Sunday, 18 January 2009

Jon Freer’s Reviews: Jan 09 Singles

Jon Freer’s Reviews: Jan 09 Singles.

Hiem - Nite Flyte (Society)
Martin Brodin - Galaxis (Tony Senghore Remixes) (Deeplay Soultec)
Scrimshire - Certainly (Wah Wah 45s)
The Long Lost - Amiss (Ninja Tune)
Raph Dumas - A Rare Toy (Lace)
Djebali - Lax EP (Freak N Chic)
Maetrik - They Love Terror EP (Treibstoff)
Manuel Perez - Feever (Lace)
Sei A - Ballet Of The Synths (Seinan)
Jazzanova - I Can See (Circle Research Remix) (MP3)
Kirby - Headmovin (Nordic Trax)
Marc Miroir - Kraft (Paso Music)
Una Mas Trio - Clear As Water (Agogo)
The Ju Ju Orchestra - Remixes 2 (Agogo)
Milton Jackson - Crash (Remixes Part 2) (Freerange)
Jonny White & James Teej - Music Noire (Remixes) (No. 19)
Aaron Carl - Electrevival (Wallshaker)
Sendos Fuera - Boucala (Khazuma Future)
NS2 Vs Leroy Jones 7 - I Don’t Know Why (Treble O)
Nutown Project - Code Two (Recode Musik)
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Hiem - Nite Flyte (Society)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/HIEM1
Sheffield’s Hiem return with a gorgeous electronic ditty, which positively sparkles. Flashing keys, moody strings and smart beats do the work behind Kate Jackson’s smooth vocal work on the original version of Nite Flyte. Kiki’s remix is a disorientating affair with twisted synths and a revolving bassline, whilst Coma’s mix hits courtesy of beautiful string washes. Bonus number 2am is another gem, with playful keys, affected vocals and fat percussion.

Martin Brodin - Galaxis (Tony Senghore Remixes) (Deeplay Soultec)
Web: http://www.tonysenghore.com
Trust Tony Senghore to shake up Martin Brodin’s Galaxis and give it the requisite dancefloor push that the original lacked. The ‘Magellanic Cloud’ version is all crazy keys, thrusting synths and monstrous bass work. A rolling bassline does the damage on the extremely groovy ‘Nebulosity Remix’.

Scrimshire - Certainly (Wah Wah 45s)
Web: http://www.scrimshire.com
Scrimshire looks to Scandinavia for help on this excellent outing for Wah Wah. Certainly features the luscious tones of Inga-Lil Aker, who rides dancing brass, beautiful keys and magical flutes. King Knut’s brings us a synth hop mix of Mistaken, which is a dangerously hypnotic effort.

The Long Lost - Amiss (Ninja Tune)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/findthelonglost
There is something beautifully endearing about the musical concoctions put together by Mr. and Mrs Daedelus. Amiss features funny vocals, plinky plonky guitar work and strange percussion. There’s a bunch of remixes to choose from, but the original is the winner.

Raph Dumas - A Rare Toy (Lace)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/raphdumas
Based in Perpignan, in the south of France, Dumas brings us a cool technoid effort that could be the work of a slightly sedated Jeff Mills. Rotating keys, jumpy vocal work and a mean rhythm section pull the punches on the original version of A Rare Toy. Manuel Perez relaxes the grooves and smoothes out the creases on his Machines Remix, whilst his Discodub features a live bassline, a cowbell and confused vocal impressions.

Djebali - Lax EP (Freak N Chic)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/mehdidjebali
Sound engineer by trade, France’s Djebali makes dark yet enthralling club music, so it should come as no surprise that he’s found a home in Dan Ghenacia’s Freak N Chic imprint. California is a key assisted groover, with Calling putting stuttered vocals and a bulky bassline to good use. Don’t Be Forced features intense stabbing keys, whilst Sun of Son calls on a fuzzy bass and cool guitar work.

Maetrik - They Love Terror EP (Treibstoff)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/maetrikmusic
Treibstoff have released some excellent technoid material of late and here they continue that trend with an EP from Dallas based Maetrik. Socom is a scary bass driven ride, whilst the title track is a jerky number with odd key play.

