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A final transmission.

I wanted to say a few words about the show’s end. I’m going to start off with the thanks instead of ending with them: first and foremost to Jamie for giving me a chance and being a good friend, championing what I was doing, later taking me into the official fold as music director. I’m proud with how you’ve developed as a writer and voice that is sorely needed. Thanks to Tomas in Poland (who’s no longer on this site) who has been my biggest fan and supporter for a long time now, dziękuję za bycie przyjacielem. Thanks to Grant (who is also not on here I believe) for both being an early support and also giving me my first DJ residency, letting me perform for some excellent artist and quietly hone my skill up in that very tasteful booth. Thanks to Mum and Nana for their eternal love and support, and not least for routinely driving me to and from the studio at 2 AM some nights in the winter. Thank you to every guest who has appeared on the show, to those who couldn’t make it, and to those I wish I asked. Thank you to Geoff & Marc-Andrew, Tyler, Matt, Anne, Olga, Sean & Ryan, Dennis, and not least Michael.

When I started the show I had never DJed before with actual physical DJ equipment. I had only seen what DJing was like from the sides of the booth but never tried it before. Those first episodes late on Tuesday nights were a mix of playing stuff in Ableton through the aux cord and testing out the turntables and CDJs without knowing how the DJ mixer worked with the radio mixer (see the 2nd episode for a chaotic mess of sound and audible cuing that would make Christian Marclay proud, or wince). I don’t think it was for another few weeks that I figured out how it all worked and transitioned away from the computer, doing all future in studio episodes live on the equipment. A lot of the time I’d pre-planned the tracklisting but not the timing, so I’d just improv off of it. other times I’d just bring a bag of vinyl and some USB sticks and see what happened. It’s fortunate that they had such top-line equipment (two 1210s and CDJ-850s, like this was a proper club setup) to work with as well.

I certainly didn’t expect the show to go on as long as it had, or that I had the stamina to do a brand new show every week for 7 and a half years. Things have come and gone but it’s essentially been the only constant in my life for a while now. 400 seemed like a good place to end things, nice round number, and it feels in many ways like shedding the last connection I had to living in Hamilton as well, or the main one anyway. But also I’ve had so many thoughts about this whole part of me for a while now. I kept on telling myself not to make music the focus of my life because I’d convinced myself that it wasn’t sustainable and it would be too easy to fall into being another casualty even though I’d had more experience, even second hand, than a lot of people who have more success by one metric or another. If I had over 10 listeners in a show it was a miracle, and I was doing all the things I thought you were supposed to do to promote and make yourself known. Maybe it was the wrong market, maybe I was too eclectic and hard to pigeonhole, but at my low point I felt I was wasting my time, that the only reason that I was continuing was because it was either all I knew or that having something this long-running would look good on my resume. I never started this to be used a factoid of my worth to an employer. I did this because I wanted to play music that I liked.

There are so many who have said and continue to tell me to be patient but there’s a fine line between patience and apathy, and I was worried I was going to fall on the wrong side of it. I was upset with myself because I was jealous of my friends who had seemingly less experience than I had but either knew the right people or were playing the right sounds and then all of a sudden they were also getting shows on wider platforms and gigs abroad and all the shit that I was hoping to get. And it made me upset because I was PROUD of them. These were my friends, I wanted them to succeed, because they had the same vision I had, they had messages, they had a strong ethos, and they still do, and they deserve every ounce of praise that comes their way. I will champion them unsparingly. So why is it that I feel like this and STILL jealousy rears its ugly head? I’ll assume a large part of it has to do with the fact that I just don’t have the mental or physical energy to go out clubbing, not right now anyway. Things will change but I’ve felt completely disconnected from any semblance of a scene in London; like in New York there is very little dialogue between people that I’ve witnessed who are at least like the same type of music. It’s extremely territorial, not least because if you live southeast like I do it can take 2 hours or more to get home from the club at night.

