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Forget Omar-S’ “Here’s Your Trance, Now Dance!!,” Scuba’s “Adrenalin,” and their oblique associations with that dirtiest of dirty words, trance. Tensnake’s remix of Phillip Lauer’s “Trainmann” busts the gates wide open. With its pounding kicks, soaring pads and “Greece 2000″-inspired bass line, it’s not alluding to trance: it is trance, albeit a little slower than the historical average. And that’s without discussing the main riff. Take the joyous xylophone from “Coma Cat,” spin it into more hypnotic form, and you have the laser-reaching motif of Marco Niemerski’s “Tranceman Remix.” It’s good, there’s no doubt. But are people quite ready to accept this kind of music again?

If not, there’s always the “Franceman Remix.” It’s much more in line with Niemerski’s usual output, set around an easy, hip-shaking groove rather than an amphetamine-charged pump. And though it retains a sense of euphoria, this time it’s much more restrained, losing the xylophone in favor of drawling chords and impassioned Michael Jackson-style yelps. In fact, the resemblance between the two versions is incredibly slight. All they share is Niemerski’s prodigious talent for penning infectious hits. In the case of “Coma Cat,” this skill was able to alter many perceptions of what constitutes “cheese.” Whether it’ll be able to revive the credibility of an entire genre remains to be seen.

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LWE’s Top 25 Tracks of 2010 (5-1) http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/chart/lwes-top-25-tracks-of-2010-5-1/ http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/chart/lwes-top-25-tracks-of-2010-5-1/#comments Fri, 17 Dec 2010 06:01:44 +0000 http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/?p=17136
05. Actress, “Maze”
[Honest Jon's Records] (buy)

Every year there are a run of artists who completely shake the foundations of music, mercilessly messing with your preconceptions of sound and style, extending a beckoning finger for you to join, follow or simply witness as they blast off into orbit. Actress sent out a clear mission statement earlier this year with the two EPs that preceded his second full length album, Splazsh, that he was approaching each release with the spirit of an explorer who sets out to conquer rather than return. Taken from the Paint, Straw And Bubbles EP but also appearing on Splazsh, “Maze” sets out in search of narcotized, sci-fi funk via 80′s video game theme music. Its demented, shuffling chug through marshy layers of pitched down, Drexciyan inspired electro reported that on his mission, Actress was conquering some far off, alien dance floor and he wasn’t leaving there until every last mind was turned on to his vision. (Per Bojsen-Moller)


04. Tensnake, “Coma Cat”
[Permanent Vacation] (buy)

Click through to a couple Q&As and you’ll find Marco Niemerski describing “Coma Cat” as “catchy.” Let’s just say that the man who records as Tensnake favors modest understatement. This gleaming, housed-up rework of Anthony Malloy’s 1986 boogie hit “What I Like” was in heavy demand in January, and grew to an unavoidable crossover phenomenon by summer’s end, spilling over from dance floors and podcasts to MTV Europe and H&M in-store playlists. But it’s a testament to that aforementioned tendency to understatement that, despite the inundation of the track in all manner of trending media, those ubiquitous steel drums still brighten our eyes at year’s end. “Coma Cat” is a regular parade of clever retro signifiers, but it never winks. Meticulously and tactfully composed, it’s a tough track to date, with keyboard flourishes that stop short of irony, content to sound studiously just right. Yet it’s something more slippery than taste — and much simpler — that ranks “Coma Cat” among the year’s finest. It’s that it sounds bright, shiny and warm, and feels like a big toothy grin — a beckoning we’re helpless to resist. Okay, yeah… it’s catchy. (Chris Burkhalter)


03. Elgato, “Blue”
[Hessle Audio] (buy)

Apart from a house tempo and intro/outro kicks, Elgato’s “Blue” hardly screams hot dance track. Rather, it showcases the true potential of “bass music” by layering wispy, shimmering, synthetic clouds atop a bottomless sub-bass rumble. The sparse, Impressionist piece that ensues quickly submerges the listener in the headiest narcosis, centered around a strained, floating “my dreams” mantra, the foil for the punishing sub-and-snare combination beneath. Elgato toys with this contrast throughout, at one point launching into a beatless breakdown that lasts the better part of two minutes. You can move to it, but I find it’s best appreciated as a sort of landscape — one of steely, nocturnal, lovesick desolation. An absolutely incredible, engrossing debut. (Steve Kerr)


02. Kyle Hall, “Kaychunk”
[Hyperdub] (buy)

Too often Kyle Hall’s age becomes a deciding factor in how people rate the quality of his music. I’ll be the first to admit it was an angle I was quick to jump on when I first wrote about him. But a few years have passed since then and Hall hasn’t let his underage status guide his career. Sure we’ve seen an increase in his productions this year, but if you listen closely you can hear that Hall is trying to give us something different with each one. In the case of “Kaychunk” we got a piece that was very unique and truly special. Although at first its punch drunk rhythm of sputtering snares and skipping kicks seems like a muddle, the nimble bass line, flickering synth arpeggios and warm chords coalesce into a glorious jazz fueled flight. Its appearance on Hyperdub linked the release to London dubstep but it had much more in common with the city’s decades old broken beat scene while sharing a strong footing with forward thinking Detroit producers like Anthony “Shake” Shakir and Marcellus Pittman. In a year that held plenty of gold, “Kaychunk” was the nugget that could not be outshined. (Kuri Kondrak)


01. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled”
[Laid] (buy)

One reason why Gunnar Wendel, better known as Kassem Mosse, has earned such a devoted following is his ability to synthesize the moods, rhythms, sound design, melodies and structures of several decades of electronic music in his own tracks. This was never more apparent than on his “Untitled” tune for Laid, a master stroke of densely layered progressions and patterns that summoned the essence of great works before it to create something entirely singular to Wendel’s aesthetic. Its phalanx of percussion crunches and slices with utmost precision, taking unexpected paths, hardly ever resting, and yet it never overwhelms its melodic counterparts or audiences. The interplay between its halcyon bells, smokey, swaying pads and beatific synth leads is positively ambrosial, each element gaining greater consonance by being heard together. Even the swirling, through-the-wormhole crowd noise book-ending the track is an essential element, a brief glimpse of humanity in the workings of a celestial machine. Heard through a club’s system, “Untitled” feels as if it were painted with broad, euphoric strokes; studied through headphones, it reveals intricately carved timbres and sonic details. In kind, it’s the sort of record DJs and home listeners treasure with equal relish. “Untitled” was the rare tune which cut across all sorts of personal tastes, appearing on nearly every LWE staffer’s ballot and besting all competitors by leaps and bounds. It is, without a doubt, the most essential track released in 2010. (Steve Mizek)

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Staff Lists:

