EX062 by Xtine

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Hi hello - I’m Christine/Chrissi /xtine (pronoun she/her). I’m from Ottawa, Ontario. I moved from Toronto to Vancouver in 2015 & been here ever since. In Vancouver i run a collective within the electronic music community called Babelink with Cher/Innezz, Alli/Bunnie, Bradley/Crepes Suzette & Stella/Skydog. We throw parties focused on creating safe spaces for our femme, POC, queer community. Our crew is made up of DJs, DJs, dancers, drag queens, graphic artists & everyone in between. we’re also just a crew of friends doing our thing & supporting each other.

What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?

Initially i wanted to very specifically curate the tracks for this mix to be a perfect story, but i was thinking too hard about the perfect progression. I love to travel through styles, genres, highs and lows. on the night i made the mix, i decided to just go for it instead. I love playing through my recent dl drops and mixing them into what i have in my master genres. With the rain and change of season i’ve been feeling moodier, darker, introspective energies. I feel my intention came about even more by letting go of the setlist and feeling it out. I had so much fun and i love the progression that happened naturally with that in mind.

Who, or what, were your early passions and influences?

i used to blog about music because I wanted an online collection of music i loved to share with other people and to have a cute library for myself. Now my entire life revolves around curation. At my work @ the District, as a DJ, and as a human with Spotify. i’ve always been a nerd about organizing and collecting music. A major part of being a DJ for me is the time at home with 100 tabs open digging through endless tracks and collecting them in specific orders on all my platforms. I was initially inspired by electronic music by discovering it on youtube channels like majestic casual, selected, and tons of other channels that collect music that i now get to work with every day at the District. Stimming was one of the first artists that really blew my mind on majestic casual and opened the door to the kinds of music I’m in love with now, regardless of that not being the exact style of music i play.

Who, or what, inspires you today?

So many people, all the time. all of my friends doing the things. I’m inspired by everyone I see working hard to contribute to their local communities - creating events and environments that are safe and inclusive. I’m currently and endlessly inspired by D. Tiffany and her label Planet Euphorique. I’m not only inspired by musicians, but all artists that come together to create immersive experiences.

Who do you look up to in your local scene? Who pushes you?

My girl Cher/Innezz pushes me in so many ways. She’s always looking out for everyone, working hard to create safe spaces and challenging perspectives. Cher keeps me going. when i’m ready to quit - she never lets that happen and i’m always grateful for it. I’m inspired by Vancouver’s Nuzi Collective, New Forms Festival, and everyone grinding in the city doing things properly with good intentions to make things happen, it’s hard work and I appreciate it.

What are you working on now? What’s next?

Currently working on balancing Babelink events, gigs, work and self. Not overdoing it while keeping everything going. Next I’d like to find the time to keep learning Ableton and some hardware like my synth & maybe a drum machine :)

How has your path, intentions or expectations changed as an artist since you started producing and/or DJing?

I used to think that DJ-ing every weekend or all the time was the goal. Then it started happening and with balancing everything else, playing so often started to feel overwhelming. I think it might be different if you’re a touring DJ. But instead of DJ-ing out every weekend in the same city, i’m more focused now on taking less gigs and refocusing that time on the other aspects. I think less frequent gigs in your home city feel more special if they’re a bit more spaced out.

What was the last show that surprised you?

House of Kenzo artist collective at New Forms Festival was shocking and incredible. A fully immersive experience that was completely moving and will take me a long time to fully unravel the experience and my takeaways. Please look them up. Wow.

Anything else you’d like listeners to know?

This mix was recorded on an Allan & Heath Xone 42 mixer and CDJ850’s in my apartment. I’m still mastering the 850’s so there’s some bumps along the way. I had my friend Ryan do a little edit on it to smooth it out for best listening experience. :)

Any advice for up and comers who want to contribute to their community?

Show up and participate in the things you want to be part of. Volunteer when you can. Make sure you’re taking enough time for yourself and don’t feel like you need to be at every event in order to support the cause. Make sure you’re feeling good first. Your output will be better because of it.

Soundcloud / Facebook / Instagram

Tracklist:

Priori - Port Romance [Echovolt]
Roza Terenzi - Freak N Tweak [Dekmantel]
BEARCAT - VIVA [Physically Sick]
Gene On Earth - Beyond The Reef [Limousine Dream]
Jack Roland - Kyi City [lonelyplanetsrec]
Von Pixel - Dream Feed [Dream Feed]
Ambien Baby - Stab Me [Planet Euphorique]
Flora FM - Storm Cleaned [Kalahari Oyster Cult]
Ghtodrum - Rave Cave [YUNG DUMB Records]
Ghtodrum - 2nd Entry [Glove Traxx]
Pilgrims Of The Mind - Subtropique [Outersanctum]
Doxa - Disideratum [Physically Sick]
Roots - Pure Science [Lunar Tunes]
j-zbel - Tunnel Vision [BFDM]
Overland - Acid Dream [Helpful Music]
Egosim - Pirate Copy (Pulse Plant Remix) [This is…]
999999999 - 000000005 [NineTimesNine]
747 - Astero Ceras [Aquaregia]
Nick Warren - Buenos Aires [Hope Recordings]
Chris Bangs ft. Rita Campbell - Warm Weather (Solarstone Remix) [INCredible]
Shiloh - Sign I [Deeplife Records]
Universal State - All Because Of You (Sunday Club Remix) [Platipus]
Lmo Project - Free Radicals (Aaron Static Remix) [Underground City Music]
Reptant - Hydrax [Tomahawk]
Aquarius Tx - Sunset 17 (Dj Normal 4’s Breaky Baby Remix) [Echovolt]
Ghetto Sunrise - She Lies [Glove Traxx}

VHS x ExFM: Anput b2b Freele

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Ahead of VHS' opening night, we're featuring a new mix from Calgary's Anput and Freele. VHS takes place this Saturday, October 5 at the Junction Underground in collaboration with VOGUEYYC. For more information about the event, message us directly.

About VHS:

A new night, a new energy, and a new dynamic is set to occur, honouring the roots of vogue culture with seminal house selections. Welcome to VHS.

Culminating from the minds of Calgary selectors Freele, Anput & Mr. Beltline and born out of a desire for a fresh, new and exciting night in the city, VHS is a love letter to the glory days of ballroom, acid house, and the no-holds-barred classics that permeated the Chicago and Detroit club scenes of yesteryear.

Pairing thirst-quenching sounds with the innovative and no less than fierce movements of VOGUEYYC dance members, VHS promises to deliver on all fronts. Join us for our inaugural soirée: Saturday October 5th in the freshly renovated Junction Underground.

Here, Freele and Anput deliver a slamming mix in its anticipation.

VHS: Come as you are, dance as you are.

Modeste Mix Series 03: Jowen

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Our third and final mix for the Modeste Series comes from Jowen. A well known figure in Edmonton’s music scene for nearly a decade, Jowen shares his love for house, techno and alternative sounds through DJ-ing, Window Kids parties, as well as his latest endeavour as co-founder of Modeste Festival. The festival runs this upcoming weekend; for more details, please message us directly.

About Modeste:

Modeste Gathering is a congregation point for Alberta’s music & arts community, bringing together a wealth of talented Alberta artists for over two days of music.

More than the music, we look to create a safe and meaningful space to connect, and develop community. Our focus is to create an event that encapsulates humility and a humble appreciation for the area, including its rich history both Indigenous, European, or otherwise, and the natural environment that encompasses it.

Tracklist:

Liam Geddes – Song For New [Music is Love]
Javier Carballo - Atrapado [Totoyov]
Sapurra - Somnambulant [Plant 74]
Austin Ato – Morning [Phonica White]
DJ Boring – 6am Mimosa [Let’s Play House]
James Hadfield, Danny Linton - Soak feat. Danny Linton (Man Power remix) [Me Me Me]
DomSamba, Zweimannzelt - Down The Drain (Stevn.Aint.Leavn Remix) [Raw Underground Records]
Mike Grant - The Struggle of My People (Mr. G's There's Hope Mix) [Moods & Grooves Records]
Samu.l – Deep End [Suruba X]
Austin Ato – Song For Mr. Lewis [Phonica White]
John Billick - Weehawken Street [Achterdeck]
Jamie Trench – Autumn [Music is Love]
Lake People – Tomorrows Happiness [Mule Musiq]

Modeste Mix Series 02: small crimes

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For part two of our Modeste Mix Series we welcome small crimes, a duo comprised of Adrian De Vries and Evan Yu from Edmonton, Alberta.

