Archive for April, 2007

Electronic Music Genre UPDATE 2 

Posted on 29 April, 2007. Filed under: Ambient, Breakbeat, Disco, Down Tempo, Electro, Electronic art music, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, Hardcore, House |

Just quickly letting you know that I have updated a few of the ‘Electronic Music Genre‘ pages, namely Ambient, Breakbeat, Disco, Downtempo, Electro, Electronic Art Music, Hardcore and House.

Some of the information on these pages is very brief, but I will be updating everything continuously. In the mean time, continue to check out all the related blog posts.

The rest of the genres will be covered shortly, so don’t forget to check up regularly!

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Wisp-ey atmospheres

Posted on 24 April, 2007. Filed under: Ambient, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, Electronica, experimental, Music, remix, Techno | Tags: , , , , |

Even when I need to relax, I don’t like listening to ‘technically boring’ songs. By that I mean, songs where very little happens, there are very few layers, there are no rhythmic changes etc etc.

But every brain needs a little down time. Or, in my case, something to distract it enough to be able to wind down and rock it gently in to (hopefully) some form of temporary oblivion.

A song that does this really well for me is the Wisp remix of Aphex Twin’s ‘Rhubarb’. It’s an awesome mix of relaxing, atmospheric ambient with an Omni-Trio-esque jungle rhythm mixed in. There are no sudden loud noises to jar you back in to reality, just smooth, groovy ambience.

Track Details: Aphex Twin – rhubarb (Wisp 1159 mix)

If you like that, try: Aphex Twin – lichen (Wisp 1136 mix)

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Calyx – Moving through the Shadows

Posted on 24 April, 2007. Filed under: beats, Dance music, DJ, DnB, Drum&Bass, Drum'n'Bass, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, Music, Music Genre, Techno |

If you were hanging around the drum’n’bass scene around 05-06, you more than likely heard a couple of songs by Calyx. If you were listening to the darker sounds in drum’n’bass, it’s even MORE likely that you heard some of his tunes.

Personally, I love the stuff this guy (Larry Cons) has been putting out. I don’t think I have found one song I don’t like. Sure some are better than others, but on a whole, it’s a hearty two thumbs up from me.

What I love even MORE though, is Moving Shadow. They are one of the record labels that have truly done a massive favour for the drum’n’bass and jungle collective. What I’m talking about are their MS sampler series. It is through these that I have discovered numerous new (and fantastic) drum’n’bass artists and been able revisit old ones. What makes them even better is that they’re SO CHEAP!! On average, you pay around AU$12 per CD, and they are top quality production-wise.

It was through MS05.2 that I came across Calyx. At the moment, I would say this album is one of my all time drum’n’bass favourites. It’s got everything I love about drum’n’bass in it. The sexy rhythms, the dark deep and grumbly bass lines, the occasional vocals, the industrial grunt that is still smooth and groovable. GAH! I’m gonna need a cold shower soon.

Track Details: Calyx – Tearing Us Apart

If you like that, try: Corrupt Souls – Trioxin
Or have a go of: Future Prophecies – Concrete Combat

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Rave culture

Posted on 22 April, 2007. Filed under: Dance music, Electronic Music, Music, rave |

I came across this post in my tag surf list. The majority of it I agree with.

I think there is such thing as a rave culture. It’s a culture that anyone can be part of and can contribute to. Your parents don’t need to have been part of it, and you don’t need to believe in anything to be part of it. You don’t need to swear allegiance to anyone and there are no strict rituals.

It’s a culture that (I believe) has been completely misrepresented and misunderstood. Fortunately, those who think badly of ravers are the ones missing out. So I don’t care.

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Shout Out addition

Posted on 18 April, 2007. Filed under: Electronic Music, Music |

Just a quick note to let you know I have added a page for ‘shout outs‘. Essentially it’s just a spot to say thanks to all those people who helped me discover electronic music and music in general.

Ofcourse, I haven’t been able to list EVERYone, so if your name isn’t there I do apologise. You are, nonetheless, *cue corny toonage* in my memories and my heart.

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Electronic Music Genre UPDATE

Posted on 14 April, 2007. Filed under: Dance music, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, Music, Music Genre |

Just a quick note to let you know I have updated the list of Electronic Music Genres.

There are a couple of genres on the list I’m not too familiar with, but I had seen them referenced in a couple of different places, so added them anyway.

