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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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 mix: Maps

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The Polaris-ization of my listening time has almost come to a close, which means hopefully more posts on this here blog. So many great records to gab about this year – Pixelord, Kamasi Washington, Earl Sweatshirt among them. In the meantime, you have this mix, which will sound nice – okay, vaguely threatening, but still fun – coming out of your subwoofer. Enjoy.

Mixed May 15, 2015 in Toronto for a-void.ca by Dave Morris a.k.a. Deemo

Deemo – Maps by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Dubspeeka & Visionz – Floorshow – Floorshow (Dext)
2. Salva – Move Dat Doh – $$$ SECRET STASH $$$ (unreleased)
3. Wen – Backdraft – Finesse (Tectonic)
4. Peverelist & Hodge – What Your Heart Knows – 21 Versions / What Your Heart Knows (Livity Sound)
5. Kelela – Keep It Cool (prod. Jam City) – 14 Tracks: Compute: Soul (Beatport)
6. Peverelist – Roll with the Punches – Roll with the Punches / Die Brücke (Punch Drunk)
7. Arovane – Il_Eth – Aarlenpeers EP (Touchin Bass)
8. Model 500 – Electric Night – Digital Solutions (Metroplex)
9. Cristian Vogel – Spectral Jack Climes – Werkschau03 (Shitkatapult)
10. Shackleton – Cast The Die – Deliverance Series No. 2 (Woe To The Septic Heart)
11. S-Type – Fire (feat. Yung Gud) – SV8 (LuckyMe)
12. Future – Coupe – Adult Swim Singles Program 2014 (Adult Swim)
13. Freddie Gibbs – White Range – Pronto – EP (ESGN)
14. Lee Bannon – The Muse – Cope (Chillectro)
15. Mike Gao – Thirst (feat. Mr. Carmack) – Migamo (Alpha Pup)
16. Aby Ngana Diop – Michael Ozone’s Liital Rhythm – Aby Ngana Diop Remixes (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
17. Ras G & The Koreatown Oddity – 5 Chuckles – 5 Chuckles (Leaving Records)
18. DJ Clent – Let’s Get High – Last Bus to Lake Park (Duck N Cover)
19. Zed Bias – Chokehold – Couch Life (81)
20. Jamie xx – Gosh – In Colour (Preview White Label)
21. Bok Bok & Sweyn Jupiter – Papaya Lipgloss (Club Mix) – Papaya Lipgloss (Night Slugs)

Mix: Buss it!

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This is a fun one. Lots of bouncy grime and du… okay, we don’t call it that anymore. But some lively non-4/4 beats and hot bars from the likes of Novelist and Redders (on the Sam Binga cut). Something to put a spring in your step. It’ll be a lot more fun than the server shenanigans I endured getting it online. I digress. Enjoy this and keep your eyes peeled for more record reviews soon.

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1. Application – Flange 7 (Remixed By Beneath) – Applied Remixes (Dust Science)
2. Roska – Only Human – Hyperion (Tectonic)
3. Wen – Late Night – Late Night / Poliwhirl (Wisdom Teeth)
4. Jacques Greene – 1 4 Me – After Life After Party (LuckyMe)
5. Champion – Power Cut (Bonus Track) – Hyperdub 10.1 (Hyperdub)
6. Samrai & Ruf Dug – 2nd Observation – Dug At the Dane Bank Observatory (Unknown To The Unknown)
7. Logos & Mumdance – Chaos Engine – Proto (Tectonic)
8. Unspecified Enemies – Lifestyles Of The Mini Disc Era – Everything You Did Has Already Been Done (Numbers.)
9. Also – Dive Prophets  – EP01 (R&S)
10. Rabit – Sun God – Sun Dragon (Soundman Chronicles)
11. Loefah – Midnight – Woman / Midnight (Berceuse Heroique)
12. DJ New Jersey Drone – Energy Capsule (Murlo Remix) – Energy (Track Meet)
13. Also – Blyford Bass – EP03 (R&S)
14. Novelist x Mumdance – 1 Sec – 1 Sec (XL)
15. Proxima – Fallout – Trapped (Tempa)
16. S-Type – Amoco – Advent 14 / 15 (LuckyMe)
17. Sam Binga – Tek Nuh Chat – Nuh Chat EP (Critical Music)
18. Boylan – He Watching Us – Next Life (Hyperdub/Teklife)
19. Om Unit – The Crossing – Inversion (Metalheadz)

Recorded March 20, 2015 by Dave Morris a.k.a. deemo for a-void.ca

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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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

Cot-damn Fall ’14 Masterpiece No.2: LV & Josh Idehen

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LV & Josh Idehen
Islands
Keysound
Released Sept. 13 2014

I haven’t heard Routes, the first collaboration between production duo LV and spoken word artist Josh Idehen, so I was fairly unprepared for Islands. It hit me squarely between the eyes – these haunting but totally propulsive and danceable beats with this sharp-eyed raconteur who sounded nothing like the MCs I had heard before. Start with “Imminent,” a nasty little banger anchored with the refrain “likes to hang inna Hackney but / won’t catch him in Mile End cause / if you show face in Mile End cuz / things will likely get violent, cuz” – apparently inspired by a true story.

It could be a grime mc’s standard boast, but it feels more like an outsider noticing a neighbourhood in mid-gentrification. It grabbed me at first because my sister worked in Mile End, which up to that point I associated with the mildly miserable dead end neighbourhood of the Pulp song; after hearing “Imminent” I thought about how two people can walk the same streets and see something completely different.

