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So I heard his 'rest' CD when it came out a few years back (2001 i think). Liked it for a while then just tired of nicely rhythmic electronic music and sold it and explored other 'stuff'.

today I went for one last round of record buying before xmas and saw a copy on 2LP (at beargain prices too) and am really enjoying it as I type.

The rhytms on this are truly great.

So what things did he do since then and were they any good?

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Monday, 22 December 2003 23:38 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

There have been three twelves, "", "It's About" and "Can't Sleep All Night" which are all excellent, but they're not quite like the warm scratchy throb of 'Rest'. The last release "Can't..." seems like a bit of a step back even from 'Rest'. One of my favorite tracks post-'Rest' is Mocky's reinterpretation of "It's About". I'm hoping Isolee is saving the best stuff for another full length.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Monday, 22 December 2003 23:49 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

he's done quite a few remixes in the last year, none of hich spring to mind so i guess they weren't that outstanding. there should be a new lp early next year. i saw him play live in berlin earlier in the year. it was discotastic and astonishing.

stirmonster, Tuesday, 23 December 2003 00:05 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

thanks you two.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 00:06 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

I really enjoyed the remix he did for Osborne's release on Spectral this year!

Philippe, Tuesday, 23 December 2003 00:08 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

i enjoyed the remix he did of Blaze's "Lovely Day", nice to see what he does with vox. I find rest a bit too restless for my taste.

jed (jed_e_3), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 01:56 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah Isolee live is an amazing experience not to be missed.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 23 December 2003 23:00 (fifteen years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Isolee set for download

Good Dog (Good Dog), Monday, 3 October 2005 19:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Download that, it's gooood.

Good Dog (Good Dog), Monday, 3 October 2005 20:04 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it won't let me :(

fandango (fandango), Monday, 3 October 2005 20:11 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

holy shit, rapidshare is fast!

ken taylrr has gone off the internet because of you (ken taylrr), Monday, 3 October 2005 20:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

just hold out for about 20 seconds and you'll get a download auth

ken taylrr has gone off the internet because of you (ken taylrr), Monday, 3 October 2005 20:12 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

oh... I have to let the page reload until that timer starts counting down again? It doesn't seem to ever start... I guess I'll wait. Man I feel such a n00b now.

fandango (fandango), Monday, 3 October 2005 20:15 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

yup, and then click the DL link when it allows

ken taylrr has gone off the internet because of you (ken taylrr), Monday, 3 October 2005 20:21 (thirteen years ago) Permalink


Ricardo Villalobos - 'What You Say' Isolee remix (white)
Isolee - 'My Himatic' (Playhouse)
Tiga - 'You Gonna Want Me' Isolee remix (PIAS)
Egoexpress - 'Aranda' Isolee remix (Ladomat)
Isolee - 'Monstermania' (white)
Willson - (unreleased track) (white)
Isolee - 'All Over' (white)

dunno if I'm feeling the latter half...

Good Dog (Good Dog), Monday, 3 October 2005 20:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

I hadn't heard that Villalobos remix before - aceness!

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 04:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

"The What You Say Is More Than I Can Say" remix is from the Famous When Dead 3 compilation, but only from the vinyl edition. Heard it once in store, decided to get the CD compilation instead*. Only to spend another year being unable to find it on soulseek. So the mix is worth it just for that track, but you know if somebody feels like YSI it, then love and affection will be yours.

*what the fuck is the point of creating something that is designed to be an easy to access CD compilation of recent popular tracks from your label, and then putting the most drool worthy song on the vinyl editon. At least the Total series, have the excuse of a) not being exlusively best of compilations, and b) the vinyl exclusives being being aimed at the DJ use - the isolee remix falls into neither catagory. Sooky behaviour is now over, and thanks again for the mix.

