Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Fun DJ tunes....

Had good fun playing at Backlash last week, the club I play at over here in Dublin. It was a bit slow getting started but by 1.00 or so was pretty full, and a great atmosphere as usual. Started my set with And Again's "Thirty One Times", and then I took it from there. Finally played Pascal Feos's awesome "Timeless" to a full club, and the reaction was amazing. The fake buildup is great, the entire club cheers as the track hisses as if the bass is about to come back, and then there's 2 minutes more of waiting.

Also getting a great buzz was "Ephemera" from Paul Nazca's new 12 on Bpitch Control" It's a bit like Mayer/Voigt's "Transparenza" from earlier this year, big stomping trance with those really wet sounding drums, benefits alot from being pitched up though, I think I played it this way. Also finally got to play Puzique's "Chemie" on Boys Noize's label, which is a really great piece of techno in the style of Hardfloor, totally goes off at the end. Good fun though and maybe the best fun DJing at Backlash I've had since we moved to Rogue.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Last night's radio show...

Download it here


luciano and eat-bla bla bla
ruede hagelstein-linguglietta wetterleuchen
dj koze-snauzi peitsch (kompakt)
the joint echo-ep-jeremy caulfield's remix (num)
someone else-water in mexicao (marek hemann)
bloody mary-emma part one (sender)
booka shade-darko (bookas air tube mix) (get physical)
sascha funke/chloe-point final (bpitch control)
chaton-precis (plak)
shonky-solar (substatic)
naas-teil (nummer)
audion-mouth to mouth (spectral)
microfunk-pecan (remote area)
alexis tyrell-rebecca loos (gui boratto mix) (weave music)

Monday, October 16, 2006

Due to alot of chronic but not life threatening medical problems, I've had about 3 beers in the last 5 or 6 months, and I can't remember the last time I got drunk. As for drugs, I haven't done any in even longer, and probably never will again. The great irony of this is that I actually feel everything that the stereotypical anti-drugs pamphlet tells you drugs will do to you ten times more intensely now that I don't take any. Paranoia, depression, anti-social behaviour, none of these were problems when I was taking ecstasy every week. Makes me laugh really. (that's laugh internally, without any external registration of this laugh, eg smile, that would break the trance of self denial I have imposed)

Does this say something about me, or something about society? I don't know, perhaps a little of both. Or perhaps it just says that yes, using drugs expands or shrinks (depending on your opinions of them) your mind permanently, far beyond the days when you use them. Who knows? Perhaps the truly negative effects come in long after the dust has settled.

I do know that people really ask you about going out drinking and doing drugs quite often, you don't notice this when it's the basis for small talk, however when it becomes the basis for "no.......no" and conversation death then you do notice it. Whatever loop I was in, and I don't believe it was one of psychotic drug abuse, I am now out of it. Perhaps other people have a different loop, I don't know anyone who does though.

Saturday nights are interesting, I know they used to be exciting but now, the air of excitement around the city as I go home from work has a sort of surreal edge to it for me. I sometimes think I am not actually a human being because I don't feel it. This is not to say I am massively depressed, it actually just feels as I said it does, unreal. Like being on drugs constantly. I laugh at things that aren't funny, I watch myself serving a customer at work and think it's amusing that people are all out shopping, buying stuff, making small talk, going out on Saturday nights, LIVING.

LIVING is kind of absurd, it's something you never think about it until you are forced to by illness or perhaps by a tragic event. Now I think about every action, and analyse it. At first this was just because I was reminded that my body is not working correctly everytime I did something. But now I think about everything in a detached way, because many normal things have become sort of alien to me. Are some things we do and take for granted when living actually absurd? Is daily life just a sort of system we are all plugged into? I realise these aren't revolutionary thoughts, but being consumed with them is a rare feeling.

The urge to do something ridiculous and see if, perhaps, I might disrupt all this LIVING and cause something to happen is sometimes there for me.

Anyway I know well how these things shouldn't be discussed in public ; )

Here are the records I've been listening to that remind me of the above feeling.

Shonky-Fear The Cocos (Resopal Red)

Reynold-Over There (Donato Dozzy Mix) (Persona Recordings)

Friday, October 13, 2006

Have another mix....


thomas melchior-different places (perlon)
ed davenport-swantalk (liebe detail)
terry lee brown-our rhythm (matthias tanzmann mix)
my my-moneybowl
jens bond-rocket queen-(high grade)
excercise one-12 years (lan music)
saint ibot-tschakk (tfe)
booka shade-darko (booka's funk da funk mix)-get physical
and again-thirty one times (sender)
heckmann and kaufelt-kookaburra (knarz remix)-acid fuckers unite
alland byallo-buckets-(liebe detail)
stephan bodzin-papillon (herzblut)
reynold-over there (donato dozzy mix)
lazy fat people-shinjuku-wagon repair
bjork-pagan poetry (ripperton remix)-white

hope this is enjoyable, if it's not self congratulatory to pick a favourite part, I love the segue from "thirty one times" into "kookaburra (knarz mix)".

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Minimal House and Irish

Together at last, nó le chéile ar dheireadh??!?! I've been doing a weekly radio show in Irish here on Thursdays from 21.00 to 22.30 GMT, for a while now. Listen if you have a chance!

