Welcome to another sector of the Derogatory Term,
Soo I guess this is where it all begins… looking back through all of the posts on this blog has been one of the best adventures musically I have ever witnessed. Getting to see how the scene has changed over the past decade (Well close to it). Not only that but the constant evolving taste of music Jimps & Adso has developed over the duration has been something that really grabs my attention..
This is where I come in. My name is James Treby, the newest member of the derogatory term team. I was delighted when Jimps asked if I would like to start sharing some of my thoughts with the rest of you. As the other two start to grow old cough* and dive deeper into the musical world, I thought I would jump in and show you what my let’s say “virgin” mind has been following this year and what tracks have really been raising my hairs.
Electronic music has only really taken my interest for about the last 2 years. It started when I stumbled across a post Jimps had done, blogging these two tracks in particular which had me staring into my own mind while they blasted out of my headphones, taking me on a bizarre journey. It is unexplainable why I enjoyed them so much, even still to this day I ‘am unsure. I knew none of my mates would take an interest to them. Even still I think I dipped my toes in anyway and showed a couple of people to see what reaction I would get, just incase. Turns out no one could relate with me.
Forever Dolphin Love (Erol Alkan Rework) – Connan Mockasin
The Deejay’s an Alien (Layabouts Reprise) – David Harness & Roland Clark
Months went by and I slowly started listening to more and more music which lead me to develop more of a personal taste. November of 2011 came around where I really started to consider buying a pair of “decks”. I woke up one day after a few weeks of convincing myself and thought “Im going to cut my losses and spend the only money I had saved on a pair of cdj 850′s and a djm 700 mixer” I knew little to nothing about them nor did i have any idea how they worked. I just knew it would be a good way to enjoy the tracks I already loved even more then I did previously.
6 months went by and i was starting to pick up the basics of it. I was consistently told by people that dj’ing was something you either sit down and work hard at to progress or just drop out the back door if you didn’t put the time and effort in. I had engraved into my brain I wasn’t going to give it up and if i did then…. (insert beating here). $3000 is what it cost me at the time and for a 16 year old to blow at once, to me was massive. All i could relate to was how many hours that had taken me to swipe groceries at coles which was my job at the time…The answer is alot!
I have always been a person that doesn’t really pick a genre that i’am following and rinse through the internet picking up anything that falls under the banner of that particular genre. I don’t dislike any type of music. What I don’t like are particular tracks. I tend to listen to everything and anything I come across and if i like it then i will acuire it and if I don’t then I will forget it existed. Don’t get me wrong I do go through phases like everyone, where I throughly enjoy some genre’s more then others and visa versa as time goes on. As I sit here, i’am thinking what are my top 5 genre’s? I don’t think I could put that in order of numbers. If I were to make a playlist of my top tracks of all time it would fall under countless different categories. Although what has played a huge role in my taste over the past few years would have to be Deep/Tech House & Techno
During the year of 2012 Techno really started to become familiar to me. To name a few – the likes of Brodinski, Gesaffelstein, Justice & Paul Chambers were huge influences behind my attraction to the genre. Track after track I listened to, had me jumping all over the place. In recent times Mumbai Science & a few other one off artists that have released a series of wicked tracks have also become a part of that list. To get my point across I will name a few of the stand out tracks I have enjoyed which will also be free to download.
Berimbau – Phunk Investagation/Alex Di Stefano
Off The Wall (Brodinski Remix) – Yuksek
Nobody Rules the Streets Feat louisahhh! – Brodinski
Belgium – Gesaffelstein
Rocket Number 9 (Gesaffelstein Remix) – Zombie Zombie
Singapore Swing – Shinichi Osawa/ Paul Chambers
Researchers – Mumbai Science
Bucci Bag (Edit) – Mumbai Science
Moving Forward to 2013 – My year began with a solo trip to Melbourne to witness Claude VonStroke and Justin Martin play a dj set at Brown Alley on the friday night which was one of the best nights out I have had to date. It turns out my Melbourne tripped was planned quiet well in terms of what was on that weekend. To my attention on the sunday the famous “Boiler Room” party was debuting at a place called The Bottom End which was a great night full of many unfamiliar banging tunes.
I wouldn’t say the Melbourne trip kicked off my liking for house music but it sure did open up a whole new world for me. Since then my options for music taste has multiplied times and times again. Presently the house scene is something I have been following very closely and although majority of it is in the UK, Australia’s scene has picked up alot and there has been some massive acts brought over in the past 6 months. Especially in Brisbane which is great because it can sometimes be trumped by places like Sydney and Melbourne.
Finally this brings me to share with you some of my favourite tracks that I guess you could refer to as the anthem of my year so far both new and old that have influenced me significantly;
Everyday – Adana Twins
2 Know u – Doctor Dru
What I Might Do – Ben Pearce
Ruff Stuff – Justin Martin
Don’t Go (Kolombo Edit) – Yazoo
Closer (Kidnap Kid Remix) – Lu Lu James
I Loved You – Blonde
In My Veins – Louisahhh!!
I’m Losing You – Ongaku
Real – Gorgon City
Control Me – Stretch Monroe
Atomical Street – Tinush
Those Days – Amtrac
The Scheme – Amtrac
Check out The Derogatory Playlist on Spotify with all the tracks we can find
This now draws me to a close for today. It has been great pulling up the old memories and sharing with you. I hope all the tracks can be enjoyed as much as I do. They all should be available for download via the link. Attached is my latest mix posted a few days ago which features some great tracks that haven’t been mentioned, it is worth a listen if you are interested.
Until next time..