Saturday, 26 January 2008

End of the Electric Chair



In some ways, the relationship you have with a special club night can be like the one you have with a good friend. It’s a fact of life that people can change and so ideas and attitudes alter, which can sometimes test or even break friendships. In a similar way, club nights change in relation to musical fashions and nightlife dynamics, in order to avoid becoming stale, or even worse, irrelevant. This can alienate devotees, but attracts new blood, which is vital for extending the lifespan of said night. However, in one way, the relationship you have with a good friend and a club night differs. You would hope never to lose a good friendship, as long as you had not drifted too far apart or developed irreconcilable differences. As far as a relationship with a club night was concerned, the knowledge is there that the relationship will end. Whether this is because you decide to stop attending that nighterie because it or you have changed too much, or because the people who run the club night have chosen to kill it.


The end of the Electric Chair has been on the cards for a while, so the announcement that January 2008 would be the last ’execution’, followed by a ’wake’ didn’t come as a huge shock. However, there was still a twinge of sadness at the announcement for those who’d been moved by magical experiences at this spirited club night during its monumental, near thirteen year history. A club can only ’move with the times’ for so long, before it loses its sense of being and one wonders whether this inspirational monthly, which spawned mini-Chair’s and multitudinous musically similar events stopped serving its purpose a little while ago. In some ways the Chair are victims of their own success, with some of the nights they’ve helped build crowds for in the city and beyond have stolen some of their thunder.




The nightlife of Manchester and the city itself has changed significantly since the Electric Chair first opened its doors at the Roadhouse back in summer 1995. In the twelve plus years that the Chair has existed, the popularity of ’clubbing’ and interest in ’dance music’ has expanded and diminished, with recent times seeing competitors unafraid to put their money on the table giving the elderly Chair and others a hard time. The rise of the internet has also taken place since the night opened and has changed the way we receive information about club nights, with the Electric Chair’s own website and lively internet forum bringing more people through the doors in later years. Maybe the way to have gone would have been to end the executions on the 10th birthday, a truly electrifying peak, but that would have always led to questions of what could have been. Announcing its passing months before the end was an astute move, which gave people a number of chances to pay their last respects. This certainly reinvigorated the night itself in its last few months and made parties with the Kabal crew and Danny Krivit rather special.



For Luke Cowdrey and Justin Crawford, better known as The Unabombers, now is the perfect time to call it a day on regular Chair parties. Manchester may still be their home, but the pair most definitely have their eyes on different things. A few years ago, a Chair session missing even one of The Unabombers would have been unheard of, but an August bank holiday party without either of them shows that their heart isn’t in it anymore. Unfortunately for them, this means that the party is well and truly over, as the Chair was fuelled by a love for music and a passion for putting on breathtaking parties. Their enthusiasm saw them start putting on parties in a difficult and at times dangerous clubland environment and ultimately succeed with their dream. Their passion was displayed in their DJ bookings and the Electric City fanzine, where Luke blabbered about what was ve ve right and ve ve wrong with the world, but also talked a lot of sense and listed the names of the artists that were inspiring the duo. Putting on illicit and later Frodsham based Electric Souls parties to mixed financial results and wrestling with huge end of year and summer ‘riots’ showed perhaps an unhealthy amount of enthusiasm from a business point of view, but despite their desire to put on profitable events, the passion and excitement has always been the driving force. True, Electriks, the company responsible for the running of The Chair, Nish Nash Nosh and various other interests, hasn’t been a two man team for a large number of years, but without the direction of The Unabombers, there would be no Electric Chair.



Luke and Justin’s DJ stock has risen steadily in the last decade, but due to the appearance of Electric Chair inspired compilations and the shrewd PR and management moves taken in the last few years, they’ve gone from a having healthy DJ diary as a duo with a number of solo spinning appearances, to a full diary as a twosome that has included all manner of summer festivals and jet-setting jaunts. Bemusingly, this has also spawned a radio show on Manchester’s XFM, which has exposed the pair’s comic genius, as well as broad musical tastes. This Londoncentric Indie focussed station has ignored many local musical tastemakers, despite helping to push bands left, right and centre, so the ’Bombers were lucky to have been given the show. Both Luke and Justin have reached middle age, so maybe clubs don’t hold the power they once did.


