June 20, 2007

From The Archives #2

From The Archive is a selection of dance related articles and reviews from the archives of Stylus Magazine.

Sami Koivikko - Salmiakki (Shitkatapult)

Todd Burns: Quite simply, tennis has become less of a game of finesse and more of overpowering menaces that demand respect less because of their innate ability to outthink the other player and more because of their ability to stifle any response. For a long time, this was the state of German techno…

Various Artists - Inflation (Mu Label)

Michael Heumann: This is, in short, a remix album where the source material is inaudible and the artists must use these inaudible sounds to create audible music.

Monobox - Molecule (Logistic Records)

Todd Burns: The true highlight of the album comes with “The Diamond Age,” which oddly enough sounds much more like early Autechre or Posthuman than any other obvious antecedents to Robert Hood’s brand of minimal techno.

On Second Thought: Thomas Brinkmann’s Studio 1 – Variationen / Concept 1:96:VR (Profan / M_nus)

Todd Hutlock: In the liner notes to the release, Brinkmann explains his system (which one can assume he used on both releases) in detail: “I used a self-made turntable with 30 kilo plate, and two SME 309 Tone Arms utilizing both Ortofon and Van den Hul moving-coil pickups. The interventions with the actual vinyl are few: I slowed down the speed of the record and used the left pickup (arm) for the left channel, and the right pickup (arm) for the right channel. It’s possible to hear a melodic displacement between the channels. With a little intervention and displacement of elements, the Concepts are sounding different. The same information they had before, but two times present. Like the idea of cloning and twins: still Richie’s DNA with a little mutation. A different groove.”

On Second Thought: Pete Namlook and Dandy Jack - Silent Music (Fax)

Dane Schultz: Silent Music could be seen as a stylistic pastiche of the entire FAX catalogue.

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…


October 20, 2006

And Again - To the Moles and the Masses


Sean O’Neal (Someone Else) comes to Sender with the label’s most interesting release in quite a while. “Thirty One Times” is based around a chopped up guitar riff and a weird vocal sample, with a tight jacking groove. This record will work on any floor—minimal, electro, house—it doesn’t matter, this is infectious and brilliant. “Larry’s Circus” meanwhile is deeper but keeps the enjoyable and slightly wacky feel of this 12” going, with great random stabs of sampled vocals and piano keys. Definitely a change of pace for everyone involved, but still great dancefloor music.

Sender / send061
[Ronan Fitzgerald]

October 20, 2006

Charts: October 20 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
My My - Songs for the Gentle [Playhouse]
Trentemoller - The Last Resort [Poker Flat]
Tussle - Telescope Mind [Smalltown Supersound]
Lil Louis - Blackout Phase 3 [Mathematics]
Hot Chip - Colours (Fred Falke Remix) [Astralwerks]
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - Tempo Tempo [Eskimo]
Tony Allen - Moyege (Mark’s Disco Dub) [Honest Jon’s]
Brennan Green - Divisadero [Modal]

Ronan Fitzgerald
And Again - To The Moles and the Masses [Sender]
Heckmann and Kaufelt - Kookaburra (Knarz Mix) [AFU-Ltd]
Alland Byallo - Buckets [Liebe Detail]
Pascal Feos - Timeless [Synaptic]
Reynold - Over There (Donato Dozzy Mix) [Montrose]
My My – Moneybowl [Aus Records]
Alexis Tyrell - Rebecca Loos [Weave Music]
Daniela Stickroth - Ghost In The Attic (Dan Berkson and James What Mix) [Meerestief]
Chaton - Précis 2 [Plak]
Shonky - Solar [Substatic]

Todd Hutlock
Ric Y Martin - Sini Est [Perlon]
Andrew Weatherall - Edie Eleven [Rotters Golf Club]
Tony Allen - Moyege (Mark’s Disco Dub) [Honest Jon’s]
Matthew Dear - Dog Days (Pantytec Interpretation) [Spectral Sound]
Six Cups of Rebel - Arp She Said [Feedelity]
Plastikman - Plink Plonk [Minus]
Terrance Dixon - Minimalism [Utensil]
The Infiltrator - I’m In [Underground Resistance]
Renegade Soundwave - Space Gladiator (Dub) [Mute]
Shane Berry - Fillertet 2 (Gabriel Ananda Remix) [Trapez LTD]

