null040: Chris Moss Acid

Chris Moss Acid began his sound riffing off the IDM that was prevalent in the late 2000’s Netlabel community, finding homes for his earlier releases on Swishcotheque, Net Lab and Wrong Lab among others. At the turn of the decade CMA turned to more techno and acidic tilted realms gaining notoriety for his raucous hardware sound and taking out pretty much his full studio for his live sets around Europe. In the last few months he’s enjoyed a resurgence in releases, with the tracks he penned in 2014 being signed to respected vinyl imprints Don’t, Computer Controlled and Shipwrec that we’ve been feeling and getting pretty excited by so we dropped the Bournemouth based producer a line to ask if he’d step up to provide our latest podcast. What he’s delivered is a DJ mix containing 97% his own production which you can listen to alongside our interview where you can find out a bit more about his history, how he creates his tracks and what more he’s got forthcoming that we can look forward to in the coming months.

Kind of if you think of acid, and rave your name immediately comes to mind but where did it actually all start out for you?

Musically, my earliest memory, my brother giving me a cassette tape of GnR Lies, in about 1987/88, he kept the insert cover because it had that naked chick in the cover and he thought I was too young. I knew shortly after that I wanted to make music, even though it came like 10 years later, when I got my first 4 track, guitar and drum machine. I was lucky my family have pretty good taste in music, so I always had the KLF, Barry White, Armando, Frankie Knuckles, 808 State, The Cure, Metallica, Nirvana, Daft Punk and selected Pete Tong essential mixes playing when I visited aunties, uncles and cousins.

The earliest ”WTF is that, I have to do something like that” memory probably Pacific State by 808 state. That sax brings back the goose bumps even to this day. Also I guess, re-hearing Aphex’s Selected Ambient Works 85-92 made me want to write electronic music, then re-finding all my favourite tracks from when I was younger and re-listening to them as a producer was a great experience, still buzzing off that feeling, loads of ‘oh thats how he did that’ moments.

What does Bournemouth have to offer the average acid lover?

Absolutely nothing, I’ve given up trying to do anything here, DJ/Live sets. But it’s worth coming down in the summer just for the beach culture. It’s pretty nice, much better than the ‘’music’’ scene. While it’s shit for acid music, if you look beyond that, I do get a certain of inspiration from living and hanging out in Bournemouth, I just wouldn’t want to play here musically.

What does your studio look like? Can you run us through the full works and about what your production process looks like?

Well, let’s see, my studio literally hasn’t changed a lot since 2005! So that is mostly 10 years of the same set up. apart from buying a MPC1000 2 years ago the core basics have been pretty much: TB-303, SH101, TR707, TR606, Boss SE-70 FX, ESQ1 and a Akai MPC1000 which is broken and I only use it as a drum machine. Might as well mention my mixer too as I class it as important as anything else, it’s a Mackie DFX12 and has some pretty pointy reverbs and flanges built in.

If you listen to some of the earlier’ tracks (2005-2009) I did, there is more strings and melody, pretty much what was classed as IDM back then. I used more VST’s and computer based sequencing, around 2010 I bought a ESQ1 synth off Ed DMX and that’s when I kind of went a bit more hardware just as the mighty empire of IDM was dying and acid was showing it’s face again. Between 2010 and 2015 I’ve become more and more minimal, but harder, a massive influence for this ‘sound’ was listening to albums like ‘The Brown Album’ by Primus and stuff like The Strokes ‘Is This it’ and Big Black – ‘Atomizer’. Which brings me on to answer the next question!

When you take it out live you still bring a very extensive hardware set up with you – how different is this from the studio? What else goes into the preparation for these shows?

These days it IS pretty much my studio in a suitcase, but back in the early days I used to use **too** much gear, you know? I used to basically make a new 1 hour show up of brand new music each live set, which took me about a week to program with the drums, 303, 101 settings drawn on paper, and at these shows I used to just get lost, had too many options what to use, and as I didn’t have much music anyone knew, it was pretty much a live improvised set, sometimes it worked out fine, but more often than not, I used to leave feeling pretty heartbroken if the set didn’t go very well.
It wasn’t until I played Incubate in Holland a few years ago that I decided to use basically 2 drum machines, a 303 and a laptop, and after that, I needed to work out how to play out my live sets, so I went back to the way it should be, instead of ripping through 40 live tracks, I took my time and enjoy the acid house, listening to the Armando Gallop’s WBMX DJ set and Daft Punks’ ‘Live 97’ always gives me tons of influence, so recently it’s been a complete riot, I’ve fallen back in love with playing live, with a few records that have been coming out I’ve been able to do live versions of them and, for me at least, it’s pretty enjoyable, just got to be simple!

