Friday, June 30, 2006
If you read his Biog on his website www.gabrielananda.de you will discover the origins of his sound and the influence of Sven Vath on the young producer when he heard him DJ in 1995. Now with over 20 releases on such labels as Hörspielmusik followed by several 12" releases on imprints like Trapez, Utils, Treibstoff and Karmarouge Records, Gabriel Ananda is about to emerge as a leading light in the techno scene.
Gabriel Ananda - Ihre Personliche Glucksmelodie (Dominik Eulberg remix) Karmarouge 12" 2006
Gabriel Ananda - 21 Ampere (Original Mix) Karmarouge Noir Four 12" 2006
Gabriel Ananda - Live @ Springborn Garden
Buy his releases at Beatport
Genres: [Minimal] [Techno] [Remixes] [Electronic] [Live]
Sunday, June 25, 2006
Saturday's highlights included a set from Fat Freddy's Drop which sounded blissful in the stoned haze of the sunshine, however not my normal listening. Saturday night's best moments included a great funky set from Hot Chip (First time I've seen them live, and would love to see them again in the confines of a smaller club.) However the prize for my favourite performance of the weekend has to go to Isolee. He was magnificent, even if he didn't play 'Beau Mot Plage' his set consisted of tracks from his latest album We Are Monster plus old material and he really kept things kicking by mixing tracks quickly and keeping the interest up as well as the tempo. It made a refreshing change from all the other Minimal Techno that seems to have taken over Barcelona at the moment.
Isolee - My Hi-Matic We Are Monster LP 2005
Hot Chip - Boy From School (Erol Alkan's Extended Rework) One Sided 12" 2006
Artists include Richie Hawtin, Isolee, Dave Clarke, Herbert, Modeselektor, Aardvarck, Senor Coconut and Audion.
Find out what and who is when, before putting your money down. By buying individual day tickets, and not bothering about Sonar by night, you will save yourself the pennies and the headache. Firstly getting out to the night venue can prove a challenge, when travelling on over-subscribed buses after a day of partying in the sun. Secondly, Sonar has become a showcase for different record labels putting on free or minimally charged parties back in the city; on beaches, rooftops and in basements. Read the flyers you get given when queuing. These line-ups often rival if not surpass Sonar night offerings.
Do your research: The Sonar newspaper you get on the first day tries, but still only gives minimal profiles on the musicians. Even better still, check them all out on line before going .
Supplies. Bags were checked thoroughly in evenings but not so much during the day. There is a limited selection of food and drink on sale (vegans, vegetarians, and organic food lovers check out the 6 euro salad buffet for lunch at Organic just 3 mins down the road from Sonar by day, or pack your own picnic, the Boqueria food market is nearby as well.) Disco supplies were not so readily available, and if offered, watch out for dodgy merchandise, as we soon found out. (see picture ‘Alerta’)
Book your hotel/ pension well in advance. Needless to say rooms at the best pickings in your lonely planet were ultra-scarce. Even better than a pension, book an apartment with a group of mates. There are plenty on offer. Hot tip: enquire about a fan or ventilation if you are planning on packing it out with plenty of warm bodies.
Check out the Visual Art events scheduled in relation to Sonar. Music and Art have a symbiotic relationship, and the Sonar venue is full of exhibitions and potential interactive opportunities. Not only that, Barcelona is a very creative city. Hit the streets, check out the graffiti, the museums, and take a walk up to Gaudi’s ‘Parc Gruell’.
Calculate those air miles and figure out how to offset your carbon emissions, or alternate ways of travelling to Barcelona. (One single short haul flight produces roughly the same amount of global warming gas as 3 months worth of driving a 1.4 litre car) Just because you listen to electronic music doesn’t mean that you can’t wear sandals and worry about the future of the earth…
Finally, pencil it in for next year children…
Sunday, June 18, 2006
Ole Ole Ole
Therefore, for the first in my series of tentatively linked ‘world cup specials’ I’m going to focus on the artists behind one of my favourite albums of last year; Modeselektor - Hello Mom.
These guys put both fun & originality back into music and their tracks are always suitably varied whilst still maintaining their staple ingredients of glitched hi’s and a ludicrously heavy bottom end.
First up is a live version of Hasir, one of the mellower moments of the aforementioned album, recorded at the Parisian techno haven Rex.
