This might be a busy weekend, but there’ll still be a TYFTH Live tomorrow as promised. Alas, it’s not the set I orginally had in mind, as I’m still hanging on for a couple of tracks to appear. Instead this’ll be that unreleased-only session I mentioned a while back, with me digging into the archives to play some bits and pieces that you might find interesting. What I’ve been aiming for in the limited practice time I’ve had this week is a set with plenty of surprises, while also sticking fairly close to the kind of style I like these days. Apologies in advance for any shonky transitions, it’ll definitely be more about the individual tracks this time around.
On that note, there are a few ‘secret’ tracks that might make an appearance, making this a good one to catch live if you can. The upload to YouTube won’t come with a tracklist, so feel free to play ‘guess that tune’ while we run through the set.
I’ll leave the video at the top of this post for now, but the TYFTH twitch channel is here, of course.
Just over a week ago I talked myself into making a trip to Shibuya at rush hour on a Saturday, but it was for a good cause – the first NRG-only event in Tokyo since the last CODEX. Shijou Saikou no NRG 3 (‘The Best NRG Ever 3’, it’s no less clunky a title in Japanese) was a gathering of some of the real pioneers of the Tokyo NRG scene for a little celebration of the sound. Little’s the word, as Dimension’s dimensions are about the same as a medium-sized Tokyo apartment, but even this club’s tiny speakers were a much better way to hear NRG than I’ve had for a long time.
Cochame gave the event some much needed younger (and female) representation, but sadly I wasn’t in time to catch her set. Those I did hear weren’t really up to the standard you might have expected, aside from GULD and Hashimoto. Hashimoto in particular has to win the award of ‘most instantly likeable’ harder DJ – he really looks like he’s still having the time of his life up in the booth and it was hard not to smile through the whole set. Fabulous track selection as well, which helped.
GULD’s set was the one I was really there for of course, and he didn’t disappoint. There was plenty of Hase and Lab4 before things went very melodic for the second half. Either side of the set we were catching up on things together, in between GULD pointing out the artist/name of every important track he heard.
Overall it was of course fantastic to hear some NRG again, but it was also a sobering little window into the state of the scene. The veterans are still supporting the sound as strongly as ever, but the tiny venue was only just full and the lack of younger DJs was pretty glaring. Who knows though, this could be the start of a revival in 2020. How soon it’s followed up by another event is probably key.
In the meantime, here’s GULD’s tracklist from the event. Oh and apologies for the terrible quality on the video by the way, but by the time another event rolls around I should be better fixed for recordings.
Surprise little end-of-the-year reappearance here, and this might even be another one of those TYFTH returns to form. I’ve been playing around with a few sets lately, with the intention of finally streaming some short sets on a more regular schedule. Some might not be much more than half an hour or so, but at least that’ll be easier to do consistently. They could well include some of those old ideas like promo-only sets, other genres, that kind of thing.
For now, there’ll be a shortish set tomorrow as I ease back into things. This’ll be freeform on the darker side – which, as anyone who’s been keeping an eye on the scene lately will know, means a mostly older tracklist. The vast majority of the last run-through was based around tracks that I’ve never played anywhere before though, so at least it won’t be yet another rerun of me chugging through the old faithfuls.
Another post is on the way that looks at some recent(ish) releases, which will eventually make up for tomorrow’s lack of representation. In the meantime you’ll be welcome to stop by twitch tomorrow, or keep an eye on YouTube for the upload soon afterwards.
Thanks everyone who listened live – apologies for the trouble with the visuals, that’ll be sorted before the next set. The audio version is up on YouTube now though, and here’s the tracklist:
01. Epyx & Cyrez – The Lurking Fear 02. Pain on Creation – Ironworks (Gain Edit) 03. Kevin Energy & Proteus – London Helsinki Underground (Proteus Warcry 2011 Remix) 04. Epyx & Cyrez – Polar Energy 05. Nemes & Blender – Inquisition 06. Morita Yuuhei – Sadistic Form 07. RR-ThermalForce – Eternal Cannon (DJ Rx remix) 08. Twisted Freq – Releashed (Original Mix) 09. Alabaster – Galaxy 10. Chris de Burgh – A Spaceman Came Travelling (Transcend remix)
The final Lucky Lotus online event has begun, and fittingly it’s the biggest so far with another very strong lineup.
Despite the lack of fanfare here you might even have noticed my name on the flyer once again – I’m very happy to be appearing with Shimotsukei for another back to back set. The timing wasn’t ideal (TYFTH hasn’t been in hibernation for nothing), but we’ve somehow come up with one of our best sets so far, running for a almost-silly 2 hours and 20 minutes. Hang in there for the whole thing if you can – it’s thanks to Shimo’s efforts that this all came together so well, while I tried to do my bit with more variety than I’m usually known for. It’ll be broadcast at 11:12-ish pm JST on Saturday, with both of us likely to be in the chat.
