About half of this mix is a tour through free dub techno netlabels – Deepindub (track 7), Dewtone (tracks 9 and 15), Energostatic (tracks 3 and 4), Recycled Plastics (track 2), and Thinner (track 8) all feature here. My favorites of those are the two from Energostatic Records: Stereotype by Iwata and III by Brk. Dewtone and Recycled Plastics appear to be the only active labels from that list.
Track 6 Remake (Basic Reshape) by Paperclip People (AKA Carl Craig) is of course a Basic Channel remix. The copy played here is from the Basic Reshape 12″, Basic Channel catalog number BC-BR. I believe I bought my copy at Platinum Records a few years after its release. I’ve linked to Hardwax in the tracklist above, where that same release is still available both vinyl and digital.
Two more tracks from Motorlab feature this week: Sinuosity’s Alfanuosity and Bipolardepth’s Untitled from ML056 Soundtest. Soundtest is particularly good and cohesive, with Bipolardepth’s track being in my opinion the best on the release.
Mikron’s Ghost Node, from their album Severance on CPU Records, is my current favorite from this list. Ghost Node has a peculiar moody disco vibe, something I associate with old Legowelt or Orgue Electronique, old Bunker, Clone, or Crème. Severance is easily my favorite album of 2019, so go check it out (please).
All these tracks are good of course (I mean, I like ’em), even if the selection doesn’t quite hang together right. It was a fun and welcome distraction on a troubling Thursday evening.
I’ll be live again on the 26th with something slower; blog post to follow as usual.
Tracklist —————- Brainfreeze (Edit) – Carl Craig Gimme a Fat Blat – Digital Boy Join the Future – Tuff Little Unit Disco Action (Edit 2016) – Alexander Robotnick Q1.1/I – Basic Channel Don’t Sleep (Robert Hood Remix) – Radio Slave Dance Generator – Joey Beltram Empower (1995 original mix) – Octave One Desert Races – Planetary Assault Systems Horsepower – CJ Bolland New Beats the House (Remix) – Greyhouse Panic, Stop, Repeat – Seth Troxler Shaking Trees – Joey Beltram
Tracklist —————- Corona Virus – Lil Dark Corona Virus – Pat Anthony MONSTER ROBOTO – ROBOT SEPPUKU CRISIS!! Computer Virus Weirdo – Live 95.5 Clubbed To Death (Megowan Remix) – Rob Dougan Worms Computer Virus – Daniel B Lanier Computer Virus – DJ Cras No Ufo’s (Vocal) [feat. Juan Atkins] – Model 500 Drive (The Age Of Automation) – Hood On The Run [Radio Edit] – Audiojack Satisfy (ft. Dajae) – Cajmere Manikin – Green Velvet & Carl Craig Global Pandemic – Pixelscum ATARI PUNKS FUCK OFF!! – ROBOT SEPPUKU CRISIS!! Stockpile – East Coast Anarchists Wash Your Hands – Wayne Brady Corona Virus – My Iowa Info Corona Virus (Hardtekk) 190 BPM – S!D
Tracks 3, 9, and 10 are all from the famous netlabel Thinner. Pheek & Benfay’s Leaving Bern is my favorite of those three. Pheek‘s two releases on Thinner, Tabisuru Kokoro (thn043) and Consortium (thn076), are worth checking out if you’re into the style exemplified by Leaving Bern. Both are available at files.scene.org. Thinner’s catalog is also available at archive.org, if that’s more convenient.
The reason I assembled this mix, the track I really wanted to play, is the classic Domina by Maurizio. The particular copy featured here is from the the Tresor 3 compilation. It’s probably my favorite of the M-Series (though M-4 is also very good). Hardwax has M-3 Domina available as both 12″ and a digital download if you don’t already have it.
And that’s it. I think I’ll do some more dub techno four-on-the-floor stuff next week, but slower. Check back for that if you’re into it.
Wikipedia tells me that Takkyu Ishino produced the soundtrack album, and it’s a terrific sampling of Detroit, European, and Japanese techno. The selection on the two tribute albums is similar, but updated for 2004. Stand Alone Complex2nd Gig was airing on TV roughly when the two tribute albums were released, so they may have been tie-in or promotional products.
So, these three albums are amazing. From the artists assembled, to the particular tracks, to the packaging and art direction. Way more hits than misses. A lot of great tracks didn’t make it into this hour: CJ Bolland’s tunes (as BCJ), The Advent’s tunes, Adam Beyer… I tried hard to get Mijk Van Dijk’s Fuchi Koma in, but couldn’t find a spot for it. Maybe next time.
I bought these discs on eBay in ’05 or ’06 and unfortunately mine are bootlegs. Specifically the Ever Animebootleg of the Megatech Body CD, and the Miya Records bootlegs of the first and second Tribute albums. I’ve wanted to record a mix of these tracks since then, and am happy to have done it now.
Oh, and feel free to fast forward past my airheaded rambling at the beginning of the recording.