The loss of the Chair commitment frees up a weekend and preparation time for them every month, so they can concentrate on studio work, which has led them to previously uncharted waters. In the past, Justin did his thing as ’Only Child’ and the pair dabbled in the occasional remix alongside hush hush Disco reformulations, long before every man and his dog decided they could do their own re-edits. However, The Unabombers recently have been re-born as The Elektrons, a soulful production outfit that makes records that have the same positive musical ethos as the records spun at the Chair, but without the same electrifying passion. There is little to quibble about the talent of guest vocalists such as Eska, Mpho Skeef and Pete Simpson and there is nothing technically wrong with the Dave ’Zed Bias’ Jones assisted sanitised sound of their debut album, “Red Light Don’t Stop ”. There are actually three tracks on the album that could be considered proper ’Chair Records’; which are the bouncing “Get Up” (12“ version), gorgeous warm-up fodder “Be With You” and “Joy”, an ecstatic Housefloor end of nighter, but the passion doesn’t run through the album.



In interviews the duo exclaim how the album represents ‘British music’ and their transition from DJ/club set-up to studio in the tradition of Soul II Soul. The problem is that you can’t help feeling the spirit of the Chair has got lost somewhere in the transition and therefore they are unnecessarily turning their back on 13 years of hard work. However, maybe the move to The Elektrons is more of an evolution and that Cowdrey and Crawford craved to start anew under this name. As well as the no-no of using their DJ guise as a name for commercial purposes in a world where the worry of terrorism looms high, another reason they opted for the name change was to show that this project is completely separate from The Unabombers persona. They now have a proper live band, which they’ve taken on the road, with Justin on Bass (perhaps a nod to his day in the New Fads), and Luke on Turntables and hopefully microphone. Whatever the reaction of the Chair faithful to the Elektrons album, it seems to getting them useful exposure. “Red Light Don’t Stop ” has garnered a lot of press coverage for the duo and the repulsive “Dirty Basement” single even went number one in South Africa, suggesting they could even become popstars. However, despite these developments, Luke’s excellent ’Elektrons Tour Diary’, readable on the group’s myspace page, suggests that he’s still got his feet on the ground.



With an ever expanding play list focusing on uplifting soul-kissed music and emotive electronic tunes, The Unabombers will certainly survive as a DJ duo without the Chair. They will always have a trusty collection of ‘Chair Records’ that they threatened to overplay in their Manchester club. This may be the end of their monthly executions, but the spirit fostered at the Chair will live on through Unabombers sets the world over, even though Luke won’t be able to get on the mike and shout ‘Inside…The Electric Chair’ anymore. ’The Elektrons’ project is set to take them off in a different direction, but time will tell how far they stray from their basement roots, especially as there are plans afoot for the occasional intimate party in Mancunia.

JF

Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Honey


Erykah Badu - Honey (Universal)

Web: http://www.erykahbadu.com

This is a magnificent return for a lady who has been teasing listeners with guest vocal spots and internet leaks. Honey is Badu at her upbeat best, with her adoring vocals backed by beatsmith 9th Wonder’s magical synths and smart beats. This beautiful slice of saccharine neo-soul bodes well for the long player, promised for early 2008.

JF

My Sunday Afternoon


DJ 3000 feat. Ursula Rucker - My Sunday Afternoon (Motech)

Web: http://www.motechrecords.com

Musically removed from the penetrating Techno of many releases on Motech, this incredibly special downbeat opus features the questioning tones of the inimitable Ursula Rucker. My Sunday Afternoon sees hip-hop tempo complex beats walk forward under the watchful gaze of bright-eyed keys and Rucker’s spellbinding vocals. Deviant provides a bouncy percussed and haphazardly keyed revision, whilst DL Jones ends the release with hoarse saxes and slouching beats on his mix.