About Modeste:

Modeste Gathering is a congregation point for Alberta’s music & arts community, bringing together a wealth of talented Alberta artists for over two days of music.

More than the music, we look to create a safe and meaningful space to connect, and develop community. Our focus is to create an event that encapsulates humility and a humble appreciation for the area, including its rich history both Indigenous, European, or otherwise, and the natural environment that encompasses it.

Modeste Gathering runs August 23-24 and this year’s lineup has been announced. For more details on the event, please message us directly.

Tracklist:

Soul Clap - Lonely C feat. Charlie Levine [K7 Records]
Jesper Ryom - Clock [Freude Am Tanzen Recordings]
Haidak - Robot Loves Analog [Audiophile Deep]
Ricky Razu - Without U [Housem Records]
Porches - Find Me (Baba Stiltz @ Samo DJ Remix) [Domino]
Hugo Massien - Where Your Body Begins [E-Beamz}
Stripper Consciousness Proliferation (Back 2 93) [SLEEVE]
Scott Franka - Sorry [Quartet Series]
XY0815 - Tool Matter [brokntoys]
Maya Janes Coles - Go On and Make It Through (I/AM/ME (BMG))
Reyam - Against All Odds [Bla Bla]
Will Easton - Bound [Stress Records]
Unknown - We Can Go Dancing [Unknown]

Modeste Mix Series 01: Mother Mary

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We’ve collaborated with our friends at Modeste Gathering for a three part mix series leading up to this year’s event, featuring artists included on this year’s lineup. For our first mix in the series, we welcome back Mother Mary.

About Modeste:

Modeste Gathering is a congregation point for Alberta’s music & arts community, bringing together a wealth of talented Alberta artists for over two days of music.

More than the music, we look to create a safe and meaningful space to connect, and develop community. Our focus is to create an event that encapsulates humility and a humble appreciation for the area, including its rich history both Indigenous, European, or otherwise, and the natural environment that encompasses it.

Modeste Gathering runs August 23-24. For more details on the event, please message us directly.

upsammy - Wild Chamber [Nous'klaer Audio]
VC-118A - Permutation [Frustrated Funk]
Cosmin TRG - Oblic (Minor Science's Non-Newtonian Fluid Mix) [Fizic]
Lou Karsh - Surface [LKR]
Mor Elian - Sci Si [!K7]
Boy Harsher - Fate [Nude Club]
Reptant - Liquid Acrobatics [Planet Euphorique] 
A2Z - Apache Breakdown [Klub Kuts]
Robotman - Simple Simon [Plus 8]
Stefan Ringer - Wanna Be Bad [FWM Entertainment]
DINA - Sea Trial [Molten Moods]
Rudolf C - Second Hand Love [X-Kalay]
Rudolf C - Natural Cycle [X-Kalay]
Octo Octa - Dresses [Running Back]
Max D - Lullabiological [1432 R]

EX061 by Nancy Dru

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My name is Jen, I go by she, her, I am from Vancouver, and I am affiliated of Proper Productions, our last event was Lucy at Open Studios :)

What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?

I wanted to do an excursion! So some trippy deeper music that will take us on a weirdo journey :) I usually peruse youtube or mixes of others I admire and mix and match until I'm happy.

Who, or what, were your early passions and influences?

I used to produce music, mostly idm back in the mid 2000s.  I think that influences me in timing mixes and definitely I lean towards more interesting sounds, not just fuzzy boom boom boom.

Who do you look up to in your local scene? Who pushes you?

In my local scene I admire Overland, who doing great things- putting on tons of events AND producing music, their new release is so good! I also admire Josh Garrett who I am working with on Proper, that person is a machine. Really though, this city is so full of cool talent, just go to any Groundwerk event and you can hear for yourself! 

What are you working on now? What’s next?

I am working on producing again hopefully, I moved last summer so finally getting my studio all set up now, it took awhile!

How do you go about preparing for a set?

When I am prepping for a set it's really dependent on the show and my mood. Sometimes I panic and prep hardcore, sometimes I just throw a bunch of music onto a usb and wing it. Sometimes I have plans and throw them all out the window! It really is about the crowd response so I find it hard to plan too meticulously. :)

- Nancy Dru

Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Soundcloud / Proper

Tracklist coming soon.

EX060 by Selci

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Selci [sɛl-si]

Her

Winnipeg

My name is Selci. I am a producer/singer/DJ from Winnipeg and currently based in Calgary.

My intention for this mix was to come to a decision of what my sound is as a DJ. This is my first mix released online and I wanted to lay the groundwork for what’s to come. Producing came pretty natural to me but honestly, I have been terrified to start Djing. It has taken time to commit because I am a full time musician. Another challenge is the stark contrast in my music taste, from noise music to pop, to techno and hip hop. So I decided to imagine myself DJing a party and realized that house music is what makes me feel real- like I can fully let go, consumed with sound, and completely at peace. I figured I should listen to that intuition when deciding what tracks I want to take with me behind the turntables.

My only reservation is that I want to explore the fringes of this genre- fully immersing  with a non-purest approach so I can still play weird shit and bring unexpected textures into my mixes. It became a guideline to build off of which allowed me to find crevasses for other influences like electro(pop), r&b, hip-hop and jazz etc.

Who, or what, inspires you today?

Analog synthesizers and processing, ambient music, sound design, noise, house, experimental pop and contemporary r&b. Unconventional song forms, unconventional recording techniques, emotive and intelligent lyrics. In order to satisfy my desire to hear something out of the ordinary I find myself gravitating to more intense and experimental music lately. But there is something undeniable about good songwriting and beautiful lyrics being sung by an incredible singer. What I’m noticing is a lot of music is getting more experimental in general. Pop and r&b are more avant garde than ever and I am definitely on board with that.

Artists I love right now: Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Black Moth Super Rainbow, clipping., Moses Sumney, Blood Orange, Laurel Halo,  Avalon Emerson, 6lack, H.E.R., Homeshake, Snoh Aelegra, Bibio, Mary Latmore, Monte Booker.

Who, or what, were your early passions and influences?

I started making music because I was obsessed with singing my whole life. I always used whatever was available to create music so I have found myself in a variety of performance mediums. I started performing in choirs and musicals and ended up with a university degree in classical music and opera. I sung folk music in bars and hitchhiked across the country twice with a guitar. I’ve performed experimental improvisation with a giant wind chime that I built out of driftwood, animal bones and rusty metal then ran through a sample based MAX patch.

My first ‘electronic’ (if you could call it that) set was an improvised looping set. It was lofi AF and definitely sounded like shit. In that first set up I ran my vocals through a two Boss guitar pedals, the reverb and the metal zone. All the layers were looped using preset sounds in a Yamaha electric keyboard from the 90’s. At the time this is what I had access to… it made sound so I used it. Turns out this shitty rig would lead me to where I am now performance and production wise.

What are you working on now? What’s next?    

I just finished recording my EP Effervescence and I couldn’t be more excited to get it out to the world. The album will drop on August 28. On May 27th Truth in the Sea comes out, it’s the first single from the album. It will be released with a coinciding music video in which I become a mermaid.

I have plans to start formal production of my first full length album at the end of this year. Much of the content is already written.

