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best of 2012

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Kazuumi Ishii’s top 10 machine-soul records:

  • Vince Watson – Every Soul Needs A Guide [Everysoul]
  • Terrence Dixon – From The Far Future Pt. 2 [Tresor]
  • Robert Hood – Motor: Nighttime World 3 [Music Man]
  • Claro Intelecto – Reform Club [Delsin]
  • Lone – Galaxy Garden [R&S Records]
  • Drexciya – Journey of the Deep Sea Dweller I – III [Clone Classic Cuts]
  • Delta Funktionen – Traces [Delsin]
  • Itokim – Awakening of Yin-Yang [Minimalsoul]
  • Redshape – Square [Running Back]
  • Legowelt – The Paranormal Soul [Clone Jack For Daze Series]

Written by Kazuumi

December 27th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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happy birthday soma – 20 years, 20 favourite records

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It doesn’t sound like too long ago, but the electronic music industry has come a long way since the nineties. Today, August 1st, 2011, marks twenty years of Soma Records. It’s hard to believe, isn’t it ?

On the 1st of August, 1991, Soma Records released its first record, "Eterna" by Slam / "I.B.O." by Rejuvination, a great track and great split release with some Detroit and/or Chicago-rooted dance music. Nowadays, Soma is, as they describe themselves, one of the world’s leading electronic dance music labels.

Slam – Eterna

Rejuvination – I.B.O.

So far, the label has managed to release more than 80 albums and over 300 singles, from the likes of Slam, Funk D’Void, Alex Smoke, and The Black Dog, to name just a few. The Glasgow-based label continues to wow the electronic music world with their music, without a doubt.

Happy Birthday !

Here’s our list of twenty of our favourite Soma tracks:

  • 01. Dove – Fallen from Soma 2
  • 02. Slam – Positive Education from Soma 8
  • 03. Desert Storm – Scoraig 93 from Soma 13
  • 04. Daft Punk – Da Funk from Soma 25
  • 05. Skintrade – Andomraxess from Soma 27
  • 06. Funk D’Void – Jack Me Off from Soma 29
  • 07. Chaser – Sides of Iron from Soma 33
  • 08. Maas – Look At Me Now, Falling (I:Cube Simple mix) from Soma 54
  • 09. Envoy – Emotional from Soma 59
  • 10. Funk D’Void – Herbie On Rhodes from Soma 66
  • 11. Scott Grooves feat. Parliament/Funkadelic – MotherShip ReConnection (Daft Punk remix) from Soma 71
  • 12. Silicone Soul – Right On 4 Tha Darkness from Soma 83
  • 13. Master-H – Magic K from Soma 101
  • 14. Slam feat. Tyrone Palmer – Lifetimes from Soma 107
  • 15. Funk D’Void – Diabla (Funk D’Void’s Heavenly mix) from Soma 112
  • 16. Schatrax – Mispent Years (Silicone Soul dub) from Soma 128
  • 17. Alex Smoke – Don’t See The Point from Soma 165
  • 18. Funk D’Void – Nineteen Ninety-Two from Soma CD23
  • 19. Slam – Stepback (Christian Smith & John Selway remix) from Soma LP29
  • 20. The Black Dog – Sleep Deprivation 2 from Soma CD83

Written by Kazuumi

August 1st, 2011 at 8:30 pm

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essential albums july – september 2010

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2010 has been a fine year for albums so far, as The Black Dog released a brilliant ambient album "Music For Real Airports", A Guy Called Gerald returned with the even deeper and more subtle "Tronic Jazz The Berlin Sessions" and Robert Hood served up yet another masterpiece "Omega". There are more albums coming out by Niko Marks, Fabrice Lig and Akin Khan.

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Written by Kazuumi

July 12th, 2010 at 1:00 am

selection – january 2010

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DJ 3000 – Galactic Caravan The Remixes [Motech]

[ UGCD-MT005 ]

DJ 3000 gets the remix treatment from his friends and Motech players on this double disc set. The first package is an exploration of modern electronic grooves, which will reward home and club listeners–standouts include the moody Mr De remix of Seven Tribes Of Hoti, Esteban Adame’s graceful revision of Her Smile and a more subtle version of Shawn Rudiman’s Her Smile. The second package wins with stellar displays from Alexander Robotnick, Mark Flash and DJ Bone. Robotnick makes it big with his synth driven electroid sound, Flash goes a mammoth synth led workout and Bone does his epic ABM thang to Meloudic Landscapes.

