In Volume 5 of Soultronica, capsule we find our bounty-hunting heroes, Dex Digital and Brothertron, cruising through the Beta Quadrant looking to get paid. Just as Dex gets word about a mysteriously high bounty posted on the perpetrators of a mysterious crime (who gets all bent out of shape over an old WWIII artifact being stolen?), Brothertron notices the same bandits zooming by their ship. Incredulous at their luck, the two give chase.

All is not as it seems, though – it appears that these space pirates have some pretty advanced (and illegal) technology in their little 12-Series beater. What will happen when our brave duo finally encounters the space pirates? Will they get their bounty? Where did the space pirates get that cloaking device? What the hell is a “Guh-Unitay”, and why do the pirates – and the Intergalactic Corporation – want it so bad? Find out in this installment of the Soultronica Series.

PS – Yes, this is a continuation of the soultronica storyline. If you’re new, you might want to start from the beginning.


intro: Josh Ivey: Record Take 62. The opener theme song for our heroes. Josh has been in the lab recently working on some new tracks, but I haven’t heard any of them yet, hint hint.

intro 2: DJ Mehdi – I Am Somebody (DJ Paris Version). The joint goes hard, what can I say? djmedhi.

Special thanks to S. Kim for extra voice talent (S-Kim the bounty TV news reporter)!

Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (Justice Remix vs MSTRKRFT Remix). I know that TK already dropped the original of this one back in The New Soul Vol 3 (which you really need to check, by the way), but this first version just goes too hard not to put you all up on. Then we’ve got the re-edit soundclash with the MSTRKRFT version, which doesn’t bang as hard, but the reinterpretation on the synth lines is bad. myspace.com/etjusticepourtous, myspace.com/mstrkrft.

Neptunes + Daft Punk – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger. I guess you could call this a remix, but it’s a bit too different to my ears. This circulated a long time ago (yes, Kanye was late to the game), and I just now rediscovered it. Whether you dig their stuff or not (and there’s no reason why you wouldn’t), people like P and Timbo really drive a fair bit of this new sound – as do Daft Punk. myspace.com/pharrell

digilude (searching for the space pirates): JR Don – Yobma. myspace.com/ghosteo.

Styles P – The Hardest ft AZ. Don’t forget that Soultronica has a lot of its roots in straightforward hip-hop as well. This cut could have worked easily as some standard boom-bap NY steez, but the futuristic synths just put this one on some galactic shit. myspace.com/stylesp.

Ty - Mpho’s Lament. 8 seconds. Yep. Important, though.myspace.com/tyandupwards.

Scienz of Life – Ginsu (Bronx River mix). Got this from John Robinson not too long, and immediately asked to put this one on the show. Took me a second to get to it, but I think it was worth the wait. The original mix is cool, but this futuristic one is just next level for me. myspace.com/scienzoflife.

digilude (battle): Biomass - Auxiumantia. Brilliant ambient producer from my own neck of the woods. If you ever see a flyer with the name “Biomass” on it, go, go, go. Dude brings his own television monitors. myspace.com/biomass.

Ladybug Mecca – Sweet and Polite. I have to admit, it took me a couple listens to really appreciate this one. As you might be able to tell, this one was produced by Sa-Ra. Sometimes I forget how good Ladybug Mecca really is – and the combo of her with the bizarre production of Sa-Ra is just too much. Somebody should tell them to do more collabos. The helium synth at the end is just bananas, by the way. myspace.com/ladybugmecca.

That’s what it is for this week. And yes, there is a whole storyline and universe behind this saga. You do not want to miss what happens next.

say something…


  1. HA! Cowboy Dexhop!
    Tons of energy on this one, sounds great in opposition to #90.
    …but i would avoid biking to #90 unless your ready for the AARP or seriously curising with no where to be.
    Now, Bounty Hunters? Sh*t, No need for coffee in the morning, 91# on and I’m out on the saddle with some true biking music. stand up eastbay.
    Check the bounty.

  2. Astro. Hell yeah! I’m glad you were the first one on here and picked up on the Cowboy Bebop reference! Yeah, that Screw Tape is good for biking if you have nowhere to go, I should have specified. If you’re trying to do something productive, it ain’t happening.

    happy you felt this one, fam.

  3. Dex…

    As per usual….quality stuff, my man…

    lovin’ the Soultronica storyline…very funny…

    Good tunes too! – Likin the Styles P track, and Biomass is top..good to see on here…

    Well done for keepin the quality of the tunes and the storylines up! – Passes time here in the office very nicely!


