Hoffman – Future Thief {mtw027}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
Future Thief
Label:
Mono211
Catalog #:
mtw027
Release Date:
2002/06/22


Just to mix things up a bit, and to prove that Mono211 itself isn’t entirely dead in its guise as our breaks/freestylin’ sublabel, we’re proud to present another track from the recently elusive DJ Hoffman.

He’s still hiding out in the South-West of England and providing us with dangerously good, dangerously unclassifiable breakbeat-ish tunes which help us hark back to the classic, more beat-leaden days of Mono .MODs which he was a big part of under his Dreamfish pseudonym 🙂

This time round, “Future Thief” takes its cues from the harder techno that Hoffman loves, and applies some of the looping, phasing, and layering facets to a much more breakbeat track. So, take a mini-sonic pan-sonic journey with us, flip to the pulsing bass, helicopter to the nimble drum programming, and headspin to the cut-up lead synths, wontcha? Then watch it all fade away like a really daft skinhead and hit you back up, hard. Wham?


Credits:
cover by h0l


Tracklist:
01 – Future Thief

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Hoffman – Unreal 2001 {mtw025}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
Unreal 2001
Label:
Mono211
Catalog #:
mtw025
Release Date:
2001/10/09


It’s been 10 years (at least) since Hoffman, aka Dreamfish, aka Hydlide, was hanging out on the UK Amiga .MOD scene with h0l, Subi, Twilight, and a whole bunch of the other Mono founders. It’s been 5 years since the first ever release on Mono was a remix of “Time Slip” by Hoffman. It’s been 4 years since the release of the original “Unreal” .MOD (grab here), a truly kickin piece of supa.loop.led d+b action on Mono211.

And now, the present day, whereby the still.got.it Hoffman gives us “Unreal 2001”, a radically gorgeous break-filled reworking of his ’97 .MOD classic. Nine minutes of madness later, you’ll see why we wanna be releasing stuff by Hoffman in another ten years. God, did we mention we feel really old about now? We’re going for a little sitdown whilst you witness the smartness of the music doing the talking. Yum. Yum. Yum.


Credits:
cover by rents


Tracklist:
01 – Unreal 2001

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Smash & Willbe – Separate Ways (Hoffman’s Hardware Remix) {mtw018}

Artist: Smash & Willbe
Title:
Separate Ways (Hoffman’s Hardware Remix)
Label:
Mono211
Catalog #:
mtw017
Release Date:
2001/01/28


When the clamoring for a relaunch of Mono211 died down, we released that we’d been concentrating a little too much on the downbeat, abstract side of things, and it was good to open up with some _real_ kickin’ stuff on our breakbeat break-beast of a sublabel.

So here we are, and the first release sees English jazz-ster, Smash, as remixed by talented French instrumental hiphop-meister, Willbe, _THEN_ remixed by the mercurial Hoffman, who’s been with Mono right from the start, even part of our first ever release. And he’s only getting better, folks – this measured breaks-remix blends techno, jungle, and nu-skool breaks in an gunshot-sharp way. Still seems like the sound of the future to us, and with forthcoming eruptions from DJ Nova, Darkhalo and Willbe feat. Sear pushing the point even further, we predict a sunny break-filled 2001 throughout the Mono211 sublabel area.

But for now, the mellow keys + outrageous snare-hits of Hoffman’s steppah remix transmogrifies Smash+Willbe’s super original into the way we want to go on – stylish and hard-hitting to a tee, but different, subtly different.


Credits:
cover by rents


Tracklist:
01 – Separate Ways (Hoffman’s Hardware Remix)

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Hoffman – mono211.do.d+b {mtwdj03}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
mono211.do.d+b
Label:
Mono211
Catalog #:
mtwdj03
Release Date:
2000/08/19


Mono mainstay and UK breakz+techno-terror Hoffman (formerly known as Dreamfish) gives us another absolute gem of a mix, and this time it’s a drum+bass extravanganza taken from the best of the junglistically influenced Mono/Mono211/Monotonik tunes to be released over the past 4 years.

