DKay & Epsilon

29 Oct

Sometimes I just want to listen to old DKay.  The end.

Downtime

19 Oct

In between classes, when I’m planning lessons or practising my Japanese characters, I love to just sit and zone out to dnb.  30 min mixes and 1hr mixes are good for short tasks but a good ‘ol 3 hour mix is ideal for those things that have a lot of components to it.  I think it’s been a minute since I posted an RM mix.  I may have referenced a remix or something but I know that you guys get sick of me posting RM stuff all day every day. ;)  This mix is awesome though.  A nice 3 hour podcast mix for his 5 year anniversary.  Good stuff. 

Random Movement – Podcast 60 

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Tracklist

Malaky & Tokalosh – Crossing Paths
Paul SG – Lady
Pennygiles & Sevin – ??????
Electrosoul System – Morning Forest (RoyGreen & Protone remix)
Critycal Dub – Got Me Waiting
Chromatic – Lounge Lizard
Intelligent Manners – Miracles
Blu Mar Ten – Hunter (Conduct remix)
Insideman – Punta La Marmora
Serum – G Funk
Eveson – Archangel
Paul SG – Stay Classy feat. T.R.A.C
Chromatic – Malibu
Foreign Concept – When You’re Alone
Command Strange – Remedy
Intelligent Manners – Love Is Love
Rowpieces – Engineers Of Our Future
Malaky – Acceptance
Packer & Rhodes – If I Never feat. Natalie Slade
RoyGreen & Protone & Natural Flavor feat. Dorian – The Storm
Satl – Joy
Cutworks – Top Floor
RoyGreen & Protone – Jazzypants
Lurch – Waves feat. Alice Devine VIP
Actraiser – Full Moon
Dirtbag – The Last Of Us
Eveson – Tempest
Phase 2 – One Time
Submorphics – Long Been Gone
Toez – My Style
Chromatic & Soul Intent – Marrakech
Malaky & Satl – For Your Love
Funkware & Msdos – Iguana Theme
Lurch – She Glows
Rowpieces – Artemis’s Temple
Electrosoul System – Awakening Of Kali (remix)
Lurch – I Can’t Lose You
Blu Mar Ten – In Your Eyes (Ulterior Motive remix)
Klax – Blackball
Pennygiles – Stories Untold (Nymfo Remix)
Kimyan Law – Run Ames feat. Robert Manos
The Invaderz – Soul Glow
Electrosoul System – Teardrop (Intelligent Manners & Command Strange remix)
Anthony Granata & Ted Ganung – Alchemical State (Random Movement remix)
Serum & Serial Killaz – Hold On
Jinx – Energy
Subsid – Fourth World
Silent Type – All I Want (L-Side remix)
Satl – You’ve Changed
Pennygiles & Redeyes – Wavering Lines
The Invaderz – Love Vibrations
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Some Time Alone, Alone (nCamargo remix)
Euphorics & Satl – Eastern Connection
Silence Groove – Through In
Intelligent Manners – Everyday Is The Same
M.A.Y.F.O.R.M.S – The Journey
Lurch – Turn The Tide
Intelligent Manners – Special Night

Logistics – Polyphony

5 Oct

After I posted that Logistics tune, I realised that I never said anything about the Polyphony album even though I’ve been listening to it non-stop for the past couple of months.  September was  a super busy month for me so I’ve been busy living in dnb lala land and just listening to tunes and doing work.

Anyways, I love it, the album I mean.  Some really good tunes on there.  I started out just buying a couple of tunes and ended up buying pretty much the whole thing.  

When Now More Than Ever came out, I caned that thing to death and still listen to a lot of tunes off that album regularly.  I get super obsessed with an artist and play them until I get sick of them.  Some of them I don’t seem to get sick of (see Calibre, Lenzman etc … the artists that you are probably sick of me posting mixes of.) and others I have a minor falling out with and sometimes revisit.  

I haven’t listened to Logistics for a super long time.  Lemme rephrase that, I haven’t listened to new Logistics stuff in a super longtime.  I’ll play Together or The Great Drum & Bass Swindle (Life is Beautiful) remix or anything from back in the day like it came out yesterday. 

I don’t think I actually have a fave on the album cuz I seem to like most of the songs equally but here’s No Hurry Time anyway. :)

 

Logistics

3 Oct

In  a Logistics type of mood today. :)

Busy Busy Busy

28 Sep

Man, the school year is officially underway.  I am uber busy, but enjoying it.

I’m sure most of you will be excited to see me post someone new!  You know if I had my way I would just keep posting the same 5 artists I listen to all day every day.  LOL.  Fortunately for you, my good buddy Stunna turned me on to a different dude named Lurch and I’m totally digging his stuff.

If you are like me, and still crave those pretty melodic liquidy sounds, then this dude will be right up your alley too.

Enjoy this mix of his and also check out some of his tunes here — Lurch.

 

 

Tracklist

1. Dramatic – Getting Stronger
2. Payback – She’s god
3. Skeletone – Party time love
4. Joakuim – Miles away
5. Lenzman featuring Martyna Baker – Paper faces
6. Level 2 – Nothing to fear
7. Lurch – A sadness
8. Wyman – Quasi type
9. Pennygiles – Way I feel
10. Lenzman – Move & focus
11. Danbwoy – Blo ya whizzls
12. Lurch – Body language
13. Skeletone – Smiley
14. Phase 2 – Rhode Island
15. Marcela Mangabeira – Grilos (Level 2 remix)
16. Mayforms – Love hangover
17. Wyman – Grouch
18. Lurch – Meant to be
19. Skeletone – Coffee, the chocolate lady & jazz
20. Calibre – Jungle one
21. L.I.S – Window quay
22. Lurch featuring Alice Devine – Waves VIP

Calibre Tracks

8 Sep

It’s kinda cloudy and dreary here today. 

