Archive for March, 2011

Review: Burial – Street Halo

Label: Hyperdub
Catalog#: HDB013


A: Street Halo


B2: Stolen Dog

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When a person has a special approach to music, the music itself will approach the listener in a special way. For Burial, this means creating tracks that goes deep into their own atmosphere, in a way where his, seemingly, humble personality constantly shines through even in the most wild moments of his tracks.

‘Street Halo’ is the first and main track, taking Burial’s traditional sound into a deeper and perhaps more up to date depth. It has an atmosphere that follows his excellent ‘Untrue’ LP four years back, but ‘Street Halo’ keeps it all in the right direction by a driven beat style that hasn’t been present in any of his previous work—except maybe the almost perfect ‘Versus’ on Planet Mu. The discomfort and melancholy traditionally found in Burial’s music is almost turned into anger, where ‘Street Halo’ feels more solid, rigid and emotionally outspoken in an organized way. This was a pleasant surprise, because following up ‘Untrue’ would’ve almost been impossible without taking a step back and then approach the music from a different direction.

For this three track EP, ‘NYC’ is the one that goes into a deconstructed territory, leaving room for more dirt and sound architectual twists and perhaps functions as a shelter for people loving Burial’s previous work. The depth of ‘NYC’ is incredible—huge effort has been put into it soundwise, where Burial takes his music above the atmosphere in pursuit of the unlocked, yet driving beat structure.

For ‘Stolen Dog’, a more low key attempt successfully keeps the atmosphere in an almost faded out state. Sparsly built structures functions as something concrete as Burial creates samples that goes through the beat in an dreamlike way.

‘Street Halo’ is out on the 28th of March.

The Office #17 – Skudge Album Release Party

On the 26th of March, The Office presents the Skudge Album Release Party, where we celebrate another party as well as Skudge’s first album ‘Phantom’.

First off, Bleak will start off the night by playing a dj set that will put the mood into the groove—Bleak’s release on Sudden Drop is a really special one.

Skudge is playing live for their second time at The Office, where they had their debute for almost one year ago. A lot has happened to the guys since that special spring moment, as they have continued to push their sound on mainly Skudge Records, but also managed to create remixes for other artists of the scene.

To make sure that The Office will be as good as possible, we also invited DJ Rolando to play, where he will make sure that the involontary levitations will be as painless as possible.

I will finish the night off—if it will even be possible that is.

Review: Marcelus – EP2

Label: Deeply Rooted House
Catalog#: DRH034


A1: Sulfuric

A2: Shape

B1: Life Cycle

B2: Mutation

DJ Deep has showcased a interesting take on the split between old school but timeless house through his ‘City to City’ mix series on BBE, but at the same time establishing the sound of his label ‘Deeply Rooted House’, which in some way falls right in between his taste for more mature house music as well as a more reduced techno sense as well.

What is most interesting with ‘Deeply Rooted House’, is that it is a label that seems to work as a platform for people who create their own sound, but doesn’t lack the quality of more established artists—this is a good way to promote music and people who know what they are doing.

For Marcelus’ second EP, it is a record that starts off with a interesting and personal take on the acid, where Marcelus bends the sound to follow a steady beat which pulls things around into all the right directions.

‘Shape’ is a more subtle track, with its twisting and digging sound architecture goes into a territory similar to Klockworks earlier sound, as well as maintaining his own style to it.

On the B1, ‘Life Cycle’ takes the minimalism to a peak which feels more timeless than for ‘Shape’. It feels as if Marcelus had more focus on depth and originality here—two key factors that count well into the groove of this track and will make it stand out from the rest of the EP. The track goes even further into a state of hypnosis, where very few, but carefully crafted elements brings attention and demands a proper pace.

For the last track, ‘Mutation’ takes a more haunting but less subtle approach, yet not as wild as for ‘Sulfuric’. This track is the most experimental on the EP, but does feel a little misplaced, due to it’s direction and groove—which although displays a diversity in Marcelus’ sound, which in return gives the EP more functionality and will probably attract more attention.

The ‘EP2’ is due for release soon.

Thanks to DJ Deep and Deeply Rooted House for this release.

Review: O/V/R – Post-Traumatic Son – Marcel Dettmann Mixes

Label: Blueprint
Catalog#: BP030.3


A: Construction 1

B1: Construction 2

B2: MDR Version


After seeing Ben Klock doing his own remix EP for the ‘Post-Traumatic Son’ release by O/V/R, as well as Robert Hood and DVS1 doing the previous one, Marcel Dettmann gets a chance to interpet the track in his own style, spanning over three tracks with different approaches.

For the first mix, the ‘Construction 1’, Dettmann goes into a submerged state where the beat drives the hypnotizing track into a state of total confusion—similar to Dettmann’s previous experiments with beat structure and flow, the energy in this track is something special.

‘Construction 2’, the second of three mixes is closer to the more established sound of his residency, touching a little bit to a more broken sound. For a concept of three remixes, this version stands out as it takes the elements from the first mix but combines them in an excellent way.

Dettmann displays his most tripping side with the ‘MDR Version’, where the stripped sound feels more natural coming from him, as it pursues a more experimental and not so steady sound as for the other mixes.

The vinyl version will be out 28th of March.

Thanks to Marcel Dettmann and Addy for this release.