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Friday, November 30, 2007

Inspiração Tramada 9

Fotocromia 0.1


Quero lançar um desafio a vocês caros visitantes, se gostam de fotografia então esta será uma oportunidade excelente para darem asas à vossa criatividade, todas as semanas vou lançar um tema específico para a composição de uma fotografia que vai ser tirada por vocês, vale tudo, desde lomografias, polaroids, fotos analógicas ou digitais. Atenção, não se trata de um concurso, pretendo somente divulgar o trabalho de profissionais e amadores. Não faço qualquer tipo de censura, todas a fotos serão publicadas consoante a ordem de chegada (incluam o primeiro e último nome), aguardo a vossa participação. Tema 1: Paisagens Urbanas, enviar para »» electriklife@gmail.com

LASWELL, Bill - Sacred System Chapter 2


LASWELL, Bill - Sacred System Chapter 2 (Roir) Comentários: Immediately after remixing Bob Marley for Island / Tuff Gong / Axiom for a "new" dub electronic release (Sept. 26, 1997) and performing a similar task on Miles Davis for Sony / Columbia for a dub-oriented instrumental release (Winter '98), Laswell went into his new Orange, NJ studio to produce "Sacred System: Chapter Two," his 2nd release for ROIR. With the sounds of Marley and Miles still ringing in his ears, he brought jazz cornetist Graham Haynes, master guitarist Nicky Skopelitis, ace world percussionist Bill Buchen and Jamaican drumming legend Style Scott into the studio to create a new Laswell World Sound— a mixture of Arabic, Indian and Bitches Brew jazz— but Laswell NEW. in roir [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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FLYING LOTUS - Reset EP


FLYING LOTUS - Reset EP (Warp) Comentários: Instrumental hip hop has long failed to excite any kind of reaction from a largely disinterested crowd over the last couple of years - but thanks to a new school of producers - Rustie, Dr. Who Dat, Lukid and Flying Lotus at the top of the pile - things are looking up. Following on from the great, largely overlooked "1983" album for Plug Research, Flying Lotus has slowly but steadily become a name people have started to seek out, with a signing to Warp and a much publicised blood relation to Alice Coltrane adding to the sense of intrigue. "Reset" is the first taste of new material from the Lotus and just doesn't disappoint, offering up some of the heaviest, most cleverly produced beats we've heard this year. The trick here is, of course, the robust production, making use of an almighty low-end that underpins every track, accompanied by a filthy swing that Madlib would be proud to call his own. Opening track "Tea Leaf Dancers" is by some way the best thing here, a blue neon light flickering away as Andreya Triana slowly seduces you into submission. Like a more narcotic Jill Scott or Erykah Badu, the Flying Lotus effect is one of complete and utter sensory flirtation, at once soothing and impossibly cool - quite a feat. "Vegas Collie" is up next and serves as the EP's most showy number, the beats so complex and brilliantly edgy that you'd find yourself hard pushed to think of anything of its kind that's quite as effective. "Massage Situation" re-deploys the soulfulness, this time with a rumbling bassline that best recalls Dabrye's classic one/three set, while "Spicy Sammich" sticks to a similar template but with a more skeletal, Shadow-esque arrangement. "Dance Floor Stalker" ends the EP with perhaps its most progressive track, the bassline once again taking centre stage in an almost quasi-booty fashion while elongated stabs direct your focus elsewhere, sending you off into a blurry haze. There's no wonder that followers of dubstep have also been getting into Flying Lotus - the arrangements here should offer much food for thought for many of the genre's less imaginative producers - what Flying Lotus does with the barest ingredients is truly hard to fathom in one sitting. 6-track EP - ABSOLUTE KILLER! in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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BRETSCHNEIDER, Frank - Rhythm


BRETSCHNEIDER, Frank - Rhythm (Raster Noton Germany) Comentários: Despite having been involved with all the highbrow minimal labels you can think of (Raster Noton, 12k and Mille Plateaux among others), Frank Bretschneider's pioneering use of pristine bass tones and clipped snares has as much in common with the careful machinations of Minimal techno, Hip Hop and Dubstep as it does with the undulating explorations of installation-based sound design. Of all the founding members of the Raster mothership Bretschneider has possessed the most populist agenda and some would argue that because of this his music is amongst the label's most influential. Incredibly, "Rhythm" is Bretschneider's first album since 2002's "Balance" collaboration with Taylor Deupree for Mille Plataeux and represents his most developed, full-bodied set of tracks to date. Over the 9 tracks here Bretschneider undertakes a study of percussive patterns which reduces machine funk to a skeletal mass of bass and pulse, creating a kind of archetypal rhythmic table of elements that is just inspiring to listen to. The careful machinations of "We Can Remember It For You Wholesale", for example, manages to create a squashed funk reduction that's quite breathtaking - and when you turn the volume up or listen via headphones the experience becomes nothing short of staggering. Elsewhere you'll find the pulsing Ø-esque 'Construction Shack' and the almost Monolake-sounding 'All Summer in a Day', with each track here creating its own utterly pristine sound signature with a genius economy of resources. Fans of Sahko, SND and Alva Noto through to the Minimal techno of Sleeparchive, Marcell Dettmann and the like need to investigate this incredible album immediately, as do those of you interested in the vast sonic possibilities offered by stripped down BASS elements given enough space to dominate their surroundings. One thing though - play this album extremely LOUD!. Killer. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Thursday, November 29, 2007

