This week we move to the light. Like the flowers in the field we follow the illumination and the heat. We turn our gaze to the brightness. We want the drowning sound of light particles bombarding us. Cymbals. Snare. Bass. Furiously beating. Then changing. Then changing again. In three words we want…
DRUM AND BASS
I present to you a hand-crafted PJDJ hour of drum and bass sound on this week’s show again featuring the ears, sensibilities, intuitions of Austrian geniuses Peter Kruder and Richard Dorfmeister.
Now live – on Lester The Nightfly… K&D (The LIGHT)
This is Part TWO of a Two-Part Show
Just to “set the record straight – DRUM and BASS:
Drum and Bass is a form of electronic (but now in some places, performed with live instruments) music that is played between 160 to 180 beats per minute (bpm). It is a melting pot of diferent musical influences ranging from classical, hip-hop, reggae, jazz, to indian, metal, and so on. Some tunes have vocals and are song structured, but other tunes are straight beats (which let you form your own perception of the track with your imagination). Defined by music production publications as “the most meticulously produced form of electronic music”. Drum and Bass has a beautiful contrast in that it can have mass complexity while still maintaining a friendly feel to the dancefloor or the personal cd player. Drum and Bass is also the umbrella term for the genre that has developed countless subgenre’s (neurofunk, techstep, hardstep, ragga, jump-up, liquid funk, atmospheric, dubwise, electrostep, metalstep, etc.). To those who don’t know much about the music, they would be surprised how much it has in common with the genres that the unknowing listener usualy listens to. It is an open minded genre that requires open minded people to listen to it.Urban Dictionary
THE PLAYLIST (THE LIGHT)
|Living Free (Soundtrack Mix)||DJ Kicks/ Small World||1996|
|Spellbound||DJ Kicks/ Tango||1996|
|In Too Deep||DJ Kicks/ JMJ, Flytronix||1996|
|Kauna||DJ Kicks/ Aquasky||1996|
|Dat’s Cool||Conversions/ DJ unknown face||1999|
|Searchin’||Conversions/ Dead Calm||1999|
|Come On (Simon Templar Mix)||Conversions/ The Ballistic Brothers||1999|
|Nu Birth of Coll||Conversions/ Omni Trio||1999|
|Bass and Several Cars||DJ Kicks/ Shantel||1996|
RULES? WHAT RULES?
Yes, of course, there are rules:
1) Look out the window. If you see light… you are not allowed to listen. 2) Look around the room. If you see other people… nope – no K&D for you. 3) If you don’t have headphones … well… I’ll let that slide – but just this once. Headphones are preferred. And finally – 4) do you think you’ll be up for a while? This is going to take a few hours – especially if you couple this with K&D Part 1. If your score is at least 3 out of 4, well, o.k., c’mon… let’s go.
Here you go – in the event that you have not yet heard Part 1.
SIMON TEMPLAR (THE SAINT)
Our “rabbit hole” for this show revolves around the song “Come On” by The Ballistic Brothers. I noticed that the remix was entitled the “Simon Templar Remix.” That was enough for me to go deep into Simon Templar. That led me to the author Leslie Charteris who wrote a series of novels about “The Saint” a.k.a. Simon Templar. Back in the 1920’s.
Then I find out that Roger Moore starred early in his career in the 1960’s black and white TV series, The Saint. Nice. You also may remember the movie The Saint (1997 starring Val Kilmer and Elizabeth Shue). I loved that movie too!
Below a snipped (a young Leslie Charteris after traveling on the maiden voyage of The Hindenberg!) and Season 1, Episode 4 (the whole thing!) from The Saint TV Show. This is where I grabbed a few audio snippets for this week’s show.
“COME ON” BY THE BALLISTIC BROTHERS
One more thing (promise!). A small departure to the music itself by The Ballistic Brothers who were Ashley Beedle and David Hill. The had a few house hits and then seemed to move on to other projects.
5MAG (hey – a real magazine about house music!) did a very complete piece on Ashley Beedle that tells the story.