Tuesday, August 29, 2006
Went to see Carl Craig last night at The Soul Tree and very good it was too. I'm having trouble recalling specific details though, but I can confirm that, amongst other tunes, he did play "Strings of Life" or something that sounded like it anyway. I think he edited it live. "Quelle surprise" I hear you say, but his set wasn't quite as predictable as I'm making out. It was a good night, but not quite as well attended as Derrick May last Mayday bank holiday. Mr Craig used Ableton and CDJs, not laying his hand on one piece of vinyl. Thanks to Jim Masters and Largo for bringing him here and for supporting him well.
Had a text off the mad Irishman this morning proclaiming "This is the real deal." Anxious to find out more, I hastily called him to discover that he was lost in a k-hole in the T-Bar in Shoreditch having just heard Matt Styles play a set and starting to appreciate Jamie Jones, whose style he described as "homosexual Terry Francis," or something similar. I was astounded to get anything coherent out of him at all, although the conversation was typically one-way, something that he took pains to advise me of. It was both illuminating and vitriolic. "Faith" got a coating for their treatment of those privileged enough to be on the guest list, as well as pulling Damian Lazarus off the decks thirty minutes early in order to end the night with some "classics." Music these days needs edge, it's boring otherwise. We want it deep, scary and full to the medulla with narcotics. Happiness, who gives a toss? If I want to be happy I'll get my Ballimorey dvd out. I want to be scared shitless while I'm dancing. I see a new genre emerging where electro and minimalism combine to great effect to create something not unlike the "darkcore" mentality that used to be prevalent in drum and bass. The scene needs its "Mr Kirk's Nightmare." Who's going to come up with it?
Here's the playlist from last Saturday's (26/8/06) Machines Are Funky:
Science Fiction (Paperclip People edit) - Carl Craig (Blanco y Negro)
Livin' It Up - Ada (Areal)
Like You (Supermayer mix) - Gui Boratto (Kompakt)
Jonny Davies Interview Pt 1
Get Pony - Fuckpony (Get Physical)
Willie And The Hand Jive (Todd Terje re-kuff) - Rinder and Lewis (Full Pupp)
Just A Woman - Audion/Ellen Allien (Spectral)
Loose Lips Sync Ships - Audiofly and Scarlett Etienne (Kickboxer)
Rekorder 6.1 (Rekorder)
Man In A Box (Chardronnet remix) - Cosmic Sandwich (MBF)
Jonny Davies Interview Pt 2
Jonny Davies Live Set (30 minutes approx)
(No tracklist but the last track is called "Oliver's Twisted")
The Equalizer (Morgan Geist Graphic mix) - Junior Boys (Domino)
My Nightlight (Dapayk remix) - Alland Byallo (Nightlight)
Newbe (Heartthrob's Are You Gay? remix) - Dario Zenker (Esperanza)
Ravers Suck Our Sound (Carl Craig remix) - La Funk Mob (Mo' Wax)
These are not exactly new, but they are a true representation of what I've been playing recently.
A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever - Technasia (Technasia):
Detroit via France and Hong Kong. Euphoric excellence.
Dump Truck - Cobblestone Jazz (Wagon Repair):
Matthew Jonson continues to impress. Just when you thought there might be something he can't turn his hand to, he goes out and makes hypnotic techno with live instruments. Bleepy and evocative.
Street Knowledge - Tobias (Logistic):
Veteran of a thousand mix cds. This track has popped up everywhere recently. Simple driving techno with a cliched vocal sample that does exactly what it says on the tin to devastating effect.
Rekorder 6 (Rekorder):
Rekorder are purveyors of disturbed, stark minimal electro. If you like it, you'll buy it. The man from his k-hole, he say "yes!"
Crazy (Paradise edit) - Rude Hagelstein (Less):
This has been out for a year or so, but I've only recently found out what it is. First heard it as the opening track off an Ivan Smagghe live set from October '05. Vocals are used to good effect to cause fear in the heart of the listener. This is the type of stuff they play to you in purgatory when they're pretending to be "nice."
My Nightlight (Dapayk remix) - Alland Byallo (Nightlight): Remix of a track that first surfaced a couple of years ago. Dapayk is the master of sleaze.
Mandolina (Robert Babicz remix) - Felix Houzer (Out Of Orbit):
Every set needs a few spinal columns to support its more outlandish extravagances. This is one good set of vertebrae.
Far Away (Jennifer Cardini and Shonky remix) - Mlle Caro and Frank Garcia (Crosstown Rebels):
One step beyond the previous track mentioned. Space is the place as far as this production is concerned. It's as interesting for what happens between the beats as the music itself.
Newbe (Heartthrobs Are You Gay? remix) - Dario Zenker (Esperanza):
God knows why the remix is called what it is. What am I supposed to be thinking of when I listen to this track, muscle marys in chaps with their arses showing? I hope not. It reminds me of a gang of frogs on a tightrope actually, and it's ace.
Oliver's Twisted - Jonny Davies (to be released on Pacemaker): Support your local talent alert. Jonny's come quite far in a short amount of time and will only get better. This is the only track by him that has a name at the moment, so it gets an honorary inclusion.
Mix CD of the Month:
Fliederlieder - Tobi Neumann (Cocoon):
In an already over saturated market this mix shows control, purpose and thought. Have yet to hear Magda's, and I've heard that Cassy's is excellent. But Tobi rules for the moment.