Monday, January 31, 2011

Dieselboy - UNLEASHED!

Well, Dieselboy has dropped another mix CD, one that he's chest thumping to be his "best one yet". I have to admit part of me really getting into drum n bass in the late 90's was thanks to his mixes. From Directors Cut to the 611 mix series, Soldiers Story, System Upgrade and the epic 6ixth Session... he ruled the mix CDs of the late 90's and early '00. At some point though he'd kind of fallen off, or rather I just wasn't into the uber nerded-out tech driven sound as much. I didn't care for projectHuman, Dungeon Masters Guide, or Substance D. It was all a bit too much chin-stroking fanboys trolling forums that were hyping up his selection, and much of the excitement and buzz that I got from those early mixes just wasn't there any more. Eventually that became the case with drum n bass as well. DNB became too stagnant and inbred for it's own good and Dubstep kind of snuck up from behind to steal the thunder.

But enough of my waffling. Is the mix any good? Well, the first half good not great, and the second half should have been cut alltogether. It'll never be able to top 6ixth Session because in my auditory memory I still hold that one in such high regard. But this does rate higher than his more recent mixes. It's not locked into any one sound, time period or even genre... as his Soundcloud blurb states:
"a wide variety of current and classic tracks and edits, wrapping up the mix with 25 minutes of finely diced dubstep that showcases his current taste in the genre and forthcoming tracks from his dubstep label, Subhuman."
The plenty of tunes John B and such would drop that run the more trancey-vibes, there's some neurofunk tech-bangers, a couple of hard industrial dubsteps tunes, some metal-core pots-n-pans aggro rave shit, and a little bit of liquid. But let's call it like it is, Unleased is mostly a tear-out rave mix with a few moments of fresh air. It does pretty much what you'd expect from a Dieselboy mix and I'm sure it pleased the majority of his fans. As for me, well I'm really feeling the grindhouse/ exploitation angle with graphics and the intro voice over, that's totally my steez. Honestly though, I'll probably listen to a handful of times, then file it away, as the last half of this mix gets especially painful. Dieselboy has some questionable taste regarding dubstep, let me tell you, it's mostly noisey squitty-bubbler reject tunes. Just spastic fucking noise. One or two of the dubstep tunes weren't complete garbage disposal robot wars, but not enough had any kind of decent rhythm or anything of interest besides noisey LFO action. For me it was happy sign-of-the-times that this mix is a free download, as I'd be pissed if I paid for it. Here's the details:

Dieselboy - Unleashed!
Break feat Calyx + Teebee - Don't Look Down
Icicle feat SPMC - Dreadnaught
Phace + Misanthrop - Desert Orgy
Optiv feat Rymetyme - Run It Red (Neonlight Remix)
Pixel Fist - Horrible (Audio Remix)
Terravita - And The Beat Goes On
The Upbeats + Trei - Wear & Tear
The Prototypes - Work It
Noisia - Friendly Intentions
Dose - Squander
Audio - Prototype
Breakage - Fighting Fire feat Jess Mills (Loadstar Remix)
Delta Heavy - Space Time
Xtrah - Amazon
Blokhe4d - The Way Life Used To Be
Dub Foundation - Time to Burn
Eric Prydz - Niton (Metrik Remix)
Dieselboy + Blokhe4d - Get Back
Soul Intent - Be Strong
Culture Shock - The Bypass
Generic + The Fix - Suicide
Sigma - Stronger
Dose - Martyrdom
Gridlok + Prolix feat Fats - Tru Born Playa
Demo - OD (Counterstrike + Gein Remix)
C4C - Stranglehold [clip]
The Upbeats - Big Skeleton (MOJX VIP)
Break - Destiny Comes Ringing
The Upbeats - Untitled
Uman + BTK - Generator
Zardonic + Numbernin6 feat Messinian - End Of Days (Dieselboy VIP)
Zardonic - Nexus Polaris
Jubei + S.P.Y. - Project One
Gein + Counterstrike - Pentagram VIP
Muffler - Heavy (Search + Destroy VIP)
Zardonic + Mumblz - Systems Activated (Pixel Fist Remix)
Liquid Stranger - Robot Rox [clip]
Current Value - Indivisible Force (Cybakotic Remix)
Emalkay - Powertool
Bare - Synthetic
Mark Instinct - 15 Karat (Bare's 16K VIP) [clip]
Bare - Droid
MOB - Lifted
Bare - Bring It Back [clip]
Liquid Stranger + Sluggo - Human Implant
Liquid Stranger + Sluggo - Stalkers VIP
Bare + Muffler - Bloodsport
Truth - The Emperor
Flecta - Guts Ya
Numbernin6 - Menace
Dieselboy - NVD (Numbernin6 Remix) [clip]
Asking Alexandria - A Single Moment Of Sincerity (Bare Remix)
Pixel Fist - Fire
Excision + Downlink - Reploid [clip]
Downlink - Factory [clip]
Skrillex + Bare Noize - Scatta (Dieselboy VIP feat Armanni + Messinian)

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