Friday, May 19, 2006

Charty Farty Business

Carnage's Current Listening Chart

1) The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health (Trentemoller Remix) // Brille
It was always going to be hard for Troy Pierce and Williams to remix a song as perfect as ‘Silent Shout’, the eponymous lead off single from The Knife’s latest LP, both producing very functional but uninspiring offerings to cater for their respective audiences. This time, Anders Trentemoller (pictured hiding behind his keyboard) steps up to the plate to transform one of the album’s highlights into a techno-pop rollercoaster, with all the trademark peaks and troughs that we’ve come to expect from his productions. After a few decidedly average solo releases that were never going to live up to the heady heights of his ‘Physical Fraction’ and ‘Polar Shift’ 12"s, I must admit that I thought that he was going downhill, but here he returns to show us all how to whip any self respecting dancefloor into a total frenzy. Last I heard of the man, he was working had on his first full length release which is apparently going to be more of a vocal affair, and after hearing this and his fantastic remix of Royksopp’s ‘What Else Is There?’ (just why was everyone going crazy for that Thin White Duke mix when they had that on the flip?), I can only hope that it lives up to the promise that he’s shown when given Karin Dreijer-Andersson's voice to work with.

Download:
The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health (Trentemoller Remix) // Brille

2) Akabu – Phuture Bound (Ame Remix) // Z
3) Henrik Schwarz/Ame/Dixon ft Derrick L Carter – Where It’s At (Version 1) // Sonar Kollektiv

It seems that Ame can do no wrong following the crossover success of ‘Rej’, as both of these tracks effortlessly prove; the former being a brooding deep techno masterpiece, and the latter sounding as good as the collaboration suggests it should be. Version 1’s the one to go for, but you can get hold of the unreleased second version for free on Sonar Kollektiv’s 'Inner City Visions' website. Go fetch!

4) Pinch – Qawwali (Original & VIP Versions) // Planet Mu
If you haven’t bought this record yet, then what are you hanging around for? Tectonic owner Rob Ellis (pictured above) strikes gold again with a blissfully deep original and dubbed up VIP version. It’s like Kraftwerk, underwater, with an accordion. Seriously! Excellent stuff from Bristol's boy wonder.

5) Royksopp – Beautiful Day Without You (Wighnomy and Robag Wruhme’s Spekkfakkel Remikks) // Wall of Sound
Robag and the Wighnomys do it again in the best of what’s otherwise a poor remix package on the next Royksopp single. Their usual skeletal structure is accompanied by heavenly swelling synths, and a bass drop to keep you going in the early hours. Pure after party gold, I tell ya!

Download:
Royksopp – Beautiful Day Without You (Wighnomy and Robag Wruhme’s Spekkfakkel Remikks) // Wall of Sound

6) Young Dog Alien – Electric Eel // White
I almost couldn’t believe my ears when I first heard this Greg Wilson edit during one of my occasional days working at Replay. Beginning with a stretched out dub of ‘Turn The Page’, probably my favourite Streets track, it builds to a discofied crescendo before slipping into a slowed down, almost hip-hoppish version of the Prodigy’s ‘Out Of Space’. On paper, it sounds like one of the worst novelty records ever committed to wax, but Wilson pulls it off yet again in the party starting way that you expect him to. To paraphrase Mike Skinner, "Let’s put on our Classics and have a little dance shall we?"

7) Ellen Allien & Apparat – Orchestra Of Bubbles LP // Bpitch Control
I’m not even going to begin to write about this, as Big Phil’s done it already over at Pitchfork. Go read his review, salivate, then leg it to your local record shop and hand over some hard cash. If you still don’t believe us, then I have no doubt that ‘Jet’ will make your mind up for you.

Download:
Ellen Allien & Apparat – Jet // Bpitch Control

8) Yes Boss – Get Dropped Quick // Dance To The Radio
I first stumbled upon Yes Boss supporting indie punk-funk upstarts The Sunshine Underground. Instead of being confronted by some crappy no mark indie outfit, up on stage were two guys from Leeds, one flat cap wearing guy on laptop and synths, and the other tracksuited up spouting rhymes over the top of what can only be described as a grindie backing. Their production ethic was firmly rooted in the world of dubstep and grime, but was combined the cheapness of electro pop and the result was quite a strange and unique performance. Top that all off with their audacity to berate the indie audience while simultaneously winning them over, and you had what was probably the most entertaining opening act I’ve seen in a while. 'Get Dropped Quick' came out on 7" a week or so ago, and features two versions of the track; one featuring their usual dubwise sound, and the second (on side C of all things) with added bass and guitars in what I’m guessing is an attempt at a parody on the identikit indie bands of today.

