August 10, 2007

Beatzcast #45: Crambe Repetita


Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music featuring new tunes from Daso, Shackleton, and Aril Brikha…

01: Future Loop Foundation - The Sea And The Sky (Beedle’s Orchestral Reprise) [buy]
02: Future Loop Foundation - The Sea And The Sky (Padded Cell Remix) [buy]
03: Daso and Pawas - TGV [buy]
04: Aril Brikha - Room 337 [buy]
05: Dennis Ferrer - Touched the Sky [buy]
06: Pikaya - Jedi [buy]
07: Shackleton feat. Jackson del Ray - Next to Nothing [buy]
08: Lucio Aquilina - Feeling Plastik [buy]

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January 19, 2007

Charts: January 19 2007

Michael F. Gill
Sylvester – I Need You (Dim’s Maxi Disco Blend) [ITH Records]
Remute – Bounce 23 [Trapez]
V/A - This Is Rong Music [Rong Music]
Lil Louis - I Called You (The Story Continues) [Epic]
E-Dancer - Oombah [Planet E]
Midnightrats - Goalmaker [Magic Circus]
Macho Cat Garage - Ghetto Blues [Viewlexx]
V/A - Make Me What [Minisketch]
Benfay - Pink Silk Panties (Bang Goes Remix) [Stattmusik]
The Nova Dream Sequence - Interpretations [Compost]

Todd Hutlock
Depeche Mode - People Are People (Underground Resistance Remix) [Mute]
Tomas Andersson - Mot Matsalen! [Bpitch Control]
Radio Slave - Weeeze [Rekids]
Theo Parrish - Falling Up (Technasia Rmx) [Third Ear/Syncrophone]
Hot Chip - Over And Over (Naum Gabo Remix) [Astralwerks/DFA]
False - Kickball [Plus 8]
Thomas Fehlmann - Dusted [Kompakt]
Pier Bucci - L’nuit (Dominik Eulberg Mix) [Crosstown Rebels]
Booka Shade - In White Rooms (Shinedoe Remix) [Get Physical]
Nitzer Ebb - Control I’m Here (Superchumbo Dub) [NovaMute]

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 8, 2006

Charts: December 8 2006

Todd Hutlock
Pier Bucci - Instinct [Crosstown Rebels]
Radioactive Man - Itisanditisnt [Rotters Golf Club]
Vince Watson - Renaissance [Planet E]
Baby Ford - Beach Bump (Wildflower Mix) [Rhythm King]
Point Blank - Frug [Phono]
Loco Dice - Vamos a Cali [Cadenza]
Thomas P. Heckmann - Strobe [Bpitch Control]
False - .Wav Pool [Plus 8]
Hecker - Untitled (KIT 001) [Rephlex]
Compass - Gliding [Cabinet]

Mallory O’Donnell
Tomboy – 4 [Gomma]
Ost & Kjex - How Not to Be a Biscuit [Crosstown Rebels]
Thomas P. Heckmann – Medusa [BPitch Control]
Bangkok Impact - Aus Birgittes Tagebuch [Crčme Organization]
Kudu - Playing House [Nublu]
Escort – Karawane [Escort]
Luciano - For Disco Only [For Disco Only]
Smackos - Waiting For the Red Bear [Strange Life]

Michael F. Gill
Daniele Baldelli - Cosmic Sound [Mediane]
Ricardo Villalobos – Africolaps [Perlon]
Dirty Minds – I Want U (Dub) [Eskimo]
John Dahlback – Our Song [Pickadoll]
Rude 66 – Break The Silence [Vynalogica]
Bertine Zetlitz – Girl Like You [EMI]
DJ Assault – Crank This Mutha [Booty Wax]
Jimmy Ross – Fall Into a Trance [Quality / RFC]
Walter Gibbons – Mixed With Love [Salsoul]
Philip Glass – Prophecies [Nonesuch]

