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Mix: Quexotic Adventures #045:
live on NSB 22nd Oct 2011

20 November 2011

Deep tech breaks, melodic electro, and of course epic progressive and psychedelic breaks.
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# Artist Title Label
1 Elektronauts Bumper (Plump DJs vocal rx) Lacerba
2 Metha Dark Smile (Sam Hell rx) breaks.sk [promo]
3 Nelver Black Dawn RUNE
4 Spirallianz Isnt Cosm
5 Sasha Cut Me Down (Retroid rx) soundcloud [free]
6 Breakzhead It’s Cold Subtribe
7 Oliver Morgenroth Care Jetlag
8 El-tron Chianta Darkdance
9 Espion MKYF Bass4Bots
10 Two Lone Swordsmen Brootle (Simulant rx) Warp
11 Mad-Tek X Digital Distortions
12 Rhino Drum Suipacha 220 Choo Choo
13 BSD Intoxikated Muzik iBreaks
14 Helskanki Nikata (Quextal rx) [WIP v29] [exclusive]
15 LuQas Dark Matter Broken Robot [promo]
16 HardNoise End Of Summer (Digibox rx) RUNE [promo]
17 Ways & Means Spellbound Dusted Breaks [promo]
18 Chamber XXL (Mafia Kiss rx) Young NRG [promo]
19 Dr Fish Influenza VIM [promo]
20 Triple Agent The Operator Broken Robot [promo]
21 Kwah Hypnotoad [exclusive]
22 Metabreed Metabreak Cosm

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Artists: BSD, Breakzhead, Chamber, Digibox, Dr Fish, El-tron, Elektronauts, Espion, HardNoise, Helskanki, Kwah, LuQas, Mad-Tek, Mafia Kiss, Means, Metabreed, Metha, Nelver, Oliver Morgenroth, Plump DJs vocal, Retroid, Rhino Drum, Sam Hell, Sasha, Simulant, Spirallianz, Triple Agent, Two Lone Swordsmen, Ways

Labels: Bass4Bots, Broken Robot, Choo Choo, Cosm, Darkdance, Digital Distortions, Dusted Breaks, Jetlag, Lacerba, RUNE, Subtribe, VIM, Warp, Young NRG, breaks.sk, iBreaks, soundcloud

Beatport Dark Theme
alternative colour scheme for new Beatport

18 July 2011

You may have seen that Beatport has had a facelift recently. The old creakily slow Flash interface that you needed to peer at with binoculars to read the text has finally been swept into the bin, to be replaced by a swanky new HTML5-based site. “New Beatport” has a nice clean design, and seems more responsive, and a lot more intuitive.

So congrats to Beatport, and indeed, yay… but I have a problem with it. It’s all gone a bit… well… white

Screenshot of new Beatport site in its default colours

Maybe it’s because I spent my formative years programming on greenscreen monitors, but I’ve never found black text on a white background very pleasant to look at on a screen, and I dispute the rationale behind it which is leading to it becoming a de facto standard on the web. Black-on-white is certainly good for printed text on paper, but on a backlit computer screen, it means you’re staring at bright unfiltered fluorescent tubes (or LED equivalents) all day. I don’t think it’s a good idea for anyone, but it’s a more serious problem for me personally: my eyes are unusually sensitive to light and I really can’t be spending hours tune shopping on Beatport with the glare of a thousand suns boring into my retinas.

So I fixed it. One of the great things about increasing web standards compliance, is that it grants us, as individuals users, a great deal of flexibility to adjust aspects of a site to better fit our individual requirements and preferences, which can range from a small style tweak to full-scale dynamic page rewriting by the likes of Greasemonkey. But in this case, all I want to do is change the colour of various elements on the page, so a User Stylesheet is just the ticket.

Here’s my User Stylesheet to modify Beatport’s colour scheme. I wrote it mainly for my benefit, but I suspect there will be others of you who prefer the old Beatport colours of light text on a dark background, so I’ve made it available to everyone in the public domain. You may use and copy it without restriction.

This is exactly the same Beatport page as the picture above, but with my stylesheet applied:
Screenshot of Beatport with Quextal's "Dark Theme" stylesheet activated
If you want it to look like that for you, here’s what you have to do:
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Mix: Tales Of The Interstitial episode XIII:
live on PsyMusic 17th Aug 2010
with special guest Fat Mandy / Mr Faster

20 August 2010

TOTI is one year old! To celebrate, I was delighted to welcome Jon Ward, in his Fat Mandy and Mr Faster guises, to join me in the studio for both live PA and DJ sets.

