By Der Opium Queen
1. June11 - White Bird
It can be hard to select an opening track sometimes, but the opening mantra of loosening up and beginning to float, up and away from our bodies is a good place to start. Released on the ever great treasure chest of Stroom Records out of Belgium.
2. Jura Soundsyem - The Latern Song
A whimsical floatation device from the great Isle of Jura label, they do great work for reissuing oddball of disco-not-disco and baleiric treats. Those spaced out trumpets in the background clears the path for the dubbed out, weird and wonderful. The label first came to attention for me for their reissue of the classic Fire in My Heart, by Escape from New York, my friend let us stay up in his attic a few years back after a night out and we listened to a wild mix called Andy Blake Rocks the Boat, great times, I think even the Beegees were in that mix.
3. Black Merlin - Standing At The Summit Of Bosavi
Black Merlin for me has been a staple in my mixes for some time. His penchant for tough electronics is complemented and contrasted by his immersive soundscape experiments. The key feature of these experiments is the dank soaking atmosphere of his exotic field records, where the synthesized elements are full of raw transcendental power. Combined with loosely geographical field records, you have a great meeting of document and fantasy, which i find interesting and sounds just great. This track is taken from his latest LP which is collected from field recordings surrounding the Kosua tribe of Papa New Guinea.
4. Aponogeton - The Night Sky is Falling (Sixth Seal)
Another track from the Stroom camp, this time its a highly dense 3D ambient piece with high emotional content that swirls in and out of focus, not much else to say about this one, but sit back and enjoy it.
5. DJ healer - Get away
The artist behind DJ Healer, and the countless other monikers that came before really is a true auteur. With so many different genres and it can be hard to know what exactly the expression of his style is, as its always evolving, changing. For me what it all has in common is his ability to make the small details really interesting, without necessarily using detail, its just a hard hitting effect, like he can get his point across with relatively formulaic formats (House, Techno and so forth) I guess he can put his stamp on effortlessly what has been produced over and over for years, and make it fresh!
6. Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement - Bridgetown Dub
If Black Merlin's Kosua, mentioned previously, profiles real geographical landscapes and twists it into a full colour psychedelia, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement aka Vatican Shadow has been carving a deep jungle soundspace that is entirely his own for a good few years now. For me this is a project that can really take you there, while Kosua acts as a warped quasi document of the real world exotica, RSE is not stuck to the limitations of the real world, allowing for some seriously dark and mind bending ideas to bloom. Reggae-dub in the humid depths of the jungle, why the hell not. This track comes from the 2 track Venus Flytrap Exotica.
7. OSSIA - Radiation
Nice zone out here, accidentally pushed further into the extremity by the help of my turntables on33, 45 RPM function, this was actually accidental, but the slo mo skank out that occurred as a result melted my brain and stole my heart. blissed out in a dub hell.
8. Dopplereffekt - Gestalt
I am a fan of strong musical concepts. Context, be it real or fictional can really take music to some great places. Dopplereffekt have always been a great example of this. Calculated Electro resulting from immersive scientific research and mathematical explorations surely does have a good ring to it, and matches their stripped down, monochrome style. This process is great when you get the balance right, and Dopplereffekt have maybe been guilty of nerding out a bit too hard at some points in the past, (alongside other super classic tracks) but here on their latest LP I feel they got it just right. Musical, alien, funky and calculated.
9. B12 - The Sillicon Garden (Flymocut)
Classic Techno, from the album titled Time Tourist. What I think is great here is that its title comes from the usual science fiction Techno day dream, but this album in itself is truly a time capsule of classic 90's futurism. This empowers listeners today to pick up the record (as a sort of time capsule) and become the time tourists themselves, maybe I'm getting carried away, but its a nice thought anyway. Enjoy this one!
10. Darcangelo - Saturn
More 90's Electronica here, this time from Italian duo D'arcangelo, this tracks kind of used as a segway in this mix, between two heavy hitters, I don't believe this utilization detracts the power of the track at all, its just how you use it, I wouldn't think of this as a DJ tool as it doesn't follow a template optimize itself for mixing, but it is very useful in a DJ mix and can help shape, or destabilize it, it always depends.
11. merchZMATSUTSI - Slipe Slide
Entering the sludgey, warm blooded territory with this, courtesy of the ever great Macadam Mambo. A label great for pushing club sounds that maybe you could say are for the freaks, or anyone for with a good taste for slow, closmic, electronic and organic sounds.
12. Karya - Muž Ze Skla
With a balearic house sound that never really had a parallel in the country, this is a truly unique Czechoslovakian record. Reissued for the first time on a 12" on the great Smiling C. A great label that recently put out a compilation that is thoroughly deserving of its title 'A Totally new sound'.
13. Isle of Jura Soundsystem - Ocean Tool
The previously mentioned Isle of Jura records were so kind to include 4 DJ tools at the end of their last compilation, not so much drum loops or DJ tools in the usual sense. In this case the tools are more ambience tools, field recordings of different shapes and sizes for a bit of worldly flair, for this particular transition I went with the seagulls to add that coastal and possibly slightly salty feel to my mixtape.
14. DE - Giant Step (Club Mix)
Some great laid back rhythms, in a hip-hop styled breezer from Into The Light records straight out of Athens, Greece, releasing nuggets and hidden gems from the past and present. They are really nices guys and are doing great things also with their more club focused imprint Echovolt records, consult for your dance floor needs.
15. DJ Sotofett Feat. Osaruxo & Diskomo - 抄録 四
Live recordings from Sex Tags Set-Up Tokyo, at Pool in Tokyo – November 26th, 2017. Released on 7 inch on their Amfibia imprint, weird spaced and disassociating electronics, mixed in with some classic 90's hip hop from Black Moon. Maybe it goes flip mode here for a bit but I was having a wee moment, right?
16. Bob Moses / Billy Martin - Boat Song Part II
Pulling myself out of the ditch of the leftfield and getting things cooked again, this time with the help of some tropical drums of Deutschland, from Jan Schulte's compilation. Slow heady rhythms with space in between for all your wildest exotica daydreams to take full flight, also mixed with a small skit from Automatic Tasty from his record on Lunar Disko, advising you to please keep your receipt.
17. Brenda and the Beachballs - Dancing Through the Night
From Jamie Tiller and Raphael Top Secret compiled LP of Unevan Paths, focusing on hand selected obscure and unco-operative European pop music from the 80s and 90s. The quality of tracks dug out and melded together here is equally matched by their quirky and upbeat stride. I could not recommend a collection of songs more, to be honest. The jewels that constantly seem to be unearthed by Jamie Tiller and Music for Memory never ceases to amaze. Great for coming into springtime now, but has also gotten me through the Winter, and some long nights.
18. Criola - KWE!! (Prins Emannual Remix)
Prins Emannuel , the man out of Malmo, Sweeden, has proved himself as a robust outpost for baleiric, coastal, sometimes often delicate and also hard hitting eleticism. Not too much else to say here but this is a great remix, this release also features solid versions from Androo, Tolouse Low Trax and Intersteller Funk, be sure to check it.
19. Mystica Tribe - Flowers
A cool mix of acid dub and jazzy drums here. Monstrous dubbed out atmospheres and driving beats that work well with this less so explored fusion of genres. For a while I always thought it would be Acid Jungle that would the next big thing, but never really took off, but hopefully the Mystica Tribe can crack the code of where to next, keep your eye on this group.
20. Grace Jones - Cry Now Laugh Later
Ladies and Gentleman, Miss Grace Jones, a true original showstopper, and a great way to round off the mix, seeya.