  • Selci

Soundcloud / Bandcamp / Instagram / Facebook

 

Tracklist:

Makaya McCraven (feat. Joel Ross) - Young Genius [International Anthem]
So Inagawa - Selfless State [Cabaret Recordings]
Harrison BDP -  Decompression [STRCTR Records]
George FitzGerald - Frieda [Double Six Records]
Sam Gellaitry - Waiting So Long [Inspected]
clipping. - The Deep [Sub Pop]
Dillon Nathaniel - Resonate (Warehouse Bass VIP Edit) [Confession]
Marie Davidson - Work It [Ninja Tune]
Wet - 11 Hours (Branches Remix) [Columbia]
Lee Scratch Perry - X Perry Ment [RIOR]
Mall Grab - Alone [Shall Not Fade]
Or:La - Limbosoup [Hotflush Recordings]
Peaches - Vaginoplasty (Maya Postepski Austra Remix) [U She Music]
Jesse Ware - Midnight (Peggy Gou’s After Midnight Mix) [Island Records]
B12 - Hall of Mirrors [B12 Records]
Claptone (feat Jaw) - No Eyes (Radio Edit) [Exploited]
Ben Klock - Subzero [Ostgut Ton]
Baba Stiltz - XXX200003 [Studio Barnhouse]
La Flex - In My Dreams With You [Media Blackout]
Bicep - Opal (Fourtet Remix) [Ninja tune]
Kadja Bonet - Delphine [OBE]

EX059 by Origin.txt

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Hey, I’m Cam. Origin.txt is a project, or moniker of mine that began in 2017 as an outlet for ambient, soundscape, and various layers of noise that I’ve been recording off and on for the last few years. I’m from Calgary where I began producing, mixing, DJ-ing as Crimson in 2009, and most importantly found my people, the weirdo’s, on my first little blue iMac. I had been blogging electro and making music for Myspace, where I first learned about Calgary music and the thriving west coast scene. An early intro to the city’s home for dance music - the Hifi Club and a journey to new worlds in underground UK dubstep/techno music via the eventual Modern Math crew - created a life long connection to sound. Sharing, creating, and feeling vibrational, visual, space/time altering connections has been a constant practice of mine ever since; using original textures as a way to express your voice, or your silence. 

I’ve wanted to make a fast mix for while, a blast off into space and take a night drive through the solar system mix. I played this on an Evolution UC33 in Ableton. At the same time I was learning to create samplers and methods based on old school jungle technique. I’ve always been very obsessed with the classic era jungle sound, mostly because I didn’t/don’t fully understand how it’s made - but it still makes a lot of sense to my brain, like a code. The roots in certain breaks and low end theories crossing over into dubstep, garage, and other experimental tunes were the foundation of the sound tree that keeps branching out. Some of my most memorable sound system experiences were during a friend and/or artist playing a track I didn’t know - Jungle often represents that connection to me. This mix is trying to share the feeling of those dance floors, letting it fleet and grow. The mix is old and new, 160+ bpm sound, slow lows, sword fighting and reminders.

What is your preferred DJ/ Production set-up?

I like to mix on all the platforms I have. Working on a mix in Ableton can often last a month, more of a project to chip away at or let it grow however it wants. Playing live using turntables/CDJ’s and a mix of records and rekordbox is more is more of a fun outlet to experiment new artists & label’s that I would want to share with people in more danceable, warmth and groove focus. The touching of turntables has helped connect body/mind in a practice sense - balancing the moving things subtly, bringing people with you, going with them etc.

What are you working on now? What’s next?

I’ll be releasing new things on Bandcamp in the near future, never planned. I’m spending more focused time in my small mountain studio and will always share a few bits around, here and there.

Soundcloud / Bandcamp

 

Tracklist:

The Last Angel Of History - John Akomfrah (Voice Over)
Burial - Beachfires [Hyperdub]
Leafar Legov - Ather [Giegling]
Zomby - Florence [4AD - CAD 3119]
Lee Gamble - Ghost [Hyperdub]
Dust E 1 - Civilised Rhythm [Lobster Theremin]
Skee Mask - Soundboy Ext. [Ilian Tape]
Dead Man's Chest - Obeahman [Ingredients Records]
Koda - Crisis [Intalektive Records]
Sully & Outer Heaven - Dream Sequence [Rupture London]
LTJ Bukem - Music [Good Looking Records]
A Guy Called Gerald - Survival [Juice Box]
Burial - Prayer [Hyperdub]
Sully - Trust [Keysound Recordings]
Andrea - Write Off [Modern Love]
Coco Bryce - Pressure Flip [Fresh 86]
Forest Drive West - Turtle Break [Rupture London]
Photek - Rings Around Saturn [Science]
Grapes & Isle O' Man ft. The Wino Boys - Up The Dubs (It Can't Rain Forever) [Future Times]
origin.txt - pied [unreleased]

EX058 by Rick Sharma

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Hey guys, my name is Rick Sharma and I’m a DJ based out of Calgary, Canada. I run a night in the city called Less is More, which focuses on dance music in an underground setting so as to eliminate the pressure of playing an “accessible” style that often comes with being a house/techno artist living in these parts of the world. This movement is to showcase lesser known sounds that truly capture the essence of mixing as an artform.

I also run a night called Prism with a collective of DJs, which is a residency we hold at Habitat Living Sound. This night is going on 4 years, and has been all kinds of fun. It was really just a way for four friends to come together and play music, but it has been so much more than that. It has also come with its challenges at times, but these are what allowed for us to grow as DJs, producers, and overall humans.

What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?

For this mix, I decided to take a flow as we go approach. Personally, the more I think about a way to make tracks work, the less fun/more mechanical it becomes for me. That said, I decided to pick some records that I wouldn’t necessarily play in a club-setting. I chose this opportunity to not hold back on what defines my sound, and I truly hope that you enjoy.

Who, or what, inspires you today?

I can go on forever if I were to say names of my inspirations; however, one thing that inspires me the most today is knowing that there’s music out there that DJs play that isn’t easily accessible by everyone. Back in the day, the whole culture revolved around club-goers going out to have their life changed by a record they heard. It made them want the name of that one record so bad, but there was no way of finding out what it was, unless they asked the DJ, which was frowned upon at the time. This ideology was the real catalyst behind the birth of underground club culture as we know it today, driven by people’s want for more music – the DJ being their only means. It is reassuring to know that despite being in the age of technology, this idea still exists and flourishes in a positive way.

How do you go about preparing for a set?

I don’t really have one way to prepare for my sets. I think it’s important to do your homework on a daily/nightly basis. For me, there is no substitute to spending time on getting to know your music. Unless if you want to plan an entire set, which to me defeats the purpose of DJing.

How has your path, intentions or expectations changed as an artist since you started producing and/or DJing?

My path has remained relatively same since I began my journey as an artist 9 years ago, in that, I always just wanted to grow more musically. My curiosity is what’s driven me to become the DJ I am today. That said, when I first started out, I assumed I would eventually get into production after a few years. Instead, in the past 3-4 years I’ve gotten more and more into mixing. There’s a whole science behind dancefloors, which is often overlooked but just completely fascinates me.

- Rick Sharma (Less is More/Prism)

Soundcloud / Facebook

 

Tracklist:

Sonodab – Brown Study [Fear of Flying – FOFVIN6]
Maurice Giovannini – Plasma [WEorUS – WU003]
Unknown Artist – A2 Untitled [EEE002]
Suneea – SaS [SAS004]
Dubphone – Déjà vu [Vandalism Musique – VBS001]
Mantah – C1 Atoll [Mama Recordings]
ID - ID
MSPE – A1 Untitled [Pager Records – PAGERWHITE001]
Smisou – Chanj [LumieresLaNuit OFF]
Studio Works – Five [7685REC]
Lessi S. – A2 Clipper (Roger Gerressen Mix) [RAWM05]
Pablo Tarno – Odyssey
Harry McCanna & DTG – Subdvisions [LB007]
Befog – Considerandum [BFG005]

EX057 by David Pelvis

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I created this mix to say hello or goodbye, goodnight or good morning, and envisioned a sunset, or sunrise as backdrop to to give you a picture. It’s not necessarily meant for the dance floor, but is consistent with 4/4 rhythm.  These days I’m into deep ethereal arpeggios and hypnotic techno, and letting tracks fully breathe.  I liked the idea of doing the live video for Excursions because I feel like DJ sets are best heard live, unedited, and unplanned.  Tune into my studio for 2 hours (at least) of solid deep, tech,  and house music from 7-9pm PT (8-10pm GMT).

