Get Rocky Mountain High with DJ Rexx Arkana

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Since I had so much time recording the Francisco set (available to stream on Mixcloud and to download on Bandcamp), and because I can’t seem to stop buying vinyl, I’m pleased to present my newest mix, Denver.

Like its predecessor, this latest mix is inspired by a recent trip to the Mile High City and includes selections from vinyl buys at both Twist & Shout and the legendary original Wax Trax! Records location.

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Denver runs the gamut from 80s obscurities to freestyle to contemporary synth and pop, featuring both archival acts like Annie Anner and Atelier Folie and new scene stars such as Hurts and Empathy Test.

off: step by step
annie anner: night in the city
hurts: better than love
atelier folie: leave me alone
synthgo: let me hear your heartbeat
cause & effect: you think you know her
breakfast club: right on track
real life: god tonight
red flag: give me your hand
i start counting: lose him
timmy t: what will i do
jaydee: plastic dreams
empathy test: here is the place (thomas datt remix)

It’s an hour+ of audio ecstasy for your ears, courtesy of Haus Arkana and your DJ Rexx. Enjoy.

 

 

Take Me Home With You

Several people have inquired about downloadable versions of my DJ mixes recently, so I’ve created a Bandcamp page specifically for this purpose. Now you’re not limited to streaming the best synth mixes, but can actually take me home with you. Or to the gym. Or on a walk. I like walks.

Find me at: https://djrexxarkana.bandcamp.com/releases and throw down a couple dollars so I can keep buying and bringing you new (old) music. And thanks to everyone for the continued support.

Francisco: The Latest Live Mix From DJ Rexx Arkana

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San Francisco has always been a place where I imagined I could live, if I ever left the East Coast. It’s a naturally beautiful city – albeit an expensive one – attractive both for being California and for not being Los Angeles.

I’ve had the great pleasure to visit the Bay twice in the last six months. Each time I’ve left my heart – and a few dollars – behind, scoring some serious vinyl gems while record shopping from the famous Amoeba in Haight-Ashbury to pop ups down in the Mission District.

I play a few of them in this latest mix, Francisco, inspired by the city. Maybe you’ll fall in love, too.

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FRANCISCO
he said: could you (too)
vore aurora: null plus void (defenses down remix by coldkill)
moev: crucify me
u-bahnx: kiss of death
single gun theory: exorcise this wasteland
private sector: don’t take your grace away
front line assembly: right hand of heaven
vicious pink: fetish
the twins: time will tell
desireless: john
c.c.p.: hard work
until december: mercenary

Riding the U-BahnX Express with Scene Zine Systems of Romance

I’ve dusted off another closet classic for the Rexx-tended remix treatment, this time in exclusive partnership with my fellow 80s admirers over at leading scene retro ‘zine Systems of Romance. SoR founder Frankie Teardrop and I are both fans of German band and 80sObscuR-833929-1222364966rities favorite U-BahnX and thought the world could use a club refit of “Kiss of Death” – the B-side to their 1985 single, “Young Hearts of Europe” – but with the band long gone, knew they weren’t going to do it themselves.

I can’t think of a more appropriate venue to debut it than Systems, a lovingly-curated testament to all things minimal wave. Founded in mid-2007, the site is dedicated to showcasing material long since out of print, but whose appeal has outlasted the existence of its creators.

Visit the site and listen for yourself at http://www.systemsofromance.com or by clicking here. Or stream the remix directly from my Soundcloud below. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

DJ Rexx Arkana: Live from Brooklyn

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Thanks to everyone who came out and celebrated  International EBM Day with us at ARKHAM on Friday night at Don Pedro. It was my pleasure to have the opportunity to spin some classic synth and 80s tracks alongside resident DJs Cyclonus and Jose. By request, I’ve posted the playlist below. You can also stream the mix in its entirety over at my Mixcloud at: https://www.mixcloud.com/rexx-arkana. Remember, click to follow me here on WordPress and Mixcloud for immediate access to exclusives from the Arkana Arkives.

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PLAYLIST: ARKHAM 24/2 2017
syntec: the blind love, the blind
coldkill: watching trees
covenant: go film
psyche: unveiling the secret
depeche mode: get the balance right
severed heads: all saints day
peter schilling: the different story
shades of grey: worlds apart
clan of xymox: stranger
parade ground: gold rush
front 242: commando remix

Happy Tension 24/2

To celebrate International EBM Day, I wanted a nod to the old school that would be unique and unexpected. Well, I’m not sure I could get much more left-field than remixing a demo track from SoCal heads BOL, not without employing actual barnyard animals.

Perhaps no one was more surprised than band co-founder Rob Robinson, who has lived a lower profile than his peers and former band mates Steven Seibold (Hate Dept.) and Roger Jarvis (Kevorkian Death Cycle). For Robinson, the remix hit a sweet spot.
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“Thank you for bringing back some great memories,” he says. “I was talking to Steven (Seibold) about your mix…how it was the demo version. He and I were just becoming friends at that time.”

“Today, he and I are still friends and work together on various projects. I write film scores and play live shows with my wife, who has her own project Damsel In The Dollhouse.”

Music lives on for Robinson, who – like most of those who lived it – has some great and some terrible memories of growing up in early nineties rivet head culture.

“BOL was basically my first band,” he explains. “Basham (lead vocal/songwriter) and I were friends in high school. We started out writing pop music, then became more and more pissed off so started writing industrial music.”

“Around 1994, Gonzo! Records signed us on to release a CD and Seibold recorded it. By that time Seibold and I were friends and I was playing in both HD and KDC. Those were exciting, active and hopeful years for music.”

Some would argue they were the best of times, but that’s an argument for another day. The scene always seems to be just a couple of Owen Wilson memes away from degenerating into another Side-Line session. Not today. Today…this 24/2…we demand better.

We demand BOL.

Happy EBM Day from the Arkana Arkives.