TBC Playlist 2017 Annual Review Part One

Introduction

Welcome back to our annual review of all the music that has been played at TBC HQ over the past year. We must say that 2017 has gone quickly, it has almost flown by, but this has  not been without the standard level of trawling through new music, albums, compilations and podcasts plus our archive of music (that has been amassed over the years and the odd classic album we find while out and about) in order to report back to our TBC followers. The reason for ever increasing speed of the years is normally linked to age however at TBC we seem to take it upon ourselves each year to challenge and see how many things we can shoe horn into a 12 month period and we have excelled yet again 2017. We have managed to finally buy our new house (after 2 failed attempts) where we are now able to party in our sound insulated attic. We attended half a dozen weddings including one in the Game of Thrones land of Dubrovnik, partied at the Night Kitchen (TBC was first held in the basement at this venue) one last time before it closed its doors, attended a Stag Do in Barcelona and one in Sheffield. We surprised friends on a Berlin hen do, enjoyed multiple parties at the end of the year at Collect and The Holt  (cheers Gaz and Jess) where I finally got to DJ out properly (the only occurrence in 2017). You may ask where have the TBC parties been in 2017 but after a very busy 2016 we took a break to focus on other things with the intention to come back and have a ‘re-birth’ in 2018 so watch this space. We did of course have multiple shindigs to enjoy the music finds of the year; at our old flat to send off the Mezz in true TBC style and to christen our new house, sorry to our old and new neighbours!

Part One

The 2017 playlist is extensive with a total of 121 releases, split as follows; 2017 has 99 with 83 albums/compilations/radio shows/live sets plus 16 Resident Advisor podcasts and BBC Essential mix shows. The Classic and Eclectic portion is made up of 22 releases and we venture back to 2001 to cover all of our selections this year. We  had to trim the playlist considerably as our music back catalogue has been delved into during a recent reshuffle of music during our house move resulting in many, many lost hours. The range of musical genres takes us from electronic to pop to hip-hop and rock with the former spanning drum & bass, house, electro, rave, techno, progressive and disco. In brief we can say that while 2017 was not one of the best for producing truly standout releases there have been a few gems that have been great to seek out. We hope that you can find some new artists, record labels or releases when reading the article and can enjoy the releases as much as we have.

2017 Playlist

Eskimo Recordings pres. The Red Collection

Resistance Vol.1 mixed by AndHim

Permanent Vacation Vol.4 – Various Artists

Selectors 001: selected by Motor City Drum Ensemble

InFine 10: Tomorrow Sounds Better With You – Various Artists

Stereo Productions pres. Best of 2016 – Various Artists

Dj Kicks – Matthew Dear (Reviewed Jan 2017 – https://technobreakfastclub.co.uk/2017/01/27/tbc-album-promo-dj-kicks-matthew-dear/)

The Sound of Belgium (TSOB) Vol.3 – Various Artists

Unfinished Business Vol. 4 mixed by Luke Solomon

Tin Man – Dripping Acid

Joseph Capriati – Save My Soul

Balance Pres. Sudbeat mixed by Hernan Cattaneo

Global Underground Select #2 – Various Artists

A Decade of Ilian Tape – Various Artists

Layton Giordani – Where It Begins

Watergate Vol.22 mixed by Catz N’Dogz

Talaboman – The Night Land

Planetary Assault Systems – The Lights Years (reworks)

Ten Years I Love Acid – Various Artists

Gaiser – III

Lee Foss – Alchemy

Fabric 92 – Call Super

Eli Escobar – Happy Again

Sian – Capital Crimewave

Hal Incandena – Calor

FabricLive 91 – Special Request

Ellen Allien – Nost

Elektrik World compiled by Dr.Lektroluv – Various Artists

Sasha – Scene Delete: The Remixes

Rebekah – Fear Paralysis

Rodriguez Jr. – Baobab

Talamanca – Sytem

My Favourite Vol.3 PETS Recordings – Various Artists

Jannowitz Black Compilation mix by Tiefschwarz

Perc – Bitter Music

Schneeweiss Vol.7 compiled by Oliver Koletzki

Robert Hood – Paradygm Shift

Dj Kicks – Michael Mayer

Reclaim Your City Podcast Series – REKA (vol.229), Dustin Zahn (vol.178), Rebekah (vol.151), Gary Beck (vol.135) and Exium (vol.66)

Maceo Plex – Solar

Realms of Consciousness Pt. II – Various Artists

Ghost Population vol.6 from City Noises – Various Artists

Balance Pres. Natura Sonoris mixed by Henry Saiz

Delta Funktionen – Junior High School Excursion

XLR8R Podcast Vol. 497 by Paul Kalkbrenner

Correspondant Compilation Vol. 05 – Various Artists

Herdersmat Part 9-15 – Various Artists

HOSH – Stories from Sa Talaia Parts 1-3

Infrastructure New York pres. Facticity

Dark Sky – Othona

Dekmantel pres. Selector 003 compiled by Marcel Dettmann

Recondite – Update

Soma 25 – Various Artists

Stil Vor Talent pres. Alexanderplatz

Drumcode pres. A-Sides Vol. 6 – Various Artists

Broken English Club – The English Club

Sam Paganini – Zenith

Slam Radio #258 – Bloody Mary

Lake People – Phase Transition

Bicep – Bicep

Joe Goddard – Electric Lines

Koelsch  – 1989

Sasha – Refracted Live

Steffi – World of the Walking State

Special Request – Belief System

Rødhåd – Anxious

Global Underground: NuBreeb 10 mixed by Oliver Schories

Dave Clarke –  Desecration of Desire

Christian Smith – Synergy

Oscar Mulero – Pattern Series Compilation

Oliver Huntemann – Propaganda

Dekmantel pres. Selectors 004 compiled by Joy Orbison

Nic Fanciuli – My Heart

Kaiserdisco – Another Dimension

Kern Vol. 4 mixed by DJ Stingray

Koen Groenveld – Best of 2017

John Digweed Live in Brooklyn, Output, NYC

DJ Hell Zukunftsmusik

We Play House Recording 10 Years – Various Artists

Mister Saturday Night – Then & Now

Momentum 10 Years of Token – Various Artists

Adam Beyer live at Awakenings Festival 25th June 2017

5 Years In Love With Involve – Various Artists

Resident Advisor Podcasts

RA #569 mixed by Willow

RA #582 mixed by Steve Bicknell

RA #584 mixed by Galaxian

RA #596 mixed by Oscar Mulero

BBC Radio One Essential Mixes

Essential Mix by Pan-Pot

Essential Mix by Adriatique

Essential Mix by Helena Hauff

Essential Mix by Joe Goddard

Essential Mix by Monika Kruse

Essential Mix by Joseph Capriati

Essential Mix by Solardo

Essential Mix by Calibre

Essential Mix by Honey Dijon

Essential Mix by Rebekah

Essential Mix by Nina Kraviz

Essential Mix by Bicep

Classic and Eclectic

Bonobo – Migration

The XX – I See You

Renaissance Pres. The Masters Series by Hernan Cattaneo (2012)

Jamiroquai – Automaton

Goldfrapp – Silver Eye

Stormzy – Gang Signs & Prayer

DJ Mag pres. La Vie En Stereo – 10 Years and Counting mixed by Chus & Ceballos (2009)

Helena Hauff – Mixmag pres. In Session (2016)

The Underground 2010 – Techno – Various Artists (2010)

Lazerhawk – Redline (2010)

FabricLive 35 – Marcus Intalex (2007)

Marcus Intalex – 21 (2011)

London Grammar – Truth Is Beautiful

Royal Blood – How Did We Get So Dark?

Lost Years – Black Waves (2012)

CLR & Chris Liebing pres. Reconnected 03 mixed by Rebekah (2013)

CLR & Chris Liebing pres. Reconnected 04 mixed by Drumcell (2014)

Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise (2009)

Carpenter Brut – Trilogy (2015)

FC Kahuna – Machine Says Yes (2002)

Dave Clarke – Devils Advocate (2003)

World Service Vol.2 Mixed by Dave Clarke (2001)

Back to the Future Parts 1-3 mixed by Paul Kalkbrenner

TBC Album Promo Review

Good day TBC followers, we have been fortunate to secure another amazing promo album for review before release. We have in fact been listening to this one for a few weeks now and it comes from one of our favourite labels Eskimo Recordings, the second big album release we have been able to feature of theirs. This time its the Yellow collection, the 5th in the series, which is due for release on the 20th May.

As with previous iterations of Eskimo’s now legendary (in our opinion anyways) collection releases the Yellow edition features the labels stalwarts Horixon, The Soft Machine, Du Tonc and NTEIBINT but also a new raft of artists and producers which we are excited about. Luxxury (Baron Von Luxxury literally made one of our holidays to Berlin with his blissed our disco edits), Man Power, Vinny Villbas and others. The collection is a great advert for Eskimo who continue to sign tracks and artists that epitomise their label sound.

The first track from Blackie and Oohoos eases you in with a dreamy, chilled out track but this isn’t the direction of the album just a nice introduction to the new compilation.

Breathe from Luxxury oozes Eskimo with the vocals “on and on” which are distorted and sound excellent accompanied with the piano, guitars and drums. This track is an excellent addition to the Eskimo roster, highly recommended listening, especially with summer fast arriving.

NTEIBINT has now had a number of releases on Eskimo and By Your Side is typical to his sound, poppy, uplifting and again maintaining the dreamy summer sound that this compilation seems to be focusing on. The vocals are excellent from Rush Midnight and they accompany the production work from one of favourite current Eskimo artists.

Horixon continue with their high level of disco/house production with this little gem featuring Else Born who provides a sublime female vocal to this uplifting yet moody track. The tune for this track is perfectly suited to the vocal accompaniment. We were very impressed with this latest track as it works very well within the Eskimo sound.

Zombies in Miami are new to TBC but they pick things up a notch with their El Wild track which is a little faster past with a squelchy sample that builds with the track to a nice breakdown. There aren’t any vocals on this one but you don’t need them, this is an excellent selection for this release as it brings something new with a space like sci-fi sound which makes the track.

Man Power has been a recent big hitter with his amazing debut album which was self titled on Correspondant. Frisky is not as big a hitter as some of his other tracks but this sits well on the compilation with a nice pace and percussion layer. This track feels like it was produced with the wild west as an influence as it features guitars and an almost shonky tune, it builds and builds to a nice crescendo but doesn’t overdo it.

This Soft Machine again provide a superb release for Eskimo with the catchy It’s Operational which picks things up again with a nice loop and effects samples and a great vocal which bubble along nicely and progress for just under 7 minutes with a great breakdown around 4 minutes. This is one of our favourites.

Vinny Villbas has previously featured an amazing remix of Alexander Skancke’s Found My Place and his track The Itch is again a very catchy little number with a great squelchy sample and nice uplifting piano keys and dreamy sounds. This is the first production work we have heard from this producer and he is a great addition to the Eskimo team.

