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05.02.2019

Hakim Murphy - Beatsmith - mdreamsdigi001

Beatsmith

It’s been a minute since the last Machining Dreams release, however I have come with an album. It is called Beatsmith. Really it is a retrospective project as this album was made several years ago. Now is the time to present these tunes to the world. All produced in a two period sometime in 2013 and will finally see the light of day. Many harmonies and rhythms protrude through speaker from my psyche, creating this LP presented here. There are nine tunes and three interludes for your listening pleasure. The nature is typical me, blurring the line between house and techno which work on the dance floor or sitting somewhere chilling. Digital only, the first Machining Dreams release to be like this is here for you:

Tears of Jack///We begin the journey with syncopated beats and an arpeggio. Futuristic in tone, the tune keeps evolving as more elements are added. Meanwhile the synth arp continues to modulate throughout the entire duration of the piece. Chords come in to add flavor to the mixture of elements. As well, the chord progression does not resolve until close to the end, which will reward and listener who chooses to stay throughout the 6:47.

Starship Prisms///More syncopated sounds here. A bass line and synth melody round out the elements until later when a melody comes in for a brief spell. The percussion is really driving, giving off the image of riding on a space ship through hyperspace.

Syncopated Movements///Bouncing rhythms that circulate around each other is the theme here. Percussion and chords strike first that leads a listener to a driving bass line. Notes in the high register start to vibrate giving the sound great diversity while the hats come in and pick up the pace. The pace is like bouncing up and down on a giant rubber ball while experiencing an barrage of tones.

Flowing Suns///Chords and sparse notes ring out introducing the rest of the tune. A bass line keeps the low register busy coupled with the continued chord progression running over the top. Modulating like sun flares, the chords keep the ear busy as the percussion changes, bringing the tune to life like suns do for planets.

Lullaby Beginnings///The first interlude happens with a melody with much delay from outer space.

Magic Rainfall///A deceptive breakbeat appears supported by an arpeggio line. Long notes ring out to fill up the spectrum that introduce chords and the driving bass line. Two arpeggio lines play with each other as the tune builds. The adventure takes a few turns and towards the end a chord progression comes in to add resolution. Like when one is skiing down a mountain and reaches the bottom safely.

Movements In Space///Bumping percussion drives the tune while chords and a bass line come in to cause more movement. Like the Marvel character ‘Juggernaut’, the track cannot be stopped once its starts. The sounds keep ringing from the entire spectrum causing one to shake their body eventually due to the swirling smoking tones.

Secret Melodies///Interlude number 2 is another melody that comes with much soul and delay too.

Damage Control///Another tune with bouncing effected percussion, this time however more of a chord progression from the outset. Sounding like a boxing match as the chords punch the bass line counter punches. The track continues to evolve as the journey continues with the modulating chords and percussion.

Machine Work///Syncopated percussion appears as a chord is sustained from time to time. From the outset the percussion is quite aggressive as the syncopated beats remain steady and a bit later a nice chord progression shows its head, but only for a bit before we return to the first section of the tune. Which reminds a listener of riding the train and seeing the same things in the landscape but then suddenly something catches your eye for a brief moment.

Transverse///The last interlude is an arpeggio from space that modulates like being dragged playfully through a wormhole.

Solar Winds///To end the excursion is deep house tune that features a chord progression as the main theme that swells up to introduce the bass line. The modulating chords continue to emote from the speakers as the percussions becomes more prevalent. A melody also comes in to add color and emotion, which is fitting for the end of the tune as the projected started aggressive and ends passive.

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NM-03

02.05.19

Images of a Myth (Remixes)

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Dream Scoring is a project between HEAR and I that started in 2016, which saw us release our first 12″ Images of a Myth on HEAR’s Naissance Musik. Now more than two years later we present a remix project from the above EP. HEAR enlisted a plethora of producers that vary our sound, Wareika, Amir Alexander, Yard One, and Nesta helped us to create a very diverse sounding EP. Check the sounds and enjoy for yourself:

Motion Currents – Wareika’s Moon Aligned Remix///This remix features a splattering of percussive elements that groove and in the background are the many tones moving through time. Chords come as a voice narrates the 12 minute excursion and throughout are many modulations for added color. The vocals are very soulful and are highlighted by the chords. Definitely a club banger for many occasions. When one wants to go on an extended journey, this remix is here for you.

Story Catcher – Amir Alexander’s Gritty City Refix///A pulsating remix that is close and yet far from the original. The same pulsating tones sound throughout, however the musical parts around it unfold quite differently. The percussion flickers meanwhile the bass line develops and Amir adds a sprinkle of melodic panning lines and strings that compliment each other. This movement is quite deep and keeps a listener’s attention. Somewhere between the line of house and techno is this track which makes it quite a versatile dance floor weapon.

