April 30, 2007

Phobia - Phobia (DJ Hell / Silence Mix)

It still seems so easy to write off International Deejay Gigolos, even if it’s now a full five years or so since the death of electroclash. Their rampant release schedule and terminally hit-or-miss CD compilations have never done them any favors, and I would actually agree with naysayers who claim that their M.O of sleazy rave, electro-techno, and acid works better in theory than in abundant practice. Yet looking back over the last three years, I’m surprised how many quality tracks they’ve been a part of, from the DJ Hell remixes by Dominik Eulberg and Superpitcher, the Psychonauts “World Keeps Turning,” Abe Duque’s album, and Johnny Dangerous’ fantastic “King of Clubs,” to great recent sides from Terrence Fixmer and Kevin Gorman.

And here we are again, with another massive release: DJ Hell’s perfect update of Phobia’s (aka Pink Elln) self-titled proto-trance cut from 1991. Pretty much all the elements that made the original such a smash are here: an eerie two-note drone acting as a depth charge, a slightly melancholic diva wail, and a spoken voice intoning “let me have silence.” DJ Hell just seems to fill in the blanks in making it sound contemporary, basically giving it a sleeker drum kit and some reserved acid lines; the source material does the rest of the heavy lifting effortlessly. On the flip side is the “Silence Mix,” a co-production between Pink Elln and Atom Heart, which uses the two-note drone as the basis for a frigid piece of ambience that threatens but never quite makes it way into something comfortable (a good thing). It’s actually a little hard to believe “Phobia” is over 15 years old, as this single makes so much sense, and sounds so vital.

International Deejay Gigolos / GIGOLO 213
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[Michael F. Gill]


March 23, 2007

Charts: March 23 2007

Peter Chambers
Beck - Cellphone’s Dead (Villalobos entlebuch remix) [Geffen]
Len Faki - Pearl Delta/Mekong Delta [Ostgut Tontraeger]
Tobias. - Dial EP [Logistic]
Andy Stott - Handle with Care/See in Me [Modern Love]
Carsten Jost/Efdemin - Split EP [Dial]
Lawrence - Friday’s Child EP [Mule]
Donnacha Costello - 6.6 [Minimise]
Half Hawaii - Into Me/Out of Me [Perlon]
Move D - Anne Will (Lawrence remix) [Liebe Detail]
Repeat/Repeat – Carpark (Second Edition) [Soma]
DJ Koze/Sid le Rock - Naked (Koze remix) [Cereal/Killers]

Michael F. Gill
Jan Leslie Holmes – I’m Your Superman [Jay Jay Records]
Domina – You Got My Soul [Crash]
Automat – Automat [EMI/Barclay]
Alloy Orchestra – The Man With The Movie Camera [Junk Metal Music]
David Garcet – Redemption (The Revolving Eyes Mix) [Dirty Dancing]
Roy Davis Jr – Traxx From The Nile [Bombay Records]
Wolfgang Voigt – Oktoberfest [Auftrieb]
Mike Uzzi & Ben Recht – Reclaiming The 120s [Unfoundsound]
Loco Dice - El Gallo Negro [Ovum]
Nasty & Tresher - The Well Served Event [Terminal M]


September 8, 2006

Monika Kruse & Patrick Lindsey - Whds

200612"Techno

For the fiftieth release on her own Terminal M label, Monika Kruse teams up with Harthouse veteran Patrick Lindsey for two percussion sandstorms of techno that aren’t afraid to cull some plays from the minimal handbook. Just like the recent work by Thomas Schumacher, who for years was releasing brittle, no-holds-barred techno that showed little regard for life outside the club, Kruse and Lindsey are bending their sound to include more intricate, detailed rhythm studies and a clearer sense of evolving structure. Hence, both sides of this single pack the wallop of say, Luciano’s “Love Dose” remix amped up and dipped in cement, but still have enough shifting bubbles on the surface to retain both energy and interest for the entire running time.

Terminal M / TERM-050-6

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[Michael F. Gill]


September 1, 2006

Charts: September 1 2006

Todd Hutlock
DJ Yellow - Goddess [Ovum]
Pig & Dan - 4 Leaf Clover [Cocoon]
2 AM/FM - Sweat Box [Spectral Sound]
Jeff Mills - Preview [Tomorrow]
Mr. Fingers - Beyond the Clouds [Trax]
Los Hermanos - My Mothers Guitarra [Los Hermanos]
This Heat - 24 Track Loop [These]
Claude VonStroke - Beware of the Bird (Justin Martin Remix) [Dirtybird]
David Wulle & Andy Garcia - A1/DOC 007 [Docile]
Sunglasses Afterdark - The Gaslamp (Crossed Swords Champion Mix by Two Lone Swordsmen) [Cloak & Dagger]

Ronan Fitzgerald
Giresse and Erb - Slapback [Connaisseur Superior]
Anthony Collins - Self Esteem [Session Deluxe]
Ripperton and She DJ Masaya - Long Distance [Num Ltd]
Michael Ho - Econoclast EP [Tuning Spork]
Sweet N Candy - Tacky Wakeup (Dominik Eulberg Mix) [Raum…Musik]
Pascal FEOS - Brooklyn Style [Level Non Zero]
Jobim’s Cousin - Comerte [Cargo Edition]
Extrawelt - Doch Doch [Traum]
Lawrence - Along the Wire (Superpitcher Mix) [Dial]
Pan - The Lizard [Rebel One]

Michael F. Gill
Errol Dunkley - Sit and Cry Over You [T.P. Records]
Starship Orchestra - The Waiting Game [CBS]
Ray Parker Jr & Raydio – Until the Morning Comes [Arista]
Didier Lockwood - Aspiring Answer [Inner City]
Shinedoe - Seek and You Will Find [100% Pure]
Lunapark - Lunapark [Sterpete Dischi]
Henrik B - Airwalk [Pryda Friends]
Moritz Piske - Ein Kaenguru I’m Clubraum / Huldigung Den Triolen [Opossum]
Monika Kruse & Patrick Lindsey - Whds [Terminal M]
V/A - Permanent Vacation [Permanent Vacation]