July 15, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 28

Peter Visti - Dolly (Mindless Boogie)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Balearic

Wild Rumpus - Musical Blaze-Up (Bitches Brew)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Reggae

Nate DeYoung: I can only imagine that the Rumpus duo of legends, DJ Cosmo and Gary Lucas, must have a winged costume or two in their closets.

DJ 3000 / Gerald Mitchell / Ellen Allien - Alia / Geloshai 1862 / Retina (Motech Limited)
Genre: Detroit, Techno

Pharoahe Monch - Body Baby Remixes (Island Records)
Genre: House, R & B

Mallory O’Donnell: This single is a mixed bag to be sure, but one worth investigating, especially for those in search of rap / house crossovers that take chances, rather than skating to the easy route.

cv313 - Dimensional Space (echospace [detroit])
Genre: Techno, Dub

Henrik Schwarz - Walk Music (Moodmusic)
Genre: House, Minimal/Deep

Dennis Ferrer - Son of Raw (Locodice Remixes) (Objektivity)
Genre: Techno, Minimal/Deep

Peter Chambers: Is LocoButtrich the king of mild pitch house?

Weekly Staff Charts

Beatzcast #41: Crambe Repetita

Andrew Gaerig looks at Klaus Dinger’s post-Neu! project La Dusseldorf

Brad Luen reviews the Disco documentary The Godfather of Disco

July 10, 2007

Wild Rumpus - Musical Blaze-Up


The premise of Wild Rumpus’ new single must’ve been born from Basement Jaxx’s candy-coated dreams. It’s hard to say what type of fairy would deliver these visions of reggae-disco while a slide guitar dances in our heads. I can only imagine that the Rumpus duo of legends, DJ Cosmo and Gary Lucas, must have a winged costume or two in their closets. But enough about the premise, here’s how the single starts: with just a marching drum fill. And that might be as fine a start as any to throw out those catch-alls like “anything goes” or “glorious mess” for such an eclectic stew.

From Lucas’ taut riffs, to the toasters’ telling it to ‘em, to the reggae hiccup, each part is finely crafted together. Without a whiff of cashed-in novelty, Musical Blaze-up isn’t just willing to take catchphrases like “sound system hoedown” of “bluegrass reggae” to the bank. And neither are any of the remixes. Rub-n-Tug’s Bitches mix shoots the song into the stratosphere and sees what happens to it in zero gravity, Rob Mello returns this Jaxx offshoot to its jacking roots, and Cosmo herself makes sure that dub itself doesn’t get snubbed in this summertime stroll.

Bitches Brew / BITCH-012
[Nate DeYoung]

September 22, 2006

STL - The Early Tracks

Hot on the oscillating heels of Baby Fords Bubblebath EP (see last weeks review) comes this great EP. STLs imagination lives somewhere between the chin-stroking of Robert Monolake Henkes early beatless/sound-design works like Piercing Music and the residue of the Drexciyan drugsweat that leaked into your drum machines innards. Its big, bad, and dark minimal techno, properly constructed with one ear cocked toward the microscopics of the sound, and the other receiving the call from deeeeep space. Purple Saturn Days is a monster, and the standout cut, beginning with a six-minute ambient intro before blossoming into an epic trip through the outer atmosphere and into the techno cosmos. As for the other tracks, Getting Deeper does exactly what the title promises, while That Mnml Track is somewhere between a short piece and a DJ tool, although its not as explicitly functional as Loop A and Loop B, which literally are manna for the three deck maniacs.

