Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 001: 1993 [Moving Shadow Tribute]

Pearsall presents 75 Shadows 001: 1993

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Mixed in Berlin, June 2022
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Cover art by Michal Idziak

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Tracklisting:

  1. Hyper On Experience – Monarch of the Glen [Moving Shadow]
  2. Mixrace – Dance with the Devil [Moving Shadow]
  3. Cloud 9 – You Got Me Burnin (A.A.S Mix) [Moving Shadow]
  4. 2 Bad Mice – Underworld (DJ Hype Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  5. Oaysis – Open Secrets [Moving Shadow]
  6. JMJ & Richie – Case Reopened (Deep Blue Brought to Trial Mix) [Moving Shadow]
  7. 2 Bad Mice – Tribal Revival [Moving Shadow]
  8. Hyper On Experience – Disturbance (Tango Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  9. Foul Play – Open Your Mind (Tango Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  10. JMJ & Richie – Hall of Mirrors [Moving Shadow]
  11. Cloud 9 – Mr. Logic (Cloud 9 Remix) [Moving Shadow]
  12. Foul Play – Finest Illusion (Legal Mix) [Moving Shadow]
  13. Deep Blue – The Helicopter Tune [Moving Shadow]
  14. Omni Trio – Mystic Stepper (Feel Better) [Moving Shadow]
  15. Hyper On Experience – Thunder Grip [Moving Shadow]
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Pearsall presents Butterz is the Sound [Begrime 15.06.2022]

Pearsall presents Butterz is the Sound

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Mixed in Berlin, June 2022
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Tracklisting:

  1. Swindle & Silkie – Unlimited [Butterz]
  2. Terror Danjah – Bipolar [Butterz]
  3. TRC – Oo Aa Ee (VIP Mix) [Butterz]
  4. D.O.K. – Chemical Planet [Butterz]
  5. Swindle – Airmiles (20,000 Miles Later) [Butterz]
  6. Mr. Mitch – Skittles [Butterz]
  7. Swindle – Connecta ft Ricardo China [Butterz]
  8. S-X – Woooo Riddim [Butterz]
  9. Newham Generals – Humpty Dumpty [Butterz]
  10. Flava D – Robot [Flava D White Label]
  11. Rapid – License [Butterz]
  12. Flava D – Plate [Flava D White Label]
  13. Terror Danjah – Air Bubble (Starkey Remix) [Butterz]
  14. Terror Danjah – Let Me Be The One feat Ruby Lee Ryder [Butterz]
  15. Swindle – Mood Swings [Butterz]
  16. D.O.K. – Keep Making Grime [Butterz]
  17. S-X – Bricks [Butterz]
  18. Royal T – Music Please (Devil Mix) [Butterz]
  19. Rapid – Rebore [Butterz]
  20. Royal T – Shotta (Kahn & Neek Remix) [Butterz]
  21. Royal T – Hot Ones Remix [Butterz]
  22. Trim – I Am (LV Remix) [Butterz]
  23. Royal T – Orangeade VIP [Butterz]
  24. P Money & Blacks – Boo You [Butterz]
  25. Royal T – Cool Down [Rinse]
  26. Champion – Speed [Butterz]
  27. Rebound X – Rhythm & Gash (Flava D Remix) [Flava D White Label]
  28. Flava D – Home [Butterz]
  29. tqd – Day & Night (Day Mix) [Butterz]
  30. Swindle – Global Dance ft Flowdan & Mungo’s Hi-Fi [Butterz]
  31. Royal T – Glacier (Angel Mix) [Butterz]

This is a mix I did recently for Begrime, featuring some of my favorite tracks from the Butterz label. Enjoy!