Per Bojsen-Moller

01. James Blake, “I Only Know (What I Know Now)” [R&S]
02. Actress, “Maze” [Honest Jon's]
03. NDF, “Since We Last Met” [DFA]
04. Mount Kimbie, “Before I Move Off” [Hotflush Recordings]
05. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
06. Bakey Ustl, “A Tender Places” [Unthank]
07. LCD Soundsystem, “Hit” [DFA]
08. James Blake, “CMYK” [R&S]
09. Kassem Mosse, “We Speak To Those” [Nonplus Records]
10. Andrea, “You Still Got Me” [Daphne]
11. Nicolas Jaar, “A Time For Us” [Wolf + Lamb]
12. Pilooski, “AAA” [Rvng Intl.]
13. Ramadanman, “Glut” [Hessle Audio]
14. L.B. Dub Corp, “It’s What You Feel” [Ostgut Ton]
15. Portable, “Find Me” [Perlon]
16. Ron Deacon, “Secret Garden” (Lowtec Dub) [Farside]
17. FaltyDL, “Endeavour” [Planet Mu]
18. Axel Boman, “Purple Drank” [Pampa]
19. Conforce, “Love Hate” [Meanwhile]
20. John Roberts, “Lesser” [Dial]
21. Jon McMillion, “Love of Parking” (Juju & Jordash EWF Version)
[Nuearth Kitchen]
22. Red Rack’em, “In Love Again” [Untracked]
23. Anton Zap, “I Get No Kick From Champagne” [Ethereal Sounds]
24. Gold Panda, “You” [Ghostly International]
25. Joy Orbison, “The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow” [Aus Music]
26. DJ Koze, “Blume Der Nacht” [Pampa]
27. Vakula, “I Forget” (Juju & Jordash Vakula/Drakula Remix)
[Best Works Records]
28. Function, “Untitled” [Sandwell District]
29. Fred P, “On This Vibe” [Esperanza]
30. Ame, “Rrose Selavy” [Innervisions]

Chris Burkhalter

01. Hungry Ghost, “Illuminations” (Marcellus Pittmann Remix) [International Feel]
02. Protect-U, “Double Rainbow” [Future Times]
03. Tensnake, “Coma Cat’ [Permanent Vacation]
04. Kassem Mosse, “Hi Res” [Nonplus]
05. Kyle Hall, “Kaychunk” [Hyperdub]
06. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
07. Shake, “Frayed” [Fit]
08. Zak Khutoretsky, “Polyphonic Love” [Transmat]
09. Quest, “Smooth Skin” [Deep Medi Musik]
10. Alex Smith, “Here With Me” [FXHE]
11. Fred P, “On This Vibe” [Esperanza]
12. Actress, “Maze” [Honest Jon's]
13. Black Jazz Consortium, “Applied Vibes” [Laid]
14. Actress, “Purrple Splazsh” [Honest Jon's]
15. M. Pittman, “Erase The Pain” [Fit]
16. Moody, “It’s 2 Late 4 U & Me” [KDJ]
17. Reggie Dokes, “Until Tomorrow” [Royal Oak]
18. Move D, “Your Personal Healer” [Uzuri]
19. Crue-L Grand Orchestra, “(You Are) More Than Paradise”
(Theo Parrish Translation Long Version 1) [Crue-L Grand Records]
20. Reggie Dokes, “Mother Africa” [Deep Explorer]
21. Mark du Mosch, “Revenger” [Cyber Dance]
22. Urban Tribe, “Insolitoligy” [Planet E]
23. Ramadanman, “Work Them” [Swamp 81]
24. Pinch, “Croydon House” [Swamp 81]
25. Conforce, “The Land of the Highway” [Meanwhile]
26. Juju & Jordash, “Tattoo’s Island” [Philpot]
27. Jitterbug, “Thanx Spencer” [Uzuri]
28. Space Dimension Controller, “Journey to the Center of the Unknown Sphere” [Royal Oak]
29. The Godson, “Analog Love” [Rush Hour]
30. Daniel Stefanik, “#one” [Kann Records]

Steve Kerr

01. Elgato, “Blue” [Hessle Audio]
02. Horizontal Ground, “Snakes Cave” [Horizontal Ground]
03. Kowton, “Basic Music Knowledge” [Idle Hands]
04. Blondes, “You Mean So Much to Me” [Merok]
05. Falty DL, “All in the Place” [Rush Hour]
06. Jouem, “Dyad” [Just Another Beat]
07. T++, “Cropped” [Honest Jon’s]
08. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
09. Bakey Ustl, “Tender Places” [Unthank]
10. Lowtec, “Untitled” [Workshop]
11. Roof Light, “Palm” [Millions of Moments]
12. Joe, “Claptrap” [Hessle Audio]
13. Teengirl Fantasy, “Cheaters” [Merok]
14. Vakula, “You Can Do” [Firecracker]
15. Stingray313, “Sphere of Influence” [Nakedlunch]
16. Ramadanman, “Don’t Change For Me” [Hessle Audio]
17. Andy Stott, “Tell Me Anything” [Modern Love]
18. Oni Ayhun, “OAR004-A” [OAR]
19. Milton Bradley, “Interdimensional Entity” [Prologue]
20. Instra:mental, “Let’s Talk” [Nakedlunch]
21. Ciara, “Ride” [LaFace]
22. Madteo, “Untitled” [Workshop]
23. LV, “Boomslang” [Hyperdub]
24. Morphosis, “Musafir” [M>O>S Recordings]
25. Actress, “Machine and Voice” [Nonplus Records]
26. Jody Breeze, “The Way I Move” [Ghettophiles]
27. Pional, “In Another Room” [Hivern Disc]
28. DJ Nate, “Imaburnhim” [Planet Mu]
29. Nuel, “Untitled (B2)” [Aquaplano]
30. Girl Unit, “Wut” [Night Slugs]

Anton Kipfel

01. KiNK, “Kiss the Sky” [Boe Recordings]
02. Oskar Offermann & Moomin, “Hardmood” [Aim]
03. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
04. Roni Nachum, “Guest Service Shalom” [Fine Art Recordings]
05. Fred P., “On This Vibe” (Original Raw Mix) [Esperanza]
06. Tensnake, “Coma Cat” [Permanent Vacation]
07. Axel Boman, “Purple Drank” [Pampa Records]
08. LB Dub Corp, “It’s What You Feel” [Ostgut Ton]
09. Wax, “No. 30003 A” [Wax]
10. Kyle Hall, “Kaychunk” [Hyperdub]
11. John Roberts, “White” [Laid]
12. Seuil, “Blank Love” [New Kanada]
13. James Blake, “The Bells Sketch” [Hessle Audio]
14. Chaton, “+91 Ahead” (Quarion BKLYN Version) [Plak Records]
15. Marino Berardi, “Best Intention” [Room With A View]
16. Morphosis, “Musafir” [M>O>S Recordings]
17. Brandt Brauer Frick, “Bop” [The Gym]
18. Steffi ft. Elif Biçer, “Kill Me” (Instrumental Dub Mix) [Ostgut Ton]
19. Peter Van Hoesen, “Irrational X” [Exone]
20. Floating Points, “Shark Chase” [Eglo Records]
21. Nico Purman, “Chamomile” [Vakant]
22. Space Dimension Controller, “Mercurial Attraction” [R&S]
23. Chicago Skyway, “Resolution M” [Uzuri]
24. Ben Klock, “Compression Session 1″ [Ostgut Ton]
25. Elgato, “Blue” [Hessle Audio]
26. Urban Tribe, “Program 5″ [Mahogani Music]
27. Sigha, “Early Morning Lights” (Marcel Dettmann Remix) [Our Circula Sound]
28. Santiago Salazar, “Your Club Went Hollywood” (Aaron-Carl Remix) [Wallshaker Music]
29. Nicolas Jaar, “Don’t Believe The Hype” [Double Standard Records]
30. DJ Bone, “Sunday Morning” [Sect Records]

