October 13, 2006

Lotterboys - Iron Man

Since yeah it’s obviously that “Iron Man,” electro-discofied to oh-so-campy proportions, and obviously it’s terrible no matter who sings over it (the always annoying Princess Superstar) or remixes it (the pretty reliable [italo-]disco editor Serge Santiago), I recommend staying away. It’s like not even worth knowing about. Lotterboys, to say nothing of composite parts Terranova and Detroit Grand Pubahs, have one pretty solid song called “Blazer,” whose aux percussion breakdowns and horn stabs and hard-plucked basslines could land the track into those Klaxons / EdBanger / Institubes / Kitsune franco-disco-metal type dance sets. But the goofy-electro stuff they deal in otherwise, e.g. this “Iron Man” cover or the punny “Heroine,” really never pops: the humor’s either overbearing or not enough.

Eskimo / 541416 501544
[Nick Sylvester]

September 1, 2006

Klaxons - Gravitys Rainbow

Rave culture is barely 20 years old, and the hangovers and post-coital guilt still remain. Now we have a photogenic band being touted as nu rave, and they have a member named Captain Strobe. But dont worry just yet. The Klaxonss single, Gravitys Rainbow is more SXSW convention showcase than Ministry of Sound. Its understandable why the tune is an MTV2 hit, Gravity has the right 00s alt-rawk clichs lined up: a jerky Radio 4 bassline that smokes cigs to look tough, a heartbroken guitar melody a la Interpol, and Becks karaoke-ish, stoned n dazed vocals. The remixes fit the raver tag a bit better. The Nightmoves mix struts to a decent disco kick and an acid-didgeridoo riff, but its the Van She Mix that will most likely be spun in basement clubs in Berlin and Williamsburg. Its got Daft Punk robo-disco calls, the lost-Cinderella-on-the-dancefloor melody recalling Annies Heartbeat, and 8-bit synth twinkles worthy of The Legend Of Zelda. Finely calculated stuff.

Kitsun Music / KITSUN 038
[Cameron Macdonald]

June 30, 2006

Charts: June 30 2006

Todd Hutlock
Black Dice Cone Toaster [DFA]
Booka Shade Pong Pang [Get Physical]
Burial Pirates [Hyperdub]
Two Lone Swordsmen Slutloop [Jockey Slut]
Cristian Vogel Whipaspank [NovaMute]
The Illustrator Beautiful Boxer [Underground Resistance]
Black Phuture Unfriendly [Motech]
Ellen Allien Just a Woman (Audion Version) [Spectral Sound]
Pantytec Maybe Not [Perlon]
Rhythm & Sound Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig Remix) [Burial Mix]

Cameron Octigan
Agoria La 11me Marche [PIAS]
Gui Boratto Like You (Supermayer Remix) [Kompakt]
Crystal Castles Atlantis to Interzone (Klaxons Remix) [White]
Cio D’or Lichtblick [Karmarouge]
Taana Gardner Heartbeat [West End]
Kris Menace Voyager [Compuphonic]
Mtrika Ichi [Crosstown Rebels]
Treacherous Three Feel the Heartbeat [Enjoy]
Sven Vth & Anthony Rother Springlove (Original) [Datapunk]
Claude Von Stroke Seven Deadly Strokes (Patrick Chardronnet Remix) [Neuton]

Michael F. Gill
TBA Empty Stupid Rotation [Max Ernst]
Adam Beyer Selmas Dream [Cocoon]
Matt John IO [Underline]
Alex Smoke Never Want to See You Again (Ada Remix) [Soma]
Five Deez Black Rushmore (Force Of Nature Remix) [Rapster]
Cream De Coco Disco Strut [Free Spirit]
TJ Swann And You Know That [Express]
Steve Angello Tracks [Konvex Konkav]
Jody Watley I Love to Love [MAW]
Soulphiction Masai Mara [Philpot]