Mechanical Sparrow was featured in a previous promo review of individual releases and this track from Atella may be a little cheesy but it is Eskimo through and through. The pace slows dramatically from the previous tracks but this works well in the flow of the compilation. The male vocals are dreamy again and this track is definitely most suited to a summer day time chilled party. Not quite sure what the Mechanical Sparrow refers to though, very random.

Go March are next, another new artist to TBC, with Rise which a slow burner with piano, drums and guitar riffs that provide an alternative disco track that builds with a nice piano section. The uplifting but moody feel returns from earlier in the compilation. A more eclectic number but a great track yet again.

MiddleSkyBoom follow up with Slow With The Run which is again a slower number with a distorted and fragmented vocal and minimal sounding track structure. This is one of the lesser tracks on the compilation but is well suited on the collection. A more bizarre, eclectic track.

Du Tonc’s We Can Hold On (Satin Jackets Dub) is another track that has been previously featured on our promo reviews and is a signature track on the collection. The slow pace continues in a blissed out electronica, synth infused manner which is coupled with great male vocals that set the track off perfectly.

James Curd closes the album with You Could Be Floating which finishes things up nicely when compared with the first track from Blackie and the Oohoohs. The two tracks envelop the album up in a nice, soft, dreamy disco blanket while delivering high quality disco for our aural enjoyment.

The latest instalment of the Eskimo Collection series has been brought to us by the colour Yellow and it doesn’t disappoint throughout, it continues on in true Eskimo fashion bringing fresh, uplifting and exhilarating disco to your home, car, party, DJ mix, wherever you want to enjoy these disco bites. We would highly recommend this release and already have ours on order.

Thanks for reading.

TBC

 

TBC Promotional Reviews April 2016

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Albums/Compilations

Scene Delete by Sasha (Late Night Tales)

Panorama Pacifico by Satin Jackets (Eskimo Recordings)

On Vacation by CFCF (International Feel)

Magma by Agents of Time (Ellum)

Mechanical Sparrow by Stella feat. O Martin (Eskimo Recordings)

Diary of a Madwoman by Lauren Lane (Edible Music)

Albums/Compilations

Scene Delete by Sasha (Late Night Tales) – TBC FAVOURITE ***

Sasha : Scene Delete

Released on April Fools Day 2016 from the ever impressive Late Night Tales who have been on a roll over the last few years with amazing releases from Royksopp, Jon Hopkins, Nils Frahm and Automatic Soul (Tom Findlay of Groove Armada), this LP from Sasha was compiled over a two year period from tracks produced by Sasha while on the road touring that did not quite fit into his standard house and techno style. Sasha offered Late Night Tales a great opportunity to put out a soundtrack-esque electronica master piece. The similarities to ‘This Binary Universe’ by BT is a good thing with lullaby style tracks, classical melodies and atmospheric beats and percussion. Sit down, turn up the bass or get your headphones on and bliss out, this is perfect for the super chilled after party or a quiet Sunday.

Panorama Pacifico by Satin Jackets (Eskimo Recordings)

Since TBC discovered Eskimo Recordings and all of the disco joy that this label brings we have been fans of Satin Jackets who are stalwarts of Eskimo as their releases are consistently represented on the seminal Eskimo Recordings collections (Blue, Pink, Orange and Green to date). We have long anticipated a production album from Satin Jackets which is due to drop on the 8th April and the album delivers their signature sound but in some ways fails to exhibit anything further from Satin Jackets which we had hoped for having heard the best songs on the album already via other releases. The stand out tracks are Feel Good, Cala Banana, You Make Me Feel good and Shine On You of which the latter is simply superb and one of our favourite Eskimo Recording tracks of all time. A production album where 4 of the 12 tracks are excellent is a good debut for Satin Jackets but we hope that they can excel further on their next release.

On Vacation by CFCF (International Feel)

https://soundcloud.com/international-feel/cfcf-on-vacation-snippets

CFCF a.k.a Michael Silver is a new artist to TBC but on researching his back catalogue he is a very busy bunny, recording under multiple aliases, producing scores for film soundtracks and producing for his own LP’s (under the CFCF moniker he already has 6 albums to his name since 2009!). International Feel is a rather eclectic balearic label that sometimes focuses too much on bizarre electronica with an array of rare percussion and tribal instrument accompaniments. This latest release however, really hits the spot. A perfect blend of chillout, percussion, jazz influences, guitar and key combinations, blissed out sounds and quiet but effective bass lines. The opening two tracks Sate Padang and Arto are the standout tracks on the LP and you will be inspired and forced into a meditative state when you immerse yourself in this CFCF experience.

Magma by Agents of Time (Ellum) – TBC FAVOURITE ***

https://soundcloud.com/agents-of-time/sets/ell034-agents-of-time-magma The great production trio Agents of Time continue in a rich vent of form with ‘Magma’ which is a two track release on Ellum (Maceo Plex’s label). Magma is a roaring and rasping progressive tech-house track that builds and flows while maintaining an excellent bass line which pulses throughout the track. The B Side is ‘Obsidian’ which is the perfect accompaniment to ‘Magma’ and makes it obvious why Maceo Plex signed this trio up for the new release on his label. ‘Obsidian’ is not as expressive as ‘Magma’ but the breakdown is superb, a subtle yet bass line lead build up explodes around the four and a half minute mark into a stormy, electronic breakdown. Highly Recommended.

Mechanical Sparrow by Atella feat. O Martin (Eskimo Recordings)

Atella provide this release on Eskimo and ‘Mechnical Sparrow’ is straight up Eskimo material with a low BPM, dreamy track and a great vocal from O Martin. The Club Mix offers an improved BPM and more house based structure which strikes similarities to other Scandinavian production artists of recent times. Man Power strip backs the original for a dubby, electronica remix which offers a surprisingly alternative yet interesting version of the track. The club remix is definitely the most favourable and a great release for Eskimo overall.

‘Diary of a Madwoman’ by Lauren Lane (Edible Music)

Eats Everything’s new label Edible has a very interesting release from Lauren Lane in ‘Diary of a Madwoman’. The title track is a great catchy house number with a nice breakdown, sinister style keys and vocals which haunt the track while giving it an edge. Overall the track has a great tempo and bass line. ‘Fomo’ is track two and while continuing in the same vein as the title track doesn’t really hit the same level. The last track ‘The Right Kind of Weird’ is more in keeping with the overall feel that Lauren Lane seems to be aiming to deliver. This is another catchy house track with a great bassline, freaky vocal samples and a great collection of samples, drums and noises. A solid third release for Edible Music.

https://soundcloud.com/kidnap_kid/sets/moments-ep

TBC Playlist 2015 Annual Review – Part One

TBCReviews2015aWhat a year 2015 has been for good and bad reasons, TBC never seems to have a quiet year. Every month seems to have had a big event which has made this year fly by, but not so much that TBC haven’t been able to say this year was a good one.

Our year started in the very cold, wintery weather of January while we rested and recuperated after our New Year’s celebrations in Leeds but unfortunately ended with a thud when I slipped on the ice and badly broke my shoulder resulting in a period of 2-3 months having to recover from surgery and complete rehabilitation on my left arm. For many this would have had a serious affect on their year but we maintained good spirits at TBC HQ as we enjoyed many of the new albums, live mixes, podcasts and single releases that we would not have been able to if we had been busy, busy, busy as usual. We were also able to plan the remainder of the year as I had so much time on my hands. The remainder of year I will summarise below:

January & February – mainly spent broken, recovering from my operation and being cared for by Helen, who was a superstar over this whole period. I purchased a new Denon sounder and subwoofer to enjoy my music while resting up in bed! Sorry neighbours, yet again.

March – Quiet month, finally I was able to get out of the house and briefly meet up with friends again. We started to plan our TBC live set mix (back to back set in September TBC event), source new tracks and write new articles on the website (see previous blog posts).

April – Berlin holiday was carefully enjoyed in luxury at Nhow Berlin. Lots of disco, house and techno at Kater Markt, Sisyphus and Stattbad. We also celebrated our friends 30th Birthday in Berlin.

May – Final plans for Stag Do in Manchester for my best mate Rich who got married in September 2015. Secretsundaze at Oval Space in London with Kink, Nick Hoppner, James Priestley and Giles Smith. We also partied at the Symonds wedding in Whirlow, Sheffield (congratulations Luke and Sue).

June – Stag Do action in Manchester culminating in the amazing second day at Parklife festival in Manchester – Sasha and Joris Voorn at sunset was spectacular. Blur in Hyde Park, London wrapped up the month.

July – My Birthday month and Tramlines festival in Sheffield where we experienced the mighty Kabal BBQ party and James Holden live at the Octagon which was breathtaking.

August – The Collect BBQ was a great summer treat, two of our best friends got married in Liverpool at Constellations (congrats John and Hannah) and we attended the Garden Party festival for Bank Holiday in Leeds which was epic, Joy Orbison, Todd Terje, Bicep and Redlight were highlights.

September – After months of planning, TBC event number three was upon us. The 80’s club kids theme went down a treat and our back to back set went without fault, we smashed it. I was also best man at the Jones wedding which was an amazing day (congrats Rich and Nikki).

October – York races, Helen’s birthday and Halloween celebrations at Constellations in Liverpool with DJ Hell. What an October!

November – In hiding to complete my RICS assessment works, I daren’t venture out as I had 10,000 words to complete, what a relief when I handed this in on the 30th November!

December – It’s Christmas time! The latest TBC article and review is being completed. We party in Birmingham at the Rainbow Venue for Knee Deep with Capriati (all night long), Anja Schneider, Hot Since 82 and Heidi. We enjoy our Xmas works do’s and celebrate with our friends awaiting our extended break over the festive period! Boy do we need a break!

Over the year we have been compiling our best of selection and we now bring you the shortlist (arguably a long list but it does cover the whole year!) and the select few which we will review in detail and select our favourite for 2015. We will be splitting the review over three parts in order to split this article in to manageable portions.

See part two for the playlist and the TBC selections for 2015

https://technobreakfastclub.co.uk/2016/04/02/tbc-playlist-2015-annual-review-part-two/

See part three for the final verdict and our best of 2015

https://technobreakfastclub.co.uk/2016/04/02/tbc-playlist-2015-annual-review-part-three/

Enjoy and please read on.