Kuri Kondrak

01. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
02. Space Dimension Controller, “Journey to the Center of the Unknown Sphere” [Royal Oak]
03. Marcellus Pittman, “Razz 09″ [Unirhthym]
04. Kyle Hall, “Kaychunk” [Hyperdub]
05. Lone, “Once In A While” [Werk]
06. Morphosis, “Musafir” [M>O>S Recordings]
07. FaltyDL, “All In The Place” [Rush Hour]
08. Big Strick, “Old E 800″ [FXHE]
09. Red Rack’em, “In Love Again” [Untracked]
10. Arto Mwambe, “Love Lift” [Brontosaurus]
11. Juju & Jordash, “Tattoo’s Island” [Philpot]
12. Urban Tribe, “Insolitology” [Planet E]
13. Glenn Underground, “Ninja” [Rush Hour]
14. Fred P, “On This Vibe” [Esperanza]
15. Billy Love, “Can’t Keep Running Away” [Sound Signature]
16. Hungry Ghost, “Illuminations” (Marcellus Pittman Remix) [International Feel]
17. Gegenheimer, “21:4 (The IPS Prayer)” [Ratio? Music]
18. A Guy Called Gerald, “Conclusion In F Min Blue” [Laboratory Instinct]
19. Jaime Read, “Messages From Outerspace” [Elektrosouls]
20. Keith Worthy, “Rocket Science (K-Dub’s Motor City Mayhem Mix)”
[Aesthetic Audio]
21. FaltyDL, “Endeavour” [Planet Mu]
22. Caribou, “Sun” [Merge]
23. Andy Stott, “Tell Me Anything” [Modern Love]
24. 2 AM/FM, “Desolate Cities” [M>O>S Recordings]
25. Oni Ayhun, “OAR004-B” [Oni Ayhun Records]
26. Alex.O.Smith, “Plesetsk Cosmodrome” [FXHE]
27. Miles Sagnia, “Interplanetary Visitors” [Ornate]
28. Commix, “Strictly” (Kassem Mosse Needs To Feel Edit) [Metalheadz]
29. Conforce, “Shade” [Delsin]
30. Carlos Nilmns, “The BBQ (edit 2)” [Dontstop]

Chris Miller

01. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
02. Ramadanman, “Glut” [Hemlock]
03. Levon Vincent, “Double Jointed Sex Freak” [Novel Sound]
04. Elgato, “Blue” [Hessle Audio]
05. STL, “Vintage Hunter” [Something Records]
06. Fred P., “It Is What It Is” [Strength Music]
07. 19.26.1.18.5, “Snake Cave” [Horizontal Ground]
08. John Roberts, “White” [Laid]
09. Morphosis, “Musafir” [M>O>S Recordings]
10. Ramadanman, “Don’t Change For Me” [Hessle Audio]
11. Oni Ayhun, “OAR004 A” [Oni Ayhun Records]
12. Move D, “Aspiration 2010″ [Soul People Music]
13. Joy Orbison, “The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow” [Aus Music]
14. Mount Kimbie, “Carbonated” [Hotflush Recordings]
15. Conforce, “Grace” [Delsin]
16. Pearson Sound, “Blanked” [Hessle Audio]
17. SCB, “20_4″ [SCB]
18. A Made Up Sound, “Alarm” [A Made Up Sound]
19. Steffi, “Reasons” [Underground Quality]
20. Silent Servant, “SDSMP 2 A1″ [Sandwell District]
21. Peter van Hoesen, “Closing The Distance/Toy Universe” [Time To Express]
22. Shackleton, “Man On A String” [Woe To The Septic Heart!]
23. Alex Smith, “Three Blind Rats” [FXHE]
24. Andy Stott, “Tell Me Anything” [Modern Love]
25. Addison Groove, “Footcrab” [Swamp81]
26. James Blake, “The Bells Sketch” [Hessle Audio]
27. 2 AM/FM, “Desolate Cities” [M>O>S Deep]
28. Space Dimension Controller, “Mercurial Attraction” [R&S Records]
29. DJ Qu, “Runwitit” [Underground Quality]
30. FaltyDL, “Filthy Divinity” [Planet Mu]

Steve Mizek

01. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
02. Dexter, “Junofest” [Rush Hour Recordings]
03. John Roberts, “Ever Or Not” [Dial]
04. Gerd, “Friendly Fire” [Royal Oak]
05. Kyle Hall, “Kaychunk” [Hyperdub]
06. James Blake, “I Only Know (What I Know Now)” [R&S Records]
07. Steffi ft. Elif Bicer, “Kill Me” (Instrumental Dub) [Ostgut Ton]
08. KiNK, “Kiss the Sky” [Boe Recordings]
09. Joy Orbison, “So Derobe” [Aus Music]
10. Nebraska, “Arrondissement” [Rush Hour Recordings]
11. Space, “Deliverance” (Justus Köhncke’s Wild Pitch Mix) [Nang Records]
12. ceo, “White Magic” [Sincerely Yours]
13. Axel Boman, “Purple Drank” [Pampa Records]
14. Challenge, “Wind Up” [Marketing Music]
15. Pangaea, “Why” [Hessle Audio]
16. Tama Sumo & Prosumer, “Rareified” (Oliverwho Factory Remix) [Ostgut Ton]
17. Andre Lodemann, “Still Dreaming” [Freerange Records]
18. Jamie Woon, “Night Air” (Ramadanman Refix) [Candent Songs]
19. Jouem, “Drifting” [Just A Beat]
20. Elgato, “Blue” [Hessle Audio]
21. Ripperton, “At Peace” (I:Cube Tape Mix) [Green]
22. Oskar Offermann & Moomin, “Hardmood” [Aim]
23. Brandt Brauer Frick, “Bop” [The Gym]
24. Roska ft. Anesha, “I Need Love” [Rinse Recordings]
25. Oriol, “Coconut Coast” [Planet Mu]
26. Sebastien San ft. Aaron-Carl, “Faces” (Other Mix) [Room With A View]
27. Marcel Fengler, “Rapture” [Ostgut Ton]
28. Fudge Fingas, “MmmHmm” [Prime Numbers]
29. NDF, “Since We Last Met” [DFA Records]
30. Peter Van Hoesen, “Irrational X” [Exone]

