DJ Basilisk - Transmissions From Hyperborea

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Basilisk explores the secret origins of the modern psychedelic techno movement on Transmissions From Hyperborea. This mix is a cross-genre period piece set in the transitional year of 2010, when tech house, neotrance, minimal techno, and progressive psytrance collided and merged to form something vibrant and new. It was an era marked by the infiltration of underground club culture into the open air psytrance festival circuit; dance floors were awash in white noise, rapt with sizzling electric leads, and worked into a frenzy by big swinging beats. Basilisk’s growing involvement in this emerging fusion was formalized by the establishment of Drumlore, a Canadian netlabel and event series organized alongside DJ Lexicon, in 2009. This, in turn, lay the groundwork for Techgnosis Records, one of the leading psychedelic techno labels of the 2020s. And so this mix also asks: what is a movement without history? Where do we find our roots?

Track Listing

  1. 01 Leafcutter John - All I Could Think of Was Nothing Planet Mu, 2003
  2. 02 The Tuss - Goodbye Rute Rephlex, 2007
  3. 03 Marc LeClair vs Rechenzentrum - 1er Jour Mutek_Rec, 2005
  4. 04 Jichael Mackson - 1000bugs Stock5, 2008
  5. 05 Voodeux - Heebie Jeebies Mothership, 2009
  6. 06 Heartthrob - Baby Kate (Konrad Black Remix) M_nus, 2007
  7. 07 Onur Özer - Astronomy Glance Vakant, 2007
  8. 08 Sian - Haunted Vixon Aus Music, 2008
  9. 09 Minilogue - Ghost Mule Electronic, 2007
  10. 10 Anna - Pantograph Bouncing Autist, 2008
  11. 11 Rowdent - Noise @ 8am Soul Glow, 2010
  12. 12 Antix - BHD Iboga Records, 2007
  13. 13 Terry Lee Brown Jr. - Pulsar Plastic City, 2008
  14. 14 D-Nox & Beckers - Toronto Electribe, 2008
  15. 15 Butch - Dark Fader (Thomas P. Heckmann Remix) AFU Limited, 2009
  16. 16 Chris Special - Lose It (Spektre Remix) Noir Music, 2009
  17. 17 D-Nox & Beckers - Left Behind (Daniel Marques Remix) Lo Kik Records, 2009
  18. 18 AstroNivo - Bonanza (SQL Remix) Tribal Vision Records, 2008
  19. 19 Paul Ritch - Split The Line (Dubfire Megaremix) Quartz Music, 2009
  20. 20 Henry Saiz - Hello, Infinite Renaissance, 2008
  21. 21 Desert Dwellers - Trail of Nomads (Alex Kenji Remix) Desert Trax, 2009
  22. 22 KiloWatts - Hyperion Hustle Thoughtless Music, 2009
  23. 23 Fairmont - Mobula Border Community, 2007
  24. 24 Future Beat Alliance - Mourning Tresor, 2010
  25. 25 Miquell Santos & Philip Michael Andersson - Endless (Guy J Remix) 3:08] [Faith Music, 2010
  26. 26 Robert Babicz - Krystaline K2, 2008
  27. 27 IMPS - Uncle Limps (Minilogue Remix) Mule Electronic, 2008
  28. 28 Sasha - Coma (Gabe & Dimitri Nakov Remix) emFire, 2008
  29. 29 Marc Romboy vs. Gui Boratto - Eurasia Systematic, 2007
  30. 30 Margot Meets The Melody Maker - Torch (Extrawelt Remix) Great Stuff Recordings, 2006
  31. 31 Black Strobe - Nazi Trance Fuck Off (Holden Remix) Crosstown Rebels, 2006
  32. 32 Stefan Goldmann - Beluga Macro, 2007
  33. 33 Danieto - Y Así Era La Historia... U-Cover, 2005
  34. 34 Luke Hess - Sacred FXHE Records, 2007
  35. 35 Subsonic Park - Bionic Garden Elektrolux, 2007
  36. 36 Spyweirdos - Two Little Lamps Zillion Mental Anarchie Records, 2005

Notes

  • Conceived, arranged, mixed, and mastered by DJ Basilisk in Taipei, Taiwan, May 2022.
  • Recorded on three decks using Traktor 3 with a Korg Nanokontrol and an Allen & Heath Xone:K2.
  • Mastered in Ableton Live using TDR Nova and LoudMax; wave surgery conducted with Audacity.
  • Cover image: William Bradford’s An Arctic Summer: Boring Through the Pack in Melville Bay, 1871.
  • Most of these tunes were frequently played in my sets back in the day. I drew heavily on music I know like the back of my hand, but there’s also several more obscure tunes in the mix, mostly in the downtempo intro and outro. Plenty of these were signature tunes people knew me by, particularly Hello, Infinite, Lose It, and Left Behind.
  • This mix is very close in style to that of Eclipse 2009, which might have been my last set recorded on regular CD decks.
  • The Tuss was later revealed to be Richard D. James, better known as Aphex Twin.
  • Anna was a short-lived side project from Boris Brejcha.
  • I was surprised to discover Rowdent’s Noise @ 8am is almost completely unknown. Music from the early digital download era, once available on Beatport, is disappearing as old catalogues are deleted.
  • Apparently D-Nox & Beckers named Toronto after a good night out in my hometown. I was delighted to look up the YouTube link and see familiar faces recounting the tale in the comments.
  • Dubfire’s mash-up of Split The Line has always felt like the prototypical white noise techno anthem to me. It was a huge tune in Canada around 2009 and you would have heard it everywhere.
  • Extrawelt’s remix of Torch (itself a cover of the 1982 original by Soft Cell) leaves little time to mix out, which is one reason I mixed into Holden’s blistering yet loopy remix of Nazi Trance Fuck Off!
  • Dedicated to Lexicon, my original partner in Drumlore.

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