April 20, 2007

Charts: April 20 2007

Mallory O’Donnell
V/A - Trance Europe Express [Volume]
Hiltmeyer , Inc. - Sendling 70 [Gomma]
Cabaret Voltaire - The Crackdown [Virgin]
Sly Mongoose - Bad Pulse [Mule Musiq]
Michoacan - She’s Sent Heaven (The Emperor Machine Instrumental Remix) [Tiny Sticks]
Annie - Heartbeat (The Field Remix) [679]
Taana Gardner - Heartbeat (Larry Levan Remix) [West End]
Inner Life - Moment of My Life [Salsoul]
Ministry - I Wanted to Tell Her [Arista]
Krisma - Miami [CGD]

Michael F. Gill
Tiger Stripes - Voyage [Nite Grooves]
Root Source - Beyond The Haze [Freestyle Records]
Pendle Coven - Golden Hadron [Modern Love]
The Progressions - Fair Deal [Trojan]
The Rotating Assembly - Seasons Of My Life [Sound Signature]
Einzelkind & Meat - Bonus Beats [Get Physical]
Search and Destroy - Candyfloss [Hotflush Recordings]
Martin Circus - Before It Gets Dark [Prelude]
Wish & Fonda Rae - Touch Me [KN Records]
Aaron Broomfield - I’m Gonna Miss Ya [Mountain Records]


September 8, 2006

INFLUX #002: HAND ON THE PLOW

Beatz by the Pound introduces its newest podcast: Influx. On this second edition, we profile UK imprint Hand on the Plow. The label puts out what co-label head Steven Taylor calls 21st century blues and returns this month after a more than two-year hiatus. Stylus editor Todd Burns talked to Taylor, Laszlo Beckett, and Matt Southall about the origins of HotP, the music that theyre each producing, and about the slew of releases that they have upcoming in 2006.

Tracks
01: Spandex - Whats Wrong With You
02: Beckett and Taylor - Where There You Been Gone Find It
03: Pleated Lemon - Cocks and Fannies
04: Beckett and Taylor - Hoody (Instrumental Version)

[INFLUX #001: Orac Records]


September 1, 2006

Klaxons - Gravitys Rainbow

Rave culture is barely 20 years old, and the hangovers and post-coital guilt still remain. Now we have a photogenic band being touted as nu rave, and they have a member named Captain Strobe. But dont worry just yet. The Klaxonss single, Gravitys Rainbow is more SXSW convention showcase than Ministry of Sound. Its understandable why the tune is an MTV2 hit, Gravity has the right 00s alt-rawk clichs lined up: a jerky Radio 4 bassline that smokes cigs to look tough, a heartbroken guitar melody a la Interpol, and Becks karaoke-ish, stoned n dazed vocals. The remixes fit the raver tag a bit better. The Nightmoves mix struts to a decent disco kick and an acid-didgeridoo riff, but its the Van She Mix that will most likely be spun in basement clubs in Berlin and Williamsburg. Its got Daft Punk robo-disco calls, the lost-Cinderella-on-the-dancefloor melody recalling Annies Heartbeat, and 8-bit synth twinkles worthy of The Legend Of Zelda. Finely calculated stuff.

Kitsun Music / KITSUN 038
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[Cameron Macdonald]


May 19, 2006

Ellen Allien & Apparat - Way Out

The extended dance remix makes a welcome reappearance on the second from the still wondrous Orchestra of Bubbles. “Way Out,” gets a loving elongation that is, yes, more danceable, and also stretches out the great bleepity bloops that got compressed in the album edit. It’s casual Friday at the meat-packing plant for Robag Wrumhe’s mix, a loose-limbed romp through mechanistic EBM beats and the sound of power systems failing. But this release is one worth buying for the b-sides alone”Rotary” ups the BPMs yet preserves a sense of calm, buffeted all the while by Ellen’s trademark moody synthetics. “Sleepless,” on the other hand, is a stunner, with a slithering Allien vocal (think Annie in her sultry mode or early Bjork) contrasted by some zither-plucking action and the rising, then falling patterns of drums and waveforms.

