Hosted by DJ Tashtego (Mike Benz), Interlopin' hops eras and genres to concoct a special brew of dance floor euphoria. Featuring everything from space disco, minimal techno, indie rock, synth pop, and Afrobeat to all manners of house -- deep, tech, classic and French -- the show emphasizes seamless blends that tease out the unique resonances of tracks.


About the DJ
Mike Benz pilots the weekly mix Interlopin' and can often be found behind the decks at Transistor's live music events in the guise of DJ Tashtego. His musical education took off in college, when he hosted a Sunday night indie rock show, broadcasting through the ether of northern Indiana nights to truckers who were often flabbergasted to come across the likes of Sigur Ros, Crystal Castles, and Fuck Buttons, while they were innocently skimming through their FM scanners.


CURRENT SHOW

This month on Interlopin', DJ Tashtego has a mix he calls Bonfire Beats; it brings together a tempest of 2016's best tracks to date with deep cuts from Tashtego's library that just hadn't managed to find a home in a mix yet. The resulting anxious energy, with glimmers of light amid the dark brew of underground beats, reminds one of John Milton's description of the netherworld: darkness visible. Stick around for the closing quintet of tracks from John Talabot, The Field, Fort Romeau, and Lindstrom.

Genres: Deep House, Minimal Techno, Balearic, Space Disco

Set List:
Good Guy Mikesh, 'Havoc In The Stable'
Lauer, 'Birsk'
The Juan MacLean, 'Get Down With My Love'
Motor City Drum Ensemble, 'SP11'
Leon Vynehall, 'Saxony'
I:Cube, 'Falling'
Hot Chip, 'Dark Night'
Forever Sound, 'Glowworm'
Leon Vynehall, 'Blush'
The Field, 'Istegade'
Gui Boratto, 'Wait For Me'
Donato Dozzy, 'Test 7'
Paul Kalkbrenner, 'Aaron'
John Talabot, 'La Ninya (Afrodub Version)'
The Field, 'Pink Sun'
Fort Romeau, 'Secrets & Lies'
Lindstrom, 'Closing Shot'
The Field, 'Raise The Dead'


INTERLOPIN' ARCHIVE

This month DJ Tashtego meanders through the second half of last year's finest dance tracks, this time with a more reflective vibe that builds to some major-minor heartstring-tugging. It's the rooftop-stargazing cousin to Part I's basement jam sesh, with electric, nebulous tracks from the likes of Fort Romeau, Rex The Dog, John Talabot, Lindstrom, Bicep, and Julio Bashmore. The set closes with some bittersweet symphonies from Koelsch and The Chemical Brothers.

Genres: Deep House, Minimal Techno, Electronica

Setlist:
Paradisko & Final DJs, 'Astropine (Munk Remix)'  0:00
Outboxx, 'Day One'  2:24
Merle, 'Mimi Likes 2 Dance'  4:30
Fort Romeau, 'Insides'  9:09
Adesse Versions, 'Pride'  13:41
Rex The Dog, 'Sicko'  15:41
John Talabot, 'Machine (John Talabot's Synthedit)'  18:52
DJ Richard, 'Bane'  22:40
KiNK, 'Pocket Piano'  25:08
andhim, 'Cloys'  30:29
Lindstrom, 'Home Tonight (Fort Romeau Remix)'  33:49
Bicep, 'Just'  39:26
Julio Bashmore, 'Simple Love'  42:53
Koelsch, 'Moonface'  47:11
The Chemical Brothers, 'Wide Open'  50:37


DJ Tashtego returns from a long hibernation with a topographically dizzying mix of 2015's best dance jams. The hills of San Francisco got nothin' on this romp through the tranquil thump of Florist, the buoyant soul-splicin' of Sound Stream and Julio Bashmore, the steroidal thwack of Fred Falke and Lifelike, the deep gloomings of Fort Romeau, the spacey flights of Lindstrom and Lauer, and the dark dark dark descents of Hot Chip, Sebastien Bouchet, Edward, and Robag Wruhme. And this is only Part I of the sound of 2015.

Genres: Disco House, Deep House, Space Disco, French House

Setlist:
Florist, 'Marine Drive' (0:00)
Sound Stream, 'Starstrike' (3:33)
Matt Karmil, 'Moment' (7:34)
Fort Romeau, 'All I Want' (10:16)
Fort Romeau, 'K.O.N.T.R.O.L.' (13:52)
Lindstrom, 'Home Tonight' (18:51)
Citylife, 'San Francisco (Fred Falke Remix)' (25:19) [I cheated here - this was made way back in 2009 I think, but I just discovered it this year and it's been such a ubiquitous part of my soundtrack that I had to include it. Also, it mixes so well with the Julio Bashmore song]
Julio Bashmore, 'Holding On' (30:57)
Lifelike, 'Overdrive' (35:12)
Lauer, 'Gammelan' (39:00)
Hot Chip, 'Need You Now' (42:51)
Sebastien Bouchet, 'Captain Drag' (47:24)
Edward, 'She Says' (54:43)
Robag Wruhme, 'Volta Cobby' (58:15)
Damiano van Erckert, 'Bubbles' (1:03:20)
Merle, 'Mimi Likes 2 Dance' (1:07:47)

Have a look at Tashtego's top tracks and top albums of 2015.


Setlist:
John Talabot, 'Machine (John Talabot's Synthedit)' (0:00) 
Neon Indian, 'Slumlord' (3:44) 
The Juan MacLean, 'A Place Called Space' (8:01) 
Todd Terje, 'Delorean Dynamite' (15:16) 
David August, 'Epikur' (20:33) 
Lindstrom feat. Grace Hall, 'Home Tonight (Fort Romeau Remix)' (26:58)
Julio Bashmore feat. J'Danna, 'Simple Love' (33:23)
Seahawks, 'Rainbow Sun (Prins Thomas Full Spectrum Mix)' (37:40)
Koelsch, 'Moonface' (43:30)
Lindstrom feat. Grace Hall, 'Home Tonight (Extended Mix)' (47:26)
Siriusmo, 'High Together' (55:58)
Julio Bashmore feat. Sam Dew, 'Holding On' (59:19)
Pharrell Williams feat. Jay-Z, 'Frontin' (Disclosure Re-Work)' (1:03:45) 
Motor City Drum Ensemble, 'Send A Prayer (Part 2)' (1:08:21) 
Paradisko, 'Astropine (Munk Remix)' (1:10:00) 
Nile Delta, 'Aether' (1:17:06) 
Mirror People, 'Kaleidoscope (Psychemagik Remix)' (1:20:00) 
The Field, 'Arpeggiated Love' (1:24:44) 
The MFA, 'The Difference It Makes (Original Mix)' (1:31:17) 
Tape To Tape, 'Pure & Easy' (1:35:47) 
Benoit & Sergio, 'New Ships' (1:41:42)


Interlopin’ XVIII - Desert Island Part 66 IV by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

In the fourth season of the desert island’s life, the sands start eroding and a deeper meditation sets in. It was a lie all along – there are 67 songs; the final song couldn’t be kept off the island, though it looks down on the rest from a great height (let’s say the last palm tree). These are the songs for brooding on what used to be, from the likes of Smashing Pumpkins, The Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Nick Drake, Radiohead, New Order, and Atlas Sound. With them, the sun sets on Interlopin’s first phase, as Tashtego sails off the western horizon. He’ll incubate for a while and emerge with something new.

