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Please find me at my new DJ Narrative website

December 31, 2012 – 11:59 |


Hey folks,
After 420 posts I decided to discontinue this site, and build a new one.
Please find me at my current site – www.djnarrative.com.
There are a lot of narrative based audio, visual & Dj content that …

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A place for the other things i do outside of music. Generally broken down into things i do & things i find useful. Could be posts on productivity, events in birmingham, music making, dj technology, web design tips, awareness, politics, spirituality, funny stuff..all that kind of thing.


All blog posts related to my own Djing. Generally broken down into sub categories that i hope will be of interest. Radio shows, Dj Charts, Gig Lists, music / artists to check out, & anything useful i find related to the art of djing.


All past posts & videos related to the events Mr Elephant, Rockfall, Inter-course, Headway & Project X Presents, co-promoted up til the hiatus with links to all artists involved.


Starting to feel comfortable with what im producing and about to embark with a new setup and workflow. Wanted to put out a short ep of previous ideas which is up for free download via the newsletter


I deliver music tech workshops to particpants of all ages in a host of environments working with various other artforms. I only started this year, so there’s not many posts, but hopefully the posts give a good idea. More information is on the dedicated website – Reckorder.com.

Djing, Radio Shows »

Twelve mixes for xmas and an album or remixes as my winter solstice 2012 gift

December 21, 2012 – 20:13 |

Today is the last day of the mayan calendar, the 2012 winter solstice and my dog’s birthday! So to mark the occasion I thought i’d get together my best mixes of 2012 into a blog post and send it to friends and the nice people who visit my site.

Updated (quite a few years later!) Some of the links got broken for the 4 x CD mix, so there’s actually only 8 mixtapes on this post.

I also play & make quite a range of different music (downtempo / dope / house / techno, etc) :)

You can download all the new mixtapes & genres (over 50 all free with covers and tracklistings) from the collections on my new Dj Narrative site - http://www.djnarrative.com/subscriber-content/


The Coming Home series has Narrative and is more suited to after a club listening, and the Going Out are live recordings and potentially more suited to getting ready to go out. To be fair they’re all quite diverse and dynamic so i’ve put the genres underneath each one to help navigation. Each mix is around 40 minutes so you can fit 2 on a cd & covers are available from the show page links)

I was planning to post a new 4 dex & efx techno going out mix and a turntablist funky hip hop coming home mix, but they need more work, so i’ll post them up in the next newsletter. To make it up to 12 there’s also the 4 cd mix at the bottom, and please do help yourself to any of the 80 mixes & radio shows from any of my 3 back catalogue pages

If you’re feeling generous i’ve also put together an album of remixes from previous tracks to raise money for the save the children gaza fund. It’s made up from tracks before i really had my head around arrangement and production, but im pleased with how its turned out and the narrative fits well with the situation in gaza.

Either way please do help yourself to the album (also featured below), as its all free, and if you’d like to donate to save the children, the links are in the description.

Really hope you enjoy listening to these as much as i have putting them together and if you like any of the artists there are links to all in the tracklistings below.

If you enjoy any of the mixes and want to show support, a like on my new facebook page would be all thats needed.

And finally if you would like my debut album (the proper one) and all of the best new content that i send to friends and newsletter subscribers, please do drop your email into here.

Wishing you an inspiring solstice, a very merry xmas, and a prosperous new year.


Coming Home Vol #1 – Zazen

Dj Narrative Radio – Home Vol #1 – Zazen – 09th March 2012 by Marc Reck

Genres – Cinematic / Downtempo / Electronica / Trip Hop / Deep Jungle / Narrative



John Daido Loori – Finding The Still Point
Massive Attack vs Burial – Four Walls
Ghostpoet – Us Against Whatever Ever
HxdB & 3rdeye – Transpacific
Freear & Mary at Midnight – Early Departed
Jani R – On Days Like This
Klute – 174 BPM
Noisia – Leakage
Tipper – Brocken Spectre
Nitin Sawhney – Displacing the Priest
Zero T – Morning Sex (Feat Conrad)
Burial vs Massive Attack – Paradise Circus

Coming Home Vol # 2 – Fear & Love Part 2

Dj Narrative Radio – Coming Home Vol #2 – Fear and Love Part 2 (April 2012) by Marc Reck

