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 Über Die Sonne - You’ll Never Come Back (Tobi Neumann’s 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 O’Donnell
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]

January 19, 2007

Jacek Sienkiewicz & Marek Raczkowski - Warsaw for Beginners

Jacek Sienkiewicz has, slowly but surely, been nailing the craft. Recent releases on his label Recognition have reached sublime heights of mean, moody, and magnificent techno, full of interlocking parts, sudden bad moods and noodling string pluck melodies capable of tugging even tautly tuned heartstrings. Late 2005’s “Double Secret Life” found its way onto both Tobi Neumann’s fantastic Fliederlieder mix and Lawrence’s Groove compilation as the crescendo selection, and with good cause.

Given the incredible polish (ahem) that Sienkiewicz has managed to achieve of late, it’s odd that he would choose to release “Warsaw for Beginners” (co-produced with Marek Raczkowski). Why weird? Simply because, despite a wealth of inventive ideas and odd combinations of almost “Guru Josh” piano lines, boisterous digitechno rhythms, and delicate au Harem textures, this feels like a strange sketch, a study for a far greater and more interesting EP that wasn’t quite realized. I keep waiting in vain for “it” to happen—maybe this music needs new ears that are still growing. Give me time on that one, but for the moment, this is an eccentric, promising cacophony that doesn’t quite hit the spot.

Recognition / r-epo019
[Peter Chambers]

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…


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…


September 29, 2006

Tobi Neumann - Flieder Lieder

Despite a nearly unreadable font and a few glaring errors on the tracklisting, Neumann’s mix is pretty on point here, treading that fertile ground between minimal, tech-house, and deep house grooves. Standouts include Cassy’s “Night To Remember,” DJ Yellow’s “Goddess,” Thomas Melchoir & Luciano’s “Father,” and Femi Kuti’s “Traitors of Africa.” That’s right, I said Femi Kuti. Neumann’s transitions are inspired, and the mix is full of lively movements and solid pacing, but I swear if I hear Tobias’ “Street Knowledge” on one more mix I’m gonna toss it out my car window. All in all, though, another winner from Cocoon’s mix series.

Cocoon / COR MIX 015
[Todd Hutlock]

July 28, 2006

Chris Tietjen - Eins

Here’s a funny little stat for you: over the course of its five year history, Sven Väth’s Cocoon label has released 14 mix CDs and five label comps, but only 22 singles (at least at the time the liners here were written; they have since added five more). Odd ratio, that. In any case, Chris Tietjen gets the mixing honors this time out and draws exclusively upon Cocoon’s 12-inch catalog from 2001 to 2005. Given the relatively small size of his palate (only 19 singles at that point!), Tietjen makes it work, albeit only using 11 tracks to do so, light years away from the 20-plus track numbers that many are used to. What he lacks in volume of material, however, Tietjen makes up for with quality selections, as classics here from Roman Flügel, Dinky (in a killer Tobi Neumann remix), Anthony Rother, Pig and Dan (covering Yello’s classic “Oh Yeah”), and Legowelt get the job done. The sounds vary here from tech-house, to minimalism, to throbbing Euro-lectro, but he seems to have picked the cream of the crop from each. Perhaps it’s not as seamless as one might expect in these days of computer-aided mixing (this mix was done old-school style on two decks), but every track here is a winner and the mix actually flows pretty well, given the diversity of the material. That diversity can be a strength or a weakness, however, depending on what you look for in a mix album.

Cocoon / COR MIX 014

[Todd Hutlock]