Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Easter Mix and Detritus & Jamie Jones, Robert Babicz Words

The last of the chocolate museum photos. Funny how they look just like my kids and their mates . . .

This week's show featured a Dave Kelso showcase, as well as a running interview with Dave throughout the show:

Puritan Fist – Two Lone Swordsmen (Rotters Golf Club)
I'll Lick Your Spine (Repeat Repeat mix) – Let's Go Outside (Pnuma)
Milo's Groove – Robert Babicz (Systematic)
Mouth to Mouth (Whorenando's Couch to Couch mix by Konrad Black Edit) – Audion (Spectral)
U Are Like Sunray – Davide Squillace (CMYK)
Hi Tech Dreams – UR (Submerge)
Thujon – Daso (Connaisseur)
Aura – Motorcitysoul (Stir15)
Boul de Gum – David K (Freak n' Chic)
Boney M Down – Lindstrom (Eskimo)

Dave Kelso:

Matt Lowe's a Soldier
Absences Doesn't . . .
Chris Jones is a Soldier

Extrapezlo – Alex Under (Trapez)
Long Green – Brett Longman (Clever)

I'm getting sent a bit of stuff these days, so I think it's time to open a reviews column. I've reviewed stuff on this blog in the past, and I've got links to the reviews section of Resident Advisor on the right of this page, but now I plan to stick stuff on this page regularly. So here we go . . .

Get Lost 2
Jamie Jones
(Crosstown Rebels)

Rising star of the London techno underground, Jamie Jones, whose main claim to fame up to now is having been behind Freak n' Chic's biggest seller "Amazon," steps behind the decks to show us what he's made of. Anyone expecting a mix in the vein of label head Damien Lazarus will be surprised, as Jamie forsakes the full-on for a deeper, more introspective groove. A friend of mine, who will remain nameless, once described the experience of listening to a Jamie Jones set similar to hearing "a homosexual Terry Francis," and it's not surprising why. I can only assume that the 'homosexual" was mentioned due to the depth and warmth of Jone's sets (don't know what I'm getting at here, to be honest), and having heard Terry spin on many an occasion, I can definitely understand the comparison.

Anyway I digress. This cd weighs in at sixteen tracks, five of which come from the Rebels stable, one is a forthcoming release from Jones himself, "Panama City," whilst others come from producers on fire, (and Jones favourites) Jennifer Cardini and Shonky, the perennial Dennis Ferrer, sometimes Seasons artist Franck Rodger and Larry Heard (feat. Mr White). These deeper tracks nestle comfortably together with the more jacking fare of Jeremy Caulfield and Sebbo (it's when these tracks meet that the mix peaks) while another Jones staple, Plasmik contributes another future Rebels track, as well as a Ripperton remix.

Minor quibbles aside (the inclusion of five Rebels tracks, a piece of strategic product placement?), this is a good mix that is more than the sum of it's parts. It's not going to set the world on fire, but in these days of instant gratification it's good to hear something that demands a bit more patience from it's intended audience, patience which is ultimately rewarded.

A Cheerful Temper
Robert Babicz

Acid house/techno veteran Robert Babicz comes up with the goods for Marc Romboy's on form Systematic label. This is an unashamed club trax album that both moves and evokes. It's fair to say that this music has a frozen, epic feel to it that could only have been produced in a European environment but what makes it stand out is Babicz's experience in production, which gives this collection a head start in the sound quality department.

There's also a range of moods evident in the compositions that is rare in this format. The album is well programmed and the different pieces add and subtract from one another on a variety of levels. Not just in keeping up a momentum that alleviates any boredom, but also in subtly varying the dynamics and the underlying perspective from track to track. "Warsaw" jumps out of the mix, and appears three dimensional compared to "Neoreplicator" which comes before. "Imperial Star" is an updated version of Robert's massive club hit from 2005 "Battle Star" (Punkt), and is more restrained and linear than it's predecessor.

All in all this is a strong album that preserves the essence of the dark, sweaty dancefloor with only a single strobe for company. It's as sophisticated as club music production gets, and that's not because of the compositions themselves, all of which are strong, but due to the care and attention to detail implicit throughout.

And finally I thought I'd get my act together and do a mix. Download it here . . .

Here's a tracklisting.

Intro: Sleep Characteristics
The Siren (Jahcoozi's Marc Jacobs Handbag remix) – Unknownmix (Playhouse)
Kungstradgarden – The Persuader (Svek)
Galaxy 82 – Makossa and Megablast (Gstone)
State of Mind – Motorcitysoul (Lo-Fi Stereo)
Magic – Harry Axt (Grand Petrol)
Save Me – Marc Antona (Micro Fibres)
Zapped – Johnny Fiasco (Cajual)
My Definition – The Martinez Brothers (Objektivity)
Species – Redshape (Present)
Gravelifter – Foremost Poets (Soundmen on Wax)
Meteor Im Eis (Guido Schneider remix) – Tom Clarke (Highgrade)
Violet – Nick Hoppner (Ostgut Ton)
When the Funk Hits the Fan (Mood ll Swing When the Dub Hits the Fan) – Sylk 130 (Ovum)
Dopamin – Robag Wruhme als Ralf Olsen (Freude am Tanzen)
Hi Tech Dreams – Underground Resistance (Submerge)

Done with two Technics 1210s, two Pioneer CDJ 200s, and an Allen and Heath Xone:32 on Easter Sunday 2007 at Chateau Corey inna Babraham. The first of a monthly cut out and keep series.

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