November 3, 2006

Justus Köhncke & Dirk Leyers - An Ounce of Memories

If you were silly enough to pay money for Kompakt’s latest overblown mediocrity (Total 7), your listening adventure would have begun with a wonderful understatement: Dirk Leyers and Justus Köhncke’s magnificent “Grey Skies to Blue,” a track which evoked the spirit of classic melodic minimalism that made both Kompakt veterans’ previous gems like “Maria,” “Departures,” “2 After 909,” and “Jet” so outstanding. Here’s more of the same/difference, but with vocals. Releasing the EP with an instrumental and vocal version of the same track seems to suggest three things: that the track is strong enough to stand on its own; that both versions offer a unique listening experience; that people will either definitely want OR not want to hear “An Ounce of Memories” with its vocal. Fact is, the track does stand on its own without the vocal—does that make it extraneous? In instrumental form, “An Ounce of Memories” conjures that wonderful “open sky” feeling that Leyers pulls from his mesmeric melodies. It’s harder to hear Köhncke’s sound signature, or at least, Leyers’ contribution bleeds the cheese out of Justus’ disco, leaving a whimsical, light-minded tug that pulls the track into the light. With Eric D. Clark’s (Whirlpool Productions) vocal added, we get a pale version of Jay Haze’s wonderful “Soul in a Bottle” or Schwarz, Ame, and Dixon’s “Where We At,” leaving these heartstrings thoroughly untugged.

Firm / FIRM 20
[Peter Chambers]

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]