Of late you’ve had a really great run of releases – does this reflect a particularly fruitful time making music or has your productivity always been pretty consistent for you?

The last/next releases out on vinyl is pretty much the work I did last year (2014) Jerome Hill and Ferdi Shipwrec both approached me at the same time both wanting an EP (with Ferdi/Shipwrec, I had just recently had a co-producer credit on a Drug Cvltvre EP on the label), so from April 2014 up until October 2014 I was just smashing out tunes, the harder techno tracks went out on Don’t and the more acid house/IDM tracks went out on Shipwrec. Then i have a 12’’ out on Computer Controlled Records, which was pretty much all the tracks i really liked from all the sessions I did from the Don’t/Shipwrec sessions which didn’t get used. I really wanted them out on vinyl as I was going off releasing stuff on digital/Bandcamp. So the CCR’s 12’’ has been sent off on Monday so should be out in a few months. Which marks an incredible feat of 85% of the tracks I wrote in 2014 came out on vinyl.

It kind of feels like there’s been a nice new wave of labels rising for this kinda music – do you think that’s the case?
Yeah sure, I’m not bang up to date on everything that’s been coming out for the last few years though. Even though it’s not a new label but 030303 are always bringing some new artists though as well, which are always amazing releases, I know for a fact there has never been a BAD or disappointing 030303 release. And even though it’s not a 100% acid label i am totally in love with Mako Records (Proxy’s label), also Jerome Hill’s Super Rhythm Trax has put out some monster acid stuff recently.

Where do you feel your music is most felt like recently you had some great gigs in london for Jerome Hill at Don’t and Bangface – could you enlighten us to where else in the world people are really feeling your take on techno?

Definitely in Europe, Holland and Belgium in particular, I’ve always felt much more at ease playing in these countries. But that Don’t gig in Dalston was really special, it was the first time playing live in England for about 5 years (no one ever asks me), and it being a label night of Don’t, so, I guess there was a slightly large expectation after going on after such a fierce set by Paul Birken, but I think it was my favourite live set I’ve ever done, it was also one of the first times i played out all the new stuff live, and first time I took a slightly more techno stance in a set.

The Bangface set was also pretty nice, although I was on a stage like 5 foot above the dance floor i didn’t have such an intimate setting as I did at the Don’t party.

What’s next for you? You’ve just had EP’s released on Don’t Shipwrec and CCR are there any others signed we can look out for?
At the moment I’m having a little break for a few weeks (as of March 21) but come April, I’ll start to write some new music in a slightly newer approach for next year, but looking back at this year, I have a 10’’ vinyl coming out, though i can’t say much about it, but it’ll be amazing, by the end of the year, as well as the Computer Controlled Records 12’’ Righteous Acid Beats EP

And a cassette tape of some old tunes on Acid Waxa, I like going through my archive and hearing old tunes that i forgot about and putting them out for free on Soundcloud, you know giving something back to the people.

This mix you’ve done it’s pretty much all your own production right – what kind of exclusives can the listeners look out for?

Yeah apart from 2 or 3 tracks they’re all my own tracks. There is a few italo tracks I’ve been working on and off for a few years, some brand new stuff as well, which I’m not sure if they’ll end up being released, too soon to tell. But it’s been 7 years since i last did a mix of all my own productions, so it was pretty fun.

null039: SHINRA

Heading up the null+void Podcast #39 is Shinra (real name James Clarke) an artist felt pretty closely to this site, he’s set to be the first producer on our soon to be launched label with the record set to drop this year.

In the mean time he’s been busy in the studio feeling a sense of rejuvenation after a latent period and has produced over an hour’s worth of new material that he first tried out in support of Anklepants at a Love Love Records gig at the end of last year, a set he’s reworked to present today.

With something special coming from him in the way of a four tracker EP and null001 it was a pleasure to speak to Clarke and talk back through his recording and production history while also touching on how he’s found a new sense of productivity that has spurned all the fresh production that you can hear in this mix.

It’s funny I can actually remember the night I first met you at one of our mutual friend’s house parties which was probably over ten years ago now, he’d taken all the furniture out of his bedroom and you were the first DJ ever to be known (by me) to be playing on Traktor – how long back did you start playing and making music?

I’ve played the piano ever since I was a child, and my first memories of making electronic music are using a copy of Octamed which came free with a magazine on the Amiga 600 when I was about 10 years old. I can vaguely remember that it came with some rave samples (stabs and vocals and drum loops) and I had a lot of fun playing them, pitched up and down, using the computer keyboard. It was just messing about, really. I have no idea what kind of music I made, or even if I was particularly aware of musical genres at that age! After that, for some reason, a friend and I both bought some decks when we were about 13 and taught ourselves how to DJ.

