Archive for the ‘solomun’ Category
LCD Soundsystem, “Sound of Silver” (C2 Remix Rev. 3) [DFA/EMI] (buy)
Whereas Carl Craig has been techno royalty for many years, it’s only within the last year or so that he’s broken into the indie-dance consciousness. It helps that remixes for the Junior Boys, Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom and now LCD Soundsystem have ranked among his best work in the same time period. On “Sound of Silver,” Craig cheerfully and deservedly discards all but the vocals and builds a roiling synth monster to breath melodic fire upon the dancers. With the vocal stutters of “Like A Child” and the drawn out construction of his Kevin Saunderson and Siobhan Donaghy remixes, it’s not a hugely surprising redux, but it’s just as effective. Expect to hear this caned in parties where pajama print hoodies and tight, sleeveless shirts share the dance floor. Maybe they’ll even bond over some E!
Michael Jackson, “Thriller” (OOFT Music Phazed Edit) [Five20East] (buy)
The always generous Five20East sent me their new release, L.E.S.S. Productions’ Forever In Their Death, which features new work from Harri, The Revenge, the Alessi Brothers, and OOFT Music, including this edit of “Thriller.” In case you were in need of a great track for that Halloween party you’re DJing, this is it: looping the Quincy Jones and Rod Temperton’s sinuous core groove throughout the track’s extended length (with an extra “woo-hoo” for good measure), OOFT preserve the track’s forward motion and make it friendlier for DJs to mix. Download it while you can. Keep your eyes on Five20East for forthcoming material from Harri & the Revenge, who put together the stellar “Tunar Tune” earlier this year.
Solomun, “Samba” [Dessous Recordings] (buy)
It seems fitting to write about Solomun’s new single in the same post as C2′s LCD remix, as they both employ the same understated method of constructing their tracks. More minimally-inclined than “Jungle River Cruise” for liebe*detail or his work with Stimming, “Samba” (for Steve Bug’s deep imprint, Dessous Recordings) is all about ostinato and legato progressions bouncing happily atop sustained tones. It might take a few spins for this one to sink in, as the real action showing up in the second half of the 10 minute song, and even then, there’s not much of it. Though it’s nothing close to a samba, this reserved production could raise heart rates a few BPM without so much as batting a lash if deployed effectively.
Lots of talk about “Feuervogel,” the new hit track from Solomun & Stimming on Diynamic Music. The whole single is rather stunning, in a carefully considered and ornate manner which has really given anthems their crowns over the last year or so (see: “Mouth to Mouth,” “Rej,” etc). Perhaps more than the single itself I’m amazed how quickly the dance blog scene picked up on this track and universally stamped it approved (or at least within the blogs I’ve seen discussing it). Are we all on the same wave length or is this song just waiting for this critical embrace? In this case, I’d wager it’s a bit of columns A and B.
The Viewers, “Blank Images” (Lazy Fat People remix) [Audiomatique Recordings]
Andomat3000 & Jan, “L Delay” [Cadenza]
Len Faki, “Die Rumpelkammer” [Podium]
Patrick Pulsinger, “Try to Do!” [Compost Records]
All the ambitious steam I had built up in anticipation of putting fingers on keys and clicking out a review was dissipated by a meal that turned my stomach. At least I enjoyed the meal; hard to beat pizza and New Castle on a budget, 30 minutes and zero desire to cook. Why do today what can be done tomorrow? Because I wanted it done tonight!