Aaaand what an awesome Friday this is. Actually my “Friday” for this week was yesterday. Last day of work before my Winter holiday time until January. My parents are on the way for their Christmas visit as well so I’m coasting smoothly into the weekend.

I’m very happy to be celebrating this Friday with a new mix by one of my best friends throughout my time in the US: Mikey V!
Don’t worry, this won’t be christmas themed. This mix starts off with a housy feel that got me head nodding really liking the housy vibe and thinking “This is cool, though he usually plays elec..” Slam! and in comes the type of sound he played when we used to share decks at shows in Sacramento. For good measure he even added a couple remixes I made… brownie points! 😀

In some ways our friendship was the kind I had only seen on TV before, unthinkable in a German setting. His family’s front door was always open to me so I was able to barge in there like a sitcom side character without prior notice. It was like that for years and it was fun. I felt welcome at all times. One of the many things I miss about the past. I’m glad that with today’s connectivity options it is relatively easy to at least stay in touch and, with a bit more effort, nurture and continue to grow a friendship.

I’m happy Mike recorded this new mix and that I was able to annoy my co-workers by blasting it in the car as I parked it on the company parking lot for the last time in 2018 at 6:55 am.

Mike, keep that shit coming! You’re my boy, blue!

cheers, RDMN

It’s Friday again!! One more week until my holiday time starts. These past few weeks I’ve been really into drum and bass again as can be seen on my Instagram Story GIF Dance Battles… and so how luck was I when I put my feelers out and Elbereth, an old DJing colleague dropped me a link to her drum and bass mix ‘Bass Requiem’ which at the time of writing has 2970 plays! Let’s reach that 3K!

Bruh, I was jammin home from work through those Bavarian villages at what felt like double speed, blasting this mix and turning heads so hard grandpas be losin their hat feathers n shit. A definite recommendation from me for this weekend. Hopefully it won’t end es fast as it started!

By the way show this girl some love if you have any connection to her at all. She’s recently been diagnosed with chronic TMJ issues and it’s tearing at her. I’m sure she’d appreciate any and all kinds of kindness right about now. Elbereth and I weren’t close friends back in the day, but we DJd some of the same shows, though and anyone from that part of my life, from that part of the scene is family to me, no questions asked… and she’s a fuckin awesome DJ who will bring it if bringing needs to be brought.

Now go fuck up your weekend with this mix 😀

Cheers, RDMN

 

1. Intro by Elbereth
2. All Out by Killer Hertz
3. Panzer by Dimension
4. Outlaw Renegade by Drumsound & Bassline Smith
5. Chocker by State of Mind
6. Cold Crush by Rene LaVice
7. Collider (The Upbeats Remix) by Noisia
8. Caterpillar (feat. Virus Syndicate) by Black Sun Empire
9. Nobody But You (feat. Jem Cooke) [Tantrum Desire Remix] by Delta Heavy
10. Sphere by Gydra
11. Teddy’s Song by Teddy Killerz
12. Full Tilt by Cruk
13. Infinity by DC Breaks
14. Tweakers (feat. Ryme Tyme) by Mob Tactics
15. Red Blocks by Juno
16. Cyborg (feat. BMotion) by Cyantific
17. The Day Is My Enemy (Bad Company UK Remix) by The Prodigy
18. Small Steps (Original Mix) by Document One
19. Masochist (Original Mix) by Pendulum

 

Mix Mastered by: Austin X

Holla if it’s Friday where you live! My Xmas vacation time is coming up so fast now I can hardly concentrate at work at the moment. I’m feeling that straight up house music this weekend and I enlisted my good friend Carlos Alfonzo to bring the heat with his mix called Deep into the Zone.

Carlos and I played at a lot of the same shows back in the day in the Bay and Sacramento Area and if I can say anything about him at all it’s that he personifies a mantra our scene used to like to live by: Peace, Love, Unity and Respect. Always awesome and helpful during shows. Plus he’s never disappointed as a DJ either, one that started in the old school and adapted perfectly to the current digital age. On top of that he’s a multi-released producer on labels such as:

Tech Asylum Recordings
Chicago based Traxmen Records
Harlots & Hustlers
Fierce Animal Recordings
Elikonas Records
Tech-Asylum Recordings
Mini Coffee Records
Ammo Recordings
Tree House Tribe Records
Blue Orb Records

Although we haven’t mixed it up at the same shows since my exile 6 years ago, I’m pretty sure this is one of those situations where if you meet again a decade later you’re still cool and chill with each other like you just played a show last weekend.

Brother, if you need a little tour of Germany one day don’t forget to hit me up while you’re here 🙂

Now, let’s enter the weekend proper:

If I learned anything this weekend it’s that I can celebrate it finally being Friday even when it’s saturday already… kinda like a belated celebration. Last week I had to skip out on my weekly post due to a work convention. Yes, I know it’s unbelievable. I do have to work even though I’m running this lucrative blog. Sorry to have to shatter that image of me 😀 😀

So this Friday I just had to go back to Dariio and his latest appearance at the Pancakes and Booze festival. The house music and the mixing are so solid I just couldn’t leave work without blasting it on the way home. Turning Bavarian heads has become a Friday pastime and Dariio is definitely helping with my endeavour.

