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it was nothing

those ruddy shadow dancing bastids have done it again. not content with making one of my favourite recent releases in the shape of double a-side (or should that read two-track download release) boss rush/it’s the everything, now they’ve made a top mix to accompany the release. i suppose i could always jibe them for being, like, so last month or whatever (it’s totally movember now lads), but that’s moot. jackin’ acid-infused techno is the order of the day, it seems… in case you haven’t noticed, there are 79 tracks on shadow dancer’s soundcloud, most of them mixes. days worth of tunes. get familiar.

another night out

can i have a rest already?! the above is basically what i played last night. i tend to write down what i’m playing in my phone as i play it, as much for myself so i know what i play for future reference, and not to be too repetitive, and sometimes post it online. i’ve never really played a dubstep set before, and i’m not exactly deep in the genre, so a lot of the tracks and transitions were inspired by a mix i did two years ago mixing dubstep and ghettotech. or skirting the edges of each. there were two new(ish) tracks, that ethix track and the kill light track which is called animate, for the record.

tonight i’m going to see trentemøller and then play at transmission, where i’ll hopefully play some stuff from the likes of…. shadow dancer, screendeath, savage skulls, renaissance man, club cheval, carte blanche…. or maybe none of them at all. we’ll see.

july’s almost over

but we still have time for some more july mixes. those ruddy shadow dancer folks have been pretty mix happy lately, and the latest one looks, well, i don’t know, i am alarmingly unfamiliar with most of the tunes thereon. but these lads have taste, so you can trust it’ll be a bit good.

NT89 & SAVILE // Comb
HERMAN // April Skies
DANCE DANCE MANIAC // Storm In A Teacup
MATT WALSH // Honey Comb (MIKE MIND Remix)
HOUSE // House Is House
ZACKY FORCE FUNK // The Split
ROMAN FLUGEL // Brian Le Bon
MARTYN // Miniluv
HARMONY FUNK // Can’t Let You Go (MARCO BERNARDI Remix)
SHADOW DANCER // Biscayne
CHICAGO SKYWAY // Heavens & Angels (Mix 6)
19.26.1.18.5 // Snakes Cave
JIN CHOI // Dig Your Own Out
SILENT SERVANT // Sampler SIlent Servant (REGIS Edit)
CLICK BOX // Room
ALTERED NATIVES // The Bitch
DJEDJOTRONIC // Bit This Thin (JESSE ROSE Remix)
TORNADO WALLACE // Paddlin’ (LINKWOOD Remix)
D’FUNK // It Happens (BOB SWANS Remix)
ROB ACID // Acidwave
REFERENCE // Best Day In Detroit
CHICAGO SHAGS // Casio RZ1
AUX 88 // Voice Modulation (ANTHONY ROTHER Remix)

stuff what is out

it’s great when artists you like give away stuff for free. one such artist is a-trak. a few years ago he impressed us all with dirty south dance, that peculiar combination of electro and rap, and now he’s done it again with dirty south dance 2. i’m not quite sure how impressed i am second time round, but it’s definitely worth a listen, and will most likely bring a smile to your face at least once. hearing diddy rapping again is also a trip! just bear one thing in mind: “if you choose to download the audio in Ogg Vorbis format you’re a weirdo”.

another great act, haido/transmission favourite shadow dancer, has put together a couple of exclusive mixes of late. one was for the aforementioned transmission blog, and the latest is to herald the southwest four weekend in this coming august. you have to register to the sw4 site to get the mix, but that’s certainly a trial worth enduring. i mean, check out this tracklist! oh and if you haven’t already, check out the lads’ sound and mixclouds, one full of demos and the other full of mixes new and old. a veritable treasure trove.

BANBARRA // Shack Up
GRANDMASTER FLASH // Adventures On The Wheels Of Steel
SUBMERSIBLE MACHINES // Cold Seep
IRON CURTIS // Großreuth
RESET // Robodisco
LINKWOOD // What’s Up With The Drums?
COMTRON // C64 (TOM TRAGO Remix)
THE ORB // Oxbow Lakes (CARL CRAIG Remix)
BASIC SOUL UNIT // Dank
GLOBAL COMMUNICATION // The Way (SECRET INGREDIENTS Mix)
ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT // Hoola (MCDE Remix)
KiNK // Rachel
ZDAR // Don’t U Want (CASSIUS Remix)
THE HUMAN LEAGUE // The Things That Dreams Are Made Of
STRIP STEVE // Dancin’ (IAN POOLEY Remix)
WAX // Wax 30003 (A)
M/A/R/R/S // Pump Up The Volume
EROL ALKAN & BOYS NOIZE // Lemonade (JUSTIN ROBERTSON’s DEADSTOCK 33’S Remix)
SIR DREW // Fat Foot
ALDEN TYRELL // Love Explosion
MODEL 500 // Future
LES RHYTHMES DIGITALES // Hypnotize
MIRWAIS // Miss You (THIN WHITE DUKE Remix)
MADDKATT COURTSHIP III // Where Is Your Past?

