FFF Hot Tape 005 – Cardopusher

For our fifth Hot Tape we invited one of our favorite, most consistent producers to take over the helm – Venezuelan-bred and Barcelona-based producer and DJ Cardopusher. An artist with some significant contributions to the electronic music landscape over the last 5 years, Cardopusher has been consistent to pumping out quality tunes across a range of genres stretching from breakcore, to dubstep, to his current incarnation as a mastercrafter of sinister, drum machine warping acid, house and techno.

A master of beat programming, Cardo’s productions stand out for their tight dynamics, sharp drops and capacity for high impact synth and sample work. He also has a bloody lot of fun making the tracks, and that shines through – every sinister synth is matched with a tongue in cheek playfulness that invites you in to boogie down til apocalypse. Drawing proudly on his influences of early old school Electro, Chicago House, Detroit Techno, and the combined output of Trax Records, Dancemania and Underground Constructions, Cardo blends these elements into something faster, heavier and unmistakably sounding like it came from the future. This retro-futurist dedication is undoubtedly what lead himself and labelmate Nehuen to form Classicworks, a hotly tipped label featuring work from the label honchos and up and coming artists such as Nick Hook, Vin Sol, Scratcha DVA and Matrixxxman.

His love for the drum machine and wierd fuzzy synthesis shines through in this absolutely blazing Hot Tape, which we are lucky enough to be launching today. Blaring through Acid House 303 marathons to straight booty and jacking house, Cardo has joined the dots betweeen underground classics and newer offerings from Bodyjack, Creepy Autograph, Borai and his own blistering productions. It’s all guns blazing on this one – crank it up in your headphones and instantly be transported to the best warehouse party you’ve ever been to.


1. Jared Wilson -Grave Stalking (Skudge)
2. Bonquiqui – Sansvotime (L.I.E.S.)
3. Andreas Gehm – 1000 Miles (Solar One Music)
4. Creepy Autograph – Back Alley (forthcoming Ultramajic)
5. Paranoid London w/ Mutado Pintado – Transmission 5 (Paranoid London Records)
6. Crackboy – Kiddo (I´m A Cliché)
7. Turbo Turbo – Jack Your House (GND Rec)
8. Jomanda – I Cried The Tears (Keep Cryin´Dub) (Big Beat)
9.  Borai – Last Time Out (forthcoming Tasteful Nudes)
10. Hank Jackson – Deposit (Mr. Saturday Night)
11. Bodyjack – Bodyjack001 (forthcoming Bodyjack)
12. Cardopusher – Control Your Body (forthcoming BNR TRAX)
13. Cybotron – Clear (Fantasy)
14. Steve Pointdexter – Work That Motherfucker (Giant)
15. Model 500 – No UFOs (D-Mix) (Metroplex)
16. Strictly Traxx – Untitled (I Can´t Take The Heartbreak) (Underground Construction)
17. Gunrose – Life (BNR TRAX)
18. Huerco S – Untitled (Opal Tapes)

FFF Hot Tape 001 – Pacheko

This month, FFF Radio is excited to launch a fortnightly ‘FFF Hot Tape‘ mix series whereby we invite one of our favourite artists to step up to the plate and lay down a mix of music from their crates, collections and hearts. Sometimes you’ll get a sneak preview into new and emerging talent, bold statements by artists at the top of their game and specially crafted, connoisseur-ish insights into the record collections of some of the most talented musical minds emerging today.

So, now to present the first installment in our series, for which we invited Venezuelan bass aficionado Pacheko to step up. For those of you who don’t know, Pacheko (sometimes producing with his partner in crime Pocz), is best known for his role in shining light on Venezuela’s Tuki Changa scene.

Tuki Changa is a style of techno distinct to Venezuela, combining simplistic, high energy synths with driving, grimey tribal beats. He recently combined with fellow Venezuelan Pocz for ‘Changa Letal’ on Buraka Som Sistema’s Enchufada label, as well as contributing to the crazy-good ‘Changa Tuki Classics’ compilation from the same label. Now based in Barcelona, the DJ and producer melds his local produce with influences of Chicago house, Detroit Techno and UK Bass music into a sweaty, pressure-driven junglistic space chamber.

Pacheko’s mix deftly spans this range of influences, while drawing the dots between drum machine-driven rhythms from around the world. It’s the perfect antidote to your mid week hustle, your ideal hype machine before heading out for a weekend of debauchery, and an excellent way to launch our new mix series.

Download or listen below; podcast via iTunes.


1- Soundhack: Vintage
2- Strip Steve: Calcium (tr 505 version)
3- ????
4- Pacheko: Morsa
5- Vin Sol: Voice Chip Activate (Matrixxxman remix)
6- Cardopusher: I know you will (Nehuen Remix)
7-Nehuen: Bad Automation
8- Pacheko: Where is everybody
9- Nehuen: Build and release
10- Dj Yirvin: Dale culo al wapero (Nehuen remix)
11- Dj Yirvin: Toca la boca (Pacheko remix)
12- Pacheko: Electra
13- Clip!: Get down
14- Dj Sluggo:
15- 2 men on wax: Active Beat
16- Dj Trajic: The horn dog
17- Dj Yirvin: Todo el mundo pa la pista
18- Nick Hook & Vin Sol Matrixxxman: I can feel it
19- The Panamax Project: Width
20- Downliners Sekt: Trim/tab
21- Burial: NYC

Music and space with Cardopusher

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, now living in Barcelona, Luis Garbán aka Cardopusher is blurring the lines between music genres as easily as he crosses geographical borders. Having released his full length album “Unity Means Power” on Murder Channel late last year, and with a slew of EPs under his belt from True Tiger, Terminal Dusk, Lo Dubs, Spectraliquid and Peace-Off, it’s little wonder Fact Magazine named him as one of their producers to watch in ‘09.

Cardopusher talks to us here about how he left breakcore for dubstep, and the importance of place in the construction of new music.