Dj Spider, Marshallito
Chilly new techno and house forms from the NYC duo. The record begins and ends with slower synth experiments, with warehouse tracks inhabiting the middle. Opener C17H21NO2 is a heady warm-up, with a crawling melodic progression disintegrating into delayed ephemera. C17H21NO4 is absurdly funky for a minimal techno bomb. The track uses adroit drum programming, a drunken synth progression and expert deployment of vocal samples to achieve liftoff. Recommended.
Reissue of the amazing 1999 12". The title track achieves an often imitated, rarely replicated level of spiritual deepness. Two simple progressions eventually intersect like ships in dark water. Raw drums and deep background vocal samples. Unstudied brilliance from the master.
Varied release from the Liepzig producer/Kassem Mosse collaborator. Opener After the Job keeps it nice and rough, an odd amalgam of plunging sub-bass, plinking synths and junkshop percussion. Copa Jams is more refined but retains the shattered drums and vocal cut-ups. Gorgeous ambient closer Bungalow will appeal to fans of Oneohtrix Point Never.
Andd, squelchy jam presented at three different speeds by the madmen at Studio Barnhus. Baba Stiltz is a 20-year old former ballet dancer from Stockholm, and the featured track is built around an addictive, morphing synth loop. Weird and addictive.
Spirit of the Black 808
Raw, experimental Chicago house tracks. The classic Roland drum machines are in effect but on King Kong the arrangement is more Jamal Moss than Mr. Fingers. Closer, 4DABROTHAZTHATAINTTHERE, is the record's most traditional and best track. Moody pads brush up against an insistent stab and midwest via Dusseldorf percussion.
In a week where every 12" seems to be a battered abstraction of dance forms, Drum Communicate holds it down with this traditionalist techno EP. The title track is a majestic 313-influenced ambient track. Tuner is a hypnotic, dub techno roller with a bright pad adding propulsion. Brendon Moeller turns in two remixes, one under his given name and one under the Echologist alias. As Echologist he adds a subtle acid line, under his own name he's all minimal rhythmic menace.
Beau Wanzer, Svengalisghost
Russian Torrent Versions
An irreverence towards dance music's culture of piracy spawns this concept label, which has quietly issued three 12-inches emblazoned with USSR imagery. And the music? All of the artists are from LIES inner circle, but go harder than usual for these versions. Chicago synth wizard Beau Wanzer turns in two cuts of bracing machinefunk, while Svengalisghost leans on apocryphal post-punk and industrial influences for these hard-edged vocal cuts. Buy vinyl.
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