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

1 comment:

F1 DJs lick your ears... said...

please can you help me get hold of the idiotproof remix of armand van helden?

tres chaud x