Pearsall presents Eurotrash 8 [Old Skool European Hard Trance]

Pearsall presents Eurotrash 8

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Mixed in Berlin, May 2022
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Tracklisting:

  1. Roughage – Katoomba (Sydney Live Mix) [Time Unlimited]
  2. Watchman – Watchman’s Theme [Phuture Wax]
  3. Razor’s Edge – The Zoo (Dark Dub ’95) [Metropolitan Music]
  4. Superspy – Sumo V2 [Noom]
  5. Junk Project – Volume III [Universal Prime Breaks]
  6. X-Frame – Scream [Crystal]
  7. Return of the Native – Persuosion [Tripomatic]
  8. Optimus – Confessions [Noom]
  9. Canyon – Purple Phaze [Hook]
  10. Tom Wax & Jan Jacarta – Wormhole [Tetsuo]
  11. DJ Scot Project – W (That Sound) [Overdose]
  12. Electric Fruit Orchestra – Nexus 6 [Dropout]
  13. Hark – Omega (Pulsedriver Remix) [Nothing]
  14. D-Sigual – Back Order [Tracid Traxx]
  15. Dee Rex – Soilent Green [Lunatec]
  16. Albion – This Is For (Clubmix) [Time Unlimited]
  17. Hoschi – The Tribe [Overdrive]
  18. Equator – Secret Silence (Aquaplex Remix) [Drizzly]
  19. M-Zone – Pulsator Sawrater [Teach Yourself Techno]
  20. The Combat Force – Combat Assault (Dawn Raid Mix) [Triebhafte]
  21. Solar Quest – Acid Air Raid (Silent Breed Remix) [Tracid Traxx]
  22. Cores – Ice Rain [Noom]
  23. Mirage – Keoma [Technogold]
  24. Third Man – Planet Hunters [Hook]
  25. The Secret – Gorgeous (Orgasm Mix) [Logic]
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Pearsall – Dreaming of Berlin [Free hard trance download for Bandcamp Friday]

As part of this Bandcamp Friday I am re-releasing a track I did back in 2013 just before I moved to Berlin. It’s called ‘Dreaming of Berlin‘ and I have always liked it, so I thought it would be cool to get it back out there again as a freebie (although of course you can pay more, should you choose).

If you want to download it, head over to Bandcamp.

The track itself is a 170 bpm freeform hardcore / hard trance tune that was heavily heavily influenced by the classic sound of mid-90’s European hard trance.

Here’s what I wrote about the track at the time:

As you might know, since I keep going on and on about it, my family and I are moving to Berlin very soon, so two weeks ago I made my way to Orpington, on the south-eastern edge of London, for a day in the studio of Alex ‘A.B’ Bailey of Stamina Records, where we cooked up this tune, ‘Dreaming Of Berlin’.

It was quite an interesting day out for me. I had sent a lot of different influences through to Alex in advance (from hard trance to jungle), so when I got there he was able to quickly translate my somewhat hazy ideas into a real actual track in just one day. As is the usual case when a dj works with an engineer, what I did was basically arrangements (“no hi-hats there”, “let’s make the acid stab sharper”, “put the Amen snatch right on the bass note in the break”, “how about we take the bubble off the bass and stick to a straight off-beat?”), with him doing all of the actual manipulations for the sake of speed and clarity. Overall, it was a lot of fun being in the studio, and I am personally very pleased with the results.

With this tune I wanted to capture some of the magic of the mid-90’s M-Zone and Mark EG hard trance sound and cross it with contemporary freeform … judge for yourself how well we did it!

Thanks to Nick Cocozza for the artwork!

By the way, I’ve also cut the price of my Squat Rocking EP to 8.99 EUR. Buy it here.

Pearsall presents Keysound Recordings Special (Begrime 23-03-2022)

Pearsall presents Keysound Recordings Special (Begrime 23-03-2022)

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Mixed in Berlin, March 2022
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Tracklisting:

  1. Dizzee Rascal – Strings Hoe (Wen Refix) [Keysound Recordings]
  2. Sully – Let You [Keysound Recordings]
  3. Wen – In [Keysound Recordings]
  4. Wen – Road [Keysound Recordings]
  5. JT the Goon – Oil on Ice (Version 2) [Keysound Recordings]
  6. Walton – Cool It VIP [Keysound Recordings]
  7. Kellen303 – WHB [Keysound Recordings]
  8. Detboi – Give Love [Keysound Recordings]
  9. Wen – Play Your Corner ft Riko (Walton Remix) [Keysound Recordings]
  10. Dusk + Blackdown – High Road [Keysound Recordings]
  11. Blackdown – Crackle Blues (Burial Remix) [Keysound Recordings]
  12. Dusk + Blackdown – The Bits ft. Trim [Keysound Recordings]
  13. Logos – King Mob VIP [Keysound Recordings]
  14. Visionist – From A Place [Keysound Recordings]
  15. dlvry – Guilt [Keysound Recordings]
  16. Sully – Casablanca ft Jendor [Keysound Recordings]
  17. Skream – Sweetz (2005 Flex) [Keysound Recordings]
  18. Blackdown – Concrete Streets ft. Durrty Goodz [Keysound Recordings]
  19. Dusk + Blackdown – Kuri Pataka (The Firecracker Girl) [Keysound Recordings]
  20. Geeneus – Knife & Gun ft. Riko, Wiley & Breeze [Keysound Recordings]
  21. Starkey – Gutter Music ft Durrty Goodz [Keysound Recordings]
  22. DVA – Bullet A Go Fly Feat. Badness, Riko, Flow Dan & Killa P (Dusk & Blackdown Remix) [Keysound Recordings]
  23. DJ Sinclair – Gunman What [Keysound Recordings]
  24. Sully – Charms [Keysound Recordings]
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Pearsall presents Rethinking Missed Chances: The Return of Jungle Techno

Pearsall presents Rethinking Missed Chances: The Return of Jungle Techno

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Mixed in Berlin, December 2021
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Tracklisting:

  1. Response & Pliskin – Life Without Death [Western Lore]
  2. Unknown – Decadence [White Label]
  3. Dandalf – Justice [Deadbeat]
  4. Eight Dudes & A Chick – Bwoy [White Label]
  5. Slim Sinna – Retrigger [Sub Code]
  6. Innercore – Cov Sound [Innercore Project]
  7. Crashead – Everything [Amen Brother]
  8. Pearsall – Crossbones [Sonicrampage]
  9. Wislov – Too Much Coffee [Kniteforce]
  10. Fat Controller – In Complete Darkness (Pete Cannon Remix) [Uphoria]
  11. DJ Jedi – Takeover [Jedi Recordings]
  12. TenTun – Ruff It Up [Rave Radio]
  13. Stu & Nee – Highest High [Enormous Mouse]
  14. Innercore – Dreams 2 Reality [Innercore Project]
  15. Shadowman – Remember The Future [Deadbeat]
  16. DJ Y – My Bizz [Faces of Bass]
  17. Slim Sinna – Give It To Em [TufStuf]
  18. DJ Mindhunter – Mind Full of Stars [Parallax]
  19. Tim Reaper – Slugs Penetrate [Hypercharger]
  20. Tim Reaper & Dwarde – Globex Corp Vol. 9 (Side B1) [7th Storey Projects]
  21. Peter Darker – Peter’s Pals-R-Ace [7th Storey Projects]
  22. DJ Jedi – Earthbound [Jedi Recordings]
  23. DJ Mindhunter – Mindtrips [Parallax]
  24. Worldwide Epidemic – Side Swipe [Knitebreed]
  25. Unknown – Stomp! (Side A) [White Label]
  26. Tim Reaper & Dwarde – Globex Corp Vol. 8 (Side B1) [7th Storey Projects]
  27. Tim Reaper – Globex Corp Vol. 6 (Side B1) [7th Storey Projects]
  28. Hornchurch Hardcore – Planet Earth [Dark Age]
  29. Mahakala – The Exodus [Mahakala]
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Pearsall presents Eurotrash 7

Pearsall presents Eurotrash 7

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Mixed in Berlin, February 2022
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Tracklisting:

  1. Acrid Abeyance – 303 in Love [Important]
  2. Microwave Prince – Golden Times [Le Petit Prince]
  3. Origin – Acid! [Important]
  4. DJ Misjah & Groovehead – Psycho City [X-Trax]
  5. S.D.L. – Jumping Java [Labworks]
  6. Emmanuel Top – Lobotomie [NovaMute]
  7. The Micronauts – Get Funky Get Down (Daft Punk Remix) [Phono]
  8. Shawnee – Sioux War Dance [Drizzly Limited]
  9. Junk Project – Exceed [Universal Prime Breaks]
  10. Megamind – Taub [Nukleuz]
  11. Men of Noise – The Yeti [Definition]
  12. Gravital Force – File003.tmp [Nitric]
  13. Gabry Fasano – Jaiss Bangin’ (Bang Mix) [BXR]
  14. Acid Warrior – The Subject Is Me [Junkfood]
  15. Tesox – Wings [Plastic City America]
  16. Healium – Acid Horizon [Djax-Up-Beats]
  17. Intoxication – Walking [Poison]
  18. DJ Misjah – Ultimate High [X-Trax]
  19. Sudden Death – Semtex [Thai]
  20. DJ Toxic – Dropzone (Chris Liberator Remix) [Geometry]
  21. Pearsall – Pendulum [Sonicrampage]
  22. Human Resource – Beyond the Edge (Speedy J Remix) [XSV]
  23. DJ Misjah & DJ Tim – Access [X-Trax]
  24. DJ Push to Flush – Then You’ll Be It [Pro-File]
  25. Club Quake – Resurgence [Jerk]
  26. CJ Bolland – Counterpoint [Internal]
  27. DJ Bountyhunter – Recharged [Bonzai]
  28. Defcon 1 – Substrate [Nitric]
  29. Trax-X – Inter-X [Re-Load]
  30. The Montini Experience – Mind Expander One [Nitric]
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Pearsall presents Random Order Selection 2 [Little Grime Mix I made for Begrime on SubFM]

Pearsall presents Random Order Selection 2

Mixed in Berlin, December 2021
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Tracklisting:

  1. B:Thorough – Digital Orchid [Coyote]
  2. Lamont – Hold Dat [Tectonic]
  3. Blackwax – Offkey [Tube10]
  4. Zha – Floating [Naan]
  5. TMSV – Temple [Innamind]
  6. Spooky – Snow Forest [Oil Gang]
  7. JT The Goon – Winter Sun [Oil Gang]
  8. B:Thorough – Pixel Drops (Devil Mix) [Dream Eater]
  9. Nights – Combat Mode [NSX]
  10. Jook – Unwary [Sector 7 Sounds]
  11. JLSXND7RS – Ceres ft Armour (Burke Remix) [Dream Eater]
  12. Riz MC – Dark Hearts (Bok Bok Dub) [Night Slugs]
  13. Commodo – Shift ft JME [Deep Medi Musik]
  14. Slackk – 90 Years [Local Action]
  15. Stirling – Alleyway [Slimzos]
  16. Kaiju – Troll [Deep Medi Musik]
  17. BNKRGBY – W.O.R.K. ft Riko [NSX]
  18. Chemist – Blocks (Last Japan Remix) [Coyote]
  19. Walton – Koto Riddim [Tectonic]
  20. Kahn & Neek – Chevy [Bandulu]
  21. Macabre Unit – Mash Up Da Place VIP [Nomine Sound]
  22. Rapid – 3rd Eye [Fabric]
  23. Spooky – Swift Jaws [Ghost House]
  24. Mssingno – Scope [XL Recordings]
  25. Wiley x Zomby – Step 2001 [Big Dada]
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Pearsall presents Hybrid Hogmanay

Pearsall presents Hybrid Hogmanay

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Mixed in Berlin, New Year’s Eve 2021/2022
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Tracklisting:

