February 16, 2007

Charts: February 16 2007

Todd Hutlock
Todd Sines - In_Come [Frankie Rec]
Safety Scissors - Where Is Germany and How Do I Get There? (Ellen Allien Germany Remix) [Bpitch Control]
Roxy Music - The Main Thing (Rub-N-Tug’s Proton Saga) [Virgin]
Dominik Eulberg & Gabriel Ananda - Harzer Roller [Traum Schallplatten]
Pär Grindvik - Casio [Spectral Sound]
Heartthrob - Baby Kate (Robotman Remix) [M_nus]
Ripperton - Tainted Words [Connaisseur]
Audio Werner - Flat Funk [Circus Company]
Tracey Thorn - It’s All True (Martin Buttrich Dub) [Virgin]
Marcellus Pittman - A Mix [Unirhythm]

Michael F. Gill
Goat Dance – Goat Dance (Version) [Bear Entertainment]
Blackjoy – Untitled (Kerri Chandler’s Bigga Mix) [Freerange]
Tony Allen – One Tree (Terrence Parker’s Spirit of Unity Instrumental Mix) [Honest Jon’s]
PM Dawn – A Watcher Point of View [Don’t Cha Think] (Todd Terry’s Hard House Mix) [Gee Street]
Escort - All That She Is [Escort]
Jo Squillo Eletrix – Avventurieri [Polydor]
The Voyagers - Distant Planet [Discomagic]
Venus Gang – Space Woman [P.B.I. Records]
Two Tons O’ Fun – Got The Feeling [Fantasy Honey]
Tribe – Koke [Probe]

January 19, 2007

Shane Berry - Fillertet 2 / To There

Todd Hutlock: South African producer Berry made a big splash in 2006 with three twelves (and a remix single with takes by Dominik Eulberg and Gabriel Ananda) and a download-only EP, but it was this, his debut release, that still sounds the strongest to these ears. On “Fillertet 2,” a series of rhythmic typewriters, ticks, phasers, and God knows what else assemble themselves into marching formation and bubble and twitch their way into your synapses and feet simultaneously, until suddenly your needle starts to buzz and malfunction. Is there a short in your cartridge? No, but the buzz keeps growing and growing, flitting between the speakers, increasing in frequency and fluttering to a gentle landing, leaving you breathless. By the time the break is over and the beat comes back in, you’ll be a sweaty pile of nothing on the floor. Gawd-DAMN! On the flip, “Polytet 3” is a similar sort of twitchy boogie with charms all its own, the buzz replaced by a steady, sinister hum and a shuffling static burn, but the dynamic on the A is what will keep you coming back for more and positively wrecking any dancefloor that can stand it. One of the best cuts of 2006, cursed by being released the first week of January in a genre that turns over faster and faster every year.

Todd Burns: Something changes halfway through Shane Berry’s “Fillertet 2.” A vacuuming nearly all-encompassing static takes over the track and begins to fill all available space. It then eventually envelopes the casual beat and melody to the point that they fade away and disappear and are replaced by a deep bass tone, only to return after the static has completely washed away any memory of the opening two minutes of the track. It’s an amazing trick, but one that makes me wish the entire song had been composed of it. That same static menaces at the edges of “Polytet 3” and then once again takes center stage halfway through in a similar fashion, riding, this time, at the periphery. The static takes a backseat on Berry’s second 12” for the label, released in March 2006, but remains a part of each piece in some way: on “Sigh” it adds color to the edges of each snare hit. It’s an odd affect, one that doesn’t always work (“For a Moment” seems like a retread)—but when it does, like on “Fillertet 2,” it adds a sort of millennial dread that works wonders on the decks.

Trapez Ltd 040 / 042

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…


October 20, 2006

Charts: October 20 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
My My - Songs for the Gentle [Playhouse]
Trentemoller - The Last Resort [Poker Flat]
Tussle - Telescope Mind [Smalltown Supersound]
Lil Louis - Blackout Phase 3 [Mathematics]
Hot Chip - Colours (Fred Falke Remix) [Astralwerks]
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - Tempo Tempo [Eskimo]
Tony Allen - Moyege (Mark’s Disco Dub) [Honest Jon’s]
Brennan Green - Divisadero [Modal]

Ronan Fitzgerald
And Again - To The Moles and the Masses [Sender]
Heckmann and Kaufelt - Kookaburra (Knarz Mix) [AFU-Ltd]
Alland Byallo - Buckets [Liebe Detail]
Pascal Feos - Timeless [Synaptic]
Reynold - Over There (Donato Dozzy Mix) [Montrose]
My My – Moneybowl [Aus Records]
Alexis Tyrell - Rebecca Loos [Weave Music]
Daniela Stickroth - Ghost In The Attic (Dan Berkson and James What Mix) [Meerestief]
Chaton - Précis 2 [Plak]
Shonky - Solar [Substatic]

