I’ve released a 3 song EP, entitled “Find Me”, for free on Bandcamp. A little Drum & Bass, a pinch of Trap and 808 Downtempo. I pulled vocal duties on the title track, and Sarah Harrison provided the spoken word bits on the second. She was very nice in letting me use samples from her piece Tourist, which reminded me very much of old Underworld-style vocals.
The “Find Me” EP is available free on Bandcamp. Get it now!
More Or Less’ newest addition, Owen Sands, drops his debut EP on December 4th, 2012. They say : “Raw Glow is 4 tracks of tech-house gloriousness featuring remixes by Jeremy Blake and Justin Kase.” I say : “Pyramid”, the track I was asked to remix, is a monster. I need to get in the club to I can hear this thing on a real sound system, because I have a feeling it would melt my face.
It was an interesting remix challenge : as a melodic progressive guy there wasn’t much for me to sink my teeth into at first. I ended up re-purposing a lot of the parts as effects, ghosting the original structure of the track in an attempt to keep as much of the original as possible. I have a tendency to, instead of remixing, write all new tracks that barely sound like the original. I wanted this one to be different.
Anyways, it’s out now. Go get it at the MOL Shop, and make sure to check out the rest of the More Or Less catalog. All of it is fantastic.
“Pluralism” is a collection of songs conceived / recorded on the Teenage Engineering OP-1 digital synthesizer and mixed / polished in Ableton Live. It’s a marriage of lo-fi improvisation, 4-track overdub recording, modern production trickery, and old fashion engineering. A digest of exalted mistakes.
OP-1 users can download an archive of (almost) all the presets used in the conception of this album here.
I have a new set of tracks available for free download over at Bandcamp. These are dance numbers, and fall under my “Century Electric” moniker. Check ‘em out, grab the free download, and enjoy.
“Hedlok” has the distinction of being the first track that wasn’t for another label I’ve had professionally mastered. The honor fell to The Fat Mastering, an online mastering service specializing in electronic dance music. The price was great, their turnaround time was very quick, and I’m pretty pleased with the results. Would definitely give them another go.
In honor of Elbow’s 2012 Olympic performance and the release of their new anthology “Dead in the Boot”, I’d like to share a show of theirs I mixed from the 2011 Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. This was the show where I first fell in love with the band (yeah, I’m a little late to the party), and it has a bunch of my absolute favorites songs from them. Guy Garvey is one of the most engaging front men in rock, period, and the band’s ability to jump effortlessly around their vast and deliciously diverse repertoire is impressive.
High points, for me : “Lippy Kids” (swoon) and the sing-along version of “Grounds For Divorce”. Also, “Mirrorball” and “Open Arms” are amazing live and still give me goosebumps. God bless Manchester!
You can download the whole set as a .zip file here : Elbow_HSBG_2011.zip