Monday, 29 October 2007

Kameleon


2562 - Kameleon (Tectonic)

Web: http://www.myspace.com/2562dub

Dutch Techno-Dubstep head David Huisamans aka 2562 presents a full of life effort on Tectonic that never stops moving. Crazed looped up ’live’ beats, electronic pops and dubby bass glares are responsible for giving “Kameleon” the edge over other left of centre technoid fair.

JF

Goddess of Groove


Rob Slac - Goddess of Groove (Fast Fwd)

Web: http://www.fastfwd.md

Florida’s Fast Fwd imprint kicks off with an energetic slice of fractured electronic soul from Rob Slac. The original is a lovely number, where angelic keys, stuttering vocals and broken beats meet. The Q Burns mix is a funked-up midtempo workout, whilst the ‘Fast FWD Rhodetrip’ is a chilled key based effort.

JF

Autumn Leaves and No Tears


Laila Biali - Autumn Leaves (Stephané Veras No Tears Remix) (MP3)

Web: http://www.lailabiali.com

Stephané Vera delivers a dreamy electronic opus in the shape of his ’No Tears’ remix of Laila Biali’s “Autumn Leaves”, which expresses his unhappiness at the prospect of the said musician moving to NY. Beautiful piano keyed movements are punctuated by electronic hits and analogue rumbles on Vera’s wonderfully emotional reconstruction.

JF

Fedass

Basic Unit - Fedass (Fine Art)

Web: http://www.last.fm/music/Basic+Unit

Basic Unit is a production outfit from Israel that make glowing Technified House. “Fedass” features a cool combination of grooving keys and nifty synths, whilst “Pattern Matcher” is a more percussive affair, with moody bass drops.

JF

Boxer


V/A - Boxer 50.2 (Boxer)

Web: http://www.boxer-recordings.com

Cologne’s Boxer imprint continue celebrating reaching a half century of releases with another various artist driven EP. The winners on this instalment are an oscillating key and bass driven stormer from Dutoque entitled “Logo” and Martin Eyerer’s gritty “Ringrang”.

JF

All Of Me

Swell Session - Swell Communications Remixes (Freerange)

Web: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk

Freerange trot out a 10” containing a blinding remix from Charles Webster of a tune from Andreas Saag’s polite but uninspiring Swell Communications LP. The Nottingham House don retools Saag’s languid collaboration with Mark De Clive-Lowe entitled “All Of Me” into an epic string and driving bassline driven House odyssey.

JF

Butterfly Bee


Giles Smith Pres Two Armadillos – Butterfly Bee (FourTwenty)

Web: http://www.secretsundaze.net

One half of secret sundaze, Giles Smith gives himself and likeminded spinners dancefloor firepower in the shape of this hypnotic release, produced alongside Martin Dawson under the Two Armadillos guise. Twisted synths and supple beats do the work on the original version of “Butterfly Bee”, with Andromat300 and Jan extending it to create an even more magnetic groove. Digital buyers get a bonus tune called “Track 5,” which is based round a robotic horn stab and a punishing bassline.

JF

Las Mil y Una Noches


Vicknoise - Las Mil y Una Noches (Factor City)

Web: http://www.factorcity.com

Barcelona’s Factor City keep up their record of excellent releases with this sinister effort from the seemingly ever-present Vicknoise. “Las Mil y Una Noches (A thousand and one nights)“ in original form is dominated by Arabic style strings and acidic key rushes, whilst Undo’s mix adds a firmer key line to dull the string driven fire. The flip contains rolling versions of the techier “Entre Las Nubes (Between The Clouds)” from Vicknoise and MouseUp, but the A Side is the reason to buy this EP!

JF

Tu Mi Turbi


Rodion - Tu Mi Turbi EP (Gomma)

Web: http://www.myspace.com/r0d10n

Rome’s left of centre Disco man Rodion returns with a stylish EP of electronifed post-disco treats. “Tu Mi Turbi” grooves courtesy of a mesmeric synth display and bumpin’ beats, whilst “Franziskaaner” is all live bass warbles and dayglo keys. “Via Lactea” ends proceedings with more synthetic driven fun and features controlled electronic fireworks.

JF

Sea Lion Woman

Unknown - Sea Lion Woman (Mary Mary)

Web: N/A

On this cheeky little bootleg, a couple of producers that often masquerade as a portly Japanese athlete reshape Feist’s surprisingly agreeable take on the Nina Simone classic for the House audience. Padding out the percussion, moving the synths up a notch and adding a stabbing key line does the job, with both the vocal version and the Gregory esque dub impressing.

JF

Love Someone

Atjazz feat. Robert Owens - Love Someone (Mantis)

Web: http://www.atjazz.co.uk

On this outing, Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iverson meets up with House royalty Robert Owens and both are on fine form. There’s an array of mixes spread over two vinyl and digital releases, but despite pleasant rerubs from beatsmiths such as Slope, Atjazz himself supplies the best versions. The original is all fizzing synths, warm keys and vocal motivation, whilst the ‘Atjazz Deeper Mix’ hits harder courtesy of a forceful bassline and stirring strings.