JF

Love Dubs #2


V/A - Love Dubs 2 (Love Monk)

Web: http://www.lovemonk.net

Love Monk bring us a triplet of Dubs of tunes from their back catalogue and Garcynoise wins hands down with his retro yet futurist take on Pepe Link’s Cyclone Soul. Kaleidoscope synths, steadfast beats and Inner City inspired key chords make the Factor City recording artist’s mix the one to write home about.

JF

Born To Bop


Hugo - Born To Bop (Claque Musique)

Web: http://www.claquemusique.com

Italian artist Hugo should get dance floors grooving with this effort released by the wonderfully eccentric Claque Musique types. Seriously weird effects including sounds produced by pursed lips accompany a workman like groove created by elastified beats and a putty like bassline on Born To Bop. Jay Haze’s NYC Dub is moodier effort with similarly warped FX, with bonus cut, The Street That Never Slept, heading off in a heavy synthed direction.

JF

Luna Dark


Rodion - Luna Dark (Remixes) (Gomma)

Web: http://www.myspace.com/r0d10n

One of the many highlights from Rodion’s magnificent Romantic Jet Dance album, the magical Luna Dark gets remoulded here for tougher dance floors. Parker Frisby’s mix adds banging beats and trippy keys, with Golden Bug bringing the bassline to the forefront courtesy of a heavy bass guitar on his mix. Marc4ostia’s Mix dirties the record, but to be honest, the beautiful synths and cheeky vocoders of Rodion’s original win out.

JF

Lilyliver


Darkstar - Lilyliver / Out of Touch (2010)

Web: http://www.myspace.com/darkstar001

More indie-step than dub-step, Darkstar make their computers sound like guitars and top them off with ever so musical key statements and vocals. Lilyliver is a bass driven call to arms, whilst the understated yet ever so wonderful Out of Touch lets keys to fall in love with and understated electro beats do the work.

JF

Nocturnal Jam


BE - Nocturnal Jam (Stilove4music)

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

BE is another Mancunian holed up in a studio re-tooling Disco records and he loves to create grooves that move along in an effortless manner. Nocturnal Jam is all sweet keys and soul kissed vocal edges, as Provelove moves and shakes courtesy of a shimmying guitars. The serene keys, sweet strings and funkified bassline suggest BE holds the answer on EP highlight Whogotthefloor, whilst The Needs closes proceedings with weightless beats and sliced keys.

JF

The Theme



Hot Lizard - The Theme (Remixes) (NRK)

Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com

Originally out in the mid 90s on Pacific Records, Hot Lizard’s Deep Techy classic resurfaces with a few new mixes thrown in for good measure. Warm bass pressure, poised keys and energetic beats make the original still sound fresh, whilst Carl Craig’s mix from 1995 with its twirling keys and textured beats is still a winner. In terms of new reinterpretations of The Theme, Charles Webster links up with At jazz for a driving synth’n’key mix and Webster also goes solo on a deeper key mission.

JF

Detroit EP


Dubbyman - Detroit EP (Deep Explorer)

Web: http://www.deepexplorermusic.com

Beatdown style House is the flavour of this top quality EP from Spanish producer Dubbyman. Arrecifes de coral in original form is a sax’n’key addled slow burner, as Nick Sole’s Clubbin Drive Mix beefs it up for the floor, courtesy of wired keys and jumping beats. Mike Huckaby’s remix of Messages From The Dub floats along on synth and vocal waves, whilst Dinner With Cousteau is an atmospheric downbeat treat.

