Little White Earbuds May Charts


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01. Black Jazz Consortium, “Whats Up With the Love” [Soul People Music] (buy)
Fred P brings Structure, his second album as Black Jazz Consortium, to a close with the question, “What’s up with the love that you’re giving me?” Without any other lyrics to provide context for who he’s asking or why, listeners are left to drawn their own conclusions on the basis of the luscious instrumental sweeping beneath Fred’s filtered vocals. Sustained minor chords hover like looming interpersonal tension and interlock with a doleful synth progression to create sensual new harmonics. Whether it’s a significant other, family member, friend or fan he’s questioning, Fred seems resigned to reality and pours his feelings into this personally resonating tune. Perhaps his next album will provide an answer. In the meantime, show him some love and pick up this spectacular album.

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02. Planetary Assault Systems, “Temporary Suspension” [Ostgut Tonträger] (buy)
2009 seems like a year in which techno will pound dancers into the ground like rows of nails, and “Temporary Suspension,” the first single from Planetary Assault Systems’ new album of the same name, seems a likely hammer of choice for many DJs. Constantly intensifying and reshaping an oft bludgeoned note, Slater uses it to batter a synthetic bees’ nest, grinning with maniacal glee as they exit the hive to invade the stereo spectrum, stingers poised. Despite its simple aims, you can tell “Temporary Suspension” was meticulously labored over for maximum impact, from the use of space to the tightly assembled blitz of percussion. We expect this track to ignite many a dance floor this summer.

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03. 100 Hz, “Tension” [Bosconi Records] (buy)
Given the many gaps between their successive records and dance music’s long held propensity for focusing only on latest releases, it’s only somewhat surprising 100 Hz isn’t better known. That hasn’t stopped them from turning out quality house tunes when they do arrive, and 2009 looks set to host another prolific cycle. As with many 100 Hz tracks, “Tension” (from their Bosconi Records-released “Mila EP”) is briskly paced and laden with live vocals (while sampling the end bits of Peech Boys’ “Don’t Make Me Wait”). Its melodies streak by like headlights at night and on film, underpinned by an assertive bass riff and techy arpeggios. So while “Tension” is certainly a product of its time, one can’t help but hear 90’s motifs comparable to the ones the group used during its first heyday. If they keep turning out tracks like this, a second heyday may be in order.

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04. Peter Kruder, “Visions Ltd.”
[International Deejay Gigolo Records] (buy)

Most folks remember Peter Kruder as half of the legendary downtempo duo Kruder & Dorfmeister or one third of the Voom:Voom power trio with Cristian Prommer and Roland Appel. But if Kruder has his way, a slew of new records, starting with “Visions Ltd.,” will underline his solo production prowess. The A side makes floor-filling sense of a diverse web of elements — divebombing synth lines, a fluttering flock of flute licks, shimmering strings and bounding tom patterns — as only experienced hands could. Simultaneously hard charging and sensually detailed, “Visions Ltd.” proves there’s much more to Kruder than his past. Next up, a quality 12″ for Stefan Goldmann’s Macro label.

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05. Dapayk & Padberg, “Sugar” [Fenou] (buy)
Some people have a sweet tooth, others crave the savory, but combining those two flavors often draws admirers from both camps. “Sugar,” the first new solo record from Dapayk & Padberg since their hit 2007 album, Black Beauty, falls into the latter most category. This syrupy, romantic jam, in which Padberg encourages her man to take care of himself, too, is garnished with surprisingly minor vocal kernals that set it apart from most house tracks of this nature. The contrast provides a great counterweight to the silky blanket of electric piano trimmed with incisive viola runs and her coy delivery, which might otherwise make it too precious. Add an unexpected dash of sweet/savory to your sets, that is, if you can find one of the 500 copies of this limited 10″ from Fenou.

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06. Âme, “Ensor” [Innervisions] (buy)
07. DJ Koze, “Mrs. Bojangels”
[Circus Company] (buy)

08. Baby Ford, “No Day” [Perlon] (buy)
09. Jason Fine, “Half” (Anton Zap remix)
[Kontra-Musik] (buy)

10.
Peter Van Hoesen, “Attribute One”
[Time to Express] (buy)

Just a note that we are switching And Charts For All to a quarterly schedule to provide more accurate results of what you really like and save on chart fatigue. They will return at the end of June.


Staff Charts:

Bill Bearden:

01. Slaughter Mob, “Techno Skank” [Halo Beats]
02. Starkey, “Creature” [Planet Mu]
03. Various Production, “Bside” [Various Production]
04. Ginz & Joker, “Purple city” [Kapsize]
05. Benga, “Buzzin” [Tempa]
06. MRK1, “Kill Zone” [Contagious Recordings]
07. Joker, “Untitled_Rsn” [Tectonic]
08. Cluekid ft. Arorah, “Soul Vibe” [Soul Jazz Records]
09. 2nd II None, “Waterfallz” (Peverelist remix) [Heavy Artillery]
10. Current Value, “You Need A Therapist” [Guerilla Recordings]

Per Bojsen-Moller:

01. Holger Zilske, Holz [Playhouse]
02. Moderat, Moderat [Bpitch Control]
03. Efdemin, “Acid Bells” (Martyn’s Bittersweet Mix) [Métisse]
04. Gravious, “Jupiter Jazz” [Highpoint Lowlife]
05. Hector & Bryant, “Tension” (Appleblim & Al Tourettes remix)
[Phonica Records]
06. Luciano & Guy Gerber, “Arcenciel” [Cadenza]
07. King Midas Sound, “Ting Dub” [Hyperdub]
08. Brackles & Shortstuff, “Broken Harp” (Geiom remix) [Pollen]
09. Pantha Du Prince, “Behind the Stars” [Dial Records]
10. Sigha, “Remembrance” [Hotflush Recordings]

Chris Burkhalter:

01. Scott Grooves, “Detroit 808” (Delay Dub Panther Mix) [Natural Midi]
02. Benjamin Brunn, “Developers Live” [Dérive Schallplatten]
03. Peter Van Hoesen, “Attribute One” [Time to Express]
04. STL, “Six In a Row” [Smallville Records]
05. Santiago Salazar, “Arcade” [Macro]
06. Bsmnt City Anymle Kontrol, “The Perfekt Sin” [Wild Oats]
07. Tony Lionni, “Found a Place” [Ostgut Tonträger]
08. E.S.O.M., “Life Form” [Emphasis Recordings]
09. Levon Vincent, “Polar Bear Make Night With That Sea Lion”
[Deconstruct Music]
10. Burial & Four Tet, “Moth” [Text]

Peder Clark:

01. Tevo Howard, “Without Me” (Boogiedisco Mix)
[Beautiful Granville Records]
02. STL, “Silent State” [Smallville Records]
03. Norm Talley, “The Journey” [Third Ear Recordings]
04. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled B2” [Workshop]
05. Actress, “Ghosts Have a Heaven” [Prime Numbers]
06. Rick Wade, “The D” [Laid]
07. Anton Zap, “Mon 16.46” [Uzuri]
08. DJ Koze, “Mrs. Bojangels” [Circus Company]
09. Arthur Russell, “This Is How We Walk On The Moon” [Slow To Speak]
10. Mike Huckaby, “Love Filter” [Deep Transportation]

Todd Hutlock:

01. Linkwood Family, “Miles Away” (Intrusion Sunset Dub [Firecracker]
02. Carl Craig, “Angel” (Jerome Sydenham’s Vocal Dub) [Planet E]
03. DJ Koze, “Mrs. Bojangels” [Circus Company]
04. V/A, Picking O’er the Bones [Mordant Music]
05. Theo Parrish, “Space Station” [Sound Signature]
06. Son’s Of the Dragon, “The Journey Of Qui Niu” (Sqx Reconstruction) [echospace [detroit]]
07. The Field, Yesterday and Today [Kompakt]
08. Deuce, “Twerp Wiz” [Ostgut Tonträger]
09. Wareika, “King’s Child” (Ricardo Villalobos remix) [Motivbank]
10. Luciano & Guy Gerber, “Arcenciel” [Cadenza]

Kuri Kondrak:

01. Santiago Salazar, “Arcade” [Macro]
02. Scott Ferguson, “Dump Days” [Ferrispark]
03. James Kumo, “Space Dancer” [Metamorphic Recordings]
04. Quince, “For My Mr” (Sterac AKA Steve Rachmad remix) [Delsin]
05. DJ Daw, “Crystal” [Manuscript Records]
06. Ican, “Make It Hot” [Ican Productions]
07. Lowtec, “Stamping Ground” [Styrax Records]
08. Tony Lionni, “Found a Place” [Ostgut Tonträger]
09. Kai Alcé, “Ooohhh!” (Dubbyman remix) [Deep Explorer]
10. Florence, “The Vineyard” (Beat Pharmacy Dub) [Eevo Lute Muzique]

Chris Miller:

01. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled B1” [Workshop]
02. DJ Koze, “Mrs. Bojangels” [Circus Company]
03. Donnacha Costello, “Fathoms Deep” [Look Long]
04. STL, “Silent State” [Smallville Records]
05. Planetary Assault Systems, “Temporary Suspension”
[Ostgut Tonträger]
06. Untold, “I Can’t Stop This Feeling” [Hessle Audio]
07. Appleblim & Ramadanman, “Sous Le Sable” [Aus Music]
08. Sendai, “System Policy” (Peter Van Hoesen remix) [Time to Express]
09. N/A, “Variance IV” (Regis Edit) [Sandwell District]
10. Pantha Du Prince, “Behind the Stars” [Dial Records]

Jordan Rothlein:

01. Untold, “Anaconda” [Hessle Audio]
02. Milton Bradley, “Dystopian Vision” [Do Not Stop the Beat!]
03. EL-B, The Roots of El-B [Tempa]
04. Santiago Salazar, “Arcade” [Macro]
05. Planetary Assault Systems, “Temporary Suspension”
[Ostgut Tonträger]
06. Hector & Bryant, “Tension” (Appleblim & Al Tourettes remix)
[Phonica Records]
07. Uncle Bakongo, “Afar” [Roska Kicks & Snares]
08. Efdemin, “Acid Bells” (Martyn’s Bittersweet Mix) [Métisse]
09. Stimming, “The Loneliness” [Diynamic Music]
10. Anstam, “Cree” [Anstam]

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