Posted 23 Apr 2013 — by karl
“That’s the thing about house,” a friend once said to me at a party, “It sure is reliable”.
I think he was right, and the same can be said about breakbeat. Fads come and go, but house and breaks are the pillars that hold up electronic music.
Simple ideas are typically the ones that don’t need changing. The way electronic music has survived over the years is by keeping to the basics.
The first movement of this mix represents a modern interpretation of electro – an exciting set of mid-tempo, aggressive house. You’ll notice a couple of remixes in this half especially that were created just for this mix(and will be released on this site for general download soon).
Halfway through, this mix switches gears, going into breaks territory. The tracks in this set all are quite modern from a production standpoint, but all owe a great deal to the original electro-breaks sound of the 1980s that gave birth to modern electronic music culture.
This is SHOCKED.
1st Movement: Electro House
- (0:00) Karl D – Dante’s Revenge
- (02:25) Karl D – Logic Bomb
- (05:05) Karl D – Reactor(Remix)
- (06:41) Karl D – Shocking
- (10:57) Robyn – Dancing on My Own
2nd Movement: Electro Breaks
- (15:34) Karl D – 4_07(from random beats, vol. 4)
- (17:58) Karl D – So Many Different People
- (20:23) Karl D – 3_11(from random beats, vol. 3)
- (24:14) Above and Beyond – Indonesia
- (26:38) Karl D – Typhoon
Karl D – Shocked(Right click and choose Save As to download)
Posted 29 Dec 2012 — by karl
Another year, and time again to celebrate my favorite tunes of the year. This is the 3nd annual Recap, having done the first one in 2010, followed by another in 2011.
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:
- Eric Prydz – Every Day - Without a doubt, my most favorite release of the year. I could write several pages about why I think it’s the best house track to be released in years, but let me leave it at this: House works best when it’s kept simple.
- Masamune – Knockin – I believe this just showed up in my Soundcloud feed one day, as part of a greater compilation called Heavy Electronic Music vol. 1. Although not a major release, I liked the subtlety of this track and found “Knockin” to be a profound dubstep release this year.
- Wideboys – Addicted to the Bass(Tantrum Desire mix) - This track was my first exposure to Tantrum Desire, although I was surprised to find out this artist had been around for a while. Along with other releases, this track put him in good standing to replace the Pendulum-sized hole in my heart.
- Doctor P & Elite Force – Watch Out(Revamp) - Elite Force released a great follow up to his novel RVMPD albums this year, called RVMPD2. The whole album had several songs I liked, but “Watch Out” stood out for me. The original lacked a sense of pace that Elite Force managed to really nail down in this version.
- Alex Clare – Too Close (Theory’s Room To Breathe Dub) - The original was a big hit that many people might be familiar with; frankly I didn’t care for it. However, this, like most any musical problem, was fixed with an injection of laid-back dub reggae.
Top 5 Mixes:
- Autechre – Live at Flex 1996 - Obviously, this was not a mix released this year. However, I found it notable for two reasons: One, I have been exposed to very little Autechre over the years and found it to be a good introduction to their body of work; and two, I was able to give this mix my full attention for the duration of the set, and I can describe it only as hallucinogenic.
- Super 8 and Tab – Data Transmission Podcast 208 - These two represent a new wave of big-room trance. Joining Above and Beyond’s Anjunabeats label surely gave these guys the recognition they deserve. I’m a big fan of their “SuperTab Radio” podcast, but the mix they did for Data Transmission early this year was what caught my attention.
- Bad Boy Bill – Behind The Decks Radio Show 12 - As one of Bad Boy Bill’s biggest fans, I was so happy when he started this new podcast series. Podcast mixes like these are such a great way for artists to modernize and connect more directly with fans. There’s not a single one of this series that I haven’t liked – but this one sounded the most like a “classic Bad Boy Bill” mix with a fast pace, tight scratching, and a mix of old and new sounds.
- Resident Advisor RA.326 – Apparat - Sounds like lo-fi electro and 80′s pop without the vocals. Incredibly dreamy, laid-back, and pleasant.
- UFO! – Radio UFO! Momba Mix – UFO! has always been one of my favorite drum and bass artists for the diverse perspective he brought to the table. He’s been a major player in the “Moombahton” scene for a while now, and this mix brought forth some of the elements that are familiar to the D&B UFO! fan, like his signature use of film samples.
Posted 04 Dec 2012 — by karl
Starts pretty simply, but gains momentum.
