Green Velvet – Unshakeable (2013)
Axel Boman – Family Vacation (2013)
Dj Alfredo – Ibiza Spotlight Pres. The Heritage Project (2012)
Motor City Drum Ensemble – DJ Kicks (2011)
John Talabot – Dj Kicks (2013)*
L.B.Corp & P.A.S (Luke Slater) – Resident Advisor Podcast #389 (2013)
Dj Tennis – Live @ Panorama Bar (17.02.13)
Machinedrum – BBC Essential Mix (16.11.2013)
Boys Noize – Fabric Live #72 (2013)
Various Artists – In The Dark: Detroit is Back (2013)
Bonobo – Later Night Tales (2013)
Lee Burridge – Live @ Robot Heart – Burning Man Festival 2013
Special Request (Paul Woolford) – Soul Music (2013)
Gesaffelstein – I Love Techno 2013 (2013)
Gesaffelstein – Aleph (2013)
Tiga – FACT Podcast #411 (2013)
Dj Bobafatt – Death Waltz’s Halloween Mix FACT Podcast #407 (2013)
Benjamin Damage – Heliosphere (2013)
Letherette – Letherette (2013)
Sven Vath – In the Mix : The Sound of the 14th Season (2013)
Azari & III – Body Language Vol.13 (2013)
Marcel Dettmann -Conducted (2011)
Gary Beck – Bring a Friend (2013)
Factory Floor – Factory Floor (2013)
Four Tet – Beautiful Rewind (2013)
Mark Houle – Undercover (2013)
Tube & Berger – Raveline Mix Session (2013)
Scuba – Update (2013)
Various Artists – 30 Years of R&S Records (2013)
Nick Warren – BBC Essential Mix (20.08.1995)
Johannes Heil – Freaks R Us (2006)
Gregor Tresher – Neon (2006)
Mauro Picotto – Meganite Vol.3 (2006)
Kevin Saunderson – Faces & Phases (1996)
Roisin Murphy – Overpowered (2007)
Phew!… its been a while but its good to be back and writing up the TBC music highlights of the last month. There are no fewer than 35 mixes, CD’s and podcasts that we have managed to bundle into this months playlist and what a bumper playlist it is. This volume of music represents some quality listening time at TBC HQ during an unnaturally quiet month and the wealth of music that has been released recently, some of which is spectacular. There are also some ‘Golden Oldies’ that have been dug out from the collection and dusted down for a reminisce. Some of which we are sure will feature on your all time greatest album/mixes lists.
This is now the fourth appearance of the TBC playlist so you should all know the format by now but if you don’t, our favourite mixes are highlighted above in bold and the best will have a ‘*’ next to it, our mark of appreciation for a supreme effort by that DJ, Producer or Artist. We hope you enjoy the review below and having a root around to source the music and appreciate it as much as we have.
To start with the Classics:
Nick Warren – BBC Essential Mix (20.08.1995) – If any of you are lucky enough to have an arsenal of BBC Essential Mixes that includes gems going back as far as 1995 or have a selection of mixes from some of the greatest electronic artists in the last 3 decades you will undoubtably have this little number. 2 hours of Classic Nick Warren taking us on a journey from psy, trance, house , progressive and techno. This mix had been hidden away for a long time but a recommendation from a friend encouraged me to go searching for it and boy was I pleased I persevered and found it. I would highly recommend you do the same and get searching, you won’t be disappointed.
Mauro Picotto – Meganite Vol.3 (2006) – Mauro Picotto has been a favourite of mine going back to the ‘reach for the lasers’ era of trance in the 90’s/00’s with Lizard, Iguana, Awesome & Bangkok where I was fortunate to experience some amazing Picotto sets at Gatecrasher (6-8 hour sets!) and a number of other nights/festivals. What became apparent in these sets was that Picotto had a seriously dark side and his love of crazy techno and electro was infectious, resulting in my growing love of techno. His Meganite Ibiza residency has been famous and notorious with many tales of dark, sweaty, packed, loud, monstrous, techno-laden nights. This is the third volume of the mix Cd compilation that accompanied the night and it is brilliant. Gregor Tresher, Joris Voorn, Stephan Bodzin, Oliver Huntemann, Adam Beyer, Maetrik (early appearance for Maceo Plex who was to become massive a few years later) and the legend himself Picotto all provide tracks for a superbly mixed and compiled selection of electro and techno stompers. A must own!
Now for the recent releases:
Gesaffelstein – I Love Techno 2013 (2013) – Having been a long running fan of the I love Techno series going back to the legendary Marco Bailey I Love Techno 2001 – Issue 02 I am always a little apprehensive when a new volume is released. This is only too easy to understand since I Love Techno has pursued a more popular music scene at its festivals in recent years with their respective CD’s by Steve Aoki (2010) and Erol Alkan (2012) not being my cup of tea. This apprehension was misplaced when one of my recent past French favourites Gesaffelstein was drafted in to mix the most recent 2013 edition. This mix is superb, right up our street at TBC; ranging from electro to storming techno this mix has been enjoyed on more than one occasion in the last month and has been a great treat when driving, especially on the long drives where I may have been seen bopping around in my car! The CD peaks with The Hacker’s, Pure Energy and ends with a gem from Gesaffelstein’s new album (Aleph – listed above) called Pursuit.
Lee Burridge – Live @ Robot Heart – Burning Man Festival 2013 & Dj Tennis – Live @ Panorama Bar (17.02.13) – It’s a rare treat to find two epic mixes from either club nights or festivals but this month we have one from Lee Burridge and a second from (the comically named) DJ Tennis clocking in at 4 hours 1 minute and 2 hours 43 minutes respectively. Both mixes are superb and well worth the time investment as they rarely falter, delivering a huge range of house, electro and techno that could provide the music for the entire duration of a house party! The legendary Burning Man Festival has provided great mixes before from Thugfucker and Damian Lazarus right from the heart of Black Rock Desert in Nevada and Panorama Bar continues to spoil us with yet another legendary set (there are literally too many to name).
Here are links to both, I hope you can download and enjoy:
And Finally….almost running out of energy at this point but spurned on by the best in the selection this time round…
John Talabot – Dj Kicks (2013)* – Being resident in our favourite city outside of the UK, Barcelona, John Talabot is somewhat of a dark horse on the European electronic music scene. Slowly building his image, status and style from one of the best debut albums I have ever heard, Fin (2012), John Talabot remains an elusive DJ and producer appearing on few line ups and treating us with only the odd remix and podcast. We should not be deterred by the infrequent releases and appearances but motivated to find a night where we can experience John Talabots genius. This new entry into an already well established Dj Kicks roster (one which TBC are VERY familiar with) really goes to town with a an amazing journey of blissed out electronica to beautiful house music and on to more techier sounds later in the CD. This CD can literally be enjoyed at any time of the day; early morning wake up call, midday relax or evening party and allows John Talabot to entertain us with 27 tracks in a superbly crafted mix. Particular highlights are Axel Boman’s Klinsmann, Motor City Drum Ensemble’s Escape to Nowhere and Talaboman (Talabot and Axel Boman!) Sideral. This will be one of the CD’s of 2013 and will be on our playlist for some time at TBC HQ. A must buy for everyone.
Many thanks to everyone who has managed to make it this far through this recent TBC playlist, hope you enjoy and see you all soon!
Thanks for reading.