Review: Brawther's Negentropy label has already carried gold star material from Ron Obvious and the man himself, and now it's the turn of debutant producer Zweizig to show off his wares. This assured 12" leads in with the ambient intro "Gewissen" before the crisp minimal funk of "Rhythm Tension" kicks in with its shimmering and shuddering sound design pinging around the dexterous beat. "Zephyr" is a smoky affair with a snappy broken beat and lots of subtle organic matter writhing in the middle distance. "Rehash Repeat" takes things deep and dubby to complete the set, all mellow hiccupping rhythm accents and hazy melodic phrases.
Review: You could say Robag Wruhme has been around the block a few times, thanks to a storied career that's seen him release music with Sonar Kollektiv, Circus Company and the many extensions of the Kompakt family. This latest release for Pampa is his second appearance on DJ Koze's label and he delivers a varied EP of sounds, ranging from the sewer techno of "Cybekks" to the crackly, John Beltran-like ambience of "Anton I". "Volta Cobby" is a sizzling cut for the summer festival stage (good timing Pampa) while "Anton II" is another ambient session, this time a little more animated thanks to chimes similar to what's heard in Pantha Du Prince's music. A record for the festival or the chilled out lounge room.
Review: As the recent label compilation proved, Will Saul's Aus Music are dealing in strictly heavy hitters these days and they don't come much bigger than Paul Woolford do they? Heaven & Earth looks to be Woolford's latest concept-laden 12", arriving a few months after the Spesh Request man laid down the Mother & Child single for Hotflush. Split into two parts, "Heaven & Earth" finds Woolford channelling a rich brand of tech-laden house music and one that is adorned with swooping orchestral flourishes amidst the thick swathes of bass. The more pared-back part II just nudges it for us.
Review: This time the Mojuba sublabel brings us the second part of the 'Detroit' series by the label owner Don Williams himself. This one-sided
record features two fine examples of music inspired by the city of D. The first one is a pumping, peak-time cut to hit the dancefloors with
and might become an essential tool for the ambitious DJ. The second track convinces in its very own character, providing a feeling that
many will recognize from the early years of techno, when this music was connected to the listener in a more deep and emotional way.
Ruede Hagelstein & Justin Evans - "Love Over Pyramids"
Kenton Slash Demon - "Arp8"
Stereocalypse - "King Not Naked"
Artbat - "Closer" (feat WhoMadeWho)
Clarian - "Mixed Feelings"
Echonomist - "At The End Of The Day"
Otto B - "Willy"
Alex Schaufel - "The Day Of Rebirth" (WhoMadeWho remix)
DOP - "Radiowaves"
WhoWadeWho & Ruede Hagelstein - "Violently Happy"
Speaking Minds & Amarcord - "Blue Days"
WhoMadeWho - "Smile"
Review: Danish three piece WhoMadeWho came to light as a band doing snappy covers of club classics and new wave jams alike, but they've built a rich and varied career from that springboard to become a multi-faceted entity with many strings to their bow. Following the excellent Through The Walls album on Embassy Of Music, they've been snapped up by Watergate to record the 26th installment in the Berlin club's mix series. The group have made smart, emotionally charged selections that reflect their own sensibilities on the crossover between live band dynamics and the motorik throb of dance music. From Chaim and Ruede Hagelstein to Kenton Slash Demon and dOP, this is widescreen dance music played out with a tactile, human quality from start to finish.
Review: Joris Voorn's and Edwin Oosterwal's Green imprint has brought us some great music over the last several years and it just keeps going courtesy of the former's new release. This Story Until Now features two emotive and uplifting journeys through high tech soul that even the Motor City forefathers would even tip their hat to, such as on the breathtaking Adrenalin trip "Dawn (Green Mix)" with its rich strings, power pianos and energetic groove that ticks all the right boxes. On the flip "Looks Fake Obviously" is great title when you consider that Voorn creates the most perfect journey track filled with the most epic dancefloor drama that'll make all the copycats of the moment bow their heads in shame. Epic stuff!
