Ballardian Dreams

Sunday always seems ideal for the long mix, the Sabbath lending itself to the extended DJ mix. Today’s is from Richard Fearless and a mix titled Ballardian Dreams. In 1971 JG Ballard said ‘Everything is becoming science fiction. From the margins of an almost invisible literature has sprung the intact reality of the 20th century’. He also said ‘civilised life is based on a huge number of illusions in which we collaborate willingly. The trouble is we forget after a while they are illusions and we are deeply shocked when reality is torn down around us’. Both seem pertinent in some way.

For this mix Richard Fearless has mined the influences that went into his recent Deep Rave Memory album and seemlessly stitched together ninety minutes of electro, acid, techno, EBM and industrial musics, all glide by of synths, drones, robot voices, squelchy bass, machine drums and unmistakable superfast flicker of the strobe.

Deep Rave Memory

This is out today, new from Richard Fearless, an eight track album under his own name. If the title track is anything to go by it promises to be a techno- soul classic, 303s and whipcrack snares, melodic toplines, dark spiralling synths and kosmiche expansion. The title alone is a gift. Twelve minutes of twisting, laser light brilliance.

Days From Now

Daniel Avery’s ambient techno masterpiece album Song For Alpha from last year was joined this week by a sister album Song for Alpha 2 compiling B-sides from the various 12″ releases and fourteen remixes. The remixes by Jon Hopkins, Four Tet and Inga Mauer have already graced the pages of this blog- here’s another to join them from Death In Vegas head honcho Richard Fearless, an intense white light ride, nuanced acid techno. The whole package is available here.


Honey Effect

This is the new single from Death In Vegas, Honey, with the blissful vocals of Sasha Grey over throbbing, minimal, mind altering techno. ‘I would die… for you’ Sasha whispers.

Richard Fearless has more or less devoted his music making over the last few years to this sound, stripping it back and purifying it. In 2015 he put out this eight minute song, Overview Effect. It followed 2 singles form the year before, all in similar groove. When you’ve got a sound this good, why do anything other than refine it?

I don’t know why some get released as Richard Fearless and some as Death In Vegas, where Fearless ends and Vegas begins? Or the other way round…


Richard Fearless at the controls with an hour long mix for i-D Magazine. Starts out percussive and African-influenced before heading into techno territory. Rather good if this kind of thing is your bag.

Bob Holroyd “African Drug”
Studio 1 “purple” on Studio 1
Mutabaruka “Dis Poem”
Mark Ernest’s meets BBC Version & Ngunyuta Dance by BBC
Rvds “Afrika”
Yak “Mido”
Ishio Dai “Island Dub”
Osbourne “Africa”
Lns & DJ Sotofett “Jugando Con Fuego” (Percussion Mix)
Dude Energy “Beat Desire”
Lns & DJ Sotofett “Jugando Con Fuego” (Sunrise mix)
Eon “Ramadance”
Richard Fearless “Sweet Venus”
Richard Fearless “Cancan”
Richard Fearless “Rex”

Without Fear

If you fancy an hour’s worth of highest quality machine music seamlessly mixed together by the hands of Richard Fearless then this Boiler Room upload should be right up your alley. Recorded back in 2013, it is a great set, some spacey dub techno, house and acid. Musically it’s hypnotic, sexy, and forward thinking stuff and all done on vinyl. Some of the dancing by the punters behind Richard is a little irksome at times but then I wouldn’t particularly want to watch back footage of myself cutting some rug either. Scott Fraser and Timothy J. Fairplay can be seen at various points- this was part of a Crimes Of The Future night. There’s a Soundcloud upload of the set here. No dancers to distract from your enjoyment of the tunes.

There is further good news for those of us who love Richard’s techno/house. He has a new single out in early December called Night Blind. If it’s as good as the Sweet Venus/Rex 12″ that came out earlier this year, it will be very good indeed.


In June Richard Fearless put out a 12″ single with an A-side that I’ve been returning to ever since, a high quality piece of modern techno called Sweet Venus. The other side of the single was this, a thumping piece of acid techno, hypnotic and repetitive. The sort of track where attention to detail is utmost- lovely oscillating synths, crisp drums and the cymbals are a total joy in themselves. It just glides by.
Out recently on Fearless’ own imprint Drone is this from Von Haze (produced by Fearless). Solar Plexus is a ten minute exploration of drone and frequencies. It’s too insistent to be ambient. You’ll either love it or it’ll do your head in.