Been waiting 13 years for this. I get to see one of my oldest musical influences Live, about a ten minute walk from my door. Ticket sorted. Word.
So… arrived @ Public Life pretty much right on time. Max came on before me and played a nice set of quirky/slower techno/idm, ending with Kraftwerk’s Neon Lights, at precisely the right speed for me to mix out of it. Wicked! This is what I followed it up with, from 10:15-11:00:
- Luke Vibert – Acidisco – Warp
- Moodymann – Shattered Dreams – Peacefrog
- Meg – Kouro (Theo Parrish Remix) – Joint Records
- Fabrice Lig – Meet U in Brooklyn – Playhouse
- James Duncan – Times Like These (B2) – Le Systeme
- John Arnold w/Amp Fiddler – Get Yourself Together – Ubiquity
- 32 Project AKA Hiroshi Watanabe – Summon – Ibadan
- Chicken Lips – Bad Skin – !K7
- Riton – Cast of Thousands – Grand Central
- Infinity Plus One – Rhythmatic Unison – Drenched
- Ennio Morricone – Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo (Swell Session Remix) – Compost Records
I was followed by Dan Butler, who played some deep-as-hell techno, then mah boyee Matt Chester picked up the tempo a bit, but not sacrificing an ounce of funk, then Lunar Selector played a fantastic Ableton set packed with classics and new stuff alike, going all over the place. The last Ableton set I saw Brendan do was a bit frezied for my taste in parts, although still really impressive, but this one was bang-on-the-money throughout. He even finished with my remix of The Shit, although Guy faded it out after about 60 seconds, not realising what it was – the bastard. 😉 Guy Thackeray closed things out with another really nice set, although I must confess the memory becomes a bit more faint at this point. All I know is that I had a great time, and the music throughout the night was all top notch. As Brendan said, it all worked really well together. An excellent progression from start to finish.
The AM Feat. Sky : Choose To Believe – Not the most stunning Mahogani yet, but very good none-the-less. Think it’ll be a grower.
Fabrice Lig : Meet U In Brooklyn – The A side is the one that does it for me, with chunky retro drum machines, huge claps and Fabrice style synths that strangely fit really well. An excellent departure, with all the Fabrice Lig character crammed in there still. The B side is good too, and a strange cross between UR stabs, disco strings and Metro Area synths. Must be heard for its balls and originality.
Meg : MGRMX – Haven’t had a proper chance to injest all of this yet, and to be honest the Theo track stands out so much, I don’t know that I’ll ever properly give the rest of it the attention it deserves. The Theo remix is easilly one of his best efforts ever. Unusually clean production for him, a good pressing, and gorgeous vocal treatments compliment some amazing instrumentation. This is pure beautty with a devastating groove. The one remix justifies the unusually low price (at least in the UK).
Various Artists : A Secret History – It’s an amazing presentation, down to those best-of-both-worlds, paper-on-the-outside, plastic-on-the-inside sleeves. I’m really happy to have an excellent pressing of Peut Etre Pas, Visgage, Problems D’Amore and the rest. Shamefully, I didn’t own any before, so this is both a unique offering, and a huge penny saver.
Various Artists : Iridite Productions Present Electron Music – Really like the whole thing. 4 tracks of tasty, big Detroit/Glasgow techno. On first listen, I think the last track is my favorite, but they’re all nice fo sho.
Various Artists : Sun Ra Dedication – The Myth Lives On – Late catching up on this one, but very happy to have done so. I think the Alex Attias (Mustang) version of Nuclear War is the stand-out for me so far, with the Vanessa Freeman version of Astro Black in close second at the moment, but can tell I’ll really need some time with this one.
(and yes you’re right, I shouldn’t have)
The AM Feat. Sky : Choose To Believe Already mentioned lots. Short new (possibly) Alton Miller thing on Mahogani. Tasty.
Chicken Lips : Bad Skin / Skin Bad Not sure what to make of this one yet, but sounds quirky and good from the online snip. Took a chance on it for £5er.
Fabrice Lig : Meet U In Brooklyn Very disco-y but with some characteristic Fabricing therein. Nice.
Meg : MGRMX Theo Parrish and Hiroshe Watanabe remixes of this Japanese vocalist. The Theo one sounds dope.
Various Artists : A Secret History Looks to be a fantastic compilation of ’80s pre-techno, from Alexandre Robotnik, Klein & M.B.O., Telex, even Paul McCartney and many others. So far everything I’m reading sez this is also a brilliant package and high quality, heavy vinyl. Can’t wait to get my mits on it. Compiled by New Religion’s Dan Keeling and Alex Bond.
Various Artists : Iridite Productions Present Electron Music Really tasty Detroitish techno from Scotland that finally made its way into my basket.