Sarah Joy Murray

01. Moody, “Ol’ Dirty Vinyl (U Used to Know)” [KDJ]
02. Reagenz, “Dinner with Q” [Workshop]
03. STL, “Vintage Hunter” [Something]
04. Public Lover, “We Are” [thesongsays]
05. Shed, “44A (Hardwax Forever!)” [Ostgut Ton]
06. Lerosa, “Common Thief” [Further]
07. Steffi “Kill Me (Instramental Dub Mix)” [Ostgut Ton]
08. DJ Qu, “Party People Clap (Levon Vincent Remix)” [Deconstruct]
09. WAX, “Wax 003 – B” [Wax]
10. Moody, “It’s 2 Late 4 U And Me” [KDJ]
11. Schweiz Rec, “Untitled” [Workshop]
12. John Swing, “Always at Night” [Relative]
13. Ninca Leece, “Feed Me Rainbows” [thesongsays]
14. Sound Stream, “All Night” [Sound Stream]
15. Sun Ra, “Saga of Resistance (Theo Parrish Dub)” [Kindred Spirits]
16. Lowtec, “Untitled” [Workshop]
17. Skudge, “Convolution” [Skudge]
18. Nick Höppner, “Umbrella Pitch” [Ostgut Ton]
19. Jason Fine, “Control Voltage (Oni Ayhun Remix)” [Kontra Musik]
20. Romanthony, “Let Me Show You Love (Approach to Temple)” [Decks Classix]
21. Matthew Herbert, “Leipzig” [Accidental]
22. Space Dimension Controller, “Transatlantic Landing Bay” [R&S]
23. Redshape, “Drama” [Present]
24. Ruede Hagelstein, “Emergency” [Souvenir]
25. Ron Deacon, “Untitled” [Workshop]
26. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
27. John Daly, “Big Piano” [Drumpoet Community]
28. Cologne Tape, “Render 4″ [Magazine]
29. Oliver Deutschmann & James Blonde, “Milanese” (Quarion Remix)
[Falkplatz Limitiert]
30. KiNK, “E 79″ [Ovum]

Keith Pishnery

01. Simian Mobile Disco, “Cruel Intentions” (Joker Remix) [Simian Mobile Disco]
02. Eskmo, “Lands and Bones” [Warp]
03. Slugabed, “Ultra Heat Treated” [Planet Mu]
04. Innerpartysystem, “American Trash” (Starkey Remix) [Red Bull]
05. Kuedo, “Starfox” [Planet Mu]
06. Rudi Zygadlo, “Resealable Friendship” [Planet Mu]
07. Untold, “Stop What You’re Doing” (James Blake Remix) [Hemlock]
08. Jus Wan, “Azure” [Pushing Red]
09. Kastle, “Better Off Alone” [Seclusiasis]
10. Chemical Brothers, “Swoon” [Virgin]

Jordan Rothlein

01. James Blake, “Footnotes” [R & S Records]
02. Ndf, “Since We Last Met” [DFA]
03. Pearson Sound, “Blanked” [Hessle Audio]
04. Storm Queen, “Look Right Through” [Environ]
05. Function, “Untitled (Sandwell District Sampler 1)” [Sandwell District]
06. Silent Servant, “Untitled (Sandwell District Sampler 2)” [Sandwell District]
07. John Roberts, “Porcelain” [Dial]
08. Fred P, “It Is What It Is” [Strength Music]
09. Sepalcure, “The Warning” [Hotflush Recordings]
10. Kyle Hall, “Kaychunk” [Hyperdub]
11. Nebraska, “Bar Stories” [Rush Hour]
12. Joy Orbison, “The Shrew Would Have Cushioned The Blow” [Aus Music]
13. Oni Ayhun, “OAR004 A” [Oni Ayhun Records]
14. Mount Kimbie, “Maybes (James Blake Remix)” [Hotflush Recordings]
15. Shed, “No Way!” [Ostgut Ton]
16. Digital Mystikz, “Return II Space” [DMZ]
17. Elgato, “Blue” [Hessle Audio]
18. Shifty Science, “Love’s Not Fading (Earth House Hold Mix)” [Love's Label]
19. Terrence Dixon, “Room 310 (Upperground Orchestra Supreme Present Mix)” [Meakusma]
20. Tin Man, “Stand By Me” [White Denim]
21. DJ Jus-Ed, “I’m Comin’ (Levon Vincent Mix)” [Underground Quality]
22. Sound Stream, “Wenn Meine Mutti Wüsste” [Ostgut Ton]
23. Sleigh Bells, “Tell ‘Em” [Mom + Pop]
24. Pangaea, “Sunset Yellow” [Hessle Audio]
25. Ramadanman, “Tempest” [Swamp81]
26. Cloudmaster Weed, “Com On N Join Us” [Soiree]
27. Mount Kimbie, “At Least (Instra:mental Remix)” [Hotflush Recordings]
28. Even Tuell, “Untitled (Workshop 11)” [Workshop]
29. Donato Dozzy, “Untitled (C1)” [Further Records]
30. Kanye West, “All Of The Lights” [Roc-A-Fella]

Andrew Ryce

01. Peverelist, “Better Ways Of Living” [Punch Drunk]
02. Ramadanman, “Don’t Change For Me” [Hessle Audio]
03. Actress, “Maze” [Honest Jon’s]
04. Mount Kimbie, “Maybes” (James Blake Remix) [Hotflush]
05. Instra:mental, “Let’s Talk” [[Naked Lunch]]
06. Addison Groove, “Footcrab” [Swamp81]
07. Hyetal, “Phoenix” [Orca]
08. Discreet Unit, “Shake Your Body Down” [Prime Numbers]
09. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
10. Girl Unit, “Wut” [Night Slugs]
11. Martyn, “Is This Insanity?” (Ben Klock Remix) [3024]
12. Ramadanman, “Work Them” [Swamp81]
13. Scratcha DVA, “Natty” [Hyperdub]
14. Traversable Wormhole, “Closed Timelike Curve” (Marcel Dettmann Remix) [CLR]
15. ASC, “Reality Check” [Auxiliary]
16. Oni Ayhun, “004-A” [OAR]
17. Terror Danjah, “Reinforced” [RWINA]
18. Illum Sphere, “Titan” [3024]
19. T Williams, “Afric” [Local Action]
20. DJG, “Time Is The Fire” [Transistor]
21. Downliners Sekt, “Selfish G” [Disboot]
22. Breach, “Fatherless” [PTN]
23. Aera, “Daidalus” [Aleph]
24. Dexter, “Junofest” [Rush Hour]
25. Pangaea, “Why” [Hessle Audio]
26. West Norwood Cassette Library, “What It Is” [WNCL]
27. Joy Orbison, “So Derobe” [Aus]
28. Brendon Moeller, “Close Up” [Delsin]
29. D.O.K., “Chemical Planet” [Butterz]
30. Peter Van Hoesen, “Irrational X” [Exone]