Here’s a few lyrical nuggets for ya:
"No I haven’t heard your band / You look just like Franz Ferdinand / Been there, done that, got the shirt / The constant rejections gotta hurt."
"Brand new car on your 17th birthday / still you’re desperate to be punk rock / think it’s all about chains and mohicans / I tell you child, it’s really not."
"Got more punk in my little finger / Even if I was wearing a tux and / I ain’t no protest singer / but I gotta protest - what I’m hearing sucks."
"When I look at all these indie kids there’s something bothering me / Cos they dress just like their uncles did in 1973."

For your downloading pleasure, here’s a track that features on the recent Dance To The Radio sampler. Apologies for the wma, but maybe that means that you’ll buy the proper one over at Itunes. Please do, or they’ll have no money to buy their skunk! Alternatively, head over to their
myspace to check out more of their stuff.

Download:
Yes Boss ft.Witty & Nastee Boi – Meet The Boss // Dance To The Radio

9) Kate Bush – King Of The Mountain (Radio Slave Edit) // White
Matt Edwards
strikes gold with the first ever remix of Kate Bush. Poor old Kate doesn’t like anyone ‘spoiling’ her work, which is a crying shame as this subtle take on one of her crowning glories, ‘King Of The Mountain’ from her ‘Hounds Of Love’ LP shows. Cheers to Best Foot Forward for the tuneage. Can Matty E do any wrong at the moment with his Quiet Village Project and Radio Slave output being so right on the money? Check his remix of Peace Division's 'Blacklight Sleaze' for an example of what Ivan Smagghe should really be doing at the moment.

10) The Flying Squad – Trip 2 // White
So Tim Sweeney finally gets his arse in gear and releases one of his edits, albeit on white only at the moment. As Softy says, it’s full of tribal drumming with sprinklings of spacey synth lines and handclaps galore and will be sure to mess with people’s minds when it gets played out. The Sweenster’s going to be doing the next DJ Kicks mix which I’m looking forward to greatly, but in the meantime you should all go out and buy debut mix album for Rvng cos it’s fucking great. Any mix that encompasses Manuel Gottsching, Can, Throbbing Gristle, Aphex Twin, Radiohead, Cybotron, Kraftwerk, LFO, Fingers Inc, Psychonauts, Bauhaus, Was (Not Was), Grace Jones, Yoko Ono, Mu, Zongamin, Carl Craig, and Cat Power gets a thumbs up from me. By the way, if anyone could pop up a Megaupload of Tim Sweeney’s Our Disco set it’d be much appreciated, as I’ve been having a lot of trouble downloading it from their site.

30 Comments:

Blogger Alex Egan said...

Tim Sweeney doing the next DJ Kicks? Fuck yes! Where did you hear that? The RVNG mix is incredible, let alone every beatsinspace (thank god for podcasts)...

That Radio Slave edit sounds very tasty, I'll have to track that down

7:02 PM  
Blogger hector23 said...

Thanks for the Trentemoller, I loved Polar Shift and the first EP but I guess I havent come across the dodgy stuff you mentioned.

7:13 PM  
Blogger willem said...

(psst, the "white" Flying Squad 12" is available from rvng too... and yes, it's awesome ;)

7:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't fuck with this talent/ i'm gonna be a millionaire like chris tarrant

8:05 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

which are the trentemoller releases to which you refer?! Did you not rate Sunstroke and Serenetti?

10:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

four tet is doing the next dj kicks, but the one after that is by tim sweeney and tim goldsworthy.

10:12 PM  
Blogger Alex Egan said...

my favorite trentemoller track has to be 'the forest', incredible production

11:40 PM  
Blogger hector23 said...

The forest? What label did that come out on?

4:45 AM  
Blogger Alex Egan said...

b-side to the 'beta boy' 12" on out of orbit recordings

8:50 AM  
Blogger John Kennedy said...

Nice chart, I'm really interested in hearing that Greg Wilson edit, I'll need to try and track that one down.

