Thursday, December 29, 2011

'95 Jungle Sound Murderah

Back once again for another old school collection.  This time we’re going to the back of the crate for some heavyweight classics that will absolutely melt your face.  Spanning the crucial '92 – '95 era, we let drum and bass legends Roni Size, Goldie, Bay B Kane, Andy C, and Aphrodite take us on the ultimate jungle safari back to where it all began.  
These are some of the songs that got me seriously hooked on the jungle / drum & bass scene when I first got my start as a producer in the early 90’s.  I remember completely feeling the intelligent vibe as I listened to Goldie’s Jah, Rogue Unit’s Nocturnal, and EZ Roller’s Rolled Into One.  The combination of complex rhythms, mathematical symmetry and lush keyboard sounds absolutely floored me.  
I'll never forget the first time I listened to my then brand new vinyl copy of Boogie Times Tribe's Real Hardcore — absolutely changed my life.  Later on, my CD copies of Goldie's Timeless and D'Cruze's Control were worth more to me than my car.  My love for jungle / drum and bass has burned bright ever since.  This mixtape is a tribute to these masters of the dark arts.  
Having said all that, I can't let this mix go out without a nod to what I consider to be the original jungle track – the one that came before all the others, the one that I never listened to without a pot haze around my head: The 1991 Version Galore mix of Meat Beat Manifesto's Radio Babylon.  This track truly lit the spark in a gasoline-filled warehouse, and has got to be my favorite jungle / drum & bass track of all time.  This is the third recent mixtape of mine to include samples of this monster tune.  
All of the songs have been sped up to 170 bpm to give the mix a modern feel, but each song’s original pitch has been preserved to maintain the old school vibe. Many snippets go uncredited, such as Van Kleef's Life Began Changing, Randall & Andy C's Sound Control, and A Guy Called Gerald's 28 Gun Bad Boy.  There are some fresh bootleg remixes (456, Dancer), and one is an unreleased song of mine from 1994, when I was just learning my jungle chops (Congo Menace).  
This one goes out to DJ Spree.  Let’s get 2012 off to a proper start.  OH GOSH! 
Track list:
  1. The Intelligent Jungalist - Double Barrel
  2. Amazon II - Booyah (Remix)
  3. Danny Breaks - Step Off
  4. Kane & The Paraquat - Addikshun
  5. Phuture Assassins - Roots 'N Future (Altern 8's Dark Future Remix)
  6. Bay B Kane - Hyd & Seek
  7. Dillinja - You Don’t Know (Remix)
  8. Roni Size - Phyzical (Vintage Remix)
  9. Remarc - Drum N Bass Wise (Remix)
  10. Da Intalex - What Ya Gonna Do
  11. Rogue Unit - Nocturnal
  12. Roni Size - All The Crew 'Big Up' (95 Lick)
  13. Pascal - Freedom
  14. Chuck E. - Smokin’ A Blunt
  15. DJ Krust - Jazz Note
  16. Money & Dubtronics - Jungle Jazz
  17. Goldie - Jah
  18. Bay B Kane - Giant Steps
  19. Ironik - Believe In (Remix)
  20. Bay B Kane - Jump Up Jungalist
  21. Hardcore Math User - Congo Menace
  22. Tom & Jerry - Dancer (Hardcore Math User Remix)
  23. Tic Tac Toe - 456 (Hardcore Math User Remix)
  24. Tom & Jerry - For The Gold Teeth (F.N.T.)
  25. Boogie Times Tribe - The Dark Stranger (Johnny Jungle Remix)
  26. Kid Thunder - Life Goes On
  27. Roni Size - Timestretch (Origin Unknown Remix)
  28. Roni Size & Krust - Witchcraft
  29. EZ Rollers - Rolled Into One
  30. Foul Play - Being With You (Remix)

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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Head Fuck

Remember Rebecca Black's Friday?  The one that got covered by Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon?  Well, Ark Music Factory is at it again.