Tracklisting:

  • Disc 1
    • 01. Heritage (Deviant remix)
    • 02. Seven Tribes Of Hoti (Mr De remix)
    • 03. Her Smile (Esteban Adame remix)
    • 04. Darjeeling Sun (Gary Martin remix)
    • 05. Heritage (Nomadico aka DJ Dex remix)
    • 06. Midnight Express (Ben Sims remix)
    • 07. Coat Of Arms (Orlando Voorn remix)
    • 08. Memory Almost Full (T.Linder remix)
    • 09. Emotional Sequence (DJ Compufunk remix)
    • 10. Penny For Your Thoughts (Dan Curtin remix)
    • 11. Her Smile (Shawn Rudiman remix)
    • 12. Memory Almost Full (O.N.O. remix)
  • Disc 2
    • 01. Flamuri I Popullit (J.A.K.A.M Deep remix)
    • 02. Darjeeling Sun (Rennie Foster remix)
    • 03. Meridian (Mark Broom remix)
    • 04. Coat Of Arms (Alexander Robotnick remix)
    • 05. Her Smile (Mark Flash remix)
    • 06. Flamuri I Popullit (Buscemi remix)
    • 07. Darjeeling Sun (Matt Chester remix)
    • 08. Meloudic Landscapes (DJ Bone remix)
    • 09. Coat Of Arms (Subotika remix)
    • 10. Yarewehear (Antennasia remix)
    • 11. Memory Almost Full (Shawn Snell remix)

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Fabrice Lig & Titonton Duvanté – That Connection [Fine Art Recordings]

Belgian techno prince Fabrice Lig teams up with Titonton Duvante for a subtle but deadly musical journey on London-based Fine Art. The original mix sees Duvanté weave Lig’s tones in between scintillating synths and delightful key work. Beanfield supply a gorgeous jazzied remix, where heavenward reaching strings do all the work.

Tracklisting:

  • A. That Connection
  • B. That Connection (Beanfield remix)

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Matt Chester – Outrider [11th Hour]

Whereas "Die For A Reason" is as subtle as he comes, "Outrider" is the sort of full on dancefloor assault that Matt Chester is expert at producing. Intergalactic synths, a scary bassline and tough beats do the work on the murderous effort.

Tracklisting:

  • 01. Ghostwritten
  • 02. Salination Plant
  • 03. Reverse Evolution
  • 04. Outrider

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Sidearms – Humantics [Logos Recordings]

After the amazing original album, Humantics is back, remixed by Vince Watson. Armed with a magical bassline, melodious keys and glorious strings, Watson has created a trademark mix.

Tracklisting:

  • 01. Humantics (Vince Watson remix)

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Spirit Catcher – Sedona EP [Systematic]

Exponents of a deeper brand of future disco, Spirit Catcher bring their exquisite grooves Systematic. Sedona is a pleasurable tech-discoid winner, with heartfelt chords, slick percussion and sweet keys.

Tracklisting:

  • A1/01. Sedona
  • B1/02. Future Fools
  • B2/03. Forever And A Day

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Written by Kazuumi

January 13th, 2010 at 1:00 am

selection – december 2009

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Five records I’ve been hammering for a while now, they never leave my record box.

DJ Bone – The Music Remixes [Subject Detroit]

[ SUB-034 ]

DJ Bone’s Music, a music speech that produces as many questions as it does answers, gets the once-over from a number of fellow producers and the winning remixes are provided by Samuel L Session, Aaron-Carl and DJ Bone himself. DJ Bone’s remix shows the strength and depth of what he does, while Samuel L Session delivers an ace dancefloor banger and Aaron-Carl supplies a masterful mix with measured percussion, levitating synths and spirit-lifting strings.