Various Artists : Sun Ra Dedication – The Myth Lives On Remixes from Recloose, Theo Parrish, Jimi Tenor, YNQ w/Dudley Perkins, Mustang, King Britt and many interludes/remixes by Francisco Morra of Inner/Outerzone fame.
1. Ennio Morricone : Remixes Volume 1 – Compost
2. Infinity Plus One : Rhythmic Unison – Drenched
3. OutKast : The Love Below – Arista
4. Inverse Cinematics : Shoot The Pianist – Fluid Ounce
5. Luke Vibert : YosepH – Warp
6. Charles Webster : Remixed On The 24th Of July – Peacefrog
7. James Duncan : Times Like These… – Le Systeme
8. Cai : Calling Out EP – Out of the Loop
9. Declaime : Life / Enjoy Your Stay – Stone’s Throw
10. The Age Of Selfishness : Wakako’ka – Visions
The 2×12 of Remixed on the 24th of July is out now. Very good it is as well.
I particularly like the gritty Theo Parrish remix, the Pepe Braddock remix,
Charles Webster’s own Presence remix and the Jimpster one. Already had the
Herbert one, but it’s great too of course.
Also got the Times Like These… 12″ by James Duncan on Le Systeme. Sounds a
lot like the disco-y material on Ferris Park, or Pal Joey in cut-up mode.
Really subtle, funky and quite diverse and coherent.
Going through some of the other semi-relevant purchases of late, I’ve been
really impressed with the new Cai ‘Calling Out EP’ on Out of the Loop, or at
least the a-side anyway. The first Cai did not please me nearly as much, and
the b-sides of the new one seem a bit less imaginative, but the a-side is
pure class. Woke up yesterday morning with it looping through my head,
making my start to Tuesday much nicer than Monday. 😉 It reminds me a lot of
Norma Jean Bell’s ‘Dreams’, especially that wonderful feeling of seeing her
open with it at the 2nd DEMF. Takes me right back.
A lot of people seem to be getting really lazy with their Theo
Parrish/Moodymann comparisons. There is a whole lot more Detroit house out
there than those two, and while I love them, the overuse of them as ‘style
markers’ is becoming nearly epidemic! Apologies for the rant, it’s just that
it’s almost like these two fellas have become marketing icons in the
underground, and it cheeses me off a bit to see a record like the above
lazilly lumped in with them when it clearly sounds a whole lot more like
Sonar Lodge & Max 404 : Celsius – picked this up for the Domu mix, but was
intrigued by Max 404’s involvement all over it. Have to say his hand in it
is not such a selling point. I love his older stuff, but this really doesn’t
touch it in any way. It’s not to say that Max 404 hasn’t occasionally been
cheesy in the past, but this is certainly not a revival of his finer
moments. The Domu mix, however is yet more severe funk from the man who is
on an unstoppable roll. Definitely worth seeking out for the Domu devotees.
Also got a copy of the forthcoming debut on 11th Hour from Shawn Rudiman. On
receipt, I played the A2 track on a fairly loud system and it sounded very
nice! On further listens in headphones, that track has not done quite so
much for me though. Think it needs to be really loud. A1 is good, but
doesn’t stand out quite enough for me to listen repeatedly, and the B sides
are total winners. B1 is an almost Aril Brikha-ish track, but with signature
Rudiman all over it. Drenched with melody and slick beatwork, this one
should be tearing up a dancefloor near you soon (or near me at least). B2 is
a thick electro cut reminding me of a cross between Shawn’s epic melodies
and the same from UR. The beat is pretty devastating too. I think the big UR
electro fans will probably go for this one most. Matt’s label should be
churning out some more goodies down the road, so keep your eyes peeled for
more 11th Hour tastiness!
Cai : Calling Out EP (new Detroit house sounds on Russ Gabriel’s Out of the Loop – much better than the last Cai IMO)
Mark De Clive-Lowe : Relax… Unwind (classic, finally out fo real)
Declaime : Life / Enjoy Your Stay (Dudley Perkins and Madlib getting nutty again)
Diverse : One AM (Everyone and their mom on the hip hop tip – who’s got more info on this?)
James Duncan : Times Like These…
James Duncan : Dub With Me / City Life (one older, one new from Metro Area and Pal Joey cohort – both nice)
Hanna : Faceless Emotion (can do without the Landslide mix, although it is pretty good, just not necessary. Never heard the original before though, and like it plenty)
Justice (Vs Simian & Gambit) / Espion : Never Be Alone / Steamulation / Anything Is Possible (Chateau Flight Remix) (not seen this one before. Suddenly becoming completist with the Chateau Flight stuffs)
OutKast : Speakerboxxx / The Love Below (a whole lot of wax)
Sonar Lodge & Max 404 : Celsius (Domu mix + original both sound groovy)
Charles Webster : Remixed On The 24th Of July (can’t wait to hear the Braddock and Theo Parrish mixes loud)
Quasimoto : The Unseen (furthering my Madlib craze at the moment)