June 1, 2007

Beatzcast #35: Crambe Repetita


Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…

01: A Mountain of One - Freefall [buy]
02: Bassed on Kyoto - Flower [buy]
03: Christian Prommer´s Drum Lesson - Space Jam 2000.17 [buy]
04: The Skull - Sensuella [buy]
05: Oxia - Not Sure [buy]
06: Dusty Cabinets - Hi-5 [buy]
07: Henrik Schwarz - Walk Music [buy]

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September 1, 2006

Paul Nazca - Scandale

Patrick Chardronnet! James Holden! What have you wrought! If you haven’t heard “Eve By Day,” or the first Oxia Speicher, or “The Sky Was Pink,” then you’ll probably consider this record to be utter genius. If this is the case you may want to try the new wonder drug, penicillin, and replace the logs under your massive immovable stone with a device known as a “wheel.” Of course this sarcasm is scuppered by the fact that “Sleeping,” Nazca’s version of “Eve By Day,” still gives the synapses a little twitch. It’s not bad by any means, a little ravier than its grim counterparts, and it’s got a much bigger kick drum on it. On the flip, “Western” is a barely passable piece of electro-disco, but “Svell” is a nice piece of house/trance, like Lawrence with pills instead of black and white pictures.

Boxer / Boxer 041
[Ronan Fitzgerald]

April 24, 2006

Oxia - Speicher 34

I may very well be the only electronic music fan or DJ in the world that doesn’t think the Kompakt label wakes up every morning, fixes some coffee, and then shits solid gold, but so be it. Not to say this latest release from Michael Mayer’s uber-hip imprint is bad, and certainly not to imply that they haven’t put out their share of straight-up bombs, but I’ve heard this tired shuffle-house groove way too much and I’ll doubtless repeat that experience countless times before I’ve gone the way of trip-hop and Goldie. If I was dancing and either one of these personality-less tracks came on, it’d be a perfect time to go pee or get a beer. If I was sitting in my living room I’d just tap on that handy right arrow key. Oh, look, some disco claps come in near the three-and-a-half minute mark. Yawn. It’s called quality control, folks. Look it up.

Kompakt Extra / 034
[Mallory O’Donnell]