TBC

TBC Playlist 2015 Annual Review – Part Two

TBCReviews2015aThe TBC longlist which is made up 82 electronic albums, mixes etc. and 9 alternative offerings. We have attempted to put in a chronological order so that you can easily review the list and source the albums you like:

BBC Essential Mix – Eric Prydz and Jeremy Olander

Lake people-  Purposely Uncertain Field

Eats Everything – Fries With That

BBC Essential Mix – Waze & Odyssey

BBC Essential Mix – Joris Voorn

John Tejada – Signs Under Test

Nang – The Array Vol.5

Argy & Mama – Dominonation

Bpitch Control Best of 2014 – Various Artists

Zoo Brazil – Songs for Clubs vol.3

Dj Kicks – Nina Kraviz

Juju & Jordash – Clean Cut

Levon Vincent – Levon Vincent

BBC Essential Mix – Eric Morillo

RA Podcast Anthony Naples

Andre Galluzzi – Alcatraz

Anthony Naples – Body Pill

Model 500 – Digital Solutions

Watergate 18 – Butch

Future Disco Vol. 8 – Various Artists

Masterpiece – Armand Van Helden

Fabric 80 – Joseph Capriati

Noir – Noir

Balance 27 – Magda

Global Underground 2015 – Various Artists

Oliver Schories – Fields Without Fences

MDR Compilation – Various Artists

Omid 16B – Reincarnations

Crazy P – Walk Don’t Walk

RA Podcast 459 – Solar

Rebel Rave Vol.4 – Various Artists

Mix for Tsugi – Barnt

Defected pres. Master of House – Frankie Knuckles

Cocoon Pres Zehn – Chris Tietjen

Lauer – Borndom

BBC Essential Mix – Claptone

BBC Essential Mix – Patrick Topping

BBC Essential Mix – Julio Bashmore

BBC Essential Mix – Sven Vaeth

Miami Horror – All Possible Futures

Laurent Garner – La HOME Box

Strictly DJ T – 25 years

Eskimo Recording The Orange Collection – Various Artists

Ruede Hagelstein – Apophenia

Balance Pres. Fur Coat

Flight Facilities – Down to Earth

XLR8R Podcast – Walker and Royce

Unfinished Business Vol. 1-3 by Luke Solomon

Live at Robert Johnson – Lifesaver Compilation vol.2

RA Podcast 464 – Paula Temple

Underground Sound of Ibiza Vol.2 – Various Artists (Bedrock)

Warehouse Rome – Various Artists

A-Sides Vol. 3 (Drumcode) – Various Artists

Dj Supermarkt Too Slow to Disco 2

Stephan Bodzin – Power of Ten

20 Years of Henry Street Records

Berghain 07 – Function

BBC Essential Mix – Hot Since 82 (Ibiza Space, special extended mix)

Man Power – Man Power

Julio Bashmore – Knockin’ Boots

Enter Ibiza 2015 – Various Artists

Space Ibiza 2015 – Various Artists

XLR8R Podcast – Helena Hauff

RA Podcast 484 – Bjarki

HNNY – Sunday

Cocoon Compilation O – Various Artists

Aphrohead – Resurrection

Catz ’n Dogz – Basic Colour Theory

Fabric 84 – Mathew Jonson

Faze DJ Set #40 – Stephan Bodzin

RA Podcast 491 – Sasha

BBC Essential Mix – Lee Burridge (Burning Man special edition)

BBC Essential Mix – Seth Troxler

BBC Essential Mix – Ben Klock

Ostgut Ton Zehn – Various Artists

BBC Essential Mix – Maceo Plex

Yoshitoshi Ibiza – Sharam

Global Underground 41 Naples – James Lavelle

Balance 28 – Stacey Pullen

Beyond Borders: Berlin – Dave Seaman

Sound of the 16th Season (Cocoon Recordings) – Sven Vaeth

R.I.P. 50 Weapons #40-50 – Various Artists

Alternative

David Gilmour – Rattle That Lock

Dr. Dre – Compton

New Order – Music Complete

Jean Michel Jarre – Electronica Vol.1

Jean Michel Jarre w/Gesaffelstein, Massive Attack and Tangerine Dream – Limited EP releases from new album Electronica Vol.1

Marsheaux – A Broken Frame

Emika – Drei

Chemical Brothers – Born In The Echoes

FACT Focus Podcast Vol.1 – Serge Gainsbourg

 

The Shortlist:

The TBC chosen few are below and there are some stormers in here, where possible we have also added a link so that you can listen to and enjoy yourself while you read the article. We would recommend you source the remaining albums asap as they are excellent.

As ever there are some superb albums/compilations/mixes that just miss out but I feel it would be fair not to mention them. 2015 has seen some excellent Resident Advisor Podcasts in particular Paula Temple, Bjarki, Solar and Sasha, where respectively each provides a glimpse of a brilliant DJ. Paula Temple provides the hardest techno in her special style, Bjarki a new breed of techno/rave party music (one to watch in 2016), Solar (A DJ we met in Stadtbad in Berlin and he gave us a bundle of free drinks tokens, what a legend!) provides an excellent mix and Sasha making his RA debut at the ripe old age of 46 for RA #491. MDR, Ostgut Ton, Cocoon and 50 Weapons all released collections in 2015 and they each excel in their own way with some real gems to be had plus some fancy collectors editions boxsets! Armand Van Helden released his Masterpiece mix which includes one of the great CDs of all time… the Yacht mix, you have to hear this mix, it is superb with old-skool rock, disc, perfect when you are chartering your yacht or just partying hard! Ruede Hagelstein, Stephan Bodzin and Laurent Garnier all released excellent production albums, the quality of electro and techno on these EP’s is testament to their production quality and in the latter case, their status in the scene in spite of their seniority and extensive experience. James Lavelle released his third Global Underground instalment with Naples vol.41 of this mega series. Lavelle is an all time favourite of TBC and this mix doesn’t disappoint with superb remixes of old UNKLE tracks, more recent tracks from other artists and the double disc mix is electronica enjoyment to the max.

Levon Vincent – Levon Vincent

TBC have been fans of Levon Vincent since he hit the big time in the techno scene around 2011 with his masterful Man or Mistress EP, he has been around since about 2002 producing tracks and not until 2015 did he finally release an LP. At first impression this album seemed a different angle for Levon as it approaches from a more deep, atmospheric, electronica direction and it didn’t really register on TBC’s radar. However give this album a few listens, turn up that sub-woofer and really immerse yourself in this LP and its a different story. You will be pounded by bass, taken on an electro journey with progressive, techno, minimal and house style tracks that show off Levon’s range and diversity in production. Don’t be fooled there are some crazy techno tracks on here so it is not a subdued, chilled listen but the range across the LP is excellent. The stand out tracks are:

-The Beginning is the opening track of the LP, it is an uplifting track that builds and booms away making it perfect for an opening of a DJ set, perfect for a Berghain style mix, which erupts with trance synth keys towards the second half of the track.

-Junkies on Herman Strasse has a sheer brutal techno bassline and storming/angry style.

-Mor Mona, My Beloved Cat_Rest in Peace is a chilled, progressive electronica track that takes you on a journey filled with nice keys and some nice twinkly, space-like sounds.

-Woman is an Angel is the last track on the LP and oozes class production with a superb bassline, uplifting electronic synthesiser keys and an evil yet epic feel that brings you to the end of the LP, the perfect transition throughout the LP from start to finish.

 

Berghain 07 – Function

Function can only be described as one of the all time favourite TBC Berghain residents, why you ask? Well our first trip to Berghain was hosted by Silent Servant plus Regis and Function and there simply are no words to describe this evening. The techno was off the scale, hard, heavy, atmospheric, epic, crazy, evil… it had it all! Sandwell District actually hosted the main room for over 18 hours, from Saturday AM until very late Sunday. Fast forward a few year and Ostgut Ton has revolutionised the mix CD by providing the mixed file free of charge on their website. This is a revolutionary step because the mix CD is holy sacrilege since Sasha and Digweed pioneered them in the 90’s with the Renaissance series. Many would think this is a crazy leftfield approach from Ostgut Ton but after their superb Ryan Elliot Panorama CD they have taken the forefront in digital music realising the free download is a gateway to their club, record label and brand which is well worth the free WAV format download.

Function has entered the Berghain series after some serious releases courtesy of Dettmann, Faki, Fenglar and Klock but he seems to avoid their status and standing by creating an epic mix that encapsulates what Berghain is all about: serious techno! Tune selection which pushes the sound system to its limits and the clubbers to their extreme limits. This mix, if you haven’t been to Berghain, is the perfect introduction and its free to download so please visit the website and get involved.

The tracklist is typical of Function who has cemented his standing in the techno scene with Dettmann and Klock et al as a pioneer of the musical genre. His tune selection, mixing and style is just breathtaking. Pretty much the full spectrum of techno is included; DVS1, Broom, Planetary Assault Systems (Luke Slater), Carl Craig, Silent Servant, the list goes on and even includes classic artists such as CJ Bolland – a techno/rave pioneer who many looked up to and were inspired by in the 1990’s.

TBC challenges any of our readers, fans and friends to listen to this mix and not be blown away by its aggressive techno assault ranging from the present to the classic and all the in-between. Function even takes the mix on a psychedelic/acid journey towards the middle of the mix which highlights his great style and his ability to span many genres of techno/electronica while maintaining your attention and exhibiting his own particular approach to the Berghain series which each particular resident has brought to their own mix.

TBC’s particular highlights include:

  • CJ Bolland ‘Horsepower’ as it is simply a classic electronica track which fits in very well with the current day techno style. it may be dated but is doesn’t feel out of place on this mix.
  •  The transition from Cleric – Concrete (31:39)
 to Blue Hour – Common Ground (33:24)
 between tracks 10 and 11 is simply stunning, seamless transition between techno stormers during heavy levels of bass and a pretty rapid BPM. Mind-blowing techno DJing.
  • The section where Function plays Bicknell, Planetary Assault System and Allen tracks together from tracks 14-19 is a serious test of your techno credentials, can you handle it?! This is hardcore techno at its raw best.
  • Silent Servant ‘Noise Treatment’ is the penultimate track and it is Berghain epitomised, crazy, bass heavy and intense. This track on the Function One speaker system would challenge your body’s ability to maintain its control and push you to your limits.

There are points where this mix verges on the techno limits but the diversity and transitions throughout ensure you aren’t scared off or stifled during your audio entertainment session. To put it simply there aren’t really the words to describe this mix. Just like Ryan Elliot did with his Panorama Bar mix Function has matched and exceeded with his Berghain mix. Don’t miss this one! If you haven’t experienced Berghain in all its glory this mix is a great place to start, turn up your speakers and get lost.

Fabric 84 – Mathew Jonson

Mathew Jonson has been a TBC favourite for many years and remains an elusive DJ/Producer as we have never seen him live. However this elusiveness only adds to Mathew Jonson’s persona and grandeur because for a decade he has produced some of electro and techno’s greatest tracks. Marionette, Decompression and Typerope are defining tracks within electronic music since the early naughties. It is hard to remain elusive, churn our production pieces and achieve a level of consistency like Mathew has done over the last 14/15 years, not many have been able to keep up or challenge him. Many have tried; Maceo Plex, Julien Jewell, Petar Dundov, Joris Voorn but Mathew Jonson retains that standing which many envy and pursue.

It would have been easy to create a mix CD that would blow you away when Mathew Jonson is at the helm but he doesn’t simply provide a great mix in this instance with Fabric but showcases how others should approach production and DJing. Fresh tracks, live edits, new mixes which rejuvenate classic old tracks, a progressive style which epitomises Mathew Jonsons’ style while remaining satisfying and uplifting for the listener whether they are seasoned or a rookie in the scene. The tune selection is solely Mathew Jonson focused, either produced, edited or remixed and it works perfectly. This mix managed to reignite my Fabric collection which was looking a little tired and generic.

