WHAT'S GOIN' ON?
This newsletter contains lots of cool info on things going on both underground and elsewhere that have somethin' to do with electronic music ........all kinds! Three monthly playlists are included and are compiled from rekkids and cd's played on 'These Technotic Times' (a/k/a 'The TYME Project') on WTSR 91.3fm (CNJ) Sunday nights 9pm-12mn, Dj L3's play out gigs, and RealAudio sets and programs created for Technotica/Music. This report is produced by Linda Leigh/Dj L3 & (restless)Rob of technotica.com, and is published monthly. Info on being added/removed, etc. from the subscription list, as well as contact info, is at the end of the report. Thank you!
READY, SET, GO!!!
Oh September...back to school -or- back to work... it seems like the real start of the year! Welp, I got my 'Iron Balls' (you know, those Oriental ones that chime when you roll them in your palm to marshall brain power and focus...) in my right hand and my mouse in the other...so off we go.........!
A COSMIC CONVERGENCE OF EXISTENTIAL ENERGY
Here in Techno Town it's that time of the year when night and day are the same length, as the Sun crosses the celestial equator moving southward (in the northern hemisphere). It's the autumnal equinox, when daylight and night are precisely the same, and the creative energies are held in balance.... which way will they go, and what musical delights does the Fall hold for us all? Perhaps it helps explain the tumultuous and palpable feeling of energy that's been building all around the past few weeks.
>>>For more equinox related info, check out the following web sites:
SAVE ME A PIECE OF CAKE!
Happy One Year B-Day to Fabulous Future Frontier!!!! What a label, and all the stuff put out under the Paradiso guise is being gobbled up toot-sweet by the hungry hoards of tech heads 'cause, well, plain and simple, they keep it hard and underground a/k/a it's got a good beat and you can dance to it!
Hey! Is anyone out there going to the Amsterdam Dance Event October 15-18?! I highly recommend that you do, if you can, 'cause it's gonna be Phat Deluxe! You know the night-life is gonna be slammin, and it looks like the panels are gonna be worth checkin in on. I especially like that there will be Territory Focus Meetings, where the ins and outs of various global dance markets will be laid out, including discussions on Distribution, A&R, emerging trends, chart systems, publishers, local talent and radio and print media. Participants will also be able to play their music for the panelists and hear their opinions.
Go to their web site to find out more of what's in store - http://www.amsterdam-dance.nl/ Oh, yeah, and if you have any extra room in your suitcase, I'm tall , but fairly limber and nimble, so I just may fit! Hee Hee!
OMAR OH MY!
Dammit Omar! You've done it again, done gone and made me mention you 2 months in a row :) Well, respect is due....Phone calls pour in when I drop the latest Santana man's bomb 'Hard Hop Heathen/Hard Hop Rebop' on Tricked Out...it's the 'Hard Hop Ree Bop-Hard Hop Mix' cut that gets them every time!
And speaking of Santanas, Carlos Santana is being inducted into the R&R Hall of Fame along with fellow funksters Earth Wind & Fire! Cool!
S's IN THE NEWS
'Strange' sounds from SATAMILE RECORDS (NYC)? Not so strange actually, but comfortable and complicated tracks that take you on a journey through the seminal past and into the electronic vistas of the future...
There's this guy from Vienna, Austria named PATRICK PULSINGER. What about it you ask? Well, aside from the fact that this man makes some of the most insane techno going (and the vivid memory of his live PA at the legendary Truth party in Brooklyn, NY nearly 2 years ago is still with me!) and that he also does some tres hip n quirky stuff via the CHEAP label, so I knew he could get down, I was still blown away by 2 recent remixes he's done - KEN ISHII's 'CIRCULAR MOTION' on R&S, and FOREST MIGHTY BLACKs 'TIDES' on COMPOST. Hmmm, hey Patrick, I may even forgive you for that 'Porno' insert booklet. Check his stuff out, but strap down yer brain first!
Welcome to the Easty Coast to Rick Salzer, formerly with Hardkiss in San Fran, now with the Under Cover Music Group NY!
