Sunday, 10 August 2008

Hearing Is Believing Radio: August 2008


Omar Pene - Myamba

Castanets - The Hum

Rodriguez - Rich Folk Hoax

Amerie - Rolling Down My Face

Alaine - Spin Mi

Patrice Rushen - Forget Me Nots

Diskokaine - Rimini

Joshua - Cookies (Enabled)

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Saturday, 9 August 2008

Paulussen & Cali - Macchina (LOFI Stereo)



Paulussen & Cali - Macchina (LOFI Stereo)

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

STiR 15’s offshoot keep up the techy house pressure with a second offering from Basel based Paulussen & Cali. Macchina is the one, with its earnest chords, menacing bassline and heavenly keys.

JF

Animaltek - Ferocia Anima EP (Treibstoff)

Animaltek - Ferocia Anima EP (Treibstoff)

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

Animaltek is the production alias of Shay Raban and Oleg Slepak, who make bleepy teched out compositions with emotions. The title track from this EP isn’t worth the time of day, but Mongolian Skies is a calming bleeped up dream and Discontinued is a bass driven monstrosity.

JF

Gareth Whitehead - Left Behind (Bullet Dodge)

Gareth Whitehead - Left Behind (Bullet Dodge)

Web: http://www.bulletdodgerecords.com

Left Behind is the sort of track to awaken you from a dull music or intoxicant induced slumber. Impenetrable beats, thoughtful keys and a rolling bassline do the damage on the original mix, whilst the Deepend Mix is a dubby re-cut with musical double vision.

JF

Sami Koivikko - Sapphire (Spectral Sound)


Sami Koivikko - Sapphire (Spectral Sound)

Web: http://www.samikoivikko.fi

Helsinki’s Sami Koivikko makes intensely beautiful technified house music and he fits in well with the Spectral Sound gameplan. Sapphire is a dreamy effort with sighing keys and pointed bass hits, with Daso & Pawas soiling the bass and fattening the beats on their remix. Bonus cut Tonalite is a tech-discoid gem, with lazy beats, levitating synths and melting strings.

JF

Alter Ego - Queen Anne’s Revenge (Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson Remix) (Klang Elektronik)


Alter Ego - Queen Anne’s Revenge (Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson Remix) (Klang Elektronik)

Web: http://www.deepgrooveworld.com

Deepgroove are on top of their game at the moment, so it comes as no surprise that the acidious remix of Alter Ego’s Queen Anne’s Revenge they produced with Jamie Anderson is ace. A drunken bassline, acid sirens and reliable beats do the business on this slice of teched out craziness.

JF

Q-Burns Abstract Message - You Are My Battlestar (Remixes) (Eighth Dimension)

Q-Burns Abstract Message - You Are My Battlestar (Remixes) (Eighth Dimension)

Web: http://www.q-burnsabstractmessage.com

Unearthed seven years after its original Astralwerks release, Q-Burns cute collab with Lisa Shaw gets the once over from a number of producers and the winning revision is provided by Mana Traya and BeneLux. Solemn bass work, sonorous synths and smudged vocals come together on the French duo’s loving refix.

JF

Andrew Phelan & Origami - Beyond The Line (Eight-Tracks)

Andrew Phelan & Origami - Beyond The Line (Eight-Tracks)

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

Andrew Phelan & Origami hail from the bay area and produce what can only be described as ‘proper’ deep house. Beyond The Line is a groovy little ditty with a bumping bassline, dancing keys and pained vocals. It’s the sort of record Miguel Migs would be making, if he hadn’t lost his way a while ago. On the remixes front, Christian Malloni’s key fronted take and Latenight Society’s bumping trip are worth a punt.