Looking back, that seems like a strange thing to do, but it seemed to make sense at the time. I’ve still got quite a random vinyl collection of French house music (I was really into Thomas Bangalter) and slightly incongrously, Paul van Dyk-style trance from about 1997-2001. In about 2000, I discovered Aphex and Warp records, and my musical tastes changed (I’m still fond of the French house, the trance – not so much).

The first tracks that I finished properly were done when I was about 18 or 19. They were mostly hyperactive breakcore/drum and bass. I’d moved to London around that time, so I speculatively sent off a CD to Saint Acid, who offered me my first ever gig, an hour set at Bang Face in March 2005. I think I’d sent off the CD a bit prematurely because I only had about 45 minutes of music to play! So before the big day came I had to write some more tunes to make up the full hour. That gig went really well, and between 2005-2010 I played various gigs around the UK (and also in Belgium). Since 2010 I’ve not really been active, so now I’ve got to build a following from the ground up…but I’m ready to get out there and start playing live again.

What kind of artists did you first get to know that inspired you to get involved yourself?

Fairly soon after getting into electronica through Aphex and Squarepusher, I bought the Braindance Coincidence, which introduced me to lots of Rephlex artists like Bodgan Raczynski, Ovuca, DMX Krew. It’s such a great album, and there’s a distinctive homemade sound to a lot of it which inspired me to try and make some similar music myself. So I think it’s probably those artists which initially sparked my interest in making my own music.

Can you tell us a bit about what you actually use to produce, how has it developed over the years?

When I started making music properly, I used a tracker program – Renoise. I still think that Renoise, and trackers in general, are probably the best tools to chop up breaks and make jungle/breakcore with. But I found it awkward to sequence whole songs with Renoise, so I started to use Cubase.

Since then (like everyone else!) I’ve migrated to Ableton which I think is a fantastic piece of software. I mostly work just with a Nord Lead synth and samples/soft synths in Ableton. I’d love to get some more hardware, but haven’t really got the room.

In the past you’ve released for the likes of Love Love and Wide Records can you tell us about your involvement with these crews?

My involvement with Wide Records began pretty simply – I’d stopped making breakcore and had got more into electro, and was looking for somewhere to release my new music, so I sent some demos to them. They got back to me asking to release an EP, which ended up being “1986”. After that I did several remixes (I’m particularly proud of my one for Chrissy Murderbot) and another EP. Alan (DJ Cutlass Supreme) and John (Debasser) who ran the label were great – they were really supportive of me. It’s a shame that the label has wound down now, but I’m really grateful to them for putting out those EPs.

I’ve only been involved a little bit with Love Love records – I first met Sam (Fez) at a night we both played at in Reading called Fractals. He ended up asking me for a track for their first compilation which was “1985”. We’ve kept in touch since and I played at their recent Anklepants night, which went really well. They’ve been putting out some excellent music – I particularly liked Scrase’s 2 recent EPs.

Like the tracks that are going to be on null+void’s first release by yourself are a few years old now – but you’ve made a hefty weight of pretty great new material that features in the mix what kind of stuff have you been feeling over the last year in the studio?

This past year, after a long period of very low productivity, I’ve been making myself finish a lot more music, and have been working on trying to build up momentum, which seems to be working, so I’ve been feeling pretty positive and the ideas have been coming pretty fast. Influence-wise, I’m not quite sure what I’ve been feeling when I’m actually in the studio – I try not to be too obviously influenced by other things, but I suppose that whatever I listen to seeps into the unconscious and will come out somehow. Stuff that I’ve been listening to a lot recently includes Shadow Dancer, Clark, Jodey Kendrick, Objekt, Bill Youngman, Stephan Bodzin, Lazer Sword, Datasette…lots of different stuff.

This set was also recorded at a party for Love Love Records is it a kind of hybrid DJ / live set? can you tell us how you put your sets together when you play out?

This set started off as the Love Love set, but I’ve since gone in and changed about half the tracks, so it’s pretty different now! This was done mostly as an Ableton DJ set, with a few extra loops – since the music is unknown anyway, I didn’t see the need to deconstruct it live. So this set was done as a showcase of the different types of music I’ve been working on recently, just to get it out there and heard. For future gigs, I’m working on a new hybrid DJ / live set at the moment – I’m collecting and creating a load of pretty stripped down, relentless electro, with some techno thrown in. A bit like DJ Stingray but a bit slower and with a bit more of a UK sound rather than all Detroit. My favourite kinds of live set all have some kind of mystique to them (like Dopplereffekt in their masks, or Stingray in his balaclava), so I’m going for a similar thing – I often find it a bit off putting to see a laptop DJ just staring at a screen, so the set I’m putting together is designed to be experienced in a darkened/smoke-filled room – I’d rather not have stage lights on me so that the focus is on the music rather than me…

In the future, I might work on a full live set, but I’m not that convinced that it’s a great idea to spend a lot of time in the studio perfecting tracks, only to deconstruct them and make a slightly less polished version live just for the sake of doing something on a stage. If there’s hardware involved, that’s another story, and is much more exciting to watch – but since I don’t use much hardware, for the moment I’ll be sticking to DJing my own and other suitable tracks, with some extra loops thrown in, and a midi controlled 303 emulator for some acid squelchiness.

