May 5, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 18

Phobia - Phobia (DJ Hell / Silence Mix) (International Deejay Gigolos)
Genre: Techno, Electro-House

Michael F. Gill: DJ Hell just seems to fill in the blanks in making it sound contemporary, basically giving it a sleeker drum kit and some reserved acid lines; the source material does the rest of the heavy lifting effortlessly.

Junior Boys - Dead Horse EP (Domino)
Genre: Indie-Dance, Techno

Unit Black Flight - Where Is Carlos (Strange Life)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Italo

Andres Bucci - Chocopanda EP (Kupei Musika)
Genre: Minimal/Tech

Todd Hutlock: Andres may not be the most famous of the three Chilean Bucci brothers—that distinction would go to his brother Pier—but as his debut solo release proves, he might just be the funkiest.

Chromeo - Fancy Footwork Remixes (Turbo)
Genre: Indie-Dance, Electro-House

Moodymann - technologystolemyvinyle (KDJ)
Genre: Detroit, House

Peter Chambers: The irony might be that this is worth downloading, but not buying.

Daso - Absinthe EP (Connaisseur Recordings)
Genre: Electro-House, Minimal/Deep

In Flagranti - Intergalactic Bubblegum (Codek)
Genre: Indie-Dance

Weekly Staff Charts
Beatzcast #31: Crambe Repetita

Nick Sylvester’s review of Kathy Diamond’s Miss Diamond To You


May 2, 2007

Andres Bucci - Chocopanda EP

Andres may not be the most famous of the three Chilean Bucci brothers—that distinction would go to his brother Pier—but as his debut solo release proves, he might just be the funkiest. Opener “Get Up” bounces around with some inspired, elastic layers of percussion, shifting time signatures, and a schwerving bottom end, conjuring classic Mr. Oizo crossed with Villalobos and Luciano. “Sentinel” follows the same sonic template, albeit with a more consistent, insistent rhythm track, but still abuzz with echoing perc and rubbery static bass tones.

On the flip, Dandy Jack and the Vitteloni rework “Get Up” into a spaced-out abstraction that shuffles along until a more standard kicking rhythm comes in upon which to hang the stretched and turned noises from the original, as well as some well-placed and apparently friendly UFOs. Bucci’s version is more inventive, but those looking for something to mix with should head here. All in all, an impressive debut that twitches around with the best of his countrymen’s work.

Kupei Musika / 12S06
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[Todd Hutlock]


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
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[Todd Burns]