Nereid Studio Mixes

I've added two Nereid studio mixes that were created in 2016. Track listing for both mixes is available. Check the mixes tab for more info and download.

Update

Lots of stuff to tell you about, so let's get straight into it. The next release will be the second installment of the recently launched Pattern Recognition series. This will be available on cassette and digital, for the next Bandcamp day, which is on Friday 4th September. 2020 is the tenth anniversary for Auxiliary, and to celebrate I've compiled a 2 x 12" compilation entitled Emotion In Rhythm. This is at the pressing plant and will likely be a November release. Before that, there's a full length 11 track drum & bass album called Isolated Systems. After the success of An Exact Science, we decided that the next logical step would be to go all in on an LP. Again, this will be based around my love of early 90's drum & bass, and the tempo will be 160bpm or lower. Test presses have been approved, and we're predicting an October release on 3 x 12" vinyl and digital on Samurai Music.

There's also two more techno releases due for release this year. First up is Loop Research for Trauma Collective, which should be out soon. We've had some really bad luck with test pressings on this one, and we're awaiting the third cut! Fingers crossed the quality control is 100% this time around. Then there's a 10" for Modern Cathedrals, which is a Detroit-based label run by Uun and Altstadt Echo. More info on this one soon, but it will be out before the end of the year. There's a few other things in the pipeline too, but they are looking likely to be 2021 releases, so I'll save those for nearer the time. Finally, the comments are now working again on posts. After switching the theme, they somehow got disabled.

ASC & Sam KDC - Deep Space Mix 32




Something a little different this time around for the Deep Space Mix series. Me and Sam just released our second collaborative ambient LP, called A Restless Mind. We thought it would be a good idea to plan a little showcase of our ambient work on Auxiliary, both solo and together. 10 tracks taken from 7 different releases that demonstrate a dual vision spanning in at just over an hour. Enjoy.

Click 'The Deep Space Mix Series' on the navigation bar to the right.


ASC & Sam KDC - A Restless Mind


 
Released in 2012, the first ASC & Sam KDC collaborative LP - Decayed Society was part of the beginning of a stretching of each artists musical output. ASC had just released his debut Ambient LP for Canadian label Silent Season to a warm reception, and Sam KDC had commenced his ambient music journey on Auxiliary in 2011 with Marine Light and Symbol 3 so the stage was set. 
 
To say it went well would be an understatement. 8 years later, after a large amount of CD’s sold and a recent vinyl press that quickly sold out the pair have reconvened and created a follow up. 
 
Somewhat warmer than Decayed Society in subject matter and feel, A Restless Mind explores the depths of melancholy, providing a soundtrack to the minds transient drift. With their differing styles complimenting each other aptly, there is a sense of temperance from both that enables the hovering clouds of ambience and defining elements each has created to melt into each other and build a mesmerising motif that binds the entirety of the LP. 
 
A Restless Mind is a soundtrack for contemplation and introspection, something we could all do with in 2020.
 

An Exact Science



An Exact Science is a four track drum & bass EP, with it's roots firmly in the 90's. Drum & Bass... yes, you read that right. The BPM is deliberately kept around 160bpm, and the result is a lot more space to breathe within the music. This EP came about due to Presha urging me to roll out the breaks and see what would come of it. Happy to say, a pretty good EP came from Geoff's persistence! Pre-order here:

https://samurai.lnk.to/smde16

All 2 Bad Mice Mix



Here's a mix I did a while back featuring some of the best hardcore ever made by the legends that are 2 Bad Mice. It's a little rough around the edge in parts, but then again so was hardcore back in the day :)

Full track list below:

