Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Tracks of 2008

  1. Andrés feat. Lady - El Ritmo De mi Gente! - Mahogani
  2. Alaine - Spin Me - Don Corleon
  3. Villalobos - Enfants
  4. Q Burns - Shame (Hakan Lidbo Dub) - Eighth Dimension
  5. Mr. Scruff feat. Andreya Triana - Hold On - Ninja Tune
  6. Kaori - In My Head (DJ Kawasaki Remix) - Crue-L Future
  7. Theo Parrish - Love Triumphant - Sound Signature
  8. Calm - Life Is Stardust - Music Conception
  9. Matt Helders feat. Nesreen Shah - Dreamer - Late Night Tales
  10. Inner City Jam Orchestra - Found Love - Second Edition
  11. Sylk 130 - Fallen Angel - Five Six Media
  12. Roisin Murphy - You Know Me Better (Toddla T Remix) - Emi
  13. Florian Meindl - 8 Bit Romance (Radio Slave Remix) - Hell Yeah
  14. Baobinga & ID feat. Virus Syndicate - Jump Up Get Hype (Heavy Feet Remix) - Fat
  15. Yolanta Sy - The Garden -Red
  16. Siriusmo - Allthegirls - Exploited
  17. Diverted - Summer Hiding - Air
  18. Radio Kijada - Agua E’Nieve - Month of March
  19. Soft Rocks - Jingo Huh? - Soft Rocks
  20. Ghislain Poirier - Go Ballistic (Duckbeats & Toddla T Remix) - Ninja Tune
  21. Jamie McHugh - H20 - Underwater
  22. Adomat 3000 - BDN2 - Four Twenty
  23. Flyt - Free - Futuristica
  24. Dyed Soundorum - Question - Freak N Chic
  25. Magik Johnson - East West Connection - NRK
  26. Black Grass - Queztalcoatl Returns - Cat Skills
  27. Nick Holder feat. Sacha - Time (Remixes) - NRK
  28. Gavin Boyce - To The Roxy - Nordic Trax
  29. Jochen Pash - Mathematics (Kid Massive Remix) - Caballero
  30. Mr. Scruff feat. Alice Russell - Music Takes Me Up - Ninja Tune

Albums & Compilations of 2008


  1. Kissey Asplund - Plethora - R2
  2. V/A - Southport Weekender Vol 7: Mixed by Mr. Scruff - suSU
  3. Calm - Silver Moon - Music Conception
  4. V/A - Computer Incarnations For World Peace Vol 2 - Sonar Kollektiv
  5. Rodriguez - Cold Fact - Light In The Attic
  6. V/A - Big Freeze 3: Mixed by Chris Coco - Platipus
  7. Munk - Cloudburster - Gomma
  8. V/A - Influences: DJ Marky - BBE
  9. Castanets - City Of Refuge - Asthmatic Kitty
  10. V/A - American Boogie Down: Mixed by Jerome Deradji - BBE

Musical events and radio shows of 2008



  1. Kabal Vs Scuba Part 1
  2. Calm live at Synchronicity 2008
  3. Kawasaki PA & Ge-ology DJ set at The Room
  4. Likkle Mai live at Synchronicity 2008
  5. Pipes’ Sheffield music history on the Sounds Like This radio show

V/A - Rmxxology Deluxe (Delicious Vinyl)


Web: http://www.deliciousvinyl.com
Delicious Vinyl’s logo is a guy taking a bite out of what must be one tasty piece of vinyl and over the years, the label has released some wholesome musical treats. On this retrospective compilation, flavoursome morsels of the hip hop and jazzified variety have been retooled for ‘electronic dancefloors’ by fashionable newbies and heavyweight producers. Treats on the first disc include Mr. Flash’s spinning revision of Masta Ace’s Sittin’ On Chrome and Diplo’s take on Young MC’s Bust A Move. Disc two features instrumental versions of remixes from disc one, where highs include the Philippians’ dreamy take on The Pharcyde’s timeless Runnin’. The second disc also features classics such as Young MC’s egotistical Know How. Rmxxology is a good example of a remix compilation where the tracks have been revisited in a manner where the remixes actually compliment the original versions.
JF

V/A - BBE Sampler 2008 (BBE)

Web: http://www.bbemusic.com
This compilation reminds music lovers of the quality and the breadth of the music released on the fantastic BBE Music imprint. They may be Barely Breaking Even, but they know how to release wonderful compilations and artist albums that cover various electronic and leftfield dance music bases. The highlights come thick and fast, with special gems including Skyy’s gorgeous Here’s To You (from Marky’s Influences compilation), J-Live’s triumphant The Upgrade (from J-Live’s Then What Happened LP) and Ini Kamoze’s hilarious My Girl (from Rodigan’s Real Authentic Reggae compilation). BBE have had a storming 2008, here’s to 2009!
JF

V/A - Back In The Box: Dave Clarke (Back In The Box)

Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com
Techno don Dave Clarke gets the chance to go back in house time with a selection of historic favourites for NRK’s past leaning compilation series. Less fearsome than a Dave Clarke technoid DJ set, this mix still packs considerable punch and features some awesome obvious and obscure gems from way back when. The mix is perhaps a little more vocal and melodic than one may expect, with highs appearing in the form of cuts such as Fast Eddie Smith’s Jack The House, Virgo’s hypnotic In A Vision (Instrumental) and Julian Jonah’s heartfelt Jealousy And Lies. This is a lovely trip into the past with a very able musical pilot.
JF

V/A - Deep Sensation II: Mixed By Nick Harris (NRK)


Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com
NRK are still championing proper deep house music in various forms after more than a decade in the business and label boss Nick Harris has not lost his ear for spotting a tasty musical treat. This compilation sees him sum up NRK’s 2008 with a double disc set. Deep Sensation II features technoid stormers, glorious vocal efforts and cool jazzied favourites. Winners include the magical Wahoo touch up of Nick Holder’s Time, Charles Webster’s nasty Acid mix of Nu Frequency’s Go That Deep and the cool Shur-I-Kan mix of Osborne’s delightful Ruling. 12 years after their inception, NRK Sound Division are still pushing the best in deeper and techier leaning house music.
JF

V/A - Saturday, I’m In Love (Diynamic)


Web: http://www.diynamic.com
The Hamburg based Diynamic label is owned by Adriano Trolio and super producer Mladen Solomun. It therefore comes as no surprise that this compilation features a disc of techy gems mixed by Solomun as well as a CD of non adulterated cuts. Solomun himself chips in with a few choice cuts, but his musical friends are also on hand to supply a wealth of material. Highs on the unmixed disc include Trickski’s macabre Your Lonely Nights and Stimming’s string draped For A Friend. Mixed highs appear in the form of Guido Schneider’s probing take on Solomon & Stimming’s Feuervogel and Motorcitysoul’s playful revision of Solomon & Stimming’s Eiszauber. A Technoid dream.
JF

V/A - Next Stop (Public Transit)

V/A - Next Stop (Public Transit)
Web: http://ptrmusic.com/release.php?catalog_id=PTR-DA016
Public Transit offer their listeners a gift in the form of this tasty compilation, which can be downloaded for FREE from their website. Next Stop features all the main players on the imprint and a number of nu guns. It is the trusty soldiers that come up with the goods and winners include LAL’s eerie Erase Me, Moonstarr’s shuffly Broken Bossa and the sleazy bassed Into The Out from Moon, Sarah Linhares and Richard Williams. This compilation serves as an ideal way for newcomers to familiarise themselves with the musical world of this Toronto based label and it also features treats for fans of the label‘s major players.
JF

Clyde - Hyper Reality (Mantis)


Web: http://www.clydemantis.co.uk
It seems like it has taken Clyde an age to get round to releasing his debut solo album, with the first cut on the LP being released as a 12” back in 2003. The cut in question was the blinding Serve It Up, which was and still is a brilliant hip-soul-house number. Elsewhere, Clyde crosses genres with ease, bringing everything from warped bass heavy hip hop to off key broken funkers and shuffly housers to his musical table. Winners include the desireful In Front Of Me, booty shaking Roll Of The Beast and of course the aforementioned Serve It Up. Hyper Reality is an album of sleazy warped electronic grooves with attitude from Clyde.
JF

V/A - F021R Meets Club Ibiza (Sunshine Enterprises)


Web: www.fusionova021records.com
Enrique Domenech is the guy behind the Fusionova021 label and a competent figure behind the decks, with a wealth of experience. Here, he has been given the opportunity to pick the music for the first disc of this summer inspired compilation released by Sunshine Enterprises. The second disc comes courtesy of Ibizan club and radio DJ Igor Marijuan, who plays at the isle’s clubs and spins on radio stations such as Ibiza Sonica. Winners on Domenech’s jazzy and predominantly chilled disc include Modaji’s loving Grass Is Greener and Moonstarr’s pushy Get Outside. Marijuan’s set is housier and features highs such as Nacho Marco’s dreamy Sundays In Love and The Ame mix of Nigel Hayes’ fine Augustus. The mixes are complimentary, with Enrique relaxing his listeners, before Igor gets them going with a selection for the dancefloor.
JF