Genres - Glitch Hop / Breaks / Drum & Bass / Electronica / Cinematic / Narrative



Bill Hicks – Fear & Love
Future Funk Squad – Fear
Break – The Only Way
Blacklicious – Sky Is Falling (Acapella)
King Cannibal – Aragami style
Coldcut – Everything is under control (Acapella)
The Prodigy – Poison
Vent – Lunatics
Bassbin Twins – 001
Jargon VA – Dissapoint You (High Rankin remix)
Noisia vs Mayhem – Exodus (Instrumental)
Rich Batsford feat Howard Marx – Completion (Reckorder Drum & Bass Remix)
London Elektricity – Do You Believe
Pendulum – Tarantula
Sigur Ross – Saigur Pur
Bill Hicks – Fear & Love

Coming Home Vol # 3 – Alone (A Love Story)

Dj Narrative Radio – Coming Home Vol #3 – Alone (A Love Story) by Marc Reck

Genres – Glitch Hop / Breaks / Electro Breaks / Drum & Bass / Electronica / Cinematic / Narrative



01. Barry Adamson – Vermillion Kisses
02. Ikon – Mogul Modal (Free Download)
03. Shirley Bassey – Where Do i Begin (Away Team Mix)
04. Amy Winehouse - You know I’m no good (Skeewiff Remix)
05. William Breakspear vs The Strangeways - Skanky Panky Tune (Free Download)
06. Tipper – Puzzle Dust
07. Tipper – Scrabbler
08. Breakage – Temper
09. Break - All Thats Left
10. Break and DJ Die - Slow Down
11. Sub Focus – Vapourise
12. Enei - Stonehead
13. T.O.B. feat. Nonku - Evolutionary (Extended Mix)
14. Tipper – L.E.D. Down
15. Tipper – L.E.D. Down (Orchestral Mix)

Coming Home Vol #4 – The Creative

Genres -Deep & Liquid Drum & Bass and Jungle / Trip Hop / Narrative



1. High Contrast feat Underworld – 238 Days
2. Goldie – Inner City Life
3. Count Basic – Speechless (K&D Mix)
4. Lamb - God Bless (Wagon Christ Mix)
5. Om Unit - Ulysses
6. Om Unit (feat. Tamara Blessa)Dark Sunrise
7. Top Cat - Ruffest Gun Ark (Chase & Status Mix)
8. Nanci & Phoebe feat Congo Natty - Notorious
9. Loadstar - Bomber
10. Tipper - Higgins
11. Stray – Timbre
12. Terminal State - Torn
13. Seba - Forever
14. High Contrast - Everything’s Different (Calibre Mix)
15. London Elektricity - This Dark Matter

Going Out Vol #1 – Live at Shambala

Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) Djing the Kamikaze Tent @ Shambala Festival 2011 by Marc Reck

Genres – Breaks/ Tech Funk / Techno / Drum & Bass / Jungle / Acapellas / Efx



1. Eva Lazarus & David Rodrigan – Live at Shambala 2011 intro
2. Rebel MC (Feat Barrington Levy & Tenor Fly) – Tribal Bass
3. Davip & 3d Stas – Jamaican Oldskool
4. Chemical Brothers – Salmon Dance (Acapella)
5. Hedflux – Rhythm Prism
6. Sasha Carassi – White Sucker
7. DK8 – Murder Was The Bass
8. The Prodigy – Jericho
9. Freestylers– The Slammer
10. Pendulum feat Freestylers – Fasten Your Seatbelts
11. The Prodigy – Warrior’s Dance
12. Congo Natty feat. Top Cat– Champion DJ
13. Break– Traits
14. Logistics – Reality Checkpoint
15. The Fugees – Fugee La La (Sly & Robbie Remix) (Acapella)
16. Break Ft Calyx & Teebee – Dont Look Down
17. Roni Size“Reprazent” – Brown Paper Bag (2008 Re-Edit)
18. DJ Die & Roni Size – It’S A Jazz Thing (Utah Jazz Remix)
19. Congo Natty feat. Top Cat – Wardance (Serial Killaz VIP Mix)

