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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Patrick Pulsinger - Impassive Skies

Patrick Pulsinger - Impassive Skies (Disko B) Comentários: Austrian producer Patrick Pulsinger has always done things his own way. His solo productions have evolved from off-the-grid acid to crafty jazz electronics over the last 17 years, resulting in 'Impassive Skies' being loaded with lauded guests such as Fennesz, Abe Duque and Franz Hautzinger. After his foray into jazz with 'Easy To Assemble - Hard To Take Apart' and '07s techno collection 'Dogmatic Sequences', this album unites his amassed sensibilites to mesh the synthetic with the real, where sine waves copulate with vibrating strings and all manner of textures he can glean from his contributors. On the two Fennesz tracks 'Future Back' and 'Impassive Skies' these take the form of elegantly agile dancers rhythms often reminding of MvO Trio's approach only with a a heavier jazz lean complemented by Martin Knorz's rhodes, grand piano and organ. A pair of cuts featuring human clockwork unit Elektro Guzzi blur the distinction between real and synthetic techno with naturally swinging dancers rhythms, especially the subtle flutterjack of 'Blame It' also feat. the vocals of Abe Duque, and a pop element blooms to the fore with his mix of G.Rizo's sensually dark 'Rise And Fall'. If you liked the Moritz Von Trio album this is worth a good look! in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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DEEPCHORD presents ECHOSPACE - Liumin (Modern Love) Comentários: 'Deepchord Presents Echospace' is the collaborative project of Rod Modell and Steve Hitchell, two veteran producers based in Chicago and Detroit, now returning for a second full album for the Modern Love label. [...] The album unfurls with stretches of immersive techno and low-end treatments compressed with a growling, unstable focus that's in turn oppressive and soothing, re-creating the uniquely ambiguous euphoria/narcosis that comes with extended sleep deprivation. It's an effect that's perhaps encapsulated best on 'BCN Dub', a heaving warehouse thump that's entwined with shortwave radio transmissions bringing to life a disembodied horn-section from deep in the ether. There may well be some connection to dub lurking deep in the foggy mists of these recordings - but 'Liumin' inhabits far more opaque and unsettling terrain to anything you may have heard from both this project, or any of its many imitators. Highly Recommended. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

ANBB - Ret Marut Handshake

ANBB aka ALVA NOTO/BLIXA BARGELD - Ret Marut Handshake (Raster Noton) Comentários: Nicolai is at his most restrained, supplying only the leanest backdrop of bass-heavy, panning electricity surges and snare-like percussive noise while Bargeld puts in an engagingly natural and forthright vocal. Exciting stuff from these two avant-garde greats; let's hope the album isn't too far behind. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Igor - mix jun 2010

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Charlie Wright by Leon Mark for Untitled +0

Following a story in Hero magazine, Leon Mark reconnects with Next model Charlie Wright for the debut issue of Untitled +0. Edited by Junsuke Yamasaki of Dazed & Confused Japan [+here]

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Tobacco Mixtape

In the July issue of Dazed (out tomorrow), Beck's favourite beat butcher, Tobacco, talks about his insane second album, Maniac Meat, and his Mum's beef stroganoff. It's really rather good, you should check it out. The album that is, not the stroganoff. After the interview we asked if he'd like to make Dazed Digital an exclusive mixtape. A few days later he came back with this.... [+here]

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Monday, June 14, 2010

SEPALCURE - Love Pressure

SEPALCURE - Love Pressure (Hotflush Recordings) Comentários: Deeper soul burning dubstep and dreamy broken beats from Sepalcure aka Machine Drum and Praveen. It's a massive diversion from both operators previous styles, using their combined wealth of production knowledge to create four tracks of effervescent, kinetic and slightly unstable grooves marked with convective chord progressions and classic vocal lifts. 'The Warning' previously appeared on Scuba's Resident Advisor face off with himself, conducting a submerged ambient skipper with nods to Mount Kimbie. Their 'Love Pressure' cut is certainly the highlight though, sweeping us up in a heart-in-mouth swell of wide-open atmospheres driven by a Joy Orbison-tuned rhythm motor. Nearly as effective is the synths-driven thrust and vocal streaks of 'Down' while the pace of 'Everyday Of My Life' takes some getting used to if you're familiar with the original pitch of the sample, but once you're in, it's lush. Recommended sweetnuss for fans of Blue Daisy, Joy Orbison, Ramadanman or James Blake. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

