Thursday, March 10, 2011

Karl K - Binary Code (1997)

So here we are with another classic, unearthed gem of a mixtape. Released in 1997, Binary Code stands out as one of Karl K's finest mixes. Less a show of tricks and skill, (though that pops up as expected), it's the overall vibe created and sustained throughout the mix that makes this one stand out. It takes me right back to a very particular time period of my life, November of 1997. I moved from my parents house in Northeast Philadelphia and in with friends in South Philly, but was still commuting an hour+ each way every day to work. Throughout the following 3-4 months of subway and EL rides, I played this tape pretty much everyday, it acted as a soundtrack to one of my favorite books, Snow Crash. It was the perfect accompaniment: futuristic techstep and early neurofunk by Trace, Adam F, Dillinja, Optical, Matrix, Andy C, DJ Krust, Future Forces Inc., among others. Apologies for no tracklist this time around - there are too many unknowns on this one for me, but have a go at it in the comments if you'd like!

Download: Side 1
Download: Side 2


  1. Nice mix...more pure beats than rinsers, which is nice from a mix-tape.

  2. Might anyone be able to ID the first song played in this video? It is Karl K behind the decks at YoMan on February 21 1997.

  3. And just like that, I got it! Flytronix - Rare Tear Pt. 2! Woo!