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BTTO Halloween Darkside Special tonight!

It’s that time of the year again: tonight Tim Reaper and I will be doing a 2 hour BTTO Halloween Darkside Special tonight. Tim will be going first with some stone cold classic darkside jams, plus a few crazy exclusives/obscurities. I’ll follow up with more beardy and challenging stuff to scare even the most die-hard fan.

It’s getting to be a fun challenge keeping these darkside sets fresh, as I’ve already done about 15-17 hours of them on JT and RF over the past few years, and (at least for now) try to repeat very few tunes between each one. But I spent a few hours rooting around my crates last night, and found a number of great tracks I’ve somehow never played on BTTO before (or not for years), plus a bunch of obscure stuff even those most jaded darkcore fan will hopefully be surprised with. If that sounds good, lock in tonight – should be a fun (and spooky) one 😈

The shows air at 6pm EST/ 10 PM UK / 11pm (notice the different time because of Daylight Savings) on, with live video second hour on the facebook page. Lock in then!

BTTO Radio Tonight (October 16th 2016)

Blog to the Oldskool Radio is back tonight on, 5pm est / 10pm uk time. I’ve got first hour with the exact opposite of last show – 60 minutes of super laid back vibey, classic atmospheric type tunes. Lots of more well known GLR classics with just a few unknown surprises. Tim will be following up with 60 minutes of choice shoe-on-head jungle. I’ll also be trying to do a FB video stream for the first hour via the facebook jungletrain page.

BTTO Radio Sets October 2nd 2016

Here’s the radio sets from the Sunday before last. Tim played some nice vibey stuff to start, then got a bit weirder as it went on. I played a set of darkside, IDM, reversed acidcore, bleep records at 33, house records at 45, etc. Big thanks to FACT Magazine for mentioning my mix!

By the way, in case anyone hasn’t noticed, I’m starting to hide soundcloud + mixcloud embeds behind a “click here for more” button. This is so the front page (which typically contains 5 or more of these) doesn’t take 800 pages to load / break browsers on smartphones etc. I also standardized the audio player to be a non-flash based option. Hopefully more small improvements coming soon for the blog! (if anyone specializes in wordpress design and has some thoughts, feel free to drop me a line).
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Plutone – The Damned II

Here’s a fun 92 tune I’ve been waiting to play in a mix, but since there hasn’t been a good opportunity and no tracks have been posted in a while, I’ll force myself to post it up in full.

I first came across this tune in a mix by the brilliant Chris DJ Sav (RIP). A lot of Chris’ later mixes focused in on super oddball, off kilter tunes with a strong “so wrong it’s right” feel (eg my personal favorite stuff). Plutone’s tunes highlights this well. Despite being released on some slightly more established labels, and seeming to be a relatively big german techno/rave act (I think they were on a big loveparade comp if my memory serves me right), a number of their tunes were super mental sounding, with buzzsaw synths and interesting change-ups. This one in particular goes from a more standard (but harsh) ravey melody, to a sort of brutal atonal pattern that sounds way harsher to me than most 92 stuff of the time… almost more in-line with some dark PCP type thing. Definitely NOT for everyone, but a cool track for those into darker more “out there” hardcore stuff.

Oh yeah, normally I try not to mess with the sound of posted tunes, but I’ve applied some compression to this one since the dynamics always felt a bit off to me…certain parts sounding way louder than others. Hope it doesn’t ruin it for anyone, but it definitely makes it a bit of a smoother listen for me.

Plutone – The Damned II

Dev/Null – BTTO Radio Sept 5 2016 – Easygroove Tribute Set

Here’s my Easygroove tribute from last Sunday.. I wanted to wait a few more days to post it, but a couple people were asking for a download on facebook. This was the first time I’ve tried streaming video of the set live on Facebook, and while response was a let down while it was going on (maybe 1-3 people tuned in max at any given time?), the archived video has gone on to get a decent response… so maybe I’ll try it again next show 🙂

Speaking of which, Here’s the video stream archived if anyone wants to watch boring footage of my hands pitching records up and down for an hour.

As with Tim’s set, this was a tribute to a favorite DJ, featuring all tracks he used to play and a lot of “signature” tracks. For this Easygroove set, I mainly focused on tracks he played a few times OR personal favorites he played which not many other (if any) djs played. You can tell it’s a bit biased towards the Fantazia NYE 92-93 set since that’s my favorite set of all time, but there’s plenty of other great tunes in there.

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Tim Reaper – BTTO Radio Sept 5 2016 – LTJ Bukem Tribute Set

Here’s Tim’s absolutely wicked LTJ Bukem Tribute set from Sunday’s BTTO Radio show. For this show, we decided to each take a personal favorite DJ and play tracks which they used to play in the 92-95 era. I took Easygroove, and Tim took LTJ Bukem. The tracklisting for his Bukem tribute says it all, absolutely chock full of only the most top tier classics from that era. Tim even included a reconstruction of the track Photek – “Feeling Up” which Bukem used to play on dub but which was never released.
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A Not-So-Brief History of Oldskool Hardcore Reissues

Recently, there was a heavily shared piece written by Ian McQuaid of the “Ransom Note” website regarding Oldskool Hardcore Reissues. The article focused entirely on two individuals / labels who seem to have been doing the largest number of reissues as of late: Robin of Stay on Target, and DJ Jedi of Jedi Recordings. I’m friendly with both Robin and Jedi, and have huge respect for Simon Underground who is handling the pressing and distro side of Robin’s releases – full support to their releases. However, the article focused only on these two people in the present and completely neglected to mention anyone else involved past or present with these type of releases – some of who have already reissued some of the tracks discussed in the piece. Since I’ve been buying these reissues from the time they started (and really relied on them early on since I didn’t have the cash for original presses of many records), I think it’s important to try to document the history of these type of releases: when and where they started, who the main movers and shakers were, and how the releases changed over the years in format/sales.

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