The Pleasure Principle

DJ T‘s much awaited third album The Pleasure Principle was sent from Get Physical last week and hit us like a giant house meteor. The success of the first track Burning, featuring Nick Maurer (one quarter of Greenskeepers with James Curd) and its Art Department remix was phenomenal (seemingly everything they touch turns to gold), and the album is a collaborative affair, featuring the likes of Jaw (dOP), and Dave Aju, which gives it the quirky Circus Company essence, coupled with the depth of a Get Physical release. Intense and deeply melodic, it traverses the boundary between club and afterparty.

Alongside the release, Thomas Koch (also previously editing German magazine Groove as well as co-managing Get Physical and being responsible for the opening of Frankfurt superclub Monza) is on a world tour all the way from April to December, starting with Miami and Berlin for album release parties and concentrating on Europe for the summer. Catch him at Fabric Saturday 2 April alongside Catz n Dogz, Heidi and M.A.N.D.Y.

In the mean time, here’s a little preview of The Pleasure Principle, which you can buy here.

DJ T – The Pleasure Principle Album Preview

DJ T Welcome 2011 – Big Room Mix

Album Tracklist
01. Same Plane feat. Jaw & Ginger
02. Opera Buffa
03. Unconditional Love
04. Burning feat. Nick Maurer
05. Yesterday, Tomorrow feat. Dave Aju
06. Nothing Even Comes Close
07. City Life feat. Cari Golden
08. Sense feat. James Teej
09. Pattern Exit Drama
10. Leavin Me feat. Khan
11. Remember the Future feat. Jaw

Let the Children Techno

My mother always told me that excitement ends in tears, and to that end I’ve always erred on the side of caution with new albums by my favourite artists. Because when I love someone I believe in them wholeheartedly. Even the smallest things, down to the ‘United Kingdom’ detail on Busy P’s scarf when we met him in Manchester recently. And what if one day it’s just no longer possible to live up to this idolisation?

So I was understandably reluctant to review the new Ed Banger compilation Let The Children Techno. Ed Banger DJs play to the crowd and off each other’s enthusiasm in their live sets, and throw hip-hop-indie-rock curveballs, so I wasn’t sure how this would transfer on to an album, particularly an album of all-new unreleased material. After all, as an electro artist asked to contribute just one track each to a ‘techno’ album what would one submit?

Of course I needn’t have worried, this album is FUCKING fantastic. I try not to swear here, but it really is exceptionally good. What really surprised me was how mature it is, it contains layers upon layers. Each different artist is a veteran and a star of their game, so they bring with them a collection of hugely diverse influences that transcend history. I hear N.E.R.D., I hear Run D.M.C., I hear DJ Mehdi and Busy P…

The compilation as a whole is greater than the sum of its parts, which isn’t to say that individually the tracks are anything less than great, but I couldn’t help but feel that I was being taken on a musical journey, being given an education, that Ed Banger are compiling this as a commentary on what they believe to be the finest music today has to offer.

I was particularly surprised by Riton’s One Night Stand. An impressive dubstep deviance which is the sexy partner to Skream’s Boat Party, sounding incredibly fresh and new. It makes me think that Riton’s travels with Mehdi and the crew this year have broadened his musical horizons, with new influences including perhaps from other contributors to the album, Flying Lotus.

There’s also an important sense of humour. Mr Oizo sets the scene with an announcement that as it is 2017 and World War 5 has now ended, the children should techno, which is juxtaposed with the aggressive synths and vocals in Monseuir Winter’s contribution Procrastinator. Lighthearted and carefree funk appears throughout; in the rhythms and low basslines of Siriusmo’s Idiot, the happy disco of Breakbot’s Shades of Black, and the smooth and beautiful production of Para One and Tacteel’s partnership remix Infinity Riser. There is much beauty to be found, and I particularly love Claude Violante’s vocal in Feadz’s Far From Home.

