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Ranting Raver Reviews 2 (Crosstown & FreaknChic)

Our man on a mission returns to tell electronic music how it is and how you all know it is, but how a lot of people don't wanna hear it!


 

Deniz Kurtel - 'Yeah' (and Jamie Jones remixes)

Label: Crosstown Rebels

Rating: 6/10

 

Original

Jamie Jones Aquafunk Shower Mix

For once, they send me a track with the slightest suggestion of a tune behind it (watch it! - ED). Am rather partial to 'Yeah' by the little known Deniz Kurtel - (certainly a name to remember next time you have a bad hand at Minor Celebrity Scrabble) - it's deep, it's morose and it would fit in rather succinctly around that 9am point when there's just you and somebody's else mate left, both of you foraging around the debris in that desperate quest for a functioning lighter.

Of course, it has a long way to go to match the great yeahs of yesteryear, the genius of the 'she loves you' chorus perhaps superceded only by the tour de force that was the lcd soundsystem's yeah. The yeah yeah yeah yelping on this however is somewhat closer in spirit to the yo yo yo on basement jaxx's remedy LP, which doesn't necessarily give it the ring of endorsement but it does hint at something soulful lurking within. (The remixes are nasty. Avoid)


 

Anthony Collins - Come On Over EP

Label: Freak n Chic

Rating: 5/10

 

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Anthony Collins? rock'n'roll, man - couldn't he call himself Antonio della Collinesse? rather than sounding like some guy from Pinner who I probably sat next to in Geography in 1987. (or was that Dominic Collins?) I quite possibly digress - the title cut on this EP is a pleasant track, which is surely destined to appear on the credits of some popular cookery programme at some point in the next 6 months.

Soft keys and synths interspersed with an equally dreamy vocal resulting in a track so nice and so virtuous, my Auntie Isabel would approve and yet so tedious, I could sense my pet tortoise nodding off to it. All quite disappointing as I have in the past greatly enjoyed music by his collaborator Justus Kohncke like "after 909" a masterful exponent of the early Kompakt sound. Tragically, this bland effort packs none of that punch. Expect saturation Pete Tong play.