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: 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

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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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

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)

Deemo – War Games by Deejaydeemo on Mixcloud

Mix: On Road

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Scrub down your NYE-sozzled livers and get back out dancing. I feel like Tom Skerritt in Top Gun telling Maverick to get back in the cockpit and go shoot down some MiGs. It’s the only way, people. Throw on this brackish, dancehall/garage/grime-inspired batch of tunes beforehand, it’ll make your antennae twitch. Two opposable thumbs up.

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1. Troy Gunner feat. Synkro – Is This – Communicate
2. Visionist – Secrets – M / Secrets
3. Jus Now feat. Swappi – Bare Wine – Bare Wine (feat. Swappi) / Vodou Riddim
4. Logos – Wut It Do (feat. Mumdance) – Cold Mission
5. EMMA – Dream Phone Vip (Vip) – Blue Gardens
6. Alex Coulton – Break Pressure – Murda / Break Pressure – Single
7. Mssingno – Xe3 – Mssingno EP
8. Morgan Zarate – This – Taker EP
9. Guido – Same Road – Moods Of Future Joy
10. Sp:Mc – Air Lock – Declassified EP
11. Flava D – Hold On (VIP) – Home / Hold on VIP
12. CoMa, SORROW – Dreamstone (feat. Coma) – Dreamstone
13. Ital Tek – Violet – Control

On Road by Deejaydeemo on Mixcloud