June 6, 2007

Tensnake - I Say Mista

Blame the current streak of scorching summer days but Tensnake’s new single I Say Mista is nothing short of a salve. Like a mutant (and highly infectious) strain of electro-pop, “I Say Mista” is doused with enough fizzing Italo handclaps and bubbling Chicago House synths to ignore your clingy t-shirt and how soaked it really is. Which really isn’t too much of a change for Tensnake. Dude’s unassuming productions have given us a debut (”Around The House”) and remix (Junior Boys’ “FM”) that never shock or awe outright - they take their time and insistently draw your attention in. A fact that makes Audision’s overhaul of “I Say Mista” into a churning techno beast feel like its declawed - all the gradual intensity of the original is blurred when thrown into the foreground. B-side “Look Into the Sky” flips “um hmm” into a hook and slowly carousels simple melody around like an ice cream truck. Like all the smart kids, all I can do is run after it.

Mirau / MIRAU 006
[Nate DeYoung]

February 16, 2007

Audision - Jetlag

A download-only release from Russian imprint Between Us, Audision returns with more dubby, brooding melancholia that sounds like an outtake from the first quarter of Michael Mayers Immer mix. While the original is best suited for a headphone listen or perhaps to create atmosphere early on in a set, the remix by Pablo Bolivar pushes things down further down the filtered-down, Basic Channel path to enlightenment, also adding a bit more swing and animated drum programming to make it slightly more floor friendly. Recommended.

Between Us / BTWN 07
[Colin James Nagy]

December 8, 2006

Beatzcast #13



01: 2020 Soundsystem Tape (12 Edit)
02: Audision Vanish (Sascha Funke Mix)
03: Plasmik - Ahead
04: Mike Uzzi and Ben Recht Talk You Down
05: Tiga 3 Weeks (Troy Pierce Move Until You Leave Mix)
06: Skat - Nightwalk
07: Klein & Zenker Delusion
08: Partial Parts - Trauermusik

December 8, 2006

Audision / IVF - Vanish / Celine


A high-school friend of mine once quipped, without intended hyperbole: Did you know Shellac is a hobby band? Imagine: if they went full-time, the music would be so good, it would kill you. Without forcing a comparison few artists could withstand, Audision have always occupied a similar space in my soundmaptheres something so wonderful about their music, and years after other releases have begun to sound stale, tracks like Gamma Limit and First Contact have slowly found a permanent space in my box. How is it that these guys arent famous? Well, maybe its that, like Shellac, Audision also seem to be a hobby of sorts, with their releases trickling out without fanfare at the rate of one a year or so. Having explained all that, it has to be said that this isnt exactly an Audision record, but a remix of their Vanish by Sascha Funke and another piece by the unknown (to me at least) IVF. Funkes remix of Audision begins like a new school take on the old, not unlike some of Prosumers recent tracks for Mobilee or 240 volts, but then the synth melody calls the tune, humming a delayed melancholy through metallic filters, you can almost hear the sound of the originals heavy mood evaporating into a dark lightness. IVFs contribution follows in the same blue vein, tapping some of Pantha du Princes recent material on the (cold) shoulder. If youre a fan of Hanseatic gloom & the depths of minimal deepness, this is another wonderful EP from the slowest working masters of the mood.

&nd / andmusic 0 10
[Peter Chambers]