Who, or what, were your early passions and influences? 

My first exposure to Electronic music culture was in 2008.  Mat the Alien, Piranha Piranha, Skream, Neighbour, and Atomic Hooligan were some of the DJs i looked up to in the beginning. I listened to a lot of Fabriclive CDs back in 2008.  Then in 2010 it was Dubstep, Breaks and Deadmau5.  Ill also admit, I listened to a ton of Trance from those “Euphoria” CDs in the early 2000s.   

Who, or what, inspires you today? 

Steven Bodzin,  Nolah,  Adriatique,  Denis Sulta.  Mat the Alien,  Skream…

Ethics, hard work, authenticity.  

Who do you look up to in your local scene? Who pushes you? 

I look up to FNKSTLL [Sink Deep Records] from Victoria BC. Ive known this techno duo for quite some time, and have seen tireless dedication and growth in the past few years. Their productions have reached top notch level, and are spitting tunes out on the weekly. Their night in Victoria called Sink Deep is growing, and they bring bigger artists every time.  They’ve been a big inspiration to me in business and in music. 

SLAB (Max Ulis and Ryan Wells) and Soul Hop (Soren Hodne and James Hennessy) are consistently bringing great artists from around the globe to play in intimate settings in Van City. It’s so good to be exposed to new live music on a regular basis.  Nothing but smiles when I’m at their events.

- David Pelvis (Sub.fm/Sink Deep)

Web / Soundcloud / Mixcloud / Sub.fm / Facebook

Tracklist:

Mark Allow - Trip to Lonely Planet (Original Mix) [Solar Distance]
JP Elorriaga - No Words (Aney F. Remix) [Serkal]
Bizen Lopez - Una Noche Sin Cafe (Hugo Remix) [Suruba X]
ANOTR - Let Me Hear Ya (Original Mix) [Solid Groove Records]
Miguel Bastida - Assault (Original Mix) [Be One Records]
Harry Judda - Urchin (Original Mix) [This Ain’t Bristol]
Marc Werner, Music P - Circle (Original Mix) [Variety Music]
Adriatique - Voices From The Dawn (Original Mix) [Afterlife]
Herman Cattaneo, Soundexile - Astron (Davi Remix) [Sudbeat Music]
Nolah - Dagaz (Original Mix) [Timeless Moment]
Stephan Bodzin - Strand (Original Mix) [Afterlife Records]
Township Rebellion - The Review (Original Mix) [Einmusika Recordings]
Volen Sentir - Arrival (Original Mix) [All Day I Dream]
Adriatique - Ray (Original Mix) [Afterlife Records]
Kosmicway - Synopsis (Original Mix) [?]
Mononoid - Greens Grove (Original Mix) [Einmusika Recordings]
Guy Gerber - What To Do (&ME Remix) [Rumors]
Denis Sulta - Its Only Real (Original Mix) [Numbers]
Tiga, Kolsch - HAL (Original Mix) [IPSO]
Jonas SaalBach - April (Simon Doty Remix) [Einmusika Recordings]
Nolah - Fedra (Original Mix) [Parquet Recordings] 
Mockbeat -  Magnolia (Original Mix) [Wood]
Economist - Metemorphosis (Economist Update) [Variety Music]
Lobert - East Rowa (Matt Sassari Remix) [Gorilla Recordings]
Dense & Pika - Project Zues (Original Mix) [Kneaded Pains]
FNKSTLL - Trez (Original Mix) [Unreleased]
Dense & Pika - Colt (Original Mix) [Hot Flush]

EX056 by bbmars

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Hey, my name is Megan or bbmars, I’m a DJ/Producer from Calgary, Canada.

What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?

I went into creating this mix more impulsively than with intent to be honest. I’ll usually start with a track I’ve been binge
listening to, then get lost in it. I’ve learned I work better with no expectations, and to just trust the momentum and drive my creative energy gives me.

Who, or what, were your early passions and influences?

Aphex Twin has to be my greatest influence. The first time I heard Windowlicker, I can’t remember my age, but I just remember thinking how amazingly different the record was. It definitely pointed me in a certain direction musically.

How has your path, intentions or expectations changed as an artist since you started producing and/or DJing?

Along with life’s challenges, as I mature, my intentions and expectations have grown and changed with me. I’ve always thought the music I create, or that I’m attracted to, reflects my state of mind/being. Listening back, the majority of the music I was making, the music I was connecting with, I can’t relate to anymore. Which is actually great, because it’s one of those subtle reminders of growth.

I remember when I started DJing, I was all about pleasing the crowd - trying to figure out what everyone else wanted. That turned out to be toxic for my creative energy, and soon music started triggering stress. Producing wasn’t the same, this subliminal thought of “would people like this” kept inhibiting my process. That’s when I took some time off to try and understand why something that once meant so much to me, was now the cause of so much stress. I soon had a realization; I was kind of forgetting to ask myself what I like. Which seems so simple, but at the time, was a huge revelation. Currently, I’ve dropped all my expectations and I play/make music because, that’s what I love to do.

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Tracklist:

Dean Grenier - Immortal [OMNIDISC]
DJ Nori - Happy Sunday (Maurice Fulton Mix) [Running Back]
//// - Shouan Shawn [Jungle Gym Records ]
ITPDWIP - Blinded By The Light [Lobster Theremin]
Haider - Retrofuturist [Breaker Breaker]
Loss - Dat Dat [Jelly Bean Farm]
Peggy Gou - Gou Talk [Technicolour]
DJ Heure - First Hour [Distant Hawaii]
Ricky Razu - Without U [Houseum Records]
Willrijk - Merci, Agathe [Jungle Gym Records]
V. Kristoff - Version 4 [Jungle Gym Records]
Intimacy - Your Future [Jungle Gym Records]
Martyn - Fashion Skater [Ninja Tune]
Hunee - Hiding The Moon [Rush Hour Music]
Deadboy - Sheener [Local Action]
Pangaea - Bone Sucka [Hessle Audio]
Daphni - Carry On [Jiaolong]
Dude Energy - Some Desire [Animals Dancing]
Hunee - Error Of The Average [Rush Hour Music]
Peggy Gou - It Makes You Forget [Ninja Tune]
Palms Trax - Houses In Motion [Lobster Theremin]
Minimal Violence - Rapids [Jungle Gym Records]

EX054 by Hales Nwad

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Hey, I’m a 23 year old fringe dweller from Edmonton Alberta. My name is Hales Nwad, it’s my real name spelled backwards, i’ll let you figure that one out. I'm affiliated with Night Comfort Live, which is also based out of Edmonton, we throw wicked fun parties.

What was your intention for your Excursions mix?


My intentions with this mix was to explore lust, love, & summertime. It’s hot out, were all a little freaky and I feel like those subjects come up for a lot of us. Also, to explore different forms of house music, because I usually just find the weirdest music out there and mix it together. I wanted to try sticking to one genre for once, and really pay tribute to early house pioneers, as well as those developing new forms within house music.

How did you go about selecting music?


Mmmm. I was thinking about what music I could skate well to. I was also riding around in vehicles a lot with friends when gathering music for this mix, so thought of music that would put us all in a chill space while we cruised. Tracks to feel light and fun. Tracks that would help add to the narrative of summer. Also my friend Jackson (Jak Mak) & I made a song, it happened to be house. I wanted to add to my mixes in a way I haven’t before so I chose a few tracks that I thought would go well with the track we made.

Who, or what, were your early passions and influences?


My earliest influences with music were big band & soul artists that were played on CBC radio 1, Bjork, Portishead, System of the Down and Enya. This is what I was exposed to as a kid.

When I started to choose my own influences it was absurdist artists like Laura Crystal Carver, and Daniel Johnston that really made me want to continue with music, just because they didn’t give a fuck how their expression was perceived, they just expressed themselves. Laura was actually a terrible musician, but is so odd and genuine it worked out enough to get her places she wanted to go.