The Bug - London Zoo (Ninja Tune)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/thebuguk
Kevin ‘The Bug’ Martin brings us his nasty brand of grimey dancehall to Ninja, aided and abetted by a crew of MCs. Tales of desperation, violence and frustration rule the roost, with powerful lyrical displays backed by heavy instrumental arrangements. High points include the Ricky Ranking assisted Murder Me, the moody Freak Freak and the emphatic Warrior Queen touched Poison Dart. This is not an album that is easy to listen to, but it is worth the effort.
JF

Ave.To - Three Way Intersection (Asahra)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/avenueto
Ave.To take listeners to a street where the sun always shines. The group create organic jazzified grooves that positively beam at their audience. One member of Ave.To is Nicolas Laget of T Kolai fame, who therefore adds a cool and heartfelt deepness to the musical proceedings. Fine moments on Three Way Intersection include the beautifully trumpeted Mama’s Koolaid, the calming Gallery Place and the mystical flute driven Edo. Take a stroll down Ave.To!
JF

Sunday, 7 December 2008

Winter Single Reviews #1

Jon Freer’s Reviews: Winter 08 Singles #1

Radiokijada - Agua E’Nieve EP (Month Of March)
Silverclub - Crash This Car (Leftroom)
The Long Lost - Woebegone (Ninja Tune)
Jonny White - Dominatrix (Number 19 Music)
Swamburger - Sun-Vibes (Eighth Dimension)
Jochen Pash - Mathematics (Caballero)
V/A - One Year Of Future (Khazuma Future)
Deepgroove - Bad Acid (Underwater)
Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson - Ghost Train/Invaders (Klang Electronik)
Armand Van Helden - A Track Called Jack (Idiotproof Remix)
Audio Soul Project - Don’t Sleep (NRK)
Brooks - RLF (Mantis)
Tony Senghore Vs Baron Bane - Love.Cure.All (Remixes) (Anonym)
Manuel Perez Presents Mangotronique (Lace)
Electric Conversation - Golden EP (Futuristica Music)
David K - Bento Box Parts 1 & 2 (Freak N Chic)
Wild Rumpus - Rock The Joint (Bitches Brew)
Rob Symmeonn - No More (Redbud)
Milton Jackson - Crash (Freerange)
Mario Basanov & Vidis - Test (Mantis)
Dexter - Turkish Delight (Low Pressings)
Dexter - Android (Beat Code)
Nils Krogh - Lost Luggage (Bangana Remixes)
Golden Bug - Bisco (Gomma)
Munk - Down In LA (Shazam Remix) (Gomma)
Solee - Jule (Parquet)
Kendra Lou & The Miracles - Be Kind To Your Mind (Wah Wah 45s)
7 Samurai - Jah Music (Poets Club)
Boris Horel - Is That A Yes (Supernature)
Nick Curly - Critical Mass (Murmur)
Marc Antona - Day After Day After Day (Micro-Fibres)
Dero & Rivera - Batacuda (Juicy)
Atjazz - Underlined (Remixes) (Mantis)
Kinny - Idle Forest Of Chit Chat (Tru Thoughts)
Dawn Tallman - Who Can I Run To? (Thick)
Dusty - Keep It Raw (Remixed) (Jazz & Milk)
Diesler - Tracks On The Rocks Sampler (Freestyle)
Various - Double A Volume 2 (Lot 49)
Diverted - Plum (Air)
Ronan feat. Morrison - Funky Thing (130)
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Radiokijada - Agua E’Nieve EP (Month Of March)
Web: http://www.radiokijada.com
Who are Radiokijada? They are Christopher Müller of Gotan Project fame and Rodolfo Muñoz, a percussionist from Peru, who together make gorgeous blunted electronic music, inspired by Afro Peruvian musical vibes. Agua E’Nieve is a life-affirming effort, with hulking beats, expressive vocals, righteous trumpeting and tender keys. The ‘Roy Dubb Version’ of Agua E’Nieve moves the track further into Gotan territory, courtesy of heavy dub stylings, whilst Manoteo En Menor opts for tender guitar work and sharp percussion. Lima-Paris is another powerful effort, with an exposed bassline, complex rhythmics and pointed keys.

Learn more:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QCOgKDR6kA


Silverclub - Crash This Car (Leftroom)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/silverclubuk
Manchester based Silverclub unleash an awesome electro pop opus in the shape of the singalong Crash This Car. Searing strings, cosmic synths and a frightening bassline colour the grooves, whilst the angsty vocals provide the icing. Jimmy Edgar’s remix stutters the vocals and adds a filthy bassline, whilst the TASH remix is all about the keys.

The Long Lost - Woebegone (Ninja Tune)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/findthelonglost
Mr. and Mrs. Daedelus drop by with a tender love ode, which sees an outing on the ever present Ninja Tune label. Woebegone takes its strength from beautiful acoustic meandering, melodic keys and melancholic vocals.

Jonny White - Dominatrix (Number 19 Music)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/jonnywhitetoronto
Toronto’s Jonny White brings us a familiar vocal sample to the table on this techy release, but his chosen musical backing is cool and this release features some cool reinterpretations. Nitin’s excellent remix is all thumping beats and complementary bass drops, whilst Kenny Glasgow drops an awesome key driven revision. Stacey Pullen turns up with a revolving technoid take on proceedings, and DJ Sneak applies a spongy bassline and vocal moans.

Swamburger - Sun-Vibes (Eighth Dimension)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/swamburger
Originally out in 2003, this release acknowledges that some people are blessed with summery skies at this time of the year, even if many of us in the northern hemisphere are freezing. It is Beef Wellington’s fresh remixes that hit home, courtesy of their soft bass work and sweet keys.

Jochen Pash - Mathematics (Caballero)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/jochenpash
Jochen Pash teams up with Chelonis R. Jones for a storming vocal house release, but it’s Kid Massive who takes the biscuit with his unstoppable remix. Anthemic keys, gutsy synth stabs, the occasional cowbell and a memorable vocal hook make Massive’s Audiodamage version a perfect peaktime banger.

V/A - One Year Of Future (Khazuma Future)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/khazumafuture
Khazuma celebrate one year of their Future imprint with a brilliant two part EP that showcases the musical strength of this Spanish label. First up is Sebastian Davidson’s gorgeous key driven take on Deep & Suga Meet Groove Garcia’s Narcolepsia, which is quickly followed by Jesus Gonsev’s synth jacking Blue Hands. Oscar Barila’s Messiah is a crunchy groover with life changing keys, whilst Hitch’s La Urbe is a measured synth kissed cut. Baldo’s Sandcastles is a dreamy affair and Carlo’s Ex Umbris Et Imaginibus features ghostly vocal apparitions and powerful percussion patterns.

Deepgroove - Bad Acid (Underwater)
Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson - Ghost Train/Invaders (Klang Electronik)
Armand Van Helden - A Track Called Jack (Idiotproof Remix)
Web: http://www.deepgrooveworld.com
Bristol based Deepgroove have been busy of late, dropping two original EPs and a remix for NY doyen Armand Van Helden. Bad Acid in original form is a levitating synth assault, whilst the Style of Eye remix drafts in a darker bassline. Also included on the Underwater release is the 2008 version of Jus Luv Rave, which is a little less ravey and a whole lot more of a synth jerker than the original. Their Klang Electronik release alongside Jamie Anderson features the warbling bass led fun of Ghost Train and the acid drenched Invaders. The Idiotproof version of A Track Called Jack is characterised by filthy bass action, earnest keys and serious sounding vocals.

Audio Soul Project - Don’t Sleep (NRK)
Web: http://www.audiosoulproject.com
Yes, this is Mazi aka Audio Soul Project, alongside Nathan Drew Larsen on a rare vocal excursion, which sees the light of day via the ever consistent NRK imprint. Don’t Sleep features hypnotic synth patterns and insomniac tendency advocating vocals, whilst the Dub brings out the atmospheric strings and bass power. Vincenzo brings a more melancholic sound to the table for his remixes, aided by wonderfully uplifting keys.

Brooks - RLF (Mantis)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/andrewjamesbrooks
Brooks is clearly in a bad mood here, dropping a nasty yet enjoyable dancefloor bothering effort entitled RLF. Splintered acidic synths, demented beats and crazed keys do the work on the original. Meanwhile, the Euro Dub is all synthetic pressure and further acid action.