And speaking of New York, Rob & I made our merry way into the Big A-P for the Cream tour at Twilo with Doc Martin and Carl Cox. Thanks to our Early Warning Network, we knew to be there early and to be sure and get a Legal parking space. Well, we later heard that the line stretched for Blocks, and was the longest ever for Twilo, which explains the extreme overcrowding inside, but doesn't explain why the Cream promoter raised the price to Everybody by $5...'Why is the price more?" I asked, to be answered with, "it's the Cream tour'...uh, ok, right. Shady dealings and short-sighted strategy fellas... NYC clubgoers have a long, long memory. Anyway the music was good, and the Doc n Mr. Cox most excellent as always, totally rockin the place out and making everybody scream, and, of course the sound system at Twilo is without a doubt one of the best in the world...
Ooh, I hate to jump on bandwagons, but here I go with the 'Girl Power' thing, seeing as how the Lilith Fair flowered whilst others faded and wilted in the Summer sun. But remember, your gender doesn't really matter when it comes to gettin' down to good music, whoever is supplying it!
So, tell me, what's gonna happen now as far as these 'Electronica Tours' go? Have any lessons been learned? There's been lots of mixed reports from the shows that did come off... Let us know what you think the future holds for 'Electronica' in general!
SCHMOOZIN' AT THE SHORE
The DJ Times International DJ Expo in Atlantic City was all that! An amazing crowd assembled for 4 days and nights of panels, workshops, exhibits and parties! Funniest thing was at the exhibit floor, where the 'Quiet Room' was seperated from the 'Loud Room.' Wow, talk about separate worlds! The loud side was where it was at, it was dim in there so you could check out the lighting displays better, and there were Dj's spinning everywhere...I kept breaking out moves on the showroom floor! Hey, I've heard lots of controversy over Glenn Fricia... Well, he rocked it. He passed my test...he made me dance, and tempted me to do a bit of trainspotting along the way as well!
CMJ... IS THAT ALL THERE IS?
The CMJ was interesting for sure....The opening night party was like a commercial rave, and there were electronic artists playing at several venues, but where were the discussion panels on dance music and/or electronic music? Very odd indeed.
TRENDS!!! GETCHER' TRENDS HERE!!!
So far, 1997 has been "The year of the Big, Bad, Bangin Club tune." New York remains remix capital of the world with it's mighty line-up of talent.....Hey, I really like Jason Nevins remix of Run D.M.C's 'It's Like That', it always makes me smile... Yeah, I'm silly, so?!
The kids in the mall like progressive house and the college-aged seemed more tech-house focused....pockets of deep house scattered with large bursts of hardcore and hard trance and a slower but strong pulse of psychedelic trance... Pure bangin techno, well, there's lots of fans, and the phones light up when I'm laying it on thick on the show -- as long as it's not too repetitive, has some movement and interest, and a slammin kickdrum! I'll tell you what, it is really incredible the number of phone calls the radio show is getting so far this semester, and the callers all say they love the music and are so very happy to hear it on the radio -- a lot of them have no idea even what it is called, and are always asking me so many wonderful questions! It's great!
The NEW 'Beautiful Music?' Check out a domestic release by CONVEXTION called 'Niche' on Matrix. Also, Carl Craig's 'More Songs of Food and Revolutionary Art' and 'The Seductive Sounds of Technotika' (Gary Martin/Gi Gi Galaxy) on Eye Q Music.....Oh man, yeah, Eye Q is putting out some very nice tunage, I remain sweet on HG's 'Isolees.' Well, this is the kind of stuff we at Technotica have dubbed 'Lounge-Like,' and it's sure picking up business for me... Yo, it's funny, stylistically, the type of 'gatherings' I'm doing recently are split between hardcore and trip hop/lounge! Holy jeeze, is that psychotic or what?!
Oh yeah, Halloween is coming up real fast, and if you need a new and exciting scary CD to add to your growing collection (I even have a few shaped like haunted houses and pumpkins!), here's another ...'Vampire Themes' on the Cleopatra label...This one's got the goods with 13 tunes like 'Sympathy for the Devil' by the Electric Hellfire Club, and 'Bela Lugosi's Dead' by Bauhaus! The technotica.com/music site has a 'Tapestry of Terror' Real Audio mix that was made for last year's festivities, you can check it out to get in the mood... and a new Halloween mix treat will be appearing real soon =:-O
Technotica.com will now be producing and 'airing' the Internet broadcast shows, A.T.M., Head-Set and Bassment Beats. Archives of the previous Netcast shows will also be available along with their playlists.
