014 materializes on Machining Dreams, this time from Chicago Skyway who is rocking with a 6 track release called EP Fall Down. Five beat tracks and 1 deep house tune that has come to be Skyway’s signature sound over the years. Classic in the sense that beat tracks have formed the glue between styles in many djs bags. Skyway use of arrangement and familiar drum kits will sure to bring the nostalgia back to the djs who were in it before the technology revolution and interest to the djs who came after it. Let’s here the jack:
Fall Down///Begins with some familiar drums, sounds that turn into distinct Skyway patterns. Moving forward, the drum tracks morphs between hard and harder with this re-interpretation the feel of the EP is set.
Ride///Uptempo arpeggiations begin as the drums sound, beating the wolfer cones more signature Skyway patterns emerge. Sustained long synth notes break the monotony, as three elements rock and the clave becomes a main focus of the tune.
Ride3///Another retake, but different sounds and percussion, and added synth parts. This time four elements are rocking as the tune continues to weave in and out, the arrangement will be working dance floors near you soon.
Leaf///Old school beats come out, beat track galore is a perfect modifier for this tune. Moving through as the toms pulsate and the wood block strikes a synth sneaks up to speak the jack. Again, three elements rock here to make your head bob.
Mosquito///A crunchy synth line and kick drum began, as more percussion sounds, then another alerting synth line sounds as the tune moves forward and through the arrangement will make you sweat on the floor.
Praying Mantis///Ending the EP is the deep house sound, the tune begins with a shuffling feel as the toms take up the focus of the rhythm. Slowly, chords and a melody note appears to kiss a listener, then an acid line comes in to take over the tune, deeper and beating, the chords and melody line come back to retake the lead of the tune before making a decrescendo to the sounds of percussion from the beginning of this tune.
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Synapsis rocks next with a full ep from G. Marcell called The Coming (Future). In this four tune project G. Marcell shows off his melodic skills with many nice melody and bass line phrases. The dance energy is non stop and as the ep progresses so does the deepness. Perhaps the future is all ready here, let’s listen to the the sonic waveforms.
Barbarix///A stuttering bassline begins the ep as the beat drops, melodic notes appear that starts to vary in note length. Percussion beats as toms hit in between the quarter notes. Sounding like the name with the rough and taking no prisoners textures.
Silent Rush///Next up is a tune where the tones stay in the higher note registers. The bass line is sneaky as the note timbre begin low and tail off to higher tones. Syncopation everywhere as the beat drops after a few intro phrases. Droning notes help to fill out the tune, later a chord progression opens up with new melody notes added, causing a nice B section. Banging percussion all the way through.
Warped Mind Structure (People)///Though the beat is 4/4 the elusion of a break beat is perceived as the toms syncopate. A deep bassline kicks in to anchor the beat. Even deeper chords come in afterward to emote feelings of the past. People can you feel this? The bassline subtly becomes more complex as time floats by.
DirtyAsDistortion///Ending this 12″ with another grimey bassline is very fitting, a manic bass rides as the kick hits. Notes drone at the top, then suddenly a string melody line comes in, adding feelings to the mix. But the melody only last a moment as the bass line beats only to re-appear again. Yeah work it out.
Four jams moving in unison to bang the box!
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Murph Tone Jack Session Remixes have come up, I was planning to do a remix vinyl for at least a year. And finally the opportunity came up for me to get four reinterpretations from Chicago producers Chicago Skyway, G. Marcell, Ike Release, and Steven Tang. Their contributions expand the Jack Session with deep and rhythmic tunes that will rock from warehouse to boats.
Chicago Head (Chicago Skyway Remix)///The remix 12″ begins with hihats, melodies, and a train trip that explores the jack. Bouncing melodies accompany a story about life perceptions. The subtlies of the beats showcases Skyway’s drum programming.
Tender B (G. Marcell Tender Touch Remix)///The A side ends with classic G. Marcell percussion and drowning pads. Meanwhile the chords move in the background as a secondary broken kick pattern comes forth. The tune slowly builds and breaks as the kick drum pulsates.
