Patrick, Frank & Joe Are Chasing The White Rabbitoh - (4:04) 90 BPM
Names (reprise) - (4:09) 120 BPM
Lars "Anstam" Stoewe has long been part of Modeselektor's extended family of artists, releasing his first two albums on their 50 Weapons label. While those first two sets were characterized by a desire to blend punishing dancefloor rhytms with elements of IDM and dark ambience, Names - his third LP - is a largely more considered affair, with shards of light amongst the gathering gloom. Of course, he's not totally abandoned the skittering rhythms and maudlin basslines - see the sweeping chords and intense beats of "I Stopped Counting" and the rushing post-dubstep blast of "Fragments of the Good Old Days" - but these moments are countered by hazy songs and sweet soundscapes, with the superb "The Obvious & The Impeccable" standing out.
Le Tombeau D'Edgar Poe (In Aeternam Vale remix) - (5:09) 68 BPM
Coldwave combo Casino Shanghai isn't the best known of new wave acts. The Mexican trio was founded in the early '80s and released their debut album, Film, in 1985. The two original tracks on this EP were both recorded around the same time, making them authentic snapshots of a bygone age. "L'Tombeau D'Edgar Poe" is particularly special, with stylish French female vocals riding a low-slung groove and creepy electronics. While "L'Action Minimal" is a little sweeter, touching on glistening synth-pop whilst retaining heavy bottom end pressure, it's no less potent. The package is completed by a remix of 'L'Tombeau D'Edgar Poe" by fellow '80s minimal wave combo In Aeternam Vale. Their rework is decidedly tougher, with dusty synth textures riding a thumping, techno-tempo groove.
Cherry Red (Its A Fine Line remix) - (7:02) 63 BPM
Cherry Red (Dzir mix) - (5:26) 58 BPM
Greece's George Issakidis returns to the inimitable Kill The DJ imprint with a second EP of wavy electronics and silky digital beats. The title track "Cherry Red" is a proper groover, where the glitchy percussion sits tighly next to one hell of a bassline, reminding us of dBridge's more recent 4/4 output. There's a few remixes inside, too, where It's A Fine Line transforms the title track into a bleepy, Kraftwerk-inspired number, while Dzir retains the humongous bass conjured by Issakidis albeit for a noticeably deeper turn in the beats and percussion. Brilliant stuff - don't miss it.