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: 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)

Mix: Back To The Garden

**this mix has been taken down**

I is returned! And this is one of the mixes I am prouder of than many. Let us begin with sounds. Bump it in your jeep.

Jermiah Jae & Oliver The 2nd – Purple Moonshine Pt. 2 ft IsReal [self-released]
Mike Gao – Precipice (Precipitate) [HW&W]
Tokimonsta – Park Walks [All City]
Siriusmo – Enthusiast [Monkeytown]
Boxcutter – Neo-Geocities (Web 2.0 Remix) [Planet Mu]
Pusha T – Numbers On The Boards [G.O.O.D.]
Quasimoto – Brothers Can’t See Me [Stones Throw]
Ras G – News @ 11 [Leaving]
Mo Kolours – Laser Wind Tunnel [One-Handed Music]
Letherette – Furth & Myre [Ninja Tune]
Pye Corner Audio – Wasted Evolution [Boomkat Editions]
Electronome – V = For ViewLexx [Viewlexx]
Mono/Poly – Swarm [Self-released]
French Fries – Everything [ClekClekBoom]
L-Vis 1990 – Signal [Night Slugs]
Martyn – Oceania [Dolly Dubs]
Salva – Drop That B [Friends Of Friends]
Rustie – Triadzz [Numbers]
TNGHT – Bugg’n [Warp]
Kingdom – Bank Head f Kelela [Fade To Mind]

Mix: Birth of a void

**this mix has been taken down**

This mix was more of a warm-up for relaunching the site, so there are some shaky transitions, I admit. But I love the tunes, so perhaps you will forgive my near-trainwrecking for now. Peep it.

Untold – Breathe (Precise Mix) [Hemlock]
Delphic – Halcyon (Michael Mayer remix) [Kompakt]
The Analogue Cops and Blawan – Aurum [Vac Victis]
xxxy – Studio 9 (Just Like That) [Rinse]
Blawan – Lavender [R&S]
Hardhouse Banton – Rock And Come In (Super Cat dub) [tropicalbass.com]
Objekt – Shuttered [Bleep]
Parson – I Rep The Dirty South [FACT download]
Double Helix – Bass 2 Dark – [Keysound]
Mike Q x Beek – How Will I Know rmx [Qween Beat]
Youngsta – Destruction [Tempa]
Bassanovva – Ovva f Alanna Stuart [Grizzly]
L-Vis 1990 – That Thunder Track [Jack For Daze]
Lone – AM Portal [Soundcloud]

Mix: Horizon; also, gig June 11

It’s been a long time… OK I’m not going there. Too many lazy bloggers/rappers, Aaliyah spinning in her grave, etc. I am back and I have a gig (scroll down) and I made you a mix!

Horizon by deejaydeemo

 

1. Don Leisure, �Trio of Desserts�
2. Jon Phonics, �Liberties�
3. The Pharcyde, �Bullshit�
4. U.S.D.A., �CTE or Nothin��
5. Mike Gao, �Worthy Unworthy�
6. Jaylib, �Louder (Blast Your Radio theme)�
7. Exile, �Love For Sell / Bots Have Feelings�
8. TOKiMONSTA, �Darkest (Dim) f Gavin Turek�
9. Abnormal, �A Donut For the Beat Conductor�
10. Slugabed, �My Sense of Smell Comes and Goes�
11. oOoOO, �Mumbai�
12. Com Truise, �Beta Eyes�
13. Boxcutter, �Cold War (vs Ken and Ryu)�
14. Pixelord, �Vulvatron�
15. DJ Rashad, �Loud Pakk�
16. Shigeto / Heathered Pearls, �Porcelain�

What about that gig, then? Some of you may know about the DJ series me and some friends have been doing for more than five years; it’s called Track Meet, we play Whorish Pop and Hip-Hop, this time I’ll be playing the kind of ish you hear on this blog, and the next one is on June 25 at Crawford. Peep the poster:

Galapagos and Tuesday dls: Young Jeezy, Shlomo, mo

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Why is it, a-void readers, that our fellow 9-5ers take very little convincing to go for mid-week drinks despite the near-guaranteed hangover and wallet-damage; but when I try to get them to check out new music�such as Galapagos at The Drake a couple weeks ago�they come up with the flimsiest of excuses? Not that the organizers didn�t fully pack the place. I just didn�t hardly know anyone there. It boggles the mind.

