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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)

Karl D – Good Vibration(Original & Hardstyle Mix)

A double release for today; if you’ve been keeping up with the site, you’ve heard half.

“Good Vibration” was an exclusive released originally as a part of FOUNDATION.  House aficionados(or maybe Marky Mark fans) will recognize the popular sample.

Lately, the bassline had been stuck in my head, although I heard it a different way than was originally rendered.  The hard dance angle is a good fit for this track, and a sharp contrast to the original.  The remix gains around 40 BPM over the original, as well as a rolling acid bassline and some ravey effects to pump up the excitement.

Funny thing is, I don’t even really care for the bulk of “Hardstyle” music, but sometimes sounds just fit a certain way.

“I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.”
-Dizzy Gillespie

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

Karl D – Good Vibration(Hardstyle mix)(right click and choose “Save As” to download)

pseudorandom: a retrospective of the best of the random beats series, 2008​-​2010

To the new listener of this site, the random beats series can be particularly difficult to navigate.  With 61 tracks and at 2 hours, 30 minutes of music, there has not been a good entry point…

…Until now.  Today I’ve released a compilation of the best of the random beats series.

pseudorandom focuses on 14 standout productions (according to yours truly) of the series.  Although you can get all these tracks today in the Free Downloads section of this site, the release of this compilation offers these tracks in the highest quality ever available.

Best of all, the compilation is totally free.  Follow the link in the player below to download from Bandcamp, or listen here.


Karl D – Imagine

“Fifteen hundred years ago everybody knew the Earth was the center of the universe. Five hundred years ago, everybody knew the Earth was flat, and fifteen minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

-Tommy Lee Jones, Men in Black

This track joins a special club – that which includes compositions which slowed my computer to a crawl when inventing them, or crashed the computer entirely.  This speaks both to the complexity of the song, as well as my intention to persist when making them.  There are hundreds more that didn’t make the cut, usually because of the failure of the latter (my intention to continue on).

Computer heartbreaks aside, this song is pretty special.  Along with “Rasta Breakfast“, it’s one of the only songs I’ve ever done with a horn section, although a synthetic one.  Seasoned listeners on this site should notice a fairly drastic difference between this and much of my other work.  However, it draws from an often dormant, but long-nurtured love I have for hip-hop.

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

Karl D – Cubism(Foundation Outtake)

This track was produced alongside the other exclusives created for FOUNDATION.  It probably took the most time to produce, and it’s also the longest.  The latter is one of the reasons I decided to scrap this track at least with regards to the mix; another reason is that it just didn’t fit in with the straightforward nature of the rest of the mix.

Describing “Cubism” positively rather than highlighting what it isn’t, this techy track starts with subtle space and peaks with a big acidic bassline.  Minimal, yet big on the buildup.

Karl D – Cubism(Right Click and choose Save As to download)

Recap: Karl D’s Favorite Tracks/Mixes of 2014

Another year is over, and it’s time again to celebrate my favorite tunes of the year.  This is the 5th annual Recap, following the 4 years past:

I didn’t think I would do a Top 5 list this year, but I always like taking the time to think about the music that has excited me over the last year.

Like all of the previous posts, I’m using this space to highlight some of my own influences – which have come in the form of individual tracks as well as mixes from standout DJs on podcasts and promotional mixes around the web that I’ve listened to through the year.

Please enjoy this selection of mixes and tracks from these hardworking artists, and if possible, support them any way you can.  These lists are in no particular order.

Top 5 Tracks:

  1. Kiesza – Hideaway – I think the best house songs of the last 10 years or so are not the ones with the big breakdowns and the excessive flair of “EDM”, but those that break it down to the basics.  “Hideaway” works because of it’s laid back yet complex production value combined with Kiesza’s raw talent.   I was introduced to the tune with the fantastical video – recorded in one single camera shot.
  2. Sohn – Artifice – Sohn is an artist that popped up this year, seemingly out of nowhere, but left a strong impression on me.  He’s an artist who is gifted with both singing ability and technical production skills, which “Artifice” showcased well.  This song lacks classification only because it’s unlike anything I’ve heard in the last several years.
  3. Disclosure – LatchTechnically a “leftover” from 2012, this didn’t get major airplay (and subsequently chart) in the States until this year.  When I first heard about Disclosure I wasn’t sure if I understood the hype, until I heard this track.
  4. Triceracorn – Porcalain(Recue mix) – Another one that came out near the end of last year, I didn’t catch it until early 2014.  I learned about this from another introduction to Recue, but this track was most certainly his standout work.  I’m still waiting for the “formal” release on this one.
  5. Above and Beyond – A Thing Called Love (Acoustic, Live from Porchester Hall) – Above and Beyond’s acoustic shows and subsequent live release were such a surprise move, but a unique pleasure.  To have all of the fancy production stripped away and rely on the singers, the musicians, and the music, really shows how well A&B’s music stands on it’s own (as they discussed in the DVD).  I liked all of these acoustic renditions, but I liked “A Thing Called Love” the best.

Top 5 Mixes:

  1. ME003 – Richie Kaboogie X mynameisjOhn –  The “Mix Exchange” is a new series, but one I’m quickly becoming fond of.  2 DJs square off for each episode, and each one interviews the other in an article which accompanies the mix.  There’s a stark contrast between these two artists, with Richie Kaboogie sligning some dark techno and mynameisjOhn delivering a diverse hip hop mix with different styles.  I look forward to more Mix Exchanges from Rudimentary Records.
  2. Krafty Kuts – Golden Era of Hip Hop Part 1Although more known now for his breaks work, Krafty Kuts is an excellent hip-hop DJ and turntablist.  The track selection really did showcase the “Golden Era”, and Krafty Kuts’ skills give the listener a great deal to get excited about.
  3. Electronic Explorations 325 – MonoakRecorded live from two MPC‘s, and “there is no compression, external FX or mastering. ”  An impressive set, based on these constraints.  It’s nice to find an artist that still finds a way to be innovative.
  4. Lady Waks – In Da Mix 270 – Lady Waks is my new favorite DJ!  Since the first one of her mixes I heard, I could tell she’s giving the breaks world a big wakeup call.
  5. Technikal – History of Hard Trance – Some of my favorite tunes of all time are showcased in this mix.  Truly, a classic set of euphoric hardtrance.


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