Saturday, May 28, 2011

The Holiday Remix Snow Globe: A Short Story


This post has been moved to my new dark music / lit blog, Percival Ravenwood, Esq.

The new link for this post is here.

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.
Coming soon: A tribute to jungle, 1994 and back.