Going Out Vol #2 – Live At Hot Club De Swing

Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) Djing at Hot Club De Swing – 10th March 2012 by Marc Reck

GENRES – Electro Swing / Swing / Balkan / Funky Breaks / Glitch Hop / Tropical



01. Ben Charest – Belleville Jungle
02. Fred Astaire – Puttin’ On The Ritz (Club Des Belugas Remix)
03. Club Des Belugas – Habana Twist
04. Tim Tim – Rum’n’cocacola (Shake It Up Well Mix)
05. Chinese Man – Artichaut
06. Club des Belugas – Skip To The Bip (Brazil Mix)
07. Club Des Belugas – It Dont Mean A Thing
08. The Doors – Break on Through (Lance Herbstrong Re-Edit)
09. Balkan Beat Box – Hermetico
10. Baghdaddies – I Like It
11. Kormac - Jubilee
12. Mocean Worker & Steve Bernstein – Shake Ya Boogie
13. Fort Knox Five – Insight (A Skillz Mix)
14. Nekta – Here’s Us
15. Ben Charest – Belleville Rendez-Vous
16. Quantic feat. Tempo – Sabor
17. Zero dB – On The One Three
18. Myagi – Skank O Matic


Going Out Vol #3 – Live At Wagon & Horses Yard

Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) Djing @ Wagon & Horses Yard for Ferrit’s Funktion 1 40th – 06th April 2012 by Marc Reck



01. Hi Fidelity – 6 Million Ways To Squelch <Free Dloads>
02. Plastikman – Spastik (Dubfire Rework)
03. Unique 3 – Rocks the Bass (Si Begg Warehouse Mix)
04. Tipper – Unitizer
05. Freestylers – Give Me A Dub Plate
06. Scam – Put Your Hands Up
07. Tipper – Unlock The Geometry
08. Lawgiverz – Tunnel Bump
09. The Prodigy – Warrior’s Dance
10. Pendulum feat Freestylers – Fasten Your Seatbe
11. Bassbin Twins – Woppa
12. The Freestylers – Boomblast
13. Aquasky – Disco Biscuit
14. 4Kuba – Spacebuggy (BETA Remix)
15. Mr No Hands – Fat Cats (Diverted Remix)
16. Si Begg – The Tyranny of Pesto (Deadman DJs Mix)
17. Lawgiverz – Up
18. Si Begg feat Epcot – Hard Like Funk (Labour Ward Ep)
19. Tipper – Deez Bass Lessen
20. Cass Collective – Buried In The Woods

Going Out Vol #4 – Glitch Hop Mix 1

Dj Narrative Radio – Going Out Vol #4 – Glitch Hop Mix 1 – Oct 2012 by Marc Reck

GENRES - Glitch Hop / Electro Breaks



1. Mustard Tiger -  Bass Rate – Adapted Records
2. Mouldy Soul - Feeding Time – Colony Records
3. Tipper - Spunion – Tippermusic
4. Footwork vs. Snoop Dogg – 6 Million Ways to Die (Footwork serial killa bootleg mix) – Free Download
5. K+Lab feat Sacha Vee - Need to know – Junk Food
6. Marc Reck & Method Man & Redman – How High (Dj Narrative 2011 Prequel Glitch Hop Remix) – Free Download
7. Vent – Panda Slap – Colony
8. Bran Richards & Mr. Bill - Tinsel – Simplify
9. Spoonbill – Flying Junk Ship – Omlette
10. Mustard Tiger - Sloot (Meat Axe Remix – Adapted Records
11. Blatwax - Breeder – Adapted Records
12. Skeetaz – Nein – Additech
13. Carbon Community – Dr Spectacles (Lawgiverz Mix) – Reconnect Recordings
14. Hi Fidelity – Gender Blur – Sub Synergy


Dj Narrative 2012 Prequel Album of Early Remixes for Gaza Save the Children Fund

I was a bit aprehensive of putting this out as its not really representative of my music making or producing, but its for charity and think its turned out pretty well all things considering (more info below)

GENRES – Trip Hop / Glitch Hop / Breaks / Dancehall / Drum & Bass


Here’s a bit more background with the links to  in case you dont read the soundcloud info. >>

An album of remixes featuring track from last 5 years, put together to raise money for emergency save the children gaza fund.

