Steppin’ Up – Live Studio Mix – September 2011

I’ve been hard at work in the studio the last few weeks. Putting finishing touches on upcoming releases for Proper Trax and Woods N Bass, along with rotating through a load of other projects. Sometimes I need a break though, so I spent a few days compiling, setting up, and editing this special 2-hour, 38 track, live Ableton set in the studio. I’ve been feeling the itch to present something a little different, in the hopes of broadening listeners’ horizons, and my own. There’s been slew of quality, genre-bending electronic music hitting the street over the last year or so, and I found it about time to create a mix touching on some of it–along with a healthy dose of techno and my own originals.

I created this mix with Ableton Live. I compiled and warped a large pool of tracks, loops, and tools, set up the MIDI interface, and ran through it live. Afterward, I spent some time editing things up a bit, to give it a nice “polish,” while still preserving the seat-of-the-pants live composition of the set. It’s not my first time doing this, but it’s rare that I nail it this well. Hopefully, with a little more organization and perhaps a more robust controller, I can take the process fully-live for some special gigs (no, I’m not ditching the vinyl or CDs…there’s no substitute for the versatility and “feeling” you get with a pair of decks…not to mention, the reliability). There’s a number of surprise techniques, nothing too fancy, but it makes for interesting listening over the typical DJ mix.

It consists of 38 tracks, spanning the sounds of techno, house, dubstep, proper electro, juke/footwork, and some downtempo breakbeat jams. Some are vinyl rips from my collection, others are digital purchases, and others are either upcoming or unreleased original productions of mine (and Piltdown Sound — hitting Proper Trax’s second release soon). It’s a little over two hours long, so don’t expect to burn it as an audio CD without spanning or burning as an MP3. The tracklisting, with all the labels I could remember off-hand, just below:

1. Dadub – Biopoiesis [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
2. Will Azada – Clownin’ [Unreleased]
3. Objekt – CLK Recovery [Objekt]
4. Will Azada – Drunk Sequence [Unreleased]
5. Sigha – HF029A2 [Hotflush]
6. Vril – UV [Ostgut Ton]
7. Phase – Further Trials
8. FBK – Fears of a Madman [Unreleased]
9. Metope – Kobox (Sleeparchive Remix)
10. Objekt – Tinderbox [Objekt]
11. Pinch – Attack of the Giant Robot Spiders
12. Unknown – Sicko Cell (Azada Loop-Up) [Swamp81]
13. Instra:Mental – User [Nonplus]
14. Addison Groove – Its Got Me [Swamp81]
15. Peverelist – Infinity [Punch Drunk]
16. Will Azada – Deep Juke [Unreleased]
17. DJ Rashad – Took It Doggy Style
18. DJ Spinn & DJ Rashad – Space Juke
19. DJ Spinn – LOL
20. Will Azada – We Rave It [Unreleased]
21. Will Azada – Reduction [Unreleased]
22. Piltdown Sound – Bom [Proper Trax]
23. Marcel Fengler – Thwack (Norman Nodge Remix)
24. Rod – Malmok One [Klockworks]
25. Substance & Vanqueur – Immersion (Sleeparchive Remix)
26. Ozka – Phantomz (Aubrey Remix) [Mowar]
27. Coefficient – Scale Invariant Spectrum
28. Par Grindvik – Sinister (S100 Remix)
29. Will Azada – Let’s Get Tight [Proper Trax]
30. WK7 – Higher Power (Hardcore PCK Mix) [Powerhouse]
31. Arkist – Fill My Coffee [Hessle]
32. A Made Up Sound – Demons (Reprise) [A Made Up Sound]
33. Lusine – Rubberband
34. Luke Vibert – I Love Acid [Warp]
35. Luke Vibert – Asheed [Warp]
36. Boddika – Syn Chron [Nonplus]
37. Levon Vincent – These Games [Novel Sound]
38. Unknown – A1 – Disco 005 [Analogue Solutions]

Download the mix: Steppin’ Up – A Live Studio Mix by Will Azada – September 2011

DTFAA August – Saturday Jam Session Part 3 – Other news…

It’s August now, and things have been great since the last time I posted. Gigs have been solid, working with my homie Mark B locally at various venues, and working with Alex Falk on tracks. DTFAA July went well, and here in a couple days, we’ve got the second 2011 edition of Don’t Techno For An Answer, featuring a couple South Carolinians, Klaws and Konstantin. For those of you in Knoxville, give it a peep this Saturday, 8/20. I’ll be playing alongside Alex Falk.

