Review: Second release from Inflagranti's new series of various artists releases : 'Sounds Superb'. Killer selection ranging
from original productions to punk/funk classic re-edits. Full perfect package; highly recommended Codek vinyl.
Review: Anyone who checked the recent Gomma Italo House Now compilation will know there's a real scene bubbling under in Italy and the latest talent to rise from Milan in the shape of Brioski and Svperfine get the chance to shine on third volume of Codek's Electric Fling series. "Showbiz" seems a perfect fit for In Flagranti's label, all twisted cinematic samples diced up with multiple laser beamed arpeggios over a fist pumping groove prepped for maximum dancefloor effect. Naturally In Flagranti get in on the remix action, turning the arpeggios inside out for a more acidic analogue feel over smudged bass drum throbs. The flipside brings some different sounds with Australian brain surgeons Rio Lobotomy slowing it down and stretching it out, filling the spaces with cowbells and rhythmic groans (very apt given the company) whilst NYC icon Son Of Sound opts for melodic disco boogie flex.
Review: Not content with a killer induction on Leng as one half of Auf Togo this week, Sasa Crnobrnja maintains In Flagranti duties with another edition of the Skematic Tracks series. Much like the previous volume, both tracks on Volume 3 present the chameleonic veteran duo moving further away from recycled porno punk funk that served them so well over the past few years. Lead track "What A Rush!" finds In Flagranti indulging in Aderall assisted house music, scraping out a rasping percussive groove complemented by the best snapping S&M drum sound since Carl Craig's Throbbing Gristle remix, while trace elements of forgotten disco reside in the waves of drunken strings that swing in and out of focus. Flip over for the shamelessly enjoyable jaunt through early 90s New York house that is "Belt Freeway".
Review: Some fans of In Flagranti may have been left underwhelmed at recent album Worse For Wear, which left behind the garish pornadelic thump of the duo's Kitsune years for a more grown up approach. It's clear however that the elongated house grooves that made up the album are ripe for revision, and the first of many remixes commissioned by Codek arrives, with DFA stalwart Shit Robot and Gomma's Portugeezer Moullineux at the helm. Shit Robot tackles the title track, swiftly settling into a sweaty, classic house refrain that builds with the kind of effortless glee that the Irish producer does with aplomb. In contrast, Moullineux's treatment of "Latter-day Methods" adopts the type of spritely liquid disco house poise that fans of Tensnake et al will lap up. The final splurging synth refrain is a particular delight.
Review: "Nonplusultra", by In Flagranti, is a killer release on the codek label out of Switzerland. "Nonplusultra" is a dynamite house tune that's heavy in bass but funky in beats. The two cuts on the flip are like pure machine funk with the emphasis on the funk. You need this.
Review: Codek brings you In Flagranti's 'Nonplusultra (remix)'. After the limited release of the remix promo 12" 'Nonplusultra' by the Parisian duo Sex Schon, which did really well on the dancefloors across Europe, here comes the official release, which also includes a nice French/Italo mix by our friend Bernard Fevre aka Black Devil.
Review: Another effort to throw all the teen age memories of all disco-punk-funk matters on to a single record. "Blue Genital Room" once more exploits the voice of Amypop over a solid straight disco beat, some heavy arpeggio bass and distorted guitar stabs. "Subvariety" is for old time sakes when we only knew how to play one chord and slide it up and down the guitar and still manage to make a song out of it. "Uncanny Hinting" with time we got better and started playing more intricate the drum is steady while bass guitar and synths duel each other with different patterns in a syncopated manner.
We Make Love In A House Made Of Glass (feat Tatiana Llinas)
Reputation Or Notoriety? (feat Silvia Gordon)
Review: How about this: funk for the big room. Before we release anything, we test our music in various settings from different size clubs to cars, bars, living rooms etc. Wherever we get a chance to play it and watch the reaction of the crowd. All of the tracks on this 12" have been successful in any of the above mentioned spots. We were very pleased that is was received well on the big dance floors. As usual, coming from In Flagranti, they all have a different feel just like real live. "We Make Love..." features once more the vocals of Tatiana Llinas over a hi-hat driven break and lots of percussion. "Incarnation..." earlier this year, on a trip to Europe, very much influenced by the minimal tracks coming from Karat/Katapult. "Reputation Or Notoriety"... super rough and dirty with vocal samples provided by Sylvia Gordon of Kudu.