The live mix was recorded at Fabric during  their crazy Birthday weekend in 2014 where they open non-stop throughout Saturday and Sunday. It seems that those who attended were treated to one of those exemplary performances which usually occur and are talked about as if they were folk-lore, “were you there”, “did you see Mathew Jonson at Fabric in 2014”, “his live set was simply mind-blowing”. Normally you would brush these comments aside but Fabric were lucky enough to be recording this live set for their 84th instalment of their Fabric series and boy does this mix deliver.

Fabric have been somewhat lacklustre in recent years, their mixes have not really delivered, big DJ’s have lost their way and generally they have fallen fowl of the level they set early in their series history. In this case Mathew Jonson blows this recent bad spell away with a breathtaking mix.

It is difficult to select highlights however Decompression is a TBC favourite and this features in a new guise twice along with an urban, garage mix which enables Mathew Jonson to explore a dubby, garage style which particularly excited us as this an old school genre from the 90’s is not often revisited by current DJs. This nostalgic angle is well integrated and flows very well within the mix moving us on to a more housey style which finishes the mix culminating in a great Acid remix of the legendary Inner City Good Life.

We wish we could post links to this mix but you have to enquire about the mix and get involved because it is simply stunning. Go to the Fabric website for a 7/8 quid bargain, you won’t be disappointed.

Tracklist /
01. Cobblestone Jazz – Northern Lights
02. Mathew Jonson – Dayz
03. Mathew Jonson – Learning To Fly
04. Mathew Jonson – Marionette (The Beginning)
05. Units And Measurements feat. Deadbeat – Octopus Brains
06. Tobias. – If (Mathew Jonson & The Mole Remix)
07. Mathew Jonson – In Search of a New Planet With Oxygen
08. Mathew Jonson – The World Will Come Around
09. Mathew Jonson – Automaton
10. Mathew Jonson – Decompression (Mathew Jonson Acid Cut)
11. Mathew Jonson – Decompression (Mathew Jonson Force Remix)
12. Mathew Jonson – Ghosts In The A.I. / Decompression (Mathew Jonson Mash Up)
13. Mathew Jonson – Imagination
14. Subb-an feat. S.Y.F. – Say No More (Mathew Jonson Remix)
15. Mathew Jonson – Cause Baby It Just Feels Right
16. Mathew Jonson – That Girl Can Dance
17. Mathew Jonson – That 101 Is Mine
18. Mathew Jonson – Feels Like Liquid
19. Mathew Jonson – Body In Motion
20. Kevin Saunderson feat. Inner City – Good Life (Mathew Jonson’s Acid Mix)

BBC Essential Mix – Ben Klock

Since TBC’s first trip to Berlin we have been obsessed with the Berghain family; Dettmann, Klock, Faki, Fenglar, Fiedel, Nodge et al. It is very difficult to not be captivated by the scene that this club, its residents, Ostgut Ton (the record label) and Berlin itself have created. The booming techno, its controversial door policy, the 48 hour plus parties, Panorama bar, the garden and its dark seedy sex dungeon (with the event called Snax). Of all of the residents Ben Klock remains the most elusive to TBC as we have experienced all the other DJ’s mentioned above at various times in recent years. Ben has released a number of mixes over the years including FACT #31 in 2009, Berghain #4 in 2010 and Fabric #66 and Tsugi #246 in 2012 and FACT #470 in 2014 all of which exhibit a tough techno sound with influences of house thrown in; percussion in particular. His style and flow within his mixes is synonymous of Berghain while differentiating himself with the other residents. When we heard that Pete Tong had drafted in Ben Klock for the essential mix we were very excited at TBC, especially after Marcel Dettmann’s offering in 2014 and we were not let down by this 2 hour techno journey.

The mix features many techno heavyweights Josh Wink, Edit Select, Spencer Parker, Planetary Assault System (Luke Slater) and Cajmere along with the lesser known Klaus Wiese, Antonio Ruscito, Pastaboys, Yotam Avni, the list goes on and on with around 37 tracks being included on this superb mix over 2 hours. The start of the mix bleeps and pulses with the great atmospheric tracks from Wiese and Wink merged together but soon pulses into techno and bass with Edit Select (a favourite of TBC for his unbelievably dark  and epic remixes of other producers techno and his own techno stormers) via his own track ‘Hi Line Extraction’ and his remix of Antonio Ruscito’s ‘Immagini Dai Sogni’ which are also blended together. This opening shows the thought that Ben Klock went through to create this  mix and his attention to detail when blending and developing the set. It almost becomes difficult to ascertain the tracks being played due to the level of overlapping between tracks but this factor made this mix particularly enjoyable as you felt like you were there live in the club, experiencing the master at work. This style of mixing is synonymous with a DJ at the top of their game and creates an end product which is greater than the sum of its parts, which when you listen to some of the tracks on their own replay makes you realise how much extra Ben Klock brings to the table not only here on the Essential Mix but whenever he plays live.

The mix highlights are:

-The opening 15 minute medley of tracks is stunning

-Pastaboys – Deep Musique feat. Osunlade (Trus’me Spritz Mix) – 14-18 minutes in

-Spencer Parker – Rights for Men x 2 tracks including the Adriana Lopez Mix at around 35 minutes

-Yotam Avni – This Is How x 2 tracks including the Sterac Remix – around 45 minutes

-Mike Dunn – Dance you Mutha (Ju Edit) – the original is from 1987 on the legendary Trax records – around 56 minutes.

-Woody McBride- All Night (Techno Mix) into Dax J – The Invisible Man into (unknown) – B1 into Dirty Basscore – MBass around 1 hour 25 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes is Acid techno heaven.

This mix can be summed up simply as stunning, there is an obvious reason why this won BBC Essential Mix of the Year, just listen for yourself and you will see what we mean. To be honest if you haven’t heard this mix already where have you been?!

BBC Essential Mix – Maceo Plex

TBC have been fans of Maceo Plex since around 2010 when he first surfaced courtesy of Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels label who signed and promoted him. We heard his early tracks via his first LP Life Index which provided a more house, techy vibe than we are used to now where Maceo is firmly rooted in electro/tech/house carving a genre almost specific to himself – a niche.

Maceo Plex’s production work over the last few years including his Maetrik alias have provided TBC with enough techno/electro fuel to power many a party. Every production is flawless including his remixes, which helps draw similarities with Mathew Jonson (see the Fabric review above) who is an electronic music scene legend. We cannot wait for his new album Solar in 2016 which includes the epic Polygon Pulse (we hope!).

The mix which aired in November 2015 kicks off early with Radioactive Man Uranium, a TBC favourite being played at our first ever event, which is just superb, great but creepy vocal, evil synths and electro bleeps powered by a sublime bass line.

Polygon Pulse from Maceo which kicks in around 12 minutes is a progressive vocal masterpiece perfect for the late morning, sunrise festival set. The vocal, uplifting strings and progressive combination is exhilarating.

Stephan Bodzin Power of Ten (Maceo Plex remix) at 32 minutes is another great example of Maceo’s production genius, taking an already superb track from Stephan Bodzin to the next level.

Bxentric Patch Valley 42 minutes is another uplifting gem with superb keys, strings and bassline. This moves into Sefton – The Road Not Taken then into Vangelis Blade Runner End Titles and then Unknown – Bloodsport (Maceo Plex Remix) which provides 10 minutes of euphoric music.

The remainder of the mix maintains the Maceo Plex style and then blisses out into the final 20 minutes to wrap the mix up nicely. This mix is a superb entry by Maceo after his mini mix last year at T in the Park festival which firmly sets his place within the industry as a frontrunner in electronica and tech-house up there with the likes of Mathew Jonson which is testament to the skills on show.

TBC Playlist 2015 Annual Review – Part Three

TBCReviews2015aWelcome to part three and the final part of this rather monstrous review of 2015, we hope you have made it this far and have enjoyed the article. The lengthy nature of the annual review quite clearly shows it has been a big year for us at TBC and a great year for music yet again. Our playlist for 2015 includes 91 entries and that barely scratches the surface of the music we have listened to throughout the year. We hope that you have been able to have a peruse, find a few new artists or a new album and enjoy the selection as much as we have.

It is always difficult so select a favourite from our playlists as noted in previous articles, especially with such a wealth of content being listened to over the whole of 2015 and then having to review, shortlist and then write a piece on each. In this shortlist we are definitely focusing on techno this year with Levon Vincent, Function, Mathew Jonson, Ben Klock and Maceo Plex included in our top 5 releases in 2015. There is a good balance of full releases (Fabric #84 and Levon Vincents LP), radio shows from BBC’s Essential Mix, which maintains its consistency after 23 years (started in 1993), and the new on-line full releases for free by Ostgut Ton via the Berghain and Panorama Bar series. We were also blessed with some superb leftfield alternative releases this year which were not included in the selection process for our favourite of 2015, these are featured at the bottom of the playlist in the ‘Alternative’ section. We would highly recommend each album as they have provided some excellent entertainment at TBC HQ this year and even been enjoyed live in some instances with David Gilmour leading the pack with his live tour at Royal Albert Hall in October (check out our Instagram profile for the photos).

With such a wealth of techno it is clear that techno is the winner for TBC in 2015 however you may feel that we are slightly biased in our opinion but please feel free to provide any feedback having listened to these releases as they are each superb in their own way. When it came to selecting the favourite we normally bounce each album off each other at TBC but this time round we didn’t take long to whittle the selection down to our favourite. We also felt it right to select a runner up as it was close this year.

The Runner Up – BBC Essential Mix – Ben Klock

Having already won BBC Essential Mix of the year 2015 this mix has already received the accolade it deserves. Ben Klock has taken techno to the masses with this mix and it is a superb representation of what makes Berlin and Berghain techno so good and Ben Klock an exceptional DJ. We recently experienced this mix at the TBC Follow The Yellow Brick Road event at the after party on an incredible sound system at a frankly ridiculous volume and it still doesn’t quite do this mix justice but it was very enjoyable pushing it to the limit.

******The Winner – Fabric 84 – Mathew Jonson********

Congratulations to both Mathew Jonson and Fabric for this release, it is simply brilliant. The fact that Mathew Jonson actually played this mix live at Fabric during their birthday, the fact that he produced or remixed every track and the fact that he provides a back catalogue of his production work while making it work perfectly together and sounding current at the same time is simply stunning. If you know how good the Ben Klock Essential Mix is you will now realise how good this mix is! TBC have listened to this mix so many times over 2015 and into 2016, it can be a pre-party warm up, party time and after-party mix quite easily which means it is accessible at all times and quite simply excels on all fronts; production, flow, structure and style. Mathew Jonson has created a CD which not only shows how good he is in a studio or live in person but how versatile he is in being able to capture this on a tangible format in a timeless mix.

We are finally at the end and hope that you have enjoyed. Roll on 2016!

