Sat, 18 June 2016
For many years I spent a lot of time and effort planning out my sets for the podcast. Meticulously going over every mix to ensure they were emaculate. Well i'm getting old and I just don't have time for that $h!t anymore. :)
Well actually, I've found over the past year or so that I really enjoy just setting up the decks, hitting record and seeing what happens. I have dozens of recordings from various jams. Sometimes its with other DJs who stop by and other times it's just me solo behind the decks. I've started to go through the last few months worth of recordings and pull out the ones that really seem to gel. This month we have part one of a two part recording I did back in April. I've trimmed it down to two 1:15 minute sections, though the original was over 3 hours!
I will continue to publish these impromptu mixes as I find them.
Tue, 1 March 2016
Prism! I have had the great pleasure to work closely with this collective since their inception. Over the past year they have carved their way into the Calgary music scene playing a multitude of shows that have captured the spirit of what is going on here in the electronic music community. Seamlessly mixing the styles of 2 DJs can be challenging. Add two more to the mix and now you've really got a difficult task ahead. These gents pull it off with amazing poise. Will Devlin, Theo Hansen, Magnus Keith and Rick Sharma have curated and crafted a set that you'll find yourself listening to over and over. I know I have. Enjoy this mix crafted exclusively for Textures.
01. YokoO - You Said I Would (Jonas Saalbach Remix)
02. Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Last Call (Original Mix)
03. Neville Watson - Warchild (Original Mix)
04. YokoO - Xani (Original Mix)
05. Maxi Degrassi - Grunge (Bunge & Kevor Remix)
06. All Is Well - Vabene (Original Mix)
07. Atapy, Bog - Strung (Original Mix)
08. Hasan Mogol - Prolepse (Original Mix)
09. Freakme - Apollonia (Original Mix)
10. Daniel Bortz, Sascha Sibler - Who Is Manfred? (Original Mix)
11. Stephan Bodzin - Sputnik (Dominik Eulberg Remix)
12. Dj Koze - It's Only (Original Mix)
13. Morgan Geist - Darkstar (Original Mix)
14. Eagles & Butterflies - Moonlight (Original Mix)
15. Kasper Koman - Mr. Merchant (Original Mix)
16. Kosmas - O.11 (Miguel Puente Remix)
17. Maher Daniel, Jon Charnis - Lonely Stars In Open Skies (Luca Bacchetti Endless Remix)
18. Marc Marzenit - 9909LA (Warehouse Mix)
Tue, 2 February 2016
I put this mix together for my good friend Wes Straub's 100th radio show for which he took over Digitally Imported's progressive channel for a whopping 12 hours of music. This mix is also special as it is one hour of all original production work from your's truly. This spans a number of tracks that I have produced over the past year along with a few classics from my sordid past.
Several of these tracks will be released later this year on NuevaDeep.
Medway - Trauma (Rob Curtis Mix)
Rob Curtis - Eyes Bright with Wonder
Rob Curtis - Bakcheia
Rob Curtis - Proudly Made on Earth
Rob Curtis - The Tesseract Collapsing
Rob Curtis - Ratat-tatat-tat
Rob Curtis - Your Robot Doesn't Live Here
Rob Curtis - Overboard
Rob Curtis - The Spaces Between Spaces
Sun, 1 March 2015
Following up Part 1 from last month here is Part 2 of the Impromptu mix laid down by Magnus and myself in January. More gritty dark and moody themes with some compelling melodies to keep things from brooding too much.
There will likely be more music from Magnus and myself in coming months as we seem to have hit a stride recently where some great mixes are coming out.
Tue, 10 February 2015
It's a rare pleasure when you can put a mix down like this off the cuff. I feel that there are only a few individuals that I could engage in an effort like this and have it come off this clean. I have several hours of this mix that I will be releasing over the course of the next couple months but for now enjoy this first hour of a very impromptu mix put together by Magnus and myself last week on a whim. Thanks goes out to Magnus Keith for bringing his amazing style of mixing and razor sharp track selection!
Thu, 1 January 2015
Part 3 of the Galvanize series goes a bit deeper and a bit faster tempo-wise. So much good music to close our 2014! Happy New Year all!
Thu, 11 December 2014
Part 2 of last month's Galvanize debut. Happy holidays all!
Wed, 5 November 2014
Part one of a new mini series! Yay!
Galvanize is a mini-series that I have begun to work on bringing together the elements of what people are calling deep house these days with the more technical elements of tech house. This intersection has become a cornerstone of the sound that I love to play out at the club these days. Parts 1 & 2 of this series came together quickly and there is close to 2.5 hours of music contained within. The other element to this set is the tempo which has been dialed back to 117 BPM. This slow chugging groove allows all the technical elements of each track to breath and new details can be gleaned that may be overlooked at faster tempos.
Sat, 6 September 2014
We all have them, those friends that just don't get it. I've lived my adult life loving Techno in almost all its forms. I have also lived with the knowledge that we have historically been a counter culture to the mainstream. That was one of the reasons I got into this music to begin with. Man do I ever hate Pop music. That's not to say I don't have Michael Jackson's "Thriller" and "Bad" on vinyl, but the pop of the 80s is part of the reason I love Techno today. How much inspiration have we all taken from that era?
One of the most common complaints I get whenever I DJ for a non-house-head crowd, or try to bring some techno or house music to the attention of a pop music fan is "This all sounds the same, there are no words I can sing to!" Challenge Accepted!
I did a mix years ago now when I lived in Vancouver for my cousin who just couldn't wrap her head around Techno. She was used to singing out her favorite songs on the radio and was just unfamiliar with taking in the sonic tapestry of an instrumental track, more specifically of a whole hour of them!
"Hey I get it, there is something visceral and ancestral about vocal music, it's where music started after all.", I said. So I proceeded to create a Progressive House mix made up of all vocal tracks. That was tough back in the days of Vinyl as I had to peel through a relatively modest collection by today's standards.
This months mix is the start of a new series that I have had the pleasure of compiling in order to try to introduce this music to another un-initiated. My goal is to slowly ramp up to the non-verbal mixes that make this group of genres so compelling to me but to start with... A mix of all Vocal tracks! And let me assure you, even I was surprised by how many I have been able to compile over the last decade of digital music. Hence we have another Rob C series on our hands and hopefully some classic mixes for you all to enjoy in the years to come!
Wed, 2 July 2014
Part 2 of our opening set keeps getting a little bit more intense without going full out. At the very end we play a couple of pretty banging tracks before mellowing out for the headliner.