Pt 1: Chill House: tinyurl.com/tropical1
Pt 2: Bassline House & Garage: tinyurl.com/tropical2
Stepping up the pace with Part 3 of the Tropical Robot sequence of mixes, this is a blistering assault of ravey festival trap and booming dancehall twerk.
Not much more to say except play it loud loud loud and get stuck in. Enjoy!
1 Aquadrop Vs. Nadastrom – Favelas (RL Grime Private Pussy Edit)
2 Sinjin Hawke – Crystal Dust
3 RL Grime & What So Not – Tell Me
4 Tropkillaz – MAMBO
5 Wave Racer – Rock U Tonite
6 UZ – Trap Shit 19
7 G-Wizard feat Wiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg & J.Dwight – Checkmate! (Remix by Eko)
8 Flosstradamus – Drop Top (feat. Travis Porter)
9 NYMZ – BINGBONG (Original Mix)
10 Flosstradamus – Mosh Pit (Feat. Casino)
11 MAYHEM x ANTISERUM vs GENT x JAWNS – WHERE YOU BEEN?
12 PAPER DIAMOND X LOUDPVCK – Paper Diamond & Loudpvck – Wylin
13 Sub Focus – Turn Back Time (Gold Top Remix)
14 BeazyTymes – Rebel
15 MING + Mister Black – Drop Out (Kick The Habit NEW REMIX) FINAL WAV
16 Skrillex – Try It Out (Neon Mix) ft. Alvin Risk
17 Zeds Dead – Ratchet
18 Woolymammoth x Cal Strange – FLAPJVCKS (Tincup Remix)
19 UZ – Trap Shit 18
20 Ronaissance – YEET
21 Green Velvet, Flosstradamus, Yellow Claw – Pillz
22 Gladiator – Work (Original Mix)
23 Headhunterz Feat. Krewella – United Kids Of The World
24 Untitled (Bonus Track)
25 Wuki – Jay-Z – Big Pimpin’ (Wuki Bootleg)
26 Clicks & Whistles x ƱZ – Bull Dozer
27 Kelis – Milkshake (Gold Top Trap Remix)
28 Pigeons love blue milk
29 Baauer & RL Grime – Infinite Daps
30 Aidonia, Schlachthofbronx – Aidonia – Pon Di Cocky (Schlachthofbronx Edit)
31 AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It (DJ Snake Remix)
32 Gwen Stefani – Hollaback Girl (Ian Munro’s 100bpm Retwerk)
33 Ian Munro – Twerk Some
34 G-Buck - #Twurnt
35 Bro Safari & UFO! – Drama (Party Favor Remix)
36 Missy Elliot – One Minute Man (Jesse Slayter & Saint Remix)
37 Diplo & GTA – Boy Oh Boy (TWRK Remix)
38 Saint – Tamagotchi (feat. Dai Burger – Saint Remix)
39 Baauer – Rollup (Twerk Remix)
40 DMX – Party Up (@Thrizzo Remix)
41 DJ Snake feat. Lil’ Jon – Turn Down For What
42 Yellow Claw – DJ Turn It Up
43 R3HAB & DEORRO – Flashlight (Atik Remix)
44 UZ x Aazar – Shake
45 UZ – Break Point
46 Phatcap – PVCKED!
47 Dizz1 – Everyday Grind feat. Aloe Blacc
Part 2 of the Tropical Robot series of mixes.
Where the Chill House mix (here: tinyurl.com/tropical1 ) ended on a cliff hanger here we continue the journey, picking up exactly where we left off with Eats Everything & Roisin Murphy.
This time, we have ourselves some chunky beats and fat basslines destined to ruin your speakers.
The mix is an attempt to try and balance some more “commercial” sounds with something a bit filthier & danky – after all, you don’t get a pearl without a little bit of grit.
Starting off with some Dirtybird tracks we then get both lighter & darker with some female vocals and fat wallops of bass from Route 94 & Disclosure before going old-skool with Machinedrum’s Aden. Things twist into some garridge bidnezz then get a bit heavier with My Nu Leng and Special Request’s monstrous remix of Hackney Parrot.
A final stretch of bouncing 2-step accelerates into a harder hitting climax and some twerking ravey breakbeats teasing as to where we will be going next….
Crank it up, and Enjoy!
