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Karl D – Trigger Warning

Dark, atmospheric stuff. Built on a foundation of the twinkly bells and the big bass drum. This is worth soaking in on a big stereo.

Edit 04/06/17: Visit Bandcamp with the link below to download “Trigger Warning” and the entire Rock the Bells EP.

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)

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)

randombeats.com Mix Series 05: SHOCKED – The Electro House and Breaks Connection

“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

  1. (0:00)      Karl D – Dante’s Revenge
  2. (02:25)    Karl D – Logic Bomb
  3. (05:05)    Karl D – Reactor(Remix)
  4. (06:41)     Karl D – Shocking
  5. (10:57)     Robyn – Dancing on My Own

2nd Movement:  Electro Breaks

  1.  (15:34)     Karl D – 4_07(from random beats, vol. 4)
  2. (17:58)     Karl D – So Many Different People
  3. (20:23)     Karl D – 3_11(from random beats, vol. 3)
  4. (24:14)      Above and Beyond – Indonesia
  5. (26:38)     Karl D – Typhoon

 

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

Karl D – Typhoon

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

randombeats.com Mix Series 03: Night Terrors – The Sound of Minimal Drum and Bass

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. 

  1. (0:00) (untitled)
  2. (1:30) (untitled)
  3. (4:10) (untitled)
  4. (6:00) Karl D – Aeon
  5. (10:00) Karl D – 3_07(From random beats, vol. 3)
  6. (12:00) (untitled)
  7. (14:25) Karl D – Turbulence
  8. (17:21) Karl D – Momentary(Dark Breaks Mix)
  9. (20:26) Karl D – Hiding in Plain Sight
Karl D Presents – Night Terrors(Download – Right click and select “Save As”)

Karl D – So Many Different People

This track got shelved on several occasions.  At one point, it got deleted entirely before completion, because I didn’t think I could make it work.  After doing so, the melody kept coming back to me, so I found a way.

There were several directions I ultimately wanted to go, which led to the inclusion of the Kraftwerkian electro break near the middle.  At one point during production, this variation might have built the entire song, but a little variety gives this track a robust character.

Karl D – So Many Different People

Karl D – Like, Haunted

The title is pronounced like Alicia Silverstone would in the movie Clueless.

Spacey breaks characterize this cinematic track.  Also, the “Shitty Strings” make a reappearance here, to great effect.  Two variations in the main melody maintain a feeling of dread throughout the song.

Karl D – Like, Haunted

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