I ask this to you: how the fuck do you even get gigs? Is it just knowing the right people? Greasing the right palms? Do you have to produce to even be considered plausible? Does asking people straight up if you can DJ their party constitute bad etiquette? It’s not like there’s a shortage of them here, heh. It’s a bit of a rhetorical question and, yes, patience, but I know I’m not the only one thinking this. When I moved to London I had a lot of mental and physical maturity and experience to live through, and early on I realised that I could have that or I could go into the nightlife world, because I wasn’t going to have the energy or finances for both. I don’t regret my having these experiences later in my life, but I feel know I was spending a lot of energy trying to become someone I didn’t want to be just to get friendship, attention, and connection, knowing that there was a world I felt more natural in and less necessary to posture and say the right things in order to feel accepted, when few would bend that way for me in those worlds. The few people I know in the scene here are near and dear to me, and regardless of what comes of anything you’ll always have my love.

So what of the future? I have plans, that’s for certain, knowing now that whatever life throws at me I’ve finally admitted that yes, this is what I want to do with my life. I have the skills to hustle elsewhere and am going to be spending a lot more of my time honing my craft. And there are some things coming up: I’ll be posting the recording from my debut London gig soon (the non-dancefloor one), two possible guest mixes podcasts are in the future, and if anybody knows people at The Lot Radio in Brooklyn I have an idea for a show there (have drafted a proposal for them already) – I want to get into internet radio, something either monthly or biweekly so I can hone things in and keep it fresh, and something that I can do live so that I don’t lose my physical skill. There’s also another project coming up with my side-hustle…but that’s still under wraps. Needless to say I’m going to keep on making, and hoping that someone out there in the void hears me. You haven’t heard the last of me yet.

You can follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and my personal website (with mixes) is here.

Thank you all so much.
Space is the place.

Jason x

Episode 400 [FINAL EPISODE] (June 11, 2018)

I will be writing a further post about the show soon, for now enjoy the final episode of Astral Travelling in its present incarnation.

01. Chris Carter – Outreach – Optimo Music
02. Dr. Alex Paterson – Loving You (Live Mix) – Warp
03. Akufen – Red Skies – Background
04. Kenny Larkin – Butterflies – R&S
05. Kajaani – A1 – Statik Entertainment
06. Wighnomy Brothers – Wurz + Blosse – Kompakt
07. Andrea – Passage – Ilian Tape
08. Opgang 2 – Prone Decubitus – Steel City Records
09. J Tijn – U U U – WNCL Recordings
10. Byetone – Plastic Star – Raster-Noton
11. Cajmere – Percolator – Cajual
12. Paul Johnson – The Music In Me – Relief Recordings
13. 2 Men On Wax – Demolition Man – Underground Construction
14. Armando – 151 – Warehouse
15. Symplx – Hover – Steel City Records
16. Maurizio – Domina (Maurizio Mix) – M
17. Schaeben & Voss – Ach Komm – Kompakt
18. Tlim Shug – Sector B – Echovolt
19. Moodymann – JAN – KDJ
20. MD X-Spress – God Mad Me Phunky (X-Press 2 Elektrofunk Mix) – Open
21. Model 500 – Starlight – Metroplex
22. Ame – Rej – Innervisions
23. James Duncan – Shades Of House B1 – Real Soon
24. Fingers Inc. – Can You Feel It – Trax
25. Modern English – Life In The Gladhouse (12” Mix) – 4AD
26. Pharoah Sanders – Astral Travelling – Impulse

Episode 399 (June 4, 2018)