 

TBC

 

DJ Kicks – Seth Troxler TBC Promo Review

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Welcome back TBC readers to the latest of our promo reviews and this one is hot off the press! We are pleased to be able to bring you a very early promo review of the latest DJ Kicks series from K7, we hope you enjoy.
Following from DJ Koze’s entry in the K7 collection is Seth Troxler (release date 16th October 2015) who has been a key player in the electronic music scene since his arrival via Ellen Allien and Bpitch around 2009/10 and his signature wonky minimal tech house. TBC are fans of Seth Troxler, his music can be amazing, his attitude and charisma as a DJ is one of work hard, play hard which we know only too well. There have been some low points with strange lacklustre live sets and mixes but all in all Seth has taken his place among the big players in dance music and settled in for the long haul, bringing an enthusiasm and playful manner which sets him aside from others.
Seth’s previous releases in compilation format were; Boogybytes vol.5, The Lab 03, Mixmag cover CD (with Jamie Jones) and his RA podcast 156. Each release has shown what Seth is about, good house music to party to, not too pacey but something to make you dance your ass off and have fun. The Boogybytes CD is a TBC favourite, check it out (it has a great Album cover too).
Seth Troxler comments on his DJ Kicks in his own words:
“I see this mix as a gay man named Rodney. Or a big black woman named Birtha.”
The mix has an eclectic start with some instrumental, blissed out electronica and it isn’t until track 4 with Cobblestone Jazz where we start to get a bassline and a groove with their Northern Lights track which epitomises Seth’s sound. The mix continues in this wonky vein until the funky disco number from Hauke Freer called XK comes in and it sounds excellent with the vinyl static crackles and funky beat. Hauke Freer is a leftfield german producer and this track is a great contemporary take on a classic disco sound. Butch then delivers a tribal track called Dope which maintains the mix’s momentum and makes you want to go outside and dance in the sunshine (if your lucky to have some on tap). The percussion and vocals in this track have an infectious feel and make you want to bop around and smile. Session Victims – Stick Together then chips in with an uplifting summery disco track to maintain the sunshine vibe. The house vibe continues with Club Artist United and Jasper St Company where we hear a more old school deep house sound with a gospel vocal being thrown in for good measure. Seth then cranks it up a notch with K Alexi on a more acid house tip with an evil distorted vocal which reverberates around the track. Ohh By Mood to Swing retains the more upbeat feel injected by K Alexi, this is where Seth is providing some dance floor numbers taking you into the last third of the mix. Derrick Carter brings Dreaming Again for track 14 which is another crackly vinyl track (1999 classic) and adds a nostalgic feel with some soulful house. At this point it is obvious Seth is using vinyl because the pitch evidently bends at certain points which adds a nice homemade feel to the mix. The classics then begin to flow with Byron Stingley’s Why Cant You Be Real (2000) – another soulful house number. Vanessa McMillan, Dean Street Crew and Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Orchestra close the mix, the latter is an insane fairground ride sounding track ending the mix in the most bizarre way.
All in all, this is a good addition to the DJ Kicks series. DJ Kicks is quite a series to release on however and this instalment doesn’t hit the high notes and excel to the extent that others have in the past. It does however provide an interesting insight into Seth’s eclectic record box and the sound is typically DJ Kicks so in our view its worth the investment.
Thanks for reading
TBC

2014 Playlist Review and the TBC Favourite

February Selection:

Dj Kicks – Brandt Brauer Frick 

BBC Essential Mix – Kolsch * 

BBC Essential Mix – MK 

FabricLive Vol.73 – Pangaea 

Watergate vol.15 – Kerri Chandler 

Live @ Output, Brooklyn NYE 2013 – DJ Tennis 

June Selection:

Decay – Efdemin 

It’s Album Time – Todd Terje 

BBC Essential Mix – Marcel Dettmann *

Do It Again – Royksopp & Robyn 

Fabric #75 – Maya Jane Coles 

September Selection:

Fabric #77 by Marcel Dettmann – Various Artists 

Too Slow to Disco – DJ Supermarkt 

Global Underground #40 by Solomun – Various Artists 

Defected Pres. Nic Fanciulli in the House – Various Artists *

Essential Mix of the Year Selection:

BBC Essential Mix – Bicep 

BBC Essential Mix – Caribou 

BBC Essential Mix – Jon Hopkins 

BBC Essential Mix – Joy Orbison *

BBC Essential Mix – Ten Walls 

December Selection:

Balance Vol.25 – Danny Tenaglia 

Watergate Vol.17 – Pan Pot 

Balance Pres. – Kolsch 

Verbalizer – Anthony Rother *

Sankeys 20th Anniversary – Darius Syrossian 

 

Introduction

This is probably the latest edition of any music website’s ‘best of 2014’ article but at TBC we like to do things differently and are not worried to break the mould from time to time when necessary. While you may have had to wait some time for this article it will not have had its relevance diminished by the tardiness in its publishing. 2014 was a great year for electronic music and the playlist above which shows the shortlist from each of our playlist’s last year and is a clear indication that we were graced with some great production albums, compilation CDs and live mixes/radio shows. If you were to have a listen through the best of selection above you would be spoiled by some of the best producers; Dettmann, Rother, Efdemin, CD series; Fabric, DJ Kicks, Balance, Watergate and the best (TBC’s favourite anyways) radio show the BBC Essential Mix. While the music industry life cycle process seems to shorten each year with individual tracks coming and going at an ever increasing pace these mixes and albums have captured and exhibited a key milestone in electronic music. Their ability to deliver such range and diversity in electronic musical genres while exhibiting such quality throughout the mixes and albums is something to be proud of as a music fan and a great indication of a buoyant and healthy industry.

In order to select our favourite of the year we have reviewed our previous favourites shortlists, taken heed of our own advice in the previous  favourite choices and had a listen through them again. Are our previous favourites still at the top of our list, are some still in our CD player or on our iPods, have we forgotten about some of our previous selections?! The review and selection process isn’t easy when trying to select your favourite from a whole year however in 2014 TBC can remember some mixes very vividly and these are the ones which we have homed in on in order to select our favourite of 2014.

Verbalizer – Anthony Rother (2014)*

Defected Pres. Nic Fanciulli in the House – Various Artists (2014)*

Fabric #77 by Marcel Dettmann – Various Artists (2014)

Too Slow to Disco – DJ Supermarkt (2014)

BBC Essential Mix – Marcel Dettmann (2014)*

BBC Essential Mix – Jon Hopkins (2014)

We are pleased to see a balance across our 2014 shortlist in both genres and format; electro, techno, house, electronics and disco are represented via production albums, compilations and radio shows. We always like to keep our options open and ensure that we capture as many formats as possible when we compile our playlists and review our favourites and this is nice to see.

Pete Tong always represents with his legendary and consistent Essential Mix show on BBC Radio One, our previous feature on the 2014 best mix highlighted his ability to maintain his curating excellence with such a wealth of talent on show. Our previous selection Joy Orbison we felt was the best of the year but for our enjoyment factor we only included Marcel Dettmann and Jon Hopkins as we are still listening to them into 2015 which is testament to their quality as they can still compete with the new shows which air every week!

Fabric continue to rollout their series which ties in with their Saturday night event along the lines of techno and house, they haven’t been that consistent over the last few years but continue to provide a few gems each year and Mr.Dettmann’s offering not only shows off Fabric’s techno heritage but also himself as he has two places in our shortlist for 2014 which is an amazing feat.

Our most recent playlist and review brought Anthony Rother back into the limelight, he is one our all time favourite DJ’s who has helped introduce TBC to so many of our favourite DJs and music styles, Bodzin, Huntemann, Gigolo style electro house, haunting/scary electro, techno and bleepy/freaky minimal techno. We were so pleased to see his new album Verbalizer bring back his signature sound with a 2014 twist and freshness.

Nic Fanciuli is a DJ who I have personally seen DJ since he began as a resident back in Club Class in Maidstone around the early 2000’s. He has provided so many good sets over the years and continues to represent all things Maidstone while taking over the DJ world with his club nights and also providing some of the best mix compilations we have ever heard; Renaissance, Mixmag CD’s, back to back compilation with James Zabiela etc. His new mix on Defected is another superb addition to his discography and another superb release on the Defect label which has been on a role in recent years with their In The House and Masters series. This two disc compilation lead to complaints in a hotel in Manchester when celebrating my birthday in July 2014, we listened to it on repeat the whole weekend while dancing around like wollies and it remains one of our first choices for any pre/after party.

Finally one of favourite DJ’s at the moment not just because of his great DJing ability, his excellent website promoting all things disco and electro pop; ‘How Do You Are’, but also because he is genuinely one of the nicest DJ’s out there. After some twitter correspondence with the disco king from Germany, he even invited us to one of his parties in Berlin when we visited this Easter (2015) to finally meet one of our heroes. His mixes are legendary and are well worth checking out via his Soundcloud page, his previous guise as Le Hammond Inferno is one of legend if you are into certain musical circles and his recent Too Slow Disco series (which is soon to be added to with volume two in summer 2015) is pure excellence. The track selection, the album art, the introductions to the tracks and the album itself are genius. Reviving leftfield classic disco from the 60’s and 70’s when others look to the standard classics from that era is both brave and highly commendable as it exudes that geeky side of music where he trudges through old vinyl and classics to find those forgotten gems. DJ Supermarkt always seems to strike gold and his brave selections are so exciting to listen to at home and in the club when you see him live. We can only recommend seeing him live and because of his musical history knowledge you could probably take your Mum and your Gran and they would have a ball too!

The Verdict

As ever the final decision isn’t easy but we won’t bore you with the small talk at this stage, this time round anyways! Based on both being selected as one of our favourite previously back in September and continuing to entertain us at TBC it has to be Nic Fanciulli’s edition of Defected In the House. We don’t think this release got enough attention when it was released back in July, it doesn’t seem to have many publicised reviews on any of the big music websites but this compilation is exceptional. It represents the Nic Fanculli sound, his attention to detail when selecting the tracks is simply a masterclass in set structure and this is just a mix CD! The way each CD builds and flows between house and techno is just like seeing him live when playing a long set where he has time to take you on a Fanciulli musical journey. Congrats to Nic and Defected for the best release according to TBC in 2014. Great to see Maidstone representing at the top of the electronic music industry. We expect Nic to continue his domination of the World in 2015, he already has a world tour planned and the Social festival later in the year, we hope he has a great year and TBC followers and fans get a chance to see him.

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We would like to commend both DJ Supermarkt for providing us with such entertainment with those Too Slow To Disco gems and Marcel Dettmann for featuring twice in our 2014 shortlist, you only just missed out on being selected our 2014 favourite.