Review: Moscow's Shanti Radio crew have really honed in on their own little music niche: deep, laced with trance tones, and emotive house. Tunes from this hotly anticipated EP by Volen Sentir has been doing the rounds in certain DJs sets for as much as six months. Highlights are plentiful throughout but the title track is arguably the standout. Languid piano chords dropped over soft, succulent, dubbed out drum rolls while tribal vocal chat bleeds in and out of focus to add to the hypnotic effect, and some sensitive xylophone sounds supporting an all-important melody line.
Review: Eddy and Levii, two Romanian electronic producers by the name of Vinyl Speed Adjust, have gained fame thanks to the myriad of EPs that they've released for labels like Visionquest, and the Bucharest duo are set to light the Hourglass LTD imprint on fire with this latest EP. Contrast EP Vol.1 kicks off with "Floating Around", a punchy techno slammer with a polished edge and countless minimalistic bleeps spewing from its groove, and the Volkan Akin remix breaks up its tempo beautifully, managing to retain the core of the original but filtering its bass and percussion through mounds of cacophonous bass that is built for the big rooms. Tight minimal gear.
Review: For a small label with minute sounds, An dromeda is a heavyweight when it comes to releasing the finest in experimental, sparse and dub-laden, extra-ordinary minimal techno. Vid inaugurated the label in 2012 and now provides the outlet with its first album via a triple 12". Should you find the early releases of Giegling appealing, its likely Vid's debut LP will be of interest too through its poppy beats, watery undertones, balanced percussion and dynamic piano manoeuvres. Productions plunge deep without the need of booming kick drums as demonstrated in "Pasul Unu", or the looped chords of "Tripusor", while rustic tribalisms form in "Landrum Bun". An intriguing album transforming how we perceive the micro-isms of danceable electronic music.
Review: From Body Parts and Sleep Is Commercial through to Suruba and Uzvar, Ludovic Vendi has proven himself to be a leading light in the experimental corners of the minimal techno scene. He steps up to London label Hoxton with a diverse three-tracker that takes in atmospheric downtempo sound design on "Horizons" before heading into more propulsive broken beat territory on "Lost In Sequences". On the B side "Chymere" strikes a more familiar shuffling 4/4 note as it winds through all manner of tripped out sound effects, providing the most dancefloor friendly jam on the record.
Domenic Cappello - "Not A Festival Track" (Basement mix) (6:57)
Stojche - "Decipher Language" (5:41)
Gauss - "Aperture"
XDB - "Satimak"
Leonid - "Woodwalk"
Life Recorder - "True Moments"
Review: The Verdant stamp of quality is well established by now, but it presses even deeper with the release of this high-grade compilation from a rich cast of subterranean seafarers. Steve O'Sullivan dons his Bluetrain cape for the slow-chugging, appropriately dubbed out meditation of "Sleeping With The Enemy", while Domenic Cappello creates a swooning string-drenched masterpiece out of "Not A Festival Track". Stojche's "Decipher Language" is a snappier affair, while XDB crafts one of his sublime, leftfield techno variations brimming with imagination to match its functionality. At every turn this is a compilation of top-drawer techno crafter with passion and originality - grip it while you can!
Review: The annual Cocoon compilation is a perfect snapshot of what's going on in the more popular corners of the European techno scene. Curated by label head and Ibiza party king Sven Vath, this year's edition is a comparatively deep and melodic affair. A big shout goes to Talaboman for their excellently entitled "Big Room Anthemic Groovy Pounding Trance Dub Bomb Superb!" which is indeed a big room anthemic groovy pounding trance dub bomb, while Edward serves up a more twisted roller (the excellent "End Days"), Raxon goes deep with "The Turbulent" and Mark Broom hammers home with tripped out sci-fi banger "Jaded", amongst many other gems.
