Everything Gold

Went to the 25 years of Metalheadz show this weekend.  Talk about lit!  Goldie & Fabio.  LA shows really do have that energy.  Such good vibes in the place.  I was cheezin the whole time.  There were many happy junglists at 1720.  Big ups to Respect and Bassrush for such a treat.

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December

So far December has been wonderful.  I’m pretty sure I’m just super excited to go home on Thursday, so I’m unnecessarily geeked about everything.

I somehow managed to talk my 85 year old dad through fixing the internet on his new computer and video chatting with me.  I was so proud of him and it was so awesome to see his face.  Technology is cool yo.  So that was awesome.

Next I went to the Human Elements night on Saturday.  Makoto, Velocity, Tokyo Prose, Akira, Dx, Aya… Everyone was amazing.  I don’t use this phrase, but for real, that gave me life.  LOL.

I listen to drum n bass every day.  Here, I listen to it in my headphones at work or and have little speakers in my apartment.  They have dnb nights in Tokyo and I don’t go because I don’t lead that life anymore where I can just stay out all night and party and roll up to work like it was nothing.

But hallelujah, this night was on a Saturday.  I danced for 5 hours.  The venue was nice and intimate with loads of people dancing and good sound.  I had so much fun.  So much good music.

I felt like it gave me a boost.  My life here is not even anywhere close to the life I lead in the States.   And I’m not really that bothered by that, but the one thing I do miss terribly, is not having regular access to go listen to dnb with other peeps who are as crazy about it as I am.

This is one of my fave Makoto tunes. ❤ (Besides Golden Girl of course. :P)

 

Wilin’ Out

This term has been so so so busy.  I’m exhausted and just excited to get a 3 week holiday at home for Christmas.

Exams are coming up and we’ve got 4 finals to write.  I already wrote one, so only 3 more to go.  *sigh*

I’m rewarding myself for all the good teacher behaviour by going to this Human Elements show on the 12th.

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I will most definitely be that old lady shaking my booty to some dnb for endless amounts of hours.  I mean come on, Makoto, Velocity and Tokyo Prose… bruh.  I’ll be wilin’ out fo sho.

Currently listening to this Zero T gem.  So many goodies on here.

 Enjoy.

DnB in Tokyo

I don’t feel like an old lady and I also don’t have issues with aging but it is quite interesting to think about my greatest dnb memories and realise that some of them happened like 20 odd years ago.

I do entertain the idea of venturing to Tokyo to go and bob my head to some of the dnb nights there, but as I was saying to my buddy Submorphics yesterday, I kinda have just reached the point where I would like to do that with just my friends.  I really don’t have the desire anymore to make new friends and go rave with them. I want to rave with the ones I already have.  Does that make me a horrible person?  LOL.

I’m sitting here grading really bad grammar and listening to a dope Eastside Sessions.  Japanese students aren’t really taught to express their feelings that much during classes, especially in their writing.  A lot of their curriculum caters to the tests they will need to take to get into university.  Kate and I try to incorporate this in our lessons a lot.  We have seen amazing results and I get so excited about it, but the beginning stages of laying the groundwork are brutal.

Bad grammar is funny for like the first hour and then afterwards you just want to throw the papers across the room.  I do know that it’s worth it though.  I’ve seen the results.  Our seniors wrote these amazing heartfelt essays about how they felt about embarking on the next chapter of their lives and I was so proud.  We asked them not to use their electronic dictionaries, and if you teach Japanese students, you know what a big deal this is.  Nobody did.  It was lovely.  I definitely got all emo as I was reading them.

So back to my current situation.  We had the first years write a 10 entry winter journal over winter break.  It’s one of the first assignments on this journey to free-writing and it’s ridden with horrible sentences filled with dictionary words that I know the kids don’t understand.  I’m spending most of my time trying to decipher what the hell they are talking about and it’s doing my head in.

Fortunately this Eastside Sessions is helping keep me sane.  I wish I knew that A-Sides was in Tokyo cuz that’s a friend I definitely would risk being tired the next day while teaching class and trek out to see.  🙂 I’m sure it was a good night too!  I didn’t make a big announcement when I moved to Japan so a lot of people think I’m still in Chicago.  Oh well, I told him he def has to let me know next time!  In the mean time I hope you enjoy this 2 hour sesh as much as I did.


 

Japan

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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Stunna Greenroom DnB

Yesterday I tuned into Stunna’s Greenroom show and heard so many goodies!  He had a spotlight special on Bank, who I really am not too familiar with, but now am definitely a fan.  I’ll post the link to the mix once Stunna posts it. 