Your record is going into production now but what else have you coming up release wise you’d like to share here? Any other releases or remixes due out?

Coming up this year after the Null+Void release, I’ve got an EP of quirky melodic electro/electronica coming out on Lifecycle’s Ricochet records. I’ve also completed an acid electro remix for Chevron which should be coming out soon when his album drops on Balkan. And another new acid track will hopefully be getting a release on Balkan a bit later in the year, which I’m really excited about…

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Audio Report: 21/02/2015 w/ Stingray, Datassete, Sync24 + more

Recommended listens from the week just gone…

1. Bleep43 EP002 with Stingray 313 and Mariska Neerman

For Bleep43’s second release the London ex-party camp have invited Stingray 303 and Mariska Neerman to each put together two tracks for a split EP. They’ve just upped the whole release to stream while they have promised a release date for just a few weeks time…

2. Datassette – Offal (1999-2014)

All I can say is a big yes to the trend for tune dumping, there’s so many tracks that yield good listens stranded on hard drives this 100 tracks compendium of ideas, demos and full tracks from Datassette is essential listening.

3. Crack Mix 87 – Sync24

Great to see Cultivated Electronic’s main man Sync24 in the mix for Crack Magazine, it’s all to promote his upcoming set for Electrix at Bloc this March, more info and ticket to that here.

4. Neil Landstrumm – The Rise Of Slime

This track’s taken from the next EP upcoming on Sunil Sharpe’s Earwiggle imprint that includes tracks from DeFeKt, Bintus, AnD, Boner M. Neil Landstrumm’s offering The Rise Of Slime was upped by Boiler Room last week which you can listen to in all it’s doom rave goodness here:

5. POWVAC011 – V/A ‘Vectors 2′ Preview

A teaser of what’s up next on Bintus’ Power Vacuum imprint with Jerome Hill, Vacated, Cylob and Anklepants all contributing tracks it’s shaping up nicely.

6. Chris Moss Acid – Slam The Box EP (Free Download)

A free download of Chris Moss Acid’s Slam The Box EP from last year in MP3 grab it while you can, or for a high quality file head to bandcamp here.

7. Pip Williams – Concerning Irregular Figures

A new production from Pip Williams with little explanation from the maker, but it’s been on repeat on my player this week.

8. DJ Stingray – Unknown to the Unknown Mix

Every single mix that DJ Stingray drops lives up to expectations – frenetic and fast paced he has his own and inimitable way of playing electro.

9. L.I.E.S. podcast 20-DJ Overdose “True Patriotism”

For their 20th podcast US West Coast label L.I.E.S. invited Rotterdam’s DJ Overdose to put together a fresh mix, he’s turned out a 57 minute mix of electro drawing on his early Miami bass influences.

10. MNLTH – Headlight

A full stream upped this week from MNLTH, lifted from producer’s Time EP which you can buy now via Bleep

Audio Report: 13/02/2015 w/ Spaces, Kerrier District, ALSO + more

Here’s the latest round up of null+void’s recommended listening…

1. Tesla 286 – Zukunft

This record first appeared on Housemeister’s AYCB label last year and it’s a pretty glimmering expression of electro and electronica sounds, it’s now been upped to stream in full making it top of our recommended listens this week.

2. µ-Ziq – Mucky Puppy

Made years back by µ-Ziq inspired by hearing Aphex Twin’s demos when they were actually first made and released this week as part of a feature set up by Boiler Room inviting a host of artists to comment on Aphex’s recent (and continuing) release of archive tracks as user48736353001 on Soundcloud.

3. LOVCAST #04 Beatwife Guest mix [February 2015]

In just a few weeks time I’ll be at Power Lunches with the Love Love Records crew with Beatwife and Scrase (tickets here). Here, Beatwife lays down a whole load of acid and amens.

4. EPM #65 – Egyptian Lover – Live

Originally recorded in 2004 at STEREOLIZE Electro Bass Festival, Paris 2004 on Egyptian Lover’s first European tour.

5. ALSO – Blyford Bass

More dreamy production from Second Storey and Appleblim’s ALSO project coming soon to R&S.

