CdV P096 Drum n bass special

It doesn’t seem so long ago that we had a drum n bass show, but such is the dynamism and freshness of the scene at the moment that we need to return again for our last show before summer. Rather than the heavier sound featured on the likes of Calyx & Teebee’s recent Fabriclive 76 mix CD, we push for more vocal-driven tracks that convey the element of rolling soul and tough chic that are unique to DnB. As well as brand new stuff from Lenzman and Tokyo Prose and from labels like Soul:R and Hospital we start with a menacing killer from Matrix from his 1999 album “Sleepwalk”.

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CdV P095 Bass and grime special

This week we return to the constantly shifting frontiers of bass and grime as we feature a heavy contingent of UK artists, but also plenty more from further afield, especially the USA. Stylistically we also cover plenty of ground, starting with a couple of recent tracks that push the boundaries of instrumental grime, like SD Laika and Australia’s Strict Face and then settling back into a run of vocal driven tunes including new material from Roll Deep MC Flowdan amongst others. Keeping it all together are a handful of more traditional tracks that trade in mood and bass pressure.

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CdV P094 Martyn special

It is easy to take Martijn Deykers for granted. For the last decade the Dutch producer has been a constant presence at the forefront of electronica, crossing over from drum n bass to dubstep and then on to house, but never abandoning the tropes of the other styles as he has moved on.

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CdV P091 Sonar 2014 Roundup

This week we return to the fold of Sonar 2014 and recap some of the highlights, lowlights and tendencies from this year starting with Japanese all-girl group Nisennenmondai who delivered the standout show with their tight and edgy minimal dystopian techno thrashed out on guitar, bass and drums.

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CdV P086 Drum n bass special

Following on from our recent bass music show it seems like time to check in to drum n bass and see where things are at the midpoint of 2014. There is still plenty of invention going on, especially amongst the ambient end of the spectrum in the sculpted drum scapes of Alaska, Fre4knc, Millie and Andrea and Indigo. Vocals come to the fore on tracks by Ivy Lab and Stranjah, whereas harder sounds and rhythmic pressure are the cornerstone of tracks by Safire, Dom and Roland and Teklife’s DJ Earl. Finally, we open the show with a classic from Boymerang from the heyday of the genre.

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CdV P084 Bass music special

Our first bass music program of the year finds dubstep either on the ropes or nonchalantly promiscuous, particularly with techno, with many traditional artists and labels edging towards more regimented sounds. Yet there are still plenty at the core who are capable of interesting and innovative tunes including the impressive Wen who has delivered “Signals” one of the year’s best albums already, the returning Cooly G and the nucleus formed around Bristol’s Pinch to name a few. Somewhere into this mix we throw a tribute to the late DJ Rashad and also bookend the program between some extraordinary tracks from Kryptic Minds’ Osiris Music UK label.

 

CdV P083: Especial de classic house

Nuestro primer programa del año de bass music se encuentra el dubstep ya sea contra las cuerdas o con indiferencia promiscua, en particular con el techno, con muchos de los tradicionales artistas y sellos desplazando hacia sonidos más regimentadas. Sin embargo, todavía hay un montón en el centro que son capaces de pistas interesantes e innovadoras, incluyendo el impresionante Wen que ha entregado «Signals», uno de los mejores discos del año ya, el regreso de Cooly G y el núcleo formado alrededor de Pinch de Bristol por nombrar algunos. En algún lugar en esta mezcla que tiramos un homenaje al fallecido DJ Rashad y enmarcamos el programa entre algunas pistas extraordinarias del sello Osiris Music UK de Kryptic Minds.

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CdV P081 Untold special

In a recent interview Jack Dunning aka English producer Untold said that “having intense experiences with music that you don’t quite understand” was the way in which music moved forward.

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CdV P064: Electronica special

It is the last of our normal shows this week before we start a four part round-up of the best of 2013. We start with Roly Porter’s epic and dramatic track “Gravity” before turning down a cul-de-sac of experimental beat collages from _moonraker, Objekt and Diskotopia boss BD1982. Daniel Avery and Vester Koza steady the ship with some dreamy and trance-inspired techno and finally we close off with two tracks from Young Echo and Machinedrum that distort and rejuvenate the conventions of the vocal-pop song that feed nicely into Spanish artist Warmth’s chill out piece.

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CdV P059: Laurel Halo special

In only a few short years American artist Laurel Halo has already left a defining mark on electronic music. Her 2011 breakthrough “Hour logic” was an instant reference point for future sounds to follow with its striking blend of epic rave sounds and the hazy synth pop of the west coast Not Not Fun scene.

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CdV P056: ASC special

Sometimes it seems that there are fewer and fewer greats of electronic music who can or want to shirk the spotlight and quietly go about their business while the rest battle it out continuously for their place and piece of the summit.

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CdV P043: Dub techno special

This week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM we preview a mix of Spanish and international artists/labels who all purvey their own distinct take on the dub techno sound. We range from the deep atmospheres of Exium from Asturias and Refracted’s forest gloom to the heavy industrial malaise of the mysterious Subjected and the moody dubstep of Berlin’s Freund der Familie.

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CdV P042: Eduardo de la Calle special

Another all Spanish electronica special this week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM. As well as some recent local releases, including some new labels, we profile the career of Eduardo de la Calle, one of the most in-form producers and DJs in the Peninsula and world-wide. Yet despite the recognition and prolific output, Eduardo has often been misunderstood. We separate myth from reality and track some of his recent output as well as some important turning points in his career.

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CdV P039: Sonar 2013 round-up

This week on Cabeza de Vaca and Scanner FM we peer into the hazy memories of the longest party weekend in Barcelona and give our opinion on the best acts at Sonar 2013. As well as praising the high achievers we also ask some serious questions about the music, the festival and the tendencies, not only within Sonar itself, but in electronic music in general as we begin the long wait for 2014.

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Audio Texture Radio Show – June 17, 2013

I’m not going to write much this week as I’m officially on holiday exploring, then laying on, the quietest beaches in the north of Ibiza I can find with the help of my nice girlfriend and little hairy dog. So far so good we’re all totally chilled and enjoying life and I’m even getting some colour!

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