Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Parts in the post, pt. 30

Jussi Pekka's "The Dead Serious E.P." is 006 on his very own imprint Frozen North Recordings. Once again our man from Finland delivers highly functional, thrilling minimalism and comes up with a hypnotic tool that already sets dancefloors on fire and received great response from many key DJ's. On the flip there's two version of JP's "Rave Texno" to be found. Frank Spatula's remix on B1 is one for the more advanced DJ's out there willing to take a risk as the bassdrums as well as the whole drum structure seems to be very raw and unprocessed at a quite low tempo accompanied by oldskool'ish vocoder and an ever transforming acidic synth line - useful for very intimate clubs and dancefloor packed with willing party animals, but I do not see this tune happen on big floors. The "Rave Texno" original picks up the spirit of "Dead Serious" and pays respect to pumpin' basslines used in House music like 10 or 12 years ago without sounding dated. Nice one.

Sono's new single "Whatever" is to be released on Pias Recordings soon, featuring remixes by Martinez, Motion 040 and Alexander Kowalski plus an Extended Version of the original track, which is kind of ElectroHouse-influenced stuff with male vocals on top. Not exactly the hottest shit around but functional and crowd pleasing. Martinez and Kowalski do a proper job on remix duties, but I can't get the point why Motion 040 where asked for one, too. Those guys are highly overrated these days although they deliver nothing but "The New School of Langeweile (Boredom)". To feature a Dub Mix leaving out the vocals parts of the original tune would've been a better decision.

Put on promo circuit these days is a prerelease whitelabel as teaser for the forthcoming compilation "Monsieur Gainsbourgh Revisited". A-side sees Gonzales, Feist & Dani working on "Boomerang 2005" inna Downtempo meets BrokenHouse meets HipHop-style, setting eclectic and well-educated floors on fire immediately while Portishead's rework of "Requiem For Anna" is on a more melancholia-driven homelistening tip featuring dark psychedelic guitars and Beth Gibbons characteristic vocals which always are touched by sadness, grief and despair. Don't we love Portishead for that?


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