After over a decade hiatus from playing Breaks, Halifax's Kristen S is back with a vengeance with this month's SOL Session.
He came out to the house this month for a nice dinner & recorded what would be his first mix using Serato as a platform & I must say he did a bang up job.
So let's all take a little trip through breakbeats with Mr. movethemasses
Ladies & gentleman, Kristen S.
After over a decade hiatus from playing Breaks, Halifax's Kristen S is back with a vengeance with this month's SOL Session.
Eight episodes in and I'm already out of things to talk about here , Iv always been a man of few words anyway.
At least this one is out on time, i don't see that becoming a trend anytime soon tho, the weather is getting nicer and its getting harder to lock my self in the studio to work on these sonic jigsaw puzzles. If you are reading this and like the blog and podcast , rest assure that there will be more content now that i have my best friend and partner in grime Buck Banger helping me moving forward.
I want to that this time to thank Oldboy for making this SICK mix for me this month, i knew it was going to be good, but i didn't expect that it would be this great! I see big things in his future if he keeps growing at the exponential rate that he has since I've known him.
From the desk of Buck Banger
Harmsworth & myself have started a brand new mix series where we will showcase a new mix from our favourite local DJs recorded right here in our home studio. Basically immortalize fun moments at our spot.
Pretty simple, pretty tight.
For our premier session it only makes sense to have Skull n Bones kick it off. In the 12 years of DJing together, this is our first recorded release & it is a perfect example of just what it is we've been doing.
Every tune in this mix has been released within the last year but it embodies the essence of Jungle music. We really hope you enjoy it!
Welcome to the Lake!
Late again! I promise it was worth it. I'm going to cut to the chase and talk about how grateful I am for this episodes guest mix provided by DOPE aka Bosby and Giordani. Two Halifax local DJ/producers that absolutely kill it. Im a big fan of their music and over all vibe, its nice to meet people who are incredibly talented and are humble as fuck. I think they are going to go far if they keep doing what there doing, I know they worked very hard on this mix for me. Halifax has always been a breeding ground for such people , sadly some leave at a point due to some limitations that living on the east coast provides, hopefully me and my fellow Haligonians get a couple more years with them.
Also, There will be more content coming to the blog, its been pretty dead on here do to my busy schedule, but i aim to host more music here and on the Podcast stream, keep and eye out for the second monthly podcast Sinn on the Lake coming out half way thru the month*!
*im not committing my self to any specific times anymore LOL
This episode was the first that i have done that i relied on music that was shown or recommend to me from friends and family. Normally I'm digging around the internet or simply just Shazam-ing my way thru the month trying to cobble together a show every month.
There is probably a good life lesson in there someplace. I can be such a control freak , its something that I've been trying to get over. But there is no shame in reaching out to the ones you care about for help when you need it , even for something as small as a monthly Podcast!
This month I'm happy to have an old friend on the show, I've know him since before he started DJ'g and producing and in the few years i have known him he' s made leaps and bounds in both aspects. Take this moment to follow both his accounts on SoundCloud: Evil D and AnteChrist.
I've been a bit of a ghost on my own website, sadly i just haven't had the time to but put content, thats going to change in February.
I feel like this mix is all over the place, i wish i had more time to refine it. 2017 gave me a swift kick to the balls this month. Fortunately for me Lady Luck was not far behind ready to nurse those balls back to health and now things are better than ever!
I hope you enjoy this Amen heavy episode , Jungle always makes me happy when skies are grey.
I want to take this opportunity to thank Foggyswoggle for making a VERY impressive 45 minute mix for the show this month, absolutely one of the best to ever air on this show. He's an incredibly hard working guy, constantly contributing to the Halifax electronic scene by throwing fun shows and a never ending onslaught of mixes, be sure to follow him on Soundcloud.
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- Bonobo - Black Sands
- "Choose you're own Adventure" ( Sample from Neal Brennan's Three Mics )
- Sonny Smith - Wolf like Howls from the Bathhouse ( s.e. land otter champs )
- Conspire - Rollin
- Brick and Mortar - Move to the Ocean (Baauer Remix)
- "Not my Tempo" ( Sample from Whiplash )
- Run the Jewels - Panther Like a Panther ( f. Trina )
- Amen Andrews - Amen HQ
- Goodie Mob - Cell Therapy
- Kozmo - Tequila Sunrise ( Subp Yao Remix )
- Grimes - Genesis
- Conspire - Inbetween
- T.L. Barrett & Youth For Christ Choir - Like A Ship
- Barbara Lewis - Hello Stranger
I hate Christmas songs, I'm not sure what possessed me to make a mix that included them. I did my best to keep track of the most tolerable once i heard all month. I do like Christmas movies tho, but only the ones that aren't traditional; the classic examples would be Die Hard, Gremlins and the most recent examples would be Krampus and The Night Before. These are where i found a majority of the half decent track for the mix and gave me the inspiration to make a Christmas mix that lives in that world of juxtaposition that i love in all aspects of my life.
