Fellow Chicagoan Karl P. Meier, part of the Downwards duo, Talker, just dropped episode 87 of The Bunker Podcast. Techno bombs abound, from the past, from the present, all sewn together with Meier’s impeccable mixing skills.

The inspirado for this episode is Meier’s recent set at Berghain, which I’m sure was stellar. These are serious techno tunes.

If you’re in the NYC area next month, plan to attend his gig at The Bunker in February. Please to enjoy.

I hope you enjoy the mix I recorded for October 2014.

After speaking with a close friend and former colleague, with whom I used to edit a certain magazine’s music section, I came to the realization that I’m not as interested in DJing for gigs these days. Instead, I find myself increasingly drawn to towards DJing for kicks. We discussed some well-known outlets for such efforts, most notably the Back to Mine and DJ-Kicks compilations.

With all of that in mind, and with a healthy amount of new and exciting music at my fingertips, I embarked on a true “I-just-want-to-hear-how-these-tunes-sound-together-because-I-dig-them” sort of DJ mix. The result is “Fall Back,” a mix filled with all of the melancholy and angst inspired by autumn and Daylight Savings Time. We will all ‘fall back’ in a just a few weeks and I hope you’re listening along when that happens.

Listen to “Fall Back” on SoundCloud.

You can also find a few of my mixes on Mixcloud.

Bonobo has a creative, interactive website in place to drum up awareness for a new EP, which comes out in December 2014. It’s called Flashlight and the title single from the EP is quite good. You should listen to it.

I’ve been a fan of Bonobo’s music for over a decade and can still remember getting my copy of Animal Magic and playing it over and over again. Nearly every playlist I create includes a few Bonobo tunes. And I love witnessing a room’s reaction to those tunes. Green’s music has a sense of urgent melancholy that collides with layered instrumentation to gently push feet to the dancefloor, or at minimum to send heads bobbing and knowing glances around the room as if to confirm, ‘yeah, this is really good’.

Bonobo’s Simon Green has been touring for nearly two years in support of his previous album, The North Borders. To be sure, the live show has become a beast of its own, spawning a well-worth-the-money tour package. I was lucky enough to catch the tour in Chicago last year. Very impressive.

That said, this three-song EP is a brutal teaser. Considering the breadth of The North Borders, I imagine Bonobo’s next full-length project will shatter expectations. Nonetheless, it’s exciting to find Green back in the studio. True to form, he provides a subtle, yet brilliant push of the envelope, weaving synths and breakbeats into his seemingly effortless blend of house, funk, and bass-heavy jazz.

Waiting for that next full-length is the difficult part, but I’m pre-ordering the Flashlight EP to tide me over.

In the meantime, Simon Green is on a DJ tour in North America and will close the curtain on The North Borders show with a sold-out final stop at Alexandra Palace on 11/28 (with Gold Panda and DarkStar).

Oh jeez, the afterparty looks amazing, too. Tickets here.