Tony Senghore Vs Baron Bane - Love.Cure.All (Remixes) (Anonym)
Web: http://www.tonysenghore.com
After the amazing original package, Love.Cure.All is back, remixed by Style of Eye and David Ekenback. The Style of Eye mix is a hard nosed electroid version, with a screaming synth line, ashen faced bass drops and full bodied percussion. Ekenback slices the vocals, over-dramatises the bassline and heightens the synthetic elements on his revisions.

Manuel Perez Presents Mangotronique (Lace)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/djmanuelperez
It has been an age, but South West France based Manuel Perez is back with a devastating techy release on his own Lace imprint. Euro Mango is all meaty bass hits and eye brightening keys, whilst Frozen Mango is a heftier version. Peeled Mango features dark keys and a twisted bassline, with Acid Mango rounding things off with a full on acidic onslaught.

Electric Conversation - Golden EP (Futuristica Music)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/electricconversation
Electric Conversation are still entering into dynamic musical dialogue, here bringing the lazy Sunday flavour of Golden to the table. Not to be confused with the Jill Scott beauty from a few years back, this is an ode to heartbreak, set against twisted synths and mangled beats.

David K - Bento Box Parts 1 & 2 (Freak N Chic)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/davidkblog
Parisian David K drops two cool techy EPs on Dan Ghenacia’s Freak N Chic imprint inspired by the magical tastes encountered in the land of the rising sun. Part 1’s tasty morsels are the devastating bass heavy Yakiniku and the disorientating Yakitori. Part 2’s treat appear in the form of the ghostly Fugu and moodily keyed Kobe.

Wild Rumpus - Rock The Joint (Bitches Brew)
Web: http://www.garylucas.com/www/wildr/
On this outing, it is actually Reverso 69, who rock the said joint, with a gutsy revision of this Wild Rumpus effort. A fat bass does the work alongside day brightening keys and cheeky guitar work.

Rob Symmeonn - No More (Redbud)
Web: http://www.angelfire.com/rebellion/robsymeonn/
Symmeonn’s Chosen One LP was a conscious reggae highlight of 2006 and the album still brings forth 7” treats. No More hits out against backstabbers, over warm brass and positive guitar stylings. Ticklah’s cool version features sirens, heavy bass drops and melodious keys.

Milton Jackson - Crash (Freerange)
Web: http://miltonjackson.libsyn.com
Firmly at home on Freerange, Milton Jackson drops a synth laden banger in the shape of Crash. Based on a simple groove, this track should hit the mark in various musical environments.

Mario Basanov & Vidis - Test (Mantis)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/mariobasanovmusic
Lithuania’s Mario Basanov & Vidis bring us a deeper than deep techy opus in the shape of Test. Clunky percussion and atmospheric keys make their presence felt on the original version, whilst The Groove is a smoother take on proceedings. Atjazz supplies a couple of gorgeous ’Afrotech’ remixes, where sparkling synths bring home the money.

Dexter - Android (Beat Code)
Dexter - Turkish Delight (Low Pressings)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/lowpressings
Dexter aka Mat Royal drops the techy magic for both Beat Code and Low Pressings. The title track from the Beat Code release is a dreamy affair, whilst the luxurious Stucco Soul is also worth checking on the EP. As far as the Low Pressings outing is concerned, Turkish Delight is a masterful techy opus, Under My Skin is a jackin’ effort and 5 Phase goes that bit deeper.

Nils Krogh - Lost Luggage (Bangana Remixes)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/nilskrogh
I don’t know where Nils Krogh lost his luggage, but it looks like Bangana located said baggage and gave it the techy acid treatment. Nagging keys, serene strings and heads down percussion do the work on Bangana’s tough yet enjoyable takes on Krogh’s effort.

Golden Bug - Bisco (Gomma)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/goldenbug
Golden Bug do Gomma a service by bringing forth a slice of dancefloor mayhem in the shape of a little ditty entitled Bisco. The track is a like a nasty disco nightmare, where the synths are heavy, the strings piercing and the basslines unyielding.

Munk - Down In LA (Shazam Remix) (Gomma)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/munkfromgomma
Perth based Shazam has transported Munk to Australia, courtesy of a gorgeous re-take of Down In LA. Shimmering synths, level headed percussion and lovely keys make shapes on Shazam’s cool refix.

Solee - Jule (Parquet)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/soleemusic
Solee’s real name happens to be Normen Flaskamp and whilst it’s disappointing that the Stuttgart based techno producer doesn’t often release music under his wonderful birth name, he happens to do the business as Solee. In original form, Jule is a possessive bass driven stormer, whilst Giash tames the bass on his remix. The Microdub invites grooving keys and a darker bassline onto the dancefloor, whilst Pig & Dan go for broke with a fierce remix.

Kendra Lou & The Miracles - Be Kind To Your Mind (Wah Wah 45s)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/kendralouandthemiracles
Kendra Lou is the featured artist here, but it’s Stockholm’s mighty Red Astaire who is the star of the show. His take on Be Kind To Your Mind features a potent bassline, smoky brass and level percussion.

7 Samurai - Jah Music (Poets Club)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/7samuraimusic
Alicia ‘Blue Eyez’ Smith lends her uplifting tones to this gorgeous slice of smiling soulful goodness from Tom Wieland aka Panoptikum aka 7 Samurai. Calming guitars and understated percussion provide the backing for Smith’s sweet vocals.

Boris Horel - Is That A Yes (Supernature)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/borishorel
If you’re wondering, it most certainly is, due to Horel’s ability to create jerky grooves and his friends’ talent at reorganising them. Is That A Yes features a soiled bassline and flipped keys, whilst FA101 features a fatter bassline and jagged keys. Bearweasel brings us a weirder take on the title track, whilst Dan Ghenacia hits home with shifting bass work and odd gargling.

Nick Curly - Critical Mass (Murmur)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/nickcurly8bit
Label boss and technoid constructor Nick Curly aka Nico Döhringer enters the Murmur fray with a track set to get you dancing and exclaiming. Critical Mass is a monstrous keyed groover, whilst B Side cut Kalimba is full of the wonder of life. Geddes supplies a remix of Kalmiba, which turns the groove inside out, but the original is the one to warm the heart.

Marc Antona - Day After Day After Day (Micro-Fibres)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/marcantona
Back on Freak N Chic’s slimline sister, Marc Antona rolls out the mesmeric grooves in the shape of Day After Day After Day. A churning bass, rising keys and knocking percussion all do their fair share on the title track, whilst Do You Believe Me Now is a moody effort and Timer grooves with ease.

Dero & Rivera - Batacuda (Juicy)
Web: http://www.robbierivera.com
Ezekiel Dero and Roberto Luis Rivera aka Robbie Rivera, have been making floor bothering house records independently for a good number of years. Here they’ve used their combined creative juices to bring us Batacuda, the sort of record that the phrase ’big room record’ was made for, which features heavy drums, marauding synths and jabbing stabs.

Atjazz - Underlined (Remixes) (Mantis)
Web: http://www.atjazz.co.uk
Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iverson is one of the most talented producers of his generation and here he lets one of his musical babies be reshaped by other studios heads. The finest mix of Underlined comes in the shape of Wagon Cookin’s Dub, which features probing keys and cracking percussion.

Kinny - Idle Forest Of Chit Chat (Tru Thoughts)
Web: http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk/artists/kinny
Formerly a fixture alongside Horne, Kinny’s distinctive vocal tones now find home alongside a range of producers. Norway’s Souldrop has penned the soul steeped Water For Chocolate, where strained strings and live percussion meet under K’s vocals. Desire is a jazzied ditty, with Nostalgia 77’s strong brass work and Kinny’s hungry vocals.

Dawn Tallman - Who Can I Run To? (Thick)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/brianmorganbamjams
BAM is Brian Alexander Morgan, who has constructed this magical vocal house cover of Who Can I Run To? BAM’s Dub is the mix to check, courtesy of its shining keys, tender guitar and impassioned vocal hits.

Dusty - Keep It Raw (Remixed) (Jazz & Milk)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/watchtvandtheprimetimes
Veteran ‘silly box’ gazer and skilful beat constructor, Madrid’s Watch TV provides the finest take on Dusty’s material. Mr. TV brings us a wonderfully energetic mix of Tap Tap, complete with brass flourishes, gooey keys and quick witted beats.

Diesler - Tracks On The Rocks Sampler (Freestyle)
Web: http://www.dieslermusic.com
Burnley’s finest, Mr. Jonathan Radford aka Diesler, gives us a taste of his funked out jazzy magic in the shape of a sampler for his next LP project. Head straight for Diesler’s excellent revision of Ruckus Roboticus’s Here We Go for demented piano play and crazy live bass shenanigans.