One thing i did love about this months show is DJ LYRA's mix, she seems to get booked for a lot of techno shows, but i love when she shows off her more eclectic side. She has a sick selection of bass music and i hope this helps her get more of those gigs around Halifax. Not that i don't like Techno...but i don't love it to be honest.
I figure I was born about 5 years too late, and in the wrong country. I didn't go to my first rave until 1999 at the ripe old age of 17 in Halifax, Nova Scotia - just missing the true golden era of Jungle Music which was primarily in London England between 1991 to 1998. Luckily for me at the time Halifax was, and in a lot of ways still is, about 10 years behind the rest of the world. So I did manage to go to some amazing underground parties and ride the wave of early 2000's Drum'n'Bass that gained in popularity at the time, although most of the heat was coming out of Toronto.
Now, you might ask yourself "Isn't Jungle and Drum'n'Bass the same thing?!" and a rational person would say "Yes!" or "Shut up, who cares?" but I'm not that person. The best way I can describe the difference is to use a more contemporary yet equally trivial comparison: Dubstep vs Brostep. The early days of Jungle, much like Dubstep, stems from UK lower class urban youth culture. By that I do mean urban as in metropolitan, not some bullshit euphemism for black culture, though I would be remiss here if I didn't clearly state that all the best music in the past hundred plus years is or was influenced by black culture. In both Jungle and Dubstep there is a melting pot of cultures and races who pioneered the genres. In the early days both the genres were characterized by deep heavy bass lines and simple almost under produced sounds, whether it be the lack of modern production equipment in Jungle's case, or just the over all aesthetic in regards to Dubstep. This is contrasted by the sounds of Drum'n'Bass and Brostep where the sounds are VERY over produced and take on a far more aggressive sound bordering on an electronic version of death metal. Some call this the "Americanization" of the sound due to the huge popularity of American acts like Dieselboy and Skrillex , however that aggressive sound was still born out of the UK from acts such as 16 Bit and Andy C respectively.
These differences in genre have been the cause of many heated debates over the years, people love to pick teams and adopt an Us vs Them mentality and I'd be lying if said I didn't get involved myself on occasion. Here and now, at the over-ripe age of 34 I say Like What You Like. There are good songs and bad songs in every genre...even country music!
This long diatribe was simply to introduce an index of classic 90's Jungle Mixtapes I found about a year ago. It's worth checking out no matter if you love the genre or you just want to know what the hell I've been rambling on about this whole time!
I'm not going to lie, these are getting harder and harder to do and I'm only three episodes in! Maybe November was just crazy - for fuck's sake a racist humanoid tangerine was elected "Leader of the Free World" - but on top of that bullshit, life was just hectic. 2016 has been a harsh mistress all around.
Looking back on the last two episodes of the season thus far, I felt there was a little too much electronic music. It's clearly a love of mine but switching from a live internet radio show to a podcast was supposed to free me up to dig deeper into my musical interests. I think I've cracked the service this episode, you can expect to see a quite a bit more variety in upcoming shows.
Also, I'm happy to have one of my good friends and favourite DJ's Nick Hood supply the guest mix this month! He did a stellar job, if you have ever seen him play live you know he always knocks it out of the park. It's been a while since he has released a mix so I'm honoured to have him break his fast on my show. In fact I wouldn't be upset if you skipped right past my mix and embraced his blend of trapped out chopped and screwed trill phonk head on!
Synthwave, you might not know what it is , but you have definitely heard it before. Sometimes known at Electro-wave it emerged in the 80's as a sub-genre to New-Wave, most notable artists would be bands such as Depeche Mode and of course the legend himself John Carpenter.
Carpenter would often score his own movies with haunting and classic themes such as Halloween, Christine, and his masterpiece The Thing which is still unmatched to this day in my opinion. He has since focussed more on his music more so than film in recent years (for the best really, Vampires was just the worst) and has released a few albums of his signature sound such as Lost themes (linked above) , Classic Themes Redux EP and Lost Themes II. All of which i recommend.
