Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Chez Damier - Can You Feel It (New York Dub) [Dessous Recordings Limited 002 Promo]

All those longing for classics are recommended to watch out for the forthcoming cat.no. 002 of Dessous Recordings Limited which brings back Chez Damier's 1992-released piece "Can You Feel It (New York Dub)" in a remastered version - a true blueprint of how ecstatic and uplifting House music can be whilst being far from cheesy. This is quality. On the flip Mr. Stefan Brügesch a.k.a. the man behind the name of Steve Bug comes up with two quality edits of the original cut named "Re-Mix" and "Re-Dub", terms that have been used like this in the early 90s when remixes were more like re-edits due to the - compared to now - simple state of technology and this is exactly what Steve Bug is doing with his treatments: a little bit of change here, a new hi-hat structure there, more bass on the drums and a few changes at some other points... Does not sound like he's doing much, but he's doing it with style and this is the most important point when one's playing around with pieces from the heydays of House. We can feel that.

Simon Garcia - Cavern EP [Poker Flat Recordings 126 Promo]

Upcoming via Poker Flat Recordings in February is Simon Garcia's "Cavern EP", a three track label debut that sets things straight for a bright future, a future that lies within the realms of deepest ClubTechno with a touch of House music driven by dark, ever pumping bassdrums and filtered stabs, a long route to go down and essential knowledge about what labels like Radikal Fear were about in the mid-1990's with their tool'ish, wild pitch friendly releases. All three tunes on this 12" seem to be a contemporary update of this attitude, they just keep rolling and rolling and rolling until the next track shows up in the mix, waiting for that one more element to drive the dancefloor crowd nuts. Essential tools for all the real DJs out there.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sandbenders - Retrogaming / White Frame - The Last Morning [Kreislauf 116 Promo]

More vinyl news are coming from the Kreislauf-imprint which are putting out their second 7" as cat.no. 116 these days, a split piece between Heidelberg-legend Sandbenders and White Frame. Whilst Sandbenders still - even more than a decade after his last release - sticks to his trademark sound consisting of dark and slightly twisted early TripHop-influenced rhythm patterns, a clean electronic feel and futurism White Frame delivers twisted darkness for advanced Dubstep-heads, reminiscing about the early releases on labels like Scuba when Dubstep still had a somehow tribalistic and ritual attitude. Limited to 100 copies and only available through a few selected stores. Don't miss.

11.02.2012 Phlexi.BRX @ Kulturhaus III & 70 / Hamburg

file under: NuSkool- / Bootleg- / ElectroBreakz

baze.djunkiii [Intrauterin Recordings]

doors: 11 PM

Kulturhaus III & 70 / Anbau
Schulterblatt 73
Hamburg / Schanze

Friday, January 27, 2012

Darkness Falls - Timeline [HFN Music 011 Promo]

Coming up next on the great HFN Music imprint is "Timeline", the next massive single taken off the recent Darkness Falls album "Alive In Us" which is about to please all those who love their Indie slow, tense, mysterious and dark'ish. Plus: the WitchHouse kids. Apart from the known original version, instrumental and the Trentemøller Dub it's Com Truise's remix that is sticking out most, keeping the vibe and the vocals but adding a thrilling bit that's more dancey and spaced out, somewhat Electronica-/Beatmaker-based but even able to keep a Dubstep-floor moving if the pitch adjust is going up slightly. Further remixes are provided by Pional who's on a dreamy techHouse tip and - digital only - Sunglitters. Will Darkness Falls ever provide a record that's less than great? I seriously doubt that.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Scerbas - I Have Some Questions EP [Super 6 Records 073.5]

Forthcoming via Super 6 Records is Scerbas label debut named "I Have Some Questions EP" which includes the original version of the title track, which is a thrilling piece of ClubTechno with an ever pumping attitude and a proggy touch, a faster and decently Acid flavored rework by label head Sascha Müller plus the bonus piece "Something Strange", musically on quite minimalistic TechHouse tip but with a sweet dreamy hook that makes this track a nice tool for early morning sessions.

