Wednesday, 1 October 2008

Single Reviews update: October 08

Jon Freer’s Reviews: Singles

Hot Lizard - The Theme (Christian Prommer Remix) (NRK)
RQM - Miss Pacman (Exploited)
Malente & Dex - Hyperactive (Exploited)
Elizabeth Shepherd - Parkdale (Do Right)
Jamie McHugh - Lunar (Underwater)
Roots Manuva - Buff Nuff (Big Dada)
Roots Manuva - Again & Again (Big Dada)
Mr. Scruff - Kalimba & Give Up To Get (Ninja Tune)
Decimal - Technicolor Lover EP (Soma)
Mirror Music - The Strange Things I’ll Remember (Remixes #1) (Darkroom Dubs)
Bertrand Dupart - Kétokolé (Underground Garage Hits)
Darryl D’Bonneau - Say You’re Gonna Stay (Remixes) (Jellybean Soul)
Stimming - Short Stay (Freerange)
The Black Dog - Detroit Vs Sheffield (Soma)
The Glimpse - We Existed (Four Twenty)
Tony Senghore - Neowulf (Hoha)
Whare - Pretty Lady (Matt Flores Remix) (Tjumy)
Roberto Rodriguez - Be Somebody (Freerange)
Jaymz Nylon - Crave (Nylon Trax)
Diskokaine - Rimini (Gomma)
Ghislain Poirier - Go Ballistic (Duckbeats & Toddla T Remix)
Mephisto Odyssey - Bump (Groove Quest)
Lizzy Parks - Raise The Roof (Tru Thoughts)
Me&You - Music For Birthdays (White)
Meat Katie - Cracks (Lot49)
Jay Tripwire - Body To Body (Remixes) (Nordic Trax)
Joshua Iz Presents - Baked Goodies EP (Nordic Trax)
Osborne - Ruling (NRK)
Sona - You Were There (Delano Smith Dub) (Undertones/Kolour)
Tomoki & Nono - Voices / 3 Years (Four:Twenty)
TR ONE - Inner Thoughts (Lerosa Remix) (Fine Art)
Natalie Walker - Over & Under (Morgan Page Remix) (Dorado)
Hot 8 Brass Band - Remixes (Tru Thoughts)
Misc. - Chemosphere (Lost Souls)
280 West feat. Diamond Temple - I Never Knew (Remixes) (Phuture Sole)

Hot Lizard - The Theme (Christian Prommer Remix) (NRK)
Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com
NRK love to bring out remixes of time honoured classics and here Christian Prommer does his epic techy thang to Hot Lizard’s The Theme. Thankfully he turns it into a jerky keyed monster that is worthy of your ears and feet.

RQM - Miss Pacman (Exploited)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/rqm1
This filthy slice of electro-sleaze is a world away from the usual holier than thou neo-jazz and reggae-lite offerings that are usually offered by Boris ’Micatone’ Meinhold and Eva Be. Remixes include Oliver $’s acid/click house flashback/forward, Act Yo Age’s bassline groover and DJ Chernobyl’s off-kilter bounce.

Malente & Dex - Hyperactive (Exploited)
Web: http://www.exploitedghetto.de
Ravey bassline madness is the best way to describe this frightening aural assault from Malente & Dex. Bird Peterson’s remix is a bassline banger, Bobmo’s mix is key heavy to say the least and Riva Starr lets Jammer & Frisco chat about dancing in a ravetastic manner over hopped beats and a rude bassline.

Elizabeth Shepherd - Parkdale (Do Right)
Web: http://www.dorightmusic.com
Elizabeth Shepherd brings us a frustrated tale, which receives added fire power courtesy of production on one take by Nostalgia 77. The ‘London Session’, which features the Nostalgia 77 Quartet is the pick, courtesy of its tough percussion and dancing brass that has Shepherd shimmering through the pulse racing grooves.

Jamie McHugh - Lunar (Underwater)
Web: http://www.underwaterrecords.com
Lunar is another supersonic techy outing from McHugh that will batter your eardrums into submission. Sireny synths and tough beats do it on the original, whilst John Selway produces a polite version for slightly more restrained times. Bonus cut Higher is woozy bass stormer, with curt keys and moody percussion.

Roots Manuva - Buff Nuff (Big Dada)
Roots Manuva - Again & Again (Big Dada)
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Big Dada have hauled in old hands and nu guns to create new musical spaces for Rodney Smith to conquer. Buff Nuff means Roots Manuva Vs Toddla T, a prime musical match, pitching Rodney’s gruff vocals against the Tod’s digi-bashment bassline and rolling tabla’d beats. Second single from the LP lines Smith up against Shy FX, but instead of hitting him with rubbery D&B, Shy creates a loose Reggae groove for Manuva’s positive lyrical work. Again & Again gets a fuzzy bassed remix from Matt Helders of Arctic Monekys fame that still keeps the reggae rhythmics, and the Moody Boyz supply a dark dubby step recut.