Nowadays in the culture of rebooting everything we have seen a resurgence of the genre , the first film and soundtrack that really caught my attention was It Follows (2014). A film about a group of teens in what seemed like a Detroit from an alternate dimension where the 70's, 80's, and 90's all got mushed together are forced to deal with being haunted by the worlds worst STD. This film not only borrowed heavily form the works of Carpenter in terms of theme, tone and over-all look but took that "big synth sound" into the 21st century with the soundtrack provided by the American composer and musician Disasterpeace ( a fantastic stage name i might add) who really amped the intensity and over all production quality in comparison to the films it was derived out of.
Another such film to borrow heavily from the look and sounds of the 80's and early 90's is Turbo Kid (2015) which takes a more fun adventurous sound , more video game / synth-pop like than the dark ominous tones in the films mentioned above. This makes sense because the film is an action adventure thats kind of like a mash up Mad Max 2 and Goonies.
The Netflix hit Stranger Things is a great example of taking the best of genre films from previous decades and creating something quite amazing. If you haven't seen it ( go right now and watch it!) it's pretty much Firestarter + Stand by Me + E.T. + Poltergeist all rolled into one, punctuated by another Synthwave soundtrack by the Austin band S U R V I V E. Unfortunately the soundtrack isn't available to buy yet, I don't know what the hold up is, but they are missing a real good opportunity to take my money.
I should mention that by talking about these movies and soundtracks being derivative it is in NO WAY a criticism. I love each and every aforementioned films and fully enjoy a good reboot when done well. I would be a hypocrite as someone who made a career DJing , taking my favourite artists work and filtering it thru my brain to attempt to crate something new and different. Someone once said "Good artists borrow, great artists steal" there is some debate on who said this, but im sure he or she stole it from some one else.
I find this video hypnotic, the cinematography and very structured shot composition perfectly matches the simple, formulaic and ever intensifying framework of the track.
Also, I'm just a sucker for old Jungle samples!
I stumbled across FAWNA about a year ago whilst on the hunt for Portishead remixes for what eventually became my 2016 Future Forest set, she has a live cover of Glory Box that i must have listed to fifty times. I don't know if its some creepy social media algorithm or The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon but much like the timbre of her voice she seemed to haunt me since that day.
Her sound, in my humble opinion, exists in a unique place. Elements of R&B, Soul, and Electronica are apparent but if you really want to nerd-out on genres you could add Trip-Hop, Cloud Rap and Future Soul to the mix too. Her Voice and lyrics along with the Production of Loa Gaze is like a soundtrack to a dream, consisting of elements of the past and the future existing concurrently in a purple haze as if you stumbled into a Jazz club on a lunar space station.
I might be waxing poetic, it's the the best way I can describe sound. Take the time to hear for yourself and paint your own picture. She released a new album Vol. 1 just last week and it's a fantastic work, so make sure you buy it on Bandcamp.
This episode turned out a little heavier than expected which was a fun change to to normally chill vibe of the show. Like i explain at the top of the show, I tried to look at this months mix as a sound track to a hypothetical horror movie that only exists in the recesses of my mind (think Attack the Block meets It Follows i guess?) i think i captured it well enough, you can be the judge.
Also, Im elated to have Construct on this month's episode, as always he has crafted a top notch mix. I won't ramble on about him here , but take the time to read the blog post i did about him earlier this month.
- Timber Timbre - Lay Down in the Tall Grass
- The Stooges - I Wanna be your Dog
- The Prodigy - Smack My Bitch Up
- Truth - Ark
- Gnarls Barkly - Crazy (Slow Version)
- Clams Casino - I'm God (San Holo remix)
- Awolnation - Run
- Skepta f. Young Lord - It Ain't Safe
- The Specials - Ghost Town
- Alix Perez & Eprom - Chiron
- Big Pun - Beware (Instrumental)
- John Carpenter - Vortex
- Lorn - Army of Fear
- $uicideboy$ - Champion of Death
- Kanye West - All Day (Eprom & Salva remix)
- Folk Uke - Mother Fucker
- Goblin - The Gonk (Kid Koala remix)
- The Gaslamp Killer - Fuck
- Tek.Lun - Tucks
- Callum Connor - .Gyeah
- Goldlink - Late Night ft Masego (Falcons Remix)
- Kaytranada - You’re The One (feat. Syd)
- Cavalier - Be Your Girl
- Alicia Keys - Feelin’ U Feelin’ Me (Falcons Remix)
- Baesic - Breeze
- Mikos Da Gawd - She’s a Bitch
- Kaytranada - Lite Spots (Blasé edit)
- oriJanus - Hot Remix
- Jaël - Sangroove
- Goldlink - Velho (freestyle)
- oriJanus - Bonita
- eLan - 2in5four (Low Limit remix)
- Thriftworks - Terminally Chill
- Portishead - It Could Be Sweet
Once a year deep in the woods, far away from the hustle of city life. Rests my favorite getaway, a place where I can truly escape the everyday drudgery of my daily grind. As I drive down the long bumpy dirt road that leads to this neon oasis, every thought of looming bills and impending sales targets drift away with every turn.
