Sunday, May 31, 2009


This week we are lucky, because this week our guest for the Reprogram Music Non-Stop is ZERKALO, hailing from various locations, but primarily Germany/France and the USA. For those in the know, ZERKALO is a newer project from Heinrich Mueller (yes, of the infamous DOPPLEREFFEKT!!!) and Victoria Lukas. The sound is similar to other Heinrich Mueller projects like ARPANET, DER ZYKLUS, and more recent DOPPLEREFFEKT but remains completely unique with Victoria's chilling, but sweet vocals.

As of current there are no ZERKALO releases and there are no interviews with members of this project. Some may be confused by this sort of behavior as an artist, but I find it to work well-- I'm much more intrigued with an artist's anonymity. In the end it should always be the music that speaks---rather than revealing interviews that may only work in one context for that particular moment.

ZERKALO has asked this mix to be dedicated to Marie Alexandra Van Huffel.

Okay, enjoy!!!

You can also download it HERE.

For those that must have a playlist:

et expecto resurrectionem mortuorum - i. des profondeurs de l'abîme.../ olivier messiaen

zero volume/arpanet

icct hedral {edit} /aphex twin

we are eternal /ultradyne

cosmic car/cybotron

secret desire/ i_F

insecticide/ fad gadget

das leben und der tod /analog

in your pyramid / luke eargoggle

when i was sick/zerkalo

odessa theme/alden tyrell


the man machine/kraftwerk


You can visit their Myspace music page HERE.

In addition to all of this, here are some visuals!!! ----

Friday, May 29, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009


The other night after WILD FRUITS!, Dan of GLASNOST and I got on the topic of the 'cosmic disco' sound and how prevalent it is in electronic music today. This made me want to leave the bar behind and listen to some of those spaced out mixes, and fall into a nice, drooling slumber. I ended up having the last available Lone Star at the bar (coudn't tear me away from it!), but was still anxious to go through some of the mixes I would find when the whole 'cosmic' trend really blew up a few years ago.

Since we didn't have anyone submit a mix to us this week, I dug up this mix-tape by some DJ just known as EVAN, recorded at Discoteca Boomerang for this week's non-stop. My guess is that this tape (#48)is from around 1984....and, well is it cosmic....balearic....typhoon?...

Just give it a listen---I think this mix is a great little primer to the 'cosmic sound' that everyone seems to still be wild about.

Oh, and if anyone has any leads on this EVAN DJ, I'd be curious to know more about this guy!

Sunday, May 17, 2009


This week's podcast comes to us from the Chicago native known to many as TRAXX, aka MELVIN OLIPHANT III and many other aliases. Melvin has worked alongside such artists as LEGOWELT ('Stranger In the Strangest of Lands' was the devastating track of 2006, released on Creme Organization), JTC, DJ HELL, and many others.
He is also the label boss/creative director for one of the most controversial and SERIOUS record labels to come about since the likes of Underground Resistance simply known as NATION. Below is a brief interview with Melvin for Reprogram Music where we discuss the present and more importantly, the future for Melvin and the NATION label....


RMM: So, for those that don't already know, tell us, who are you, and your many production aliases?

MO: said who I am above...
My many alias productions are:
and LOST FREQUENCIES as it stands now..hopefully not more.

RMM: You are now running a controversial record label for a little over 2 years now, tell us about it and what prompted you to begin releasing music independently and in such a D.I.Y. fashion?

MO: The label started now 3 years ago. My un-official 1st release was on Relief Records in 2006 when I introduced X2 for our 1st track production (Traxx, JTC, DMC)
called 'Time, Elevation, Rhythm. It was a 12:35 track for the A-side.
The sound of the label I expose is underground but for what I do with it, makes it more than just 'underground.'
Nation is Our OWN sound, influenced from the early inception of dance music to produce an impressive slew of no-holds-barred, full-on electronic/synth rhythm tracks resisting the current trend for an over-calculated digital sound which has retained the musicality in keeping it very real. For each release we've done it's always been's never the same formula twice...
If that was the case we wouldn't evolve, we would just slip into a record bin with a card sticking out that would say who knows what.
Regardless that could be the case at the moment with the way of the economy. When I do release something I do it for the 1 standard point: the music lovers out there..
I press only 500 copies 1 time with NEVER re-pressing again. Till this moment I have NO copies of the 1st 5 releases on Nation.
That being said hopefully I can assure those that read this know that we take the music seriously with a positive outlook to bring new people to join our movement thru the course of what happened back in the days of Chicago, Detroit and the world between the years of early 80's to the late end of the 90's to the present time of the scene currently into the future of OUR tomorrow.

