Pacific Front Sessions: March 2008 starts off on a tip that has been absent for a while from my mixes.. tribal atmospheric. This first track called “Train of Thought” takes me back several years to a bar called Neptune where I used to have a residency with Brian (Seed from Ritual Sounds), Yoseff and Nigel Haze. Very moody and reminds me a lot of those good times down at the blue bar. The track is brand new on Morphosis though, and is one half of a great release. Next is a Kasey Taylor remix of a really chuggin’ tune by Avilo, “Easy 15.” It’s a bit of an usual track, which is what I like about it. The build from there is into Jay Lumen’s “Ultra,” an atmospheric progressive house track that reminds me a bit of Miami and specifically WMC. I never heard it while I was there but I could definitely see this going off in the middle of the day on any one of the dozens of huge sound systems there. Following this is a really cool track by Joel Armstrong called “Hey Hey Hey,” and the remix is by Bastards of Funk and Sonic Union. Some really cool drum fills and a fun bassline move the mix forward away from the ethereal and into some higher energy material. This provides the bridge into the third track I did with Dustin H, “Seismic,” which Shiloh does the remix on. Great bass line and synth maneuvers by Shiloh here, providing a very original and different take on the tune. This track was just released this past Monday so grab it on Beatport – also be sure to check out the other mixes because they are pretty diverse and I think there’s something for everyone there. Next up is a DJ Remy remix of David Forbes and Michael Patterson – the track is called “Teknika.” This is the kind of track I drop in the middle of a peak time set and people go mental to. Which means you may or may not like it here, but in case you don’t like it, I recommend turning the volume up. Should solve the problem. Following this is an epic piece by David West called “Suffering Island.” I have wanted to put this in a mix for a long time now but haven’t found the right spot until recently – now, in fact. David West is one of my favorite producers for his grasp on melody, progression and percussion – not to mention, his bass lines are super solid and always carry the tune in a way that I really enjoy. The transition into dramatic breaks is done here by filtering out the bottom of the bass drum from Suffering Island while the ambient intro to His Boy Elroy’s “Step Into the Light” fades in over top. We have a remix by The Emissary and Starfire here which I find very reminiscent of Hybrid – in a good way. This sets up the final blow – a tough and gritty track by Kultur called “Street Knowledge,” and none other than Stefan Anion is on remix duties. He makes complete mayhem out of this track and it is perfect for finishing off a mix with many twists and turns.
Absance – Train of Thought (Original mix) [Morphosis Records]
Avilo – Easy 15 (Kasey Taylor Instrumental remix) [Vapour Recordings]
Jay Lumen – Ultra (Original mix) [Baroque Records]
Joel Armstrong – Hey Hey Hey (Bastards of Funk and Sonic Union remix) [Dot Dot Recordings]
AFK and Dustin H – Seismic (Shiloh remix) [Pacific Front Recordings]
David Forbes and Michael Patterson – Teknika (DJ Remy remix) [68 Recordings]
David West – Suffering Island (Original mix) [Solaris]
His Boy Elroy – Step Into The Light (The Emissary and Starfire remix) [Proton Music]
Kultur – Street Knowledge (Stefan Anion’s Bookworm remix) [Usaplay Ltd]
Every week, Frisky Radio features one artist as their Artist of the Week. Some of their past feature artists are Lee Burridge, Sultan, Trafik, Kosmas Epsilon, Mashtronic, Luke Fair, Gabriel and Dresden, Satoshi Tomiie, Nick Warren, Pako and Frederik, Lemon 8, Hybrid, Tone Depth, Oliver Moldan, Retroid, Steve May, Momu, Moshic, 16 Bit Lolitas, Madoka, G-Pal, Christian Cambas, V-Sag, Steve Porter, Andrew K, Thomas Penton, and Timo Maas. On the week of March 11, 2008, Frisky Radio chose me.
Well, that was very nice of them.
This mix begins ambient with a bit of a gem from Pako and Frederick, then goes straight for the progressive house jugular with a remix from Kasey Taylor (AKA Ocean Wave), then goes a bit dark with a track from Dynamic Illusion before submitting to the awesome “Bass Trap” from Quest and the Dirty Fours. From this point we get into some heavy weight progressive house with an Elfsong remix of Cream Sound, and the refreshing “Table 5” from Dale Anderson and Anil Chalwa. Max Graham shows up for a bit of an epic piece with his remix of Swedish Beatballs (is this something you can get from Ikea?) and of course I have to stick my nose in here somewhere and drop some of my own stuff – Stefan Anion’s remix of Seismic and one of my two new remixes of Benz & MD – Signals finish off the mix. I have done some sneaky things in the mix to keep it flowing properly, even when confronted with complete genre changes, so I hope you enjoy all the efforts. Thanks to Ben Malcolm at The Media Burnout for the voiceovers, and also much thanks to Faisal Sultan @ Frisky Radio for doing the show.
