Fri, 21 March 2014
I had been contemplating this mix for a long time waiting until I had a critical mass of the right kinds of tracks to put it together. I have loved the sound of what I consider melodic techno for a while now. Usually you will hear this kind of music at the beginning of a set by DJs like Hernan Cattaneo. Rarely do you get a full set of this very melow but compelling sound. I put this set together in the best place possible, the beach. I would get up in the mornings and watch the sun rise over the ocean and work on this set with my morning coffee. Sublime!
Hopefully you can find somewhere as calm and peaceful to enjoy listening to it.
Thu, 20 February 2014
A note from Magnus about the mix:
The meeting of two minds can be a stimulating and productive endeavor, but having a mutual love of underground house and techno is no guarantee of a successful collaboration. Rob and I have wanted to do a mix like this for some time now, and finally, after a few months of jamming and curating, we’re ready to unleash this mix on our fellow house-heads. Drawing on our expansive collections of deep house and tech house, we’ve proudly crafted a testament to how we’d like to be able to warm up a room and set the tone for a fun-filled night of dancing and debauchery. Full of spacey, deep grooves and airy vibes that lure you towards a finale of banging, bass-driven rhythms, this mix takes its listeners from their first few tentative steps on a empty dance-floor to a floor packed with raised hands and wiggling booties. Rob and I hope you enjoy this mix as much as we enjoyed putting it together.
Mixed live using Traktor and an S2 controller.
1 Fourss - Journeyman (Slope remix)
2 Stellios Vassiloudis - Hunger
3 Kevin Yost - Right To Your Soul (Deep Spelle remix)
4 Booka Shade - Many Rivers
5 Harlem Knights & Rebound - I'm Gonna (Marco Grandi remix)
6 Dale Anderson & Anil Chawla - Leftorium (Philipp Ort remix)
7 Matthias Vogt - I Dreamed the Impossible (Wiretappeur remix)
8 Tvardovsky – Essention (Sound Process remix)
9 Helly Larson & Riccicomoto - Moving Dub (Deep Spelle remix)
10 Sebrof & Sterbai – Mosaik (PRT Stacho remix)
11 M.A.N.D.Y. & Booka Shade – Home (Monaque remix)
12 Stereo.type - Momento
13 Miss Disk - White Obsession (Zach DeVincent remix)
14 Oxia & Nicolas Masseyeff - You Know
15 John Selway – Countenance (Christian Smith & John Selway remix)
16 Peter Horrevorts - Stab
17 Pig & Dan - A Sudden Rush
18 Dousk - Jit Jit
Direct download: Rob_Curtis__Magnus_Keith_-_Textures_February_2014.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 5:24 AM
Tue, 14 January 2014
This is a special episode for me, a milestone really. 2013 marked the 10th year since my very first release was published. To commemorate the occaision I have put together the first podcast I have ever done that features a tracklist comprised entirely of tracks by yours truly. Original tracks, remixes I have done as well as a couple of choice remixes that others have done of my original works.
At first I didn't really know if I would be able to pull off a full mix of my own stuff but as I started to dust off some of the old tracks things began to come together quickly. Before I knew it I had over two hours of music on my hands. Once I had the basic layout down, I began to do a number of edits and reworks to knit the individual tracks together better and give a better flow to the whole work. What you are hopefully listening to now as you read this is the outcome of about 20 hours of meticulous editing, re-mastering and tweaking of these tracks to work together as a whole.
My journey as a published artist began back in 2003 when I entered a remix competition held by Release Records out of Toronto. The track to remix was by Medway and was titled "Trauma". It featured a cool little spoken word sample by Ice Tea and some really cool stems to play around with. Back in those days I was still very much walking the line between trance and progressive house and my mix is a wash of reverb tails and big crashy booms. Somehow I managed to catch the ear of the folks at Release and they picked my mix among the hundreds that they received and released it on vinyl.
It seemed fitting that I should start this mix off with the track that started me off. Over the course of the two hours of music in this mix, I travel in a lot of different directions from the more traditionally progressive to trance, tech house, deep house and even breaks. Please enjoy this journey through time and sound and help me to celebrate 10 years of releasing music to the masses!
1. Medway - Trauma (Rob Curtis Mix)
2. Medway & John Morgan - Toobin' (Rob Curtis Mix)
3. Rob Curtis - Backeia (Dale Anderson Mix)
4. Rob Curtis - Faded Too Deep
5. Rob Curtis - Dense Waffles
6. Rob Curtis - Quicksilver (Anisotropic Mix)
7. Marcelo Castelli - Montevideo (Rob C's Punta Del Este Mix)
8. Rob Curtis - Eclectic
9. Rob Curtis - Twilight
10. Rob Curtis - Clandestine
11. Rob Curtis - Body in Motion
12. Wes Straub - Lost in Humidity (Rob Curtis Mix)
13. Rob Curtis & Jerome Robbins - Starkid's Theme
14. Rob Curtis - Hollowed Out
15. Rob Curtis - The Assessment
16. Rob Curtis - Backeia
Thu, 5 December 2013
Part 5 rounds out this mini series which I have been working on all year. Five parts later and I have come back to a nice cross section of deep house, minimal tech house some housey progressive stuff and a bit of just good old fashioned good vibes music. It has been a really incredible journey putting these mixes together this year and if there is one thing I have learned it is that there has never been a better time to consistently find great new music. I am starting a few new projects in the new year so look for new mini-series, collaborations and even a few new original compositions if all goes well.
I hope this last episode of the year finds you all well and warm, with good family, good friends and some great tunes!
Mon, 4 November 2013
Continuing to roll through more good music. I'm constantly impressed with how much of it is out there these days. Many of you out there have heard me remarking on all the good music I have been able to pick up this year and the trend doesn't seem to be ending. I have hit a milestone in my efforts to find more good music to present to you all here, I have for the first time ever found more music than I can afford to buy in one go and have had to relegate a large portion to my hold bin for further scrutiny. So while I hope that you enjoy this month's installment, know that there are many more new tracks waiting in the winds! As always, Enjoy!
Thu, 3 October 2013
Part three of this series gets straight to the point and leans much more in a Progressive/Trance vein than the previous two parts. Lots of great melodic tunes and some seriously deep basslines come together to make for an intense 2 hour trek through a style of music that I have found it hard to find anywhere else.
Sun, 25 August 2013
Part 3 in the series continues in the same vein as the first two parts but ratchets up the intensity a few more notches. This mix definately starts wandering back into the more progressive side of deep house and tech house.
Tue, 23 July 2013
Part 2 of the Realizations series is one of my personal favorites from this year. The music on this mix drew me much further down the rabbit hole and on the other side I discovered a host of new artists and labels that have been pumping out some amazing music over the past year. Much more to come from this series as I continue to investigate these new avenues! As always Enjoy!
Wed, 12 June 2013
Part 2 of this mini series gets into some more aggressive tunes that culminate and then break into a very soft piano accapella that serves as a gratifying denoument. This completes the first half of the mini series with a second set of two mixes to be release here in future months. Enjoy!
Sat, 11 May 2013
Part 2 of my Bedrock Tribute series. This label has contributed an enormous amount to electronic music over the course of the past decade and I continue to be amazed at the caliber of sound coming out of this publishing house. Enjoy some more old and new Bedrock!