This is also unique in that it’s Hoffman’s first virtual mix – whilst he’s a whiz with the ol’ Technics, this track was mixed using the Virtual Turntables PC software alongside a Numark mixer, plus an Alesis QuadraVerb for extra flange/chorus (which adds a whole new dimension the mix!) The mix was entirely done ‘live’, too (no re-edits or cheating to get the beats behaving themselves!)

So, whether it’s classy Dharma tracks, break-rich guest releases from Astradyne and Paniq, or even smart old rollers from Hoffman himself, sit back and let the beats flow, won’t you?

Tracklisting is as follows:
(archive-location mentioned if the original tune is a .MOD!)

1. Hoffman – “ZooWax” (99/m_end.zip)
2. Prob. – “Agent Blues” (99/m_end.zip)
3. Dharma – “Dance To The Drummer’s Beat” (mp3)
4. Prob+Ebb+Tek+Substance – “Benedict (Stylez Remix)” (99/m_bsm.zip)
5. Ramone – “Micfiend” (99/m_end.zip)
6. Distance (aka Lackluster) – “Untitled Bonus Track” (99/m_unt.zip)
7. Simon V – “Screwdriver” (mp3)
8. Hoffman (as Dreamfish) – “Unreal” (97/m_unre.zip)
9. Paniq – “Mind Eraser” (98/m_era.zip)
10. Relief+Skizo – “d.3.o” (98/m_d3o.zip)
11. Astradyne – “Ghostface” (98/m_gho.zip)
12. Kuu – “Contours Of Infinity” (mp3)
13. Substance – “Beat For Me” (mp3)
14. Hoffman (as Dreamfish) – “Warm” (97/m_unre.zip)


Credits:
cover by rents


Tracklist:
01 – mono211.do.d+b

Artwork:
Front Cover


Hoffman – Nu-Skool Rules {mtwdj02}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
Nu-Skool Rules
Label:
Mono211
Catalog #:
mtwdj02
Release Date:
2000/07/22


He had a part in the first ever Mono release back in 1996, and he’s being hanging around with us ever since, poor guy. Now, UK composer/DJ Hoffman (formerly known as Dreamfish, fact-fans!) has been good enough to provide us with the first of two superior DJ mixes.

This one fits squarely into the Mono211 ‘breakbeats’ peg with some super-hot, cutely mixed nu-skool breaks action. So, we’re talking Waveform, Uptown Connection, Ils, BT/Hybrid (with superlative Kirsty Hawkshaw vocals), and even Luke Slater doing his super-duper super-luper action, and some interesting breakbeat/hiphop melanges in there too…

If you’re a little bored with the alternately jazz-wank or squonky-darkstep world of drum+bass, and prefer a cleaner electro sound, mark our words, this is the sound of the future. In 2023, BT will be world leader. And we’ll all be helpless drones. Hang on, is that good? Ahem. Well, anyway, great mix. Get it, and if you like the songs on it, support the artists and buy the vinyl/CDs 🙂

Tracklisting:

1. Waveform – “Breakers In Space” (TCR)
2. Breakneck – “V-Neck” (TCR)
3. Wayward Soul – “Sex, Drugs, And Computer Games” (white)
4. Waveform – “Proteus 4” (10 Kilo)
5. BT/Hybrid – “Running Down The Way” (Distinctive Breaks)
6. Waveform – “Deep Dubz” (TCR)
7. Terminalhead – “Weekend Warrior [Digweed+Muir Bedrock Dub]” (Distinctive Breaks)
8. Wayward Soul feat. Divine Styler – “PMT” (PIAS)
9. Ils – “Lights” (Fuel)
10. Breakneck – “Arse Ingear” (TCR)
11. Uptown Connection – “L.A” (TCR)
12. McMillan+Anderson – “Latino Breaks” (10 Kilo)
13. Waveform fear. EQ – “Landscapes” (TCR)
14. Skullduggery – “Album Sampler Track 1” (white)
15. Luke Slater – “Freek Funk” (Novamute)
16. Skullduggery – “Album Sampler Track 2” (white)
17. Ils – “Sabotage” (Fuel)


Credits:
cover by rents


Tracklist:
01 – Nu-Skool Rules

Artwork:
Front Cover


Hoffman – Dark Fool {mtw017}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
Dark Fool
Label:
Mono211
Catalog #:
mtw017
Release Date:
2000/05/07


Showing that he can still put out rolling breakbeats with the best of them, this Hoffman release showcases the kind of marvellous funky breaks that led De:Bug magazine in Germany to call us ‘the Ninja Tune of the Net’.