This time, instead of recounting the days of the week, their new pre-teen icon Nicole Westbrook reviews the year's holidays, landing on Thanksgiving.  And we are, she assures us, going to have a good time.

Yeah, I had to remix it.

Nicole Westbrook - It's Thanksgiving (Hardcore Math User's Buzz Kill Remix).mp3

I'm not sure why, but I'm deeply impressed by Ark's formula.  I'm trying to think of another production team that's shot to such an insanely high level of fame (infamy?) in such a short period of time, and I can't.  They're repeating almost verbatim the list of ingredients that went into Friday, with the notable exception of letting the young female vocalist of the moment handle her own rapping duties.  (The rapper dude from Friday is relegated to backing vocals, and makes for a hilarious addition to Nicole's Thanksgiving party in the official video.)  Notice a complete lack of huge record label here, by the way.

I'm also ashamed to admit that I find the entire thing endearing, in a sick, twisted kind of way.  I mean, the girl has no idea what she's doing when she tries to get all street with her rap skills -- and by "street" I mean "Christian, upper-middle class, gated cul-de-sac".  Yet somehow the video finds a group of friends enjoying each other and themselves in a disarmingly innocent way.

Fuck you for making me love you, Ark Music Factory.  Just fuck you.

(Be sure to check out my remix of Rebecca Black's Friday while you're at it.)

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Allusions And Homages To Mrs. Regera Dowdy

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Friday, September 9, 2011

The Dreadful Occasion 12"

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Monday, August 29, 2011


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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Favorite Album of Summer 2011

I've clawed my way through stacks of CDs this summer and reignited my love for rock and roll and the full-length album.  I've listened to bands I've never heard of.  I've given old bands another chance.  I've spent way too much time looking at what "customers also bought" at Amazon and the iTunes Store.

I think it's time I cop to the album that made me its bitch this summer.  My initial take was so-so.  It took more than a few listens to finally win me over, and now I can say that the album I loved the most over the last few months has been Van She's 2008 debut V.

Here are some highlights:

It's a rare thing that an album can consistently blow my face off after even the tenth listen.  Check these guys out as soon as fucking possible.  

Thursday, August 25, 2011

...And I Will Know Them By The Trail Of Awesome

In 2002 I remember seeing the Source Tags and Codes poster in the window of  Minneapolis stalwart Let It Be Records, thinking that they had stumbled upon the coolest band name ever.  I didn't listen to them for four solid years.  Then in 2006 I think I must have been casting about LimeWire (Ha!  Remember them?) looking for some fresh death metal treats for my ears when I remembered seeing their poster.  Sounds like a name for a metal band. 

"I wonder what they sound like..."

What indeed.  That year I downloaded and voraciously annihilated every single song I could find by ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead.  I was almost immediately deeply in love, and fed often.  I wish I could explain my instant and overwhelming fascination with this band.  It's something nearly intangible, like a flash of memory resurrected by the burnt smell of late October. 

Then I dropped them like nothing had happened.  I think I had moved on to tackle -- of all things -- baroque music, and political podcasts were taking up a bigger and bigger slice of my audio diet.  Once I suck a band dry of all their genius, I tend not to go back for seconds. 

But for whatever reason I felt compelled to unearth all of my Trail of Dead MP3s this summer.  I found that some had aged a bit better than others, but the standout was obvious.  Clearly my favorite album of theirs is still Source Tags and Codes, just as it was in 2006 when I could not stop listening to them.  The album finishes strong with one of the most ingeniously written and performed songs I've ever heard...

...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead - Source Tags and Codes

This is actually my favorite song of their entire corpus.  It blows my face right off every single time I listen to it, and it refuses to age in my mind like some demented vampire or stone statue. 

I'd be hard pressed to not include this song in a list of my top five all-time favorites. 

