Little White Earbuds March Charts

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01. Robert Hood, Fabric 39 [Fabric] (buy)
fabric39.jpg The subtitle of this mix should be “In Case You Didn’t Know,” as the Godfather of minimal techno lays down 32 tracks of blisteringly paced techno/house with the same effortless intensity he’s long been known for. Aside from exclusive “elements” and a few from his latest Hoodmusic, Hood doesn’t step far from his comfort zone of old favorites. But when you’re creating a timeless mix, who needs un-vetted components?

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02. Cassy, “A Poem For You” [Uzuri] (buy mp3s)
apoem.jpg Though her singular style has largely remained the same, the precise tweaks Cassy makes on each subsequent release endear her to me ever more. Released by the fledgling (by rapidly growing) Uzuri, the long and lithe “For You” and “The Poem” wring so much dance floor magic from little more than her pipes and 808 everything. Bonus points for having Jus Ed chop and screw “For You” into a narco-house classic.

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03. Sascha Dive, “DEep” [Drumpoet Community] (buy)
deep.jpg This is the first time Mr. Dive has really caught my ear, but “Annihilating Rhythm” and Samuel L. Sessions’ “DEep” remix have held on to it for dear life. Choice vocal samples (kudos for grabbing Bobby Byrd), irresistible percussion arrangements which breathe and sigh and understated deep melodies, it all clicks on his Drumpoet debut. I can’t wait to play these out.

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04. Kalabrese, “118” [Phictiv] (buy)
118.jpg Switzerland’s sui generis answer to DFA’s organic dance sound is still turning out some of the best left field house music as evinced on his “118” EP for Phictiv (which only recently became available digitally). Kalabrese recruits vocalist Gustavo Delux to take the breezy “Alberto” to the next level and whispers naughty things in listeners’ ear on the subtly pulse-quickening “Makelovedisco.” Someone put him in a room with Henrik Schwarz and let’s see what fantastic mischief they get into.

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05. Omar-S, “Psychotic Photosynthesis”
[FXHE Records] (buy)

psychotic.jpg The fiercely independent Alex “Omar” Smith may have outdone himself with the colorful and prodigious single-sider, “Psychotic Photosynthesis.” Like an upstart heir to the mind-expanding majesty of C2’s “Revelee” remix, “Psychotic” riffs through beautiful and simple progressions as untamed pads roar to life in the background. Could be a devastating way to end a set.

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06. STL, “Lost In Brown Eyes” [Perlon] (buy)

07. MyMy, “Southbound” [Ostgut Tonträger] (buy)

08. Osborne, “Ruling EP” [Spectral Sound] (buy)

09. Sebbo, “Watamu Beach” [Desolat] (buy)

10. Satin Jackets, “Conspiracy Theories EP”
[Noble Square Records]

littlewhiteearbuds  on March 31, 2008 at 2:21 PM

Come again?

james  on March 31, 2008 at 4:46 PM

i bet it’s her ringtone!

Joe H  on April 2, 2008 at 3:30 PM

Any dates for the release of the cassy EP? Uzuri’s myspace says it should be out but i cant find links anywhere.

tibal  on April 3, 2008 at 1:12 AM

wow!, this cassy track’s beautiful! luv it!

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