Jedmond (Jedmond), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 06:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yes I agree entirely with those sentiments

Similarly annoying was how Booka Shade put one of the absolute best Memento album tracks ("Aint' Got Much To Lose") on the vinyl release only, though at least in that case I was able to track it down.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Tuesday, 4 October 2005 06:36 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
Okay, so it looks like there will be a collection of some of his previously 12" only tracks coming out. I only found out about it from the Kompakt mp3 store but it's gonna be Playhouse CD017 it appears. No clue as to a release date (here in the US anyway). So, here is the tracklist. Anyone with knowledge of any of these, please let us know your feelings on good choices, glaring omissions, etc. I only have the two full-lengths.

01 BLEU [05:28]
02 INITIATE II [06:04]
03 ROCKERS [05:35]
04 MONITOR [06:24]
05 SURFERS [06:27]
06 SIMONE RIDES [06:12]
07 KING OFF [05:35]
09 POISSON MORT [01:16]
10 I OWE YOU (RMX) [04:37]
11 LOST [09:30]

matt2 (matt2), Monday, 30 January 2006 16:58 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

That's a bit disappointing - nothing from his "System" ep, or "Raum Einz" - still worth buying though.

Jedmond (Jedmond), Monday, 30 January 2006 18:08 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

isn't the vinyl going to have more tracks? i thought there were going to be remixes of this stuff by other folks too? a bit disappointed by the missed tracks but it will still be great to have this on one cd.

biz, Monday, 30 January 2006 18:10 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Yeah, it seems the point would be to compile everything on cd, even it meant a 2x or 3xcd package. I'd buy it.

matt2 (matt2), Monday, 30 January 2006 18:29 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

looks like all of the material on that cd is from 2000 and earlier. some of the tracks are unreleased i think. i agree that another cd or two would be great.

breakfast pants (disco stu), Tuesday, 31 January 2006 04:00 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is now leaked

van igloo (van smack), Saturday, 4 February 2006 20:57 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

This is now leaked

It's released.

jeffery (jeffery), Saturday, 4 February 2006 21:16 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

there's also a promo (play120) containing remixes/edits

a1 - cite grande terre (lucianos luck of lucien edit)
b1 - lost (and then stripped by the glimmers)
c1 - djamel et jamshid (villalobos edit)
d1 - bleu (dixon edit)

willem -- (willem), Saturday, 4 February 2006 21:25 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

i just got the promo. a really nice job everyone did too!

stirmonster (stirmonster), Wednesday, 8 February 2006 18:44 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Dang! Anybody know if these promo tracks will be available anywhere else? Or how a regular boy could get one?

matt2 (matt2), Thursday, 9 February 2006 16:54 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

it should be out soon as a doublepack.

stirmonster (stirmonster), Thursday, 9 February 2006 17:50 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...
can someone in the know talk about the system and raum einz twelves? what are they like? are they worth buying?

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Saturday, 9 September 2006 17:34 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i only listened to them a couple times and they made very little impression. functional? not so melodic? maybe i'm not so "in the know" as my recollection is hazy.

jergins (jergins), Saturday, 9 September 2006 19:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i finally found them on 515k. will give impressions / links later

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Saturday, 9 September 2006 19:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink


trees (treesessplode), Saturday, 9 September 2006 19:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

okay so the eponymous track on system didn't grab me but the second track, criminal vision, is pretty great. it has a wormy bassline and bright keyboards - a lot like f(m)com by benjamin wild but not so dense or minimal.

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Saturday, 9 September 2006 22:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

it could be easily mixed with 808 the bassqueen

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Saturday, 9 September 2006 22:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

mixed into

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Saturday, 9 September 2006 22:24 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the third track, inner echo, has a lot of reverb (no echo, though!) and is sort of dubby. sounds like the songs on rest but not as good. mssr. meuller is obviously still getting his shit together on this release

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Saturday, 9 September 2006 22:28 (twelve years ago) Permalink

inner echo's drums sound like rockers's

okay, the a side of raum einz 12" (1997) is pretty good so far. really warm and queasy keyboards a la rest, but the drums are more bouyant, like on the western store record. maybe not the most cohesive thing he's ever done. it has this breezy five note ascending 1 2 3 4 descending 5 keyboard riff that screams seashore. where is that lebanese beach party thread?

also, this is just as detailed as anything he's ever done. there are so many sounds! it's almost too decadent but of course that is the perfect amount.

b side really wispy synth stuff... boring? yes. also trite. oh well. has a nice piano break near the end, though - sounds like end of dfa remix of relevee.

