Favorite Albums of 2012

I thought I’d share some of my favorite releases of the year. The set is somewhat focused and moody which is probably not a coincidence but I’ve also been listening to a variety of older stuff, so don’t read too much into that. Though, I do generally like moody music.

Of the bunch, the highlights are probably Lorn’s Ask the Dust, which got plenty of playtime since release, and The Invisible’s Rispah, a very different but equally absorbed effort. Some of the other works are perhaps easier to classify, others are almost poppy, with the exception of Dadub and Dino Sabatini releases which continue to feed my obsession with Italian techno.

Here they are, in no particular order:

The Invisible – Rispah
Lorn – Ask the Dust
Yeasayer – Fragrant World
Clark – Iradelphic
Py – Tripping on Wisdom
John Talabot – Fin
Reso – Tangram
Grizzly Bear – Shields
Scuba – Personality
Two Fingers – Stunt Rhythms
The XX – Coexist
Yppah – Eighty One
Dadub – Way to Moksha
Dino Sabatini – Shaman’s Paths

If you use Spotify, here’s a playlist with the collection. Again, in no particular order (you may want to shuffle it) but I did bump up some of the ones I’d put in a short list.

Enjoy! And Happy New Year!

Woodchuck

By Alek Biotic

What started out as a simple percussive beat became a two-track release, titled Woodchuck. Centered around organic woody hits and deep, rolling synth, the Original Mix is layered with a dubby soundscape. The Acid mix takes a different direction, with driving basslines taking things over. The latter also features a sample from a friend’s presentation at Adobe Max, recorded years ago. She seemed cool with me using it. Thanks, TK.

Ghost re-released in 2009. Twice.

I recently signed up for Spotify and couldn’t help ‘spotifying’ myself. A search for “Kill By Inches” revealed a few releases, including Down to 3hree released in 1999 with yours truly on guitars. I’m not exactly sure who gets paid for streaming that record – certainly not me or other band members – yet, I’m paying for the service.

A search for “Alek Biotic” returned most of the Gotham Grooves cuts, as well as the track Dirty Yellow which had appeared on compilation CDs after the original, vinyl release on Robert Natus’ Planet Natus label.

But the most interesting discovery was the 2009 re-release of Ghost (covered on Dopevector previously) which is my first ever release. Due to a typo, the artist name was “Alex Biotic” and appears that way on not one, but two 2009 re-releases of this track. The first is From Goa with Love 2, a compilation from the German Wax n Soul imprint. The second is Goa Universe – The Top 50 of Psychedelic Trance.

Weird shit.

Opek

By Alek Biotic

I recently updated my studio setup and even found some time to produce some music. Producing on an iMac for the first time ever has been pretty sweet. After using Nuendo for years I’ve also made the switch to Ableton Live for composition and arranging. UAD-1 became a UAD-2, and I’m trying out some of the new Signature Series plugins from Waves. The first product of all this is Opek, a percussive techno track with a thick ambience and a cut-through main riff.

The .wav version will likely be available here shortly.

When Worlds Collide: A Raging New Dub/Tech-Step Mix from DJ GAZELL

We’re ending off the year strong with a brand new exclusive mix that we just can’t get enough of. It gets going right off the bat and just doesn’t let up. DJ GaZeLL is back with a ferocious blend of dub step, tech step, jungle for a those of us desperate for a healthy dose of thick wobbles and snare rushes, just in time to prep you for your NYE party or drive you straight into the new year.

Be sure to check out DJ GaZeLL’s previous mix as well, already featured here.

