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: Autopilot

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This one goes out to all the self-driving cars, vacuum-cleaning robots and anything else doing stuff we humans would rather ignore so we can play Pokemon Go. PS: That Marquis Hawkes album is killing it.

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01. Margaret Dygas – Wishing Well – Even 11 (Perlon)
02. Stimming – Pressing Plant – Alpe Lusia (Diynamic Music)
03. Mr. Fingers – Nodyahed – Outer Acid (Alleviated Records)
04. Blond:ish – Nada Brahma (The Persuader Mix) – Welcome To The Present – The Remixes (Kompakt)
05. Horsepower Productions – Kuriosity – Crooks, Crime and Corruption (Tempa)
06. Todd Terje & The Olsens – La fête sauvage (Prins Thomas Remix) – The Big Cover Up (Olsen Records)
07. Simian Mobile Disco – Staring At All This Handle – Staring At All This Handle EP (Delicacies)
08. Lawrence – Clouds And Arrows – Yoyogi Park (Mule Musiq)
09. Shadow Child – Work – Waves & Shapes Vol. 1 EP (Food Music)
10. Maymind – Prophet – Prophet EP (New Kanada)
11. Audion – Sucker – Alpha (!K7)
12. Tangents – Jindabyne (Four Tet Remix) – (bandcamp)
13. Patrice Bäumel – Dum Dum – Speicher 89 (Kompakt)
14. Marquis Hawkes – Fantasy – Social Housing (Houndstooth)
15. Donato Dozzy – A.Ritmica – That Fab (Spazio Disponible)
16. Junior Boys – And It’s Forever – Big Black Coat (City Slang)

Mixed June 23, 2016 by Dave Morris a.k.a. deemo for a-void.ca

Mix: Massive 2: Metal Plates

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Drum and bass was my first dance-music love (unless you count a flirtation with C&C Music Factory in grade school); I think it was a direct route from seeing Prodigy’s “Firestarter” video on MuchMusic to getting hold of MTV’s first Amp compilation and just playing and replaying Goldie’s “Inner City Life” over and over and over. I was all about the breaks, aside from a lingering fondness for Roni Size (firmly wiped out by paying UK import prices at the Eaton Centre HMV to get hold of the Breakbeat Era album… yurgh). I lapped up anything Goldie-related, discovered Alex Reece, Remarc, Plug, Wax Doctor, goggled a bit at Aphex Twin, Alec Empire and Squarepusher’s cuckoo-bananas contributions to the genre, and even made my poor mother turn the car radio to CIUT to catch a ragga jungle show that aired at 6am while we were on our way to school. (Sorry, mom.)

Tech-step pretty much killed the sound off for me, at which point I was deep into IDM anyway – anyone want to buy some Team Doyobi vinyl, not even slightly used, hit me on my beeper. Don’t all call at once. Anyways, the resurgence of Metalheadz, in the form of a flurry of new releases, is plenty of reason to make a sequel to the original Massive mix I did a while back. But all this grime and footwork business goes rather well with it, I must say…

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Deemo – Massive 2: Metal Plates by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Ishan Sound – Namkha (Kahn Remix) – Namkha (Tectonic)
2. DVA – Solid (feat. Zaki Ibrahim & Metrodome) – Hyperdub 10.2 (Hyperdub)
3. Tessela – Rough 2 –  Rough 2 (R&S)
4. Four Tet – Kool FM (Champion Remix) – Beautiful Rewind Remixes (Domino)
5. Cassius Select – Bruv – Tuff Sherm / Cassius Select (Plastic World)
6. Lunice  – Can’t Wait To – Can’t Wait To (LuckyMe)
7. Danny Brown – Smokin & Drinkin (DJ Sliink Remix) – Smokin & Drinkin EP (Fools Gold)
8. Emika – Double Edge (Pinch Remix) – Missing in Action: A Collection of Selected Tracks, B-Sides and Remixes from 2006-2010 (Tectonic)
9. Plastician – Aqua Riddim – Plasticman Remastered (Terrorythm)
10. Footsie  – War Dub 4 (Send For Everyone) – King Original Vol 3 (Braindead Ent)
11. Flowdan – No Gyal Tune – Serious Business EP (Hyperdub)
12. Cam’ron & A-Trak – Dipshits (feat. Juelz Santana) (clean) – Federal Reserve (Fools Gold)
13. Traxman – Da Geto Dj’z And Teklife Anthem – Traxman presents TEKLIVING the Bandcamp Album (Bandcamp)
14. DJ Rashad, MoonDoctoR & FreshtillDef – Don’t Blow My High – WTF! (Freshmoon)
15. Nucleus & Paradox – The Return Of…   – The Return Of… / Analogue Life (Metalheadz)
16. Mako feat. Detail – Tell Me Something – The Truthseekers (Metalheadz)
17. SB81 – Arq – The Blueprints EP (Metalheadz)
18. Lenzman – My Tearz (feat. Steo) – Looking at the Stars (Metalheadz)

Top 25 Singles of 2014 so far

You better stop, children what’s that sound
Everybody look what’s going down
No but like, seriously, what the fuck was that? It was hella loud, yo
– Buffalo Springfield, “For What It’s Worth”

There have been a lot of records this year in the burgeoning BANG! BOOM! CRASH! subgenre, where the samples and/or drums are so loud they feel like they’re jumping out of your speaker and hitting you in the face, even at low volume. But the best of them remain undeniably musical, and even catchy. Evian Christ and Bok Bok are tops in this department, through different approaches; the American upstart is relentlessly melodic even with his noisiest bits (a skill he shares with Skrillex, of all people) while the Brit turns even the rawest repetitions into R&B, whether it’s with 80s quiet storm synths or the very Aaliyah-like vocal stylings of Kelela.