Van Hai - "Dernier Armour" (Ripperton No Love Lost Reshape)
FaltyDL - "Some Jazz Shit"
Mr Raoul K - "Sene Kela" (feat Sona Diabate - Mr Raoul K & Laolu version)
Gabrielle Poso - "Roots Of Soul" (Atjazz remix)
Karim Sahraoui - "Father's Legacy"
Rancido - "The Encounter" (feat Kems)
Montezumas Rache - "Wu Du Wu"
Matanza - "Existencia" (Acid Pauli remix)
Peter Kruder - "Memento"
Marsmobil - "Saan"
Butch & C Vogt - "The Infamous"
Chaos In The CBD - "Digital Harmony"
Axel Boman - "Nokturn (Grand Finale)"
MLIR - "Spanish Lo-Life"
Tribilin Sounds - "Negroide"
Tony Allen - "African Man" (Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer remix)
Manuel Tur - "Ela"
Lagerfeltz - "Uitaar"
Jonny Faith - "Dapple City"
Bing Ji Ling - "Twilight"
Review: In the early-to-mid 2000s, when nu-jazz was at its' peak, Compost Records' annual Future Sounds of Jazz compilation was always essential listening. This surprise 13th edition appears five years after its' predecessor, re-introducing the series to a whole new generation of listeners. Happily, its' every bit as essential as the series' earliest installments, and draws together all manner of jazz-leaning productions. You'll hear a string-drenched broken house gem from Falty DL, some Afro tech-jazz from Mr Raoul K, a supremely Balearic rework ofMatanza's "Existencia" from Acid Pauli, an epic electro-jazz throw down from Butch & C Voigt, and an essential remix of Tony Allen by Ricardo Villalobos and Max Loderbauer. Throw in fine contributions from Peter Kruder, Axel Boman and Chaos In The CBD, and you've got an essential collection.
Steve O'Sullivan & Yossi Amoyal - "Singularity" (10:05)
Eric Miller - "From A Distance" (7:58)
Bluetrain - "Read My Mind" (9:08)
Monoaware - "Hanami" (6:04)
Delano Smith - "Without Reason" (part 1) (7:36)
Delano Smith - "Without Reason" (part 2) (7:30)
Leonel Castillo - "Stealer" (7:30)
XDB - "Frost" (6:15)
Thor/Sanasol - "All Sides Will Be Lost" (8:56)
The Wise Caucasian - "Agent Orange" (6:13)
Ryan Elliott - "P's Keys"
Tobias - "Styles 2"
Efdemin - "Flight"
Monoaware - "G-Train To Shibuya" (7:31)
Fluxion - "Overcast"
Paul St Hilaire & Rhauder - "Not Saying Much"
Review: Sushitech's second chapter of their Tessera compilations has been in the making for over two years. It's not hard to understand why, however. This monstrous 5 disc release is riddled with techno killers of the highest calibre, from start to finish. We knew that these guys were reliable purveyors of fine electronic dance music, but this is a truly impressive showcase, and surely up there with the likes of Ostgut Ton. In fact, this compilation goes even beyond the immediate techno remit. It's difficult to pick out the highlights here; everything is solid, and even the opening dub echoes of "Prelude" is enough to get us salivating. There's a rare appearance on the dubbed-out deep house of "Skank" featuring Rhauder, Steve O'Sullivan makes a sleek appearance, Delano Smith offers two magnetic pieces of Detroit magic, XDB's "Frost" is nothing short of spectacular, and even Efdemin's glitchy, minimalist deep house seems more poignant than usual. This is a big'un - don't miss it.