Various - Double A Volume 2 (Lot 49)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/lot49
Dylan Rhymes brings us a bass heavy house effort in the shape of Suicide Girl. A gargling synth writhes over fearsome percussion and a whining bassline on this storming effort.

Diverted - Plum (Air)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/diverted
Live breaks fiends Diverted shows there’s life left in a somewhat tired genre with this animated breaks-not-breaks stormer. Cowbells, a hitting bass and an audacious synth groove pull the shapes on the monstrous Plum.

Ronan feat. Morrison - Funky Thing (130)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/ronanportela
Buenos Aires based Ronan comes on like San Fran pin-up Miguel Migs circa 1999, with a delectable slice of swinging vocal house. The original mix is the pick, with its rolling bass, smooth synths and sweet vocals.

All Reviews by Jon Freer

Monday, 24 November 2008

HIB Radio: Autumn 08 Album Selection #3


Listen to a mixed selection of tracks from the recent albums & compilation's I've reviewed. All the tracks have received the JF sound fx treatment and each has been edited for HIB Radio...

Autumn 08 Album Selection #3

Jamie Woon - Robots
from V/A - Broadcasting: Karen P (Sonar Kollektiv)
Ketsa - The Spaarn
from Ketsa - Aquarius Unfolds (End Daze)
Distance - Out Of Mind
from Distance - Repercussions (Planet Mu)
Sonar Kollektiv Orchester - How To Find Royal Jelly
from Sonar Kollektiv Orchester - Guaranteed Niceness (Sonar Kollektiv)
ESC - The Legacy (Weatherall Mix)
from Andrew Weatherall vs The Boardroom (Rotters Golf Club)
Aeroplane - Caramellas
from V/A - Big Freeze Vol 3: Mixed by Chris Coco (Platipus)
Beat Pharmacy feat. Ras B - Hope & Frustration
from Beat Pharmacy - Wikkid Times (Deep Space Media)
Phantom Power - A Dollar & A Dream
from Phantom Power - Patterns (Clicktracks)
Extrawelt - Dark Side of My Room
from Extrawelt - Schöne Neue Extrawelt (Cocoon)
Rejected - Let’s Go Juno (District One Remix)
from V/A - No Nonsense Mixed by Michel de Hey (Hey!)

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Sunday, 23 November 2008

V/A - Big Freeze Vol 3: Mixed by Chris Coco (Platipus)


Web: http://www.platipus.com
Chris Coco is a big daddy in the world of ‘chill out’ and this compilation for Platipus proves that he knows how to select gorgeous slovenly cuts and blend them together. Coco is a producer with a long discography, but his real talents lie with his ability to select seemingly incompatible musical material produced by his peers and get it to function together. At times his selections strays from ’conventional’ chill out, but this is exactly why Coco has such a talent at selecting music for mixed compilations. The Big Freeze Vol 3 is spread over two discs, but it is the first disc that is the one to write home about, as it features eleven amazing beautiful compositions and no sleep inducing fodder. Winners include Glass Candy’s tender cover of Computer Love, Aeroplane’s golden keyed Caramellas and Quiet Village’s life changing Pillow Talk. Yes, there are some cool moments on the second disc, but this compilation is worth purchasing for the content on disc 1. Enjoy freezing with Coco!

Beat Pharmacy - Wikkid Times (Deep Space Media)



Web: http://wikkidtimes.com
Brendon Moeller aka Beat Pharmacy brings us an album of dubno, which is to say an album where dubby soundscapes and toasted lyrics meet the uplift and mesmeric qualities of deeper technoid grooves. It is an awe inspiring collection of music, which sees a number of MCs stop by to lend their lyrics to Moeller’s powerful grooves. Songs of frustration, protest and injustice sit alongside the most beautiful of love odes, on this LP of dubno and dubby electronica, released via the Deep Space Media offshoot of Wave Music. Key cuts include the barbed Rooftops featuring Coppa, the monstrous Paul St. Hilaire vocalised Sunshine and the dreamy Hope & Frustration, where Ras B supplies the vocals. This is a remarkable album from Brendon Moeller and his cast of lyrical providers.

JF

V/A - No Nonsense Mixed by Michel de Hey (Hey!)



Web: http://www.micheldehey.com
Based in The Netherlands, Michel de Hey has been creating powerful productions and thrilling dancefloors from behind the decks for over two decades. A pusher of exciting technoid material through his own labels and a variety of other outlets, de Hey knows great club music when he hears it and this mix CD is packed full of ear pleasing gems, road tested during his gigs across the globe. No Nonsense has been put together expertly, with each track sounding like it was meant to follow the one that precedes it and the intensity of the music increases throughout the mix. Highlights include the hypnotic beauty of Rauwkost’s A New Era Of Love, Daso & Pawas’s wonderfully melodic Det and the twisted synth mayhem of District One’s remix of Rejected’s Let’s Go Juno. This is the sort of mix that reminds you why a night on your favourite dancefloor, driven by club music as exciting as this can be so enjoyable.

JF

Phantom Power - Patterns (Clicktracks)


Web: http://www.wavemusic.com
Best known for his role as François K’s engineer and as a producer of techy material, it is fitting that Rob Rives drops his debut LP of Phantom Power material on Clicktracks, the techno imprint that is part of FK’s mighty Wave family. Patterns sums up the musical content pretty well, with synths, keys and drum lines painting the pretty musical pictures. It is a clubfloor album at the end of the day and features notable floor movers such as the trippy Space In Your Face, a punishing number entitled Acid Über Alles and the rolling A Dollar & A Dream (Mix 1 & 2 edit). This techy album packs a considerable of punch, due to Rives’s skill at creating Patterns and his Phantom Powers in the studio.

JF

Andrew Weatherall vs The Boardroom (Rotters Golf Club)


Web: http://www.rottersgolfclub.com
The Boardroom is home to engineer Steve Boardman and his merry band of musical men. The other members are all producers and spinners of note and here they contribute cuts and remixes best described as technoid and moody electronic goodness. The other cuts and remixes on this comp are from the legendary Andrew Weatherall, either alone or under the Two Lone Swordsmen guise. As expected, the quality of the music involved is high, with cuts of note including Radical Majik’s hypnotic Spread The Hot Potato, Weatherall’s thoughtful guitar driven overhaul of E.S.C.’s The Legacy and E.S.C.’s own bass heavy take on Two Lone Swordsmen’s Shack 54. Weatherall and friends deliver the goods here, on this comp that has my ears itching to hear Sir Andrew’s forthcoming solo album.

JF

Ketsa - Aquarius Unfolds (End Daze)


Web: http://www.soapsudcity.com
Equally competent pushing techno and downbeat, Ketsa aka Shaolin brings us an album of slovenly grooves on End Daze, which happens to be his own imprint. Coarse beats line up alongside scrunched up samples and repetitive grooves, with Ketsa creating weird but tasty cuts. Winners on this album include the piano laced The Spaarn, energetic Soulwreck and feet dragging Mindlapse. For downbeat compositions with bite, enter the world of Ketsa.

JF

Distance - Repercussions (Planet Mu)


Web: http://www.planet-mu.com
I can’t help feeling that the majority of dubstep just sounds like heavily sedated drum’n’bass, but without the excitement or intense power. That said, there are producers like Distance aka Greg Sanders, who create the sort of compositions that show there is much more to the genre than pseudo D&B. Repercussions is at times a brutal album, where the bass reigns supreme, but the other musical elements play a vital role. These elements help to create the dark soundscapes and moody vibes that give the album its ultimate strength. High points include the eastern tinged Out Of Mind, the serene Loosen My Grip and the jumpy Sending Chills. This is a dark yet rewarding journey.

JF

Extrawelt - Schöne Neue Extrawelt (Cocoon)


Web: http://www.cocoon.net
It is always worth keeping abreast of musical developments taking place on Sven Vath’s Cocoon imprint, as the label puts out some excellent technoid efforts. Here, they bring us a cool artist album from Hamburg’s Extrawelt aka Arne Schaffhausen and Wayan Raabe. Techno is their musical focus and the duo deliver a collection of thinking man’s electronic grooves, which touch the mind and soul, as well as the feet. Dark Side of My Room is a dreamy groover, whilst Wolkenbruch is a rotating musical mess in the best possible way and Daten Raten sees a toxic bassline work wonders. Functional technoid grooves for front room and dancefloor.

