Fantastic Beats And Where To Find Them

Get Into The Groove…

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“Dance-off, bro, me an’ you… I’m distracting you, ya big turd blossom” – Peter Quill.

Listen to the ground,

There is movement all around

There is something goin’ down

Can you feel it? After a hard week’s grind, you gotta unwind. You should be dancing, yeah. 

However, in this particular sector of the galaxy, it’s Saturday Night Fever, Bradstyle, baby.  

So get in!

Prepare to intercept some heavy duty stomps – this stuff ain’t yer average hazy cosmic jive…

Just picture this: alone in my studio flat while at university – October 1998 to be exact! – stuggling with a particularly challenging essay, and then, this comes on the radio(!):

Could Have Played: Wanted to play anything by Pacou, but his stuff gets constantly withdrawn due to endless copyright violations; 

“Never miss a chance to dance!” – Danica Piche.  

On the waves of the air 

There is dancin’ out there

If it’s somethin’ we can share

We can steal it. 

Keep coming back to this. This stellar Regis set really is one of the most exceptional sessions to ever rampage across my eardrums. And playing all seventeen minutes of it over and over, it invigorates the right dose of adrenalin ALWAYS setting me off on a frenzied bout of writing. Regis – aka Karl O’Connor – is one of the most phenomenal producers active @ th mo. He and several other technomeisters can be found on the legendary Tresor label of Berlin.

The laugh you can hear @ the very end of this vid belongs to John Peel: the late great National Treasure of the BBC airwaves (and responsible not only for about two-thirds of my record collection, but immersing me into the zone of repetitive beats in the first place!).

Next on our awesome play-list is Karenn: a collaboration between two techno producers: Blawan and Pariah.

Sounds of the future? You’re not wrong!

Their frenetic and experimental Boiler Room Set is constantly thumping out from Brad Manor – honestly, land at a distant – but welcoming – spaceport; chances are this is what the local bar will be playing:

Could Have Played: Karenn – Studio 3; Sailing Solvents; or Clean It Up!

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“Don’t like to dance? She does. Come on buddy… you gotta unwind… I’m gonna tear up the fucking dance floor, dude, check it out” – Nathan Bateman. 

Tha’s right, fella – you gotta unwind…

Shortly after making our dream of escaping to our own home by the beach come true, a laptop to get THAT NOVEL thumped out became a much greater investment than expected – yours truly discovered YouTube…

Not only could old faves be rediscovered, but the opportunity to catch up with a whole plethora of unknown records proved too good to pass up. Although my original project – a merchants and pirates adventure set in the ancient Andaman – never came to fruition (don’t worry: some of the plot-line has been recently recycled!), the beats kept me going…

IT may come as NO surprise to learn that – given half the chance – Brad would gleefully embrace a Roland 303 and experiment with his very own cosmic sounds!

They would, most likely, turn out something like this next platter to matter.

Ah yeah, this groovy yet grungy lil jive – man, the times this writer trudged down the sidewalk/promenade with this thumpin’ his eardrums.

Behold! My ring-tone:

Could Have Played: Freax – Dark Sync; Fresh – Straight Outta Faergestrade;

“Well, I see dancing’s come a long way in 500 years… Don’t think I’m too up with these latest dance steps… No, that’s not it. Just let yourself go – go with the music! That’s it, right! Yeah…! It’s called gettin’ down – it’s a little before your time if it frightens ya!” – Buck Rogers.

As revealed in the latest Fartlighter Bradventure, one can never resist the Drop Bass Network – a formidable techno label that churned out the heaviest, most chunky grooves this side of the Crab Nebula.

Consistently cool stuff: hard, uncompromising, innovative, often deliriously crazy, it’s more than enough to make me take on the Empire all by myself…

Also in my office-by-the-sea, this next top producer came into my life (my headphones).

There is nobody more cosmically groovy than Paul Birken. His stuff doesn’t even sound as if it’s been created on this planet – but glad it is! Listened to this fella so many times and can’t resist poundin’ me heels to every track he’s produced.

Which one to play here? Gee, that’s a toughie…

This one though comes with a fantastic vid: a delightful tale of romance blossoming amidst a dystopian wasteland – aww!

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“Diggi diggi diggi diggi ! Groovy! Get on down!” – Twiki.  

Lately, a chap who goes by the moniker: Ancient Methods has been charting his own distinctive course through the technosphere, and the latest sensation to be picked up by my sensors. He has some amazing Sets online; again they have helped fuel some of my more intriguing flows of words. And – more crucially – they aided in the completion of some of my more gobsmacking blog work. This year began with the release of his stunning four-track record: The First Siren; arguably the best piece is presented here, to round off this frenetic Post.

Forever fascinated by the advances in music technology, the techno genre helps satisfy my curiosity as well as sustain my creative writing sessions.

What better way to confront the impending Future than with future music?

Get on the good foot…

“You call this noise music? Whatever happened to Tommy Dorsey… and Sinatra?” – Nick Fury. 

 

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