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  • 29th April 2007, late afternoon
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The third compilation from the loosely organized Nortec Collective (whatever happened to volume two?) offers four years of development from the debut, and that’s apparent in a greater cohesion of sound. Where the debut offering sometimes seemed to graft Mexican elements onto electronica and dance music almost as an afterthought, here everything is more integrated, as with Hiperboreal’s “Dandy del Sur,” where village banda meets spaghetti Western. Sometimes it’s plain goofy, such as with Fussible’s “Tijuana Makes Me Happy,” with its silly English lyric, and sometimes it triggers odd associations—Bostich’s “Tengo la Voz” brings to mind Herb Alpert with its trumpet rather than anything more rooted. It’s notable that this time around, rather than appearing on the major Palm Pictures, it’s on the Mexican-based Nacional label, a good home for this music, which overall succeeds in offering the listener 21st century Tijuana. Not everything is good—Clorofila’s “Almada” seems to get stuck in a monotonous groove, for example—but some are superb. On “Colorado” Fussible seem to channel the spirit of Talking Heads, while “Narcoteque” from Clorofila and Calexico brings Brian Eno to mind. So, like any compilation, it’s a mixed bag. But the unity of spirit brings it all together, and the good far outweighs the mediocre. ~ Chris Nickson, All Music Guide

  • 29th April 2007, late afternoon
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Bremen technoist Oliver Huntemann has been DJing and producing for over ten years, building up a reputation as one of Germany’s most reliable electronic acts.

Until now I didn’t know Mr Huntemann and can’t understand why. because he is such a genius DJ.

‘Play! 01’ was recorded live at D-Edge, Sao Paulo towards the end of September 2006. D-Edge is apparently Sao Paolo’s most renowned venue for premier electronic music.

I’ve just listened to the full mix in my HDJ-1000 so my neighbours wouldn’t complain and the sound of bass-heavy tracks like Sao Paulo (#11) would not be altered.

You know what? I can feel the addiction of huge albums. I need to listen to the full mix again.

Another detail, important one is that as the mix is recorded live, you can hear the people and it isn’t disturbing at all. It just adds power to this wonderful release. Looking forward to listen Play 02!!!!


ps: I think that the intro is made by just using Apple’s speech synthesis.

  • 29th April 2007, late afternoon
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If you like Leftfield, you’ll like this remix selection. Black Strobe are delivering a greatest hits collection of some of their finest remix work in this release.

Some tracks can sound too heavy for most of the audience but there are some great ones like #07 Bloc Party, Like eating glass (Black Strobe remix) or #01 Black Strobe, Shining bright star (Phones industrial version).

Other tracks are more heavy and can sound a bit repetitive for your ears but it is a great pleasure for me to sample and mix them.

  • 29th April 2007, late afternoon
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Keren Ann (born Keren Ann Zeidel in Caesarea, Israel, on March 10, 1974) is a recording artist/singer/songwriter/producer based largely in Paris, New York and Israel. She plays guitar, piano and clarinet. She is descended from Russian Jews on her father’s side and is Javanese and Dutch on her mother’s. She lived in Israel and in the Netherlands until the age of 11, when her family moved to France. She retains her Dutch and Israeli citizenship.

Keren Ann’s fifth solo album, the eponymous Keren Ann if a jewel. I love the sound of the instruments, the atmosphere she creates. Her attention to detail and sound results in a perfect album. I instantly purchased the album.

  • 29th April 2007, late afternoon
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Reposeful and peaceful album. Antidepressant in a word.
This a very mature release.

I foster you to listen to it.

Nortec Collective - Tijuana Sessions Vol.3 Oliver Huntemann - Play 01: Mixed Live in Sao Paulo Black Strobe - A Remix Selection Keren Ann - KEREN ANN Lloyd Cole - Antidepressant Amy Winehouse - Back To Black Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons Robin McKelle - Introducing Trentemoller - The Last Resort