Archive for August, 2011

Cat no: CML 21
Release date: 21/06/11

Get it from: Juno 

BPM: 142
Clean and hard beats drift in and out of a smoky room where goggle-eyed girls sit deep in sofas trying but crucially failing to raise the enthusiasm for dancing. Maybe they would if the track could just make up its mind about what it wanted to do, and had ambitions beyond being filler or tool. But it doesn’t so this is one for tump-brained technoheads bored of, you know, dynamics. It’s not atrocious, not by any means. It’s just that it’s a bit meh, a bit cup-of-lukewarm-tea, a bit Diplodocus when you want Velociraptor. And what it’s doing as the lead track I can’t begin to imagine.

Acid Music
A lone, flattened-out acid line isn’t quite enough to justify the ‘acid’ sample that runs throughout. And though it’s a nice enough track, and certainly more diverting than the nominal A-side, it’s still a bit like our man Ganez has toggled the autopilot switch before kicking back with a sandwich and a smuggled-aboard stripper.

Fraktal **
Yes. And yes. And ye-heh-es. Fraktal’s the track that that gives this EP a reason to live. With its chainsaw bassline and fast, fat beats, it sounds like something from Eurobeat, the kind of rushy, riffy techno seemingly swallowed up by tribal. Up till now I thought The Box was the best Ganez track of the year, but actually now I think it’s this. Cracking, easily the pick of the EP.

Incidentally, according to the Ganez Twitter feed, Teknic 07, featuring Chris Liberator and Sterling Moss is coming out soon, so let’s cross our trembling, blood-stained fingers in the hope of something truly destroying.



The Weatherall Remix Mix Project Part I

Tracklisting is…

Grinderman - Heathen Child (Weatherall Mix)
Alice Gold - Runaway Love (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
Doves - Compulsion (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
Le Corps Mince de Francoise - Gandhi (Andy Weatherall Remix I)
Le Corps Mince de Francoise - Gandhi (Andy Weatherall Remix II)
Toddla T - Watch Me Dance (Andrew Weatherall Remix) [with Roots Manuva]
Primal Scream - Uptown (Long After The Disco Is Over Mix)
Manic Street Preachers - Peeled Apples (Andrew Weatherall Remix)
Siouxsie - Into a Swan (Weatherall Remix)
Detachments - H.A.L (Andrew Weatherall Disco Dub)
Trentemoeller - Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider Go !!! (Andrew Weatherall Prinz Mix)
Steve Mason - Boys Outside (Andrew Weatherall Dub 1)
Steve Mason - Boys Outside (Andrew Weatherall Dub 2)
David Holmes - I Heard Wonders (Andrew Weatherall Vocal Mix)
Vanessa Brown - Crying Blood (Andrew Weatherall Remix)

Cat no: Corrosive 002
Release date: 13/07/11

Get it from: 909 London

Acid Corrosion – Chris Liberator & Sterling Moss
Clean, loud and efficient: a spry, fidgety acid line fades in slowly over the first minute-and-half before the kick drops away at 1.33, then slams back in at 1.46 with teeth-grinding ferocity . A whispered ‘acid corrosion’ sample tops things off by which time the acid line’s started to get all wide-eyed and raggedy and out of control. And though sadly it never quite goes to that promised next level it does have a long outro with the acid corrosion sample repeated, that you just know will sound great bubbling away in the mix.

Champion Sound – Austin Corrosive
BPM: 147
A fantastic homage to late nineties SUF and an interesting sonic workout in its own right, Champion Sound begins fast and stays there, dripping with acid lines so sleazy they’re downright pornographic. During an extended break at 3.42 things take a twisted, fucked-up turn, the noises weirder and more disorientating, the whole thing almost threatening to ping off in some random, unexpected direction. It’s thrilling, seat-of-the-pants stuff, and you sense that Mr Corrosive could get seriously ninja with with the head-wrecking noises if he so chooses. Hint: let’s hope he does.

Lethal Poison – Tassid **
A jaw-droppingly good tune, this, its individual elements marshalled superbly, sounding as funky as it is hard. The funkiness comes via an M.I.A sample; the hardness partly from a brain-damaging kick, but mainly from an acid line that is to-die-for. No, really. It is to. Die. For. Fast and dirty and hard, you’ll grin when you hear it. You’ll get goosebumps and the hairs on your arms will rise like zombie hands from graves. Every track on this EP is great – I cannot get enough of Corrosive at the moment and this must be their strongest release yet  – but this track takes the honours. Just.