BPitch Control / BPC 129
[Mallory ODonnell]


February 10, 2006

Defender - Defender

200512"Neo-Disco

Known mostly for their excellent remix work for Annie, DFA 1979 (their take on “Black History Month” was one of the defining mixes of last year), Royksopp, and Goldfrapp, the duo of Alan Braxe and Fred Falke make their debut as Defender with this stellar two-track single. The self-titled A-side is a bouncy, aggro romp that strongly recalls Human After All era Daft Punk (muted metal guitars, robotic backbeat,) but with an added kick in the pants courtesy of a monstrous hard-house thump. The flipside, “Bliss” is refreshingly different, a slice of pure disco heaven dripping with FX-daubed strings and gorgeous synth runs atop a smooth-yet-funky backbeat. Two tracks, two winners, and with a perfect run so far in the remix department, we could be looking at another great year for the duo.

Vulture Music / 013
[Mallory ODonnell]


February 10, 2006

Charts: February 10 2006

Guest Chart
Patrice Baumel, Trapez

Baxendale - I Built This City
Carl Craig - Darkness
Fairmont - Gazebo
Jesse Somfay - Traum 65
Ame - Rej
Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
Phonique - For The Time Being
Gabriel Ananda - Ihre Persoenliche Gluecksmelodie
Alex Under - Dispositivos De Mi Granja
Daso - Daybreak

Mallory ODonnell
Royksopp - What Else Is There? (Trentemoller Remix)
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Do Not Break
Tiga - Far From Home
Flatpack - Sweet Child O’ Mine (Mylo Remix)
Justice Vs. Simian - Never Be Alone
Transformer di Roboters - Hi End (Metro B & Maslope Remix)
Annie - The Wedding (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix)
Depeche Mode - Precious (Michael Mayer’s Balearic Mix)
The Knife - Neverland
Dead Disco - The Treatment (Metronomy Remix)
Chromeo - Needy Girl (Phillipe Zdar Dub)
Linus Loves - VH1
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Bliss

Cameron Octigan
Zimt - U.O.A.A. (Jurgen Paape Remix)
Yoshimoto - Do What U Du (Trentemoller Remix)
Unlimited Touch - I Hear Music in the Streets
Uffie - Pop the Glock
Transformer der Roboters - Hi End (Metro B & Maslope Remix)
New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream
MSTRKRFT - Easy Love
Michael Mayer & Reinhard Voigt - Sky Dumont
The Knife - Like a Pen
Crystal Castles - Tuesday
Black Strobe - Me & Madonna
Benjamin Theves - Texas

Todd Hutlock
Suburban Knight - Predator’s Language
Theo Parrish - Falling Up (Carl Craig Remix)
Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom (Subsonic Legacy)
Gaiser - And Answer
Fumiya Tanaka - Unknown Possibility Vol 1.
Akufen - Psychometry 1.1-3.2 (Thomas Brinkmann Remix)
Battant - Jump Up EP
KLF Vs. Ricardo Villalobos - What Time Is Love? (Veto Retro Mix #1)
Plastikman - Afrika
Talking Heads - Making Flippy Floppy (David Byrne/John “Jellybean” Benitez Remix)

Michael F. Gill
Kalabrese - Hhnerfest
Isolee - Rockers
Frequency - Loosen Up
Fred Gianelli - Distant Gratification
Jean-Luc Ponty - Cosmic Messenger
DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
Sa-Fire - Boy, Ive Been Told (Rascal/Two In A Room Dub)
Doris D. and The Pins - Shine Up
A Guy Called Gerald - Finleys Rainbow (Slow Motion Mix)
Regina - Baby Love


