July 15, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 28

Peter Visti - Dolly (Mindless Boogie)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Balearic

Wild Rumpus - Musical Blaze-Up (Bitches Brew)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Reggae

Nate DeYoung: I can only imagine that the Rumpus duo of legends, DJ Cosmo and Gary Lucas, must have a winged costume or two in their closets.

DJ 3000 / Gerald Mitchell / Ellen Allien - Alia / Geloshai 1862 / Retina (Motech Limited)
Genre: Detroit, Techno

Pharoahe Monch - Body Baby Remixes (Island Records)
Genre: House, R & B

Mallory O’Donnell: This single is a mixed bag to be sure, but one worth investigating, especially for those in search of rap / house crossovers that take chances, rather than skating to the easy route.

cv313 - Dimensional Space (echospace [detroit])
Genre: Techno, Dub

Henrik Schwarz - Walk Music (Moodmusic)
Genre: House, Minimal/Deep

Dennis Ferrer - Son of Raw (Locodice Remixes) (Objektivity)
Genre: Techno, Minimal/Deep

Peter Chambers: Is LocoButtrich the king of mild pitch house?

Weekly Staff Charts

Beatzcast #41: Crambe Repetita

Andrew Gaerig looks at Klaus Dinger’s post-Neu! project La Dusseldorf

Brad Luen reviews the Disco documentary The Godfather of Disco


July 9, 2007

Peter Visti - Dolly

200712"Neo-DiscoBalearic

If kitsch weren’t such a discredited term, we might be tempted to apply it to Peter Visti’s remix choices here, consisting as they do of one wan blues whitey, Dolly Parton, and the mostly forgotten disco-bowtie charlatan Taco. Luckily, Visti is so kitsch he’s beyond kitsch, especially when his nimble fingers grace the source material of our last two subjects. Parton’s “Jolene” becomes almost unrecognizable in Visti’s context, transmogrified into an unlikely underground disco smash you’re certain you heard one stoned night at the Gallery. With bass-driven meanderings and pungent synth swells supporting a filtered guitar strum, it seems Dolly can ride the analog waves as well as any old diva.

Chris Rea’s “Josephine” sounds much more true to form, although I must confess my ignorance with regards to the original track. It’s loads more atmospheric, almost to a fault, and could be any one of a number of innocuous ’80s soundtrack cuts, left out to drift in the realm of the dollar bin. Thankfully, Visti comes back with another surprise, turning the bland swing-disco pabulum of Taco’s “Puttin’ on the Ritz” into re-edit gold, morphing the groove into something that’s equal parts Kano and Nitzer Ebb. As though the cast of Fame got choked-up on crystal meth and Baudrilliard’s critical theory, the track resolutely (and brutally) demands you to get your kicks on, lest you suffer the groovy, post-modern consequences. Highly recommended for the not-so-faint of heart.

Mindless Boogie / Mindless 006
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[Mallory O’Donnell]


February 16, 2007

Peter Visti - Balearic Love

200712"Neo-DiscoBalearic

It really doesn’t come much more transparent then the title of this little ditty”Balearic Love” pretty much does what it says on the tin, which is certainly not a problem for this child. A sensuous, deep, casa de tropico number, it gets stark naked and runs around on the beach at 3 a.m. looking for hugsand we’ve only reached the halfway mark. All the touchstones are herelingering syn-strings, piano stabs, warm layers of
multiple melodic lines and drums that don’t so much drive as bolster the sexualized technology on display. There’s even an indecipherable vocal coming in at the song’s close, so you can vibe and chant away, at least until the rush cools off.

B-side “Bad Weather” mixes things up a bit and gets into squirrely funk land, which is more than finethis time the rhythm is dominant and chunky like a 1983 dance dubplate, with the layering of multiple synths as prominent as on the flip, but to the tune of a more
stark and Euro-disco beat. Though not as memorable as the A-side, it gives us a little bit more to chew on in the bottom-end department, while still retaining the lovely midi-scapes of its partner. Completely predictable, yet somehow completely awesome.

Eskimo Records / 541416 501583
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[Mallory ODonnell]