Let's give Ada's "Blondie" it's own thread...

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More praise must be heaped on this album!

Track #5 is wicked drug music.

hector (hector), Thursday, 21 October 2004 03:42 (10 years ago) Permalink

OTT house! So much better than "maximalist". There needs to be a whole album of songs that sound like "Pleasure from the bass" but with added Rex the Dog. Who can supply?

Jacob (Jacob), Thursday, 21 October 2004 04:13 (10 years ago) Permalink

Jacob what is the difference between OTT and maximalist? Or do you just prefer the term? And have you heard that Freeform Five track I'm annoyingly mentioning at every conceivable opportunity?

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Thursday, 21 October 2004 04:22 (10 years ago) Permalink

Just like the term better. I think they mean exactly the same thing...

I haven't heard the FF5 yet, but will check it out asap.

Jacob (Jacob), Thursday, 21 October 2004 04:48 (10 years ago) Permalink

I imagine the Tiga album, if/when it comes out, will deliver the vocal tracks. As long as it doesn't have too many dodgy covers.

toby (tsg20), Thursday, 21 October 2004 07:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

What's on the extra cd?

Might convince me of an actual purchase because at the moment I'm not sure about Blondie, most of the tracks are really good but as with Here Comes Love there's a bunch of tracks in the middle that sort of ruin it (never liked Lifedriver, don't like Who Pays The Bills at all, like the original Blindhouse better.)

Omar (Omar), Thursday, 21 October 2004 09:43 (10 years ago) Permalink

I KNEW that Ada played a big French house style track when I saw her! The Red Shoe!

Ronan (Ronan), Thursday, 21 October 2004 09:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

http://www.stylusmagazine.com/review.php?ID=2443

not sure if it's actually worth linking to reviews when there are so many critics/industry heads already on this site, but there it is!

fwiw.. i've only heard little samples (www.juno.co.uk) but I half-like it so far. I think the good bits might actually be amazing enough that I can overlook the more cringeworthy housier parts. Not a trade off I'd usually be prepared to make but 'Eve' is just damn special. And the next few tracks sound just as good.

This strikes me as another Wuzzlebud KK somehow, another record that seemed incredibly tempting, but I just couldn't quite justify parting with the cash to myself for yet more of 'this kind of thing'. Damn I need my 515k working again badly :X

latetotheparty (latetotheparty), Thursday, 21 October 2004 15:04 (10 years ago) Permalink

erm... not meaning to put a downer on this at all!

who really cares if I buy it or not? :O
jesus mouth, shut up already.

latetotheparty (latetotheparty), Thursday, 21 October 2004 16:46 (10 years ago) Permalink

I've been listening to this quite a bit!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:03 (10 years ago) Permalink

Wuzzlebud KK is good!

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:07 (10 years ago) Permalink

I bet it is. Why can't I afford to buy EVERYTHING :'(

latetotheparty (latetotheparty), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:18 (10 years ago) Permalink

errrr....

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:19 (10 years ago) Permalink

is "and more" on it, or is that just a b-side? it strikes me as a sort of icier counsin to "amanda", especially re: the vocal sample

m. (mitchlnw), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:21 (10 years ago) Permalink

it's not on it! It should be!

adam. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:23 (10 years ago) Permalink

All of Ada's vinyl sides should be on CD!

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:34 (10 years ago) Permalink

just listened to it and i really like it. i can see 'maps' being an end of the night classic.

stirmonster, Thursday, 21 October 2004 17:42 (10 years ago) Permalink

anyone have the ada singles on slsk? looking to be convinced...

Beta (abeta), Thursday, 21 October 2004 18:30 (10 years ago) Permalink

I do

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Thursday, 21 October 2004 18:53 (10 years ago) Permalink

The Forced Exposure description is ridiculous:

