Saturday, July 28, 2007

Just a quick note

I'm going to spin some deep and dubby minimal techo/tech-house tonight at Exit07. I'm kindly invited by Veste, who's hosting this soiree. Also Gerald from a grocery store will DJ. Should be a calm and intimate event with a nice music selection.

Then, in the first week of August, I will DJ few times in Riga. Netcords002 - a track from Latvian musician Martinez Gonzalez plus remixes - is coming out soon. More information and exact dates will follow soon. Stay tuned and see you around!

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Soviet e-disco vs Riton

Hello the visitor, I hope you are fine.

I've done a new edit/mash-up cutting and blending together Riton's remix of Alter Ego's Tubeaction with an obscure and funky oldschool soviet space-disco tune. It's composed back in 1985 by some guy A.Radionov and it's title is "Electronic jockey" (!). Well, in fact it seems that a horse jockey is meant, but anyway it sounds appropriate.

This track comes from Pulse 1 LP (other side is composed by B.Tihomirov). As it's written on the sleeve, "The present record is a joint venture of Melodia sound-recording firm and the USSR Sports Committee, first in a planned series under "Pulse" heading meant to emphasize the vital importance of physical culture.

[...] The series' first disc acquaints the public with electronic music composed with the help of an individual musical computer, for the first time in the USSR."

The mentioned computer is Yamaha CX5, others instruments used on the record include: synths Yamaha DX7, Roland Jupiter 4 and the legendary Roland TR909 drum machine.

I have also Pulse 2 and Pulse 3, but apart from few gems they are not as good as the first Pulse.

So, in fact I did two versions. In the first one the full length of the Riton's track is kept, while Radionov's track is rather chopped up.

A.Radionov vs. Alter Ego & Riton - Electronic Jockey in Tubeaction [hencha's funky cut & mash up]

Another one is closer to the original Jockey track, and parts from the Riton's track perform the function of additional beats.

A.Radionov vs. Alter Ego & Riton - Electronic Jockey in Tubeaction [hencha's mash up version 2]

I would appreciate your comments on which one is better.

And here you can check the original track, ripped off from the vinyl.

A.Radionov - Electronic Jockey

Actually I've found out that these both guys have another record on Melodia, supposedly electronic music, see here for details. Does anyone has a copy? I'm eager to hear it.

Thursday, July 05, 2007

Chart: May/June

> Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Grillen Im Park [Ostwind]

A sweet melancholic piece, the mood is reminiscent of Porcupine, no traces of latino though. The beat rocks.

> Tolga Fidan – Venice [Vakant]

A subtle track, yet it's percussive and building tension. It sounds like a stripped down version of Gerber's Thousand Nights.

> Jeff Samuel – Fire [Poker Flat]

Also includes a nice remix by my hero Claude VonStroke, but, although both are phat and phunky, I have to admit that the original is the winner this time.

> Booka Shade – Karma Car [Get Physical]

Well, nevertheless I'm sort of tired of Get Physical productions, let's face it – Booka Shade are great producers, and this new Tickle/Karma Car release is simply damn good.

> Simon Baker – The Fly [Connaisseur Supérieur]

A groovy dancefloor orientated track with wicked drums. There is a deeper version by My My of the flipside.

> Cobblestone Jazz – Put The Line in Da Coconut [Wagon Repair]

Probably the best C.Jazz's track so far – this truly cool and groovy track is somewhat less psychedelic and trippy than their regular stuff. Check also their remix of the legendary Cybotron's track Clear which is out on Juno.

> Argenis Brito – Espejismo [Cadenza]

So far my favourite track from his Micro Mundo LP. It's a kind of jazz influenced micro-house with an oriental feel.

> Plasmik – DJ Banana (Antilope rmx) [Opossum]

This rmx by Marcel Jochmann – the owner of Opossum records – is the best track from the label's mini-compilation Kalte Fuesse 2. Generally, Opossum is one of the most interesting labels around.

> Ricardo Villalobos – No 1 Encuentro Latinoamericano de la Soledad

Honestly, I'm not sure that making 20 mins and something long tracks has a real justification and that the whole idea couldn't be squeezed and expressed in a more dynamic way, however Villalobos proves again that he is a master of sampling and innovative grooves.

> Matthew Dear – Deserter [Ghostly International]

A beautiful track with vocal, might be good for afterhours or just listening.