Mr. Scruff - Kalimba & Give Up To Get (Ninja Tune)
Web: http://www.mrscruff.com
Scruff has always been partial to a jazzied groove or two, so it follows that Kalimba simply reeks of the stuff. The keys dance around a moving bass, whilst smiley faced strings add a certain earnest vibe. Give Up To Get heads for an underwater encounter with a deadly bass shark and shimmering synth eels.

Decimal - Technicolor Lover EP (Soma)
Web: http://www.somarecords.com
Most lean techy tunes take themselves way too seriously, but Decimal packs fun inside his grooves, which is not at the expense of dancefloor durability. Standouts here are a warped key hitter called Automath and Eleanor, where backwards looped vocals and stoned synths feature.

Mirror Music - The Strange Things I’ll Remember (Remixes #1) (Darkroom Dubs)
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Mirror Music make the sort of gorgeous techy tackle that reminds you of bygone days and warms the heart. The Mirror Darkly Dub of Gateway is a sweetly keyed floater, whilst Medicine is a cosmic techy dream.

Bertrand Dupart - Kétokolé (Underground Garage Hits)
Web: http://www.shackmusic.com
African rhythm and vocal inspired house seems to be off the menu for most musical cooks at the moment, but Frenchman Bertrand Dupart brings us a tasty stew in the shape of Kétokolé. The original still has enough synth and percussive oomph to tame today’s tougher pallate, whilst the sonorous vox and overplayed drums gives that ‘Afro’ feel. The Dark Dub pretty much strips the track of its African influences, whilst Boddhi Satva’s Ancestral Mix shakes up the groove and adds crazy organ slides to cool effect.

Darryl D’Bonneau - Say You’re Gonna Stay (Remixes) (Jellybean Soul)
Web: http://www.jellybeansoul.com
A soul house treat from 1994, Darryl D’Bonneau’s Say You’re Gonna Stay gets a timely kick up the behind from Brazilian producer DJ Meme and the USA’s Jovonn. Meme fleshes out the percussion and makes the keys a little more expressive, and Jovonn takes a darker trip, courtesy of hefty beats and luxurious key layers.

Stimming - Short Stay (Freerange)
Web: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk
Hamburg’s Stimming makes the sort of slowly transforming technoid material that demands concentration, but is worth the effort. Short Story relies on curt yet plodding beats and shredded gamelan (Indonesian percussion orchestra) touches for its strength, and Die Schatulle works wonders, courtesy of wide eyed keys and slow burning beats.

The Black Dog - Detroit Vs Sheffield (Soma)
Web: http://www.somarecords.com
Soma call in techno royalty, giving Robert Hood the task of revisiting Train By The Autobahn. Hood’s main version is a disorientating technoid tale, where dogged synths, cymbal led percussion and pulsing bass hits line up. His Eight Mile Remix is a startling ambient vision, with emotional strings, smile inducing keys and warm-hearted synths.

The Glimpse - We Existed (Four Twenty)
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We Existed features Taka Boom, primarily known for her vocal contributions on uplifting vocal house stormers, but her she gives a good account of herself as a mysterious siren over The Glimpse’s paranoid technoid backdrop. Eerie keys and Boom’s thoughtful vocals dominate the said track, with Always On My Own heading towards calming synth guided territory.

Tony Senghore - Neowulf (Hoha)
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Senghore has a talent at making mind dissolving techy material and this new effort is up there with previous bangers. Neowulf is all shaken keys, discordant yet melodious synths and pointed beats.

Whare - Pretty Lady (Matt Flores Remix) (Tjumy)
Web: http://www.tjumy.com
Vienna based Tjumy open their account with a run of the mill house outing from Christian Konvicka and Simon Birner aka Whare, but the remix from Matt Flores makes this release worth investigating. Smart beats, cool stabs and vocal mirages line up behind a rolling bassline on Flores’s ace revision of Pretty Lady.

Roberto Rodriguez - Be Somebody (Freerange)
Web: http://www.freerangerecords.com
A Future Beat Investigator, Rodriguez opens his solo account on Freerange with a couple of straight laced deeper house efforts. The winner is the second cut; a punishing synth workout entitled Singularity.

Jaymz Nylon - Crave (Nylon Trax?)
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Jaymz Nylon is at his wide-eyed and blissed out best on this track, which you can find on the Dirty Wonderland EP. Flutes sent from heaven and an addictive bassline means that the track lives up to its name and will have you yearning for more.

Diskokaine - Rimini (Gomma)
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Fun fun fun all the way, Rimini is a demented tribute to the Italian resort. Hyper vocal snips, a rolling bassline and cheesy synths meet on this smile inducing ditty. Christopher Just rewires the bassline and stutters the groove to within an inch of its life, before adding ridiculous 90s Italian house keys that make his mix worth checking.

