Sunday sees the start of a September project at Jaded. Over the next few Sundays, R2 will host line ups from secretive London collectives with a very different techno-centric energy each week. First up this Sunday: highly charged experimental sounds that will make the Jaded Children lose their minds. It’s with great excitement that we welcome The Basic Channel…
Hi Alex, Laurence, Fred and Edward. Please tell us how The Basic Channel came about.
The Basic Channel is an online community forum that aims at sharing and discussing music in the realm of techno, ambient and experimental. The group was first opened in 2014 and originally comprised of a small handful of scattered online friends who had known each other through the larger and more eclectic New Music Group. The idea behind The Basic Channel was to build a close-knit community of music heads and friends who could share their passion for Techno music and its related forms without the chaos of 6000 members and a diluted interest in each post or discussion.
How has that developed over the past year..?
Since its conception, The Basic Channel has grown to over 500 members, they have been incredibly positive and enthusiastic. The music being posted is always interesting and takes a direction of it’s own, often leading us to discover unknown sounds from the past and the future. Large discussions and share threads have also encouraged people to make online friends, sometimes meeting at music events and clubs in person.
Taking inspiration from this sense of community, we recently took the opportunity to start Basic Party – a low-key clubnight for friends of the group, where we could all meet up and dance away to the music that we shared a passion for and have this represented by some of the talented DJs in the group. It has been a lot of fun so far and the community has become increasingly keen to get involved in new projects and meet-ups.
Any other new projects you can tell us about?
We’re currently working on a podcast series that intends to span beyond the musical aesthetic of the group and introduce new sounds and influences to listeners. More immediately, we’re expecting a good crowd of heads from the group at Jaded this Sunday. Everyone seems very excited about it.
Thanks guys, we are just as excited. Finally, could you give our Jaded readers 5 tracks that exemplify your approach?
1. Vladislav Delay – ‘Huone’
Fred: This is one of my favourite Chain Reaction records ever. Sasu Ripatti is a master of simplicity but Huone is insanely intricate and thought out. The track builds out of these layering rhythmic mechanisms, occasionally pulling some out and upping the intensity of whatever is remaining. As a listener it’s amazing for getting completely lost in. It’s so kinetic and circulating, you could listen to the full 20 minute version and not have a clue how long it was going for.
2. DVA – ‘Step 2 Funk’
Laurence: Though it’s now somewhat of a cliche to have been introduced to techno via dubstep and its various offshoots, it’s still nice to throw in these kind of tracks when the mood fits. Referencing my roots in dance music in sets always feels natural and this track does that perfectly for me.
3. Lab Rat XL – ‘Lab Rat 3’
Fred: For a while I’ve been playing with this idea of putting together sounds that feel alien and unhinged but somehow possess an uncanny familiarity to the listener. Something human and relatable that can only be found within a disorientating palette of melodies and textures. I guess the music of Drexciya (in this case James Stinson on his own) exemplifies this kind of effect for me. I couldn’t pick out any geographical landscape or distinctive sonic reference to real life by listening to this track, but somehow I always feel very reflective when I hear it. It sounds like real life somehow. It’s emotional, soft but hard at the same time with a really infectious groove. One of those tracks that compliments loopy sunday morning raving because it speaks so many feelings and takes you to so many different places, all the while making you want to keep dancing forever.
4. Mirror 1 – ‘Verna’
Alex: I chose this as I wanted something which portrayed the mix of head-spacey dub techno aesthetics with dancefloor-centred energy which I try to combine in my sets. This record provides a mix of driving 4×4 stompers and aquatic soundscapes of which I’ll never tire.
5. Esplendor Geométrico – Muerte A Escala Industrial
Fred: I’ve chosen this because it’s something that came up in The Basic Channel group recently and I think it represents a lot of what we value in the community. Amidst new and refined dance music, it’s often in the past that you’ll find an energy and experimentalism that’s far more raw and untainted. This headless Spanish industrial record from the early 80’s really lets the lid off.
The Basic Channel take over Jaded R2 this Sunday 6th September. R1 will host Ritzi Lee playing a DJ + 909 set, plus Jaded residents Raymundo Rodriguez and Chris Stanford.
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