They are split up according to the 14 most general areas of dance music today. Ofcourse, 10, 5, even 1 year ago, some of these genres didn’t exist. Soon I will be adding a page describing when each of the primary genres appeared and then attempt to break it down further from there. Just a little fine-tuning needed.

Stay funky!

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Psycho-delic trance?

Posted on 14 April, 2007. Filed under: Dance music, DJ, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronica, Goa, Goa trance, Music, Music Genre, Psychedelic trance, psytechno, psytrance, rave, Techno, Trance |

I was recently introduced to the musical stylings of Infected Mushroom. For years I had seen their posters and name splashed about the place, but I’d never actually heard anything of theirs.

Well! Have my eyes (or should I say, ears) been opened! And here I was thinking that all tech was becoming boringly progressive and all trance anthemic and blah.
Infected Mushroom
This Israeli psytrance duo sure know how to get your brain going and every sense working overtime to keep up. And then, just like that, they can bring it right back down with hypnotic vocals and sexy rhythms.

Track Details: Infected Mushroom – Tasty Mushroom

If you like that, try: Infected Mushroom – Release Me
For something a little different, try: Infected Mushroom – Avratz

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Tipper-licious

Posted on 12 April, 2007. Filed under: beats, Breakbeat, breaks, Dance music, DJ, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, Electronica, experimental, Music, Music Genre, nu skool breaks, remix, Techno |

Sometimes I wish I was a DJ. I find this feeling to be particularly strong when I go to a rave or a club and the DJ just keeps a song running and running and running… What I especially don’t like is when the MC goes “WHO WANTS A REWIIIIIND?!” And I’m like “NNNOOOOOOO!!!” But “reeooreeooreh!!!” and off the song goes again.

There has been one event, however, that was just incredible. I swear the DJ could read my emotions, ’cause just before I started to think “ok, I’m ready for a new song now”, he’d start working something even better in.

This DJ was none other than (the freakin’ amazing) Dave Tipper. He had me on the (good) proverbial edge his whooole set. Let’s just say that by the time I walked out of the club that night, I was ready to light-up then go to sleep!

Track Details: Tipper – Twister

If you like that, try: Grooverider – Where’s Jack the Ripper (Tipper rmx)

For something a little different, try: Tipper – Cable to Continue

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De Ragga Meester!

Posted on 11 April, 2007. Filed under: beats, Breakbeat, Dance music, DJ, Electronic Music, jungle, Music, ragga |

Today I was listening to an old(ish) favourite by Aquasky and the Master Blasters. I’ve listened to this song tonnes in the past, but today I realised something. I know ragga (and reggae) are Jamaican sounding. But it’s always reminded me of something else. Or more accurately, someONE else… Who else do we all know that has a bouncey bouncey way of “talking”? A bamdamareggyfloombydoomby?

The Swedish Chef

That’s right! The original Ragga Meester himself: The Swedish Chef!

Track Details: Aquasky vs Master Blaster – Loko (feat. The Ragga Twins)

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Just Noisia?

Posted on 9 April, 2007. Filed under: beats, Dance music, DJ, DnB, Drum'n'Bass, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, Electronica, happy hardcore, Hardcore, Music, remix, Techno |

I laaarv dark drum’n’bass. The more industrial-ey, grumble-ey, yum-ey the better. Especially if it uses a nicely broken beat (not just a slow doof-doof-dah-doof).

I ALSO love 80’s music, so when I came across this song (Eurythmics rmx by Noisia), I got excited.

At first, it just sounds like the original has been sped up. Enter the chipmunk vocals (aah dear, here I was expecting tasty dark drum’n’bass Noisia-styles and I’ve got a happy hardcore rmx).

FLASH BACK NOTE: remember those days when you’d put a record on your parents turntable and switch the speed up, just ’cause it sounded so funny and cool? Those Chipmunks could sing everything!

But that was just the intro. At 1:08 it fades back and you get ready for the wind-up. And at 1:29, well, that’s where my hair stands on end. THAT’s where the drum’n’bass kicks in… and boy is it tasty. Up and down synth-ey winds and thick drum beats… eek…

Not sure if I’d say this was a fantastic assimilation of the original though. You kind of get the feeling he just sped up the original, then put it together with a relatively generic dark dnb backing. But who cares?!?!?!?! I LIKE IT!!

Track Details: Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Noisia Bootleg Remix)

If you like that, try: Jesus Jones – Zeros and Ones (Prodigy rmx)

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