Sunday evening and is about time for the ritual. Holding a cup of coffee and a few hours to spare, it is undoubtedly his favourite part of the week. Time to check the new releases!
First task is to open the notepad where the wish-list is written down and check if everything from the previous week has been crossed out. Apparently not, there are too many new releases to follow nowadays, let alone he always comes up with an old tune worth finding and spare time isn’t unlimited. Although there is no longer a problem in terms of actual or virtual space (no more carton boxes full of records in every part of the house and hard discs’ capacity has increased over the years to accommodate every need), experience has taught that a few gigabytes of free disc space should be available at any time.
Next move is to open itunes and update the podcast library, hmm only 3 new podcasts this week to play in the background. The podcast/mixes tracklists are the new holy grail for all d’n’b enthusiasts. Most podcasts include them and that makes his life easier, some don’t and more digging is needed, but that is part of the game and never bothered him.
And now time for the torrent client. He hasn’t really decided if it is the curse or the blessing of musical distribution; whole collections which normally would take years to compile are now available almost on demand. He was reluctant at first, maybe it was the moral part that bothered him, but it didn’t take much time to succumb and became one of the heavier users with multiple accounts. Every tune in the wish-list is typed in the search-bar and after a few seconds the results appear on the screen. Two hits are not bad for tracks still unreleased. On the download then!
P2P clients were the main source of digital exchange back at the start of the decade, but now are considered too slow and out-dated for the job. He uses them only in exceptional cases and as a last resort. Some eastern European sites used to suffice a couple of years ago, but it is not currently the case. Some of them are also dangerous for the precious content of his hard drive.
He then signs in every digital store he has an account. It is end of year and a plethora of compilations and mixes with 2010 tracks have been released, not his cup of tea though, singles have always been his priority. Last but not least, he checks his e-list for vinyl. He doesn’t buy vinyl as much as he used to, only a couple of pieces a month to preserve his addiction and fool himself that he hasn’t betrayed his old love.
Ok then, 2 tracks crossed out from the list, 5 new added; this list is like a Lernean Hydra. The new tunes he downloaded/bought for this week, along with new mixes are loaded on the player. How long has it been? One hour and 42 minutes, just below average time, not bad. Has it always been like that?
OF COURSE NOT