JF

East West Connection


Magik Johnson - East West Connection / The Bushman (Underwater)

Web: http://www.magikjohnson.com

This very impressive and ever so ’now’ sounding release from New Zealand based Dick ‘Magik’ Johnson is not for the faint hearted. A tearing synth line, driving drum pattern and ‘eastern’ vocal refrain makes East West Connection an intense dance floor winner. The Bushman is a teched out bassline stormer, with rushing synths and hyped beats. Crookers destroy The Bushman with a monstrous bassline, guitar strums and mind losing synths, whilst Arveene and Misk go all acid on their mix.

JF

Kissing Strangers


Ralf GUM feat. Monique Bingham - Kissing Strangers (Gogo)

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

One of the most talented vocalists ever to grace soul-kissed House records, the sharp witted Monique Bingham returns, on this occasion alongside Ralf ’Gogo’ GUM. Kissing Strangers charts passion with new lovers, backed by steadfast keys and cutesy flutes. Raw Artistic Soul pitches in with a wonderful Quentin Harris style pointed keyed revision, whilst Frankie Feliciano supplies a swooning stringed remix.

JF

City Slang EP


Kemistry - City Slang EP (NRK)

Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com

Kemistry aka Soy Mustafa and Alex Cellar touch down on NRK with a monstrous Technoid effort. Snakebite is the winner, with its enchanting keys, spirit-lifting strings and hammered beats. City Slang is a worthy B Side record, due to its never ending key work and sprinting beats.

JF

Garden EP


Dan Ghenacia - Garden EP (Freak n’Chic)

Web: http://www.freaknchic.com

After showcasing the fine work of many devotees of darkly Teched House, label boss Dan Ghenacia finally brings us his debut EP on Freak n’Chic, which happens to be the imprint’s 25th release. In keeping with previous outings on the imprint, Garden is a delicious slice of moody bassed and eerie keyed dance floor bothering darkness, whilst Cycles lets sci-fi synths and a strung out bassline do the talking.

JF

Vaporub EP

Alex Smoke - Vaporub EP (Hum+Haw)

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

Alex Smoke branches out on his own here, launching his Hum+Haw imprint with this EP. The best cut is actually the final track on the EP, Clapface, where crazed synths vie for attention with disjointed beats and a groaning bassline.

JF

Waterhouse


Agent Toga - Waterhouse (Brique Rouge)

Web: http://www.briquerouge.com

Brique Rouge continue their House crusade with a slimline Techy opus from Alex Parsons and Trent Anthony entitled Waterhouse. This record is set go down rather well in warehouse raves, never mind ‘Waterhouses’, due to its magical key’n’synth combination. Those wanting a more aggressive soundscape should head for Satoshi Tomiie’s mix, where jagged synths run over a menacing bassline.

JF

Elem


Dazzle Drums - Elem (Centric Music)

Web: http://www.centricmusic.co.uk

Nagi and Kei Sugano aka Dazzle Drums bring us a simple yet beautiful Housefloor effort that really does have a hypnotic power. Polite keys, layered percussion and a fuzzy bassline lead the charge on the original version of Elem. Kiko Navarro adds a heavier percussive track and pointier keys on his equally entrancing Reprise version.

JF

En El Aire (In The Air)


Undo - En El Aire EP (Factor City)

Web: http://www.factorcity.com

Barcelona’s ever consistent Factor City bring the goods once again with this tingling Technoid gem of an EP courtesy of label mainstay Undo. Paracaídas (Parasailing) is all rushing chords, tranced out keys and heaving bass work, whilst Parapente (Paragliding) takes its strength from melodic synths and gorgeous keys. One Second ends the EP with synthy pressure, indie-type submerged vocals and live bass play.

JF

Deadman


Solomun - Deadman (Four Twenty)

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

Croatian production ace Mladen Solomun gives Techy lovers everywhere their next Jaguar in the shape of this stringtastic epic on Four Twenty. Endless beats, an addictive key refrain and heavenward reaching strings combine to make Deadman a very special track.