If you get a chance go check out my man over on Choon for some crypto-based streaming fun:

https://choon.co/artists/dariiomusic/

And now to the mix itself. Don’t bounce off the walls now, ya hear?

Cheers, RDMN

So happy for this Friday, musically and because I am getting over a little concussion and can finally function again. During my dizzy spells last weekend, Formless shared an album by G Jones praising this producer’s genius and I just had to check it out. Since Formless is my new-music-guru I jumped on it, jumped in it…dove in it, soundwaves crashing in over my head… surrounded by sonic stabs, hits, slaps… my pupils grew ten sizes that day.

This album inspired a very specific part of my own production habits. There are moments when I have over the top, crazy, jaggedy sounds lined up in my own projects but I always put on the breaks and go for a more subtle option. I feel like I need to let those hidden sounds flourish. There are moments where these noises are needed to flesh out the otherwise text-book arrangement or production and this album immediately inspired me to push the edge a little bit more again. Some other producers that had the same effect upon first discovery in the past were: Vitalic, Something a la Mode, Boys Noize, Erol Alkan, Justice, and probably a few more I can’t think of this second.

Either way G Jones does not disappoint with his 11 tracks of Glitchy, Bass, Dubstep, Trap, Electronica, Sampletastic sound.. and neither does Formless for sharing this with me. Thank you for stimulating some growth within me.

Check out G Jones’ touring schedule:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/gjonesbass/events/

**This album is best digested whole, from front to back**

Cheers, RDMN

After last weeks thump and grime and distortion I want to share one of my favorite mixes from my early mentor, and one of the best producers I’ve ever met, J. Scott G. He manages to bring sophistication into that “Rock Out” feeling! I coined the genre “Electronica” because it’s not all house and electro but includes breaks as well. We met through John Beaver back in the day when Scott was still part of Deepsky, an electronic live band with lots of live percussion resulting in a tendency towards breakbeat arrangements. They’re shows varied with the setup. Sometimes it was just Jason and him and at other shows an entire band would show up… including a live flute as I’ve experienced back at a Hollywood party.

Scott immediately opened up to a young me, an aspiring producer looking for any and all the help he could get. I will never forget how he busted out two empty CDs after their show (Yes CDs, it was 2004-ish) and filled them with DAWs, VSTs and Samples and told me:

“If you can’t make music with this, you can’t make music.”

That same night he also told me the following piece of advice that’s still holy to me:

“If you start a new project and it’s not kickin after 8 tracks, scrap it and start over.”

This happened the very first time we met after a Deepsky show in San Francisco.

We’ve managed to stay in touch, had lots of exciting moments since and even met up in 2012 in Berlin to explore the night life. Unfortunately, I was unable to meet up with him on his last Eurotrip but I’m sure there will be a next one and I’m making it a point to organize a little reunion.

Scott is currently involved in the projects Summer Channel and the thousand-voice-choir-project Qisvara.

Anyways, enough about all that. Like I mentioned this mix can be blasted in the car or listened to while cooking dinner. I did both this Friday. I feel it’s important for me to musically educate my neighbors with the help of the volume knob and these mixes I post. Now check out the last mix you’ll ever need.

Cheers, RDMN

Track Listing:

1. Intro [0:00]
2. Andrew Bayer & Matt Lange (feat. Kerry Leva) – In And Out Of Phase [1:39]
3. Hybrid – Numb (Hybrid Kill City Sounds Remix) [11:09]
4. Meat Katie & Chevy One – When You’re Dead [14:24]
5. Seb Dhaje – Go Down [20:15]
6. Soundprank/Proff/Frank Sinatra – Lady Rotation (J. Scott G. Mashup) [26:57]
7. Pryda – Allein [32:04]
8. Sergey Tkachev & Alexy Sonar/Blake Lewis/John O’Callaghan/Charlie Chaplin – Find The Great Spiral Touch (J. Scott G. Mashup) [35:54]
9. Au5 – Tendril [43:04]
10. Andy Page & Phil K./Neelix/Guy J – Get To Fly Your Galaxy (J. Scott G. Mashup) [46:56]
11. Deenk/Adam Freeland/J. Scott G. vs. Imprintz & Kloe/Meat Katie – Only You Can Battlefunk In Your Mind & Soul (J. Scott G. Mashup) [56:09]
12. Au5 & Fractal/Queen/Kaskade – Turn Down The Secret Radio (J. Scott G. Mashup) [60:41]
13. Bluescreen/Dilemn/POD/Loadstar – Past The Undercover Boom (J. Scott G. Mashup) [63:05]
14. Asking Alexandria/Celldweller/Chase & Status/Hybrid/August Rush – Break The Lesson In Time (J. Scott G. Mashup) [70:18]
15. Outro [74:13]

“Samples from August Rush, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, Here Comes The Boom, The Great Dictator, Perfume, V For Vendetta and anywhere else I could find something inspiring.” – J. Scott G.

