September 15, 2006

Hieroglyphic Being - The Acid Test Pt. 1


Originally released in 1998 as half of a limited-edition double-pack and now available on its own, these five cuts represent the first recorded work by Jamal Moss under his Hieroglyphic Being moniker. As the title might suggest, these are stripped-down 303 monsters that, thanks to their timeless sound, don’t sound dated in the least—or perhaps that should be impossible to accurately date, as they sound like they could have been made anytime after the initial acid boom in early-80s Chicago. With acid suddenly coming into vogue again of late, the reissue couldn’t be more timely, and these tracks will mix well with anything from DJ Pierre to Adonis to 2 AM/FM. The three tracks on the A side are a bit formulaic: lay down a sick bassline, add beats, tweak knobs, repeat. But on the flip, we’re treated to the longer and far stronger “Rational Expression,” wherein Moss gives things a bit more time to develop by upping the length and spacing out the grooves a bit more. The palette is verrrrrry familiar by that point, but Moss hits some new octaves and percussion sounds in there, and even messes with the volume a bit. But then again, if you’re into acid sounds, repetition is never a bad thing. Final track “Ellipse” is the most experimental and most frenetic, but also the shortest. There were far, far better things to come from Moss later, but those looking for some fun and funky acid tracks could do far worse.

Mathematics Recordings / Mathematics 002

[Todd Hutlock]

August 25, 2006

Charts: August 25 2006

Guest chart: Pellarin
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch [Rykodisc]
Depeche Mode - Precious (Michael Mayer Belearic Mix) [Mute]
Printer - Satisfaction [Unreleased]
Andre Kraml - Get Me Now []
Gui Boratto - Like You (Supermayer Mix) [K2]
D?dsfald - Vs Sly [Unreleased]
Artful Dodger - Rewind [London Records]
Richard Davis - This Time [Kitty Yo]
Markus Nikolai - Bushes [Perlon]
Liebe Ist Cool - Hymn [Electric Avenue]

Todd Hutlock
Audion - Mouth to Mouth [Spectral Sound]
Battant - Jump Up [Firewire]
Ican - A Quien [Planet E]
Lima?on - Kunk [Intrinsic Design]
Justus K?hncke - Overhead [Kompakt]
Elektrabel - Bing [6277]
Adam Beyer - Stereotypes [Cocoon]
Claude Vonstroke - The Whistler [Dirtybird]
Hieroglyphic Being - Letters from the Edge [Mathematics]
Tortoise - Gamera [Duophonic]

Ronan Fitzgerald
Gus Gus - Mallflowers [Pineapple]
Sweet N Candy - Tacky Wakeup (Dominik Eulberg Mix) [Raum Musik]
Sleeper Thief - Chasing Rainbow [Mobilee]
Hug - Hearki [K2]
Claude Vonstroke - Beware of Bird [Dirtybird]

Michael F. Gill
Daybreak - Everybody Get Off [Prelude]
The Jammers - Be Mine Tonight [Salsoul]
Crazy Gang - Every Sunday [Bubble / Flexx]
Neuro - Mama [R&S]
Mara Branco, Julian Sandell, & Henry Cullen - Funky [4 X 4 Recordings]
Renato Figoli - Serontonin Smile [Gumption]
Dinky - Home on a Sunday [Horizontal]
Sweet N Candy - Nutty as a Fruitcake [Einmaleins Musik]
Luomo - Really Don?t Mind [Huume]
Akabu - Phuture Bound (?me Remix) [Z Records]

March 17, 2005

Hieroglyphic Being - The Temple Of The Moon


Went to Germany last week and while what follows will mostly be Kompakt-related gushing, at the Hardwax store they were playing this little gem of a 7” on the stereo and even my friend who doesn’t like techno at all had to admit that it was something special. What it comes down as is tribal techno of an abstract bent. African and Caribbean drum sounds make up the base, while hazy off-kilter synths weave in and out of the two tracks. Strong stuff to scare off the uninitiated or, in the case of my friend, draw them in.

Mathematics / Mathematics 006
[Todd Burns]