I always like listening to his show because I’m introduced to such a variety of new artists and tunes.  You should totally check it out if you don’t already.  Wednesdays 2pm to 5pm CDT / 8pm – 11pm GMT.  You probably already do listen but as I’ve said before I’m totally an old lady now about dnb.  The only reason I even know to tune in to Stunna is because he’s a good friend of mine.  I’ve reached a point where I have no clue what goes on in mainstream dnb land anymore.  LOL.  It’s not a bad thing.  I enjoy my life now but there is definitely a drastic difference between ravin non-stop like I did in my 20s and mixing out regularly, to the low-key,  mixing in my mum’s basement, scouring the internet for mixes, ipod head-bobbing, globe-trotting ESL teacher I have become. 😉

Anyways back to tuneage.  I’m all about Greyscale these days.  Totally my vibe.  Liquidy? Check. R&B samples? check?  What more do I need?

Love this collab with Spillage.

 

 

The DuoScience remix is dope too.

 

F*@$%** U Fall Semester 2011, Love Kiki

Seriously so happy that there’s only 7 more days of this semester left.  It’s been the hardest, most depressing, most stressful 4 months ever…. dramatic much?   Yes, but I don’t care.  😉  I’ll be celebrating my freedom next week after finals with the rest of my dnb peeps at Plan B.  Expect to see me wilding out since I’ll have the next month off of school.  Woot.

Tunes:
VelocityLight In Nightmare
So into Velocity right now.  I’m probably late jumping on the bandwagon, as I always am, but seriously his shit is so dope.  Big up Japan!

Technicolour – Winter Rose
This track is the bizness.  So good.

Random Movement & Ben SoundscapePerpetual
I like the sounds that these two come up with.  Quality tune.

Today’s Oldie:
Ram TrilogyMindscan (Ed Rush & Optical Remix) – Ram Records 1999
Sick. ❤

FaironneMatter of Awareness
I love this dude.  His mixes are always sick.  I can just sit and zone out to them as I have been with this mix as I studied.  Wicked selection.

Tracklist

01. Physical Illusion – Talk To You / Fokuz Rec.
02. Against – Hidden Element & Against / Soul Deep Rec.
03. Command Strange – Sweetest Goodbye / Celsius Rec.
04. Schematic – Wherever I Am / Liquid Brilliants Rec.
05. Random Movement & Ben Soundscape – Many Things / Intrigue Music
06. Blu Mar Ten Feat. Stray – Blind Soul / BMT Rec.
07. Robert Manos – Madness / Secret Operations
08. Seba & Paradox Feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw – The Light / Critical Music
09. Derrick & Tonika – Follow The Stars / Fokuz Rec.
10. Inside Man – Venezuela / Vibration Rec.
11. Blu Mar Ten Feat. Kirsty Hawkshaw – Whisper / BMT Rec.
12. Command Strange – Give It To Me / Fokuz Rec.
13. René Lavice – Spile / Rubik Digital
14. Marcus Intalex – Virgo / Dispatch Rec.
15. Komatic – Rectified / Celsius Rec.
16. Lenzman – Diamonds / Sun And Bass Comp.
17. Physical Illusion – So Naive / Soul Deep Rec. Dub
18. Chris Sabian – Self Belief / Phuzion Digital
19. Advisory & Scenic – Moving Deeper / Offworld Rec.
20. SpectraSoul – The Gift / Shogun Audio
21. Mr. Joseph – Sounds Cryptic / Telluric Rec.
22. Random Movement – 2 Dogs Down / Influence Rec.
23. Clarity – Omni Blue / Point Audio
24. Against & Hidden Element – On Cloud Nine / Celsius Rec.
25. Command Strange – Dreams / Fokuz Rec.
26. Sunny Crimea & Physical Illusion – After Midnight / Respect Rec. Dub

Kiki Raises The White Flag

I admit defeat.  Graduate school is officially the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life.  I still am enjoying what I’m learning but dang, there’s so much work and it really is becoming a bit overwhelming.  Don’t worry I’m not gonna get all emo.  I’m hanging in there.  I can’t wait til this semester is over though.

Some good dnb shows come up in the Chi so that’s at least something to look forward to.

Always good to see A Sides.  He never disappoints. ❤

The following week Calculon will be back throwing down at Smart Bar.  Love Calculon too.  Will be an awesome distraction to hang out with the dnb homies and listen to some good tunes as finals approach.  If you are in town make sure to come hang out.  You know there are good times to be had!

Tunes:
BreakTryin
Been loving this one for a minute.  Nice vocal.

Command Strange & Intelligent MannersMore Than You Know

T.E.E.D. GardenCalibre Remix
I know sometimes I get a bit Calibre happy on the tunes but this one is so pretty I had to post it.

Today’s Oldie:
MatrixCan’t StopMetro Recordings 2002
Old dnb rocks my world.  Love this tune.