I've had the honer of playing Future Forest since 2013 and every year they level up in every single aspect, not only the stages but to the music and live performances that are lucky enough to grace them.
This year they gave me a different set and at first it threw me off, typically I would play a "big room" peak hour ( give or take ) dance/mosh your face off kinda vibe. But this time around, due to the chillness of last season's Feels like Sunday, they had me on mid-afternoon at "The Nest" a stage found down a narrow wooded path past the main stage.
I took this opportunity to try something that was bouncing around my head over the last few months; to take my favourite Trip-Hop/Hip-Hop and Jungle Tracks of the 90's and early 2000's as well hunting down the original songs used in samples of some of those songs to piece together a mosaic of loops and samples using a combination of Abelton Live and Serato. Below is the end result!
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TRACK LIST (mix contains bits & pieces of the following songs more or less in this order)
- DJ Shadow - Building Steam With a Grain of Salt
- Massive Attack - Angel
- Amon Tobin - Four Ton Mantis
- Amon Tobin - Four Ton Mantis (Bonobo Remix)
- DJ Krush - No Competition
- Deltron 3030 - Time Keeps on Slipping
- Pharoahe Monch - Simon Says (Instrumental)
- Gorillaz - Tomorrow Come Today
- Maxence Cyrin - Where Is My Mind (The Pixies Piano Cover)
- DJ Shadow - Midnight in a Perfect World
- The Pixies - Where is my Mind
- Giorgio Moroder - Tears
- DJ Krush f. DJ Cam - Le Temps
- Yamasuki - Yama Yama
- XXYYXX - DMT
- Bonobo - Kiara
- Amon Tobin - At the End of the Day
- Flume - Holdin On
- Peanut Butter Wolf - Breaks Em Down (Instrumental)
- Blockhead - The Fakest Story Ever Told
- Roni Size - It's a Jazz Thing
- Ak Skills - Check Da Flava (Phoniks Remix)
- Thelonious Monk - Black and Tan Fantasy
- 88.3 f. Lisa May - Wishing on a Star
- DJ Food - Fungle Junk (Lemon D Remix)
- High Contrast - If We Ever
- Origin Unknown - Valley Of The Shadows (Galvatron Remix)
- Amon Tobin - Nightlife
- Blockhead - You'll Get Over It
- Portishead - Undenied
- I Monster - Daydream in Blue (Live Version)
- Led Zeppelin - When The Levee Breaks
- DJ Shadow - Six Days (Machinedrum Remix)
- The Winstons - Amen Brother
If you have been even casually involved in the Canadian electronic scene , CONSTRUCT has probably been there in some capacity, whether you knew it or not. From humble roots in Halifax where he helped me ignite my career in music to playing world class events such as Osheaga, the man never EVER stops working (Trust me when I say this, we used to live together. You think you are a workaholic? you ain't shit next to this guy).
J'aime Le Dubstep being one of his most popular and well known endeavorers lasting almost 200 episodes with some heavy hitting names from all over the world, this later evolved into the now defunct High on Beats website and podcast. Both a huge influence in the Canadian electronic music scene by showcasing well known international headliners along side up-and-comers, never had I seen nor been apart of anything like this, everyone was one a level playing field. There just had to be one thing all these artists needed to share; they had to be original and talented.
Also, one of the co-founders of Halifax's Break Beat Elite in the mid-2000's, he and I along with a few others, helped not only develop our skills and DJs and Promoters by pushing one another to think outside the box and hold ourselves to a very high standard but to do the same for any artist involved. This continued when he outgrew our modest little city and moved to Montreal where he and Vilify founded Bass Drive , arguably the most influential club-nights east of Toronto. This trend continues with is involvement with Conkrete MTL and the soon to be resurrected Heads Up.
I have only mentioned his DJ and Promotion work thus far, I failed to mention that he is an accomplished graphic designer and has done countless event posters and online promo work, Future Forest and Valhalla Sound Circus to only show the tip of the iceberg. He has also done many purely artistic as well as privet and commercial projects. (remember when I said he worked more than you)
I think this philosophy of having a high level of expectations from others and most of all himself, has permeated all his work and is extremely apparent in the high quality of aforementioned projects across many mediums.