After a brief intro from yours truly, Fat Mandy kicked off the show in future-retro style with an Ableton set of electro-swing. I spun a set of progressive and psybreaks after that, then it was the mighty Fat Mandy Live PA, lush evolving breakbeat squelch, interstitially poised somewhere between breaks, dnb and chill. Then Jon switched hats to his Mr Faster persona and we went back to back for nearly three hours of psytrance, rolling, dark, forest, bouncy, you name it. Wicked fun times!

Thanks to Jon for coming along (he’ll be back!), and for all the shoutbox crew for keeping us company!

(In the tracklists below, Jon’s selections are this colour).

Download (437.0MB 192kbps MP3 318’13”) 865 downloads (This is the archive of the whole 5+ hour show. Alternatively you can download individual sections below.)

0. Intro

# Artist Title Label
1 Psilodump The Droidduck Demon Tea
2 Normalize Nevermind Spin Twist

1. Fat Mandy electro-swing DJ set

Download (75.5MB 192kbps MP3 54’59”) 785 downloads

# Artist Title Label
3 Flanger Music To Begin With
4 Lena Horne I Want A Little Doggie
5 Chinese Man Artichaut
6 Dunklebunt Cinnamon Girl
7 Orquesta Del Plata Montserrat
8 Gramophonedzie Why Don’t You
9 Red Nichols Strike Up The Band
10 Benny Berigan Snake Charmer
11 Analogik Gipsy Kings
12 Der Dritte Raum Swing Dub
13 Kormac Kormac’s House
14 Frohlocker Hipbrass
15 Parov Stelar Hotel Axos
16 Chinese Man I’ve Got That Tune
17 Dirty Sole Skattered Jazz

2. Quextal progressive/techno/psybreaks DJ set

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# Artist Title Label
18 Sun Control Species Serenaii Iboga
19 Psilodump Faculties In Dreams Demon Tea
20 Philter Rise (Klopfgeister rx) Spin Twist
21 Chris Nemmo Nightshade (Fletric rx) Digital Sensation UK
22 Home Alone Asshole (Audiohazard rx) Ego Shot
23 Neurodriver Church Of The Plasma Christ Flying Rhino Digital [promo]
24 Jellyfish & Andrey Mute Sweet Acid (dub mix) Bombtraxx

3. Fat Mandy Live PA

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# Artist Title Label
25 Fat Mandy FAT MANDY LIVE PA [unreleased]

4. Mr Faster vs Quextal psytrance DJ set

Download (223.2MB 192kbps MP3 162’31”) 780 downloads

# Artist Title Label
26 Sensient Northern Lights Zenon
27 Sensient Cluster Fuck Zenon
28 Kiwa On The Frequency Exogenic
29 Sensient Crystal Rain Highly Evolved
30 Electrypnose Le Cri Du Donanubis
31 8220 GOA No Strings Attached
32 Troll Scientists Disco Doctor Exogenic
33 Encephalopaticys Athma PsyLife
34 ? ? ?
35 Loose Connection Track 2 [unreleased]
36 Atriohm Rings Of Fairy Auraquake
37 Electrypnose Erimesa Digital Psionics
38 ? ? [unreleased]
39 Bombax Remedy comp [unreleased]
40 Techtonic ft Quantum Zuma
41 Loud Subinya (album version)
42 Comadust Ass.com
43 Scorb MDMA
44 Dickster & Lucas Living Dangerously
45 Sensient Zoltan Futureaudio
46 cosmo something…1st album
47 1200 Mics Mescaline TIP World
48 Eat Static & Lucas Primitive Earthlings TIP World
49 Scorb Ipso Fvcto Trick
50 Sensient Offworld PsyTropic
51 Schatsi Radio Schatsi (Perfect Stranger rx) Iboga
52 Highpersonic Whomen Push The Limit

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Artists: 1200 Mics, 8220 GOA, ?, Analogik, Andrey Mute, Atriohm, Audiohazard, Benny Berigan, Bombax, Chinese Man, Chris Nemmo, Comadust, Der Dritte Raum, Dickster, Dirty Sole, Dunklebunt, Eat Static, Electrypnose, Encephalopaticys, Fat Mandy, Flanger, Fletric, Frohlocker, Gramophonedzie, Highpersonic Whomen, Home Alone, Jellyfish, Kiwa, Klopfgeister, Kormac, Lena Horne, Loose Connection, Loud, Lucas, Neurodriver, Normalize, Orquesta Del Plata, Parov Stelar, Perfect Stranger, Philter, Psilodump, Quantum, Red Nichols, Schatsi, Scorb, Sensient, Sun Control Species, Techtonic, Troll Scientists, album, cosmo, dub

