Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Soft's Current Top 10


1. ROYSKOPP - A BEAUTIFUL DAY WITHOUT YOU (WIGHNOMY BROTHERS REMIX) // WHITE
I must have played this at least a hundred times since I got hold of it last week. The Wighnomys lose their de rigeur abstraction and instead turn out a sumptous, faintly Balearic joint which I suspect'll lend a redemptive shimmer to many an impending summer comedown.

2. HOT CHIP - AND I WAS A BOY FROM SCHOOL (EROL ALKAN'S EXTENDED REWORK) // WHITE
We've all clucked on intolerably about the (slightly) unexpected DFA influence and all that, so suffice to say here - this is quality, and if you haven't heard it yet, you will.

3. ZWICKER - KUMQUAT // COMPOST BLACK LABEL
This is the B-side to 'Sniff & Sneeze', CBL's ninth release, and rather splendid it is too. Squelchy, melodic disco-tech on a Kohncke tip, it's nice to still find tunes as slinky and energizing as this in a grimly saturated market.

4. DONNACHA COSTELLO - BEAR BOUNCES BACK (TOO SAD TO BOUNCE MIX by TROY PIERCE) // MINIMIZE
Troy Pierce is fast becoming one of my, and, I suppose, everyone else's, heroes. The Minus/Run Stop Restore/Louderbach maestro here puts Donnacha through his funkische minimal paces, laying down monster low end and all kinds of percussive trickery in a style that's sorta Treibstoff-writ-large. Simon from Phonica thinks its the best minimal record he's heard this year; I second that.

5. METOPE - SECOND SKIN ([T]EKEL EDIT) // SENDER
Rip-roaring stuff from the Sender camp, with Metope's equally flawless original barely detectable in the punishing, tracky Smagghe-you-like of Tekel's remix. Phenomenal stuff.

6. OXIA - DOMINO // KOMPAKT EXTRA
Okay, so so we all know it's nowt but a rewrite of 'Eve By Day' (via Holden's mix of Nathan Fake), but I'm glad to see Speicher returning to some kind of form after its younger brother K2 has been stealing all the techno limelight. It's not special enough to linger in the consciousness like, say, 'The Sky Was Pink', but the tough minimal groove and trancey ascent of 'Domino' are pretty irresistible.

7. ALEXANDER ROBOTNICK - THE DARK SIDE OF THE SPOON (ORIGINAL) // CREME ORGANIZATION
Hadn't heard this till Carnage put it up here a coupla weeks ago. As C rightly observed, the heavyweight remixers on the 12" (Bangkok Impact and Lindstrom & Prins Thomas) do nice enough work, but can't hold a candle to the spooky, druggy futurism of Robotnick's original. Reminds you where DFA got some of their moves.

8. THE KLAXONS - GRAVITY'S RAINBOW (NIGHTMOVES REMIX) // NOIZE
Still finding it very hard to stop listening to this; proper promos should be on their way soon. Honorary TAPE resident (for services to addled dancefloors) Matt joins forces with his buddy Pete to turn the Ks' jittery original into a no-nonsense, acidic electro-house bomb. Probably my pick for best tune of the year so far.

9. MODESELEKTOR - FAKE EMOTION (DABRYE REMIX) // BPITCH CONTROL Ghostly International's Dabrye puts a tasty dubwise spin on 'Fake Emotion', bringing the fuggy bass and evil claps. Appeared on February's Hello Mom! remixes 12" .

10. THE LONG BLONDES - GIDDY STRATOSPHERES // CDR - Been caning this swoonsome indie anthem of for God knows how many lazy Sunday morns, but I heard it out for the first time at Trash yesterday - it sounded amazing, and I, trying to dance with what felt like the required vigour, succeeded only in making myself look like a Vice DON'T walking on hot coals. But you know, shit like 'Giddy Stratospheres' is worth a little self-debasement.

11 Comments:

Anonymous murph said...

I'm starting to feel like a man who suddenly finds himself addicted nicotine and is no longer content with blagging any cigs he can from his mate.
Think I'm gonna have to finally succumb to the call of the decks, and start actually buying hard copies of all these tunes!
Keep updating fella. Loving it (and Oh My Gosh too)

A few old ones in here, but Im playing catch up!:

-Rosella & Modern Heads - Deflection
-Alex Smoke - Never Want to See You Again
-Metro Area - Miura
-Squarepusher - I wish you could talk
-Loco Dice - Annie Nightingale Mix
-Mathew Johnson - Followed by Angels

10:02 PM  
Blogger Mr Soft said...

good choices all, especially 'Miura' and that Jonson - majestic shit. Not heard the Loco Dice mix...

10:19 PM  
Anonymous Mike Bull said...

Nice work Kiran. That tune Oxia tune on Kompakt Extra is the business and will definately get some air time on Friday. Speaking of which I can't wait, three days to go until lift off.

Cameras ready, prepare the falsh...

11:11 PM  
Anonymous mike Bull said...

Just read that back - it makes no sense at all. Yes it's Tuesday and yes I am pissed.

See you on Friday for some Mutant Pop

11:14 PM  
Blogger RY said...

nice chart again softie. more so for the erol alkan remix. and i too see that DFA have definetly rubbed off on him... (eughh.. that dont sound right)
anyway if your still doing the tapers chart, heres my latest 10.

01. Hot Chip - And I Was A Boy From School (Erol Alkan's Extended Re-Work)
02. Whitey - Wrap It Up
03. Sharon Phillips - Want 2 Need 2 (Switch Dub)
04. Justice - Waters Of Nazareth (Erol Alkan's Dur Dur Durr Re-Edit)
05. Bell X1 - Flame (Solid Groove Remix)
06. Gorillaz - Kids With Guns (Tomboy Remix)
07. Teenage Bad Girl - Hands Of A Stranger
08. Spandex - The Bull
09. Induceve - Warehouse Shit
10. Herve - What You Need The Most

12:17 AM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

You're right Softie, the Wighnomy's Royksopp remix is maybe their best work since Wombat. Those synths floating over the top provide W&W with the melodic ammunition to really do some late night dancefloor damage.

Ry - I snagged myself a copy of that Spandex record at the end of last year. I thought that it was ultra-limited and it sold out in Phonica, but they've got it back in stock now so I'm guessing that it's been repressed. Get hold of em while you can!

1:10 AM  
Blogger Puffin Jack said...

Robotnick is the don! Dark side of the spoon is fucking genius, and it's about older than all of us! Can i be smug and point out i charted it a month a go, ha ha! I reckon he could be quite a good booking, doubt he costs loada and loads, probably worth it for the stories he can tell! I'll have to check out that zwicker cos i haven't heard it yet. top stuff as usual softy! (apologies for over zealous use of exclamation marks!)

9:04 AM  
Blogger Puffin Jack said...

Robotnick is the don! Dark side of the spoon is fucking genius, and it's about older than all of us! Can i be smug and point out i charted it a month a go, ha ha! I reckon he could be quite a good booking, doubt he costs loada and loads, probably worth it for the stories he can tell! I'll have to check out that zwicker cos i haven't heard it yet. top stuff as usual softy! (apologies for over zealous use of exclamation marks!)

9:04 AM  
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12:30 PM  
Blogger Benedict x said...

How about this for a pointless bit of trivia, I'm the one who submitted 'the bull' on discogs! "Well done" I hear you all say

4:24 AM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

Well done!

7:54 AM  

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