Blowed Out – Yard One’s Lucid Dreamshape///Like the name suggest this remix from Yard One is extremely dreamy. The chorus effect sparkles on the instruments from the beginning and as the elements appear one by one, the fog gets thicker and thicker. The fuzzy feeling is maintained through the tune’s entirety, yet the melody instruments and guitar licks are free from the haze which brings a new dimension to the reality of the tune. Lucid and dreamy indeed, hypnotic vibes here all day in this tune, which makes for a powerful listening experience.

Silhouette – Nesta’s Wavy Remix///To end the project, Nesta presents a steady track for the more minimal type heads. The tune moves steadily, building up momentum and keeping a groove. Full and beefy are good adjectives at play here. Many elements from the original appear halfway and fit nicely with the new waveform realization. This cut will definitely appeal to many djs and listeners out here.

Available at all streaming and digital ports.   

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Perp-012

6.3.2018

After quite the long hiatus, I am back posting on Machining Dreams blog and I am starting back with a various piece featuring several Chicago luminaries.

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Welcome to the Barbershop. This LP arrives with tunes from some of your favorite artists representing Chicago’s underground dance music sphere on the city’s bred label; Perpetual Rhythms. A wide variety of fresh cuts and genres are showcased, ranging from Deep House and Techno to Experimental and Ambient, providing an eclectic listening experience. The central theme of the LP is “things that relate to a barbershop”, topics such as hairstyles, hair products and humor. We invite you to stay a while and experience this sonic journey with an open mind.

dcee – Suavecito // A smooth, deep house track filled with colorful chord pads, sparse bassline, and metallic percussion coupled with a chirping melody.

Chicagodeep – Blow Out // An in your face house beater where the bassline keeps the groove and organ stabs color the tune all while a low synth pad modulates underneath the groove.

DCook – Comb Over // Beat down sounds reside here through the slow tempo and chord progression. Sounding clean, the track takes the listener on a journey of tasty house elements.

Taelue – Razor Line Up // Continuing is another beat down track except we delve into darker territory. The bass line establishes the diabolical character while the tune builds momentum slowly and more dark sounds join the fray.

Hakim Murphy – Finger Wave // Sparse percussion strikes that lead into modulating chords of emotive goodness. The chord motif and percussion make playful changes as if one was floating through the clouds.

Obsolete Music Technology – High Top Fade // An energetic tune that straddles the house and techno genre pulsates with a steady bassline, melodic pads, and phasing percussion.

Specter – Butters Whipped // A classic drum set oozes from the speakers introducing warm sounds that tepidly caress the listener’s ear drums. The elements build up quite quickly assembling a sparkling groove that beats through time.

Isoke – Soul Glo // A bright banger that wastes no time establishing its feeling; driving percussion and 1 bar synth lines pay homage to the Chicago track masters from yesteryear.

Damon Lamar – Bermuda Triangle // Rounding out the LP is a deep rider that serves up a plate of beautiful nostalgia. The wonderful myriad of shuffling drums, bass and synth pads bring forth thoughts of sailing away on the Atlantic Ocean.

Chicago Skyway – Edged out // Reverb and delay introduce melodies of grandeur. The tones swirl around almost as if they are filtered through a kaleidoscope. This effect gives the tune several interesting tonal characters as it progresses.

As I’ve listened through the LP several times in order, I think it has a lot to say in these musical dark ages.

hakim

Available at:

Juno

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AC009

11.4.16

Remnants EPa

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Chris Mitchell is back on Anunnaki Cartel with a three track 12″ that features strong drum programming with a dystopian feel. Mitchell is pushing the worried and anxious sound, apparently he thinks house and techno is not always roses and peaches. The Remnants EP features three tunes with the mechanical feelings of cyborgs running around in industrial areas creating dance music.

Remnants///Panning arp lines, boxy percussion, with long bass notes that double as a melody begin this 12″. Later the beats become chunky as the toms strike and shimmering sustained crashes appear. The tune remain crunchy until its conclusion as the dystopian feeling is prevalent.

Opinions Are Prisons///A full palette of sounds begins the B side of the wax. A voice in the background states something that is not recognizable. An arp line is the main focus with long bass notes serving as a complimentary line. The voice modulates as the percussion moves along. A melody line comes in to add depth. The elements continue to change as the vocals ring out until the end.

