This post has nothing to do with vandwelling whatsoever, it’s just where I share music with people. Right now there are about 25 hours of music you can download here, and more on the way… Check back here periodically, I add new stuff on a random basis.

This is all electronic music… intricate rhythms, dark mood, and most important, lush bass that you feel deep in your entrails. I don’t like to call what I listen to dubstep, because that genre’s conventions (e.g. the bass wobble) often get mishandled, and people come away with a narrow idea of what it sounds like. What I love about these mixes is that they all span they potential richness of that sound, in very different ways. Down toward the end of the list I have some bouncier stuff for those who find dubstep a little too dark :)

INSTRUCTIONS: right-click (mac users ctrl-click or 2-finger tap) on the link that interests you, and from the list of options that appears choose “save as” or “download linked file”. That’ll save the mp3 to your computer so you can listen to it any time. Here we go…

Vancouver has a fucking amazing music scene right now, these are just four of my local faves…

  • Michael Red: The core, the keystone of Lighta… This mix is murky and subterranean in mood; rhythmically blinding in speed and complexity, a rich juxtaposition… good legs and a long nose, with notes of wet concrete, flickering street-lamp, and human pineal gland. It’s also beeeautiful.  filter phase delay. Give that 4 or 5 listens to let it really get under your skin, and then come back for the next three one at a time, you’ve gotta savour these: not giving upthe opposite of fearbolt of blue – live ableton dj mix @ level one lounge
  • Max Ulis: This is gritty and heavy for the first half, with fantastic reworkings of Skream and Dead Prez, then it gets a little quieter, and gorgeous… a good wind-down mix… max ulis 2008.
  • Taal Mala: This rocks!!!! I played it for my friend and I kid you not, she started humping the floor. It builds intensity slowly for the first half hour, then takes you for a wicked ride. Have a listen! Collapse of the Wave Function Mix
  • The Librarian: From Whistler/Pemberton, this is Andrea Graham, promoter, festival organizer, DJ extraordinaire, definitely BC’s reigning dubstep queen… DUBFORMS.Librarian.practiceset, and Nocturnal_The Librarian_Bass Coast

San Fran… I think the whole Burning Man phenomenon has helped develop a community of very unique san francisco electronic musicians, here are some of them…

  • Ana Sia: Oh my god. She’s so little, and full of totally explosive energy… next time she comes to town you have to see her, that’s all there is to it! She’s a genre-bender, undefinable, but always bringing some much-needed female energy to the bass-heavy world. Here are two of her mixes… this one is older, a little slower and more worldy: 160 dripHOP And this one is a live recording of a show she played in Vancouver in November 2008, more on the dubsteppy side, but still smooshing it up with pop and funk and strong female vocals: DubForms11.
  • ESKMO: I think of this as sex music for mastodons, slow and heavy and unstoppable… his sound is somehow industrial and liquid at the same time, incredibly textured. Two mixes for you: Colorbrain, and The Ancestor Mix. These are all tracks that he produced and/or remixed. Again, if this guy comes to town please don’t miss it!
  • Mimosa: Melodic, without holding back on the grime one bit… I get a guilty little kick out of dubstep remixes of commercial hip-pop characters like Lil Wayne, and there’s a few of those on here. So good… remote viewing MiXxx.
  • El Papa Chango: famous for his super-sexy near-dawn sets on the beach stage at Shambhala. You’ll notice some overlap with the Zizek mix below, they’re all part of  the digital cumbia sound. They’re tracks worth repeating, and he definitely brings his own flavour… feb 26 2010.

Moving south to LA…

  • Here’s the famous 2007 Glitch Mob podcast for XLR8R, fucking amazing: Glitch Mob mix 2007. And here’s a more recent one, this has eclectic bits of Eskamon, Cat Power, The Very Best, one of Jack White’s incarnations and many more things strange and beautiful that I don’t recognize… 01 2010 Podcast for XLR8R.
  • Also check out The Gaslamp Killer: We Make It Good Mix Series Vol. 05

Worldwide:

Alright, now for some bounce for those of you who find dubstep a little dark…

And a little more glitch to round things off…

Enjoy!