Review: It's good to see In Flagranti back on vinyl with some original material, following a period spent releasing cheeky bootlegs, reworks and re-edits on digital download. "High Pitch", featuring Liquid Liquid's Sal P on vocals and Konk's Jonny Sender on bass), is one of their strongest singles to date, too. It expertly blends a post-punk sensibility with jackin', Chicago style machine drums, resulting in something heavy, fresh and decidedly sweaty. The remix package is pretty tasty, too, with JD Twitch adding a little acid tweakery to the original's dark Chicago feel and Whatever Whatever reaching for the lasers on a particularly tough and twisted remake. In Flagranti's own spaced-out and percussive dub is pretty darn good, too.
Review: In Flagranti are Sasha Crnobrnja & Alex Gloor. In Flagranti still high on disco, ends the series in the same cut and paste fashion like the previous releases. Both, "It's All Rubbish" and "Business Acumen" are intended to have you stomp your feet to an easy four on the floor disco groove. "Deceptive Secrecy" is more on the dreamy tip with layers of arpeggio's.
Review: Heavyweight hipster disco types In Flagranti return with their second album proper, and there are distinct signs of musical development. While elements of Worse For Wear still adhere to the duo's old "drunken night out in the company of a crack squad of disheveled party animals" ethos - not least the thundering punk-disco throb of "Hollow Discourse" and the grubby title track - there's more depth and subtlety on display than in most of their back catalogue combined. This is most notable on the woozy "Latter Day Methods", crystalline slo-mo discotronica of "Anglo-Saxon Pragmatism" and 'Prelude To Chaos", a sun-bright triple-time pulse that comes on like the soundtrack to Professor Brian Cox's illicit late night thoughts.
Review: Ahead of their second album proper, transatlantic risque disco purveyors In Flagranti offer up the first of two Worse For Wear samplers for those who prefer the taste of vinyl. Those avid collectors of the Codek maxi singles daubed in vintage porno paraphernalia will be somewhat disappointed at the plain black disco bags but the music is resolutely In Flagranti! The title track sets the tone with an arid house bump thrusting at the heavily dubbed electro keys and intermittent spazzed out synths, all against the backdrop of unforgettably druggy vocals. "Peculiar Protagonist" is perhaps the closest In Flagranti have come to straight up disco outside of the Sounds Superb series, though it's still characterised by the distinct little percussive and vocal touches. The disjointed neon rhythms of "Latter Day Methods" which closes this sampler proves to be the real highlight of a more restrained sound for the duo.
Review: The second of two album samplers from In Flagranti, offering up a further quartet of the set's ten tracks for vinyl consumption. Listening to the almost gentle pace of "Anglo-Saxon Pragmatism" brings to mind the duo's great contribution to the Eskimo Balearic Beats compilation from a few years ago. Whilst the crazed disco funk "Hollow Discourse" shows they are still more than adept at their trademark demented, Viagra fuelled take on danceteria, "The End Of The Road" demonstrates them willing to try out new ideas.
Review: When it comes to hitting that sweet spot between deep house and dark disco with a little bit of fun, no one does it better than In Flagranti. This first release for the Codek label this year is this Spiritus Rector Vol 1, a four-track which provides a collection of individually different productions. The first is a minimal drum track, made deep by a synth then exhumed from the deep with a funky bassline and sing-a-long lyrics. The A2 is stripped back, spaghetti western-tinged disco, while the flipside offers Hype Williams-like steel drums and tribalisms and chic yet quirky Euro disco funk like something from Paul McCartney's McCartney II album.
Review: After launching triumphantly earlier this year, In Flagranti usher in a second edition of their vinyl only Spiritus Rector Set series and with it further examples of their devilish disco trickery. Once again track titles are eschewed, so there's little clue given to the source material but really this 12" is more about showing off Alex Gloor and Sasha Crnobrnja's tastes in music and skills as editors. On the A-side there is a dust up between the blue-eyed funk disco of the first track and the superb dub disco workout of the second, whilst the flip contains a banging percussion and keys work out. Best of all is the final deviation into horn heavy afro funk though.
