Review: New label Pointillisme Music return after some great releases by Disuasiv (Andi Parlogea & Dragosh) and the always impressive Ukrainian KiRiK. It's now over to Esoteric Workshop, who has released previously on Sensual and 87 Records and rest assured that the Zern EP certainly follows in suit. Starting out with the deeply hypnotic subtlety of "Travers" featuring a gentle broken beat, emotive pads and tripped out atmospherics: this one ticks all the right boxes. The remix of said track up next by Anestie Gomez stays faithful to the original, but gets dubbier by injecting more tempo and shuffle into the rhythm complete with a rolling bassline which works even better. On the flip, the mysterious producer experiments further with broken beats, like on is the classic Chicago deep house sounds of "Loren" and then back to four/four with the tough, electro-infused analogue driven groove of "Sera".
Jamie Lidell - "When I Come Back Round" (live version - Matthew Herbert long Night dub) (7:42)
Matthew Herbert - "Megaphone" (7:20)
Review: The ACJ94 EP comes courtesy of Accidental Jnr, a new sub-label of Matthew Herbert's Accidental. Here he presents a remix of Jamie Lidell's "When I Come Back Round" from 2005's Multiply. Entitled "Live version - Matthew Herbert long Night dub" it's a much more raw and funky take on the track with tough drums and emotive elements where the source material is, like its name suggests, from an appearance on an L.A. radio station from some years ago. On the B side, we have the man himself Herbert with a new track entitled "Megaphone" a classic and proper deep house jam for the late night that's expertly crafted by the artist who has brought us such timeless classics like "See You On Monday" amongst many others.
Review: Since 2012, Frankey & Sandrino have exceeded all expectations and are now easily one of the most alluring house duos on the scene. With releases for imprints such as Drumpoet Community, Mule Musiq, Kompakt and Innervisions, among others, their name is instantly recognisable for their sound and artistic diversity. This new EP for Innervisions leads with "Wega", a tune that manages to blend a variety of musical elements under one roof; a minimal percussion groove is wrapped tightly around a myriad of Hispanic chanting, rhythmic distortions and a tubby undertone, equating to one gorgeous dance escapade. "Pollux" is similarly sparse and multi-faceted, except that the vocal swarms are now replaced by a sublime cascade of crystalline synths, aqueous electronics, and their inimitable use of outernational flavours.
Ways Of The Sun (Peter Kruder Into The Black Hole remix) (7:22)
Ways Of The Sun (Manuel Fischer remix) (8:38)
Ways Of The Sun (Armitage remix) (6:43)
Review: Second time round for the much-loved "Ways Of The Sun", Frankey and Sandrino's 2015 collaboration with vocalist La Oberg. This time, there's no original mix to admire, but rather a quartet of fresh remixes. Jimi Jules steps up first, wrapping dubbed-out synth splashes and La Oberg's evocative vocal around a loose and languid dub disco-meets-deep house groove, before Peter Kruder re-imagines the track as an acid bass-propelled chunk of analogue deep house goodness. Over on side B, Manuel Fischer dishes up a sunrise-ready organic tech-house take while Armitage slams down a loopy and hypnotic peak-time revision that subtly builds throughout.
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: Kris "Karizma" Clayton doesn't do things by halves. Wall Of Sound is his first full artist album since his 2007 debut A Mind of His Own and in CD format features a slightly daunting 39 tracks spread across the two discs. This accompanying double vinyl release pares down the tracklisting considerably but still brandishes some fifteen cuts, ensuring it's still quite the epic and will take a few plays to truly get your head around its intricacies and stylistic shifts. It's safe to say, though, that it's a pretty tasty set, effortlessly flitting between soul-flecked instrumental hip-hop, broken beat, intense percussion workouts, slick US garage and deep house in all its forms.
Review: London's Dark Sky trio have come a long way over the last three years, first appearing on the mighty 50 Weapons, then jumping on to Mister Saturday Night's catalogue, and now landing most vertically on Germany's Monkeytown - quite impressive if you ask us! The NTS Radio residents serve up "Voyages", a wonky techno side-stepper complete with tribal percussion and a distinct UK feel. Remix duties are taken care of by Francis Inferno Orchestra, who deliver a hypnotic and floor-ready version of the original, and techno God Reshape with his slithering, ultra-stripped back version. Another class act from Monkeytown camp.
