Missed your shot at the groupees bundle? You’re in luck, because I’ve just re-(re)launched the album at Bandcamp.
The album is a great value at only $3.
With that in mind, I’ve got a few freebies for some early birds. Enjoy the album, and please share this post with your friends.
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I’m pleased to announce the release of the 5th Anniversary Special Edition of Existential Funk.
This has been in the works for a while, but needed the right platform to jump off. This feels right to do – I wanted to commemorate the anniversary of the album’s initial release in 2008 in a meaningful way. The package includes the original album, along with both remix EPs that went with the project all those years ago. Plus, you’ll receive a PDF booklet containing “the complete history” of the album, as well as individual commentary from me on each track on the release.
This release is being featured in the Groupees Community 2 Bundle, where you can name your price to get more than 12 other albums, books, and games, along with my own release. It’s a tremendous bargain, and part of your purchase can go to The Enough Project, a group committed to ending crimes against humanity.
I’m proud to have my release featured in this way, and excited to release this album to you as a part of this bundle. Right now, the only way to get the Existential Funk – 5th Anniversary Special Edition is in the Groupees Community 2 bundle, so head there to grab your copy. This bundle is only active for the next 2 weeks, so act fast.
Groupees Community 2 Bundle
Posted 31 Dec 2013 — by karl
Another year, and time again to celebrate my favorite tunes of the year. This is the 4th annual Recap, having done the first one in 2010, followed by another in 2011, and most recently in 2012. It seems there may be less of my own content on this site between this and the last recap, but I still like to take the opportunity to wrap the year up to collect my own thoughts.
Like all of the previous posts, I’m using this space to highlight some of my own influences – which have come in the form of individual tracks as well as mixes from standout DJs on podcasts and promotional mixes around the web that I’ve listened to through the year.
Please enjoy this selection of mixes and tracks from these hardworking artists, and if possible, support them any way you can. These lists are in no particular order.
Top 5 Tracks:
- Ellie Goulding – Holding On(Feat. Tinie Tempah) – Come for the dramatic production and vocals, stay for the grime breakdown courtesy of Tinie Tempah. There’s another version without the rap, but I like the contrast better.
- Kevin Drew – Summer Ashes(feat. Taryn Manning) – It’s easy for Taryn Manning’s accomplishments as a singer to be overshadowed (especially this year) by her performance as Pennsatucky, but Summer Ashes in particular was a release worth noticing. This remix, in my mind, had a much headier groove than the trance original.
- Sub Focus- Turn Back Time(Metrik mix) – Not having heard the latest Sub Focus record before hearing this tune, I was surprised that the original wasn’t more drum & bass oriented. Metrik has made quite a splash in the last couple of years, putting out high-quality, consistent music – evidenced by this thrilling mix.
- Stanton Warriors – Cut Me Up (Cause & Affect Remix) - Straightforward old-school ravey fun.
- A Tribe Called Quest – 1nce Again(Bit Funk mix) - To be honest, the first time I heard this I wasn’t entirely sure I liked it, but when something sticks in your head like this did for me, it usually means it had an impact. Bit Funk is a unique artist that does not seem to care too much for making sure his music fits in to one bucket or another.
Top 5 Mixes:
- Bad Boy Bill and Richard Humpty Vission – House Connection 3 – It’s hard to express exactly how important this release was to me. House Connection 2(and to only a slightly lesser extent, HC1) is such a special part of my personal musical journey; before hearing of either one of these talented individuals I didn’t appreciate how house music could be presented in so many different and exciting ways.
Because of this, the release of House Connection 3 feels a lot like coming home again. It’s different than the last 2 more than it’s the same, but in a way it feels like the mix the fans needed after 15 long years since the last entry. It was such a surprise this year when HC3 showed up, but I’m glad it did.
- Alix Perez – Essential Mix – Few artists are capable of making such a unique imprint on drum & bass. In this mix, Alix brings together d&b, trip-hop, grime and trap(among others) to create an especially diverse mix. Only an artist like Alix can really bring all these things together and present them as part of the same spectrum.
