March 25, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 12

DJ Koze vs. Sid le Rock - Naked (Cereal/Killers)

Peter Chambers: “Both Sid (Pan/Tone) le Rock and DJ (Adolf Noise) Koze take a ‘one eyebrow and a brimming glass raised’ approach to production—if their methods of mayhem intersect, it’s at a point where irreverence meets festivity to do the wild thang on your mixer.”

Misstress Barbara – Barcelona (Border Community)

Motiivi:Tuntematon - Speicher 46 (Kompakt Extra)

Jacopo Carreras - Olanto (Lan Muzic)

Move D - Anne Will (Remixes) (Liebe Detail Spezial)

Tomboy - Serios DJ Album Sampler (Gomma)

Rhythm Plate - Music From Our Souls EP (Winding Road Records)

Mallory O’Donnell: “…those wanting a taste of classic, warm and spacious house would do well to check this EP out.”

Sideshow - Philly Soundworks (Aus Music)

Live coverage of the 2007 Winter Music Conference in Miami: Day One, Night One, Day Two, Night Two.

Weekly Staff Charts
Latest Beatzcast (#24)

March 20, 2007

Misstress Barbara – Barcelona

It could be said that minimal is “the continuation of techno by other means,” at least in the case of labels like M_nus. For other camps, substitute trance for techno. For Border Community… well, what was so wonderful about the label was that, initially at least, you didn’t have to choose sides. As the label name promised, you could be a nomad’s lad, living in the lawless provinces where a bit of creative banditry could nab you a few hits against the stuffy “village people” below. There’s a double irony then, in Misstress Barbara’s “Barcelona” arrival on the label. Barbara, formerly an exponent of “hard as nails” club-tech, has produced a tech-trance record that seems to be retreating back into Tranceland, with all of the implications that name gives.

If techno bores the shit out of a lot of people for its lack of melodic variation, the problem with “Barcelona” in its original version is that by focusing so much on the inter-relation of melodies, the mistress takes her eyes off the rhythmic ball, producing a track that sounds like three big wedges of melody thrust through each other, while a dull thud simply marks time in the background. Holden’s “tool” mixes seem to be a tacit recognition of this, and overcompensate—they’re four minutes of constantly tweaked, prodded, torn out, and kicked drum patterns. There’s something interesting about the constantly mutating inter-relationships, but it sounds like Holden’s managed to mic up the brain of some poor sap whose overdosed on caffeine. But then, the “tool” appellation is a get-out-of-jail free card on this tip, isn’t it? Music that’s not designed for listening… hmmm.

“Jamais moi sans toi” sounds like a study piece of sorts—as if Barbara was intentionally trying to mimic the label’s previous releases. As when an attack dog bares its teeth gradually over five minutes, it’s difficult to stay scared, or even attentive—and likewise here too little takes too long to “happen,” and it’s an unexciting knock-off of Nathan Fake’s sigh-trance when it does.

Border Community / 15BC
[Peter Chambers]

March 16, 2007

Beatzcast #23


Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mini-mix of electronic music…

01: Junior Boys - Like a Child (Carl Craig Mix) [buy]
02: Efdemin - Acid Bells (Album Version) [buy]
03: Misstress Barbara - Jamais Moi Sans Toi (Original Mix) [buy]
04: Underground Resistance - Jupiter Jazz [buy]
05: Paul Ritch - Souba [buy]
06: Jurgen Paape - Fruity Loops 1 [buy]
07: Douglas Greed - Ille und Soeren [buy]
08: Patrice Baumel - Fantomas [buy]
09: Lindsay J and Sneak Thief - Open the Door (Truffle Club Mix) [buy]

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