Friday, March 31, 2006

NB! top 10 - March

These are some sweets which were of my special attention during March. In no particular order, all are tasty.

> Elektrochemie - You're my kind [Get Physical]
The new song by Stephan Bodzin & Thomas Schumacher feat. Caitlin Devlin is a real smasher, and should become a dancefloor hit! There is again this nice balance between a pop hook and melody, and brilliant production, so characteristic for Booka Shade and other Get Physical artists.

> Crowdpleaser & Ly Sanders - Bad Monkey [Mental Groove]
Sort of a sadomaso (on your knees, the bad monkey!) electric acidhouse with tribal percussion from Switzerland. So damn playful and funky! Makes me think of Chromeo and the likes.

> Royksopp - Beautiful day without you (Rex the Dog rmx) [Wall of Sound?]
A dreamy, slightly acid song with the sweet Royksopp's voice and melody. It's not that banging as most of Rex's original trax, but anyway their special touch is obvious.

> The Knife - Like a pen [Brille]
The new Knife album, I must admit, gets better and better, and Like a pen is one of the highlights (and its danceable, hence it in this uptempo top). This song deserves to be released on a separate 12".

> Metope - Second skin (Tekel rmx) [Sender]
I don't like so much Tekel's last release on Initial Cuts, although he is one of my favourite artists in this genre. However, this rmx is great, offering deep and distorted sonic excursions.

> Ellen Allien & Apparat - Turbo Dreams (Marc Houle jackit mix) [Bpitch Control]
Both remixes are tasty (another one comes from Pier Bucci), but Canadian Marc Houle has done it in a groovier way. Jacking, but still minimal beat as Steve Bug used to produce.

> Fairmont - Gazebo (Sebastien Léger Remix) [Electro-Choc]
The original is great, too, but this rmx is tougher It's still dreamy and trancey, there is kept that Border Commmunity's style, just more accented beat and lurking killer bassline beneath. If you would ask me, I find the new remix of Nathan Fake by Apparat nice, but nothing so special, this is better, IMO.

> Diplo vs. Ray Charles - Gold digger/I've got a woman [Money Studies]
It's not very new, but for me it was quite special this month. Diplo nicely fucks up a classic blues song. Mississippi biz.

> Noze - Kitchen [Trapez]
If somebody thinks (just in case) that minimal is boring, because its all the same, Noze is a good example that minimal is actually just a form that can be filled by very different ingredients. This song is really funny, sounds a bit like Tiger Lillies and The Lovers. Actually these guys are from French Circus Company posse.

> Ricardo Villalobos - Que Belle Epoque 2006 [Frisbee Tracks]
This another fine example of a wierd minimalism. It starts as a quite typical, bubbling minimal techno track, and reaching nearly the mid it grows into beautiful french chanson. This one is quite different from Villalobos' recent things, but it's so good!

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