Rodion - Romantic Jet Dance (Gomma)
Rodion - Romantic Jet Dance (Gomma)
Trus’me - Working Nights (Fat City)
The Dynamics - Version Excursions (Groove Attack)
Aaron Jerome - Time To Rearrange (BBE Music)
Aaron Jerome follows a long line of UK producers who make organic electronic music over a range of tempos that is both jazz tinged and soul-steeped. He also understands what it means to be ‘musical‘ and makes use of orchestral type instrumentation. His debut album has a fundamental British essence to it, due to the shape of Jerome’s works and his use of guest vocalists from the UK and elsewhere. As with most albums, certain tracks are stronger than others, but it’s hard not to be bowled over by efforts such as his beautiful cover of Terry Callier’s “Dancing Girl” and the deeply moving, Kathrin De boer assisted “Reasons To”. Time To Rearrange is a melancholic yet incredibly appealing long player from Aaron Jerome.JF
Susumu Yokota - Love or Die (Lo)
V/A - Broadcasting from OFFtrack Radio (Sonar Kollektiv)
The Million Dollar Orchestra - Better Days (BBE Music)
V/A - Ten Years of Treibstoff (Treibstoff)
Jerry Dimmer - Dim Dim (Music For Dreams)
In the past Monsieir Dimmer was a professional cartoonist and his love of colourful characters and quirkiness can be seen in his music. Dim Dim takes music influences from all over the place and features all manner of computer and vocal silliness, but the album is very listenable despite Dimmer’s eccentricities. This Bruxxelles based producer’s music is brighter than his name would suggest with choice moments on this album including the guitar driven “Flavia”, a proto-reggae effort entitled “T-hop” and the calming “You and Me”. Dimmer shows that easy listening electronic music can be silly without being annoying.JF
Michal Ho - Screw The Coffeemaker (Tuning Spork)
Cocoa Tea - Biological Warfare (Minor7Flat5)
V/A - Street Soul Stars Volume 3 (UK Street Sounds)
Wagon Cookin - 2Faces (Compost)
Shawn Lee’s Ping Pong Orchestra - A Very Ping Pong Christmas (Ubiquity)
V/A - Back In The Box: Little Louie Vega (NRK)
V/A - Future Sounds Of Jazz Vol: 11 Compiled by Michael Reinboth (Compost)
V/A - Southport Weekender 6: Mixed by Kerri Chandler (Endulge)
V/A - Tokyo Calling 2 (King Street Sounds)
V/A - Kitsuné BoomBox: Mixed by Jerry Bouthier (Kitsuné)
V/A - Balearic Biscuits 2: Compiled by Kenneth Badger (Music For Dreams)
V/A - World Dub Pastry 2: Compiled by Kenneth Badger (Music For Dreams)
V/A - Strictly Todd Terry (Strictly Rhythm)
DJ Disse - When I’m Bored I Change Colour (Music For Dreams)
Orgone - The Killion Floor (Ubiquity)
Speeka - Bonfire (Wah Wah 45s)
The Unabombers announced in early Autumn that their club night would suffer a slow death and pass away in January 2008, instead of a quick fry in the executioner’s chair. The announcement of the clubs passing couple with the revealing of stellar line-ups for the remaining executions in 2007 has reinvigorated the night on its deathbed. The Final Execution, a goodbye scheduled for January 26th 2008 sold out late September 2007, despite the lack of guest spinner or promise of anything extra. This was a result of people wanting to say ’I was there’ post Chair, instead of them genuinely expecting it to be the best ever execution. The Unabombers normally rise to the occasion when flying solo, as previous January and June sessions have shown and Kelvin Brown can hold his own over the full six hours, so the night should be pretty special. However, anybody who’s experienced the Chair at its most electrifying, whether at The Roadhouse or The Music Box more recently, will have memories of a truly life-affirming night-time venture. It doesn’t really matter whether those memories were from the first, last party or one of many in between and the final October date showed there is some life left in the UB‘s basement.
Despite the fun of the main dancing space, it was out back in the shack where the sparks really flew. Loyal soldier Kelvin Brown provided his usual effortless warm-up that featured gems such as Fela Kuti’s mild but glorious “Mr. Follow Follow” and a hi-jinked warm-down that was heavy on the reggae and dubstep vibes. However, despite the musical might of his display and the frenzy he himself whipped up, the night really belonged to the Kabal DJs from Sheffield. The crew behind the Kabal provide magical parties in the Steel City, which run on an open-minded musical diet of rich ragga’n’dancehall, tough breakbeats and bassline driven House. More used to secret shindigs in restaurants, churches and other weird venues than proper nightclubs, the Sheffield posse still put on an exciting display. As well as bringing energetic music and a hot stepping mixing display, Kabal actually laid on two coaches from Sheffield and the crew brought some of their crowd with them. This shows the strength of the vibe at this soiree, when they’re able to command an audience willing to travel over the Pennines, just to dance to their selectors in the backroom of the Chair. Bringing the crowd over produced an atmosphere in the backroom rarely witnessed, with the excitement reaching fever pitch once the Kabal selectors started.
