May 2, 2007

Chromeo - Fancy Footwork Remixes

Chromeo’s music makes for appealing remix material thanks to its elasticity and simple lushness. It’s one-third rollerscootin’ boogie, one-third spazzy electropop, one-third bedroom production job (in both senses of the word), but the clean lines and bouncy pads of their tracks make for bendtastic bliss in the right hands.

The original “Fancy Footwork” is an up-tempo spank-n-shimmy jam in the mold of “Needy Girl,” though a bit more busy and cluttered with wonderfully corny special effects like the single chiming note timed to match Dave 1’s exhaled “ah.” That original is far in the distance on these three takes, however. Glossy wobblectro is on the menu for the remix by Turbo in-house artist D.I.M, who makes pouty faces at the original like a funky glitch bandit with a trunk full of French filter records. I’ve yet to meet the dancefloor I’d want to punish with the charmingly-chaotic results, but I’m sure they’re out there.

Thomas Barfod (Tomboy) mangles all the sheen out of the original for a squelchy, stripped-down take that improbably combines minimal and acidic touches with his own disco-dub style, yet retains room for a weird Beyonce-in-Step-class breakdown in the middle. For the last take, Surkin adds a riotous crime-scene sample and then whips up mere milliseconds of the original (and what sounds like a sped-up bite from “Needy Girl”) into a rave-o-licious breakbeat frenzy. An odd batch for an odd bunch.

Turbo / TURBO-038
[Mallory ODonnell]

March 25, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 12

DJ Koze vs. Sid le Rock - Naked (Cereal/Killers)

Peter Chambers: “Both Sid (Pan/Tone) le Rock and DJ (Adolf Noise) Koze take a ‘one eyebrow and a brimming glass raised’ approach to productionif their methods of mayhem intersect, its at a point where irreverence meets festivity to do the wild thang on your mixer.”

Misstress Barbara Barcelona (Border Community)

Motiivi:Tuntematon - Speicher 46 (Kompakt Extra)

Jacopo Carreras - Olanto (Lan Muzic)

Move D - Anne Will (Remixes) (Liebe Detail Spezial)

Tomboy - Serios DJ Album Sampler (Gomma)

Rhythm Plate - Music From Our Souls EP (Winding Road Records)

Mallory O’Donnell: “…those wanting a taste of classic, warm and spacious house would do well to check this EP out.”

Sideshow - Philly Soundworks (Aus Music)

Live coverage of the 2007 Winter Music Conference in Miami: Day One, Night One, Day Two, Night Two.

Weekly Staff Charts
Latest Beatzcast (#24)

March 21, 2007

Tomboy - Serios DJ Album Sampler

In lieu of getting this album on vinyl, the “does what it says on the tin” four-tracker here will serve well enough for now. However, as I noted here, Seris is basically an album of mixing tools with personality. Which means we want the whole thing. On wax. The “extended” versions of “Something,” “Swan,” and “Baffioso” presented here are more or less the same as on the album, only with padded-out intros and outros for smoove mixing action. “Something” is the disco-house instrumental, a solid mid-tempo groove with some nice chunky drums; “Swan” more of a pop track that belongs on the car mixtape rather than the dancefloor; “Baffioso” being one of Barfod’s more aggressive and techy slapfests, perfect for the nuovo Italo and electro crowd. A dub version of standout track “Synchronize” rounds out the sampler, though the use of the term dub for it is somewhat debatable here.