Jack Scourfield

01. oOoOO, “NoSummr4U” [Disaro]
02. Letherette, “In July Focus” [Ho Tep]
03. Midnight Magic, “Beam Me Up” (Jacques Renault Remix)
[Permanent Vacation]
04. James Blake, “CMYK” [R&S Records]
05. Tensnake, “Coma Cat” [Permanent Vacation]
06. Girl Unit, “Wut” [Night Slugs]
07. Swindle, “Airmiles” [Planet Mu]
08. Fritz Kalkbrenner, “Facing The Sun” [Suol]
09. Deadboy, “If U Want Me” [Numbers]
10. Darkstar, “Gold” [Hyperdub]
11. Kink, “Existence” [Ovum]
12. Addison Groove, “Footcrab” [Swamp 81]
13. xxxy, “This Much” [Fortified Audio]
14. Balam Acab, “Regret Making Mistakes” [Tri Angle]
15. Rudi Zygadlo, “Resealable Friendship” [Planet Mu]
16. Joe, “Claptrap” [Hessle Audio]
17. Submerse, “Hold It Down” [Well Rounded]
18. Ramadanman, “Work Them” [Swamp 81]
19. oOoOO, “Burnout Eyess” [Tri Angle]
20. DJ Rashad, “Who Da Coldest” [Planet Mu]
21. Debruit, “Nigeria What?” [Civil Music]
22. Jamie Woon, “Night Air” (Ramadanman Refix) [Candent Songs]
23. Ikonika, “Idiot” [Hyperdub]
24. Lone, “Pineapple Crush” [Magic Wire]
25. Pantha du Prince, “Stick To My Side” [Rough Trade]
26. Illum Sphere, “Titan” [3024]
27. MMM, “Nous Sommes MMM” [MMM]
28. FunkinEven, “Heart Pound” [Eglo]
29. Aeroplane, “We Can’t Fly” [Eskimo]
30. Daedelus, “You’ve Heard” [All City]

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Little White Earbuds July Charts 2010 http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/chart/little-white-earbuds-july-charts-4/ http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/chart/little-white-earbuds-july-charts-4/#comments Mon, 02 Aug 2010 05:03:23 +0000 http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/?p=14030 01. Kassem Mosse, "Untitled" [Laid] 02. Space, "Deliverance" (Justus Köhncke's Wild Pitch Mix) [Nang Records] 03. D-Bridge, "ZX81" (Shed Remix) [Fat City] 04. Challenge, "Wind Up" [Marketing Music] 05. Azari & III, "Reckless (With Your Love)" (Tensnake Remix) [Permanent Vacation] 06. The Gathering, "In My System" (Jef K's System Mix) [Silver Network] 07. Midland, "Play The Game" (Dexter Remix) [Phonica Records] 08. Function, "Untitled" [Sandwell District] 09. Jitterbug, "Thanx Spencer" [Uzuri] 10. Peter Van Hoesen, "Irrational X" [Exone]]]>
Chart courtesy of The Economist

01. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid] (buy)
I’m sure Gunnar Wendel’s trickle of new releases is partially about quality control, but I also get the sense he also spends a tremendous amount of time on each track before sending it off into the world. While “Untitled” from the Laid released Workshop EP comes across as effortless and resplendent it’s easy to imagine how many hours Wendel spent hunched over a table full of hardware to arrive at it’s sumptuous level of detail. From a raw and rigorous starting point the track takes a more blissful turn into hypnotic pulses and dreamy progressions that are impeccably layered and deftly stripped out — it’s beautiful from all angles. With such stunning results whenever they leave Wendel’s lab, I’m ready and willing to be patient.

02. Space, “Deliverance” (Justus Köhncke’s Wild Pitch Mix) [Nang Records] (buy)
Remixing “Deliverance,” by renowned Euro disco group Space must have been a great honor for Justus Köhncke, one of three tapped by Nang Records for the task. To my ears his “Wild Pitch Mix” treat its as such and is the best of the bunch, homing in on the original’s gritty and alluring bass line and choice vocal bits to be enmeshed in moody house elements. Both its main lyric and the tenacious tone of the pads and piano chords demands, “Who are you?” Dark, sassy and insistent, Köhncke’s mix is arresting and deserves to be in house DJs’ bags en masse.

03. D-Bridge, “ZX81″ (Shed Remix) [Fat City] (buy)
Known for producing everything from floor-flattening dubstep to tough yet melodic techno and classically influenced house, it’s never a sure bet which René Pawlowitz is going to show up on a release or remix. To some extent that’s part of the appeal — he’s more than talented enough to pull off almost any style he tries — and on Shed’s remix of D-Bridge’s “ZX81″ almost every angle of his multifarious skill set is brought to bear. Gritty crackles and muted percussion suggest the start of something aggressive, a hunch that’s seemingly confirmed by the growling bass line clawing its way through the din. Yet only moments later blithe melodies whistle through the carnage like singing wasps that eventually open up the tune for a dizzying breakdown. Mowed over but with smiles on their faces, audiences get everything they could want from Pawlowitz in the space of five minutes. We’ll see how his diverse collection of sonic palettes fares on a larger canvas with his forthcoming sophomore album, The Traveller.

04. Challenge, “Wind Up” [Marketing Music] (buy)
In the rush to be a part of the burgeoning nu-disco scene a lot of producers have fallen prey to replicating the easiest, most reliable tropes like slapped bass lines and cheesy 80s synth presets. That’s not the case for Challenge, the pairing of Pete Herbert (also of Reverso 68) and Tim Paris (Marketing Music label manager and a fine producer in his own right). The pair made their debut on Kompakt’s K2 sub-label back in 2008 but they’re likely to make a much bigger splash with the Broken Clock EP for Marketing Music, especially because of the big B side, “Wind Up.” Used to kick things off with a bang on my Curator’s Cuts podcast, “Wind Up” is all about friction where its peers try to be smooth: bristling synth timbres, nagging vocal samples, and kit percussion that feels bashed out by a live drummer. The overall effect is one of unexpectedly bountiful catchiness as its thorny textures find more ways to get caught in listeners’ ears. With an easily distinguishable sound married to accomplished songwriting, “Wind Up” is more than enough to brave hunting down a record on an unGoogleable label.

