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]
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.