July 20, 2007

Charts: July 20 2007

The Beatz staff pick their favorite dance releases of 2007, so far…

Peter Chambers

Beck - Cellphone’s Dead (Villalobos Entlebuch Remix)
Lopazz - Share my Rhythm (Isolee mix) [Review]
Andy Stott - Handle with Care / See in Me [Review]
Kalabrese - Rumpelzirkus Part 1 [Review]
Efdemin/Carsten Jost - Split EP [Review]
Carsten Jost - Atlantis I & II
Kerri Chandler - Computer Games EP
Andy Stott - the Massacre EP [Review]
DJ Koze - All the Time EP [Review]
Len Faki - Rainbow Delta/Mekong Delta [Review]
Shackleton - Blood on my Hands (Villalobos mix) [Review]
Roman Fluegel - Mutter EP
Various - Death is Nothing to Fear Vol. 1 [Review]
Vulva String Quartett - Cranberry Song EP [Review]
Portable - Don’t Give Up (Remixes) [Review]
Syncom Data - Beyond the Stars (Remixes) [Review]
Ilya Santana - Discotized EP [Review]
DJ Koze vs. Sid le Rock - Naked (Koze remix) [Review]
Battles - Atlas (Koze mix) [Review]
Prosumer/Murat Tepeli - What Makes You Go For It? [Review]

Nate DeYoung

Lindstrom & Solale - Let’s Practice [Review]
Hatchback - White Diamond (Prins Thomas remix)
Audion - I Gave You Away [Review]
Partial Arts - Trauermusik [Review]
Motiivi:Tuntematon - I Don’t Feel Good [Review]
Efdemin - Just a Track [Review]
Beck - Cellphone’s Dead (Villalobos Entlebuch Remix)
Ame - Balandine [Review]
Argy - 1985 (Sydenham & Rune Remix) [Review]
Henrik Schwarz - Walk Music [Review]
Dixon - Resident Advisor #48

Todd Hutlock

cv313 - Dimensional Space EP [Review]
Lazy Fat People - Pixelgirl EP [Review]
Dominik Eulberg - Limikolen EP [Review]
Beck - Cellphone’s Dead (Villalobos Entlebuch Remix)
Luciano - No Model No Tool [Review]
Audio Werner - Flatfunk [Review]
Tony Allen - Ole (A Remix by Moritz Von Oswald) [Review]
Riton - Hammer of Thor
Adultnapper - Betty Crocker Moves to Berlin
Gaiser vs Heartthrob - Nasty Girl [Review]
The Field - From Here We Go Sublime [Review]
Gui Boratto - Chromophobia [Review]
DeepChord presents Echospace - The Coldest Season
Dominik Eulberg - Heimische Gefilde [Review]
Pantha Du Prince - This Bliss [Review]

Michael F. Gill

Sorcerer - Surfing After Midnight (Prins Thomas Remix) [Review]
Matt John - Soulkaramba [Review]
Jacek Sienkiewicz - Good Night & Good Luck [Review]
Shackleton - New Dawn / Massacre
Air - Lost Message [Review]
M.I.A. - Bittersuss [Review]
Escort - All That She Is [Review]
Voom Voom - Best Friend / Sao Verought Remixes
Frankie Valentine - Zumbi (Henrik Schwarz Dub Remix)
Kelley Polar - Rosenband (Instrumental)

April 14, 2007

The Week In Review: 2007, Week 15

Kathy Diamond - Over (Permanent Vacation)
Genre: Disco, Funk

Peter Chambers: Both the first fantastic All Woman EP and, now, “Over” intimate a collaboration that could see one of the year’s most accomplished syntheses of house, funk, disco and ’80s-inflected pop.

Substance & Vainqueur - Reverberate / Reverberation (Scion Versions)
Genre: Dub, Techno

Kavinsky - 1986 (Record Makers)
Genre: New Wave, Synth

Redshape - Dog Day (Millions of Moments)
Genre: Chicago, House

Michael F. Gill: Specifically, the aura here is towards the lesser-mined sounds of 90s Chicago house, when artists like the Foremost Poets would detune, stretch, and staccato-ize a synth burst, and then repeat it until it became a viable, body-moving loop that sounded fresh over a kick.

Bobby Davenport - Time (Has Come Today) (Flexx)
Genre: Italo, New Wave

Antonelli - The Name of This Track Is Bobby Konders (Italic)
Genre: House, Techno

J.T.C. - Take em Off / DMarc Cantu - No Control / X2 - Barely A Track (Creme Jak)
Genre: Acid

Vulva String Quartett - Cranberry Song (Combination)
Genre: Minimal/Deep

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Vulva String Quartett - Cranberry Song

Vulva String Quartett is actually just one man, with nary a bowed instrument in sight. Hanno Leichtmann, the Austrian behind the moniker, is a man whose musical proclivities extend in several directions between jazz, house, and electronica. Hes released albums for Karaoke Kalk (as himself) and City Centre Offices (as Static) as well as recording EPs with Compost-affiliated sweet-toned honey Clara Hill.

But this EP shows the multi-directional artist exploring the beautones of strands between and beyond Farben, AM/PM, Betreib, and the like. Cranberry Song nods along with the swinging insistence of several malfunctioning layers of droning loops that give way to a funky, yapping synth line. Roundabout harks back to the some-called Immer house sound of the turn of the millennium, using a string loop as a neatly textured drone which moves the track into proximities with early Lawrence and the deep-blue-house excursions of Combination records labelmate Norken. But, to me at least, the pick of the bunch is Cloudseeding, which has something of the shy anthem quality to it, underwritten by an indie-tronic (a la Dntel) sensibility guaranteed by the placement of electro-acoustic instrument samples and a guitar line into the mix. Neat.

Combination / CORE 051-1
[Peter Chambers]

July 14, 2006

Vulva String Quartett - Out of Sight

The topside really kicked my ass on the first go, such a throwback to late 90s/early 00s bright clicky minimal techno a la Farben, the stuff that got this writer hooked on dance music period. Less is more only works when producers play the angles right. Vulva a/k/a Hanno Leichtmann has six or seven little tiny hooks at a time (that double-sixteenth on the kick kills me), but he doesn’t build them up so much as reflect, refract, recombine. From the start there’s lots of color, lots of space, lots of restraint, absolutely no bloat. No accidents here, plus the track’s so happywhy isn’t more minimal happy? Not to shit on Mouse on Mars, whom I respect, but had Glam sounded like this track I would have dropped my green Loebs and moved to Berlin in an instant. Vulva also got Farben to remix this track, ironically enough, and it has that house-of-cards looseness all Jelinek’s work seems to have. That said, I doubt Vulva appreciated Jelinek dubbing “Farben says it’s out of sight!” over every measure.

Combination / CORE 040-1
[Nick Sylvester]