Substanced & Aryx – Redux

October 8th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Showing that even his unfinished tracks can put most contemporary freeform to shame, Aryx has gone all philanthropist and is releasing some of his unreleased material via SoundCloud. Redux is a collab with Substanced that really manages to preserve the sound of both artists, striking a nice balance between dancefloor energy and a deeper mood in the breakdown. Granted, the track might be lacking that ‘something extra’ that would have seen it get a release, but it’s a lovely effort that should find a home in many a melodic set.

Keep a close eye on Aryx’s SoundCloud for any other uploads, and for news of his upcoming trance project.

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Origin Unknown – Valley of the Shadows (Long Dark Remix)

October 8th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Apropos to nothing in particular, this is one of the tunes getting me through my commute this week, and so why not share it with TYFTH? The Long Dark Remix of VotS was the best version by far, adding some extra chops to the drums and a much improved bassline. Definitely blows away the 1996 version…

I feel another non-freeform YouTube roundup coming on, but hope you enjoy this one for now.

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Inoxia DJ – Buried deep in the nostral of your own demise.

October 6th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Still a few sets I’ve been meaning to mention, starting with a psy-influenced hour from Australia’s Inoxia. There’s no faulting the ambition in this one, and the effort to take the listener on a trippy journey into psy and freeform really impressed me.

That said, there were a few missed opportunities after the fabulous intro and the Jesus Raves section – with such a demented (and nicely mixed) opening, the set seemed to be crying out for some Qygen, older Alek Szahala or Betwixt & Between. Instead there’s the slightly disappointing choice of Power of Universe, before getting back into the mood with some nice ikaruga and Vyral XIII selections. The set has lost some of the unique atmosphere by that stage though, and it’s more about enjoying the tunes on their own merits.

The final section (maybe beginning with Evolutionize’s Tandoku) heads into more typical, energetic territory, and ends things on a classic note. Plenty of interesting ideas here then, and lots of potential for future Inoxia sets.

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CODEX4, 1st November

October 4th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Sorry about the quietness for a couple of weeks – I’ve beenĀ bureaucratising my way through another visa renewal. Almost done though, so here’s a quick look at the info for the next instalment of CODEX.

The biggest disappointment has to be the absence of ASAHI, as his previous set was dark, melancholy and definitely one of my favourites. I’ll be doing my best to bring some darkness to this event though, and I’m actually pretty inspired after my last set (or at least the first half) turned out to be one of the most consistently atmospheric efforts for a while.

Despite being another afternoon event the attendance is looking to be higher than last time, and as it only takes a few extra ravers to really liven up a floor there’s already plenty to look forward to. The full lineup is below, but keep an eye on the Facebook event page for more.

2014 / 11 / 01 Sat
R-Lounge 6F @ Shibuya
13:00 OPEN – 20:00 END
Door:2500 YEN (1Drink)
W/F :2000 YEN (1Drink)

Guest DJs
Thumpa (Rebuild Music , UK)
DJ TECHNORCH (999 Recordings , JP)

DJs
Alabaster (Cradle to Grave)
Le Dos-on (Splash Energy/SOLIDBOX RECORDS)
NONAKA+CHIN (SPREEMO , Freeform Bros)
PlasmaDancer (FINRG Recordings / NRGetic Romancer)
raqhow (CODEX / Freeform Bros.)

VJs
VJ ALE (RisingGENERATION / deeepa)
Manabirds (RisingGENERATION / iNSRiRE)

Photo
mizuho

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Lab 4 @Cyber Trance 2014, 14th September

September 15th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Lab 4 managed the seemingly impossible last night, resuscitating Tokyo’s harder scene for one glorious hour and bringing back memories of NRGetic Romancer and nights at Studio Cube. Their classic set was almost perfect, starting with a three track sequence of Efini, the Requiem remix and Groove Overdrive before running through everything from The NRG to Candyman. The Romancer crew were out in force, and the atmosphere was wonderful as they cleared away the gyarus and commandeered a section of the floor.

