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How Excellent Is This? [i].

January 16th, 2018 Comments off

Funkstörung’s remix of Jay-Jay Johnson’s “I Want Some Fun Now” on the Viceversa-remix-album (Studio !K7, 2001) ?

Naturally, an artist completely overlooked by me… at the time? It is highly unlikely that I would have ever considered listening or playing the original or this. In fact I did not. What a silly, silly thing to have done…

The lyrics are as funny as they are scarringly and accutly correct.

Other artists featured? A Guy Called Gerald, Speedy J, Plaid and Jean-Michel Jarre. The coup-de-gras? Well there’s an early Funckarma track called “Spatial Convolution” remixed (or Morphed by Funkstörung as it were) by Funkstörung.

Close call between: A Guy Called Gerald and Jay-Jay Johnson. The latter is probably my favourite. What about Funckarma? Allways out of competion. Always and for ever, ever, ever.

NOTE: The tracklisting from *T*unes is one of the most incoherent I have ever seen. Apart from the abovious ones I used the approx. track durations (it was a right nightmare I can tell you).

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Completely Out Of Control They Are…

January 12th, 2018 Comments off

The netlabels… el-ljud, aerotone, Touched, Silent Flow etc.

That’s litterally more than 1000 tracks or probably closer to ten. “Touched” are releasing compilations exceeding 400 tracks? “Silent Flow” has 129 releases since 2009. The recently found Aerotone label (apparently defunked since long) and earlier mentioned Silent Flow needs special attention. No, that is not accurate, they actually all need your attention:

– Plakto – Bumblesheep – el-ljud – ELJD015
– Arcfields ‎– Diodstar – el-ljud ‎– ELJD016

– Bluebridge Quartet – Adjusted For Low Noise Tape EP – Aerotone – aer007
– Le Mépris – Le Mépris – Aerotone – aer011
– Cantaloup ‎– On A Hill Not Far Away – Aerotone ‎– aer015

– Bezdna Radio Essentials Series 001 – 030 (I got 001 – 010…).
– Kosta T ‎– Hopelessness – Silent Flow ‎– SLNT052
– Jmdkm ‎– Mila – Silent Flow ‎– SLNT037

You need to remember: rinse.fm and all the other stuff.

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C’est Pas Good

January 11th, 2018 Comments off

HTTP Error: 504.
https://www.discogs.com

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We Hope To Restore Services As Soon As Possible.

January 11th, 2018 Comments off

I can’t really recall that it has ever happened before…

Reasonably, it must have happened once or twice during the time that have passed since early 2006.

But it looks like discogs.com is down and out.

For the record, I usually have a record on anyways…

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Doubt

January 5th, 2018 Comments off

Don’t. Trust and play the bass.

RINSE.FM 106.8FM

http://www.rinse.fm/

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Believe

January 5th, 2018 Comments off

Tree of life.

SILENT SEASON

http://www.silentseason.com/

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What You Get For Being Young

August 25th, 2017 Comments off

Is it the referee, reference or the relevance that stirs my soul? I don’t know.

I wish that I would have reversed the listening order tonight. No, that is not true. I would have been totally fu***d up, no matter how the tables were turned.

Exceptionally good music. Jazz references? Ambience? Suzanne Kraft? Naturally, it is a man based in the Netherlands. I never seem to learn anything. I think the birthday boy told me to shut up, just now.

Normally, that would have zero effect. I guess that you only turn 40 once in your life and that there can only be one best album of the year.

It revealed itself appearing on the side line, but it will get noticed.

I really like electronic music, I mean, I really like every aspect of it. The Album.

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Scaffolding, State of Constant Reverie [Plastic Sound Supply – PSS023, 2014]

April 13th, 2014 Comments off

pss023_300‘State of Constant Reverie’ is Plastic Sound Supply co-founder and contributing artist Scaffolding’s ninth release for the friendly label. The EP stretches five tracks long and the obvious thing to point out would be the choice to cover the jazz standard and classic ‘My Funny Valentine’ a song that has already been covered numerous times since 1937 when it was first published by the American song-writing duo Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart.

The opening track ‘Child’ is a classic take on the warm-sounding non-vocal electronic music that has been written about here the past years and given that more than a decade has passed, it seems natural that the possible references are and would be numerous. What is equally apparent is the workmanship and beauty of the production. The exact same thing can be said about the second track called ‘Light’ that follows tightly upon ‘Child’.

