May 5, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 18

Phobia - Phobia (DJ Hell / Silence Mix) (International Deejay Gigolos)
Genre: Techno, Electro-House

Michael F. Gill: DJ Hell just seems to fill in the blanks in making it sound contemporary, basically giving it a sleeker drum kit and some reserved acid lines; the source material does the rest of the heavy lifting effortlessly.

Junior Boys - Dead Horse EP (Domino)
Genre: Indie-Dance, Techno

Unit Black Flight - Where Is Carlos (Strange Life)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Italo

Andres Bucci - Chocopanda EP (Kupei Musika)
Genre: Minimal/Tech

Todd Hutlock: Andres may not be the most famous of the three Chilean Bucci brothers—that distinction would go to his brother Pier—but as his debut solo release proves, he might just be the funkiest.

Chromeo - Fancy Footwork Remixes (Turbo)
Genre: Indie-Dance, Electro-House

Moodymann - technologystolemyvinyle (KDJ)
Genre: Detroit, House

Peter Chambers: The irony might be that this is worth downloading, but not buying.

Daso - Absinthe EP (Connaisseur Recordings)
Genre: Electro-House, Minimal/Deep

In Flagranti - Intergalactic Bubblegum (Codek)
Genre: Indie-Dance

Weekly Staff Charts
Beatzcast #31: Crambe Repetita

Nick Sylvester’s review of Kathy Diamond’s Miss Diamond To You


May 2, 2007

Andres Bucci - Chocopanda EP

Andres may not be the most famous of the three Chilean Bucci brothers—that distinction would go to his brother Pier—but as his debut solo release proves, he might just be the funkiest. Opener “Get Up” bounces around with some inspired, elastic layers of percussion, shifting time signatures, and a schwerving bottom end, conjuring classic Mr. Oizo crossed with Villalobos and Luciano. “Sentinel” follows the same sonic template, albeit with a more consistent, insistent rhythm track, but still abuzz with echoing perc and rubbery static bass tones.

On the flip, Dandy Jack and the Vitteloni rework “Get Up” into a spaced-out abstraction that shuffles along until a more standard kicking rhythm comes in upon which to hang the stretched and turned noises from the original, as well as some well-placed and apparently friendly UFOs. Bucci’s version is more inventive, but those looking for something to mix with should head here. All in all, an impressive debut that twitches around with the best of his countrymen’s work.

Kupei Musika / 12S06
[Listen]
[Todd Hutlock]


January 19, 2007

Charts: January 19 2007

Michael F. Gill
Sylvester – I Need You (Dim’s Maxi Disco Blend) [ITH Records]
Remute – Bounce 23 [Trapez]
V/A - This Is Rong Music [Rong Music]
Lil Louis - I Called You (The Story Continues) [Epic]
E-Dancer - Oombah [Planet E]
Midnightrats - Goalmaker [Magic Circus]
Macho Cat Garage - Ghetto Blues [Viewlexx]
V/A - Make Me What [Minisketch]
Benfay - Pink Silk Panties (Bang Goes Remix) [Stattmusik]
The Nova Dream Sequence - Interpretations [Compost]

Todd Hutlock
Depeche Mode - People Are People (Underground Resistance Remix) [Mute]
Tomas Andersson - Mot Matsalen! [Bpitch Control]
Radio Slave - Weeeze [Rekids]
Theo Parrish - Falling Up (Technasia Rmx) [Third Ear/Syncrophone]
Hot Chip - Over And Over (Naum Gabo Remix) [Astralwerks/DFA]
False - Kickball [Plus 8]
Thomas Fehlmann - Dusted [Kompakt]
Pier Bucci - L’nuit (Dominik Eulberg Mix) [Crosstown Rebels]
Booka Shade - In White Rooms (Shinedoe Remix) [Get Physical]
Nitzer Ebb - Control I’m Here (Superchumbo Dub) [NovaMute]


