Episode 356 [Benjamin Muñoz] (August 7, 2017)

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01. Roberto Musci – Dalang’s Song – Soave
02. The Hers – Mankind Exotica – Umbro G

Guest mix from Benjamin Muñoz
03. Billy Hart – Rahsaan Is Beautiful – Horizon
04. Craig Harris – Somewhere Between – Emprientes Digitales
05. Ricardo Villalobos – Théorème D’Archimède – Perlon
06. Freda & Jackson – Sigh – Moonshoe Records
07. Rhythm & Sound – Smile (w/ Savage) – Rhythm & Sound
08. Soul Keita – Monjitas – Clown & Sunset
09. Jeremy Greenspan & Taraval – Follow The Moonlight – Geej
10. Steve King – Satan Is Her Name – Mercury
11. Laurel Halo – Nebenwirkungen – Honest Jon’s
12. Minor Science – Naturally Spineless – Whities
13. Art Of Noise – Moments In Love – ZTT
14. Aki Tsuyuko – Fantasia (TRIBA4 Version) – Childisc
15. Yamaneko – Adrift – Local Action
16. MLO – Sleeper – Reflective

Neonlichter mix
17. Sasha Jan Rezzie – Play Infinite – 1080p
18. Marcus Turcotte – Echoes & Vibes – DNH
19. 2 The Bone – Love’s Gonna Get You – Nice’n’Fruity
20. The Groove Monster – Think About It – Inhouse Recordings
21. Squarehead – Be Without – Wolf Music
22. The Rhythmist – The Agency – Solid Trax
23. Nick Holder – Black Jazz 1 – DNH
24. Deee-Lite – Build The Bridge (Pal Joey Dub) – Elektra
25. Phuture – The Creator – Jack Trax
26. John Heckle – Lunik (The Dream) – Mathematics

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Upcoming guest mix from Benjamin Muñoz (+ interview)

Tonight we have a special guest mix from Benjamin Muñoz. Formerly the guitarist in Hamilton synth/pop weirdos New Hands, and now resident in Montréal, he’s released on HAVN and Push & Run, with a very distinctive sound influenced by jazz, garage, house, and video game soundtracks. He graciously answered some questions I sent over about his sound and influences, check-ça:

Interview with Benjamin Muñoz

What can we expect on tonight’s mix?

Mostly leftfield techno and house, ambient tracks and a couple oddballs, this mix is a summary of what I’ve been listening to recently. It’s also a summary of my musical headspace at the moment. I’ve been trying to make music that is gestural, sparse and deconstructed. I’ve also been into sneaky, dark moods. So that’s what to expect here. No date on the next release yet but aiming for this autumn.

What got you to start producing?

I started producing very slowly. I’d always written music, for bands, for myself… producing was just the technical aspect of capturing and sharing that music with others. But the more I did it the more I realized it as an art form in itself. Then, slowly it became my primary interest within music.

What were your earliest influences and exposure?

My first exposure to producing was through a local Hamilton producer named Michael Keire who runs Threshold recording studio. My band at the time, New Hands, was recording an album with him. The process spanned over two years and in that time Mike and I became good friends. He taught me everything I know about recording, mixing and producing. At the time I was also getting into artists making music in their bedrooms on laptops, like James Blake and Mount Kimble. I realized I could take what Mike had taught me and apply it to my own music even without professional equipment.

Listening to your tracks it sounds like they’re about to fall apart or shatter at any second – it’s a very distinct sound, how did you develop it?

I don’t think I ever deliberately tried to develop that sound. I like to use light sounds and movement with an agile quality – which could be perceived as fragile. I never use sequencers and often push my drums off grid or work without a grid altogether. I can’t stand the way things sound when everything’s on grid. I think those two things paired together give the tracks a really unsteady sound. So it’s more a result of my tastes I guess and less a calculated sound.

What is your take on the scene in Montreal?

To be honest I feel I haven’t spent enough time there yet to have an informed opinion. For sure there’s tons going on and I’ve met a lot of great artists but I feel I haven’t found my niche or artists I fit in with yet. I’m sure they’re there though, Montréal is very diverse.

You’ve moved about a lot, spending time between here and parts of the UK. How has this displacement affected your music?

Good question, probably more than I’m aware of. Now anyone can find music from any part of the world through the internet. But living in those different places I experienced the context for a lot of music and the way in which people gather around that music. I feel that’s been invaluable to me and informs how and what I take to use in my own music.

