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…

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August 25, 2006

Xaver Naudascher - Motor City / Lost

200612"TechnoDetroit

Motor City being Detroit, the flat, rattling synth riddim that forms the a-side’s base should surprise nobody. It could have come off the first Plastikman album or a less neurotic Basic Channel twelve, so God bless Naudascher for his honesty and humility. That said, X.N. goes beyond homage. First are the monstrous 70s cockrock tom solos, not unlike beardo Rub-N-Tug’s infatuation with big drum sounds in small places. And while he could have settled there, Naudascher puts the grooves in service of a twerpy, strangled, albeit utterly hypnotic synth melodywhat I imagine “Axel F” must have sounded like in 1984complete with before-the-storm swells, sirens, and other embellishments normally reserved for trance. B-side “Lost” has robot voices and countoffs and wide hi-hat sounds and acid ticks and rocker squelches like any Detroit terror techno tracktotally fine, but a tough sell after the wide-reaching topside.

Supersoul Recordings / SSREC001
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