JF

Dangly Panther


Jimspter - Dangly Panther (Freerange)

Web: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk

It seems eons since the last Jimpster record on his own Freerange label, but here he sets record straight with a powerful yet restrained House record entitled Dangly Panther. The original version sees chugging beats do the work alongside slowly evolving synths, whilst Joris Voorn’s techier version loops the synths, before letting them fly. Jimpster’s own Audiomontage rework is one for heavier floors, due to its epic synth lines and bass fuzz.

JF

Kiss You Everywhere


DeVarne - Kiss You Everywhere (Past Due)

Web: http://www.itstillmusic.com

Still Music’s historically gazing sub-label stays on home territory for this slice of goodtime Disco from DeVarne, whom unfortunately only ever released one 7” and a demo only 12”, from which these tracks are lifted. Kiss You Everywhere sees DeVarne’s luscious vocals ride a groovy bass guitar and swinging keys. You Are Number One continues in a similar vein, courtesy of classy keys, praising vocals and restrained guitars.

JF

Back When


Sir Piers feat. Robert Owens - Back When (Liquid People Remix) (Curious)

Web: http://www.sirpiers.com

Back When is a nostalgic House record from Piers and vocal royalty Robert Owens, who has certainly been around long enough to remember “those good old days”. In original form it’s just another sentimental House record, but as remixed by Liquid People it becomes a glowing soul-kissed treat, courtesy of glittering synths and streamlined beats.

JF

Allthegirls


Siriusmo - All The Girls (Exploited)

Web: http://www.exploitedghetto.de

Moritz Friedrich aka Siriusmo creates cheeky party music for electronic freaks. Allthegirls in original form is a wonderfully deranged effort with jittery keys, stumbling beats and all manner of computerised fx. When remixed by Tomboy it becomes a head messing analogue bass mission, whilst Yusek’s mix speeds things up and brings out the synths. Bonus cut Girlsrock is a slightly ‘rockier’ version with a fat bass guitar and kit percussion.

JF

Fantasy Part 1 Remixes

Voice - Fantasy Part 1 (Remixes) (Public Transit)

Web: http://www.ptrmusic.com

Voice’s angered assault on the Hip Hop industry gets retooled here with impressive results, courtesy of Think Twice and Public Transit mainstay Moonstarr. Montreal’s Think Twice give Fantasy a new groove courtesy of beaming G-funked keys and muted horns. Moonstarr attempts to calm Voice’s fire, courtesy of parping saxes and swinging keys.

JF

LOST Remixes


LAL - Lost Remixes (Public Transit)

Web: http://www.ptrmusic.com

Toronto’s wondrous LAL outfit also get the remix treatment here on Public Transit and the beat technicians that come up with the goods are fellow Canadians Alister Johnson and the ubiquitous Moonstarr. Johnson’s retooling of Saturn employs a sharp percussive section, emotive keys and a free-flowing flute, whilst Moonstarr’s take on Shallow Water features wooden percussion and chopped brass.

JF

Italia Subculture EP


Subb-An - Italia Subculture EP (Leftroom Ltd)

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

Birmingham based Subb-An brings us an inspiring Technoid outing that combines the abrasive power of synth heavy House and the streamlined production values of slimline Techno. Italia Subculture in original form is dominated by a monstrous synth line and reliable beats, whilst Subb-An’s own re-edit tames the synths a little. Slam’s Paragraph Remix is a weirder take on proceedings, with warbling fx, bass pressure and pointed synth work.

JF

Perpendicular EP


Sonodab - Perpendicular EP (Blackout ’77)

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

Chus Duran aka Sonodab hails from Barcelona and makes wonderful techy material. Perpendicular is a warming minimalistic effort, with luxurious synths and cleancut percussion. Inertia is a deeper effort and does much more than the title would suggest, courtesy of soft keys and gliding beats.