Sascha Müller - Krankenhaus (MESSING) [SM Traxxx 018]

Sascha Müller unveals two more tracks in his ongoing "Krankenhaus" series these days with his latest release on SM Traxxx. Whilst the first one is a metallic not exactly trancey study of hookline modulations on top of fast galloping beats accompanied by sharp hi-hat structures, the second track comes up with mechanical, hard hitting bassdrums and cold, psychedelic, ever morphing sci-fi sounds as one to be appreciated by the Tribe Tekno posse out there although the tempo ain't that fast compared to your regular Tribe stuff.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Gunslingers And Greenhorns: Poker Flat Volume 9 [Poker Flat Recordings Promo]

Scheduled for February 27th is the new Poker Flat Recordings-compilation named "Gunslingers And Greenhorns: Poker Flat Volume 9", showcasing what has happened within the past months on this highly respected imprint and introducing the future with a few fresh names and exclusive tracks physically released as 2xCD and 2x12". Talking the CD version the first part features a bunch of 10 unmixed tracks including - finally! - a dub version of Adultnapper feat. Black Light Smoke's "Idiot Fair", a hyper-tense Lee Curtiss rework of James What's thrilling "It Feels Wrong" alongside exclusive tunes by Sebastien San, NRK-head Nick Harris and others, all underlining the slightly darker musical path that Poker Flat recently took. One more playful exception is Alland Byallo's "One Of The Ones" which is well to be filed under the flag of happier House. CD2 holds a 16 track DJ-mix provided by no one less than Mr. Steve Bug, starting out with at least four exclusive tracks in a row including Aeromaschine's melodious "Zeit" and a dark Chicago-flavored Acid workout named "Acid Shaking" by F.E.X. & Ron Costa, drifts off into dubby spheres with SHOW-B's "Time Comes" and generates a hypnotizing maelstrom somewhat in between Intelligent Techno and dancefloor thrill, sucking the consumers mind in and sending everyone into deeper space - a seductive journey with no return. This mix is essential.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Bondage Fairies - Bondage Fairies [Audiolith 126 Promo]

Put on the circuit via Hamburg's finest Audiolith Records is the third - and self-titled album - of Sweden's ElectroPunk/ 8bit-Indie legends Elvis Creep and Deus Deceptor a.k.a. Bondage Fairies which, apart from their massive anthem "1-0", includes nine additional tunes that surely prove an evolution in the bands sound. Although trashy 8bit-sounds are still to be found predominantly in every track the noise / distortion factor is lower than ever and replaced by a more accessible Indie feel and attitude, a sense for sing-a-long hooklines and stick-in-yer-ear lyrics that are about to please your regular dancefloor well but also satisfy those following Bondage Fairies from day dot. Great as ever. Two hits to check: "Aachen Von Essen" and "Star Signs".

Rendezvous - Another Round Please [Moot Records / Rough Trade Promo]

Scheduled for February 24th via Moot Records / Rough Trade is "Another Round Please", the newest long play release by the duo Rendezvous better known as Itai Simon and Hagai Itzenberg to their parents. Five years in the making and the production / studio skills of David Bascombe who already worked for big names like Tears For Fears, Depeche Mode and Kylie Minogue took Rendezvous further down their very own musical road which is plastered with epic synth lines, live sounding BigBeat-structures and other instruments. And all this stuff is not only live sounding but partly even played live, bringing the good old days of so-called KrautRock / KrautWave / Cosmic to mind - check: "Blues In Space" - as well as early The Crystal Method productions and classic crime / spy movie scores. And that's the reason why "Another Round Please" will appeal to a broad mass of followers and fans - it holds a bit of everything, loads of elements people can relate to without becoming arbitrary at any point, a fact that is well proved by 20+k fans on facebook and 1+ million hits on youtube for their "album in the making" documentary series alone. If you love electronic music of any kind you are well recommended to check this out.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

No More - Sisyphus [Rent A Dog Promo]

Scheduled for march 2012 is "Sisyphus", the fourth official full-length studio album of the legendary No More which are about to please old and new fans with a broad variety of sounds starting from the DarkWave- / Goth-driven "All Is Well" progressing to the deep, hypnotic title song "Sisyphus", the KrautWave-flavored "Leaving Berlin", the instrumental excursion "Gritty Existence" and beyond. Influences of dark TripHop can be found here, as well as pieces of PostPunk, machine sounds, intimate moments and - surprise! - lonesome Theremin-flavored Country as provided in "The Grey". These seem to be a whole lot of styles indeed to be squeezed on one album within 13 tracks but No More happen to succeed where other less experienced bands might have failed - "Sisyphus" is an album that really makes sense from the first to the last tone, representing the musical abilities of No More to the fullest without being afraid of taking a risk, an album that's way more than a collection of songs and defo one that's able to grow. Nice!

