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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.

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.

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.

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.

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 – Mirror-World (Original and Remix)

“Mirror-world.  …Cars are reversed, left to right, inside; telephone handsets have a different weight, a different balance; the covers of paperbacks look like Australian money.”

-William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

“Was I the same when I got up this morning? I almost think I can remember feeling a little different.”

-Lewis Caroll, Alice in Wonderland

“Mirror-world” originally debuted in the Mix Series compilation Pattern Recognition, both of which take their name from the William Gibson book Pattern Recognition referenced above.

Gibson has long been a favorite author of mine, and the book was a crucial point of inspiration for the track and compilation as a whole.  In the book, the protagonist Cayce frequently notes the “mirror-world” like contrast of London to her normal American surroundings.   This isn’t just literary “fluff”; the fact that she notices at all is a critical aspect of the character and a central point of the book.  Cayce is someone who obsesses over details and correlates subtle details from the world around her.

Today is the eve of my 34th birthday, and I’m reminded that getting old is sort of like meeting the mirror-world version of yourself.  So much is the same, but so much is different.

Speaking about the tracks, the remix is one I’ve been working on for a while, and is another one that takes on a vivid transformation.  From the original’s floaty techno abstraction, the remix goes to 170 BPM to become a drum and bass track with a bit more structure, and maintains some of the atmosphere but gains a harder edge.

This was an interesting remix to do, as much of the material was directly in-sourced from the original itself, but the samples were manipulated to become different components.

Karl D – Mirror-world

Karl D – Mirror-world(Remix)

Karl D – Rise

Been a while, eh?  Actually, I have a number of unfinished projects waiting for me to spend enough time on them to bring them to a close.

Today’s release was a quick distraction from the aforementioned projects.  This one-shot is an unusually positive(not to mention long) sound for me, but I’m certain it came together the way it was supposed to. Everything about this track is smooth. 

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

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