The Goldarndest Mixtapes

Richie Anderson began producing acid and techno music in 1992, with releases on obscure hard techno labels such as ‘Kill Out’ and ‘Drop Bass Network’ under various guises.

After a hiatus from production, he began releasing new music again alongside a series of live performances in Berlin. With his latest release in October 2019, Richie is now researching underground dance music scenes with a focus on Liverpool post-2008. He is also examining ageing with dance music and the impact scenes have on a place – the generation of cool and an invitation for gentrification.

Richie is also a classical guitarist and his mixes tend towards a wild variety of genres. The Goldarndest Mixtapes aims to pick up from the cassette culture of his youth, stemming from a practice he shares with his friends. Each quarter they produce a physical CD of music matching a given theme, along with corresponding cover art. The interpretation of the theme is wide open – it could be simply matching song titles to the theme, or an esoteric/conceptual interpretation.

Each show will follow a theme which is represented within the music played. If you are interested in contributing to Richie’s research, please get in touch.

This month’s show’s theme is is Arabesque. This has multiple definitions, in art, it’s ‘surface decorations based on rhythmic linear patterns of scrolling and interlacing foliage’, in ballet its the name of a position, it’s also a generic term for Turkish music, and was used by classical composers such as Debussy and Schumann who probably used the term to indicate there were Arabic influences in their melodies. All Arabic melodic, harmonies and rhythms at play in this show. Most of the music is from genuine Arabic culture but also western music influenced by Arabic music. It’s got a few tunes by Acid Arab who are based in Paris and whose style epitomises how much of the mix has turned out – a slow burn chug with Arabic drums against a Phrygian 303, plus a few other styles thrown in for good measure.