Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Blogariddims Top 50

Edit - Blogariddims is now over, but I'm using this post as a summary of the whole cast, so please don't be alarmed if you've been here before and it's all different - it's not your mind playing tricks on you.

This post is intended to replace the old and cobwebby
blogariddims post currently in the sidebar, so apologies to regular readers for any repetition.

For those that don't know, Blogariddims is a fortnightly inter-blog podcast which was started in June 2006, with the aim of showcasing the high level and variety of selecting, mixing and writing talent in the small corner of the music blogosphere inhabited by nuumskulls, faded-junglists, genre-nerds and bass addicts of every stripe. We took a short break in the summer of 2007 after 24 episodes, and are now speeding towards our golden edition. Weareie's role in all this has been to manage and host the cast whilst also making the occasional contribution - basically, we're the blogariddims bureaucrats.

We like to encourage subscription to blogariddims, but the episodes are also available for download individually. Here are the options:

Subscribe using I-tunes (launches I-tunes).
Subscribe using your own RSS aggregator or software (direct link to XML feed)
Review and download each episode(or subscribe) at Feedburner (external site).

One thing that's been lacking since Paul Autonomic stopped doing regular updates on his blog, is that there is no central resource for accessing the mixes and the accompanying blog posts at the same time, so without further ado - here is the Blogariddims top 50, complete with a link to each mix (the title) and relevant post (the description):

Blogariddims 1/Shwantology : 2
A 1 hour ambient/classical/electronic mix performed live on 6 decks by droid + slug..

Blogariddims 2/Gutterbreakz

Compiled, mixed and edited by Gutterbreakz, July 2006.

Blogariddims 3/Idle Thoughts
Episode 3 by Matt b from the Idle Thoughts blog. one hour of electronica, dubstep and reggae.

Blogariddims 4/Dancehall Pressure

Episode 4 comes from and Grievous Angel's Shards, Fragments and Totems, courtesy of John Eden and respectively. It's an hour of premium quality 80's dancehall and roots. Rock the disco, baby!

Blogariddims 5/Bassnation
Episode 5 comes courtesy of Marc Dauncey ( - now defunct). Its a 1 hour journey through dark grinding hip hop, bass-heavy bleepy acid, hardcore and dubstep, performed using a mixture of decks, Acid and Ableton Live.

Blogariddims 6/Collide+Coalesce (1950-2004)

Mixed by SoundsLike - a one-hour beat/voice/texture/blip mix utilising over forty elements in sixty minutes.

Blogariddims 7/Voices from Afar
Episode 7 comes from Tim Rutherford-Johnson of the Rambler blog and is a thick mix of avant-garde and modern classical compositions.

Blogariddims 8/Mr.Bump: Rude Interlude
Episode 8: Mr.Bump (aka autonomic) via deeptime blog. 1 hour Ableton mix of dark garage, 2step, grimey 4x4 and a bit of sweetness. Inspired by DJ Slimzee and the Rinse FM archives.

Blogariddims 9/Absolute Norwegian
One for all the Nordic Subverts, and fans of ambient and warped Scandanavian folk/jazz.

Blogariddims 10/An England Story
Blogariddims 10 is a special extended edition from Heatwave.'An England Story' traces a lineage of UK MCs from 1984-2006 covering reggae, dancehall, hip hop, grime, jungle and more...

Blogariddims 11/Another Crunk Genealogy
Blogariddims 11 traces out another crunk genealogy, seeking the overlap between crunk and clave, reggaeton and ragtime, bhangra and bounce. Connecting the music of the Caribbean, the American South, and the Middle East, the mix winds its way through common grooves and feedback loops.

Blogariddims 12/Office Party
Episode 12 comes from courtesy of John Eden. It's a one hour eclectic selection of divas, teenagers, ice queens and those in between.

Blogariddims 13/Electronicack : 1
The first episode of the new year offers a delectable selection of late 90's electronica mixed live by droid + slug.

Blogariddims 14/Norwegian Postpunk 1979-1985
60 minutes of Norwegian Postpunk 1979-1985 from our man in the North, Hal Halverson.

