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The Strike Boys: Playtime

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Feb 20 2004
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Artist: The Strike Boys (@)
Title: Playtime
Format: CD
Label: Stereo Deluxe (@)
Distributor: Caroline
Rated: *****
After their debut on Wall of Sound, The Strike Boys are back with their third album "Playtime" (second on the german label Stereo Deluxe), which includes a bunch of funky-ass breakbeat club tunes that will make you bounce.Thirteen tunes featuring special guests Danish reggae-dubber Emo, 21 years old female Mc Blaze, Ballet Nuernberg dancer Cyrena Dunbar, Eddie Greeme and Malente.Groovy electro-funk with soul and ambient influences. Luscious, shaking, trippin tunes that are easy and pleasing to listen to. If this won't be a home run the boyz definitely hit a strike in the club scene.

Marques Wyatt: Horizons

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Feb 20 2004
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Artist: Marques Wyatt (@)
Title: Horizons
Format: CD
Label: OM records
Rated: *****
Marques Wyatt, one of the pioneering west coast Djs, continues to draw from his wordly inspirations and his ethnic roots while assembling the spiritual lounge music that has made him big in his home town Los Angeles and all around the world. After his life-changing club-hopping experience in 1984 New York City's underground, Wyatt went back to LA to bring house music to his fans and blending it in with the world music influecens he grew up with, just like Spiritual Music NY Dj Joe Claussell did for the east coast at roughly the same time. "Horizons" reflects a much later stage of this continuous blending, in my opinion he might have even taken it a little too far, the roots of house music are hardly to be heard and the music is definitely stepping towards more commercial-friendly dancefloors. But aside from how pop-ish it might sound, you wanna go check him out at his spot Deep in LA for a sweet sweaty night of warm club atmosphere. To be released March 23rd 2004.

James Lavelle: GU#026: Romania

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Feb 16 2004
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Artist: James Lavelle
Title: GU#026: Romania
Format: CD
Label: Global Underground (@)
Rated: *****
World famous Dj James Lavelle (also know for his latest Mo'Wax album "Never, Never Land" as U.N.K.L.E. and his remixes of Queens of Stonage, Dj Shadow, Metallica) takes the 26th spot in the list of places covered by Global Underground's world-trotting dj-spinning series and bangs out the coolest beats of his December 13, 2003 Romania set at Studio Martin. After his 100'000 copies selling GU debut with the Barcelona title, uncle James is sure to hit the jackpot again with a slightly different style and combination of elements, including lots of U.N.K.L.E. material and some of the remixes he's worked on (like the amazing opening track by Queens of the Stone Age, as well as Dj Shadow, a Sasha remix of U.N.K.L.E. and other cool tracks by Chemical Brothers, Richie Hawtin, Photek). This album is so powerful and eclectic that chances are most of you will find something in it to like about it... I certainly did, and, again, I am so psyched about that Queens of the Ston Age track! It is just pumping like crazy!

GHOAK: Someareweird

 Posted by Eugenio Maggi (@)   Techno / Trance / Goa / Drum'n'Bass / Jungle / Tribal / Trip-Hop
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Dec 29 2003
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Artist: GHOAK
Title: Someareweird
Format: CD
Label: This.Co (@)
I don't know much about Ghoak, except that the man behind the moniker is called Carlos Nascimento and, judging from the label, is Portuguese (Lisbon?). In the This.Co rooster, this is a good companion to Sci-Fi Industries, taking on IDM and rhythmic electronica but with a more twisted approach. Indeed, I like the second part of the cd better – more glitchy and experimental, with autistic skipping muzak ("a agressão da beringela"), obsessive scratches and loops ("colher de pau, puto parolo"), quiet arrhythmias ("dogs are not right"), some fractured melodies not that distant from Oval/Microstoria ("pato com manteiga"). The rest is quite well-done IDM in a Warp-ish style, that I can’t get to love that much - but this is surely better than many releases in that style that I've reviewed lately.

POLYSPACE: Tactual Sense

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Dec 29 2003
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Artist: POLYSPACE
Title: Tactual Sense
Format: CD
Label: Funkwelten (@)
Decent pseudo-Warp electronica from a collaboration between Polygon and For a Space. "Somewhere inside" inserts some Buddhist chants sample, "Latenz" has some breakbeat hint, "Grown out" and "Heaven" add some simple piano melody – but the core of it all is the usual, over-used rhythmic wallpaper electronica: nothing too jarring to the ear, but nothing memorable either. Anyway, better than other even more static Funkwelten releases. Boring layout.


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