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Evening / Things You’ll Need to Know

I’m pleased to let you know about another exciting release – this one is special.

Evening / Things You’ll Need to Know revisits in extended single form, two of my favorite tracks from Existential Funk. Within this release are some new remixes along some older ones; undoubtedly the stars of the show are the “Modern” mix of “Evening” and the so-called “Deeper” mix of “Things”.
I may take the time to discuss some of the other remixes in a later post, but to highlight these two in particular:

  • “Evening (Modern mix)” is a note-for-note re-creation of the original, but brings the unrestrained style to something a little more precise and distinguished. This is sort of a more foggy take on nu-breaks compared to the ravey original.
  • “Things You’ll Need to Know (Deeper mix)” is titled so because it has a drastically different soundset than the original, and a little more “depth” in this version of the drum and bass track. Like “Evening’s” new take, it is a nearly identical arrangement (with a little different take on the intro) but has a BIG new bassline at the breakdown. The original didn’t skimp on this, and this is a fresh take in a different direction.

This single is available everywhere, but Bandcamp listeners can enjoy special single pricing not available elsewhere! Click on the player below to listen and visit the Bandcamp page.

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.

randombeats.com Mix Series 10: Into the Void

Anything or anyone who falls through the event horizon will soon reach the region of infinite density and the end of time.

Stephen Hawking, A Brief History of Time

As a young child, I read a children’s book which covered a number of natural and scientific topics. There is a part which particularly interested me which talked about the death of our Sun, to occur in 5 billion years.  I would read this again and again until I was overcome with dread.  Looking back this is probably a bit ghastly of a topic for 5-year old readers.  As an adult, I have maintained a fascination with space, and find myself with a similar fixation on black holes.

The first part of this mix is an exciting and fast-paced breakbeat set with a lot of new material, my favorite being the remix of “Abyss“. In the second half, a dark, spacy drum and bass mix with a few old favorites and a couple new ones.  A new track “Titan” is being debuted here, and is one of the most dramatic of the entire mix (for that matter, recent memory).

This is presented as a concept mix in two parts, with a vision of travelling a great distance from Earth to a black hole.  Starting from the excitement of beginning a journey, this moves to feelings of dread and timelessness near the end.  This is Into the Void.  

Part I – Liftoff: Explosive Breaks to Begin the Journey

  1. 0:00   Karl D – Get Wrecked
  2. 0:56   Karl D – Tube Transit
  3. 02:36   Karl D – Solar Flare
  4. 05:30   Karl D – Award Winning
  5. 10:04   Karl D – Lorentz Factor
  6. 12:12   Karl D – Abyss (Remix)
  7. 15:17   Karl D – Evening
  8. 18:36   Karl D – Dodge This

Part II – Event Horizon: D&B as Dark as the Depths of Space

  1. 21:02   Karl D – Apex Predator
  2. 22:44   Karl D – Dirt
  3. 24:37   Karl D – R
  4. 26:41   1_13 (from random beats, vol 1)
  5. 28:00   Karl D – Things You’ll Need to Know
  6. 32:39   Karl D – Titan
  7. 35:31   Jules AI Outro

Thanks for checking this mix out! You can now get the exclusive tracks from this mix anywhere you buy music, in the “Into the Void EP”. Bandcamp buyers can get a bonus track not available elsewhere.

Karl D – Abyss

Deep, moody dubstep.  This is a dramatic piece which goes a lot of different directions, but was ultimately driven (as is the whole track) by the heavy bassline.

The electric piano was the last addition to the track, but has become the glue putting the whole thing together.

edit 03/14/19: Download Abyss from Bandcamp below, along with its previously mix-series-exclusive remix, in the new digital single. 

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.

edit 2021-01-20:  Check out “Dawn of the Dread”, now with its new remix, in the new digital single.  Available from Bandcamp and most other platforms.   

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)
edit 06/01/20: Thanks for checking this mix out!  You can now download “Shocking“, a standout track from this mix, along with a new 2020 remix, anywhere you buy music.  Click here to learn more. 

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