldview is shaken to its very core, cats dogs living together total anarchy, &c. That said, even this not-especially-memorable artist album has a few knockout moments, so rather than rag on at length about wack vocals (“Underverse”) I would like to point you to the subtly original dub-tech-house of “Goldilocks” and even “Restless Summer”. You can see the sort of goth romanticism in a handful of Terranova’s tracks serving a certain purpose in a Michael Mayer Immer mix, for example, but mostly the clunky, disjointed attempts at anthemic grandeur come off like junior high school theatre nerds speaking to each other in olde English – in short, tedious.

Pixelord

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Places
Hyperboloid

Is anything less endearing among amazing producers than realizing that said producers can do multiple genres with ease? It seems silly but it bears repeating that we do not trust you if you seem to do too many things well. (See also: Bjork, Andre Ethier, Michael Bloomberg). Pixelord is not going to escape that trap, which is a shame in one sense – twisted hip-hop beats like the Destiny’s Child-tweaking “Ottawa” are nearly as solid as plaintive yet garage-y cuts like “Bodo” and “Novosib.” The variety probably makes him harder to market, but it certainly doesn’t make him hard to like.

Lakker

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Tundra
R&S

Lakker has made some frighteningly unrelenting singles and EPs for R&S so I was pleasantly surprised to find tunes like “Mountain Divide” on Tundra, blending the drum-corps assaults of his earlier stuff with touches of rusty, reverbed-out drone and keening high-register vocals. Tundra has plenty of slam-dunk moments, but it really shines when Lakker explores different moods beyond just the total panic of humans stuck in a fancypants space station’s trash compactor. (In fairness, it also does that very well – see the urgently throbbing “Milch” and “Ton’neru.”) “Halite” sounds more like the soundtrack to a night driving scene in a Michael Mann movie, while the album-ending two-fer of “Oktavist” and “Herald” brush lightly up against the skittering hits of early Autechre while channeling ambient Aphex Twin – never a bad thing.

New mix: There’s Gonna Be Good Times

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Jus a lil something to take to cookouts, the park, the highway, the pool, the stoop, the club, the basement, the gym, the sauna and anywhere else that needs a summery soundtrack. Dyn-o-mite!

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Deemo – There’s Gonna Be Good Times by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Beyonce – Drunk in Love
2. Freddie Gibbs – White Range
3. Rae Sremmurd – Up Like Trump
4. Big Sean, Pusha T, Kanye West, 2 Chainz – Mercy
5. 2 Chainz feat Drake – No Lie
6. Three 6 Mafia – Poppin My Collar
7. TNGHT – Higher Ground
8. T.I. feat Young Thug – About The Money
9. Sia – Chandelier
10. Taylor Swift – Bad Blood
11. Jamie XX feat. Popcaan, Young Thug – Good Times
12. Rihanna – Bitch Betta Have My Money
13. Popcaan – The System
14. Robyn feat. Maluca – Love Is Free
15. Z-Ro – Talking To The Po Po

mixed by dave morris a.k.a. deemo on july 18 2015 for a-void.ca

Jamie XX and other things you already have opinions on

Jamie XX

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XL

The one question I ask myself more than any other when reviewing (well, other than “just how sober do I need to be for this task?”) (Short answer: not very) is, ” what is this music for?” Not strictly in the sense of what it was purpose-built for, but what kind of record is it and where and when would I listen to it?

I don’t have an answer for In Colour, which is usually a bad sign. Some of it fits handily into DJ mixes, if only their mellower bits. “Sleep Sound” I’ve already put to the test, and the churched-up handclap stomp of “The Rest Is Noise” would certainly qualify. But the rest is vague – the drum sounds are indistinct, anything in the low end is muddy (almost certainly a deliberate choice, but does that make it defensible?) and the tracks’ development is minimal. It doesn’t really make sense as a bedroom record – it’s not varied enough, it’s too fuzzy, it sweeps through your ear holes like a light breeze and leaves little trace. But I can’t imagine busting out something as mopey and dull as “Loud Places” at an actual gathering of limb-waving humanoids.