RMM: When did you start producing music? Were you a DJ first, then producer, or did these both just come to you around the same time?

MO: I started producing music 1998..I am a Disc Jock (the proper title)...not a DJ.
A lot of people don't understand the difference..but if you're a head then you realize what I'm explaining. How I was brought up?..I began playin' wax in 1986.
I didn't know about a relationship between Chicago House and Techno back in the mid to late 80s. Maybe others did..but I was too crazed to the radio + parties.

RMM: Your musical influences run across the board. What artists really had a significant impact on your sound?

MO: I am mostly heavily influenced from RON HARDY. I also saw him 2 times in my younger life and I'm happy to say it was worth every moment. I was also fortunate to experience the days of Medusa's where most of the industrial scene began with groups + labels like Front 242, Ministry, Wax Trax, Nitzer Ebb, Psyche, Yellow,
Chris & Cosey and where many others got their start. Somehow all of these artists plus others have impacted me to become this musical artist of sound that has taken shape.

RMM: Jakbeat. I'm certain people are like "This jakbeat thing, what are they talking about?" Here's your time to let people know!...

MO: Jakbeat is the renaissance of what early producers from Chicago, Detroit, London, New York, Germany and the World created. It's a truly separate genre in its own right...the reason is because Jakbeat is influenced from not just techno and house...
It derives from Elektronic Body Music, Freestyle, Disco Not Disco, Punk-Goth, Synth Pop Music, Minimal Wave (meanin rare tapes) and Italo... Our sound cannot be created at's a state of mind and different level of musical consciousness. Hypnotic patterns and melodies to push the envelope of comprehensible dance music. The main problem in music is the will of everybody (especially journalists and professionals) to categorize points and put things in boxes. Once you give a name to a genre - whatever it is - you also give him a content. Then when you do something that sounds new, people will say that you try to break the borders of that music genre in which you were classified...

But in the end there is no border and there were never any.

RMM: You're always very busy with many projects. What do you have going on right now? Tell us about your various projects/side-projects.

MO: Right now I have 3 side projects that are completed and releasing in the next weeks...
My 1st side project is for a new label out of Berlin, Germany called DISCOS CAPABLANCA as MUTANT BEAT DANCE. An alias with my partner Beau Wanzer to produce
'In a Daze' with vocals from Eric D Clark. Eric is perhaps most famous for the 1996 hit 'From: Disco to Disco' with Whirlpool Productions. He has lent his dynamic voice to Tiefschwarz and Märtini Brös, and he’s a skillful producer in his own right, with solo albums on Firm and Ladomat 2000 coming out in early June.

Next I have a side project for a new label out of Madrid, Spain called FRIGIO as J/M STRAP, an alias with a new member to Nation named Josh Werner that I recorded a track for his label a few years ago called Antenna Intl. for the track called Ron Hardy's edit of Acid. For the Frigio label the track is called 'The Owl in Daylight.' It's only 1 track on a 3 track ep. The vinyl will be grey and its limited edition of 300 copies, coming out in early June.

Lastly I have a new project completed for Minimal Wave under another new alias called MB DANSE. This is alias is also with Beau Wanzer and is scheduled to release this year. Not sure on when but this project is completed. Waiting on labels can be a long while..I don't like to wait..!!

RMM: You play a lot in Europe for a good portion of the year. Why is that?
Do you think it's that people here in the U.S. are just not ready for what's serious, and innovative??

MO: I play in Europe because no one in Chicago or the US appreciates me. They also don't wanna pay me what I want. Nowadays the dance music scene just makes me upset...I don't like what a lot of people are playing/producing these days and it's rare to ever get to hear something I actually like, although a few years ago I think the state of things was very exciting.... Plus promoters in the dance scene have their heads up their asses. Seems like people are afraid to play "unsafe" music; anything that stirs up darker emotions, or challenges the listener, anything that might scare the girls out of the club...

Definitely the people in the US are not serious in anyway or open-minded or willing to invite new ideas or concepts.

RMM: Your debut album FAITH is going to drop in July on Nation, and already gaining attention on websites like Resident Advisor. Expound on this release here--- Does its title sum up the general theme of what the album is about? Who all worked with you on this album? Also, give us the details on how many of these will be released, distributers that will carry it, etc.

MO: The title does sum up the general theme..

Faith is a creation from all of my life experiences also everyone's life in general.
The world WE live in..
The Struggles
Finance to Survive
This is the story which unfolds thru emotional emancipation manifestation....

