Sir Maxmillion Dunbar delivering straight new age vibes for Will Bankhead's imprint.
"Calvin and Hobbes" is on that Mark Isham tip, beatless dx7 tropical exploration. He goes down several wormholes, very deep and heady which I suppose is the point. The rest hearkens back to the beatific jams on his debut for Ramp, "Cool Water". For a current reference, it sounds like Young Marco if he was raised on hip-hop, a good thing indeed.
Moods & Grooves
Two Detroit dons doing what they do best. KDJ with some beatdown edits, the first Untitled track sounds like the Halloween soundtrack over some afrobeat drums, while the second is a disco flip worthy of his famed skate parties. Turn it over for some deep introspection from Rick Wade. Released in 1999, "Thought Process" is a piece of moody house with bottomless pads and a techno pulse. Too sad to be happy, for Motor City driving.
Into The Light
Into The Light continues their short and magical run with this stunning anthology from the son of legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. It's all here, quiet introspective New Age ("Nicotine 2"), Durutti Style sun-specked sadness ("The Lottery") and a number of inspired soundtrack, kraut and psych moves. It's similar in spirit to that excellent K. Leimer comp RVNG released earlier this year in its unveiling of a secret and beautiful body of work.
Here at Amoeba, we've been looking forward to this one coming back in. It's a hot record. Actually, it's more a cool record with its off-the-cuff romanticism, spoken word sections and dubby, loping basslines, Arthur Russell meets Pal Joey. Mood Hut has a knack for making tracks that sound current and classic all at one -- with "Something (On My Mind", they've succeeded once again. The synth and bassline pull the heartstrings while making you chill.
Cool, unexpected team-up between the Pittsburgh Track Authority boys, !!!'s Nik Offer and vocalist Lou Tanning. The end result is an excellent vocal house track with a bittersweet hook to match the pedigree of the crew involved. Dirt Tech Reck's Wajeed contributes a jacking, disembodied version for the b-side, leaving a ghostly imprint of the original vocals in favor of a hypnotic, electro-tinged synth workout. Recommended.
Class record from French producer Anaxander. The vibe here is restrained, expertly produced Chicago-style house. "An Orderly Life" uses a loping 303 line with ethereal, twinkling synths that erupt into an (orderly) piano breakdown. It's like some kind of evocative acid made for movie soundtracks, lovely. In an unexpected move, Anaxander puts the DJ tracks on the B-side, specifically "Love Crowd" and the acapella. Expect to hear this one out, a simple spoken word vocal sample, pummeling two-note bassline and off-kilter beat are all you need. Think Jack Master's "Bang The Box."
Seven Days Ent.
Generation Next is just that, the son of Leonard "Big Strick" Strickland and nephew of Alex "Omar S"(mith. This is his most restrained 12" yet, a quiet piece of a new Detroit story. He's mainly hitting blue chord sweet spots with the expected analog drum workouts beneath. The cut, to me, is "Vanilla Sky," which uses a gorgeous synth progression and occasional, somewhat hesitant acoustic piano flourishes -- a dose of humanity too often absent from the dance productions.
New this week
CATTANEO, HERNAN: Balance 026 2CD
OYE, ERLEND: Legao CD
ICHISAN: Extra Ball 12"
CHICKS ON SPEED: Artstravaganza CD
JAAR, NICOLAS: Don't Break My Love 10"
MININNI, MICHELE: Endless Ceremony
DJ T.: Body Language 15 CD
LOSCIL/FIELDHEAD: Fury and Hecla CD
STRANGER, THE: Bleaklow (Remastered) 2LP
YOUNG GENTLEMEN'S ADVENTURE SOCIETY/PARADA 88, THE: Adventure Party/You're Gonna Miss Me 12"
DONOSO, RICARDO: A Song for Echo LP
VERMONT: The Prins Thomas Versions 12"
PAGLIARA, MASSIMILIANO: Major Fun 10"
HOOD, ROBERT: Protein Valve EP 12"
WEBSTARR: Aegrus/Clocked 12"
FUTURE 3: With and Without CD
DREEMS: Mirages (Michael Mayer + Valentin Stip Remix) 12"
BRODINSKI: I Love Techno 2014 CD
KATY B: Katy on a Mission 12"
KATY B/SKREAM/HEADHUNTER: Remixes 12"
ZINC: Show Me 12"
SKREAM/BENGA & COKI: Midnight Request Line/Night 12"
ROUTE 94: My Love 12"
ZINC: ?ugeez or Not/138 Trek 12"
P MONEY: Mad 12"
WONDER: What-Wizzbit 12"
JAMMIN: Kinda Funky/Go DJ 12"
SKY WALKING: Sky Walking CD
BABA STILTZ: Total CD
BUNNY ON ACID: Are You a Rainbow 12"
RODHAD: Haumea (Incl. Ø [Phase] Remix) 12"
DJ W!LD: When You Feel Me EP 12"
PAN-POT: Watergate 17 CD
VA: Common EP 12"
BELTRAN, JOHN: Faux/Faux (Four Tet Remix) 12"