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Guests are encouraged to explore a bit further into their collections with an opportunity to step away from the dance floor if they desire.
We welcome Grace Schella a well regarded member of the electronic music scene in Vienna, Austria who is also behind the Electropia label which also curates AV exhibitions for the thirty fourth edition of the podcast series.
I have really been enjoying revisiting this mix for repeat listens this week so am very excited to share it with you.
For this mix Grace weaves her eclectic selection incorporating her varied interests in Electro, moments of techno and more experimental sounds into a cohesive atmospheric journey of different flavours.
1 Zero Data - 550 Rondy [Cheap Records]
2 02 zin2 test5 - Aphex Twin [Warp]
3 Radiotherapy - Bitstream [Modern Love]
4 Lazer Bullet to Shinjuku - Jodey Kendrick [Dub Recordings]
5 Blue Dub - Azu Tiwaline & Al Wootton [Livity Sound]
6 Mt Dill (Endless Version) - MSTEP
7 Large Mammals - J.Wiltshire [Super Hexagon]
8 Carbon Academy - IL.EK.TRO [Klang Elektronik]
9 I Only Knew - Plural [Natural Selection]
10 The Celt - Jodey Kendrick [Dub Recordings]
11 Land of Zod - Plantastik [Kickin]
12 Ppatch - The Jaffa Kid [Cold Blow]
13 Nighttime World - Robert Hood [Cheap]
14 Freaks - Transparent Sound [Abstrakt Dance]
15 Fadin' Away (Heinrich Mueller Remix) - The Hacker [WeMe]
16 Dolfinarium - Unit Moebius [Bunker]
17 Radiaton - Gedankenexperiment [Apnea]
18 Painful Enlightenment - Jana Rush [Planet Mu]
First I wanted to say, thanks for putting together this mix for RecThera.
Thank you for the invitation to your radio show, Adrian! I feel very flattered. You support the Underground scene for a long time by your quality podcast series.
What was the inspiration for this mix?
It has been during the mid-summer months of 2023 when I received your invite. Far away from clubs and dancefloors. It wanted to record a summertime rollout, an atmospheric journey. This time I started off with an experimental gemstone by Austrian trio 550 Rondy, on Cheap Records. Then I take it from analog, broken UK sound like RDJ or Bitstream to deep Techno by Tunisian female producer Azu Tawalin and Plural from USA.
I chose obscure and hypnotic tracks to be followed by groovy up-tempo sounds that carry colorful melodies like The Jaffa Kid. In between I placed some Electro moments and a dash of Detroit Techno which I must not miss in this set! The mix closes with a Chicago producer I really appreciate, Jana Rush. Many tracks are super fresh and have been released in the last weeks or months. That was also one objective of mine for this mix.
How do you find the music scene in Vienna?
Vienna is a city for classic music and rock. When it comes to Electronica there are several vivid groups of people who run soundsystems, organize parties in off-locations and autonomous spaces or gather at home. That would count for House, Techno/Electro, free Tekkno, Breakcore and Drum’n’Bass.
Our culture gets misunderstood and alienated so often. Those rare groups help to find an honest approach to bring on our culture of djing. They find the people who are truly dedicated, not former IMG models who ran out of jobs. Some organize events with a very diverse, experimental lineup. Others put visuals in the centre of attention while dj booths remain unseen. I love that all. Luckily the city of Vienna is supporting some activities with a decent cultural budget, because crowds are quite small.
However, I am not really a regular part of any scene in Vienna. I dock on. It is a time issue. We like to support each other whenever possible. The closest exchange I have with the Funkroom Collective that presents international top Electro acts in Vienna.
Tell us a bit about the Electropia project and how it has evolved over time.
Electropia is an art concept that I`ve created in 2014/15 with a focus on live A/V sets embedded in interdisciplinary and transmedia exhibitions. We have shown artists like Altroy, Catharina Bond, Annika Hippler and Julian Rubisch. The concept presents the dynamics of the inter-relationship of all things. Physical theories of vibration, frequency, electromagnetism, light and quantum physics touch ground with biology and are the storyline for the music to be released. My newly established label Electropia Records issued the first digital release by Nino Sebelic in February 2023 via EPM distribution.
What has been influential for you musically in the past, and also more recently?
Detroit. Past, present, future. That city is responsible for my music socialisation in general and in Techno. Even my romantic relationship over almost a decade is rooted in the mutual love for Detroit Techno. We really found each other in that cosmos.
What are you listening to right now?
I am listening to the Antartica album by Ultradyne.
Who or what is inspiring you musically and otherwise?
Inspiration is always around the corner. For me it can be art, nature, literature, conversations with people, of course music or even pure silence.
Where can we see or hear your next project?
The next bigger project will be the Electropia album release on vinyl in 2024. Sometimes it is tricky to just finalise the work, similar to writing a thesis. We have found a press plant and I cannot wait to see the baby on vinyl.
Anything else you would like to share?
I have good memories of Australia, I used to live in Queensland for about 3 years end of 90s. Impressive nature. Had the chance to visit Sydney few times, it is an ace metropole!
I fully enjoyed the chilled drives to catch a good surf. And the people I met were amazing. Thank you very much, Adrian for this opportunity to record a mix – much respect from Austria to Australia!
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