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Monday, November 30, 2015

Premiere: Plunge Into Al Lover's Trippy New Beat Album Zodiak Versions

Posted By on Mon, Nov 30, 2015 at 7:01 AM

Alex Gundlach, aka Al Lover. - CREDIT: JULIA DEANDA
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  • Alex Gundlach, aka Al Lover.

For the last six years, Al Lover has lived in the Inner Richmond, working days at Rooky Ricardo's Records in Lower Haight and dropping psychedelic, lyric-less albums in his free time. But that happy paradigm is soon to be broken. A week from now, Lover, whose real name is Alex Gundlach, will become the latest beatmaker to leave Fog City for other horizons (in his case, Austin, Texas).

"There's an artist/musician mass exodus [from San Francisco] right now," said Lover, who produces all of his albums from his home studio. "I love this town, but I don't feel like it moves me like it once did. I'm not bitter, just anxious for something fresh."

To commemorate his departure, Lover will be DJ-ing one last show at Underground SF on Dec. 5. He's also released his latest project, a 12-track beat tape called Zodiak Versions (premiered below) that is heavily influenced by German Krautrock from the '70s and Jamaican dub reggae. Like his other works, the album lacks vocals and is entirely instrumental. It's heady and atmospheric, with a lot of synths and percussion, repetition and distortion. The tracks range widely, with some songs sounding like a post-apocalyptic train station during rush hour ("Kling Klang Soundclash") and others, like "Studio Einer Dub," that sound more like the climax of an opulent, cocktail party aboard a yacht on the Mediterranean. 

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Monday, September 27, 2010

Exclusive: DJ White Mike's 'Lights and Sounds' Mix

Posted By on Mon, Sep 27, 2010 at 2:37 PM

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San Francisco's DJ White Mike is the man behind this 40-minute mixtape of club-ready sonics, which he calls Lights and Sounds. We've certainly featured Mike and his Get Loose! shindig before, but this upbeat DJ set is something a tad different from the mixmaster's usual fare. Yes, it's still party music, but instead of the old-school hip-hop and pop tunes that the DJ and his club night often sport, this mix leans heavy on the sounds of the indie-dance set.

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