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April 30, 2007

Pony fite

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Battles' angular, low-slung "Atlas" sounds a lot like T. Rex as filtered through Kompakt's idea of T. Rex, all compressed radio frequencies and crudely truncated guitar samples, spun back out into something limber and muscular and rockingly skintight. So commissioning Kompakt's own DJ Koze to remix the tune feels particularly inspired. Koze bucks expectations by producing not a Schaffel version of the same (which, let's face it, would have been way too easy) but instead a lumbering house number with more than a little of hip-hop's boom-bip impulse in its uneasy bounce. Hyperspeed samples (of what, God knows) become bright, chiming keyboard melodies outfitted with fluttering ornaments; where Battles' vox are sped up like Ritalinized rodents, Koze screws them down til they're nothing but a druggy mantra. Charged with electric dissonance and a humming, high-wire clave pattern, the whole track feels like a cross section of moments caught between opposite motions: powering up, pitching down, hitting the "de" in the loop-de-loop. It's like that old school film explaining atomic energy with a chain reaction of ping-pong balls and mousetraps, with the film paused exactly at the point where every orb reverses direction: that lyrical, that improbable, and that pregnant. (Listen to the original here; listen to Koze's remix here).

April 26, 2007

Touring, towering


I'm back to Portland after an enthralling, exhausting, occasionally overwhelming two weeks in Barcelona in Berlin, during which I fell in and out of love with each city, and with techno itself, several times. Thank goodness for the September Collective's forthcoming All the Birds Were Anarchists (Mosz) for evening my keel when necessary.

Slowly climbing back into productivity; for starters, here's a stream of the Martinez Brothers' spellbinding "My Rendition" over at Pitchfork's Forkcast.

April 12, 2007

Everything was beautiful and nothing hurt

So it goes.

April 04, 2007

Social sound

I'm a posting machine today. Over at the Flavorpill WMC '07 Miami Guide we've got streaming DJ sets from the Spectral Social, Stones Throw's Hella International, and Bugz in the Attic vs. Jazzanova. Click on the player below to stream Spectral's three-part jam featuring Pär Grindvik's detail-intensive live set and a jubliant tag-team between Audion, Ryan Elliott, and Seth Troxler.

Check the Flavorpill WMC streams page for all the streams.

Top 10 April 2007


I don't think I've ever done a monthly chart before, but there are so many mindblowing records coming out that never get reviewed, and since for a variety of reasons (laziness, don't want to give other's music away for free) I'm disinclined to turn this into an MP3 blog, a list will have to suffice. Let's see if we can do this every month.

Argy, "1985 (Jerome Sydenham & Juju Remix)" (Liebe Detail Spezial)
*Note: Like much of this list, this track isn't out yet, and in fact it's not even up on Liebe Detail's Myspace page. However there are plenty of other goodies there so don't hesitate to click on through. As for the Argy/Sydenham track, it's probably my top tune of 2007 so far: straight classic deep house with no funny business. Keep yr eyes peeled for the May release.

Black Strobe, "I'm a Man (Audion's Donation Mix)" (unknown)

Shackleton, "Blood on My Hands (Villalobos Remix)" (Skull Disco)

Each, "Sunrise (Minilogue Remix)" (Out of Orbit)

Stefan Goldmann, "Beluga" (Macro)

Lazy Fat People, "Club Silencio" (Planet E)

The Martinez Brothers, "My Rendition" (Objektivity)

Motiivi:Tuntematon, "I Don't Feel Good When You're Not Around" (Kompakt Extra)

Heerhorst & Meissner, "Partikelpumpe" (Kompass)

Stephan Hill & Koljah, "Nonresponder" (Vidab)

April 03, 2007

Speaking in Bodycode

I'm pleased to be playing the Spectral Sound Residency in Portland again this month, this time with Bodycode, aka Portable of the fine Süd Electronic label, joined by my colleague M. Quiet (Kulturszene, Nightclubbing, and of course DJ Committee, which SFJ so generously bigged up last week). Expect propah techno and house, minimalicious (minimalascivious?) as you please.

The show is this Friday, April 6 (not Saturday, April 7, despite what the flyers around town say) at the hallowed Holocene--click that last link for details.



In which I wax rather ecstatic over some of the nu-trance treats in the eMusic catalogue; click the link for the column.