Pako & Frederick – Percunia (Pako and Frederick Chillout mix – AFK Edit) – Global Underground
Antix – Red Robin (Kasey Taylor remix) – Iboga Records
Dynamic Illusion – Afterglow Effect (Original mix) – Morphosis Records
Quest vs. The Dirty Fours – Bass Trap (Original mix) – Vapour Recordings
Cream Sound – Intromodul (Elfsong remix) – Morphosis Records
Dale Anderson and Anil Chalwa – Table 5 (Original mix) – Global Underground
Marcus Schossow – Swedish Beatballs (Max Graham remix) – Electronic Elements
AFK and Dustin H – Seismic (Stefan Anion’s Running For Cover remix) – Pacific Front Recordings
Benz & MD – Signals (AFK’s Dragon Dub) – Proton Music
I have written some notes about this mix in case you were wondering:
There are two remixes of Seismic in this mix. There is a third to come which will likely be in my March mix. Check the new Hybrid remix – they continue to crank the big choons out. My favorite mix of that new Cream Sound tune called Intromodul is the original mix, but it is slightly unmixable as it starts with a 95bpm break and continues with the melody through a breakdown and starts back with a 130bpm breakbeat over the same melody. Tricky at best, maybe the start of my next mix. We’ll see. Other remixes are quite good and will definitely see some play from me, including the rather large Elfsong remix. Yes that is a real remix of Britney Spears by James Holden. Commissioned and then decommissioned, there are two remixes he did – one is a dub which is much more tech than this one. They were never officially released. Oliver Lieb (AKA LSG) did one of his 2 remixes in the last 4 years of Chloe Harris, a rather excellent DJ from Seattle. Big spacey sound to this one and fits pretty well with the Powerplant remix of Seismic. Not too much to say about the Fretwell remix of Aeron Aether other than this is a fine piece of ear-candy. Distant Fragment brings us a quality piece of atmospheric breaks in the form of “Luminous Clouds”. The mix finishes with Stefan Anion‘s remix of Seismic – though it is not exactly the same remix as I played in the November 2007 edition of Pacific Front Sessions. Here we have an updated version of the remix. I actually played the first version of it in November erroneously. This is why it is good to keep your hard drive clean and clear..
James Holden – A Break In The Clouds (Acapella mix) – Border Community
Hello again. This months Pacific Front Session is a whole load of breaks with an appropriate dose of four on the floor to pile-drive the point home, finished with a side of skull-crushing breaks. Who talks like this anyway? Maybe I should tell you a bit about the tracks on this mix instead. I don’t know the Watchmen, but Grid System did a remix of their track “Alchemist”, and he really delivered on this progressive tech-breaks masterpiece. This is immediately followed by Hybrid taking on a techy-funk Uberzone track called “4 Bit”. How many variations on a theme can Hybrid do!? The mix takes a turn again for the ethereal with a song by Planisphere (aka Airwave) “Hosanna Beyond The Stars.” Chopped vocals and an icily beautiful breakdown lead towards a more massive direction as the mix escalates from progressive breaks to progressive house with an electro-tech tinge (yes, I did just say that) in the form of a track by Luke Chable (AKA Quest) named “Skyline Road,” which is in turn remixed by DJ Remy, aka RR Workshop – who you might remember from Northern Exposure 3. This is followed up by my own new remix of another former Lush resident DJ – Benz and MD‘s “Signals” – the second of two remixes I did of this track for Proton Music. This particular remix is more dance-floor oriented than the other, although I have gotten feedback from DJ’s which indicates that the other remix would also do the business on the dancefloor. How sweet it is. Moving on, Vancouver’s Joel Armstrong (who apparently needs to update his website!) did a fantastic track with a great treatment from Shiloh called “After Later”. This leads into a progressive house gem which is a remix by Dale Anderson (whose website is suddenly MIA) and Anil Chalwa of the Cheshire Cats. I used the instrumental remix since there were no vocals anywhere else on the mix, and vocals demand to be balanced throughout a mix or used not at all, in my opinion. The vocal mix is quite good, however, and I do play it out when I DJ. Moving on to the finishing move – my soon-to-be-new track with Dustin H called “Seismic” gets an unbelievably huge remix from Stefan Anion which you need to hear to believe. I feel completely spoiled by this. Amazing. Hope you enjoy the mix!
