Live in Montreal, Canada. June 3rd, 2011.
Fresh from http://basicsounds.ca/!
Vancouver based producer Tomas Jirku has been creating innovative techno since the late nineties and first appeared on the NoType net-label in 1999. In 2000, he became the first Canadian signed to the seminal Force Inc Music Works label, and then its sub-label’s formative Clicks & Cuts compilation series, which didn’t just define a genre, but carved a niche for emerging producers. Jirku has continued a prolific music career appearing on such labels as Traum, Klang, Onitor, Alien8, Substractif, Revolver, Intr_version and more.
His latest release – Psilence – collects fragments of his various stylistic approaches and influences, and funnels them closer to the Detroit vibe he’s been secretly striving for all this time. The title track is an abstract house number with reverberating beats and warm dub-flecked pads that slowly evolve into a quirky techno track. Star Control goes sci-fi with classic synth sounds in the format of shifting electro-techno groover. Layers of floating atmospheric chords underlie a bounce that is bound to move you on the dance floor. Star Control’s dub version explores the dark matter hidden within the original, and fittingly incorporates samples from John Carpenter’s sci-fi classic ‘Dark Star’. Finally, for the DJ that doesn’t want to confuse his audience with disembodied voices, Star Control’s instrumental version excludes the movie samples for a stripped-down minimal, funky journey. If you think these Memorex recordings are good, you can hear Tomas Jirku perform them live at this year’s Mutek Festival in Montréal!
Tomas Jirku is a real favourite of Nice & Nasty and after acclaimed remixes for Celtec Twinz, Teknik and Mick Chillage, among others, it is our privilege to release Jirku’s mini album ‘I Am a Wild Party’.
Tomas Jirku has been at the forefront of Minimal Techno and Experimental Techno since the late 1990s. Jirku released his first music on pioneering net labels No Type and Alien8 and subsequently recording for the seminal Force Inc, Onitor, Revolver and others, Jirku has been one of Canada’s primary exponents of future techno.
Alongside Richie Hawtin, Jeff Milligan, Akufen, Adam Marshall, Gerald Belanger, Heike Silaste and Andrew Duke, Jirku has stamped the Maple Leaf on techno the world over. Jirku embodies the true creative whether it be in art, design, photography and music and much like himself his album ‘I am a Wild Party’ is a unique and novel adventure into sound, DJing and techno.
Jirku has assembled 6 trax that in many ways could be argued to be three trax in each, at least, as each tune mutates and juztaposes from sound and style to the next like a perfect DJ set, in our humble opinion. This release will be accompanied by a Mega Mix of all six trax and all remixes Tomas has done for Nice & Nasty as a Free Podcast. Enough reading, have a listen and hear for yourself. Enjoy!
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Canadian DJ and Producer, Tomas Jirku, releases the album ‘I Am a Wild Party’ on Nice & Nasty and to coincide with this Tomas, like Katsuhiko before him has comiled a DJ mix of the new album trax and all his remixes for Nice & Nasty.
Nice & Nasty’s Wild Party features original music from Tomas and remxies for Mick Chillage, Marco Bernardi, Celtec Twinz, Teknik and more. The album of original music goes on sale Monday 28th March via all discerning online stores, such as beatport.com, iTunes.com, whatpeopleplay.com and many more.
If you are a DJ/Writer etc and would like a Promo copy please email desy Balmer. If you are a club/Promoter interested in Tomas Jirku or any Nice & Nasty artists please get in touch direct. Tomas wil be in Europe this summer.
