Recorded live in Second Life at Veritas Club, warming up for the magnificent Theatre of Delays it's an over 2 hour selection weaving between electronica, deep, tech and acid house. Thanks to Carrmine and Nadia for letting me play. Oh and sorry about it being in mono at the beginning - bit of technical glitch - if you wait 20 minutes it switches over tp Super Stereo Sound eventually
Well that went exceedingly well. Restart was very well attended and it was so good to see so many old faces and reminded me the genuine power and depth of Second Life friendships and how incredibly fun clubbing was (probably still is) in Second Life. There simply isn't anything else quite like it... Ok so this mix I wanted to do something with some of the longer tracks in my collection (as I knew that I might be busy chatting and saying hello to so many old friends). The recording... hmmm, there's a slight distortion on some of the bass frequencies which, without recording the whole thing again, I couldn't get rid of in 'post' which is a shame because as a 2 hour listening experience I'm really happy with the flow. I suggest you don't listen to it as closely as I do and you should be fine. ;) I should apologise for including a couple of tracks from the last mix but they are too good to just play once out. Hope you enjoy it.
As for actually returning to Second Life... I can't see me doing it. Don't get me wrong it's an amazing experience and you can spend a LOT of time in there, but technology has moved on (the graphics were never it's strong suit) and socially networked VR experiences will trounce all over this once that takes hold. And honestly I don't have the time to dedicate to it as I did. But the people are amazing and those friendships I hope they last until we leave this place...
Simian Mobile Disco - Sun Dogs
Gonno - The Worst Day Ever
Weval - You Made It (part 2)
Echaskech - Twich
Voices From The Lake - S.T. (VFTL rework)
Pye Corner Audio - Electronic rhythm number eighteen
Arkist/Komon - Brookfield
Space Dimension Controller -Journey to the Core of the Unknown Sphere
George Fitzgerald - Full Circle (bonobo remix)
Jon Hopkins - Sun Harmonics
Parra For Cuva - On A Life
Nuage - Haunting
Antenna Happy - Where Space Is
Ghosting Season - Far End Of The Graveyard (Enjoyed remix)
Michael Mayer & Joe Goddard - For You (DJ Koze Club mix)
Michael and Kolsch - Germination
Rival Consoles - Recovery (Vessels remix)
Kolsche - Two Birds
Portishead - Roads (Max Cooper remix)
Holden - Renata (Daphni Remix)
I'll be dusting off my robot avatar and clicking butts to dance as I've been asked to DJ back in Second Life on Saturday March 11 between 6pm-8pm uk time (10-12 slt) not sure if the location yet but the line up looks amazing so as soon I get all the details I'll be passing them on.
A studio mix based on the set I played at Digital City at The Nines, Peckham on 3rd Feb 2017 to open up the main room, warming up for Wennink. Downloads are available on the Soundcloud link.
Oh and welcome to the new website - let me know if you find any issues
1. 00:00 Weval - You Made it (II)
2. 06:02 Echaskech - Twich
3. 12:30 Sohn - Falling
4. 16:15 The Slow Revolt - Never Get Close
5. 19:59 Boards of Canada - Olson (Midland rmx)
6. 24:59 Midland - Tape Burn
7. 28:12 George Fitzgerald - Full Circle
8. 31:53 Lxury Goth - square one (vocal dub)
9. 37:42 Weval - I Don’t Need it
10. 41: 19 Antenna Happy, Vessels - Spark (vessels mix)
11. 47:27 The Crisis Project - Dear
12. 51:18 Rival Consoles - Night Melody
13. 55:18 Bonobo - Outlier
14. 60:07 Apparat - Arcadia
15. 64:01 Echaskech - Emperors New Clones
16. 68:56 Moderat - Fondle
17. 73:17 Jon Hopkins - Collider
Back in 2013 I was lucky to be asked to play as support DJ for a Fields LDN night promoting Max Cooper, The Ghosting Season and The Slow Revolt. Previously I uploaded the “30 minutes of techno” set but this is the first set, from the moment the doors opened to the start of TSR’s set. Sadly The Dance Tunnel is scheduled to close this August and it’s a cracking club so if you get a chance to go get your arse down there!
