Archives for the month of: January, 2014

 

Ok first off, this mix is trippy as hell. Om Unit grabs fast paced rhythms by the balls, creating a smooth and murky existence. I’ve tested it out in various locations; in the bathtub, driving from Seattle to Portland, washing dishes at work..and I’ll say that it’s very enjoyable and a distinct journey through and through. I love when something showcases a wide range of emotions, and this mix does it so well. You’ll hear Om Unit’s rad rollers VIP mix of Machinedrum’s “Gunshotta”, and some absolutely wild tracks from Ital Tek’s Planet Mu album release, Control.

Some of you who caught my recent set opening for DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn may remember this track from Om Unit’s debut album on Civil Music, Threads. The first time I heard this, I froze. It goes to chilling depths. I felt like I jumped outside of my body and watched my life unfold in slow motion. Awe-inspiring production really.

 

Other thoughts on Threads

– Similar to the way his RA began, “Folding Shadows” opens the album with instant immersion. It walks slow and steady, with eerie emotion and a funky strut.

– The dense rain atmosphere in “Healing Rain” is intriguing and soothing, naturally.

– “Drift Interlude” – Same reaction I got hearing “The Road” .. encapsulates my life right now and observations of some relationships.

– “Reverse Logic” – Reading the name, it’s easy for me to imagine this track as an entity constantly moving backwards. It’s a great visual to a sophisticated beat.


– Seeing photos of underwater pyramids and structures found in places like Bermuda and Japan after hearing “Deep Sea Pyramid”, perfect. It’s got a dark curiosity to it, and a restless sense of adventure.

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Hopefully that mix and these tracks have you needing more. Om Unit aka Jim Coles has been producing a diverse discography for over ten years; crafting works under the names 2Tall, Nyquist, Philip D Dick and Dream Continuum with Machinedrum. To take in more from Jim, see RBMA’s July 2013 interview and/or his more recent XLR8R interview alongside DJ Rashad.

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Let it be known, Pokemon is very important to me. It may be my biggest influence outside of music, which is why I’m surprised this is the first pocket monster feature on Disco Droppings. I could write a detailed analysis about Ash Ketchum’s character, or how the world of Pokemon took over my life from elementary school on, but Origins has me narrowing in on this unique special series.

I was guided to Origins by my friend Sean Peranski Webb. I find it super admirable that he leads a team of Pokemon trainers, a real life master in the works. His TeamScyther is currently preparing for the VGC Tournaments, also known as Pokemon’s “Video Game Championship Series”, best of luck to them!

Unlike the TV series that’s gone on for over a decade, Origins is based off the video games, Pokemon Red and Blue. Lovers of Pokemon should be ecstatic over this approach, which is more loyal to the story. I was easily enveloped in this 4-part series; the animation is crisp, the battles have way more attitude and the story has plenty of depth. Emotions run high in many scenes, especially with the cute baby Cubone.

There’s a theme in Pokemon that I’ve taken to heart. It talks about the relationship between Pokemon and trainer. It’s not about exploitation or mere possession. The Pokemon and trainer are connected, and true mastery comes when this is realized, and the two become one. I’ve replaced these creatures with my music, and it’s helping to center my relationship. It’s rad that after all these years, Pokemon is still here teaching lessons to youngsters and adults alike.

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– Jimi Jaxon