Thursday, December 18, 2008

Quiet Becoming

Hell yeah, two posts in as many hours. Catchin up on the backlog, stockin yer audio pantries ready for the cruel, quiet weeks ahead. I'm going to link a load of mixes, for two reasons:
  1. They're all amazing
  2. You're probably going to spend quite a lot of time either a) on trains, buses, planes etc, or b) having to 'do' stuff, like cook and eat and talk to elderly people, so you don't really want to have to make a conscious effort to pick out music for yourself. You'd rather just press play on an hour long thing and go with it.
So here's what's new on RuckusRuckusRuckus non-brand-specific chipped-and-broken audio playback device:
  • NIGHTSHIFTERS! Hell yeah, mentioned them a couple of weeks ago. They've got their first proper big release - HOSTAGE's  "Shake It" EP. They've got a free download to one of the tracks, so here's a direct link to Hostage-The Slave.mp3 - starts off like a bassheavy bmoresque piece of club action, but then the serious rave stabs kick in. The whole EP should go on your list of things to buy once you've cashed that xmas cheque from Grandma.
  • Ok, so that wasn't a mix, spotted it huh. But also c/o NIGHTSHIFTERS I downloaded this DJ Donna Summer 'NightMix', which he made for Dj earlier in November. Rx3's a longterm fan of the man behind ad&d, cockrockdisco, birthdaypartyberlin, not only for his solid commitment to party-harding, but also 'cos of this release, which still astounds. The NIGHTMIX is how you wish your new year party could sound, only your new year party's gonna be a limp affair, just like every year. Stay in, listen to this instead.
  • Yep, I played some Timeblind a coupla weeks ago (get the show here). I mentioned then that he had a counterpart to his essential Fauna mix - he's got loads of music up here and you should listen to it all without delay. Actually, delay a while, because first you should listen to his brand new FLORA mix. An angular selection of deep and slightly meditatively-flavoured dub-related sounds, I'm thinkin of lockin into this when the pain of public transport can't be diluted - a retreat to a somewhere in which concentration comes easily and is richly rewarded.
  • Grevious Angel posts a four-four selection, 4x4Hell, touching an energy that might constitute the roots-of-bassline, back before it new it could be a Niche of its own. The mix drifts to a territory that I'd have casually filed under post-Hype breakbeat instrumentals, and so I'm hitting rewind to the top. The vocal rubs are the money for me. As ever, John digs that bit deeper and goes that bit further.
  • Highpointlowlife's Sideboard and Moore got a new EP up for your consideration, 'A Garrison Of Two'. Interesting hauntology backstory to it - Arts Organisation Funds Musicians To Have Interesting Experience - don't tell the Daily Mail etc.
  • Ok, and finally, over at Rob!Run!Reach! we had ourselves a festive breakcore celebration show. I've been buying this stuff from rare&racy and dswat over the last 8 years, and although many feel like it's had its heyday (notable exception being the Bristol scene), I still love it for its (occasionally mindless) ability to make me feel Big and Powerful.. Haah, only kidding. Nope, it's all about absolution in the rave. Legitimation by elimination. So the final thing for you to download is just below. Notes on this: Jon was cooking and eating comfort chicken while it was being broadcast.


• Bong-Ra - 'Coke Sniffah', Stereotype Heroin Hooker EP (Reduced Phat 2006)

• Bong-Ra - 'Orgie van Vuurzee', Soldaat van Oranje LP (Sublight/Mirex)

• Aphasic - 'Junkfunk', We Are Junk 12" (Junk records)

Monkey Steak - 'Big Up Yourself (Monkey Steak Remix feat. Scorpio)', Monkey Steak vs. Parasite EP (Death$ucker 2005)

• GoGo Goddess - 'Bounce Me', GoGo Goddess EP  (Kool.Pop recordings)

• Kid606 - 'Wickid (gabber recharge mix)', Wickid 12" (Bangarang / PeaceOff)

• Rotator - 'Make It Ruff', Ravior EP (Dross:tik 2005)

• Aaron Spectre - 'Alien vs. Rodigan', Evil Most Foul EP (Death$ucker 2005)

• DuranDuranDuran - 'Ralez', BlowJobBreaks EP (Mutant Sniper / PeaveOff 2006)

• DJ Floorclearer - 'Roger's Massive Armpits', Roger's Massive Armpits EP (Death$ucker 2006)

• SocietySuckers - '7,000,000,000', KarlMarxStadt 2001-2004 (Lux Nigra)

• Venetian Snares - 'Dollmaker' Doll Doll Doll (Hymen 2001)

• Jason Forrest - 'Song For My Grandmother', Ladies Get In Free split EP (Broklyn Beats 2004)

• Curtis Chip - 'Boatshow', Ye Olde Barn Compilation (Addict Records)

• Drop The Lime - 'Rad Girl Killy', Killy 123 EP (Tigerbeat6)

• Shitmat - 'Nuff Respect', Rave Like A Headless Chicken split EP (Wrong Music 2007)

• Drumcorps - 'Down', Live and Regret (CockRockDisco 2007)

• JoeRuckus - live at c90 11th March 2006 - hahahaa, exclusive!!!!!!!

Show You're Working

"I've got that one in the bag mate!" is something you hear less&less. We don't expect djs to take requests if they're doing something interesting - we're there to see what they reach for, so we don't ask. Or it's an 'event' (office party, website launch, whatever), the dj's doing nothing interesting, but he's got a system that's rigged to an archive of 15 gigabytes of nearly everything uninteresting ever, so we don't ask. Rich c90 had a memorable one playin a clubnight, straight up dubstep, when a girl says "I love this stuff, but it's my birthday, have you got any Lily Allen?" Cue bassuvius erupting, cue birthday-crowd queue to the door. Happy returns love.

