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DIRTYMIX 002 – Shatterfreak

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Each week, one of our invited guest producers and dj’s will create an exclusive one hour continuous mix, giving them the chance to break genre barriers, and giving you an opportunity to explore a unique soundtrack.

This week, Dublin based producer Shatterfreak steps up for a bone shattering Dubstep session.

  1. Champagne Dreams – PMoos – Shatterfreak’s 0% Alchohol Remix
  2. In the Face of – Shatterfreak
  3. Gold – Shatterfreak
  4. Last Man on Earth – Shatterfreak
  5. The Dark – Shatterfreak
  6. Shamble – Shatterfreak
  7. What you think – Shatterfreak
  8. Come with Me – Shatterfreak
  9. Choices – Shatterfreak
  10. Yeah…You – Shatterfreak
  11. So Let It Be Done – Shatterfreak
  12. Freak Freak – Shatterfreak
  13. Additional Perx – Shatterfreak
  14. Deep in the Mind – Shatterfreak
  15. Alone – Shatterfreak
  • What have you been up to recently?
    Ive been producing and playing the occasional live show in Dublin and Cork. I show up and do sets of all my own material via Ableton, although i’ve recently been bitten by the vinyl bug too. I’ve been lucky to be involved in ‘BassOff’, which turned out to be an absolutely crazy couple of nights with big crowds and a really great atmosphere at both the Cork and Dublin legs. It was really nice to see people mobilise in such numbers for an all local line up.
  • Dubstep has broken through from the underground, so how does your work stand out from the ‘mainstream’?
    I like thick ambience and heavy bass and intricate percussive work. I don’t really have a template, i’ve done a few tracks that i consider to be quite challenging to the listener because they don’t follow the intro, drop, breakdown, drop procedure and often times these tracks are about stray thoughts or dreams. It’s basically just about having fun, if other people dig my music then obviously that makes me happy but i don’t live and die by the reception my tracks get. I never want to get stuck in a groove, which can be tempting at times when a certain vibe or sound does well. I just want to keep pushing until i crack something truly unique and interesting. Lately i’ve been told there are plenty of housey/techy vibes floating into my stuff, which is kind of cool and i’m always more than eager to get a bit of jungle thing going as well.
  • Who are your influences?
    I’ve producing now for a little over a year. It’s been a good trip and i’ve had a lot of help from some really good people. I guess here is the place to mention people like Milyoo, Ross Alexander, Drokkr and Welfare who have basically become my sounding board when i’m mid production. I can rely on those guys to point out when stuff is off or could be stronger, so i owe them a lot.
  • What is the scene like in Ireland at the moment?
    Ireland is actually a really hot scene right now. Folk like Reach, !Kaboogie and Gamepak have all been nice enough to give me gigs and Drokkr has sorted me out on the Cork end of things. You’ve got guys like the Standard Crew who do a pretty amazing free montly EP series which is a must have in my opinion. Wobble recently killed things by bringing over Mala which turned out to be one of the nights of the year for a lot of people i think and Ignored Playaz seem to be pretty insistent on putting on savage nights and bringing in great talent. Throw in labels like DubCulture and the !Kaboogie releases, All City, Arcoplane and Rudimentary Records to name a few and you start to get a pretty hot scene by anyone’s standards.
  • How are people reacting to your music?
    I’m just glad to be involved in a small way, everyone I have met has been really warm and welcoming. I talk to a lot of people on line and sometimes their local scenes seem to be a bit cutthroat, in Ireland people seem to focus solely on the music and help each other out quite a bit. I guess it’s also important to mention Radio na Lifé, who have consistantly made room for shows from local people doing dubstep, drum and bass and jungle shows, basically if you like any type of underground electronica you’ll find it on that station once the sun goes down.
  • What motivates you to produce?
    I do what i do because i was basically tired of telling myself i couldn’t do it. I’m normally good for a challange but i went through a hazy part of my life that maybe rocked my self belief a little. I was in a job i hated and that really ground me down, the opportuinity came up to leave with a bit of a golden handshake and i jumped at it, bought a new laptop and some essentials and got stuck into the music. I’m happy with the progress i have made but have a long way to go and a lot left to learn about musical theory and production. Ironically i have probably worked harder over the last year than i have ever done for any job in the past. My end goal is to just be happy with my own output and try and become more than the sum of my influences.
  • Do you work with a vision?
    The joy of electronic music is that it can have infinite meaning, you’re not pinned down to the theme of the vocals… people can listen and interpret things how they want to. Personnally, i find great strength and happiness in a lot of dark music that other people might see as being a bit depressed or scary. I’m a firm believer in the power of interpretation, I like the fact that i can put a track out there and know exactly what it’s about and why i wrote it and see other people’s interpretations of it. Kind of like being privy to a secret that noone else knows. Music is largely a way for me to either celebrate the good things or excercise some demons while retaining my privacy.

