Riddims & Routes

Recorded for // Dancecult: Journal of Electronic Dance Music Culture // Echoes from the Dub Diaspora // Special Issue 7.2 dancecult.net

The sonic archives of the dub diaspora are as vast and unfathomable as the depths of the black Atlantic from whence they came. Thousands upon thousands of hours of audiowaves converse with a multitude of genres. This mix traverses but two routes: Jamaica to Berlin by way of Detroit, in the ecstatic decade of the 1990s; and through London’s expatriate burroughs, in the dreadnought ‘00s.

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ION STORM 012: live @ TAXI radio | Hoedown

ION STORM 012 presents two tobias.DJ mixtapes from the archives…

The first 45 minutes is live on TAXI Radio, 96.1FM in Vancouver on November 18th, 1998, sometime past midnight, on DJ Leanne’s show Housecall, hosted by Melanie Dawn. Deep techno here from labels such as Cosmic Records, Blue Recordings, Svek, Jericho, with records from Swayzak, Altitude, Steve Bicknell, Cari Lekebusch, Jasper Dahlback and Adam Beyer… yah it’s live, with skipping records & snafus. Keepin’ it honest. Included in the radio patter is an interview with DJ “Skinny” Graham — I wonder what ever happened to him?

The second 45 minutes is excerpted from a two and a half hour set at HOEDOWN, a Crazy Dave joint thrown in the farmlands of North Delta, BC, a kind of early morning, dew-soaked affair of midwest-style acieed freakery — I arrived and threw down an abstract & minimalist set of Detroit techno. As far as I can remember Hoedown was summer 1998. I think.

ION STORM 011: plastikconcept (1999)

ION STORM (011): PLASTIKONCEPT | tobias.dj | 31st August 1999

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This three-deck mix recorded August 31st, 1999, the year of the millennial countdown, 666-1, with no prepared records, just a crate of Plastikman wax indicative of an era: dark warehouses, massive soundsystems, and echoes under the stars. Featuring Plastikman / Richie Hawtin’s albums from Sheet One to Consumed, side projects as F.U.S.E. and Cybersonik, the Concept ’96 series, and unnamed releases including Plus8068.

Richie Hawtin, the erstwhile British-Canadian from London, Ontario, was a revered influence on the small techno collectives out West in Vancouver, BC [ notably shrumtribe.com ]. We maintained contact through the techno.ca mailing list & through drops from Plus8’s webmaster Tosh, who gratefully provided advanced promo direct from Richie.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Hawtin at the time for Discorder magazine, discussing his then first-step into digital DJing with Final Scratch (which at the time ran only on BeOs). A futurist to the core, Richie has since proven himself one of few sole survivors in what transformed from an esoteric, acidic ‘ardcore element of rave & Detroit techno culture to the Berlin & Ibiza “techno industry”.

PLASTIKONCEPT 1999

== mixed by tobias.dj ==
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ION STORM broadcasts interstellar techno, future house & offworld ambient from the vaults of TOBIAS.DJ. Prepare your space voyage with occult sounds drawn from 20+ years as a technoculture catalyst and turntablist. The mission — to invade consensus reality with an all-out assault of alien frequencies. Some sex in zero gravity included. Occasional interplanetary guests from the technosphere and label [ IOSOUND.ca ].

NO TRACKLISTING.

 

ION STORM 010: Martijn Comes | s*

ION STORM (010):

Martijn Comes | 2044 ASTRAL DUB VISION
s* | RETURN OF THE 12TH PLANET

 

Two mixes in this eclectic space travel through intergalactic dub and IO SOUND releases exploring the cosmic realms of experimental electronica.

== hosted by tobias.dj ==
deradio.ca
djtobias.com

ION STORM broadcasts interstellar techno, future house & offworld ambient from the vaults of TOBIAS.DJ. Prepare your space voyage with occult sounds drawn from 20+ years as a technoculture catalyst and turntablist. The mission — to invade consensus reality with an all-out assault of alien frequencies. Some sex in zero gravity included. Occasional interplanetary guests from the technosphere and label [ IOSOUND.ca ].