December 1, 2006

Ost & Kjex - How Not to Be a Biscuit

The silly titles of this Crosstown Rebels release conceal one of the finest tech-house records to be let out the gate this year. Starting slowly and with some trepidation, the opener “How Not to be a Biscuit” gradually escalates in its combination of tweak-tech and video game sounds to broker a stunning compromise between Booka Shade-type depth and Perlon-esque hallucinations. By midpoint one is raving hard on the back of several crosscut waves piled atop each other, given gravity by the dense landscape of sounds both warm and fearful. “Cottage Cheese in Cantonese” is an equally heavily-populated but much more atmospheric number, with plenty of “oriental” sound effects. While it might have become tawdry exotica in lesser hands, Ost & Kjex sculpt with a real reverence for pure sound, resulting in excellent soundtrack music paired with a propulsive grace. “Zwei Jahre Aus Kloh” is a strange reshuffling of the two cuts together: it starts abruptly with the heavy electro of the title track before falling apart beautifully. Highly recommended.

Crosstown Rebels / CRM 032
[Mallory O’Donnell]

October 20, 2006

Minilogue - Hitchhiker’s Choice


There’s a head-nods-back propulsion to “Hitchhiker” that will remind some of Luomo’s “Market”—not necessarily that track’s sprawl but definitely its rubber. What’s a shame is that Minilogue didn’t drop this five years ago, when he could stick wriggles and wraggles and other hard techno accents on top of a pretty straightforward kick, without getting compared unfavorably to, say, the Perlon camp, specifically something like Melchior Production’s “Different Places,” which musically and rhythmically doesn’t even sound like it’s from this planet. Poor “Hitchhiker” is just stable, serviceable tech-funk next to that stuff, but that’s no knock: lots of space here, unafraid of melody or familiarity or even a set of shitty computer speakers. Call me blasphemous, but the extra color actually makes the more so-called forward thinking stuff seem too ascetic, no fun. Hear hear, a compromise.

Crosstown Rebels / CRM 030
[Nick Sylvester]

September 22, 2006

Silversurfer - Dirty Dishes / Ace of Spades

“Dirty Dishes,” Crosstown’s Silversurfer tries his hand at one of those hard-sounding squelch-driven “Rocker” redux tracks, really bottomed out, lots of space, etc.. Too bad it doesn’t work out for him—all the sounds are there, but there’s no monster hook to compensate for the minimalism, and the aux percussion is pretty worthless. “Ace of Spades” is only somewhat better, something like a Kompakt b-lister remixing Ministry, but it’s half-assed from the start: The snare clicks are fat and sandpapery, but the basskicks couldn’t sound more lifeless. I guess the only-upbeats synth line counts for the melody here; at the very least it will remind people of Kylie’s “Can’t Get Your Out of My Head” both sonically and sentimentally. The flipside is that it makes the “Ace of Spades” sound merely like an instrumental, incomplete and unfulfilled.

Crosstown Rebels / CRM 028
[Nick Sylvester]

June 30, 2006

Charts: June 30 2006

Todd Hutlock
Black Dice – Cone Toaster [DFA]
Booka Shade – Pong Pang [Get Physical]
Burial – Pirates [Hyperdub]
Two Lone Swordsmen – Slutloop [Jockey Slut]
Cristian Vogel – Whipaspank [NovaMute]
The Illustrator – Beautiful Boxer [Underground Resistance]
Black Phuture – Unfriendly [Motech]
Ellen Allien – Just a Woman (Audion Version) [Spectral Sound]
Pantytec – Maybe Not [Perlon]
Rhythm & Sound – Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig Remix)” [Burial Mix]