Do you feel one place over another influenced your sound? How did each place you lived in affect you creatively?

Somewhat. As far as dance music goes, Canada doesn’t have its own genres, we replicate or put our own twist on genres that have been established elsewhere. The UK definitely has its own sound and history of dance music. Spending time in Leeds and Bristol I’d go out on nights and always be drawn to the creative rhythms of garage, dubstep and jungle. I was particularly into 2-step as a sort of intersecting genre. I decided to use it as a jumping of point for the weird dreamy music I’d always had in my head. So the UK definitely influenced me in terms of rhythm. But everything else I feel is a soupy mix of influences and art I’ve always been into – wherever that might be. And even now I’m trying to depart from such structured rhythm.


Photo credit: Lee Skinner

Episode 355 (July 31, 2017)

01. XEX – Delta Five – The Smack Shire / Flemish Masters
02. Cabaret Voltaire – Badge Of Evil – Virgin
03. Suicide – New City – Mute
04. Kid Montana – Cabs Ambush – LTM
05. Maxxi & Zeus – American Dreamer – International Feel
06. Eurythmics – Monkey Monkey – RCA
07. Conrad Schnitzler – Nächte In Kreuzberg – Bureau B
08. Trans Am – First Words – Thrill Jockey
09. A Sagittariun – The Age Of Sin – Elastic Dreams
10. Jimmy Edgar – Hold It, Attach It, Connect It – Warp
11. Haruomi Hosono – Platonic – Yen Records
12. Lukid – Bless My Heart – Ninja Tune / Werkdiscs
13. Wally Badarou – Chief Inspector – Island
14. Uku Kuut – Soft Fashion – PPU
15. Richard Schneider Jr. – Hello Beach Girls – Light Sounds Dark
16. Tim Paris – Outback, Stones & Vinyl – My Favorite Robot
17. Telex – Pakmovast – Sire
18. Boytronic – Bryllyant (Extended) – Dark Entries
19. Baby Oliver – Shot Caller – Environ
20. Kano – Ikeya-Seki – Full Time Records
21. Not Waving – Power Source Above Beam Line – Ecstatic
22. Deetron – Love Song – Music Man Records
23. Severed Heads – Power Circles – Dark Entries
24. Tuxedomoon – What Use? – Ralph Records
25. Laid Back – White Horse (Automan Edit) – Automan
26. Kraftwerk – It’s More Fun To Compute – Kling Klang
27. The Faxx – Corruption (No Comment Version) – USA Import Music
28. Section 25 – Sakura – Factory

Episode 354 (July 24, 2017)

01. Oneohtrix Point Never – Pelham Island Road – Editions Mego
02. Thomas Fehlmann – Treatment – Kompakt
03. Sowing Paranoia – Ambient I – Silent Season
04. Actress – Wee Bey – Werkdiscs
05. David Tudor – Rainforest Version 1 (Edit) – Mode
06. Iannis Xenakis – Hibiki-Hana-Ma (Edit) – Electronic Music Foundation
07. Bill Converse – Consulted Acid – Dark Entries
08. Low Jack & Qoso – Like It Soft – In Paradisum
09. Andy Stott – Cherry Eye – Modern Love
10. Autechre – Tankakern – Warp
11. Frankie Reyes – Studies 3-4 – Gifted & Blessed
12. Theo Parrish – Levels – Sound Signature
13. Ghost Note – Holy Jungle – Golf Channel
14. Orange Juice – Rip It Up And Start Again (Leftside Wobble Edit) – Leftside Wobble
15. Al Green – Love & Happiness (Shoes Edit) – Shoes
16. Beautiful Swimmers – Swimmers Groove – Future Times
17. Pieces Of A Dream – Mt. Airy Groove – Elektra
18. Sharon Redd – Never Give You Up (Instrumental) – Prelude
19. Martin Hayes – How To Dance – Rose Records
20. Guy Cuevas – Obsession – Island
21. The Strangers – Stimulation – Salsoul
22. Purple Brain – To The Comrades – RVNG

Episode 353 (July 17, 2017)

