Saturday, July 30, 2011

July chart

There's so many stuff fixing my mood lately that I can't buy all the amazing records. I use to choose 10 MUST-have every month and put it in a chart on Juno, so I've decided to post my charts here as they'll be a great representation of what I'd be playing again and again on that moment...

July 2011 chart

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Orphx - Traces EP

Richard Oddie and Christina Sealey are Orphx, a really experienced duo and, in my honest opinion, a clear example of the kind of sounds that will always fix on any of my sets. They sound quite classic and modern at the same time and they maintain the darkness and the dub on their productions just in the right balance. So they're really close to perfection for me, specially their latest stuff.

This EP that I can't stop playing since I got it, around two months ago, has been published by Sonic Groove, a Berlin based (but Brooklyn born) label owned by the well known DJ Adam X. I've got to say SG is one of those labels that have always been there (founded in the early 90's) and that I feel really happy when I see they're still publishing records on these hard times...

I think this three tracker perfectly keeps SG and Orphx essences in a good point, more than the previous one (Division-EP). A side, comes with a track sounding a bit like those recent Blueprint EPs but with a more analogic, even xylophonic, touch which I really dig. "Vapour", the first track of the B side, is a track full of bass with a martian ambience around that sounds pretty useful track for me. It softly comes and goes to you while you don't even notice. The last track "Density Current" is the best for me. Starting with a growing melody that also suggest a martian invasion, it suddenly explodes to bring you to a broken beat that calls the rest of the elements of the track to come back in order to show us the real power inside of this track.

Again, that's what I'd call a great release. Thanks to Orphx and thanks to Sonic Groove.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

what and why?

I've decided to start a new blog. This is the first time I feel the need to do it, and I don't know if this will last enough to be considered by other dark and inspiring electronic music lovers like me or not. The fact is I've been watching lots of blogs and I like some of them but most become repetitive and too subjective (maybe partisan?) in my opinion. With this words, I'm not saying I'll create the most original and objective blog ever, of course I'm not. But, at least, if has to be a repetitive and subjective blog, I want it to repeat and reflect my thoughts. I don't have many friends doing electronics, running a label or a club so I think I can be more objective. I mean, I will use it to reflect just my feelings regarding what musicians and artists are creating these days, trying to look deeper and to select those sounds that, in my honest opinion, most of the people should listen to (if not as much as I will) at least once on their lifes.

I will focus on music and specially into electronics, as I've been deejaying techno for some years but I will show some other artwork too. My main focus will be to underline the sounds I find on the net, the records I buy or get or any recommendation I could have, and that I think I should share or show here in order to me to be able to make a follow up of everything in the future. That's another of the main reasons that made me create this blog: I want to have all the relevant things in one place to me to be able to come back to it in an easy and useful way. I will try to show anything sounding / looking / feeling like an inspiration for me or whoever.

I don't see necessary to show my influencies at this point. I could be writing about it for days and days... I think the entries of this blog will show what is passing through my ears, in front of my eyes or touching my soul on that moment and that's also a great definition of an influence in my opinion.

And, what did  inspire me for such a long name? Light is nothing but the shade of darkness... well, I must admit I saw this sentence a lot of years ago, when I was a teen, on an abstract hip hop tape and I'm sorry but I really can't remember which one at this moment. The music on it wasn't the best in my opinion. But that phrase has been on my mind since then. Some of my friends have listened to it and had to read it a lot of times because I really appreciate the power on it... I think it explains all by itself, so I won't continue talking about it for the moment... The blog will do it for me.

Some days ago, I found another phrase that explains very well my way of thinking. When I saw it, I thought: "Damn, those are the words I was looking for. That's one of the reasons why I play music." I saw it on Mr. Boex' (Dynamic Reflection) twitter and it was something like: "where words fail, music speaks..."

I think no more words are needed at this point, so I'll let the music speak...