Looking down the list, melody is the thing, however subtle. It’s there in Martyn and Four Tet’s twinkling kalimba samples, Toronto’s Jex Opolis’ Zither EP (especially “On The Cliffs” with its stabs of vocal “aaaahs” and gently burbling drums), DMX Krew’s oddly compelling lounge-pop and even H-SIK’s amped-up breakbeat science. I used to think a hummable tune was optional, even quaint, but maybe the years of minimal tech – and the waning of the prog house sound in favour of who knows what in EDM-land – have made it more palatable, if not outright necessary.

You’ve got your grime-oriented and just plain weird producers in there, of course – Mumdance coming with a couple of collaborations (with Logos and Pinch respectively) that make it sound like there’s a vacuum cleaner and/or a rogue mobile phone behind the boards, as well as Phon.o, Lakker and L-Vis 1990 all delivering sides that are more not-there than there. But the tunes predominate, however simple — from Vitalic’s uncharacteristically pop-oriented take on Paul Kalkbrenner’s “Altes Kamuffel” to the chugging grooves from Melchior Productions Ltd., Todd Terje and KHLHI (a.k.a. Four Tet).

*Oh, and in light of the Polaris Music Prize short list announcement, it’s worth remembering that – without taking anything away from Jessy Lanza’s accomplishment – there’s plenty of Hot Canadian Electronic Action happening outside the album sphere. Jex Opolis, Tiga and Hobo on this list, plus Adam Marshall’s New Kanada label (and Graze alias), Guillaume and the Coutu Dumonts, Caribou’s Jiaolong imprint, Lunice, Kaytranada etc. Don’t sleep on the frozen north.

1. Evian Christ – Waterfall (Tri Angle)

2. Bok Bok – Your Charizmatic Self EP (Night Slugs)

3. Martyn – Forgiveness (EP) – (Ninja Tune)

4. Jus Now – Bare Wine (feat. Swappi) / Vodou Riddim (Gutterfunk)

5. Jex Opolis – Zither EP (Good Timin)

6. H-SIK – Sonic Rage / No Promises (Black Acre)

7. Sam Russo – To The Brink / Wanderer (Air London)

8. Jamie XX – Sleep Sound (Young Turks)

9. Mumdance & Logos – Legion / Proto (Tectonic)

10. Alex Coulton – Murda / Break Pressure (Black Acre)

11. Gerry Read – Shrubby (Aus Music)

12. KHLHI – Percussions (Text)

13. Komon and Appleblim – Jupiter EP (Aus Music)

14. Paul Kalkbrenner – Altes Kamuffel (Vitalic Remix) (Paul Kalkbrenner Music)

15. Juju & Jordash – Waldorf Salad/Third Planet from Altair (Dekmantel)

16. DMX Krew – Hot Punch / My Metro (Fresh Up)

17. Pinch & Mumdance – Turbo Mitzi / Whiplash

18. Melchior Productions Ltd – The Return Of The Cosmic Kids (Aspect Music)

19. Lakker – Containing a Thousand (R&S)

20. Todd Terje – Spiral (Full Pupp)

21. L-Vis 1990 – Ballads EP (Night Slugs)

22. Tiga & Audion – Fever (Remixes) (Turbo)

23. Flava D – Home / Hold on VIP

24. phon.o – Cracking Space Pt. 1 (50 Weapons)

25. Hobo – Mind Games (Soundz)

Mix: Night Vision

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There are some chuuuuunes in this one. The TARAVAL cut, for starters; Hercules and Love Affair obviously; Tiga & Audion sounding deliciously creepy; and that Vitalic remix is enough to make me completely forget about his not-all-that-great last album. Check the cool wax, as the Beasties would say.

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1. Automat – TXF – Automat (Bureau B)
2. Tiga & Audion – Fever (Original mix) – Fever (Remixes) (Turbo)
3. Juju & Jordash – Waldorf Salad – Waldorf Salad/Third Planet from Altair (Dekmantel)
4. Prins Thomas – Labyrint – Prins Thomas III (Full Pupp)
5. Kaytranada – ATM Jam (No label)
6. Gerry Read – Charcoal – Socialize / Charcoal (Fourth Wave)
7. Percussions – KHLHI – KHLHI / Sext (Text)
8. Miajica – Impressions 1.1.3.4 – Space Future Communication EP (New Kanada)
9. Daphni & Owen Pallett – Julia – Julia / Tiberius (Jiaolong)
10. TARAVAL – Gonna Rain – Streetways EP (Text)
11. The WacH feat. IBOWON – It’s Time [Chant] – If 2.0 (Ninja Tune)
12. Hercules and Love Affair – Do You Feel The Same? (Feat. Gustaph) – The Feast Of The Broken Heart (Moshi Moshi)
13. Paul Kalkbrenner – Altes Kamuffel (Vitalic Remix) – Altes Kamuffel (Vitalic Remix) (Paul Kalkbrenner Music)
14. Boddika & Joy Orbison – Tricky’s Team – Tricky’s Team (No label)

 

Night Vision by Deemo on Mixcloud

Beats Etc roundup: Four Tet, Ryan Hemsworth, CFCF, Compound Eye

Welcome to the second post of album roundup week, where I tackle more releases that I want to spill ink about. Beats Etc = electronic music for home listening, really, but that won’t fit in a headline.

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Mix: Crunch Time

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Here’s a little 35-odd minutes of dark-ish techno for you, and also some Justin Timberlake. Because it can’t be all darkness.

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