Setlist: 
Joy Division, 'Disorder’ 
Smashing Pumpkins, '1979’
The Arcade Fire, 'Rebellion (Lies)’
Nick Drake, 'Pink Moon’
Andrew Bird, 'Simple X’
Andrew Bird, 'Scythian Empires’
Radiohead, 'House Of Cards’
Red Hot Chili Peppers, 'Scar Tissue’
Faunts, 'Place I’ve Found’
Coldplay, 'The Scientist’
New Order, 'Ceremony’
LCD Soundsystem, 'All I Want’
French Kicks, 'Better Time’
Atlas Sound, 'Quick Canal’
Ella Fitzgerald, 'I Get A Kick Out Of You (Cinematic Orchestra Remix)’
Andrew Bird, 'Yawny At The Apocalypse’
The MFA, 'The Difference It Makes (Superpitcher Remix)’
Iron & Wine, 'Such Great Heights’


Interlopin’ XVII - Desert Island 66 Part III by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

The Desert Island mix enters its fiery dusk, as hard-charging indie rock from the aughts – including Broken Social Scene, Deerhunter, No Age, The National – eventually dissolves into symphonic synth blasts from the bittersweet machines of Goldfrapp, Gui Boratto and Brian Eno.

Genres: indie rock, ambient punk, shoegaze, minimal techno, ambient

Setlist: 
The Stills, 'Lola Stars And Stripes’
Broken Social Scene, '7/4 (Shoreline)’
No Age, 'Things I Did When I Was Dead’
No Age, 'Sleeper Hold’
Deerhunter, 'Nothing Ever Happened’
Wolf Parade, 'Shine A Light’
Animal Collective, 'The Purple Bottle’
The National, 'Apartment Story’
The XX, 'Islands’
Interpol, 'PDA’
Bloc Party, 'Banquet’
The Chemical Brothers, 'Das Spiegel’
Gui Boratto, 'Atol’
My Bloody Valentine, 'When You Sleep’
Atlas Sound, 'Washington School’
Goldfrapp, 'Number 1’
Gui Boratto, 'Beautiful Life’
Brian Eno, 'Here Come The Warm Jets’


Interlopin’ XVI - Desert Island 66 Part II by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

In the second part of his desert island set, Tashtego mixes the dance tracks that would fuel many a lonely tropical bonfire with blissful beats. Many of these tracks – from The Chemical Brothers, Deadmau5, The Field, Gui Boratto, and Crystal Castles – represent Tashtego’s first excursions into the many permutations of house and techno that are currently his standbys. And it’s fitting that these tracks are blended with the lush and visceral sounds of My Bloody Valentine, Fuck Buttons, Deerhunter, Modest Mouse and Sigur Ros. The spirit of escape is the same, even if the BPMs are not.

Genres: Indie Rock, Shoegaze, Progressive, Minimal Techno, Deep House

Setlist: 
My Bloody Valentine, 'Only Shallow’ 
Fuck Buttons, 'Bright Tomorrow’
The Field, 'I Have The Moon, You Have The Internet’
The Chemical Brothers, 'Star Guitar’
Deadmau5, 'Faxing Berlin’
Crystal Castles, 'Vanished’
Gui Boratto, 'Take My Breath Away’
The Field, 'The Little Heart Beats So Fast’
Pete Heller, 'Big Love’
The MFA, 'The Difference It Makes’
The Field, 'Everyday’
Deerhunter, 'Little Kids’
Modest Mouse, 'Gravity Rides Everything’
Sigur Ros, 'Saeglopur’
My Bloody Valentine, 'Soon’


Interlopin’ XV - Desert Island 66, Part I by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

It’s all led up to this: DJ Tashtego’s favorite songs of all time. The songs he would take to a desert island with him to live in his ears for the rest of his life. The songs that would wash up on the shore like beautiful driftwood from here to eternity. All the songs that meant the world to him circa 2011, when he originally made this list. Then it only held 45 songs; now, some revisionist history has brought it up to 66 absolute essentials that existed before DJ Tashtego got very serious about dance music circa 2012. The epic four-parter is dominated by the years 2001-2009, beginning in some turbulent high school years when Tashtego resisted the creeping infiltration of crunk, country, and nu metal on the power of The Strokes, Chemical Brothers, and Interpol, up through the glory years of 2005-2009, when indie rock was at its finest and the influence of dance music was just starting to make its inroads with the indie crowd.

This set takes a dive into a chasm of Interpol, Radiohead, and Of Montreal before ascending on the wings of The Go! Team, The Strokes, LCD Soundsystem, and Broken Social Scene. And that’s only the first quadrant of this desert island. (Tune in next week for part two.)

Setlist:
Faces On Film, 'Beginners’
Interpol, 'Obstacle #1’
Radiohead, 'Idioteque’
Of Montreal, 'The Past Is A Grotesque Animal’
The Go! Team, 'Huddle Formation’
The Tough Alliance, 'A New Chance (The Juan MacLean Remix)’
The Strokes, 'Last Nite’
Talking Heads, 'This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody)’
LCD Soundsystem, 'Someone Great’
Broken Social Scene, 'Cause = Time’
Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 'Maps’
Cut Copy, 'Strangers In The Wind’
The Strokes, 'Someday’
LCD Soundsystem, 'All My Friends’
Yo La Tengo, 'Sugarcube’


DJ Tashtego’s origin story concludes with healthy doses of weezing rage, blinking verve, dangerous doubt, and sublime sonic sugar. It has all the bittersweetness of middle school in a mere 97 minutes.