Wolfgang Raspe - The Vaio Trax Volume One [Super 6 Records 073]

Forthcoming on Super 6 Records is Wolfgang Raspe's latest album release named "The Vaio Trax Volume One", an eight track piece exploring a musical world full of positive energy and joy which is built of Intelligent Trance and deep Detroit influences, an ever floating universe of string arrangements, bubbling basslines and pulsating beats for special early morning moments and sweet closing sets, pleasing the last 20 or 50 people on the floor, hypnotized, ecstatic and not willing to leave before the last tone faded away. Good one.

Friday, January 20, 2012

Martin Landsky - The Composer [Poker Flat Recordings 125 Promo]

Just released today via Poker Flat Recordings as their cat.no. 125 is Martin Landsky's highly addictive tune "The Composer" which is built around a darkish vocal sample saying "The Composer Is Dead", a sweet, techy and ever modulating hook and a seductive bassline which - especially talking the epic mid-tune break here - is surely able to set any dancefloor on fire within seconds if it's filled with true House music headz. Finnish producer Sasse is on remix duties when it comes to the flipside, transferring the tune into a more minimalistic area, keeping the House vibe alive but adding a cold, futuristic feel, a gnarly, acidic bassline and some desparate 'troity synth arrangements to his rework, making the break sound quite tense and frightening. Is this technoid HorrorHouse? No matter what, we do like.

Frittenbude - Einfach Nicht Leicht

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Cyberchump - Their Moment Of Perfect Happiness [Internal Combustion]

Our statewise friends named Cyberchump a.k.a. Mark GE and Jim Skeel have done it again and released a new album named "Their Moment Of Perfect Happiness" via their very own Internal Combustion-imprint. Well, not an album exactly but a double album - that means two full hours to be spent in your personal armchair listening to deep, slightly playful Ambient, some decent partly Dub-influenced Downbeats and other warm and embracing musical wizzardry that makes you feel at home like a baby feels at home in its mothers womb. As you can guess from this description - we do like "Their Moment Of Perfect Happiness", not only for being classy but for fusing floating classic Ambient with some live elements which hasn't been done for quite a while now. Provide a copy to Ambient gods like Mixmaster Morris and I'll be they'll playing tunes like "Interstellar Dub Station Freakout" forever. Fully recommended!

This one's hard to get in Germany so take your chance to grab a copy via Hamburgs Otaku Records...

Caligola - Sting Of Battle [Musica De La Santa Promo]

A new 7" to watch out for, at least if you're loving your Vintage / Downtempo / Dope Beatz right, is Caligola's latest release "Sting Of Battle" put on the circuit via Musica De La Santa these days. What starts off seemingly to be a slightly Dub-influenced SlowHouse-piece turns into a sweet, dope and classy piece for intimate dancefloors quickly fusing anthemic or at least stuck-in-yer-ear vocals, vintage horn sections and a deep, timeless overall feel with a bit of Pop and an unbeatable, seductive groove. If street sound systems these days would play as diverse as they did in the days of the Wild Bunch this one surely would be blown through their rigs for ages. Plus: If you're not up for vocals anyway there's an instrumental version to be found on the flip.

