Category: Drum n Bass

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.

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)

Handcuffs and Raspberries

Not sure what I can say about this one. Its a weird, barely finished concoction from ’03. Aside from mangled beats it also features a few samples from John Cage’s Prepared Piano. The plan was to put those to better use at some point, but that still hasn’t happened.

If the title makes no sense to you, that makes two of us. Otherwise, fill me in. Either way, I hope you enjoy.

Download: Handcuffs and Raspberries (mp3)

Ego Programme

Ego Programme is an experimental track from ’04. It combines IDM and Drum n’ Bass elements into a complex and trippy arrangement which stands alone in the Montaz/Biotic catalog.

Inspired by the sound of Squarepusher and Funckarma/Quench, the track features a variety of mangled beat chunks and even some orchestral elements, played using a (since forgotten) software application. Non-sampled beats were arranged using Native Instruments’ Battery, while the played synths were mostly played on the Access Virus B.

I’m not exactly sure why this genre wasn’t pursued more since but its something to keep in mind since I do dig it. Hope you will as well.

Far Off Course

_DSC2919Far Off Course is a weird, crossover track from 2001.  It starts out with some broken beats and then morphs into a smooth driving adventure.

The focus throughout is on percussion (at the time I came across some weird tube sounding samples that resemble something from the Blue Man Group soundtrack, and I used them when arranging the drums on this track), aside from which the only melodic passages are creamy stabs and evolving pads which emerge half way into the track and drive it to the end.

While the track is not easy to categorize and fit into a concise set I always liked it and am happy to present it here.  Enjoy.

Download: Far Off Course (mp3)Download: Far Off Course (wav)

Tori Amos – Iieee (Montaz remix)

Tori Amos rules.  There’s absolutely no need to mess with her work but I decided to do it anyway as an exercise and the result is this remix of her song (a favorite) Iieee, released on her 1998 album From the Choirgirl Hotel.  Working with only the original track and wanting to keep her voice present as much as possible I had to apply pretty heavy filtering to drown out the rest of the original track and make room for my own music tracks. A fun challenge.

The remix ended up having a weird IDM/Drum’n’Bass vibe and includes an improv break about 2.5 minutes into it before returning to the chorus.

Around this time (year 2004) I stepped away from the dance productions and experimented with a different sound under the handle Montaz, the Serbian word for “montage”.  This remix is the second Montaz effort, preceded by a track called Ego Programme, also featured on this blog.

Enjoy.

Download: Iieee [Montaz Remix] (mp3)

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