Setlist:
Sugar Ray, 'Every Morning’
No Doubt, 'Hella Good’
Rage Against The Machine, 'Renegades Of Funk’
Weezer, 'Hashpipe’
Rage Against The Machine, 'Sleep Now In The Fire’
Blink182, 'Adam’s Song’
No Doubt, 'Simple Kind Of Life’
The Verve, 'Bittersweet Symphony’
Outkast, 'Ms. Jackson’
Weezer, 'Island In The Sun’
The Offspring, 'Pretty Fly For A White Guy’
Fatboy Slim, 'The Rockafeller Skank’
Sublime, 'Wrong Way’
Big Punisher, 'Still Not A Player (feat. Joe)’
Blackstreet, 'No Diggity’
Naughty By Nature, 'O.P.P.’
Sublime, 'What I Got’
Third Eye Blind, 'Semi-Charmed Life’
Chumbawumba, 'Tubthumping’
Third Eye Blind, 'Graduate’
Harvey Danger, 'Flagpole Sitta’
Foo Fighters, 'Everlong’
Filter, 'Take A Picture’
Green Day, 'Macy’s Day Parade’
Semisonic, 'Closing Time’


Interlopin’ XIII - Middle School Part I by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Like all superheroes, DJ Tashtego has an origin story in humble beginnings. He grew up listening to the Beach Boys, Beatles, Moody Blues, and Fleetwood Mac on family road trips and drives to soccer games on Saturday mornings (but only when his dad wasn’t listening to “Car Talk”). His life forever changed when he heard Sugar Ray’s “Fly” on the radio in his 4th grade homeroom right before the summer of '97. The love was instant. Soon listening constantly to Baltimore’s hottest radio station, B102.7, he became immersed in the bewildering menagerie of alternative rock, bubblegum pop, and mainstreaming hip-hop that dominated the music universe of the late '90s. In these final few years before Napster changed everything, with a portable CD player on his bedside table, Tashtego listened to a few dozen CDs over and over again. The entire emotional texture of his life became defined by the sounds of power-pop-alternative rock from the likes of Blink-182, Third Eye Blind, The Offspring, Foo Fighters, and Weezer. Dusting off his 128 kbps rips of these songs after all these years, Tashtego discovered the songs are still awesome, and raided his treasure trove of late '90s classics to create this two-part time capsule to his youth.

Setlist:
Len, 'Steal My Sunshine’
Will Smith, 'Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It’
Spice Girls, 'Wannabe’
Rage Against The Machine, 'Guerilla Radio’
DMX, 'Party Up’
The Offspring, 'The Kids Aren’t Alright’
Third Eye Blind, 'Losing A Whole Year’
Lit, 'My Own Worst Enemy’
Third Eye Blind, 'Never Let You Go’
Moby, 'South Side’
Blink-182, 'What’s My Age Again?’
Eve 6, 'Inside Out’
No Doubt, 'It’s My Life’
Green Day, 'Waiting’
Mase, 'Feels So Good’
Will Smith, 'Miami’
Mariah Carey, 'Honey’
The Notorious B.I.G., 'Hypnotize’
Pras feat. Mya and Ol’ Dirty Bastard, 'Ghetto Superstar’
Fatboy Slim, 'Praise You’
Madonna, 'Ray Of Light’
Bloodhound Gang, 'The Bad Touch’
Lou Bega, 'Mambo No. 5’
OMC, 'How Bizarre’
The Offspring, 'Why Don’t You Get A Job?’
Blink-182, 'All The Small Things’
Sugar Ray, 'Fly’


Interlopin’ XII - Which Way Home by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

DJ Tashtego leaves home with some trippy new cuts from Anthony Naples, Hot Chip, Lifelike, Shamir, and Lindstrom, taking along some deep house for extra propulsion. But do they find their way home?

Setlist:
Anthony Naples, 'Ris’ (0:00) 
Hot Chip, 'Huarache Lights’ (1:51)
Lifelike, 'Overdrive’ (5:10)
Anna Lunoe & Flume, 'I Met You (Late Nite Tuff Guy Disco Dub)’ (10:20)
Anna Lunoe & Flume, 'I Met You (Original Mix)’ (10:20)
Classixx, 'Santa Domino (The Revenge Summer Dub)’ (17::04)
Hanne & Lore, 'Blah’ (21:17)
Softwar, 'One Day (Detroit Swindle Remix)’ (23:52)
Turkish Prison, 'Overboard’ (27:58)
Shamir, 'Call It Off’ (31:20)
Coma, 'Atlantis’ (34:37)
Vance & Suzzanne, 'I Can’t Get Along Without You’ (40:45)
Black Marlin, 'Forest’ (43:22)
Lindstrom, 'Home Tonight (Extended Version)’ (46:04)
Anthony Naples, 'Ris’ (55:14)


Club 24: Greatest Dancefloor Jams: The Mix: Part II by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

This mix continues along the chain of greatest hits of DJ Tashtego’s senior year house-cum-nightclub, Club 24, to its glorious conclusion. Club 24 formally ended in 2011, or thereabouts, when it was demolished by the cruel bulldozer of fate and traffic planning. But those who experienced the magic know that the dream really ended on May 10th, 2009, when the Class of '09 packed its bags and cruised into an unknown future. But Club 24 will never be forgotten by those who partied there; and for those who lived there, they may never fully recover. Neither their physical health (panda mold, in memoriam), nor the idylls of their youth, full of optimism, dancing, drinking superluminous blackout punch, house calls from Cherry, dictator-cats, and rainbros. “Rainbros for life.”

Setlist:
Hellogoodbye, 'Here (In Your Arms)’ (0:00) 
LCD Soundsystem, 'Get Innocuous!’ (0:10)
Of Montreal, 'Wraith Pinned To Mist And Other Games’ (2:58)
Madonna, 'Hung Up’ (5:31)
Crystal Castles, 'Black Panther’ (10:11)
LCD Soundsystem, 'Someone Great’ (13:29)
Daft Punk, 'One More Time’ (19:51)
Daft Punk, 'Digital Love’ (24:51)
Justice, ’D.A.N.C.E.’ (27:15)
MGMT, 'Kids’ (30:55)
LCD Soundsystem, 'All My Friends’ (35:30)


Club 24: Greatest Dancefloor Jams: The Mix: Part I by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

This week, DJ Tashtego taps into his roots with a mix of the essential sounds from his off-campus house in senior year of college. Standing lopsidedly next to the infamous dive bar Club 23, it was lovingly and boastfully dubbed Club 24 by its residents, and it was surely the greatest dance club Michiana ever saw, though it lasted only a year. It opened its doors in the summer of '08. The only beverage served was Natty Light, by the case. There were two kitchens, one almost completely occupied by a gargantuan beer pong table. There were six bedrooms but seven dudes living in them. By the time the fall had rolled around, there were two turntables, a mixer, and enormous speakers; and then there were parties: Halloween parties, robot parties, birthday parties, presidential election parties, clever-classics-themed bacchanalia, All American challenges, St. Patrick’s Day parades; and then the parties that were held to be self-evident, parties for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness and hangovers.