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Sunday, 10 September 2006 03:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i love "raum eins"!!

breakfast pants (disco stu), Sunday, 10 September 2006 03:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the rare one that is a must-have though is "it's about".

breakfast pants (disco stu), Sunday, 10 September 2006 03:17 (twelve years ago) Permalink

is taht a fact

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Sunday, 10 September 2006 04:15 (twelve years ago) Permalink

ooh it may be

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Sunday, 10 September 2006 04:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

v.v. excited to listen to these remixes

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Sunday, 10 September 2006 04:43 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Lopazz and Casio Casino Remix of "It's About" is still my favourite remix of an Isolee track.

Tim Finney (Tim Finney), Sunday, 10 September 2006 11:19 (twelve years ago) Permalink

thanks for the recommendation tricky, i really like this

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Sunday, 10 September 2006 12:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

lfam, can you YSI? now that all these fuckers are back, the network's slow as cold shit again.

trees (treesessplode), Sunday, 10 September 2006 14:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

glad you like. it's one of my favorites for sure. there's something thrilling about that song. it has the rare appearance of vocals and then those loping broken electro beats along with his clever (and probably now expected) approach to structure and melody. so it's a bit novel for an isolee track, but it also has what he does best in spades. i hear lots of wearemonster in there.

breakfast pants (disco stu), Sunday, 10 September 2006 14:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

have there been any singles from wearemonster?

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Monday, 11 September 2006 19:21 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I don't think so. I remember it coming to my attention that there wasn't any when Sherburne included one of the tracks (my hi-matic?) in his year end top singles for '05.

struttin' with some barbecue (jimnaseum), Monday, 11 September 2006 19:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i could've sworn there was a sendspace link around here somewhere

a name means a lot just by itself (lfam), Thursday, 14 September 2006 18:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

2011 hasn't even begun and we already have the album of the year, mean ol' Pampa for letting it leak so early.

Jedmond, Thursday, 16 December 2010 05:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

holy shit, rapidshare is fast!

― ken taylrr has gone off the internet because of you (ken taylrr), Monday, 3 October 2005 21:12 (5 years ago)

nax arrrrrgh (nakhchivan), Thursday, 16 December 2010 10:03 (eight years ago) Permalink


Crackle Box, Thursday, 16 December 2010 12:10 (eight years ago) Permalink

this is very good. wearemonster was super tuneful but this is more restrained, no really obvious standout tracks but the quality of the architecture is unmistakeable. reminds me a little of newworldaquarium's 'the dead bears' from a few years ago.

No Wicked Heart Shall Prosper.rar (nakhchivan), Monday, 20 December 2010 03:39 (eight years ago) Permalink

This splits the difference between Rest and Wearemonster. Pretty incredible album. Heavy replay value.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 20 December 2010 04:21 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah i've had it playing pretty consistently for the last three days. i've never quite loved 'rest', although it must have seemed pretty amazing in 2000. wearemonster was of course great, but i think i like his recent singles more than either of them.

No Wicked Heart Shall Prosper.rar (nakhchivan), Monday, 20 December 2010 04:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think I'll go with that as well, summery is wrong, but Isolee's restraint gives the tracks a certain lightness of touch that belies the tracks' compulsive details. Hearing Paloma Triste on Isolee's Beats in Space session (plus the relatively reduced length of the album tracks) had lead me to suspect that he'd turned Well Spent Youth into an outlet for his more tuneful work, but I'm kind of happy he followed through with the numbed* trackiness of his recent singles.

*High compliment obviously.