Review: Over the course of a long release history Swiss duo In Flagranti have been seemingly quite happy to follow their creative urges, endlessly recycling their stylistic approach regardless of whether the results garner commercial and critical acclaim. This is very much evident on Skematic Tracks Vol. 2, with lead track "Hannya" discarding with their more recent heavily edited and smutty punk funk strut in favour of an understated and quite moody, reverb laden dub techno approach whose off the grid rhythmic base bears similarities to the recent Body Music EP from Powell. The equally unusually named "Magojiro" will probably find more favour with In Flagranti fans, a house jam that crams in plenty of disco infused funk, though like many tracks from the duo it plays out like one long tease. A rather large and unusually SFW poster is included.
Tonight, Good Night (Das Komplex bonus beat) (4:10)
Pokkit Pokitt!! (In Flagranti dub) (3:37)
You Only Live Once (Mytron remix) (5:12)
Review: It would be fair to say that In Flagranti's latest EP, a collaborative affair alongside New York based performance artist Ayamakay, is one of the best things they've put out in ages. This is due in no small part to their smart choice of remixers. Polish dub-head Das Komplex does a terrific job on the A-side, stretching out a spacey, dubbed-out groove, before twisting "Tonight, Good Night" into a bustling, dub disco masterpiece. For those who dig the Idjuts style disco dub drums, he's also delivered a tasty Bonus Beat version. On the flip, In Flagranti themselves deliver a smoker-friendly Dub of "Pokkit Pokkit", while Dutchman-in-London gives "You Only Live Once" the full glitch-clad punk-funk treatment.
Review: 2014's "High Pitch", a welcome return to original production after years spent fiddling around with re-edits and mash-ups, was arguably In Flagranti's strongest single for many years. If anything, "Double Talk" is even better. The original - all Grace Jones style vocals, clipped disco guitars and camp, Italo-disco grooves - has all the makings of a nu-disco anthem. The remixes are pretty darn tasty, too. First, Hercules and Love Affair man Andy Butler drops a sparse, oddly metallic acid house-meets-deep disco remake, before synthesizer fetishist Wolfram channels the spirit of Giorgio Moroder on his druggy, electro-disco rework. Finally, Dimano Azari explores similar territory - whilst including a few nods towards chunky tech-house - on his arpeggio-heavy remix.
Review: In Flangranti's latest project is an interesting one. It features them, and others, creating new tracks from elements of previously unheard recordings by obscure 1980s Swiss outfit Schaltkreis Wasserman, most of which were apparently made under the influence of LSD. The resulting tracks do a good job in putting the cosmic synthesizer refrains and vintage electronics in a new light. For example, Toby Tobias's druggy "Trigger Output" skillfully combines a vintage breakbeat hardcore rhythm and with decidedly psychedelic electronics, while Vahagn's "Voltage Controle" is a sparkling chunk of stylish Italo-disco. Also worth checking is the chugging, arpeggio-driven synthesizer exotica of Additional Hardware's "Resistors & Capacitors", and the intense percussive madness of In Flagranti's "Side Strain".
Zhivago Zhivago (feat Elhadj Fall - Khidja Dub) (9:57)
Disco Touch (8:29)
Disco Touch (Siren mix) (6:51)
Review: Serial disco-punk troublemakers In Flagranti return with a fresh transmission on their Codek label. It comes from little known curio Jonny Sender and this is one that will appeal to the attendees of Dusseldorf's Salon des Amateurs or advocates of that venue's founding father Tolouse Low Trax. In particular lead track "Zhivago Zhivago" which features the vocals of Elhadj Fall plunged to the depths of the mix whilst Jonny Sender lays down a deliciously sleazy, mid-tempo throb. Who better to remix it than Romania's foremost exponents of electronic psychedelia Khidja? Andrei Rusu and Florentin Tudor have outdone themselves on this remix. The B-side sees Sender trading in a more explicitly disco sound with dashes of house stabs and cowbells, cowbells, cowbells.