This mix is the soundtrack of those parties, and not just those parties, but of the wall-knifing, floor-mopping, laptop-losing, skunk-burying, skunk-disinterring, family-portrait-drawing, soccer-ball-punting, pull-story-pulling, “studying”, and whole lotta lovin’.

Setlist:
LCD Soundsystem, 'Daft Punk Is Playing At My House’ (0:00)
Daft Punk, 'Around The World’ (5:15)
The Chemical Brothers, 'Galaxy Bounce’ (9:30)
Basement Jaxx, 'Where’s Your Head At?’ (12:30)
Crystal Castles, 'Crimewave’ (16:35)
LCD Soundsystem, 'Tribulations’ (19:24)
Crystal Castles, 'Reckless’ (24:43)
Hot Chip, 'Boy From School’ (27:53)
Calvin Harris, 'The Girls’ (32:32)
Enrique Iglesias, 'Escape’ (37:35)
Bob Sinclair, 'Love Generation’ (40:44)
Eric Prydz, 'Call On Me’ (44:18)
Cut Copy, 'Lights And Music’ (46:57)
Gnarls Barkley, 'Crazy’ (51:15)
Daft Punk, 'Alive’ (54:09)
Klaxons, 'Atlantis To Interzone (Crystal Castles Remix)’ (58:54)
Hot Chip, 'Over And Over’ (1:01:25)
Hercules And Love Affair, 'Blind’ (1:06:01)
Haddaway, 'What Is Love?’ (1:10:44)
Metric, 'Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)’ (1:14:54)
Digitalism, 'Pogo’ (1:18:22)
Crystal Castles, 'Vanished’ (1:21:50)
Junior Boys, 'In The Morning’ (1:26:05)
Gorillaz, 'Dare’ (1:30:05)
Cut Copy, 'Nobody Lost, Nobody Found’ (1:34:08)
Hellogoodbye, 'Here (In Your Arms)’ (1:38:27)


Interlopin’ XI - Eclipse by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Eclipse: Deep house for a dark spring.

Setlist:
Bostro Pesopeo & Pional, 'Yes (Original Mix)’ (0:00) 
Hot Chip, 'Need You Now’ (3:46)
Mano Le Tough, 'Primitive People (Tale Of Us Remix)’ (8:54)
4th Measure Man, '4 You (Maya Jane Coles Remix)’ (13:24)
Urulu, 'Never Again (Original Mix)’ (16:00)
Sailor & I, 'Turn Around (Ame Remix)’ (20:14)
Jonas Rathsman, 'Tobago’ (26:56)
Julio Bashmore, 'Ask Yourself’ (30:36)
Dusky, 'What I Never Knew’ (38:28)
Flashmob, 'Need In Me (Original Mix)’ (38:28)
Huxley, 'Let It Go’ (41:56)
Leon Vynehall, 'Be Brave, Clench Fists’ (45:55)
Guy Gerber & Clarian, 'Claire’ (49:14)
Holden, 'Renata’ (54:17)
Flight Facilities, 'Clair De Lune’ (59:26)


Interlopin’ X - Domino Disco by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

About the mix: Tashtego is feeling frisky at the approach of May, the first month of the year when it just can’t possibly snow in Chicago. For this week’s Interlopin’, he lined up a gauntlet of certified grooves and let them topple under the force of the almighty beat. The legacies of dance pioneers The Chemical Brothers and Alan Braxe & Fred Falke reign supreme here and mingle with upstarts like Fort Romeau, Dusky, and Blood Orange. And of course it wouldn’t be an Interlopin’ if Todd Terje didn’t boogie his way into the setlist.

Setlist:
Classixx, 'Dominoes’ (00:00)
Kelis, 'Bossy (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix)’ (1:57)
Lindstrom, 'Another Station (Todd Terje Remix)’ (6:51)
J. Boogie’s Dubtronic Science and The Pimps Of Joytime, 'Go To Work (Hot Toddy Mix)’ (13:15)
Midnight Magic, 'Beam Me Up (Jacques Renault Remix)’ (14:59)
KC & The Sunshine Band, 'Get Down Tonight’ (17:33)
Goldfrapp, 'Number 1 (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Mix)’ (20:22)
Still Going, 'Spaghetti Circus’ (25:49)
Dusky, 'Careless’ (31:12)
Chromeo, 'Tenderoni (MSTRKRFT Remix)’ (33:20)
The Chemical Brothers, 'Swoon (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix)’ (37:45)
Miguel Campbell, 'Beams Of Light’ (42:07)
Fort Romeau, 'Her Dream’ (45:37)
Blood Orange, 'Uncle ACE (a/jus/ted Remix)’ (49:11)
Todd Terje, 'Italian Stallion’ (53:35)
Michael Gray, 'The Weekend (Extended Vocal Mix)’ (57:33)
Death From Above 1979, 'Sexy Results (MSTRKRFT Remix) (1:01:56)
Jacques Renault, 'Norman’s Fire’ (1:05:38)
Phreek Plus One, 'La Spirale (J’s Loveboat Mix)’ (1:10:10)
The Chemical Brothers, 'A Modern Midnight Conversation’ (1:13:24)
Panama, 'It’s Not Over (Dave’s DK Dub)’ (1:18:53)
Daft Punk, 'Doin’ It Right’ (1:23:03)
Robyn, 'Dancing On My Own’ (1:26:25)


Interlopin’ IX - Tropic Of Dancer: Redux by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

About the mix: Tashtego’s debut mix from last fall gets a glossy new coat of disco paint to celebrate the coming of spring, with a little extra sunshine to start, and all the original cuts of space disco, French house, and cosmic techno along for the joyride. The pilots are Todd Terje, Fred Falke, and The Juan MacLean. The crew includes Lindstrøm, Madonna, Floating Points, Daft Punk, et al. The destination: the Tropic of Dancer.

