Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Groove Is In The Chart

So off goes Mr Soft to Sonar (the bastard), leaving the blog in the (in)capable hands of myself and Puffin Jack. Usually I find myself posting pretty sporadically, probably due to me being bone idle, but also due to the sheer quantity that he writes. However, I've got a couple of days off so I finally have the time to do this shit properly and repent for my laziness. There's plenty of time to write about Venn and Lazerboy's transformation into 'Lairyboy' amongst other things, but it's only right to start things off with a chart since it's been so long. New stuff, old stuff, and ancient stuff; there's sure to be something to whet your musical whistle.

Carnage's Current Top 10
1) Shackleton - Blood On Our Hands // Skull Disco
Just in case you were wondering, dubstep isn't just all about basslines at frequencies that would make your grandmother shit herself. Yes, Shackleton's latest effort is much gentler than the usual fare, but the dark, eerie atmosphere remains. Hypnotically sublime.

2) Luciano & Melchior - Father/Solomon's Prayer // Cadenza
Luciano does it again with a delightfully delicate plink-plonk percussive masterpiece, helped out by the capable hands of Mr Melchior. Yet another classic Cadenza release.


3) Gucci Soundsystem - aCarpenter/Lord A Mercy // Bugged Out!
Let's face it - all the Gucci Soundsystem remixes so far have been fucking rubbish. So when this debut 12" from Henry Smithson (a.k.a. Riton) and Ben from Fat Truckers appeared, I have to say that I was healthily cynical concerning its quality. However, I'm glad to say that I've been proved wrong, as both sides (italo inflected house, and grotty tech house respectively) and ooze the class more generally associated with Riton's solo work over the past couple of years. Pick of the bunch is 'Lord A Mercy', with it's pummelling bass synth and locomotive percussion.

4) Gabriel Ananda & Cio D'or - Lauschgoldengel // Treibstoff

Trendy trance and minimal techno collide with beautiful synergy in this collaboration from Ananda and scene fledgling Cio D'or (pictured above) who recently both played at the Phonica party down at The Key. Beginning with intricate percussion and a single repeated bass note, it soon envelops you in its celestial synths and takes you to that holy dancefloor in the sky. Plus, it's on one-sided etched vinyl so all you non-DJs have got no excuse not to buy it! Lovely stuff.

Download:
Gabriel Ananda & Cio D'or - Lauschgoldengel // Treibstoff

5) Asha Puthli - Money // CBS
Feel good, string laden, slo-mo disco from Asha. Really, just do yourself a favour and pick up the third volume of the very dodgy Cosmic Dancer bootleg comps for this and 4 other assorted disco belters.

6) Digital Mystikz - Misty Winter // Soul Jazz
Instead of the usual DMZ release, here the Mystikz gain the Soul Jazz stamp of quality with four tracks spread over two 12"s. Both releases shine through with their usual low frequency shenanigans, but it's the green one that you'll really want to pick up for this little gem.

7) Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Funky Stuff // Ze
I'm still to thoroughly wade through the mountain of disco delights on Ze's Mutant Disco series of compilations, but here's a great little nugget from the first volume that has been a favourite for a while. A Kool & The Gang song done in a choppy No Wave stylee? Yes sir!

Download:
Lizzy Mercier Descloux - Funky Stuff // Ze

8) Strategy - I Have To Do This Thing // Community Library
Now here's a record from about a year ago that I've been pulling out a bit lately. The b-side on his World House release, it's a brooding yet bouncy cosmic houser that, of course, brings Metro Area immediately to mind. Mysteriously, both myself and Puffin Jack took it to this month's Mutant Pop, and if that isn't recommendation enough, I don't know what is.


9) Tres Demented - Shez Satan // Planet E
Carl Craig goes mental yet again on his second Tres Demented outing, with a deranged pitchshifted vocal from the man himself. Don't expect the usual fare, as this time he's plumped for low slung wonk-techno instead of his usual delicious deepness. Check it below, and get some of that evil bouncy bass in your face.

