October 19, 2007

Beatzcast #53: Crambe Repetita


Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…

01: Kylie Minogue - 2 Hearts (Studio Mix) [buy]
02: Farah - Law of Life (Midnite Remix) [buy]
03: Nick Sole - Children (Crambe Repetita Deep Mix) [buy]
04: Daniele Baldelli - Cosmic Parsley [buy]
05: Fuckpony - Lady Judy (Crambe Repetita Screw Mix) [buy]

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July 26, 2007

Social Being - Free Your Mind

A few weeks ago I reviewed a DJ Harvey remix of Michoacan with a very swampy, swirling, early-Funkadelic feel to it. This time, these “Social Beings” (aka Ricardo Villalobos and Jay Haze) have gone the whole hog and plonked Eddie Hazel’s amazing solo from “Good Thoughts, Bad Thoughts” right onto their EP.

I tried doing this myself, years ago. If you haven’t heard the song, you should I think it’s one of the most beautiful pieces of music, well, ever. Full stop (or “period” as Americans say). So I got the solo and I chopped it in an editing program, and then I fiddled with it in Audiomulch for a few hours. No matter which way I mangled it, it was almost totally destroyed by the fiddling. It really wanted to be left alone. It didn’t want to be part of my silly loop orchestra. Nor did I.

I get the feeling that Jay & Ricardo realised this themselves, somewhere along the way. Villalobos has been sampling a lot lately, from his Floyd-cribbing number “Frank and Hennes” on that Bruchstuecke compilation a few years back to Fizheuer, the original version being found by some nerd and quickly blogged. With Fizheuer, Villalobos put the sample front and centre, making those horns rise out of the system like a revelation to machine-tired ears. But here, Hazel’s licks (and even the huge stream of feedback) are kept in the background, mostly unedited, in a gesture which seems to realise that the integrity of the original is best left alone. As it is, the guitar part is like a memory, like the raw acoustic riffs struggling against the walls of digital feedback in Fennesz Endless Summer.

Rhythmically, this is the straightest thing that both artists have released in a while; Haze’s influence recalls Villalobos to “808 the Bassqueen”-era patterns, and that ain’t no bad vibe. I’m tempted to think, in six months hence, Haze will brag in an interview that he wrote the whole thing (just like he did to Samim after the Fuckpony album). But hey, maybe he did for all I know. Anyhow, this EP is not quite the success it could be, given the confluence of talent and source material it marshals. All the same, it’s a very worthy, useful, and blissful track for the wrong side of the morning.

Tuning Spork / TSXTRA 001EP
[Peter Chambers]

May 31, 2007

The Skull - Enter The Skull


Im so happy Mikael Stavstrand has stuck at it. After contributing to one of the most lastingly appealing clicks/cuts releases with 2001s “Reduce” (man, that was six years ago now), Stavstrand has gone on to “enlarge”, albeit subtly and slowly into something of a techno producer, retaining the lust for the little sound that imbued his earlier work, but sending things kicking and clicking out into the big night with dry overtones and a bassdrums irrefutable need to dance all night.

Enter the Skull has all the hallmarks of Stavstrands productions but is equally well-placed on Kindisch, with a fat, housed-up feel that’ll have the Jay Haze lovin booty heads juddering and bawling on the floor (in a nice way). “All you Booty Shakers” is the Fuckponiest of the cuts here, even featuring a gratuitous vocal urging you to, guess what, shake your body. “Keep it Moving” adds some disturbing/exciting garbles that sound like the demons in Quake did (a nerd confesses) as well as a massive, evil-sounding flange that attacks just as you start to get comfy with the hellbeast groans in the intro. Just as the undershot jaws and horns are getting too much, “Sensuella” continues the run of apt track titles by paring things back a few notches, with a lonely lady being serenading by sine tones who appear to be telling us that the undead are holding her captive. Or she wants to be held. Or something. “Soundclash” features yet another prisoner of Stavstrands minion-conjuring plugins, and, like the A1, sounds a lot like a Fuckpony record. And thats not a bad thing. Theres no big track here, but this is still a useful weapon for any micro/mnml leaning DJs who want to add lots of tooth, horn and (of course) skull to their boompty.

