new chillstep

Sky, sun, colour

There are particular emotional qualities to a sunset, sometimes hesitant, sometimes warm, somehow comforting even though it signals an ending – the end of the day. It does signal the start of evening or night and the gentle winding down of effort.
Having an urban skyline and occasional foliage also adds an extra quality.

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Download if you wish. Stock photos are always useful.

Here is some music to accompany …

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Illustration – graphic design – backgrounds, wallpapers

Remembered – a past still there

Not all of life is manicured and tidy. Shells of the old, ruins and the derelict have a testimony to bear, reminders to bring, in effect, lessons to deliver.

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I have a love of old and derelict buildings. The distressed graphically and architecturally has an appeal for me. The buildings shown here are local to me, in Pitsmoor, Sheffield. I cannot give a true history – upholsterers and car parts occupied them at some point.

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Best Of: Photos | Abandoned Kansai.

via Best Of: Photos | Abandoned Kansai.

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Abandoned Poultry Farm | Abandoned Kansai.

via Abandoned Poultry Farm | Abandoned Kansai.

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abstract backgrounds 2 by f4mmedia on deviantART.

via abstract backgrounds 2 by f4mmedia on deviantART.

kn snowtracks by f4mmedia on deviantART.

via kn snowtracks by f4mmedia on deviantART.

metalgrid textures and patterns 2 by f4mmedia on deviantART.

via metalgrid textures and patterns 2 by f4mmedia on deviantART.

Liquid dnb

Illustration – graphic design

Illustration – graphic design – textured trees, plus mix

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Here I present a series of variations – trees and textured backgrounds. The addition of colour, textures, patterns to the mix brings a new feel to each. I hope you enjoy the progression from one set of emotional references to the next.

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small venues

I have written previously on the subject of small venues. In a different blog – f4mmedia – I looked particularly at the Redhouse, a Sheffield venue typified as providing the widest range of music in South Yorkshire. I love small venues – so much friendlier, warmer, more personal. I have worked at quite a number and DJed at many. These have included:

  • the East House, now a cake shop and cafe, once known as the Dodge City saloon courtesy of murders decades ago
  • the Tea Gardens, now a food store, once a temperance house
  • the Harley, still going!
  • the Earl, once a pound house, stables in the rear

The East House was the venue where futurhood was first established leading to the creation of futurhood av. Its origins lie in the phrase ‘in the neighbourhood of the future – that’s where we are’, a phrase coined by a close friend. This was the venue where I re-engaged with djing putting on nights based around northern soul, ska, classic soul, liquid dnb, 2 step garage, funk, deep house and all sorts of other material.

The Earl was the venue giving rise to an event which made some personal history for me and the group of friends with whom I co-promoted – Spannered. we use to say it did what it says on the tin. Based around breaks, techno and other electronica, it made DJ mags top ten nights in the land and forged brief links with other DJ mags. it was the venue which saw the birth of Aromatiq.

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The Redhouse was a major step in my own history of involvement with small venues. Aside from dealing with security I put on events and djed for others. The range of music included ska – all 3 waves and most languages, house, techno, trance, mashups, funk, jazz funk, deep house, balkan, african, latin of all varieties, dubstep, dnb, garage, broken beat, nujazz, nusoul and probably a load I have forgotten.

Big is nice but small is beautiful In a quirky way | f4mmedia.

via Big is nice but small is beautiful In a quirky way | f4mmedia.

portfolios – events, music videos, design | f4mmedia.

via portfolios – events, music videos, design | f4mmedia.

Setting red and Textured red – chillstep, design, music video, mixes | colours heard.

via Setting red and Textured red – chillstep, design, music video, mixes | colours heard.

redhouse by Futurhood Av | Mixcloud.

via redhouse by Futurhood Av | Mixcloud.

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Music Marketing | f4mmedia.

via Music Marketing | f4mmedia.

Deep House – something I still love

Soon after I returned to djing, nearly two  decades ago, I latched onto deep house. It became something I loved. Admittedly the producers I loved were not necessarilly the original producers of the genre. My tastes ranged through Ludovic Navarre – St Germain, Kevin Yost, artists using Robert Owens, Mateo and Matos – people such. Gently seductive beats, an occasional hint of jazz, developed instrumentation, subtle vocals well executed – my tastes gripped each of these qualities.

Deep House Page.

via Deep House Page.

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What is DEEP House.

via What is DEEP House.

In the whole of the house genre it seemed to be the most thoughtful and developed. Wherever I was – be it bright bar, dimly lit club or somewhere vintage – I could drift into closed eyes picturing a particular beach and friends dancing. Given my love of Ludovic Navarre, it is hardly surprising that I had come from a past littered with Dave Brubeck and other early modern jazz greats courtesy of an uncle with such tastes.

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Keep on Deepin’ On: The 40 Best Deep House Tracks of All Time | SPIN | Discover | SPIN Lists.

via Keep on Deepin’ On: The 40 Best Deep House Tracks of All Time | SPIN | Discover | SPIN Lists.

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Mixmag | STOP CALLING IT DEEP HOUSE!.

via Mixmag | STOP CALLING IT DEEP HOUSE!.

trip hop – a return

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a return to trip hop

coming round again

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Featuring in the above mixes – Andreya Triana, one of the new wave of trip hop – ish performers. Quite a voice!

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The mixes above have all sorts of classic trip hop artists and tunes included:

Portishead, Lamb, Hooverphonic, Morcheeba, Nightmares on Wax,

as well as related artists such as Gotye, Moloko, Groove Armada.

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London Grammar.

via London Grammar.

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London Grammar new stars of the revitalised trip hop scene.

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Music Marketing | f4mmedia.

via Music Marketing | f4mmedia.

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