1. 00:00 – Mick Chillage – Sub Harmony (Tomas Jirku Remix) 
2. 05:04 – Marco Bernardi – EF, NG (Tomas Jirku’s Effin’ Great Remix) 
3. 09:00 – Sourcecode – Even Numbers (Tomas Jirku’s Number Station Remix) 
4. 13:45 – Vakama - Xenon (Tomas Jirku’s Incomplete Remix) [unreleased]
5. 17:33 – Tomas Jirku – Patio Lanterns 
6. 21:36 – Tomas Jirku – Shaking Like A Human Being 
7. 25:26 – Tomas Jirku – All We Are 
8. 28:28 – Tomas Jirku – The Stickiest of the Icky 
9. 31:24 – T Polar – Bubbling Brook of Brook Trout Remix by Tomas Jirku) 
10. 36:44 – Tomas Jirku – Go For A Soda 
11. 40:01 – Tomas Jirku – Sickness (Dub) 
12. 41:59 – Tomi Chair – Midnight Skywalker (Tomas Jirku Remix) 
13. 48:15 – Orlando Voorn – Angles (Tomas Jirku Remix) 
14. 55:49 – Celtec Twinz – Benediction (Tomas Jirku Remix) 
15. 63:08 – Teknik – Sonar (Tomas Jirku Remix) 
16. 66:38 – Tomas Jirku – Sickness 
This recording, exclusive to Plasmodium, pushes my “Illectrodub” album material – originally suited for headphones – closer to the realm of the dancefloor. Also remixed are early demo tracks from Rob Warren (with whom I record as “St. Helens”). The mix then winds down through a few tunes from which inspiration has been drawn, albeit not overtly.
- Tomas Jirku – Typo – riversof
- Rob Warren – Tunnel Dub (Tomas Jirku Remix) – riversof
- Rob Warren – Hastings Sunrise (Tomas Jirku Remix) – riversof
- Rob Warren – 1840 (Tomas Jirku Remix) – riversof
- Rob Warren – Relay Run (Tomas Jirku Remix) – riversof
- Rob Warren – Megatron Disto (Tomas Jirku Remix) – riversof
- Rob Warren – One For This (Tomas Jirku Remix) – riversof
- Tomas Jirku – Triplesec (Remix) – riversof
- Tomas Jirku – Tweep (Remix) – riversof
- Tomas Jirku – Orion (Remix) – riversof
- Tomas Jirku – Bunch of A’s (Remix) – riversof
- Tomas Jirku – Dunwright (Remix) – riversof
- Rob Warren – On Kingsway (Tomas Jirku Remix) – riversof
- St. Helens – Ground Effects (Tomas Jirku Remix) – riversof
- James Blake – Sparing the Horses – Hemlock
- Lorn – Forcast – VGR
- Mosca – Nike – Night Slugs
- Silkie – Concrete Jungle – Deep Medi Musik
- Joker – Tron (VIP Mix) – Kapsize
- Girl Unit – Every Time – Night Slugs
- Lorn – Glass and Silver – Brainfeeder
- Ramadanman Tempest – Hemlock
- Mount Kimbie – Maybes (James Blake Remix) – Hotflush
…was the first album from Rivers of Recordings, compiling demo tracks from the main players (Rob Warren, Intellijel, Soundwarp and myself). Originally only available as a limited edition CD with hand-made packaging, now’s your chance to grab it while I’m feeling generous.
…was a mix originally performed for the 2008 Mid-Forms (New Forms) Festival and then re-recorded for the Art of Beatz podcast, this mix combines some tracks that were released on Rivers of Recordings and others that haven’t yet been so lucky.
Picking up where my ‘Entropy‘ album left off, the new ‘Illectrodubs’ album furthers my research into music for robo-rastas.
…or them all zipped-up:
Tomas Jirku – Illectrodubs (mp3).zip
…or the wavs all zipped-up:
Tomas Jirku – Illectrodubs (wav).zip
Only 4 minutes into the 2nd side of their 1st Beat Tape, you recognize it from the first sound of that siren. You might call it ‘the hype section of Soupmask‘ (as Kuma‘s remix reminds you), but St. Helens call it ‘Ground Effects‘. Souns tightens it up ’til it almost pops, and Jirku throws it through a wall of synths. Might have been a stretch to call it dub-step back when the original mix was made, but these days that label is sounding more flexible.
Big thanks go out to Vancouver’s hardest working, heaviest hitting dubstep producers/promoters for the remixes!
What if Don Henley was a robot? His most famous song might sound a bit different.
My parents have been a big musical influence on me, so it’s fortunate for me that they have good taste! To mark my dad’s 59th birthday I’ve remixed some of his favorites — the raspy anti-crooner Tom Waits, and the always poignant and politically accurate The The — taking both into robo-funk territory. Their already heavy rhythms get a layer of techno and rolling electro, and some synths provide a veneer to the wall of sound. The result is a sound only a father could love.