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.

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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

Mix for Innerstate 87 on n10.as

A few weeks ago I recorded a mix for Innerstate 87 on n10.as in Montréal, hosted by Princevalì (who did a mix for us last year). This mix was originally planned to be on vinyl through mostly recent finds, having gone through endless planning and record sorting and finally coming up with what I thought would be well-put-together…but when I got to the club to record (after an emergency trip to buy cables) I found they had no turntables set up, only CDJs. What follows is a completely improvised take based on what tracks I had on my USB sticks I thankfully remembered to bring with me, played quietly on one monitor so as not to disturb the bar upstairs, staring out at an empty club with mirror walls, staff occasionally stopping in to store things.

I didn’t know where I was going, but I’d find out when I got there.

01. Optic – Relic [Regelbau, 2016]
02. Playgroup – Hey Hey [Yes Wave, 2016]
03. Maurizio – Eleye [Maurizio, 1992]
04. Aybee – Metamorphosis [Deepblak, 2014]
05. Terrence Dixon – One Bedroom Apartment [Shanti, 2011]
06. Dam Voyage – Dr. Finn [Nextage, 2014]
07. Kyle Hall & Kero – Zug Island [Wild Oats, 2012]
08. Gunnar Haslam – Scale No Flam (Servito & Cudmore Bass Shift Mix) [The Bunker New York, 2017]
09. Don Williams – Orderly Kaos (Maya No Tame No Kyoku) [a.r.t.less, 2006]
10. Bruce Trail – Fly By Night [Magicwire, 2016]
11. Nail – Slap My Ass [Classic, 2000]
12. Griff & Booman – Who’s In The House (Kristikal’s Deep Dub) [ATE-IZE, 1996]
13. Steven Be Calm – White Leather [Shall Not Fade, 2016]
14. Howes – Untitled [Cong Burn, 2017]

Episode 393 [Choozey] (April 23, 2018)

Guest mix from Choozey (Persons, Hamilton/Montréal)
01. Heatwave – Star Of A Story – Epic / GTO
02. DJ Rashad – Everyday Of My Life – Hyperdub
03. Remarc – RIP – Suburban Base
04. Fusion – Truth Over Falsehood – Kemet
05. DJ Spinn – 20/20 – Planet Mu
06. Les Boucles Etranges – Untitled – Hokus Pokus
07. Prince – Something In The Water (Does Not Compute) – Warner Brothers
08. Jlin & Holly Herndon – 1% – Planet Mu
09. Danny Xtravaganza – Love The Life You Live (Garage Mix) – Nu Groove
10. 100 Hz – Subconscious (Hebephrenic Mix) – 100 Hz
11. Arthur Russell – Lucky Cloud – Audika
12. The Sun God – The Spirits Have Spoken – Sequencias
13. King Amazin’ – Double Asunder (Underworld Dub) – House Jam
14. Yukihiro Takahashi – Curtains – Alfa
15. First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder – Salsoul
16. MC King Prince – Ooh! So Fine (Acapella House Dub) – Kacy Records
17. Velma Wright – You’re Not Right (Acapella) – Supertronics
18. Population One – My Own Shadow – Rush Hour
19. Pev – Livity – Livity Sound
20. Future Tense – Unreality – Renegade
21. Aaron-Carl – Crucified (Veto Mix) – Sirkus
22. Reson – Aftermath – Sex Tags Mania
23. Phortune – Unity – Jack Trax
24. Jurgen Paape – Untitled (Glanz) – Kompakt
25. Deetron – The Loft – Sector 616
26. Willi Ninja – Hot (Ambience) – Nervous Records
27. DJ Mayhem – Inesse – Face
28. Bob James – The Golden Apple – CTI
29. Smokey Joe – A Special Request – Labello Blanco
30. Traxman – Ever And Always – Planet Mu
31. Jana Rush – Divine – Objects Limited
32. SOS Band – Sands Of Time – Tabu

Upcoming guest mix from Choozey

For only the second time in the show’s run (not since Andi Hanley back in 2014) there will be a guest playing for the entire show – this time it’s Choozey from Persons (based in Hamilton and Montréal) with a brain-melting selection taking in juke, drum n bass, techno, house, slow jams, Prince, and curveballs. Here’s what they have to say:

A LIFE STORY

“I’ve separated myself from everything that in general you call life. I’ve concentrated entirely on the music, and I’m preoccupied with the planet […] I’ve abandoned the habitual and my previous life is of no significance anymore. I don’t remember when I was born. I’ve never memorized it. And this is exactly what I want to teach everybody: that it is important to liberate oneself from the obligation to be born […] because whoever is born has to die.” – Sun Ra

Easter. Hibernation. Hermes’ underworld journey … our story begins like most: at the end, tracing backwards and through. Labyrinthine, a circular progression towards centre, source. More often than not, progression is the elaborate guise of regression, birth but a foil to the continuous process of death.

Death is just another word for transformation and often becomes a vessel – a berth, a tomb, a living room … for a time we must occupy a hidden space where we might empty and renew parts of our Self. Sometimes dissolving into another allows us to release what is not needed in Becoming.

“I’m living in an idea, an idea from another man’s mind” – Frank Ocean, from ‘Seigfried’

Perhaps, it is while underground we are
like roots intertwined in rapt embrace or bloodlines
surging in the thrall of merging,
able to truly connect to an other,
each other.

Before we emerge singular,
naked,
bathed in our own light

Separate.

Episode 392 [Kehdo] (April 17, 2018)

01. Schizophrenia – Schizophrenia – Tresor

Guest mix from Kehdo (On Earth, Toronto)
02. Neuro – Mama – R&S
03. Khan & Walker – Empire State Building – Harvest
04. Plant43 – Porcupine Meadow – Eudemonia
05. John Beltran – December’s Tragedy – Peacefrog
06. Dave Foster – Horus – Steel City Records
07. L.O.G.M. & Ollie – Time – Steel City Records
08. Giraffi Dog – Coololo Toms – Aiwo Rec
09. Textasy – Breakbeat Lizard – E-Beamz
10. Hunter Lombard – Raeh (Kim Ann Foxman Remix) – Jack Dept
11. Raf Reza – Why You Gotta – Cosmic Resonance
12. Jock Club – Djedefre – Kudetah
13. Boo Williams – Mortal Trance – Residual
14. The Mafia Sauce Killers – Dimension – Deep Explorer Digital
15. 4E – Mind Frame – was/is
16. Fred Gianelli – Distant Gratification – Dust Science
17. Jing – Door – 6dimensions
18, Kleeer – Taste The Music – Atlantic

Neonlichter for the last half
19. Alter Ego – Cryonics – Klang Elektronik
20. Dat Oven – Icy Lake (L-Vis 1990 Remix) – Night Slugs / Fade To Mind
21. Armando – 100% Of Disin’ You (Armando’s Dis Mix) – Warehouse
22. Mosca – It’s Not What It Looks Like – Ann Aimee
23. Shed – Selection One – Soloaction
24. Daze – Drag Ball – Lobster Theremin
25. The Advent – There’s No Danger – Internal
26. Crudo – First Year – Subject Detroit