June 24, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 25

Chymera - Satura / Arabesque (Tishomingo)
Genre: Progressive/Trance, Minimal/Deep

Nina Phillips: How else to revel in the neo-prog essentials? Deep Connaisseur chords and a lithe melody line cutting over top, natch.

Baldelli / Dionogi - Cosmicdiba 2007 (Gomma)
Genre: Neo-Disco, New Wave/Synth

Dopplereffekt / Los Angeles TF / Mike Dunn - Gesamtkunstwerk / Magical Body / So Let It Be House (Clone Classic Cuts)
Genre: Chicago, Electro, Italo

From The Archives #2

Skatebard - Marimba (Supersoul Recordings)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Minimal/Deep

Nick Sylvester: Something like “Feed The Mood” after two decades of looped disintegration, or really any children’s toy on its last five or six seconds of battery life, “Marimba” pines for early Detroit through a fog of tired synths and last-legged drum machine clatter, and yes there are marimbas.

Cassy / A Guy Called Gerald - Somelightuntothenight / Bodecka (Beatstreet Berlin)
Genre: House

Peter Chambers: The whole EP here is old-school, or the classic house sound – just the basics, no faffing around. These tracks don’t have to unfold, they’re already laid out.

INFLUX #004: CHELONIS R. JONES

Stylus editor Todd Burns talked to Jones about his upcoming album Chatterton, the cover art to Dislocated Genius, and what’s it like to be the “Franz Kafka of electro-pop”…

Beatzcast #38: Crambe Repetita

Weekly Staff Charts


June 21, 2007

Skatebard - Marimba

Something like “Feed The Mood” after two decades of looped disintegration, or really any children’s toy on its last five or six seconds of battery life, “Marimba” pines for early Detroit through a fog of tired synths and last-legged drum machine clatter, and yes there are marimbas. I have to say this one took me a while, especially after the hardhitting Vuelo EP. “Marimba” is just so impressionistic, never really progressing toward an end, and you have to be in the right mood for that. That said I wouldn’t be surprised to see new faith in slo-mo disco give rise to more slo-mo techno like this, the wooze of 45-at-33 irresistible and hardly sarcastic when done proper. On the flip: “Pagans” is a simple minor arpeggio set to an equally simplistic rise-and-fall discobeat, with Metroid-like blasts of synth here and there but nothing truly moving until this wailing mechanical duet that recalls The Knife’s “The Captain.” I’m this close to editing that part out of the hodgepodge and leaving the rest.

Supersoul / SSREC 0056
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[Nick Sylvester]


February 16, 2007

Strangelets - Riot On Planet 10

The bassline, which hammers on every couple bars and I guess is supposed to be funky, isn’t so great, but otherwise this Soulwax Nite Versions-type electro grinder has a lot of forward driving motion. If it ends up a transition track for the indie-dance set, so be it. The pulsing rootnote synths, pushed way back and moving up ever so slowly, have a lot to do with the propulsion, so do the acidic accents, no surprise then that both Blitz Gramsci and Mock & Toof refocus their remixes there. BG moves the pulse centerstage and doubles it up so it rumbles italo-style, while Mock & Toof hollow out the track’s midsection to make room for atonal leftfield electro-type embellishments.

Supersoul Recordings / SSREC002
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[Nick Sylvester]


August 25, 2006

Xaver Naudascher - Motor City / Lost

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Motor City being Detroit, the flat, rattling synth riddim that forms the a-side’s base should surprise nobody. It could have come off the first Plastikman album or a less neurotic Basic Channel twelve, so God bless Naudascher for his honesty and humility. That said, X.N. goes beyond homage. First are the monstrous 70s cockrock tom solos, not unlike beardo Rub-N-Tug’s infatuation with big drum sounds in small places. And while he could have settled there, Naudascher puts the grooves in service of a twerpy, strangled, albeit utterly hypnotic synth melody—what I imagine “Axel F” must have sounded like in 1984—complete with before-the-storm swells, sirens, and other embellishments normally reserved for trance. B-side “Lost” has robot voices and countoffs and wide hi-hat sounds and acid ticks and rocker squelches like any Detroit terror techno track—totally fine, but a tough sell after the wide-reaching topside.

Supersoul Recordings / SSREC001
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[Nick Sylvester]