Forever Mood

Hi.  Sorry I’ve been M.I.A., we had a death in the family, and I’ve just been trying to catch up with everything over the past month.

I’m totes not up on the latest mixes or anything, but I did really enjoy this old DKay mix that I listened to, as I was driving on the PCH this morning.  Just banger after banger came on.  I usually listen to the same Dkay tunes over and over.  Totally forgot about this one with Dbridge though. 

Forever in a DKay mood. ❤

Yes!

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

Summertime DnB

I’m currently in New Jersey visiting family.  My brother’s house is in quite a rural area, so I’ve been enjoying the open fields, deer, sheep and duck families crossing my path as I run every morning.  I’ve especially been enjoying running with dnb blasting on my ipod in the hot weather.  Yay for summer!

This gem popped up in the shuffle and it was definitely the highlight of yesterday’s run.

Also, I never met a Lenzman mix I didn’t like and with his album launch, there are definitely plenty of them going around.

Enjoy.

 

Yes, It’s Me… Prodigal Kiki

I haven’t updated since January?  Ooh I’m horrid.

I feel like I don’t remember what it’s like to have free time anymore.

I was excited cuz I’m only taking one class this summer, which means I’ll actually get a summer holiday this year.  Didn’t get one last year but I survived.  I signed up to take the class at the end of the summer so I could start my summer holiday now since school just finished and then they switched the class to the beginning of the summer.  Can you say gutted?  I was so devastated when I found out. 😦  Now I just have to buck up and wait til July as school starts again in two weeks now.  I still get a summer holiday but I just have to wait 2 more months.  I’m dealing.  I did get a good sulk in though.

I’m in London right now.  Came to see the fam.  So at least I get a mini break.  I just really wanted to have more than 2 weeks off as I am completely burnt the fuck out.

It also happens to be my blog’s bday today.  I know I never have time to write in it but I’m still gonna acknowledge its bday.  I decided not to delete it and will just post whenever some magical free time comes my way.  I thought I would have more free time to write while I was here but my cousin just passed away two days ago and I’ve been doing family stuff.  R.I.P. Anthony.

Hope all is well in your brocktastic land,  I’m busy but alive and still getting my dnb fix when I can.

xoxo

These tunes are prolly old to you but since I haven’t updated in eons they are tunes that I have kinda just kept in mind.
Tunes:

LogisticsWe Are One (Nu: Logic Remix)
Can’t get enough of these drums.  They are just amazing.  Really great remix.

Penny Giles – Rhodes Adrift
Dreamy. 

KyshidoI Like The Way You Move
I prolly like this tune cuz whenever I hear it it makes me want to mix Pulp Fiction.  Nice simple effective bassline.

Planas feat Ed ThomasBreathtaking (dBridge Remix)
Loves it!  So good.

Today’s Oldie:
LogisticsTogether VIPHospital Records 2004
I’m pretty sure I already posted this as an oldie but I was thinking about it this morning and it doesn’t stop being awesome so I’m posting it again. 😉

Heavy 1Rubik Records Podcast 15
Always love Heavy 1.  This Rubiks Podcast is dope. ❤

Tracklist

01. Heavy1 – Minimalized
02. Heavy1 – Untitled
03. Ena – Splinter
04. Heavy1 – Untitled
05. Fade – Untitled
06. Lynx – Rankoor
07. Loxy & Resound – League of Shadows
08. Heavy1 – Ongaku
09. Heavy1 – Diehard
10. Unknown – Untitled
11. Heavy1 & June Miller – Judge
12. Philth – Dreamimg (Need For Mirrors Remix)
13. Phil Tangent – Forgiveness
14. Heavy1 & Iriann Joyce – Light upon my road
15. Heavy1 & Quantrek – Independent
16. Mr Joseph & Pennygiles Ft .Katie White  – Fly Me Away
17. Pennygiles – Momentary Switch
18. Pennygiles – Au Revoir Blackbird
19. Sevin & Pennygiles – Last words
20. Velocity – Hide & Seek
21. Makoto & Deeizm – Paradiese
22. Heavy1 & Iriann Joyce – Light upon my road (Makoto Remix)

Bromantic Kiki

I would ask one of my friends to come to the old Lava dnb nights with me quite frequently and he would always say “is it gonna be all dudes in there again?”  LOL  The truth is yes.  Dnb is always ultra bromantic and it’s just something that you get used to.  Today I was listening to Lenzman’s Flamethrower as I was working out and the dj had thrown some Kemo over it and it just sounded like such a dude track and it made me think of how most dnb events are usually packed with men… oh and please spare me the comments about me being sexist.  I’m fully aware of the fact that lots of women like this tune.  I was just saying that the sound of it at the time with Kemo rhyming over it immediately conjured up the image of a bunch of dnb dudes in a club getting their steady screwface head nod going. 🙂

Tunes:
SPYHot Spot
Can we talk about how much I like this tune?  I keep hearing it on a bunch of mixes.  It makes me want dance every time I hear it.

