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.
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.
I’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.
Ink was the topic of a few KBI tracks, and Desecrate The Flesh is probably the first one that comes to mind. Many versions were recorded, with different vocalists and guitarists.
This one was recorded on January 12, 1998 at Electric Plant Studios with Jeff Blanchard (check out his new band: Eyes Of The Sun) on vocals and Kev, Steve and me (Alex) laying down the rest. A heavy-ass track, this one was often requested during live shows. I’ll put up a another version of it soon.
Another instrumental KBI jam from the 1998 session at Electric Plant Studios. Once again, Kevin Oriol is rocking the bass, Steve beating the crap out of his drums and I’m on guitar. E.F.S. (Everything Fucking Sucks) was one of my all time KBI faves.
Steve wrote the lyrics but then lost them so it always remained an instrumental. (I remember reading the words once and they were really good. Oh, well.)
Nastee Stuff is a funky techno jam with a thick bass line, a quality it shares with a few previously covered tracks including Overtone. About 4 minutes into the track the bass riff is stripped down but the beat is augmented with lots of percussion. I’ve contemplated making that break more dominant in the track since it was more along the lines of material I would play when DJing, but ended up preserving the original format of the track.
While the track is over 6 years old, it was never aggressively shopped and therefore never released. So here it goes. Let me know if you want the original (.wav) version and I’ll get you a copy.
By the way, the title is a quote occasionally used by Walt “Clyde” Fraizer when calling Knicks games. If I remember correctly the last Knick to stuff nastily would have to be Latrell Spreewell, so he deserves partial title credit.
A huge exclusive coming from Matt Antico currently producing as Open Source and better known by his techno handle DJ Eleven. You may know that Matt was also a part of New York’s premier acid techno tag team PS11 joined by Preston Space. (In fact, both were covered on trak.fm in the past, most recently with their live video set from DownShiftRadio, which includes a special guest, yours truly.)
Anyhow, I’m thrilled to present Matt’s latest work: Cold Room which, while a departure from his techno ego, maintains the dark and perfectly arranged elements characteristic of Matt’s prior works, though transformed now into the Dub Step format.
We look forward to future releases from Matt, and in fact may have another one here pretty soon. Enjoy.
Balkan Express is a 2002 effort with a driving groove which earns it its name. The track has a very clean, unprocessed quality and would probably benefit from either further post-production or just plain old loudness(!), so keep that in mind when listening.
I apologize for the lack of updates in recent weeks; work has been out of control and lots of things are happening on the side as well. But I expect to back on track very soon.
In the meantime, here’s a relaxing jam which was recorded during my Jazz course at Berklee, taught by the fantastic Bruce Sanders. The lead was an improv played by me, the rest was performed by Bruce and an unknown drummer. (I’m planning on taking Bruce’s follow up course, but time hasn’t permitted that, yet.)
The photo is of the guitar used on this recording. I ran it through a Black Finger, and a small Tech21 amp (made right here in NYC. Represent!), into a Motu 828, then the RME Multiface (my sound interface – most highly recommended) and finally into Nuendo. Yeah, I know this sounds crazy complicated, but there are actually good reasons for this signal path. Well, there seemed to be anyway.