Blogariddims 15/Beyond the Valley of the Smurfs
Episode 15 comes from DJ FLACK - an hour long blending of dub, hip-hop, rock, dancehall, dubstep, southern bounce, punk, baltimore breaks, bhangra, jungle etc...

Blogariddims 16/Raggamortis : 1
Blogariddims 16 comes correct with a stalwart set of 2nd generation digital dancehall oddities, novelty tunes and killer riddims dominated by slack styles and unrepentant raggamuffins.

Blogariddims 17/Tons of Boxes
Episode 17 comes courtesy of Grievous Angel's Titled "Tons of Boxes", it is an hour of roots reggae and dub, produced with two decks, a mixer and an Access Virus fx machine. Dub 'pon dub... (Dissensus Post)

Blogariddims 18/Rough
Episode 18 is a storming mix of 1993 hardcore classics from weareie's Naphta.

Blogariddims 19/Bounce me back to 98
Episode 19 comes from John Eden. It's a 1 hour ragga flashback to 1998.

Blogariddims 20/Shwantology : 3
Another CD length special to mark our 20th episode. Shwantology : 3 is a continuation of the series which featured in our debut cast, and features 80 minutes of ambient, industrial, classical, avant-garde, krautrock, world music, experimental, electronic, drone and various other beatless pieces of music spanning over a century's worth of compositions, all mixed live using 8 sound sources and various effects.

Blogariddims 21/Fusion Dub
A mix of Miles Davis-inspired jazz, funk and soul in dub from Grevious Angel.

Blogariddims 22/Disintegrations
The Rambler presents Disintegrations/Blogariddims 22 - a modern classical/avant-garde mix.

Blogariddims 23/La Ola De Calor
Like Ini Kamoze sings in the opening track, there's a world of (reggae) music on La Ola De Calor: sung, rapped and MC'd almost entirely in Spanish, from reggae to soca, dancehall to cumbia and reggaeton to hip hop. Artists featured hail from Panama, Cuba, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Spain, England, Canada and the USA. Thanks to Rhythm & Flow [Barcelona], Kinky Music [Madrid], King-Der [Badalona] and Topa Top Productions [Costa Rica].

Blogariddims 24/Moving South
The final episode of the current Blogariddims series. Paul Autonomic presents 'Moving South,' an Ableton mix of up-style beats from the pioneers of the mutant groove.

Blogariddims 25/Echospace Odyssey / Towards Infinity
Blogariddims returns with a mix from veteran blogger Gutterbreakz: 'Echospace Odyssey / Towards Infinity' - a podcast in two parts. 'Echospace Odyssey' explores the dubbed-out techno of Deepchord and similar artists in the post-Basic Channel milieu, whilst 'Towards Infinity' showcases new and rare music from Bristol's dubstep underground.

Blogariddims 26/This Is The News
Episode 26 is a dubstep mix by Ben UFO, showcasing the sounds of the Hessle Audio label and unreleased material from across the genre.

Blogariddims 27/Everybody Loves The Sunshine
Episode 27 comes from Per of, changing tack from his investigations into reggae and dancehall to produce this selection of soul, funk and hip hop: Everybody Loves The Sunshine.

Blogariddims 28/A Selecao do Gringo
Episode 28 (or vinte e oito for the Lusophones out there) from the Beat Diaspora. Gregzinho, as the locals call him, unloads a funk massive of whatever has perked the gringo's ears from two consecutive summers of baile-hopping in Rio - Miami bass loops and samples, tamborzao off the 808, avant-garde electronic beats, and a slew of MCs holding it down for their favelas.

Blogariddims 29/69 Allstars
Lower End Spasm fam ( presents Blogariddims 29: 69 Allstars - a mix of classic grime riddims. "Before the ego of MCs took over radio was all about rollage - a steady, nervous momentum. A momentum we've tried to respect by matching grime's frenetic energy - that's why you've got 69 tracks in 60 minutes. The mix is largely instrumental not because we want to devoice a voice-heavy genre, but because grime started as club."

