July 19, 2007

Avus - Furry Hat / Spnkr

A pleasant surprise is rarely a bad thing, being both enjoyable and unexpected. Cynicism is just as bored of itself as it is the world. A dash of cynicism can save you from later shames, but even a dash too much makes the sweetest puss sour. Going record digging, the strange vicissitudes of wet/dry and gush/clench really influence your obsessions. How many of you have had a “buy on sight” label that, based on a string of disappointments, you’ve written off totally? I confess I was just about to put Border Community into the ignore and disparage basket, but then along comes Avus to right my wrong-headed skull.

“Furry Hat” is warm, with a da-dudding bassline that’s nicely trancey, grounding the whole thing in BC’s fargone past at a summer field, way back in some psilocybin dreamtime. A little like some of Jesse Somfay’s work, Avus here manages a nice contrast between the lighter, granular elements written over the top and the deep, warm presence of the lower frequencies. The “Feedbackapella” stands on its own as an ambient track, and is just long enough to highlight the composition’s glassy high tone crescendo before the boredoms arrive. “Spnkr” continues with the “da-ga-da” bassline sound, but this time pairs it with some sandpaper-dry snares and a fairly tight, high-pitched kick which is then doubled as the track goes on, giving you twice the bass for your face. Like all the Border Community releases (and in homage to their prog/trance roots) the EP is totally modular, full of tools ready to be looped, cut, re-edited and arranged a la carte. It’s on this tip that the “Acid Paddle Tool” version of “Spnkr” comes into its own. Loopy, useful and kicking, it oddly ends up as my favourite track of the EP.

Border Community / 16 BC
[Peter Chambers]

August 11, 2006

In the Mix: Todd Burns

01. Goldfrapp - Fly Me Away [Mute]
02. Northern Lite - Cocaine [ARMUT24]
03. Cassius - Jack Rock [Virgin]
04. Maderfotor - Scissor [Ware]
05. Basteroid - Meteorchester [Areal]
06. Petter - Some Polyphony [Border Community]
07. Stephan Bodzin - Kerosene [Herzblut]
08. Jesse Somfay - Tonight’s Frail Desire [Budenzauber Recordings]
09. Tigercity - Are You Sensation? (Crambe Repetita Mix) [Igottarun]

July 28, 2006

Jesse Somfay - Flight Of Disposition EP

Why Somfay settled on this clipped, tinny 33-at-45rpm groove for the a-side is beyond me, but eventually the track finds a sellable drone and a lovelorn chord progression worthy of its title, “Tonight’s Frail Desire.” The brutal distortion and constant brick-a-bracking will keep “Desire” off most floors, but anybody hankering for Farmers Manual dance remixes will have a joyous trail of shit down his legs. Somfay’s really economical the way he creates depth, hiding snare clicks behind static then suddenly switching up their places and turning the static into the track’s anthemnot many elements, but the illusion of more is there. The end of “Desire” gets needlessly glitchy, but when this carries over to the b-side “Shivering Midnight Frost Laced Their Lips,” we’re in much prettier territory. Think Mum’s Yesterday Was Dramatic, Today Is OK’s sputtering melancholy set to a steady four. Kid bangers, I worry, will hear Somfay’s big franco-filter metal hook here and find a spot for “Shivering Midnight” between the latest Justice abortions, but I’m hoping that’s what happens too.

Budenzauber / buza007

[Nick Sylvester]

February 10, 2006

Charts: February 10 2006

Guest Chart
Patrice Baumel, Trapez

Baxendale - I Built This City
Carl Craig - Darkness
Fairmont - Gazebo
Jesse Somfay - Traum 65
Ame - Rej
Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
Phonique - For The Time Being
Gabriel Ananda - Ihre Persoenliche Gluecksmelodie
Alex Under - Dispositivos De Mi Granja
Daso - Daybreak

Mallory ODonnell
Royksopp - What Else Is There? (Trentemoller Remix)
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Do Not Break
Tiga - Far From Home
Flatpack - Sweet Child O’ Mine (Mylo Remix)
Justice Vs. Simian - Never Be Alone
Transformer di Roboters - Hi End (Metro B & Maslope Remix)
Annie - The Wedding (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix)
Depeche Mode - Precious (Michael Mayer’s Balearic Mix)
The Knife - Neverland
Dead Disco - The Treatment (Metronomy Remix)
Chromeo - Needy Girl (Phillipe Zdar Dub)
Linus Loves - VH1
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Bliss

