Archive for December 4, 2009

FACT Mix 106: Surgeon

Posted in Deep House, Dj Mix, Dub Step, Electronic, Fact, Podcast, Techno on December 4, 2009 by dk

Surgeon, real name Anthony Child, has been at the forefront of UK techno since the release of his seminal Dynamic Tension EP in 1995.
Over the course of his career – with key releases appearing on Downwards, Tresor and his own Counterbalance imprint – the Birmingham resident has perfected a unique and uncommonly effective production style. His is a tough, fast techno sound with an industrial murk about it but also plenty of funk, plenty of swing, and a sophisticated sense of dub-space learned in part from his Chain Reaction contemporaries in Berlin. Proving that hard can also be smart, sensuous and danceable, the influence of Surgeon on the 2009-ruling Ostgut/Berghain sound – DJs/producers like Marcel Dettmann, Shed and Norman Nodge – is substantial. Check out his recent remixes of Scuba, Shed and Moderat, and the run of fearsome 12″s he recorded with Regis as British Murder Boys earlier in the decade.

However, what concerns us today is Surgeon the DJ. A cursory glance at the tracklist for his FACT Mix will probably tell you we’re dealing with a very special selector, one capable of mixing up styles into a coherent and righteously banging whole. One of the most inventive, intuitive users of Ableton alive, in this mix – recorded live at Cafe Capital in Antwerp, Belgium, last month – Surgeon reaches terrifying levels of on-the-fly ingenuinity and intensity, making the heavy-gaited dubstep of RSD work in perfect accord with the Chicago acid of Fast Eddie, leaping seamlessly from Zomby and Rustie to Ancient Methods and Patrick Cowley. If you want to know what techno is really about – download this mix now.

Download: FACT Mix 106: Surgeon
(Available for three weeks)


1. Surgeon – Ice
2. Ital Tek – Topaz
3. Surgeon – Waiting For Me
4. Robert Hood – Superman
5. Hieroglyphic Being – Fingerprints Of The Gods
6. O/V – Kes (Oscar Mulero remix)
7. Fast Eddie – Acid Thunder (Fast Thunder)
8. RSD – Good Energy
9. Oliver Dodd – Broadway Station
10. Paul Bailey – Saturday Boy
11. Autechre – Clipper
12. Damian Keane – Synthesis
13. Harmonia and Eno 76 – By the Riverside ( Appleblim and Komonazmuk remix)
14. Radial – Fat Van Dale
15. Forward Strategy Group – Applied Generics (side a)
16. Zomby – Godzilla
17. Rustie – Bad Science
18. Hiroaki Iizuka – Offbeat
19. Ancient Methods – Second Method (part 3)
20. Patrick Cowley – Soon (KiNK remix)
21. Orphx – Threshold (Substance remix)
22. MC Joker D – Taiko Dub
23. Moodymann – Shades Of Jae Part 1
24. Surgeon – Floorshow 1 Live in Norway
25. Ritzi Lee – Black Star Ritual
26. Robert Hood – Range
27. Fran Hartnett – Alpha
28. Surgeon – Remnants Of What Once Was
29. IBM – My Life As A Skinny Puppy
30. Nitzer Ebb – Join In The Chant (Surgeon remake)
31. Corridor – Two Days (part 1)
32. Robert Armani – Frequency
33. Homeboy, A Hippie & A Funki Dredd – Total Confusion (Confusion Mix)
34. Outlander – Vamp (The Alien Meets the Outlander Remix)
35. Matt U – Jump
36. T-Polar – Little Colossus
37. Shortstuff – Progression