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Etch Gems 01 : DJ Spooky – Songs Of A Dead Dreamer

11 Feb

ImageSo I haven’t posted on here in quite a long time, for various reasons (the main being I forgot my password), In recent time i’ve been sitting on public transport, trains, coaches, more and more often listening to music and writing loops and rough drafts of tunes to work on later, but between that I’ve also been writing a few little bits on some of my most inspiring, important and generally underrated albums/ep’s/12s etc… I’m gunna start uploading a few to here instead of letting them go to waste.

I first heard this album when I came home from a club at about 7am one time while I was in my first year of college. In that year me and my mates would go to a club in Brighton called concorde2 with extremely shoddy fake ID’s (0’s on our passports taped over the 2 in 1992 or 1991, our year of birth) which somehow seemed to work flawlessly. And typically at the end of the night I’d walk all the way back to my house, roughly 4-5miles out of Brighton, taking shortcuts through cowfields and such, they were pretty profound experiences as the sun was rising. So anyway I got back home with the average comedown, couldn’t get to sleep but was really tired but also pretty relaxed, so to kill some time I went and got lost in the internet looking for new music, links lead to links lead to URL’s lead to dodgy Russian sites (this must’ve been around 2007/8) and I stumbled on this, I’d heard of DJ Spooky before via his tune “B-Side Wins Again” being featured on the soundtrack to Need For Speed : Most Wanted (I think), but it was nothing quite like this.

An extremely hazy mish-mash of dub, hip hop, musique concrete and trip hop, I hadn’t heard anything quite like it. Obviously white noise could have sounded profound to me in that state of mind, but I kept coming back to this album and to this day it doesn’t feel one bit aged. DJ Spooky was a leading light in the long forgotten, little know New York Illbient scene. Spooky himself jokingly described it as “UK Ambient going to school and getting shot”, fusing the deepest darkest corners of Dub with the crusty darkness of hardcore Hip Hop. I feel it was probably overshadowed quite a lot by trip hop that was big at the time, this album itself came out in 1996, amidst critically huge albums from the likes of Portishead, Sneaker Pimps and Massive Attack to name a few. Paul D. Miller aka DJ Spooky (That Subliminal Kid) named after a character from a William Boroughs story, was onto something special, his future albums Riddim Warfare and Drums Of Death were also prime examples of these fused sounds, however none quite reached the mysterious, floaty realms of Songs Of A Dead Dreamer. It’s tracks were featured extensively in hip hop classic, a film titled ‘Slam’ which came out in 1998, starring Saul Williams (another guy who’s music is well worth checking out, particularly The Inevitible Rise & Liberation Of Niggy Tardust!) as a young MC sent down when his drug dealer is gunned down, he then rises the ranks in the prison as the best rapper in there. Despite it’s pitfalls the film is a brilliant visual embodiment of the sounds DJ Spooky creates.

For those interested in Illibient and DJ Spooky as a whole you should check the compilation album released on Asphodel called “Incursions In Illbient” feat. tunes from DJ Spooky, The Ummix and a few others. Also DJ Spooky’s entire discography is crazy, he’s also a lecturer now i believe? at some university in the US, pretty sure he’s also released a few books on philosophy and science fiction.

I’ll be writing in here a bit more often now, got a few more of these backed up to put on here too very soon. Hope it’s opened a few peoples eyes to some good new music!!


New track up – Where Were U In ’94?

17 Mar

Where Were U In ’94?

New beat, taking it back a bit, straight jungle vibes, crackly warm synths and crunchy chopped up breaks with some classic sample pack female vocals.  Also drop it down to dubstep in the middle. All about the 140 jungle.

Eyes Down March 31st – Blue Daisy, Whistla & Etch

1 Mar



The Lineage Project

23 Feb

You may have seen quite some posts back a huge post on the topic of oldskool breakbeat hardcore, jungle and rave. Declaring my love for it and labels such as Basement, Moving Shadow, Reinforced and Metalheadz. I find that modern music is always looking backwards to go forwards, almost as if we have used up everything (despite what Zomby may say about him being a god amongst men and the future of music, being completely “original”) Recently music has been looking back to garage, techno and classic house. But it seems that rarely does a musician take styles from the 1992-1994 golden age of breakbeat hardcore and also early jungle, there are a few bringing that vibe forth such as Lone and Machinedrum, however I still feel it to be extremely overlooked.

Despite taking my primary influence from Garage and Dubstep, this music has such a strong place in my heart and mind for how i piece together music and program my synths, so I have set it upon myself to create a series of remixes of classic tunes that I love from 1990-1996. Titled Lineage as I will be incorporating elements of every facet of UK dance music into the tunes from garage, house, dubstep, garage, jungle and breakbeat. So far I have begun work on remixes of:

  • Photek – The Rain
  • Aquasky – Cosmic Glue
  • Pin-Up Girls – Take Me Away
  • The Prodigy – Your Love
  • DJ Die – Reincarnation

With a lot more ideas in my head I think this will equal to a small albums worth of music which I will release for “PAY AS MUCH AS YOU LIKE” (worth a try), for now I’ve got two little snippets of the first mentioned tunes in that list.

01 – Aquasky – Cosmic Glue (Etch Grey SE10 Remix)

02 – Photek – The Rain (Etch Reflected Remix)

The first is one of my fav Jungle tunes of all time. Released on the legendary Moving Shadow way back in 1996, I sampled the original piano/pad samples then built around it with vocals, my own beats and some layered breakbeats in the vain of that lost slap and dash art of DIY rave.

The second is a Photek classic from the Natural Born Killa EP released on Metalheadz in 1994, Photek was always years ahead of his time with his complex drum programming and coldly executed razor edge perfect production. Again I sampled the single hit pads and effects featured on the intro and through out the tune then layered my drums, breakbeats and sub on the top.

Keep your eyes out, this is probs my most heartfelt project yet!!
Oh and here are the originals:

New Beat From Me – Tek-9

15 Feb

Etch – Tek-9 (Version01)

Made over about a week on and off. Recycling some of the sounds used in my previous tune “Consolidate”, tried to get a deep hardcore tinged garage vibe, some of my most complex beat work to date I think. Cut some evil slowed down vocal out of Wu-Tang Clan’s C.R.E.A.M. Version02 is a little mellower, nearly finished, should be upped in about a week

10,000 Soundcloud Plays

20 Jan

In celebration of reaching 10,000 plays on youtube, i’ve put together a pack of old tunes by me to let out. Some of these being nearly 4 years old.




Summer Rain

Ashanti – Call (Remix)

Stavrogin – Tilted (Remix)

Boards Of Canada – A is to B is to C (Remix)

Teej & Tom Caruana – Glastonbury (Remix)



Serene Feat. Josh Trinnaman


Enjoy, cheers fo’ da support thus far!

New Beat – Home

7 Jan


Produced in a day, pretty simple little beat, jus tried to fill it with vibe, pure sub, pad, vocal and beat, produced the ol’skool way, keep it real G.