Alright, why not fit one more mix in before the end of the year? In anticipation of their first, self-titled album, Abstract without Abstraction is honored to host techno Allah, the Denver-based gabber princess. A perfect sister-mix to DJ Dreamcast’s, this mix finds techno Allah (aka Aisha Jeylani) running the gamut from their eponymous genre through footwork, speed garage, and breakcore, with all manner of 160+ scorchers in between. It’s an ascendent, frenetic mix to crack the turning of the calendar wide open. For those whose 2018 is better left unremembered, let her offering cauterize it.
Emerging from the winter solstice, AW/OA is thrilled to present a fierce slab of realness from DJ Dreamcast (aka Jesse James Alexander). The diverse, nostalgic, and aggressively queer Bay-area promoter, DJ, and don of the midweek Folsom Street drag rave Club Shevil, DJ Dreamcast's lifestyle, warmth, and ear have been an enduring inspiration for Abstract without Abstraction and are a welcome way to round out the year. As a producer, their 'Guardian Forces', 'Places I've Lived', and 'Cloudbusting' EPs are must-hears for a voice that winds it's way through nuanced techniques and thrives on the transformative power of the club.
The ends-of-years, with their planetary rotations, hibernations, sheddings, rejuvenations, and regenerations mark a certain pause or contain a condensed (frustrated) energy of emergence. This time, we mark that moment with a welcomed contribution from Mansour Al-Amin-Dyer. In his words, Mansour is "on a path of rediscovery in order to construct his own brand of authenticity. The mix I have presented for AW/OA, as Manny 'Nuff, is another exercise in mining the more nuanced bits that connect yesteryear into the present and beyond.
Mx. Oops is a multimedia performance artist living in New York City & teaching in the Music, Multimedia, Theatre, and Dance Department at Lehman College (City University of New York) who has performed across the United States and in Europe, Africa, and Asia.
Ponk (aka Matt Miville) is a modest selector of scrupulous technique and taste from Denver, Colorado. "Techno-enthusiast, pug lover; I mostly make mixes for fun to re-listen to my collected music in a fun way." As a friend and long-standing member of the Gays Hate Techno community, AW/OA is honored to host this direct & focused descent into- and dérive through- his archive.
Bodies orbit like turntable platters in the balance of equinox. At this equinoctial moment, when light and darkness collide in equal volume, we're enlivened to present an exceptionally special, 100% vinyl, 100% on-the-fly studio mix from DJ/Producer @experimental-housewife (aka Evelyn Marie Malinowski).
Soul Abstractions; abstract takes on soul, soul-full abstractions, and the transposition of soul, drawn away ~ into new contexts and landscapes. For episode 021 of Abstract without Abstraction, we are heartened to present a special, vinyl-only mix from Alala.One. An offering from a veteran selector, Soul Abstractions finds Alala plumbing the depths of her collection for a number of classic gospel & disco spirituals that she 'rarely has the opportunity to play out' in an effort to connect the dots and limn the overlaps of soul's connotation across recordings from 1960 to 2017.
Beginning again, with new ears, informed by everything they've heard, AW/OA is honored to present a cinematic, lusciously mixed, contribution from Taylor Bratches, aka Talien. When Talien found dance music nearly a decade ago, she knew she was home. For Talien, DJing is a personal, political and spiritual act—a way to express, to channel frequencies, to unite people, and to give to others the kinds of formative dance-floor experiences that were given to her.
Cresting out of the potent core of a fully-eclipsed blood moon, Abstract without Abstraction is energized to present what feels like a truly break-out mix from the up-and-coming NYC-based DJ, Starka. Containing some of the most urgent club sounds that have been featured in the series, Starka’s contribution “Systemic Disaffection” channels the raw, celebratory energy of the packed club, but does so while simultaneously carving out sonic pockets to embrace and care for the dysphoria and trauma that unavoidably rack our fleshly dimensions.
What better way to embrace the summer than with an hour of baile funk, cumbia, Afro-Colombian music, and latinx electronica selected by the world-traveller, dj, radio host, and middle-school math school teacher, Katherine Peterson? A sonography of her travels, ¡Suda! is a blast & a personal selection of tracks that cut an imaginary course, or hopscotch, though the sounds of Latin America. While so many may be riveted by the machinations of eyeball-transfixing FIFA-colonialism this weekend, the sound is a testament to the other worlds that are here with us to celebrate.
Recover from the perpetual hangover of misguided fanatico-patriotism & juvenile nationalistic segregationism with a special, dark tonic from Vera Rubin. Hot on the heels of her recent DIESELcast, the force selector behind xray.fm's Shadow Cruising show frequent collaborator with Portland's HURTR shows us (hears us?) in one focused hour that the will to harness our destiny is an inalienable right in chorus with the chaos of the world (as if there were ever only one).
Lychee is the creative force behind Spontaneous Affinity, a freeform platform focusing on the support and elevation of those connected with the communal nature of the dancefloor. As a DJ, their monthly residency at Distrikt 1 at Bossa Nova Civic Club in Brooklyn focuses on the harder and darker edges of techno, so it is a real pleasure to hear them round a corner for Abstract without Abstraction with a special two-hour long ambient mix. While the world approaches the summer solstice this week, let them calibrate the atmospherics of your pure sensation. Find your favorite place in the world (mountauburn.org) and put yourself there in the sound.
