Space Music: DJ Food's 'Future Shock 2'


I took a little break from blogging there for a few weeks, so I'm still catching up on amazing space music. Here's a big one: Last month DJ Food released his followup to last year's "Future Shock" mix. The previous mix was an enthralling journey through retro electronic vibes and anxiety over a rapidly approaching, technologically-overpowering future. There were even a few Orson Wells samples from the 1972 film "Future Shock."

The new entry in the series delivers the same fabulous atmosphere, perhaps even upping the ante a bit. The retro ambient vibe is still strong with tracks from the likes of The Advisory Circle, Sinoia Caves, Edgar Froese and even a snippet from the "Flash Gordon" soundtrack by Queen and composer Howard Blake. But the mix also hits hard with some heavy hip-hop inclusions.

So if you loved the first "Future Shock" mix, or just appreciate a great sci-fi sonic landscape, do give this mix a listen.

EDIT: You can use the embedded SoundCloud version below, but I also recommend checking out the mix on the newly-redesigned Solid Steel website. The interface is really slick and makes exploring past episodes a breeze.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.