8-Track Mind October 1, 2015

8TM October 2015

8TM October 2015

While Dancing to rhythm in music is Tribalism at its core, we’ll focus on it being a sub-genre or integration in what is called Progressive House Music. This percussive driven sound was very popular somewhere between 2000 and 2006 and played by most Prog DJ’s including myself. It was never a sound or genre as such in Prog sets at the time. Progressive House Music have always absorbed other styles in either productions or gigs. I guess that was why it was called ‘Progressive’.

In my opinion that percussive driven sound died off for the most part ever since the rise of Deadmau5. His unique syncopated chords and bass sound set the new norm in what was called Progressive House and Progressive Trance (Which is a contradiction in terms. It does not exist). Also, many prog DJ’s and clubs who used to book Prog DJ’s massively jumped ship to the next big thing which was Electro and then Minimal. So as of 2007 we’d hear less and less percussive elements. Progressive House by now was a Beatport sub-genre based on melodic content and BPM’s for the most part.

So many to choose from

So many to choose from

Let’s get back to the program and see what we have here for the October 2015 edition of 8-Track Mind. The show kicks off with PMT’s Gyromancer. A true Prog classic. Tribal? Well not really. It’s a simple breakbeat with layers of outlandish and alien sound sweeps. But wait… Do I hear a cowbell? Good enough. This is followed by Australian Katai’s Turn Of Time. We can slowly hear the percussion move in. Roaches by Dutch outfit Trancesetters is in its Peace Division remix THE blueprint of Prog Tribal House. A true evergreen in the genre and still being played today. In fact: While writing this, I just received a new remix to review!

A new remix just in as I write this. Crazy!

A new remix just in as I write this. Crazy!

Some more

Halo Varga’s Future! is on par with Roaches. And it’s in mono in case you wonder what happened to your earbuds. I think it adds to its power. Scumfrog’s remix of Andante by Tribal prog hero Steve Lawler on Bedrock has always been a firm fave of mine and should definitely be included in any Tribal Prog list. Another fave is Blackwatch’ rework of Lenny Kravitz’ Believe In Me. Yes, it’s been on heavy rotation ever since 8TM started in 2007 but it has its place in this mix. Chicane’s rendition of Soothe isn’t strictly Tribal Prog but I love the percussive elements in here and of course the vocals. Just because the focus is on Tribal Progressive House Music shouldn’t mean it would exclude anything else. I never played this way so why start now?

Not in the mix... but could have been

Not in the mix… but could have been

I’ve always used percussion in my own music and it’s no different with Triple Funk from The Inner Sanctuary Sessions. Also in the mix is New York New York of which some would say it also helped define the genre. It’s preceded by Victor Calderone’s The Drive which is total percussive mayhem and the show comes to an end with I Love You by John Creamer and Stephane K. What to say about this one…? It’s an epic piece of Tribal House Music. An adventure. It’s sexy, dark… has all the right elements to bring you back to the dawn of time when we humans would regularly dance around the fire while getting healed and rejuvenated.

I hope you will get healed and rejuvenated when listening to this episode of 8-Track Mind. Enjoy!


00 Lemon8 – 8TM Prologue
01 PMT – Gyromancer
02 Katai – Turn Of Time (Dub)
03 Trancesetters – Roaches (Peace Division Remix)
04 Willy Sanjuan & Sergi Domene – Underground (Juan Magan & Victor Magan Mix)
05 Halo Varga presents My Sound – Future!
06 KAO – Stonegroove
07 Steve Lawler – Andante (The Scumfrog’s Ff Tusson D’or Remix)
08 Two Right Wrongans – Sorry Mate, You’ve Got The Wrong House
09 Rambo – Turn It Up (D Ramirez Mix)
10 Lenny Kravitz- Believe In Me (Blackwatch Mix)
11 Mantra feat. Lydia Rhodes – Away (Peter Rauhofer Dub)
12 Mauro Picotto – Hazley (Zone Remix)
13 Furry Phreaks – Soothe (Chicane Jazz)
14 Lemon8 – Triple Funk
15 Chab – (The) Sinus
16 Victor Calderone – The Drive
17 Lemon8 – New York, New York
18 John Creamer & Stephane K – I Love You (Original Mix)


A Mighty Fish Story

It’s been a long day. I was up at 5 and went fishing. Me, and 6 more tough and rough fishermen. It was still dark. And cold. The last time I went fishing I was 8 years old. As I caught a fish it startled me so much that I fell into the water. At the age of 10 I was caught myself; a vicious hook found its way into my right eyelid. A few more millimeters and I would have been blind at one eye. Dad took me to the doctor and he yanked it out. I didn’t cry.