JF

Sonar Kollektiv Orchester - Guaranteed Niceness (Sonar Kollektiv)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/sonarkollektivorchestra
Fifteen musicians from the extended Sonar stable have hooked up here in order to re-cover SK musical shapes in an organic manner. Real kits have replaced drum machines, live strings replaced artificial ones and singing talents revocalised a range of material from the huge SK catalogue. Voker Meitz has acted as band leader, helping to create endearing takes on cuts such as the loveable (I Got) Somebody New, the gorgeous Africa and even the wobbly How To Find Royal Jelly. ‘Orchestra’ type covers of electronic efforts can be very hit and miss, but this collection is enjoyable, due to musicality and grooviness of the original compositions.

JF

V/A - Broadcasting: Karen P (Sonar Kollektiv)



Web: http://www.karenp.co.uk
Considering the fact that Karen Pearson has broadcasted with the best of them, via the Red Bull Music Academy web radio station and through her work as Gilles Peterson’s producer, she was a logical choice to submit a tome for this series. Her collection features sweet folky and soulful cuts alongside dance floor bothering electronic fair with fat basslines. Some of the tracks are a little twee and lack charisma, but there are winners like Morning Voices’ bonkers Pikku Myyn laula (Lila Mys visa), the heartfelt folk hop of Woon’s Robots and the searing strength of Rene Costy’s Scrabble. I would have expected this collection to be a little more diverse, considering Karen P’s musical background, but Broadcasting is a nice relaxing listen.

JF

Sunday, 9 November 2008

HIB Radio: Autumn LPs 08 Selection #2


Listen to a mixed selection of tracks from the recent albums & compilation's I've reviewed. All the tracks have received the JF sound fx treatment and each has been edited for HIB Radio....

Sambistas feat. Elza Soares - Minhas Madrugadas
from Sambistas - Sambistas (Sambistas)
Re:Jazz - Torch Of Freedom (Frost & Wagner Remix)
from Frost & Wagner - Remixes (Sonar Kollektiv/Best Seven)
Windsurf - Light As Daylight
from Windsurf - Coastlines (Internasjonal)
Black Science Orchestra - New Jersey Deep
from Black Science Orchestra - Walter’s Room (Junior Boys Own)
Hardrive - Deepinside
from V/A - Housemasters: Louie Vega (Defected)
Salome de Bahia - Outra Lugar
from V/A - Housemasters: Bob Sinclar (Defected)
Clarisse Muvemba - Time Is Now
from V/A - Music & Food (Heya Hifi)
Mirror Music - Gateway
from Mirror Music - The Strange Things I’ll Remember (Darkroom Dubs)
Kenneth Bager feat. Jean Luc Ponty and Nikolaj Grand jean - Fragment Four…Love Won’t Leave Me Alone (Jackie Idjut Remix)
from V/A - Fuse Presents Deetron (Music Man)
Fast Eddie - Acid Thunder
from V/A - Armand Van Helden: New York: A Mix Odyssey Two (Southern Fried)
Kid Cudi - Day ‘N’ Nite (Crookers Remix)
from V/A - Dr. Lektroluv: Live Recorded At Pukkelpop 2008 (Lektroluv)


If you like the music, please buy the albums!!!

V/A - Music & Food (Heya Hifi)


Web: http://www.heyahifi.com
Home to the always on the pulse Sumo outfit, Heya Hifi bring us a ’story so far’ label compilation, which is accompanied by a recipe book. Music & Food features tasty musical treats from the quartet of artists on the roster, alongside remixes and recipes from respected producers and DJs. A number of the recipes sound mouthwatering, whilst musical delicacies include Sumo’s imploring Lovebeat, Florain Kruse’s lazy Let Us Say Yeah and Clarisse Muvemba’s moment seizing Time Is Now. Heya Hifi have released some exceptional cuts in the last few years and the majority of them can be found on this compilation that excites the ears and tastebuds.

JF

Windsurf - Coastlines (Internasjonal)


Web: http://www.whatpeopleplay.com/windsurf
Solo, Daniel Judd and Sam Grawe make gorgeous stargazing compositions as Sorcerer and Hatchback respectively, so it comes as no surprise that they make beautiful music together as Windsurf. Based in San Fran, the duo create scorched musical landscapes consisting of smouldering guitars, burning synths and pattering percussion. Inspired by a whole host of musical acts, films and places, Coastlines drifts slowly into your mind and lodges itself there, with a couple of tracks coming across like a heavily sedated Metro Area. The album shows you the strength of well put together balearica and downbeat, with winners including the funky Light As Daylight, trippy Pocket Check and bassy White Soweto. A wonderful horizontal listening experience!

JF

V/A - Fuse Presents Deetron (Music Man)

Web: http://www.deetron.com
Sam Geiser aka Deetron brings us a blistering mix of house and techno for the Belgian Fuse club that hits hard and at the same time manages to delve deeper than many of his peers. Swiss born Geiser may be better known as a producer than a DJ, but this mix proves that he knows how to select the tracks too, providing captivating efforts from the past and present. Everyone’s a winner, but special treats include the stringtastic Jackie Idjut mix of Kenneth Bager feat. Jean Luc Ponty and Nikolaj Grandjean’s Fragment Four…Love Won’t Leave Me Alone, Trus’me’s hot W.A.R. Dub and Redshape’s unstoppable Warrior. House and techno DJ mix driven compilations are ten a penny and the internet is awash with sets to download, but Fuse Presents Deetron is a cut above the rest in terms of commercially available mixes and it demands your attention.

JF

V/A - Armand Van Helden: New York: A Mix Odyssey Two (Southern Fried)

Web: http://www.armandvanhelden.com
AVH has never hidden his love for Hip Hop, so it’s natural that this second mix odyssey is heavy on the bboy flavours and 80s electro, alongside housier cuts and tracks that blur genre lines. New York: A Mix Odyssey Two is a twenty eight track ride inspired by the city where he resides and it doubles as a musical history lesson, as well a compilation that can rock speakers. Old school rappers rub shoulders with acid house pioneers, scratched and cut up alongside Van Helden’s own grooves. The mix moves at a frightening pace and features notable efforts such as Debbie Malone’s pianotastic Rescue Me, Fast Eddie’s poetic Acid Thunder and the ace Turn Up The Bass from Tyree and Kool Rock Steady. Rave, hip hop, acid house and electro fun from AVH!

JF

V/A - Housemasters (Defected)


V/A - Housemasters: Louie Vega (Defected)
Web: http://www.vegarecords.net
V/A - Housemasters: Bob Sinclar (Defected)
Web: http://www.bobsinclar.com
Defected launch into a new compilation series, this one celebrating the production talents of house heroes and bringing their back catalogue into the digital age. Each producer presents twenty of their finest productions, remixes, and other people’s mixes of their cuts, with the tracks presented in their full-length unmixed glory as a download album or on two CDs. Louie Vega’s collection is the masterful set one would expect from a true king of the genre, which features its fair share of obscure 90s floor shakers as well as the obvious hits. Highlights of Vega’s two CD collection include MAW’s timeless To Be In Love, Hardrive’s passionate Deep Inside and organ drenched The Underground Network Mix of Sole Fusion’s We Can Make It. Chris Le Friant created Bob Sinclar in 1997, after becoming frustrated with blunted beat driven projects and the Sinclar alter ego has brought him huge dance floor and commercial success. Discoid and synthy vocal house make up the majority of the cuts on Bob’s double disc collection, which is patchy, but does feature a number of winners. Sinclar highs include the heartwarming, World, Hold On, Salomé de Bahia’s glorious Outro Lugar and the intense Tourment D’Amour. These collections are ideal primers for those unfamiliar with anything apart from the biggest hits produced by these house legends and are also useful for those looking to bolster their digital collections.

JF

Mirror Music - The Strange Things I’ll Remember (Darkroom Dubs)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/mirrormusic
Mirror Music may have been a recent Soma signing, but don’t let the name make you think that they are actually new to the game or even the label. Mirror Music is Graeme Reedie of Silicone Soul and engineer par excellence Dave Donaldson, who has been on hand to fine tune recent SS albums and has scored various Hollywood films in his spare time. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that they know how to create wonderfully musical and commanding house grooves. The album is an agreeable listen from start to finish and highs include the intergalactic funkout of the title track, pondering piano work of Galactic and string led mayhem of Fun. Away from the machine funk and artificial grooves of many house and techno producers, Mirror Music make wholesome grooves with cinematic soundscapes and instrumental flourishes.

JF

Frost & Wagner - Remixes (Best Seven/Sonar Kollektiv)


Web: http://www.frostandwagner.com
Best Seven is a fine imprint from the Berlin based Sonar Kollektiv camp that focuses on distinctly European sounding reggae and dub, which takes its cues from various forms of music. Messers Frost & Wagner bring us an album of reinterpretations of jazzy efforts sourced from the Sonar Kollektiv camp and beyond. The duo make use of reggae and dub techniques, in order to create mixes that may be grounded in the West Indian styles of music, but in a very loose manner. Certain mixes even have more in common with European downbeat music than offbeat dubby grooves. Highs include their proud brass based of Re:jazz’s Torch Of Freedom, the acoustic guitar beauty of She Walks Alone from Eva Be and a buoyant harmonica kissed touch up of Onejiru’s We Carry On. Sweet rootsy reggae, calm dubby grooves and loving downbeat moments dominate on this cool comp from Frost & Wagner, which is ideal for lazy afternoons.

