Saturday, 9 October 2010

Albums & Compilations roundup October 2010 Part 2

Amiina - Puzzle (Amiina Music)

V/A - Elaste Vol 3 (Compost)

V/A - Secret Weapons (DJ History)

V/A - Party-Keller Vol 3 (Compost)

V/A - Revolution Number 5: Mixed by the Sick Girls (BBE)

Understated Icelandic outfit Amiina make beautiful frozen electronic shapes. Puzzle is their second LP and features twinkling moments such as the fraught Ásinn and tender Púsl. The Elaste series follows Dompteur ‘Zombie Nation’ Mooner into slightly warmer, but similarly picturesque musical waters. Here, he has put together a brew of out-there and theatrical discoid efforts, where the likes of Queen Samantha’s jolly Take A Chance and Mythos’s crazy Powerslide hit home. Disco is the main colour of many weapons selected by various cult and not so cult DJs on this collection from DJ History. Whether these tracks are the spinners’ number one piece of covert firepower is debatable, but you can’t argue with choices like Royksopp’s sleazy mix of Anneli Drecker’s Sexy Love and Kenny Dope’s mix of Red Hook Dreams’ Your Love (chosen by Chris Duckenfield and Gerd Jansen, respectively). Florian Keller does all the selecting on Party-Keller Vol 3, where he once more pulls out a range of cool funked out and discoid treats. Once more, this isn’t quite up there with volume one, but it does feature special tracks like Gino Dente’s crazed version of Movin’ and Gizelle Smith’s glorious June. The Sick Girls prefer a rowdier selection, typified by the cuts they have included on the quick-fire Revolution Number 5. It features a whole host of dirty bass driven efforts, such as Sticky’s Jumeriah Riddim Sequel and the Sick Girls own V-Skank.

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