Randomer's been on a bit of a tear lately. His outings for Clone and L.I.E.S. have been unique and uniformly functional. His techy drum programming fits in with both Hessle and the unwashed barbarians of the lo-fi techno scene. Here we have three tracks and nary a dull moment. "Side Crack Lung" is a brilliant techno tool propelled on by some cheeky vocal samples. "Odd" gets more hypnotic, using circular piano patterns and basslines.
Sex Tags Mania
Laidback dub-dance experiments from Moss, Norway's hip-hop legend (your guess is as good as mine). This material's been culled from recordings made between 1997 and 2003 and runs the gamut from spliffed-up electro dancehall, distorted 'Mo Wax style experiments and most notably "Done (Piano Mix)", a chilled out psychedelic piano house with some odd dub screech around the edges and nonchalant raps up top. That's the one!
Marcellus Pittman/John Cannon
Pittman's status as a distant third (or fourth) chair has lessened recently, mainly due to his reputation for joyful Detroit beatdown DJ sets. As such, it doesn't come as a complete surprise that he's turned in an ace boogie-funk 45, though the contrast with his previous stripped-down machine funk is notable. (To be fair, the "Do You Like Music 12"" from earlier this year saw MP headed this direction.) The groove is unstoppable, walking synth bass with just a bit of a 313 techno pulse. John Cannon comes correct as well with a slower, sexy synth jam.
These records are cool. They look like they sound, no-frills midwest dancefloor heat, faceless and functional. "Making It A Reality" is an adroit combination of a bittersweet piano riff and Juno bassline, the whole greater than the sum of their parts. Similarly, "Nipponese" gets even fancier with the Rhodes/bass interplay, like Moodymann was trying to make it to Carnegie Hall. The to-the-point title of the closer, "Reassuringly Analogue", tells you where this shadowy producer is coming from.
Fascinating historical document of the Bristol dance scene. Originally released in 2007, Pev's spacious dubstep anthem would precipitate his migration to a hardware-heavy, but still low-end conscious techno released on his own Livity Sound. His partner in that label now attempts some historical revisionism. The Linear mix starts to mess with the reedy lead a bit but keeps the booming half-time drums relatively in tact. On the B, the lead is reimagined as beautiful, delayed ambience.
The ingenious Ann Arbor producer returns with melodic jams which stand alongside his wistful self-title LP on Ghostly, Osborne. Jazzy chords and soaring leads abound, especially on "House 117", which is on some Midnight Express shit, such is Osborne's talent for melody. "November" cruises along like a loose, clanky house tool, before introducing some quiet storm piano chords, a perfect deep house B2.
The veteran Stuttgart producer reveals the direciton his tastes have been headed in recent years, slow, mellow house jams. It's most successful when it goes towards more hypnotic, "balearic" territory, with Moonstar's "C-Minus Particles" and Maurice Fulton's amazing mix of Alice Smith's "Love Endeavor" standing as obvious highlights. Elsewhere, things veer closer to the chill-out zone with lilting vocals fit for the after-after party as well as the coffee shop.
New this week:
TENAGLIA, DANNY: Balance 025 2CD
CLAP! CLAP!: Tayi Bebba 2LP
SENNI, LORENZO: Superimpositions LP
ROOTS PANORAMA (AKA DEETRON & RIPPERTON): Mars 12"
PUSHKAREV, ANDREY: Three Roads EP 12"
A: Cocoon Compilation - N CD
FLUGEL, ROMAN: Happiness is Happening CD
WRONG STEPS: Wrong Steps EP 12"
BLACKHALL & BOOKLESS: Se7en EP 12"
LV & JOSHUA IDEHEN: Islands 2LP
TANABE, DAISUKE: Floating Underwater CD
KISH, KILO: Across LP
PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: With One Another 2LP
KAWASAKI, TOSHIYA: I'm Starting to Feel Okay Vol. 6 - 10 Years Edition Pt. 2 2LP
HRDVSION: Hrdvsionremixes 12"
KLINT, ANTON: Spritzer EP 12"
RDG & HITMAN: Mercenary Ship EP 12"
VA: New Jack Tribal 12"
CLARIAN: Road to Recovery EP 12"
DUMONT, DUKE: For Club Play Only 3 12"
NICK THE RECORD: Under the Influence Volume Four: A Collection of Rare Soul & Disco 2CD