Starts off atmospheric and breaky, quickly moves to four on the floor. This mix is one of layering and programming, every track building on the one before it in some way. It ends, literally, the same way it began with only one semitone of difference and some bpm shift. The tracks on here were selected for their summer-time feel and the parties and festivals that happen during the next few months. Hope you like it.
DJ Remy – Unplugged (Original mix – intro) [Audio Therapy]
David West – Illectronics (Original mix) [Tolerant Recordings]
Bastards of Funk and Sonic Union – Glitter (Original mix) [Lowbit]
March is the time of year where the days start to get longer, people spend a little more time outside and become a little more social overall as the overcast days start to break in favour of the sun. This mix reflects some of that mood – many of these tracks were ones I played recently at a sold out show where myself and Formulate shared the headline slot. We did a 2.5 hour set, playing 12:30 AM – 4:00 AM through a time change at 2 AM where it became 3 AM. Whenever you have an engaged audience, you find yourself making that little extra effort to connect with them in some way and many of the tracks I selected reflected this.
One bit of trivia here is that I was unsatisfied with the opening tracks at my disposal so I simply made one for this set. It’s called Lever but I doubt it’s going to live far outside of this set – maybe it will live only in this set. I’d be fine with that. After that is a track by the Chance Jumpers – there’s actually three remixes of this track that I really enjoy and this is one of them. It is likely you will hear another version on an upcoming mix. This song does a nice job of setting the mood without going over the top and sets up Kasey Taylor’s killer remix of Tim Davison’s “Patrol.” I know it’s not really an overtly energetic track but you just have to see what it does to the dancefloor, it’s something to take note of indeed. Reflekt’s classic “Need To Feel Loved” gets a newer treatment from Adam K and Soha and what a beauty it turned out to be – you may recognize this one from the movie “It’s All Gone Pete Tong.” Following this is an atmospheric progressive house gem from Elfsong and Aeron Aether called “Sylleptica.” Not sure what the word means, but like the song, it sounds cool. Fine Taste follow this up with something AIG will likely have to offer potential employees to entice them into the company – the song is called “My Golden Parachute.” The term refers to a payout to an employee should something happen to their job. It’s an agreement usually made on hiring for high-risk jobs. Fancy severance. The track itself actually reminds me a bit of Sonic the Hedgehog meets progressive house. There’s something about the mood that just reminds me of the game in a good way. Bright and festive, and just a little bit out there – definitely a party track. Not to be outdone, D-Nox and Beckers also bring the party with an energetic “Naked Punch,” which sets up one of my favorite tracks of the last year. Sudha hooked up with the unmistakable Zoe Johnston to make a song called “Leche” (not to be confused with “letchie”) and it gets a massive remix treatment from Thomas Schwartz and Fausto Fanizza. Stunning piece of vocal progressive, the kind that does not come along every day, let alone every month. The next track is by a fellow that is no stranger to my record bag, Steve Porter. I’ve got so many of his releases, and I was pleased to acquire this track recently, as it shows he’s in top producer form still. The track is called “Rizer” and it does what you suspect in Steve’s distinctive style. Ending the session is Planisphere with their epic “Spacetrash.” It’s really out there and I think it’s a fine way to end a mix. Enjoy!
AFK – Lever (Introduction Edit) [Unreleased]
Chance Jumpers – Korona (Ilya Malyuev Softtech Mix) [Morphosis]
Tim Davison – Patrol (Kasey Taylor remix) [Vapour]
Reflekt – Need To Feel Loved (Adam K and Soha Vocal mix) [Positiva]
Elfsong and Aeron Aether – Sylleptica (Original mix) [Proton Music]
Fine Taste – My Golden Parachute (Original mix) [Extrema Records]
D-Nox and Beckers – Naked Punch (Original mix) [HOMmega Productions]
Pacific Front Sessions January 2009 starts off the new year with some cool, mellow tracks that reflect the mood of winter in Victoria. The first track by Soundstorm is remixed by Dynamic Illusion into a subdued atmospheric house piece. Local techno legend Rennie Foster’s track adds a little fun into the mix with a remix from The Youngsters, which is followed up by 16B’s tech-funk house piece “To Run To.” The Humbertron (aka Formulate) remix of Trifecta makes its way into the mix by picking up the pace and slamming the speakers with bass and ride cymbals. I’d really like to hear that one on a big system. Next up is the final and official version of my own Bergamot – it’s fairly different than the version that aired last summer on Pacific Front Sessions. Last night I walked into Noodlebox and the next track was playing – Dale Anderson and Stewart Keenan’s “End To End.” Really beautiful breaks remix by Aeron Aether – not to be messed with. This sets up Dousk’s superb Blender which gets mixed heavily with Mango’s “Forever July” which then plays by itself for around a minute before Paul Keeley’s “Run To You” finishes off the mix.
