Surgeon live at Werk, London 11.09.2003
Recently shared again (at full force 320kbps no less) by the Birmingham techno don Surgeon. This is his two hour DJ set at Werk from some 9 years ago. Quite possibly one of the best recordings from a stupidly consistent DJ and producer.
This ain’t your typical serious techno session neither, oh no. This is a full on blast into classics of the acid, electro and IDM realms and beyond. Now Surgeon, it has to be said, always slips in the more electronica bits and piece here and there. Taking his set and sound into new areas with different rhythms always underpinned and structured around the thudding kick that holds dancefloor techno together. Live at Werk, London is that and more.
The night in question was the Werk Discs label launch night and Surgeon was joined by label head Actress, Ben Codec, Format .K and Po-Ski.
A mix that starts with Kraftwerk, slips into the British Murder Boys by track 3 before it glides into Carl Craig remixing Dave Angel is a session you know is going to be a good one. Grooverider remixing The Stone Roses; enough Aphex Twin to start a record store; the always intense Whitehouse (a Surgeon fave and where I first heard the brutal savagery of William Bennett at his most visceral); Nitzer Ebb, Inner City, Humanoid, Model 500, George Clinton, Monolake and more.
Consider this mix essential homework. Surgeon says:
I have very good memories of this set and meeting many people that night who went on to become great friends.
Played on FinalScratch. Recorded with crowd noise.
Kraftwerk – Tour De France [EMI]
Unspecified Enemies – Multi Ordinal Tracking Unit [Counterattack]
British Murder Boys – Dont Give Way To Fear (A) [Counterbalance]
Dave Angel – Airborne (Carl Craig Drums Suck Remix) [Blunted]
Surgeon – Midnight Club Tracks 1 (A1) [Counterbalance]
George Clinton – Mans Best Friend (Surgeon Remake)
Black Knight – Capita [Source]
Monolake – Linear [Imbalance]
Aphex Twin – Phloam [R&S]
Whitehouse – Cut Hands Has The Solution (Surgeon Remake)
Autechre – Laughing Quarter [Warp]
Surgeon – Exhibit [Counterbalance]
Aphex Twin – Little Lord Faulteroy (Surgeon Remake)
Tony Rohr – 128 Life [Hidden Agenda]
33.3 Queen – Searching [Nu Groove]
Shiver – Subsonic Sound Scape [Shiver]
The Stone Roses – Fools Gold (Grooverider Remix) [Zomba]
Les Queen Of My AFX (Surgeon Remake)
Inner City – Buena Vida (Carl Craig Remix) [KMS]
DHS – The House OF God (DHS Remix) [Tino Corporation]
Aphex Twin – 54 Cymru Beats [Warp]
Nitzer Ebb – Smear Body (Surgeon Remake)
Kraftwerk – Its More Fun To Compute (Surgeon Remake)
Aphex Twin – Digeridoo (Surgeon Remake)
British Murder Boys – Learn Your Lesson (Live Version)
Tres Demented – Demented (Or Just Crazy) [Planet E]
AFX – Track 2 [Men 1]
Humanoid – Stakker Humanoid (Gary Cobain 94 Remix) [Jumpin & Pumpin]
Aphex Twin – Isopropanol [R&S]
Nitzer Ebb – Join In The Chant (Surgeon Remake)
New Order – Blue Monday / The Beach [Factory]
Model 500 – No UFOs (D Mix) [Metroplex]
Cristian Vogel – Dont Take More (Remix) [Tresor]
Aphex Twin – Come To Daddy [Warp]
Spy – Bloodstrike [Industrial Strength]
Whitehouse – A Cunt Like You [Susan Lawley]
Underground Resistance – Amazon [Underground Resistance]