6. SPACES – Potential

Last year SPACES released his debut EP for Bleep after being discovered as part of their FILTERED new talent project, it caught the attention of Bjork and lead to a pretty cool working relationship with one of their collaborations landing on the Icelandic songsmith’s latest LP Vulnicura – which is kind of an opportunity that only dreams are made for for any producer. In the following week of this announcement this EP emerged online, for free download showing the latest solo studio offerings which I recommend you check out to get a picture of Flynn’s ear for sound design and vision for changing up structures in a pretty unique and mesmerising way…

7. 70/|/| K|\|4PP

Icasea boss Tom Knapp has also caught the archive dumping bug and upped a load of tracks tagged #oldshit to his Soundcloud.

8. Kerrier District – Soundcloud Archive

Vibert’s gone and got a soundcloud account this week which times neatly with the announcement o fKerrier District Four coming out this year on Hypercolour the same label who presented 2014’s Ridmik LP. Here Vibert’s DJ sets and first Kerrier District LP have been made available to stream…

9. Flourescent Grey – The Acroplane Guide To Electronic Music Mix / 1955-1984 (2011)

A few years back Acroplane records released a project by Flourescent Grey Antique Electronic Synthesizer Greats 1955-1985 which now has three volumes to it and saw US based Flourescent Grey dig into the electronic music archives sampling records from the archives to create something new but representative of the history of synthesiser tracks. Just last week the artist put the archive into an hour long mix which is now up for streaming…

10. DJ Stingray 313 – Cognition EP Previews

New Stingray coming soon on Lower Parts.

Audio Report: 30/01/2015

A bumper edition catching up of all the best audio of January 2015.

1. Fran Hartnett DJ Set at Process Cork

Here’s a DJ from Dublin who majors in techno but with a great mix of broken and distorted beats making for a compelling and interesting listen.

2. user48736353001 – Aphex Twin archive dump

109 tracks and counting from Aphex Twin

3. Aphex Twin – Computer Controlled Instruments Pt2

This project released on Warp, sees Aphex Twin link up a range of instruments to midi mixing machine like drum programming with organic sound.

4. Also – Formation

ALSO are Appleblim and Second Storey – here’s a track from their collab out now on R&S.

5. Second Storey – One Sound (Luke Vibert Remix)

Second Storey’s label Houndstooth linked him with two of his all time musical heroes to remix his latest EP with both Cristian Vogel and Luke Vibert taking the reigns and here’s Vibert’s offering.

6. Cristian Vogel Lost In The Chase (Veslemes Video Edit 2015)

7. Helena Hauff – 50 Min Boiler Room Mix

8. London Modular Alliance – In Vacuum 120

9. Galaxian – From Glasgow To Detroit

With a title that references his inspiration and connection with Detroit’s DJ Stingray this track is Glasgow based artist Galaxian’s own hi-speed underwater take on electro.

10. Various Artists – Mutant City Acid

Unless you got hold of one of the 303 vinyl copies available this bandcamp stream is the only way you’re going to get to hear Balkan Vinyl’s. Volume two is in the works so don’t sleep when pre-orders go up.

11. NE170: L/F/D/M

12. Pip Williams – Fleck ESC – Nice Guy (Pip Williams Remix)

This remix is lifted from Fleck ESC’s new EP for Electrix, this Pip Williams remix kind of nails it.

13. Clark – Winter Boots (Part 1)

A suprise free EP from Clark this free download employs samples from Die Antwoord, Frank Ocean and Diana Ross.

14. Cristobal Tapia de Veer – Utopia 2 Soundtrack

Utopia was the most visually stunning and dramatically compelling television to come out of the UK in memorable history and the soundtrack by Cristobal Tapia was a huge part of making it so special (and weird). Here’s the previews of the soundtrack for the second (and regrettably final) series of the Channel Four epic.

15. Radioactive Man – Transponder

Lifted from his new 12″ on Reindhart Records

Audio: null + void Rinse FM Show January 2015

Great to be back on Rinse so early into the year and with some especially great music and exclusive plays of new Chris Moss Acid, MNLTH and Polybius Trax material:

Listen here:

Tracklisting:

