On the run up to christmas I thought I crank out my favourite old school rave & techno mix of recent months!
Techno, Acid & Rave – old skool styles, but all new tracks released in the last year or two.
Recorded live in one take, PC laptop + Ableton + UC33 midi controller. Respect to all the artists for keeping the vibe alive
Most of these tracks are available to buy legally from online shops like Juno Download, Beatport, Bleep, etc. Piracy is for twats, always support independent music whenever you can!
Blawan – What You Do With What You Have
The Hacker – Bass 4
KiNK – Rave Signal
Apollo of Minneapolis – Telstar
Snuff Crew – Rumble 303
Tom Laws – Twisted Cabaret
Barrow Boy – Genesis
Ben Sims feat. DJ Rush – Beat The Box
Erol Alkan – Roland Rat (LFO Remix)
Lone – Pineapple Crush
Tachini – Ongeloof
KiNK – Yako
Machinedrum – DDD
Cassergrain / Tin Man – Sear
Dead Sound & Videohead – Pay Your Due
Neil Landstrumm – Night Train
The Hacker – Shockwave (Mark Archer Remix)
Schoco – Jungo
Doctor Jeep – Freak U
HATE – Bad Organs
Colombo – Deja Vu
Radiokillaz – Skyscraper
Cyantific – Streets of Rave
Human Resource – Dominator (AGT Rave Cru Unofficial Remix)
The interview between Chris Liebing and Lucy lasts a good 50 minutes and covers earthing from label inception, artistic direction and being your self right through to sequencers and other tech geekery. Very intersesting and a gives one a solid idea of why Stroboscopic Artefacts is such a forward looking label.
Xhin “Insides” [Stroboscopic Artefacts - from upcoming album]
Go Hiyama “” [Stroboscopic Artefacts - Monad VII ]
Biblio “Chancylvania” [Warp]
Anstam “Albert” [50 Weapons]
The Black Dog “Floods v3.2″ (Surgeon Remix) [Soma]
AOKI takamasa “mnd-sng04″ [Stroboscopic Artefacts - Monad IX]
Tommy Four Seven “Talus” (Lucy Remix) [CLR]
Moby “Go” (Woodtick Mix) [Instinct]
Grischa Lichtenberger “0406_01_RS_!” [Raster Noton]
Deuce “Twerp Wiz” [Ostgut Ton]
Marcel Fengler “Thwack” (Mike Parker Remix) [Mote Evolver]
Marcelus “Shape” [Deeply Rooted House]
Dadub “Amnion” [Stroboscopic Artefacts - Monad VIII]
Lucy “Tetrad” [Stroboscopic Artefacts - Monad X]
Zomby “Mozaik” [4AD]
Robert Hood “Minus” [Tresor]
Kode 9 & The Spaceape feat. Cha Cha “Love Is The Drug” [Hyperdub]
Mike Dehnert “Klartext” [Delsin]
Syncom Data “Beyond The Stars” (Speedy J Remix) [SD]
Lucy “Decad” [Stroboscopic Artefacts - Monad X]
Were really enjoying Blawans recent releases while perhaps not strictly speaking “Techno” We felt we had to push this guys stuff out its that sharp.
Check this tune
Now the Blawan Mix
INTERVIEW: Blawan [Hessle Audio] – Reposted from Sonic Router
One such dude we felt compelled to push, is Blawan. The Hessle Audio backed producer – his debut 12” on the label ‘Fram’ b/w ‘Iddy’ was released recently – has a strong and rugged approach to his drum lines; a similarity he shares with label mate Joe and to a lesser extent – given this player’s more dancefloor centric wanderings of late, Ramadanman. Making tonal wanderings simply from his selected percussion he booms out bass stabs on ‘Iddy’ rollocking through the beat’s progression with whispered layers of phrase and machine hum atmospherics plucked straight from the bows of dystopian warships and the winding lead synth on ‘Fram’ could have been taken straight out of Kode 9’s ‘Black Sun’ era. It’s simply the way he cracks out his drum loops that grabbed our attention, subtle snaps of snare drum piquing through the top end perfectly.
We caught up with the South Yorkshireman between train journeys, giving him the opportunity to further introduce himself and his music ahead of his forthcoming date at fabric for the Hessle Audio takeover…
Sonic Router: Can you provide those who may not know you with a bit of background info?
Blawan: For starters I am not Ben UFO despite the kind rumors. My name is Jamie, I am a DJ/Producer originally from the cultural melting pot that is Barnsley and I recently had my debut release on Hessle Audio.
Outside of music who are you? What do you do on the daily?
On the daily, I drink a lot of tea, don’t finish tunes, delete ones that I have finished and get easily distracted…
How did you first get into making music? What was it that infected you to do so?
