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.
A double release for today; if you’ve been keeping up with the site, you’ve heard half.
“Good Vibration” was an exclusive released originally as a part of FOUNDATION. House aficionados(or maybe Marky Mark fans) will recognize the popular sample.
Lately, the bassline had been stuck in my head, although I heard it a different way than was originally rendered. The hard dance angle is a good fit for this track, and a sharp contrast to the original. The remix gains around 40 BPM over the original, as well as a rolling acid bassline and some ravey effects to pump up the excitement.
Funny thing is, I don’t even really care for the bulk of “Hardstyle” music, but sometimes sounds just fit a certain way.
“I don’t care much about music. What I like is sounds.”
“Pump It” was my first experiment with music production. According to my records, it was put together in 2001.
For the FOUNDATION mix, I put together a remix with a more modern feel. Lately I’ve been very inclined to update some of my own older material in this way: pick out the parts I liked when I put them together, and make the technical end a little sharper with the tricks I’ve picked up over the last decade or so.
At the time the first iteration came out, I was influenced by a lot of hard house, in particular Klubbheads, but wanted to put my own spin on it. The new version has some reference to the original, but has a much less frantic pace and a big room feel.
“They might call it house because it’s not a serious production, or has to be planned…it’s just how you feel. And when you want to say something, you just say it.”
-Unknown sample, House Connection Vol. 2, Bad Boy Bill and Richard “Humpty” Vission
House music never won an award for being complex. In fact, the simple, escapist nature of house is not lost on me.
It’s for this reason that I feel a strong connection to house. House has a way of making life’s problems seem insignificant; and in all it’s simplicity, there is so much opportunity and freedom.
This mix is a dose of straight-up house. The tracks were overwhelmingly created specifically for this mix, which is one reason this has taken so long since the last mix. With that said, the vision I’ve presented here is one that’s been brewing for some time. There’s a variety of new remixes of old tracks, as well as some new material, like the other mixes in this series.
This is simple, feel good music, which doesn’t warrant any explanation greater than that. From here, we can build so much. Here, there is safety. This is FOUNDATION.
(0:00) 2_01 (From random beats, vol. 2)
(1:02) Karl D – Pump It 2014
(4:07) Karl D – Feel The Rhythm
(6:58) Karl D – Foundation Loop 01
(8:15) Karl D – Foundation Loop 02
(10:02) Karl D – Awareness(House Mix)
(12:54) Karl D – Foundation Loop 03
(15:45) Karl D – Good Vibration
(18:03) Karl D – True North
(21:28) Jeff Beal – House Of Cards(Karl D House Mix)
Edit 01/07/19: After a lot of consideration, in support of #metoo and Kevin Spacey’s accusers, I have removed the “House of Cards” theme remix from this compilation. As time goes on I find it harder to separate art from artist and I don’t want anyone to feel the same about me. There isn’t a whole lot I can do in this context but I’m working with what I can control. I am hoping this act reinforces the positivity in this compilation, demonstrates support for victims, and moves the dial one notch toward progress.
Similar to the last offering, this remix was made specifically for SHOCKED, and also made a dramatic departure from a more subdued original.
This was intentionally simple. “Reactor” had an existing electro influence in the form of the synth. That was about the only part that stayed in the remix, but I liked the way that the stripped down drums and the synth turned this remix into a more “raw” version.
“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.
The random beats series returns with the first entry in Volume 5!
This extra-large sized beat has taken some time to complete. The entire thing has a very chilly sound to it. As we move into the colder months of the year, I thought this would be a fitting start to the 5th volume.