Top of the afternoon to you good folk. How are things out there? Everyone feeling fresh? [Doesn”™t wait for an answer] FANTASTIC. Dave is out of the office today, something about going on a day trip. Hope it rains.
So much is happening at the moment, we”™ve expanded our editorial team, done a quick interview for Amazing Radio and been working on plenty of behind the scenes tweaks and super secret spy stuff all to bring you the best Spotisfaction experience we possibly can. It”™s been a struggle, to be honest. We never really envisioned much of a future for Spotisfaction, but here were are, 5 months later, still slogging away at our dream. Speaking of dreams, I had this really strange dream about zombies and Russian battleships. It was neat. It”™s reminded me that I need to start pleading with you all for new playlists. Please, if you have a playlist you”™d like to submit, do it. You know the score – submit it directly using the little pen icon on the top right of this page or shoot it over in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don”™t, you”™ll have to put up with another week of playlists from myself.
Anyway, without further delay, here is today”™s playlist. A breakbeat playlist crafted by James TAE simply entitled “Breakbeat”, with the tagline: “Breaks, Breakbeat, Breakcore, Break-yo”™-neck-brup!”
Peach out, y”™all
- Aleph 1 – Photek
- Whitelabel Unity – Shitmat
- Death Pixxel – Germlin
- Atomic Moog 2000 – Coldcut (Cornelius Remix)
- Richard”™s Hairpiece – Aphex Twin (Remix of Beck)
- Riot Music – Donae”™o
- Stranded V1 – Kemel vs Black Sun Empire
- Lonely Soul – UNKLE featuring Richard Ashcroft
- Man In A Garage – Cold Cut (Nick Franglen Lemon Jelly Remix)
- The Diamond Sky – The Chemical Brothers
- Arched Maid Via DJ – Aphex Twin
- Babel – Massive Attack
- Plotinus – Squarepusher
- Debase – Mike Flowers (Aphex Twin Remix)
- Frictional Nevada (Venetian Snares)
- 100 Knives – Mirah (The Philippians Remix)
If there”™s a drum sample longer than 4 bars here I”™ll be surprised. Put simply, I love Breaks. I love live music too, hopefully as my recent The Acoustic Session playlist might go to show, but there are a myriad of ways to express rhythm. The faster, the more syncopated, the more protracted, stuttered and cut up, the closer we get to describing the difference between what we mean by music and what we mean by sound. There”™s often a tendency to suggest that if the drums aren”™t real the music isn”™t ”˜human”™. Lets move away from that; inspiration runs deeper and more transcendent than that. Photek is probably the most distinctive of the junglist producers (until admittedly selling out with his latest Form and Function Volume 2 release), and Aleph 1 is a classic from his debut Modus Operandi (1997, Virgin/Science). Tight drum programming, paranoid synths and jazz-inflected double-bass lines setthe tone for the mixlist I think.
If you haven”™t gathered from my other playlists by now, I”™m a big Aphex Twin fan. The guy is just inspired and it”™s probably fair to say by now one of the most important names in electronica ever. His re-cut of Beck”™s Devil Haircut here, entitled Richard”™s Hairpiece – shows how creatively unhinged he really is. I have no idea how he created this track from the source material. I couldn”™t do it. Phenomenal.
Babel is my favourite track from the recent Massive Attack album Heligoland (2009, Virgin). Funked up electronica, you”™re sucked in by the groove at the start, and as the track progresses the drums build in increasing layers of distortion, intensifying the groove.
Plotinus is, in my opinion, one of Squarepusher”™s greatest creations. Jazz percussion and bass are built upon with acid synths and drill ”˜n”™ bass drumlines. 7 and a half minutes of layer upon layer with perfect craftsmanship, until at the Golden Section, it hangs on a bass chord for a second before dropping the chorus progression with a final blast of intensity. Goosebumps every time.
Venetian Snares is starting to rival Aphex Twin on the ”˜inspiration”™ front, and I could not expound enough on the delights to be found on the life-changing Rossz Csillag Alatt SzÃ¼letett (2005, Planet Mu). Unfortunately that album isn”™t on Spotify, so I went for the ultra-dynamic Frictional Nevada from the also brilliant Hospitality (2006, Planet Mu).
The Philippians remix of Mirah”™s beautiful 100 Knives finishes the mixlist. If people have stuck with the mix until now, I thought I owed you a warm ending to bring us back to Earth, and this track is gorgeous.