Posted 13 Mar 2014 — by karl
From the delightful NSA-O-MATIC:
Recently released NSA documents revealed the existence of TUNINGBAZZARE, a full-take collection point that deanonymizes one tenth of all internet traffic. General Keith Alexander, Director of the National Security Agency, assured the public that the program is only used to combat terrorism.
This is generative fiction, and a joke. However, as the website indicates, “Truth is scarier than fiction.”
Snowden changed the world with the leak of previously private NSA data. Whether or not you agree with his tactics, it’s apparent we’re living under the shadow of the NSA. Our data is being commoditized with or without the help of the online services we use. Like in WarGames, the only way to win is not to play – an increasingly impossible feat given our reliance on technology.
This mix follows the “split-format” first introduced in SHOCKED.
In the first half, you will find a diverse array of modern dubstep produced with the “leftfield” approach that I like to take. In the 2nd half, the mix will switch to a more experimental, but mid-tempo format. All of the tunes were either compiled or produced exclusively for this mix to capture the paranoid atmosphere of the U.S. as a whole of the last several months, but in particular the Snowden affair.
This is SPYGAMES.
1st Movement: Dubstep
- (0:00) 5_04(from random beats, vol. 5)
- (02:10) 1_14(remix)(from random beats, vol. 1)
- (05:01) Karl D – Infiltrator
- (07:32) 5_06(from random beats, vol. 5)
- (09:49) Karl D – Space Station Dub
- (13:56) Karl D – Drone Pilot
2nd Movement: Future Funk and Experimental Beats
- (15:56) Karl D – The Path
- (20:21) 4_10(from random beats, vol. 4)
- (22:03) Karl D – SCAR
- (23:13) Karl D – Trapbeats
- (25:15) Karl D – Open Late
- (27:00) Karl D – Awareness
Karl D – SPYGAMES(right click and choose “Save As” to download)
Missed your shot at the groupees bundle? You’re in luck, because I’ve just re-(re)launched the album at Bandcamp.
The album is a great value at only $3.
With that in mind, I’ve got a few freebies for some early birds. Enjoy the album, and please share this post with your friends.
Click on the image to grab a key below, and enter it for a free copy here:
I’m pleased to announce the release of the 5th Anniversary Special Edition of Existential Funk.
This has been in the works for a while, but needed the right platform to jump off. This feels right to do – I wanted to commemorate the anniversary of the album’s initial release in 2008 in a meaningful way. The package includes the original album, along with both remix EPs that went with the project all those years ago. Plus, you’ll receive a PDF booklet containing “the complete history” of the album, as well as individual commentary from me on each track on the release.
This release is being featured in the Groupees Community 2 Bundle, where you can name your price to get more than 12 other albums, books, and games, along with my own release. It’s a tremendous bargain, and part of your purchase can go to The Enough Project, a group committed to ending crimes against humanity.
I’m proud to have my release featured in this way, and excited to release this album to you as a part of this bundle. Right now, the only way to get the Existential Funk – 5th Anniversary Special Edition is in the Groupees Community 2 bundle, so head there to grab your copy. This bundle is only active for the next 2 weeks, so act fast.
Groupees Community 2 Bundle
Posted 31 Dec 2013 — by karl
Another year, and time again to celebrate my favorite tunes of the year. This is the 4th annual Recap, having done the first one in 2010, followed by another in 2011, and most recently in 2012. It seems there may be less of my own content on this site between this and the last recap, but I still like to take the opportunity to wrap the year up to collect my own thoughts.
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:
- Ellie Goulding – Holding On(Feat. Tinie Tempah) – Come for the dramatic production and vocals, stay for the grime breakdown courtesy of Tinie Tempah. There’s another version without the rap, but I like the contrast better.
- Kevin Drew – Summer Ashes(feat. Taryn Manning) – It’s easy for Taryn Manning’s accomplishments as a singer to be overshadowed (especially this year) by her performance as Pennsatucky, but Summer Ashes in particular was a release worth noticing. This remix, in my mind, had a much headier groove than the trance original.