Jedmond, Monday, 20 December 2010 08:34 (eight years ago) Permalink

Just became obsessed with We Are Monster after revisiting it this year. My tastes are at a point where I like more than ever since it came out.

I will always think of you, while (quite) fondly, myself (Evan), Tuesday, 21 December 2010 18:09 (eight years ago) Permalink

There are worse places to be - just make sure you have his Hermelin EP, and The Jacko Theme, both are continuations/improvements of his Monster style.

Jedmond, Tuesday, 21 December 2010 23:43 (eight years ago) Permalink

hermelin is only thing of is i didn't rate

No Wicked Heart Shall Prosper.rar (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:46 (eight years ago) Permalink


No Wicked Heart Shall Prosper.rar (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 22 December 2010 05:46 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've never loved the track Hermelin wholeheartedly, but Sleazy Bee sounds like g-funk made out of drool and slobber - and all the better for it, while Willy Skipper's gradual transmogrification into an oily acid belter marks the peak of Isolee's constant-mutation approach.

Jedmond, Wednesday, 22 December 2010 07:55 (eight years ago) Permalink

If you ask me, the whole Hermelin EP is entirely ace

EDB, Wednesday, 22 December 2010 14:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Incredible Isolee mix on this weeks Resident Advisor podcast.

dsb, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 00:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

Kind of underwhelmed by the new album, anyone have a different first impression?

skip, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 01:20 (eight years ago) Permalink

I keep hoping that the version I grabbed is actually a fake


Z S, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 03:38 (eight years ago) Permalink

it's streaming here;
I'm really enjoying it. Certainly not the hooks and sound palette as Wearemonster. I think he said in an interview he didn't want to repeat the 'indie' sound and wanted it to be more electronic.

mmmm, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 07:23 (eight years ago) Permalink

Got it in the post a month ago, gave it a listen and struggled to get into it though I was getting over i particulaly bad bout of flu. Im up for giving it another whirl, I like the last EP he did on Diynamic

straightola, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 12:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

was wearemonster really 'indie'?

just sayin, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 12:54 (eight years ago) Permalink

'indie feel' is the phrase he used in interview here I think of Wearemonster having an influence on Four tet etc, so perhaps that is what he is getting at? Well Spent Youth and Rest feel more 'electronic' in comparison.

mmmm, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 14:28 (eight years ago) Permalink

Wearemonster came out in 2005. four tet's previous album (before 2010) also came out in 2005, then he took a 5 yr break. i dont hear the influence, not to mention see how it's possible given that timeline ¯\(°_o)/¯

maybe if he was influenced by Rest?

Damn this thread seems so....different without ilxor (ilxor), Wednesday, 2 February 2011 14:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

I think maybe he's responding to the relative crossover appeal of Wearemonster, and that he just means that this is something less accessible (not in the way that say, Schrapnel is to those not heavily into electronic music).

EDB, Wednesday, 2 February 2011 17:08 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I just heard Isolee's Kandy Beat off the Katapult compilation. Oogly Boogly! Either it's been completely mislabeled or it's Isolee doing a Luomo (as a variation on four tet) - right down to the breathy vocals.

Jedmond, Tuesday, 15 March 2011 00:05 (eight years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Well Spent Youth is great.

I'm so late to the party on these guys, and on minimalist/micro/whatever kind of house this is.

relentlessly googling hipster (Hurting 2), Thursday, 14 July 2011 05:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

Now I'm doubly confused: once by Kandy Beat and a second time by my Four Tet reference. The Luomo bit still holds.

Jedmond, Thursday, 14 July 2011 08:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

FWIW I think this is an album that gets a lot better in its second half. I mean I love the fake slap bass in Paloma Triste but other than that I think it really starts to pick up at One Box. Celeste and Hold On are great to and Transmission is kind of the standout of the record for me.

didn't even have to use my akai (Hurting 2), Saturday, 16 July 2011 02:38 (seven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Beginning of Fall is a good time to listen to Rest

has important things to say about gangnam style (Hurting 2), Tuesday, 2 October 2012 17:25 (six years ago) Permalink

four months pass...

title track of the new ep is gorgeous

lex pretend, Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:33 (six years ago) Permalink

Like the way the track ends as something else seems to be in the beginning.