Like a lot of people, school really got me into music. I went to a pretty rough school that thanks to Labour’s deprived schools policy had mint facilities, so I started playing drums at the age of 10. I first got into making electronic music on a dodgy version of Fruity Loops when I was 15 but didn’t really get serious about making tunes until I was about 18. Prior to the Hessle Audio release I had a pretty random musical background. I used to drum in a couple of bands playing like post-punk stuff as well as making dance tunes, and just muddled it along until now.
What’s your production set up like? What’s your favourite bit of kit in the studio?
My set-up is pretty simple, I run Ableton Live, midi controllers and some decent monitors… oh and some nice flat response headphones and that’s really it. My favorite bit of kit has to be my Ozone 4 plugin; it’s a sweet all rounder.
Where do you take inspiration from when making music? And how did you get into this current flux of dubstep?
Erm, that’s a hard question, I’ve always found it hard to pin point what inspires me to make a tune and to be honest I still don’t really know. I think trying to keep my mind occupied when making a tune helps, as I find makings tunes when am bored rarely has a decent outcome or it ends up turning out as some weird jacking house thing.
I got into dubstep around late 2004/5. Before this, mates from Sheffield used to send me their badly recorded vinyl rips of Big Apple releases and old garage tunes and things just carried on down the usual routes from there really. I’ve also always had a passion for house music and think that’s had a big impact on me musically. The tune that really pushed me to think I wasn’t just making some weird garage type music was Pangaea’s ‘You & I’ (HES006). The vibe caught me perfectly, it’s still easily my favorite tune to date.
How would you describe your sound? You’ve got this proper tough percussion going on that drives everything… is the rhythm a main focus for you when making tunes?
Honestly, if I could just make drum loops for a living I would. Percussion is definitely something I focus a lot of my attention on when producing. Other elements of my tunes are always considered but are subtle enough to make sure they don’t take away purpose from the rhythm and percussive melodies. The outcome of that in a tune is something minimal, but I fought my last battles with complex synth arrangements a long time ago and bare rhythms win hands down for me each and every.
Your first couple of releases are out now on Hessle and Folkwood respectively. How did you link the releases?
My debut with Hessle was a pretty surreal affair, I had a few tunes that had been sitting around and one day, I just said ‘Fuck it. I’ll send these to Untold.’ I did that then within about 2 hours I got a phone call off David (Ramadanman) saying Jack sent him the tunes and the guys liked them and want to put something out. A simple but crazy outcome and I can’t tell you how lucky I feel to be in the Hessle camp. Oh and I still haven’t bought Jack a drink yet to thank him.
The folkwood thing really was something that happened a while ago, a group of friends at Uni got hold of some cash to press up some music. They asked me to submit a track so I did. The tune is kinda old now, but it’s nice to get bits out there when you can. Big up Ste Shine on that one! Oh and you guys for the kind words about it…
What other projects have you got in the pipeline? What’s happening with you in the rest of 2010? Gigs, releases, personal growth etc?
2010 has been an amazing year already; I am just focusing on putting out tunes I am happy with, when I can so theres no rush. Hopefully DJing as many gigs as I can because that’s what really gets me making more music. There are a couple of things in the pipeline that should be surfacing soon, so watch this space.
Any words of wisdom for our readers?
Yes, it needs to be strong with one sugar and milk. Secondly, catch me at Fabric on the 20th August, for the Hessle Audio takeover.
We like to support up and coming DJs and producers whenever we can. Italian DJ Pin (Giancarlo Di Chiara) sent us this mix last week and we’ve had it playing regularly since. A nice mix of smooth minimal and harshness with occasional forays into a more tech house sound.
If you are a quality DJ and would like your work exposed to our readership then email us your best techno or minimal mix and we will have a listen.
Track List: (83 minutes)
Gary Beck – Consumed (Mark Broom’s Bang Bang Remix) 0.00
Octave – Edge Of The Chasm (Audio Injection Remix) 5.55
Spektre – Sixteen Sins (Original Mix) 11.13
M0h – Wake Up 17.54
Audionatica And Fictionizer – Space (Alan Fitzpatrick Remix) 22.54
Sasha Carassi – Paranoid (Original Mix) 28.12
Sessomatto – I Need Somebody (Acappella) 32.10
Traversable Wormhole – Closed Timelike Curve (Marcel Dettmann Remix) 33.50
Slam – Cacophony 39.52
Sasha Carassi – White Sucker 45.09
Loco and Jam – Maximus (Original Mix) 50.47
Dataminions – Pounce (Original Mix) 57.32
Dataminions – Super Cardioid (Dandy & Ugo Remix) 62.06
FLug – Factor AG 70.13
Pfirter – My Estudio 75.13
DJ Pin Bio:
Giancarlo Di Chiara aka DJ Pin was born in Avellino in 1982. His interest for clubs started at an early age: in fact he started to listen to dance music and mix cds with his computer at the age of 12, and at the age of 17 he started to visit most of the best italian house music clubs. He managed to buy a pair of turntables at the age of 20 and, some moths later, he partecipated to a DJ Competitions organized by a famous italian radio station (Radio Ibiza).
