March 14, 2007

Moonbeam - Eclipse / Sunshine

Triple R’s got a spy in Moscow, or at least a summer house. Yet Moonbeam, his latest Russian import, are a perfect fit for Traum, delivering two luminous tech-house tracks with sweetly detached melodies. Like their countrymen SCSI-9, everything here has been polished until it shines, so even the pulsing minor-key melody of “Eclipse” ends up with a stronger sense of wonder than melancholy. “Sunshine” is where it’s at though, showing its potency through a lulling synth loop that is effectively hypnotic, no matter how many sprightly prog-house melodies they throw on top of it.

Traum / TRAUM V82
[Michael F Gill]

December 22, 2006

2006 Year In Review: Individual Writer Lists

As a companion piece to our 2006 year in review, here are the individual lists/charts from each of our contributors. Happy reading…


June 2, 2006

Charts: June 2 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
Eve Massacre - When Silhouettes Cry
Cassie - Just Friends
Christopher & Raphael Just - Popper ft. Fox N’ Wolf
The Flirts - Passion
Gabriel Ananda - Ihre Personliche Glucksmelodie (Freeform Five Remix)
Adam Sky - Ape-X
Prince - Cindy C (Jaksoul’s Basilika Edit)
Momus - Lord of the Dance
Rekid - Retroactive

Todd Hutlock
Tres Demented - Shez Satan
Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches (Matt Johns 25 Pitches Remix)
James Cotton - Oochie Coo
Kid 606 - Pretty Girls Make Raves EP
DJ 3000 - Ancestors (Fabrice Lig Remix)
Audio Werner - Trust
Loco Dice - Menina Brasileira
Mr. Motech - Merchants of Identity
DJ Rolando - Jaguar (Mayday Dub)
Osborne - Bout Ready to Jak (Shakes Mix)

Cameron Octigan
Gabriel Ananda & Cio D’or - Lauschgoldengel
Can - I’m So Green
Cluster & Brian Eno - Hollywood
Luomo - The Present Lover
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler
Skyy - Let’s Turn it Out
John Tejada - The End of it All
Satoshi Tomiie - Glow (Spirit Catcher Remix)
Alden Tyrell - Knockers
Zongamin Spiral

Nate De Young
Auto Repeat - Auto Disco (Soundhack remix)
Giorgio Gigli - Geometrik Forms EP
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Revelee (Carl Craig Remix)
Audio Werner - Trust
Unai - A Love Moderne
Skull Disco - Shackleton
Tolga Fidan - Now I’m Weak
Anja Schneider - Lily of the Valley

Michael F. Gill
J.M. Silk All in Vain
Band of South Sensitive
Ron Trent Altered States
Karen Young Deetour
SCSI-9 On the Edge
Remute & Riley Reinhold Polyester
Gary Low I Want You
Swingle Sisters Aria
Mark Conner - I Got Eyes
Franz Ferdinand Im Your Villain (Lindstrom Extended Mix)

April 24, 2006

SCSI-9 Puzzle EP

Ah, those Russians… If I’ve learned one thing from the constant stream of new techno I’ve been privileged to hear via this column, it’s that I listened to SCSI-9’s debut album in entirely the wrong circumstances (while at work) and relegated it to second-tier status far too quickly. Each release I hear from these cats adds a new layer of energy and accessibility, and this three-track single is no exception. Slick, trimmed-down beauty is the order of the day, juggling aesthetic validity with an untrammeled purity of motion. Minimal electronic music is not something that normally motivates me to do much besides nod along, but the way SCSI-9 lay it down, moving my body and my head aren’t mutually exclusive.

Phlegmatek / 001
[Mallory ODonnell]

April 10, 2006

SCSI-9 - Transsibirski Express

Now, Russian techno music is not going to be something most of us have heard a lot of. From what I understand, there’s a great scene arising out there, but SCSI-9 are one of the first acts to poke their head out. If they are any indicator, however, we may have some exciting times ahead. As with their sublime “All She Wants Is,” released on Kompakt in ‘03, the key is the delicate balancing act that the duo undertakes between dusky and feathery, lush and strident, warm and chilly. “Pour Ne Pas Perdre Le Coeur Da” starts us off with a tranquil landscape interjected with creaky bells and whistles, like sounds from nature viewed through a fractured lens. “Transsibirski Express” (wink, wink) takes the boys from Dusseldorf on a trip through high steppes and tundra plains, a bold premise to be sure, but one that succeeds and wins them points for cheekiness infused with an appropriate reverence. “Woodman,” which rounds out this three-tracker, is a different proposition entirely. The shifty, unsettling side of the “Pour Ne Pas…” coin, this time the shadows are thicker and those distorted natural sounds have something of the supernatural about them. Still, with so much depth and humanity to their music, its no surprise it ends being more than a mere freaky soundscape. Top shelf electronica for a Sunday morning when one is bruised but hopeful.