JF

Rubbo Swing


Rodriguez Jr. - Rubbo Swing (Leena)

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

Rodriguez Jr is better known as Olivier Mateu, one half of Techno outfit The Youngsters. This solo release is a mind-bending House two tracker that sees the light of day via Leena Music, which is Mobilee‘s outlet for appearances by artist not on their roster. Rubbo Swing gets its name from the elasticated groove that is at the heart of the track, whilst Soledad (Solitude) is a key driven hip shaker.

JF

Summer Hiding


Diverted - Summer Hiding (Air)

Web: http://www.airrecordings.com

The weather may be grim outside, but Diverted remind listeners of better times with the sublime Summer Hiding. Balearic guitars, subtle kit type percussion, a sax to fall in love with and a restrained bassline make this track a chilled out winner.

JF

Your Mind Is Twisted


Greg, Jeroenski & Roog - Your Mind Is Twisted (Deepgroove Remix) (Data)

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

Synth terrorists Deepgroove get their paws on Greg, Jeroenski & Roog’s delightfully named Your Mind Is Twisted and corrupt the track a little further. Trippy keys, bleepy synths and crushed vocal impressions do the work on Deepgroove‘s wired reinterpretation.

JF

Opium Haze


Gavin Herlihy - Opium Haze (Kindsch)

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

Weirdly strung out House music is probably the best way to describe this outing from Gavin Herlihy on Get Physical’s Kindsch imprint. Opium Haze will get pulses racing courtesy of its exotic flutes, retro key chords and complicated percussion patterns. Pained vocal snatches, workman like synths and a pointed bassline get it together on Professional Exit.

JF

Sometime's It's Me


Gavin Boyce - Sometimes It’s Me EP (Nordic Trax)

Web: http://www.nordictrax.com

Still flying the flag for the beleaguered genre of Deep House, Nordic Trax show there’s still talent out there with this EP from Waterford’s Gavin Boyce. Highlights appear in the form of the clean key and rough synthed To The Roxy and title track Sometimes Its Me, where a bottom heavy bassline holds court.

JF

Foundation EP


The Model - Foundation EP (Underl_ne)

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

Whether The Model has actually ever strutted his stuff on the catwalk is questionable, but the Romanian born producer creates the sort of Sci-Fi inspired Techno that could easily soundtrack a Robots fashion show. Winners on this EP include an eerie wonder named Priests of Anacreon and the cosmically keyed Stars End Tazenda.

JF

Xpansul Vs Monoblock


Xpansul & Monoblock - Xpansul Vs Monoblock (Minuendo)

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

Madrid’s Santiago Ferrer aka Xpansul hooks up with Martin TC and Guikle aka Monoblock on this EP and he outdoes the twosme with his B Side offering. The first offering from Monoblock is the dubby Housed Hache, whilst Trizas is a dreamy keyed number. Xpansul follows with an acid drenched winner in the shape of the chord driven Mas Vale Tarde Que Nunca (Better late than never).

Root Rot


Marc Ashken - Root Rot (Leftroom)

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

Marc Ashken brings us an angsty robotic love song in the shape of Root Rot, lifted from his debut album, entitled Have You Seen My Dancing Shoes. The original of Root Rot is all freakily vocodered vocals and cool keys, whilst dance floor mixes come from Glimpse, Reagen and Shonky. Glimpse and Reagen supply standard slimline revisions, whilst Shonky supplies the goods in the shape of a trippy keyed Dub.

JF

Lilly Louisa


Holmar Filipsson & Sasse - Lilly Louisa (Thugf*cker)

Web: http://www.thugfucker.org

Sasse of Mood Music fame and Holmar Filipsson delve into the realms of Acid House here, but keep one eye on current dancefloor trends and denser House sounds. Lilly Louisa is a tribute to the legendary Lil’ Louis and features synthy acid lines and toughened beats. Holmar & Ulysses’ ‘Electricscrewdriver’ remix employs delayed synths and retro key lines, whilst the Gus Gus mix takes the synth refrain and runs with it.