Labels: ?, Auraquake, Bombtraxx, Demon Tea, Digital Psionics, Digital Sensation UK, Ego Shot, Exogenic, Flying Rhino Digital, Futureaudio, Highly Evolved, Iboga, PsyLife, PsyTropic, Spin Twist, TIP World, Trick, Zenon

Mix: Tales Of The Interstitial episode VII:
live on PsyMusic 19th Jan 2010

22 January 2010

If you’ve been struggling to get through all the recent 4+ hour shows, you’ll be pleased to hear that this month’s Interstitial clocks in at a mere 3½ 😀 Although since I only just posted December’s, you may have quite a lot of catching up to do… 😉

Warning: it starts off very glitchy: I think I inadvertantly lost a few listeners in the first minute who thought there must be a technical problem. Oops. Nope, it’s just a weird intro track from P&G…

After the intro we kick off with two of my latest artist discoveries: dope crunky beats from Opiuo, and blissed out fusion sounds from The Nasha Experience. Then we go delving into the darker, glitchier side of psybreaks and electro for a while. That leads into some techy and progressive 4/4s, before we bring the breaks back on an epic trippy nuskool tip, throwing in some techno and tech-funk for good measure, and finally bringing you down gently with a more chilled dub-tech breakbeat vibe.

Big ups all the Shoutbox crew for their support, especially n0sS – another enthusiastic new convert to Quextal’s Radical Interstitialism 😀 See you next time!

Download (297MB 192k MP3 216’27”) 1229 downloads

# Artist Title Label
1 Proton & Grateful Intro [from ‘Paparazzi’ album] Snoochi Boochi
2 Fiord Keen String (Opiuo Formula One rx) Open
3 Opiuo Forensic Lick Colony
4 The Nasha Experience Technology Nasha
5 The Nasha Experience Clotted Cream Nasha
6 Factorfunk Strange Downbeat
7 Bass Kittens Mono Melo Pretension
8 4Kuba Crunchdown Trans:verse
9 Digital Breaks Foundation OverRide (Cosmonaut’s Formation rx) VIM Breaks [promo]
10 Product.01 Destrukt en:vision
11 Tipper What’s Heavy Tipper Music
12 Skeetaz Rubber Proboscis
13 Mr Bill SolarTech QWERTY
14 Sensient Dissolve GoaCrops
15 Mario Miranda Cake (Glitter rx) Killing Machine
16 Behind Blue Eyes & Sun Control Species Portrait Of A Heartbeat Iboga
17 Dualsnug 400 000 Stars (Aerospace rx) Blue Tunes
18 Kiwa Access Exogenic
19 Robosapiens The Nine Dead Famous
20 Khainz Noizy Blue Tunes
21 Dascyllus Tokamak Glack Audio
22 Unconscious Mind(s) FD PsYbreaks [being signed]
23 Beatman & Ludmilla Leeroy Jenkins Ayra
24 Home Alone Get Away From Me Dead Famous [promo]
25 Depeche Mode Peace (BSD rx) [unreleased]
26 Beatman & Ludmilla Moldova Ayra
27 Blim Crazy Things (Koma & Bones rx) Track Records
28 Espion Petrol Bomb The Fuckers Bass4Bots
29 Future Funk Squad Sorcerary (Lawgiverz rx) Default
30 Umek You Might Hear Nothing Dataworx Digital
31 Far Too Loud Dancefloor Destroyer Funkatech
32 Far Too Loud All Is Machine Funkatech
33 Robosapiens Bodies Dead Famous
34 Novy & Eniac Pumpin’ Positiva
35 Jeremiah Surface Of The Moon (Umek rx) Ambig
36 Space Manoeuvres Octobot Lost Language
37 Scan Mode Terra Erre Antiritmo
38 Phidelity In The Details Recursive
39 Crunch Crunky (Lusine rx) Colony
40 Phidelity Dimensional Folds Recursive
41 Hardfloor Skill Shot Harthouse

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Mix: Live on Brap FM with Digital Fist 7th Sep 2009

7 September 2009

Many thanks to my guest Digital Fist for bringing his unique blend of deep and dark glitchy and hypnotic breaks and techno to tonight’s proceedings. He’ll be back (in the meantime, if you need more glitch to sustain you, I recommend picking up his latest mix, it’s a corker). And a big shout to all the listeners and chatters, record-breaking numbers of both 🙂

