From the Archives: My Millennial Lounge Phase

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Around the year 1997 I graduated from my awkward ’90s electronica phase and started producing truly polished, professional sounding dance music.

Between 1997 and 2004 I recorded tracks for a few national record labels, and even heard a few of my own songs on internet radio stations and once, unbelievably, in a department store!

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From the Archives: Awkward ’90s Electronica

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Get in, loser. We’re robbing a candy store.

They say that anything worth doing is worth doing badly. This has been 100% true for my efforts in electronic music.

Here are some highlights from my wobblier days as a dance music producer, from about 1993 to 1997. (Back then I was recording under the name Wix.)

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Dragons And Jewels: The Kingdom of Lone

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My first exposure to Lone was the refreshing and delightful (if slightly half-baked) Emerald Fantasy Tracks from 2010. Like so many of my electronic albums, I have absolutely no idea how I stumbled upon it. I’m so glad I did. Galaxy Garden, his follow up collaboration with Machinedrum, made it into my top 20 favorite albums of all time. I’ve been a devoted fan ever since.

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Mixtape Alert: Birth of Liquid (Faze Two)

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Welcome to part two of Hardcore Math User’s liquid funk history lesson!

Picking up where Faze One left off, Faze Two ups the tempo and brings a stronger funk aesthetic to the table while maintaining that shimmering watery vibe perfected by late ’90s melodic drum & bass.

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Mixtape Alert: Birth of Liquid (Faze One)

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It’s early summer, the perfect time of year for melodic drum & bass!

As always, there’s a bit of a history lesson. Liquid funk came of age around 2004, but the birth cries could be heard as far back as the early ’90s, with the dawn of drum & bass itself.

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Remix Alert: KLF – The White Room

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It was impossible to escape The KLF for a while there in the early ’90s. You couldn’t walk into a nightclub without hearing instantly catchy hits like What Time is Love, 3AM Eternal, Last Train to Transcentral, and (of course) Justified and Ancient featuring Tammy motherfucking Wynette.

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Album Alert: Getting Over (EP)

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This was my first solo release after leaving the Cosmic Flux Music label in 2004. It was 100% built as a demo for Naked Music Records, which unfortunately had just turned away from soulful house and was not interested.

On the positive side, it marked the pinnacle of my powers as an EDM artist. Other than a small handful of other tracks, this was the best I ever got at dance music. Two years later all my gear got ripped off and I made the switch to dark ambient, and I had to start all over at the bottom of the learning curve again. But what a ride!

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