Succubi///A sub kick begins the end as a voice and synth slowly gain steam and volume. The pulsating kick leads us into percussion which is a change from the first two tracks. The vocal moves around as two synth lines play off each other with slow modulations. A melody line appears to cause an emotive feel as all the elements progress to their peak. The synth lines become a bit more fuzzier as a filter also becomes audible which leads a listener right to the break.

Remnants EP

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Juno

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Technique

Crosstalk

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CVR004

4.27.16

Tyree

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Tyree

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Tyree Cooper career has span four decades releasing music which is illustrated by his discography. Tyree is still active and has just released Da Soul Revival Classics Vol.2. This two track 12” brings Tyree back to some of his earlier roots with acid house and an homage to a fallen homie Kool Rock Steady, whom Cooper recorded with in his early years. Quite simply a house sound from one of the earliest architects of the genre. Warehouse to loft, club to festival, stoops to bedrooms; these tunes will work for all occasions if you looking for the house sound with contemporary adjustments.

Let It Go featuring Blake Baxter///Blake Baxter is on vocal doing saying, “Free your mind from all pressures.” begins this journey as the acid builds, the groove is established and a mixture of vocals is continuously sprinkled over the top. The acid synth continues to modulate so slightly as percussion elements change. Later, fuzzy chord stabs add more texture and a extra groove making for a quick tease, just to lead back to the acid line.

New Dub featuring Kool Rock Steady///Bright drums began, as Kool Rock introduces Tyree then the chords and melody come in followed by the bassline. The arrangement moves around as each of the synth parts have a time to shine. The happy tones is really uplifting and the track rocks a house feel of yesteryear.

Available at:

Juno

Clone

Deejay

Red Eye Records

Phonica

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Perp-004

4.12.15

Perp-004 aside

Perp-004 side A

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With its fourth release, Perpetual Rhythms appears with three tunes from label owners Chicagodeep and Taelue as Ghosts of the Sky. When we look up into the stars we see them as they were millions and in some cases billions of years ago. This fact intern gives way to the name of the collaboration, timeless sounds that fill your soul as they travel through the reaches of your mind via your eardrums. The self titled release features three deep tunes that extend the genre of deep house with groovy rhythms, plush chords, and a quintessential Chicago touch.

Asylum///The journey begins with a slow-motion, beatdown tune, in which many sounds swish together as the kick enters to establish the pulse. The tune continues to build slowly as more elements come in that subtly make your head bounce as the baseline pulsates. Ghosts of the Sky is born.

Squash///Tune two is quite a bit harder as the bass line begins, slowly modulating and then joined by percussion and a chord progression. The tune continues to pick up steam as more hats join in. A droning string note comes in over the top, sounding like a rover on an alien planet picking up samples for study, the tune rocks until the end.

Cycle Tunings///The final tune begins with percussion filled with modulating reverb, that leads us into a chord progression. More percussion sounds as it moves through time, eventually settling in with toms grabbing the attention right before a harder baseline comes in. With this baseline, the tune sounds more electric while a melody line slowly appears to complete the idea.

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Available at Juno

Deejay.de

Clone

Red Eye

Technique

Hardwax

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synapsis-012

8.26.14

Synapsis-12a

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Jazz and house newcomer Kareem Ali laces up Synapsis-012, at times some trumpet, some samples, but always solid beats and melodies as Synapsis Records presents his debut 12″; Nocturnal Respiration. Hailing from the NYC, Kareem composes eight tunes that show off his imaginative composing skills.

Can you feel it///The experience begins with jazzy chords and Kareem on the trumpet. The jazzy feelings continue as the trumpet sounds over the 7th chords.

Sands of Time///Synth melodies rain out as the beat drops and builds. A bassline appears for a second to provide a groovy intermission.

Flavor///Bouncing melodies begin as percussion strikes that leads into chords. Later voices filter into the background as another melody line sneaks into the mix.

Deep Space///Flowing arpeggiations begin as a bass line and other synth lines appear to cause a mystical swelling of sounds. No beats all heart.

In Orbit///The b side begins with crunchy beats and 7th chords. Trumpet notes ring out and flow, an B section quickly appears, and then right back to the A section.

Heart///Fast jazzy sample appears as the bpm is pushed up to give a nice flavor and variety to the vinyl. Short and sweet tune for the heads.

Solid///Classic drums start the action, quickly followed by arpeggiations and pulsating bass sound. Head knotting tune.

Portal///To end this this release, a bass sound begins and quickly joined by drums. The bass melody continues to ride in the forefront meanwhile supported by a vocal sample. Later a chord progression comes in and takes it deep.

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