Gomma / Gomma 089
[Mallory O’Donnell]

February 23, 2007

Charts: February 23 2007

Mallory ODonnell
Dorfmeister Vs. MDLA - Boogie No More (Reverson 68 Remix) [G-Stone]
Teena Marie - Fix It (Instrumental) [Epic]
Escort - “Bright New Life” (Morgan Geist Remix) [Escort]
Blackbelt Anderson - Alfaz De Pi [Full Pupp]
Jackson Jones - I Feel Good (Pilooski Edit) [Dirty Edits]
Justin Timberlake - My Love (Linus Loves Remix) [Virgin]
Pet Shop Boys - Was It Worth It? (12″ Version) [EMI]
Tomboy - Seris [Gomma]
Gui Boratto - Chromophobia [Kompakt]
Donna Summer - Love to Love You Baby [Casablanca]

Michael F. Gill
Slg Anymore [Level Records]
The Model Stargate Interlude [Underl_ne]
Kris Menace feat. Fred Falke Fairlight [Compuphonic]
Photocall Silver Clouds (Dexter Remix) [Clone]
Flakes Sugar Frosted Lover [Calibre]
Proton Plus Pay Up [Yew Wood]
Kay-Gees Latican Funk [De-Lite Records]
Airto - Celebration Suite [Warner Bros/WEA Discos Ltda]
James Jack Rabbit Martin - Rabbit Trax I [Yoton]
Keith Tucker Electro Lights [Twilight 76]

February 16, 2007

Trans Mania - Boing, Boom Jack!


Originally slated for Diskokaine’s label (home of the wonderful Sally Shapiro), this dark and electro-tinged house track is now being released through Gomma, a doubling of resources and delights that will hopefully lead to Sally Shapiro singing on the next Munk album and Tomboy being reworked by Wolfram Eckert. Given the appearance of none other than Alexander Robotnick alongside Patrick Pulsinger on remix duties for this single, could we be overly hopeful in thinking the neo-Italo cauldron in northern Europe is finally coming to a boil?

“Boing, Boom, Jack!” is exactly what it promises, I’ll tell you that muchheavy pulsating, dancefloor-shredding nouveau electro with monster old-school acid house drums and squelches, the kind of thing those black boot-donning kiddies in Copenhagen should be stomping along to right about now. The original is right insane, but the remixes shouldn’t be overlookedPulsinger goes deep for a reception in hard electro territory and penetrates the end zone with a vibe perfect for the Italo Superbowl Shuffle. Robotnick, old hat that he is, kicks the drums and spaceship noises into overdrive and pulls the extra point, in just a little over five minutes. God, sometimes it feels good to root for the home team, don’t it?

Gomma / Gomma 088
[Mallory ODonnell]

January 19, 2007

Beatzcast #15



01: Tomboy - Young Enough to Know
02: Broke - Overhat
03: Klein and Zenker - Delusion (Jussi-Pekka Loves Old Trance Remix)
04: (A)pendics.Shuffle and Mikael Stavstrand Looking for Me (Mossa Mix)
05: Tiga - 3 Weeks (Troy Pierce Mix)
06: Florian Meindl Chase the Robot
07: Mike Uzzi and Ben Recht - Talk You Down
08: Jeff Bennett - Surface Diving
09: Ripperton - Farra

December 8, 2006

Tomboy - 4

This summer’s been a tad quiet for the gang down at Gommaafter a parcel of sweet twelves and the stellar GommaGang 3 compilation, I suppose everyone deserves a rest. Still, things are looking up this winter: Nick from Franz Ferdinand’s solo project Box Codax makes its debut, theres a Who Made Who’s acoustic disc on the horizon (!), and of course, we have a new 12″ from label stalwart Tomboy. Again, it’s three cuts of disco dub-plate influenced house, and again it’s ultra-solid all the way through. “I Kill Guitar” starts things off, a sweet 1 A.M. churner that plunks Tomboy’s trademark organic drum sounds atop rotating Berlin-esque sinewaves that come in and out of focus. “Young Enough to Know” is pure heavy heata static-y intro breaks into martial stutter-step rhythms and electro wickedness, before laying into it with the assorted metallic percussions. Sheer wiggy wonder. The beautifully-titled “Ist So Hot” rounds things off nicely with a digital dancehall-esque series of percussion rolls and bass-heavy rumblings, punctuated by monstrously sick gaps of silence.

