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Enveloping Insanity – Hard Hop Tricked Out

Posted on 29 January, 2009. Filed under: beats, Breakbeat, breakbeat hardcore, breaks, broken beat, Dance music, Electronic Music, Hardcore, Music, rave, rave music, Techno |

I was lieing in bed, listening to my iRiver, one of my favourite songs came on and I just HAD to get up and post about it.

I think I’ve written about this song/style before – if I haven’t, I’ve most certainly meant to!

If you like heavy, broken beats, the feeling of utterly absorbing insanity but with a driving rhythm, you NEED the Wizard of Oh’s mix of  Bronco by Tanith.

If you like Tipper (his old rave-ey stuff) you’ll LARV this.

I start listening to this song and the rhythm just gets me straight away. Then there’s a couple of synthy space sounds, the vocal sample and then… *shudder* the deep crumply whiney run and then… *holds breath* the drop in to the main body of the song.

The sound literally pours in to your ears, runs down the back of your throat, down your spine and makes the hair on your arms and legs stand on end.

I’m going to have to post about this style (and this specific album) again soon.
Though right now I’m going to get back in bed, let my eyes water and roll with it.

Track details: Tanith – Bronco (Wizard of Oh Mix)

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Music in Movies not on the Soundtrack (or “gaaaaah!”)

Posted on 17 August, 2008. Filed under: Dance music, dark electro, Electro, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Music, rave, Techno |

Don’t you HATE it when you’re watching a movie, you hear this awesome piece of music in the background of a scene, you start hyperventalating (cause it’s just so awesome), you immediately go and find the soundtrack to the movie, only to find the pièce de résistance of the whole soundtrack isn’t there?! Well, all I can say is “THANK GOODNESS FOR THE INTERNET”!

A couple of weeks ago I went and saw the new Batman movie – The Dark Knight. About half way through is a scene in a nightclub with some awesome dark electronic song in the background (total goosebump moment). Anyway, having learnt from my mistakes, I went straight to the internet and did a search for “club scene song Dark Knight Batman” and voila! Some gorgeous person had already discovered what it was and posted about it!

Finding a song you’ve been searching for for ages can be one of the most rewarding experiences – the moment the download clicks over to 100% and the sound of the song you’ve dedicated hours to searching for starts flowing through your speakers can be quite a tear-jerker (for this girl, anyway).

Fortunately, with the internet, we can start to benefit from other peoples tireless searches, and reap the benefits more quickly. Next time you get stuck on a song you’ve heard randomly in the background of a movie, have a quick squiz at ReelSoundtrack.com or google-it.

Track details: Boom Boom Satellites – Scatterin’ Monkey
Boom Boom Satellites – A Moment of Silence

If you like that, try: Crystal Method – Trip Like I Do

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Educational Remix

Posted on 13 May, 2008. Filed under: chillout, Dance music, dub, Dubstep, Electro, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Genres, hard trance, house music, Music, Music Genre, rave, remix, Techno, Trance, Uncategorized |

Understanding the unique components of a style of electronic or dance music can be pretty hard, especially if you aren’t familiar with many (or any) other styles of electronic music.

For me, one of the easiest ways to figure out what makes a particular style is by comparison. I listen to a song I know well (particularly something not electronic or dancey) then listen to a remixed version of it.

For example, one non-dance song I was really into in the mid-90’s was a song by Arkarna, called ‘The Future’s Overrated’. Due to my lack of fundage at the time, all I could afford was the single. A few singles of this song came out, each with a few different remixes – my favourite being Amethyst’s Past, Present and Future Mix.

Around this time, I wasn’t particularly familiar with many styles of electronic music. I knew basic tech and listened to the more commercial stuff like Snap, C&C Music Factory, The Prodigy etc etc. I hadn’t come across much progressive electro trance stuff. This remix was a great intro. It helped pique my interest in those styles and was the start of my journey in to chill-out and trance.

Knowing the original version helped highlight the slower, more atmospheric sound of trance, as well as the synthetic beat/tune sounds and resonating, floatey vocals. *sigh* Beeeeyaddaful…

Track details: Arkarna – The Future’s Overrated (Amethyst’s Past, Present and Future Mix)

Also have a listen to:
Justin Timberlake – My Love (RYF Dubstep Remix)
Beverly Hills Cop – Axel F (Hard Trance Remix)

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Come to Aphex Twin!

Posted on 17 May, 2007. Filed under: Ambient, beats, breaks, chillout, Dance music, DJ, DnB, Down Tempo, downtempo, Drum&Bass, Drum'n'Bass, Electro, Electronic art music, Electronic Music, Electronic Music Artists / DJs, Electronic Music Genres, experimental, House, house music, IDM, industrial, Music, Music Genre, Psychedelic trance, psytechno, psytrance, rave, Techno | Tags: , , , , , |

Have you ever had one of those days, where everything that comes up on your playlist reminds you of one particular artist? Like…
“oh, that beat reminds me of artist X”.
“Hey that sound reminds me of artist X”.
“Wait, I’m sure artist X has a few tunes like that”.

Well, over this last weekend alot of the tunes I’ve been listening to seem to remind me of (that wacky Irish camper himself) Aphex Twin. Yet I haven’t listened to one actual Aphex Twin song in months!
Richard David James - Aphex Twin

What I have been listening to though is a variety of jungle, hardcore, drum’n’bass, ambient and psytrance. Could it really be that Aphex Twin sounds like all of these?

One of the artists I listened to was Boards of Canada. They have that kind of ambient, IDM, experimental feel to them. And they are all words that you can definately apply to Aphex Twin (Selected Ambient Works?).

I also listened to some of The Knife, that Swedish synthpop pair who have some pretty warped sounds, with hints of mainstreaminess. Hmm, also Aphex Twin-ey (Richard D. James?).

And finally, there was some good ol’ Infected Mushroom. To me, there are some very similar beats, rhythms and mix-ups between the two.

You know, I think I may even go so far as to say, a journey through Aphex Twin is a journey through a vast array of electronic music styles.

Track Details: Aphex Twin – Window Licker
Track Details: Boards of Canada – Dayvan Cowboy
Track Details: The Knife – Like a Pen

If you like those, try: Aphex Twin – Digeridoo
Aphex Twin – Polynomial-C
Boards of Canada – Music is Math
Boards of Canada – Kid for Today
The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health
The Knife – Heartbeats

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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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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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