Lifted from the current album ‘Lost’ Trentemøller’s latest standout single fuses a fuzzy sense of gothic with Sune Rose Wagner’s deliciously tempting vocals sounding like starlight has just struck the horizon. Heady guitar’s, piercing violins stabs and brooding synths cover this with a dark sheen which is all too irresistible. Appearing alongside the album mix are two new takes including Trentemøller‘s own Club version which injects some extra percussion into the groove giving it a somewhat sassier rhythm. Unkwon then treat you with another imagining amid a sequence of pulsating electronics and vocal effects paying compliment to the outstanding original.
Simmering with the same energetic essence that MAW used to lend their drums this great production from Craig Smith has pounding beats demand your attention as an infusion of jazzy synth stabs hypnotize you. The Phlash Remix adds punchier drums and a treated voiceover to additional piano chords and tech bass resulting in a typically notable remix. The equally tasty Fabio Della Torre version then takes it deeper giving it an almost ambient underscore, with second track Matter Dont Matter ending the EP on a more downtempo note complete with a Balearic twist.
Italian imprint Bauns Music has fittingly releases this great production by Naples DJ Lerio Corrado. And the exiting quality of the title track, Mystical Heaven is that while the beats feel purely Techno the undulating funkiness of the rhythms and (in places) Jazzy synth lines give this a distinct edge that practically breaks free from categorization. Next, So What adds sparky attitude to more expansive bass and whirling electronics, with final track to complete this striking release, Behind The Groove simply getting weirder – that’s a compliment BTW.
Providing a taste of what lays in store from their forthcoming album the Polish production duo lay down some very gorgeous Jazzy flavours in anticipation with this EP. Packed full of moods, bass, and horns accompanied by some very snazzy drumming this plays like the soundtrack to one of those perfect summer evenings just around the corner. Standouts include the carnival of sounds that is On The Road and the melancholy strains of the aptly titled Soundtrack – the outstanding video is below.
This latest and most excellent set of tracks from Joel Alter are my favourites from the producer to date. No Way captures a melancholy yet uplifting mood which not only pulls on the heartstrings but also hits you hard with a heavy-duty bottom end that is all but nasty. Opposites attract. The Drum again attacks the senses with rough bass, atmospheric voices and an almost jazzy attitude. Ed Davenport then tackles No Way by turning it upside down with harder stabs and fiery snares talking centre stage. Jitterbug finishes with a swing in the tail and striking chords again playing your emotions without words.
It’s almost as if you just need to hear the bassline on its own and you would be satisfied, although when the kick and claps hit it all makes perfect sense. Love the way this is so effortlessly funky, uncomplicated yet imaginatively musical as the chords evolve and the Acid gets slightly twisted. The original version of One Four Green was released on Andy Blake’s World Unknown imprint in 2011 but makes a very welcome return today proving that the past can also sound very much like the future. Remixes come from Deep Space Orchestra giving it more Techno feel, to Perseus Traxx who playfully rework the original elements, leaving Jonny Aux to break it all down to the bare essentials. Essential.
Stefan Braatz Pres. Crack Jack
Unreleased Traxx EP
SoulDeep Inc. Records
Stefan Braatz’s EP for SoulDeep comprises of four equally impressive tracks that will reignite that classic sound of Chicago to you all over again. Yes it’s a homage but one that feels fresh with two tracks: Jacks Nation and especially Acid Music each offering their own blistering take on the Acid sound of the late eighties. Chicago Skyline meanwhile delves into a deeper landscape with moody keys and tastefully spoken words telling a story as does the next production T.R.A.X.X which also probes similar territory.
Having inevitably reached the colour Black the series now enters its tenth year with the same impact with which they began. The music is still first-rate, soulful yet provocative and as you play through the numbers you’ve got to say there is no sign of filler here. Opening with the Nebraska remix of Salvatore Freda’s Luv Can’t Hurt you get the sense of history compacted by a contemporary flair that defines the label so easily. And, as you ease into the proceeding Set Me Free by Willie Graff & Tuccillo you know you’re in good company. Moving between deeper moments, Tech and Disco and most points in between the selection features the labels releases over the past year, along with some new exclusives that notably finish with Mark Hand’s sublime bass-warming Don’t Take It All Away. A second CD then sees everything blended neatly together for your extended listening pleasure.
The third album for review this week is by far the most diverse. And number 3 in the Parisien series continues its dedication to exposing fresh French talent. Put it this way if you know of a nightclub that plays such an exciting and wildly imaginative set of music then please let us know? From Toys low-slung and emotive ‘Noise’ straight through to the cosmopolitan Disco of Cinema and Le Crayon, and on to the chiming guitars of You, the compilation breathes fresh life into jaded eyes. Just to highlight the variation FAUVE ‘Kane’ pushes the envelope still further with haunting sentiments and retro guitars feeling cinematic and tastefully mysterious, while the finale from Saint Michel ‘Don’t Bother’ does likewise except with synthesizers accompanied by a more melancholy twist. Next please.
bbr/ Philadelphia International Records
The really don’t make them like this anymore which is why it’s such a joy to listen to Big Break Records Expanded Anniversary Edition all over again. Forty years after its original release and the power of the music and sheer exaltation of the vocals still remain very much intact. There probably couldn’t be a more apt opener that the energetic ‘Put Your Hands Together’ but that’s not to forget the album’s title is about Slavery – the title track being particularly poignant and you only need to look closely at the cover art too. That said you’d be a fool to ignore powerhouse grooves such as the timely message of For The Love Of Money or the original version of Now That We Found Love that sees the ballad sound very different to the later Third World version. Now digitally remastered you can soak up all those soulful strings and horns in their full glory via the original sublime Gamble & Huff production, and hear where dance music was pointing to next. For the full picture and story sleeve notes by PopMatters Christian John Wikane are invaluable.