Bvdub – Strength
JETS – Sin Love With You
Cut Copy – Sun God (Andy Weatherall remix)
Lusine – Get The Message
Tyco – Coastal Break (Lusine remix)
Falty DL – She Sleeps
Maya Jane Coles – Something in the Air
Alucidnation – Technically Warm
Spectra Ciera – Off Season
Midland – Tape Burn
Falty DL _ Em Cee
DJ Koze – Nices Wölkchen
Bonobo – Cirrus
Pablo Bolivar – Cool Down
Dusky – Mystics
Locked Groove – Dream within a Dream
Jack Dixon – Ps Triangle
Jack Dixon – E
George Fitzgerald – Unilateral
Julio Bashmore – Au Seve
After the Oval Space gig , I got approached by The Commission Webzine - The online arts and culture journal - who were there to interview Max Cooper. They asked me for an exclusive mix and an interview, to which I obliged. It's taken a while to sort it all out and I've been very good at keeping it under wraps but today's the day I get to share it all with you The interview is here
but if you want to skip to the mix it's right here
Mixcloud version is here
1. 00:00 SigmaFly - Danced With Wolves 2. 04:26 Essay - Crying at Day (alternate edit) 3. 07:15 Opal Tapes - Bobok 4. 10:49 1979 - #22 5. 15:50 Lucid Dream - Chortle 6. 19:20 Deft - Loqux & Past 7. 22:20 Moderat - Bad Kingdom (DJ Koze remix) 8. 26:30 Simian Mobile Disco - Dervish 9. 30:00 Nick Dow - Armour Plated 10. 37:10 Walls - Burnt Sienna 11. 42:20 Nils Frahm - For (Max Cooper remix) 12. 47:55 Dark Sky - Voices 13. 52:02 Jack Dixon - Needin U 14. 55:00 Leon Vynehall - Be Brave, Clench Fists 15. 61:27 Dense and Pika - Slowhand 16. 66:69 1979 - Go! 17. 71:50 Caribou - Can’t Do Without You (loop)
I'll be DJing at the quite amazing Merchants Tavern on Saturday afternoon of the last weekend in June; so for those of you not going to Glastonbury if you need a wonderful bar, with great food, drinks served up by warm welcoming staff then please pop in, I'll be the one playing the warm and eclectic electronica through the amazing spiritland sound system
A lot can happen in a week.
Last Friday, whilst my wife and I were having afternoon tea at Ruben's in Victoria, my phone chirpred it's merry little sms chirp and there was a simple message from my friend Grant at Agency X saying "Would you like to do warmup for (Max Cooper's) Emergence? Has to stay not banging". Naturally I jumped at the chance - this is Max Cooper's new AV one man show in a prime venue in London, under the auspicious gaze of LWE - a superb event promoter making deep impressions in the night club scene with uber hot DJs and dance music acts and as part of their London Electronic Arts Festival . "Sure, I'd love to" I replied. I was already getting excited.
I'd not been really thinking about DJing; I lost my Concrete residency last year and had turned my hand to doing weddings which is a completely different mindset to this - still fun, still rewarding, but you are playing what the couple and the audience want to hear - this would be different: I could play what I wanted within reason, I understood what a Warm Up slot means and there was the helpful remit of "Has to stay not banging".
Has to stay not banging. Not banging. HAS TO STAY.
Hmmm. The words echoed around my dusty and cavernous brain, like a Deep House looping vocal hook. Why would Grant say this? He knows that I'm not really that up for the banging tunes, why would he feel he needed to stress this? After a few more texts back and forth it made sense, because Max's set would start ambient and to give it the best opportunity to grow from that point you don't want the act before to be slamming out BIG TUNES building up the audience's expectation to think that whatever follows would be EVEN BIGGER. Fair enough. This was the remit and it was a remit I was happy with. I had two hours to play with and so I set myself to quietly build for an hour and a half and then half an hour to break it down.
So... why am I telling you all of this? Well... here's the thing: This set isn't two hours long; its 2 hours 20 minutes long. That might not mean anything to you but it might go to help you understand why, from 1h 35 the mix descends into an ambient wash out for 20 minutes and then starts to pick up again at 1hr 55... which might correspond to the moment I got told that Max wouldn't be starting at 9:00 but at 9:20.
This isn't a criticism nor a whinge. Far from it. At most it's an explanation of the flow of the set you're about to listen to, and more of a reminder to me (and to anyone else who cares to listen) not to plan too rigidly, not to be too prescriptive and to remind oneself that no matter what you think the plan is, it's not.