Cameron Octigan
Zimt - U.O.A.A. (Jurgen Paape Remix)
Yoshimoto - Do What U Du (Trentemoller Remix)
Unlimited Touch - I Hear Music in the Streets
Uffie - Pop the Glock
Transformer der Roboters - Hi End (Metro B & Maslope Remix)
New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream
MSTRKRFT - Easy Love
Michael Mayer & Reinhard Voigt - Sky Dumont
The Knife - Like a Pen
Crystal Castles - Tuesday
Black Strobe - Me & Madonna
Benjamin Theves - Texas

Todd Hutlock
Suburban Knight - Predator’s Language
Theo Parrish - Falling Up (Carl Craig Remix)
Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom (Subsonic Legacy)
Gaiser - And Answer
Fumiya Tanaka - Unknown Possibility Vol 1.
Akufen - Psychometry 1.1-3.2 (Thomas Brinkmann Remix)
Battant - Jump Up EP
KLF Vs. Ricardo Villalobos - What Time Is Love? (Veto Retro Mix #1)
Plastikman - Afrika
Talking Heads - Making Flippy Floppy (David Byrne/John “Jellybean” Benitez Remix)

Michael F. Gill
Kalabrese - Hhnerfest
Isolee - Rockers
Frequency - Loosen Up
Fred Gianelli - Distant Gratification
Jean-Luc Ponty - Cosmic Messenger
DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
Sa-Fire - Boy, Ive Been Told (Rascal/Two In A Room Dub)
Doris D. and The Pins - Shine Up
A Guy Called Gerald - Finleys Rainbow (Slow Motion Mix)
Regina - Baby Love

January 27, 2006

Charts: January 27 2006

Guest Chart
Axel Willner, [The Field / Kompakt]

Sleeparchive - Image Photometer
Mathew Jonson - Gemini
Jesse Somfay - This Fragile Addiction
Matias Aguayo - De Papel [Chantal C Remix]
Mike Ink - Live Evil
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Gas - Track #3 from Zauberberg
Ulf Lohmann - Burning Bright
Charlie - Spacer Woman
Split Inc. - How Deep Is Your Love

Mallory ODonnell
Kelley Polar - The Rooms in My House Have Many Parties
The Next Movement - Let’s Work it Out (Instrumental)
Farley Jackmaster Funk - As Always (Full Vocal Version)
Stacy Kidd ft. Matthew Yates - I Wanted You
Alexander O’Neal - Criticize
Captain Rapp - Bad Times (Pt.2)
The Juan Maclean - Give Me Every Little Thing (Putsch ‘79 Remix)
Mylo - Otto’s Journey
Who Made Who - Space For Rent
Morane - Where’s the Beach (Fall Out Version)
Lindstrom - I Feel Space
First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder (Danny Krivit Re-edit)

Cameron Octigan
Dandy Jack and the Junction - Video Taceo
Lucien-N-Luciano - Alain Brito
Monne Automne - Mago
Konrad Black - Medusa Smile (Don’t Look Back)
Hum - Why I Like The Robins
Can - Sing Swan Song
Daft Punk - Oh Yeah
Dntel - Anywhere Anyone
Lindstrom and Prins Thomas - Turkish Delight
Wighnomy Bros. - Wurz & Blosse
Busy P - Chop Suey
Crystal Castles Caring

Michael F. Gill
Salif Keita Yamore (Luciano Remix)
Todd Edwards Like A Fire
Dub Kult Chick
Sterling Void Its All Right
East West Connection More I Get (Surgical Soul Mix)
Klaus Schulze Floating
The S.O.S Band Take Your Time (Do It Right)
Freeez I.Dub.U
Doc Martin Fabric 10
Armando Venture Oui

December 22, 2005

2005: The Year In Review

A look into the year that was in electronic musics…

Top 10 Albums

Matthew Herbert Plat du Jour
Audion Suckfish
Vitalic OK Cowboy
Ark Caliente
Dandy Jack & Junction SM Los Siete Castigos
Marc Leclair Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes
Pier Bucci Familia
Who Made Who Who Made Who
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Lindstrom & Prins Thomas
Alex Smoke Incommunicado