There was a point I was getting bored with music, that was pretty depressing, so that’s when I really started to explore. At the time I was living in a smaller community without internet at home, so I spent a lot of time in libraries, taking out any cd I thought looked remotely interesting. It was a smaller community so the selection wasn’t amazing, but I got exposure to a lot of variety. I started listening to everything, from Classical, hip-hop, Psychedelic, Punk, Nigerian musicians such at Fela Kuti, 90’s British Indie Rock a lot of random local folk musicians. There were a few, dare I say “EDM” CD’s at this library, Moby, Animal Collective and Radiohead. I listened to “Song Tongs” & “Kid A” over and over again for months. I was mesmerized. It wasn’t until years later that I understood the immensity of electronic music, & the history of it, how far we can take it. Although I do value almost every form of music there is. It’s just different exaltation, different movement.

Who, or what, inspires you today?


Human relationships, the way everything now seems to be coming to the surface and how we are able to have self realization of certain aspects of being human that are innate within us all. Rhythm, & providing a soulful experience.

So many people are inspirational. So many animals are inspirational.The earth really inspires me.

My friends, I really want to see them happy, and enjoying themselves, I think about them often when I DJ or when I make a mix, just people I’ve learned to love.

Fellow artist inspirations over the past few years have been, Suzi Analog, Jlin, Calsutmoran, Hp Shawty, Kevin the Creep, Lil Ugly Mane, Animal Collective, Lee Gamble, Laura Crystal Carver, Bjork, Daniel Johnston, SPK, Flying Lotus, Sven K, BarnabyBennett text chunk, oldbooth, jak mak, Swan Meat, Jade Statues, Foodman, D.J.Fulltono, Kush Jones, DJ FLP, Hood Joplin, Jodie Overland, Homesick, Little Snake, 666 Mafia, well, Juicy J and DJ Paul, Opus 3, D Tiffany, Of course pioneers like Dj Screw, Dj Rashad, Freddie Knuckles, Juan Atkins, Kevin Saunderson, Jeff Mills, Mike Banks, Marc Mac, Dego. There’s honestly so many people that influence me, and have changed the way I approach my own creation of music.

How has your path, intentions or expectations changed as an artist since you started producing and/or DJing?

I started DJing knowing music meant alot to me, knowing there needed to be some changes in the way we approach partying and celebration. I used to be a “partier”, & there tends to be acceptance within the club scene that comes really quickly, it unfortunately often times also comes with a acceptance of substance abuse and being put in really vulnerable situations, as a young woman especially.

So I really wanted create more spaces where the music was so good, and people had so much to look at, see, and enjoy that they felt less inclined to have to use shit to stay up and enjoy the night. Also a space where vulnerable people felt safe, safe to fully express themselves without feeling threatened once they’ve done this.

I’ll never forget this one party I went to where the girls started going topless, it was because they felt safe to, no one harassed them, they freed the nipple in peace because it was really hot in there, and they may have been on molly also, but regardless! No one sexualized them or made them feel uncomfortable for doing what comes natural when it’s hot and the music's good.

That’s my magnum opus now, which is to play at, and throw parties where people just feel really comfortable to express and just be.

Also to keep exploring music ferociously, and find new ways to incorporate my eclectic tastes into something palatable, and movement worthy.

Over the next few years I’m placing my focus on making my own tracks and adding to this very large conversation that is dance music.

Any advice for up and comers who want to contribute to their community?

Study, study, study, push your ego aside, and feel the rhythm.

Use whatever you have available, don’t be afraid to make a whole track using audacity if that’s all you have access to. In saying that, the library is your friend, especially here in Edmonton, we have a great library with a lot of resources for artists and creatives. Delve into VST’s if you have the time for to learn them, there are alot of free resources ,and you can really push your tracks to the next level once you’ve learned a few.  If you have money, get into analog because the learning curb isn’t as steep.

You may jump into things, thinking there are a million social norms and rules and guidelines, but there really are none, other than to be kind and respectful. Be genuine don’t force relationships. When it comes to creation I encourage people coming up in the community to play what they like, be intentional, & understand that your shaping people's experience of whatever event you are playing.

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Tracklist:

Mother Nature's Orchestra - You Are My [Honey Badger Records]
Deniece Williams - Free [Colombia]
Primitive Trust - Little Love [Aus Music]
Divine Interface - Divide It [CGI Records]

Louke Man - Wheres My Adrien [*Self Published]
Nackt - Let’s Go Shopping [Left Hand Path]
Ennio - Ready 4 Love (original mix) [Exposure Music]
HOUSE PARTY - IF U C EM POINT EM OUT ( SCARY HOES ) [*Self published] 
Lenny Larusso - The Silk Dub [Snazzy Traxx]
Louke Man - Petal to the Metal [Self Published]
Dj Steaw - Frog Man [Hot Haus Recs]
Dj Seinfeld - Flyin’ Thru Sunrise [Endotherm]
Nathan Melja - No No No [Technicolour]
808 State - Pacific 707 [ZTT]
Seb Wildblood - Plants [Omena]
Bit of Rhythm - Dj Bowlcut [HAUS of ALTR]
Opus III - It’s Going to Be a Fine Day [Eastwest Records America]
Hales Nwad & JAK MAK - Passerine [*Self Published]

EX051 with Befaire

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This is Brendan Fair, otherwise known as Befaire, from Edmonton, Canada.  

What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?

When selecting for this mix I wanted to give everyone a better idea of my current trajectory. Early influence came from labels like Toy Tonics, Razor-n-Tape, Heist & Dirt Crew, however you wont find any of those songs in this mix. Over the past year I've felt a certain shift in my own tastes and how I digest music. Digging deeper into vinyl culture and broadening my idea of what club or dance music can be. My aim was to present something new and exciting for myself, and the listeners too. Hence the length of this recording. 

What are you working on now?

This year for me is going to be about presenting my project in a more collected, professional manner and also working together with other members of the scene to collaborate on music & events. Spending pretty much all my free time in the studio so far this year, staying up all hours of the night. I've been setting deadlines and sticking to them. The transition form abandoning projects/starting fresh every session to actually fleshing out my ideas has come with its challenges, however i feel I'm learning more with every project added to the collection. At the moment I'm trying my best to get tunes out before festival season. I applied to a couple new ones, one I've played the last couple years - whatever happens with that, at least I feel confident in the manner my art has been presented. 

What's next?

Lately I've been dreaming up collaborations with other DJ's and Artists in regards to throwing our own parties outside of a regular club setting. I'm really excited for these ideas to come to life, i think this is something Edmonton could use more of and i know a lot of people who feel the same. As for my next move? Just keep trekking into new territory. Finish more tracks, play more gigs, keep the hamster wheel turning.

 

Tracklist:
 

Denice Frohman - Accents [Feels Like Home]
Makcim, Levi Verspeek - Geen Hapje [Raum.. Musik]
Danvers - My Nina [CoOp Presents]
Gabriele Poso - Roots Of Soul (Atjazz Remix) [Compost Records]
Dirk 81 - MFC [Tartelet Records]
Glowing Palms - Asteroidz [Blip Discs]
Moises- Easy Beauty [Beste Freunde]
Tecture - Rebirth [Certain Circles] (*~Befaire Bootleg~*)
Zvukbrova -  Kse Zo [Listen to Reason]
Homewreckers - Chicago Urban Blues [CircusCompany]
Alexander Amir - Transcend [Anthropology Records] 
Stefan Goldmann - Sleepy Hollow [Innervisions]
Day 2 - MCM [Deeptrax Records]
Marc Miroir - Intakt (Diego Krause Remix) [Paso Music]
Lock Eyes - Febbre [Lobster Theremin] 
Treb - Slambin'  *unreleased*
Crocodiles in the Ceiling - Lego Train Crashes [Ecstatic] 
Pearson Sound - Heal Me [Pearson Sound]
Rolando Simmons Volumes - Saughton Mains (Collectors Edition)
Helena Hauff - Gift [Ninja Tune]
Dan Only  - Gut Rot [New Kanada]
O'Flynn - Pluto's Beating Heart [Ninja Tune] 
Pukemaster Gehm - Aha [Solar One Music] 
Ben Sims - The Stalker  [Deeply Rooted] 
Befaire - Damage Control  *unreleased*
Brett Longman - Spy Me [Logistic Records]
Mark Hanning - Late Night TV [Freude-am-Tanzen]
Moniker - Orbiter [CircusCompany]

EX053 by Flandez

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I’m Flandez, a music producer and deejay living in Montréal. I was born in Winnipeg and later moved to Chile at the age of 10. Experiencing this change in the pre-internet era had me see and understand the uniqueness of each city, the richness of each culture. As I find of most music coming out of Chile, our folkloric heritage is the re occurring theme that represents the backbone of the rhythms and soul of our compositions.