There’s a lot to look out for over the other days of the festival too – I’ll copy the full timetable below, but check the Facebook event page for full info. First glance highlights for those of a TYFTH persuasion might be Byproduct, Lab 4, Lv.4, Orphic, and Solvynt, with a lot of non-freeform names to make time for, too.
Timetable is in EST (-4 GMT) Thursday 4:00 Vermillionaire 4:54 Slax 5:40 DJ Buttbaby 6:13 Debisco 6:58 mizu 7:42 Power2All 8:14 DJ D-Tor 8:49 Daniel Seven 9:49 DJ Neon 10:48 hyleo 11:30 W.T Snacks 12:29 CHZK 13:12 D-Luc-D 14:01 Komrad Zerokusu aka Neodash Zerox 15:00 Velatix 15:51 Furystomper 16:36 Drop Team Epic 17:36 E*Tank 18:09 Tamerax 19:05 DJ COSMiXXX 20:03 Audio X 20:47 Jampers&nd 21:48 Galaxy Kid 22:47 SecretC 23:16 diSKo Matic 00:08 END
Friday 6:00 撲殺少女工房 (Bokusatsu Shoujo Koubou) 6:44 Nadesicore 7:32 Tomatoism 8:16 12_1 9:00 Jadeabella 10:03 sabi 10:33 Solvynt 11:19 Coakira 12:04 Byproduct 13:00 DJ Amaya 13:59 DJ Stretchmark 14:44 rainy☆ 15:39 Adinga 16:11 Fracus & Darwin 17:10 r_CREαт:FθсвеT 18:20 DJ Genki 19:20 DJ Speedycake 20:20 Nakura 21:20 STuwu 22:19 KyuubiRaver 22:50 Alaguan 23:50 END
Saturday 5:00 Chibby 5:30 Tomoyu 6:13 かたぎり 7:11 TamolarM 7:56 S3RL 9:12 Plasmadancer vs Shimotsukei 11:33 Noizenecio 12:18 Xavi BCN 13:17 quad (luvtrax) 14:17 Jennifer Walton 14:45 Lolistyle Gabbers 15:33 Jimni Cricket 16:32 Aki 17:32 TakeBakaShit feat. MC Otaking 18:36 DJ Melancholia 18:58 JAKAZiD 20:03 DJ4X 20:35 FlapJack 21:35 DJ Archari 22:05 Zovi 22:25 The D 22:56 Ranzor 23:34 END
Sunday 6:00 Capchii 6:59 Nishimura 7:45 Abitan 8:45 h11ky 9:17 LV.4 10:17 XIO 11:16 Lab4 12:16 Foxyun 13:21 DJ Liet 14:21 Ori Uplift 15:22 LOLIPO 15:46 DJ Reflection 16:14 4nzu 16:45 DJ Jo 17:29 DJ Akatsuki 18:15 Goreshit 19:00 DJ Virus 19:45 Archefluxx 20:30 Rob VanWest 21:31 -AUS- 22:15 Gabberbone 22:45 DJ Tenshin 23:18 Chia 23:49 Makobeats 00:08 END
Slightly belated thanks here to everyone who listened to last weekend’s stream. As I mentioned on Mastodon, it was a nice feeling (and quite an achievement by recent standards) to announce and then plan a set at fairly short notice. More gratifying, though, was seeing some TYFTH regulars in the chatroom, ready and waiting even before the set started. It made my evening, and even if the streams don’t pick up a larger audience I would be more than happy to play for our little group as often as I can manage.
This time it was Alek-only, and to up the challenge (and interest) there were some relatively underplayed tracks in the list. Overall I was very happy with how it went, especially as a few sequences turned out well enough that they’ll probably find their way into the eventual Alek tribute mix. I’m thinking especially of that Ziggurat – Fuji – The Hater section, which feels like a pretty effective way to switch things up from melodic to aggressive. The overall progression was also good, and it bodes well for the ‘real’ set (whenever that’ll be) that I ended up cutting a few other new transitions to keep things as close to an hour as possible.
Happy New Year! I’m now settled back in at TYFTH Towers, fighting off jetlag after yesterday returning from Sweden. Although the Top 3 roundup was conspicuous by its absence again, I’m hoping that 2019 can start in fine style with the return of the TYFTH twitch stream.
There are a number of personal plans afoot for me in 2019, but as much as possible TYFTH will also be able pick up the pace a little. Whatever’s going on away from this place I’ve no intention of giving up on freeform for a long while yet (if ever, let’s be honest). You’ll notice that a couple of reuploaded videos on the TYFTH YouTube went online yesterday – they were supposed to coincide with the big Thoughts on Mixing post, and they’ll be followed by a few more from the archives while I rummage through more old hard drives.