Lianne La Havas - "Lost & Found" (Matthew Herbert remix) (6:13)
Ada - "You & Me" (5:21)
Roman Flugel - "9 Years" (DJ Koze remix) (9:56)
Jackmate - "Pacemaker" (feat Nik Reiff) (7:57)
Axel Boman - "In the Dust of This Planet" (7:36)
Nasrawi - "Bump With You" (3:23)
Lawrence - "Glow" (6:25)
Stimming - "No. 17" (6:01)
Funkstorung - "I Does It" (feat Sensational) (3:07)
Josef - "I Wonder" (2:18)
Mount Kimbie - "Bells 5" (4:26)
Michel Cleis - "Un Prince" (4:47)
Die Vogel - "Everything" (feqa Sophia Kennedy) (4:16)
Isolee - "I Like It Here Can I Stay?" (6:05)
Jamie XX vs Kosi Kos - "Come We Go" (5:43)
Dntel - "Snowshoe" (3:36)
Acid Pauli - "Nana" (vinyl version) (10:07)
Gold Panda - "Black Voices" (5:18)
Roman Flugel - "9 Years" (4:23)
Review: The first compilation on Koze's Pampa label is a lovingly curated affair. It starts with the left field house of Herbert's take on Lianne La Havas and Ada's r&b-infused "You & Me", as well as DJ Koze's own hymnal take on Roman Flugel's "9 Years". Other Pampa regulars like Axel Boman are well represented and he provides the ultra-mellow "In The Dust of This Planet". Equally though, Koze also provides a platform for newcomers to the fold. There's the utterly bizarre, glitch-hop of Nasrawi and Funskstorung's contributions, and at the other end of the spectrum, wide-eyed deep house from Mount Kimbie and Jamie xx & Kosi Kos' pumping indie-dance "Come We Go".
Review: Minimal and tech-house DJs went wild for the first, double album-length missive from Germany's OFFM label, so we expect this follow-up to sell quickly, too. As with its predecessor, there's much to get excited about on OFFM number two, from the breezy synth stabs, undulating blissful melodies and bubbly rhythm of DJ Meme Generator's "Lowlife" and the throbbing tech-funk of Non Paying Buyer's "Pressato", to the deliciously spacey wonder that is Tomi's "Moti", where dreamy chords and intergalactic electronics ebb and flow above a rolling Paris-style tech-house groove. In other words, it's another top-notch selection of well-produced club cuts.
Review: To date Ion Dumitrescu's Utopus project has only appeared on compilations, but now it scores the space in which to roam free across a whole EP that shines a light on this most promising of Romanian talents. P-Balans is the perfect place to house such wares, carrying the country's minimal love affair into intriguing new creative realms that deal in broken beat, electro and more outwardly experimental fare. "Southology" is a particularly fractured jam peppered with playful synths and tumbling drums, while "The Vision" takes on a shamanic techno stance. If you're craving propulsive tracks loaded with personality then hit up Utopus and you won't be disappointed.
Review: We're very happy to see a renewed interest in Underground Resistance sub-label Happy Records: which is sure known for its fair share of house classics. Quite fitting then that the chief retrovert Gerd Janson over at Running Back saw it fit to issue some remixes of the classic "Sunshine" by Unit 2 aka Raphael Merriweathers Jr. and Niko Marks. KiNK's remix on the A side is a nice modern revision of the track which retains those uplifting trademark pianos but adds some of his thunderous trademark 909 drum machine workouts beneath. On the flip, lo-slung disco pranksters Tiger & Woods do a remix which cuts up and stutters those said pianos (and the vocals) to interesting effect plus adding some nice boompty swagger into it.
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: Anders Trentemøller is one of the rising stars of the dance music scene, his remixes and productions have gained critical acclaim from a broad range of DJs and producers including Pete Tong, Sasha, John Digweed, Switch, MANDY, Mylo, Nathan Fake and Freeform Five. Released on the influential Poker Flat label this is set to be one of the definitive releases of 2006. Available as a limited edition double CD and double LP. Trentemøller is currently the most in-demand remixer (recently delivering critically acclaimed mixes for The Pet Shop Boys, The Knife, Royksöpp, Sharon Phillips and Moby) with releases on Naked Music, Get Physical, and of course Poker Flat/Audiomatique.
