August 9, 2007

Henrik B feat. Terri B - Soul Heaven

You know, I could carefully describe “Soul Heaven” to you. And tell you how it’s a cover of a seven-year-old house track by The Goodfellas, one that was comped on bigtime labels like Ministry of Sound, Hed Kandi, and Azuli, not to mention the UK label named after it. I’d also want you to know how well Henrik B., formerly a producer of schranz-style techno, has moved into loved-up funky house (check out the difference between “Airwalk” and “The Wound”).

But there’s a reason why these big Ibiza and funky house cuts don’t get written up critically: they can be a bit brainless. So often they are all about the euphoria of the moment, and their broad and obvious strokes fall apart under any closer inspection. It seems futile, even silly to say things like “hmm, the original mix could almost be a Ame/Sydenham production, if they were trying to be Joey Negro,” or to rave about the Fonzeralli remix being “the crossover anthem Rex The Dog will never have.” All I know is that I feel pretty giddy after listening to it, which is a hollow sentiment that doesn’t serve you well, fair reader. So let’s act like this review never happened. But considered yourself informed.

Boss / BOS 067AB / 067CD
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[Michael F. Gill]


January 19, 2007

Sessomatto ft. Carolyn Harding - Movin On

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Many are the things we here at Beatz By the Pound never tire of, when adequately deployeda radiant sunrise after an exhausting night of dancing; that sound that goes whap-whap and the one that goes wrrw-wrrw-wrrw; the first bars of our summer jam being mixed into whatever is playing right now; a little bump of something to get us through the night; a diva vocal with gospel touches telling us something great about our love. All of which stand and deliver during the course of Joey Negros 2006 Sessomatto single (and aforementioned summer jam) Movin On. Im all for beardy meanderings, minimal midnight assignations and space-disco dust, but come four in the morning I want a song exactly like this onecrazy peaks and valleys cranny-crammed with every trick thats worked a thousand times on a thousand house twelves and enough collective upliftment to raise a boat full of ravers to the top of Mt. Etna. Call me old-fashioned.

Z / ZEDD 12 084
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[Mallory ODonnell]


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…

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December 22, 2006

2006: The Year In Review

Welcome to the Beatz By The Pound year-end roundup for 2006, a veritable smorgasbord of lists, thoughts, and reflections about the current state of dance music. And while all of our writers handed in very diverse ballots, we were able to come to a consensus on a couple of key releases, producers, and labels. Let the madness begin

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November 10, 2006

Beatzcast #10

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01: [a]pendics.shuffle - Feel Me
02: Minimal Compact - Nil Nil (Rub n Tug Remix)
03: Sessomatto feat. Carolyn Harding - Movin On (Joey Negro Club Mix)
04: Kiki - Trust Me (Super Dub)
05: Shonky - Solar
06: SLG - Caffeine
07: Sasse feat. Malte - Up To You
08: Sally Shapiro - I Know


November 10, 2006

Charts: November 10 2006

Guest Chart: Mathias Schaffhauser, Ware

Ricardo Villalobos Unflug / Good Groove & Yapacc Remix [Frisbee Tracks]
Bond & Blome Tentacular [Sender]
Five Green Circle Ochim EP [Meerestief]
NDKJ Pimp / from Put It Where You Want It EP [Maschine]
Oliver Koletzki Follow Up / Kiki Remix [Stil vor Talent]
V.A. Mobile Remix Series Vol. 4 / Daniel Stefanik Remix [Mobile]
Agns Is She He [Einmaleinsmusik]
Garnica The Lucky Guy [Galaktika ]
And.id Panakia EP [Ware]
Mathias Schaffhuser vs. V.A. RE:2 / Vinyl Selection [Multicolor]

Mallory O’Donnell
Greg Wilson - Chocolate Factor [Redux]
Alice Smith - Love Endevour (Maurice Fulton Remix) [BBE]
Sessomatto - Movin’ On (Joey Negro Remixes) [Z Records]
Tantra - The Double LP [Importe/12]
V/A - El Mejor Italo-Disco De Los 80’s [Contrasena]
Skatebrd - Midnight Magic [Digitalo Enterprises]
Matt & Kim - Matt & Kim [IHEARTCOMIX]
Blowfly - Blowfly’s Disco Party [Weird World]

Michael F. Gill
Alan Banford - Delanox [F1]
Pheek - Magda Had A Little Troll ([a]pendics.shuffle remix) [Clever Music]
Freddie Mercury - Love Kills (More Order Rework By The Glimmers) [Parlophone]
John Dahlback - My Secret [Acid 80 Italy]
Jetone - Sufraise II [Apnea]
Arpanet - Event Horizon (Instrumental) [Record Makers]
Umwelt - Kiss In The Dark [Satamile Records]
Das Kraftfuttermischwerk - Monotonism [Tendenzen Freier Entfaltung]
Rekleiner - Sideways [Catwash Records]
Phase - Espresso [Ingoma]