Monday, August 1, 2011

The National

Breaking up sometimes means hunkering down with a bottle of wine, closing the blinds, switching off your phone, and crying like a little faggot.  You will find no better breakup music than this, my friends.  Even if everything in the world is going just fine.  Sometimes you just want to let it go for no reason.  You know, we won't tell.  Here's some kleenex, you little pussy.

I didn't realize what a shit day I was having Sunday until I listened to High Violet all the way through.  It was subliminal, subconscious, the way I felt.  I didn't realize what was happening until it was too late.  If you need to get it out, Matt Beringer will fucking find it in you.  Let him.

If you like these songs, which I totally do, go download their CD High Violet right now.  Amazon will sell it to you for six measly bucks.  Check out their website while you're at it.  You'll probably, like me, pick up shades of Red House Painters, Nick Cave, and Drift-era Scott Walker.

I've had a rough couple of weeks.  I think it's probably not self-indulgent, if you sometimes need to cry like a little bitch, which I kind of do.  Getting dumped sucks balls.  Matt Beringer can relate; his life must be infinitely worse.  He opens the door for a little sunlight with these albums, just far enough for us to sneak in and try to make sense of the oddly arranged vocal furniture.  It's no easy thing, getting through High Violet.  But fuck me, it's worth it.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Top Free Downloads

In light of the whole going legit thing, I thought it might be nice to put all of my top exclusive downloads in one place.  Old posts with illegal music links have been neutered, and who wants to claw through hundreds of pages to find the good stuff?

Here are the best of the exclusive downloads from this music blog.  All downloads are 100% free and legal.  Some are remixes, some are mixtapes, some are original songs, and some are... um... unclassifiable.

Mixtapes are considered legit if they involve any level of original production, in light of Girl Talk's fair-play blitzkreig.  The mixes listed below are not just playlists;  I spent dozens of hours on each and every one, and all include exclusive material not available anywhere else. 

I will continue to update this master list as new material is released. 




Don't forget to check out my dark ambient projects over at Percival Ravenwood's blog, my backlog of awkward 90s electronica, and some tracks I did as a signed recording artist.

Hardcore Math User is now officially too legit to quit.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer Music Roundup: An Ode To The LP

It's been a truism for years now that playlists have supplanted albums in a serious way.  Music comes to us in dribs and drabs, of varying genre, popularity, and sound quality.  Our iPods are less like a well-organized bookshelf of CDs and more like a garage filled with worn boxes of 45's and cassingles.

The average music enthusiast is far less likely to spend time downloading songs one at a time and pulling them together -- album art and all -- into a coherent whole.  He'd probably rather drop $10 at a legal outlet to get the finished product in one click.  But why do even that when streaming services try to supersize your personal radio station in anticipation of the coming Spotify storm?