Royksopp - "What Else Is There?" (Trentemoller remix)
Trentemoller - "Gush"
The Knife - "We Share Our Mother's Health" (Trentemoller remix)
Trentemoller - "Kink"
Review: Audiomatique are happy and proud to present "The Trentemoller Chronicles". This new double album is not a new studio album, but an overview of Trentemoller's impressive body of work. "The Trentemoller Chronicles" include Anders' personal selection of his best songs and remixes, which have only been available on vinyl or on compilations, as well as some new and exclusive songs. This is an essential piece of minimal/tech house.
Review: Icelandic dub techno outpost Thule close out 2016 with a welcome reissue of a classic from the archives. Thorhallur Skulason has been operating since the 90s in a variety of guises including Sanasol and Oz Artists, but his classic T1 12" from 1998 is surely one of the high points of his career as Thor. "T1" leads the charge on this remastered release, perfecting the art of throbbing, trancey techno with sparse ingredients and a killer groove. "T2" is the light to "T1"'s shade, leaving the door open for harmonious synth ripples to chime through amongst other delicate sonic delights.
Review: John Talabot joins the likes of Scuba, James Holden and Motor City Drum Ensemble to contribute to the long running DJ-Kicks mix series that's deftly proved there's still mileage in the commercially released Mix CD despite this podcast heavy age we live. The usual double LP edition culls ten cuts from the weighty 27 track mix which the Hivern Disc lad has described as "not an easy mix. It's quite strange". If you've seen Talabot DJ you know the Barcelona based artist digs deep and that's represented well on these ten cuts, with Andy Stott's lurching take on Maps and the similarly minded Tempel Rytmik ( the new project from Talabot and Alexander 'Genius of Time' Berg) contrasting nicely with the more effervescent house from Axel Boman, MCDE and Paradise's Deep Groove. Kudos too for the inclusion of Samo DJ's "Tai Po Kau"!
Review: Commencing proceedings on the Construct label comes a release from the newly formed partnership of Kitty Yo artist Richard Davis with perennial tech house champs Swayzak. Their resulting "Shut Me Down" is a distinctive beast laden with pained strings and sultry trumpet lines of a driving rhythmic undercarriage. The Mole and Hreno team up to deliver two remixes of the original that delve into separate characteristics of the music. The "Wet Hog Mix" creates an immersive bath of low-end melody and reverb washes with just enough of that bittersweet content from the original to see the link, while the "Dry Hog Mix" goes all out on the drums for a heads-down tool of a rigid nature.
Review: iO Mulen's eponymous imprint is unstoppable at the moment after releases by himself, homeboy Silat Beksi and Frenchman Varhat setting the bar high. Now it's over to emerging Romanian talent Suolo with this brilliant new one. Starting off in trippy and hypnotic fashion with the rather Villalobos-ish "Kamadeva", he then gets down with the ultra deep "Domergue's Got A Secret" which, likewise, is perfect for a Sunday afternoon after-hours in Bucharest. Finally, he saves the best for last on the flip with "Merimna", a rolling, trance inducing cut where subtlety and tight programming of elements effectively showcase a less is more work ethic.
Review: Following choice wares from tape_hiss and Pascal Viscardi, Love Notes stride into winter with a fulsome offering from lesser-known artist Subtenant, who packs just the right balance of classic acid and modernist techno into the three original tracks on this 12". "Evergreen Soul" looks set to turn heads in the club with its playful organ flex hopping around the punchy 303 notes, while "Artisanal Acid" brings some homespun hardware handiwork to the table. "Know How It Feels" drops in at a slower tempo, but it's D'Marc Cantu who steals the show with a dynamic remix of the title track loaded with detail and shot through with dub.
Review: Galcher Lustwerk and Alvin Aronson turned many a head with the elegant sophistication of their collaborative album Scenes (2012-2015), which landed on Lustwerk's own label last year. Now the duo are back with more goodies from their Studio OST project, and once again the fusion between gossamer threads of melody and delicately crafted machine rhythms is evident throughout this 12". "Eventide" comes as a full blown track and a sumptuous beatless version, while "Ascension" has a dubby original and useful drums-only cut, making this record both functional and an absolute delight to listen to.
