Beatz By The Pound
#014: Dope Oats

this time on Beatz, we’ve got new reviews of Common Factor, Junior Boys, Villalobos, Hot Chip, and Quiet Village Project, as well as the latest releases from Spectral Sound, K2, Border Community, Padded Cell, Poker Flat, and Cocoon. Also, we’ve added in sound clips for each release, so you can actually hear a bit of what we are talking about each column. All this plus a mix by DJ Surface, and the whole crew’s picks for electronic releases of the year (so far).

Featured Release

Escort / ESCRT001 / [Listen]
July 2006

Forget Metro Area’s arty recontextualization of digital disco, ‘80s R&B;, and techno, the nine members of Brooklyn’s Escort unashamedly calls themselves “a modern disco and boogie ensemble,” and deliver one of the most convincing and satisfying throwbacks to the heydays of Prelude & West End Records that I’ve heard in awhile. “Starlight” is great nearly to the point of suspicion, melding together the tight disco-funk of Chic with the exquisite production of an Environ record (Darshan Jesrani of Metro Area is on hand for a dub on the flipside, naturally,) and doing it so well that you not only wonder why it hasn’t been done before, but how you lived without it. Augmented by violins, airy female vocals, and a bubbly synth hook, you’d be forgiven for choosing this to be the summer jam for both 1983 and 2006. Recommended, and then some.
[Michael F. Gill]

The Consensus
A Beatz by the Pound Roundtable Review

Dull in Minor
K2 / K2/14 / [Listen]
June 2006

Ronan Fitzgerald: Steadycam releases another massive sounding record on K2, after the excellent “Knock Kneed.” His bizarre style, faintly retro, but not pillaging from the same eras as everyone else, continues to bear dark techno fruit. “Kidney Issues” is probably his most accessible track to date, brutally simple glam-house. The title cut is more similar to the minimal techno of his previous releases, with the trademark dry and heavy sounding Steadycam snare riding over some lush 303 and keyboards that would probably sound more at home on Kompakt proper rather than K2.

Cameron Macdonald: Please don’t mistake the title track for Italo-disco. Consider it the soundtrack to an after-school TV special for when the troubled teen protagonist cannot decide between suicide, dope, calling his ex- and then hanging up, or hiding in a fort built out of couch cushions. On the flip, “Kidney Issues” fits well with Kompakt’s reputation for minimal techno hypnosis, Steadycam autopilots a ceiling fan-chug of a rhythm on his electro-synth and trots on a steady, up-tempo stomp. Its droning, locked-groove could have veered off-road and into a cornfield just to keep the music interesting, but it’s better than hiding beneath a pile of cushions.

The Consensus
A Beatz by the Pound Roundtable Review

Hot Chip
Boy from School
Astralwerks / ASW 59943 / [Listen]
May 2006

Mallory O’Donnell: "Boy from School" walks Hot Chip's typical tightrope: eminently danceable, with a rather eyebrow-raising detour thrown in halfway that sort of ruins the blissful singularity of it all. This, my friends, is why God invented the remix. Up first is Steve Barnes’ "Cosmic Sandwich Remix" (I can't think of it without laughing,) a deep-house rework that sucks most of the soul out of the original vocal. Things get a bit more interesting around the four-minute mark, but it's too late for most of us to bliss out by now. Thankfully, Erol Alkan is as reliable as ever, injecting extra handclaps and retaining the moments of beauty in the original, while still keeping your sweatshirt sleeves rolled up and your ass swaying.

Nick Sylvester: No knock, "Boy from School" sounds more mash-up than song. Vocal and musical energy levels couldn't differ more, as Alexis Taylor's breathy carole breezes over a beat four times faster, clickier, more bubbly, double handclap turnarounds, and all. It's the band's trick throughout The Warning, which is one reason the LP strikes me so samey. That said, "Boy" is aces, maybe even better than its louder cousin "Over and Over." I hear young loneliness, identity crises, the obvious fear-fare in the chorus ("We try, but we don't belong"), but then again I have no idea if that's what Alexis Taylor's really singing anyway. The impulse for every sound here—harp strums to synth solos to the intermittent glitch—is to explode, but every sound remains understated, artfully subdued. Maybe I'm selling Taylor's lyrics short. Both remixers apparently like the understatement too. Cosmic Sandwich merely kills the vocals and abstracts the instrumental into slowburn French filter, somewhere between Maurizio and Robert Babicz. With twice the playtime, Alkan's take is less a burn, more a patient inquiry into the original's smaller sounds: the cymbal swells, the percussion shakers, the tinkering bells.

