New EP and new Live Set

I’ve been a little quiet since the winter holidays because I’ve been working hard in preparing my live set. This has been collecting everything that I’ve produced over the last couple of years and making it suitable to take out with me. Just long hours of chopping, re-editing and tidying up really as well as practice of course. It’s been pretty cool to go over some tracks that I liked but were maybe not suitable for dancefloors and I’ve found hundreds of tracks and loops that I never finished or couldn’t get to sound right.

I reckon it’s been a good solid two months to get this sorted out, which isn’t bad because now I have it then I never have to do that part again and my new tracks can fit in. With a bit more preparation I should be able to play anywhere from hard-ish techno to ambient with a deep flavour throughout using the same set but with different parts.

I’m debuting this tomorrow at Glow in Bangkok. FunktionOne soundsystem so where better?

Also, I have a new EP coming out soon. I’m releasing it on RedPhase after holding on for it for a bit. There was some interest from compilations but I’m still trying to get my head around digital compilations, in fact digital releasing in general is giving me a headache. But that is a post for another day.

Free Download – Adventures of Darma

If you’re reading this you’re one of my valued supporters. This is just a quick message to say thanks for supporting me over 2016. I know that there are some of you that have bought everything I’ve done this year and endlessly shared posts and blogs. I do really appreciate it and hopefully it will lead to a few bigger releases this year, maybe even a festival or two in the summer. We shall see! Even if that doesn’t happen you’ve given me enough motive to keep going and slowly my music is becoming more how I see it in my dreams.

To thank you I’m making this available to you. It’s a kind of private release but feel free to share it if you wish.

You can download from this private link –> Soundcloud

The original track is dear to my heart having had it on an early Sven Vath tape from the early 90s. I’ve never heard a decent remix of this because once you slow it down it’s hard to get a groove around it. Anyway, this was my third attempt in the last 15 years and I got close enough to be able to send it out to you. Hope you enjoy the monkey off my back. If you don’t know it then it’s worth checking out some of this stuff from early on before techno and trance separated. You can probably get a picture of where some of my music comes from today.

So Happy Xmas, New Year or holidays or whatever you are celebrating. Catch you in 2017!



The EU Referendum and Biscuits

I shamelessly stole this from some dude off facebook. Just make sure you use your vote today if you’re in the UK. I hope to remain for what it’s worth.

Unlike everyone else, who seemingly overnight has become a champion of European legislation and a bastion of the legalities of immigration, I genuinely know fuck all about politics.

Honestly. Can’t even tell you the difference between labour, conservatives or the other ones. Is it Lib dems? I don’t know what they do. Tories are cunts though… That’s literally the extent of my knowledge.

It just doesn’t interest me because, and I’m aware that this is painfully apathetic and stupid, but it’s boring and I don’t see how any of it’s actually set up to help me. If I was a bank or building society or a business that operated on the global market or just a cunt who went to Eton and fancied making all my pig diddling mates peers or something then yeah, I’d give more of a shit. But I’m not. I’m just a bloke who works in a call centre 8 hours a day and whether we’re in or out of Europe I’ll still have £68 pound a month to pay for bus fares. I’m trapped in renting so I couldn’t give less of a shit about “community” because I’m not really part of one because I might move again in 6 month so what’s point? I’ll still be skint either way, the concept of owning a house will remain a sick joke and I’ll still have to work until I’m a billion and 30 just to retire on the £8.47 I’ve got saved up in my work pension (yes I’m aware all of these are political points… Irony’s funny, isn’t it?) but governments aren’t set up for people like me… They’re set up for people who are either tragically, tragically poor or people who are almost belligerently rich. Even if we save money by coming out, who gives a shit? What, we’re suddenly going to start looking after old folk and buying hospitals are we? Wont we need the four food banks in Leeds anymore? You talk actual piss. Any money saved will go into buying more pigs or moats for duck houses.

The point for me is this though; A university professor of 12 years, what has got an actual PHD, specialising in European constitutional law and the relationship between the EU and its member states, specifically the UK, the single market and the free movement of people has said its a fucking shit idea to leave the EU.

Surely that’s enough then? Let’s agree with him, surely? He probably knows what’s chong and what’s not chong.

