February 16, 2007

Trans Mania - Boing, Boom Jack!


Originally slated for Diskokaine’s label (home of the wonderful Sally Shapiro), this dark and electro-tinged house track is now being released through Gomma, a doubling of resources and delights that will hopefully lead to Sally Shapiro singing on the next Munk album and Tomboy being reworked by Wolfram Eckert. Given the appearance of none other than Alexander Robotnick alongside Patrick Pulsinger on remix duties for this single, could we be overly hopeful in thinking the neo-Italo cauldron in northern Europe is finally coming to a boil?

“Boing, Boom, Jack!” is exactly what it promises, I’ll tell you that muchheavy pulsating, dancefloor-shredding nouveau electro with monster old-school acid house drums and squelches, the kind of thing those black boot-donning kiddies in Copenhagen should be stomping along to right about now. The original is right insane, but the remixes shouldn’t be overlookedPulsinger goes deep for a reception in hard electro territory and penetrates the end zone with a vibe perfect for the Italo Superbowl Shuffle. Robotnick, old hat that he is, kicks the drums and spaceship noises into overdrive and pulls the extra point, in just a little over five minutes. God, sometimes it feels good to root for the home team, don’t it?

Gomma / Gomma 088
[Mallory ODonnell]

December 22, 2006

2006 Year In Review: Individual Writer Lists

As a companion piece to our 2006 year in review, here are the individual lists/charts from each of our contributors. Happy reading…


July 28, 2006

Various Artists - Confuzed Disco

From the sixties til the eighties Italian cinema did well for itself swallowing up American genres and then regurgitating them just nastily enough to create something new in the process. From the mid-seventies onward their music industry, pushed on in part by soundtrack composers, did the same. Where the related compilation I-Robots tackled post-Moroder electronic disco, Confuzed Disco is, well, just what the title claims, covering more electroid new wave. But thats new wave as might be understood by a cheap film producer looking to score a blue-neon lit nightclub scene in a sweaty French Connection knockoff. Theres lotsa second language crap raps (check N.O.I.A.s date rape anthem Do You Wanna Dance) and stilted, uptight machine drum patterns here, but it retains a certain charm. The second disc of contemporary remixes casts its net a bit wider into some already-compiled Italo classics with a gorgeous, relaxed Morgan Geist re-edit of Gaz Nevadas Special Agent Man and a version of Nevadas I.C. Love Affair by Munk that struts with a bass-loaded staccato swing. Amongst the others remixing are Lindstrom and Prins-Thomas, Radio Slave, and Kiki who, no surprise, surgically extract the original groove whilst leaving behind the grossest signifiers. Sometimes its their loss.

Mantra Vibes / IRM822 CD
[Patrick McNally]

February 10, 2006

Munk - Disco Clown Remixes

Munk: I love ‘em. Their 2004 opus Aperitivo still gets dap, as does their even earlier work as Leroy Hanghofer. I would go so far as to say that no collective represents the enormous possibility of shockingly fun and unpretentious dance music quite so much as these boys, mindful as they are of the potentials of pop and rock production welded to techno-smarts. The original version of “Disco Clown” is a great one-two punch of chilly and silly, but seems a strange candidate for remixing, given its radio-ready nature. The Digitalism Mix is a fairly standard exercise in stripping down and reassembling a track for danceability, nice enough but depriving the song of its pop sparkle. Midnight Mike does much better by upping the disco quotient of “Disco Clown,” bringing out the bassline and slapping some meaty 1977-era percussion on top.

Gomma / 058
[Mallory ODonnell]