Tracklisting:

  • A1. DJ Bone remix
  • A2. Trench’s Still Here & Buckwild remix
  • B1. Samuel L Session remix
  • B2. DJ 3000 Motech remix
  • C1. Rennie Foster’s No Lights, No Flights remix
  • C2. Santiago Salazar’s Seldom Seen remix
  • D1. Aaron-Carl remix
  • D2. Stephen Brown Just Soul edit
  • DJ Nasty’s Blaxploitaqtion remix
  • Mister X remix

Get "The Music Remixes" here:

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Jolka – The Jolka Experience [Sect]

[ Sect 6 ]

Croatian techno producer Luka Baumann has been serving up experimental beats since 2004 and here he shows his deeper side with this lovely effort on Sect Records. Inception takes its strength from a solid bassline and steady beats and lush chords while Arcus does the business courtesy of dubbed out chords. Covection is a brilliant chord driven workout and Dreamful produces an all over warm feeling, courtesy of sweet synths and a pulsing bassline.

Tracklisting:

  • A1. Inception
  • A2. Arcus
  • B1. Convection
  • B2. Dreamful

Get "The Jolka Experience" here:

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Niko Marks – Voice Box Detroit [Subject Detroit]

[ SUB-035 ]

Niko Marks drops an EP of swinging, soulful house efforts that hit home. The opener, "I Can’t Stop", is a hearty vocal house gem, while "All About Love" is an explosive winner. "Bring Back The Soul" is all evocative vocals and smart beats and "Technology" hits with groovy synth work and abrupt vocal samples.

Tracklisting:

  • A1. I Can’t Stop
  • A2. All About Love
  • B1. Bring Back The Soul
  • B2. Technology

Get "Voice Box Detroit" here:

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Various – Union Sampler 1 [Union Match Music]

[ UNION 001 ]

Compuphonic branches out on his own here, launching his Union Match imprint with this EP, which features maximal house, disco and techno grooves. Highlights include Fabrice Lig’s freaked out "My UFO" and booty shaking "Innerblaster", Compuphonic’s beautiful "Sequoïa" and Compuphonic & Spirit Catcher’s delightful "Aftertaste".

Tracklisting:

  • 01. Fabrice Lig – Innerblaster
  • 02. Kolombo & Ante Perry – Crazy
  • 03/B2. Compuphonic – Sequoïa
  • 04. Spirit Catcher & Compuphonic – Cleaver
  • 05/A2. Fabrice Lig – My UFO (Unknown Fucking Oscillator)
  • 06. Compuphonic – Placid Corporation (Spirit Catcher Deadline Mix)
  • 07/A1. Compuphonic & Spirit Catcher – After Taste
  • 08/B1. Ante Perry & Kolombo – Baby
  • 09. Compuphonic – Placid Corporation
  • 10. Ante Perry & Kolombo – Let’s Go

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Various – W.A.R.M.T.H. presents Preservation: Past, Present & Future [Wallshaker Music]

[ WMTHCD-1192 ]

Aaron-Carl’s WARMTH network brings a 14-track outing that marks the Preservation event in Detroit. Cuts of note include the intense "4 Types Of People", a sweet number entitled "Karen’s Groove", an oscillating string and bass driven "Intergalactic Funk" and Terrence Parker’s blissful "Hiding in Your Love". All in all, this is yet another fine display of Detroit techno and house music, which shows why the Motor City remains a well-respected electronic music powerhouse.

Tracklisting:

  • 01. Aaron-Carl – W.A.R.M.T.H. Intro (feat. DJ Mourad & Jevon Justin)
  • 02. Alton Miller – Seasons
  • 03. Los Hermanos – De Las Cenizas
  • 04. DJ Bone – Cultural Variance
  • 05. Myles Serge – A Moment In Time
  • 06. Scan 7 feat. Aaron-Carl- 4 Types Of People
  • 07. Orlando Voorn – Face
  • 08. Detroit People Mover – Dropping Things (Interlude)
  • 09. Santiago Salazar – Your Club Went Hollywood
  • 10. Trench – Karen’s Groove
  • 11. DJ Nasty – Intergalactic Funk
  • 12. Scan 7 – Tenacity
  • 13. Terrence Parker feat. Coco Street – Hiding In Your Love (The Marvelous Light Vocal mix)
  • 14. Gary Martin – Waiting On A Third Chance