JF

Sokal Hoax

Alejandro Lopéz & Xpansul - Sokal Hoax (Pulse With)

Web: http://www.pulsewith.net

Xpansul teams up with Gijon based Alejandro Lopéz for some wide-eyed Techy minimalism on this, the 13th outing for Pulse With. Sokal Hoax in original form is a lean effort with pattering synths, whilst Version 2 sees robotic keys join the ride. Flip for Xpansul’s superior remix, where a churning bassline take and horn type synths take hold. Infinite Mirror closes the EP with some twisted echoey key business.

JF

Aquilo

Attias - Aquilo / Okada (Still Music)

Web: http://www.itstillmusic.com

Alex and Stephane Attias are still making intriguing and futuristic sounding electronic efforts at their musical lair in Lausanne, Switzerland. Aquilo is essentially a trippy Techno effort, with animated synths, flashy keys and a Detroit inspired bassline. The hypnotic flip is entitled Okada and it features key led fireworks and a driving bassline.

JF

Narcolepsia

Deep & Suga Meet Groove Garcia - Narcolepsia (Khazuma Future)

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

The Khazuma Future imprint kicks things off with a powerful release from Groove Garcia, Deep and Suga. Narcolepsia may send listeners into a narcoleptic type trance due to the record’s beautiful key display and punishing bassline, but it certainly won’t have them sleeping. Jesus Gonsev’s remix features enhanced claps and grating keys, whilst Oscar Barila utilises wired synths and trippy bass sounds on his superior revision.

JF

Horizon


Beroshima - Horizon (Remixes) (Soma)

Web: http://www.somarecords.com

Originally out last summer (2007) on Cocoon, Horizon returns with a mix from Funk D’Void and a couple from Frank ’Beroshima’ Müller. Peaceful keys and a smooth bassline make Müller’s own Corazan Mix the winner.

JF

Save Me


Guy J - Save Me (Bedrock)

Web: http://www.bedrock.org.uk

Bedrock show that they can put out genuinely exciting electronic music, with this pulse racing release from Israel’s Guy J, which occupies the middle ground between Techno, Progressive and Deep House. Save Me features energising keys, muted synth-horns and striding beats. Night Loss isn’t quite of the same calibre, but the twisted bassline and rushing synths will find it plaudits.

JF

Daddio


30Hz - Daddio (Lot49)

Web: http://www.myspace.com/30hzverticalsound

30Hz hit us with a groovy effort from their new album in the shape of Daddio. Yolanda’s vocals are a little annoying, but the bassline and beats combo is addictive. Trevor Loveys provides the pick of the mixes with a version that houses the beats, messes up the bassline a little more and screws up the vocals.

JF

It's Good


SUMO feat. Juvelen - It’s Good (Heya Hifi)

Web: http://www.heyahifi.com

It may be a little presumptuous to call your record It’s Good, but at least Stockholm’s SUMO are correct with their supposition. The dub version of the original is all fuzzy synths, sliced vocals and groovy keys, whilst Florian Kruse’s remix is a bouncing weird keyed effort.

JF

Dreams Are My Reality

Louie Austen feat. Senor Coconut - Dreams Are My Reality (L.A. Music)

Web: http://www.louieausten.com

Vienna’s premier crooner Louie Austen drafts in Senor Coconut and his orchestra for a tropically inspired delightful cover of Reality. Their version of Reality features a buoyant brass section, vibraphone beauties and daydreaming vocals. The Christopher Just version, a prequel to the orchestral take, features gooey keys, an oozing bassline and slouching beats.

JF

Ginebra


Funk D’Void & Sian - Ginebra (Soma)

Web: http://www.somarecords.com

Lars Sandberg aka Funk D’Void and Sian pull it out the bag here with a simply stunning techy opus that echoes D'Void's past greats such as Diabla. A fat synth line, hopeful keys and plump beats are the main elements to Ginebra. As far as remixes are concerned, the Djinxx mix is the one, due to its prickly synth arrangement, epic strings and layered beats.

JF