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…


August 25, 2006

Telex - Do Worry Remixes


Perhaps the world at large has yet to embrace Telex, returned from an indefinable hiatus to plague us with delicious synthpop ditties, but one gets the feeling it doesn’t really matter to these Belgian pranksters. Lacing their “Do Worry” with typical analog swoops and absurdist sub-Kraftwerk vocalising, they’re hardly a revolutionary outfit - especially in these recycling-conscious times - but luckily they’ve added a stupid-clever “woops” line to their Star Wars synth-stabbing and motorik churning. Spanned across four remixes, it’s a bit too much of a good thing, but their space-disco lineage is made apparent in the jazz-on-phasers Lindstrom rework and the quite-ready-for-prime-time Bangkok Impact (it’s called album #2, Sami, album fucking #2) remix. On the less-essential side, Kid Alex would love to be Mylo but he’s a day late and a dollar short, and the “Dirty Dancing Remix” is all dirty and precious little dancing.

Virgin / 370430
[Mallory ODonnell]

August 11, 2006

Charts: August 11 2006

Cameron Octigan
Ada - Living It Up [Areal]
Luca Bacchetti Out of Breath [Tenax]
Hemmann & Kaden Roll in Moll [Freude am Tanzen]
Lawrence - Place to Be [Liebe]
Louderbach Reflected [Underl_ne]
Magda Shes a Dancing Machine [M_nus]
Misc. Tanz Der Polymere [Sender]
Reverso 68 - Tokyo Disko [Eskimo]
Various Artists - Cocoon Compilation F [Cocoon]
Wighnomy Bros. - Dukktus [Freude am Tanzen]

Todd Hutlock
Future/Past - Jam Packed [Applied Rhythmic Technology]
Sammy Dee & Guido Schneider - Styleways [Poker Flat]
Kayot - Clear Sky (Main Mix) [Buzzin Fly]
Paradroid - Faked Moon Landing (Fym Remix) [Force Inc.]
Justus Khncke - Advance [Kompakt]
Antonelli Electr. - Snowflake Funk [Level]
Pig & Dan - 4 Leaf Clover [Cocoon]
Carl Craig - Darkness (Max Mix) [Planet E]
Magda - Shes a Dancing Machine [Minus]
The Knife - Silent Shout (Troy Pierce Barado en Locombia Mix) [Rabid/Brille/Mute]

Mallory ODonnell
Booka Shade - Paper Moon [Get Physical]
Junior Boys - In the Morning [Domino]
CSS - Let’s Make Love & Listen Death from Above (Spank Rock Remix) [Sub Pop]
808 State - San FranCisco [Tommy Boy]
Applegarden - Twentyfive 6 Four (Putsch ‘79 Remix) [Clone]
Toby Tobias - A Close Shave (Prins Thomas Disko-Tek Miks) [REKIDS]
Allez Allez - Allez Allez [Eskimo]
Cassie Vs. Ice-T - Girls LM&UGBNAF (Various Bootlegs) [Aristo-Camille]

Michael F. Gill
Arsenal feat. Jhelisa Anderson - Far Have I Come [Cottage]
Telex - L’amour Toujours [Interdisc]
Sally Shapiro - I’ll Be By Your Side [Diskokaine]
IMS - Dancing Therapy [Ballaphon / Emergency]
Cassy - Alexandra / Toyah [Cassy]
Swat-Squad - Shared [Galaktika]
Paul Johnson - I Need You [Motus Music]
Troy Brown - Feel Allright [Aquarius Recordings]
Sandy Kerr - Thug Rock [High Fashion]
Rene & Angela - I Love You More [Capitol]

May 5, 2006

Telex - How Do You Dance (Remixes)

Another new Telex single? Funky. Though I’ve never bought M83’s whole bag, I have to love the crazy filter Eurohouse freakout he turns the chorus of “How Do You Dance” into. Unfortunately, this is alternated by periods of extreme stillness, and it’s killing my high the way Depeche Mode always did with “Blasphemous Rumours.” Unfortunate, too, since some lovely slurring fuzzbox sounds make their way into the final refrain. Luckily, Telex themselves are here to save the day with their own remix… or are they? Playing the tech-house angle, the results are worthy of some head-nodding, but the action never really builds. The Subs “Dirty Dancing” remix flattens out the bumps for the late-night discotheque floor, and I’m beginning to see the light. Swerving the fizzy wall of synths from the first mix around a stompin’ beat, we can finally answer the titular question in the positive”I dance like this!” Given my inveterate love of all things Gomma, you’d think I would slather some positive attention on the “Tomboy Remix.” You’d be right! Although it doesn’t explode an all-our blissbomb the way the non-wanky part of M83’s remix does, it certainly gets the job done in slinky, sultry fashion. Taking the less-techno, more-disco route suggested by the Subs version, Tomboy gets a freaky polyrhythmic thing going that is the most distinctive and danceable variation provided here. A truly mind-melting remix, however, will have to wait for someone who can splice the best elements of each version together into one colossal megamix.

EMI Belgium / 358999
[Mallory ODonnell]

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 Lets 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 - Youre 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

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 24, 2006

Charts: February 24 2006

Guest Chart
Alex Smoke, Soma

01. Sleepless Crew - Spell House
02. Murmur - Section EP
03. Automat - Preludes
04. Tangible - Game Over
05. The Policy Unit - Arp Egg
06. Sixtoo - Songs From “Next: A Primer On Urban Painting”
07. Claro Intelecto - Warehouse Sessions Vol.1
08. Poke - Poker 11:34
09. Villalobos - Achso
10. Break 3000 - Light

Mallory ODonnell
Codebreaker - Caller
Colder - To the Music (Engel Remix)
Chromeo - Needy Girl (Phillipe Zdar Dub)
Telex - On the Road Again (Marco Passarani Remix)
The Knife - Silent Shout (Williams Acidic Cicuits Remix)
Francisco - Venti Venti
Shit Robot - Triumph
Alex Smoke - Meany
Prince - Black Sweat
Ellen Allien & Apparat - Leave Me Alone
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - Mighty Girl (Feel PM)
Kid Frost - La Raza

Todd Hutlock
0733 - Record Bass Story
Jeff Samuel - Endpoint
New Order - Fine Time (Silk Mix)
Villalobos - For Disco Only 2
Jeff Mills - Circus (reworked)
Underground Resistance - Ma Ya Ya
Berg Nixon - Box Escape EP
Osborne - Daylight (Isolee Rmx)
LNR - Work It To The Bone
Pier Bucci - Familia

Michael F. Gill
[a]pendics Shuffle Dirty Bed
Kirk Degiorgio - EP4
Dominik Eulberg - Blueten Sind Dem Grossen Schillerfalter Fremd
Serafin Starship Discotheque
Kerri Chandler - Sunshine & Twilight
Wookie Battle
Mark E Scared
Tod Foster Dancin
The Glass Family Crazy
Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr Shine On Silver Moon

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.

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[Mallory ODonnell]