Monday, August 29, 2011

monday moods

happy weekend-end, here now are some collections of tunes i've been enjoying, including excellent sets from a few anatomy affiliates...

artmospheric sessions #13 - alan backdrop @ artmospheric festival 2011 lucky #13 in a very nice mix series for the artmospheric festival, here's a recording of alan backdrop in action at the 5th annual edition of the bulgarian festival earlier this summer. sounds like alessio treated the festival to a very nice 2.5+hour set that builds through ambient and downtempo into deliciously deep house and techno. as usual, alessio's amazing selection is on display for our aural pleasure - and this recording is available in mp3@320 or flac (cd-quality) - so do it to it.

smoke machine podcast 023 - obtane a recent addition to the excellent smoke machine series, and it's another excellent set from obtane. sometimes, he crafts sets that are *perfect* techno journeys, and this is one of them. hypnotic, forward-thinking, suspenseful stuff. nicely done, obtane!

szare (live) @ headrush here's something unique for you: a szare live recording. if you've heard their tracks, you'll have a great idea of what's up: a funky sort of sparse techno with heavy doses of dark moods. but watch out for the surprise in the middle...

clr podcast 128 - dadub (direct download) the anatomy alumni make a live set for chris liebing's podcast. marcel dettmann was at the controls of the CLR 'cast the prior week, but (and pardon the bias) i like this one even more, maybe because dadub's set nails a specific mood for one whole hour: rolling techno steeped in dub'd-out, emotional atmospheres, with that chunky stroboscopic sound signature. with sigha and donor/truss in recent weeks, it seems like the CLR podcast is on a roll right now.

slash dot dash podcast 006 - kenneth christiansen this was the perfect soundtrack to a hazy day at the beach recently: kenneth christiansen, the mind behind the echocord label family, pushing out almost three hours of grooves for this recording. deep, dubby, bla bla ... what matters is the excellent track selection and fine mixing.

enjoy, and have a happy monday!

Friday, August 19, 2011

friday funk

the air & water show will fill the skies over chicago this weekend, but come fly with me at these events:

TOMORROW: JOHN HUGHES AT NOON the hefty records boss will play a live set at noon - for FREE - at the pritzker pavilion downtown, together with a drummer and a vibraphone player. check out this youtube video, which hopefully gives us an idea of what to expect. the music will only last a little over an hour, so be sure to arrive on time!

TOMORROW NIGHT: TAMA SUMO & MARCEL DETTMANN AT SMARTBAR a lethal one-two punch of berlin beats: tama sumo should keep it more on the house-y side, and if dettmann's set last year at smartbar is any indicator, he should be bringing a pile of intense techno back to town. get pumped up with this recent mix from tama sumo, and this set for CLR from dettmann (direct download). gramaphone DJ tyrel williams does opening duties - i'm very excited for a no-computer no-nonsense night of techno and house in the windy city!

and now, onto a few mixes i've been caning. a little bit of deep house; a mysterious, oddly funky live set; a warm serving of laboratory techno... read on:

kassem mosse - RA.272 i've only recently become a casual fan of gunnar wendel, aka kassem mosse - it probably started with this laid record last summer - but i had the privilege of seeing him perform live a few months ago and enjoyed his slow, smoke-filled take on house music. and that's basically what he serves up for RA: deep and loose. do it to it!

milton bradley - LWE podcast 91 one of my absolute favorite producers right now, milton bradley shares a live set with little white earbuds. while his records betray an affinity for broken beats, this recording sticks mostly to 4/4, which is fine with me. funk music for ghosts, i say.

dino sabatini - outis podcast 01 not only does our anatomy friend have a new label with its first record modulated waves out at shops, he's offered up the screams of outis - a new 'hybrid' mix blending together dino's own material. it's deep, dark, clinical and dangerously hypnotic. and to sweeten the deal, he's offered up full streaming versions of both modulations from outis 001. go dino!

okay, that's it for now. fans of the anatomy mixes, fear not: i'm arranging the next few mixes, and otherwise plotting a few appropriate sets of sounds for the fall and holiday seasons later this year. stay tuned, and have a good weekend!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

this week in chicago!

hello all, i'm still alive, and preparing for this week/end in the windy city:

TONIGHT: MORSELAND/SMARTBAR DOUBLEHEADER lokua oversees a night of live sets and the release of a new album on his momentsound label from kollage. leo123 and radius join the fun together as lagos - it's FREE as usual, so read all about it here. simultaneously, rogers park gets some representation at smartbar, with the local gramaphone shop hosting dj's from podval as well as little white earbuds... this one is also FREE! check out the lineup here.

FRIDAY: ONUR OZER the turkish dj comes stateside for a bunch of parties around the country, and chicago gets him friday night. it's a graffiti party, underground, late night - go to the RA event for more info.

SATURDAY: DANIEL BELL the detroit veteran will play smartbar, and there's another reason to rejoice saturday night: my awesome music friends elly and andrew - aka kiddo and antiphase - will be playing their first set together to celebrate their recent marriage. congratulations, elly and andrew!

should be an action-packed end to the week in chicago. next up i'll have some more recommended mixes to check out - stay tuned!