January 19, 2007

Jacek Sienkiewicz & Marek Raczkowski - Warsaw for Beginners

Jacek Sienkiewicz has, slowly but surely, been nailing the craft. Recent releases on his label Recognition have reached sublime heights of mean, moody, and magnificent techno, full of interlocking parts, sudden bad moods and noodling string pluck melodies capable of tugging even tautly tuned heartstrings. Late 2005’s “Double Secret Life” found its way onto both Tobi Neumann’s fantastic Fliederlieder mix and Lawrence’s Groove compilation as the crescendo selection, and with good cause.

Given the incredible polish (ahem) that Sienkiewicz has managed to achieve of late, it’s odd that he would choose to release “Warsaw for Beginners” (co-produced with Marek Raczkowski). Why weird? Simply because, despite a wealth of inventive ideas and odd combinations of almost “Guru Josh” piano lines, boisterous digitechno rhythms, and delicate au Harem textures, this feels like a strange sketch, a study for a far greater and more interesting EP that wasn’t quite realized. I keep waiting in vain for “it” to happen—maybe this music needs new ears that are still growing. Give me time on that one, but for the moment, this is an eccentric, promising cacophony that doesn’t quite hit the spot.

Recognition / r-epo019
[Peter Chambers]

September 22, 2006

Marek Bois - Mampe Halb / Halb

Freud thought that repetitions were caused by a failure to remember. In a sense, that’s also true of machine music: too many mnml kids these days are failing to remember, and are possessed by the urge to repeat, repeat, repeat something they can’t let go of. Marek (Dapayk) Bois’ “Mampe Halb” is a symptom of this kind of suffering—and you’ll be feeling it too if you listen to these tracks outside their functional context. Both on my home system (with a subwoofer), my good headphones, and the tinny earbuds I use at the gym these tracks speak loudly of an inability to remember that compression is no substitute for songwriting. Remember songwriting? Remember songwriting? The title track at least has a good hook, but once introduced (after three minutes of static drum programming) it just goes round and round, like the shred-head in the apartment next door who’s still trying to master that one Sabbath riff. “Sutskop” could easily find its way chopped, looped, and re-constructed in a Magda set, but as a finished piece it lacks color and character of its own. “Schnelle” likewise could easily prove a useful tool, but like everything here, it’s too repetitive, and not at all memorable.

Rryglar / RRY07
[Peter Chambers]

April 10, 2006

Charts: April 10 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
Pier Bucci - L’nuit (Dominik Eulberg Remix)
Jimmy Edgar - My Beats
Linus Loves - The Terrace
Mystery Jets - The Boy Who Ran Away (Riton Re-Rub)
Mash - Somebody’s Property (Zones Mix)
The SOS Band - Just Be Good to Me
New Order - Blue Monday 1988
Palermo Disko Machine - Shake Dat Shit
Lindstrom - I Feel Space (Freeform Five Remix)

Cameron Octigan
Claro Intelecto - Peace of Mind
Defender – Bliss
Dexter – Acid Lullaby
Fairmont – Gazebo (Sebastian Léger Remix)
Gabriel Ananda – Ihre Personliche Glucksmelodie
Lindstrom – I Feel Space (Freeform Five Remix)
Marek Bois – You Got Good Ash
The Rice Twins – For Penny and Alexis
Royksopp – Beautiful Day Without You (Rex the Dog Remix)
Sebastian – Smoking Kills

Michael F. Gill
Chateau Flight - Cosmic Race
Aqua Bassino - I’m a Believer
Onur Özer - Twilight
Four Below Zero - My Baby’s Got ESP
Blake Baxter - Sexuality
Maurizio – Domina (Carl Craig’s Mind Mix)
Sun Palace - Rude Movements
Sing-Sing - Hit & Run
LB - Ashes To Ashes
Fingers Inc - Distant Planet