The first stream of the year will include some newer tracks if I can manage it, but after a long mixing break it’s safe to expect a few old, darker favourites. This one will be recorded for YouTube, so although it would be great as always to see everyone there’ll be a chance to catch it there, a little later.
Keeping that consistent streaming streak going, it’s almost time for the second TYFTH Live. Mastodon watchers will have seen some live indecision from me today, as I really haven’t been in the mood for NRG this week and finally decided to call it earlier this afternoon. Typically, all it took was one more practice with some unusual tracks to get some inspiration going though, so we’re back to original scheme of two relatively shorter sets.
The first will be some goa trance, likely to be heavy on the E-Mantra but a little more melodic than I’ve played in the past. After that will be some NRG, and I’ll likely be keeping things fairly simple while I get back into the swing of mixing publicly and precariously balancing computers here and there. The simpler mixing (in both sets, to a degree) will mean I’ll be more able to check the chat, so this could be a nice chance for a catch up, too.
Even though Dark Dimension’s been pretty sporadic for the past few years it has made a strong case to be the best harder, darker event in Tokyo since the end of NRGetic Romancer. The lineups have been hit and miss, but last year’s anniversary event was the strongest so far with Lab 4 appearing as guests.
April’s edition is going one better though – the surprise booking of Proteus makes this his first appearance in Tokyo for what must be about a decade. GULD will likely be adding some more NRG to the event to make it a proper reunion for the Romancer crowd.
A very last-minute notice here that a winter edition of Hellfury’s Hardcore Bash online event is starting today. Although there’s less than usual to pick out on the freeform side, I’d like to point Horsers in the direction of Hyphen’s set tonight at 19:00 (GMT), followed directly by Shimotsukei. Watch out too for Hellfury himself playing first thing tomorrow – ideally with a freeform set but either way it’s great to see him back.
Heartfelt thanks to everyone who made it to the inaugural twitch stream, especially after social media did its best to keep people away. Even the last-ditch Facebook posts on the day were being hidden away, which wasn’t much help to the mostly European crew who had shown interest in the cancelled edition a few weeks ago. Lesson learned though, and from now on I’ll be relying more on here, lesser-of-two-evils Twitter, and twitch itself for announcements. Special thanks to the Japanese crew and TYFTH regulars who managed to find their way to the stream, it was utterly great to see you all.
I have uploaded the video for anyone who missed it though, with some very minor edits to cut out the soundcheck and some silence at the end. I was tempted to go down the titles/captioning route to spruce up the presentation a bit but that’s possibly going a bit far for what was supposed to be a pretty casual set.
In the end we made it to just shy of two hours, which was quite a surprise. I hope everyone enjoyed it, and if I seemed slightly subdued it was mostly thanks to having to keep more of an eye than usual on some new technical stuff. I tend to be as much of an arm waving loon during practice at home as in the club but didn’t want to hit one of the four screens I was surrounded by…
Anyway, the set was great fun and was reasonably on-brand for me considering it wasn’t planned to the usual extreme degree. I’ve noticed that winging it completely doesn’t really work as the transitions will be shorter and/or less interesting – too many of them and it starts to sound less and less like one of my mixes. Dug my own grave there, it seems.
Finally, I was glad to see the visuals went down well with everyone. What with it being a twitch set I really wanted some way add some visual interest and a live, interactive feel, and this seemed a pretty successful first try. Might be an idea to lower the room lighting next time for that authentic, cramped club vibe.
Stay tuned then – I’d like to manage one of these sets each month, but it’d be nice to stream some practice runs and other genres in the meantime, too.
01. Turmion Katilot – Verta ja Lihaa (Proteus Mental remix) 02. Lab4 – 4 Those About 2 03. GULD – Nightmare Freak (2009 remix) 04. Lab4 – Candyman (GULD remix) 05. Marilyn Manson – Resident Evil (J-Gear bootleg remix) 06. GULD – Hannya (Android Lime remix) 07. Lab4 – Perfect Drug 08. Hatsune Miku – Senbonzakura (GULD remix) 09. Alek Szahala – Ziggurat 10. Zio – Hell’s Gate (PlasmaDancer remix) 11. Alek Szahala – Dryad Machine (GULD remix) 12. Morita Yuuhei – Redemption Song 13. Cyrez & Sam One – Reboot the System 14. GULD – Gozenzeuna 15. Twisted Freq – Rougher Than You 16. Alek Szahala – Caballo 17. Betwixt & Between – Surendrajit (2011 refix) 18. Nomic – Rule Breaker 19. Betwixt & Between – Like a Flame 20. Nomic & Pain on Creation – Make Me Real 21. Eryk Orpheus – PVC 22. Proteus – Venla 23. Proteus – Venla Part 2 24. Cryobiosis – Serenity