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Whether anyone actually checks this any more, I dunno, but here's a new mix of stuff for your enjoyment. It's actually all old tunes, but whatever. I apologize for how garbled my writing is, but I've had a couple of months off from blogging.
Pearsall - Maximalism Part 1 (MP3, 69 minutes, 95.4 MB, 192 kbps)
01. Mark One - Hoovers & Spraycans (Retro)
02. Underground Resistance - Punisher (Underground Resistance)
03. Cyber S - Decadance (Nitric)
04. Wicked Snails - People (X-Trax)
05. Emmanuel Top - Mars (Kai Tracid RMX) (Tracid Traxx)
06. Winnebago Warriors - Trailer Trash (Chris Liberator & The Geezer RMX) (Stay Up Forever RMX)
07. Heckmann - Satan & Deibel (Wavescape)
08. W. Jorg Henze - Domestic Nude (Pocket)
09. Millsart - Step to Enchantment (Axis)
10. Mike Humphries & Glenn Wilson - Aural Exciter (Punish)
11. Martyn Hare - Bang Harder (Chancer)
12. Megamind - Taub (Nukleuz)
13. Geezer - Liquid A (Stay Up Forever)
14. Y.A.G.O. - Acid Traxx (Sigma)
15. Karlton - Terrordome (Lectrolux RMX) (Tec)
16. Three n' One - Reflect (Chris Liberator RMX) (ffRR)
17. Sybren Danz - Dynamic Injection (Well Wicked)
18. E-Razor - Yeti (Technogold)
19. Special Force - The Hype (Gang Go)
20. DJ Randy - Pandomia (Smoke Free DJ Tools)
21. Karim & Phillip Walsh - Technomove Part 2 (Tuff Trax)
22. Madam Zu & Jon Doe - 999 Matrix (Houserockers RMX) (Mohawk)
23. DJ Funk - Fear the World (USA Hard Mix) (Pro-Jex)
24. D.O.M. - Locomotive (Stay Up Forever)
25. Arjuna - Totally Lost It (Cenobite)
I did this mix on Boxing Day for my own entertainment. It's a mish-mash of techno, acid, and hard trance, starting off with some properly old skool hoover techno before moving through some more acidic gear, then into some trancier bits, before culminating in some rather stomping nu-nrg and 'ard tekno and even a bit of ye olde Dutch hardcore (the Arjuna tune at the end). I've tried to mix it up between the UK, continental Europe, and the US in terms of the origins of the tunes, and I've tried to make it flow in a way so that it is not just seventy minutes of the same-old same-old, but something that moves through different sounds and styles while still making sense as a cohesive whole, while still avoiding the dread trap of overly chin-strokey 'radical juxtapositions'.
There's not a huge amount of dj trickery on this mix, the odd bit of cutting and chopping, but for the most part it is fairly standard smooth mixing, just done quite quickly so that I could fire through the tunes. The thing with techno is that it is pretty boring if you just let it go for about five or six minutes, and it is much more entertaining if it is constantly moving and shifting.
This is the sort of stuff I used to dance to when I was younger and, despite being considerably fatter and lazier than I was when I was, say, 17, this is still the sort of music that, when all is said and done, I most enjoy. It has never been, and will never be, the trendiest sound as it is pretty much purely functional four-to-the-floor European rave music. The culture surrounding this stuff has not spawned philosophical/sociological investigations in the way that something like jungle has. I'm not particularly bothered by this, of course. I like the relentlessness of it all, its sincerity (it is daft rave music, but it takes itself seriously, unlike consciously 'ironic' neo-electro).
If you like this sort of stuff, I hope you enjoy this mix!