Setlist:
John Talabot, 'Sunshine’ (0:00)
Todd Terje, 'Spiral’ (1:20)
Lindstrom & Todd Terje, 'Lanzarote’ (7:13)
Little Boots, 'New In Town (Fred Falke Remix)’ (11:29)
Madonna, 'Hung Up’ (14:54)
Robi Rob’s World, 'Make That Money (Roxbury Mix)’ (19:47)
Todd Terje, 'Inspector Norse’ (23:42)
Grizzly Bear, 'Two Weeks (Fred Falke Extended Mix)’ (28:26)
Deadmau5, 'Faxing Berlin (Chris Lake Edit)’ (34:28)
Floating Points, 'Vacuum Boogie’ (38:44)
Kim Ann Foxman, 'Return It (Populette Remix)’ (43:03)
Nero, 'Reaching Out (Fred Falke Remix)’ (47:05)
The Juan MacLean, 'Love Stops Here’ (50:18)
Sunkids feat. Chance, 'Rise Up (Main Mix)’ (53:50)
The Juan MacLean, 'Feel Like Movin’ (57:55)
Daft Punk, 'One More Time’ (1:01:20)
Teenage Bad Girl, 'Keep Up With You (Lifelike Remix)’ (1:05:53)
The MFA, 'The Difference It Makes (Original Mix)’ (1:11:27)
Trust, 'Sulk’ (1:14:46)


Interlopin’ VIII - It’s Clobberin’ Time, Part II by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this episode: When I was a sophomore in high school, I discovered The Chemical Brothers thanks to a car commercial. I had to have “Galaxy Bounce,” so I asked my parents for The Chemical Brothers’ compilation “Singles '93-'03” CD. That compilation changed my whole musical life. I would listen to that CD over and over, playing it over junky plastic headphones from my portable CD players as I fell asleep. And every time, it felt like I was passing into a different dimension. The sounds were thrilling and mind-blowing, and none more so than “Star Guitar.” “Star Guitar” is the Big Bang of my deejaying. I’d never heard something so blissful, so entrancing and ethereal, so utterly FREE from every earthly constraint. It was a tonic to any and all teen angst and misery. When I listened to “Star Guitar” I could only feel that I was in some paradisiacal future. This song was an intimation of the possibility of titanic joy. In many ways, it became the template for everything I ultimately seek in music: these feelings of freedom, bliss, uncommon emotion and fearless expression.

So I feel a tremendous debt to The Chemical Brothers, who remain true trailblazers, pushing the boundaries of what dance music can be. I made this set as a tribute and stab at starting to pay off the debt. It’s a riot of feeling, bookended by The Brothers, with ragers and remixes from Crystal Castles, Lifelike, Daft Punk, Vitalic, Todd Terje, Digitalism, Goldfrapp, Shinichi Osawa - all of whom undoubtedly have their own debts to The Chemical Brothers. Shinichi Osawa even decided to pay tribute by covering “Star Guitar.” His blistering version caps this set of burners before giving way to the Original, and Untouchable, “Star Guitar” from The Chemical Brothers.

Setlist:
Robyn, 'Dancing On My Own (Fred Falke Club Mix)’ (0:00) 
The Chemical Brothers, 'Don’t Think’ (0:06)
Klaxons, 'Atlantis To Interzone (Crystal Castles vs Klaxons)’ (3:56)
Rihanna, 'Umbrella (Diplo Mix)’ (7:31)
Lfelike, 'Sunset’ (11:50)
Daft Punk, 'Alive’ (18:42)
Vitalic, 'Poison Lips’ (19:28)
The Presets, 'This Boy’s In Love (Lifelike Remix)’ (23:01)
Todd Terje, 'Spiral’ (28:36)
Agiman, 'Quantum’ (34:23)
Crystal Castles, 'Vanished’ (39:39)
The Little Ones, 'Lovers Who Uncover (Crystal Castles vs The Little Ones)’ (41:14)
Digitalism, 'Pogo (Shinichi Osawa Remix)’ (45:44)
Crystal Castles, 'Not In Love (feat. Robert Smith)’ (49:31)
Deadmau5, 'Faxing Berlin (Chris Lake Edit)’ (52:18)
Goldfrapp, 'Rocket (Richard X One Zero Remix)’ (57:57)
Shinichi Osawa, 'Star Guitar’ (1:01:09)
The Chemical Brothers, 'Star Guitar’ (1:06:56)


Interlopin’ VII - It’s Clobberin’ Time by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this episode: “The snow came back. I was enraged. I made this set. It’s all bangers, all drubbin’ beats, all pummelin’ bass. The bpms rarely dip below 120. This is how I rage. With Crystal Castles, MSTRKRFT, Digitalism, Deadmau5, Gesaffelstein, and yes, even Lady Gaga. Sometimes you make like the Thing and clobber. It’s clobberin’ time.”

Setlist:
The Thing, 'It’s Clobberin’ Time’ (0:00) 
Metric, 'Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)’ (0:33)
Digitalism, 'Pogo’ (5:09)
Unknown Artist (often attributed to Daft Punk), 'Prestige’ (8:56)
Deadmau5, 'Arguru’ (11:47)
Crystal Castles, 'Baptism’ (14:00)
Gesaffelstein, 'Pursuit’ (18:40)
Felix Da Housecat, 'Silver Screen Shower Scene’ (21:50)
Digitalism, 'Blitz’ (23:58)
M83, 'Teen Angst (Death To The Throne Mix)’ (26:19)
Teenage Bad Girl, 'Keep Up With You (Lifelike Remix)’ (30:04)
Linus Loves, 'Stand Back (Linus Loves Friday’s Child Mix)’ (36:04)
Trust, 'Sulk’ (37:26)
Lady Gaga feat. R. Kelly, 'Do What U Want’ (41:46)
Robyn, 'Dancing On My Own (Original Radio Mix)’ (45:38)
Robyn, 'Dancing On My Own (Fred Falke Club Mix)’ (48:34)
The Chemical Brothers, 'Don’t Think’ (53:56)


Tashtego Discotopia Mix I by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this episode: “This is the setlist of the space utopia founded on the moon in 2014. The founders were Todd Terje, Fred Falke, The Juan MacLean, and their acolytes in the worlds of space disco, French house, and all other genres in which the funk and the boogie meet the machine in dance-cyborg nirvana.”

Setlist:
Ignition, 'Secret Sunday Lover (Greg Wilson Edit)’ (0:00) 
Chris Malinchak, 'At Night (Original Mix)’ (4:28)
Lady Gaga, 'Poker Face’ (8:08)
The Juan MacLean, 'A Place Called Space’ (10:00)
Todd Terje, 'Ragysh’ (15:05)
Stardust, 'Music Sounds Better With You’ (20:00)
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke, 'Palladium’ (24:00)
Todd Terje, 'Delorean Dynamite’ (27:40)
The Presets, 'This Boy’s In Love (Lifelike Remix)’ (32:15)
Tensnake, 'Need Your Lovin’ (Tiger & Woods Remix) (38:49)
Lindstrom, 'Faar-I-Kaal’ (41:50)
Cut Copy, 'Nobody Lost, Nobody Found’ (47:15)
Hannulelauri, 'Zombie Tropicana’ (51:30)
Greymatter, 'Tisno’ (1:00:15)
Digitalism, 'Echoes (Siriusmo Remix)’ (1:04:48)
Linus Loves feat. Sam Obernik, 'Stand Back (Radio Edit) (1:10:25)
Pete Heller, 'Big Love (Original Mix)’ (1:13:45)
The Chemical Brothers, 'K+D+B’ (1:20:29)
Neon Indian, 'Suns Irrupt’ (1:25:48)
Glass Candy, 'The Possessed’ (1:31:04)
Destroyer, 'Kaputt’ (1:36:36)


