My personal history into electronic music from the casual to the more serious (some might say obsessive) starts with breakbeats; from drum ‘n’ bass and jungle to 135/140 bpm breaks and breakstep.
Baobinga(himself a member of the breaks/breakstep scene from its early manifestations) put together this 34 minute fast cut and somewhat essential sound lineup covering some of the core tracks of ‘breakstep’ spilling over into some dark garage and grime inspired plates.
Some have debated (internet and back room chin stroking mostly) and discussed the sonic makeup of the genre, where it started and so on. Some believe it to be a recent thing that followed the rise of dubstep, others know it existed before and was if you excuse the pun, instrumental in the early dubstep dubs.
To be honest it doesn’t really matter as much as some balding 30 something blokes might have you believe. What does matter, in the context of me writing this piece, is Baobinga, Sam Simpson to his mum, knows how to pick a deep dark rolling selection laying down many classics of the genre. From Mark One, Darqwan’s huge Said The Spider, Plastician when he was still Plasticman (which confused me as the first 12″ of his I bought I bought blind thinking it was the work of Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman). To Zinc’s alias Jammin’, Search and Destroy, the mighty Vex’d, the much applauded and still sought after Freeze instrumental from Grime kingpin Wiley; Geeneus, early Skream and finally ending up Loefah’s Twisup VIP with a remix lick from Youngsta and Task.
So there we go. Put together for the good folk over at Crazylegs.
“Although it never really got the props it deserved, the music loosely known as breakstep is one of the defining influences on what I do. Chopped up drums with a slight jungle / dnb edge (without being referential to the point of parody), plenty of bass, but with the mid-range held back enough to imply darkness rather than pile the rage on with a spade, and a bit of swing and bounce to the beats to link it with the emerging dark garage and dubstep scenes. J Da Flex’s much-missed show on 1Xtra was the place for the weekly update on these bits, and one of my career highlights is the fact that J played one of my bits on his mix for John Peel’s show way back when.
Anyway, all these tunes kind of came out as garage was dying, grime was starting to move away from hype instrumentals into more MC-dominated territory, and as dubstep was still figuring out what it was supposed to sound like – ie. a time of massive musical flux. Which is sort of where we’re at right now – in a bit of a state of flux, not entirely sure where things are going to go next… So this mix is a bit of tribute to the last time things felt like this. All done on vinyl, and for some random reason on a rotary mixer, which is categorically NOT the right kind of mixer for this kind of stuff!”
Mos Def, Nate Dogg, Pharoah Monche – Oh No (Dj Hype RMX) Darqwan – Cold Symptoms SLT Mob – Stopper Chase & Status – Wise Up Mark One – Rain Dance Shimano – Blues Darqwan – Said The Spider Bogeyman vs DJ Lombardo – Through The Keyhole Wiley – Flat Derik Plasticman – Anger Darqwan – Taiwan Ink Shimano – Roll The Drums Jammin – Hold On Search & Destroy – Mark Of The Beast Wiley – Freez Instrumental Vex’d – Lion Geeneus – The Journey (Shimano RMX) Fyrus – Jaws Daluq – Supafine Skream – Who R Those Guys Loefah – Twisup VIP (Youngsta & Task RMX)
Super pleased to feature Mr. van Oers on DT with an Exclusive mix featuring tracks from Daegon, Pfirter, Terence Fixmer, Phil Kieran and our man Positive Merge. I’ve been tracking his releases since hearing his Remix for Marko on Affin in 2008. His music is deep, serious and fun at the same time, a hard thing to capture, which makes it so unique and attractive. Having Remixers like Hans Bouffmyhre, Apoll and BCR Boys chipping in, the future for Reggy just gets better and better churning out very interesting and consistently high quality productions.
