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.

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