Technicals (Ike Release Remix)///The B side begins with squelchy bass lines and some Murph Tone percussion sounds. Re-triggered percussion move around as the bass line continues to to tap the frequency spectrum to emotive rawness.
Tender B (Steven Tang Remix)///Ending the 12″ is a deep house jam that has the chord sound changed with a new bassline and string melody. Nice and deep is this tune.
Subtleties in music inspired the jack session album as the remixes follow this same ethos. This is the conclusion of the Murph Tone Jack Session.
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008 materializes from Spirit of the Black 808 with a “12 called Guerilla Shit. SB808 manifests three rough, rugged, and raw tunes in which the waveforms are stopping eardrums and woofers meanwhile experimenting but still staying true to the Chicago ethos. So we at Synapsis continue to push the underground music; hence guerilla shit!
King Kong///Percussion rings out while tom drums began as the focal point of the tune. The attention torch is passed when a detuned bass melody begins to ring out notes. Periodically vocals come and go for most of the journey while some bass staccato sounds augment the piece. This tune begins the EP with an eerie feeling as the melody line continues to articulate long and slightly dissonant notes.
Guerilla Shit///Raw percussion begins as toms bang and synth lines pulsate. Chords come in early to join the flurry momentarily. Vocals ring out as a brother tries to catch your attention. Jack mode grabs the soul as the track continues to groove. “Man, you just got hit with some Guerilla Shit!”
4dabrothasthatainthere///To finish off the EP we have the most experimental tune holding down the B side. Slowed down acid lines begin while a voice gives a shout out to the fallen brothers. Emotive chords sound as the percussion moves and moves. After each phrase new sounds and rhythms proceed to fill out the beat while a subbass plays in the lowest note registers. Meanwhile the acid line is steadily tweaking to provide a journey.
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The Sun God materializes some celestial beats into existence from the sun. Our sun is one of trillions in the universe and some say they are the evolution of souls. This alias by Jamal Moss continues to channel this energy into waveforms with a three track concept titled Root Frequencies Project. Tough tunes that channel beats, melodies, and rhythms that are typically celestial in nature. Sometimes harsh but always soulful and raw. That’s how we like it over here, so let’s get to the sound samples:
A1.Root Frequencies///Pulsating synths begin as crunchy drums roll on to support the flurry of melodies that appears. Polyphonic synths continue to rang as the arrangement develops and the percussion begins to pick up. There are much happenings in this tune as it runs for 13:00 minutes of crunchy textures.
B1.Memory Disruption///Jack mode in full effect, the tune starts in main swing as one synth is hitting on all the 16th notes within the beat. The drums are moving as that first synth falls into the background and a new string line appears to speak. The bassline comes in to complete the jack groove.
B2.Hashish///This last tune of the project which will definitely attack the senses. Vocals, flange, and toms are in the forefront as a b sections arrives with more percussion, more flange, and a distorted bass lick. Later variations of A and B patterns ring out as the song continues in this fashion with slightly more schizo-frantic movement until completion.
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It has been a minute since I have updated this space with a post, but I had to decompress from the EU trip. Overall the trip consisted of seven countries in little under two months. I rocked dj sets and live PAs as Innerspace Halflife. In the previous post Stockholm was rocked, so now we are back at our base in Berlin as we rock T Room session.
During the next week before I go to Brescia, Italy to play Disco Volante.
After experiencing Brescia for a short time, I drink some fine wine and home cooked food. Thinking about how special Italy is in general, I got to get down on some rotary knobs and snapped off.
I figured I would beat them down with the Jack, some official Chicago shit. Unfortunately none of my set was recorded but it will live on in the peeps in attendance minds. I ride back out to Berlin.
While in Berlin we take in some more history and culture before adding to the culture and rocking at the legendary club called Tresor.
This place is located in an old power station which is responsible for breaking in some of the earliest Techno djs to Europe.
I am still house though, however it was an honor to play this show in which I rocked the drum machine and played records…from here Hamburg awaits.
The Smallville crew welcomes us as we ride up north to rock a live PA.
