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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]

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December 27th, 2012 at 10:00 pm

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Here’s our list of our favourite singles, albums and labels of 2011.

10 singles:

10 albums/compilations:

3 labels:

  • Rush Hour
  • Delsin
  • Clone

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December 21st, 2011 at 12:00 am

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Here’s our list of our favourite singles, albums and labels of 2010. It’s been a great year for music.

20 singles:

10 albums/compilations:

5 labels:

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December 24th, 2010 at 12:00 am

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Here’s the list of our favourite singles, remixes and albums of 2009.

20 singles:

10 remixes:

10 albums/compilations:

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November 29th, 2009 at 1:00 am

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Here’s the list of our favourite singles and albums of 2008:

singles

  • Ican – Pa’ Mi Gente [Planet E]
    Rather special.
  • Soul Designer – Evolutionism (part two) [Third Ear]
    The wonderful thing about Fabrice Lig is he’s funky, funky, funky.
  • Niko Marks – West 8 Mile [Logos]
    Inspired and inspiring.
  • Pedro Cali – Misty [Fine Art]
  • Francesco Tristano – The Melody [Infiné]
  • Fabrice Lig – Purple Raw Part One [Versatile]
  • Quince – Expanding / Contracting [Delsin]
  • DJ Bone – No Sleep (True To Da Roots) [Sect]
  • Niko Marks – Hueman Density [U2X Productions]
  • Santiago Salazar – Materia Oscura [Rush Hour]
  • Chymera – Ellipsis [Figure]
  • Tribe – Livin’ In A New Day [Planet E / Community Projects]
  • Los Hermanos – Traditions & Concepts [Submerge]
  • Jeff Mills – Alpha Centauri [Axis]
  • DJ Bone – Circus World [Subject Detroit]
  • Laurent Garnier – Back To My Roots EP [Innervisions]
  • Master-H and François Dubois – Melody [Komplex De Deep]
  • Rennie Foster – Good Time Charlie [Subject Detroit]
  • Stephen Brown – Subject Scotland 2 [Subject Detroit]
  • Kevin Saunderson – History Elevate 2 [KMS / Planet E]

albums

  • Francesco Tristano – Auricle / Bio / On [Infiné]
  • Soul Designer – Evolutionism [Third Ear]
  • Raiders Of The Lost Arp – Tema5 [Nature]
  • Shed – Shedding The Past [Ostgut Ton]
  • Maurice Ravel & Modest Mussorgsky – Recomposed By Carl Craig & Moritz von Oswald [Polydor]
  • Octogen – Gindofask [Soma]
  • The Black Dog – Radio Scarecrow [Soma]
  • Octave One – Summers On Jupiter [430 West]
  • Kenny Larkin – Keys, Strings, Tambourines [Planet E]
  • X-102 re-discovers The Rings Of Saturn [Tresor]

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December 22nd, 2008 at 12:00 am

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top 10 remixes of 2008

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Here’s the list of our favourite remixes of 2008:

  • Pedro Cali – Misty (Rodriguez Jr. remix) [Fine Art]
    Dancefloor – 10 out of 10, Radio – 10 out of 10, Personal – 10 out of 10.
  • Pedro Cali – The Way (The Duplex way) [Fine Art]
  • Francesco Tristano – The Melody (C2 remix) [Infiné]
  • Itamar Sagi – One Million Oaks (Funk D’Void remix) [Soma]
  • Erell Ranson – Sense Of Our Life (Arne Weinberg remix) [MySelf]
  • Kevin Saunderson – Bassline (Joris Voorn mix 07) [KMS / Planet E]
  • Rennie Foster – Devil’s Water (The Youngsters remix) [Rebirth]
  • Ican – Caminos del Niño (Martyn’s Oscuro mix) [Ican Productions]
  • Polar Pair feat. Cornelius Harris – This Is What Happens (Mark Flash rmx) [Unreleased]
  • Master-H and François Dubois – Melody (François Dubois The Chord mix) [Komplex De Deep]

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December 17th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Here’s the list of our favourite labels of 2008:

  • Subject Detroit
    No hype / trends – 100% independent label. I’m really into what they are doing.
  • Infiné
    The freshest label I’ve heard in a couple of years.
  • Planet E / Community Projects
    I’m a big fan of everything Carl Craig’s done. Great to see the Tribe collective as well.
  • Ican Productions
    I really like guys like S2 and Esteban Adame, both of who are good at keeping a techno sensibility but also have some influences / chords in there too.
  • Fine Art
    A label to watch this year.
  • Delsin / Ann Aimee
  • Rush Hour
  • Innervisions
  • 20:20 Vision
  • Melodika