JF

With You there is Caos

Kissey Asplund - With You / Caos (R2)

Web: http://www.myspace.com/kisseyasplund

Swedish neo-soul Queen in waiting Kissey Asplund blows all the pretenders and laurel resting greats out of the water with these gorgeous two tracks. Edgy keys and weirdly weightless percussion backs Kissey’s singular vocals on the genuinely exciting “With You”. “Caos” is a sensuous jazz jam, where luxurious vocals are laid over full-bodied keys and clasped percussion.

JF

W.A.R.

Trusme - W.A.R. (Love For Music)

Web: http://www.myspace.com/trusme

This is the third EP from mysterious Mancunian Trusme on Love For Music, a low-key imprint from the Windy City. “It’s A MotherF*cker” ticks all the post-Moodymann boxes and moves serenely courtesy of low slung Motown samples and introspective strings. The dub version entitled “Don’t You Know” is even better, as a heavy bassline and unapologetic beats steal the limelight, leaving room for only glimpses of those shredded samples.

JF

Don & Sherri


Matthew Dear - Don & Sherri (Ghostly International)

Web: http://www.ghostly.com

A frustrated and slightly creepy declaration of lurve is the subject matter on this downright groovy effort from Matthew Dear. Cruising beats and a warbling bass do the work under the amusing vocals on the original version, MANDY supply a funked up syndicating revision and Hot Chip present a ’nice’ electronic mix. The bonus cut is a weird yet engaging hi-synth redux of “Elementary Lover” from DJ Koze.

JF

Saturday, 27 October 2007

Still Here!

Jamie Jones - Still Here EP (Freak n’Chic)

Web: http://www.freaknchic.com

Here, Freak ‘n Chic boss Dan Ghenacia enlists Jamie Jones to tell his twisted dancefloor tales to all and sundry. “Should Have Gone Home” charts a marathon night where perception-altering keys, acid drenched synths and steady beats kept him dancing to Technified House sounds until breakfast. “Can’t Believe I’m Still Here” relives another tale of mind opening occurrences, where tougher robotic beats and an acidic bassline hold court.

JF

A Magic Morning

Ludovic Vendi - A Magic Morning (Minisketch)

Web: http://www.minisketch.com

Nice born, Barca based Ludovic Vendi makes the sort of hypnotic Technoid fair that should your attention late at night. “A Magic Morning” is a conservative effort with prodding keys and bass pops, whilst “Sueño X” an altogether weirder affair, with wired keys, lost guitars and strangely suggestive vocals.

JF

Karhunainen

Uusitalo - Korpikansa EP (Huume)

Web: http://www.huumerecordings.com

Uusitalo is better known as Vladislav Delay or Luomo and here the electronic maestro presents a digital only offering of tasty technoid ’club edits’ of tunes from his new Karhunainen LP. “Korpikansa” is an intricate beauty, whilst the dancefloor version of the tune entitled “Karhunainen” sees poky keys groove over rubbery acid. “Satumaa” has a mean bassline and “Nälkälaulu” rounds off the EP with quirky blips and powering synths.

JF

Mein Idee (My Idea)


Daso - Mein Idee EP (Spectral Sound)

Web: http://www.dasofranke.de

Colonge’s Daso joins Spectral Sound and gets off to a rather good start with a trio of warm and fuzzy tunes for technified floors. “Meine” gets things going courtesy of soaring synths and a smooth bassline, as “Idee” weaves a web of key driven magic. “Deine Schuhe (Your Shoes)” appeals directly to the feet, courtesy of its nagging synth lines, simple beats and telephone keys.

JF

Venus Fly Trap


DJ Emerson - Venus Fly Trap (Freak Waves)

Web: http://promo.kiddazfm.de

This release from DJ Emerson is streamline Technified House that thankfully packs enough punch in its lean frame to mesmerise dancers. All manner of electronic bleeps and percussive shapes set the pace, before a nasty bassline takes over and annihilates all in its path. Harada’s Remix is a more subtle version, where barbed synths do battle with bleeps and bass tremors.

JF

Crookers Remixes Prostitutes

Adam Sky Vs Mark Stewart - We Are All Prostitutes (Crookers RMXS) (Exploited)

Web: http://www.expliotedghetto.de

Yes, Adam Sky is that forgotten early 90s popular dance magician, who has reinvented himself as a trashy electro don. Thankfully Crookers has turned the nauseating original cover of a tune by The Pop Group into a delightfully demented bumpy House groove, courtesy of a rubbery bassline and dizzyfying synths. There’s an instrumental mix from Crookers, ideal for those adverse to the annoying vocals.

JF

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