So today I found myself at the waterside again with a fishing rod. The knowledgeable fishermen exchanged their wisdom and I nodded to all that they were so willing to share. So I threw that line and hook! Ferociously! Again and again. Two giant fish took the bait but they escaped me. Man against Fish! Fish against Man! I fought as if it was the white whale Moby Dick and he taunted me. Laughed at me! And I had to let go.

sunrise for fishermen

Several hours later I was home with a headache. I went to bed…, woke up. What happened? I fished? Did I catch any? No. And glad I didn’t. I like fish. Finding Nemo is one of my fave movies! I’m no fisherman! Still, I had a nice time. With people I didn’t know. I liked the serenity, the silence, the fresh air, the comradeship and the morning sun. Did I feel like a fish out of the water? Yes I did. I’m a musician; Overly sensitive. A Romantic who likes Art, babies, music, cute animals. I cry watching commercials. But I loved getting out there and do something completely different. Getting out of the comfort zone. And making grand adventures out of little things.

The last dj to fish here

The last DJ to fish here

‘But here is an artist. He desires to paint you the dreamiest, shadiest, quietest, most enchanting bit of romantic landscape… What is the chief element he employs?’ (From Herman Melville’s Moby Dick)

Lemon8’s 8-Track Mind September 3 2015

8TM September 2015 flyer

8-Track Mind Track List September 3 2015 as aired on Friskyradio.com

00 Lemon8 – 8TM Prologue
01 Sinead O’Connor – Troy (John Creamer & Stephane K Remix)
02 Jamie Baggotts – Mexico City
03 Alexey Lisin & Ange – Vesna (Audio Noir Rekonstruction)
04 Damir Ludvig and Everbeatz – Gestures
05 Lexicon Avenue – From Dusk Till Dawn
06 Simon Firth – Time Lapse (Lemon8 Remix)
07 Peter Dundov – Stairway
08 Kamilo Sanciemente – The Twilight Zone
09 Deepsec & Adam Firegate – Modulator (Robert R. Hardy Remix)
10 Blackwatch & Greed – Gentle Rain
11 Anton Fine and Laura Kronhagen – En Kuulu (Santiago Deep Remix)
12 Mason – Frontrow Chemistry
13 Archive – Fuck You (Elias Kazais Mix)
14 Shipstad & Warren – Near Perfect
15 Jody Wisternoff – Cold Drink, Hot Girl
16 Benny Maze feat. Drew Brody – Utopia
17 YNOT & Cosmo Klein – When Doves Cry
18 Marc Kelso – Half Lit World (Unknown Mix 2001, Lemon8 Remaster)

I pretty much dj and mix music I’m in the mood for. Whether it’s old or new
or in the middle, I don’t care. I want it to be personal and I hope it
comes across like that.

In this episode I have some awesome new tracks, proven as well as obscure classics
and some 8TM recurrent faves. Take Blackwatch & Greed’s Gentle Rain for example.
Or Shipstad & Warren’s Near Perfect; two pieces of music that stood the test of time
and feature that 8TM feeling and vibe of heartfelt lyrics, great melodies and Chord

Elias Kazais’ remix of Archive’s Fuck You is a track that I lost over the years but
thankfully found back a few days ago after loads of people kept asking about this version. As far as I know it was never an officially released mix but I might be wrong. Anyway, it’s in the mix again.

The first ever mix I did for Frisky Radio back in 2006 had Jody Wisternoff’s Cold Drink, Hot Girl in it. How I love this track! It has all the elements to address every emotion one can have in a piece of electronic dance music; an intricate and powerful production yet kept pleasingly simple. I’ve never played it without getting all of the crowd involved.

When Doves Cry is a pop classic given a dance floor remake. There’s been plenty of them over the years but this is the first one I like. Yes, it sounds commercial but who cares? You get that with a pop classic. Anyway, I like it.

Over the years I’ve remixed so much stuff that I literally lost track. I bookmarked my own
Discogs page to see if there’s anything I missed or forgot about. My remix of Simon Firth’s Time Lapse is one of them and I can say it’s been a pleasant experience hearing it again with fresh ears. The ‘Did I make That? Cool!’ feeling is undeniably a unique one.
Aside from the older tracks there’s a bunch of future 8TM classics too and they’re equally


Listen again here: 8TM September 2015

Selection, Mix & Mastered by Lemon8
Thank you to all promo services, labels and artists for the great music.

Lemon8’s 8-Track Mind (8TM) has been ‘on air’ for over 8 years and is your
go-to listening, head bobbing, feet tapping and dancing experience consisting
of high quality electronic dance music.

Mylène Farmer’s Désenchantée : Still Enchanting

Underrated in the grand scene that is pop music, French singer and lyricist Mylène Farmer (September 12, 1961) is definitely one of my favorite pop music artists if only for one song: Désenchantée.

Back in March 1991 it topped the French charts for over 2 months. It was covered by Kate Ryan in 2002. Not a bad version for the average euro cheese pop cover but, as you’d expect, it lacks the emotion and intensity of the original.

Mylene Farmer

Mylene Farmer performing Desenchantee live at Bercy in 2006

I love the song because of its chord progressions combined with a fantastic melody and the poetically written serious lyrics. So even though the music is upbeat and euphoric, it’s underlying core is that of despair, sorrow, inward reflection and hopelessness. In fact, it was inspired by the 1934 book On The Heights Of Despair by Romanian philosopher Emil Corian. But I’d say it could be any existentialist. Even when I first heard the song – and I don’t really speak French – I knew I heard more than just an infectious piece of pop music anthem.