Interesting place as we get to see more of regular Germany and not the enigma called Berlin. The people were very receptive as we closed down the Golden Pudel at 7am on a Thursday night. The Hamburg party people know what’s up as we rocked the live beats for them.
Berlin is calling again for a few days as I finish recording an album called Reverse Digital Files and Paris comes into the mix.
In Paris, we got to play records at one of the hottest parties in France. Concrete was off the hook as hundreds of people checked out the set and got down.
Paris is definitely full of flavor, with people from all over contributing to the mix. Young inspired artists exists everywhere as we make way through Paris soaking in the intensive art and culture.
Seeing this beautiful city we were in for another treat as we train it to Bordeaux.
Laid back chilled Bordeaux accepted us with open arms as we shared much food, wine, and culture. Again we got to play records on the iBoat and rock a live PA at Bootleg.
Young generation of party people was there to check us out. The spot was rocked as we made our way up to Manchester.
The north English kick it hard, arriving here we had to go straight to the venue and sound check. However once the party got going it was an Innerspace Halflife take over. There were two PA sessions and two record playing sets involved, we did not leave that party until late morning and people were still going.
Whoa is all I have to say, as the Mancunians like there baselines hard and dirty. Me to, me too. Berlin is calling again.
We rock StudioR and then I rock Prince Charles for Soulmate.
Meanwhile I take in the German culture and partake in eating some döner amongst other German eats. Going out to a few parties and meeting with some peeps I then make my way to Bucharest which is trippy.
The Romanians also know how to get down and party. It is a most peculiar place because of the feral dog situation. Though they are regularly scenery to the locals I however am always astonished when I see these packs. The party was great and met up with some nice friends as I got to rock a proper club. Berlin is calling again…
Learning much about German culture I realize I need to take some German classes and get some real practice, this is a nice thought. I then think of this long last leg of the trip. London is next for a week.
It is very cold and heat comes when Innerspace Halflife comes in to rock Boiler Room, which was a pleasure to say the least. We shared the stage with some serious producers and live acts. It was a solid experience.
Then we rock a dj set at the NTS station for the radio show, banging tunes all Innerspace Halflife.
Later we make another attempt to take over the Dance Tunnel with a live PA and dj sets. Meanwhile taking in all the culture. Amsterdam comes up next as we are winding down.
Not knowing what to expect but realizing that Dutch people have to be one of the tallest groups of humans alive we come here for one day to rock Club Up.
Very bizarre times but met some great people all the while. Rocking a live PA then we take the train through Belgium to rock our last show in Paris.
There is little time to spare as we take in some more French culture before we go to our last event. Batofar is in south Paris and is banging boat party. Feeling lucky to be back in beautiful Paris as we end with a serious live PA session.
After an amazing time and getting some chops on the International stage our trip comes to and end. I met lots of wonderful people and touched and was touched by many people and much music. Must say it was a life changing event, hope to do it again some day.
So first time up north to Stockholm, where it was snowy cold, yet super organized as we took Innerspace Halflife there to bang the Swedes’ eardrums at Under Bron!
Done with stop one, making tunes in the dance music party capital octal led Berlin! More later….
2013 starting strong with solo releases and of course the collobaration live PA as Innerspace Halflife. As we improvise and bang out some tunes on the three machines we get ready to take this show on the road. So, ah, yeah Innerspace Halflife Live PA for 90 minutes.
This is the first post from 2013 and I would like to say this year is lining up to be better than 2012. Many new things happening with my solo career and as Innerspace Halflife. I would like to present the first of many Live PA’s coming from Innerspace Halflife as a Modyfier podcast.
Read the prose here, and enjoy as there is more great music to come this year from myself and the labels.
In advance to the first Innerspace Halflife show at Smartbar on December 15th for Hugo Ball, a nice little article appears courtesy of Time Out Magazine that discusses some of our philosophies and techniques on music making and presentation. The article can be read here. Shouts out to Jason Robinette for taking the photos, Jennifer Salim for the styles, and Natalie Salim for the make up. It was quite a cold day in December when the photo shoot took place, but as Hannibal from the A-Team always says, “I love it when a plan comes together.” More news on the group shortly, so watch this space for details.