My favourite moment, out of a wealth of great moments, was when Shlohmo (pictured above looking like a wizard) asked the assembled onlookers if we liked Waka Flocka Flame? Muted cheers. Each of the performers I saw found their sets� sweet spot (TOKiMONSTA melted my brain. Next time bring merch!), but the crowd were fickle enough that I may have been the only one loving Shlomo�s crunktastic “Pretty Boy Swag” remix. Dammit people, you�re the adventurous ones�all we are saying is give Gucci Mane (and Zaytoven and Drumma Boy) a chance.

Young Jeezy�s new single “Ballin�” works well as remedial listening�it�s technically brand new, but the hailstorm of hi-hats and the church bells tolling murrrderrrr will get you up to speed on Jeezy�s M.O. faster than he can say Yeaaa-aaaah. Which really isn�t very fast. Warning, though: if you don�t know Lil Wayne, don�t start here. You�d come away thinking he was a poor man�s Rick Ross. [LINK]

I am all up in Shigeto�s fanclub as you may have noticed from my recent mix (AHEM), so I was already paying-what-I-wanted for his collab with ambient dude Heathered Pearls before the beat even kicked in. Both men�s sonic signatures are all up in “Porcelain,” though the two styles gel better than expected; the clattering beat is as confounding as the ambient drone is soothing, though the sudden shifts in mood keep it perpetually on the edge of toppling over. This is active listening music, so don�t sleep. [LINK] (via 92bpm).

Six things that crossed my mind within moments of seeing that these juke/footwork legends took a gig in New York:
1. Fuck! I should have gone to New York;
2. Or I could try to see them in Chicago;
3. I wonder how much it costs to book DJ Rashad?;
4. Juke tracks, even ones with as much rubbery intangible funk as Rashad�s “Loud Pakk,” are only ever as good as their sample; 5. Which explains why the other three tracks you can download at this link are average, while “Loud Pakk” is just the kind of thing that will give you a seizure, and once you�re done convulsing you�ll just put it on again.
6. And that�s before the 2-minute mark, when a tech-y synth comes in and just Wrecks. Mother. Fucking. Shop. [LINK]

I was lucky enough to be introduced to XI at the Galapagos gig, and lo and behold he got profiled on Spinner without my involvement. I would be annoyed if Tabassum Siddiqui didn�t do such a fine job. Cop his tune “Medicate,” which balances three competing styles at once: the bass pressure of dubstep, the effervescent hi-hats of garage and the almost G-funk-like melody floating through on the Moog-esque synth lead. *TILT*.� [LINK]

Cop this nine-minute extended mix of “Deny This” from Mark E and tell me whether it�s brilliant, a good way for DJs to take a bathroom break, or both. [LINK]

Matthewdavid vs 2562: Fite?

Matthewdavid - Outmind cover

It�s unspeakably bizarre that these two albums should land in my inbox at the same time � so similar, different and perfectly complementary. Matthewdavid�s Outmind and 2562�s Fever are twin poles that bookmark what seems to be happening in this world I find myself immersed in; not that I know what to call it. But between them is a definition, and a pretty clear one.

Smog, Blade Runner, post-industrial decay: Matthewdavid is a champ at evoking all these things, sometimes simultaneously. Pitchfork sez he�s an LA producer/label owner/friend-of-FlyLo. Without any audio to base it on, you�d think Outmind, his debut LP, would sound a lot like the LA beat stuff that�s already out there, and to be sure, former Dublab.com intern Matthew McQueen�s not remaking the beat world in his own image. But his album Outmind is a triumph anyways, because it unites two strains of electronic listening music � the hard Dilla-esque kicks and finger snaps, and also the smouldering, stretched ambient tones that sound like they�re being played through broken filters. It�s all about melodic haze, fog, the sense that whatever�s in the air is somewhere between a solid and a liquid, maybe a chemical, you�re not sure. You might have caught a contact high already.

Matthewdavid – Like You Mean It

Matthewdavid – You’ll Never Know

Fever is exactly what it sounds like. Maybe too much. Dutch producer Dave Huismans� 2562 alias had already been attached to numerous albums, notably the more four-four-oriented Unbalance, but Fever is a bit of a departure even from that relatively sparse (one might say minimal) collection. It�s dubstep-influenced without being strictly dubstep, though one thing it has in common with a lot of the genre is that it�s very funky, but almost completely unmelodic; everything is a percussion sound, from the bass to the samples/synths to the funny drum machine blips. �Unmelodic� isn�t a synonym for �unlistenable�; in fact it�s catchy as hell, but Fever does it without ever touching down in the pillowy depths that trickle and run through Outmind like detergent and water through a load of laundry. Fever�s an itch, one that makes you want to scratch so hard, you leave a nasty mark.

2562 – Fever – doubt001cd/lp by 2562 / A Made Up Sound