July 14, 2006

Kiki / Lee Van Dowski - Collective 1

Bpitch Control introduces its new “Collective” vinyl series for producers who “only produce a-sides and can’t convince themselves to put those on a b-side.” Kiki’s “Motorized” resembles a kid skipping home and whistling while a beast follows. A sidewalk-cracking techno beat slogs behind the simple, wooden flute melody, while Kiki’s engine releases a grinding, steam-blasted bassline soon after. The tension rarely ceases for eight minutes, even when a dinner-jazz piano melody sneaks in during the middle. On the flip, Lee Van Dowski’s “Little Doll Chaos Pounce Upon Option Assault Reverberation” (fine bar napkin poetry) plods along on a numbing, reverb-soaked beat that coughs and gasps for air. Imagine Underworld test-marketing Kompakt-esque minimal and you’re nearly there. Even the refreshing synths that glide like angels over the Autobahn can’t save it from sounding like, you guessed it, a “b-side.”

Bpitch Control / BPC132
[Cameron Macdonald]

February 10, 2006

In The Mix: Todd Burns

Maybe it’s just been a while, but this mix came surprisingly quickly and easily, whereas most attempts take four months of planning and three months of retooling. But, like anything, it’s all in the source material. Thomas Schumacher’s “Brut Royal” is the opener and sort of sets the template for what will follow: brutal bangers that nonetheless revel in a heaping of melodic marinade.

3 Channels’ Robag Wruhme imitation flows nicely into Lee Van Dowski’s newest record for the Num label, which is rapidly becoming as Boomkat rightly describes “the stripped-down dancefloor-ready cousin to Cadenza,” while the sonar bleeps of Chardronnet’s mixes nestles itself perfectly against the electro-disco-house stomp of Afrilounge’s undeniable “Discoheadz.”

I’ve been more interested in anthems than anything else lately, which should explain the next two tracks: “La Migale” and “Lazy,” which don’t exactly mix perfectly but are both too good on their own not to give their place here. And besides, “Lazy” offers a nice mix into the deep and bitter finale, “Tribute to Solitude,” which meets anything that Nathan Fake’s new album has to offer head-on.

1. Thomas Schumacher - Brut Royal [Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten]
2. 3 Channels – 2 Dancing Rabbits [Crosstown Rebels]
3. Lee Van Dowski – The Darkened Component [Num]
4. Goldfish und der Dulz – Ding Dong (Chardronnet Mix) [Kickboxer]
5. Afrilounge – Discoheadz (Rough Demo Cut) [Get Physical]
6. Delon & Dalcan – La Migale [Boxer]
7. Spare Time – Lazy (Original Mix) [Factor City]
8. Pelle Buys – Tribute to Solitude [Italic]


January 27, 2006

Funk D’Void & Phil Kieran - White Lice

The original version of “White Lice”ť is the type of brittle, tech-heavy minimal house that sends all the girls running away, stimulating only the most nerdy techno fans who have a circuit board dependency. Yes, I am being a bit facetious, but tracks like “White Lice”ť are a dime-a-dozen at the moment, even if the duo has an amusing compulsion for muted laser shots that nearly bring the track to a halt halfway through. Frenchman Lee Van Dowski (Mental Groove, Cadenza) weighs in with a better straight techno remix that wets the circuits just enough for you to get a sensation when you take a bite out of it.

Soma / 188
[Michael F. Gill]