February 9, 2007

Tractile - Silent Movie

This four-tracker (five if you buy the download version) from Canadian duo Tractile perfectly encapsulates both what is so wonderful and what is so frustrating about Richie Hawtin’s M_nus imprint these days. On the one hand, the tracks are all tight, slightly funky minimalist workouts with clean and interesting sounds and fairly rocking rhythms. On the other hand, it doesn’t really do much to distinguish itself from any other M_nus release of late. There’s certainly nothing wrong here, but there isn’t that intangible magic that makes the best releases on M_nus the most individual ones (and vice-versa). So what’s a fan to do? Keep buying these releases because they are technically sound and useful and just as good if not better than the other releases on the label? Don’t bother with it because you’ve heard it all before, or at least some variation of it? I suppose the answer depends on many factors (collector scum status, bank balance, need to fill out a minimal DJ set), but with cookie-cutter releases like this, Hawtin is diluting his own talent pool. Silent Movie is perfectly good, solid minimal techno, make no mistake—if anything, it may be a little too perfect—but chances are you’ll discover it at the back of your crate in a few months and not remember a thing about what it sounded like.

M_nus / MINUS 46
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[Todd Hutlock]


December 1, 2006

Charts: December 1 2006

Todd Hutlock
Substance & Vainqueur - Surface [Scion]
Ricardo Villalobos - Africolaps [Perlon]
Robert Hood - Still Hear (Los Hermanos Rmx) [Music Man]
Tractile - Silent Movie [Minus]
Depeche Mode - Everything Counts (Absolut Mix) [Mute]
Dominik Eulberg - Bionik (Guy Gerber Red Light Rmx) [Cocoon]
Todd Sines & Natacha Labelle - Cum Closer (C² Mix) [Planet E]
Super Flu - Lady In Pink [KarateKlub]
Thunderground - Canz [Infonet]
Altern 8 vs Evelyn King - Shame (Hardcore Mix) [Network]

Michael F. Gill
Sierra Sam – Perfume (Quenum Remix) [Surprise Records]
Luna City Express – Mars Attacks [Moon Harbour Recordings]
Melon – Spring [ratio?music]
Ken Ishii – Extra [R & S]
Kevin Blechdom – Me Saw Me Momma [Chicks on Speed Records]
Bobby Konders – A Lost Era In NYC 87-92 [Gigolo]
Raze – Break 4 Love [Champion/Grove Street]
David Howard feat. Jhay Palmer – U & I [Locked On]
Strikers – Body Music [Special Instrumental Version] [Prelude]
Elijah John Group – Keep A Little Love For Yourself [Keylock]


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 [Let’s 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 Boy’s 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]