Last year, the mad scientist that is Daedelus laid down this completely bonkers set for Boiler Room Los Angeles. Just pure awesome right there. That custom controller! Gyah! If you’re in San Diego, you should already have tickets to see him on Thursday at The Casbah with Ryan Hemsworth, Samo Soundboy, and Two Fresh. Right? …RIGHT!? Get on that, dawg. The rest of ya’ll can check their tour dates here.
Oh. Hi there. It’s been a while. Let’s get this thing going again, yeah? I’ve missed ya’ll. Enjoy this brief look back at 2012 over the next week before I start tackling 2013.
DJ Rashad – Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi
The hectic 160 BPM rhythms of juke continue to be transformed by a number of brilliant producers, including some of Chicago’s legendary progenitors of the genre. Founding father of footwork DJ Rashad put out one of the year’s finest LPs with the innovative and inspired Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi, pushing the genre to new limits.
DJ Rashad – Feelin’
DJ Rashad – iPod
Buy: Pick up Teklife Vol. 1: Welcome to the Chi over at Beatport.
LOL Boys – Fader Mix + Edits
With the highs must come lows… sadly, 2012 signified the dissolution of my favorite rising electronic duo: LOL Boys. With little more than a brief farewell on their Facebook page, this internet-borne collaboration was ended just as they were on the brink of truly breaking out. In their parting, LOL Boys released a zip file of the edits that made up the awesome mix they put together for The FADER back in July. One of the most refreshing and eclectic blends of pop tunes I’ve heard in a long while, this breezy masterstroke was on repeat for weeks after it dropped. Stream that mix and download Edits below.
And hey, it’s not all tearful goodbyes. The silver lining here is that Jerome Potter still carries the LOL torch as Jerome LOL and Markus Garcia is starting to release tracks under the alias Heartbeat(s). Perhaps now we’ll get twice the goodness from these two talented DJs and producers.
Download: LOL Boys – Edits
Schoolboy Q – Habits & Contradictions
Kendrick Lamar’s instant classic good kid, m.A.A.d city was enough to solidify 2012 as the year that TDE delivered handily on their promise. I just hope that Kendrick didn’t overshadow Habits & Contradictions, the excellent LP that fellow TDE member Schoolboy Q dropped earlier in the year. Between some excellent sample work and production, Schoolboy’s agile and aggressive flow, plus some dope guest spots, this is definitely not to a record be slept on. Stream Schoolboy’s heavy collab with K-Dot himself down below.
Buy: Grab Habits & Contradictions over at Amazon.
Mrs. Magician – Strange Heaven
If you’ve been following my Facebook, Twitter, or Soundcloud feeds, it’s become readily apparent that I am listening to a lot less guitar-centered music these days. However, the infectious garage rock haze of Mrs. Magician‘s stellar debut album Strange Heaven was an undeniable force in 2012. Produced by San Diego legend John Reis (Rocket from the Crypt, Drive Like Jehu, Hot Snakes, The Night Marchers) and released on his label Swami Records, this effort has helped earn these hometown heroes some much deserved attention and acclaim. They even snatched up a San Diego Music Award last year for “Best Pop Album”, proving that they actually do get some things right over there now and then. Check out the bitingly clever and catchy “There Is No God” below or stream the whole LP here.
Mrs. Magician – There Is No God
Jam City – Classical Curves
If the Night Slugs crew sounds like they came from the future, then Jam City is making music from the furthest reaches of that spectrum. His unconventional approach to electronic music cuts right through the time-space continuum, referencing the dark minimal sounds of early rave and house, but bending them like light through a prism into a refracted sound that is at once abrasive, mesmerizing and very new. Classical Curves is certainly one of the more challenging records I heard this year and requires a bit of time to process fully. But, the rewards at the end of that journey are well-worth it.
Jam City – Her
Jam City – The Courts
Buy: Get a copy of Classical Curves over at Bleep.
Kid Smpl – Skylight
Kid Smpl has had an impressive year— from his excellent Escape Pod EP, to his hypnotic performance at Live for the Funk‘s Decibel Festival showcase, his acceptance into the latest session of the Red Bull Music Academy, and of course the release of his beautiful debut full-length on Seattle’s freshest new label Hush Hush Records. A deep exploration of ‘night bus‘ music, Skylight is pure vibe; a slow and subtle atmospheric drone that builds patiently to emotive heights, only to reverberate back into an ambient vapor. This is necessary listening, so turn off the lights, put on your headphones and zone out in this ocean of lush tones and textures.