Hope you enjoy it
BvDub - Strength Underworld - M.E. Speedy J - DeOrbit Trentemøller - Always Something Better Pye Corner Audio - Electronic Rhythm Number 3 Deft - One Eye Open Opal Tapes - Coffee Aphex Twin - Xtal Deft - Vapid pt1 Fybe One - Harmonic Curve Luke Hess - Evidence Everywhere Vermont - Dynamik (Prins Thomas Version 1) Eagles for Hands - Glass Hands (Slow it Down Remix) Jamie XX - Far/Nearer The Slow Revolt - Farther Deft - A Little Kiss Shadow Child - Border Town (Synkro rmx) LostLojic/Innex - Last Goodbye Datassette - Cagney XOR Lacey (Pt 2) Echaskech - Form Function (Epic Washout mix) Mountains - Choral Synkro - Memories of Love Synkro - Why Don’t You Taso & Wolfbitch - Tria Seba - Painted Sky (DFRNT remix) Taso - Exi The Village Orchestra - Lo Pencil (The Village Orchestra remix)
I forgot to say: thanks to the numerous people who took time out to let me know how much they enjoyed my set - I know you don't have to do that, and it really makes a huge difference to my well being. Thank you, you're lovely, you are.
Also - thanks to the staff at Oval Spaces, LWE and LEAF for all the help (high 5 to Soundman Josh) as well as Hugs eternal for Grant at Agency X and of course Max for letting me do this.
Look I know I've been quiet. I'm sorry about that. But since me losing my residency at Concrete, in my defence, I've been busy. Stupidly so. Some of you might know of the Disco Shed (who won "Shed of the Year 2014" in the "Normal Shed" category in Channel 4's Amazing Spaces competition) well, they have a wedding dj business called "Disco Wed" and I've joined their ranks as one of their DJs, and they have been keeping me exceptionally busy; so, if you're thinking of getting married (or even if you're not) and you need a great, friendly, adaptable and hiqh quality dj to hire, you know where to go. September also saw me at Bestival with Disco Shed on what turned out to the best Bestival yet; a great crowd, great weather, wonderful crew, a fantastic location for the Disco Shed and not to mention the undeniably awesome company of Rachel Mavis Stringbot III. It just couldn't get any better than that.
But all of that is in the past. So what of the future?
On Nov 26th 2014 at the Sebright Arms Beat Unique are presenting a night of kick ass Electronica of the very highest quality, featuring Infinite Scale (live), DJ Sets from Digitonal and Phil Winter (Tunng/Wrangler and introducing Kinza (live). I'll be on the visuals for Infinite Scale on the night and I'm slap bang in the middle of trying to make up a completely new visual show so, if you're free that night, please come down; it'll be topper.
If you're on the torrid and addictive monstrosity that we all call Facebook the event is set up here
Hope to see you there!
Last year I was lucky to get asked to be the Support DJ at Fields' night promoting Max Cooper, Ghosting Season and The Slow Revolt at the epitome of the Shoreditch cellar club: Dance Tunnel. The Club was rammed and after a brilliant set by The Slow Revolt, with half an hour before the excellent Ghosting Season I didn't know what to play. I knew what I wanted to start with - Jon Hopkins' Open Eye Signal, but after that I was going to wing it... Tracklisting
Another one from the Atmo Archives - requested by Erik Z. Back from a time when this was the future, when 720 was everything, when we still mastered & distributed on cassette and delivered them by hand or by mail... and this still got round the world :) Tracklisting Dr Chandra and SAL9000 KMC: Orbiting Probes Future Engineers: Life Support KMC: Alpha Centuri Blu Mar Ten: Lunar Odyssey: Submerge Control: Seven Days Future Engineers: Components Blame: Altered Course Blu Mar Ten: Voidfield Seba: Camouflage Artemis: Fairlight Alaska & Nucleus: Nautilus (Odyssey Remix) Future Engineers: Timeshift Blame: Alpha 7 Doctor Chandra & HAL 9000
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As soundcloud no longer is any fun AT ALL I am going to have to upload files to my Dropbox so you can download them so... Way back in the long ago (I think maybe... 2008?), when the men still had their own teeth and the women knew great dentists, I talked my good friend Simon Strick in to doing something foolish: a mash up of Racing Green and Aphrodite. This is the result:
As luck would have it I've asked to play at one of my favourite venues in London this Sunday, The Big Chill Bar. I've been an irregular feature down there, somewhat like an occasional table, ever since it opened back in 2005. I played the first week it was opened, I've been lucky to play at their very special New years eve and New Years day parties, as part of their celebrations for the Big Chill festival and have been involved in a number of residencies there over the years. This time they've asked me to bring in the chill and downtempo, in a very welcome move to return the bar back to it's humble laid back musical roots. Something I'm more than happy to do. See you down there!