JF

Benjamin Fehr - My Favourite Shop Is Me (Catenaccio)


Benjamin Fehr - My Favourite Shop Is Me (Catenaccio)

Web: http://www.catenaccio-records.de

Frankfurt’s Benjamin Fehr is boss of Catenaccio and here brings us an EP of clunky, disjointed club tracks that hit home. Elegantly Wasted is a wonderful musical mess, with wafer thin percussion, motorised bass hits and all manner of repeated samples that float in and out of the mix. See Mine Warning Me may not make grammatical sense, but the throwaway keys, live bass movement and hopping beats combine in an interesting manner. The title track is unfortunately not quite as good as the others.

JF

Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson - Air Tight (Klang Elektronik)

Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson - Air Tight (Klang Elektronik)

Web: http://www.deepgrooveworld.com

Air Tight sees fellow Bristolians Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson team up for a striking tecnhoid track. Opting for the less is more approach, a dark bassline is the main element, flanked by fizzing synths and closely held percussion.

JF

Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson - Killer (Klang Elektronik)

Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson - Killer (Klang Elektronik)

Web: http://www.deepgrooveworld.com

Whereas Air Tight is as subtle as they come, Killer is the sort of full on dancefloor assault that Deepgroove and Anderson are experts at producing. Trippy synths, a monstrous bassline and striding beats do the work on the murderous effort. Butterflies brings up the rear with a full on acid assault, where a jerky bassline and messy synths hit home.

JF

Dirka Dirka - Dirka Dirka Re:Dirked (Dipolter)


Dirka Dirka - Dirka Dirka Re:Dirked (Dipolter)

Web: http://www.dipolter.com

Dirka Dirka is the work of Tony Rohr and Dave Shokh and here their self-titled composition has been taken to the cleaners to good effect. Pรคr Grindvik’s mix is a weird synther, whilst Alexi Delano & Xpansul team up for a mix where a spinning bassline takes pole position.

JF

Discodeine - Joystick (Dirty Music)

Discodeine - Joystick (Dirty Music)

Web: http://www.d-i-r-t-y.com

Discodeine bring us a pleasurable electro-discoid winner in the shape of Joystick, released via Dirty Music, which is certainly no longer just a re-edits stable. The original version features leaping keys and delightful pushy synths, whilst Tomboy’s mix cleans up the action and loops up a portion of the groove. Homo-Compatible is a slovenly effort, with a nightmarish bassline, sedated synths and sluggish percussion.

JF

Ben Parris - From Rave To Grave (Foundsound)

Ben Parris - From Rave To Grave (Foundsound)

Web: http://www.foundsoundrecords.com

To be honest, the original tracks on this EP don’t really hold the attention, but Matmos aka Drew Daniel and Martin Schmidt (fka The Soft Pink Truth) pull one out the bag with their remix of Yo No Ronco. Matmos saves this EP from boredom using a fuzzy bassline, conversational snatches and jumpy beats.

JF

GarcyNoise - Me And My Old Rohdes (Dubhe)


GarcyNoise - Me And My Old Rohdes (Dubhe)

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

One of Spain’s finest producers, GarcyNoise even surpasses his own usual production excellence with this beautiful effort for Dubhe. Me And My Old Rohdes features a hypnotic rhodes display, warm keys and simple percussion.

JF

Ktodik - Green Park (Precinct)


Ktodik - Green Park (Precinct)

Web: http://www.precinct-recordings.com

Marseille is home to Seb Bouettemy, who brings us a macabre teched out gem under his new Ktodik guise. In original form, Green Park is all moody synths and dark beats, whilst Arveene and Misk coax a humongous bassline along for the ride on their mix.

JF

Yolanta Sy - The Garden (Red Records)

Yolanta Sy - The Garden (Red Records)

Web: http://www.discogs.com/release/1377233

Inspired by the Zadar based Croatian music festival of the same name, The Garden is a brilliant slice of post discoid magic from Ilija Rudman and Greg Wilson. Wilson’s version is an epic near twelve minute mix with a mutating synthilating groove, cooing vocals and polite keys. Rudman goes for a leaner version of events, with wobbling synthetics, live bass finger picking and simple percussion.

