Belated Blog Anniversary Tings

Woot Woot.  10 years of DnB & Kiki. 🎈

10th-birthday

Sorry I’ve been so busy.  Still hanging my dnb flag high though.

Here’s a great mix.

 

 

 

 

Rubbish Weather

I’m so over this crap weather.  Come on sun!  Fortunately, this fab installment of the Human Elements Podcast, is keeping me in good spirits. 😍

Tracklist
1. SATL & Malaky – Lovin’ U
2. Random Movement – Life Is Permanent
3. Nothing Matters (DJ Marky Remix)
4. A Sides & Makoto – Hurt My Soul
5. Addiction & Villem – Makes Me Feel Fine
6. A Sides – This Is Your Time (Break Remix)
7. TI – Shot Down
8. Madcap – Rain
9. Serum – Skeleton Key
10. Dave Owen – Hydro Soul
11. Bungle – Cocooned
12. Hugh Hardie – Reflection
13. Danny Wheeler x Paul SG – Start A Fire
14. Dorian – Breeze
15. S.P.Y – Alone In The Dark
16. Hugh Hardie – Emerald City feat. Pola Bryson

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.

Um… How Is It June 18???

I’ve been meaning to update for a minute and time seems to just keep running laps around me.

Going home to America soon.  Super excited to see my family and friends and go to Mollie and Sam’s wedding.

I’ll write a better post later.  I’m in the midst of making review sheets and writing tests for the end of the first term.

When I get that done I’ll be ready to blab endlessly like I usually do.

Test writing soundtrack = A Sides & Makoto

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.


 

Thoughtful Kiki

I’m trying to make myself sound like I haven’t been neglecting you.  LOL.  I have thought about writing an entry so many times this month and then life has distracted me and all of a sudden it’s July 26… Dang.

Anyways, better late than never right?

July went by so quick.  There’s only 4 more classes of this second summer session class I’m taking left.  How did that happen?  I swear the class  just started.

I feel like we were complaining about summer taking it’s sweet time and then all of a sudden it just got here and was in full effect.  Lovin it.  I always love Chicago in the summer time.  I say that like it’s over, there’s still more of it left so I’m going to enjoy it while I can.

I feel like I keep repeating myself when I say that there are so many good tunes out but seriously it’s no joke.  A new dnb night has started and I’m looking forward to having a little dance party on a loud ass soundsystem (more details as the date approaches).  I will tell you that Calculon is coming for the August 11th edition though.  Woot.

Tunes:
Serial KillazThe Licence (Remix)
Great great remix.  Loves it.

I have a list of tunes that I’m digging but unfortunately can’t find good enough samples.  Hopefully I can conjure some up by the next time I post.

Today’s Oldie:
Krome & TimeThe LicenceTearin Vinyl 1995
So so so sick. I posted the remix so I reckon I have to post the original too.  I used to have such a Krome & Time obsession back in my early rave days.  Ganja Man is still one of my ultimate fave tunes, especially the Hype remix because it is so ridiculously awesome.

MakotoHuman Elements 5th Anniversary Mix
You can’t really go wrong with Makoto can you??  I feel bad cuz I don’t post that much and whenever I do I post a plethera of Random Movement mixes.  LOL.  I am aware of the fact that not everyone loves to listen to RM as much as I do, so I figured no one would mind if we did a little switch to Makoto.  Enjoy. 🙂

Tracklist

01. Makoto – Keep Me Down feat. Angela Johnson (Instrumental Mix Edit)
02. Marky & S.P.Y – Touch Me
03. Marky & S.P.Y – Love Affair
04. Lenzman – Lasers
05. Marky & S.P.Y – Ultranova
06. Flaco – Gonna Take Time
07. MC Conrad & Makoto – Golden Girl (Vice Versa Unreleased remix)
08. Level 2 – Last Train
09. Taxman & Original Sin – Together
10. Marky & XRS – Striptease
11. Nu:Tone – Coming Back feat Heidi Vogel
12. Total Science & S.P.Y – Magic Hour
13. Mark System – Hold It feat. Youngman
14. Zero 7 – In The Waiting Line (S.P.Y Remix)
15. Makoto – Tower Of Love feat. Paul Randolph (Intro Reprise)

Bookworm Kiki

Today has been pretty awesome.  I had the day off work so I just came to my brother’s aka “my library” and studied, listened to Bassdrive, talked in BD Chat for a wee bit, ate whatever I wanted and lounged.  All in all a pretty good day if you ask me. 🙂

Tunes:
Dj Marky & MakotoAquarius

Today’s Oldie:
Hobzee & Zyon BaseBlue LotusFokus 2007

NymfoDrumandBass.NL Podcast

Tracklist

01. Marcus Intalex + S.P.Y. – Triband
02. Icicle – I Feel u
03. Enei – Forgive Me
04. Nymfo – Floating Point
05. Anile – Exclusion Zone
06. Phobia – Severance
07. Break + Survival – Your Time Will Come
08. The Upbeats + Dose – Raiders
09. Noisia – Displaced
10. Total Science + S.P.Y. – Ghostrider
11. Cause 4 Concern – Distress Signal
12. Icicle – Nassau
13. Need For Mirrors – Pitchfork
14. Rockwell + Untold – Rekohu Sunrise
15. Marcus Intalex – Steady
16. Ill Skillz + S.P.Y. – This Is Why
17. Mad Rabbit – Mob Justice
18. Nocturnal + Hybris – Pyramids

