Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Single Reviews: October 2008 #1




Florian Meindl - 8 Bit Romance (Hell Yeah)
The Smoke - Bone Sucking Sauce (Artizan)
Gorge - Kassiande (Freerange)
Lovebirds - The Rat (Freerange)
Rocco - New Awakening EP (Freerange)
Pezzner - Almost Here (Freerange)
Phuture Motion - Carne Negra (Freestyle)
Poussez vs. Demarkus Lewis - Passin Thru (Tone Control)
Steve Mac - Paddy’s Revenge (3 Beat Blue)
Love Over Money - Keep On (Tone Control)
Axwell & Bob Sinclar feat. Ron Carroll - What A Wonderful World (Positiva/Defected)
The Japanese Popstars - Rise Of Ulysses (Gung Ho)
Audio Bullys - Flickery Vision (Vizo)
dunnEASY feat. Monique Bingham - Won’t Stop (Jellybean Soul)
Mr. Scruff feat. Alice Russell - Music Takes Me Up (Ninja Tuna)
Vector Lovers - Ping Pong (Soma)
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Florian Meindl - 8 Bit Romance (Hell Yeah)
Web: http://www.florianmeindl.com
Berlin’s Florian Meindl is left reeling by Matt ‘Radio Slave’ Edwards, who delivers a masterful remix of 8 Bit Romance. There’s no rational reason for Radio Slave’s Deepest Space Remix to last for nineteen minutes, but the fact that it does lets you appreciate the wavering keys, moody beats and washing bassline in all its glory.

The Smoke - Bone Sucking Sauce (Artizan)
Web: http://www.artizanmusic.co.uk
Ever keeping the faith, proper UK House stalwarts Terry Farley, Dave Jarvis and Uschi Classen team up for some next level techy deepness that is wonderfully timeless. Uschi’s keys glisten, whilst Dave and Terry’s beats hit in the way you’d expect from a pair that have been spinning, buying and dancing to this sort of music for the last two decades.

Gorge - Kassiande (Freerange)
Web: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk
Pit Waldman aka Gorge drops an EP of dark grooving technoid music that hits home in an effortlessly satisfying manner. The pert keys, cool trumpeting and mysterious bassline do the job on Kassiande, whilst Supique is all polite chords and tight beats. Marc Romboy offers a slightly more pedestrain take on Kassiande, bringing out the twisted trumpet over messy beats and a barbed bassline.

Lovebirds - The Rat (Freerange)
Web: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk
Somewhat unexpectedly, Lovebirds turns out to be the handy work of Sebastian ‘Basti’ Doering of Hamburg’s Knee Deep duo. When not churning out silky soulful house grooves as KD, Basti keeps himself busy making bowel shaking technified groovers like The Rat. Flip for This Sound, a flurrying keyed number, and Kreon’s fuzzy synthed take on The Rat.

Rocco - New Awakening EP (Freerange)
Web: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk
Mr reliable, Rocco returns to Freerange with a dance floor damaging slice of techy house. New Awakening is all about the stabs that pepper the track like bullet holes, whilst Supernova is an epic synthathon.

Pezzner - Almost Here (Freerange)
Web: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk
Dave Pezzner of Jacob London fame makes dreamy material as simply Pezzner, which hits home in way that his previous material seldom managed. Part 1 features ethereal vocal layers and steady beats, as Part 2 gets pointed synths to do the majority of the work. The final Part twists the original elements in a style that will mangle brains and confuse feet at 4am.

Phuture Motion - Carne Negra (Freestyle)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/phuturemotion
Sheffield trio Chris Welch, Levi Busse and Danny Mager used to throw great parties under the Phonetics name and they’ve now moved on to putting their musical ideas on wax for Freestyle. Carne Negra is a speeding Latin number, with D&B style percussion, go faster brass and a fun bassline. Phuture Motion’s version of Lluvia Y Nieve up is also worth a mention, due to their excellent manipulation of the stylish brass parts and extended percussive work.

Poussez vs. Demarkus Lewis - Passin Thru (Tone Control)
http://www.tonecontrol.org
Poussez & Demarkus may front this release, but it’s Martin ’At Jazz’ Iverson who steals the headlines with an excellent remix. Rough keys, a tight string section and ample percussive power make Iverson’s instrumental the mix to peruse.

Steve Mac - Paddy’s Revenge (3 Beat Blue)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/mrstevemac
Half a club track, half an Irish jig, Mac has made one hell of a gimmick record. Thankfully he’s included a Dub, which cuts the hell out of the jig elements and lets a cool synth and smart beats do the talking, thus reclaiming the track for more underground floors.

Love Over Money - Keep On (Tone Control)
Web: http://www.tonecontrol.org
Mr. Phil Asher is the one on the money here, reshaping Love Over Money in style. With the help of a deep reaching bassline, lively beats and gorgeous keys, Phlash creates a wonderful mix that should satisfy various audiences.

Axwell & Bob Sinclar feat. Ron Carroll - What A Wonderful World (Positiva/Defected)
Web: http://www.defected.com
This is a monstrous poppy record from a threesome that have helped to shape the commercial side of house music. What A Wonderful World has incredible power, due to its deployment of Carroll’s love preaching vocals over poised synths and a magical bassline. The Dub Mix shows the strength of the musical arrangement, whilst Elio Riso delivers a tougher keyed revision and Paleface does the job for bassline lovers.

The Japanese Popstars - Rise Of Ulysses (Gung Ho)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/thejapanesepopstars
NZ based producer Greg Churchill gives The Japanese Popstars a kick in the right direction with his take on Rise Of Ulysses, which is slightly more musical than the original. Firing synths and to the point beats are the key elements on Churchill’s revision.

Audio Bullys - Flickery Vision (Vizo)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/audiobullys
Stefano Miele aka Riva Starr is on hand here to give the Audio Bullys the ride of their lives with his excellent interpretation of the Bullys' new single. Starr uses siren synths, springy percussion and all manner of twisted fx to create his own Flickery Vision.

dunnEASY feat. Monique Bingham - Won’t Stop (Jellybean Soul)
Web: http://www.jellybeanmusic.com
One of house music’s finest vocal talents, Ms. Monique Bingham, gets down on this occasion with dunnEASY aka Ethan White from Tortured Soul and DJ Ed Dunn. Won’t Stop is a sweet soul kissed house effort, with extending synths, sparkling keys and heartbroken vocals.

Mr. Scruff feat. Alice Russell - Music Takes Me Up (Ninja Tuna)
Web: http://www.mrscruff.com
This jazzied collab with the wonderful Alice Russell is exactly what you’d expect from Scruff, but no bad thing for it. Shimmering jazz keys, music praising vocals and fat drums meet on this lovely effort, entitled Music Takes Me Up.

Vector Lovers - Ping Pong (Soma)
Web: http://www.somarecords.com
Martin Wheeler loves space age musical games and here he brings us Ping Pong from beyond. The cut of note on the EP is Reminisce, with its wide eyed keys, cool percussion and furtive synths.

All reviews by Jon Freer




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