The latest Check Your Head radio show was a George free zone, but plenty plenty good get down tune's were spun none the less, including three covers of Bob Dylan songs (all in very different styles), a Justin Hinds and the Dominoes double, some Nina Simone, a classic slice of old school hip hop from Diamond D and the Pyschotic Neurotics, a track to celebrate the 25th anniversary of De La Soul's classic album Three Feet High and Rising and even something tasty by The Fall! Oh yeah, believe it baby... download it now!
Be sure to catch next week's three hour special, our 100th show, when we'll be playing as many of the best tracks from the first 99 as we can squeeze in, words and ting!
Although "Techno" has naturalized as an umbrella term for various sorts of electronic dance music - actually called Techno only those variants in which a straight 4/4-Bassdrum is heard.
The result is this hectic, no-frills style in Detroit around 1980.
Inspired by Kraftwerk and Depeche Mode's synth-pop, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson and Jeff Mills developed a barren, mechanical sound, which soon took the name Techno.
Contrary to House, Techno dispensed with emotional sound signatures and references to disco and soul. Goal of many techno producers is an abstract, purely physically acting music that does not require historical burden.
A hard straight beat, a synth bass line and melody arrangements reduced are the center, sometimes with a robotic voice vocoder. The Machine sound determines the aesthetic of Techno until today.
In its beginnings, Techno directed against the "star system" and that is exactly the essence of this podcasts:
—pleasure of music instead ruthless moneymaking—
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Bright Eyes, Dirty Hair(Lake Powel)- Get Lost V - Mixed By Acid Pauli
From One Cell Feat. Urzula Amen- Stimming
Open air- Coyu & Edu Imbernón
Hey You (Sugarstarr)- Sheens
Ad Fontes (Lars Behrenroth Remix)- Offie & Ky
Deeply feat. Katy Blue (Martin Muth Collapse in Deep Remix)- D-Chill, Katy Blue
Ich Lass' Dich Nicht Zuruck (Beckwith Remix)- The Peacemaker Project
Dreams (Original Mix)- Jimmy Van M & AFFKT feat Luxor T
Givin' U (Original Mix)- Actor One
Droid Decay- Carlo Lio & Harvey McKay
African Screams (Dj Lion Remix)- Alex Denne
Around The Bane (Noir Mashup Treatment)- Compact Grey, Haze, Noir, Noir and Ron Costa
Back From Seattle And... (Original Mix)- Toru S., Moccorina
City Night (Original Mix) - Lukie Rook Feat. Olah Marten
Hear Me (Extended Version)- DJ Lia & Digital Sea
Take A Risk Tonight (Club Remix)- Starz Angels
Freak Party (Original Mix)- Ranlusy Louis Mor
Burning From The Inside (original_mix)- Tenishia feat. Tiff Lacey
Be Free (Mat Zo Remix)- Amster Dyen & Airplay 47
A conversation with the formidable David Meiser..
‘It’s all going well at the moment but I’m not worried about becoming a big name. I just want to focus on my music and making better and better music, thereby upgrading my level as a producer. I don’t really care even about dj-ing, I love being at the studio at the moment. I feel like I have to show my potential there as I think it is there where everything happens. And I’m successful in that way now because I get recognition from some major labels. And of course, if the chance is there to have my breakthrough I don’t want to miss the chance.’
‘Yeah things went very quickly the last two years. I was moving the music I made to the internet and sent my first track ‘The Thinker’ and other music of myself to Dave Clarke for his White Noise Radio show. I was really surprised to hear him playing my tracks immediately after that in his show. Same for Bryan Black (Black Asteroid, ed.) who played my first tracks in his sets. After this happened I immediately started to get the attention from labels and other artists and that opened a window for me to release more. This also resulted in very interesting collaborations like the one with Bryan Black to release ‘Who Controls’. This track was even charted by Dave Clarke as one of the best techno tracks of 2013. And the funny thing is that I never had or have contact with Dave. You send tracks to him but you never get an answer. But then the next week you hear your tracks again on his radio show. This process has some magic itself.’
‘I still live in Zaragoza and was born there. There’s only one small techno club here, Reset Club. Young people are almost literally fighting to play there. The famous club Florida 135 is not far from here but they stopped booking industrial techno artists, they now focus more on house and tech house for very young people, which is a bit a shame. It’s more about partying there now and not really about the music anymore.’
‘Dave Clarke was my biggest influence regarding dj-ing, just because of his technique and his use of effects. But the producer in me was heavily influenced by Jeff Mills, because of his hypnotic sounds, his instant mixing, the way he creates layers of sounds, the loops he makes and the purity and strength of his music as a result of that. And last but not least I have to mention Oliver Ho, who influenced me a lot when he was involved in the Metaphysical Project.’
Get ready to Check Your Head! This week we have a chilled 'After the Barn Owl' mix from George, three from Arcie Shepp's classic deep jazz LP Attica Blues, a soulful pysch tinged double, plus tracks by Björk, Glenn Miller, JSTAR and loads more... enjoy!