Wax Poetics Magazine Issue 26


WAX POETICS - Wax Poetics Magazine Issue 26 (November/December 2007) feat Just Blaze, Alchemist, Percee P, Bobby Byrd, Barrington Levy, Tyrone Thomas, Joe Zawinul

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NEW YORK NOISE - Art & Music From The New York Underground 1978-88


"New York was a scary and legendary place and downtown was like a bohemian living museum, which was pretty thrilling for an aspiring artist and musician ..." NEW YORK NOISE - Art & Music From The New York Underground 1978-88 (Soul Jazz) Comentários: For anyone in the slightest bit interested in New York's vibrant art and music scenes in the 1980s, this is an essential book brought to you by Soul Jazz Records! “DAVID BYRNE - This is a unique, luscious large format book from Soul Jazz Records and our first publication. New York Noise features amazing photographs of the New York music and art scene during the 1980s alongside text from some of the most important musicians and artists of the period. With hundreds of stunning photographs of everyone from Andy Warhol, Africa Bambaataa, Martin Rev, Richard Hell, Lou Reed, Keith Haring, Patti Smith, John Cage, Michael Stipe, Liquid Liquid, Julian Schnabel, Futura 2000, Madonna, Jean Michel Basquiat, ESG and many more the book is a who’s who of New York’s downtown scene during this period.. The book shows how Hip-Hop,Punk, No Wave, Free Jazz, Underground Dance and Experimental music scenes collided with the art world over a ten-year period and captures the vibrancy of this era when everyone in a band was also an artist, every artist was also a film-maker and every film-maker in a band. Accompanying text by the likes of David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, Cindy Sherman, Suicide, Liquid Liquid and many others brilliantly evoke the vibrant New York scene in its heydey and make this a unique product of great beauty and unlike anything else you have seen! With over 400 images, most of them previously unpublished, this is an essential document of a fascinating era in New York’s music and art scene – a must have for everyone! Hurry, limited quantities. in souljazz