AND, IF YOU HAVE OR KNOW OF A LIVE INTERNET BROADCAST OF INTEREST TO THE TECHNOTIC COMMUNITY - PLEASE POST THE INFORMATION ON THE TECHTIME CALENDAR AT http://www.technotica.com/techtime
Tops of the Play for August 24-September 21, 1997
TOP TECHNO TUNES 8/97
1. CARI LEKEBUSCH - VAN STERPRASSELME - DRUM CODES
Slamming straight up bangin techno that I've been playing every week for the past month and the effect still remains...Cari, yer wonderful!
2. BEN LONG - POT001 - POTENTIAL
Deep Detroit and more! Great intense stuff with bangin beats that'll hypnotize... let it talk to you!
3. PETER & MARCO - HALLO FRAU OBE - AUDIO 5
Psychotic, intense mayhem that's totally bangin with a fast and furious 'fahrty' delight...Break out the glow-stix!
4. DM 1 - STEEL GROOVE - NU FUTURA (DOM)
Strong steppin and stompin shaky and shootin sounds that puts the fun in funky!
5. SALT TANK - WAVE INTRUDER - FFRR
There I was on 9/7/97 playing some twirly deep repetitive Detroit techno on my radio show and a call come in for something 'dancier, I'm not sure what, just dancier' Well, here ya go!!! Ecstatically entrancing lush hard trance, now that hit the spot, didn't it?!
6. REMAININGS - 1-4 - CODE RED
Another amazing slice of banging techno heaven on wax for maniacal mixers everywhere.
7. CEASEFIRE - OUTER SPACE - MOKUM
I love Mokum, and am happy to really say this is a winner, if you like your hardcore on the freight train to space tip!
8. ARCHETYPE - TIME DILATION EFFECT - LEVEL RECORDS (DOM)
Slammin tech-house treats with flittering housey feelings, deep percussive exoticness, and some fast n funky horny bass that's bangin. Includes several useful loops for extra added mixing excitement!
9. VICE - THE PRESSURE - TRESOR
Bangin n pulsing tech-house backed with deep n twirly intense steppers.
10. STYRO 2000 - EP 004 - ANARRES
Check out 'My Luv' ! You'll laugh, you'll like it, you may even catch yourself singing along! Very cute n funky piece! The other 3 tracks are choice also, on a tougher tip.
11. MENGZ - MENGZ HAUZ/SHIMMY THING - LISTEN TWICE
Deep entrancing hypnotic tracks with really neat-o sounds and melodies to get a cool groove on, goes from deep to dancey!
12. DAVID HOLLANDS - I AM DISRUPTIVE - MINIMALE WAGE (DOM)
Sharp, crackin minimalism here that digs deep from this guy Dave who's a bit more disruptive than he looks ;>
13. SI BEGG - QUESTION THE NATURE - DROUGHT
Big & deep cool steppin fun with beatness el funk de dancin feet, beep beep.
14. STARFISH POOL - REMIXED - RESPECT WAX
A winner for weeks! A primal dancer that really builds up steam and grooves.
15. SUBHEAD - 9 - SUBHEAD
Wild hard crazy noise...absolutely amazing antics to bug out to!
16. THE ENTITY - TENERIFE - CONSTRUCT RHYTHM
Scrapey, ruff Bang & twirlin, hard beats stomp clickity flipity.
17. WALTER ONE - TWO TIMES - MOKUM
Wild n Wikkid Hardcore fun! "ShowTime!"
18. ARMAGNET NAD - THE DARK SIDE OF MY BRAIN - DEAD END
Supa dupa hard n sick deep dark banging relentlessly Hardcore...Woo!!!
19. BEVERLY HILLS 808303 - NO BOOBS, NO SALES! - DROP BASS (DOM)
Well, aside from the title and label art, there's no mention of sex, but you will find some very sexy tunes to groove out on from Electro (Yes, I said electro, on Drop Bass!) a sticky drummy muted acid basser, and a full side of uninterrupted satisfaction!
20. NOIZE JUNKIES & AKIRA - RAISE YOUR FIST - SHOCKWAVE
Lots of wild n' crazy hardcore fun here with silly samples, speed-rock, chipmunks, scratchin efx, preachers, and of course, the 'de riguer' screams :)
21. THE MENTAL HANGOVER EP - V/A - BEAST
Hard stuff for hard times using multiple influences and sounds to create a 'Beast' of a rekkid!
