June 30, 2006

Charts: June 30 2006

Todd Hutlock
Black Dice – Cone Toaster [DFA]
Booka Shade – Pong Pang [Get Physical]
Burial – Pirates [Hyperdub]
Two Lone Swordsmen – Slutloop [Jockey Slut]
Cristian Vogel – Whipaspank [NovaMute]
The Illustrator – Beautiful Boxer [Underground Resistance]
Black Phuture – Unfriendly [Motech]
Ellen Allien – Just a Woman (Audion Version) [Spectral Sound]
Pantytec – Maybe Not [Perlon]
Rhythm & Sound – Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig Remix)” [Burial Mix]

Cameron Octigan
Agoria – La 11ème Marche [PIAS]
Gui Boratto – Like You (Supermayer Remix) [Kompakt]
Crystal Castles – Atlantis to Interzone (Klaxons Remix) [White]
Cio D’or – Lichtblick [Karmarouge]
Taana Gardner – Heartbeat [West End]
Kris Menace – Voyager [Compuphonic]
Métrika – Ichi [Crosstown Rebels]
Treacherous Three – Feel the Heartbeat [Enjoy]
Sven Väth & Anthony Rother – Springlove (Original) [Datapunk]
Claude Von Stroke – Seven Deadly Strokes (Patrick Chardronnet Remix) [Neuton]

Michael F. Gill
TBA Empty – Stupid Rotation [Max Ernst]
Adam Beyer – Selma’s Dream [Cocoon]
Matt John – IO [Underline]
Alex Smoke – Never Want to See You Again (Ada Remix) [Soma]
Five Deez – Black Rushmore (Force Of Nature Remix) [Rapster]
Cream De Coco – Disco Strut [Free Spirit]
TJ Swann – And You Know That [Express]
Steve Angello – Tracks [Konvex Konkav]
Jody Watley – I Love to Love [MAW]
Soulphiction – Masai Mara [Philpot]

April 10, 2006

SCSI-9 - Transsibirski Express

Now, Russian techno music is not going to be something most of us have heard a lot of. From what I understand, there’s a great scene arising out there, but SCSI-9 are one of the first acts to poke their head out. If they are any indicator, however, we may have some exciting times ahead. As with their sublime “All She Wants Is,” released on Kompakt in ‘03, the key is the delicate balancing act that the duo undertakes between dusky and feathery, lush and strident, warm and chilly. “Pour Ne Pas Perdre Le Coeur Da” starts us off with a tranquil landscape interjected with creaky bells and whistles, like sounds from nature viewed through a fractured lens. “Transsibirski Express” (wink, wink) takes the boys from Dusseldorf on a trip through high steppes and tundra plains, a bold premise to be sure, but one that succeeds and wins them points for cheekiness infused with an appropriate reverence. “Woodman,” which rounds out this three-tracker, is a different proposition entirely. The shifty, unsettling side of the “Pour Ne Pas…” coin, this time the shadows are thicker and those distorted natural sounds have something of the supernatural about them. Still, with so much depth and humanity to their music, it’s no surprise it ends being more than a mere freaky soundscape. Top shelf electronica for a Sunday morning when one is bruised but hopeful.

Neuton / 022
[Mallory O’Donnell]