Get "W.A.R.M.T.H. presents Preservation: Past, Present & Future" here:

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Written by Kazuumi

December 8th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

playlist/selection – september 2009

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(in no particular order)

5 essential stuff

  • Tribe – Rebirth [Community Projects/Planet E]

    Wooaw woaw wooooaw. (What can I say ?)
  • Deetron – Zircon/Orange [Music Man]
    [ MM 148 ]
    I am a fan of everything Sam Geiser has done with Music Man, and I think this is the best thing he’s done to date. So simple but insistently brilliant.
  • Jeff Mills – The Drummer [Purpose Maker]
    [ PM-022 ]
    More Mills(art) loveliness.
  • Trish Van Eynde – Subject Belgium [Subject Detroit]
    [ SUB-033 ]
    Fantastic funkiness, straight forward Subject Detroit music. Trish Van Eynde is on fire.
  • Silent Servant/Santiago Salazar – La Noche/La Minoria [Historia y Violencia]
    [ H&V 002 ]
    Those 2 are as nice as always, I like what Historia y Violencia label is doing at the moment.

5 novelties (* all in promo status.)

  • Jolka – The Jolka Experience [Sect] / Davor O. – Transitional Objects Remixes [Matrix]
    [ Sect 6 ] [ Matrix 20 ]
    10/10 (The Jolka Experience). No need to say more… "Transitional Objects Remixes" is a simply awesome package of mixes. This is the best thing Matrix has done in a while.
  • Traxx – Faith [Nation]
    [ NAT-007 ]
    Classic, great forward thinking house music. Jack your body !!
  • (A guy from D) – (A track on A-Side) [(An UK label)]
    (I can’t tell you any details yet……) That D guy returns to an UK quality techno label with sweet, sweet techno stuff. This is what Detroit techno soul is all about.
  • Rennie Foster – Songs For Homeless Housers [Greta Cottage Workshops]
    [ GCW 003 ]
    Foster goes house in his own fashion. ‘Butterfingers’ is a really amazing tune, just class production all the way.
  • Mick Welch – Morphological Construct EP [Elektrosouls]
    [ ESR-001 ]
    Reminiscent of B12′s work, great melodic stabby winner on new Crawley-based label to definitely look out for.

5 oldies

  • 69 – 4 Jazz Funk Classics [Planet E]
    [ PLE 65307-1 ]
    The first record I ever bought – back when I was 14 years old. I must have listened to this stuff a thousand times back then. ‘Ladies & Gentlemen’ sounded like nothing else I had heard before and I still love it. C2 always makes my day.
  • 69 – Lite Music [Planet E]
    [ PLE 65307-1 ]
  • 69 – Sound On Sound [Planet E]
    [ PLE 65307-1 ]
  • 69 – Pungtang [Planet E]
    [ PLE 65307-1 ]
  • The Detroit Experiment – The Detroit Experiment [Planet E]
    [ PE 65272-1 ]

playlist/selection – july 2009

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I haven’t been updating regularly, but I hope you don’t mind my slow pace. Thank you for reading.

  • (in no particular order)
  • 5 novelties
    • Lee Holman – Back In The Day (CY’s Old School Mix) [GodWrk/White Label] / Rennie Foster – GTC (Claude Young remix) [White Label]
      Claude Young returns with more beautiful and classy remixes. He’s getting better and better and we need more producers like him.
    • Erica LaFay – Rain (Special Vinyl Only Edition) [Wallshaker Music]
      [ WMAC 29 ]
      Definitely a classic release of Detroit music – Motown techno-house-soul fusion.
    • Polar Pair ft. Atlantis – This Is What Happens (Mark Flash remix) [Botanika]
      [ Balut 003 ]
      Fucking wicked. Mark Flash does a tight but funky as hell makeover. This is a full on dancefloor with a spoken vocal from Atlantis.
    • Matt Chester – Die For A Reason EP [11th Hour]
      [ EHR 007 ]
      More deep goodness from Matt Chester, big big Detroit business.
    • Various – The Lost Tribe Of Techno [Subject Detroit]
      [ SUBCD-1007 ]
      Excellent collection of authentic Motor City machine music. Highly recommended.
  • 5 oldies
    • Slam – Positive Education (Original Re-master) [Soma]
      Soma re-release Slam’s classic Positive Education with remixes by Fergie and Octogen, but I still loooove the original.
    • Technasia – Future Mix [Technasia]
    • Solid Gold Playaz – Alone My Life Underground [Kanzleramt]
    • Dopplereffekt – Gesamtkunstwerk [Victoriaville]
    • Round One to Round Five – 1993-99 Main Street Records [Main Street Records]

