September 9, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Weeks 33, 34, & 35

Beatzcast: Freestyle Essentials 01
Beatzcast: Freestyle Essentials 02
Beatzcast: Freestyle Essentials 03

Pikaya - Cambrium (Cadenza)
Genre: Minimal/Tech

Peter Chambers: This is not house so much as the ivy that clings to it.

Will Saul & Lee Jones - Hug the Scary
(Aus Music)
Genre: Minimal/Tech, Electro-House

Charts: August 23 2007

Gavin Mueller’s guide to Ghettotech

Future Loop Foundation - The Sea and the Sky (Louisiana Recordings)
Genre: House, Neo-Disco

Osborne - Outta Sight (Spectral Sound)
Genre: Acid, House

Nate DeYoung: If we’re heading into the last days of summer, then by all means let it be soundtracked by shimmering piano-house.

Brendon Moeller - Jazz Space (Third Ear)
Genre: Techno, Dub

False - False (M_nus)
Genre: Minimal/Deep

Andy Stott - Fear of Heights
(Modern Love)
Genre: Dub, Minimal/Deep

Peter Chambers: As a child, I used to build my Lego castles as per the instructions, but only the first time. The subsequent re-builds would slowly deviate, riffing around the structures of the original but adding, subtracting and supplementing elements, to the point where my later creations were unrecognisable as mutants of the original.

Tobias Thomas - Please Please Please (Kompakt)
Kaito - Contact to the Spirits (Kompakt)

Nina Phillips: Thomas is too busy crafting to see the dancers looking back at him from the floor. No wonder this was mixed live—in an empty dance club in Cologne.

V/A - Grand Cru 2007 (Connaisseur)
V/A - Rekids One (Rekids)

Nina Phillips: If you build bangers, they will come.


Wiley - Playtime Is Over
(Big Dada)

Chris Gaerig: Playtime Is Over proves that Wiley truly does run the grime game. Hell, he’s the only one left.

Arsenal - The Coming (Idjut Boys Mixes) (Play Out!)
Genre: Downtempo, Balearic

Beatzcast #47: Crambe Repetita

Deepchord Presents Echospace - The Coldest Season (Modern Love)
Genre: Dub, Techno

Todd Hutlock: Basic Channel effectively invented the wheel of this genre, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t admire the latest models to roll off the modern assembly line.


June 24, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 25

Chymera - Satura / Arabesque (Tishomingo)
Genre: Progressive/Trance, Minimal/Deep

Nina Phillips: How else to revel in the neo-prog essentials? Deep Connaisseur chords and a lithe melody line cutting over top, natch.

Baldelli / Dionogi - Cosmicdiba 2007 (Gomma)
Genre: Neo-Disco, New Wave/Synth

Dopplereffekt / Los Angeles TF / Mike Dunn - Gesamtkunstwerk / Magical Body / So Let It Be House (Clone Classic Cuts)
Genre: Chicago, Electro, Italo

From The Archives #2

Skatebard - Marimba (Supersoul Recordings)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Minimal/Deep

Nick Sylvester: Something like “Feed The Mood” after two decades of looped disintegration, or really any children’s toy on its last five or six seconds of battery life, “Marimba” pines for early Detroit through a fog of tired synths and last-legged drum machine clatter, and yes there are marimbas.

Cassy / A Guy Called Gerald - Somelightuntothenight / Bodecka (Beatstreet Berlin)
Genre: House

Peter Chambers: The whole EP here is old-school, or the classic house sound – just the basics, no faffing around. These tracks don’t have to unfold, they’re already laid out.

INFLUX #004: CHELONIS R. JONES

Stylus editor Todd Burns talked to Jones about his upcoming album Chatterton, the cover art to Dislocated Genius, and what’s it like to be the “Franz Kafka of electro-pop”…

Beatzcast #38: Crambe Repetita

Weekly Staff Charts


June 15, 2007

Beatzcast #37: Crambe Repetita

Mixes2007

Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…

Tracklist
01: Beanfield Feat. Bajka - Tides (Ripperton Mix) [buy]
02: Simon Baker - The Fly [buy]
03: Argy - 1985 (Sydenham and Rune Mix) [buy]
04: Stereotyp - Keepin’ Me (Fauna Flash Mix) [buy]
05: Hatchback - White Diamond (Prins Thomas Mix) [buy]
06: Chymera - Arabesque [buy]

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May 5, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 18

Phobia - Phobia (DJ Hell / Silence Mix) (International Deejay Gigolos)
Genre: Techno, Electro-House

Michael F. Gill: DJ Hell just seems to fill in the blanks in making it sound contemporary, basically giving it a sleeker drum kit and some reserved acid lines; the source material does the rest of the heavy lifting effortlessly.

Junior Boys - Dead Horse EP (Domino)
Genre: Indie-Dance, Techno

Unit Black Flight - Where Is Carlos (Strange Life)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Italo

Andres Bucci - Chocopanda EP (Kupei Musika)
Genre: Minimal/Tech

Todd Hutlock: Andres may not be the most famous of the three Chilean Bucci brothers—that distinction would go to his brother Pier—but as his debut solo release proves, he might just be the funkiest.

