Special Broadcast – ’69 DJs’ Side B

Took me longer than I intended to get this up. I’ve been exploring hosting options because I really don’t want to give Soundcloud money, although that’s turning out to be the best of a bad lot. Until I get around to giving them the cash I’ve taken down the first part of the Mystec Radio show tape to make room. I’ll have that back up as soon as I can, hopefully.

Anyway, the important information I need to give out is that this mix is labelled as Side B, but is actually the A side. Blame me, it’s my fault. I got the wrong one up first and stupidly never noticed until someone else pointed it out. Duhhh. Not that the order really matters. This side is still a doozy.

Positively identified as being by Rubadub and 69’s one and only Wilba Sandieson, and taken from another radio show (the Rubadub one this time.) It dates from 1996. More great tunes running from electro to Detroit techno, to dub techno and onwards. It’s another great example of the sort of music one could expect at one of the best techno clubs in Britain in an era where the music had still to be locked into genre apartheid. As I said before, this tape – along with one or two others – was a vital part of our education in what techno could be. It blurs the lines, moving between sounds that might not have always seem that they have much in common except for the fact they are kindred spirits, and they’re all as funky as hell.

Again, no track listing. If anyone feels like having a go, feel free. I reckon it might be a hard job, seeing as how Wilba is a pretty mean selector of underground tunes, and had a full shop of records to call upon.

Anyways, here’s the mix:

Pattern Burst Special Broadcast: ’69 DJs’ – Side A

OK, I have to admit up front I know virtually nothing about the history of this tape. If it turns out to be something commercial and/or well-known, let me know so I can take it down. Essentially the only information I have on it is written on the front. It simply says ’69 DJs’ which, I am assuming, means it was mixed by either Martin or Wilba from Club 69 way the hell back in the mid nineties. I’m not even entirely sure of the date. It could be as early as 94 or as late as 97. Most likely it’s somewhere between them. All I know for sure is that is has been in my possession for about twenty years, and it’s a beast.

Club 69, then. Quite resolutely NOT a Glasgow club, but a Paisley one ( a town just south of Glasgow, for those not from these parts) it has long been based in Rocky’s Basement, a space underneath an Indian restaurant at the edge of the town centre, which required some effort and a bit of a trek for those of us hailing from Glasgow. That probably made it even better, though. After all, you get out what you put in.

It was the music, though, that was the draw. As it should be. In Glasgow techno nights were dominated by things like Slam; popular and big, they tended towards the enjoyable but fairly predictable end of the genre. At 69, though, you could always be assured of sonic mayhem, and an eclecticism that you would probably have had to go to Edinburgh’s Pure, or Aberdeen’s brilliant Pelican club to match. And what makes it even better than either of those is the fact it’s still going.

Anyway, here’s Side A. Sound quality is a wee bit squirrelly, but you should probably just regard the tape hiss as part of the overall vibe. As before it’s provided as is. It’s on Soundcloud for now, but I might move to Mixcloud or something since, judging by the stats, most people don’t seem overly bothered about downloading. We’ll see. I have a think and get Side B up soon.

As for the music. Hot damn. This really is 45 minutes of some of the finest techno I think I’ve ever heard and, more than that, goes a long way to actually defining what it is I think of as good techno – just like Club 69 did, in fact. There is no track list, of course. Some of the tunes are easy, others not so much. If anyone, ANYONE, knows what the hell the second track with the flutes is please, please let me know. It’s been doing my nut in for years. And like I said at the top, if anyone knows for a fact that this isn’t who I think it is then drop me a line and I’ll add the facts in.

Pattern Burst Special Broadcast Part 2! – Mystec FM Volume 1 Side B

Aaaaand We’re back. Sorry, I meant to have this up last night but I ended up listening to the football on the radio and then it got late….

Anyway, this is the B side of last night’s first encounter. Taped during Mystec’s radio show on Glasgow’s Sub City Radio. Last night was DJ Oral, tonight the wheels of steel are in the hands of Adam – AKA DJ Goodhand – who was Mystec’s other original resident and is now probably better known to the troops for his adventures as part of the Glasgow/London Numbers collective, which is good because Mystec is very much a part of that club’s DNA.