  1. Laurent Garnier – The Force [F Communications]
  2. Circle Children – Zulu (Trance Mix) [Strictly Rhythm]
  3. Erik Rug – Rainbow [Going Global Series]
  4. Mood II Swing – All Night Long [Groove On]
  5. Hardfloor – I Can’t Complain [Harthouse]
  6. Metro – Green Line Acid [Bassex]
  7. Roy Davis Jr – Rock Shock (Roy’s Original Mix) [Roule]
  8. Armand van Helden – Donkey [Strictly Rhythm]
  9. Kings of Punani – Fantasy Girl [Kings of Punani]
  10. The Usual Suspects – Daydreemin’ (Mr. C Remix) [End Recordings]
  11. Plantastik – Tardis [Kickin]
  12. HMC – Cum On [Dirty House]
  13. Circuit Breaker – Teacher [Probe]
  14. Dave Clarke – Gonk [Bush]
  15. Co-Fusion – Break Beats (Wild World) [Pro-Jex]
  16. Ben Sims – House (Ben Sims Remix V.1) [Primate]
  17. Technasia – 2 The Floor (With DJ Nasty and Fletch Flex) [Technasia]
  18. Mr Sliff – The Riff [Primevil]

These are the tracks I played while livestreaming on New Year’s Eve for my good friends Andy and Lizzie’s Hybrid Hogmanay party. Originally I was supposed to be in Edinburgh with them for the actual party, but the Omicron variant put paid to that, so instead I streamed from my home in Berlin.

I was playing first, at 5:30 Berlin time (since we had a party to go to as a family in the evening), so I decided to keep things to a rather stately 130 bpm and not get too caught up in chopping and changing. Also, since I hadn’t planned or practiced, I mostly used records that I already knew quite well – most of these records have appeared on various past mixes.

Actually, I think it’s a pretty cool mix! You can judge for yourself, of course. But I like it. 😀

Here’s a few words about each of the tracks that I’ve used on this mix:

The Force: I’ve kicked off the mix with my favorite ever Laurent Garnier track. Moody bassline, acid, repetitive robotic vocals? Sounds like fun to me! I’ve previously used this on both Morally Diminished 3 and Meaty Aged Acid Dad.

Zulu (Trance Mix): Thumping tribal house from the master Armand van Helden, this is from a 1994 appearance he made under his Circle Children alias on Strictly Rhythm. Yes, I did indeed use another mix of this on Downtown Sound a few weeks back.

Rainbow: Erik Rug was a French house producer who made a few well-received records back in the 90’s, but this one in particular is a tune I’ve always liked. I picked it up in a second-hand shop in Paris back in the late 90’s and I’ve had it ever since. Just a nice, groovy house record. I used this previously on Tessmix.

All Night Long: Is this the best NYC house record ever? Change my mind! Just a masterpiece of house music. Timeless. Funky bassline, soulful vocals, plinky keys. It’s got it all! Weirdly it’s been almost twenty years since I used this on a mix – the last time was Rampage Teknikal 3.

I Can’t Complain: I always like a spicy mix-up, so following on from vintage deep house with trundling acid madness was, well, fun! This is the German acid gods channeling the early Chicago sound; they originally recorded this for their DJ-Kicks mix compilation in the 90’s, where it featured alongside vintage 80’s acid classics, sounding 100% correct and well suited. I used this seven years ago on A Long Way to Enlightenment.

Green Line Acid: More acid! This time it’s from West Coast act Metro, whose acid breaks sound was very popular across the US back in the 90’s. I’ve never actually used this track in a mix before, mainly because I’ve never actually done a mix this slow! I like it though – pumping acid house that later turns into tumbling acid breaks, although I mixed out before the beat switch happens.

Rock Shock: Chicago house legend Roy Davis Jr is most famous for his deep house classic Gabriel, but this is a more upbeat disco-funker for Thomas Bangalter’s Roule label. Kind of a switch from the two acid tunes preceding it, but why not, eh? I last used this back in 2009 (gulp) on Morally Diminished 2.

Donkey: Ridiculously banging house from the legendary Armand van Helden. It’s just a kickdrum, some squeaky noises, a little percussion, and a guy repeating ‘get on the donkey’ over and over in a New York accent. Genius. I’ve never used this one on a mix, but I did use Jerome Hill’s homage to it a few months ago.

