Saturday, 3 January 2009

Jon Freer’s Reviews: January 09 Singles


Dyed Soundorom Vs Brother’s Vibe - Con Leche (Freak n Chic Monoside)
Dana Bergquist & Peder - G Madrid (Add2Basket)
Moonstarr - Instrumentals Forever (Public Transit)
King Roc - Chapter IV:Dreamatic (Mutual Society)
Arno Gonzalez - My Link To The Past (Missive)
4 Ears & Ladybird - Can’t Be Without You (Iwani)
John Keys - Pac Man (Treibstoff)
Uptown Funk Empire - Boogie (Soulab)
Robbie Rivera - In Too Deep (Juicy)
Discodeine - Tom Select (D.I.R.T.Y.)
Josh Lasden & Synoptic - Futuristic Music EP Part 1 (El Futuro)
Josh Lasden & Synoptic - Futuristic Music EP Part 2 (El Futuro)
Josh Lasden & Synoptic - Fundamental Frequencies EP (El Futuro)
Nutown Project & Gerome Sportelli - Code One (Recode Musik)
Milton Jackson - Crash (Remixes) (Freerange)
Beatsy Collins - Holla (Wah Wah Dubplates)
Xpress2 - London Xpress (Idiotproof Remix) (SKINT)
Animaltek - Idealogical (Living)
Mike Monday - Star Girl EP (Om)
Alexander East - Believe En Me (Johnny Dangerous RMXS) (Nordic Trax)
Phongenic - Whoah! (Fresh Meat)
My Favorite Robot - Scar and All My Circuits (My Favorite Robot)
Pedramovich - Parkhill EP (Supernature)
Collabs feat. Chris Liebing & Speedy J - Magnit EP (Electric Deluxe)
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Dyed Soundorom Vs Brother’s Vibe - Con Leche (Freak n Chic Monoside)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/dyedsoundorom
In recent times, the desire for slim line technoid gems has resurrected interest in the music of Tony Rodriguez’s devastatingly deep and often incredibly sparse Brother’s Vibe project. Here, the acapella from El Baile (The Dance) has been laid over pert synths sonorous percussion by rising Parisian star Dyed Soundorom.

Dana Bergquist & Peder - G Madrid (Add2Basket)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/danabergquist2
Intense floor bothering technoid grooves are the order of the day on this outing from Dana Bergquist & Peder. Synth patterns that seem to go on for days build the interest, with satisfying key work adding further musical intrigue. The Motorcitysoul mix makes more of key and bass led possibilities, on a slightly more portly interpretation.

Moonstarr - Instrumentals Forever (Public Transit)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/illfitness
The Moon man hits back with a release that features vocal outings as well as non vocal cuts, despite what the title may suggest. Highs include the delightful hip house funk of Tiger Funk with LAL and the broken hop beauty of the heartbreaking F*cked Up Love.

King Roc - Chapter IV:Dreamatic (Mutual Society)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/kingrocuk
This beautifully dreamy EP shows King Roc’s ability to make deeply engaging technoid material. Beautiful But Weird is exactly that, due to its twisting synths and bass uplift, whilst Melon Koly Flower relies on half speed yet hyper beats and slovenly bass action. Etalon hits courtesy of trippy keys and perfectly measured percussion, with Tirades coming on like a more conservative version of Slow Supreme’s Granada.

Arno Gonzalez - My Link To The Past (Missive)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/arnogonzalez
Gonzalez turns up on Missive with a moody outing that reinvigorates like coffee in an early morning. Heavy synths, a punishing bassline and fat beats rule on the original, whilst Droido Remix adds an extra springiness to proceedings.

4 Ears & Ladybird - Can’t Be Without You (Iwani)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/4ears
4 Ears bring us a gorgeous soul kissed house outing, which has been remixed to perfection by Ralf Gum. His thoughtful keys and understated live bass work wonders under Ladybird’s lovestruck vocals.

John Keys - Pac Man (Treibstoff)
Web: http://www.discogs.com/artist/John+Keys
Crazy technoid computer music is the order of the day on this fun release from the John Keys duo. Fuzzy keys take the lead on Inland Empire, where bouncing beats and fizzing bass drops also do damage. Pac Man is a shuffled effort with the wobbliest of keys, garbled vox and feet dragging beats.

Uptown Funk Empire - Boogie (Soulab)
Web: http://www.soulab.com
Uptown Funk Empire give us something to smile about with this gorgeous jazzy discofied gem that can be found on The Sampler Strikes Back. Expressive flute play, handclap driven percussion and arresting strings make their mark on Boogie.

Robbie Rivera - In Too Deep (Juicy)
Web: http://www.robbierivera.com
Known as much for her vocal work with broken beat and jazzy cats as big room house heads, Laura Vane stakes her claim as house diva here, lending her talents to this powerful effort from Rivera. Trancey keys and heavy synths feature alongside her cutesy vocals on Rivera’s Ibiza Mix, with the Afterhours Dub being assisted by sharper keys and huge beats. The EDX remix goes for a mammoth synth led workout, whilst Santiago Cortes employs bass pressure and barbed synths on his mix.

