Wednesday, 15 September 2010

2010 end of summer album & compilation round up

In this digital musical age, it’s easy to miss great music releases. Here I profile a number of electronic gems that deserve your attention. A few of them slipped out earlier this summer and the rest are slated for an early autumn release. One of commercial dance music’s leading lights, Swedish don Axwell delves into the back catalogue of his own Axtone imprint in order to bring us a collection of startling house and electroid gems. Axwell has had a hand in most of the cuts on here and particular highs are his own pianotastic I Found You and the beautiful Watch The Sunrise. With a similar love of powerful dancefloor grooves, the UK’s Mark Knight presents a collection of very danceable cuts born from his Toolroom imprint. Disc one features big hitters like Sergio Fernandez’s cultured Baloncesto Femenio and Knight‘s own powerful Natural Instinct, whilst the second disc contains monsters such as Gabriel Rocha’s trippy Remember and Mark Knight and Wolfgang Gartner’s hands in the air Conscinado. On a deeper and techier tip comes 5 Years And Still Looking, a compilation of bumping and groove some house gems from Lost My Dog regulars and friends. One of the leading lights behind the imprint, Pete Dafeet, has selected the tracks on this disc, where highs include YSE feat. Beckford’s smooth Worry and Adam B’s hazy Smoketoke. Treading a more relaxed path is Kruder & Dorfmeister’s G-Stone imprint, which here celebrates sixteen years of dub inspired soundscapes and smoky vibes. Disc one’s exclusives include the gorgeous Broken Reform take on Peace Orchestra’s Who Am I and Sugar B’s melancholic Love You Anyway, whilst timeless numbers on the classics disc appear in the shape of Urbs’ playful So Weit and Stereotyp’s glorious Keepin’ Me. Louie Austen may feel like he is the Last Man Crooning, with an album that proves his worth as a modern day electronic lounge singer. Winners include the guitar driven I Can See The Sun and nervy Now Or Never. The remix disc, entitled Electrotaining You, reminds the listener of Louie’s versatility and features gems such as Phonique’s sultry take on Now Or Never and Ian Pooley‘s magnificent reinterpretation of Little Sun. A range of electronic soundscapes and emotions are explored on these five albums and compilations, which are certainly worth checking out.

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