New mixes: Subscript/Superscript

If January is for resolutions, what does it mean that most of them never see out the month? I’d argue that January is just where the regrets of the past year go to die. With that in mind, I’ll be getting two regrets out of the way right now – I regret that I didn’t upload either of these four on the floor mixes when I made them, because they both rule. Enjoy. One more post coming, then see you (with renewed vigour) in February…

Subscript

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Deemo – Subscript by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Freeform Five feat. Róisín Murphy     – Leviathan (Tom Trago Dub Mix) – Leviathan (Eskimo Recordings)
2, Martyn – Two Leads and a Computer – The Air Between Words (Ninja Tune)
3, Lord Of The Isles – Horizon Effect – 301C Symphony EP (Permanent Vacation)
4. Danny Benedettini     – Blown Away – Correspondant, Compilation 02 (Correspondant)
5. Ciara – Body Party (Kaytranada’s never going to release this shieeet) – web
6. Gui Boratto – Take Control (Come And Hell Mix) – Take Control (Kompakt)
7. KZA – Taking It – Dig & Edit 2 (Endless Flight)
8. Hayfever – Ground Collapse (Maddslinky ‘Nj Shuffle’ Mix) – Ground Collapse (Formula Records)
9. Moon man – The Great Speech – Lucky Star Ship (Daisy)
10. Röyksopp & Robyn – Say It – Do It Again (Dog Triumph)
11. Paul Kalkbrenner     – Böxig Leise (Pig&dan Remix)     – X (Paul Kalkbrenner Recordings)
12. GoldFFinch – Stronghold – Stronghold (Turbo)
13. Ill Blu – Clapper – Hyperdub 10.1 (Hyperdub)
14. Cardini&Shaw – Pepper Labejia – In The Ballroom (Correspondant)
15. Youandewan – FM Jam – Youandewan EP (Aus Music)
16. Avatism – Adamant (Lake People Remix) – Adamant Remixes #2 (Houndstooth)

Recorded June 29 2014

Superscript

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Deemo – Superscript by Deemo on Mixcloud

1. Vermont – Dynamik (Prins Thomas Version 1) – The Prins Thomas Versions (Kompakt)
2. Dauwd – Moiety – Saleh EP (Kompakt)
3. Romare – Roots – Roots (Ninja Tune)
4. Huxley – Give 2 U (Will Saul & Komon remix) – Give 2 U (Aus Music)
5. Bonobo – Pelican – Flashlight EP (Ninja Tune)
6. XDB – Afrikk (Philogresz Remix) – Afrikk (Echocord)
7. Massimiliano Pagliara – Native Tribes Of Jaguar (With Credit 00) – With One Another (Robert Johnson)
8. Sascha Funke – Zug Um Zug (Original Mix) – Zug Um Zug (Kompakt)
9. Marc Antona – The Fifth Season – Rattle Snaps EP (Dissonant)
10. Graze    – Banding – Soft Gamma Repeater (New Kanada)
11. Jimmy Edgar – Burn – Saline (Ultramajic)
12. Bruce – My Legs Wouldn’t Go Quick Enough – Not Stochastic (Hessle Audio)
13. Tarjei Nygård – Suratkorps (Tarjei’s Handarbeidsversjon) – Suratkorps (Full Pupp)
14. Kim Ann Foxman     – Be Mine     – Heidi Presents Jackathon Jams with Kim Ann Foxman, Soul Clap (Heidi Presents Jackathon Jams)
15. Max D – High Life – High Life (Hot Haus)
16. Redshape – Leaves (Stripped 2 Clip & 303) – Leaves (Running Back)
17. Audion, Troels Abrahamsen – Dem Howl Feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Michael Mayer Instrumental Mix) – Dem Howl feat. Troels Abrahamsen (Kompakt)
18. Hieroglyphic Being and The Configurative or Modular Me Trio – The Human Experience – The Seer Of Cosmic Visions (Planet Mu)
19. The Black Dog – Fraction Slide – Sound Of Sheffield Vol. 03 (Dust Science)

Recorded Nov. 29, 2014

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.