June 29, 2007

Charts: June 29 2007

Nate DeYoung

Tiger Stripes / Solomun - Hooked / Jungle River Cruise [Liebe*Detail]
Half Hawaii - Mir Nichts / Dir Nichts [Hello?Repeat]
Brendon Moeller - Jazz Space [Third Ear]
The Mountain People - Mountain People 003 [Mountain]
Argenis Brito - Micro Mundo [Cadenza]
Henrik Schwarz - Walk Music [Innervisions]
Blackstrobe - I’m A Man (Audion Donation Mix) [Playlouderecordings]
Mock & Toof - Zomby [Mule]
Sorcerer - Surfing At Midnight (Prins Thomas Miks) [Tirk]
Eddie Kendricks - Thanks For The Memories (Lee Douglas Edit) [White]

Michael F. Gill

Peter Horrevorts - You Look But You Don’t See [Kanzleramt]
Brando Lupi - The Attitude [Dozzy Records]
The Dining Rooms - Thank You (Skwerl Dub) [Schema]
Roland Appel - Dark Soldier [Sonar Kollektiv]
Dredl Kibosh - I Found You [Fenou]
Jupiter Black feat. Fred Ventura - Hold Me [Clone]
Salome De Bahia - Outro Lugar [Yellow Productions]
Billy Griffin - Hold Me Tighter In The Rain [CBS]
Earth, Wind, and Fire - Let’s Groove [CBS]
Cappuccino - Tomorrow [Black Sun]


May 27, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 21

Shackleton - Blood On My Hands [Villalobos Remix] (Skull Disco)
Genre: Minimal/Tech

Peter Chambers: Its a ridiculous criticism to say that its too long, or that its not a track these are two other undeniable qualities that make this work so exemplary, just as they point out its limitations.

Lindstrom & Solale - Lets Practise (Feedelity)
Genre: Neo-Disco

Trusme - Browns (Still Love Music)
Genre: House, Disco

Nick Sylvester: The lines between jazz and funk and disco and house continue to be blurred into one gloriously incriminating mess.

Sorcerer - Surfing At Midnight (Tirk)
Genre: Neo-Disco, Balearic

Mallory O’Donnell: In the field of down-to-midtempo dreamy instrumentals with beaded fringe, Surfing at Midnight is dippy rather than hippy, and (quite happily) just baked rather than psychedelic, dude.

Robag Wruhme Als Rolf Oksen - Bart Eins (Freude Am Tanzen)
Genre: Minimal/Tech

Trentemoller feat. DJ Tom and Vildtand - An Evening With Bobi Bros (Kickin Records)
Genre: Minimal/Deep, Dub

Sneak Thief - G String Orchestra (Klakson)
Genre: Italo, New Wave/Synth

Thinking Out Loud: Physical vs. Digital

Thinking Out Loud developed from a series of open-ended email conversations and ruminations between Beatz staff members. In this article, Michael F. Gill and Peter Chambers discuss the merits of dance music on vinyl and MP3…

Beatzcast #34: Crambe Repetita


May 23, 2007

Sorcerer - Surfing At Midnight

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The seriously-unknown Sorcerer must have impressed somebody down in discoville for his first release to come baited with a remix by no less than Prins Thomas. Easy enough to see why: with all due respect to His Highness, the original is quite handily the superior version. In the field of down-to-midtempo dreamy instrumentals with beaded fringe, “Surfing at Midnight” is dippy rather than hippy, and (quite happily) just baked rather than psychedelic, dude. Like one of those introspective Moroder excursions and your favorite cosmic disco jaunt simultaneously caught in a seven-minute loop of their most pleasing fadeouts. On the remix, Prins Thomas takes a quite adequately long suspension of sensuous moments and stretches it out for another 4:20 (!), but instead of revealing any delicious treats held oyster-like by the original, he just makes the damn thing longer. Still, “Surfing” is refreshingly clean, mercifully unsophisticated and smile-widening, and feels more like a dip in a swimming hole after hiking than it does hanging ten.

Tirk / TIRK 019
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[Mallory ODonnell]


March 2, 2007

Charts: March 2 2007

Mallory ODonnell
Trippy Disco - Frankfurt in Fifteen [Radius]
Maximilian Skiba - Apple of Disco EP [Terranova]
Chris Rea - On the Beach (Tangoterje Edit) [Balearic Biscuits]
Tackhead - The Game [4th & Broadway]
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch (Hot Chip Remix) [Island]
Galen - Playing Games [Utensil]
Evelyn “Champagne” King - Shame / Nobody Knows [RCA]
Shades of Love - Keep In Touch [Body to Body] (Instrumental Version) [Venture]
V/A - Music of Quality & Distinction, Volume One [Virgin]
V/A - Dirty Edits 2-5 [Dirty Edits]

Todd Hutlock
Andy Stott - Handle With Care [Modern Love]
Hkan Lidbo - This Looks Infected, Doesnt It? [Musick]
Porter Ricks - Scuba Lounge [Mille Plateaux]
Beck - Cellphones Dead (Villalobos Entlebuch Remix) [Geffen]
Luciano - Keridos [Cadenza Split Composition]
Rod Modell Avionics [Echocord]
Cortney Tidwell - Dont Let The Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan Pearson Long Vox) [Ever]
JTC Trancender [Crme Organization]
tobias. Dial [Logistic]
Ace Frehley - New York Groove [Casablanca]

