Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 | Podcast, Sounds | 2 Comments
1. Afrikan Sciences - Spirals (Deepblak) Buy
Kicking-off Deepblak’s 10 year anniversary was Afrikan Sciences’ debut album, ‘Means and Ways’. The album explored multiple genres, all with a heavy influence of (hi-tech) jazz running through-out. The dance-floor tracks (’Spirals’, ‘Ejercicios’ and ‘NanoRock Skank’) were subsequently released on vinyl. Afrikan Sciences also provided a killer remix of Aybee’s ‘Build Her’.
2. Ital - One Hit (100% Silk) Buy
There was a lot of hype around 100% Silk in 2011. I personally wasn’t feeling most of the releases but the Ital record really stood out for me - simple yet highly effective. All three tracks on this EP are great and have a similar raw energy found on early Chicago records.
3. Levon Vincent - Revs/Cost (Novel Sound) Info
After a year hiatus, Levon Vincent released two records via his Novel Sound imprint. ‘Man Or Mistress’ was inevitably going to be a huge track for the dance floor, but I preferred the more subtle tracks found on the ‘Impressions Of A Rainstorm’ EP. Either way, both records are essential.
4. Kevin Reynolds - Liaisons (Nsyde) Info
Kevin Reynold’s debut (released via his Todhchai imprint in 2006) was really impressive. This years follow-up (’Favis’) was a little underwhelming in my opinion. However, the ‘Liaisons’ track released via Nsyde more than made up for it. Hopefully we won’t have to wait another 5 years for his next release.
5. Tin Man - Nonneo (Acid Test) Buy
A real treat of a record, Tin Man’s ‘Nonneo’ caught the ear of many. ‘Nonneo’ saw Tin Man focusing on crisp, driving drum programming while keeping the sparse and emotive 303 bassline fairly restrained, producing both a trippy yet upbeat feel. The flip gave us the excellent Donato Dozzy remix, who kept things sparse and let the bassline breathe, which only added to the trippiness.
6. Vakula - You Cannot Resist (Shevchenko) Info
I was quite surprised to not see Vakula featured on more year end lists. The Ukrainian producer gave us great remixes of Herman’s ‘Rock Your Body’ and Steve Reich’s ‘2×5: Movement 3 Fast’, as well offering up 10 releases of his own material. The ‘You Cannot Resist’, ‘Unthank’ and ‘Picture Of You’ ep’s are all top quality and highly recommended.
7. Ethyl & Huxley - Reflexions (Tsuba) Buy
2011 was a busy year for Aybee and his Deepblak imprint. As well as providing stellar remixes for Ethyl & Huxley, Damon Bell and Afrikan Sciences, Aybee also gave us his own ‘11:11′ EP, a split release with Miles Sagnia as well as the ‘Build Her’ remix ep. Deepblak also celebrated it’s tenth anniversary with the ‘Ten’ compilation, which rounded up highlights from the label.
8. Recloose - Electric Sunshine (Rush Hour) Buy
Following-up from last years excellent ‘Early Works’ retrospective, Recloose gave us the ‘Saturday Night Manifesto’ EP via Rush Hour. Recloose’s first new material in three years, the EP is real return to form in my opinion. Both ‘Tecumseh’ and ‘Electric Sunshine’ are killer tracks.
9. Floating Points - Arp3 (Eglo) Buy
In two short years, Sam Shepherd (aka Floating Points) has released some of the finest music around. The early part of 2011 saw Floating Points release the excellent mid-tempo track, ‘Marilyn’ as well as the wonderful remix of Daedelus’ ‘Tailor Made’. The latter half of the year he gave us the acid tinged ‘Danger’, with the very nice (yet too short) ambient piece, ‘Miniature 27′ on the flip. The ‘Shadows’ EP released in early December finished off Floating Points’ year in very fine style. Hoping to hear a full album from Floating Points in the near future.
10. Kassem Mosse - Untitled (Workshop) Info
Wonderfully weird deep house from Kassem Mosse on the always excellent Workshop label.
11. Cosmin TRG - Amor Y Ortos (Fifty Weapons) Buy
A lot of techno coming out of Europe leaves me cold, but 2011 saw a number of producers who piqued my interest, including Romanian producer Cosmin TRG who gave us his debut album, ‘Simulat’ via Fifty Weapons - ‘Fizic’, ‘Ritmat’ and ‘Amor Y Ortos’ being the stand-out cuts for myself.
12. John Heckle - What Once Was (Mathematics) Info
Another producer that I was surprised at not seeing on more year end lists. John Heckle gave us a fine debut album, ‘The Second Son’ (the CD version was completely different from the vinyl, so essential two albums). The ‘Hard Sleeper’ release was also great but it was ‘The 4th Dimension’ EP that did it for me. Also, on Mathematics was the excellent ‘Traces’ EP by San Laurentino.
13. Mr. Fingers - Finger Fuck (Rush Hour) Buy
Obviously not from 2011, but (for most) these tracks only saw the light of day this year. Compiled by Gene Hunt, ‘Chicago Dance Tracks Vol. 1′ featured unreleased material taken from reel-to-reel’s given to Hunt during the 1980’s, with highlights from Virgo 4, Mike Dunn, Craig Loftis, Ron Hardy and Mr. Fingers.
