February 10, 2006

In The Mix: Todd Burns

Maybe it’s just been a while, but this mix came surprisingly quickly and easily, whereas most attempts take four months of planning and three months of retooling. But, like anything, it’s all in the source material. Thomas Schumacher’s “Brut Royal” is the opener and sort of sets the template for what will follow: brutal bangers that nonetheless revel in a heaping of melodic marinade.

3 Channels’ Robag Wruhme imitation flows nicely into Lee Van Dowski’s newest record for the Num label, which is rapidly becoming as Boomkat rightly describes “the stripped-down dancefloor-ready cousin to Cadenza,” while the sonar bleeps of Chardronnet’s mixes nestles itself perfectly against the electro-disco-house stomp of Afrilounge’s undeniable “Discoheadz.”

I’ve been more interested in anthems than anything else lately, which should explain the next two tracks: “La Migale” and “Lazy,” which don’t exactly mix perfectly but are both too good on their own not to give their place here. And besides, “Lazy” offers a nice mix into the deep and bitter finale, “Tribute to Solitude,” which meets anything that Nathan Fake’s new album has to offer head-on.

Tracklisting:
1. Thomas Schumacher - Brut Royal [Spiel-Zeug Schallplatten]
2. 3 Channels – 2 Dancing Rabbits [Crosstown Rebels]
3. Lee Van Dowski – The Darkened Component [Num]
4. Goldfish und der Dulz – Ding Dong (Chardronnet Mix) [Kickboxer]
5. Afrilounge – Discoheadz (Rough Demo Cut) [Get Physical]
6. Delon & Dalcan – La Migale [Boxer]
7. Spare Time – Lazy (Original Mix) [Factor City]
8. Pelle Buys – Tribute to Solitude [Italic]

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January 5, 2006

Pelle Buys - Enemy Mine

One of the best constructed 12”s of the new year: “Enemy Mine” is pure Matthew Jonson infinity-analog, “Saw Off” brings it back to the Earth with a bit of Chicago acid-jack, and then we get all emo with “Tribute to Solitude” (anyone remember Novel23, by chance?). Needless to say, this one is going to pass right on by a lot of people—and that’s a shame. Recommended.

Italic / ITA 55
[Todd Burns]