Little White Earbuds July Charts


Chart courtesy of The Economist.

01. Shed, Shedding the Past [Ostgut Ton] shedding the past
In a year that’s shaping up quite nicely for techno/house albums, Shed’s long-playing debut is certain to be at the front of the pack. Internally diverse and unique among its peers, Shedding the Past truly dispenses with familiar forms (4×4 beats are a rarity) while firmly lodging itself in listeners’ pleasure centers with ease. Expect a full review of this beautiful and challenging album once it reaches stores.

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02. Dave Aju, “Crazy Place” [Circus Company] (buy)crazyplace.jpg
It’s taken me a minute to come to terms with Dave Aju’s sui generis brand of free jazz-inspired deep house, and I have his latest single, “Crazy Place,” largely to thank for putting things in focus. According to a blog on his Myspace, Aju’s forthcoming album is constructed entirely from sounds made with his mouth, a tactic which is happily apparent on “Crazy Place.” Its sputtering “hi-hat,” chorus of un-finessed vocals and rubbery synth line are endearing in a very human way. Luciano’s flipside remix is another treat, allowing only snippets of skin to show between gleaming metallic percussion. Highly recommended, and Open Wide is highly anticipated.

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03. Burger/Voigt, “Wand Aus Klang” [Kompakt] (buy)
It seems Wolfgang Voigt has caught the producing bug again: rekindling the Gas moniker, reviving the Profan label, and working with longtime partner, Jorg Burger. Their new “Roter Platz” single proves this is a good thing, as it revisits the pair’s seminal [Las Vegas] sound: a potent blend of electronics and rock which might just give you goosebumps. “Wand Aus Klang” (wall of sound, roughly) is the duo’s stunning addition to the shoegaze cannon, a gauzy drift down a droning river where guitars spar and vocals coo.

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04. Kelley Polar, “Magic Dance” [Rapster Records] (buy)lifeonmars.jpg
Any track opening with a request to “slap that baby” is sure to get listeners’ attention. But in the case of Kelley Polar’s fantastic David Bowie cover for the Life Beyond Mars compilation, it’s the music’s frantic frot which pulls me in, especially Polar’s stacked vocal harmonies. I can’t wait to start a night with this, half for audience reaction, half because I know they’ll love it.

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05. Kevin Saunderson, “Good Love” (Luciano’s Good Love Remix) [KMS] (buy)historyelevate4.jpg
Colin already did a good job describing Luciano’s series-beating remix of “Good Love,” but my enthusiasm overfloweth. Luciano’s signature warmth and restraint serves Paris Grey’s eyes-on-the-prize well, which is sparingly wrapped in flaring synth progressions and reinforced by unhinged sub-bass. And being the consummate DJ himself, Luciano tailors the remix for interesting mixes, as this one is sure to get aired out often this summer.

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06. STL, “Zeitsprung” [Something] (buy)
07. Niggemann & Poppcke, “L’Aurora” (Agnès Chicago Take) [Moonpool] (buy)
08. Cassy, “Idle Blues” [Cassy] (buy)
09. Andri, “Ala Bass” [Slutfunk Records] (buy)
10. John Daly, “Countdown to Zero” [Wave Music] (buy)

chrisdisco  on July 30, 2008 at 2:06 AM

haven’t heard all/most of them, but fully agree on the first two. the shed album is truly brilliant. this will be in a lot of top 10 lists for 2008. fantastic stuff.

Joe  on July 30, 2008 at 2:56 AM

I’m listening to ‘Flat Axe’ on Perc’s August promo mix and it’s pretty comfy.
Looking forward to hearing the whole album.

The ‘Good Love’ mix is class as well.

krul  on July 30, 2008 at 3:59 AM

Am I the only one who gets an error when trying to listen to the tracks?

craig gordon  on July 30, 2008 at 4:04 AM

I am also getting the error message.

littlewhiteearbuds  on July 30, 2008 at 5:21 AM

Thanks for the heads up. I’ll look into it ASAP.

krul  on July 30, 2008 at 5:49 AM

thx, really wanna hear the kelley polar track 😉

littlewhiteearbuds  on July 30, 2008 at 6:01 AM

A few HTML tweaks and now we should be fine. Stream away!

krul  on July 30, 2008 at 6:05 AM

works fine now, thx!

chris  on July 30, 2008 at 6:23 AM

every day i get more and more excited for the shed album. i agree with chris and i’ve not even heard it. i can only assume it’s gonna be one of the years best.

and i’m so happy that wolfgang has come back from being pretty dormant for awhile.

Will Lynch  on July 30, 2008 at 11:09 AM

yeah, shed rules.

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