Download:
Tres Demented - Shez Satan // Planet E

10) Beyond The Wizards Sleeve - I Swim Around // 3rd Mynd
Erol Alkan and Richard Norris do their psych edit thang with Neu's 'Hallogallo', and it certainly is a work of magic. I'm guessing that it'll sell out in a week or so, so get over to
Phonica and pop it in your basket.

On a totally unrelated note, Matt and Pete of Nightmoves have added their latest Klaxons mix (steady on boys - the first one isn't released until July!) to their Myspace, so head over there to check it out. Needless to say, it's a banger, and that bass drop about 5 minutes in will be sending the Bugged Out dancefloor well into the stratosphere! I have to say, Nightmoves certainly are boom. Also, watch out for their dub disco mix of The Infadels' 'The Girl That Speaks No Words' that should be dropping sometime soon. On another note, I turn twenty two today, so I'll leave things here and go and drown my sorrows in the pub with our Puffin. It's today that I can start being really nostalgic about my childhood. Oh happy days...

12 Comments:

Blogger Puffin Jack said...

ha ha, now you know how it feels to be old!

4:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey hey, the carl craig/tres demented link isn't working, and the Descloux link seems busted as well!

4:39 PM  
Blogger Chantilly Bass said...

best post title ever. kudos

7:42 PM  
Blogger nate said...

The Skulldisco, Luciano & Melchior, and Digital Mystikz are right on. I just need to track down that Strategy record. What's happening with the Pacific Northwest? First Orac, and now this...

11:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi,
props for your ace music selection!
Could you please up that lizzy mercier song again? I'm looking for it for ages & it doesn't seem to work..
cheers
xe.

8:04 AM  
Blogger Richard Carnage said...

All fixed now. Enjoy!

Nate - you can order that Strategy tune from Juno here (http://www.juno.co.uk/products/186726-01.htm) if you're after the vinyl.

6:28 PM  
Anonymous Ian Taylor said...

happy birthday mate!

22 will still seem like childhood before you know it

1:05 PM  
Blogger Gavin said...

Hey Richard, hope you had a good birthday man? Thanks for the tunes as always. I'm liking the trancey stuff from Ananda. I think it was a Dominik Eulberg mix of his last track (which I have no idea how to spell/pronounce) that went proper old skool trance at the end, lovely stuff. The punk/funk track wasn't too bad either. Heard the Carl Craig Satan thingy over at Headphone Sex the other week and wasn't fussed to be honest. I've just upped the new Andy Stott release on my blog, you should check it out. Mad sounds! Laters

3:46 PM  
Blogger MY BEST FRIEND said...

Gabriel Ananda & Cio D'or - Lauschgoldengel, i farking love this Richard. Thanks alot!

1:04 AM  
Blogger ride said...

Thanks, Carnage. Will check Lindstrom's mix of Tribulations, as I want to relive that faithful Sonar moment.

PS: love your blog infinitely/keep it up.

11:15 PM  
Anonymous Theo said...

i've been frequenting this blog for a while (its good stuff) and i've just noticed you list the address as exeter college oxford. i am as we speak labouring towards getting the grades to read english at exeter. whats the whole music scene like up there?

6:55 PM  
Blogger Mr Soft said...

theo - music scene in oxford is, well, strange...for indie/rock your needs will be pretty well served, the zodiac is a great gig venue and most decent bands stop off there on tour. As regards club music, the new electro/disco/techno scene is virtually non-existent, but that hardly matters 'cos London is an hour away on the bus and you can get a return ticket for a fiver for the oxford tube, which leaves every ten minutes from ox and from london. that said, there is a decent, long-running house night called Slide which runs once a month and occasionally has a really good guest, and there's a wicked dance record store where holden used to work which stocks all the good stuff - ask they guys who work there what the best nights in town are. my overarching advice to you would be: enjoy your first year, find your mates and enjoy oxford for what it is. the music, eventually, will come to you...

uncle k

11:14 AM  

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