This week we have invited a very special guest to join us in celebrating a further milestone for #DuskDubs- 40 mix tapes in 40 weeks. We are truly proud and excited to have Ram Records producer Flatliner providing his selections for his own personal take on our #DuskDubs series.
Hailing from Romford, Flatliner has been involved in music since his teens, knocking around the now famous independent record shop “Boogie Times” and bumping into the likes of Danny Breaks and Ant Miles, he soon started to produce, eventually releasing on Andy C’s Ram Records.
From early on Flatliner has shown a deep interest in #DuskDubs, supporting each weeks release and championing one of the main aspects of our series – “Introducing listeners to music they may not have heard of before”
So in Flatliner’s own words, Here “…is a potted history of some of my most favourite and inspirational records spanning the last few decades. Enjoy”
1) Title Music from A Clockwork Orange by Wendy Carlos, 1972
I never saw A Clockwork Orange until I was about 25. I knew of its cult status and how it divided fans of the original book but for me, A Clockwork Orange is an incredible film and the synth laden soundtrack is just as iconic. This brooding 2 minute intro tells you in an instant everything you need to know about the dark and disturbing world occupied by Alex & his merry droogs.
2) Analogue Bubblebath 1 by Aphex Twin, 1991
Allegedly recorded in 1987, Analogue Bubblebath 1 featured on the UK 12" version of the Digeridoo EP on R&S Records. I originally bought vinyl for the track Digeridoo but found this lurking on there aswell. The more I listened to it, the more I fell in love with it. Its mixture of church organ like warmth and gentle synthesised drums still sends shivers down my spine even now.
3) Can You Feel It by Mr.Fingers, 1986
It still amazes me how something so simple, so under stated and with respect, so old can still sound as fresh as this does almost 30 years later. A truly remarkable achievement. This sits in my selection purely because of its sheer perfection.
4) De-Orbit by Speedy J, 1991
Just like Aphex Twin, Speedy J was another mainly techno artist I keenly followed throughout the years. I first heard De-Orbit on a Colin Dale Abstract Dance show on Kiss FM and the mix of synths, bleeps and rolling breaks was an absolute winner.
5) Unity by Timebase, 1991
So here we are, one the best examples of how to write a serious hardcore tune, this track has absolutely everything. What made it even more special for me was the close association with my hometown of Romford in Essex. It blew my mind as a 15 year old that this piece of vinyl I was holding was actually made a stones throw away from my mums house, and not in some big fancy studio.
6) Flying by Basement Phil & the Engineers, 1992
I remember buying a couple of Yaman mixtapes from some guy in Carnaby Street, one such tape was mixed by LTJ Bukem. I listened to the tape on my trusty Walkman on the train back home and this track Flying was on there and I instantly liked it. However, it wasn't until many years later that I even found out the name of it.
7) Hidden Camera by Photek, 1996
Photeks contribution to the scene in all its many guises throughout the years cannot be under estimated. None more so than his era of Modus Operandi and the Hidden Camera. The thing I loved about Photeks music is that you never knew what you was gonna get. Here we have the Hidden Camera, a slow, lumbering beast of a track chock full of tight and technical percussion, solid drums and rolling bass.
8) Cosmic Interlude by LTJ Bukem, 1997
LTJ Bukem was already a household name for most and probably one of the most prolific producers ever to grace the scene. The whole D&B scene had started to get very dark & very technical in and around 96-97, I personally loved it but for some, it was getting too much. Cosmic Interlude was almost a kick back to all that. Taking the music back to its roots, slowing the pace and throwing back in the warmth and character. A truly stunning piece.
9) Aquarius by Boards of Canada, 1998
It was around about this time that I started opening up my ears to new sounds and not just jungle / Drum & Bass all the time. I started buying things on NinjaTune and Warp Records especially. Artists like Plaid, Cinematic Orchestra and Boards of Canada featured heavily, and it was their album Music Has the Right to Children that had the biggest impact on me. Managing to sound retro yet cutting edge, euphoric yet melancholy was their trademark sound and Aquarius does exactly that.
10) Between Us and Them by Ulrich Schnauss, 2001
In the same vein as Boards of Canada, Ulrich Schnauss specialised in simply making you feel good via the medium of sound and music, and at times making feel as if you were a child again. This was evident on his 2001 album Far Away Trains Passing By, of which this chosen track features. This is late night, headphones on type of music. It's evocative of days gone by and those yet to come.
11) Guidance by Synkro & Indigo, 2011
Last but not least, Guidance, one of the best tracks I have ever heard, in any genre. I'm a big believer in music taking you somewhere, it's gotta make you feel something, not just be noise for noise sake and in between the crackles, snare rolls and glitching beats is a beautiful, heart wrenching love story.
Thank you for listening to my Dusk Dubs selection, I hope you've enjoyed the music I chose. It has been an immense pleasure going through all old stuff and reliving those warm memories.
Peace out, Michael.