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16 12 2009

    Abe Duque – Don’t Be So Mean

the singles Let’s Take It Back and Following My Heart really helped revitalize my love for house and techno this fall and i was delighted to hear the ground that Duque covers on the LP.. from acid to ambient and with much flexibility along the way. and as much as Don’t Be So Mean is a great listen all the way through, this track continues to hold anthem status..

DOWNLOAD Abe Duque and Blake Baxter – Let’s Take It Back (link removed by request)
VISIT abeduque.net/ and myspace.com/abeduque
BUY at Beatport.

    Bibio – Ambivalence Avenue

Bibio is often compared to Warp Records label-mates Boards of Canada, and though i recognize the shared aesthetic, i do think they are really quite different. this is the porch-sitting music of the future.. but it is so much more than that too. Bibio is a strength of music that is both honest and unclassifiable..

DOWNLOAD Bibio – Lovers Carvings
VISIT myspace.com/mrbibio
BUY Ambivalence Avenue at Bleep.

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    Clark – Totems Flare

still one of the cuttingest edges in the Warp catalog, Clark’s crisp production and deep driving layers reach new dimensions on this record.. if we were somehow able to harness the power of his music all of the world’s energy problems would be solved.

DOWNLOAD Clark – Look Into The Heart Now
VISIT myspace.com/throttleclark
BUY Totems Flare at Bleep.

    Gui Boratto – Take My Breath Away

if this list was numbered rather than alphabetical, Take My Breath Away would undeniably hold the #1 spot for me in the past year.
groovy techno to keep you bouncing.
keep bouncing.

DOWNLOAD Gui Boratto – Eggplant
VISIT guiboratto.com.br/ and myspace.com/guiboratto
BUY Take My Breath Away at Beatport.

    Harmonic 313 – When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

i have heard Harmonic 313 classified as UK Bass, and though the record has elements of hip hop, 8-bit, dubstep, and more, i think that UK Bass says it most precisely; and probably Harmonic 313 says UK Bass most precisely as well.. this shit is REAL heavy, and totally fun, and really gets inside your head and body like nothing else i’ve yet encountered..

DOWNLOAD Harmonic 313 – Cyclotron
VISIT harmonic313.com/ and myspace.com/officialmarkpritchard
BUY When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence at Bleep.

    Little Dragon – Machine Dreams

fresh grooves from Little Dragon were a highlight for me last summer, and i love the ways the band grew leading up to this record. regrettably i missed them on tour through Toronto last fall; i think that the energy of their performance would be palpable.

DOWNLOAD Little Dragon – Looking Glass
VISIT little-dragon.se/ and myspace.com/yourlittledragon
BUY Machine Dreams from Boomkat.

    M. Ward – Hold Time

every M. Ward record is a new masterpiece with a musical awareness that truly sets him apart from any other.
nowhere else does classical guitar training, rock n roll sensibilities, and a folk feeling come together with such smooth elegant sorcery.
look for Volume 2 from She & Him in the spring.
in the meantime pick up Hold Time, play, listen, and repeat.

DOWNLOAD M. Ward – One Hundred Million Years
VISIT mwardmusic.com/ and myspace.com/mward
BUY Hold Time from Blue Collar Distro.

    Matias Aguaya – AY AY AY

having been a fan of Closer Musik and Aguayo’s earlier solo release Are You Really Lost i had my mind blown out by his single Walter Neff, released about a year ago now. i was keen to hear a full album of this new work and cannot get enough of this stuff.. thematically it is a total departure from the moody techno he produced in the past; instead it is playful, joyful, vocally driven, and sure to get you moving.

DOWNLOAD Matias Aguayo – Rollerskate
VISIT kompakt.fm/artists/matias_aguayo
BUY at Beatport.

    Moderat – Moderat

Modeselektor + Apparat = Moderat.

DOWNLOAD Moderat – Seamonkey
VISIT moderat.fm/ and myspace.com/moderat
BUY at Beatport.


SCSI-9 ~ Eclair de Lune

29 11 2009

this track actually goes back to the 2006 Kompakt Records release The Line Of Nine. all the same, the record is new to me this week and this one is my current theme song. sweet sweet.

DOWNLOAD SCSI-9 ~ Eclair de Lune

VISIT scsi-9.com/ and myspace.com/scsi9

BUY The Line Of Nine at Beatport.

Zander VT ~ Dig Your Own Rave

22 11 2009

bpcanother label celebrating a 10th anniversary this Fall is Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control in Germany. BPC releases records by several powerhouse producers but Zander VT is new to me, thanks to the 10 Years sampler that has been in heavy rotation the last couple of weeks. there’s something very old school house about this which is highly appealing to me lately..

DOWNLOAD Zander VT ~ Dig Your Own Rave (Removed by request.)

VISIT bpitchcontrol.de/ and myspace.com/zandervt

BUY V/A 10 Years Of BPitch Control at Amazon.

Jake Fairley ~ Shapes

16 11 2009

10 years senderGerman label Sender marked their tenth anniversary a few weeks back with the release of a killer compilation from beginning to end. in fact it is one of only two releases i have been listening to since just before Halloween. (more on the other of them soon.)

i thought that Jake Fairley, like several other DJs and producers from back-in-the-day, had moved to Germany to plant roots in more fertile ground, but i may have been mistaken.. he might still be in Toronto. i’m curious about this, so if anybody knows one way or the other, drop a note in comments.

Shapes is on full automatic repeat and KILLING ME the last couple of days. the oscillator! the beat! the click! the claps! the pads! the bass! and that triple reverb dipped bit near the end? if i look up techno in the dictionary right now i’m pretty sure that this track is pictured. regardless of location roots are planted and growing and blossom thus..

DOWNLOAD Jake Fairley ~ Shapes

VISIT jakefairley.com/ and myspace.com/jakefairley and sender-records.de

BUY V/A ~ 10 Years Sender at Beatport.

Swayzak ~ Mike Schmike

9 11 2009

reserieculturequick one as i have been altogether too busy to be blogging these days.. i can’t really find any information on their recent Re:Serieculture release so frankly i’m not even sure if it is legit. if it is, i so much enjoy what Swayzak is doing lately..

DOWNLOAD Swayzak ~ Mike Schmike

VISIT swayzak.com/ and myspace.com/swayzak

BUY Swayzak releases at Beatport.

Pierce Warnecke ~ Excision Of The Heart

21 10 2009

warneckethere are sythesizer delights to be found on Warnecke’s debut EP The Electronic Heart, released a couple of weeks ago now. this is music that sounds very deeply rooted in classic idm; warm melodies wrapped up in a tight bit of noise, you know? it’s good for you, like a colon cleanse for your ears, so get on this one.

DOWNLOAD Pierce Warnecke ~ Excision Of The Heart

VISIT myspace.com/piercewarnecke

BUY The Electronic Heart EP at Beatport.

Mochipet ~ Get Your Whistle Wet

12 10 2009

get your dub weti hadn’t heard of Mochipet til this remix showed up in my inbox but i like what i’ve heard and respect the collaborators he’s worked with, so definitely worth some coverage here. i also like the way this track straddles genres so it’s pretty hard to nail down despite its fierce groove..

DOWNLOAD Mochipet ~ Get Your Whistle Wet (DJ Sep & Jason Short Dub Mix Featuring DJ Collage)

VISIT myspace.com/mochipet

BUY the Get Your Dub Wet EP from the Daly City online store.