Download (170MB 192k MP3 124’18”) 1949 downloads

# Artist Title Label
1 Mad-Tek Meteor Shower Digital Distortions
2 Decoder 266 Ricochet
3 Mad-Tek X Digital Distortions
4 Product.01 Ready2Rage (dub) Dead Famous [promo]
5 DST Tribute Digital Distortions
6 Lawgiverz Gators (Crystal Distortion rx) Addictech
7 Skeetaz Skeeters Spacebar Sentiments
8 Skeetaz Dirty Dobber Proboscis
9 Butter Party Eat The Mushroom Trickery Collective
10 Guido Schneider Under Control Tuning Spork Germany
11 Asset Peak Limiter Digital Distortions
12 D-Unity Afrika Beat Therapy
13 Dessben Anisakis Antiritmo
14 Steevio Orjiva Mindtours
15 Steevio Cloudseeders (Tribal Chemistry mix) Mindtours
16 Steevio Nocturnia I Mindtours
17 Steevio Release Mindtours
18 Phidelity In The Details Recursive
19 Flack.Su Psychomancer Glack Audio
20 Dub Pistols Architect (Dub Pistols breaks mix) Distinctive
21 Cord Impulses Chi
22 Senior Frio Sub Noctem (Ion Driver rx 2) Digital Distortions
23 Mad-Tek Dread Digital Distortions
24 Neuronaut Database (Neuronauts 2008 Timewarp mix) Addictech
25 Lady Packa Don’t Let The Feeling Go! (Halobeatz rx) VIM Breaks [promo]
26 F-Word Death Valley (Eshericks rx) Dusted Breaks [promo]
27 The Infinity Project Time and Space (Black Sun rx) Dragonfly
28 Shpongle Dorset Perception Twisted

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Next show: Tuesday 15th Sep, 19:00 BST, PsyMusic: the next episode of Tales Of The Interstitial

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Mix: Late Nite Tech Trip

3 April 2008

Well. I got back from the pub about midnight, and then instead of going to bed like any normal person who has to be up at 7am next day, I stayed up and did a mix from the CDs I’ve just burned of the minimal techno I bought online yesterday and haven’t listened to yet. I’d inscribed the CD “Techno and/or Minimal” but it now seems the “or” was superfluous. This is not deep, chilled minimal like the middle part of this mix, and neither is it full-on hard stompy techno. It occupies that perfect centre of afterhours music (as far as I’m concerned) where it is equally suited to dancing around the lounge, hipswinging while seated, mild head nodding, or non-motile appreciation in a more horizontal and relaxed position (but definitely not sleep.) Most importantly of course, it progresses, it journeys, it trips, and takes you with it through different places and spaces in your imagination. It is alchemical – by means of sound, it creates images, feelings, sensations. Or, you create, it facilitates. I merely facilitate the facilitation. And I LOVE doing it.

There’s probably a couple of rough edges due to the fact that I was (and am) a bit mullered (could you tell?), I’ve never played these tunes before, and I couldn’t hear very well as I kept the volume low out of respect for my neighbours at this hour. But sod excuses, I managed to blow my own head off repeatedly both during the mix and listening to it back afterwards, so I thought I’d share it with you. Hope you like it, and as always your feedback is always welcome (add a comment or send an email).

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If you don’t love minimal techno… You Will.

  1. (00’00”) Bigger Than Jesus – Itchy Glitchy Spider (Fergie rx) – Silver Planet
  2. (05’24”) Bread and Butter – Kartoffel – Hot Slice
  3. (10’35”) Cabal – All In Off – Subtronic
  4. (14’03”) Patrice D’Angelo – Happy Lab – Freaky Cabs
  5. (19’59”) James Unk – Drop – Lessizmore
  6. (25’34”) Javy Union – Gate 9 (Pascal Feos rx) – Plain
  7. (31’42”) Jesse Voorn ft ZoXenia – SeeMe (DJ Lion dub) – USB Digital
  8. (37’13”) Sara Galli – Machete – 303Lovers
  9. (41’25”) The Junkies – Uneasy Feeling – PBR Recordings
  10. (47’21”) The Touch – Heart Of The City (Pig & Dan rx dub version) – Trunkfunk
  11. (53’32”) Utku Dalmaz – Little More – Bosphorus Underground

By popular request, I’ve upped the audio quality: from now on studio mix MP3s will be 192kbps.

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