JF

Guy J - Under Pressure (Bedrock)

Guy J - Under Pressure (Bedrock)

Web: http://www.myspace.com/guyj1

Guy J helps to dispell the Bedrock boredom myth with an electrifying technoid outing that will have the dancefloor in raptures. Flying synth lines, cymbal heavy percussion and sweet keys combine on the excellent Under Pressure.

JF

Dalminjo feat. Lenny Hamilton - I Wait (Papa Records)


Dalminjo feat. Lenny Hamilton - I Wait (Papa Records)

Web: http://www.paparecords.com

Dalminjo originally released his tunes via Deeplay Music and here opens his Papa account with a sweet vocal house effort entitled I Wait. Dalminjo’s own versions are nice enough, but it’s Ian Friday’s Tea Party mixes that home, courtesy of tough beats, romantic keys and magical synths.

JF

Wednesday, 6 August 2008

De Melero & Tuccillo - Deep Inside (Khazuma Future)

De Melero & Tuccillo - Deep Inside (Khazuma Future)

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

As usual, label owners Deepa & Suga surpass the contribution of their musical contemporaries, with choice remixes of Deep Inside. Serious synths, magic keys and striding beats do the work on their versions, with their vocal remix featuring that familiar Kariya refrain.

JF

Coalition Of The Killing - Backwards On Pony EP (Karloff)

Coalition Of The Killing - Backwards On Pony EP (Karloff)

Web: http://www.karloff.org

San Fran’s COTK get down to more dancefloor based murder with this groovy release on Karloff. Azizam, produced with Kyaro, is a powerful effort with a springy bassline and whispered vocal asides. Off My Mind goes for ghostly keys and mean bass sounds, whilst the title track is a bleepy number with a double helping of bass.

JF

Kontext - Plumes (Immerse)


Kontext - Plumes (Immerse)

Web: http://www.immerserecords.com

Kontext hails from St. Petersburg and musically occupies territory that is somewhere between techno and ambience. Plumes is the highlight from an EP on Immerse and takes its strength from some gorgeous bass washes.

JF

Motorcitysoul - Phantasy (Tsuba)

Motorcitysoul - Phantasy (Tsuba)

Web: http://www.motorcitysoul.com

Exponents of a deeper brand of technoid house, Motorcitysoul bring their exquisite grooves to Tsuba. Phantasy is an acid drenched winner, with smooth vocal overtures, kicking percussion and Detroit keys.

JF

DJ Emerson - Supertight (Micro.fon)

DJ Emerson - Supertight (Micro.fon)

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

Emerson’s musical home is Berlin and when not behind the decks or making music, he enjoys playing a game of tennis. Supertight is a typical Emerson production, with a tight percussive section and slim yet forceful bassline. The Abnormal Boyz remix of Truckvolume features sliced vocals, a potent bass and cool keys.

JF

Foremost Poets - Moonraker (Remixes) (NRK)

Foremost Poets - Moonraker (Remixes) (NRK)

Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com

Back in 1998, Johnny Dangerous produced and lent his vocals to a rugged bass heavy stormer entitled Moonraker. The record is back ten years later courtesy of NRK and still sounds pretty impressive. As far as the new remixes are concerned, Magik Johnson’s ‘Back To My House Remix’ wins, courtesy of its powerful key additions and Sleazy G does it for the electroid market with a tougher bassline and beats combo.

JF

Munk - Live Fast Die Old (Remixes) (Gomma)

Munk - Live Fast Die Old (Remixes) (Gomma)

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

A highlight from Munk’s excellent Cloudbuster LP, Live Fast Die Old gets a single outing, accompanied by a triplet of choice remixes. The Juan Maclean add uplifting keys, cool brass and go faster beats, whilst the Ed Banger Allstars let dysfunctional synths do the work. Fellow Gomma heads WhoMadeWho bring a slow moving acid bassline and kit percussion along for the ride on their beguiling post-punk inspired revision.

