August 11, 2006

Applegarden - Twentyfive 6 Four

Applause for Clone Records, who had smarts enough to drop this electro-pop twelve when the iron was both hot and chip. Applegarden spell out Chicago homage, but to be honest I couldn’t catch any samples, and the un-FX’d all-dude hooks bring to mind Parliament, Electric Six more, Datarock especially. The difference, where those groups (and Hot Chip) have songs, Applegarden have but one groove in “Twentyfive,” a bassline doing off-center octaves, its relentless drive in the just-off pitch. On the A-side, labelmates Putsch 79 add a female hook and instrument mirror to dilute the song’s testosterone, but best bets are on the B: the original mix first, then the conga-fied “Armageddon,” whose falsetto melody and synth response comprise the best Hot Chip lick never written.

Clone / Cx22
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[Nick Sylvester]


August 11, 2006

Charts: August 11 2006

Cameron Octigan
Ada - Living It Up [Areal]
Luca Bacchetti Out of Breath [Tenax]
Hemmann & Kaden Roll in Moll [Freude am Tanzen]
Lawrence - Place to Be [Liebe]
Louderbach Reflected [Underl_ne]
Magda Shes a Dancing Machine [M_nus]
Misc. Tanz Der Polymere [Sender]
Reverso 68 - Tokyo Disko [Eskimo]
Various Artists - Cocoon Compilation F [Cocoon]
Wighnomy Bros. - Dukktus [Freude am Tanzen]

Todd Hutlock
Future/Past - Jam Packed [Applied Rhythmic Technology]
Sammy Dee & Guido Schneider - Styleways [Poker Flat]
Kayot - Clear Sky (Main Mix) [Buzzin Fly]
Paradroid - Faked Moon Landing (Fym Remix) [Force Inc.]
Justus Khncke - Advance [Kompakt]
Antonelli Electr. - Snowflake Funk [Level]
Pig & Dan - 4 Leaf Clover [Cocoon]
Carl Craig - Darkness (Max Mix) [Planet E]
Magda - Shes a Dancing Machine [Minus]
The Knife - Silent Shout (Troy Pierce Barado en Locombia Mix) [Rabid/Brille/Mute]

Mallory ODonnell
Booka Shade - Paper Moon [Get Physical]
Junior Boys - In the Morning [Domino]
CSS - Let’s Make Love & Listen Death from Above (Spank Rock Remix) [Sub Pop]
808 State - San FranCisco [Tommy Boy]
Applegarden - Twentyfive 6 Four (Putsch ‘79 Remix) [Clone]
Toby Tobias - A Close Shave (Prins Thomas Disko-Tek Miks) [REKIDS]
Allez Allez - Allez Allez [Eskimo]
Cassie Vs. Ice-T - Girls LM&UGBNAF (Various Bootlegs) [Aristo-Camille]

Michael F. Gill
Arsenal feat. Jhelisa Anderson - Far Have I Come [Cottage]
Telex - L’amour Toujours [Interdisc]
Sally Shapiro - I’ll Be By Your Side [Diskokaine]
IMS - Dancing Therapy [Ballaphon / Emergency]
Cassy - Alexandra / Toyah [Cassy]
Swat-Squad - Shared [Galaktika]
Paul Johnson - I Need You [Motus Music]
Troy Brown - Feel Allright [Aquarius Recordings]
Sandy Kerr - Thug Rock [High Fashion]
Rene & Angela - I Love You More [Capitol]