Blogariddims 30/Rufen Sie mich nicht "kraut" an
Episode 30 comes from couresy of Slug. Its a 74 min Ambient/Kosmische Musik special performed live on 2 decks, 1 CDJ and 1 Zen.

Blogariddims 31/It's So Different Here Volume 1
Episode 31 comes from Blogariddims stalwart Hal with "It's So Different Here Volume 1". One hour of mostly electronic music and vocal treatments.

Blogariddims 32/One Drop and You Don't Stop
In episode 32 music critic Dave Stelfox selects an hour's worth of new roots reggae and one-drop killers. (No blog post for this one unfortunately.)

Blogariddims 33/An allegorical mix
Episode 33 comes from and courtesy of a modyfied slug. it is a 1 hour ambient/techno/avant grade mix performed live via MAX/MSP. track selection by modyfier, MAX/MSP patch development and music interpretation / mixing by slug.

Blogariddims 34/2step Heaven
Episode 34 comes from Grievous Angel of the shards, fragments and totems blog. It's an hour of classic, heavyweight 2step garage performed live. Crack open a bottle of Bolly and put your dancing shoes on...

Blogariddims 35/Electroacoustic ambience : 1
Episode 35 comes from couresy of Slug. Its a 1 hour ambient/classical/post rock mix performed live on 2 decks and 1 CDJ.

Blogariddims 36/Roots Reality and Culture
Episode 36 comes from dancehall reggae and bashment DJs/producers The Heatwave - an 60 minute selection of positive, conscious and uplifting dancehall songs.

Blogariddims 37/Maga Bo - Os Cacos
50 minutes of transnational bass - dubstep grime cumbia hip hop ragga kuduro baile funk dub chaabi soca crunk. (Tracklist Only)

Blogariddims 38/The mouth, the feet, the sound
Changing the pace a little, episode 38 is a 1-hour mix of texture-matched avant-classical and modern composition for careful listening.

Blogariddims 39/Journeys by non-DJ
Episode 39 is an eclectic one hour journey through dub, beats and bass from self professed 'non-DJ': Paradigm X.

Blogariddims 40/Grime in the Dancehall
Episode 40 is a spectacular from John Eden and Grievous Angel's with a special CD-length mix of dancehall and grime, exploring the intimate links between the two genres.

Blogariddims 41/Sub Threshold
Blogariddims 41 is a dubstep mix with bits and pieces of 4/4 on breaky action recorded live by Owen Howard using vinyl and Serato.

Blogariddims 42/Sun 'n' Bass
Episode 42 mixed by Vamanos from Ghetto Bassquake. An hour of international sundrenched carnival bass thumping beats - Dancehall, Cumbia, Reggaeton, Dubstep, Drum 'n' Bass, Grime, Soca, Zouk, Baltimore and Baile Funk. Mashed up inna Soundsystem Style!

Blogariddims 43/Deep in Bludgrooves
Episode 43: Sir Loris brings you an hour long dub and roots mix recorded on nothing more than 2 technics and a mixer.

Blogariddims 44/Eiretronica : Underground
A selection of Irish electronica from the late 90s to today. Sequenced in Ableton by droid + slug for the 'Underground' Exhibition 27/06/08 - 06/07/08 in Road Records, Dublin

Blogariddims 45/Fusion Part 1
Episode 45 by Zhao uses mashups to communicate a new conception of hybridity, a fusing of different sounds and cultures with focus on traditional and regional music framed by urban bass and beats (or is it the other way around?)

Blogariddims 46/Doppelmix
Episode 46 lurches blinking into the sunlight courtesy of Doppelganger. It's a techno / dubstep hybrid created by stapling mp3s together on audacity.

Blogariddims 47/Ontological Hysteria
Episode 47 comes from Kek c/o the Kid Shirt blog and is an hour's worth of music based around the theme of, uh, Ontological Hysteria. Which is a helluva lot more fun than it sounds. Music was recorded direct from vinyl and edited on a knackered old vintage PC.