This young Glaswegian producers debut came on like a shock: marrying a heady combination of electro, old school techno, minimal, and an innate pop sense. A collection of tracks that were just as liable to make you stop dancing in wonder, as it was to get you on the floor

Top 10 Singles

Booka Shade Mandarine Girl
Spare Time - Lazy
Luciano Bomberos
Donato Dozzy & Exercise One - Skarciofen
Common Factor That Was Then
Unai Oh You and I
Royskpp feat. Karin Dreijer What Else Is There?
Daso Daybreak
Patrice Baumel Mutant Pop
Stefan Goldmann Blood

After previously appearing on the smaller Classic and Ovum labels, Goldmann steps up to the plate for Perlons 51st releasethree enormous monster tracks of clicks and bass that start out with the most modest of intentions

Top 5 DJ Mixes

Dominik Eulberg Kreucht and Fluecht
Ewan Pearson Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi, Vol 1
Annie DJ Kicks
DJ Clever Breakbeat Science 5
DJ Naughty One Naughty Night in Berlin

Showcasing the vocal-end of electro-house, while throwing in classic disco and Italo to boot, DJ Naughty further pushed the dirty disco sound to its limits on this mix from the Eskimo label

Top 5 Producers

Jesse Somfay
LCD Soundsystem
Putsch 79
Nathan Fake

Finding himself on seemingly every single DJ mix released this year, Fake had a massive year on the residual effects of the classic The Sky Was Pink, Traums 2005 crown jewel, Dinamo, and the white label of Silent Night

Top 5 Remixers

Ricardo Villalobos
Abe Duque
Switch / YES Productions
Robag Wruhme
Stuart Price

Almost made the Killers listenable. No mean feat.

Top 5 Labels

Get Physical

Located strategically across the road from Kompakt HQ, the Traum family had its best year yet with strong entries from known quantities (Steve Barnes, Dominik Eulberg, Jeff Samuel) and a whole host of new producers (Alex Under, Jesse Somfay, Noze, Patrice Baumel)

Top 5 Reissues

Keith Hudson The Hudson Affair: Keith Hudson and Friends
DJ Shadow Endtroducing
Luomo Vocalcity
Prince Douglas Dub Roots
AFX Hangable Auto Bulb

Richard D. James formerly ultra-rare drill n bass template sounds as fresh as ever, showing why betting on jungle in 1995 was the best decision he ever made

Top 5 Compilations

Cybotron Motor City Machine Music
V/A Spectral Sound, Vol. 1
Senor Coconut Coconut FM
Robag Wruhme & Wighnomy Brothers Remikks Potpourri
Greg Wilson Credit to the Edit

The first time that this dance music pioneers work has been collected. If you were going to clubs in the 1980s, Greg Wilson was your soundtrackextending and tightening the tracks that you liked and turning them into the epics that you loved

Words: Todd Burns
Voting Contributors: Todd Burns, Nate Deyoung, Michael F. Gill, Cameron Macdonald, Derek Miller, Mike Powell, Will Simmons

November 7, 2005

In the Mix: Michael F. Gill - “Lessons In Not Thinking #1″

The first in what will hopefully a series of manic dance mixes that spans through all kinds of new house, minimal, techno, and disco in a quick, ADD-type of fashion. 31 tracks in under 80 minutes is a bit overwhelming, and thats exactly the point. My experience of dance music is often overwhelming, and involves hyperactive and obsessive emotions. Its visceral and physical, a melting sigh with a craftsmens touch. Its that Tuesday night at 4 am with the headphones on, lying on the kitchen floor, thinking about chaos and Taoism. Or something.