Tracklisting:
1. Shinra – Fallen [Forthcoming null+void Recordings]
2. Second Storey – Layer Lock [Forthcoming Houndstooth]
3. Himuro Yoshiteru – I don’t Care What They Say [Acroplane Records]
4. Physical Therapy – Givin Me Live [Forthcoming Unknown to the Unknown]
5. Aa3_Tzt.[RN500] – Hinkley Point [Stray Landings]
6. Unknown Artist – Caress Like a Wave [Rewire]
7. Shelley Parker – Beachy Head [Structure]
8. DJ Spider & Franklin Da Costa – Second Bass [Forthcoming Killekill]
9. Ingen – Greification [Fixate Records]
10. Warlock – Seventeen Camels – [Forthcoming on Kick & Clap]
11. Abandoned Footwear – Mind Over Matter [Forthcoming Polybius Trax]
12. Chris Moss Acid – Spatial Dimension [Forthcoming Computer Controlled Records]
13. Chris Moss Acid & DMX Krew – What Size is your Jack [Unreleased]
14. Datassette – Tescnu Chaffinch [Unreleased]
15. Chevron – Vishnu 303 [Forthcoming Balkan Vinyl]
16. Obergman – Rosetta [Brokntoys]
17. Flec ESC – Nice Guy (Pip Williams Remix) [Forthcoming Electrix]
18. Duran Duran Duran – Rejectro [Tigerbeat6]
19. MNLTH – Traffic [Forthcoming Central Processing Unit]
20. Weevol – Worms in your Stinky Ears [weeDJs bandcamp]
21. Physical Therapy – CMERE [Forthcoming Unknown to the Unknown]
22. MNLTH – Headlight [Forthcoming Weme Records]
23. Shinra – Ball & Chain [Forthcoming null+void Recordings]
24. Luke Vibert – Fast [Rewire]
25. Second Storey – Cristian Vogel Remix [Forthcoming Houndstooth]
26. MNLTH – Time – [Forthcoming Weme Records]

Audio Report: null+void’s 20 Best Tracks Of 2014

This year has definitely been rich with stand out music on our radar. To nod to the year just gone and re-live some of the best moments here’s our run down of the favourite tracks from the year pulling out radio playlists, DJ sets, blog posts and some we missed from the year just passed. In no particular order…

1. Gesloten Cirkel – Zombie Machine (Acid)

This album featured heavily on numerous end of year lists but this track in particular stands out for its acidic and relentless thwomp of a groove.

2. Falty DL – New Haven [Give The Drummer Some] Luke Vibert RMX

This is a kind of match in heaven between two producers who push the limits of sound creation both with a penchant for jungle. Vibert has seen a healthy amount of releases this year thanks for a new relationship with Bristol imprint Hypercolour which is super welcome and His first Amen Andrews release in 10 years actually came on Falty DL’s own Blueberry imprint. This remix works off Falty’s pensive and Utopia envoking original which is then launched into a whole new junglist world thanks to a lick of Vibert’s slick drum programming.

3. Jerome Hill – Paper Bag Acid [Super Rhythm Trax]

Jerome Hill’s had a great year. He’s launched a THIRD record label, Super Rhythm Trax, delivering some pretty on point acid while maintaining the output of his hip hop focussed Fat Hop imprint and production under his Itsu Uno moniker, Laid down the rave with his Hornsey Hardcore EP’s while also keeping up his true techno label and night Don’t. This track for us is the highlight of it all. Oh and he was also named one of the scene’s most underrated DJ’s by Fact Magazine which is a sentiment that we can very much get behind.

4. Dead Sound – limafx1 [Labrynth]

This is an industrial burner powered by a machinic groove that really pushes things along. Dead Sound seems to be able to get the balance between industrial but funk perfectly.

5. Tinfoil – Foil 5 [Tinfoil]

The collab between Defekt and Sunil Sharpe that this year has brought something pretty intense out of these two Dublin producers. Out of the two EP’s this year this is our favourite.

6. Ben Pest – Massive Flounce [Fun In The Murky]

Ben Pest has been pretty on it this year in general and has been featuring heavily in our DJ sets but if we have to pick one favourite of the year Massive Flounce wins in uplifting glory.

7. Objekt – Ganzfeld [Leisure System]

Another artist with an incredible year of releases behind him especially considering that TJ Hertz has kept the output of his studio close to his chest with only a handful of releases behind him. Everything he delivers conforms to his self-set-high-production-spec and this track sits king on his history to date.

8. Pip Williams – Pleasure Deficiency Syndrome [Brokntoys]

Pip’s EP for Brokntoys was as dark as ever and this track does it the best.

9. Clark – Superscope [Warp]

There’s a freight train coming…

10. 214 – Yellow Jackets [Unreleased]

You’ll have to jump to the end of this rinse show to earball this… Look forward to a null+void podcast from its maker in the coming year.

11. Morphology – Magnetospheric (Sync 24 Remix)

This track reeks of Detroit which is probably what makes it great, plus it kind of feels a bit insane.

12. Scrase – Movon [Love Love Records]

Big up the Scrase! He’s had a great year with some killer sets going down, we’re very excited to hear what 2015 brings…

13. Datasette – Salad [Unreleased]

I know it’s kind of not fair to include tracks not released BUT this is another one we had the privilege of airing on our Rinse FM show’s this year. While the year saw Datassette release on Apollo this just does it for us that bit more.

