Sunday, 02 January 2011
Soundsystem primed goodies from the Scotch Bonnet bassbins! Mungo's Hi-Fi is at the controls for this one, turning up a cracking waist winder on 'Ruff Mi Tuff Riddim' packed with mega juicy bass and a raw but damn effective ragga beat. UK dancehall legend Tippa Irie voices the A-side with a reliable performance, while Omar Perry provides the version on 'Live In Peace' and the instrumental backs up the B-side. Heavy plate.
Saturday, 01 January 2011
Breathtaking track from former James Blake Airhead, backed with a refined remix courtesy of Ostgut Ton label head and 0.5 of MyMy, Nick Höppner. On 'Paper Street' Airhead more than proves his worth as a solo artist with a stunning measure of vastly spacious sound design elements and ultra-reduced rhythms, sounding like Pole just got totally blunted with Mount Kimbie in the VR deck of a shuttle to Neptune. Maybe? The track's sense of spatial awareness and feel for dreamy anti-g rhythms is nothing short of astounding and genuinely sounds like quite nothing else out there. On the flip Nick Höpp… Read more
Tuesday, 28 December 2010
Taking a cue from the title 'Ghana Waddada', Soulphiction incorporates an overt maximal African influence into his micro processed sound, thick and juicy basslines and cinematic orchestration providing a base for the finely looped and processed percussion, arriving in the same ballpark as Moritz Von Oswald's remix of Tony Allen last year, or on 'Velveteens' with a very Theo Parrish styled deep house workout. Very classy stuff.
This third in Sonar Kollektiv's Broadcasting.series is curated by Karen P, who started her radio career working on Gilles Peterson's Radio One show. The full diversity of her tastes are revealed on this intriguing album, which draws together a wide range of genres and influences for a varied and involving mix. You'll encounter old-school funk from Rene Costy & His Orchestra on the super slick 'Scrabble', sitting alongside more contemporary sounds like the baroque hip hop sounds of 'Keats' by One Divided Soul, or Steretyp's bass-heavy house cut, 'Take The Weight'. Fin… Read more
A new project from Berlin songwriter Sascha Gottschalk along with two members of Austrian’s finest purveyers of coffeetable chillage Jazzanova, so you’d think you’d know what to expect wouldn’t you? Well think again – this is actually a sparkling slice of retro pop music, closer to the Beatles than to Kruder and Dorfmeister, and I really wouldn’t be surprised if I heard this on the radio in the near future. The additional remix from the crudely named Slapped Eyeballers & Dimlite is forgettable, but there is a killer ‘extended version’ from Jazzanova chaps Extended Spirit which strips down t… Read more
The criminal pseudonym of Berlin based Sascha Gottschalk, Stefan Leisering (Jazzanova) and Axel Reinemer (Extended Spirit), Thief here release a crunchy little 7" ahead of their debut album. Adhering to conventions starting with side A will uncover the sun-faded grandeur of 'Atlantic' - wherein some Jazzanova bruised breaks and brass duke it out with lushly tapered chords that bring to mind the West Coast experimentalism of the late 1960's. Bearing comparisons with Nobody's more blissed out work, 'Atlantic' is given extra appeal through Gottschalk's sweet and simple vocals - whils… Read more
Stereotyp get this Sonar Kollektiv EP underway with the crisp vocal house of 'Take The Weight', which maintains a solid midtempo groove with a minimal, bloopy bassline that counteracts the insistent soul stylings on those vocals. Next comes Si Begg, who starts off with a bit of a Jackanory feel, with a bit of a sbedtime story complete with twinkling music box sounds. A slow build up leads to sampled strings and brass increasing the scale (and silliness) of the piece dramatically, before a vulcanised bassline takes over. Finally, Territory Bad lay down a punishing hip hop break as a bedrock for slightly preachy female vocals on 'Unite (One)'.
With a level of label promiscuity that verges on the detrimental, Michel Baumann has been releasing music on the likes of Playhouse, Poker Flat, Gstone and now Sonar Kollektiv since the mid-nineties. Putting his Jackmate alias to sleep, Baumann now operates under the consonant heavy Soulphiction moniker - behind which he serves up a smooth-as-silk fusion of polished hip-hop, breezy soul and honey-coated jazz. Opening with the appropriately titled 'Intro', Baumann goes straight for the bedroom; as 1970's effects a-go-go and house-lite piano coax the ear into a pleasingly opaque terr… Read more
Returning to Sonar Kollektiv under his Soulphiction moniker, Michel Baumann (of Jackmate fame) has readied a new album - a follow-up to 206's State Of Euphoria. Do You Overstand? features an impressive range of production styles, not to mention a detailed grasp on arrangements. From the very beginning, Soulphiction effectively melds elements of live and sampled jazz with a housey blueprint. Longterm collaborator Suzana Rozkosny appears on ace opener 'Chevy Estate', which drones into life with warm brass tones and snippets of strings before eventually embracing a woody 4/4 beat that'… Read more
Monday, 27 December 2010
One third of Truby Trio, Roland Appel set forth on a solo career in 2004, eventually hooking up with sound engineer Jan Krause, who helps out on these two tracks. 'Inner Soul' has an epic, old fashioned disco sound - not really in a cool Prins Thomas/DFA/Italians Do It Better sort of way though, the production avoids those all important period details, instead relying on buzzing synth chips for the central force on 'New Love', while 'Inner Soul' features a heavy vocal presence (with the usual vapid rhetoric about "love making with your soul" and other such bobbins) while big synth stabs f… Read more
Having previously delivered for labels like Planet E and Peacefrog, Recloose delivers a third full-length, this time for Sonar Kollektiv, a label that seems like a very apt home for Matthew Chicoine's brand of dancefloor funk. Perfect Timing, much like the previous Recloose long player, Hiatus On The Horizon is a very collaborative work, taking on a number of supporting talents, perhaps most notably Joe Dukie of Fat Freddy's Drop, who guests on the single 'Deeper Waters'. The percussion-heavy electro-soul of 'Robop' and 'Can It Be' are filled with loose-fitting grooves and flexible synth … Read more