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!

Harry

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)

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Lemon8’s 8-Track Mind September 3 2015

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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
Progression.

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
exquisite.

Harry

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.

8-Track Mind May 07 2015

Lemon8 presents 8-Track Mind
May 07 2015

8-Track Mind

Brand new progressive house music mixed by LEMON8

00 – Lemon8 – 8TM Prologue
01 – Sascha Beek & Sascha Salvati – Love In The Wrong Place (Radio version)
02 – Andrea Shu – Caravan
03 – Moshic – Systematic Person
04 – Altek- Bayside Drive
05 – Moshic – The Sixth
06 – Nik Nazarov – Target (Lateral Cut Groove Remix)
07 – Extreme Trax – Sound and Future
08 – Sascha Beek & Charlotte Ashdown – If I Ask You
09 – Beat Factory – Forgiveness (Lateral Cut Groove Remix)
10 – Steve Anderson – Before Long (Evave Remix)
11 – Ewan Rill – Change
12 – Antrim – Landscape Of Moon (Michael A Remix)
13 – Hady Tarek – Restless
14 – Antrim & Claudio Cornejo – I see (Desaturate ‘Colourblind’ Remix)
15 – Hilton Caswell – Out Of Bounds
16 – Deep L Dove – Organic
17 – Hilton caswell – Instant Translation
18 – Sascha Beek ft Sascha Salvati – Celebrate (The Night)
19 – Lemon8 – Arenal
20 – Lemon8 – 8TM Epilogue

Brand new tracks this Month, with notable contributions by Sascha Beek. To be honest, I’ve
never heard of that name before but with 3 tracks in this episode I’m sure I’ll see that
name again. Though some might say it’s commercial sounding I’d rather say it sounds pleasing to
the ear. There’s a difference you know 😉

Also, long time Prog veteran Moshic is present with 2 tracks as well as another name I’m
not that familiar with: Hilton Caswell. 2 Tracks are his productions.

Now that progressive House Music has become a ‘style’ rather than discovering new grounds
in Electronic Dance Music, I’d have to say I like that style and productions these days
sound really good. Yes, better than ever. Progressive as in ‘Progressive’? No. But who
cares? To my ears it sounds far better than the average cheap thrill ‘EDM’ track. It’s
production values are still intact and there’s depth if you want it. And intrinsic
rhythms, beautiful melodies… It’s all there.

Many thanks to Release Promo Service over in Canada and Bonzai Records, Belgium. And all
artists and labels sending in their music. Buy it and support them if you can.

Next episode: Thursday June 4 at friskyradio.com

Selection, Mix and Master by Lemon8.
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8TM, April 02, 2015

This month’s episode we’ll continue our journey back into progressive house released on vinyl around the turn of the millennium. Again a diverse collection of great records. Some you’ll know, some DJ’s faves and some very underground white labels. As an exception I will post the playlist before the start of the show so it’ll be easy to look it up or read it during the show (or when you’ll play it afterwards on friskyradio.com)

So, happy listening and enjoy your early Easter Weekend  🙂

00 – 8TM Prologue
01 – Dennis DeSantis – Promotion of Vice
02 – Gentlemen of Leisure – Free Man
03 – Pappa & Gilbey – Skindeep
04 – Prawler – I Like You
05 – Indart, Wally & Dr. Kucho – The Sea
06 – Benz & MD – Unconditional
07 – Mike Vandenberg – Flightpath
08 – Tarrantella – Karma (Way Out West Remix)
09 – Fire Promo (Fire Records, White)
10 – Classified Project – Eyecatcher
11 – Nalin & Kane – Live at the Crystal Palace (Alternative Club Version)
12 – Private Taste – First (Original Mix)
13 – Digital Mind Control – Darkness (Dub Mix)
14 – Ballroom – Passenger (Marc O’Tool Mix)
15 – Way Out West – Mindcircus
16 – Joshua Ryan – Pistolwhip (James Holden remix)