01. Bernardino Femminielli – La Montaña Del Capricornio (Excerpt) – Hobo Cult Records
02. Thoughts On Air – Lake Of Mirrors – Scotts Cloud
03. The Hers – Ox Dance – Umbro G
04. Oval – Textuell – Mille Plateaux
05. Claudio Rocchi – Dopo Arona – Die Schachtel
06. Jlin – Carbon 7 (161) – Planet Mu
07. RP Boo – No Return – Planet Mu
08. Tshetsha Boys – Nwapfundla (Rashad & Spinn Remix) – Honest Jons
09. Foodman – Mirai No Gohan – Бh○§†
10. Baggy Clobber – Nissan Cherry – Huntleys & Palmers
11. D’Marc Cantu – Secret Of The Ooze – Creme Organisation
12. Dit + Uta – Science Fiction Park BRD – Cache Cache
13. Zena – Lil’ Bro – HAVN
14. The Pop Group – We Are All Prostitutes – Rough Trade
15. Cowboy Rhythmbox – Shake – Cómeme
16. DAF – Co Co Pino – Mute
17. Untold – Strange Dreams – Hemlock
18. Orphx – Transmutation – Sonic Groove
19. Pelada – Córrale – New
20. Seven Davis Jnr – Get Serious – White Label
21. Monomite – Tap Water Jam Part 1 (Vibe Vibration) – Beat X Changers
22. FYI Chris – Lone Star – Rhythm Section
23. Marcus Mixx – Special Creme (Rub It Mixx) – Unknown To The Unknown
24. Nitrous – Moonwalk – Kinetix
25. Earth Leakage Trip – Psychotronic – Moving Shadow
26. Jahiliyya Fields – Aeon Aeon – LIES
27. Mahmoud Awad – My Voyage Through The Stars – Self-Released
28. Robert Ashley – The Captain Of The Football Team (Donnie) – Lovely Music, Inc.

Episode 352 (July 10, 2017)

01. Florian Kupfer – Unfinished – Technicolour
02. wzrdryAV – Octophase Meditation 1 – Silent Season
03. 154 – Spirit – Delsin
04. Rhythm & Sound – Carrier – Rhythm & Sound
05. Legowelt – The Night Wind – Self-Released
06. Umfang – OK – 1080p
07. Jon Hassell – Metal Fatigue (Patten Remix) – All Saints
08. Osaga – Cacophony – Clockwise
09. Conrad Schnitzler & Pyrolator – 02_287_13 – Bureau B
10. Sector Y – Hozvepian – Booma Collective
11. Gardland – Magicville – RVNG Intl.
12. Claro Intelecto – Contact – Ai Records
13. Samo DJ – Tai Pau Kau – LIES
14. Gunnar Haslam – Kpalaga – The Bunker New York
15. My Panda Shall Fly – —+ Beat – Gang Of Ducks
16. Neo Image – JR East – Pacific Rhythm
17. Alex Caslano – Make It Hot – Huntleys & Palmers
18. Juniper – Jovian Planet – Ominira
19. Prosumer & Murat Tepeli – Serenity (Soundstream Remix) – Ostgut Ton
20. Fred P – Surface – White Label
21. Imugem Orihasem – Aquarium – Balans Records
22. Pierre Henry – Voile D’Orphée – Philips

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Episode 351 (July 3, 2017)

01. [Physics] – The Keep – Digitalis
02. Med Lin – Waiting Room – Reassuring
03. Laurel Halo – Head – Hippos In Tanks
04. Terrence Dixon – The Test Of Time – Tresor
05. Gunnar Haslam – Density – The Bunker New York
06. Loscil – Lucy Dub – Kranky
07. Spacetime Continuum – Ping Pong – Astralwerks
08. Psychick Warriors Ov Gaia – Original Dust – Pi Recordings
09. Fotomachine – Patterns – Jheri Tracks
10. Marcellus Pittman – Erase The Pain – FIT
11. Mr. Beatnick – Parallax Scroll – Don’t Be Afraid
12. Sigha – Rawww – Hotflush
13. OL-047 – Verde Bottiglia – Transition Lab
14. Aybee – Ozzie Davis – Future Vision
15. Black Jazz Consortium – Something Old – Soul People Music
16. Jacques Greene – Clark – Vase
17. Affi Koman – Crisis – Huntleys & Palmers
18. Franc Spangler – Lumpsucker – Delusions Of Grandeur
19. Tuff City Kids – HFS – Delsin
20. Pierre’s Pfantasy Club – Dream Girl – Hot Mix 5
21. Pharaohs – Again – 100% Silk
22. Lo Kindre – Soray Dub – Huntleys & Palmers