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Recently there’s been a lot of talk (including from me!) about the score to a recent 80s-throwback horror show on a popular streaming platform. While I do love attention being paid to cool, darkly moody synth music, I do want to point out that there is a ton of cool, darkly moody synth music already out in the world.

To that end, I give you: unsettled.

To capture the mood I was going for, I tried to stick to a few criteria. I looked for prominent, dark synths, often arpeggiated. I tried, for the most part, to avoid other instruments (especially drums, though some do appear here) and vocals. Reverb always helps, too — in fact, I cheated a bit and drenched one of the drier tunes in reverb myself.

Don’t worry, though — after all that dread, I did allow the last tune to be a little uplifting, so you’ll be able to continue on with your day, a little unscathed.

So, enjoy. Tracklist below.

  • Disasterpeace, “It Follows: Title” (2015)
  • Walls/Oram, “Extremely Long Corridor” (196X?/2014)
  • Daft Punk, “Armory” (2010)
  • John Carpenter, “Wrong Flavour” (1976)
  • Johnathan Snipes & William Hutson, “Universal Weak Male” (2013)
  • Laurel Halo, “Carcass” (2012)
  • YOU, “Zone Black” (1983)
  • Makeup and Vanity Set, “The Faceless Man” (2011)
  • Majeure, “Termination Shock” (2014)
  • Aperture Science Psychoacoustics Laboratory, “TEST” (2011)
  • Skinny Puppy, “Love” (1986)
  • Harper / Russe / St. George, “Nightwalker” (1972)
  • AFX, “‎ssnb” (1994?)
  • µ-Ziq, “Sleep” (1991)
  • (d), “Trust” (2014)
  • Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom, “Black Spring” (2005)
  • X-TG, “E.H.s.” (2012)
  • Ricardo Donoso, “Klatu” (2014)
  • OK Ikumi, “Slope” (2012)
  • Nathaniel Ritter, “Tleilaxu Metaphors” (2012)
  • Chroma Key, “Come In, Over” (2004)

download: DJ Empirical, “Nous Nous Appelons Disco”
11 mar 2010

This is a mix I made to promote my monthly disco night, Nous Nous Appelons Disco. It’s 80 minutes of stuff I play at my night, meaning Disco (of any kind, but especially space/leftfield/nu-disco), Italo, High NRG, and even some proto-House — basically anything even vaguely related!

The tempo of this mix ramps up from a beginning-of-the-night 109 to a frantic 133 near the end, to mimic the usual pace of the Nous Nous Appelons Disco nights.

If you dig the stuff in this mix, come out on Friday!

Here’s the track list:

Z – Silver Lady Disco (Nous Nous Appelons Disco edit)
Hipnosis – Windland
Glass Candy – The Chameleon (Johan Agebjörn remix)
Gaznevada – I.C. Love Affair
Happy Mondays – WFL (Vince Clarke mix) (Autodisco‘s “We Love Mondays” edit)
Pink FloydKeep Talking (Nelue re-edit)
Västkustska Ryggdunkarsällskapet – Vansbro Boogie
Beatconductor – Funky Boogie
Colonel Abrams – Trapped
Ilya Santana – Discotized
Soft Rocks – Leave Your Earth Behind
Majeure – Teleforce (with samples from Steve Dahl and his disco demolition)
RAF Self Control (Trustus‘ Deeply Existential remix)
Cecile & Venice – Rimmel
Electric Minds – Pick Me Up (Casual Touch mix)
Sisters of Transistors – The Don
Trilogy – Not Love (instrumental)
Change – Angel in My Pocket
Ottawan – D.I.S.C.O.
Munich Machine – Space Warrior (DJ Empirical edit)
Giorgio Moroder – From Here to Eternity
Space – Magic Fly
Divine – You Think You’re a Man (Disco Beard‘s Big One edit)
Sylvester – Do Ya Wanna Funk
Zombi – Sapphire
Visage – The Damned Don’t Cry
Greg Vandike – Clone
A. Hobson – Perpetuum
Sylvia Love – Instant Love
The Flirts – Danger (Macho mix)
Kano – I’m Ready
Tantra Hills of Katmandu (Patrick Cowley mix)
Gil Mantera’s Party Dream – Eyes of Blue (DJ Empirical edit)