December 8, 2006

Charts: December 8 2006

Todd Hutlock
Pier Bucci - Instinct [Crosstown Rebels]
Radioactive Man - Itisanditisnt [Rotters Golf Club]
Vince Watson - Renaissance [Planet E]
Baby Ford - Beach Bump (Wildflower Mix) [Rhythm King]
Point Blank - Frug [Phono]
Loco Dice - Vamos a Cali [Cadenza]
Thomas P. Heckmann - Strobe [Bpitch Control]
False - .Wav Pool [Plus 8]
Hecker - Untitled (KIT 001) [Rephlex]
Compass - Gliding [Cabinet]

Mallory O’Donnell
Tomboy – 4 [Gomma]
Ost & Kjex - How Not to Be a Biscuit [Crosstown Rebels]
Thomas P. Heckmann – Medusa [BPitch Control]
Bangkok Impact - Aus Birgittes Tagebuch [Crčme Organization]
Kudu - Playing House [Nublu]
Escort – Karawane [Escort]
Luciano - For Disco Only [For Disco Only]
Smackos - Waiting For the Red Bear [Strange Life]

Michael F. Gill
Daniele Baldelli - Cosmic Sound [Mediane]
Ricardo Villalobos – Africolaps [Perlon]
Dirty Minds – I Want U (Dub) [Eskimo]
John Dahlback – Our Song [Pickadoll]
Rude 66 – Break The Silence [Vynalogica]
Bertine Zetlitz – Girl Like You [EMI]
DJ Assault – Crank This Mutha [Booty Wax]
Jimmy Ross – Fall Into a Trance [Quality / RFC]
Walter Gibbons – Mixed With Love [Salsoul]
Philip Glass – Prophecies [Nonesuch]


November 3, 2006

Detalles - Hello Donee EP

Kate Simko and one of the Bucci bros. (not Pier) reunite after a long sit-down with the minimal playbook and bring two new tracks, “Hello Donee” and “Move On,” in advance of their forthcoming full-length. Detalles’ discography consists of a single full-length on Traum, released a few months before Cologne became the epicenter of neu-teuton cool. On “Hello Donee,” the duo makes moves like they’re trying to catch up, even as they’re weighed down by Simko’s welcome melodic sense and down-pillow beats. It’s perfect for a Pier Bucci remix and, a few noogies later, that’s what we get: Pier’s more assured beat-construction lending better troughs for the melody to wallow, writhe, and worm around in. “Move On” is closer to Detalles’ earlier work, giving up stiff-house beats for chunkier concerns that act as poles around which the duo’s sedate melody glides passively. Before you say glorious Sunday drive, though, we get Jonas Bering’s mix—an effort that comes close to the neu-teuton cool espoused by Dettinger back in the day.

Kupei / 12S05
[Todd Burns]


October 6, 2006

Charts: October 6 2006

Guest Chart: Steve Bug, Poker Flat

Extraproduktionen - Subgreen (Arto Mwambe Mix) [Brontosaurus]
Ian O’Brien - Totally Alright (Martin Buttrich Mix) [Virgin]
Ben Westbeech - So Good Today (Yoruba Soul Mix) [Brownswood]
Das Bierbeben - Alles Fällt (Losoul Mix) [Shitkatapult]
Stefan Goldmann - Sleepy Hollow [Innercity Visions]
Cle & Mike Vamp - Maisonette (All Mixes) [Dessous]
Gummihz - Isolate (Sebo K Mix) [Mobile]
Dan Berkson & James What - Mescalincircus [Poker Flat]
Abe Duque - When The Fever Breaks [Abe Duque Records]
Studiogemeinschaft - Employee [Treibstoff]