Sepalcure - Every Day of my Life from sougwen on Vimeo.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010

Mundo Urbano Podcast Jun.010


Paul was recently invited to record a showcase of his new material and a few old favourites for Andrew Meza's BTS Radio. A dozen or so forthcoming and exclusive tracks, a few from the Purple Brain and a handful from the crates makes up an unmissable selection.For the full tracklist and a direct download just click here.

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Saturday, June 12, 2010

HARMONIA & ENO '76 - Tracks & Traces Remixed

HARMONIA & ENO '76 - Tracks & Traces Remixed (Gronland) Comentários: Paying on the promise of the sampler 12", Gronland offer the full remix set of tracks from Harmonia & Eno's 'Tracks and Traces' album, originally released in 1976. Aside from the Shackleton and Appleblim & Komanazmuk mixes, there's new versions from The Field, Burger/Voigt, Modularsystem and MITMIX. 'Taking By The Riverside' for a quicksilver dubstep trek, Appleblim & Komanazmuk use the golden source material to offer one of their most sophisticated productions to date. With 'Luneburg Heath' The Field makes clear the connections between the original Kosmiche godfathers and his orbital trajectories with a gorgeously timed swell of fluttering synths and burbling 'tronics, before Shackleton gives a mighty reworking of 'Sometimes In Autumn', burnished with echo chamber FX and a sensitive arrangement of the original sounds mixed with his own palette. Meanwhile, Jörg Burger and Wolfgang Voigt tease out the delicacies of 'Almost' over a typical Kompakt house rhythm dedicated for the floor, and Modularsystem again find their feet in the dance with a lysergically squirming bassline and mesmerizing techno progressions. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Robert Hood - Omega

Robert Hood - Omega (M Plant) Comentários: Topping a newly re-energised M-Plant schedule, Robert Hood pays tribute to the 1971 film 'The Omega Man' with a re-imagined techno soundtrack - a brand new album from the master. The original film featured Charlton Heston as a last-man-on-earth figure, sequestered in a penthouse in LA, guarding life-saving serum by day and chased by zombies at night. It originally featured a jazzy easy-listening score courtesy of Ron Grainer, but Hood felt it needed a stronger and more urgent score that better represented his view of the movie. This means a display of his sharpest material for years, ranging from industrial throb-offs like 'Alpha' and the ominous drones of 'Think Fast', to noirsh, empty street scenes like 'Are You God' and the morse code rhythms of 'The Family Watches'. We were hoping/expecting for some more beatless sections but we'll happily make do with the plaintive tones of 'The Plague (Cleansing Maneuvers)' and just settle in for a kicks driven night drive through Hood's imagination. Some of Hood's finest propulsive material in years - very strong indeed. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

FACT mix 156: Kode9

Today’s FACT mix comes from the man behind Hyperdub, and one of modern dance music’s most celebrated producers and DJs, Kode9. [+here]

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Saturday, June 05, 2010

James Gardner: Subversive Glamour

Who's the most connected New Yorker? Who goes to all the best shows and the most exclusive parties? Well, that's impossible to say, but James Gardner, AKA Subversive Glamour, sure is a contender to the title. Born in the UK, Gardner has been NYC-based for many years, and when setting up the photo blog two years ago he made it his mission to get all his famous friends - and celebrities he just bumped into - to pose with him in front of his Blackberry phone. That's right, Subversive Glamour isn't fed by some state-of-the-art technology, just a normal camera phone. [+here]

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New York's New Faces

As Dazed & Confused's June issue is all about youthful vigour and beauty, Dazed Digital pick up a similar thread and honed in on the cool kids of New York. In conjunction with Kevin Amato's images we caught up a with the models to find out about their favourite hangouts and sex, drugs, and rock'n'roll... [+here]

