May 25, 2007

Thinking Out Loud: Physical vs. Digital

Thinking Out Loud developed from a series of open-ended email conversations and ruminations between Beatz staff members. In this article, Michael F. Gill and Peter Chambers discuss the merits of dance music on vinyl and MP3.


August 11, 2006

Esoterik - Starwaves


Considering his pedigree and genre-hopping, Kirk Degiorgio keeps a relatively low profile, which is a shame really. The man has made many a killer cut over the years and had a hand in the pioneering stages of many important labels and careers. But when was the last time you heard anyone mention his name, if ever? His latest release as Esoterik likely won’t go a long way to changing that, and that too, is a shame. Degiorgio’s original is a mellow Detroit-inspired track reminiscent of some of Juan Atkins’ smoother work as Model 500, among others, with big synth washes and a pulsing hi-hat pushing the groove along in that wonderful Motor City-by-way-of-Mars style. The Jimpster remix pops a bit harder, stripping things down and adding some cut-up voice and slap-bass snatches for a funky good time, while Spirit Catcher gets all retro disco by way of a clipped synth riff and some seriously tweaked vocals. Sleep on him no longer.

Freerange / FR073
[Todd Hutlock]

February 24, 2006

Charts: February 24 2006

Guest Chart
Alex Smoke, Soma

01. Sleepless Crew - Spell House
02. Murmur - Section EP
03. Automat - Preludes
04. Tangible - Game Over
05. The Policy Unit - Arp Egg
06. Sixtoo - Songs From “Next: A Primer On Urban Painting”
07. Claro Intelecto - Warehouse Sessions Vol.1
08. Poke - Poker 11:34
09. Villalobos - Achso
10. Break 3000 - Light

Mallory O’Donnell
Codebreaker - Caller
Colder - To the Music (Engel Remix)
Chromeo - Needy Girl (Phillipe Zdar Dub)
Telex - On the Road Again (Marco Passarani Remix)
The Knife - Silent Shout (Williams Acidic Cicuits Remix)
Francisco - Venti Venti
Shit Robot - Triumph
Alex Smoke - Meany
Prince - Black Sweat
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Leave Me Alone
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - Mighty Girl (Feel PM)
Kid Frost - La Raza

Todd Hutlock
0733 - Record Bass Story
Jeff Samuel - Endpoint
New Order - Fine Time (Silk Mix)
Villalobos - For Disco Only 2
Jeff Mills - Circus (reworked)
Underground Resistance - Ma Ya Ya
Berg Nixon - Box Escape EP
Osborne - Daylight (Isolee Rmx)
LNR - Work It To The Bone
Pier Bucci - Familia

Michael F. Gill
[a]pendics Shuffle – Dirty Bed
Kirk Degiorgio - EP4
Dominik Eulberg - Blueten Sind Dem Grossen Schillerfalter Fremd
Serafin – Starship Discotheque
Kerri Chandler - Sunshine & Twilight
Wookie – Battle
Mark E – Scared
Tod Foster – Dancin’
The Glass Family – Crazy
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr – Shine On Silver Moon