- Sub Focus- Turn Back Time(Metrik mix) – Not having heard the latest Sub Focus record before hearing this tune, I was surprised that the original wasn’t more drum & bass oriented. Metrik has made quite a splash in the last couple of years, putting out high-quality, consistent music – evidenced by this thrilling mix.
- Stanton Warriors – Cut Me Up (Cause & Affect Remix) - Straightforward old-school ravey fun.
- A Tribe Called Quest – 1nce Again(Bit Funk mix) - To be honest, the first time I heard this I wasn’t entirely sure I liked it, but when something sticks in your head like this did for me, it usually means it had an impact. Bit Funk is a unique artist that does not seem to care too much for making sure his music fits in to one bucket or another.
Top 5 Mixes:
- Bad Boy Bill and Richard Humpty Vission – House Connection 3 – It’s hard to express exactly how important this release was to me. House Connection 2(and to only a slightly lesser extent, HC1) is such a special part of my personal musical journey; before hearing of either one of these talented individuals I didn’t appreciate how house music could be presented in so many different and exciting ways.
Because of this, the release of House Connection 3 feels a lot like coming home again. It’s different than the last 2 more than it’s the same, but in a way it feels like the mix the fans needed after 15 long years since the last entry. It was such a surprise this year when HC3 showed up, but I’m glad it did.
- Alix Perez – Essential Mix – Few artists are capable of making such a unique imprint on drum & bass. In this mix, Alix brings together d&b, trip-hop, grime and trap(among others) to create an especially diverse mix. Only an artist like Alix can really bring all these things together and present them as part of the same spectrum.
- Loadstar – Essential Mix – It’s my belief that the three artists mentioned in this post(Metrik, Alix Perez, and Loadstar) are 3 of the standouts of the most recent new wave of drum and bass, and are the forerunners that are taking the genre forward right now. Loadstar’s Essential mix is similar to Alix Perez’ in the diversity of styles; but with a harder, techier edge and more dancefloor-oriented vibe. It’s apparent from these two mixes the impact that trap music and grime have had on drum & bass in the last couple of years.
- Peter Serafinowicz – Solid Steel Radio 07/06/13 – Known to most primarily(at least to me) as an all-around funny guy and actor, Peter Serafinowicz put together this downtempo mix at the same time that Boards of Canada released Tomorrow’s Harvest. Plenty of Aphex Twin, Eno, Boards of Canada, and other things in that vein for an engaging mix.
- James Warren – Gui Boratto Remix and Original Production Part III - James Warren, although relatively unknown, is an incredibly consistent DJ. I’m a fan of many of these single-artist mixes that he puts out. Along that line, I appreciated this mix which highlighted a producer of some very deep and complex progressive sounds – Gui Boratto.
Posted 01 Dec 2013 — by karl
Been a while, eh? Actually, I have a number of unfinished projects waiting for me to spend enough time on them to bring them to a close.
Today’s release was a quick distraction from the aforementioned projects. This one-shot is an unusually positive(not to mention long) sound for me, but I’m certain it came together the way it was supposed to. Everything about this track is smooth.
Karl D – Rise(Right click and choose Save As to download)
You can now find both of my LP releases(Existential Funk and life.remixed) on Spotify! Become a follower and add your favorite tunes to your playlists!
Existential Funk on Spotify
Life Remixed on Spotify
Posted 02 Jun 2013 — by karl
Similar to the last offering, this remix was made specifically for SHOCKED, and also made a dramatic departure from a more subdued original.
This was intentionally simple. ”Reactor” had an existing electro influence in the form of the synth. That was about the only part that stayed in the remix, but I liked the way that the stripped down drums and the synth turned this remix into a more “raw” version.
Karl D – Reactor(Remix)(Right click and choose Save As to download)
Posted 01 Jun 2013 — by karl
This is one of the featured selections in the recent Electro mix I did.
For the uninitiated, this is a remix of an old favorite of mine. The pace is changed dramatically in this version, and adds some “dancefloor heat” that the original could not be farther from.
Karl D - Dante’s Revenge(Right click and choose Save As to download)