Review: Having kicked off his Etheric label with the Origins EP earlier this year, Leonardo is back with more adventurous machine music for the spiritually inclined dancefloor. "The Offering" has a dark and moody tone thanks to the snaking synth line wriggling its way through the track, perfect for eyes-down submission as the strobe blinks slowly. "Symmetry" is a more open affair, all soft top chimes and vapour blasts pinging around an easy electro beat, while "The Afterlife" strikes somewhere in the middle with a tougher, club-minded sound that still favours a sunnier sound palette. "Droplets" is the consummate B2, shrugging off the dancefloor rules of the previous tracks to trip out in a dubwise atmosphere that further strengthens the quality of what Leonardo is up to.
Review: Baby Ford's minimal minded label is back in action with some psyched-out goodness from Alex Celler. The long-serving Greek producer has many strings to his bow, but this release finds him tapping into his foundational sound as a steady ticking groove carries a richly produced bed of chimes and tones for the deepest moments in the dance. Where "Feudade" is a lilting, soothing trip, "Vis A Vis" heads into a more mysterious headspace peppered with nagging rhythmic trysts, crafty licks and fulsome bass to get the synapses popping. It's exactly how stripped down house music should be done, inventive to the last and yet utterly danceable.
Review: Josh Brent's Schatrax imprint is responsible for some of the most seminal techno and house from the nineties and we're glad to see that the new generation now appreciates his stuff too; about time! He re-issues some legendary tracks from his back catalogue for the heads. "Restless (dub)" is some nefarious dancefloor drama in the vein of Detroit legend Suburban Night's earlier stuff. The gorgeous ambient house excursion "Mists Of Time" delves into the exotic wonderfully while "Aliena's Journey" (originally released on the self titled 1998 album)" is a serving of soulful and emotive deep house that's as good as anything Fresh 'N Low were going at the time as well.
Review: Chopstick & Johnjon are Chi-Thien Nguyen and John Muder; head honchos of Suol Music based out of Berlin. Versions 2 follows up the first volume which was released back in 2012 and on this one we've got some really great grooves. Take for instance the sunny, bouncy and slightly retro flavoured deep house of "Keep It Real Son" which will appeal to fans of Tuff City Kids or Kim Brown. Also there's the cowbell driven nu-disco boogie of "I Need Your Love" which is absolutely infectious and "String For Fools"; definitely the most serious track on here and will create some sure moments of dancefloor drama with those strings reminiscent of hits like "Full Clip" and, well.. "Strings For Life" of course!
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: Peter Horrevorts once again kicks over the dancefloor as sound-vaporizer. He delivers with "Vaporize" a stunning two tracker of a timeless electronic masterpiece. "Vaporize Part 1" comes with a forward rolling bassline and a really big portion of lightness whereas "Vaporize Part 2" sounds more deep, with mysterious and moody elements, but also always warm-hearted.
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: 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: Back in 2008, noted experimentalist Alva Noto began a sporadic series of albums that were far more focused on dancefloor-inspired rhythms than his usual eccentric and inspiring fare. Unieqav is the third and, we're told, final part of the series. The album is apparently meant to be a sonic representation of an underwater dive, a conceptual theme which manifests itself through the storied producer's use of deep and atmospheric chords, fluid and occasionally glistening electronics, and rhythms that evoke images of ever-deeper dives into the dark, cold depths. Rhytmically, there are nods to electro, IDM, dub techno and Autechre, though the mood remains laidback and intoxicated throughout.
Review: Championed by Richie Hawtin & Ricardo Villalobos (featured on his Cocoon mix CD 'Taka Taka') the A-Side is armed with a highly infectious melody, beefed up with big, bouncy funky bassline. The B-side has trippy hypnotic sounds that echo in & out of the fluid melodies.
Review: We like it when labels carry on that whole mystery, hand-stamped kinda vibe because it does, in fact, add even more charm and personality to a genre with should ideally remain faceless and allow the machines to speak for themselves. This is the Trimurti label's third release to date, and NT is the enigmatic artist behind these three powerful house-techno hybrids. "Vishnou 1.3" is a bass-heavy, dubbed-out house slinger with a deep, wholesome analogue feel, while "Vishnou 2.3" adds a few breakbeats and a bit of an electro charm to its stutter, and "Vishnou 3.3" flaps a glitchy set of percussion all over a sparse and desolate landscape of melodies. This is a tidy little three-tracker that shouldn't go unnoticed, and we recommend you to pick one up fast because it's likely to fly on out of here pretty damn fast!
