Sunday, December 30, 2007



Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Donuts of the Mind

A young boy in a black puffy jacket walks down a windy street, his boots shuffling on the asphalt. The ashen pavement is painted with the tawny resin left by burnt autumn leaves, they speckle the sidewalk in an ornate pattern, breaking up the monotonous drone of geometric cracks. He picks up a stick and runs it along a chain link fence, tickling the metallic diamonds as he starts to jog. His jog breaks into a run and the burnt red bricks of factory buildings smear in a wash of emotion, the fuzzy whispers of motowns ghosts stir the air into a static frenzy, clinging to the skinny barren arms of the trees that line the road. His feet drum the tight skin of asphalt beneath them in a shifting rhythm. He tears across the city at this cantered pace, arcing over concrete spined bridges and ducking through metal ribbed tunnels, navigating deeper into its sweaty heart. 

J Dilla - Gobstopper
All songs from the album Donuts. 
Picture from Wooster Collective

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

not so easy

Marching through an ornate forest of shimmering synthetic palms and slippery, thickly packed chords, a humanoid sings her mournful song in a filtered binary tongue. Moved by her desolate rhythm the plastic forest pulses in an alien sway swallowing her in spongy fog.


Killin' Us Softly

In a grey courtyard a monk sits beneath a pagoda. He is hunched over, plucking his board-like koto in a lilting staccato rhythm. As he furiously plays into a trance, leaves begin to swirl, lending their sweeping percussion to the sharp koto stabs. The rain claps onto the grey stone, cutting the groove into glossy fragments that bounce around the courtyard like atomic particles liberated from their mechanical bonds. 

Monday, December 17, 2007

King of the Q

Somewhere in the damp swamps of Missouri the spirit of Robert Johnson downs the last of the moonshine in his cup, two punk exiles from montreal shack up in a WWII bunker in Germany, hit record on an abused four track and start thrashing with all the fervor of Buddy Holly on meth. Cutting between harmar mississippi chops and ghostly 50's doowop they will punch you in the face then tell you they love you when you can still taste the blood in your mouth, but you will believe it.... until they punch you in face again. 

Sunday, December 16, 2007


Here is a new mix, its mostly older songs some more typical rock songs in there too, some of it is kind of unmixed and some of it is roughly mixed let me know what you think.(there are links to a couple of the songs I have already posted included in the tracklisting, if anyone wants any of the other songs in their full unmixed form just leave a comment or email me)

Don't Give it Up mixed by Grey Matt
Alan Reeves, Phil Steele - The Chase
Love - The Castle
James White and the Blacks - Contort Yourself
Pointer Sisters - Bring Him Back (Pilooski edit)
David Byrne - Big Business
Eddie Kendricks - Thanks for the Memories (Lee Douglas edit)
Lee Douglas - Our Song

Wednesday, December 12, 2007


Mount Florida is J.D. Twitch (of Optimo) and M.P. Lancaster this ep is entitled Strut. It's pretty fly, drawing on the influences of no wave and krautrock, a lot of the elements that make optimos mixes so good are at work here. If you like this you can check out the no wave mix on their website, good little introduction to some similar stuff.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Well the weekend is here.....sadly I wont be hitting any real dancefloors because of exams and my grandmas birthday (yeah ethel) but, here is my mini playlist for shameless bedroom dancefloors. woo woo

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Advance Overhead

Released last year this ep from Justus Kohnke was kind of slept on. Overhead flips a Frankie Vallie breakdown and gives it a thorough filter rinse with stuttering percussion underneath. Advance is a little more restrained offering, some live sounding drums and dubbed out stabs march ominously until Justus saves you from the beatdown and sends a thick wall of arpeggiated synths into the ether. He also has a new ep out on kompakt.

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Berlin Sunrise

the sun floats on the horizon painting the last clouds of the night in fluorescent pastel streaks of daylight burning across the sky....

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Classical Studies

Seeing as I'm writing a thrilling paper on Anthony and Cleopatra, it seemed to fitting to post something with a classical theme. While Hercules and Love Affair have more in common with Chicago circa 1990 than Athens circa 300 they're close enough. Their latest 12" from DFA has been out for a little while now but i just recently picked it up. Both sides of this vinyl are premium cuts, pulling in all the right directions at once. Roar is a strange trip through the twisting tunnels of some prehistoric cavern, the vocals suggesting liberation while the chunky synths keep telling you to leave the outside world behind and give yourself fully to the hands of Greek gods. Classique #2 is just as unrelenting, the heavy 909 belting you into submission, while the creeping pads offer only eerie blue light in this dark tunnel. 