Daydreemin’ (Mr. C Remix): Tech-house has become something of a dirty word, but back in the late 90’s in London it meant a warm, bass-heavy sound that combined the best of house and techno. It was the sound of Wiggle, Subterrain, and the early days of Fabric. End Recordings, the in-house label of the legendary club The End in Covent Garden, was one of the key labels for the sound, and this cut features three of the key artists from the period: Layo & Bushwacka (under their The Usual Suspects alias) and label and club boss Mr. C (formerly of early 90’s chart botherers The Shamen). Sinister and funky! I kind of lost interest in the overall London tech-house sound a while ago, but I still really like this record – even though I haven’t used it on a mix since Morally Diminished 2 in 2009.

Tardis: Another Bushwacka production (two in a row!), this is an acid bubbler from his 1998 album Wak’d, an album which is undeservedly obscure these days! Lots of cool stuff on there, in my opinion, and this particular track is my favorite. It’s also the hardest, so I guess no surprise there? This is the first outing for it on a mix since The Waveform Cult in 2008.

Cum On: Back in the 90’s, South Australia’s HMC produced some of the most memorable acid techno of the decade. From everything I’ve heard from Australian friends he is also a genius dj, but I’ve never had the pleasure of hearing one of his sets. I’m a big fan of his productions – just relentless, rolling, tweaking acid. The perfect soundtrack to dark, strobelit rooms. This is a classic of the genre – not over-the-top in any way, shape or form, but an unstoppable pulse with constantly percolating 303 lines riding over the top. What ‘minimal’ should mean. Love it! This one last made an appearance in my 2017 Mechatronica promo mix, which is now a surprisingly long time ago!

Teacher: This one is just Canadian techno legend Richie Hawtin bashing you over the head with some sharp-edged, percussive acid techno. I’ve not been a huge fan of all of his work, but I’ve always loved his harder stuff, and I think the tracks he released in the early 90’s under his Circuit Breaker moniker are amongst the best acid ever released, so I’ve been excited to hear him start to re-explore this style recently, as on his new track Acid King. I’ve never used this track on a mix, but I’ve used some other Circuit Breaker tracks before, for example ‘Creator’ was on 30×3.1: Your Mind on Acid.

Gonk: Dave Clarke needs no introduction, but this track might. This is probably one of his lesser-known tracks, originally appearing on the flipside of the massive techno anthem ‘Wisdom to the Wise’ (also known as Red 2). B-sides of much-loved anthems often struggle to get a hearing, but I think this one should be better known. I love this track’s combination of panel beater percussion, organ vamps and funkily twisted bassline. I last used this one in 2008 on Tessmix.

Break Beats (Wild World): Here’s another track that I feel is criminally overlooked – it’s a production by Japanese techno artist Co-Fusion that is just perfect in it’s simplicity. It’s basically a kick drum with some heavily chopped up breakbeats over the top with a little synth action and some cut-up vocals. That’s it! The nice thing here is that the breaks don’t sound like hardcore or jungle-style breaks, which is what you would typically hear from UK techno artists, but really more like funk or soul-style drums just chopped over a techno kick. It’s a really funky track! I first heard this on Amil Khan from Technasia’ Plus Mix, which I picked up in Japan in the spring of 2002 when I was visiting my friend Dan there. I loved it, so I ended up tracking down a copy for myself. This is yet another track that I last used on Morally Diminished 3.

House (Ben Sims Remix V.1): If you’re a fan of the funkier side of techno, you’re no doubt acquainted with Ben Sims. Coming from just outside of London, he’s well-known as one of the best and most consistent dj’s in the scene, as well as for his extensive back catalogue of relentless machine funk. This tune is one that he put out on Primate many years ago, it’s not among his better-known tunes, but I like it! Just funky techno, nothing more, nothing less, but that’s enough! I thought that I’ve never used this one on a mix before, but I’ve just checked and in fact I used this in 2003 on Rampage Teknikal 2, so almost twenty years later it has got another airing. 😉

2 The Floor (With DJ Nasty and Fletch Flex): I don’t know if I’m capable of making a techno mix without one of Technasia’s old tracks. Definitely among my all-time favorite techno artists, I previously used this track on my Technasia tribute Kowloon Nights.