Discodeine - Tom Select (D.I.R.T.Y.)
Web: http://www.d-i-r-t-y.com/
The synth is king on this delightful and wonderfully filthy effort from Paris’s Discodeine outfit. A nasty bassline and screaming synths vie for attention on the original mix, with the bass winning the war on Joakim’s remix. The mix from La Horse is a little more ’live’, with replayed bass, wonderfully off key vocal additions and jarring percussion.

Josh Lasden & Synoptic - Futuristic Music EP Part 1 (El Futuro)
Josh Lasden & Synoptic - Futuristic Music EP Part 2 (El Futuro)
Josh Lasden & Synoptic - Fundamental Frequencies EP (El Futuro)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/joshlasden
Lasden hails from Eeklo in Belgium and these three EPs of technoid magic are available on El Futuro. Highlights of the first EP appear in the shape of the mind bending bass driven original version of Lebanese Girl and Nathan Coles’ wobbly remix. EP 2 winners include the gliding Londonicious and the flashing keyed Nils Hess re-rub of Juicy Lucy. The tracks to write home about on the Fundamental Frequencies EP are the bright keyed Love On A Sofa and the satisfying title track.

Nutown Project & Gerome Sportelli - Code One (Recode Musik)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/nut0wnpr0j3ct
Recode Musik launch with a slice of clean cutting technoid magic from Nutown Project & Gerome Sportelli. One features a rolling bassline, which pretty much does all the work, albeit assisted by poised keys and cutting beats. One/Two makes its mark courtesy of shuffling beats and echoed bass hits.

Milton Jackson - Crash (Remixes) (Freerange)
Web: http://www.miltonjackson.com
Milton Jackson receives the remix treatment here from a couple of technoid heavy hitters. The Wahoo mix of Cycles sees powerful synths work their magic alongside plodding percussion and sweet keys. The Lovebirds version of Crash lets heavenly keys and flashing synths take centre stage.

Beatsy Collins - Holla (Wah Wah Dubplates)
Web: http://www.wahwah45s.com
Wah Wah join the remixes for the dancefloor league with a cute touch up of Inner City Blues. Padding out the beats and removing the non dance floor minded drop out makes Collins’ version worth investigating.

Xpress2 - London Xpress (Idiotproof Remix) (SKINT)
Web: http://www.deepgrooveworld.com
Here Deepgroove and Jamie Anderson take on Xpress 2’s classic London Xpress, with excellent bassline driven results. The resulting remix sees a driving bassline, updated keys and neat beats collide alongside elements of the original.

Animaltek - Idealogical (Living)
Web: http://animaltek.net/
Originally from Russia, Oleg Slepak and Shay Raban currently create exciting technoid concoctions in New York. Idealogical is all revolving basslines and messy keys, whilst Inerin hits courtesy of odd synth hits and bass pressure. Mountain Mermaid is for only the oddest of floors, due to its telephone keys and warbled bass grooves.

Mike Monday - Star Girl EP (Om)
Web: http://www.mikemonday.com
Light years away from some of his more obtuse offerings from the past, the title track on this EP is a beautifully musical offering from Monday. Celestial strings, Jaguar keys and committed percussion make Star Girl worth the admission charge.

Alexander East - Believe En Me (Johnny Dangerous RMXS) (Nordic Trax)
Web: http://www.nordictrax.com
Johnny ‘Foremost Poets’ Dangerous comes correct with a couple of wonderful retoolings of East’s Believe En Me. Shining keys, philosophical vocals and a grooving bass do the work on the Reprint Version, whilst the Mental version lets the lovely keys and heavenly strings shine sans vocals.

Phongenic - Whoah! (Fresh Meat)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/phonogenic
Mazi’s Fresh Meat open their account for 2009 with an ace clubfloor banger from Finland’s mighty Tuomas Salmela aka Phonogenic. Whoah! in original form is a peaktime winner with drunken synth lines and pointed percussion, whilst the Altenative Mix gets down courtesy of further key and synth intervention. Nathan Drew Larsen’s version gains its strength from fuzzy bass work and dependable percussion.

My Favorite Robot - Scar and All My Circuits (My Favorite Robot)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/myfavoriterobotnet
My Favorite Robot returns with a groovy little dance floor orientated effort in the shape of All My Circuits. Jerky synths, cymbadellic percussion and a heaving bassline do the work on this punishing release.

Pedramovich - Parkhill EP (Supernature)
Web: http://www.myspace.com/mardep
Named after the eyesore that towers over Sheffield’s train stations and sums up all that was wrong about 60s architecture in the UK, Pedramovich debuts on Supernature with some cool technoid goo. Burka is the one, with its odd shaped keys, slimline percussive lines and bass pushes.

Collabs feat. Chris Liebing & Speedy J - Magnit EP (Electric Deluxe)
Web: http://www.electricdeluxe.net
Chris Liebing and Speedy J aka Jochem Paap hook up for some powerful technoid action in the shape of this release for Electric Deluxe. The winner is Maggie with its fizzing synth action, heads down percussion and buzzing bassline.

JF

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