1.The only nu rave you ever need: Gus Gus - Forever
Am raving every single day on this one. Energy! It's all about 'Need in me' and 'Forever'. And oh, it beats the last album ;).
2.The return of Kompakt: Gui Boratto - Chromophobia
A true 'album'. Not that many 'Arquipelagio' a-like highlights on this album (although 'The Blessing' is one of the best minimal-songs of the last two months), but just overall niceness. The last songs on the album prove why Styrofoam is right when he says that Kompakt-kids in Europe are the equivalent of indie-nerds in the States. Besides Gui Boratto, Kompakt distributed the very warm Superpitcher-pastiche of Pantha Du Prince (emotech to the fullest) and released the rather dissappointing debut of Hug. (Apart from the phenomenal 'Tiny Stars' that is...)
3.Following the path you created yourself: Pole - Steingarten (~scape) and Mikkel Metal - Brone and Waith
Pole is the album of the month in the Wire. Just like Mikkel Metal he doesn't really reinvent himself on his latest offering. You know what you can expect from both of them, and both albums are still lovely to drown in. (Now I'm thinking of it: Triple R's Selection 5 is also a typical example of this phenomenon.)
4.Because of/despite the birds? Dominik Eulberg - Heimische Gefilde
First I was amused and then annoyed by Eulberg's spokenword intermezzo's, but if you skip them you have again a solid Eulberg album. OK, the best tracks he released as singles last year ('Gasthof...', 'Harzer Roller') but 'Die Alpenstrandlaufer...' makes you forget about that immediately. Hasn't reached the level of the classic 'Flora and Founa' yet, but maybe that's only a matter of time. Eulberg songs need some time to sink in...
5.Adventures of Bpitch: Damero - Happy in Grey/Paul Kalkbrenner - Der SenatDamero tries to do an 'Orchestra of Bubbles' imitation and comes away with it. In the meantime Paul Kalkbrenner rips up the third Bpitch sampler completely with 'Der Senat',amazing hypnotic neotrance (yes, I plead guilty)! Other good tracks on the yearly Bpitch-collection are made by Fairmont, new kid on the block Larsson and Ellen Allien & Apparat. Ellen Allien is gonna do the next Fabric by the way; looking forward to that.
- Air - Pocket Symphony (best Air since Moon Safari, just a bit better than the Virgin suicides, way better then 10000HZ)
- The Soulsavers - It's Not How Far You Fall, It's The Way You Land: one of my favourite downtempo acts teams up with Mark Lanegan.
- Alex Gopher - Alex Gopher: suprise of the month! French house pioneer returns with a downtempo late night bar disc.
- Klaxons, Bloc Party, LCD Soundsystem, Tracey Thorn, MSTRKFT, Joakim