H. Nakamura's Twilight
Mark Templeton's Ballads

A Cloakroom Assembly
Alexander Berne
Joseph Capriati
Enrico Coniglio
Dapayk Solo
Taylor Deupree
Distant Fires Burning
Federico Durand
Fear Falls Burning
Alan Fitzpatrick
Flying Lotus
Roel Funcken
Harley Gaber
Tobias Hellkvist
Christopher Hipgrave
Ital Tek
Mathew Jonson
Haruka Nakamura
Lance Austin Olsen
Michael Santos
Dirk Serries
thisquietarmy & Cortez
Jennifer Walshe
Weisman & Davis
Tim Xavier
Year Of No Light

Compilations / Mixes
Arto Mwambe
Clicks & Cuts 5
Dark Matter
Ben Klock
Party Animals
So Far (So Good)
We Are One, In The Sun

Automobile, Swift
Pacheko & Pocz
Dirty Culture
Terrence Dixon
Kyle Bobby Dunn
Timo Garcia
Kez YM
Little Fritter
David Newlyn
One Second Bridge
Padang Food Tigers
Rameses III
Nigel Samways
Simon Scott
Mark Templeton
Ten and Tracer
Tracey Thorn
Stanislav Vdovin
Vdovin + Shaydullina

dOP: Watergate 06
Watergate Records

The Parisian band dOP—beat programmer Clement Zemtsov, keyboardist and horn player Damien Vandesande, and vocalist Jonathan Illel—brings a rather unusual slant to Watergate's mix series. In place of the standard DJ mix, dOP's set is closer in spirit to a live jam featuring the French trio and numerous guests. Rather than cherry-pick from a multitude of other artists' productions, dOP has its fingers all over twelve of the mix's thirteen tracks, whether as remixers, co-creators, or sole authors. What distinguishes the trio's music further is not so much the joie de vivre and irreverence that the group's music so palpably exudes, but how organic it is, with the trio committed to creating dance music using vocals and real instruments (including flutes, horns, percussions, glockenspiel, and saxophones).

“The Dust” (recorded live at Watergate by Enliven dOP Acoustic, an expanded version of dOP that includes members of the German group, Enliven Deep Acoustic) inaugurates the set perfectly with a brief hit of clubby soul that segues seamlessly into a banging collab with Nôze, “Les Fils du Calvaire” and a funky hip-shaker with Aquarius Heaven, “Before You Go.” The mix alternates between delirious house cuts (Daniele Papini and dOP's “Carte Blanche”), jazzier outings (a piano-laden Selianka edit of “Deaf Wagrant” by Catz & Dogz and dOP), and tribal-house party jams (Wareika and dOP's “Play Play Play”). One of the disc's strengths is its powerful melodic dimension. “Les Fils du Calvaire,” for example, is rendered most memorable by the presence of a haunting chant, while the group's sleek pair-up with Seuil, “New York,” is elevated by a graceful instrumental bridge that features a melancholy solo (hard to tell whether it's a melodica or saxophone). The penultimate dOP remix of Khan's “Candy Girl” likewise gives the mix a different twist, by pushing it into a vocal-based song direction rather than a clubby one, a move dOP's “Goodbye” takes to an even greater degree when it caps the disc with a vocals-and-horn-laden dirge—no doubt the first time a Watergate mix has ever ended in such manner.

July 2010