Sunday, December 10, 2006

NB! chart - November

Finally I've got time to round-up my november faves. The main heroes: R.Villalobos, C.Vonstroke and My My.

> Ricardo Villalobos - Smokes Magical Passes [unreleased]

I found his Fizheuer Zieheuer superlong tracks rather boring, it seemed that the man was playing and experimenting with form, while substance was nothing extraordinary. Just wondering why P.Sherburne thinks it's the best release in 2006. But luckily enough his What's Wrong My Friends (for me the best track is Africolap - a superb afro influenced piece) and the unreleased track Smokes Magical Passes are just brilliant productions. There are amazing drums on both tracks, excellent! Regarding SMP, it's surprisingly "normal" Villalobos' take on how a deep acid techno should sound like. Finally some really DJ-friendly track from him, which certainly deserves to be released on a vinyl.

> Martin Eyerer & Oliver Klein - Al Quadus [My Best Friend]

This comes from their Kairo 12". First impression was that the track was rather simple, but after several listenings it really kicked in. The production qualities - drums, sound itself etc. - are perfect. It just works, you know.

> My My - Half A Hole / Songs For The Gentle [Playhouse]

Lee Jones & Co are unstoppable. Their trademark is that special funky, catchy and groovy, but still innovative sound that can be found on all their releases - no matter was it a mellow house (Butterflies and Zebras), a psyschodelic techno (Serpentine) or a tour de force in chopping and sampling techniques (Klatta EP). After delivering the very interesting Kinesi Workshop EP on Circus Company, the much awaited album Songs For The Gentle is out on Playhouse. Well, technically these "songs" are rather different, but all have the above mentioned My My mood. For instance, When reminds me of the classic Infiniti track Raindrops; Clean Break and Secret Life of Paints make me smile; Eleventh hours offers one of the grooviest and most playful moments on the album; Half A Hole is simply beautiful track - that's how deep house should sound in 2006, in my view. And so on. Definetely one of the best albums of this year.

> Claude VonStroke - 7 Deadly Strokes [Neuton]

It's not a new release at all, but I've discovered it just now. Totally amazing record! Check also his other records and remixes if you like this kind of funky and bassy things. He's from San Francisco and running Dirtybird records (see also two next entries).

> The Martin Brothers - Stoopit [Dirtybird]

An extremely playful and funny track, out on VonStroke's label.

> Luke Solomon - Ghouls (Claude VonStroke's Beats From The Grave) [Rekid]

Altough the main track is also a very nice piece of spooky analogue action, VonStroke adds his phat bass and groove that makes feet move. I suppose it's not a coincidence that the record's been released on Helloween. Yesterday I heard this one played by Riton.

> Hugo - Alchemic Dancer [Floppy Funk]

Floppy Funk Records is French label specialising in that particular French micro-house style (Karat, Circus Company etc.) with a very funky/jazzy edge. Although B2 track is untypical and sounds more like Trentemoller's stuff.

> Sebo K - Horizons (Excerise One's Sleepless in San Juan mix) [Mobilee]

This is something special and the best remix from Mobilee's Back To Back series.

> Christian Paduraru - Sharing Transparently (Dave DK rmx) [Absurd]

Dave DK's remix is mellow but very nice - a good example of contemporary electronic deep house. By the way, Paduraru is another producer from Romania.

> Latex - The Porcupine [Rebelone]

Loco Dice + Martin Buttrich aka Latex deliver a remarkable latino influenced one-sided record.

Some other nice redords: Jay Haze - Berlin Pimping part 2 [Tuning Spork]; Inxec - At First I was ... A Duck [Contexterrior]; Guy Gerber & Shlomi Aber - A Sea of Sand [Cocoon]; H-Man - 51 Poland Street [Giant Wheel]; Audiofly X - 4 Play EP [Get Physical]

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