The Riff: To finish things off, here’s an epic track from Swedish techno legend Adam Beyer on Primate’s sub-label Primevil. This is as euphoric as techno gets – when that bassline hits, arms fly into the air! Amazing track, and my favorite from him. This is actually the third time I’ve used this track – most recently it was on Morally Diminished 4, and before that on Rampage Teknikal 6.

25 for 25: A New Project for 2022

Happy New Year!

In February 2022 I will have been officially a dj for 25 years, which is pretty cool!

It is also a sign that I am now getting … old.

Which is OK – it happens!

Bitten hard by the bug of electronic music, I’d been frantically saving money through 1996 to become a dj – saving my allowance money, money from part-time jobs, from regular babysitting gigs, and, sure, from my Dad kicking in some money on my birthday and at Christmas. Thanks Dad! Finally by February 1997 I had enough and my Dad and I drove up to the outer reaches of northwest London to visit the Sapphire dj equipment store and pick out my first dj setup: two Technics 1210’s and a basic mixer. With a good quality amp and tape deck (remember those?) and some basic speakers already in place, I was ready to fulfil my destiny and become a superstar dj.

Um, life has different plans!

Needless to say, since I didn’t actually know any other dj’s, it took me a while to figure out how to mix (sorry neighbors!), and I never actually became the big name dj that I dreamed of becoming as a teen, mainly because within a couple of years I realized it wasn’t something I wanted for myself.

Over all, though, I would say that being a dj for so long has been a fantastic privilege. I have accumulated so many wonderful memories over the last 25 years; I’ve played at places as diverse as illegal London squat parties, a free party on a Scottish farm, the function room of a Finnish sauna, in a rich guy’s custom-built rave room on the Black Isle, a tunnel deep in an East Berlin forest, innumerable house parties, and a whole variety of clubs from the famous (Berlin’s Griessmuehle, London’s The Drome) to smaller but still respected (Club 414 in Brixton, or YAAM and Urban Spree in Berlin, amongst others) to a whole range of tiny random sweatboxes in a variety of cities and countries. I’ve been a promoter for one mad, hectic year with Rampage in Edinburgh. I even released an EP last year!

Perhaps most importantly, I’ve made lifelong friends through music.

And all along the way I’ve made mixes. Many, many mixes. Mixes from all kinds of genres. Mixes that I planned with military precision, recording over and over until I got them just right. Mixes that were completely improvised with no preparation. Short mixes. Long mixes. Really really long mixes. Mixes with carefully thought-through themes. Mixes with, uh, no real theme. Some were better than others, as with anything in life, but I have a soft spot in my heart for all of my sonic children.

Since I never need any encouragement to embark on daft, overly-complex mix sprees (see The 780 Project or Get It) I’ve decided that to celebrate 25 years of being a dj, I’m going to try to do 25 mixes this year. Which is one every two weeks, give or take.

To be totally honest I think that this plan is a bit, um, ambitious, and I’m not sure that I will be able to do this, but it will certainly be fun!

Luckily enough, I start this project with three mixes in the bank, so I have a bit of a runway to get this plane off the ground:

  • Hybrid Hogmanay – a NYE livestream recording, old house and techno stuff. Maybe my slowest ever mix hehe!
  • Rethinking Missed Chances – modern jungle techno
  • Random Order Selection 2 – a grime mix I threw together last week for Begrime

Beyond those, I have as always a bunch of ideas for different mixes that have been percolating in my head, including a major tribute to one of the most influential labels in UK dance music history (Moving Shadow), a tribute to one of my favorite new skool jungle label (AKO Beatz), some artist tributes (Om Unit, Stranger, maybe some others?), a revival of the Eurotrash series, a variety of concepts I have in mind for Begrime, and, well, that’s just a sample. 😉

Outside of my own efforts for Sonicrampage, I’d like to play out at least a couple times this year in Berlin (Covid situation permitting) as well as sell some more copies of the EP, re-release my 2013 track ‘Dreaming of Berlin’, get invited to submit guest mixes to a few different places, and even do some livestreams for different people. It would be fun to play for Hoer Berlin, for example!

So let’s see where the year goes – I’m excited to celebrate this arbitrary milestone in a fun way!

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