Another very welcome return as ConfigSys Project shows the first of his comeback tracks. The CFS formula works as well as ever here, and as usual in his psy-influenced tracks it’s the final section where everything truly kicks off. Great to see him back, as he really does bring something a little different to the NRG scene.
TYFTH is back in business again after a week off, starting with an upcoming Krafty Radio appearance courtesy of Freeformaniacs! I’ll be alongside Aryx, Midas and Douglas for a non-stop, two-hour warmup event that’ll hopefully get everyone in the mood for the following month’s Munted! spectacular in London.
Stay tuned for more info, but in the meantime check out the rest of a very exciting looking Freeformaniacs schedule for April/May that features plenty of familiar faces:
4th April - Pearsall (Electronica Exposed Special) / Beezee
11th April - Jerome / A.R.D
18th April - Substanced / Piumaki
25th April - Girdler Synthetic (Two-hour Special)
2nd May - Thumpa / Midas
9th May - Cuedy / Pulse
16th May - Olly Addictive / JKub
23rd May - Triex / Stray
30th May - Munted! Takeover (Aryx vs Douglas vs PlasmaDancer vs Midas)
We’re indebted to Alderz again for this awesome find - 50 minutes of madness from a youthful Proteus and Lab 4 at FreckShow in Australia. While the Lab 4 second half definitely won’t disappoint, it’s fantastic to see Proteus in full flow (complete with dreads), building up a set of NRG before dropping the early FINRG/Proteus anthems.
Not too sure how this passed me by until now, but having checked out Wyrm’s recent appearance on the Freeformaniacs show I can heartily recommend it for all fans of the darker side. A glance at the tracklist shows what sort of hour’s in store, including plenty of Pain on Creation, Aryx and a great Penguin Conspiracy remix of Wyrm’s own Tendrils of Reality. Indeed, there are some quality UK tracks here that fit very nicely into this set of twistiness, broken up with trancier melodies and an inspired finish of Gravity’s Rainbow - Hostile Lifeforms.
01) Re-form - Hold Your Ground [FiNRG] 02) Dodgee - 2000 Miles [Electronica Exposed] 03) Substanced - Stockholm Syndrome [Smiling Corpse] 04) Pain on Creation - V8 [Camel Records] 05) Transcend & Greg Peaks - Cosmic1 [Electronica Exposed] 06) Pain on Creation - Lush [FiNRG Hard] 07) Tazz & Concept - Planet of Dreamz [Digital Beatz] 08) Wyrm - Tendrils of Reality (Penguin Conspiracy Remix) [F/C Smiling Corpse] 09) Firefly - Dangerous [Electronica Exposed] 10) Aryx - Morokai [Smiling Corpse] 11) Betwixt & Between - Gravity’s Rainbow [HARDCORE TANO*C] 12) Shox - Hostile Lifeforms [Sinthetic Records]
Thanks to work I usually miss the Freeformaniacs shows, but earlier this month I was able to catch most of a lovely set from Olly Addictive and Wyrm. The first half has some very nice freeform selections, while the second half heads into big kick/gabber territory. This variety makes it well worth a listen, and at two hours long you’re really getting two sets for the price of one.
Xombei - Thunderhead
Audio X - Sugar
Carbon Based & DJ Rx - Biomechanoid
Grimsoul - Kadotettu Todellisuus
Wyrm - Tendrils of Reality
Dok & Dodgee - Inside
Oli G & Invader - Living Hell
Oli G & Jessica - Miasma
Shanty vs. Epyx & Cyrez - Trippy Hippy
Qygen - 60Hz Power Rave
Penguin Conspiracy - Tripswitch
Micken - Robot Captain
Epyx & Cyrez - I C U
Ophidian & Nosferatu - Psychiatric Ass
Orifice - I’m Broken
Scott Brown - Enemy
Andy Freestyle - Warrior Sound
Scott Majestik - Psycopathic Bitch
AMS & Shanty - Hardcore Renegade
Tazz & Shanty ft. MC Drew - The Definition of Freeform (Olly Addictive Remix)
DJ Nitrous - Gangster Definition (Andy Freestyle Remix)
After his recent releases on FINRG, BRK is back in the mixing game with a nice set that shows us what to expect from his FINRG B2B with Heathen. Starting off with a great intro, Evil Against Evil runs through a lot of the classics of the past few years, plus some excellent tunes from Tommy Pulse and a nice collab between Phil York and Dark by Design that I haven’t heard before. A bit of a surprise not to see any of BRK’s own tracks in here, but for anyone into the Lab 4 / Android Lime sound this is a must listen.
DJ-X Lab4 - Ephedrine
Android Lime - Sex and Violence
Fausto & Tommy Pulse - Melancholika
Android Lime-robot noize ( DJ-X Lab4 rmx )
Tommy Pulse - Messiah ( Resurrection mix )
Lab4-Requiem ( Heart of Darkness 2009 )
Psycho Keaton - Hellnight ( Android Lime rmx )
Lab4 - Groove Overdrive
Phil York vs Dark By Design-Disarray
Aikon - Dream On ( Schwarzende rmx )
The Engineer and Hellraiser - Legion “For We Are Many” ( God is not here with us mix )
A real treat for those who haven’t been following the Freeform Forum, the Freeformaniacs Christmas Special is now online and is an excellent way to spend a couple of hours. The concept was for 12 DJs to mix for 10 minutes each, creating one mammoth set that covers just about every angle of the freeform scene. It’s actually a brilliant way to hear a few different styles of tune, as even if they’re not your thing, just hang in there for 10 minutes and there’ll be a different flavour of freeform to check out.
All in all, a really great project and clearly very well coordinated - massive congratulations to Stray and everyone else involved.
A very special Christmas edition of the Freeformaniacs show is almost here, with 12 DJs playing one massive set. The full lineup is looking awesome, and it all starts from 9am (GMT) on Krafty Radio. Best of luck to everyone involved - I’ll still be at work though, so hopefully the recording will eventually make an appearance.
Anyone reading TYFTH will probably have checked out this certified must-listen set already, but here’s a belated post for those who don’t know. After Aryx’s fantastic Chaldea and Aurora, the question was always going to be whether he could possibly match them and keep his inspiration up…
Well the answer’s a big yes - the first half of his Freeformaniacs set is mind-blowingly good, and there’s no doubt that Aryx is now right at the top of the trancy freeform tree, alongside Alek/Paocala. He’s still (understandably) got some work ahead to match Alek’s all-round quality, but the standard here is already amazingly high - among the wonderful new material are little glimmers here and there of the emotional, deeper freeform that we so rarely hear these days, and that’s what makes the set so exciting.
The rest of the set is a nice combination of older tracks, though the more UK freeform-sounding melodies of Transmission can’t quite live with the rest of the quality on show, it might have been nicer to hear something a bit more aggressive/melancholy before Inexistenz.
Anyway, massive congratulations (and Happy Birthday) to Aryx - hopefully this set will get the recognition it deserves!
Very late notice, but here’s something that should definitely interest some of TYFTH’s J-core crew. UK/J-Core event Tokyo CASE has booked Sc@r to play at a special early-evening event with Shimamura, kors-k, Genki and Betwixt & Between. Interestingly the event’ll be broadcast on ustream, and there’ll also be a Q&A session after Betwixt’s set. That’s where I come in, as I’ve been asked to interpret (!) for Sc@r when the questions are directed at her. From past experience I know that my brain tends to shut down when I have to switch between English and Japanese, so this could be…interesting, to say the least. The rest of the timetable is looking nice though, so calamitous translations aside, this could be really worth checking out.