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Monday, 26 May 2008

DS124: Bridge tracks


I was asked to play a little longer today to cover for another DJ so the set is around 90 minutes long. I was experimenting with harmonic mixing of different sub-genres. I have always liked the somewhat disturbing contrast mixing them creates. I think one of the secrets to making it pay off is to form relationships between them by having complimentary musical keys.

Linking sub-genres together using 'bridge tracks' that help to ease the pain of transition is a good idea too. There are quite a few to choose from and some DnB artists specialise in these such as Chris SU and Resound; making tunes that defy conventional categorisation and manage to combine different sub-genres seamlessly.

USB - Alice (Hardcandy Mix) - Ventuno Jonny L - Come Here - Mr. L Danny Byrd - Feet Won't Touch The Ground - Hospital Donnie Dubson - Say Goodbye - Fokuz SpectraSoul - Down Town Chicago - Deep Soul Music Maztek - Music Machine - Modulate Psidream, Axiom, Optiv - Break In - DSCI4 Spirit - Scrabble VIP - Metalheadz Raiden - Helium - Offkey >>> Danny Byrd - Joy And Pain feat Redd - Hospital Technicolour - Empty - Technique Kali - Tokyo (BCee, Lomax Remix) - Outta London Saburuko - Warped - Horizons L.A.O.S. - Fascinated - Spearhead Martsman - 8 Bit Bouncer - Medschool >>> Kubiks - Blood Ties - Spearhead Lynx - Shame On You - Sonorous Lomax, Focus - 5 Weeks - Bingo Beats Logistics - 96 - Hospital SpectraSoul - Adoration - Nu Directions High Contrast - Everything's Different (Calibre remix) - Hospital Intersidereal - Disturbed Balance - Red Mist Commix - Tycoon - Metalheadz Matar - Smell Your Fear - MindSaw Noisia - Bad Dreams - Vision >>> Cylon - Destination Unknown - Shadybrain

Sunday, 18 May 2008

DS121: Bank holiday


Some bank holiday tunes for you! Mixed and broadcast live on Bassdrive.com Sunday 4th May 20086 pm GMT. Futurebound, Future Cut - Homicide - Infrared Intersidereal - Disturbed Balance - Red Mist SpectraSoul - Blood Rain - Westbay Digital ICR - Shining down on me - Covert Operations SKC - Vortex - Syntax Audio Futurebound, Brookes Brothers - Dawn Treader - Breakbeat Kaos Noir - My MTV (Screamheads Remix) - Toolroom SpectraSoul - Tender Doubt - Celsius Technicolour - Empty - Technique Alix Perez - Crooklyn - Soul:r Contour - No Good - Santorin Telmo A - U Need My Love - Have A Break Donnie Dubson - Summer Came - Phunkfiction Naibu - Common Perception - Fokuz Logistics - Waiting Line - Hospital Lenzman - The Blues - Spearhead Alix Perez - Inferno - Soul:r

DS122: ithink Spearhead


I was down at Muse in Nottingham on Saturday with my laptop and Traktor and had a really good time. I was on between 11 and half twelve, warming up for the headline act Kubiks and Lomax. Thanks and respect must go to the CULT promotion and DJ team for having the cohones to book a dirty, laptop-using, MIDI controller and for putting together such a fine party. Check the CULT blog for pics and a very interesting interview with Kubiks and Lomax. Thanks also to all that came down to support me - it really makes a difference to see friends dancing in front. Not only is it infectious and draws more people onto the dance floor, it's a huge pleasure for me. I was still feeling jaded from the night before but in high spirits for this weeks show. It features a few tracks off a new digital album from Spearhead records called 'Moodswings'. It is one of the best digital various artist LP's I have heard in a while and I highly recommend it for DJ's and non. To grab a copy see http://spearheadrecords.ithinkmusic.com Kleer, Submorphics - Liberation Funk - Spearhead Georgie - Itsatoon (Kubatko Remix) - Beyond Belief BHX - Either Way - Solé Digital L.A.O.S - Harmony - Future Retro Futurebound, Brookes Brothers - Dawn Treader - Breakbeat Kaos Muffler - Everything - Spearhead Lynx - Randy - Soul:r Naibu feat. Arctic - Pacific - Fokuz Matrix, Futurebound - Family (Nu Tone, Logistics Remix) - Viper Nu:Tone - Angel Eyes - Hospital Basic Operations - 4th Street Sound Click (Kubiks, Lomax Remix) - Phunkfiction SpectraSoul - Tender Doubt - Celsius Vital elements - Loving You - V2E Intersidereal - Disturbed Balance - Red Mist SKC - Vortex - Syntax Audio Logistics - Reality Checkpoint - Hospital Laroque - Metro One - Fokuz Soul Mozaics - Word Up - Sidechain-Music

DS123: 3 sharp keys


I've listened to this live recording I made on Sunday morning a few times now and am really pleased with it. I decided this week to air it instead of performing and recording the set during the show. Here's why I like it - I tried to concentrate on the phrase timings and key change undulations that add to the feeling of flow and progression. It is in a key signature range of 3 to 5 sharps with single +/- # note step changes (C#m, G#m and F#m). Another strange but quite interesting feature is that for the crescendo of the mix at about 26+ mins in, the key goes up a fifth to G#m (5 sharps!) (for Drum Origins - Hypercomplex, who's natural key is Gm without realtime time-stretching)) Anyway, technical stuff aside, it seems to work for me...hope you enjoy too :) Big up all the below beatsmiths! Lynx - Whistlestop - Brand Nu L.A.O.S - We All - Spearhead Martsman - 8 Bit Bouncer - Medschool Falcon - Retro - Citrus Gamet - Joker - Unsigned BCee, Lomax - Can't Say No (Lenzman Remix) - Spearhead >>> Sconeboy - Golden (Re-Lick for DOA) - Dub Logistics - Dreamer Of Dreams - Hospital Kubiks, Lomax - Spirit Filled - Phunkfiction Drum Origins - Hypercomplex - Fokuz Jonny L - Oh Yeah - Mr. L >>> L.A.O.S - Harmony - Future Retro Muffler - Everything - Spearhead Intersidereal - Disturbed Balance - Red Mist >>> The Insiders - Renaissance - Nu Directions Beta 2 - Trojan - Bassbin Basic Operations - Southern Lights - Renegade Naibu - It Took A Long Time - Creative Source Big Bud - Just Can't Hold Me Down (Atlantic Connection Remix) - Soundtrax Funky Technicians - Backdraft - CIA >>> Calibre - Lectro - Signature