Sometimes it can take an uncharacteristically long time for a flower to dehisce. After a series of Spring cold snaps and a-standard weather patterns, Abstract without Abstraction is honored to present a frost-bitten, late winter mix from Seattle’s Bloom Offering. The mix is a heavy, hour-long blend of dissonant EBM & emotional techno suited to urge your body into a new season and celebrate the one-year anniversary of the good ship AW/OA! CW: mention of suicide.
This episode AW/OA welcomes Zone Motif- the ambient-inflected alias of Denver's Lone Dancer- in advance of his new release 'Augment Reality Breakdown'. Listening in to the swerve and drift of a perpetual fall between genres (ambient, jazz, Tibetan chant, and abstract freakquencies) the mix is a hypnagogic mirror through which to hear and feel your self.
Turning over the leaf of the new year, Abstract without Abstraction is honored to present its first guest mix of the 2018, presented by Leesh. Leesh, also known as Alicia Greco, is a writer, DJ and organizer originally hailing from Buffalo, NY, one of the newest members of Chicago's NBFC (Naughty Bad Fun Collective), and the driving force behind a number of platforms charting the pathways and affinities of underground house & techno in North America and celebrating intersectionality in dance music: Sequencer & the newly launched Daisychain podcast.
This week, Abstract without Abstraction celebrates a special little milestone with our twelfth episode, which marks a full 24 hours of mixes released in the series, and we're honored to host a special showcase from the Brooklyn-based Not Art Records, mixed by label founder Blank For. With releases from Ubu Boi, Grammy winner Cory Smythe, Raia Was, and many more, Not Art Records is a digital platform supporting artists making use of electronics in passionate and inspiring ways.
Written, produced, and recorded by Kate Warner. Additional writers/performers/recorders: (4): Madeline Johnston, (5): Tom Murphy, (7): KokoLA, Jake Danna, Andrew Warner, KeyLady, (9): Shannon Webber. Eaten was mastered in Denver by Randall Frazier
After a short hiatus & a new equinox, Abstract without Abstraction is back with special guest Mim, of Mexico City's MITAMINE LAB, joining us in the second hour of the show. As a radioshow, MITAMINE LAB is broadcast weekly on ibero909.fm & internetpublicradio.live promoting work by overlooked artists. Additionally, ML is a cultural management platform specializing in arts & cultural consulting, with cassette and vinyl distribution planned for this year.
In the second hour of episode 10 we're treated to a special guest mix from Istanbul's Kerem Sevinçli, with a searing, full-moon palette-cleanser and a number of world premieres from his İskeletor project.
Abstract without Abstraction Mix Series host ilind is back for #9, celebrating independence- beyond State, beyond sovereignty.
This weekend, AW/OA is joined by special guest kinnickinnick for a mix of seasonal time stretch; solstice-week, height-of-the-summer body music. Gliding in and out of convention, kinnickinnick asks about the boundaries between listening and dancing. "Can dancing include stillness? Can listening include movement?" - kinnickinnick
"A continuum of music of the cosmos resting in a momentary position of influence ... there is no beginning there is no end no side one no side two” - Douglas Leedy, Electric Zodiac. This week, we return with a flagship statement on Abstract without Abstraction – a late-night, all-vinyl mix from AW/OA organizer, Entrancer. Jumping off inspired by the Douglas Leedy quote above, the mix traverses fragments from the spectrum of electronic musics, mapping the peaceful times, the restless times, the tension, and exploration that comes with the territory of raising a child; searching out the in-betweens, absolutes, and complete mysteries that constitute fatherhood.
This week we continue a streak of special guest mixes with @KIERNAN-LAVEAUX, 1/3 of one of Cleveland's premiere queer electronic parties, @IN-TRAINING. It being pride month, and the beginning of summer here in Denver, this one is dedicated to to everyone: prideful or not, closeted or out; and especially those unable to celebrate because of the political regimes they live within. For the next two hours, live from last month's @IN-TRAINING, it's the soundtrack to intense release & self-love for all of the trans femmes like her. Here's to turning the suffering into celebration.
To end this weekend we're joined by Goreteks for two hours of straight Drum and Bass vinyl in celebration of the release of their new EP on Onset Audio. Influenced by dark masters like Tech Itch, Dom & Roland, and BKey, Goreteks [Tyler Schroder & Tracy Strode] have seen releases on US labels Plush, Free Love Digi, Noisydrums, and Section 8; on UK labels Architecture, 117, Omni, and Logical Direction; and EU labels Eastern Promise and Monochrome.
No words. Requiescat in pace, Robert Miles and Chris Cornell. Keep listening.
With work from Terry Riley, Curtis Roads, Dedekind Cut, Lionel Marchetti, Logos, serpentwithfeet, and more, this week's show is dedicated to m/others and parents everywhere, and reproductive rights for all.
This week (Mayday; both International Worker's Day and the emergency radio transmission) is dedicated to the workers (labor/knowledge/sex) of the world.