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December 15th, 2008 at 7:30 pm

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Erell Ranson
www.myspace.com/erellranson
Soul Designer – Soul Is Back [Third Ear]
PFunk is back with this funky Soul Designer EP. Fabrice Lig at his best.
Arne Weinberg – Path Of The Gods [AW Recordings]
The first album of the German deep master. Deep, emotionnal, electro, idm, techno. All in one. Nice work and artwork !!!
Underground Resistance – Electronic Warfare 2 [Underground Resistance]
One of the true references in Detroit electronic music, Underground Resistance continue his mission. And there was a long time, I killed my radio !!!!
Mad Mike – Hi Tek Dreams / Lo-Tech Reality [Underground Resistance]
Hi-tek funk, this is…. Don’t need to say more !!!!
Raiders Of The Last Arp – Beyond The Dark (Los Hermanos Rmx) [Nature]
The return of Galaxy 2 Galaxy, they’re coming here with a sublime remix. They gave to the original track some extra energy with their "Knight of the Jaguar"’s strings. Perfect !!!!
PassEnger – Obliques Strategies [Sula Muse Recordings]
A man to follow. Inspiring by Detroit, B12, and Carl Craig. Beautiful music !!! Deep Deeper !!!
Pedro Cali – Time To Change [Fine Art Recordings]
My brotha in crime gave us some great tunes this year : a great remix and an EP from Fine Art, an ep from Polyphonics Recordings. We can easily recognize a Pedro Cali’s track with his funky synth line. The tech-house at his best. We’re waiting 2008 brotha !!!!
Black Smith Craft – No Peace For Wicked [Limetree]
An industrial and dark release. This French guy, inspired by the Birmingham sound, delivered us a strong and fresh EP. Black is black !!!!
T.e.s.t. Vs Hollowgraphik – Xenophobe [Exceleration]
One of the last bought of the year. 4 raw electro tunes.
Laurent Garnier – The Battle [FCommunications]
When the French master meets Mad Mike, they give us a great electro track.
Pedro Cali
www.myspace.com/pedrocali
01.
First of all is my friend Fabice Lig for his releases in 2007 and the preview of 2008 future tracks & LP that I heard on the road to Sub-Scape party ;)
02.
DJ 3000 Blood & Honey LP, a new departure for DJ 3000 ?
03.
Spirit Catcher, Night Vision : Chocolat & disco tech, a great first album
04.
Nitzan @ Fine Art Recordings for his work with the label and his true love for the music !
05.
Digital Music : It’s a real oportunity for the electronic community but it’s a real danger if labels sold music & (new) artists without a real idea & a real plan in background… labels need to keep quality in the digital too…
06.
Kingpin Cartel : Getho EP. A real deep techno funky EP
07.
Carl Craig for another amazing year of devotion for the techno music
08.
Sonar Kollektiv as every year since a long time. No need to add something else !
09.
Cobblestone Jazz, 23 Seconds LP. Fresh air for the minimal music.
10.
The Doors 40TH ANNIVERSARY ! There are still there ! ;)

