Posts Tagged 'house'

Just A Mix for February

A few nice trax put together since this NYE. They are from different years and spans through a lot of different energy. Please have a listen! Let me know what you think.

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Review: Genius of Time – Aniara 01

Label: Aniara Recordings
Catalog#: Aniara 01

Tracklist:
A: Same Old Place
B: Tight Genes

Recommended!

As specialist house records are no longer so strongly connected to where you are from, two guys from Sweden decided to do it by themselves.

Where are you at? The A side track ‘Same Old Place’ connects the origins of house with the current straight groove rhythms. A simple but steady progression brings in a funk that keeps on going, combined with a vocal sample that feels fresh and carefully prepared. There is so much empathy and emotion that underlies the clever and uncompromising sound of the track, that feels just as natural as the euphoria only a good house track can produce.

With ‘Tight Genes’, things are more subtle and slow paced. A tight groove is what keeps this track together, where the rhythm makes it progress very well on a dance floor.

The record is out in February.

DJ @ Cocktail Club Retox, Boxing Day (26/12)

Review: Levon Vincent – Double Jointed Sex Freak

Label: Novel Sound
Catalog#: NS04

Tracklist:

A: Part 1

B1: Part 2

B2: Part 3

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Recommended!

With sparse releases, Novel Sound has established itself as one of the most trusted labels for quality. Even though Levon Vincent keeps a slow output, he manages to always deliver records that for each and every one, sounds different from each other.

The ‘Double Jointed Sex Freak’ might for some be considered as just another record from a highly regarded producer of 2009, but considering the amount of originality of ‘Part 1’, the track itself will stand out for decades. Not only resembling lost days of house music, it also feels as an interpetation between the current state of house and techno – combined.

Strong beats, clear and energetic hihats with sparse use of programming fits perfectly to the vocal samples and powerful melody. ‘Part 1’ doesn’t require much to appreciate the dynamics of the track, as well as having the feeling of both being considered a bit as a dj tool, Levon manages also to make the track stand on it’s own.

‘Part 2’ is a bit more familiar with the previous work, although the atmosphere of the track is very unique. Keeping everything at a constant floating state, slow bassline and sublime and sparse percussion use, everything comes together in a state of hypnosis. The careful sense of knowing exactly what he is doing is clearly shown with this track. With ‘Part 3’, the pace gets dropped a little bit to make some room to breath and letting a more classic and heavy New York groove in. This being the track that feels the most as a club track, Levon manages to take all the elements from ‘Part 1’ and combine them in a different way – which is appreciated since this third part sums up this EP perfectly.

One of the best releases in a very long time.

Chart: December 2009

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj-chart.aspx?id=9316&chart=23555

Mix: thefuturist.se – #2

Recorded at home, a few classics and some new tracks.

Tracklist:

1. Melody Boy 2000 – Monotone Fantastique / Dum Rec.
2. Moodymann – Dem Young Sconies / Planet E
3. Levon Vincent – Bonus Beats / Novel Sound
4. Liberty City – If You Really Want Someone – The MURK Groove / Tribal
5. Ben Westbeech – Hang Around – Karizma’s Kaytronic Dub Mix / Brownswood Rec.
6. Omar S – Set It Out / FXHE
7. Mr White – The Sun Can’t Compare / Alleviated Rec.
8. Marcel Dettmann – Helix / Diamonds & Pearls Music
9. Duplex – Autosug – Live Version / Clone
10. Infiniti – Game One / Metroplex
11. Choice – Acid Eiffel / Fragile Rec.
12. Markey – Come & Get It / Relief Rec.
13. ARPANET – Illuminated Displays / Record Makers

Review: Ben Klock – Tracks From 07

Label: Deeply Rooted House
Catalog#: DRH 028

Tracklist:

A: Red Alert

B: Viscoplastic

Recommended!

As Deeply Rooted House gets involved with Planet E as a distributor, the label manages to reach a wider audience as well as getting the selling support it deserves. With this insurance, a well placed EP is due.

Even though the label name might be a contradiction, Ben Klock manage to deliver two tracks that feel as they belong on it – somehow, they seem more connected to the current US standard as well as not losing ground with the Berlin home. The hard edged techno groove is there, but as Klock showcased with ‘One’ on Ostgut Ton, his influences ranges far beyond the genre in which he is most closely related to – the beat structure reminds a lot of Detroit house as well as a pumping groove close to DJ Funk and Cosmic Records.

‘Red Alert’ is a track that might be considered as an anthem, but at a closer and more focused listening will reveal, the elements are more subtle than that. Bringing a slow but powerful melody at first, the track peaks as the percussion comes together with a high pitch synth saw.

With the B-side ‘Viscoplastic’, a more current state is displayed. Subtle arrangements bind together with each other, as small variations through the melodies reveal themselves, the track hypnotises at an incredible amount. Playing this track at a powerful sound system will display the effectiveness and energy of it.

‘Tracks From 07’ is expected before the end of 2009.