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VIP Mixes for Prism and Apex Predator

A brief follow up to the last post: the Rock the Bells EP has been updated to include a pair of VIP mixes for a couple of my favorite cuts on the album, “Prism” and “Apex Predator”.

“Prism” gained some BPM to become a groovy slice of electro-house.

“Apex Predator” stayed mostly the same, although the bassline became a little meaner and the production loses the big hip-hop style to become more…terrifying.

I’ve never made a “deliberate” variation in production, and both of these were somewhat organic in that both could have been the “canonical” versions of each track, and a fairly equivalent amount of time was spent producing each version before deciding which way to go.  However, at this point I do think these versions are secondary to the originals, if only by a hair.

These tracks are included below for your listening pleasure, and can be downloaded individually or as part of the entire EP.

Rock the Bells EP

The final track in the Rock the Bells EP has been released; it’s entitled “Prism”. This is a dense, foggy piece of dream pop with some 1980s synthesizer vibes.

This does mean that the EP is complete, and the only way to hear the new track is to find it on the album’s page on Bandcamp.

Check the links to Bandcamp below to stream or download the whole album!  As is typically the case, this is a free download.  I hope you find it to be a good value for that price; I had a lot of fun making this album and it’s one of the best ones (even though it’s one of the shortest).

Enjoy.

Karl D – Apex Predator

This one has been brewing for months.  In fact, there’s another version which may or may not be released (edit 05/25/17 – yeah, it was!), and I had a hard time deciding which one to go with.

After near endless tweaks and minor revisions, I’m ready to let this one loose.  This is a dense, assertive drum and bass track (or, “Drumstep” if you like), which is part of the Rock the Bells EPThere’s a theme emerging in this EP, with regards to not only the bells (as intended) but also the dark, heavy basslines.

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

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 – 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“.

Edit 04/06/17: Visit Bandcamp with the link below to download the “No Greater Love” 2016 remix and the entire Rock the Bells EP.

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!

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

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