At the present moment I’ve been mostly influenced by minimal styles of many musical genres. Montreal is an amazing city filled by a rich self-respecting musical scene. As for where I fit is mostly with a crowd more interested in Minimal House. Less is more.
 
Something special about this city are our snowfalls that hit us storm after storm. It is in this context that I prepared for something that would give me pleasure to listen both while chilling indoors or at a more artistic intimate party venue where bass and soundscapes are sought out. Slowly and without thinking I had gathered throughout the years some records that would bring me into a space of peace at home. After that it was as easy as jamming them out!

How do you go about preparing for a set?

It all depends on the setting. If it’s for a recorded set, I’ll usually have a track that builds up slowly or has a more monotonous energy in the beginning. I kind of have a playlist in my head so ill jam it a couple of times and that would be that. Now if it’s at a party, I’ll try to follow what the previous deejay is playing. While listening to their last track, the track that I’ll play pops into my head. 

What are you working on now? What’s next?

At the present moment I’m working on a new project with my good friend Esteban de Haro who now lives in Germany. I’m opening up my music to a lighter side with him. So in the next months we would be looking into having a release together.

On the other side I just started getting into modular synthesizers, which is a new world for me. These new sound will be heard more and more often in my own personal music.

What was the last show you saw?
I saw Rhadoo play a deejay set at Stereo. This guy knows how to rock. He played a Romanian infused minimal techno set. He showed a perfect control of the turntables while playing solid tracks.

- Flandez

Tracklist:

Efdemin – Technicolour (original mix) [Dial]
Concept 1 (Richie Hawtin) – 20:00 (original mix) [Concept 1]
Pellarin – Montpellier Dub (original mix) [International Sun-Earth Explorer]
Elysée – Take my hand (original mix) [SoulOn]
Vadim Svoboba – Pattern 34 (original mix) [DBLR]
Esoteric Workshop – Roche (original mix) [Sensual]
Ztrl – Walden (original mix) [Tape-Hiss]
Nima Gorji & Illington – Whispers (original mix) [Welt]
Akiko Kiyama & Laurine Frost– Newmud (original mix) [Tape-Hiss]
Butric – Balam (original mix) [Sei Es Drum]

EX052 with Lotus Queen

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I’m Marisha and I go by Lotus Queen. 

I’m from Calgary, Alberta and I was the first woman to start spinning drum n bass here. I have held down my radio show Remote Emissions at CJSW for 20 years. I am currently affiliated with DNB Girls, Girls On Decks, Tigerstyle Saturdays, Studio Social and CJSW 90.9FM Radio.

What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?

I usually select music intuitively based on a mood or vibe I want to convey. Sometimes a story unfolds. My intention was to create a journey to lose oneself in and forget about problems for an hour and maybe feel some emotions you’ve been keeping in or remember a special time. I love music for that so much.

Who, or what, inspires you today?

I make house mixes for my fitness classes and that inspires me as I can pay homage to the songs I grew up listening to like Madonna, Black Box, Tears for Fears, Pet Shop Boys, and more… and just have fun and be creative. Playing hip hop also keeps me inspired. The younger people in the scene who are making things happen, creating, learning always inspire me. I love seeing them learn and create and most of them are catching on way sooner than I did. LOL. But it keeps me on my toes.

How has your path, intentions or expectations changed as an artist since you started producing and/or DJing?

I am more choosy with the shows I play and I stick to a level that is comfortable for me so I don’t burn out. My tolerance for unprofessional behaviour has gone way down yet my patience has gone way up. If someone is nervous and makes a mistake while playing on my show, it’s not a big deal as pretty much any fuck up has been done already. I am much more relaxed and can finally have fun with it like I didn’t used to be able to. That’s a great feeling and I am excited to dive even deeper into Serato, sampling and maybe one day production.

Any advice for up and comers who want to contribute to their community?

Do it because you love it. You aren’t always going to get paid, things can feel thankless at times, you learn a lot about how people are, but the DJ scene is a microcosm of our larger society so enacting positive change at that level can only radiate out further. Build something, bringing people together, and positively impacting even just one person with music is something special. The friends I have made because of the music community constantly remind me that joining CJSW Radio and deciding to DJ was the best choice I ever made. Knowing that just by playing music I have positively impacted someone’s life is something that is so sacred to me and makes it all worthwhile.

- Lotus Queen

Tracklist:

Random Movement - Lake Escape [Driven AM Recordings
]Light Monday - Beat Drum Like This [Kos.Mos.Music]
Nfunk - Black Heart (Radicall Remix) [DNBB Recordings]
The Vanguard Project - Want U Back [Spearhead Records]
BlastikZ - By Your Side [Soul Deep Digital]
Monika - Dusk Till Dawn [Ingredients Records]
D Bridge - Since We've Been Apart [Shogun Audio]
Rowpieces - Life Can Be So Beautiful [Celcius Recordings]
Silence Groove - Why Don't You [Soul Deep Exclusives]
Ike - Always There (Radicall Remix) [Nightworks]
Kytami - Sirens [East Van Digital]
Walkr - Bedouin [Celcius Recordings]
QZB - Run From It [Critical Music]
Ivy Lab & Hydro feat. Frank Carter III & Lucy Annika - Make It Clear [Metalheadz]
Radicall - Trajectories [Nightworks]
BlastikZ - Bricks [Soul Deep Digital]
Flame - Let Me Feel [Celcius Recordings]
BlastikZ - Purple Heart [Soul Deep Digital]
Adam F - Circles [EMI]
AwakeFM & Mizeyesis - Memories of a Distant Planet [Omni Music]
Atlantic Connection feat. Kevin King - Backlog (Submorphics Remix) [Westbay Music]
1.8.7 - We Are Not Alone [Unsigned]
Blu Mar Ten - Overwhelm (Seba Remix) [Blu Mar Ten Music]
HumaNature, Surplus, Subdivision feat. Hannah Eve - Free [Fokuz Recordings]
Forthcoming - Love You [Fokuz Recordings]
Electrosoul System - Do It All Night Long [Kos.Mos.Music]
L-Side - Thought Love [V Recordings]
Walkr - Funky Lady [Celcius Recordings]
Midnight Request - Jazzy [Influenza Media]
Flame, NClear - Intermezzo (nClear VIP) [Lush Stuff]
The Vanguard Project feat. Jemimah Read (Original Mix) - Stitches [Spearhead Records]
Serum, Paul T & Edward Oberon - In Too Deep [V Recordings]
D.Kay - Devotion [Soul:r]
Crix - Secrets [Absys Records]
Dan Guidance, Greekboy - Be With Me [Liquid Drops]
6IX - Liquid Statez [Intaface Recordings]
Dushi - Summertime [Formation Recordings]
Rowpieces - Love Confession [Celcius Recordings]
QZB - Unity [Critical Music]
Sinerise - Beams [East Van Digital]
Silent Dust - 1959 (Calibre Remix) [None 60]
The Vanguard Project feat. David Boomah - Freedom Fighters [Spearhead Recordings]
Sully - 368ft High & Rising [Rua Sound/Foxy Jangle]
MSDOS, Greekboy - Sunshine Reggae [Liquid Drops]

EXR110 - Refuge with TAF

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TAF in the mix tonight for our final episode of 2018 with REFUGE MUSIC YEG!