The Consensus
A Beatz by the Pound Roundtable Review

Introduction EP
Kindisch / KD 001 / [Listen]
June 2006

Mallory O’Donnell: The first release from both Einzelkind and Get Physical's new sublabel Kindisch is, appropriately enough, called "Introduction." The three cuts spread across this EP stake a claim in deep electro territory, perfect midsummer treats for those who veg out in the haze to some serious low-end. "Marsha" sets the tone, stirring a clipped vocal, rave laserbeams, and a teasingly dropped-in and hastily-withdrawn breakbeat around in the pot to get thing simmering. "Freefall" is simultaneously more banging and weirder—the sound of your hard drive fornicating with your server, while a rugged bassline gurgles away obliviously and spooky synths peer through the blinds. But the best cut here is the last—"Grundstuck," which Google translates as "basic stucco," is some serious moody arms-waving action, bringing in muted disco strings, a booty-tormenting bass and some delicious bell tones over the intro and outro.

Ronan Fitzgerald: It’s difficult to see what the point of this sub-label is so far, or how it differs from Get Physical, but I’m going to assume this is a dumping ground/treasure trove for the demos of worthy producers who are nice to chat to, but are not in the inner GPM circle. Anyhow, this is a nice, but rather low key debut for both the label and Einzelkind. Skip straight to “Marsha,” a nice string laden Chicago house track, in the style of DJ T. but with a slightly darker twist.

Common Factor
Moodmusic / MOOD 042 / [Listen]
July 2006

Three mixes of laid back tech-house from Nick Calingaert, half of Soma act Retroflex and Planet E alum. Calingaert definitely bears some traces of his former mentor’s work here, as layers of percussion, a pseudo-jazzy keyboard riff, and textural synth pads play musical chairs over a throbbing two-note bassline and a few key breakdowns. The stomping Phonique remix strips things down to start, then adds the layers back piece by piece for an altogether more interesting and dynamic track. Holmar Filipsson plays it a bit retro, with a big swinging hi-hat and an accent on the riffs rather than the rhythms. A little something for everyone, then, although nothing that will really stick to your ribs the next day.
[Todd Hutlock]

René Breitbarth/Bodycode
Spectral Sound Presents No. 1
Spectral Sound / SSP-001 / [Listen]
July 2006

With this split 12-inch, Spectral Sound launches its new parallel series of singles that aims to release new tracks from artists outside their roster whose work they admire. Groovy as fuck with a mellow house piano riff and a funk-driven rhythm, “Tales from the Light Side,” the a-side from Cologne native and Treibstoff majordomo René Breitbarth, builds some nice momentum before shifting the pitch and finally stripping it all down to the drum track for the final minute. A fun little ride to be sure. “Steam Machine” slows the tempo but increases the bounce factor with a bubbling bass groove and a series of subtle breakbeats that recalls an updated version of Mr. Fingers’ classic “Washing Machine” before cutting loose with some acidic synth pads for a late-night winner. On the flip, the Mole (of Kompakt/Wagon Repair fame) remixes Bodycode’s “Hands Free Computer Interface” into a twisting, stuttering journey that is every bit as good as the original, if a bit more schizophrenic sounding, setting a cut-up/dub-out sort of feel against a backdrop of the original’s house-y organ vibes to great effect. So far in 2006, Spectral can do no wrong to these ears.
[Todd Hutlock]

Various Artists
Steve Bug Presents Bugnology 2
Poker Flat / PFR CD 16 / [Listen]
April 2006

Poker Flat boss Steve Bug continues his series of Bugnology mixes with this second volume, picking up where the first left off. Each track have been edited and reconstructed on computers and, as such, the mix is spotless and the tracks fold together a lot cleaner than they otherwise might. This tactic leaves some listeners cold, but Bug’s construction and pace is so damn good and chooses such great tracks, that it seems like an empty complaint. Highlights include tracks from Pan-Pot, John Tejada, Gui Boratto, and Carl Craig’s already-classic remix of Theo Parrish’s “Falling Up.” Fans of the flawless, minimal mixes by the likes of Richie Hawtin need look no further for their next fix.
[Todd Hutlock]