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01. Jean-Michel Basquiat – Interview with Mark Miller – ART/new york
02. Dirty Beaches – Horses – Zoo Music
03. Lee Scratch Perry – Disco Devil – Black Art
04. The Lift Boys – Anarchy Village – Smalltown Supersound
05. Theoretical Girls – Parlez-Vous Francais? – Acute
06. Red Transitor – Not Bite – Ecstatic Peace
07. The Slits – Earthbeat and Earthdub – CBS / Epic
08. Dark Day – No, Nothing, Never – Dark Entries
09. imPLOG – Holland Tunnel Dive – Dark Entries
10. Foodman – USO ACID – Ghost
11. Bjarki – Bæpolar – трип
12. Ike Yard – NCR (Monoton Dub) – Blackest Ever Black
13. Liaisons Dangereuses – El Macho Y La Nena – Roadrunner
14. Street Side Boyz – I Want To Be With You (Aphex Twin Remix) – Unreleased
15. Mike Dunn – Groovin’ – Clone Classic Cuts
16. Phuture – Spank Spank – Trax
17. Gregory Kitt – Off And Off – Muzique
18. Hieroglyphic Being – Kilometer Zero – Apnea
19. Alessandro Novaga – Fusi Four – Not On Label
20. Beth B & Scott B – Black Box Disco – Neutral
21. Clandestine – Radio Rhythm (Dub) – Sleeping Bag
22. Front 242 – First In First Out – Wax Trax!
23. Roger Sanchez – Let Yo Body Jerk (Bonus Beats) – Strictly Rhythm
24. Suicide – Touch Me – Red Star

Episode 398 (May 28, 2018)

01. Mallard – Surface – Rhythm Section
02. Organon – Infinite – Silent Season
03. John Daly – Equaliser – Plak
04. Jean Nipon – Onibaba – Clekclekboom
05. Madteo – Scientrysts (Stomp Mix) – M.A.D.T.E.O.
06. Dreams – Not Phazed – Apron
07. Pete The Lodger – Countless Worlds – Peacefrog
08. Snorre Magnar Solberg – No-No 5 B2 (Subtil Remix 2) – Club No-No
09. Bigod 20 – The Bog (IBM Edit) – Medusa Edits
10. Mark Stewart – Fatal Attraction – Mute
11. Members Only – What’s It? – Members Only Historical Archives
12. Jahiliyya Fields – Clear Collar – LIES
13. Cloudface – Panter Bleu – Rhythms Of The Pacific
14. Kaay Alexi – Thee Acid Joyride – Radikal Fear
15. Rhythmus Günther – Skunk Burner – Rhythmus Günther
16. Interceptor – Together (Roger Sanchez Dub) – Tribal America
17. Matthew Herbert – Got To Be Movin – Classic
18. Callisto – Need Your Love (Stalagmite Mix) – Guidance
19. Black Ice Productions – Men On Drums – Night Club
20. Doubler – Bruised Fruit – Confused House
21. Claro Intelecto – Signifier – Delsin
22. Equiknoxx – Flagged Up (Mark Ernestus Remix) – DDS

Episode 397 [Elle Andrews] (May 21, 2018)

Kurt Schwitters – Excerpt from “Merz 3”

01. Glenn Branca – Lesson No. 1 – 99 Records
02. Hymns – Confidence in Quiet – XLR8R

Guest mix from Elle Andrews (Souvenir / Balamii, London)
03. X.Y.R. – Golden Haze – 12th Isle
04. John Beltran – Collage Of Dreams – Peacefrog
05. Andrea Bressett – Forever Loving Jah – Island
06. Anna Domino – Caught – Les Disques Du Crépuscule
07. The Heptones – Mount Zion – Observer
08. Althea & Donna – Crazy Negril – Reggae Bloodlines
09. Gregory Isaacs – Not Because I Smile – Greensleeves
10. Copeland & Gast – Sisters Of Control – All Bone
11. Brenda Russell – In The Thick Of It – Horizon / A&M
12. Chris & Cosey – Talk To Me – Rough Trade
13. The Aggrovators – Jah Jah Dub – Trojan
14. Pink Industry – What I Wouldn’t Give – Cathexis