Perlon / PERL 57
[Peter Chambers]

July 28, 2006

Beatzcast #7: DJ Surface [Cosmo Lee]

“Give In”

01: Give Intro
02: Gui Boratto Strobe / Phortune - Can You Feel the Bass
03: John Tejada - Sucre
04: Tiga - Hot in Herre
05: Booka Shade - Pong Pang
06: Gaiser - And Answer
07: Memo - APN Jam (Jeremy P. Caulfield Remix)
08: Wighnomy Brothers - Dukktus
09: Knossos - Tarak (Makedon Remix)
10: DJ T. - Funk On You (Putsch ‘79 Remix)
12: DJ T. - Time Out
13: MAT101 - Haunted House
14: Einmusik - E Keli
15: Marco Carola - Ascent
16: Carola Pisaturo - Dorilla
17: Tony Thomas - Bonus Beats
18: Davor O - Long Gone (Short Edit)
19: Carola Pisaturo - Gambariga
19: Anja Schneider - Addicted
20: Rhythm & Sound - See Mi Version
21: Dominik Eulberg & Gabriel Ananda - Harzer Roller
22: Wighnomy Brothers - Moppal Kiff
23: Marco Bailey - Siestanyol
24: Oliver Hacke - Subject Carrier (Alex Under Remix)

May 19, 2006

Serials: The Disco-tech of…

This time: The Disco-tech of series from Frances Yellow Productions; home and launching pad for Kid Loco, Dimitri From Paris, and Bob Sinclair.

The Disco-tech ofJulien Jabre (2003)
Still the only CD with Juliens name on it, it is also the most diverse entry in the series so far, ranging from jazzy fusion, to disco and deep house, with little emphasis on the tech. To be honest, Jabre dangerously flirts with samba-ish cocktail jazz and velvety vocal house throughout, but through excellent mixing and sequencing, he does manage to hold interest way longer than, say, Thievery Corporation. Besides bookending the mix with a snippet of Philippe Sardes tumultuous score to Les Choses De La Vie, and including the extended version of Carl Craigs epochal Domina, theres little to interrupt the lush keyboards, round edges, and accomplished arrangements of each track here. And while its surprising to hear anonymity coming from tracks by such heavyweights as Herbie Hancock and Marvin Gaye, its good to see a mix that gives the smoother, classier side of jazz, disco, and house music a more respectable (if completely un-hip) name.

The Disco-tech ofDJ Cosmo (2003)
Veteran NYC/London resident Collen Murphy (aka DJ Cosmo) isnt as well-known as Jabre or Robotnick, so heres a short resume: she runs the label Bitches Brew, is a member of that forgotten Playhouse supergroup Light Fantastic, and is one of the few people allowed to fill in for David Mancuso during one of his famous loft parties. Right. Murphys mix is probably the one in the series that fits conceptions of what one would think disco-tech would sound like. Chicken Lips, Metro Area, Robotnick, Gino Soccio, and other synth-heavy artists fill out the tracklisting, including a slaying instrumental version of Rafael Camerons Salsoul hit Boogies Gonna Get Ya that is practically worth the price of admittance. Theres also a couple of great detours: namely the Isaac Hayes-baiting funk of Los Chicharbons and the old-school disco rapping by Fertile Ground. The only problem I have with this mix is that it feels more like a collection of good/excellent tracks that stand up by themselves, rather than a solid blended mix. Pickiness aside, Murphy holds her own against Jabre and Robotnick.

The Disco-tech ofAlexander Robotnick (2004)
Definitely the most popular in the series, Mr. Robotnicks mix lays down the links between electro-clash, new wave, and italo disco while still being defiantly populist. Its likely that since Maurizio Dami never DJed throughout the 80s, he hasnt worn out all of the obvious genre touchstones and headed towards white-label obscurity. So, you get such familiar new wave staples like Bizarre Love Triangle, Wordy Rappinghood, and Enola Gay rubbing up against nu-school tracks from Miss Kitten, Bangkok Impact, and Dopplereffekt (with a half-dozen italo classics splitting the hipster difference.) It may not have as much value to dance music nerds, but it does show a neat musical continuity over the past three decades: all the canonical tracks of each era have a similar idea of what defined radiant, romantic, and melodic dance music.

[Michael F. Gill]