October 26, 2007

Beatzcast #54: Crambe Repetita


Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…

01: Dennis Ferrer - Son of Raw (Loco Dice’s Brooklyn Roll) [buy]
02: Martin Buttrich - Hunter [buy]
03: Tiger Stripes - Survivor [buy]
04: Claude Von Stroke - Seven Deadly Strokes (Patrick Chardronnet Remix) [buy]
05: Roland Appel - Dark Soldier [buy]

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September 7, 2007

Beatzcast #47: Crambe Repetita


Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…

01: Johan Agebjorn feat. Sally Shapiro - Spacer Woman From Mars [buy]
02: Basteroid - Error Del Disco [buy]
03: Tensnake - White Dog [buy]
04: Staffan Linzatti - Quibble (Efdemin Remix) [buy]
05: The Viewers - Blank Images [buy]
06: Samim - Heater (Claude Von Stroke Mix) [buy]
07: Solomun - Jungle River Cruise [buy]
08: Innersphere - Phunk (Ricardo Villalobos Remix) [buy]

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June 13, 2007

Audion - Noiser / Fred’s Bells

Since Beatz isn’t afraid of repeating itself, it’s worth pointing out that we really do think Audion is running neck to neck with sliced bread for what we prefer to gush over. We would feel totally justified doodling New Yorker comics where Matthew Dear (AKA Audion) gets to use the punchline “but I wrote Mouth to Mouth, bitch” in various settings in front of a Rothko, on top of the Sear’s Tower, or meticulously peed onto a wall in R. Kelly’s mansion. Dear’s recent releases and remixes have all but shown that he can turn water into wine, leap tall buildings in a single bound and even make the Chemical Brothers sound relevant again.

His latest two-sider will no doubt satisfy such high expectations. “Fred’s Bells” mumbles, slithers, and ties the bow with any narco-minimal heart in sight. The track’s boomerang effect, which generally defies the law of conservation, is as much about the competing basslines as the song’s loss of depth perception. “Noiser” returns to the dry-heaving and dry-humping jack that culminated in Suckfish. Set next to “Fred’s Bells,” though, it shows how Dears previous all-excess all-acid diet lead to the dreadful and desperate cul-de-sac of “how can I add even more?” Both with “Bells” and his recent string of songs, it sounds like he realized the question should’ve been “how can I make it sound like I’m adding even more?” It’s subtle, but important.

Spectral Sound / SPL-44
[Nate DeYoung]

April 8, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 14

Knight Action - Single Girl (Clone Classic Cuts)

Nick Sylvester: One of those missing link-type tracks youve heard about or just plain intuited to have existedone of those synthpoppy bridges from Moroder-ripping disco to early houses heavy jack. Its as if this track invented the very sweetspots youre looking for; it probably did and you didnt even know it.

Metope - Braga/Breep (Areal)

Joakim - Lonely Hearts (Versatile)

Kotey Extra Band feat. Chaz Jankel - Sooner Or Later (Bear Funk)

Heartthrob vs. Troy Pierce / Gaiser vs. Heartthrob - MVS1 (M_nus)

DJ T - Lucky Bastard (Get Physical Music)

David Garcet - Redemption (Dirty Dancing)

Lazy Fat People - Pixelgirl EP (Planet E)

Claude VonStroke - The Whistler (Remixes) (Dirtybird)

Peter Chambers: I dont mean to suggest this is a cynical release, but this EP strikes me as being cheekily designed to achieve a certain response from a certain set of ears, to position itself as some of the stuff you hear in clubs.

Weekly Staff Charts
Beatzcast #26: Crambe Repetita

April 5, 2007

Claude VonStroke - The Whistler (Remixes)

Like some troubling convergence of Tiga and the most recent Lilly Allen filmclip, my partners kid brother spends all day in his room (doing what, exactly?) listening to the stuff you hear in clubs. Being twenty, and without a clear idea of the genealogies that led to his preferred musical forms, he started by listening to Van Halen, 2 Live Crew and ended up losing his shit a year later in a club listening to the Presets Are you the One? For him, the perceptual barriers between rock and booty loose themselves in walls of grinding saw-wavesfor a minute, until he skips to the next track (back to his cherished Ass and Titties). Vonstroke seems well clued into all this, judging by the choice of remixers for his Whistler track (this being a guy who begun his career as a producer by writing a PhD on electronic music). I dont mean to suggest this is a cynical release, but this EP strikes me as being cheekily designed to achieve a certain response from a certain set of ears, to position itself as some of the stuff you hear in clubs.

Diplos mix is easily the most entertaining of this admittedly enjoyable bunch (but why do I feel nudging tads of guilt admitting that?). It keeps the drums high and dry and builds around a synth roller-coaster that gets wild like an unhanded garden hose. Vonstroke and Agnellis remix meanwhile takes dark stabs at a reverb-soaked, rave referencing spook-a-thon, with shades between Audion and Bodzins big room sound. DJ Assaults mix is exactly what youd expect, which is both the pleasure and the limitation. As with all his tracks, a minutes worth achieves the desired effect, and after that, meh. Jesse Roses mix is (by contrast) too subtle by half, relying on a big kick and a slow braiding sample of the originals melody, and takes more than two minutes to develop (by which time Diplos mix has already chased its listeners around the yard a few times). When I close my eyes, I can see big papa Derrick Carter housing the audience by mixing this one through two other kick-heavy tracks. Am I showing my age? Or does this show that both my partners brother and I can find something to love in this EP?

