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AZARI

Still Hungry for the Power


This month I am very excited to have Dinamo Azari take over the controls of my synth spaceship. I’ve been a huge fan of his productions since the Canadian house music legend teamed up with co-producer Alixander III back at the end of the noughties.

Azari and Alixander met at a karaoke bar while "dancing to Donna Summer". By 2008, they formed Azari & III but it wasn't until 2009 that their first single "Hungry for the Power" was released, followed by "Reckless (With Your Love)", which drew the attention of Tiga.

They released their self-titled debut album in 2011 and it produced hits like "Hungry for the Power" and "Reckless (With Your Love)”. Sadly they broke up in late 2013, just as they were polishing off the sequel.

For the last five years, Dinamo Azari has been forging a solo career, which has included the album Estranged a grittier, tougher take on the retro-tinged house music he made in the past. He’s also set up his own label called Model Future and recently released a remix EP for his track M-Body.

For this mix, AZARI is tweaking some of his most influential and sacred tracks. “! I used a lot of effects processing and wanted to let the tracks breathe while also bringing them new life.”





TRACK NOTES by AZARI


  1. Cybotron - “El Salvador
    Classic Juan Atkins cosmic funk off the LP enter, some real OG electro. Driving drum machine beats that make you fall into escapism, it’s sort of where Detroit techno began. I ran it through the Model H3000 Ultra Harmonizer Alien Program and accentuated the extra terrestrial sounds.

  2. Metro Area - Miura (12” Mix)
    Morgan Geist and Darshn Jesrani. Back when I owned a record store I remember buying multiple copies of this the day it came out. (4:13)

  3. Charlie - Spacer Woman
    Everything you want in a song is here. You’re floating the entire time. When you hear it on a dancefloor, you can’t control your body. The syncopated synth structures constantly pulsate, creating a levitating effect. (12:33)

  4. TR/ST - Sulk (Stem)
    Robert gave me the stems for Sulk to work on a while back and it’s always given me this transcending space elevator effect. (19:42)

  5. The Other People Place - Let Me Be Me
    An effortless bassline, I could listen to this on loop forever. (22:43)

  6. Smith N Hack - Falling Stars
    The fat arpeggiated italo-bassline, synthesized vocals and gentle pads bring you just outside of the atmosphere. It’s raving in a spaceship. Space Warrior. (28:11)

  7. LFO - LFO (Leeds Warehouse Mix)
    One day, an alien civilization will intercept this, and know that we’re worth a visit. (32:00)

  8. Model 500 - The Chase (Smooth Mix)
    1989 on Metroplex records, the sounds are so raw and almost have a subtle live feel turning them more human than machine. This was right when I was starting to get into the rave scene. Has an almost balearic vibe to it. (37:18)

  9. Fingers Inc - Can You Feel It
    Classic Larry Heard (Mr. Fingers) from 1986, I want to say he used a Yamaha DX7 (see below) and a Juno-60 polyphonic on this running with the TR-909 producing the infamous six note bassline. It’s where deep house starts, shits so deep you can cut it with a knife. When the bassline drops and you’re in a club, you have just experienced something that will change you. (42:55)

  10. Cybersonik - Cabaret 7
    Daniel Bell, John Acquaviva and Richie Hawtin, syncopated rhythmic patterns and raw warehouse sounds, all the machines are connecting. ( 48:17)

  11. Klanken - Twee
    A newer record that really shows where you can go in this day and age. Just look at a picture of the Deewee studio and you’ll understand. (51:38)

  12. An-i - Rut
    It’s just out of this world industrial electro mayhem from my good friend Lee Douglas. Let Lee know I got home safe from Corisca. It’s like if Nitzer Ebb were making techno now. (56:42)

  13. New Order - 1963
    Hitting all the right notes but still keeping a futuristic feel to it for the time while incorporating elements of pop structure and blending in the new synths just as the dawn of Midi came to be. You really started to hear orchestrated synth patterns combining together with other live elements in production after this. (1:02:26)

  14. New Order - Elegia
    Brings me back to when I was a young kid and my mom had just gotten me a walkman (I think in grade 2?) and I would steal my older sisters tapes and found this crazy long live bootleg version of the song. I would fall asleep to this night after night, this record means a lot to me. (1:08:55)
Synth of the Month:
Yamaha DX7

The Yamaha DX7 is a synthesizer manufactured by the Yamaha Corporation from 1983 to 1989. It was the first successful digital synthesizer and is one of the bestselling synthesizers in history, selling over 200,000 units.

In the early 1980s, the synthesizer market was dominated by analog synthesizers. Frequency modulation (FM) synthesis, a means of generating sounds digitally, was developed by John Chowning at Stanford University, California. FM synthesis created brighter, "glassier" sounds, and could better imitate acoustic sounds such as brass. Yamaha licensed the technology to create the DX7, combining it with very-large-scale integration chips to lower manufacturing costs.

With its digital display, complex menus, and lack of conventional controls, few learned to program the DX7 in depth. However, its preset sounds became staples of 1980s pop music, used by artists including A-ha, Kenny Loggins, Kool & the Gang, Whitney Houston, Chicago, Phil Collins, Luther Vandross, and Billy Ocean. Its piano sound was particularly widely used, especially in power ballads. Producer Brian Eno mastered the programming and it was instrumental to his work in ambient music.