In the afore-linked interview Idehen mentions he was inspired by The Streets, and that influence is apparent in the affablylazy phraseology of “New Pen,” but aching little fables like the title track and “Out of the Blue” are subtly original in their storytelling. And the beats are similarly both familiar and distinct, bumping and thrusting breaks simmering with dread. If there’s a better MC-led album this year, it’s got to clear one hell of a hurdle.

P.S. Keysound is label of the year, but more on that later…

Cot-damn Fall ’14 masterpiece No.1: Distal

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Distal
Retrograde Space Opera
Anarchostar
Released: Oct 13 2014

Concept albums! Whyyyyy. It’s 2014, is there any need? And a sci-fi one that’s also a dance album? Did Jeff Mills, great as he is, not kill that hoary old idea dead with a single ambient snooze-button blow? Suffice it to say I was not ready to embrace Distal’s latest album like a long-lost relative emerging from an escape pod crash landed on a desert planet. But like a plucky young loudmouth discovering that his main squeeze is actually his sister, here we are, and there ain’t much to be done about it.

The basic jist is that we’re plunked into an apocalyptic future where the uber-rich have fled our dying planet and we’re under constant surveillance, when we’re not fleeing the predations of ruling tribes of gangsters. There’s a lavishly illustrated website to poke through if you want to dig deeper, but personally I’m more than satisfied with knowing the thrust of things and making up the rest through the music. Largely because the music is so very, very good.

The worst thing a dance LP can be is track-y. Nothing gets boring quicker than a disc, even one with great jams, that happen to be sonically similar and presented without any kind of arc or structure. Retrograde Space Opera obviously has a structure, but just knowing that the structure is there, even in an abstract sense, makes for compelling listening. Early in the disc, cuts like “Sewers of Gattaca” balance shimmering, hummable synths with brutal barrages of drums that are less beats than they are collections of light slaps in the face. ” The ultra-hard kicks and snares pile up like the best recent grime a la Mumdance or some of the Night Slugs guys, but with a better sense of form – you always feel like the beat is taking you somewhere, and there’s a natural funkiness that a lot of other producers can’t get across while they’re doling out total screwface ruffneck business. It’s kind of amazing how listenable “Jaws of Delroy” is, given how abrasive its component parts are.

The second half of the disc is less grime than straight-up techno, and Distal pulls off both sounds as easily as a farm kid bulls-eyeing womp rats. “Don’t Need Her” is soulful despite the almost footwork-like repetition and whip-crack snare sound – if DJ Rashad had lived, I wonder if that’s what his stuff would one day have sounded like – and “Holding Pattern” and “Look Mom No Hardware” would have a Detroit purist actually cracking a smile if they came on either side of a 12-inch with a picture of a robot on the sleeve. (Not if the robot was smiling though, that would just wreck the mystique OBVIOUSLY.)  The palette is consistent throughout, all haunting synth pads and prickly hand claps, so again, it’s almost miraculous how he makes it all work together.

Some records I feel like I need to be high to fully appreciate. I don’t think the drugs have been invented yet that would make Retrograde Space Opera make sense, in a “holy shit, the lunatics are on the grass/Dorothy is walking the fence” Dark Side of the Rainbow kinda way. But you don’t need to understand it to bug the fuck out to it. I’m living proof!

Mix: War Games

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Rough and rugged, rugged and raw – is anyone else feeling like grime is having a moment? There’s plenty beyond that realm in this ruffneck bizness mix, but I do have to say that the Boxed Vol. 1 comp feels like the actual resurgence of that sound that the Grime 2.0 comp was trying to manufacture (not that Ninja Tune’s set was unwelcome). Lock into this sound like you’re sitting in a beat-up Ford Fiesta trying to pull in some bashment pirate radio…

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1. TOKiMONSTA – Focused Chaos – Half Shadows (Ultra)
2. Jack Dice – Stash’s Theme (Feat. Stash Marina) – Sip Paint (Modern Love)
3. High Klassified – Scopola – Palindroma (Fool’s Gold)
4. Mumdance & Logos – Proto – Legion / Proto (Tectonic)
5. Dizzee Rascal – Strings Hoe (Wen Refix) – Strings Hoe (Wen Refix) / Signal (Keysound)
6. L-Vis 1990 – Ballad 4D VIP – Ballad 4D VIP / Not Mad (Helix Bootleg) (Night Slugs)
7. Danny Brown – Shouldn’t Of – The OD EP (Fool’s Gold)
8. Strict Face – Saigon Figure – Boxed Vol. 1 (Boxed)
9. Patrick Sexx – Placebo Pinch – Shape (Alpha Pup)
10. Lakker – Mausoleum – Containing a Thousand (R&S)
11. 040 – Minors – Let It Be Known (Butterz)
12. Martyn – Vancouver – Vancouver (Head High Remix) (White Label)
13. Youngsta – Poseidon – Destruction / Poseidon (Tempa)
14. Special Request – Ride VIP – Soul Music (Houndstooth)
15. Crazy Bald Heads – First Born – First Born (Text)
16. Digital Mystikz – 2 Much Chat – 2 Much Chat / Coral Reef (DMZ)
17. Machinedrum – Now U Know Tha Deal 4 Real – DJ-Kicks: Brandt Brauer Frick (K7)

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