Simple Life Kiki

I’m adjusting to my routine finally.  I’m not as overwhelmed anymore.  Now I just have to start actually sticking to the schedules that I make and everthing should be easy peasy.  😉

Tunes:
Icicle feat. SP:MCDreadnaught
Been lovin this one for a minute.  Some serious headbobbing action with this. 🙂

Today’s Oldie:
MakotoButterflyLooking Good Records 1999

Marcus IntalexSolution Radio 17

Tracklist

Sub Zero – Brighter Days [PLAYAZ]
James Blake – Limit To Your Love (Lynx Remix) [BOOTLEG]
Calibre – Who’s Singing
Distorted Minds – Visions
Zero T ft Script – Guessing Games [FOOTPRINTS]
Trex – Bad Reaction
J Majik – Old Headz [METALHEADZ]
Phil Tangent – Restitution [SOUL:R]
Commix – Audience
Seba – Vanity [WARM COMMUNICATIONS]
Marcus Intalex – Hot Hands [SOUL:R]
Subwave – Us [METALHEADZ]
Bulb ft MC Fava – Still There
Octane & DLR & Survival – Spectrum
Generic & Sks – Bayard (Enei Remix)
Marcus Intalex & SPY – Celestial Navigation
Subwave – Raindance [METALHEADZ]
Dub Phizix & Chimpo & Fox – Narrow Eyes
Vapour – Dub Bass [36 HERTZ]
Marcus Intalex & SPY ft Ras Tweed – Make A Raise [SOUL:R]
St:Cal – Reno Vate
Trex – Daily Operation [FREE]
Dub Phizix – Danger
Artifacts – Old As Fxxxx
SPY- Dubbarubbadubbadub
Seba & Physics – Before I Can Breathe [SECRET OPERATIONS]
Need For Mirrors – Reset

Days Off Kiki

I have 3 days off in a row.  Woot.  Yesterday was a me day.  I didn’t write, I just pampered myself and took care of my allergies and just chilled the fuck out.  Today I’ve been running non stop errands.  One of those errands you’ll be happy to know is picking up my new computer.  Holla.  I’m happy that I have that old one as a back but damn is it slow.  Anyways no use dwelling in the past.  I have a brand new laptop and I get to be back in internet land again. Yay.

10 more days and World Cup is over.  I’ll be both happy and sad.  I’ll miss my new World Cup buddies and being able to watch football pretty much everyday.  I won’t miss the nonstop working.  People need to have a break every once in a while.  It’s not good to go on 9 day, 8 day, 6 day working streaks.  It tires a person out.

My allergies are clearing up.  I finally gave in and bought the Claritin D.  I knew I needed to take it but I just feel so hopped up when I do.  It’s too strong.  Whatever.  I was so miserable that I just decided being hopped up for a couple of days wouldn’t be better than how horrible I’ve felt for the past 5 days.

I’ve been listening to so many mixes and have heard so many new tunes that I can’t even keep up.  I hope I remember them all.  It’s times like this that I miss my desk at my old job cuz I could always refer to my trusty chicken scratch post its.  I just keep having to make a mental note as I’m listening to a mix while working out or while walking to work.  Sometimes I remember…. most of the time I don’t. 🙂

It’s July 4th this weekend.  I have no plans.  I’ve noticed that lately as the years pass, I keep doing less and less on this holiday.  For some reason I seem to get left behind and my friends all go out of town.  LOL.  I’ll be working at night on the 4th but if anyone knows of any bbq’s during the day lemme know.  I will gladly come eat your hamburgers.  😉

Oh and btw, if you didn’t listen to that Dj Fu mix, you’re missing out.  Really good stuff.

Tunes:
All Thieves – Stars:  Zero T Remix (track is in player)
Been meaning to post this for a while.  This remix is so sick.  Everything about it just sounds wonderful.  Loves it.

Today’s Oldie:
SebaPlanetary Funk AlertLooking Good Records 1998

MakotoDOA/Serato Mix Series #9

Tracklist

01. Godfarm & ACMA – Blue Tone (Makoto remix)
02. Paul SG & Calculon – Hear Thru Me
03. Makoto & Deeizm – Stop
04. Makoto & T-ak – Climbers High
05. Random Movement – Hotter Measures
06. Vice Versa – Spacebridge
07. Quantrek – Love Affair
08. Heavy 1 – You’ll Be Over
09. Marky, Makoto & Sonic – Holy Tuesday
10. Makoto – Untitled (unreleased)
11. Makoto – Spnin’ (unreleased)
12. Akira – Steppin Stone (unreleased)
13. Flaco & Glen – Crescent
14. Naibu & Ena – Memories Of Rain