// TRACKLISTING //

== Martijn Comes | 2044 ASTRAL DUB VISION ==

Martijn Comes. Astral Vision Dub. (Unreleased)
Ulrich Troyer Meets Georg Blaschke. Back from Serbia. Somatic Soundtracks. (4Bit Productions)
Ursula Bogner. Fur Ulrich. Recordings 1969-1988. (Faitiche)
Rumpistol. Vuggelise. Mere rum. (Rump Recordings)
Chromatics.Tick Of The Clock. Night Drive. (Italians do it Better)
Rumpistol. Analog. Dynamo. (Rump Recordings)
Grace Jones. Sunset Dub. Hurricane. (Wall of Sound)
Vladislav Delay. Kuuluuko. Vantaa. (Raster-Noton)
General Strike. Interplanetary Dub. Danger in Paradise (Staubgold)

== s* | Return of the 12th Planet ==

* = unreleased

Scant Intone – earos [rmx of TTLD] – IO/001
Yves De Mey / rework of Pinkcourtesyphone*
Jeff Carey – Cut 0.3 [rmx of TTLD] – IO/001
I8U – ’til death [rmx of TTLD] – IO/001
Pinkcourtesyphone / sans (E. Domnitch + D. Gelfand rework of “Sans Many Things”)*
Pinkcourtesyphone + Kid Congo Powers + CoH / Blow Up (iamaphotograph Cut)*
s* – Quiet [excerpt]*
s* + kk / eclipse – IO/002
Pinkcourtesyphone / An Awaiting Room (Frank Bretschneider remix)*
Richard Chartier / EVP.RE [rmx of TTLD] – IO/001
a.j. cornell / 1981 – IO/003
s* + kk / hypnosyne (psonn) – IO/002
s* + tomas phillips / body*
Pinkcourtesyphone + Kid Congo Powers / iamaphotograph (slowsleazemix)*
tomas phillips / flore [TTLD rmx] – IO/001
s* / 1999 – IO/003
s* + kk / ix chel (dead s* dub) – IO/002
s* + kk / she dreams of isis – IO/002
Pinkcourtesyphone / Simon Scott rework*
souns / waves [rmx of Mario van Horrik & Petra Dubach]*
s* + MVK / Thunderklap (Side B) – IO/004
coingutter / a little night music [rmx of TTLD] – IO/001
Martijn Comes / Memory Field*
Martijn Comes / Neptune Federation of Light*
a.j. cornell – sorgue [rmx of Mario van Horrik & Petra Dubach]*
Martijn Comes / Electric Field*
Martijn Comes / Silent Field*
Martijn Comes / Mirrored Field*

TTLD = Tactical Tape Loop Division (Unearthed from Airwaves / IO/001)

Liquid Fire (2012)

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Round two showdown at the DMT Lab, flipping through some new tracks that touch on the bangin’ interface between dub & Detroit techno (with an acid taste on the tongue, of course). Thanks to DJ Test Pilot for filming the mix & providing the requisite shots of liquid fire, VJ Matsui808 for tripping me out (and upping the ante with the dark magus decahedron), and J. for stitching the whole ensemble together (a time consuming and thankless task). During this mix I blew a screw out of the crossfader, experimented with some Traktor Beatmasher & Delay efx, and switched over to a few slabs of actual vinyl at the end… as always, nothing prepared, and of course no auto sync.

 

dusk & cloud (2009)

dusk & cloud (2009)

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This mix gathers a few strains of my becomings as a DJ, namely minimalist strains of deep house and dub techno dating back to the mid’90s. Though my mixtapes from the late ’90s were hard as nails, I began by djing deep house @ Sugar Refinery (RIP), with Robby Luv Dub as my adopted mentor. I often mixed deep house with dub techno at the post-rave Sunday sessions and loft parties of the era. This mix touches upon a few of those records, though keeping this side of the techno aesthetic (a retro deep house mix is still to come). Still vinyl, still unprepared.

tobias.dj
April 2012

ø/again (2008)

Berlin (2008)

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The second existential journey into ø, the state of nothingness, barred & slashed, desire denied, but throughout, with strange & redeeming forays into minimalist house, taking cues from Detroit’s unswerving faith in the redemption of techno. With vinyl from Hardwax. No prepared records.

tobias.dj
April 2012

Tiergarten Tears & Dreams (2008)

 

Berlin, Kreuzberg (2008)

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Thrown down shortly after abandoning Montréal in the retreat to Whistler, BC, Tiergarten Years & Dreams reflects upon the passage of time through sound, with wax selected from the vaults of Hardwax, Berlin. As usual, no prepared records, all on vinyl, letting the flow find its own rhythm.

tobias.dj
April 2012