Tracklist:
A Sagittariun – Different Planet [Secretsundaze]
Cooly G feat. Simbad – Landscapes [Hyperdub]
Waterpark – Data Orb [Waterpark]
DJ Nasty – Aphrodisiac [Yo Sucka!]
Secret Lover – Oxy Dub [Heart to Heart]
Jordan Fields – I Think It’s You (Steve Murphy Remix) [Axe On Wax Records]
Ames Henry – Lose Your Sense of Self [Decabaret Records]
DJ Guy Lafleur – Rising Up
Rick James – Ghetto Life [Gordy]
Jeff Mills – Give The Drummer Some [Purpose Maker]
Darren Abrams – Loose Piano (Malik Pittman Remix) [Third Eye Recordings]
John Arnold feat. Malik Alston – Inside (Mr. Scruff Mix)[Wagram Music]
Waajeed – Better Late Than Never [Dirt Tech Reck]
Analogue Cops – Radar [Out Electronic Recordings]
Theo Parrish - Leave The Funk To Us [Sound Signature]
Peter Croce - Revival [Rocksteady Disco]
M People - Moving On Up (Unreleased KDJ Edit) [NDATL Muzik]
Black Noi$e - Brick Wall [Vanity Press Records]
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Nina Simone – See Line Woman (Jerome Sydenham & Kerri Chandler’s Vocal Mix) [Ibadan Records]
Amp Fiddler feat. Bubz Fiddler & J. Dilla - Through Your Soul [Mahogani Music]

EX050 with Mother Mary

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I’m Alex Naylor (Mother Mary)

I chose the name as a queer reinterpretation of my family’s Catholic background. I was born and raised on Treaty 7 territory, in Moh’kins’tsis (Calgary), with brief stints in, and a strong affinity for, the city of Toronto.

I love my hometown, I love our community here, and I’ll always be thankful to the people who built our electronic music scene and continue to push its momentum forward. I’m also aware that we need to work tirelessly to save it from corporate destruction and backwards thinking, so that’s something I like to work alongside friends to contribute to.

Some of the places and spaces where I direct energy toward that goal are as a radio DJ and podcast producer at CJSW (where I have a weekly music show and a monthly queer interview podcast), as scheduling coordinator with Calgary PartySafe (a peer-to-peer harm reduction collective), as a resident DJ with the RENDER crew at Habitat Living Sound, as co-producer of the SKEEN parties (which I run alongside the residents of the infamous Flamingo house), and right here as part of the Excursions.fm team.

When I was starting to DJ, I remember reading an interview with Tijana T and she said, “No matter the genre, no matter the tempo, before putting that record in a record bag or file on a stick ask yourself this: do I love this piece of music? Does every single bar resonate with me?” That advice has stuck with me as I try to patch together my disparate musical loves (downtempo, ambient, percussive house, deep techno, and, more recently, electro) into a personal sound.

What was your intention for your Excursions mix? How did you go about selecting music?

This mix is a live recording (props to Mark Adam for the mastering job!) from a midnight set from the 2018 New Year’s Eve party at the Transient space in Edmonton. For anyone who hasn’t attended one of their parties, it has to be experienced and I won’t try to describe it here. I brought a mix of rough electro, lighthearted breakbeats and straight-ahead techno. As those who have heard the rationale behind my radio show Silent Disco will know, I am always focused on selecting a healthy amount of tracks made by women and non-binary producers, as well as showcasing the talents of queer producers and artists of colour because they form the historical and current backbone of the music we love.

Who, or what, inspires you today?

Sandro Petrillo is a big influence on me, both musically and in his passion for the groundwork behind the magic of a good party. He brings together the seemingly separate elements of the ethereal and the technical to create events that allow for important dancefloor experiences and meetings between people. I know so many people in our scene met each other at Modern Math parties, and I owe a lot of my current involvement in the Calgary scene to folks I met and experiences I had at the Northern Lights Wednesday nights at Hifi Club.

Currently, I draw a lot of inspiration from Kendra Scanlon (Soothsayr) because my experiences working with her have shown me that attention to detail, a lot of hard work, and the right conversation at the right time can make amazing shit happen. Ryan Baker (Jack Ryan) is the same way—how does he have the time to do it all so well? Everyone else on the Excursions team: you’re such a delight to work with. Kris Boekestyn (Chordlust) is generous, patient, and incredibly talented. Mirical MacDonald (PartySafe) is one of the harm reduction pillars of our city and she does so much behind-the-scenes work to keep our scene healthy and safe—without her we’d be lost! Leigh-Anne, Isis and Krista and their Ten Percent project have been really grounding for femme DJs in our city in the past year. Cody Freele (Sonny Chiba) was a huge welcoming force to me into this scene, and the generosity and skill with which he unifies the dancefloor continues to amaze me. Shouts to Catfish the Slim, JustJamal and all Wizardpalace affiliates for getting so many people started in creative practices. And of course, Dino Dobosic (Tamera Daun), Calgary’s official Croatian electro-representative, has influenced my taste a ton and it’s been awesome to work with him on the SKEEN parties.

I see the work of ravers, DJs and promoters who have built our scene to what it is, and I appreciate all they’ve done to get us to where we are… there is so much potential for the future in Calgary and I’m excited to continue to invest in it.

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Tracklist:

Steffi - Different Entities [Ostgut Ton]
Spacetravel - Galactic [Time Passages]
Classroom - Traumer [GETTRAUM]
Feel Me - Willow [Workshop]
Darling Farah - Body (Jimmy Edgar Remix) - [Civil Music]
2 Bit Crew - Baaam (PH1 Workdub) - [2 Bit Crew]
Paleman - All Good [Fulcrum]
Omar-S - Solely Supported [FXHE]
Lady Blacktronika - Very Strange [Sound Black]
Mr. G - You In Or You Out (Ben Sims Jacker Edit) [Phoenix G.]
Simo Cell - How Do U Turn This On - [Livity Sound]
or:la - Wendy Wild [Hotflush]
Model 500 - Techno Music (M500 Version) [R&S]
The Other People Place - Let Me Be Me [Warp]
London Modular Alliance - Lucid [Hypercolour]
Wilhelm - Reverie [Oscilla]
Traumer - Lost In Capsule [GETTRAUM]
Hiver - Egeo [Kann]
Fred P - 6AM [Secretsundaze]
Mr. C - Master of the Universe [Superfreq]
The Rattler Proxy - Follow (Khidja Remix) [Lurid]
Reptant - Hydrax [Tomahawk]
Chordlust - Dialup [Unreleased]
Peggy Gou - Six O Six [Phonica White]
Ivy Barkakati - Manipulate Me [Unreleased]
Deadbeat - My Rotten Roots [BLKRTZ]
Hiver - Leisure [Curle]
Skee Mask - Fjorward Flex Dub [Ilian Tape]
Special Request - Amnesia [XL]
S. Moreira - My Reality [Slow Life]
DMX Krew - I Won’t Forget [Spectral Sound]
Young Marco - The Best I Could Do (With What I Had) [Dekmantel]
Ciel - Electrical Encounters [Peach Discs]
Maayan Nidam - Harmonious Funk [Cadenza]

EX049 with Orlesko

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"A prominent figure in the Edmonton Electronic music scene, Orlesko has been making waves from across Western Canada, Burning Man, Amsterdam, Germany and back. With roots in techno and an emphasis in atmospheric, organic, and world sounds, Orlesko's mastery of vinyl in a live set is nothing short of engrossing. A connoisseur of soundscape design, Orlesko's sound will groove you, move you and keep you engaged, beginning, middle, and end."

Words from Korean Budosh Bachi.

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Tell us about the session recorded for Excursions.fm

Perfect, yes this was a lot of fun! Very thankful for this opportunity. Keeping true to when I first started playing records, this mix is all vinyl. Lots of beauties in there. Took me into a trance, I had those memories of being lost in sound surrounded by people as the lights are piercing through the darkness of big clubs like Ibiza’s Space or Amnesia. Maybe the last stage of the night is closing at a festival or the sun is rising and people faces are start to show, glasses on… haha.. that kind of feeling. I love to take the listener on a sound story. Hopefully you get taken for a short ride. Thanks again! Love and respect.