This track is actually taken from the special musick for special people complitaion available here.
Next up is another track with a live feel, this time taken from Labland, their multimedia collaboration with Pfadfinderei. I’ve not actually seen the DVD but by all accounts it rather good and if the visuals are even half as good as the soundtrack then I reckon you’re in for a real treat. You can pick up a copy here. The track posted below has somewhat of a mashup feel & I particularly like the bit near the end where it turns into a full on four four stomper.
Monday, June 12, 2006
Sonar, So Good
Akufen - Live at Sonar 2003
Air - Modular Mix Mo Wax 12" 1996
Moodymann - Black Mahogany KDJ 12" 1998
Tranquility Bass - Cantamilla California Dreaming Compilation 1993
Lambchop - Up With People (Zero 7 mix) City Slang 12" 2000
Genres: [Downtempo] [House] [Jazz] [Chill Out] [Micro House] [Techno] [Glich] [Indie] [Alternative] [Remix] [Trip Hop]
Tuesday, June 06, 2006
Time To Jack - 20 Years On
Released on the legendary Trax imprint out of Chicago in 1986 'No Way Back' by Adonis is a bonafide classic. Its funky bassline, spoken word vocal, 909 kicks and stabs has come to define the Chicago sound. You can read a biog of Adonis on his myspace page and check his website adonisrecordings.com
Adonis - No Way Back Trax 12" 1986
In The Beginning There Was Jack - Classic House Acapella
"In the beginning there was Jack, and Jack had a groove, and from this groove came the groove of all grooves, and while one day viciously throwing down on his box, Jack boldly declared 'LET THERE BE HOUSE' and House music was born......."
Yes! I know precious little about this acapella, apart from the fact that it defines everything house music is. Those in the know, please enlighten me.
DJ Skull - The Graveyard Orchestra Djax-Up-Beats 12" 1997
The Graveyard Orchestra by DJ Skull is an over-looked classic in my opinion. It has the most immense bouncing bassline I have ever heard on a Chicago House record. Play this in any club at the right time and it will take the f**king roof off!
Djax-Up-Beats is a label set up in Holland by Saskia Slegers aka Miss Djax who provided a platform for Chicago producers to release their music in Europe when no else gave them the chance. Find out more info and a history of the label at www.djax.nl
You can buy downloads of Djax releases from here
It was the German based Label Gomma that released this slab of old skool Acid House. Made by Headman and remixed by a couple of English blokes with a penchant for Eighties Disco and Chicago House. Chicken Lips transformed this into something so old skool and retro it does actually sound like it was made in 1986, not 2003. The simple 303 riff, complete with cow bells and simple 909 kicks makes this a classic Chicago Acid House record that never was. Just wait for the Hi Hats to kick in and it almost feels like you were listening to Ron Hardy dropping this at the Music Box circa 1986. Proper!
Headman - It Rough (Chicken Lips Trax Dub) Gomma 12" 2003
Buy Adonis and Headman records from Juno
Genres: [Acid House] [Chicago House] [Electronic] [Remix] [Acapella] [Spoken Word]
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Back to Basic
The main reason for all the excitment is that Rhythm & Sound have just released part 4 of the 'See Mi Ya' remix series with mixes by longtime Detroit collaborator Carl Craig. Carl released their 'Quadrant - Infinition' release on Planet E back in 1993 and has been remixed by Basic Channel for his 'Remake' and 'Climax' 12"s. Carl also contributed a remix to 'Domina' for Maurizio on the M3 release. Basic Channel have also given Rhythm & Sound (ie themselves. Er it gets confusing here) A Basic Reshape.
Enough with the tangled web that is the Basic Channel history, they have always let their music do the talking. And what spacial, subliminal music it is.
Rhythm & Sound - See Mi Version (Basic Reshape) Burial Mix 12"
Rhythm & Sound - Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig Remix) Burial Mix 12"
Basic Channel - Phylyps Remix [BC-03]
Basic Channel - Octagon (Edit) [BC-07]
Basic Channel - Quadrant Q1.1 [BC-04]
Maurizio - M4 (Original Mix) [M4A]
Quadrant - Infinition [Planet E]
More information can be found at basicchannel.com
You can buy releases at their shop in Berlin Hardwax
Genres: [Techno] [Dub] [Reggae] [Minimal] [Electronic] [Remixes]