Soundstorm – Iris (Dynamic Illusion remix) [Silk Digital Records]
Rennie Foster – Devils Water (The Youngsters remix) [Rebirth]
Omid 16B – To Run To (Original mix) [SexOnWax Recordings]
Trifecta – Terraforce (Humbertron remix) [Pacific Front Recordings]
AFK – Bergamot (Original mix) [Pacific Front Recordings]
Dale Anderson and Stewart Keenan – End to End (Aeron Aether remix) [Navigation Limited]
Pacific Front Sessions for November is my favorite kind of mix to pull off – from chill to breaks to atmospheric house to progressive. Starting off with some really cool and creepy ambient piece from Dynamic Illusion at the beginning, the mood is spacey and dark. From this it turns into breaks with a track called “The Phoenix.” Retroid’s remix of my own Bergamot track debuts next and what a job he did with it. After that there’s a transition to one of my favorite epic progressive breaks tracks – a LoStep remix of Scrambler. I’ve blended that track together with a four on the floor piece, my new remix of Fractal – Oceanography. Hybrid ramps up the intensity with some vocal progressive, and from there it’s not far to the finish line, yet it’s far from over. The two last tracks really crank up the energy levels and the final track ties everything together nicely.
I did this mix in early November while we were in Tofino. On the way back, I stopped at Cathedral Grove where this photo was taken in front of a tree that is over 800 years old. If you ever go to Tofino or Ucluelet, make sure you stop by the grove on the way and have a walk around – it’s an incredible park with great atmosphere and the trees are just ridiculously massive, like this mix!
Dynamic Illusion – Alone In The Space (Michael and Levan Ambient remix) [Silk Sofa]
Arthur Deep – Phoenix (Original mix) [Toes in the Sand]
AFK – Bergamot (Retroid remix) [Pacific Front Recordings]
Scrambler featuring Amarevois – Free (LoStep’s Class of 95 Reunion remix) [EQ Grey]
Fractal – Oceanography (AFK’s Ucluelet Detour remix) [Pacific Front Recordings]
Hybrid – Formula of Fear (Hybrid remix) [Distinctive Recordings]
Lanui – Jennifer (Original mix) [Baroque Limited]
David West & Orkidea – Gods Garden (Original mix) [Ava]
Every now and then I’ll do an all-breaks mix. In this case, it’s an all trancey-breaks mix. Why bother saying Progressive Breaks when people know about as much about Progressive Breaks as they do about fractured semiotic fields. What? Exactly. So it’s trancey breaks, I don’t care if trance is a bad word – you know it means melodic and that’s all I care about. The mix aired on Retroid’s “Morphosis” show on Proton Radio – yes, there is a relation to the music label there too, which is also run by Retroid. Morphosis is of my favorite labels, so of course I was honored to be a guest. I’m going to Tofino this weekend to get away, and I’ll be spending part of the time working on my new Pacific Front Sessions mix as well as finishing off my remix of Fractal – Oceanography, which incidentally starts the mix. Thanks to Retroid for having me on the show. Hope you enjoy!
I start off this show with a track by Pablo Roma. Dynamic Illusion did three remixes of this track and this one is my favorite. I can’t get enough of this down-tempo-esque highly produced stuff. From there we transfer to a song by Snake Sedrick – this particular track is the flip-side of Inbreak, which you may have heard in one of my mixes from earlier this year. Hybrid remixes Shifter and Carvell, Quivver points at the clock, Dousk’s classic remix of Tilt, Kasey Taylor’s new pummeling “Coconuts”, Medway and Sven remixed by the Flash Brothers, and as promised my Ulrich Schnauss remix. One of my all-time favorite Way Out West tracks, “Secret,” finishes it off. Enjoy!
Pablo Roma – Sad Flowers (Dynamic Illusion Intro mix) [FeralCode Records]
This is our third year anniversary of Pacific Front Sessions, and as such myself and Formulate decided to do a special 2 hour collaborative set. Particularly new new new stuff to listen for: Bergamot (the original way too steeped mix) and Terraforce – the track myself, Formulate and Dustin H did together. I did my own mix of it and you can hear it mid set. We had a blast so this is certainly the first of several collaborative sets. I think you will enjoy this as much as we did putting it together.
