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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November 17, 2006

Charts: November 17 2006

Todd Hutlock
Alex Under - Naran Jamón, jejeje [CMYK Musik]
Villalobos - Fizheuer Zieheuer [Playhouse]
Robert Hood - Still Hear [Music Man]
Unknown Artist - #100 [Wooling]
Konrad Black - Coma Couch Surfing [Items & Things]
The Knife - We Share Our Mother’s Health (Radioslave Remix) [Brille/Mute]
Tres Demented - Demented Drums [Planet E]
Kate Simko - Strumm (Jonas Bering Remix) [Kupei]
Lindstrom - Take Me To The Metro [Capricious]
Gaiser - Neural Block [Minus]

Michael F. Gill
Zwicker – Made Up [Compost Black Label]
Yennek – Without (Acapella Mix) [Substance]
Jeff Mills – The Art of Connecting [Nextera/Axis]
Pieces of a Dream – Warm Weather [Elektra]
The Temptations – Zoom [Motown]
Jorge Santana – Darling I Love You [Underdog Edits]
Bjork – Pagan Poetry (Ripperton Remix) [White]
Jomanda – Got a Love for You (Hurley’s House mix) [Warner / Big Beat]
Todd Edwards – The Journey [i! Records]
Klimek – Music to Fall Asleep [Kompakt]


June 2, 2006

Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches Volume 1 and 2

Brooklyn’s Troy Pierce returns with the anthem-in-the-making “25 Bitches” and a host of remixes spread across two separate twelves. Volume 1 features Pierce’s original (a techno thumper that works Pierce’s “25 Bitches” vocal snippet over a series of bass-heavy grooves), as well as two popping, percussive versions from labelmate Berg Nixon. Matt John turns in the “25 Pitches,” which true to its name, works off a classic DJ Pierre/Wild Pitch template to great effect. Volume 2 features three Minus regulars, as Marc Houle goes all rat-a-tat with the snares and adds some truly magnificent filters to the vocal and Heartthrob gets a bit abstract and echo-laden. The winner of the bunch, however, is Jon Gaiser’s “Too Many Bitches Makeover” wherein Gaiser’s everything-but-the-kitchen-sink percussion style builds from a multitude of diverse, constantly shifting patterns into a snarling, layered monster of a track. So what’s a DJ to do? Buy them both and mix them all together, of course.

M_nus / MINUS 38 / MINUS 39
[Todd Hutlock]


March 24, 2006

Fraktion - Fraktion

Following up his “And Answer” 12-inch on M_nus, Jon Gaiser drops three tracks of dubbed-out percussive minimalism on Resopal-Schallware’s Red offshoot. A-side “Nebokki” mines the same spacey territory as that single with some echoing riffs and effects, along with a deep-voiced vocal sample and a couple of squelchy breakdowns that drop the beat altogether to great effect. The two cuts on the flip, “Not Back” and “Bukl” are much more percussion-minded, with all manners of clattering clicks and pops and beats floating in and out of the mix and through all manners of filter. Gaiser may be new to the game, but he is quickly establishing himself as a producer to watch.

Resopal Red / 003
[Todd Hutlock]