January 27, 2006

Kid606 - Done with the Scene EP

“Done with the Scene” is the song of an artist still trying to figure out what to do next. A droning, electro-pop synth melody first stares at the sunset while holding his chin with both hands. The song then grows more restless as a steady mid-tempo beat pushes the momentum with bits of guitar dropping in and a brazen Spaghetti Western-synth shouting out the melody. The song title suggests that Miguel Depedro is trying to move on after quitting his habit of being a yin-yang, either releasing records as a noisenik who smashes everything in a room with a whiffle bat or releasing Mother’s Day presents of synth-pop. As to where he goes next, it’s difficult to predict. The Done with the Scene EP gives some suggestions with remixes of a few tracks from his album Resilience as well as a cover of Annie’s cult hit, “Heartbeat.” In the latter, Depedro’s treatment keeps its focus on the song’s hook by smothering it with fuzzed-up shoegazer textures and scattered, mumbled vocals. It could’ve been much stronger without the odd synth screeches and the rather disjointed synching of everything.

As for the remixes, post-rock stars Mogwai infuse “Down” with rawer energy by piercing the song with feedback and garbled beats, along with playing hide-and-seek with the melody. Bravecaptain places a cosmic glint to “Down” with cascading synth work and live, rolling beats that is all sublime until the band gets cute by singing the song title. Elsewhere, Her Space Holiday turns “Spanish Song” into a song that could play on an in-store video at The Gap, and Swedish post-techno maven Dwayne Sodaberk steals the show by radically mutating the melody from the gentle guitar ballad, “King of Harm” into a rampaging, post-punk dirge that resembles an Interpol b-side. Sodaberk’s remix is brave as hell for risking utter failureGod knows what he would’ve done with “Heartbeat.”

Tigerbeat6 / 126
[Cameron Macdonald]


December 22, 2005

2005: The Year In Review

A look into the year that was in electronic musics…

Top 10 Albums

Matthew Herbert Plat du Jour
Audion Suckfish
Vitalic OK Cowboy
Ark Caliente
Dandy Jack & Junction SM Los Siete Castigos
Marc Leclair Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes
Pier Bucci Familia
Who Made Who Who Made Who
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Lindstrom & Prins Thomas
Alex Smoke Incommunicado

This young Glaswegian producers debut came on like a shock: marrying a heady combination of electro, old school techno, minimal, and an innate pop sense. A collection of tracks that were just as liable to make you stop dancing in wonder, as it was to get you on the floor

Top 10 Singles

Booka Shade Mandarine Girl
Spare Time - Lazy
Luciano Bomberos
Donato Dozzy & Exercise One - Skarciofen
Common Factor That Was Then
Unai Oh You and I
Royskpp feat. Karin Dreijer What Else Is There?
Daso Daybreak
Patrice Baumel Mutant Pop
Stefan Goldmann Blood

After previously appearing on the smaller Classic and Ovum labels, Goldmann steps up to the plate for Perlons 51st releasethree enormous monster tracks of clicks and bass that start out with the most modest of intentions

Top 5 DJ Mixes

Dominik Eulberg Kreucht and Fluecht
Ewan Pearson Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi, Vol 1
Annie DJ Kicks
DJ Clever Breakbeat Science 5
DJ Naughty One Naughty Night in Berlin

Showcasing the vocal-end of electro-house, while throwing in classic disco and Italo to boot, DJ Naughty further pushed the dirty disco sound to its limits on this mix from the Eskimo label

Top 5 Producers

Jesse Somfay
LCD Soundsystem
Putsch 79
Trentemoeller
Nathan Fake

Finding himself on seemingly every single DJ mix released this year, Fake had a massive year on the residual effects of the classic The Sky Was Pink, Traums 2005 crown jewel, Dinamo, and the white label of Silent Night

Top 5 Remixers

Ricardo Villalobos
Abe Duque
Switch / YES Productions
Robag Wruhme
Stuart Price

Almost made the Killers listenable. No mean feat.

