I was very, VERY happy to find Markus Nikolai's Back used on vinyl today! It still sounds absolutely fantastic. Having far more disposable income than I did when this stuff was getting released (i.e. when I was a broker-than-broke-ass college student) is a wonderful thing. Things change so quickly in the world of dance music; it feels like just the other day when I special-ordered Superlongevity on CD from my local store in Richmond, VA. (That was my one CD purchase of the, like, two or four week period, and I didn't or couldn't download back then either.) And now, pretty much exactly a decade later, I'm catching up on single-artist releases from back that have been just randomly popping up in Brooklyn record stores. Given the speed with which things come into and go out of fashion in this realm, it does make me wonder who's still listening to this early-2000s micro-/minimal stuff in 2011? Are there younger kids out there right now in listening to, I dunno, Vocalcity for the first time and having their faces blown off? Why am I more self-aware / pondering of the possibility of being horribly out of fashion when buying stuff like this than, say, early '80s metal or postpunk?
― Clarke B., Tuesday, 2 August 2011 02:26 (five years ago) Permalink
maybe because it seems like there's no great reason for anyone out there somewhere to be digging on 00s micro-mnml (besides, like, the music: but they have to know about it somehow)? it seems to me like it didn't pass into legend or anything, or hasn't yet. and its original audience kind of abandoned it / its producers fell off / the 'sound' lost its potency or fashionableness or relevance.
― j., Tuesday, 2 August 2011 05:09 (five years ago) Permalink
Sounds like a good take, j. I've been reading Reynolds's Retromania this week, and it feels like micro-mnml stuff is in that pit right now of never having been revived (and thus attracting younger, newer audiences)--maybe because not "enough" time has elapsed for a revival?--but the original releases being somewhat hard to find (aren't those old Force Inc. records long out of print for the most part?).
― Clarke B., Tuesday, 2 August 2011 14:44 (five years ago) Permalink
Aside from the really clinical, bass-light, clicky stuff has mnml really gone away? Zip is still regarded as one of the best DJs around, Cassy is the new resident at Circoloco, DC10 this year and of course Ricardo is still massive. All of them have widened their palette to include deep / classic / tech-house sounds but they still sound pretty minimal to me. Maybe I'm carrying the baggage of 15 years+ clubbing to define the genres properly or it's the clubs I go to?
― mmmm, Tuesday, 2 August 2011 17:53 (five years ago) Permalink
i'm quite looking forward to hearing the new portable album
depeche vocals + acid + dazzle ships synths
should be sick
― missingNO, Friday, 5 August 2011 13:44 (five years ago) Permalink
portable live in dalston a couple of months backwas the best techno gig ive been to in a hell of a long time, I have vague memories of that tune.
― straightola, Friday, 5 August 2011 14:57 (five years ago) Permalink
Oh and given that we have just about got to the mid nineties of watery NY house and loop techno in the cutting edge dance music revival id say the micro boom will be about 2015
― straightola, Friday, 5 August 2011 15:00 (five years ago) Permalink
was that the sud electronic night in april?
yeah think he played that
― post, Monday, 8 August 2011 09:07 (five years ago) Permalink
nah it was slowpoke at the nest on easter sunday I think, I imaginre it was the same set
― straightola, Monday, 8 August 2011 09:48 (five years ago) Permalink
i'd almost given up on perlon but the new mara trax (b-side especially) is refreshingly great.
― stirmonster, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink
heard the a-side played a few times last year...bside of the new fumiya tanaka is good too (337)
― post, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 19:16 (five years ago) Permalink
"sini est" by ric y martin (villalobos and dandy jack) is INCREDIBLE.
― TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 15 March 2012 12:18 (five years ago) Permalink
The Portable album is A+, exactly what I wanted from him.
― Jedmond, Thursday, 15 March 2012 12:24 (five years ago) Permalink