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

ZENZILE - Living In Monochrome


ZENZILE - Living In Monochrome (UWE France) Comentários: Some are going to be disappointed, but it will be hard for Zenzile to retain their crown as the Kings of French dub with the release of this fifth album (and twelfth record, if you include singles and side projects). While the quintet from Anjou has always taken certain liberties with Jamaican dogma, it’s safe to say that they’re all over the place these days. The bottle doesn’t matter, as long as it gets them drunk… They already took their fans by surprise a couple of months ago, when they exorcised their electro tendencies with Sound System. More recently, they’ve proven that they could be just as good at Hip Hop, if they wanted to be (see the excellent Meta Meta EP). With Living in Monochrome, they’re finally embracing the rock proclivities that appeared sporadically in earlier works. A quick nod to the ‘80s before shaking off the hordes of French groups trying to jump on their bandwagon: Zenzile are putting the bass down and digging deep into post-punk, white funk, cold wave and urban blues to reinvent themselves for the Nth time. People who understand references better with names should look deep into their record collections and dust off Gang Of Four, Bauhaus, P.I.L., Devo, Fugazi, The Ex and Talking Heads… This new work was recorded and produced at Studio Black Box (which has already tamed the guitars of the likes of Shellac, dEUS, and Sloy) and represents a definitive break with the group’s recording past. You might be telling yourself that you’ve seen it all before, that this sort of thing is nothing more than a rhetorical flourish to sell more records… but listen to the White Stripes-esque demonic riff on All Day Breakfast and tell me honestly if you could have ever imagined that Zenzile would go there a few years ago. And what about the disco leanings of Sham, or the synthetic pop of Who’s For Real? Yes, the general mood the album is significantly harder, but it’s also important to be aware of which voices dominate the lion’s share (about two thirds) of this album. The old faithful are there of course: Sir Jean, giving us the group’s last Jamaican hurrah in Rising Fist, a surely Jamika Ajalon (Who’s for Real?), probably scarred by her solo escapade, or K-Rol Gola, who we’ve already met on Sachem in Salem and Metà Metà, and who here sounds like Bjork mixed with Nina Hagen in a funky avalanche (Sham). But three new voices have stamped their mark on this album. After having their work remixed by Matthew Herbert and Doctor L on their previous release, Zenzile are keeping up the foreign policy, asking the most erotic voice in British trip hop to come out of hiding and guest on an electro-funk number, Reflection, something the gentleman (you’ll have recognised him as Tricky) seemed only too happy to do. David K. Alderman, the stubborn Welsh front man of Warehouse 99 Project, lends his sexy Jesus Lizard style growls to two abrasive tracks, All Day Breakfast and Demon Inside, that could well make life difficult for LCD Soundsystem and the like. And finally Paul St. Hilaire, a.k.a Tikiman, whose many appearances with the Berlin duo Rhythm&Sound have become too numerous to mention, lends his velvety voice to a suspended rhythm that could only have inspired him. But don’t go thinking that Zenzile are the kind of band to try and hide a weak album behind a dazzling list of guest singers… not at all. To the contrary, the boys consistently show who’s the real boss with a fistful of instrumentals that are certainly among the best of their recording career. The taut rhythm and pyromaniac sax of Still Can’t Sleep kick off the album, and it’s as if Morphine and Fugazi had met on a deadly night when everything could change forever. “Twelve hours of work, and I still can’t sleep…” The beautiful Giant Undertow rings the hell’s bells with guitars that hesitate between melancholy and madness, while Offshore and Last Drink on Heart go deep into paths already cleared on the group’s previous album, Mafate, becoming a sort of cerebral, organic rock that owes as much to Pink Floyd as to Miles Davis. Stuck in a suit that didn’t fit anymore, Zenzile decided to take the Incredible Hulk approach… Dub is in tatters, but groove is having its hey day. in uncivilizedworld [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Tuesday, November 27, 2007

COURTIN, Nicolas - Les Yeux Fermes


COURTIN, Nicolas - Les Yeux Fermes (Ciel Sonore France) Comentários: Marvellous debut album by Nicolas Courtin on Ciel Sonore. This sounds like obscure late 70's - early 80's disco wave. Just excellent songs that really take you somewhere. Big tip. [electronic-disco-synth] in flexx [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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POMASSL - Spare Parts


POMASSL - Spare Parts (Raster Noton Germany) Comentários: "spare parts" is the long awaited new album from the sonic laboratory of austrian based psycho-physio musican pomassl and the latest example of his interest in deconstructing musical structure and testing the limits of hearing. Still retaining his distinctive style, but with much more mature arranged elements and carefully structured sections, compared to his earlier output. Dabbling and blurring experimental and advanced pop. It is pomassl’s full-lenght debut for the german raster-noton imprint, after several collaboration contribution for the label. Producing this album, pomassl has explored his arsenal of armaments with the initial use of original generators and synthesizers (polivoks, ritm-2) from soviet fabrics, manufactured in the 80‘s, beside as always he uses a combination of prototypical self-customized electronic instruments versus state of the art technology. nota do editor [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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GARY HUSTWIT - Helvetica (DVD)


Helvetica is a feature-length independent film about typography, graphic design and global visual culture. It looks at the proliferation of one typeface (which will celebrate its 50th birthday in 2007) as part of a larger conversation about the way type affects our lives. The film is an exploration of urban spaces in major cities and the type that inhabits them, and a fluid discussion with renowned designers about their work, the creative process, and the choices and aesthetics behind their use of type. Helvetica encompasses the worlds of design, advertising, psychology, and communication, and invites us to take a second look at the thousands of words we see every day. Interviewees in Helvetica include some of the most illustrious and innovative names in the design world, including Erik Spiekermann, Matthew Carter, Massimo Vignelli, Wim Crouwel, Hermann Zapf, Neville Brody, Stefan Sagmeister, Michael Bierut, David Carson, Paula Scher, Jonathan Hoefler, Tobias Frere-Jones, Experimental Jetset, Michael C. Place, Norm, Alfred Hoffmann, Mike Parker, Bruno Steinert, Otmar Hoefer, Leslie Savan, Rick Poynor, Lars Müller, and many more. in plexifilm [Buy Here]

