Archive for May, 2009

Chart: May 2009

1. Planetary Assault Systems – X Speaks To X / Ostgut Ton

2. Deuce – Twerp Wiz / Ostgut Ton

3. N/A – Variance III – Marcel Dettmann Edit / Sandwell District

4. Levon Vincent – Games DUB / Underground Quality

5. Jeroen Search – Neutral / Figure

6. “Unknown” – Castor Oil

7. Scuba – Hundreds And Thousands / Hotflush

8. Deuce – Cue Ed / Ostgut Ton

9. D. Dozzy & Nuel – C1 / Aquaplano

10. Milton Bradley – Don’t Phonk / Do Not Resist The Beat!

Videos + Pictures from The Office #9 – Marcel Dettmann

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Thanks to The Office members for the videos and photos

Marcel Dettmann + Funktion One @ The Office

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16.05.2009

Review: Kevin Gorman – Elements Part 1

Label: Mikrowave
Catalog#: MWAVE08

Tracklist:
A1: Zuni – Hoodwinked – Kevin Gorman Remix

A2: Cyclic Beats

B1: Insomnia

B2: Cyclic

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As DJ’s are getting tired of carrying two trolleys of vinyl records, more and more are getting into the digital mixing thorugh various techniques. The digital age is hard to avoid, which I guess is a part of the idea of Gorman’s ‘Elements’ project on his own label Mikrowave.

The releases in the ‘Elements’ series consists of four tracks on the vinyl version, but climbs up to 17 tracks on the digital side. All patterns and parts from the original works are released together with the original versions, which will be greatful for the digital DJ who also want to manipulate the tracks he or she is playing.

Zuni’s ‘Hoodwinked’ get’s a treatment from Gorman on the A1, which is a really tripping track with clear and raw elements. The tricky melody fits perfectly to the stressful background melody, reminding me of Tadeo’s work on Apnea and the other Net28 labels. The track evolves into different states all the time, which gives it an more direct feel and less archetectural arrangement, combining both the bluntness of a groove without a melody as well as bringing in more focus on the melody than on the beat – a hard combination which Kevin does with precision.

The ‘Cyclic Beats’ on the A2 side is not what one could guess, just a beat going on without any structure – it’s more a tool with the basic elements from the original ‘Cycle’ track on B2. The melodic work is really present, combined with the steady beat and sparodical tomtoms, the futuristic feel is always present.

‘Insomnia’ is my favorite track on the release. The hard trasistor rhythm combined with low key drums and percussion brings a Sähkö feel to the track – while remaining true to the more modern sound of both Kevin and other producers. That hard hitting rimshot is really groovy and fits very nicely to the rest of the track.

‘Cyclic’ on B2 ends the release with full exposure, the melodies combine each other in a way that brings out a softer side of the record. Eternal minimalistic sounds that has a Planet E-feel to it – nice!

Thanks to Kevin Gorman for the record!

Review: Kassem Mosse – Workshop 08

Label: Workshop
Catalog#: WORKSHOP 08

Tracklist:

A1: Untitled

B1: Untitled

B2: Untitled

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Recommended!

A new Workshop is always nice, the high quality label pushes the borders of a sound that attracts many kinds of DJ’s, but also maintains a feeling of a undescribable emotion.

The A side reminds me of long lost memories from Super Mario 64 (that underwater level), combined with eternal house rhythms and percussion – the streaming melody is combined with Mosse’s unmistakable bleeping synth stabs that always seem to fit the rest of the elements in his tracks. The pace is slow, but at the same time powerful enough to disembark the next track into a faster tempo.

B1 is based around a sample from Marcel Dettmann, combined with a new structural approach with weird dissonant tones that swirls around the ancient drum-like percussion and melody. The tribal vibe is there, but it’s reduced to such small hints, that it’s leaning towards a more raw edge. Excellent track.

The B2 is more mellow, but also more melancholic. A constant warmth of a low pitched synth melody fills the spectrum with unbelievable depth and stands as a concrete base for the percussion and that special house groove.

Review: V.A. – We Still Try

Label: Zooloft
Catalog#: ZOOLOFT000

Tracklist:

A1: Obtane & Fris – Suprabomb – ???? Remix

A2: ???? – The Other Three Days

B1: Obtane & Fris – Little Drunken Devil – Soz Adams Remix

B2: Sebastian Herre & ‘I Won’t Stand Still’ – You Grew Old Because You Stopped Laughing

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The new Italian(!) label Zooloft focuses on bringing techno to it’s top level. I guess a lot of people agrees with that, as the vinyl sold out pretty instantly.

The sound is very reduced and clean, especially the B side with steady percussions and clever drum programming. For me, the A side is really something special. Featuring an anonymous producer as well as original material from label presidents Obtane and Fris, it sounds timeless and more thought out. The answering machine message on A1 is a smart sample and fits very well to the hollowed hope of the track.

For the anonymous producer, you can hear who it is if you listen carefully and “know your techno” – especially on the B2.