Losoul - "Love Supreme" (Its All In There mix) (9:57)
The Moul - "Love Supreme" (Drum mix) (4:40)
Metaboman - "Love Supreme" (Metabomix) (5:57)
Dave Aju - "Love Supreme" (A Dub Supreme mix) (8:10)
Ark Pit Spector - "Love Supreme" (A Rush Supreme) (6:14)
Ark - "Love Supreme" (Free mix) (7:06)
Review: Parisian oddball house legend Ark teams up again with fellow local and Prospector head honcho Pit Spector to inaugurate Ark Records. A longtime in the making no doubt but worth the wait. Love Supreme LP as the title suggests is a tribute to the legendary John Coltrane and the pair have drafted a who's who of deep house and minimal to lend some hands and ears. Highlights include The Mole's "Molemix"; a sublime serving on reductionist bounce, Frankfurt genius Lo Soul who is as brilliant as ever on the sublime and hypnotic "It's All In There Mix" and Ark himself with his "Free Mix" which is as dusted down and as funked up as we all like it!
Review: After Franco Cinelli's opener for the Psyfunk label, the imprint returns to action in 2017 with this magnetic little debut from Klepzek, a mysterious deep house artist with a penchant for the bizarre and mysterious. The A-side is all clicks and heavily stripped-back percussive flair; the tune called "P/01" sounds a bit like Barnt's recent material, and would go down a storm in any sort of house set - raw, tech, outsider, or even Chicago. The B-side, ""P/02" is not too dissimilar form its cousin, except that the beat flex is harsher here, the bass bumps more rounded and polished off with a muscly sort of drum roll for the darker corners of the dancefloor. Tidy and effective.
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: Steadily building up a prominent identity in the bustling minimal house and techno thoroughfare, The Untold Stories return with one of their signature various artist compilations to present some lesser known practitioners of the hypnotic groove. Jerome C gets a rugged angle on the swing to his beats on "An Intelligible Scrawl", while Volta Cab nods to a classic Tobias jam with "Street Knowledge". MD Wallholz's "Ein Bisschen Ruhe" is a shivering slice of experimental electro, and Jonas Sella brings an unhinged French flavour to proceedings, but truthfully every jam on this solidly packed release has its own distinct character that fits into the meandering tale the label is unfurling.
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: Berlin's Rampa is back, on none other than brilliant local imprint Keinemusik (which he co-founded) presenting the deep and sultry slow burner "The Touch" which is a perfect follow up to the equally sexy hits "Touch Me" and "Spoken For" from last year which featured Hercules & Love Affair's one time frontwoman Nomi Ruiz. Second offering "528 Hz" is a dark and moody journey track which is perfect for one of those euphoric cool down moments for DJs to facilitate a headrush or few before getting into the tougher stuff. Spoiler alert: incredibly wonky Life & Death style synth lead on this one! After great releases recently by Adam Port and &ME, the German label goes from strength to strength.
Review: There's deep, and then there's the work of Bastian "Baaz" Volker. The German producer's work is rarely less than ultra-deep, and this return to Slices of Life - a label he last blessed four years ago - is predictably hazy and hypnotic. Title track "The Reason" is typical of his style, with becalmed, head-in-the-clouds chords and chopped-up vocal samples reclining over a crispy tech-house groove. Flipside "Ancestors Groove" is a little livelier, both rhythmically and structurally, with chiming blasts of melody and suitably soulful vocal samples riding a backing track rich in bustling bass, bumping beats and drowsy pads.
Review: Edanticonf has been a mainstay of Silent Season for many years now, first delivering an album and EP to the Canadian label back in 2012. Since then he's travelled to labels such as M_REC, Wolfskuil, Phorma and Linear Movement, but he's back home to roost with this gorgeous four-tracker that plays on his trademark sound. Rich with melancholic synth work and moving with a purposeful but thoughtful pace, this is exactly the kind of evocative techno that makes Silent Season a buy on sight label. Every track tells its own story, but the starry twinkle of "The Metamorphosis Of Plants" is especially captivating.
