Archive for March, 2009

The Office #8

Review: The Subliminal Kid – To The South

Label: Off-Key Industries
Catalog#: OKLTD 003

A: To The South

B: To The South – Matt O’Brien Remix

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The Kid of Sweden delivers a limited 12″ with one of the heaviest tracks that passed along this year. The focus on the original is around a hard hitting, no frills but yet so funky groove combined with a swirling synthline that appears from now and then, getting transformed to various shapes – and then suddenly stops to make room for the heavyweight beat. Excellent work that surley will break your subs.

Matt O’Brien’s remix takes the track to a different level, with a dub vibe combined with static percussion and a different depth in the rhythm. Nautical spheres that gets entangled in The Subliminal Kid’s atmospheric melody, that also get’s a treatment from O’Brien who shuffles the notes around to create a different sound.

Absolute destroyer.

Chart: March 2009

1. Stereociti – Untitled / Mojuba

2. Norman Nodge – Maniac / MDR

3. Liberty City – If You Really Want Someone – The MURK Groove / Tribal

4. The Off-Key Hat – Emergency Calling / Dissident

5. Shed – The Lower Upside Down – Surgeon Remix / Ostgut Ton

6. Unknown – Submariner / HATE

7. Radio Slave – Neverending….. / Ostgut Ton

8. “Unknown” – “Bosch Mix”

9. “Unknown” – Emotion Reset

10. Tony Lionni – Found A Place / Ostgut Ton

I wish I lived in the UK…



Review: Tony Lionni & Radio Slave – Berghain 03 Part 1

Label: Ostgut Tonträger
Catalog#: o-ton22


A: Tony Lionni – Found A Place

B: Radio Slave – Neverending…..

As Len Faki is doing the Berghain 03 mix CD, the followup to André Galluzzi and Marcel Dettmann’s previous showcases, Ostgut Ton releases two vinyls (as they also did previously) with the unreleased tracks from the mix CD.

Starting off with Tony Lionni’s contagious and right-at-the-front house track, the mood is set. From quite a number of heavy and dark techno releases on Ostgut, this track fits perfectly as a small break. Reaching through a lot of different feelings with ‘Found A Place’ on the A-side, I get the impression that Lionni knows the feelings of Panoramabar as well as Berghain, but also pursuing his own sound under the direction of those places and feelings.

‘Found A Place’ is one of those tracks that, if you accept what you are hearing and just feel like dancing, you’ll love this one at the height of a great DJ set. It’s very emotional, structured and actually quite deep – the only thing that would need some more work is the beat, it lacks a bit of… oumph!

Radio Slave on the other hand, with his never ending signature sound, display a slightly different mood and groove with his track ‘Neverending…..’ on the flip. Grabbing his really special DJ sets at both Panoramabar and Berghain, he fuses a lot of dirt into this one, making it reach different levels of progression and sound structure. Resembling maybe a bit too much to the track ‘RJ’ on Running Back, the mood is really different here. I get a sense that Matt Edwards has taken this proven sound, transformed it back to his roots and then reached a whole new level of “forward”.

Because forward is what it’s all about.

Review: Shed – Remixes

Label: Ostgut Tonträger
Catalog#: o-ton20

A: The Lower Upside Down – Surgeon Remix

B: Another Wedged Chicken – Martyn’s 131 Remix


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First(?) remixes of Shed’s album, finally! Revibed by two other forward thinking artists on a 12″ that is one of the most dynamic remix vinyls I’ve heard this year.

Shed’s electronica-wise track ‘The Lower Upside Down’ gets a completely different attitude and structure by beat scientist Surgeon, who not only manage to fuse a dancefloor vibe to it, he also rearranges the melody into a much more haunting state, switching up the progression of it and transforming it to something completely new. You need to focus to be able to hear it though.

Martyn’s take on ‘Another Wedged Chicken’ has been played a lot more than Surgeon’s remix. It’s a dancefloor friendly remix on one of the best tracks from ‘Shedding The Past’. Putting the structure around a vocal hook is a really clever idea, but only get’s it’s righteous space in a club and in the right sense. Also, Martyn manages to fuse a lot of his own sound to it which is nice and all, but I’d rather see it being a bit more heavy than it is.

Chart: Early March 2009

1. Gustaf – Live at The Office, 14 February 2009 – 05:25-07:10?

2. “Unknown” – Untitled Promo

3. Staffan Linzatti – See / Stockholm LTD

4. Fever Ray – When I Grow Up – We Grow Apart Inspiration by Pär Grindvik / Rabid

5. Loco Dice – Tight Laces – Marcel Dettmann Response 2 / Desolat

6. Loco Dice – Black Truffles In The Snow – Mike Huckaby’s S Y N T H Remix / Desolat

7. Johannes – Live at The Office, 14 February 2009 – 00:00-01:00

8. Loco Dice – Tight Laces – Marcel Dettmann Response 1 / Desolat

9. Ben Klock – Subzero / Ostgut Tonträger

10. Radio Slave – Koma Koma / Rekids