December 8, 2006

Thomas P. Heckmann - Tangents

Another three-tracker here (the triad EP and the album-length single seem to be one of the unspoken agendas of 2006 techno), this time it’s ropy electro-tech from long-serving label-head and tech-guru Thomas P. Heckmann. This is pungent stuff, but a bit minimal for my tastes—though, unlike much of what gets hit with that label, it’s far from boring, and develops quite nicely as it plays out. Consider it set-building material of the highest order, then: propulsive, intriguing lines of percussion and synth that builds and builds but never quite explodes. “Tangents” plays the middle ground, somewhere between Detroit tech and light-handed electro. “Medusa” is a bit more of a stormer—I would plop it in between a more anthemic BPitch track and something from Clone, or perhaps a classic Italo instrumental. “Strobe” is decidedly warm and stirringly-layered, more of a home-listening track but still tasty for an early dancefloor. Quality tracks that get better and better with each listen.

BPitch Control / BPC 140
[Mallory O’Donnell]

December 8, 2006

Charts: December 8 2006

Todd Hutlock
Pier Bucci - Instinct [Crosstown Rebels]
Radioactive Man - Itisanditisnt [Rotters Golf Club]
Vince Watson - Renaissance [Planet E]
Baby Ford - Beach Bump (Wildflower Mix) [Rhythm King]
Point Blank - Frug [Phono]
Loco Dice - Vamos a Cali [Cadenza]
Thomas P. Heckmann - Strobe [Bpitch Control]
False - .Wav Pool [Plus 8]
Hecker - Untitled (KIT 001) [Rephlex]
Compass - Gliding [Cabinet]

Mallory O’Donnell
Tomboy – 4 [Gomma]
Ost & Kjex - How Not to Be a Biscuit [Crosstown Rebels]
Thomas P. Heckmann – Medusa [BPitch Control]
Bangkok Impact - Aus Birgittes Tagebuch [Crčme Organization]
Kudu - Playing House [Nublu]
Escort – Karawane [Escort]
Luciano - For Disco Only [For Disco Only]
Smackos - Waiting For the Red Bear [Strange Life]

Michael F. Gill
Daniele Baldelli - Cosmic Sound [Mediane]
Ricardo Villalobos – Africolaps [Perlon]
Dirty Minds – I Want U (Dub) [Eskimo]
John Dahlback – Our Song [Pickadoll]
Rude 66 – Break The Silence [Vynalogica]
Bertine Zetlitz – Girl Like You [EMI]
DJ Assault – Crank This Mutha [Booty Wax]
Jimmy Ross – Fall Into a Trance [Quality / RFC]
Walter Gibbons – Mixed With Love [Salsoul]
Philip Glass – Prophecies [Nonesuch]

November 3, 2006

Beatzcast #9



01: Zero 7 - You’re My Flame (Justus Kohncke Mix)
02: Thomas P. Heckmann - Tangents
03: Andy Stott - She’s Gone Wrong
04: Bliss - Right Here (Bliss Remix)
05: Prins Thomas - Fehara
06: Maarten van der Vleuten - Eltec (Rude 66 Gortex Remix)
07: Mike Shannon - Playin’ the Fool
08: Bruno Pronsato - All Night Blahblah… (Jackmate Str8mx)
09: MAS 2008 - Memories