Monday, November 30, 2009

The Black Dog - Further Vexations (2009)

The Black Dog was formerly the trio of Ken Downie, Ed Handley, and Andy Turner, also known at the time as Black Dog Productions. Ed and Andy left to pursue their Plaid project, Ken continued with several different line ups of Black Dog before choosing to work with Martin and Richard Dust from Dust Science Recordings after a long break from the music scene.

Released back in April of this year I've only discovered this about 2 weeks ago. It has been on constant rotation ever since. Absolutely love it, got everything from minimal, to techno to Brian Eno'esque ambient soundscapes which are truly amazing. Really does remind me of another Soma artist Vector Lovers on places, which is all good.

From their website:

Further Vexations is our artistic response to 21st century rat on your neighbour smokefree Britain. It is an attempt to capture and express our emotional frustrations, and the trials and tribulations of living in an un-democratic surveillance society.

The seeds of nihilist despair and apathy are well and truly sown amongst the citizens of Airstrip One. We've helplessly watched with mounting horror, while the government trashed the country, signed away its sovereignty to Brussels (with a flourish of a specially minted silver pen), sold off precious national industries and assets at next to bargain basement prices, and indulged itself with two utterly pointless wars which it couldn't afford. We were promised a vote. A referendum. A chance to change things but an unelected politician chancellor man decided not to bother. To say we are pissed off about it, would be an understatement.


We might just have a late challenger for the best electronic album for 2009.

Tracklisting:

1. Biomantric L-if-e
2. 0093
3. Phil: Because Ov, Indeed
4. You're Only SQL
5. We Are Haunted
6. CCTV Nation
7. Stempel
8. Northern Electronic Soul [Part 1]
9. Northern Electronic Soul [Part 2]
10. Northern Electronic Soul [Part 3]
11. Skin Clock
12. Dada Mindstab
13. Tunnels Ov Set
14. Later Vexations
15. Kissing Someone Else's D.O.G


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Friday, November 27, 2009

Paul Kalkbrenner - Tatü-Tata (2005)

Paul Kalkbrenner has been one of my favourite techno producers for a while now. If you get the chance I really recommend watching his movie 'Berlin Calling'. The soundtrack is a collection of Paul's productions over the past few years on Bpitch Control. The tune Gebrünn Gebrünn just always does it for me. Just builds effortlessly and features the very clever use of a vocal sample by soul and funk group 20th Century Steel Band. Sounds unlikely but it really does work wonders.

Tracklisting:

1. Gebrünn Gebrünn
2. Tatü-Tata



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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Quarks - Rehmix (2000)

See post below, here's the remix album I promised. My pick being Königin (Tunnelblick Mix Von Turner). Enjoy.

Tracklisting:

1. Gut (Besser) (Milch Und Mandel Mix)
2. Gleich (Saku Hanabi)
3. Königin (Tunnelblick)
4. Fallen (Werden Wir Alle In Großen Spiralen Aus Dem Himmel Gespuckt)
5. Sonntag (Some Sundays)
6. Alles Und Mehr (... Au Pianet)
7. Fallen (Mix For Cocolo)
8. Loch Im Tag (Paula's Loch Im Tag)
10. Waldstück (Moonshine)
11. Dunkeln (Dunkeln)
12. Kikyo (Wiederkomm) (Polepop)
13. Königin (In Meinen Träumen)
14. Zeit Hin (Dubbing Da Time)


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Quarks - Allein (2003)

Discovered Quarks about 4 or so years ago on an Ellen Allien Berlin compilation and immediately fell it love with their sound. The track I first heard was Königin. Made up of Jovanka von Willsdorf and Niels Lorenz they produced a few albums and split while recording their 3rd apparently. Lyrics are all in German (a few in Japanese as well) but get past that and the music, arrangements and the mood is second to done. I can't get enough of their stuff but the cost of their singles are steep to say the least. I'm going to post a remix album as well which took me farking ages to find.