22. MINI X EP - FOXX
Big bangin marchin whipping hitting ruff blowing and steppin tunage...a 'Neuton' Bomb, Woo!
23. KAREEM SMITH - TRAX FROM HELL - DJAX
Wow! I'm having these incredible 'Dizzy Spells'! Could it be all that 'Hippidy Hoppidy'? Hee Hee!
24. JEFF MILLS - OUR MAN IN HAVANA EP - PURPOSE MAKER (DOM)
And now, for all you self-hypnosis fans. Pre-record yer subliminals to have handy for playback with this record on, and Voila! Results :)
25. NEOPHYTE - NONE OF YA LEFT - ROTTERDAM
"Mankind's final confrontation with evil", and a screaming mix of old and new hardcore sounds.
26. ROBERT LIVINGSTON - TWO IN ONE - PARALLEL FX
Remember Monty Python's 3 sided rekkid 'Matching Tie & Handkerchief' 12" from the 70's? Well, here ya go again, 2 tracks of trancing techno pressed along side each other on the a side with a lovely symbol engraved on the flip...Pretty good tunes too!
27. THE ULTIMATE BUZZ FEAT. MC BEE - DWARF
2 turns at getting 'Back to Business' hitting hard with kool n weird efx, drama n bass to hit em hard.
28. TONS OF TONES - PLATINUM - URBAN SOUND OF AMSTERDAM
A wide selection of well produced techno ranging from upbeat, happy electronic groovers, Kraftwerk influences, tribally movers, and funky mellow vibes.
29. LOUIS CYPHER - KAYASHI - PLATOON
Bangin tones, exotic lovely ringing trance backed with big acid twangs, noisy and frantic tribal rhythms.
30. JAMIE BISSMIRE - GROUND 4 - GROUND
More twirly n trancy techno by numbers that sometimes conjure up visions of happy running horses.
31. DJ GIZMO - STRAIGHT FROM THE HAGUE - GZmaniaX
The tracks are ok, the loops are awesome and essential!
32. KNOR EP V/A - EP - KNOR
The house Foundations 'The New Style' saves this puppy for me, rockin n ravey stuff.
HEAVENLY HEADY STUFF 8/97
1. FOREST MIGHTY BLACK -TIDES/HIGH HOPES REMIXES - COMPOST
Oh Baby! Remixes by Pulsinger &Tunakan(Really cool & deep weird supa fine n sexy darkish far out n' trippy Jazz), Peshay&Flytronix(mellow D&B jazzy vibe), and Bernd Kunz(cool n chic Samba-esque with a jazz base, a shaky piano, some D&B, synths n flutes).
2. DJ'S WALLY & SWINGSETT - DOG LEG LEFT - UBIQUITY
This whole package reeks of fun, the title, the sleeve's artwork, and especially the music! Trippy and tasty trip hop tidbits.
3. AIR - PREMIERS SYMPTOMES - CAROLINE (DOM)
Deep & sexy stuff here via France that grooves with jazzy vibes and soundtracky sounds...with a cut that fits right in with the 'Milkbar' scene in 'Clockwork Orange'!
4. KEN ISHII - CIRCULAR MOTION - R&S
A very classy act here, remixed by Red Snapper (kinda loud & abrasive, weird & funky), and Patrick Pulsinger (fast beaty, atmospheric jazzy funk that's percussive and really poppin with flavor!) Kool.
5. SPUNK JAZZ - FYA/SPARE PARTS - ILL
Strange and scary sonic stews with deep, dark experimental breaks and beats and a jungly/electro flavas.
6. LOCUST - THE GIRL WITH THE FAIRYTALE DREAM - R&S/APOLLO
Dr. Olive & Kirk Degiorgio turn in the mixes that make it with cool vibes and bongo's, taking it more exotic and jazzy, respectively. The Penetration edit is dark & psychotic with static and weird voices.
7. BECK - JACK ASS/ - DGC RECORDS (DOM)
4 mellow songs, one in Spanish. Lovely melancholy feelings. "Brother" is kinda trippy and nice, but hard to understand the words.
8. S MATRIX - KEEP ON/CRYOGENICS - SNAPT (DOM)
Chill, laid-back deep D&B, smooth and sexy with scattered vocals, one for the lounge set!