Last but not least, I switched to Facebook from MySpace.

Written by Kazuumi

July 16th, 2009 at 3:00 am

playlist/selection – april 2009

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  • (in no particular order)
  • Jeff Mills – The Good Robot [Axis]
    [ AX-055 ]
    Classic artist, classic label, classic record.
  • Laurent Garnier – Gnanmankoudji [PIAS]
    [ 9450144714 ]
    Fantastic. I have been playing ‘Original Broken-Afro Mix’ for a while now and just adore the track !
  • Ican – El Quinto EP [Ican Productions]
    [ ICAN-005 ]
    An absolutely awesome record, very original and super cool.
  • Vince Watson – My Desire [Planet E]
    [ PLE 65305-1 ]
    Beautiful work as always from Vince Watson.
  • Rolando – The Afterlife EP [Saved Records]
    [ SVALB-02 ]
    For me definitely the finest Rolando work since the Aztec Mystic releases – ‘The Afterlife’, a very classy Detroit shit.
  • DJ Bone – Encounter 2 [Bastardo Electrico]
    DJ Bone returns with slammin’ Encounter stuff. Thanks to Jamie Behan for making this happen.
  • Santiago Salazar – Arcade [Macro Recordings]
    [ MACROM11 ]
    Another S2 gem – once again deepness and darkness. Stefan Goldmann does a fine job too, a gorgeous piece of music.
  • Stefan Goldmann – Art Of Sorrow [Victoriaville]
    [ 4-46074 ]
    Biiiiiiig, fucking massive. Goldmann did it again.
  • Dactilar – Phonograph EP [Organica Music Labworks]
    [ ORG 002 ]
    Sounds very Detroit/Sheffield inspired. Very good indeed.
  • Mark Broom & Mihalis Safras – Jelle [Soma]
    [ Soma 262 ]
    Good as always from these two great producers – Mark and Mihalis are always consistent.

selection january 2009

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Fabrice Lig – Cosmic Bootey [MVSICA]

[ MVS 1 ]

MVSICA, Fine Art’ sister label, kicks off with yet another single from Fabrice Lig. Fabrice takes off into a new direction – ‘Cosmic Booty’ is an excellent Fabrice Lig’ interpretation of funky hip-hop with a twist of Detroit-influenced soul. Fucking good and hot shit. He is a man that really knows how to keep things funky.

Tracklisting:

  • 01. Cosmic Bootey
  • 02. Cosmic Bootey (Steve Kotey’s Disko)

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Samoil Radinski – Sources [Logos Recordings]

[ Logos 013 ]

Very good follow up to the previous single Raindow. For Sources EP he’s beefed up the production on the beautiful deep melodic ‘Izvor’ things – also included on this EP is the all new and deeply growing ‘Sonce’ and chill out ‘Ex’. Another very good release on Logos Recordings.

Tracklisting:

  • 01. Izvor 7
  • 02. Izvor 8
  • 03. Izvor 3
  • 04. Sonce
  • 05. Ex

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January 15th, 2009 at 4:00 pm

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timeless classic november 2008

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Francesco Tristano – Auricle / Bio / On [Infiné]

[ IF 1004 ]

A real classic techno record in recent history. (Need I say more ?)

Tracklisting:

  • 01. Auricle / Bio / On 1
  • 02. Auricle / Bio / On 2

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November 27th, 2008 at 1:00 am

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