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Monday, November 26, 2007

WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Heartcore


WILDBIRDS & PEACEDRUMS - Heartcore (Friendly Noise Sweden) Comentários:Writing about Wildbirds & Peacedrums and their music should really be an easy task taking on. Merely put down all superlatives one knows; fantastic, beautiful, brilliant and so on; and there it is. Because that’s how it is. That’s what it feels like. But to make this text express and capture what emotions they stir up, something more is needed. It takes balance and timing, and something that is indescribable but makes one feel how fantastic it really is, rather than understanding that we feel that way. This is exactly what Wildbirds & Peacedrums manage to do on their debut album. Well-balanced and certain. The music gets directly under one’s skin and stays! Because it is not only by the first encounter Wildbirds & Peacedrums brings a tremendous happiness to one’s heart, if possible, it becomes even more real by time, and to us, that gives a higher final mark when compared to lots of other bands. in klicktrack [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

JEAN JACQUES PERREY & LUKE VIBERT - Moog Acid


JEAN JACQUES PERREY & LUKE VIBERT - Moog Acid (Lo Recordings) Comentários: Now available on vinyl! Now here's a meeting of minds: electronic music pioneer Jean Jacques Perrey teams up with one of the very finest producers in British electronica, Luke Vibert for an odd meeting of styles. Brilliantly, neither artist seems to have bothered tailoring their musical styles in order to accommodate the other. Vibert irreverently romps through archive material from Perrey, attaching all manner of skewed beats and funked up Cornish acid constructions along the way. The defiantly wacky 'JJPLVDNB' is a principal culprit in this respect, and it takes an admirable lack of good sense to attach filter weeping sub bass to a version of 'Frere Jacques'. The warmth and all-round beauty of the analog sound sources is a big draw here, and it sounds especially splendid when sewn into the awesome retro disco framework of 'Analog Generique', a clear standout and a vintage piece of Vibert production magic, evoking the best of his work under the Kerrier District moniker. Moog Acid could hardly be more likeable, the project sidesteps any potential descent into the realm of kitsch whilst remaining utterly joyful at all times, faithfully referencing both Perrey's lifetime of experimentation with recording techniques and Vibert's contemporary production savoir faire. Ace. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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1 DEZ. Clubbing @ Casa da Música, Porto


Asobi Seksu * Super Discount - Étienne de Crécy * Junior Boys (Jeremy Greenspan DJ Set) * Daniel Wang * The Wire Magazine presents Below The Radar: More Outsider Music From The UK
O último Clubbing do ano volta a abrir as portas da Casa da Música a um público abrangente, propondo uma selecção de artistas inovadores que dinamizam os vários espaços do edifício. [+info]

Lisboa 20 Arte Contemporânea

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Saturday, November 24, 2007

Aril Brikha 1 Dezembro @ Vaticano, Barcelos


Brikha celebrizou-se como a grande estrela mundial do deep techno, tendo actuado em todos os grandes festivais e clubes do mundo, começando pelo Detroit Electronic Music Festival, indo até ao Fabric em Londres e Air em Tóquio. Sábado, 1 de Dezembro de 2007 @ VATICANO, Barcelos, a partir das 2h00 - ARIL BRIKHA (live) + EXPANDER (dj) [+info]

Holy Hail "Cool Town Rock"

THE NEW SINS - 'It Doesn't Work Like That'

Click the pic to watch the video for 'It Doesn't Work Like That', the debut single by The New Sins. The New Sins is, in fact, New Young Pony Club keyboardist and self-styled nu-rave femme fatale Lou Hayter, and 'It Doesn't Work Like That' is polished electro-pop that recalls Sophie Ellis-Bextor and, at a push, Blondie or St Etienne; fittingly, the video features ample footage of Lou pouting serious red lippie and, er, hanging on the telephone. The single is out now on Elastic Records, with an album scheduled for 2008... in fact magazine

HEARD, Larry - Alien


HEARD, Larry - Alien (Spiral Japan) Comentários: The further evolution of Larry Heard -- and a set that takes him way past his roots in Chicago house, into a realm of spacey electronics and future jazz musings! The album's a lot more spare and gentle than some of Heard's earlier grooves -- done with a sensitivity that's really great, and which we never would have expected in his Fingers Inc days -- even though those tracks already set Larry apart from the rest of his contemporaries. There's almost a future soundtrack sort of approach at times -- especially on some of the colder numbers -- and titles include "Cosmology Myth", "The Beauty Of Celeste", "DNA RNA", "Micro Gravity", "The Dance Of Planet X", and "Faint Object Detection". in dusty groove [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Friday, November 23, 2007

MOONRISE ESPECIAL 5º Aniversário RUA fm


BEACH BEATS @ Sui Generis (Ilha de Faro) : 29 NOVUm dos espaços com mais classe e estilo do Algarve recebe uma noite de sonoridades urbanas num ambiente único. No Sui Generis, o cenário paradisiaco da Praia de Faro vai ser o palco para uma noite energética de boa música, desde o brokenbeat, funk até ao drum'n'bass. Imperdível.Aos comandos estarão NOWAY DJ (sub-zero/RUAfm : myspace.com/nowaydj_subzero) e DJ SIR AIVA (Ao Nascer da Lua/RUAfm : myspace.com/sir_aiva).

