Please Please Please

Please Please Please

by Tobias Thomas
     
 

Please Please Please follows 2000's Für Dich and 2003's Smallville, closing out a trilogy of Tobias Thomas mixes for Kompakt. Listeners familiar with the first two chapters might not be surprised that Please Please Please also diverges from the expected path of a customary dance mix. Again, Thomas uses the format not as an attempt to…  See more details below

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Please Please Please follows 2000's Für Dich and 2003's Smallville, closing out a trilogy of Tobias Thomas mixes for Kompakt. Listeners familiar with the first two chapters might not be surprised that Please Please Please also diverges from the expected path of a customary dance mix. Again, Thomas uses the format not as an attempt to condense an ahead-of-the-curve, three-hour set into 80 minutes of nonstop intensity; instead, he challenges the ears of the most open-minded techno fans, designing a set that plays out more like Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation or Wire's 154 than Jeff Mills' Live at the Liquid Room or even Michael Mayer's Immer 2. Having previously used a monologue from one of Blumfeld's albums, nearly half of Vladislav Delay's 22-minute "Huone," and 12 minutes of beatless ambience, Thomas evidently couldn't care less about doing the expected. This time out, the first beat appears around the ten-minute mark of the sequence, following a scratchy Adolf Noise lullaby surrounded by two appearances from a drifting ambient mix of Pantha du Prince's "Butterfly Girl" -- which offsets a tornado-warning signal with a shimmering effect. Nine minutes of Krause Duo's rickety minor-key "Kingpult" sound as if they're in a constant state of fading in, eventually giving way to Johannes Heil's claustrophobic "Aquarius" -- a track that, unlike the aquatics-obsessed likes of Porter Ricks and Drexciya, actually sounds submerged, albeit in an insect-infested lagoon of black oil. Vulva String Quartett's "Wild Wild Berry" then rises out, at the point antsy listeners -- on the first play, at least -- might reference as the actual beginning of the mix (23:05). The beat dissolves after a few minutes, leaving you with a cluster of percussive effects and a barely present bassline thump for another seven minutes. Tracks from the Kooky Scientist, Thomas/Burger, Reinhard Voigt, and Pachulke und Sohn build and sustain momentum for an extended passage, veering from airy and blissed-out to stripped-down and tensed-up. And then, after all that, elfin karaoke throwdown: a snugly version of the Smiths' "Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me," International Pony's helium-enhanced "Gravity," and the Thomas/Geiger mix of Stella's "Dreams." (Yes, that "Dreams," as in the one originally written and performed by the one and only Fleetwood Mac.)

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/01/2007
Label:
Kompakt Germany
UPC:
0880319030826
catalogNumber:
58

Tracks

  1. Butterfly Girl  - Pantha du Prince
  2. Was Ist Zuviel Zeit?  -  Adolf Noise
  3. Reprise  - Pantha du Prince
  4. Kingpult  -  Das Krause Duo
  5. Aquarius  - Johannes Heil
  6. Wild Wild Berry  -  Vulva String Quartett
  7. The Contempt  - Ricardo Villalobos
  8. A Little Older, A Little Bolder  - Kooky Scientist
  9. My Favourite Dress  -  Thomas/Burger
  10. Suchtkultur  - Reinhard Voigt
  11. Läuft Gut  -  Pachulke Und Sohn
  12. Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me  -  Roper
  13. Gravity  -  International Pony
  14. Dreams  -  Stella

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