If you want to know who's on the album wait for it to drop. You want to know about copies and distro, go to RESIDENT ADVISOR.

RMM: We're very grateful to have you give us this session for Reprogram Music. Tell us, you have a title for this mix. What is it? This mix was strictly vinyl, right? Do you remember what was going on in your life when you recorded this? It's a rather heavy duty, almost dark mix...

MO: "Dark Rode Multiplex" is the title of the mix. The session was all vinyl, yes..
When I did the session I just played it; nothing came to my mind...

To hear samples of released and upcoming material from NATION and its members go HERE.

So, there you have are you ready for this session??? Click on the picture, or use the Rapidshare link below. Be prepared, this isn't for the faint of heart or the mental weak!!!

You can also download it HERE for a limited time.

Friday, May 15, 2009


Saturday, May 23rd is going to be a hot one-- and it's not even summer yet!

We're going to be testing out the newly remodeled MANGOs for this party, WILD FRUITS. The flyer says there will be FREE FRUIT, not to mention daiquiris and pomegranate martinis--- how do you think the dancefloor will become with all of this in the mix??

...and on the same night, just right across the street at LA STRADA, we get THE MARTINEZ BROTHERS from the Bronx, NYC. Look, if you don't know by now, YOU NEED TO KNOW--- TMB have been wrecking dancefloors across the world, showing up on countless DJ charts, and have a full-length album coming out soon on STRICTLY RHYTHM. Oh, and did I mention that the brothers are aged 17 and 20. Some critics are certain that this is the second coming of MASTERS AT WORK.

Saturday, May 23rd 2009
La Strada
322 Westheimer @ Taft
Doors: 9pm til Late/18+

*$15 Hard copy pre-sales can be purchased at La Strada[Dennis], or through Party Fone[Javier Reyna] & Lowlife[Skeezer & Kue]. Do Not Miss OUt On $15 Pre-Sales!!!*

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Here they are laying it down at Southport Weekender 44:

...and laying it down at the BEATPORT Pool Party @ WMC 2009:

Hope to see everyone out at BOTH of these events!

Monday, May 11, 2009


This week's non-stop comes to us from CHRIS COSTELLO, a Houston DJ that I'm frequently citing as one of our best young talents. Before he could legally drink booze in the discotheque he was playing at one of the top-notch techno parties, MANIFESTO!, with other great local DJs not to mention some other national acts.

Anyhow, I'll tell you right now---- COSTELLO goes to work on this number here and we're glad to have him provide us the goods for REPROGRAM MUSIC NON-STOP 002.

Chris Costello (Manifesto! /

Upcoming gigs:
Tue 5/12 - Sideways Tuesdays @ The Flat
Sat 5/30 - An Evening of Love @ Block 21 w/Champa Moore (NYC)

Friday, May 08, 2009

Houston we have a big weekend!

Do what you gotta do to make it out to one of these fun events

Friday 6pm-10pm
The Orange Show Houston Art Car Parade Sneak Peak Party
@ Discovery Green / No Cover! / All Ages
Music by:
The Wild Moccasins
The Side Show Tramps
Ceeplus Bad Knives

And of course, THE ART CAR PARADE on Saturday
more info @


Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
/ In The Brown Foundation Gallery:
No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston
Opening reception: Friday, May 8, 2009, 7:00–10:00 PM
On view: May 9 – October 4, 2009

Free from the land-use and zoning ordinances that shape other large American cities by separating residential, commercial, and industrial areas, Houston allows a mixed-use approach where disparate architectures and functions blend. In this often chaotic, jarring urban topography, many Houston artists have been able to carve out spaces and opportunities for themselves, their work, and their communities. No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston is the first museum exhibition to consider the current and past efforts of regional artists working in the urban environment.
more info:
CAMH logo

Friday After Party10pm-2am
Djs, Bands, Live Art and More! Spring Fling!


Saturday 6pm-?
Give up the Ghost!
Side stage fun with the Watermarks and more!
more info @

Saturday 10pm-2am
with Grrrl Parts, Bobby Dj, Brandon West(live) + more
This should not be missed!!!!! Get there early for free cover!


For even more info on rad Houston events just like these you can also check out this out of this world site:

Thursday, May 07, 2009


We're gonna try something new here. A weekly non-stop/mix/ghetto podcast that will be available here on the blog for your listening pleasure...

This week's NON-STOP is from one of the cronies here at Reprogram, J. CALERO.

Get it!


Wednesday, May 06, 2009

rokysopp featuring robyn


utah saints featuring kate bush