This single includes remixes by Sascha Funke and Swayzak.

Tracklisting:

1. Allein (Augen Zu Und Durch) Remixed by Sascha Funke
2. Allein (Rolling Luggage) Remixed by Swayzak
3. Allein (Original) 3:42


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Apparat - Berlin.Montreal.Tel Aviv - Selected Live Recordings (2006)

Another Apparat single. Released about 3 years ago and featuring 3 tracks from selected live performances.

Has anyone heard anything about a new album from him? It's been a while now.....

Tracklisting:

1. Berlin
2. Montreal
3. Tel Aviv


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Depeche Mode - Precious (2005)

Sasha remixes produced with the help of Spooky aka Charlie May who I'm big fan of.

Tracklisting:

1. Precious (Sasha's Spooky Mix) (Full Length)
2. Precious (Sasha's Gargantuan Vocal Mix) (Full Length)


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Liquid - Culture (1995)

Another mixed bag to serve you'll up tonight as I continue to delve deeper into the boxes in the basement.

First up is from 1995, the album from Liquid who's rave hit 'Sweet Harmony' arguably defined a rave era back in 1991. Spread over 2 vinyl it's pretty reminiscent of where UK club music was in the mid 90's. It was a time of cross roads I remember quite vividly. On the right you had house, popular style that is, and on your left you had trance being driven my the Frankfurt scene and German labels like Eye-Q, and somewhere in-between there was techno. I still find it kind of sad that the scene had to splinter and all the pigeon holing of electronic music that came after it.

There's some real house tunes in here complete with both male and female vocals. There's also a hint of trance in a few of them and my favourite Liquid tune 'Liquid is Liquid', although the version on the album has been remixed by Red Jerry, aka Mr Hooj Choons.

Tracklisting:

1. Liquid Love
2. Snowstorm
3. One Love Family (Your Teeth In My Neck)
4. Rise
5. Closer
6. Phase
7. Mist
8. Liquid Is Liquid (Journey Into Dub)
9. Niagara
10. Drug Culture (Vision Dawn)
11. Hope Against Hope
12. Sweet Harmony


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Monday, November 16, 2009

Untold - Gonna Work Out Fine EP (2009)

This 6 track release has honestly blown me away. Untold has somehow taken the elements and sound of Chicago house and fused it together with UK dubstep and grime. But that's not all really, there's constant reminders of other genres of past ages coming through. Tracks like 'Never Went Away' take me back to 1991. It truly is an amazing EP. There's a lot being said about this double 12" vinyl at the moment and in my mind it's totally justified. Enjoy.

Tracklisting:

1. Gonna Work Out Fine
2. Stop What You're Doing
3. Don't Know. Don't Care.
4. Palamino
5. No One Likes A Smart-Arse
6. Never Went Away


Download @320kbps

Thanks to Prowley for the heads up on it.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

New Order - The Peter Saville Show Soundtrack (2003)

From Wikipedia:

The Peter Saville Show Soundtrack is an EP released by New Order in 2003. It was produced to accompany a Peter Saville exhibition, The Peter Saville Show, which appeared at London's Design Museum in 2003.

Peter Saville was a partner in Factory Records and a graphic designer who designed many record sleeves for Joy Division and New Order throughout their careers at Factory Records. The exhibition included this artwork and other graphic design from Saville's ongoing career.

Although The Peter Saville Show Soundtrack is credited to New Order, only New Order members Stephen Morris, Peter Hook and Phil Cunningham were involved in producing the music- Bernard Sumner was not present for the recording.


Tracklisting:

1. The Peter Saville Show Soundtrack


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Monday, November 9, 2009

Moderat - Seamonkey (2009)

Wasn't terribly impressed this morning when my new vinyl version of this arrived all the way from Portugal just to have a dirty great big farking scratch across the cover and also at the beginning of the A side. It's been happening a lot more recently as I use different suppliers on Discogs, some are so truly farked it's a wonder how they can possibly have so much stock that is in such dire condition. Anyway, my vinyl version is unplayable and I'm stuck with it now. Still not as bad as 5 records which arrived recently, all of them warped. So, Moderat -Seamonkey: I was forced to buy an MP3 version so here it is.

