July 28, 2006

Steadycam - Dull in Minor

Ronan Fitzgerald: Steadycam releases another massive sounding record on K2, after the excellent “Knock Kneed.” His bizarre style, faintly retro, but not pillaging from the same eras as everyone else, continues to bear dark techno fruit. “Kidney Issues” is probably his most accessible track to date, brutally simple glam-house. The title cut is more similar to the minimal techno of his previous releases, with the trademark dry and heavy sounding Steadycam snare riding over some lush 303 and keyboards that would probably sound more at home on Kompakt proper rather than K2.

Cameron Macdonald: Please don’t mistake the title track for Italo-disco. Consider it the soundtrack to an after-school TV special for when the troubled teen protagonist cannot decide between suicide, dope, calling his ex- and then hanging up, or hiding in a fort built out of couch cushions. On the flip, “Kidney Issues” fits well with Kompakt’s reputation for minimal techno hypnosis, Steadycam autopilots a ceiling fan-chug of a rhythm on his electro-synth and trots on a steady, up-tempo stomp. Its droning, locked-groove could have veered off-road and into a cornfield just to keep the music interesting, but it’s better than hiding beneath a pile of cushions.

K2 / K2/14

May 5, 2006

Charts: May 5 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
Sten - Third Season
Todosantos - Bahia
Shit Robot - Triumph
Telex - How Do You Dance (Tomboy Remix)
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - En Dag I Mai
Trussel - Love Injection
Stephanie Mills - You Can Get Over
Ashford & Simpson - Street Corner

Ronan Fitzgerald
Steadycam - Knock-Kneed
Anja Schneider - Lily of the Valley
Tabula Rasa - Argon
Dada Life - Bigtime (Linus Loves Mix)
Eyerer and Chopstick - Electric (Williams Mix)
Booka Shade - Movements
I-Robots - Spacer Frau (Boys Noize Mix)
Dash Dude - Revenge of the Nerd (Argy Mix)
M.A.N.D.Y.- Jah (Jona Mix)
Tiga - Essential Mix (Radio 1)

Cameron Octigan
Clashing Egos – Aminjig Nebere (I Trust You) (Joakim’s Afrobot mix)
Daft Punk – Burnin’
Double Vision – Clock on the Wall
First Choice – Double Cross
In Flagranti – Genital Blue Room
Luomo – What Good
Matt John – Joker Family Park Two
Plastikman – Spastik
The Rice Twins – For Penny and Alexis
Skyy – Let’s Turn It Out

Todd Hutlock
Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches (Too Many Bitches Makeover)
69 - Pungtang (Original)
Two Lone Swordsmen - Glide-By Shooting
808 State - Pacific 313
Adam Kroll - Squonk
James Cotton - T-Y-O-C Painkillers (2 AM/FM Remix)
Matt John - Joker Family Park Two
Espiritu - Conquistador (Sabres of Paradise No. 3 Mix)
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Inglan Is a Bitch
Rhythm & Sound - Free for All (Soundstream Remix)

Michael F. Gill
Various Artists - Studio One Soul
Yello - Forward Pussy Cat
Sunbelt - Spin It
Lime - You’re My Magician
Extras - Haven’t Been Funked Enough (Instrumental)
Sly Mongoose - Snakes & Ladder (Rub N Tug Mix)
Avril - French Kiss
Petter - All Together
Paul Nazca – Verdure
Terrence Dixon – Detroit City Lights

September 22, 2005

Steadycam - Ding

New Kompakt label K2 marks its inaugural release with, uh, Steadycam. No worries, though, the label is intended to showcase up-and-coming producers. And while none of the tracks are exactly stand-outs, they’re all of the sort of Kompakt quality that makes their releases hardly worth mentioning anymore. The A-side is “Caress”’ micro-edits and propulsive bass and “Stay There”’s abstracto-dub-house which owes more than a little bit to Mikkel Metal. On the flipside, “Ding” gets more acidic as the track rolls along, while “Allvar” takes some knifing synth stabs and runs them through the sequencer for the majority of its rhythmic and melodic elements.

K2 / K2/01
[Todd Burns]