February 2, 2007

Beatzcast #17



01: Roxy Music - Same Old Scene (Glimmers Remix)
02: In Flagranti - Just Gazing
03: Escort – Bright New Life
04: Diskokaines – Rock-A-Boogie (In Flagranti Mix)
05: Heib - Acid Pimp
06: Gui Boratto – Mr. Decay
07: The Field - Everyday
08: Elektrochemie – Mucky Star
09: Remo feat. Chelonis R. Jones – Empire (Spektre Remix)

June 16, 2006

Booka Shade - In White Rooms

Granted the original’s big riff—a fuzzy bum-bum, bumm, bum-bum, bumm in the low end—is nothing special. But it’s so insistent, and so clearly the song’s keystone, that the three new takes on “In White Rooms” have trouble shaking it off without seeming contrarian. The “Neo Mix” teases out the song’s trancier sounds—that huge Eiffel 65 synth chorus, e.g.—and flaunts them with slightly less trepidation. Higher highs, lower lows—normal people might actually dance to it. The “Elektrochemie Remix” risks more with those rotary telephone overlays and trippier, if not slightly new age, quote-unquote ethereal organ longtones, though Booka Shade’s clearly going for paranoia here with the reconfigured vocal cutups, so maybe it all evens out in the end. Don’t bother with “In Blue Rooms.”

Get Physical / GPM 050
[Nick Sylvester]

December 2, 2005

Elektrochemie - Pleasure Seeker

Just when I was ready to stop frothing at the mouth, Elektrochemie comes along with a fantastic A-side to their new 12”. Riding on a warbly bassline that weaves in and out of another bass-led melody, “Pleasure Seeker” is not minimal, but it sure feels like there’s not much else going on aside from a beat, a vocal, and two synth-players staring each other down from across the stage. I was not however, “Star Struck” or “Vexed” by what else the 12” had to offer, which lost the tense excellence and added a disconcerting funkiness.

Get Physical / GPM 037
[Todd Burns]