00:00 Hot Natured, Roisin Murphy – Alternate State Eats Everything Downtown Remix)
00:20 Justin Martin – Buggin (CD Version)
01:15 Shiba San – OKAY
03:27 Route 94 – Tell You Why (Original Mix)
05:15 Hayfever – Ground Collapse
08:16 Disclosure – Help Me LOse My Mind (Kill Them With Colour Remix)
10:27 Jakwob feat. Tiffany Juno – Somebody New (Dismantle Remix)
12:30 Aden – Part Of Me (Original Mix)
15:50 Aden – Whip (Jimmy Edgar Remix)
20:12 Chocolate Puma feat. Kris Kiss – Step Back (Original Mix)
22:14 DJ Zinc & MC Fats – Move That Sound
24:58 DJ Blaqstarr – Hands Up Thumbs Down (Eyes Everywhere Bootleg)
27:18 Alex Parkin – Nasty Thing
29:19 PEARCE, Ben – Lego
30:56 STEREO MARS – Judgement
33:04 Tension – Waiting Games (Decka Sound Remix)
35:31 My Nu Leng – Masterplan (feat. Fox)
40:32 Four Tet & Terror Danjah – Killer
41:50 Varsity – Grunt
43:52 SPECIAL REQUEST – Hackney Parrot (Special Request VIP)
46:18 I Killed Kenny – Fahrenheit
48:21 X5 DUBZ – Understand
49:25 Chase & Status Ft. Ed Thomas – Blk & Blu (Preditah Remix)
52:18 BeatauCue – Kyllan (Prince Club Remix)
55:23 DISTRO – Thug Girl
57:13 DevelopMENT – Drop That Ass
58:29 NAPT vs Roska – Roar
1:00:12 Gladiator – Sweat (Original Mix)
1:02:25 Ian Munro - #STFU
Aaaand we’re Back in the room.
Belatedly starting off 2014 with a selection of mixes from my new home in Tropical Far North Australia, we’re going to ease into things gently with a nice 120bpm mix of Chilled & Deep House.
00:00 B2K – Gots Ta Be [GANZ Mellow Refix]
01:16 Maya Jane Coles – Something In The Air (Bonobo Remix)
03:51 Jamie XX – Sleep Sound
09:35 Bonobo feat. Grey Reverend – First Fires (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
16:49 Sam Feldt & De Hofnar – Bloesem (Original Mix)
19:37 hold on, were coming – fear of dawn remix
23:39 Rektchordz – Meant To Be (Fear Of Dawn Remix)
26:58 Fort Romeau – Your Light
35:22 Fort Romeau – Pirouette
37:05 Deft – Octavia
42:17 Phon.o – Moonwalk
46:56 London Grammar – Hey Now (Bonobo Remix)
49:30 Murder He Wrote ft. Lily Gray – Work It (Ft. Lily Gray)
54:57 Zhu – Moves Like Ms Jackson.
1hr 4mins total.
Just for fun, let’s do this in reverse order. . .
There are two entries for each number on this list, perhaps they are not always musically identical, hopefully they share thematic parallels that are equally applause worthy.
Two superb collections of bleeding edge techno dance music from new label Houndstooth (which is ostensibly my choice for label of the year).
House of Black Lanterns’ debut collection chugs through various midnight streetlit genres of heartbroken house and gloopy techno, but it’s the footwork tunes that really soar above the rest of the tracks.
Akkord is the sound of industrial machines being retuned by geometric tesselation fetishists (yes, in a good way) and has quickly become a fast favourite in the month since it was released.
Whilst perhaps not sonically bedfellows, both of these acts have brought unique & fresh perspective to music production techniques.
F Buttons’ album saw them transform from benign purveyors of anthemic stadium drone into a dark, sludgy morass of antagonism and almost heavy metal aesthetic that they wore surprisingly well.
Yosi Horikawa’s lp meanwhile is a beautiful piece of work that betrays his clear talent for field recording – splashing raindrops make subtle rhythms, scribbling on a chalk board another, it really is a highly accomplished and delicious feast for the ears. Definitely one for bedtime too.
Janelle’s sophomore effort was even more confident than the first – im baffled why Dance Apocalyptic isn’t “The New Hey Ya” yet.
I don’t know a huge deal about Sango, but his productions alongside Ta-Ku and Kaytranada have been dominating a lot of my headphone time this year – crisp fat beats with a sensitive undercurrent. A bit like The Weeknd before he became creepy.
No embed available, but click HERE to see the Banana Clipper video
I’ve only just realised that both of these hip hop lps came out on Fools Gold, well i never..
Anyway, two searing, speaker destroying blasts of proper hip hop with one leg on the past and one eye on the future. Dope Song is my daughter’s current favourite “jumping on the sofa” anthem. For the record i actually found Danny Brown quite irritating prior to this lp, that’s how good it is – he changed my mind.