Boy, if these syncopated and grimey sounds don’t reflect how my week has been going then I don’t know what will. BUT it’s friggin Friday and I’m celebrating with another home slice from the Cali DJ days: Formless

We met at a ranchero rave about ten years ago. Such a polite and respectful fellow musician and a dope ass DJ on top of it all. For the past years I’ve been checking out his mixes and one thing I noticed each time is that he was playing music I’ve never heard before.. pretty much every single time and this has always stuck with me.

Today we’re gonna check out a double feature of West Coast Bass. I could lean in and call it trap but I won’t 😀 … Back when I was DJing in California, Formless and I played similar styles. He’s always been playing all kinds of music but at the electro shows I played at he also played electro as far as I can remember. It’s interesting to see how our styles morphed over the years (and with the location). I tend to be playing tech house and deep house nowadays and he has become even more versatile never sticking to a strict four to the floor beat. These two mixes are a perfect example of how unconventional Formless can get in constructing his live sets. Awesome job, man. At some points in your mixes I didn’t even know what was happening anymore… 😀

I am almost certain that the next mix he’s going to come out with is going to be a completely different genre, maybe even one we haven’t heard of yet.

Now stomp out this weekend with these mixes. Tracklists are below.

cheers, RDMN

Part 1

Tracklist:
1. Champagne Drip- Axis Mundi
2. William- Three Quarter Pants
3. Isqa- Hugs and Hexagons
4. Flux Pavilion- Youve got to Know (Champagne Drip rmx)
5. Voodoo x Mercy (KRANE edit)
6. Gnar Gnar- Monument
7. Champagne Drip- Hot Pot
8. Hex Cougar- Sleepwalking
9. What So not- Beautiful (Zeke Beats rmx)
10. Isqa- Counter Clockwork
11. KRANE- Titan
12. Clockvice- Chokehold
13. WAKA x CRNKN- No Hands (ye. flip)
14. “Cruise Control”
15. Chee- Rude
16. 12th Planet & SPL- Lootin (Champagne Drip rmx)
17. Protohype- Check
18. Conrank- Mad in Here
19. Creaky Jackals- High Frequency
20. G Jones- Collision Course
21. Awaltalk- Sober Dreams
22. G Jones- In Your Head
23. Minnesota- Final Frontier
24. Eliminate- Champagne
25. Bro Safari x Dion Timmer- Proper (AMF rmx)
26. Xilent- The X
27. Mr. Bill x Au5 x Vorso- Inner Face (Vorso rmx)
28. Jantsen- Badboy Sound
29. Kai Watchi- Demons (Liquid Stranger rmx)
30. Eliminate- Haunt Me
31. Tha Trickaz- Hood Bodega (Plain Sight rmx)
32. NGHTMRE- Another Dimension(YOOKIE rmx)
33. Sayer- Sonar
34. Conrank x Dirt Monkey- BLT
35. Champagne Drip- Argent Energy
36. Mat Zo x Kill The Noise- Got The Love
37. Revazz- Tilted
38. Clockvice- Breaking Mirrors
39. Dua Lipa- Be The One (KRANE rmx)

Part 2

Tracklist:
1. Loose Ends x Hotline Bling (Ookay rmx) x Hustlin [KRANE edit]
2. MYRNE- Lyra
3. Graves x KRANE- Spells
4. Sayer x Ethan Glass- Energy
5. Ekali x TYNAN x Heckler- Blood Moon
6. Bounce Back (Vanic rmx)
7. “Escape”
8. MYRNE- Alters
9. Robotaki- Limbo
10. Vorso- Cephalopod
11. MEMBA- O.D.
12. Inverness x Creepa- Up
13. ATLiens- Alchemy
14. Freddy Todd- Air Bread
15. Troyboi- Flamez (Alexander Lewis flip)
16. ye.- Americana (hlsy flip)
17. Chee- Get Hot (G Jones rmx)
18. Bro Safari- Collisions
19. Vorso- Midnight Sun
20. G Jones- Understanding The Possibility
21. Clockvice- Ink
22. Ion Driver- Limbo (Clockvice x Vorso rmx)
23. LEVITATE- Shatter
24. “Down Low”
25. Bassnectar- Chromatek
26. What So Not- Trust (MYRNE rmx)
27. Noer The Boy- Slither
28. RL Grime- Era (Inverness rmx)
29. Ivy Lab- Cake
30. Vorso- Needle (VIP)
31. Culprate x Scope- Blowfish
32. HOLLY x Purge- Catalyze
33. Codes- Boom Bapps (Craze rmx)
34. Clockvice- Egofeeder
35. Vorso- Commanded
36. Eliminate- House Party
37. Vorso- The Imperative
38. Champagne Drip- Deckard
39. Vorso- Tesla
40. Droptek- Smog
41. Chee- Spoken
42. Kursa- Watch Me
43. Wingz- I Got (Vorso rmx)
44. Babylon (anti-negative flip)
45. Mr. Carmack ft. Adam Vida- I’m Juiced