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Old Silent Servant mix I
July 31, 2011, 3:47 pm
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**Posting some mixes I put up a long time ago, but weren’t switched over when I changed the format of this site.**
**昔アップしたミックスFormat変えてから見れなくなったので、もう一回あっぷしています~**

Cytrax Mix Tape – by J Mendez

Quite a long time ago I switched the format of this site to a blog format and in the process a lot of mixes that once were available haven’t been, so I’m slowly trying to put some back up.  Here’s one that Silent Servantfans should definitely check out if you didn’t hear it the last time it was up.  Also have a couple other Silent Servant mixes that have been unavailable for the same reason, stay tuned for those updates soon.

To techno/Sandwell District fans:This next mix is really coming out of the vaults. This was recorded from the original Cytraxcassette tape that must have come out around 96 or 97?  Side A Jon (Silent Servant) side B (Cytrax label co-founder) Tang.  I must say that it was J. Mendez and Tang playing stuff just like this at the SCI-Arc Halloween party, and then later this tape, that launched me headlong into a love for techno music. This tape hits hard and in all the right places – the bpms are true to the era. The sound is quite low-fi (mind your speakers on the low end), but again, it’s coming from one of the most listened to cassettes that I still have.

My tape deck isn’t functioning at the moment and I currently only have Jasper’s side in mp3 format…hope to get Tang’s side up soon.

To friends back in Southern Cal:  This is an old techno mix from a friend from the GG/Westminster hood.  SoCal never had much of a techno scene (all trance/house etc..) but this guy knew what was up with good electronic music before I was even able to not scoff at music without instruments.  We initially connected because we were both massive Smiths fans and realized we had a lot in common music wise.  However, Juan was always years ahead of me and had an insanely good record collection…so I was doing way more of the borrowing.  As I started getting into the underground dance music scene, around 95 or so, I started to realize, although the parties were a lot of fun…trance was just too cheezy and house had too much singing going on for me, and was therefore ripe to be blown away when I went to go see Juan, and Cytrax label partner Tang play at a SCI-Arc halloween party.  From that day on I jumped on Juan to show me all he knew about this minimal techno stuff.  I bought turntables and that was that (I became the lifelong closet dj that I am now).  The label they started, Cytrax, in Westminster, Orange County of all places, had an early partnership with John Tejada and later partnered up with Kit Clayton, both big names in the scene, for a whole slew of great releases that got their fair share of play and respect in Europe but was virtually unknown in the town and surrounding LA county that it came out of.  A few years ago, after a bit of a hiatus, Juan came up under a new name, Silent Servant,  and a new partnership with Regis and Function to form one of THE “hottest” labels in the minimal techno scene right now, Sandwell District (still relatively slept on stateside – as is most good techno).  A few years ago when Juan passed along some of this new stuff it woke up that love I had for minimal music that had long been asleep in me and I dusted off some of my old records and started looking around a bit at some newer stuff.  I was pleasantly surprised at the fact that there was some techno I could really dig on being made again.  Anyhow, I’m eternally grateful for all the good music Juan has shared over the years and am looking forward to what’s to come.

the Cytrax tape. Side A

 

 

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Cytrax Mix Tape 日本語版

だいぶ前にこのサイトのformatを変えました。その時から見れなくなってミックスを意外とあったのど、ぼちぼち直そうとしています。今回はminimal technoやSilent Servant好きな方におすすめです〜

1995ぐらいから私がテクノやrave パーティにはまって、初めてdjの世界に興味をもった。残念ながら、ロスのelectronic musicはだいたいHouseかTranceだった。パーティが楽しかったけど、音楽的にちょっと物足りなかった。そのとき、高校時代の友達が知らない間にminimal technoがdjしていた事が知っていて、彼のイベントを見に行った。その夜から私のテクノやdjの人生が始まった。その友達 (Jasper)がロスで友達と自分たちのラベル “Cytrax“(1996~2003?)を出した。Cytraxのメンバーがもともと四人でした:Jasper (Silent Servant), Tang, Kit Clayton, and Jon Santos.  ロスにテクノシーンが全くなかったけど、だんだん CytraxやKit Claytonの名前がEuropeや日本まで広かった。

私的にこのminimal technoが詳しい人が周りにJasperしかいなかった。同じ近所に住んでいたので、よく彼の家にいって、色んな音楽の話をして、ものすごく勉強になった。私が2001-2002年ぐらいから好きなテクノレコードだんだんみつからなくなってきて、テクノちょっと諦めた。

それで、2007ぐらいこのサイトを始まって、色んな古いテクノミックスを聴いていて、またJasperに連絡とって彼の新しいミックスやレコード聴いて、また自分の中のテクノの火が再びに表した。2006か2007ぐらいからJasperが新し名前 Silent Servantで Regis, Female, and Functionのdj/producerの仲間とSandwell Districtというレベルで再びvinylをリリスした。そのSandwell Districtが現在のテクノ世界の中でめっちゃ熱いレベルになっちゃいました。。。

今回のミックスは1996か1997のCytrax mix tapeです。Side AがJasperで、Side BがTangだけど、今私のカセットデッキが動かなくってSide Aしかmp3なってない。この時代からテクノが好きな方に大歓迎!!

 

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