Jungle has come back in a big way in 2013 (more on that later) and these two lps represent the most overt demonstration of that.
Congo Natty has been knocking around quietly making jungle ever since his days as Rebel MC, but pairing with Big Dada he brought out this collection that is as close as you’ll get to being in an early 90′s Notting Hill street party without a time machine at your disposal.
Meanwhile, Paul Woolford surprised everyone by assuming this pseudonym and using his latest cutting edge production techniques to make a modern but authentically jungle lp. The results are pretty spectacular.
There was a time when it almost felt like only one record label was delivering the goods, and of course that label was WARP. As it’s star has waned, I personally think Ninjatune has grasped that mantle in making bold choices in electronic music. However, this year we were lucky enough to see not one but two “classic” age WAPR artists return to the fold and deliver solid hours of music that were instantly recognisable as their familiar sound with a few modern quirks.
BoC’s Harvest took a slightly darker turn with their Carpenter-esque homage to 80′s synth soundtracks and bleak nihilism, whilst NoW was the unmistakable sound of a man who clearly loves a very relaxing and happy lifestyle chilling out on a Balearic island. For the record, either Feeling Good or Bonobo’s North Borders wins the prize for “Most played family road trip soundtrack.”
Two slices of bass heavy abstraction from up & coming Dutch label RWINA. Desto’s lp is the sound of taking a dance music template and turning it into an introverted, slightly bleak, soul searching affair.
Eprom, meanwhile, continues to make music the likes of which are completely unexpected and previous unimaginable as that Vogel embed suggests. Utterly bonkers, whilst deeply serious.
Sometimes I’m not aversed to “indie” music, whatever that means these days. Both lps came out very early in the year and heloed me trudge through the Winter months – Blake’s 2nd lp strikingly more confident that his excellent 1st, whilst Thom Yorke’s supergroup basically sounded like a more electronic Radiohead.
Bit of a banner year for these two chaps. I have of course mentioned Machinedrum in a previous year end countdown, but his joining the Ninjatune family seemed to focus the elements of his recent output that had made him so unique. . . That is except for the fact that the man formally known as 2tall and Phillip D Kick delivered one of the most outstanding works of electronic music this year under his recent nom de plume OM Unit.
Both of these albums strike a perfect balance between solemn late night listening and rinsing dancefloor terror, somehow synthesizing the ambience and space of abstract electronica whilst barrelling along over modern equivalents of footwork, jungle and drum and bass beats. Quite a feat to make a sound that can be so ambiguous and focussed at the same time, and I think whilst the “jungle footwork” sound has been evolving over the last couple of years, it is these two which will be remembered as the turning point for the sound’s evolution.
which means my top choice for 2013 is…
With all honesty, I can’t really describe these albums and do them justice, so let me just say that whilst I am a fan of many forms of music, you can often hear or feel how all the separate pieces slot together – the vocals, the samples, the drum breaks that may or may not be familiar.
Both Holden & Hopkins have somehow made albums where it is near impossible to notice the cracks – almost as if both musical works had beamed down from another dimension where we use plants as musical instruments and elephantine heart rhythms can sometimes be heard in lieu of a drum machine. If you’re a fan of comics, i’d say this is like the current run of PROPHET – you don’t fully understand what is happening or why, but it’s so beguiling you want to stay involved to try and find out.
2013 has been an exceptional year for music (across all genres), but nothing has quite enchanted me and woven it’s way into my psyche like Hopkins’ Immunity has. I suppose you could say it’s infected me.
So, with that said, I urge you to treat yourself, get comfortable, turn the speakers up & the lights down low and enjoy a beautiful video to go with an amazing body of music – Jon Hopkins’ 8 minute long “Open Eye Signal” from the Immunity LP.
Look, everyone does their end of year lists differently, and i found it too difficult to choose only ten. However, I’d like you to try and think of this as a Top Ten with 2 choices for each themed entry. Hey, it’s my list, I can do what i want!
2013 had a plethora of well crafted and heartbreaking dramas about teenage rites of passage. I was almost tempted to roll in Prince Avalanche and I Declare War, and possibly even a glimpse of Sam Rockwell in The Way Way Back, but of course that way indulgence and madness lies. Both of these films are just beautiful and spoke to me on a profound level.
Two insanely ambitious blockbusters that both managed to stick the landing. Isn’t it great when people keep pushing this storytelling art form to new peaks?
Lumière brothers, the bar has been raised my friends.
IM3 was essentially a Shane Black Greatest Hits compilation, and i love it for that.