Dirty Bird / db009
[Peter Chambers]

March 2, 2007

Beatzcast #21



01: Trippy Disco - Mote I Verdensrommet
02: Matt Vega and Morten Fresh - Instant Corruption (Nino Raro Deepend Mix)
03: Galen - Playing Games (Claude Vonstroke His Chucky Cheeze Mix)
04: Laszlo Beckett - Bleep Me Daddy
05: Redshape - Species
06: Half Hawaii - Into You
07: Carsten Jost - Love
08: Mala - Bury the Bwoy

February 9, 2007

Claude Von Stroke - Who’s Afraid of Detroit (Remixes)

Mallory O’Donnell: A thing like this should just arrive on the doorsteps of all techno devotees with a big black stamp on the mailer proclaiming it an “EVENT RELEASE.” Von Stroke’s anthemic non-anthem gets tarted up for the party by Audion, Tanner Ross, and… Kevin Saunderson?! Kev, what up, how you doing, it’s been what… two years? Three years? Afraid of Detroit? No sir! What follows all the fuss and excitement is as best as could be expected, which means it’s quality achieved by playing to the strengths of the remixers, rather than taking any big chances. Starting us off, Matthew Dear / Audion does his thing with the rubberized freakbeat baton for eight minutes of squeaks and creaks. I recommend playing this as loud as possible, preferably while doing something like showering or quietly running in place, but the key is LOUDjust to hear all the little nuances and revolving circular nipple-twisters of sonic nutriment Dear’s installed in his refit. Tanner Ross stays pretty close to the original, which is fitting, because nobody knows who the hell he is. He’s actually done more of a smoothing job than a remixing oneif the original was straight-up double chocolate fudge this is more of a peanut-butter / mocha swirl. Nice enough, but not really needed. Last but surely not least, Kevvy Kev throws down a classy-as-fuck version to show these young whippersnappers how it’s done. The word here is LUSHit’s basically a big band swing tune masquerading as roots techno, sympathetically warm, grooving and brassy. Naturally, the jaggedness of the original has been lost, but Saunderson’s scorched it away by applying a soulful fire to the canvassomething added, something taken away. Pick it up.

Nick Sylvester: For not being too sold on the original, I’m pretty psyched how these remixes turned out. Audion goes way sleek, way minimal, emptying the track of its middle so he can pingpong and hiccup and squelch the VonStroke’s rubber synth hook until it accrues those trails of clean reverb I can only describe as Audionesque. Sometimes when he does that, it really derails the track’s momentum; not here. The opening puddle-splasher-type vamp on Kevin Saunderson’s sounds more Juan Atkins than KS, but when the beat drops, everything mellows out into that muted mid-heavy funk I get out of E-Dancer and Reese. The other remixer, Tanner Ross, I’d never heard of until now, and he’s by far the most respectful of the three, just making what sound like EQ tweaks here and there, adding an additional squelch in the bottom, etc. But then all the sudden he starts deploying vocal cut-ups as rhythmic accents, then all these really fast-cut swells and Luomo-like swoops. Man to watch maybe?

Dirtybird / db 008

February 9, 2007

Charts: February 9 2007

Todd Hutlock
Can - Mother Sky (Pilooski Edit) [D*I*R*T*Y Edits]
Tony Allen - Ole (A Remix by Moritz Von Oswald) [Honest Jons]
Riley Reinhold - Point Zero [Trapez]
Damero - Mope [BPitch Control]
Claude VonStroke - Whos Afraid of Detroit? (Tanner Ross Remix) [Dirty Bird]
Thomas Melchior & Luciano - Solomons Prayer [Cadenza]
Villalobos Ioda [Playhouse]
Mikkel Metal - Untitled (Vainquer Remix) [Echocord]
Dub Syndicate - Pounding System [On-U Sound]
Ron Trent & Chez Damier - Hip To Be Disillusioned [Prescription]

Mallory ODonnell
Wendy Carlos - Sonic Seasonings [Columbia]
Morton Subotnick - Silver Apples of the Moon [Nonesuch]
V/A - Sub Rosa Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music, Volume 4 [Sub Rosa]
i-F - Mixed Up In the Hague, Volume 2 [No Label]
Kraftwerk - Ralf & Florian [Vertigo]
Drei Farben House - Any Kind of Feeling [Force Tracks]
Nathan Fake - Outhouse Remixes [Recycled Loops]
Legowelt - The Land of Lonzo [Bunker]
nofloatoutput - the sound of systems failing [Greystate]

Michael F. Gill
Mash Somebody’s Property [Glasgow Underground]
The Work Just Talk (Skatebaard Remix) [Powerblytt]
Sam K Doesnt Matter (Ripperton Remix) [Perspectiv]
Los Angeles T.F. Everliving Fever [Proxima Centauri]
Fake Donna Rouge [Did Records]
Mouzon’s Electric Band Everybody Get Down [Vanguard]
Ritchie Family I’ll Do My Best (For You Baby) [RCA]
Julia & Company Breakin Down (Sugar Samba) [London]
Modeselektor Hello Mom! [Bpitch Control]
MAT101 - Goodbye Mum! [Balance Records]

December 22, 2006

2006 Year In Review: Individual Writer Lists

As a companion piece to our 2006 year in review, here are the individual lists/charts from each of our contributors. Happy reading…


December 22, 2006

2006: The Year In Review

Welcome to the Beatz By The Pound year-end roundup for 2006, a veritable smorgasbord of lists, thoughts, and reflections about the current state of dance music. And while all of our writers handed in very diverse ballots, we were able to come to a consensus on a couple of key releases, producers, and labels. Let the madness begin


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