Review: 'The Man-Machine' is closer to the sound and style that would define early new wave electro-pop. Less minimalistic in its arrangements and more complex and danceable in its underlying rhythms. Like its predecessor, 'Trans-Europe Express', there is the feel of a divided concept album, with some songs devoted to science fiction-esque links between humans and technology, often with electronically processed vocals ("The Robots," "Spacelab," and the title track); others take the glamour of urbanization as their subject ("Neon Lights" and "Metropolis"). Plus, there's "The Model," a character sketch that falls under the latter category but takes a more cynical view of the title character's glamorous lifestyle. More pop-oriented than any of their previous work, the sound of 'The Man-Machine' in particular among Kraftwerk's oeuvre had a tremendous impact on the cold, robotic synth pop of artists like Gary Numan, as well as Britain's later new-romantic movement.
Review: After a quiet 2016 thus far Och's Autoreply label is finally back in action with a frankly fantastic selection of workouts from Mark Broom. In keeping with the style Broom has been exercising in new Perbec jams with Baby Ford, this is more restrained than the muscular techno Broom can also be known for. Instead, you get expressive, satisfying house tracks such as "18.2" and the neatly pumping "10" with its killer array of synths to satisfy the dancefloor and the mind in equal measure. Avoiding unnecessary fireworks in favour of perfectly chosen and shaped elements, this is a glittering demonstration of Broom's cool-headed approach in the studio.
Review: Ema Remedi's story is, up to this point, quite a mystery to us here at HQ. Firstly, she's only released a handful of tunes up to this point - out through a collaborative comp which surfaced back in 2013 - and her debut label, Piros, also makes its first appearance on the dance scene. Both entities launch with "Remind Me", a compelling and almost meditative minimal sketch boosted by a lovely balearic swing; "The Last Tango" heads even further down the dub path thanks to a hazy procession of liquid-like atmospherics, and Ernesto Ferreyra's remix of it gives the track a whole new type of tech-swing.
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.
Review: "The Einhorn EP" with Dario Zenker marks the come back of Bruno Pronsato on Telegraph. The release includes 2 marathon tracks between live and production. After living in Wasserburg, Dario Zenker comes back to Munich. He began his DJ career at the Ultraschall club alongside the likes of Acid Mario or Vitalic vs The Hacker & Hometrainer. 2006 is the year of his first productions on Balcon, Num and Telegraph. Bruno Pronsato (aka Steven Ford) has been subverting expectations within techno's upper echelons since 2003 but the Seattle producer took a circuitous path to reach his current lofty status. After his acclaimed releases on Orac, Musique Risquée, Milnormodern and Telegraph, 2006 would be the year of his consecration!
Review: Apollonia co-head and all-round Parisian legend Dan Ghenacia steps up for his label's latest release. On The Egg EP, you can really hear the various shades of French house presented by a true expert who lived and played throughout the city's best times for over two decades. From the sexy and slinky late night bounce of "A La Coque" which could have been easily played at his Batofar residency at the turn of the millennium, and the tripped-out and slammin' shuffle of "Mykonos Huevos" (taking the best of early '90s Chicago) to the emotive dancefloor drama of "Sunny Side Up" taking on the very best of Detroit influences such as Terence Parker or Blake Baxter.
Review: Riccardo Buccirossi is one of those artists who has no problem in pressing up his own debut release onto vinyl; he clearly has absolutely no need to go through other labels to get his point across, and we respect him for that. Of course, we should mention that this is some pretty stellar music, right here: the opener "Giraffe" shapes the minimal techno formula into something completely new and boundaries thanks to his use of electro as a guide to the arrangement, and the more beat-centric dub mix isn't anything short of brilliant. There's also a dub version of "Intothestruggles", a muddled, intricate web of washed-out sonics, followed by the glitchy folds of "Amazzonia" and the original mix of "Intothestruggles". All in all, this is a fine debut that will surely place this artist on the map.
Review: Longstanding Detroit deepsmith Kage returns on his brand new label Michigander. The result? Three superlative exercises in synth soul and an on-point version for later hours. "The Arc" prowls with all the string-soaked majesty of an early Rolando cut while the stringless version hits a little harder. "D Drive" jacks with a slappy bass groove while tipping a slight nod to Yazoo with its vibrant riffy ripples while "Transcending" is all about the big dubby synth washes and off-kick bass palpitations. Let's hope there'll be more to gander from Michigander very soon.
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.
Review: Bwana aka Nathan Micay has already seen a release on Will Saul's Aus Music and his fluid, freeform house music returns with "Tengo", a melodic progressive house nugget that's both spacey and fit for any dancefloor. The same goes for "Drop Mechanism", an ethereal house stepper, while "Due West" goes in a lot harder with a vicious bundle of Power House drums punching and kicking their way across its chords. Effective floor bombs.