Thanks to ???? for the record!

Review: D. Dozzy & Nuel – Aquaplano 1111

Label: Aquaplano
Catalog#: Aquaplano 1111

Tracklist:

A1: C1

A2: C2

B1: D1

B2: D2

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Recommended!

With all my heart, I can honestly say that this new release on Aquaplano is one of the best records this year. The amount of influence and feeling that Donato and Nuel show with these tracks are unbelievable.

The first track is a droning ambient piece that reminds me of the Metal Gear Solid video game series, especially with it’s aesthetic and visual soundscape combined with the bleeping spacious sounds and Burial-like crackles. A defining track that places well in the all time charts.

When A2 kicks in with a groove that sounds so well thought out it’s crazy, you know that it’s a special track. The atmosphere is very clear as well as the steady progression of the track, which remains for the entire duration. Precise drum programming and oldschool-not-oldschool sense is combined in a beautiful way – you need to check this out!

For the B-side, a Cybotron-like groove is emitted with electro elements that sound very futuristic but at the same time timeless, combines the record in a perfect state of both techno and electro.

Review: O/V/R – Interior EP

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Label: Blueprint
Catalog#: BP025

Tracklist:

1. Interior
2. Rapid Eye
3. Fallen Night Renew

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Straight from nowhere, Regis and Ruskin team up to revive the old Blueprint label. With an release that seems to be digital only (which is very unfortunate), they prove yet again that they know exactly what they are doing. Regis’ split with Surgeon might have sparked new life to former collaborations as well as new ones, which means that there will probably be another high quality output from a very unprepared direction sooner or later.

With the ‘Interior EP’, the proven sound that have been shown mainly on Sandwell District is one that works very well in the hands of these guys. The main title track starts things off immediately, with hard hitting drums and percussions. Following the sound of today, it brings out an clear and quite dark sound structure that will remain for the entire release. When ‘Rapid Eye’ comes in, the direction is less certain but much more experimental. Less focus is placed on the beat, which works more as a base for the rest of the sounds to stand on.

On the last track, acidic elements are introduced in a appertained fashion. The subtle variations of Regis more recent sound really comes out on this track, which is the most subtle of all three – combined with a stomping groove, the subtle and calm track blasts out with a really hard edge and cold elements. Excellent productions!

Review: Prostitune – Money Nugget EP

Label: Just Another Beat
Catalog#: JAB1

Tracklist:

A: Money Nugget

B: Lotion

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Recommended!

Fresh from the Hard Wax camp, the well regarded record shop shows it’s capabilities to distribute some really special and great material.

By the name of Prostitune, this semi-anonymous producer pushes the borders of calmer and deep house, bringing in classic elements of the 303, but also remaining true to the sound of 2009.

‘Money Nugget’ on the A is an anthem for people who love the Sound Stream style, but also want to keep things on a cooler level. Barry White(?) stands for the sampled vocals on this one, making the track feel a bit more soulful than just sampling a disco groove and keeping that 303 going for the entire track (which would’ve been good too, of course). The level of production on this track is really something special, it’s warm and feels really timeless. Probably a future classic in the right circles of DJ’s.

On the flip, ‘Lotion’ takes the sound from the A side but transform it into something that reminds me a bit of Larry Heard’s ’25 Years From Alpha’ record that came out last winter. The excellent groove has so many melodies that fits together perfectly. The amount of soul in this track is incredible.

Review: N/A – Variance III & IV – Marcel Dettmann Edit & Regis Edit

Label: Sandwell District
Catalog#: SD14

Tracklist:

A: Variance III – Marcel Dettmann Edit

B: Variance IV – Regis Edit

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Recommended!

Sandwell District puts out yet again a extremely well built record, with two men that in the highest regard understand techno and it’s principles (or lack of such depending how you see it).

Following a pattern of unpredictable releases, combined with different artwork and a unusual way of releasing tracks (look at SD13 for an example). One thing that always seem to be the same is the high quality material that’s pressed on these records – and this is definitely not an exception!

Marcel Dettmann’s take on Variance III falls somewhere between his earlier work, such as the M.A.M. remix on Vidab as well as staying true to his newer more experimental sound (such as the remix on Modeselektor and the Loco Dice one).

Extremely subtle variations in the melody, with only tiny sounds from the original, Dettmann creates a whole new dimension in comparsion to both Regis and Function’s edits. The timid beat fits perfectly as a structure for the haunting wind sweeps that shapes around the hihats and bassline, getting the track to progress naturally and creating an exceptional sound.

Regis take is more blunt and different in the sense of where the focus is put. The track pays hommage to his earlier Sandwell District material, but also has the same confidence as Dettmann’s edit. The perfect balance between the two edits is exceptional – while Dettmann’s edit is the more calm one of the two, Regis shows a different side of the same sound. While the original probably is an exceptional track, Dettmann and Regis gives us two edits that at least fills my expectations and will be in my case for ages.