New song and video featuring photos I took of the now extinct TA Factory in the Saint Henri area of Montreal. Gemini Jazz is carried to funk space orbit by a syncopated breakbeat, mutant jazz keys and a bass as thick as molasses.
The abandoned factory was a destination for urban exploration adventures and a canvas for graffiti artists to showcase their skills. It was demolished in 2014 to make way for condos but memories and photographs live on.
Embark on an undercover irie jungle mission with my latest Insomniak DnB track.
“This is a force of nature jah, just like lightning, the righteous face it every day and pass it by, but those with evil in their hearts fear it. That is why there is no need to slay the wicked, just leave them to face death and they will perish.”
This is a set of tripped out dub sounds I spun this summer while filling in for a friends late night radio show SPACEPLANE on CKUT 90.3 Montreal. You will hear a couple of my own productions in collaboration with SPACEPLANE host Tony Ezzy and a variety of dub infused genres from trip hop to roots remixes and electronic dub … note this mix contains no dubstep, when I say dub I mean DUB!
Penis Flytrap is an ongoing DJ side project where I team up with with local digger and musician Derek Kashew to create eclectic vinyl record mixes that feature juicy 70s funk, deep soul, odd 80s and delicious rarities from our dusty LP and 7″ crates.
This latest mix is a two hour journey through funk and soul that echoes the conflicts, loves and drama of modern life but is mostly about having fun
PENIS FLYTRAP – FEEL MY SOUL MIX (FEB. 2012)
Fatback – Feel My Soul
Buddy Miles – Walking Down the Highway
Soft Machine – The Flock
Chicago – Mother
Roy Head – She’s About a Mover
Joe Tex – I Mess Up Everything I Get My Hands On
Al Wilson – Listen To Me
Chairmen Of The Board – Skin I’m In
Mandrill – Wind On Horseback
Creative Source – Who is He and What is He to You
Dexter Wansel – Theme from the Planets
Jerry Butler – I’m Your Mechanical Man
Silver Convention – You Turn Me On
Taste Of Honey – World Spin
Rufus – Circles
Esther Phillips – Disposable Society
Barrabas – Woman
Booker T and the MGs – Big Train
Shuggie Otis – Me And My Woman
Eddie Harris – How Can I Find Some Way To Tell You
Odyssey 5 – Got to be an Answer
Shirley (and Company) – Shame, Shame, Shame
The Corporation – It’s Great to be Here
Gladys Knight & The Pips – On and On
Hank Crawford – Madison (The Spirit)
The Gap – Gash Gash Gash
Brother’s Johnson – You Keep Me Coming Back
The S.O.S. Band – Just Be Good to Me
Hot Chocolate – Heaven’s in the Backseat of my Cadillac
Faze – O – Rockin
Sylvester – You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)
Peppers – Do It, Do It
Dominique Guiot, Eric Mallet – Squadron
Gotta love these happy dogs leaping through a Montreal winter snow covered moon like landscape. Had to dig deep to find a track to match the cold windswept terrain and primal dog enthusiasm for snow and remembered “Ritual”, a track I recorded a couple of years ago with a laid back downtempo beat and dubbed out echoing analog beacon calling across the planet with positive vibrations.
It’s cold and snowy outside so warm up with this steamy acid ice road trucker. Smank Rock is an unstoppable analog rocker from your friendly neighborhood Insomniak featuring some rude Korg Mono/Poly tweaking, a ripping x0xb0x acid line and a stomping beat.
This all vinyl DJ mix features driving intergalactic late 70s and early 80s synthesizer music from some recently acquired, somewhat exotic production library records.
Production or Library music is royalty free music created to be used in film scores, TV shows, commercials and radio jingles. Although destined for commercial use much of this music is far from conservative and represent cutting edge sounds of the times. As you will hear many of these jams probe deep in to the future with their creative use of vintage synthesizers and advanced studio experimentation while other tracks kick back with vintage jazz and funk grooves.
I named this mix Bibliotheque, the French word for “Library” because the majority of these tracks are from French production houses with a few from the UK as well. Labels include KoKa Media,RCA Media, Spectrum Mood Library and Bruton Music.
Mixing was a challenge as these records are new to me and contain many tracks each with lots of jingles less than than a minute long. Being made for commercial use there were often descriptive track names that describe the mood and tempo which helped find the right track on the fly. There was no time to make a track list but I am happy with this selection that shows off a wide range of cool old school library tracks. Enjoy this mix of rarely heard vinyl and be taken away to a retro 80s sci-fi dramatic adventure through time and space from the big screen and late night TV.
Insomniak is a multi-experienced music producer, graphic designer, live performer, club DJ, photographer and remixer from Montreal, Canada.Follow me on Instagram for daily street art, food and Montreal moments.