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Arto Mwambe – Live At Robert Johnson Vol 6 review

The selection process for the Live At Robert Johnson mix series has been flawless so far – with the renowned venue in Offenbach, Germany enlisting Prins Thomas to mix up some delectable disco,  Roman ‘Alter Ego’ Flugel to present his uniquely bleepy new school techno vision and Parisian Chloe to select refined house cuts on the inaugural volume. The choice of Arto Mwambe for the sixth volume seems a perfect fit; Christian Beisswenger and Phillip Lauer have made some serious remixes in recent times which have keenly blurred the lines between house and disco. It’s worth mentioning their Friendly Fires remix which in retrospect is much more impressive than Aeroplane’s ubiquitous effort.

Those with good hearing cannot fail to be impressed by the clutch of Arto Mwambe releases on their own Brontosaurus imprint either. The Frankfurt duo provide one of the best mixes in the series to date, eschewing the chance to show off their record collections in favour of staying true to the album title and recording a one hour live set of existing and unreleased Arto Mwambe tracks. The distinctive clap of the Roland drum beating out over hypnotic chords on the intro track “M.T.A.I.” sets the mood for what follows – vintage house sounds that veer between classic 90s percussion, deep melodies that draw you in, warm basslines that sit in your cranium and rhythms that set you off. What strikes you as the last kicks of closing track “BTWO” sound out is how well the eleven tracks flow, the mixing is perfectly judged and you are left with nothing but a craving to witness them repeat it in a club setting. Mission accomplished then.

Tony Poland