Albert Popwell's Record Roundup 1/02
Welcome, freaks, pimps, players & big booty ho's to the sumptuous fully flavorized audiotastic world of the chief rocker himself, Albert Popwell!
So, without further ado, here's some just jammin' fresh and def vinyl that kept my steel wheels begging for more.
Fym/S-max - Walk the Bridge to Cozmic Age E.P. - Boogizm 5
Fym & S-max are no strangers to electronic music, the duo has also released on 7th City, Semi-Automatic, Mental Industries, and S-max in particular has had an extensive DJ-career in Germany, running clubnights together with Don Disco and Losoul, among other things. The aforementioned names might lead the inclined reader to expect some minimal, funking deephouse stuff, but lo, you are mistaken, grasshopper! This Boogizm EP, much like the last couple, combines the world of Perlon, Playhouse and all those other wonderful minimal labels with the rawness that is Brighton techno, resulting in some funky freaky audio bouncing and bubbling all about (indeed, the last Boogizm was called Bingo Bubble Burner, and I couldn't have come up with a more suitable name myself). Really, a certain tolerance for high-pitched sounds should be necessary to enjoy this, but the two cover a wide spectrum of spaced-out music both for the club and that comfy sofa next to the speaker at home.
V/A - Dugnad - A hundred Years of Forgetting - Dugnad 2002
I understand this 10" was part of a Norwegian electronic music festival, but nonetheless some Finnish participation has also made its mark on this vinyl, or so I've been told. The vinyl includes 5 very charming tracks, ranging from analogue disco to analogue electro on the a side (and these people write their analogue with a real bold and big A at the front, plus some pink elephants as clipart all around), to more analogue disco, a nice dreamy techno mover, roundoing this delicacy off with some white noise, sounding not unlike Kid 606's seminal Gq on the Eq ep. Don't mind if I do!
V/A - Analog Devices - Electronik Weed Crew 1
There's been some real great techno stuff coming out of Switzerland recently, with fantastic labels such as Bruchstuecke (and the associated artists Styro2000, bang goes), and now this promising start-up, EWC or Electronik Weed Crew. Fat, fat beats, bleeps, clonks and a few well-placed breaks constitute three quarters of this four track ensemble (by Smooky, Nino-Fight and Smees, respectively), but the real hit in my ears is the electro/techno hybrid by Ki-Yota all the way at the end of the flipside - that acid-line, those chords, those breaks and that huge bass make for a some sweat in any strobe/smoke machine-equipped basement in my book.
AeoX - How do you wannit cooked - Mental Industries 2.2
AeoX is perhaps best known from his releases on Null records, and really this release on Cora S's Mental Industries imprint does not disappoint - a healthy blend of electro, Brighton techno and funk (it sounds like somebody in this ensemble knows how to play a guitar!) - and while the distortion is a bit harsh at times, there's a definite charm to the dirty production style and the multi-layered sample onslaught. Recommended.