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Posted by Kenny at 11:13 am
It’s kinda been an age since I’ve talked about new music on here, and now that I am it’s all a bit whorish but hey, this is how the blog rolls from time to time.
What we have here is the new video created by cfmeister for a brand new cut by Tr One. This track is gonna be coming out later this month on my Apartment imprint. It’s part of a split 12″ single titled The Muscle, The Beets that will feature the Irish duo plus Phantom Planet Outlaws, a Liverpool trio which consists of John Heckle, Mark Forshaw and Binny, who are all pretty darn good producers in their own right! This release is a no-nonsense 4 tracker of techno, techno and more techno. Taking in old school influences such as AFX, Robert Hood and Underground Resistance it’s something I’ve been excited about getting out there for some time. This is raw and sometimes brutal techno, brimming with an energy both groups channel through via their reams of machines. Some samples below. Hope ya dig.
Posted by Kenny at 8:30 am
Not as well known as some of his Dutch counterparts who have emerged over the last 15 years from labels such as Bunker and Strange Life, Ian Martin has been existing on the fringes of that scene for a while now. With the help of Seattle based Further Records he has garnered some more attention most notably via the eerie brilliance of 2012′s Mechanical Rain LP. Since then Panzerkreuz have re-released his work that originally featured on this 12 vinyl box set as 2 single releases, a heavy mixture of ambient and slo-mo beat focused synth workouts. Electronic music stripped down to it’s essentials – he uses a bare minimum of equipment for each project – there is an enticing amount of depth within his work. His latest effort, The Wanderer comes via ISM cohort Meschi’s tape label, Elephant Recordings. He’s delivered us a weird and wonderful mix of suitably odd ball selections, from the likes of Fad Gadget, Clatterbox and Telex. Do it.
IAN MARTIN – I WANT YOUR BRAIN (download)
RAY COSMIC – You Better Keep Goin
ANAALHIVAIHE – Nälkä 4
PERFEKT DEFECT – Geradio Tonkium
SURVIVE – Black Mollies
CLATTERBOX – Low Maintenance
DMX CREW – Dydramol Theme
FAD GADGET – Arch Of The Aorta
DAVID ROTTMEYER – Repeat Madication (Electronome rmx)
F. GUILLOTINE – You Suck
ENDFEST – Exodus
TAPENADE – Untitled
ELECTRONOME – Bro
TELEX – I Want Your Brain
Posted by Kenny at 6:44 am
Finally got to put the label’s first music video online this week. Created by irish artist Sibyl Montague, it for Decisions by Lerosa. Stuck on the B2 of the record, I felt it was a lil bit over-looked at the time. It’s one of my favourite Lerosa cuts, and was the first track I got from him that I definitely knew would be getting pressed up. Video is a nice tripped-out accompaniment to the rugged euphoria of the song.
Posted by Kenny at 12:57 pm
It’s mix time again and this one has been a long time coming, considering I probably asked Nick Wilson aka NCW to make a mix around the time I put out his first Apartment record, which was nearly 2 years ago. Since then he’s dropped 2 more 12s; Pharoah And The Goose and most recently the lush coldwave stylings of Golden Lands on Ali Renault’s Vivod label. His eclectic, scattershot and somewhat humorous mixes fly in the face of many’s studied approach to podcasts – which means it’s nicely suited to ISM – so I’ll shut up and let you get to it.
Child of the Deep Inferno – Download
Jamie Principle – Waiting on my Angel
Cottam – The Long Dark Road
Arthur James Denton – Loon
Runaway – The Fire Below (The Revenge Mix)
DJ Overdose – Bizarro World
Phuture – Acid Tracks
Cold Sensation – Trash in Heaven
Baby Ford – Children of the Revolution
Orgue Electronique & Robert Owens – Our House (Kink & Neville Watson mix)
NCW – Panther
Thomas Bangalter – What to do
Blancmange – Blind Vision
Corinne – Tonight
Sophie B Hawkins – Right Beside You (The Grid Remix)
Moodymann – Emotional Content
Not sure – Take Me Away
Tres Demented – Demented
Black Deer – Almost had a moment alone
Azari +III – Reckless (With Your Love)
Laid Back – White Horse
Amirali – Just an Illusion
Intense – Dog a Baseline
Juju & Jordash – Jewsex
Posted by Kenny at 12:13 pm
Regular readers may be aware of the Sunday Times party that gowan in Cork here in Ireland. I’ve played at it a few times (usually alongside Lerosa) and have waxed lyrical about how superb an all day hoedown it is on a few occasions. Originally started off by John Hennessy and Barry Walsh the ST gang now comprises of 4, with Dean from Tr One and Colm K (he who recently dropped the amazing Love EP on Bastard Jazz) having recently joined to help spruce things up. Many of the parties is just the 4 guys playing off each other for over 8hrs but for their 4th birthday, taking place this Sunday the 28th in The Pav, they’ve brought over the like minded Co-boss of Eglo, Alexander Nut, to muck around with them too. It should be a pretty amazing day’s music and banter.