JF

Black Science Orchestra - Walter’s Room (Junior Boys Own)


Web: http://www.discogs.com/artist/Black+Science+Orchestra
British house and fuzzy disco institution BSO are dragged into the 00s, with the re-release of 1996‘s Walter‘s Room on the recently re-activated JBO. For the uninitiated, BSO weren’t a conventional orchestra, but a production guise of Marc Woolford, Uschi Classen and a certain Ashley Beedle. Somewhat unlikely, JBO is back under the guidance and presumably distribution channels of big house cheese Defected, which means maximum exposure and publicity. Nevermind the politics of it all, Walter‘s Room is a corker of an album that reminds me of a time when there were a host of British labels releasing amazing music on vinyl (nu brit house anyone?) and deep house wasn‘t a dirty phrase. A few of the tracks sound a little old in the tooth, but most have stood the test of time better than other offerings from the same period. The album is worthy of purchase for the synth rocket that is New Jersey Deep alone, never mind the cool grooves of the murky Bless The Darkness uplifting Where Were You? and countless others. Revel in the bygone house and discoid goodness of the BSO, with a re-release that sounds hot today and reminds you of the golden period of UK house music.

JF

Sambistas - Sambistas (Sambistas)


Web: http://www.sambistas.net
The name says it all, as Sambistas is a project where samba standards are given new life by a select Brazilian vocalists and forty musicians. In Brazil, recreating classics is not a lazy option and covers are an essential part of the evolution of music. The legendary vocalists on Sambistas are Jair Rodriguez, Elza Soares, Luciana Mello, Jair Oliveria and Seu Jorge, with the finest songs coming in the shape of the dramatic Minhas Madrugadas, jolly Samba Da Doca and ear catching Incompatiblidade De Gênios. Samba based fun for all!

JF

V/A - Dr. Lektroluv: Live Recorded At Pukkelpop 2008 (Lektroluv)


Web: http://www.lektroluv.be
Lektroluv paints himself green and often spins electronic grooves ranging from angular clashing cuts to jerky housers, punky hitters and thumping technoid efforts in a lab coat or a suit. However, Lektro isn’t a comic figure or a gimmicky spinner; under the makeup is a Belgian record label manager, with two decades of experience behind the decks. Lektroluv definitely knows what he is doing, mixing up various electronic styles on this CD, which was recorded at the delightfully named Pukkelpop festival in Belgium. Winners include Machines Don’t Care’s bleepy Beat Bang, John Acquaviva and Olivier Giacomotto’s fizzing synthed Sofa King and The Crookers irresistible remix of Kid Cudi’s Day ’N’ Nite. At a time when many producers are so making dull as dishwatwater synth driven electronic grooves, it’s good to hear a mix that features an array of sparkling cuts.

JF

Monday, 3 November 2008

HIB Radio: Autumn LPs 08 Selection #1

Listen to a mixed selection of tracks from the recent albums & compilation's I've reviewed. All the tracks have received the JF sound fx treatment and each has been edited for HIB Radio....

Autumn LPs 08 Selection #1

Joakim - Peter Pan Over The Bronx
From V/A - Our Favorite Things: Nuspirit Helsinki (Backdrop)
Thievery Corporation - Beautiful Drug
From Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation (ESL Music)
Gabor Szabo - Little Boat (O Banquinho) (Live)
From V/A - Influences: DJ Marky (BBE)
Soulphiction feat. Phlegmatic - Ghana Wadada
From Soulphiction - Do You Overstand?! (Sonar Kollektiv)
Mr. Scruff feat. Andrea Triana - Hold On
From Mr. Scruff - Ninja Tuna (Ninja Tune)
Soil & “Pimp” Sessions - Sea of Tranquility
From Soil & “Pimp” Sessions - Planet Pimp (Brownswood)
Christian Prommer’s Drum lesson - Strings Of Life
From Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson - Drum Lesson Vol 1 (Sonar Kollektiv)
Armand Van Helden feat. Roland Clark - Flowerz
From Armand Van Helden - You Don’t Know Me: The Best of Armand Van Helden (Universal/Southern Fried)
Damián Schwartz - Carolina’s Favourite
From Damián Schwartz - Party Lovers (NET28)
Jerome Sydenham & Tiger Stripes - Elevation (Radio Slave Remix)
From V/A - Faith Presents House Aint Dead! (BBE)

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The mix and reviews should give you a taste of these albums. If you like what you hear and read, please buy the music!

Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Armand Van Helden - You Don’t Know Me: The Best of Armand Van Helden (Universal/Southern Fried)


Web: http://www.armandvanhelden.com

We do know Armand Van Helden quite well actually, considering the fact that he‘s been making easily recognisable dance hits since the mid 90s. He is known for making the sort of unrestrained club tracks that are just impossible to ignore and are primarily made from melding elements of house and hip hop in his unique style. Van Helden doesn’t do subtle and whilst some of his sample sources may grate on the ears (Koochy being a good example), the NY producer has been responsible for many moments of musical genius. You Don’t Know Me is an inspiring Duane Harden voiced disco cut up, whilst Full Moon ropes in Common for a groovy party track and Flowerz featuring Roland Clark is a beautiful love song. A consistent performer over time and different grooves, AVH has the knack of making the sort of life-affirming cuts that remind you how exciting dance music can be.

JF

V/A - Influences: DJ Marky (BBE)


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

An ‘Influences’ type compilation is likely to provide the sort of tracks loved by compiler that they hope will be appreciated by their audience. Influential tracks do not always translate to favourite tracks, but you can assume that the cuts featured here are ones enjoyed by Brazilian D&B legend Marky. Influences: DJ Marky is actually an incredible body of music, featuring everything from sweet guitar driven cuts sourced from his home country, to soulful grooves, fantastic house efforts and buoyant disco, before finishing at breakneck D&B. There isn’t a poor track on this compilation, with personal favourites including the percussive magic of the live version of Gabor Sazbo’s Little Boat (O Barqinho), Raphael Saadiq’s glorious Skyy, Can You Feel Me? and Sky’s glorious Here’s To You. Marky may be known for making a single style of music, but this compilation shows that he is a true music lover with exquisite taste.

JF

Soulphiction - Do You Overstand?! (Sonar Kollektiv)


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

When the first Soulphiction records surfaced, there were lots of comparisons with Detroit non conformists like Theo Parrish and Moodymann, but these lazy evaluations don’t really do any party justice. In a similar manner to those Detroit guys, Stuttgart resident Michel Baumann aka Soulphiction prefers to let his music do the talking, but his warped take on house and techno eschew the grooves using his own unique axis. Do you Overstand?! features fourteen typically Soulphiction sounding grooves, where odd time signature driven beats, weirdly effected vocals and minor keys find a home. Hot cuts include the tender Ghana Wadada featuring Phlegmatic, the treated Latin tones of Sun Children and the groovy keyed Reminisce Over You. This is a deliciously weird yet delightful long player from Baumann.

JF

Soil & “Pimp” Sessions - Planet Pimp (Brownswood)


Web: http://www.soilpimp.com

From the word go, you know that Soil & “Pimp” mean business, thrilling listeners with their demented brand of ‘Death Jazz’. Not for the faint hearted, the brass instruments are blown within an inch of their life, whilst piano keys and drums shout from the top of their voices. Planet Pimp is a fourteen track album, but is more of a musical rollercoaster than anything else, with the Tokyo sextet occasionally pausing for breath, before launching into another uncontrollable jazz battle. Make sure you check out the carnage of STORM, deadly Sea of Tranquillity and the dreamy SATSURIKU Rejects. Planet Pimp is a rip roaring celebration of the power of music!

JF

Mr. Scruff - Ninja Tuna (Ninja Tune)


Web: http://www.mrscruff.com

The Scruffy one’s Tuna is finally on the menu, a few years after waving his jazzy trousers around, keeping it incredibly surreal and getting dubby on his debut. There are only a few silly track titles on this album and Ninja Tuna features a host of major musical players. Anyone familiar with Scruff’s trademark mammoth DJ sets knows that he doesn’t like sitting in one musical place for an extended period of time and the variety of styles on this album is testament to that fact. Highs include the addictive Alice Russell vocalised Music Takes Me Up, a discoid slow burner entitled Get On Down and the awesome Hold On, which features a fat bassline and vocals from Andreya Triana. Those expecting cartoon grooves should look elsewhere, as this is a musically mature album from the veteran doodler that delivers in style and quietly reminds people that Scruff is still relevant and has his finger on the pulse.