dancing in the dark

shadow dancer made their return to dublin last night and absolutely smashed the place. a few sound card-related issues aside, they rocked things pretty hard but alas forgot to record their set. d’oh. warmup slot was pretty fun, few transmission favourites, a few new tunes, and a couple of classics i’ve never had the chance to play before. next on the list is sidetracked this friday, for more low-slung disco grooves. yup, just puked a bit in my mouth…

Claude VonStroke – Vocal Chords (Harry Benson Remix)
L-Vis 1990 – United Groove (Sound Pellegrino Thermal Team VIP Dub)
Myd – Noria
Freeform Five – Perspex Sex (Ewan Pearson’s Hi-NRG Remix)
Chromeo – Night By Night (Siriusmo Remix)
Eli Escobar – Good Time
Carte Blanche – In The Mix
Mu – Paris Hilton
Simian Mobile Disco – Run #4
Zombie Nation – Mas De Todo (Jori Hulkonnen Remix)
Eliza Doolittle – Skinny Genes (Acid Washed Dub Remix)
Idiotproof – The Deacon (Duke Dumont ‘Live From Brooklyn’ Remix)

Shadow Dancer interview (part two)

So last night either my blog or WordPress itself crashed, and I was unable to post the second half of this interview. I’m guessing it was the blog – the first part resulted in an unprecedented wave of interest here, which shows just how much interest there is in the Farriers. I’m hoping that all you Dubs out there reading these pieces will show up at Transmission next week! Anyway, read on.

You’ve been making music on and off for the last X number of years. What has it taken to finally arrive at the sound you’re making now?

Paul: A combination of boredom with the direction of lot of dance music was going in and whatever technology we use. The one factor that has remained the same over the years is that we create music that we’d like to hear but never do… if that makes sense. Back in the 90s, we wrote a lot simply because we couldn’t afford to buy records and we wanted something to listen to. Come 2003, we stopped producing as music had become much more accessible and life in general got in the way. Plus, we were using a studio set-up that consisted of ancient, unstable hardware (Amiga A500, Akai S900, knackered old FX unit, mixing desk with faulty connections, etc) so producing had become virtually impossible. It was quite a miserable time, looking back, as I still had a compulsion to write but just couldn’t.

Three years later, out of boredom, I tried a demo of FL Studio and discovered that not only could I write using only a computer, but that I still loved doing it. Of course, having avoided clubs for a few years, the early Shadow Dancer material (and a lot of Golden Traxe) doesn’t follow some of the conventions of dance music like 16-bar run-ins and outs, for which we’ve had plenty of criticism. The more recent stuff is more club-friendly as a result of the last three years of gigging and absorbing what we’ve seen and heard.

Al: I think in the early days we would try our hand at everything – there is hardly a genre we haven’t had a go at, including ambient, drum’n’bass and pop. I think what happens over the years is that you realise what is really part of your idiom and what is contrived. I don’t think that the Shadow Dancer sound is contrived.

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Shadow Dancer interview (part one)

Well this is something special. Normally when you do an email interview, the questions are adequate enough. Sometimes they take things up the wrong way and you’ve no way of qualifying your question. Sometimes they just respond with the bare minimum. In this case, I’ve got so much material that I’m actually going to split it in two rather than cut anything.

So, here you go. Two brothers, Paul and Al Farrier, better known to the world as Shadow Dancer, the formidable duo on Boysnoize Records. They’re not touring right now, but they’re making a special appearance at Transmission next week, and in advance of that gig, they were kind of to answer a series of ridiculous questions from yours truly. Enjoy.

You were born in Liverpool. You’re now based in Manchester. Fill in the gaps?

Paul: We went from Liverpool to Saudi Arabia to Liverpool to North Wales to Manchester (and then I ended back up in Wales, where I currently live, although a move back to Manchester is on the cards as there’s not much in the way of a music scene around here… the K-Klass days are over).

Al: We grew up in Wales, but I was really attracted to Manchester because I was obsessed with Manchester music – New Order. I always wanted to live in a big city, but London didn’t really occur to me. I wasn’t even particularly aware of London, but went to the Haçienda when I was 17 and I was hooked.

Is the sibling dynamic a hindrance or a help? Apart from touring/performing, how much time does the project mean you need to spend together?

Paul: It’s a definite help when touring and performing as Al provides extra hands and options for the live set, and he’s more outgoing than me… I can come across as the “moody DJ” sometimes, but it’s really down to my being shy and occasionally uncomfortable around large groups of people having far too much fun. We haven’t produced together for a long time now, so I don’t know how that would work now. There’d probably still be a lot of arguing.

Al: It’s never been much of an issue really, because we’ve also been best friends since we were kids and we grew up discovering and learning about making music. We spend a bit of time together when we’re not performing. I take a back seat these days in terms of writing and production. Paul’s always buying new bits of kit, and he generally shows me the ropes.
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