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Who, or what, were your early passions and influences?

I remember in the early 2000’s how the techno sound from Italy had such a groovy yet slamming style. This is just after my whirl wind affair with the trance institutions like Gatecrasher and Slinky from the UK, so you have to remember that the BPM was pretty fast, high energy tracks, and a hi end massacre for your ears, yeah… (haha), that was fun. Records now that are collecting mounds of dust… artist like Picotto, Carola, Cerrone; were pumping out tunes on labels like Alchemy, BXR, Zenit, Rilis, Analytic Trail, or Conform. Probably all obscure stuff to the average house and techno pursuer, but I LOVED that stuff back then. It definitely had an impact on what shaped my current music selections.

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Who, or what inspires you today?

Romania. Love what they are doing there in the realm of house and techno. Vibrant night life with lots of engagement from the public who may not have anything to do with music other than for the simple sake of enjoyment. Today I’m rolling along with the hypnotic, repetitive, and much slower pace that usually only the heads enjoy most, yet it’s been an interesting refinement of the four:four genre. After my first trip to Bucharest, I saw first-hand what a night or few nights in a row should look like or festival timeline. 2015 was my first time to Romania, I’d been to Germany (North and South), Holland, Switzerland, Ibiza, but nothing compared to Romania. The feeling you had after seven, eight, nice hours of dancing straight, was legendary. The people were solely there for the music and not completely gooned on whatever drug they could find. It was refreshing. Kind of that was nostalgic epilogue revealed after so many years… “this is how it’s supposed to be!” 

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What are you working on now? What’s next?

So here I am in Edmonton, living in a completely different listening culture. Not to sound depressing in the slightest; this country still has potential, it’s just that we have such a small demographic and population to fulfill those dreams that the underground electronic hearts live in Europe or Asia. 

In the meantime, I write tunes on Ableton with minimal analog gear. Love that DAW and planning to release a full album by 2018. Have a few tracks mastered and few on the way, you know how it goes, always trying to make or find the time to create and usually slower that you’d expect if you’re a detailed creative. But regardless, it’s a labour of love, it’s an essential part of my life. Creating. Whatever the medium we use, it’s the essence of life. Humans crave it…. well at least this human.
 

Tracklist
John Levy ‎- Rituals of The Drukpa Order from Thimpu And Punakha [Lyrichord]
Yaroslav Lenzyak - Inertia [Sleep Is Commercial]
Herck - Luminiscente Proprii [Curtea Veche]
DeWalta - Causality [Amphia]
Halo Varga - Future (Jaffa Surfa Remix) [All Inn]
Ricardo Villalobos - Subpad [a:rpia:r]
V.I.C.A.R.I. - Icantthellpit [Black Box Records]
Unknown Artist - N/A 2 [Not On Label]
The Black Pony Orchestra - 00# funk [The Black Pony Orchestra]
Ana Poiesis - Inferior Interior [Motion Sequence]
Exos - Citrit [Thule Records]
Unknown Artist - Cookie Jar [Curtea Vecha]
Unknown Artist - Sun [QNQN]
AG - Metamorphosis Part 2 [Osloground]
Sepp - Cavalerul Kurd [Antrakt]
Pershka - Cobra [Susur]
Villa h2h - Conspiracy Two [Perlon]
G76 - Avian Geometric [Nervmusic Records]
Gera Taraman - Purpur [Propaganda Records]
Vualitron - Smokecheck Five [Tver]
Mountain People - Mountain011.2 (Makcim & Levi Remix) [Mountain People]
DeWalta - Gravitation [Amphia]
Brian Eno - Reflection [Warp Records]
Haramia Tapes - Harper [Apollo]
 

EX048 with Kloves

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Kloves (FLASH/OBSKUR MUSIC/ARTS)

http://www.obskurmusic.com
http://www.klovestechno.com
http://www.facebook.com/klovebmusic
http://www.facebook.com/obskurtechno

"Hey this is Kloves. I was born and raised in Calgary, AB. I’m an Ableton Live Instructor, Techno aficionado, DJ and Producer. I also do a little audio engineering on the side with my side company called KLVS Audio. I co-own and run a techno label called OBSKUR MUSIC with my best mate Nomad Black where we focus on darker, deep European style techno. I also am proud to be a part of the FLASH Recordings family which is Florian Meindl’s label."

"My intention for this mix was to play music I really like that is sort of out of the norm of what I would usually play live. If you’ve seen me play live you’d know I play pretty hard techno tunes. But I have a soft spot for those deep stripped down super dark tracks as well. That’s actually what OBSKUR MUSIC is all about… the deeper, darker dimensions of techno. So with this mix, I focused on that a lot more and I actually may be doing that for a little bit in the future."

When was the last show you saw?
I actually saw a couple over in London and in Berlin on my Europe trip recently. In London, we saw Len Faki put on a great show at the Village Underground and that was one of my favorite parties to date. The other show was at Tresor in Berlin… we caught a friend of mine play, Mor Elian, and that was really awesome. Sigha was playing that night as well. I unfortunately got sick that night and had to leave early but it was amazing from what we saw. Definitely visit Tresor if you’re in Berlin.

Who, or what, inspires you today?
I have mad respect for Richie Hawtin and my label boss Florian Meindl. Both of these two artists produce and play techno on different ends of the techno spectrum. But both have a lot in common. Both of these artists are respected and master their art, they are pioneers and business people. I look up to both as artists, as entrepreneur’s and I strive to be as busy and successful as they are.

What are you working on now? What’s next?
I have a few more releases to start off 2018… they are forthcoming. A remix on Spiros Kaloumenos’ label called Focus Records, I’m working on my 3rd EP for FLASH, I have a single coming out on Justin James’ label – Refused. As well as a single on my own label OBSKUR MUSIC. I will also be heading to Vancouver to play alongside FLASH label mate Noncompliant at the end of January. On top of all this madness, I am actually in the works of putting together a monthly residency focused on the deep dark dimensions of Techno… that’s all I can say about that right now though. And lastly! I will be teaching at Beat Drop and doing some audio engineering for my “side company” KLVS Audio. So it’s a crazy 2018 already but I’m really excited for it.

Tracklist
Pfirter - You (Original Mix) [MindTrip]
N.O.B.A, Greg Denbosa - Reflections (Original Mix) [Mind Games Recordings]
Mendy - Bleu (Original Mix) [ARTS]
Nicolas Pravel & Eric Lemuet – Glay (Original Mix) [ARTS]
Patrik Skoog - Frontiers (Original Mix) [Parabel]
Svarog - Way Under The Sun (Original Mix) [Nachtstrom Schallplatten]
Setaoc Mass - Vanishing Point (Original Mix) [SK Eleven]
Sigha - Scene Couple (Original Mix) [Hotflush Recordings]
Skaliger - Rebellious Son (Original Mix) [ARTS]
Tensal - Proton 1 (Original Mix) [Soma Records]
Nicolas Pravel & Eric Lemuet – Prune (Original Mix) [ARTS]
Gemini Voice Archive - Interaction Of A Parallel Universe (Original Mix) [Soma Records]
Luca Maniaci - Insomnia (Original Mix) [Mind Games Recordings]
Kloves - Missing (Original Mix) [Unreleased]
 

EX047 with Kris Guilty

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Ross 154 - Mayflower [ARTEL1]
Blackoly - BFS [YYGREC07]
Fader - Un Bilhao De Pes De Porco [BR006]
Oasis - Nine-Teen [FXHE2200]
Nummer - Primal Fire [NUMM05]
DSC - The Sorcerer [HHANDS02]
VRAC - Bar de Zi [MFLOW7]
Braxton Holmes - Rons Foreplay [CHR132]
Tevo Howard - Dusa (Original Disco Mix) [BGR010]
EMG - Frisbee In The Alley [RTV020]
Ark - Way To Heaven [TEL043]
Tommy Vicari Jnr - Best Way [LWX003]
Karlos Moran - Transgressing The Invisible Threshold [MMG001]
NSRD - On A Reindeer Sleigh Across The Gulf Of Riga [STR12004]