05. Azari & III, “Reckless (With Your Love)” (Tensnake Remix) [Permanent Vacation] (buy)
As an avowed fan of late 20th century pop music, Tensnake was an ideal candidate to remix Azari & III’s “Reckless (With Your Love),” a fantastic tune that draws inspiration from roughly the same time period. It’s not terribly surprising, then, that his remix plays up the common ground between them: pinwheeling cowbell hits, bright piano chords and exuberant pads, and oddly familiar drum breaks evoke the period with panache as Starving Yet Full’s vocals repeat themselves like a hall of mirrors. In this XLR8R feature Tensnake swears he eschews samples in favor of recreating recognizable sounds on his own gear, and on this remix he pushes that claim to the edge of believability as the familiar synth jabs of C+C Music Factory’s “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” interject and lock into the now recognizable drum patterns. Purists might shun the remix for taking such a big bite from an obvious touchstone, but it doesn’t change the fact that it’s perfectly jubilant and otherwise expertly executed. The reference is a bridge between the artists’ styles that’s sure to drive dancers crazy, and unlike Joris Voorn’s “The Secret” it’s not the track’s basis. Still, Tensnake should be careful of the tantalizing trap that is being a gimmicky artist — it’s the difference between a tune slotted at #1 and #5.

06. The Gathering, “In My System” (Jef K’s System Mix) [Silver Network] (buy)
07. Midland, “Play The Game” (Dexter Remix) [Phonica Records] (buy)
08. Function, “Untitled” [Sandwell District] (buy)
09. Jitterbug, “Thanks Spencer” [Uzuri] (buy)
10. Peter Van Hoesen, “Irrational X” [Exone] (buy)


Staff Charts:

Per Bojsen-Moller
01. Âme, “Rrose Sélavy” [Innervisions]
02. Mount Kimbie, “Before I Move Off” [Hotflush Recordings]
03. M. Miutante, “Seeing Crystals” [Ruf Kutz]
04. Dave Aju & The Sol Percussion Ensemble, “Flexa” [Circus Company]
05. Peverelist, “Fighting Without Fighting” [Punch Drunk]
06. Area, “Tiny Moments” [Ethereal Sound]
07. Red Rack’em, “Underground” [Shift]
08. Audision, “Outside My Window” (Sten Remix) [&nd]
09. Tornado Wallace, “Swimmin’” [Delusions of Grandeur]
10. Darque, “Son of Soil” [Smooth Agent Records]

Chris Burkhalter
01. Fred P, “On This Vibe” (Original Raw Mix) [Esperanza]
02. Urban Tribe, “Insolitology” [Planet E]
03. Juju & Jordash, “Tattoo’s Island” [Philpot]
04. Beautiful Swimmers, “Big Coast” [Future Times]
05. Zak Khutoretsky, “Polyphonic Love” [Transmat]
06. Lost Trax, “Birth” [SCSI-AV]
07. Bottin, “Sage Oil” [Artifact]
08. Hauntologists, “EP3 B1″ [Hauntologists]
09. Jitterbug, “Catacombs” [Uzuri]
10. Gunnar Wendel, “578″ (Omar S. Rude Boy Warm Mix) [FXHE]

Luke Hawkins
01. Tevo Howard, “Spin” [Beautiful Granville Records]
02. Redshape, “Brick Brack” [Present]
03. Stingray313, Sentiment/Sphere of Influence [[NakedLunch]]
04. Moritz von Oswald Trio, “Nothing 3″ [Honest Jon's]
05. Milton Bradley, Do Not Resist The Beat 5 [Do Not Resist The Beat]
06. Morphosis, “Musafir” [M>O>S]
07. DJ Jus-Ed/Fred P/DJ Qu, Semesters II [Strength Music]
08. Kassem Mosse/Lowtec, Workshop EP [Laid]
09. STL, “Vintage Hunter” [Something]
10. LB Dub Corp, “Take It Down (In Dub)” [Ostgut Ton]

Anton Kipfel
01. The Gathering, “In My System” (Jef K System Mix) [Silver Network]
02. Âme, “Rrose Sélavy” [Innervisions]
03. Tiga, “Gentle Giant” (Martyn’s Heaven Remix) [Turbo]
04. Moritz Von Oswald, “Cocoon Dark Dub” [Cocoon Recordings]
05. Peter Van Hoesen, “Irrational X” (Slow Mix) [Exone]
06. Pezzner, “The Tracks Are Alive” (Rozzo Remix) [Freerange Records]
07. Joe, “Claptrap” [Hessle Audio]
08. Jitterbug, “Catacombs” [Uzuri]
09. Oriol, “Coconut Coast” (FaltyDL Remix) [Planet Mu]
10. Kez YM, “Natural” [Yore Records]

Kuri Kondrak
01. Steven Tang, “Verged” [Aesthetic Audio]
02. Juju & Jordash, “Tattoo’s Island” [Philpot]
03. Automatic Tasty, “An Cnoc Rua” [Lunar Disko]
04. Brian Barian, “Track 2″ [Bbarian]
05. Carlos Nilmmns, “The BBQ” [Don't Stop]
06. Two Dogs In A House, “Scream In The Night” [L.I.E.S.]
07. Urban Tribe, “Program 3″ [Mahogani]
08. Claude Young, “Impolite To Refuse” [Astralwerks]
09. Jamie Principle, “Waiting On Ron’s Angel” (Ron Hardy Re-Edit)
[Not On Label]
10. The Paul Simpson Connection, “Use Me, Lose Me (Reprise Me” [Streetwise]

Chris Miller
01. Kassem Mosse, “Untitled” [Laid]
02. Autechre, “ilanders” [Warp]
03. Fred P., “Emotive Vibrations” [Finale Sessions]
04. Ramadanman, “Work Them” [Swamp81]
05. Silent Servant, “SDSMP2A1″ [Sandwell District]
06. Boo Williams, “Teckno Drome” [Rush Hour]
07. Zinja Hlungwani, “N’wagezani My Love” [Honest Jon's]
08. Deepchord presents Echospace, “Burnt Sage” [Modern Love]
09. Drexciya, “Organic Hydropoly Spores” [Tresor]
10. Jus-Ed, “No More Pain” [Underground Quality]

Braden Pemberton
01. Peverelist, “Fighting Without Fighting” [Punch Drunk]
02. Sigha, “Early Morning Lights” (Marcel Dettmann Remix) [Our Circula Sound]
03. Stingray313, “Sphere of Influence” [[NakedLunch]]
04. Vaccine, “Ochre” [Nonplus+]
05. Xhin, “Mind” [Stroboscopic Artefacts]
06. Sepalcure, “Feeling That I Know So Well” [Hotflush Recordings]
07. Terror Danjah, “Bruzin VIP” [Hyperdub]
08. LB Dub Corp, “Take It Down (In Dub)” [Ostgut Ton]
09. Kontext, “No More Room In Hell” [Immerse Records]
10. Truss, “Osbasten” (Tessela Remix) [Perc Trax]

