Archive for May, 2011

Getting Subtle With Maya Jane Coles

Did you ever have a writing exercise back in elementary or middle school where you worked on showing, not telling? You couldn’t just write “the room was messy”, you actually had to describe the mess of the room. This is an exercise I feel would be very valuable to many (deep) house producers. Don’t tell me to love – make me feel it! Maybe it’s just me, but I feel that much of the house music I’ve come across lately just tries way too hard, or not nearly enough.  I’m either suppressing my gag reflex at how cheesy the combination of chords and vocals are, or I’m dying of boredom because there’s nothing going on.

That’s why I’m glad I’ve come across Maya Jane Coles. I hadn’t realized how much of her tunes I had heard until I went through her discography. It’s no wonder the 23 year old UK producer has been exploding in the past year: her uplifting tunes hit you emotionally hard while remaining subtle. Not an easy feat in the house world.

4th Measure Men – 4 You (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
Monophunk – Beneath The Stars (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
Tom Middleton – Cicadas (Maya Jane Coles Remix)
Maya Jane Coles – Don’t Tell
Maya Jane Coles – Hummingbird
Maya Jane Coles – Not In My House
Maya Jane Coles – Riot
Maya Jane Coles – Sick Panda
Maya Jane Coles – What They Say
Maya Jane Coles – You

My First Berghain Experience

Still Intimidating During The Day

Last week, I finished my third year of university after an incredible semester abroad in Paris. Right after my last exam, I was off to Berlin to meet a friend who had just finished his semester in Florence. What better city to head to than Berlin, and more specifically, what better place to go than Berghain? Nowhere else in the world can I enter a club near midnight and leave with a sunburn. Here’s the story of the two best weekends of my life. Read more

Best New Music: Dominik Eulberg’s “Diorama”

Dominik Eulberg has just released his fourth full length on Traum. I haven’t given it a complete listen yet (waiting for the vinyl), but it seems promising! It sounds like a cross between Pantha du PrinceUlrich Schnauss and Kollektiv Turmstrasse, with Eulberg’s soundscape-like techno.

Das Neunauge
Teddy Tausendtod
Islandmuschel 400
Die 3 Millionen Musketiere
Der Tanz Der Gluehwuermchen
Wenn Es Perlen Regnet
Die Strandmieze Von St. Peter-Ording

Skinnerbox’s “Anapol”

I’ve never heard of Skinnerbox, but I came across this EP while browsing Bpitch Control’s latest releases. What a pleasant surprise! It sort of sounds like a disco-y blend of indie dance meets tech house. “Purgatory Five” is definitely my favorite, however I’m still trying to decipher the slightly odd vocals.

Purgatory Five
Not In The Mood For Love
Illustrated Blowjob-Guide For Intermediates

Jerome Sydenham’s “Canine EP”

If you’ve been following techno recently, you’ve most likely heard of Jerome Sydenham. In December of last year, he released Trombipolution on Drumcode – with “Trombipolution” pulling high numbers on  many charts. It’s what I call “big room techno”:  relentless hard-hitting basslines that require face-melting speakers to do the tunes any justice (the kind of stuff you’d dance into an apocalypse to). Since his highly successful EP, Sydenham has released many solid tracks, but none that grabbed my like Trombipolution – until now. Canine EP mixes “big room” with more rounded soulful techno. It’s a perfect balance between incessant  yet hypnotic 4/4 and traces of uplifting Chicago house chords.

Bad Dog
Good Dog
Stray Dog

Breakthrough Album: Art Department’s “The Drawing Board”

I first heard of this Canadian duo when their track “Without You”, released on Crosstown Rebels, became RA’s number 1 track of 2010. An interesting track to say the least: drawn out, nearly whiny, vocals dropped over a rolling bassline (at least that’s the only way I could describe it at the time). Following up on their highly successful EP, Art Department has given us “The Drawing Board”: a salute to ’80s Chicago house while maintaining all that made their first hit such a success. After reading RA’s positive review (and some friendly advice from a reader) I have decided to give the album a proper ear. Trust me (and them), it’s good. I just need to give a few more listens to attempt to provide any insight.

Much Too Much
Tell Me Why (Part I)
Living The Life feat Seth Troxler
What Does It Sound Like
Without You
We Call Love feat. Soul Clap & Onuslade
Vampire Nightclub feat. Seth Troxler
In The Mood
Robert’s Cry
Tell Me Why (Part II)

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