September 21, 2007

Beatzcast #49: Crambe Repetita

Mixes2007

Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…

Tracklist
01: Maxime Dangles - Love Water [buy]
02: Shlomi Aber & Itamar Sagi - Blonda [buy]
03: Schaeben & Voss feat. Schad Privat - Put Up Job [buy]
04: Pan-Pot - Charly [buy]
05: Einmusik - Wave Scanner [buy]
06: REshuffle - Paparatzi [buy]
07: Kevin Saunderson - Till We Meet Again (Carl Craig Remix) [buy]

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June 8, 2007

Beatzcast #36: Crambe Repetita

Mixes2007

Stylus editor Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…

Tracklist
01: Chaim - Same Same feat. James Blonde [buy]
02: Baldelli & Dionigi - Dyprion [buy]
03: Cave Bear Cult - Catch the Worm [buy]
04: STFU - Shut the Fuck Up (Mouth to Mouth Remix) [buy]
05: Sebastian Ingrosso & John Dahlback - Lick My Deck [buy]
06: Lil’ Mama - Lip Gloss (William Russell Stirhouse Remix) [buy]
07: Sleeparchive - Papercup [buy]
08: Pan-Pot - What Is What (Original Mix) [buy]
09: Red Robbin & Jakob Hilden - Dandelion [buy]
10: TG - Cave the Speakers (Konrad Black Remix) [buy]
11: Baldelli & Dionigi - Darkflies [buy]
12: Gudrun Gut - Move Me (Burger & Voigt Remix) [buy]

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May 30, 2007

Marco Resmann - Watercolour

Watercolour gets a tough rap – how many cred artists can you name who use them? I’ve always had a weakness for those watery shades – you’ve only got one chance to make it look right (no overpainting kids!). Sounds like an artistic challenge to me. But, to flip it around, what might watercolour sound like? Enter Marco Ressman (one third of Pan-Pot), with this neat EP: two sides, two kinds of paint, and one chance to lay down the strokes without “going out of the lines”, splashing, smudging, or soaking the paper (sorry, I was way back in my childhood for a moment there).

“Gouache” (or bodycolour) according to Wikipedia “differs from watercolor in that the particles are larger, the ratio of pigment to water is much higher. This makes gouache heavier and more opaque, with greater reflective qualities.” Ressman’s take on the finicky pigment streamlines things with a mesmerising, metallic soundplane which rises and spins past, under-braided by steady tech-house drum patterns slowly drying into a soft-hued outro. I struggled to visualise the finished image, but was reminded of many previous Mobilee releases, with their low-temperature, high-pressure, single-minded aesthetic. In this case, the end-result is a nice rainy afternoon record.

Proper egg tempera (as opposed to prawn tempura) is not even a watercolour, but a way of bonding pigments to paints. It dries quickly, and has to be applied in thin layers, but unlike other paints, the colours don’t shift over time. Ressman’s interpretation on this binding agent likewise issues forth in thin layers of synth-pushed grooves, backgrounded by soft chimes and a snatched vocal. The louder you play it, the better it sounds. In this case, it’s easy to visualise a blue wash like an Yves Klein canvas on an overcast afternoon right before dusk. But maybe that’s laying it on a bit thick.

Mobilee / mobilee021
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[Peter Chambers]


July 28, 2006

Steve Bug - Bugnology 2

Poker Flat boss Steve Bug continues his series of Bugnology mixes with this second volume, picking up where the first left off. Each track have been edited and reconstructed on computers and, as such, the mix is spotless and the tracks fold together a lot cleaner than they otherwise might. This tactic leaves some listeners cold, but Bug’s construction and pace is so damn good and chooses such great tracks, that it seems like an empty complaint. Highlights include tracks from Pan-Pot, John Tejada, Gui Boratto, and Carl Craig’s already-classic remix of Theo Parrish’s “Falling Up.” Fans of the flawless, minimal mixes by the likes of Richie Hawtin need look no further for their next fix.

Poker Flat / PFR CD 16
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[Todd Hutlock]


July 14, 2006

Pan-Pot / GummiHz - Black Lodge / Modern Dynamic

Things go from strength to strength for Mobilee with these, their 12th and 13th releases. Pan-Pot come with two utterly submerged dub house tracks. There’s a palpable chill in the air when you play “Black Dog”: has house ever sounded so stupendously cold and dead? “Black Widow” is a slightly harder track, edging towards techno, but the level of intricacy remains astounding, the sound more hedonistic and unhinged than ever. Gummihz’s second single for Mobilee sees them take a more summer friendly direction than their previous outings. On “The First Time,” what starts off as clicking, whirring minimal ends in a perfectly hushed breakdown with Detroit chords and a vocal whispering “like the first time, like every time.” It’s difficult to find more emotive, atmospheric house music than this. “Gomma Elastica,” meanwhile, would be the best track on many other 12”’s, a door slamming, glass-rattling piece of minimal techno that will slay any floor.

Mobilee / mobilee012
Mobilee / mobilee013
[Ronan Fitzgerald]