Sunday, January 30, 2011

General Public - Tenderness (Long Version)

Who doesn't love this song?

I mean, really.  If you're having an absolute shit day, and you hate everybody on the planet -- in other words, if you've baked up a batch of frownies -- this song will force you to smile.

General Public - Tenderness (Long Version)

Sometimes you just need a little 80's sunshine to chase away the emo.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

INXS - Need You Tonight (Extended)

Julian Mendelsohn is a god. Who? Exactly. Unless you follow 80's remixes with a laser beam like focus, you've probably never heard of him. But like all truly great producers, you've heard him whether you know it or not.

I remember hearing the extended version of David Sylvian's epic Taking The Veil back in the late 80's, but I could never seem to lay my hands on a copy of my own. When I finally downloaded it in 2006, after picking my jaw up off the floor, I noted Mendelsohn's name.

And don't you know, I came across it again.

INXS - Need You Tonight (Mendelsohn Mix)

One of the most memorable hits of the late 80's gets the treatment it deserves from one of the most talented producers in the industry.

For more Mendelsohn backstory and discography, visit his website.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mighty Dub Katz - Just Another Groove (Vocal Edit)

I'd like to say that this is not your father's house music, but unfortunately, it is.  Even back in the late 90's I heard the kids talk about "dad house."  (I shudder to think how they refer to it now.)

This track is so old, the people who grew up listening to it as children are now in college.  Sadly, I remember throwing my hands up in the air to this massive club anthem the year it came out.  In fact, with the exceptions of Sandy B's Make The World Go Round and the entirety of New Forms, this was my favorite song of 1997.  (Seriously, fuck Rockafella Skank.)  My only complaint was that the epic vocals were too fleeting.  So, with the magic of audio editing software, we may now enjoy a more vocaly version.

The Mighty Dub Katz - Just Another Groove (Vocal Edit)

The wizard behind the curtain of course is Fatboy Slim.  I never liked him all that much, mostly because the hype reached utterly ridiculous levels before the 90's wore off.  Nonetheless, I respected him from a distance.  This is the only song of his I've gone out of my way to download, and it popped in my mind for no reason yesterday.

So here it is.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Small Talk EP

I've posted these songs before, but as tracks folded into my Halloween mixtapes.  Here they are by themselves, unmixed and standing on their own merits.

It's been a while since I've written and recorded my own original material, so this was a bit of a leap for me.  Most of my recording gear was ripped off in 2006, and I haven't taken the time to figure out Garage Band or Fruity Loops or any of that other nonsense.  Anyway, freeform black ambient seems straightforward enough to do without a metronome.

Jason Herrboldt - Small Talk

Folder includes:
  • Small Talk
  • Don't Flail Me Now
  • Small Talk (Whisper Mix)

All three songs were written for my Halloween mixtape series, but are also quickly becoming source material for a full-length album which may or may not be dropped like an h-bomb later this year.  Inspiration: Coil, Brighter Death Now, Current 93, Nurse With Wound, Sunn O))), Meldhkwis aka Aymrev Erkroz Prevre/Dapnom/Etmenns Derokwis.  

All tracks written and recorded by me in 2009 / 2010.  All instruments consist of my mouth and a glass of water.  Recorded with TwistedWave 1.9 on Snow Leopard.  

Monday, January 10, 2011

:: FREEZER BURN :: Icy Cold Drum & Bass Mixtape

Maybe it's the time of year.  Something about the icy air makes me crave cold, funky, robotic drum and bass.  This winter is no exception.

Last week the temperatures dropped well below zero, and before I knew it I had dropped like thirty bucks at the iTunes Store on some of the chilliest tracks around.  I mixed them all together, and now I make it available for you.

The robotic vocals sprinkled throughout the mix are generated with a program called Speak To Me. I also used audio from the classic arcade games Galaga, Space Invaders, Q*Bert, and Defender.  The mix was done using TwistedWave 1.9.1 on Snow Leopard.

Hardcore Math User - Freezer Burn.mp3

Track list:
  1. Lomax - Palomar (00:00:00)
  2. Icicle - Spartan (00:04:06)
  3. Icicle - Echoes (00:08:30)
  4. Lomax - Artisan (00:12:14) 
  5. Lomax - Blades Of Steel (00:16:39)
  6. Icicle - Nowhere (00:20:42)
  7. June Miller - Poison The Well (00:25:50)
  8. June Miller - Shimizu (00:30:59)
  9. Icicle - Minus (00:36:08) 
  10. Icicle & Proxima - The Echelon Form (00:40:33)
  11. Lomax - Brain Freeze (00:43:30)
  12. Alix Perez & Icicle - Caution (00:47:10)
  13. Lomax - Mercia (00:50:51)
  14. June Miller & Mindmapper - Quartz Controlled (00:54:31)
  15. Anile - Orthodox (00:58:34)
  16. Anile - Induction (01:05:11)
  17. Icicle - Late Hours VIP (01:11:05)
  18. June Miller - Keep Ups (01:14:45)
  19. Icicle - Cold Revenge (01:19:32)
  20. Icicle - Cause (01:23:57)
  21. Technical Itch - Darkhalf (01:28:44) 
  22. Icicle - Frozen (01:36:00)
  23. Icicle - Weak Moments (01:40:24)
  24. Lomax - Federation (01:44:05)
  25. Lomax - Profile (01:47:46)
  26. Data - Kyoshojutsu (01:50:42)
  27. Icicle - Cold Fear (01:54:23)
  28. Lomax - Jungle FX (01:58:48)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Caspian - Jeweler's Dive EP

One of the benefits of hosting a free music blog is foisting my own songs on a captive audience.  This is one of those moments. Lucky you.

In 1998 I recorded a song called Jeweler's Dive.  It was one of only a few jazz-inspired drum and bass tracks I made during the late 90's.  An edited version enjoyed a mini-celebrity on Terminal Beats, a compilation released by indie jungle Chicago outfit Forte Recordings.  (Old school ruffians will remember Midwest legends 3D and Snuggles.)

The following year I remixed the song for another indie dance music label in San Francisco, Cosmic Flux.  I was really into Earth Wind and Fire during this period of my life (believe it), and was deliriously happy to manage to fold samples from the gorgeous New World Symphony into the bridge of the remix.  Sadly, Cosmic Flux chose to pass.  It was an ironic choice, considering the original version of Jeweler's Dive was on the demo that got me signed to them in the first place.

Folder includes:

(Also available as a zip.)

The original was done on an Ensoniq ASR-10, and the remix was made with Cakewalk and an Akai S2000.  They both sound fairly simplistic and dated by today's standards, but they were both important steps in finding my sea legs as a producer.  My love for drum and bass managed to survive the last fifteen years intact, but I've never been further away from jazz in my life.