Pac Rim, i was hesitant to add initially, but i’ve watched it several times now and it seems to just get better with every viewing – world building on an epic scale from the geeks’ favourite director.
Two of the finest and funniest comedies of the year both dealt with immature man children fending off the end of the world with schoolboy humour and substance abuse.
Sometimes, all a film needs to do is be pretty. Very very pretty.
Two indie flicks that were both made using daring and revolutionary techniques and practices, with spectacular (and disturbing) results.
A cracking year for horror, the spooky ghost house horror of Conjuring was duvet-tighteningly effective. Gareth Evans’ “Safe Haven” segment in VHS2 was visceral & terrifying enough to make the rest of the anthology seem irrelevant.
Two exceptional performances from Steve Coogan this year (probably 3 if you’ve seen Philomena). North Norfolk Digital’s most notorious host finally made his way onto the silver screen after nearly 2 decades of anticipation. Meanwhile, another sublime collaboration with Winterbottom brought us the heartbreaking Paul Raymond story in a flurry of knockers & knickers.
2 doses of bone crunching Asian cinema brought to you by westerners. Keanu’s chop socky flick was a masterclass in old school kung fu, whilst Refn’s audience-baiting follow up to Drive boasted the mother of all Mothers, proving to be far more violent and destructive than any of the male players.
No animation, although Wreck It Ralph & Monsters University would be my top two choices there.
The next few:
Man of Steel
John Dies At The End
Death Race: Inferno
The History of Future Folk
We’re the Millers
And, seen (& loved) this year but not 2013 releases :
Searching for Sugar Man
Killing them Softly
Zero Dark Thirty
Side By Side
Inevitably, there’s stacks of Oscar-potential movies coming in the next few weeks, but to date I’ve logged 232 movies viewed this year, and this is a reflection of nights enjoyed rather than anticipated..
Thankfully i have the freedom to avoid films that look dreadful, which is why The Internship isn’t on this list, nor are any franchise-starters based on a Tween Novel.
There are a few emergent patterns that i’d like to comment on and open up to the floor:
1. Melissa McCarthy’s great performance in Bridesmaids is increasingly proving to be a a fluke. I submit films 3-5 on my list as evidence.
2. Russel Crowe really shouldn’t sing, similarly Jaden Pinkett Smith shouldn’t do anything.
3. Remake / Reboot fatigue is really setting in now. I was somewhat heartened to see the remake of Carrie was essentially ignored.
4. Kick Ass 2 – what the HELL happened?
5. I’d be happy never to see Bruce Willis sleepwalk through another film – between Die Hard 5, Red 2, GI Joe 2, and god knows what else, he’s gone from the everyman hero living off his quick wits to a tedious bore who almost seems to be actively leaning out of the screen saying “I cant even be bothered to appear here, so why should you bother to watch me?”
87 mins of old school hardcore, jungle, grime, trap, wobble, footwork and Drum & bass.. Guaranteed to get your booty shaking into the dark winter nights.
00:00 Speedy J – Spikkels
00:14 Shed – Fluid 67
04:21 Enei feat Chimpo – Headtop
06:30 Full Crate & Mark Pritchard – Dangle
08:46 EAN – 100% publishing (EAN GRIME REFIX)
10:10 Special Request – Lockjaw
12:13 snoop lion – here comes the king – skanx refix
14:19 813 – 813 x Danny Brown x Track
16:27 Tessela – Nancy’s Pantry
18:40 Freshmoon freebie
19:55 Eprom – Screwface
22:17 Howie Lee – Bango Monkey
23:58 manix – Living In The Past
25:18 manix – Riprize
26:02 Special Request – Deranged
29:22 Pawn – Your Words
30:39 Cadenza & Nasher – Gyal Town
32:46 Clicks & Whistles – Secrets
35:07 Danny Brown – Side B (Dope Song)
36:22 DJ Rashad – acid bit (feat. addison groove)
38:32 Chrissy Murderbot – The Original
41:28 Om Unit – jaguar
44:42 XIAVNJUVN – Uxmal betafinal
46:42 Sinistarr – Slew Dem rmx
48:56 Mark Pritchard – Manabadman (feat. Spikey Tee)
50:25 Tim Reaper – Tribal Fury
53:43 Bustos Domecq – Drop Out Jungle
55:30 Sam Binga – Freezy
58:32 Dabs feat. MC Kwality – Skull + Bones (Sam Binga Remix)
1:01:47 Mark Pritchard – Soundboy Fuck Off
1:04:21 DJ Gunshot – Wheel Up (Tim Reaper Remix)
1:05:12 Skanx and Lynx – Wheel & Deal 2013
1:07:03 Kalbata – Ninja we ninja 6BLOCC RMX
1:08:36 Calyx, TeeBee, Noisia – Hyenas (Original Mix)
1:10:23 Emperor – Jackhammer
1:14:03 Calibre Feat. Chimpo – Again
1:16:20 Chimpo – Manchester Anthem (Dub Phizix Remix)
1:18:27 Addergebroed – Shadows (Culprate remix)
1:20:29 Congo Natty ft. Nanci Correia, Daddy Freddy – Get Ready VIP (Om Unit Remix)
1:22:13 G Jones – Stars
a 75 minute road trip picking at Threads around the suburbs of Vapor City.