Tracklisting:

1. Seamonkey (Untold Remix)
2. Seamonkey (Surgeon Remix)


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Slip - Melisma EP (2005)

I was given this record back in 2005 and although I listened to it a few times my head wasn't really in this kind of space. I continued to receive promos from Perception Records, based in Leed, and it was their artist Dopekick that I leaned more towards. I just found this today and listened to it all over again and loved it. It's somewhere between trip-hop, jazz and glitch. It's a real eclectic electronic mix but with a lot of sensibilities hidden in there. It really does deserve a few listens.

Tracklisting:

1. Melsima (with Millie)
2. Gloom (with Millie)
3. Ambient Drum
4. Squash
5. Interlude
6. Mellow Squares pt.2
7. SeaJive
8. Gaia


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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Paul Hartnoll feat. Robert Smith - Please (The Remixes) (2007)

My all things Orbital obsession continues. Forgot I had this white label from a few years ago. Features The Cure front man Robert Smith on vocals. I remember the reviews of this a few years ago, most didn't like it but it's not that bad really. A couple of more dance friendly remixes on the B side but the Paul Hartnoll 'Remember 1992?' remix, as the title suggest, is the one that takes it back to the Orbital rave days.

Tracklisting:

1. Please (Remember 1992?) (Paul Hartnoll Mix) 5:45
2. Please (The Whip Remix) 5:37
3. Please (Boss Boss Remix)


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LCD Soundsystem - All My Friends (2007)

One of those tunes that popped up randomly the other day through what I reckon is probably the greatest music discovery tool of the past 100 years, the humble 'shuffle'. I forgot how great the Franz Ferninand version is. I've never gone out my way for FF and it's kind of ironic that the tune I like of theirs most isn't theirs. Love the original too, and I see we can expect a new album from James Murphy & co. early 2010.

Tracklisting:

1. All My Friends (Edit)
2. All My Friends (Franz Ferdinand Version)
3. Freak Out/Starry Eyes


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Burial - Ghost Hardware (2007)

Good to be back people. Was telling Nolan over at Castles in Space that I'm currently in between jobs and have a little more time to listen to music and pay some much needed attention to this blog. I never promised consistency but rest assured I'll keep doing my best.

Now for the next post: Probably the first dupstep vinyl I ever bought (I think) after hearing the 'South London Boroughs' EP back in 2005. The 4th release on Hyperdub Records and still one of my favourite Burial tunes. Still love this guys sound and am eagerly awaiting a new album.

Tracklisting:

1. Ghost Hardware
2. Shutta
3. Exit Woundz


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Friday, November 6, 2009

Laurie Anderson - O Superman (1982)

I remember seeing the video for this tune when I was around 11 or so. It was quite disturbing, so was her video for the awesome tune 'Sharkey's Day'. It seems it's one of those tunes that has always been there, a beacon for electronic music of sorts. I've heard a number of remixes, in various styles but nothing comes close to the original in my opinion. I've got a ton of Laurie Anderson records here, so if there's an appetitie for the avant-garde just raise your hands and I'll put more up.

Tracklisting:

1. O Superman
2. Walk The Dog




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The Emperor Machine - Space Beyond The Egg (2009)

I was put onto The Emperor Machine a few months back. Now this is the 3rd album but the first I've listened to. Turns out the guy behind it all is Staffordshire-based Andy Meecham, the guy behind the early 90's rave act Bizarre Inc and more recently house production outfit Chicken Lips. This though is all about vintage analogue synthesizers, reminds me a lot in parts of John Carpenter's style in Escape from New York or more recently Frenchman Principle of Geometry. It really has started to grow on me, particularly in the last few days. Perhaps it's just a phase?

