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Jesse Somfay
We Breathe The Stars Through Each Other [12”]
[Traum, 2005]

Yes. Much like “The Sky Is Pink,” “This Fragile Addiction” is a bomb of a track, guaranteed to rearrange your head for its twelve-minute length. It starts off as any addiction might, gently weaving a delayed guitar line and a bassline for a few minutes until the bassline begins to take over and envelopes the track. Soon, the drums and guitar fall away, shunning the out-of-control element, leaving a lone distorted synth to pick up the slack. There is a B-side and it lets you down gently, working a desiccated cathedral organ melody amid its melodic bass—a nice cuddle after a hard fuck.

Corporate Crimewave [CD]
[Soma, 2005]

If you’re looking for the companion piece to last year’s dance-rock sensation, Cut Copy, look no further than Hystereo, whose Corporate Crimewave betters its predecessor in quality, but not in highlights. “Deale,” the album’s first proper song serves as a nice template: coked-out disco beats melt into gleaming synths, which gleefully drive the song towards its inevitable climax. Things are by-the-numbers here, but for those who bemoaned the fact that Stardust never released an album, try this: buy this, put “Music Sounds Better With You” at the end as a bonus track on a CD-R, and then fool your friends at parties.

Various Artists
Kreucht & Fleucht [2CD]
[Mischwald, 2005]

Another up-and-coming star of the minimal techno world, Dominik Eulberg graces us with Kreucht & Fleucht, the first release on the Mischwald label. The two disc-set is mixed well, but with nary a surprise in the tracklisting the whole thing comes off as a greatest hits compilation of the previous year in this sector of the house world. Fleucht is the “poppier” mix, mining the trancier Border Community side of things, while Kreucht is a much darker affair that trades in John Tejada’s “Paranoia” and Alex Smoke’s brooding and unpredictable minimal goth.

Wighnomy Bros. & Robag Wruhme
Remikks Potpourri [CD]
[Mute, 2005]

The Wighnomy Brothers (Gabor Schablitzki & Sören Bodner) and Robag Wruhme (just Gabor) rightfully collect their various remixes here on the aptly titled Remikks Potpourri. Rightfully, because the two are one of the few minimal techno dudes that seem completely comfortable in a variety of situations (the string and guitar-led hip-hop of “Elbe 1,” the retooling of Namusouke’s dancehall-inflected “Survive,” and the epic and essential “This World” originally performed by Slam and Tyrone Palmer are the odd ones out here). Take those tracks and garnish it all with a healthy dose of the click/clack of the duo’s normal mode of operation on remixes for Dominik Eulberg, [a]pendics.shuffle, and Alter Ego and you’ve got yourself a compilation worth picking up.

Onur Özer
Envy [12”]
[Vakant, 2005]

This Turkish producer’s second 12” (the first for Vakant) is an accomplished piece of minimalism that owes a great deal to the sound crafted on records like Wighnomy’s “Wurz + Blosse.” “Envy”’s bassline, in particular, evokes that classic, while “Maze”’s head-down second-half is a dead-ringer for the sort of unyielding funk at play in Wighnomy’s best efforts. Speaking of, “Superfunk,” is easily the most melodic of the trio here, with a whole three note line making its way to the surface every so often. This one isn’t for the fair-weather fans, but it’s a must for anyone interested in keeping the crowd moving mid-set.

By: Todd Burns
Published on: 2005-10-20
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