Ghislain Poirier - Go Ballistic (Duckbeats & Toddla T Remix)
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Sheffield’s old and new school get together and bring us a cool bassline ragga refix of Ghislain Poirier’s Go Ballistic. A tolling bassline and chopping beats run the groove under Poirier’s heavily accented vocals.

Mephisto Odyssey - Bump (Groove Quest)
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Bubblegum synth hop is the vibe on this amusing offering from Mephisto Odyssey, which pushes obvious buttons, but does it with considerable style. Bump is all slick synths, smart beats and easy going vocals.

Lizzy Parks - Raise The Roof (Tru Thoughts)
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Lizzy Parks brings us a couple of dreamy vocal neo jazz offerings, which have been produced by Ben ’Nostalgia 77’ Lamdin. Prayer starts out as a delicate number with beautiful strings and soft percussion, before piano, muted brass and stronger percussion take hold. Raise The Roof lets Lizzy‘s vocals dance, courtesy of smart percussion, moving keys and poised strings.

Me&You - Music For Birthdays (White)
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Me&You present more remix naughtiness in the shape of a fun loving compilation entitled Music For Birthdays. It features treats such as the discoid goodness of Rick James’s How Can I Hold You When Your Body Keeps Moving and Phylis Dillon’s lovely Even Vulcans Cry, reworked nicely by the thoughtful Me&You.

Meat Katie - Cracks (Lot49)
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Meat Katie hasn’t been a straight up breaks producer for a number of years and this track brilliantly highlights his ability to make dancefloor hogging stormers that sit somewhere between breaks and techno. Cracks is a frazzled key trip with a pummelling bassline and marching beats.

Jay Tripwire - Body To Body (Remixes) (Nordic Trax)
Web: http://www.nordictrax.com
Still plugging the deep’n’techy house gap, Nordic Trax drop remixes of Tripwire’s tidy Body To Body. The Groovenauts remix is a smooth effort with sugary keys, sweet vocals and soft bass additions. Mazi brings in a lazy analogue bassline and gorgeous keys for his vocal and dub mixes.

Joshua Iz Presents - Baked Goodies EP (Nordic Trax)
Web: http://www.nordictrax.com
Nowhere near as productive as he used to be, Joshua resurfaces with a beauty of a house jam entitled Cookies. Fun loving keys, moving synths and swishing beats will make listeners welcome him back with open arms.

Osborne - Ruling (NRK)
Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com
Todd Osborn has been a producer to check for a while, with this cut originally appearing on Spectral in early 2008 and now reappearing with a bunch of remixes. The original mix is a simple deep house groover with effortless keys and an insightful vocal refrain, whilst Shur-I-Kan fattens up the elements on his mix. King Britt is also on hand to deliver a darker mix, where a mind losing bassline and sharpened synthetics take hold.

Sona - You Were There (Delano Smith Dub) (Undertones/Kolour)
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Beatdown favourite Delano Smith gives Sona the deep Detroit house treatment with his dub of You Were There. Searing strings, a bottomless bass and tight percussive elements pull the moves on Smith’s tasty revision.

Tomoki & Nono - Voices / 3 Years (Four:Twenty)
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Now London based, this Japanese twosome make sparkling technoid grooves that hold the attention. A moody bass groove is the winning element on Voices. 3 Years employs macabre keys over its nasty bass’n’beats combo, whilst Manuel Tur’s remix is a more measured affair.

TR ONE - Inner Thoughts (Lerosa Remix) (Fine Art)
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Whether techno should count as Fine Art is up for debate, but this imprint brings us a fine example of the genre in the shape of Lerosa’s revision of TR ONE’s Inner Thoughts. Lovely keys walk over a groove created by shuffling beats and a mass of bass.

Natalie Walker - Over & Under (Morgan Page Remix) (Dorado)
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The synths are out for Page’s commercially accessible yet floor satiating mix of Natalie Walker’s Over & Under. Walker’s frustrated vocals are laid over a groove created by flashing keys, marauding synths and kicking beats.

Hot 8 Brass Band - Remixes (Tru Thoughts)
Web: http://www.etchshop.co.uk
The Hot 8 Brass Band get the remix treatment from Tru Thoughts players and their friends on this download only outing. The pick of the remixes is from Hint, whose brass-step bassline revision really hits home

Misc. - Chemosphere (Lost Souls)
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Lost Souls drop the technified goodness in the shape of this typically perception altering outing from Misc. Chemosphere uses strange synths and a rubbery bassline to create a confusing dancefloor gem. .TXT is a weird half speed offering, with sluggish beats and cracked keys.

280 West feat. Diamond Temple - I Never Knew (Remixes) (Phuture Sole)
Web: http://www.phuturesolerecordings.com
Abicah Soul and Tony Loreto are the latest producers to get to grips with 280 West and Diamond Temple’s magical soul house offering. Smooth keys, sweet string layers and calm percussion come together on this ultimately uplifting revision that ticks all the Phuture Sole boxes.

All reviews by Jon Freer

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