March 29, 2007

Jacek Sienkiewicz - Good Night & Good Luck

In comparison to his more introspective material on his own Recognition label, Jacek’s singles on Cocoon are usually more of a mainroom affair, and this one’s no exception. As good as “Six Feet Above” and “Double Secret Life” were, “Goodnight & Good Luck” sounds like a breakout release, straddling high-clarity minimal techno with a set of winding trance-esque melodies a la Orbital. “Good Luck” is the stunner: twelve minutes of pure sunrise techno, starting with high-pitched ping-ponging synth octaves, and adding in twinkling bells and warm drones half way in. “Good Night” is a bit more reminiscent of Donnacha Costello’s recent work, with crisp, dry bell sounds working an echoing lock-groove that eventually shows itself to be just as mesmerizing as its counterpart. Highly recommended.

Cocoon / COR0336
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[Michael F. Gill]


March 23, 2007

Charts: March 23 2007

Peter Chambers
Beck - Cellphones Dead (Villalobos entlebuch remix) [Geffen]
Len Faki - Pearl Delta/Mekong Delta [Ostgut Tontraeger]
Tobias. - Dial EP [Logistic]
Andy Stott - Handle with Care/See in Me [Modern Love]
Carsten Jost/Efdemin - Split EP [Dial]
Lawrence - Fridays Child EP [Mule]
Donnacha Costello - 6.6 [Minimise]
Half Hawaii - Into Me/Out of Me [Perlon]
Move D - Anne Will (Lawrence remix) [Liebe Detail]
Repeat/Repeat Carpark (Second Edition) [Soma]
DJ Koze/Sid le Rock - Naked (Koze remix) [Cereal/Killers]

Michael F. Gill
Jan Leslie Holmes Im Your Superman [Jay Jay Records]
Domina You Got My Soul [Crash]
Automat Automat [EMI/Barclay]
Alloy Orchestra The Man With The Movie Camera [Junk Metal Music]
David Garcet Redemption (The Revolving Eyes Mix) [Dirty Dancing]
Roy Davis Jr Traxx From The Nile [Bombay Records]
Wolfgang Voigt Oktoberfest [Auftrieb]
Mike Uzzi & Ben Recht Reclaiming The 120s [Unfoundsound]
Loco Dice - El Gallo Negro [Ovum]
Nasty & Tresher - The Well Served Event [Terminal M]


March 2, 2007

Carsten Jost / Efdemin - Split EP

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The happy Hamburg-ers at Dial have always shown a cryptic interest in deep house, but until recently its a feeling that bubbled up as an interpreted influence, rather than an openly presented take. But listen to Lawrences betalounge DJ set from last year, and the open embrace of this foundational sound is becoming obvious. Dial is digging the deep house of old.

The Split EP perfectly complements this gesture, offering a pair of tracks at once openly reverential and unapologetically, distinctively their own. The tracks have an inverse relation to each other in a sense: Josts begins with a conga-led groove that could easily be Moodyman, but the Detroit house thang slowly subsides as Carsten piles on the blue notes and reverb, finally adding sibilant tambourines on every beat and more melancholy piano. Its a return to form of sorts that sees Jost re-capturing the lovely gloom of his criminally under-rated You dont need a weatherman album.

Efdemins track, on the other hand, begins sounding light-years away from the deep house vibethe intro has more in common with the silicon dryness of Donnacha Costellos recent 6×6 release. The angular pixelfunk nods along for a few minutes (enough time for Magda to play six tracks over the top), before a (you guessed it) blue sounding melody intrudes, giving absolutely no forewarning for the sudden interjection of a Chicago-style house nation preachapella. The contrast between the outrageously sparse rhythmic arrangement and the vocal works a treat. More than that though, the splitness of the EP somehow belies a synthesis between the old and the new, between the happy and blue, and also between Jost and Efdemins work. For all these reasons, its another superb EP from Dial.