01. DEVELOPER : edificio [Modularz] 02. TERENCE FIXMER : concept c [Electric Deluxe] 03. SANDWELL DISTRICT : live in berlin [ePM Music] 04. PFIRTER : universe [Stroboscopic Artefacts] 05. COETER ONE : quadrat (Daegon Remix) [Machine Box] 06. PATRICK GIL : crabtree (Deepstrike Remix) [Gynoid Audio] 07. CHRIS PAGE : myi5 [Affin] 08. DARKCELL : inertia (Ascion Remix) [Gynoid Audio] 09. PHIL KIERAN & JOCHEM PAAP : paint and chemicals dept. [Electric Deluxe] 10. FOREST PEOPLE : erelim (Positive Merge Remix) [Android Muziq]
Faceless Mind - Logic Dog The Consumer - Converted Data Koova - Cypher VCS2600 - Antigravity Technology Kan3da - Experiment 08 Unit Black Flight - Out Of The World E-Control - (B)eat This! Anthony Rother - Silizium Heinrich Mueller - Drone FX MetaComplex - Molecular Anomaly I Mandroid - Magik Mushrooms In Space Das Muster - Unbekannte Krafte Der Zyklus - Biometric ID Kobol Electronics - Phase Linear Weltwirtschaft - Amundsen Journey Dopplereffekt - Hyperelliptic Surfaces Zwischenwelt - Clairvoyant
If you haven’t knowingly heard a Legowelt record then there’s every chances you’ve heard from him under one of his numerous guises. Boasting more aliases than Frank Abagnale, Danny Wolfers first started making music in the early 90s, inspired by the likes of early Detroit and Chicago techno luminaries and his home-town heroes Unit Moebius. Known for his gritty, machine-driven techno and electro, his impressive discography is also noted for forays into ambient soundscapes, self-designed sleeves and some of the best album and track names you’re likely to find across any genre.
His unique website, beamed directly from somewhere in the vicinity of 1995, is a mixture of information, music-gear adoration and banality that touches all the right nodes of any discerning music lover. LWE opened the lines of communication with Mr. Wolfers to find out more about his favorite bits of kit, why we won’t be hearing a concept album from him any time soon and what his favorite airplane is. He also mixed our 106th exclusive podcast, a blistering collage of techno, house and electro peppered with his own productions and divine obscurities. [read interview here]
01. BNJMN, “Open The Flood Gates” [Rush Hour Recordings] 02. The Abstract Eye, “Cool Warm Divine” [Valentine Connexion Records] 03. Trackman Lafonte & Bonquiqui, “Fortunes of the Lord” [white*] 04. The Abstract Eye, “Nobody Else” [Valentine Connexion Records] 05. Unknown artist, “Tristate Cruising” [white*] 06. Jon DaSilva ft Donald Waugh, “Love Is All We Need” [Hour House Is Your Rush] 07. Hieroglyphic Being, “So Much Noise To Be Heard” [Mathematics Recordings] 08. Xosar, “Zephyr” [white] 09. Omar-S, “Nites Over Compton” [FXHE] 10. Legowelt, “Days of Persistance” [white] 11. Big Strick, “Fear No Fear” [7 Days Ent.] 12. Unknown artist, “Leeward Islands” [white*] 13. Recloose, “Tecumseh” [Rush Hour Recordings] 14. Trackman Lafonte & Bonquiqui, “The Feeling, The Force” [white*] 15. Unknown artist, “Voice of Triumph” [white*] 16. Unknown artist, “San Diego Marine Biology Center” [white*] 17. Hell Interface, “Trapped” [Skam/Musik Aus Strom] 18. Armando, “151″ (Terrace Mixx) [Djax-Up-Beats] 19. Aphex Twin, “Untitled” [unknown] 20. Exit, “Detroit Leaning” [Superior Elevation Records] 21. Danny Wolfers, “Microkorg string outro” [white*]
