This is the second full-length release for Berlin-based DJ/producer Shed. The Traveller is not the perfectly planned-out escape into the safe haven where perfect tools worship the primetime DJ, but rather it's an ode to the heart of electronic dance music that still pumps loud and vigorous. For Shed, that very heartbeat was never clearer, more concise and genre-defining than in the UK in the early '90s. Detroit, Chicago, Berlin: get in line, you've had your time. Needless to say, Shed is not in this to become the copycat of some of rave music's perfect key moments. The Traveller is not another chapter in the ongoing history of the "anything goes" cult, not an overcooked stew praising the power of eclecticism; instead, it is simply an example of untamed fascination for sound. Frankly, Shed masters this almost naive approach perfectly and slaps the guards of the status quo right in the face. Again and again, Shed pulls little melodies from the depths of his studio and lets us discover our enthusiasm for the moment anew. He applies breakbeats bearing more history than the 909 bass drum where the 4/4 attack would have been the obvious choice, grants grandpa acid only a brief yet overwhelming guest appearance and deals with minimal dance music's heritage in a completely new, unexplored way. Always present: euphoria. With The Traveller, Shed manages the intangible and translates techno tracks into a shorter, yet crisper format, playing with tempi and moods. And yet each and every beat is right where it belongs, helping to merge every ingredient into an adventurous trip through a night one always dreams of and yet hardly ever gets. The album resonates from start to finish, is full of ideas, speaks dubstep and chooses radical approaches where other producers opt for the emergency exit of the lowest common denominator. The Traveller is the perfect base for everybody still willing to take a chance.
BARKER & BAUMECKER
Andreas Baumecker and Sam Barker make up a production partnership closely founded upon their love for more experimental dance sounds. Straddling the boundaries between emotional, classically-inspired techno and heavy broken beat electronics, "Candyflip" is a wonderfully analog-sounding tribute to years in the underground. Echoes of the past resound throughout this moody epic while stark, futuristic elements urge it forward. Stepping into "The Hole," a darker sound takes precedence, as a deep, tripping techno jam unfolds from the pair's machines.
Grace EP 12"
Delsin is proud to present a first EP by Boris Bunnik, aka Conforce. Like fellow Dutch techno talent Delta Funktionen, Conforce is also from the northern parts of The Netherlands. After two debut EPs on Rush Hour and releases on Curle and Modelism, he released his well-received first album on the Meanwhile label. On Delsin, he presents some slick-produced atmospheric tunes in the style of label mates like Quince and D5.
Skudge make their machine music the old way. They channel these processes into their heavyweight dub sound. The results seem to be working -- another colossal 12".
Listen to "Overture" here:
SEBASTIAN MULLAERT AKA MINILOGUE
Voices Around The Fire 12"
Mule Electronic presents a single cut from Sebastian Mullaert's (aka Minilogue) first mix CD, WaWuWe (MULE 019CD). The title track is in a very similar style to Minilogue -- hypnotic and groovy and a perfect DJ tool for the dark dancefloor. On "Music Becomes A Function," Sebastian shows his more musical side with some ambient house reminiscent of Thomas Fehlmann or Lawrence.
COSMIN TRG/FALTY DL
See Other People/St. Marks Remixes 12"
After the individual releases by Falty DL and Cosmin TRG on the RH-DC series, the third release features them remixing each other. They both turn each other's version up a notch, creating some heavy duty dancefloor pressure, while pushing the borders of house, techno, dubstep and rave. Back to the future!
Listen to "See Other People (Falty DL Remix)" here:
Menta Latte Remixes 12"
Top of Form "Menta Latte" from Matias Aguayo's acclaimed full length Ay Ay Ay (KOMP 076CD/KOM 205LP) gets the remix treatment. Who else could be more perfect to do his own rendition than the maestro of Northern disco Prins Thomas -- keeping the organic sensibility of the original by making it RAW. Acid flirts with bongos and wonky bass in a diatribe of immense magnitude. The results are a tremendous, gallivanting steamroller of a track. Bottom of Form Top of Form.
PERSIAN LOVE (GOLD) 12"
Limited pressing on GOLD vinyl, 2 new versions of "PERSIAN LOVE," his first compositions after parting with CAN. Created by switching a multitrack to 1/2 speed while playing guitar/drums in slow motion. Persian vocals nicked from short wave radio. Features CAN drummer Jaki.
Listen to the original of "Persian Love" here:
HOLY LOVE 12"
Swedish house producer releases a refreshing 3 track EP on DJ KOZE & MARCUS FINK's PAMPA imprint. The title track features J JONASON on vocals for a deep smooth & sexy vocal. "PURPLE DRANK" is a hypnotic joint with a dark bouncy bassline. "NOT SO MUCH" is a perfect tune to end a perfect night.
Listen to "Holy Love" here:
DWELLING ON THE DUNES 12"
Deep and soulful house EP from LAID. Three tracks: "PRECIOUS HALL" and "PRECIOUS HALL (DUB)" plus the title cut "DWELLING ON THE DUNES," a laid back and atmospheric house cut reminiscent of classic Detroit tracks.
PANTHA DU PRINCE: Diamond Daze 2LP (DIAL)
FAUSTO MESSINA: Boungaville EP 12" (DIYNAMIC)
LOIN BROTHERS: Garden Of Vargulf 12" (FUTURE CLASSIC)
IDEAL: Schöne Frau mit Geld (Losoul Versions) 12" (PLAYRJC 008EP)
TERRANCE MCDONALD: Mind Over Matter EP 12" (MOSDEEP)
GEOFF MULLEN: Bongo Closet LP (TYPE)
214: Cascadian Nights EP 12" (TOUCHIN BASS)
CHARANJIT SINGH: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat 2LP
FreshRo & Apiento Co: PACIFIC STATE (CLEAR) 7"
Jill Scott: RON TRENT REMIXES 2-SIDED 12" (SPRING001B)
Raw Soul: RARE & UNRELEASED FUNK... (LP PLUTLP1)
Smith & Mudd: SURVEYOR (JAPAN PROMO) 12"
DJ Zinc: WILE OUT-DJ MARKY & S.P.Y RX 12" (INN034)
Eddy Meets Yannah: COMPOST BLACK #66 12" (COMP357)
Filippson & Ulysses: ESCAPE FROM NY 12" (INTSPE001)
Foog: OPEN YOUR EYES 12" (MULE072)
Frisvold & Lindbaek: BOZAK-PRINS THOMAS REMIX 12" (FP027)
Hypno: OVER THE TOP EP 12" (PTN003)
Marvin Gaye: GOT TO GIVE IT UP 12" (MGGT1)
Monarchy: LOVE GET OUT MY WAY REMIXES 12"
Thabo: THE MACHINES 12" (ORN01)