Comprising artists such as DeepChord, Monolake, Quantec and Pendle Coven, Radio Rothko presents a healthy mix of dub techno's classics and contemporaries, with a notable emphasis on the work of Basic Channel's Mark Ernestus and Moritz von Oswald. The mix takes advantage of the music's spacious and atmospheric nature, bubbling up into a more dance floor-friendly centre before showcasing the dubbier end of the dub techno spectrum.
Radio Rothko will be Scott Monteith's first venture into the world of the commercial mix CD, and also marks his debut release for The Agriculture, the Brooklyn-based label that gave us dubby genre-benders like DJ Rupture's Uproot mix. He's also seen fit to include three of his own compositions, including new track "Port Of Rix" as well as a special edit of "As We Conquer" from his 2001 debut album Primordia. We caught up with Monteith via e-mail to ask him a a few questions about the mix.
Were you approached to do a dub techno-specific mix, or was this your idea?
The dub techno focus was my idea and something that I've had in mind for quite a few years now. The sound has had such a strong resurgence lately it felt like the perfect time to put something together that showcased both some of my favorite tracks from the early days as well as some of the newer producers who I felt were really pushing things forward.
How did you go about mixing the tracks?
I did several rough mixes using Ableton starting when I was in Australia in January last year, as well as quite a few vinyl and CD passes when I got home. In the end it was one of the digital mixes that ended up as the final version.
Were there any cuts that you would've loved to feature but didn't get through the licensing stage?
I would have absolutely loved to have Porter Ricks' "Nautical Dub" on the mix, or really anything for that matter by them as they are really one of the forgotten foundational pillars of this whole sound and scene. Sadly I was unable to sort out how to do this so in the end my own humble tribute will have to suffice...
01. Deadbeat - As We Conquer (09 edit)
02. Various Artists - No. 3 (debit)
03. DeepChord - Grandbend
04. Basic Channel - Quadrant Dub I
05. Pendle Coven - Exigen
06. Deadbeat - Port of Rix
07. MLZ - Dark Days
08. Quantec - Electromagnetic Pulse
09. Marko Furstenberg - Site 312
10. Monolake - Static
11. Deadbeat - Magnetic North
12. 2562 - Redux
13. Monolake - Sepia
14. Rhythm and Sound - Mango Drive
15. Intrusion - Tswana Dub (Phase90 Restructure)
16. Mikkel Metal - Stephan
17. Maurizio - M06A
18. Substance & Vainqueur - Reverberation
19. Deadbeat - Deep Structure
The Agriculture will release Deadbeat's Radio Rothko on March 1, 2010.