September 28, 2007

Beatzcast #50: Crambe Repetita


Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…

01: Break SL - Flow [buy]
02: Matias Aguayo - Papel [buy]
03: Sascha Funke - The Acrobat [buy]
04: Einmusik - Fleur De Lis [buy]
05: Lawrence - Compulsion [buy]
06: Petre Inspirescu - Galantar [buy]

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January 27, 2006

Charts: January 27 2006

Guest Chart
Axel Willner, [The Field / Kompakt]

Sleeparchive - Image Photometer
Mathew Jonson - Gemini
Jesse Somfay - This Fragile Addiction
Matias Aguayo - De Papel [Chantal C Remix]
Mike Ink - Live Evil
Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
Gas - Track #3 from Zauberberg
Ulf Lohmann - Burning Bright
Charlie - Spacer Woman
Split Inc. - How Deep Is Your Love

Mallory O’Donnell
Kelley Polar - The Rooms in My House Have Many Parties
The Next Movement - Let’s Work it Out (Instrumental)
Farley Jackmaster Funk - As Always (Full Vocal Version)
Stacy Kidd ft. Matthew Yates - I Wanted You
Alexander O’Neal - Criticize
Captain Rapp - Bad Times (Pt.2)
The Juan Maclean - Give Me Every Little Thing (Putsch ‘79 Remix)
Mylo - Otto’s Journey
Who Made Who - Space For Rent
Morane - Where’s the Beach (Fall Out Version)
Lindstrom - I Feel Space
First Choice - Let No Man Put Asunder (Danny Krivit Re-edit)

Cameron Octigan
Dandy Jack and the Junction - Video Taceo
Lucien-N-Luciano - Alain Brito
Monne Automne - Mago
Konrad Black - Medusa Smile (Don’t Look Back)
Hum - Why I Like The Robins
Can - Sing Swan Song
Daft Punk - Oh Yeah
Dntel - Anywhere Anyone
Lindstrom and Prins Thomas - Turkish Delight
Wighnomy Bros. - Wurz & Blosse
Busy P - Chop Suey
Crystal Castles – Caring

Michael F. Gill
Salif Keita – Yamore (Luciano Remix)
Todd Edwards – Like A Fire
Dub Kult – Chick
Sterling Void – It’s All Right
East West Connection – More I Get (Surgical Soul Mix)
Klaus Schulze – Floating
The S.O.S Band – Take Your Time (Do It Right)
Freeez – I.Dub.U
Doc Martin – Fabric 10
Armando – Venture Oui

October 6, 2005

DJ Koze / Matias Aguayo - Kosi Comes Around / Are You Really Lost

It’s somewhat fascinating to see Kompakt “explained” in large-scale magazines. The label seems to pride itself on its schizophrenia. Case in point, it’s two latest releases: Are You Really Lost and Kosi Comes Around.

Are You Really Lost is the debut full-length from one-half of the now defunct Closer Musik, Matias Aguayo and that’s the reference point of choice here. The album seems to take that group’s bulbous basslines and stretch them to their breaking point, allowing Aguayo to freestyle over them. It works to great effect on something like the single “De Papel,” but when the bassline is broken up into discrete notes it serves as weak echo to something like the far superior forthcoming Kelley Polar album. When Aguayo keeps it simple and lets the song creep, rather than forcing the issue, he hits upon something uncomfortably good.

Unlike Aguayo, one hardly knew what to expect from a DJ Koze full-length. Under a variety of monikers, Stefan Kozalla has offered up hip-hop, ambient, and straight-up house of wildly varying quality. He picks and chooses from all of these genres and more here and somehow it all comes together. The first portion of the disc is house: “Estrella” is a melancholic track that evokes a stronger-willed Superpitcher, while highlight “Don’t Feed The Cat” is straight and tuff Chicago at its finest. Things take a left-turn from there with the middle of the record indulging in both ambient and hip-hop inflected strangeness, until Koze settles back into the groove for both the climax, “Brutalga Square” and its patient guitar-led come-down “Chiminea.” One of the finer albums that Kompakt has put out recently.

Kompakt / Kompakt CD 43 / 44
[Todd Burns]

March 17, 2005

Michael Mayer - Lovefood

Michael Mayer makes “Lovefood” worth listening to again with this new 12” on the under-used (but-fine-with-me-when-the-quality-is-this-good) pop arm of Kompakt. I admit that I had written the song off completely after being paired to questionable effect with the snooze-a-thon “Slowfood.” Divorced, though, it’s a rather lush down-tempo thing that deservedly gets release here. It’s the B-side that’ll be of more interest, though, featuring a Matias Aguayo mix of “Lovefood,” which utilizes an enormous bassline that is again used in the Mayer/Aguayo cover of Kylie Minogue’s “Slow.” There are a lot of things to recommend about it, not least of all the fact that Mayer’s put his best dress on for us, but I’ll leave you to uncover the rest. Highly recommended.

Kompakt Pop / KOM POP 06
[Todd Burns]