Top 5 Labels

Get Physical
Gomma
DFA
Eskimo
Traum/Trapez/MBF

Located strategically across the road from Kompakt HQ, the Traum family had its best year yet with strong entries from known quantities (Steve Barnes, Dominik Eulberg, Jeff Samuel) and a whole host of new producers (Alex Under, Jesse Somfay, Noze, Patrice Baumel)

Top 5 Reissues

Keith Hudson The Hudson Affair: Keith Hudson and Friends
DJ Shadow Endtroducing
Luomo Vocalcity
Prince Douglas Dub Roots
AFX Hangable Auto Bulb

Richard D. James formerly ultra-rare drill n bass template sounds as fresh as ever, showing why betting on jungle in 1995 was the best decision he ever made

Top 5 Compilations

Cybotron Motor City Machine Music
V/A Spectral Sound, Vol. 1
Senor Coconut Coconut FM
Robag Wruhme & Wighnomy Brothers Remikks Potpourri
Greg Wilson Credit to the Edit

The first time that this dance music pioneers work has been collected. If you were going to clubs in the 1980s, Greg Wilson was your soundtrackextending and tightening the tracks that you liked and turning them into the epics that you loved

Words: Todd Burns
Voting Contributors: Todd Burns, Nate Deyoung, Michael F. Gill, Cameron Macdonald, Derek Miller, Mike Powell, Will Simmons


October 27, 2005

Annie - DJ Kicks

Its an apt metaphor: on the !K7 website, the label is hawking a promotional scarf to accompany the release of Annies newest DJ Kicks album. Problem is: its made out of cotton, and looks for the world like itd keep you warm only in the confines of, say, Misshapes on a Friday night. Annies DJ mix will similarly make you look fashionable in a club full of people that enjoy nu-pop and its comfortable version of pleasure, but itll never get you close to sweat. Save that for the professionals. Buy Alan Braxe & Friends The Upper Cuts instead and get the only track worth hearing (released since 2000), plus a whole lot more.

!K7 / !K7190CD
[Todd Burns]


January 27, 2005

In the Mix: Michael F. Gill - “Romance Drones”

The inspirations for this mix were the recent singles Cosmic Sandwich and Odyssey by Steve Barnes, which showcase a new and interesting tangent on the basic micro/electro-house template. It was an epic, sprawling sound that combined the romantic melancholy of Michael Mayers Immer with a heavy psychedelic bent that engulfs you through a series of visceral repetition, trippy vocals, and wandering stratospheric synths. Ive picked tracks here that complement this sound, and sequenced them in such a fashion that the music becomes more open and extroverted as time passes. Hence, things begin with the misty noir-ish glimmers of Anders ilar, move through the brisk druggy bliss of Ewan Pearsons Closer Musik remix, and end up with some Italo/Metro Area influenced tracks by Jersey Devil Social Club and Justus Kohncke. This being the internet and not the club, Ive taken the time to do some re-edits of the tracks in order to emphasize the themes of the mix. I hope you enjoy it.

01. Anders ilar - Treasure Gardens (Echocord)
02. Lucien-N-Luciano - Lilou Swan (Klang Elektronik)
03. Lawrence - Live At 37 (Dial)
04. M.I.A. - Ballad II (Substatic)
05. Nathan Fake - The Sky Was Pink [James Holden Remix] (Border Community)
06. John Foxx - Mr. No (New Religion)
07. Steve Barnes & Riley Reinhold - Odyssey (My Best Friend Limited)
08. Closer Musik - One Two Three (No Gravity) [Ewan Pearson Mix] (Out of the Loop)
09. Steve Barnes & Riley Reinhold - Memories (My Best Friend Limited)
10. Steve Barnes - Cosmic Sandwich [Extended Version] (My Best Friend Limited)
11. Geiger - Standing In A Line (Firm)
12. Kaos featuring Captain Comatose - Bang The Box (K7)
13.George Thomson - Laid Back Snack Attack [Ellen Allien Via Mix] (Crosstown Rebels)
14. Jersey Devil Social Club Magnifique [Health Club Dub] (Environ)
15. Justus Kohncke - Elan (Kompakt)
16. Annie - Heartbeat [Alan Braxe Remix] (679)

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