Taking the time to appreciate an album from beginning to end is a privilege and a rare pleasure.  Sometimes there are more good tracks than bad, which is kind of like winning the lottery (a little).  The order of songs is torturously crafted -- the first song is supposed to grab your attention, the middle songs must negotiate a rocky emotional terrain without causing injury or boredom, and the last song is supposed to leave you reeling.  So it is in this spirit that I give you my summer 2011 music roundup, album by album.
  • Ladyhawke - Ladyhawke (2008): A+  An arcade game bonus round for fans of Benatar, Jett, Hall & Oates, Human League, and Berlin, Ladyhawke brings a fresh voice to the familiar terrain of Reagan-era radio hits without giving an inch on her rock and roll origins.  She never quite throws caution to the wind vocally, but the restraint is oddly appropriate.  At its center Ladyhawke is a confessional on her terms alone, as well as a love letter to the 99 red balloons of 1983, and we're damn lucky to tag along for the ride.  Ladyhawke - My Delierium
  • Van She - V (2008): B+  This came right on the heels of Ladyhawke for me.  It was one of those "customers also bought" moments, and thank Christ for that.  The eponymous single blew my mind, but the full length V is where it's at.  Smart and winky, although a bit overproduced and nostalgic, these guys bring real music.  (They also bring an amazing cover of (Don't Fear) The Reaper.)  Echoes of the Editors and Mute Math are scattered here and there.  What's not clear is whether or not this is an electronic rock-like exercise in the spirit of MGMT and Daft Punk, or a true rock album shrouded in the debris field of a dead dance music revolution.  What is clear is that they meant to build a bridge between the old and new without compromising real artistic integrity, and they came close.  They don't hit the mark exactly, but it was a long shot -- and nobody can blame them for trying.  Van She - It Could Be The Same
  • Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual (1983): B+  Having somehow never obtained a digital copy of this album, I downloaded and gleefully listened to She's So Unusual from start to finish for the first time in at least fifteen years.  An old friend once recalled that he could tell his mother was sad whenever she listened to this album.  It makes perfect sense, actually.  Even the charged rock and roll sensibilities of Money Changes Everything aren't immune to the gnawing sorrow that seeps through the veins of Time After Time, All Through The Night, and the adorably bi-curious When You Were Mine (which is, by the way, one of the best Prince covers ever).  This album would have earned an A+ were it not for the abysmally disappointing second side, which includes the so-so Witness and straight up wincers I'll Kiss You, He's So Unusual, and Yeah Yeah.  This was probably a warning sign that her role as 80's pop goddess was going to be short-lived indeed.  Cyndi Lauper - When You Were Mine
  • The Dead Weather - Sea Of Cowards (2010): B  Not wanting to do anything but go to a southern church service in the middle of July after not showering for a few days is what Sea Of Cowards is all about.  Hot, dusty, angry, and horny.  More than a few nods to James Brown dot the landscape, or at least James Brown on a bad night.  There are boozy spasms in all the right directions, from blues to straight up country, and they bring along a vintage synth and a smokey Hammond organ for good measure.  Jack White meets Kill Bill.  My kind of summer CD.  Dead Weather - Die By The Drop
  • Doves - Kingdom Of Rust (2009): A  Another redo from my past.  Some Cities and The Last Broadcast were responsible for more than their fair share of my mid-decade emotional sugar highs and lows.  Coming back for seconds was a good idea.  Kingdom Of Rust is an earful, but there's real substance here.  There are notes bright and dark, plenty of reverb, and lots of frothy emotional appeal.  A bitter cynicism helpfully lurks at the heart of everything they touch, and this keeps their albums from floating away into some glowy abyss.  To whoever broke Jez Williams' heart, we thank you.  Doves - Spellbound
  • Constantines - Kensington Heights (2008): A+  A lovely bit of sentimental self-absorption on a Texas dirt road in the middle of fucking nowhere.  I fell in love with St. You a few years back, and I'm really feeling the rock and roll this summer, so this was a no-brainer.  Kensington Heights is, like most of their work, spartan and brooding whenever possible, and bad enough to make you feel like you're sticking your finger in the eye of whoever is responsible for Lady Gaga.  A pair of dusty jeans and a wince in the sun.  Flawless.  Constantines - Hard Feelings
  • Iceage - New Brigade (2010): A+  What The Police wish they could have sounded like when they listened to The Clash.  A middle finger straight out of 1978, from a band of punks who weren't even alive when Nevermind came out.  You have to get past the wall of distortion and broken trash cans, but it's worth it.  Inside is some really very clever musical craftsmanship, and hey, it's brand new!  Gnarly as a wounded alley dog and sexy as broken glass under a young thug's boot.  Never have I wanted to fuck a trio of 17 year-old boys as I do right now.  Ice Age - White Rune
  • Patti Smith Group - Easter (1978): C  Wanting to give myself a crash course in modern rock history seemed like a good idea at the time.  Downloading Smith's Easter along with The Cars' eponymous debut and Lou Reed's Transformer was a good start, but I quickly realized I was heading down a very long road that only leads to a dead end.  (After a while you run out of things to discover, and anyway you start to look like you're succumbing to a midlife crisis.)  Having a sense of rock history is crucial, but Easter proved just how far I had to go to meet it halfway.  It's clearly a brilliant album, and I could find plenty to enjoy (Rock 'n Roll Nigger being an obvious highlight), but I'm just not up to the challenge of fully exploring every room that Smith fitfully points out along the way.  It's a sweaty and psychedelic endeavor worthy of a much more patient audience.  (A fun aside: The song Easter sounds kinda like The Cure's The Top, both of which share respective song and album titles, and were really only released a few years apart from each other.)  Patti Smith Group - Because The Night
  • Hall and Oates - The Very Best Of (2001): A  Mustache + rock sax solo = jizz in my pants.  When they were on, they were fucking on.  They nailed every one of their hits, and earned every bit of respect they've amassed over the years.  Clever songwriting, brilliant production, and plenty of earnestness mark the highlights.  Pretty much every song that's not a hit can be easily dismissed, or even outright hated, but the winners truly offered some of the best reasons to louvre 80's pop music.  Hall & Oates - Your Imagination
  • Spoon - Transference (2010): B+  Verve and swagger puncture dream sequences and sunny afternoon naps in a smart post-rock offering that has the privilege of being one of only two alternative CDs I'll allow into my phone with male falsetto vocals.  (The other is Van She's V.)  It takes more than a few listens to get under the surface, to the closely guarded, dirt-dovered gems.  It's thirsty work, but rewarding, and you have to want it.  A literate and weirdly gorgeous album.  Spoon - Before Destruction
  • Beach House - Teen Dream (2010): C+  Hearing the single Norway, which easily earns an A+ on its own, is enough to bring me to my quivering knees.  An obvious ode to My Bloody Valentine's Loveless and Cocteau Twins' Victorialand, Beach House wobbles the pitch just enough to cause orgasms and mild acid flashbacks among the 35+ set, and a curt history lesson for pretty much everybody else.  I want to enjoy the rest of the album more than I do, and Norway really makes me want to try.  Maybe I'll get there after a few more listens.  A band that makes, with one song, so perfect a tribute to these two timeless stars of the holy college-rock constellation is worthy of the effort.  [Edit: I've decided after another listen to give this one a B+.  It's still growing on me, but what Teen Dream lacks in accessibility is more than made up for in originality.]  Beach House - Norway