  4. although much sober for this length
    i keep dancing nonstop :)
    tell me dex, is there a shit dirty version of the daft punk remix?
    like totally repulsive oozing sleaze
    slooooooooooooooow and nasty
    enchantingly misty misdirectigly wasty ;)
    lets collaborate it!

    my technology may be able to match up to yours :O)

    being so far away in the apex of diamonds surrounded by trash can i can only pretend to see from far away… i miss all that crispy crust of california man!!

  5. Wasn’t feelin the Neptunes rmx, liked Ye’s better. The Justice rmx is dope as promised. Styles p reminds me, you should throw out his fav drug pt2 joint. Love that one and it would fit beautifully in your “stoner collection”..also, Doom- deep fried friends, Air [er pretty much anything from Doom]. Don’t member if you’ve ever had that one on before. Lady bug mecca, as always a pleasure.

  6. Im feeling the neptunes joint ..and if you can get your hands on any of the kanye versions of stronger…i heard he has 75 versions to that song..

  7. fuckin hot. bounced the headphones right off my head at work man.

  8. Yes yes yes. I thought I had totally done that Justice track to death, and then, as I listen, I’m hooked again.

    Hella good episode, along with New Soul 3, the best soultronica episode yet.

  9. PS The beat on the Styles P track more than compensates for the fact that he is a wackola rapper. Sorry to any Styles fans.

  10. Thanks for the love thus far on the episode everyone. Talat – 75 versions, literally? I know that they went back and had Timbo redo the drums, but I wasn’t aware that there were any more.

    And I gotta say that Neptunes’ version > Ye’s.

    leen – I don’t think there’s any more remixes of that neptunes + daft track. what, are you a producer now? are you going to make one?

    Iain – the beat is hard. And come on, Good Times was pretty good. But then again, that was mainly the beat, and there’s actually a thing or two about that beat that always bugged me. The video for it is terrible, though: Styles P – Good Times. That blacklight stuff is just scary.

  11. Yea Good times was one of my most played in 2002, but the raps still weak for me. The Ghetto Stories version had a tighter beat than the one in the video – it seems in the video version the “high on your memory” part of the sample has been chucked into the chorus and sounds dischordant and totally out of place – like Swizz leant on a pad by mistake or spilt coffee on the MP. Anyway what the fuck am I talking about. Looking forward to the next installment.


  12. Whoa. Funny story, that sample bleed is exactly what I was talking about. I first heard this song in my friend’s old beater Honda in 02, and thought it was brilliant, but didn’t know who it was. I remember thinking “man, some day I am going to ask him about that song and buy it”, but I forgot.

    Then not too long ago, I came across the song again. And here is this wonky-ass sample bleedover in there – exactly like Swizz leaned on the pad or spilled coffee on the MPC (haha!) – and I was like “man, how tasteless and unsophisticated I was to think this was a good beat. If dude had just not pushed that button one extra time, this would be great”.

    So what you’re telling me is that there’s an older version which is superior, then. This is news to me, thank you. It is also good because if what you are saying is true, my image of myself as the coolest kid in school in ’02 might just remain intact.

    Care to point me to the real one?

  13. Yea find it on the album Swizz Beatz presents Ghetto Stories! Dont know if that video was a promo for a single release (I dont know cos it definitely didnt come out in the UK) but there’s some crappy adlibbing that’s thankfully abscent on the original record also. Was it a single then?

  14. that mad proffesor beat on the styles track is nice, but a top notch show all round. cue the 15 yard put on the 18th polite golf clap.

  15. Iain – joint must have been a single. I wonder why somebody felt the need to switch it up like that? It’s kinda like that Country Cousins joint – why did Talib feel the need to erase a bar bigging up the South from the final version of his song?

    Tom Danger – you’d be surprised at how many people didn’t get that one at first! I had a few messages on some “what is a guh unatay?”.

    tnt – ::bows::

  16. Episode 91 is my first time hearing the show. I like the originality of the podcast. Can I play it on one of my podcasts? If not write me at girl600 dot com.

  17. OK, after a long hiatus, moving, and then gettin’ settled, I’m BACK! Gimme a few days to get caught up. Between American Gangster, Spidey-3 on DVD, and unpackin’ at my new crib, I found time to bump this episode. Aren’t you excited Dex…ur just a handfull away from 100 eps man?!! This one tapped my spine. Good one. And can we please get on with our lives with the Soulja Boy? *LOL*

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