I mean I know you’ve got a BTEC in sports science and, yeah… sure, your lass has got her level 1 hairdressing certificate and you both went to Tossa De Mar once for holiday but his points seem to come across better than yours somehow. Like, his arguments are built around solid premises and formulated on numbers and research and shit whereas yours are like “Yeah well The Sun says all black people are wankers, so…”.

The best way I can think of it is in terms of the biscuit club at work. Everybody pays in and everybody gets nice biscuits. Sure you can get your own biscuits if you want but it’s a lot of fucking about and you’ll only have to share them anyway. What, are you gonna legitimately eat them all to yourself in an office are you Sharon? Right well that’s why you wear sports socks and can’t find a husband. Yeah, not everyone gets the biscuits they want all the time but if your choice is shit biscuits sometimes or no biscuits ever then it’s a fucking no brainer. What if you want help to get biscuits but nobody cares because they’re sorted for Jaffas now? What about your relationship with people who are still in biscuit club? You think they’ll be happy with you tapping Hob Nobs off them everyday because you forgot to go to Jacksons at the weekend? Get to fuck. “Oh no, loads of new people want to join in with biscuit club now!” So? More people means more / better biscuits. Yeah you might have to share more but what are you, 5? If you don’t want to share biscuits then fuck off back to Russia you pinko commie swine. Plus, why do you think they WANT to join? It’s because these biscuits are brilliant and they haven’t got any. Sometimes people do Ramadan and can’t eat biscuits while the suns up… Who gives a shit? Don’t have biscuits then. It’s ok… Just have them later. Take them home for when suns gone down for all I care. And yeah, some people try and blag it… They don’t pay what they should or they eat more than you but you don’t just fuck biscuits off all together because of a couple of dickheads. Grow up you babies. “He hasn’t paid for biscuits and by rights he’s eating my property!”. Yeah… Jason’s not paying this week because he’s got dick cancer and he’s got better things to worry about. Let him have a biscuit you tight bastard. Fuck me. Plus his wife’s got alopecia. Difficult home life mate. Give him a biscuit while he sorts his head out.

I’m just gonna go with the PHD bloke to be honest because he’s smarter than everyone else and I fucking love biscuits me.


Embryo – A brief history

I used to release tracks on vinyl back in the 90s/00s. Every so often I find that someone has kindly stuck something on youtube (which is nice).


Embryo Records was setup by myself and Chris McCormack after we met during some downtime in a chill-out tent at tribal gathering (I shit you not). I’m sure that those of you who know Chris will find that pretty amusing.

Anyway, we pretty quickly built up a decent name for the label. This was the 4th release (my 2nd) and my first solo EP. Dave Clarke mentioned it once in his best records of the year for a magazine (Mixmag?) and I think we used that tagline for the next 5 years. In reality I think it turned up 20 minutes before he was interviewed for the piece. Anyway, I heard him play this out a couple of times and also Jeff Mills, Luke Slater and probably a few others but it was a hazy time so a few names escape me.

Here is a playlist of the EP that someone was kind enough to rip and put online. I’ll do a decent copy of it at some point.

Interestingly the B2 track (actually A2 on the record but it doesn’t matter) is the most similar to what I produce today. Definitely notice something about the synths, reverb and hats in that.

It was a decent little label really considering we had no idea what we were doing. All went fine until we decided to do a weird double pack which didn’t really fit that well with our series of EPs. I think we were trying to branch out a bit but in hindsight we should have just stuck to what we knew.

Number 9 was the final EP, ‘the core trax’ and had my favourite track on it that I’ve ever produced. My plan at the time was to start a new label called ‘core trax’ based around this sound which was a bit more dubby and a bit looser than my previous tunes but for various reasons it was to be my last release for a long time.

Looking back maybe I wouldn’t have released 2 of the 4 of those tracks and I rarely played these out. Interesting reviewing that and comparing it to these days where I am much more selective about what goes out of the door.

I will try to sample up the rest of the vinyl when I return to the UK in the summer and post some updates.

Socially sorting my shit out

When I started up Redshifter about a year ago I didn’t realise what a mess I could get into in such a short period with my social media. 1 year later and I have 20+ accounts with various email addresses, passwords and almost weekly I post something to the wrong account or website. This new site is basically going to consolidate the mess into one manageable place and allow me to focus on the important things in life such as my kids, my health and of course my music.