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.
‘Tis the season for Best-Of-The-Year lists, so at Beatport I’ve compiled a list of my favourite drum & bass tracks of 2014. Too bad the Beatport chart interface only lets you pick ten…there have been many more fine tunes to choose from this year. But curating a Best-Of list is like DJing itself, or like editing; as my dissertation advisor would say, it’s not about what’s left out, it’s about what’s left.
#MyBestOf2014 Chart: drum & bass
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.