This week we go international, as we travel across the pond to Toronto, Canada and welcome Brian Demodulated to the #DuskDubs ranks. With Brian embracing and promoting mixtape culture back in the early 90’s and more recently online, it was a no-brainer to invite him to embrace the #DuskDubs mixtape format. With eclectic influences ranging from Hardfloor, Jamiroquai, Aphex Twin, Josh Wink, Manix, Nirvana, Pleiadians, Black Box, Purple Motion, George "The Fat Man" Sanger, dial-up BBS culture and video games, we present to you another personal journey….


Here’s a few words from the man himself….


I'm a hobbyist DJ and have been producing music on and off since 1994. I release all my music in free, open source formats which you can check out at www.demodulated.com I learned how to compose by participating in the MOD/S3M BBS culture of the 90s… so open source and sample sharing are an important creative facet I'm compelled to pay forward. I also have a neglected blog where I host some of my old rave mixtape collection at www.mixtapes.demodulated.com.


It's a true honor to participate alongside such accomplished and talented folks. Big respect to Gids, Harrison, and Camel for their philosophy of mixing quality tunes from start to finish. I hope you enjoy my track-list. I tried my best to bring a good variety of styles that fit the theme, and squeeze in some humor and whimsy.


A modem modulates and demodulates: it takes human input and converts it into computer signals, and vice versa. We do this as humans too, observing the world and describing it in our own unique words. Thanks, Dusk Dubs team, for giving me this venue to demodulate.


 

 

Track List


1: 2 Nu - This Is Ponderous
2: Deee Lite - Apple Juice Kissing
3: Bjork - I Miss You (Dobie Rub Part One Sunshine Mix)
4: Del tha Funkee Homosapien - The Wacky World of Rapid Transit
5: Mouse On Mars - Subsequence
6: Legion of Green Men - Extended Shadows
7: Brian Demodulated - HS-Link
8: Wagon Christ - Shadows
9: Maxo - Peppy Hare Is Jealous Of My Ride
10: Mrs. Jynx - Vlodrum
11: D'Cruze - Sega Rally (Trip Hop Mix)
12: Beastie Boys - Ricky's Theme
13: Shpongle - Shpongle Falls
14: The Grid - Golden Dawn

 

1: 2 Nu - This Is Ponderous
In elementary school I used to fall asleep listening to the "Top 10 at 10"on the radio and in 1989 this utterly insane song dominated the #1 spot for weeks and weeks. I never forgot it and eagerly bought the album Ponderous last year. It's kind of John Lennon meets Yello which is a glorious combination. Can you see what I'm saying?

 

2: Deee Lite - Apple Juice Kissing
Most people think of Deee Lite as a one hit wonder for Groove Is In The Heart but they've got 4 albums of pure sunshine. They're a diverse group with some very legit house, dub, and chillout tunes. Miss Lady Kier is a vocalist with a lot of attitude and sass which is conveyed sensually in this summery song.

 

3: Bjork - I Miss You (Dobie Rub Part One Sunshine Mix)
Bjork is weird and people think I'm weird for loving her weirdness, but I love her weird weirdness like a weird weirdo. This one is a pretty straightforward remix of an originally bonkers salsa/big band song on a previous album (with spastic music video by John Kricfalusi of Ren and Stimpy fame). Now it's a sort of wine bar/social engineering/come hither track.

 

4: Del tha Funkee Homosapien - The Wacky World of Rapid Transit
Del was already articulate, clever, and very funny even though he was just 19 when he recorded his album I Wish My Brother George Was Here. Great rhythm and timing, some nonstandard verse structures, and great funky backing tracks that never take themselves too seriously.

 

5: Mouse On Mars – Subsequence
Like miniscule martian mammals sneaking through your space kitchen, this tune is rife with snark and suspicion. Techno with clarinets and pianos and guttural squeaks. Oh crumbs, did one just run under the space fridge?

 

6: Legion of Green Men - Extended Shadows
If I'm not mistaken these guys were the first electronic act to win a Canadian Juno award for their album, Spatial Specific. Everyone was in love with their robotic song Synaptic Response but for me this track was the stand-out with its acidic squishing’s and 7/8 time signature. When the vocals come in you'll feel a cool breeze blow past the back of your neck.

 

7: Brian Demodulated - HS-Link
A synthpop tune by yours truly, I made this song with the goal of using as few instruments and the lowest polyphony possible. This was inspired by the likes of Com Truise, Joy Division, and Jan Hammer, and is named after an dial-up old modem file transfer protocol that let you upload, download, and chat all at the same time.

 

8: Wagon Christ - Shadows
A haunting, brooding, thoughtful, and breathtaking song that could have blossomed without percussion but ends up a proper head nodder. Your bass bins will sneak up on you like a stealthy prankster.

 

9: Maxo - Peppy Hare Is Jealous Of My Ride
One of the most impressive composers I've ever had the pleasure of hearing, Maxo is a true genius and a master of modern jazz. He takes ingredients from swing, acid jazz, funk, and video games in equal proportions and serves up their unholy smorgasbord on a pixelated platter.


10: Mrs. Jynx - Vlodrum
Could the album art for her album The Standoffish Cat be the most apropos ever? Google it and find out. The whole album is sneaky, naughty, and very feline. You'll want to smack her coldwave synth tunes on the nose with a rolled-up newspaper.

 

11: D'Cruze - Sega Rally (Trip Hop Mix)
As a childhood video game addict and raver-to-be I couldn't pass up this Club Saturn album featuring remixes of Sega video game tunes by the likes of Remarc, Kenny Ken, Mr. Time, and Marshall Jefferson. Rave and junglism is on this unlikely disc as well as some dubby downtempo that all makes use of the games' raspy, low-fi samples. A very silly album, a collector's piece, and a lucky find.

 

12: Beastie Boys - Ricky's Theme
Not only did these 3 Jewish boys impose their own standards on rap music but they also played their own instruments and dabbled in jazz and punk. I always found this track off Ill Communication to be especially pretty with its shimmering guitar refrains.

 

13: Shpongle - Shpongle Falls
One of my favourite bands on earth and beyond, Shpongle combines world music with psychedelica and electronica. This first track off their Are You Shpongled? album takes dreamy flutes, plucky harps, dubby basslines, restrained percussion, and throws it all in a roiling acidic cauldron.

 

14: The Grid - Golden Dawn
A stunningly powerful song with a huge surprise you'll not find anywhere else in electronic music. It's a million miles away from (but just as great as) the upbeat trance and techno of the rest of their Evolver album. What else could I possibly have ended this mix with? Surrender yourself and let it sweep you up into the sunrise.