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The Beat Bash – 23 January 2014

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What Time Is Love? by The KLF
Killer by Seal
Gangster by Electronic
Voodoo Ray by A Guy Called Gerald
19 by Paul Hardcastle
Sympathy For The Devil by Laibach
Tension by The Force Dimension
Rhythm Of Time by Front 242
Consolidated by Consolidated
Euphoric by Delerium

“But what’s puzzling you is the nature of my game…”

I was texting with my friend Andrew as I was putting this mix together. He’s English, and likes that I throw in what he considers pop tunes. While an artist like Seal has certainly enjoyed mainstream success, I tend to think of him as being on the fringes of pop at the time Killer was re-recorded (from an earlier collaboration with Adamski) and re-released. The remix was done by William Orbit at the same time he was remixing artists like Nitzer Ebb, and it wasn’t commercial to my ears. “In fact,” I said, “there’s quite a dark undercurrent running through this entire mix. We’ve got a rave classic which is based on a musical snippet from ‘Judas’ Death’ in Jesus Christ Superstar, a killer, a gangster, voodoo, the Vietnam War, the Devil, tension, Belgians, political vegans, and a Front Line Assembly side project with lots of sci-fi and horror movie samples.”

I was very amused to realize that “Belgians” and “political vegans” were things I considered dark by default.


I’m Raving – Past>Forward Vol. 6 – The 50 Pound Classic Techno Mix

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Last Train To Transcentral (Live From The Lost Continent) by The KLF
Intoxication (Original Mix) by React 2 Rhythm
It’s A Fine Day by Opus III
LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix) by LFO
Vamp by Outlander
Night In Motion (Original Mix) by Cubic 22
Instruments Of Darkness (All Of Us Are One People) (The Prodigy Mix) by Art Of Noise
O Fortuna by Apotheosis
Anasthasia (Out Of History Mix) by T99
Spice (Original Mix With Notes) by Eon
James Brown Is Dead (Original Mix) by L.A. Style
Jump! by The Movement
Come On Boy (Pump It Up Mix) by DJ H Featuring Stefy
Chime by Orbital
Next Is The E (Razormaid! Mix) by Moby
A Million Colours by Channel X
Dominator (Mental Speed Mix) by Human Resource
Jericho by The Prodigy
Sesame’s Treet by Smart E’s

“James Brown is dead!”

I started my first regular paying DJ gig in May of 1992. In the six months prior, techno had completely overtaken the clubs, so I cut my teeth working these songs to a live crowd.

For several months I’ve been mentioning to friends and promoters that I’d love to do a “Where Were U In ’92?” party, and some momentum is building. In just a couple of hours I’ll be spinning a set of classic techno at Dope, a monthly club night in the Castro.