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Goodbye Tom

Thank you for four and a half years of long, lazy conversations in your bed while staring at the ceiling, strolls between sushi bars and ice cream shops in the summertime, amazing sex, and loving me for exactly who I am.

The B-52's - Theme For A Nude Beach

Now that we have decided to bring our relationship to an end, we are free on the nude beach of life.  I dedicate this song to you.

We know a place where we are free;
We cast our suits into the sea.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Ladyhawke - Back Of The Van

Just heard the Fred Falke remix of Back Of The Van while trying on shorts at Macy's.  Blew my head right off.

* Back Of The Van
* Back Of The Van (Fred Falke Ultimate Beverly Mix)

Falke easily channels early post-disco awesomeness in the first rare pop gem that I've been excited about for just years and years.  I can't recommend it enough.

You set me on fire.

[Edit: This was a very difficult song to track down, BTW. There are like (seriously) 50 songs with the title "You Set Me On Fire" and "Set Me On Fire," completely running the genre gamut from blues to techno and back again through jazz and metal. It wasn't easy, but it was totally worth the effort.]

[Edit 2: Now reviewing her eponymous LP, can't stop thinking of Out Of Touch - era Hall & Oates.]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Check Out My New Blurg

It's over for opinions and rants on this music blog.  It's just beginning for Barbie in Shanghai.

Get into it.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Caspian - Otoño Perpetuo

Somewhere in the midst of working for an independent dance music record label in San Francisco, I was introduced to the nice kids at Om Records.  I was offered the chance to write an original track for Om Lounge Vol IV, and I jumped at it.

Caspian - Otono Perpetuo.mp3

This was my first, and pretty much only, whack at mid-tempo future jazz.  But as far as professional, serious music recording goes, this truly was my finest hour as a producer.

