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.

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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.

Review: DJ Qu – Party People Clap

Label: Deconstruct Music
Catalog#: DEC-03

Tracklist:

A: Party People Clap

B: Party People Clap – Levon Vincent Remix

C: Party People Clap – Fred P. & Ant Parasole Mix

D: Party People Clap – DJ Jus-Ed Remix

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Recommended!

DJ Qu from Strength Music, being friends and involved with everybody else involved with Underground Quality, Deconstruct Music and Novel Sound, his first release on Deconstruct was just a matter of time. His own tracks are getting strong support by Levon Vincent and Anthony Parasole, together with DJ Jus-Ed and Fred P.

Even though DJ Qu’s own sound might follow in the same direction as his friends, it’s only natural that the resemblance is there – what’s unique is that, even though being closely related to the labels he releases on, his own style and energy are always what shines through the most. His previous tracks are already well established by those who push things forward, and being in that unique spot between equal deepness and reduction, DJ Qu manages to fuse both opposites (depending on how you see it) to create a familiar, yet very new and fresh place.

The original mix of ‘Party People Clap’ is a very steady and the least sublime track of this release, bringing all the elements on an equal level, the melodies fuses together and it works very well that way. A steady rhythm creates a good groove, something that DJ Qu seems to have focused on.

Being under the hands of Levon Vincent for quite some time – the first apperance of his remix was back in June – Levon Vincent takes the idea behind DJ Qu’s original, but somehow manage to reduce the elements that felt as a deeper house track into a heavy machinery NY house track. Standing for something new, this remix seems more as an output of a new creative side rather than following his previous work on Clone, Novel Sound and Deconstruct Music. This fresh take seems even more natural with the upcoming Novel Sound 04 …

Even though Levon Vincent’s remix would very well suffice by its own, it’s fellow label owner Anthony Parasole and Fred P. who push things even further into new territory. Reducing everything into it’s bare elements, they create a whole new track that feels very strange and impressive – featuring elements established by all five participants of this release but executed in such style it’s unbelievable. This is probably what 2010 will sound like!

DJ Jus-Ed manage to create a remix that leans towards the more classic and calmer aspect of the original – this is what he does best and in his prime. His remix is necessary on a remix package as this, since it was the missing piece to create one of the best remix double 12″s in a very long time.

Do not miss out on this one!

Chart: November 2009

http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj-chart.aspx?id=9316&chart=21584

Review: Tama Sumo – Panorama Bar 02

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: OSTGUTCD10

Tracklist:

1. Tin Man – Constant Confusion
2. John Daly – Birds
3. Nina Kraviz – Voices – Jenifa Mayanja Remix
4. Steffi – 24 Hours
5. Lerosa – Plesso
6. Prosumer & Murat Tepeli – U & I
7. John Roberts – Blame
8. Trus’Me – W.A.R. Dub
9. Kassem Mosse – Zolarem
10. Shed – Stiff Job
11. Newworldaquarium – Trespassers – Redshape Trespassed Mix
12. Mike Huckaby – Wavetable No.9
13. XDB – Jet
14. Levon Vincent – Late Night Jam
15. Lucretio – Good Words
16. The Oliverwho Factory – Together
17. Basic Soul Unit – Things Pass
18. Marcus Mixx – Without Makeup – Ron Hardy Mix
19. Ost & Kjex – Continental Lover
20. Tama Sumo & Prosumer – Alien Mutts
21. Soundstream – All Night

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With the discussion of mix CD’s general necessity, an output of two of them in one year may seem as a dare move for a record label, especially one held in such high regard as Ostgut Ton. What makes the Ostgut mixes different from many others is the amount of ambition, idea and talent behind every mix – something that is hard to show through just the music itself. Provided with that, the anticipation is risen to a higher level; but at the same time the tolerance of track selection is lower, giving a expectation of almost extreme proportions.

Over three years has passed since Cassy’s Panorama Bar 01 was released. At that time, many of my friends and myself had never experienced something quite like that CD – it was so unique and very inspirational. Highly limited records where mixed together with extreme precision as well as the futuristic sounds of, by that time, the only four to six year old (depending on how you see it) dubstep genre.

As the news of a second Panorama Bar mix got out, “everybody” was expecting something that continued in the path of the first mix, following the same sound but with fresh ideas. With this reference, it’s very hard to showcase something that means a lot to the DJ behind the mix – I guess this is the case for Tama Sumo. Going off with tracks such as Ost & Kjex’s ‘Continental Lover’ together with The Oliverwho Factory, XDB, Shed and Kassem Mosse on the same CD, it seems very difficult to maintain a certain consistency that is in fact the groove of the set. I never hesitated that Tama Sumo is a very talented DJ and I really appreciate the Ostgut label managers to choose her for the second mix, but there’s something vital missing with this release.

The ingredients are there and the emotion of Panorama Bar is certainly there – but that very undefinable feeling of time distortion, sweat, hard work, extreme track selection and a pursuit of a “higher level of conciousness” is not there. It’s more like a shell that, surely is a good mix, but not a lot more unfortunately.

For what it’s worth, the effort with this mix is something that should be considered when buying it and it’s something that will grow with time – the one thing that would probably dissapoint the most is the direct impact it does not have at the first listen.