Various Artists
Eins [Mixed by Chris Tietjen]
Cocoon / COR MIX 014 / [Listen]
June 2006

Here’s a funny little stat for you: over the course of its five year history, Sven Väth’s Cocoon label has released 14 mix CDs and five label comps, but only 22 singles (at least at the time the liners here were written; they have since added five more). Odd ratio, that. In any case, Chris Tietjen gets the mixing honors this time out and draws exclusively upon Cocoon’s 12-inch catalog from 2001 to 2005. Given the relatively small size of his palate (only 19 singles at that point!), Tietjen makes it work, albeit only using 11 tracks to do so, light years away from the 20-plus track numbers that many are used to. What he lacks in volume of material, however, Tietjen makes up for with quality selections, as classics here from Roman Flügel, Dinky (in a killer Tobi Neumann remix), Anthony Rother, Pig and Dan (covering Yello’s classic “Oh Yeah”), and Legowelt get the job done. The sounds vary here from tech-house, to minimalism, to throbbing Euro-lectro, but he seems to have picked the cream of the crop from each. Perhaps it’s not as seamless as one might expect in these days of computer-aided mixing (this mix was done old-school style on two decks), but every track here is a winner and the mix actually flows pretty well, given the diversity of the material. That diversity can be a strength or a weakness, however, depending on what you look for in a mix album.
[Todd Hutlock]

Christian Dittmann
Bajo El Volcan
RRYGULAR / RRY06 / [Listen]
June 2006

Chilean DJ/producer Dittmann makes his vinyl debut (his previous single was an MP3-only release) with two ten-minute-plus minimal workouts in the organic style of his countryman Ricardo Villalobos. That means: about fifty different types of popping, skittering percussion, the odd vocal sample and atmospheric keyboard wash, some echoes and dropouts, and lots and lots of space without a kick drum in sight, nor a melody, nor a comprehensive musical theme. It just sort of... you know, meanders. If you’re a sucker for this sound (as I am), then you won’t mind that you’ve likely got a whole stack of records just like this in your collection (like I do) that really start nowhere and end nowhere else. If you don’t have as much of a tolerance, or if you want to dance, best try something with a bit more oomph. (To be fair, the B-side, “Lluvia de Varano” does add a kick drum.)
[Todd Hutlock]

Booka Shade
In White Rooms Part 2
Get Physical Music / GPM 045-6 / [Listen]
June 2006

One of the standout cuts from Booka Shade's recent Movements LP, "In White Rooms" is already becoming one of the electro-house anthems of 2006. The "Mexico Mix" is an absolute stormer—moonlit beach parties and high-grade hash, the arms of an unknown lover, the moment before the exhaustion sets in. Things get stripped-back and dressed-down for Shinedoe’s remix, and it's an awkwardly blase feeling that results. Its classy, head-nodding filter-esque groove is a fine backdrop for sipping overpriced martinis, but not a patch on the A-side, which obligingly reminds us: this ain't no down-tempo, this ain't no foolin' around!
[Mallory O’Donnell]

Junior Boys
In the Morning
Domino / RUG237t / [Listen]
August 2006

“In the Morning” doesn’t exactly attempt to turn the Junior Boys’ basic template for blue-eyed electronic soul on its head. Perhaps the biggest difference is in the extravagant production quality, which makes some of their previous recordings sound lo-fi. Alex Smoke’s remix drops the live instrumentation and funk of “In the Morning” to bring in a swarm of percussive samples, while raising the vocals in the mix. Unfortunately, it doesn’t live up to one’s expectations. For his remix of “The Equalizer,” Morgan Geist ditches the sparse beat for water-drop electro, improvising and accentuating the existing melodies, but the result sounds more like a nice re-edit than a completely different version. Finally, “So Sleep” shows the Boys in dubbed-out space techno mode. If not to screen the Smoke and Geist remixes, “In the Morning” sells itself on its closing B-side.
[Cameron Octigan]