14. Stormfield – Rebuild [Combat Recordings]

There’s actually a load of remixes that accompany the Combat Recordings boss’s EP but this is our favourite from the release. It has a life of its own, sparking acid into a continually building heat of intensity.

15. Ingen & Boris Noize – Root & Stem [Fausten Remix]

Another from camp Combat and also from the hand of Stormfield but this time in collaboration with Monster X reworking Boris Noize & Ingen’s EP. The thing about this one is it contains all the terror that is Fausten; evoking the sounds of a crazed animal zoo at its peak. Sometimes it’s good to be scared by a track.

16. Hape – 130103

This is by Estonian producer who goes by Taavi Tulev on Soundcloud who got in touch with us this year and kind of have a lot of love for his music. As well as this 150bmp weirdo electro monster there’s a lot of truly engaging drone that we recommend people check out here.

17. Luke’s Anger – Eat Em Up

This is taken off the Bonus Round boss’s longplayer this year and is just a bit of funky fun really.

18. Function / Inland – Rhyll

This release heralded in a new chapter for Function and also presented some particularly beautiful brain food.

19. Beatwife – Dwistico [Love Love Records]

An welcome acidic outing for the at times challenging producer released by our friends at Love Love that we had the pleasure of premièring earlier in the year.

20. DJ Skurge & Juan Atkins – Turn The Knob

This was premièred on Benji B’s Radio 1 show this year but still can’t be found on wax! Still we can enjoy the master and creator at work alongside DJ Skurge via You Tube.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported this blog this year.

Download: Listen To The Latest null+void Rinse FM Broadcast

Big ups Rinse for having us back was a pleasure as always and for Jerome Hill providing a killer guest mix. You can listen back to the show in the player here and the tracklisting is below.

Tracklisting:
Synchronoise – Inter-Dimensional Synth Cats
Cristian vogel – Forest Gifts [Forthcoming on Shitkatapult]
Ukkonen – Agogic Helia [Forthcoming Uncharted Audio]
Bintus – Strange Gait [Power Vacuum]
Bass Clef vs Frak – Strange Gait [Smorgasboard Records]
Luke Vibert – Stuph [I Love Acid]
Mark Forshaw – Take Off [Forthcoming Computer Controlled Records]
Tudor Acid – Acid Travelodge [Virtual Urban Records]
[Bed – Jerome Hill – Paper Bag Acid [Super Rhythm Trax]

Jerome Hill Guest Mix
Bob Brown & Paul Birken – Couldn’t
Jonski Feat. Jock D – Get Up
Jerome Hill – Paper Bag Acid
Neil Landstrumm – Can’t Keep Up
Marshall Jefferson Presents Hercules – Lost in the Groove (Jerome Hill Remix)
The Exaltics – Corroded
JoeFarr – Gabba Problems
LFO – Mummy I’ve Had An Accident
Patrick Sjeren – Heart Condition
Luke’s Anger – What The Hell Are You Doing In My Car
UVB – Five O


The Wee DJ’s – A Little Atomic Bomb [Forthcoming Combat Recordings]
Lukes Anger I’m Still Here [Forthcoming Ugly Funk]
Objekt – Interlude (Whodunnit?) [PAN]
Sync 24 – Memory Bubble [Forthcoming Central Processing Unit]
Model Citizens – Drive [Toolbox Records]
DeFeKT- Your Automatik [Forthcoming Boys Noize]
Dieter 1982 – tchn006 [Soundcloud]
Amen Andrews – News Of The World [Forthcoming Blueberry]
Radioactive Man – Wah [Una Sound]
DJ Stingray – Behaviour Modification Implant [WeMe]
Andy Stott – No Surrender [Modern Love]
Spaces – In Wait [Bleep]

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Tickets: Resident Advisor

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null038: BEN PEST

I’ve witnessed Ben Pest in many live forms over the years rocking out on a Nintendo DS, in full hardware synergy with Cristian Vogel under their Black E moniker and also playing all reams of electronic funk in a DJ capacity. He’s also an artist comfortable creating on pretty much any platform you throw at him and under a huge range of collaborations – as keyboardist for Ninja Tune’s Pest or in the studio with Luke’s Anger as Bebop & Rocksteady even finding himself most recently in the studio alongside Keith Tenniswood (Radioactive Man). There’s a common thread before his work this off kilter funk that’s pleasingly odd – I’ve been a fan for quite some years now so finally nailing a mix from Mr. Pest is quite the score for the null+void podcast series.

So Ben when exactly did music start for you?

Hard to say exactly. I remember my dad having one of those stacking / changer vinyl players from the 60s. bought my first 7″ from woolies in Collier Row, Axel F by Harold Faltermeyer.. but always loved it for the b side ‘shoot out’.

What were your early influences was there a particular musical scene that got you involved?

