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Rhadoo – Baisbe Alt Bass
Published 27 June 2020, 11:19 am
Alisha – All Night Passion
Published 27 June 2020, 11:18 am
Matthieu Faubourg – Please, Stay
Published 26 June 2020, 6:54 pm
Andrew – Amo Edit
Published 26 June 2020, 6:53 pm
Ricardo Villalobos & Maher Daniel – Periodico
Published 20 June 2020, 12:53 pm
Ossia – Dub Hell
Published 20 June 2020, 12:53 pm
Saucy Lady – Help
Published 13 June 2020, 3:39 pm
Violet – Central Pro NYC
Published 13 June 2020, 3:35 pm
Sharif Laffrey – Sounds To Come
Published 7 June 2020, 6:17 am
Lumieux – Dreamliner
Published 7 June 2020, 6:17 am
This just slowly chugs away as if nothing in the world is going on – and very little is going on right now. Take your time like this 13 minute minimal beauty from Rhadoo does.
Feel good 80’s track – vocally sounding like Madonna, and very much fitting the modern synth-pop disco kinda vibe.
It’s a bit of a slow-grower this one, a perky deep house track that just washes good vibes over you.
This does take a huge slab of Ricardo’s Andruic track which is simply amazing and play it over a more modern minimal track.
Safe to say that it will never be released properly!
And now from the master himself…something that is already released and a masterpiece in drums from said master and his disciple.
Super slow and dirty kinda offbeat techno. A whopping bass line and the whole track feels like an industrial hammer.
I discovered this at the beginning of the lockdown being announced and it rang a bell – having my freedom taken away from me (understandably) and feeling that I needed some help. A rather classy remake of a pop track.
Dark and heavy bits with an offbeat twist. Really quite a heavy feel – this would be amazing on fabric’s speakers for example. Impossible to play this without turning the speakers up…well unless you don’t like this track. But you should.
1995 too. Wow.
This man is power – producing so many long, great house tracks at the moment – this has a deep bassline to it, a tempting hi-hit and a really fine groove. Doing the usual in-out shebang that Sharif Laffrey seems very keen on.
Quite a lot of energy and interesting sounds going on in what is a chuggy house track.
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This is an interesting hour – part of a radio show on London’s Kiss FM from 2004, which includes snippets of interview where you can hear what Craig Richard’s thought of fabric and the incoming minimal techno from Germany.
I write about this almost as a piece of referential history – 2004 was the time when I switched from the likes of Tiesto and Eric Morillo, to Ricardo Villalobos, Steve Bug, Luciano and Craig Richards – though none of them were completely new to me in 2004, it was the moment when I realised there was greater joy to be found from music that didn’t provide instant joy.
This hour features music from the likes of Luciano and LoSoul – and though I wouldn’t nowadays think of Craig Richards as a minimal techno DJ, this is really quite an interesting hour to see how he was instrumental in bringing this sound to the UK, and to fabric in particular.
Enjoyment rating of 6.88.
Yes I went on a little session of listening to Yoyaku’s podcasts – which is a record shop based in Paris – not Tokyo as I initially assumed.
Last week I featured Daniel Bell’s Yoyaku Instore Session, this week I’m featuring Cabanne’s Instore Session – another mix that I’ve had on repeat in recent weeks.
It takes around 12-13 minutes to get my attention, which isn’t especially long for a 2 hour minimal mix, and I still haven’t worked out what that track is.
The mix gets a bit wonky and quirky – with tracks or remixes by the likes of Tofu Productions, Rhadoo, Doubting Thomas and Cabanne himself. If you know your minimal then you’ll know what you are getting here from the line-up alone.
Yet this mix is just wonderfully put together – the track selections are magnificent, the mixing is mostly wondrous and these two hours flow past like a dream.
For my tastes the first hour or so is the better part – close to magical at times, and this is the best minimal mix I’ve listened to for some time. Enjoyment rating of 8.33.
I’m back! I hear you all breathe a sigh of relief, though clearly I haven’t been anywhere, I have just been too lazy to do write this blog.
Daniel Bell is one of those that seems like he has been around forever, though I know him more as a producer than a DJ, through mid-90’s classics like Science Fiction, or Losing Control (as DBX) – minimalish techno, what I like to think of as the first wave of minimal techno.
Quite a mellow DJ mix, phasing between deeper house and more traditional minimal sounds. Featuring tracks by the likes of Alex & Digby, Brother’s Vibe and Daniel Bell himself, you know that you are going to listen to an hour of top quality minimal/underground house.
The Margaret Dygas remix of Honorée’s Dorian is a particularly sweet moment in the middle of the mix, before picking up the tempo a tad into something a bit more housey.
A really well-crafted mix, an hour that you can repeat over and over, and an enjoyment rating of 7.43.
I’ve been following Julian Perez for some years now, probably close to 10 years since his DJing talents came to my attention – and he isn’t just a talented DJ but producer too.
