Friday, April 20, 2018
On Saturday 26th May, veteran free party crew Crossbones join forces with rave promoter Drop The Bomb to bring you a night of the darkest hardcore techno music - Ravers Graveyard - running the full spectrum from primordial Dutch / Belgian darkrave through to gabber and gloomcore.
Location is The Stretch, Dixon Road, New Cross.
DJs and performers include:
Fifth Era - London's original doomcore pioneer
Mental Fear Productions (Frankfurt) - 100% live hardware set
Easygroove - UK's pioneering gabber DJ
"nothing but hardcore (no mellow beats)"
Thursday, April 19, 2018
01. Tanochinjaii - Fallen Angel 02. 8 A.M. - The Fog Track 03. Cypher - Marchin' Into Madness 04. Rave Creator - Thru Eternal Fog 05. Pilldriver - Impossible X-T-C 06. Cypher - H-Flash 07. Rave Creator - Bleep Blaster 08. Freez-E-Style - Doom Dancer 09. Reign - Show 'Em 10. Cypher - Skyhigh (Rave Creator's Black Gold Mix) 11. Pilldriver - Pitch-Hiker 12. The Mover & Rave Creator - O.K. Bassquake 13. Freez-E-Style - Awake In Neo Tokyo 14. Freez-E-Style - Enter The Gates Of Darkness (Stay Strong, Raise The Flag And Spread The Spheres Of Light) 15. The Mover & Rave Creator - Atmos-Fear 16. Pilldriver - Apocalypse Never 17. The Mover & Rave Creator - Astral Demons 94 (Cold Planet Remix) 18. Marshall Masters - Stereo Murder 19. Marshall Masters - Stereo Murder (Reign's Olymp Remix) 20. Tilt! - Hell-E-Copter
mix by Low Entropy, maker of many tributes to hardcore of yore
like this Praxis trib mix
and this trib mix to Lory D and Rome's Sounds Never Seen label
and this early French hardcore mix
dude's Youtube channel is a trove of deepest underground hard-fast-dark-doomy - some of fearful obscurity, names I don't recognise at all
like this lot!
Monday, April 16, 2018
Really like the additive logic in this one - building itself up by layers, in a leisurely, almost lazy, definitely non-urgent manner - in comes a vamp, and then a vamp at a slightly cross-ways angle, and then another vamp, and then a vocal lick, and then a pulse, and another non-verbal vocal bliss bit...
also really love the promise of that "it's not ovah!" (coming in courtesy of First Choice at various intervals), reassuring dancers looped into the groove that this track will just go on and on and ON (and it does go on and on for a full eight minutes)
Thought i did not know this SL2 remix and then within 10 seconds it's "ah!"
but it sounds a bit hectic after the E-Z groovin' first mix, which i prefer, having grown fond of it through repeated play over the years of this rather compilation by Aphrodite (where "Hypnosis" only goes on for just shy of six minutes - not the full eight - and still feels endless and E-ternal, in a good way, a very good way)
Ah, i did not know that there was a follow up to Classic to the Core and it looks just as fine
Back to Psychotropic - apparently this is the Definitive mix of "Hypnosis" or so it self-proclaims
but I beg to differ - the original is still the greatest
Did Pyschotropic - Gavin Mills + Nick Nicely, which Discogs is taking to be the Nick Nicely of Eighties neo-psychedelia cult renown - did they do anything else of note?
Well, after "Hypnosis" there was "Psychosis"
And before "Hypnosis" there was "Only For the Headstrong"
with that perennial wonderful phased-vocal intro to Raw Silk's "Do It to the Music"
possibly they sampled it via this 2 in A Room sample-intermediary - although the original Raw Silk tune was a big hit in the UK in the early Eighties and thus part of the dance folk-memory of the country ( i remember being stunned almost to the point of swooning when i first heard "Do it to the Music" on Top of the Pops, just for that intro)
And then there was also this by Psychotropic
Then getting a bit tougher and ever so slightly baleful
It's all good stuff - particularly the 1990-91 breakbeat house stuff - but nothing quite as perfect and perennial as "Hypnosis"
And here's a remix, from early 2000s, aimed at what scene I can not quite figure - tech house?