1 Yasushi Miura - Oceans (Kp, 2005)
2 G-Man - Quo Vardis (Swim~, 1995)
3 Error Error - Rotten (Italic, 2005)
4 Danton Eeprom - Oddbassliner (Virgo, 2005)
5 Chelonis R. Jones - I Don’t Know [Michael F Gil’s “Midas Touch” Mix] (Get Physical/Blank Start, 2005)
6 Robag Wruhme - Wortkabular [Luciano Remix] (Musik Krause, 2005)
7 Pier Bucci - Tita (Crosstown Rebels, 2005)
8 Pig & Dan - Love Myself (Sonic Society, 2005)
9 Henrik Schwarz - Feel Good [Juju Christian Mix] (Zeppelin Recordings, 2005)
10 Oasis - Nine (Fxhe, 2005)
11 Planck Length - Salidas (Blank Start, 2005)
12 Jesse Somfay - This Fragile Addiction (Traum, 2005)
13 Steve Barnes - Man In A Box [Jesse Somfay’s Trapped In 1981 Mix] (My Best Friend, 2005)
14 Mcfadden & Whitehead - Ain’t No Stoppin’ [Ain’t No Way] (Buddah, 1984)
15 Teena Marie - Midnight Magnet [Instrumental Version] (Epic, 1983)
16 Dandy Jack & The Junction SM - Casper House (Perlon, 2005)
17 Keith Tucker - Nemesis (Puzzlebox, 1998)
18 I’m Not A Gun - Make Sense & Loose [Ulrich Schnauss Remix] (City Centre Offices, 2003)
19 L.U.P.O. - Hell or Heaven (Low Spirit, 1990)
20 Edo Van Asseldonk - Moon 2 Moon (Phonocult, 2005)
21 DK7 - Where’s The Fun [Sweet Light Remix] (Output, 2005)
22 Ricardo Villalobos - Easy Lee [Smith & Hack Unreleased Mix Pt. 1] (Playhouse, 2004)
23 Teenage DJ - Time and Place [Disco Break] (Disco Best, 2005)
24 Amp Dog Knight - Over U (Mahoghani, 2005)
25 Schatrax - Just For Fun (Classic/Schatrax, 2001)
26 Soulphiction - What’s Your Name (Freude Am Tanzen, 2004)
27 Moodymann - LT1 #2 (KDJ, 2005)
28 Zachary Lubin - Introduction To Algorithms (6277, 2005)
29 Donato Dozzy & Exercise One - People of Paprika (Lan Muzic, 2005)
30 Dapayk & Midnight - Emergency (Fenou, 2005)
31 Ezekiel Honig - Transportation Application (Microcosm, 2005)


October 20, 2005

Jesse Somfay - We Breathe The Stars Through Each Other

Yes. Much like The Sky Is Pink, This Fragile Addiction is a bomb of a track, guaranteed to rearrange your head for its twelve-minute length. It starts off as any addiction might, gently weaving a delayed guitar line and a bassline for a few minutes until the bassline begins to take over and envelopes the track. Soon, the drums and guitar fall away, shunning the out-of-control element, leaving a lone distorted synth to pick up the slack. There is a B-side and it lets you down gently, working a desiccated cathedral organ melody amid its melodic bassa nice cuddle after a hard fuck.

Traum / TRAUM V65
[Todd Burns]

August 25, 2005

Jesse Somfay - Between Heartbeats

That same synthesizer is used to deadening effect on Jesse Somfays debut album, Between Heartbeats. Dont get me wrong: its creates a lovely, wispy, and rapid-fire sound when used in isolation, but Somfay sees fit to use on what seems like more than forty of the albums seventy minute running time. All that being said, the tracks here are gorgeous in isolation, falling somewhere between the lengthy diversions of Ricardo Villalobos and the sumptuous melodies of Boards of Canada (albeit only one per song, it seems). I hesitate to theorize here, but it seems to me with both Somfay and labels like Border Community bringing melody and micro together rather effortlessly, that there maybe a wing of romanticism firmly establishing itself not a moment too soon. Top stuff.

Archipel / archipelcd002
[Todd Burns]

March 17, 2005

Jesse Somfay - The Nectar Of My Love

The first non-mp3 release by Somfay sees the producer reined in a bit and all the better for it. Where his recent Love Affair with the Moon , the producer did seem to get a bit too in love with himself at times. The A-side corrects that problem nicely, clocking in at a standard six-minute clip. Its a fiercely melodic piece that interlocks synth parts rather effortlessly. The B-sides two tracks arent nearly as strong, working both electro-pop and a ponderous track that recalls perhaps a house-y version of a track from Autechres Amber.

Traum / TRAUM V55
[Todd Burns]

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