Here are a few photos by the wonderful Emma Gutteridge from the 'A Few Old Tunes: Music and pictures inspired by the Boards of Canada' night I played at, along with Josh Posthuman, DJ Food and Tom Central. Which I also didn't blog about. Sorry about that. Hopefully you are all signed up to my Facebook page and or my twitter stream so you heard about it that way. :)
This month I'll be DJing on a Friday from 9pm 'till close. Expect the usual blend of melodic house bass tech and electronica.
If I manage to do one "proper" mix a year I'll be happy. To define what a "proper" mix is - to separate it from any other mix I upload - a "proper" mix is one that takes planning and meticulous execution. Last year's mix was "Send in the Drones" and that took a year from planning to execution and I'm still happy with it; this has taken around 6 months of working out. It started with a Guardian article about new musical genres which defined the music by the amazing Joe Synkro as "Nightbus" a term I'd not heard before but one I was happy to adopt, even if I couldn't be sure that the article was being entirely serious. What I was aware was of a new way of looking at drum and bass, a genre which I'd spent a lot of my dj career playing and one I'd pretty much given up on. Listening to tracks from artists like Synkro, Submerge, Lapalux and the amazing new releases from Apollo (R & S records "ambient" side label) it became clear that a new wave of producers were taking lessons learned from Dubstep and applying them to Ambient Techno, R 'n B, Garage and Atmospheric Drum and Bass. I was fascinated. The result of that fascination is this mix. The first 30 minutes or so of it came together pretty easily, but then I couldn't work out where to turn next and it sat on my hard drive for 4 months, taunting me as all unfinished projects do. I almost released it as a mini mix, just to get the "monkey off my back" but I'm glad I waited and am able to release something more substantial, something worth listening to, hopefully again and again.
Though I still don't know if Nightbus is the right term for it.
Mario - Let Me Love You (Lapalux remix) (free download - http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/04/let-me-love-you-lapalux-bootleg Synkro - Open Arms ASC - Glass Walls Submerse - Cluster Jack Dixon - You won't let me (Synkro mix) Bop - Song about my Dog dBridge - 5th Floor Grimes - Genesis Bulb - Lonely Gravity Om Unit - Ulysses VIP (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/09/ulysses-vip) ASC + Ulrich Schnauss - 77 Lapalux - Guuurl Holy Other - Know Where dBridge - Cornered Yumi & The Weather - Not Again (Manni Dee remix) (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/12/not-again-manni-dee-remix) Marley Caroll -Woodwork (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/10/woodwork) Ital Tek - Pixel Haze Fybe:one - Harmonic Curve (Deft's footwork remix) (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/10/harmonic-curve-defts-footwork-re) Bering Strait - Apart Synkro - Reflection Reso - Aegis (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/09/aegis) Eagles for Hands - Glitterall (free download http://www.xlr8r.com/mp3/2012/10/glitterall) [soundcloud url="http://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/85882133" params="" width=" 100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
Now on mixcloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/djmachv/i-love-youyou-wont-let-me/
Artwork shamefully stolen from the Internet - "Untitled" (1985) by Moebius aka Jean Giraud
Just a quick update to let you know that I've uploaded part of my recording from February's set at Concrete Bar. It's 75 minutes of "variant house" is the only way I can describe it as it's not really one particular genre (unless someone can let me know what it is. Anyway, I hope you enjoy :) Tracklisting
Mike Mago - Galactic (Broke One Remix) Jack Dixon - 10 Years Max Cooper - Heresy (Dosem Remix) P Lopez - About You Dusky - Every Day George Fitzgerald - Unilateral Two Bears - Bear Hug New Look - You & I Cassie - Me & U (Mak & Pasteman Bootleg) Breach & Midland - 101 Darling Farah - Body (Jimmy Edgar Remix) 5kin & Bones - Forest Nymphs (feat. Matrixxman) The XX - Angels (Shadow Child Unofficial VIP) Broke One - Polygons and Windows Disclosure - What's in your head (Mak & Pasteman Remix) Julio Bashmore - Battle of Middle you
(I'm struggling getting the soundcloud player to embed correctly so here's the direct link)
Also on Mixcloud - http://www.mixcloud.com/djmachv/live-at-concrete-20130224/
Just to let you know that I'm DJing at Concrete this Easter Saturday, from 8pm till close. Expect lots of tracks about eggs, bunnies, Jesus and crucifixion; either that or a load of new melodic electronica to keep you happy. :) Free entry.