I like how it turned out – much “housier” than anticipated. Sort of like slow Dutch house.
Karl D – Reactor(Download – Right click and select “Save As”)
Posted 30 Aug 2012 — by karl
If you think “Ghost” is a bit similar to“Logic Bomb”, it’s not an entirely unreasonable observation.
Essentially, “Ghost” and “Logic Bomb” were two stems grown from the same idea. Initially, they could have been the parts of the same track, but they each evolved into it’s own thing – “Logic Bomb” taking on a much more aggressive, thick sound, and “Ghost” exaggerating the more minimal and quiet elements I wanted to include.
Did you already catch the short-but-thrilling breakdown in the middle of this track when this debuted in Pattern Recognition?
Karl D – Ghost(Download – Right click and select “Save As”)
Posted 24 Aug 2012 — by karl
As promised, here is the first release from Pattern Recognition.
If you listened to the mix, you may have identified “Logic Bomb” as something of a high point.
The track was intended as something of a peak time throwdown – I think it turned into something different along the way, and I’m glad for it. Stylistically, many of the instruments are heavy with grit, and the measured pace on the drum track help this stand out. I think this still has the “big room” feel I was looking for, without being too obvious or cliché .
Karl D – Logic Bomb(Download – Right click and select “Save As”)
Posted 15 Aug 2012 — by karl
Humans spend the bulk of their lives developing experiences, which in turn change our own perceptions. These perceptions later become “filters” – assumptions that you make subconsciously about the world around you. For centuries, this is how the human race has survived – it has shaped our ability as individuals to assess threats, as well as guide our overall evolution to become top-ranking members of the food chain. In the modern world, our intellect has become more advanced- but the basis of our psychology has not changed. At times, this keeps us from learning new things, and we see change as largely a threat. To truly reach our self-actualized potential, we need to be able to identify these filters before they become a problem.
The tracks presented in this mix are something of a departure from my own comfort zone – I’ve used an array of unconventional techniques to craft the sounds within this mix. By letting go of my own expectations, I was able to learn from the experience and craft something that even surprised me. The mix also helped spawn two new tracks, which I am debuting here(“Logic Bomb” and “Ghost”). Both tracks will be available for individual download in the coming weeks.
Which filters will you allow to shape your existence? Will you let go of your assumptions to develop new experiences? This is Pattern Recognition.
- (0:00) Karl D – 3_03(From random beats, vol. 3) + Simian Mobile Disco – Nerve Salad
- (1:10) (untitled)
- (3:28) Karl D – Trackdown + My Nu Leng – Waltaknocks
- (07:03) Karl D – Hex
- (11:08) (untitled)
- (13:20) Karl D – Logic Bomb
- (15:38) Karl D – 4_06(From random beats, vol. 4)
- (17:40) Karl D – 1_10(From random beats, vol. 1)
- (18:57) Karl D – Ghost
- (22:33) Karl D – Mirror-world(Exclusive)
Karl D – Pattern Recognition(Download – Right click and select “Save As”)
Posted 09 May 2012 — by karl
The theme for today’s selection is “Subdued Club Music”. That said, maybe “Subdued” isn’t giving the big bassline enough credit.
Karl D – Typhoon
Posted 15 Mar 2012 — by karl
About once a month for the last year or so, I wake up in the night with what I understand to be night terrors. These small episodes can best be described as “waking nightmares”. More common in children, they actually started for me in adulthood. Although quite shocking at the moment, I tend to get more entertainment than terror from remembering that I did something ridiculous the night before(like searching the room for giant animals).
Night terrors can be terrifying, vivid and yet fleeting. The tracks compiled for this mix all fit that description as well. Some of the tracks(the untitled ones) are less fully-formed compositions, and more of a coagulation of electronic elements. These will never be released singularly – they will only be available as part of this mix.
You will be terrified. You will be thrilled. When it’s over, you will have no idea what happened. This is Night Terrors.
- (0:00) (untitled)
- (1:30) (untitled)
- (4:10) (untitled)
- (6:00) Karl D – Aeon
- (10:00) Karl D – 3_07(From random beats, vol. 3)
- (12:00) (untitled)
- (14:25) Karl D – Turbulence
- (17:21) Karl D – Momentary(Dark Breaks Mix)
- (20:26) Karl D – Hiding in Plain Sight
Karl D Presents – Night Terrors(Download – Right click and select “Save As”)