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A friend sent me over a copy of this CD cause he knew I was a big Signer fan. Just wanted to pass along the tip to you all. Low Light Dreams is one of my favorite techno albums of all time. This disc is a comp of vinyl only tracks from over a decade ago from his label Involve, plus some bonus stuff from Loscil as well. If you didnt catch the early Signer stuff back in the day, its excellent sad boy moody dubby techno, it has aged quite well, and the minor updating and remastering to it is a welcome addition. This kind of Techno & ambient is rare nowadays due to the push to cater to the dancefloor, so its good and refreshing to see this surfacing again. Check it out!

Grab the CD here.

Fascinating.

Here is a nice photo tour I stumbled upon, of the record pressing plant where a majority of the Merck vinyls were made. I actually toured UR about a decade ago myself, not much has changed there. Neat to see how records are made, looks like ancient technology by nowadays standards though.

UR Pressing Photo Tour

Here are 15 tracks that got the most play in my iTunes throughout May. Variety of stuff, but just wanted to share if anyone is looking for new music leads.

  • Machinedrum – Clissold VIP [2013] : If you haven’t heard this, you need to. Travis’ latest and greatest. Future drum bass step somethingness.
  • Phaeleh – Outshine [2011] : For fans of Sepalcure, slept on compilation track.
  • Ital Tek – Solar Sail from Nebula Dance [2012] : Really good. Future bass music or whatever type stuff, I enjoy his albums on Mu.
  • Tim Tetlow – Mind Is Moving from Beauty Walks A Razor’s Edge [2001] : On the Planet-Mu tip, here is a throwback track. Taken from an excellent slept on IDM album.
  • Pilooski – Can’t There Be Love [2006] : Missed this one back in the day, awesome glitch-hop.
  • Simulant – Access Future Audio (Mix) from Out Of Ether [2000] : Classic rare dark melodic electro from back in the days when that was big, that I recently tracked down in MP3.
  • Tuxedomoon – What Use (Heinrich Mueller Technik Mix) [2001] : Same deal as above, Gerald Donald (Dopplereffekt) stuff is timeless.
  • TMSV – Myth from Transmissions Vol. 2 [2012] : Iraqstep. Digging this.
  • Blamstrain – 11 PM from Sunday Dub [2013] : Juho comes through with some deep dubby sludge techno. The whole EP is great rainy day music.
  • Seba – Nightrider from NU12 [2012] : I used to hate DnB with vocals back in the day, but now in my old age I find myself enjoying it. Seba always comes through.
  • Survival – Sky from [2009] : On the DnB tip, have to include this one. One of the biggest tracks I’ve heard in a while. Play this while going 80mph on the highway, swerving through traffic. Adrenaline.
  • Oliver Schories – Sunday from Herzensangelegenheit [2012] : Kind of embarrassed to put some tech-house on here, but this track is really well produced.
  • Konstantin Sibold – Madeleine [2013] : Some more house, nice and deep, well produced.
  • Freeform Five – Weltareh (feat. Juldeh Camara) [2013] : Found this in a friends mix, classy tech-disco that fits with my recent west african kick, been downloading a lot of music from Mali, kind of like true blues music from Africa. Nonetheless, heres Africa meets Italy.
  • Dynamix II – Purple Beats from Color Beats [1994] : Last but not least. Gonna let a little Miami secret out of the bag. This is some legendary shit. The original version of this track from 1990, basically invented the blueprint of Trap production two decades before it become popular. This 2nd version from Color Beats basically combines IDM and Trap, before both genres were really invented. If you like Autechre – Lowride, check out this track. Friends that used to host Autechre when they came to Miami in the 90′s, used to take them to flea markets to buy used vinyl and mixtapes to basically find stuff like this.
  • Alright, the auctions are now live, lots of goodies available, link below. Feel free to email me through there, or msg me here, or by direct email if you have any questions about any of them. I will do international shipping, but the prices are so screwy now, that I’d like to give exact shipping quotes to any serious buyers of the items. You can check out the items through the link below. 10 diff things, all IDM related. Happy bidding.

    Merck Records eBay Account

    Just a heads up that next weekend I am going to put up a few Merck/IDM related Ebay auctions. The big one will be a massive collection of XL sized Merck Shirts (that don’t fit me anymore). We’re talking dozens of shirts, all slightly used, but in great shape, spanning the 7 years the label existed. A massive find for a lucky XL wearing fan, or just an insane collectors trove of classic Merck memorabilia.

    I will also be putting up 1 of the 2 official “Merck License Plates”. You may remember it from the Aurora CD cover. There were 2 made over the years, I have one on my wall, you can have the other on your wall. Plus a few other random tidbits. Some Warp stickers/postcards, some Beta Bodega stickers/postcards, and a very rare and valuable The Designers Republic book.

    I will post links to the auctions on here next weekend for you to get in on the bidding frenzy, if you have that tax return you’ve been dying to spend. :)

    Also, an old Miami DJ friend of mine just gave me his record collection to sell on Discogs for him, lots of rare IDM, Electro, and Techno. So the Discogs account has been filled with lots of new gems, especially hard to find dark electro stuff from the late 90′s, early 2000′s. Check it out here.

    I did a little 30 minute mix for Halloween 2012 of some dark half-step style dubstep. Figured I’d go ahead and share it with you guys, in case thats your thing.

    Artists:
    Biome
    LX One & SP:MC
    Distance
    Kryptic Minds & Youngsta
    Andy Stott
    Biome
    SP:MC

    Download Here

    Enjoy!

    I made a mix about a year ago, for another blog. They never ended up publishing the mix, not sure why, maybe cause its not really traditional Merck material. Its more so on the organic ambient front, starts off in guitar territory, then halfway through transitions into piano stuff. Nonetheless, can’t let it go to waste, especially as this spring approaches. So here it is.

    DJ Merck – Spring Evenings Mix

    Artists:
    Boredoms
    Marconi Union
    The World On Higher Downs
    Pivot
    Brokeback
    Lateduster
    Khonnor
    Helios
    Goldmund
    Michael Harrison
    Shex
    Deaf Center
    Little Dragon

    Download it here.

    Really enjoyable listen for any Machinedrum fan. Some good behind the scenes info about his Merck releases as well as the material made Post-Merck.

    http://www.rbmaradio.com/shows/machinedrum-fireside-chat

    Here are the long awaited videos I took during Decibel Festival in Seattle last year. Enjoy!