Bonus Treat

We haven’t included a favourite track of the year before and its always hard to pick a favourite across genres and the whole year but 2014 belong to a track from I Break Horses called Faith which featured in the Jon Hopkins Essential Mix in one of the greatest mixes ever between the Gary Beck Alogoreal track and the Fields remix of Faith. Jon Hopkins is to thank for bringing this track to my attention and ever since at TBC it has been on repeat. It has featured on our recent TBC playlists that we create every so often, it has been played loud at TBC HQ, in the car on our travels, in Berlin on holiday, the list is endless. This track is perfect electro, moody, progressive, catchy, an amazing vocal, great bassline and simple but perfect track structure. The original version is our favourite and its 3 minutes and 48 seconds of perfection, have a listen using the link below, we challenge you to not dance around like a lunatic and avoid a massive smile on your face. The Fields version is also linked below to see the alternative version that Jon Hopkins used, it is an 11 minute techno stormer! We would recommend you also check out their album Chiaroscuro for an alternative listen.

 

Many thanks for all the support in 2014, we hope to see you all later in the year at our next TBC event and keep coming back to read our latest articles.

TBC

TBC Playlist December 2014

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Kompakt Vol.14 – Various Artists (2014)
Balance Vol.25 – Danny Tenaglia (2014)
Balance 26 – Hernan Cattaneo (2014)
Panorama Bar Vol.6 – Ryan Elliot (2014)
Get Lost VII – Craig Richards (2014)
Stil Vor Talent Berlin – Schlesisches Tor – Various Artists (2014)
Fabric Live 77 – Erol Alkan (2014)
Rainbow Disco Club – Prins Thomas (2014)
BBC Essential Mix – Anja Schneider (2014)
I Love Techno 2014 – Brodinski (2014)
Defected Pres. House Masters –  Masters At Work (MAW – 2014)
BBC Essential Mix – Bicep (2014)
Watergate Vol.17 – Pan Pot (2014)
Get Physical 12th Birthday at Watergate Live Set – Dj Hell (2014)
Play 05 Vienna – Oliver Huntemann (2014)
Abaporu – Gui Boratto (2014)
Nobody Knows – Joris Voorn (2014)
Reincarnations Vol.2 – DJ Koze (2014)
Reverse Proceed – Slam (2014)
Blurred – Huxley (2014)
Satellite – Sam Paganini (2014)
Tropical Autumn A Laid Back Mix of Modern Sad Beach Disco  – DJ Supermarkt (2014)
Monoliths – Dustin Zahn (2014)
Acid Thunder More Definitive Original Acids and Deep House 1985-1991 – Terry Farley (2014)
BBC Essential Mix – Steffi  (2014)
Weekends & Beginnings – Mister Saturday Night (2014)
The Inevitable End – Royksopp (2014)
BBC Essential Mix – Huxley (2014)
BBC Essential Mix – Jon Hopkins (2014)
FACT Magazine Podcast November – Ben Klock (2014)
RA Podcast #368 – Marco Shuttle (2014)
Zone 18 Love/Kraft Pt.2 – The Hacker (2014)
Future Disco Pres. All Day Dancing – Various Artists (2014)
Long Play – Paco Osuna (2014)
Slowly Exploding 10 years of Perc Trax 2004 – 2014 – Perc (2014)
Chapters of Green Velvet Collection – Green Velvet (2014)
Annie Mac pres. 2014 – Various Artists (2014)
Balance Pres. – Kolsch (2014)
Cocoon Pres. Sound of the Season 15 – Sven Vath (2014)
Beats in Space 15th Anniversary -Tim Sweeney (2014)
Elaste Vol. 4 Meta-Disco and Proto-House – Various Artists (2014)
XLR8R Podcast #371 –  Floorplan (2014)
BBC Essential Mix – Joy Orbison (2014)
BBC Essential Mix – Caribou (2014)
Verbalizer – Anthony Rother (2014) *
10 Years of Systematic – Various Artists (2014)
Content – Ralph Lawson (2014)
Sankeys 20th Anniversary – Darius Syrossian (2014)
 
Classics
Times – David August  (2013)
RA Podcast #115 – Patrice Baumel  (2008)
11 Years Cocoon Recordings Selected Remixes and Retrospective Mix – Patrick Kunkel (2011)
CLR Reconnected 02 -DJ Emerson (2012)
CLR Reconnected 01 – Monoloc (2012)
 
 Intro
 Good Day TBC followers we are now bringing you articles thick and fast to make up for our slow end to 2014 and slow start to 2015, we hope you can keep up. This time round it is the return of the regular TBC playlist slot and as the last instalment was published in September we have some catching up to do. We will also follow this article with our pick of 2014 which to be honest has been a great year for electronic music and TBC.
 
Since September there has been a huge tranche of album, compilation and podcast/radio show releases which simply overwhelmed us at TBC. As you can see from the playlist above we have been struggling to keep up with the sheer quantity while ensuring that we sniff out the new releases, listen to them and capture the best ones for this article. It is also worth noting that due to the BBC Essential Mix overload that we had in December (see our article https://technobreakfastclub.co.uk/2014/12/12/tbc-review-bbc-essential-mix-of-the-year-2014/) where we had a lot of commitment to these mixes, dedicating some serious time to the 2 hour mixes along with repeat listens to enable us to review and choose our favourite, we have been playing catch up ever since! Almost immediately after publishing our last article we had the new Balance from Danny Tenaglia to enjoy along with an almost forgotten (we missed it in the last playlist article) Panorama Bar mix from Ryan Elliot in its new free download guise from the Panorama Bar website. There are also a couple of record label compilations from some of our favourite labels; Kompakt, Systematic, Perc Trax, Still Vor Talent and Cocoon along with some great new production albums from some of our favourite producers and DJs from the last few years Anthony Rother, Slam, Joris Voorn, DJ Koze and Gui Boratto. There were also some newer artists; Sam Paganini on Drumcode, Huxley, Paco Asuna, Dustin Zahn and David August plus some curveballs for TBC which includes Annie Mac, Tim Sweeney’s amazing Beats in Space Anniversary CD, a Sankeys anniversary release from Darius Syrossian and Royksopp’s last ever album The Inevitable End. Please note that the BBC Essential Mixes and Mister Saturday Night’s Weekends and Beginnings will not feature in the shortlist below as they have been reviewed in a previous article, they may well feature in the ‘Best of 2014’ article however. It is clear to see from the names mentioned above that we have been spoiled over the last few months at TBC HQ. We have enjoyed listening to the releases above on our travels over Xmas and partying over the festive period.
 
We will be keeping the same format as normal with a selection of our favourite releases that will be highlighted above for easy identification and reviewed along with our selection of the best release for this playlist selection. This will also provide the last of our selections for 2014 and the shortlist will be put forward for the Best of 2014 article to follow.
 
Balance Vol.25 – Danny Tenaglia (2014)
Having first heard about Danny Tenaglia at the end of the 1990’s when he released his Global Underground Athens compilation (around this time is when I first got into listening to electronic music) this latest edition of the Balance series is somewhat of a treat for myself and a great addition to the series. Danny Tenaglia is a dance music legend, he has held residencies at the most famous clubs including Twilo in New York, toured the world playing to the masses and released a number of critically acclaimed tracks, albums and compilations without over saturating the market with quantity over quality. TBC have been fans for sometime and some of our favourite classics tracks and mixes are by Danny Tenaglia which include his most famous production track Music is the Answer and the compilations Back to Basics 10th Anniversary, Global Underground Athens and London, Choice a Collection of Classics and Futurism.
 
You could say we were excited when we heard Danny Tenaglia was adding to the Balance series with volume 25 but as you can deduce from the introduction above that would be an understatement. The mix is spread over 2 discs and it doesn’t fail to live up to expectation or to the hype that we placed upon it. Disc one starts with the signature Tenaglia sound, a tribal beat which builds with a great hypnotic groove, bass and percussion through tracks from 04LM, Ugo Carrano, Reboot, Talismann and Cowboy Rhythmbox. By the time he gets to Alpha Phase’s Dirtro II and MRI’s ES Geht Um Mehr the speakers start to grumble and the techno picks up pace. It builds and progresses and soon turns into a techno stormer mix peaking with Nicole Moudaber’s Movin’ On which is a truly epic thunderous bass filled track. The Basement Jaxx track was a surprise inclusion but the Michel Cleis remix of Mermaid of Salinas is superb tribal techno, perfect for the last leg of disc one. I’ll Do You by Thomas Schumacher starts to bring the disc to a close with a dubby, electro, vocal track which is a typical Schumacher track, well produced and in an alternative style without being difficult to include in this type of mix. Dadub’s Existence (Kangding Ray remix – one of TBC’s favourite techno producers) leaves you ready for more with a heavy, tribal techno track while suitably closing the first CD.
 
You may think that like other compilation CDs (and other editions of the Balance series) that disc two may go for a different direction, maybe chillout, experimental or eclectic but not Danny Tenaglia. It sets off where disc one ended with straight up techno, Danny obviously didn’t get the memo. Architectural’s opening track 04.1 is overlapped with Funkndy’s Station and has a quirky speak and spell vocal coupled with a banging techno bassline, if disc one left you wanting more then you didn’t have to wait long. This disc is definitely a step up from the first, the techno pounds courtesy of Regis, The Yellowheads and Antigone as Mr.Tenaglia seems to be preparing a Berghain audition CD to promote his new heavier angle. You can imagine at this stage TBC HQ was rocking as this CD epitomises our love for techno. We are introduced to a raft of new producers and artists across disc two but the quality and relentless techno is maintained. There are parts where you are treated to a nice euphoric blissed out piece of electronica like in Dax J’s Dreamscape (aptly named) but it is no surprise when the bass kicks back in, these little interludes and changes of style are signs of a very experienced club DJ who knows how to make a set flow. Midway through the disc Gregor Tresher’s Nightcolours is another nice tempo change, an uplifting tech-house track with a catchy electro key melody in the background. The latter half of disc two does see the one and only criticism of the mix as the direction and flow does seem to become erratic with the track selection becoming more diverse and quite difficult to follow which does affect your enjoyment. The techno is maintained but at the cost of the flow which is a shame when the previous disc and a half was flawless. It has to be said the final track UFO by Exploit is a serious track, fast pace, quirky alien/space sounds, a nice breakdown and a haunting feeling throughout, played loud it is excellent. Despite the strange ending to disc two this mix remains an excellent addition to the Balance series and a TBC favourite (not one for our neighbours though!).
 
Watergate Vol.17 – Pan Pot (2014)
Watergate has been a big player in the CD catalogue series representing the sounds of their amazing club by the Spree in Berlin. The series has included mixes by Ellen Allien, Tiefschwarz, Kerri Chandler (previously reviewed in our Playlist articles) and Solomun. They have managed to harness the sounds from the DJs selected, who are normally residents at the club at a given time, perfectly and this has meant the series continues into its 17th edition. This outing we were excited to see Pan Pot chipping in and finally being asked to grace the CD series as they have been long standing residents at the club and have provided many a great nights entertainment for TBC when we have been on our travels. The Pan Pot sound has changed over the years and as they have developed they have become harder in style pushing into the techno genre more and more, which of course has pleased us no end. This Watergate CD has come at a perfect time for Pan Pot who seem to be on the crest of a wave, releasing consistent production gems and their recent Mobilee Back to Back compilation was a superb addition to their back catalogue.
 
