October 6, 2006

Unai - Blissful Burden Remixes

Unai’s Erik Mřller has that pretty typical wistful/whispery tech-house voice, the kind that turns the instrumental, no matter the vibe, into a big, sappy Jon Secada-like ordeal. Same thing happens to Coloma, though not to, say, Erlend Řye, who saves himself with good lyrics, or Kelley Polar, who has good support. So there’s the rub—the burden, cough. The “Blissful” original had enough of a Herbert-like mid-tempo swing to it, and this garbled vocal effect that doubled Mřller’s clean vocals; shortened to a radio edit length, the original’s quite good. Both Kris Menace remixes zero in on the grief, but from the guy who’s done “Discopolis” and that Stars On 33 remix, I’m expecting more than boilerplate, buildless, trance-envious filter effects. Star You Star Me plays with key and scenery on their mix, but the song remains samer than it ever was.

Disco Inc / DI 010
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[Nick Sylvester]


July 28, 2006

Kate Simko - Strumm

Kate Simko finally fulfills on the promise of her purported leanings towards classical minimalism (the Philip Glass kind) with her first 12” for the new American label, Kupei. “Strumm” fits firmly in the mold of MIA with its softened beats and focus on a gently rotating melody. Unai’s remix of the tune makes sure that dancefloors will be sure to hear it during primetime by mutating the bass into the most powerful element and giving the drum a bit more oomph. Jonas Bering dreams in his mix, which isn’t to say it’s bad—just much in the way of anything besides overstimulation. “Machine War,” Simko’s final contribution is a home-listener, with dub, prodding melodies, and grand clouds of cleansing material to wash away its memory (if you can).

Kupei Musika / kupei12S02
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[Todd Burns]


June 2, 2006

Charts: June 2 2006

Mallory O’Donnell
Eve Massacre - When Silhouettes Cry
Cassie - Just Friends
Christopher & Raphael Just - Popper ft. Fox N’ Wolf
The Flirts - Passion
Gabriel Ananda - Ihre Personliche Glucksmelodie (Freeform Five Remix)
Adam Sky - Ape-X
Prince - Cindy C (Jaksoul’s Basilika Edit)
Momus - Lord of the Dance
Rekid - Retroactive

Todd Hutlock
Tres Demented - Shez Satan
Troy Pierce - 25 Bitches (Matt John’s 25 Pitches Remix)
James Cotton - Oochie Coo
Kid 606 - Pretty Girls Make Raves EP
DJ 3000 - Ancestors (Fabrice Lig Remix)
Audio Werner - Trust
Loco Dice - Menina Brasileira
Mr. Motech - Merchants of Identity
DJ Rolando - Jaguar (Mayday Dub)
Osborne - Bout Ready to Jak (Shake’s Mix)

Cameron Octigan
Gabriel Ananda & Cio D’or - Lauschgoldengel
Can - I’m So Green
Cluster & Brian Eno - Hollywood
Luomo - The Present Lover
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler
Skyy - Let’s Turn it Out
John Tejada - The End of it All
Satoshi Tomiie - Glow (Spirit Catcher Remix)
Alden Tyrell - Knockers
Zongamin – Spiral

Nate De Young
Auto Repeat - Auto Disco (Soundhack remix)
Giorgio Gigli - Geometrik Forms EP
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom - Revelee (Carl Craig Remix)
Audio Werner - Trust
Unai - A Love Moderne
Skull Disco - Shackleton
Tolga Fidan - Now I’m Weak
Anja Schneider - Lily of the Valley

Michael F. Gill
J.M. Silk – All in Vain
Band of South – Sensitive
Ron Trent – Altered States
Karen Young – Deetour
SCSI-9 – On the Edge
Remute & Riley Reinhold – Polyester
Gary Low – I Want You
Swingle Sisters – Aria
Mark Conner - I Got Eyes
Franz Ferdinand – I’m Your Villain (Lindstrom Extended Mix)


December 22, 2005

2005: The Year In Review

A look into the year that was in electronic musics…

Top 10 Albums

Matthew Herbert – Plat du Jour
Audion – Suckfish
Vitalic – OK Cowboy
Ark – Caliente
Dandy Jack & Junction SM – Los Siete Castigos
Marc Leclair – Musique Pour 3 Femmes Enceintes
Pier Bucci – Familia
Who Made Who – Who Made Who
Lindstrom & Prins Thomas – Lindstrom & Prins Thomas
Alex Smoke – Incommunicado

This young Glaswegian producer’s debut came on like a shock: marrying a heady combination of electro, old school techno, minimal, and an innate pop sense. A collection of tracks that were just as liable to make you stop dancing in wonder, as it was to get you on the floor…

Top 10 Singles

Booka Shade – Mandarine Girl
Spare Time - Lazy
Luciano – Bomberos
Donato Dozzy & Exercise One - Skarciofen
Common Factor – That Was Then
Unai – Oh You and I
Royskpp feat. Karin Dreijer – What Else Is There?
Daso – Daybreak
Patrice Baumel – Mutant Pop
Stefan Goldmann – Blood

After previously appearing on the smaller Classic and Ovum labels, Goldmann steps up to the plate for Perlon’s 51st release—three enormous monster tracks of clicks and bass that start out with the most modest of intentions…

Top 5 DJ Mixes

Dominik Eulberg – Kreucht and Fluecht
Ewan Pearson – Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi, Vol 1
Annie – DJ Kicks
DJ Clever – Breakbeat Science 5
DJ Naughty – One Naughty Night in Berlin

Showcasing the vocal-end of electro-house, while throwing in classic disco and Italo to boot, DJ Naughty further pushed the dirty disco sound to its limits on this mix from the Eskimo label…

Top 5 Producers

Jesse Somfay
LCD Soundsystem
Putsch 79
Trentemoeller
Nathan Fake

Finding himself on seemingly every single DJ mix released this year, Fake had a massive year on the residual effects of the classic “The Sky Was Pink,” Traum’s 2005 crown jewel, “Dinamo,” and the white label of “Silent Night”…

Top 5 Remixers

Ricardo Villalobos
Abe Duque
Switch / YES Productions
Robag Wruhme
Stuart Price

Almost made the Killers listenable. No mean feat.

Top 5 Labels

Get Physical
Gomma
DFA
Eskimo
Traum/Trapez/MBF

Located strategically across the road from Kompakt HQ, the Traum family had its best year yet with strong entries from known quantities (Steve Barnes, Dominik Eulberg, Jeff Samuel) and a whole host of new producers (Alex Under, Jesse Somfay, Noze, Patrice Baumel)…

Top 5 Reissues

Keith Hudson – The Hudson Affair: Keith Hudson and Friends
DJ Shadow – Endtroducing
Luomo – Vocalcity
Prince Douglas – Dub Roots
AFX – Hangable Auto Bulb

Richard D. James’ formerly ultra-rare drill ‘n bass template sounds as fresh as ever, showing why betting on jungle in 1995 was the best decision he ever made…

Top 5 Compilations

Cybotron – Motor City Machine Music
V/A – Spectral Sound, Vol. 1
Senor Coconut – Coconut FM
Robag Wruhme & Wighnomy Brothers – Remikks Potpourri
Greg Wilson – Credit to the Edit

The first time that this dance music pioneer’s work has been collected. If you were going to clubs in the 1980s, Greg Wilson was your soundtrack—extending and tightening the tracks that you liked and turning them into the epics that you loved…

Words: Todd Burns
Voting Contributors: Todd Burns, Nate Deyoung, Michael F. Gill, Cameron Macdonald, Derek Miller, Mike Powell, Will Simmons