The year after, in 2003, he started to play tech-house music in some clubs: only events with top international Djs, including Tony Humphries, Justin Berkmann, Marshall Jefferson, Alex Natale, Eddy Kruger, Lady Babayaga, Ivan Iacobucci, Federica Baby Doll, Takeshi Kurosawa, the Djs of Angels Of Love (Paco’S, Fiore, Simone Cavagnuolo, Lello Romano, Jg Bros), Stefano Noferini, and many others great italian djs. During his brief career he received numerous compliments, also by some of the famous Djs he played with. But all this wasn’t enough for him to keep working as a dj: he ended his career in 2005 because of the disappointment he felt towards the environment and his coworkers.
Now, in 2010, he touched his console for the first time in 5 years and decided to keep pursuing his dream, but changing his sound from a pure Tech-House style, which he used to entertain with in the past years, to a mixture of Minimal, Techno and House. Also, he started to produce electronic music, and he stared to be a guest dj for some international radio stations (Digitally Imported, Proton radio, Club And Dance). Also, he have a show mix, named “The Italian Job”, streamed every Tuesday, Thursday and Friday by the US web radio EnationFM.
Here at techno music news we like to try and push up and coming talent so when I came across Heftys “Death Techno Mix” I had to re post it here for our readers. Its got a nice mix of the deep and dark along with some straight up minimal techno sounds and a dash of the movie soundtrack about it. Check it out I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Intro: Lo Pan’s Domain – John Carpenter, Alan Howarth – Big Trouble In Little China Soundtrack
1 – No Escape – Hefty – Unsigned
2 – Parasitic Organism – Hefty – Unsigned
3 – Blind – Logotech – Naked Lunch
4 – Hazakura (Alex Bau Remix) – SIDE B – Hysterical
5 – Tonkass (Rene Walther Remix) – Plankton, Alejandro Trebor – Amazone Records
6 – Third Eye (Fallhead Remix) – Adrenalinoman – Enter
7 – Archlekt – Subfractal – Sleaze Records
8 – Prehistoric – Hugo Palxao, Jason Fernandes – Nutempo
9 – Mask The Expression – Jason Fernandes – Dont Look Productions
10 – Effekthascher – Flinsch ‘n’ Nielson – Kiddazfm
Outro: Lo Pan’s Domain – John Carpenter, Alan Howarth – Big Trouble In Little China Soundtrack
Hefty has always had a passion for music and has always had an eclectic taste. His love for music didn’t manifest itself in the form of djing/producing until a few years back when he was introduced by a university friend to the London underground party scene. Blown away by the exciting venues, amazing music and incredible atmosphere he was drawn in to the underground and never left. After a years of parties it dawned on him, this is what he wanted to do.
He left university and bought his decks and never looked back. He owes a lot to the now legendary “PICKLE” parties which defined his bass fuelled dark Hefty style. Priding himself on not playing the obvious and keeping to his own style he managed to carve a name for himself playing evil electrobotic electro and hefty tek breaks, his sets known for their dark sounds, hefty bass and varied track selection.
Over the years he has built up a collection of many genres of electronic music from dubstep to techno and is more than happy spinning a set of a variety of genres. He has had the opportunity to warm up for Marco V at Turnmills, he has played at The Gallery also at Turnmills and has also played at many other London clubs including Heaven, Hidden, 414, Electrowerkz, The Telegraph, The Coronet and 333.
Currently Hefty is venturing into new territory with druggy bass driven dark minimal tek and techno, incorporating aspects of the various genres he enjoys. Spending a year working hard in his studio he has learned the art of production and has created his own unique style of dark abstract bass fuelled hypnotic minimal, which is receiving interest in the minimal scene. With requests for remixes and collaborations flooding in and with various tracks being released soon Hefty is determined to unleash his dark sounds on the public and continue to explore the realms of minimal and techno.