SUB-LUA @ Bafo de Baco (Loulé) : 1 DEZ O clube mais carismático de Loulé, o quase lendário Bafo de Baco acolhe a apresentação de um projecto inovador em Portugal: A ESFERA ( DJ SIR AIVA: bateria, DJing, programação; MR MUJE: teclados, efeitos), um live-act baseado nas sonoridades breakbeat e drum'n'bass onde se juntam a performance de DJing ao poder de uma bateria acústica e teclados tocados ao vivo. Uma explosão de energia em palco! A noite continua com DJ sets de SIR AIVA e NoWAY DJ.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

MELCHIOR PRODUCTIONS - No Disco Future


MELCHIOR PRODUCTIONS - No Disco Future (Perlon Germany) Comentários: The first Melchior Productions long-player since 2004's The Meaning, No Disco Future finds Thomas Melchior decamping from Playhouse to Perlon, This album has been touted as a departure from his minimal, chopped-up past in favour of a more fleshed out, dynamic record, and sure enough there's a more fluid approach to production on tracks like 'Where's The Happiness' and mid-tempo thumper 'Out There' in which squeaking, whirring synths orbit around a solid largely unchanging beat. Unlike so many full-length releases, No Disco Future only gets better as it reaches its middle section. By the time you reach 'The Hypnotist' and 'Her Majesty', Melchior's microhouse aesthetic has embraced deep stereo pads and snippets of vocals - and of course the drums, though still resolutely in the domain of 'minimal' sound perfectly proportioned. Closing number 'Water Soul' brings all these elements together to their full effect with swelling synth ambience, whispered, echoing vocals and springy 4/4 rhythms. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Tuesday, November 20, 2007

SAM SPARRO - Black & Gold


Sam Sparro and Steve Spacek have a lot in common–at least when it comes to producing intergalactic soul. Sparro's deployment of gritty synths and Marc Ronson-esque vocal harmonies are the perfect compliment to his heavy, nu-electro-inspired percussion. Taken from the Black & Gold EP, the single of the same name will win over moms and partygoers alike. in xlr8r [Download]

Cottonmouth Sam Sparro from mariah garnett on Vimeo.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Umbigo #22

Illo. Magazine - Issue 1


"This new magazine from the publishers of Illustration magazine promises, and delivers, a fresh new look at contemporary illustration. Articles and interviews featuring Mitch O'Connell, Nathan Jurevicius and Brian Taylor make this issue particularly good for toy collectors as well! 80 pages, saddle-stitched with a heavy cardstock cover."


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Kozik Redrum Tofu Robot - Rotofugi Exclusive ::::..


"The cuteness of Spicy Brown's Tofu Robot meets the evil genius of Frank Kozik and BAM! Redrum Tofu Robot is born! 500 Piece Edition. Rotofugi Exclusive! " [Buy]

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METRO AREA - Metro Area 7


METRO AREA - Metro Area 7 (Environ US) Comentários: In 1999, Metro Area shook up a flaccid house music scene with the release of "Atmosphrique," the first of several influential singles created by New Jersey producers Morgan Geist and Darshan Jesrani. Likewise, Metro Area’s 2002 self-titled album was a critic’s favorite and widely considered a club classic. The duo made in impression by combining classic disco, boogie, and soul elements with a contemporary techno and house feel. Metro Area releases are credited with sparking a renewed interest in the '80s Italo-disco genre and ushering in house music’s “edits” phase. Now, Geist and Jesrani have announced their first single in two years, “Metro Area 7” (Environ). The new 12" includes the duo’s first true vocal track ("Read My Mind"), featuring Danish singer Philip Owusu of Ubiquity Records' Owusu & Hannibal. Fans can preview two-minute versions of “Metro Area 7” at the group’s Blogbite page, which includes MP3s, one sheet information, and 12" artwork. "Metro Area 7" is available now at iTunes, with an exclusive instrumental version of "Read My Mind" in xlr8r [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Blondie - Heart Of Glass

Label Of The Week - Frustrated Funk Holland


"Mad drama from everyday life... "
A Frustrated Funk é uma subdivisão da holandesa Clone (Roterdão), celebra cinco anos de existência e já conta com 15 edições, o seu catálogo é especialmente orientado para o electro break beat, techno de detroit e downtempo. Os géneros mencionados anteriormente (especialmente o electro break beat) não têm merecido a atenção devida em Portugal, mas no entanto o número de apreciadores por cá têm vindo a aumentar nos últimos tempos, a F.Funk só edita a música que lhe apetece, e apesar de ser ou não fácil de se ouvir o certo é que tenta inovar, é disso que nós precisamos, de ouvir coisas novas e de expandir horizontes.