I should have pointed out that although these tapes represent a fairly complete snapshot of the various shows, they are not entirely complete. The original broadcasts were about two hours, if I’m remembering correctly, but were recorded on whatever was available, usually C-90 cassettes. Apologies for the way they slam in and cut out at the end, but as I said last night they are presented ‘as is’.

I’ve also just realised that Soundcloud’s free account is limited to 180 minutes of upload space. I’ll have to get my skates on and worked something out because that just ain’t gonna last long. I’m aiming to get the next tape up sometime over the next couple of weeks. Not sure which one yet. Stay tuned!

Mystec FM Volume 1 Side B

So here is Side B, featuring a very young DJ Goodhand. Like last night it is a slightly different vibe from what you would get at the club. It’s also quite different from DJ Oral’s side last night. A bit darker, a bit more acidy and a bit more housey. Some great tunes here. Enjoy.

Pattern Burst Special Broadcast: Mystec FM Volume One – 25.2.1997

At long last I’ve finally figured out how to get music from my ancient and crumbling twin tape deck and into my much more modern computer. It took a little bit of doing, and a little bit of mucking around, but it’s finally underway.

I have several large bags of ancient tapes. Most of them are old commercially released albums by a variety of bands, some electronic most not (how much is a tape of Veruka Salt’s d├ębut worth, I wonder? Three pence, I expect) but a small number of them were stored as archive material in a rare act of forward thinking by the younger me. Most of these are old practice tapes of me DJing, and although they run in quality from alright to bloody terrible, they are hopefully of no interest to anyone except me. The remainder, the ones we are going to focus on, represent several recordings of the short-lived Mystec FM radio show on Glasgow’s Sub City Radio.

There are three of these tapes in total, of 90 minutes each. There are another couple of tapes I think might interest people out there, including the (in)famous Puffin’ And Pantin’ – a mix by DJ Brainstorm of Pure fame. Altogether I’ve managed to find 5 tapes in all – a vanishingly small number. There were several others, including the peerless Sacred Beats, but they seem to have gone walkabout over the years and I don’t know where they are now. I hold out hope that there is at least one more bag hidden away somewhere that I have yet to find, but the chances are that it was dumped by mistake when I did the flat up back in 2007.

So here’s the deal: These tapes are presented as is. That means they will be recorded from my tape deck to the computer and into Audigy as WAVs before being converted to 320 MP3s. There won’t be any fancy editing or mucking around with settings. They are simply the outpourings of my tape player. The plan is to link to them on Soundcloud, but, given how squirrelly SC’s detection software is these days, that might need to change. I’ll keep looking at various options and post any changes to these posts if and when needed. I’ll try to post each of them as separate A and B sides over the next few weeks as I’m able to. I won’t be posting any track listings for them, and none are present anyway. If anyone feels the need, go for it. Some are easy, others maybe not.

The sound quality of the various tapes runs from surprisingly good to, well, unsurprisingly average. Please bear in mind that the youngest of them dates from mid 97 and the oldest from about 93 or 94 so they are pretty old. Quite frankly it’s a miracle they play as well as they do.

Mystec FM Volume One – 25.2.1997 (Side A)

This represents the earliest of my recordings of the short-lived Mystec FM on Glasgow University’s Sub City radio station, and dates from the 25th of Feb, 97. The station continues to run today, and still plays house and techno. At the time some of the shows, if not all of them, were recorded in a spare flat at Murano Street student village in the Maryhill area of the city. As far as I can remember, the show ran from late 96 to about mid 97, starting as cover for DJ Dribbler who was off somewhere else. The music is courtesy of Kara – aka DJ Oral – the original Mystec resident, and it represents a slightly different vibe than what you would get at the full-on club night. At this time Club Mystec was playing at the Sub Club on Thursday nights once a month. At the end of the summer it would move into King Tut’s Wah Wah hut for a Sunday afternoon session. To my knowledge it is still the only techno collective to have been allowed to play in Glasgow’s famous Indy venue. I would imagine that it’s our fault that claim to fame still stands. I don’t think it went down too well….

Oh yeah, words and gibberish by the one and only Nok La Rok.

Anyway, here’s the first link.

I’ll try and get Side B up either tonight or tomorrow. We’ll see how it goes. Any problems or comments let me know.