If you can't catch it, or did catch it and want to download it, here's last weeks show with a full tracklist. I'll post the shows up every week here.

loco dice-el gayo negro (ovum)
heidi vs riton-vejer (get physical)
samim and argenix-no no no (tuning spork family affair)
dan berkson and james what-systems
gummihz-isolate (sebo k mix)-mobilee
excercise one and donato dozzy-people of paprika-lan muzic
lazy fat people-shinjuku-(wagon repair)
shonky-zed's dead (resopal)
san lebowski-the reducer 02-nummer
marc romboy-model 1601 (fairmont remix)-systematic
the knife-like a pen (thomas schumacher mix)-brille
solieb-isotropy (lazy fat people mix)-maschine
pascal feos-timeless (synaptic)
juergens-love it (room recordings)


Mobilee DJ Charts October 2006

For those who are interested....

Anja Schneider (mobilee) DJ-Charts Oktober 2006

1.) GummiHz / Isolate Sebo K Remix / mobilee remix series vol. 1
2.) Audion / Mouth To Mouth / Spectral
3.) Selway / Solas / CSM
4.) Daniel Bell / Science Ficton - Lazy Fat People Remix
5.) Pascal FEOS / Out Of My Head / Level Non Zero
6.) Cobblestone Jazz / India In Me / Wagon Repair
7.) Renato Figoli / Milioni Di MIlioni / Trapez
8.) Plasmik / Eight To Nine - Anja Schneider Tabledance Mix / Conaisseur
9.) Solieb / Isotropy- Lazy Fat People Remix / Maschine
10.) Tanzmann & Stefanik / Basic Needs / Moonharbour

Sebo K (mobilee) DJ-Charts Oktober 2006

1) audion "mouth to mouth"
2) ferrer & sydenham "timbuktu" (âme remix)
3) latex "the porcupine"
4) gummihz "isolate" (sebo k remix)
5) efdemin "lohnbrot"
6) deetron "mr smooth"
7) alix alvarez "boom bip"
8) young seth (esperanza 04)
9) tadeo "motor"
10) robert owens vs. rob mello "the energy"

GummiHz (mobilee) DJ-Charts Oktober 2006

1.) PIKAYA/ANDOMAT 3000/JAN - Grüne Raufaser (Cadenza)

2.) ECLAT - Revolution (Morris Audio)

3.) STL - The Early Tracks (Perlon)

4.) GHENACIA/DAN & DAVID K - U&I (Freak n' chic)

5.) NICK HOLDEN - Erotic Illusions (Pokerflat)

6.) DAN CURTIN - Synaptic E.P. (Klang electronic)

7.) SLEEPER THIEF - Full Of You (Mobilee)

8.) GABRIEL ANANDA - Miracel Whop

9.) RECLOOSE - Dust (Induceve Remix) (Peacefrog)

10.) SWAT SQUAD - Escoria Rmx (Trapez limited)

Pan-Pot (mobilee) DJ-Charts Oktober 2006

1.) Bruno Pronsato - We Were / Philpot
2.) Microfunk - Remote Area / Remote
3.) Afternoon Coffee Boys - Busted Speaker Brew / Clink
4.) Donnacha Costello / Minimise 24
5.) SLG - 9 hours / Trapez
6.) Anja Schneider & Sebo K - Rancho Relaxo - Pan-Pot RMX / mobilee
7.) Cruz - Cougas Ep / Floppy Funk
8.) Matt Star - Art of M / Weave
9.) Swat Squad Rmx / Trapez ltd
10.) Agaric und Eidolon - Don't wake up / We Are Rec

Rediscovering Lost Highs...

Ozgur Can and his Scandinavian buddies have made a good name for themselves in electro house circles, with some crossover hits, the best of which was Klikboxning's demented release on Plejour Audio, heavily chopped up techno, like Justice but actually good to dance to.

His new track, "On A White Day", on the other hand is straight back to the chart trance hits of the 90s, albeit without a vocal. Some nice post-Border Community cut up effects may have come to the party, but they don't spoil a prog tune which is the first record I've liked in a long time which really deserves the adjective "pumping". Normally when I hear music described as "pumping", I'm at work, and it usually prompts me to reach for bad 12s. There's a great melancholy to this though, I guess great prog-house will always make you think of those bombastic videos with lonely figures walking on beaches in raging wind. Did I imagine this or are there a few hundred of these in video history, for all music?

This is no different, a huge sweeping bassline keeps things melancholy, you've got to love the way there are sort of artless or at least faceless versions of the Kompakt/Border Community trendy trance sounds coming out ALL THE TIME now. They just sound like trance/prog! Still great tho, plus you don't have to read the "omg! mayer is so trance" reviews when it's someone like Ozgur Can. We KNOW Mayer is trance by now, we don't need to get excited by that, and something is lost in the knowing. "On A White Day" is definitely THE track to listen to on the beach this winter, preferably with a helicopter circling overhead.

On a similar but more arty tip is Kollektiv Turmstrasse's awesome "Musick Gewinnt Freunde" EP. Been keeping an eye on these guys since their brilliant "Disconnect Me" EP on Ostwind, they're a little like Booka Shade in that they have that big cinematic sound, but a bit more pure sounding, with lots of strings here. Check out "Freiflug" below.

Ozgur Can-On A White Day

Kollektiv Turmstrasse-Freiflug