When Worlds Collide by Dj GaZeLL

Track Listing:
Envy – Normal (Skism remix)
Excision & Datsik – Boom (Skism remix)
Foreign Beggars – Get A Bit More (Skism remix)
Chasing Shadows – Amirah
Noisia – Machine Gun (16 Bit remix)
Proxy – Dancing In The Dark (Ollie & Bare Noize VIP)
The Prodigy – Omen (Noisia remix)
Plan B – She Said (16 Bit remix)
Foreign Beggars – Typhoon (Feat. Chasing Shadows)
Bandish Projekt – Brown Skin Beauty (Liquid Stranger remix)
Chasing Shadows – Ill
Laid Black – Red (Chasing Shadows remix)
Mussorgsky – Night On Bald Mountain
Noisia & Foreign Beggars – Contact (DnB remix)
Noisia – Shellshock (Feat. Foreign Beggars)
Reso – Otacon
Liquid Stranger – Alert
Phace & Misanthrop – Desert Orgy
Optiv – Run It Red (Feat. Ryme Tyme)
Gein – Ghetto Dope (Feat. Mayhem)
Enei – Movin Fast
Hamilton – Brainstorm
Serum – War Cry
Cyantific – Touch Me
Chase & Status – Time feat. Delilah (Wilkinson remix)

A New Foursome From Joe Bond

By Joe Bond

Our friend Joe Bond has been very busy in the studio recently, busting out a foursome of new mixes. Each equally smooth and elegant, the rhythms reveal Joe’s focus and flavor. His old-school progressive house roots come through on The Darkness brought to present day with a cutting edge sound. Breathe, our favorite, begs for plays at both the VIP room and the afterhours party, while Sanctuary and Lady Ligeia bring it at the peak of the night with driving beats and mangled riffs.

Lower the lights and turn up the volume. Its that time.

Lady Ligeia by JoeBond

Breathe by JoeBond

Sanctuary by JoeBond

The Darkness by JoeBond

Brand New Alek Biotic Production: a double dose of Eezvor

By Alek Biotic

After years of hibernation I finally managed to piece together just enough time to complete a brand new dance track titled Eezvor, coming your way in two mix variations.

While less percussive than some prior Alek Biotic works, Eezvor’s minimal techno influence is heard while its driving bass and synth lines provide enough energy for the prime time sets. The Dark Mix provides a more focused, flatter vibe while the Original Mix reveals the melodic, source riff.

Eezvor is my first completed production whose structure was created largely using Native Instruments’ Maschine. This amazing piece of kit combined with great, upgradable software is super fun to use and arrange on. Individual tracks were exported to Cubase (also a first as I’ve previously used Nuendo) where they were processed further and augmented with additional tracks, elements and effects. The final mix was mastered in WaveLab using Universal Audio, TC PowerCore and Waves plugins.

Eezvor (Original Mix) by Alek Biotic by dopevector

Eezvor (Dark Mix) by Alek Biotic by dopevector

Eezvor is currently shopped around and hope is to have the original wav files available asap. Guest remixes are also in the works. Stay tuned.

Exclusive: Joe Bond – Woosa

By Joe Bond

Since you really dug the last post featuring Joe Bond’s Continental Breakfast, we’re really psyched to present Joe’s follow up effort: Woosa. Yes, that’s right – another exclusive track, with the machines still red hot from it.

Tech-house fans will hear lots to like here as Woosa is one of those fresh jams that sets a very cool mood in a set and opens a door to a completely new direction. Personally, I’m a huge fan of such versatile tracks and will definitely look to feature Woosa in a set.

You up for it? Woosa up!?

Joe Bond Serves Up Continental Breakfast

By Joe Bond

Joe BondI’ve known Joe for over a decade and have seen him rock the crowd endless times, yet he was inconspicuously absent from this blog. Well, we’ll fix that up right now with this slick tech-house jam, still hot from Joe’s oven.

Continental Breakfast comes at you like a cool breeze and before you know it its just blowing your mind. Uniquely capable of fitting into any set, at any point of the night or day, Continental Breakfast is just delicious.

Go ahead, take a bite.

Exclusive: DJ Surv – MNML Funk

By DJ Surv

Already established in Malta, Surv is becoming a presence in the New York minimal techno scene with new residencies and tight dj sets. But I was happy to learn that he’s also actively producing new material. In this exclusive we present a fresh Surv production. Enjoy.

DJ Surv – MNML Funk by DJ Surv