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This is what happens when you submit too many electronic music reviews. Much like Tape Wyrm’s segregation from the rest of normal functioning society, we here at Pinpoint felt the need to give two of our writers more room for their love of electronic music. This room will be on the roof and that is where we are putting them for the time being. We will call a “special meeting” and have Lemon and Kaptain Carbon report for a special surprise on the roof. At this point we will lock them out thus returning to an environment of peace and quiet. It is not that we do not appreciate electronic music rather 8 o’clock in the morning is no time for hardcore techno nor a needless history about its formation. With this solution, those two can sit up there and talk about the difference between house, deep house and deep progressive house and allow us to get some goddamn work done. I asked them what they wanted their column to be called and they responded with “Ohm Sweet Ohm” and how it was a tribute to a Kraftwerk song which I quickly interjected how I didn’t care. We all remember the Christmas party when those two put on Kraftwerk’s early albums, not even the catchy stuff, the ones that sound like robots crying but we are not talking about that now. All I know is the pounding is gone and the glowsticks which may or may not be ironic are gone with it. Now I do not have to feign interest when asked my thoughts on jungle versus drum & bass. Sweet Christ do you know how many 12 inch records are blocking aisles around here — causing fire hazards? Enjoy this first edition of Ohm Sweet Ohm from out now sequestered writers Kaptain Carbon and Lemon.


Floating Points – Shadows (EP)
With 2012 set to see the rise of several bass heavy, club orientated acts (Blawan, Joy Orbison, Addison Groove), Sam Shepherd’s latest EP as Floating Points serves as a kind of new year palette cleanser; a calm before the storm in a way. Rather than setting his sights on pounding drum beats and linear bass, Shepherd delivers a comforting mix of skittering jazz excerpts, Detroit techno and his own brand of warm electronica. The head-bopping opener ‘Myrtle Avenue’ asserts that Shadows is going to be a headphone record, and the theme continues on ‘Realise’, which nods to the likes of London duo Mount Kimbie with two-step and chopped vocals- a tried and tested formula which continues to work wonders. The funky one-two of ‘ARP3’ and ‘Sais’ edges the EP closer into Four Tet territory, with the former purring along brilliantly with jazzy synths to belie its’ nine minute run time. Shadows then is an EP to listen to in its’ entirety and to spend time with. A pleasing run time of just over thirty five minutes means that this isn’t a strenuous assignment, but it’s up and comer Shepherd’s ear for contrast and appreciation of mood which ensures that Shadows will be one of the more quietly underappreciated releases of the new year.


Zeds Dead – Adrenaline (EP)
At this exact moment a war is being waged. Much like the historic DJ battles of yesteryear, there is a current skirmish happening between dubstep acts. The goal ? — To out bass and filth each other for school yard dominance. While most dubstep producers feel they are above this childish act, it is becoming increasingly fun with every new release. This brinkmanship will undoubtedly end in electronic nuclear winter. Skrillex, for a time, has been a crowd favored contender with his alien robotic sound effects and penchant for “dropping it real hard.” Skrillex has received not only much criticism for his music but legions of fans and album revenue. After the mediocre Bangarang EP, Skrillex maybe fearful of a Canadian duo who have just stepped into the fighting ring. Enter Zed’s Dead.

Adrenaline works on many levels. First of all it is heavy and structured around dancing or at least minor movement. Second, and more importantly, it delivers the hooks and drops without sacrificing integrity. Without succumbing to the lowest common denominator, Zeds Dead treats EDM fans as adults rather than children. It is possible to taste sweets without eating terribly. Instances of dub and UK funky are used with surprising success leading one to wonder if they were just settling for the easy bassdrop. Zed’s Dead not only offers arresting electronic music but celebrates dubstep’s golden years with melodies full of both artistic and sonic depth. I would like to place £20 on the Canadians in round 3.


Octo Octa- Rough, Rugged, And Raw (MIX)
It’s an unfortunate fact that any body of work entitled Rough, Rugged, And Raw is going to invite numerous puns, as well as leading to certain expectations. There is a definite irony that the previously unreleased tracks on this mix are neither rough, nor rugged. Many of the beats are notably lacking in muscle, sounding like they were hurriedly composed on Ableton. But this isn’t where the mysterious Octo Octa’s strength lies. The gems on Rough, Rugged, And Raw are to be found when New Hampshire-based Michael Morrison goes against the title of the mix, and turns his hand to more subtle, dreamy sounding tracks. The pretty, RnB sampling ‘Blush (House Mix)’ for example is euphoric; ideal comedown music to be played at an hour of the morning when you should probably be in bed. Elsewhere, ‘Memories’ is already one of my favourites of the moment (I can’t say of 2012- Rough, Rugged And Raw was actually released at the back end of ’11, but don’t tell anyone), and recommended for anyone who can get behind the emerging Jacques Greene, or uplifting house music in general. It’s not flawless, and at times it remains a bit rough around the edges, but Rough, Rugged, And Raw is a great mood mix- one to stick on before a big night out, or indeed, in the morning after.


Sneakers In The Dryer – Laundry List 1 (MIX)

I am glad we are back to liking disco. I appreciate that I have come of age in a time when disco has been accepted as an artform. This of course was not the case a grew decades ago. The blight of disco ended with not only the emergence of hip throwback acts but also Bill Brewsters book Last Night a DJ Saved My Life which gave an exhaustive history of the style and its importance in the evolution of electronic music. The contemporary dance punk scene, as well as DFA Records, also helped make this once vilified genre cool for the young kids once again. This is why disco mixes, like the first Laundry List from Sneakers In The Dryer, can walk openly in public without fear of being accosted. Sneakers in the Dryer is a Baltimore based DJ outfit which has done a tremendous job of putting together a “list.” This laundry list includes tracks from contemporary disco acts. If anything Laundry List provides the listener with 10 good Nu-disco leads. If you did not get the memo, the party is back on. Laundry List is a 60 minute time warp to a place free of anxiety or dread – a special time when the rhythms and energy of a mass transcended the woes of the world. Seamless and eternally upbeat, the first Laundry List is a solid entry in a series which has been promised to continue throughout the year. I am ready.

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