Seeks Beats : Chris Bassett August 2016

It’s been a while and this show marks a bit of a departure from Chris’ usual deep/tech house style with a mix that has a fairly distinct ‘indie’ sound… Since the dawn of house music back in the mid to late 80s the ‘indie’ and ‘dance’ scenes have often been uneasy bedfellows, with the indie tribe not really getting cheap, high energy, electronic music and the ‘cult of the DJ’ and the house tribe not going for the melancholy, shoe-gazing indie sound.

That being said, even back in the day, there were acts such as New Order and Depeche Mode claimed by both sides and as house music evolved into various sub genres through the 90s we saw the rise of festival friendly ‘cross-over’ acts such as Underworld, The Prodigy, Orbital and Chemical Brothers that were embraced by both sides of the musical divide and an emerging ‘indie dance’ genre.

Today we have indie and guitar bands using 303 acid bass lines in their tracks and likewise dance tunes have guitar-based bass lines and chords driving both their tempo and melodies. Genres, sub-genres and sub-sub genres are constantly shifting and evolving and you might find a dance record with strong ‘indie’ sensibilities in the cosmic disco, deep house or even techno sections of a record store.

Chris’ mix this month is his take on the current ‘indie dance’ sound as he sees it – as it’s mixed, it’s more ‘dance’ than ‘indie’, but you will hear a definite indie slant with contributions from Red Axes, FK Club, Vox Low and Lauer. Enjoy something a bit different… and if you do share it with others

The Antiswarm, July 2016

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter Thompson

The Antiswarm, March 2016

Set your conrols for the heart of the sun and oil up your Ouija board as the Antiswarm attempts to contact the dead via glacial slabs of space rock and dreamlike electronica.

Low End Theory, February 2016

Chris Dale just dropped this on us. ‘It has been an awfully long time since Low End Theory has reared it’s head, but I am really pleased to have got myself together and fixed up some of my favourite music right now. A slight little diversion from the usual servings of non-stop bass and beats, I’ve thrown in a bit of guitar noise as well. Tracks from Amon Tobin, Jamie XX, The So So Glos, Speedy Ortiz & Rezzett all feature. Get you listening gear around this!’

Third Light Home, February 2016

Krautrock grooves, pastoral soundscapes, plaintive dub moments and understated folksiness: Third Light Home attempts to shrug off a long, grey winter – featuring Neu!, Josephine Foster, Cavern of Anti-Matter and Dean & Britta. Read the full sleeve notes here