Thanks - love that, been catching up w/Isolee and others since xmas.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 16 February 2013 10:59 (six years ago) Permalink

weird how it took so long to come out, he was on beats in space fucking ages ago playing new stuff. like a year or maybe two.

Ballboy to Afghanistan (LocalGarda), Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:06 (six years ago) Permalink

new track sounds amazing btw

Ballboy to Afghanistan (LocalGarda), Saturday, 16 February 2013 11:10 (six years ago) Permalink

man, allowance -- beautiful

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Friday, 1 March 2013 03:21 (six years ago) Permalink

three-song thing showed up on Spotify -- is that the whole EP or is more coming?

space phwoar (Hurting 2), Friday, 1 March 2013 03:22 (six years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

just realised allowance is so like booka shade.

Tioc Norris (LocalGarda), Friday, 22 March 2013 11:10 (six years ago) Permalink

I'm hearing Allowance in lots of mixes used in different ways and it works so well every time, great track.

boxedjoy, Friday, 22 March 2013 12:11 (six years ago) Permalink

It's got more than a bit of a 'Night Falls' vibe to it but at the same time I could never imagine Booka Shade making a track like 'Allowance' even when they were good. It reminds me of something earlier as well that I can't put my finger on, something late 90s IDMish.

Amazing track anyway.

Matt DC, Friday, 22 March 2013 12:41 (six years ago) Permalink

Looks like it's a 3 track EP. Disappointed 'Wobble' wasn't a Skrillex cover tbh. 'You could do your memories' also has a prettiness to it.

rawr, Saturday, 23 March 2013 22:48 (six years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

New 3-track out, p nice. I love the bass whomp on the first track.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:16 (two months ago) Permalink

the kick whomp I mean

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:49 (two months ago) Permalink

rest is the best album ever made

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:59 (two months ago) Permalink

it really is though

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 8 April 2019 16:40 (two months ago) Permalink

I bought it years ago based on hyperbole (or heartfelt sincerity!) about its greatness and never really got it.

Duke, Monday, 8 April 2019 21:22 (two months ago) Permalink

It's definitely a classic dance full length for me, sounds so ahead of its time too. Can't believe that stuff came out 1999/2000. Funky squiggly digital shards, headphuq tech

brimstead, Monday, 8 April 2019 22:45 (two months ago) Permalink

On the basis of this thread I'm listening to 'Rest' for the first time in maybe ten years and wow. I know 'Beau Mot Plage' has unimpeachable classic status already but people should really talk more about the rest of the album in the same breath as 'Alcachofa'.

Matt DC, Friday, 12 April 2019 11:23 (two months ago) Permalink

It’s good but Villalobos is on another level (and not just on Alcachofa).

pomenitul, Friday, 12 April 2019 11:38 (two months ago) Permalink

I've seen those photos of him gurning, you're right

brimstead, Friday, 12 April 2019 22:40 (two months ago) Permalink

ok yeah yeah i know isolee "rest", last night i played a beau mot plage remix

but really friends ... losoul "belong"!

the late great, Saturday, 13 April 2019 03:24 (two months ago) Permalink

Belong is a wonderful album - I’ve been super into LoSoul’s 90s stuff lately. I mean, I aways was into it but have been finally buying those record in the last year. That said, I just got “Getting Even” last week, after long being hesitant about it - I was right, it’s not very good. But Belong though.

Anyways, Rest is good but I’ve never felt it compared to Wearemonster, which is definitely among my top albums of the 21st century.

ed.b, Saturday, 13 April 2019 18:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Ginster 12" is pretty good. "Sudden Frost" is possibly the highlight.

Jeff W, Sunday, 14 April 2019 15:44 (two months ago) Permalink

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