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]

November 3, 2006

Detalles - Hello Donee EP

Kate Simko and one of the Bucci bros. (not Pier) reunite after a long sit-down with the minimal playbook and bring two new tracks, “Hello Donee” and “Move On,” in advance of their forthcoming full-length. Detalles’ discography consists of a single full-length on Traum, released a few months before Cologne became the epicenter of neu-teuton cool. On “Hello Donee,” the duo makes moves like they’re trying to catch up, even as they’re weighed down by Simko’s welcome melodic sense and down-pillow beats. It’s perfect for a Pier Bucci remix and, a few noogies later, that’s what we get: Pier’s more assured beat-construction lending better troughs for the melody to wallow, writhe, and worm around in. “Move On” is closer to Detalles’ earlier work, giving up stiff-house beats for chunkier concerns that act as poles around which the duo’s sedate melody glides passively. Before you say glorious Sunday drive, though, we get Jonas Bering’s mix—an effort that comes close to the neu-teuton cool espoused by Dettinger back in the day.

Kupei / 12S05
[Todd Burns]

July 28, 2006

Kate Simko - Strumm

Kate Simko finally fulfills on the promise of her purported leanings towards classical minimalism (the Philip Glass kind) with her first 12” for the new American label, Kupei. “Strumm” fits firmly in the mold of MIA with its softened beats and focus on a gently rotating melody. Unai’s remix of the tune makes sure that dancefloors will be sure to hear it during primetime by mutating the bass into the most powerful element and giving the drum a bit more oomph. Jonas Bering dreams in his mix, which isn’t to say it’s bad—just much in the way of anything besides overstimulation. “Machine War,” Simko’s final contribution is a home-listener, with dub, prodding melodies, and grand clouds of cleansing material to wash away its memory (if you can).

Kupei Musika / kupei12S02

[Todd Burns]

March 10, 2006

Charts: March 10 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
Soft Cell - Seedy Films
Gaznevada - IC Love Affair (Chinese Version)
Kano - Baby Not Tonight
Erasure - Love to Hate You
Gwen Guthrie - Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan Remix)
Don Ray - Standing in the Rain
Telex - Moskow Diskow
Machine - There But For the Grace of God Go I (Remix)
Underworld - Dirty Epic
New Order - Video 5.8.6

Cameron Octigan
Alexander Robotnik - Problemes D’amour
Claro Intelecto – Peace of Mind
Claude Von Stroke - Chimps
Joakim - Wish You Were Gone (Dub)
Konrad Black - Medusa Smile (Don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t Look Back)
Lifelike & Kris Menace - Discopolis
Mathew Jonson - Decompression
Mikkel Metal - Victimizer
Nathan Fake - Charlie’s House (Apparat Remix)
Scsi-9 - On The Edge
Sebastian - Smoking Lills

Nate DeYoung
Sleeparchive - Radio Transmission
Mobius Band The Loving Sounds of Static (Junior Boys Remix)
Peter Grummich - The Roll
Mark Broom - From London with Love…
Pantytec - Maybe
Break 3000 - Lights
Delon + Dalcan - La Migale Infernale
Daso - Go Upstairs
Jonas Bering - Behind this Silence
Nhar - Adrenochrome EP

Michael F. Gill
DJ Goon & DJ Koyote - Diamond Grills
Marcellus Pittman - M. Pittman EP #2
Fuckpony – Dave Brubeck
Fela Kuti – Ako
Quentin Harris - Let’s Be Young
Sutekh – Fire Weather
Virgo – Mechanically Replayed
Barbara Mason – Yes, I’m Ready
Kid – You Don’t Like My Music (Hupendi Muzikil Wangu)
E.G. Daily – Say It Say It

January 27, 2006

Jonas Bering - Luna

Even though it’s a pain to find on cd and often maligned as derivative, I thought Jonas Bering’s first album Beinfait was an interesting mid-section of Basic Channel vapor and Kompakt’s early dubby house. Considering he dropped most of the BC influence afterwards for a warmer, shinier, and often dancier style of dub-house, Luna is a bit of a switch up, offering up a rush of elegant Detroit Techno with a frantic oom-pah-oom-pah beat during the middle. Also on this free internet release are remixes by Bern and Ari Bau, the former testing the limits of my boredom with nine minutes of monophonic tech-house, the latter retaining the Detroit vibe but adding in some excellent free-jazz styles polyrhythm.

Less Iz More / 002
[Michael F. Gill]

January 27, 2006

Jonas Bering - Behind This Silence

Within Kompakt’s superstar-saturated stable, even prolific producers can get lost in the shuffle. Jonas Bering, the label’s sole Frenchy, is one such man. Though Bering has been a regular contributor to the outstanding Total series, as well as the creative-force behind two full-lengths of icy clicks and dubby atmospherics, his work neither receives the accolades nor garners the turntable-time afforded to the releases of his illustrious contemporaries. Perhaps it’s his style; in an imprint marked by its propensity for categorization—structured pop, dance floor techno, slack-joint schaffel and easy-listening ambient—(most of) the Frenchman’s subdued work exists in a state of sub-genre limbo that is all too easy to ignore.

Unfortunately, Monsieur Bering’s latest effort—the melodic Behind This Silence EP—won’t do much to improve his lot, but it’ll certainly make you happy he’s still hangin’ around. With its sweet, misty-eyed synths, the title track and 12” opener deftly balances on the brink of schmaltz before sinking into a dream-like fog. On the B-side, “Melanie” sounds like emotive trance king Robert Miles sacrificing the epic for the intimate, while “Missing’s” dainty, head-in-the-clouds textures belie the track’s wonderfully catchy bass beat of oscillating funk. A smart purchase for any DJ seeking a ray of sunlight to gleam through a micro-goth set’s shadowy belfry.

Kompakt / 132
[James Jung]