Right along the 246 highway that connects half of western Tokyo together, there’s a little area called Mishuku. It’s a super cute residential neighborhood that’s at once quiet and easily liveable, and also retains some spunk with some killer restaurants and bars.
Though in Mishuku, almost none of the bars are ground level - you either go upstairs, even for music venues, or down into the depths under the street — which feels more natural for vampires like us.
So in tribute to the place I’ve been living for most of my recent sojourns to Japan - here’s some prog flow that’s both comfortably rockin, but got some tech bite and edginess around the sides.
before he was professor x, he was charles…before he was magneto, he was….
…oh oops, wrong movie.
So back in the day, I used to DJ under a different name - the incredibly hard to read “fr33st4t3“.
yup, leet. read “freestate”, and yeah I actually did start using it before the mau5 took leet spelling into the mainstream.
I used this alias from when I started out playing deep house (!), and it took me from there to classic prog, breaks, trance, and back to prog again…
Perhaps a bit of nostalgia has hit me, as I’ve dug up a mix from that time that’s got some serious tunage…some of these tracks are old faves of mine.
A bit different than the sheen and hyped production of modern tracks, but they definitely pump.
See what you think for a ride with a different sound…we go through waves of prog, trance and even some boshed UP breaks tunes in here…
Ah, February. The month when we finally stop writing last year on our checks and really start getting into the swing of things. For us here on the Beatery, it’s back to a regular schedule, back to the popular Five on Friday podcasts and of course, back to the absurd food metaphors. So, if you’ll indulge me…
On today’s prix fixe menu we have a delectable blend of new sounds sprinkled in with a couple of older yet under-appreciated gems. We start off with a classic remix from Beatery favorite Fukkk Offf, presenting a softer, smoother texture than expected. We follow this with a duo of progressive breaks entrees; note the contrasting funky and trancy flavor profiles. For dessert we’re featuring a pairing of nuskool breaks and electro house numbers, both bold and assertive to send you home satisfied. Bon appetite!
Donavaaaaaaaaan baby!!! Way to send the USA through!
OK, sorry, had to get that out. So anyway, Krafty Kuts, already a top five SYTYCB guy, has been taking his game to new heights recently. I was drifting around Soundcloud the other night looking for some last minute fillers for my next podcast (coming this Friday!) and I ran not one, not two, but THREE dope new Krafty tracks.
We’ve been kicking around the idea of doing a “So You Think You Can Bump 2010″* and if we did Krafty is looking very good to repeat, if not move up in the standings. With his new work he’s moved firmly into the number two slot of my favorite breaks producers. I know the Stanton Warriors are devastated rite now.
*If you’d like to see a SYTYCB 2010 let us know.
Check it (click the little down arrow to download):
I remixes of love old-timey songs, so this is rite up my alley.
This to me is the most impressive of the three and really a bit of a departure from Krafty’s previous stuff (see above). Very progressive, very pretty and yet when the beat drops still makes you wanna shake that ass. Excellent work.
Lawgiverz, two masked British dudes, melted my drug-addled brain a few years ago by dropping a savagely techy breaks set just before sunrise from the bow of a pirate ship.
Let’s let that sink in for a second.
Anyway I left the playa that year so excited about these two masked mystery men that I told everyone who would listen about how great they were, what a bright future they had, and so on. And then….kind of nothing. They followed the great Breaks Migration to SF and played a few sets around town, but nothing really seemed to click the way it did that one night in the desert. They released a single or two, but nothing very unique or forward-moving, and lately I haven’t heard much at all out of their camp. Maybe they are busy with other things, or maybe they just ran out of creative juices.
However, what made them great was that they played “live” in a way that few duos can manage. They had an energy and vitality to their laptop and deck antics that felt so much more fresh and hands-on than most DJ tag teams and button pushers out there, and you can hear it in all their sets from that time. They may have faded away, but their quick flash was so bright. It’s still inspirational to me, to have seen what’s possible, and also a lesson that many great things just aren’t meant to last.
Their live sets seem to be somewhat hard to come by but I found this recording that is supposedly from a music festival in Spain from 2006. The quality is excellent, so it must have been a soundboard recording. Enjoy!
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