IT’S A SANDSTORM

February 23rd, 2015

Everyone knows I’m a Jayhawk. I left town for four years to get my degree from KU. Everybody also knows I’m a huge KU basketball fan.

Unlike some others, I don’t consider our in-state rival K-State a real “rival” (there are other teams in the Big XII I hate far more), but KU and K-State do play tonight, and in light of that I decided to make a post about Sandstorm.


 
See, KU prides itself on it’s storied, tradition-bearing basketball program. One way that manifests itself is that when they play at home in Allen Fieldhouse, the music is basically all provided by the pep band, which is unlike most other basketball venues which also pump music in, usually some kind of ridiculous Jock Jam. The most hilarious and ridiculous one that gets played is Sandstorm, by Darude. It’s hilarious and ridiculous because it’s such a crowd pleaser in that environment, and because they always play it when K-State is making some kind of run, and then KU always wins anyway. Usually.

Really though what I’m wondering is how Sandstorm came to be a Jock Jam in the first place. Sandstorm, which should have been like any other early 00s acid trance track, is a thing. I mean, it’s actually a pretty banging track for what it is, but it’s been co-opted as a Jock Jam and now it’s kind of a joke as far as EDM goes.

I mean, why Sandstorm? Why not Blood is Pumping by Voodoo and Serano?


 
Why not Higher State of Consciousness by Josh Wink?


 
Actually, I’ll tell you why not that one. Because back in the Subculture days, Higher State was known as the “make your ears bleed” song. So yeah, none of that being pumped into the Coliseum.

I guess there was one other that made it to pseudo jock jam status: Zombie Nation.


 
Anyway, hi, yes, this is a post about acid trance tracks that became jock jams. You’re welcome and Rock Chalk.

TOMORROW NIGHT FOOLS

February 13th, 2015

Get there early because I’m kicking it off strong at 9PM!

Orbital Torch Glasses

January 22nd, 2015

Ordered direct from Orbital’s merch store. They only made 1500 of these available. :-)

 

These “torch glasses” as they’re called are an iconic part of Orbital’s identity, so I’m stoked to have some and be able to make a nod back to those guys. Not to mention they help me see in the dark.

For reference:

back once again

January 16th, 2015

You guys! It’s back! fstopdj.com is back! I’ve brought it back from the dead after four freaking years!

I moved to Lawrence to go back to school and immediately had a DJ identity crisis for a while. I spent a lot of time thinking about what kind of DJ I should be up there, how to play to college kids, how to represent myself. All kinds of stupid shit went through my head. I continued posting in this blog for a while, then had a quick fling with tumblr, and then just shut the whole thing down. Turns out none of it mattered much – I was too busy with school and family to get into the scene, and outside of a couple house parties, I didn’t spin a single gig my whole time up there.

I sure did miss it though. When we moved back to Wichita in July, getting back into the scene, playing gigs, and seeing old friends was one of the biggest things I looked forward to. I’ve already played one gig (all vinyl, classic trance – sad for you if you missed it) and I have a couple more coming up which I’ll post about soon. Mostly I just wanted to wave my hands around and say HI I’M BACK!

But of course I’m not going to make a post without any music. The title of this post is a lyric. Most recently I heard it while listening to Kush Sessions (my new favorite drum and bass radio show) on Digitally Imported, and they played this track:

My first exposure to this lyric though came courtesy of Fatboy Slim, who remixed a track called Renegade Master by Wildchild. It’s a classic Fabtoy Slim big beat track from that era – fun, catchy, poppy, gets in your head. This track is the reason why “Back once again” has always been a lyric that’s available in my mind:

Here’s the original, non-remixed, non-Fatboy Slim version, which many people contend is actually better:

But the other day listening to Kush Sessions, I decided to dig a little deeper. This didn’t sound like an original lyric – it sounded like a sample, and I wanted to find the source. If you know my love of good hip hop, you know I was thrilled to discover that the lyric originally comes from a track called One For The Trouble by A.D.O.R. It’s got a great beat. Check it:

Thus ends today’s history lesson, kids. Have fun.