"On the eve before the 25th anniversary, her life's dream became true: she was on her way to the castle wearing the red shoes. She was not sure if they were awaiting her, but the flames of fire were burning within her and she really was longing for the cooling. Her only wish was that she would reach her destination before the lifedriver could decide on her future destiny. 'Our love never dies!!!' she shouted again and again at the autumn treetops while driving through the avenue of trees. The taxi-driver tried hard to ignore her. Unusual enough that this young lady he had picked up at the blindhouse wanted to go to the castle. His only concern, he thought secretly, was who was paying the bill in the end. Finally, they reached the castle, the car stopped in the yard and suddenly, each and everyone standing around was awestruck, just staring in silence at the car and indeed, it was the women in the red shoes getting out of the car. Everyone knew why she came here and even before they could think further, she started singing: 'Les Danseuses'...and everyone knew before she started singing that it would have been this song. The song is about the place where you belong, a place you won't find on a map, because your heart does not read any maps, it simply goes upon a journey until it will arrive at its destination. Ada, the going-beyond-all-genres romantic rocker, came up with her first release on Areal in January 2002. With utmost sense and sensibility, Ada perfectly knows how to rock the house and the dance-floor: wicked rhythms, full of melancholic deepness and weirdo saw-tooth sounds. And finally, after three maxis, all released on Areal, and many remixes, here comes her first smashing album: Blondie with ten most entertaining tracks."

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Wednesday, 27 October 2004 17:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

This is why records should not have songtitles.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Wednesday, 27 October 2004 17:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

That got the best grade out of all the vocab exercises turned in by the class.

Which scratch 'n' sniff sticker should be put on it? Cream soda?

Andy K (Andy K), Wednesday, 27 October 2004 17:12 (9 years ago) Permalink

tricky (disco stu), Wednesday, 27 October 2004 22:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

2 months pass...
no, it's good

not the best record of 2004, but the one that will always rermind me of it nonetheless.

.ada.m. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:17 (9 years ago) Permalink

it's still just as good today as when i first got it... that's something i can't say about 99% of the things i heard in 2004

firstworldman (firstworldman), Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

I still wish "Believer" was on it!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:24 (9 years ago) Permalink

yes, it really should be.

.ada.m. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:25 (9 years ago) Permalink

i sort of think of believer as the ultimate ada track

.ada.m. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:26 (9 years ago) Permalink

It fits nicely onto the end of my own Ada CD-R!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:32 (9 years ago) Permalink

this link was sent to me by robotsinlove. I hope he doesn't mind me posting it.

.ada.m. (nordicskilla), Thursday, 20 January 2005 22:36 (9 years ago) Permalink

when's this being released in the U.S.?

Riot Gear! (Gear!), Tuesday, 1 February 2005 19:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

Good album, this, I finally heard it the other day. I like how it seems to almost build up to the vocal numbers, in a way.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Tuesday, 1 February 2005 19:47 (9 years ago) Permalink

Pitchfork just reviewed it today.

jaymc (jaymc), Tuesday, 1 February 2005 19:49 (9 years ago) Permalink

I like how this works well as an album. The version of "Cool My Fire" at the end feels like a recap before the music drifts off. I've listened to the whole thing straight through often in the last few weeks.

mike h. (mike h.), Tuesday, 1 February 2005 20:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

Haven't been able to find anywhere in the UK capable of getting me this CD so far :-( Help plz.

That live set is great! Albeit rough recording quality, and fairly poor live singing. She squeezes so much dizzy melody out of such a minimal, tactile steady throb of a sound. Someone abouts here proposed her as being the mid-point between Ellen Allien and Barbara Morgenstern?

It feels to me closer to halfway between Ellen Allien and (in uber-insistent 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' mode) Kylie!

latetotheparty (latetotheparty), Tuesday, 1 February 2005 21:22 (9 years ago) Permalink

I've seen the odd import Areal comp in the US, but a full-on domestic release for this seems unlikely.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Tuesday, 1 February 2005 21:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

No, I doubt it will get licensed for US release - I can't think of any German techno releases in the past several years that have been. Just suck it up and buy the import; the price difference is only a few bucks anyway.

philip sherburne (philip sherburne), Tuesday, 1 February 2005 23:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

Haven't been able to find anywhere in the UK capable of getting me this CD so far :-( Help plz.

http://www.juno.co.uk/products/160429-02.htm

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 00:38 (9 years ago) Permalink

i really like it.

bulbs (bulbs), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 00:40 (9 years ago) Permalink

:-(

Thanks for trying though bud. I'm meaning to try importing from one of the (many, I presume) German online shops at some point in the near future. And get some others whilst doing it.

latetotheparty (latetotheparty), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 00:44 (9 years ago) Permalink

Oh - oops.

I got mine from the Kompakt records store when I was buying from 12"s from them. Worked out pretty cheap.