Ah, well Gavin Mills went on to be UKG outfit A Baffled Republic - one of those names that has a deep nuumy mystery to me (what on earth is it getting at?) - among many other guises
And you can feel a connection there, between the easy-glide of "Hypnosis" and the slink of "Bad Boys (Move in Silence)"
Later just Baffled
this remix by Steve Gurley eclipses the original though
yeah making well-tardy Clash knock-offs, GNR-aspiring but Bon Jovi-achieving crossover, and Magazine-JoyDiv torment-redux was a far more valid / vital response to the impasses of the Nineties wasn't it?
a very pretty, very clever guy - and endearing - but if ever someone showed that beauty and brilliance aren't enough w/o a smidge of E-Q (that's emotional intelligence quotient) then it was poor old Richey E
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
‘Diversions 1994-1996′ is made up entirely from samples from the collection of Lee Gamble’s Jungle cassette mixtapes. The audio has been subjected to analog and digital deformations, whilst trying to extract, expand upon and convey particular qualities emblematic of the original music. The effect is that of a musical body scan, all that is solid melts into air. Sounds are unearthed, dissected on the operating table, melted and unlocked , evoking sonics not unlike the heavy dub processes of Jah Shaka and Scion in a INA GRM frame of mind or bearing a similar methodological approach with what explored Mark Leckey in his piece “Fiorucci Made me Hardcore”. It can be heard as a ‘memory’ of a period of music and for some could work as a ‘cued recall’, which is a form of memory retrieval.
Lee Gamble started out as a teenager dj-ing on pirate radio and on the emerging Jungle scene, however his own approach to music has taken a more experimental direction. Exploring the outer realms of abstraction through digital synthesis/resynthesis, Lee has described his current compositional process as: “…The configuration of material (ex nihilo) via various digital synthesis methods, prompts further disfigurations and reconfigurations. What you then have left is often the detritus or debris of an idea. Phantasms of both previous and current musical, pseudo-scientific and sculptural influences are manifest as new material abstractions, created from the digital blank canvas. This abstraction allows several interests to appear in the works simultaneously…”. He is a also a founding member of the UK-based CYRK collective and has curated/co-curated several Cyrk events. He has also produced and curated three radio series for London based radio station Resonance104.4FM and he continues to DJ. Lee has released his computer compositions on the Entr’acte label and has collaborated with composer John Wall and artists Yutaka Makino and Bryan Lewis Saunders. ‘Diversions 1994-1996′ E.P is is the beginning of a longer-term collaboration with PAN which also includes a full length album later this year.
The 12″ is mastered and cut by Rashad Becker at D&M. It is pressed on 140g white vinyl which itself is housed in a silk screened pvc sleeve with artwork by Kathryn Politis & Bill Kouligas.
4 Hero / Reinforced cru reference!
Deep Blue reference!
lickle bitta breakbeat house for a change of pace:
late breaking additions - 3/26/2018
Monday, April 9, 2018
i'm fairly certain i was at this - for at least some of the day - it was only four blocks up Avenue A from our apartment block, so it would have been pretty remiss of me not to attend!
gabba in the outdoors, in the middle of the day - incongruous, cool, crowd enthusiastic as hell - but in the end somehow not right - it's music for dark doomy dystopian hangars or "huge space arenas" innit
how on earth did they get the permission? the area where the stage and "dancefloor / moshpit" is flanked on either side by children's playgrounds!
not a cover
Marc Acardipane's favorite current artist
although current isn't quite correct since he's been putting out stuff since 1997
the original is still the greatest
but which one?
I think it's the PCP mix that I always loved
Never even heard these takes
what's this? earlier 'Slaves'?!
ooh quite exciting that one, a real slip n slider of a riff
and this is a later one
which has stolen the title, but the sound is stolen from DHS 'House of God'
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Chris McFarlane - aka Potential Bad Boy, Bad Girl, C.M.C., et al - the greatest ardkore jungle producer of them all? Discuss
Based on those five tracks, he's definitely in contention.
And the rest ain't too shabby neither.
Chris's very first release
maybe later I'll do Chapter 2 - Chris Mack's UKG years - for now, a taster