Dial / dial 34
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[Peter Chambers]


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…

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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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September 22, 2006

Charts: September 22 2006

Todd Hutlock
The Rice Twins - For Dan [K2]
Donnacha Costello - 6.3 [Minimise]
Mathew Johnson - Beach Party [Wagon Repair]
Nitzer Ebb - Shame (Derrick May Remix) [NovaMute]
Porter Ricks - Port of Call [Chain Reaction]
Afternoon Coffee Boys - Busted Speaker Brew [Clink Music]
Thee Madkatt Courtship - Da Mindfuck [Deep Distraxion]
Sami Koivikko - Dore [Spectral Sound]
Limaçon - Ajar [Intrinsic Design]
Mr. Fingers - Can You Feel It [Trax]

Nate DeYoung
My My - Butterflys and Zebras [Aus]
Audion - Mouth to Mouth [Spectral]
Heidi vs Riton - Vejer [Get Physical]
Cobblestone Jazz - India in Me [Wagon Repair]
Donato Dozzy - Dimensions EP [Dozzy]
Jona - Tizia [Get Physical]
The Rice Twins - Reach for the Flute [Kompakt]
Sleeper Thief - Chasing You [Mobilee]
Madonna - Get Together Remixes [Virgin]
Justus Kohncke - Advance [Kompakt]

Cameron Octigan
Alice in Chains - Dam That River [Columbia]
Dominion - The Light of Day [unknown]
Jan Jelinek - Im Discodickicht [~scape]
Jesu - Your Path to Divinity [Hydrahead]
JPLS - Program 01 [M_nus]
Limp Wrist - Just Like You [Lengua Armada]
MDK - Rohe Gewalt [Weird System]
Putsch 79 - Doin’ It (Putsch 79 Edit) [Clone]
Rex the Dog - I Look into Air [Kompakt]
Ricardo Villalobos - Que Belle Epoque 2006 [Frisbee Tracks]

Michael F. Gill
Voigt & Voigt - Was Du Willst [Kompakt Extra]
V/A - Dashammer Remixes [Max.I]
Gusgus - Mallflowers [Pineapples]
Kate Bush - Running Up That Hill (Instrumental) [EMI]
Phreek - May My Love Be With You [Atlantic]
Dalton & Dubarri - I (You) Can Dance All By My (Your) Self [Hilltak]
Moment of Truth - So Much for Love [Salsoul]
V/A - Historical Archives Volume 2 [Members Only]
Gino Soccio - There’s a Woman (Carl Craig Re-Edit) [Moxie]
Munich Machine - Bolectro [Casablanca]


September 15, 2006

Charts: September 15 2006

Guest Chart: Troy Pierce

JPLS - Program [Minus]
Marcel Dettman Radio [MDR 1]
Dapyak - Uma [Mo’s Ferry]
Andre Chrome - Bodenturen [Leftroom]
The Knife - Like a Pen (Heartthrob remix) [Rabid Records]
Audion - Mouth to Mouth [Spectral]
Heartthrob - Baby Kate (Konrad Black remix) [Minus]
Frankie - Hunt [Frankie Rec]
Acid Circus - Minimal Junk (Jason Emsley Remix) [Droid]
Reagen - Dirt [Unreleased]

Todd Hutlock
iO - Claire [Cheap]
Michael Ho - Frisky [Tuning Spork]
Sleeper Thief - Chasing Rainbow [Mobilee]
Octave One - DayStar Rising [430 West]
Los Hermanos - Freedom Dancer [Los Hermanos]
Donnacha Costello - 6.1 [Minimise]
M.I.A. - Schoolcraft Bump [Underground Resistance]
Marc Houle - Bay of Figs [Minus]
Miss Fitz - Plak Du Jour (Mossa Remix) [Archipel]
Dominik Eulberg - Bionik [Cocoon]

Cameron Octigan
Misc. - Among Thieves [Sender]
Silicon Teens - State of Shock [Mute]
Partly Clouded [Fucked]
Extrawelt - Doch Doch [Traum]
Heartthrob - Baby Kate [M_nus]
Dominion - The Light of Day [KK Records]
Heroin - Meaning Less [Gravity]
Coil - The Snow [Wax Trax!]
Martin Buttrich - Full Clip [Planet E]
Troy Pierce (feat. Gibby Miller) - The Day After Yesterday [Items & Things]

Michael F. Gill
The Creatures - Believe In Yourself [Teldec]
Kasso Walkmen [Rams Horn Records]
Evelyn Champagne King - Love Come Down [RCA]
Mystic Merlin - Just Can’t Give You Up [Capitol]
M.I.A. - Safe Night [Sub Static]
Max Berlin - Elle Et Moi (Joakim Remix) [Eighttrack Recordings]
Likwid Biskit - Sound Orgy [Dynamite Joint / People]
Baby Ford & Mark Broom - Bubble Bath [Pure Plastic]
Plaid Squance [Warp]
Craig David - Whats Your Flava? (Akufen Remixes) [Wildstar/Atlantic]


September 1, 2006

Louderbach - Enemy Love Remix EP 1

Cameron Octigan: With a burning red trident in hand, Troy Pierce has birthed a monster. In one fell swoop, he both exemplifies and brings into question the relationship between techno’s more minimal aesthetic and the presentation of those sounds. Well, at least the remixes are interesting. Vivianne Project picks “Grace” and ditches Miami Bass for tech, which works better with the original vocals anyway. “Vital” is turned into a dull tech-electro by Donnacha Costello, while Marc Houles Rosaire Argyle moniker makes Dior Compound slightly more abrasive, but does little else. Osvaldo’s remix of “Vacuum Packed” is probably the most interesting thing here: organic sounds like blood sucking and indiscernible vocal samples are garnish to the two-steps-from-dub backing. And Konrad? Pierce is the new Black.

