The Emperor's New Clothes
Last week I was bigging up the new track by Bodzin & Huntemann; I have to say, beyond the initial excitement it hasn't been on heavy rotation round here, but it's going to be in the box - a sleeping giant for the dancefloor, I think. Stephan Bodzin, who as I've said works with Thomas Schumacher on Get Physical's Elektrochemie project, put out a fine single on Marc Romboy's Systematic in December. Sounds a bit like Tiefschwarz, what with all the urgent, parping, grinding synth noises competing for our attention. Standard, brutish Systematic fare I guess, and by no means is that a bad thing..
Stephan Bodzin - Caligula // Systematic
At this point, it seems appropriate to thank Oh My Gosh, a Swedish site without whose recommendations my life and tunage would be seriously barren. Check them out.
Everyone's politely up in arms because Boxer Sport have deviated from the tough, minimal-tech sound that's been making them sehr popular on discerning dancefloors and in the better class of record emporium. The label's 35th release is a disorientating punk-funk workout from The Shock, but it's the sympathetic (to both The Shock, and the Boxer fanbase) remix from Einmusik on the flip which you'll be playing out - it manages to retain the slightly out-of-time, wonky feel of the original whilst firming up the 4x4 backbone and laying down all kinds of delightful trancey sounds, melancholic guitar chords and smart percussion and scores very fucking highly. It feels necessary to say again, and with italics: real good.
The Shock - Manhattan (Einmusik Remix) // Boxer Sport
Also loving new business from Jake Fairley. This track will be out imminently on Playmade, distributed by Great Uncle Kompakt, and it's a slow-burning gem. Fairmont is in full effect - working taut, elegant structures out of nervy, moody sounds. Vaguely reminiscent of Villalobos at his Alcachofa housiestness. But not exactly. You'll have to have a listen.
Fairmont - Hotel Deauville // Playmade