Todd Hutlock
Afternoon Coffee Boys - Busted Speaker Brew [Clink]
Ricardo Villalobos - Bach to Back [Playhouse]
Markus Nikolai - Bushes (Freaks In Outer Space Dub) [Perlon]
Jay Haze - Change Something (Pier Bucci Remix) [Contexterrior]
Shane Berry - Fillertet 2 (Dominik Eulberg Remix) [Trapez LTD]
Anthony Shakir - Sermon [Sublime]
Justin Martin & Sammy D - Swamp Thang (Claude VonStroke Swamp Rat Mix) [Dirtybird]
Kenny Leaven - Feeling Spicy [Traum]
Alexi Delano & Xpansul - Vegetotherapy [Plus 8]
Davidovitch - Insider [Kompakt]

Ronan Fitzgerald
Gummihz - Isolate (Sebo K Remix) [Mobilee]
Solieb - Isotropy (Lazy Fat People Remix) [Maschine]
Rekorder - 6 – [Rekorder]
Jens Bond - Rocket Queen [Highgrade]
Stefan Goldmann and Ame - Sleepy Hollow Version [Innervisions]
Argenix and Samim - Sabor EP [Tuning Spork Family Affair]
Anja Schneider - Addicted (Gummihz Mix) - [Mobilee]
Juergens - Love It [Room Recordings]
Shonky - Closer To Pluton [Resopal Red]
Kollektiv Turmstrasse - Disconnect EP [Ostwind]

Mallory O’Donnell
Lindstrom - Arp She Said [Smalltown Supersound]
Erasure - Fingers & Thumbs (Cold Summer’s Day) (Fingers In Crumbs) [Mute]
Peru - Oriental – [Red Bullet / Compost]
Tetine - A Historia De Garca [Soul Jazz]
Dexter Vs. Cosmic Force - Drum Techniek [Marguerita ]
Sneak Thief - Body Militia [Voltage Musique]
Underworld – Cowgirl [Junior Boy’s Own]

Michael F. Gill
Pinktronix – Booty Sez (Juho Kahilainen rmx) [Elettrica]
The It - Donnie (Ron Hardy mix) [DJ International]
Public Energy - Three ‘O Three [Probe Records]
Ministry - I Wanted to Tell Her [Arista]
George Clinton - Erotic City [Fox Records]
Contemporary Household – She Said (Toktok remix) [Bomzh]
XR7 – XR7 [Quality Records]
Galaxy – Dancing Tight [Island/Ensign]
Sven Weisemann – Slices [Liebe Detail]
Ginny - Can’t Be Serious [VM Records]


September 8, 2006

Charts: September 8 2006

Todd Hutlock
Shinedoe - Seek And You Will Find [100% Pure]
Ican - A Quien [Planet E]
Audion - Mouth to Mouth [Spectral Sound]
Daniel Stefanik - Move Me (Guido Schneider’s Dark Side of the Moon Mix) [Moon Harbour]
Musical Science - Musical Science (Squelch Mix) [Sabres of Paradise]
Two Lone Swordsmen - Felt Under Pressure [Firewire]
Galaxy 2 Galaxy - Afros, Arps, and Minimoogs [Underground Resistance]
Spektrum - May Day (DJ T. Remix) [Spektrum]
Pier Bucci - Junk [Cocoon]
Dominik Eulberg - Der Buchdrucker [Traum Schallplatten]

Mallory O’Donnelll
Daso - Sam N Max [Conaisseur]
Booka Shade - In White Rooms (Mexico Mix) [Get Physical]
Kerrier District - Sho U Rite [Rephlex]
Kelis - Bossy (Alan Braxe & Fred Falke Remix) [Virgin]
Arthur Russell - Springfield (DFA Remix) [Audika]
Justin Timberlake - Future Sex / Love Sounds [Jive]
Beyonce - Get Me Bodied (Remix) [Columbia]