Watchmen – Alchemist (Grid System remix) – Composure Records
Uberzone – 4 Bit (Hybrid’s Back to Analogue remix) – Functional Breaks
Planisphere – Hosanna Beyond the Stars (Original mix) – Green Martian
This 4 hour continuous mix features music from Seed, Jacob Todd, Tiebreaker, Voyager, c79, Joel Armstrong, AFK, Micah, Blake Jarrell, Formulate, Shiloh, John Morgan and Kevin Shiu, Dustin H, Steve May, His Boy Elroy, Dale Anderson and many more. It starts off in breakbeat territory, goes prog-electro-tech house for a bit, then a series of massive breaks re-align the set before preparing to take-off to an extended and proper flight of progressive that I suspect will hit all the right buttons for you. This mix took several months to put together and originally aired as a featured artist mix on San Francisco based Frisky Radio.
The Shakedown mix was done for the Shakedown Podcast, presented by Resonant Vibes. I took the photo above in Myakka park, Florida, when I went to go visit Krishen last year. Later we went to Miami for the WMC and met some of the Resonant Vibes folks. This mix features a range of my influences as a producer and a DJ, so you will find some older and some newer music unusually mixed together. Check it out..
This is a guest mix I did for Resonant Vibes in 2006. This is CD length, so consider it a mix CD as well – for promotional use only of course. This mix is atmospheric house, progressive breaks, and progressive house. Enjoy!
Bjork – An Echo, A Stain (Luke Chable and Chris Gainer remix) – White Label
Tim Davison and Dale Anderson – Zeitgeist (Original mix) – Source of Gravity
AFK – Dreamcache (Blake Jarrell and Jeff Devas’ Black Lotus remix) – Pacific Front Recordings
MV – Hide (Brad Copeland’s 7 AM in the Y Office remix) – Tao Recordings
Ozgur Can – Irony (Probspot’s Break a Leg remix) – Lost Language
REM – The Great Beyond (Hybrid remix) – CDr
Nicholas Bennison and Micah – I’ve Been There (Micah’s Breaks mix) – Screen 2
AFK – Lush (Original mix) – Proton Music
Joel Armstrong – Serenity (Shiloh remix) – Proton Music
Bent – As You Fall (Micah’s Swollen Floor remix) – EQ / Stomp
AFK and Dustin H – Cascadia (Original Extended mix) – Emote Recordings
September’s installment of Pacific Front Sessions includes a number of released goodies (Graham and Blades, Gareth Emery), as well as some soon-to-be-released bits and some kickbacks from yesteryear in the form of Planisphere. And Lo! A new Formulate remix! And there would appear to be a new remix from myself as well of Benz and MD! I’m not sure if I want this particular remix to be on the final release along with my second (and preferred) remix, but it is in this mix, so let me know what you think.
Grid System – Deep Filled (Original mix) – CDR
Jericho – What (Formulate Remix) – Cerulean
Planisphere – So Many Other Ways (Original mix) – Music Worx
Micah – Microcosm (Jaytech Remix) – Ruhn Song
Royal Sapien – San Francisco Love (Joel Armstrong Dub) – Olaris
Here’s the latest and greatest from Pacific Front Sessions on Proton Radio. I wanted to do an all four-on-the-floor mix (which I suppose isn’t that remarkable on its own) since I did an all breaks mix for the Tide Pool show the same month. There are some classics in here and some really deadly remixes of some familiar tunes, as well as a good number of unreleased goodies. VEMF is this weekend and as a result, this will probably be my last post until the show is over. Next week I’ll be leaving to go to Newfoundland for a week and a half. I miiiiiight post the Friskation set and tracklisting before then. It’s a big set – 4 hours of continuous music drifting from genre to genre.
Anyway. Here is the music:
The Shins – Black Wave (Opencloud’s Boots Leg Remix) [CDR]
Dustin H – Receive The Light (Desert Dwellers Remix) [Pacific Front]
Gary Jules – Mad World (Stefan Anion’s “Oscar The Supermouse” Remix) [CDR]
Slacker – Psychout (Micah’s Tribute To A Legend Remix) [Ruhn Song]
Miguel Alvarado – Trip Awaits (Dustin H Remix) [CDR]
POB – Boiler (Humate Remix) [Platipus]
AFK & Dustin H – Seismic (Original Mix) [Pacific Front]