He runs both Fathers & Sons Productions and the more recent Girada Unlimited (yes he’s behind that remix of Zapatac), and has a fairly lengthy list of productions to his name.
I think this mix is from 2018, recorded live from Club Guesthouse in Bucharest and is 2.5 hours of the kind of underground house that you’d associate with Julian Perez.
There’s no surprises here. There’s no big tunes here (well bar Zapatac). Just 2.5 of solid, good quality underground house music to groove along to.
Enjoyment rating of 7.23.
I don’t entirely know what to make of this mix from Sis Girl – perhaps one of those to file under “interesting”. Still, I enjoyed it enough to make it my mix of the week.
It does settle into a Ricardo-esque minimal groove early on yet subtley introduces more in the way of breaks and electro influences – yet still sounding like minimal techno if you are not paying enough attention.
Some of the tracks sound like they could be played by the likes of Mosca or Batu yet some sound right out of the playbook of Villalobos, which makes this not just an interesting mix – but a super interesting one that you can play again and again.
In fact, I feel that I may have under-sold Sis Girl’s mix in my introduction. I did really enjoy this and it really is a mix that you can play on repeat to appreciate the different textures going on. Enjoyment rating of 8.11.
Jan Krueger is the slightly lesser-known half of Hello?Repeat – the slightly better-known half being Daze Maxim.
Mostly a DJ – I can only find one track to his name that was released on Moon Harbour many moons ago, he’s been around a while DJing in the zone between minimal and house at the likes of Club der Visionaere and Hoppetosse.
This is a glistening 2 hour mix for FSPC that starts deep and doesn’t take long to grab your attention with the notably addictive Float by Sandy Rivera – just a simple hook and not what you’d normally associate with Sandy Rivera.
It is mostly house music, though often deep and occasionally straying into more minimal sounds – and occasionally something a tad more pumping like Chris Simmonds’ I Changed My Mind – which reminds me of sunny afternoons at Ketoloco in London some years back.
A really fine mix and an enjoyment rating of 7.94.
Ash Lauryn is a new DJ to me – and quite possibly to you.
Based in Atlanta, USA, yet from Detroit, she is also a writer, running a blog called Underground & Black. I do love a blog, you may have noticed.
Broadly speaking a house music mix, this starts on the soulful side and gradually picks up the tempo until it really notches up to the next gear with Ian Pooley’s New Dub of Jovonn’s Back To House track.
I guess that this mix by Ash Lauryn doesn’t do anything especially new, but house music doesn’t necessarily have to be doing something new – it is a tried and tested formula and this mix fits nicely into it.
This is just a very pleasant, enjoyable house music mix from someone we’ll hear more of in the future.
Enjoyment rating of 7.14.
Little can be more normal on this blog than me featuring a DJ set by Julietta – the 4th time that I have done so.
On the boundary between minimal and house, this clips along at a fair pace for the genre and is pleasant – normal and pleasant.
And this is what I require right now – I hope you do too. A simple 75 minutes of an underground groove. There are better mixes out there, especially by Julietta, but this just seems right.
Enjoyment rating of 7.03. Forgive me if I’m less chipper than usual.
In these strange times I thought I should post something more upbeat – and little is more upbeat that a Move D DJ set.
There are a plethora of Move D sets and if you listen to a few within a short period of time, they can be a bit samey – records seem to get stuck in his box. That isn’t necessarily a criticism, it can be good to have some musical expectation – especially when almost all the tracks he plays are true moments of joy.
This is different. A 2 hour radio show, featuring only Move D’s productions and collaborations, mostly mixed. You probably have your favourite, be it ‘ Silk Dub’ or ‘ I Gave My Love’ (my favourite) and it is surprisingly how they all fit together so well, yet there is a journey thing going on – it becomes surprisingly low-key for a while near the end, before taking you back into a party.
Quite possibly my favourite tracks are the more unknown, super atmospheric ones before ‘To The Disco 77’ starts.
I expected to enjoy this, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. Enjoyment rating of 7.78.
I still feel like I’m searching for the perfect Move D set.
One of those rare occasions where I feature a radio show – though without too much in the way of chatter, thankfully.
I don’t know much about Seth Magoon, he seems to be a fairly low-key DJ based in New York, in with the Soul Clap crew, running his own night.
As I write this, it is early on a Sunday morning – it is barely even light. The mood of this mix is perfect for my state – kind of ambient and even when the kick drum kicks in after a while, it is of a gentle manner.
This is mostly gentle, chilled out house music for the first hour or so – not so chilled out that it belongs at a beach bar – just that step up from that level.
The latter third of the mix does up the tempo, we do get into something more serious – time for heads to go down and feet to move – highlight is the track at 1hr 32m which I sooooo know, but cannot place. Last track is a gem too.
Enjoyment rating of 7.07
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