March 30, 2007

Charts: March 30 2007

Todd Hutlock
Audion - Mouth To Mouth (Heartthrob’s Hot Breath Treatment) [Spectral Sound]
Pole - Jungs [~scape]
Creation Rebel - Starship Africa (Parts 1-5) [On U Sound]
DJ T - Lucky Bastard [Get Physical]
Mad Mike - Lo-Tech Reality [Underground Resistance]
Riton - Hammer of Thor (Roman Flügel Remix) [Souvenir]
Dominik Eulberg - Die Grunschenkel Im Blauen Priel [Traum Schallplatten]
Faze Action - In The Trees (Carl Craig C2 Remix 1) [Juno]
Adultnapper - Betty Crocker Moves To Berlin [Superfreq]
Audio Werner – Flatfunk [Circus Company]

Michael F. Gill
Jacek Sienkiewicz - Good Night & Good Luck [Cocoon]
Porter Ricks – Porter Ricks [Mille Plateaux]
Motorcitysoul – Aura (Jimpster Remix) [STIR15 Recordings]
Glimpse – Julia [Hypercolour]
Jay Pauli – Hamburger Spritzer [Ware]
DJ E Tones – Soul Detergent [Sounds]
Blue Vision – Visions [EMI Electrola]
Secession - Touch (Parts 3 & 4) [Beggars Banquet]
Rick James – Glow [Gordy/Motown]
Cheri – Murphy’s Law [Venture]

February 16, 2007

Charts: February 16 2007

Todd Hutlock
Todd Sines - In_Come [Frankie Rec]
Safety Scissors - Where Is Germany and How Do I Get There? (Ellen Allien Germany Remix) [Bpitch Control]
Roxy Music - The Main Thing (Rub-N-Tug’s Proton Saga) [Virgin]
Dominik Eulberg & Gabriel Ananda - Harzer Roller [Traum Schallplatten]
Pär Grindvik - Casio [Spectral Sound]
Heartthrob - Baby Kate (Robotman Remix) [M_nus]
Ripperton - Tainted Words [Connaisseur]
Audio Werner - Flat Funk [Circus Company]
Tracey Thorn - It’s All True (Martin Buttrich Dub) [Virgin]
Marcellus Pittman - A Mix [Unirhythm]

Michael F. Gill
Goat Dance – Goat Dance (Version) [Bear Entertainment]
Blackjoy – Untitled (Kerri Chandler’s Bigga Mix) [Freerange]
Tony Allen – One Tree (Terrence Parker’s Spirit of Unity Instrumental Mix) [Honest Jon’s]
PM Dawn – A Watcher Point of View [Don’t Cha Think] (Todd Terry’s Hard House Mix) [Gee Street]
Escort - All That She Is [Escort]
Jo Squillo Eletrix – Avventurieri [Polydor]
The Voyagers - Distant Planet [Discomagic]
Venus Gang – Space Woman [P.B.I. Records]
Two Tons O’ Fun – Got The Feeling [Fantasy Honey]
Tribe – Koke [Probe]

February 9, 2007

Audio Werner - Flatfunk

If samples were cats, then Audio Werner’s would definitely be among the pigeons. Like his popular Just Darr It EP on Trapez Ltd, this release is full of exuberant micro house with one eyebrow raised, but it’s less “hyper” than the Akufen-esque sound of yore or its even more manic French cousins on Circus Company. Anywhere you find it, these are likeable and useable tracks that easily fit between the cracks in your tiny wee house. It’s all about the drum samples, boys and girls, and Audio Werner’s predilection is for hits, taps, and toms that seem more likely to be drawn from an anthropologist’s field recordings, rather than some 909 drum sample CD-ROM. The title track lives up to its name, bubbling for a full ten minute workout, and sounds somewhere between Betrieb’s more accessible moments on Klang and some of the less schizo bits on Lump’s color series vinyl. “DBA” sounds like early Musik Krause, and funks along without a hiccup or a highlight. “Moved,” the B2, is filled with cool xylophone sounds and oddball percussion samples, bells, and spooky reverb. With a touch of Latin madness, it could easily be a Narcotic Syntax production. I have a feeling this one would layer really well in the mix, and can imagine it +8 betwixt two other rolling, shaking percussion monsters under the mixer of Villalobos or Luciano.

Circus Company / CCS 017
[Peter Chambers]

December 1, 2006

Copacabannark - Les Sables de… EP

Copacabannark (Cabanne and Ark) are both adherents to that wonderfully strange, hectic, sample-overloaded incarnation of microhouse made famous by Circus Company, Karat, Katapult, and the like. It’s a hypermosaic of house, electronica, and hip-hop, and it’s the antidote to every type of boring, uniform or cheesy form of house music you can imagine. “Les Sables de…” follows on from the sound signature forged through their respective releases on the abovementioned labels and consolidates on the quirky, bouncy tracks they released together on 2004’s “To Beach or Not to Beach” on Perlon. All four of the workouts are good, solid cut-up numbers that use layers of kicks to ground the manic microsampling above, but it’s both of the B-sides that take the cake—especially “Ouane Forzeshow,” which has a nice string sample running through proceedings and a touch of the deep. It’s hardly a break with their previous efforts, and if you don’t dig the sound you’re unlikely to be converted, but for those already enamored of this bounciest of tomfooleries, here’s another four fine slabs of creaturefunk.

Minibar / mb006
[Peter Chambers]

August 25, 2006

Nôze - Kitchen (Remixe)

Nôze’s Kitchen EP on Trapez was one that really polarised people. Like a lot of earlier releases on Circus Company, it was inspired buffoonery—house as a rumpalicious parodic pastiche—but I can see why it gives people the howling shits. To me, it’s always a relief when artists re-introduce a sense of the ridiculous into what can all-too-often become a very self-serious humour-free zone. On this remix twelve inch, Skat’s mix retains most of the madcap vocal, but foists it into the service of the groove, a swinging, bouncy house number in typical Circus Company/Karat style. Thomas Schäben’s version adds electric-bass-in-space and mentalist skip/schaffel beats to dub the original to the limit of recognition. Like “needle-free acupuncture” or “fat-free butter” it removes those parts of the original people might have found most irksome. That there’s nearly none of the essential humour left seems an (un)fortunate and unavoidable consequence. If trapped in a pantry and forced to listen to a version of “Kitchen” all day, I’d definitely prefer Schäben’s version ad nauseum. But without the ridiculousness of the original, should it still deserved to be called “Kitchen”?

My Best Friend / MBF 12023
[Peter Chambers]