Jean Jacques Perrey and Luke Vibert
Moog Acid
LoEB / LOEB 001 / [Listen]
July 2006

Never mind those voyages to the planets of rainbows and winged amazons that countless prog-bands heard from their Moog synthesizers. It is an instrument of dork camp, and synth-pop icon Jean Jacques Perrey will back me up on that. Perrey and IDM maven Luke Vibert previously made excellent comrades in "You Moog Me," where their vintage ‘60s lounge-pop vacationed under a Martian sky lit with star showers and criss-crossing flying saucers. Their new excursions in acid techno sadly lacks some of the same spark. "Moog Acid 138" is a decent, acid-techno treatment of carousel melodies that get overwhelmed by a blaring traffic jam of irritating synth yowls. The snappier "Moog Acid 133" gets larded by too many abrupt synth wonks, garbled vocoder mutterings, and erratic turntable scratching. The remix by Jackson and His Computer Band thankfully gets the blood flowing: he slaps together an erratic, noisecore-meets-Billy Joel's "Pressure" groove. Plastician's remix strips everything down to a steady rhythm that slaps both cheeks of the face, while traces of the original Moog track buzzes like a mosquito caught in the ear. Now that's a fitting tribute to the legend of Perrey.
[Cameron Macdonald]

Kill the DJ / KTDJ 003 / [Listen]
May 2006

Listening to Paris’s Aswefall is like attending an electroclash/new-wave/electro-punk club for the fifth year in a row. You see the same 20 faces, the sounds never change, and the fashion still reeks of a fictional ‘80s chic, but you still come for the cheap thrills and romance. The band’s original cut of “Youngeez” is a glum, New Romantic disco dirge whose meldodrama is betrayed by a ditzy, clap-along beat and deep, soulfully mumbled lyrics like “How could I ever be real? / And make it to the end of the deal?” Shaeben & Voss’s remix thankfully cuts the fluff and lets a gnashing bassline swelter the air, while Naum (the Optimo DJ duo in disguise) delivers a Big Beat-meets-oatmeal rock stomp that is barely saved by the squealing, hairsprayed keyboards. How did I make to the end of this deal?
[Cameron Macdonald]

Ricardo Villalobos
What You Say Is More Than I Can Say (Isolée Remix)
Sister Phunk / 12002 / [Listen]
June 2006

Ricardo sounds beat. The k-house maven sings the title track’s words from a miserably humbled and nauseated soul in this 2003 track. Rajko “Isolée” Mueller’s remix (previously released on a limited vinyl version of the Famous When Dead 3 compilation) heightens the depression. A glum bassline is stabbed by a brooding electro-funk synth that reminds me of a desperate bloke tearing up his apartment to find a lost prize from the past. The beat is the remix’s saving grace, where Mueller’s slithering house rhythm builds tension as things progress. While he has a nice visceral touch, the treatment lacks the punch and hypnosis of his best work. Good for a minute of DJ filler at the club before the cocktails and pharmaceuticals begin turning smiles upside down.
[Cameron Macdonald]

Some Polyphony
Border Community / 12BC / [Listen]
July 2006

Is the majestic “Some Polyphony” this summer’s “Mandarine Girl”? Perhaps a more fitting tag would be this month’s “In White Rooms.” Nonetheless it’s yet another massive Border Community record, after the excellent, but anonymous “Big City/Dark Water” 12” which hit the water without a ripple. You should know the drill by now, you’re going to get the tight suction noises where the beats should be, the trance “Pink Panther” bassline, and the huge melancholy synth washes. Minimal and Mixmag have never made more sense together!
[Ronan Fitzgerald]

