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Wednesday, May 31, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

WINSTON RILEY PRODUCTIONS- 'DANCEHALL TECHNIQUES'
V/A -'FOLK GUITAR'
SILVER JEWS- 'BRIGHT FLIGHT'
WILEY- '2ND PHAZE'
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA- 'GREATEST HITS'
BEACH BOYS- 'PET SOUNDS'
BASEMENT JAXX- 'SINGLES'
LUCIANO- 'SCI FI HI FI VOL.2'
RICHIE HAWTIN- 'DE9 LITE MIX'
DJ BEN- 'REMEMBER OLD SCHOOL MIX'
MICHAEL MAYER- 'LIVE AT STATIC'
RENATO RENALDI- 'HOARSE FRENZY'
UNDERGROUND RESISTANCE- 'X-101'
JOHN TEJADA- 'THE END OF IT ALL'
M.A.N.D.Y LIVE AT PLUG CLUB, SHEFFIELD.
MR SCRUFF LIVE AT PLUG CLUB, SHEFFIELD.

friday night was a classic case of the school boy error of peaking too early and peaking wrongly. by the time M.A.N.D.Y came on were we all in a seriously bad way making frequent trips to the toilets to try to empty our stomachs of the pestilence. we can laugh about it now though, because we're laidback and, yes, 'chilled', like that.

once someone at work did a little dance next to me in front of the customers to mungo jerry's 'summertime' which was playing on the stereo. obviously i was appalled by such beahviour and backed away as she tried to get closer, clearly intending that we were to dance together for the pleasure of the customers. so daft. anyway, this moving and backing away went on for a little bit until she made a last ditch effort and laughed forcefully, 'c'mon, CHILL OUT!', all the while doing this stupid dance, with me standing totally still in front the customers, and wanting to kill her a little bit.

which is just one reason while you'll never (i hope) see mungo jerry's 'summertime' in the list of listening up there ^.

but, regardless, M.A.N.D.Y. From what i could tell, through my sick ears and body, he was playing quite hard, quite minimal set. no gushy 'mandarine girl' -style electrohouse bliss here. may be electro house is going to get more minimal and minimal techno's going to get more muscular and the two will become one, as the spice girls prophesised. who knows? as richie hawtin is fond of saying, techno is a constant adventure, an unfolding narrative and you never know which way it's going to turn. 'cept you do, really, if yr clever and perceptive enough, which i'm not.
anyway, look, MANDY (don't watch the full stops) was good, and different to how i expected. so there you go.


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on sunday morning, listening to underground resistance's mighty, MIGHTY, 'x-101', i had a pining for dark and nasty techno, the kind which actually scares you as it echoes and thuds round clubs. the kind of techno which has an element of horribleness to it, and that's a good thing. the kind that's as brutal and inhuman and impressively destructive as dynamiting mountain sides. then i realised that i don't really own any of that stuff, apart from the odd bit of underground resistance, of which 'x-101' is probably the most extreme, and therefore best, example.
but then, but then...luciano's 'sci fi hi fi' mix got put on the stereo and my pining was answered, a little. on the basis of the first 2 episodes, the 'sci fi hi fi' mix series on Soma is turning out to be pretty much essential- ewan pearson's inaugural one is like the pinnacle of gorgeous electro house.
luciano's mix is equally good, but in a very different way. it's nothing like his records, which are delicate little flowers of fragments upon fragments of melody on chinks upon chinks of beats. no, with his sci-fi hi-fi mix, luciano crafts minimal techno into this head-caving whipping sound where even the inevitable (it is minimal after all) space and vacuums sound fearsome. at points it sounds almost like the creaks and groaning squelches of psy-trance. it's far from the usual sensual pops and kisses the perslon/cadenza lot usually come out with. it's actually quite nasty. which is just what i wanted.

3 Comments:

Blogger WOEBOT said...

"as richie hawtin is fond of saying, techno is a constant adventure, an unfolding narrative and you never know which way it's going to turn. "

sounds like sales patter to me ;-)

4:06 AM  
Blogger simon silverdollar said...

yeah i love it when richie hawtin sings the praises of techno. it does sound a bit like cynical sales patter sometimes, but i reckon he actually thinks like this- this weird kind of romantic techno-mysticism.
although, a few times it's resulted in me buying records (often his own) on the basis of his inceredible descriptions, only to find that they're pretty dull boom-click.

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