This mix is excellent from the start with tracks from Radio Slave Don’t Stop No Sleep and Shall Ocin’s Lurking Wolves to get you hooked and transfixed from the start. The energy level builds, the bass gets harder and the sounds more evil. Lurking Wolves is a particular highlight as this is a straight up club stormer with evil sounding synth stabs and a marching bass line, what you would expect from a Mathew Jonson or Maceo Plex number. The mix moves on and cranks up the techno and bass with tracks from Whyt Noize and Mark Broom, the latter titled Nucleus is an evil building track which sounds excellent loud with a number of effects, sounds and samples thrown in by the ever impressive Mr.Broom. We are then treated to the first of Pan Pot’s fine production pieces that feature in this mix titled Substance which is an electro techno stormer that we would expect from Anthony Rother, punchy synth noises build and tease to create a sinister atmosphere on this track. In keeping with the style of some of the earlier tracks it is no surprise that Maceo Plex’s Conjure Bass is featured just after the half way point of the mix. This track is one of many of the amazing production line that Maceo Plex has, he manages to churn out superb electro techno tracks for fun and Conjure Bass is up there with his best pieces of work. It has had some serious airtime as its transcends techno, house and the more urban style DJs and is one of the more mainstream tracks included by Pan Pot. When you hear it you will understand why – the bass, its progression, the squelches, the hand claps and its evil synth keys contribute to yet another Maceo Plex masterpiece. See you down the front for this one with the Watergate LED ceiling going crazy above you. The mix ends with a consecutive run of amazing tracks; Josh Winks now retro Are You There which has been rejuvenated by Ben Klock, Martin Eyerer’s Reckless and two superb Pan Pot collaborations with Slam and Vincenzo, Conductor and Fiction Inc. respectively. What an end to a super new addition to the Watergate series and a must have for any techno, Pan Pot or Watergate fan.
 
Balance Pres. – Kolsch (2014)
The Balance Presents series has been around for a few years now and has been an interesting addition to the normal Balance series release. Originally with the Presents Electric series which was a more leftfield electronic club series (one of the best was from Agent 86) and later the more DJ orientated releases from Jozif and Guy J – both are excellent. The single disc format means that the DJ only has 70/80 minutes to present their skills and sounds which has seen the series consistently deliver providing a peak time representation of the DJ’s style and music selection. In regards to the Kolsch addition of the Balance series we were excited at TBC to see one of our favourite DJs added to the catalogue and if you have seen him live this CD is a great representation of his live DJ sets. Energetic, progressive, euphoric and tough in places, there are lots of melodies and vocals thrown in for good measure keeping the mix diverse and balanced. If you haven’t been able to see Kolsch then this CD is a great starting point but be warned you will want to see him live once you have heard this.
 
The mix itself really kicks off when Its All Over by Pional (John Talabot remix) graces the speakers, this track is epic. When John Talbot is involved it usually means gold and this is excellent. It then descends into a few crazy techno tracks which were right up TBC’s street albeit a slight surprise so early on by Kolsch to drop these bombs. Track 3 is called Freeze by Danny Daze and this is followed by Patrice Baumel’s  Mile High Gang. You are then allowed to relax with the almighty Radiohead Videotape which is just beautiful before the CD gets into the groove with the more traditional Kolsch sound. His Punchbuggy track, Adrian Hour’s Chordgresion and the euphoric Odd Parents Learn to Fly (Maceo Plex Flight Home Remix) sum up the Kolsch sound perfectly. Kenny Larkin chips in with Plankton which helps to bring the mix down in tempo and is a nice broken up, blissed out house track. The Anthemic Caribou track Cant Do Without You (Tale of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix), which is similar in style to the Odd Parents track earlier, is then brought in for a great festival anthem moment. Even the concerning inclusion of a Coldplay track which has been remixed by Kolsch works well within the mix and suits the Kolsch style. All in all this is a great new addition to the Balance series and another great release from Kolsch. We have enjoyed this CD many times at TBC HQ since its release.
 
Verbalizer – Anthony Rother (2014)
When TBC discovered Anthony Rother’s label Datapunk and the incredible series We Are Punks we became instant mega fans of his. This series is the foundation for electro techno. Bodzin, Huntemann, Romboy, DJ Hell, Kiko, Billy Nasty and Anthony Rother all feature on the first compilation with production work that will blow your mind. The series became a collection with vol.2 and 3 being released with equally amazing content. Having discovered this series we delved deeper into his production work and his back catalogue is impressive, presenting an electro pioneer with experimental, techno, poppy infused electro which peaked with Popkiller, his most famous album. This isn’t to say there aren’t other gems; My Name is Beuys Von Telekraft is epic, his Fuse compilation is also amazing and This Is Electro (1997 – 2005) live album is stunning, including a live DVD set from Fuse in Belgium. His last few release were more of a chilled electronica affair and we were worried that the big hitting Anthony Rother may have disappeared but boy were we wrong. Verbalizer is Mr.Rother’s rebirth, this album is an exemplary piece of production. Start the album and listen from start to finish and you get the sense that he produced the album as a liveset, it flows perfectly from electro stormer to electro stormer. There are a few tracks that change up the pace of the album but they work so well you are please he has placed them where he has.
 
The album starts with Next which seems like a sound levels check with electronic sounding effects as he sets up his production kit ready to unleash his new monster productions. When Syncope kicks in you first get an idea of where this new album is going and you can’t help but smile and have a little dance. This track has a great pace, builds and builds with an infectious beat and then unleashes a grumbling monster electro techno bassline that harks back to the We Are Punks heyday. Zigby is not as intense but it has that Rother feel with its haunting electro sounds and goes at a nice pace to progress the album. Fire Viber cranks it up a notch and sounds similar to the Bodzin and Huntemann tracks of old with a nice Rother edge, sticking with the haunting electro style but picking up the pace and the bass levels creating a feeling of tension (which emphasises the haunting style). Invader descends to a heavier more freaky electro techno vibe with scary acid squelches which sets this track apart from the others. You still feel like you are on a journey through the electro world of Anthony Rather. Truthmaker moves the album into a more marching techno beat while still maintaining the same style on the album. This track would sit well in a good pace techno set and with its nice euphoric breakdown, which runs alongside the marching techno beat. It is one of our favourites on the album and one we hope to hear out when clubbing. Monophonia acts as a bridge track between the heavy previous track and the end of the album, the pace is slowed but the crazy electro sounds remain and they ebb and flow throughout the track taking you on a mini journey. Don’t be fooled, this track is by no means a filler or a chillout track but it does help the albums progression. Logical is track 8 and it is another of our favourites, it is a track that you could play at the start of your set as it has a great build up at the beginning but it could equally be played at peak time as the track progression is excellent to entertain the crowd or just yourself and the speakers if you are at home. Buffer Breaker again cranks it up a notch. A futuristic sounding electro monster with great evil synthesiser sounds and space like keys. The breakdown in this track is pure evil, thats all we can say, you need to hear this one. Man From Space ends the album with an uplifting progressive techno track that wraps up Verbalizer perfectly. This album is a must own and we cannot praise it enough, welcome back Anthony Rother. We just hope we can see him again live soon as his performances are like gold dust.
 
Sankeys 20th Anniversary – Darius Syrossian (2014)
This is one of our more leftfield selections for our best of playlist as club night compilations and anniversary albums are not normally anything special and while they provide an addendum to a great night if you were there or a sample of the night to those who were unable to attend they generally do not excel with tune selection or mix quality. This Sankeys album is different though. Having not attended the club for some time but being a big fan of the club since the mid 2000s when TBC frequented the Tribal Sessions nights which at that time were one of the best nights out in the country, we have always been interested in their releases, nights and events. Luckily this led to a great find with Sankeys 20th Anniversary CD mixed and selected by Darius Syrossian. We had not really listened to Darius before but knew him to have a good reputation due to his residency at Viva with Steve Lawler.
 
This compilation is a double disc affair which exhibits a first disc almost solely made up of Darius’s own tracks and productions. He does throw in the odd track by another to spice things up; Green Velvet’s Bigger Than Prince and Todd Terry’s Bounce to the Beat but they are all remixed or edited by Darius. We were more than impressed with this start to the compilation as it both surprised us, introduced us to Darius and got us dancing away at TBC HQ. The style of the mix is house with a chunky but uplifting style, lots of groove and funk is thrown in for good measure to entertain the Sankeys crowd. It would have been great to have been there and experience this set. Well done Darius! The second disc is more like the traditional anniversary CD with all the greatest tracks, some which I experienced at the club back in the day. Thick Dick, Loco Dice, Cobblestone Jazz, Argy, Green Velvet and Gus Gus feature, the latter with a track called David which is an all time classic from back in the day.  The combination of a great production set and a classics set all mixed over two discs is a great concept from Sankeys and it’s a refreshing angle on this type of compilation, One which works so well we have it featured in our shortlist. You won’t be disappointed with this one and its great for a house party.
 
The Verdict 
When it comes to selecting a favourite from above it is clear from the in depth reviews that we felt passionately about each selection and in turn this makes choosing a favourite difficult and probably one of the most difficult for a while. It doesn’t help that we have a production album thrown in with a few great compilations because it is hard to compare and then choose a favourite when the options are so different. Balance have to have a special mention as they have two mixes in the shortlist courtesy of their two streams of mix CDs; the big brother full Balance CD from Danny Tenaglia and the younger sibling Balance Presents series by Kolsch. To have released two great mixes in a short space of time is testament to their artist selection criteria and the series’ heritage. It was difficult to choose but we would have to go with Anthony Rother’s Verbalizer as our favourite. To come back with such an amazing and relentless production album structured in such a way that you feel like you are experiencing a live set is something else, a different level. We hope that you can have a listen to this album and experience his magical production touch.
 
Verbalizer – Anthony Rother (2014) *
 
Thanks for reading, look out for our best of 2014 shortlist soon!
TBC

Promotional Reviews February 2015

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Happy New Year TBC followers, this is our second and very belated post for 2015. Apologies for the delay but with the festive period, a busy January and a disrupted February we have been unable to publish anything new until now. ‘Quality not quantity’ and ‘patience is a virtue’ are both sayings that come to mind in this time and fear not as we are bringing you a brand new promotional article now and this will be followed shortly by the end of year playlist for 2014 as well as our ‘Best Of’ 2014 article. This coupled with a very active 2015 for new music and you will see a lot of activity over the next month or so.

