10:00am – 12:00pm
Ale – Elevation Through Sound
Alejandro Cohen is a musician and composer from Los Angeles, California. He has written and performed music as part of numerous projects and groups, including Languis, Pharaohs and Psychic Powers. He is also a composer of music for TV shows, documentaries and educational materials. Ale works at dublab as part of the full time office team along with Ajay, Owen and Brennan.
12:00pm – 2:00pm
Cooper Saver w/guest Urulu – Far Away
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Far Away is a monthly party and cassette series in LA revolving around the sounds of cosmic disco, house, italo, left-field techno, and everything in between. For the monthly Dublab broadcast of Far Away, resident DJ and curator <a href=”http://dublab.com/labrat/labrat-cooper-saver/”>Cooper Saver</a> shares music reflecting the many colors of his project while inviting close friends, guests of the party, and collaborators to join in for a mix on occasion. Cooper Saver is a Los Angeles based DJ and producer. Responsible for the Far Away party and mixtape series, Cooper has brought out underrated and unique talent from overseas alongside regular local guests such as Secret Circuit, Peaking Lights, Suzanne Kraft, Lovefingers, and many others. He got his start as a music journalist in high school before spending most of his time collecting records and DJing in the LA area and abroad, but still continues to write today. Apart from music, Cooper enjoys the sunshine, skateboarding, getting lost in the mountains, and taking naps by the lake in echo park.
This program will feature special guest Urulu
2:00pm – 4:00pm
Remy Marc and Josh Beck w/guest AN-I (Cititrax) – VSSL Radio
Welcome to VSSL RADIO, the air- & wire-borne extension of the VSSL warehouse series, helmed by Remy Marc, with residents Josh Beck and Travis Castle, and featuring regular special guests. VSSL is warehouse music: techno, electro, acid, house, industrial, and EBM. Take your body off.
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Tom Chasteen – Meditation of Sound
Tom Chasteen has been a fixture in the LA underground music scene for over two decades. He started the seminal electronic dance music label Exist Dance in 1991 and produced over 50 releases in that genre. Since 2000 he has been running and DJIng at the Dub Club, which has become known worldwide as a respected venue for Reggae music. He has worked with many legendary Jamaican musicians both in the studio and promoting live shows.In 2010 he produced a documentary film about the Dub Club entitled “Return Of The Rub A Dub Style”. In 2013 he released 3 albums on the Stones Throw label, 2 Dub albums and a double LP “Foundation Come Again” featuring 20 veteran performers from the classic 70s era of Reggae. His work has been written up in The Wire, Rolling Stone, LA Times, and many other places.
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Heidi Lawden w/guest Daniel Avery – Magic Roundabout
Magic Roundabout was a French/English children’s TV show that appealed to adults. It was stop motion and every character had a particular personality or state of being, shall we say. In it’s height in the 80’s the show was broadcast daily and was one of the first to break ‘the fourth wall,’ defining fantasy and reality. Heidi’s Magic Roundabout will reflect every aspect of her musical personality as she invites listeners into her world every Wednesday 6pm to 8pm (PST)
This week Heidi will be joined by Daniel Avery:
“Drone Logic’s spiritual home was the dancefloor. This record’s is definitely the road. Those late nights and hazy mornings, finding inspiration beyond the fog.”
It’s enlightening to discover that Daniel Avery’s second album – Song for Alpha, the brilliantly absorbing and visionary follow up to 2013’s flawless Drone Logic – was inspired largely by his transient life spent between nightclubs, flights, the passenger seats of cars and hotel rooms, cementing a worldwide reputation as one of the defining techno DJs of the decade. Unlike the cynicism caused by such travels on countless rock’n’roll antecedents, Avery’s take on the musical world is hugely positive.
“Electronic music is unique in that, whilst it has an immediate effect on the body, the culture surrounding it has the ability to run deep into your life. When I’m in a club, I want to give myself up to music. Witnessing a DJ create an atmosphere from the ground up takes patience and effort from everyone involved present but when the pivotal moments hit, your watch stops ticking. As a DJ, those are the moments I search for and they are the moments that have continued to shape me as a producer.”
The road first began to noticeably influence Avery’s music on 2016’s supremely deft DJ-Kicks compilation – a record that was conceived as a “linear yet expansive trip; a mix concerned with the idea of taking a collective breath and allowing records their own space. Music in which to get lost.”
While Drone Logic was mainly created for and honed by countless DJ gigs, Song for Alpha revels in exploring different spaces. As Avery’s surroundings have changed, so has the sound of the new recordings. Here, the booming sound of the big room is brilliantly countered by the music of the small hours. While the record pivots around a handful of huge dancefloor tracks, they sound odder, sparser than before. These may be club records, but they’re made for dusty, dark rooms, not clinical white spaces. These are rooms where the acid loop that drives Stereo L seemingly curves around and inside the rhythm track; where both Projector and Clear evoke early rave records, only ones played live in a derelict church – pitch perfect soundtracks to strobe lights flickering through broken stained glass. Spaces where the galloping percussion of Diminuendo – reminiscent of CJ Bolland’s Horsepower – fuses to an alarm klaxon that drills deep into your cortex and a breakdown that sounds like a jet aircraft taking off inside the speaker cabinets.
With newfound energy and time to develop, Avery’s sonic vocabulary has expanded: uplifting ambient lullabies such as First Light and Days From Now sit perfectly next to the mesmeric techno assault. William Basinski, Warp’s Artificial Intelligence, Brian Eno plus his own recent excursions with synth specialist Alessandro Cortini all serve as touchstones for a record that sees Avery take his signature psychedelic-electronic sound to new dimensions, a sound that plays to the head as much as the body.
“I’ve become increasingly interested in those moments in a club when the outside world becomes little more than an inconsequential thought at the back of your skull. Eyes closed as opposed to hands in the air. The more time you spend with this idea the deeper you fall.”
For Avery, the actual recording of Song for Alpha (in his studio in a repurposed shipping container situated on the curve of the River Thames) proved a cathartic release from the chaos and white noise that seemed to seep in from the outside world – whether it was wild geo-political shifts or favourite club spaces unfairly threatened with closure.
“It feels like there’s been a stream of difficult news in our community. We are surrounded by negative energy and unavoidable noise. For me, making and finishing the record felt entirely necessary at that point in my life – it was a reminder of the power music has to take you away from all the shit in the world, to provide a light in the darkness. Love is what keeps the world moving forwards. That’s the biggest inspiration for me.”
That spirit, that love, is there at the heart of Song for Alpha, maybe nowhere more so that closing track Quick Eternity. Combining a forceful kick, celestial ambience and cyclonic distortion to dizzying effect, it eventually fades out into a pulsing analogue drone that seems to guide you back to the outside light of the real world. It’s a glorious moment – a full on sensory overload that wraps itself around you like a hug from a stranger at 4am. It’s impossibly beautiful and, like the rest of this record, impossible to resist whether in a crowded club, in the back of a cab, at Heathrow departures or just in your own head.
Close your eyes, press repeat.
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Daniel T – Crosseyed and Painless
Daniel T, one half of the production duo Cosmic Kids, is a Los Angeles based producer and DJ. Daniel runs Distant Works Records along side Cooper Saver. He is an active contributor to the labels Young Adults and Chit Chat Records. With Cosmic Kids he has released original productions and remixes for Let’s Play House, Throne of Blood, and DFA Records. He hosts Crosseyed and Painless which is a biweekly radio show hosted by Daniel T. Every other week, Daniel features guest DJ sets from fellow, local record collectors.