Thursday, July 27, 2006

Bits and bytes

Hey, I'm back! Just in brief.

The Orgy party wasn't so good as expected due to the sound quality problems the first night. Apart from that everything was organized really well, but sound is crucial, ya know. If it sounds like crap it just sounds like crap, and no DJ can do anything about it. Actually that was the reason why Namosh finished his performance shortly after starting it. Too bad, he seemed promising and extremely funny. However, the 2nd night was much better. Cosy Mozzy had a great set, balancing between some more pop disco house/italo/electrohouse and more sophisticated stuff. I was surprised hearing him dropping in the old classic Spastik by Plastikman. Ivars had a nice groovy set as well. After all, the event was quite OK, but, however, the first night's sound problems had a negative impact. All the dear promoters and organisers should take into account that sound system quality and sound engineer do matter to make a party happen!


What's new regarding music.

The new Extrawelt's single on Svath's Cocoon imprint is not as good as their brilliant release on Kompass if you ask me. It's somewhat more traditional, less twisted, but nevertheless it's a solid record, nice production and should work well on a dancefloor. Just check it out:

Extrawelt - Titelheld

Every release on the seminal Border Community label is a much awaited event. Some polyphony by Swedish producer Petter is a smart, interesting, but still melodic track. You can check the track on Random Circuits blog.

Recently I've been paying more attention to dubstep. Most of the earlier productions seemed to me too boring and doomy, but I must admit that the latest releases by Skream, Pinch, Burial and the likes are great. It's become more nuanced, more electronic, more leaning towards IDM and digital dub.

Skream - Glamma


At the moment I'm working on several mixes. To be shared somewhere as soon as they are ready.


All the best, enjoy the summer!

Monday, July 10, 2006

Guess the melody

Summer in the town. Instead of sweating in office, I would prefer spending my time on a beach and drinking Martini or Caipirinha. Let's hope it will come true soon, but at the moment I've got a piece of funk carioca. Can you guess the original song, from which this melody is taken? It seems that favela kids use and rip-off whatever they get their hands on. Amazing!

Here comes the song

It's taken from Funk Brasil compilation by DJ Marlboro.

Latvian DJs at the Orgy

I'm really looking forward to the Orgy party this w-end (two nights: July 14 and 15). I feel honoured to spin right after Namosh's live performance the first night. Furthermore, another Latvian DJ - Ivars Mednis, a good friend of mine, - gonna play on Saturday's night. Latvian invasion, hehe. Maybe I and Ivars will do some back-2-back as we sometimes do in Latvia, but maybe not, we'll see...

Apart from LV connection, above mentioned Namosh, Cosy Mozzy (representing Dirty Dancing club/label from Brussels), Moulinex Bros (two talented Luxembourgish guys) and Elektrash team (e-pop posse from Lux-Belgium) will participate in this event.

I missed Namosh's show in Hamburg, but those who had seen it said it was really cool, a bit wierd, entertaining... it sounds I should like it. At least his records are great.

Namosh - Picked up floozy

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

NB! chart - june

Time goes by so quickly - another month's gone. Some tunes I've been enjoying recently.

> My My - Swiss on rye [Playhouse]

My My project has anoter beautiful release - it's a dreamy, melodic and nicely produced tune.

> Compuphonic - 80s cops [Dirty Dancing]

Compuphonic is a young but gifted producer from Belgium. It's light and melodic italo-disco/80s/electrohouse stuff.

> Matt Flores - Wookie disco [Combination]

A killer track with a killer bassline. That's the way we like it.

> Anja Schneider - Addicted [Mobilee]

This comes from her last 12" Lily of the Valley. Although the title track is good, I prefer the B side - a hypnotic, dubby tech-house (or shall I call it minimal?).

> Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen (ruined by Justice) [Domino]

The remix delivered by Justice is extremely funky. Phrenetic breakbeat, crazy sampling, and damn hooky.

> Tres Demented - Shez satan [Planet E]

An analogue monstrous piece with a spooky vocal reminescent of Green Velvet or some oldschool acid house trax.

> James Lidell - A little bit more (Luke Vibert remix) [Warp]

James Lidell - the outstanding electronic soul music singer and producer - has got a new album Multiply Additions. As the title suggests it contains remixes and live versions. I particularly enjoy Luke Vibert's rmx, which is a groovy mid-tempo tune with an acid flavour.

> Guido Schneider - Super sander [Poker Flat]

It's taken from his recent Focus on LP, which is a masterpiece of percussive, dry minimalism. Note that the CD and vinyl versions are signifacntly different - the latter contains just 6 trax, whereas on CD few astonishing remixes and his other productions are added.

> Brendon Moeller - Birth [Echocord]

Deep and smooth, and elegant.

> Simian Mobile Disco - Hustler [Kitsune]

A smashing party record - electro(clash) with an analogue acid feel. SMD has always been good, and this is by far no exception.