ERP - Vox Automaton (Frustrated Funk) Comentários: Gerard Hanson aka Convextion aka E.R.P. comes with one of his best records so far. A bit more electro influenced then his Down Low outings but similar to his earlier Frantic Flowers release (in sound and looks). E.R.P. stays true to his own sound and doesn't just copy his hero's..he is one of those rare talents that will be used as reference.. Highly recommended. in clone [Para Ouvir/Samples]

DER ZYKLUS - Mxyzptik (Frustrated Funk) Comentários: Heinrich Mueller (Dopplereffekt, Arpanet, Drexciya) with his best solo work after the legendary Dopplerfeffekt album. This is a re-release of 4 of our favorite Der Zyklus tracks which are allready out of print for some time now. 4 tracks taken from two 12''s previously released on a German label. This ep includes the amazing Drexciyan ''Mxyzptlk'', the ultra cool Kraftwerkesque ''Formenverwandler'' (Featured on Richie Hawtins DE9 album). This is what you would get when you put the best of Detroit techno/electro (UR- Drexciya) and German avantgarde electro (Kraftwerk) together in one studio. Masterpiece!!! in clone [Para Ouvir/Samples]

SILICON/PARTISAN MIDI/FIGURAS FRUSTRADAS/MARCO BERNARDI - We Bring More Drama (Frustrated Funk) Comentários: A limited edition follow up on the We Bring Mad Drama ep (Frustrated Funk 001). Including tracks by Detroits Silicon (Heath Brunner), Glasgows Marco Bernardi and Rotterdams Frustrated Figures. Great techno-ish electro tracks for the frustrated and the mental weak... (Limited smoked glass vinyl). in clone [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Saturday, November 17, 2007

Here We Are by Allan Banford

OVATOW - Phalaenopsis


OVATOW - Phalaenopsis (Frantic Flowers Holland) Comentários: Deep dubby spaced out techno with a nice warm atmosphere. A side is a slow teasing techno cut that builds around a spacious morphing synth, a robotic bass line and a fragile piano that adds an unexpected human touch to this abstract track.. a big surprise!!! and a track that will definitely get some heads turned. The stripped down almost ambient-esque dub II version is with its almost 13 minutes still not long enough! These tracks already created a little hype on MySpace with many people trying to find out who is behind this Ovatow project. Several offers came in from well respected labels... but the cards already where given to Clone/Frantic Flowers. Highly recommended!!! in clone [Para Ouvir/Samples1] [2]

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DUPLEX - Autosample EP


DUPLEX - Autosample EP (Frantic Flowers Holland) Comentários: Vivid Array is a fierce uptempo track that pays tribute to some of the techno pioneers, Originally to be released on Clone together with ''what to do'' and a third track in the vein of Vivid Array. However technical difficulties made that this track only has been performed lived and won't be released... As extra track 'Where's my city' has been added. A deep techno-electro track in a slower pace. The ep finnishes of with the sublime 'What to Do' which is reminiscent of Carl Craigs masterpiece 'Element' with its rattling beats and seducing emotional strings that slowly bring the track to a climax when the final melody gets added. Pure dancefloor xtc. Very much recommended! in clone [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Friday, November 16, 2007

NEBRASKA - Vicarious Disco


NEBRASKA - Vicarious Disco (Down Low) Comentários: Here’s an appetizer before the full-length Nebraska Album drops on dL. “Vicarious Disco (Alt. Mix)” is a slightly different mix of one of the key album tracks, a combination of an insistent looped-up riff, soaring orchestral strings, and a hot nickels synth bassline – part classic deep house, part Carl Craig. “Full Deck (Alt. Mix)” lays some lovely strings and stabs of piano over a stripped down beat and slippery bass notes. For the B-side, we asked one of our all-time favorite producers to remix “Vicarious Disco”: Soul 223, aka Stasis. The two mixes are similar in style to his other Soul 223 stuff, his personalized take on Detroit beatdown house. Taking the looping riff from the original, he adds minor-key chords, a sub-bassline, some brilliant synthetic sounds and a voice shrouded in darkness, and lays them over some deep and slow house beats -- resulting in two sweaty, hauntingly melancholy tracks that are bit reminiscent of recent Theo Parrish. nota do editor [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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TRUSME - Working Nights