JF

Monday, 27 October 2008

Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation (ESL Music)


Web: http://www.eslmusic.com


Rob Garza and Eric Hilton return with another album that crosses musical and cultural boundaries seamlessly by coating them in the Thievery’s understanding electronic glue. A little less emotionally transforming than 2004’s The Cosmic Game, Radio Retaliation still packs a considerable musical punch and mixes dubby, Latin and various eastern flavours in their usual easy to digest manner. As expected, esteemed guests such as Femi Kuti, Anoushka Shankar and Seu Jorge are given choice backings by the Corp. Musical highs include the key driven El Pueblo Unido, an intoxicating effort entitled Beautiful Drug and the triumphant Blasting Through The City. There is no denying the fact that this album retreads ground previously walked by the duo, but Radio Retaliation features some choice songs and feels like a logical step for Garza and Hilton as it is perhaps their most cohesive body of work to date.

JF

Damián Schwartz - Party Lovers (NET28)


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

Schwartz hails from Madrid and makes the sort of club music that is infectious enough to excite in the home listening environment as well as on the dancefloor. It is evident from listening to this album that the texture of the grooves and the feelings that they produce matter as much for Schwartz as the actual sliced sounds themselves. Therefore, the techno of Party Lovers penetrates further than most, especially as he creates grooves that continue to evolve from start to finish and reference the music of the past and also of the future. Winning efforts include the warped bass action of Lo Que Sube Baja, the paradoxical serene piano keys and robotic percussion of Carolina’s Favorite and the spacey synthed Raw. Party Lovers is one of those rare club albums that will hold the attention of listeners from start to finish, due to Damián Schwartz’s masterful command of grooves.

JF

V/A - Our Favorite Things: Nuspirit Helsinki (Backdrop)


Web: http://www.nuspirit.com

Scandinavian jazzer and head of Nuspirit, Tuomas Kallio has selected his Favorite Things for this compilation on Backdrop, a spin off imprint from ObliqSound. Kallio brings us a very ‘musical’ selection of cuts, whose finest moments come in the form of some trembling emotion drenched instrumentals. As expected there are some very jazzy moments and Nordic acts feature heavily, but this compilation takes in more varied soundscapes than those on show in Nuspirit’s own work. Cuts of notes include Joakim’s arresting Peter Pan Over The Bronx, Trentemøller’s teary eyed Miss You and the sonorous Natoppet from Detektivbyrån. Cool jazzy fun from the north!

JF

V/A - Faith Presents House Aint Dead! (BBE)


Web: http://www.faithfanzine.com

Lahndan institution Faith bring us a CD of what they quite rightly describe as proper house music. Focussing on techy groovers and dark vocal stormers, this compilation shows that Farley, Patterson and all still know a storming record when they hear one. Faith move seamlessly between European and American clubfloor grooves, giving listeners good reason to check out their heralded parties when in London and reminding them that House Aint Dead. Winners include Radio Slave’s gutsy reshaping of Jerome Sydenham and Tiger Stripes’ Elevation, the jumpy Part 2 of Karizma’s Tech This Out and Pepe Bradock’s weirdly keyed Incredible Feathered Creatures. This compilation will remind you of the joys of house music.

JF

Christian Prommer’s Drumlesson - Drum Lesson Vol 1 (Sonar Kollektiv)


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

Not the first or the last person to cover modern and time honoured dance music classics with a band, Prommer succeeds on certain occasions, because he tries to cover full tracks in a jazzy style, instead of focussing too heavily on the melody. Pianos, big drums and live basslines rule the roost on these cover versions and whilst some tracks like Higher State Of Consciousness sound frankly ridiculous as it’s not really practical to recreate the sound of a 303 with live instruments, the classics that have a nice melody and exciting percussion parts work rather well. The best covers are those that actually remind you of the original versions to an extent, but also sound like different jazzy tracks in their own right. Highs include an earnest bass driven version of Can You Feel It, a cool keyed take of Rej and Strings Of Life done in a jazz bar style. Maybe this should be Christian Prommer’s Jazzlesson, not his Drumlesson?

JF

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Single Reviews: October 2008 #2

Q Burns Abstract Message - Shame (Eighth Dimension)
Sylk 130 - Fallen Angel (Five Six Media)
Motorcitysoul feat. Ovasoul 7 - Change You (Simple)
Ralf GUM - Uniting Summer EP (Gogo Music)
Ralf GUM feat. Wunmi - Brother Like No Other (Gogo Music)
Elvis Presley - Crawfish (Pilooski Edit) (DIRTY Music)
Belleruche - Anything You Want (Not That) (Tru Thoughts)
Tony Senghore Vs Baron Bane - Love.Cure.All (Anonym)
Gavin Hardkiss - The Knight Of The Hawke Fields (Eight-Tracks)
Rob Mello - Critical (Fabrice Lig Remixes) (Classic)
Jonny White - Rainsong (Number 19)
Shakedown - At Night (Remixes) (Panorama)
Ursula Rucker - Read Between The Lines (Five Six Media)
Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Discodeine Remix) (DIRTY Music)
Belleruche - Reflection (Trus’me Remix) (Tru Thoughts)
Housemeister - Who Is That Noize (Remixes) (All You Can Beat)
Class 71 - Alba Adriatica (Four:Twenty)
Fausto Messina - Siboney (Remixes) (WIR)
Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Juanita Bonita (Tru Thoughts)
Flyt - Higher (Futuristica Music)
Martin Patino and Enzo Elia - Metamorfosi di Narciso (Young Odds)
Gavin Boyce - Face Down EP (Nordic Trax)
Solee - Timba (Remixes) (Parquet)
Doide - Type One (Justified Cause)
Bakura feat Darien - Mistaken (Treble O)
Nu Frequency feat. Shara Nelson - Go That Deep (RMXS) (NRK)
Eric Prydz - Pjanoo (Data)
Zoë Xenia - I Know I Know (Kaufe Musik)
Hannah Holland - Banshee (Playtime)
Hardkandy - Hey Lover (Wah Wah 45s)
Danny Massure - What It Ain’t (Remixes) (Spring Strut)
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Q Burns Abstract Message - Shame (Eighth Dimension)
Web: http://www.q-burnsabstractmessage.com
Shame was featured Q Bam’s 2001 Invisible Airline album and features the luscious tones of Lisa Shaw. Here it has been remixed by various electronic players and the winning version has been delivered by Hakan Lidbo. His Stockholm Dub features pattering tabla style percussion and atmospheric synths under Shaw’s heartstopping vocals. Stunning!

Sylk 130 - Fallen Angel (Five Six Media)
Web: http://www.fivesixmedia.com
A decade has gone by since the last Sylk 130 single, but King Britt is still committed to making gorgeous music under this guise, ten years later. Fallen Angel is a lovely neo soul jam, where Nikki Jean’s heartbroken vocals ride popping electronified percussion and saddened keys.

Motorcitysoul feat. Ovasoul 7 - Change You (Simple)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/motorcitysoul
Motorcitysoul push all the right buttons here with a storming deeply penetrating vocal house effort. Change You sees speeding synths and dependable beats writhe under Ovasoul 7’s manipulative vocals.

Ralf GUM - Uniting Summer EP (Gogo Music)
Ralf GUM feat. Wunmi - Brother Like No Other (Gogo Music)
Web: http://www.gogo-music.net
GUM brings us an EP that is certain invoke memories of beaches, sun and hot sweaty clubs. It features a couple of instrumental winners, underpinned by Afro percussion. Parabatu is a mesmerising groover, where stargazing synths do all the work. Parachute drafts Olivier Lecht for some spirited flute playing, with sweet keys also featuring. There are various mixes of Brother Like No Other to choose from and the one that’s got me is GUM’s own Minimized dub, which is an insistent key mission.

Elvis Presley - Crawfish (Pilooski Edit) (DIRTY Music)
Web: http://www.d-i-r-t-y.com
In general, the re-edited craze has never particularly moved me, but Pilooski brings the goods here with a version of Presley’s Crawfish. Dancefloor friendly beats and calming keys provide the impetus, behind the King and his friend’s impassioned vocals.

Belleruche - Anything You Want (Not That) (Tru Thoughts)
Web: http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk
Moving away from their ‘Turntable Soul’ to a live bluesier and funkier sound may see Belleruche lose their uniqueness, but these couple of cuts show that their grooves still maintain charm, even if you may mistake their music for offerings by other acts. Anything You Want (Not That) features a lazy keys, relaxed percussion and deBoer’s lovely vocals. Don’t Let Them Push You Around is all heaving bass guitar flexings, crushing percussion and instructing vocals.

