Beau Wanzer’s entry for Bleep’s mix series sees the Chicago mainstay present a selection of rare gems of which he refers to as ‘degenerate duds’. Across the course of an hour, tracks from Emily Faryna, Culturcide, BA25+ and more are blended together from a variety of sources in order to deliver both beat-based thrills and abstract delights. The danceable tunes here tend towards twisted takes on the lo-fi sounds of Wanzer’s studio output - the fringes of Belgian New Beat, L.I.E.S. and more recently Delroy Edwards L.A. Club Resource-style freakbeat and minimal wave are all explored here. Coupled with the demented passages of shadowy electronic soundscaping and mutant, menacing industrialism, Wanzer’s mix coheres into a hugely atmospheric whole from one of contemporary electronic music's most formidable outsiders.
"Howdy. This 'mix' was recorded in my Chicago apartment using a hodgepodge of tapes, records, cd's, a half eaten olive loaf sandwich, and a warm glass of 2% milk. Includes all of your favorite degenerate duds from Emily Faryna, Culturcide, BA25+, Via Lactea, Das Kombinat, Rob Van Wijingaarden, Suckdog, and many many more. Turn on the lights, pull up a chair, strap on your dunce cap, sit in the corner and enjoy" - Beau Wanzer