Review: With little to no information on hand as to the genesis of this collaboration between SUED boss SVN and the superbly named Club No-No the imagination is left unfettered to speculate. Listening to both tracks, you are moved to ponder whether they are the result of SVN and Club No-No (aka Snorre Magnar Solberg) embarking on a field recording trip to the local zoo. The sounds of unspecified wildlife is wedged deep within the grooves of both sides, with the A Side track the sort of ambient techno you feel Actress wants to make as the merest of percolating textures and soft basslines hinting at a degree of rhythm amidst a calming backdrop of found sound. The B Side is a markedly more urgent production and the lack of kick drum offers interesting mixing possibilities for the more talented of DJs out there.
Review: Acido label head Dynamo Dreesen and SVN team up again for another of their all-too-rare Dresvn collaborations. This time it arrives on the increasingly impressive Sued imprint which has seen excellent recent contributions from SW and SVN, and the Corbaci Bay EP offers another essential 12-inch of idiosyncratic techno manoeuvres. The title track sees whispered synths propelled on a jetstream of marimbas, a rhythmic trait repeated in the hypnotic, head-nodding "Little Fever", which offers a deceptive amount of tonal depth. Those looking for something a little more club-ready however will be all over "Millions Of Trees", a veritable dub techno washing machine of a track which delivers its synth textures in high-resolution.
Review: A warm welcome back to the SUED label, which returns to action - via a fresh EP from imprint regulars Dresvn (Dynamo Dreesen and label co-founder Sven Rieger) - after a hiatus of nigh on two years. Following a suitably spaced-out start (the weirdo ambient jazz of "Intro", featuring Tom Page on drums), the German duo offers up two mixes of title track "Metro". The first, the "Live Mix", is a fluid and off-kilter techno roller rich in deep, spacey synthesizer sounds, galloping drum machine beats, jaunty bass and sparkling lead lines. The "Studio Mix" is, as you'd expect, an altogether smoother and even more spacey sounding experience, with the pair conjuring up an ambient techno masterpiece that's more influenced by dream house than the sci-fi sounds of Detroit.
Review: While others are worried about 'slow months' or releasing at the right time, the Sued imprint has a knack for coming out with records when you least expect them. Moreover, they happen to also be absolutely sick, each and every time. This time, SW and SVN's label sees the latter team up with Dynamo Dreesen - long-time associate and co-member of the Dresvn unit - and their newly formed producer/friend, A Made Up Sound. Yup, we never expected this either before their debut as a team on Dynamo's own Acido label. "Track 1" is a head-driven, stripped down kinda lick that spins and coils its subtle bells and lo-fi bass around a steady kick, before nose-diving into a funkier terrain; on Side B, "Track 2" rattles and bangs its tribal percussion without a steady four-to-the-floor, while "Track 3" shifts everything down to a murky, slo-mo jam made up of grey-scaled low tones, flangered percussion and, well, the trio's inimitable style. Recommended, as always.
Review: PG Sounds may be a new name for the SUED cause, but the duo behind the music will be more than familiar to anyone that's kept tabs on this cultish Berlin label. Credits for this Untitled 12" see SUED boss SVN as producer and his S.P. Posse partner Philip Gelberg as the writer, but regardless of the exact iteration of how PG Sounds are set up the two tracks here fall nicely into the open ended sonic universe that's grown organically around SUED, Acido and the Sex Tags crew. It's open to interpretation whether you should play these two fcked up Latin productions at 33rpm or 45rpm (the label suggest the latter) with the A Side sounding great at 33rpm whilst the cowbell laden B Side glides along in it's own lopsided manner best at a heavily pitched down 45 rpm.