Admittedly I was late to the party when it comes to discovering her but despite the lack of understanding the French language, like most of us, I do speak the universal language of music and when I heard Moi… Lolita by Alizée , also written and produced by Farmer, I got sucked in once again and appreciated Mylène Farmer even more. I do think Moi… Lolita is on par with Désenchantée and one of the best pop songs ever.



Though my own music is (arguably) not Pop, I am a sucker for melodies. And I love the art of artists wrapping all that emotion in a 4 minute or less song. That’s why I like good Pop Music. The general thought is that Dance Music shouldn’t deal with anything serious. But I disagree to an extent. Until I’ve found the right formula or ideas I don’t think I could ever write and produce one…

Just watch the video and see all those smiling and happy faces singing along with the lines

Everything is chaos
By comparison
All of my ideals:
Damaged words…
I’m looking for a soul
Who will be able to help me
I am from
A disenchanted generation,

It’s pretty awesome.

I originally intended to write about Mylène Farmer’s obscurity in the world of pop music but that’s not true at all; She has sold more than 30 million records in France and her popularity is immense in various parts of the world. Still, I wish she’d be even more known, but that’s just my ego talking here and in a microscopic version of the music world – like underground dance music – it’s been said about many, I’d even say the majority – including about myself – by music lovers all over the world in any genre.

Mylène Farmer

Mylène Farmer

Of course I don’t like all of her musical output but if someone can write and produce a song like Désenchantée that’s good enough for me to be a lifelong worshiper. The original clip is a work of art, as many of her other vids but my fave is the version she did in the Mylenium Tour. Here’s one with the English translation:

8-Track Mind August 6 2015 Track List

A Full On 120 minutes Summer Proghouse mix

Lemon8 – Awareness
Dibby Dougherty & Dave Young – Morning Light feat Ryan Vail (Re-Dupre Remix)
Lemon8 – Heaven & Hell
Kerri Chandler – So Let The Wind Come (Stash Mix)
Brazen – Toto
Mindset – Yuu (V I F Remix)
Lemon8 – Happy Dayz (Jack Russell Mix)
Paperclip People – Throw (Slam’s RTM Remix)
Jesper Mauerhoff – Eyes Wide Shut
Crocy – Comfort
Damian Mazzeo – Recollections (Subandrio Remix)
Andrea Fissore – Streets Of Coro (Santiago Deep Remix)
Letthemusicplay – Don’t Weigh Me Down ft. UTRB (Guy J Remix)
Franzis-D – Japan (Matias Chilano Remix)
Dofamine – Introvert
Shiloh – Primavera (Luke Chable Remix)
Lessov – Komodo (Blood Groove & Kikis Remix)
Phillipo Blake and Custom Phase feat. Olesya Astapova – Aspiring (Lessov Dub Remix)
Moby – After (Joris Voorn Remix)

Play Here

8TM August 2015

selection, mix and master by harry lemon for lemon8productions 2015

1492 - Conquest Of Paradise

Revisiting Vangelis – 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise

While webbing the net for analogue synthesis, I stumbled on Vangelis once again.

So I listened to some of his work. Started with the album Antarctica, moved on to the soundtrack of one of my all time fave movies Bitter Moon by Roman Polanski and ended up (for now) with 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise.

I’ve seen the film multiple times and always loved the soundtrack but never listened to it by itself. No images, just the soundtrack. And it’s gorgeous.

1492 - Conquest Of Paradise

1492 – Conquest Of Paradise

Early 80’s synth music has been an enormous influence in me becoming a musician; Kitaro, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Tomita… those names. When I was little Harry, the first music that I ever recorded with my Technics SX-K200 home keyboard and Philips 4-Track tape recorder was Kitaro’s Silk Road.

Technics SX-K200

Technics SX-K200

philips n4506 stereo tape deck

The joy I’ve had with my tape recorder…

Now one would call it ambient music I guess. Back then all I knew is that is was made with synthesizers. And I wanted one!

After hearing Giorgio Moroder, Pete Belotte, Patrick Cowley, Jolley & Swain (Imagination), Bobby -O- Orlando and Depeche Mode, I knew what I wanted to make of myself in life…

Anyway, find 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise and have (another) listen. It’s beautiful. Twenty Eighth Parallel is my fave track. Watch the movie too if you have the chance.

Yamaha CS-80

Vangelis’ (former) secret strings weapon : The now legendary Yamaha CS-80…ahem.. presets.

Kitaro's secret weapon: Korg 700s

Kitaro’s secret lead synth weapon: Korg 700s

Tony Swain's (Imagination) secret bass synth weapon: Roland SH-1000

Tony Swain’s (Imagination) secret bass synth weapon: Roland SH-1000

Lemon8's secret weapon

Lemon8’s secret wea..oh..Oops!