2012/42 : Pellets, briquettes and the heating blanket’s crackle

In this increasingly unpleasant season of the year, where not even the few remaining leaf’s play of colours can really distract us from the sorrows of a world that’s literally getting darker and colder, there is hardly a thing as precious as warmth: The warmth of the artificial womb for instance, which we call Club in the evening’s bald serenity, and, with morning on our watches, must be forced to exit, screaming with the reluctance of the baby that’s coerced to exit its mother; but also the warmth of the thick, airy waves that caress us inside and seem to push aside all evil, until one is left only with him/herself – and the moment alone. May this be the treasure of winter, the urban preciousness that guides us through November’s mist and the grey of metropolis; may this be the second blanket that helps us bear the question of our ancestor’s weird intentions of settling in this place; and may this be the hope that cherishes our sparks of life until the sun’s rays fall on our bustle again, and neither heating costs nor colds set bounds to us. Yet with the day on which our scarfs and coats go in the cupboard again and we start neglecting even the possession our long johns, we will mothball too a bit of that feeling that brought us all a little closer together, back then when we wanted to live and didn’t simply do it.
Now then, let’s once more trick ourselves into the eternal pre-christmas time, and jump into the seasonal buzz saw laughing and with open arms. And who knows, as long as nature’s got nothing better to do than beating us round the heads with cold wind, one might as well stay in the studio. And that’s at least something for the greater good.

Dark and cold is indeed also the appropriate motto for the new single by London based DJ/producer (-is there actually any producer that’s not a DJ out there somewhere?-) Philth, and according to the credo of Neurofunk to go we’re dealing with some hot and fast stuff. The two tracks Cold (feat. Dubz-D) and The Dragon live off the adventures of their fuzzy basses that remind a little of Frankee’s debut on ProgRam, but are way more down-to-earth and thankfully omit all fancy extravaganza in favour of some nice and tasty dirt and a delicious soufflé of overtones and fruitful breaks. So although Cold suffers a little from minor monotony, the whole EP is quite as sticky as its basses, and especially The Dragon offers a fine opportunity to catch the fire of this fabulous creature.

Philth – Cold (ft. Dubz-D) / The Dragon (Flexout Audio) – http://soundcloud.com/philth/sets/flxa009/

Likewise anticipatory of the chilling months, Instant generously offers a bunch of subbass-briquettes on his new Benchmark EP: Deep and minimal, yet thanks to the crispy drum-pellets never dry of drive, the stylistically coherent but varied 4 tracks burn the floor with pleasant thermodynamic efficiency of about 36 Hertz, while cosily supplying warmth to the underbelly. Well suited for fluffy evenings around the fireplace, but not only.

Instant – Benchmark EP (Musically Tuned Records) – http://soundcloud.com/instant/sets/instant-benchmark-e-p/

A kotatsu is a kind of electrically heated table the Japanese use for heating purposes: you gather around it and then deeply cover yourself with its tablecloth and feel the heat rise from your feet. Unfortunately I could not determine whether the samurai used this or a similar device, or if they needed heat at all; the aim of Samurai Music’s new compilation Way of the Samurai 2: Code of Honour indeed seems rather akin: electrifying embers from below. Underneath the relatively huge blanket we find 22 tracks of such different Rōnin (‚wave men‘) as Nymfo or Cern (whose great track Apparition once more expands the limits of his oeuvre), the seeker of harmony Sam Reed alias Tokyo Prose or Sam KDC, whose wondrously playful glitch-epos Sepia is my personal album favourite. Among the plenitude of music I’d also like to foreground Fuse by the promising quartet Mako, Linden, Fields and Villem, as well as M-Zine, Scepticz and Distant Future’s Magnetic Fields; both tracks delight with outstanding groove and bassy consistence. Expectedly, not all of the 22 pieces are on an equal level, yet overall there is a lot to discover beneath this honourable heating blanket.

ASC, Borderline, Cern, Clarity, Consequence, Dally, Distant Future, Fields, Hollow Crooks, Loxy, Mako, Marcus Intalex, Mercy, Minor Rain, M-Zine, Nymfo, Overlook, Paragon, Pessimist, Resound, Sam KDC, Scepticz, Subtension, Tokyo Prose, Villem – Way of the Samurai 2: Code of Honour (Samurai Music) – http://soundcloud.com/preshasamurai/sets/way-of-the-samurai-2-code-of/

This week’s well-deserved Single of the Week comes from Bristol, where the sounding gentlemen Pessimist, Vega and Cooper united as Ruffhouse, and with their debut-single confront us with their very own winter tactics: In radical inversion of the baroque Metallica-credo ‘Fight Fire With Fire’, the trio proclaims the fight of ice with ice, and substantiate this blatantly brilliant idea by means of an exemplary technoid minimalism. Booming bass drums mark the vertex of this repetitive journey through the acoustic ice palace, and above rolling basses appear hypnotic melodies of industrial grace and brazen eroticism. Indeed, despite all danger of such an assumption, I would even go so far as to suggest that Ruffhouse are taking on a new musical direction, whose ingredients might yet easily be traced, but have never quite come together in that particular manner (I can only think of a somewhat similar emotional impact of Audio’s Warehouse VIP for example). However, even those that don’t wish to share my belief in progress in this case will still find one thing on this music for certain: Machine funk at its very best.

Audio – Warehouse VIP (Freak Mp3 Exclusive) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfPaTl4U8k4#t=5m16s

Ruffhouse – Pellet / Classified (Alignment Records) – http://soundcloud.com/ruffhouse-1

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