there isn’t enough time in the day to review all the good music out there. to go some way towards mitigating that, i’ve decided to start doing charts over at juno.
'in germany, they can't say 'techno,' they say 'teshno'' ~ seth troxler [march 2008]
to the less than haplessly addicted electronic music fan it might seem like acid pauli appeared from nowhere earlier in the year with his mst album on nico jaar’s clown & sunset. in fact, the german producer and live specialist has been toiling away under many different aliases for years. as acid pauli, though, he has found most acclaim with a thin, stripped back sound that’s stuffed with organic found sounds, intriguing sonic intricacies and lazy, stringy rhythms.
sometimes it seems oliver deutschmann’s falkplatz is as overlooked as the pbar resident himself. the reason for this, probably, is the type of music the german deals in: not faddy nor attention grabbing, instead it’s the sort of immediately classic house and techno that seamlessly and tastefully bolsters the sets of the best djs around and will do for years to come.
i don’t normally post club reviews unless done specifically for here, but dj mag sent me to mutek to report for their july issue and i highly recommend it, so…
mutek is not movement in montreal. nor is it coachella in canada. in fact, it’s unlike any other festival you know. so too is montreal unlike any other american city you will have been to, actually.
last week jacob korn was the first of dresden’s uncanny valley crew to release a full length album.
phil asher has long been turning out quality electronic music, but that’s not to say he’s still mining the same vein he was back in, say 2003 on 4 lux, or 1994 on grove records.
from his home base in ireland, samaan has been releasing a steady stream of dub laced, static infused house and techno for a while, most frequently on the increasingly reliable fulbarr.
though for a while there it seemed like anton zap was almost single-handedly flying the flag for quality electronica in russia, his hard worked has finally paid off.
nyra doesn’t fuck about. his beats (on young but quality imprints like never learnt and elastic dreams) are muscular and brutish, yet stripped back to only the most essential of ingredients. at least they have been until now, because the first track on his secretsundaze debut is actually a little more whimsical than recent efforts: as well as the pacey kicks and seriously grainy, purposeful claps which surge along at a lick that suggests they are in a rush to get done, there are thin, lingering synth lines buried in the background.
born out of an east london party of the same name, love fever records made quite an entry into the label fray with their debut release from bicep. again shining a light on an upcoming producer, this time it’s madtech aligned londoner citizen who gets the nod.
and so the final third of the debut two armadillos album, golden age thinking, is here. it’s been a memorable trip so far, with smooth, soulful and classy deep house grooves making up parts one and two (read my reviews on each at ra here and here) where martin dawson and giles smith puff out their chests somewhat on part 3, delving into more upright techno territory.
two minutes in, just as i thought london duo dusky had plateaued after the promise they showed on anjuna deep and then simple, ep opener ‘flo jam’ drops proper and i remember why i admired them in the first place: spacious deep house grooves that just make you want to dance.
jonsson & alter are continuing to get plenty of mileage out of their stripped bare, glacially slow to evolve and studiously deep house aesthetic, despite having seemingly perfected it on last year’s full length, mod.
kool vibe is part of a new mini-wave of house producers who like their 4/4 ruff and tuff. elements of the us garage that found fortune in 90s new jersey are also littered throughout his records – and those by brawther, tomska and more, with imprints like vibes & peppers and my love is underground seemingly leading the way in terms of releases.
on august 10th this year i am getting myself a mrs teshno. as such, i’m going to amsterdam on my stag do this weekend and plan to hit the planet delsin party at trouw where claro intelecto and delta funktionen are set to play, so i thought i’d preview the event.