Tracklisting:

1. The Frontist
2. Kananana
3. Lana Laila
4. Silver Cape
5. Hairy Knuckle
6. You Clapper
7. Space Age Pop
8. Wet Seven
9. Dave Gent
10. What's In The Box?
11. Snatch Shot
12. What You Want
13. Not None


Download @320kbps

Nick Warren - Global Underground #028: Shanghai (2005)

Taken from the 2005 Global Underground compilation mixed by Nick Warren, half of Way Out West. Spread over 3 x 12 inches this includes 6 selected tracks, unmixed and ranging from the expected progressive house to breaks, all delivered in a melodic style. All good.

Tracklisting:

1. Way Out West - Don't Forget Me (Way Out West's Clifton High Instrumental Mix)
2. Tini Tun - Over It
3. Morozov - Fly Guitar (Astero Breaks Remix)
4. Blendbrank - Synthetic Symphony
5. Murat Uncuoglu - Flame
6. Derek Howell - Your Touch


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Sasha / Emerson - Scorchio (2000)

One of Sasha's shining moments, or more likely the influence of Charlie May on production combining with the wonderful and quite distinctive sound of Darren Emerson. Right about the time when progressive house starting disappearing up its own ass thanks to Bedrock.

Tracklisting:

1. Scorchio (Full Length Version)
2. Scorchio (Emerson's Late Night Dub)


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Nalin & Kane - Vol. III (1996)

The original release of Beachball from 1996. I'll apologise for the condition of the record now, it's not the best due to late night neglect throughout my 20's. It's quite the authentic vinyl experience, get through that and you'll be transported back to the summer of 96. The flip side is still a percussive monster, shit, it's never sounded so good to be honest.

Tracklisting:

1. Beachball
2. Uncle Aka


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Rui Da Silva feat. Cassandra - Touch Me (2000)

It's coming into summer time down these parts and I've decided to dust off a few house classics this afternoon and mix things up a bit.

Can't believe this tune is 9 years old, had mild commercial success but the B side Peace Division remix is still a great example of the way deep house should be made.

Tracklisting:

1. Touch Me (Original 12" Mix)
2. Touch Me (Peace Division Mix)


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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Shackleton - 3 EPs (2009)

This guy has got be hooked at the moment and this album has been on constant rotation for the last week, in particular "Mountains Of Ashes". You need this in your life:

From Last.fm:

Co-ran Skull Disco with Appleblim. Shackleton’s unconventional take on big basslines and complex beats doesn’t fit into easy categories and that’s how it’s going to stay. Shackleton has been carving out his own brand of eclecticism on Skull Disco releases so far with intricate, snaking percussion, hypnotic melodies, seriously deep bass lines and dubwise sensibilities.

Tracklisting:

1. (No More) Negative Thoughts
2. Let Go
3. It's Time For Love
4. Mountains Of Ashes
5. There's A Slow Train Coming
6. Moon Over Joseph's Burial
7. Asha In The Tabernacle
8. Trembling Leaf
9. Something Has Got To Give


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Röyksopp - This Must Be It (2009)

A silly amount of remixes really, it's not as if you're going to sit down and listen to all of them in one go. Of course it's the Apparat remix for me. But there's a real broad range of styles going on here, and it's probably best for you all to decide for yourself. What I will say is that this is a better single release than their last efforts "Happy Up Here'. All is starting to be redeemed for Röyksopp. Enjoy.

Tracklisting:

1. This Must Be It (Album Version)
2. This Must Be It (Thin White Duke Remix)
3. This Must Be It (Apparat Remix)
4. This Must Be It (Rex The Dog Remix)
5. This Must Be It (TBS Remix)
6. This Must Be It (Maxime Dangles Remix)
7. This Must Be It (Moguai Remix)
8. This Must Be It (Danton Eeprom Remix)
9. This Must Be It (Pete Herbert Remix)
10. This Must Be It (Lethmojoe Remix)
11. This Must Be It (Florian Meindl Remix)


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