Jesse Somfay
Flight Of Disposition EP
Budenzauber / buza007 / [Listen]
May 2006

Why Somfay settled on this clipped, tinny 33-at-45rpm groove for the a-side is beyond me, but eventually the track finds a sellable drone and a lovelorn chord progression worthy of its title, "Tonight's Frail Desire." The brutal distortion and constant brick-a-bracking will keep "Desire" off most floors, but anybody hankering for Farmers Manual dance remixes will have a joyous trail of shit down his legs. Somfay's really economical the way he creates depth, hiding snare clicks behind static then suddenly switching up their places and turning the static into the track's anthem—not many elements, but the illusion of more is there. The end of "Desire" gets needlessly glitchy, but when this carries over to the b-side "Shivering Midnight Frost Laced Their Lips," we're in much prettier territory. Think Mum's Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK's sputtering melancholy set to a steady four. Kid bangers, I worry, will hear Somfay's big franco-filter metal hook here and find a spot for "Shivering Midnight" between the latest Justice abortions, but I'm hoping that's what happens too.
[Nick Sylvester]

Kate Simko
Kupei Musika / kupei12S02 / [Listen]
August 2006

Kate Simko finally fulfills on the promise of her purported leanings towards classical minimalism (the Philip Glass kind) with her first 12” for the new American label, Kupei. “Strumm” fits firmly in the mold of MIA with its softened beats and focus on a gently rotating melody. Unai’s remix of the tune makes sure that dancefloors will be sure to hear it during primetime by mutating the bass into the most powerful element and giving the drum a bit more oomph. Jonas Bering dreams in his mix, which isn’t to say it’s bad—just much in the way of anything besides overstimulation. “Machine War,” Simko’s final contribution is a home-listener, with dub, prodding melodies, and grand clouds of cleansing material to wash away its memory (if you can).
[Todd Burns]

Padded Cell
Are You Anywhere?
DC Recordings / DCR 67 / [Listen]
April 2006

The latest output from the Padded Cell duo of Richard Sen and Neil Beatnik builds outward from an angular, punk-funk bass line with live-sounding disco drums. As the title cut progresses, swaths of dark, sci-fi sounding tones that sound better suited to a 1999 drum ‘n’ bass track lurk and pan in the background before it explodes into an unlikely strain of jubilant jazz sax and tinny, 80’s slap bass. Disparate elements, to be sure, but they congeal nicely into a hefty track that will work wonders for the leftfield disco massive. The flip, “Konkorde Lafayette,” is built from largely the same formula of thick, live bass and drums, but opts instead for dubbed-out horn stabs, swirling funk guitar, and some epic Moog noodling for good measure.
[Colin James Nagy]

Quiet Village Project
Circus of Horrors / Free Rider
Whatever We Want / WEWW10
July 2006

“Free Rider” by this recently Virgin signed duo sounds like early Ninja Tune flipside fluff—just some lazily looped cocktail party spillage—which isn’t “whatever I want” from a label that charges about as much for one 12” as I set aside for a month’s supply of food. Luckily, “Circus of Horrors” ups the heat considerably, recalling a time when budget record labels jammed out session band ‘tributes’ to Deep Purple and Anglo musicians of a certain type managed to make cash and experiment doing soundtracks for wiggly horror flicks (think Psychomania or The Abominable Dr. Phibes.) It pits rocksteady drums under fuzz guitar and an almost as fuzzy flute, and is topped off with screams and vocals that are macho, if by macho you mean a certain type of intrinsically camp performance. And therein lies the disco, I guess.
[Patrick McNally]

Map of Africa
Gonna Ride / Freaky Ways Instrumental
Whatever We Want / WEWW007
July 2006

When does a record with a drum solo (and I don’t mean an intro of 4/4 kicks for eight bars) get reviewed in Beatz? When it’s by Thomas Bullock (Rub n Tug) and DJ Harvey. “Gonna Ride” is cowbell-clonking cheap brew rock’n’roll—if you think you’re above listening to “Career of Evil” by Blue Öyster Cult, then stay away. The vocal-heavy “Freaky Ways Instrumental,” leans out with some nu-balearic handclap, synth bass, and flanged, summery guitar, before keeling over into the aforementioned Iron Butterfly-style drum soloing. Oddly, by recreating the sounds of early disco, when it was a way of playing records rather than records themselves, Map of Africa have also recreated the pot bellied hard rock sounds favored by the disco-burners of Kaminsky Park.
[Patrick McNally]