I'll send you a yousendit link to that Kate Bush track Alex.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

Ben - I could never understand all the fuss about Serenetti, for some reason. Upon first listen, I was really disappointed with Sunstroke, but a good system really brings it to life as proved to me by Mr Bull at the Justin Robertson gig a while back. So Sunstroke = good. Serenetti = meh.

John - If you're looking for that Young Dog Alien, you can still get it from Phonica.

http://www.phonicarecords.co.uk/detail.aspx?ID=11545

10:13 AM  
Blogger John Kennedy said...

Cheers Richard, I'm not to sure about the Streets re-edit but the Missy one is hot!

12:35 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

Hmm yeh maybe, the serenetti original i didnt think was that hot, but i do very much like the remix, and i think gush is an excellent tune. I suppose the thing i most like about the record is primarily a result of other producers, so fair criticism in that regard i guess!

As for sunstroke, i think that tune is absolutely phenomenal, initially i didnt get into it but on repeated listens i absolutely love it, incredible depth and soulful emotion, for me at least on par with any of his other releases.

1:03 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

John - The Missy one's great as well, but I'm not sure that their sample does 'Electric Eel' justice.

Ben - Do you have a ysi for Sunstroke? I haven't got it on my comp at the mo, and should probably give it a few more spins.

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

i dont have it on mp3, if im very efficient i could do a vinyl rip sometime next few days?

2:28 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

If it's going to be too much bother then don't worry about it, but I'm not going to complain if you get it uploaded. You should post up a little current listening chart, Ben. Old Softy's been dry of sources for his Tapers' chart of late and I'm sure he'd appreciate some input.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't belive you think royksopp package is weak
if you hear rex the dog mix on a big system it will blow wighohmy out the water
the sonics and old stabs are amazing.......similar nuttiness to the knife mix you mention
playede it last week and had 3 other so called name dj's looking over decks to see what it was

5:38 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

ive written a little chart with some accompanying notes, but its too large that it wont let me post up in the comments box, what shall i do?

10:21 PM  
Blogger Mr Soft said...

ben - if you'd like to do a little guest chart, you're more than welcome. e-mail it to me: kiransande@hotmail.co.uk , i'll screen it and post it up today.

ta

p.s. are you ben skull juice?

11:16 AM  
Anonymous Ben said...

did you get my email?

10:07 PM  
Blogger Mr Soft said...

ben - no i didn't. the address, to confirm, is: kiransande@hotmail.co.uk

7:46 PM  
Blogger The Langer said...

The mix by Tim Sweeney and Goldsworthy from the last our disco has some seriously shoddy mixing. How does he get away with it? Get the podcast from the apple site and you'll see what what I mean. Ouch!

9:01 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

did you get it this time?

11:04 AM  
Blogger Mr Soft said...

er - no. are you definitely sending it to the right address? kiransande@hotmail.co.uk

Maybe try sending it to this one:
kiran.sande@ell.ox.ac.uk

sorry, don't really know why it's not working...

4:28 PM  
Anonymous Ben said...

madness. i copied and pasted the address so think something must be strange in the internt ether! anyways ill send it again to the uni address when i get home tonight

4:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've found some good stuff on your site, but the remix of Royksopp's Beautiful Day you posted has gotta be one of the weakest and dullest pieces of minimal I've ever heard...

Unlike Rex the Dogs mix which KICKS!!!

S

3:34 PM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

Alright there Mr S,
Sorry mate, but I really have to disagree with you on this one. I'm a big fan of both of RTD's solo releases on Kompakt, but this mix really struck me as electro-house-by-numbers. Nothing exciting or interesting going on at all. Even the Cass & Mangan mix is more entertaining!

As for the WBs mix; give it another listen! It'll claw its way into your memory before long and you'll have no choice but to love it. I mean come on! That bass drop alone makes it worth another go!

6:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

RE: "Shoddy mixing"

How does a dj get away with shoddy mixing you ask. Easy, arrange the tunes in the set in a superior way. Too many peeps these days focus on the technical aspects of djing while forgetting what really matters: the tunes that are played. IMO the Technical skills make up about 5 percent of a great dj. With practice, almost anyone can beatmatch and mix two tunes. Rocking the house with a crowded dance floor takes skill.

Just curious, where did you hear the shoddy mixing in the podcast? (between which songs, etc.) I thought the set rocked.

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