Review: Los Angeles-based Finn Johannes Auvinen is no stranger to balls-out acid revivalism. Under the Tin Man alias, he's released plenty of TB-303 powered house and nails techno in recent years. This three-track missive is full of meandering acid lines, too. A-side "Life is Acid" sets the tone, layering psychedelic TB-303 motifs and dreamy chords over a typically slipped drum machine rhythm. Flipside "Trip The Acid" puts the acid lines front and centre over a sparkling electro beat, before "Drifters Acid" sees Auvinen neck a bag of happy tablets, head for the sun and lay down some surprisingly melodious Balearic acid house.
Review: They might only be averaging one release per year, but Understate:ment Records have served up nothing but gold since launching in 2015. For their third release Tolga Top returns to take the lead with three delicious broken techno constructions. "Strait 44" breaks the groove seal with a low-slung jack that's not dissimilar to Brett Johnson's material on Classic years ago... Something Nick Beringer has brought to the forefront on his warm and bubblesome version. "Elevator", meanwhile, jumps and jitters with the kicks but really leans back with warm dubby textures overhead. Finally "Moody 808" lives up to its name with a thugged-out Roland beat jam and precision plucked bass tones. Top stuff.
Review: Dutch producer, Toman makes his debut on fresh-faced Berlin label we_r_house this November with four minimal house cuts. Watergate resident and the creative mind behind the Beste Modus label, Cinthie decided to launch we_r_house with Berlin friends' and kicked off the label with material from herself and The Willers Brothers late last year and most recently a third release from Revivis. The man behind we_r_house04 and a new partner of the label, Toman shares a parallel vision focussing on minimalistic but complex house music. He's worked with the likes of Cyclic Records, Inermu and most recently UK label Pathway Traxx before linking up with we_r_house. 'Broodrooster' kicks off the EP, offering up a stripped-back, technical micro-house feel balancing exuberant bass stabs with tender flickers of melody. 'Fever' follows, an absorbing, lo-fi cut ayered with energetic percussion and bouncy undulating elements. Next, 'Murmur displays true minimalism, featuring a simple, deep, rolling bass-line whilst flickering drum patterns and tinges of background chimes tucked into the depths of the record.'Slapback' then provides wiggly jabs throughout alongside sleek flutters and an infectious subdued vocal sample to finish the pack.
Review: Since making his debut late last year via the stripped-back and atmospheric Late Night Tales EP on Fa>Le Records, Alex Troubetzkoy has been touted as a producer to watch. There's much to admire on this third solo 12", not least epic A-side "Wonders" - a 12-minute trip into minimal techno/jazz fusion that tips a sly wink towards Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer's collaborative work. It's not quite as quirky or far out as their joint efforts, but it's in the same ballpark. Over on the flipside, the young Frenchman adds a touch of tactile soul to his deep and jazzy grooves ("Kaleidoscope"), before re-imagining early St Germain deep house productions for the tech-house era ("Rouge & Jazz"). Impressive stuff, all told.
Review: Last seen excelling on The Corner, NYC techno man Phil Moffa adds Hypercolour to his prospering profile with Rogue Music, a 12" hook up with the irrepressible Seth Troxler. Whilst this may not be the most immediate of collaborative endeavours you could think of, there is still plenty to enjoy here with "Blue Rawls" a perfect balance of stripped back, bone shaking rhythm and a growing sense of textural foreboding. It's the sort of track you can lay down after a frantic bout of drums to really hypnotise the dancefloor. Complementing this, "Meet The Butcha" heads off into seven odd minutes of bugged out house territory and leaves us clamouring more from the pair.
Review: Utilising the skills he learned mixing tracks for the likes of Pole and Pantha Du Prince, Kassian Troyer delivers his new EP, Stills, on Dial. The record opens with the sumptuous title track, featuring beautifully shuffling hi-hats and a subtle yet mesmerising synth progression. "The Afternoon Grid" offers more of the same, gently building a dazzling listening experience that delivers sheer aural serenity. "Breezy" takes things a bit deeper, and slightly darker, moving the rhythm with a swelling bass line accompanied by the distinct shuffle of stripped down garage aesthetics. "Hunter" slows everything down, closing out the record as blissfully as it began; Troyer using the tempo to open up masses of space and filling it with delicate, sparkling house.