Gomma / Gomma 084
[Mallory ODonnell]

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 ODonnell
Tomboy 4 [Gomma]
Ost & Kjex - How Not to Be a Biscuit [Crosstown Rebels]
Thomas P. Heckmann Medusa [BPitch Control]
Bangkok Impact - Aus Birgittes Tagebuch [Crme 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]

May 5, 2006

Telex - How Do You Dance (Remixes)

Another new Telex single? Funky. Though I’ve never bought M83’s whole bag, I have to love the crazy filter Eurohouse freakout he turns the chorus of “How Do You Dance” into. Unfortunately, this is alternated by periods of extreme stillness, and it’s killing my high the way Depeche Mode always did with “Blasphemous Rumours.” Unfortunate, too, since some lovely slurring fuzzbox sounds make their way into the final refrain. Luckily, Telex themselves are here to save the day with their own remix… or are they? Playing the tech-house angle, the results are worthy of some head-nodding, but the action never really builds. The Subs “Dirty Dancing” remix flattens out the bumps for the late-night discotheque floor, and I’m beginning to see the light. Swerving the fizzy wall of synths from the first mix around a stompin’ beat, we can finally answer the titular question in the positive”I dance like this!” Given my inveterate love of all things Gomma, you’d think I would slather some positive attention on the “Tomboy Remix.” You’d be right! Although it doesn’t explode an all-our blissbomb the way the non-wanky part of M83’s remix does, it certainly gets the job done in slinky, sultry fashion. Taking the less-techno, more-disco route suggested by the Subs version, Tomboy gets a freaky polyrhythmic thing going that is the most distinctive and danceable variation provided here. A truly mind-melting remix, however, will have to wait for someone who can splice the best elements of each version together into one colossal megamix.

EMI Belgium / 358999
[Mallory ODonnell]

May 5, 2006

Charts: May 5 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
Sten - Third Season
Todosantos - Bahia
Shit Robot - Triumph
Telex - How Do You Dance (Tomboy Remix)
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas - En Dag I Mai
Trussel - Love Injection
Stephanie Mills - You Can Get Over
Ashford & Simpson - Street Corner

Ronan Fitzgerald
Steadycam - Knock-Kneed
Anja Schneider - Lily of the Valley
Tabula Rasa - Argon
Dada Life - Bigtime (Linus Loves Mix)
Eyerer and Chopstick - Electric (Williams Mix)
Booka Shade - Movements
I-Robots - Spacer Frau (Boys Noize Mix)
Dash Dude - Revenge of the Nerd (Argy Mix)
M.A.N.D.Y.- Jah (Jona Mix)
Tiga - Essential Mix (Radio 1)

Cameron Octigan
Clashing Egos Aminjig Nebere (I Trust You) (Joakim’s Afrobot mix)
Daft Punk Burnin
Double Vision Clock on the Wall
First Choice Double Cross
In Flagranti Genital Blue Room
Luomo What Good
Matt John Joker Family Park Two
Plastikman Spastik
The Rice Twins For Penny and Alexis
Skyy Lets Turn It Out

Todd Hutlock
Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches (Too Many Bitches Makeover)
69 - Pungtang (Original)
Two Lone Swordsmen - Glide-By Shooting
808 State - Pacific 313
Adam Kroll - Squonk
James Cotton - T-Y-O-C Painkillers (2 AM/FM Remix)
Matt John - Joker Family Park Two
Espiritu - Conquistador (Sabres of Paradise No. 3 Mix)
Linton Kwesi Johnson - Inglan Is a Bitch
Rhythm & Sound - Free for All (Soundstream Remix)

Michael F. Gill
Various Artists - Studio One Soul
Yello - Forward Pussy Cat
Sunbelt - Spin It
Lime - Youre My Magician
Extras - Haven’t Been Funked Enough (Instrumental)
Sly Mongoose - Snakes & Ladder (Rub N Tug Mix)
Avril - French Kiss
Petter - All Together
Paul Nazca Verdure
Terrence Dixon Detroit City Lights

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