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

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Woolfy Vs Projections - The Astral Projections of Starlight (Permanent Vacation)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/woolfys
Simon James is a Scotsman living in LA, who makes gorgeous horizontal grooves as Woolfy. Here, he has linked up with Dan Hastie, his partner in musical crime in the Projections outfit. The resulting album is a truly magical collection of organic beauties, where live percussion, heavenly guitars and angelic vocals feature heavily. Highs appear in the form of tracks such as mind transforming Writing On The Walls, cosmic synth laced This Space and the delicious string addled We Were There. This album is a testament to the beauty of music and its ability to touch the mind, body and soul.

Jon Freer

Check out Absynth

Neil Landstrumm - Lord For £39 (Planet Mu)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/neillandstrumm
Lord For £39 is nasty bass driven album that excites and demands a reaction. It references breaks, dubstep, rave and all manner of other abrasive musical forms delivering in an enthralling manner. Landstrumm has been carving out his own brand of electronic nastiness since 1994 and this LP shows that he’s been absorbing musical influences left, right and centre over the years. There’s a few collaborations on this long player with similarly bass hungry producers, which adds extra spice to proceedings. Highlights include the eerie Si Begg assisted Transmission, the fractured key heavy Old Rabbits and a restrained effort entitled The King of Malta. A magical bass journey!

Jon Freer

Check out an interview with Neil Landstrumm here

Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself (Bpitch Control)


Web: http://www.telefontelaviv.com
Fuzzy electronic songs is what Chicagoan duo Telefon Tel Aviv bring to the table on this musically muddied, but wonderfully endearing album. Clashing sounds, barely visible vocals and clumping instruments vie for attention, as they attempt to break free from the electronic fog that binds this album together. Out of the mist rises standouts such as the glowing The Birds, off-key Mostly Translucent and hurting You Are The Worst Thing In The World. Telefon Tel Aviv bring us a warped view of the world that in the context of this album makes perfect sense.

Jon Freer

Check out more Telefoning

V/A - Freshly Composted Vol 3. (Compost)


Web: http://www.compost-records.com
Michael Reinboth’s all conquering Munich based Compost Records imprint celebrates reaching number 300 (yes three hundred), with a selection of fresh cuts and recent label highlights. Today, as well known for their more techy electronic dalliances as the jazzy work that saw them first recognised in the 90s, this compilation features a broad selection of treats. Cuts of note include Crazy P‘s touching rejig of Eddy Meets Yannah’s Solid Ground, I:Cube’s delightful take on Karma’s Beach Towel and Ripperton’s version of Beanfield and Bajka’s unstoppable Tides. After unleashing over 2000 tracks on the world in 14 years, Compost show no sign of slowing down or giving up on their musical quest!

Jon Freer

Check out Ripperton's mix of Tides

V/A - Soul’s Back! (Soulab)


Web: http://www.soulab.com
Yes, after a short hiatus, the French Soulab imprint comes correct with a delightful compilation of sweet soulful grooves and buoyant electronic efforts. Soul’s Back! features classic pieces from the imprint’s glittering back catalogue, with the focus on their small yet musically powerful roster. Winners on the compilation include Uptown Funk Empire aka Patchworks’ sweet I’m A Manchild, Dan Electro’s uplifting Two Wings and Greg Gauthier and Tony L’s dreamy Dub of Allen Hoist’s With Love. Contemporary soulful grooves for today and tomorrow.

Jon Freer

Check music from Soulab artist Dan Electo here

Sei A - Editing Shadows (Missive)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/andyseinan
From the word go, it is clear that this long player from Glasgow based Andy Graham aka Sei A is aimed squarely at the feet. It is an album of tracks for the dancefloor and those home listening moments when you desire something to lift the spirits. The long player is an exciting techy affair, where winners include the beseeching opening track Smile For Me, bassy My World and skittish Say Or Do. Editing Shadows is a fun album for technoid fans.

Jon Freer

Check out the music of Sei A

V/A - The Sound Of The Ninth Season: Sven Väth In The Mix (Cocoon)


Web: http://www.cocoon.net
Another year has gone by and therefore it is time to look back over another season and a year of music. Cocoon exists as both a dancing environment in Germany and for the duration of ‘the season’ in Ibiza. The music of 2008 is celebrated on this double disc set, which has, as ever, been expertly put together by techno overlord and Cocoon co-ordinator Sven Väth. The misleadingly named ’Disco’ CD is a technoid mission, featuring dancefloor poised efforts such as Matthew Jonson’s elegant Symphony For The Apocalypse and Dubfire’s evil synthed re-rub of Radio Slave’s Grindhouse. The darker and in places deeper ’Invaders’ disc features techy winners such as Reboot’s wonderfully bassy Vandong and Joris Voorn’s dynamic Magnolia mix of Robert Babicz’s Dark Flower. This is another impressive Techy set from inside Vath’s Cocoon.

Jon Freer

Watch Cocoon TV

Roland Appel - Talk To Your Angel (Sonar Kollektiv)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/rolandappel
A member of Fauna Flash, Trüby Trio and Voom:Voom, Bayern based Roland Appel caught ears as a solo artist with 2007’s magical Dark Soldier, which features on this nine track LP. Talk To Your Angel is essentially an album of melodic technoid grooves, calm electronic moments and smooth vocals, which have been smudged into the eerie grooves. Tracks such as the uplifting Changes, jerky synthed New Love and aforementioned Dark Soldier are wonderful, but some of the others sound more like a mixture of ideas than cohesive musical concepts. This is an odd long player from Appel, which at times impresses and at others frustrates.

Jon Freer

Check out Dark Soldier here

Circle Research - Who? (Melting Pot Music)


Web: http://www.myspace.com/circleresearch
After Doing Right for a while, Toronto twosome Circle Research move to Melting Pot and bring us a marathon thirty seven track album. Admittedly this is one of those mixtape type hip hop albums like Jay Dilla's Donuts and so the tracks last between one and two minutes. This a diversion from Circle Research's previous Mulligan Stew album, which was a side splittingly funny effort that featured a raft of guest MCs. Who? is an instrumental album and impresses due the group's incisive wit and ability to create musical grooves from all types of sample sources. Don't miss fleeting efforts such as the jubilant Oh Snap!, the PPP styled Confessions, a powerfully sweet sub-twenty second ditty entitled After Hours and Interlude (#1, #2 and #3) which is a chopped phone conversation that sees the group attempt to garner financial support from a rather unlikely benefactor. Brimming over with impressive scratches, samples and vocal lines, this album is great for those with short attention spans and those who like their music diced. Lets hope Circle Research loop up some of these great ideas to create longer tracks and a new full album!

Jon Freer

Check out an interview with Circle Research about this album

Deadmau5 - At Play (Play Records)


Web: http://www.deadmau5.com
Deadmau5 aka Canada’s Joel Zimmerman hails from Niagara Falls, which may explain why his music flows effortlessly. Zimmerman has made it big with his synth driven electroid sound and this compilation draws together a number of cuts displaying distinctive Deadmau5 sound, previously unreleased on CD. His cuts are simple yet undeniably effective in terms of clubfloor potency and it is no surprise that he has gained commercial dance acclaim with his work. Whilst a number of the tracks on here feature annoying gimmicky vocals and obtuse sounds, there are other such as the striding Vanishing Point, melodious Faxing Berlin, and thumping Turning Point, which are great and show Deadmau5‘s undeniable ability as a producer. This compilation is an excellent Deadmau5 primer, showing why he has gained so many glittering appraisals.

Jon Freer

Check out Turning Point here.


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