FABULOUS FUNK FOR 8/97
1. V/A - THE SEDUCTIVE SOUNDS OF TECHNOTIKA (the whole album!) -
You must possess this album! Not only because its name is Technotika (no relation :) This is seriously great music that transcends genres. I kept a house party going for an hour just mixing up from these 3 slices, and they loved it and kept asking for more!
2. GLENN UNDERGROUND - SECRETS OF C.V.O. EP - GUIDANCE (DOM)
Smooooth jazzy house, turns heads every time :)
3. HARD HOP HEATHEN - HARD HOP REBOP - TRICKED OUT (DOM)
Omar's got the touch and the people know it's good...hard funked up and outrageously raucous choons that rock out!
4. CONVEXTION - NICHE/EBULIENCE - MATRIX (DOM)
'Niche' is The NEW 'Beautiful Music' !!! Ebulience is deeper, crunchier with dark, driving heavy twirling repetitive rhythms.
5. DJ UDON & DJ WASABI - LIFE'S A JUNGLE - ACID YELLOW
HooYeah! Funky, beaty, bassy, chill, cool, deep, primal, tribal, full, fun mix of sounds new and old! Gets stompin, groovy!
6. HUMAN ARTS - BIG SUR HIGHWAY - SOMA
Smoooth Jazz House journeys to move you.
7. PULP FUSION - FUNKY CLASSICS & ORIGINAL BREAKS - HURT
Oh, yes, I needed this! What fun to funk!
8. CERULEAN BLUE PROJECT - TABLA BUBBLE - MUSICA VITAE
Long, exotic pumping and tribally journeys, one, 'Table Bubble' more entrancing, hypnotic and lush, and the other, 'Salma' has a Conga drums and some Latin flavors.
9. MIDFIELD GENERAL - DEVIL IN SPORTS CASUAL - SKINT
Funky and breaky big beat and bassy vibrating trypno.
10. DJ DOZIA - SHAPE SHIFTER - NOU LION (DOM)
Good deep progressive house with some tribal, also check out the 'AURA' ep for deep and lovely chillers.
11. FLABBERGAST - BUST STOMP - OBSESSION
Deep hard house that does it's stomping smoothly with a Daft edge and a spacey spaciousness, very nice!
12. ELECTRIC 10 - FREAKIN - ROUGH CUTS
2 cuts of very deep smooth spacey house, one with breakbeats and acid twangs, and 1 stompin slice of shakey bass hard house.
13. PANCEA VS ALEC EMPIRE - CHROME 13 LTD
Very deep, hard and evil D&B with sirens, manic!
14. NEXT CENTURY - THE MEDICINE EP - NEXT CENTURY
3 doses of medicine for you, all with acid. There's a weirdly cranky breakbeat dose that grows with some guy shouting something, a chemical beats cut with drummy pulses and filtered efx and lastly, a coolly marching pulsing loungy thing.
15. CHRISTOPH DEBABALON - SEVEN UP - DIGITAL HARDCORE
Long, dark, deep Drum & Bass journeys.
CD'S THAT ARE REALLY FLOATING MY BOAT LATELY-----
BYZAR - GAIATRONYK VS THE CHEAP ROBOTS - ASPHODEL
Yes! This is friendly, deep comfortable upbeat ambient rhythms to soothe your soul and keep your head noddin and toes tappin. Deep intricate stuff!
MACHINERY - THE PLASTIC CITY AMERICA COMPILATION
I've been buying and spinning Plastic City for awhile now and always get a good response...Now there's this compilation with 14 slices of the plastic pie, and most of them are very tasty indeed! My Faves are Unit Park/Oktavate, Modulator/Panels, Kriss Dior/KD:Machinery, Andrew Richley/Industrial Garbage, and Awex/Wicked Plasticman (Mike Dearborn Mix).
ASSOCIATED DIGITAL SOUND RESEARCH - IS ANYONE HERE FROM AMERICA -
ACTIVE SENSING/LOOP START
Some deep and dark, smooth and spacey stuff with ambience, industrial, some melancholy songs, and retro vibes.
LIFESAVER LABORATORIES - TERMS & CONDITIONS - TONE CASUALTIES
Oh yeah, you might just end up as a 'tone casualty' after listening to this deep toned baby (is that why they show a coupla guys carrying a stretcher with a body on it on the front?) Far off beats, spacey synths, animal sounds, people whispering... Jeeze!
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