Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Our friend Pearsall has upped a mix courtesy of myself, Karl Haze. If you'd like to download the mix and read the accompanying interview, head over to his blog at SONICRAMPAGE.ORG.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The LAST Futurhythm

You can now download a recording of the show! Thanks to Mimsey Demon for digging through the CHUO audio archive to make this one available.

It is with a hint of sadness/nostalgia that I'm posting this tonight. I've decided to end my run as a volunteer and show host at CHUO.

I've really enjoyed my 14 years as host and DJ for Ottawa's longest running jungle/drum & bass radio show. My initial involvement with the station was what launched my involvement in Ottawa's underground DJ/club scene. I give many thanks to CHUO and it's staff (past & present) for the opportunity.

To put it simply, 14 years since it started, I no longer place as much priority on my DJing/producing sideprojects, and demands continue to shift to other areas of my life. Time to move on. That's not to say that I am "retiring", I won't ever be giving up the music I love. You will certainly continue to see mixes, guest spots, and club dates from me in the future. But Futurhythm will sign on and sign off for good tomorrow night.

Our last broadcast on FUTURHYTHM CHUO will be Wednesday, May 18, from 9:00 - 10:00 PM. Please tune in and "keep it locked" one last time. We've got a great show lined up for you. Saxon & myself, along with a slew of guests will each be bring 4 or 5 of our favourite tunes that have ever been given a spin on the show. Expect a "best of" of sorts, featuring loads of music from the past & present.

CHUO 89.1 FM /
Wednesday May 18
9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST
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Thank you so much for giving me a spot and an audience on the airwaves for as long as you have. Please do your part in keeping jungle/drum & bass music alive in Ottawa and the world at large!

Karl (Haze)

& co-hosts past & present
Rob (Saxon)
Dan (Schematic)
Peter (Illogic)
Marrie (Panda)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011


From punk rock to heavy metal, from hip hop to techno, from jungle to dubstep, underground hardcore music has always been the voice of the underclass on the cutting edge. These scenes tend to exploded out of seemingly nowhere, and then proceed to grow at a frighteningly fast pace. After a period of a few years, these kinds of scenes tend to boil down to their essence... some might say stagnate... into a self-sufficient network of clubs, recording artists, DJs, and (largely male) fans. Everybody else seems to move onto the next thing. So it should be no surprise that what started out as the black sheep of European techno is still thriving today and going strong in and of itself.

In the beginning, hardcore (or gabber), began to take root in the early hard techno coming out of The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, and the USA around 1990. A subset of producers & DJs began to push the BPMs and noise threshold higher and higher until a distinctly different sound had emerged by 1992 and 1993. Hardcore gabber was by this point clocking in at anywhere from 170 - 210 BPM, taking in all forms of sampledelia, pillaging every form of hardcore music that came before it for inspiration to craft the next sonic assault.

It was right around this time that I began hearing the music in it's earliest forms being played on local campus/community radio, and at parties, by DJs such as Ottawa's Teknobrat, Motomasa, and Kaos. Being a teenaged male at the time, the distilation of heavy metal, hip hop, and hard techno was instantly thrilling. The comedy of some of this music appealed to me back then, and that appeal is even more pronounced now. This is some truly ridiculous stuff. You've got to love the fact that as HARDCORE as this scene is, it can still poke fun at itself. I can't imagine Rob Gee (aka Riot Squad) taking himself seriously when assembling "Gabberkeisen". Also, check the track "No Women Allowed", by Sperminator to realize that even the people behind the music found humour in the fact that this was (and is) a scene virtually void of female fans.

Until recently, the producers, DJs, and labels that were releasing this music have eluded me. I've since sourced out some track names, and have pulled together a little collection of some of the stand-out tunes (to me) of that time period. Here they are, mixed together for short but powerful 40 minute burst of hardcore gabber mayhem. HAKKE!

KARL HAZE - Futurhythm February 9, 2011 (Hardcore Gabber)

Riot Squad - Nonshlen Tustokken (Ode To Vortex) (12 Gauge)
Fuckin' Hostile - Fuckin' Hostile (Disintigrator Remix) (Industrial Strength)
Annihilator - I'll Show You My Gun (Mokum)
DJ Rob - Boy's Interface (Rotterdam Mix) (Rotterdam Records)

DJ Charly Lownoise & Mental Theo - Direct From Brooklyn (Master Maximum)
Juggernaut - Silicium On Wax (Ruffneck)
Asylum - Mescalum (K.N.O.R.)
Wedlock - Bass For Your Face (Ruffneck)
T.O.P.D.R.O.P. - Achtung! (DJ Hooligan Remix) (Rave Records)
Hyperact - My Best Friend (Dirty Mix) (Dwarf)
Riot Squad - Gabberkeisen (12 Gauge)
King Matthew - Borock (Bloody Cow)
Cookiemunsta - Madnessinsanity (Housesucker Mix) (Mokum)


Thursday, January 27, 2011


I took a left turn on Futurhythm last night, and decided to play some chilled out downtempo & leftfield selections. You can download the audio from the show here:



Nightmares On Wax - Night's Introlude
Air - Modulor (Solid Remix)
‎9 Lazy 9 - Electric Lazyland
Wagon Christ - Reedin'
DJ Krush - A Whim
DJ Shadow - What Does Your Soul Look Like
DJ Food - Concentric Circle
μZiq - Phiesope
Funki Porcini - Tiny Kangaroo Dolphin (From Hell)
Urban Tribe - Covert Action
Hidden Agenda - Big Lamp
Wagon Christ - Workout
Mike & Rich - Mr. Frosty
LTJ Bukem - Cosmic Interlude
μZiq - Reflectiv

Friday, December 31, 2010


The year 2010 is about to slip away from us and into history. I recently took the opportunity to play some of the year's best drum & bass music on my final Futurhythm episode for the year (broadcast date, December 29th), which has become somewhat of a tradition for the show year after year. Being that it is also the end of a decade, I decided to see just how things have come along since the last decade rolled over and into the next. The show started off with some classics from 1999/2000/2001. Then at the halfway mark, we took a look at some key releases from the year 2010. These are by no means definitive lists or picks, but rather a mix of some of the best in my opinion. Here's how it went down:

2000ish (an excerpt taken from a previously recorded mix)

Q Project - Champion Sound (Total Science Remix) (C.I.A.)
Phantom Audio - Remote Control (Timeless)
Dylan & Ink - California Curse (Outbreak)
Roni Size - Snapshot (Full Cycle)
Total Science - Make Me Feel (C.I.A.)
Ram Trilogy - Titan (Ram)
Uncut - Midnight (Marcus Intalex & ST Files Remix) (Wired)
London Elektricity - Wishing Well (Danny Byrd Remix) (Hopspital)
Universal Project - Rux Flava
Digital - Waterhouse Dub (True Playaz)
A Sides - Crazy VIP (Eastside)
Bad Company - Tumpa (Flashback) (Bad Company)


Calibre - Thirst Dub (Signature)
Breakage feat. Roots Manuva - Run Em Out (Digital Soundboy)
Bladerunner - Back To The Jungle (Critical)
Total Science & S.P.Y. - Gangsta (Shogun Audio)
Tom & Jerry - Maximum Style (Serial Killaz Remix) (Tom & Jerry)
Calibre - Broken (Signature)
Break & Die - Slow Down (Symmetry)
Subwave - Darkness Dub (Metalheadz)
Exocet - Demon Seed (S.P.Y. Remix) (Nu Directions)