Please visit my bandcamp page for the information and links to download all tracks for free (and/ or donate to the save the children gaza fund if you’d like to) http://djnarrative.bandcamp.com

I have a new setup, workflow, and approach to writing and producing now so all these tracks were made before i really understood arrangement or production. Many of the tracks were missing plugins and some just being most recent wav export. That said i’ve used ozone for some limiting and basic mastering to try and get them up to speed and am pretty pleased with how its turned out.

Artists featured are Bruce Lee, Noam Chompsky, Bill Hicks, Saul Williams, DubFx, M.I.A, Method Man, Redman, Coldcut, General Levy, Fugees, Pink, Peter Kaye, Susan Vega & The Montini Experience.

Starting work on debut album 12 / 12 / 2012. I’ll post all the tracks and parts via my new facebook page (next thing to update) - www.facebook.com/djnarrative All tracks, mixes & back catalogue freely available from www.djnarrative.com & & www.marceck.com

Reckommended Records – Nov / Dec 2012

December 10, 2012 – 16:32 |
Reckommended Records – Nov / Dec 2012

Here are 8 tracks, 4 albums & 7 free downloads over 6 (isn) genres in my slightly belated recommended reviews for the last couple of months…

Soundtrack & Video for Secret City’s latest project Roots and Seeds

December 5, 2012 – 11:50 |

Have had the pleasure of working with pioneering community arts organisation Secret City Arts recently. This time it was for their Roots & Seeds project which explored the themes of putting down roots, being uprooted & seeking asylum with a wide range of participants from Tame Valley primary school.

Dj Narrative Prequel Album of Early Remixes for Gaza Save the Children Fund

November 22, 2012 – 18:38 |

Very pleased to announce that the aforementioned album of remixes is now finished and available as a free download from Thursday 22nd November 2012 (albeit in a different form than the one i was anticipating!)

Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) – Going Out Vol #4 – Glitch Hop

October 31, 2012 – 16:50 |

This newsletter’s Going Out Mix is heavily inspired by a recent dig in September which uncovered loads of wicked Glitch Hop and also to provide a more modular approach to these mixes \o/

All of these tracks were shortlisted for my last reviews even though they aren’t new releases, and i’m loving the breadth and spectrum of the genre so been itching to try a specific mix….

Life on the Narrowboat Part Two

October 29, 2012 – 15:59 | 2 Comments

Part of the reason for no content on the site is the site going down. Something to do with the database, and still a few glitches to work out but have reset it a stable order which seems to have made it work properly although the images dont centre align and seem to have lost all the facebook likes & a lots of thumbnails….

Innofader in the S4 Review

October 8, 2012 – 11:29 |

Over the last couple of years ive been teaching myself to scratch and it’s become one of my favourite things to do. Although i really rate the stock crossfader i’ve invested in a proper scratch fader for my Traktor S4, so thought id drop a review to share my findings….

Reckommended Records Sep / Oct 2012

October 4, 2012 – 15:30 |
Reckommended Records Sep / Oct 2012

My site went down for a couple of weeks but here are 25 recommended records of various electronic music genres. Plenty of free ones, all 5 star tracks and links to all the artists and tracks in the title.

Dj Narrative – Coming Home Vol # 3 – Alone (A Love Story)

July 31, 2012 – 15:32 | 2 Comments

This month’s mix with Narrative is a story about love with a host of bass music genres and a dark edged twist…

Our first month living on the canals

July 24, 2012 – 12:28 | 10 Comments

Its been a month since we moved onto our live aboard narrowboat and its been a great experience and a manageable learning curve thus far. Now we’re a bit more setup i thought id have a go at a boat blog to share some of the more interesting bits and a few pics we’ve taken.

Marc Reck feat Method Man & Redman – How High (Dj Narrative Remix)

July 24, 2012 – 12:15 |
Marc Reck feat Method Man & Redman – How High (Dj Narrative Remix)

Had a go at a glitch hop track at the end of 2011 inspired by listening to some opiou & of course Tipper, and here’e the result up for free download.

