Archive for November, 2008

Chart: November 2008

1. Dynamo – Aufenthalt 1 / DIN

2. Pangaea – Router  /  Hessle

3. Unknown Artist – Cunning Love  /  Hate

4. Regis – Portion Reform ’08 Edit  /  Sandwell District

5. Scuba – Poppies – Substance Dub Version /  Hotflush

6. Shackleton – The Rope Tightens – Badawi Remix  /  Skull Disco

7. EQD – 001A  /  Equalized

8. Zomby – The Lie  / Ramp

9. Substance – Relish – Wildlife Reshape  /  Chain Reaction

10. Unknown Artist – No10001A  /  Wax


Review: Scuba – From Within / Hard Boiled (Remixes)

Label: Hotflush
Catalog#: HFRMX005


A: From Within – Marcel Dettmann Remix

B: Hard Boiled – SCB Edit

Rating: 4/5

The last installment in the remix series from Scuba, high anticipation and expection. I’ve been thriving the remix releases and they are all so good.

This part of the series is the least dubstep influenced of the three with a remix from Marcel Dettmann and a alias from Scuba. Keeping things straight forward and putting the subtle changes in focus, this defines one of the many roots to techno-dubstep.

Starting off with Dettmann’s remix which turns out to be just excellent. He threw out most of the elements in the original and reduced it into a core of powerful techno, letting only slight changes progress in the track and focusing on the smallest essences. Together with a haunting atmospheric pad and subtle bleeps the beat is delivered perfectly.

SCB, a new alias from Scuba, takes ‘Hard Boiled’ into a different direction and morphing it into a more forward groove. This track has an entierly different vision from the original which takes the track into a different direction. This release is made for the Funktion 1 soundsystem and both Dettmann and Scuba seem to have this in mind when making the remixes.

Very nice release, you can get it here.

Review: Unknown Artist – Human Resources / Cunning Love

Label: Hate
Catalog#: HATE003


A: Human Resources

B: Cunning Love

Rating: 5/5


Hate is back on it’s third release, and this one is a bit closer to a more industrial and techno-ish sound, and much more melancholic and dark – easily the darkest and maybe the best release on the label.

The A side has a broken but firm groove with that exceptional bleep similar to the B-side of Seldom Felt 1 and the likes of it, keeping things steady on the floor. Essential tune for the winter!

As for the B side things get a bit more junglist and more to the side of dubstep, introducing a killer synth melody that goes through a tripping avenue making you close your eyes and keep your feet moving until it’s suddenly 7 pm.

Not much else can be said – just check this one out if you are fast enough. They will probably be all gone tomorrow…

Essential 12″, get it here

The Office #6

Skull Disco

Skull Disco is the label that resides Shackleton and Appleblim in it’s underground lair. Their complex structure of the tracks they release are a symbol of style for the label, as well as renowned and crowned by lots of producers in various styles and fans all over the world.

The first release was a misprint with reversed center labels, different mastering and without a sleeve. These were stolen from Shackleton’s apartment while he was moving. The remaining 60 copies he dug up from his basement are now limited editions. This tells at least me, that no matter what both Shackleton and Appleblim will find a way to cope with unforeseen things – which probably is the result of the Skull Disco label.

Since the first half of releases on the label (that when looking back makes you understand the evolution in both Shackleton’s and Appleblim’s sound) the overall quality and bravery in the tracks goes to a steeper and deeper wall of sound. Introducing T++ as a remixer on the latter releases was a genius move if you ask me that together with the original and fresh production on the A-sides took things to an entirely new level. Ricardo Villalobos had the honour to remix ‘Blood On My Hands’ which brought the original to (impossible enough) a more trippy atmosphere and wobbly attitude.

Together with funny and sometimes uncomfortable artwork (music isn’t about standing still and getting safe!) and weird release names, Shacky and Appleblim have made a truly unique footprint in the myth- and dubstep area alongside the more experimental sides of techno.

Skull Disco are now closing down. This is for me really sad as it is one of my absolute favorite labels. But things aren’t just going to fade away.

The last release is a double CD entitled ‘Soundboy’s Gravestone Gets Desecrated By Vandals‘, with all the original tracks from SKULL007 and forwards, together with an incredible remix CD as the second disc. This will probably be one of the most important releases of 2008.

A review will be posted when the time comes. Remember to get all the Skull Disco releases on vinyl before the masses finds out they’re closing down!

Review: Millie & Andrea – Black Hammer / Gunshot

Label: Daphne
Catalog#: DAPHNE001


A: Millie – Black Hammer

B: Andrea – Gunshot

Rating: 4/5


A new release from the Boomkat/Modern Love guys – just as good as usual!

There has been a lot of discussion whose behind this production. Some say MLZ and Andy Stott and others say 2562 and Martyn. Either way, this twelve is so good I don’t really care actually!

‘Black Hammer’ has a Martyn-ish style with a sawing synthline that together with a vocal sample makes this track essential. The fast paced unexpected use of the samples keeps you hooked as the track progresses – weirdness in a really good sense.

‘Gunshot’ is much darker production that resembles a bit of Shackleton and a bit of some nice dark techno, the synths sounds like raindrops over a deep, deep bassline with a kick that just drowns in all the sounds that are falling in from everywhere.

Essential! Buy here

Review: Scuba – The Upside / Twitch (Remixes)

Label: Hotflush
Catalog#: HFRMX004


A: The Upside – Martyn’s Down Mix

B: Twitch – Jamie Vex’d Remix

Rating: 3/5

The second installment of the remix series from ‘A Mutual Antipathy’ is here! This time Martyn from the 3024 label and Jamie Vex’d from… eh, “former group” of Vex’d have done the remixes on the slower and calmer tracks from the album.

The original version of ‘The Upside’ sounds a bit like a dubbed out Phil Collins track from the 80’s. Martyn redefines the entire structure of the original and places the elements from it into a post half-stepXtechno hybrid which does not only bring forward the melancholy of the original (hence the ‘Down’ in the track name, eh?), but gives it the space it deserves rather than making the track slower (as Scuba did with his original). The original version has it’s charms in the honest emotions Scuba clearly put into it, making Martyn’s remix great in an entierly different way – which to prefer is actually based on mood of the moment here.

Jamie Vex’d has made an really great effort here – a crazy wobbly drunken dubstepped out broken track, which at first seems a bit stupid. After the second listen you get to know it a bit better and realize that it’s really, really good. In contrast to the original they sound like two completely different tracks, which is good news for me since I had a hard time appreciating the original on the album.

This release ships on friday. You can buy it here.