Please Please Please

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
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: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Kompakt Germany
  • UPC: 880319030826
  • Catalog Number: 58
  • Sales rank: 183,919

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Butterfly Girl - Pantha du Prince (4:15)
  2. 2 Was Ist Zuviel Zeit? - Adolf Noise (3:19)
  3. 3 Reprise - Pantha du Prince (3:13)
  4. 4 Kingpult - Das Krause Duo (9:01)
  5. 5 Aquarius - Johannes Heil (4:39)
  6. 6 Wild Wild Berry - Vulva String Quartett (5:38)
  7. 7 The Contempt - Ricardo Villalobos (7:13)
  8. 8 A Little Older, A Little Bolder - Kooky Scientist (5:27)
  9. 9 My Favourite Dress - Thomas/Burger (6:26)
  10. 10 Suchtkultur - Reinhard Voigt (4:24)
  11. 11 Läuft Gut - Pachulke Und Sohn (5:39)
  12. 12 Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me - Mr. Roper (5:47)
  13. 13 Gravity - International Pony (4:31)
  14. 14 Dreams - Stella (8:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tobias Thomas Primary Artist, DJ
Technical Credits
Stevie Nicks Composer
Fred Giannelli Composer
Johnny Marr Composer
Johannes Heil Composer
Ricardo Villalobos Composer
Reinhard Voigt Composer
Tobias Thomas Composer
Hanno Leichtmann Composer
Hendrik Weber Composer
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