Cody Commando - Augmented Reality Replicante Norman - Tub D’Assaig (Robert Cosmic Remix) Prototype & Morphogenetic - The Last Stand (Max Durante Remix) Oort Cloud - Last Chance For It ! Solar Chrome - Circuit District Ra-X - Anaconda Faceless Mind - Ocean Movers (Remix Vcs2600) Dez Williams - 0Day Robbery C. Theory - Micro Dissection Snog - Real Estate Man (Volum Remix) Bass Kittens - Another Day (Vol Mix)(Volum) Oxygenstar - Ballad Of Intrinsic Pants The Consumer - Audio Designing The Consumer - Solve The System ADJ - The Raw The Outsider - Amnesic Species MANASYt - WireLust LP Therarelowry - Mind Sherons Thomas Kress - I Am Not a Killer 808 Squad - Do What You Got To Do Roadking - Chrome Dark Signal - By Machines Controlled Solar Chrome - Robotnik Roadking - Electric Darkmode - Stand Alone Complex EleKtroniK Android - New Life Mesak - Turbo Pascal Darkmode - Ratbat
I’ll keep this one real short. One of Manchester’s finest; techno producer Casual Violence, lays out 70 minutes for Ab Intra. A high fidelity industrially coloured techno session for the guys over at Geometrika. Weighing in hard with 30 tracks including Alva Noto, Orphx, Pan Sonic, Lapse, Xhin, Silent Servent and more, this one is going to be on rotation for some time.
01. Orphx – Circuit IV (Consumption) [Hymen] 02. Casual Violence – Untitled Intro [dub] 03. Nurse With Wound – I was No Longer His Dominant [Staalplaat] 04. Huren – Assembly 6800 Core [Zhark] 05. Huren – Liebes Cocktail [Zhark] 06. Sonar – Before Or After [Daft Records] 07. CUB – C U 1 (UST remix) [CUB] 08. Regis – Blood Witness [Blackest Ever Black] 09. Xhin – Teeth (Surgeon remix) [Stroboscopic Artefacts] 10. Alva Noto – Uni Acronym [Raster-Noton] 11. The Third Man – Deep Sleep Operative [Tabernacle] 12. Robert Hood – Minus [Tresor] 13. Pan Sonic – Teurastamo [Blast First] 14. Derlich – 23 [dub] 15. Vromb – Interference [Ant-Zen] 16. Silent Servent – El Mar (Svreca Remix One) [Semantica] 17. Peter Van Hoesen – Into Entropy [Time To Express] 18. Reeko – Omnicide [Mental Disorder] 19. SP-X – Flux [Komisch] 20. Developer – Space [Modularz] 21. Casual Violence – Immobilising Echos [Subsist] 22. Rich Oddie – Refraction [Surface] 23. Developer – Programma [Modularz] 24. Mike Parker – Copper Variations [Geophone] 25. Allan Nonamaka – Ambitious Phantasy [Labrynth] 26. Planetary Assault Systems – Human Like Us [Ostgut Ton] 27. Vromb – Zentrum [Pflichtkauf] 28. Orphx – Circuit I (Enclosure) [Hymen] 29. Clarke – Radiation Clutch [Warp] 30. Lapse – Traveller [dub]
01. Prymer - Daydreamer (feat. Claudia Nehls) [Tokyo Dawn Records] 02. Gerd - Palm Leaves (Mr Fingers Afropsychojungledub Mix) [Royal Oak] 03. Colonel Abrams & Omar S - Who Wrote The Rules of Love (RB Long Mix) [FXHE] 04. Deep Space Orchestra - Vanishing Point (Marcello Napoletano Mix) [Use Of Weapons] 05. Romanthony - Bring U Up (Deetron Edit) [Balance Music] 06. Motorbass - Home [Motorbass 1993] 07. Gerry Read - Narry [Fourth Wave] 08. Ken Ishii - Cocoa Mousse [R&S Records 1995] 09. Funk D’Void - V-Ger [Soma 1996] 10. Makam - Home 2 Home (Reconstructed by MRSK) [Sushitech Purple] 11. The Black Dog - Heavy Industry (Shifted Remix) [Dust Science Recordings] 12. EQD # 005 [Equalized] 13. The Fear Ratio aka James Ruskin & Mark Broom - Mas [Blueprint Records] 14. Jackmate - Oval [Phil E] 15. Reel By Real - Fate [a.r.t.less] 16. Kuniyuki Takahashi - Deliverance (Deeply Way Mix) [Mule Musiq Japan]