And because I’m digging this track

October 13th, 2010

Here’s a drum and bass jam of the day.

MRSA – Chemicals

What, me DJ?

October 13th, 2010

Because it’s rainy, and because it’s Monday

October 11th, 2010

Sometimes music just plays itself in my head.  Today’s song is a pretty obvious choice since it’s rainy here in Lawrence: Rainy Monday by Shiny Toy Guns (who else?).  When I typed “Monday” into my computer to find the file to upload it for you all, a couple other tracks showed up that I figured were worth sharing as well.  Here you go.

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Bangles – Manic Monday.mp3

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Orgy – Blue Monday.mp3

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Shiny Toy Guns – Rainy Monday.mp3

pendulum

September 28th, 2010

If you’ve ever heard me spin a drum and bass set, then you know it’s no secret I love Pendulum.  I introduced my friend Steph to a track of theirs called Granite, a track she recently reminded me that she still loves.  That makes a guy feel good.  So here’s some more Pendulum for ya, starting with the track that first got me into Pendulum, Vault.  Pendulum overall is a little dirtier and more aggressive and a little less liquid/atmospheric/harmonic than the drum and bass I usually go for, and this track’s no exception to that, but for some reason, the way they put it together appeals to me in spite of the dirt.

Pendulum – Vault.mp3

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These first few tracks are quite old, early Pendulum stuff while they were still polishing their sound.  At this point in their career they were still very much electronic music, drum and bass, sounding like the origins of the style from underground clubs in the UK, even though they’re from Australia.

Pendulum – Spiral.mp3

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Pendulum – Girl in the Fire.mp3

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Pendulum – Another Planet.mp3

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As they refined their sound, they started to incorporate more of a rock sound into their music.  This is an early example of that.  Steph, these next ones are going to be more like Granite. Check em out.

Pendulum – Hold Your Colour.mp3

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Here they’re moving more towards that rock sound as evidenced by the more standardized patterns of vocals with verses and a bridge (chorus is instrumental).

Pendulum – Propane Nightmares.mp3

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And this might be my favorite Pendulum track of all time.  Such an amazing way to get a set started. (Stick with it through the prelude.)

Pendulum – Slam.mp3

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This one’s a bit of a change of pace, a somewhat different beat, at least until the end.  It’s got a fantastic bass line that kicks in around 2:21. This is the one I should listen to more often:

Pendulum – The Tempest.mp3

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And in the course of writing this, I’ve just discovered they have a new album out, which I’m about to go snag RIGHT NOW.

look what I found

September 9th, 2010

This is a little different from the style of stuff I usually post, but I’m digging this track enough that I wanted to share it with you guys.  I heard it on KJHK, KU’s student-run radio station, yesterday.  At which point I was compelled to immediately track it down.

So many different styles influence this track.  There’s an electro bass line, a breakbeat, retro synth drums, 80s style arpeggiated synths, along with a wicked, slightly dark melody and great vocal harmonies.  Obviously it’s the overall electronic sound that appeals to me, but there’s a lot more going on here that’s worth listening to, even if you’re not a huge fan of the usual repetitive drivel I usually barf up here for you guys.

Check this out from Wikipedia:

School of Seven Bells (often just SVIIB) is a three-piece band formed by Benjamin Curtis of Secret Machines, together with identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, formerly of On! Air! Library!. The band is named after the School of the Seven Bells, a mythical South American pickpocket training academy.

Pretty cool way to name your band.  Wikipedia also mentions the words “ethereal” and “dreamy” to describe SVIIB’s music, which describes other things I’ve liked.  For some reason, I feel like if it were the 90s, SVIIB could have been signed by 4AD, right next to acts like the Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance, even though this is decidedly more beat-driven.  It just has that feel to it.

School of Seven Bells – Dust Devil.mp3

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Guess what month it is?

September 1st, 2010

Future Prophecies – September (Camo & Krooked Remix)