The rest of the event was as bad as I was expecting, but that hardly mattered after one of the performances of the year so far. Make sure to head along if Lab 4 are playing a classic set anywhere near you – they’ve most definitely still got it.

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Honourable Mentions – Hellfury / 7Sins

September 11th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

A quick look at the tracklist for Hellfury’s latest set made me wonder if it was quite my cup of tea, but after his fantastic Shin No Noir IX I was more than willing to give it a go. As expected there are fewer tracks that I really enjoy, but the quality is still very high – this time the unifying sounds are Le Dos-on’s trademark melodies and a more understated psy influence than in SNNIX. Look out for some ambitious mixes, one of my favourite Qygen tracks (Birth Within the Cosmic Storm) and a enjoyably ferocious finale.

I really like 7Sins’ taste in tracks, and here again we have a very solid, no-nonsense selection of melodic and filtery tunes. It’s fair to say that the set is more about the tracklist than the transitions, but the Hatral – Tormenting Flames connection is truly glorious and I’d love to hear more of the same in future mixes.

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Cuedy – Freeformaniacs Round 11

September 10th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

This was supposed to be The Week Of Mixes, as recently I’ve been really trying to catch up on sets in preparation for giving a few more recommendations. I’m already behind schedule though, so I’ll try to add one a day for the rest of the week.

We’ll start with a Cuedy set that’s now almost a year old, but I’ve only now managed to dig it out from Freeformaniacs’ mountainous back catalogue. Apologies to Cuedy, as this is another superb hour of music that does all sorts of things right, and really deserves to have been mentioned at the time.

The first thing you’ll notice is the excellent first 20 minutes or so, nicely rationing the lighter tunes before the sounds deepen up with tracks from Nomic and Re-form. That Silver Cube - Human Race connection is excellent, while the introduction of Fluorite midway through the section does a fine job of linking the two atmospheres.

The middle section of the set is also impressively mixed, but in the trancey UK freeform style that never sits that comfortably alongside Finnish equivalents like Frozen Flame. Just my opinion, mind, and even if Frankenstein isn’t my kind of tune, Cuedy’s blend into Unohdetut is one of those standout connections you’ll be looking forward to on a second listen. Full marks for ambition with the next mix into Scout, but the keys really have to be rock solid for this to work, and after listening on a couple of different headphones I think this one could have benefitted from a bit more tweaking – maybe there’s a ‘sweeter spot’ at a nearby bpm?

Dodomeki and the Lush remix are an excellent combo, and end the set on a very high note. There’s something for most of us here, and if you’re a fellow beard-stroking transition nerd then you’ll surely enjoy this hour from one of the scene’s finest DJs.

01. XIO – White Out (Le Dos-on Remix) [Asgard \ Japan With Force]
02. Horzi vs Amini – Don’t say a thing [fc. Return of the Jeb Eye \ Smiling Corpse]
03. Alabaster – Flourite [Worldwide Heavyweight Freeform \ Rebuild Music]
04. Re-form – Silver Cube (Extended Edit) [Free Release \ FiNRG]
05. Nomic – Human Race pt.II [fc. Return of the Jeb Eye \ Smiling Corpse]
06. DJ Rx – Frozen Flame [Free Release \ FiNRG]
07. Transcend – Spirit Of Hades [STMSLM008 \ Stamina Slam]
08. jD-KiD & Javi Dj – Purnima [BFB010 \ B-FormBeats]
09. Qygen – Supersonic Speed 2013 [fc. Freeformatted Vol 2 \ Ruffbeats & Freeformaniacs]
10. Transcend – Frankenstein [Free Release \ Facebook Fan Page]
11. Epyx & Cyrez – Unohdetut 2011 [Freeform Exposed \ Electrode]
12. Grimsoul – Scout [Melancholy Overdose \ Electronica Exposed]
13. Ikaruga_Nex – Dodomeki [fc. Return of the Jeb Eye \ Smiling Corpse]
14. Pain on Creation – Lush (Epyx & Cyrez Remix) [Free Release \ FiNRG]

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PlasmaDancer – Together (’94-’96 Intelligent Drum and Bass)

August 28th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

PlasmaDancer – Together by Plasmadancer on Mixcloud

Seems like most of the posts that come to mind right now will take a while to write, and as there’s all sorts of other stuff I should be doing (Freeformaniacs next week, remember) things might be a bit quiet here.

