approximately from age 16 to age 26, my favorite film in the whole wide world was lynch's lost highway. approximately from age 26 to now, my favorite film in the whole wide world has been zulawski's possession. both films are sampled on this fine album of drum 'n' bass music, and i happen to think that is a very fine thing indeed. _alibi
i love modern techno and you can too. there is construction going on outside my window as i post this at 9am after having been up all night and the bulldozers go so well with this music and a sleep deficit, i can't even tell you. good stuff.
let's talk about electronic sub-genres for a sec. this here record is contemporary house music. i'm getting more into house. it's not as hard hitting as techno. it's more around the house friendly. writing in resident advisor, matt mcdermott notes: "Ambient tracks are to house and techno albums what skits are to rap albums: an overused method bridging one track to the next. For Corre and Letellier, traveling between the meatier material is half the fun. "Liège Trinité" begins with what sounds like Steve Reich jamming with Pink Floyd before it becomes frantic house." that desciption certainly piqued my curiosity. this album is fully rideable start to back. nummer isn't afraid to flex some different styles and different bpm (in other forms of music, we might call this "tempo" :P). definitely some fresh and pristine beat science for 2017.
villalobos means village of wolves. apparently it's not an uncommon last name. makes you wonder.
this music is really chill. it's this weird genre of electronic that doesn't seem to mind using fake sounding approximations of instruments and manages to make them sound not at all cheesy. petre inspirescu treads similar territory and does so wonderfully. this record is decidedly more groovy than inspirescu's stuff. four tracks, 50 minutes. this one might make my year end best of list. simultaneously experimental and catchy. not an easy feat.
a lot of techno music producers also work as professional djs. i like to get aquainted with electronic music on full length albums when possible. i also love various artist compilations from respected record labels. yet another tremendous way to consume music is via dj mixes like this one. this is a mix paula temple did for french magazine tsugi. it's an upbeat and very intelligent set aimed to make you sweat. all the bpm of the tracks flow into each other seamlessly. so it has the feel of a really memorable set you might hear in a club. often dj mixes like this one are only available as a single hour + long mp3. what i love about this is that the track divisions are there and you can follow along and see which cut is by which artist. paula temple is a label boss who's work caught my attention after i noticed that she'd done collaborative work with artists i respect such as the two cuts included here that she did with sos gunver ryberg, aisha devi and rrose. her bio from discogs: "Paula Temple is a DJ, producer and music technology pioneer. Her tracks have appeared on R&S Records, Noise Manifesto, 50 Weapons and Jeff Mill’s Exhibitionist DVD. Chris McCormack released her first EP "The Speck of the Future" in 2002 on his label Materials. Paula Temple is the co-developer of one of the first live performance midi controllers called the MXF8, which she took on tour from 2003 to 2005. After taking a long break, Paula Temple returned in 2013 with "Colonized" EP on R&S Records, followed by a second EP "Deathvox" in 2014 on the legendary label. "Gegen" came out at the end of 2014 on Noise Manifesto, becoming a favourite in techno clubs and festivals worldwide. In 2015 she launched Decon/Recon on Noise Manifesto, a collaborative record release, producing under the name Jaguar Woman alongside artists rRoxymore, Oni Ayhun and Planningtorock under the name Aquarian Jugs. Her track "Oscillate" was released on the final split series of Modeselektor's 50 Weapons label in October 2015. Much in demand for her remix work as well as her hybrid DJ/live performances, her most notable remixes include Perera Elsewhere, The Knife, Peaches, Planningtorock and in 2016 R&S Records made a special release of her remixes for The Prodigy."
i heard this compilation when it came out in january and thought, meh. it didn't grab me. in the four months since, i feel like i've been doing a lot of gateway drugs, musically speaking. i revisited this and suddenly it clicked. 12 tracks clocking in at one hour and thirty-eight minutes. it's amazing that the vibe feels consistent throughout. dreamy harbor is indeed a perfect name for this collection of tunes by various artists. it stays nice and gentle. it rewards close attention but doesn't demand it. i really appreciate that. it feels like your brain is getting a massage all throughout. what time of day suits this music best? hard to say, and i like that mystery. i like to imagine this music playing in some futuristic massage parlor or day spa, and that thought gives me a happy ending.
found out about this record via discogs. there was a remix record of this record that included reworks of this material by dasha rush and kangding ray. that was enough for me to check out the source material, this. i think this one is a banger. fully rideable, front to back. resident advisor gave it a 4/5, which is quite high for them. see if you dig.
Tresor is "Berlin based techno label started in July 1991 by Dimitri Hegemann, taking its name from the techno club set up in an underground vault following the fall of the Berlin Wall." according to Discogs. In other words, this is OG fare. If you were to take my word for it, I'd tell you these are some pretty fresh beats. Here's what Boomkat tells us: "Jonas Kopp pulls back to the gravity of Berlin’s Tresor for his 2nd album of astrally inclined techno purism. The Argentine producer’s sound is shaped into a rolling narrative, navigating between SITS-style 909 and synth pressure in Projections From Alcyone thru the turbulent electro zones of Tuning Frequency to discover intricate treasure at Galactic Core and the slippery refinement of Aile. he gets lost in deep space with Photon Belt’s frantic bleeps and overstepping pulses, before steering back on course with the steady charge of Bridge To The Stars and locates his Millsian muse in the deep star fields of Taygeta and the optimistic finale, 5D World." Ya heard?