- Loadstar – Essential Mix – It’s my belief that the three artists mentioned in this post(Metrik, Alix Perez, and Loadstar) are 3 of the standouts of the most recent new wave of drum and bass, and are the forerunners that are taking the genre forward right now. Loadstar’s Essential mix is similar to Alix Perez’ in the diversity of styles; but with a harder, techier edge and more dancefloor-oriented vibe. It’s apparent from these two mixes the impact that trap music and grime have had on drum & bass in the last couple of years.
- Peter Serafinowicz – Solid Steel Radio 07/06/13 – Known to most primarily(at least to me) as an all-around funny guy and actor, Peter Serafinowicz put together this downtempo mix at the same time that Boards of Canada released Tomorrow’s Harvest. Plenty of Aphex Twin, Eno, Boards of Canada, and other things in that vein for an engaging mix.
- James Warren – Gui Boratto Remix and Original Production Part III - James Warren, although relatively unknown, is an incredibly consistent DJ. I’m a fan of many of these single-artist mixes that he puts out. Along that line, I appreciated this mix which highlighted a producer of some very deep and complex progressive sounds – Gui Boratto.
Posted 01 Dec 2013 — by karl
Been a while, eh? Actually, I have a number of unfinished projects waiting for me to spend enough time on them to bring them to a close.
Today’s release was a quick distraction from the aforementioned projects. This one-shot is an unusually positive(not to mention long) sound for me, but I’m certain it came together the way it was supposed to. Everything about this track is smooth.
Karl D – Rise(Right click and choose Save As to download)
You can now find both of my LP releases(Existential Funk and life.remixed) on Spotify! Become a follower and add your favorite tunes to your playlists!
Existential Funk on Spotify
Life Remixed on Spotify
Posted 02 Jun 2013 — by karl
Similar to the last offering, this remix was made specifically for SHOCKED, and also made a dramatic departure from a more subdued original.
This was intentionally simple. ”Reactor” had an existing electro influence in the form of the synth. That was about the only part that stayed in the remix, but I liked the way that the stripped down drums and the synth turned this remix into a more “raw” version.
Karl D – Reactor(Remix)(Right click and choose Save As to download)
Posted 01 Jun 2013 — by karl
This is one of the featured selections in the recent Electro mix I did.
For the uninitiated, this is a remix of an old favorite of mine. The pace is changed dramatically in this version, and adds some “dancefloor heat” that the original could not be farther from.
Karl D - Dante’s Revenge(Right click and choose Save As to download)
Posted 23 Apr 2013 — by karl
“That’s the thing about house,” a friend once said to me at a party, “It sure is reliable”.
I think he was right, and the same can be said about breakbeat. Fads come and go, but house and breaks are the pillars that hold up electronic music.
Simple ideas are typically the ones that don’t need changing. The way electronic music has survived over the years is by keeping to the basics.
The first movement of this mix represents a modern interpretation of electro – an exciting set of mid-tempo, aggressive house. You’ll notice a couple of remixes in this half especially that were created just for this mix(and will be released on this site for general download soon).
Halfway through, this mix switches gears, going into breaks territory. The tracks in this set all are quite modern from a production standpoint, but all owe a great deal to the original electro-breaks sound of the 1980s that gave birth to modern electronic music culture.
This is SHOCKED.
1st Movement: Electro House
- (0:00) Karl D – Dante’s Revenge
- (02:25) Karl D – Logic Bomb
- (05:05) Karl D – Reactor(Remix)
- (06:41) Karl D – Shocking
- (10:57) Robyn – Dancing on My Own
2nd Movement: Electro Breaks
- (15:34) Karl D – 4_07(from random beats, vol. 4)
- (17:58) Karl D – So Many Different People
- (20:23) Karl D – 3_11(from random beats, vol. 3)
- (24:14) Above and Beyond – Indonesia
- (26:38) Karl D – Typhoon
Karl D – Shocked(Right click and choose Save As to download)