This one was brought to my notice by Ben & Lex. Liked it so much I had to repost it here
Metroboy does a couple of hours of proper A1 stuff from straight pounding techno to minimal edginess, with a good bit of DJ experimentation into the mix, brought to you courtesy of brap.fm
01. Slam ‘Collecting Data’
02. Uto Karem ‘Machine Love’
03. Hertz ‘A Voice Of My Own (Manuel De La Mare Dub MIx)
04. Alex DIss ‘Mococa (Fernado Tessis Remix)’
05. John Starlight ‘Road Rage (Popof Mix)’
06. JPLS ‘Combination 03′
07. Phunk Investigation ‘Tsunami (Perfect Storm Mix)’
08. Flavio Diaz ‘Kaiserdisco’
09. David Tort ‘Acid (Lost In Acid Mix)’
10. Ben Sims ‘The Ol Vibes’
11. Paul Rich ‘Split The Line (Dubfires Mega Remix)’
12. DUoteque ‘Gotcha’
13. Smacs and Patric Kong ‘Paraffin (Metro Boy Remix)’
14. Ben Sims ‘Hypnosis’
15. Rino Cerrone ‘Rills 6 A1′
16. Daniel Half ‘Deodat 10′
17. Umek ‘Responding To Dynamic’
18. Workakis ‘Foile’
19. Uto Karem ‘Black Jack’
20. firter ‘Mi Estudio’
21. James Harcourt ‘Unpleasent Suprise (Popof Remix)’
22. Brian Sanhaji ‘Cortosis (Chris Liebing Remix)’
Great new mix from the guys over at direfx.com, a really nice techno mix with some good thought gone into the active progression through styles and feels. I hope these guys keep it up we’ll be sure to keep you all informed.
Techno Mix Tracklisting.
Angel Alanis : Quierro (Mambo Mix) : A-Squared Muzik
Dustin Zahn : Leave Me Alone (Edit Select vs. Gary Beck Rmx) : Enemy Records
Sasha Carassi : Rowbells : Weave Music
Virgil Enzinger : Form of the Formless (Sutter Cane & Mark Domine Rmx) : Drive Force Recordings
Koen Groeneveld : 1981 : Abzolut Spinnin
Jerome Sydenham : Black Ice : Apotek Records
Audionatica & Mike Vath : Intensity : Gon Records
Angel Alanis : Quierro (Life Mix) : A-Squared Muzik
Alan Fitzpatrick : Face of Rejection : Drumcode
Oliver Morgenroth: Dreamrunner (Dyno Rmx) : Jetlag Digital
Daniela Stickroth: Backtalk : Meerestief
Ortin Cam & Charles Bells: Saga : Roots
Kyle Geiger : Built To Break : MB Elektronics
Tom Laws : Black Widow : Resopal Schallware
Tiger Stripes : Eden : Drumcode
Ascion : Black Clock : Hedgehog
Badme : Strange Inhumanity : Redukt
DVS1 : Departure : Timefog
Lega : Klephts : Dual Musik
Cari Lekebusch : Bloodl Lines : ISL
Angel Alanis : Mambo (Queso Mix) : A-Squared Muzik
Great new Dennis Desantis & Taimur Agtha mix from the guys at Dailysession.com
Hour 1 – TAIMUR AGHA
1. Ricardo Villalobos – 808 Bassqueen – Lo-Fi Stereo
2. Linkwood – Miles Away (Intrusion Sunset Dub) – Firecracker
3. Hollis P Monroe – I Wept For You feat. Ed Robinson – De’fchild Productions
4. Lawrence – Anna Forever – Spectral
5. Rezkar – Above The Clouds (John Daly Remix) – Running Back
6. Maurizio – M4.5 – Basic Channel
7. DJ Qu + David S – Deep Mystery – Strength Music
8. The Reminder – Coffee First – Etiku World
9. Classic Flowers – Acclaime – Four Roses
Hour 2 – DENNIS DESANTIS
1. Rhythm & Sound – Carrier – Rhythm & Sound
2. Big Spender – Fade to Black – Plastic City America
3. Michael Jackson – Billie Jean (a capella) – Epic
4. Solaris Heights – Rivers (Dennis DeSantis Remix) – unreleased
5. Lusine – Crowded Room – Ghostly International
6. Earth, Wind & Fire – September – Columbia
7. Alex Israel – Penithboid (Dennis DeSantis Remix) – Beretta Red
8. Telefon Tel Aviv – What’s the Use of Feet If You Haven’t Got Legs? – Hefty Records
9. Al Tourettes – Dodgem – Apple Pips
10. Marko Fürstenberg – Steinbruch (Dennis DeSantis Remix) – unreleased
11. Murcof – Ulysses (Fax Mix) – Leaf
12. Proem – Sleep is For Lunch – Merck
13. Dennis DeSantis – Pilfer – unreleased
14. FaltyDL – Our Loss – Planet Mu
15. Dennis DeSantis – Asynchronous – unreleased
16. Diego – High In Spaces (Dennis DeSantis Remix) – unreleased
17. Theorem – Embed – Minus
18. Lomov – Kynon – Thinner
19. Terry Riley – In C – Ghostly International
20. Michael Jackson – Get On The Floor – Sony