Thank you Chris Smith of Om Records and Oli Goss of Cosmic Flux Music for pushing me to always go beyond my self-imposed limits.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

A Choir Of Sixteen Jasons

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Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Holiday Remix Snow Globe: A Short Story

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Rareish Altern 8

So instead of just using one of the ready-to-wear megamixes that Altern 8 provided, I decided to dig deep into their back catalogue to find a few rare gems for my hardcore mixtape.  Don't you know I found them.

From collaborations with Inner City and Pet Shop Boys to Cabaret Voltaire, Altern 8 really made their way deep into the scene.  Some of these cuts made it into the mix tape, but many of their hard to find original tracks didn't.  Here's a smattering of these rarish original tracks, including two modern remixes for good measure.

Watch your bass bins.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Class Of '93: Hyper On Hardcore Breakbeat

If you've ever loved jungle, drum and bass, or happy hardcore, you've loved hardcore breakbeat. Hardcore is the solid trunk of early 90's British electronica that spawned literally dozens of sub-genres, including 2-step garage, dubstep, and fidget.

Hardcore itself is a branch of earlier revolutions in dance music, fusing together shards of house, breakbeat, acid, reggae and hip-hop turned up to 45.  The tempos eventually chased each other up into the 150 bmp range, at which point jungle nabbed the weed, warbly bass lines, and MCs to form drum and bass, happy hardcore stole away with the 4/4 beats and screaming piano divas, and gabber kept the distortion petals for a notorious affair with techno.

But once upon a time they were all one.  Funky breaks, chimpmunked vocals, scratched rap samples, rasta MCs, and heavenly synth stabs all lived together in glorious unity.  This mixtape is dedicated to the memory of that unity, and to all the DJs and producers who made it happen.

Class Of '93: Hyper On Hardcore Breakbeat.mp3

Track list:
  1. Hardcore Math User - Hyper On Hardcore
  2. Wishdokta - Teknoschizo
  3. D'Cruze - World Within A World
  4. Gamer 3 - Acid For Blood
  5. Art Of Noise - Instruments Of Darkness (Prodigy Remix)
  6. Austin - Unity In Dub
  7. Blame - Music Takes You (2 Bad Mice Take You)
  8. SL2 - On A Ragga Tip
  9. Criminal Minds - Re-Baptised By Dub (Selector’s Revenge)
  10. Annie Lennox - Little Bird (NJoi Remix)
  11. Smart E's - Sesame's Treet (Krome & Time Remix)
  12. Altern 8 - Brutal-8-E (Jungle Brutalism Mix)
  13. Acen - Window In The Sky (Krome & Time Bad Up Remix)
  14. 80 AUM - Mindcontroller
  15. Nu-Matic - All Over Me
  16. 2 Bad Mice - Like It Deep
  17. Hackney Hardcore - Dance Hall Dangerous (Terrorize Mix)
  18. Nu-Matic - It's Strange (Dances Are Changin')
  19. Krome & Time - The Slammer
  20. Austin - Rude Boy
  21. Foul Play - Open Your Mind (Nookie Remix)
  22. Tom & Jerry - The One Reason
  23. Andy C - Something New Pt 1
  24. LA Style - I’m Raving
  25. Prodigy - Everybody In The Place (155 And Rising)
  26. Cuba Gooding vs Altern 8 - Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
  27. Mark One - Hoovers And Spraycans
  28. 808 State - Timebomb
  29. Altern 8 - Respect Is Due (Breakbeat Hysteria Mix)
  30. Tic Tac Toe - The Big Blue
  31. DJ Nex - DJ Nex’s Theme
  32. Atomizer - Time To Time
  33. Moby - Permanent Green
  34. Prodigy - Out Of Space (Celestial Bodies Mix)
  35. Praga Khan - Kick Back For The Rave Alarm
  36. Fat Controller - In Complete Darkness
  37. Messiah - 20,000 Hardcore Members
  38. Inner City - Let It Reign (Alternate Altern 8 Mix)
  39. Hardcore Math User - Hyphereoid
  40. MIDI Rain - Fire
  41. DJ Phantasy & DJ Gemini - Never Try The Hippodrome
  42. 808 State - Colony
  43. Wishdokta - Whine You Bottom
  44. Manix - Hardcore Jungalism
  45. Foul Play - Finest Illusion (Legal Mix)
  46. Tom & Jerry - Nine Lives (Mind Out Tube Mice)
  47. DJ Doc Scott - Surgery (Ordinary Mix)
  48. Altern 8 - One For John (Strag-O-Late The Chicken Mix)
  49. Deee-Lite - Good Beat (Beatapella)
  50. Tom & Jerry - Baby Don’t Shout
  51. Phuture Assasins - Future Sounds (2 Bad Mice Remix)
  52. Third Mind - Beans And Barley
  53. SL2 - DJs Take Control (DJ Seduction Mix)
  54. Dance Conspiracy - Dub War
  55. Beyond The Future - Feel It
  56. Blow - This Is Called The Cutter (Altern-8-ive Hardcore Remix)
  57. Hyper On Experience - A Certain Emotion
  58. Criminal Minds - The Criminal
  59. Kaotic Chemistry - Space Cakes (2 Bad Mice Remix)
  60. Manix - Feel Real Good (Remix)
  61. Prodigy - Jericho
  62. DJ Hype - Weird Energy (Hells' Bells Mix)
  63. Orbital - Chime (Ray Keith Mutation)
  64. Altern 8 - Hypnotic St-8 (St-8 Of Art Edit)
  65. Austin - I Get High (‘93 Remix)
  66. Bay B Kane - Bass Pump
  67. Inner City - Follow You Heart (Altern 8 Annihil 8 Mix)
Old school enthusiasts should also check out the other Class of '93 mixtapes: Techno Acid Meltdown, Robot Dub Killer, and Rave Hysteria.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Nuyorican Soul - Runaway