JF

Nu Frequency feat. Shara Nelson - Go That Deep (NRK)

Nu Frequency feat. Shara Nelson - Go That Deep (NRK)

Web: http://www.nrkmusic.com

NuFrequency are DJ Shield and Cristiano Massera, who have created a sublime vocal house outing with famed UK vocalist Shara Nelson in the shape of Go That Deep. Charles Webster provides a mix perfect for both commercial and underground markets, courtesy of understated key work, graceful percussion and Nelson’s vocals. There is also a tougher Charles Webster Acid mix, which is pretty self explanatory, and a couple of warming revisions from Redanka.

JF

Nathan Drew Larsen - Touch Me (Fresh Meat)


Nathan Drew Larsen - Touch Me (Fresh Meat)

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

Nathan Drew Larsen releases are few and far between, with this brooding technified effort certainly being worth the wait. Heavy synths, calm percussion and a warbling bass make their presence felt on the original, whilst Mazi’s edit adds a few sounds of his own and brings out both the bass and beats.

JF

Thomassari - Tom Hustler (Solid Gold Playaz Remix) (Vokuhila)

Thomassari - Tom Hustler (Solid Gold Playaz Remix) (Vokuhila)

Web: http://www.vokuhila-records.de

The original version of Thomassari’s Tom Hustler is accompanied by a number of remixes and it’s the Solid Gold Playaz who really do the business. Warming synths, textured beats and soft bass touches makes their ’Solid Gold Playaz Feat. The Heavy Grinder Chicago Hustlin Remix’ the one to check.

JF

Monday, 4 August 2008

Crybabies - Autoerotic


Crybabies - Autoerotic

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

The Crybabies make a poppy synth hop concoction that is actually rather cool. Autoerotic takes its strength from a fuzzy bassline, fats beats and all manner of vocal contributions.

JF

Jamie McHugh - H2O (Raudive Remix) (Underwater)


Jamie McHugh - H2O (Raudive Remix) (Underwater)

Web: http://www.underwaterrecords.com

The original was a magical tech house banger and here Raudive brings us a slighter calmer version of H20. A huge synth line dominates proceedings, with plump percussion and bright keys adding a little pzazz.

JF

Idiotproof - The Deacon (Made To Play)

Idiotproof - The Deacon (Made To Play)

Web: http://www.deepgrooveworld.com

Idiotproof is the bassline driven moniker of Bristol’s Deepgroove firm. The Deacon is a track with a punishing bassline, strutting beats and circling keys.

JF

Linval Thompson - Warrior King

Linval Thompson - Warrior King

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

Taken from a new LP project, Warrior King is an excellent offering from Linval Thompson, which admonishes ‘badboys‘ and warns them of the dangers they face. Finger picked guitar work, sweet keys and a soft bass sit behind Thompson‘s enlightening vocal delivery.

JF

Daedulus - Make It So (XXXchange Remix) (Ninja Tune)


Daedulus - Make It So (XXXchange Remix) (Ninja Tune)

Web: http://www.ninjatune.net

Daedulus gets dragged kicking and screaming onto the dancefloor by the mighty XXXchange. A monster bassline, heavy beats and vociferous synths do the work on this smile inducing revision.

JF

Nick Van Gelder - Choose Music (BBE)


Nick Van Gelder - Choose Music (BBE)

Web: http://www.bbemusic.com

Nick Van Gelder has an LP out on BBE and this title track is a good introduction to his funked up jazzied sound. Choose Music sees cool brass, shimmying guitars and a Wesly Music type bassline pull shapes behind the persuasive vocals.

JF

Unforscene feat. Phil King - Dangerous (Diesler Remix)


Unforscene feat. Phil King - Dangerous (Diesler Remix)

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

Diesler once more does the business on the remix tip, with a magnificent retread of Unforscene’s Dangerous. An excitable bassline, satisfying keys and tight percussion really hit home on this choice revision.

JF