Friday, January 13, 2012

Troublekid - The Day We Learn To Fly [SuperKamiokandeDetektor 006 Promo]

Next to be released via SuperKamiokandeDetektor is the new Troublekid album named "The Day We Learn To Fly" which is scheduled for February 3rd and especially recommended to those up for some straightforward but still melodic and shout-a-long PunkRock, a few cans of beer, a fucked up ghetto blaster and quite a good time w/ some friends. And a bit of heartache. At least this is the essence of what "The Day We Learn To Fly" is all about and that's why the kids - and not only the kids - will put this one on repeat and heavy rotation in summer 2012.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Pleased To Meet U - Ausgang Mexiko [Major Label Promo]

Scheduled for january 20th via Major Label is "Ausgang Mexiko", the second full length release by the Cologne-based band outfit Pleased To Meet U and what they serve is not the easiest hit stuff for your local Indie dancefloor. They're angry, they're noisy, they're german, they've street cred, they're influenced by Punk and PostPunk and it's obvious that there are one or two MathCore records to be found in their collection. Bands like Fehlfarben come to mind, somehow and referring only to their newer output, the german "vorstadt" as well, a bit of teenage angst and cold war paranoia although this war is over for long now. Productionwise Pleased To Meet U are neither slick nor streamlined but straightforward and straight in yer face and they're not looking forward to take prisoners coze life's too short for things like that. Is there a school of Cologne now like there was a "Hamburger Schule" years ago? One track to check and maybe the most likely hit to be: "Einkauf"

Ricardo Redivo - Shaft [Addicted To Trance 013 Promo]

On the circuit now via Addicted To Trance is the labels cat.no. 013, "Shaft" by long-time Trance aficionado Ricardo Redivo which serves a massive melodious banger with his original version - epic, slightly dreamy but neither cheap nor kitschy like many of todays productions. "Shaft" is about to be appreciated by many recent Trance heads as well as by oldskoolers as many classic elements and structures are to be found here without sounding dated by any means. An additional remix is served by Mark Miguel who stretches the whole tune up to 9+ minutes and warps the whole thing into a deeper level with an ever rolling bassline, decent build-ups and an overall feel perfectly fitting amongst classics from the first wave of Trance that washed the planet somewhen in the early to mid-90s. Sweet.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

baze.djunkiii Charts 01/2012

01. Ghettoteknitianz E.P. [Planet µ 315]
Honestly I haven't been the biggest fan of Juke / Footwork so far 'coze I've been appreciating the sound of original GhettoTech / GhettoBass for a long time now and couldn't do much with its recent, more abstract and syncopated offspring so far. Until now, 'coze these six tunes provided by DJ Rashad, Gant-Man, DJ Earl, Traxman, DJ Manny and DJ Spinn combine the best of both worlds, the straightforward GhettoTech, the twisted Juke / Footwork style and a feel that hasn't been felt since the early days of Jungle. Loads of samples in here as well plus melodies made to touch your heart and make you cry. If that's the future I'm fully down with it. Great!

02. Tiger Stripes - Glorified [Audiomatique Recordings 047 Promo]
See review for details...

03. Oak - Otaku [Space Cadets 002]
Electronica or extremely sophisticated so-called Minimal Drum'n'Bass? That's the basic question when it comes to the second release on the great Space Cadets imprint named "Otaku" which is deep as fuck, thrilling and able to move advanced dancefloors without to use even one single snare drum. Hyper-abstraction for those who know, remixed by ASC on the flip.

04. David Lynch - Crazy Clown Time [Sunday Best Recordings]
This is the dark shit. David Lynch serves an album, his official solo debut although he's been involved in several musical projects before, that is as twisted, foggy and clouded as his cinematic work. From Wave to PostPunk to alienated DesertRock to Shoegaze and back, sparse instrumentation and loads of loneliness, some electronic influences glittering through but still this is autumnal and meant to be consumed whilst driving and driving for millions of miles on lost highways without experiencing any signs of civilization. Not good if you're suffering from depression or suicidal tendencies. Good if you're suffering from the same. Check: "Noah's Ark" and "Football Game". Highly addictive.

05. Little Brutal Rave Bastards Series Vol. 5 [LBRB5 Promo]
See review for details...

06. Audiolith presents Stiff Little Spinners [Audiolith Promo]
See review for details...

07. Sascha Müller - Pounder [Super 6 Records Promo]
See review for details...

08. DJ Pablishhh! - The Plates *Remixes [Technoid Records Promo]
See review for details...

09. Vincenzo - Whereever I Lay My Head *Remixes [Dessous Recordings 107 Promo]
See review for details...

10. Human Woman - Delusional [HFN Music 010 Promo]
See review for details...