Coming Soon: Touched 2 Compilation

It's difficult to believe that almost a year has passed since the first 'Touched' album, but the next instalment of this charity compilation is due to arrive on the 28th November. Like the first, all proceeds will go to the Macmillan Cancer Support charity, which aims to provide cancer sufferers with care, support and assistance during and following treatment. Also like the first, a staggering number of artists are involved, though this time the number of participants is more than doubled: there are currently over 250 tracks confirmed for the release, including contributions from personal faves such as Autechre, Brothomstates, Datassette, Plaid, Mr. Projectile and Hecq, to name but a few. I'll have a new track in there too. It's sure to be an immense collection -- there's a full list of the artists involved on the Touched Facebook page.

Volume 1: Memory Waves (Tipping Hand)

The mysterious folk behind LA's Tipping Hand Recordings recently celebrated their first birthday by assembling this excellent free compilation. Memory Waves brings together a selection of previously released tracks, including contributions from Kettel, Yimino, Borealis, Jacob 2-2, and many others, all remastered for the occasion.

From the press release:

Memory Waves features a selection of some of the world's most diverse electronic producers from Germany, England, Canada, Netherlands, North America and the UK. Memory Waves sheds new light on songs previously released by remastering and reassembling each track into a fluid, storylike album.

Ochre Mix for Words On Tracks

I recently put this mix together for Words On Tracks, featuring some of my musical influences, acknowledging key moments of my formative years, as well as some general favourites. Additionally, I wrote a commentary for each track, which you can read either on Words On Tracks' Facebook page, or here below the fold. Thanks to Fred for kindly inviting me. Be sure to give Words On Tracks a 'like' if you're on Facebook. Hope you enjoy it!

Words On Tracks /68 feat. Ochre by Words On Tracks on Mixcloud

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New Track ‘Zome City’ Out Now on Lapsus

DEU

A new track of mine, Zome City, was released yesterday on Barcelona's Lapsus Records, featuring on their DEU compilation, available on red vinyl and download. The compilation contains 17 tracks, from artists such as Plaid (vinyl-exclusive, sadly), Kelpe, Vector Lovers, and many more.

I've been playing a tweaked version of Zome City in my latest live set (skip to 08:50 in the Utrecht recording posted a week or so ago if you're curious to compare the two), and find having a track on vinyl to be a satisfying closure to the production process---something I've really missed with the download releases, as it's been a while since my last vinyl release. Looking forward to seeing some more new music on vinyl this year!

New Remix on ‘Touched’

Here's a new remix I produced for Min-Y-Llan, out now for download on Touched. As with their previous compilation release, the entire proceeds from this album go to Macmillan Cancer Support. £3 for 38 tracks, including remixes from Plaid, Christ., Roel Funcken, Tim Koch, Keef Baker, and many more.

Upcoming Gigs in the Netherlands

MindcampIt's been almost six years since I last did a gig, so it's not without a little trepidation that I'm announcing a couple of gigs over the next week in the Netherlands. Both shows are Mindcamp events, organised by Dutch IDM veterans Funckarma. I'll be playing alongside the Raster Noton artist Grischa Lichtenberger, with visual support from Videotroopers, plus tunes from the Mindcamp DJs. Tickets for both events are an extremely reasonable €5. Should be a moderately chilled affair. I've been told there'll be tasty vegan food on offer, too!

The first takes place late on Friday 21st March (2200-0200) at the Merleyn venue in Nijmegen (tickets). Here's the event page on Facebook.

The second will be on Sunday 23rd, during the afternoon (1500+) at Tivoli Spiegelbar in Utrecht (tickets). Event page.

I'll be putting my new live rig through its paces, which should be interesting. It's primarily Ableton and a Push controller, plus a little Faderfox sidecar for when I want to switch effects without having to switch modes on the Push. So far it seems quite flexible, allowing me to tap out synth melodies, trigger clips and adjust effects, all without having to keep my eyes constantly planted on the laptop screen. This time around I've managed to run a lot more of the synth elements live (some of the tracks are entirely live-generated), so hopefully it'll sound and feel pretty live. There'll be plenty of errant notes to reassure you that I'm actually playing live, is what I'm saying.

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