Review: For their latest release, Pager Records chiefs Markus Sommer and Phil Evans have turned to fellow Offenbach resident Robin Stern. "Not A Space Themed EP" is a rather good debut, with Stern brilliantly combining warm, funk-fuelled basslines with drowsy deep house chords and a variety of high quality tech-house trademarks. Check, for example, the darting jazz-funk bass, smooth beats, jammed-out synth solos and computer beeps of closer "F_cked", the driving tech-house funk of chunky opener "Notitle" and the swinging, breakbeat-powered deep house/tech-house fusion of "Post Ronaldo".
Review: There's something particularly addictive about "Black Gum", the title track from Tiago Walter's latest rock solid EP. It's something of a winner, all told, with Walter wrapping a heavy, darting analogue bassline and skipping beats in spacey, ricocheting synth riffs and far-sighted electronics. There's plenty to enjoy elsewhere, too, with the futurist deep house bounce of "Don't Steal My Liquor" and stomping "Cocos Karma" - all vintage Micro-house riffs, jaunty motifs and sturdy bottom end - both hitting the spot in Walter's hybrid, funk-fuelled tech-house style. Closer "Com Truise", which contains a few more nods towards '80s synth-funk amongst the swirling synthesizers and bouncy beats, is also rather good.