July 7, 2008

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Summer Jamz ’08 #9: Nate DeYoung & Todd Hutlock

Each Summer Jam is proudly co-hosted with Screw Rock N Roll and What Was it Anyway.
1. Bandulu – Phase In Version
2. Delta Funktionen – Nebula
3. Two Lone Swordsmen – Turn the Filter Off
4. The Mole – Hey Girl (I Feel So Good)
5. Stephen Beaupre – Fish Fry
6. Sweet Exorcist – Clonk (Freebass)
7. Matthew Styles – We Said Nothing
8. Ernesto Ferreyra – The Last Shooter
9. Robert Hood – Master Builder
10. Slowhouse – Unknown Track 3
11. Teste – The Wipe (5 AM Synaptic)

If we have a theme for this mix, it would be ‘nothing from the new milennium.’ Well, for Hutlock’s portion of the mix – he went so far as trying to convince me that ‘everything old is new again.’ And if that’s not a plea for a way out of a mid-life crisis, I don’t know what it is.
Old jokes aside, Hut gave me some nice surprises – “Phase in Version” is a little wonky Basic Channel rush. Todd crushes hard on this track – it probably doesn’t hurt that it was released on a Creation sub-label – and I can finally say I totally agree with him. Same goes for Sweet Exorcist. But those of us with Warp fixations already knew that. Maybe my favorite of Hut’s choices is Teste’s send-off of “The Wipe.” It’s pretty bleak for a summer jam, but the bassline nuzzles in just right.

If everything old is new again, then there’s only one constant in my selections and that’s keeping it as ephemeral as possible. Tracks like Matthew Styles’ “We Said Nothing” might be a nice little trick – detuned drums and an insistent analog synth screwdriving – but I don’t care how it ages. It’s perfect for right now. Same goes for the overwhelm-o-disco of Mole’s “Hey Girl (I Feel So Good).” But Stephen Beupre has spent the longest time as my instant-fix, from the spring deep into the summer. “Fish Fry” is nothing but modest – a slow accumulation of atmosphere, held down by just the vibrato of a meandering melody.
Ableton didn’t play nice so this “mix” is unmixed. It’s a paint-by-numbers, if you will, so make your own.
Nate DeYoung


More summer:

Summer Jamz ’08 #8: Privately Owned by Theon Weber
“I’m typing this from a studio apartment in Portland, Oregon, at the tail end of a hazy First of July…”

Summer Jamz ’08 #7: Daydreamin’ by Andrew Gaerig and John M. Cunningham
“For this mix we focused on the theme of “daydreams.” Pour yourself a drink that requires an umbrella, kick off your flip-flops, and take a listen.”

Summer Jamz ’08 #6: It’s Not the Heat by Jeff Siegel and Kevin J. Elliott
“This mix is a reflection of soupy, unrelenting humidity. A heat mirage. A little dancing, but not too much, because we must lie down and rehydrate.”

Summer Jamz ’08 #5: Compiled by Jayson Greene and Stewart Voegtlin
“Oh, geezus. Didn’t we all wanna give up the goose when the sweat ceased to dribble and ran?”

Summer Jamz ’08 #4: Compiled by Paul Scott and Ian Mathers
For their summer mix, Paul and Ian decided to have a conversation, or maybe an argument, thanks to one inarguable fact: Ian hates summer.

Summer Jamz ’08 #3: Dear Summer… by Jonathan Bradley
“My mix is for the times everything is still and quiet and perfect … I haven’t included any yacht rock or Eagles tunes, but that’s all I can guarantee.”

Summer Jamz ’08 #2: State of the Union, Jack by Mike Orme and Nick Southall
“Two former Stylus Magazine compatriots … celebrate the summer by splitting halves of a mix CD, each trying to fill their side with songs the other writer would put on a summer mix.”

Summer Jamz ’08 #1: Compiled by Alfred Soto and Dan Weiss
“In the context of summer, vastness suggests the abrogation of responsibility: school and relationships, mostly…”

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