August 25, 2006

Telex - Do Worry Remixes


Perhaps the world at large has yet to embrace Telex, returned from an indefinable hiatus to plague us with delicious synthpop ditties, but one gets the feeling it doesn’t really matter to these Belgian pranksters. Lacing their “Do Worry” with typical analog swoops and absurdist sub-Kraftwerk vocalising, they’re hardly a revolutionary outfit - especially in these recycling-conscious times - but luckily they’ve added a stupid-clever “woops” line to their Star Wars synth-stabbing and motorik churning. Spanned across four remixes, it’s a bit too much of a good thing, but their space-disco lineage is made apparent in the jazz-on-phasers Lindstrom rework and the quite-ready-for-prime-time Bangkok Impact (it’s called album #2, Sami, album fucking #2) remix. On the less-essential side, Kid Alex would love to be Mylo but he’s a day late and a dollar short, and the “Dirty Dancing Remix” is all dirty and precious little dancing.

Virgin / 370430
[Mallory ODonnell]

March 24, 2006

Williams - Pinball

Williams, despite having some key connections (Glasgow Underground, Get Physical, Mylo, etc.) has yet to make a huge splash, despite an excellent, wide-ranging LP Love Crisis and a number of strong remixes. While “Pinball” won’t put him over the edge, it’s a strong track, displaying his great knack for the midtempo end of the disco floor. The Francisco Remix pushes things in the right direction for greater danceability, but the results are a bit bland to really stand out from the pack. Williams’ own Club Remix is even more floor-friendly, but still lacks that extra something to make it truly soar. Stick to the original version and wait for the album.

Tsuba / 001
[Mallory ODonnell]

February 10, 2006

Charts: February 10 2006

Guest Chart
Patrice Baumel, Trapez

Baxendale - I Built This City
Carl Craig - Darkness
Fairmont - Gazebo
Jesse Somfay - Traum 65
Ame - Rej
Hard-Fi - Stars of CCTV
Phonique - For The Time Being
Gabriel Ananda - Ihre Persoenliche Gluecksmelodie
Alex Under - Dispositivos De Mi Granja
Daso - Daybreak

Mallory ODonnell
Royksopp - What Else Is There? (Trentemoller Remix)
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Do Not Break
Tiga - Far From Home
Flatpack - Sweet Child O’ Mine (Mylo Remix)
Justice Vs. Simian - Never Be Alone
Transformer di Roboters - Hi End (Metro B & Maslope Remix)
Annie - The Wedding (Lindstrom & Prins Thomas Remix)
Depeche Mode - Precious (Michael Mayer’s Balearic Mix)
The Knife - Neverland
Dead Disco - The Treatment (Metronomy Remix)
Chromeo - Needy Girl (Phillipe Zdar Dub)
Linus Loves - VH1
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Bliss

Cameron Octigan
Zimt - U.O.A.A. (Jurgen Paape Remix)
Yoshimoto - Do What U Du (Trentemoller Remix)
Unlimited Touch - I Hear Music in the Streets
Uffie - Pop the Glock
Transformer der Roboters - Hi End (Metro B & Maslope Remix)
New Young Pony Club - Ice Cream
MSTRKRFT - Easy Love
Michael Mayer & Reinhard Voigt - Sky Dumont
The Knife - Like a Pen
Crystal Castles - Tuesday
Black Strobe - Me & Madonna
Benjamin Theves - Texas

Todd Hutlock
Suburban Knight - Predator’s Language
Theo Parrish - Falling Up (Carl Craig Remix)
Renegade Soundwave - The Phantom (Subsonic Legacy)
Gaiser - And Answer
Fumiya Tanaka - Unknown Possibility Vol 1.
Akufen - Psychometry 1.1-3.2 (Thomas Brinkmann Remix)
Battant - Jump Up EP
KLF Vs. Ricardo Villalobos - What Time Is Love? (Veto Retro Mix #1)
Plastikman - Afrika
Talking Heads - Making Flippy Floppy (David Byrne/John “Jellybean” Benitez Remix)

Michael F. Gill
Kalabrese - Hhnerfest
Isolee - Rockers
Frequency - Loosen Up
Fred Gianelli - Distant Gratification
Jean-Luc Ponty - Cosmic Messenger
DJ Shadow - Building Steam With A Grain Of Salt
Sa-Fire - Boy, Ive Been Told (Rascal/Two In A Room Dub)
Doris D. and The Pins - Shine Up
A Guy Called Gerald - Finleys Rainbow (Slow Motion Mix)
Regina - Baby Love

January 27, 2006

Mylo - Muscle Car (Remixes)

Sliding in at under four minutes, the original “Muscle Car” is a glammy electro stomper, complete with cheeky chorus (”well-oiled, that’s what you are / come on and ride in my muscle car”) and extra-silly alternate chorus (”Camaro, Chevelle, Camino, Daytona / Trans Am, Mustang, Charger, GTO”). For the single release, we get eight versions (including the original and instrumental mix) spread across two 12″ singles or together on one CD.

Tiga’s involvement here should come as a surprise to no one - “Muscle Car” fits his sleazy style like a glove. His “Nightmare Chords Mix” mostly stretches the song into a more DJ mixable form, reducing the bump of the original and giving it some space to let those shimmering synths breathe. The “Freeform Reform” is little more than a touched-up version of the original (which is billed as “Mylo ft. Freeform Five”) with added instruments and flourishes, but sacrificing its sheer, banging simplicity. The Sander Kleinenberg “Pace Car Mix” does even less, tarting up the original mix with a pointless racecar sample, perfect for the Mixmag year-end party but leaving the rest of us itching for the skip button.

On the more exceptional side, the remix all the sexy robots will be grooving to this winter comes courtesy of Alex Smoke, who skips on the deep-swirling synths and hops the bus straight to Jack Trax City, throwing down a version with a sexy yet hard-hitting feel. Sparse and FX-laden bits of the vocal come in and out of the mix, warming up the heavy tech treatment for less clinical dancefloors. Strangely, the only remixer who thinks to drop the vocals entirely is Justus Kohncke, the joker in Kompakt’s deck of fifty-two. Emphasizing the understated background percussion and spiraling synth of the original and smoothing out the harder edges, Kohncke’s “Workout Remix” is slowly shimmering deep disco-house that preserves the feel of the original while giving it a more pliable, universal framework.

While the Smoke and Kohncke versions are both outstanding, it is Get Physical’s DJ T who combines both approaches for ultimate satisfaction. He opens by stripping the song down to a tight, libidinous pulse, drawing you to the floor with an “I Feel Love” vibe which you will be powerless to resist. By the time he drops the choppy clapping drums, you’re wondering who this strange person in front of you is and how exactly it was you became fused at the groin. Keeping the vocals minimal and breaking it up into its component parts, DJ T reassembles “Muscle Car” into a late-night mix geared for heavy sweating on the dancefloor (with heavy petting hopefully to follow.)

Breastfed / 019
[Mallory ODonnell]

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 ODonnell
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 Its 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