I'm lucky to call this guy one of my oldest dearest friends and brother, and ask you to take the time to look across his body of work and appreciate someone who truly loves, supports, and most of all contributes to the scene.
He will be my special guest on this months Podcast available to stream and download here on October 30th or on your Podcast App from iTunes.
From time to time I'll be posting cool videos such as this! No long write up about my thoughs and feelings about the track or video itself.
If I post it , the music and the video speak for itself.
Like most people this day and age I stumbled across SPINSCOTT like any other new artist: on an evening of half drunk youtube rummaging at a party where I was asked to "find something good to listen to". Needless to say if you have seen any of his videos before, the one or two former jaded ravers like myself lost their shit. I think of him like a Junglist Quentin Tarantino, taking all the best parts of a genre and effortlessly combining them into something that is both new and familiar at the same time.
"Spinscott is a DJ, producer, and lifelong drummer. Each unique DJ set features 100% LIVE Loop-Free Jungle played real-time on the drum machine, combined with mixing of original & classic tracks."
Take a minute right now and do yourself a favour, check out VILIFY's most recent (and currently my favourite) EP. Its chilled out 'slowed and throwed' vibe really resonates with me and speaks to my musical sensibilities.
I've known Vilify for a number of years, we came up together in the halifax post-rave scene and she has always been an incredibly talented DJ and singer. In recent years she has dabbled in production and I have seen her make HUGE leaps and bounds in her skills as such, this ep is a very good example of that.
You can download if for free , or you can support an amazing artist and purchase it on Bandcamp.
At long last I'm happy to present the new show!
I've toyed with the concept of filtering all the music I hear in the course of a few weeks into one monthly mix for some time now, without limits to genre, and I'm very happy with the outcome. That's rare because I'm often unsatisfied with any mix or track I have put out over the years, the curse of being a perfectionist. To combat years of over thinking and over production I decided to release this mix after only one take, to keep with the live feeling of the old show. I have always believed that a large part of the art of DJing live (and IT IS an art) comes from the unexpected and unrehearsed mixes that shock not only the crowed but yourself as well and the imperfections that come with it.
I'm even more excited to have my friend and special guest kyle on the show. You may know him as KDZ: DJ and head honcho of HomeBass, or as the front man of Dub Kartel the Reggae/HipHop band that took over my Facebook feed all summer long. No matter what form you have seen him in, he always gives a top-notch performance. Being a fellow perfectionist, he certainly didn't hold back in curating this mix for us.
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- Outkast - SpottieOttieDopaliscious (Instrumental)
- "All Matter is Energy" - Bill Hicks
- S U R V I V E - Stranger Things theme (FLS edit)
- Slip'n'Slide - Let me Know
- Radiohead - Idioteque
- Joker - G Shit
- Barrington Levy - Under Mi Sensi
- Flume feat. Chet Faker - Left Alone (Ta-Ku Remix)
- Benga - Zombie Jig
- Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi feat. Jack White - Two Against One
- Slugabed - A short 1 about floating down the river face down, obviously dead, but soooo chill
- Dr Dre & Snoop Doggy Dogg - Deep Cover
- Grol - Kingstux
- CloZee - Koto
- A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario
- The Prodigy - Diesel Power (Instrumental)
- James Blake - The Sound Of Silence
- Yung Aloha - not a single question
- Mura Masa - Are You There?
- B-Dibe - Eyes Out
- Ramzoid - Volcano Zone
- Atlantic Haze - Hush3
- Wet Paint ft. kyle - Untitled
- Naji - Fallen
- Ozzie - Ozzie in space
- Noah - Smoke Away My Sins (Prod. Holy Beats)
- Charlotte Day Wilson - Find You
- JonEcks & Lotso - KlaSH
- hrmxny - Interlude (Where It's Coming From)
- kyle - pulse
- Giordani ft. kyle - Down
It only made sense to change the format of the show. As Netflix is not so slowly ushering out the era of "Must see TV" , doing a live radio broadcast (online or otherwise) is going the way of the dodo.
As always the show will be diverse as possible. A blend of Hip Hop, Blues, Trip Hop, Soul, Jungle, Trap, Classic Breaks, Juke, Alternative and anything that defies or pushes the boundaries of genre.
Moving forward Feels like Sunday will be a monthly podcast available to download here or on iTunes.
The first episode, of what I'm going to calling season two, will be available SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25th with special guest mix by kyle.