Blogariddims 48/Jazz
Shunted off the stage and smoking in the alley. For a while Jazz had something like an Embassy but then its proponents drifted on to Reggae and Brazilian music. Now no-one (apart from you dear listener) gives a shit about it.

Blogariddims 49/Dubtronics
So here we are at our penultimate episode and the monstrous delay can only mean one thing – it’s another droid + slug mix! This time we're trying our hardest to be trendy by actually playing some tunes that are less than a year old... You may have noticed that weareie hasn’t really had much to say about dubstep over the last few years – but that’s not to say we haven’t been listening. I was drawn into the world of blogging through a desire to explore the emerging grime scene in 2003, and I’ve followed the split in the scene and it’s divergent streams reasonably closely ever since.

Blogariddims 50/Terminus
We're ending the series with a collection of short sets from some of the most crucial contributors, each of whom has produced roughly 7 minutes of music that has been slotted together to form this CD length final episode. Initially this set was going to consist of a drunken spoken word monologue from myself in which I aired all my grudges and complaints from the last couple of years. Unfortunately I ended up with a 5 hour recording that couldn't be edited down to a comprehensible 74 minutes rant.

Well thats it. Any questions or bad links please feel free to comment and let me know. It's been fun.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a blog for 32 - see

10:31 AM  
Blogger droid said...

er... thanks anon, but thats a plug I wrote for the episode because there was no blog entry.

I realise that I may give the impression of being somewhat scatterbrained at times, but I do usually remember my own posts!

10:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

here's a better link for 4

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello. Sorry but I wasn't trying to be negative. It's f**king brilliant what you organised with Blogariddims. I appreciate you'd prefer to link to the original blog/creater. As a listener of the music, I am keen to understand what I'm listening to. I'd prefer to see your blog if there is nothing else. Once again sorry but thanks for the music!

this one gives a list of the tracks for #14

11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


please feel free to remove all my comments!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

last one! #19

11:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


11:28 AM  
Blogger droid said...

Not at all. Many thanks for the corrections! Many of them are due to articles being moved or archived... Ive also contacted Hal about his earlier episodes and he's going to repost the articles in question. As for Stelfox's episode - the tracklist is available in the feed and in the ID3 tags of that episode, so I didn't see the point in linking to the same info here.

BTW - who are you oh anonymous proof-reader? ;)

11:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

John (real name) Average. Born in England 53 & moved to New Zealand 87 with wife + 2 kids. Cannot play a musical instrument nor mix but enjoy listening to virtually all music. West Ham fan. My site is Thanks again for facilitating the excellent mixes! Downloading #42 at the moment!

9:23 AM  
Blogger droid said...

Well thanks for all your help John. its greatly appreciated. I'm going to fix those linkos now.

6:15 PM  
Blogger droid said...

I was feeling pretty stupid about all those link errors - then I realised that both John and Paul have upgraded their blogs since those casts, which is why the old links didn't work!

I'll get onto Hal and see what the story is with his posts as soon as. I have to say that I'm pleasantly surprised that someone cared enough to let me know there were problems.

Thanks again John!

6:25 PM  
Blogger Ben said...

Do you have the tracklistings anywhere? I can't find it if you do. Ben

3:56 PM  
Blogger droid said...

Yes Ben, in the blog posts and in the ID3 tags of nearly every episode - and in the RSS feed for that matter.

3:06 PM  
Anonymous The Double K said...

Can't believe I've missed this whole series until now (just came here from a mention on Grievous Angel's site) - the whole series looks amazing and I now have to find a *lot* of time to check it all out! Much looking forward to it - many thanks to you and all the contributors in advance.

Spotted a couple of broken links here:
The link for Blogariddims 1 goes to a page for the original Shwantology mix, not Shwantology 2. I think the link shoudl be this one:

Also, the link for Blogariddims 46 has moved here:

11:05 AM  
Blogger droid said...

Hey Double K. Thanks for that. Ive updated those links, and I'm relived to see that the doppelgangers post was saved somewhere before he scrapped his old blog.

2:56 PM  

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