Various Artists
Confuzed Disco
Mantra Vibes / IRM822 CD / [Listen]
July 2006

From the sixties ‘til the eighties Italian cinema did well for itself swallowing up American genres and then regurgitating them just nastily enough to create something new in the process. From the mid-seventies onward their music industry, pushed on in part by soundtrack composers, did the same. Where the related compilation I-Robots tackled post-Moroder electronic disco, Confuzed Disco is, well, just what the title claims, covering more electroid new wave. But that’s new wave as might be understood by a cheap film producer looking to score a blue-neon lit nightclub scene in a sweaty French Connection knockoff. There’s lotsa second language crap raps (check N.O.I.A.’s date rape anthem “Do You Wanna Dance”) and stilted, uptight machine drum patterns here, but it retains a certain charm. The second disc of contemporary remixes casts its net a bit wider into some already-compiled Italo classics with a gorgeous, relaxed Morgan Geist re-edit of Gaz Nevada’s “Special Agent Man” and a version of Nevada’s “I.C. Love Affair” by Munk that struts with a bass-loaded staccato swing. Amongst the others remixing are Lindstrom and Prins-Thomas, Radio Slave, and Kiki who, no surprise, surgically extract the original groove whilst leaving behind the grossest signifiers. Sometimes it’s their loss.
[Patrick McNally]

In the Mix: DJ Surface
Give In

01: Give Intro
02: Gui Boratto – Strobe / Phortune - Can You Feel the Bass
03: John Tejada - Sucre
04: Tiga - Hot in Herre
05: Booka Shade - Pong Pang
06: Gaiser - And Answer
07: Memo - APN Jam (Jeremy P. Caulfield Remix)
08: Wighnomy Brothers - Dukktus
09: Knossos - Tarak (Makedon Remix)
10: DJ T. - Funk On You (Putsch '79 Remix)
12: DJ T. - Time Out
13: MAT101 - Haunted House
14: Einmusik - E Keli
15: Marco Carola - Ascent
16: Carola Pisaturo - Dorilla
17: Tony Thomas - Bonus Beats
18: Davor O - Long Gone (Short Edit)
19: Carola Pisaturo - Gambariga
19: Anja Schneider - Addicted
20: Rhythm & Sound - See Mi Version
21: Dominik Eulberg & Gabriel Ananda - Harzer Roller
22: Wighnomy Brothers - Moppal Kiff
23: Marco Bailey - Siestanyol
24: Oliver Hacke - Subject Carrier (Alex Under Remix)


Dave Clarke [Music Man]
Ulterior – The Death of Everything [Advanced]
Smith & Selway – Blink of an Eye [CDR]
Antony Rother – Youth [Datapunk]
Redshape – Shaped World [Delsin]
DJ XentriX – Driving Higher [CDR]
Advent – Templar [Etrx 30]
Noirdegout – Sharks Bay [CDR]
Poni Hoax – Budapest [Tigersushi]
Dcast Dynamics – Trans Migrations [Southern Outpost]
Adam Jay – Goathead [CDR]

Deetron [Music Man]
Claro Intelecto - Warehouse Sessions Vol. 3 [Modern Love]
Rejected - SL3 [CDR]
Cobblestone Jazz - Dumb Truck EP [Wagon Repair]
Lost Trax - The Saturiun System [SCSI]
Atjazz - For Real [Innervisions]
The Sun God - Relics & Artifacts [Frantic Flowers]
DJ Yellow – Goddess [Ovum]
Ferrer & Sydenham - The back door [Ibadan]
Samuel L - Smokestack [Klap Klap]
Master H Unit - Hard time [F... U!]

DJ Strobocop [Karaoke Kalk]
DJ Jus-Ed Presents – Unity Kolabo EP [Underground Quality]
L.B. Dub Corp - L.B. Dub Corp [Mote-Evolver]
Tobias – Street Knowledge [Logistic]
Chicago – Without Makeup [Let’s Pet Puppies]
Dinky – Home on a Sunday [Horizontal]
Rekid – Next Stop Chicago (Jesse Rose Remix) [Rekid]
Junction SM – Junction SM [Kalk Pets 06]
Cassy 1 – Cassy 1 [Cassy]
Hugh Masekela – The Boy’s Doin’ It (Carl Craig Remix) [Verve]
JBP – Aphrotalk [Soul Jazz]