Interlopin’ V - Indie Incendiary Part II by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

This week’s Interlopin’ rounds out the incendiary collection of Tashtego’s favorite 2014 tracks from the indie realm. If it’s possible, this mix has even higher peaks and lower valleys than Part I: breezy tracks from Future Islands and Real Estate give way to an Angel Olsen dirges and eerie trances from Fennesz; Tensnakes’ jubiliant synth pop separated from the rabid punk of Cloud Nothings by a mere slow burner from Wye Oak; more Angel Olsen dirges rebounding to the jangly rock of Spoon and The Black Keys. This part of the mix features four of Tashtego’s five favorite tracks from 2014: Love Stops Here (The Juan MacLean), Do You (Spoon), Windows (Angel Olsen), and Back In The Tall Grass (Future Islands), which are, incidentally, taken from four of his five favorite albums of last year.

Setlist:
Interpol, “All The Rage Back Home” (0:00)
The Juan MacLean, “Love Stops Here” (4:28)
Future Islands, “Back In The Tall Grass” (9:28)
Real Estate, “Had To Hear” (13:19)
Angel Olsen, “Dance Slow Decades” (17:40)
Fennesz, “Pallas Athene” (21:31)
Mirror People, “Kaleidoscope (Psychemagik Remix)” (23:41)
Spoon, “New York Kiss” (29:10)
Tensnake & Jacques Lu Cont, “Feel Of Love” (32:23)
Wye Oak, “Glory” (35:56)
Cloud Nothings, “Pattern Walks” (40:06)
Fennesz, “Static Kings” (43:51)
Panda Bear, “Lonely Wanderer” (46:57)
Angel Olsen, “Lights Out” (50:03)
Spoon, “Do You” (54:21)
The Black Keys, “Gotta Get Away” (57:50)
Warpaint, “Love Is To Die” (1:00:46)
Todd Terje, “Johnny And Mary (feat. Bryan Ferry)” (1:05:29)
Angel Olsen, “Windows” (1:11:25)
Tycho, “Awake” (1:15:27)
The War On Drugs, “Under The Pressure” (1:20:02)


Interlopin’ IV - Indie Incendiary by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this set: With this latest installment, Interlopin’ finally lives up to its promise to add indie rock to the mix. Here you’ll find TV On The Radio’s snarling guitars fused in harmony with the synth frisson of Robyn and Royksopp, the cosmic disco of Todd Terje dissolving into the spectral lushness of Tycho, the shoegazing Sunny Day In Glasgow bivouacing with Future Islands, and the resonant heartaches of Angel Olsen, Jacques Green, Caribou, Spoon, and the Juan MacLean stitched together into one long love letter. This set, the first of a two-parter highlighting DJ Tashtego’s favorite indie tracks of 2014, also features the thrashing punk of Cloud Nothings, the tribal psychedelia of Panda Bear, and the spare indie house of Museum Of Love. It aspires to the feeling of a trashcan-fire-dance-rave in the melting winter sludge on the streets of Chicago.“

Setlist:
TV On The Radio, 'Winter’ (0:00) 
Royksopp & Robyn, 'Do It Again’ (3:29)
Cloud Nothings, 'Psychic Trauma’ (7:14)
The Juan MacLean, 'I’ve Waited For So Long’ (9:23)
Todd Terje, 'Delorean Dynamite’ (14:51)
Tycho, 'L’ (20:00)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow, 'Never Nothing (It’s Alright [It’s OK])’ (23:42)
Panda Bear, 'Boys Latin’ (28:36)
Royksopp & Robyn, 'Inside The Idle Hour Club’ (31:28)
Museum Of Love, 'In Infancy’ (35:07)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow, 'Byebye, Big Ocean (The End)’ 38:36
Future Islands, 'A Dream Of You And Me’ (42:45)
A Sunny Day In Glasgow, 'Oh, I’m A Wrecker (What To Say To Crazy People)’ (47:00)
Angel Olsen, 'Unfuck The World’ (50:50)
Jacques Green, 'Night Tracking’ (53:05)
Caribou, 'Can’t Do Without You’ (56:18)
Spoon, 'Inside Out’ (58:57)
The Juan MacLean, 'The Sun Will Never Set On Our Love’ (1:03:30)


Interlopin’ III - Falling Under by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this set: Interlopin’ keeps going underground in these winter months with more hibernation house – all tracks which have the twin virtues of deepening the chill while also bringing in glints of sun. Like looking out from Plato’s cave. All these sounds come from somewhere deep – in valleys, under oceans, from sonorous nights and pulsing aethers. And a very few are poised at the heights, ready to fall. Going under is always easier with Aussies on board, which is why this mix features several tracks from our friends down under - “Brenda” by Ara Koufax and “Aether” by Nile Delta, both from the "Oceans Apart” mix EP released late last year by Cut Copy. They’re joined by standout house tracks from the first four years of this decade, along with some stalwart veterans of the Interlopin’ lineup, including Floating Points, Motor City Drum Ensemble, and The Field, whose remix of The Honeydrips’ “Fall From A Height” closes the set and might be the prettiest thing I’ve ever heard. The original song is a quirky, poignant pop gem from an obscure band whose other music is almost impossible to locate. In the hands of The Field, it becomes another beautiful trance spooling into infinity.

Set list: 
Head High, 'Megatrap (Real Mix)’ (0:00) 
Genius Of Time, 'Drifting Back’ (1:38)
Classixx feat. Karl Dixon, 'Into The Valley (Julio Bashmore Remix)’ (4:56)
Floating Points, 'Nuits Sonores’ (8:27)
Pional, 'Where Eagles Dare’ (12:18)
Bicep, ’$tripper’ (14:57)
The Sunburst Band, 'Put A Lyric In It (The Revenge 12 Inch Mix) (19:07)
Akra, 'Pure’ (22:40)
Marek Hemmann, 'Zunder’ (25:31)
Ara Koufax, 'Brenda’ (30:11)
Telephones, 'Blaff’ (34:34)
Fleetwood Mac, 'Dreams (Psychemagik Remix)’ (39:12)
Hot Natured feat. Ali Love, 'Benediction (Original Mix)’ (45:50)
Anthony Naples, 'Mad Disrespect’ (51:22)
Motor City Drum Ensemble, 'Send A Prayer (Part 2)’ (55:32)
Nile Delta, 'Aether’ (1:00:44)
Vimes, 'Celestial (Reprise)’ (1:05:01)
The Honeydrips, 'Fall From A Height (The Field Remix)’ (1:10:02)


Dondolone Mix Part II by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this episode: Dondolone means 'loafer’ in Italian – so I was told at some point. Italians are both good dancers and good brooders. What better place for a dondolone than the 3 AM club, floodlit in neon, lurking in the wings, nursing a gin and tonic, taking in a melange of smoky soulful house? The soundtrack for such a dondolone is full of funky flourishes, syncopated beats, rolling peaks and plenty of broody valleys. This mix is for that dondolone lounging in a dark corner of the club, shrouded in the haze from a far off fog machine, periodically gracing the dancefloor with a savvy turn before receding back into the shadows.