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 00:46 (9 years ago) Permalink

TEN ROMANTIC, STUNNING TECHNO ROCKERS FULL OF MELANCHOLIC DEEPNESS AND WEIRDO SAWTOOTH ART, PLUS TWO BONUS TRACKS BY THE LADY FROM COLOGNE. TIP!

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 00:49 (9 years ago) Permalink

hehe.

yeah I may as well give the Kompakt store a try (I see now the page to which you're referring).

latetotheparty (latetotheparty), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 00:59 (9 years ago) Permalink

"bonus tracks"???

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 01:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

The vinyl only has eight tracks, Spencer.

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 01:02 (9 years ago) Permalink

(so yeah - the 'plus' in that description is a bit misleading. Tip!)

Alba (Alba), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 01:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

Noted!

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Wednesday, 2 February 2005 01:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

The Ada mix is amazing, but it's recorded at a too high level. I love the EBTG track. It sounds like Thorne's solo stuff.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Thursday, 3 February 2005 19:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

I bought my copy from Smallfish. They also do mail order if you're not in London.

RickyT (RickyT), Thursday, 3 February 2005 20:50 (9 years ago) Permalink

If 'maps' breaks me with adoration and wonder and wow, will I like this? Will I love it?

Gravel Puzzleworth (Gregory Henry), Thursday, 3 February 2005 20:56 (9 years ago) Permalink

The Koze remix of "Eve" samples Snoop Dogg!

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Sunday, 8 May 2005 04:40 (9 years ago) Permalink

wow!

s1ocki (slutsky), Sunday, 8 May 2005 05:57 (9 years ago) Permalink

I think "Eve" is probably my favourite song on the album. It is so unique and thoughtful in its construction and when listening to it I can't help but imagine that Ada thinks very deeply and very seriously about what she wants her music to do.

The section where that single chiming chord comes in, followed by bass and a stuttering beat, followed by the chord transmuting into a harpsichord... is not only utterly thrilling and heartbreaking, but strikes me as possessing a quality of defiance, a challenge to how we tend to think about dance music - sort of like deliberate sonic or contextual contrasts in sample-based music but operating at a much subtler level.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 8 May 2005 07:50 (9 years ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...
The "Maps" remix that some people have been talking about is by Mayer/Thomas. It's on the 2nd "Blondix" remix 12" together with a reworking of "Cool My Fire" by Erlend Oye "and his orchestra".

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 6 June 2005 07:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

Ada's live version of "Believer" is amazing. Sounds like the old Super Nintendo game "Secret of Manna".

Ronan (Ronan), Monday, 6 June 2005 07:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

"you must leave the village FOREVER"

purplefacedbadlyanimatedchief (Ronan), Monday, 6 June 2005 07:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

I don't think she played "Believer" when I saw her!

The peak moments of her set for me were "Lucky Charm", "The Red Shoes" and "Each & Every One".

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Monday, 6 June 2005 08:08 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...
I'm sorry I know I'm not really adding anything of any real import but she really is great, isn't she?

c/n (Cozen), Friday, 1 July 2005 18:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

yup

pretty, too

Baby BobO (nordicskilla), Friday, 1 July 2005 18:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

she makes me so happy

c/n (Cozen), Friday, 1 July 2005 18:23 (9 years ago) Permalink

I'm seeing her live again at Fabric tomorrow!

The Lex (The Lex), Friday, 1 July 2005 18:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

I saw her live, with Superpitcher.

Hand Shapes (nordicskilla), Friday, 1 July 2005 18:32 (9 years ago) Permalink

Her new Int'l Pony remix is pretty nice.

Michael F Gill (Michael F Gill), Friday, 1 July 2005 18:43 (9 years ago) Permalink

I like the Blondix 12" of remixes pretty well, too.