A taste of summer.

Runaway (Mongoloids In Space Remix)
Runaway (Mousse T's Jazz Funk Experience)

India really won me over on this one.  I was not a fan of her earlier work with the MAW boys, but they constructed the perfect environment for her old-school, show tune vocal style to really hit the mark.

Armand Van Helden is the Mongoloid In Space.  He turned out many classic remixes in the mid to late 90's, but this one always brought me to the dance floor.  To this day I cannot hear this remix without peeing a little bit.  Mousse T serves up a smooth soulful house version worthy of the most lavish after party.

Two truly great remixes of a truly great song.  Along with Sandy B's Make The World Go Round, this was my favorite song of 1997.  And that's no small feat, considering 1997 was also the year of New Forms.

Play them vibes.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Why Is This Afternoon Different From All Other Afternoons?

Because we get cheezed to the tits on hairy purple ganja.  Oh, wait.  How is that different?

Although I have been sober now for many years, I still celebrate the right of my sleepy brothers and sisters to smoke themselves into the middle of next week, and what better day to celebrate this right than on the 20th of April?

Project One - Smokin

I have no idea what's going on right now.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gorgeous, Darling

I completely lost track of 808 State or anything connected to Graham Massey after 1992.  I had the attention span of a coked-out club kid, and there was this really exciting thing going on over here with something called "jungle."  My three 808 State CDs collected dust in the back of the crate while I moved on to speedier pleasures.

Sometime around the turn of the millennium I rediscovered Gorgeous, 808 State's follow-up to the canonical "pink album" and "blue album" that everybody seemed to have in 1991.  While their earlier work deserves credit for breaking serious ground in techno, Gorgeous broke even more serious ground in aesthetics and deserves yet another listen.

A chocolate sundae for your soul.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How Do You Say... Deee-Lite?

Because I'm having a bad week and I need a smile, that's why.

