Wednesday, 24 June 2009

Radio On!

It's odd that I blogged about Squatter for the first time last week, because I've just received a head's up that he's got a set on a show on Leith FM on 26th June (Friday) between 11pm-1am. Here's the bit of publicity I got:

Kicking off this week's show is Mike McGarrity from Edinburgh's Pins and Needles club night. Up at midnight it's the main man, Squatter, with a dark breaks mix.

Squatter started out producing as a hobby, zoning out for hours at a time tinkering with early sequencing software. After several years of occasional dabbling he had a bit of a revelation during the Big Chill festival, and decided it was about time he learnt how to do it properly, so he chucked his day job and moved house, and within a few weeks was sitting in lectures on music technology.

He emerged a few years later, having developed his own distinctively dark sound along the way, producing anything from glitchy breaks through to moody ambience. He recently completed his Advent Remix Challenge to raise money for charity, where he created 26 remixes from scratch in 25 days. Since then he has been producing as himself and in several collaborations, creating sound for contemporary dance performances and a number of new remixes and original tracks, at the same time as training to join the circus.

His next release is out 29th June on Control Breaks - 'Married to a Stapler' / 'Roll It Up feat. MC Regimental' (plus Section Remix) - a brooding, automated assault of an EP which will hopefully reearn him IDJ Magazine's recognition for 'oddest track title of the month'

Squatter's Advent Remix Challenge for Charity! Please support.
Squatter on MySpace.

Breaks, beats and experimental noise: Squatter's website.
Composition collective for dance and picture: TheSolarSonic on Myspace

"Squatter maintains the breaks but increases the sick factor"
- IDJ Magazine

If that sounds appetising head over to Leith FM on the pertinent night, or if you live in the Edinburgh area it's 98.8FM.

On a completely unrelated note, here's some electro and dubstep and stuff:

Voglio Solo Limonare - Crookers feat. La Pisa and Mr. Cocky
(I picked this up at some point last year and apparently it's all over Spain at the moment. If you want explicit Italian phrases this is probably a good place to start).
Nuke 'Em - DatsiK
("Yippi-kai-yay motherfuckers". Griiiimy dubstep.)
The Geeks Were Right (Does It Offend You, Yeah?) - The Faint
(Really fun electro remix, kind of like a rather cooler, much less annoying and probably more realistic version of Year 3000 ;) )
Licky (Hervé Goes Low Remix) - Erol Alkan & Princess Superstar
(Erol Alkan + Princess Superstar + Hervé = Filthy electro. Old one but a good one, imo.)
Stuck In The System - Joker
(Surprisingly epic. String section features heavily for a dubstep track.)
London Town (Doorly's Cockney Wideboy Remix) - Man Like Me
(Quite sick. Lots of sound getting layered in progressively.)

Saturday, 20 June 2009


I know this isn't a tune but this is the best little tool I've found online in quite some time. It's kind of like a virtual Tenori-On though obviously not quite as sophisticated, but still awesome. Have a play!


And for no particular reason, here's a strange version of Kids by MGMT

MGMT - Kids (Burntpiano Robo Remix)