Morning on the river

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Hey ho and a happy Saturday to all from the lovely city of Bath.

Nary a block of concrete in sight. Lovely.

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New Release: I Can’t Stand It

Long-time aficionados will know of my long-time association as graphics bloke with Hardcore Lives! Records, a small label specialising in new, high-quality breakbeat music with a 90s rave flavour.  There’s not been many releases this year, but one has just popped up and it’s an absolute belter:

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Nefti’s crisp and frenetic breaks are always a joy to hear, and they don’t fail to hit the spot here, either – importantly, I Can’t Stand It manages to pick a short, looped vocal sample that isn’t incredibly annoying when layered heavily throughout, which is definitely a good thing.  The whole package of 3 similar mixes hold together as a solid, cohesive whole, but my personal pick is the Orestiz mix, which ramps up the contrast with some warm, padded breakdowns, big stabs and pleasant flourishes that ensures a last tune-style flow from beginning to end.

I’ve been listening to this heavily for the last couple of days – genuinely recommended.

Some other beats ‘n’ pieces

Happened to be sitting here upon a Sunday afternoon, so I thought I’d rootle around for a couple of other things I made a while back.  They’re below.

I’ve kicked off or exhumed a diverse range of projects, so now I’m running around after doing a load of graphics, some tongue-in-cheek music production (just to keep my hand in, y’know) and some websites too, natch.

All in all, it’s proving a thoroughly enjoyable pastime.  Making something you like from scratch is one of the best feelings in the world.

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Today’s trip down Memory Lane begins with the first of two Hardcore Lives record covers.  This moody number is for one of the more recent releases by Sparki Dee, which I put together during an astonishingly late evening at the keyboard.  Required about three attempts at getting the typography right, partly due to the fact I kept falling asleep.

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Our second excursion is an earlier version of the Electrux cover I posted a short while back.  On reflection, I think I prefer this one as it’s less lurid and the punched-through text reflects the title more accurately.  A candidate for a Special Edition release or similar in the future, then.

That’ll do for now.  Keep on truckin’!

Album Cover: 170

Here’s another thing that I made sometime last year.  Another album cover this time for the 4/4 mixes of original breakbeat tunes by Electrux.

Channelling early 2000s dance album covers here:

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Album Cover: Other Things

Here’s a little something I put together for the excellent electronic artist Electrux over on Hardcore Lives records.

His second full-length album spans the darker spaces of trance and breaks. Recommended.

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In reflection, it’s rather more saturated than I originally intended, but all concerned were satisfied nevertheless.