Deee-Lite - How Do You Say... Love

Also, I downloaded Bouncing Off The Satellites by The B52's.  If that doesn't cheer me up, nothing will.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Stephen Colbert & Jimmy Fallon Sing Rebecca Black's Friday

This is the best thing that has ever happened to my life, ever.

Whether we like it nor not, this is now America's official party anthem.  

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Top Ten Downloaded MP3s

You asked for them, and here they are.  The ten most downloaded MP3s from this music blog are...

10. My 2010 Halloween Mixtape ("Father Morning Presents...")
9. Psychic TV - Tune In (Turn On Thee Acid House)
8. My 2009 Halloween Mixtape ("You've Been Sick")
7. David Sylvian - Taking The Veil (Mendelsohn Mix)
6. Cyndi Lauper - She Bop (Dance Mix)
5. Michael Jackson - Rock With You (Opolopo Remix)
4. Vanity 6 - Nasty Girl (Hardcore Math User Remix)
3. Limahl - Neverending Story (Hardcore Math User Remix)
2. Steely Dan - Peg (Hardcore Math User Remix)

and, of course, the most downloaded song on this blog...

1. Jeff Buckley & Elizabeth Fraser - All Flowers In Time Bend Towards The Sun

...holding strong at 567 nabs and counting.

It does his ego a great deal of good to see so many Hardcore Math User remixes and mixtapes in the top ten.  He swears he will not let it go to his head and instead promises to get back to that old school hardcore mixtape he's been teasing us with.  (Midterms are a bitch -- stay tuned.)

Don't forget, the Hardcore Math User music blog is going legit.  Excluding remixes and mixtapes, links to all non-exclusive tracks will vanish with the boys of summer.

Get 'em while you can.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Hardcore Math User To Go Legit

Rumor has it that Hardcore Math User's music blog will soon feature only exclusive content.

He's been in school and off the grid for the last few years, and will soon graduate.  This means job interviews, and this in turn means his true identity will be revealed and Googled.  That will bring prospective employers to this very blog, and eyebrows will be raised.  Or not.

Sharing music online is a no-no.  Hardcore Math User gets away with it because he is small-fry.  But given enough attention, anyone can be sued into oblivion for hosting a tiny music blog.  HMU has enjoyed the opportunity to share music with his friends and fans (all eight of them), and he will continue to post original material and commentary well into the future.  (Science comes first, but music is a close fucking second.)

Links to original songs, remixes, mixtapes and other exclusive content will remain active and free.  See the top free downloads here

So enjoy the wide range of downloads on this music blog while you can, for many of them will be gone with the boys of summer.  The last links should be gone by the end of August, 2011.  [Edit: The last illegitimate link was removed on July 29th, 2011. When possible, direct mp3 download links have been switched to YouTube video links.]

Fun fact: The most downloaded song on this blog is Elizabeth Fraser's duet with Jeff Buckley, followed by my remixes of Steely Dan's Peg and Limahl's Neverending Story.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Rebecca Black - yadirF

This is my tribute to the pop genius of Rebecca Black.  It is a looped version of her viral music sensation Friday played backwards.

Rebecca Black - Friday (Hardcore Math User Reloop).mp3

If you haven't seen the Friday video yet, you should stop whatever you're doing and watch it here now.  It becomes instantly clear that a 13 year old has succeeded in beating Ke$ha at her own game.

Although the video is a montage of teenage silliness and the song itself makes Tik Tok's inanity seem like a forgivable transgression by comparison, Ms. Black doesn't lose her steady poise for a second.  She seems to possess a natural royalty lost to most pop singers, and she brings the classy with her gesture to donate proceeds of her song to Japan.

If Rebecca Black does blow up like a Mylie or a Taylor -- and there's every sign that she is well on her way -- we may have finally found a young celebrity who will not go the way of a Britney or a Lindsay.

Fuck the haters.  I love Rebecca Black.

[Edit to said haters: Lady Gaga and Simon Cowell have my back on this one.  So does E!Online.]