Review: Something Records boss, elusive production room deviant, raw house outsider, and Perlon regular, STL, rises back up from the shadows and drops a new EP for Portugal's low-key Assemble Music. As per usual, he's cool, he's tight with his beats, and he means business; "Crank Notion" itself is a bubbly, playful house number complete with the man's signature percussive twist and deranged pseudo bells - all in all, an effective DJ tool with an edge. Over on the flip, "Neat Buzzl" gets all the love from us; a woozy, dark and cavernous techno bomb with a slow pace and a mean lean. It's exactly the sort of gear we want to be pulled out at 4am. Choice cuts, as always.
Jeremy Castillo - "Beat Dat" (feat Vin Sol) (4:24)
Review: Unknown To The Unknown spreads its wings with a new sublabel dedicated specifically to jacking house jams for proper white-knuckle party times. Steven BC turns the acid intensity up to 11 with the devastatingly on-point "Flanger Zone", while Mall Grab reaches for a classic bit of disco funk to sample and filter mercilessly. Lawrence Lee meanwhile opts for a playful, budget take on Eastern electro on "Pyongyang Rhythm" before Jeremy Castillo and Vin Sol return to primal Trax Records territory for "Beat Dat". It's a release that marks House Crimes out as a natural descendant from UTTU's irreverent approach to dance music, without compromising on the quality.
Stabilize (Mark & Matt Thibideau Reconstruction) (7:21)
Review: The 'Reconstructed' series has featured reworks by legends such as Steve O'Sullivan, Thomas Melchior and Cobblestone Jazz, whose take on tracks from Paul St. Hilaire and Rhauder's debut LP Derdeoc was originally released in 2017. On the third and final edition in the series, the Berlin based duo's work gets remixed first by the Philpot affiliated Soulphiction who gives "Redeem" a truly fervent re-rub - this is utter dancefloor drama in the vein of Carl Craig. Argentinian veteran Leonel Castillo gets a slinky, bass-heavy groove on with his dub-laden rendition of "Stabilize" while the equally revered Thibideau brothers work their magic as always on their glacial re-rub of the track: where the Canadian twins take it into cavernous territory. They truly conjure those ghosts in the machines on this killer remix.
Review: Bang, boom, biff! New label alert from contemporary house maestros Soulphiction and Mike Dehnert, a collaboration which has caught us by surprise and left us trailing by the wayside. Masterful. Hands & Tief is the name of the home to this punchy two-tracker that sees both artists put on their techno mask and offer something a little moodier than their usual output, respectively. "Sky So High" is Soulphiction going for a distorted, industrial approach and it works like a charm; the tune's percussion is raw and mashable in any mix, the bassline ominous and intriguing, and the groove powerful and body-moving. Mike Dehnert's "Zumwald" is more in line with his usual bags of tricks, except that here the lower frequencies are more aligned to the electro dynasty than a classic 'Berlin' approach. Both sleek, effective dance floor bangers recommended for pretty much any DJ wanting to lay down some heat!
Review: REPRESS ALERT: relik returns with a repackaged edition of one of the catalogue's most treasured releases. "Overcome" and "Lady Science (NYC Sunrise)" need little introduction, and now come sporting the new TR11:11 matrix number. Written and produced by Thomas Melchior and Baby Ford aka Soul Capsule, these tracks came from one of the many sessions recorded at the West London Ifach Studio in 1999. On the A Side "Overcome" is stripped back and energetic, driven by rolling and shuffling garage style beats, tight bubbling bass and atmospheric synth pads. The intermittent vocal samples and the release's signature organ set you up for the flip, "Lady Science (NYC Sunrise)". Possibly one of house music's most emotive pieces, the track builds slowly with the introduction of each part building a story of soulful optimism based around a sparse palette of deep synths, uplifting keys and warm analogue bass. The understated beauty of the main vocal riff never seems to grow old or tired with the track lending itself perfectly to either main room, peak-time play or after-hours sessions alike. Remastered by Rashad at D & M.
