NoRules Podcast #2 Patrick Specke – Hello?Repeat // Düsseldorf
Artists & Title: Vera – Attachments Of The Past
Date: Dec. 2012
Format: 12″ Vinyl
A1. Attachments Of The Past
A2. Now Not No
Tracklist A.Attachments Of The Past B.Now Not No For Hello? Repeat’s 21st release, label head Jan Krueger turns to Vera, a longtime friend and fellow Berlin-based DJ who shares his taste for understated grooves. Vera’s production catalog is short but sweet: she’s always been a DJ first and foremost, a skill she honed at Frankfurt’s legendary Omen club and during residencies at Robert Johnson and Monza Club (both in Frankfurt and Ibiza), but the records she has released show an incredible knack for deep and sophisticated club sounds, informed by innovators like Maurizio and Wolfgang Voigt’s Studio1 project. Over the years she’s put out a few solo EPs on labels like Oslo and Cargo Edition, while also teaming up with Maayan Nidam as Mara Trax, a hotly-tipped duo whose last EP, Sensibilia, was one of Perlon’s best in years. Her Hello? Repeat debut shows her doing what she does best, with two cuts of smart and elegant deep house. “Attachments Of The Past” is the kind of track the creeps up on you. At first it feels like a nicely crafted DJ tool-crisp drums, snappy driving rhythm, small textural flourishes-but soon a weird tension emerges, first with with a nervously climbing melody, then the vocal bit that forms the hook: “let go of the attachments to your past.” Suddenly it’s reflective and dead serious, a mood that’s offset by its perfectly funky rhythm. “Now Not No” experiments with composition a bit. Here the bass is thicker, but the four-four pulse is broken, falling into a lurching, slightly stepping motion while delayed snares flutter in and out of view. Abstract vocal bits and hovering pads make make it all the more hypnotic. This is precisely what makes both Vera and Hello? Repeat stand out: a production style that’s at once subtle, propulsive and slightly mezmerizing.
Title: Cabanne @ Concrete, Paris, 22 07 12
Date: 22 July 2012
OTHERS aka Bruno Pronsato and Daze Maxim – Dope Me
Format: 12″ Vinyl
Released: 25 June 2012
A. Dope Me
B. Does Caroline Know
Dope Me / Does Caroline Know? is a slightly clubbier affair-less Sun Ra and more Soul Capsule-but still possesses the air of strangeness that makes the duo so unique. Each artist leaves his mark within the first few measure of Dope Me. The steady high-hats and flawless kick drum are straight out of Dazes playbook, while the nervous piano and 3 Chairs-style claps are unmistakably Bruno. As for the slurred vocal pleading >Dope me..dope me<, thats anyones guess. The track carries on for a solid nine minutes as half-melodies and quasi-hooks slide in and out of the mix. The B-side, Does Caroline Know?, takes us deeper and darker. The drums are plodding, the mood is ominous, and a series of dreamlike flourishes add to an already eerie groove. Like the A-side, its a surrealistic style of house that only these two could deliver. The artwork, as usual, is done by Daze Maxim.
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