TRUSME - Working Nights (Fat City) Comentários: Wicked debut LP by local lad Trus'me on our very own Fat City imprint. Double vinyl featuring 8 tracks including the massive 'W.A.R', 'Narda' (a new version of the huge Nards) as well as 'At The Disco' and the title track 'Working Nights'. Manchester has their own Moodymann, but Trusme ain't no imitator. Recommended! nota do editor [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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STINKWORX - Aquapolis


STINKWORX - Aquapolis (Vext) Comentários: $tinkworks is finally back on the scene with this brilliant 4 track electro edged 12″ on the new label from Convextion, VEXT. Moody and beautiful electronics…nota do editor [Para Ouvir]

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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

31 TRINTAEUM - PASSEIO ALEGRE – PORTO

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

RICARDO VILLALOBOS - Sei Es Drum


RICARDO VILLALOBOS - Sei es drum (Sei Es Drum) Comentários: "Sei es drum" traça um novo caminho para Ricardo Villalobos que após a sua última intervenção nas séries Fabric36 pareceu-me sofrer de um celeuma criativo... levou-me ao ponto de que concluir com alguma tristeza que encantou mas pouco, nesse mesmo volume inclui quatro faixas que agora estão incluídas no pack de três vinis (álbum sampler quiçá, como lhe quiserem chamar) da sua nova editora SED. Não sei até que ponto será positivo para o Artista decidir virar-se para si mesmo, imagino que esta será uma tentativa algo superior que pretenda relembrar a qualidade de produção do seu passado, era bom que assim o fosse, porque R.Villalobos a par dos seus contemporâneos parece estar a perder faculdades no género minimal, digam-me vocês, no entanto "Sei es drum" não está assim tão mau de todo, Andruic parece-me uma faixa interessante, tem um bom balanço, surgem algumas combinações de spoken word apoiadas por algumas notas vocais femininas, Fizpatrick faz-me pensar se devo continuar a ouvir o resto do trabalho do senhor Ricardo, Primer Encuentro Latino-Americano torna as coisas mais apetitosas, é uma faixa com uma composição simples mas bastante eficaz, Druic parece-me algo parecido com uma cena digna de um filme de suspence moderno, ficamos à espera de algo no meio da acção até que chegamos ao fim e ficamos com uma sensação de que ficou a saber meio a pouco, Samasai prende-me novamente à audição mas não sei se durante muito tempo, Baila Sin Petit, sugeriu-me Derrick Carter a tocar por volta das 10.30 da manhã, bastante feliz e energético, algo animador, acho que os Nôze vão gostar deste pequeno momento musical, Farenzer House não acrescenta muito mais do que foi referido anteriormente, é constantemente linear, pouco expressivo, frio? Veremos o que virá daqui adiante, não vamos desistir do mister Villalobos para já. [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Vale a pena visitar...


Casa de osso - Valter Hugo Mãe * Chili com carne - CCC * Work&Shop - Book & Art Shop * Beating The Pearls - Blog & Podcast * Rui de Sousa - Ilustração* Urbana - Virtual street art gallery*

VARIOUS - Expansion Contraction


VARIOUS - Expansion Contraction (Minus Canada) Comentários: A new compilation on M_nus is always something worth getting excited about, and EXPANSION/contraction is no exception to that rule. As with the Minimize To Maximize and min2MAX compilations, this latest takes its theme from the binary relationship between the definitive minimalist concern: the relationship between sound and the absence of sound, or as the label themselves would have it "The act of finding inspiration from a sonic molecule or the inaudible space around it". In keeping with this theme, Plastikman's 'Risk Assessment' is a track that relies upon a skeletal configuration of beats supported by a quietly rumbling sub-bassline that slowly wends its way across a nine-minute reduced techno narrative. Heartthrob's contribution to the set must count as an example of 'expansion', with its simple kick-snare pulses escalating into a comparatively full-blooded production. Next up is new kid on the M_nus block, Dubfire, whose 'Emissions' fits in perfectly with the aesthetic of precision and reduction the label has become synonymous with. Gaiser's 'Mute' is one of the standout cuts here, right up there with the top quality material on his recent Eye Contact double-pack. Further contributions come from Marc Houle and JPLS, with a ten-minute CD exclusive track from Troy Pierce. EXPANSION/contraction is by no means the hyper-experimental Richard Chartier-style piece of work the press blurb purports it to be, but it's undoubtedly further confirmation (if any were necessary) that M_nus remains at the very top of the minimal techno heap. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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LEGGO BEAST - Tales From The Crib