Review: Much like the way their previous releases have surfaced, German label SUED see no reason to press the button marked 'engage prior fanfare mode' just because they reach double figures with the arrival of their 10th release. Therefore it's down to us to lay praise on a wonderful suite of tracks from PG Sounds, the production partnership of label co-founder SVN and Philip Gelberg. It's the second PG Sounds release for SUED after the pair dropped 007 last year, a record that fully epitomised the label's 'does it play at 33 or 45?' ethos. Much the same could be said about the six untitled cuts on SUED 010, where personal pitch preference really dictates whether PG Sounds operate at hazed out beatdown tempo or the sweet place near to the more abstract house cuts.
Review: SVN and Philip Gelberg's tracks under the PG Sounds moniker have been among our very favourites out of the ever-impressive SUED catalogue. The imprint, led by Sven (SVN) Reiger himself, has never veered away from their core sound and aesthetics; an analogue approach enwraps a particularly glitchy, improvisational, dubwise sound that has a particular tendency of sounding different upon each new listen. Their latest collaboration in the studio marks the imprint's 20th release to date, with "Track 1" showcasing their itchy sound across an endlessly pleasing acid palette. On the flip, we have a muted continuation of the previous 303 sounds with "Track 2", swamped and dubbed-out for maximum impact, followed by the more ethereal, more tropical mannerisms of "Track 3" - a SUED classic! Recommended.
Review: Number 14 from SW and SVN's delightful SUED label is a split artists affair offering further adventures in the art of extended, reduced rhythmics. The A-side is devoted to 15 minutes of Fett Burger and the PG Sounds pairing of Phillip Gelberg and SVN locking into a simple yet infectious groove and seemingly never letting go. As with a lot of SUED releases, the bottom end doesn't really come across on the sound clips - you need to hear this one out loud. Face down and we are treated to the rare sight of a solo production from Dynamo Dreesen which finds the Acido boss honing in on an off-kilter groove whilst PG Sounds round it out with a track that sounds like an offcut from the Berlin beatdown sessions that made up last year's SUED 10.
Review: More purist/deep techno jams on the classic Detroit influenced tip, courtesy of SUED and Acido co-head SVN. On the A side, we've got the deep and cyclical minimal loop "Track 1" while it also features the imaginatively titled "Track 2" which is funky and vaguely boogie influenced by way of classic retro-futurist vibes: loved this one. On the flip, things take a darker and harder turn on "Track 3" in a classic Ifach kind of way until "Track 4" gets all fierce: electro style on us, in that sub-aquatic Drexciyan kinda fashion. All killer no filler right here!
Review: Berlin juggernauts SW and SVN are known for attracting techno sharks as soon as their 12s drop on our charts. In fact, these never stay around long, and it's because there just simply isn't anything else that sounds quite like it. While each SUED is wildly different from the next, they have got a particular aesthetic on absolute lock-down! Blending elements of minimal, techno, house and something unexplainably tropical, they have instilled a new sound for Berlin, and a new standard to adhere to. First things first, they're all about the hardware gear, and that's clear form the way these records sound out of the speakers; SVN's "Machine 5" is a functional yet melodic slice of deep techno that stretches the boundaries of the genre to new and exciting heights, and "Dark Plan 8" is his signature ambient flex, bringing in hard doses of rhythmic bass. On the flip, SW churns out a deep, slo-mo loop jam with a firmly dubwise vibe, and "Latenightmix" provides another magnificent helping of kinetic ambient - a true pleasure on the systems. Recommended, as always.
Review: The Sued label is fast approaching the status of labels like Laton and Acido in our collective heart here at Juno, and SW's latest record for the label is a perfect example of just why. While the first part of SW's Reminder offered a euphoric slice of techno that sounded like Shed going all-out with his more '90s ambient tendencies, this second record is a much more nuanced affair. The minimal yet driving percussive sounds of "Track 1" are complemented by the most delicate of synth backdrops, while "Track 2" sounds like the essence of Chicago house distilled down to the atomic level. "Track 3" is a much more straightforward deep house jam, and "Track 4" may call Mr Fingers to mind, but there's enough mathematical oddity in the rhythms to please the fans of more experimental fare as well.
