Monday, June 4th, 2012 | Podcast | 7 Comments
Direct download: JGM_84_-_John_Tejada.mp3
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, July 11th, 2011 | Sounds | No Comments
Parabolas, the latest album by John Tejada – his ninth studio album and first for German techno imprint Kompakt – finds the Los Angeles producer exploring a more melancholy, subdued direction with an emphasis on melody. Tejada has spent his musical career cultivating many musical styles, from his early techno & tech-house releases on his prolific Palette Recordings label, to the Detroit-esque output on Dan Bell’s 7th City and Moods & Grooves, to the string of minimal-leaning techno released by Poker Flat and other labels in the last decade, as well as more left-field output under guises such as I’m Not A Gun.
Unlike most techno albums, Parabolas is noteworthy because it unfolds like an actual album, rather than a collection of singles repackaged in album form, emphasizing subtlety and nuance. Opening with the smooth, mid-tempo house-leaning “Farther and Fainter,” the moodiness of Parabolas first reveals itself via the next track, “The Dream” – an eerie beatless ambient track that actually may have been better off as the first track. “Mechanized” is, for me, when the album really begins to pick up steam, a sparse, perky melody punctuated by a series of chords and haunting, ethereal textures that feels influenced by Detroit techno – a style Tejada has long acknowledged as a driving force of his inspiration as an artist. “Subdivided” continues on the moody path, its crisp, electro-style beat offset by smooth synth stabs, while “Timeless Space” slows down the tempo and beefs up the twinkly emotional elements with a vintage feel via the use of the Roland TR-808. Tejada drifts back into warm ambient land on “The Honest Man” before propelling forward again with the upbeat track “The Living Night,” its percolating beat offset by dreamy textures and nuanced melodies. Both “Unstable Condition” and “Hollow Hemispheres” feel like salutes to Detroit techno with a similarity to early Orbital, the former incorporating vintage percussive elements amidst a thumping kick drum and chirpy synth textures while the latter delves a bit deeper via subtle polyrhythms. The album closer, “Uncertain End,” feels aptly titled, emphasizing percussive intricacies without much of the emotion that pervades throughout most of the album. It’s a surprising choice for the final track, only because so much of Parabolas seems to bleed emotion. More than 15 years into his recording career, Tejada continues to evolve and reinvent himself, and the fans are the beneficiaries.
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
Saturday, February 26th, 2011 | Sounds | No Comments
Aril Brikha re-issues ‘Deeparture In Time’, on his newly launched Art Of Vengeance label. Originally released in 2000 on Transmat, Brikha’s debut album garnered a lot of praise, often cited as a favourite techno album by many. ‘Deeparture In Time - Revisited’ sees Brikha’s original album getting a re-master and also includes a second disc of unreleased material from the same time period. Ten years on, the deep Detroit-esque techno of ‘Deeparture In Time’ still sounds as good now as it did in 2000. ‘Groove La Chord’, obviously, was a huge track but the rest of the album is equally as good, with ‘Embrace’, ‘Otill’ and ‘On and On’ being personal favourites. What comes as a pleasant surprise is how good the bonus material is, most of which wouldn’t sound out of place on the original album. If you enjoyed ‘Deeparture In Time’ the first time around, then the re-issue is worth checking out, and if you are just discovering Brikha’s work then this album is essential.
Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 | Podcast | 3 Comments
1. Wax - Untitled (Wax) Info
2. Kenlou - The Bounce (MAW) Info
3. Kyle Hall - Friendly Skies (Moods & Grooves) Info
4. Sistol - Keno (Halo Cyan) Info
5. Taho - Forests Of Wonder (Delsin) Info
6. Black Coffee - Turn Me On (Gogo Music) Info
7. DJ Sprinkles - The Occasional Feel-Good (Mule Musiq) Info
8. Bergs - Disco For Two (FYE) Info
9. Marc King - Can You Feel It (Rush Hour) Info
Direct download: Friendly_Skies.mp3