Archive for October, 2010

14/10/2010

Math Nylon – Toilet Paper

John Davies aka Datassette is a rare breed of producer. At times his music can be so thought provoking and when he’s battering out something more suited for the floor, it will be guaranteed to get you working an electrofied jit. Whatever the mood, he’s always 110% with a focus on intricate production touches and carefully attuned beat programming – as displayed in his heavily underrated 2008 self titled debut. Davies also has a brilliant sense of humour which is where he stands on his own. Proof below, in this bizarre little homage to Dopplereffekt under his Math Nylon alias.

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13/10/2010

Eduardo de la Calle: Fanboy or the real deal?

No matter how dynamic or ‘out there’ the opinions of such Detroit icons’ come across – be it Underground Resistance, DJ Bone, Derrick May, Omar S, etc. – you always get a sense it has some kind of purity behind it. No Matter how arrogant. For example the UR collective’s belief and reasoning behind concealing their identities was a response to over-sensationalism of artist ego and putting the music at the forefront, before the artist. It was also a big ‘fuck you’ to the mass-marketing hype machine. All very credible reasons, which has led to the label garnering much love and respect throughout the years.

The only problem with this, is that when an artist(s) or a label comes along and does something out of the norm, they, or it, attracts an avid following who register the image and beliefs like some sort of creed. Since the early days of UR many bodies within the electronic music spectrum have used anonymity and anti-marketing as a main image factor behind their ‘brand’ – Aphex Twin, Burial, Sandwell District, Horizontal Ground and, ‘YAK’, Deadmau5. However, wanting to remain anoymous surely seems like a fair demand. However, it depends how one flaunts it…

Eduardo de la Calle is a Spanish producer whose appearance and image is very uncanny to that of Underground Resistance. He admits this, and he even shares a very similar mantra to the aforementioned Detroit outfit; which is the annoying thing. Fair enough if you wish to remain unknown to the world, but for god sake get your own image dude! And the UR stickers on the car come off a bit Knight Rider. On the other hand he seems genuine in his attitudes towards the techno scene and clearly has strong spiritual beliefs. His music ain’t half bad neither…

You decide…

05/10/2010

RE:Rambled… Hydraulic P-Fixed Flash Pump

Derrick May once famously cited the Detroit techno sound as being a bit “like George Clinton and Kraftwerk […] stuck in an elevator with only a sequencer to keep them company.” Then at some point in the founding years of drum machine misuse, a certain Orlando Voorn stepped into his sample-heavy Fix moniker and took that quote quite literally; by sliced the lead riff from the Clinton-fronted P-Funk All Stars track, Hydraulic Pump Part. III, Fix delivered a fearsome loop, notched up by an astonishing 20-30 bpm’s. The result being an outright banger, but one which shouldn’t be pigeonholed amongst the mindless barrage of stadium tailored bastardary. This maintains the raw funk!

Listening to the original tune now, it’s no surprise Hydraulic Pump went in for the techno treatment. At its original pace however, the power remains to cause screwing up of the face whilst continually moving your index and middle fingers in a perpendicular motion towards the floor; a natural reaction to a sound or riff or beat that can only be described as dope.

Fix – Flash [KMS Records]

P-Funk All Stars – Hydraulic Pump Part. III [Virgin]

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