Neuton / 022
[Mallory ODonnell]

March 10, 2006

Charts: March 10 2006

Mallory ODonnell
Soft Cell - Seedy Films
Gaznevada - IC Love Affair (Chinese Version)
Kano - Baby Not Tonight
Erasure - Love to Hate You
Gwen Guthrie - Seventh Heaven (Larry Levan Remix)
Don Ray - Standing in the Rain
Telex - Moskow Diskow
Machine - There But For the Grace of God Go I (Remix)
Underworld - Dirty Epic
New Order - Video 5.8.6

Cameron Octigan
Alexander Robotnik - Problemes Damour
Claro Intelecto Peace of Mind
Claude Von Stroke - Chimps
Joakim - Wish You Were Gone (Dub)
Konrad Black - Medusa Smile (Don\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’t Look Back)
Lifelike & Kris Menace - Discopolis
Mathew Jonson - Decompression
Mikkel Metal - Victimizer
Nathan Fake - Charlies House (Apparat Remix)
Scsi-9 - On The Edge
Sebastian - Smoking Lills

Nate DeYoung
Sleeparchive - Radio Transmission
Mobius Band The Loving Sounds of Static (Junior Boys Remix)
Peter Grummich - The Roll
Mark Broom - From London with Love…
Pantytec - Maybe
Break 3000 - Lights
Delon + Dalcan - La Migale Infernale
Daso - Go Upstairs
Jonas Bering - Behind this Silence
Nhar - Adrenochrome EP

Michael F. Gill
DJ Goon & DJ Koyote - Diamond Grills
Marcellus Pittman - M. Pittman EP #2
Fuckpony Dave Brubeck
Fela Kuti Ako
Quentin Harris - Lets Be Young
Sutekh Fire Weather
Virgo Mechanically Replayed
Barbara Mason Yes, Im Ready
Kid You Dont Like My Music (Hupendi Muzikil Wangu)
E.G. Daily Say It Say It

February 10, 2006

Telex - On the Road Again

It’s been a rather long time since we had new music from Belgiums Telex, 20 years to be exact. In a sense, they never really lefttracks like “Moskow Diskow” have been staples all throughout the disco, house and techno eras. Reminiscent of Kraftwerk but with an added dose of humanity, the LED-eyed soul of “On the Road Again” is charming, sexy and addictive techno-pop. Not quite as chunky-funky as their 80’s work and also supremely conscious of current trends in electronic dance music, this is nonetheless a gorgeous comeback. Since no original version is included on this release, I can only infer what it sounds like, but the four versions presented here are all quality. Jo Bogaert gives us a sleek, nimble take, reminiscent of warm minimalists like Alex Smoke and SCSI-9. Flipping the script considerably is Marco Passarani, who jacks the crap out of you with his killer house remix, six minutes of wiggly synth, dreamy pads and bleepy, buoyant bliss. The Telex Remix occupies the middle ground between sharp, punchy electronics and the feel of their classic material, while Playgroup turn in a moody, genre-less rework that delves into blurry ambience, heavy echo effects and percussive breakdowns to maximize the psychedelic feel of Telex’s deep-space techno without sacrificing danceability.

Labels / 0946 3455691 0
[Mallory ODonnell]

January 5, 2006

SCSI-9 - On The Edge

The kids seem to like it, and you cant really argue with SCSI-9s dream-house title track construction: the song is much like fellow Kompakt cohort Pass Into Silences ambient pudding: goes down nicely without a hint of bitterness: be careful, though: too much of this and you may find yourself playing Sweets & Love for a friend. This is 4 AM music. Not 8 PM.

Kompakt / KOM 129
[Todd Burns]