Longtime listeners will recognise that I’ve been a big fan of both members of Dream Continuum and their solo productions as Machinedrum and Om Unit.
This mix attempts to pull together a swathe of recent, largely non-album tracks, as well as some tunes from similar sounding artists. The first half is quite serene and melodic, whilst the 2nd half wades into slightly darker territory.
Om Unit lp “Threads” is out now and available to buy HERE
Machinedrum lp “Vapor City” is out now and available to buy HERE
House of Black Lanterns lp “Kill The Lights” is out now and available HERE
You really should grab all three.
00:47 Om Unit – Shine Your Light
01:11 Seafloor – Pukau
05:25 Machinedrum – Boxoff
09:41 Seafloor – Marsili
15:07 George Fitzgerald – Silhouette (Calculon Remix)
18:35 Plot Twist – Skydive
21:04 Dorsh (Calculon and Austin Speed Remix)
24:44 Plot Twist – Jjaro
29:31 Graphs – You’ve Got Things
32:28 Holy Other – Know Where (Orphidal Remix)
36:32 submerse – Melonkoly (Deft Remix)
39:33 House of Black Lanterns – You Me Metropolis
42:18 Om Unit – governer’s bay
46:59 Om Unit – The Red Curtain
50:25 Nphonix – Reach Out (Om Unit Remix)
55:15 Om Unit – The Hand
59:43 Machinedrum – Gunshotta (Om Unit Rollers VIP)
1:01:25 Machinedrum – Gunshotta (Fracture’s Astrophonica Remix) 1:03:35 Machinedrum – Stirrin
1:06:37 Marcus Intalex – Quer Key
1:10:15 Deft – Faded
Big thanks to groundmassmusic and low rise sounds (amongst others) for their recent compilations and eps that fill in a lot of the other gaps here.
00:00 Lukid – Snow Theme
00:14 Phaeleh – Tokoi
01:44 Beck – I Won’t Be Long
08:27 Hanami – Fruition
11:59 Cuushe – Butterfly (Kidsuke Remix)
13:59 Snow Ghosts – Gallows Strung
19:07 Goldfrapp – Alvar
23:30 Kettel – Clear
25:54 JMSN – Love & Pain (Kaytranada Remix)
26:52 Deft – Rising Sun
33:35 Sun Glitters – Nothing Left To Lose Now (Fieldhead Remix)
36:33 Zoon Van Snook – Snorri’s Saga
39:27 Shigeto – Soul Searching
44:55 Yosi Horikawa – Stars
48:10 PIXIES – Andro Queen
52:59 Lapalux – Quartz
56:42 Explosions in the Sky & David Wingo – Theme from Prince Avalanche
A fat slice of Trap nicely sandwiched in a warm bed of more chilled beats. There may be some hi hat salad falling out the edges..
00:00 Octa Push – My Share
00:20 Lockah x Taste Tester – Higher
03:22 Walton – Can’t U See
06:15 Ghost Mutt – Thoroughbred
10:51 Ta-ku – Sango – Owe Me (Ta-ku Remix)
17:44 Special Request – Broken Dreams
20:36 Bleep Bloop – Kitties
24:38 GJones – 32
28:14 Kanye West – New Slaves (Morrison Remix)
33:35 DJ Snake – Together
35:37 ƱZ – ŤɌ∆Ҏ ᶊῌῗ† √15
37:45 ƱZ – ŤɌ∆Ҏ ᶊῌῗ† √11 (Bonus Track)
39:44 Baauer & Just Blaze – Higher (Extended)
41:36 RL Grime – CliqCliq
46:08 Pick A Piper – Once Were Leaves (Caribou Remix)
51:01 Daixie – Placebo
53:43 AbJo – Little Dragon – Ritual Union (AbJo Refix)