Tuesday, August 5, 2008

back to basics

since i was first introduced to the sounds of basic channel and the related projects surrounding it, i don't think there is any sound that has influenced me more greatly. and despite a tendency of mine to use and abuse music, where i am always looking for a new hit, the creations of moritz von oswald, mark ernestus and their close collaborators are ones that i never stop returning to. i know i am hardly alone in this regard. their music is truly timeless. its breadth, depth and general goodness never cease to amaze me.

something i've often struggled with is the most basic issue of defining what exactly the music i listen to is. what is techno? for me, the best i have managed is that it is more of an ethos, or an aesthetic, than something strictly definable. i am highly sceptical of definitions in general, and especially ones that serve to limit and exclude. where does this relate to basic channel? well, i guess for me they have always been - and remain - perhaps the purest, and best representation of what techno is to me. their music really embodies the very essence of those indefinables that lead me to listen to these sounds day after day, after day...

this is all a very long prelude to a special treat that has just appeared. a rare live recording of the mighty moritz. here is a recent live workout with regular collaborator tikiman (keep track for how many times he uses the word 'massive'. it is a truly massive amount).

mortiz von oswald with tikiman @ shanti, moscow 11.04.08

respect to the basic channel massive. massive respect.


  1. what's the deal with moritz and mark? i can't find anything official about them splitting, but that modelfruit email said that they did and i heard rumors to this effect a year ago.

  2. This is awesome! My Selecta!

  3. muchos respect

  4. not really feeling this mix at all, but thanks.

  5. I can only imagine how massive the "Moscow Massive" is!!!

    Nice one thanks...

  6. excellent set. Jah Rules!

  7. can't agree more on your words...

    4 me Basic Channel embodies the essence, the core, the substance of what techno music is*

    so tight, so loose as no words, no meaning can describe it* we don't have to define it...

    One Love!

  8. anyone know more tracks from the set?

    00.00 unknown
    03.25 Round Five ft. Tikiman - Na Fe Throw It
    10.55 unknown
    14.00 unknown
    18.00 unknown
    21.42 unknown
    25.01 unknown
    29.05 unknown
    32.10 Gregory Isaacs - Dealing (version)
    35.35 Prince Jazzbo - Replay Version
    38.53 unknown
    43.20 unknown
    47.10 unknown (highly wanted)
    51.07 unknown
    54.45 Carl Meeks - Tuff Scout
    58.50 unknown
    1.02.42 unknown (highly wanted)
    1.05.45 unknown
    1.09.39 unknown
    1.13.41 Professor Grizzly - Fight The Professor (version)
    1.17.09 unknown
    1.20.54 unknown (highly wanted)
    1.24.20 Gregory Isaacs - Rumours (version)
    1.27.34 Eccleton Jarett - Rock Them One By One
    1.33.50 unknown
    1.37.20 Inner Vibes - Mix Up Blender (version)
    1.41.19 Tena Stelin - Burial Tonight
    1.44.43 Tena Stelin - Burial Mix (version)
    1.48.54 Eccleton Jarett - Turn On The Heat
    1.56.31 The Wailing Souls - Jah Jah Give Us Life To Live
    2.03.27 Paul St. Hilaire - Little Song


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