Sometimes Djs can be a bit unresponsive to my request for a guest mix on here. It’s probably been a good 3 years since I asked the Sunday Times guys to contribute a mix, and well, it never happened. The bastards. So with this party coming up I once again sent out a request. And instead of an hour or so studio mix they threw me over a recording from their May party. The whole party. So below, in 3 parts, is an 8 AND A HALF HOUR mix. Unsurprisingly, there isn’t a tracklist either. There be jazz, hip hop, reggae, electro, disco, house, techno and what not all thrown into the pot with music from Tim Maia, Eddie Kendricks, Joe Henderson, Courtney Melody, Pharaohs, Keith Hudson, Legowelt, Mr Flagio, The The, Larry Heard, Rhye, Marcellus Pittman, Prince, Inner Life, Simple Minds and Blake Baxter. Along with many, many others. Phew. At the very least it’ll get you through a day in work. These guys are all killer selectors so I’m pretty happy to finally have this to host.
Posted by Kenny at 9:42 am
It has been so unseasonably hot over the last couple of weeks that something had to give, so after a lil while of no action it’s time for some more mixxxxx action. And it’s time for the return of an old favourite. It’s been a little while since his last mix for us too. Things may have been a bit quiet on the release front since his lush LP for Uzuri (bar some remix action and a, ahem, release for my own Apartment label) but he’s been busy knocking around the world djing for a bit (even as far as field as Australia; fancy) and there should be some new releases on the way in the not too distant future. Until then get yer mits around this lush mix, perfect for this hot n hazy July…
Alston – Butterfly
Unknown Artist – Black Boxx EP 3
DJ Sprinkles – House Music Is Controllable Desire You Can Own
willie burns – I’m gonna get you
Move D – HD
Cliff Lothar – ring leader
Achterbahn D’Amour – Cardbox
Jordan GCZ – Crybaby J
RüF Dug – Coliseum
Q – from within
Xosar – The Calling
Gherkin Jerks – Strange creatures
Anaxander – Moons Of Jupiter
Todd Terry – Funky Brass (Uk Rmx)
Final cut – take me away
A Visitor From Another Meaning – Hills Of Honolulu
Posted by Kenny at 6:54 pm
Last minute heads up for Dublin folk for a lil party that’s shaping up to be a whole tonne of fun this Saturday night. Past guest mixer supremus for us here, Platinum Ray has been throwing a few small parties over the last year or so with fellow cohort Thatboytim (who also looks after the electro imprint Takeover Recordings), and this time around he’s getting ISM in on the action. That means an all too rare appearance in public for GMOS alongside myself, we’ll be spinning b2b for the closing segment of the night. Before that is an even rarer live appearance by Dublin producer Educution, who some may be aware of through his releases on D1 Recordings.
I think I was witness to his last live appearance at a Front End Synthetics party way back in 2010 (which was superb) so it’s great to see him out there again. Platinum Ray and Thatboytim along with Mark Flood will be holding up the rear too.
Gmos, Platters and Educution are pretty much 3 of Dublin’s best kept secrets so this should be off the chain. It’s taking place in the basement of Pacino’s on Suffolk St and is free in all night. And it will also run vurrry late ;). Do it.
Posted by Kenny at 7:33 am
Time for a couple of suitably summery house 12″s me thinks. While Paul Leonid Smith’s release schedule has never been too top-heavy it’s still been 3 years (longer than I actually initially thought) since his last 12″, on Sistrum. It was a solid affair if not quite as strong as previous releases and while he is still keeping it as deep as ever with his new release on burgeoning Dutch label Photic Fields this is his strongest to date, so it’s a very welcome return from the Irish man. It also continues what’s really been a strong year of releases for irish producers and labels. Actually, the last Photic Fields was from Irish wunderkid Automatic Tasty, back in February.
“67″ fades in like it has been gently simmering along in deep space regardless of who’s listening, and it sets the tone perfectly for the 3 tracker. Rumbling deep bass and perfectly timed, gentle kicks carry it’s soothing intonations all the way through. “SD2″ keeps things as deep as before but with a subtle acid line easing up the drama just the smallest amount, with a lovely strings refrain floating around in the background to great effect. There’s a studied restraint on show which is hard to do right. Get it wrong and you’ve got a go-nowhere deep house snoozeathon, get it right, and you’ve got a lush, hypnotic jam perfectly suited for sunny eves. Smith has got it bang on with the 2 A cuts here. Things slip every so sligthly on the b-cut “Random Waves”. It works in a similar style as the previous two cuts but I think it’s that washed out dubby synth that’s centre stage that makes it drag a little bit for me. It’s one of those classic house sounds that I’ve always been able to take or leave. It’s still a pretty solid affair but the 2 A cuts are the killers here.
