Wednesday, January 19, 2011
01. In My System (The Revenge Remix) 06:43
02. In My System (I:Cube Remix) 06:09
03. In My System (Milton Jackson Remix) 06:27
04. In My System (Dj Shade & Steve Ferrand Remix) 08:09
05. In My System (Soul Minority Remix) 07:34
Nick Chacona, one of New York's most venerable exponents of contemporary musical excellence,
makes his belated debut on the Wurst imprint. Chacona has an impressive CV with releases for esteemed
imprints such as Bear Funk, Internasjonal, Stilove4Music, 20:20 Vision and Moodmusic, but he might just
have reserved his finest for his good friend Roy Dank. Sitting in the space that gathers dust between
disco and house, "Slice of Life" exudes a slow burning charm. A sultry groove is propelled along by searing
textures which build towards a twilight synth solo imbued with ecstatic energy. Scandinavian newcomers
Name In Lights have but one release on FEED Records to their names but signpost their production potential
with a remix that repositions Chacona's track as a swifter disco rock jam, typified by tight slap bass licks, slicks
syncopation and steadily pulsing arpeggios. Definitely ones to watch out for.
Enjoy His Track
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
You know Maxxi & Zeus better as Quiet Village. We all know them best as Matt Edwards and Joel Martin, two of the most serious record collectors around. For this debut 12-inch for Uruguay's finest, International Feel, the duo turn in two tracks that recall Edwards' late 2009 podcast for RA that featured tunes taken solely from Klaus Schulze's Innovative Communication imprint. The Struggle is a love letter to the chill out room, two ambient hymns that defy moment-by-moment description. To break them down like this would be to miss the point completely. "The Struggle" and "The Cell" are mood pieces which simply float by. A beach guitar lick, a wordless invocation of the aforementioned cell, birds and birds and birds chirping away in between synths that vainly try to imitate them: This is the sort of ambient music that simply isn't made anymore. To some ears, this is a good thing. But upon listening to The Struggle, there's reason to think that there is material left to uncover here. Unlike many of their contemporaries, Edwards and Martin effortlessly navigate the line between weightless New Age and the portentous drones that glut the current experimental scene. Both tunes are life-affirming dreamscapes that sound completely fresh.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Is Future Classic becoming Australia's answer to DFA? If their recent releases are anything to go by, then quite possibly. This three-tracker from Brisbane-based four-piece Mitzi could quite easily have been released by James Murphy's revered New York imprint. Mitzi's blend of lazy disco grooves and anthemic pop hooks is reminiscent of DFA's own Holy Ghost - admittedly with a sunnier disposition and typically Australian breeziness. All three tracks are excellent, with lead cut "India" and the slower "Morning Light" - which comes complete with some excellent Tom Tom Club synths - arguably the stand-outs. These guys will be worth looking out for in 2011, without doubt.