April 12, 2007

J.T.C. - Take ‘em Off / D’Marc Cantu - No Control / X2 - Barely A Track


Tadd Mullinix’s James T. Cotton project seems to have found its spiritual home at the Dutch label Crme Organisation, who have not only released his last two singles of raw acid-jacking, but have now gone out of their way to devote a sub-label to this sound called Creme Jak. These first three releases are all one-sided affairs, limited to 200 copies, and don’t contain much more than a liberal helping of 303 and 909.

As with other projects that state a nostalgia for a time that may have never existed, releases like this often need to tame their infatuation with the sound (here, lo-fi acid) in order to be a success. J.T.C’s “Take ‘em Off” falls flat along these lines, as it sounds like any other Chicago acid track circa 1989, but fails to give me anything other than “cool raw acid lines” and “distorted jackin’ drums.” D’Marc Cantu, Mullinix’s partner in 2 AM/FM, is on hand for the second and third releases here, which are a bit better. “No Control” is more percussion-oriented, with a grunged-up vocal echoing the word “house” incessantly, and plenty of flange effects thrown in. “Barely a Track,” under Cantu’s moniker X2, is the pick of the three releases, utilizing a more breakbeat flavored house rhythm to underscore yet even more swampy vocals and low-end drones. An inauspicious start to Creme Jak, yet the potential remains.

Creme Organisation / Creme Jak 01 / 02 / 03
[Listen / Listen / Listen]
[Michael F. Gill]

September 15, 2006

Hieroglyphic Being - The Acid Test Pt. 1


Originally released in 1998 as half of a limited-edition double-pack and now available on its own, these five cuts represent the first recorded work by Jamal Moss under his Hieroglyphic Being moniker. As the title might suggest, these are stripped-down 303 monsters that, thanks to their timeless sound, dont sound dated in the leastor perhaps that should be impossible to accurately date, as they sound like they could have been made anytime after the initial acid boom in early-80s Chicago. With acid suddenly coming into vogue again of late, the reissue couldnt be more timely, and these tracks will mix well with anything from DJ Pierre to Adonis to 2 AM/FM. The three tracks on the A side are a bit formulaic: lay down a sick bassline, add beats, tweak knobs, repeat. But on the flip, were treated to the longer and far stronger Rational Expression, wherein Moss gives things a bit more time to develop by upping the length and spacing out the grooves a bit more. The palette is verrrrrry familiar by that point, but Moss hits some new octaves and percussion sounds in there, and even messes with the volume a bit. But then again, if youre into acid sounds, repetition is never a bad thing. Final track Ellipse is the most experimental and most frenetic, but also the shortest. There were far, far better things to come from Moss later, but those looking for some fun and funky acid tracks could do far worse.

Mathematics Recordings / Mathematics 002

[Todd Hutlock]

September 1, 2006

Charts: September 1 2006

Todd Hutlock
DJ Yellow - Goddess [Ovum]
Pig & Dan - 4 Leaf Clover [Cocoon]
2 AM/FM - Sweat Box [Spectral Sound]
Jeff Mills - Preview [Tomorrow]
Mr. Fingers - Beyond the Clouds [Trax]
Los Hermanos - My Mothers Guitarra [Los Hermanos]
This Heat - 24 Track Loop [These]
Claude VonStroke - Beware of the Bird (Justin Martin Remix) [Dirtybird]
David Wulle & Andy Garcia - A1/DOC 007 [Docile]
Sunglasses Afterdark - The Gaslamp (Crossed Swords Champion Mix by Two Lone Swordsmen) [Cloak & Dagger]

Ronan Fitzgerald
Giresse and Erb - Slapback [Connaisseur Superior]
Anthony Collins - Self Esteem [Session Deluxe]
Ripperton and She DJ Masaya - Long Distance [Num Ltd]
Michael Ho - Econoclast EP [Tuning Spork]
Sweet N Candy - Tacky Wakeup (Dominik Eulberg Mix) [RaumMusik]
Pascal FEOS - Brooklyn Style [Level Non Zero]
Jobims Cousin - Comerte [Cargo Edition]
Extrawelt - Doch Doch [Traum]
Lawrence - Along the Wire (Superpitcher Mix) [Dial]
Pan - The Lizard [Rebel One]