Tony Senghore Vs Baron Bane - Love.Cure.All (Anonym)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/tonysenghore
Recently, Tony Senghore has hit hard with a number of instrumental synthoid bangers and here he tries his hand at the vocal game, with excellent results. Love.Cure.All is a cool effort that should appear to a variety of floors, due to its impenetrable synths, jarring beats and idealistic vocals. The vocal dub is energetic synth workout, whilst the Dirty Dub emplys a filthy bassline.

Gavin Hardkiss - The Knight Of The Hawke Fields (Eight-Tracks)
Web: http://www.gavinhardkiss.com
Hardkiss’s Love Won Another LP explored various music palates, whereas this great EP is a focused housey assault on the dancefloor. Field Of No Name is an epic effort, with sonorous synths, cool percussion, bleeps and all. Let Me Borrow Your Cane is the insistent cousin of the lead track, whilst Necrotone is a woozy synther.

Rob Mello - Critical (Fabrice Lig Remixes) (Classic)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/noears
Yes, this is the Classic of old resurfacing, albeit for the digital age. Fabrice Lig gets to grips with Rob Mello’s Critical, courtesy of a jumpy bassline and washing synths. His instrumental brings out the beauty of the dreamy synths and fuzzy strings.

Jonny White - Rainsong (Number 19)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/jonnywhitetoronto
White brings us a startling techy plea for the heavens to open, which appears via Number 19 music. Striding beats, lost synths and watery elements work their magic on the original version of Rainsong, whilst Rainbeats soaks the percussion in a shower of precipitation and should be picked up by the likes of Claussell.

Shakedown - At Night (Remixes) (Panorama)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/shakedownofficial
The original version of Shakedown’s At Night was a glorious slice of life-affirming house music and these remixes are also rather special. Chab’s Deep Mix is exactly that, courtesy of its penetrating synths and wowing bass touches. Martin Buttrich twists the vocals round spiky electronic grooves, whilst Serge Santiago goes all theatrical on his ’Electrifying Mojo Mix’.

Ursula Rucker - Read Between The Lines (Five Six Media)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/ursularucker
Spoken word doyen Ursula Rucker returns with a masterful piece on challenging preconceptions about herself, produced by the awesome King Britt. Rucker speaks frankly, as ever, over knuckle cracking percussion and a moody bass.

Metronomy - Heartbreaker (Discodeine Remix) (DIRTY Music)
Web: http://www.d-i-r-t-y.com
Metronomy’s playful ode to the sort of lady or guy you should leave well alone gets a delicious touch up from Discodeine. Expanding the ’liveness’ of the musical arrangement and at the same time applying demented filters, Discodeine have come up with an excellent off-kilter rework.

Belleruche - Reflection (Trus’me Remix) (Tru Thoughts)
Web: http://www,myspace.com/trusme
Trus’me’s star continues to shine brightly as he develops as an artist, here giving Belleruche the moody house treatment. On his revision of Reflection, Kathrin’s vocals are covered by stepping beats, frowning synths and fx. You can find this on the Shapes 08:02 collection.

Housemeister - Who Is That Noize (Remixes) (All You Can Beat)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/housemeister
Housemeister receive the remix treatment from a number of electronic dynamos. Siriusmo wins with his remix of What You Want, as the messed up vocals battle magical synths and wobbling percussion. Alexander Kowalski sends In Order To Dance to the fuzzy synthed cleaners, whilst Boys Noise jar the bass on their mix of the track. Neo Filigrante supplies a wonderful mix of Das Leben Ist Herrlich, with sweet synths and a crunching bassline.

Class 71 - Alba Adriatica (Four:Twenty)
Web: http://wwwmyspace.com/fourtwentyrecordings
Part of a new wave of deeply focused house labels, Four:Twenty deliver the goods again with this beautiful groover from Class 71. Alba Adriatica glides effortlessly, courtesy of smooth synths, delightful keys and sax kisses. The Dub focuses on the groove itself, whilst Move D provides two key stab driven remixes.

Fausto Messina - Siboney (Remixes) (WIR)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/faustomessina
Milan born DJ, party promoter and producer Fausto Messina makes tasty technoid concoctions and here Siboney has been remixed to excellent effect by Daniel Mehlhardt. It is the dreamy acoustic guitar flourishes and dismembered vocals that give this record its undeniable strength.

Quantic Presenta Flowering Inferno - Juanita Bonita (Tru Thoughts)
Web: http://www.tru-thoughts.co.uk
Quantic’s ‘Flowering Inferno’ project was allegedly inspired by ‘tropical dub’ and whilst I can‘t say I‘m familiar with that genre as an entity, I’m impressed by the beautiful music on this EP. Juanita Bonita is all cultured piano work, twee title vocals and running bass work. Dub Del Pacifico employs reggae keys, earnest vocals and cool bass drops.

Flyt - Higher (Futuristica Music)
Web: http://www.futuristicamusic.com
Flyt return with a lazy, hazy neo soul effort for ever so chilled moments. Higher is barely in motion, but the gorgeous keys, flute and vocal combo works nicely and will worm its way into your mind.

Martin Patino and Enzo Elia - Metamorfosi di Narciso (Young Odds)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/djenzoelia
Bologna’s Enzo Elia and Martin Patino come correct with a cool EP of cosmic house. Erasmus draws you in courtesy of a heaven sent key display, whilst Humo Negro is a space age pan pipe mission. Metamorfosi di Narciso is a winding technoid effort, with a tight groove and trippy synth hits.

Gavin Boyce - Face Down EP (Nordic Trax)
Web: http://www.nordictrax.com
One of Nordic Trax’s brightest talents, Gavin Boyce brings us a fine deeply leaning three tracker in the shape of the Face Down EP. Antitrust is a key jacker, with First Movements letting smooth keys and analogue bass touches throw shapes. Bring up the rear is the golden key and touching bass beauty of Face Down.


Solee - Timba (Remixes) (Parquet)
Web: http://deepdivecorp.de
Peter Musebrink aka Deep Dive Corp. is the person to bring us the finest revision of Timba by Solee. Melancholic piano keys, soft percussion and gorgeous guitar work flavour his beautiful remix.

Doide - Type One (Justified Cause)
Web: http://www.justifiedcause.com
Russ Gabriel and Blunt hook up for an ace techified outing on Justified Cause, which represents both of them musically. Uncontrollable keys, dark bass flourishes and atmospheric synth washes meet on the brilliant Type One.

Bakura feat Darien - Mistaken (Treble O)
Web: http://www.trebleo.co.uk
Bakura aka Domu and Marin bring us a broken house winner in the shape of Mistaken, which originally saw a vinyl release on Especial and now gets a digital outing via Domu’s own Treble O imprint. Mistaken in original form is an impassioned number with flying synths and cool brass, whilst Domu’s Remix adds key and string layers.

Nu Frequency feat. Shara Nelson - Go That Deep (RMXS) (NRK)
Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com
Go That Deep is certainly one of the greatest deeply focused vocal house records of 2008 and here Version aka Atjazz and Charles Webster supply an excellent gutsy remix. Sonorous keys, fizzing synths and shuffling beats meet under Shara’s vocals on this version from ‘Version‘!

Eric Prydz - Pjanoo (Data)
Web: http://www.ericprydz.com
Pjanoo from big room master Eric Prydz is a glorious slice of unashamed trancetastic house magic. A huge piano line, flamboyant strings and a scary bassline do the work on this surefire floor filler.

Zoë Xenia - I Know I Know (Kaufe Musik)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/zoexenia
This is a seriously weird yet rather satisfying little electronic ditty from Zoë Xenia. It features loose jointed percussion, fragmented vocals and barely visible bass touches.

Hannah Holland - Banshee (Playtime)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/hannahholland
The Banshee is a deathly slice of techiness from Ms. Holland. Armed with an angry bassline and a jumpy synth, the original hits home in macabre style. Pushy synths come to the fore on Mike Monday’s remix.

Hardkandy - Hey Lover (Wah Wah 45s)
Web: http://www.wahwah45s.com
The Wah’s bring us a lovely little 7” from the wonderful Hardkandy. Hey Lover features the ace Laura Vane, whose confused tones ride grooving guitars and a dark bass. Moochin lets a bass guitar and sweet strings have their say.

Danny Massure - What It Ain’t (Remixes) (Spring Strut)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/dannymassure
Stockport’s finest (well discounting Mr. Scruff), Ben Dean, is the one who supplies the pick of the mixes here, re-tooling Danny Massure’s Soledad to great effect. A fat bassline and chunky beats let the sax and keys really fly.

All reviews by Jon Freer.