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Karl D – No Greater Love (Karl D’s 2016 Remix)

Compared to the original and remix.  Both are from, by my estimation, nearly 15 years ago, practically to the day.

The new version is decidedly trance, although presented at a mild 117 BPM.  This gains some sophistication compared to the original, and loses the feverish pace of the 1st remix.  However, there’s elements of both present in this new version.  I didn’t plan for this to be a part of Rock the Bells but found an opportunity.

The inspiration of publishing another remix of this came quickly in the last several weeks. Presidential politics makes for a dim example of “leadership” in our society, and we really shouldn’t aspire to be quite so savage to one another.  That’s not even addressing the character flaws of any individual politician.

The message I’m trying to reiterate with this release is one of positivity, that civilized society breaks down when we forget how to be civil.  In short, “Be excellent to each other“.

Karl D – No Greater Love (2016 Remix) (right click and choose “Save As” to download)

Karl D – Nightmare

I’m working on a short EP release called Rock the Bells, featuring a few tracks containing a common theme – you guessed it, bells.  The EP isn’t done yet, but I’m happy to offer the first track from this release, as it seems slightly Halloween appropriate to do so.

Melodically speaking, this draws a bit of (somewhat conscious) influence from the “Halloween” theme music, although it dosen’t sample it directly.  I’m so pleased with the way this turned out, and it definitely has a spooky, dark vibe perfect for a Halloween party!

 

 

Karl D – Nightmare (right click and choose “Save As” to download)

Karl D – Highway Battle

Been a long summer without publishing anything, and I have a few things that I’ve just been sitting on.  So, without further ado…

Today’s selection is a breaks track, with a heavy acid bassline holding the whole thing together.

Also included is a remix including vocals from Eddie Amador’s classic “Rise” – this brought a little extra character to what is, as is almost always the case in my productions, an instrumental.  This was an early inclusion during production, and I think it fits well, but I made a concious decision not to center the track around this; this is therefore not really a remix of “Rise” itself but rather an addition.

Karl D – Highway Battle (right click and choose “Save As” to download)
 

Karl D – Highway Battle vs. Eddie Amador – Rise (right click and choose “Save As” to download)

randombeats.com Mix Series 08: METAPHYSICS – A Journey Through Another Dimension of Hip Hop

I find it hard to believe that it’s been almost 2 years since the last entry in the Mix Series, and yet here we are.

As it happens, this mix has been brewing for quite a bit of that time – from conception, this mix has been several months in the making.  I knew I wanted to do a hip hop mix eventually, but (admittedly) it’s not my format, which meant I had to take a lot of time to build up my library.

My involvement with electronic music in general started with turntablism, so I’ve always recognized the influence that hip hop has had on electronic music.  In an interesting (and unexpected, to me) turn, modern hip hop has evolved in the last several years to include more techno elements.

Almost all of the tracks here are new exclusives – nearly every one was made specifically for this mix.  Some may consider most of the tracks to be a bit leftfield, but it’s one I consider modern, with my own unique voice.  Like all of the mixes I do, this is an opportunity to create and a “snapshot in time”.

At the collision of hip hop and techno, there is a new dimension of music.  This is METAPHYSICS.

  1. 0:00   Karl D – Introduction to Metaphysics
  2. 1:40    Karl D – Misdirection
  3. 2:40   Karl D – ILLENUF
  4. 4:55    Karl D – Digit-ill
  5. 8:18     Karl D – Rockbreaks 1: Takin’ a Ride
  6. 11:02    Karl D – Imagine
  7. 15:04    Karl D – Ultra-Fly
  8. 17:14    Karl D – Prime Cut
  9. 20:02    Karl D – Modem Jazz
  10. 22:31    Karl D – Low Earth Orbit

 

Karl D – METAPHYSICS (right click and choose “Save As” to download)

 

 

Karl D – Mirror-World (Original and Remix)

“Mirror-world.  …Cars are reversed, left to right, inside; telephone handsets have a different weight, a different balance; the covers of paperbacks look like Australian money.”

-William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

“Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.”

-Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland

“Mirror-world” originally debuted in the Mix Series compilation Pattern Recognition, both of which take their name from the William Gibson book Pattern Recognition referenced above.

Gibson has long been a favorite author of mine, and the book was a crucial point of inspiration for the track and compilation as a whole.  In the book, the protagonist Cayce frequently notes the “mirror-world” like contrast of London to her normal American surroundings.   This isn’t just literary “fluff”; the fact that she notices at all is a critical aspect of the character and a central point of the book.  Cayce is someone who obsesses over details and correlates subtle details from the world around her.

Today is the eve of my 34th birthday, and I’m reminded that getting old is sort of like meeting the mirror-world version of yourself.  So much is the same, but so much is different.

Speaking about the tracks, the remix is one I’ve been working on for a while, and is another one that takes on a vivid transformation.  From the original’s floaty techno abstraction, the remix goes to 170 BPM to become a drum and bass track with a bit more structure, and maintains some of the atmosphere but gains a harder edge.

This was an interesting remix to do, as much of the material was directly in-sourced from the original itself, but the samples were manipulated to become different components.

Karl D – Mirror-world

Karl D – Mirror-world(Remix)

Karl D – Fractal

As the title implies; a complex, multipartite piece which weaves in a few different directions.  Cerebral, minimal acid techno.

The track has been brewing for a few months, but the title is inspired by a photo I recently took in Seattle.  What an interesting vegetable, and wonderful city!

 

 

 

 

 

Karl D – Fractal(Right click and choose Save As to download)

Karl D – Dawn of the Dread

Finally, something ready to publish.  Not for lack of trying, but too many pots on the stove, I guess.

Just in time for halloween, a “festive” bass-heavy breaks roller.

Karl D – Dawn of the Dread(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

Karl D – Liquid

The “Dubstep” tag isn’t quite proper, although it’s the closest according to my (self imposed) need to put everything in a little box.

“Future Garage” might be more accurate, but more important than the label are the influences; these include Burial and Jon Hopkins, a couple of artists whose work I really enjoy.  This music is hard to describe because it’s much different than any electronic music that’s been produced in the last 20 years.

As the title implies, this is a floaty piece, but with a good pace.  This went through a couple of revisions, but the end result is one I’m happy with.

Karl D – Liquid(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

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