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Saturday, 2 July 2005 08:04 (9 years ago) Permalink

3 months pass...
it's at Amoeba in L.A. on CD now

gear (gear), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 06:03 (9 years ago) Permalink

Areal must have repressed it. Boomkat (UK) also have/had it back in stock. With luck, this may arrive in my letterbox today! Can't believe how long I've waited to get this one.

login name (fandango), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 06:11 (9 years ago) Permalink

all of which reminds me... Ada - I Love Asphalt?

login name (fandango), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 16:07 (9 years ago) Permalink

I played this album for friends and they want it! I wouldn't be surprised if there's some more widespread interest in it eventually.

mike h. (mike h.), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 16:21 (9 years ago) Permalink

I still think Blondie's half-baked, particularly in the light of Kobol and 2rabimmel, 2rabammel, 2rabum, 2bum bum. I find the latter two stronger and much more revelatory. That is, somehow I just can't fight the feeling that Ada got lazy and/or complacent with her full-length. (Although if Blondie is, for some [or many! hurrah!], the gateway drug to the rest of Areal's catalog...well, it can't be all bad, right?)

Zimmer026 (Zimmer026), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 19:26 (9 years ago) Permalink

I don't think it's laziness or complacence as much as it's the idea of putting out an actual album! Blondie isn't nearly as dancefloor-playable as her other stuff because it's either lighter vocal tracks or some softened instrumentals that work better alone than in the mix. She's probably stronger on the heavier dancefloor stuff but the album is a lot more mellow and destined for more varied playing.

mike h. (mike h.), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 19:58 (9 years ago) Permalink

Dancefloor or not is not the issue I (have) pondered.

On the Areal thread I equated her repackaging of 3.5 tracks to laziness/complacency. If ever I, personally, were given the enviable opportunity to release an actual album, I hope I would have the patience to increase the ratio of "GREAT" vocal/mellower/softer instrumental tracks to average tracks rather than squander said opportunity by repackaging one third and pedestrianizing another.

(For example, Ada's two 2rabimmel... contributions alone suprass more than half the tracks on Blondie.)

Zimmer026 (Zimmer026), Tuesday, 25 October 2005 20:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

I played this album for friends and they want it! I wouldn't be surprised if there's some more widespread interest in it eventually.

I know. This is one of those rare albums that makes all kinds of people stop and ask what it is.

Baaderonixx and the hedonistic gluttons (baaderonixx), Wednesday, 26 October 2005 07:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

Okay, so the date's wrong on discogs but "I Love Asphalt" is new Ada material then?

I'd hope this will receive more 'widespread interest' when she (potentially) blows it out of the water with her next record!

This is unstoppable to the half-way mark, goes quite a bit pear-shaped after that but is so charming that it's really very forgiveable. The first two minutes of "Cool My Fire (I'm Burning)" are such sweet, unbearable tension. I feel like I've had this album a year already.

login name (fandango), Wednesday, 26 October 2005 21:18 (9 years ago) Permalink

5 months pass...
'Sternhagel' is amazing. I've listened to it a dozen times in the past two days.

jergins (jergins), Thursday, 13 April 2006 03:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

What label is it on? I keep reading about it but haven't found anywhere online to buy it yet.

mike h. (mike h.), Thursday, 13 April 2006 03:47 (8 years ago) Permalink

also see here: http://www.discogs.com/release/650885

geeta (geeta), Thursday, 13 April 2006 03:54 (8 years ago) Permalink

"close your eyes and wet your lips"

"yes please"

i love this album too much. cant believe it took me 2 years to buy it. both cover versions are awesome (esp the blindhouse one). i think "who pays the bills" is the only tune i dont like

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 13 April 2006 08:49 (8 years ago) Permalink

i haven't listened to blondie in a while (v wrong of me, this thread reminds me that i must dig it out again asap) but i heard a couple of older ada tracks for the first time this year - 'i love asphalt' and 'arriba amoeba' - and HOLY FUCK THEY ARE RULING MY WORLD COMPLETELY. in a completely different way to the album! much more upfront and banging.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:00 (8 years ago) Permalink

i mean, that rhythm on 'arriba amoeba'. and the driving drilling noises on 'i love asphalt'.

The Lex (The Lex), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:01 (8 years ago) Permalink

blondie is my favourite artist album this year i think. i mean, that ive heard this year. its a perfect album, in length, and song selection. it might be missing lots of good tunes, but its an album in its own right, not a greatest hits...

i wouldnt mind an ada greatest hits. i agree that the 2 rabimmel tracks are great

ambrose (ambrose), Thursday, 13 April 2006 09:52 (8 years ago) Permalink

2 Rabimmel was one of my favourite albums of last year. Some propper good angry techno that made me super productive in the office. Havent been wowed by Areal this year unfortunately. The schnizelmaker was ok - but 29 forever was possibly better. Anything else worth catching?

rchinn (rchinn), Thursday, 13 April 2006 11:11 (8 years ago) Permalink

I think it kind of meets the criteria of a perfect album, but it isn't perfect by a long shot (before the half-way mark though it is). BUT it's got enough magic & whimsy(?) about it that it doesn't really matter so much.

