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Cassette Tapes: DJ Spree – Trance

It’s so funny that this tape, like the last two I’ve posted about is also called ‘Trance’.  I mean, based on the last two examples and this one, all dance music from the early to mid nineties was trance.  Inacurate music classifications notwithstanding this is a tape made by DJ ‘Spree’.  If memory serves his name was Anthony and he was from somewhere in Brooklyn.

The restored .mp3 mix:
DJ Spree

Electro-harmonix Stereo Memory Man

One thing I received for Christmas this year was the Electro-harmonix Memory-Man and it is absolutely un-fucking-believable. I love it. I’m not even sure where to begin but I’ll start with saying one thing I look for in good effects, pedals, and gear in general is the fun-factor and this little monster definitely has it in spades.

Generally speaking this is simply an echo-delay pedal. But where it excels is with the addition of a looper with which you sample and loop the input, play over it, re-sample it, bend the crap out of the sound, re-sample it, ad-infinitum. I literally disappeared into outer space for four hours the first time I played with it.

I’ll spare details on its operation. You can find much more useful information on the Electro-harmonix website. Pay close attention to their tone-tips section which has a great trick on how to maximize the insanity with this delay/looper. Beautiful:

and some sounds samples of the pedal in action…

Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 1
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 2
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 3
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 4
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 5
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 6
Electro-harmonix Memory Man SFX example 7

Cassette Tape Series: Fantasy Trance?

Frankie Bones - "Fantasy Trance"

Another post for the Cassette Tape Series.  Who knows where this one came from or how it ended up in a box in my basement.  This one is funny because it might say ‘Frankie Bones’ on that tape but I’m pretty sure there’s no way that’s who’s DJing.  I’m not sure what ‘Fantasy Trance’ is either.  All in all though, it’s not terrible.  The audio quality on this tape was terrible though.  However after a couple hours of work it’s good enough for the next decade.  So if poorly recorded mid-nineties-mystery-dance music mix-tapes are your thing you might enjoy this.

You can grab the restored .mp3 mix here

Cassette Tape Series: DJ DB "Trance"

Trance!

I decided to transfer a bunch of old cassettes to digital and I came across a handful of mix tapes from somewhere in the ballpark of 1994.  The audio was in serious need of some TLC and the music… lets just say it reflects that period of time.  I’m not even sure who DJ DB is or where this tape came from.  It’s my handwriting on there so I definitely dubbed it from someone but other than that who knows.  Even though the audio quality is terrible I encoded it at 256kbps so as to preserve history in all of its glory.

you can get the full mix right here

RLM – Wildlife

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Somewhere around 2000, shortly after I broke the lease on the worst apartment ever at 148 Degraw Street in Brooklyn I moved in with my best childhood friend Jamie and his roommate Dan on 7th Ave.  A railroad apartment, that was far too small for two people, let alone three, was my home for a couple months before I finally moved out into the amazing but nearly deadly ‘4th & Garfield’.

During that time I was working on a number of projects, drinking more beer than was healthy, and had set up shop in the dining room of their apartment.  Jamie and his friend Steve were both DJing down-tempo music at the time and thought a collaboration on a mix blending exceptional vinyl selections with the advancements in software based synthesis and tracking was overdue.  Tracks were selected, reselected, mixed, remixed and stitched into a seamless blend of great down-tempo of the time.

RLM was formed, and the Wildlife Mix was forged.  Roberts, Langolf, and Marchese: an original formula for a name without doubt.  This was a brief collaboration that resulted in the release of one full length mix on CD for circulation to whoever would have it.  After all this time I still have a number of CDs in my studio that are collecting dust.  Want one?  Email me and it’s yours.  Or, you can download the .mp3 below.  I recently uncovered the track listing…. These are surely out of order but credit is necessary for the original artists.

  • At Jazz
  • Certain Peace
  • Drifting
  • Eclipse
  • Eric Kupper
  • Ginger & Fred – Voom Voom
  • Lagente Urbana
  • London Elektricity
  • Pepper Digs
  • Chattanooga Nugget
  • Yoruba
  • Que Domingo
  • Restless Soul
  • Root Down
  • Slow Supreme
  • T-Kolai – exodus, andulu vocal mix on ibadan
  • When I Fall Weekender mix – A:Xus on Guidance.
  • Welcome Home
  • Two t’seven

You can find another copy on Steve’s critically reviewed music blog Scissorkick here.  It’s important to add that through this project I was able to get to know Steve much better; a man with astounding knowledge of all walks of music and immense passion for his friends, family, wife, and son.  All would be a better person by knowing him.

Regalt

This is a follow up to previous works of a similar grain by members of Master Mosquito, this track brings forward similar sounds of past tracks. Smooth and melodic synths backed with down tempo rhythms and crisp layered guitars which create an ethereal soundscape suitable for any listener. This is one of my favorites which compliments the similar track named ‘Tallboy’ nicely.  Much thanks to Aaron Schultz (DJ DRM) founder of Bastard Jazz, and Jamie Roberts for making this complete.

Master Mosquito – Regalt

Tall Boy

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This work-in-progress is an unreleased (well, except for here)  follow up of past works of a similar grain by members of Master Mosquito. Emotive guitar styling with warm and sunny synth melodies carry you through this eclectic, spacious, and resonant track. Much like a Tallboy it’s good anytime in any situation. Much thanks to Aaron and Jamie for their hard work on this one.

You will find that the stripes included in this zip are not one-to-one matches with the final mix. As edits, adjustments, and rearrangements made I opted not to export the stripes a second time. Nonetheless, all the elements are there and ready to go!

Master Mosquito – Tallboy

Green

Here’s what I wrote on the old site:

“Green” started several years ago and the initial melody was used in a song I co-wrote with a band that’s been long broke-up.  Out of respect for music in general I will never post the track’s roots; but eventually it was reworked into its current form. Pretty and melodic. Not bound by deadlines this will likely always be a work in progress as I’m constantly attempting to “fix” the drums. My perpetual dissatisfaction notwithstanding, please enjoy!

This still holds true.  The sounds in the beginning of this song are some of my favorites.

Green

The Stash Mix

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In October of 2007 Superset created the first “Stash Mix” for Stashmedia. The mix covers 85 tracks from 77 artists in a heavily edited, mixed, remixed and composed mash-up of indie, hip-hop, electronic, techno, rock, dub and downtempo. With music from labels such as Def Jux, Nature Sounds, Bastard Jazz, Sub Pop, Universal, and more, this mix covers a galaxy of sound and attempts to blend styles like peanut butter and apples.

Much Thanks to Mulheres Barbadas for the insanely sick cover art which, reflects the mix’s eclectic tone entirely. Hit their site for a large Hi-Res download.

Further thanks to this project’s Exec Producer, Steve Marchese at Stash for bringing this project together and more thanks to Steven Price, Stash’s editor for making it happen. See Steve Marchese’s exceptional site highlighting some of the best new (and old) records/artists out there: Scissorkick.

Just as a last note, obviously because this is a mix of others work there’s no stripes. (though we did receive permission from the artists included on the mix to release this one).

The Stash Mix

Orange

“Orange” sounds a bit like Trans Am meets Ratatat and uses some interesting point and counterpoint melodies that blend together across a tight unaggressive rhythm.   It’s not danceable but it’s definitely listenable.  The melody sounds continuous but it’s actually two different parts that introduce themselves in the beginning then overlay on top of each other making a nice moving progression.  In retrospect, changing the tambre of the two parts or panning them in the mix might make that more apparent.  Lessons learned for next time.

Orange

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