Website : www.shatterfreak.com
Twitter : http://twitter.com/shatterfreak
Soundcloud : http://soundcloud.com/shatterfreak
Facebook : http://www.facebook.com/pages/Shatterfreak/

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Moolen • Art of Heartwork

The LCL netlabel is synonymous with original, edgy and creative Dub, and for this new “Carte Blanche” release, Moritz Beller aka “Moolen” take us by the hand for an emotional journey thru post-rock and electronica landscapes that seems at the same time odd and familiar.

The master of both multiple instruments and sound production by this Hamburg based artist allows him to deliver an ambitious yet intimate mini LP, bridging ambient fields and saturated episodes.

Moritz explains: “I put all the influences – what i’ve heard, felt, just everything into my music. Now, in a retrospective view i can mention each drum pattern, guitar riff or piano theme which refers to a special situation, band or song.”

“‘Art of heartwork’ was inspired by all the things i’ve heard, felt and listened to from 2008 – 2010.”

“It’s like you’re on a journey. You’re driving through a rough urban agglomeration by night, twisted sounds stretching upwards into the air, the flashing light of a streetlight, the quiescence while you’re driving on a country road. The laid back atmosphere collides with distorted driving guitars – it all ends up in blaring shouts: for us, for them, for you! “cause we are for us, for them, for you.” ”

We caught up with Moritz Beller to find out more about the sound.

  • dR: So, where did the name “Moolen”come from, is it made up?
    MB: Some People near my Hometown add a “-len” as a suffix to a word. the shortform of Moritz is usually “Mo”. So you have “Moolen”.
  • dR: What is your main inspiration for your sound?
    MB: This is really hard to explain – especially in english language! I listen to a lot of music, especially the borderzone between electronic and analogue music. I like to absorb every sound in my memory, mix it in my mind and try to re-create this sound on tape.
  • dR: So, what albums have you listened too lately?
    MB: Milestones in the last 2 Months: The Tallest Man on Earth (Shallow Grave / S/t EP), Henrik José – the little things (aka BLISS – i really like the bliss music, too ), Arms and Sleepers (Black Paris 86), This Will Destroy You/Lymbyc Systym (Field Studies)
  • dR: And what was your first record you bought?
    MB: Mhhh… Puddle of Mudd – She hates me. Embarrassing!
  • dR: Recently, we celebrated a global “Record Store Day” on dirtyradio, do you shop at record stores often?
    MB: I’m not often in a record store. i have no time (i take no time) to hang around in the record store and listen to music. I usually pre-listen it online and buy it when i get the chance.
  • dR: How do you think net labels will shape the future of electronic music?
    MB: I’m really new to the Netlabel-thing. In my view the netlabel-“scene” is a kind of a parallel Music Industry without money. So there is no need to produce, distribute and promote commercial music. An artist is absolutely free in the way of making music. I dont think that the netlabels or the Creative Commons shape the future of electronic music. The Producer / Artist and the technical environment will shape the music.
  • dR: With that in mind, are there any particular techniques that you use to achieve your sound?
    MB: Well, i don’t use any technique consciously. I just play with my Sequencer Software and the Audio Effects. In a retrospective way i see that i have used a lot of layering. The beginning of “tapedeck” is just a lot of layering work using ePiano and a handful of guitar-flagolette tunes.
  • dR: Do you play out live often? What sort of set-up do you have?
    MB: I’ve never played my music live, yet. But im on it. It is really really hard to find musicians. The implementation of electronic and acoustic music is really hard to organize and to quantize.
  • dR: What advice would you give to up and coming artists?
    MB: Do your thing.
  • dR: If you had a time machine, where would you go? 😉
    MB: In the future, of course!

Check out ‘Tapedeck’:

[soundcloud]http://soundcloud.com/lcl/moolen-tapedeck[/soundcloud]

The album is in rotation on dirtyradio as our a Album of the Week.