All tracks taken from vinyl
Mix, edits and master by LEMON8

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8-Track Mind, March 5, 2015

Today’s episode of 8TM (8-Track Mind) features tunes that have been on heavy rotation more than a decade ago. Sometimes referred to as progressive house’ golden age, the period around the millennium in which these records were released, were of outstanding quality. Both in production value and creativity. Progressive wasn’t really about a style or form of music but was more about attitude and diversity. It could sound melodic or rhythmic, techno-like or tribal, trancy or break-beat based. It didn’t really matter. Whether you were a DJ or a producer, there never was that feeling of being restricted by anything.

So here is Part One of a 2 hour showcase of that sound.Yes, I’ve broadcasted episodes that were recorded at that time, but while I was doing the crates (DJ slang for browsing records), I came across long forgotten tracks and so I decided to share them with you. Some well known, others oozing obscurity.

For instance, 4 tracks in this mix are records that I took back from an Australian tour. Made by great Melbourne based artists like Chris Fresh and Ivan Gough. Did I say 4 tracks? Prolly more as Anthony Pappa’s Therapy Dub of Angel by Goldrush is in there too. And Medway, Luke Chable…, I’ve always been a fan of the Ozzy sounds.

Space Manoeuvres ‘ Stage One is represented here too; a spacy (duh) breakbeat trip on the infamous Hooj Choons label that topped the charts at the time. Hard Hands, one of the first progressive labels, gives us ‘Take Me To The Sound’ by Darkglobe, while Prog Hero James Holden remixes Loki – NCYU.

Loads more so check it out at http://www.friskyradio.com. 8TM is on every 1st Thursday of the Month at 22:00 Amsterdam time.

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TRACKLIST

8-Track Mind March 05, 2015

00 – 8TM Prologue
01 – Chris Fresh – Possession
02 – Deep Funk Project – Blackwitch
03 – Raff N Freddy – Deep Progress
04 – PQM – I’m Flying (Markus Schultz Renaissance Mix)
05 – Darkglobe – Take Me To The Sound
06 – Max Graham – Love The Bomb (Leon Alexander Mix)
07 – Quest – Bitter and Twisted
08 – Espen & Elusive – Shexy
09 – Medway – The Bassline Track (Luke Chable Mix)
10 – Jean Philippe Aviance – Black on Black
11 – Hamel & Mollison – Break The Cycle
12 – Halogen – Charged
13 – Goldrush – Angel (Therapy Dub)
14 – Loki – NYCU (James Holden Inertia Remix)
15 – Steve Porter – Sensor
16 – Space Manoeuvres – Stage One (Total Separation Mix)

All tracks taken from vinyl
Mix, edits and master by LEMON8

Dance Music matures nicely. Oh wait..it’s Pop!

I was watching Jools Holland on the BBC just as Miike Snow was playing. I didn’t know who they were so I youtubed it by the lyrics they were singing. I say ‘they’ because  they’re a band. From Sweden. And their sound is firmly rooted in Electronic Dance Music and DJ culture

For a long time I’ve been complaining about the Dance Music scene still finding itself in a niche market. But what I didn’t see is that it slowly but surely became part of contemporary pop music. Bands like Miike Snow and even the now famous ones like Keane and Coldplay are all developing their music as expected from a ‘generation of clubbers’. It’s just easily integrated. It comes natural. It’s been part of their diet.

Mike Snow's debut album

So when it comes naturally it’s all good I guess. There’s no reason to wait for the Tiesto’s or Armin’s becoming pop stars. They never will. It might appear that way but it’s altogether different.

Stepping out of what you know is mandatory. O yeah, you can still be successful, famous, a millionaire and even be happy with that. Bands like Sweden’s Miike Snow stepped off, broke out and kept the good bits from 24 years of Dance Music. After all, why be a prisoner of your own style?

Check out Miike Snow’s Black and Blue. They’re even better live. Go see them if you can.