Cameron Octigan
Agoria – La 11čme Marche [PIAS]
Gui Boratto – Like You (Supermayer Remix) [Kompakt]
Crystal Castles – Atlantis to Interzone (Klaxons Remix) [White]
Cio D’or – Lichtblick [Karmarouge]
Taana Gardner – Heartbeat [West End]
Kris Menace – Voyager [Compuphonic]
Métrika – Ichi [Crosstown Rebels]
Treacherous Three – Feel the Heartbeat [Enjoy]
Sven Väth & Anthony Rother – Springlove (Original) [Datapunk]
Claude Von Stroke – Seven Deadly Strokes (Patrick Chardronnet Remix) [Neuton]

Michael F. Gill
TBA Empty – Stupid Rotation [Max Ernst]
Adam Beyer – Selma’s Dream [Cocoon]
Matt John – IO [Underline]
Alex Smoke – Never Want to See You Again (Ada Remix) [Soma]
Five Deez – Black Rushmore (Force Of Nature Remix) [Rapster]
Cream De Coco – Disco Strut [Free Spirit]
TJ Swann – And You Know That [Express]
Steve Angello – Tracks [Konvex Konkav]
Jody Watley – I Love to Love [MAW]
Soulphiction – Masai Mara [Philpot]

May 24, 2006

Black Strobe - Last Dub on Earth

Weren’t these guys supposed to put out two albums last year? Instead we got an EP filled with recycled cuts from their early vinyl, and we began to wonder if the notion of scary, big-floor electro-acid thumposity was just too good to last. Black Strobe have always purveyed a singular dynamic - like a dance AC/DC. “Last Dub On Earth” doesn’t exactly upset that notion, but it does break up the hegemony of dark, fucked-up beats by giving us something a good deal warmer - though I wouldn’t go so far as to call it human. “Nazi Trance Fuck Off” as remixed by James Holden on the flip clicks back the niceness even further, but it repaints the Strobe in psychedelic hues potent enough to be worthy of a potential flashback. Is there such a thing as Nazi Trance? Is it a Dead Kennedys cover? The answers to these questions could quite possibly drive you insane. So, too, might this schizoid cauldron of bubbling analog bleeps and hallucinogenic echoes, the sonic equivalent of being chased down blind alleys by PCP-wielding French lunatics with an Orb fixation, bent on raping your mind with their delirious near-ambient noodlings. Shiversomely delightful.

Crosstown Rebels / 027
[Mallory O’Donnell]

February 10, 2006

In The Mix: Todd Burns

Maybe it’s just been a while, but this mix came surprisingly quickly and easily, whereas most attempts take four months of planning and three months of retooling. But, like anything, it’s all in the source material. Thomas Schumacher’s “Brut Royal” is the opener and sort of sets the template for what will follow: brutal bangers that nonetheless revel in a heaping of melodic marinade.

3 Channels’ Robag Wruhme imitation flows nicely into Lee Van Dowski’s newest record for the Num label, which is rapidly becoming as Boomkat rightly describes “the stripped-down dancefloor-ready cousin to Cadenza,” while the sonar bleeps of Chardronnet’s mixes nestles itself perfectly against the electro-disco-house stomp of Afrilounge’s undeniable “Discoheadz.”

I’ve been more interested in anthems than anything else lately, which should explain the next two tracks: “La Migale” and “Lazy,” which don’t exactly mix perfectly but are both too good on their own not to give their place here. And besides, “Lazy” offers a nice mix into the deep and bitter finale, “Tribute to Solitude,” which meets anything that Nathan Fake’s new album has to offer head-on.

1. Thomas Schumacher - Brut Royal [Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten]
2. 3 Channels – 2 Dancing Rabbits [Crosstown Rebels]
3. Lee Van Dowski – The Darkened Component [Num]
4. Goldfish und der Dulz – Ding Dong (Chardronnet Mix) [Kickboxer]
5. Afrilounge – Discoheadz (Rough Demo Cut) [Get Physical]
6. Delon & Dalcan – La Migale [Boxer]
7. Spare Time – Lazy (Original Mix) [Factor City]
8. Pelle Buys – Tribute to Solitude [Italic]


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