Erdbeershchitzel is a name I’ve been vaguely aware of before. It may well just be because it’s such a mouthful as I can’t actually recall any of his music previous to this. Also, Delsin is not a label I check as often as I used to, so the new Cushions EP was a really welcome surprise. To get it out of the way I suppose one can look at Theo and Floating Points as reference points for the music, but I’m not gonna bother waffling on about that. These are quirky, sunkissed and fairly thumping house jams that while containing a nearly overly compressed wall of sound still manage to have a lilting organic edge. The opening title track is focused around what could easily be a riff on a flute, nicely off setting the deep kicks and crunching percussion, with a subtle but euphoric bassline buried into the mix.
After such a graceful opener the release actually becomes unstuck on “Am Bassele”. It’s just too cluttered and the nice ideas it has going on get lost in the mush. But the Ep’s highlight is the slowburning “Crossroads” on the B. The tempo is reduced though the kick is as heavy as before. Swirling keys reveal themselves in a nicely relaxed, drawn out fashion, and really that’s the general character of the song, until it breaks nearly 2/3rds of the way through. The breakdown threatens to come in at least twice before it finally drops, a patience carried over from what came before. But then everything that was slowly eased in before hand is thrown together and some more; the song closes out as a crunching, psychedelic slab of funk. It’s a busy mix, but is pulled off with some aplomb. It’s been getting many repeats spins in the last week and will as long as summer keeps being, yknow, summery.
Posted by Kenny at 4:27 pm
Time, once again, for another guest mix! As long as they continue to come in thick n’fast they’re gonna appear as quickly. This time around we have Sir Charles of Bennett, part of London’s house posse, To The Bone. The boys have been throwing sporadic parties for many a year, and have always kept ahead of the curve, bringing guests like Prosumer and Sven Weisemann over before they were the poster boys for Haus music in Berlin and some such. On top of that they’ve kept us a-breast of much heat, new and old via their radio show and most recently have been involved in the “dream line up” Beyond The Clouds parties in Corsica Studios. Enough with the introductions, I’m gonna leave you in the capable hands of Charlie for the next 2 hours with a stonking mix of house new and old with some sunny diversions into disco and what not – plus one of my favourite AFX cuts, Cuckoo, which I’d not heard in years. Perfect summertime jams.
Not Cricket – Download/Listen
Huerco S – Press On (Ruff Rub)
Brenda Fassie – Qula
Blue Moon – Track Show 2 S
Black Ice – A Different Space
Fresh & Low – New Life
Li’L Jazz – Sound Of The City (DJ Q Mix)
Fred P – Project 02
Professor Inc – Sizzle
Master C & J – In The City (Devil Mix)
Dolo Percussion – Dolo 1
Common Factor – Will
Pev & Hodge – Bells (Dream Sequence Mix)
3 Big Men – The Time Is Now For Action
Stacy Kidd – Think Of You (Paul Johnson Mix)
Soif De La Vie – Goddess Of Love (Instr.)
Bande Apartment – Kate’s Girth
Red Flag – If I Ever (Dub)
Willie Burns – Pong In A Tracksuit
The Beloved – Acid Love (Love & Ecstasy Mix)
Nightmares On Wax – 21st Kong
Dungeon Acid – Nude Descending A Staircase
Benga Benga – 1
K.O.T – Open Your Mind
Paul Mac – ?
Forgemasters – Conga
Aphex Twin – Cuckoo
Debbie Malone – Rescue Me
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I’m not 100% sure why but the debut slab off Jordan Czamanski’s new label Off Minor was not what I expected. Maybe I associate Off Minor with Juju & Jordash’s decidedly eclectic radio show of the same name, or maybe it was the expectation that a solo off shoot from an already experimental act would prove even more off kilter. Instead we have in “Crybaby J” a decidedly breezy, pristine and summery affair.
It rolls straight off the bat with crisp 909 claps and the sort of ethereal keys one would come to expect from Czamanski before a rather jaunty, strolling bassline adds another layer of bounce; we can be pretty sure already that this isn’t going to descend into some doom-laden triptych of frowning jazz chords and droning bass. Instead we get some 80s tinged, sun kissed synths perfectly suited to the hazy summers eve I’m currently having here in Dublin. Later on, while the song has also been buoyed by more gentle piano and distant vocal hums, the vocal refrain of what sounds like “down, down, down, down” seems like an amusing challenge to the relentlessly upbeat nature of the rest of the song. It doesn’t succeed.
Having said all that, the Dub version proves that it is possible to take many of the elements of the original and re-shape things into a more sullen exercise (it is called Crybaby after all). By removing the bright synth lines and replacing it with a twisting, darker bassline, bringing the “down down down” vocal to the forefront and generally adding space to the original composition we are pretty much left with a sulkier version of the A-side. And, while it’s less instant than the A side I think I prefer it even more. Also, anyone who follows Mr Czamanski on Twitter will be more than aware of the 2 sides of his character on display here, and the project gets an extra thumbs up for some amusing self awareness.