Take Me Back (Ricardo Villalobos Mistuck Vill remix) (9:53)
Review: 1990 acid house classic "Take Me Back" by Miami producer William Torres gets a reissue on Belgian imprint Invade. The original 303 banger is featured of course, in all its squelchy, snappy and downright epic glory, but it's the remixes which are definitely most curious. The remix by label boss Ilario Liburni is a deep, druggy and bumping remix for modern dancefloors of the 9AM variety. On the flip the Ricardo Villalobos "Mistuck Mil remix" typically clocks in at just under ten minutes and is a pleasure to listen to in its entirety. He brings back the acid sounds of the original in a more restrained capacity over a tough 808 rhythm pattern, plus trippier vocals than the original.
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: The Synthetic Gold story continues to unfold in the most curious nooks and crannies of the minimal techno scene, as this third volume welcomes in tracks selected by Anestie Gomez. Khan is in a looped up, insistent cycle loaded with alien synth tones and a focused rhythmic hiccup of a beat, truly aiming for the psych-out end of the night. Eloi Brunelle makes things a touch funkier on "Neneh", deploying choice splashes of dubbed out colour in between the sharp strut of the drums. Andres Garcia then spreads himself across the B-side with the loping funk of "Invisivel", working all manner of freaky sounds around the scuffed sway of the beats.
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: 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: Having delivered a stand out pair of EPs to Untilmyheartstops last year and moonlighted on Greta Cottage Workshop, Freerotation alumni Duckett lands on the ever adventurous Galdoors with a spellbinding collection of compositions that seek to send delicate synthesiser sequences into romantic, cosmic pastures. "No Relation To Me" shimmers with intricate layers of melody while "My Other Life On Earth Begins This Morning" works around off-kilter rhythmic configurations to create a hypnotic workout. The subtlety carries through to the B-side, where "Everything Works Backwards" pulls at the heartstrings before "But My Mind" settles into a woozy, uneasy funk.
Review: Leading minimal label The Untold Stories are at it again, and after their star turn from STL recently they've now invited down another legend in the shape of Franco Cinelli. The original is classic Cinelli, pivoting around crisp, clean percussive lines and the bare essential atmospherics. Nektar Agu steps up for a remix that continues the minimalist theme, but adds some looming bass tones into the mix that pushes the track into a dubbier headspace. It's another slab of refined, stripped down tackle for the reductionist dancefloor, as you would expect from The Untold Stories.
Review: Kolsch gets his freak on with this latest release on for the Kompakt Extra label which represents the Danish producer's fourth Speicher in total. We are not sure what Rune Reilly Kolsch was on when he was in the studio making "Papageno" but we sure would like some, as the production is bugged out to the extreme! Detuned synths and malfunctioning electronics collide magnificently with manipulated basslines and stripped back percussion before Kolsch introduces a most pleasant detour into a more melodic plane blessed by fluttering vocals from When Saints Go Machine's Waa Industry. On the flip, Kolsch teams up with pianist Gregor Schwellenbach for the sublime "Cassiopeia" which surely ranks as one of Kompakt's most affecting B Sides of recent memory.
Review: Nestled comfortably on his constant home of Erased Tapes, Rival Consoles imparts another collection of plush forays into warm, melodic synthesis for those who like their instrumental electronic music scuffed with a little earthly charm. With the same starry-eyed innocence that bursts out of Nathan Fake's music, tracks like "Helios" leap with great strokes of synth and upsurging drums, carefully running threads of live instrumentation into the fold through some canny processing. The progression of each track is a beautifully crafted story with pleasant surprises aplenty but always reaching a logical resolution, making for a thoroughly rounded and satisfying listening experience without losing that all important bite of intrigue.
Review: Stil Vor Talent introduces this month another newcomer called Freska from the beautiful Murmansk in Russia. The nice James Holden fan has taken guitar lessons and discovered the world of synthesiser and drumcomputer since 1996. Freskas tracks are reflecting the Nordic impressions of his snowy home. He reaches this unique atmosphere by using his acoustic guitar and his love for deep electro, which he proves with this release called "Some Turns Inside" which has already been charted by well known artists like Carl Cox and Kiki. Stil Vor Talent is proud to present another exceptional talent with style on our sweet underground label.