After metal it was techno early/mid 90s. I met Tom Fedka/Pest at Sabersonic in about ‘96 or something and he gave me a fresh take on music. Jazz got massive for me suddenly a bit after then. Its nice coz iv known all the Pest band for so long, we’ve been through a lot together over the years and we’re still doing it. Shouts also to Vinnie, Matt ‘porn’, Wayne ‘slap’, Tenderlonious and ‘slick’ Nick!

How did you get started in producing? What kind of gear was available then for you?

My school had an Atari with Cubase 1.0 and a Roland s-550 in the music stock cupboard, so there, I suppose. I worked in a music shop for a bit after that so got myself various keyboards. Eventually I had keyboards plus Tascam 4 track cassette thing and an FX box or two, loads of fun. Couple of years later I spent the entirety of my first student loan on a Nord 1 rack and an Akai S950 running off an Amiga.

I remember many a set with your DS Korg – what do you like about performing on those? It seems so old school now with ipads but I guess then they were some of the only touch screen technologies available…

Still love that Nintendo for the DS-10! I first saw Michael Forshaw bang a set with two DS’s and I said “fucksake I play Mario Kart on mine! what was THAT?!” – he thought I was taking the piss but I wasn’t. It’s limited, and only does 1 bar loops but it excels at industrial sounding techno and there are some lfo tricks to make em sound like 2 bars, even though they aint. I’ve got so many patterns on there have never seen the light of day I still need to get out of it. The horror boogie 12” I did earlier this year has 2 tracks which are purely DS-10 sounds sorta ‘produced up’ as it were.

Exactly how much and in what ways has working with Logic’s latest version changed how you work and the outcome?

I just shoved Komplete 10 in there so that number of options is now exponentially ridiculous.. Almost too many! It’s all completely brilliant, natch, but I have to set myself some arbitrary limits at the beginning or my music making goes nowhere fast. That South Park episode where they show Randy using Logic just made me laugh! Yeah it’s ‘almost too easy’ but only if you want to go down some predetermined route, which i never do. to me it’s all just an extended writing tool. Hardware is all about the limits though, and generally that stuff gets messed with very little compared to the tracks I start from scratch in Logic. I’ve been getting really into making tunes with a tb303, tr808 & tr909 recently & just letting them roll, jam it out. Sometimes I have better results when I make life difficult for myself. It’s all random.

Obviously over the years you’ve collaborated with a number of people – Luke’s Anger, Cristian Vogel and more recently Radioactive Man what do you like about working with others in the studio? can you tell us anything about these individuals in particular?

Collaboration is one if the best things about music. It’s just so fun and satisfying when it works. It’s also great to have someone else around who even if they aren’t doing any of the actual production stuff, they are still contributing on an integral vibe level type thing. To me that’s still 50/50 collaboration. Anyway, if you go into it with that attitude then everyone does their bit, I find. Collabs with Luke are great because they’re are no rules, as such. Can be in person or remotely. Its more just like a very protracted and ever-ongoing conversation which happens to yield tracks I love. Result! With Cristian we spent 4 or 5 days in his studio in Barcelona, and made a whole EP from scratch. Pretty good going. With Keith Tenniswood it’s been few ideas developed over this last year and now coming together into an EP. Some tracks have come together more quickly though. As I say, there are no rules as such. The Pest boys are my longest running collaborators. Oh yeah and I didn’t name the band after me by the way! I was asked if that was the case, once. No my mate Grant aka Sikaflex suggested Ben Pest is what everyone called me anyway, so there you go.

In this mix who’s on it – what other artists are you listening to at the moment?

The mix is all my stuff apart from some Bebop & Rocksteady tracks, which I wrote with Luke’s Anger. I’m far from ignorant to other music, though. My sound is fairly distinctive for better or worse, iv made loads of tunes, and they seem to make sense to me mixed together on Traktor. What can I say. Been listening to Phatworld vs Squire of Gothos on my tube journeys, big smiley music. Loads of the electronica I love is made by my mates but I’m always grabbing various other bits and bobs – I’m less of an artist follower generally, I’m more about certain tracks. But rules are there to be broken etc. Luke Vibert is consistently great. Gutted about Mark Bell too, loved so much of his music and saw him live a few years ago. amazing.

There’s quite a few releases you have coming up can you give us a quick run down what’s forthcoming?

Fun in The Murky 02 which I’ve got a track on is dropping this week. There’s a 5 track EP on Balkan Recordings very soon and a track on the next Balkan Vinyl 12″, an Off Me Nut EP and a couple of tracks on new vinyl label The Beyond. And a Bebop & Rocksteady cassette release on Acid Waxa. Got this thing currently in production with Radioactive Man too. I’ll squeeze another EP of my tracks via my Bandcamp page in due course.

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