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

a-void.ca’s best albums of 2014

Click here to listen to the Soundcloud playlist, featuring tracks from each album

WHERE IS T-SWIFT?

Ok, I admit it, I didn’t listen to it. Nor did I get through albums by Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran, Jessie J, Keyshia Cole, Calvin Harris, et al and sundry. I also didn’t hear all of Ariel Pink, Foxygen, Swans, TV on the Radio, Leonard Cohen, Julian Casablancas and too many others to count. Don’t even talk to me about jazz or country. (I wouldn’t have much of interest to say.) So WTF *did* I listen to? I’m not even sure how to describe it. Dave-core? Morris-dance? …maybe it’s better if I don’t.

This is the odd post-poptimist desert I feel like I’ve been sent to, via my escape pod hurtling from the full time music-crit grind. The barriers have all fallen – like a lot of right-thinking people, I’m perfectly happy to flip flop from Nicki Minaj to Neil Young to Young Thug in the space of an hour, but what happens when you don’t have time to devote to what might properly be called truly Catholic tastes? Does my embracing of a specialty – electronic music, not even really including the hip-hop that used to be part of my professional bag – mean I’ve re-embraced some of the biases I spent the early 2000s working to shed, like an earnest young Chinese party bureaucrat devouring Marx and Mao, and then giving it up in favour of Day Trading For Dummies?

It’s not a question of openness, I’ve realized, but a question of how you apportion your listening time. For better or for worse, I shoved the stuff that seemed like a long shot into a hard drive folder marked ‘Later’ and threw on another platter of grime, and this is the list that came out.. There was certainly no kind of shortage of amazing electronics to digest; the volume of almost-worthy discs attests to that. (Sorry Tre Mission, SBTRKT, DMX Krew, Shi Wisdom, Mark McGuire, Run The Jewels, Pop Ambient 2015, I could go on.) The LPs that did make the cut seemed not quite dancefloor friendly, except in an abstract sense. Bits and pieces of LV and Joshua Idehen, Caribou, Distal et al slipped into my mixes with scant friction. But the inventiveness I loved often didn’t fit in the space between floor-filling singles, not that I mind. Still, this is a list borne of someone who experienced dance music in 2014 mostly in a bedroom or between headphones. Simon Reynolds’ inveighing against IDM-like anti-dancefloorism aside, I don’t think that’s a bad thing.

The startling truth is that being kind of lazy, in terms of challenging your sense of what you like, can still be an astonishingly rich listening experience. There was enough originality and delight in my year in albums to make the absence of all that pop and hip-hop I missed feel about as painful as the knowledge that I didn’t eat nearly enough artisanal cheese in the last twelve months – not quite the sting of regret as much as the vague acknowledgement that I may have missed something good, possibly, but it’s not keeping me up at night.

If I had one thing I would ask of dance music in 2015, it would be for the most hypnotic, challenging, arresting, electrifying albums to be a little more melodic. I love the discs I chose, but as a whole I felt like my diet was a smidge on the grey side. Producers like Mumdance and Logos, Peverelist, Objekt and others put out single after single of holy-shit-guys-listen-to-this-ism, but when I put them all in a mix, I ended up taking a bunch out and replacing them with some chooons to break up the monotony. And the grab-bag of albums felt roughly the same, though I didn’t curate this list in a similar way. You can’t turn down a slamming, mesmerizing beat like the ones all over the Next Life comp or the Clap! Clap! record, melody or no. Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker.

New mix: JAWS

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This one is especially rugged – lots of raw, sort of distorted sounds, though there’s a nice mellow bit in the middle with the Mala single (which is gorgeous) and the SBTRKT/Jessie Ware collab. My favourite tune in here is definitely the DJ Big O remix of the BFlecha tune. I could mix a whole set of that. And don’t sleep on the Ill Blu tune either – Hyperdub just killing it with their comps lately…

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Deemo – JAWS by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. DJ Hesburger – Roll Up Your Sleeves, Welcome to the Dance – …I Care Because You Don’t (Turbo)
2. Dusk + Blackdown – Back 2 Go FWD>> (Sweet 2 Go Sour Mix) – Back 2 Go FWD>> (Keysound)
3. Pev – Aztec Chant (Tessela Remix) – 12-inch (Livity Sound)
4. Ill Blu – Bellion – Hyperdub 10.4 (Hyperdub)
5. Mala – I Wait, Pt. 2 – I Wait (Pt. 2) (Deep Medi)
6. BFlecha – A Marte (DJ Big O Remix) – Beta Remixes (Arkestra Discos Holland)
7. AxH – Nano – Tempa Allstars, Vol. 7 (Tempa)
8. Aphex Twin – Syro u473t8+e (Piezoluminescence Mix) – Syro (Warp)
9. SBTRKT – Problem Solved (Ft. Jessie Ware) – Wonder Where We Land (Young Turks)
10. Mr. Mitch – Be Somebody – Don’t Leave [EP] (Planet Mu)
11. Chemist – Defiance (Rabit Remix) – 14 tracks: e-grime:emirg-e (Boomkat)
12. Sully – Concord – 12-inch (Hsuan)
13. Machinedrum – Hard 2 Be – Vapor City Archives (Ninja Tune)
14. Voltage – Gangsters – 12-inch (Natty Dub)
15. Scar – Ruby – 12-inch (Metalheadz)
16. Chimpo – Bun It (feat. Fixate) – Out An Bad (50 Weapons)
17. Fracture, Sam Binga & Rider Shafique – She Want It Ruff (Logos Space Jam) – 14 tracks: e-grime:emirg-e (Boomkat)

Mixed Nov. 11 2014 by Deemo

New mix: Renaissance

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**this mix has been taken down**

*slinks shamefully back into blogging mode*

Now that wedding season is over, I can devote some more time to this little outlet right here. Starting with this mix, which I’m feeling rather cheery about. It’s a bit more four-on-the-floor, and there’s almost no scratching; the mixing is a little tighter, and there are a few new artists in it that ought to make you spit out your retainer in delight. Look for posts soon on the latest from Rustie and Martyn (sampled below), the Radiohead remix album and more.

1. Rustie – “All Nite”
2. S-X – “Expensive Talk”
3. Radiohead – “Give Up The Ghost (Brokenchord remix)”
4. Pixelord – “Fish Touch (Busted by heRobust”
5. Ras G and the Alkebulan Space Program – “One 4 Steve EL”
6. Letherette – “Bruse”
7. Om Unit – “The Corridor (Kromestar’s Classroom Seven mix)”
8. Aphex Twin – “Quex-RD”
9. Venice – “New Earth”
10. Slugabed – “Whirlpool”
11. Lone – “Blossom Quarter”
12. Martyn – “Pop Gun”
13. Jacques Greene – “I Like You”
14. Four Tet – “Locked”