Some tunes from recent times on an old school flex, so good to see shit like this making a bit of a resurgence in a world of funky disco loopers, screechy ear rapers and minimal snooze inducers! :gets off soapbox: Mixing is a bit rough round the edges in places but fuggit, vinyl moves about ;)
Medlar-Terrell (Bicep Dub)-Wolf Music Jason Grove-Edit A-Wax Classic The Groove Victim-That Night On 17-My Love Is Underground Home Park-Back Fourth-Enterbt Alex Agore-Move-Quintessentials Ratcatcher-Bubbledub-Catapult Inner Sense-Rawlin’-My Love Is Underground Brawther-GSMs Life (MLIU Dub)-Balance Iron Curtis-Brthrs (Basement Dub)-Dirt Crew Rick Wade-3AM Detroit-PND Brawther-Negentropy-Balance SE62-Untitled-My Love Is Underground The Organ Grinder-New Age People-Catapult Jason Grove-Mastercut 4-Wax Classic Paris Underground Trax-GTFO!-My Love Is Underground Ratcatcher-Nightlife-Catapult Chubby Dubz-Takin’ It Back (94 Mix)-STHLMAudio Black Jazz Consortium-Whats Up With The Love-Soul People
Concentric Flow - Transition Soul (Cadence) Big Bud - Pure (GLR) D4 - X-Attack (Deep Red Recordings) Scorpio - Machines (Deep Red Recordings) Goldie - Riders Ghost VIP (Metalheadz) Blame - Gravity Lock (GLR) Artimis - Inner System (Underdog Recordings) Wax Doctor - Never as Good - (Talkin Loud) Source Direct - The Cult RMX (Razors Edge) Photek - Rings Around Saturn (Photek Productions) Goldie & Rob Playford - This is a Bad Rmx - Source Direct (Razors Edge) Ice Minus - Zen (Hard Leaders) Density - Who wants some? (Punctured Light Recordings) Vector Burn - Interlace (Replicant Audio) Soundcraft - Deep Sub (Technical Itch Recordings) Paradox - Funky Mule (Reinforced) J Majik - Repertoire (Metalheadz)
A new Play-house for your ear drums. Orginally broadcast live on 13/11/2011 onwww.future-music.co.uk. This mix Features more of a laid back techno sound early on into more of my usual house territory as we get going. As ever with the Play-House mixes it’s heavily groove laiden, and centers on the mix and keeping the groove progressing nice and slowly. Invest and you won’t regret it.
The Play-House mixes are 100% organic and mixed live with no computer trickery. Mixed on vinyl and with just an idea for the first track, they are done off the cuff. without a programmed tracklist they just go where the groove takes me. I hope you enjoy the journey too.
Manual Tur feat Blakkat - Golden Complexion (Pepe Bradock mix) Dadelus - Just Breifly (Umod Mix) Umod - Funk For Sale Unbroken Dub - Untilted 4 King Britt - Things Take Time Millyoo - Biogram V2 LPZ - Problems (Ave Blaste & Tom Central mix) Sbtrkt - Jamlock Vakula - Trak 1 Journyman - Slope Rmx Dub) Deep Space Orchestra - Ghetto Science Institute Rick Wade - 2AM Detroit Jay Shepard / Matthew Burnton - Merked Reggie Dokes - Yellow Toe Morten Sorenson - Voyage SoulPhiction - Freerotation 1 Allan Villar - Light & Degrees James Johnston - Move Forward Leif - Ride The Time Leif - So Long (Move D Rmx) Gerd - Palm Leaves Genius Of Time - Drifting Back