November 17, 2006

Joakim + DJ Morpheus / Minimal Compact - Give Us Something!!!

Wow, this is terrible. I know my standards for electroclash and rock remixes and all the Franco-filter-metal perversions of late are a tad too high, but this may be the most vapid of the bunch yet: needly guitars but not a hook, some rock drum flavor but nothing close to a driving beat, Minimal Compact’s Samy Birnbach saying “give us
something” but obviously unwilling to return the favor. But hey, the synths are analog! Come on now. New York’s Rub ‘n’ Tug do better on the b-side, a remix of MC’s “Nil Nil.” I never heard the original, but this one sounds like a lost Siouxsie extended mix; not quite as dark, but with creepier vox, really deep drums, and percussive bass sounds as per usual for R-n-T remixes. The guitar stabs are so frail they’ll make you cry, and here, its a good thing.

Tigersushi / TSR 018
[Nick Sylvester]

November 17, 2006

Antena - Camino Del Sol (Remixes)


Antena were the greatest post-punk bossa nova band never to make it big outside of France. Their first single The Boy from Ipanema (co-produced by John Foxx and released on Factory Records Benelux outlet Les Disques Du Crpuscule) has been a sleeper hit ever since, prompting this, the second re-release of the original material in CD form, for your retro-diggin cool-kid delectation. Who better then to remix the originals than men of the moment Todd (not) disco Terje and the re-update / re-edit master Joakim (Kitsun, Tigersushi, Versatile, Pokerflat)? Joakims mix does unto Antena as Radio Slave recently did unto the Kills, rendering the original pumped and beefed enough for this seasons dancefloors while still retaining something of the original atmosphere, albeit very much in the background. He also adds some nice, celestial chimes and shapes the motherload into a growly arrangement with far biggernfurrier balls than any of the original members could have conceivably had (or wanted). Terjes mix keeps much closer to the original arrangement, retaining the vocal and the flow, but sending the whole kit (as is his wont) into deep disco spaceland. Compared to Joakims mix it all seems initially underwhelming, but repeat listening reveals a repeat of first impressions, plus the vague presentiment that neither treatments of the recordJoakims too much and Terjes too littlehave the right amounts of the good stuff to satisfy. Go for the original.

Permanent Vacation / PERMVAC 003-01
[Peter Chambers]

July 28, 2006

Charts: July 28 2006

Guest Charts

Dave Clarke [Music Man]
Ulterior The Death of Everything [Advanced]
Smith & Selway Blink of an Eye [CDR]
Antony Rother Youth [Datapunk]
Redshape Shaped World [Delsin]
DJ XentriX Driving Higher [CDR]
Advent Templar [Etrx 30]
Noirdegout Sharks Bay [CDR]
Poni Hoax Budapest [Tigersushi]
Dcast Dynamics Trans Migrations [Southern Outpost]
Adam Jay Goathead [CDR]

Deetron [Music Man]
Claro Intelecto - Warehouse Sessions Vol. 3 [Modern Love]
Rejected - SL3 [CDR]
Cobblestone Jazz - Dumb Truck EP [Wagon Repair]
Lost Trax - The Saturiun System [SCSI]
Atjazz - For Real [Innervisions]
The Sun God - Relics & Artifacts [Frantic Flowers]
DJ Yellow Goddess [Ovum]
Ferrer & Sydenham - The back door [Ibadan]
Samuel L - Smokestack [Klap Klap]
Master H Unit - Hard time [F… U!]

DJ Strobocop [Karaoke Kalk]
DJ Jus-Ed Presents Unity Kolabo EP [Underground Quality]
L.B. Dub Corp - L.B. Dub Corp [Mote-Evolver]
Tobias Street Knowledge [Logistic]
Chicago Without Makeup [Lets Pet Puppies]
Dinky Home on a Sunday [Horizontal]
Rekid Next Stop Chicago (Jesse Rose Remix) [Rekid]
Junction SM Junction SM [Kalk Pets 06]
Cassy 1 Cassy 1 [Cassy]
Hugh Masekela The Boys Doin It (Carl Craig Remix) [Verve]
JBP Aphrotalk [Soul Jazz]

Magda [Minus]
Heartthrob - Proximation
Microfunk - The White Room
Tractile - Silent Room
Audion - Mouth to Mouth
Tractile - To Go To
Osvaldo - Valeria No More Vampires
Ryan Crosson - Squarehead
Daze Maxim - Simply Driving Gold
Seth Troxler - CLP
Elsubtracto - Box Fan
Matt Star - Art of M

Eglantine Gouzy [Monika / Osaka]
Young Marble Giants Eating Noddemix [Crepuscule]
Animal Collective Prospect Hummer [Fatcat]
Gang Gang Dance Glory in Itself [The Social Registry]
Polmo Polpo Requiem for a Fox [Constellation]
Tom ZE Toc [Luaka Bop]
Silver Apples Misty Mountains [KAPP]
Pretty Things The Good Mr Square [Snapper]
Architecture in Helsinki It’s 5 [Tailem Bend]
White Noise Love Without Sound [Polygram]
Television Personalities Velvet Underground [Domino]
Smog Rock Bottom Riser [Domino]
The Slits Earth Beat [Rough Trade]

August 18, 2005

Poni Hoax - Budapest

Along with a whole host of groups, Poni Hoax are busy rehabilitating electroclashs image, one great single at a time. The key to Hoaxs success is that its a rock groupunafraid of a little scum and dissonance. By the time the original version of the single is over, you have the insistent disco beat all over your face and the clouds of guitar and synthesizer all over your best dress. Instead of cleaning up: put on the B-side, Joakims Italo dub and revel in the amped up synth line for six minutes longer. Recommended.

Tigersushi / TSR 017
[Todd Burns]