Thursday, February 18, 2016

Echo 8 - Mike Dehnert (Clone Basement Series)

Title: Echo 8
Artist: Mike Dehnert
Label: Clone Basement Series
Cat Number: CBS020
Genre: Techno

A1: Echo 8
A2: Wokabeat
B1: Meckwiki
B2: Say How

Clone Basement Series opened with Mike Dehnert’s Levon Vincent remixed ‘Umlaut2’, a much warmer, fuller piece than any of the compositions here. That’s not to say this quartet is in any way deficient, not way. Here Dehnert gets back to basics and throws everything, including the kitchen sink, at the dance floor, raising the bar for DJ tools as he does. This is basement music in a nutshell, each track outmaneuvering each other in an effort to hammer home the funk. ‘Echo 8’ is the only one here which doesn’t make use of some sort of disembodied vocal, preferring functiong, along with ‘Meckwicki’, on a crisper plane to the more dampened ‘Wokabeat’ and ‘Say How’.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Day Is Done

Two Stories – B12 (Delsin)
Vapeurs D’Equateur – Syracuse (Antinote)
The Idiot Track – Morgan Geist (Environ)
Wave Patterns – Fred P (Rex Club Music)
First Lucas –Yaleesha Hall/X Malin (Will & Ink)
Flynn’s Rhythm – Maxine & Cleo (Argot)
Slowcrash – Pametex (Frustrated Funk)
Potion No.4 – Tuff City Kids (Potion)
Mental Pressure – Prika (Pressure Trax)
Mimilikestodance – Merle (Stripped & Chewed)
Submission – Natan H (Taped Artifact)
Aftertouch – Slow Life (Slow Life)
A New Planet – Delta Funktionen (Shipwrec)
Tell Me Where – Joey Anderson (Dekmantel)
Tepco Cunts – Jean Nipon & The Magendie High School (L.I.E.S.)
Discrepancia – Retika (Nuestro Futuro)
High Jackin’ – Zigg Gonzales (Power House)
Enter Select Overwrite – Llewellyn (Kann)
Murked Off – Nick Araguay (Peur Bleu)

Monday, February 01, 2016

DJ Stingray

DJ Stingray - 29th January 2016 by Nts Radio on Mixcloud

History Of Gods EP - 30drop (30drop Records)

I decided to publish this on my blog, after it was pulled by Ibiza Voice. The artist and agent objected to the use of the stream on the IV site. The artist also wants to keep the fact that he lives in Barcelona secret, despite this information being freely available on his site.

Title: History Of Gods
Artist: 30drop
Label: 30drop Records
Cat Number: 30D-004
Genre: Techno

A1: Transversal Sight
A2: History of Gods
B1: History of Gods (Sterac Remix)
B2: Complex Entropy

‘History Of Gods’ wins the prize for the most grandiose song title I’ve come across so far this year hands down, but I know nothing about its creator 30drop. The label website is full of interesting context, not just for the music, but the overall artistic stance, incorporating his base, Barcelona, live performance and general label direction. So far so interesting, but does the music offer anything radically different?

Well, all three original tracks in this release lean very heavily on nineties Jeff Mills, but do nothing really to update the sound. This is neither a bad thing, nor an original one; in any case 30drop makes no attempt to conceal the influence Detroit has had on him on his website and seems very much at one with his machines. Both ‘Transversal Sight’ and ‘History of Gods’ pulse along on varying frequencies crisply and confidently and have consummate power and depth. ‘Complex Entropy’ is the most obviously derivative piece here, but again it’s eloquently composed. On the other hand, Sterac’s remix feels undercooked, and isn’t as good as the original.

A solid release, but I feel there’s more to come from 30drop. I like the ideas promoted on his website, there seems to be a real passion which allows this release some room to manoeuver and keeps the overall concept from sliding into the realms of the bombastic.


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