Roland Klinkenberg – Dusty Horizon Interlude [Global Underground]
Voyager – For The Heart [Voyager]
Eelke Klejin – Ondine [Global Underground]
David West & Inkfish – Hello Piano (Kosmas Epsilon Dub Mix) [Tolerant]
Sam Ball – Colour Code [I-fi Music]
Paul Thomas & Myke Smith – The Grudge (Fine Taste Remix) [Baroque Limited]
AFK – Bergamot (Steeped too long mix) [Pacific Front]
Pacific Front Sessions for May 2008 is a special 2 hour mix, my second 2 hour mix of the year. Seriously I am not running out of good music either, so this is a very encouraging time to be in the industry. My hats off to all the producers in this mix – there is some new, and some old, but I think you’ll agree that it all goes together regardless of age. Of particular note here is a track that myself, Formulate, and Dustin H wrote. We don’t have a name for it yet – there are a few names on the table right now – but if you have a suggestion we’re all ears. The track will be coming out with a mix by Dustin (featured in this mix), myself, and also one by the elusive Formulate. My new remix of John Morgan (Powerplant) and Kevin Shiu is also in here, as is the original track – “8 Feet Under” – which will be coming out on Powerplant Music. It’s a bit of a corker and I did it specifically with VEMF in mind. The original mix of “8 Feet Under” is a dark and hypnotic piece that would sound at home in one of John Digweed’s darker sets, closer to the end. This was a very enjoyable track to remix. One of the producers to look out for in this mix is Snake Sedrick – his breaks track “Inbreak” is one of my favorites in some time, and his “Aha” is remixed by Jaytech (who remixed my “Lush” track) and it’s really a fine piece of dance music. Another producer to look out for in this mix is Fretwell – I put two of his remixes in here. He is one of my favorite producers and he really delivers on the two tracks that I’ve chosen here. Anyway, those are enough notes from me. Enjoy the show!
Pure.FM is an all-house/progressive house station so I decided to have some fun with that limitation. I started off with the Formulate remix of me and Thor’s Royal Assassin tune, “Turn of Twilight.” Formulate’s remix starts off pretty minimal but soon enough the layers come in a careful and clinical way. From there it’s straight into the breakdown of Quivver’s new “Surin,” an unsuspecting but utterly beautiful production from John Graham – one of the gems of 2008 for certain. This leads to Matt Rowan and Jaytech’s remix of Lush, my best selling track to date. Nick Muir’s “Airtight” is next as we prepare to take things up several notches in intensity – the layers really start to build here, as does the atmosphere. Traveller and Quests classic remix of Ocean Wave’s “Clearwater” gallops in and places itself square in the middle of the mix, emphasizing that yes – this will be four on the floor the whole way through. Another gem from the past, “Leaving Planet Earth,” is remixed by Dousk from drum and bass into progressive house. Nice work by Dousk there. The atmosphere begins to peak out with a new track by Retroid and Fretwell called “Vertical Horizon.” If you place all these track names together you get some sort of storyline here and it’s kind of neat. One of the de-facto progressive house tracks, in my opinion, is this Tarrentella vs. Redanka remix of Andy Ling’s “Fixation.” It’s pretty old – and it sounds it, but did you know it’s 8 years old? That’s older than it sounds. It has aged well, very well and fits nicely between that new Morphosis track and the new Pacific Front track, Seismic, which finishes off the mix. Thanks to Kennedy for having me on the show.
Royal Assassin – Turn of Twilight (Formulate remix) [Pacific Front Recordings]
Quivver – Surin (Original mix) [Boz Boz]
AFK – Lush (Matt Rowan and Jaytech remix) [Proton Music]
Nick Muir – Airtight (D-Nox and Beckers remix) [Vapour]
Ocean Wave – Clearwater (Traveller and Quest remix) [Vapour Recordings]
Talisman and Hudson – Leaving Planet Earth (Dousk remix) [Too Much Information]
Fretwell and Retroid – Vertical Horizon (Michael and Levan remix) [Morphosis Recordings]
Andy Ling – Fixation (Tarrentella vs. Redanka remix) [Hooj Choons]
AFK & Dustin H – Seismic (Original mix) [Pacific Front Recordings]