Review: Some two years after the debut edition of his Reminder series on SUED, co-founder SW. delivers the third volume. This time round, he's looked to classic Motor City futurism, ambient techno and deep house for inspiration, returning to Earth with a quartet of cuts that combine a keen dancefloor sensibility with rich, expansive musicality. He goes slightly off-piste with the standout "Track 2" - whose high-tempo, African-influenced machine rhythms tip a hat to footwork amidst the intergalactic pads and eyes-closed chords - and successfully tries his hand at Kaidi Tatham style cosmic-bruk on the superb "Track 4". Both cuts provide a balance to the shuffling, sci-fi deepness he indulges in elsewhere.
Review: After five years spent building his reputation via superb, in-demand 12" singles, Stefan "ST" Wust has finally got round to delivering his debut album. Made up entirely of untitled tracks, the set shimmies between sounds and styles at will, showcasing his deep-held love for numerous styles of electronic music. It variously touches on watery ambience, classic IDM, blustery percussion workouts, dubbed-out mood-scapes, Detroit-influenced club cuts, freaky Afro-acid, low-slung deep house, intelligent techno, jungle-influenced smashers, and sparkling, beat-less futurism. In other words, it's exactly the kind of eclectic - but on-point - album we'd expect, only five or six times better than we'd hoped for. Yes, it really is that good.
Review: Stefan Wust's recent debut album - a typically varied, hugely entertaining affair entirely made up of untitled tracks - was undoubtedly one of the most impressive sets of 2016. He continues that fine form here, dropping two distinctly different, dancefloor friendly workout. While the flipside "Beat Mix" is naturally impressive - think elastic techno full of hustling analogue bass, fizzing electronics and jungle style drum fills - it's the epic A-side that's really floating our boat. A near 15-minute deep space exploration that sits somewhere between Innerzone Orchestra style tech-jazz and spacey, late '90s drum & bass, it's the kind of track that you'll want to get lost in. Happily, it also boasts some serious dancefloor punch.
Review: Earlier in the year, Stefan "SW" Wust joined forces with like-minded audio sergeant SVN for a brilliant EP of ambient techno and sludgy breakbeat revivalism on Apollo. Here, he goes solo once more, returning to SUED with his first album-length excursion since 2016. As usual, he doesn't get bogged down with anything as trivial as track titles, instead serving up a fuzzy sound soup of untitled cuts that veer from Scanner style ambient fuzziness (A1), blazed tribal techno (A2) and to trippy, "ISDN"-era Future Sound of London electronic weirdness (A3), to deep and woozy IDM (B1), futurist ambient techno (B2) and far-sighted, Pete Namlook style beat-free bliss (B3).
Review: SUED was birthed back in 2011 with a pair of 12" singles jointly produced by SW (Stefan Wust) and SVN (Sven Rieger). Since then, the label has gone from strength to strength, but collaborations between Wust and Rieger have been a rare commodity. This two-tracker, then, is keenly anticipated. As is now customary on SUED releases, they've not bothered with track names, instead just getting straight down to business via the dubby deep house warmth of "Track 1", where short bursts of hardcore-era breakbeats and arm-swinging drum fills help keep the energy levels high. "Track 2" is an altogether deeper and more mind-altering affair, with fluttering ambient house synth riffs wrapping themselves around another typically dub-wise deep house groove.
Review: Last seen together on a Sex Tags Mania record circa 2009, the XI pairing of Fett Burger and SVN join forces once more for some typically trippy house and techno cross pollinations on the latter's cultish SUED label. Elder scholars of the SUED way will know that one does not dither when it comes to a new record on the label but interested newcomers will still find this two track 12" a perfect introduction into the label's understated ways. Essentially two variations on the same theme, cursory listens to "Beat Session" and "Dub Session" will not be enough to let their subtle charms take full effect. By the time you've had three listens you'll be proclaiming this your favourite record in some time.