Beef Records- Prime Cuts (2006)
Article posted by TweeKUniT on 25/06/2006 6:36PM
Beef Records is the new sister-label to Tribal Vision, dealing with the sounds of electro, breaks, minimal techno and house. Australianâ€™s are no doubt familiar with the manager of the label, DJ Schwa- he has been spending time in Sydney has managed to build up quite a fan-base in all parts of the country. I was particularly impressed with his style, its always funky, experimental and his mixing is uber tight- heâ€™s definitely got a bit part in why I started exploring the minimal techno genre, thatâ€™s for sure.
I first heard this cd a few months back, but its had a few changes since my first listen- Prime Cuts is a stellar release for its scene, featuring sounds by industry leaders like D-Nox, Trentemoller, Martinez, Loveboat (Jokke Ilsoe), D-Sens, Motion and Alex Kenji, to name a few. The CD is like Schwaâ€™s DJ style -glitchy, deep, sexy, sleezy electro-techno with large doses of funk. Suffice to say Prime Cuts is one of my favourite CDs right now, hasnâ€™t left my cd player in weeks. It absolutely rocks the dancefloor too- one of the few cds I find myself both loving at home and on the dancefloor.
The comp starts the on fire Jokke Ilsoe- and his new project with his girlfriend Renata, Love Boat. Pretty much sets the pace of the comp- sexy, broad grooves- bass-heavy, glitchy techno funk with plenty of quirk. Light hearted but at the same time- deep- definitely highlights Schwaâ€™s eclectic (but awesome) taste. This one really broadens out by the end, big sweeping atmospheres over a building rhythm pattern- wicked.
The Oliverio and MOS remix of Petersky â€œFuck Them Allâ€ pushes the boundaries a bit- the dirtiest sample Iâ€™ve heard in a while. Michael getting a bit cheeky with this one I think- definitely in keeping with the Beef Moniker. Retro synthie vocals over a sleezy lounge beat- lovely bit of sparkle thrown in at the end too. Slutty, definitely not for the â€œshantyâ€ types, but I heard it on the dancefloor the other night and I havenâ€™t seen a floor working like that in a while!
Trentemoller is definitely the man of the moment- his tunes are getting a flogging worldwide right now and I definitely have no trouble seeing why! He has a style completely of his own- from the first kick you can tell itâ€™s a Trentemoller track! Never a fan of the vocals so much in the prog- but I find with this style techie stuff it works a treat. Walloping bass-groove when it kicks- like only the mollerman can. Definate highlight of a wicked cd!
Schwa really doesnâ€™t let the pace slip up with the next one either- I think its probably my favourite on the whole disk. Martinezâ€™s Apocalypse Now remix of D-Noxâ€™s 7Hours is total class- tunes like this have totally converted me to a minimal-tek fiend. Dark, glitchy funk- lots of space and atmpshere and a groove that Iâ€™ve seen work everywhere from outdoors at the biggest festival to in a jammed club. Rocking stuff- bring it on!
Shuma have been a Tribal Vision artist for a while- but after hearing Rusty Robot, I can see their true home is on the Beef label. Moving more into electro-territory, Rusty Robot really does echo the name- it sounds like a wacky malfunctioning robot. This shit is the sound of now- and this is one of Shumaâ€™s best releases to date. Imagine a dancefloor doing the Robot- and now you got a picture of this track.
D-Sens has always been one of my favourites- lately heâ€™s definitely injected a healthy dose of electro into his new work. â€œJust canâ€™t live without youâ€ is pretty typical of his newer productions. Rocking guitars and distorted vocals over his trademark deep bass grooves. Tappy percussions and some funky effects toward the end- definitely fits nicely into the compilation. Definitely moving out of the minimal territory now- very much electrohouse- good transition between the 2 though.
Alex Kenjiâ€™s Cyborg brings back the glitch a bit- warped misprounounced â€œcyborgâ€ sample carrys the track over a superphat bass-groove. If you get into the Shuma track, this one will definitely tickle your fancy as well Iâ€™d say. Federico Guistâ€™s â€œThe End is Getting Closerâ€ keeps this groove up. Tek-house funk, lots more robotic dancing. Works a like a dream on the floor too, can attest to that!
D-Sens and Motionâ€™s â€œIn Motionâ€™nâ€™Sicknessâ€ is perhaps the â€œhousiestâ€ tune on the comp- little bit less glitch, more focus on a huge pulsing electrobassline. Positive, groovy and progressive in its approach- lovely way the track develops and changes. A bit different from the rest of the comp, but a good way to progress the cd.
Silky Jack Vs Marcos Salo closes up the comp with this droning electrohouse number. Not a bad track persay, but perhaps not my favourite on the compilation. Its kind of got a dischordant frequency Iâ€™m not so fond of, I think it overdoes the 303s a bit. But it does fit into the style of the comp and Iâ€™d probably put it down to taste more than anything.
Overall- Beef Records first effort with Prime Cuts is an absolute stormer of a comp, hits the new wave minimal techno style on the head. Great tracks and great progression- while it didnâ€™t stick to a particular genre, it definitely had a â€œsoundâ€ and this is what is important too. Wild cover art- really love the whole â€œBeefâ€ concept its so funny. Well done to Schwa on compiling one of my favourite comps of 2006- heâ€™s hit the sound of the â€œnowâ€ on the head, best of luck with the future of Beef!