Monday, 26 April 2010
Never knowingly understated, 'La Dame Blanche' stands out from the springy microhouse crowd by placing heavy emphasis on Phantom Of The Opera organ theatrics and spurts of sax that threaten to devour the whole track in an orgy of bad jazz. Thankfully, that threat is never fully realised, and all's well in the world. Next comes the 'Rocco Vision Mix' of 'Bora', a cocktail of relentless stabs and diced up french monolgue. It's all a bit Ministry Of Sound really, especially by the timethe big strings kick in at the end. Vastly more successful is the album mix of 'Belleville', a cascade of e… Read more
New on the Infine imprint - a label whose presence is starting to swell up to a prolific scale - comes this sophomore release from Erwan Castex aka Rone. Bora begins with a lengthy beatless passage, characterized by slow chord swells, before a metronomic hat sound crops up around the halfway mark, ushering in a discharge of glitchy crackles and 4/4 kicks. It's a highly tuneful affair, suggestive of some kind of grandiose techno equivalent of post-rock. There's a vocal version of the track featuring a spoken word contribution from Alain Domasio (in French) if you're craving that human touch. B-sides … Read more
Dutch label Kindred Spirits have curated a second volume of Future Vintage beat constructions, featuring contributions by Rednose Distrikt, Build An Ark, Chico Mann, Tom Trago and Jazzanova. The rather offensively titled 'Dickriders' by I.N.T. lays down the blueprint for the album, its jazz-influenced, blunted hip hop breaks carving out a sound that's at once old and new (which I suppose accounts for the oxymoronic album title). Ploughing a deep, funk-heavy groove, Meikbar's 'Spread' makes a more overt link between jazz and hip hop inclinantions… Read more
French label Infine has been home to recent 12"s from Apparat, but now shifts its attention from established talents to newcomers. Clara Moto is an alumnus of the Red Bull Music Academy. Quite what the ramifications of that are, I have no idea - hardly offers the same sort of gravitas as a residency at IRCAM though does it? Regardless, 'Glove Affair' is a nifty piece of deconstructed killer techno, with some interesting, unstable synthesis at its heart. 'Pale Fire' has slightly more bass presence but retains an economical, spacious approach to production, whilst final … Read more
Danton Eeprom returns to the label that originally presented his standout 'Confessions Of An English Opium Eater' release with two rockier dancefloor epics on 'Give Me Pain'. The 7" mix condenses the grumbling bassline, vocals and skulking beats into a neat shock of pop potential, while the 'Give Me More' version extends to a darkly dubby and sexy groover with shades of Louderbach or Andrew Weatherall.
Clara Moto offers up the delicate tech-house pop of her 'Silently' cut for remixes from Sissi Lewis, Kirk DeGiorgio aka As One and Carl Johan Elger. The edit version of snips her down to a sweetened mouthful of electronic dance pop while Sissi Lewis extends the wistful vibes with a shoegazy intro leading to a psych-cushioned dance-rock groove reminding of Ewan Pearson. Kirk DeGiorgio slips into elegant Euro-minimalist mode with a fizzing tech-hous mix and Karl Johan Elger provides a supple, bass-lead minimalists groove with an icy melody and ace autotune treatments.