@@@ Nina Kraviz: Opa (TRIP, 2018). A Russian female DJ that I got to via a promo email for the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival. Thus is a single off a compilation of what I assume are Russian and European techno producers. It’s got a fair amount of industrial pounding with the kick drum, but there is a pleasant swirling insect sauce poured over that and the unrecognizably processed spoken word parts. Clicky and kinetic providing a great sonic juxtaposition. This is hypothetically danceable due to the kick but it’s more of an aesthetic — maybe if you were fucked in the head on gin and juice you could hit the dance floor. I like the toughness of it, it almost gets into a metal vibe.
@@@ MASSIMILIANO PAGLIARA: Devoid of Dimension, Pt. 1 (Live at Robert Johnson, 2017). I got to this electronic EP from the same promo email for the Brooklyn Electronic festival. As with the tune above it opens up briskly but with some retro bouncy synth sounds that evoke early video games and early electronic. It’s an 8 minute track so it introduces new sounds at a relaxed pace. A hot hi hat, some more synth melody, it’s a big electro layer cake. The second tune keeps the brisk tempo and retro sounds so that’s going to be core to the record, I believe. I don’t love this bass sound but then he comes in with some simple electric piano chords that are very nice. More layering and medium funk. I like this without loving it.
@@@ Motor City Ensemble: Dekmantel 10 Years 10.2 (Dekmantel, 2018)
A German DJ who takes a Tony Allen track, breaks it down and then puts it back together. I can get with that concept being a huge African music fan and an electronic music person as well. Mr. Motor City retains the funk while he chops this tune into pieces. I’m feeling this as it combines Afrobeat sounds with a more modern production technique. This is the best of what I heard today, check it out.
YTD recordings listened to: 553
Good music, not recommended for purchase: 296
Not good music: 224
Honorable Mentions: 6
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