Tracks three to five are versions of ‘My Funny Valentine’, a track covered by among others: Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra and Chaka Khan. The two first I can immediately relate too, the third I do know, but there’s never been much spinning of ol’ blue eyes’ tracks in my life. Chaka Khan – well what do you know.

My suspicion towards covers has always been deep and generally I simply do not like them, however, in reality that is nothing less than a ridiculous statement… for one thing one of my all-time favourite tracks (if not my all-time favourite) is John Coltrane’s take on ‘My Favourite Things’ and it is with out a doubt a cover. On top of that let’s not forget the songs that I cherish now that I possibly do not even know are covers to begin with.

The original ‘My Funny Valentine’ version on this release made me think of something that Jamie Lidell and possibly Jimi Tenor were/are “experimenting” with as far as the vocal elements go. Choosing between the two remixes I will single out the CacheFlowe Remix simply because it is the one I prefer musically. David Last’s remix is as competent and runs in a softer yet familiar house environment. They all underline the ingenious plan to include remixes in a release to begin with, at least if you like theme and variation.

At first I was concerned that a PSS release in 2014 would include a track that has (reportedly*) been previously released on 1300 albums and performed by over 600 artists. But, I guess that a good track is and will remain a good track and Scaffolding’s ‘State of Constant Reverie’ take on a classic doesn’t disappoint. The artwork and presentation a perfect match to this well executed release.

Preview and download at: Scaffolding, State of Constant Reverie EP.
Visit: Plastic Sound Supply.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_Funny_Valentine

Iuengliss, Down Cosm EP [Plastic Sound Supply – PSS022, 2014]

January 4th, 2014 Comments off

pss022_300Iuengliss returns to the continually friendly Denver based ‘Plastic Sound Supply’ label with the excellent ‘Down Cosm EP’. Iuengliss’ debut album on the same label was entitled ‘Blank Matter’ and it was favorably received here at resurface.se.

The ’Down Cosm EP’ has everything anyone could ever want from a follow-up. My favorite track is: ‘Descent’ and it is fourth in line. That said it is a very subjective thing and would be related to bass.

There are so many well executed ideas on this EP/LP/Album (the denomination is increasingly funny: LP (Long Play), EP (Extended Play) and Album are all related to vinyl, but what do they signify in our digital today? Oh, well that is another topic all together.)

The ‘Down Cosm EP’ is well-produced, contemporary, exciting and all-around interesting electronic music! I have great hopes for 2014 and I for one could not wish for a better start; Iuengliss ‘Down Cosm EP’ on Plastic Sound Supply.

And yes, I need to mention the equally excellent bonus remixes by: Scaffolding (Remix.) What can you say? Forest Cycle Baum (There’s nothing wrong with being empowered by the Funcken Bros.) Oh my this is good! It is a fine line… Downfall (As broken as it is sweet.) We like it! And Rapid Eye (A proper remix.) is just excellent.

Preview and download at: Iuengliss, Down Cosm EP.
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Esoteric Sob, Nostalgia [33 Recordings – 33REC061, 2012]

January 4th, 2014 Comments off

33rec061_300Time and promise… I imagine that I used to have more time and I’ve always tried not to make promises that I cannot keep. I did make a promise in this particular case and since I did do so I do have to honor that promise.

The artist ‘Esoteric Sob’ is known to me, like the excellent ‘Abnormal Psychology’ album from the Greek label ‘From a Tree’ is as excellent as it is overlooked and I should have written something about it then too.

‘Nostalgia’ on 33 Recordings is in short sublime and if you ever cared for ‘electronica’ or beautiful electronic music in general then you will like this album.

On to the actual album ‘Nostalgia’: the first track ‘Hypnosis’ is just that, hypnotic, warm and complex. More complexity follows in ‘Lost in Time’ and then a theme and it is just brilliant ‘Memories’, which is probably my favorite track on this album, a track that has everything.

However the main-titled ‘Nostalgia’ doesn’t fall far behind and it is all non-vocal electronic music. You do get some vocals as well in ‘Everyday Stories’ and in the interlude track ‘Speak to me’. The beats and production on ‘Sweet melancholy’ are better than I heard in a long time, and that is nothing but a treat!