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…

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July 28, 2006

Charts: Best of 2006 (so far)

Ronan Fitzgerald

Loco Dice - Seeing Through Shadows [M_Nus]
Duoteque - Amyra [Boxer Sport]
Claude Vonstroke - The Whistler [Dirty Bird]
Gummihz - The First Time [Mobilee]
Fuckaponydelic - Switch on the Light [White]

Michael F. Gill

Albums
Luciano - Sci-Fi Hi-Fi Volume 2 [Soma]
Kiki - Boogybytes Volume 1 [Bpitch Control]
TBA Empty - Stupid Rotation [Max Ernst]
Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener [Monika]
Herbert - Scale [!K7]

Singles / EPs
Sasse - Loosing Touch [Moodmusic]
Italoboyz - The Titty Twister [Einmaleins]
Chelonis R Jones - Deer in the Headlights Remixes [Get Physical]
Escort - Starlight [Escort]
Soulphiction - Masai Mara [Philpot]

Todd Hutlock

Albums
Magda - She’s a Dancing Machine [M_nus]
V/A - Interstellar Fugitives 2: The Destruction of Order [Underground Resistance]
Burial - Burial [Hyperdub]
Booka Shade - Movements [Get Physical]
Alex Smoke - Paradolia [Soma]

Singles / EPs
Jeff Mills - Natural World [Purpose Maker]
Audion/Ellen Allien - Just a Man/Woman [Spectral Sound]
Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches [Vols. 1 and 2] [M_nus]
DJ T vs. Booka Shade - Played Runner [Get Physical]
Sleeparchive - Radio Transmission [Sleeparchive]

Colin James Nagy

Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs [City Centre Offices]
Burial - Burial [Hyperdub]
Cobblestone Jazz - Dump Truck/Peace Offering [Wagon Repair]
The Knife - Silent Shout [Rabid]
DJ Koze - Kosi Comes Around Remixes Part 1 [Kompakt]

Mallory O’Donnell

Albums
The Knife - Silent Shout [Brille/Mute]
Crowdpleaser & St. Plomb - 2006 [Mental Groove]
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Orchestra of Bubbles [BPitch Control]
Fuckpony - Children of Love [Get Physical]
Hot Chip - The Warning [DFA/Astralwerks]

Singles / EPs
Fred Falke - Omega Man [Work It Baby]
Sneak Thief - The Hollow Land [Creme Organisation]
Christopher & Raphael Just - Popper [Kitsune]
Lindstrom - Another Station [Feedelity]
Morgan Geist - Raremix [Environ]

Cameron Octigan

Gabriel Ananda & Cio D’or - Lauschgoldengel [Treibstoff]
Adam Beyer - Stereotypes [Cocoon]
Gui Boratto - Like You [Supermayer Remix] [Kompakt Pop]
Loco Dice - Orchidee [M_nus]
Misc. - Tanz Der Polymere [Hemmann & Kaden Remix] [Sender]

Nick Sylvester

01. The Knife – Silent Shout [Rabid]
02. Delia & Gavin – “Relevee (DFA Remix)” [DFA]
03. Belong – October Language [Carpark]
04. Herbert – “Something Isn’t Right” [!K7]
05. Excepter – Alternation [5RC]


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]


June 30, 2006

Charts: June 30 2006

Todd Hutlock
Black Dice – Cone Toaster [DFA]
Booka Shade – Pong Pang [Get Physical]
Burial – Pirates [Hyperdub]
Two Lone Swordsmen – Slutloop [Jockey Slut]
Cristian Vogel – Whipaspank [NovaMute]
The Illustrator – Beautiful Boxer [Underground Resistance]
Black Phuture – Unfriendly [Motech]
Ellen Allien – Just a Woman (Audion Version) [Spectral Sound]
Pantytec – Maybe Not [Perlon]
Rhythm & Sound – Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig Remix)” [Burial Mix]

Cameron Octigan
Agoria – La 11čme Marche [PIAS]
Gui Boratto – Like You (Supermayer Remix) [Kompakt]
Crystal Castles – Atlantis to Interzone (Klaxons Remix) [White]
Cio D’or – Lichtblick [Karmarouge]
Taana Gardner – Heartbeat [West End]
Kris Menace – Voyager [Compuphonic]
Métrika – Ichi [Crosstown Rebels]
Treacherous Three – Feel the Heartbeat [Enjoy]
Sven Väth & Anthony Rother – Springlove (Original) [Datapunk]
Claude Von Stroke – Seven Deadly Strokes (Patrick Chardronnet Remix) [Neuton]