Review: Simbad Stanislas has enjoyed a fine start to 2017, with copies of his first outing on Funkineven's Apron label simply flying off the shelves. Here he transfers to Lo Recordings to deliver another collection of eccentric, off-kilter, hard-to-pin-down dancefloor treats. Stanislas' stock-in-trade is combining dusty, MPC-powered house rhythms with quirky, left-of-centre sounds. This fusion can be heard loud and clear on "Ping Pong Love", where a soulful vocal sample is combining with weirdo electronics and thrusting analogue noises, and amongst the intergalactic synths, bubbly electronics and bizarre spoken word samples of ambient closer "Message 045". There's a slightly breezier, break-of-dawn feel to the overwhelmingly loved-up World Air Hybird Remix of "Ping Pong Love", while "Backstreet" is a jolly, jammed-out chunk of loose-limbed deep house positivity.
Review: REPRESS ALERT: After years of staggering second hand prices, London's Silverlining is addressing the demand for some of his early work by issuing a series of 12"s with some of the finest tracks from his mid '90s era. This time around the tracks come from releases on Wiggle and Wrong, and they sound like they haven't aged one bit. "Pleasures & Treasures" is an upfront burner steeped in 909 drums and hubby synth tones, while "Ni-Cd Deluxe" works up a nagging line in emotive electro. "Spannered In Dub" may well be the track that gets the most airings with its minimal disposition, strong rhythm section and utterly addictive groove.
Review: SH2000, a mystery artist whose been busy keeping himself under the radar, returns to Volking Music with another EP (check the guy's Ethereal Sound release for a true lesson in deepness!) and it's two tracks of utter symphonic beauty. "Track 1" releases a steady, driving kick beneath airy, delayed sonics and dreamy melodies, while on the flip, "Track 2" heads into total abstraction thanks to a starry landscape of atmospherics gliding left, right and centre without the help of any beat or bassline. Breathtaking excursions into the ether.
Review: Subsequent returns with some fine excursions into afterhours weirdness here, this time courtesy of Second Player - who's said to be a newcomer to the scene. On the A side we've got the hypnotic "N 001" which is reminiscent of legend Baby Ford's work, the dusty classic Chicago house sound on "To The Head" up next provides some variety. On the flip is the EP stand out - the ten minute long epic "M 202" which could have nice crossover appeal within the scene, appealing just as much to fans of minimal house as it would to lovers of the rolling and subtle sounds out of Romania. The reductionist acid jam "M 201" closes out the EP in style.
Review: The Sebo K and Metro make a partnership debut on Get Physical with "Transit". These upcoming house producers are so hot that this EP almost melts the vinyl that it's pressed on! "Transit" looks to the past and the future at the same time: inspired by old school Chicago house but boasting a modern techno approach to arranging, the nagging bass riff at the heart of "Transit" builds and builds along with Sebo and Metro's evocative chords to create a track that will raise the roof on any club during the peak time. "Transit" never loses its raw, hypnotic groove either, and after it reaches a climax, the sparse, raw rhythm is still there, urging the dancers to keep moving. Philly producer King Britt dons his Scuba hat to provide the remix. It's more understated than the original version, based on an off-beat groove, but, like a thief slipping through an open door in the middle of the night, Britt's reshape gradually introduces the hypnotic chords. Before you know it, his remix will have seduced any crowd who love deep, electronic house music. Get a move on to pick up on this future house classic!
Review: Ilian Tape continues to be code for "absolutely killing it mate" with the Zenker brothers introducing us and you to the production talents of Sciahri with the Mysterious Love 12". Spend some time with the sound clips here and you'll be hard pushed to believe this is Sciahriar Tavakoli's debut 12" as Sciahri, such is the standard of productions. Tavakoli's stated interest in the loop techno pioneered in 90s era Birmingham is very much evident on a cut like "The Dream Is True" but there's some nice little touches slipped in that give it some true personality such as the spin back in the breakdown. The title cut is a stern faced dubby number that just tunnels and tunnels away, whilst there's a cheeky strut to the way Tavakoli implements the filters on "Mind". The final track "Emblema" is the kind of techno number you want to drop right when everyone has forgotten their names.
