June 29, 2007

Charts: June 29 2007

Nate DeYoung

Tiger Stripes / Solomun - Hooked / Jungle River Cruise [Liebe*Detail]
Half Hawaii - Mir Nichts / Dir Nichts [Hello?Repeat]
Brendon Moeller - Jazz Space [Third Ear]
The Mountain People - Mountain People 003 [Mountain]
Argenis Brito - Micro Mundo [Cadenza]
Henrik Schwarz - Walk Music [Innervisions]
Blackstrobe - I’m A Man (Audion Donation Mix) [Playlouderecordings]
Mock & Toof - Zomby [Mule]
Sorcerer - Surfing At Midnight (Prins Thomas Miks) [Tirk]
Eddie Kendricks - Thanks For The Memories (Lee Douglas Edit) [White]

Michael F. Gill

Peter Horrevorts - You Look But You Don’t See [Kanzleramt]
Brando Lupi - The Attitude [Dozzy Records]
The Dining Rooms - Thank You (Skwerl Dub) [Schema]
Roland Appel - Dark Soldier [Sonar Kollektiv]
Dredl Kibosh - I Found You [Fenou]
Jupiter Black feat. Fred Ventura - Hold Me [Clone]
Salome De Bahia - Outro Lugar [Yellow Productions]
Billy Griffin - Hold Me Tighter In The Rain [CBS]
Earth, Wind, and Fire - Let’s Groove [CBS]
Cappuccino - Tomorrow [Black Sun]

May 10, 2007

Baby Ford / Benno Blome - Smoke Machine

Im a sucker for Sender. Theres something irresistible about Benno Blomes brittle, sawing, rocking vision of reduced tech-house that keeps on keeping on, even sixty or more releases in. But where earlier highlights in the catalog steered much closer to a tight, dry sound aesthetic, recent releases (perhaps since the first Baby Ford release here) have moistened and loosened things considerably. Until recently, it just wasnt plausible to say that Senders gonna house you.

But here it is folks, perhaps the loosest, housiest release on the catalog, probing the play in the groove on the A-side (without losing the menace), then plugging back into the click, spray, and clatter of Bruno Pronsatos microhouse-inflected revision on the flip. Ford and Blomes version nods forward with a big-ass bassline, surrounded by Fords cut-and-stuttered vocal utterances. The track grooves along in this pattern, until a huge tearout full of granulated static (or is that the smoke machine?) interrupts things, and then the bassline returns.

Pronsatos mix offers the same percussive spatiality of his recent (excellent) collaboration with Sammy Dee as Half Hawaii. Its got a smooth bassline, dry, panning congas, and a metallic vocoded vocal, all of which sound like they are jamming in a big, hard-walled room somewhere inside his laptop. Its a nice interconnection between the swinging micro/clapfunk of his work on hello?repeat and Senders overall aesthetic. Worth a look.

Sender / send064
[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…


August 11, 2006

Daze Maxim - Simply Driving Gold

Marcus Manowskis work as Daze Maxim first scribbled his funky moniker in the margins of my techno soundmap with Scirocco, his misbehaving number on Cocoons Compilation B. More recently I was (softly) floored by his Heartz4 track Intimacy Girl, which crops up au naturel on Lawrences recent sublime Groove Magazine mix and also in remixed form on Steve Bugs not-as-great Bugnology 2 mix. Whats striking about Manowskis recent work is how calm it is, in contrast to the frenetic old stuff. Without recourse to plug-in gimmicks or gratuitous reverb, Maxims EP sounds like what it is: Simply Driving Gold. This is jack, folks, but the kind you stick in your socketwarm digitalia whose subtle shimmy should find its way from your shuffling feet to your box. If you were as crazy about Kalabreses Chicken Fried Rice as I was, youre onto a winner here. The vocals here dont so much as bare their feelings as mumble them sporadically. I imagine Jamie Liddell carries on like this while hes vacuuming the dust in his studio. Affectant, the B, is another fine understatement accompanied by mumbled subsense, with a big soft clap that smacks you right across your booty. Nice.

Hello? Repeat / Hello004
[Peter Chambers]