Kindisch / KINDISCH 006
[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…


July 28, 2006

Charts: Best of 2006 (so far)

Ronan Fitzgerald

Loco Dice - Seeing Through Shadows [M_Nus]
Duoteque - Amyra [Boxer Sport]
Claude Vonstroke - The Whistler [Dirty Bird]
Gummihz - The First Time [Mobilee]
Fuckaponydelic - Switch on the Light [White]

Michael F. Gill

Luciano - Sci-Fi Hi-Fi Volume 2 [Soma]
Kiki - Boogybytes Volume 1 [Bpitch Control]
TBA Empty - Stupid Rotation [Max Ernst]
Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener [Monika]
Herbert - Scale [!K7]

Singles / EPs
Sasse - Loosing Touch [Moodmusic]
Italoboyz - The Titty Twister [Einmaleins]
Chelonis R Jones - Deer in the Headlights Remixes [Get Physical]
Escort - Starlight [Escort]
Soulphiction - Masai Mara [Philpot]

Todd Hutlock

Magda - Shes a Dancing Machine [M_nus]
V/A - Interstellar Fugitives 2: The Destruction of Order [Underground Resistance]
Burial - Burial [Hyperdub]
Booka Shade - Movements [Get Physical]
Alex Smoke - Paradolia [Soma]

Singles / EPs
Jeff Mills - Natural World [Purpose Maker]
Audion/Ellen Allien - Just a Man/Woman [Spectral Sound]
Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches [Vols. 1 and 2] [M_nus]
DJ T vs. Booka Shade - Played Runner [Get Physical]
Sleeparchive - Radio Transmission [Sleeparchive]

Colin James Nagy

Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs [City Centre Offices]
Burial - Burial [Hyperdub]
Cobblestone Jazz - Dump Truck/Peace Offering [Wagon Repair]
The Knife - Silent Shout [Rabid]
DJ Koze - Kosi Comes Around Remixes Part 1 [Kompakt]

Mallory ODonnell

The Knife - Silent Shout [Brille/Mute]
Crowdpleaser & St. Plomb - 2006 [Mental Groove]
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles [BPitch Control]
Fuckpony - Children of Love [Get Physical]
Hot Chip - The Warning [DFA/Astralwerks]

Singles / EPs
Fred Falke - Omega Man [Work It Baby]
Sneak Thief - The Hollow Land [Creme Organisation]
Christopher & Raphael Just - Popper [Kitsune]
Lindstrom - Another Station [Feedelity]
Morgan Geist - Raremix [Environ]

Cameron Octigan

Gabriel Ananda & Cio D’or - Lauschgoldengel [Treibstoff]
Adam Beyer - Stereotypes [Cocoon]
Gui Boratto - Like You [Supermayer Remix] [Kompakt Pop]
Loco Dice - Orchidee [M_nus]
Misc. - Tanz Der Polymere [Hemmann & Kaden Remix] [Sender]

Nick Sylvester

01. The Knife Silent Shout [Rabid]
02. Delia & Gavin Relevee (DFA Remix) [DFA]
03. Belong October Language [Carpark]
04. Herbert Something Isnt Right [!K7]
05. Excepter Alternation [5RC]

July 14, 2006

Fuckaponydelic - Switch on the Light / Pee on You

On this unofficial release Fuckpony harness the power of several radio stations playing at the same time over some slow burning acid lines, and in the process come up with one of the rawest records of the year. Akin to a more irreverent version of Abe Duque’s “What Happened,” “Switch on the Light” is a heavy dub with garbled vocals and the mad incantations of a preacher (is it Funkadelic?) over a driving 303 line. “Pee on You” is a quirkier old style US house track, with further vocal weirdness and funky sounds which have seemingly been lost in recent years. You’re not likely to hear “from every head and ass, dollars flow,” yelled over many German minimal records. But then if more US producers made records like this we mightn’t need minimal.

White Label
[Ronan Fitzgerald]

May 19, 2006

Fuckpony - Ride the Pony

Ronan Fitzgerald: Thankfully, Fuckponys Ride The Pony ends up being everything that Fill Me Up is not. Its sexier, more raw, and it actually bothers to mix its retro elements with 00s house music feeling. The title track is burbling in a Classic Records style, with a vocodered vocal thats a perfect string of rhyming Trax records clichs. But its Cell Phone Hit that steals the show. On Tuning Spork, Jay Haze and Samim have been flirting with the idea of ditching the minimal and making a record this garish and sleazy for some time. Theres no doubt Get Physical is pretty much the label for interesting pop-art-techno fusions these days, but it really must be done with some imagination otherwise its not worth the effort.