01 - 2 Bad Mice - Bombscare (Remix) [Moving Shadow]
02 - 2 Bad Mice - Waremouse (Remix) [Moving Shadow]
03 - Kaotic Chemistry - Space Cakes [Moving Shadow]
04 - Blame - Music Takes You (2 Bad Mice Remix) [Moving Shadow]
05 - Kaotic Chemistry - LSD [Moving Shadow]
06 - Altern-8  - Everybody (2 Bad Mice Remix) [Network]
07 - Kaotic Chemistry - Drum Trip II [Moving Shadow]
08 - Smart E's - Loo's Control (2 Bad Mice Remix) [Suburban Base]
09 - Kaotic Chemistry - Illegal Subs [Moving Shadow]
10 - 2 Bad Mice - Hold It Down (Remix) [Moving Shadow]
11 - Hyper-on Experience - Thunder Grip (Kaotic Chemistry Remix) [Moving Shadow]
12 - Kaotic Chemistry - Space Cakes (2 Bad Mice Remix) [Moving Shadow]
13 - Blame - This Piano Track (2 Bad Mice Remix) [Moving Shadow]
14 - 2 Bad Mice - Mass Confusion [Sm:)e Communications]
15 - 2 Bad Mice - Tribal Revival [Moving Shadow]
16 - 2 Bad Mice - Tribal Revival (Remix) [Moving Shadow]
17 - 2 Bad Mice - Underworld [Moving Shadow]
18 - 2 Bad Mice - Shooby Corner [Moving Shadow]
19 - 2 Bad Mice - Pitch Black [Moving Shadow]
20 - Renegade - Something I Feel (2 Bad Mice Remix) [Moving Shadow]
21 - Deep Blue - The Helicopter Tune (2 Bad Mice Remix) [Moving Shadow]

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Pattern Recognition: First Sequence & Selected Works.



Buy link: https://asc77.bandcamp.com/album/pattern-recognition-first-sequence

Bandcamp are doing another '100% artist revenue share' day, in support of artists during the global pandemic tomorrow. I've got two offerings for this day to share with you. The first is the start of a new compilation called Pattern Recognition. This is a collection of many favourite unreleased tracks, presented in a similar way to the Colours Fade series. Pattern Recognition will be slightly different, as there will also be a limited edition cassette release to accompany each digital release. First Sequence collects tracks that weren't designed for any of my DJ sets, or with the thought of how they'd sound on the dancefloor. The limited edition cassette will also be pretty special, as it features an all-over print on the cassette itself with more design work made especially for this series. I'm hopeful it is going to look as good as the vision in my head for it did! The digital will be available May 1st, and pre-orders for the cassette will also be available the same day.



Buy link: https://warpedcore.bandcamp.com/album/selected-works


Secondly, it was recently announced that I was behind the anonymous Nereid project and the Warped Core label. This was always meant to be a short series of releases and then it would be over. The end of this series will be Volume Three, with the 12" vinyl closing out proceedings in June, pending any delays of course. In between now and Volume Three, a digital compilation entitled Selected Works will be available on May 1st also.

A little bit of history on this: Truth be told, I wanted to separate some of the more dancefloor techno I'd been writing since 2016 from the ASC guise, and release it under the Nereid name. Most of the labels that I work with weren't keen on the idea, and wanted to release the music as ASC still. It wasn't my intention for a lot of the techno that I've released over the past few years to come out under the ASC name, but I wasn't going to argue with people who were investing their money into releasing my music; that felt disingenuous and a bit too egotistical for me.

So that's where the Warped Core project came to life, with the backing of Juno as a distributor. Initially it was supposed to be anonymous, so I felt going through a different distributor made more sense -  as not to tie it to me so obviously, since the majority of my output goes through SMG. Sales weren't amazing, as to be expected with a new name/label in a scene saturated with so much music - both good and bad. A decision was made with Juno that we'd announce on Volume Three pre-orders that I was behind the project, in an effort to boost sales on Volume's One and Two, and give the last 12" a bit of awareness.

Anyway, during the lifespan of this project, a lot of tracks were written. I was in full-on "experimentation mode" with a more stripped down approach to techno and synthesis. Selected Works is eight of the best tracks that I feel represent a nice bookend to the Nereid project. So with that knowledge, if you like your techno desolate and bleak, then go and have a listen on the Warped Core Bandcamp page

One final footnote: All of the Auxiliary back catalogue will be made 'pay what you want' (minimum €1)  for 24hrs only on May 1st.

Thanks for reading and supporting.
ASC