Andrew Ryce
01. Hyetal, “Phoenix” [Orca]
02. Peverelist, “Better Ways Of Living” [Punch Drunk]
03. Falty DL, “Filthy Divinity” [Planet Mu]
04. Al Tourettes, “When I Rest I Run” [If Symptoms Persist]
05. Shed, “The Bot” [Ostgut Ton]
06. Ramadanman, “Work Them” [Swamp81]
07. ASC, “The Touch” (Vaccine Remix) [Auxiliary]
08. Kassem Mosse, “We Speak To Those” [NonPlus+]
09. Midland, “Play The Game” (Dexter Remix) [Phonica Records]
10. Pinch, “The Boxer” [Tectonic]

Colin Shields
01. Ramadanman, “Fall Short” [Swamp81]
02. Rick Wilhite, “Analog Love” [Rush Hour]
03. Cooly G, “Up In My Head” [Hyperdub]
04. Cajmere, “Let Me Be” [Cajual]
05. Space Dimension Controller, “Journey To The Core Of The Unknown Sphere” [Royal Oak]
06. James Blake, “Postpone” [R&S Records]
07. Lovestation, “Teardrops” [Fresh]
08. Derrick May, “Atl Mi” [NDATL]
09. Jackie Mittoo, “Wall Street” [Studio One]
10. Cosmin TRG, “Béton Brut” [Hemlock]

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Tensnake, Coma Cat http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/review/tensnake-coma-cat/ http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/review/tensnake-coma-cat/#comments Thu, 18 Mar 2010 15:01:27 +0000 http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/?p=10228 Keep Believin' EP for Endless Flight and 2009 smash hit, In The End (I Want You To Cry) on Running Back sounded so fully realized because he'd worked out the kinks on one-off singles for smaller labels like Trax of Interest, Various Delight Recordings, and Players Paradise, as well as releases on his own Mirau imprint. With the Coma Cat EP, released by nu-disco hotspot Permanent Vacation, it appears Niemerski's sound has crystalized even further around the neon tone palatte and taut arrangements that brought him many plaudits on In The End.]]>

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Despite what seems like a rapid ascent for Hamburg’s Marco Niemerski, the man best known as Tensnake has been honing his craft for over a decade. His breakout Keep Believin’ EP for Endless Flight and 2009 smash hit, In The End (I Want You To Cry) on Running Back sounded so fully realized because he’d worked out the kinks on one-off singles for smaller labels like Trax of Interest, Various Delight Recordings, and Players Paradise, as well as releases on his own Mirau imprint. With the Coma Cat EP, released by nu-disco hotspot Permanent Vacation, it appears Niemerski’s sound has crystallized even further around the neon tone palette and taut arrangements that brought him many plaudits on In The End.

In a 2009 interview, Niemerski professed wanting to make “something timeless” with his music. Even more so than on In The End, Coma Cat offers tunes whose memorable arrangements and accessible pacing belie their length and feel like full fledged songs a band might play from heart. Led by Tensnake’s signature frisky bass lines, each tune bulges with clever vamps and variably affected vocal bumps that keep audiences guessing well into the sixth minute. Although “Need Your Lovin,” the EP’s most song-like cut didn’t make the vinyl — likely because of that trait — its vocal heavy verses and choruses could’ve originated in an 80′s pop song and no one would be the wiser. That’s where the dub version comes in, its toothy bass line and florid synth patterns (one which recalls a whistling sound from Dr. Dre’s west coast g-funk beats) radiating between thoughtfully pruned vocal chunks. The glowing title track has me envisioning a cat stretched out, snoozing in a sunbeam, although its breezy vibe melody (and deliberate keyboard phrases just as easily evoke a beachside dance party. [And as has been pointed out in the comments, its themes are also quite similar to Anthony And The Camp's "What I Like."] “Get It Right,” however, seems like a holdover from the In The End sessions, the tightly coiled synth licks welling up and releasing in much the same manner as “Holding Back (My Love),” just at a brisker pace. That hardly makes it a dud — it’s just a bit too familiar. I suspect it will find favor with DJs who didn’t want to commit to “Holding Back”‘s languid tempo but loved the sound. As an artist who values sounds that age well over time, Niemerski has done well on Coma Cat to develop his style while reinforcing the songwriting that makes his music so enjoyable.

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Little White Earbuds July Charts http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/chart/little-white-earbuds-july-charts-3/ http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/chart/little-white-earbuds-july-charts-3/#comments Fri, 07 Aug 2009 15:01:14 +0000 http://www.littlewhiteearbuds.com/?p=4652 01. Toby Tobias, In Your Eyes" (Tensnake remix) [REKIDS] (buy) 02. John Tejada, "Liquid Mirror" [Palette Recordings] (buy) 03. Margaret Dygas, "Frankly" [Perlon] (buy) 04. James Ruskin, "Sabre" [Blueprint] (buy) 05. Jimpster, "Just the Kind of Girl" [Freerange Records] (buy) 06. Pépé Bradock, "Path of Most Resistance" [Atavisme] (buy) 07. Bsmnt City Anymle Kontrol, "Perfekt Sin" [Wild Oats] (buy) 08. Rndm, "Third Hand Smoke" [Laid] (buy) 09. Isolée, "Albacares" [Mule Electronic] (buy) 10. Audio Werner, "Dito" [Minibar] (buy)]]> Wages2
Chart courtesy of The Economist

01. Toby Tobias, “In Your Eyes” (Tensnake remix)
[REKIDS] (buy)

I think it’s fair to say Hamburg’s Tensnake has been on a roll for the last year or so. Following on his incredible “In the End (I Want You to Cry)” for Running Back, Tensnake reshapes Toby Tobias’ “In Your Eyes” to fit his neon-lit disco template. Full of popping bass lines, colorful whooshes and pitched down vocals, all heard through a fluttering delay, the tune is instantly recognizable as a Tensnake production and benefits great from his lighthearted moods. Here’s hoping he can find it in himself to keep the ball of fine releases rolling.

02. John Tejada, “Liquid Mirror”
[Palette Recordings] (buy)

John Tejada offers a good example of producers who stay sharp in spite of their prolific release schedule with the latest single for his Palette Recordings, “Vertex.” Never resting too long on one style or set of sounds, the EP contrasts the biting impact of the jagged title cut with the adventurous and curvy “Liquid Mirror.” Tejada wraps listeners in a web spun by a finely tweaked arpeggio, allowing a beveled bass line to prod them onto a dance floor drizzled with sparkling leads. Tuneful and moving without lapsing into excess, “Liquid Mirror” is as much a full blown song as a DJ’s instrument.