Nate De Young: Caros My Little Pony apparently sewed the seeds for the latest genre fad: prurient-pony-house. Jay Haze and Samim Winigers latest on Get Physical extends the wink-nudge of Caro, pairing a cartoon-western landscape cover with the title Ride the Pony. The title track is everything your heart and loins desire, with a beckoning diva and a backing track that gains velocity throughout the song. Just in case you were confused about the songs title, Fuckpony include found-sound of a guy peddling ridesand yes, its totally necessary. Cell Phone Hit might be no less salacious (e.g. I got to get inside ya), but both B-sides maintain the propulsion of the title cut. If this is an attempt to brand the pony as a sex symbol, Fuckpony didnt forget to bring the tattooing iron.

Get Physical Music / GPM 044

May 19, 2006

Charts: May 19 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
My Robot Friend - 23 Minutes in Brussels
My My - Swiss on Rye
Hot Chip - Boy from School (Maida Vale Version)
Kris Menace - Voyage
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Way Out (Dance Remix)
Snax & Ianeq - Fill Me Up
Mr. Cisco - Culo
Tim Paris - Standing Up (Goldman Remix)
Phonique - Gaga (Tim Paris Remix)

Ronan Fitzgerald
Serge Santiago - Anticipation
Falko Brocksieper - Hardwired EP
Hot Chip - Boy from School (Cosmic Sandwich Mix)
Pet Shop Boys - Flamboyant (Michael Mayer Mix)
Gui Boratto - Strobe
Fuckpony - Cell Phone Hit
Ost and Kjex Kjexterminate
Claude Vonstroke - The Whistler
I-Robots - Spacer Frau (Boys Noize Remix)
Shyza Minelli - To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

Michael F. Gill
Lizzy Mercier Descloux Zulu Rock
Donna Allen Serious
Full Intention I Believe in You
K Hand Mystery
Various Artists Cream Collect: Balearic
Awesome 3 Don’t Go (Kicks like a Mule mix)
Boytronic Bryllyant
Patato & Totico Patato & Totico
The Congos Congoman Chant
Roberta Flack The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face

March 10, 2006

Charts: March 10 2006

Mallory ODonnell
Soft Cell - Seedy Films
Gaznevada - IC Love Affair (Chinese Version)
Kano - Baby Not Tonight
Erasure - Love to Hate You
Gwen Guthrie - Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan Remix)
Don Ray - Standing in the Rain
Telex - Moskow Diskow
Machine - There But For the Grace of God Go I (Remix)
Underworld - Dirty Epic
New Order - Video 5.8.6

Cameron Octigan
Alexander Robotnik - Problemes Damour
Claro Intelecto Peace of Mind
Claude Von Stroke - Chimps
Joakim - Wish You Were Gone (Dub)
Konrad Black - Medusa Smile (Don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t Look Back)
Lifelike & Kris Menace - Discopolis
Mathew Jonson - Decompression
Mikkel Metal - Victimizer
Nathan Fake - Charlies House (Apparat Remix)
Scsi-9 - On The Edge
Sebastian - Smoking Lills

Nate DeYoung
Sleeparchive - Radio Transmission
Mobius Band The Loving Sounds of Static (Junior Boys Remix)
Peter Grummich - The Roll
Mark Broom - From London with Love…
Pantytec - Maybe
Break 3000 - Lights
Delon + Dalcan - La Migale Infernale
Daso - Go Upstairs
Jonas Bering - Behind this Silence
Nhar - Adrenochrome EP

Michael F. Gill
DJ Goon & DJ Koyote - Diamond Grills
Marcellus Pittman - M. Pittman EP #2
Fuckpony Dave Brubeck
Fela Kuti Ako
Quentin Harris - Lets Be Young
Sutekh Fire Weather
Virgo Mechanically Replayed
Barbara Mason Yes, Im Ready
Kid You Dont Like My Music (Hupendi Muzikil Wangu)
E.G. Daily Say It Say It