Set list: 
Motor City Drum Ensemble - 'Raw Cuts #4’ (0:00) 
A&O - 'Take Me’ (2:02) 
Cleavage - 'Barah’ (5:01) 
Prins Thomas - 'Bobletekno (Plus One Remix)’ (8:35) 
Fort Romeau - 'Kingdoms’ (12:44) 
Dolle Jolle - 'Balearic Incantation (Todd Terje’s Extra Doll Remix)’ (16:17) 
Motor City Drum Ensemble - 'Raw Cuts #3’ (22:15) 
Phreek Plus One - 'La Spirale (J’s Loveboat Mix)’ (26:50) 
Joey Negro And The Sunburst Band - 'Taste The Groove (Hot Toddy Mix)’ (32:00) 
Bonar Bradberry - 'Carlos The Jackal’ (35:00) 
Antena - 'Camino Del Sol (Todd Terje Remix)’ (39:16) 
Blackbelt Andersen - 'Lordag Del 2’ (45:02) 
Mam - 'Crushed Ice’ (50:12) 
Daft Punk - 'Get Lucky’ (53:14) 
Classixx - 'A Fax From The Beach’ (58:14) 
Disclosure feat. Edward McFarlane - 'Defeated No More’ (1:01:51) 
Fort Romeau - 'Say Something’ (1:07:00) 
Telepopmusik - 'Breathe (Ultra Tiger Remix)’ (1:10:21) 
James Fox feat. Vanity J - 'Holding On (NYC Mix)’ (1:13:12) 
Crazy P - 'Heartbreaker’ (1:18:21) 
Tape To Tape - 'Pure And Easy’ (1:22:25) 


Interlopin’ II - Synths In Love by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this episode: To celebrate (and lament) the approach of Valentine’s Day, Interlopin’ dives into the genre that is almost solely dedicated to love: synth pop. For me, that genre moniker captures the kind of contemporary music that heavily references '80s pop and dance music - artists and bands as diverse as Madonna, New Order, Talking Heads and Fleetwood Mac - but with perhaps a bit more polish (mostly made possible by the refinement of synthesizer sounds and the expansion of their musical capabilities). The perfect exemplar of this, to me, is Cut Copy, especially their sophomore album, “In Ghost Colours.” I think of it as the greatest assemblage of '80s pop that just happened to be released in 2008. A song from that album, “Strangers In the Wind” is featured near the middle of this mix and includes some synth and guitar hooks that seem lifted directly from a Fleetwood Mac song; in fact, in this context, it appears almost as an echo of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams,” which I play only a few songs beforehand.

In many ways, Fleetwood Mac’s brand of soft rock is the spiritual forerunner of this entire genre. Madonna also makes an appearance, right between two other Cut Copy songs. But for the most part, I decided to emphasize artists of the past decade working on the fringes of the mainstream, making disco- and New Wave-inspired synth pop and dance jams that happen to be remarkable love songs too - artists like Chromatics, Glass Candy, The Juan MacLean, Twin Shadow, Goldfrapp, and of course Cut Copy.

What I most admire about the songs I chose for this mix is the way they manage to capture so many aspects of the experience of love within these single tracks. They make it feel like the whole truth can be condensed into 4 minutes. Of course, I had to go and stitch all these four-minute gems into a two-hour marathon, but hey, I’ve just got so much love to give.

Set list: 
Chromatics - 'Kill For Love’ 
Bag Raiders - 'Shooting Stars’
Miami Horror - 'Sometimes’
Matthew Dear - 'Her Fantasy’
Desire - 'Under Your Spell’
Chromatics - 'Cherry’
Kish Mauve - 'Lose Control (Fred Falke Remix)’
Ladyhawke - 'Back Of The Van (Fred Falke Ultimate Beverly Mix)’
Cut Copy - 'That Was Just A Dream’
Madonna - 'Like A Prayer’
Cut Copy - 'Zap Zap’
Sally Shapiro - 'He Keeps Me Alive’
The Juan MacLean - 'Love Stops Here’
Future Islands - 'Back In The Tall Grass’
Fleetwood Mac - 'Dreams’
The Tough Alliance - 'A New Chance (The Juan MacLean Remix)’
DJ Kaos - Love The Night Away (Tiedye Mix)’
Cut Copy - 'Strangers In The Wind’
Jack J - 'Looking Forward To You’
Tensnake feat. Jacques Lu Cont - 'Feel Of Love’
Pete Heller - 'Big Love’
The Field - 'Arpeggiated Love’
Fleetwood Mac - 'Everywhere’
Cut Copy - 'A Dream’
Twin Shadow - 'At My Heels’
Nite Jewel - 'One Second Of Love’
Tape To Tape - 'Pure And Easy’
Cut Copy - 'In These Arms Of Love’
Glass Candy - 'Warm In The Winter’
Goldfrapp - 'Number 1’ 


Tashtego Dondolone Mix Part I by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this episode: Dondolone means 'loafer’ in Italian – so I was told at some point. Italians are both good dancers and good brooders. What better place for a dondolone than the 3 AM club, floodlit in neon, lurking in the wings, nursing a gin and tonic, taking in a melange of smoky soulful house? The soundtrack for such a dondolone is full of funky flourishes, syncopated beats, rolling peaks and plenty of broody valleys. This mix is for that dondolone lounging in a dark corner of the club, shrouded in the haze from a far off fog machine, periodically gracing the dancefloor with a savvy turn before receding back into the shadows. Part I makes for a slow descent into the night.