Michael F. Gill
San Proper & Tom Trago Catterpillar Butter Plus (Propers Mixdown) [Rush Hour Recordings]
Mark Broom Upside Down [Pure Plastic]
John Thomas Magic [Logistic]
Oaysis Incredible Bass (Slipmatt remix) [Vicious Vinyl]
Lopazz I Need Ya [Output]
George Demure Sister Valhalla [Tirk]
Keith Hudson Nuh Skin Up [Greensleaves]
Shackleton Blood On My Hands [Skull Disco]
Shed Well Done [Soloaction]
Steve Doesnt Drive Woman & Car [Did Records]


February 2, 2007

Love Supreme - Rocquet / Pork Chop Express

For what seems eons now, the Cult of Italo has been scattered across the Earth, small cells of patient worshippers eking out what existence they could from dusty bins and eBay auctions, while the motherland continued with its gauche betrayal of the scriptural imperative laid down by their forerunners in cold black wax, serving up slabs of tepid pop-house instead. Milan’s Love Supreme try to address that grievance within the span a single 12″ (which, it should be wryly noted, has emerged on a UK label). They come pretty damn close. Side A is the New Testament”Rocquet,” a slithering spaceship paean to all things electrofied, with bits of ethereal static clinging to it like cosmic plankton. It quickly leaves the earth in its wakea remix by Lindstrom or the DFA would probably shoot your ass into the stratosphere. Side B brings the Old Testament fire with the absurdly named “Pork Chop Express,” a hammering roots-disco workout with stirring flashes of analog electronics and inspired, organic percussion sounds.

Tirk / Tirk 020
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[Mallory ODonnell]


February 2, 2007

Charts: February 2 2007

Todd Hutlock
Kiki - Trust Me (Super Dub) [Bpitch Control]
Radio Slave - Weeeze [Rekids]
Pantytec - Micromission (Daniel Bell Remix) [Perlon]
Thomas Brinkmann - Wait A Minute [Max Ernst]
Mikkel Metal - Noff [Echocord]
Sieg ber Die Sonne - Youll Never Come Back (Tobi Neumanns Waiting For You Rmx) [Multicolor Recordings]
Villalobos - Tub [Playhouse]
Alan Parsons Project - I Robot (Pilooski Edit) [D*I*R*T*Y Edits]
Depeche Mode - Master And Servant (An ON-U Sound Science Fiction Dance Hall Classic) [Mute]
Convextion - Solum Ferrum [Down Low]

Mallory ODonnell
Roxy Music - Same Old Scene (Glimmers Remix) [Virgin]
Love Supreme - Pork Chop Express [Tirk]
Kathy Diamond - All Woman [Permanent Vacation]
Flim Flam - Best of Joint Mix [Dum Dum]
Marsha Raven - I Like Plastic [Red Bus]
Pet Shop Boys - One More Chance (Remix) [ARS]
Orgue Electronique - The Garden [Creme Organisation]
Chocolate Milk - Action Speaks Louder Than Words [RCA]
The Field - From Here We Go Sublime [Kompakt]
Gui Borrato - Chromophobia [Kompakt]

Michael F. Gill
Tenderness - Got To Keep On Trying [RCA]
Bob-A-Rela - Why Does It Rain? [Channel]
O’Gar Playback Fantasy (Instrumental) [Magic Circus Productions]
Quartz Beyond The Clouds [T.K. Disco]
Omar-S- The Maker [FXHE]
Robert Hood Hoodmusic 2 [Music Man Records]
Marcellus Pittman Come See [Unirhythm]
Herbert The Movers & The Shakers (Green Velvet Remix) [!K7]
Remo feat. Chelonis R. Jones - Empire [Dance Electric]
Home Video - The Penguin (Tim Goldsworthy’s The Loving Hand Remix) [Defend]


December 22, 2006

2006: The Year In Review

Welcome to the Beatz By The Pound year-end roundup for 2006, a veritable smorgasbord of lists, thoughts, and reflections about the current state of dance music. And while all of our writers handed in very diverse ballots, we were able to come to a consensus on a couple of key releases, producers, and labels. Let the madness begin

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February 10, 2006

Profile: Greg Wilson and The Roots of Electro-Funk

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One of the chief instigators in the early development of electro and electro-funk in the UK, Greg Wilson is not only a veteran DJ and remixer, but is also interested in preserving the origins and evolution of disco and electro in the UK. His fabulous website traces the roots of electro-funk through Wilsons own interviews, recollections, and playlists, while also offering articles on the legacy and history of UK electro and electro-funk. Its truly a labor of love.

You may be familiar with last years Credit To The Edit, Wilsons wonderful CD of Disco/Electro/Boogie re-edits that came out last year on Tirk. If you havent heard it, or if you are thirsty for more, Wilsons has just launched a monthly radio show called Time Capsule, which is a monthly showcase of records that Wilson has played when he first started DJing. Each edition comes with a fully detailed description of the tracks played, and plans to cover a month in the life of disco and electro, starting from December of 1975 and moving on from there. Needless to say, the archives of the show should become a valuable resource for anyone interested in the history and evolution of dance music.

[Michael F. Gill]