Grey People invited me to Unify in Nashville last weekend. It was a six-room party, with a mix of genres, and went exceptionally well. GP hooked it up with a 2-hour timeslot, which was perfect. Had a killer set for a lot of new faces. We kept the room dancing all night, with a steady flow of people streaming through for bathrooms/drinks, only to get stuck wiggling it on the dancefloor. Apparently we made such an impression that Nashville Scene mentioned our names and room as a highlight of the night.

Next weekend (8/27) I’ll be in Atlanta for Archaic Revival. It’s primarily a psy-trance party, as far as the main room goes, but we intend on holding it down proper in the techno room, and expecting a load of our friends to attend. Alex Falk and Greg Alan are also on the bill with me, and it’ll be going into the late hours, so I doubt we’ll be leaving until sometime around sunrise. I love those gigs. Each of us are slated for two hour slots. Expect great things.

Coming up in September, I’m bringing out Matt Wooddy aka Inferno of Heat Promotions from ATL. That’s going to be DTFAA, September 17th. After that, Equinox at Deerfields in Asheville. 2-day campout with a variety of great music and artists including a bunch of the Tennessee Techno homies: Grey People, Piltdown Sound, Greg Alan, Mark B, and myself. Also worth checking on our “chillout” stage are Futexture and Perileyes during the daytime, and Paramnesia, whom we had play for us at Headroom when it was still kicking. Futexture has an all-original live set of dubby, downtempo electronica, and will definitely fit the daytime vibe of Deerfields. We booked him for the Kyle Geiger / Kilowatts double headliner event earlier this year, and I couldn’t say better things. Do it.

Progress on Proper Trax 002 is going well, with most of the tracks confirmed and testers being sent to respected DJs and producers for feedback. Depending on how things go, you should expect a November release for the 12 inch. I’ve got some real kickers in store.

In the meantime, I should post Part Three of the Saturday Jam Session from way back in April! Its the final part of that epic mix session, and features a split of techno and house for over two hours of music. I’d drop something fresher for you, but unfortuantely I’ve had exceedingly bad luck with snagging a good live recording of the gigs. Always forgetting to switch to Line In, power goes out, rec out clips, or some other lameness. That’s how it goes though.

Been lazy on the charts this month. Haven’t got much new vinyl, but worth a mention is the Vanguard Sound, Vol. 1 available on Hakim Murphy’s Machining Dreams imprint. Solid trax from DJ Spider, Amir Alexander, and others. Much love to the Vanguard Sound crew. Raw shit there.

Finally, here’s the tracklist for the mix:

——–Techno Mode
1. Grey People – Lethal Response
2. Matador – Minit
3. Robotman – Never (DBX Mix)
4. DJ Hyperactive – Psyko Drum
5. Kyle Geiger – Grit
6. Cusp – Urantum
7. Errorsmith – Untitled A1
8. DBX – Spacetalk
9. The Funnel – Bootyjumper
10. Mike Dehnert – Fompage
11. Marcel Fengler – Thwack
12. Perc – Tension
13. Robert Hood – Obey
14. Peverelist – Infinity Is Now
15. Scuba – Klinik
16. Walt J – Reborn 1
17. Blue Maxx – Course
——–House Mode
18. Deniz Kurtel – Yeah
19. Darabi – Top Drop (Roman Flugel Remix)
20. Anthony Collins – Bruised Inside (Los Update Remix)
21. Deepchild – Statkind
22. Tom Flynn – Rhode Island
23. Walt J – Reborn (DJ Qu Remix)
24. Maya Jane Coles – Don’t Tell
25. Matthew Dear – Fred’s Bells (Onur Ozer Remix)
26. Maetrik – Socom
27. Matt O’Brien – Into The Red
28. Losoul – The Lords Of Sanity
29. Adonis – No Way Back (Greg Wilson Edit)
30. Kink – E79
31. Nikola Gala – The Vandal
32. EC50 – Oh What A… (Alland Byallo Remix)
33. James Teej – I’m Human Now (Cassy Remix)
34. Leif – Designed With That In Mind (Martinez Remix)

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