Thursday, 30 December 2010

Knight Riders

Inland Knights are just about to release their latest Drop Music compilation, and it is a very enjoyable listen. As the acceptable face of Funky House (they put both the Fun, and the K-Y into Funky), their floor-friendly tunes bounce about with just enough lashings of funk, bluesy chopped up vocals and flair to still sound relevant. This is route one house music that sounds all the better for it. I've been listening to it on repeat and although there is the odd duff track, they all make one want to get up and shake some ass. Particular favourites include Move Over and Kept Secret, both revelling in a Todd Edwards meets MCDE atmosphere.

Inland Knights - Inland Bites: Knights Classics (Drop Music) (Preview Clips) by Kahua Music

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Xmas Rush

Christmas pop tunes are something everyone loves to hate but you can't deny the tiny buzz you get when you hear the first one of the year, even if they have got annoying by the day itself. Having loved the XLR8R Professor Smith's Reggae Xmas mix at the end of 2007, I have always thought it odd that the EDM fraternity never released Christmas themed releases. Here, DJ Koze delivers on the fine A & R work of previous Pampa releases to deliver a very Nathan-not-Nathan Fake track that's got a real yuletide feel, a tad cheesy but interesting enough to be worthwhile.

The Koze track is one to be used sparingly, and may even be overplayed so pungent is its effect, and makes this one of the quirkiest releases I have heard in a while.

Friday, 10 December 2010

Arm aber Sexy

Quick heads up for a party I'm playing tomorrow evening here in Berlin. It's the Arm&Sexy Xmas bash and they're always fun so do pop along. It kicks off at 11pm, and I'm playing 4am-6am. See you there hopefully.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

Kleine Pause

Ok, so first off, it's been a while. I got back to Berlin on 1 August, and spent the next month donating my savings (read overdraft) to the Bar 25 closing collection fund which was naturally fun, if not a little exhausting. Berlin Mach 2 is a little different to last time. Certain key ingredients have changed, for the better I'm sure, whilst other things have remained reassuringly the same. It's been weird returning from the Tropics to central Europe. My listening habits have changed (matured?) and for large periods of time, I no longer felt the need to write about electronic music. One of the most striking things about Berlin, at least as far as electronic music is concerned, is just how damn clued up the crowds are. It's not rare to go to a party and hear the first 4 bars of a track transitioning from the old one, and to see the crowd explode in (on?) ecstasy. Whilst I'm busy scratching my head, trying to locate the beat, the melody, the chords, whatever, I cannot help but think, "Is there really any need for another music blog out there, when there's so many websites that do it all so much better?", especially when everyone else out here seems to be two verses ahead on the same hymn sheet.

So instead of writing over the past few months (here at least: let me assure you I have been writing more than ever elsewhere), I have begun ploughing a different furrow. I in no way consider myself a DJ and certainly not one of even the most minor distinction, but i have enjoyed over the previous six or so months, finally getting to mix and match the tunes I adore so much. Having also had the opportunity to play them out (under the stars on Caribbean beaches, in sweaty Freidrichshain backrooms, and in fusty Neukolln kneipes), it's also been great to see how those tunes, almost all of them made explicitly for dancing, are received by the punters. In all honesty, it's been a blast. So instead of writing more, I thought I would post a few mixes I have made of late.

The first one I made was just as autumn was drawing in, and I hope, reflects that somewhat.

Herbststimmung Mix by gabstargardter

Absolute Reason - Stereodancer [Weaked]
Espenhain (Sgi_s Remix) - Marko Fürstenberg [Baum]
Purple Drank - Axel Boman [Pampa]
Those Eyes - Ethyl and Flori [Quintessentials]
Paper Moon - 51 Days [Touché]
Pressure - Zak Khutoretsky aka DVS1 [Transmat]
Games Dub - Levon Vincent [Underground Quality]
Move To The Beat - Bernard Badie/Sun - Caribou [Mojuba/City Slang]
ZX81 (Ramadanman Refix) - dBridge [Fat City]
Three Blind Rats - Omar S [FXHE]
Things Pass - Basic Soul Unit [Ostgut Ton]
Mortal Trance - Boo Williams [Rush Hour]
Long Time - Inland Knights [Drop Music]
Freek 'N You (MK Dub) - Jodeci [Uptown]
Blind (Serge Santiago Chicago Edit) - Hercules and Love Affair [White Label]
Windowlicker (Run Jeremy Band Remix) - Aphex Twin [White Label]
Sick - Basti Grub & Komaton [Cocoon]

Next up was one I made whilst recovering from the world's most painful ear infection. I couldn't hear so good in my right ear: hopefully that isn't reflected so much in the mix.

Efdemin - There Will Be Singing
Dennis Ferrer - Sinfonia Della Notte
E Dancer - The Human Bond
Lovebirds - The Rat
Jus Ed - I'm Coming (Levon Vincent Remix)
Sascha Dive - Rd's Movement (Randy Watson Variation #4)
Skudge - Melodrama
Terre Thaemlitz - Masturjakor - Dub Mix
John Dahlback - Wet Summer
Alexander Robotnik - Problemes D'Amour (Dub)
Alex Smith - Ultra Fine Two

Download here.

And finally, this third mix represents some of the slower (dare I say it, world music) jams that have been tickling my cochlea of late. This is strictly non-4/4 and a direct result of my attendance at Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt and the Berlin Philarmoinc.

Alberto Iglesias - Me Voy A Morir De Tanto Amor
Ahava Raba - Nokh A Glezl Vayn
Alomzo "Lonnie" Johnson - Jelly Roll Baker
Andres - Hey Time To Go!
Banda Los Hijos De La Nina Luz - Dejala Corte
Beny More - Encantado De La Vida
Jehst - Bluebells
Bernard Herrmann / Robert De Niro - Diary Of A Taxi Driver
Caetano Veloso - Cucurrucucú Paloma (Live)
Shed - The Bot/Vincent Gallo - Yes I'm Lonely
Solange Knowles - Stillness Is The Move
Kojo Antwi - Proverbs
José Larralde - Quimey Neuquen (Chancha Via Circuito Remix)
Clouds - Elders
Zinja Hlungwani - N'Wagezani My Love
Forest Swords - Hjurt
Fabrizio De Andre & Pfm - I Dieci Comandamenti
Gentle Mystics - Wastebasket
Jah Wobble, Holgar Czukay & Jaki Liebezeit - How Much Are They?
Los Invasores - El Raton
Lil Wayne - Me and My Drank

Download here.

That's enough for the time being but I will promise to write more and record less.