Manuel Perez - Feever (Lace)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/djmanuelperez
Manuel Perez shows that it isn’t just labels like Freerange pushing the true deeper house sound, with this ace cut on his own Lace imprint. Feever takes its strength from a grooving bassline, dreamy strings and powerful synths. The Machines Dub is a darker affair, with acidic keys and moody bass work.

Sei A - Ballet Of The Synths (Seinan)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/andyseinan
Available on a release entitled Knowing Innocence, it’s actually the bonus cut, Ballet Of The Synths, which is the one to write home about. As expected, it is a synth led affair, where building chords apply the pressure.

Jazzanova - I Can See (Circle Research Remix) (MP3)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/circleresearch
CR take I Can See to broken hop territory with their entry for J-Nova’s remix competition. Stylish percussion and an uncouth bassline do the work under the positive vocals.

Kirby - Headmovin (Nordic Trax)
Web: http://www.nordictrax.com
Caen based Kirby opens his Nordic Trax account with an EP of fat house efforts that are not for the faint hearted. The title track features huge synth pushes and a skippy bassline, whilst Leaves is a hypnotic key led effort.

Marc Miroir - Kraft (Paso Music)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/marcmiroir
Berlin’s Marc Miroir makes charismatic techy compositions that show you can have a little fun when making people dance. A rubbery bassline, hornet type buzzing and calm percussion do the work on the original version. Gregor Tresher’s remix makes use of a fatter bassline and wobbly keys.

Una Mas Trio - Clear As Water (Agogo)
The Ju Ju Orchestra - Remixes 2 (Agogo)
Web: http://agogo-records.com
Agogo bring us a couple of remix based releases from the Una Mas Trio and The Ju Ju Orchestra. It is Mo’Horizon’s take on Clear As Water that is the pick on the Una Mas Trio release, courtesy of its playful accordion work and kicking percussion. Ju Ju are treated extremely well by their remixers, with The Dining Rooms offering a simply stunning revision of This Is Not A Tango. Diesler and Dubben take on Nao Passo Demorar, with the former supplying a glorious funkout and the latter heading towards reggaeish territory.

Milton Jackson - Crash (Remixes Part 2) (Freerange)
Web: http://www.freerangerecords.co.uk
More Milton remixes here, this time from H.O.S.H. and Freerange boss Jimpster. H.O.S.H. supply a great take on Ghost In The Machine, where tough keys and smart beats do the talking. Thoughtful synths and a rotund bass stand out on Jimpster’s version of Rhythm Track.

Jonny White & James Teej - Music Noire (Remixes) (No. 19)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/jamesteej
No. 19 hits us with a cool remix package, where the winning re-takes come from Jamie Jones and Patrick Bateman. Jones’ revision features a winning combination of a heavy bassline and powerful synths, whilst eerie percussion features on Bateman’s mix.

Aaron Carl - Electrevival (Wallshaker)
Web: http://www.aaroncarl.com
Detroit artist Aaron Carl brings us a cool EP on his own Wallshaker imprint. The highlights are the acid drenched Tears and the smooth ICAN Ascension mix of If There Is A Heaven.

Sendos Fuera - Boucala (Khazuma Future)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/extremlyhousemusic
Barcelona’s wonderful Khazuma Future imprint is back once more, with a slice of deepness from Sendos Fuera that has been remixed by various production aces. Daniel Kyo’s version is a tough synther, with Hitch & Morino placing the emphasis on the bassline. The Cosmic Cowboys Remix is a key led stormer, with dreamy strings and streamlined percussion.

NS2 Vs Leroy Jones 7 - I Don’t Know Why (Treble O)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/nstenn
Electronic soul is the vibe on this outing from NS2 & Leroy Jones 7 on Domu’s Treble O imprint. The original features a moody bassline, messy percussion and hurt vocals. Zoltar’s remix is cleaner, courtesy of some housey percussion and lovely synths.

Nutown Project - Code Two (Recode Musik)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/nut0wnpr0j3ct
Well, after One, Two really had to follow. The remixes are the versions to check here, with Alland Byallo’s ‘Parkside Deep Mix’ hitting home courtesy of some cool bass drops, whilst Sebastian Herre’s mix is all about the stabs.

Jon Freer

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