Todd Hutlock
Ric Y Martin - Sini Est [Perlon]
Andrew Weatherall - Edie Eleven [Rotters Golf Club]
Tony Allen - Moyege (Mark’s Disco Dub) [Honest Jon’s]
Matthew Dear - Dog Days (Pantytec Interpretation) [Spectral Sound]
Six Cups of Rebel - Arp She Said [Feedelity]
Plastikman - Plink Plonk [Minus]
Terrance Dixon - Minimalism [Utensil]
The Infiltrator - I’m In [Underground Resistance]
Renegade Soundwave - Space Gladiator (Dub) [Mute]
Shane Berry - Fillertet 2 (Gabriel Ananda Remix) [Trapez LTD]

Michael F. Gill
Was A Bee - On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) [Schema]
Jesse Rose feat. Solid Groove & Jamie Anderson - Nice & Slow [Front Room Recordings]
Citizen Kain - Above The Influence (Oliver Koletzki Remix) [Regular]
Logistics - Call Me Back [Hospital]
Lady Saw - Sweetest [Soul Jazz]
Breeze - Get Back [Heartbeat]
Underground Resistance feat. Yolanda - Your Time Is Up [Underground Resistance]
Minimal Vision - Vertigo [Vibraphone]
Raven feat. Jocelyn Brown - So In Love [Silver Cloud]
Convertion - All I Want Is You [Sam Records]

October 6, 2006

Peter Van Hoesen - Increments

Lan Muzic, Exercise One’s label, is pretty trustworthy, and it’s not let down by this release. The elastic techno sound of the label owners is given a slightly more frenetic twist by Van Hoesen. “Increments” and “Static C” almost sound like techno in the old sense, given how much faster in BPMs they are than the usual minimal fare. Exercise One do a remix of “Increments” which has that boompty-house bassline you heard on Gabriel Ananda’s “Doppelwhipper,” and ends up being the best track on this 12”.

Lan Muzic / Lan006
[Ronan Fitzgerald]

September 29, 2006

Shane Berry - Filtertet 2 Remixes

South African and living in Tokyo? I love this techno stuff. Dominik Eulberg remixes on the A-side, where something spongy and stuttering goes boomp in the night. Then all the machines stop functioning and the ominous hum of the generator is heard working overtime to bring them back to life. They re-emerge sharper, but more sinister, refracted shadows of their former selves. Gabriel Ananda strikes again on the flip, with a more subdued feel that still manages to be as tactile as sticking your hand in a bag filled with rubber nubs. Chunky, elastic and ever so slightly psycho-delic.

Trapez / Trapez Ltd 048
[Mallory O’Donnell]

August 25, 2006

Gabriel Ananda - Miracel Whop

Fresh off the snappily titled “Irhe Personliche Glucksmelodie” single, Gabriel Ananda now drops his latest confusingly-named twelve-inch, “Miracel Whop.” Luckily, we don’t need a spaceman-to-English translator to confirm or confound these grooves: this is minimalism played-out as pop, as delightfully plasticized as anything out of the Kompakt camp, as boot-whippingly (or whoppingly) chunky as any Perlon sides, and as ridiculously revisionist with yr tech-house history as the Poker Flat crew. The two A-sides (the title track and “Leikau”) play out two very-different variations on micro-adjustment; the former rubberizes click tracks and puts a soldering iron to the bouncing-tire results, the latter re-imagines a techno world in which fragments of wholly inappropriate pop tracks are just as sample-worthy as 808 kicks and moog rushes, then splices them together to trill and puke all over your trucker-hat house party. On the flipside, the engagingly-titled “Dopplewhipper” re-enacts a rave circa-1988 with Berlin circa-2004 touches and emerges hiding goodies underneath a tucked-in trenchcoat that totally has “2006″ emblazoned upon its collar. Outstandingly now!

Platzhirsch Schallplatten / Platzhirsch 08
[Mallory O’Donnell]

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 - She’s 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 O’Donnell

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 Isn’t Right” [!K7]
05. Excepter – Alternation [5RC]

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)

June 16, 2006

Beatzcast #4: Nate De Young


01: Rhythm & Sound - Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig remix)
02: Gui Boratto - Sozinho
03: Jona - Learning from Making Mistakes
04: Ost & Kjex - Kjexterminate
05: Gabriel Ananda & Cio D’or - Lauschgoldengel
06: Digital Mystikz - Conference
07: Shackleton - Blood on My Hands

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