Get all the 7 tracks of this LP free and legal on LCL Netlabel website
LCL CREATIVE COMMONS NETLABEL

Full link to the Moolen • Art of Heartwork page

Tellings – No.06 – 2009-11-26

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Tellings 6 Mr

Depths, the places were no one dare to go, those we can only imagine. These are some of the best notions about them, by some of the most brave explorators, always going, but only sometimes returning. For you to know, and maybe to go.

01. DFRNT – Aftermath
02. Isotroph – Genese
03. Beat Pharmacy – Ghostship (feat. Spaceape) (Deadbeat Remix)
04. Scuba – Negative
05. Martyn – Vancouver
06. 2562 – Third Wave
07. Peverelist – Jarvik Mindstate
08. LTJ Bukem – Suspended Space
09. Photek – Rings Around Saturn
10. Joy Orbison – BRKLN CLLN
11. Nosaj Thing – Voices

Listen again here in high quality.

Full link to the Tellings – No.06 – 2009-11-26 page

Tellings – No.04 – 2009-11-05

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Tellings 4 Giro

After the ghosts stays the fog, the rain and the sadness that those dead people didn’t give you any food when you knocked on their stone.

This one is a little bit like these early november days, when you aren’t able to find the exit after that walk in the graveyard…

01. Infinite Scale – Step Above the Surface
02. DFRNT – On the Move
03. 2562 – Unbalance
04. Redshape – Rorschach’s Game
05. Ben Klock – Gold Rush
06. Pinch – 136 Trek
07. Moderat – Rusty Nails (Shackleton Remix)
08. Mount Kimbie – Maybes
09. Nosaj Thing – Us
10. LTJ Bukem – Point of View
11. Stars of the Lid – Tippy’s Demise

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Full link to the Tellings – No.04 – 2009-11-05 page

Tellings – No.03 – 2009-10-29

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Tellings Art Halloween

For this week, we took a little round in the cemetery with outta-grave speaking ghosts and 6 feet under low frequencies from some Bristol sorcerers… unless you had prepared the sweeties ?

01. Remano Eszildn – Audio80
02. Luke Vibert – Belief File
03. Zomby – Tears in the Rain
04. Martyn – Hear Me
05. Burnkane – You Will Forget (feat. James J K Hughes)
06. Kode9 & The Spaceape – Sine
07. Vex’d – Angels
08. Skream – Trapped in a Dark Bubble
09. Pinch & Moving Ninja – False Flag
10. Hyetal – We Should Light a Fire
11. Zomby – Test Me for a Reason
12. Clubroot – Sempiternal
13. Burial – Fostercare

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Full link to the Tellings – No.03 – 2009-10-29 page

Tellings – No.02 – 2009-10-22

Tellings Art Space 2

I already had to leave the Live Connection Station for this second number. But don’t worry, these space-themed selection will give you an idea at how many lightyear-ending basses speed I’m travelling to come back for another one !

01. Harmonic 313 – Arc Light
02. Joker – Digidesign
03. Cyrus (Random Trio) – Space Cadet
04. 2562 – Lost
05. Pinch – Teleportation
06. Vex’d – Bombardment of Saturn
07. Harmonic 313 – When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence
08. Boxcutter – Old School Astronomy
09. Guido – Way U Make Me Feel
10. Floating Points – K&G Beat
11. iTAL tEK – Octa
12. Jega – Cascade Decoherence
13. Appleblim – Within

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Full link to the Tellings – No.02 – 2009-10-22 page

Tellings – No.01 – 2009-10-15

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Tellings with Jafs on dirtyradioFor this very first show, I choose to already go on my main topic: atmosphere. But also raw beats and strong material from the gods of crossover between techno and dubstep, for finishing with some other legends…

01. Jega – Shibuya
02. Clubroot – Embryo
03. Kryptic Minds – Secure Lost
04. Scuba – Stolen
05. Joy Orbison – Hyph Mngo
06. Peverelist – Infinity Is Now
07. 2562 – Circulate
08. Monolake – Atlas
09. Thom Yorke – And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix)
10. Burial – U Hurt Me
11. Photek – Halogen

If you want to listen the show again, it’s now available in very good quality here.

Full link to the Tellings – No.01 – 2009-10-15 page