August 11, 2006

Esoterik - Starwaves


Considering his pedigree and genre-hopping, Kirk Degiorgio keeps a relatively low profile, which is a shame really. The man has made many a killer cut over the years and had a hand in the pioneering stages of many important labels and careers. But when was the last time you heard anyone mention his name, if ever? His latest release as Esoterik likely won’t go a long way to changing that, and that too, is a shame. Degiorgio’s original is a mellow Detroit-inspired track reminiscent of some of Juan Atkins’ smoother work as Model 500, among others, with big synth washes and a pulsing hi-hat pushing the groove along in that wonderful Motor City-by-way-of-Mars style. The Jimpster remix pops a bit harder, stripping things down and adding some cut-up voice and slap-bass snatches for a funky good time, while Spirit Catcher gets all retro disco by way of a clipped synth riff and some seriously tweaked vocals. Sleep on him no longer.

Freerange / FR073
[Todd Hutlock]

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 John’s 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 (Shake’s 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 – I’m Your Villain (Lindstrom Extended Mix)

May 5, 2005

Spirit Catcher - Voo Doo Knight EP / Between Brothers EP

Admit it, you always wanted to like trance. You first gave in a tiny bit with Kaito and you’re secretly looking for a little bit more. But not too hard. Well, John Tejada makes it easy for you, appearing on Spirit Catcher’s most recent 12” for the Polyphonics label by remixing the kinda-trance, kinda-electro, kinda-house “Between Brothers,” but it doesn’t hold a candle to the original, which sends reverbed shivers down the spine. It hardly gets near the massiveness of “Voo Doo Knight,” though, which jacks a Jackson bassline, rolls out Metro Area handclaps in between a cavernous bass drum, and a melody that sounds like it’s being pushed forward by a hand crank. Sure, it doesn’t beat “Street Hawk”’s spirits being caught, released, and brought back in again melody. But it comes close and it’s on the B-side. So it’s not like you’re missing out. On trance, though? Yeah, you’re definitely missing out.

Mood Music / MOOD 029
Polyphonics / PR02
[Todd Burns]