This article is being brought to you by a one armed, lame TBC writer as I unfortunately fell victim to the icey conditions in Sheffield in January. I slipped and managed to break my shoulder resulting in a long lay off, currently 3 weeks but due to be 4/5 in total, and extended rehab spanning a few months! It wasn’t pretty and I would not wish this injury on anybody. It hasn’t been nice, the pain has been bad and the partial lack of use in my left arm is frustrating. On the positive side I have had plenty of time to listen to music including an array of new promotional material from One Records, Eskimo Recordings, Culprit Records, Hot Creations, International Feel, Crosstown Rebels, Firehouse, Viva Music, Hot Trax, Rebellion and BLDG5 Records. I have also had access to plenty of pain killers to take the edge off so every cloud and all that. I hope you enjoy the article, the structure will be a short review for each of the 13 records and I will then select the TBC top 5 with a favourite which will get some extra write up.

This article has been a joy to write and we have enjoyed listening to the new records from artists such as Subb-An who recently completed his Essential Mix on BBC 1 and two great offerings from one of our favourite labels Eskimo Recordings. Skream also chips in with a new release – he has become an interesting prospect in the house and techno scene since his transition from dubstep. All this plus an array of new artists that have excited and entertained us at TBC HQ over the last few weeks.

Subb-An – Warp (One Records) 

Two great tracks on this EP; Warp and TV. Bass heavy, chunky tech-house with the A-side Warp focusing on a more stripped down groove and bassline while the B-side TV really excelling with its reverberating bassline and haunting vocals from Jacob Phono. This is Subb-An’s first release on the label he co-founded. Great first release and looking forward to the next one already.

Du Tonc – Every Song (Eskimo Recordings)

What you come to expect from Eskimo Recordings; they have such a nose for artists that deliver their signature sounds and with such a timeless quality. Du Tonc provides an uplifting summery pop/disco track with a great male vocal. Reminiscent of an Aeroplane/MGMT track which is testament to how good this track is. The only downside is that this is a single track release only.

Maxxi Soundsystem – Medicine EP feat. Name One (Culprit Records)

Culprit have a great array of artists who have featured over recent years; Lee Curtiss, Adriatique, Shonky, Subb-An and Hot Natured. Droog, a collective of DJ’s, have done a great job in developing their label. Uk based Maxxi Soundystem provides a three track release for Culprit titled the Medicine EP.The tracks sit in a nu-disco, house genre with a great vocal on each track from Name One. The title track is the standout track with wonky disco/electro infused house that accompany the vocal perfectly.

Denney – Pimp Out (Hot Creations) 

This is a two track release from Denney on Hot Creations (always such a busy record label) with Pimp Out. The title track is a catchy, nice paced and infectious house track that verges on G-House with its ghetto feel. There is even time for some acid house samples to leave this track sounding slightly old school-esque. The B-side Low Frequency has a slightly slower pace but where it slows down it adds groove and a superb acid squelch. The vocal is far more ghetto which again leaves this house near the G-House genre. Overall a great release from Denney and we could imagine dancing away to this one at Kater Blau in Berlin.

Satin Jackets – Shine on You (Eskimo Recordings)

As with Du Tonc Every Song, Eskimo Recordings are able to churn out quality disco and house with ease. Satin Jackets are stalwarts for Eskimo featuring on the label for a few years now and Shine On You doesn’t disappoint. This is a 5 track release of Shine On You and remixes: Radio, Original, Mighty Mouse, Ben Macklin Remix & Dub Remix. Ester’s vocals are perfect for this uplifting, summery, emotional and atmospheric pop/disco track. Mighty Mouse chips in with a more energetic and club ready remix while Ben Macklin slows things down to create a remix that oozes disco sophistication.

Double Knots – Double Vision EP (International Feel)

“Imagine Tangerine Dream soundtracking Miami Vice through Todd Terje’s ears” is the summary of this EP on the press release, nuff said. This is a three track release, on International Feel who specialise in the more alternative side to electronic music, from Double Knots. Each track is slow, atmospheric, cosmic disco that seems to come from a film score which is testament to the production quality on offer here. Its hard to pick a favourite but I would say the title track Double Vision mixed by Toby Tobias as it reminds us of a DJ Supermarkt Too Slow To Disco track, lets see those disco fingers!

Skream – Still Lemonade (Crosstown Rebels) 

Crosstown Rebels, as Hot Creations above, continue to churn out quality releases. This time Skream offers his Still Lemonade track with a remix from Redshape on the B-side. Skream’s transition to house and techno from dubstep shows that a quality producer can perform in any genre of music. The original is a progressive techno stormer which builds to an electro infused breakdown. The bassline, drums and synths are epic. The Redshape remix cranks it up a notch and leads the track into a more full on techno track with a thunderous grumbly bass.

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Kim Ann Foxman – Firehouse 002 

The second release on Kim Ann Foxman’s new record label Firehouse and Kim delivers more solid house production as she develops her style since pursuing a solo career outside Hercules & The Love Affair. A 5 track release, Open The House with 2 remixes from Eli Escobar, The Lady is a Vamp and Eye See Me. The Eli Escobar remix is the stand out track as it spices up the house formula to provide an uplifting feel with strong beats, key and percussion. The Lady is a Vamp is a quirky B-side with freak show-esque horror sounds and effects. Eye See Me completes the diverse record with a cosmic, futuristic sounding progressive track with a nice breakdown.

Mark Jenkyns feat. MC Chickaboo – On Me (Hot Creations) 

This is yet another Hot Creation release and another quality one at that. Mark Jenkyns provides us with a 4 track release named On Me which has 3 iterations; original, club tweak and Skream remix plus Like This. The vocal is the standout element to this track courtesy of MC Chickaboo. The Skream remix is the best of the 3, providing a club ready, well produced and polished track remix. The remix builds and develops around the vocal perfectly with an excellent breakdown for the dance floor.

Monday Club – Blackout (VIVa Music) 

Steve Lawler’s record label provides the next release from Monday Club who are Luke May and Paul Sidoli. They have been on the electronic music scene for some time and are a duo of high calibre. Blackout is a 5 track release; Blackout has two mixes (one from the recent on form Luke Solomon), Footprints and Girls Jacking. The theme for this record is ‘Accciieeeed’ and lots of it. Each track features the signature acid house sounds and squelches. Blackout has an old Speak and Spell computer vocal, Footprints is rave with a great male vocal and Girls Jacking is the most party track and does exactly what is says on the tin ‘jack’. Hard to pick a favourite as each is a solid release, the Solomon remix was not his best and doesn’t take Blackout to a new level, shame.

Raumakustik – Raider (Hot Trax)

Hot Trax is a sub-label for Hot Creations to release some tougher techno style tracks and Raumakustik provides Raider with a remix by the head honcho at Hot Creations Jamie Jones. The original is a marching tech-house track with heavy drums and effects that build, warp and reverberate the dance floor or speakers or both. Jamie Jones provides a tougher take on the track more towards techno focusing on the key elements of the track to produce a more bass heavy, sub-shaking track.

Dino Lenny – Dont Believe (Rebellion)

Another sub-label this time for Crosstown Rebels and Dino Lenny who has 90’s notoriety from remixing INXS, Underworld, Missy Elliot & Timbaland. He steps up with his newest production Don’t Believe. A two track release with Plastic Man on the B-side which is right up the street of Maceo Plex or Ten Walls which means this track is one that TBC like. The A-side is deep, progressive with haunting vocals and roaring chords that create a sinister sounding track. The B-side is dark and moody with keys that provide a ‘wub…wub….wub”  throughout. Progressive again in style with an array of effects, sounds and vocals. Couldn’t choose between the two as they are both excellent productions.

Garden City Movement – Modern West EP (BLDG5 Records)

The most alternative music offering of this article and to be honest it wasn’t strictly TBC material but we are always open to new music. Garden City Movement are an alternative urban group who produce experimental, urban sounding, dubstep,grime and pop crossover. A five track release with the title track being the weakest offering as it was just too cheesy. Each of the other 4 tracks were interesting with uplifting dubby track Rebellion and an alternative disco track with balearic sounds called My Only Love. Sorting Things Out was a crackly hubby number with nice percussion and beats while When We Had It Easy provides a broken beat pop record. Sorting Things Out was probably our favourite but the whole record was a nice alternative offering.

Our Top Five, in no particular order:

  1. Subb-An – Warp (One Records)
  2. Denney – Pimp Out (Hot Creations)
  3. Skream – Still Lemonade (Crosstown Rebels) 
  4. Mark Jenkyns feat. MC Chickaboo – On Me (Hot Creations)
  5. Monday Club – Blackout (VIVa Music)

Just choosing a top five has been difficult as there are some great records covered in this article. Dino Lenny’s Don’t Believe and the Eskimo Recordings releases were very close to squeezing in. Unfortunately we had to shortlist otherwise we would just be selecting every release from the 13 which is not only lazy but a failing when writing up a review article. In the shortlist we have a great Subb-An record on One Records (who were kind enough to share this promo release with us). He has been on a roll recently with his Essential Mix on BBC that was well received – we are sure he will have a good 2015. Denny is a new artist to TBC but his sound isn’t and this release is a great addition to our G-House collection, we can’t fault a good G-House record as we have become hooked since discovering the genre last year via Amine Edge and Dance’s Essential Mix and our experience at Kater Haus in Kater Blau, Berlin. Skream provides a sample of his upcoming album, which is to be released via Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels label, with Still Lemonade. This is a well produced club stormer with a great remix from Redshape, we challenge you not to be impressed with this record and we can’t wait to hear it out in a club. Mark Jenkyns is another newbie to TBC but MC Chickaboo isn’t as she featured on one of my all time favourite songs by Timo Maas which I loved so much back in the day I even invented a dance called the ‘Shifter’, I am not joking! On Me and Like This are great tracks plus the Skream remix is superb, he is on a roll at the moment. Monday Club was the surprise of the bunch as we weren’t expecting much from this one but it has provided the most fun at TBC HQ with the warehouse rave tracks, great acid house style and quirky effects, vocals etc. including the excellent ‘Speak & Spell’ vocal effect on Blackout which is so retro its excellent.

As you can tell from the positive words above selecting a favourite is difficult and to be honest has divided opinion at TBC HQ as it is between Monday Club and Skream and both are excellent. The remaining entries in the shortlist have to be commended and it is great to see such a great selection of new tracks from just the 13 we have been lucky enough to review. Having spent a great deal of time listening to each of the favourites we had to go with Monday Clubs latest EP Blackout. The duo have created a superb 5 track EP that captures the Acid sound and warehouse party vibe perfectly. Each track would be well received at a party but could be equally enjoyed at home on a nice bassy sound system. The reason this release sets itself apart from Skream’s release, only just mind you, is that Monday Club deliver on three different tracks and even throw in a Luke Solomon stripped back remix along with an Acapella mix for good measure. It isn’t often an EP provides entertainment from start to finish so not only is this the best release it is also the one with the best value for money. Please have a look at Monday Club’s Soundcloud page below and check out Blackout once it is released, unfortunately there isn’t a streaming link we can offer currently.

Congratulations to Monday Club – Blackout (VIVa Music)

soundcloud.com/mondayclubmusic

Many thanks for reading and we hoped that you enjoyed. We will be back soon with more on TBC.

We would like to thanks Maouris, One Records and all of the individual record labels mentioned above for the opportunity to review their latest releases.

Nick