About the concept:
Here is the fifthy-third instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.
The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.
So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.
Find links to all instalments at our overview. Today we present you Dhia’ mix of tracks released on label Dynamic Tension.
Experimental rhythms, traditional sounds, sensitive/electronic investigations.
Stepping up on the music-label Mnemony with a debut ambient EP called Expeditionen last June, the tunisian youngster Dhia contributed in several techno/experimental compilations ever since. He effectively combines his spiritual culture and history with contemporary sounds of electronic music. Exploring sonic waves within his studies, Dhia is always willing to bring everything into his own productions. Time and again he consistently demonstrates the powerful occupation behind his set-ups focused on showing how sound visualizes the moving, living and performing human body.
About Dynamic Tension:
Dynamic Tension is the output for productions by Surgeon.
Surgeon, real name Anthony Child, has been at the forefront of UK techno since 1994.
His debut “Surgeon EP” is regarded by many as seminal, and along with several early Downwards releases, caused a ripple of excitement through the techno cognoscenti of the time. Surgeon released a further three albums on Tresor, numerous Counterbalance and Dynamic Tension EPs and LPs “Body Request” in 2000, “Breaking The Frame” LP in 2011, and “From Farthest Known Objects” in 2016.
Over the course of his career, the Birmingham resident has perfected a unique and uncommonly effective production style. His is a tough techno sound with an industrial murk about it but also plenty of funk, swing and a sophisticated sense of dub-space learned in part from his Chain Reaction contemporaries in Berlin.
Over the years Surgeon has shown his versatility as a musician with releases under his own name on Editions Mego (“Electronic Recordings from Maui Jungle Vol. 1”), NNA Tapes (“The Space Between People And Things”) and K2 O & FatCat Records (“Guitar Treatments”) which break all the usual boundaries of electronic dance music.
Further evidence of these multi-functional production skills can be seen on Surgeon’s impressive remix CV, working with the biggest names in techno (Dave Clarke, Luke Slater/PAS, Green Velvet, Hardfloor, the Black Dog etc), Thom Yorke (Radiohead), Glasgow post-rock outfit Mogwai, old masters Faust and Coil, and most recently, artists such Moderat, Shed, Traversable Wormhole and Scuba.
Recently dubbed by FACT magazine as arguably the finest techno DJ in the world, Surgeon is also naturally one of the most in-demand, with DJ mixes for Warp and Fabric and a schedule spread across Europe and Japan. He has played every key club/event/festival going, helped pioneer Birmingham’s House of God and held a 3 year residency at Tresor (Berlin) during its all-powerful 1990s peak. He was also one half of the much loved BMB (British Murder Boys) with Regis. He’s currently performing improvised live sets with Lady Starlight and also with Blawan as TRADE.
Contemporary Surgeon sets are notable for experimentation with new DJ technologies embracing cutting edge hardware, increasingly blurring the line between a DJ set and a live performance. Surgeon is a selector of some skill and one of the most inventive, intuitive users of Ableton out there. Using techno as a vehicle to carry his artistic message, he also mixes up everything from contemporary bass music/dubstep to Rephlex-esque electronica to create a coherent, intense and righteously banging whole.
Text taken from Surgeon’s website
Listen & Download:
“Dhia plays Dynamic Tension” (download coming soon)
Dhia About His Choice:
The raw sounds of Surgeon truely inspire me. Through his work with modular systems he shows how experimental performances with electronic music make a difference. Dynamic Tension is a strong label that continues to satisfy for a long time now – they really form a tradition with their vision.
01. Surgeon – Bad hands (Roly Vex’d Remix)
02. Surgeon – Courage To Face Up To
03. Surgeon – Bad hands (Monolake Remix)
04. Surgeon – The Crawling Frog Is Torn And Smiles
05. Surgeon – THX-1139 (Wirr)
06. Surgeon – Bland Ambition Pt.1
07. Surgeon – Convenience Trap Pt.3
08. Surgeon – Learning Pt.3
09. Surgeon – Credence Pt.2
10. Surgeon – Patience Pt.2
11. Surgeon – The Etheric Body
12. Surgeon – East Light Pt.1
13. Surgeon – Convenience Trap Pt.2
14. Surgeon – Patience Pt.3
15. Surgeon – THX-1139(Level)
16. Surgeon – Atol
17. Surgeon – Bland Ambition Pt.2
18. Surgeon – Convenience Trap Pt.4