Reckommended Records – June / July 2012

July 20, 2012 – 12:45 |
Reckommended Records – June / July 2012

What with all the adjusting to the new home i’ve little time to blog or work on the newsletter content so here is over 20 recommended records (half free / half forthcoming) a few albums and a couple of dj sets for any dj minded or edm loving folk out there…

Understanding envelopes in Ableton & how to create a layered sound in Omnisphere

July 4, 2012 – 13:32 |

One very powerful function in shaping a sound is the use of envelopes, although its something I’ve never really utilised. Today i found a real clear & useful tutorial so thought id share it.

Newsletter Links

June 20, 2012 – 13:08 |

On the last 2 newsletters i always add a link to various things i think are worth checking out. It occurred to me that they could exist on my site if i made a specific blog post so here it is…

A New Voyage Ahead

May 24, 2012 – 11:40 | 10 Comments

About 9 months ago my partner put forward the idea of living on a narrowboat, inspired by a couple of friends of ours and a mutual desire to live more sustainably. There were many hurdles that needed to be addressed, but after lots of research, planning and learning, i’m well excited to say that idea which seemed highly unfeasible for ages is now almost a reality! \o/…

Audio Soundtrack for Secret City Markets Project

May 20, 2012 – 16:14 |

I’ve had a fair bit of audio editing and soundtrack for community projects work over the last 12 months but havent been posting much of it. This recent one for Secret City arts was one where i learnt a lot about the history of our markets so thought it’d be a good one to share.

More Dj Workshops at Corby Cube

May 14, 2012 – 16:05 |


Very much looking forward to returning the Corby Cube in Corby to host a few more drop in Dj Workshops. Always get so much out of them in both the teaching and for my own …

An Awesome Breakbeat Masterclass, How to mix Kick and Bass, and my Favourite Spectrum Analyser for Free

May 10, 2012 – 12:10 |

This month’s tutorials are all about getting that solid starting point of the kick and the snare. This has really helped me define the solid starting point needed to build the track around (or be able to easily sort out any issues on the production front)

Dj Narrative – Coming Home Vol # 2 – Fear & Love Part 2

April 30, 2012 – 16:08 |


This month’s mix with Narrative is a kind of sequel to my first fear & love mix back from 2006, focusing much more on the Fear side of the equation. As a contrast to last …

Reckommended Records – April / May 2012

April 24, 2012 – 14:46 |
Reckommended Records – April / May 2012

A bumper pack of (at least) 20 tracks of different genres that i’m really feeling as we merging april and mays charts. Some free download and some forthcoming promos. All highly recommended.

Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) at Wagon & Horses Yard for Ferits Funktion One 40th

April 20, 2012 – 16:14 |

A recording of my set from Ferits funktion 1 40th at the Wagon & Horses Yard. 20 tracks of Electro Breaks, Techno, Nu Jungle, Nu School Breaks & Glitchy Breaks with many tracks being re-edited live using 4 decks, loops & cue points.

Marc Reck (Dj Narrative) at Hot Club De Swing

April 20, 2012 – 15:41 |

First 40 mins of my set recorded at Hot Club De Swing last march. Went into Drum & Bass for the last 20 mins which was great live but wanted to keep this cloudcast about the swing & related genres…

Reckorder & Dramask – Lisa and Chewing Gum – April 2012

April 10, 2012 – 17:38 |


This project was mainly editing the audio recordings from a series of Dramask primary school workshops and adding some brian eno to add some ambience. Particpants in the workshops also created puppets and story board …

My new Dj Narrative newsletter podcast thingymaroo

March 17, 2012 – 16:44 |
My new Dj Narrative newsletter podcast thingymaroo


So after months of prep & years of developing i’m very happy to share my Dj Narrative newsletter / podcast. Its contains a few ideas / features so i thought i’d break it down a …

Reckommended Records – March 2012

March 15, 2012 – 16:54 |
Reckommended Records – March 2012


Here are 10 tracks & 1 album of different genres that i highly recommend you check out – 4 free / 7 new & all party rockers in their own right

Drum & Bass – Noisia …

Dj Narrative – Home Vol #1 – Zazen

March 9, 2012 – 17:19 |


The first downtempo mix with Narrative for this new podcast is entitled “Zazen”. Musically it’s a seamless cinematic style mix featuring artists like Burial, Nitin Sahwney, Ghost Poet, & Tipper, and thematically it was inspired by …