May 20, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 20

Battles - Atlas (Warp Records)
Genre: Leftfield

Peter Chambers: The two tracks seem to wind into each other, not so much remixes as silent halves of the other that mutually intimate, stroke, and ground. The diehard math-rockers will hate it, and it’s too weird for the functionally-obsessed dancefloors of the world, but that’s (also) why it’s one of the more interesting EPs of the year so far.

Water Lilly - Invisible Ink (Mental Groove)
Genre: Electro-House, Minimal/Deep

Minilogue - Elephant Parade (Wagon Repair)
Genre: Minimal/Tech

Nate DeYoung: I’ve been told that Elephant Parade is a snorefest, and while I’m sure that’s the case for most people, I sleep on my belly.

Solomun & Stimming - Feuer & Eis (Diynamic)
Genre: House, Minimal/Deep

Escort - All Through The Night (Escort)
Genre: Disco

John Daly - Sky Dive (Plak Records)
Genre: Techno, Detroit

Skatebard - Vuelo (Radius)
Genre: Neo-Disco

Nick Sylvester: Makes me wonder whether I would have liked that Sally Shapiro album more if there was, cough, less Sally Shapiro.

Selway and Vincenzo - Dream Stealer (CSM)
Genre: Minimal/Deep

Weekly Staff Charts

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May 17, 2007

Skatebard - Vuelo

200712"Neo-Disco

Way back in 2004 when I didn’t know techno from the sounds my backside makes after a night of too much hummus, Skatebard was an ultra-obscure contributor to Erlend Řye’s DJ Kicks outing, with a four-on-the-floor high-treble UR-like banger called “Metal Chix.” In 2006, the Nordic producer gave us Midnight Magic, which was mostly chillout music and mostly a letdown. Tempo-wise Vuelo splits the difference, but this might be Skatebard’s best outing yet: two tracks of forlorn italo-disco, one track of Lindstrřm-like downtempo space music (”Celluloid Mirage”), and one massively rhythmic, melodically impressionistic techno track akin to Booka Shade or Gui Boratto (”Holidays On Ice In Space”). The italo tracks are tops: understated melodies over the standard italo bubble, percussion underneath either going through various tweaks to reverb and modulations (”Vuelo”) or just overwhelming the lines with massive claps and more twittering hi-hat sounds, all of it dissipating upon contact (”June Nights South of Siena”). Makes me wonder whether I would have liked that Sally Shapiro album more if there was, cough, less Sally Shapiro.

Radius / RAD 012
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[Nick Sylvester]


March 2, 2007

Trippy Disco - What I Did On My Summer Holidays

200712"Neo-Disco

Crap name, but an apt one. In “Miami Playa,” phase-shifting oscillators mime the action of slow waves rolling in across your toes while you walk to the sweet beach party you can just hear the thumping of. It’s a little bit further away with the “Miami Playa Version,” but by “Mote I Verdensrommet” you’ve realized that the damn party was on the other side of the Port Olimpic the whole time. Things are looking up, and “Frankfurt in Fifteen,” which clocks in at half of that, is the last and possibly best take on the same set of themes, with slow and ornate revolving patterns in the background and a highly-mobile squiggle and bassline in the fore. Coming from the N.E.W.S. family in Belgium, this is a nicely-rounded EP with something for the dancers and something for your downtempo set that doesn’t reek of acid jazz.

Radius / Rad 010
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[Mallory O’Donnell]


March 2, 2007

Charts: March 2 2007

Mallory O’Donnell
Trippy Disco - Frankfurt in Fifteen [Radius]
Maximilian Skiba - Apple of Disco EP [Terranova]
Chris Rea - On the Beach (Tangoterje Edit) [Balearic Biscuits]
Tackhead - The Game [4th & Broadway]
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch (Hot Chip Remix) [Island]
Galen - Playing Games [Utensil]
Evelyn “Champagne” King - Shame / Nobody Knows [RCA]
Shades of Love - Keep In Touch [Body to Body] (Instrumental Version) [Venture]
V/A - Music of Quality & Distinction, Volume One [Virgin]
V/A - Dirty Edits 2-5 [Dirty Edits]

Todd Hutlock
Andy Stott - Handle With Care [Modern Love]
Hĺkan Lidbo - This Looks Infected, Doesn’t It? [Musick]
Porter Ricks - Scuba Lounge [Mille Plateaux]
Beck - Cellphone’s Dead (Villalobos Entlebuch Remix) [Geffen]
Luciano - Keridos [Cadenza Split Composition]
Rod Modell – Avionics [Echocord]
Cortney Tidwell - Don’t Let The Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan Pearson Long Vox) – [Ever]
JTC – Trancender [Crčme Organization]
tobias. – Dial [Logistic]
Ace Frehley - New York Groove [Casablanca]

Michael F. Gill
San Proper & Tom Trago – Catterpillar Butter Plus (Proper’s Mixdown) [Rush Hour Recordings]
Mark Broom – Upside Down [Pure Plastic]
John Thomas – Magic [Logistic]
Oaysis – Incredible Bass (Slipmatt remix) [Vicious Vinyl]
Lopazz – I Need Ya [Output]
George Demure – Sister Valhalla [Tirk]
Keith Hudson – Nuh Skin Up [Greensleaves]
Shackleton – Blood On My Hands [Skull Disco]
Shed – Well Done [Soloaction]
Steve Doesn’t Drive – Woman & Car [Did Records]