After Todd's recent LA performance we've been anticipating the release of his third studio album, and it was well worth the wait...
Forms is perhaps the most complex and mature album to date from Berlin producer and DJ Todd Bodine. As a DJ playing around the world and as a producer in the highest ranks of consistency, Todd Bodine has constantly developed as an artist. Releases and remixes on respected labels, and collaborations with various artists have made him an internationally popular electronic musician. In 2007, he finally began to perform as a live act, and, as Todd shows with Forms, his innate knowledge of the two sides of electronic dance music has only exponentially increased. This is a meeting of peak-time euphoria with the relaxing bliss of the hazy morning light. A meeting of hypnotic natural rhythms and driving, cut-up sounds. Todd can impress you with dancefloor bombs and also with his sophisticated sound visions. The sound of Detroit would probably be the best comparison. All of the tracks are cleverly designed to work without being overly intellectual. Everything flows and is filled with a subtle density of character that is well-known to those familiar with Todd Bodine. This album speaks its own language -- a rare and unique form of communication that very few other producers are able to replicate. Minimal tech-house at its most severely pumping and addictive.
Ay Ay Ay
This is Matias Aguayo's second full-length for Kompakt. Chilean born, German raised Matias Aguayo is one of those rare talents you come across that genuinely works in music for the sake of loving music. Kompakt's long love affair with Matias Aguayo runs all the way back to his first official act (together with Dirk Leyers) as Closer Musik back in 2000. Though short lived, their releases were foundation builders for the label and still stand as relevant as the day the songs were recorded. Following their demise, Matias felt the urge to abandon the rules that he felt techno imposed on him and moved toward a more organic approach to making music. His first foray into this would be with his 2005 debut solo album Are You Really Lost (KOM 044CD). Matias returned to Kompakt in 2008 with 2 12" bombs -- the club anthems "Minimal" and "Walter Neff." Feeling refreshed and inspired from travelling throughout Latin America, Aguayo was back to end the cycle of boredom that was permeating dance music! That brings us to his sophomore full length Ay Ay Ay. Recorded in Buenos Aires, Santiago de Chile and Paris together with Vicente Sanfuentes (Original Hamster), Matias has conjured an impossibly unclassifiable full-length that is certain to surprise and elate anyone that should come across this true breakthrough of a recording. Take opener "Menta Latte" -- countless layers of his voice revel in a psychedelic dream park together with a simple xylophone chord. The chorus of Matias' unpretentious first single "Rollerskate" is damned to stay on auto repeat in your head for days. His leanings to traditional African music resonate with the beautiful crooner "Koro Koro." Fans of his recent singles will rejoice to the rhythm of songs "Me Vuelvo Loca" and "Juanita" -- Latin harmonies embraced with Matias coaxing you to get up and dance. To call Ay Ay Ay ambitious would be an understatement -- Matias Aguayo has managed to come up with a recording that is undeniably all his own and a landmark release for Kompakt.
New Techno/Electronic 12"s Coming This Week:
MINIMAL ELVIS & MIXIMAL MJ 12"
White label remix 12" from GET PHYSICAL's DJ KOZE. One side is his minimal smokey remix of ELVIS PRESLEY's cover of "FEVER" -- techno meets cafe jazz. The other side is a chopped up minimal remix of MICHAEL JACKSON's "BAD."
DUMB DAN REMIX 1-SIDED 12"
1-sided remix of "ANALOGUE BUBBLEBATH" done by DUMB DAN (who also remixed JUSTICE vs NEW ORDER and DAFT PUNK recently). As an added bonus it's pressed on clear vinyl!
Boys Noize JEFFER-MODESELEKTOR RMX 12" BNR038
Excepter FRKWYS VOL. 2 EP 12" FRKWYS02
Flying Lotus WHOLE WIDE WORLD 12" RAMP016
Fever Ray IF I HAD A HEART REMIX 12" RABID38T
Fever Ray WHEN I GROW UP REMIXES 12" RABID40T
MFA THROW IT BACK 12" 26BC
New Techno/Electro 12"s Coming This Weekend:
ENTROPY EP C.VANCE RX 12"
1st 12" from the ZOMBIE ZOMBIE keyboard player's album prod by CARL CRAIG!! "ENTROPY" is a meeting between ASHRA TEMPLE, CAN, LIAISONS DANGEREUSES, a TR808 & more vintage gear. Also included is a mental techno ride provided by way of a remix of "FOR FALLING ASLEEP" by CHRISTIAN VANCE.
WATERMELON BUBBLICIOUS EP 12"
After some heavy remixes, JOAKIM is back with his own productions. "NEBULA LAUGHTER" is an epic journey influenced by italo & disco played live by his band THE DISCO. "WATERMELON BUBBLICIOUS" is the bangin electro cut for the dancefloors that rounds off his EP.
Beatfanatic ROBOTS & GUIDE EP 12" SCR018
Breakbeat Junkie ARTIST SERIES 10 12" GG19
Breakbeat Junkie ARTIST SERIES 3 12" GG09
Da Wiesel BOOGALOO STOMP 12" GG04
Funkanala BE THERE TOMORROW 12" HN002
Parker vs P-Zilla ARTIST SERIES 2 12" GG08
Pure-P ON MY NEW YORK SHEET-PART 2 12" GAMM056
Saag ROSE ROGUE 12" GAMM054 EXC
Various REGROOVED 6 EP 12" GG07
Various REGROOVED 7 EP 12" GG10
Crookers PUT YOUR HANDS ON ME 12" ECB199
Cru Jonez LTD ED 4 SEASONS SPRING 7" ORG7006
Detroit Grand Pubahs BUTTFUNKULA RMX 12" DET10
Kelpe CAMBIO WECHSEL DLP DC109LP
Lazer Sword GUCCI SWEATSHIRT 12" IL1001
Munk BACK DOWN REMIXED-CUT COPY 12" GOMMADT004
Snap 2009 REMIXES 12" H2BDJS6P
Who Made Who OUT THE DOOR REMIXES 12" GOMMA075