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Mark McGuire - Tidings / Amethyst Waves

Mark McGuire (Emeralds) - Tidings / Amethyst Waves (Weird Forest) Comentários: Mark McGuire has been a member of triadic mega-unit Emeralds since their inception. Besides contributing to their ever growing catalogue, he's also worked with Daniel "Oneohtrix Point Never" Lopatin as Skyramp and a prolific number of other solo projects. His most recent album for Weird Forest (originally released on Cassette by the Wagon label) has been hailed as his most definitive to date, crossing astral lines and psychedelic boundaries between noise squalls, lush-out synth washes and pastoral guitar passages with an all-encompassing vision beyond his years. The pristine mastering job from James Plotkin certainly enhances his vision, but this is still a comfortingly raw and free-roaming affair, dissolving tranced-out Kosmische patterns with an effortless organic ease. The album is broken between four long tracks. An opening collage of TV samples and blustery synth noise naturally morphs into Göttsching-esque guitar spirals, while the second blends fractal digital outbursts with tropical woodblock percussion while meshing layers of humid guitar and synth harmonics reminding of Popol Vuh. Making nods to the endless vistas of Klaus Schulze and the phasing techniques of Steve Reich, the breathtaking third section builds a graceful rise to sublime stratospheres unknown, leaving the final part of the journey for detached, reserved and peaceful meditation. 'Tidings/Amethyst' is as essential as anything in the Emeralds catalogue and should be experienced without delay by any of their followers. Highly Recommended. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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1000 NAMES - Illuminated Man

1000 NAMES - Illuminated Man (Black Acre) Following a tangy green taster 10" for Team Acre, 1000 Names graduate to upper skool with a full album for Black Acre. 'Illuminated Man' sheds more light on their mixture of IDM, post-Dilla hiphop and electro-jazz. We're reminded of everything from the astral electro synths of Space Dimension Controller to Fulgeance's Afro-inflections, but the duo stick with their own pace and sense of groove construction to warrant the attention coming their way. With this and the stream of goodies from Blue Daisy, Black Acre is shaping up as one of Dubstep's most exciting labels of 2010. Recommended. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

1000names from BISKOTEKA on Vimeo.

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FACT mix 154 – Girl Unit

"Girl Unit’s own productions take in vintage, star-lit house (‘Temple Keys’), dramatic R’n’B (‘Wut’) and 808-heavy Chicago dancefloor gear (‘IRL’), while the mix he compiled for US blog Palms Out is one of the best free mixes we’ve had the pleasure of hearing this year.
New tracks by Bok Bok, Dubbel Dutch, Addison Groove and more feature on Girl Unit’s FACT mix, along with a healthy dose of Timbaland and Terror Danjah, a juke closing session with DJ Rashad and more, and a couple of new productions of Girl Unit’s own."
Download: FACT mix 154 – Girl Unit (Available for three weeks)

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Thursday, June 03, 2010

THE SIMONSOUND - Reverse Engineering

THE SIMONSOUND - Reverse Engineering (First Word) Comentários: The Simonsound is a sonic collaboration between Simon James and Matt Ford aka DJ Format. 'Reverse Engineering' is their tribute to 50s and 60s "space music" (the sort of Moog and theremin saturated music espoused by Raymond Scott, The Radiophonic Workshop et al) mixed with a mature B-Boy's sense of intrepid exploration beyond the annals of funk and soul. We can find analogs for this style in the madcap mixes of Finders Keeper's Andy Votel and Dom Thomas or more accurately the orchestrations of Barry Adamson, reflected in The Simonsound focus on original productions using an array of vintage equipment. Opener, and previous single, 'Tour De Mars' is a bit of a peach, recreating a Kraftwerk classic with psyche drum breaks and Moog washes, while elsewhere they cycle between soundtracky scapes 'Inside The Capsule', moody spy-funk 'Hole In The Head', bloopy exercises like 'Bakers Dozen', abstract martian floaters, and submerged jazz torch songs like 'Between the Wake and the Sleep'. Ace. in boomkat [Para Ouvir/Samples]

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