Ulterior Motive – Well Of Envy (track is in player)

Trei & DoseHot Food

Today’s Oldie:
Future Forces IncJeep BeatsRenegade Hardware 1996

FlacoRadio Del Mar @ Bassdrive 04/14/10

Tracklist

01. ?
02. ?
03. Drake – Best I Ever Had (Mutt Remix) [Bootleg]
04. Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You (Komatic Remix) [Bootleg]
05. Kubiks – ?
06. Artificial Intelligence & D Bridge – 3’s A Crowd [V]
07. Alton Miller – Time On 2 (Flaco Remix) [N/A]
08. Clart – Hatch [Ingredients]
09. Lenzman – More Than I Can Take [Critical]
10. ?
11. Artificial Intelligence feat. DRS – Blind Eye [V]
12. ?
13. Calibre & St Files – Devil Inside [Footprints]
14. Stunna & Indivision – The Red Sun [N/A]
15. ?
16. Random Movement – Cutting Thru Hackney [Innerground]
17. Flaco – I’m Thinking Of You [Stepping Forward]
18. Dave Owen – Nothin’ But Love [N/A]
19. ?
20. Clart & MsDos – Disco Inferno [Urban Chemistry]
21. ?
22. Random Movement – Believe No Other (Lenzman Remix) [Westbay]
23. ?
24. Flaco & Glen E.Ston – Crescent [Human Elements Digital]
25. ?
26. ATP – Skin Stretched Over Bare Bones [N/A]
27. Flaco – Choose Me [N/A]
28. ?
29. PH – ?

Spring Chicken Kiki

Yay sun!  It’s amazing what the sun showing it’s beautiful face can do for a person’s day.  Love it.

I feel like my week is kinda boring to be honest, so I’ll keep the chatter to a minimum. 😉

Tunes:
Artificial Intelligence feat. DBridgeThree’s A Crowd

Today’s Oldie:
SonicMake Me Wanna (Artificial Intelligence Remix)V Recordings 2003
Figured I might as well do an A.I. oldie too. 🙂

Hospital Podcast #107

Tracklist

01 // Camo + Krooked – Turn Up (The Music)
02 // DJ Madd – Don’t Want To Be
03 // Spor – Overdue
04 // Blue Motion – Only Words
05 // Kabuki FEAT Jenna G – Just Hold On (Serum Remix)
06 // Netsky – Memory Lane
07 // Sonic – Piano Anthem
08 // Sinistarr – Anorak – Lynx Remix
09 // Sunchase – Moulded
10 // Pryzma – Ufology
11 // DKay and Raw.Full – Directions

Au Revoir 2009

I’m making an executive decision and doing my end of year top tracks today.  I’m going to Philly today and then I’m not taking my laptop with me to NY tomorrow so that really leaves me no time to write.

Here is my repeat of end of year disclaimers…

My list is always going to be kinda bogus.  LOL.  The tunes I blogged about towards the end of the year are still fresh in my mind and therefore get more attention than the ones I blogged about back in the beginning of the year cuz I’m not sick of hearing them yet.  The list is in no particular order.  I have been told that I have strange taste in some dnb track so my list means absolutely nothing.  It’s just a compilation of songs that I personally liked over 2009.  We also must take into account that the latter half of the year I wasn’t as diligent about writing tracks down due to the loss of my job so I’m not as up on new tunes as I used to be.  This list is just of tracks that I would have been happy to keep on my ipod for the past 365 days.

End of disclaimer. 😉

I mulled over my list for ages.  I started out with 70 tracks and could only cut it down to 30 this year.  LOL.  I really tried to narrow it to at least 20 but I really like all the tracks on the list, so 30 it is.  Eek.  This will be a long post. 🙂

Kiki’s Top 30

01. Utah JazzSurvival of the Fittest

02. Atlantic Connection & Grimm – Better Man (track is in Grimm player)

03. Alix Perez feat. Spectrasoul & Peven EverettForsaken

04. Klute – 174bpm (track is in player)

05. Random MovementWaterlogged

06. Total ScienceSoul Patrol (Lenzman Remix)

07. Beatchemist – This Close (track is in player)

08. Stunna – Generation Gap (sorry no sample :()

09. Dave Owen – Sending My Love (sorry no sample :()

10. Bal – Red River Valley (track is in player)

11. DBridgeWonder Where

12. NaibuTigresse (track is in Fokuz Recordings player)

13. Marcus IntalexAirbourne

14. A.I.Blind Eye

15. Quantrek & Heavy 1Independent (track is in Quantrek player)

16. BCeeGlitter Balls

17. SpectrasoulIn Profile

18. LogisticsJungle Music

19. CalibreLazy Rock

20. Mikal – Just Disappears (track is in player)

21. Jubei – Outcast (track is in player)

22. Metrik – Time to Change (track is in player)

23. CalibreRingtone

24. Kjell – Lincoln Place (track is in player)

25. CalibreTru Beat

26. SPYASBO

27. dRamatic & dbAudio – Neyo Remix (track is in dbAudio player)

28. Mr. SizefGarmoniya Mirov

29. Stanza & GrimmBy My Side

30. CalibreLove’s Too Tight to Mention

Happy New Year!