Chromeo - Fancy Footwork Remixes (Turbo)
Genre: Indie-Dance, Electro-House

Moodymann - technologystolemyvinyle (KDJ)
Genre: Detroit, House

Peter Chambers: The irony might be that this is worth downloading, but not buying.

Daso - Absinthe EP (Connaisseur Recordings)
Genre: Electro-House, Minimal/Deep

In Flagranti - Intergalactic Bubblegum (Codek)
Genre: Indie-Dance

Weekly Staff Charts
Beatzcast #31: Crambe Repetita

Nick Sylvester’s review of Kathy Diamond’s Miss Diamond To You


May 3, 2007

Daso - Absinthe EP

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Daso Franke? Well, yes, I believe I have, actually. His music has all the swelling space and moody flourishes associated with that overused term (I’m guilty too) “ambient,” but damn if it doesn’t move as well. Back again with another solid three-tracker, Daso serves up a great creepy-crawly thumper in standout “Thujon” on the A-side. Eeky insectoid noises devouring your spine while an irresistible beefy pulse works your legs? I’m in.

“Louche” starts the flipside off in very tasteful form. In fact it might be a bit too tasteful, and though undoubtedly warm, it’s also a shade too Spartan to really liven up the legs or tickle the ears. Those lovely noises come back into it with the spacious, gorgeous “La Fee Verte,” which ends the EP. More of a texture than a melody or a beat, it’s nonetheless exactly the kind of track that seems to scrape out your ears with a spoon, leaving you supple for the next breath of wind to come and sweep you along. Tasty and refined. Make more tracks now, please.

Connaisseur Recordings / cns 013-6
[Listen]
[Mallory O’Donnell]


March 15, 2007

Estroe – Driven

It took the excellent Connaisseur label only a few releases to set up its very own sub-label, Connaisseur Supérieur. But don’t accuse them of market glut: the imprint’s remit is for 12”’s for special tracks—tunes so good that they deserve their own special platter with only a remix on the flip. “Driven”’s a fine candidate for the treatment. For melodic minimal fans, it hits all the pleasure centers: long synth notes make up a smooth backing that’s augmented by a similarly sedate drum pattern with tightly coiled sonar tendrils spilling their riff over the bed. It’s deep, cloyingly emotional, and one of the best tracks released this year. Jamie Jones’ “Pacific Mix” takes “Driven” is just as exceptional, if slightly less satisfying. He takes the track to the big room, turning sonar into air raid and beefing up the bass considerably. Highly recommended.

Connaisseur Supérieur / cnss004-6
[Listen]
[Todd Burns]


September 8, 2006

Daso - Adventure

We’ve been loving on Daso over here since he emerged with 2005’s “Daybreak,” and expect more of the same from Adventure—Daso balances darkside and sunrise with precision, clarity, and humanity, or to be more specific, he allows the music to remain spooky while maintaining a relentless groove. Opener “Sam N’ Max” is insidious in its delicate intensity, the kind of track that has you cursing the times you were muttering on about not liking “minimal.” Daso seems to have used many of the same sounds and structures for all three tracks here, so “Dott” and “Beneath a Steel Sky” seem like microvariations of the A-side. Not a bad thing—the former accentuates the battering waves of percussion and atonal hiss to develop a sense of restrained build and release, the latter moves into far more visceral territory with an ominous bassline and meditative plonks and pads rising to the surface like dawn on the day after the robot holocaust.

Conaisseur / CNS 008-6
[Listen]
[Mallory O’Donnell]


June 16, 2006

Charts: June 16 2006

Todd Hutlock
Fraktion - Nebokki [Resopal Red]
Alex Under - El Encuentro [M-nus]
Bodycode - Bounce Back [Spectral Sound]
Trefa - 77 Hz [Mission 6277]
Jeff Mills - The Clairvoyant [Purpose Maker]
Gerald Mitchell - Bellydancer [Motech]
The Martian - Tobacco Ties [Red Planet]
Shane Berry - For a Moment [Trapez LTD]
Alex Smoke - Snider [Soma]
Baby Ford & Zip - Morning Sir [Perlon]

Cameron Octigan
Gabriel Ananda & Cio D’or – Lauschgoldengel [Treibstoff]
Patrick Chardronnet – Eve by Day [Connaisseur Recordings]
Delia & Gavin – Relevee (DFA Remix) [DFA]
Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation [Salsoul]
Adam Kroll - Stalker [Traum Schallplatten]
Nerk und Dirk Leyers – Monster One [My Best Friend]
Rekid – Nite [Soul Jazz]
Remute & Riley Reinhold – Polyester [My Best Friend]
Shift – Roller Rink Funk [P&P Records]
Unlimited Touch – I Hear Music in the Streets [Prelude]

Michael F. Gill
Jimmy Ross - First True Love Affair [Full Time]
Answering Service – Call Me Mr. Telephone [Third Label]
V/A – Background 50 [Background]
Auto Repeat - Auto Disco (Soundhack Remix) [Lazycuts]
Susumu Yokota – Siva Dance [Skintone/Lo Recordings]
Angie Stone – Brotha (DJ Spen Remix) [Arista]
Justin Harris – Hangerang [Paranoid Music]
Irakere – Siete Tazas De Café [Escondida]
Kissing The Pink – Big Man Restless (Extended Mix) [Magnet]
Janet Kay – Silly Games [Solid Groove/Trojan]