“…dance clubs should be safe spaces. Where you can take #pride in yourself and freely express yourself. Where you can #BeYourself. This idea, this ethos has weighed heavily on my mind this week. This mix of newish tracks veers between darkness and light, dread and remedy. The track list titles sketch a kind of story, an all too familiar story. But it starts and ends with tracks that insist what a dancefloor should be: Shrine. Sacred Floor.”
Update: Dan Savage and Carl Craig have written good articles this week about the importance of dance clubs as sanctuaries. See Savage’s “What we find in gay bars and queer clubs” and Craig’s “On the importance of club culture after the Orlando shooting.”
00:00 Artificial Intelligence “Shrine”
05:33 Whiney “Guardians”
09:12 Maduk “One way”
12:50 Boston “Conscious”
16:53 S.P.Y. “Hidden fire”
20:23 Alibi, Unreal & Dogface “Drop dead”
23:38 Dan Bowskill & Kalm “Living in the red”
28:12 Nitri “Shiver”
33:34 Bcee “The river runs dry”
38:08 Phase & Whiney “It means nothing”
41:15 Spirit “Interstate”
46:03 Bcee “Back to the street” (S.P.Y. remix)
50:28 Technimatic “Remember you”
55:05 Kid Drama “Red magic”
58:55 Maduk & Veela “Got me thinking”
1:02:22 LSB “Remedy”
1:07:33 Fred V & Grafix “Like the sun”
1:11:12 Bungle & Urbandawn “Sacred floor”
“The DJ as Critic”: my article in the latest issue of English Studies In Canada. Seeing work reach print never gets old, but the design of ESC is always exceptional, from typeface to pull-quotes.
This issue also features work by national treasures like Diana Brydon, Susan Brown, George Elliott Clarke, Smaro Kamboureli & Len Findlay, to name just a few…so I’m thrilled my words get to rub paper shoulders with such a Who’s Who of Canadian literature and literary studies.
This article is presently available only in the print edition of ESC; I will update this post when the article becomes available online.
UPDATE: This issue of ESC is now digitally available via Project Muse. The article is at this link, available to Project Muse users (i.e. postsecondary students and faculty). If you don’t have Project Muse access, but want a copy, just e-mail me a request for it. (That’s one way fair dealing works.) Eventually it will be openly accessible at ESC‘s website, but not for another year or so.
My DJ alter ego Dr Teeth returns to radio this weekend, with a guest mix on London UK’s Bassport.FM, at 1 pm MDT (8 pm UK time), on Saturday, April 4. Listen online at http://bassport.fm/listen.html
The set will feature an hour’s smooth and luxurious ride through new and recent drum & bass tracks by a variety of producers and labels, including @djhazard_playaz, @nutone, Stereotype, @dimension_uk, and @_SpectraSoul_, among others. Some of my current favourite tracks are @ReneLaVice’s “The Calling” (@RAMRecordsltd), Stereotype’s “Lost in Los Angeles” (@intriguednb), and @DJAphrodite’s dub remix of Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” (yes, really).
After airtime, the mix will be archived, with its tracklist, at my Mixcloud page: mixcloud.com/sonicfiction
I have blogged previously here about how I view DJing as part of my ongoing research, an argument that perhaps warrants articulating more fully sometime soon.
Here’s a new Mixcloud mix I’ve put together, featuring all new tracks (for a change):
Star-Strafed Sounds For Darkening Days.
It’s a set of new drum & bass tracks – all released in September & October 2014 (except for a few gems from the summer, like the last two).
And for just an opportunistic touch of narrative, I spliced in some samples from the trailer for the film Interstellar.
I think I’m (finally) finding my sound, which turns out to be a very Hospitable sound. The tracks here are from labels like Medschool, Soulvent, Blu Mar Ten, and Liquicity, as well as some sterling new Metalheadz and Renegade Hardware. Drum & bass is still brilliant as it ever was: a sound with so much stamina, and such capacity for disarming contrasts of contemplation and propulsion, calm and storm, sweetness and night.
“The light which illumines the character should rather resemble the flashes of lightning in the murky sky, which make the darkness more terrible.” –Hazlitt, Essays (London: Scott, 1889)
Tempo: 166.6 bpm.
Mixed on 10 Oct. 2014, with djay2 on iPad2.