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Wizardry and such

mostly new, a little bit of old mixed in for good measure. the last track is cut short, more to come.

chromatics - In the City
Mocky - Catch a Moment in Time (Ewan Pearson's memory blissed remix)
Mock & Toof - K- Choppers
Lindstrom & Solale - Let's Practice
M.I.A. - Jimmy (eli remix)
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Intro
Holy Ghost - Hold On (black mazego groove)
Jodeci - Freek U (mk mix)
Mark Morrison - Return of the Mack


Monday, November 26, 2007

Peace Arch

Villalobos' Fabric Live CD is wicked. here is my edit of andruic and japan, the original is 12 minutes long i got it down to eight or so, by no means short but a little more manageable.  

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Quick Fix

My edit of Bill Withers - Who is he, sorry about the vinyl static its kind of annoying. Let me know what you think. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Killa Whale

The bay area has a long hiphop tradition founded by the likes of Too Short and E40 and more recently endorsed by hyphy. However one rapper has been working underground in the bay since 1993, Dre Dog aka Andre Nickatina. While you have probably heard his crack anthem ayo for yayo, the dre dog is far from a one hit wonder with a whopping 16 albums (at my last count) under his belt. Some of his catalogue has a tendency to be a little repetitive in style (not unlike Too Short or E40), there are only so many ways to rap about slanging high quality coke, some of his records are very conceptual and dramatized. He weaves a range of stories, from gritty street scenes to deeply introspective moments where he seems to be battling the devil in the studio. Even more impressive is the wide range of production he spits over, new school p funk, barren cocaine beats, and dramatic strings. Plus this amazing cover art. 

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Street Beat

A cheerful mood permeates the tight streets of Mumbai, lizards cool themselves on the walls, dark bodies against the sun drenched streaks of ochre walls, the close smell of hot oil and cumin spice. Somewhere in the distance a macaque shrieks out and the placid calm erupts as two vespas tear through the narrow channel, leaving in their wake a chaotic outburst of dry flyers, dust and shadows. The momentary calamity is absolved as papers flutter to the ground and echoes ricochet off the alleys canyon walls, shattering down on the streets below. 

Monday, November 5, 2007


A two headed beast of a 12". the a side is a slow burning cosmic trip on the beach, shimmering synths casting rays of sunlight through the reverberating blackberry sky. B side continues the ambling pace through dusk, peaking as the moon  arches into the height of its journey. the sky erupts in thunder and ushers down a frothy rain, cooling the crowds on the beach into the first gentle glimmers of morning. 

Saturday, October 27, 2007

it doesnt seem so long ago that house party was in theaters, people were still rockin fades and fresh prince was the best show on tv (isnt it still???). anyways to remember this era here are two new jack jams. first up is r-kelly's born into the 90's. what more can you ask for the name says it all. second is digital underground's  freaks of the industry slo mo party hiphop at its finest.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Shiny Fruit

A faint pulse echoes through the forest, the alluring sounds draw you slowly away from the beaten path. Dreamily you wander deeper into the trees, propelled on by the hypnotic bleeps. Suddenly a light flashes and the glowing entrance to a cave appears, the beat gets louder as you draw near. Overwhelmed by curiosity and completely forgetting the civilized world you drift down the bleary cave path until it opens into a wide cavern, lit only with torches and filled with an undulating mass of Avalonians. 2 futuristic gypsies control the throbbing rhythms of the pagan dance floor, tweaking wooden knobs on vine covered oscillators and arpeggiating the crowd into madness. 

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Choppin It Up

One part of the recently released series of 12"s from the DFA sister label (?) Death From Abroad features two tracks from Mock & Toof. The a side is a stomping acid workout that takes off after a slick extended steel bell intro. But really this is all about the thicker than nyquil synths that turn the track into a dreamy trance out. 

I first heard Losoul on Optimo's BBC essential mix. Responsible for the outstanding edit of UnKnownMix's The Siren I recently tracked down some original vinyl he put out in 2006. Back Wash Riders is heavy minimal funk at its finest. Chopped up stabs scatter and scoot over a straight house beat until the wobbling bass picks up and starts sliding in between. After the two minute mark the track pulls you down into a deep, hollow ravine and doesn't let up until it has thoroughly rinsed you in the oily waters of its funky river. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2007


Seeing as I seem to be spending most of my time ripping and labeling vinyl and looking at other music blogs instead of studying for the two midterms I have in the next week, I decided to start posting songs I think are somehow important or just plain good. In addition to the above mentioned reason a quick google search for music blogs in Vancouver turned up barely a handful so perhaps I can contribute to that small (but hopefully growing) community. Anyways since I haven't exactly found out how to upload songs yet I would like to point you instead to some blogs that inspired me: On-Off great dance music blog from toronto via glasgow I believe, straightforward posts lots of mp3s and a great header image. 20 Jazz Funk Greats is an amazing blog out of the UK featuring imaginative musings and intergalactic sounds, updated very regularly. Beats in Space Tim Sweeney's absolutely essential site featuring mixes by world class djs and updated weekly. And finally get a taste of the ultimate blogger lifestyle over at Lloydski's impeccable blog. More posts to come.