Michael F. Gill
Was A Bee - On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever) [Schema]
Jesse Rose feat. Solid Groove & Jamie Anderson - Nice & Slow [Front Room Recordings]
Citizen Kain - Above The Influence (Oliver Koletzki Remix) [Regular]
Logistics - Call Me Back [Hospital]
Lady Saw - Sweetest [Soul Jazz]
Breeze - Get Back [Heartbeat]
Underground Resistance feat. Yolanda - Your Time Is Up [Underground Resistance]
Minimal Vision - Vertigo [Vibraphone]
Raven feat. Jocelyn Brown - So In Love [Silver Cloud]
Convertion - All I Want Is You [Sam Records]

July 28, 2006

René Breitbarth / Bodycode - Spectral Sound Presents No. 1


With this split 12-inch, Spectral Sound launches its new parallel series of singles that aims to release new tracks from artists outside their roster whose work they admire. Groovy as fuck with a mellow house piano riff and a funk-driven rhythm, “Tales from the Light Side,” the a-side from Cologne native and Treibstoff majordomo René Breitbarth, builds some nice momentum before shifting the pitch and finally stripping it all down to the drum track for the final minute. A fun little ride to be sure. “Steam Machine” slows the tempo but increases the bounce factor with a bubbling bass groove and a series of subtle breakbeats that recalls an updated version of Mr. Fingers’ classic “Washing Machine” before cutting loose with some acidic synth pads for a late-night winner. On the flip, the Mole (of Kompakt/Wagon Repair fame) remixes Bodycode’s “Hands Free Computer Interface” into a twisting, stuttering journey that is every bit as good as the original, if a bit more schizophrenic sounding, setting a cut-up/dub-out sort of feel against a backdrop of the original’s house-y organ vibes to great effect. So far in 2006, Spectral can do no wrong to these ears.

Spectral Sound / SSP-001

[Todd Hutlock]

June 30, 2006

The Mole - In My Song


Boomkat’s dead-on, hate to share notes: Both new Mole tracks do sound like early Moodymann 12″s, from the R&B vocal samples to the insistent chug of a hi-hat beat that doesn’t build so much as move from one soundscape to the next, to the hiccupping to the starts and stops mid-track that count so much more, when everything’s stagnant otherwise. B-side “Acadian” is actually funky, some congas deep in the mix and lots of scratches and muffles and shortwave radio-type noises to justify its existence. These two songs sound like Moodymann, sure, but they don’t commit to a narrative—beginning, middle, end—like (say) “Music People” or “M Traxxx.” If Mole called his tracks disco edits, it’d be a different story.

Wagon Repair / WAG 013
[Nick Sylvester]

August 18, 2005

Daso - Daybreak

The best track from Triple R’s recent mix MBF Flashback finally saw release a few weeks ago, and it’s predictably fantastic. Those of you who don’t know “Daybreak�: imagine the Kraftwerk’s “Expo 2000� done by Jeff Samuel, with the vocals replaced by a vocoderized “Waiting for daybreak.� It may not sound awesome, but it most assuredly is. The other track found here, “T Anders� is has similar big-room sounding drums mixed with slowly revolving door basslines and tactile gauzy synths. This time the vocoder seems to be whispering at times, though, giving the vocal an almost frightening character, like Superpitcher as child molestor. Which, when I think about it, doesn’t sound that bad (musically, natch).

My Best Friend / MBF 12014
[Todd Burns]

April 14, 2005

Mathew Jonson & The Mole / Axel Barthsch - Speicher 26


The much heralded meeting of Mathew Jonson and Kompakt is typically underwhelming, another example of the propensity for microhouse to offer up disappointment in the records that are expected to be mind-blowing and to offer up hits in the unlikeliest of places. It’s not bad, by any means, but “Dirt Road and a Boat from Soundwave” lacks that essential Jonson feeling. Blame it on co-producer The Mole? You can’t imagine anyone else recommending the inexplicable addition of overdriven drums that march into the mix at the six-minute mark. They gradually find their way into the smoothness that once permeated the proceedings, but it’s a climax that hardly holds a candle to previous Jonson moments. When this edition of the Speicher series is outshined by a side from Axel Barthsch, who essentially writes the same song as side one, but with a bit more testosterone and style, and you have yourself a number of people asking what the hell happened.

Kompakt / KOMEX26
[Todd Burns]