Dyzphazia – Sinistry: Piracy

July 29th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Anyone who missed the recent Sinistry event in London has Dyzphazia to thank for this excellent practice version of his set. The tracklist is as you’d expect, Finnish/Japanese with a few surprises here and there, and an inspired opening to tie into the event’s piratic theme. I’d say the final section is the standout here, starting with Evolutionize’s energetic remix of Forced Worship and ending with your favourite and mine, Voices of Babylon.

Very nice work from Dyzphazia then, while Jester and Kohl deserve plenty of credit for continuing to strongly support our side of the freeform scene.

01. COPILOT – Drunken Whaler
02. Guld vs. Betwixt & Between – Hatral
03. Xilent – Boss Wave (James Marvel Remix)
04. DJ Rx – Frozen Flame
05. Betwixt & Between – Hollow
06. Ephexis – Sick Seduction
07. Epyx & Cyrez – Unohdetut 2011
08. Morita Yuuhei – Forced Worship (Evolutionize Remix)
09. Einhander – Four Beast
10. Proteus & DJ-X – Full Metal Jacket
11. GULD – Gozenzeuna
12. Alek Szahala – Voices of Babylon

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Lab 4 @velfarre x ageha: Cyber Trance 2014, 14th September

July 29th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

It’s been great to see Lab 4 playing events once again, and this ageha booking is pretty exciting news for anyone in or near Tokyo in September. The much-missed velfarre closed before my time in Tokyo, but there should be a big crowd of nostalgic old-timers in attendance for what would be my first visit to ageha.

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PlasmaDancer – Munted! Animal House

July 25th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Here’s that ‘something extra’ I mentioned last week – as the next freeform set won’t be for a while, I thought this might be better than nothing, and it’ll also give the Munted! crew the chance for a nice look back. Having said that, this was originally meant for personal listening only, as it’s so short and I’ve already used Tout est Bien and Self Extortion in goodness knows how many other sets.

The rest of the Munted! set has already been carved up for use in other online mixes, but I’ve always enjoyed this section and decided to record it for nostalgia’s sake. To improve things I probably should have started from Caballo’s breakdown – brilliant tune though it still is, it plays for a lot longer than anything else here. Anyway, in my pre-set notes (more on those another day, maybe) I’d settled on a ‘pacy, dark and melancholy’ sequence around this point, and so tried to use Human Race as the melancholy bridge between the two harder sides. After the two long breakdowns of Human Race and Self Extortion I wanted an anthem that would grab any of the crowd left behind by that atmospheric section, and thankfully the second half of Lush worked a treat. If I remember rightly, next came the psychedelic madness of Neon Circuit Boards – Gravity’s Rainbow

Oh, it’s also worth mentioning that the TYFTH SoundCloud is alive again (this is another not-really-for-FINRG mix), which means that the previous (unmixed) tracks are downloadable. Do make sure to check them out if you haven’t already, some brilliant tunes have been in hibernation there.

 

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Guld & PlasmaDancer, Freeformaniacs (4th September)

July 22nd, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Some advance warning here that Guld and I will be playing together in September, for the ever-quality Freeformaniacs show. Really looking forward to see how the tracklist turns out for this one – as always the set will be broadcast on happyhardcore.com and then downloadable later.

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Status Report

July 17th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

I had plans for something a little extra this week, as well as a tangential post and a few other bits and pieces, but I’m heading off to Taiwan tomorrow and (you guessed it) have run out of posting time. The trip’s only for a few days though, so I’ll be back with some/all of that next week.

Ah, almost forgot to mention that my non-freeform mix is coming along quite well – I’ve set a deadline of the end of this month, so let’s see what happens.

In the meantime, why not enjoy this glorious mix of C64 tracks, courtesy of Byproduct.

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ASAHI – CODEX

July 17th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Fans of Finnish/Japanese sounds have ASAHI to thank for this re-recording of his CODEX set, plus one or two additions to take it up to a full hour. One addition is Glacial - great to see how well it still stands up to other tracks, but the whole set is heavy on nostalgic, emotional freeform. Quality selection from ASAHI once again, I’m already looking forward to his next effort.

Incidentally, thanks to raqhow I now have a live recording of my CODEX set, and a couple of little slips and wonky levels aside it doesn’t sound too bad. It’s definitely not FINRG SoundCloud-worthy, but I’ll be sure to either put it online somewhere next week or do a ustream replay when time allows.

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Icon & R. Cena – Inner Universe

July 16th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Inner Universe is a big current favourite of ASAHI’s, and it’s thanks to him that I discovered this one – an almost-awesome tune that now has me hoping for a genuine freeform version. Typically for Stand Alone Complex, the original track is full of hipster-friendly ‘foreign vocals’ (Russian and English, this time), but the melodies are wonderful and tailor made for melancholy sets.

This remix works well, but toning down the J-Core and handing production duties to one of the FINRG crew would be a pretty exciting prospect..

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Smiling Corpse ‘Dead Happy’ Podcast, Episode 20

July 15th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

A little bit late with this recommendation, but anyone who hasn’t yet checked out Proteus and Dyzphazia’s SCDH podcast should definitely do so.

Something a little bit different from your standard freeform set, Proteus’ hour in particular is another great example of how to ease casual listeners into the freeform sound. I’d usually run a mile from the initial bpm, but with Proteus at the helm you’re pretty much guranteed a DJing lesson that’s worth taking in. So it proves here, with some ‘normal club’-friendly hard trance (?) and industrial leading into the Substanced-styled finale.

Recently I’ve been ranting to anyone who’ll listen about how depressing I find the drum and bass/dubstep sounds that seem to be infesting every other freeform track these days (actually my CODEX set last weekend was an attempted reaction to that). Perfect timing from Dyzphazia then, with this heavily dnb-infused set showing how to incorporate it into a quality hour of tunes. Crucially there’s plenty more going here though, with some psy-style sounds and darker tracks holding things together – the standout is surely Guld’s upcoming Gozenzeuna. I won’t pretend to be a fan of the stuff in between the darkness, but Dyzphazia has done a great job of forging an identity for the set and I can imagine it sparking off all kinds of inspiration among other DJs.

A unique and really interesting SC then, while the next one (this weekend) features Olly Addictive and Arkitech.

 

 

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Proteus on Bandcamp

July 9th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

This year hasn’t been a great one so far for genuinely dark freeform/NRG, so Proteus’ move into Bandcamp has come at the perfect time. As well as some classics that everyone surely owns by now, there are newer tracks like the superb Freedom and even some previously unreleased material. It looks as though Proteus will be adding new tracks ‘regularly’ – be sure to keep an eye on this project.

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Alek Szahala – Wraithverge

July 9th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

I’ve had a couple of posts in mind for over a week now, but what with CODEX and various other things there haven’t been many spare moments. Here’s the delayed first one then, to celebrate a very welcome release for Alek Szahala’s Wraithverge. Downtempo bpm or not, this is an excellent slice of darkness that everyone should check out – just don’t forget to spare a thought for all the chickens who died to bring you this one.

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