Set list: 
Daft Punk, 'Fresh’ 
Matias Aguayo, 'Minimal (DJ Koze Remix)’ 
The Source feat. Candi Stanton, 'You Got The Love’ 
Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt, 'Freddy’ 
Toby Tobias, 'The Feeling’ 
Trus'me, 'Working Nights’ 
J. Boogie’s Dubtronic Science feat. The Pimps Of Joytime, 'Go To Work (Hot Toddy Mix)’ 
Klangkarussell, 'Sonnentanz’ 
Jeremy Glenn, 'New Life (Perseus Summer of 83 Remix)’ 
The Juan MacLean, 'I’ve Waited For So Long’ 
Name In Lights, 'Naughty (Axel Bowman Remix)’ 
Disclosure feat. London Grammar, 'Help Me Lose My Mind’ 
The XX, 'Fiction (Maya Jane Coles Remix)’ 
Wankelmut & Emma Louise, 'My Head Is A Jungle (Gui Boratto Remix)’ 
Ilija Rudman, 'Ocean Colour’ 
Streiflicht, 'Gone Fishing’ 
Kylie Minogue, 'I Can’t Get You Outta My Head’ 
Motor City Drum Ensemble, 'Raw Cuts #4’ 
A+O, 'Take Me’ 


Unified Field Theory, Part II by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this episode: I’ve been a fan of The Field since 2007, when I discovered his first album, “From Here We Go Sublime.” That title is a perfect epitome of his music: always starting in a seemingly static loop, slowly building to a beatific, propulsive, transcendent soundscape that seems to spiral upward and outward before falling back to Earth. The Field’s music has always seemed like it could be infinite - the only reason for any of his songs to end is that we’re finite creatures with only so much time to be lost in these blissful trances.

With the Unified Field Theory mix, I sought to give shape to this feeling of infinity in The Field’s music, unifying some of his most brilliant tracks together into an unbroken harmonic progression and surrounded by tracks from other artists with similar aspirations of escape, wonder, and sonic transcendence, including Gui Boratto, Todd Terje, and Floating Points, as well as a few artists working outside the idiom of electronic dance music - in this case, Atlas Sound’s astonishing track “Quick Canal.”

The two parts of the mix combine to form an infinite loop. The Field’s “Black Sea” begins in B flat major, and each succeeding song in the mix has a close harmonic relationship to the track before and after it, leading up to the mix’s final tracks, also by The Field, this time the ascendent “I Have The Moon, You Have The Internet,” which, also composed in B flat major, represents a full harmonic progression - a closed sonic loop - at which point “Black Sea” returns.

Program note: Tune in from the archive player below for Part I.

Set list: 
The Field, 'Burned Out’ 
Paul Kalkbrenner, 'Azure’ 
Caribou, 'Silver’ 
Four Tet, 'Love Cry’ 
Gui Boratto, 'Atol’ 
The Chemical Brothers, 'Das Spiegel’ 
Atlas Sound, 'Washington School’ 
Gui Boratto, 'Beautiful Life’ 
Familjen, 'Huvudet I Sanden (The Field Remix)’ 
Gui Boratto feat. Iggor Cavalera, 'Plie’ 
Telepopmusik, 'Breathe’ 
Jon Hopkins, 'Open Eye Signal’ 
Todd Terje, 'Q’ 
London Grammar, 'Wasting My Young Years (Henrik Schwarz Remix)’ 
The Field, 'I Have The Moon, You Have The Internet’ 
The Field, 'Black Sea’ 


Unified Field Theory, Part I by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

Says Tashtego about this episode: I’ve been a fan of The Field since 2007, when I discovered his first album, “From Here We Go Sublime.” That title is a perfect epitome of his music: always starting in a seemingly static loop, slowly building to a beatific, propulsive, transcendent soundscape that seems to spiral upward and outward before falling back to Earth. The Field’s music has always seemed like it could be infinite - the only reason for any of his songs to end is that we’re finite creatures with only so much time to be lost in these blissful trances.

With the Unified Field Theory mix, I sought to give shape to this feeling of infinity in The Field’s music, unifying some of his most brilliant tracks together into an unbroken harmonic progression and surrounded by tracks from other artists with similar aspirations of escape, wonder, and sonic transcendence, including Gui Boratto, Todd Terje, and Floating Points, as well as a few artists working outside the idiom of electronic dance music - in this case, Atlas Sound’s astonishing track “Quick Canal.”

The two parts of the mix combine to form an infinite loop. The Field’s “Black Sea” begins in B flat major, and each succeeding song in the mix has a close harmonic relationship to the track before and after it, leading up to the mix’s final tracks, also by The Field, this time the ascendent “I Have The Moon, You Have The Internet,” which, also composed in B flat major, represents a full harmonic progression - a closed sonic loop - at which point “Black Sea” returns.

Program note: Tune in next week for Part II.

Set list: 
The Field, 'Black Sea’
Gui Boratto, 'Like You’
Floating Points, 'Vacuum Boogie’
The Field, 'Silent’
Todd Terje, 'Snooze 4 Love’
Gui Boratto, 'No Turning Back’
Caribou, 'Can’t Do Without You’
The Juan MacLean, 'The Sun Will Never Set On Our Love’
The Field, 'A Guided Tour’
Burial & Four Tet, 'Moth’
Atlas Sound feat. Laetitia Sadier, 'Quick Canal’
The Field, 'Arpeggiated Love’
The Field, 'The Little Heart Beats So Fast’
Kos, 'Azteca’
Max Essa, 'Panorama Suite’
The MFA, 'The Difference It Makes (Superpitcher Mix)’
The MFA, 'The Difference It Makes (Original Mix)’
The Field, 'Everyday’
The Field, 'Burned Out’
Paul Kalkbrenner, 'Azure’


Interlopin’ I - Inside The Ice House by Djtashtego on Mixcloud

The inaugural Interlopin’ features some of Tashtego’s favorite house tracks from the past few years, with an emphasis on 2014’s standout cuts. All the tracks were chosen for their brilliant balance of warm emotion sculpted by a cool sensibility. The set is designed to thaw out iced houses and wake up winter hibernations.

Set list: 
Detroit Swindle 'Monkey Wrench’
Motor City Drum Ensemble 'Raw Cuts #3’
Pharrell Williams 'Frontin’ (Disclosure Re-Work)
Jack J 'Looking Forward To You’
Classixx 'A Fax From The Beach’
Disclosure 'Defeated No More’
Fort Romeau 'Say Something’
Ry, Frank Wiedemann 'Howling’ (Ame Remix)
Kindness 'Swingin’ Party’
Lukas Nystran Von Unge 'Gamla Skolan’
Detroit Swindle '12 F6’
Soundstream 'Makin Love’
Edward 'Skating Beats’
Floating Points 'King Bromeliad’
Leon Vynehall 'It’s Just (House of Dupree)’
Leon Vynehall 'Butterflies’
Museum of Love 'In Infancy’
Pachanga Boys 'Time’