Mind you, this time round, ‘Dark Fool’ is somewhere between BT-esque progressive breakbeat, harder techno, and Incredible Bongo Band-style freestyling. Definitions are always on the tricky side, but rest assured you’ve got a treat in for you.


Credits:
cover by fthr


Tracklist:
01 – Dark Fool

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Hoffman – Assault System {mtk019}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
Assault System
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk019
Release Date:
2000/03/23


The first Hoffman release in 6 months finds our English beatfreak in fine fettle, with a corker of an electro-ish techno track, at least partially inspired by the likes of Luke Slater (hence the title, echo-ing Planetary Assault Systems!)

As per usual, the vital Hoffman phase and form and function get together and blast a beautiful swathe through the canyons between your ears. It’s the strings and the booming bassdrum kickdrum and the trippy melodies that really make us go boom. Dubnobasswithourheads, mon?


Credits:
cover by hotwire


Tracklist:
01 – Assault System

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Hoffman – Rewired Electronics {mtk007}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
Rewired Electronics
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk007
Release Date:
1999/07/30


This is something very different from Hoffman – very difficult to describe, it sorta brings a different perspective to Monotonik. Skittering but solid beats, a simplicity which belies its complexity, this is techno, but not as we know it, Jim. Like a softer version of the kind of hard techno favoured by Jeff Mills and The Advent, perhaps, it wanders and phases but keeps up the 4/4 beats, ticking over above all. Sparkling and rough all at once, categorise this at your peril.


Credits:
cover by hotwire


Tracklist:
01 – Rewired Electronics

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Hoffman – Deep Impact {mtk003}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
Deep Impact
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
mtk003
Release Date:
1999/03/29


We return once more to the Monotonik fold with the mp3 debut from Hoffman, who’s currently DJ-ing a number of techno nights in the SouthWest of England, and shows he still has the goods on the composition side, too, with this great piece of phasing minimal techno. We were initially thinking this didn’t fit in with Monotonik-style, majestic though it is – but then we realised, of course it fits – Hoffman’s a massive part of Mono (he had the first ever release, for one), and Monotonik’s aim is simply to kick it with the electronic beatz – “Deep Impact” does that with ease.

Comparisons? We’re not so well-versed in that particular area, but the muffled-to-sharp funkiness of the bassdrum and hihats and the almost acid tube-bass make it sound a bit like a deeper, nastier Daft Punk, don’t you think?


Credits:
cover by hotwire


Tracklist:
01 – Deep Impact

Artwork:
Front Cover


License:
Attribution-NoDerivs-NonCommercial 1.0 Generic (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0)


Hoffman – Stomp Da Disko-Tek {rel#14}

Artist: Hoffman
Title:
Stomp Da Disko-Tek
Label:
Monotonik
Catalog #:
rel#14
Release Date:
1998/03/06


I said, _how_ good? Boasting is for those with small brains, but even the Mono oracle (that’s Mr.Oracle to you) was gobsmacked by this piece of sonic mayhem. So he told us to tell you how much he likes it. So we’re not really boasting, then. Oh, that’s ok. Hoffman, for those not in the know, is the artist formally known as Dreamfish, and the South-West of England is yet to recover from the sonic attacks he has regularly waged on it. Take cover, low flying beats, mon!


Tracklist:
01 – Stomp Da Disko-Tek [MOD] [FLAC] [MP3]

Additional Files:
FILE_ID [DIZ] [PNG]
M_1998 [REL] [PNG]
MT_STO [NFO] [PNG]

*FLAC & MP3 zips also include the original versions.