Korallreven (feat. Julianna Barwick) – “Sa Sa Samoa” (Elite Gymnastics Remix)
This Elite Gymnastics remix of Korallreven and Julianna Barwick‘s “Sa Sa Samoa” is a massive and authentic jungle rinse-out of the original balearic choral jam. However, to fully appreciate this track, you must watch the video. Equal parts seapunk, dump.fm, classic rave footage, and cosmically poignant Final Fantasy VII dialogue, this intense and assaulting visual speaks to life on the internet like no other. And when that Whitney Houston sample drops in… it’s all over. Ecstasy.
Buy: Download a copy of this track for free (along with the rest of the EP) over at the Acéphale Soundcloud page.
This has been floating around in the ether for a while now— originally conceived as a mix for some friends that passed through on tour, then expanded to a 2 hour set for MOPA‘s “POP Thursdays”, later distilled to a shorter visual set performed at the West Ivy Warehouse parties, expanded once again to a 2 hour visual set performed at The Whistle Stop, and then refined further to what you have in front of you today. For me, this is by far the finest permutation of the mix. Marilia’s visuals, which feature a series of expertly manipulated scenes from some of our favorite films, give it a truly cinematic quality.
We hope you enjoy it! You can stream the visual mix up above (I’d recommend HD and full-screen viewing). If you’d simply like to stream or download the audio, you can do so below. Check out the cover art, mix tracklist, and visual setlist after the jump.
DJ ill spectre: 75% less cool IRL [Photo by Christine Herde]
Well, it’s officially been waaaay too long since I’ve posted here. I really miss having the time to write about music consistently! I’ve been very busy with a few projects, including grindin’ on the DJ side of things and starting a warehouse party series centered on deep and dance-oriented electronic music with some very talented friends. I hope to see ya’ll at the next one; I’ll be sure to post the details here.
The way things are going, it’s likely I will continue to be engrossed in such endeavors, however I’d like to return to sharing some things here even if it’s not quite in the same mode. I am still insatiably consuming new music. My taste has always been in a perpetual state of evolution, but with my focus now turning more to DJing and live mixing, I find myself delving deeper intro various styles of electronic music — bass, UK garage, house, trap, juke, post-dubstep, night bus, etc — which anyone following my blog’s Facebook feed can attest to. As such, I find that I’ve been far less preoccupied with listening to full-length albums and more in tune with an endless torrent of EPs, 12-inches, singles, remixes, bootlegs, blog exclusives, mixes, and incoming tracks on SoundCloud.
Look out for my latest live mix, which drops this week and features some awesome visual accompaniment courtesy of the impressive eye and skilled hand of Marilia Maschion. Peep the dates for upcoming DJ ill spectre gigs down below.
Liquid Geometry Presents: MORRI$, Misk (EP Release), DJ ill spectre, Strangr, and Jalen
2812 Kettner Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101
July 19th, 9pm, 21+
So Say We All Presents: VAMP
The Whistle Stop
2236 Fern Street
San Diego, CA 92104
July 26th, 8pm, 21+, No cover
West Ivy Warehouse Party w/ gEars, [Jason Begin], CUTMOD, and DJ ill spectre
West Ivy Warehouse
935 West Ivy Street
San Diego, CA 92101
August 11th, 9pm, 21+, No cover
This Elite Gymnastics remix of Korallreven and Julianna Barwick‘s “Sa Sa Samoa” is all kinds of face-melting awesome. And now it has an appropriately intense and visually assaulting video that plays out like a hardcore dump.fm binge.
Download: Korallreven (Feat. Julianna Barwick) – Sa Sa Samoa (Elite Gymnastics Remix)
Buy: Pick up Korallreven’s An Album By Korallreven and Elite Gymnastic’s Ruin (on vinyl) over at Acéphale Records.
Hailing from Huntsville– one of the major hip-hop powerhouses of the South and beyond — Alabama boys G-Side and crew hooked up with Yours Truly at the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago to lay down a slick acapella version of unreleased track “Relaxin’.” Though it reportedly will not appear on their upcoming LP Island, you can peep a studio version down below.
Here’s another rad performance filmed at the 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival. Animal Collective drop a bonkers and as-of-yet untitled new jam centered around layers of electronic loops and Avey Tare’s beastly vocal performance, along with Merriweather Post Pavilion highlight “Brothersport”— watch the crowd lose their collective shit during the epic build of the latter. Awesome.
Watch James Blake and band lay down a slick live arrangement of his killer single “CMYK” at the Pitchfork Music Festival up above. I didn’t really expect that this could be pulled off with this line-up, but there you have it. You can stream or download the studio version below.