In short, In Colour feels like a painting or a photograph that you have to squint to see, that doesn’t look quite right from any angle. What is there to do but sigh and stroll on?

Boof

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The Hydrangeas Whisper
BubbleTease Communications

Maurice Fulton is not a name I paid a ton of attention to in the past, even though his Mu project with his wife Mutsumi Kanamori was broadly salivated over in the dance press. Regrets, I have a few – after hearing this latest Fulton album, under his Boof alias, I wonder wtf I’ve been doing with my dance-music-listening life. The Hydrangeas are Whispering “get your ass onto the discotheque floor,” where tart, twangy guitars and fat electric bass (as opposed to digitally programmed) parts bump and hustle their way to the ultimate summer soundtrack. If it wasn’t for the corny Dave Brubeck rewrite of “Emi’s M” I might be temped to use the word “perfect,” but even with that blemish, this is still one of the more beautifully entrancing records of the year.

Nozinja

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Nozjinja Lodge

Warp

I was thrilled at this record from about five seconds in, which suggests I was already well predisposed to like it. White music blogger adores first legit (read: on a Western label) release by non-white cult hero vaulted out of obscurity by music press? Nozinja certainly ticks all the boxes; only time will tell whether we’re on to the next one by the time his second record comes around. (A booster of both Congotronics and Funk Carioca hangs his head.) So I go into this latest round of praise with a certain wariness about where my ears are leading me, and a warning for those who haven’t been riding the hipster taste merry go round for all that long.

And yet, I love this record and I want other people to hear it. It’s the perfect antidote to the all-consuming melancholy of trap over the last few years – in that, and in its frenetic drum programming, it shares some of the appeal of footwork, but a better comparison might be soca – this happens to be bursting at the seams with melody. Despite the fact that a lot of it is in minor keys, the energy jumps out of the speakers, throws Mardi Gras beads around your neck and pulls you into the dance. Where things are more sinister than they seem.

The centerpiece, from this perspective at least, is “Baby Do U Feel,” with its adrenaline-charged marimba-chords and echo-laden rave-style vocal samples. It feels like there are about six records going on at once, only it’s more fun to listen to them this way than to slow it all down and figure out what’s going on. The sensation of being overwhelmed – which I used to think only breakbeat science could deliver – here comes from all sides, thwacking at your ears with relentless glee.

Trevor Jackson

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F O R M A T
The Vinyl Factory

The dark time arrived with the word “electroclash,” something that arguably was more loathed then even than “EDM” is now. Amid the trucker hats and the tedious college-rock indie-dance came Playgroup, Trevor Jackson’s attempt to harness some of that cultural energy for some actual music. After a decade or so making fleeting appearances, Jackson’s new album feels instantly timeless, which is to say it sounds like the best bits of the 80s distilled into a powerful, blunt exilir.

Minimalism might be in the doghouse right now but Jackson makes it new with his unwavering focus on the dance floor, even with very few bits with which to move the crowd. “Nowhere” might as well be called “No Music” given how much of it consists of just two ribcage-rattling bass notes, a rimshot and a slightly tweaked kick drum. It, and “Voodoo Racist,” are haunted by lingering traces of acid, while “OCP” is marked with the scarlet letter of aggressive tech-house. But Jackson rejuvenates cliches with a kind of stubborn obliviousness – why shouldn’t I do something interesting with guitars (“Icaro”) if I can make it good, he seems to mutter? Why not indeed.

Ricardo Tobar

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Cocoon

This was another random eMusic discovery, a process that most often leads me to dance albums that don’t fit any existing dance subgenre. Pretty sure this Ricardo Tobar disc fits squarely in the tech-house camp, and yet, I hesitate to describe it as such. He does moody four-on-the-floor exceptionally well – see the panoramic synths over chugging drum patterns in “Invierno” or the faraway yearning of “This Is Pop” – but there are enough feints and waves in the direction of bedroom-tronica that I didn’t know where to put songs like “Blue Mint” with its whimsical synth-brass wobbling away. The cumulative effect is a gauzy distance from the active listener, though maybe the title is an acknowledgement that you’re not supposed to listen to the whole thing at once. In truth, it shines most brightly if you don’t.