Magda [Minus]
Heartthrob - Proximation
Microfunk - The White Room
Tractile - Silent Room
Audion - Mouth to Mouth
Tractile - To Go To
Osvaldo - Valeria No More Vampires
Ryan Crosson - Squarehead
Daze Maxim - Simply Driving Gold
Seth Troxler - CLP
Elsubtracto - Box Fan
Matt Star - Art of M

Eglantine Gouzy [Monika / Osaka]
Young Marble Giants – Eating Noddemix [Crepuscule]
Animal Collective – Prospect Hummer [Fatcat]
Gang Gang Dance – Glory in Itself [The Social Registry]
Polmo Polpo – Requiem for a Fox [Constellation]
Tom ZE – Toc [Luaka Bop]
Silver Apples – Misty Mountains [KAPP]
Pretty Things – The Good Mr Square [Snapper]
Architecture in Helsinki – It's 5 [Tailem Bend]
White Noise – Love Without Sound [Polygram]
Television Personalities – Velvet Underground [Domino]
Smog – Rock Bottom Riser [Domino]
The Slits – Earth Beat [Rough Trade]

The Best of 2006 (So Far)

Ronan Fitzgerald
Loco Dice - Seeing Through Shadows [M_Nus]
Duoteque - Amyra [Boxer Sport]
Claude Vonstroke - The Whistler [Dirty Bird]
Gummihz - The First Time [Mobilee]
Fuckaponydelic - Switch on the Light [White]

Michael F. Gill

Luciano - Sci-Fi Hi-Fi Volume 2 [Soma]
Kiki - Boogybytes Volume 1 [Bpitch Control]
TBA Empty - Stupid Rotation [Max Ernst]
Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener [Monika]
Herbert - Scale [!K7]

Singles / EPs
Sasse - Loosing Touch [Moodmusic]
Italoboyz - The Titty Twister [Einmaleins]
Chelonis R Jones - Deer in the Headlights Remixes [Get Physical]
Escort - Starlight [Escort]
Soulphiction - Masai Mara [Philpot]

Todd Hutlock

Magda - She’s a Dancing Machine [M_nus]
V/A - Interstellar Fugitives 2: The Destruction of Order [Underground Resistance]
Burial - Burial [Hyperdub]
Booka Shade - Movements [Get Physical]
Alex Smoke - Paradolia [Soma]

Singles / EPs
Jeff Mills - Natural World [Purpose Maker]
Audion/Ellen Allien - Just a Man/Woman [Spectral Sound]
Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches [Vols. 1 and 2] [M_nus]
DJ T vs. Booka Shade - Played Runner [Get Physical]
Sleeparchive - Radio Transmission [Sleeparchive]

Colin James Nagy
Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs [City Centre Offices]
Burial - Burial [Hyperdub]
Cobblestone Jazz - Dump Truck/Peace Offering [Wagon Repair]
The Knife - Silent Shout [Rabid]
DJ Koze - Kosi Comes Around Remixes Part 1 [Kompakt]

Mallory O’Donnell

The Knife - Silent Shout [Brille/Mute]
Crowdpleaser & St. Plomb - 2006 [Mental Groove]
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles [BPitch Control]
Fuckpony - Children of Love [Get Physical]
Hot Chip - The Warning [DFA/Astralwerks]

Singles / EPs
Fred Falke - Omega Man [Work It Baby]
Sneak Thief - The Hollow Land [Creme Organisation]
Christopher & Raphael Just - Popper [Kitsune]
Lindstrom - Another Station [Feedelity]
Morgan Geist - Raremix [Environ]

Cameron Octigan
Gabriel Ananda & Cio D'or - Lauschgoldengel [Treibstoff]
Adam Beyer - Stereotypes [Cocoon]
Gui Boratto - Like You [Supermayer Remix] [Kompakt Pop]
Loco Dice - Orchidee [M_nus]
Misc. - Tanz Der Polymere [Hemmann & Kaden Remix] [Sender]

Nick Sylvester
01. The Knife – Silent Shout [Rabid]
02. Delia & Gavin – “Relevee (DFA Remix)” [DFA]
03. Belong – October Language [Carpark]
04. Herbert – “Something Isn’t Right” [!K7]
05. Excepter – Alternation [5RC]

By: Stylus Staff
Published on: 2006-07-28
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