In 1998 I recorded a song called Jeweler’s Dive. It was one of only a few jazz-inspired drum and bass tracks I made during my loungy, loungy period of the late ’90s. An edited version enjoyed a mini-celebrity on Terminal Beats, a compilation released by indie jungle Chicago outfit Forte Recordings. (Old school ruffians will remember Midwest legends 3D and Snuggles.)Continue reading
From the Archives: Awkward ’90s Electronica
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.)
Mixtape Alert: Artificial Skies 2 – Ultra Aeon
My latest mixtape is an exploration of electronic ambient soundscapes.Continue reading
Dragons And Jewels: The Kingdom of Lone
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.
Class of ’93 Mixtape Series
Don’t worry if you’re stuck at at desk job while your brain is stuck in the 90s — you can still have a rave in your headphones anytime you like! These old-school electronica mixtapes will take you back to where it all began.
Tempo Beach Mixtape Series
Once in a while an idea for a mixtape takes over my brain like a computer virus. It hits me all at once that I have all the requisite parts, a theme emerges, and suddenly it’s not an idea anymore—it’s an obsession.
- Tempo Beach Mixtapes Vol 1: Crushed Ice
- Tempo Beach Mixtapes Vol 2: Peppermint Chip
- Tempo Beach Mixtapes Vol 3: Sour Fruit
Mixtape Alert: Tempo Beach Vol 3 – Sour Fruit
One last chance to nab up some R&B and soul flavored electronica for the summer. Take a disco nap first — this one’s a body slammer!Continue reading
Mixtape Alert: Tempo Beach Vol 2 – Peppermint Chip
Back to the beach for some more R&B infused electronic treats from my stash. This one’s definitely on the cooler side. Lick it before it melts!Continue reading
Mixtape Alert: Class of ’93 – Hyper on Hardcore Breakbeat
If you’ve ever loved jungle, drum and bass, or happy hardcore, you’ve loved hardcore breakbeat. Hardcore is the solid trunk of early 90’s British electronica that spawned literally dozens of sub-genres, including 2-step garage, dubstep, and fidget.Continue reading