The star of the outfit is a young man by the name of Toddla T, a product of Sheffield’s open-minded music scene, who has been schooled by old hands such as his fellow Kabal spinners; Pipes, Peppa Seed and Winston Hazel. Toddla’s selection included bassline bangers such as Leeds based T2’s monstrous “Heartbroken” and his own “Pull Up Mi Portion” featuring Mr. Versatile, a tough digi-Ragga ode to Jamaican cuisine, whose airing provoked deafening whoops and screams that demanded a rewind. It is not often that the shack eclipses the mainroom, but on this occasion it certainly happened. A large crowd of Sheffield and non Sheffield people were crammed into the backroom, showing their appreciation of explosive music with their non-stop dancing, shouts, whistles and by punching the air. Both of The Unabombers hail from Yorkshire and know members of the Kabal group well. Therefore, it was fitting that on this occasion, in the dying days of their own clubbing institution, a crew from the UB’s side of the Pennines reminded them how truly inspirational an intimate club experience can be.
Rodion – Electric Soca Remixes (Gomma)
Web: http://www.gomma.deRome future disco enthusiasts Rodion get the remix treatment here from a trio of exciting production outfits. Berlin’s DJ Kaos gives “Electric Soca” an uplifting remix, courtesy of firm synths and crushing keys, whilst Cosmo Vitelli strings us out, with the help of kaleidoscope keys and a filter or two. The Crookers Remix is the winner, due to its demented bassline driven grooves.
Kenny Hawkes & David Parr – The Booby Trap (Arcobaleno)Established spinners Kenny Hawkes and David Parr join forces for some excellent heads down technified House action. The original version sees a bassline that packs punch move along behind jumpy keys and calm beats. Label boss Serge Santiago meters out a tight percussive line, fizzing synths and a hell raising bassline on his epic overhaul.
Jaymz Nylon feat. Kyra Sexton – Lonely (Nylon Trax)Jaymz Nylon once more comes up with the goods on Nylon Recordings’s sub-label, this time with a vocal contribution from the delightful Kyra Sexton. The pick of the mixes is the Original version, which features wave-like synths, touching guitars and smooth vocals.
Johnwaynes – Retouch (Brique Rouge Limited)Seemingly inspired by that famous gun toting US actor, the Johnwaynes hail from Portugal and make stylish technotronic grooves. “Retouch” has been remoulded by Llorca into an invigorating synth ride and also by Alex Parsons, who has created a sleazy acidic effort, where star-gazing keys hold court.
DJ 3000 – Blood and Honey EP (Motech)This EP from Frank Juncaj aka DJ 3000 aka Mr. Motech is taken from an LP of the same name, currently available in Japan. It is a string-adorned assault of technoid and electroid efforts, which will set dancefloors alight. The EP begins with the short in stature yet invigorating “Lost Generation”, before moving on to the wobbly “Ottoman March”. Flip for an intense key touched gem entitled “Took My Nation” and the apocalyptically stringed “Illegal Alien”.
Ziggy Kinder – Que Pasa Maria / Bailamos (Souvenir)From the title of his tracks you might expect Ziggy to hail from Spain or Latin America, but he was actually born in Poland and now lives in Cologne and produces mind bending slimline techno. Head straight for “Bailamos (we danced)”, where trippy synths, low slung yet metered beats and bass shadows will make you comply with Senor Kinder’s request.
Glenn Underground & Daisy Villa - Rize (Need2Soul)This is a classic spiritual House ode from Chicago’s Glenn Underground and sultry vocalist Daisy Villa. The main mix sees Underground weave Villa’s sensuous tones in between poised synths, sweet strings and cute key work. The CVO re-touch is a mystical revision, with involving keys and hypnotic synth patterns.
Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler (Wichita)“Hustler” was originally out on a cheeky white label a while back, before appearing in prime position on SMD’s debut LP. This catchy, post acid-house shoplifting anthem returns under a hail of remixes. Armand Van Helden gives it the screechy synth’n’b-line treatment, which isn’t a patch on the original and Kevin Saunderson presents a remix that uses a single vocal line to good use, but doesn‘t make much of the rest of the track. Jesse Rose adds a juddering bassline to good effect on his mix, but none of the remixes match the oozing acid driven excitement of the SMD versions.
Aaron Jerome - Dancing Girl EP (BBE)Updating or rather re-shaping a classic emotive soul number is never easy, but Jerome has made a pretty good stab at it, with this take on Terry Callier’s superlative “Dancing Girl“. Leaving the song structure pretty much intact, a few instrumental changes provide the justification for this cover, with the acoustic guitars providing the requisite uplift and Mozez presenting a lovely rendition of Callier’s vocals. The instrumental version shows the true strength and depth of this arrangement of “Dancing Girl”, whilst another vocal-less effort on this EP, “Marrakech”, is a string soaked beauty and further confirms Aaron’s skills at creating touching music. “Blow Your Own” ropes in Kathrin deBoer of Belleruche fame for a smoky jazz hop effort, where delicate pianos back Kathrin’s enchanting tones.