Sevin – 1xtra Guest Mix
I just recently started hearing Sevin tracks.  I’m officially a fan.  Loved this mini guest mix on 1xtra.  You’ve prolly already heard it but I’m posting it anyways. 🙂

Tracklist

01 // Penny Giles — Au Revoir Blackbird! [Good looking]
02 // Imagery — Flying Trapeze [dub]
03 // Sevin — Tonight [Rubik]
04 // Mr Joseph — Wondeful Feelin [Liquid V]
05 // Random Movement — Heard it in my head [Rubik]
06 // Flaco — Northstar [Rubik]
07 // Jaybee — Dry Air [Instinct Audio]
08 // Sevin — Really old computer [Soul Deep]
09 // Penny Giles — Momentary Switch [Dub]
10 // Sevin — Lost in translation [Stepping forward]
11 // Sevin — No Wonder [Prestige]
12 // Sevin — Monday Blues [Soul Deep]
13 // Fugees — Fu-gee-la (DnB Bootleg)

Kiki <3s DnB

I had a really fun week last week.  LTJ was wicked.  Jessica won her MMA fight.  Good times.  This week is gonna be even funner 😉  yes I said funner.  Can you say S.P.Y.?  And it’s free??  What?  Love it.  I’ve been having these horrible marathon studying sessions and I guess having good dnb shows to go to is my reward for being a good student.  Thursday come quick yo!

Tunes:
Dub Phizix feat. Fox & ChimpoNarrow Eyes
Dub Phizix ❤

CalibreReno
Yikes!  Love it.  It has that Buck Rogers feel to it.  Dope.

LSBBeep
Lovin this one.

Today’s Oldie:
Shy FXJungle LovePermission To Dance 1992

Command StrangeFokuz Podcast #4

Tracklist

Glen E Ston & Dave Owen – Dwelling In You (DUB)
Komatic & Technicolour – Even After (FOKUZ DUB)
Level 2 & Chap – Sky Is The Limit (DUB)
Centrik & Grimm -Don’t Wanna Do This (DUB)
Hybrid Minds – Patience (FOKUZ DUB)
Incident – 3 Words (DUB)
Command Strange – Time For Miracles (STAGE 2 REC)
Dave Owen – Eyes On Me (DUB)
Command Strange & Dynamic – A Girl Like You (DUB)
Command Strange & Dynamic – Lost In You (FOKUZ DUB)
Cutworks & Julia Marks – Clouds (FOKUZ DUB)
Release – Trough The Lens (DUB)
Soundwall – The Life Moments (PLUSH)
Nitex – Loves You (ANTILLECTUAL BEATS DUB)

Wash, Rinse and Repeat Kiki

I won’t talk about school for long cuz that’s all I talk about these days.  Basically this semester is really hard and I’m trapped in a study/work cycle.  Boo.

Looking forward to seeing LTJ on the 16th and SPY on the 22nd.  I have to plan my let loose days way way way in advance.  LOL.

I’ll post more deets on those two shows as we get closer to the event dates.

Tunes:
CalibreForeign Bodies
Been waiting for a sample of this for ages now.  I know it’s just a podcast rip but you can hear it nonetheless.  I heard it on a Marky mix a while back and just loved it.  I can’t wait to hear it on a loud sound system.  Some serious bass there.

Intelligent MannersStill
So good!  I love tunes like this.  I actually really like all the songs on his Everybody Knows EP.  Nice one.

Mob TacticsThe Machai
Nice rowdy tune.  See I don’t only listen to pretty stuff.  😉

Flaco – Gonna Take Time
Love it!  I heard this on that Makoto Human Elements 5th Anniversary Mix and meant to post it then but totally forgot.  Wicked.

Today’s Oldie:
Dj DieReincarnationsFull Cycle Records 1996

Dj HypeKiss FM 09/08/2011

Tracklist

Jaydan-Insatiable-Innerground Dub
Original Sin-Detonate-Playaz Dub
Dillinja-So Hard-Valve Dub
Icicle-Alien Groove-Shogun Promo
Serial Killaz-In Your Eyes-Dub
D Minds-Rinse 2-Dub
Camo & Crooked-Anubis-Hospital Dub
Chap-Seven Lines-Innerground Dub
Protection-Culture Shock-Ram Promo
Heist-Verdict V.I.P.-Dub
Krome & Time -Ganjaman [Total Science & S.P.Y. Rmx]-Dub
Digital-Gateman V.I.P. [Taxman Rmx]-Dub
Total Science & S.P.Y.-Whoonga-Cia Dub
Sub Focus & Brookes Brothers-Late Run-Dub
Sub Zero-Retro Feet-Playaz Dub
Devise & Shookz-Comin On Stealth-Dub
Sigma-Night & Day-Dub
>>>> Dreggs-At The Bottom-Collab
Need For Mirrors-Zercon-Zoltar
Camo & Crooked-Run Riot-Hospital Dub
A.I. Ft. Mc Drs-Pigeon Hole [Rmx]-Dub