Michael F. Gill
TBA Empty – Stupid Rotation [Max Ernst]
Adam Beyer – Selma’s Dream [Cocoon]
Matt John – IO [Underline]
Alex Smoke – Never Want to See You Again (Ada Remix) [Soma]
Five Deez – Black Rushmore (Force Of Nature Remix) [Rapster]
Cream De Coco – Disco Strut [Free Spirit]
TJ Swann – And You Know That [Express]
Steve Angello – Tracks [Konvex Konkav]
Jody Watley – I Love to Love [MAW]
Soulphiction – Masai Mara [Philpot]


March 10, 2006

Soulphiction - State of Euphoria

For his first full-length under his SoulPhiction guise, Michel Baumann (aka Jackmate) strays from his own Philpot label onto nearby Berlin imprint Sonar Kollektiv to deliver Germany’s best imitation of Moodymann. The faded soul samples with crackling voices, the velvety smooth Rhodes, the plush, jazzy atmosphere being interrupted by snippets of conversations: these are all tactics you’ll hear on your copy of A Silent Introduction or Black Mahogani. “Midnight Funk Infinity” even revives one of The Electrifying Mojo’s spoken introductions to the Midnight Funk Association. To Baumann’s credit, he’s able to keeps things entertaining throughout the album, shifting easily from house to R&B to a downtempo funk that’s not too far removed from a Madlib production. I’m not too sure about his jazzbo cover of Bob James “Angela” (mostly known as the theme to US sitcom “Taxi,” sounding here like it’s been rewritten for “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood,”) but at his best, like on the sparse neo-soul of “Used,” the steamy mist of the title track, or the spacey soul-house of “Transistor Slugs,” State of Euphoria is able to live up to its title.

Sonar Kollektiv / CD 008
[Michael F. Gill]


November 7, 2005

In the Mix: Michael F. Gill - “Lessons In Not Thinking #1″

The first in what will hopefully a series of manic dance mixes that spans through all kinds of new house, minimal, techno, and disco in a quick, ADD-type of fashion. 31 tracks in under 80 minutes is a bit overwhelming, and that’s exactly the point. My experience of dance music is often overwhelming, and involves hyperactive and obsessive emotions. It’s visceral and physical, a melting sigh with a craftsmen’s touch. It’s that Tuesday night at 4 am with the headphones on, lying on the kitchen floor, thinking about chaos and Taoism. Or something.

1 Yasushi Miura - Oceans (Kp, 2005)
2 G-Man - Quo Vardis (Swim~, 1995)
3 Error Error - Rotten (Italic, 2005)
4 Danton Eeprom - Oddbassliner (Virgo, 2005)
5 Chelonis R. Jones - I Don’t Know [Michael F Gil’s “Midas Touch” Mix] (Get Physical/Blank Start, 2005)
6 Robag Wruhme - Wortkabular [Luciano Remix] (Musik Krause, 2005)
7 Pier Bucci - Tita (Crosstown Rebels, 2005)
8 Pig & Dan - Love Myself (Sonic Society, 2005)
9 Henrik Schwarz - Feel Good [Juju Christian Mix] (Zeppelin Recordings, 2005)
10 Oasis - Nine (Fxhe, 2005)
11 Planck Length - Salidas (Blank Start, 2005)
12 Jesse Somfay - This Fragile Addiction (Traum, 2005)
13 Steve Barnes - Man In A Box [Jesse Somfay’s Trapped In 1981 Mix] (My Best Friend, 2005)
14 Mcfadden & Whitehead - Ain’t No Stoppin’ [Ain’t No Way] (Buddah, 1984)
15 Teena Marie - Midnight Magnet [Instrumental Version] (Epic, 1983)
16 Dandy Jack & The Junction SM - Casper House (Perlon, 2005)
17 Keith Tucker - Nemesis (Puzzlebox, 1998)
18 I’m Not A Gun - Make Sense & Loose [Ulrich Schnauss Remix] (City Centre Offices, 2003)
19 L.U.P.O. - Hell or Heaven (Low Spirit, 1990)
20 Edo Van Asseldonk - Moon 2 Moon (Phonocult, 2005)
21 DK7 - Where’s The Fun [Sweet Light Remix] (Output, 2005)
22 Ricardo Villalobos - Easy Lee [Smith & Hack Unreleased Mix Pt. 1] (Playhouse, 2004)
23 Teenage DJ - Time and Place [Disco Break] (Disco Best, 2005)
24 Amp Dog Knight - Over U (Mahoghani, 2005)
25 Schatrax - Just For Fun (Classic/Schatrax, 2001)
26 Soulphiction - What’s Your Name (Freude Am Tanzen, 2004)
27 Moodymann - LT1 #2 (KDJ, 2005)
28 Zachary Lubin - Introduction To Algorithms (6277, 2005)
29 Donato Dozzy & Exercise One - People of Paprika (Lan Muzic, 2005)
30 Dapayk & Midnight - Emergency (Fenou, 2005)
31 Ezekiel Honig - Transportation Application (Microcosm, 2005)

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