D.Ramirez & Jamie Mowbray - Time Fades Away (Four :Twenty)Old hand Dean Ramirez meets up with Jamie Mowbray, a Four:Twenty regular and up & coming DJ talent for a blunt yet satisfying technified dancefloor offering. As expected, twisted synths play a key role on “Time Fades Away“, writhing under amorous vocals and wired keys.
Irfan - The Red Giants EP (Still Music)It’s been a while since the last time Irfan of Rainy City Music fame offered such Techy compositions, but this EP is a welcome return to a tougher musical landscape. Head straight for “The Moonmoths”, where warm synths partner glowing keys and persistent percussion. The ‘Raw Version‘ of “Red Giants” is all pressing synths and off-kilter jazzoid keys, whilst the ’Soundtrack Version’ is a deeper mission, with keys that penetrate further!
DJ 3000 & Santiago Salazar - Gjeloshaj 1862 (Motech)Originally created by Gerald Mitchell and then re-shaped by Mr Motech, Santiago Salazar added the final touches with his stunning remix of “Gjeloshaj 1862”. This shows that in some cases, the work of three minds is certainly better than one. Flowing keys, golden synths and relentless percussion do the work behind merged Albanian vocals on Salazar’s streamlined remix.
Yellow Sox - Zig Zag EP (Freerange)Back in the days when tags such as Deep House actually described music that was emotionally provoking and not just the oral equivalent of watching paint dry, Diesel of X Press 2 fame made belters like “Flim Flam” that were actually worthy of the tag that is now pretty much obsolete. “Zig Zag” in original form is a little drawn out, but the ’Edit’ is on the money, courtesy of its journeying synths, wide-eyed strings and heaving bass drops.
Bangana - Oh My Mind/Mrs Moore (Heya Hifi)Inspired by the writing of an early twentieth century British Christian mystic, Evelyn Underhill, this tasty two tracker features House rhythmics that will appeal to the mind as well as the feet. “Oh My Mind” features fractured beats, mysterious key work and confusing bass dalliances. “Mrs. Moore” plods along with the help of a bottomless bassline and ’nice’ keys.
Guy Gerber & Chaim - Saltamonte EP (Supplement Facts)Tel Aviv based Guy Gerber hooks up with fellow countryman Chaim for some mind bending technotronic action in the shape of “Saltamonte” (which means grasshopper in Spanish), released on his own Supplement Facts imprint. The title track is set to do tremendous dancefloor damage and features gargling synth lines, neat percussive work and rolling bass action. “Milkyway” is a dreamier affair, where mind-expanding keys and drunken synths rule.
DJ Vadim feat. Katherin DeBoer - Black Is The Night (BBE)Russian born Hip Hop maestro DJ Vadim hits the Soul Hop nail on the head here, with a little help from Belleruche’s Kathrin deBoer, who may just be the next Alice Russell! Swaying beats and lilting guitars provide a complementary backing to deBoer’s macabre vocals on this tune, which is available on Vadim’s “Got To Rock EP”.
Robbie - The Joint/Hot Kitchen (Supernature Recordings)
Robbie Akbal hails from Mexico and he brings us the first release on Supernature, an imprint set up by Audiofly. Unfortunately the strongest cut is not available on the vinyl release, but MP3 buyers get “Hot Kitchen”, a monstrous Technoid effort that features a mean bassline, single tone key work and slim beats.JF
Nick Holder feat. Sacha - Time (NRK)An ever-present face in House music for more than a decade, Nick Holder brings another first rate effort to NRK in the shape of “Time”. The original version is a sweet broken house effort, whilst the ’Six Series Dub’ is a pointed housefloor revision with barbed synths and pleading vocal lines.
Daedelus - Fair Weather Friends (Ninja Tune)Daedelus turns the formbook on its head to create an indie-hop winner that surprises and delights in equal amounts. It is only really the title track on this EP that is worth your attention, but its energetic percussion, organ power and suggestive vocal refrain makes “Fair Weather Friends“ pretty damn special.
Louie Austen - Summer Love (LA Music)It seems like the crooning lounge lizard went on holiday in the summer and here he wishes to share a detailed oral travelogue with his listeners. “Coconut Girl” is an acoustic guitar driven lovely and Lalo Schifrin could have produced his idealistic tribute to a South American nation, entitled “Brazil”. Back in Europe, the grooving “Barcelona” charts the excitement of Spain’s second city, whilst “Summer Love” is an offbeat electronic recollection of sun kissed amour.
Koichi Ozaki (Eurasian Suite) - Decadal Cruise (Eurasian Suite)Koichi ‘Eurasian Suite’ Ozaki returns for with more intriguing left-of-centre neo-jazz music, with Novo Tempo in tow, as per usual. This release is available from Japanese iTunes and kicks off with the piano and percussion guided “Decadal Cruise”. The ’Bamboo Mix’ is a more fluid version and the other track from Ozaki on this EP, entitled “Newborn Echo”, brings forth an inner peace, courtesy of some beautiful key work and regimented percussion. Novo Tempo’s contribution to this EP is “Circles”, where a thoughtful live bass is joined by touching flute playing and solemn percussion.