Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Summer Here Kids ('stay alone/ put a record on/ listen to the songs/ keep yourself at home')

thanks to heat inertia, job, and the fact that while a test match is on all i do is sit around steadily growing into my XL Viz tshirt, i have heard very little new music recently. oh well, i thought i'd do a pointless self-indulgent run-down (possibly ongoing, we'll see) of what i have been enjoying during the sweaty months:

Luciano & Quenum 'Orange Mistake' (cadenza)
nice to see long standing structural traditions in house music being challenged (mainly the disco device of layers building and then breaking down), maybe showing that the microhouse thing is not just a sonic tweeing up of house, but a kind of commercial/cultural placement shakeup in making the dj's 12" record more home-listener friendly. this may sound a bit light-weight (some may see this as leaning too far over the hardcore/accessible spectrum*), but with some complaints that techno caters far more for the dj than the fan, this can only be a good thing in terms of popularity and success. Part of the reason that kompakt is now such a massive cult is surely their tireless compilation issuing, and the poppy accessibility of the tunes themselves. I wouldn't like a return to the idea of 'electronic listening music', but a move away from the great public-shunner 'trackiness' would realign it towards the enthusiast rather than trainspotter (subtle difference maybe).

anyway... orange mistake has this seven-note riff (it sounds kind of blues guitar-y, but played on a cheap unison organ) that is played in different ways within the constraints of keeping these clunky notes in that order (not that that makes much sense, er, you'll know if you heard it, it sounds like a ball bearing falling down differently shaped flights of stairs). it just bumps along until the snare kicks onto the off beat and then it's just wicked crisp jacking. 'Funky dandy' after some trickling water noises a groove forms and someone says 'so nice, so cool, fonky dandy' like a french robot chef. then this clipped riff in is brought in by a jarring Phil Collins drum break. it's so light that it only allows very small jerked body movements, I imagine only very stylish Parisians can adequately dance to this. Both these are so entertaining, so funny and, I was about to say tongue-in-cheek but that's exactly what they're not, they're sort of witty and sharp and happy.

Moodyman 'Music People' (KDJ)
i love the way in this it sounds like there are loads of people bustling around at a mardi gras carnival while the song plays in the background. The rhodes piano burbles just under the surface and everything has that aged classic feel. maybe he's run it through a slight high filter to stop anything sounding too new and metallic. After listing to so many minimal records recently it's quite odd to hear a tune with so many layers going on, something so unashamedly big. I'd be very suprised if Luke Vibert hadn't heard this before making kerrier district, as it's the same mix of disco classiscism and tripped-out repitition. I'd say vibert's is less dense and more synthetic; this feels more like the real thing. Haven't heard the Moodyman album yet, but (as opposed to the luciano stuff above) i hope it's more looped, tracky stuff like this. in this case I think song structure would be a mistake.

Graham Coxon 'Freakin' Out'
kind of a pastiche of big indie-rock hits. it has all those stage madness stares in all the right places, the right unexspected chord jump where the bassists knees would buckle, this song was MADE for the Reading festival. I can visualise bottles of piss and burly metallers just listening to it. cool guitar chops though, as if you were watching Ash or someone playing the smaller tent, while the occasional blurt of metallica headlining the main stage wafts over on the stinking breeze.


Blogger The MinMin Face said...

I know its not up-to-the minminute like the above releases, but I have been flying through hours at work on LFO 'Sheath'. I got caught by my manager freaking out to the hectic peak of 'Freak'. 'Unafraid to Linger' is unafraid to remenice over Selected Ambient Works. In fact the whole album feels like an update of Artificial Intelligence-era Warp, or a revisitation of 'Frequencies', the lineage between 'We Are Back' and 'Freak' clearly traceable. Along with the Arcola series and the renewed interest in Acid (Vibert, Ceephax et. al.), there seems to be a movement back towards the dancefloor within Warp, a welcome move after people like Vincent Gallo being signed up.
The album is complete with UK techno humour- i.e. 'funny' track names ('Mummy Ive had an accident').
When I listened to it on Real Player it looked up LFO's history on the Internet and gave me some insightful information:

Not to be confused with the U.K. techno duo with the same name, LFO (Lyte Funky Ones), are a boy band from Florida.

Ps. Freak really is the bomb.

August 3, 2004 at 3:17 PM  
Blogger Jak said...

what were you doing when you were caught? i was once caught in full knee-drop air guitar mode, though it was by my mum. I don't know if that's better or worse than boss.

i'd like to think that freak was made at the same time as the rest of the album, but as you say, it really does sound old skool. there's a square edged clunkiness to it that is mostly smoothed over on the other tracks i've heard.

Ps: got the womad photos back. i don't remember taking half of them. there's one that I'm sure i couldn't have taken on purpose, which is half a car number plate with the letters 'MBV' on it. Spooky.

August 3, 2004 at 4:06 PM  
Blogger The MinMin Face said...

"...around New Cross and Hatfield, there appears from time to time an unmistakable light -- a luminous fluorescent shape that fades and brightens, recedes and advances across the flat never-ending plain. It has mystified men for centuries. It fascinates. It begs you to follow. And it can be eerie and frightening on that lonely dark plain at night."
The Min Min light is reputed to be oval in shape and to move in irregular circles and spirals. It has been seen close to the surface and as high as 300 meters. Riders claim that their horses are not disturbed by it. But to everyone else its the fear.

August 3, 2004 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Jak said...


August 3, 2004 at 4:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey i dont feel so alone now, knowing that there is another blogger out there who cant afford to buy all the latest new releases :)

Rob from LEC

August 5, 2004 at 2:17 AM  
Blogger Laces said...

That Moodymann track is about 7-8 years old so one doubts that his album will sound like it! It's one of those tracks that a) got very limited pressing at the time and so has hung around for years and b) was well ahead of the curve anyhow. I remember trying (and failing) to slot it into early filterhouse cos it just didn't go. Would go a beaut with Kompakt type stuff though - thanks for the reminder, I'm going to have to go dig it out again!

August 6, 2004 at 7:25 AM  

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