Michael F. Gill
Lee Douglas – Same Changes [Rong]
Lindsay J & Sneak Thief – Open The Door (Imatran Voima Remix) [Mighty Robot]
Spice Girls – Holler (Masters At Work Remixes) [Virgin]
P’taah – Staring At The Sun (Atjazz Remix) [Ubiquity]
Demon vs Heartbreaker - You are My High [20000st]
Pete Shelley – Witness The Change (Dub) [Arista]
P. Lightfoot – The Drive [Recycled Records]
Patti Jo – Make me Believe In You [Scepter / Souljazz]
Alden Tyrell feat. Fred Ventura – Love Explosion ‘05 [Clone]
Carlton & The Shoes – Love Me Forever [Trojan]


July 14, 2006

Soulphiction - Masai Mara / Keekorok

200612"HouseBalearic

Released on his own imprint, Philpot Records, Soul Phiction’s newest 12” is a psyched-out techno exploration of live string and drum sounds. Although not directly related to the Chilean troika of Pier Bucci, Luciano, or Villalobos, Phiction shares (here, at least) their focus on percussion that pounds, while leaving enough room for other elements to maneuver about. A-side destroyer “Masai Mara” begins with a loose snare and heavy bass drum that beat the shit out of your ears until accompanied by a crisp arpeggio and space synth duo that changes the entire feel. Going from a Latin cadence to a nearly Balearic anthem, “Masai” is at home among more minimal tracks but stands out as something altogether new. Unrelenting B-side banger “Keekorok” manages to travel back earlier in the night, bring the tempo up, and drift further into space. With an EQ that stresses the high-end of the synths and a melody reminiscent of leftfield theremin explorations, the sense of tension and confusion continues to rise until the beats drops one final time and Phiction’s vessel loses all contact with mission control. Essential.

Philpot / PHP 017
[Cameron Octigan]


April 10, 2006

Ellen Allien & Apparat - Turbo Dreams (Remixes)

The first single from one of the best records of the year thus far, “Turbo Dreams” seems a bit playing-it-safe to me. With such dynamic, near-pop songs coming later in the record, this is one of the more traditional numbers. Still, it’s a solid tune—muted guitar tones mixed with breaths, tension prolonged to the point where it becomes release—kind of like huffing and puffing to push your bike up the hill, then swoosh! Off you go. With everything that’s going on here, all that Pier Bucci and Marc Houle can do is take things away. Bucci opts to focus on the feeling of motion, giving us an elegant 4 a.m. ride through windswept vistas, refining out the sweatier aspects of the original. With the Marc Houle remix it’s all about propulsion—a headbanging, tart synth line that jitters in and out of echobox drums and stop-start slaps. One goes forward, one goes up and down. Both get to the same place, and do so with class.

Bpitch Control / 124
[Mallory O’Donnell]


April 10, 2006

Charts: April 10 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
Pier Bucci - L’nuit (Dominik Eulberg Remix)
Jimmy Edgar - My Beats
Linus Loves - The Terrace
Mystery Jets - The Boy Who Ran Away (Riton Re-Rub)
Mash - Somebody’s Property (Zones Mix)
The SOS Band - Just Be Good to Me
New Order - Blue Monday 1988
Palermo Disko Machine - Shake Dat Shit
Lindstrom - I Feel Space (Freeform Five Remix)

Cameron Octigan
Claro Intelecto - Peace of Mind
Defender – Bliss
Dexter – Acid Lullaby
Fairmont – Gazebo (Sebastian Léger Remix)
Gabriel Ananda – Ihre Personliche Glucksmelodie
Lindstrom – I Feel Space (Freeform Five Remix)
Marek Bois – You Got Good Ash
The Rice Twins – For Penny and Alexis
Royksopp – Beautiful Day Without You (Rex the Dog Remix)
Sebastian – Smoking Kills

Michael F. Gill
Chateau Flight - Cosmic Race
Aqua Bassino - I’m a Believer
Onur Özer - Twilight
Four Below Zero - My Baby’s Got ESP
Blake Baxter - Sexuality
Maurizio – Domina (Carl Craig’s Mind Mix)
Sun Palace - Rude Movements
Sing-Sing - Hit & Run
LB - Ashes To Ashes
Fingers Inc - Distant Planet


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