My school had their bunkasai this weekend and so I had to work on Saturday.  We get today off as a make up for working the weekend.

I’m grading journals and lesson planning and am totally in a “I only want to hear Calibre tracks” mood.

So here. :)

Summer Jams

3 Sep

Summer is coming to an end.  School has started.  I’m sitting in the office grading summer vacation journals.  The weather is gorge today.  The window is open and there is a  lovely breeze coming through the window.  I’m listening to this sick Sinistarr remix of Random Movement’s “Dancing Feat” and reading the students’ hilarious journals.

Dude.  This track is everything today.  LOL.   I love when you are in the mood for a song and you just feel like pressing repeat a bunch of times cuz you are vibin’ so hard. 

Hearts to the max.

 

Back In The World of Internets

31 Aug

I just got internet at my apartment this weekend.  I have it at school but dang, a month without internet in your home is rough yo. 

 

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That was me every night.

Anyways, school officially starts tomorrow.  Gotta get introduced to the school as the new ALT and all that jazz.  In the meantime I’m not actually listening to anything new, just cleaning, making worksheets and listening to old faves.  It’s not hard to be productive when you’ve got Matrix playing in the background. :)

 

Japan

13 Aug

Oh hi!  :)

I don’t have internet at my house yet.  For some reason it takes a month or so to get it set up.  Totally dying in the meantime.  LOL.  I soak up as much internet at school as I can.

So I’m here.  Japan life begins now.  Hoping to maybe make it to go see LTJ in Tokyo on the 22rd, we’ll see if that actually happens though since I’m still trying to get settled. 

In the office right now sweating my ass off listening to Stunna.

Enjoy.

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Yes!

24 Jul

Great reblog from dBridge at Exit Record’s Tumblr page!  I would love to write some eloquent prose to cosign along with everything he said, but in actuality he said it all so beautifully, so just read for yourselves.

Click here for the link to the actual post: exitrecords.tumblr.com

 

REALLY GUYS! DRUM & BASS?

It seems to be a popular narrative with journalists and other non-Drum & Bass producing musicians at the moment, to wonder and show surprise that producers are still making DnB, that it’s “still here” and that it still has any kind of musical value or worth. This continued belief that DnB has been on some kind of hiatus, that it’s been in a state of hibernation or, what I read recently “nearly a decade in dance music purgatory” confounds me. I can point out many labels and artists who have been releasing Drum & Bass-influenced music consistently, my own Exit Records being one of many. I don’t remember any noteworthy label taking a gap year from releasing DnB. Just because you’re not looking, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Some of us are admittedly out on the fringes of electronic music, but we have a loyal and dedicated following, we’re releasing great records on vinyl. Granted, maybe not ‘hand pressed by virgins in a Berlin loft’-vinyl, but vinyl worth listening to nonetheless. So whilst I understand the reason behind some of these sheep like statements, the shortsightedness of those making them does annoy me. 

Like many other genres of electronic music, the all-encompassing word ‘Drum & Bass’ has been around for quite some time. It’s a name that encapsulates many different styles of the genre, from the chart-topping music of Dj Fresh & Wilkinson to the Dubbed out Techno heaviness of Loxy, the B-Boy drum work of Paradox, the clinical rigour of Noisia, the Jungle Juke-iness (is that a word?) of Fracture, the Hip-Hop swagger of Stray, the soulfulness of Calibre, all the way through to the minimal precision of Bop. Much like House and Techno, DnB has many offshoots and variants, that all essentially stemmed from the same thing but over time have evolved and now no longer have much to do with each other. The only thing that really binds them all is a tempo, and more importantly (or not?), the name. 

This is where my annoyance stems. It seems people have just one view of what “Drum & Bass” is. I have an idea what that is, but it seems to me that some form of daft musical stereotype has taken hold of journalists and musicians who, frankly, should know better. It has its subtleties just like other genres, subtleties that if people could be bothered, or, I suppose, cared, would easily hear. For example, even though we made music together as Bad Company, comparing what I do now to what my buddy DJ Fresh now makes, is like comparing Steve Aoki to Jimmy Edgar. Yet, we still operate within similar brackets of dance music. It is this one-sided view of DnB that many seem to share that makes it difficult for me to identify myself within this genre anymore. And this really is a true shame, considering the fact that I’ve always identified myself with DnB and have felt to be a part of it, from the very beginning of the genre itself. This narrow-mindedness surrounding the term DnB has made me want to distance myself further, as it feels the term ‘DnB’ no longer reflects me and what I’m about. 

But, as you might know, I’ve already spoken about my feelings on this in a previous blog post, and this is about something else.

As a scene DnB has outlived and survived many other burgeoning scenes (many of those that were seen as Drum & Bass killers), and it’s still here! Still filling clubs and festival spaces year in, year out. It has a fun side that isn’t going to change the world but provides enjoyment to those who want to lose themselves for a few fun-filled hours, and has a serious, ‘how the fuck did they do that’-complexity, that will musically blow any other electronic scene out of the water.  

As a genre I think it’s earned its place at the table. It’s enriched people who listen to it, clearly influenced producers, and has led the way in the production of modern electronic music for quite some time, much the same way House & Techno has. 

So, in conclusion:  

It’s not going anywhere,

It’s been around long enough for you to know there are differences within the genre,

Show it the respect it’s earned and deserves,

And stop being so bloody daft!

dB

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