Michael F. Gill
Errol Dunkley - Sit and Cry Over You [T.P. Records]
Starship Orchestra - The Waiting Game [CBS]
Ray Parker Jr & Raydio Until the Morning Comes [Arista]
Didier Lockwood - Aspiring Answer [Inner City]
Shinedoe - Seek and You Will Find [100% Pure]
Lunapark - Lunapark [Sterpete Dischi]
Henrik B - Airwalk [Pryda Friends]
Moritz Piske - Ein Kaenguru I’m Clubraum / Huldigung Den Triolen [Opossum]
Monika Kruse & Patrick Lindsey - Whds [Terminal M]
V/A - Permanent Vacation [Permanent Vacation]

September 1, 2006

2 AM/FM - Pt. 2


Jack-of-All-Trades Tadd Mullinix, who drops hip-hop as Dabrye and crazed minimal acid as James T. Cotton, teams for the second time with DMarc Cantu for three tracks of old-school acid madness. The gritty, thunderous Sweat Box starts with a whispered vocal reading the title, simple bloopy bass, and rumbling toms before those hi-hats ride in and the tension builds. You keep expecting it to explode and the kick to come in, but in its restraint it is all the more effective and menacing. Besides, the next cut, Ace of Spades, takes care of all of that anyway. Screeching from the get-go, it thumps along with a tweaked vocal snippet and a 4/4 pulse, until eventually some snares roll in and more knobs are twisted. The side-long Acid Planes follows the same basic formula, but stretches it out for 10 minutes+ for maximum mixability. In fact, you could likely start it at three different points in the record and no one would notice, and that is not an insult. Drop this next to some Trax classics and watch the trails.

Spectral Sound / SPC 38
[Todd Hutlock]

June 2, 2006

James T. Cotton - Oochie Coo


Tadd Mullinix resurrects his James T. Cotton guise for the infectious Oochie Coo, and heads directly to rump-shaking territory. Over crashing hi-hats, stuttering snare snaps, and a bouncing bass groove, Mullinix lays down some schmoooove talk to his lady while the track percolates into a frenzy. Tip: the louder you play this, the better it sounds, and the more you play it, the more infectious it is. On the flip, My Zel is a fairly unremarkable, mid-tempo analog shaker with sizzling cymbals and big tom-toms pushing the rhythm, but 2AM/FMs remix of T-Y-O-C Painkillers strips the original down and sells the parts, resulting in a throbbing head-nodder in the classic Trax/acid house style. Another winner from the Ghostly/Spectral camp.

Spectral Sound / SPC-35
[Todd Hutlock]

May 5, 2006

Charts: May 5 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
Sten - Third Season
Todosantos - Bahia
Shit Robot - Triumph
Telex - How Do You Dance (Tomboy Remix)
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - En Dag I Mai
Trussel - Love Injection
Stephanie Mills - You Can Get Over
Ashford & Simpson - Street Corner

Ronan Fitzgerald
Steadycam - Knock-Kneed
Anja Schneider - Lily of the Valley
Tabula Rasa - Argon
Dada Life - Bigtime (Linus Loves Mix)
Eyerer and Chopstick - Electric (Williams Mix)
Booka Shade - Movements
I-Robots - Spacer Frau (Boys Noize Mix)
Dash Dude - Revenge of the Nerd (Argy Mix)
M.A.N.D.Y.- Jah (Jona Mix)
Tiga - Essential Mix (Radio 1)

Cameron Octigan
Clashing Egos Aminjig Nebere (I Trust You) (Joakim’s Afrobot mix)
Daft Punk Burnin
Double Vision Clock on the Wall
First Choice Double Cross
In Flagranti Genital Blue Room
Luomo What Good
Matt John Joker Family Park Two
Plastikman Spastik
The Rice Twins For Penny and Alexis
Skyy Lets Turn It Out

Todd Hutlock
Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches (Too Many Bitches Makeover)
69 - Pungtang (Original)
Two Lone Swordsmen - Glide-By Shooting
808 State - Pacific 313
Adam Kroll - Squonk
James Cotton - T-Y-O-C Painkillers (2 AM/FM Remix)
Matt John - Joker Family Park Two
Espiritu - Conquistador (Sabres of Paradise No. 3 Mix)
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Inglan Is a Bitch
Rhythm & Sound - Free for All (Soundstream Remix)

Michael F. Gill
Various Artists - Studio One Soul
Yello - Forward Pussy Cat
Sunbelt - Spin It
Lime - Youre My Magician
Extras - Haven’t Been Funked Enough (Instrumental)
Sly Mongoose - Snakes & Ladder (Rub N Tug Mix)
Avril - French Kiss
Petter - All Together
Paul Nazca Verdure
Terrence Dixon Detroit City Lights