Neonlichter for the last half
15. King Tubby – A Closer Dub – Clocktower
16. Baba Dread – Welsh Man Dub – Tamoki Wambesi
17. Haircut One Hundred – Evil Smokestacking Baby – Polydor
18. Mallard – Untitled (Breaks) – Rhythm Section
19. Roman Flugel – Brasil – Dial
20. General Ludd – Brothers And Sisters – Mister Saturday Night
21. Sun Ra – Saga Of Resistance (Theo Parrish Remix) – Kindred Spirits
22. Pacific Child – Ammonite Man – Surreal Sound
23. Lnrdcroy – Kali Yuga – Mood Hut

Upcoming guest mix from Elle Andrews

One of London’s finest Elle Andrews presents a much-anticipated warm and intense selection of reggae, dub, synthpop, and hazy sounds for the summertime. One half of Souvenir alongside Claire Voyant, they have a monthly show on Balamii down in Peckham. Check out her mixes for Boiler Room, Spiritland, and Going Good to get a taste of the breadth, depth, and adventurousness of her selections.

Episode 396 [Karl Meier] (May 14, 2018)

David Maljkovic – Scene For A New Heritage (2006)

01. Nomad Ninja – Terugkeer Naar Een Sluimer Avond – Nightwind

Guest mix from Karl Meier (Standards & Practices, Chicago)
02. Zoviet France – Not Just What To Say – Charrm
03. Holger Czukay – Cruise – Revisited
04. T.A.G.C. – Sunset Eyes Thru Water – Sweatbox
05. Alchimia – 622 Falls – Instant Classic
06. Scanner – Untitled – Ash International
07. 23 Skidoo – Mary’s Operation – Fetish
08. Roberto Musci – Shadow Player – Raw Material
09. Marcelus – Odawah Jam – Tresor
10. Klaus – Cry Tuff – Tanum
11. O Yuki Conjugate – Cloud Cover – Final Image
12. Ondo Fudd – Blue Dot – The Trilogy Tapes
13. Michael Brook / Daniel Lanois / Brian Eno – Distant Village – Editions EG
14. De Leon – A2 – Mana
15. Jon Hassell – Viva Shona – Lovely Music Ltd.
16. Burnt Friedman – Sorcier – Latency
17. William Selman – Lithic Reduction – Mysteries Of The Deep
18. Stephen Mallinder – Pow-Wow – Fetish
19. Mapstation – After All This Freedom – ~scape
20. Matt Christensen – Women’s March 1 – Bandcamp

Neonlichter for the last half
21. Woman’s Aid – Something Dark – Huntleys + Palmers
22. SHXCXCHCXSH – SsSsSsSsSsSsSsSs – Avian
23. Polar Inertia – Antimatter – Unknown Precept
24. Cabaret Voltaire – Haiti – Virgin
25. Slim Jack & H.F.C. – So Sah Gelleck Tissah – LTM
26. Pierre Henry & Pierre Schaeffer – Symphonie Pour Un Homme Seul (Prosopopée II) – Philips
27. DJ Spooky The Subliminal Kid – Invisual Ocean – Sub Rosa
28. Daniel Menche – Animality (Excerpt) – emd.pl/records
29. Mordant Music – Hoarded House (reMMix Fredit) – Public Information
30. Craig Leon – Ring With Three Concentric Discs – RVNG Intl

Upcoming guest mix from Karl Meier

With the show’s end in less than a month I’m delighted to finally have someone I’m supremely jazzed about. One of the kindest and most supportive artists I know, Karl Meier has had a long history in dance music, starting out in Chicago with later stints in Berlin and the West Midlands, known for expertly sequenced and driving sets of techno, industrial, and post punk. Half of the noise/post-punk-indebted project Talker alongside Jon Stave, he also runs the label Standards and Practices alongside his brother Ken, a DJ and graphic designer who is responsible for The Bunker’s posters and label work. I recommend his Playing Favourites piece for Resident Advisor, and his podcasts for The Bunker, Mysteries Of The Deep, and Tresor.

