Eva Ryu – “Iam Fuck Dog” (2018)

iamfuckdogReleased just a month ago, Eva Ryu’s Iam Fuck Dog was one of the recommendations we got during our visit to Osaka’s Compufunk Records earlier in May.  And man is it a winner – five acid house jams with a bit of hip hop sprinkled over the top, all pulsing beats and samples.  You can listen to the title track on Soundcloud HERE if you’re intrigued, and you should be because Eva Ryu knows how to put a track together.

“Habemus Paname” Compilation (2015)

habemuspanameSome records call out and beg me to write about them.  Others beg me to shut up, pour a cocktail and wallow in them.  This brand new French deep house compilation is the latter.  The double album came out in October and we picked it up at Paris’ Syncrophone Record earlier this month, definitely one of my better shot-in-the-dark purchases.  Because this collection of music oozes groove and just begs me to chill the hell out after a rotten day of work.  So I think I’m going to just go with it, top off my ice cubes, and melt into the couch…

The Advent – “New Beginnings” (1997)

adventnewbeginningsI’ve run across albums by The Advent many times before, but until recently had always passed them by.  I don’t seem to see as much techno in the stores out here in Seattle (maybe I’m just not looking in the right places), and often the prices on used vinyl are too high for me to justify paying for something I haven’t heard before.  But the other day I found a clean 1997s New Beginnings double album in the “New Arrivals” section of one of my regular haunts, and the price was right, so I finally took the plunge into The Advent.

And I’m glad I did, because New Beginnings is some pretty awesome house/techno.  The album opens with “Armageden,” and it had me thinking this was actually more toward the industrial side of the spectrum with the way it used staticy, raspy samples that gave it a bit of a metallic edge.  But from there it grooved into a much more straight-forward house album with steady beats and consistent, simple flourishes that make it easy to trance out to, at least for the rest of the first record.  Side C opens with “House Seed” which kicks up the tempo considerably and adds in vocal samples, something that was absent from three of the four songs on the A/B disc, and does so with greet success.  The C/D material is a bit heavier sounding in general, and a bit “busier” as well with more stuff surrounding the underlying beats.  It would be tough to say that one record is better than the other, though, as it more comes down to exactly what kind of mood you’re in.

Holly gives The Advent two thumbs up, and I think this will be a go-to for nights when we’re in the mood to get our techno on.

UTA Trax & Burnin’ – “UTA Trax / Burnin'” (2015)

This is a split cassette featuring artists UTA Trax and Burnin’.  It’s another cool electronica release by Utah label Hel Audio and was part of the group of local items I picked up at Salt Lake City’s Diabolical Records a few weeks back.

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I seriously dig the four tracks by UTA Trax.  Part of this is because I seem more drawn to electronica that utilizes vocal sampling (which may also explain my affinity for some dub releases more than others), but there are some pretty solid beats and interesting pace changes too.  It all comes together best on “The Game,” a cool house number with changing beat structures and a recurring “In the game / In the moment” sample, a song I could listen to on a continuous loop for probably 20 minutes or so.  “Keep Grinding” is another winner, with a faster pace and richer, denser sound that seems to come from a bit of echo/reverb.  UTA Trax is right in my wheelhouse.

Burnin’ brings six songs to the party, and I’m partial to the steady, mid-tempo beats of “Endurance.”  I”m also a big fan of the sort of industrial-dub of “Can’t Deny,” arguably the most aggressive of the tape’s 10 songs.

You can listen to the entire tape for free and buy your own cassette copy HERE, so go give these two a listen ($5 for the download, $6 for the tape and download).

Glamorous Hooligan – “Research and Destroy”

I found this while thumbing through the Miscellaneous G section at Silver Platters the other day, and for $3 I couldn’t pass it up.  I bought a copy of Glamorous Hooligan’s Wasted Youth Club Classics last year and really enjoyed it, plus I’ve been getting more and more into electronic/EDM stuff as of late.

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Call it what you will – downtempo, trip hop, or just electronic, the four songs on Research and Destroy are killer, with slower, heavier beats that just groove.  The kind of music you can’t help to move to while it plays.  The B side is my favorite, as it incorporates more vocal sampling, which I like.  “New Age Pension” with its repeated “is there enough space to have time” line is probably my favorite of the four tracks on Research and Destroy, though I’m also partial to the other side B track “Cosmic Trigger Happy,” which has a drum beat that I swear to god is sampled from a Led Zeppelin song, but I just can’t place it precisely and frankly I’m feeling too lazy to look into it any further. But it’s not the typical EDM beat, giving the song a unique sound.

I will definitely be making a point of checking the Miscellaneous G section looking for more Glamorous Hooligan.