January 8, 2008

Dominique Leone – Dominique Leone EP

There’s a number of songs worth taking out for a night on the town but few are worth waking up to. “Clairevoyage” fits the bill – even with a subtitle of “A Medley Performed By The 16th Rebels Of Mung” and credits that include a dude who nicknames himself “Strangefruit.” The best part of “Clairevoyage” isn’t the indulgence you’d expect with a group who are ready and willing to invoke the geeky concept of mung. The best moments are the ones that lead up to the song’s chipmunks-on-whippets coughing finale – the calm start of a metronome, the “doo doo doooo’s” that wiggle around the clap of the bass drums.

“Clairevoyage” should be anything but restrained. There’s no doubt in my mind that the talent involved – Lindstrom, Mongolian Jet Set, Dominique Leone, and a healthy list of others – spent many hours/weeks/months filling every second of the song to the brim of detail. And when I say restraint, it stems from the fact that I can’t tell if the track layers itself silly or winds itself into the tightest coil possible. But here’s where it doesn’t matter: both are the best way to soundtrack my morning. It’s perfect for my eight minutes and running for the bus to work. Even the dancefloor euphoria of the end, “sometimes it pays to keep your eyes closed” is just as functional as an extended dancefloor jam as it is a waking lullaby to get on with each day.

Feedelity / feed 012
[Nate DeYoung]

A brief interview with Dominique Leone follows. (more…)

January 2, 2008

Beatzcast #60: Crambe Repetita


Todd Burns presents a three hour mega-mix of electronic music from 2007…


Still Going – Still Going Theme
Chymera – Shadowdancer
Kollektiv Turmstrasse – Eskapade
Solumun and Stimming – Eiszauber
Petre Inspirescu – Galantar
Black Strobe – I’m a Man (Audion’s Donation Mix)
Roland Appel – Dark Soldier
Tiger Stripes – Survivor
Reshuffle – Hedonism
Stefan Goldmann – Lunatic Fringe
Fuckpony – Lady Judy
Philip Sherburne – Lumberjacking
Italoboyz – Viktor Casanova
Cortney Tidwell – Don’t Let Stars Keep Us Tangled Up (Ewan Pearson’s Objects in Space Remix)
Break SL – Flow
DJ Koze – Cicely
Shackleton – Blood on My Hands (Ricardo Villalobos’ Apocalypso Now Mix)
Kabale und Liebe – Mumbling Yeah
Marc Houle – Techno Vocals
Dusty Kid – Kore
The Martinez Brothers – My Rendition
Anja Schneider – Belize
Estroe – Driven
Radio Slave – Bell Clap Dance
Efdemin – Just a Track
2000 and One – Work (Late Nite NYC Edit)
LCD Soundsystem – Someone Great
Tiger Stripes – Hooked
Dominique Leone – Clairvoyage – A Medley by the 16th Rebels of Mung
Noze – Remember Love
HOSH – White Elephant
Pan-Pot – Crank
Burial – Raver
Pantha Du Prince – Saturn Strobe
Etienne Jaumet – Repeat Again After Me (Ame Remix)
Guy Gerber and Chaim – Saltamonte
Samim – Heater
Jan Driver – Kardamoon
Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts – Sous L’Arbe
Kollektiv Trumstrasse – Tristesse
TBA – Slide in Strangers Night

December 21, 2007

Year End Thoughts: Todd Hutlock

It wasn’t a single record that broke me out of my 2007 dance music funk, but the entire year’s worth of material out of a new label bubbling up out of the mysterious Detroit/Chicago/Berlin axis…


December 21, 2007

Year End Thoughts: Peter Chambers

2007 (and the long glide into the deep)

The end of the year, the need to sum up and contain. Lists, lists, and lists, but all I can think of is the long / glide / into / the deep.


December 19, 2007

2007: Year In Review, Part Two: Individual Writer Lists

As a companion piece to our 2007 year in review, here are the individual lists/charts from each of our contributors. Happy reading!


December 18, 2007

2007: Year In Review, Part One

Welcome to part one of Beatz By The Pound’s year-end roundup for 2007, containing the staff’s favorite dance singles, albums, mixes, producers, and labels of the year.


December 17, 2007

Beatzcast #59: Crambe Repetita


Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…


01: Till Von Sein – Herr Bert [buy]
02: Elektrochemie – No. 19 [buy]
03: Sian – Wear Your Scars Like Medals (Roland Appel Remix) [buy]
04: Maxime Dangles – I Need Sun [buy]
05: Raz Ohara and the Odd Orchestra – Where He At [buy]

December 16, 2007

Armando – Don’t Do It


Phonica are sometimes prone to softcore boosterism – well, I guess they are trying to sell you the record, so “duh” – but in their description of Armando’s recently rescued and re-released “Don’t Take It” they actually nail it: “This is up there as one of the hottest (and best) records of 2007 even though this track was produced almost 20 years ago. Now that’s just insane. Did you expect anything less from Chicago legend Armando?” To be honest, I did expect something less, given the trendency of the past few years for re-releasing “undiscovered gems” from the vaults to cashed-up, retro-hungry record collectors, their needles and ears famished for the so-called glory days.

Along with Trax Records, Chicago label Let’s Pet Puppies have been on the better end of this rescue mission, first with two Marcus Mixx’ tracks, and now with a lost Armando classic, apparently recorded in one take after an all-nighter, with vocals recorded from the toilet. Like the Marcus Mixx tracks, “Don’t Take it” has been “Resurrected by Thomos and Re-animated by the amazing Johnny Fiasco”. If you were enamoured with the minimalist acid tracks out in 2004 like John Tejada’s “Sweat on the Walls”, you’re going to lose your shit when you hear this. With little more than a gulping, descending acid bassline, some spare Roland percussion and Sharvette’s “sisters are doin’ it for themselves” monologue, this track slowly, relentlessly becomes more and more deranged, unhinging itself around the unchanging bassline. Damned if this doesn’t send the whole dancefloor down the rabbit hole.

Fiasco’s edit streamlines and boomptifies proceedings, shedding Sharvette and altering the bass melody so that it wiggles in and out, rather than down. This one’s got a whole lot less personality than the vocal cut, but holds its own as a neat and useful transition track with some nice percussive tricks which would make it fun to play with on a big system. Hear this single and remember what it’s all about. But let’s hope that it doesn’t turn you into a cashed-up, retro-hungry record collector. Nothing is more suspicious than “the good old days”.

Let’s Pet Puppies / LPP 003
[Peter Chambers]

December 15, 2007

Karlheinz Stockhausen

Beatz would be remiss without offering a small tribute to Karlheinz Stockhausen, the prolific and heavily influential avant-garde composer who died in Germany on December 5th. Also included in this post is a short primer to his electronic work in the 1950s and 1960s.


December 10, 2007

Beatzcast #58: Crambe Repetita


Todd Burns presents a mix of electronic music…


01: Orlando Voorn – Take Me Away [buy]
02: Prosumer & Murat Tepeli feat. Elif Bicer – Butterfly [buy]
03: Guillaume and The Coutu Dumonts – Sous L’Arbe [buy]
04: Italoboyz – Viktor Casanova [buy]
05: Chymera – Hundulu [buy]
06: Tangerine Dream – Love on a Real Train [buy]

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