Peter Chambers: Louderbach is more than just Troy Pierce with black lipstick. As with a lot of the recent M_nus output, you get the impression that youre hearing the beginning of an exploration, not its ends and after-effects. M_nus spine is the basslineforegoing technos obsession with frantic, abrasive, stabbing atmospheres in the 90s, all four of the remixes here build on neo-technos tendency to meander through percussive tropes which kick and click around the ever-present groove. Rosaire Argyles remix of Dior Compound takes spooky chimes (as much a theme of this years techno as the cowbell was to disco-not-disco a while back) and hangs them like a mobile above a bed of menace, removing the original versions Green Velvet-y push. Vivianne Projects remix of Grace (Anxiety) puts the vocal in the back seat and adds lots of percussive trapdoors and alleyways, but cant top the impact of the album version. Osvaldo takes Vacuum Packed, the most Shk-ish track on the LP, and slaps it into a micro-goth funkup. Donnacha Costellos remix of Vital is the only real let-down hereits two minutes too long and the bassline is left in the mix in a way that makes me run squealing for the skip button.

Underl_ne / UND/009
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August 25, 2005

Donnacha Costello - No Matter What I Do / Bear Bounces Back

One man who is no stranger to melody is Minimse label head Donnacha Costello whose new 12 No Matter What I Do is a strong entrant into an already deep catalogue. Fresh from his color series, Costello seems almost buoyant here, playing two competing melodic runs against one another throughout the songs length, gently shifting and transforming them both to keep things interesting. Bear Bounces Back, the B-side seems to be a remix of the A-side, bringing a vocal sample, a choir, and a deeper beat to the proceedings. Needless to say, it kills. Recommended.

Minimise / MIN019
[Todd Burns]


July 26, 2005

In the Mix: Michael F. Gill - “Inflation Breeze”

With electro-house probably hitting its (relative) peak of popularity at the moment, I felt it was about time to do a mix of some of the great records that have been put out in the last year. There are a couple ongoing themes present to this mix. The first is that each successive track in this mix hits a little bit harder and louder than the last one. Its a very gradual inflation process, starting from the ambient sighs of Donnacha Costello up until the bombastic Hystereo/Tiefschwarz/Ewan Pearson conclusion. To try and make these transitions as smooth as possible, I strove to include a good deal of melodic crosspllination between tracks. That is to say, the melodies of one track are very similiar in rhythm and/or timbre to the previous one. While a lot of DJ sets and mixes of electrohouse have either an acid-tech or EBM/goth type feel to them, I aimed to make this mix as fluent and burdenless as possible. You could almost say it sounds like a mechanical breeze. Perhaps, in fact, an inflation breeze.

01 Donnacha Costello - Cocoa (Minimise)
02 Water Lilly - Tangle of Wires (Mental Groove)
03 Delon & Dalcan - No Speak [Tekel Remix] (Boxer Sport)
04 Sweet n Candy feat. Rufus Dunkel - Veritable (Lebensfreude)
05 Tomas Andersson - The Birthday Party (Bpitch Control)
06 Unit 4 - Bodydub [Bangok Impact Remix] (Clone)
07 Etienne De Crecy - Fast Track (Different Recordings/PIAS)
08 Tomas Andersson - Happy Happy (Bpitch Control)
09 Huntemann - Femme Fatale (International Deejay Gigolo)
10 Sweet Light - Nirvana (Freak n Chic)
11 Dmx Krew - The Hunt (Sonic Groove)
12 ADJD - Believe (Pokerflat)
13 Alex Smoke - Chica Wappa [Mejor Edit] (Soma)
14 2 Rare People - Time [2 Rare People Redone Mix] (Blackout 77)
15 Hystereo - Corporate Crime Wave (Soma)
16 Tiefschwarz - Wait and See [Tiefschwarz Dub] (Four Music/Fine)
17 Silicone Soul - The Poisoners Diary [Ewan Pearsons Instrumental Remix] (Soma)

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