Recently, wordthecat posted a question about the value of constant newness in music - he posted something old and something new. Then, in response and in echo, muddup! posted a question about the value of music once scarcity isn't an issue. Blissblog writes in the thewiremagazine's end of year round-up about the harmful effects of too-much; in particular, there being too many reissues. There's too much out there, and even the old(er) stuff's being kept new. I got some thoughts kreeping up on me, they take a while to reveal themselves, let's move on, we can come back to it. Plenty of time, nothing disappears.

So, to the Rob! Run! Reach! Radioshow from 2 weeks ago - late on getting this up, apologies to the faithful. Just to recap, so you remember what happened: 
I'm interested in hearing what you were up to. Rich was cooking fish. Some sorta white fish, an alternative to cod. Rob was installing updates on his computer. Will was cooking too. Bomb was falling asleep. That's just some of the listeners. What're you up to when you listen on the download? Radio connects, listeners get to experience specific durations at one temporal (and geographical) remove. Hit the comments below, tell us about your remove. One duration worth reissuing is that live show by Jammer, Skepta and Chronic, from back in 2005, with heavyweight Shadetek productions. Glad to have included that in this 'broadcast'.

Here's a file:

And here's a tracklist, click links to get more muzak child:

• Sleeparchive - 'ACID-BLEEP', Research EP [Sleeparchive 2005]

• Kardinal Offishall - 'Fast Fwd', Crunk And Grime [Semtex mixtape 2005]

• Telepathe - 'Chromes On It (Kingdom Remix)', Kingdom The Official Mixtape Vol. 2

Maga Bo - 'Beni feat. Mohammed Issa Matona', Archipelagoes [Soot 2008]

Atki2 - 'Mercury', Mercury EP [Domestic 2008]

Matt Shadetek - 'Carbomb Riddim (feat Jammer, Skepta, Chronik)', Live at c90 2nd December 2005 [Youtube footage here]

• Virgo - 'R U Hot Enough', Free Yourself 12" [Trax Records 1986]

• Speculum - 'Nympho (Mowgli mix)', Nympho 12" [Used and Abused 2007]

• Shut Up & Dance - 'Heaven On Earth', Reclaim The Streets [Shut Up And Dance 2006]

Winter North Atlantic - 'The Maid', [Giovanni Chrome]

• Barry Adamson - 'It's Business As Usual', Oedipus Schmoedipus [Mute 2006]

• Alexis Weak - 'Stang Av Techno' [La Vida Locash]

• D Double E - 'Lemon', D Double E Vol 1 []

• Francisco Lopez - 'Untitled #164', This Place Is Dreaming [K-RAA-K]

• Cauto and Amph - 'm', USB Lost & Found [Reboot / Disboot 2008]

• Pacheko - 'Green Bull (B Bull mix)', ThisTroy outtake [Mashit 2008]

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Need it more than want it

Besieged by technical difficulties this week. Whole lotta fun on the radio show (ASR for those not yet in the know) - shouts from all over the place, and equipment that kept failing. No studio recording, sadly, but I put the tracks together in a quick traktor mix early this morning for those of y'all who like to keep tabs on what's good. So yeah, none of my dulcet tones lulling you to tears, but a whole loada fresh music. Special mentions go to wirewool on the Modeselektor tip, wordthecat on his incredible Sarkozy&Carla screenplays and the kid606 tip, and  Benn Loxo du Tacu on the Faytinga tip - all a'them deserve further clicking. Also a massive shout to the anonymous donor that sent '4 New Soundz', played in the middle of this mix, a kind of To-Roccoco-Rot-meets-Battles-meets-Cluster sound, much respect!

Grab the mpfree here:


  • Soundmurder + Sk1 -  'Dreader than dread (remix)', Rewind 4 [Rephlex]
  • Adé - 'Change the world (shut up and dance remix)', [Shut Up and Dance 12"]
  • Ragga Twins - 'The Iron Lady', Ragga Twins Step Out [Souljazz]
  • Some Water and Sun - 'Snowbreaker (dabrye remix)', History is Bunk part 1 [Hefty Records]
  • Dot Rotten - 'MCs don't bother me', RIP Young Dot [GPP /]
  • Laurence Rassel & Terre Thaemlitz - 'Useless movement', The Laurence Rassel Show [Ultra-Red free release]
  • Vorpal - 'Gymnopédie (mothbox remix)', The End, Ep and Remixes [Cockrockdisco free download]
  • kid606 - 'Can't stop a stepper', Die Soundboy Die [tigerbeat6 / very friendly]
  • Unicomuzik - 'track 4', Unicomuzik/Unicojazz []
  • Unknown mystery artist - 4 New Soundz track 1
  • Richard Youngs - 'Part I', Garden of Stones [No Fans CDR 2005]
  • Modeselektor - 'The Black Block (Rustie remix)', Happy Birthday! Remixed Part 2 [BPitch Control 2008]
  • 8 Frozen Modules - 'Heartbeat of a Dog', The Confused Creator [Trance Syndicate 1997]
  • Monsiur Connard - 'Fou', Souvenirs Elastiques' [Audioactivity free release 2006]
  • Faytinga - 'Buba', Eritrea [Cobalt/Melodie]