End of Year Kiki

My buddy AbedNego just reminded me today that it’s time to start compiling my top tunes of the year.  This is serious bizness folks.  Last year I compiled pages of post it notes and made an excel chart… no joke (I should also tell you though that I had a job and was finding ways to do anything except what I was supposed to be doing while at work, hence the elaborate unnecessary methods LOL).  This year might be a little easier but prolly not as focused as last years as I was no longer sitting at a desk for 8 plus hours listening to mixes for hours on end and making lists of tunes I liked for the latter half of the year.  Still, even I’m curious to see what I end up with. 😉

Tunes:
dRamatic & dbAudio – Neyo Remix (track is in dbAudio player)
Pretty pretty. ❤

Today’s Oldie:
Future Forces IncWho’s Da ManRenegade Hardware 1996

London ElekrticityHospital Podcast #102

Tracklist

01. Bop – Space Abyss (Electrosoul System Remix) [KOS MOS MUSIC]
02. London Elektricity – Bare Religion (Subwave Remix) [HOSPITAL]
03. Fracture & Neptune – Tape Fog [ASTRAPHONICA]
04. Electrosoul System – To My Galaxy (Makoto Remix) [KOS MOS MUSIC]
05. Culture Shock – Gears [RAM]
06. Synkro – Departure [MED SCHOOL]
07. Mutated Forms – Centuries [GRID]
08. D-Bridge – 5th Floor [EXIT]
09. Enei – Z Grab [MED SCHOOL]
10. Distorted Minds – Thief [STEREOTYPE]
11. Sub Focus – Could This Be Real (DNB Mix) [RAM]
12. Bop – Nothing Makes Any Sense (Blu Mar Ten Remix) [MED SCHOOL]
13. Daft Punk – One More Time (Cyantific Remix) [BOOTLEG]
14. Sonic – Piano Anthem
15. Liquid – Sweet Harmony (Danny Byrd Remix) [HOSPITAL]
16. MANDY vs Booka Shade – Donut (Logistics Remix)

Hide & Seek Kiki

I’ve been having a really nice time here in Madison.  I really needed to get out of Chicago.  Now I’m milking it though cuz I don’t really want to go back to sitting in my flat reading Craigslist so I’m hiding out.  I’ll come back on tuesday. 😉

Tunes:
DBridge5th Floor

Today’s Oldie:
United Future OrganisationThe Planet Plan (Dj Die Remix) – Talking Loud 1997
Props to Dj Cansoe for reminding me of this, it’s in his mix I posted below.  I remember getting this record and being so excited about it.  It’s totally fun to ride out the mix with.

Dj CansoeLe Pueblo aka Attention Span Mix

Tracklist

Dj Die – Reincarnations

Calibre – High Note

Alix Perez – Crooklyn

Marcus Intalex – Poledancer

UFO – The Planet Plan (DJ Die Remix)

Serum & Bladerunner – Images

D-Bridge – True Romance

Calibre (feat. Lariman) – Tru Beat

Coerse & Andy Skopes – Soulful Stereo

DJ Suv & Big Bud – Stumbling Block

The Kox – It’s O.K. (S.P.Y. Remix)

Insiders – Music

Fresh – Heavyweight

Gappa G & Hyper Hypa – Information Centre (Bladerunner Remix)

Dj Suv – Output

Capone – Bongo Rock

Mutt feat. Kevin King – Conversations

Spinback & DJ Gwange – The Execution (Serum Remix)

Fracture & Neptune – Clissold

Alix Perez – Contradictions

Janitor Kiki

My new roomate moves in on saturday so I’m in full on cleaning mode.  I’m using this as the perfect opportunity to move stuff around too.  Alas I am also figuring out that the reason that some things are in the places that they are is because they can’t really go anywhere else.  🙂

Tunes:
Dbridge – Wonder Where (track is in player)

BreakRe-Tech

Today’s Oldie:
Mask & SwabeCame & Conquered Dope Dragon 1998
Yeh yeh yeh.  Dope Dragon made it’s way back to the oldies.  What can I say?  I really loved that LP.

The SquareStudio Mix Vol. 5

Tracklist

01. On The South – m25, The Square & First Function (Jynx Remix) [Silk]
02. Palm Trees – Andy Sim [Think Deep]
03. I Want It – Remembrance & Microbe [Human Soul]
04. Without U – Peyo & Sks
05. Eleven Yards – Paul Sg [Unsigned]
06. Only U – Stunna & Grandmarquee [Unsigned]
07. Slings & Arrows – Paul Sg [Think Deep]
08. Reconstruction – Arje [Beat Addicted]
09. Good Enough – Trifonic (Glen E Stone & The Square RMX) [Unsigned]
10. Hit The Ground – Fred V [Point9 Audio]
11. Green & Blue – Paul Sg, Eros & Atmospherix [Vibez]
12. Imagination – Andy Sim ft. Naomi Hayley [Unsigned]
13. Dust Storm – Lm1 & The Square [Unsigned]
14. Still Standing – Abm (The Square & Dirrrty B RMX) [Universal Music]