If I had to choose, escaping a not very urgent housefire, a girly, songy & charming electro-techno type record from 2004 it would still be Sylvie Marks & Hal9000 "Krazeee" (also far from perfect, but wins on breadth).

But Ada is still fab, I sorta hope she breaks a bit away from the Areal sound (or takes it somewhere else) next though, she's great at what she does, but some more range in her music would be nice.

fandango (fandango), Thursday, 13 April 2006 11:31 (8 years ago) Permalink

Sternhagel is actually available on itunes.

jergins (jergins), Thursday, 13 April 2006 15:09 (8 years ago) Permalink

Weird, I swear it wasn't when I looked the other day. In any case, thanks for the Juno link, Michael. I probably need to listen to more of the artist albums on Areal before passing judgement, but Ada's stuff always seems like a more playful, melodic version of what the label is doing as a whole. Sternhagel has these little interjections that really set off the layers of the song.

I'm still surprised that I haven't seen/heard about Ada in more places. It might be because the distribution in the US is pretty minimal outside of Forced Exposure and a handful of shops, but it's one of those albums I think *should* be carried in a lot of indie record stores. Maybe it is and I just haven't been to enough places. Everyone I've had listen to the album has expressed at least some interest in a copy...

mike h. (mike h.), Thursday, 13 April 2006 16:35 (8 years ago) Permalink

"i love this album too much. cant believe it took me 2 years to buy it. both cover versions are awesome (esp the blindhouse one). "

yes, "each and every one" is my secret fave on this album (although, strictly speaking, I like the first three tracks as much or more). The organ! The snare attack at the end!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Friday, 14 April 2006 03:02 (8 years ago) Permalink

3 years pass...

5 years since 'Blondie'?!

baaderonixx, Thursday, 18 June 2009 09:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

Wow. Lovely LP.

Chewshabadoo, Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:22 (5 years ago) Permalink

new compilation (adaptations) reviewed on pitchfork today!

johnny crunch, Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:23 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

is that getting talked about anywhere on ilm? i'm really loving it. the best part is there might not be a single handclap sample on the whole thing...

W i l l, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:44 (5 years ago) Permalink

i spoke too soon...but that's ok

W i l l, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:47 (5 years ago) Permalink

lol

coincidentally, i played blondie earlier this week. still great. must check out the mix

willem, Thursday, 2 July 2009 14:53 (5 years ago) Permalink

yeah, adaptations is lovely

braveclub, Thursday, 9 July 2009 16:17 (5 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

There doesn't seem to much talk about Meine Zarten Pfoten, Ada's latest album that came out last year... I got a copy a few days ago, and I think it's quite good!

I wasn't that impressed with Blondie, but I loved Adaptations, so at first I was a bit disappointed how very chilled out the new album is; not many dance beats on it, and plenty of "girlish" vocals. But after a few listens, I really began to like it. There's a mellow, embracing, almost womb-like mixture of sweet synth sounds and acoustic guitars all through is length... "Happy Birthday" could've done without the semi-irritating vocal effects, and the last track (not counting the hidden track) feels a bit extraneous, but other than that there aren't many flaws to it.

I guess it's a bit weird that an album (not a mixtape like Adaptations) credited to Ada starts with what is essentially a remix of a Luscious Jackson tune, but listening to the original, she has only taken the vocals from it, and everything else is new, so it still sounds like an Ada tune. There a two other tunes credited to other acts on the album, but I think they are cover versions and not remixes of the original? Though it doesn't matter what the source is, Meine Zarten Pfoten still feels like a coherent whole.

Tuomas, Friday, 17 February 2012 12:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i liked it quite a bit - more pastoral than i was expecting, it didn't blow my mind like blondie, but always nice to hear from ada.

my favourite things she's done are the most grinding and driving - "i love asphalt" and "arriba amoeba" in partic

if u leave imma crank wu-tang in my black matte truck (lex pretend), Friday, 17 February 2012 17:13 (2 years ago) Permalink


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