Review: Inside Out is a brand new series from Aus Music label head Will Saul. It invites DJs and producers to blur the boundaries between traditional artist albums and mix compilations. The concept encourages them to showcase their own music, or the music of those in their own individual circles. Depending on who is curating, it will take different forms. The idea stems from Saul's own approach in the club, which often finds him seeking out brand new and unheard music to play for the first time. There's a strong Detroit techno aesthetic throughout his inaugural release for the series: from the emotive hi-tech soul of his own collaboration with Komon entitled "Positive", Amsterdam legend Gerd had no problem channeling similarly timeless retro vibes either, as heard on the funky techno-soul of "Echoes". They save the best for last on the flip, with the legendary Floorplan's riveting rendition of Primitive Trust's "Little Love" - perfect to get that 3AM style strobe-lit tunnel vision in effect.
Review: We asked our favourite remixers of the moment to tackle the electronic disco vibe of the original Sasse production taken from his recent album "Made With The Upper Stairs Of Heaven". Peter Dildo, the man behind Trackdown Records, delivers his phat trademark sound of deep-house meets-post minimal in a slamming arrangement of fine tuned drums and hypnotic synth stabbing.
Review: Well, we're used to hearing Sasha on some progressive tip or, at least, bouncing around in the same space as labels like John Digweed's Bedrock, but here we have proof that the veteran producer is still out to diversify his sound and reach new audiences. The long-time DJ and producer steps up on Cologne's mythical Kompakt stable with "Out Of Time", a magnificently suave and laid-back house bombshell guided by the man's unmistakable prog-flex; this is the sort of gear you want to hear as you step into the dance and sip that first cocktail... a certified mood changer. On the flip we're graced with a few tenacious remixes; Patrice Baumel delivers an eight minute rework of the original, this time filtered through a much housier sort of guise that reminds us of the twilight hours on the Balearic islands' sandy beaches. Check the instrumental too - it'll be a useful DJ tool for sure.
Review: The good doctor San Proper adds Russia to his ever prospering discography, providing the Moscow label Arma Records with its eighth release in the shape of the Pet Master EP. If you are familiar with the Dutch producer's work, you'll know what to expect on the three tracks here with San Proper coming across like a randy Villalobos at times. The Barca Jack Mix of "Pet Master" is taut and groovy, with drums that smack your senses underpinned by heavy sub bass crunches, whilst the Tettero collaboration "35" is spacious house music that has that trademark San Proper fonk. There's hints of classic electroclash in final cut "Feline X" thanks largely to the killer punk funk bassline that's wedged deep into the channels.
Review: The SlapFunk crew have been enjoying plenty of attention lately, and quite rightly. Their pumped up house sound is hard to refute, taking the heads down trippiness of minimal house and beefing it up with classic jacking sounds for an infectious party mixture. Samuel Deep gets the message, bringing just the right kind of swing to "MOOV!" to get bodies popping all over the joint, while "Keek Iz" rides the same beat but in a lower register. "42915 Beatz" is just as drum led, but there's a little more fidgety sonic interplay popping off around the drums. Ingi Visions pops up on the B2 for the distinctly more eerie "Tekniq", placing an icy string synth refrain at the heart of the track with chilling results.
Thank You/Dream State Of A Bellmaker/Big Sur (14:00)
Review: A mere four years after making his 12" debut on Fathers & Sons Productions, Samuel Andre Madsen delivers his debut album on Delaphine, the label he set up to release his music back in 2013. There's much to admire about Dream State of A Bellmaker, which attractively drifts between undulating ambient bliss, deep and melodious techno shufflers, evocative electronica, becalmed drone explorations, and atmospheric compositions that define easy categorization (see the electronic jazz/ambient/dream house fusion of "Better To Have Loved"). It's a hugely enjoyable and entertaining set, full of intricately programmed and life-affirming music.