For now here’s that intelligent drum and bass set I’ve been talking about – very similar to the ustream version, but with a few tweaks and now finally online at mixcloud. This was obviously something of a labour of love (my first ever full-length dnb mix, in fact), and while it has its problems I’m quite pleased with how it turned out. Humour me, then, while I run through a few of the tracks and the thinking behind the set.

So Long happens to be one of my all time favourite tunes, but has always struck me as a hard one to mix. As a challenge I decided to use it first, but opening with those ever-wonderful melodies and amens gave me the perfect atmospheric, bitter-sweet base to work from. You’ll notice a couple of Future Loop Foundation tracks in the first half – I’d say he’s one of the most underrated artists in intelligent dnb, and is actually responsible for another big, big favourite, Discovery. I couldn’t fit it into this set, but I Want to Believe and Spirit Catcher both feature that deep, melodic FLF style that echoes some of the more thoughtful 1992-1994 hardcore and jungle.

That connection from Sensory Elements was one of the toughest in the set, as I’d decided early on that I wanted to ‘deepen up’ SE with some pads in the final section. Anyone who’s mixed this stuff knows that finding tunes in the same key is a rare thing indeed, but after plenty of work I was very satisfied with my choice of Spirit Catcher. Incidentally, it’s worth mentioning that the sparseness of Sensory Elements arrives sooner in the set than I had planned – there was originally one more ‘pads and atmosphere’ track after IWtB, but it was just out of key enough for me to scrap it. Frankly I couldn’t face however long it was going to take to find a replacement, and lazily shunted everything else ‘up’ one place instead.

From halfway the problems with the stucture are a bit more obvious as the set meanders from one style to another, but I was glad to get in at least one PFM classic in The Mystics. Language of Love would have been the only ‘filler’ tune in the set, but I dispensed with the incredibly dull central section and just used the final third (which, helpfully, is pretty easy to mix). After things got a little too ‘realistic’ with LoL and Passage to India I wanted to get back to the spirit of the intelligent sound with the final four tracks. I think they work well, tied together by Shogun’s tracks and a very long transition between the In Too Deep remix and Jonny L’s beautiful Underwater Communication. As for Shogun himself, he was surely one of the finest producers of the time – Together brings back all sorts of memories while NautilusĀ is my final tribute to LTJ Bukem’s The Rebirth, the set that first inspired me to DJ.

Together is such a special track for me that I decided to fade out at that point. It’s a nice feeling to have finished my first set, 20 years after hearing these tunes – and after plenty of discogs trawling I now have more than enough material (including some rarer tracks) for another mix. That might happen eventually, but for now it’s back to 2014 and some more freeform set preparation.

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Individual Shred-Core

August 19th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

The other day I realised that I still haven’t bought HECKATONCHEIR BEATS’ schranz/hard techno compilation, Individual Shred-Core. I’ll be remedying that asap, but the album’s accompanying promo video is the post-worthy thing here. It might be easier to do something like this with schranz rather than freeform, but this excellently mixed preview by siromaru is still a brilliant alternative to the cross-faded tasters we usually get before a big release.

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ikaruga_nex – Abyss

August 16th, 2014 by PlasmaDancer

Most will have seen this by now, but if for some reason you’re not a regular visitor to SoundCloud, ikaruga_nex’s latest free download is essential listening. Abyss is another tune that shows how he is really making strides with his own style of freeform – it’s fair to say that ikaruga’s coming up with some of the most creative music in the scene right now.

Once again there are a few melodies that strike me as just that bit too happy, but the structure is superb – that climactic sequence is brilliantly put together. The intro/outro are very nicely set up for DJ use, so hopefully we’ll be seeing Abyss in some near-future sets.

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