14. Omar S - Here’s Your Trance Now Dance! (FXHE) Buy
Released at the beginning of the year, ‘Here’s Your Trance Now Dance!’ was no doubt going to ubiquitous. Omar S doing what he does so well.
15. Kyle Hall - Down! (Wild Oats) Info
On his only release this year, Kyle Hall gave us two raw looped based tracks. Simple, yet highly effective. Hall’s imprint Wild Oats also gave us the debut release from Jay Simon, ‘Faith’, a great rework of Faith Evan’s ‘You Used To Love Me’.
16. John Daly - Sea Level (Further) Buy
Seattle’s Further Records have released some great music all across the board over the past couple of years. Last year’s amazing Donato Dozzy album, ‘K’, got a much welcomed CD release this year. Other highlights from this year included o1o’s ‘Futurespective’ EP - a collection of Aybee’s headier material from the past few years, as well as the excellent John Daly record.
17. Space Dimension Controller - Max Tiraquon (R&S) Buy
Yet another one that should have turned up on more year end lists. This was billed as a prequel release to next years full length album, but this is really a great album in itself. You can clearly hear Detroit’s influence on SDC but he makes the sound his own. ‘The Pathway To Tiraqoun6′ provides great listen from start to finish.
Direct download: JGM_79_-_Best_Of_2011_1.mp3
Guest mix from m50.
Artist - Track (Label)
01. Exos - Frodi Ambience (AE) Info
02. D5 - Floatation Tank (Delsin) Info
03. Mark Broom - Stairway Skank (Ifach) Info
04. Torul V - La Mont (Thule) Info
05. Ford & Loveday - Dead Eye v.1 (Ifach) Info
06. Alex Cortex - Reticarga Part 1 (Klang Electronik) Info
07. Paul Mac - Back And Forth (Primate) Info
08. Monolake - Linear (Imbalance Computer Music) Info
09. Paul Mac - Not My Strong Suit (Fragmented) Info
10. ø - Twin Bleebs (Sahko) Info
11. Mr. G - U Askin’? (Marcel Dettmann Remix) (REKIDS) Info
12. Black Jazz Consortium - What’s Up With The Love (Soul People Music) Info
Direct download: JGM_78_-_m50.mp3
Monday, October 31st, 2011 | Podcast | 3 Comments
Artist - Track (Label)
01. San Laurentino - Magnetic Steps (Mathematics) Buy
02. Gunnar Wendel - 578 (FXHE) Buy
03. Robert Hood - Upon A Millenial Moment (Peacefrog) Info
04. Andy Stott - Made Your Point (Modern Love) Buy
05. Theo Parrish & Marsellus Pittman - Selector’s Theme (Sound Signature) Info
06. No Smoke - Koro-Koro (Warriors Dance) Info
07. Chris Perez Project - Singularity (Coco Soul) Info
08. Tevo Howard - 60660 (Beautiful Granville) Buy
09. Untitled 2 - Kassem Mosse (Workshop) Buy
10. K-S.H.E - Double Secret (Skylax) Buy
11. Instant House - Dub House (Jungle Sounds) Info
12. Glenn Underground - Storm Raiders (Eargasmic) Info
13. Five Deez - Fifth Degree (Rapster) Buy
Direct download: JGM_77_-_Magnetic_Steps.mp3
Friday, September 30th, 2011 | Podcast | 5 Comments
01. Round Three - Acting Crazy (Main Street) Info
02. Charles Webster - Fantasy Situations (Dance Tracks) Info
03. Joint Movement Project - Find A Way (Balance Alliance) Buy
04. Abicah Soul Project - Musique De Ve (Eargasmic) Info
05. KMFH - Down! (Wild Oats) Info
06. Rndm - Third Hand Smoke (Laid) Buy
07. Al Tourettes & Appleblim - Mr. Swishy (Aus) Info
08. Chez Damier - Sometimes I Feel Like (Mojuba) Buy
09. Tevo Howard - Pandora’s Box (Rush Hour) Buy
10. Mathew Jonson - Magic Through Music (Itiswhatitis) Info
11. Floating Points - Danger (Eglo) Info
12. Rootstrax - Harlequin (Deeply Rooted House) Info
Direct download: JGM_76_-_Musique_De_Ve.mp3
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 | Podcast | 2 Comments
01. Ike - The Mojo (Philpot) Buy
02. Benjamin Brunn - I Took Her Out For A 707 (Ashes) Buy
03. Brawther - Asteroids & Stardust (Balance) Buy
04. The African Dream - Young & Free (Eightball) Buy
05. Herbert - Resident (Phono) Buy
06. M.K. - You Brought Me Love (Area 10) Buy
07. Farley Jackmaster Funk - Jackin’ The Trax (Trax) Buy
08. Jack Master - Bang The Box (Jack) Buy
09. Missing Linkx - Lovin’ Dubbin’ Feelin’ (Philpot) Buy
10. Instant House - The Beginning (Jungle Sounds) Buy
11. Cleavage - Barah (Studio) Buy
Direct download: JGM_75_-_Asteroids__Stardust.mp3
Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 | Podcast | No Comments
