September 22, 2006

Stephen Malkmus - Kindling for the Master

Bad fodder for a dance remix if you ask me, Malkmus has at least a fighting chance here if the remixers respect his ennui and craft backdrops vox-apropos. Lo, three out of four remixers turn in really wobbly, really mid-tempo, really quote slacker grooves. Emperor Machine and Major Swellings have the same patient disco approach, but EM’s sloppy funk, klutzy bassline, and reverence for/feature of Malkmus’s vocals can’t beat MS’s sleek future-retro brood, fat one-note low-end thump, and fake theremin ghost whispers. Polmo Polpo overdoes the drum-programming and trackstuffing and ends up turning Malkmus into a poor man’s Beck circa Midnite Vultures, which probably isn’t a hard thing to do, considering that Hot Chip do pretty much the same thing with their take too (Beck post-Sea Change, pre-Guero). This could have been worse.

Domino / RUG229T
[Nick Sylvester]

July 28, 2006

Charts: July 28 2006

Guest Charts

Dave Clarke [Music Man]
Ulterior The Death of Everything [Advanced]
Smith & Selway Blink of an Eye [CDR]
Antony Rother Youth [Datapunk]
Redshape Shaped World [Delsin]
DJ XentriX Driving Higher [CDR]
Advent Templar [Etrx 30]
Noirdegout Sharks Bay [CDR]
Poni Hoax Budapest [Tigersushi]
Dcast Dynamics Trans Migrations [Southern Outpost]
Adam Jay Goathead [CDR]

Deetron [Music Man]
Claro Intelecto - Warehouse Sessions Vol. 3 [Modern Love]
Rejected - SL3 [CDR]
Cobblestone Jazz - Dumb Truck EP [Wagon Repair]
Lost Trax - The Saturiun System [SCSI]
Atjazz - For Real [Innervisions]
The Sun God - Relics & Artifacts [Frantic Flowers]
DJ Yellow Goddess [Ovum]
Ferrer & Sydenham - The back door [Ibadan]
Samuel L - Smokestack [Klap Klap]
Master H Unit - Hard time [F… U!]

DJ Strobocop [Karaoke Kalk]
DJ Jus-Ed Presents Unity Kolabo EP [Underground Quality]
L.B. Dub Corp - L.B. Dub Corp [Mote-Evolver]
Tobias Street Knowledge [Logistic]
Chicago Without Makeup [Lets Pet Puppies]
Dinky Home on a Sunday [Horizontal]
Rekid Next Stop Chicago (Jesse Rose Remix) [Rekid]
Junction SM Junction SM [Kalk Pets 06]
Cassy 1 Cassy 1 [Cassy]
Hugh Masekela The Boys Doin It (Carl Craig Remix) [Verve]
JBP Aphrotalk [Soul Jazz]

Magda [Minus]
Heartthrob - Proximation
Microfunk - The White Room
Tractile - Silent Room
Audion - Mouth to Mouth
Tractile - To Go To
Osvaldo - Valeria No More Vampires
Ryan Crosson - Squarehead
Daze Maxim - Simply Driving Gold
Seth Troxler - CLP
Elsubtracto - Box Fan
Matt Star - Art of M

Eglantine Gouzy [Monika / Osaka]
Young Marble Giants Eating Noddemix [Crepuscule]
Animal Collective Prospect Hummer [Fatcat]
Gang Gang Dance Glory in Itself [The Social Registry]
Polmo Polpo Requiem for a Fox [Constellation]
Tom ZE Toc [Luaka Bop]
Silver Apples Misty Mountains [KAPP]
Pretty Things The Good Mr Square [Snapper]
Architecture in Helsinki It’s 5 [Tailem Bend]
White Noise Love Without Sound [Polygram]
Television Personalities Velvet Underground [Domino]
Smog Rock Bottom Riser [Domino]
The Slits Earth Beat [Rough Trade]

February 24, 2005

Polmo Polpo - Kiss Me Again and Again

Polmo Polpo returns with this one-track EP showcasing a bit more bounce than previous ambient releases Alien8 and Constellation labels. Thats because hes taking on Dinosaur Ls Kiss Me Again and Again. Each element that made the original a stone-cold classic is here in some way, but theres something about the extended format and remixed elements that make this thing even stronger the second time around. For woozy dance parties and hipsters over that whole Arthur Russell thing, this ones a must-have.

Intr-Version / INEP 002V
[Todd Burns]