Album Review: Oliver Schories / ‘Exit’ (der turnbeutel)

Oliver Schories Exit

★★★★☆

Mean mugging his way between house and techno as an unmoved ball of perpetual motion in no mood to give up his box seat, Oliver Schories bristles with attitude and gets twitchy around strangers. The German’s mission across darkened dance floor territories is ideal for when you’re behind the wheel, speeding on adrenaline to an unknown destination just for the hell of it, or clubbing with the lights blown for when your eyes are clamped to your own marching feet.

A quick follow-up to Herzensangelegenheit (Affair of the Heart), basslines loom and plunge as clubbers are packed off with miner’s helmets (“Sunset”). Voices tremble from the shadows, in awe/fear of Schories’ mean front – gruff more than hostile, crossed swords remain a bad idea on what becomes unsettlingly anthemic and wholly metronomic. A recurring pattern is to start off hard-headedly, yet allow for willowy riffs or mellowed hues to loosen defences and let you in on secrets when the time is right. “But Maybe” and the slight trance inflection to “Circles” and the title track explain, though “Go”’s riff goes the other way and burbles with clenched teeth and fists, and “Only Good For Train” roughs you up then spooks you as it hustles down. Binding musings with muscle (“Be” fits the bill for low-slung, critically cool house), Schories is a single-minded slow burner until Exit becomes a game of clubbing over hot coals.

File under: Stefny Winter, Falko Brocksieper, Philip Bader

Gear Review: Native Instruments Traktor Trolley By UDG

Packing for a night out at the club can always be underestimated; you may not know where you are going to wake up the next day, to say you aren’t going to stay up until the next party. As a digital DJ, your life is even more complicated, you have gear you need to schlep and watch after. Fortunately the folks at NI (with the help from bag aficionados UDG) have developed a carryall that is specifically designed for the working DJ.

This stylish trolley will part the sea of party goers as you approach the club, eliminating the need for a backpack, laptop pouch and controller bag. Inside this internally massive bag, there is more than enough room to secure all the tools needed to rock the dance floor for days on end. A perfectly fitted pouch for your Traktor S4 controller sits in the rear, while another pouch opens up for your laptop and all of its accessories. In the front of the bag there is even room for your headphones bag, external soundcard and the host of other cables and tidbits you always bring out. Remember that lucky Tiësto mix CD you got before Tiësto was big? Yep, you can even stash that in there…. along with several hundred other CDs. Think of this bag as the Doctor’s TARDIS, it is much bigger on the inside that what is seen on the outside.

When I first packed it up and headed out to a gig, I was amazed at how much stuff it fitted, and that my 18” Alienware laptop fit just fine. At the club, it was defiantly a sight to see, as your status from amateur to professional just changed. In addition, this bag is fully class compliant for air travel, and will fit perfectly into the overhead bin, assuring your gear’s safety when arriving at your out of town gig. Although it’s a bit on the big side for bringing to the café to work on music, this bag receives only the highest marks as an essential club companion for a serious night on the town.