Artist - Track (Label)
01. Ra.H - Fall Of Justice (Morphine)
02. Juju & Jordash - Tattoo Island (Philpot)
03. Gegenheimer - 21:4 (Ratio)
04. Fred P - On This Vibe (Esperanza)
05. Kassem Mosse - Untitled (Workshop)
06. Marcellus Pittman - The Mad Underdog (Seventh Sign)
07. F.U.S.E. - Approach and Identify (Plus Eight)
08. Chip E - Like This (DJ International)
09. Boo Williams vs Glen Underground - Mayday Funk (MAAD)
10. Common Factor - Get Down (Planet E)
11. Disco Nihilist - Relentless Drums (Construction Paper)
12. Dijkhuis - You Can Bring It (Night Gallery)
13. John Heckle - The 4th Dimension (Mathematics)
Direct download: JGM_73_-_Night_Gallery_Pt2.mp3
Thursday, June 9th, 2011 | Podcast | 4 Comments
01. The Exaltics - Moments In Time (Mathematics)
02. Larry Heard - 25 years From Alpha - (Black Market)
03. Royalty - Royalty (Five Easy Pieces)
04. Protect U - Protection (Future Times)
05. Kez YM - Caravan (Yore)
06. Raza - Sara (Millions of Moments)
07. John Heckle - Meaning Potential (Mathematics)
08. The Martian - Spontaneous Lifeform (Red Planet)
09. R.A.G. - Redsquare (M>O>S)
10. Jared Wilson - This Love (7777)
11. Protect U - World Music (Future Times)
12. Mr. Fingers - Distant Planet (Black Market)
Direct download: JGM_72_-_Night_Gallery_pt1.mp3
Wednesday, May 18th, 2011 | Podcast | No Comments
Artist - Track (Label)
2. Benjamin Brunn - Acidic Sun (Third Ear)
3. Anton Zap - Sunshine (Sistrum)
4. Aroy Dee - Beauty (Ra.H’s Cabinet mix) (M>O>S)
5. Ron Trent - Urban Skylinez (Prescription Classics)
6. Steven Tang - Easy Over (Altered Moods)
7. John Heckle - 4th Dimension (Mathmatics)
8. Abacus - Moonbeamz (83 West Recordings)
9. Blu Cocteau - Dea (Strictly Rhythm)
Direct download: JGM_71_-_trackwerk_pt2.mp3
Thursday, April 28th, 2011 | Podcast | No Comments
Artist - Track (Label)
01. Luv Jam - Mature Oak (Phonica White)
02. Cottam - Sunrise Sunset (Use Of Weapons)
03. K-S.H.E - Hobo-Train (Skylax)
04. Norm Talley - The Journey (Third Ear)
05. Sven Weisemann - Emphazised (Mojuba)
06. Christopher Rau - Ne Travaillez Jamais (Smallville)
07. Conforce - Vulcan (Clone Basement Series)
08. Deepchord presents Echospace - Burnt Stage (Modern Love)
09. Deepchord presents Echospace - Firefly (Modern Love)
10. Move D - Your Personal Healer (Uzuri)
Direct download: JGM_70_-_trackwerk_pt1.mp3
Friday, April 8th, 2011 | Sounds | No Comments
After releasing a few limited 12″s last year, Skylax gives Terre Thaemlitz’s K-S.H.E. ‘Routes Not Roots’ a full release. The original Japanese release in 2006 via Thaemlitz’s private label Comatonse, has become quite sought after. Listening to this album, you can understand why anyone lucky to have the original, wasn’t about to sell it on Discogs. It’s all too rare that electronic music has a social commentary, however, ‘Routes Not Roots’ is not only a great deep house album but it’s underlining themes (about Thaemlitz’s experiences as a transgender) creates a much more emotive and thought provoking listen. Many of the tracks are deftly crafted using samples, much in the same style as KDJ, taking the original source material, re-interpreting and making it work in it’s own right. ‘B2B’ uses LNR’s ‘Work It To The Bone’ as the backbone to the track and adds a vocal-loop, sub-bass, lush organ and piano with great effect. Thaemlitz’s sample of ‘Another Star’, on the 13 minute long ‘Crosstown’, has to be one of the most inspired and interesting uses of a Stevie Wonder song - taking the uplifting original and giving it a melancholy twist. Not only is Thaemlitz respectful of the original but he makes it his own, and to do this from such a recognizable and widely loved song, is even more admirable. There are also a couple of lush beat-less pieces and interludes that pace the dance-floor orientated tracks. Thaemlitz’s productions are often compared to Larry Heard’s, a comparison which is quite appropriate when listening to this album. Although the two producers approach crafting music in different ways, the effect is same - for me ‘Routes Not Roots’ evokes the same feeling and thought provoking commentary as The It’s ‘On Top Of The World’. Highly recommended.