03. Margaret Dygas, “Frankly
[Perlon] (buy)

Only three releases into her production career, Margaret Dygas has quickly earned a reputation as one of techno’s most unconfined producers. Her “Invisible Circles” 12″ for Perlon will only add to that stature: a bold two tracker whose title track sketches out a haunting outline of dubstep in an ectoplasmic form, and a more functional yet still wide-eyed B side, “Frankly.” Palpable dread hovers like a storm cloud over impeccably programmed percussion as the lengthy track winds it way through flamenco guitar motifs, sneering trumpet licks and a patchwork of unearthed souls. If her current trajectory holds, Dygas will soon join Pronsato and Villalobos on the cusp of outré techno.

04. James Ruskin, “Sabre”
[Blueprint] (buy)

Many artists who stay in the game long enough find their work comes back into fashion as successive new generations learn about the old. London’s James Ruskin, founder of the Blueprint label, has watched the tide come and go since 1991; and these days the style of gruff, pounding techno he’s been caning ever since has returned to prominence. DJs have taken note of his new O/V/R project with Karl O’Connor, though his solo “Sabre/Massk” EP deserves an even closer look. “Sabre” demonstrates the completeness of Ruskin’s command of his gear, flinging a thrumming sample around the stereo channels before constraining it in a cage of stony kicks and astringent percussion. It’s the sort of sound design we’ve come to expect from Marcel Dettmann and Norman Nodge with fewer restrictions. Not bad for scene veteran, eh?

05. Jimpster, “Just the Kind of Girl”
[Freerange Records] (buy)

Although Freerange Records’ releases and his remixes are legion, Jimpster tends to be rather selective about his solo work. This usually means his tunes are worth hearing and that DJs and fans alike chime in with support. Perhaps anticipating a low key reception, Jimpster named his latest “Sleeper” and watched the EP slide under the radar. This is a shame in our estimation, not least because B side “Just The Kind of Girl” is both at home in the current milieu and a head above its peers. A clipped horn ostinato pierces, then reverberates in aquamarine tone pools coating the floor, culminating in moody breakdowns and fiercer riffs. So adept is Jimpster at developing a sublime atmosphere that we’re willing to overlook the tortured vocals crowing the title in the latter half. Certainly not one to sleep on.

06. Pépé Bradock, “Path of Most Resistance” [Atavisme] (buy)
07. Bsmnt City Anymle Kontrol, “Perfekt Sin”
[Wild Oats] (buy)

08. Rndm, “Third Hand Smoke” [Laid] (buy)
09. Isolée, “Albacares” [Mule Electronic] (buy)
10. Audio Werner, “Dito” [Minibar] (buy)


Staff Charts:

Per Bojsen-Moller:

01. Mount Kimbie, “Sketch On Glass” [Hotflush Recordings]
02. Margaret Dygas, “Invisible Circles” [Perlon]
03. Ben Klock, “One Remixes” [Ostgut Ton]
04. Lusine, Two Dots [Ghostly International]
05. Pearson Sound, “PLSN” [Hessle Audio]
06. Steinhoff & Hammouda, “Touch” [Smallville Records]
07. Ramadanman, “Revenue” [2nd Drop Records]
08. Nosaj Thing, “Drift” [disques corde]
09. Langenberg, “Alternate Rhythm” [Dessous Recordings]
10. Bodycode, Immune [Spectral Sound]

Shuja Haider:

01. Pépé Bradock, “Path of Most Resistance” [Atavisme]
02. Rick Wade, “Ricky’s Groove” [Laid]
03. Steel an’ Skin, “Afro Punk Reggae Dub” [Honest Jon's Records]
04. Kinoeye, “Mean Old World” [W.T. Records]
05. Dplay, “Tschaka” [Running Back]
06. Bsmnt City Anymle Kontrol, “Perfekt Sin” [Wild Oats]
07. Tony Lionni, “Aurora” [Wave Music]
08. Walter Jones, “Living Without Your Love” [DFA]
09. Margaret Dygas, “Frankly” [Perlon]
10. Solomun, “Carnivale” [Phil e]

Anton Kipfel:

01. John Roberts, “Maroon” [Dial]
02. Roman Flügel, “Discofiasco” [Turbo]
03. Pépé Bradock, “Path of Most Resistance” [Atavisme]
04. Kinoeye, “Mean Old World” [W.T. Records]
05. Brackles, “Get A Job” [Apple Pips]
06. Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Vertical Ascent [Honest Jon's Records]
07. Unknown Artist, “Point and Gaze” [Thriller]
08. Precious System, “Voice from Planet Love” [Running Back]
09. Bodycode, “Imitation Lover” [Spectral Sound]
10. Discovery, LP [XL Recordings]

Kuri Kondrak:

01. Patrice Scott, “Excursions” [Sistrum Recordings]
02. Brawther, “Endless” (Ultra Deep Mix) [Balance Alliance]
03. Walter Jones, “Living Without Your Love” [DFA]
04. Scott Grooves, “Detroit 808″ [Natural Midi]
05. Denny Trajkov, “From Chicago to Detroit” [Logos Recordings]
06. Kinoeye, “Mean Old World” [W.T. Records]
07. Jeroen Search, “Earth” [Figure SPC]
08. Shawn Snell, “Forces” (DJ 3000 12inch mix) [Motech]
09. Memory Foundation, “Words” [Yore]
10. Peverelist, Junktion (Shed remix) [Tectonic]

Will Lynch:

01. Margaret Dygas, “Invisible Circles” [Perlon]
02. Alan1, “Sniff Them” [Final Frontier]
03. Baaz, “Peeps” [Quintessentials]
04. Daze Maxim, “Organ Message” [Hello? Repeat]
05. Joss Moog, “Drivin’ On Up” [Robsoul Recordings]
06. The Zohar, “Fingers and Clay” [Quintessentials]
07. Bruno Pronsato, “The Make Up The Break Up” [Thesongsays]
08. Linkwood Family, “Miles Away” (Intrusion Sunrise Dub)
[Firecracker Recordings]
09. Scott Grooves, “Classic 909″ (Panther Mix) [Natural Midi]
10. Kiki, “Good Voodoo” (Visionquest remix) [Bpitch Control]

Chris Miller:

01. Pearson Sound, “Wad” [Hessle Audio]
02. Rndm, “Third Hand Smoke” [Laid]
03.
Ramadanman & Appleblim, “Justify” [Apple Pips]
04.
Moritz Von Oswald Trio, Vertical Ascent [Honest Jon's Records]
05.
Moderat, “Rusty Nails” (Shackleton remix) [50 Weapons]
06.
Marcel Fengler, “Twisted Bleach” [Ostgut Ton]
07.
Frozen Border, “Frozen Border 03″ [Frozen Border]
08.
Thomas Brinkmann, “Isch” (Soulphiction Remisch) [Curle Petite]
09.
Peter Van Hoesen, “Strikethrough” [Morse]
10.
Planetary Assault Systems, “Om the Def” [Ostgut Ton]

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