SOFT'S CURRENT TOP TEN
1. NATHAN FAKE - CHARLIE'S HOUSE (APPARAT REMIX) // BORDER COMMUNITY It's been floating about for a while, I know, but I'm still coming to terms with the wonderful knock-kneed way that Apparat fuses abstract, speaker-unsettling dubstep with typical BC lushness
2. AXEL BARTSCH - REDLIGHT // KOMPAKT Likewise, a little bit on the geriatric site for all you Barleys out there, but this is one of Kompakt's finest moments in recent months - working the crisp synth sound off Hug's 'Fluteorgie', this is militant electro-trance to keep the bug-eyed kids a-gurning and a-steppin' till the cows come home
3. STEVE BUG & STEFFAN TANZMANN - SHICK // POKER FLAT This is prolly mild sacrilege, but I've never found that Herr Tanzmann exactly flicks my bean; team him with the Colin Farrell (?) of techno, Hamburg's Steve Bug, and guess what? He'll come up with a doomy, tracky minimal cut with the kind of rising melody which sends kids skyward
4. MODESELEKTOR - SILIKON FEAT. SASHA PERERA (GRIME REMIX) // BPITCH CONTROL Like any self-respecting dog will tell ya, "Ruff!"
5. METOPE - SECOND SKIN (TEKEL REMIX) // SENDER The last time I really took notice of Tekel was his blinding re-rub of Silversurfer's 'Welcome to Berlin' which cropped up on one of the samplers for Lazarus's Rebel Futurism One, way back when; here, he uses similar brutalist tactics to turn Metope's potboiler from way back when into a hard-as, riff-driven electro-tech throbber from outer space, with gravity-defying breaks and high-pitched machine squeaks galore. Do not return to Sender. Ho ho.
6. LINDSTROM - I FEEL SPACE (TOMBA SPEZIAL MIX) // PLAYHOUSE One of 'dem Schwarz brudders and Fine also-ran(s?) Turntablerocker re-edit the 'Greensleaves' of cosmic disco. The result? A chunky, suspenseful house track whose brilliance is to dispense with the synth hook entirely. How would it sound if we hadn't heard the original Lindstrom track? Does ANYONE know the answer to this?
7. SKREAM - MIDNIGHT REQUEST LINE // TEMPA
As familiar as your own living room, but still burning a hole in my head a good few months on.
8. THE KLAXONS - GRAVITY'S RAINBOW (NIGHTMOVES REMIX) // NOIZE
I'm sorry, but as far as I can tell, that Justice mix of Franz Ferdinand is joyless rubbish...Seems it's left to our intrepid Matt and Pete to give Alkan's 'Do You Want To' a run for its money in the pulverizing indie-disco stales.
9. DAMON ALBARN - CLOSET ROMANTIC // EMI Pipe organ-led classic from the end credits of Trainspotting that I remembered ecstatically in the pub last night
10. EINMUSIK - SHAW // ITALIC Should've been onto this long ago (like, a year ago), but come on, I've been busy...
P.S. big, wholesome post on its way