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Karl D – Metaphysics II

Announcing a big EP release: Metaphysics II. This EP is a sequel to the original. It’s important for me to keep this lineage alive for a couple reasons. Most importantly, as a instrumental hip-hop album it is a pretty drastic departure from most of my other work.

Like the original EP (which started as a Mix Series entry, one that was maybe the most fun for me), the tracks in Metaphysics II explore the lines between hip-hop and electronica.

I have to reiterate as I did when I released the first one: hip-hop is so important to me as a musician. It was actually hip-hop that brought me into the electronic world (although house kinda took over once I got there). Hip-hop certainly isn’t the same anymore as it was, but that’s ok. Music is all about moving culture forward, this EP for me is my entry to that, reflecting what I see back out.

Metaphysics II is available in all major music stores and streaming platforms. You can listen to the entirety of Metaphysics II in a mixed-tape format using the Bandcamp link below; Bandcamp listeners will get this for free when purchasing the album there (where it is cheapest).

Karl D – Dawn of the Dread (Remix)

Today, I’m revisiting a release which emerged very independently, and providing it enough mass to be re-released as a single; “Dawn of the Dread”.

I’d been working on this remix for a while, and wanted to have it in time for a Halloween 2020 release (which would have put it at about 5 years to the day after the original), but it just didn’t happen. But, now that it’s had time to bake, the remix has given this slow-roller breakbeat track some “oomph” with a drum & bass remix.

I had always thought this would be a good translation. Like “Mirror-world“, the remix sources many samples from the original work, while turning those elements into something slightly different.

This re-release can now be found anywhere you listen to music, but you can get it cheaper than anywhere using the Bandcamp link below.

Karl D – Speaking in Tongues / Shrieker

Today, announcing the release of a new single. The premier track on this one is “Speaking in Tongues”, a hard, fast slice of hard dance which draws a lot of influence from psytrance. I suppose this follows a thread I started with The Gateless Gate but with a little more gas.

The B-side “Shrieker” has a little different energy, but doesen’t underwhelm; this bouncy hard house track has an equally dark vibe with a bit of modern “donk” which will give your subwoofer a workout.

Together this release follows up on another recent hard dance release, and I hope you enjoy! You can pick this up anywhere you listen to music, but you can get it cheaper than anywhere using the Bandcamp link below.

Karl D – Shocking

I got so busy I forgot to announce the release of a new digital single! This ended up being (somewhat quietly) released in late April.

“Shocking” could now be considered an older favorite of mine (Way back from 2013!), having been a central part of the mix SHOCKED. Although there weren’t enough originals in this mix to warrant an EP release, I really liked this track.

I had been thinking about this track a lot recently, and got inspired to create a new drum & bass remix. This fits in really well with the original’s electro style while updating it with some more energy and modern touches.
I think the remix is the high point of this release, but I also still like the original.

“Shocking” is available wherever you listen to music, but is cheapest from Bandcamp. Check out the link through the player below.

in-flight

This is somewhere between an EP and a “mix series” entry. This short EP is presented in mixed format; this is a collection of tech house composed exclusively on flights from PHX-PHL and PHX-MFR.

Although the tracks are shorter and less complex than my typical releases, producing this way this was an interesting constraint. I used the iOS app Groovebox to create these tracks, then stitched them together using Ableton back at home.

All of the tracks and the mix are presented without any fancy effects, this is as straight-up as it gets. This reminds me a lot of a lot of early stuff I did based on that simplicity, as well as Pattern Recognition but with a little more cohesion of the individual tracks.

This album is a Bandcamp exclusive and free download. Please visit Bandcamp through the player below to download this EP.

Karl D – Bring Me Joy

I am excited to release this new hard dance track! This took a long time to get right (I think I started this about a year and a half ago).

Although this turned out practically happy-hardcore adjacent, it started with a (maybe surprisingly?) much darker vibe – I think it turned out the right way, reflecting in the melody what the words were saying. This is seriously uplifting euphoric hard dance.

You can enjoy “Bring Me Joy” anywhere you listen to music, in the new single accompanied with “The Exchange (Hard House Mix)“. You can download this from Bandcamp, cheaper than anywhere else.

The Exchange (2018 Hard House Mix)

Because They are Hard featured a lot of old tracks that were updated with some more “pep”, but the most drastic transformation was for “The Exchange”. This is one of my favorite old tracks, and I really enjoyed giving it some new life with this remix.

This track was the only true “new” content from the compilation, unlike most of the other recent compilations that have gone on to become EPs, this didn’t really have enough new stuff to pass that bar (even though this might be my favorite from the Mix Series).

edit 02/01/20: Download “The Exchange (Hard House Mix)”, alongside “Bring Me Joy”, in the new digital single.

Back on Spotify

After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back on Spotify!

Click the link below to follow me on that site. There are a lot of new releases to explore!

Karl D on Spotify

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