For this mix Karl has given us a non-dancefloor mix of dark ambient, kosmische, synthetic, and mostly beatless sounds that is probably one of the most quietly disorienting and disturbing mixes I’ve had the pleasure of hearing. Here are some words from him about it.

“Since I hadn’t done a more listening-music-oriented mix since the mix I did for Mysteries Of The Deep a few years back, I thought this would be a nice opportunity to do so. Initially, I was going to focus on older music and influences, but I thought that some newer music would slot in perfectly – especially the Marcelus and Burnt Friedman pieces – so I figured that there was no need to do that. Hope you enjoy!”

Karl plays at the Blank Code Movement Pre-Party at The Works in Detroit on May 25th, and at About Blank in Berlin on June 8/9.

Episode 395 (May 7, 2018)

01. Jon Hassell – Ordinary Mind – Editions EG
02. Mac Talla Nan Creag – No 6594 9300 – Firecracker
03. Prince Far I & The Arabs – Long Life – Hitrun
04. Unknown Artist – Unknown Track – Unknown Label
05. King Tubby – Natty Dub – Clocktower
06. Hanna Mekonnen – Ali New Biye (Version) – Eastern Connection
07. Squarepusher – Plaistow Flex Out – Warp
08. Zazou & Biyake – Lamuka – Crammed Discs
09. Asmus Tietchens – Zeebrugge – Bureau B
10. KMFDM – Don’t Blow Your Top (Adrian Sherwood Mix) – Wax Trax!
11. Daniel Maloso – Crush – Cómeme
12. Severed Heads – Eat Roland – M Squared
13. Explorers Of The Nile – We Are All Egyptians – Subway
14. DAF – Der Mussolini – Virgin
15. Psyche – The Saint Became A Lush – New Rose
16. Transilvanian Galaxi – Atle – Sex Tags Mania
17. Hard Corps – Dirty – Survival
18. Doris Norton – Norton Apple Software – Strut
19. Streetwalker – Ooze – Diagonal
20. Pender Street Steppers – Bubble World – Mood Hut
21. Mallard – Marco’s Mango – Rhythm Section International
22. Rick Wade – Night Station – Music Is…
23. Dee Landez – Stand Up, Be Strong – Contraband
24. World Power – I’m Happy (After The Rave) – Cardiac Records
25. Davina – Don’t You Want It (Extended Mix) – Underground Resistance
26. Theo Parrish – Early Byrd – Sound Signature

Episode 394 (April 30, 2018)

01. 154 – Wherever You Go – Boomkat Editions
02. Pendant – IBX-BZC – West Mineral
03. Radiance – Radiance III – Basic Channel
04. Rhythm & Sound – King In My Empire – Burial Mix
05. Project 86 – Legends – Nu Groove
06. LFO – Probe – Warp
07. Secret Werewolf – Yage – Steel City Records
08. Even Tuell & Midnightopera – Untitled B2 – Workshop
09. James Duncan – Untitled A2 – Real Soon
10. Falty DL – Finally Some Shit / The Rain Stopped – Ninja Tune
11. Jackmate – A Love Supreme In Mind – Philpot
12. Aurora Halal – Hazy G – Mutual Dreaming
13. Drexciya – You Don’t Know – Underground Resistance
14. Peverelist – Aztec Chant – Livity Sound
15. Jay Daniel – Brainz – Sound Signature
16. Hank Jackson – Deposit – Mister Saturday Night
17. Via App – Zisque – Allergy Season
18. Symplx – Amino – Steel City Records
19. Rocky Jones – The Choice Of A New Generation (Choice Of The Underground) – DJ International
20. How II House – Time To Feel The Rhythm – Bigshot
21. Mixmasters – In The Mix – DJ International
22. Cappucino – He’ll Dance With Me – Black Sun