Mehdi brings us back to his hip hop roots with his offering TragicoMehdi, which, alongside Mattie Safer’s Is That Your Girl? adds some swagger. And we’d feel cheated if there wasn’t a healthy dose of Ed Banger electro-techno too, in the form of Zombie Nation’s Daft Punk-inspired Relax, and present as a running theme that ties all the details together.

This album is the gift that just keeps on giving; just listening to it you feel like you’re involved in something important. I’d call it intelligent techno, and at 20 new tracks even listening on repeat you’ll find songs or details that you hadn’t noticed before. I really cannot rate this highly enough; Busy P has been talking a lot this week about the 8th Anniversary of the Ed Banger label, and it feels here like a group of true musical pioneers has taken that time to really consider where their history has led them, and where they think the future might take them. Five stars, A-plus, ten out of ten.

The album graces stores with its honoured presence on 14th February, and you can sample Ed Banger’s delights (watch out for the curveballs) before then as they’re taking over XOYO this Saturday 5 February for Lovebox’s Bang The Box, with the monster line-up of Busy P, DJ Mehdi and Cassius. Get there EARLY for limited tickets on the door.

Be Frivolous

River’s Fate was a chilled, jazzy affair from last year that reminds me of trips down Regent’s Canal. The man responsible, Frivolous, is Vancouver-born Daniel Gardner, now living in Berlin, and releasing on Luciano‘s Cadenza label. I’m pleased to hear that the label will be hosting an album Meterology on 21 February, and to celebrate I’d like to share his podcast for Input Selector a few months back. Hazy and beautiful, including ancient greats such as Blackwater, it’s a fitting taster for a record that will lighten the days of spring.

Frivolous – River’s Fate

Frivolous – Input Selector Podcast 061
Tracklist
1. Banjo Consorsium – Burning Feet
2. Four Tet – Sing (Extended Mix)
3. Dbx – The Wild Life
4. Bill Withers – Who Is He & What Is He To You (Henrik Schwarz Edit)
5. Jesse Rose – Where Were You Last Night
6. Analogue People – Rose Rouge
7. Luca Bacchetti – It’s Jazzy
8. Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Dixon Edit)
9. Pilooski – AAA
10. Jacek Sienkiewicz – Beacon
11. Paul Harris & Alex Tepper – Terris (Radio Slave Remix)
12. Andrea Sartori – Vodkatronic
13. Donna Summer – I Feel Love
14. Lee Jones – Aria (Tiger Stripes Remix)
15. Octave One – Blackwater (Danny Tenaglia Edit)
16. Cajmere feat. Derrick Carter – Dream States (Dub)
17. Martin Buttrich – Enough Love To Hate It
18. Guy Gerber & Luciano – Arcenciel
19. Butch – Amelie
20. Caribou – Sun

Bang Your Head on the Wall

Mighty Mouse have finished their instrumental concept album Song With No Word and it’s out 6 December on Disco Circus Records. Each track is a ‘movement’ of perfectly smooth electronic disco, and you can download Movement 5 for a sampler or pre-order the album here.

Mighty Mouse – Movement 5

They’ve also finished their November mixtape Bang Your Head on the Wall. Download it here.
Tracklist
1. wai santana ‘que vida e essa’
2. lizzy pattinson ‘sing it back’ (nacho marco remix)
3. clock opera ‘once and for all’ (little loud remix)
4. bryan ferry ‘heartache by numbers’ (circus parade remix)
5. patrick wolf ‘time of my life’ (still going remix)
6. mobroder ‘rush’ (in flagranti remix)
7. munk ‘violent love’ (the twelves remix)
8. mickey ‘farlalle’
9. jaga Jazzist – 220v/Spektral (final mix)
10. crystal fighters ‘follow’ (diskjokke remix)
11. bag raiders ‘way back home’ (club mix)
12. etienne de crecy ‘no brain’ (munk remix)
13. tronik youth ‘think’ (midnight safari remix)
14. the c90’s ‘shine a light’ (bxentric remix)
15. mark ronson & the business ‘somebody to love me’ (holy ghost instrumental)
16. vandroid ‘master & slave’ (van she tech remix)
17. ludovico einaudi ‘divenire’