Written by Kazuumi

January 15th, 2008 at 8:15 pm

best of 2007 part 1

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Chymera
www.myspace.com/chymeramusic
Osborne – Outta Sight
This for me is just a perfect track. Perfectly timed progressions, wonderfully constructed and so atmospheric and evocative. A track that could have been made at any point in the last 20 years, but will still sound fresh for another 20.
Burial – Archangel
I usually don’t buy into hype, but you’d be a fool to let this one slide. The album ‘Untrue’ is a dark, scattered trip through London’s seedy underside and out through a washing machine backwards. Put it on your headphones, close your eyes and listen from start to finish.
Âme – Fiori
2007 was the year I really paid attention to Âme. Most of their remixes and own tracks have really grabbed me as they moved towards a more fluid and dynamic sound and became less clinical. This one in particular is an epic. Full kudos for the scope. Love those strings too, they remind me of the theme music from the Terminator! Always a good thing.
Mari Boine – Vuoi Vuoi me (Henrik Schwarz Remix)
When I heard this first I nearly fell off my seat. Pure musical bliss and vocals so weird they are wonderful. An anthem for me.
Shed – Kinky Dudes
This has been my secret weapon at every gig I’ve played. Pure percussive meltdown, just wait for the breakdown.
Ada – Barren Space
Proper oldschool chord action. Simple but effective production, this one just cuts through the mix every time you play it.
Steve Rachmad – Levigi
Rachmad at his best. Unfortunately the rest of his album on Sino was a bit hit and miss, however this is the most slamming dancefloor cut he’s done in a while.
Siobhan Donaghy – Don’t give it up (Carl Craig Dub)
C2 with his best remix of the year for me. Wasn’t really feeling the "Like A Child" remix he did, but this one is just perfect. Restrained percussion and immense power.
John Daly – Move
Immense. Proper epic with a retro touch, coming on like metro area meets John Carpenter. Full kudos for the fellow Cork man
Eamonn Doyle – Come Down On The music (Los Hermanos remix)
Los Hermanos with the funkiest, ass shaking remix. That bass! those strings! wow.
Santiago Salazar
www.myspace.com/s2remix
01. Carl Craig – Future Love Theme [Miya Records]
When I first heard this track, I instantly loved it. It’s simple structure is pure Detroit, pure C2. No other song has had a influence on me like this one has in 2007.
02. Stefan Goldman – Lunatic Fringe [Macro Recordings]
This is pure original electronic music. Unique, minimal, funky and weird. Dopeness!
03. Kerri Chandler – Computer Games EP [Deeply Rooted House]
Talk about bringing it back to the dance floor! This EP is a reminder to all about the early relationship between house and techno. When you hear "The Invaders" or "Vector Graphics", you have no choice but to dance! Nevermind that there is no direct connection to video games, this ep is fresh.
04. Slam Mode – Platonic [Desvio]
Platonic sends me into a trance-dance. This is a pure spiritual song……
05. Rennie Foster feat. Ely – Midnight Sun [Futago Traxx]
This has been a Salazar Family favorite. We bump this in our bedroom and dance.
06. Louie Vega vs. Cerrone – Love Ritual [Vega Records]
Ahhhh……….percussion by Luisito Quintero and Cerrone and the beautiful voice of Nina Rodriquez singing in Yoruban is magical. Only Mr. Vega can assemble such talent and make a gem………
07. Âme – Balandine [Innervisons]
Pure dance floor, this track breathes techno and house. A dj’s tool to work the crowd.
08. Bodycode – The Centre of Time EP [Yore]
Ughhhh! Nasty…..Both tracks are heavy in sounds. Body 2 Body is my fav’ with Lerato singing "Everyday, Every night, I WANT YOU" House y Techno AQUI!!!
09. As One – Germanium (Los Hermanos Revival Mix) [Archive]
I know it say’s Los Hermanos, but it should say GERALD MITCHELL. If anyone deserves attention from Detroit, it’s Gerald Mitchell. This brother has been loyal to the dance floor since the 90′s. His remix of Germanium is part of his testament to the techno DJ and the dance community world wide!
10. Fabrice Lig – X-Slaves Who Changed The World [Versatile]
This is Fabrice at his best. Pure funk and creative sampling by the Soul Designer.
Movie.
Akanezora by Masaki Hamamoto
Solid Gold Playaz / Black Music / MindInfluence
www.myspace.com/solidgoldplayaz
01.
mood II swing – passing time
02.
troydon – short circuit ep
03.
cobblestone jazz – 23 seconds
04.
clarisse muvemba – roses
05.
yse – bounce back
06.
tnt – L8
07.
trackheadz – his kingdom ep
08.
office gossip – carbon copy ep
09.
somiya:ripple – codex
10.
the sound republic – pimp
kazuumi ishii
chief of electronic directory :-)
Soul Designer – Evolutionism [Third Ear]
[ XECD-1089 ]
If only more music like this would come out…it would be fucking paradise. Proper Fabrice Lig stunning music.
Agoria – Les Violons Ivres [PIAS / Different]
[ DIFF 1074 T ]
This is fantastic. Both sides are great. Les Violons Ivres is sublime. Beautiful deep techno journey, and Les Plastiques Ivres is a killer. Been playing both sides out.
Slam – Human Response + Azure [Soma]
[ Soma CD059 ] [ Soma 216 ]
Slam – damn right it is. They always bring me back to my first love of pure techno, just when I think I’m moving away from it, I get a reminder like this. Azure is a surefire dancefloor destroyer – immaculate production and a very big room sound. In the box for those peaktime moments !
Pedro Cali – Time To Change [Fine Art]
[ FAD 02 ]
Pedro Cali is really the one to watch this year. This man knows how to keep things deep, fat plus funky as fuck with tracks that rock both the floor and hi-fi. I really love this record.
all the Mezzotinto releases
[ MEZZO 04 ] [ MEZZO 07 ] [ MEZZO 10 ]
Mezzotinto is one of the most exciting labels to emerge in recent years, and the Chymera and Martin Skogehall releases are permanent fixtures in my box. Another excellent addition. "Midnight At The Aquarium" is awesome and one of the biggest tracks
of the year – deep techno at its best !

Written by Kazuumi

December 28th, 2007 at 2:00 am