LEGGO BEAST - Tales From The Crib (Big Chill) Comentários: An upbeat, chunky gem, the album takes a diverse collection of sonic influences from Cuban percussion (recorded incognito in downtown Havana), junk shop vinyl finds and a hotch potch collection of obscure synths.TALES FROM THE CRIB is a very personal album, a natural prograssion for the uplifting and funky Leggo Beast sound, based on Murray 'Leggo Beast' Clark's unique experiences during the course of making the album.Murray has visited Sierra Leone three times in the last two years. While in Sierra Leone making films with young people he became aware of the discrepancy between the West and Africa and realized that we have opportunities many people will never have. This new freer approach and sense of deep appreciation runs through TALES FROM THE CRIB. "Much of the time was spent just revising the way I work in the studio, trying to get rid of old habits and make the whole creative process more, spontaneous, dynamic and refreshing. "To that end Murray has designed, mastered, recorded and produced every aspect of the album himself. From the first outings as Leggo Beast he has championed an independent and diverse approach to music, avoiding pigeon-holes and genres, staying inventive and avoiding mimicry. In this context TALES FROM THE CRIB is a celebration of the musical journey so far, the amazing creative and cultural opportunities we enjoy in the developed world and a mighty fine album to dance, sing and shake your stuff to. The first chance to hear the album will be at the Tales from the Crib Launch Party on 15th Novemberat The Big Chill House, where Leggo Beast and friends take over the decks, bringing the tales from the crib into the house. nota do editor [Para Ouvir/Samples]

PUPKULIES & REBECCA - Beyond The Cage


PUPKULIES & REBECCA - Beyond The Cage (Normoton Germany) Since 2005 the Berlin-based duo PUPKULIES & REBECCA, consisting of JANOSCH BLAUL & REBECCA GROPP, is working on reconciling the unpolished charme of the songwriting of the past decades with modern club music. Last year’s debut “The Way We”, highly acclaimed by their audience, could already be called a succesful experiment, but the successor “Beyond The Cage” is just the big hit. The two of them, who are lovers for many years, withdrew to a remote village in France for the production of it. The calmness and seclusion of this place is also perceptible in the mood of this remarkable album. “Beyond The Cage” reminds of classic singer/songwriter albums like you’ve always wanted them. Diverse, multilayered and pure, free from cheap showmanship, always relying on itself. Electronically pulsating chansons, pervaded by warmth, melancholy und lightness, which allow Rebecca to fully display her voice. A voice which impresses and touches deeply. Intense and soulful she tells her stories in english, french and german and immediately wins the listener over. Framed by sounds reduced to the essential, the music and the lyrics complement each other perfectly. JANOSCH BLAUL, born in Cameroon, already expressed his love to Minimalhouse as part of the duo STRASSMANN. He is also regularly visiting the musically vivid Cap Verde, where he spent parts of his childhood, which is surely a perceptible influence on his music. Apparently playfully he creates wonderful harmonies out of guitars and electronic sounds, which make the songs shine. Still minimal, far less House this time, but with a lot of Soul. On a few tracks, Sepp Singwald, a bassplayer from Berlin and lover of old e-pianos Rhodes and Wurlitzer, supported the duo. Many will remember their show at the Fusion Festival for a long time, where Pupkulies & Rebecca played the primetime slot in the ambient tent. Because of a premaster copy of this album in the right hands they were booked on the spot for the showcase of “Costume National” on this year’s fashion fair in Milan. Pupkulies & Rebecca found their language and we’re about to hear from them in the future. Totally sure about that. in dotshop [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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AFRICAN SUITE - African Suite (reissue)


AFRICAN SUITE - African Suite (reissue) (MCA) Comentários: Underground disco at its best! Richie Rome, after the great success with Ritchie Family, had the possibility to release his creativity realizing this afro disco album. "Grass" keeps some peculiar sounds of the previous Rome records (Latin and oriental influences), "Pigmy" was a hit in the clubs with the right attitude, but you have to listen to the non-stop side B... a fantastic afro trip which hits your stomach thanks to the percussion arrangements and the sensual vocals Tom Hill and Brenda Hill. This is a killer afro disco re-issue of hard-to-find self-titled "African Suite" album from 1980. It's clear from the get-go why this LP is so sought after by deep house and loft style DJ's around the world. This is excellent, unforgettable music. nota do editor [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Friday, November 09, 2007

THEO PARRISH / DUMINIE DEPORRES - Et Tu Brute


THEO PARRISH / DUMINIE DEPORRES - Et Tu Brute (Submerge) Comentários: Debut album from Duminie Deporres, featuring various tracks under his own name, plus some, made together with Theo Parrish. Also features a couple of tracks that were already released on Theo's Sound Signature label. This collection features guest appearances by Umar Bin Hassan of the Last Poets, Mr. De’, Original Funkadelic member Bernie Worrell on the Epic 'Free The Land', John Douglas, and Detroits’ own Filmore Magnetic. Check! in rushhour [Para Ouvir/Samples1] [2]